With summer drawing to a close, it’s officially time to start celebrating back to school, the arrival of football season, cooler temperatures and a change in wardrobe! Welcome fall with these 19 local FINDS highlighting all the ways we’ll be celebrating the autumnal change: fashion, food and feng shui! Here are our 19 August FINDS!
Football season is coming. Whether you’ve got a kiddo heading back to college or are planning to attend a few of this season’s games yourself, clear bags are officially necessary for entrance into almost every SEC stadium. Glam it up a bit with these silver- and gold-lined clear bags from GiGi’s Teen. With a cross-body strap and SEC-compliant size, these bags are ideal for a worry-free game-day celebration! Find them at GiGi’s Teen for $28 each.
Transitional pieces are necessary for the upcoming weather changes. This cool, on-trend ensemble pairs a shorter skirt with a light cardigan and ankle booties to perfectly marry summer style and cooler weather musts. Plus, the various shades of blue complement the pops of grey. Find the ombre waterfall cardigan for $49; long beach tank in light green, $20; modern femme mini skirt in green, $60; lariat, $89; and velvet Cecile ankle boots in grey, $168, at Mia Moda Boutique.
Bag of the season
Step out in style with a new bag this season! This striking option will dress up any outfit and is sure to be a conversation-starting addition to your handbag collection. The Taxidermy bag is a handmade work of art that can be found exclusively at P2 Pilates — they’re the only boutique in Alabama to carry them! Find this one for $1,595.
Cooler weather, changing leaves and football, football, football — we’re about to step into the season of change. Make sure your man stays stylish with these elegant options from Remon’s Clothier. This Summit boutique carries a vast selection of colors and styles perfect for any occasion, but these reds and greys are Roll Tide-ready! Find the Peter Millar shirt for $42.50 and State Traditions hat for $28 at Remon’s.
For the kiddos
It’s officially time to go back to school! Make sure the kids are ready to enter the classroom with these fun and colorful backpacks from The Blue Willow. The little ones will love the bright colors and adorable design, while you’ll appreciate its ample space for supplies, lunch and any other goodies they might need. Find these at The Blue Willow for $27.95 each.
There’s nothing better than an easy-to-style shoe that can be worn with tons of outfits. Complete the classic white-tee-and-jeans ensemble or dress down a breezy dress with these timeless slip-ons. They’re sensible, comfortable and so wearable that you’ll get more than your money’s worth. Find a pair at Alabama Outdoors for $60.
Fall transitional style is all about layers, and this look from Second Hand Rose does it perfectly. Neutral shades of brown create a classic look that can be worn to a number of different occasions, while a funky skirt adds a touch of sophisticated fun. Find the Free People jacket for $24, cream Vince short-sleeved top for $38, striped Max Mara skirt for $58, belt for $22, and necklace for $28 at Second Hand Rose.
Fresh and funky
Don’t forget to accessorize this season! Layering necklaces can be a fun way to dress up a look or add a bit of unique glamour to your style. This style pairs a long, statement necklace with a dainty choker over a neutral top for an overall put-together and fresh look. Find the Michael Stars Brooklyn jersey tank for $68, Michael Stars lambskin leather moto jacket for $348, brass pendant choker for $149 and beaded statement necklace with tassel for $178 at The Clothes Tree.
Bring out your inner artist with these adorable Frida Kahlo pajamas from The Lingerie Shoppe. As the cooler temps are ushered in, it’s the perfect time to find some fun and comfy PJs to lounge in by the fire. Plus, this set is so cute, you’ll be tempted to show them off! Find this set at The Lingerie Shoppe for $110.
This season, we’re loving layers, neutrals and fun accessories, and this look from Manhattan South encompasses it all! Comfortable and high-quality jeans never go out of style, and this laid-back top paired with an on-trend hat and sophisticated cardigan makes for the ideal transitional outfit. Find the PS The Label tank for $140, DL1961 Margaux skinny jean for $178, KREWE Stella to Black 24-karat sunnies for $355, Jules Kae pouch for $98 and Janesssa Leone hat for $190 at Manhattan South.
You deserve something sweet. Treat yourself to the Cookie Fix’s “Frozen Dough To-Go,” which can make a multitude of cookie concoctions! Plan a night in with the family, and bake with the kiddos. You’ll love spending time with them, and they’ll love creating something delicious! SB Tip: Bake the dough into a skillet and top with a scoop of vanilla and a chocolate drizzle for a drool-worthy dessert! Find Frozen Dough To-Go at Cookie Fix for $16.
Grab the hubby and head out this fall. FoodBar’s elegant options are inspired by Southern cuisine, and they do not disappoint. Pictured is the sautéed Gulf red snapper, pan-fried to perfection, atop a bed of local Finley Avenue succotash with lima beans, field peas, local tomatoes, sweet corn, bacon and okra — drizzled in housemade tomato aioli and sprinkled with fresh microgreens. It is as tasty as it is beautiful! The accompanying fresh, local vegetables change according to the seasons; check FoodBar‘s daily menu for up-to-date info and market prices.
Fresh and refined
Dining out at one of Mountain Brook’s best culinary spots, Daniel George, is a must for any Birminghamian. This season, try the beet and apple salad, a fresh and delicious plate complete with fresh veggies, crisp apples, juicy beets and a fluffy bread roll. This one is perfect for a lunch with the girls! Give it a taste at Daniel George for $10.
Spice it up this season with the Mexi-Tater Tots from The Local Taco. These pillowy potatoes are crispy, crunchy and a touch spicy. They’re a great complement to The Local Taco’s delicious margarita options and a perfect way to kick off a Taco Tuesday. Give them a try at The Local Taco for $2.95.
Celebrating something or someone in August? Surprise your guests with a gorgeous treat from Bandit Baking Co. This salted caramel tart is sure to satisfy that sweet tooth with pate sucree, salted caramel and a gorgeous, torched meringue. Bring this to a potluck or tailgate and you’ll be the hit of the party! Find it at Bandit Baking Co. Contact store for pricing.
Game of chess?
Want to add something striking, gorgeous and interactive to your interior decor? This beautiful chess board is an elegant addition to any space, and its crisp, black-and-white top establishes a sophisticated style ideal for bringing classic beauty into your space. Find it at Urban Home Market for $799.
Get your home ready for the season with these unique chopped wood pumpkins from Wrapsody. We love these for adding a subtle yet festive touch to your entrance decor. Plus, these pumpkins are totally unlike any we’ve seen, so your front porch pumpkin arrangement will stand out from the rest! Find them, ranging from $35 to $78, at Wrapsody.
Light up your space
Give your interior a breath of fresh air with these intriguing glass orb pendant lights. These have got to be the coolest way to give your space some light without opting for a classic lamp or chandelier. Find them at Urban Home Market for $1,391 each.
Grab a seat on this 18th century painted Baroque style Tuscan arm bench. It’s carved lyre shaped legs are joined by a carved stretcher and upholstered with antique ecclesiastical embroidered fabric and fringe. This FIND is an absolute gem. Find it at Lolo French Antiques et More for $8,200 for the pair.
So, improve the feng shui of your home with some new interior decor, nourish yourself with some tasty soul food or update your look with some fall fashion! Happy August!