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Mary Stackhouse of Laylon

February 4, 2015

 

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Mary sat down in front of me at Starbucks for Sunday afternoon coffee. I asked her to meet with me after being introduced by a mutual friend. I’ll admit that I had been following her fashion blog long before we met in person. I warned her that I would be in workout clothes, seeing it was my day to relax and gather my thoughts for the week.

She came in casual attire as well- jeans, tennis shoes and a plaid scarf (I was dying to know where she bought it). Somehow, though, she looked more pulled together than most do in a cocktail dress.

I was struck by her grace and poise. It’s the kind that can’t be taught even by the best of etiquette coaches. She’s the type many envy for her exterior beauty and impeccable style. Yet,  it’s her authenticity and no-apology-attitude that I was impressed with the most. The juxtaposition of the two is quite breathtaking.

Many may know her as a fashion blogger behind Laylon. This new year, she gave her site a fresh look and purpose, with a focus more on lifestyle content. Don’t worry. She’s still sharing her fashion finds and outfit inspirations.

I was eager to introduce you to Mary, and in what better setting than her home? I’m glad she obliged.

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What are your favorite places in Birmingham for a night out? What’s an
ideal Saturday look like to you?

For a night out, I love going to dinner with friends. Pretty simple, but I can have a good time doing just about anything with great company. I like Chez Fon Fon, Dram, Five, El Barrio, and Slice. I love trying new places! An ideal Saturday would involve a coffee date with a friend earlier in the day, a good workout in the afternoon, and a fun dinner that night.

What is your day job? How do you balance your lifestyle blog and work?

I’m an account executive for Martin Advertising, where I’m responsible for managing the Allstate and Scholarship for Kids accounts. I find balance by waking up every morning and setting aside an hour to spend in prayer and devotion. Ever since I started doing this, I’ve had so much clarity, and I’ve found that I can accomplish more in less time. It also helps guard me against becoming a slave to work and ambition, which is no life at all.

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What quality is most beautiful in a woman? How do you define beauty
for yourself?

I think dignity is the most beautiful quality in a woman. A woman with dignity is strong because she has self-control. She isn’t ruled by her emotions. Instead, she is solid in her convictions. She is marked with self-respect, and thus, others respect her. It’s an honorable, worthy quality that people are drawn to. It makes me sad when women don’t respect themselves. It’s important to take a look at where in life you are seeking your worth. My strength and confidence comes from Christ, and from that, I believe dignity and strength will naturally follow.

I also think a woman is beautiful when she can build up other women. Gossip tears people down, and it stems from insecurity. Having an uplifting spirit is an amazing quality! You can be such a blessing to others. Several months ago, I was touched by a girlfriend who shared a success about me on her Facebook page. We were new in our friendship, so I was still getting to know her, but I loved that she could celebrate in my achievement… and publicly for that matter! I immediately knew she had confidence in herself. A confident woman is free to build others up because she isn’t hindered by insecurity.

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With the pressures of the media bombarding women to look a certain way, how do you keep a healthy balance?

Healthy balance is very important. I think it’s a good idea to limit your intake of the messages the media and pop culture bombard us with. I don’t watch TV for this reason. So much of it is trash. I don’t want that in my head. I’m not saying there aren’t good shows and movies out there, but it’s good to be conscious so that you don’t base your reality on what you’re taking in.

What is your advice for young professionals in the dating world?

If you don’t like being alone, learn to like it. Don’t date until you reach that place. I’ve made the decision not to date this year. I want to see how God will use my singleness as a positive thing for His kingdom work on earth. I’m excited about it! Some people look at me like I’m nuts when I tell them I’m not dating this year, but is it really that hard to follow through with? I don’t think so. I practiced abstinence before I got married. I’m divorced now, and I still practice it and will continue to unless I get married again. It’s not that hard. You don’t have to do what you think everyone else is doing. Who cares what other people think! Love yourself, look to the Lord for strength, and be strong in your convictions. When you are a strong person, you will stand out, and people will be attracted to that. Trust me on that one!

Mary Stackhouse

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What’s in your purse? 

My purse is a bottomless pit! I’m amazed by what I pull out of it sometimes. Going through it now, here is what I’ve found: two pairs of sunglasses, my makeup bag, random jewelry, three cell phones, a lock, business card holder, mail, nail polish, and a duck call!

What are your favorite, can’t-live-without beauty products?

Oscar Blandi Dry Shampoo! The dry powder formula. I usually buy it in bulk. Keeps hair fresh and adds volume in between washes. White teeth are a priority, so I use Crest Advanced Whitening Toothpaste and Whitening Rinse multiple times a day. Can’t live without the mouthwash! As for makeup, Kismet Cosmetics lipstick and nail polish every day. Long lasting, and I love the shades. I was blogging about it so much that the creator of Kismet asked me to be the Birmingham sales rep, so now I sell it!

Photography: Birmingham based photographer Devanshu Kaushik

Article by Brittany Windle

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Favorite Four to Follow

January 4, 2015

A picture is worth a thousand words, and that’s why we love Instagram. These fantastic four inspire us with their beautiful images from fashion and interior design to powerful and moving messages.

Mary Stackhouse: Laylon Beauty

Based in Birmingham, AL, Mary’s take on fashion in a Southern city is definitely forward thinking. Not only does she have exquisite taste, but she’s also beautiful. What’s not to love?

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Mary Stackhouse

Bethany Joy Lenz

You may remember her as Haley James Scott on the beloved the television show One Tree Hill. We are inspired by her passion for women’s rights, and we fancy her vintage finds as well.

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Bethany Joy Lenz

Taylor Sterling: The Glitter Guide

We’ve always been a fan of Taylor. As she embarks on a new journey of motherhood, she makes it looks effortless. Her lifestyle website also features impeccable interior design and every day inspirations.

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Alexis Jones: I Am That Girl

Alexis Jones is an author, activitist and founder of I AM THAT Girl. I AM THAT GIRL is helping girls to transform self-doubt in to self-love by providing a safe space to be lifted up and have honest conversations about things that matter. Of course, we love what Alexis stands for, and we love following her daily postings!

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Alexis Jones

Boutique Feature: bevello

June 30, 2014

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Founded 2009 in the ever-so charming Raleigh, NC, bevello was born (it’s spelled with a lowercase b). With the influence of the word “bella” (meaning beautiful in Italian) and “love”, bevello captures the essence of what every woman lives for-beauty and love! Dedicated to providing a unique shopping experience, bevello is bound to shine.

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Deservedly, bevello boutique is growing rapidly! They are up to 23 stores nationwide, and I can see why. I just need to say-I am in LOVE. Something that draws me in is the genuine customer service, the charm of the store, the VIP Rewards program and of course, the amazing collection of clothing and accessories!

With every price point for every type of woman, this boutique brings southern style to the everyday woman.

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French Connection

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The brands they carry are my absolute favorites from French Connection to Lilly Pulitzer to Loren Hope to DV by Dolce Vita. It’s a melting pot of fabulousness! The buyers for bevello obviously know what’s hot, loveable, wearable and fashionable. I have yet to see a piece in the store that I did not like. Often with boutiques, you pay for really cute clothes that lack in quality. With bevello, you get that unique boutique experience, wonderful clothing and you are buying brands that everyone knows and loves.

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Casual Friday

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Loren Hope

Find a store near you at http://locations.bevello.com/locations or shop online at bevello.com! You can also follow them on Twitter and Instagram @bevello! Ciao, bellas!

Brynlea Cunniff

Jump Around

June 12, 2014

The romper and the jumpsuit, in my opinion, are socially acceptable public pjs. Super comfy, super stylish and super sassy: a great trio! Choosing the best romper/jumpsuit can be tricky. You want to avoid looking like a 5-year old who should be carrying a sloppy ice cream cone and wearing pigtails hanging on the pant leg of mommy. Here are 3 tips to choosing a great romper or jumpsuit!

1. Color-choosing the right color is everything! Solid, dark colors are always a safe and classy choice- for the curvier or more athletic body style. You can never go wrong with black! If you are slender and/or petite, have fun with florals and fun patterns!

2. Length- some rompers are super short! Unless you are comfortable showing some skin, make sure to choose a romper with a length at mid-thigh in order to avoid possible butt cheek appearances (and stares). For taller women, the long jumpsuit is a great choice-very elegant and chic.

3. Fabric- Micro Modal (super super soft) and jersey are my favorite fabrics for jumpsuits-this is where the public pjs idea comes from. They hang well on all body types, are extremely comfortable and aren’t prone to snagging. Lighter fabrics can be tricky-make sure they aren’t see-through and are flattering to the body. Some fabrics aren’t forgiving!

Brynlea Cunniff
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Handmade Home Wedding

May 13, 2014

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It’s that time of year… I can hear the church bells ringing and see the flower petals floating down the isle before the bride. However, weddings are expensive, and the costs can become overwhelming. If you are planning a wedding, be thankful that handmade, vintage and rustic are all in style.

As I perused one of my favorite wedding photographers, Morgan Trinker, I came upon the perfect combination of simplicity and charm. “Less is more” has never been more true.

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For more pictures and the couple’s story, visit here.

Brittany Windle

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Spring Style Staples (under $100)

April 25, 2014

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1. Kelly & Katie Barker Tote: $50
2. Aldo Robin bag: $50
3. Jessica Simpson Miss Prim Large Satchel: $63

outerwear

1. Nic and Zoe Mosaic Petals Cardigan: $97
2. River Island Trench Coat: $100
3. Dorothy Perkins Blazer: $59

sandal

1. MICHAEL by Micahel Kors Plate Thong Sandal: $99
2. Aldo Leady: $60
3. Kate Spade sandal: $78

Brynlea Cunniff

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DIY: High Waisted Shorts

April 21, 2014
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Have you ever wondered how to make the summer’s hottest shorts? This how-to, step by step will give you your soon-to-be favorite pair of shorts!

 

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Step 1: Find a pair of high waisted jeans. I used Gap in the demo, but Levi’s work the best. (Your local thrift store is filled with vintage Levi’s.)

Step 2: Cut them at an angle, low to high, from your inner thigh to your upper thigh. Make them have a slight V shape. For length: put them on before you cut them, and mark a little spot with a sharpie where you want to start cutting.

Step 3: When you have both sides cut, stick them in the wash on a basic wash cycle. After, dry them in the dryer for the perfect fringe look. Air dry works also.

Step 4: After they are completely dry, they should have fringed on their own in the wash, and you may have to cut/trim the fringe if it’s dragging down and way too long. And now, you should have your own High Waisted Shorts!

Wanting holes? Make a tiny straight line slit wherever you desire the hole to be. Stick in the wash, and it will fringe on its own!

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Carolina Grace
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Spring Style Staples: Part 1

April 16, 2014
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Brynlea Cunniff

The Girl Behind the Blog

April 7, 2014

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Let me start by saying I am nothing special. I’m just a southern girl. I’m a twenty something year old who found herself floundering and confused post-graduation and decided to do something about it. But that’s the difference between myself and your average twenty something; I was confused and floundering so I did something about it, I took a chance.

On January 31, 2012, I had an idea; actually, I had more of a need to freely express myself. After wrapping up my internship and beginning the hunt for a job in education, I found that I had no real safe space to say what was on my mind without the fear that it may negatively impact my chances of being hired. Not that I wanted to bad mouth future employers, but rather I wanted to talk about that kid that sneezed on me and the creepy coworker that hit on me. In that moment, with one quick decision, SoFlaGrlProbz was born.

It became my diary, my therapist, my soundboard, my sanctuary, and I loved it. Through my first year in education, I found that my passion for this profession was faltering. It wasn’t that I hated it, no that wasn’t the case at all; I had simply lost my passion. I took a step back and again reevaluated my life while of course giving my followers a play by play. As I grew, SoFlaGrlProbz grew, and after a year, I found myself with ten thousand followers wondering where I could take my “persona” next. In just one year, I had created a corresponding SFGP Instagram, Pinterest, Tumblr, and Wanelo all successful and prosperous in their own right but yet, something was missing. I wanted more. After much thought and a bit of secrecy, Monograms and Lesson Plans came to fruition. MLP is me or rather I am it, specifically it’s my baby in the sense that I built it. The culmination of late nights of blog building, perfecting the aesthetics, and all of my absolute favorite things. I have always vowed to make my blog as much me as possible and from cocktails and recipes to giveaways and outfits MLP is 100% me.

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Like my blog and my twitter account, I am still growing, evolving, changing, and finding my place in life. While I have since put my career in education on hold, I’ve found that my passion for fashion has reignited. While working for The Flaunt Shop and helping build the brand into a force to be reckoned with is a focus of mine, I haven’t forgotten who I am and where I started. I am so thankful for the connections I’ve made over the last two years and the people I’ve encountered. It seems strange to say but I do my best to let all 21.6 thousand of my twitter followers in on as much of my daily life as I can. They know about my love for my family, my dogs, my jobs, and my cocktails yet they don’t know one of the most basic things about me.

I was named for American royalty and that’s something I take great pride in; my name is Jacquie and I am SoFlaGrlProbz.

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Favorite Four to Follow

March 14, 2014

Birmingham, AL is filled with interesting people and businesses. Our Instagram feed is one of our favorite spots to stop when looking for inspiration and beauty.

Here are our favorite 4 Birmingham Instragrammers (is that a word?):

1. Morgan Trinker

Morgan is a local photographer. Her photography is mesmerizing, and her taste is impeccable. We love what she has done with her new home! Thanks for sharing, Morgan.

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2. Harold & Mod

If you love vintage, you need to follow Harold and Mod, a vintage lifestyle brand. We love their retro, funky style and unique finds.

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3. Carrie Beth Taylor

A local water color artist, Carrie Beth Taylor, has truly made a name for herself. Her feminine prints and flirty stationary will inspire you to get out a pen and write a letter to a loved one. Her style is trendy yet classic, and we can’t get enough of her Instagram pictures!

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4. Soca Clothing

Soca Clothing, located in Homewood, is pretty savvy when it comes to social media. Stay up to date on all their great fashion and new arrivals.

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Brittany Windle

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