We’re FIVE!

Happy Friday, darlings!

Time truly flies when you’re having fun…so much so that SCDD (nearly) missed its own anniversary! As I take the weekend to reflect on and appreciate all that this little corner of the Internet has accomplished, I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for your support. I could not have kept this going or expanded it without the encouragement, inspiration and help you all have generously given this effort.

As always, stay tuned…the best is yet to come!

XO, Alexis 

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Spring Fling…

I am so glad that groundhog’s forecast was for an early spring! My wardrobe needs a breath of fresh air and sunshine, and that’s what this season’s style has in store. I’m ready to break out my culottes, expose a little bare shoulder and tuck my coats and boots away. If you can’t tell, I’ve got spring fever–and here are a few seasonal tips and trends (as seen on Talk of Alabama this morning) to keep in mind:

  • Pantone, the company which selects an annual signature color, has chosen two for 2016: ROSE QUARTZ and SERENITY. So expect to see blush pinks and baby blues in everything from home décor to clothing and accessories for the whole family. Pastels are pretty much expected for Spring, and that will continue.
  • Wearing WHITE head-to-toe is white haute this spring.Yes, you totally CAN wear it Memorial Day and after Labor Day. Let’s put this argument away for good, shall we?  Just make sure the fabric is appropriate to the season, and that the shade of white compliments your complexion.
  • PATTERNS are a great way to add visual interest. Some will say “FLORALS for Spring? Groundbreaking!” but they are a seasonal staple. You can try something delicate like a daisy print, something more abstract and graphic, or even something a little more dark and edgy. But other options include STRIPES and GINGHAM. If you’re worried about fit or “doing too much,” try a top, sandals or purse in the print, against a more neutral outfit. Gentlemen, try a gingham tie or dress shirt would work. Ladies, try a striped cami or gingham-print shoe. The more adventurous shopper will try wearing patterns from head to toe.
  • This season is all about the chunky heel, the flat mule, sandal and slip on shoe, all of which are super easy on the feet. But what keeps it interesting are again, color, pattern and texture. Do us all a favor and be sure to get a pedicure…you can add a pop of seasonal color to your tips and toes!
  • Little DETAILS can make or complete a look this spring. There areso many to choose from: a romantic touch of lace or delicate ruffles, a long necklace that adds a touch of sparkle, textures such as tweed and laser-cut patterns. These extra little touches add a bit more oomph or edge to an otherwise run-of-the-mill outfit.

Happy shopping!

Image via Giphy.com

Tune in to Talk of Alabama this Thursday!

Toss some sequins and tune in to ABC 33/40 on Thursday (December 24th): I’ll be sharing some news you can use during the 9:00 A.M. hour! 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.

Xo, Alexis

Join me for Girls’ Night Out at Belk/Riverchase!

This post is sponsored by Everywhere Agency; however, all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.

Are you ready for a Girls’ Night Out?  I know I am!  Join me at Belk/Riverchase Galleria on Thursday, October 8 from 4:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., where I will be sharing the best of fall fashion! We’ll be there to help you put together the perfect fall outfit, whether that’s styling a cape for date night, rocking a bootie to gameday or finding the perfect outfit for any other occasion this season!

Whether you’re looking to try fringe, plaid or just updating your look in terms of color or texture, we’ve got you covered! I’m trying something new: I’m loving Kiind Of’s dark floral “Irene” top with the “Sexy Skinny Jean” and  indigo rd.’s suede “Maddox” ankle bootie — and encourage you to embrace the unexpected this season. (The boots are so cute that someone offered to buy them off my feet last week!) Finish the look with Essie’s “Wicked” nail lacquer!

Swing by the soiree for light bites, music and 20% off with limited exclusions! Can’t make it to the Riverchase store? Girls’ Night Out will also be held at the Summit location!

See you there!

Xo, Alexis

Tune in to Talk of Alabama this Thursday!

Toss some sequins and tune in to ABC 33/40 this THURSDAY  (September 24th): I’ll be sharing some news you can use during the 9:00 A.M. hour! 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.

Xo,

Alexis

Friday Fab: Winter White

Yes, I wear white after Labor Day (although technically this is “Warm Ivory”)! I love, love, love this shift from J. Crew. It’s heavy enough to keep me warm, the exposed zipper details are a fun accent and it’s super comfortable! It’s easy to dress this up as shown, or to wear a simpler necklace or statement earrings instead. As it warms up I’ll change my footwear and nix the tights.

This is the key to wearing lighter colors in winter: make sure they are in season-appropriate fabrics. Leave the linen and eyelet for warmer temps.

Double-zip shift dress (available HERE) and Grande Crystal Drops necklace (old), via J. Crew. Shoes via BCBG. Worn with the vintage coat previously featured HERE.

Images courtesy Derrick Curry of Camera Play Photography

Aveda Institute to host benefit fashion show

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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.

Alabama International Fashion Week kicks off July 31!

abifwHaute off the press (release):

Camille Anthony, LLC Presents…The First Annual Alabama International Fashion Week 2014

This year’s installment of Alabama International Fashion Week will take place July 31st through August 3rd. The formal weekend “Kick-Off Celebration” will take place July 31st located in the heart of Birmingham at the Hill Event Center at the historic Alabama Theatre. Runway presentations will be held August 2nd and August 3rd at the lavish Sheraton Birmingham Hotel located in the entertainment district in downtown Birmingham. Festivities will include fashion shows, live entertainment, free giveaways, cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. For more info including ticket purchasing, visit www.abifw.com or email info@abifw.com.

The Hill Event Center at The Alabama Theatre is located at 220 1st Avenue North; the Sheraton Birmingham Hotel is located at 2101 Richard Arrington Jr. Boulevard North.

For additional information, please contact: La’Vinnia Holliday at (205) 612-9657.

Image courtesy AIBFW

What we wore: Soirée at SoHo

20130717-065117.jpgI wanted to share two of the super chic looks worn at the recent Soiree at SoHo.  I had a lovely time, and the Role Model Runway was so fun (I managed not to trip or fall!).  It was a pleasure celebrating the work accomplished by the Girl Scouts of North Central Alabama.

On Leslie Cooper: Calvin Klein crew neck roll sleeve blouse  in “Tempest Teal “and Michael Kors  printed skinny pant in turquoise and navy with Jessica Simpson  “Cosset” wedges in red.  What a chic and totally wearable way to mix patterns, prints and color!

On Alexis: Vince Camuto  twisted neckline maxi dress (similar, here).  I love the graphic chevron print as well as the slight pop of citrus yellow at the neckline. Perfect for cocktails or luncheons, it flatters a multitudes of silhouettes; it flatters the shoulders and neckline. We also added a matching yellow belt for an additional pop of color.  This airy chiffon dress was so comfortable that I just wanted to twirl all the way home in it!

Here’s a look at the fabulous fashions worn by all the Role Models this year ( the outfits were graciously provided by Belk).

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Kimberly Brown is ready for her close-up!

I had the pleasure of speaking with Miss Brown, age 8, about her personal style and foray into modeling (most recently at The Outlet Shops of Grand River’s fashion camp).  She’s the daughter of Derrick and Christina Brown and wasn’t the least bit shy when it came to sharing her style sensibility.

What’s your favorite color? Pink. HOT Pink. 

Why? Because it’s very bright, and it stands out.

What was it like modeling for The Outlet Shops of Grand River? How did you stay calm? It was amazing! I just kept saying, “Kimberly, you can do this!”

Was it hard work? Did you practice a lot?  I did not practice at all…yes, [it was a lot of hard work].  We first had to find an outfit. Then, we had to see if it fit and find what shoes we had to wear. And that’s pretty much it.  My mom did my hair and [applied a] little bit of makeup.

What’s your favorite thing to wear? Skirts or tutus. [She has two tutus, “so far. They are both pink.”]

What do you want to be when you grow up? I’d just want to be a fashion designer.  I know all the shoes. Wedge, platform, gladiator, stiletto, flip flop…and flats. I want to design shoes and clothes.

Christina, Kimberly’s mom, told me that her daughter has always been opinionated about her clothes.  She first modeled in an Easter fashion show for Belk, and she has also participated in a pageant.  Christina shared that Kimberly has been designing since kindergarten, and always has to “add some type of ‘Kimberly Flair’ to [her outfits]. She loves adding tutus, sequins and ruffles to all her outfits-anything glittery.”

Despite finding it a a challenge to find clothing that is not too mature, Christina and her husband are teaching Kimberly to “coordinate different pieces and develop her own sense of style.”  Dad Derrick is supportive and proud.

“He loves it! He’s a proud father and he loves the fact that she’s becoming comfortable and is mastering taking photos.  He’s so proud of her,” says Christina.

Want to strike a pose in your best party wear this season? Then you don’t want to miss Fashion Friday next week at the Birmingham Public Library!

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