Sweet Home Alabama + Fab Giveaways

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Hello, fabulouses, and welcome back to the blog!

This week on VIP Home, I am taking a break from chatting about my home to talk about a place that will always be home–sweet home Alabama. *Cue Lynyrd Skynyrd* Sweet home Alabama. Where the skies are so blue! Sweet Home Alabama. Lord, I’m coming home to you!… Sweet home Alabama! Where the skies are so blue! Sweet Home Alabama. Lord, I’m coming home to you! Here I come Alabama…  

Throw back to when the family and I visited the USS Alabama--this was totally fabulous! I think I am going to go nag my dad to go back soon *wink*
Throw back to when the family and I visited the USS Alabama Battleship.  I was totally rockin’ those Birki’s *wink* Learn more + plan your visit to the USS Alabama here: www.ussalabama.com
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My grandmother and her family are from Alabama…my parents married in Alabama…I met the band members of Lynyrd Skynyrd as a kid while vacationing in Alabama–and I even had the great pleasure of living in The Magic City for a few years. No matter where I may roam, I will always see Alabama as home sweet home.  So, when the Alabama Tourism Department reached out to me about their fabulous Alabama Road Trip giveaway–I just knew that I had to share it with y’all!

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The Alabama Tourism Department has recently announced a six-week Road Trip Giveaway with chances to win travel packages to Gulf Shores, Mobile, Huntsville, the Shoals, Birmingham and Montgomery.  The winner of the grand prize will get to plan their own customized Alabama Road Trip–how cool is that?! “This road trip promotion is designed to highlight the variety of travel experiences available in Alabama,” says state tourism director Lee Sentell. “There is something for everyone, from a gulf coast beach vacation, to playing on the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail, to fine dining in Birmingham, to trips to North Alabama for the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville and tours of the recording studios in Muscle Shoals.” Prize package descriptions, complete rules and instructions on entering are available at www.roadtripgiveaway.com To learn more about Alabama Road Trips, visit www.alabama.travel or download the Alabama Road Trips app, available on iTunes or the Google Play Store.

To see the list of weekly giveaways + details please click here.

The infamous booty of Vulcan. If you have not visited Vulcan in Birmingham, AL...I highly encourage you too! It is a fabulous experience.
The famous booty of Vulcan. If you have not visited Vulcan in Birmingham, AL…I totally recommend that you add it to your bucket list of places to visit before you die! Plan your visit to Vulcan here: www.visitvulcan.com

In addition to the awesome giveaways the Alabama Tourism Department is hosting, the VIP is also hosting three super fabulous giveaways which will include rockin’ merchandise from all over the state of Alabama! Check out the photos below for the details :)

First Giveaway (currently running): Enter to win this sweet prize on the VIP Facebook page NOW. Click the following mobile friendly link to enter: http://tinyurl.com/mhzhqn9
First Giveaway (currently running): Enter to win this sweet prize on the VIP Facebook page NOW. Click the following mobile-friendly link to enter: http://tinyurl.com/mhzhqn9
Second Giveaway: If you love food as much as this Southern gal...then you will DEFINITELY want to enter this Alabama swag bag giveaway! Stay tuned to the VIP Facebook page for this giveaway to be announced.
Second Giveaway: If you love food as much as this Southern gal…then you will DEFINITELY want to enter this Alabama swag bag giveaway! Stay tuned to the VIP Facebook page for more details and start time.
Third Giveaway: Sh...this one is a surprise! Y'all should have known that I was going to throw a surprise goody bag in there somewhere *wink* Stay tuned to the VIP Facebook page for the date of this giveaway to be announced.
Third Giveaway: Sh…this one is a surprise! Y’all should have known that I was going to throw a surprise goody bag in there somewhere *wink* Stay tuned to the VIP Facebook page for the date of this giveaway to be announced.
My being interviewed at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens by writer and The Cobalt Club blogger Buddy Roberts.
My being interviewed at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens by writer and The Cobalt Club blogger Buddy Roberts. AND no…we did not coordinate our outfits *wink*

Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn

VIP March Madness: Visiting Vulcan Park (Birmingham, Alabama)

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Hello, fabulouses, and welcome back to the blog for the very first outfit of the VIP March Madness outfit series! Yay!

I have been living in Alabama for a little over a year, and I have yet to accomplish the things on my Birmingham Bucket List. The first thing on my BBL was Vulcan Park, which is one of Birmingham’s most popular tourist attractions. I have been to Vulcan for parties and events, but never as a tourist. Let me tell y’all–I truly enjoyed the experience of playing tourist in my own town and being at Vulcan. Oh, it is so gorgeous! Overlooking The Magic City from the tower at Vulcan is exciting, scary, and peaceful all at the same time! Now that I have visited Vulcan during the day…I am putting “Visit Vulcan at Night” on my BBL list because I so desperately want to overlook the Birmingham skyline when it is all lit up at night. :)

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My, My...what a big foot you have*wink*
My, My…what a big foot you have*wink*

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Casual selfie at Vulcan with the Birmingham skyline in the background. Perfection.
Casual selfie at Vulcan with the Birmingham skyline in the background. Perfection.

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Shirt: Delia’s

Skirt: Delia’s

Shoes: Jessica Simpson, Belk (The Summit)

Earrings: BluKatDesign by Heather O’Cain

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To learn more about Vulcan Park and plan your visit, please visit www.visitvulcan.com!

P.S. There are awesome facts and a history of Vulcan on their website…You should definitely check it out *wink*

Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn