October has arrived, Birmingham, and we could not be happier! Today, to celebrate the start to a new festive season, we’re featuring style suggestions from local boutiques Manhattan South and Elle for three of Birmingham’s most exciting upcoming events — Antiques at The Gardens, Les Dames d’Escoffier’s Southern Soirée and Breakin’ Bread.
Set atop the iconic Dr. Pepper Building, today’s models are four of the beautiful and talented members of the Birmingham Chapter of Les Dames d’Escoffier International, a philanthropic organization of women leaders in food, wine and hospitality. It was such a treat to work with these dynamic women. Andrea Snyder and her husband co-founded Urban Cookhouse and Farm Bowl + Juice Company, and Susan Swagler is not only the incoming Les Dames D’Escoffier president but also the food, lifestyle and travel writer behind savor.blog. Ashley McMakin is the founder and president of Ashley Mac’s Cafe, Catering and Gourmet to Go, which has four locations across Birmingham, and Gia McCollister is an award-winning baker and one of the founding members of the Birmingham chapter of Les Dames d’Escoffier. It was an inspiring group of female leaders, to say the least.
So, let’s get to styling! Here are our suggestions for what to wear this October.
The Event: Antiques at The Gardens
- October 4-7, 2018
- The evening runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. There are also panel discussions, book signings, workshops, a gala and more. Check the schedule for details.
- General admission is $15 per day.
- Birmingham Botanical Gardens
- For more information, visit bbgardens.org.
Birmingham Botanical Gardens’ Antiques at The Gardens is taking their annual event to the next level this year with stylish guests Martha Stewart, Julia Reed and Suzanne Kasler, among others, coming to participate in all the fun! The Antiques at The Gardens is a four-day event that hosts nationally known interior designers, architects and dealers at The Gardens for panel discussions, workshops, book signings, a black-tie gala, brunch, cocktail hours and shopping for antiques, furniture, porcelain, fine art, silver, jewelry, home accessories and more. All proceeds benefit the educational programs at The Gardens.
What to wear: Antiques at The Gardens allows for plenty of style exploration. General admission attendees of this stylish event can dress up or down depending on their preference and any additional ticketed Antiques at The Gardens event they might be attending. So we’ve pulled together four looks that are both casual and polished. We suggest a simple shirtdress, a nice pair of jeans with a classic button-up or fun trousers with a flattering blouse.
The Event: Les Dames d’Escoffier’s Southern Soirée
- October 7, 2018
- The evening runs from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
- Tickets are $125.
- Jones Valley Teaching Farm
- For more information, visit ldeibirmingham.org.
Join the Les Dames d’Escoffier this Sunday, October 7, from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. for a twilight dinner from Birmingham’s best chefs and restaurant owners at Jones Valley Teaching Farm. All proceeds benefit Les Dames’ grants and scholarships that support women in the culinary arts. This is the perfect event for those wanting to explore Birmingham’s impressive food scene and support women in our city’s culinary industry on a gorgeous autumn evening!
What to wear: Les Dames d’Escoffier’s Southern Soirée calls for comfortable outdoor attire with a chic twist. We’ve pulled together three ultra-stylish looks that show you how to rock the wide-leg pant trend this season and one classic wrap dress that can be worn to any of your upcoming fall celebrations.
The Event: Breakin’ Bread at Pepper Place
- October 14, 2018
- The evening runs from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
- Tickets range from $35 to $99.
- Pepper Place
- For more information, visit breakinbreadbham.com.
Birmingham Originals will host their annual Breakin’ Bread event, presented by Tito’s Handmade Vodka, at Pepper Place. Attendees can enjoy food samplings from local chefs, craft beer, wine and the Buffalo Rock Makers’ Market comprised of Southern craftsmen, a kids’ zone, live music and more! The event takes place from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets start at $35 for general admission (unlimited food tastings and two drink tickets) and $99 for VIP (unlimited food tastings and beverages, access to a VIP lounge and early event access at 12:30 p.m.). Proceeds from the event will benefit Jones Valley Teaching Farm’s (JVTF) Urban Farm Project.
What to wear: For this event, we suggest going for an effortlessly fashion-forward look, which is actually much easier than it sounds! Go for an on-trend tied top, cropped denim, a comfy shirtdress or cardigan. By mid-October, this outdoor event will (hopefully) require layers or a sweater, so make sure to plan accordingly!
Have a fun — and stylish — October!
Thank you to Ashley, Susan, Gia and Andrea of the Birmingham Chapter of Les Dames d’Escoffier International for modeling today’s looks and to Elle and Manhattan South for providing the gorgeous clothing and jewelry.
And thank you to Eric & Jamie Gay of Eric & Jamie Photography for the fabulous photos atop the iconic Dr. Pepper Building.