4.17.2014

Navy, White and Leopard









sweater: J.Crew (30% off with BIGSALE)
Zara skirt: similar here $here $$, and here $$$
Zara bag: similar here $ and here $$
 heels: Calvin Klein: same in different print $, similar here $$, similar here $$$

I bought this skirt a while ago and finally put it to good use. I love midi skirts even though on my petite frame 'fashion rules' say I should avoid them. Well, screw that! I love the modest length and even though I'm covered up here I will totally rock this skirt in the coming months with a cute crop top. 

4.14.2014

BFW Costume Gala

Please join us for a special night as we kick off Birmingham Fashion Week at the Alabama Ballet Center for Dance. Enjoy live entertainment, drinks and hors d’oeuvres and a rare opportunity to view some of the incredible costumes produced in the Alabama Ballet Costume Shop. Advance tickets to the event are $35 for an individual and $60 per couple. All individual tickets purchased at the door will be $40 per person. You can purchase your advance tickets here or by calling 205-322-4300.

This is one event I'm looking forward to covering. What better way to kick off our very own fashion week than with a costume gala? At the Alabama Ballet no less! So if you are anywhere in the state of Alabama I highly reccomend you get your tickets because this will be one event you won't want to miss!

4.13.2014

In My Zara Shopping Bag

Bottom: Loose Fit Printed Trousers, Printed Off-Shoulder Top

It's no secret that I have an unhealthy obsession with Zara. I mean, they are just soooo good! If only my wallet good afford every single piece. So the above 8 are the first of my shopping series, things I wish I could get my hands on or maybe I will, just don't tell my husband. Shhhh...

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4.12.2014

Spring is in the Air (and BFW!)





shirt: Stolen from the man, pants: Forever 21 (similar here $, here $$, and here $$$), hat: Nasty Gal (similar here and here), pumps: Boutique 9 (same shoes different color) (Love this pair!) (same shoes as above in a size 6 and a 9), bag: Target (similar)

So, I found out yesterday I got approved for a press pass as media for Birmingham Fashion Week! Yay! I can't wait since this will be my first. Hopefully my new job will understand...maybe if I offer to talk up their business they will give me some leniency. This Saturday it kicks off with a Costume Gala/Kick-off Party hosted by the Alabama Ballet. Super excited and now I have to find something to wear!

4.09.2014

Hunter Bell in Birmingham Fashion Week

Hunter Bell, the winner of NBC's competition reality show "Fashion Star" is preparing for her runway show at Birmingham Fashion Week. She will be the opening designer on Friday, April 25 at 7pm. So excited to see it and her designs are truly beautiful. It's amazing that she's coming to our small urban town to showcase her designs. Below you will find some pics of her designs and an interview lead by All About Bham. Also, don't forget to get your tickets here.
What happens when you mix southern sophistication with big city edge? You get the perfect combination of style and design found in Hunter Bell‘s collection. Hunter Bell wasted no time after winning NBC’s reality competition show, “Fashion Star” to get her brand out to the masses. She’s busier than ever before and currently getting ready for her big runway show at Birmingham Fashion Week. I recently had the opportunity to talk with the very talented designer and she promises that her runway show includes edgy and fun “designs that take risks.”
And did I mention her instagram is kind of addicting? Between the beautiful clothes and celebs it’s like a photo gallery of perfection. You can follow all of her social media here: http://blog.hunterbellnyc.com/social/
Check out the interview below and I suggest you hurry and get your BFW tickets now! This is NOT a show you want to miss.
 IT: I know you are originally from South Carolina. How does it feel to come back to the south and showcase all of your designs?
HB: Simply put it feels amazing. It’s exciting to be front and center versus behind a desk in an office. I love being hands on with the product here in New York but I really get excited any time I have the opportunity to connect with the consumer. I love showing people the hard work we’ve been doing and to get an instant reaction instead of having it just be a mystery.
IT: What colors and styles can we expect to see during your show at Birmingham Fashion Week?
HB: Our brand marries the two elements of sophistication and feminine with a little bit of an edge appeal. We’ll pair a feminine dress with maybe a motorcycle boot. It represents our life here in New York City along with that feminine sophistication. You’ll still see color but you will also see black. I hope that the audience can have fun with the way we styled it. The brand is a little more edgy than it was in the past and that is because we are expanding into different territories of the country but yet it’s still 100% in tune with our lives. I have southern employees here in the office and we are still in love with that girly world while being inspired by the streets of New York.
IT: Do you incorporate any southern style into your designs?
HB: Women in the south are very feminine and that shines through in the design. The styling for the 2014 Fall Collection appears a little edgier in the sense that there’s a motorcycle boot instead of a high heel.
IT: You interned for Rebecca Taylor back in college and now you both will be designers at Birmingham Fashion Week. How does that make you feel to be sharing the stage with such a huge name?
HB: Unbelievable. It’s definitely exciting. I totally respect her as a designer. It’s a good feeling to be in the same wheel-house as her.
IT: You were recently named the winner of NBC’s hit show “Fashion Star.” How has your life changed since the show ended?
HB: It’s been a lot busier. I recently went out on my own. The company used to be called Hunter Dixon and now it is Hunter Bell. I parted ways with my former business partner so I’ve taken on a lot more which is good and exciting. We’re growing the business into bigger stores like Shopbop.com, Revolve.com and Nordstrom. I firmly believe in manufacturing all from New York City and I want to keep USA production going forever. There’s just never a dull moment and this industry is completely non-stop but I have a great team. We have a life outside of the office which is important but when we’re in the office we are very focused. We as a team are really excited about what the future holds.
IT: Jessica Simpson was a huge mentor for you during “Fashion Star.” Do you guys still keep in touch?
HB: I wish! She was very smart and very helpful. We did develop a bond and a friendship but I don’t hear from her. I do keep in touch with a lot of contestants, though, and they are very good friends of mine. I keep in touch with Louise Roe who has become such a style icon and wears our product. She’s been very supportive.
IT: How would you describe the “Hunter Bell” girl?
HB: She’s feminine, sophisticated with a bit of edge. She’s not afraid to stand out in the crowd. I really appreciate seeing a customer embrace the line in a little bit more of a rebellious way versus a “Oh I get it” kind of way. We’re trying to grow in the wonderful world of fashion and being recognized as somebody that takes risks. Everyone wants to say we’re a southern brand which we totally embrace but there’s big cities out there that also need to embrace the brand.
(all images and interview taken from All About Bham)