We love: Sophia Webster for J.Crew

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Have you ever just spotted a pair (okay, an entire line) of shoes you need RIGHT. THIS. SECOND?

That’s how I felt when I heard fab London footwear designer Sophia Webster was partnering with J. Crew. And now the collaboration is live, via jcrew.com. The stiletto and kitten heels feature J. Crew’s unique prints and luxe fabrics with Webster’s affinity for craftmanship and whimsy (somehow she strikes just the right note so that these shoes don’t read “trying to hard to be a hipster/trendsetter/attention-getter”). Prices range from $320-$695; if anyone is feeling particularly generous, I’ll take the Poppy, Riko and Lola pumps in a size 8.

Worried about how to style a stand-out shoe? Keep the rest of your ensemble simple: destroyed denim and easy tees for casual dressing or your neutral sheath dresses, tailored pants or suits (okay, is anyone actually still wearing suits?) for the office will look great with these. They provide just enough “pop” to keep your look interesting.

Check out the designs HERE.

Screenshots via J. Crew

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We’re giving away passes to JLB Bargain Bash!


***THIS GIVEAWAY HAS ENDED. Congrats to M. McGlamery for winning the VIP passes!***

It’s time for Bargain Carousel, Birmingham’s 1,000 family garage sale, benefiting the community projects offered by the Junior League of Birmingham! On April 26 and 27, you can shop the sale at the former JC Penney/Century Plaza Mall and find deals on everything from gently used clothing, appliances, furniture and home decor, electronics, art, sporting goods, heirlooms, antiques and baby items – all at terrific prices! Even better: your shopping will help women and children in the Birmingham area.

But that’s not all. Bargain Bash - the event’s preview cocktail party - kicks off tomorrow night and we’re giving away passes to one SCDD reader today! These VIP passes will allow you (and a friend!) to attend the Bargain Bash preview party with early entry at 6:00 PM on Thursday, April 24. Early entry means one extra hour of pre-sale shopping before general admission entry begins at 7:00 PM and “first dibs” on sale and over 150 live/silent auction items.  The live auction will feature items including SEC Championship tickets and a New Orleans Saints Experience!

Want a chance WIN Bargain Bash VIP tickets?

Simply comment “It’s CHIC to be VIP!” on this post! The winner’s name will be drawn at 6:00 PM today. Please use a valid email address where you can be contacted if you win.  The winner (and guest) may report to Will Call at Bargain Bash tomorrow evening for wristbands and auction bid cards. All decisions final.

***THIS GIVEAWAY HAS ENDED. Congrats to M. McGlamery for winning the VIP passes!***

If you don’t win, you may purchase VIP tickets ($40) or General Admission tickets ($30) to Bargain Bash by clicking HERE.

Tips to remember:

Arrive early for Bargain Bash (and for Bargain Carousel, if you plan to shop this weekend)! Lines will form.

Bring a bag or two (or even a cart!) to Bargain Bash and Bargain Carousel; you’re probably going to want to load up on deals.

During Bargain Bash, items will be sold at double the marked/listed sale price.

Bargain Bash parking is at the back of the mall; enter at the JC Penney entrance closest to Entry 4.  Century Plaza is located at 7580 Crestwood Boulevard, Birmingham, AL 35210.

Pre-sale tickets for Bargain Carousel will be available Friday, April 25 from 3-7 PM; shoppers may purchase up to 4 tickets at $10 per ticket to the Saturday Sale.

Bargain Carousel 2014 will open its doors on Saturday, April 26 (8 AM-5 PM). Tickets from 8-10 AM are $10 per ticket and from 10 AM-5 PM they are $5 per ticket. It continues Sunday, April 27 (1-5 PM) with free admission and half price merchandise.

A special note for the Saturday sale: all tickets are numbered, and shoppers will enter Bargain Carousel in the order of their ticket number. For information about Bargain Carousel 2014, the most exciting spring shopping event in Birmingham, call 205-879-9861, visit www.bargaincarousel.net or “Like” Bargain Carousel on Facebook.

Happy shopping!

*Full disclosure: I am a member of The Junior League of Birmingham.

Image via The Junior League of Birmingham


Shop Saks Friends & Family Sale

Darlings, you’ll want to take advantage of this fabulous sale. Select apparel, shoes and accessories are 25% off now and in stores through April 28 (jewelry is 20% off); designer exclusions apply.

I love a French phrase, so I’m snagging this tee by Joie (regularly $138). Oui, oui – indeed! This laid-back, comfy linen tee is the perfect layering piece with a blazer and destroyed boyfriend denim, or with shorts and sandals.

Happy shopping!

P.S. You heard it here first: we’re giving away something fab tomorrow! Stay tuned!

Images via Saks Fifth Avenue

Hello, Spring!

Get into it, darlings! I couldn’t wait another day for the seasons to change – and with it, my wardrobe! I wear a lot of seasonless pieces (which is easier on the budget), but I’m looking to breathe some new life into my look this year.

Pantone has already declared Radiant Orchid to be the color of the year, but there are numerous other options to play with this Spring, as shown here:


I’ve already stepped out of my comfort zone by incorporating some rich blue into my life by way of J. Crew, as well as with Essie’s baby blue “Bikini So Teeny” nail polish. And I’m kinda loving it!

Now that we know which colors are haute this season, which trends should you be considering? I rely on Belk’s uber-glam style maven Arlene Goldstein’s trend reports, and this year we can look forward to what she deems “fierce, yet feminine looks with delicate and daring statements.” Her top three style statements this season are the

  • “Jetsetter”- featuring multi-cultural, ikat and camo prints and elements which speak to your spirit of adventure (perfect with the gladiator sandals and flats you’ll be wearing as well!),
  • “Feminine Charms” - exuding  elegance and marked by appliques, florals, lace, sheer fabrics and fit-and-flare silhouettes in white and navy, and
  • “Clean Slate” – for those of you who prefer minimalist chic, geometric elements, classic yet graphic black and white and edgy statement jewelry.

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The only trend I’m not looking forward to? The return of the chunky-heeled shoe. Ugh. But there’s plenty to choose from, and these smoking-haute stilettos from Dolce Vita ($179.99) are on my lust-list.  And as if we needed another excuse to shop, Belk has a Spring Fashion Sale going on now!


Ready to rock a new trend? Stay tuned: we have a *giveaway* planned for tomorrow!

Images via Belk

Love. This.


This Collection Eyelet Jumpsuit (in pink and navy, $298) by J. Crew has “Spring” written all over it. *sigh* One more day to go, darlings…just one more day!

I love the ease of one-piece dressing, and this lovely look will suffice for a variety of occasions.  Jumpsuits can easily read “astronaut in training” or “baby onesie” if the fit is off or if there are too many embellishments. J. Crew gets it right by showing that easy does it…effortlessly.

Image via J. Crew

ICYMI: Alexis features CureDiva on Talk of Alabama

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I had an “AMAZING” time featuring CureDiva on ABC 33/40′s Talk of Alabama last Friday morning!

Click HERE to see the video, in which I share a travel purse with ice pack from Hot Girls Pearls ($16), a fan from Fancy Hands Fans ($21), non-toxic nail polish ($16) and remover  ($6) by Acquarella, and a two piece turban set from Titillating Turbans, $60 (the pink set shown is not online, but there are similar options available).

It was such a privilege to share these products, as well as the mission of CureDiva, which provides a lifestyle products, a supportive online community and BreastCancer.org’s edcuational resources for breast cancer survivors.

Xo, Alexis

Screenshots via ABC 33/40

Must-see TV: Alexis Barton to talk CureDiva on ABC 33/40


Darlings, if you’re in the Birmingham area, please tune into ABC 33/40′s Talk of Alabama this Friday (March 7)during the 9:00 AM CST hour! I’ll be appearing live with hosts Ebony Hall and Nicole Allshouse to share some very special products from CureDiva with viewers! You don’t want to miss it!



“CureDiva is here to revolutionize the lifestyle of women coping with breast cancer and its after effects. It is a stylish feminine environment, uniting a one-stop-shop and community, and offering a holistic answer to all the non-medical needs of 1 out of 8 women in the world.

Shop with CureDiva: find all the stylish answers – especially designed and selected – to enable you with stylish living through your breast cancer journey.” – CureDiva.com

I don’t know anyone who hasn’t been affected in some form by cancer, either through personal diagnosis or supporting a loved one through their own. My family has lost several loved ones to cancer, and I was saddened to have a god-aunt pass away early last month.  It is an honor to share CureDiva’s mission and products with you, and I hope you’ll tune in to Talk of Alabama tomorrow morning.

Images via ABC 33/40 and SheKnows.com

Spend or Splurge?

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These will put a definite  SPRING in your step…

I’ve said before that a nude pump is an essential part of a well-considered wardrobe, but I’m adding this Spring’s hot sandal – the open-toed bootie - to the list as well. Yes, it elongates the leg just like its more subdued sister, but it adds a touch of undeniable sizzle that makes a basic black pencil skirt or even denim and a tee look fresh and edgy.

I’ll take either of these: The “Lexington” by Rachel Roy, originally $325/now $199, in natural leather with a 4″ heel or ZARA’s Leather High Heel Ankle Boot sandal with scalloped detailing, $129.99. The intricate cutouts adorning both shoes add visual interest and keep these booties from reading “Little House on the Prairie.” At such a great price there’s really no “spend or splurge” debate; you should get the Rachel Roy’s in black and the Zara pair in natural!

With a shoes that make such a bold statement, it’s best to keep the rest of your ensemble simple, and the neutral shade means you’ll get a lot of mileage out of them this season. And it should go without saying that a recent pedicure would also be essential.

I wear an 8, if anyone’s feeling generous! *wink*

Happy shopping!

Preview: PETER PILOTTO for Target

Calling all Target shoppers!

Get ready for the launch of London design team Peter Pilotto and Christopher De Vos’  capsule collection PETER PILOTTO for Target, which hits stores February 9.  The collection includes separates, dresses, swimwear, shoes and accessories (including handbags and a beach towel). NET-A-PORTER will also carry selected items.

I’m loving the beautiful print details and classic lines, but have no plans to camp out at my local Target at 5 AM. I’ve learned the hard way that the quality of these items’ in terms of fabric and construction sometimes leaves much to be desired, so be aware of that if you plan to shop the collection.  Also, after pieces have left the shelves they may very well reappear in a Dirt Cheap near you…at a much lower price point than you paid in Target.   So I’ll take my time.

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My favorite from the launch? The Jacquard Dress in Red Iris print ($79.99).

Happy shopping!

All images via Target

Road Tripping: Scottsboro’s Unclaimed Baggage Center

If you know me, you know I LIVE for fabulosity at a fraction of the price. I also love a road trip. So traveling to Scottsboro to spend a day treasure hunting at the Unclaimed Baggage Center (UBC) was right up my alley. I’d heard bits and pieces about this amazing place – where travelers’ unclaimed items wind up for sale – but there’s nothing like seeing it for yourself: it’s truly what Vogue has called a “fashion fool’s paradise.” Why?

For one thing, it’s HUGE: 40,000 square feet, to be exact. New and gently loved footwear (Christian Louboutin, anyone?), formalwear (one bargain-savvy bride outfitted herself and her bridesmaids at UBC) and casual clothing for the whole family, fine jewelry, sporting goods, electronics (I’m talking iPhones, iPads, and DSLR cameras, darlings) and more can be found within the space, at 30-80% off retail prices (you do the math). But you’re not scooping up dirty clothes or smartphones with someone else’s data. Items are thoroughly cleaned, tested and repaired (if necessary and possible) before they hit the shelves and racks. Offerings change frequently, and part of the fun in shopping is you never know exactly what you will find. What isn’t sold – or what doesn’t make it to the salesfloor at all – is repurposed or donated. The strangest item I saw (which is part of UBC’s permanent collection) was definitely the Hoggle, a huge muppet from the movie Labyrinth.

A few words of advice: if you snag something you love, buy it; leave it and it might not be there when you return! I am KICKING myself for not grabbing the Louis Vuitton clutch someone else snagged when I moved on to another rack. Also, wear comfortable shoes, and give yourself time to really dig into the racks. If you get tired, thirsty or need a snack, there’s comfortable seating where you can recharge, and the menu at the onsite Cups Cafe will give you a second wind.

The Unclaimed Baggage Center is located at 509 West Willow Street
, Scottsboro, Alabama. It’s open Monday through Friday from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm and Saturday from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm; UCB is closed on Sundays. You can also connect with UBC on Twitter and Facebook.

Happy shopping!

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