Happy Birthday, America!

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Happy Fourth of July, Y’all!

I wish everyone safe travels and fun times!

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Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn

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Weekly Whistle: American Flags, Picnics and Watermelons

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Hello, fabulouses! Tomorrow is Independence Day, and I absolutely cannot wait to celebrate with red, white, and blue patriot pride.  So, grab your red shorts, navy blue blouse, and white wedges–oh, and do not forget your snazzy red lipstick–and join me for the VIP’s favorite outfit of the week.  Now,  let us get this Weekly Whistle going because it is almost time to wave your American flags, enjoy a family picnic at the park, munch on juicy watermelons, and of course, watch fabulous fireworks!

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Blouse: Belk

Shorts: Personal Vintage Collection

Shoes: Jessica Simpson

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Check out my latest Real Story Publishing article about How to Survive Family Holidays: http://thisisrealmedia.com/2013/07/03/the-adventures-of-the-vip-how-to-survive-family-holidays/

Y’all have a fabulous Fourth of July celebration and come back tomorrow for a fun and fabulous VIP blog post!

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Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn

Memorial Day 2013

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Today is the beloved day we all call Memorial Day. The day where we should be remembering the fallen and honoring the true American heroes.  Have we stayed true to the real meaning of Memorial Day? That is my question.

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I was in a hurry on my way home yesterday when I passed by an elderly man on the side of the road holding a cardboard sign that read, “Hungry homeless veteran soldier”.  I nearly burst into tears…All I could think about was why was that soldier homeless? Where is the love?  Why have so many veterans been ignored…pushed to the side…and forgotten?

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It seems that in the hustle and bustle of our busy lives that we forget those who served our country…we forget those who jeopardized their lives to protect our freedom…we forget how many good men and women lost their lives defending our nation…BUT today, let us remember them.  Let us remember the heroic men and women who have fallen in the line of duty.  Let us be thankful for our amazing armed forces and praise them for their brave actions.  Let us stay true to the real meaning of Memorial Day.

To learn about the history of Memorial Day, check out my latest Real Media article.

Real Media: The Adventures of the VIP: Memorial Day History in a Large, Medium, and Small Nutshell–http://thisisrealmedia.com/2013/05/22/the-adventures-of-the-vip-memorial-day-history-and-fashion-in-a-large-medium-and-small-nutshell/

Ring: StephieGknits by Stephanie Grantham
Ring: StephieGknits by Stephanie Grantham

Have a wonderful and safe Memorial Day, y’all!

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Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn

V.I.P. DIY: Poster Wall Art

“So we sailed up to the sun. Till we found the sea of green. And we lived beneath the waves. In our yellow submarine. We all live in a yellow submarine. Yellow submarine, yellow submarine. We all live in a yellow submarine. Yellow submarine, yellow submarine”….that song is so catchy….The Beatles are the best band ever…some may think Justin Bieber is the best ever…but I am sorry to tell them that they are wrong…It’s  Beatles Fever not Bieber Fever…

For your next rainy day, this Poster Wall Art DIY is simple and creates a conversation piece for any room.

Step 1: Gather supplies: 6 vintage records, Beatles poster, X-Acto knife, scissors, 100 grit sandpaper, foam brush, paper plate, decoupage glue, and a permanent marker.

Step 2: Sand one side of the record with 100 grit sandpaper just enough to scratch it up a bit. This will help the poster adhere better to the record. After sanding all the records, wipe them down with a paper towel.

Step 3: Place the six records on the poster in the position you want them, and trace around them with a permanent marker as shown in the picture above.

Step 4: Cut the poster into six squares, and place two records on top of two squares. Next, wait 20-30 minutes to allow the poster to “uncurl” a little. During this time, grab a snack or dance around to your favorite Beatles songs! After that, cut the traced circles out of the squares.

Step 5: Now, it is time to start decoupaging! Put some glue on the paper plate, and dip the foam brush in the glue (as if you were painting). TIP: Do NOT get glue in the hole in the middle of the record. Next, smooth out most of the bubbles on the record, leaving some because they are needed to make the distressing process easier. Repeat this process for all six records. Allow the glue approximately 1 hour to dry. During this time, pop some popcorn, and watch an episode of my favorite show…PSYCH! best. show. ever. “I’ve heard it both ways…..waaaiiiittttt for itttttt….fist bump.”

Step 6: Carefully get the X-Acto knife, and carefully cut out the paper covering the hole in the center of the record. Carefully repeat this step for all six records. WARNING: X-Acto knives are extremely sharp, handle carefully. X-Acto knives are not meant to peel oranges, spread peanut butter, do not ride a bicycle or drive a car while using an X-Acto knife, always use extreme caution while operating an X-Acto knife. Safetly goggles are recommended, but not required…

Step 7: With 100 grit sandpaper, lightly distress the entire record…I used several other techniques to distress my records that I am not going to divulge…….however, I am willing to sell said secrets for $1456 (Prada Shoe Fund). Be creative and have fun with it!!

Taaaaaaaa Daaaaa the finished product!

I would like to share with y’all a very relieving, heartfelt story…One of the bears has been found. Yes, only one…the “special agents” informed me that only one bear survived the tragedy of the trashcan…but that’s okay…because the rest are in my heart……….if you’re just now joining me, you should probably read my previous blog Mason Jars, Cobalt Blue, and Red Heels.

Join me next time because I am going to have some pretty snazzy things to share with you:)

Oh, and don’t forget to follow me on twitter @Abbysauce_ and Instagram @vintagepassionista

Check out another blog that I absolutely enjoy reading!: http://www.thewoodenbee.com/eco-crafting-wine-cork-magnets/

Thanks&Hugs

Abby Hathorn

Picture at top of blog work cited: http://userserve-ak.last.fm/serve/500/2588646/The+Beatles+JUMP.jpg

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