Style Icon: Nicole Allshouse


Petticoat Alley sheer blouse & Brat Star high-waisted skirt (a steal from Ross!). Gold watch from Target and her grandmother's bracelets.

Petticoat Alley sheer blouse & Brat Star high-waisted skirt (a steal from Ross!). Gold watch from Target and her grandmother’s bracelets.

ABC 33/40 Talk of Alabama Anchor & Coproducer

Written and styled by Tracy James 

Photographed by Chuck St. John

 

“People tell me I look good in emerald green,” says Nicole Allshouse when asked to describe her style. But one look at this 5-foot-6-inch brunette beauty hints that it’s doubtful there is a color that doesn’t flatter the 37-year old working mom. “I like to appear feminine and sophisticated,” adds the ABC 33/40 Talk of Alabama anchor and coproducer, a look that jives well for her five-day-a-week TV personality. Fittingly, an abundance of dresses and skirts fill the Emmy-award-winning journalist’s closet, with designer Elie Tahari a pronounced favorite. However, Allshouse never wears a hemline above her knee. While her gams are gorgeous, she remains a bit self-conscious of scarring resulting from a childhood accident.

When she was 4 years old, a drunk driver drove through her family’s home in the middle of the night. Allshouse was asleep when the car hit her toddler bed head-on, sending her airborne across the room and through the closet. Both of her legs were broken, her knee cap shattered, and her growth plate crushed, and she had extensive internal bleeding.

By all indications, she should have never survived. She was life-flighted to Cleveland Rainbow and Babies Hospital, where she would spend the next 15 years, on and off, undergoing surgeries. After nearly two dozen operations, the doctors and nurses saved her legs. It is these men and women, who put her back together, who inspired Allshouse to start a side venture: a boutique-style, customized concierge service for the busy professional called White Collar Shopper. Every time you hire her, a portion of proceeds goes directly to Children’s of Alabama Hospital.

Nicole wears a SansSouci jumpsuit (a TJ Maxx find), faux fur vest, Charming Charlie navy patent platform pumps and gold necklaces: one from The Limited and the other her grandmother's rosary.

Nicole wears a SansSouci jumpsuit (a TJ Maxx find), faux fur vest, Charming Charlie navy patent platform pumps and gold necklaces: one from The Limited and the other her grandmother’s rosary.

Allshouse’s journey from tragedy to successful Style Icon has taken her all over the South. After graduating cum laude from Kent State (incidentally, Nick Saban’s alma mater) in her home state of Ohio, Allshouse went on to intern at CNN in Washington, DC, followed by her first on-air stint as a weathergirl in Joplin, Missouri. The next 10 years would be spent as an investigative reporter with NBC in Columbia, South Carolina, and Charlotte, North Carolina, then with FOX in Atlanta.

Marrying a Birmingham man brought her to this city (they married six  years ago in the Dominican Republic.) At her destination wedding, marrying the man of her dreams and her passion for scuba diving was more on her mind than style. “I made one phone call to book rooms then just showed up,” Allshouse admits. “I had absolutely no desire to pick out colors, flowers, etc. I just told the resort to surprise me!” In 2008, Allshouse would have a gown designed by Birmingham’s own famous bridal gown designer, Heidi Elnora, but not for a wedding. The girl who once thought she would lose her legs competed in our local Dancing with the Stars event, benefitting the Ronald McDonald House.

Wondering when this busy mother to 2- and 4-year old boys has the time to shop? On the occasions that she does, a guilty pleasure is hunting for stylish bargains at T.J. Maxx. But Allhouse is not a trend maven. “I only buy clothes that feel good on my body and that I absolutely love,” she says. “If I just like something, I pass.” On her wish list this holiday? A long cashmere robe. Surely Santa will oblige, as this beautiful woman is deserving of some cozy relaxation.

 

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