Shopaholic in Alabama

Friday, April 29, 2011

Kevin Dobbins Pearls: New Designer Profile, Giveaway, Shopaholic Discount and Review

TGIF, Shopaholics! 

Recently I was thrilled and honored to be contacted by Kevin Dobbins Pearls out of Birmingham, Alabama. Kevin recently opened a store on Etsy (link HERE) and began selling his gorgeous line of pearl jewelry. Additionally,  you can find his designs in boutiques across the southeast.

Kevin's designs are devoted to the rich mythology of the mysterious pearl and showcasing its color, texture, contrast and composition. Kevin's thoughts on pearls: "The high esteem that the South holds for pearls is always an influence in my designs. From a very early age, southern women realize the diversity of pearls and how to use them to their best advantage".

This Shopaholic says "Amen, Kevin". I wear pearls all the time - and not always "just" a single strand of pearls. I love colored pearls, pearls mixed with gold and silver metals, functional clasps, unique shapes and designs. I also love to wear a pearl bracelet along with my Burberry tank watch. Pearls are perfect, whether you are dressing up for a fun event or lunching and shopping with friends! :-) 

A few of my favorite pieces from Kevin Dobbins Pearls include the following...

The Classic Bracelet Pink: Freshwater Pearls, $29 (available on Etsy HERE). Classic pink pearls with a magnetic clasp. These clasps are quickly becoming the rage in jewelry design because they are super strong but easy to use. The white pearls dangling from the clasp make this piece really special. Don't tell the DH but I will be ordering this one - maybe in several colors as it's also available in lavendar, champagne, chocolate, white and grey!

The Classic Lariat Pink: Freshwater Pearls, $89 (available on Etsy HERE). A coincidence that it matches the above bracelet? I think not! Kevin sent one of these lariats for me to review and it is absolutely fabulous in person! Three 54 inch strands of pink freshwater pearls with five white freshwater pearls on each end. My Mother and sister also reviewed this piece with me. Mother liked to wear just one strand at a time - but me, I loved all three together. This is a "statement piece" that you will reach for over and over again. A wonderful addition to your jewelry wardrobe!

The Valerie Necklace: Pearls and Jade, $94 (available on Etsy HERE). This piece is very high on my "wish list". Simple elegance - triple strand of pearls, jade, and cz rondels for sparkle. It would go with everything in my spring and summer wardrobe. 
The Coil Bracelet White: Freshwater Pearls, $29 (available on Etsy HERE). These pearls are strung on a "memory wire" which makes them perfect for any wrist, small or large. A great basic piece that will always keep its shape.

Winter Garden Necklace of Pearls and Gemstones, $99 (available on Etsy HERE). A stunning necklace, this can be worn with the strands hanging flat for a casual look, or twisted for a more tailored effect. Personally, I love it worn flat. This piece was sent to me for review, and I styled it with a solid turquoise blue wrap dress. That day, I actually needed some of Kevin's business cards to pass out as at least six people asked me "where did you get that necklace?". It has a super strong magnetic clasp and is so easy to get off and on by yourself. (I have a pet peeve about jewelry that I can't fasten or get off/on when home by myself - it makes me nuts).

Next we have the three (yes, 3) pieces that Kevin Dobbins Pearls has generously offered as a Shopaholic giveaway! 

Giveaway Item #1 - The Classic Summer Lariat: Multicolor (Confetti) Freshwater Pearls, retail price $99 (available on Etsy HERE). Perfect with all your spring and summer ensembles. Trust me here - this piece looks great with all your Lilly! One of the most popular pieces in the Kevin Dobbins Pearls line this season!

Giveaway Item #2 - The Summer Confetti Bracelet: Freshwater Pearls, $36 (available on Etsy HERE). The matching bracelet to the lariat necklace above, this can be worn with the pearls "flat" or twisted. Nice because it will accommodate a small or large wrist, and also contains the strong but easy to use magnetic clasp I love so much!

Giveaway Item #3 - The Confetti Summer Earring, $12 (available on Etsy HERE). These are an excellent accent with one of the other giveaway pieces, or they can be worn on their own. Beautiful and lightweight so they won't hurt your ears!

The three giveaway items have a total retail value of $147! Wow! Kevin has been extremely generous with this giveaway, so let's show him a little Shopaholic Love! :-)

Here's how you can qualify for the giveaway:

(1) Comment on this post with your favorite item (or items) from Kevin Dobbins Pearls on Etsy (store link HERE) for ONE entry. Please note this is mandatory to qualify for the giveaway!
(2) "Like" Kevin Dobbins Pearls on Facebook (link HERE) for ONE entry.
(3) Blog about this giveaway for ONE entry. Please provide a link in the comments for verification.
(4) Tweet this giveaway (be sure to copy me @shopaholicinal) for ONE entry. I will verify the tweets on my twitter page.

Please leave a separate comment for each one of your entries.

Giveaway period begins *now* and ends on Monday, May 9 at midnight central time. The winner will be selected by random drawing and announced on this blog and Shopaholic In Alabama on Facebook (link HERE) on Tuesday, May 10. Good luck to you all!

One last thing - Kevin Dobbins Pearls is also offering a "Shopaholic Special" discount. For a limited time, all orders on Etsy will qualify for 15% off the subtotal with the code "ShopaholicPearls". This discount is perfect to wrap up that Mother's Day shopping. Maybe you want a piece or two for yourself (like I do). Know that when you are shopping with KDP, you are supporting a new and independent designer who is located in Birmingham, Alabama. With the recent deadly storms in the Birmingham and Tuscaloosa areas, I feel great shopping with KDP and knowing it will support local business, employees and families.

Now, wonder which bracelet my Mother "needs" as part of her Mother's Day loot?!?!? :-) 

Have a Fantastic Friday and a Wonderful Weekend!  


Thursday, April 28, 2011

Prayers for Tuscaloosa, Birmingham and the Southeast

Happy Thursday, everyone. I had a different post planned today - actually, a giveaway and discount from a new designer. However, due to the events of yesterday's storms throughout our great state and the entire Southeast, I'm rescheduling the fun for Friday.

Today I want to say that my thoughts and prayers are with my family, friends and readers in Tuscaloosa and Birmingham. As well as other cities, towns, and rural areas in the Southeast.

Tuscaloosa is absolutely devastated. I was able to get in touch with several friends in the area, and thankfully so far, everyone is ok. The pictures are scary. They remind me of the devastation the Gulf Coast experienced during Hurricanes Ivan and Katrina - and those are not fun memories to revisit. 

Please take a moment today to say a prayer, light a candle, whatever it is that you personally do - that people are safe, out of harm's way and have food, clothing and shelter. Once I've obtained more information about credible sites or organizations that are accepting donations to assist our neighbors in these lovely communities, I will share with you. 

If you're reading and your sorority, fraternity, or organization is putting something together, please let me know: lori.driver@hotmail.com.

P.S. Yes, I understand there is a Royal Wedding this week. However for me - this is just more important to blog. Additionally, don't forget to check in on Friday for a gorgeous and generous giveaway from a new, lovely jewelry designer!




Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Disaster In The Kitchen


Happy Hump Day, Shopaholics! 

Something disastrous happened in the kitchen yesterday. No, I didn't cook and make us sick - I wish. I'm sick for a different reason.

An extremely heavy glass vase fell off the top of our refrigerator. Of all the things it could hit...it decided to fall directly on our glass cooktop.

This will cost over $500...ask me what I'd rather do with $500? :-(

Upon reflection, we are extremely fortunate no one was injured. The glass vase was very heavy and as you can tell from the above photograph, glass went all over the kitchen. It was a big mess to cleanup.

Have you ever had any similar disasters? I'm so ticked at myself --- why did I allow a heavy vase on top of the fridge? What the heck was I thinking??? Ugh...




Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Good Stuff: Exhaustion, The Body Shop Groupon, Ebates and Lilly GWP!

Happy Tuesday, everyone!

Today's post is a little unusual - and might just give you an idea of the depth of my ADD. :-)

First - I did make it to the gym yesterday. I managed to not eat anything white, drank a ton of water, and the only "sweet" I had was sugar free chocolate pudding last night. This is a major victory, y'all. I took the Tone to Stone class, along with the 15 minute ab class before TTS started. It's possible that I might not be able to get out of bed in the morning. Think lunges with weights, back and forth across the room. Think 50 pushups and I can't even count the situps. My fat body is crying. As Scarlett said - "Tomorrow is Another Day". :-)

Second - I am addicted to Groupon! Almost every day there is a deal I want to purchase! Today - a $40 Groupon to "The Body Shop" for $20. The Groupon can be used on their website (HERE) or in the store! The best part? The value of the Groupon increases to $45 when you use it by 5/30/2011. I love their body butters and plan to be taking advantage of this one! Click this link HERE to purchase your Groupon. To find the right deal, click on "Florida - Pensacola" or "Florida - Gainesville". What a fantastic deal - just in time for Mother's Day shopping! :-)

Third - that Groupon deal gets even better with Ebates! When you redeem your Groupon, be sure to link to The Body Shop website through Ebates. You will earn 10% Cash Back on your entire purchase and get Free shipping if you spend over $50. If you're not a member of Ebates yet, you are missing out on some serious cash for the online shopping you're probably doing anyway! It's Free to join - please click HERE for my invite link! Right now you get a $5 Ebates credit just for joining! My online shopping has already earned me over $70 in this quarter alone! :-)

Fourth and Finally - my friends over at Village Palm in Grosse Point, MI (one of my favorite Lilly Via shops) are offering a wonderful gift with purchase. For a limited time, you will receive a stuffed Lilly bunny with any purchase over $150 on their website link HERE. For purchases over $200, you will receive a special Lilly "Derby Days" hat. There is also Free Shipping on the website with the following promo code: easter.  Please note these promotions are valid while supplies last only! You can also see all the Village Palm happenings on their Facebook page HERE. The new Lilly Summer collection will be available in a few short days, so it's a great time to pick up those remaining items on your Spring "wish list". Be sure to tell them you heard about it on Shopaholic In Alabama! :-)

What do you think? Are you a candidate for the Body Shop Groupon or Lilly GWP?

Hope your Tuesday is Terrific! Who am I kidding? I'm just hoping I can walk tomorrow...

Monday, April 25, 2011

Back On The Wagon...

Happy Monday, Shopaholics!

The DH and I enjoyed a long weekend out of town with family, sorry I deserted you guys for a few days!

I've been having a great time around these parts. Eating whatever I wanted, whenever I wanted, and only exercising "sometimes". Having concoctions like Sangria, Pina Coladas or Mudslides at will.  Guess what?!?!? I am paying for it now!

Some of my favorite clothes are feeling tight, I absolutely *loathe* the way I look in photographs, and I generally feel bad about myself. What's a Shopaholic to do?

Today is the day..."detox" begins. This means:

***No sweets (this include Lilly animal crackers, sad), no white bread/buns (there goes my Nathan's hot dogs!), white rice, etc.
***Back to the grind of five days a week at the gym or taking my 4-mile walk/run.
***Cooking dinner more often than not, and laying off the dining out and fast food. Not sure when I'll get a Beef and Cheddar from Arby's again!
***Water, water, water. I have to drink more. Is it possible for this Diet Coke addict to drink equal parts water/Diet Coke?

Today's decision - which exercise class should I attend? "Tone to Stone" or "Jump & Pump"?!? They both sound tough for detox week...

I wish I could tell you I loved to exercise. I just don't, I'm not one of those people. Does anyone really "love" to exercise? Lots of folks say they do, but do we believe them???

Wish me luck. I might be grumpy for a while.

p.s. If you have any diet, exercise, or detox secrets - please comment and share! I can't be the only one who needs help!

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Beauty Ticket: 50% Off Sale

Hello, my name is Lori. I love to shop for cosmetics, skin care and toiletries. I especially have a weakness (borderline obsession) with lip gloss. :-)

One of my favorite websites, Beautyticket.com (link HERE), is celebrating their birthday with a great sale! Until Friday at midnight, you can take 50% off with the code "BIRTHDAY50".

I've ordered from them many times, and we have a great relationship. They emailed and asked me to share this information with my readers since we all *love* to buy new products!

Sampling of the brands you will find on Beautyticket.com: Smashbox, Fusion Beauty, Molton Brown, Too Faced, Lola Cosmetics, Vincent Longo and others. Their shipping is fast - and you can pay with Paypal (it's well documented, this gets me every time).  

While you're on the website shopping, be sure to take a look at the sections titled "Steal of the Week" and "Bonus Offers". Right now, one of the Bonus Offers is a free 1-year subscription to Allure magazine with any order of $15 or more.

Happy Shopping and hope you're all ready for the holiday weekend!




Wednesday, April 20, 2011

BP Oil Spill: One Year Anniversary

One year ago today, the United States was hit with what became the worst oil spill in our history. The Deepwater Horizon drilling rig off the coast of Louisiana exploded and eleven workers perished. Oil began to gush in the Gulf of Mexico - not to stop until it was capped on July 15 and officially sealed on September 19, 2010. Total estimates of oil spilled throughout the event vary between 94 to 184 million gallons.

The oil began to arrive on the Alabama Gulf Coast just prior to Memorial Day weekend. I will never forget the first day I walked outside (we live across the street from the beach) and thought "I can smell it". It was an awful feeling, to know not only was the "blob" here, but we'd have to smell it for an undetermined amount of time. The best way to explain the scent? Think freshly paved asphalt. You know - the stuff that is probably really bad for us. We could smell it for months.

The images below were taken at our local beach over Memorial Day weekend.



These were taken a few short weeks later...


Despite what you might have heard on television, radio or via the internet - it's not over. Not totally. There are tar mats in the Gulf of Mexico, just offshore. Several are less than 15 miles away from some of the most pristine beaches you'll find in the United States. Most of the oil was essentially "sunk to the bottom" of the Gulf's floor, because of the use of a chemical dispersant. 

No one is really 100% sure of the future impact on our wildlife, sealife, food supply and environment. There is no question - many people were hurt over the spill. Animals, natural resources, businesses, health problems, lack of tourism and commerce - you name it. One charter boat captain committed suicide as he couldn't deal with the pressure of not knowing whether he could support his family and employees. Everyone suffered.

To look at it now - you would never know. The beaches have gone through a deep cleaning process, administered (and paid for, obviously) by BP. It's spring break and the beach is busy. Very busy - pre-spill level busy. That's a good thing.

Today I remember the spill, honor the lives of those who perished in the Deepwater Horizon explosion, and pray lessons were learned.


Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Lilly Pulitzer Summer 2011 Preview

Happy Tuesday, Shopaholics!

Get your wallets ready, as the new Summer collection from Lilly Pulitzer will begin arriving in stores very soon! The Summer collection is my favorite every year and this one is no exception. 

A few preview images to satisfy your curiosity -- and perhaps plan your buying strategy! :-)












What do you think? Do you love it too?

Have a Terrific Tuesday!


Monday, April 18, 2011

Easter Basket Goodies: Coastal Style, Just for the Men

Happy Monday, Shopaholics!
Are you looking for something preppy, practical and stylish for the Mr. as an Easter gift? Here are a few suggestions, from this Shopaholic who lives on the coast! 

Costa Del Mar Sunglasses, Triple Tail, Tortoise Frames with Blue Mirror Glass, $199 MSRP (available HERE). Although we love other brand glasses for "style" - these are wonderful to wear while deep sea fishing, boating, or sitting on the beach. Everything looks better while wearing Costas! The DH loves these - and I'm picking up a pair this week for moi!


Coast Apparel, Winyah Polo, Jade Cream, $72.50 (available in a ton of colors HERE). Made from Peruvian cotton with a touch of Lycra, these polos are a new Shopaholic favorite. The man in your life will LOVE this polo. My DH looks fantastic in greens and blues. Don't be surprised if this one finds it's way to coastal Alabama very soon. But ssshhh don't tell him! :-) 
Coast Croakies, Available in Navy, Red or Royal Blue, $7.99 (link HERE). Trust me on this one...he needs these for fishing, boating and beach going. And you're already on the Coast website anyway! :-)

Four Position Backpack Beach Chair, available at Bed Bath & Beyond (in-store and online HERE), $39.99. A good beach chair is hard to find, and this one fits the bill! Special details: cupholder, easy rest pillow and the ability to carry the chair like a backpack. Because after all, we're probably going to make him carry most of our stuff to the beach....right?!!? :-)

Tommy Bahama, Poster Fish Beach Towel, $52 (available HERE). For goodness sakes, don't make your DH or male companion use a pink or green beach towel. Enough said. :-)

Kiel James Patrick, Croffix Sailing Belt, Hortock's Compass Rose, $88 (available HERE). A preppy favorite, Kiel James Patrick delivers with a beautiful braided rope belt that is handcrafted in Rhode Island. Made in a versatile navy blue color, this belt will match everything! :-) 
What do you think of my coastal themed selections? Are you ready to stuff those baskets?

Have a Marvelous Monday!

p.s. Don't forget about the Lilly Pulitzer event today on Joss & Main. HERE is your free invite - with this link, you'll get immediate access to the site. Sale starts at 11AM ET/10AM CT. Can't wait!


Sunday, April 17, 2011

Joss & Main: Lilly Pulitzer Event Monday 4/18

Happy Sunday, Shopaholics! Today I have a quick reminder for you - Joss & Main is featuring Lilly Pulitzer Home & Accessories event on Monday! Don't forget to join Joss & Main - membership is free! With my link HERE, no waiting in line - you have immediate access to the site!

According to my contacts at Joss & Main, the buyers have been working very hard to host a wonderful event filled with great Lilly items! Below are some of the current preview images!





After you sign up, be sure to check out the LAVA Boutique - now on Joss & Main! I really like the "Keep Calm" pillows that are featured! (Don't delay on the Lava - the boutique closes at 11AM ET Sunday).


How about these beautiful thank you notes by Wooster & Prince? This boutique opened Saturday and almost every item is already sold out! Gorgeous designer paper and stationery, perfect for all your handwritten notes.



If you haven't joined Joss & Main yet, HERE is your free invite. Get ready for Monday - I expect items will sell out quickly!

Enjoy your Sunday!


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