Welcome to August, Birmingham! With the kiddos heading back to school and summer vacation agendas coming to a close, it’s finally time to get back to our normal schedules and find a few moments for ourselves. So, today we’re featuring 21 of our favorite fashion and beauty FINDS to encourage you to give yourself some much-needed self-love. From stylish services and fashion-forward looks to cosmetics and more, this month’s FINDS are all about you! Sit back, relax and add these local goods and services to your wish list. Here are our August FINDS!
Style Yourself Chic Society
You deserve to fall back in love with your closet! Style coach Megan LaRussa knows just how to make that happen, and the first step is joining her Style Yourself Chic (SYC) Society. As a member of the SYC Society, you’ll have access to tons of shop-able guides, including “How to Dress for Your Body Type,” “How to Curate Your Closet” and “Shopping for Your Budget,” as well as helpful style videos, guides and community support. The Style Yourself Chic Society was made for the busy on-the-go woman to answer the daily question of “what to wear,” streamline the closet and build a personal style, thereby boosting confidence. Membership is $27 per month. Join here!
Never underestimate the motivation a fresh haircut and color can give you. Refresh your style and brighten up your look with the expert stylists at Tonya Jones SalonSpa. Not only do they offer classic salon services, like cuts, colors and blowouts, they also recently opened a new location inside Saks Fifth Avenue at The Summit, which offers both salon and spa services, including facials, massages, nail care and lash extensions. This is the perfect way to show yourself some love! Prices vary depending on service. Peruse services and book online at tonyajonessalon.com.
Skin Wellness Luxe Membership
Continue along this self-love journey by joining Skin Wellness’ Luxe Membership Program. Members have their choice of three levels, which feature facials, dermaplaning services, eyebrow and eyelash tints, microdermabrasion, blue light acne treatments, microneedling and discounts on all Skin Wellness products. If you’re struggling with dry, drab skin, these services will totally refresh your complexion and give you that coveted luminous, youthful glow. Prices range from $65 to $175 per month.
Lash extensions are the latest trend in the beauty industry, and we can see why. Extensions provide a naturally flawless finish that minimizes the time needed to get ready in the morning and gives that “I woke up like this” look. The Esthetic Loft is a boutique lash spa in Homewood that offers a variety of beauty services, but specializes in lash extensions that are beautiful, lightweight and do not harm natural lashes. Extensions range from $99 to $125 for a two-hour session.
Love your body
After a long and busy summer, recalibrate your fitness goals at Pure Fitness in Vestavia Hills. Their InBody machine analyzes each client’s body composition, including total body water, dry lean mass and body fat mass as well as muscle-fat analysis, body fat percentage and more to help you find the right workout for you. Both personal training and group fitness classes are available as are massage therapy sessions, including the on-trend cupping therapy. Self-love starts from the inside, and putting a healthy lifestyle at the top of your list is a must. Prices vary depending on class or session. Learn more at facebook.com.
Now that you’ve taken advantage of Birmingham’s health and beauty services, its time to refresh your wardrobe. We spotted this fashionable cuff at Wild Things and immediately fell in love. Not only is this statement piece totally unique, it also gives any look a touch of sophisticated glamour. This cuff is $255. Make sure to check out the matching earrings!
If your teen needs a closet refresher before heading out to this month’s family-friendly events, we have you covered. We are loving this striped, ruffled romper from GiGi’s Teen as it is not only seasonally and age-appropriate, but it is also on-trend and versatile. Your teen can dress this up or down for a number of events. Find the romper for $54 and the necklace set for $26 at GiGi’s Teen.
Now that you’ve got the kids dressed, make sure to grab something for yourself! This summer-appropriate orange dress from The Clothes Tree by Deborah is classic and flattering. We love the wrap style, which is having a major moment right now, and the bright and vibrant shade makes for a fun look. Find the dress for $194 and necklace for $114 at The Clothes Tree by Deborah.
No look is complete without those fun finishing touches and one of our favorite ways to make a statement this season is with a bold lip color. These lip glosses from local company Aware Cosmetics, which was started by professional makeup artist Jestina Howard, are highly pigmented, long-wearing glosses. Each one offers the smooth application of a lipstick, and shine and texture of a lip gloss. They’re available in a vast selection of colors to enhance any skin tone and will stay put throughout the day and night. Find these here for $22 each. A portion of product sales is annually donated to the American Lung Association of Alabama!
Speaking of finishing touches, this gorgeous clutch from Manhattan South is the ideal accessory to any look. Better yet, this piece is ethically and sustainably made with naturally grown Madagascan fabric that is 100% natural. Manhattan South is the only boutique in Birmingham to carry these pieces, and we suggest checking out their totes and computer cases as well. This clutch is $130.
And for those final finishing touches, we’ve found this gorgeous pair of everyday heels and bold, yet easy-to-style scarf from Second Hand Rose. We are loving these shoes for their on-trend style, wear-with-anything color and not-too-high heel. Pair these with jeans for a casual, yet polished look or use them to finish off an evening ensemble. And this summer scarf is a fun and unexpected way to add a splash of color and pattern to any look without going over the top. The shoes are $32.50, and the scarf is $14.50 at Second Hand Rose.
Dress up the doggo
Your four-legged friend can be fashionable too! We mean, how precious is this pineapple bow tie?! The Whole Dog Market in Homewood has a huge selection of leashes, collars, bow ties and other accessories that will make your pup the most fashion-forward companion in the city. Find this bow tie for $16 at The Whole Dog Market.
These Carson and Co. scarves are unparalleled in both quality and beauty. Each depicts a colorful image from the 18th to 19th Century and can be styled in myriad ways. This is the perfect accessory to your summer look or the ideal gift for that fashionista in your life. Because they can be worn in so many different ways and the quality will stand the test of time, it’s a worthwhile investment if you’re on the hunt for a classic and elegant accessory that can be passed on as a treasured family heirloom. Find this and a ton of other styles for $320 at Bromberg’s.
Summer may be coming to an end, but the Alabama heat isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. These RMS Beauty products from beaute therapie in Mountain Brook are the ultimate cosmetic item for the on-the-go gal who doesn’t have the time to apply a ton of different products. These can be used as an eye polish for a glamorous summer shadow look, on the lips for a sultry shine or on the cheeks as a luminizing highlight or splash of natural, radiant cheek color. No matter how you use them, they’ll stay put and keep your complexion fresh throughout the day. Find these, ranging from $36 to $38, at beaute therapie.
Fun face masks
There’s no better way to relax after a long day than with a soothing sheet mask, and b kids in Mountain Brook Village has a ton of fun options for both you and the little one. What a fabulous way to get pampered with your kiddo on a sleepy weekend! These are just $6 each, so pick up a few for the both of you and plan a sweet end-of-summer at-home spa session! Find these at b kids.
The perfect gift
Not only is this catchall dish gorgeous and stylishly designed, it’s also oh-so-practical. Set this on your bedside table or vanity to hold jewelry, wallet, keys, cosmetic products or whatever your daily essentials include. This is also the perfect personalized gift. And since its made from collapsible fabric, it’s easy to travel with and the ideal accessory for the soon-to-be college student you know. Find it for $29.95 at The Blue Willow.
During these hot Alabama days, a high-quality pair of stylish Maho Shades is a must. Maho Shades were created by Birmingham local Alex Anderson as a result of her own frustrations with losing or breaking overpriced sunglasses while water skiing at Lake Martin or hiking along Alabama’s Moss Rock Preserve. These “Adriatic” sunnies are inspired by the Croatian Adriatic coast, and the geometric aviator style is made with durable 24-karat-gold-covered stainless steel and polarized amber lenses. These ship within 24 to 48 hours or can be found at local retailers, Soca, Mountain High Outfitters, Gus Mayer, The Pants Store and more for $145.
COOKIE OF THE MONTH
Nothing says self-love quite like treating yourself to a scrumptious sweet treat. This August, Cookie Fix’s Cookie of the Month is the Homewood Heath! It’s a delicious combination of semisweet and dark chocolate with chunks of Heath bar goodness. Grab one for yourself on Tuesdays and Fridays through August for $2.20 each.
FROM SB SHOP
Tassel earrings aren’t going anywhere anytime soon. These Hearne Dry Goods earrings are inspired by rugged textiles and a mission to promote the beauty within everything. They’re fun, light, bright and add an easy flair to any look. You’ll wear them all season long! These are available in four different flattering shades for $30 each at SB Shop.
There are two things a Southerner is known for: grits and grit, the latter being strength of character and determination. Show off your own grit with this exclusive SB accessory that celebrates those who have the power to hang in there and push for long-term goals and innovation. Find this on sale for $29 at SB Shop.
Embrace the end of summer with some much-needed self-love — you deserve it!