#AskAlexis: Mommy and Me

Q: I recently watched ABC’s new show Black-ish, and I love the youngest daughter’s easy, breezy BEAUTIFUL pink floral dress! We’re headed on a family vacay soon; where can I find one for my little girl? – Mommy Dearest

A: MD, This super-cute dress – as seen on Marsai Johnson, above – is available at J. Crew and it’s on sale, so act fast (regularly sold for $84, it’s now $69.99)! Notice how it’s styled; with a growing child, you can get more mileage out of it by pairing it with shorts, leggings or jeans as the weather changes (and her legs get longer). If you want to have a “Mommy and Me” outfit moment, snag the floral embroidered top* and short in Pozzoli Pink for yourself (also on sale). A bit of advice: keep your footwear neutral. A gold or tan espadrille or sandal would really allow the colors to pop. And you can transition the top to fall with dark denim and flat riding boots. Happy shopping!

(*I told you you had to act fast! The top is now sold out, but it may reappear in the sale section.)

Images via Deadline.com and J. Crew

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I wonder what will happen if I click my heels three times?

Nike Internationalist sneakers, via J. Crew

Meet Nanette Lepore at Saks on Sept. 25!

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Darlings, please be sure to mark your calendars! A portion of the proceeds from this event benefits programs offered by The Junior League of Birmingham, which will in turn benefit our local community.

See you there!

I know why the caged birds sing…

How adorable is this handbag from Kate Spade?! The “Pollie” handbag ($498) from the Hello Shanghai collection is textured suede with 14-karat gold hardware and metallic jacquard lining.

A bit much for your taste, but still looking to add a touch of whimsy to your accessory wardrobe? Try the Birdcage coin purse.

Images via Kate Spade

Love this!

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I’m here for this new line of tongue-in-cheek tees by Tees in the Trap! This one ($30) was made for me! I’d toss it on with a leather pencil skirt or some destroyed denim, a pair of haute shoes and call it a day.

Image via Tees in the Trap

Lilly Bee offers chic game day shoes

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It’s College Colors Day, and whether you roll with crimson and white, bleed orange and blue or cheer for another team, today’s the day to rep your squad!

I’m always on the hunt for cute clothing and accessories to wear on Game Day, and these Lilly Bee flats ($74 with shoe clips) are definitely my on wish list. First of all, who in her right mind is wearing stilettos on the Quad or “between the hedges”? I love my heels but a comfortable shoe that makes a statement is a better option for me. Lilly Bee effortlessly makes practical yet fashionable footwear, and these eye-catching shoes will easily stand out at a tailgate.

When you’re not supporting your team, or if you’re looking for a more neutral (but still snazzy) shoe, simply remove the grosgrain shoe clip. You can also purchase the shoe and coordinating shoe clips (with or without your school affiliation) separately. And if showing off your school spirit isn’t the fashion statement you want to make, you can also shop their sorority items or select options by specific color combinations. Lilly Bee offers free domestic shipping, and your pair is packaged in a thoughtful shoe bag.

Happy shopping and Roll Tide!

Images via Lilly Bee

Will you shop during Alabama’s Sales Tax Holiday weekend?

goldshopperDarlings, who doesn’t love a good sale?

The 9th annual sales tax holiday is this weekend, so this would be a good time to stock up on “unmentionables”, outerwear and footwear.

From the state revenue department’s website –

Beginning at 12:01 a.m. (CST) on Friday August 1, 2014, and ending at twelve midnight on Sunday August 3, 2014, Alabama will hold its eighth annual sales tax holiday giving shoppers the opportunity to purchase certain school supplies, computers, and clothing free of state sales or use tax. Local sales and use tax may apply.

For the list of 2014 participating cities and counties, click HERE.

For a quick reference guide to exempt items, click HERE.

The Alabama Retail Association notes “Alabama retailers are required to participate in the state’s sales tax holidays and cannot charge any waived sales taxes on the items that are legally tax-exempt during the two tax holidays.”

Happy shopping!

Rouge Louboutin is coming!

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Rouge Louboutin

Is designer nail polish along these lines the next status trend?

If you can’t afford a pair of crimson-soled Loubs, now you can at least get a little closer via your mani-pedi! Rouge Louboutin is available for pre-order via Saks Fifth Avenue…now! It retails for $50, and I am in LOVE with the bottle! It just looks like something luxe to display on a well-appointed dressing table and wear for special occasions.

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Per Saks: “This long-wearing, chip resistant formula is highly pigmented with luxe, glossy color and UV protection to keep the color true. Two coats give the effect of 20 layers of traditional lacquer, with a brilliant shine. A custom-designed, patented triangular brush ensures precise application, while shorter bristles pick up the right amount of product, preventing air bubbles and ensuring flawless coverage.”

According to Essence.com, 30 shades are on the way and will be sold at Bergdorf Goodman, Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom and select Sephoras. Check for Pop, Nude and Noir! on shelves August 6, and the remaining shades August 31.

This hue and packaging reminds me of the infamous “jungle red” polish from The Women, one of my favorite movies about the lives and loves of the very pampered. It always makes me wish I’d been born when women wore hats and gloves and DRESSED for dinner or shopping downtown. Here’s a clip:

Happy shopping!

 
Images via Saks

You’re invited…

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…to spend the summer in Lilly with Belk!

It’s no secret that we’re big fans of Lilly Pulitzer (the iconic lifestyle brand that began with a Palm Beach juice stand), and tomorrow’s event is a fabulous way to add something chic to your closet!

#TBT: In my grandmother’s closet…

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The dress popped up during a random search on eBay for vintage disco-era eveningwear (don’t judge me). When it scrolled across my screen, it took my breath away. The cream two piece, floorlength gown – sleeveless with a chiffon overlay trimmed in brown – was almost exactly the same ensemble my Big Mama had worn to my uncle’s wedding in the late 70s. Initially, I thought they were exactly the same, but as the photo shows my grandmother’s dress was edged in purple.

Throughout my childhood, it existed only in one of our heavy family photo albums: there stands my grandmother, in platforms, defiant eyes behind huge Jackie O shades and a bouffant. FIERCE, darling. The black Angie Dickinson. I can’t remember one occasion where I ever saw her in formalwear in real life (although she wore a fabulous hat with a veil and gloves to my grandfather’s funeral), but her unique sense of style and her take no prisoners approach to life have been clinging to me like a rich perfume for years.

I often tell a story about a pair of shoes she gave me in college: snakeskin stilettos on 4 inch heels that she wore to my father’s high school graduation. I didn’t have the type of life or even the clothes those shoes required, but the moment I saw them, I began envisioning something for myself that maybe she’d seen too. Something adventurous, something unexpected and against the grain. And in a very real way, those qualities have influenced how I live my life and and why I choose to be a writer.

My paternal grandmother has been deceased almost 12 years. She never got to see my sense of style develop, but oh, how I wish she could see me now in my avant garde cocktail dress or the fringed top I just ordered and will wear with leather shorts. When I decide to wear something that’s a little too “much” I think of her and hold my head higher. She’d understand my need to express myself through my clothes, to wear things that say something about my soul that I can’t put into words, to dress for a life I aspire to lead. It’s why she wore sunglasses indoors, stiletto heels to my father’s graduation and driving gloves when she roared her red Cadillac through our small town.

I’m sure she cut quite a figure in Brewton, in her Cadillacs and furs when black women weren’t “supposed” to have those things. I can see her floating through my parents’ reception like the fourth member of the Supremes, holding court with her flask and cigarettes and throaty laugh. No public tears when her sons walked down the aisle and started new lives. That wasn’t her style. No tears for me either, when I wept on the steps of her house before I left for college.

“Trust in Him,” she said. And that was that. That was all.

That was enough.

So. The dress. I didn’t bid, but I seriously considered it. It wasn’t her dress, after all.

Can you tell from this post how much I miss her? It pains me that the answers I need from her now – the answers to questions I didn’t think of and wasn’t brave enough to ask if I had – I can’t get. But even if Dorothy were still here, she might not have taken my curiosity well. She didn’t do interviews, or nosy grandchildren. Dorothy H. Barton didn’t dwell; she didn’t play the radio, if you catch my meaning. So when I need a dose of her spirit – when things get to be too much or I’m tired and ready to “set someone’s soup outdoors,” as she’d say – I hear her say, “Hmmph! Keep living!”

Or maybe she’d simply say again, “Trust in Him.”

That’s all.

And that’s enough.

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