August is here, Birmingham! With the kiddos heading back to school and summer vacations winding down, it’s finally time to get back to our normal schedules and find a few moments for ourselves. So, today we’re featuring 15 of our favorite fashion and beauty FINDS to encourage you to give yourself some much-needed self-care. From savvy services and fashion-forward looks to home decor and more, this month’s FINDS are all about you! Sit back, relax and add these local goods and services to your wishlist. Here are our August FINDS!
Summer never has to end with this gorgeous woven clutch we spotted at At Home Furnishings. With the perfect amount of bohemian and classic elements, it can go from day to night with ease. From football games to cocktail parties, this is the finishing touch your outfit deserves. Find it for $62 and be sure to check out their incredible jewelry selection, too.
The end of a season is the perfect time to refresh your wardrobe. These earrings from Soca are stylish, unique and make a sophisticated statement. For only $18.50, you might want to snag a few other styles, too!
Summer soirées aren’t over quite yet! This weather-appropriate pastel blue wrap dress from Ambiance is super flattering and can easily be dressed up or down. The wrap style is having a major moment right now, and the gorgeous shade makes for a fun look that will truly complement that summer glow. Find the dress for $59.99 and necklace for $29.99 at Ambiance.
Second Hand Rose has some of the cutest totes, purses, and bags in Birmingham. That’s where we found this beautiful woven color block tote with tassel accents. The on-trend, wear-with-color, big-enough-for-everything bag pairs perfectly with jeans for a casual, yet polished look. Or carry it in the evening to complement an elevated ensemble. Find it for $32.50.
After several summer vacations, trips to the park and family outings, it’s nice to relax at home in your comfiest attire. We recently found the world’s softest robe at The Lingerie Shoppe in Mountain Brook. The best part about this waffle robe? It’s breathable, so you don’t have to worry about getting too hot while you lounge or get ready for the day. Find it for $80, and you can thank us later.
What better way to unwind than with a rejuvenating facial? Your spa therapist at Tonya Jones SalonSpa will assist you in selecting the perfect facial for you. One-time facial services range from $60 to $130, while bundles start at $168. Learn more and book online here.
Focus on fitness
Self-care begins with taking care of your body, and a stellar way to do that is with a fitness class you love. If you haven’t tried Pilates, there’s no time like now to give it a try. It’s low-impact and works wonders on improving posture and balance — both of which are crucial as we age. If you want to give Pilates a try, check out Club Pilates — prices vary depending on membership packages. Learn more about the classes available here.
Book a helping hand
From rehearsals to practices to homework and everything in between, it can be hard to get simple tasks done. If you need a few hours to run errands, prep meals or simply have a few moments to yourself, book a Wyndy babysitter. Wyndy pairs background-checked, vetted, undergraduate and graduate student babysitters with families. All payments are made via the app and the typical job ranges from $13 to $20 per hour. Learn more at wyndy.com.
A’Mano Gifts is notorious for having some of the cutest home decor items in Birmingham. For a night in with friends, these unbreakable goblets are perfect to have by the pool, at a cook-out or in the home. Wrap this tea towel around your favorite bottle of champagne and voila! — you’re the hostess with the mostess. Find the goblets for $15 and the tea towel for $18.
An easy way to refresh your home for a new season is to add simple pieces that can be used all year long. These bud vases from FarmStand by Stone Hollow Farms in Pepper Place are perfectly versatile no matter what the occasion. Available in varying sizes, they can be used for single blooms or for candlesticks. Switch out the color of the candlestick and the type of bud depending on the season, and you’re set. Find them from $11 to $15. SB TIP: They also make great housewarming gifts.
Need a new decorative piece to refresh your kitchen? This gorgeous pottery dish by Earthborn at Alabama Goods is a must-have. Find it for $45, and check out more locally sourced items at Alabama Goods!
Scent of the season
What’s the most relaxing scenario you can think of? We’re willing to bet that it involves at least these two things: wine and candles. We’ve found the best of both worlds in these wine-scented candles at Wrapsody. Made in repurposed bottles with natural soy wax, these candles are sure to help you unwind after a long summer, along with your favorite bottle of wine, of course. Find this rośe scented candle and several other wine-inspired scents for $30. Cheers!
Custom wall decor
Nothing makes your house feel more like a home than pieces of art that reflect your family. Local artist and The Grace Gallery owner Shannon Harris started a commission-based series titled Origins to bring a modern twist to a classic family portrait. This abstract work of art is a great way to refresh your home and celebrate those you love most. Custom pieces start at $175 and are ready within 10 days of purchase.
FROM SB SHOP
Billet + Blade is a one-woman workshop dedicated to making simple things with simple tools from simple materials. All of the wood used to make her pieces is sourced locally in Middle Tennessee from fallen or trimmed trees. The pieces are then hand-rubbed with a food-safe homemade blend of raw linseed oil and local beeswax. These pieces are made to endure daily use for years to come. These wooden salad servers, available in charred maple, cherry and walnut, are $56 in SB Shop.
Enjoy these FINDS — and enjoy your final month of summer!