Friday, August 12, 2011

Bridal couples can plan the big day all in one spot

Brides-to-be can do all their planning in one place this weekend at the annual Southern Bridal Show and Expo in the Jim Graham Building at the N.C. State Fairgrounds. More than 150 wedding service pros - from florists to DJs - will be on hand to meet with brides. Hourly fashion shows will showcase the latest looks in wedding gowns, bridesmaid dresses and tuxes, and cake and catering tastings will be held throughout the day.

Show hours are 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $8 in advance at or $10 at the door.

A girl's best friend

For those still looking for that engagement ring (or perhaps some earrings, a necklace or other bauble), Bailey's Fine Jewelry will have plenty of choices at its annual diamond event, today through Aug. 27. During the sale, much of the jeweler's diamond inventory will be discounted up to 30 percent, including some pieces not normally available. Bailey's has two Triangle locations: Cameron Village, 415 Daniels St., 829-7337; and Crabtree Valley Mall, 4325 Glenwood Ave., 788-7500.

You, but better

We've all had those mornings where no matter what you pull from the closet, nothing looks right. Local stylist and fashion blogger Michele Little wants to help women avoid this frustrating problem with her "Secrets of Style: Effortless Dressing Everyday" workshop, 8:30 a.m.-noon, Aug. 27. During the session, Little will help women take stock of what's in their closet and create a wardrobe plan to help them sidestep the daily struggle of choosing an outfit.

The workshop will be held at Brio Tuscan Grille in Crabtree Valley Mall. Tickets are $147, and include breakfast and a copy of Little's book, "Secrets of Style." Participants who sign up by Monday will receive a $50 discount. For more information, visit

What a kid wants

Kids rule this weekend at Belk Crabtree's KidFest. From noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, kids can find adventure during a safari in the children's section, or enjoy a carnival experience with face painting, games, refreshments and more. At 1 p.m., a back-to-school fashion show lets parents and kids get a look at the coolest threads for school. The event is free. For more information, call 782-7010, ext. 307 or ext. 258.

A new place to shop

Raleigh gained yet another boutique with the recent opening of Fifi's of Cameron Village. The new shop is the Raleigh location of the popular Durham boutique, Fifi's Fine Resale Apparel. Both shops sell designer consignment pieces for women by brands ranging from Banana Republic, Ann Taylor and J. Crew to Marc Jacobs, Gucci and Chanel. The new store also carries handbags, jewelry and other accessories, plus a selection of premium denim by designers such as Citizens of Humanity, Seven for All Mankind and Rock and Republic.

Fifi's is at 2028 Cameron St., Raleigh. Hours are 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Saturday and 1-5 p.m. Sunday. For more information call 806-3434.


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