Bleu et blanc

My summer style obsession is this simple mix of color and pattern. I can’t decide if it reminds me of the beach, or just my parents’ collection of ginger jars. J. Crew’s striped shift has enough visual interest that  I finally broke down and wore horiziontal stripes!

Simple and chic, no? InStyle definitely agrees, as they dressed July cover girl Zoe Saldana in it also!

Siren London “Bleu de Chine” set, $40
J. Crew Striped Tuxedo shift, $98

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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

Tune in to Talk of Alabama next Monday!

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Guess who’ll be back on Monday morning?!

Toss some sequins and tune in to ABC 33/40 next MONDAY (2/16): I’ll be sharing some news you can use during the 9:00 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

Baby it’s cold outside…

Brrr! I rarely post my personal outfits, but I love this vintage coat so much that I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to be photographed in it by Derrick Curry of Camera Play Photography. It was a fortunate find at Birmingham’s own Hanna Antiques Mall (sticker price: $60!). The mink collar and satin lining are in flawless condition, and it has its original buttons. I only had it dry cleaned; it was in perfectly wearable condition. It’s provenance? Loveman’s department store, which was a local treasure for many years.

It just makes me happy to wear it; vintage coats are made with special attention to quality and detail and have such character. Plus I hate the cold, so I do anything I can to feel cute in spite of frigid temps!

Images courtesy Camera Play Photography. All rights reserved.

 

Tune in to Talk of Alabama this Friday!

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Guess who’ll be back on tomorrow?!

Toss some sequins and tune in to ABC 33/40 this FRIDAY: I’ll be sharing some news you can use during the 9:00 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

ICYMI: This is how you #BreaktheInternet

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It involves keeping your clothes on (ahem, Mrs. Kanye West) and Solange Knwoles did it in immaculate white ensembles this past weekend. The occasion? Her chic, modern wedding to love Alan Ferguson. The interweb collectively swooned.

The couple celebrated Saturday night with a showing of Mahogany (a classic film the couple watched on their first date…and we spy Solange carrying that adorable Kate Spade bag we posted!) at Indywood Cinemas, and were married at The lovely Marigny Opera house on Sunday. The pair pedaled to the ceremony on matching white vintage bikes, for which Ms. Knowles wore a Stéphane Rolland caped pantsuit. She changed into an Humberto Leon for Kenzo caped gown for the ceremony, and the theme seems to have been white haute for all, including her mother, Tina, and sister, Beyonce.

Photos were released via Vogue.com Sunday evening.

Fab. (And yes, I’m all about the drama of capes. See HERE and HERE.) This is such a refreshing personal statement that seems authentic to Solange’s overall style and aesthetic. Nothing about this wedding (from the pictures, at least) seems forced or hung up on traditional wedding style, which I think is great.  I’m especially loving Mama Tina’s ensemble; I hate it when mothers of the bride and groom get stuck in frumpy, matronly outfits. And I’m predicting a lot of “white haute” nuptials and caped brides come spring.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

I will what I want, too.

I’m not a ballerina. But this clip shows how I feel when I write and blog – in a word, alive. This works every nerve and brain cell and muscle, it takes everything I have and promises nothing in return. Many times it frustrates me. But when just once sentence is right, or when one paragraph crystallizes a memory and holds it up to the light – well, there’s no feeling in the world like it. It’s what I’m meant to do. And I have finally concluded that if I step out on faith, God will teach me how to fly. I’m not sure where this journey will lead – and I’m sort of okay with that – but if it begins with just one step I’m putting on my best stilettos (not pointe shoes) and pirouetting toward it like my life depends on it.

Because it kind of does.

Please click HERE.

-Joshua 1:9-

Always, Alexis

Birmingham’s Heidi Elnora debuts on TLC’s ‘Bride by Design’ tonight

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You might know her from her exquisite wedding gowns, from her involvement with Birmingham Fashion Week, or from Project Runway Season 2. Well, Birmingham designer Heidi Elnora is back: Bride by Design airs on TLC tonight at 9 PM Central! Tune in!

Isn’t it amazing how much talent we have here?

Image via TLC

Shop the ‘Made in the South’ Traveling Trunk Show on May 14!

Shop chic with Southern Designer Collections as they present the 2nd Annual “Made in the South” Traveling Trunk Show!  Browse fashion, accessories, jewelry, home decor and cuisine from Southern designers at Aldridge Gardens on Tuesday, May 14, from 10:30 AM to 6:30 PM.  Meet over 15 designers and shop with special discounts throughout the trunk show.  This FREE (!) event will include complimentary parking at the Gardens as well as door prizes and giveaways throughout the day.

Vendors include Lissa Mar’s “Hampton’s-style clothing made in the South,” Moo Moo Designs “new earrings, necklaces and bracelets made out of horn and bone,” Hot to Trot Boutique’s “horse show handbags, vintage Versace/Chanel button jewelry created in a newly renovated 1964 airstream trailer,” and Emily G’s “new “curry” ketchup, pepper vinegar, apple pie jam and more!”

Come on out and browse at this one day only event; your summer wardrobe will thank you! There’s something for everyone at this show, and you will be supporting regional designers.

See you there!

Aldridge Gardens is located at 3530 Lorna Road, Hoover, AL 35216

Special thanks to Southern Designer Collections for sponsoring this post.  Want more info? Click HERE.

Images courtesy of Southern Designer Collections

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