Leaves crunch beneath our feet and rustle in the trees, their bright colors shimmering in the breeze, ushering in the excitement of the change of season. Though holiday shopping and entertaining are just around the corner, we’re embracing autumn — and Birmingham’s shops and boutiques are teeming with fabulous fall FINDS! And with the cooler weather, shopping excursions are oh-so-pleasant. No more breaking a sweat schlepping your shopping bags to the hot, sticky car. From jewelry to home decor, here are our favorite local FINDS!
Gold Art Deco light
This gorgeous gilded pendant light exudes a Gatsby-esque glamour. Infuse your home with an Art Deco vibe with this striking light. Find it for $1,537 at Hiltz-Lauber.
Embrace your wild side with these elegant hair-on-hide pillows. One design features slim strips of cowhide in varying hues, sewn together to create a stunning, one-of-a-kind look. From metallic accents to a patchwork piece with antlers, these hair-on-hide pillows will lend a sophisticated yet wild touch to any room. Find them, starting at $99 each, at At Home Furnishings.
Charley Harper hand-painted needlepoint canvases
If modern art hits your sweet spot, dip your toes into the dynamic world of needlepoint with these hand-painted needlepoint canvases featuring original Charley Harper art. Needleworks, LLC, currently has a vast gallery of Charley’s signature art on display in a diverse array of hand-painted needlepoint canvases. Find the “Calico Cat” canvas for $67.50 and the “October Mania” canvas for $191.25 at Needleworks, LLC.
Coffee table accents
Oftentimes it’s the little things that set the tone for a room. A collection of thoughtfully placed glass vases with wildflowers feels very different from a tribal mask from Africa. And shopping for and collecting items that express your personality can turn into a fun adventure — or even a trip to Africa. But if you’re not headed on an African safari, head to Richard Tubb Interiors where they have fabulous coffee table style ideas like this horn-handled magnifying glass set atop rugged, unbound books. Find the magnifying glass for $79 and the books for $169 and $198 at Richard Tubb Interiors.
Take your autumnal centerpiece to the next level with these gorgeous plush pumpkins. Handmade with velvet and a real pumpkin stem, these beauties are an elegant way to decorate for this beautiful season. They come in various sizes and colors. Find them, ranging from $17 to $159, at Leaf & Petal.
Is there anything cuter than toddlers dressed up for Halloween with their chubby little arms and legs and adorable faces peering at you from a ridiculous costume? We think not. But don’t go spend a small fortune on a kid’s costume that will only be worn for one night before being quickly outgrown! Head to Little Lavender designer consignment boutique for a deal for your little trick-or-treater. Find this Hershey’s Kiss costume for $10.47, milk carton costume for $31.47 and owl costume for $24.47 — with prices dropping after October 15 — at Little Lavender.
Bella Figura and Smock digital and letterpress holiday cards
Bella Figura and Smock are sister letterpress stationery and paper goods companies that not only create drop-dead gorgeous to super-silly stationery designs, they also are 100% committed to the environment in everything they do. So, you can feel good about the huge stack of good-looking holiday cards you’ll be sending out to your friends and family this year! Get 100 digitally printed, letterpressed cards, starting at $550, from exclusive local Bella Figura and Smock dealer, The Scribbler. Order by December 12 to receive free digital addressing and complimentary rush service.
Byer’s Choice holiday figurines
What began with one woman making artisan figurines of Christmas carolers in the ’60s has turned into a holiday tradition for many. These recognizable, red-cheeked characters conjure that heartwarming feeling of the holidays — and it’s not just Christmas, anymore. Find these autumnal-themed figurines, ranging from $74 to $79 each, at The Dandé Lion.
This delicate design of diamonds set in a 14-karat silver strand exudes an elegant simplicity. For those who are too demure for chunky, bold necklaces or simply for those who crave a subtle statement piece, this is the necklace for you. Find it for $1,975 at John-William Jeweller.
Judith Bright rings
These petite rock rings from Judith Bright are just too much fun! Choose your favorite colors and pair them with a bevy of like-colored bracelets for a colorful and chic look. Find them for $68 each at Judith Bright.
Stone vignette pendants
New Orleans-based jewelry line Sennod creates these striking pendant pieces, called vignettes, which interlock into a vignette chain so that you easily can change out your pendant, if desired! The signature vignette pendant pieces range from pearls and crosses to turquoise and gemstones. Find these one-of-a-kind stone vignette pendants, $338 for the larger and $220 for the smaller, at Mulberry Heights Antiques.
Marco Bicego earrings
Marco Bicego jewelry combines the family’s old-world goldsmith tradition with contemporary design for jewelry that exudes a timeless elegance. The luxury Italian jewelry features the renowned jeweler’s signature hand-engraved 18-karat gold, hand-twisted coil design with diamond and multi-color gemstones. These sleek gold-and-diamond earrings are the perfect example of his work. Find them for $1,640 at Bromberg’s, and meet Marco in person for a rare in-store appearance at the upcoming Marco Bicego Trunk Show.
These handmade gold bracelets with druzy stone features can be paired with a little black dress for a more formal affair or dressed down with a white t-shirt and jeans. Versatile jewelry is key in building a dynamic wardrobe! Find these druzy bracelets for $36.50 each at Second Hand Rose.
THE BEST VESTS
Dubarry of Ireland quilted vest
The transitional fall weather calls for layering — and every woman needs a stylish vest for a fabulous layered look. Luckily, we’re seeing tons of fabulous vests in Birmingham’s shops and boutiques to fit the bill. This quilted vest from Dubarry of Ireland, with its form-fitting lines and sharp Mandarin-style collar, offers up serious style in spades! Known for their excellent craftsmanship and quality, Dubarry’s clothing not only is durable, but the designs also are timeless — making each piece a closet staple. Find this vest for $229 at Alabama Outdoors.
These super fun faux-fur shag vests offer a touch of rock-star flair to your everyday look. Throw in a fabulous pendant necklace and your layered look just got a healthy dose of bohemian cool! Find them for $73 each at the Lingerie Shoppe.
Girl’s faux suede-and-fur vest
This uber-chic faux suede vest with faux fur lining for girls takes your little lady’s look to the next level! Before you know it, her gaggle of friends are going to be tweeting and Snapchatting about it and everyone will have to have one. So, hurry up and get yours now! Find it for $99 at Snap Girls.
The South Candles
Made in Birmingham, Alabama, The South Candle is a 14-ounce soy candle set in a repurposed glass jar and is beautifully packaged with a homegrown cotton ball on top! It has a 60- to 80-hour burn time and comes in quintessentially Southern scents like Sweet Tea, Antebellum, Gunpowder and our very own fragrant Birmingham, Alabama. Plus, you’ll be supporting a homegrown business when you buy! Find them for $32.95 at The Blue Willow.
Auburn & Alabama mugs
These Auburn and Alabama mugs are teeming with a hand-hewn charm and colorful team pride. Wake up and get your java fix like a true football fan with these fabulous mugs or give them as gifts, complete with miniature O’Henry’s Vulcan Blend coffee. Find the mugs for $25 and miniature O’Henry’s Vulcan Blend coffee for $3.99 each at Homewood Antiques & Marketplace.
Fluff & Tuff dog toys
Fluff & Tuff plush dog toys are made to withstand a dog’s tough love. With their signature durable, thick inner mesh liner, inner double-stitching and embroidered eyes (no loose pieces), your dog will have a hard time destroying these furry stuffed friends — which means more time playing with the toy and one less toy in the trash! Find the perfect Fluff & Tuff toy for your dog, starting at $9.95, at The Whole Dog Market.
BREAST CANCER AWARENESS MONTH
October has become synonymous with breast cancer awareness. While we encourage all women to get their mammograms, we also encourage the support of organizations that help in the fight to end breast cancer. One great source to find some great items for a great cause is Southern Tide where you can shop a variety of stylish pink products and, for the month of October, 10% of all sales go to the National Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc. Click here to shop for the cause.
Get out in the glorious fall weather and enjoy the fabulous FINDS of Birmingham’s shops and boutiques this October! Happy hunting!