Wednesday, November 28, 2012

You say fashion, we say Alexis! Door prize is $100 Belk gift card

Great fashion news for Birmingham fashion lovers! 

The Birmingham Public Library is sponsoring a free fashion workshop!

From the invite:

"Need help taking your look from day to night, decoding tricky dress codes? Do you want to know how to look glam on a budget?  Join style blogger Alexis Barton for Fashion Friday at the Birmingham Public Library on Friday, December 7 at noon, as she shares tips to help you dress your best for social occasions.  The event is free, and the pleasure of your company is required!
The workshop will be held in the Central Library’s Arrington Auditorium (located at 2100 Park Place), and is brought to you by the Birmingham Public Library and Birmingham Magazine.
Special thanks to Chanda Temple!"
Did we mention the doorprize? A $100 Belk gift card! 

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Black Friday Shopping in Birmingham, AL

If you're planning to shop during Black Friday in Birmingham, following Christie Dedman at is just a must! She'll have live updates at Twitter and her column in the Birmingham News (and it's online home at features the best info on all the best deals.

She's done the work so you don't have to!

Here are her posts in the Birmingham News:


Her Twitter page:

And Facebook:

Thanksgiving Fashion, Southern Style

We caught these two cuties at a family Thanksgiving dinner in Bluff Park and couldn't resist taking a snap.

Hope, (on the left rocking the stripes) is an uber chic mom of an adorable two year old daughter (who was also looking tres chic today in her pink princess crown!)

Heather is a Birmingham native and UAB grad who now lives and works in Washington D.C. but was in town to spread love and cheer to her nearest and dearest.

Southern fashion and charm, it's the best!

How about those boots!

Monday, November 19, 2012

Signature pieces for the working woman - ideas from the delicious diva of Southern Fashion, Arlene Goldstein

After receiving a job offer couldn't she refuse, one Birmingham Fashion Blog team member is headed back to the work-a-day world after a few years as a stay at home mom.

Team member Sasha notes, "The children are all in school now, so it's time. But after 8 delightful years as a full-time mommy, my closest reflects that!

 She's often heard asking,"What to wear?" So we're putting that question to the delicious diva of Southern Fashion, Arlene Goldstein.

"As Vice President of Trend Merchandising and Fashion Direction for Belk, Inc. and with more than 25 years of experience in the fashion industry, I have seen too many women make their fashion purchases based on emotion. Clothes have the ability to make us feel happy, even powerful. We are often seduced by the razzle dazzle but it’s important to invest in pieces that inspire yet also serve as timeless wardrobe staples. At Belk we offer our customers the latest trends showcasing modern, Southern, style at a range of price points. Working women can always find professional, on-trend designs at our stores and on our website at a price that works with their budget. Here are a few of the staples I recommend to every woman in the workplace:

·         The Black Sheath Dress: This classic silhouette is always on-trend and can be found in an array of fabrics for every budget. This piece is forever young, while at the same time brilliantly mature and sophisticated.

·         The Pencil Skirt: This all-seasons favorite is chic year-in and year-out. It goes from day to dinner – workplace to weekend – with ease and elegance.

·         A Tailored Blazer: Choose a well-fitted blazer in a neutral palette that can be paired with a dress, skirt or silky blouse in any color.

·         Slim Black Pant: This classic cut is flattering for all figures and will become your go-to pant for seasons to come.

We have a feeling Sasha is going back to work in style!

Get instant updates from Arlene Goldstein on Twitter @BelkFashionBuzz

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Don't let winter skin do you in! Check in with the prettiness professionals at Belk

Belk Beauty Picks for Winter 2012

 Arriving at Belk cosmetics counters now: The 2012 holiday season's top beauty solutions for winter skin! From luxurious anti-aging products to lashes that are sure to catch everyone’s admiring attention, our experts have handpicked each of these cosmetics stars with you in mind. Each of these make-up bag must-haves embrace “Modern. Southern. Style.” and will create an exquisite beauty experience like no other just in time for holiday festivities.

1. Esteé Lauder Advanced Night Repair - The one formula beautiful skin can't live without. This comprehensive, high-performance anti-aging serum-inspired by groundbreaking DNA research dramatically reduces visible signs of aging in your skin.
1.0 oz $52/1.7 oz $80

2. Esteé Lauder Perfectionist CP+R- New Perfectionist CP+R is a supercharging cream that is safe for all skin types. What can you expect to see in a day, week and even month?
DAY 1: Immediately reduces look of lines by 37 percent
WEEK 1: Doubles skin's line-fighting power. Prominent wrinkles begin to look lifted away.
MONTH 1: 96 percent of women showed a significant reduction in lines and wrinkles. Skin looks re-defined, reclaims a youthful firmness and suppleness.
1.0 oz $65/ 1.7 oz $95/3.4 oz $145

3. Clarins Total Eye Concentrate - Clarins sheds new light on age-defying eye care with a treatment powered by Pueraria Lobata, the "forever young" plant proven to reduce the effects of aging. In just three weeks eyes are given a luminous “lift.” Clarins Total Eye Concentrate works on all skin types and is great for removing puffiness and crow’s feet. This product makes looking younger simple and easy.
.53 oz $82

4. Elizabeth Arden Visible Difference Optimizing Skin Serum - See a difference in as little as six days when using the new Visible Difference Optimizing Skin Serum together with the spa-inspired skincare regimen. In a perfect world, your skin would repair and replace damaged cells so quickly that you'd have a continuous, healthy glow. The reality is that our skin needs a little help and this skin serum is just the trick. Elizabeth Arden has optimized 100 years of spa science to create a serum that gives your skin a healthy advantage. This advanced treatment formula with an exclusive retinyl complex renews skin's clarity and texture with a healthy glow as it evens skin tone. This product is suitable for all skin types, even sensitive skin, and has been approved by dermatologists and clinically tested. Another plus is that this serum is non-comedogenic.
1.0 oz $49

5. Lancôme Cils Booster XL Super-Enhancing Mascara Base- Give your lashes an XL boost. This innovative mascara base maximizes the result of any Lancôme mascara and features micro-fibers for enhanced effect. This product includes a triangular brush that helps separate lashes.

6. Lancôme Effortless Lash Design- Find ultimate control with Le Curler with its specially designed, no-slip grip. Its unique silicone pads guard against breaking and gently cushion every lash to create a sweeping, crease-free curl. Finally, effortless curling that your lashes will love. Fits any eye shape or lash type.

Finally, it's true boot weather!

We here at the Birmingham Fashion Blog LOVE boots and can't think of anything else that pulls an outfit together faster.

We've asked local fashion pro Tracy James for her thoughts on boots and we're delighted to present them here!

"As soon as the weather snaps, people get excited about wearing boots. This fall, styles range from below the ankle to creeping above the knee. At the forefront is the shoe bootie, whether with a high heel, chunky heel or wedge. Because this bootie hits below the ankle bone, it is more flattering than its taller cousin, the ankle boot, and more versatile as it can be worn with opaque tights under skirts or dresses, creating a long lean line. Many designers are adding interest to their boots, in the form of color (grey is now a staple and oxblood an on-trend addition), texture (pony hair and reptile), and embellishment (grommets and spikes). As the weather gets colder, taller boots will become more appealing - equestrian styles continue to be a popular choice with their wearer-friendly flat soles and ease of pairing with the season's skinny pants. Women now want a whole wardrobe of boots, rather than just one go-to pair, so finding deals is important! At The Outlet Shops of Grand River, on-trend boots can be found at several stores, including Nine West Outlet, Charlotte Russe Outlet, Charming Charlie, maurices and Famous Footwear."      

-Tracy James, Fashion Consultant & Stylist with on behalf of The Outlet Shops of Grand River