What’s Happening Wednesday: The Birmingham Edition



Hey, y’all! Welcome back to the blog!

This Wednesday, I am trading a Weekly Whistle for a What’s Happening Wednesday–yes, I have made this blog into a card game for the moment. Hm…what a fabulous idea…a VIP card game *wink* Okay–this is no time for digression because I have two fabulous Birmingham events coming up SOON that you all should attend. Now, let’s find out what they are!

The VIP at the Birmingham Fashion Week 2013 Kick Off Party with (from left to right) Krista Conlin (KC Projects), Jeana Fleming (co-owner of Bella Bridesmaid, co-founder of BFW), Heidi Elnora (wedding gown designer, co-founder of BFW), and Jeremy Stephens (head stylist of The Salon, founder of Association of Independent Artists).

If you are a Birmingham reader, you know Birmingham Fashion Week is happening RIGHT NOW. If you have not attended, but would like to–there is still time! Check out the Birmingham Fashion Week 2014 schedule here. If you are interested in purchasing tickets, click here.


Want to know more about Birmingham Fashion Week? Check out the VIP BFW archives here and visit the official website here.  

The VIP with author Liza Elliott.
The VIP with author Liza Elliott.

Also happening this week in Birmingham–30-A Supper Club author Liza Elliott will be releasing her 30-A Supper Club: The Cookbook (written by authors Liza Elliott and Nancy Dinsomre) at Williams-Sonoma at The Summit Birmingham on April 24 from 5:30–8:00PM. This launch party will provide a delightful atmosphere, complementary samples from the cook book, complementary wine, swag bags, a meet and greet with the author and the opportunity to purchase a signed copy of the book….BUT The festivities do not end there. A silent auction of a gift basket filled with Williams-Sonoma goodies will take place benefiting the “Delicious Nutritious” Program at Children’s Hospital.  

To learn more about Liza Elliot, check out the VIP interview here and visit her Facebook page here.




Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn


Girls Night Out: Operation Beach Ready Fashion Show with Author Liza Elliott


As Liza Elliott, author of 30-A Supper Club, and I sat at The Summit Club overlooking downtown Birmingham, a storm was brewing outside.  It was an extraordinary sight, and the perfect place to chat with the spectacular writer.

“I am a socialiologist, and I teach the Refugee Health Care Course at UAB  [University of Alabama at Birmingham].  From my involvement in sociology, I gained a liking for stories.  I am fascinated by what people do–their history…their stories.  When I am writing, I feel free.  Sometimes, I feel like I am in a time machine—I can write about the past or the present…there are so many options with it,” says Liza Elliot.  “When I am writing, it is such a wonderful feeling.”


My chat with Liza Elliott continued as the thunderstorm drew closer and the sunset gave life to the cloudy sky.  Upstairs, the excitement was building as the last details were being put in place for Girls Night Out:  Operation Beach Ready Fashion Show.


What inspired you to organize the Girls Night Out: Operation Beach Ready event and fashion show?

“Two things inspired the creation of this event. One, I wanted to bring together small, local businesses. These men and women support and help build the community…and through this event, I hope for everyone to meet new people and make new connections. Another inspiration behind Girls Night Out is supporting Glenwood [Autism and Behavioral Health Center]. Glenwood is a unique place where children and adults with autism go for help. On a personal note, I have friends with autism and some of my friend’s children suffer with autism—partnering with Glenwood just seemed like a natural fit,” says local author, Liza Elliott.


Being that there are other autism and behavioral organizations out there, what made Glenwood stand out?

“Glenwood has a history of excellence. I am a huge supporter of research—I believe it is essential, but it is also important to be hands on with patients, and Glenwood does just that. All of the professionals at Glenwood are making a difference in so many lives. One thing I really love about Glenwood is that it keeps the families together. Sometimes, treatment separate families, but Glenwood assists the families in staying connected—this is an amazing and special achievement for them,” says Elliott.


Describe this event in five words.

“Celebration. Community. Entrepreneurs. Courage. Fun,” stated Elliot.


Celebration was absolutely correct! As I made my way up the carpeted stairs of The Summit Club and entered Girls Night Out, I could see the community support and feel the excitement.  Local vendors lined the walls with their decorated booths and the room had the aroma of delicious appetizers from The Summit Club.

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There were fashion shows every hour on the hour featuring the hottest summer trends from local boutiques. Every time a model hit the stage, the crowd went wild! Clapping their hands and chatting amongst themselves about what their favorites were and why they liked this or that.


Meeting famed writer Liza Elliot, enjoying a preview of sassy summer fashions from local stores, shopping jewelry from Stella & Dot, learning about what supplements a woman needs to take in order to obtain the perfect beach body, dancing with hoops, snacking on delicious food from The Summit Club, and much much more made up the Girls Night Out: Operation Beach Ready event.  As if the event were not magnificent enough, it was all for a great cause—Glenwood Autism and Behavioral Center.

To learn more about and purchase Liza Elliot’s latest novel, 30—A Supper Club, please visit www.redcamelpress.com

For more information about the Glenwood Autism and Behavioral Health Center, please call (205)212-6726 OR visit www.glenwood.org

Kaniesha Sims and I at the Girls Night Out event! Kaniesha did a fabulous job of puling the entire event together! Bravo!
The VIP with Jerry LaSuer, Senior Director at Stella & Dot. Oh, the VIP absolutely adores jewelry!
Contact Jerry LaSuer with all of your Stella & Dot needs!
Hoop for Fitness–it is so much fun! Join Robbie H. Lewis for a hula hooping dance party! Contact her at Robbie@HoopforFitnessBham.com OR visit www.HoopforFitnessBham.com  for more information.
Check out the VIP Facebook page for videos of hula hooping fun–see the VIP showing off her hula hooping skills in high heels! www.facebook.com/vintageinspiredpassionista
Wanting to shop in your PJs for fabulous clothes? Then shop online at The Magic Hamper! Miesha Williams, the owner, has a fabulous online boutique featuring the best women's clothing and accessories! Shop now @ www.TheMagicHamper.com
Wanting to shop in your PJs for fabulous clothes? Then shop online at The Magic Hamper! Miesha Williams (in the blue dress) has a fabulous online boutique featuring the best women’s clothing and accessories! Shop now @ www.TheMagicHamper.com
Looking for great Body Wraps? Contact Kristen Roberson so that you can begin to tighten, tone, and firm in just 45 minutes!  (205)260-2108 kristenmroberson@gmail.com
Looking to tighten, tone, and firm in just 45 minutes? Try Hollywood’s best kept secret–contact Kristen Roberson for more information about Body Wraps.
Let Advocare change your life! Contact Ann Hammock @ (205)908-4800 to see how Advocare can change your body.
Arbonne cosmetics and supplements are all pure, safe, and beneficial to the body! Talk with consultant Jennifer Chappell today to find out more about Arbonne products. Arbonne is gluten free, soy free, dairy free with no artificial sweeteners, no artificial colors, no artificial flavors.


Gloria Craig-Denson is a sertified counselor and life coach at Morning Glory Counseling Services. She is also the director of the Little Black Dress Club in Birmingham, Alabama!  Gloria Craig-Denson morningglorycccsvcs@gmail.com (205)282-9675
Gloria Craig-Denson is a certified counselor and life coach at Morning Glory Counseling Services. She is also the director of the Little Black Dress Club, which is a premier women’s social network specializing in adventure, sophistication, and friendship.
Don’t you just love this amazing dress from Didier Boutique! Go get this lovely dress today and shop for other tremendous fashions at Didier Boutique located at:
5335 Oporto Madrid Blvd. South
Birmingham, AL 35210
OR Call the owner, Tamra Curtis @ (866)452-3209

The swag bags were filled with goodies from Chick-Fil-A, Bud's Best Cookies, and a copy of Liza Elliott's new novel.
The swag bags were filled with goodies from Chick-Fil-A, Bud’s Best Cookies, and a copy of Liza Elliott’s new novel.

For more pictures from this event, please visit the VIP page on facebook: click here.


Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn