J.Crew Challenge: Welcome back!

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Hello, fabulouses, and welcome back to the J.Crew Challenge!

After a two day siesta from outfits, it is good to be back to the styling fun of the J.Crew Challenge. Oh, what do I have in store for y’all today? Hm…that’s a good question! How about y’all take a look while I cram for a Mass Communications exam *wink* I think #CollegeLife is an acceptable hashtag for this *wink*

To create this look, I took the structured tee from Outfit 11 (Attention to Detail) and paired it with simple navy shorts. To pump up the personality (or jam…if you prefer *wink*), I slipped into a sassy pair of dot socks and silver loafers + tossed on one of my favorite handmade necklaces. TAH DAH! A comfy AND cute outfit in a snap. :) 

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Tee: J.Crew

Shorts: J.Crew

Socks: GAP

Shoes: J.Crew

Necklace: BluKatDesign (shop) (blog)

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Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn

J.Crew Challenge: Outfit 14, Worth Waking Up Early For

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Hello, fabulouses, and welcome back to the J.Crew Challenge!

Whoo hoo! Thank goodness it is Friday! I am so excited about attending Rhythm and Roots in Bristol, TN/VA tonight that I can barely contain myself! Ah! Okay. Deep breath. Calm down. This is a serious matter. *wink*

For today’s J.Crew #OOTD, I took the silk-fronted sweater tee and combined it with camel khaki shorts and matching golden-toned wedges for a look that is perfect for campus to coffee house. I am totally in love with this outfit AND the photos! The warm light of morning made this photo shoot look SO FABULOUS…It was so worth waking up early for *wink*

Now, readers, I am off to Rhythm and Roots! Now, y’all check out the awesome outfit details + photos taken by my Deddy below, and do NOT forget to stay tuned to the VIP’s social media for all the R&R fun :) Tah tah for now, my lovelies! I hope y’all have a fabulous weekend! 

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Blouse: J.Crew

Shorts: J.Crew

Heels: BCBG

 Short (heart) necklace: Jessica Klaaren Jewelry (shop)

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Facebook, Twitter, Instagram

Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn

J.Crew Challenge: Outfit 13, L’amour Des Peintures Murales Du Centre-ville (Love Downtown Murals)

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Hello, fabulouses, and welcome back to the J.Crew Challenge!

Yesterday, I gave my opinion on the great mural debate in downtown Johnson City with outfit photos featuring Nelson Fine Art’s mural. Today, I am featuring another downtown mural that is also under fire…

“Downtown Farming” is one of the newer, commissioned murals of the area, that resides on the wall near the Johnson City Farmer’s Market. This one is my favorites because it is so colorful and inspiring. I cannot imagine what it must be like to be on that wall slowly awaiting death. Oh, it will be so sad to see this beautiful piece of art go. And why must it go when there are bigger issues in our city than murals…like cigarette butts littering the streets, dilapidated buildings…or petty crime. 

Now, while I go pick out my outfit for Rhythm and Roots in Bristol Tennessee/Virginia tomorrow, y’all take a look at today’s J.Crew #OOTD + details! Stay tuned to the VIP’s social media this weekend as I rock out at the 3-day music festival in downtown Bristol! Whoo hoo!

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Tee: J.Crew

Shorts: J.Crew

Heels: Jessica Simpson

Pearls: thrifted

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Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn

J.Crew Challenge: Outfit 12, The Great Mural Debate in Downtown Johnson City, TN

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Hello, fabulouses, and welcome back to the J. Crew Challenge!

Before we take a look at today’s outfit + details, I would like to address something that is under debate in my new city. Murals. Interesting, fabulous murals are under fire and according to the “rules” will have to be painted over, and the Johnson City Press explains why here

Art, in the simplest of terms, is a way to express emotions or ideas creatively–whether the medium be paint, dance, music, sewing, photography, and the list goes on. In my case, I style and model artistic photo shoots.

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Art is left open-ended so that we can take from it what we like. We can analyze an art piece and feel whatever it is we need to feel.  Art is an unfathomably beautiful thing, and just because a few people detest it….does that mean we should paint over it? How is it possible that tattoos with inspiring stories and creative figures can get 100+ likes on Facebook and massive amounts of support and acceptance, but a building with an inspiring, colorful and cheery tattoo in downtown can’t get enough support to keep it alive? Think about it.

So, before the large murals are painted over, I wanted to photograph their last breaths. Thank you, Nelson Fine Art, for allowing me to do a photo shoot with your amazing mural! 

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The brightly colored, stylized letters of the painting, which read “Nelson Fine Art,” were placed there more than three years ago by local artist Chris Witkowski, who is an organizer of the Blue Plum’s annual Urban Art Throwdown. Nelson told Baker he believes the painting to be more of a mural than a sign.

“My point is mainly that it’s a piece of art,” Nelson said. “If I’d wanted to have a sign advertising my business, I’d have used something with a legible font.”

Read more: Should Johnson City revise its regulations for murals? | Johnson City Press http://www.johnsoncitypress.com/article/120090/should-johnson-city-revise-its-regulations-for-murals#ixzz3DbyMZmMg
Follow JCP: @JCPress on Twitter | JohnsonCityPress on Facebook

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“Most people don’t even realize it says anything unless they’re told. Every week I see people back there posing in front of it, with their car, kids on skateboards, dressed up for proms or dances, all getting their pictures taken. To them and everyone else, it’s just a cool unique painting that brightens up an otherwise drab back row of buildings.” [said Nelson]

Read more: Should Johnson City revise its regulations for murals? | Johnson City Press http://www.johnsoncitypress.com/article/120090/should-johnson-city-revise-its-regulations-for-murals#ixzz3DbzwMXUj
Follow JCP: @JCPress on Twitter | JohnsonCityPress on Facebook

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Shirt: J.Crew

Skirt: J.Crew

Sneakers: Cynthia Rowley, Belk

Necklace: BluKatDesign (shop) (blog)

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Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn

Project Runway Season 12 Contestant Ken Laurence from Birmingham, Alabama

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I was so delighted to meet and interview Project Runway Season 12 Contestant Ken Laurence at his Project Runway Premiere Party.  Ken Laurence is a true Southern gentleman with a fabulous passion for creating gorgeous and flawlessly tailored garments.  The more I chatted with Ken–the more I fell head over heels for his design aesthetic.  I was so inspired by his love for Christ, his passion for fashion design, and his determination to follow his dreams no matter what!  Ken Laurence, you are an inspiration.

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As I watched the first episode of Project Runway season 12, I held my breath a lot.  Just in case some of you have not watched the first episode…I do not want to spoil the fabulousness….BUT I will tell you that Ken Laurence’s dress was absolutely positively breathtaking! Good job, Ken!

To learn more about Ken Laurence, please watch Abby Hathorn’s interview video with Ken Laurence here.

Posing with Ken Laurence's t-shirt, designed by the designer himself.
Posing with Ken Laurence’s t-shirt, designed by the designer himself.

Come back each week as I blog about my favorite designer from Season 12 of Project Runway! You will not want to miss all of the fashionable fun!

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Ken Laurence tweeting live from his Premiere Party!

To see more photos from Ken Laurence’s Premiere Party, please visit the VIP Facebook page here.

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Stay tuned for more coverage of Ken Laurence’s Premiere Party on the VIP blog and www.thisisrealmedia.com

Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn