Thursday, March 29, 2012

Fashion-palooza in Birmingham this Saturday: Tim Gunn at Lucky AND Sam Edelman at Belk the Summit

The fashionable place to be this Saturday in Birmingham, AL? At the Summit of course. Not only will Tim Gunn be making an appearance in our lovely city, but Belk has arranged for the master designer Sam Edelman himself to visit.

Chanda Temple (another favorite Southern fashion writer) did a wonderful article about Edelman and his upcoming visit. He'll be here to mark his 60th birthday by making a donation to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation of Alabama, which Belk will be matching.

What a guy!

Where: Belk at the Summit
When: Saturday, 1-3 p.m.
More info:  (205)968-4200

Southern Men, Style Bloggers - the best!

Ok, I have to admit it, I love to read men's style blogs, especially the ones in the South. There is something so cool, crisp and refreshing about them.

I discovered Scott Alexander at The Cable Knit Charlestonian a few weeks ago and I've been meaning to mention him to you. Here's his link, I think you'll enjoy his take on things.

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Need inspiration for Beauty Week? Look no further

Get Gorgeous Now with Belk Beauty Picks for Spring 2012

Belk Spring Fashion - Cosmetics & Beauty

BIRMINGHAM, AL—March 24, 2012— Gorgeous—that’s how Belk is describing beauty this season.
Spring debuts with the newest and very best in skin care essentials (and indulgences) arriving at Belk
cosmetics counters now. Our cosmetics experts have hand-picked each product to embody
“Modern. Southern. Style.” From anti-aging technology to scents that suit every woman, find
everything you need to have a well-stocked makeup bag.

1. Clinique Moisture Surge Intense Skin Fortifying Hydrator -

This rich cream-gel moisturizer
quickly delivers maximum hydration to dry, delicate skin and is oil free and non-acnegenic,
which makes it suitable for all skin types. Barrier repair technology leaves skin comfortable and
plumped 8, 12 and even 24 hours after application. Used over time skin will feel suppler, be less
reactive and it will look younger. The product has amazing texture and delivers instant hydration
when applied. 1.0 oz., $36.00

2. Lancôme Definicil’s Precious Cells Mascara-
This mascara regenerates lash condition to
create visibly stronger lashes and gives lash by lash fullness for a bold look. $29.50
3. Lancôme Absolue Precious Cells Eye Creme-This cream brings the ultimate in skincare that
addresses UV and lifestyle damage. It helps restore density, reduce wrinkles and regenerates
radiance in the eye area. 0.5 oz., $108.00 [Ed. note: Charlotte, NC's style & fashion celebrity T. Strong at recently reviewed the Lancôme Definicil’s Precious Cells Mascara. Check out her review here: Ooooo La La Lashes!

4. “Big Pony” by Ralph Lauren- “Big Pony” rides onto the scene in four amazing scents. All
four colorful fragrances are bright, playful and energizing, and set upon a floral backdrop, yet
each expresses a clear point of view. Based on a duo of ingredients, each fragrance pops with a
unique accent of Citrus, Fruit, Green or Oriental to establish a clear identity with a distinctive

5. StriVectin-EVTM Get Even Brightening Serum- StriVectin-EVTM bring a highly potent, quick
absorbing all-over face serum for mild to moderate age spots, sun spots and dark spots, it
brightens dull skin tones and visibly diminishes spots for clearer, brighter, younger-looking skin.
Non-comedogenic and paraben-free. 1.7 oz., $89.00

6. Estée Lauder ANR 30 Year Anniversary Bottle- The revolutionary repair serum inspired by
groundbreaking DNA research in a limited-edition 30th Anniversary bottle. Use this age-defying
serum every day and help continuously repair the appearance of past damage caused by every
major environmental assault. Exclusive ChronoluxTM Technology synchronizes to skin's needs
to help support the optimal performance of its natural repair and protective processes. Now see
younger, healthier looking skin today and tomorrow. 1.0 oz., $52.00; 1.7 oz., $80.00

7. Parisian Beauty Brights 5 Piece Nail Polish Set- Vibrant, trendy, and fun! This collection of
must-have brights features a salon quality formula that is always in style. This polish provides
flawless coverage, shine and durability. For best results, apply a base coat before applying color
and a quality top coat for a nice finish. Comes in the colors: Zinnia, Daffodil, Poppy, Viola,
Peony. Set, $20.00

8. Biltmore Bath and Body 20 percent Shea Hand Cream - A super-emollient hand cream
consisting of 20 percent Shea Butter, sunflower seed oil, and sweet almond oil is blended with a
faint but alluring hint of vanilla. Dense and pleasing, this cream absorbs easily, is non-greasy, and
helps to heal and protect dry or dehydrated skin. This formula rejuvenates even the roughest
hands to a soft and smooth finish and is paraben and fragrance free. 1.0 oz., $8.00

9. Elizabeth Arden Ceramide Premiere Intense Moisture and Renewal Activation Cream
SPF 30- This rich, replenishing day cream provides intense moisture as it renews and helps
protect from future aging signs. It immediately comforts, deeply nourishes, activates cell
metabolism and protein generation while protecting from sun damage. It is clinically proven to
provide intense hydration and optimize surface cell turnover to improve the appearance of age
spots, discolorations and overall radiance using our patented retinyl complex. It also strengthens,
firms and retexturizes skin and provides key nutrients to fortify thin, fragile skin. 1.7 oz., $92.00
10. “Rebelle” by Rhianna- Parlux presents “Rebelle,” by Rhianna, a delightful enticement bringing
to mind the warmth of the Caribbean sun, reflecting Barbados-born Rihanna’s roots, and the
exhilarating whirl of her present-day city life. Strawberries and purple plums are enlivened with a
jolt of ginger to create a harmonious top note. Then the heart opens with notes of tropical
splendor: cacao absolute, vanilla orchid and heliotrope. Base notes of rich patchouli finds
rhythm with the essence of rare coffee beans; creamy musk merges with the aphrodisiac effect
of amber. 1.0 oz., $35.00; 1.7 oz., $49.00; 3.4 oz., $59.00; 6.7 oz. body lotion, $30.00

11. Clarins NEW Extra-Firming Day Cream- Clarins revolutionizes the face of firming with
lifted, toned skin in just 4 weeks. This revolutionary anti-aging treatment, with powerful plant
extracts, rebuilds the bonds between collagen, elastin and cells- strengthening skin's architecture
to firm and tone on every level. 1.7 oz., $80.00. Available in March

12. Benefit Hervana Powder- Seeking a flush of enlightenment? Swirl on hervana... our “good
karma” face powder! Four complementary shades—lucky shell, divine peach, heavenly rose & berry
delight—blend together perfectly for an orchid blossom blush. What goes around comes around!
0.28 oz., $28.00

Altogether lovely, don't you agree? Be sure and keep an eye on Erica Bunker's DIY style blog for some upcoming cosmetics reviews.

Looking for fashionable events in Birmingham?

Looking for fashionable events in Birmingham this weekend? Then I have just the thing for you!

Belk Spring Beauty Event Showcases Latest Trends & Bright Ideas Saturday & Sunday March 24 – 25
Fun, free makeovers, gifts with purchase, tips galore showcase bright, attention-getting colors for spring & summer

– Nothing marks the beginning of spring more than a new look, a new fragrance and a new attitude, which is why Belk is hosting its annual Spring Beauty Event Saturday and Sunday, March 24 – 25, to start spring off right.  To get the party started, a deejay will rock the beat from noon – 3 p.m. on Saturday at Belk at the Riverchase Galleria.
All day long, shoppers will be treated to the latest trends, newest colors, freshest skincare tips, hottest products and brightest ideas from top brands including Clinique, Lancôme, Estée Lauder, Bobbi Brown and many more.  

Free makeovers and great gifts with purchase will make Belk’s Spring Beauty Event a must-do for the weekend.

A Few Bright Ideas

Flawless skin is a must-have for spring. Get help from a host of primers and foundations that erase flaws and boost radiance.

A smoky eye is still trend-right. New: the modern cat eye (heavy liner to the outer corner, then a swoop to the left).

Proper hydration (inside and out) will keep skin firm and fabulous.

Bright lips stand up best to spring’s color-drenched apparel. Try a velvety new red, a soft purple, or go bold. Think matte – not gloss.

How to Find Your New Summer Scent

Wear what you like. Citrus, floral, green, woods, rain, aquatic – start with a base note you already love.

Try & travel. Spray a sample on clean skin, then spend some time outdoors. If it still smells good to you at day’s end, it’s a keeper.

Have a favorite eau de parfum? Wear it in a lighter, less concentrated eau de toilette for spring and summer. But what will hubby and the kids do while you shop? Belk has a solution for that also:

Belk’s KidFest to Feature Children’s Fashion Show with Local Child Models Walking the Runway Saturday, March 24  

Sweepstakes Offer Chance to Win Three-Night Stay in Luxurious Beach Cottage  

CHARLOTTE, N.C., March 15, 2012 – Belk will host its annual KidFest in-store event Saturday, March 24 from noon – 3 p.m. at all locations. The event – featuring local child models in a children’s fashion show, complete with runway – will offer Belk’s latest fashions and trends for kids, refreshments, music, games, heart healthy activities, face painting, balloons and prizes.

KidFest attendees at all Belk stores will be eligible to enter to win one of three prizes, including a three-night stay in a luxurious beach cottage, passes to the North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores, and free ferry rides to see the Cape Lookout Lighthouse and the wild horses on Shackleford Banks.

Children who serve as models during the event will receive a 15 percent off coupon for any purchase in the children’s department. All other participants will receive a shopping pass giving them an extra 15 percent off on purchases of sale and clearance merchandise in the children’s department. Customers can save up to 40 percent off the entire stock of kids’ apparel. Complete details and a list of merchandise exclusions are available from the store.

Friday, March 16, 2012

Don't you just love these shoes!

Check out the ArtBelles new shoe post! 

"These 5 inch heels have a T-strap and are made of pleated chiffon. It’s definitely a call to the wild side! The peep toe makes it a perfect pairing with jeans or a nice dress. The platform heel distributes my weight evently, which makes the shoe extremely comfortable (yeah, I said it!) Take a closer gander at “McKenna–Ivory,” and let me know how much you think she rocks."

Thursday, March 8, 2012