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: http://www.simplybridal.com/

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 belk.com.

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 Belk.com!

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 Belk.com 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!

Sunday, May 12, 2013

It's time Birmingham, the swish and the swing is in season!

Isn't there something freeing about spring and summer fashions? The swish and the swing is all in fashion right now and we love it!

Here in the South those two overlap, which is GREAT for your shopping budget. That cute sleeveless dress you picked up at Gus Mayer is perfect for spring when paired with the light weight cardigan from TJ Maxx. Then May is upon us and that cute sleeveless dress is perfect for summer!

Speaking of shopping for spring and summer, we have a great tip for you! Extend the look of your wardrobe with designer jewelry  I know, you think it's out of your budget, but it's not.

And your perfect opportunity to find your signature piece is happening at the beautiful Alridge Gardens this Tuesday, May 14 at the "Made in the South" one-day trunk show.

BLO Vintage, an Alpharetta, Georgia, will be on hand with based custom jewelry designer, truly one of the most unique jewelry artisans in the South.

The creation of Nastro Bello designer Allison Stackpole, BLO Vintage combines a sense of history and fashion into each of its one-of-a-kind vintage lariats.

Each lariat includes a vintage whistle - from a beautifully crafted railroad station master’s whistle circa 19th century England to a small, functioning charm whistle from America in the 70s.  Designed with a sense of whimsy, and combining form with function, BLO Vintage offers a truly unique experience for the wearer.

And did I mention they are just lovely?

Monday, May 6, 2013

Eileen Fisher always reminds me of a song, and her Tipsters are coming to Belk!

When I see Eileen Fisher designs I always think of the U2 song, Mysterious Ways. Because the clothing, no matter the piece, have a flow and movement to them that you just don't always see in designer fashions.

Don't believe me? Find out for yourself at Belk this Thursday, May 9 when Belk at the Summit brings you an Eileen Fisher fashion show and, get this, personal style advice from Eileen Fisher's staff!  Here is everything you need to know about this uber stylish event in Birmingham!

EILEEN FISHER Tipsters to Host Spring Fashion Event at
Belk’s Summit Benefitting Girlspring

New York, NY. May 3, 2013 - Everybody needs a little personal style advice and the designer Eileen Fisher has a solution: She is sending the company’s style mavens—known as “Tipsters”--on the road. On Thursday, May 9, Belk’s Summit location in Birmingham will host an EILEEN FISHER Tipster Event at 11:00 am, complete with a fashion show and personal style advice from Tipsters, Gaetan Karr and Maryanne Morella.

 “I find our Tipsters endlessly fascinating,” says Fisher, “because they’re so creative in the ways they put the clothes together.” To her the real test of collection is the way it empowers women to create style on their own.

For the May 9 event, Belk has selected EILEEN FISHER Tipster Gaetan Karr, who works as one of the company’s personal shoppers. “I’ve been in retail for 50 years,” says Karr. “I used to shop the collections in Paris and Milan. Over the years I’ve learned a few things. One of them is how to be edgy--with the wisdom of age.”

As a customer service team member, Gaetan loves giving advice all day. She studies up on what she needs to know by playing with the clothes as soon as they arrive in the store. “I think about: Is something running small? How will it look with a skirt, what if you add a belt?” says Karr. “I try to anticipate all the questions a customer will have.”

Gaetan’s co-tipster, Maryanne Morella, is a Regional Merchandise Manager for the brand’s wholesale department stores, and traveling light throughout the country is a top priority. Her carry on is always ready to go and inside, one would find her wardrobe staples: a simple black dress, a lightweight cardigan, and her signature style silver hoop earrings. “Maxi, midi or anywhere between, I love the simplicity of our dresses as the staple of my wardrobe. I personalize them with big, bold bangles and chunky necklaces to add fun and dimension.”

Shoppers who attend the Tipster Event will not only get great fashion advice, they will also have a chance to help a good cause. EILEEN FISHER will donate 5% of the event day sales to GirlSpring, a non-profit organization that provides access to reliable information and positive role models to girls and young women so they can make sound decisions and good choices.

To RSVP for this event, please call 205-968-4200 ext. 305.

Thursday, May 2, 2013

This event has everything I need. It's free to enter, features SOUTHERN FASHION, home decor and cusine and it's at Aldridge Gardens!

“Made in the South” Traveling Trunk Show Arrives in Birmingham May 14

Preview new products from southern designers including Sushi Furniture, Vintage Chanel bracelets, “Mad Men” inspired hats, whistle jewelry, vanilla/blackberry jam and more!

The 2nd annual “Made in the South” Traveling trunk show will make a stop in Birmingham, Alabama on Tuesday, May 14 at Aldridge Gardens from 10:30 am – 6:30 pm.  For one-day-only, 15 southern-based fashion,
home d├ęcor and cuisine companies will showcase their summer collections.  Open to the public and free to attend, guests can shop for great deals on must-have summer items, meet the designers in person and enter the
chance to win giveaways throughout the day. 

Highlights include:
·         Lissa Mar – Hamptons style clothing made in the south!
·         Sushi Ottomans – ottomans for your bedroom or living room that look like real California Roll and Cucumber sushi complete with salmon roe
·         Moo Moo Designs – new earrings, necklaces and bracelets made out of horn and bone
·         Emily G’s – new “curry” ketchup, pepper vinegar, apple pie jam and more! 
·         Hot to Trot – horse show handbags, vintage Versace/Chanel button jewelry created in a newly renovated 1964 airstream trailer! 
·         Susan Morehead Hats – new twisted sea grass hats created with custom-made wooden blocks – inspired from the television show “Mad Men”

Tuesday, May 14
10:30 am – 6:30 pm

Aldridge Gardens – Cottage House
3530 Lorna Road
Hoover, AL 35216
Free parking

For more information, please visitwww.southerndesigners.net

Friday, April 26, 2013

I almost forgot the Belk Charity Sale!

There I was at the Birmingham Business Journal's fantastic Women's Summit and I heard the announcer say, "And don't forget about the Belk Charity sale tomorrow."

My head popped up and I rolled my eyes at myself. I'd forgotten the Belk Charity Sale! All was not lost thankfully. I was able to walk right back to the Belk table and purchase my Charity sale ticket from the Dachshund Rescue Society. Their groups was on hand selling tickets and handing out flyers.

Let me give you a preview of what is undeniably the best sell in Birmingham:

Local nonprofits and schools sell the $5 tickets and keep all the money. Customers use their tickets to shop the special sale hours on Saturday from 6-10 a.m. The $5 ticket price comes right back in your wallet courtesy of Belk by way of a $5 discount on the first purchase.

The first 100 people in line receive a  free Belk gift card worth $5 - $100 and the chance to win one of three $1000 gift cards being given away across Belk's 16 states.

And if that isn't enough, the flyer says that items throughout the store will be on sale for 20-75% off! Yes, Ladies Shoes. Yes, kids shoes, Yes, purses.

I can't wait!

And speaking of fashion shows, wow, the fashion show at the BBJ Women's Show was great, so enjoyed the fashions and found myself really drawn to the colors.

Like so many others, I wasn't sure about  the neon trend when it first started popping up, but the small and well placed pops of neon in places like shoe details and necklaces were so fresh. I found myself making a mental note to take a closer look at the Sam Edelman shoes that will be on sale at Belk tomorrow!

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Simply Bridal? Simply Beautiful!

SimplyBridal is an online retailer started in July 2011, simplifying the entire bridal process by putting the best wedding products and services directly into the hands of users worldwide. 

Offering over 400 wedding gown styles, 180 bridesmaids dress styles in 28 colors, close to 100 wedding veils, and a new line of bridal accessories. Each dress is made to order from the finest fabrics without the monumental cost and corporate red tape.

SimplyBridal has professional bridal consultants at both Los Angeles and New York showrooms as well as over the phone with years of experience to assist brides in choosing the dress of their dreams. So check them out at Simply Bridal

Simply Bridal

Take care of your girls and they'll take care of you! Belk to host Wacoal bra fitting at the Summit

-Receive a Complimentary Bra Fitting while helping Find a Cure for Breast Cancer-
WHAT: Join Wacoal to help fight breast cancer with Fit for the Cure! Participate in our Fit for the Cure Event at Belk at the Summit and receive a complimentary Bra Fitting, in Wacoal or b.tempt’d intimate apparel, from a Wacoal fit specialist and sign up to receive a monthly email reminder to do a self breast exam. For every woman that participates, Wacoal will donate $2 to Susan G. Komen for the Cure for breast cancer research and community health programs. Wacoal will also donate an additional $2 for every Wacoal bra, shapewear piece or b.tempt’d bra purchased at the Event. Friday, April 19 from 10am-5pm. 
221 Summit Blvd, Birmingham · (205) 968-4200

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Susan Street, 50 not frumpy!

Sometimes we come across a great blog that we just have to share and this time it's Susan Streets, "50 not Frumpy" blog.

She is so adorable and her posts always bring great info.

Check her out. http://fiftynotfrumpy.blogspot.com/

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Fun fashion events in Birmingham this week at Belk & Gus Mayer

I trust you have all your Easter shopping completed, but if not, we have several terrific fashion events to report.

Gus Mayer is hosting the Joeffer Caoc Spring 2013 Trunk Show Thursday, Mar 28 10:00a to 5:00p. Isn't that dress beautiful!

Joeffer Caoc’s clean cut lines, lean proportions and subtle textures create illusion. Soft Structures. Signature draping, tucks, pleating and asymmetry offset crisply tailored separates in natural cottons, feather-light stretch crepe, jersey and fine silks. Each skillfully crafted garment is infused with a sense of grace and fluidity that complements the feminine form. 

Head over to Belk at the Summit this Saturday from 11-4 and meet the magnificent man himself, Donald J Pliner and thank him for designing shoes that are so absolutely beautiful and yet wearable. Maybe we'll get lucky and he'll bring his beautiful wife Lisa. (That woman exudes grace and kindness. We think it's because she's from the South, natch!)

Pliner will be showcasing his Spring 2013 collection and showing women how a shoe can yes, we said it, be sexy and comfortable to wear all at the same time.  

Light refreshments, sparkling beverages and Donald J Pliner? Now that's a great Saturday Birmingham!

Monday, March 25, 2013

Nail fashion in Birmingham, Birmingham UK that is!

We often receive fashion pitches from Birmingham, and yes, Birmingham, UK! It's always exciting to open those emails and see what fashionistas on the other side of the pond are up to.

We received an email from Jade at Totch Nails in Birmingham and thought we'd share a few of her artistic nail designs with you.

It almost seems a shame when it's time to change the polish!

Thanks for the email Jade, hope you'll be sure and send us more nail fashions from the UK as your business grows!

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Hello Spring! And aren't we glad...

I love winter and I especially love fall fashion, fall colors are really my best colors. But when SPRING gets her, wow, it's such a happy look. You can't help but see all the bright colors, feel the sun on your face and get invigorated!

One of our team members was in Trussville last week and saw this cute dress at South Boutique. We all felt bad that we were out of the loop about South Boutique and have not mentioned it before, because according to all reports I can find, people love this place.

That same team member stopped in at Marshall's in Trussville and saw these cute shoes for her 3 year old. We think they are too cute!

And speaking of colors, do you know what your best colors are? How would you like to find out? Noted fashion author and speaker Shari Braendel has a free service at her website. It won't take but a few minutes and I promise you'll thoroughly enjoy finding out what your best colors are.

All free and just in time for spring! Click here.

And just a reminder, we don't charge money for our blog posts and we don't solicit or accept any compensation for mentioning fashion events, places, people or things. We post about things we see that we like, or events that people are kind enough to tell us about and it's always a free service.

Thursday, March 14, 2013

We love Easter hats, don't you?

Christine Moore Trunk Show

Wednesday, Mar 20 10:00a to 5:00p
Gus Mayer

Need a new hat for Easter or the Kentucky Derby? Christine from Christine A. Moore Millinery in New York will showcase her Spring 2013 line at Gus Meyer.

If you love her Derby hats, you will love her new 2013 Spring line. You will be delighted to find that Christine has designed a totally fresh, unique collection inspired by the top colors and clothing trends for Spring 2013.

As always Christine is focused on creating wearable hat styles that push the quality of design and craftsmanship to a new level.

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

The good thing: Helping when you can, where you can. Kickstart Tallulah!

Sometimes in life you meet people who are so adorably and unfailing sweet and kind it restores your faith in humanity. And that persons spends hours and hours patiently teaching you everything she knows. Then she goes off to rural Mississippi to fulfill her life's calling as a teacher to at-risk kids.

Then that same wonderful person's sister is trying to get her WONDERFUL fashion design company, "Talluah," off the ground in the beautiful city of New Orleans.

It's hard out there people, for an honest person to get a break in the fashion industry. But this is an honest person who has been working hard at this dream for many years. And you could help her. I can help her. We could help her. We can kickstart this dream!

No, she isn't a starving child in Africa. But she does want to put people to work. And more people working means more people helping others, right?

And it's not a "donate and get nothing except a good feeling." It's an opportunity for you to be a part of something good. Something nice. For nice people who want to do nice things and create nice clothes.

(And there is a little something in it for you, check out the link and see the details.)


I know, you are asking, is she legit? YES! The venerable Birmingham News and several other media outlets (like the wonderful Southern Femme!) have often covered TALLULAH designer Heather Williams.

Birmingham fashion designer Heather Williams is wearing her "Kande'' dress, which is made of fabric from Africa. (The Birmingham News / Linda Stelter)

Even $1 will help. And hey, doesn't everyone want to know a famous designer? This is your chance to get in on the ground floor! Click the link, you'll be glad you did.


Birmingham Fashion Week! Kudos to you for a great event

Serious applause for everyone at Birmingham Fashion Week for a great event! And one of the best Harlem Shake videos we have ever seen.

Emerging Talent & Retail Community Shine Alongside National Brands

Birmingham, AL – After a week of runway shows, parties, spring fashion and fierce competitions, the lights have come down and the curtain has closed on the third annual Birmingham Fashion Week. The 2013 turnout proved bigger and better than ever as crowds packed out the tent to see emerging talent and local retailers light up the stage alongside internationally recognized brands. The overwhelming response in sponsor participation, regional and national media impressions and expected economic impact resulted in a record-breaking year.

Fashion forward students from across the state had the rare privilege of sharing the stage with headlining designers Tibi, Anthony Ryan Auld, Prophetik and heidi elnora. Featured designers included Joshua McKinley, Annie Griffin, Leona, Mandi Faulk, Lula Kate and Ivy & Aster. Each Spring 2013 collection showcased different looks and trends, ranging from bold colors and straight lines to neutral tones and soft patterns. Some designers and boutiques displayed ready-to-wear outfits, while others highlighted couture garments, giving attendees a full spectrum of fashion.

The Rising Design Star challenge showcased middle and high school aspiring designers who created non-traditional garments using materials such as bubble wrap, coffee filters, computer parts, comic books, and crayons glued, stapled or taped together. Winners included: 

1st Place: Annie Bloomston, 16, Birmingham native, attends Mountain Brook High School

2nd Place: Preston Mills, 17, Hayden native, attends Hayden High School

3rd Place: Bradford Billingsly, 11, Vestavia native, attends Pizitz Middle School. 

The Emerging Designers competition gave up-and-coming college-aged and post-graduate students the opportunity to exhibit their talent on a platform with accomplished designers. Winners included:

1st Place: Elizabeth Singleton, Birmingham native, 2012 University of Alabama graduate

2nd Place: Sarah Winford, Helena native, attends Auburn University

3rd Place: Anna Kay Winford, Helena native, attends Auburn University and Allison Mills, Birmingham native, 2012 University of Alabama graduate

Throughout the week, industry professionals judged every official BFW model for the Fresh Face of Fashion competition. Ashley Burgess Sharbel was named the 2013 Fresh Face of Fashion.

As guests entered the 40’ x 120’ beautiful white tent, they quickly forgot their surroundings as stage lights, an 80’ runway and DJ Coco’s masterful entertainment transformed the inside from a tent to a glamorous and inviting atmosphere. VIP attendees sat in elegant, white chairs lining the runway while general admission guests packed out the sides to standing room only. Celebrity guests graced the shows including country singer Sara Evans and the Style Network’s reality tv star and professional organizer Amanda LeBlanc.

"Birmingham Fashion Week has proven to be a main stay among top Alabama events,” states Heidi Elnora, cofounder of Birmingham Fashion Week. “We are so proud to have the support from the City of Birmingham and our local businesses. The sky is the limit when it comes to the caliber of designers and young talent who will participate in BFW 2014."

For more information on Birmingham Fashion Week, a complete schedule of events, and participating designers and retailers, visit www.bhamfashionweek.com.


You, yes you dear reader, can win a $500 shopping spree from The Summit, Birmingham's Fashion Address

Find out all about it over at Style Blueprint Birmingham!


Sunday, March 3, 2013

"There are no ugly women. Only lazy ones." Helena Rubinstein

Beauty queen who paid for your make-up with misery: She revolutionised cosmetics but Helena Rubinstein's success came at a terrible emotional cost

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Saturday, March 2, 2013


The team here at Birmingham fashion Blog is loving the 24 hour streaming of the best runway show ever!


ve webcast offers close-up look at the fashion, celebrity guests and other highlights; online and in-store shopping event offers discounts on cotton looks

NEW YORK (February 28, 2013) – Cotton Incorporated invites fashionistas across the country to participate in one of the year’s biggest fashion events – Cotton’s 24 Hour Runway Show – from their own computers or mobile devices, and gives them a chance to purchase cotton apparel and accessory items from some of their favorite brands featured in the show at 24% off. 

Cotton’s 24 Hour Runway Show, which takes place in South Beach from 8 p.m. EST Friday, March 1, through 8 p.m. EST Saturday, March 2, will be streamed live for the full 24 hours on http://cotton24hours.thefabricofourlives.com/. The show will feature the versatility of cotton through 1,440 different looks – one per minute – inspired by regional style trends from across the U.S. It will be hosted by television personalities Giuliana Rancic of E! News and E!’s Fashion Police and Bill Rancic and feature special appearances by actress Camilla Belle, who appears in Cotton’s iconic “The Fabric of Our Lives®” advertising campaign; author, fashion designer and television personality Lauren Conrad; comedian and television personality Michael Yo; and fashion journalist and host of NBC’s Fashion Star, Louise Roe.

As part of Cotton Incorporated’s shopping event, consumers who visit http://cotton24hours.thefabricofourlives.com/ can learn more about the participating brands who will be offering 24% percent off cotton apparel and accessory items in-store and/or online. The discount is available for a limited time only from March 1 – 2.  

“Cotton’s 24 Hour Runway Show is designed to showcase the diverse regional trends of America, so it only makes sense for this event to be available to everyone across the country,” says Marissa Barlin, Cotton’s 24 Hour Runway Show National Spokesperson. “Not only will people from across the nation be able to watch the show, fashionistas everywhere will be able to purchase some of their favorite looks from many of the brands seen in the runway at 24% off.”

For more information on Cotton’s 24 Hour Runway Show, shopping event and a full list of participating retailers, please visit: http://cotton24hours.thefabricofourlives.com/

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Free for you and hopefully you as well! And you too! BIRMINGHAM FASHION WEEK TO GIVE AWAY 35 GIFT CARDS TO THE SUMMIT

During Birmingham Fashion Week’s Thursday Runway Show, 35 lucky VIP guests will receive a $25 gift card to The Summit.

Purchase your VIP ticket now to cash in on a chance to shop at some of Birmingham’s hottest stores. Tickets are selling out fast, so jump over to www.BhamFashionWeek.com to get yours! VIP tickets are $65 each, which includes access to the exclusive VIP area, as well as guaranteed seating for the runway show, featuring Prophetik by Jeff Garner.

Don’t miss out on the first night of BFW model and design competitions, highlighting the talent of middle school to post graduate students from across the state of Alabama. Along with Prophetik’s “The Princess Grace Tribute Collection,” featured Designer Leona will showcase her Spring collection and Mandi Faulk will return to the BFW stage as the Emerging Design Winner of 2012. You have the opportunity to experience the exciting action of Thursday night as a VIP and receive a $25 gift card to The Summit.

For more information on Birmingham Fashion Week, ticket sales, a complete schedule of events, and participating designers and retailers, visit www.bhamfashionweek.com. Be sure to follow us on FACEBOOK and TWITTER. The hashtag for Birmingham Fashion Week is #BFW2013

Sunday, February 24, 2013

It's Oscar night! I rarely watch movies but I do love the clothes!

For starters; I love Halley Berry. I don't love that dress she is wearing. Makes her matronly before her time.

I like Jennifer Anniston's just ok, the color is pretty, but I'd like to see her in something more sleek.

Jennifer Lawrence. You've heard the song "Fade to Black?" Her dress is cute but it became the song, "Fade to Pink."

Jessica Chastain. Liked the style of the dress. Old Hollywood glam. But the color kind of ran away with her.

Reese Witherspoon. The gown is too bulky in the wrong places. It's not horrible, but it's almost beneath her in a way. But then the color sort of picks it up again and I almost like it.

Amy Adams in grey. It just sort of faded away....

Brandi Granville. Girl, put the girls up. All that flopping around upstairs took the attention off the very pretty downstairs of the dress.

Kelly Osborne. The 70's called and want their lounge singer gown back. Your granny called and wants her hair.

The first dress I've almost really liked: Giuliana Rancic

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

What a wonderful world: Belk Southern Design contest winner Faith Thornburg will be in Birmingham Sunday

What a wonderful world: Noted bridal gown designer and Belk Southern Design contest winner Faith Thornburg will be in Birmingham Sunday!

A little bird tells us that your wedding dress dreams can come true this Sunday at Belk at the Summit. Stop by Belk from 1-4, Feb. 24 and the famous designer of one-of-a-kind bridal gowns will meet with you, discuss that dream wedding dress you've always imagined walking down the aisle in.

 Faith will then sketch her ideas for each dress in store. From that sketch, Thornburg will create a custom gown that you will pick up at at Belk upon completion.

Yes. Your personally designed wedding dress, as unique as you are. This Sunday. At Belk at the Summit.

Interested in knowing more about Faith? Click here to read an article about her in Elle.

Say hi to Faith on Twitter: @faiththornburg

And check her out on Facebook. https://www.facebook.com/FaithAnnetteThornburg

Our hearts are beating faster, it's almost time for Birmingham Fashion Week 2013

Tibi, Anthony Ryan Auld, Prophetik and Heidi Elnora to Headline at BFW

Birmingham, AL – The long-awaited unveiling of Birmingham Fashion Week’s 2013 designers has arrived. The Magic City will host some of the nation’s biggest names in the fashion industry February 24 – March 2, including world-renowned Tibi, Project Runway All-Star winner Anthony Ryan AuldProphetik by Jeff Garner, and Birmingham’s very own bridal designer, Heidi Elnora
“We are so honored to welcome the talents of Tibi, Anthony Ryan Auld, Prophetik, Heidi Elnora and so many others to the Birmingham Fashion Week stage,” says Jeana Lee Fleming, cofounder of Birmingham Fashion Week. “These brands regularly show on runways around the world and are leading the way in fashion.  To have such amazing talent come to Alabama to showcase their designs is a great privilege and speaks volumes to what BFW is bringing to the state. “
Birmingham Fashion Week, founded in 2011, has turned heads in the fashion world and will continue forward with its momentum to attract trend-setting designers from around the world. The week’s festivities begin with a Kick-Off Party at Gus Mayer, followed by five nights of runway shows that highlight the latest wedding fashions, lifestyle garments and Spring Collections that have debuted on such platforms as New York Fashion Week’s stage....
For more details and a complete schedule please go to the Birmingham Fashion Week website.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Macy's at Riverchase to host prom event featuring Alexis Barton of Same Chic

Hey guys, this is an event I am excited to share! Macy's at the Riverchase Galleria is hosting a very fab prom event and you won't want to miss it. (Hoover, Alabama, near Birmingham.)

The event will feature Alexis Barton, the resident diva of fashion and style at SameChicDifferentDay.com,  mini makeovers by Fashion Fair and Clinique and edible delights provided by Dreamcakes Bakery


Did I mention the free gift and the fun Twitter hash tag? Tweet #MacysProm and show the world your prom style, spend only $40 and receive a free gift from Macy's. How fun is that?

WHEN:        Saturday, March 9, 2013
                2 PM

WHERE:         Macy’s at Riverchase Galleria
2600 Riverchase Galleria
Hoover, AL, 35244

About Macy’s  
Macy's, the largest retail brand of Macy's, Inc., delivers fashion and affordable luxury to customers at more than 800 locations in 45 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and Guam. Macy's stores and macys.com offer distinctive assortments including the most desired family of exclusive and fashion brands for him, her and home. Macy's is known for such epic events as Macy's 4th of July Fireworks® and the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade®, as well as spectacular fashion shows, culinary events, flower shows and celebrity appearances. Building on a 150-year tradition, Macy's helps strengthen communities by supporting local and national charities that make a difference in the lives of our customers.

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Where has the time gone? It's almost spring!

My apologies for such a long time between posts! It's just that once you've passed New Year's Eve, there isn't that much fashion to discuss. But with the advent of spring, ah, that's when our fashion hearts start singing for joy!

And to help hasten that fashion joy in we have a few exciting fashion updates for you.

1. Do you have your tickets for Birmingham Fashion Week? This is such a fun event. We can assure you that if fashion AND helping others is your passion, you'll enjoy every single date of Birmingham Fashion Week.

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In fact, be sure and mark Feb. 26 on your calendar. The 16 semi-finalist in the Emerging Designer contest will be revealed at Saks at the Summit. Kimberley Newport-Mimran, President and Head Designer of the Pink Tartan line will be choosing one lucky winner who's design will then be featured on the runway during fashion week.

2. Did we mention design competition? Specifically the Belk Southern Designer's contest? You must check this out because if you win your designs could be featured at Belk and on Belk.com! With over 300 locations, that's Southern Fashion at it's best!

Saturday, January 5, 2013

3rd Annual Birmingham Fashion Week

Can it be time already? Spring invites are popping up in our inbox like crazy! And we are so excited about the 3rd Annual Birmingham Fashion Week, for two reasons:

1. It's really awesome and there is something for everyone. Free shows & exhibits, some shows are for all ages, even brides get a big nod.

2. It's for a good cause, several in fact. Camp Smile-A-Mile, Alabama Forever and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes are all slated to benefit from Birmingham Fashion Week.

So join the fun, the beauty, the excitement, the designers, the models, the stores and usher in Spring '13 with flair!

JANUARY 13 – FEBRUARY 10, 2013
hosted by Birmingham Museum of Art
Free to the public.
Hours: Tuesday-Saturday 10am-5pm, Sunday Noon-5pm
-All Ages Show

hosted by Gus Mayer
Free to the public.
Hours 6pm-8pm
-All Ages Show

hosted by Bromberg’s
Couture Runway Shows:
 Bella Bridesmaid
 Bella Couture
 Mr. Burch
 Ivory and White
 Headlining Designer: Heidi Elnora
General Admission $15
Doors open at 1pm, Choose between 2 show times 2pm and 3:30pm
-All Ages Show

hosted by Saks
Free to the public.
Hours to be announced.
-All Ages Show

Many more events here: http://bhamfashionweek.com/schedule/