Grammy Awards recap

 

The “fashion,” the performances (notice I didn’t use the word “artistry”) and the fact that Beyonce did NOT win Album of the Year? Shenanigans!

Tune in to Talk of Alabama this Friday!

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Guess who’ll be back on tomorrow?!

Toss some sequins and tune in to ABC 33/40 this FRIDAY: I’ll be sharing some news you can use during the 9:00 hour!  Not in the local viewing area? Try live-streaming it by clicking HERE, or catch the video when it’s posted later by clicking HERE.

Xo,
Alexis

Go. See. Selma.

I rarely post on Sundays, but after watching Selma this past Friday I knew I’d have to write a review.

In short, it took my breath away.

Don’t wait for the bootleg or the hook-up. Don’t wait for it to reach your cable’s On Demand option, Redbox, Netflix or primetime cable. GO. Purchase a ticket for a matinée or evening showing and see Selma in a theater, on the big screen.

Why?

One, there is something profound about being confronted with the imagery and language at that magnitude in a darkened room. You can’t run from it. You can’t tune it out. Ava DuVernay’s masterwork envelopes you. It sweeps you off your feet and swallows you up from the opening scene.

Second, purchasing a ticket is vital because money talks. The money this film brings in will prove (or disprove) that more stories like it will draw audiences. And we need more stories – more fleshed-out versions of history and full stories about our lives that aren’t caricatures and buffoonery – on the screen.

Yes, some take issue with the film’s characterization of Lyndon B. Johnson. But that doesn’t ruin the overarching theme of Selma. I don’t hear these arguments around films or television shows like Gone with the Wind or Mad Men, pieces of pure fiction which also play fast and loose with historical characterizations (and I say that as a fan of both). If you want to review the historical record, I suggest consulting a textbook and cross-referencing it with other documents and accounts in the record (and one should even be careful there). Yes, you won’t hear Dr. King’s real speeches (due to his estate’s wishes). But DuVernay’s “reimagining” of his words doesn’t detract from the film’s emotional power. Kudos to her for also prominently featuring several of the women who were actively involved in the civil rights movement.

This film is beautifully written, acted, directed, costumed and set to music. It is like watching history unfold in front of your eyes in a way that Mad Men does: it makes you believe you have stepped back in time. Without giving the movie away, the portrayal of the relationship between Dr. and Mrs. King was refreshing and felt…authentic. You get a sense of their dynamic and their charisma, but also of the realities of their relationship. DuVernay handles sensitive subject matter masterfully: whether the scene conveyed loss, shame, heartbreak, fear or righteous anger and indignation (sometimes in rapid succession), I felt it right along with the characters.

Beyond that, Selma subtly and cleverly will make you think deeply about the situation the world is in now and wonder why collective efforts to organize or address these issues and create lasting change have failed. I think everyone should see it; however, it is rated PG-13 and includes graphic violence, so parents should think carefully about making that decision for their children.

What are you waiting for? Selma is now playing in theaters nationwide.

Watch the trailer by clicking HERE.

Images via Google

‘Jersey Belle’ Jaime Primak Sullivan to host “Cawfeetawk”

If you’re familiar with Bravo reality star Jamie Primak Sullivan’s brand of wit and wisdom, you know her personality is like a shot of espresso. And if you enjoyed watching her “tell it like it is” on Jersey Belle’s first season, or are following her “CawfeeTawk” series via social media, then you don’t want to miss catching her in person at Dyron’s Low Country in Mountain Brook on January 18! Presented by Keurig (ther American coffee brewing company and makers of the K-cup), the event will be held  from 11 AM to 2 PM. According to Ms. Sullivan’s Facebook announcement, there will be “plenty of Keurig coffee, and specialty drinks, Mimosas, Bloody Marys and brunch.”

The event is FREE, but you must RSVP by sending an email to rsvp@cawfeetawk.net.

In addition to being a wife, mother, publicist and producer (whew!)  the New Jersey native also contributes to Yahoo’s Parenting site; for her latest article, click HERE. For more on Jersey Belle, click HERE.

Images via Jaime Primak Sullivan/Facebook

Saks Fifth Avenue to present fall fashion this Saturday

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Will you be in attendance at Magic City Classic festivities next week? If you’ve been once, you know this is one of Birmingham’s biggest social events and a premier occasion to see and be seen. To preview some of the hautest looks this season, you should attend Saks’ fashion event this Saturday, October 18.

And to refresh your memory and guide your shopping, click HERE for one of our most popular posts.

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.

‘The Real’ returns today!

Haute off the press:
“The Real,” the one-hour, daily talk show hosted by Tamar Braxton, Tamera Mowry-Housley, Loni Love, Jeannie Mai and Adrienne Bailon, will debut on Monday, September 15th on the Fox Television Stations and in national syndication (check your local listings here), with a rebroadcast in primetime on cable network BET.

“The Real” is led by five bold, diverse and outspoken hosts — Tamar Braxton, Tamera Mowry-Housley, Loni Love, Jeannie Mai and Adrienne Bailon. These women reflect the home audience and unapologetically say what women are actually thinking. Their unique perspectives are brought to life through their candid conversations about topics ranging from their own personal lives to the news of the day to beauty, fashion and relationships.

These women are all going through varied life experiences, including new motherhood, new marriages, dating or singledom, that relate to every woman’s own trials and tribulations. Unlike other talk shows, each of the five hosts is admittedly a “work in progress” and fearlessly invites the home audience into their lives. Their fresh points of view, youthful energy and passion will turn the traditional talk show on its head.

Connect with the show via social media!
Website: thereal.com
Twitter: @TheRealDaytime
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/therealdaytime
YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/therealdaytime
Instagram: http://instagram.com/therealdaytime

“The Real” airs weekly at 1 PM on WABM 68; will you tune in? Would it be great if they had correspondents who are “real” women (not celebs)? Just throwing that out into the universe!

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!

Birmingham designer Sandyha Garg to appear on Project Runway Season 13!

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When Project Runway season 13 debuts on July 24, Birmingham will once again be represented, this time by Sandhya Garg! Meet #DesignerSandhya:

Click HERE to learn more about Sandhya and to view her portfolio! Will you tune in on July 24 to see if she can make it work?

Images via Lifetime

Tune in to Studio 10’s ‘In the Kitchen’ tomorrow!

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Darlings,

I’ll be WALA Fox 10’s Guest Chef on “In the Kitchen” tomorrow (July 1) between 8-10 AM CDT! If you’re not in the Mobile/Pensacola viewing area or won’t be near a tv, you can watch via the Live Stream link (see below).

WALA is the news station I grew up watching, so it’s an honor to have been invited. I have never cooked in public OR on live tv, and it will truly be an adventure! 🙂 Please pray I don’t burn down the set, and if you use social media, please shout me/WALA Fox 10 out on Twitter/Facebook/Instagram so they know you’re watching!

Web: http://fox10tv.com/category/studio10/in-the-kitchen/
Live Stream: http://fox10tv.com/video/live-streaming-video/
Twitter: @SameChicSouth / @Fox10News / @Studio10WALA
Instagram: @samechicdifferentday
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Fox10News / https://www.facebook.com/Studio10WALA
Hashtags: #WeLoveLex #IntheKitchen #WALAFox10 #Studio10

Thanks for your support!
Alexis

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