Shopaholic in Alabama

Monday, February 24, 2014

Sex And The City - 10 Years Ago?


Happy Monday! Just dropping in for a moment to say, I can't believe it's been 10 years ago since the series finale of Sex and The City. Wow - where does the time go?

Of course, we've all seen both of the movies that Carrie Bradshaw and friends have produced since the series ended. I always wanted Carrie and Big to have their happy ending, and was so glad they did. 

Thanks Carrie, Charlotte, Miranda and Samantha for all the fun memories! And a big thank you for reminding everyone of various fashion crimes - the "scrunchy" was always one of my favorite SATC moments. 

More than anything, thank you for reminding us that relationships with spouses, boyfriends or girlfriends, and significant others may come and go - but our friendships never go out of style. Cheers to having a fantastic group of girlfriends, I'm so thankful to have mine. 

Have a wonderful day. 

Monday, February 17, 2014

3D Fiber Mascara by Younique



Hello Everyone! Hope this post finds you doing great and staying warm. Who is else ready for Spring?!? Down here on the Alabama Gulf Coast, we are anxiously awaiting warmer weather. It's been a crazy winter for us all, we were impacted here in Gulf Shores, Alabama. Who'd have thought we'd have an ice storm at the beach? Not me! Never thought I'd see the day.  

You might wonder where I've been, since I haven't updated in forever. Well, you know --- working, working, and working some more. Cleaning out closets, dealing with mortgage loans 10 hours a day, 4 days a week, commuting 10 hours per week, doing Couch-to-5K training, trying to get the house ready for spring and beach visitors, etc, etc. Sounds fun, doesn't it? I am going to be updating more frequently now, as I have really missed blogging. I hope you will still read and haven't totally forgotten that I exist. Blog land can be a strange place sometimes, so please stick with me. 

I'm excited to share one of my new Favorite Things with you today. Have you heard of 3D Fiber Lashes by Younique? This is an amazing product you use on top of your regular mascara, and can get up to 3X your natural length and volume. As some of you might remember, I was a big Latisse user for almost a year. While I loved the results, I hated to spend over $100 per month on it, and was a little concerned about the potential side effects. With 3D Fiber Mascara from Younique, I have no concerns. The product is all natural, hypo allergenic and water resistant. Younique's products are sold through virtual or online parties, and I'm hosting one! The mascara is only $29 and lasts approximately 8-12 weeks (depending on your usage level of course). So many of my friends and family members have jumped on the 3D Mascara and I'm betting you might want to try it as well. Here are some pictures of results - first, my results:

One of my favorite eye looks, with the 3D Fiber Mascara and Younique's Moodstruck Minerals Pigment Powders.
Results from other Younique Presenters and customers...


If you are interested in having the appearance of longer and thicker lashes, you should try the 3D Fiber Lashes by Younique. The link to my party is HERE - I know you'll be thrilled. After you fall in love with the product (because trust me, you will), contact me to host your own Mascara Party. The hostess benefits are very generous and who doesn't like earning free makeup?!?! 

Have a great Monday, President's Day. If you're off work, enjoy the holiday! If not, don't feel bad, I'm working as well! 

It's good to be back! :-)  

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

High School Reunion Time!



Hello Everyone! I guess you thought I dropped off the planet, huh? Sorry that I haven't blogged in so long - life has been crazy busy and that's really my only excuse. I seriously underestimated how my life would change when I went back to working a "real job"! Many of the changes have been great, and others - not so much! I am going to try blogging again on a limited basis, maybe 3-4 days per week at a maximum. I have really missed interacting with you all and hope you will be happy to see me back! 

One of the things that has been keeping me busy as of late - my 25th High School Reunion. I know, I know...even I cannot believe I'm old enough to be out of high school for twenty-five years. It doesn't even seem real - but yet, it is. As an official member of our planning committee, I have been working on the reunion for months. Last weekend, it was finally time for our festivities and oh.my.goodness! What an amazing time we had! My class had both a 10 and 20 year reunion previously, and honestly I think this was our best reunion yet. 

Our venue was the Mobile Carnival Museum, and it made for a perfect "party atmosphere". Even though it's not exactly Mardi Gras time during the middle of the summer, it didn't matter. We had a local Mardi Gras association come in and have a little parade (complete with throws). Classmates who had moved away from the area really appreciated this - many of them hadn't attended a Mardi Gras event in 25 years! 

Of course, the best part of the weekend was having the opportunity to reconnect with old friends. Many of my girlfriends I see and speak with often (Facebook has helped us stay in touch more than anything). However, some of them I have not seen in years! I was amazed by how wonderful everyone looked - as if time had stood still. (We wish!) 

Here are some fun pictures with my friends - enjoy! 

With my friend Amy...we were the best of friends all during high school and then lost touch for many years. We reconnected at our 20 year reunion and have stayed in touch ever since! 

With my friend Gwen...she hadn't been to a reunion since our 10 year. We reconnected on Facebook several years ago, and have seen one another sporadically since then. It was great to be able to spend a little more time with her, even if it was short!  

With my friend Melissa...we chat frequently on Facebook but don't get to see each other often because she lives in Daytona Beach. Just for fun, I'm also giving you and "before and after" picture of us. We were big buddies in high school - had several classes together, lived in the same neighborhood, and have so many fun memories. Do you think we have changed? (in the before pic, we're at some type of awards banquet for our Senior Class - sad that I can't remember exactly!)

This picture was taken at our Friday night "Meet and Greet" before the big reunion on Saturday night. It was so fun to serve on the planning committee with some of my favorite girlfriends from school - Jill, Paige and Stephanie. I anticipate our committee will be getting together quite often, as we had such a fantastic time working together! 
Naturally, the DH accompanied me to all the events. He was such a good sport and loved meeting all my friends. I joked with him that I needed to make flashcards as he was having a difficult time keeping all the names straight. At the Friday night event, I wore Lilly Pulitzer and he wore Southern Tide. We coordinated our wardrobes so the pictures would look better - hence all the blue! What do you think?
And in the picture at the very top of this post, DH and I are both wearing Lilly Pulitzer to the Saturday night event. He is wearing dress pants and dress shirt with his Lilly Pulitzer Dark N Stormy necktie, and I'm wearing the white Delisa dress. They were perfect wardrobe choices - we weren't overdressed, and we certainly weren't under dressed either. I was thrilled with our choices. 

I do know one thing - I was totally exhausted on Sunday! I suppose because I am getting old (joking, haha). Recovery from a two day party is tough! 

Have you been to your high school reunion(s)? If not, I highly encourage you to go to the next one. It's a wonderful time, and obviously everyone changes when they become an adult. It gives you an opportunity to reconnect with your old friends, and maybe become better friends with someone you knew previously but didn't hang around. It's the beauty of these events - we receive another opportunity to have a friendship as an adult. 

Have a wonderful day and see you again soon! 

P.S. Another place you can find me often is Instagram - my user is @shopaholicinal. Come follow me for OOTD posts, scenery from the Alabama Gulf Coast, and more fun! 

Sunday, March 31, 2013

Salt Water Sunday: Beach and Happy Easter!


Happy Weekend and Happy Easter! I hope you are enjoying a wonderful time with family and friends. This weekend I am feeling especially grateful because my dear hubby is at home, and we are concentrating on spending quality time together.

Today we are planning to attend a "Worship On The Water" service before driving over to Mobile to visit both of our parents and families. The service on the water is very casual, so I won't be dressing up today. This feels a little strange for me, even DH is wondering "what should I wear"? HA, feels weird to go to "church" on the sand. 

Saturday we spent the day at the beach (after I went for my 4 miles, which I haven't been doing lately). The day was gorgeous and temperatures were in the low-mid 70's. I captured some pictures to share - hope you enjoy! 



How are you spending this holiday weekend? Hope it's a great one! 

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Shopaholic Favorite Sunless Tanner - And It's Buy One, Get One!

What an amazing deal - I just had to share this with you all! As you might have noticed, I am an Independent Consultant for Rodan + Fields. I signed up after falling in LOVE with all their products, and have enjoyed sharing my enthusiasm for the brand with my friends and family. 

Rodan + Fields is helping us get ready for Spring Break and Summer vacations by running a flash sale from now until March 29, 2013 at 10AM PDT. For this extremely limited time, when you buy one Essentials Foaming Sunless Tan, you get another one FREE! Two for the price of one - you can't beat that. These are normally $24 each, so you get $48 of product for $24. One for you - and one to share with a friend! (Or stockpile for yourself!) And if you're a Preferred Customer, the deal is even better as preferred customer price is just $21, so $48 worth of product for $21. (View the deal HERE

A little product detail: You can achieve a sun-kissed glow the healthy way with this lightweight, oil free and mess-free sunless tanning foam. It applies easily and dries quickly - plus the effective dual-active formula ensures even, natural looking color without exposure to the harmful UVA and UVB rays. This product contains Rodan + Fields' RF-Dcell technology, which is derived from dormant narcissus bulb extract, to "quench" the rate of cell hyper-proliferation and extend the duration of the sunless tan. Added bonus: Antioxidant vitamins A, C and E protect skin from free radical damage. 

Another thing that is important to me personally: Rodan + Fields products are not tested on animals, and we're on the PETA "good" list. 

Be sure to place your order quickly - these flash sale items tend to sell out quickly! Here's to a healthy tan! 

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Meet The Pink Silhouette: Spring Lilly Pulitzer GWP



Hello, Shopaholics! Everyone knows it by now - I'm a lifelong lover of all things Lilly Pulitzer, and I prefer to buy from small, female owned stores. Have you heard of The Pink Silhouette? They are a Mother and Daughter owned boutique located in Bel Air, MD. Mom Susan is an interior designer and Daughter Christina has a business degree and brings her business expertise to the table. These ladies make The Pink Silhouette a pleasure to shop with, and you can feel their enthusiasm for the business in every interaction with their customers. 

From now until March 30, they are offering a fun Lilly Pulitzer GWP promotion. With a $250 spend in Lilly, you receive a Lilly Pulitzer Easter Hat. See the pictures below for how they styled the hat with beautiful dresses from the Lilly Pulitzer Spring Collection. Don't we all NEED a little more Lilly Pulitzer in our lives - and a free Easter hat too? Sign me up! (Admission: you'll find me wearing my hat on the beach this summer...)




The Pink Silhouette has a very active Facebook page (link HERE). They often host flash sales on Facebook, and I personally have purchased from them during the flash sales. Shipping is always fast - and free! Matter of fact, I recently purchased this pink and green anchor tunic and can't wait to wear it! (remember how I told you guys yesterday, I'm obsessed with anchor prints lately?)
My sister has also ordered from The Pink Silhouette several times, and she is always pleased with their service and attention to detail. It's the little things that keep us coming back - the fast and free shipping, the thoughtfulness to send a handwritten thank you note with your package, and knowing you are supporting a small, female owned business. 

You can sign up for email updates from The Pink Silhouette with the link HERE. Also, if you're a lover of all things Vineyard Vines, be sure to check out their sister store B. Fabulous. You can "like" their Facebook page HERE

If you're interested in the Lilly Pulitzer Easter Hat GWP, contact the store via Facebook, email (pinknet@verizon.net), or telephone them at 410-420-6372. Be sure to tell them you heard about their special on Shopaholic In Alabama! 

Which Lilly Pulitzer ensemble above is your favorite?

p.s. If you're on Instagram (who isn't?), follow The Pink Silhouette @thepinksilhouette. They post fun flash sale previews and merchandise on Instagram as well. 

Monday, March 25, 2013

Anchors Away!

Do you ever go through a phase where you are obsessed with a certain theme or design in your clothing purchases? Suffice to say, I'm going through an anchor phase lately! Some of my new favorite anchor themed purchases include the following:

J. Crew Factory, Charley sweater in Scattered Anchor, $74.50 (link HERE
J. Crew Factory, Scoopneck Button Blouse with Anchor Design, $74.50 (link HERE)
J. Crew Factory, Nautical Sequin Tank, $61.50 (link HERE
J. Crew Factory, Intarsia Charley Sweater in Nautical Rope, $54.50 (link HERE)

In case you can't tell - my little beach town doesn't have a local J. Crew, but there is a J. Crew outlet within 10 miles...so I've been wearing it out! HA! 

If you want to see how I style my anchors for "everyday wear", be sure to follow me on Instagram. I'm @shopaholicinal - and of course, I will follow you back! 

Are you also obsessed with anchors? Any recent themes to your purchases? 

p.s. Anyone else ready for spring and summer? I'm so tired of cold weather! 

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