Shopaholic in Alabama

Friday, August 31, 2012

My Very First Concert: Elvis Presley


Today we are on our way to Dallas to see the Tide play on Saturday night! 

As we ride along I-20 between Vicksburg, MS and Monroe, LA we are listening to XM-19, the Elvis Presley channel. Here's a little fun fact about me that you don't know yet - the first concert I ever attended was none other than Elvis! It was his last performance in Mobile, on August 29, 1976. I was only six years ago and remember the concert like it was yesterday.

My Father bought the tickets and took me, Mother and Nanny. My Aunt also went with us and we had a blast. I can remember my Aunt taking me down to the stage and putting me on her shoulders in an attempt to catch one of the famous Elvis scarves. (He would throw the scarves off the stage as he used them and your primary goal was to get.a.scarf.) 


I wish I could find the pictures we took before we left the house. My Father always jokes that an Elvis concert was "the best place to see beautiful women". All the ladies would dress up - long gowns, big hairstyles and a face full of makeup. "As if Elvis were going to pick them out of the crowd and take them home with him", Dad joked. 

Somewhere there is a picture of my Mother wearing a long black gown, with straight blonde hair and standing besides a brand new gold 1977 Ford Thunderbird. We must find that photo! 

What was your first concert? I have seen so many fantastic ones over the years - but Elvis was my first, and I will never forget it. 

P.S. I have to thank my parents for taking me to that concert. Back then, so many of their friends remarked to them that they couldn't believe they "wasted" a ticket on a six year old child. Turns out, I remember all the details and it wasn't a waste at all! Not many people my age can say they saw Elvis Presley in concert, as he died the following year. 

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

We're Going To Make It!

It looks like our area has made it through Hurricane (now Tropical Storm) Isaac just fine. We are headed home tomorrow to assess any possible damage and try to get things back in order. I anticipate getting back to regular posts by Thursday or Friday. Thanks to everyone who has emailed, sent texts, called, etc to check on me. I really appreciate it. 

It certainly could have been much worse - and our friends in coastal MS and LA are experiencing the worst of Isaac. I hope they are all ok.  It seems like a cruel joke to endure this on the 7th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina - the day that changed so many lives forever. 

More later and until then, hope everyone is doing well! 

Monday, August 27, 2012

Glam Grab Accessory Auctions: A New Fun Shopping Experience





If you're not yet a fan of Glam Grab Accessory Auctions on Facebook, you are missing out! Glam Grab provides a new, exciting way to shop for designer inspired contemporary jewelry and accessories. Their prices are fantastic, with most items under $35. This is a great place to get your bling without breaking the bank. 


Personally, I have always maintained a large jewelry "wardrobe". I like to mix trendy fashion jewelry with my gold, diamonds and pearls. Trends come and go, so it's smart to spend less on those pieces (and more on the jewelry you'll hand down from generation to generation).


Here is how the Glam Grab Accessory Auctions work. First, you want to "like" the Glam Grab page on Facebook HERE. Then, register on the website HERE. After taking these two steps, you'll all set to shop their accessory auctions. The auctions are held on Mondays at 7:30PM Central and Wednesdays at 11:00AM Central on the Facebook page HERE. When you see an item you'd like to purchase on Facebook, just comment "Grab!" under the photo. That's it - so easy! You don't even have to type your email address, sold, etc - all that other stuff you have to do on other pages. (Me, I love this method because you don't have to splatter your email address all over Facebook.) If you are lucky enough to get one of the items, you'll receive an invoice via Paypal. Be sure to pay quickly, as all their orders are processed within 2 business days. This means you won't have to wait long for your new Glam! 

In the photos of me in this post, I am wearing the necklace Glam Grab sent to me. I love it - when I arrived at the salon last Friday, everyone asked me about my necklace! Matter of fact, my hair guru Phillip took the picture I shared with you today. (Side note: he's a great photographer, we had fun doing a mini "photo shoot", ha). 


Be sure to check out Glam Grab on Facebook HERE. I know you'll love it - and so will your wallet! Thanks to my friends at Glam Grab for allowing me to share their page with you, and for sending me such a gorgeous necklace. Can't wait to see what they feature in tonight's auctions! 

Don't you love the Glam Grab? 


Sunday, August 26, 2012

Salt Water Sunday: Isaac, Please Go Away


As you can imagine, the next few days are going to be a little more active than we'd like. The entire Gulf Coast is keeping a watchful eye on Isaac. Preparations began in my area today, many of the beach houses are being boarded up and patio furniture brought inside. My DH is out of town but should be back tomorrow to assist with our preparations. 

Right now, I would have to say the forecasters aren't exactly sure where this storm is going. It appears Isaac could be up to a Category 3, or Major, hurricane when it hits land sometime Tuesday evening. It could come ashore anywhere between New Orleans, LA and Apalachicola, FL. And it really doesn't matter, because it's bad either way. The east end of  a hurricane is the "worst side" (if there is such a thing - it's all bad). 

As many of you know, I work in Pensacola, FL so I'm worried about how this will impact my work schedule and how I will travel back and forth. In my position, I am considered "essential personnel" which means they expect you to make a significant effort to show up - but of course want you to consider your personal safety too. What a total pain. 

Of course, we will not take any chances. We never do. I don't play around with hurricanes, and am like an old person about bad weather. Living across the street from the beach makes you a believer. 

Today we'll be making our plans. Wish us luck here on the Gulf Coast, I'm afraid we might need it. In the words of Jimmy Buffett - "you can't reason with hurricane season". 

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Fall 2012: The World According To Pantone

I have a confession to make. Fall is one of those seasons that doesn't get much attention in my house - or wardrobe. Of course the weather turns a little cooler (think 80+ degrees instead of 90-100 degrees). Of course we are neck deep in SEC football game activity and attend every Alabama home game in Tuscaloosa. But other than that, "fall" is really "indian summer" around here.

As a result, I don't generally purchase many Fall clothes - and what I do purchase, it takes me a while to embrace. I can still remember getting ready for back to school as a teenager, with my new "Guess" jeans and polo shirts - only to burn up at school. (Yes, there was air conditioning back then, but it was still too hot!)

So it should come as no surprise to learn that I just looked at the Fall 2012 Color Report. I have to admit, I love these colors. My favorites are fairly predictable: Olympian Blue, Ultramarine Green, Tangerine Tango, and of course Pink Flambe. They remind me of a lot of the colors my favorite designers are using this season. 

Which ones are your favorites? Are you busy stocking up on your Fall wardrobe, or are you like me and not acknowledging the impending season change?

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Oh Shift, Lilly Pulitzer


Who else has wasted their precious time this morning trying to shop the Endless Summer Sale on Lilly Pulitzer's website? While I understand there are about a bazillion Lilly lovers trying to shop, it's highly frustrating that we can't get in and shop. Some people were lucky enough to have an order confirmation and were able to check out, before the site seemingly crashed for good. 

I don't want to think about what all I could have done with the two hours of my life lost. What about you?

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Salt Water Sunday: Brightly Colored Walls At The Beach


Even I can't believe it - but we've been here at the beach for four years. During the majority of this time, we've had drab white walls and white trim. It looked absolutely awful and we've been wanting to brighten up the joint for quite a while. 

I'm pleased to report that we recently agreed on a color scheme, and painted some of the common areas of the condo. The kitchen and hallway going into the kitchen are both painted pink. Officially, the color is named "First Kiss". The color extends into the kitchen and even the DH is pleased with the results. (Please forgive the god-awful counter top and cabinets - they are next on the remodel list - I can only task the DH with so much in a short period of time, ha!)
The pink color extends on the walls leading into the dining room, and we painted the dining room a lime green. The official color name is "Twist of Lime" and it's really fun! Pink and green - my favorites! (You'll also have to excuse all that clutter in the background, the house was torn up for several weeks - can you see my ironing board in the kitchen? haha!)

Moving into the den, entryway and all the way down the hallway to the bedrooms, we used "Sprinkler". The DH and I can't decide if it's blue or green, it seems to depends on how the light hits it and what time of day you look. Crazy, huh? Of all the colors - this one might be my favorite. It looks like it belongs at the beach, doesn't it?


Now I'm a little embarrassed to admit it - but I haven't put much of anything on the walls since we finished. Let's just say I'm being very selective about what goes up on freshly painted walls, ha! We plan to purchase new furniture in the den and dining room this fall, and really update the place even more. I'm hoping the DH has some time off soon and we can begin to tackle updating that kitchen. The cabinets alone will take at least a week! 

What do you think about the bright colors? It's funny - I can remember when we purchased our first home (all those years ago!), all I wanted were "neutral" walls. Think beige, putty and white. Of course that was nice because you could pair anything with it - but frankly, it was pretty boring. These days, I like to inject some color into my home. 

Bright colors make this girl very happy! How about you?

p.s. Our paint was purchased at Lowe's. It's from the Valspar Signature Colors line - just in case you want to check out those colors in your local store. :-) We used "Fresh Cotton" for all the trim and doors. 

Friday, August 17, 2012

Fornash Jewelry & Accessories: 50% off through Usccop



Preppy shopaholics love their Fornash - and I'm certainly in that group! 

Today there is a wonderful deal on Uscoop! You can buy a Fornash voucher worth $50 for only $25. The voucher can only be used on the Fornash website, and will be worth $50. I purchase vouchers on Uscoop all the time, and it's always a great experience. 

But hurry - this deal won't last long. It's currently set to expire on Saturday at midnight, but could always sell out even faster. Hop over to Uscoop and get your voucher today! Your free invite to Uscoop is HERE

I've already purchased my voucher, and am planning to stock up on the Belmont bracelets for my fall jewelry wardrobe.

What are your favorite Fornash pieces?

TGIF! 

Thursday, August 16, 2012

The Best Eyeshadow Base $25 Can Buy: Trish McEvoy

Trying a "new to me" product is always exciting. In addition to having a slight shopping obsession for clothing, shoes and accessories - it's possible my cosmetics and skincare obsession runs just as deep. And I can't wait to tell you about this eyeshadow base from Trish McEvoy! 

I've always used an eyeshadow base as part of my cosmetics routine. If you plan to wear eyeshadow, an eyeshadow base should be an integral part of your routine. Just like a foundation on your face, the eyeshadow base preps your eyes for shadow. For me, it always makes an eyeshadow just glide on, and it certainly helps it stay put! On days when I don't feel like going through the whole makeup routine, I'll apply only an eyeshadow base with eyeliner and mascara. That's just enough so I don't look tired and is a simple routine. 

I recently tried the Trish McEvoy Eye Base Essentials in Nude. This product is absolutely amazing and provides just the right amount of base for your eyes! Priced at only $25, it comes in six different colors. The Nude was a great shade for everyday wear, but next I plan to try the Sheer Gold. I think that will be a nice option for fall and evening use. 

Trish McEvoy is available online on their website. You can also purchase at Nordstrom, Bloomingdales and QVC online, just to name a few. If you order online, be sure to first check Ebates to see if the store participates in cash back earnings! 

Do you use an eyeshadow base, and if so - what is your favorite brand? Have you ever tried Trish McEvoy? 

Have a marvelous day! 

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

First Look: New Fall & Gameday Collection from Tracy Negoshian

It's well documented around these parts - I love all of Tracy Negoshian's designs. What initially attracted me to the brand were her "gameday" dresses, however I wear her designs to work as well and they are perfect! Whether you're looking for a stylish, attractive and flattering dress for gamedays during the fall, a casual dress for evenings out, or something unique for your work wardrobe - Tracy Negoshian does not disappoint! 

Here is your first look at the new Tracy Negoshian Fall collection. The line debuts this morning on the TN website (link HERE) - but you don't have to wait, you can see it here on Shopaholic In Alabama before anyone else! 

The dress pictured above is the Ruth - and will be the first addition to my Fall wardrobe. I plan to wear this dress to the Alabama vs. Michigan game at Cowboys Stadium in a few short weeks! With the houndstooth sleeves and elephant design, what an absolutely perfect dress for Alabama gamedays! 

Here is another print in the Ruth style - another thing I love about these colorways is that many of them will work for several teams. 
I predict the Jane dress will quickly work her way into my closet. With a large houndstooth design and a splatter of color, I can layer this with a tank underneath and wear to work through the fall and winter months. Perfect with open toe shoes early in the season, and with boots as the weather gets cooler - wrap dresses are so easy and flattering. 

Vivien is such a fun option, and I love the tiki design on the front! The pockets on front are also a nice addition. This style reminds me that we can still have fun with our fashion - even when the weather turns cooler! 
Meet the Audrey - another wrap style dress, another flattering option. I love the zig zag print and colorway of this style. I predict this dress will be universally flattering - no matter your body type. I also plan to purchase this one and will be integrating it into my fall work wardrobe. 
It wouldn't be a fall collection without a leopard print option, and of course Tracy keeps us on trend with the Marilyn dress. Wear it early in the season with nude shoes, and later with dark or black boots. If you're a little modest, this is a good option because of the neckline - no need to worry about a tank or showing cleavage! 
What do you think of the Lana dress? This color combination is fantastic, and will be so easy to pair with fall accessories that I already own. For those mornings that you just aren't sure what to wear - you can pull this style on and go. Easy, huh?
The Shirley dress is another fun option for Fall. I don't know about you, but I think the zig zag trim is so beautiful; especially when combined with the bright colors! You notice a common theme here with Tracy's designs - colorful, easy to wear and different than what you see from other designers. I can't wait to see the Shirley in person! 
The Ginger dress has a universally flattering neckline, and the long sleeves make it a great option for those cold offices so many of us are lucky enough to work in every day. Don't you love it? Easy to pair with black shoes and accessories, this is a beautiful dress. 
Here's one more houndstooth option for my fellow Bama girls - the Mae dress. Mae features exposed front zippers and a dash of color. Best of all, she has a very slight "cap" sleeve and will be a fantastic dress for those early season gamedays when it's still super hot outside. What more could we want? 
In case I haven't mentioned it lately - all of Tracy Negoshian's pieces are machine washable, which is very important to me. Not only does it help save a ton of $$$ on dry cleaning (which I've always thought was a little "dirty" anyway) - but is so much more convenient. Most of Tracy's designs are priced under $150 or so, which makes them more affordable - especially to those of us who tend to buy quite a bit each season. (Who - me!?!? You don't say...)

Which styles are your favorites? Be sure to check out the entire collection on the TN website HERE - everything will be up today, even though you're getting a sneak peek before it's available online! Don't delay on ordering your favorites - I wouldn't be surprised if several of these styles are instant sellouts. Tracy and her team have been very busy with boutique orders and all the buzz surrounding the new Fall and Gameday collection. 

I can't wait to hear about your "must haves", and know that Tracy will be interested to hear what you think of the collection. Leave her some love by commenting here, and have a great day! 


Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Beachy Birthday Cake


Are you a Birthday Cake Snob? I'm Guilty as charged...

Every year, I want a pretty birthday cake. The only requirements are: #1 - it must be from Pollman's Bakery in Mobile. #2 - it must have a beach scene. #3 - it must be yellow cake with buttercream frosting. No whipped icing, etc. Go big or go home - my birthday only comes around one time a year! 

DH did a great job ordering my birthday cake this year, which is pictured above. We enjoyed it last night with family. 

Do you have any birthday cake requirements? Tell me I'm not alone, please...

Monday, August 13, 2012

Birthday Dinner at Louisiana Lagniappe


Caution: if you love seafood, you will probably be hungry after seeing this post! 

As you will remember from Friday, I was very concerned about what was going to happen over the weekend. My Nanny was doing very bad, and my mother in law was in the hospital. Luckily, Nanny is feeling better and MIL was released home on Saturday. So, this weekend the DH and I were able to enjoy a nice dinner out for my birthday. Thank goodness, it was nice to be able to go out together and relax! He's been out of town a lot lately, and I've been working my tail off. (well not really - it's still here unfortunately, but you know what I mean!)

One of our favorite restaurants here at the beach is Louisiana Lagniappe. Located at San Roc Cay in Orange Beach, Louisiana Lagniappe never disappoints. We've been going there for years (even before we lived at the beach). When we lived in Destin, we went to the LL there often too. We even have a favorite waitress (Tracy) and we always request her when we go. 

Saturday night we started out with a crab cake appetizer. These babies are served with remoulade sauce and are pan fried. They are fantastic, and easily the best crab cakes around. You can trust us on this one - we try the crab cakes almost everywhere and the ones at Louisiana Lagniappe can't be beat! 

For dinner, DH had the grilled yellowfin tuna. It's topped with lump crabmeat and hollandaise sauce. DH always orders it rare, and he gets the same thing every single time we go. On each visit, before we get there, he says, "I'm going to try something different". But - he never does! Isn't that funny? I say, if you love something and it never disappoints, don't mess with success! 
I always get fish at Louisiana Lagniappe - the question is always what kind of fish, and what topping does it have? Saturday night I went with pan sauteed grouper, topped with lump crabmeat and grilled shrimp. On the menu, this entree is served with menuiere sauce. However, I asked Tracy if the kitchen would be willing to prepare it with hollandaise sauce instead. (Although I will eat it, I'm not a huge fan of menuiere and much prefer another sauce). Of course, they were happy to do so and the results were amazing. 
If you visit the Gulf Shores/Orange Beach area frequently - or plan to soon - you simply must try Louisiana Lagnaippe. And if you visit Destin, be sure to try that location. It's difficult to beat the food and the service. Sitting directly on the water doesn't hurt either. :-) 

And - if you're so inclined - be sure to try the King Cake Martini. Saturday night, I opted for wine instead but that King Cake Martini is delicious! 

Did you have any amazing dinners out this past weekend?

p.s. I'm wearing my new dress from Tracy Negoshian and the DH is wearing Southern Tide. We had so many compliments on this combination! 

Friday, August 10, 2012

Birthday Weekend In Serious Jeopardy

My 42nd birthday is Sunday. I usually like to have a big and fun birthday celebration with family and friends - a beautiful cake - a fancy dinner out - and all the trimmings. This year, it's going to be a little bit different, I fear.

Our Nanny is not doing very well. Last night her blood pressure went down to 88/41. My Mother has spent the last two nights at her house. Nanny is also having complications from the breast cancer surgery and isn't healing at all. 

Last night we also found out that my husband's mother, who is a 15 year breast cancer survivor, was in the hospital. Apparently she went in on Monday for a procedure (we had no idea, weren't told this was happening) and got sick and is having complications. 

I do know this - I have a ton of fun dresses planned out to wear, no matter where the weekend takes us. :-) 

It's also been another crazy week at work, I'm so happy to see Friday. Hope your week has been good! 

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Miss Gulf Shores Teen USA


Happy Wednesday! 

This morning, just a quick post to tell you all about my friend - Lindsey Hamner. She is competing for the Miss Teen Alabama title in December 2012, and is the local representative for Gulf Shores. 

I have known Lindsey for years, and she is the coolest 15-year old girl I've ever had the pleasure of meeting. Her mother and I are BFF's, and they spend part of the year here in Gulf Shores - the rest of the time they live in the Birmingham metro area. 

Lindsey and I like to hang out on the beach, we run together, and we wear our Lilly together! 
Would you also consider supporting Lindsey's pageant efforts by going and "liking" her Facebook page? (link HERE). And - if you own a business and would like to make a donation to support her efforts, that would be greatly appreciated. You can email me directly (lori.driver@hotmail.com). We are also collecting items to be raffled on her Facebook page (as well as on my SIA Facebook page). 

Let's go give Lindsey some Shopaholic love and best wishes! Thank you! 
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