Monday, January 31, 2011

Lilly Pulitzer Spring Collection Favorites - Part One

Happy Monday, Shopaholics!

Although my mood is a little foul for reasons I can't discuss here, I am absolutely drooling over lots of the new pieces of the Lilly Pulitzer Spring collection. Nothing like a little Lilly to brighten your mood!

Just a few of my favorites...

Sullivan Dress, Worth Blue Pressed, $148

Hayden Dress, Hotty Pink Paint My Petals, $258

Joy Knit Tunic, Turquoise Kissue, $98 (can't ever go wrong with a Lilly tunic)

Clare Dress, Shorely Blue Optical Confusion, $258

There are soooo many more styles and prints I'm in love with - still in the "absorb" phase here. :-)

Word to the wise: if possible, try this collection on prior to purchasing. Fit reports are coming in all over the board. Some folks think the line is running small, others are saying true to size. Personally I haven't tried anything on yet, so I can't offer any advice. Lilly's sizing can vary wildly (even within the same collection) so please take that into consideration!

Have a Marvelous Monday, hopefully I'm feeling back to my old self tomorrow!

Thursday, January 27, 2011

It Takes A Village...

Happy Thursday! Gotcha! What did you think I wanted to talk about today??? :-)

Have I ever told you guys that my hair is naturally wavy? Not just a little wave, but a lot of wave. Soooo much wave that when I was in high school, I got a perm (don't laugh - everyone did back then) and it lasted for five years. Yes, you're reading that right - 5 YEARS.

If you saw photos of my wavy/curly hair and compared them to the stick straight style I current sport, you are left wondering how in the world did she get her hair straight? Wonder no more because I'm going to tell you all about it - and trust me on this - if your hair is also wavy and you crave straight, smooth locks - here's how to get them!

After shampoo/conditioner, I always apply a leave in conditioner/detangler/color sealant. The brands I use vary - depends on how my hair is behaving and what time of year it is - sometimes I need more moisture than others. Right now I am using Back to Basics, Marine Color Sealant. It's sprayed in and brushed through - I ignore that advice about always detangling your hair with a comb. That alone would take an hour. 

The next step is Light Elements Smoothing Fluid by Aveda, applied to wet hair. Minimum 20-25 pumps, depending on how dry my hair feels at the time. According to Aveda, this is a styling product but it has changed the texture and condition of my hair (for the better) more than any product I've ever used.  Following that, I apply 6-8 pumps of Smooth Infusion Style Prep Smoother by Aveda to prep the hair for styling.

You'd think I'd be ready to start blow drying, but not quite yet. Time for the best hair straightener on the market - Heat Protective Silk Straightening Cream by Kiehl's. Whatever straightener you currently use - whether it costs $5 or $50, I'm telling you, this one is better. Promise. I discovered it while living in Charlotte and haven't used anything else since. Next I blow dry - fifteen minutes later, I flat iron.

To prevent flyaways and frizzies, I finish up with Kiehl's Silk Groom Serum. This is applied on the ends only, and to lay down those little small pieces in my part. Does anyone else struggle with those? They drive me nuts! Hairspray is a very light dusting of Elnett Satin by L'Oreal, which has only recently become available for purchase in the United States. I buy it at Target, and I think Ulta carries it too. Are you familiar with the brand? It was only available abroad for the longest time. All the models, actresses, etc would return from their trips with suitcases full of the stuff. Every "stylist to the stars" keeps it in their tool chest. It's very reasonably priced at $14-16 (color treated formula is a little more).

Other tools: Aveda Wooden Paddle Brush. If I lose this hairbrush, I freak out. When we were remodeling, my hairbrush cell phone charger went missing. I tore up the house and finally found the brush. Never mind the cell charger, I can't get ready without this brush!  :-)

Flat Iron: Nano Titanium by BaByliss PRO. I know, you're shocked. You expected me to say "give me Chi or give me death". Not so fast, my friends! I've tried many flat irons - Chi, Solano, etc - and this is the best. Hands down. Has five temperature settings, gets hot and stays hot.

So there you have it! All the tools needed to make wavy or curly hair straight. If you're thinking, wow that's a lot of trouble - you are correct. It is! Remember, I'm a Leo. We love our manes and are willing to go to great lengths to maintain them. I can remember being a teenager, and not going to the mailbox without my hair "fixed". I guess old habits die hard, as it's just part of the getting ready process for me!

Do you take great pains with your appearance - hair, makeup - or both? Makeup is a whole 'nother blog post...

Have a great Thursday!

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Cabinet Refinishing Project

Happy Wednesday, everyone! Hope you are making it through the week with a huge smile!

Many of you have asked about our bathroom remodeling project, and when I would be sharing photos. I promise - I am going to do it! I'm one of those people that wants everything just so before I show it off. I guess it's because I see all these photos on blogs of people's home and decorating, and I might feel a little inferior. In general, design and creativity are not one of my skill sets. But I manage to make it look presentable around here. :-)

When we started our remodel, one of our first projects was the bathroom cabinets. They were covered in probably five coats of paint (pretty sure I saw pepto pink and yellow, and white was the top coat). We decided to attempt to strip all the old paint off the cabinets in preparation for sanding and staining. All this was to restore their natural wood finish and color. Mother and I went to the local Sherwin Williams store to purchase supplies. When the salesperson said "good luck" - like we were in for a huge challenge? - I felt like he was exaggerating. At the time I was naive enough to not understand; he was actually telling the truth!  

It took days just to get all the paint off the cabinets. Then close to a week to sand, condition and stain. It was very cold outside, which made the project even more challenging. 

This is the front of one of the cabinet doors - after all the paint was stripped off - or at least as much as we could get! There were still very small specks of paint on the cabinets - paint store dude warned me about that - but it created almost a "spackled" appeance once the stain was applied and dry. I actually liked the way it turned out.
 The same piece of wood after one coat of stain, we actually applied three coats.

To give a little perspective, see the cabinets on the right side for how they looked BEFORE we started to strip paint...(ignore construction zone, please)...

Another thing I learned - the inside of a cabinet door will always look better than the outside. See the next three photos for proof. First one is after sanding, second photo is after first coat of stain, and third photo is after second coat was applied.

I'm proud to say, we were very pleased with the results of the cabinet portion of our remodel. And I will admit - I actually enjoyed working with the wood and seeing it all come together. I can honestly understand how some people find projects like this very fulfulling and dare I say, a little relaxing. There is certainly an unexplained joy in seeing the fruits of your labor. If you'd have told me that before we started, I'd have called you crazy - for sure! :-)

No worries - I will be sharing more pictures of the finished project - the actual bathrooms! First, I must decide on the decor for one of them...

Have you ever done any wood working like sanding or refinishing? Were you pleased and surprised by the results? This was uncharted territory for me, and if I can do it - anyone can!

Have a Wonderful Wednesday!

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Let's Hold Hands & Wish For An Early Spring...

Happy Tuesday! Hope you've had a wonderful start to the new week! Yesterday was a little crazy, as evidenced by some of the comments received here...I've never had as many anonymous comments as I received Monday. I made the decision to leave them all up and not delete any; as I truly believe most folks will draw their own conclusions anyway. Additionally, I was very excited to receive dozens of supportive emails - both from readers and a few high level executives.

Moving right along - I'm getting tired of the cold. I don't know how those of you who live in really cold climates like MA, MI, WI, etc make it through the winter. My town is packed with snowbirds that are down here to escape the bitter cold. I have a theory: the birds can fly down to the Alabama coast, rent a house or condo for $1500-2000 per month - and that is probably cheaper than their heating costs/utilities in many major metropolitan areas. What do you think?

Join me in wishing for an early spring, and enjoy the photos I have posted today. All of these were taken last spring, summer or fall on our beautiful coast - my home. You couldn't pay me to live anywhere else. I am thankful every day, and know I am blessed, to lead this life.

Prior to the BP Spill reaching our version of paradise...little did we know, our summer was about to be ruined.

Tanning essentials (see my tan toes peeking out?)
DH and I have a "tanning competition" every year. We can never agree on who wins...

Right across the street from our digs...

Looking west, across the street...neighbors fertilize the sea oats. They are great protection from hurricanes and crazy weather we experience. Need to preserve as much of the white sand as possible!

Sunrise on the Gulf of Mexico, heading out for a day of fishing and fun.

Sunset on the Gulf of Mexico, we have to come back eventually!
Same day, view from the other side of the boat. You can't see in this picture but the moon was already visible. What a sight! The moon to our right, and sunset to our left.

Another perfect day in our paradise...

Here's to the warm sunshine on our skin, the sand between our toes, a cold beverage in our hands, and a much improved mental state! As fellow Gulf Coast native and local boy Jimmy says - it's 5 o'clock somewhere! :-)

Have a Terrific Tuesday!

Monday, January 24, 2011

Not So Great Expectations: The $50 Lilly Dress...

Happy Monday! Did you have a wonderful weekend? I'm happy to report that we are back in the land of functioning appliances. Never thought I'd be so pleased to see a new refrigerator arrive! :-)

Today I want to talk about something that has been bothering me for a while, so please indulge me. While this conversation might seem a little random to readers who aren't tuned in to the Lilly-themed pages on Facebook, I'm sure you will catch on pretty quickly! 

Everyone knows the economy has been in a down turn for the past two-three years, right? Even though many of us have continued to shop and act like it wasn't happening (that's me: guilty as charged!), some of our favorite companies, brands and designers are suffering. Yet others are flourishing. Go figure. 

Recently it was announced that the Lilly Pulitzer Via shops would not be allowed to have sales, or sale prices, on their websites and/or Facebook pages. It's important to note that Lilly Pulitzer corporate does not own these stores, in fact most are independently owned by women. Of course, we love to support these stores because they provide excellent service and on occasion, wonderful sales!

As soon as the news of this change began to hit the Facebook newsfeed, there was an immediate outcry. One friend said it was like "rioting in the streets" and another likened it to "the roar of hundreds of hungry lions".  Comments and opinions were posted everywhere you looked and anywhere you could see - including the Lilly Pulitzer main fan page (which has over 100K fans). Lilly girls were upset - and wanted to voice their opinions - hoping that corporate would change their minds. Now you're asking, "Why The Outcry"?

Here is my take on the evolution of the problem. The brand is now available in more places/stores than ever before. As a result, there is more Lilly "floating around" than I've ever seen in my ten plus years of wearing Lilly. Everyone is competing for the same consumer and their dollar. As a result, sales have been a plenty and consumers have come to expect them on a regular basis. They know about the sales as SOON as they hit the presses, and enjoy taking full advantage. In addition to the Via shops FB pages and websites, there are many other sites to feed the Lilly addiction for the savvy consumer. Lilly Pulitzer has an e-commerce website (, Ebay has always had a huge selection of Lilly, and now there are multiple Facebook pages where you can buy and sell your used or new Lilly goodies. All this in addition to your local Lilly store, be it corporately owned or independently owned Via shop.

A note for the record, I run one of those Facebook pages (Shopaholic's Preppy Closet HERE), but my page is not focused on just Lilly. Sellers list plenty of other designers on SPC, in addition to Lilly. When asked my opinion about pricing an item for sale, I always encourage the seller to price items as close to the market value as possible. While I do not control their pricing, I certainly hate to see someone sell a dress for $50 that is worth over $100. Occasionally a dress is worth MORE than the original retail price, especially if it's a hard to find size or print. On a daily basis, I receive an average of a half dozen emails - asking me how to price an item, where to find an item on sale, etc. And I am no expert - obviously I don't work for Lilly Pulitzer or anyone else - I'm just a stay at home wife with a Lilly obsession.

Don't get me wrong - I love a deal as much as the next person (and have shared several with you guys lately that were too good to pass up) - but when did we start to expect it? And who are we to think we are owed it?

Do we really think that a brand - any brand, not just Lilly - can survive when the consumer wants to pay less than $100 for a $400 dress? Here's a thought - if we can only afford to pay $100 for a dress, perhaps we should look for a $100 dress designer.

Can you buy an Escalade for 75% off? Of course not.
How about a Rolex for 50% off? Again, no.
If everyone could, then guess what would happen? If you guessed "No one would want them anyway" - you are correct. Why? Because then, any sucker with a credit card in their wallet would have those things too. It would no longer be special.

Special stuff costs more. Perhaps we should remember that and appreciate it a little more. After all, we want the Lilly genuises to continue designing for decades to come. For that to happen, they have to turn a profit. I fully support this decision by LP corporate, and look for the brand to return to being exclusive again. I also believe it will be worth more to us - even if it is just our perception. I still remember the "thrill of the hunt" for Lilly; truth be known, that always added to it's allure.

What do you think about Lilly's decision? How do you think it will affect the brand? Because remember - it is ALL about the brand. The value of the company is not measured in bolts of fabric or the bricks used to construct The Pink Palace, but rather the consumer's perception of the brand.

Have a Marvelous Monday - I can't wait to hear your thoughts!

p.s. Before you get really worried, word on the street is that just like clockwork, Lilly Pulitzer will continue to have their semi-annual warehouse sale in King of Prussia. Additionally, online sales will occur - but we don't know the details just yet. You'll have plenty of opportunities to get your Lilly fix, even while shopping on a budget. :-)

***LATER ADDITION TO THIS POST***I'm getting really tired of people tearing me up over this blog post. NO WHERE in this post do I say that someone should not be able to purchase Lilly on sale. I also include myself when I say "We should find a $100 dress if we only want to spend $100 on a dress". PLEASE PEOPLE - READ the post before you eat my backside for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Additionally, I have referenced (in the p.s.) that there will be "plenty of opportunities" to get your Lilly fix while shopping on a budget.

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Weekend Whereabouts....

Happy Saturday, Shopaholics! Are you glad it's the weekend? Any big plans?

A few days ago, our refrigerator began to die a slow death. Ask me how much "fun" it's been trying to keep a refrigerator and freezer FULL of food cold for the past few days? Yeah, not much fun at all. Our kitchen is littered with coolers full of ice and food. It's a real pain to even find the milk to make your cereal. Ugh.

At some point today, Lowe's will deliver a new refrigerator, stove and dishwasher. I can't tell you how happy I will be to see that truck pull up! I'm sure the entire day will be tied up with it though - getting the kitchen back in order after this latest little disaster. Thank goodness the DH is home to help, it's been a rough few days!

We also plan to enjoy a little NFL football over the weekend. Since our team (Dallas Cowboys) wasn't even close to playoff status this year (!), I honestly don't care who wins the games. But I will offer this personal opinion -anyone except the Steelers in the Super Bowl, please! :-)

Enjoy your weekend, and don't miss Monday's post! I plan to finally speak out on a little something that has been bothering me for a long time...

Thursday, January 20, 2011

True Cost of a Hunting Trip...

Happy Thursday! I had to look twice at the calendar - is it really Thursday and where has the week gone? I'm honestly not sure...

Many of you will recall, last week DH was gone to the hunting camp for several days. While he was gone, I "might" have had a wee bit too much fun ordering up some of my favorite goodies. He went back this week, but is now home. And I can pinky promise swear I have been a good girl so far. (hey, the week isn't over...don't get too excited!)

Yesterday *thank goodness* all the boxes had been disposed of, this picture was already taken, and all the new goodies were snuggled into their proper place two hours before the Mr. arrived. The only exception is our new bedding, which will be put out once the guest bedroom has been painted. Maybe I have a chance at this next month...

The Haul, or "Damages" included:

*Lilly Pulitzer Bedding Set, Bedskirt and Pillow Shams/Covers from Garnett Hill
*Tory Burch Romy flats in Turquoise from Rue La La
*Lilly Pulitzer Conrad Sweater from Persnickety Palm
*Lilly Pulitzer Elsa Top, Joy Knit Tunic, and not one but two Penelope Tunics from Village Palm. Can't forget my new LP tree skirt in "X Marks The Spot" which was promptly stored away for next year's holiday decorating
*Lilly Pulitzer Farrow Sweater Tunic from Ebay (a piece from Fall 2009 that I never managed to score in this color while it was still in season)

A few items are not pictured because they haven't arrived yet. Perhaps I will save those for another week's loot is looking skinny thus far...

Thank goodness, no one is doing the math on the "true cost" of this hunting trip. I doubt all DH's trips to Academy for hunting boots, clothing, etc. would compare. 

Here's to the employees of my local post office, they must wonder what in the world goes on around here! :-)

Have a great day!

p.s. To the readers with inquiring minds - no animals were harmed during DH's trip. He only goes for the big ones, and says he's not "mad at those deer" like he used to be.  This is something fun that he and his Father can enjoy together. Personally, I think he's a secret candidate for PETA but can't bring himself to admit it just yet...

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Breathing A Huge Sign Of Relief....

Happy Wednesday, everyone!

Do you remember last weekend I attended my cousin's baby shower? She was still 4-5 weeks from her due date, so it wasn't time for the baby to arrive.  Turns out, the baby was ready to enter this world and yesterday was the day!

When I first heard the news, I thought about how I hoped she'd had enough time to get all those gifts put up and the nursery organized. You know - silly stuff.

CG was in labor for a long time today (at least twelve hours seems long to me, but I've never had a baby, remember?). In the midst of all the joy, there was an extremely scary moment when Colt arrived. The umbilical cord was wrapped around his was touch and go for about three minutes. Three minutes that felt like an eternity to the baby's mother, father, grandmother and aunt in the delivery room.

Thankfully, all is ok. Colt is healthy (6 lb, 9 oz and 21"). Mom and baby are resting comfortably. Along with the rest of the family, I'm breathing a huge sigh of relief. I love his Mother like the child I don't have and wish I would have been there to share in this special moment. Honestly though, I'm not sure my heart could have taken it!

Please join me in welcoming Colt to the family! I can't wait to meet him - hopefully later this week! I'm breathing a huge sign of relief today...Nothing makes the world right like a new baby. :-)

Have a Wonderful Wednesday!

p.s. Special thanks to my cousins Kate and Tommy for all the updates throughout the day, you guys are the best. Congrats again on your newly acquired aunt and uncle status!

Monday, January 17, 2011

Bare Escentuals: Shimmer & Shine Collection

Happy Monday, Shopaholics! Are you exhausted from the weekend, or is it just me? My lack of rest continues (read: no spa day today) as I help my Father on a work project. Maybe I can sleep in a few days...

After the holidays, I felt I needed a pick me up that makes me look rested, even when I'm not! Two weeks ago, I was browsing on Sephora's website and ran across the Bare Escentuals Shimmer & Shine Collection, pictured above.  It was on sale for $45, originally $54 and valued at $142. What do you think happened? :-)

That baby hopped right into my cart, and arrived four days later. And guess what, I love every single item in the kit! My favorite pieces are the two Natural Lipglosses. They are not sticky, and feel wonderful on the lips! I've also really enjoyed experimenting with the black eyeliner as I normally wear a colored eyeliner, very rarely do I go to black eyeliner territory. Are you wondering about the eye shadows? Yeah, I always love the BE eye shadows, and these are no exception. I appreciate that you can control the amount of shadow, as well as depth of color and sparkle!  

If you want a new look without a huge investment, I highly recommend this kit! You can view it on the Sephora website HERE. Honestly, I'm shocked they aren't sold out! :-)

Have a Marvelous Monday!

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Weekend Whereabouts

Happy Saturday! Aren't you glad it's the weekend? Hopefully you are experiencing nice weather instead of bitter cold, snow and ice like earlier this week. It's sunny here and not quite as cold, so I'm a happy camper!

We have a busy weekend of celebrations planned. On Saturday, I will be attending my dear cousin's baby shower. This is somewhat difficult for me to comprehend. It seems like just yesterday DH and I were keeping her on the weekends, taking her to the beach, teaching her everything we knew about life.  CG was the flower girl in our wedding! Of course she was very young then, and next month, she will have her first child. Amazing. Time really flies, doesn't it?

While I can't reveal my gift (in case she reads!) - I hope someone presents CG with a "diaper cake". I understand they are fairly simple to make, but no way I would ever attempt to create one. I'm not sure what line I got in when creative skills were being handed out, I suppose the shopping skills line needed folks too! Speaking of shopping, one of my Lilly Pulitzer Blayney dresses will make their maiden voyage into the world for this event. :-)

Next on the agenda: our friends M&R went off to a resort this week and tied the knot, after dating for five years! (See ladies, there is hope for a man who is a little slow to pop the question...) Their wedding reception promises to be a lot of fun - M&R are some of the most unpretentious, kind and fun people you will ever meet. Think line dancing, cowboys boots, and Bud Light. We might even hear Garth Brooks "Friends In Low Places" before this one is over.  Mark it down: the first wedding reception I've ever attended in jeans, a Lilly tunic or sweater (can't decide) and cowboy boots. Me thinks it will probably never happen again....but hey, this is something to talk about later. :-)

Can't have toooooo much fun on Saturday night though, as the Lilly Pulitzer sale debuts Sunday morning on Rue La La. Promptly at 11AM ET/10AM CT, competitive shopping will reach new heights. During past Lilly sales on RLL, items have sold out very quickly. Be sure to use the "Quick! Buy It Now" function for this one. If you're not already a member of RLL, your invitation to join is HERE. While I have no idea what will be included or how the prices will be for this sale, I can say in past sales items have been discounted 50-75%. This time, I expect the sale to include many items from Lilly's Summer 2009 collection - and maybe a few other surprises!

Needless to say - after all this activity, I might need a Spa Day on Monday! Or at least a nice long nap....

What are you doing this weekend? Whatever it happens to be, enjoy and have a wonderful time.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Introducing Shopaholic's Kiddie Closet

Wow! I can't believe it's already Thursday. The DH has been off on a hunting trip and I've been taking care of business here at home. Yesterday I got distracted (let's face it, that doesn't take much, ADD in full swing always) and didn't finish my housework. I'll pay for that later today....ugh.

Today I have exciting news to share with you! My newest project is a consignment page on Facebook for all the mommies, expecting mothers, grandparents and aunties like me! We're all good preps here - and our children are dressed accordingly. The question is - what happens to all those clothes they outgrow? (So quickly, I might add...)

Most people do one of two things with their children's used or NWT clothing/accessories. They're either donated to a friend, family member or favorite organization OR taken to your local consignment store. As you probably have read or seen in the news, the consignment business in general has been booming since the economic slowdown.

The problem with "traditional" consignment is that you generally have no control over how your items are priced or when the store might mark them down to 50% or even 75% of their original prices. Additionally, most consignment stores only issue checks once every 30, 60 or 90 days. Even that process typically depends on how many $$'s you have to be paid. Lots of people walk away from children's consignment feeling like it wasn't even worth the effort based on the money they receive.

Shopaholic's Kiddie Closet is a solution to this problem. We are an online consignment site on Facebook (link HERE) that specializes in children's designer, preppy and high end clothing, accessories and shoes. All our listings are posted on the page into "albums" for ease of shopping. The albums are set up by gender/size to make it even easier for the buyer to find great pieces! Our listing fees are only $1 per item and it's a bargain (some children's sites on FB charge up to $3). The page is less than one week old, and we're already experiencing sales rates in the 35-40% range within one day of the listing. Amazing! And all you need to buy and sell on the page? A paypal account! Easy!

Today I'm asking for your help. Will you please, pretty please with sugar on top, head over to Facebook and "LIKE" Shopaholic's Kiddie Closet? (link again HERE) I am trying to get the page built up quickly so that our buyers have tons of listings from which to purchase, and our sellers experience high sales rates! Even if you don't have children (hey, neither do I, remember?) I would appreciate your support. If the amount of posts start to become too much, just "hide" us from your news feed but pretty please don't delete us!

Remember - I also have Shopaholic's Preppy Closet (link HERE) where you can find tons of preppy and designer clothing, shoes and accessories. Gucci, Ferragamo, St John, Lilly Pulitzer, Tory Burch, Coach and so many other brands are on the page. Wonderful new items are posted daily - and I'd love your support over there too! Who knows - you just might find a treasured piece that you "need"! :-)

Thanks for listening, as always - and for your support. There is a mean girl who is trying to take me down between the blog, Shopaholic's Preppy Closet and now Shopaholic's Kiddie Closet. I'm stronger than that though, and refuse  to allow it to happen! 

Have a wonderful day and stay warm!

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Rue La La - Final Sale, Acts I & II

Happy Hump Day! Most of my friends from Atlanta to Boston are experiencing extreme winter weather. Please be careful out there! I feel silly complaining about "just" cold weather when you guys are literally stuck at home. I hope you have the essentials - plenty of food, wine by the case and a great internet connection. Let's don't forget activities for the little ones who have now been stuck inside for too long! And possibly a wee bit of medication for the Mommies too...

Since you're stuck inside, do not forget to shop the Rue La La Final Sale, Act I & II. You'll be so mad at yourself if you miss it! "Final Sale, Act I" premiered yesterday and so many fabulous brands were featured - Tory Burch, DVF, Tibi, Stuart Weitzman, 7 For All Mankind, HONORA and others. If you're not a member of Rue La La, membership is free and HERE is your invite!

I managed to score this pair of Tory Burch Romy Flats in Turquoise Blue, on sale for $120, regular $235.

While writing this blog post, I checked the website again and most of the brands featured on Act I are not sold out, including the Tory Burch section. NOTE: readers who are LSU or Tennessee girls, the same Tory Burch Romy flats are available in purple and orange (not together, of course). You simply must check them out!

It's probably dangerous to my wallet (good thing DH is on a male bonding AKA hunting trip) but I can't wait to see what is featured on Act II today. Sales begin at 10AM CT/11AM ET - so if you're not already signed up, sign up now (here's your INVITE again) and be ready!

I have a ton of errands to run today, a house to get clean before the DH returns, and laundry that is calling my name - but I will be sitting in front of the computer and logged in a few minutes early today!

Did you purchase anything yesterday from the Rue La La sale? Special thanks to my buddy Ashley over at Sweet Southern Prep (if you guys don't follow her, what are you waiting on?) for sizing assistance with this particular style of TB flat. Shopaholic is very familiar with Reva, but not Romy. Happy to say that will be changing shortly! 

Have a Wonderful Wednesday and Happy Rue La La Hunting! A hunting DH went and a hunting I shall go too! :-)

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Shopaholic January Book Club: Love The One You're With, Emily Giffin

Happy Tuesday!

One of my "personal but unspoken" New Years resolutions was to read at least one, and hopefully two, books each month. I've always loved to read and lately I've been molded to the computer. So I decided to get back into the habit of reading; whether it was for thirty minutes in the evenings, or settling down with an engrossing book on a rainy day and not moving until it was finished!

NOTE: Do not expect thick classic novels and the like. After school, I gave up all reading that wasn't just fun! Now I enjoy chick lit, mystery and suspense, autobiographies and the occasional romance novel. My reading is strictly for entertainment value, nothing else!

The good news for January - I've already finished my book! I found "Love The One You're With" by Emily Giffin on the bargain book table at my local Books A Million and have had it for months.

This book was very enjoyable. Official review from Publisher's Weekly:

A chance encounter with an old flame in Giffin's bittersweet, sometimes mawkish fourth novel causes Ellen Dempsey to consider anew what could have been. Shortly after marrying Andy, Ellen runs into Leo, her intense first love. Leo, a moody writer, has secretly preoccupied Ellen ever since he broke her heart, so after seeing him again, Ellen wonders if her perfect life is truly what she wants or simply what she was expected to want. This scenario is complicated by Ellen's past: the early death of her mother and subsequent disintegration of her family have left Ellen insecure and saddled with unresolved feelings of guilt. These feelings intensify when Andy's career takes the newlyweds from Ellen's beloved New York City to suburban Atlanta. As Ellen's feelings of inadequacy and resentment grow, her marriage begins to crumble. The novel is sometimes bogged down by characters so rooted in type that they, and the story line, can only move in the most obvious trajectory. However, Giffin's self-aware narrator and focus on troubled relationships will satisfy those looking for a light women's lit fix. (May)

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Doesn't everyone have one of those relationships in their past where they wonder - what happened to this person? What would our lives be like if we were still together? Would it be better - or would it be worse? OF Course we do! I think that's what made the book such a fun read for me - thankfully I didn't have to revisit my past, Ellen revisited hers!

Have you read this book? I'm ashamed to say, until this book, I'd never read any of Emily Giffin's work. I certainly will be reading more now! And each month I'll be sharing my book with you in "Shopaholic Book Club".

Good news! ONE LUCKY READER will be receiving my copy of "Love The One You're With". If you're interested, please leave a comment with your email address. I will randomly select one reader later this week and contact you for your shipping address. Every month, my Book Club selection will be sent to a lucky reader. You'll have at least twelve opportunities to score a free book during 2011!

I can't accumulate a big pile of books around here again - my closet cleaning guru friend Lis would kill me. When she saw my pile of books in Charlotte, this is what she said:

"You know Lori, they have this place where you can get books. It's easy to find, they have lots of books. It doesn't cost you anything either". Smarty Pants huh? Like I didn't know about the library. Duh. Then again, I did have over 200 books to move or donate when we moved back south. :-) 

Enjoy your Tuesday and do yourself a favor - start reading a new book!  

Monday, January 10, 2011

BCS National Championship - Auburn Tigers vs. Oregon Ducks

Happy Monday! Greetings from a cold and wet Gulf coast beach town! :-)

Tonight is the BCS National Championship game, where the Auburn Tigers will meet the Oregon Ducks. For those who don't follow sports - we're talking about college football.

The DH and I love college football. Some of you might remember that I'm a season ticket holder for UA football (The University Of Alabama) and attend every home game in Tuscaloosa, AL. I also love to attend "away" games and have watched my beloved team play in other locales such as Columbia, SC; Pasadena, CA; New Orleans, LA; Jacksonville, FL; Birmingham, AL; Jackson, MS; and Knoxville, TN.

Alabama and Auburn are "in-state rivals", but that really makes it sound pretty calm and slightly civilized. HAHA. Most people around here either love Alabama or they love Auburn - and they pull for whichever team the other one is playing on any given Saturday.

Last year, Alabama beat the Texas Longhorns in the BCS Championship to win their first national championship since 1992. Our star running back, Mark Ingram, also won the Heisman Trophy. It was a grand year!

This year, Auburn has the chance to win the BCS Championship. Their star quarterback, Cameron Newton, has already won the 2010 Heisman Trophy. All they have to do is beat Oregon tonight.

What are the chances of one state producing the Heisman Trophy and BCS National Champions in back-to-back years?

Do you enjoy college football? Who is your favorite team, and who are you pulling for tonight? Doesn't really matter to me - my team isn't playing! Good luck to Auburn and Oregon, may the best team win!  

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Garnet Hill's Big Lilly Sale!

Happy Sunday, everyone! Hope you are enjoying a great weekend!

Have you heard about the huge sale over at Garnet Hill? (link HERE) They have drastically marked down the majority of their Lilly Pulitzer merchandise. The prices are insane...for instance - the coverlet in the above photo was on sale for $29 (king, no less, originally priced at $208). I purchased an entire set (coverlet, shams, pillow covers and the white on white bedskirt) to redecorate one of our guest bedrooms. We're about to bite off another job - painting the guest bedroom - and this will be a nice contrast to the wall color we've selected.

Other great deals include the following...

Lilly Pulitzer Juice Stand Shower Curtain, $9. Yep, you are seeing correctly. $9 and it was originally $88.

Lilly Pulitzer Cocktail Shaker & Cocktail Napkins, $3-$28. I have this cocktail shaker already, love it! Prominently displayed on our wetbar!

These prices made me stop and think - wonder if Lilly will be using another manufacturer for their bedding/bath, since the big Oxford buyout? Is that the reason for 80-90% off price reductions? no longer utilized, but corporate trained brain is in deep thought! 

Let me know if you purchased anything! I can't wait for the bedding to arrive; now I'm actually looking forward to painting! Go figure! 

Enjoy the rest of your Sunday!

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