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“My standard of perfection often paralyzes me, or makes me terrified, or makes me feel ashamed. Instead, if I can make space for the idea that the goal is not to be perfect, but the goal is to be me, then I get to revel in the mixed bag of what it is to be a human. Some moments are good, some are bad. Some days are good, some days are bad. We live in a culture where people are constantly telling us how to get what we want, and within that message is, You need to be something other than you are. So my antidote to that has been, What if the goal is not to get what I want, but to discover who I am, be who I am, and accept that?” – Tracee Ellis Ross, in NY Mag

Image via MyColoures.com by way of Essence

 

 

Outfit of the day…

 
Tee via Out of Print Clothing, cardigan and pencil skirt via J. Crew 
Who says you can’t wear a t-shirt and look pulled together? I love one under a cardigan or even with a suit. The key is that the rest of your look needs to be turned up.  Make sure there are no suggestive phrases or rips and holes before you try this style, and evaluate your workplace before you rock one on your 9 to 5. This may not fly in a more conservative environment.

The Look: Draper James

I am in LOVE with this new line and lifestyle company, recently launched by Oscar winner and noted Southern girl Reese Witherspoon. Draper James is a salute and a celebration to the grace, charm, wit and ease that are hallmarks of this side of the United States.

In her own words, Reese says “I wanted to recapture and celebrate all that I love and remember about my grandparents and the South. That is why I created Draper James. With Draper James, our goal is to bring contemporary, yet timeless Southern style to your wardrobe and your home, no matter where you live.”

From clothing to accessories, jewelry and home goods, the pieces are thoughtfully designed with an emphasis on quality. Nothing is ostentatious, and it is sentimental without being passe (an achievement we applaud).

Magnolias and peaches make tasteful appearances as motifs; here’s hoping a camellia will show up too! Here are my favorite pieces:

  1. Statement stud pearl earrings, $125
  2. Southern Sayings embroidered linen cocktail napkins, $85
  3. Overlook bag (with option to monogram), $125
  4. Magnolia paperweight, $98

Happy shopping!

Xo, Alexis

We love: MILLY for Kohl’s DesigNation

Boy, do I need a vacay! Since I can’t take one just yet (thanks, grad school!) I can fantasize about it….or I could shop for it via the Milly for DesigNation Collection at Kohls! Even better: available pieces are now half off!

Entertainment Tonight! correspondent Brooke Anderson picked her favorite look for us via Twitter (see above)! She chose the Striped Pleated dress (now $35).

And here are my favorite looks:

Look 8: Scuba Crop Top and Solid Midi Scuba Skirt

Look 15: Capri Graphic Tank and Solid Midi Scuba Skirt

Striped Fit and Flare Dress

Happy shopping!

Xo, Alexis

So you want to wear a wedding jumpsuit…

Jumpsuits

You’ve come to the right place.

Yes, I am still obsessed with the elegant ensemble Solange Knowles chose for her wedding to Alan Ferguson a few months ago. Amal Clooney didn’t do too badly either, with her choice of a sleek pantsuit groom. And I loved Olivia Palermo’s wedding shorts+overskirt…tres daring!  If you’re jumping the broom soon and going for a more traditional gown, perhaps you could incorporate the look into your engagement photo shoot, bridal luncheon or bachelorette bash or even your reception/farewell ensemble.

Here are  a few options:

Crepe cowl-neck halter jumpsuit, $650 at David’s Bridal

Lola jumpsuit, $300 at BHLDN.com

Matilda jumpsuit, $800 at BHLDN.com

Ivory Love Always romper, $185 at Trussville’s South Boutique.

Ivory Lace romper, $66 at Trussville’s South Boutique.

It’s crucial that you consider your undergarments when wearing this type of look. There should be no lumps, bumps or visible panty lines! And if the item you choose is not lined, you can either have one made at an alterations shop or you may “fake it” by wearing nude pantyhose underneath, depending on the fabric (snip the legs to an appropriate length).

Xo,

Alexis

Own a piece of history from the Ebony Fashion Fair

If you’ve been reading this blog any length of time, you know my love for all things Ebony. Recently someone asked me if “black history” was my beat as a journalist and I politely explained that it was not. I see history as history: all entries and moments are important.  Ebony and the Ebony Fashion Fair are definitely a part of that.  It saddens me that the fashion show no longer struts and sashays through towns and cities. However, thanks to an auction to be held this Wednesday, we have the opportunity to bid on “the best of the best” from the archives.

Here’s more on the Ebony Fashion Fair:

Haute couture by Oscar de la Renta, Yves St. Laurent, Christian Dior, Givenchy, Lanvin, Carolina Herrera  and more are among over 500 lots up for auction. The collection includes gowns, cocktail dresses, coats, capes, separates and shoes.  And yes: the pieces have all the detail and drama you may recall if you ever attended one of the charity shows. The sale of these beautiful pieces will go on to benefit education just as they did in the past: a portion of proceeds will go to Johnson Prep. The live auction is to be conduction by Leslie Hindman Auctioneers, and will begin at noon CST on June 10.

To view the catalog, click HERE. Note, you must register ahead of time in order to bid.

Did you know? Mrs. Eunice Johnson, the show’s founder and driving force, was a Selma, Ala. native. She was educated at Talladega College.

All images via the Treasures from the Ebony Fashion Fair Collection. See them all by clicking HERE.

Dazzle ’em, darlings!

  
Know someone who needs a reminder –even if it’s you? Post “SparkleChic” in comments for Your chanc to won this pair of “Abbie” sparklers from Towne & Reese! 

Want an extra entry? Find this picture posted on our Instagram account (@samechicdifferentday)  and follow the directions there! I’m picking a winner tonight! 

I said YES to the dress!

  

August 1, here I come! I found my graduation dress! I am finally getting excited about receiving my Master of Arts degree in Journalism, and this silk gazar strapless sheath by J. Crew is everything I’m going to need in my life when I cross the stage.

This sleek, chic stunner was originally $895, but it was purchased for just under $90 on…wait for it…eBay! 

Darlings, if you’re not shopping there – or at least browsing there – you are totally missing the party! It is as easy as creating an account (I suggest creating a PayPal account as well for secure payments), and searching for your heart’s (or wardrobe’s) desire. Whether that means entering “white cocktail dress” or something more specific including a brand and style number, it has been my go-to for years. And no, it doesn’t mean ending up with used or dirty items. You can find “New Old Stock” or items that are “New With Tags.” You can also find vintage items galore.

Even better: the more you shop, the more eBay Bucks you can accumulate to use on future purchases! Bloop!

A few caveats:

  • Ask any and all questions you may have about a garment BEFORE purchasing!
  • Make sure you know the seller’s return policy!
  • Know your size!
  • I stick with brands I’m familiar with, but random searches can turn up some jewels as well.
  • If it looks suspicious, proceed with caution!
  • EBay’s guarantee means you get what you pay for…or you get your money back!

Happy shopping!

The Look: Solange Knowles

  This Stephane Rolland Couture ensemble with the dramatic accent is everything I need in my life right now. This is a sleek, chic and deceptively simple showstopper. Okaybye. 

Image via InStyle

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