Thursday, March 31, 2011

ROLL TIDE! My legacy to UA!

 I made these houndstooth tablecloths.  They are used each season of every home game day at the President's mansion for their pre-game celebration for the donors of the University.  I made 42 round, square and rectangle tablecloths that were 150'-170' wide and each one had the houndstooth print matched perfectly on the seam.  Check them out if you are on the quad on game days! 

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Urban Standard

Front entrance to Urban Standard located on 2320 2nd Avenue North.

Designer Dorothy Perkins has a similar grey cable knit short sleeve sweater.  Cozy for these last winter days!

 We have a wide range of colors and designs to choose from in leg wear today because of the technological innovations within the textile industry.  Check out these Dama funky two-tone tights:  Go crazy with tights this season!

No pups allowed inside.   : (

Creamy Caramel Cappuccino!

Scarves are a great statement piece for every season!  Pairing the creme/lime green scarf with the muted grey, brown and olive fabrics made this outfit pop!

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Wicked Birmingham

POWERHOUSE MUSIC GROUP presents: BRUNN P, posing next to his advertisement for his album I Am the Future.
Two of the merchandisers for Urban Outfitters.  It's all about prints this season, especially leopard!
Cell phone tower on 23rd Street South.
Multiple personalities on 23rd Street South.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

St. Patrick's Day

Gladiator Sandals, worn by the Romans, are the new and quickly spreading trend in the footwear industry.  Check out the link below, amazon has some great deals:
The origin of the kilt is not Scottish as is widely believed.  Kilts were worn long before there were Celts.  The ancient Egyptians wore kilts, to indicate age and social rank.  In the late 1500's, the Hebrides and Highlands of Scotland brought the kilt into their fashion scene.  Known as the 'great kilt, it was a full length garment, whose upper half could be worn as a cloak draped over the shoulder.  The small kilt or walking kilt (similar to the 'modern' kilt) did not develop until the late 17th or early 18th century, and is essentially the bottom half of the great kilt.'

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Gip's Place in Bessemer, AL

Motorcycles and SEC football
Mississippi Harp in the Heart of Dixie!
Blues, beer and laughter.
Feather in the fedora.
The back of his shirt says it all!
It's music time!
Bass players know!
Birmingham Free Press with Mr. Gip
Gip's Place regular

The bolero makes a great spring jacket!

In case you didn't know.

Cool from head to toe.
Debbie Bond, co-founder and executive director of the Alabama Blues Project.

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Good People of Birmingham

Belts began their history in men's clothing during the Bronze age.  Greeks and Romans used belts to carry weapons and soldiers of  East European and Russian armies even wore waist cinching belts.  The belt came into fashion for women in the 17th century and became popular in the 19th century with the introduction of the skirt and blouse combination.  The 80's brought back the belt as a fashion statement and is now being revisited as a mega fashion accessory.  I believe in 2012 we will see utilitarian focuses on women's belts in fashion.

Buy local. Be local.

"If these thoughts reach, I'll get rid of everything. I just want to bloom like the flawless roses..."
Versailles Philharmonic Quintet - The Love From a Dead Orchestra

Saturday, March 12, 2011


Since 2004, when designers such as Lucien Pellat-Finet began incorporating skulls into their collections, it has made the skull a fashion icon.  In Jean-Charles de Castelbajac's Fall 2011 Collection he incorporated the skull icon into several of his surrealist inspired pieces.  Check out the entire collection:

The timeless beauty of lace.

Birch is the coolest 1yr. old I have ever met.  Rock on lil' dude!

Melody Musick, part owner is donning a toboggan from her gallery.

 Once again, the skull icon is the focus of this shawl.

Rectangle body types are perfect for this asymmetrical sweater.

Here in the South we consider the definition of  toboggan to be a type of hat, but Northerners define toboggan as a sled.  According to Wikipedia, the Southern region of the United States speak a dialect of the English language called Southern American English.  Until recently, dictionaries only defined toboggan as a sled.

I adore The Beatles, but check out the Buster Keaton coaster in back.  Keaton was an American comic actor and filmmaker.  During his career he designed and fabricated many of his own pork pie hats.  Pork pie hats were popular in the 1880s and resemble a fedora, but with a flat top. There are a variety of these artisan coasters at the gallery.  A set of 4 is $35.

"Of all the hues, reds have the most potency.  If there is one electric blue, a dozen reds are so charged.  Use them to punctuate white, burn into bronzes, or dynamite black."  -Jack Lenor Larsen