Hanna Antiques to hold fur sale

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I know, I know. Some of you feel wearing fur is passé. This post is not for you.

For those of you who enjoy the comfort of a mink or fox, and love the vintage charm of a gently-loved piece, strut on down to Hanna Antiques for their fur sale November 12-15! Hanna Antiques Mall is one of My favorite places to get lost on a Saturday afternoon, and owner Bonny Hanna Picard is lovely. On several occasions I’ve found absolute jewels, including a perfectly-kept wool coat with silk lining and mink collar from local department store legend Loveman’s and a pair of exquisite rhinestone clip-on earrings. The quality and prices are tough to beat, and Hanna Antiques also offers layaway (conditions apply).

If you are in search of a fur piece at an affordable price, don’t miss this opportunity! But be aware: Hanna Antiques doesn’t accept American Express!

Hanna Antiques is located at 2424 7th Avenue South, Birmingham, AL 35233.

Happy shopping!

Sophia Webster brings glamour, whimsy to J. Crew shoe collection

If you have read this blog for any length of time, then you’re probably aware of how much I love J. Crew (one might call it an obsession!). It can be difficult to find well-made, unique pieces that retain a sense of relevance and charm from one season to the next, but I never go wrong when I shop there. And rather than having to piece together an ensemble from multiple places, I can often find a head-to-toe look all at once at my local J. Crew.

Shop J. Crew’s New Arrivals by clicking HERE.

More than once, I’ve run in the Birmingham store in a complete panic because I need something at the last minute, and thanks to their Very Personal Stylists and wide selection, have been successful in pulling something together.  (P.S. The VPS work around your schedule – which is super-convenient!)

This season, I’m especially excited about the Sophia Webster for J. Crew Holiday Collection. I’ve shared Ms. Webster’s line before, and her newest collection does not disappoint.

Tom Mora (Head of J.Crew Women’s Design) says, “Sophia Webster is such a natural fit for us – her use of color and patterns feels really in touch with the J.Crew DNA and all of the things we love.  We try never to take ourselves too seriously, and I think she has that same sensibility.” (Agreed! – Alexis)

Famed editor Diana Vreeland once said, “The eye has to travel.”  As Webster’s pieces are exquisitely detailed in terms of pattern and construction – I suggest keeping the remainder of your look simple so that the focus is on your feet. These shoes bring chic pizazz to your LBDs, sheaths, pencil skirts and sweaters; couldn’t you just see them with a pair of slim leather pants or destroyed denim and a simple tee?

I’ll take the bronze-black Eva and floral-multi Lola in a size 8, please and thank you!

Images via J. Crew

Get chic: Riverchase Belk flagship store opens October 15!

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Gift cards between $5-$500 will be given away to the first 400 people in line at next week’s event.

Mark your calendars, darlings! The Riverchase Galleria will debut its new flagship Belk during a Grand Opening Celebration next Thursday. This remodel and expansion project has been two years in the making. Ready to shop ’til you drop? Join Belk for the ribbon-cutting ceremony at 9:30 AM; the first 400 people will receive Belk Gift Cards worth $5-$500! And that’s not all: Belk will donate $65,000 to local charities in honor of its grand opening. The charities include the United Way, Birmingham Children’s Theatre, Red Mountain Theatre, Hoover City Schools, and the Breast Cancer Research Foundation of Alabama.

As you evaluate your fall wardrobe, Belk has you covered with clothing and accessories which make modern, southern statements. What’s on its Fall Most Wanted List for Women? Here are some pieces that can help you update your look this season:

  • The Soft Pant – Easy elegance is a given with a bottom that will bring a big bang to any wardrobe; softly structured and often athletic inspired. Start with solids and work your way up to bold patterns. Fem is fresher than ever with a sporty attitude.
  • Longer Skirts – Go over the knee, mid-calf or all the way. These new lengths are fast becoming show stopping style staples.
  • The Creative Cardigan -This sweater is the season’s must have completer piece with fresh shapes, clever trims and interesting textures. Let the layering begin!
  • The Novelty Vest – Who Wore What When? Well who knows, but if she wore it with a vest–furry, fluffy, quilted or tailored–then the look was on its way to awesome. Try it! Pair it with a longer skirt for extra style points.
  • The Fashion Sweatshirt – On loan from the gym, this item has had more staying power than anyone could have predicted. Fabric blocking and luxe embellishments have elevated this top from “so so” to seriously chic.
  • The Tunic Top – No bells, no whistles. Go glam in a top that is pure perfection with its practical polish. High-low hems continue, while novelty fabrics feel so right.
  • The Midi Length Sheath – Take a look at a twist on a tried and true silhouette. This is the dress that turns a classic into a cause for celebration.
  • The Statement Neck – Logical or luxurious? Both! Bold stones, chain details and burnished metals. This jewelry item can update and refresh any old frock!
  • Over the Knee Boots – Strut your stuff in this fall fashion phenomenon. They feel modern and look so stylish. Worn with slim pants or skirt, it will most definitely deserve a selfie.
  • The Satchel – With its simple shape and subtle details, this classic bag captures an “of the moment” fashion vibe. Perfect to add a pop of color to any look.

#AskAlexis: Mommy and Me

Q: I recently watched ABC’s new show Black-ish, and I love the youngest daughter’s easy, breezy BEAUTIFUL pink floral dress! We’re headed on a family vacay soon; where can I find one for my little girl? – Mommy Dearest

A: MD, This super-cute dress – as seen on Marsai Johnson, above – is available at J. Crew and it’s on sale, so act fast (regularly sold for $84, it’s now $69.99)! Notice how it’s styled; with a growing child, you can get more mileage out of it by pairing it with shorts, leggings or jeans as the weather changes (and her legs get longer). If you want to have a “Mommy and Me” outfit moment, snag the floral embroidered top* and short in Pozzoli Pink for yourself (also on sale). A bit of advice: keep your footwear neutral. A gold or tan espadrille or sandal would really allow the colors to pop. And you can transition the top to fall with dark denim and flat riding boots. Happy shopping!

(*I told you you had to act fast! The top is now sold out, but it may reappear in the sale section.)

Images via Deadline.com and J. Crew

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I wonder what will happen if I click my heels three times?

Nike Internationalist sneakers, via J. Crew

Meet Nanette Lepore at Saks on Sept. 25!

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Darlings, please be sure to mark your calendars! A portion of the proceeds from this event benefits programs offered by The Junior League of Birmingham, which will in turn benefit our local community.

See you there!

I know why the caged birds sing…

How adorable is this handbag from Kate Spade?! The “Pollie” handbag ($498) from the Hello Shanghai collection is textured suede with 14-karat gold hardware and metallic jacquard lining.

A bit much for your taste, but still looking to add a touch of whimsy to your accessory wardrobe? Try the Birdcage coin purse.

Images via Kate Spade

Love this!

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I’m here for this new line of tongue-in-cheek tees by Tees in the Trap! This one ($30) was made for me! I’d toss it on with a leather pencil skirt or some destroyed denim, a pair of haute shoes and call it a day.

Image via Tees in the Trap

Lilly Bee offers chic game day shoes

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It’s College Colors Day, and whether you roll with crimson and white, bleed orange and blue or cheer for another team, today’s the day to rep your squad!

I’m always on the hunt for cute clothing and accessories to wear on Game Day, and these Lilly Bee flats ($74 with shoe clips) are definitely my on wish list. First of all, who in her right mind is wearing stilettos on the Quad or “between the hedges”? I love my heels but a comfortable shoe that makes a statement is a better option for me. Lilly Bee effortlessly makes practical yet fashionable footwear, and these eye-catching shoes will easily stand out at a tailgate.

When you’re not supporting your team, or if you’re looking for a more neutral (but still snazzy) shoe, simply remove the grosgrain shoe clip. You can also purchase the shoe and coordinating shoe clips (with or without your school affiliation) separately. And if showing off your school spirit isn’t the fashion statement you want to make, you can also shop their sorority items or select options by specific color combinations. Lilly Bee offers free domestic shipping, and your pair is packaged in a thoughtful shoe bag.

Happy shopping and Roll Tide!

Images via Lilly Bee

Will you shop during Alabama’s Sales Tax Holiday weekend?

goldshopperDarlings, who doesn’t love a good sale?

The 9th annual sales tax holiday is this weekend, so this would be a good time to stock up on “unmentionables”, outerwear and footwear.

From the state revenue department’s website –

Beginning at 12:01 a.m. (CST) on Friday August 1, 2014, and ending at twelve midnight on Sunday August 3, 2014, Alabama will hold its eighth annual sales tax holiday giving shoppers the opportunity to purchase certain school supplies, computers, and clothing free of state sales or use tax. Local sales and use tax may apply.

For the list of 2014 participating cities and counties, click HERE.

For a quick reference guide to exempt items, click HERE.

The Alabama Retail Association notes “Alabama retailers are required to participate in the state’s sales tax holidays and cannot charge any waived sales taxes on the items that are legally tax-exempt during the two tax holidays.”

Happy shopping!

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