Pleats, please!

Spring has definitely sprung (hello, allergies!), and I am thrilled to transition from coats and boots to sundresses and strappy sandals! One of the trends I’m trying is allover pleating. Pleats can be tricky depending on their size and placement, so I’m picky about wearing them.

BCBG has a gorgeous pink pleated maxi gown for $398, but I found a similar silhouette while browsing Etsy…for over $330 less! Everything old is new again, no? The shorter look is from Canadian retailer Winston Vintage and is so ladylike that I just sighed with happiness when I opened the box! I don’t even think it had been worn, and the pleating is in excellent shape. I love the bright shade of coral-pink and the attention to detail that you find in vintage pieces: the waist is pleated and the hem even has that fluttery accent! I say this all the time: they just don’t make dresses like this anymore (okay, maybe they do, but not at prices like this).

I plan to wear this with gold stilettos, a ponytail and a pink pout, perfect for weddings and soirees this spring and summer!

Xo, Alexis

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!

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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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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!).

Target announces 2015 collaboration with Lilly Pulitzer!

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Calling all Target shoppers!

As most of us brave the winter chill and dream of summers by the pool, lake or beach (or backyard sprinkler), Target has just tempted us with breaking news: its next design partnership will be with the iconic label Lilly Pulitzer!  We’ve shared our love of the brand’s classic, distinctive prints before (refresh your memory here and here) and are definitely here for this limited-edition collaboration, which will launch online and in stores in the United States and Canada on April 19. According to Target, “the 250-piece collection includes apparel, accessories and shoes for women and girls, as well as home accents, outdoor entertaining accessories, beach gear, travel essentials and more.”

For more on the upcoming #lillyfortarget collection, click HERE.

Stay tuned!

Image via Target

What to wear to the SEC Championship…

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I’m in love with J. Crew Factory’s puffer vests (see HERE and HERE), and they look so cute with denim, leather and even skirts. Plus they have pockets, which are great when you have to streamline your purse to meet stadium restrictions on large handbags. (Our local J. Crew Factory store is located at the Outlet Shops of Grand River in Leeds.) A crimson lip can be your finishing touch.

I’d stay away from layering an infinity scarf over this, or wearing it over a denim jacket – the point is not to look like Marty McFly. Instead, I’d choose a chambray shirt and statement necklace. Add flat boots, a light crossbody bag like this one from Coach and your favorite gameday button and you’re done! To get more mileage out of it, try pairing it with a dressier pant, patterned sweater and heels (as J. Crew Factory styles it below).

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You could also try layering an oversized cardigan, a fur vest* or even belting a long scarf over your outfit to achieve a similar effect (InStyle shows you how HERE). An added benefit as you enjoy tailgating or dress for seasonal occasions: these options all camouflage food babies!

Roll Tide and happy shopping!

Images via J. Crew Factory, Lids and Coach

*Beware the faux fur ones appearing either totally lackluster/dry or super shiny; it’s a dead giveaway that they’re fake.

 

Hanna Antiques to hold fur sale

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I know, I know. Some of you feel wearing fur is passé. This post is not for you.

For those of you who enjoy the comfort of a mink or fox, and love the vintage charm of a gently-loved piece, strut on down to Hanna Antiques for their fur sale November 12-15! Hanna Antiques Mall is one of My favorite places to get lost on a Saturday afternoon, and owner Bonny Hanna Picard is lovely. On several occasions I’ve found absolute jewels, including a perfectly-kept wool coat with silk lining and mink collar from local department store legend Loveman’s and a pair of exquisite rhinestone clip-on earrings. The quality and prices are tough to beat, and Hanna Antiques also offers layaway (conditions apply).

If you are in search of a fur piece at an affordable price, don’t miss this opportunity! But be aware: Hanna Antiques doesn’t accept American Express!

Hanna Antiques is located at 2424 7th Avenue South, Birmingham, AL 35233.

Happy shopping!

Sophia Webster brings glamour, whimsy to J. Crew shoe collection

If you have read this blog for any length of time, then you’re probably aware of how much I love J. Crew (one might call it an obsession!). It can be difficult to find well-made, unique pieces that retain a sense of relevance and charm from one season to the next, but I never go wrong when I shop there. And rather than having to piece together an ensemble from multiple places, I can often find a head-to-toe look all at once at my local J. Crew.

Shop J. Crew’s New Arrivals by clicking HERE.

More than once, I’ve run in the Birmingham store in a complete panic because I need something at the last minute, and thanks to their Very Personal Stylists and wide selection, have been successful in pulling something together.  (P.S. The VPS work around your schedule – which is super-convenient!)

This season, I’m especially excited about the Sophia Webster for J. Crew Holiday Collection. I’ve shared Ms. Webster’s line before, and her newest collection does not disappoint.

Tom Mora (Head of J.Crew Women’s Design) says, “Sophia Webster is such a natural fit for us – her use of color and patterns feels really in touch with the J.Crew DNA and all of the things we love.  We try never to take ourselves too seriously, and I think she has that same sensibility.” (Agreed! – Alexis)

Famed editor Diana Vreeland once said, “The eye has to travel.”  As Webster’s pieces are exquisitely detailed in terms of pattern and construction – I suggest keeping the remainder of your look simple so that the focus is on your feet. These shoes bring chic pizazz to your LBDs, sheaths, pencil skirts and sweaters; couldn’t you just see them with a pair of slim leather pants or destroyed denim and a simple tee?

I’ll take the bronze-black Eva and floral-multi Lola in a size 8, please and thank you!

Images via J. Crew

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