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!

I’m obsessed with…

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…this to-die-for strapless cocktail dress by J. Crew (okay, when am I NOT obsessed with anything from J. Crew?).  Anywho, this play on the tuxedo look capitalizes on the ongoing black+white and colorblocking trends, and manages to be devastatingly chic in its simplicity. I’ll have to admire it from afar though, as the Collection Framed Bow Dress is $398. *Sigh*

Notice how the rest of the model’s look is virtually bare (no jewelry and a hint of makeup)?  That allows this dress to be the major statement.

Are you ready for cocktail season?  Not sure what “festive attire” or “dressy casual” mean? Wondering how to shop chic on a budget? Then join me for Fashion Friday (presented by the Birmingham Public Library and Birmingham magazine) on December 7 at noon!  The fashion workshop will be held in the Arrington Auditorium of Central Library, located at 2100 Park Place.

Image via J. Crew

You’re invited to Fashion Friday!

Need help taking your look from day to night, decoding tricky dress codes? Do you want to know how to look glam on a budget?  Join style blogger Alexis Barton for Fashion Friday at the Birmingham Public Library on Friday, December 7 at noon, as she shares tips to help you dress your best for social occasions.  The event is free, and the pleasure of your company is required!

The workshop will be held in the Central Library’s Arrington Auditorium (located at 2100 Park Place), and is brought to you by the Birmingham Public Library and Birmingham Magazine.

Special thanks to Chanda Temple!

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