Own a piece of history from the Ebony Fashion Fair

If you’ve been reading this blog any length of time, you know my love for all things Ebony. Recently someone asked me if “black history” was my beat as a journalist and I politely explained that it was not. I see history as history: all entries and moments are important.  Ebony and the Ebony Fashion Fair are definitely a part of that.  It saddens me that the fashion show no longer struts and sashays through towns and cities. However, thanks to an auction to be held this Wednesday, we have the opportunity to bid on “the best of the best” from the archives.

Here’s more on the Ebony Fashion Fair:

Haute couture by Oscar de la Renta, Yves St. Laurent, Christian Dior, Givenchy, Lanvin, Carolina Herrera  and more are among over 500 lots up for auction. The collection includes gowns, cocktail dresses, coats, capes, separates and shoes.  And yes: the pieces have all the detail and drama you may recall if you ever attended one of the charity shows. The sale of these beautiful pieces will go on to benefit education just as they did in the past: a portion of proceeds will go to Johnson Prep. The live auction is to be conduction by Leslie Hindman Auctioneers, and will begin at noon CST on June 10.

To view the catalog, click HERE. Note, you must register ahead of time in order to bid.

Did you know? Mrs. Eunice Johnson, the show’s founder and driving force, was a Selma, Ala. native. She was educated at Talladega College.

All images via the Treasures from the Ebony Fashion Fair Collection. See them all by clicking HERE.


2013 owes us nothing.


Click HERE to see why.

See you next year, darlings! *wink*

Happy #TBT

Just because.

#TBT: Did you shop here?

See any familiar stores? If you grew up in Alabama, Mississippi, Georgia, Florida or Louisiana in the last century, you should. These retailers (and their specialty brands, special sales, cafes and teen boards) are either gone with the wind or have long-since absorbed into major department stores such as Macy’s and Belk.

If you’re in the Birmingham area, a new face will soon be on the retail scene: Von Maur is tentatively scheduled to open November 2. And they’re hiring!

Images via Google/Wikipedia/Sky City: Southern Retail

Happy 40th, Fashion Fair!

FashionFair40Fashion Fair -the prestige beauty line inspired by the EBONY Fashion Fair shows curated by the late Eunice Johnson – turns 40 this year! 

From EBONY Fashion Fair:

“…Johnson noticed models, in the Ebony Fashion Fair show were mixing foundations to create the right blend to match their hues. Initially she approached existing cosmetics companies and urged them to create a line to meet the specific needs of Black women. Unfortunately, this request was met with great resistance.

Mrs. Johnson and her late husband John H. Johnson, publisher of Ebony and Jet magazine, went to a private lab that developed formulas out of the mixtures the models created. After successfully applying this makeup on the models in the fashion show, the Johnsons produced Capsule Collection, a mail-order package in 1969. Based on the overwhelming response, it was clear there was a demand for a Black cosmetics line.

Fashion Fair Cosmetics was born in 1973, named after the fashion show that inspired it. With its feminine pink packaging and a wide range of shades, Fashion Fair Cosmetics was strategically marketed to high-end department stores. The line continued to expand by introducing skin care, fragrance and hair care products that addressed black women’s needs.”

I remember this cosmetics line fondly; I grew up on it! Many little girls of a certain age remember the glamour, mystery and great freebies) at the Fashion Fair counter, and it’s exciting to see it flourish under the direction of legendary makeup guru Sam Fine. To celebrate four decades of glamour, EBONY Fashion Fair is offering a special capsule collection for $48 each.  The four limited edition sets  – “Foxy, Fresh, Sensuous, and Divine” – include “nail lacquer, lipstick, lip teaser and beauty blush in one of spring’s hottest pink hues…for women who celebrate life with a touch of luxury.”

Enter to win a set from the capsule collection by clicking HERE.

And catch the behind-the-scenes fabulosity here:

#TBT: Avon Calling!


Do you remember the Avon Lady? Are YOU the Avon Lady – excuse me, Independent Sales Representative? My grandmother Dorothy sold it for a short time, and I remember thumbing through the catalogs and circling items I wanted my mother to buy. Now you can find a friend or colleague who sells it, or you can shop online!

Our Avon fave? The original formula Skin So Soft bath oil spray ($6 for 5 oz.)! It’s a great mosquito repellent, has an amazing scent, and doesn’t leave your skin feeling greasy.

Images via Google search

Do you know where you’re going to?

Mahogany – an over-the-top Diana Ross vehicle from 1975 and one of my all-time favorite movies – is airing tonight at 8 PM Central on Bounce TV! The wigs, the glamour, the drama! The Billy Dee Williams of it all! YES, darlings! *snaps fingers*

Seriously, there is some disco-fantastic fashion and a great storyline in this film. “The Boss” plays Tracy Chambers, a go-getter who works her way up from salesgirl to secretary to fashion muse and designer in Rome and finds out whether success without true love is worth it in the end. I’m going to watch in a chiffon caftan and bouffant hair. That seems only appropriate.

Fun fact: Mahogany was shot partially in Chicago’s State Street Marshall Fields, which is now a Macy’s flagship store.

Then and now: the more things change…

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True story: I didn’t go to the prom. But my first formal “fashion moment” happened in high school, when I was invited to a ball in New Orleans.

My mother and I shopped for my dress at Cordova Mall in Pensacola, FL and found “the one” at The Body Shop (yes, they used to sell formal wear). The floor length, fully bedazzled crimson gown had a high neck, front slit and a jazzy keyhole opening.

We found red  Caparros slippers at Shoe Station in Mobile (which I still have), a matching tasseled red evening bag at the Accessory Lady in New Orleans and I raided my mom’s jewelry box.  My mother set my hair and did my makeup. The look wasn’t finished without customizing the dress: she stitched a sheer modesty panel over the front so I wasn’t exposed.

Fast forward a few years and I still absolutely love getting dressed up…the fancier the event, the better! You’ll see my style hasn’t changed: I still shop everywhere to complete a look, and I still love the drama of a bedazzled gown! This past Saturday I altered my vintage stunner from Etsy retailer Call Me Chula to make it fit tighter in the bodice and sleeves. I added a pop of coral with Essie’s “Tart Deco” nail polish and MAC’s Cremesheen Glass in “Richer, Lusher”and as you can see I still love my curls, which I fluffed myself. Although I wear less makeup than I used to, my after -ive absolute must-have are my false eyelashes! My purse was from Tarjhay, and my Badgely Mischka satin peep-toes were from DSW.

Are you headed to prom and ready to make your own fashion statement? Then you don’t want to miss the Macy’s Prom Shopping event this Saturday at the Riverchase Galleria at 2 PM! Join me for prom fashion and etiquette tips, plus mini-makeovers from Fashion Fair and Clinique, and treats from Dreamcakes!

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Laissez les bon temps rouler!

FashionFriday_screenshot1If you weren’t at Fashion Friday, you missed a treat…”bon temps” were had by all who attended recentlyat the Birmingham Public Library!  Special thanks to the Library, Birmingham Magazine, Belk, The Outlet Shops of Grand River, Roxy Rabb and everyone who helped make this an event to remember. If you weren’t there, fortunately you can catch up on all the fabulosity by watching the footage courtesy of Lynsey Weatherspoon Photography.

Click HERE to see the photos!

Looking for a style expert to address your organization, nonprofit or employees? Maybe you need someone to hold your hand and help you find the perfect outfit or sort through your closet shenanigans? Or perhaps you need a dynamic hostess for your next event? Let’s talk, darling!

xo, Alexis

It’s Throwback Thursday! Remember these?


Raise your hand if you had one (or more) of these colorful plastic charm necklaces or bracelets in the ’80s.  For the life of me, I can’t remember where mine came from (probably Shoes Two, Boo’s, Holiday or Crib to College) but I loved it! Just looking at this photo makes me miss Keds, side ponies, Esprit and my Sweet Valley High board game (which is going for $165 on Amazon.com… Mom, where is mine?)!

Charm bracelets and necklaces remain a chic – and well, charming – way to show off your interests and capture significant memories or milestones, no matter how you choose to accessorize them. If you’re feeling particularly nostalgic, you can find 1980s charms and completed necklaces and bracelets on Etsy.  You might also choose an heirloom or vintage piece in gold or sterling silver (which can be very pricey!). Or you might select one from Pandora, Juicy Couture (which sells charms and starter or complete bracelets) or Tiffany (and who wouldn’t love something in a little blue box?).

P.S. Have you entered our Belk Beauty Giveaway? A winner will be chosen tomorrow!

Image via Time Shaft Tumblr

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