Join the Aveda Institute of Birmingham for an elegant evening of fashion and an auction at Gabrella Manor on Wednesday, October 29! Pink, white, purple or black cocktail attire is encouraged.
Malia Marbury, 20, is a junior at Alabama State University. The Birmingham native, who graduated from Minor High School, is majoring in Business Marketing. After graduation, she aspires to be a marketing executive with Gap Inc. This is one busy girl; in addition to her studies, Malia is a third-year cheerleader for the Hornets and is also active in the SGA Event Committee, Student Government Association and the American Marketing Association. We caught up in the midst of Magic City Classic festivities to talk style.
How would you describe your sense of style? I’m not too flashy; I like things that are simple but cute.
Do you dress up or dress down for class? I dress up. [A typical outfit] is business attire: a black skirt and button-down, with baby heels. We can’t wear four-inch or higher heels in the business department, so maybe a 3-inch heel. In between classes I wear flats.
What are some of the major fall trends you’re wearing? Brown boots, and I like colored pants and jeans – green or orange – with a button down and a scarf.
What’s your go-to outfit? If I’m going out, a go-to outfit would be some cute leggings and a cute blouse. [Malia emphasized that choosing leggings that fit properly and are well-made is key.]
How do you balance school with all your other activities and still maintain a social life? It’s hard – I’m taking 18 hours and we travel almost every other weekend. But it’s all a matter of time management and being mature. If there’s a party coming up but I have homework, my homework comes first. When I receive an assignment I try do it right away.
Who has been a major influence on your sense of style? Dayira Jones (@dayybella on Instagram); she’s really big in Atlanta for doing promotions and marketing seminars. She’s classy but professional; she wears up-to-date styles but she doesn’t make them look cheap.
What I love about Malia’s sense of style is it’s modest without being dowdy, and she has such a ladylike demeanor! We wish her every success at ASU and beyond.
Images via Malia Marbury
Know someone who has an amazing sense of style? Nominate him or her for our next First Person Fabulous by emailing Alexis (email@example.com)!
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!)
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?
Images via J. Crew
I rarely do outfit posts, but since I’m linking up with My Life Well Loved’s #14DaysofStyle contest on Instagram, I thought I’d share today’s look. I’m wearing J. Crew’s navy and cream silk gingham top, a black pencil skirt and bubble necklace, and C. Wonder’s blue velvet “Southern Belle” smoking slippers.
I love patterns, mixing black and navy, and pieces that are a bit quirky, and this outfit has all those elements. Fall is not my favorite season, but being able to stick to my style in unique ways helps me hang on until Spring and Summer roll back around. Oh – I’m also wearing a black cardigan…because I don’t want to catch a cold or the flu! ;)
Images via J. Crew and CWonder
If you missed my visit to ABC 33/40’s Talk of Alabama this morning, click HERE to watch the video!
If you’re like me, you have far too much to do to be side-lined by a cold or the flu. Being proactive is key to maintaining your health. As is often said, “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure!” I get a flu shot every year (and have already received mine this year), but if you’re leery of vaccinations and/or prefer over-the counter remedies, here are a few tips and products that can help.
Runny noses and hacking coughs are not fabulous…take care of yourselves this cold and flu season, darlings!
Guess who’ll be back on tomorrow?!
Toss some sequins and tune in to ABC 33/40 this FRIDAY between 9-10 AM to see what we’ll be chatting about. I guarantee it’s news you can use! Not in the local viewing area? Try live-streaming it by clicking HERE, or catch the video when it’s posted later by clicking HERE.
Will you be in attendance at Magic City Classic festivities next week? If you’ve been once, you know this is one of Birmingham’s biggest social events and a premier occasion to see and be seen. To preview some of the hautest looks this season, you should attend Saks’ fashion event this Saturday, October 18.
And to refresh your memory and guide your shopping, click HERE for one of our most popular posts.
Am I the only person seeing shades of Olivia Pope on the November cover of O? Oh, okay.
Image via O, The Oprah Magazine
In case you missed it, the First Lady held a top-secret fashion event at the White House! (Yeah, I missed my invitation too.) You can read all about it by clicking HERE. Thanks to our fab reader KLT for sharing!
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: