YP Birmingham Event 2013 at Saks Fifth Avenue

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Young Professionals of Birmingham [YPBirmingham] is a nonprofit, volunteer-run organization which was created in 2007 on the platform to inform and engage the young professional population in the Birmingham metro area. “We want to encourage the young members of Birmingham’s workforce to participate in local events, learn about the critical issues facing our city and develop a sense of commitment to Birmingham.” (www.ypbbirmingham.com)

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Each year, ten young professionals are chosen to raise awareness, support, and donations towards a charitable organization of his/her choice. Not only do these young professionals help support and give back to their community, but they also compete for the fabulous and coveted title of Mister and Miss Young Hot Birmingham.

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This year’s annual Young Hot Birmingham event was sponsored by Butler’s Grooming for Men located inside of Saks Fifth Avenue at The Summit Lifestyle Center.  Attendees celebrated with delicious hors d’oeuvres from Maki Fresh, delectable desserts from Seasons52, and an open bar featuring a selection of fine beer, wine, and mixed drinks.

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Three Young Hot Professional nominees practicing their modeling skills before the fashion show.

 To show off the Young Hot Birmingham nominees, Saks Fifth Avenue styled and dressed each contestant in stunning merchandise for the young hot men and women to strut the catwalk. Contestants sported labels such as Hugo by Hugo Boss, Burberry Brit, Valentino, and BCBG Maxazria. As each nominee modeled Saks Fifth Avenue’s fall apparel, I was taking notes on what new items I was going to need in my fall wardrobe. What better way to show off new fall fashions than with young professionals in the Birmingham area!

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After much anticipation, the winners of this year’s Mister and Miss Young Hot Birmingham were announced.  The ever so stylish and handsome Ian Henderson Dexter was honored with the title of Mister Young Hot Birmingham and the fabulous and gorgeous Lindsay Ghee was crowned Miss Young Hot Birmingham.

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Ian Henderson Dexter is a Washington and Lee University graduate who holds the title for a three-time NCAA Honorable Mention All American in swimming. Ian is currently a partner at Fusion Advisory Services, which is a boutique consulting firm that works to help businesses source funding for growth by utilizing tax credit equity with a focus on urban development. After graduating from Washington and Lee University, Ian grew passionate about the “locavore” movement.  When friends introduced him to the Jones Valley Teaching Farm, he fell in love with its unique mission of encouraging community health through the nourishment of the mind and body.  Ian Henderson Dexter’s mission was rewarded when he received the title of Mister Young Hot Professional.

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Lindsay Ghee is a University of Alabama graduate and second-year law school student at The Birmingham School of Law perusing a legal career in family law, environmental law, and animal welfare law.  Lindsay is the President and Co-Founder of 4Legs4Justice Animal Advocate and Rescue. With the 4Legs4Justice Animal Advocate and Rescue, Lindsay desires to rescue and “rehome” animals across the United States. Since 2003, Lindsay has annually participated as a camp counselor and staff member at Camp McDowell’s Special Session for mentally and physically disabled adults. When it came time to choose her charity, Lindsay was inspired to represent and raise money for The Norma Livingston Ovarian Cancer Foundation in honor of Brittany Waldrep. Lindsay Ghee was awarded the title of Miss Young Hot Professional as she raised more than $30,000 for The Norma Livingston Ovarian Cancer Foundation.

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Christopher Butler and his wife Leigh Higginbotham Butler at the Young Hot Birmingham event at Saks Fifth Avenue.

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The Young Hot Birmingham nominees and their charities of choice for the 2013 event are as follows:

Miranda Stiles, a University of Alabama graduate, is currently serving as the Event Coordinator for the Breast Cancer Research Foundation of Alabama.  When Miranda was a freshman, her mother was diagnosed with breast cancer.  Miranda Stiles was honored to represent the Breast Cancer Research Foundation of Alabama because its mission is so dear to her heart. She was offered a position with the Breast Cancer Research Foundation of Alabama and currently serves as the Event Coordinator. The statewide efforts of the organization were close to Miranda’s heart after her mother was diagnosed with Breast Cancer her Freshman year in college and most recently Ovarian Cancer.

Polly Allen, a Baton Rouge native and University of Mississippi and Samford University’s Cumberland School of Law graduate, has a passion for helping others.  She chose to raise support and money for the Make-A-Wish Alabama because she enjoys working directly with the children and families involved.

Will Powell, a Washington and Lee University class of 2005 graduate, is actively involved in the Birmingham community.  Will’s desire is to raise awareness for the importance of providing care and development training for infants and toddlers with special needs. The Bell Center for Early Intervention Programs was a natural fit for him.

Chad Ellis, a University of Alabama graduate, has a contagious entrepreneurial spirit and love for his community.  He is the founder of Charles R. Ellis Designs and the lifestyle website Men’s Fashion Advisor.  Chad chose to support and raise awareness for the Children’s of Alabama Child Life Program.

Claire O’Rear, who received her Masters of Science in Health Administration from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, is currently working for HealthSpring where she observes the impact that chronic conditions such as diabetes have on the health of our communities.  Her passion for finding a cure for diabetes led her to support and raise money for the American Diabetes Association.

John McElrath, a native of Rome, Georgia, raised money for The Literacy Council.  John moved to Birmingham and began a career in Real Estate Development of student housing.  After his accomplishments in Real Estate Development, John started his own Birmingham-based company State Traditions. Both John and his wife Stacey are members of The Literacy Council and are passionate about raising money for this nonprofit. is an industry leader creating top-notch, state and country-inspired apparel and accessories that reflect traditions across America and the world

Kristen McGee, who is a Samford University graduate, is a realtor with the Gusty Gulas Group at Realty South. Growing up in Birmingham, Kristen and her family visited homes of participates of the Alabama Institute for the Deaf and Blind.  These visits sparked Kristen’s passion for helping the special needs community.  Kristen’s involvement as Junior Board President of The Exceptional Foundation and her love for the special needs community led her to raise awareness, support, and money for The Exceptional Foundation.

Michael Green graduated from the University of Alabama at Huntsville with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and Chemistry. Currently, Michael is a regional training manager for the Southeast Region for Alcon Vision Care. Playing and coaching various levels of soccer including club, high school, college, and semi-pro inspired Michael to raise money and support for the Vestavia Hills Soccer Club Scholarship Foundation.

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Cassie Caraway and Audrey Pannell looking absolutely fabulous at the Young Hot Birmingham event!
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Chad Ellis, a Young Hot Birmingham Nominee, and I at the YPBirmingham event at Butler’s Grooming Club.
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Ryan D’Alessio (President), Richard Danner (Socials and Big Events), and Daniel Synder (Membership) of YPBirmingham looking dashing at the Young Hot Birmingham event.

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It was a spectacularly record-breaking year for the Young Professionals of Birmingham organization as the contestants raised over $50,000 for ten absolutely amazing charities! Next year, let’s help the Young Professionals of Birmingham go above and beyond this year’s $50,000 record by supporting these ambitious and caring Birmingham-locals in their raising of donations and awareness for such wonderful nonprofit organizations.

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Become a member of YPBirmingham today so that you can “Get Out, Get Social”. “There are endless opportunities to get involved in Birmingham, and it’s our mission to help make them accessible to you. Involvement with YPBirmingham supports local nonprofits, organizations, businesses and ultimately, our city.” (www.ypbirmingham.com) Visit www.ypbirmingham.com to sign up for a membership today!

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Dee Repici and I at the Young Hot Birmingham Event. I absolutely love her necklace–so lovely and so vintage inspired!
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Ginnard Archibald (Social Media/Photographer of YPBirmingham) and I at the Young Hot Birmingham event.
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Bo Draughon and I looking absolutely fabulous at the YPBirmingham event at Saks Fifth Avenue.
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Karis Wells (Field Sales Manager at Seasons 52) and I at the YPBirmingham event. I absolutely loved the way Karis added a pop of color to a simple white dress with a colorful statement necklace!
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Ryan D’Alessio, Joshua Moore (Sales Manager at Butler’s Grooming Club), and Christopher Butler (Founder and CEO of Butler’s Grooming Club) at the Young Hot Birmingham event.

For more pictures from the Young Hot Birmingham event, please visit my Facebook page here. Please feel free to tag you and your friends in any of the photos!

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Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn

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Accessories Challenge: First Strapless Dress of Summer!

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Hello, VIP fashionistas! Let’s kick off this amazing week with an amazing VIP Accessories Challenge! For those of you who are just now joining me on my blogging adventure…or for those of you who simply forgot what a VIP Accessories Challenge is–don’t nod your head no…it’s okay–we all forget things–especially me. I forget to take my laundry upstairs pretty much every single day–Anyway…an Accessories Challenge is where I take one outfit and swap out ONLY accessories to create a variety of looks with ease! Oh….fashionistas can never have too many accessories!

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 Dress: Deep South Pout

Belt: Personal Vintage Collection (Truth is…I took it out of my mom’s closet…shhh…)

Heels: Avon

Necklace: BluKat Design by Heather O’Cain

Bracelet: Belk–Trussville, AL

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Dress: Deep South Pout

Sandals: Circus by Sam Edelman, Gus Mayer

Peach Bracelet: Deep South Pout

Green & Turquoise Bracelet: StephieGknits by Stephanie Grantham

Necklaces:  Personal Vintage Collection (aka my mom’s closet)

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Dress: Deep South Pout

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Sandals: Circus by: Sam Edelman, Gus Mayer

Belt: Target

Glasses: BCBG MazAzria (yes, these are my REAL glasses.)

Bracelet: Beadsoul by Lisa Hamilton

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I will throw in a personal testimony for all of my blonde readers out there! I was a tad bit nervous to wear this luscious yellow dress because I was afraid it would clash and look terrible with my blonde hair…BUT it doesn’t–it looks fabulous! At the end of the day, blondes can sport yellow–I am not really sure who told me they couldn’t….hmm…

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Dress: Deep South Pout

Vest: VIP DIY

Heels: OBT, Gus Mayer

Bracelet: Deep South Pout

Necklace: BluKat Design by Heather O’Cain

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