Posts Tagged ‘Alys Beach’

30A Street Style Fall / Winter E-zine

 

I’m a happy, happy girl today! Have you ever experienced a magical moment of synergy? When something so impulsive and spur-of-the-moment becomes something amazing and exciting? It was an idea that popped up out of nowhere, “Hey, let’s make a magazine. Wouldn’t that be fun?” That’s essentially how the very first issue of 30A Street Style came about on a whim this summer.  Sometimes recreating those totally awesome unplanned moments don’t always work and I’ve been trying to organize the follow up to what was an out-of-the-blue debut. We had so much positive feedback and enthusiasm that I didn’t want to put out a second e-zine unless it was as good or better than the first. What eventually came together is an issue that I truly love and am so proud of. It has fashion. It has real people. It has our gorgeous beaches. It has usable tips. And (I think) it has fun. At the very least, I had fun creating it. I was lucky enough to chat with the lovely Cassie Kelley of Womanista, the talented Mychael Knight of Project Runway, local blogger Sarah Powers of Closetini and put together plenty of fun fashion with my girl Caitlyn Ward. Please take a moment to check it out and let me know what you think. Click here to jump to the full e-zine.

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South Walton Fashion Week 2013

South Walton Fashion Week has just wrapped up and all I can say is “Wow!” From the trunk shows, to the runway shows, to talented emerging designers, to super sweet celebrity judges and, of course, all the amazing style, I feel like I’ve just woken up from a fabulous fashion dream. We’re doing a full wrap-up report in the next issue of 30A Street Style, but for now, here’s a glance of what my week looked like.

Getting country glam for the Southern Fashion House / DeJa Vu Stores / Judith March Boots & Bubbly party:

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With talented designer Stephanie Carter of Southern Fashion House / DeJa Vu Stores / Judith March:

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Hanging with my new friend Michela, MADE in the Deep South designer, at SFH headquarters:

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With the lovely Cassie McConnell Kelley of Womanista blog:

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Caitlyn and I chatted up Mychael Knight of Project Runway fame and now also of Project Runway All-Stars.

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Sporting my new favorite black and white grid print blouse during Day 2 trunk shows:

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Getting an insider recommendation on a lovely lipstick (YSL Volupte Candy No 4) at the Alys Shoppe:

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Checking out Emerging Designer shows including winner Ashlie Ming’s feminine edgy style:

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Getting a backstage view:

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Adding this dress from the Alys Shoppe to my wish list:IMG_5289

Seeing these totally awesome Jeffrey Campbell shoes:

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Experiencing extreme bikini envy (and possibly hair envy) during the Ophelia show:
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Celebrating a successful week at the Red Bar during the 30a.com / Ophelia Swimwear Bikini Brunch:

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Cheers!


Vacation in South Walton Like a Celebrity

So you want to get away from the hustle and bustle, the every day drama, the mundane and trade it in for a perfectly relaxing, salt-in-the-air, breeze-on-your-face, sun-on-your-skin, feet-in-the-sand kind of place? Our quiet little beach town has been frequented by one or two rock stars, country singers, politicians, world-renowned chefs and super star athletes. That’s right. We have our fair share of celebrity sightings on 30A.

Why? Because of this.

And the fact that locals leave them alone to relax and enjoy the scenery. Most people don’t do more than a double take when they realize they’re standing in line at Publix next to someone they just read about in a magazine or watched in Sunday’s big game. Don’t get me wrong, there’s a little excitement, but this place is full of people with amazing stories of success, fortune and achievement. The one thing almost everyone here has in common is that they’ve traded in a more fast-paced, corporate-type lifestyles (no more black suits, board meetings and HOV lanes) for a moment or longer to get back to the basics.

So what does someone who could go anywhere or do anything do here? Check out some of the celebrity sightings in South Walton (updated):

  • Workout at Watercolor – Eli Manning, Laurie Hickson-Smith
  • Watch the sun go down at Bud & Alley’s – Sean Payton, Jessica Simpson, Tony Romo, Kenny Chesney, James Carville
  • Shop at Publix – Miley Cyrus, Emeril Lagasse
  • Eat at Cafe Thirty-A – Eli Manning, Lance Armstrong
  • Eat at George’s – Charles & Cassie Kelley, Emily Robison & Martie Maguire, Michele Kwan
  • Soak up the sun at Caliza – Katherine Heigl, Stephen Baldwin
  • Shop in Seaside – Faith Hill, Tim McGraw, Sheryl Crow, Jane Seymour
  • Browse toys at Duckie’s – Sheryl Crow, Kim Zolciak
  • YOLO board in the Gulf or coastal dune lake – Kellie Pickler, Ingo Rademacher
  • Indulge in perfected sweets at La Crema – Charles Kelley
  • Fill up at the Tom Thumb – All American Rejects
  • Sample Stinky’s delicious seafood – Bart Starr, Sam Bush
  • Stroll around Rosemary Beach – Katie Holmes, Vern Yip, Karl Rove, Kellie Pickler, Miley Cyrus, Tom Glavine
  • Dine at Fish Out of Water – Greg Kinnear
  • Eat at the Taco Bar – Eli Manning, Jessica Simpson, Tony Romo
  • Lay on the beach – Candace Crawford Romo, Kellie Pickler and pretty much everyone else
  • Play on the beach – Tony Romo, Troy Aikman (The best beach football game ever!)
  • Drink on the beach – Luke Bryan, Jason Aldean, Kenny Chesney
  • Eat, drink, sing and kick up your heels at the Red Bar – Sara Evans, Eli Manning, Peyton Manning, Julia Roberts, Sheryl Crow, Luke Bryan and many, many more
White sand, beautiful Gulf water, friendly people and living life pure and simple. That’s what it’s about in South Walton and on 30A, whether you’re here for a weekend or a lifetime, whether you’re famous or not. The lesson here: You don’t have to be a Super-Bowl-winning quarterback (or a rock star, movie star, etc) to enjoy a taste of sweet southern Gulf paradise. You just have to be in South Walton, living like the locals.


paper cuts and more at studio b.

Last week I ventured over to studio b. with one of my co-workers to take in the “Paper Cuts” exhibit by Panama City Beach paper artist Heather Clements. If you’ve never visited “the b” as its called, there is always an inspiring, creative something happening from art displays to culinary classes to fashion design and bike building. In contrast to the brilliant white of the surrounding courtyard homes of Alys Beach, the hanging photos, vivid canvases, intricate paper cutouts, eye-catching jewelry, even animated iPads are full of color, pattern and plenty of vibrance. Here’s a mini tour of the studio from pictures I snapped on my iPhone.
Bird cutouts from the outside. What a fun way to jazz up a window!
Submissions from the annual New Year’s Day studio b. camera phone event

Hi! Even the stair tiles look like paper cut-outs!
Cutouts from the inside.
Paper Dolls by Amy Werntz were also on display. These might have been my favorite.
I love these detail shots, especially the use of color around the eyes and lips.
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studio b. light impressions = 40 iPads featuring iPhoneography
Paper Cuts! Sorry about the light reflection.
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a bamboo bike from a recent studio b. bike-building event
If you want to check out more of the fun stuff going on at studio b., hop on over to their website here.

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India Hicks at the b.!

She’s baaack! India Hicks is back at the beach armed with a fabulous trunk show my eyes can’t wait to devour. India is launching a fine jewelry line and is showing it off to all of us lucky beach girls (and guys) before it even hits Bloomingdales. Location: the equally-fabulous studio b. in Alys Beach, which I adore. As a style icon, designer and possessor of impeccable taste, India brings an impressive background to the jewelry scene. Not to mention, she’s practically a royal and was even one of Princess Diana’s flower girls. Wow!

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Not only is she all of these things…

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… but she’s a stylish mom, too! How cute is this picture?

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She is the epitome of casual luxury. A relaxed style that loses not one ounce of chicness.

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India has quite the family history of elegance and style and lives up to every bit of it.

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As someone who has a mild obsession with monograms, initials and all things type-related, I was immediately drawn to the simple but creative lettered patterns.

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Several pieces even pay homage to the geometric hexagon design her father was famous for.

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The collections are simple, elegant and interesting without trying too hard. I’m so excited about seeing them all at studio b. and can’t wait to see India in person.

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Here are all the details. I’m definitely going to be scoping her style and hoping I can pick up a tip or two about being comfortable and looking fabulous. She just makes it look so easy! Pictures to come!

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Photos: IndiaHicks.com & studio b.

30A Songwriters Festival – Take 2

The second night of the fabulous 30A Songwriters Festival rolled on with non-stop amazing performances at venues like Rosemary Beach Town Hall, Caliza Pool at Alys Beach, Bud & Alley’s, Fish Out of Water, Shorty’s, Stinky’s and Bluz. Here are a few of the snapshots I was able to get, despite the crowds everywhere and constant drizzle. It was amazing! Such intimate performances and great talent. I loved every bit of it!

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Everyone was trying to squeeze under the tent to stay dry!Susanna Hoffs, Matthew Sweet, Shawn Mullins, Amy Ray
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Amy Ray of the Indigo Girls
I found a (sort-of) dry spot for a minute
Lari White at Bud & Alley’s was fantastic!
Note: a little water-proofing spray on suede boots goes a long way!
Chely Wright and Rodney Crowell at Fish Out of Water
Now, what you’ve all been waiting for…..
Susanna Hoffs sings Eternal Flame!

Holiday Style – Alys Beach

I love driving around the beach looking at Christmas lights and decorations — it’s one of the best parts of the holidays! This house in Alys Beach is so perfectly wrapped with its bright red bow, you can’t help but stop and admire it.