Shopaholic in Alabama

Friday, April 30, 2010

Coastal Concerns Continue....

Happy Friday, Shopaholics! I soooo wish I could say I am looking forward to the weekend, but at this point I'm filled with what can only be described as a growing sense of dread.

It's no longer a question of "if" this oil spill makes it to our shores, but when. NOAA is now officially predicting Sunday for the Alabama Gulf Coast, and Saturday for Bumpkin on a Swing on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Today we are heading to Dauphin Island, which is the barrier island you see on the above map (Alabama coast, west side of Mobile Bay).  I am also inserting a map below which Bumpkin put together a few days ago, with both of our locations marked. This will give you an idea about Gulf coast geography if you're not already familiar!


I will likely be without internet access most of the weekend. Let's say this - Dauphin Island is a tad "remote". It's not "Gilligan's Island" (there are 2 gas stations and working telephones, even a few restaurants and shops) but it's close. The internet doesn't work at least 75% of the time. I do have some previously scheduled blog posts that are going up daily for you (and a fantastic LILLY SALE that you'll surely want to see starting on Saturday!) - so please don't forget to check in. I'm going to take the camera, but honestly I hope there isn't much to photograph! Be sure to go visit the Bumpkin and sign up to follow her, she's going to have current updates! Besides this oil spill business, you will love her anyway! :-) 



These are the times it's tough to live on the coast. With 365 days a year of mostly bliss, we lose about 10 or so each year with hurricanes, hurricane concerns, tropical storms, etc. I still prefer this over heavy traffic and snow - any day of the week!

Have a Fantastic Friday, gone to the beach (and maybe fishing) while we still can!

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Lilly Pulitzer Summer Favorites

Happy Thursday to you! DH is on vaca the next two days, and we plan to split our time between here and my parents home on Dauphin Island. 

As you probably remember from yesterday's post, I am more than a little concerned about the oil spill out in the Gulf of Mexico. It's stressing me out, so in true Shopaholic style, I spent a little time looking over the new Summer collection by Lilly Pulitzer. 

A few of my favorites, some will certainly move from favorite status to "must have" status soon! 

Worth Shift, Stuffed Shells, $178 
Daphne Dress, Classic White Jacquard, $248

Cedar Knit Dress, Hotty Pink Lace By The Docks, $218

Claudie Dress, Aquamarine Catch of the Day, $368

Ashley Maxi Dress, Stuffed Shells, $298


There are so many styles and prints in this collection that I absolutely love! Two items of note: 1) I'm loving the blue and white or blue and coral colored items more than ever this season, and 2) there are no tunics! I love Lilly's tunics!!! WHERE ARE THEY!?!?! Come on Lilly, I need my fix. I'm a Tuniaholic (second only to a Shopaholic). Help me out here. I wear a tunic with white or denim capris/jeans for every season! Bring them back!!! :-)

I can't believe it took me this long to sit down and study the new collection.....normally I'm on the computer the day it's released and search every website for my favorites. When the Summer collection was put up,  I was so busy hosting giveaways, time got away from me over here, haha. And boy did I need a distraction from obsessing about stuff I can't control.

What are your favorites, your "must haves" from this collection? Another topic - are you willing to pay full price for your Lilly, or do you always wait on a sale? Talk to me!

Have a great day and don't forget to enter the Caroline Grace Jewelry giveaway (Monday's post).

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Concern For My Coast

Happy Wednesday, Shopaholics. When I started this blog, I made a promise to myself that a few topics were "off limits" and would not appear on my blog. The three topics are: politics, religion and sex. Naturally I have my opinions about these topics, but as my buddy over at Bumpkin on A Swing says, "it ain't happening around here".

However, I must share a huge concern with you all! You already know I'm a coastal girl - after all, I left the big cushy $$$ making job to return to my beloved Gulf Coast several years ago. I love everything about the coast - the beach, the boating, the tourism, the seafood industry, the wildlife.

Last week, there was an "incident" in the Gulf of Mexico. I'm going to give you some information - and this comes directly from http://www.noaa.gov/. This gives the background info, as well as what is currently being done to "control" the situation.

Background:  The incident involves a deepwater drilling platform approximately 50 miles southeast of Venice, Louisiana. An explosion and subsequent fire damaged the rig, which capsized and sank on April 22, after burning for hours. It is unclear how much of the estimated 700,000 gallons (approximately 16,700 barrels) of #2 fuel onboard burned before it sank. The rig is owned by Trans Ocean and under contract to BP.


Deepwater Horizon Incident, Gulf of Mexico

Updated each evening


Current Situation: Tuesday 27 April
Responders were again unsuccessful in using Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROVs) to trigger the blowout preventer (BOP), a series of valves that sits at the well head. Additional options are still being developed to trigger the BOP. The Unified Command is also considering using controlled burning to control oil floating on the surface.


Construction has begun on a collection dome that will be deployed to the sea floor to collect and funnel oil as it escapes from the well, a method that has never been tried this deep before. The first rig to be used for drilling a relief or cut-off well arrived last night, several more are planned – a relief well would take several months to complete.


Current NOAA efforts are focused on: gathering more information about the spill, planning for containment, and readying for environmental assessment and response. Natural resource damage assessment (NRDA) activities are now underway.


Edge of area with visible oil is now 21 miles from the nearest point of land- SW Pass at the tip of the Mississippi River Delta.

Weather forecast to be favorable (5-10 kts from the north) on Wednesday for in situ burning, dispersant application, and skimming operations. This wind will take the floating oil offshore.

Winds are forecast to become strong (20+ kts) and blow from the southeast on Thursday, which will tend to push surface oil towards shore.


The latest NOAA oil-spill trajectory analyses do not indicate oil coming to shore over the next 72 hours. However protective booms (or floating barriers) are being deployed in sensitive areas. The effects of oil on sensitive habitats and shorelines in four states (LA, MS, AL, and FL) are being evaluated should oil from the incident make landfall in appreciable quantities


NOAA’s Assessment and Restoration Division (ARD) brought together more than 20 Federal and State natural resource trustees today to discuss natural resource damage assessment efforts


ARD is evaluating concerns about potential injuries of oil and dispersants to fishes, human use of fisheries, marine mammals, turtles, and sensitive resources

Picture of the oil rig while it was still burning (and before it sank, of course)


 
Believe me, I know this is a lot of information. In plain English, it means the Northern Gulf Coast is in BIG trouble. This oil IS coming ashore, it's merely a question of where and when. The latest projections take it into LA first, then MS and AL. Like my friend The Bumpkin said, it's almost like a hurricane is brewing out there and we're not sure yet exactly where it's headed. I do know this - the impact of this will be devastating. Wildlife (think brown pelicans, seagulls, etc), marine life (think spawning whales, dolphins and sea turtles), the seafood industry (a staple in most of our diets, after all), tourism (who wants to visit a beach where the sand is covered in oil and you can't get in the water??) This region has had more than it's fair share of heartbreak - Hurricane Ivan and Hurricane Katrina immediately come to mind. Some areas are just now recovering from those devastating storms, 5-8 years later.

One photo taken today - aerial view of the oil slick
 
We have all chosen to mostly ignore it, but the economy is in shambles. They tell us "it's getting better", I've tried to stay upbeat about the situation and drink the Kool Aid they're feeding me. I've continued to buy $300 dresses like a mad woman, dine out twice a week, and drive all over the place in my gas sucking vehicles (sports car and SUV, in case you're wondering). But I don't see it. And if this happens....honestly, I'm sick just thinking about it.

Mostly I'm sick because I love the beach, the boat, fishing and seafood. I love watching pelicans. I love feeding the ducks from my parents home on Dauphin Island. (Actually DH loves that more, but you know what I mean here). I love knowing that I can purchase fresh seafood at any time, from a fisherman who owns his boat and catches it locally. I love to go shrimping - it's hard work but boy it's fun. This is our Margaritaville (BTW, Jimmy Buffett is originally from Mobile, and his sister still lives locally and owns a big tourist destination in Gulf Shores - Lulu's). I'm hopeful that life - as I know it - doesn't change drastically around these parts. But I'm not confident. I'm actually scared.

Please go and visit my friend L over at Bumpkin On A Swing, she is also posting about the situation. Bumpkin lives on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, right next door to me. Her Captain is very involved in this recovery effort, and she has credible information to share.

I leave you with some of my favorite shots of the Alabama Gulf Coast, taken last summer. If you're the praying type, say a little one for all of us down here. We need and appreciate it!









Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Updated Giveaway Winners!

Happy Tuesday! I hope your week is off to a wonderful start. My BFF Priscilla is visiting today, we're starting out with a 4 mile walk and then rewarding ourselves with an afternoon at the beach! Fingers crossed the weather is beautiful for us! 



If you haven't already, be sure to go over and join the fun on the Shopaholic Facebook fan page. I'm announcing all giveaway winners over there first, because it's so easy! However, for those who don't have a FB account, I will be announcing winners here on the blog every few days!



Our updated group of winners:


Day One - Tea Garden - winner is "Wacie's Way"

Day Two - Jeremy Shockey photo - winner is "Vynuss"

Day Three - Crocodile Kids Boutique - winner is "Charity"

Day Four - Looking 4 Lilly headband set - winner is "The Canady Family"

Day Five - Social Climbers Book - winner is "CT Cupcake"

Day Six - At The Blue Barn - winner is "pinkriss"

Day Seven - Kiel James Patrick - winner is "aeb"

Day Eight - Beach House Boutique - winner is "Fried Pink Tomato"


Day Nine - PeaceLoveLipgloss - winner is "Sarah Brooke"

Day Ten - mcc Designs - winner is "Simply Southern"

Day Eleven - Under The Palm Tree - winner is "Brittnee"

Day Twelve - Kate Puck Jewelry - winner is "Bethany"

Day Thirteen - Patty's Collection - winner is "Mrs. Bogarde"

Day Fourteen - Votre Vu - winner is "RiversideLilly"

Day Fifteen - Lilly Pulitzer Southlake, TX - winner is "I'maNolaGirl"






If you're one of the lucky winners, please contact me at (lori.driver@hotmail.com) within 48 hours with your information so we can coordinate sending your prize directly from the vendors. After 48 hours, I will have to redraw for a new winner. Don't let your prize slip away!



Thanks to everyone who entered and CONGRATULATIONS to the winning readers! Be sure to enter the last giveaway (yesterday's post) from Caroline Grace Jewelry. FYI - you have a short period of time to take advantage of the 25% discount she is offering Shopaholic readers! Again those details are on Monday's post.


Have a great week and thanks so much for reading my blog! Don't forget , Mother's Day is coming soon. Be sure to visit all our generous giveaway sponsors for your gifts! :-)









Monday, April 26, 2010

CAROLINE GRACE JEWELRY - FINAL SHOPAHOLIC GIVEAWAY TO CELEBRATE MOTHER'S DAY - AND A HUGE DISCOUNT!

Happy Monday! I'm thrilled to report this Shopaholic is back to her old self, after a few days of being "down and out" with unexpected dental stuff. The sun is shining again and it's onward and upward we go! 

Welcome to DAY SIXTEEN, the final day of Shopaholic giveaway days to celebrate Mother's Day!


Today I'm thrilled to feature one of my favorite jewelry designers, Caroline Grace Jewelry and her Etsy shop, Lulu Jewels.  I met Caroline Grace months ago when I started blogging, and in addition to admiring her beautiful jewelry, we share a love of all things fashion related. (She is also a Lilly Pulitzer addict, oops I mean Lilly girl!). Caroline's designs are gorgeous, and I have quickly amassed quite the collection. It's to the point where DH recognizes the goodies when they arrive - something like "Oh, I see you bought another cuff bracelet".

Here are a few of my current "loves" from Caroline Grace....

Seahorse Cuff Bracelet, $124

Tropical Fish Cuff Bracelet, $136

Siv Necklace in Sterling Silver with Peruvian Opals, Pearls & Swarovski, $138
 

Flora Chandelier Earrings, $44 (these come in a ton of colors & will match everything!)



Now for the GIVEAWAY -- and a huge DISCOUNT!!! Caroline Grace Jewelry is sponsoring a Mother's Day giveaway, exclusively for Shopaholic readers! The giveaway item is pictured below. It's an absolutely stunning silver chain, with a personalized 5/8" disc (disc shown is silver with a gold rim, but you can select a beaded gold rim or plain silver one if you'd like!). The necklace also two additional charms, a pearl and a starfish! The retail value of this price is $305!!! Clearly, you can see we saved the highest dollar value giveaway for our "last hurrah"! :-) What a generous giveaway!




Now, the lucky winner will be able to "add" additional discs or charms if they'd like (Caroline grace will be happy to provide pricing). An example of how the necklace may look with more charms or discs is provided below:


Is it just me or is this a wonderful giveaway!?!?!?
 Of course, we all know there can only be one winner.....so Caroline Grace is offering an extremely generous discount, just for Shopaholic readers! How about 25% off?!?!?! To be honest, I've never seen her offer this large of a discount, even on her Facebook fan page. A discount of this magnitude will probably not happen again anytime soon....."maybe" around the holidays, but there is no guarantee! This is a fantastic time to pick up that piece you've had your eye on, or that special Mother's Day gift! Personally, I look at her site every time I need to purchase a gift for another Shopaholic - I get so many compliments on my pieces! NOTE: The last day to take advantage of this discount is May 2, 2010.

You can take advantage of the discount one of two ways. Number One - purchase the item through Etsy, just don't complete the payment process. Then "convo" (this is Etsy's email system) Caroline Grace, tell her you are a Shopaholic reader and would like to take advantage of the discount. She will send you a Paypal invoice with the adjusted amount with the discount. Number Two - purchase the item through Etsy, pay as you normally would through Paypal, etc. Then "convo" Caroline Grace, tell her you're a Shopaholic reader and would like to take advantage of the discount. She can then send you a refund through Paypal for the 25% discount amount. Either way - it's up to you! Just don't let this opportunity pass you by - I'm being honest, I don't know when or IF we'll see another discount at this amount again!  Now - here is how you can enter the Caroline Grace Jewelry nametag necklace giveaway:

1) Sign up to follow this blog for ONE entry (or mention that you already follow!)
2) Sign up as a fan of Caroline Grace Jewelry on Facebook for ONE entry (or mention that you're already a fan).
3) Sign up as a fan of Shopaholic In Alabama on Facebook for ONE entry (or mention that you're already a fan).
4) Comment on this post with your favorite item from Caroline Grace's Etsy shop for ONE entry.
5) Follow me on twitter (@ shopaholicinal) for ONE Entry.
6) Follow Caroline Grace Jewelry on twitter (@xoCarolineGrace) for ONE entry.
7) Tweet this giveaway (be sure to copy me @shopaholicinal) for ONE entry.
8) Blog about this giveaway for ONE entry and provide a link to your post in the comments section.


Please be sure to comment on this post, telling me how many entries to give you! Good luck! :-)


Giveaway will end at midnight central time on Sunday, May 2. The winner will be selected by random drawing and announced on Monday, May 3.


A huge thank you to Caroline Grace Jewelry for sponsoring such an extremely generous Mother's Day giveaway, as well as an amazing discount for Shopaholic readers! One Shopaholic fan is going to be absolutely thrilled to win this necklace!

 
This is our last giveaway to celebrate Mother's Day! Be sure to enter and get your chance at this magnificient prize! 

Have a great Monday and a wonderful week!


Saturday, April 24, 2010

Newest Wardrobe Addition

Happy Socialite Saturday! Trying to work through pain and general feeling like poo around here, rainy day to top it all off.

As always, a little bit of retail therapy makes a Shopaholic feel better. Welcome home to my Lilly collection, new Roslyn skirt!  Lilly Pulitzer has outdone themselves with the Summer collection, and the Stuffed Shells print is one of my favorites! Roslyn, when I receive you next week, I promise to wear you within a few days.....but I'm not going with the white tank look as pictured below (from Lilly Pulitzer website). I need to decide on a top - any suggestions, fellow Shopaholics?



Hope you're all having a great weekend!

Friday, April 23, 2010

Giveaway Winners!

Happy Friday! Sorry this post is so late, you might have noticed yesterday I had a dental emergency. I'm now at home, recovering from an absessed (probably the wrong spelling, sorry!) tooth, and yet another root canal. I'm honestly sooooo sick of spending all my free time (not to mention $$$) at the dentist. Now I'm on 10 days of antibiotics and have a very sore mouth, throat and jaw. I feel like a Chipmunk, which isn't very attractive. Ugh.

Anyway, back to FUN stuff! If you haven't already, be sure to go over and join the fun on the Shopaholic Facebook fan page. I'm announcing all giveaway winners over there first, because it's so easy! However, for those who don't have a FB account, I will be announcing winners here on the blog every few days!


Our updated group of winners:


Day One - Tea Garden - winner is "Wacie's Way"

Day Two - Jeremy Shockey photo - winner is "Vynuss"


Day Three - Crocodile Kids Boutique - winner is "Charity"

Day Four - Looking 4 Lilly headband set - winner is "The Canady Family"

Day Five - Social Climbers Book - winner is "CT Cupcake"

Day Six - At The Blue Barn - winner is "pinkriss"

Day Seven - Kiel James Patrick - winner is "aeb"

Day Eight - Beach House Boutique - winner is "Fried Pink Tomato"


Day Nine - PeaceLoveLipgloss - winner is "Sarah Brooke"

Day Ten - mcc Designs - winner is "Simply Southern"

Day Eleven - Under The Palm Tree - winner is "Brittnee"

Day Twelve - Kate Puck Jewelry - winner is "Bethany"

If you're one of the lucky winners, please contact me at (lori.driver@hotmail.com) within 48 hours with your information so we can coordinate sending your prize directly from the vendors.


Thanks to everyone who entered and CONGRATULATIONS to the winning readers! Be sure to enter all the current giveaways. FYI - we have the last one scheduled for Monday (it's huge!) and will also have a Shopaholic Exclusive Reader Discount (discount is huge too!).


Have a wonderful weekend and thanks so much for reading my blog! Don't forget , Mother's Day is coming soon. Be sure to visit all our generous giveaway sponsors for your gifts!  :-)

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Dental Emergency

Happy Thursday Shopaholics! I had originally intended to have our last giveaway today (can't tell you what though, it's a surprise!). However, I've had a dental emergency and the giveaway will now be posted on Friday instead.

No telling how long I'll be in the chair tomorrow, so please wish me luck and send good thoughts my way. I'm going to need them.

FYI - More giveaway winners have been announced on the Facebook fan page, please join us over there. Blog will be updated with a current winner list soon!

Hope you have a nice Thursday!


Wednesday, April 21, 2010

LILLY PULITZER SOUTHLAKE, TX - DAY FIFTEEN OF SHOPAHOLIC GIVEAWAY DAYS TO CELEBRATE MOTHER'S DAY!


Happy Wednesday "Hump Day", and welcome to DAY FIFTEEN of Shopaholic Giveaway Days to celebrate Mother's Day!!!


Today I'm happy to tell you about my favorite Lilly Pulitzer Corporate Store, Lilly Pulitzer in Southlake, TX. Everyone who works at Lilly  - the manager Sh'Lika, assistant manager Amy, and others like my buddy Sarah - are willing to assist me when I "need" a special item. They also do a wonderful job of keeping me informed of any special deals - sale, GWP's, etc. Remember, I don't have a Lilly corporate store I can just walk into, so most of my shopping is done over the phone with Southlake. They are fantastic to work with, and rest assured I wouldn't have near the Lilly Pulitzer collection if it weren't for their help! :-)


The store currently have a huge selection of Spring merchandise, as well as the first Summer delivery. Additionally, the Southlake store has sale transfers from other Lilly corporate stores. Having a relationship with Southlake is a great way to find that item you've been looking for - and possibly on sale! Be sure to give them a call the next time you "need" something, rest assured if they don't have it - they can help you find it! You can also provide them with your email address so you can be "in the know" moving forward!  

Here's how you can contact my girls - they would absolutely love to help you with your Mother's Day shopping!

Lilly Pulitzer

Southlake Town Square
405 Grand Avenue East
Southlake, TX 76092
(817) 310-3947
southlake@lillypulitzer.com


Now for the FUN!!! Lilly Pulitzer in Southlake, TX is sponsoring a Mother's Day giveaway, exclusively for Shopaholic readers! This is a reusable tote bag filled with lovely items! Lilly animal crackers, a Lilly "popper" with a special surprise inside, Lilly playing cards, a Lilly frisbee, and a Lilly Limited edition Jubilee scarf. The scarf alone is worth $50!!! What a generous giveaway, one lucky reader is going to be very, very happy! :-) 

The giveaway item is pictured below - Enjoy!






Now - all the ways you can enter the Lilly Pulitzer Southlake, TX giveaway:


1) Sign up to follow this blog for ONE entry (or mention that you already follow!)

2) Sign up as a fan of Lilly Pulitzer Southlake on Facebook for ONE entry. 3) Sign up as a fan of Shopaholic In Alabama on Facebook for ONE entry.


4) Comment on this post with your favorite item from Lilly Pulitzer website for ONE entry.


5) Follow me on twitter (@ shopaholicinal) for ONE Entry.


6) Tweet this giveaway (be sure to copy me @shopaholicinal) for ONE entry.


7) Blog about this giveaway for ONE entry and provide a link to your post in the comments section.



Please be sure to comment on this post, telling me how many entries to give you! Good luck! :-)



Giveaway will end at midnight central time on Sunday, April 25. The winner will be selected by random drawing and announced on Monday, April 26.


A huge thank you to Sh'Lika and her staff at Southlake, as well as Lilly Pulitzer corporate, for sponsoring such a fantastic Mother's Day giveaway! I know all the Shopaholic readers are going to want to win this one! 

Be sure to check out and enter all the other fantastic giveaways that are still running. We have ONE left for tomorrow! Have a wonderful Wednesday!

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

VOTRE VU - DAY FOURTEEN OF SHOPAHOLIC GIVEAWAY DAYS TO CELEBRATE MOTHER'S DAY!



Happy Tuesday, and welcome to DAY FOURTEEN of Shopaholic Giveaway Days to celebrate Mother's Day!!!


Today I'm excited to introduce you to a skin care line named Votre Vu. This line is French made and natural skin care products. Votre Vu was previously available only in select European salons and spas, however now it's available for delivery directly to your door!

Recently I met one of their star directors, Michelle, through blogging and Facebook. Michelle is a fellow "Bama Girl" although she lives in the Northeast these days, so we formed an instant friendship! Hello, she had me at "Bama"! Anyway, Michelle mailed some samples to me to try. I just received them and can't yet speak to my experiences - but I know several other bloggers use a variety of their products and am more than willing to give it a try.

I am especially interested in trying the "Portait Collar" product, a lush creme for the neck and decollete. Some of you may remember me complaining about the way my neck is starting to look. I can certainly tell it's aging differently than the rest of my face. (Ummm that stinks!!)



Now for the FUN!!! Votre Vu and Michelle are sponsoring a Mother's Day giveaway, exclusively for Shopaholic readers!

The giveaway item is "Flowers For Her Face" skincare set. 



From the Votre Vu website:

Show her she's the prized rose in your garden with a botanical bouquet of luxurious French skin care this Mother's Day. Thoughtfully selected for Votre Vu's special arrangement are two pampering products that leave the skin petal soft.


Sure to make Mom bloom with joy is Portrait Collar, a lush crème for the neck and décolleté. Powered by aromatic and restorative rose hips oil, Portrait Collar leaves skin beautifully soft, noticeably smoother and naturally strengthened by marine elastin and collagen, and shea butter. Employing the petal power of Roman chamomile and Melissa extract, the enchanting Tout Le Monde Eye Gelée firms, tones and tightens the area around mom's ever-doting eyes. Soothing and repairing aloe vera and carrot oil deliver blissful relief to weary and sensitive skin.

Items included in this set:
Portrait Collar Restorative Neck Crème
Tout Le Monde Antioxidant Eye Gelée

One lucky reader will surely be thrilled to try this set, which retails for $46, compliments of Michelle and Votre Vu! :-)



Now - all the ways you can enter the Votre Vu giveaway:


1) Sign up to follow this blog for ONE entry (or mention that you already follow!)
2) Sign up as a fan of Shopaholic In Alabama on Facebook for ONE entry.
3) Comment on this post with the item from Votre Vu/Michelle's website that you would like to try for ONE entry.
4) Tell me one thing you would like to change about your skin for ONE Entry.
5) Tweet this giveaway (be sure to copy me @shopaholicinal) for ONE entry.
6) Blog about this giveaway for ONE entry and provide a link to your post in the comments section.
7) Sign up to follow Michelle's BLOG for ONE entry.
8) Follow Michelle on Twitter (@ votrevu1) for ONE Entry.



Please be sure to comment on this post, telling me how many entries to give you! Good luck! :-)


Giveaway will end at midnight central time on Saturday, April 24. The winner will be selected by random drawing and announced on Sunday, April 25.

Thank you Michelle for sponsoring such a fantastic Mother's Day giveaway, and introducing me to new skincare products! 

Be sure to check out and enter all the other fantastic giveaways that are still running. We have two more to go....all leading up to the grand finale! Have a Terrific Tuesday!



Monday, April 19, 2010

PATTY'S COLLECTION - DAY THIRTEEN OF SHOPAHOLIC GIVEAWAY DAYS TO CELEBRATE MOTHER'S DAY!



Happy Monday! Hope my fellow Shopaholics had a great weekend, I enjoyed my Sunday break and am back and ready for a fun week! 

Welcome to DAY THIRTEEN of Shopaholic Giveaway Days to celebrate Mother's Day!!!



Today I'm excited to introduce you to Patty's Collection. From her website:


Patty's Collection is a customized on-line clothing and accessories boutique in Maryland. Patty is a mom of two beautiful children, Ben and Emma. She began making preppy belts for her son in 2005 as she couldn't find any cute ones in his size.


Patty always had an eye for designing original gifts for family and friends who consistently encouraged her to turn her talent into a career. This led to the creation of her business Patty's Collection.

Prior to starting her business, Patty worked as a Senior Account Manager for a top 10 Ad Agency in Maryland. This experience thought her the importance of knowing what clients want.

Patty works hard to find products and vendors that provide the best quality for her clientele. She is inspired by her surroundings, her friends, but most of all by her lovely children.

There is just something so great about being a part of people's gift-giving.
I hope you enjoy discovering Patty's Collection.


When I first viewed the Patty's Collection website, I knew it was a home run. Patty has wonderful items for babies, children, adults, your "preppy paws" pets, Totes and travel bags and great gift items! Items are very reasonably priced. Here are a few of my favorites....

Adult Monogrammed Beach Tote, $25
 Adult Monogrammed Belts, $34

Boys Tees, $20 (can choose your applique, name or initials, thread color - hey the nephews need to look cute too!)

The Patty's Collection website is very easy to navigate, items are affordable, Paypal is an accepted form of payment as well as major credit cards, what's there NOT to love, right???


Now for the FUN!!! Patty's Collection is sponsoring a Mother's Day giveaway, exclusively for Shopaholic readers!



The giveaway item is a $25 gift card which can be used on the Patty's Collection website. One lucky reader will be able to go on a shopping spree! :-)


But don't worry, since there can only be one winner, Patty is offering a special promotion just for Shopaholic readers! She is offering 20% off all orders over $50 placed on the website. To receive the discount, enter code "ALABAMA" at checkout. Your discount will be immediately applied. Discount expires on April 30, 2010. This is a wonderful promotion and a great way to stock up on items for your preppy little ones, gifts, or maybe a practical tote bag for your own personal use!  


Now - all the ways you can enter the Patty's Collection giveaway:


1) Sign up to follow this blog for ONE entry (or mention that you already follow!)
2) Sign up as a fan of Patty's Collection on Facebook for ONE entry.
3) Sign up as a fan of Shopaholic In Alabama on Facebook for ONE entry.
4) Comment on this post with your favorite item from the Patty's Collection website HERE for ONE entry.  
5) Tweet this giveaway (be sure to copy me @shopaholicinal) for ONE entry.
6) Blog about this giveaway for ONE entry and provide a link to your post in the comments section.
7) Sign up as a fan of Patty's Collection BLOG for ONE entry.

Please be sure to comment on this post, telling me how many entries to give you! Good luck! :-)


Giveaway will end at midnight central time on Friday, April 23. The winner will be selected by random drawing and announced on Saturday, April 24.


Thank you Patty for sponsoring such a fantastic Mother's Day giveaway, and offering a Shopaholic reader discount.


Be sure to check out and enter all the other fantastic giveaways that are still running. We have several more to go....all leading up to the grand finale! Have a great Monday and a nice week! 



Sunday, April 18, 2010

Giveaway Winners!

Happy Sunday evening! If you're not already, be sure to go over and join the fun on the Shopaholic Facebook fan page. I'm announcing all giveaway winners over there first, because it's so easy! However, for those who don't have a FB account, I will be announcing winners here on the blog every few days!



Our updated group of winners:


Day One - Tea Garden - winner is "Wacie's Way"

Day Two - Jeremy Shockey photo - winner is "Vynuss"

Day Three - Crocodile Kids Boutique - winner is "Charity"

Day Four - Looking 4 Lilly headband set - winner is "The Canady Family"


Day Five - Social Climbers Book - winner is "CT Cupcake"

Day Six - At The Blue Barn - winner is "pinkriss"

Day Seven - Kiel James Patrick - winner is "aeb"

Day Eight - Beach House Boutique - winner is "Fried Pink Tomato"

If you're one of the lucky winners, please contact me at (lori.driver@hotmail.com) so we can coordinate sending your prize directly from the vendors.


Thanks to everyone who entered and CONGRATULATIONS to the winning readers! Be sure to enter all the current giveaways, and check in daily as we have more giveaways this week!


Have a wonderful night and thanks so much for reading my blog! Don't forget - Mother's Day is only 2 weeks away! :-)


Shopaholic Sunday Sabbatical

Happy Sunday everyone! The Shopaholic is exhausted and will be taking a break today! Please don't forget to enter all the amazing giveaways that are still running! I'll be back on Monday with a new giveaway, there are more scheduled for next week. You're going to ♥ them!

More winners will be announced on the Facebook fan page on Sunday evening and on Monday's blog post.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

Saturday, April 17, 2010

KATE PUCK JEWELRY - DAY TWELVE OF SHOPAHOLIC GIVEAWAY DAYS TO CELEBRATE MOTHER'S DAY!

Happy Socialite Saturday, my fellow Shopaholics, and welcome to DAY TWELVE of Shopaholic Giveaway Days to celebrate Mother's Day!!!


Today I'm so excited to feature a Shopaholic favorite jewelry designer, Kate Puck. From her website:

Kate Puck is a Charleston, SC jewelry designer who finds inspiration in the beauty of the Lowcountry barrier islands.



Kate is a third generation jewelry artist with both her great uncle and her father the award winning designers. Kate’s medium of choice is sterling silver, semi-precious stones, sand dollar fossils and pearls. Her signature pieces are the Kiawah Starfish Collection, Isle of Pearls, Beachwalker Charms and Sand Dollar Fossil Necklaces. Kate’s designs are sold in galleries in downtown Charleston, Kiawah Island, Seabrook Island, Daniel Island and select Florida resorts.

Personally, I own several pieces of Kate's jewelry. One of my absolute favorites is the Kiawah Starfish Necklace ($120), which I decided to "model" for you below!


I also really love this new design, the Jessica Coral Necklace ($75). It would match sooooo many of my spring and summer clothes!
Kate's jewelry is well made, shipped quickly, and arrives in a signature white box with blue ribbon, ready for gift giving! Her jewelry is very affordable (most pieces are under $100). Another feature I love about Kate's website - you can pay with Paypal - this Shopaholic loves payment via Paypal! :-)

Now for the FUN!!! Kate Puck is sponsoring a Mother's Day giveaway, exclusively for Shopaholic readers! You will actually be able to SELECT your prize - how cool is that?!?!?


The first giveaway choice is this pair of Golden Starfish Earrings (I own these and love them!)


The second giveaway choice is a $25 gift card to use on Kate's website, for any piece of jewelry you'd like. Just in case the winner doesn't have pierced ears, or would like a different item. Kate's giveaway is going to make one jewelry lover very, very happy! Who knows, maybe the winner will be generous and give the prize to their Mother as a gift on Mother's Day! :-)


The second part of today's fun.....Kate is running a special promotion, for Shopaholic readers and Facebook fans. She is offering 20% off all orders over $50 placed on the website. To receive the discount, enter code "MOM" at checkout. Your discount will be immediately applied. This is a wonderful promotion and a great way to pick up that Mother's Day gift (or maybe just a gift for yourself, I'm always tempted)!


Now - all the ways you can enter the Kate Puck Jewelry giveaway:



1) Sign up to follow this blog for ONE entry (or mention that you already follow!)
2) Sign up as a fan of Kate Puck Jewelry Boutique on Facebook for ONE entry.
3) Sign up as a fan of Shopaholic In Alabama on Facebook for ONE entry.
4) Comment on this post with your favorite item from the Kate Puck website HERE for ONE entry.
5) Sign up as a follower of Shopaholic In Alabama on Twitter (@shopaholicinal) for ONE entry.
6) Tweet this giveaway (be sure to copy me @shopaholicinal) for ONE entry.
7) Blog about this giveaway for ONE entry and provide a link to your post in the comments section.


Please be sure to comment on this post, telling me how many entries to give you! Good luck! :-)

Giveaway will end at midnight central time on Wednesday, April 21. The winner will be selected by random drawing and announced on Thursday, April 22.


A huge thank you to Kate Puck for sponsoring such a fantastic Mother's Day giveaway, and offering a Shopaholic reader discount. 


Be sure to check out and enter all the other fantastic giveaways that are still running. Believe it or not, we have even more in the coming days.....Have a wonderful Saturday!!!


Friday, April 16, 2010

UNDER THE PALM TREE - DAY ELEVEN OF SHOPAHOLIC GIVEAWAY DAYS TO CELEBRATE MOTHER'S DAY!



TGIF, Shopaholic pals! This has been such a fun week, my family is down here at the beach for a visit. I've been having a great time with my nephews! :-) 

Welcome to DAY ELEVEN of Shopaholic Giveaway Days to celebrate Mother's Day!!!


Today I'm so excited to feature one of my favorite Lilly Pulitzer Via shoppes, Under The Palm Tree. I have been buying Lilly from UTPT for several years. The service is exceptional, shipping is always fast, and I love knowing that I'm supporting a small business. Sara, Martha Jane, Hadley, everyone at UTPT is a total pleasure to deal with!  


They have so many wonderful goodies on the website right now! Some of the items I still "need" include the Adelson Shift Dress, the Del Mar Dress, and the Roslyn Skirt. Funny....I always "need" some new Lilly!

Now for the FUN!!! Under The Palm Tree is sponsoring a marvelous giveaway, exclusively for Shopaholic readers! You will actually be able to SELECT your prize - how cool is that?!?!?

The first choice is this Murfee Scarf in Lilly's Pink This Blooms For You:
The second choice is this Bon Voyage Bag in Climbing The Ladder, filled with Lifeguard Press items such as a journal, coasters and pocket Lilly pad.


The lucky winner will have a choice of either prize! This giveaway is going to make a Lilly lover very, very happy! Who knows, maybe the winner will be generous and give the prize to their Mother as a gift on Mother's Day! 

The second part of today's fun.....UTPT is running a special sale, just for Shopaholic readers! For the next TWO days only (Friday & Saturday), you can receive 30% off one item from their website - be sure to enter "Shopaholic" in the order notes section when placing your order online. The new total will be confirmed back to you via email. Please note this promotion does not apply to special orders, sale items, or previously purchased merchandise. This is a wonderful promotion and a great way to pick up that Mother's Day gift (or maybe just a gift for yourself, those are fun)!

Now - all the ways you can enter the Under The Palm Tree giveaway:

1) Sign up to follow this blog for ONE entry (or mention that you already follow!)
2) Sign up as a fan of Under The Palm Tree on Facebook for ONE entry.
3) Sign up as a fan of Shopaholic In Alabama on Facebook for ONE entry.
4) Comment on this post with your favorite item from the Under The Palm Tree website HERE for ONE entry.
5) Sign up as a follower of Shopaholic In Alabama on Twitter (@shopaholicinal) for ONE entry.
6) Tweet this giveaway (be sure to copy me @shopaholicinal) for ONE entry.
7) Blog about this giveaway for ONE entry and provide a link to your post in the comments section.

Please be sure to comment on this post, telling me how many entries to give you! Good luck! :-)

Giveaway will end at midnight central time on Tuesday, April 20. The winner will be selected by random drawing and announced on Wednesday, April 21.


Big hugs and a huge thank you to UTPT for sponsoring such a fantastic Mother's Day giveaway. This is just another example of why I love to shop with them, they really appreciate and love all their customers! Let's give them our best Shopaholic love. :-)  


Be sure to check out and enter all the other fantastic giveaways that are still running. And we have more coming.....Have a Fantastic Friday!!!


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