Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Blog Sale!

It's Blog Sale Time! I haven't posted one of these in quite some time, as I normally post all my sale items on Shopaholic's Preppy Closet on Facebook (link HERE). All these items are already posted for sale on SPC, but I thought it wouldn't hurt to post them here too! 

Please note that all payments are due and payable through Paypal, and prices include shipping. Just comment with which item you'd like, or email me (lori.driver@hotmail.com). I can ship the item immediately upon receipt of your cleared payment. Without further ado...

Excellent condition, Catherine Malandrino, Size Small, Kimono sleeve style top. 100% Silk, Fully Lined. $25 shipped. 

NEW Without Tags, UGG Handbag, includes dust bag and cover. Zip top, so you can put your hands through the middle to keep them warm! $40 shipped. 

NEW With Tags, Lilly Pulitzer, CALLAHAN Shorts, Size 12. Color/Print - Hotty Pink/Seerous Seersucker. Preppy pink and green! $30 shipped. 

NEW without Tags, Lilly Pulitzer, RAQUEL Dress. Ladies Size Large. Color/Print - Beach Club Blue/Docksider. $95 shipped, $258 retail.

There will be more in a few days, in the meantime don't forget to check out all the offerings on Shopaholic's Preppy Closet HERE. We have a wonderful group of sellers and many different preppy and designer brands, in a wide variety of sizes and prices! 

Thursday, January 19, 2012

44 Years And Still Going Strong!

Today, my parents are celebrating their 44th Wedding Anniversary. Please join me in wishing them a Happy Anniversary! I'm so proud of my parents and the example they have set for me and my sister. Never in my life - not once, not even for a moment - have I doubted that my parents are in love and will be together for the rest of their lives. 

That's such a rare partnership in today's society, and one worthy of celebration. 

Happy Anniversary, Mom and Dad! 

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

A Case Of The Blues...

Don't be worried about me, I'm not sad! Ha! It just occurred to me, that during a 3-day stretch over the holidays - I somehow managed to wear the exact same "color scheme" every day! When did I realize this? Umm, well, I'm a little behind around here (you could say that...) and just got around to loading all my pictures from the holidays to my computer. 

Here is the photographic evidence, enjoy! 

Christmas Eve Eve (that would be December 23) with DH and my nephews:
Christmas Eve with the DH (hey, at least we coordinated - now that was planned!)
Christmas Day with fabulous gifts, and of course the DH...

This begs the question - has turquoise replaced pink as my favorite color? Some days, even I'm not sure - but I know this, I did love all the turquoise offerings from the Lilly Pulitzer resort collection! 

Have a Wonderful Wednesday! 

Monday, January 16, 2012

Tracy Negoshian: 60% off Fall Collection

Happy Monday and Happy MLK Day! I'd like to share one of my favorite quotes from Martin Luther King, Jr with you, it's very powerful:  "Rarely do we find men who willingly engage in hard, solid thinking. There is an almost universal quest for easy answers and half-baked solutions. Nothing pains some people more than having to think".   

I'm off work today (federal holiday) and getting caught up with emails, online shopping, etc and thought you might be interested in hearing about the newest sale from one of my favorite designers (and apparently she is one of yours too!), Tracy Negoshian. For a limited time, the Fall collection is 60% off on Tracy's website HERE. I'm in love with the Karen dress pictured above, and it's only $46.99 (original price $117.00). 

What about this Kim dress? Originally priced at $124, Kim is on sale for just $49.99. I love all the bright colors and the scoop neck details. Perfect for winters on the coast! 
What about the Chrissy dress? I still need to add this one to my gameday dress collection. Chrissy is marked down to $46.99, from her original price of $117.00. 
Don't forget to go check out the sale on the Tracy Negoshian website HERE. Styles and quantities are limited - so when they're gone, they're gone! 

Hope you're enjoying a beautiful day! 

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Diana E. Kelly - Two Giveaway Winners

Hi Everyone! Sorry for my sporadic posts the past two weeks, I'm still getting used to this new schedule and have been too busy to breathe. I'm looking forward to a long weekend (have a holiday on Monday for MLK Day). I can sleep in - and I'm very excited about that! 

I'm pleased to announce the following two winners of the Diana E. Kelly clutch cork bags! Remember the original post HERE? Each winner gets to select one cork clutch bag of their choice! 

Please join me in congratulating "Twist of Lime" and "Cindy Lou" with their winning comments below: 

Twist of LimeDec 22, 2011 10:41 AM
I LOVE that cork clutch with the starfish and the gold trim!!!

Cindy LouDec 22, 2011 02:28 PM
I Tweeted your Giveaway and Discount!

cindylou6463 Cindy Wallace
You MUST Go To Shopaholic In Alabama's Blog: Diana E. Kelly: Two Holiday Giveaways & Shopaholic Discount! SHE IS THE BOMB THIS WEEK!

Ladies, please email me directly (lori.driver@hotmail.com) with your bag choice and shipping address. I will forward to Diana E. Kelly for shipment. Congrats again! 

Thanks to everyone who entered, and a special "thank you" to Diana E. Kelly for their generosity! 

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

We Are The Champions, Again!

Unless you've been hiding under a rock (or heavily medicated) for the past 24 hours, you have surely heard that the college football BCS national championship game was played last night in New Orleans. My Alabama boys beat our bitter SEC-rival LSU in convincing fashion 21-0. Never in the history of the BCS has the losing team scored "0" points - in any BCS bowl, not just the championship. 

This was a huge victory for the Alabama program, one we'll be celebrating until football season begins next summer. I'm already looking forward to the Alabama season opener - it will be played in the "new" Dallas Cowboys Stadium, vs. Michigan. Now THAT is going to be huge - and I plan to be there! 

Proud of my Alabama quarterback, A.J. McCarron. He is from my hometown of Mobile, and comes from a great family. A class act with a bright future! 
Also proud of fellow Gulf Coast native, Trent Richardson. Trent hails from Pensacola (where I now work every day). While playing high school football in Pensacola, Trent broke all of Emmitt Smith's records. For those who don't know their football, Emmitt went on to become a star running back at The University of Florida, and a three-time Super Bowl champion with the Dallas Cowboys. 

To my fellow Bama fans, enjoy this victory! It's extra sweet! Roll Tide! 

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Gettin' My Tail Kicked...

Hi Everyone! So sorry for my lack of posts the past two days. To say I'm totally exhausted would be a major understatement. My new schedule is absolutely kicking my tail. I'm not used to getting up at 5AM, leaving the house at 6:30-6:45AM, and getting home at 5:30PM (if I'm lucky, on gym nights it's like 7-7:15PM). 

I'm having to learn so much "new stuff" at my job, I won't bore you with all that. My brain is totally fried and I'm beyond the point of exhaustion. 

I'll be back in a few days. When I return,  I have some giveaway winners to announce, a new giveaway to post, some wonderful new recipes (hello, Crock Pot!) for y'all, Christmas loot, Lilly Pulitzer sale success (and failure!). Hope you'll hang with me! 

Monday, January 2, 2012

New Years Resolutions

Are you a New Years Resolutions-kind-of-person? Or do you believe that resolutions, while filled with good plans and intentions, are a waste of time? I straddle the fence on this issue, because for the most part my resolutions are the same every year! However, it doesn't stop me from making a list of what I'd like to accomplish in the New Year. Without further ado, my list for 2012. 

1) Lose weight. Finally (and I do mean finally) I need to lose the weight that is, literally, weighing me down. I have struggled with my weight since junior high school. As I've gotten older (and hopefully, wiser) I have started to see this struggle is physical, yes - but emotional too. Let's face it - eating is enjoyable. Good food is everywhere, and it can be difficult to make healthy choices. I live in the South - life and gatherings are centered around food. This year, I will try to remember that "food is fuel" and treat my body a little better. If I can lose (1) pound every week, I'll be at my goal weight before the end of 2012. My goal is to lose (50) total pounds in 2012. 

2) Exercise consistently. I made big strides in this area during 2011, and plan to continue in 2012. However, during November & December of 2011, I really fell off the wagon in a big way. I'm probably one of the only nuts around who started exercising again during the week of Christmas, but I managed to do it. Not only does exercise fuel weight loss, but it makes me feel so much better - emotionally, mentally, and physically. I sleep so much better, and am not nearly as cranky. It's easier to get up in the morning (huge now that I have to get up at 5:15AM and commute to Pensacola every day). When exercising 4-5 days a week, I stand a little taller - am more confident in general - and feel stronger. My goal is to exercise 4 days a week in 2012. 

3) Spend less money on stuff I don't need anyway. OK, y'all can stop laughing now. Let's just say this: I took a good, hard look at the 2011 spending in my Paypal account. I almost had a heart attack, and am fairly certain the DH would have a heart attack if he saw it. There is no way I would ever admit that $$$ amount online, but I will tell you - it's scary. I'm actually embarrassed by it. Seriously, how many NWT dresses does one actually need in their closet? Now I have to consider things like "Can I wear this to work" when making buying decisions. Hopefully that will help me in my goal, as this will certainly be the area that I will struggle with the most. My goal is to spend 50% less in 2012. Heaven help me. 

4) Save more money. Of course this is somewhat related to resolution #3, but will actually be much easier than it sounds. With my new job, I have a new 401K with an automatic employer match of 6%. I've already signed up to contribute 6% of my base pay (as well as any additional earnings), and with the employer match = cha-ching! Note: if you have a 401K at work and are not participating, make this your year to do so. Especially for those of you still in your 20's, you won't believe how that $$ will stack up when you're barely trying. My goal for 2012 is to work my 401K contribution up to 10% of my earnings. I plan to do this in 1% increments at the start of each new calendar quarter. 

Normally, my list of resolutions is much longer than just four items. But in 2012, I plan to be realistic and make smaller, attainable goals. Please wish me luck, I'm going to need all the help I can get. 

What are your New Years Resolutions?

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Happy New Year

Happy New Year! I hope this is the best year yet - for everyone! Thanks for being a part of my little corner of the world - it's been a wonderful adventure and I'm thankful for you all! 

Any resolutions this year? I am thinking long and hard about mine, as there are so many things I would like to accomplish in 2012. 

Have a magnificent day! 

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