Centric Sip & Share Recap!

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What a weekend!

Thanks so much to 95.7 JAMZ personality Nu York for the invite to the Centric Sip and Share, held this past Saturday! Centric TV brought Letoya Luckett, star of Single Ladies, and fashion designer Anthony L. Williams to Birmingham to – well, sip and share their takes on style and more!

For this event I wore J. Crew’s comfy Fringe Tank, black skinny jeans from Madewell, and my shoes are by Steve Madden. My fabulous makeup was created by Kim Colvin!

Check out the cute Bosco video on my Instagram page (@samechicdifferentday)!

Calling all naturalistas…

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…and those who are curious about joining them!

The 2015 Natural Hair and Health Expo kicks off tomorrow! Want free samples? Need tips? Love dynamic panelists? Then get your tickets and further information by clicking HERE.

‘Rear Window’ airs tonight

One of my all-time favorite movies is showing tonight! If you’ve never seen any of Alfred Hitchcock’s classic suspense films, Rear Window is one to watch.  The plotlines and (Edith Head-designed fashion) are not to be missed.

Rear Window stars James Stewart and Grace Kelly as a housebound photographer and his model girlfriend, respectively, out to solve a murder they believe occurred across the courtyard.  They get a little too close to the action, and to find out how it ends, go see the movie! Find it at a theater near you by clicking HERE.

I’m including a few shots of Kelly’s beautiful wardrobe. They simply do not make clothes like this anymore.

 

 

 

 

 

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Ask Alexis: I need #BooBooKitty’s jumpsuit!

Q: Help! Where can I find the red-haute jumpsuit Anika Calhoun wore on the Empire finale last night? - Wannabe Boo Boo Kitty

A: Dear Boo Two,

That jumpsuit was a great look for Anika (played by Grace Gealey)! The simplicity was amplified by the color, which denotes power and passion – perfect for the Empire’s scorned, scheming debutante. Find a similar one via BCBG Max Azria for yourself in store or online at Saks Fifth Avenue! The “Rosanna” Cutout Jumpsuit ($298; available in Red Berry and Black) features princess seaming and darts to give it shape, on-trend wide legs and strategic cutouts for sex appeal. For a precise fit – the bust line and back strap should fit “just so” – take it to your tailor. As the silhouette adds plenty of drama, keep your shoes simple (a la Anika’s nude pump).  And to take it from day to dinner, simply add a structured blazer or moto jacket! I’ve shared my love of chic jumpsuits before; they are so easy to wear with a statement necklace or cuff!

Were you on the edge of your seat during Empire’s two-hour finale too? Wowsers! The Dynasty-esque catfight viewers have been waiting for all season went down (and while we absolutely don’t condone violence, here’s a look at the jumpsuit in question).

Happy shopping! – Alexis

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For more on Empire, click HERE.  To watch full episodes, click HERE.  And please follow SCDD on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook!

Grace Gealey via Fox, jumpsuit images via BCBG.com, GIF via TrendyGif.net

This Thursday…

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…find your perfect pants at J. Crew!

Whether you’re looking for skinny, slim, wide leg, straight leg or drapey options, they can hook you up. I’ve got my eye on the Reese Pant in neon persimmon.  I’m just not sure about the elastic waist, although I love the pair I received last year. The streamlined Martie Pant is more my speed…but they don’t come in neon persimmon!  I’m definitely not sold on the short culottes I see people wearing.  But that’s the point of this event and the Very Personal Stylists: to help you discover options you might avoid initially.

Plus, did you know J. Crew offers teachers and college students a 15% discount (in-store only) on regularly-priced merchandise with valid ID? Well, now you know…and knowing is half the battle!

Happy shopping!

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

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Yes, this was a debate 50 years ago. Apparently it still is today.

I really have struggled with writing this post.  I can’t believe that in 2015 people of color still have to insist on their humanity, much less their beauty. But. In a few short months our hair and facial features have been pointedly insulted in mainstream media. No, we actually don’t all look alike. However, I say “our” because the deep shade Giuliana Rancic threw at Zendaya Coleman and Univision anchor Rodner Figueroa’s disgusting remarks about the First Lady of the United States (!!!) reflect how some individuals see women of color as a whole: as jokes at best…and as animals at worst. Giuliana has apologized, and Figueroa has been dismissed, but what has really changed? Especially when individuals in fraternities like SAE are so comfortable with their racist beliefs that they sing them to the high heavens?

I had hopes for the younger generation until a well-dressed, well-educated young lady said – in my presence and without a touch of shame or irony – “One of my best friends is Black, and he’s completely normal.” The truly sad part is I think she honestly perceived this comment as being complimentary and progressive.

I don’t know what we do about these things. I don’t know how we change them, or if we ever can. But I will keep churning out posts that affirm our beauty and our style. Having transitioned to natural hair, I make it a point for girls and young women to see my real hair so they hopefully get the message that unapologetically embracing whatever makes you, you is important. And we have to keep calling out people who err, educating where we can and forming a serious prayer circle for those we can’t reach. There will always be someone who is so wrapped up in their own biases, “-isms,” issues and/or stupidity that they won’t recognize the exquisite, inherent beauty in our varied physiques, complexions and features. But that doesn’t mean we have to absorb or accept those beliefs.

Thanks, Deidra!

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Do you have a fairy godsister? Deidra K. Perry is one of mine. She simply must be, because every time I need a little nudge, a friendly reminder or a boost, this dynamic mover and shaker swoops in and gives me word of encouragement. It’s almost gotten ridiculous, because how on earth could she know when I need it? I’m grateful.

Dear reader, I’m sharing this nugget with you because whether you wear an actual crown or not, I know I’m not the only one who needs this. Print it, put it on your fridge or bathroom mirror or make it your screensaver and don’t forget it!

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We have TWO winners for our Towne & Reese giveaway: Clair McLafferty and Erica Bunker! If you love the chic, easy pieces from Towne & Reese, come sip and shop with Same Chic Different Day *tomorrow* evening during Girls Night Out at Belk/The Summit! Almost everything in the store will be 20% off!

Xo, Alexis

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Looking for fun, one-of-a-kind pieces to add to your jewelry collection? Then you’ll want to check out Towne & Reese’s line of accessories. Budget-friendly and super-wearable, their earrings, bracelets, necklaces and rings add a little something extra to your casual and dress attire. I’m drooling over this turquoise statement necklace, the perfect pop of color for neutrals this spring and summer!

I like it so much that I’m giving away the “Mary Grace” necklace to one fab reader! Delicate, with just the right amount of sparkle and an on-trend fringe accent, it’s just what your sundresses and tunics need! For one entry, post “I heart Towne & Reese under today’s post. Head over to our Instagram page @samechicdifferentday for two more ways to enter: 1. Like the “Mary Grace” post and 2. Tag a friend in the comment section! You have until this Sunday at noon to enter.

You can shop Towne & Reese online HERE, or find it at Belk! Come check it out during Girls’ Night Out next week, when almost everything will be 20% off!

Xo,
Alexis

Join me for Girls’ Night Out at Belk!

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*Note: Belk has provided me with compensation for this post and my appearance at the event. However, all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.*

Darlings, shake off those winter blahs and spring forward into warm-weather fashion with Belk (and me!) on Thursday, March 12 at the Summit location! The garden party-themed soirée will feature light bites, wine and music from Scratch DJ, as well as fashion tips from yours truly. And yes: there will be discounts (20% off with limited exclusions) and giveaways!

The event is from 5:00 to 8:30 p.m. at Belk (the Summit location). Swing by; I’d love to see (and shop) with you!

Check out a sneak peek at what I’m wearing: this lovely Ruffle-Top Slim Dress by 1 State’s Spring 2015 line (seen also in the slides how above). I was looking for an updated LBD and this is a winner! The flirty ruffle accent keeps it fun, but I don’t feel over-exposed thanks to the wide straps and knee-length hem. It can easily be dressed up or down, and I can’t wait to show you how I’ll style it this spring (hint: leopard may be involved). And 1 State has several other stylish, contemporary options on the second floor!

Not in the Birmingham area? Other Girls’ Night Out events are being held at Belk locations in Tuscaloosa, Spanish Fort and Mobile, AL (Bel-Air Mall), in Pensacola FL (Cordova Mall), and in Atlanta, GA (Phipps Plaza) and Franklin, TN (Cool Springs Galleria).

Hope to see you March 12!

XO, Alexis

 

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