SliceFest2013–A Sold Out Celebration

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Blouse: JCPenny
Shorts: three07
Shoes: Gus Mayer
Necklace: BluKat Design by Heather O’Cain
Sunglasses: Ray Ban (polarized), Sunglasses Hut

As the day grew warmer, the crowd grew larger at the second annual Slice Fest in Birmingham, Alabama. Fun activities for the kiddos and deliciously spectacular pizza from Slice are just two things that set SliceFest above all the rest.

In addition to the awesome refreshments and fabulous food, the rocking hot bands made the day fly by with stage stompin’ excitement! Live performances by headlining band JJ Grey & Mofro, Ponderosa, Rollin’ in the Hay, Banditos, Bad Brad & the Sipsey Slims, Wildflowers, Ophelia, and Festival Expressions were the icing on this festive cake—or shall I say the toppings on the pizza?

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If you did not think it could get better than divinely fresh stone pizzas, local brews, and live music, then think again. SliceFest 2013 partnered with local charities, Alabama Forever and Suki Foundation, to donate a portion of the festivals proceeds to great these causes.  Fun and a good deed!  Yes, yes, indeed.

SliceFest Sponsors included: Birmingham Budweiser, BB&T, Birmingham Mountain Radio, City of Birmingham, Cocoa-Cola, happy Family, Kassouf & Co., Mancha Hardscapes, and Super Deal. 

 

Related articles: Geek Alabama http://geekalabama.com/2013/06/04/slicefest-2013-in-birmingham/

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Over 1700 tickets were sold for this year’s SliceFest–where will you be next year? That is the question. If you missed out on this Slicetastic extravaganza—no need to fear! It is easy to stop by Slice in Birmingham, Alabama for just a slice of what SliceFest had to offer.  For more information about Slice, please visit www.slicebirmingham.com.

Whether you wanted to pig out, rock out, or both, SliceFest 2013 was the perfect destination for an all-day summer celebration—but do not fret! There are still plenty of all-day summer activities to enjoy in Birmingham. Plan a day trip for Sloss Furnaces, lunch at Slice, and an afternoon full of shopping!

The VIP with the bro-owners of Slice Pizza & Brew!
The VIP with the bro-owners of Slice Pizza & Brew!

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What is Sloss Furnances? “Sloss Furnaces produced iron for nearly 90 years, which gave rise to the city of Birmingham, AL. Now recognized as a National Historic Landmark, Sloss Furnaces, with its web of pipes and tall smokestacks, offers us a glimpse into the great industrial past of the South and our nation.” (www.slossfurnaces.com) To learn more about Sloss Furnaces, please visit www.slossfurnaces.com

Where to shop? “Not only is Birmingham home to one of the largest malls in the nation, but we have antique stores, art galleries, factory outlets, specialty shops, and upscale boutiques than you can shake a platinum card at. If you’re into shopping a sprawling promenade, a downtown city street or a quaint village road, your dream shopping destination is right here,” says www.birminghamal.org. To learn more about shopping in the Birmingham area, please visit www.birminghamal.org

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Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn

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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

One Top, Six Ways: Part One

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Hello, my magnificently fabulous fashionistas! Summer vacations, last minute weekend getaways, and hunky lifeguards on the beach are vastly approaching…Hey, boys! *said in flirty voice* haha…but what will you be wearing on these lovely weekends? That is the question…what to wear…what to wear….hmmmm…..

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Whether your trip is planned or spur of the moment, this Michael Stars top from Gus Mayer is a MUST HAVE for summer! This slouchy yet sleek T-shirt is easily dressed up or down by changing out the bottoms (shorts, skirts, knickerbockers, trousers…) and wearing different accessories! Now, strap on your fashionista seatbelts as I show you three ways to wear this glorious top!  Visit me next week to see THREE MORE WAYS! Ahh!  This blouse is the perfect summer go-to-item!

Grab your vintage suitcase, and go with the flow!

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Shorts: Target (Trussville, AL)

Shoes: OTBT, Gus Mayer (Birmingham, AL)

Necklaces: BluKat Design

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Hello, leopard and turquoise!

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Blouse: Michael Stars, Gus Mayer (Birmingham, AL)

Skirt: Thrifted

Earrings: Hearts of Stone

Necklace: BluKat Design

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Green high-waisted military shorts? Yes, please!

 IMG_8496 IMG_8518 IMG_8517 IMG_8489 IMG_8501Blouse: Michael Stars, Gus Mayer (Birmingham, AL)

Shorts: Urban Outfitters (Birmingham, AL)

Belt: American Eagle (Trussville, AL)

Shoes: Jessica Simpson

Necklace and Bracelets: Beadsoul

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Don’t forget to come back next week to see three more ways to wear this spectacular top!

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Town and Gown Magazine May Issue: http://issuu.com/townandgownmagazine/docs/may

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Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn

Weekly Whistle: Fabulous Elie Tahari Frock

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Hello, my amazing fashionistas! I am totally in love with my Elie Tahari crochet dress! I can wear it SO many ways–hmm….another blog idea! So far, I have already worn it to the Alpha Xi Delta UAB Scholarship Tea with a blue slip dress and classic pearls. The outfit was absolutely classic glam! This week at the Invite Only Nordstrom Rack pre-opening party, I wore the original, vibrantly colored floral slip dress underneath it. I accessorized this terrific ensemble with a spiked statement necklace! This magnificent ensemble was totally spunky glam!

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I was excited to be invited by Nordstrom Rack to attend the exclusive pre-opening party of the Birmingham store. The delicious food and refreshing beverages gave all of us party shoppers the hydration and nourshiment that we needed for the style hunt.  We were able to put all of our treasures in the complimentary tote bag.  I discovered some awesome designer pieces for a great price–I am definitely going to have to go back to shop rather than always working….Hi, my name is Abby Hathorn, and I am a workaholic…

Anyway…my Elie Tahari dress is so totally fab that I have labeled it as this week’s Weekly Whistle! Oh, I just adore Weekly Whistle time!

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Dress: Elie Tahari, Belk

Shoes: Jessica Simpson, Belk

Belt: Target

Necklace: Avon

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Welcome to Birmingham, Nordstrom Rack!

Opening Date: May 16 at 9am–Come at 8am to enjoy pre-opening festivities!

Location: 4612 Hwy 280, Building B, Birmingham, AL 35242 (River Ridge Shopping Center)

Phone: (205)587-3100

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Opening Day Festivities:

Rally at the Rack: Come early to celebrate! At 8am, we will kick things off with music, breakfast treats and more. Customers can enter for a chance to win one of (30) $100 gift cards–plus, one lucky winner will receive a $1,000 shopping spree and early access through our Rule the Rack sweepstakes.

Rule the Rack: Rule the Rack is a sweepstakes we hold before most Nordstrom Rack store openings, including our new River Ridge store. Costumers can enter a drawing to win a $1,000 shopping spree, plus exclusive entry 30 minutes before the store opens at 9am. The winner’s name is drawn and announced at 8:25 a.m. (Must be present to win.)

*The first 1,000 customers to make a purchase at the new Nordstrom Rack River Ridge will receive a complimentary Nordstrom tote as a gift*

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What is Nordstrom Rack?

“The first Nordstrom Rack opened as a clearance center in the lower-level of the Downtown Seattle Nordstrom store in the early 1970’s. As Nordstrom expanded across the country, Rack stores followed. The new Nordstrom Rack River Ridge will be the retailer’s 127th Rack Location….Nordstrom Rack is the off-price division of Nordstrom, INC. offering on-trend, of-the-moment clearance merchandise from Nordstrom stores as well as items purchased specially for Nordstrom Rack. The Store offers significant savings on great brands like Hugo Boss, Kate Spade, and Trina Turk  with most at 30-70% off.”

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What you will find inside:

  • Discounted brand-name apparel, shoes, and accessories
  • Premium denim for men and women
  • Cosmetics
  • Thousands of pairs of shoes
  • Over 2,000 men’s ties
  • Over 1,000 handbags
  • On-site alterations
  • Mobile check-out devices

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Check out more of my writings and photo shoot styling here:

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Town and Gown Magazine May Issue: http://issuu.com/townandgownmagazine/docs/may

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Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn

Entangled by the Norm

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The question that I am asked the most by my readers, fans, neighbors, and strangers is “Why did you start your blog?”  That question is usually followed by “How old were you when you started it?” Well, in a nutshell, I started the Vintage Inspired Passionista blog at age sixteen as a way to make the voice of good kids heard. I was tired of the way teenagers were being (and still are being) portrayed on cable television—wild, crazy, uneducated (poorly spoken), YOLO, ridiculous, do anything to get attention (gain a little immediate fame and satisfaction), disrespectful, and future members of the prison system.

Improving the way teens are viewed because of “reality” TV shows, news events, and social media activities became my mission—my goal.  At first the task seemed daunting; however, the more I blog, the more incredibly nice and supportive people I meet, the more community events that I attend where I see good people of all ages doing good things—the more I realize that goal is attainable…not because of me…not because I have a magic formula, but because there are so many good teens out there…waiting to be heard, waiting for someone to notice, waiting for the right media to step away from the 24/7 negative doom and gloom and to start reporting 24/7 on happy, positive, good news.  Is that my thinking like a child?  Is that my living in a fairy tale?  No, I do not think so.

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It is easy to lump all teenagers into a presumptuous public persona. Like my Paw Riley always told me, “A few bad apples ruin the whole bunch.” Overcoming said persona has been quite the challenge. I have people that tell my parents and me that I need to sit back, relax, and be a normal teenager. First of all…what exactly is a “normal teenager”? Is it the unwillingness to learn, the hatred of school, the disrespect of authority figures, wild parties, drugs, and underage drinking? No, or at least, it should not be.

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What I am doing with my life is normal—I have no desire to be a part of the “normal teen” stereotypical generation that is being shown all over the internet and TV–where cheap beer, mud riding, and sex is the summation of wild weekend parties.

No,  this is not how all teenagers live their lives, but due to overwhelming bad press—many good teenagers have conformed because they want to fit in…they want to feel normal…they want to have lots of friends and social activities…they do not want to be made fun of by peers or adults…they do not want to be bullied by peers or adults…they do not want to be left out…they do not want to be the last one picked….

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Changing the way the world looks at the younger generation will only be obtained one small step at a time…one positive Facebook status at a time…one inspirational tweet at a time…one good reality TV show about good kids at a time…one positive newscast at a time…

Together we will untangle this mess that we as a society created.  Yes, I had a part in the teen reputation because I sat idle and did nothing…until I started my blog…until now with this post.

Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn