As spring awakens local blossoms and sunnier days, events in Birmingham are happening everywhere! So, for this edition of What to Wear, we’ve partnered up with two of our favorite local boutiques, Alabama Outdoors and Elle, as well as one brand-new Homewood boutique, The Moody Rabbit, to create nine stylish looks for three exciting upcoming events: Taste of Homewood, Live at the Lyric: Graham Nash and Children’s of Alabama’s Children’s Table.

Today’s talented and impressive models are three Birmingham businesswomen who are making their mark on the Magic City. Liz Willis Cook works as a Community Partnership Specialist at the ever-popular grocery delivery service, Shipt, where she coordinates all of Shipt’s corporate giving to local nonprofit organizations. Sarah Merkle is a litigator and one of only five lawyers worldwide that is a Certified Professional Parliamentarian-Teacher (CPP-T) and Professional Registered Parliamentarian (PRP). She is an Associate with one of the most well-respected law firms in the country, Bradley. New York University grad Grace Harrelson is in Business Development for one of the nation’s leading construction firms, Brasfield & Gorrie, where she works with leadership on the firm’s long-term, strategic planning around the culture and infrastructure of the company’s twelve offices.

Shipt, Bradley and Brasfield & Gorrie, along with Alabama Power and Regions, are all sponsors of Children’s of Alabama’s upcoming culinary fundraiser, Children’s Table, where you can mingle with Birmingham’s own celebrity chefs like Galley & Garden‘s Executive Chef James Boyce. That’s why we chose his elegant eatery as the dreamy backdrop for our photo shoot.

Mark your calendar, and don’t worry about what to wear, because we’ve got the style suggestions you need. From casual, yet chic attire to elegant evening wear, here is this month’s What to Wear!

A huge thank you to Liz, Sarah and Hannah for modeling today's looks at the stunning Galley & Garden restaurant!

A huge thank you to Sarah Merkle of Bradley (left), Liz Willis Cook of Shipt (middle) and Grace Harrelson of Brasfield & Gorrie (right) for modeling today’s looks at the stunning Galley & Garden restaurant!

The Event: Taste of Homewood

  • March 8, 2018
  • 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Tickets are $30 in advance and $40 at the door.
  • For more information, visit homewoodchamber.com.

The Taste of Homewood is back! In its 17th year, this food-filled event showcases the best of Homewood’s eateries all in one convenient location. Sample bites and beverages from 30 Homewood restaurants while enjoying live music and raising funds for the Homewood Chamber’s scholarships for local students and economic development efforts in the community. What’s better than supporting your community while savoring delicious food?

What to Wear: Our suggested attire for this event is comfortable, yet chic. A casual look that is still well put-together is ideal, and Alabama Outdoors provided us with three looks that easily achieve this style. Pair flattering jeans with a breezy top and booties or slip-on sneakers, and there you have it — casual and polished!

Alabama Outdoors has a top-notch selection of casual, yet chic attire ideal for events like the Taste of Homewood.

Alabama Outdoors has a top-notch selection of casual, yet chic attire ideal for events like the Taste of Homewood.

Look #1:

From Alabama Outdoors: Side Stitch meadow blouse, $104; Joe's icon hennie white mid-rise skinny ankle jeans, $187; TOM'S suede deia booties, $49.

On Grace, from Alabama Outdoors: Side Stitch meadow blouse, $104; Joe’s Jeans Icon skinny ankle jeans, $187; TOMS suede Deia booties, $49

Look #2:

From Alabama Outdoors: Barbour classic beadnell wax jacket, $399; Project Social T wearever tee, $29; Joe's Jeans the icon mid-rise skinny ankle jean, $189; Ugg alasdair waterproof wedge boots, $168

On Liz, from Alabama Outdoors: Barbour Classic Beadnell wax jacket, $399; Project Social T wearever tee, $29; Joe’s Jeans Icon jean, $189; UGG Alasdair waterproof wedge boots, $168

Look #3:

From Alabama Outdoors: Hard Tail cowl crop tank, $32; Rails whitney shirt, $69; Joe's icon ankle jeans, $179; Dr. Scholl abbot slip-on sneakers, $64.80

On Sarah, from Alabama Outdoors: Hard Tail cowl crop tank, $32; Rails Whitney shirt, $69; Joe’s Jeans Icon jeans, $179; Dr. Scholl’s Abbot slip-on sneakers, $64.80

The Event: Live at the Lyric: Graham Nash

  • March 11, 2018
  • 8 p.m. to 11 p.m.
  • Tickets start at $40.50.
  • For more information, visit lyricbham.com.

This event is for all the music lovers out there, especially those who love ’60s and ’70s classic rock. Legendary artist, two-time Rock Hall of Fame inductee, Songwriter Hall of Fame inductee, GRAMMY Award winner and member of the beloved bands Crosby, Stills, & Nash and The Hollies — Graham Nash is coming to Birmingham. He will grace The Lyric stage this March 11 for an evening of hits, both old and new. We’re predicting a date night in your future!

What to Wear: For this event, we’ve paired concert attire with a ’60s flair to create three funky and fashionable looks. All of these styles come from the brand-new Homewood boutique, The Moody Rabbit. This gorgeous shop, located next to Dave’s Pizza and Zoe’s Kitchen, holds a beautifully curated collection of designer pieces hand-selected with the Birmingham business woman in mind. Have fun with this event and try out something new, like flared jeans or this stunning rose velvet trench.

Liz, Sarah and Hannah are all smiles in these fun and fashionable looks from The Moody Rabbit.

Grace, Sarah and Liz are all smiles in these fun and fashionable looks from The Moody Rabbit.

Look #1:

On Liz, from The Moody Rabbit: HDH overlap tunic, $150.50; Veda zero stretch leather leggings, $558.60; Braided wrap belt, $80; M4D3 super sneakers, $49.99

Look #2:

From The Moody Rabbit: Veda metallic leather jacket, $498; Purple tshirt, $29; Flare jeans, $198; m4d3 super sneaker, $49.99

On Grace, from The Moody Rabbit: Veda metallic leather jacket, $498; purple t-shirt, $29; flare jeans, $198; M4D3 super sneaker, $49.99

Look #3:

From The Moody Rabbit: Fleur Du Mal dress, $409.50; Platinum Rose velvet trench coat, $718.80; m4d3 super sneakers, $49.99

On Sarah, from The Moody Rabbit: Fleur Du Mal dress, $409.50; platinum rose velvet trench coat, $718.80; M4D3 super sneakers, $49.99

These M4D3 (Make A Difference Everyday) sneakers are made with quality, style and social change in mind.

These M4D3 (Make A Difference Everyday) sneakers are made with quality, style and social change in mind.

The Event: Children’s Table

This food-centric event gives Birminghamians the opportunity to tour Time Inc.’s state-of-the-art food studios while enjoying different recipes from favorite local chefs, Chris Hastings of Hot and Hot Fish Club and Ovenbird, Ben Vaughn of Root to Tail, Mauricio Papapietro of brick & tin, Fuller Goldsmith, the 14-year-old winner of “Chopped Jr.” and more. Attendees will join the editors from Food & Wine, Cooking Light, Southern Living and Coastal Living to raise funds and awareness for the nutritional needs of the patients of Children’s of Alabama — all while exploring Birmingham’s impressive food scene, mingling with the chefs and going behind-the-scenes at Time Inc.’s food and styling studios.

What to Wear: For this event, we suggest cocktail attire. Elle in Crestline helped us create three fashion-forward looks that fit the bill. Vibrant, breezy dresses reflect the rising temperatures, while this wine-colored one-shoulder top paired with black denim and heeled booties is ultra chic and stylish.

These brightly colored ensembles from Elle reflect the arrival of Spring and are just right for the Children's Table event.

These brightly colored ensembles from Elle reflect the arrival of spring and are just right for the Children’s Table culinary event.

Look #1:

From Elle: Pink dress, $200

On Sarah, from Elle: Pink tank dress, $200; metallic gold clutch, $55

From Elle: Gold geometric earrings, $32

On Sarah, from Elle: Gold geometric earrings, $32

Look #2:

From Elle: Elizabeth and James red one-shoulder top, $295; Arrow Haul black jeans, $178

On Grace, from Elle: One-shoulder top, $295; black jeans, $178

From Elle: Gold hoops with black tassel, $64

On Grace, from Elle: Gold hoops with black tassel, $64

Look #3: 

From Elle: Bell sleeve blue dress, $228

On Liz, from Elle: Bell-sleeved blue dress, $228

From Elle: Silver triple hoop earrings, $49

On Liz, from Elle: Silver triple hoop earrings, $49

Have a fun — and stylish — March!

Thank you to Liz Willis Cook of Shipt, Sarah Merkle of Bradley and Grace Harrelson of Brasfield & Gorrie for modeling today’s looks!

Thank you to Galley & Garden for allowing us to use their gorgeous restaurant as the backdrop of this fun fashion shoot.

And thank you to Eric & Jamie Gay of Eric & Jamie Photography for the fabulous photos of Liz, Sarah and Grace.

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Find out what’s going on in Birmingham this month — visit our Happenings page. And for more on the boutiques that provided these style suggestions, visit our SB Guide or download our FREE SB App.