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I have never posted a “Woman Crush Wednesday”… but who better to start it off with than my mother, the woman I admire most? And, if truth be told, the woman who has influenced me most, from my style and work ethic to my love of classic movies and Twilight Zone marathons?

I recently had the privilege of interviewing Mrs. Barton for my magazine writing class (which is taught by Rick Bragg! *squeal*). I won’t print it here (it’s ten pages, and I could’ve kept going), but it was the best experience. It took multiple sessions, and yes, I cried. But I also laughed and I learned so much about a person I “thought” I knew. My mother is very modest; she doesn’t talk about herself or toot her own horn, and I feel honored that she opened up to me.

I think the picture above captures my mother’s spirit. She is impeccably dressed in a Nina Ricci taffeta trumpet skirt and vintage beaded sweater. She is elegant, effortlessly so, but unaware of her glamour. And she looks forward, always to what’s ahead and not behind her. She’s been there beside me for everything, supporting me through  the lowest lows and highest highs. (Remember this? She was off camera, helping me!) My mother taught my brother and me that when the rain comes and the storms of life threaten to sweep us away, we have to stay the course and keep moving. (This, from someone who walked sixty miles in the pouring rain to raise money for breast cancer research. Twice.)

Recalling the time she struck out grown men from the pitcher’s mound (in high-heeled, wedged sandals!) her son Alex said, “When you see a queen, you don’t expect her to get out in the heat and dirt, or grab a sword and swing it in battle. You don’t expect the queen to come down off her throne. Mama would be the one to wield a sword.”

A John-John, an LBD, and Laura Ashley...

A John-John, an LBD and Laura Ashley…

We love you, Mama. We SEE you. The “you” that has nothing to do with being our mom. And thank you. For everything.

Friday Fab: Winter White

Yes, I wear white after Labor Day (although technically this is “Warm Ivory”)! I love, love, love this shift from J. Crew. It’s heavy enough to keep me warm, the exposed zipper details are a fun accent and it’s super comfortable! It’s easy to dress this up as shown, or to wear a simpler necklace or statement earrings instead. As it warms up I’ll change my footwear and nix the tights.

This is the key to wearing lighter colors in winter: make sure they are in season-appropriate fabrics. Leave the linen and eyelet for warmer temps.

Double-zip shift dress (available HERE) and Grande Crystal Drops necklace (old), via J. Crew. Shoes via BCBG. Worn with the vintage coat previously featured HERE.

Images courtesy Derrick Curry of Camera Play Photography

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New York Fashion Week is underway, and Hood By Air is showing this cashmere look…for the gentlemen. Your thoughts? Shout out to SCDD reader Celeste S. for pointing this out!

Do you want to see what the hottest designers are showing for Fall 2015 ready-to-wear, from the comfort of your sofa? Check out the shows HERE.

ICYMI: Being heart healthy is chic!

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The link to this morning’s appearance on ABC 33/40’s Talk of Alabama is up; you can view it by clicking HERE.

Would you like to try one of the products I featured from Vinia, Carrington Farms or Medifast this morning? Let me know in the comments section!

As always, thank you for supporting Same Chic Different Day!

XO, Alexis

Tune in to Talk of Alabama next Monday!

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Guess who’ll be back on Monday morning?!

Toss some sequins and tune in to ABC 33/40 next MONDAY (2/16): I’ll be sharing some news you can use during the 9:00 hour! Not in the local viewing area? Try live-streaming it by clicking HERE, or catch the video when it’s posted later by clicking HERE.

Xo,
Alexis

Baby it’s cold outside…

Brrr! I rarely post my personal outfits, but I love this vintage coat so much that I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to be photographed in it by Derrick Curry of Camera Play Photography. It was a fortunate find at Birmingham’s own Hanna Antiques Mall (sticker price: $60!). The mink collar and satin lining are in flawless condition, and it has its original buttons. I only had it dry cleaned; it was in perfectly wearable condition. It’s provenance? Loveman’s department store, which was a local treasure for many years.

It just makes me happy to wear it; vintage coats are made with special attention to quality and detail and have such character. Plus I hate the cold, so I do anything I can to feel cute in spite of frigid temps!

Images courtesy Camera Play Photography. All rights reserved.

 

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Stay tuned.

Grammy Awards recap

 

The “fashion,” the performances (notice I didn’t use the word “artistry”) and the fact that Beyonce did NOT win Album of the Year? Shenanigans!

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Scarf game proper.

Leopard is a new neutral, didn’t you get the memo? I’m wearing this one from J. Crew Factory today (alas, it’s sold out!). It’s kind of dreary so the fierce kitty print and persimmon trim are giving me a much-needed boost (and another layer of warmth!).

Check out these trends for 2015!

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Thank you so much to ABC 33/40 and the fabulous Ebony Hall for having me on Talk of Alabama this morning! Click HERE to view the video!

I enjoyed sharing these new products, which are great options for reaching or maintaining health goals! (And honestly, they all taste great!)

Fruttata Crisps

  • Fruttata freeze dried fruit provides everyone with a healthy and delicious snack option.
  • Each 1 oz. bag of Fruttata provides a satisfying nutrition that is equivalent to 285 grams of fresh fruit.
  • Fruttata is all natural, gluten free, with no additional sugar added (the only ingredients are fruit!).
  • Available at local Costcos and Amazon.com (prices range from $1.79 -$9.99).

VINIA

  • VINIA red grape powder is a new product and the very first of its kind. It’s a biofood – a new category of superfoods – made from real grapes, chock-full of antioxidants, and actually gives you the benefits that you’d get from drinking red wine, but has no sugars calories or alcohol. In order to consume the same amount of Resveratrol in just 1 packet of VINIA, you’d have to drink an entire bottle of red wine (or 1,000 red grapes)! Sprinkle 1 packet of VINIA into your glass of water, and save yourself from the calories, and headache you get from wine.
  • VINIA is available for purchase at www.BioHarvest.com.

Carrington Farms Flax/Hemp Paks

  • Packed in ready-to-eat, portable and convenient single serve packets with a pre-measured daily dosage
  • Flavorful combination of Organic Milled Flax Seeds and Organic Hulled Hemp Seeds
  • This product is organic-certified, Non-GMO and Gluten-Free and is rich in Omega 3’s and protein.
  • They provide energy and vitality, strengthen the immune system, support cardiovascular health and contribute to an overall healthy metabolism
  • Find them at ShopRite and online at www.CarringtonFarms.com.

Thrive by Medifast products

  • Medifast’s new program, The Healthy Living Program, is designed to help maintain your weight loss goals.
  • With this program you can choose three Thrive by Medifast products per day which includes various bars, shakes and smoothies.
  • All products are free of artificial flavors, colors, and sweeteners.
  • For more information about The Healthy Living Program and Thrive by Medifast products, visit www.medifast1.com

Coldeeze

  • NEW for this season is Cold-EEZE Cold Remedy Plus Natural Multi-Symptom Relief Cold & Flu Quick Melts! Quick Melts are clinically proven to reduce the cold by nearly half.
  • They contain elderberry, licorice and peppermint that also helps relieve Cold and Flu symptoms
  • Quick Melts wilt dissolve in your mouth and can be taken without water. They can be taken by anyone 12 and up.

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