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Spring Shoe Preview

Calling all shoe fanatics—we’ve rounded up our top three trends for spring footwear! We’re loving woven details, chunky flatforms, and laces for spring. Here’s a preview of what you can look forward to as the weather warms up!

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Airy, woven footwear is a must-have for the new season. You’ll be thankful to have a pair once the weather warms up!

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Sister of the platform, the flatform is taking things to new heights! These babies will be your go-to shoe for everything from your neighbor’s BBQ to walking the dog.

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These strappy, sultry shoes add the perfect feminine touch to any outfit. This trend ranges everywhere from high heels to simple sandals—they’re so versatile! Nearly every blogger has picked up this trend, and we think you should too!

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Outfit of the Week / 02

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Sanctuary Military Jacket // $158
Splendid Tee
// $74
Paige Verdugo Midrise Ultra Skinny in Anderson
 // $189
Dolce Vita Booties
// on sale for $84.99
Floppy Hat
// $36
Beaded Tassel Necklace
// $68
Hoop Earrings
// $12

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Alabama Native: Wheelhouse Salon

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I believe that God has given all people specific gifts and talents that are to be used to show the world how good He is. This is basically where the idea for Wheelhouse began. In all things that I do, I want there to be purpose. At Wheelhouse, I believe the purpose is to serve people by getting to know them and making them look and feel great! The ideas go together beautifully! It is our mission to develop relationships with our guests so that we can better serve them with hair that fits who they are or who they want to be! It has always been very important to me to make this connection so that I can help deliver the best results possible.

Along with this, it is also important to infuse art and creativity into the process. At Wheelhouse we are also committed to education, fashion, and the art of hairdressing. You can always expect our team to be up-to-date on the latest trends and have fresh hair ideas. I believe that by combining a love for people, hair, and creativity, you can’t help but get beautiful results!

— Courtney Grimes, Owner of Wheelhouse Salon

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Left: Courtney Grimes, Owner // Right: Allison Drake, Manager

« WHAT DO YOU LOVE MOST ABOUT ALABAMA?
I love that you can be at the most beautiful beach you can imagine in less than five hours, but you can also head north, and in just a few hours see amazing mountains and greenery.

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« WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE PLACE TO EAT IN ALABAMA?
I love a hamburger on my back porch, grilled by my husband. But as far as restaurants go, I really like Ollie Irene. The Knife Party is a sporadic supper club that you learn about via email after you sign up on their website. That’s also a top pick.

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« IF SOMEONE WAS COMING TO VISIT YOU FROM OUT OF TOWN, WHERE IS THE ONE PLACE YOU WOULD TAKE THEM?
I live right by an awesome nature preserve called Moss Rock. It has beautiful trails and streams. I think it’s pretty fantastic. I would take someone there for sure.

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Their killer collection of Oribe styling products

« IN ONE WORD, HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE ALABAMA?
Surprising.

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« WHAT WOULD YOU SAY IS ONE OF ALABAMA’S BEST KEPT SECRETS?
The Rattlesnake Saloon in north Alabama. BIG secret. BEST secret.

Thanks for sharing with us Courtney! Meet all the other great stylists at Wheelhouse here! If you haven’t seen it yet, make sure to check out the hair tutorial we did with Wheelhouse!

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Plaid, Plaid, Plaid!

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No matter what your style is, there’s always a place for plaid in your wardrobe. Scarves, button downs, skirts, and jackets—the options are endless! We’re totally mad for plaid, and we can’t wait to transition this timeless print into spring!

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1. Bella Dahl Plaid Button Down // $145
2. Plaid Scarf // $19.50
3. Plaid Poncho // $45
4. Ombre Washed Flannel // $58

The items pictured are available at our Birmingham location.

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Outfit of the Week / 01

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Bella Dahl Pullover Placket Button Down // $124
James Jeans Distressed Slim Boyfriend // $182
Floppy Hat // $36
Plaid Scarf // $19.50
Frye Reina Booties // on sale for $159.99

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Trend to try: beaded tassel necklaces

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The biggest trend our Buyers found on their latest trip to New York was the beaded tassel necklace. The booth was packed, and it’s easy to see why — these colorful tassel necklaces are definitely worth your fashion dollars. Ranging from neutrals to neons, these boho beads are sure to make a statement!

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These beaded tassel necklaces will be available at our Birmingham and Tuscaloosa locations later this week!

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Pre-Spring Trend Forecast!

Our buying team just got back from New York where they saw so many accessories for Spring. Check out their top three trend forecasts for pre-spring accessories below!

Backpacks

Our favorite new handbag trend is the backpack! With an updated look with sleek, luxe materials, the backpack is definitely not just for kids.

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Ear cuffs, jackets, and crawlers are going to be huge next season! We love the look of a statement ear, and with styles ranging from delicate and feminine to dark and edgy, there’s definitely a look for everyone.

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Felt and wool floppy hats were one of our favorite fall trends last year, so we’re super excited to transition this trend into spring with straw hats!

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Our favorite winter lip colors!

This season we’re loving deep reds, magentas, and fresh nudes. Check out some winter lip inspiration as well as our must-haves below!

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1. Sarah Happ The Lip Slip in The Pink: The perfect lip gloss with just a hint of pink.*
2. Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Volupté Lipstick in Nude Beige: A pinky nude than can be worn sheer or layered.
3. NARS Audacious Lipstick in Audrey: A deep pink/red that will make you fall in love at first swipe!
4. Urban Decay Lip Junkie Lip Gloss in Naked: A pinky neutral gloss that has the perfect amount of shimmer.
5. MAC Lipstick in Lady Danger: The ultimate red/orange for a statement-making lip.
6. NARS Audacious Lipstick in Janet: A deep magenta with red undertones that definitely won’t disappoint.

*Available at our Birmingham and Tuscaloosa locations.

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Wheelhouse Salon Hair Tutorial

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We think every girl should be able to master some basic flat iron waves, so we asked our friends at Wheelhouse Salon to share this fun tutorial with us! These beachy, flat iron waves are the perfect starting point for any hair style. Owner and stylist Courtney Grimes showed us how to style these waves into a fun and festive low ponytail!

Wheelhouse Salon is located in Downtown Homewood. Call to schedule an appointment with Courtney (or any of the other great stylists) at (205) 582-2083!

 

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Holiday cocktail roundup

New Year’s Eve is just around the corner, and what a year it’s been! After a month of frenzied shopping and party hopping, it’s probably safe to say you deserve a drink. So, before the New Year’s ball starts to drop, we’d like to take a moment to share our favorite holiday cocktails with you!

Horchata

Homemade Horchata Cocktail

WHAT YOU’LL NEED

For the Horchata
• ⅔ cup white rice
• 3 cups warm water
• 1 two-inch cinnamon stick
• ½ cup granulated sugar
• Splash of vanilla
• 2 cups whole milk (or a mixture of whole milk and cream)*
• Ground cinnamon

For the cocktail
• 1 ½ ounces (1 full shot) vodka
• ¾ ounce (½ shot) dark rum
• 4 ½ ounces (3 shots) horchata
• Fresh cinnamon

HOW TO MAKE IT

To make the Horchata
Begin by pulsing the rice in a blender or food processor until it’s the consistency of coarse polenta. Your blender may or may not do a good job with this task. Mine was mediocre. So, don’t worry if yours doesn’t do this well. Place the rice in a quart jar, and add the cinnamon stick and 3 cups of warm water. Refrigerate for at least 8 hours, but preferably overnight. Place the mixture back into the blender, cinnamon stick included, and blend once again. There may be some splattering, so throw a towel over the mixer or food processor. Don’t expect the cinnamon stick to get fully blended. Into a large pitcher, strain the mixture through a mesh strainer lined with cheesecloth and give it a squeeze at the end to extract as much liquid as possible. Then add the milk, 1/2 cup of sugar, and a splash of vanilla to the pitcher. Stir until the sugar has dissolved. Store in the refrigerator. Your kids will love this served over ice with a sprinkle of cinnamon.

*Almond milk can be substituted for a dairy-free version. Coconut milk works too, just be sure to adjust the amount of sugar you add.

To make the cocktail
Mix the vodka, rum, and horchata into a shaker for a second or two. Then pour into a low-ball glass filled with ice. Grate some fresh cinnamon on top and cheers away!

Cherry Bourbon

Cherry-Chocolate Bourbon Soda

WHAT YOU’LL NEED

For the homemade cherry-vanilla soda
• 2 lbs pitted fresh cherries
• 4 limes
• ½ tsp vanilla extract
• 1 cup water
• 9 tbs sugar
• ⅛ tsp salt
• ⅛ tsp dry champagne yeast

For the cocktail
• ¾ cups homemade cherry-vanilla soda or other cherry soda
• 15 drops Taza Mexican chocolate extract
• 1 oz Bourbon

HOW TO MAKE IT

To make the homemade cherry-vanilla soda
Place the cherries, lime juice, and vanilla in a large bowl. Bring one cup of water to a boil, then stir in the sugar and salt until dissolved. Pour the mixture over the cherries and let macerate for 10 minutes. Place the cherries and their liquid in a blender and blend until smooth. Strain the puree through a fine mesh strainer, catching the juice in a bowl. Pour the cherry juice through a funnel into a clean 2-liter soda bottle (do not use glass, as it may break under the pressure of the fermentation process). Add water to the bottle to fill almost to the top, leaving at least 1 inch of headspace between the top of the juice and the cap. Taste and add more lime juice, sugar, or vanilla as desired. Add the yeast to the bottle. Screw on the cap and shake to distribute the yeast. Let the bottle sit at room temperature out of direct sunlight until the bottle feels rock solid when you press against the sides. This carbonation process usually takes 12 to 48 hours: check the bottle periodically to avoid over-carbonation and a potentially bursted bottle. Once the soda is carbonated, place it in the fridge to slow the carbonation process. Open very slowly over a sink the first time you serve it, to avoid bubble-ups. Serve cold. Refrigerate for up to 2 weeks.

To make the cocktail
Add the soda, chocolate extract, and bourbon to a glass with several ice cubes in it. Stir gently, then serve immediately.

Hot Chocolate

Melted Hot Chocolate With Sea Salt Whipped Cream

WHAT YOU’LL NEED

For the sea salt chocolate whipped cream
• 1 cup heavy whipping cream
• 1 tbs sugar
• 3 tbs cocoa powder
• ¾ tsp sea salt

For the melted hot cocoa
• 8 squares (4 oz) dark 100% cocoa baker’s chocolate
• 2 squares (1 oz) semi-sweet baker’s chocolate
• 2-4 tsp honey
• ¾ Cup Whole Milk (at room temperature)

HOW TO MAKE IT

To make the sea salt chocolate whipped cream
Begin by preparing the sea salt whipped cream. Beat the cream and sugar in an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment at medium high speed until the cream holds a very soft peak. Gently whisk in the sea salt and cocoa powder until incorporated. Cover and set aside.

To make the melted hot cocoa
Melt down the chocolate pieces in the top of a double boiler, stirring constantly. Add the honey and milk and continue stirring until it’s one fluid mixture and becomes very warm. Evenly distribute the cocoa between two serving glasses and top with the whipped cream and a pinch of sea salt for garnish. Serve immediately.

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