Shopaholic in Alabama

Saturday, July 31, 2010

Preppy Princess - Day Four of Shopaholic Birthday Giveaway Days!


Happy Saturday, my Shopaholic pals! 

Welcome to Day Four of Shopaholic Birthday Giveaway Days! I'm hosting these in honor of my 40th birthday coming on August 12...it's a fun way to stop thinking about getting older, and profile some of my favorite designers, websites, stores and brands! HA



Thanks so much to one of my favorite online stores - Preppy Princess - for sponsoring our Day Four giveaway! Preppy Princess's website features a wide variety of preppy "must haves" and brands, such as Lilly Pulitzer gifts and stationery, Kiel James Patrick, Jonathan Adler, Clairebella and so many other fun, preppy items! If you're looking for anything preppy, Preppy Princess should be your first stop! :-)





Preppy Princess is offering two items for our Birthday Giveaway celebration! For the first item, the winner will have their choice of either a Lilly Pulitzer umbrella in the new prints Checking In or White Zin OR a Lilly Pulitzer Laptop sleeve in the new prints Checking In or Patch Day. (see Umbrellas HERE and laptop sleeves HERE).


For the second giveaway item, the lucky winner will receive their choice of prints in the new Lilly Pulitzer Koozies. The Koozies are available in Frisky Business, Checking In or Patch Day and can be viewed HERE.


Please consider Preppy Princess the next time you need a gift for your new college student, birthday girl (or boy!), or holiday gift! You can access the website HERE. Or....how about just when you want to treat yourself to a little something special! :-) 

Now for the fun part! How to enter to win today's giveaway:


1) Sign up to follow Shopaholic In Alabama blog (or comment that you already do) for ONE entry.
2) "Like" Shopaholic In Alabama on Facebook for ONE entry.
3) Follow Shopaholic In Alabama on Twitter (@shopaholicinal) for ONE entry.
4) Comment with your favorite item from the Preppy Princess website for ONE entry. (YOU MUST DO TO QUALIFY FOR THE GIVEAWAY)
5) "Like" Preppy Princess on Facebook for ONE entry.
6) "Share" this giveaway on Facebook or Twitter using the button on the right side of this blog for ONE or TWO additional entries. Or blog about it for TWO additional entries.
7) Sign up to follow the Preppy Princess blog for ONE entry.

Please comment letting me know how many entries you have. Additionally, be sure to provide me with the link to your Facebook, Twitter or blog post so I can verify. Thanks! :-)


The giveaway period will end on Friday, August 6. After a random drawing, the winner will be announced (on Facebook first, then on the blog) on Saturday, August 7.

Good luck to everyone - don't forget to enter - and tune in tomorrow for another fun giveaway!

Have a Super Saturday! I'm excited to report....I'm going to the beach, the swimming ban has been lifted and I might even get in the water! :-) 



Friday, July 30, 2010

Lotus and Lilly - Day Three of Shopaholic Birthday Giveaway Days!



TGIF, Shopaholic friends!


Welcome to Day Three of Shopaholic Birthday Giveaway Days! I'm hosting these in honor of my 40th birthday coming on August 12...it's a fun way to stop thinking about getting older, and profile some of my favorite designers, websites, stores and brands! HA


Thanks so much to one of my favorite designers of all things handmade with Lilly fabric - Lotus and Lilly - for sponsoring our 3rd giveaway! Kristina is the designer (and brains) behind this operation, and she is a pleasure. All her items are handmade and the quality is immediately apparent. I invite you to check out the website HERE. Lotus and Lilly carries headbands, clutches, bracelets, hair clips, etc. All items are made with either current or vintage Lilly Pulitzer fabrics. Lilly lovers are crazy for her fun items! 

For today's giveaway, Lotus and Lilly is providing a 1" headband and matching clutch bag in one of my favorite prints, Rainbow Patch. This fabric will match sooooo many things you already own, and you'll reach for it over and over again! One lucky Shopaholic reader will receive both items, see the photos below. 





In addition to providing us with a gorgeous and generous giveaway, Lotus and Lilly is also offering a "Shopaholic Special" to all readers! For the next seven (7) days, a 20% discount will apply to any purchase from the website (link HERE). To take advantage of this unheard-of discount, please enter code "Happy40thLori" when placing your online order. Remember, it's only good for the next seven days, so don't delay! :-) 


Need new headbands for school?  A clutch for Rush? A birthday or holiday gift (hey, it's never to early to think about holiday shopping!) This is a great time to pick them up. You'll love Lotus and Lilly's handmade items. They are absolutely fabulous! I receive compliments every time I walk out of the house in one of my headbands!



Also, I wanted to mention a very cool thing you might not know about Lotus and Lilly's designs. Kristina has about 20 items in the Museum of Lifestyle and Fashion History exhibit, in Boynton Beach, FL. The exhibit features: hair clips, bracelets, the Lilly fabric covered 9" wooden monogram letters (they requested an "L"), a box purse, clutches, headbands (of course) and a few other items. What an amazing honor for Lotus and Lilly! I feel special just knowing her!  Be sure to check out the exhibit if you're in the local area, or will be traveling that way.

 




Do you see how excited I am to feature Lotus and Lilly? I love everything on her website, but I'm really coveting this clutch in the vintage print "Familia de Gato". What do you think? I love all the lion prints, guess it's because I'm a LEO. :-)








Now for the fun part! How to enter to win the clutch and headband:


1) Sign up to follow Shopaholic In Alabama blog (or comment that you already do) for ONE entry.
2) "Like" Shopaholic In Alabama on Facebook for ONE entry.
3) Follow Shopaholic In Alabama on Twitter (@shopaholicinal) for ONE entry.
4) Comment with your favorite item from the Lotus and Lilly website for ONE entry. (MUST DO TO QUALIFY FOR THE GIVEAWAY)
5) "Like" Lotus and Lilly on Facebook for ONE entry.
6) "Share" this giveaway on Facebook or Twitter using the button on the right side of this blog for ONE or TWO additional entries. Or blog about it for TWO additional entries.


Please comment letting me know how many entries you have. Additionally, be sure to provide me with the link to your Facebook, Twitter or blog post so I can verify. Thanks! :-)

The giveaway period will end on Thursday, August 5. After a random drawing, the winner will be announced (on Facebook first, then on the blog) on Friday, August 6.

Good luck to everyone - don't forget to enter - and tune in tomorrow for another fun giveaway!

Have a wonderful Friday and a fantastic weekend! 




Follow Friday - Join The Party!



Happy Friday! Today I'm thrilled to offer two posts (rare around these parts!) as I'm hosting Follow Friday with my BFF Bethany over at Maryland Pink and Green. Of course you guys know I'm Lori from Shopaholic in Alabama


What a fantastic idea to host Follow Friday - be sure to add your link on today's blog hop. You only need to link your blog to the list once and you can add it on either of the 2 blogs hosting the Follow Friday.


Your link will be visible on the list on both blogs throughout the week so a lot of people can find you!






Blog readers will see the same list on all of the blogs and will be able to "hop" from blog to blog. What a fun way to find new friends! If you have not joined previous weeks, be sure to add your blog to the list today. Even if you've already added your blog on another blog hop, add your name to the list today since every week is a new list.






Here's how to play:


1. Find new blogs to follow and be sure to follow the hostesses (Lori and Bethany) of the blog hop.


2. Be sure to follow someone who follows you and let them know that you found them through Follow Friday. You all know how much we love comments! :)


3. Tell your other blogger friends about Follow Friday and encourage them to join!









Want to be a part of this Blog Hop? Click for instructions and code…





p.s. Be sure to check again for today's giveaway, hosted by another wonderful Shopaholic favorite! :-)







Thursday, July 29, 2010

MCC Designs - Day Two of Shopaholic Birthday Giveaway Days!



Happy Thursday, Shopaholic friends!


Welcome to Day Two of Shopaholic Birthday Giveaway Days! I'm hosting these in honor of my 40th birthday coming on August 12...it's a fun way to stop thinking about getting older, and profile some of my favorite designers, websites, stores and brands! HA

Thanks so much to one of my favorite designers of all things correspondence - MCC Designs - for sponsoring our 2nd giveaway!  The Etsy shop specializies in stationery, note pads, tags and much more (link HERE).  Of course it doesn't hurt that most everything Melissa designs is either preppy, pink or green - which makes it all totally adorable!

This Shopaholic is a huge fan of MCC designs. I have personalized flat note cards, and one of the famous flip flop note pads sitting on my dresser. Next on my "wish list" are the personalized wine and gift tags.


For today's giveaway, MCC Designs is generously offering one set of square calling cards, and one set of note pads (1-5.5 x 5.5 and 1-3 x 5.5). See the photos below. Of course these will personalized for the lucky giveaway winner! One Shopaholic reader is going to be very happy! :-)
















In addition to providing us with a fun and generous giveaway, MCC Designs is also offering a "Shopaholic Special" to all readers! For the next seven (7) days, a 15% discount will apply to any purchase from their Etsy shop (link HERE).

Wondering how to take advantage of the discount? Glad you asked! :-)


Make your purchase on Etsy, and pay as normal. Then message MCC Designs with the code "Giveaway Days" which indicates you are a Shopaholic reader, and Melissa will refund the 15% discount back to you through Paypal.


What a great time to stock up on all your correspondence needs! Just think, most folks are getting ready for Back To School. That means teacher gifts are coming soon, and there will be birthday parties to prepare for and lots of thank you notes to be written! The 15% discount will help you be prepared for those moments!

A few of my favorites from MCC Designs Etsy shop include:

Personalized Wine Tags, $1 each. (listing HERE)



Personalized Scalloped Stickers with Fancy Monogram, $4.75/set. (listing HERE)

Personalized Stationery Set with Circle Scalloped Monogram, $14. (listing HERE).




There are so many wonderful things to choose from! If you're like me, you'd take one of everything! :-)

Now for the fun part! How to enter to win the note pads and calling cards:
 

1) Sign up to follow Shopaholic In Alabama blog (or comment that you already do) for ONE entry.


2) "Like" Shopaholic In Alabama on Facebook for ONE entry.


3) Follow Shopaholic In Alabama on Twitter (@shopaholicinal) for ONE entry.


4) Comment with your favorite item from MCC Design's Etsy site for ONE entry. (MUST DO TO QUALIFY FOR THE GIVEAWAY)


5) "Like" MCC Designs on Facebook for ONE entry.

6) "Share" this giveaway on Facebook or Twitter using the button on the right side of this blog for ONE or TWO additional entries. Or blog about it for TWO additional entries.




Please comment letting me know how many entries you have. Additionally, be sure to provide me with the link to your Facebook, Twitter or blog post so I can verify. Thanks! :-)


The giveaway period will end on Wednesday, August 4. After a random drawing, the winner will be announced (on Facebook first, then on the blog) on Thursday, August 5.

Good luck to everyone - don't forget to enter - and tune in tomorrow for another fun giveaway!

Have a wonderful day!

 XOXO, Lori



Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Shopaholic Birthday Giveaway Days - Featuring Caroline Grace Jewelry!


Happy Wednesday, Shopaholic friends!

Welcome to Day One of Shopaholic Birthday Giveaway Days! I'm hosting these in honor of my 40th birthday coming on August 12...it's a fun way to stop thinking about getting older, and profile some of my favorite designers, websites, stores and brands! HA

Thanks so much to one of my favorite friends and Twitter pals Caroline Grace Jewelry for sponsoring the first giveaway! As you all know, I'm a big fan of Caroline Grace's baubles and wear something from her jewelry line almost every day. This spring and summer the DH was quite tolerant while I built my collection. I have a feeling EVERYONE will want to win this pretty! :-)


The Pink Starfish Leather Cuff ($132 retail) is absolutely gorgeous, and one lucky reader will win this beauty! (listing on Etsy HERE). The cuff is approx. 2" wide and has a beautiful silvertone jeweled starfish embellishment. The cuffs are something special, you can trust me on this as I own three of them already! :-)

In addition to providing us with such a beautiful and generous giveaway, Caroline Grace is also offering a "Shopaholic Special" to all readers! From now until the giveaway days end (which will be at least 10 days), the following discount levels will apply to any purchase from the Etsy shop:

10% off orders under $50
20% off orders over $50

There are two ways you can take advantage of this discount:

1) Make your purchase on Etsy, and pay as normal. Then message Caroline Grace that you are a Shopaholic reader, and she will refund the appropriate discount level (10 or 20%) back to you through Paypal.
2) Make your purchase on Etsy, then message Caroline Grace, telling her you are a Shopaholic reader, and ask for an adjusted invoice. Then she will provide you with the updated amount and you can remit payment.

If you've always wanted to try a piece of her jewelry - this is a great time with the Shopaholic discount! You will be thrilled with the quality of CGJ. Every time I wear one of my pieces, I get compliments from friends and strangers alike. 

Here are a few of my suggestions. Who doesn't need a pair (or two, maybe three) of the Flora Chandelier earrings. These are available in a rainbow of colors in the Etsy shop:


The Queen Bee cuff is TDF!


I'm dying for this Ginny bracelet in Sterling Silver with Colorful Freshwater Pearls - wouldn't this match everything in our closets? (Etsy listing HERE).

Now for the fun part! How to enter to win the starfish cuff bracelet:

1) Sign up to follow Shopaholic In Alabama blog (or comment that you already do) for ONE entry.
2) "Like" Shopaholic In Alabama on Facebook for ONE entry.
3) Follow Shopaholic In Alabama on Twitter (@shopaholicinal) for ONE entry.
4) Comment with your favorite item from Caroline Grace Jewelry's Etsy site for ONE entry. (MUST DO TO QUALIFY FOR THE GIVEAWAY)
5) "Like" Caroline Grace Jewelry on Facebook for ONE entry.
6) Follow Caroline Grace Jewelry on Twitter (@xoCarolineGrace) for ONE entry.
7) "Share" this giveaway on Facebook or Twitter using the button on the right side of this blog for ONE or TWO additional entries.

Please comment letting me know how many entries you have. Additionally, be sure to provide me with the link to your Facebook or Twitter post so I can verify. Thanks! :-)

The giveaway period will end on Tuesday, August 3. After a random drawing, the winner will be announced (on Facebook first, then on the blog) on Wednesday, August 4.

Good luck to everyone - don't forget to enter - and tune in tomorrow for another fun giveaway!

Have a wonderful day!

p.s. Today is also our favorite jewelry designer's Birthday - be sure to wish her a Happy Birthday! *Leos United Forevah*

Monday, July 26, 2010

Lilly Pulitzer Fall Collection - 20% Preorder Opportunity at Under The Palm Tree



Happy Monday, my fellow Shopaholics! Hope your weekend was nice and relaxing, back to reality today! :-)

Do you remember last week, I blogged about the new Lilly Pulitzer Fall Collection and how excited I was to see it? Well...I have a "Shopaholic Special" for you today.

Our friends at Under The Palm Tree (by now, y'all know this is one of my favorite Lilly Pulitzer Via Shoppes) are offering all Shopaholic In Alabama readers an "unheard of" deal! You have an opportunity to pre-order your favorites from the Fall Collection, before it hits stores, at 20% off your preorder of $500 or more. Let's face it - that could be just two dresses!

This applies to the entire fall collection - Ladies, Minnies, Accessories, etc. The deal is effective for all the deliveries, it isn't just limited to the first one. The special will only be available to Shopaholic readers, and to their in store customers. So unless you live near the store, you're only going to hear about it here! :-)

Under The Palm Tree can be reached via email: underpalmtree77@aol.com or telephone 913-451-1445. Sara, Martha Jane, Hadley and co. are so wonderful to work with - the service is excellent, shipping is fast and efficient, and they offer us such wonderful deals. What's not to love? Be sure to let them know Shopaholic In Alabama sent you to qualify for the 20% off! And remember, the discount is good for orders over $500. It's a great time to order gifts too!

Refer back to my original post on Fall HERE to see some of my favorites from the new collection. If you'd like to see a copy of the Fall Lookbook, please comment with your email address and I'll be happy to forward to you. Additionally, Under The Palm Tree can provide photos, etc - just contact them!

Have a Marvelous Monday!


Sunday, July 25, 2010

Self-Indulgent Weekend

Happy Weekend, my Shopaholic friends! I hope you are having a wonderful time and enjoying it with family and friends!

So many of you have commented, emailed, etc about my Mother's condition so I wanted to give you a quick update. Friday we went for a colonoscopy, and unfortunately it confirmed what we already suspected. Her Crohn's disease is officially out of remission and back with a vengeance. Several other tests were performed - including a biopsy.  Currently we are scheduled to go back to the doctor next Tuesday. At this appointment, we should know the "full picture" of exactly what we are dealing with and have recommendations for a treatment plan. I believe that at a minimum, we are looking at a series of Remicade injections. Again, thanks for all your kind words and emails - and I'll keep everyone posted. 

I guess the stress of the past few weeks caught up with me on Friday afternoon. I was exhausted, I mean bone tired like I haven't been in years. I felt like I could barely drive myself back to the beach Friday afternoon. But I did...I went to bed early (very unusual for me!) and then laid around all day Saturday.

Finally, I got around to reading the book on my nightstand. Yep, read an entire book in about four hours. I almost didn't bother after reading the reviews for James Patterson and Maxine Paetro's "Swimsuit" on Amazon.com. However, I have to admit, it took my mind off reality for a few hours and I was entertained.


We were also very lucky that Tropical Storm Bonnie fizzled out before it could affect us in a major way, thank goodness. Hurricane season always makes me a bundle of nerves, and this year it looks to be worse with the oil spill impacts. We dodged another bullet. Breathing again now! :-)

What are you doing this weekend? I'm hoping for sunny weather and a little sunbathing today! :-)

Friday, July 23, 2010

Mark Your Calendars!

TGIF, Shopaholics! Today I'm taking my Mother for another series of tests, and hopefully we'll know exactly what's going on. Please say a little prayer that everything turns out ok, as the family is very concerned.

Since we have to get up and going at an "insane" hour, I just have something quick for you today!

Mark Your Calendars! On Wednesday, July 28 (that's next week!), Shopaholic In Alabama will begin hosting another series of fun and exciting giveaways! I'm hosting these to celebrate my milestone 40th birthday in style, as a good Leo does. While I can't give away all the secrets just yet, I will tell you that the newest round of giveaways will feature all my favorites (they're your favorites too!) as well as some new folks you might not know of yet.

In addition, some of the vendors will be offering "Shopaholic Specials" - special discounts just for SIA followers! I think you will be excited to see what is coming next week! I know I am!  

Have a Fantastic Friday!

p.s. if you are reading this and are interested in participating by hosting a giveaway, please contact me directly. thanks!

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Wish List Wednesday!

Happy Hump Day, Shopaholics! Quick update, took Mother to her dr. appointment yesterday. They have scheduled another round of tests on Friday morning (very early, I might add) and hopefully we'll know more then. Thanks again for all your comments and kind wishes, they have been greatly appreciated!

Welcome to my newest edition of Wish List Wednesday! This will be my last Wish List post for a few weeks, as next Wednesday I have a special surprise coming to the blog! :-)

Chapman Dress, Hotty Pink Tisket Tasket, Lilly Pulitzer, $178

Raquel Dress, True Navy Anchors Away, Lilly Pulitzer, $258

More than anything, I really, really am DYING to renew my wedding vows in one of the new "Lilly Bride" dresses. Can I just get married again? Good for me, I have a while to attempt talking DH into a renewal ceremony, as this line won't debut until late 2010. Just think - beach wedding, Lilly Bride, no oil. My idea of heaven. :-)



What do you think of my favorites? Of course there are more (always!) but I try to keep the coveting to a manageable level. :-)

Have a Wonderful Wednesday!

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Havaianas, Swarovski, and Glue

Happy Tuesday everyone! Thanks so much for your kind comments and emails yesterday regarding my Mother. We're hoping for good news at today's appointment. :-)

Last night I played with Havaianas, Swarovski crystals and glue. I wanted to show you what I "created" and see what you thought? I am practicing now - but will probably end up selling some of my creations.

At first it was frustrating, the glue was making me crazy! After a few mistakes, I'm getting better at applying the crystals. For the record, I'm not one of those people who is patient OR creative. Maybe this will help me work another side of my brain? haha.

Forgive the awful photos - it was late, the lighting wasn't great, and I have glue all over my thumbnail. Oops.






Do you wear crystalized Havaianas? I do - and I've always paid big $$ for them. From now on, I will surely be making my own! What do you think?

Have a wonderful day!

Monday, July 19, 2010

Very Worried

Happy Monday Shopaholics! Today I'm taking a little "break" from blogging...do you ever get sick of yourself? I'm sick of myself and sick with worry.

I'm worried to death about my Mother, who has been sick for weeks. I took her for a CT scan last Thursday, and am taking her to yet another dr. appointment tomorrow. Mother has Crohn's disease, she was diagnosed many years ago. It has been in remission for quite some time, but appears to be back with a vengeance.

We should know more after tomorrow's appointment with a new gastroenterologist. Please say a little prayer - at this point, I'm hoping for no hospital stays or surgeries - but am worried one or the other may be in order. :-(

Sorry today's post isn't very upbeat...it just seems hypocritical to blog about something else today. Thanks for reading and have a Marvelous Monday!

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Happy 90th Birthday to Nana!

Happy Sunday everyone! Hope you are having a wonderful weekend and living it up! :-)

Yesterday I attended Nana's 90th birthday party, sans DH because he had to work. Funny that Nana introduced me to one of her friends as "D's Better Half" - considering he is her grandson! HAHA. This woman has a sense of humor - can you believe she is 90!?!?

Ironic that she is turning 90 - and I'll be 40 next month. I tried to spend time talking to Nana about what her life was like when she was my age. Interesting to know that she was divorced from D's grandfather (he was abusive); working full time in a factory, and raising her two sons by herself. This made me really think long and hard about how easy my life is, in comparison. Don't get me wrong, I'm certainly not priviledged - but I am lucky.

While I'm on the subject, people that have no respect for the elderly, I have zero tolerance for them. Did your parents even warn you to be wary of any man who wasn't kind to old people or animals? There is a LOT of truth to that advice. Thank goodness I followed it and ended up with a winner in DH.

Happy 90th Birthday, Nana! It was wonderful to see you yesterday. Can't wait to celebrate #91 next year!

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Under The Palm Tree's BIG sale!


Happy Saturday, Shopaholic pals! What are you doing this weekend? DH is working (like usual these days!), so I'm left to my own devices....what's a girl to do??? Today I'm attending a party to celebrate Nana's 90th birthday! Nana is DH's only living grandparent. Can you imagine being 90 years old!?!? I'm planning to learn some of her secrets! :-)

Some of you have asked me whether I knew of any good sales on Lilly? Not one to disappoint, one of my absolute favorite Lilly Pulitzer Via shoppes is coming through for us again! Under The Palm Tree is having a wonderful sale!

Here a few highlights:

Some Summer at 40% off
Mens 60% off
Spring Swimwear 60% off
Girls 40% off (except polos)

FREE Shipping with code "Facebook" in the order notes section

10% off all preorders of the new Lifeguard Press delivery (think Lilly agendas, laptop and phone cases, etc) with code "Facebook" in the order notes section

You can access their website HERE or contact the store via phone at 913-451-1445. Sara, Hadley, Martha Jane and co. are wonderful to shop with; your merchandise is shipped sooo quickly and the service is top notch. What else could we ask for? Not much!

Be sure to tell them Shopaholic sent you! Happy Shopping and let me know what you score! Have a great Saturday!

Friday, July 16, 2010

Lilly Pulitzer Fall Preview!

TGIF, Shopaholics! Sorry for my lack of posts the past few days, life has crazy with my Mother's illness. Thanks for all the comments and well wishes, she needs them all.

Today I have "Shopaholic Scoop" for you - a very small preview of some of my favorite items from the upcoming Lilly Pulitzer Fall collection. Enjoy!

Stephanie Dress Engineered, Turquoise Koi Print, $168

Jonah Dress, Don't Be Koi, $168


Blayney Dress, Turq. Let's Get Ginky, $268

Active/Yoga Wear - NEW from Lilly Pulitzer - exciting!



What are your favorites? The collection will be in stores in a few short weeks...hold on to your wallets!

Have a wonderful Friday and a great weekend!


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