Ringing in the New Year | Hello, 2016!

Happy New Year

HAPPY (almost) NEW YEAR, Y’ALL!

Oh, my my my! I can hardly believe it–2015 is almost over, and we are all getting ready to ring in 2016! Goodness gracious! It feels like just yesterday we were watching the ball drop for 2015! Hmm…I guess the old cliche is true–time really does fly when you’re having fun! *wink*

2015 has been an awesome year–one for the books! The year has been jam-packed with lots of awesome things (and some not-so-awesome things) that have helped fill the pages of my imaginary scrapbook *wink* From interviewing The Beekman Boys and John & Whitney Spinks to getting accepted (with a transfer scholarship) to Emory & Henry College, I am excited to say that 2015 has been a good year on and off the VIP blog!

Sure–there are always hiccups and bumps in the road, but it’s important not to dwell on the negatives because, after all, it is (almost) a new year! We have new and exciting and positively wonderful things to look forward to, and we don’t need to focus on the not-so-great things like unfortunate fender benders, slacking on social media promotions, and how the weather is like a guy in a Katy Perry song *cue Hot n Cold*

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Now, to ring in the brand new year, what do y’all say we review the most popular and most fabulous VIP posts of 2015?! DJ–hit the music *wink*

Most-viewed posts of 2015–

1. Modeling Shoot: The Modern Day Jack & Diane

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2. VIP Interview: John & Whitney Spinks of HGTV’s Flipping the Block

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3. VIP Home: Color-Staining Concrete Pavers (DIY Patio Project)

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4. Weekly Whistle: Dreaming of a Safari Adventure

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5. Weekly Whistle: A Southern Belle in the Snow

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In other 2015 news…

 In addition to some awesome blog posts + interviews, I had the opportunity to interview Tracie Potts from NBC on my college’s student-produced television series Direction: Northeast. (I did several more of these interviews, but they are not avaliable on YouTube yet…So y’all will just have to wait to watch until 2016 *wink*)

As mentioned earlier in this re-cap blog post, I was also admitted into Emory & Henry College for my junior year! Goodness–I can’t believe that I will be graduating with my Associate of Science Degree in Broadcasting in May from Northeast State Community College! *happy dance*

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Oh–and how can I forget…I TURNED 20! *I may be two decades old, but I wish I still had the responsibilities of a 10 year old *wink*

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ALSO in 2015, this blonde experimented with hair color! Remember that time I was a temporary ginger *wink*

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AND LAST but definitely not least, in 2015 I started a new creative journey by hand-making bracelets and selling them on Etsy! Please give my shop BlueGrits a view or two and shop around :) Click the banner to shop.

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Now, I will say good-bye until next year *wink* I hope all of you have a fabulously fun and safe New Years celebration! :)

Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn

3 Ways to Wear a Pretty Pink Coat: Baby, It’s Cold Outside (Outfit 3)

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Hello, fabulouses, and welcome back to the blog!

Brr… Are y’all staying warm? It is somewhat warm here today; however, it might be bitter cold tomorrow. Who knows with Southern weather *wink* So, what does the VIP do in weather like this? Watch Psych, of course! I am so excited for another episode tomorrow! Whoo hoo!

To change up Outfit 2, trade pink cords for dark denim jeans, swap the red sweater for a chevron cardigan and matching tank, and last but not least, toss off the hat, and slip into a pair of pink kitten heels–tah dah! FAB-U-LOUS.

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Coat: Tommy Hilfiger, The Outlet Shops of Grand River

Cardigan: Banana Republic

Jeans: Chip & Pepper, Belk (Tuscaloosa, Alabama)

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Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn

Weekly Whistle: Little GREEN Dress Featuring Three 07

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Hello, fabulouses! This week’s Weekly Whistle is all about a Little Green Dress–LGD. After going through my closet several weeks ago (see blog post here), I stumbled upon this Three07 LGD mixed in with my other dresses–I had forgotten all about it! How could I ever do such a thing?!

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With the crazy fall weather we have here in the South, it is important to have staple pieces that can be cozied up or cooled down depending on the daily forecast. Because of its versatility, I have labeled this LGB as one of my fall staple pieces, and over the next few days I am going to show y’all how to take this dress from 70 degrees to 40 degrees with ease!

See for yourself...here are four days out of the 10 day forecast here in Trussville, Alabama. High of 73 degrees tomorrow to a high of 49 degrees on Saturday....Phew, thank goodness for my LGD!
Phew, thank goodness for the versatility of my LGD!

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Dress: Three07

Boots: Lucky Brand, Belk

Necklace & Bracelet: Beadsoul by Lisa Hamilton

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Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn