Still rolling

Roll Tide, darlings!  The Tide faces off with Clemson tonight, so I’m showing some school spirit in my vintage Starter jacket, with black on black separates from J. Crew underneath. The fringed sandals just make it even more feminine, which I think is key to styling an athletic jacket. Why should guys have all the fun in rocking them, and why should they be limited to weekends?  (Even better: the jacket is machine washable!) The jacket’s major pop of color is coordinated with my signature Ruby Woo lip.

A very special thank you to Derrick A. Curry of Camera Play Photography for handling the photo shoot! Check out his work and like his business’ page on Facebook by clicking HERE.

 

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Be the Hostess with the Most-est!

Baby it’s (finally) cold outside! And that means entertaining has moved indoors. What’s better than enjoying food, friends and family, set in your comfortable home?  My grandmothers Mamie and Dorothy were fabulous entertainers, and they had a knack for sharing southern hospitality that just made family, friends and even strangers flock to their homes.

I’m missing both of them, and so I’m sharing what they taught me to keep their memories alive. You know if I’m doing something, I like to do it grandly, and that comes directly from them.

Incorporating any–or all–of these tips will help you entertain with flair, year-round:

  1. SET THE MOOD.  Add a soft around your home with lit candles. Choose scented pillars, votives or tapers in light spice or floral fragrance, and mix them with unscented varieties. I love to place these in my kitchen, guest bathroom, on my dining room table and around my living room–and even in groups inside my fireplace! Find inexpensive options at your local big box discount store, or in TJ Maxx or HomeGoods.
  2. SET THE TABLE. When entertaining, my grandmothers felt guests’ manners rose to the occasion, so having a formally set table encouraged better table manners.  Rather than pulling out folding trays, use your dining room table to its advantage. Pull out your best china, flatware and linen–or even nicer clear plastic plates–and add an inexpensive runner if you’re not using a table cloth, and use a simple but impactful floral arrangement. Serving buffet style? Upgrade your servingware with nicer platters and utensils. (Again, you don’t have to spend a lot.)
  3. ADD SUGAR AND SPICE. Have something sweet, savory and spicy to balance your guests’ palates with a varied menu. Whether it’s classic Chex Mix, a beautiful spread of cheese and fruit, or even old school gummy bears, have something for them to snack on, and serve it in an unusual fashion, like martini glasses! Affordable gourmet snacks can be found at your local grocer or discount home store.
  4. SIP SOMETHING SPARKLY. Serve some great bubbly, whether it’s an adult beverage, fizzy fruit juice or even carbonated water (just garnish it with lime!). Have a mix of options for guests who don’t imbibe, or who limit sugar from their diet. Serve in nicer glassware! Fun cocktail napkins are a fab touch, and a chic alternative to plain paper towels.
  5. DRESS YOUR BEST, BUT FOCUS ON GUESTS. Surely you knew an outfit would be in the mix! My grandmothers loved hostess gowns, glam caftans and luxe lounge wear. Even if you’re entertaining at home, rise to the occasion and get out of your yoga pants. Try a luxe pair of silk day-to-night cocktail pajamas or even a simple lace dress. I also love to throw one of my vintage aprons on for good measure (even if the pie I’m serving is Mrs. Smith’s!). Be comfortable and cute; don’t wear anything that you’ll tug or fuss with all evening.

True hospitality is not about how much you spend on linens or glassware. True hospitality is about the effort you put into making your guests feel especially welcome year-round.

Whether you’re serving ham sandwiches and store-brand soda or a spectacular gourmet seated dinner, you can do so with grace, intention and style–and that, darlings, is the most important thing.

Check out these retailers  when shopping to entertain: Swoozie’s, TJ Maxx, HomeGoods, Target, World Market, Fresh Market and Publix. They all have gourmet sections with food, beverage and/or decor that make an impact without putting a huge dent in your wallet. (And Etsy and eBay have awesome vintage aprons.)

Platter, vase and glassware via TJ Maxx; dress via J. Crew; apron via eBay; Champagne via Moet; Sugarfina gummy candy via Swoozie’s; Table runner  via HomeGoods; Hydrangeas via Publix

The Southern Women’s Show is here! 

Haute off the press release:

BIRMINGHAM (September 2016)— When the Southern Women’s Show returns to the BJCC September 29-October 2 it brings four days geared just for Magic City gals. Want to experience this season’s best fashion, food, fun and festivities for less? Check out our “sneak peek” video, and get the  Frugal Fashionista’s Guide to the show:

TGIF – Early Bird Gets the Swag. Being one of the first to arrive at the show comes with perks beyond getting first dibs on shopping – the first 100 guests for Girls Night Out on Friday, September 30 get Belk swag bags, a complimentary glass of wine (coupon on website) and then there’s the literal icing on the cake – free mini cupcakes from Gigi’s (while they last).

Reduced Admission. Happy hour admission is just $3 after 3 p.m. on Thursday, and $5 after 5 p.m. on Friday and Saturday for frugal fashionistas who want to power shop (and spend the extra savings on the show floor).

Taste Birmingham’s Best. Just in time for fall entertaining season, the Southern Women’s Show is filling up the Cooking Stage with Birmingham’s best local and regional chefs for daily cooking classes. The best part? The audience gets complimentary samples.

Rock Your Hair – for Less. Celebrity hairstylist Danny Moa and a talented team return to the Southern Women’s Show by popular demand. Some lucky guests will get a complimentary haircut, and all guests can purchase the Rock Your Hair line at a substantial discount of just $5 per full size product.

Ride, Drive and Receive. Women fuel 85 percent of car buying decisions – and at the show they get behind the wheel and test drive a fleet of new Chevrolet vehicles. Located in the circle in front the entrance, the Chevy Ride and Drive is back – and all participants get a tumbler and $10 gift cards from Amazon or Target just for taking a spin.

Show Bucks Every 20 Minutes. America’s First Federal Credit Union is giving away $20 in Show Bucks every 20 minutes that can be used right there at the show.

Fall for Free Sunnies. Saturday is Focus on Vision Day sponsored by EyeCare Associates, and the first 100 guests to stop by their booth space 126 receive a free gift bag containing a free pair of sunglasses and an eyeglass cleaning kit.

Gifts With Purchase. Belk is bringing in beauty experts every day of show to give guests a new look for fall or help discover a new yummy fragrance. The makeover is complimentary and each purchase comes with exclusive Gifts With Purchase.

Show hours are Thursday 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.; Friday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m.– 5 p.m. Admission is $10 at the door, $8 in advance online, $7 in advance at participating Walgreen’s, $5 for children 6–12 years old and free for children under 6 years of age (with paying adult). Special $3 after 3pm on Thursday and $5 after 5 p.m. pricing every day. For group discount tickets and more information, call (800) 849-0248 or visit http://www.SouthernWomensShow.com. Show sponsors include Walgreen’s, Chevrolet and EyeCare Associates.

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Want to win tickets to experience the show–and see the members of Birmingham Fire and Rescue model in Friday night’s fashion show, stop by for tips and treats from Bob Syke’s BBQ, Wink Mobile Boutique and Scottsboro’s Unclaimed Baggage Center? Comment “Send me to SWSBham” here, or on any SWSxSCDD post on Facebook or Instagram and you could win!

We’re FIVE!

Happy Friday, darlings!

Time truly flies when you’re having fun…so much so that SCDD (nearly) missed its own anniversary! As I take the weekend to reflect on and appreciate all that this little corner of the Internet has accomplished, I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for your support. I could not have kept this going or expanded it without the encouragement, inspiration and help you all have generously given this effort.

As always, stay tuned…the best is yet to come!

XO, Alexis 

P.S. If you’re not following us on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram, what are you waiting for?

As Seen on TV

Happy Monday, darlings! Let’s get this week off to a fabulous start, shall we? Here are six of my favorite, budget-friendly finds for fashionistas on the go, as shared on  ABC 33/40’s Talk of Alabama today!

STREAMLINING SKIN CARE: Using products that eliminates extra steps or products, or saves time is a major key! For example, I love exfoliating, but what do you do when you’re out of your favorite face scrub? I love OH K!’S CLEANSING PAD DUO PACK—from Paper Source—which lets your cleanser do double duty as an exfoliator. The fun, reusable silicone pads are a gentle way to remove makeup and refresh your skin, and they’re affordable at only $6.95.

PRODUCT PRO TIP: Isn’t it annoying when you can’t get to the last of your liquid foundation, lotion or cream? Consumer Reports estimates 15-25% of product goes to waste for this reason. If you’re like me you’ve scooped or cotton-swabbed to get the last few drops. But I recently found the SPATTY DADDY SET—$6.99 at Bed Bath and Beyond—which is amazing! This tiny set of spatulas can save you from digging or cutting into bottles and lets you get to the bottom of your product–so you get the most from it.

BLING, BLING: Whether your jewels are costume  finds or family heirlooms, keep them looking their best. Baublerella’s GLITZY GLOVE polishing mitt and BLING BRUSH with natural cleaner—available at Swoozie’s at the Summit—are affordable ways to remove tarnish and make your gemstones or precious metals sparkle. And a portion of proceeds empower women entrepreneurs and organizations that help instill confidence in young girls, so you’re helping a great cause.

GO-TO GADGET: I love tools and tricks that help me get dressed just a bit faster, like my BRACELET BUDDY!   When I saw this on TV I had to order one from Amazon. It eliminates fumbling to fasten a clasp through the patented clip that secures one end of your bracelet allowing your free hand to wrap it around your wrist and instantly secure the clasp. For $6.99, it’s a simple solution to this fashionista’s first world problem—and it’s also useful to those with arthritis or other mobility concerns.

READY, SET…OOPS:  If you’re prepared with a mini emergency kit – like this one from PINCH PROVISIONS—about $18 at Paper Source at the Summit – you are ready for just about anything. It has 17 items in a nifty pouch that save you in a pinch, and can be kept in a purse, glove compartment or desk drawer so you have it when you need it!

Xo, Alexis

Ann Taylor requests…


…the pleasure of your company this Saturday at its location at The Summit. 

Image via Ann Taylor

Office Sweet Office

I don’t do many decor posts, but I do have office space…and it needed decorating! I had a lot of fun choosing items to make it my command center/home away from home, and I’m sharing them with you today.  

At first I was stumped. I’m fine picking out clothes but decor just feels so much more permanent. Finally I decided to apply my style ideals to the decor challenge. It was important to be intentional. What would I really enjoy looking at every day? 

What would Beyonce do

This desk plate from Swoozie’s was a no-brainer.


I like basics that feel elegant and are practical too; that can be statements on their own or easily taken up a few notches. And I have to have a pop of color. So I began with functional pieces to anchor my new digs. Then I added some accessories to give it a little something extra!

My fab finds are via Kate Spade (at Swoozie’s Birmingham), Target and Home Goods (the desk plate is from Swoozie’s too). See a few of them featured on Talk of Alabama this week by clicking HERE.

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Ready for tips to get your life as the kids head back to school, or to simplify your weekly routine? Tune in to Talk of Alabama on Monday, August 8 during the 9 AM central hour! If you’re not in the local viewing area, stream it online by clicking HERE

Images via Target and Lifeguard Press

Iris Apfel stars in emojis+INC line for Macy’s

In today’s “fabulous at every age” news… we’re totally here for it. (Did you somehow miss our last post? #TeamIris)

Haute off the press release:

“I.N.C. International Concepts, exclusively at Macy’s, today reveals its Fall 2016 campaign, “Iris Meets I.N.C.,” and launches its corresponding emoji keyboard inspired by campaign star, Iris Apfel.

Designed by Snaps and with input from Apfel, the keyboard includes emojis, stickers, and GIFs featuring Apfel, her signature quotes, and items from the “Iris Meets I.N.C.” collection. The emojis also incorporate lifestyle categories, including beauty, food and beverage, and an assortment of birthday-themed graphics in celebration of Apfel’s upcoming 95th birthday on August 29.

“I’m a little old for emojis, and I didn’t know what they were,” said Apfel. “But everyone seems to like them, and I want everyone to have a good time. If my face makes people happy, I’m all for it.”

The creative advertising campaign, shot by Ben Watts, features Apfel, both on her own and alongside model Linda Vojtova, wearing five looks from the collection. As previously announced, INC teamed up with Apfel to develop a collection of approximately 40 “must-have” clothing and jewelry pieces that play into fall’s “mod” trend revival. Apfel consulted with I.N.C.’s design team and provided creative direction on the collection, which focuses on stylish and versatile wardrobe staples and a wide assortment of her signature bangles.

The emojis will appear throughout all elements of the campaign, including product hangtags, digital advertising and direct mail.

“This is Macy’s first foray into emojis, and Iris Apfel’s campaign for I.N.C. was the perfect occasion to try something we’ve never done before,” said Nancy Slavin, senior vice president of marketing for Macy’s Merchandising Group. “Iris has collaborated with other fashion brands in recent years, so we wanted to take a fresh approach. She’s an icon whose appeal spans multiple generations, and we see these emojis as a fun way to amplify the campaign through mobile first. Her fans are going to go crazy!”

Beginning August 3, the emojis are available for free download on iOS and Android through the Apple App and Google Play stores.

The “Iris Meets I.N.C.” collection will be available exclusively at Macy’s stores and on macys.com in early September 2016.”

All images courtesy of Macy’s

This. 


Are you wearing clothes you love? Why in the world wouldn’t you? I’m not suggesting you go to work dressed like Tinkerbell-unless that is in fact your job. But why keep a closet full of things that don’t fit your body, taste or lifestyle? Who does that serve? Let it go. 

Stop forcing yourself into clothes that don’t fit, literally or otherwise. Pretty soon you might find you’re forcing yourself into other areas of your life that really don’t fit either.

Via @ilovejcrewyesido

Brookwood Village to hold auditions

 

 

 

From Brookwood Village:

“Brookwood Village is seeking males and females between the ages of 16 and 40 to be featured in the shopping center’s new television commercials and more!

Interested applicants should attend one of two auditions conducted at Brookwood Village on Friday, June 24 or Friday, July 1 from 4-7pm on the upper level in suite 228 near Journeys.

Please bring a current 5×7 photo.

The audition will consist of a brief interview with the selection committee.

The commercial filming will be conducted on Tuesday, July 12 and Wednesday, July 13. Winners need to be available both dates.

The commercial shoot will not require any speaking parts. Rather, winners will be filmed shopping and interacting with others at and around Brookwood Village.”

If you are under 18, please review additional details and requirements that can be found by clicking HERE.

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