Showing posts from July, 2011

Salt Water Saturday: Girls Weekend & Caroline Grace Birthday Celebration

Happy Weekend Everyone! 

Who remembers my friend LG over at Caroline Grace Jewelry? You know, the jewelry designer who makes the fabulous cuff bracelets such as THIS one?

She is headed down to the beach as we speak (hence my post going up in the middle of the night, I don't want her to see on the iPhone while driving!). To celebrate, I stocked up on some of our favorite drinks - wine, Mojitos and Skinnygirl Margaritas. In addition, my friends at the Publix bakery made her a beach-themed birthday cake; I insisted it be trimmed in pink and green with the exception of the water scene on the top. Add some fresh flowers and we're ready to go! 

Do you like the cake? I'm hoping she will be surprised - LG has no idea I did all this! We plan to spend all day today and tomorrow on the beach - working on our tans and solving all the world's problems (LOL, we wish). BFF Ashleigh will be joining us and it promises to be a great time! 

Fingers crossed for abundant sunshine! Please join …

Fearless Fitness Friday: The Week of the Sloth

TGIF! What are your plans for the weekend? I'm looking forward to a visit from one of my BFF's and a birthday celebration - details on that tomorrow! :-) 

Welcome to another edition of "Fearless Fitness Friday" that I almost didn't write because I am so embarrassed. I have been a total lazy bum this week. I haven't exercised - nope, not even one time. In addition, I have been eating out and drinking lots of poison Diet Coke. DH left for another trip on Monday so I'm off my game - plus my Mother was here visiting and we hit all the good restaurants in town. 

I'm not even going to attempt "good behavior" again until Monday - and by then, I'm thinking a good cleanse and/or detox program will be necessary. Do you have any recommendations? 

Have a Fantastic Friday! 

Hair Opinions, Please...

Hello Shopaholics! 

Today I would love your opinion about my hair! As previously discussed, my hair is naturally wavy and I have to work hair to make it straight or make it curly. The only good news is that I have plenty of hair - Phillip (my stylist) says I have the hair of five adults. :-) 

Straight hair - taken earlier this week - at lunch with BFF Ashleigh (in the middle) and friend Gina (on the left)
Wavy - this is more of my hair's "natural state" - I have to work with lots of gels, etc so that it doesn't get too frizzy...(picture taken with all my favorite men - DH, Dad and the nephews)
I call this opinion "Theresa hair" - you know, like Theresa on RHONJ. Phillip did this for me earlier in the summer and I got so many compliments. Photo taken at dinner with my childhood friend, Angel and sister Amy (center and right, respectively)

What's the verdict? Which style do you like best? Can't wait to hear what you think! I've been wearing my hair str…

Wish List Wednesday: clairebella on Joss & Main

Happy Hump Day! My Mother is visiting and we are planning a day of fun - lunch, shopping and weather permitting - either the beach or pool!  :-) 

Welcome to Wish List Wednesday! Today, I am tempted by almost every item in the clairebella event on Joss & Main (link HERE). Are you familiar with this brand? If not - meet clairebella (from the Joss & Main site)...

Founded by Kathy Denness, a single mom with a dream, clairebella quickly grew from celebrity-favored hand-painted children’s furniture to a full collection of personalized and patterned products that are enjoyed the world over. clairebella proudly supports the Orphan Foundation of America and scholarship programs in the US while continuing to create products that are adored as beautiful gifts and trendy accessories. Whether out on a counter or tucked into your purse, clairebella products are fun, bold and stylish.

There are so many fun items in today's sale - some of my favorites include:

Cheers Hoopla Coaster Set in Gre…

Lights, Camera, Lilly: Fall 2011 Collection

Happy Tuesday! This is an exciting week because the Lilly Pulitzer Fall 2011 will/should be available online or in your favorite store. July 25 was set as the first shipment date of the newest collection. Yeah! 

Before we begin - there are two things you need to know! First - the Fall Lilly collection is "usually" my least favorite. Most of you know - I'm a Summer/Resort girl at heart and the change of seasons generally makes me cranky with limited beach, sunbathing and boating days. Second - please forgive the awful quality of the pictures I am sharing with you, I was unable to install the software of my dinosaur scanner to my new laptop. You know what this means, right? I need to go shopping for a new wireless printer/scanner combo...I digress. Let's talk about the new Fall Lilly Pulitzer collection! :-) 

Many of my favorite styles are back in fun new prints, such as the Adalie Wrap Dress in Skye Blue Thrill of the Chaise, $158.

Looks like I'll be adding more Clar…

Summer Headbands: The Stylish Cure For Bad Hair Days

Wow - I can't believe it's already Monday and the last week of July! Where has the summer gone!?!

Summer heat and humidity are tough on my hair. As many of you know, my hair is naturally wavy so I have to either work to make it straight or work to make it curly. Either way it's a real pain when the temp is over 90 and the heat index is over 100, as has been the case here for the past 60 days. Ugh. 

One of my solutions to this problem - having a wardrobe of stylish headbands and headwraps. Featured below are a few of my current favorites.

Tasha 'Circus' Head Wrap in Green, $38, available at Nordstrom online HERE
Starfish Headband in Pink, $38, available on Fornash online HERE
Lilly Pulitzer 1" Headband in Slathouse Rock, $7.50, available on Lotus & Lilly online HERE (actually I love all of Lotus & Lilly's headband creations - every Lilly girl "needs" several of these)

Sweat Treats Cupcakes Sweaty Band 1.5", $18, available on Sweaty Bands on…

Diana E. Kelly - Clutch Giveaway WINNER!

Thanks so much to our friends at Diana E. Kelly for sponsoring a wonderful giveaway here on Shopaholic In Alabama - and thanks to all the readers who entered! 

Congratulations to "BJD" - you are the winner with the following comment:

BJD said...
Posted a comment on Diana E. Kelly's Facebook wall. July 13, 2011 2:30 PMPlease contact me ( with your handbag choice and shipping informaiton. Please provide a first and second choice of bag, just in case the first choice is out of stock. I will forward the information to Diana Kelly for shipping! :-) Please don't forget - the Shopaholic discount code still applies to all online purchases HERE. The code is "ShopaholicAL11" and is good for 15% off your total purchase, a great time to stock up on Diana's lovely shoes and bags! Congrats to our winner and thanks to Diana for providing such a generous giveaway and Shopaholic discount! Have a wonderful Sunday! 

Salt Water Saturday: Impromptu Dolphin Cruise

Happy Salt Water Saturday! 

When you go out into a boat in the Gulf of Mexico - you just never know what will happen. If you're fishing - obviously you know what you are trying to catch (such as red snapper or grouper) but you might hook up a shark or another species. The weather might be perfect when you leave the dock, and next thing you know you can't see your hand in front of your face and lightning is popping all over the place. (Been there, done that). You might encounter a giant sea turtle that comes up for air and disappears so quickly you can't get a picture. Heck - you might even see a water spout (or two - one on each side of the boat). I've been lucky enough to see and encounter all of these things while boating and fishing off the Gulf Coast.

A few weeks ago, we went out for a quick and easy fishing trip. We only went five to ten miles offshore - well within site of land - and didn't have a long day. For a while, we fished behind a shrimp boat. All of a …