One of my very favorite jobs of all time was working for M & F Casuals in Fairhope, AL in the 90's. The work environment was friendly, I toted my paycheck home in a shopping bag and I looked forward to working with the residents of Fairhope, as well as those who visited us from neighboring cities. They have to have some of the best customers in the tri-state area of Alabama, Mississippi and Florida. Awesome seems to attract awesome.
The boutique is family-owned by Anne and Marc Miller alongside their daughters, Carol Eberlein and Barbara Levitt, who have great relationships with both their clients and employees. As am employee, I remember the first display case I accessorized for Anne. I was very anxious for her to like it and probably spent way too much time on it, but when she saw it, she was so sweet and complimentary. She made me want to do a good job by her praise and faith in my abilities. Her daughters, Carol and Barbara are carrying on the tradition. When I approached them about featuring their boutique, they once again placed their trust in me by welcoming me and my camera with open arms.
These Fashion Friday outfits could be worn by just about any woman, but as you know I showcase items we women over 40 could rock, if we keep our body type and personal style in mind. I'm finding that my personal style is evolving into something more casual and relaxed as I get better with time... These ladies are young and beautiful, and they are showcasing some great items that we could all wear one way or another. Christie Midkiff and Mary Ellen Waters are part of the staff at M & F Casuals, but they make great models, too! They were great help to me for this post. Thanks, ladies!
Christie is wearing black leggings with a Claudia Nichole cashmere poncho with black boots. Her necklace is by Susan Shaw.
Doesn't she look warm and cozy in this cape? I would so wear this with my skinny jeans and Frye boots! We belted it here to show off her tiny waist, but I think I could pull it off without the belt.
Here Christie ignites the romantic side in us with this floral lace tunic. We could definitely carry this into spring with white skinny jeans or leggings and wedges. A very girlie choice, but a little sassy at the same time. I love it.
With this paisley, v-neck dress by Jude Connally, we can go from casual to dressy-casual with a quick change of shoes. Without the tights and the addition of sandals or wedges, we'd be ready for dinner with friends.
Her necklace and bracelets are from my favorite jewelry designer, John Medeiros. His styles are classic, affordable and made right here in the U S of A. M & F has a great selection.
If I had a uniform, this would be it. The "cozinest motto" to a t. Simple, Cozy. Beautiful. And I would feel at "Home" in this outfit anywhere for just about any occasion, with the exception of a formal wedding. Her accessories in the photo below are by Brighton.
M & F also has a sassy collection of readers and sunglasses.
The cut-out shoulders of this Last Tango top will transition perfectly into spring as well. Mary Ellen is also showing off a very popular chunky necklace by Susan Shaw.
What a pretty woman walking down the street we would be in this reversible raincoat! This side is a cute and sexy leopard, while the other is a solid bronze. No umbrella needed with this hood, and what a cheery coat to don on a yucky, rainy day, which we in the south have had our share of lately.
It was a beautiful day, inside and out of M & F Casuals today. One of their sweet customers came in to say hello while I was shooting. Linda Fuschino of Fairhope, wanted to show off her Christmas present to the staff. We all loved it. Doesn't she look fabulous?
What a delightful day at work for me! I love my job. I love meeting the artsy, classy, and fun people of Fairhope, AL, telling their stories and becoming a part of it at the same time.
If you want to experience the "rest of the M & F Casuals" story, you simply must visit our fair city and stop in. You will not be disappointed. In the meantime, check out this slideshow to get an idea of all the wonderful lines they carry.
I hope your Friday is its fashionable best.
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