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Leila Deep: Top Belle of Birmingham

By Amy Bailey — June 30, 2014

Congratulations to Leila Deep who won by popular vote the coveted title of Top Birmingham Belle. Leila receives a $1000 gift certificate to Bromberg’s. Read more about Leila and our other Belle nominees below.

The Southern Belle is someone whose charm and style captivates a room. Our Birmingham Belle Finalists were selected based not only on their personality, but also their involvement in our community. Below are the 2012 Top Belles of Birmingham vote for your favorite by emailing their name in the subject line to [email protected] by December 8 at midnight. This year’s winner receives a $1000 gift certificate to Bromberg’s as well as a slew of other prizes. Mark your calendars to attend this year’s Beaus and Belles event at Bromberg’s at The Summit December 9 5-7pm, RSVP to [email protected]

Carrie Beth Taylor
Carrie Beth grew up in Enterprise, Alabama in an artsy, right-brained family who nurtured her gifts as a singer and visual artist. She attended the University of Alabama and was a member of the Phi Mu sorority. She put her marketing degree to work as Marketing Director for Affinity Bank in Atlanta. In 2008, Carrie Beth founded Sugar B Designs, a fine stationery company built around her talents as a custom illustrator and graphic designer, and moved to Birmingham. Her creative expressions can be found in regional and local retail stores such as Please Reply in Mountain Brook and The Blue Willow in Cahaba Heights. She has created custom invitations for several country music stars through her Nashville retailer, You’re Invited Gifts and Paper. As a freelance visual artist, Carrie Beth’s studio has produced custom illustrations for local fine retailer Gus Mayer and National celebrity Lauren Conrad. Her whimsical watercolor art recently appeared in a national children’s music curriculum with rave reviews. Birmingham Magazine tagged Sugar B Designs as “best invitations” for two consecutive years. Carrie Beth is a member of Shades Crest Baptist Church where she volunteers in the Children’s Ministry and sings in the Sanctuary Choir. She donates her artwork regularly for philanthropic causes such as Just Keep Smiling, a non-profit organization who assists families who are coping with critically-ill children. Carrie Beth enjoys listening to music, visiting and laughing with family and friends, and embracing her role as a single mom to her four-year old little boy, Cayden.

Leila Deep
A native of Birmingham, Leila Deep graduated from the University of Alabama before venturing to New York City to work in the Marketing and Events department of Cosmopolitan magazine, as well as Lucky magazine.  She later left the publishing industry to focus her career on legal recruiting & event planning at two major New York law firms. While in NYC, she participated in outreach activities through the New York Junior League. Although Leila enjoyed her time in the Big Apple, she missed the city she has always called home. She moved back to Birmingham in June of 2009 and later joined the firm of Cabaniss, Johnston, Gardner, Dumas & O’Neal LLP as its Recruiting and Marketing Coordinator. Since returning home, Leila has become active in the Birmingham community. She currently serves on The Altamont School Alumni board, as well as the Birmingham Museum of Art Junior Patrons board. She is also an active member of the Junior League of Birmingham.  In her spare time, Leila enjoys working out at Irontribe Fitness and Alabama football.

Sarah Kathryn Tarter
Sarah Kathryn Tarter is a native of Huntsville, Alabama and after attending the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, followed her two older brothers (Jason and Josh Anderson) to Birmingham. In 2006 she met her husband Eddie Tarter and also began working for The Drennen Group at Merrill Lynch. While she loved her job there was a new one on the horizon….In 2009 she and Eddie welcomed their first daughter, Ella Bennett (named after Sarah Kathryn’s sister Laura Bennett) and two years later little sister Adele “Pippin” Tarter arrived. Sarah Kathryn is active in The Junior League of Birmingham, working closely with The Exceptional Foundation and Cornerstone Schools. She and her daughters are also involved in promoting Brookwood Hospital Women’s Medical Center. When not playing with their precious girls, she and her husband love to cook and host friends and family, often competing in “Iron Chef” competitions and Sarah Kathryn has always been known to play a mean game of Catchphrase!

Madoline Markham
Madoline Markham grew up in Birmingham at the base of Double Oak Mountain and is a graduate of Oak Mountain High School. After obtaining a bachelor’s degree in history from Rhodes College in Memphis and a graduate degree in journalism from the University of Missouri, she has come to find home again in the Magic City as Managing Editor of 280 Living, The Homewood Star, Hoover Sun and Mountain Brook’s Village Living. Madoline has a passion for sharing stories and delivering relevant local news to the communities around her. Prior to her current employment, she discovered a love for food writing while working for and Cooking with Paula Deen Magazine. Those experiences were also foundational to how she spends her free time—baking too much (and blogging about it at Madoline is a proud resident of Crestwood North, a community east of downtown Birmingham, and is excited about the development of new eateries and other establishments in Avondale and other areas nearby. She finds joy in serving others as evident in her time as a tutor in Birmingham City Schools, and now helps coordinate weekly meals at the Interfaith Hospitality House, a family shelter in Woodlawn, as a part of the ministry of Redeemer Community Church, where she is a member. Madoline is always up for trying a new hike, restaurant or other adventure around Birmingham. She also can be found with friends, family and a good book at her family’s house on Smith Lake.

Paige Robinson
Paige Robinson is a 3rd grade teacher at a private school in Birmingham where she enjoys impacting the lives of her students for an eternal purpose. She got her B.S. in Education from Jacksonville State University in 2001 and taught at her elementary alma mater in Anniston before moving to Birmingham in 2002. Paige has a passion for impacting the community and strives to be involved in many areas. She is the current membership chair for YPBirmingham, an active member of the Junior League of Birmingham, Greater Birmingham Young Republicans, Meals on Wheels volunteer, as well as a member of Church of the Highlands where she serves as a greeter on the church’s Dream Team. Paige enjoys cooking, decorating, and spending time with her 2 dogs, Lucy and Ella.