Monday, December 21, 2009

I love finding unique gifts whether it is for my husband, my mom, or a holiday party hostess. Fortunately there are no shortage of unique, Southern made gifts.

Made from antique door knobs and fences, Nashville company Knobstoppers, wine stops make a clever hostess gift. Found throughout the Southeast.

Jewelry made with fine silks, peacock features, incorporating vintage pieces make Birmingham Belle Chrissie Larkin's pieces true statements.

A stocking stuffer for the organic beauty in the family, 29 cosmetics is made by the lovely Atlantan Lydia Mondavi out of grapeseed oils and in one of the most natural looking makeups you can buy

Southern Tide out of Greenville, South Carolina makes men's shirt with a fish over of the left breast. A great gift for the fisherman, sailor, or golfer in your family.

For the best candle imaginable that will have your entire home smelling divine, Sugah by Low Country Luxe is a perfect pick making a great gift for friends or hostesses.

Tuscaloosa native and Atlanta resident, Lauren Leonard designer of Leona Collection continues to impress us with her gorgeous designs that embrace the elegance of The South. A dress from Leona like this one also owned by Taylor Swift is a great gift for a Southern Belle.

Supporting senior citizens, The Assistance League of Birmingham sells arts and crafts made by seniors at Prime Time Treasures in Homewood. Whether you are looking for a Raggedy Ann Doll or Adirondack chairs you know you are supporting a good cause.

Red Leaf Pottery out of Arcola, Mississippi is world famous and with such unique designs it is no wonder why. This pottery can be found at retailers throughout the Southeast and makes ideal gifts for newlyweds or parents.

Nashville native Lizbeth King is co-founder of Claridge King a company specializing in men's button downs for women and cozy, yet flattering sleepwear. Besides being one of the nicest people you will meet and a busy mom, she is also oh-so chic. This tunic makes a great gift for wifey. Claridge and King sleepwear tunic

Monday, November 16, 2009

My Scoop Founder and Publisher, the woman with the scoop Amy Lemley Bailey photographed in a Nicole Miller dress from Saks Fifth Avenue with Marketing Director extraordinaire Sara Hood in a Nicole Miller dress from Saks Fifth Avenue and Sales Manager Becky Meriwether in a long blue chiffon dress from Doree.

Bailey photographed in a scoop neck Derek Lam chiffon dress from Gus Mayer with My Scoop's latest addition Elizabeth Fowler, Editor and Publisher of My Scoop Mississippi, bringing a plethora of marketing experience and an unparalleled sophistication to the My Scoop Team.

My Scoop Sales Manager Becky Meriwether has a dynamic personality and is known for dedicated work ethic. Becky is wearing a long blue chiffon dress from Doree.

Meet the My Scoop Sales Team: Becky Meriwether wearing a gold and black dress from Doree, Mary Katherine Smith wearing a black dress from Swank, and Traci Lipscomb wearing a black dress from Manhattan South.

As My Scoop's 2nd year intern Marina Battles is no stranger to hard work, attention to details, and she is certainly not afraid to ask to take a picture of you! From helping out with events to bringing on Scoopette retailers, she is one driven young lady. Marina is a student at the University of Alabama. Photographed in clothes from Private Gallery.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

If there is one thing a Southerner knows, it is style. Birmingham is full of fashionistas as you will find on any given night at Bottega or while attending one of the city's galas. We chose Birmingham's Top 10 Fashionistas.

The Trendsetters
These are Birmingham's Trendsetters - the people whose effortless chic introduces our region to new designers and new trends. Anyone who knows John Cassimus knows he likes fashion and has an eye for style. It was only appropriate to include this Notable clotheshorse in our top fashionista photo shoot. John Cassimus is an entrepreneur and proprietor of Jinsei and Maki Fresh as well as the former CEO of Zoe's.
Lesley DeCastro, owner of Manhattan South, has a carefree polished sense of style. She dresses with the current trends, but makes sure to be comfortable and casual at the same time. Lesley believes in boiling it down to basics with a “less is more” attitude. Here she is wearing the Hollywood “it” jean – PRVCY Premium Denim. She paired this great fitting straight leg with a pleated tunic by Nanushka – a creative fashion line from Budapest. Lesley layered a Tat2 Designs coin and pearl necklace with a John Hardy chain and Judith Ripka cross. The look was finished off with a silver platform gladiator. PRVCY, Nanushka and Tat2 Designs can be found exclusively at Manhattan South.
It is no wonder Danielle Yancey is a retail buyer, one look at this fashionista and you will be captivated by her style. We spotted her shopping at Gus Mayer and when we laid eyes on her unique look we knew she belonged in the pages of a fashion magazine. Wearing clothes from her own closet: a grey pleated halter-tie top gathered with a 3-buckle waist belt, black satin ruched pencil skirt, and Stuart Weitzman black patent stilettos, white enamel drop earrings and gold, smoky quartz/blue topaz ring from Regina Jewelry at Gus Mayer.

The All Americans
If it wasn't apparent why Jeana Lee Fleming was chosen as one of our All American girls it certainly became so as she walked in her red dress and apple looking identical to Snow White. Co-owner of Bella Bridesmaid in both Birmingham and Jackson, Jeana Lee is always dolled up and she has a few tricks up her fashionista sleeve as well like creating a bubble hem by pinning her dress up because it was too long. At Bella Bridesmaid Jeana Lee is able to implement her love of styling others by helping each bride find the perfect dress for her best friends. No doubt she has a passion for fashion but her forte lies in the art of accessorizing. As the Style Tips editor Jeana Lee shares her insight with the My Scoop audience. Wearing: Lula Kate "Christy" dress in Cardinal Silk Dupioni.
Davida Freeman is the store manager at one of Birmingham's favorite stores, The Clothes Tree. Sassy and sophisticated describe this All American girl who knows how to dress to the nines. Wearing: dress from The Clothes Tree.

The Heiresses
It is hard not to notice Emily Dees Boulden and her high style. This top fashionista knows how to do it up whether it is walking around in Mui Mui platforms, strutting it in a Rozaa Nichols dress, or having a wedding in Cap Jaluca Anguilla. Emily knows style and the best part - any customer that walks into her store Swank35223 can expect the best customer service from Emily herself. Wearing: Rozae Nichols Cross Over with Organza dress and Barbara Bui Cutout Booties both found at Swank35223.
Paget Pizitz grew up in Birmingham with a very notable last name. Seconds after graduating from Auburn this heiress moved to Washington DC. She spent most of my weekends traveling to New York, so after two years, relocated to a wonderful one bedroom in Chelsea where she worked as a fashion recruiter for Fourth Floor Fashion. She fell in live with everything about New York from the Saturday farmers market at the Chelsea Piers to scavenging flea markets on the lower east side for that great find. However, she knew she would end up in Birmingham sooner or later and moved home in the fall of 2008. Currently, I work at the Alabama Council for Economic Education as the Development Director. I also serve on the junior board for Hands on Birmingham, an organization dedicated to serving the community, and this is where I fulfill my philanthropic needs. Wearing: Dress by Maria Bianca Nero, Shoes by Pelle Moda, Gold bracelet and ring from Regina at Gus Mayer Jewelry department, snake bracelet from a vintage boutique in the West Village in New York.

The Barbie Dolls
Tall, blonde, and beautiful the qualifications for being Birmingham's Barbie Dolls. Doree Walker (pictured at top) owner of Doree in Homewood, is a real life barbie doll and beauty queen. The tall blonde is not only a top Southern beauty but also one of the nicest people you will ever meet. Wearing: dress by di Hera and Jimmy Choos shoes.
Misty Luna (middle) is one hot mommy Barbie. With a closet of Oscar de la Renta, Naeem Kahn, and Marchesa that will make any fashionista drool it is no wonder why we chose this stylista as one of our top 10. Wearing: Naeem Kahn.
Ashley Kaple is young, chic, and if you cannot picture this girl riding around in a pink Mustang like Barbie, get some glasses! With her big eyes and long blonde hair this Barbie with boots can even be seen serving at the McDonald's Drive Thru window (her parents own a franchise). Wearing: Long sleeve sequined mini dress from Doree and cowboy boots from her closet.

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Do you think you can guess who this Southern Belle looks like? Check out our sweet home celebalikes and their starlet twins.

Meet Charlize Theron's Southern Look-a-like.

Sloane Hudson and Sara Jessica Parker not only look-a-like but dress alike too!

Vintage fashion designer Sara Jordan of Sara Claire and Esther could be mistaken for Ali Larter from Heroes.

Southern Belle Kelly Lafleur hears that she resembles Diane Lane all the time and it is no wonder why!

Tuesday, March 03, 2009

Sweet Home Celeb-a-likes

Check out these Southern celeb-a-likes from a charming prince to Ali Landry look-a-like also a Mrs. USA.

Meet Kim Catrall's younger sister, Atlantan about town Moire Menning.

Ali Landry = former Mrs. USA and Huntsville native Stacie Willis

There isn't many places that Josh Steele goes where he isn't referred to as 'prince'.

Anne Hathaway be Oscar nominated but Lawyer Laura Dunning is a winning beauty in her own right.

Who doesn't love Sugarland's Jennifer Nettles and who doesn't enjoy the company of the boisterous and charming Cox Radio rep Lauren Belcher.

Wednesday, February 04, 2009

Looking for 'him' a present for Valentine's Day, stop searching for ties and golf rounds and realize that you in your knickers is what he really wants.

Passport Panties are cute, frilly, and great for a surprise rendezvous with your Valentine plus they are created by 3 Southern belles. Shop online at

Elle MacPherson Intimates your sexy little secret underneath bra $65 I See London in Nashville.

What man doesn't think about a woman looking casual and natural wearing oneof his button downs. Make this dream come true but in a man's shirt that actually fits you and shows off your shape. Kristin Davis Boy shirt

Flingz are simple and comfortable and a nice surprise under any clothing

Honeydew ruffle panties are one of our favorites and what a treat for your beau on Valentine's $16

Get comfy and cozy in these ultra soft pajamas from Soma Intimates top $27.30, bottom $34 at Soma.