We are inching ever closer to the twinkling lights and laughter of holiday gatherings with family and friends. November is full of celebratory soirees that offer fun opportunities to bust out your favorite new cocktail dress or your comfy, casual sweater to go with your new fall booties! With the help of our fashionable friends at Gus Mayer, J.McLaughlin and The Clothes Tree by Deborah, we’ve assembled what to wear to three of Birmingham’s fantastic upcoming events. So whether you’re enjoying a haute-cuisine dinner for TumTum Tree Foundation’s Annual Wine Auction, perusing the wares of Alabama’s best artisans and crafters at the Moss Rock Festival or laughing—and crying a little—at the poignant play Calendar Girls at the Virginia Samford Theatre, we have the fashion fixes to to ensure you go out in style!
- November 5-7, 2015
- Tickets range from $75 to $200
- For more information on each event, click here.
Thursday night, enjoy a silent auction and wine tasting at the Alys Stephens Center followed by private winemaker dinners with our city’s most highly esteemed culinary establishments, including Bottega, Cafe Dupont, Daniel George, FoodBar, GianMarco’s, OvenBird and Satterfield’s. On Friday night, join the excitement of a live auction at The Club, where you can enjoy not only the breathtaking nighttime vista of the Magic City’s twinkling lights in black-tie glamour, but also savor dinner with guest Chef Rob McDaniel of SpringHouse at Lake Martin. On Saturday, join Chef Chris Hastings of Hot and Hot Fish Club and the new OvenBird at a tailgate party in Tuscaloosa, where 100 lucky attendees, will enjoy the fruits of Chef Hastings’ open-fire expertise prior to the Alabama vs. LSU game, with game tickets being auctioned off on Friday night. The TumTum Tree Foundation’s wine auction weekend of events raises funds to support Alabama’s children’s charities, such as Magic Moments, Kid One Transport, Mitchell’s Place, The Red Barn, Alabama Center for Childhood Cancer and Blood Disorders, UAB’s Institute for Arts in Medicine (AIM), Glenwood Autism and Behavioral Health Center and Angel Pillowcases. So you’ll be wining and dining in style for a very worthy cause!
What to wear? We have looks tailored to fit the black-tie dinner and live auction and private winemaker dinners around town, as well as the casual tailgating gatherings during this weekend of charitable wine auction events. The Clothes Tree by Deborah has trendy, casual looks as well as gala gowns, so we knew we could find something for each occasion at this diverse boutique.
Event: 9th Annual Moss Rock Festival at The Preserve
- Saturday, November 7, 2015 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- Sunday, November 8, 2015 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
- Free admission
- Festival-goers must park and ride to the festival on shuttle buses from the Hoover Metropolitan Stadium.
- For more information, click here.
Nestled in the picturesque Moss Rock Preserve in Hoover, this family-friendly celebration of art and the environment welcomed 15,000 festival-goers last year, because of the festival’s wide range of fabulous offerings. There is live music on the green, where visitors are invited to bring blankets and lawn chairs and enjoy not only the music, but also the diverse epicurean delights from the festival’s food trucks and beer garden. Children’s areas offer creative exploration while learning about the environment and art. Art lovers and tree huggers can enjoy fine art alongside fuel-efficient car exhibitions, and adventurous souls can venture forth into the 350-acre nature preserve to enjoy hiking, biking or geocaching! There’s something for everyone at the Moss Rock Festival!
What to wear? With all of the activities this festival has to offer, we’re going for a versatile ensemble that marries comfort and practicality with style. After all, you might find yourself painting in the kids area, dancing to live music on the green, enjoying a bite to eat or geocaching on the preserve, so you need to be ready to enjoy yourself in comfortable style! Gus Mayer‘s fashion-savvy associates have assembled these classic, yet fashion-forward looks.
Event: Calendar Girls at the Virginia Samford Theatre
- November 5-22, 2015
- Thursdays through Saturdays at 7:30 p.m.
- Sundays at 2:30 p.m.
- Tickets: $28-$33
- For more information, click here.
The Virginia Samford Theatre is producing this poignant true story of 11 Women’s Institute members from small-town England who raise money for the local hospital by posing nude—in a tasteful and funny burlesque fashion—for a calendar. The calendar became a wild success, just as this play did in London’s West End, where it was the fastest selling play in British Theatre History! The VST is also producing a cute “nude” calendar featuring the Birmingham cast, and part of the proceeds will go to the UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center. Tickets are selling like hotcakes, so don’t miss this hilarious and touching play!
What to wear? Well, don’t take your fashion cues from the Calendar Girls, because the Virginia Samford Theatre does require patrons to wear shirts in their elegant and intimate theatre! But do let the playful spirit of the theatre inspire your wardrobe for the evening. Perhaps you want to dress with a dash of formal panache or maybe you want a slightly dramatic in a modern capelet. Our style mavens at J.McLaughlin have the look to match your inner drama queen’s whims and fancies. Get ready for your close-up!
Enjoy your November and shop local!