Friday, February 7, 2014

Spring must be near - it's free Clinique gift with purchase at Belk

The sun came out today for the first time in what seems like MONTHS so I did what any sensible girl would do, went for a walk outside and felt HAPPY!  There is just something about the sun coming out after days of overcast skies and horrible weather that lifts the spirits.

After that a quick trip to the mall was in order, just needed a few necessaries, as my grandmother used to say. And did we ever get lucky at the Clinique counter at Belk: It's free gift with purchase time!

Repairwear Laser Focus Wrinkle Correcting Eye Cream (5 ml)
Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion+ (30 ml)
Rinse-Off Eye Makeup Solvent (60 ml)
Lash Doubling Mascara in Black (3.4 ml)
Choose your color: Chubby Stick Lip in Roomiest Rose and Clinique Colour Compact in Pinks OR Chubby Stick Lip in Curviest Caramel and Clinique Colour Compact in Nudes
Cosmetic bag

We're completely loyal to the Clinique lose powder and it seems to last forever, it's a much loved staple, so that was on my list.

 I'd also been gifted a sample of Clinique's Repairwear at the Belk Spring Fashion Preview hosted by the adorable Arlene Goldstein in January. After a few weeks of using this product I've been impressed and hope to add it to my healthy skin routine full time.

So check out your local Belk and pick up your free Clinique gift with purchase. or, you can order online and have your gift delivered to your front door! Belk is offering free shipping on all cosmetic purchases and if you look around online you can find several coupon codes for Belk. What could be better than saving 15%, free shipping and a gift with purchase?

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Von Maur is coming, and soon! Make that Von Maur is open now!

Check out the details in this article by Dawn Kent Azock with photos by Joe Songer.


Courtesy of our friends at Simply Bridal, we have for you today a beautiful DIY Bridal Makeup Guide. So well done, we think it is a handy guide for any special occasion!  Thanks Simply Bridal for going the extra mile to create this beautiful art!

Check them out for the best bridal information in the US:

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Fashion's Night Off - John Thomas at Belk

Can we just say how delighted we were to come across this article in South Park Magazine about John Thomas, executive of private brands at Belk? This interesting guy came across our radar when he was on Project Runway for the Belk challenge. Come on people, admit it, it was great to see a  manly man on that show.

It introduced a level of, um, something we hadn't realized was missing, for lack of a better phrase. But I digress...

You'll find the article here and his wife Tatiana is as beautiful as he is handsome. And the house, so livable but so Garden & Gun at the same time.  And while the name of the article is "Fashion's Night Off," even in this causal setting, Thomas and his wife, along with their home, are what we think of as style-icious! (Rhymes with delicious!)

And as a former copy-writer can I ask who wrote that article title? "Fashion's Night Off."

Like "Fashion's Night Out," but better.

New favorite fashion bloggers in and around Birmingham

Have you noticed the new fashion bloggers in and around Birmingham? We have! And this is a welcome to the club post, because the more people we have talking about fashion, style and events in Birmingham, the better.

First up, the Vintage Inspired Passionita, a sweet senorita taking the town by storm. She not only blogs, but writes a column called "Abby in the City," styles ads in local magazines and does on-site reporting at Birmingham events.All of that while offering her fashionable take on trends and beauty.

Check her out, we think you'll like it!

Stay tuned for more new fashion bloggers in Birmingham........

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Not that we don't like prints, but sometimes you need something MADEWELL

At the Birmingham Fashion Blog, we love prints, we really do. They cover a multitude of sins, metaphorically speaking. But sometimes you just need normal. Chic. Smooth. Not all busy and bird of paradise-ish.

And now, you can find just those very things at Madewell, opening Tuesday, Oct. 16 at the Summit in Birmingham. But be forewarned, over size 14's will be out of luck. It's so chic, it's just for the tiny chicks.

We're ok with that. Those cute purses know no size.

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Thursday night in Birmingham: One place to be

Ok, make that two places but both are at the Summit! Gus Mayer is hosting a silent auction to benefit the Breast Cancer Research Foundation of Alabama. The event starts at 6:00 p.m.

You can get more details at this link. (Thanks to Jennifer Galbreath at BCRFA for the information!)

After you do your part at Gus Mayer, come over to Belk for their famous Girls Night Out celebration. You'll find 20% off all the newest fall fashions while being treated to glamorous hors d'oeuvres and wine. You can also register for a $1500 shopping spree at Belk and free makeover compliments of Estee Lauder! What's not to love?

You'll find more details here.

Happy Thursday!

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Grand happenings at the Summit: West Elm Grand Opening to benefit Jones Valley Teaching Farm

A lot of companies come to Birmingham, and we're glad. But we're especially glad when the company comes in with open arms and hosts an amazing grand opening party that benefits something as wonderful in this community as the Jones Valley Teaching Farm.

Welcome to Birmingham West Elm! We wish you all the best and will definitely see you soon!

Art by Rachel West

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Our favorite salon owner won Birmingham Business Alliance Young Professional of the Year award

So excited and this will be short, but we just found out that Tonya Jones won  the Birmingham Business Alliance Young Professional of the Year award for 2013!

Congrats Tonya! So well deserved.

Big things are happening at the Riverchase Galleria!

Just in case you haven't heard, the fashion capitol of the South is growing by leaps and bounds! The new trendy fashion store Cloochie opened today and Von Maur is slated to open in November at the Riverchase Galleria in Hoover, near Birmingham, AL.

We'll try and visit Cloochie soon and give you a report, but this lace skirt on their website is making my inner Stevie Nicks come to life, and that's a good thing!

And Von Maur? We've never had the occasion to visit one but we're looking forward to checking the store out. It's always exciting when you have more fashion to choose from.

Interest free credit card? Color us interested already!

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Chip & Pepper in the house!

If you're of a certain generation you might remember Chip & Pepper. And if you're younger, you'll be happy to discover the ultra-hip team of Chip and Pepper. And guess what? Fashion fans of all ages can meet Chip & Pepper in person this Thursday at Belk in Tuscaloosa.

I know, you thought all Alabama was known for was football, but really, it's tres fashionable! So come to Belk this Thursday, get your fashion on and meet Chip & Pepper. There will also be denim give-aways every half hour. Can't beat that!

 Belk Celebrates College Night with Denim Experts Chip & Pepper

What:                   Belk and denim designers Chip & Pepper Foster are launching a new, exclusive collection and you are invited to meet the dynamic duo and be among the first to try on the jeans yourself at Belk at University Mall. Chip & Pepper will be on hand for Belk’s College Night, and will be sharing their tips and trends for denim this fall. 

Chip & Pepper are experts when it comes to fit, comfort and style, and they have incorporated their knowledge into a cutting edge denim collection for Belk that will be available at an affordable price.  
The Chip & Pepper® California collection is available in select Belk stores across the Southeast and on

When:                  Thurs., Sept. 26
                                6:30-8 p.m.

Where:                Belk at University Mall
                                169 University Mall
                                Tuscaloosa, Ala. 35405

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

I bet you knew this, but we didn't

Anna Wintour wears the same shoes just about all the time. Not exactly the same same, but just about.

I have a confession, I like that. If you find something that works and feels good, by all means keep doing it!

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Project Runway- We'll tell you how the modern Southern woman dresses, compliments of Belk!

Like the rest of the world, we here at Birmingham Fashion Blog tune in faithfully to Project Runway. Imagine our excitement when we heard the designers were charged with designing a dress that retail giant Belk was going to carry in the 301 Belk locations and nationally online at!

The episode was interesting and our collective hearts went flutter when John Thomas from Belk walked on the set. Who knew that fashion executives could be so, well, MANLY and attractive. We're thinking he needs his own reality show.

We digress....

What threw us for a loop about this episode was how flustered some of the designers were over the challenge: Designing a dress for Belk's Southern customer. Such an easy task, but yet, so many of them struggled with this, as if the South was a foreign country all together.

So we checked out what Belk is offering for Southern women, and really, women all across the USA via and we think what Belk is offering is HOT! We saw something for everyone and as is our duty, bring some of what we discovered to share with you, our Southern fashion fans.

Belk Fashion Fall 2013: Most Wanted for Women

Charlotte, NC — Get ready for the next big things! Find out the revealing revelations of fall fashion that will amp up any attire. This is just what you’re looking for when it comes to the latest fashion forward finds. Dynamically designed for any occasion, these pieces are key. It’s our cue to review “Most Wanted for Women,” from Belk, the leader of “Modern. Southern. Style.” and Arlene Goldstein, Belk vice president of fashion direction. Here’s the list of fall’s hits and highlights:

1. Slim Trouser – No wardrobe update is complete without fall’s favorite pant. Sleek, simple and easy to wear, this bottom is still first on fashion’s hip parade.

2. Button Front Shirt – Comfy doesn’t always mean casual. Paired with denim or a pencil skirt, this versatile top offers a first class ticket to tailored elegance.

Michael Kors at Belk

3. Statement Jacket – This is the “go to” item that easily upgrades any look. Fitted blazer or boxy crop; military or motocross, this is the wardrobe change that changes everything.

4. Fashion Sweatshirt – This humble sweater has had a high fashion make over. It is an old school classic that is chic yet accessible.

5. Patterned Sweater – From spots and stripes to abstract florals and animal imagery, this knit has a knack for newness. Both pullovers and cardis can take you anywhere,

6. Something Leather – Choose pleather or the real thing, either way sensational skins are a fall must have. Romantic or edgy this material matters.

7. New Knit Dress – Good to go. It is wearable, packable and fashionable. Did I mention modern shapes and sophisticated patterns?

Vince Camuto at Belk

8. Bold Jewels – Check out statement pieces that pack a punch. Rings, necks and a bevy of bracelets. Brilliant stones and bold proportions. Ritzy yet relevant.

9. Satchel – Fashion meets function with precise lines and the ultimate in craftsmanship. The season’s #1 handbag silhouette becomes the exclamation point to your look.

Michael Kors at Belk

10. Short Boots – Dare to wear them with everything from slim pants and skinny jeans to sleek sheaths and snazzy skirts. Be adventurous or just play it safe. Both work!

Sam Edelman at Belk

Thursday, September 12, 2013

The marvelous Donald J Pliner to visit Birmingham, Belk at the Summit!

Fashion Designer Donald J Pliner to Appear at Belk at the Summit on Sept. 14 to Introduce Fall Collection
 Silent art auction during 4-hour event to benefit Donald and
Lisa Pliner’s Peace for the Children Foundation

BIRMINGHAM, ALA., Sept. 5, 2013 – Donald J Pliner, renowned designer of men’s and women’s luxury footwear and accessories, is coming to Belk at the Summit in Birmingham, Ala. on Saturday, Sept. 14, to introduce his Fall 2013 collection and raise money for a children’s charity that he and his wife founded. 

Pliner will appear at the store’s ladies shoe department from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

A silent auction of folk art carvings of pigs and masks created by New Mexican artist Larry Jacquez and signed by Pliner will also be held during the event with proceeds benefiting Donald and Lisa Pliner’s Peace for the Children Foundation. Winners will be announced at the end of the event with payment by cash or check only.

Gus Mayer's Fashion Night Out

Fashion's Night Out is an all-day affair at Gus Mayer! Tax free fashions and beauty from 10:00 am until 8:00 pm. We welcome all fashionistas to come enjoy tax free shopping and great music from 5:00 - 8:00 pm. Skinny Girl Cocktails and hors d'oeuvres will be served as well as ten minute makeovers in cosmetics! Don't forget to get your professional photo taken by Big Swede Photography!

Monday, September 2, 2013

Does your bra fit? Find out at Belk the Summit with a Wacoal fitting and help raise funds for breast cancer

Does your bra fit? Find out at Belk the Summit with a Wacoal fitting and help raise funds for breast cancer!

Seriously, you won't believe how it will impact all aspects of your life when your bra fits correctly. And enhance your figure? You bet. So please call the intimates department at Belk the Summit and make your appointment today. For every woman who comes in to be fitted, Belk and Wacoal will donate $2 to the local Susan G. Komen group. It's a win-win for everyone!

Don't forget the free gift with $80 purchase: free pink panties and beautiful cosmetics bag from Belk!

Please make your appointment today with Peggy Bloodworth
STM Contemporary/Intimates
Belk Summit
205-968-4200 x308

Saturday, August 31, 2013

Project Runway is looking for YOU!

Just received an email from Bunim-Murray and we're delighted to pass along the news that Project Runway is looking for YOU! The show is casting now, this could be your chance to live the dream.

Sunday, August 11, 2013

"Girl get your record on!" Tonya Jones SalonSpa

Sometimes, a very pleasant experience reminds me of a song and every time I think of that experience, the soundtrack plays in my mind. It's nice, sort of like MTV back in the old days when they played music.

 ("Girl, get your record on!")

That happened again for me just last week when a friend gave me the gift of a haircut. SHE didn't cut it herself, but called one day and proclaimed, "You're going to Tonya Jones SalonSpa, call them and make your appointment." So I did, but honestly I didn't want to. I even put it off for a few days so I could think of a way to try and get out of it. Horrible, right?

By way of explanation, I have a sort of hair appointment resistance. I just can't find anyone who understands my hair. I'm Caucasian, but my hair has extreme curliness which flips right over into pure frizz at the slightest provocation. At the same time the hair itself is very fine, but it LOOKS like it's hale and hearty, so it has fooled many a stylist who thought they could razor the ends for extra body. It never works and after most hair appointments I found myself rocking the ponytail for a few months while whatever style my hair was supposed to be grew out a bit.

But there I was on a balmy Saturday driving through Birmingham to Mountain Brook to  Tonya Jones SalonSpa. Nervous would be an understatement. I'm more relaxed before a root canal!

To be continued........

Friday, August 9, 2013

It's been too long!

Everyone was tres busy this summer so we took a little break from the Birmingham Fashion Blog, but never fear, we're gearing back up to bring you news of the best fashion events in Birmingham and across the Southeast! And as always, reviews and news about fashion, cosmetics and the best places in town to find what you need, at the best price.

Stay tuned!