#TGIT: Oprah serves “gladiator-chic”

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Am I the only person seeing shades of Olivia Pope on the November cover of O? Oh, okay.

Image via O, The Oprah Magazine

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In case you missed it, the First Lady held a top-secret fashion event at the White House! (Yeah, I missed my invitation too.) You can read all about it by clicking HERE. Thanks to our fab reader KLT for sharing!

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Get chic: Riverchase Belk flagship store opens October 15!

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Gift cards between $5-$500 will be given away to the first 400 people in line at next week’s event.

Mark your calendars, darlings! The Riverchase Galleria will debut its new flagship Belk during a Grand Opening Celebration next Thursday. This remodel and expansion project has been two years in the making. Ready to shop ’til you drop? Join Belk for the ribbon-cutting ceremony at 9:30 AM; the first 400 people will receive Belk Gift Cards worth $5-$500! And that’s not all: Belk will donate $65,000 to local charities in honor of its grand opening. The charities include the United Way, Birmingham Children’s Theatre, Red Mountain Theatre, Hoover City Schools, and the Breast Cancer Research Foundation of Alabama.

As you evaluate your fall wardrobe, Belk has you covered with clothing and accessories which make modern, southern statements. What’s on its Fall Most Wanted List for Women? Here are some pieces that can help you update your look this season:

  • The Soft Pant – Easy elegance is a given with a bottom that will bring a big bang to any wardrobe; softly structured and often athletic inspired. Start with solids and work your way up to bold patterns. Fem is fresher than ever with a sporty attitude.
  • Longer Skirts – Go over the knee, mid-calf or all the way. These new lengths are fast becoming show stopping style staples.
  • The Creative Cardigan -This sweater is the season’s must have completer piece with fresh shapes, clever trims and interesting textures. Let the layering begin!
  • The Novelty Vest – Who Wore What When? Well who knows, but if she wore it with a vest–furry, fluffy, quilted or tailored–then the look was on its way to awesome. Try it! Pair it with a longer skirt for extra style points.
  • The Fashion Sweatshirt - On loan from the gym, this item has had more staying power than anyone could have predicted. Fabric blocking and luxe embellishments have elevated this top from “so so” to seriously chic.
  • The Tunic Top – No bells, no whistles. Go glam in a top that is pure perfection with its practical polish. High-low hems continue, while novelty fabrics feel so right.
  • The Midi Length Sheath – Take a look at a twist on a tried and true silhouette. This is the dress that turns a classic into a cause for celebration.
  • The Statement Neck – Logical or luxurious? Both! Bold stones, chain details and burnished metals. This jewelry item can update and refresh any old frock!
  • Over the Knee Boots – Strut your stuff in this fall fashion phenomenon. They feel modern and look so stylish. Worn with slim pants or skirt, it will most definitely deserve a selfie.
  • The Satchel – With its simple shape and subtle details, this classic bag captures an “of the moment” fashion vibe. Perfect to add a pop of color to any look.

#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

Think pink with Macy’s!

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As I’m sure you’re aware, October is Breast Cancer Awareness month. But what you may not know is Macy’s is collaborating with Ralph Lauren’s Pink Pony Campaign to help shoppers support a great cause and look fabulous at the same time.

Purchase a Pink Pony pin for $5, and $4 will go to supporting breast cancer support programs through Polo Ralph Lauren’s Pink Pony Fund – plus you’ll get 20% off regular-priced items and 15% off home items NOW through October 18  (with some exclusions).  You can also shop Macy’s Pink Shop (which benefits breast cancer awareness, education and research) by clicking HERE, and check out Ralph Lauren’s Pink Pony Collection at Macy’s by clicking HERE.

Happy shopping!

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

Nike Internationalist sneakers, via J. Crew

Talk is chic…

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Don’t be the employee everyone gossips about because your wardrobe is clueless! Contact me for tips on:

Transitioning your wardrobe from campus to the corporate office;
Navigating the office dress code; and
Getting the biggest bang for your buck

I’ve consulted with individuals and delivered dynamic presentations on style to nonprofits and companies and would love to share my tips with you. Dressing for the office doesn’t have to be boring; it can show off your personality without making you a topic of discussion for all the wrong reasons. Contact me directly to discuss further!

Oh, you didn’t make it to NYFW either?

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Oh, you didn’t make it to NYFW either?

No worries, darlings! You know we’ve got you covered!

Thanks to modern technology (and Mercedes-Benz!), I  can watch the Spring 2015 ready-to-wear collections from the comfort of my home, in my pajamas!  I might even put on my aviators to get in the mood!  And you can, too: click HERE to view the hautest shows scheduled.  You can also check out a great listing and coverage via The Cut!

Ask Alexis: Finders Keepers

Q: I’m loving Jersey Belle’s style! Where can I find the super cute graphic sweatshirt she wore on last week’s “Secrets of the South” episode? – Bama Belle

A: Bama Belle, here comes the boom! (See what I did there?) Birmingham’s latest reality star Jaime Primak Sullivan’s pop art French terry sweatshirt (pictured in part above) looks super similar to the one from Target’s previous 3.1 Phillip Lim collaboration last fall, which originally sold for $29.99 but is no longer in stores. However, I suggest you search for it on eBay. Happy shopping!

Sidebar: Are you watching Jersey Belle, which airs tonight at 9 PM? I kind of like it; I admire Jaime’s outspoken personality!

Images via Target and Bravo

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Do you have a question on matters of style or etiquette? Ask Alexis! Contact me via Twitter @SameChicSouth or via SCDD’s Facebook page!

No ma’am: Lifetime’s ‘Girlfriend Intervention’ is not ready for primetime

With friends like these, who needs enemies?

I’m all for helping people feel and look their best and live as stylishly as they choose, but Girlfriend Intervention is wrong on many levels. Packaging what can be an empowering process as helping an individual “find her inner black woman” is where this goes left. The show (which debuted on Lifetime last night) is rife with stereotypes that harm both black and white women, and it’s problematic for me that the resident “Soul Coach” was formerly comfortable fighting other women on Oxygen’s Bad Girls Club (I guess she found inner peace. Or something.). What exactly is a “soul coach”? Is that like Soul Seasoning (which YES, you can buy)? You just add a dash of sass or a neck roll and voila: you become a “sista”? Do you get extra credit if you can name all of the songs on Beyonce’s last album and braid hair?

Excuse me, but how exactly does this “teach these women how to embrace and celebrate their lives, speak their mind, lighten up and love themselves again,” as the show’s promo site promises? I think there probably is a better way of phrasing what these ladies are offering guests that doesn’t reduce any of us to caricatures.

Joanie, you in danger, girl.

Joanie, you in danger, girl.

From the Catwalk of Shame where the coaches basically throw shade (Helpful? Or nah…) to the awkward burlesque lessons in the trailer, this is just painful to watch. And I’m also disturbed by the show’s pride at being led by “four black women taught to always have it together and tell you how it is.” Isn’t this why many black women suffer from Superwoman Syndrome? The reality is too many of us are trying to LOOK like we have it all together when we don’t. I’ll be the first to admit that after this week, my “inner black woman” just wants to put on yoga pants, eat a bowl of Blue Bell and go to sleep.

They teach Double Dutch on the show; does not being able to jump in, jump out (without being eaten up by the jump rope) mean my “black card” gets revoked? This somehow reminds me of all the times I was accused of embracing my inner white woman as a child because I used proper English. That was as ridiculous then as this show is now when it has Joanie write a rap.

No thanks.

Images via LifetimeTV.com

“Mama called…”

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I kind of hinted at this on Friday, but I am proud to announce that today is the start of a brand new adventure for me (and that’s an understatement). As I prepare to become a full-fledged (digital) journalist, I thank you for your support and your encouragement. Don’t worry: *SCDD will be right along with me for the ride.

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I’m showing my school spirit in a Yellowhammer Creative tee, J. Crew pencil skirt and red Keds today. With wild hair, an irritated complexion and after having woken up at 2 AM due to nerves, it feels like 7th grade all over again. #lesigh

This is what orientation reminded me of:

So. Here I go. Roll Tide, darlings.

Xo, Alexis

*Follow me on Twitter @SameChicSouth and Instagram @samechicdifferentday for the fabulosity!

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