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!

WHAT:          
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”

WHEN:          
Tuesday, May 14
10:30 am – 6:30 pm

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

For more information, please visitwww.southerndesigners.net