Style Icon: Carlin Everts

Carlin Everts

Territory Manager/Sales Representative for The Simblist Group & Mom-to-Be

Written and styled by Tracy James   Photography by Chuck St. John

Cecilia Prado jacket; Pea in the Pod turtleneck; Joe's maternity jeans; Banana Republic Hat; Vince Camuto Boots; Urban Outfitters boot socks; We Dream in Color bracelets; Michael Kors watch

As we all seek that healthy glow in the New Year, expectant mother Carlin Everts has already found it. Radiating warmth from her skin, Pantene-commercial worthy red hair, bright smile and overall presence, Carlin embodies the grace of a stylish woman. At almost 5 1/2 months pregnant, the territory manager and sales representative for The Simblist Group (a sales organization representing high-end gift vendors such as Voluspa, Zebi Baby and We Dream in Color jewelry), also assists with the marketing of husband Josh’s oral facial surgery practice and (still) teaches Body Pump group fitness classes at Gold’s Gym at the Colonnade. Staying active is not just a New Year’s resolution for the Birmingham native, but a year-round way of life, which includes exercising daily, even if just for 30 minutes, portion control, reading labels and listening to your body. “Especially now, I need it—physically, emotionally, mentally, as much as the baby does,” Carlin says. While she is mindful to keep her body fueled with 6 small meals a day and eat before she gets too hungry, Carlin rejects the idea of “eating for 2.”

She describes her style as “classic, but with an unexpected piece” and “more artsy than trendy.” As her shape changes during these nine months, Carlin has been altering what has worked before style-wise. For example, she has always liked accentuating her waist, so now she simply belts above her growing belly. Bella Bands have allowed her to wear some of her existing jeans, which she pairs with blousy tops. As far as maternity wear, the Swanky Stork in Homewood and A Pea in the Pod have been helpful resources, and Carlin has chosen looks from Ripe Maternity, Maternal America, Japanese Weekend, and J Brand Maternity, among others.

Carlin often decorates her gorgeous red hair with head ornaments. Deepa Gurnani headband; Soca, Stella & Dot and We Dream in Color bracelets; Vince Camuto faux fur vest; OPI Over the Taupe nail color. Ring was a gift from husband Josh.

Style sense is nothing new for the fashion retailing and marketing graduate from the University of Alabama, who has worked for retailers including Gus Mayer, The Clothes Tree by Deborah, and Jeffrey in Atlanta. Though her experience is with luxury retailers, Carlin believes in a mix of high and low end items, like layering a wardrobe staple turtleneck  Banana Republic underneath her special Chanel jacket. For those unexpected pieces, Carlin often turns to accessories, whether scarves, which are a “go-to,” or artisan jewelry, which she loves to mix-and-match—often stacking several bracelets on one arm. Some of her unique clothing items she found at Libby Story, a Ridgeland, Mississippi, boutique in her sales region that Carlin describes as “similar to Anthropologie, but not quite as sweet.” As her life gets more hectic, Carlin has become a fan of online shopping, favoring the uber-popular flash sale sites like Gilt and ideeli, as well as Nordstrom, Endless and Topshop.

Each morning, Carlin takes time to read a passage from a pregnancy devotional book, a gift from a friend, keeping centered in mind, body and spirit. Centering certainly looks good on this Icon, who exhibits not just style, but substance as well. Perhaps her son, arriving in April, will inherit these valuable traits.

Carlin's maternal grandfather has an obsession with numbers, thus counting each family member according to their addition to the family tree. He would often greet Carlin with, "Hey 16!" Baby Everts will be number 35. Tory Burch diaper bag; Zebi organic cotton whale swaddle and burp cloths; Dwell Studio orange "Foxes" blanket.

Alexander McQueen miniaudiere clutch, set amidst Dwell Studio blocks.

Carlin removes a link from the "counting chain" she and Josh use to countdown weeks til important events, like their wedding, Josh's medical school graduation, and now baby Everts arrival. Josh grew up with the paper chain tradition, so they have now adopted it into their own growing family. Pea in the Pod black leggings and turtleneck sweater.

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