Chic Groupons? You got that right!

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. All opinions are mine.

Last week I told you about Groupon Coupons, but this week, I’m sharing the original Groupon site with you as well!  Groupon was the original of the discount offer sites, and later incorporated Groupon Coupons (i.e., what we talked about last week).

When I first learned about Groupon, I was all about it.  I bought a TON of their deals.  SO many!!  I’m all about getting a good deal on most anything, so I was excited to see that they offered deals that were specific to the area I lived in.

If you’ve never used Groupon before, you’re in luck, because they have a special deal for new users! 25% off your first Groupon!  Plus, if you shop through eBates, you get an additional 6% back!  SCORE!

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In my case, local deals include Invisalign packages, Keratin treatments (which I REALLY want to try, btw), and massages.

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I also thought these were pretty cool, for the nerd in us and for the nerd we hope our kid will be:

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Anyhow, pretty sweet deals, right??  So if you haven’t before, make sure to check them out!  I really love them, although I will warn you; it can get pretty addicting!!  Soon, you’ll be swimming in Groupons, but at least you’ll have saved a ton of money!

Happy Shopping!

Until next time!  Stay ‘Chic’!

 

Was this the very last year of Birmingham Fashion Week??

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Momma watching proudly as daughter, Heidi Elnora, walks off the runway for what could possibly be the very last time.

Possibly.  According to co-founders Heidi Elnora and Jeana Lee Thompson, Birmingham Fashion Week has run off the steam of an all-volunteer team for six years and the team/machine has run out of fuel.  Understandably, the two made a plea to those in attendance at the close of the final night of BFW this past Saturday to find a way to continue to provide a creative outlet for local designers, talent, and the like.  Unless someone comes up with some money, this might in fact be THE last BFW! #sadness

Birmingham Fashion Week was held in Boutwell Auditorium this year, unlike previous years where it took place it tents in Pepperplace Market.  The tents, although reminscent of New York Fashion Week, provided a less than ideal environment for those needing quick changes, makeup that needed not run off sweaty faces, and hair that required non-frizzing at times.  For those in attendance, the tents were also quite uncomfortable, though one managed because most fashion requires some sort of sacrifice, haha! Anyhow, moving the show to Boutwell was a great decision IMO, providing plenty of indoor space for local vendors to sell their goods to those in attendance.  Concessions and faux bars were also available, making food and spirits readily available to those who wished to consume during the show.  In all, the location was a win in my book!  Sad to think we may never attend another show in this new fab location.

Birmingham Fashion Week ran for three nights this year.  Thursday, Friday and Saturday (8/25-8/27).  I was only able to attend the Saturday night show, but it was a great one! Headliner Alex & Trixie dominated the walkway with a potpourri of colors and Heidi Elnora closed the show as she has every year with a fantastic production which included an aerial acrobatic performance and gold steamers that were shot up into the air at the close of her show.

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Alex & Trixie backstage

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Heidi Elnora dresses waiting to be worn to close the show.

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Alex & Trixie

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Alex & Trixie

 

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Preceded Heidi Elnora’s show

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If you follow me on Instagram, you saw the photos and video I posted on IG Stories.  If you missed them, be sure to check back as I will try to upload them again soon.  And, what did I wear, do you ask?? Well…  I met Mary Jones in July.  She is owner of Maasai Chic, my newest, and latest obsession.  She travels to Africa annually where she seeks out African fashion that she thinks people in the US will love.  And she is on point with her selections.  Take this skirt for example:

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Skirt: Maasai Chic | Top: Jade Sport Mesh Tee by Bearden Design | Necklace by Eva Mendes for The Limited (similar here) | Pearl Earrings from TJ Maxx (similar here) | Gold Clutch, vintage (similar here) | White pouf charm (similar here) | Bangles (similar here)

The skirt is made of wax fabric and made the perfect statement piece to wear to Birmingham Fashion Week!!  What’s best?  The skirt is ALSO a dress.  Yup, you got that right.  Pull the waist up to your chest and wear it as a strapless dress tied at the waist.  It even has pockets!  It’s simply fantastic.  Her items are colorful, functional, and help women in Africa build better lives for themselves and their families.  What an amazing way to contribute to the progress and empowerment of women than through fashion?!  Check out Maasai Chic at the Woodlawn Market on 9/10/16!

I paired the skirt/dress with an “athleisure” top designed by a local interior designer Debbie Bearden.  She carries an entire line of athleisure wear that is to die for.  Check her out at her upcoming trunk show, Sept. 8 and 9 in English Village!

So, there you have it friends!  Birmingham Fashion Week 2016 is a wrap.  2017 remains a mystery.

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Walking out of Boutwell at the end of the BFW Saturday night show.

Until next time!  Stay ‘Chic’!

 

 

 

 

The most comfortable wedge EVER!

What is a wedge anyway?  Well, in fashion, and when speaking of shoes, a wedge is a shoe with a thick heel which tapers to a thin sole towards the toe box.  They come in all types of materials and colors, but rarely does one find one that is not only comfortable to wear, but also stylish!  Cue: the Anne Klein Sports Wedge.

I first discovered this “best thing since sliced bread” shoe after a purchase at TJ Maxx.  I saw them in the shoe racks and found comfort immediately after trying them on.  I paid a mere $34.99 for them and I’m telling ya, I have worn these shoes SO much!  They are my favorite travel shoes because I was walk comfortably in them for long distances (e.g., walking through airports), and because they are rather stylish, they work well for meetings and conferences as well.  Here is the pair I own:

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This pair is called the Anne Klein Sport Davniar, and I have found limited sizes on Amazon and eBay.  Otherwise, it looks like this particular style might have been discontinued.  However, my friend Marcy of Magic Marcy’s Blog, purchased several pairs of other Anne Klein Sports Wedge and has LOVED them!!  Check out her collection:

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She had three additional colors in the mail when she sent me this pic!  Another colleague of mine recently also shared her love for these wedges after I recommended them, so in my small – but highly significant – observational study of 2 individuals, the Anne Klein Sports Wedge appears to be a hit.😉

Let me know if you happen to wear these wedges already or if you plan to try them out.  I’d love to get your feedback!

The most comfortable wedge...EVER!

Until next time!  Stay ‘Chic’!