The pleasure of your company is requested…

My mind is on entertaining with both ease and style today. So many women in my life are effortlessly hospitable–making Sunday dinner or the “everyday” feel like a special occasion–and it’s something I try to continue in my own way.

Have we gotten too comfortable? Is it still important to know how to receive company at home, and not just be good company at someone else’s? Maybe I’m a throwback, but I think these concepts matter…

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European Wax Center to open in Birmingham

european-wax-center_logoY’all. I would say words can’t express how excited I am about this, but that’s not quite true and here we are with today’s post. Since I gave tips on not shaving last month, I thought I’d go in the totally opposite direction this time for those of us are into personal grooming.

When I was in New York last year, I was dying to visit the European Wax Center in Times Square but didn’t have enough time. Other friends have shared with me how professional the staff is, how professional the environment is, and how painless the process is–all things that are important to me. European Wax Center uses a stripless waxing method, which is said to be less painful and to remove more hair at a time.

I guess good things come to those who wait, because Fortunately, European Wax Center is now opening its first location in Birmingham (Tuscaloosa has one).  The new salon will be located in the Greystone area at The Village at Lee Branch Shopping Center on Highway 280 and Doug Baker Boulevard.  Ahead of its grand opening, a  Preview Week is planned in early to mid January. During the Preview Week, guests are invited to register to receive any of European Wax Center’s body or facial waxing services complimentary. To register, click HERE.

If you’re not in Birmingham but want to try European Wax Center at another existing location, you can still sign up to experience your first wax (brow, bikini line or underarm for ladies and ear, nose or brows for gentlemen) for free. In addition, European Wax Center offers Wax Passes for unlimited waxing, students and pre-paid services that generally include a few additional services thrown in for free. Packages can even be paid for in installments.

To sign up for the complimentary Preview Week offer, register HERE. And stay tuned for more details via EWC’s Facebook page, and yes–thoughts on my first experience!

(This is not a sponsored post, and I don’t receive anything if you sign up, get a free wax or buy a service or package. I just believe sharing is caring, and this is a potentially amazing service.)

Image via European Wax Center

Thank you, Southern Living!

If you follow the blog on Instagram you may have seen my post about touring the Southern Living Test Kitchens about a month ago. Without further ado, here are a few of the highlights.

I was being a total fan girl, so my journalism skills are totally nonexistent. But suffice it to say, the staff was every bit as hospitable as you would expect, and the amenities are to die for.  Although I didn’t actually taste anything, what I saw and smelled were a feast for the eyes and delight to the nose. From the beautiful duplicate kitchen bays to the prop closet to the babbling brook on the grounds, it’s a special place–and we are fortunate to have it in Birmingham.

A huge thank you to Southern Living and Time Inc. Food Studios for their generosity and to Lauren Roberts for the invitation! Having once worked in customer service for the Time Inc. (in the division that houses Southern Living, Cooking Light titles, among others), it was a pleasure to see another side of the business. 

Feautured image via The Junior League of Birmingham

Watch Alexis on Talk of Alabama tomorrow!

img_9589Toss some sequins and tune in to ABC 33/40 on Friday (November 24th): I’ll be sharing some news you can use during the 9:00 A.M. hour! (Hint: Gentlemen, this one is for especially for you!)

Not in the local viewing area? You can live-streaming it by clicking HERE, or catch the video when it’s posted later by clicking HERE.


Hello darlings!

I wanted to share this nugget of wisdom I received via text this morning. Last year was very hard for me, and I’ve been more proactive about making positive changes that lessen stress. In addition to being more vigilant in prayer and exercising, receiving texts like the one above have improved my quality of life by providing a bit of affirmation, plus action steps.

If you need a little boost to help you slay, visit shinetext.com to sign up. Sharing is caring!

Xo, Alexis 

Image via Shine Text

See and be seen at SCENE on Nov. 17

Haute off the press:

Darlings, come shop with me Thursday, November 17! I’m headed to SCENE for the design launch of ALASAW, JA Collections by Jordan Alexander and Botaniko. It promises to be  a fabulous evening of fine art, home goods and jewelry–plus live jazz from Birmingham’s own Eric Essix.

How better to rewind after work than with craft cocktails, wine and light bites while enjoying an art opening?  I can’t wait to browse JA Collections’ home goods and jewelry (Oprah and Queen Rania are fans). Featured jewelers will include Ilana Sarna, Sara Weinstock, Victor Veylan, Santi Rom, Buddha Mama, Nan Fusco, Sorrelina, Jordan Alexander, Andrew Harper, Adorina, and Octium. Even better: A portion of A21 jewelry proceeds will be donated to a charity that helps victims of human trafficking.

The art of Louis Shields, Nall and Lela Shields will shown to encourage a spirit of citywide collaboration. Alabama Sawyer (ALASAW) will showcase its custom pieces made from Alabama’s finest salvaged hardwoods. And last but not least, Deborah Stone (of Botaniko for Stone Hollow Farmstead) will serve as Alchemist and craft signature cocktails for the night.

Join me at SCENE (2801 2nd Avenue South/Birmingham 35233) tomorrow from 5 to 8 PM for all the fabulosity. (Want to browse a bit before the event? Follow JA Collections on Facebook and Instagram.)

Hope to see you there!

Alexis

 

 

It’s No Shave November!


And we’ve got tips and giveaways to help you or your favorite gentleman keep it Chic…stay tuned!

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ICYMI: Talk of Alabama

I had a fantastic time sharing tips and products from Macy’s Hotel Collection, Ten Thousand Villages, Krups at Bed Bath & Beyond and Eclipse at Walmart!

Check out the segment by clicking here. 

Image courtesy Stanley Parrish, Jr.

Alexis is on Talk of Alabama tomorrow!

Toss some sequins and tune in to ABC 33/40 on Friday (October 28th): I’ll be sharing some news you can use during the 9:00 A.M. hour! 

Not in the local viewing area? You can live-streaming it by clicking HERE, or catch the video when it’s posted later by clicking HERE.

Calling all Magic City Classic shoppers!


This is not a drill.

Still haven’t picked out the perfect Magic City Classic outfit? I’ve got you covered! I’m sure you know what not to wear (ahem), so come check out this fall’s hottenst ttends instead. Swing by Macy’s (Riverchase Galleria) this Friday, October 29 for shopping, music and light bites–plus a fashion show hosted by yours truly!
The first 30 customers to RSVP and attend will receive a $10 Macy’s gift card, good for that day. RSVP by clicking here.

Hope to see you there!

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