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!

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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.


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…


…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!

Alabama International Fashion Week kicks off July 31!

abifwHaute off the press (release):

Camille Anthony, LLC Presents…The First Annual Alabama International Fashion Week 2014

This year’s installment of Alabama International Fashion Week will take place July 31st through August 3rd. The formal weekend “Kick-Off Celebration” will take place July 31st located in the heart of Birmingham at the Hill Event Center at the historic Alabama Theatre. Runway presentations will be held August 2nd and August 3rd at the lavish Sheraton Birmingham Hotel located in the entertainment district in downtown Birmingham. Festivities will include fashion shows, live entertainment, free giveaways, cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. For more info including ticket purchasing, visit www.abifw.com or email info@abifw.com.

The Hill Event Center at The Alabama Theatre is located at 220 1st Avenue North; the Sheraton Birmingham Hotel is located at 2101 Richard Arrington Jr. Boulevard North.

For additional information, please contact: La’Vinnia Holliday at (205) 612-9657.

Image courtesy AIBFW

What’s in Alexis’ lunchbox?

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Thank you WAAY 31 (Huntsville)! I had a great time talking healthy ways to brown bag it! Ready to find out what options are in my lunchbox (or more accurately, my Oh Joy! for Target Tiffin box, $18)? Click HERE to view the video!


Follow SCDD on Instagram @samechicdifferentday!

Birmingham’s Heidi Elnora debuts on TLC’s ‘Bride by Design’ tonight


You might know her from her exquisite wedding gowns, from her involvement with Birmingham Fashion Week, or from Project Runway Season 2. Well, Birmingham designer Heidi Elnora is back: Bride by Design airs on TLC tonight at 9 PM Central! Tune in!

Isn’t it amazing how much talent we have here?

Image via TLC

ICYMI: What’s in my beach bag?


I had a lovely time sharing beach bag essentials with Ebony Hall and Nicole Allshouse on Talk of Alabama this morning! In case you missed it, you can view the clip by clicking HERE!

What am I packing in my super-cute Scout beach bag (courtesy of Swoozie’s)? Check it out:

Cold-EEZE Cold Remedy: Summer colds are the worst! Spending time outside at the beach and surrounded by many other people means you are more likely to come into contact with germs. Cold-EEZE Cold Remedy Lozenges and Oral Spray are great grab-n-go options to throw into your bag. Clinically proven to shorten the duration of a cold by almost half, Cold-EEZE Cold Remedy is the perfect beach bag essential for your family (ages 12 and up) to keep them healthy so they can enjoy a sniffle-free summer. (www.coldeeze.com)

Nurture My Body Organic Sunscreen by CureDiva: Protecting yourself from the strong summer UV rays is important for a healthy summer. 100% organic sunscreen is the safe, natural choice for sun protection. Nurture My Body creates a rich and light sunscreen that provides 32 SPF broad spectrum protection and proactively repairs your skin. Made with just 8 gentle ingredients, this amazing organic sunscreen is great for adults, children, and babies alike. (www.curediva.com)

G.M. Collin’s After-Sun Cream is the ultra-hydrating, soothing, and calming solution for skin after sun exposure that also simultaneously prevents dehydration.Enriched with Shea Butter and Primrose Oil, it revitalizes and nourishes as it hydrates the skin, and has a natural anti-inflammatory effect that brings relief to irritation and sunburn. Applied regularly after sun exposure, the After-Sun Cream calms and hydrates the skin, making it soft, healthy, and well moisturized. ($32.00, GMCollin.com for spa locations nationwide and skin1.com)

Celsius: Keeping refreshed at the beach has never been easier. A delicious, negative calorie beverage, Celsius combines vitamins, great flavors and metabolic-boosting properties and is quickly becoming the drink of choice to keep the beach body in shape without adding those extra calories. Drinking Celsius before exercise helps you burn up to 100 calories and more per serving, boosts metabolism, reduces body fat, increases endurance and provides lasting energy. (www.celsius.com)

Medifast’s BBQ Bites: Before heading out for a day in the sun, make sure you’ve got a nutritious snack so unhealthy chips and boardwalk food doesn’t become your lunch. Get the flavor of summer BBQ’s with the Medifast BBQ Bites. One packet has 110 calories, 3 grams of fat and 11 grams of protein and it’s the perfect snack to throw into your beach bag for the entire family (I keep them in my desk at work!). (www.medifast1.com)

Simply Scientific Hair™ Revitalizing Mist: A powerful product that combines several benefits into one light detangling spray. It’s easy: spraying onto towel-dried hair results in silky, tangle-free hair that is remarkably easy to comb. In addition to giving your hair a flawless appearance, this mist contains elements critical to the protection of your hair to guard your strands against dryness, humidity, andenvironmental aggressors (such as the sun’s harmful rays). (www.scientificessentials.com)

Hope Paige Silicone Watch: Hope Paige’s wrap around silicone watch is the perfect way to keep track of time on the beach. It comes in 4 colors and is made of a bright rubber material that is durable and waterproof. All watches come engraved with wearer’s medical information in case of an emergency. Visit www.hopepaige.com for more information.

Carrington Farms Flax Paks: This snack is packed in ready-to-eat, portable and convenient single serve packets and is a natural source of fiber, protein, vitamins and minerals. Unlike other brands, Carrington Farms Milled Seeds are sliced, instead of crushed, to maintain essential oils and nutrients. Great for sprinkling over cereals, shakes, yogurt, salads, starches, fruits, vegetables, casseroles and even baked goods. These flax seeds are Non-GMO, Certified Organic and Gluten-Free, and have NO cholesterol, Sodium, Sugars. They are available at retailers including Publix, Whole Foods, local supermarkets, health food stores and online at http://carringtonfarms.com/.

Bump Water: A scientifically formulated prenatal beverage containing 100% of the recommended daily allowance of folic acid, Vitamins A, D, E, B6, B12, magnesium and zinc. It comes in 2 flavors: Lemonade and Cranberry Ginger, is in an all-natural, in a BPA-free bottle and is OB/GYN recommended. For more information go to http://bumpwater.com/.



MUA Kimberly Black-Crawford and me

And what did I wear? I’m in J. Crew’s “Allie” dress in festival blue, and their Crystal Mobile earrings (you can see the earrings close up on the blog’s Instagram page, via @samechicdifferentday)!  My face was made up by Kimberly Black-Crawford, Trish McEvoy Specialist at Birmingham’s Saks Fifth Avenue (located at the Summit).  To book your appointment, email her at kimcrawford88@gmail.com!


Alexis appears on Talk of Alabama this Wednesday!


Summer breeze, makes me feel fiiiiiiiine….blowing through the jasmine in my miiiiiind.

Birmingham, get ready to get your daily dose of chic LIVE on Talk of Alabama this Wednesday!

I’ll be sharing “Beach Bag Essentials” during the 9 AM hour on ABC 33/40! If you’re not in the Birmingham viewing area, you can watch the segment via live stream by clicking HERE.


Thank you, See Jane Write!


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I had an amazing time at this past weekend’s sold-out (!) See Jane Write Bloganista Mini-Conference! A very special thanks to founder Javacia Harris Bowser for inviting me to deliver the morning keynote and to participate in the afternoon panel!

I was SO honored to be in the company of so many fabulous fellow bloggers, including Jeniese Hosey, Karri Bentley, Chanda Temple, Bertha Hidalgo, Erica Bunker, Williesha Morris, Heather Brown, Clair McCafferty, Buffy York, Carla Jean Whitley and Vanessa Culpepper! I am eager to implement many of the tips and ideas shared this past Saturday!

Are you interested in starting a blog and aren’t sure where or how to start? What are you waiting for? Check out See Jane Write and join a community of engaged, supportive fellow bloganistas!

[Update: My Vince Camuto maxi dress is from Belk and the belt is a vintage find from Etsy. I chose this outfit because it's "comfy chic"...and it matches the blog! ]

Images via See Jane Write

Alexis appears on Alabama Live! today


Happy Friday darlings!

Headed to the beach this summer? If you’re in the Montgomery viewing area, catch me on WSFA 12’s Alabama Live! TODAY sometime between 11 AM-Noon, where I’ll be sharing beach bag essentials!

You can find WSFA’s “Right this Minute Video Coverage” by clicking HERE, and a link to Alabama Live! by clicking HERE. I’m not 100% sure this appearance will be streamed live, so if it isn’t I’ll definitely share a link later.

As always, thanks so much for your support!


Image via Tonya Terry/WSFA

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