Take a step outside and you can feel it in the air: Spring is right around the corner, and there’s no better way to usher in the new season than with the aid of these fabulous FINDS from some of Birmingham’s most outstanding local businesses. Punch up your palette with some fresh, new color, treat yourself to something that sparkles in the spring sunshine, add a little European flair to your life, and remember to relax and recharge with the family. March is all about refreshing your life, and these 23 FINDS will certainly help you to accomplish just that.
These hand-embroidered Eliz Pom clutches are absolutely the perfect pop for the warmer months ahead. In a pretty watermelon pink and a vibrant pool blue, these clutches are exactly what you need to put a little spring in your step. Find them for $230 each at Gus Mayer.
Moonstone and turquoise doublet ring
Dress up your digits with this stunning piece. Featured in the Moroccan Collection, this ring features a doublet of moonstone over turquoise, set in 18K yellow gold with exquisite pave round diamonds and a signature brushed finish. Find it for $2,560 at Bromberg’s in Mountain Brook.
Canvas “designer” bags
Born from the desire to remain effortlessly stylish while toting groceries or other less glamorous activities, these canvas totes by My Other Bag are printed with playful parodies of designer handbags and are simply adorable. Find them in small for $35 and large for $55 at Manhattan South in Cahaba Heights.
Vintage Bavarian glass and gemstone bracelets
These 24-karat gold-plated brass bracelets feature vintage Bavarian glass and gemstones and are sure to be your new favorite addition to your bracelet stack! Find them, starting at $285, at Estate Jewelers of Mountain Brook.
These Hobo bags are the perfect intersection of form and function — a stylish silhouette with plenty of room for all of your daily essentials, soft leather in either a pretty cream color or a lovely camel shade, and a darling little tassel zipper detail to boot. We’re obsessed! Grab one of these bags for $338 at Wrapsody in Hoover.
BRIGHT & BOLD
Vibrant prints are the name of the game this spring, and what better way to add a splash of color than with a fun floor pillow? Channel your inner Palm Springs goddess with these hand-illustrated tropical leaf floor pillows available at Cotton + Quill for $250 each.
Aviate BHM caps
Represent our city with pride! We especially love the fresh look of Aviate’s trendy BHM hats in navy blue, kelly green and blush pink for spring. Find them for $35 each in a variety of fun colors at Alabama Outdoors.
Add a bit of whimsy to your daily routine with this scrumptious knee-length lollipop robe. Made of the highest quality, super-soft microfibers and outfitted with a fun, sugar-sweet pattern featuring lollipops and jellybeans, this robe is sure to make you smile. Find it for $228 at The Lingerie Shoppe.
We have fallen head-over-heels for this charming “Southern Beast.” Crafted in Round Top, Texas, “Baba Bull” is a member of Mary Lou Marks’ famed Southern Beasts collection and is crafted from quality antique fabrics, needlepoint circa 1800s and 1900s tapestries, vintage costumes, Aubussons and other carefully selected antique embellishments and trims, and each creation is given a name by Mary Lou. Find “Baba Bull” for $700 at Paige Albright Orientals.
“Here Comes the Sun Dress”
Brighten up your weekend with this vibrant “Here Comes the Sun Dress.” With intricate embroidered detail on the sleeves, charming tassel ties at the cuffs and neckline, and flattering cold-shoulder cutouts, this pretty dress will definitely carry you through the warmer seasons ahead. Find it for $68 at The Impeccable Pig.
Men’s swim trunks
Planning a trip down to the coast or hoping to spend some time poolside with your guy? Choose a dapper men’s swim trunk available in a variety of bright colors and fun patterns. We’re especially loving the palm tree print — what could better beckon sunny summer days? Find them, ranging from $79.50 to $95, at Remon’s at The Summit.
GRACIOUS & GOLD
Kate Spade pumps
Perfectly prim and accented with a gold bow detail at the toe, these blush Kate Spade pumps are the perfect accessory to amp up your spring wardrobe. Could your kicks look any sweeter? Find them for $55.50 at Second Hand Rose.
Earrings and necklace
Part of Avani Rupa’s Modern Luxury line, this elegant pair of earrings and coordinating necklace take the modern woman from appropriate day wear to a night out on the town. Beautifully textured flat disks in 14-karat white and yellow gold feature a single round brilliant diamond in the center — seriously stunning! Find the earrings for $570 and the necklace for $820 at Avani Rupa Fine Jewelers.
Custom monogrammed candles
These gorgeous custom monogrammed candles make a thoughtful gift for the birthday guy or girl in your life. Select your favorite monogram style and voila! You’ve got the ideal personalized gift! Find the 3-inch cube for $30 and the 4-inch cube for $40 at The Scribbler.
Amethyst and gold jewelry
Pretty purple and classic gold make the most lovely pair this time of year, and what better way to incorporate this classic color combo than by treating yourself to some pretty new pieces of jewelry? Soft luminous amethyst mingles with wildly tangled gold and pretty gold rope detailing for a look that any woman would love. Find the three-stone bangle for $168 and the Lots O Rock ring for $198 at Judith Bright in Mountain Brook.
Chain-wrapped freshwater pearls
We are currently swooning over these beautiful pieces. The 18-karat gold-chain-wrapped natural baroque freshwater pearl earrings feature an 18-karat gold motif and bezel-set diamond; while the 16-inch 18-karat gold necklace with one 18-karat gold-chain-wrapped silver baroque freshwater pearl dazzles. Combine the two to achieve the complete look, or pair them with another eye-catching Jordan Alexander creation. Find the earrings for $2,855 and the necklace for $1,380 at JA Collections.
There is no better tote to have on your arm this spring than one of these handcrafted Onigo Imports bags. Designed by French designers and handcrafted on the Island of Madagascar, these totes come in a variety of eye-catching colors and are sure to brighten your day. Snag the bag for $69 and add a pom pom tassel of your choice for $8 at A’Mano.
These incredibly soft, pure cotton tasseled hand towels by Scents & Feel add a little Mediterranean flair to your kitchen or bathroom. Give one as the perfect present for the hostess in your life tied around a fabulous bottle of wine. Find them for $18.50 each at B. Bayer & Co. Monogramming & Gifts.
Henriot Quimper aperitif tray
Infuse some classic French style into your serveware with this large, signed Henriot Quimper divided aperitif tray, hailing all the way from Brittany, France. This piece features an exquisite hand-painted floral motif paired with a stunning black and yellow flourished edge detail, which evokes Breton Cornwall folklore costumes. Find it for $375 at Lolo French Antiques et More.
Dog bed & toys
Gift Fido with a cozy new spot to snooze and a new friend to snuggle with this spring! The Bowsers Bed Donut is the ultimate in canine comfort and is sure to make your pooch feel pampered. And we’re partial to this fun flamingo, but we’re sure your pup will love any of the Fluff N Tuff extra-durable toys, outfitted with their signature heavy-duty mesh lining, so even the toughest dog will have a hard time tearing into them. Find the dog bed for $65 and the Fluff N Tuff toys, ranging from $9.95 to $19.95, at The Whole Dog Market in Homewood.
Ashley Mac’s Family Dinners
In a pinch for dinner, and don’t want to forego family time for hours spent in the kitchen? Ashley Mac’s is now offering family dinners for four, available for pickup between 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. daily. Just call the location nearest you two hours ahead of your desired pickup time with your choice of entree and salad, and your meal will be ready to serve alongside eight of Ashley Mac’s famed original sour cream biscuits in no time! Order your family dinner, ranging from $28.99 to $33.99, at Ashley Mac’s.
Easter is right around the corner, and you’ll no doubt be hosting family and friends for some spring soirées, so we’re on the lookout for some charming seasonal decor. These adorable faux-grass bunnies will be perfectly at home perched on your mantle or placed on your front porch. Or adorn your table with these sweet ceramic bunny salt and pepper shakers. So sweet! Find the faux-grass bunnies, starting at $13.95, and the salt and pepper shaker bunnies for $20.95 at The Blue Willow in Cahaba Heights.
Club Pilates classes
With the warmer months fast approaching, there’s no time like the present to amp up your fitness routine. Lucky for you, Club Pilates Cahaba Heights is offering free demo classes to new customers, and we bet you’ll be obsessed! Good news for Hoover- and downtown-based Club Pilates enthusiasts: You will be able to workout closer to home very soon, as the new Riverchase Club Pilates location is scheduled to open this spring, followed soon thereafter by a new downtown location later this year! Call (205) 777-7976 or visit clubpilates.com to schedule your free class.
Birmingham’s best boutiques and businesses are ripe with fun new FINDS for the new season, so set aside a Saturday to enjoy a beautiful day of shopping in the springtime sun!