Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Leap Day brings a Tracy Negoshian Winner!

Happy Leap Day, all!

I am excited to announce the winner of my Tracy Negoshian dress giveaway. Thank you all for entering and a big thank you to Tracy Negoshian, for sponsoring. The winner was chosen via

Congrats to Katelyn from The Bluegrass Belle! You win the Tracy Negoshian dress of your choice from her 2012 Spring Collection. Visit her website to make your selection.
 Please email me as soon as possible!

Thursday, February 23, 2012

My Lenten Promise

So it's no secret around these parts that I am Catholic. Lent was a very big deal to me growing up (still is but was especially emphasized)! I went to a Catholic school and it was a part of my faith and daily curriculum during the Lenten season.

To me Lent is a season of fasting and prayer. No meat on Fridays was strictly enforced in my house. As an adult, I admit -- very hard to remember to do this. I have so many memories from growing up and going to eat at The Fish Market in Birmingham on Friday nights with my mom and stepdad or making my Dad and stepmom cater to my needs with a cheese pizza. 

I have given up so many things over the years. Some have been very major and some not so big! As a child, I never really gave up anything too big. But as I grew older and understood the importance of fasting it became more evident that I really did need to give up things that were measurable and were things that I enjoyed. I have given up drinking soft drinks many times (caffeine is my vice!) and I even gave up caffeine once, too (no sweet tea or coffee). I have given up meat (yes, ALL meat) for 40 days and gave up ALL sweets, too. Oh and did I mention one of my most major ones was giving up beer! It was a strug for sure as this was during college.

This year I am going to be on a cruise during lent and have had a struggle figuring out what to give up. I know I will want to have sweets on the cruise, eat plenty of meat and fish, drink a toddy, etc. I often find it really hard to give up non-tangible things like "cussing" or "gossiping" because it's really hard to control those things. What is considered a cuss word? What's considered gossiping? What happens if you catch yourself doing it? I feel like giving up a tangible good is easier to enforce!

I have decided to give up ALL FAST FOOD! 

No Zaxby's!

No Milo's!

And dare I say it, NO CHICK-FIL-A! 

Cheers to having a healthier body, mind and spirit!

What are YOU giving up for Lent?

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

The Boom Boom

This past week I went on down to the good ole' Boom Boom a.k.a. Mardi Gras in Mobile!

Mardi Gras is a sacred holiday that Catholics, Mobilians and New Orleans Natives all hold near and dear. It's the weeks of non-stop, party til you drop partying that lead up to the 40 days of Lent. Mardi Gras (which New Orleans is known for) actually originated in Mobile, Alabama with a reveler named Joe Cain. But, that's another story for another day. 

Mardi Gras' roots run deep in the Port City and the good times never stop rolling when Mardi Gras is in the air. Whether it's going to your favorite parade or attending a Mardi Gras Society's Ball... you are sure to have a good time! 

I've been going to Mardi Gras balls since I was in college. This past weekend was no exception. We kicked off the weekend on Thursday night with the Mystic Striper's Society Ball and then ended the weekend right on Friday night with the Crewe of Columbus Ball. 

Although it is known for beads and the infamous moon pie, Mardi Gras means so much more than a throw you catch at the parade. 

I could tell you tons of stories from this year and past years too and I could talk for days on end about the history of this merry holiday (I did several research projects on it in college) but I think the pictures will do it justice. The men put on their costume de rigueur and the ladies wear floor length gowns and party all night in the heart of downtown.

Hope you all had a very happy Fat Tuesday! Until next Carnival....

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Swell Caroline: Monograms + Ambassador

I am so excited to share the love with all my blog friends. I recently became a Swell Caroline ambassador! If you have read my blog for awhile, you know that I love Swell Caroline.

As an ambassador to their brand I am here to offer you an invitation to Swell Rewards. Just for signing up you can earn $5 in Swell Bucks to spend on their product. You can sign up through this link. It is very simple and takes a minute or so. Through their rewards program you can earn rewards by inviting others as well.

Not only do I love the products they offer, they also offer top notch customer service! Amy and her team of Swell gals have never failed me. Whether it be a question about a product, an order gone *mia* (this happened to my mom like 4 days before Christmas and she still got the order under the tree in time) or hosting a giveaway on my blog - they always come through!

I recently received one of their Moon and Lola monogram necklaces (in tortoise!) and love it. I have gotten SO many compliments. It literally goes with so much. Now, I "need" one in gold ;)

I got lots of SWELL jewelry from SC for Christmas. 

Here are a couple of new things on my growing list:

How cute are these Fornash earrings? Derby season, anyone?!

These Singita earrings are so pretty and just chic. Needz!

Don't forget to sign up for Swell Rewards, just a click away!

Monday, February 20, 2012

Tracy Negoshian & Keep It Classy, Alabama

Happy Monday, everyone! I apologize for my lack of blogging lately. 2012 has been insanely busy and has gone by SO FAST. I have lots of stuff planned for the coming months though and am excited to get back on track.

I figured a Monday would be an excellent day to surprise you all. When I had my blogoversary giveaways, I mentioned there would be another really awesome giveaway in the near future, didn't I? Today is the day!

I am excited to announce my newest giveaway to you all. Tracy's colorful clothes line my closet and now one can hang beautifully in yours. Tracy Negoshian has graciously offered to sponsor this giveaway and give one of my lucky readers the choice of a dress from her Spring 2012 collection.

Let's take a peek at what TN has been up to the past few months and some of my favorites

These are just a few of my Spring favorites from Tracy Negoshian!

You can see the rest of TN's spring collection here.

Ready for the work?

Here is how you can win:

(please comment and let me know you did these!)
MUST be a follower of Keep It Classy, Alabama +1 entry
MUST like the Tracy Negoshian Facebook page +1 entry

(include which of these you did in your comment as well)
Follow me on Twitter (@LindzyLeigh) +1 entry
Tweet about this giveaway with a link and mention me +1 entry

Contest  begins tonight, Monday, Feb. 20 and ends on Friday, Feb. 24 at 5pm (cst)


Friday, February 10, 2012

Winner Time!

After a LONG process of tallying everything up, I have finally got the winners for my Blogoversary giveaways! Congrats to all of you :) and don't forget there is a surprise giveaway next week which is in my opinion, the best one yet! Check back! Without further adieu, I present to you the winners of my first blogoversary giveaways!

Twiggy Originals painting ~ Emily

Custom Letters ~ tDs (Taylor) and Rachel

Lilly inspired pillow ~ Cori H.

Diana Kelly ~ Charlotte

Preppy Paper Designs ~ Katie

Purselady Too ~ Hannah

Francesca Joy Palm Beach ~ A Simple Southern Life

Again, congrats to you all! I will try to contact you soon but if you happen to see this first please email me and I will request the needed information. Thanks!

My new gLee obsession

So it's not a secret to those who know me well and/or follow me on twitter that I love Glee. It's also not a secret that I am obsessed with Mike Chang (real life, Harry Shum) and his awesome dance moves.

Well move over, Mike. I have a new Glee love interest (ok, don't move over completely just a bit to make room) and his name is Damien McGinty aka Rory on the show. Damien is one of the 2 co-winners of the Glee project. Who was suppose to win 7 episode appearances but is already in 10.

He is precious, like a little lamb. Did I mention he is Irish? Well, he is and has the cutest accent. Cue the swoon.

I got the newest Glee cd the other day at Tar-jay and can't stop listening to number 7, which is him singing "Take care of yourself". I would like for him to serenade me day and night. Would you like proof that his voice is swoon worthy?

I'm going to tweet him this blog post and pray to the heavens that he replies back.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Guilt free TV

Sorry, I'm not sorry but I am 100% obsessed with Dance Moms.

Abby Lee Miller is a bad-a. Seriously... this is how competitive teachers REALLY ARE. Trust me, I know. I took dance for 16 years and competed. Do I cringe when I hear Abby scream? Sure enough. But do I secretly like and enjoy it? Yup.

My favorite dancer?


I think know all of the girls are super talented. But for some reason I just love little Chloe!

Favorite mom?
 It's a tie with Christi and Kelly, I would like to have a cocktail with them. 

But my most favorite part of the show is.......

besides the choreography (that's great and very contemporary, unique and often deep)


Yes, I am a costume snob. I obsess over costumes. It's weird buuut they really do make a dance. Cheap costumes from the catologue? Not going to win... well, unless it's like a super talented group or individual. The Abby Lee dancers could probably win in a trash bag costume -- they are so amazing. I love watching them dance week after week and maybe reliving some old dance memories of my own.
I know I am not the only one who's obsessed with Dance moms!

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Blog Sale!

Hey Blog Friends!

I am having a little blog sale to clean out my closet :)

 Everything is New With Tags (NWT) or Excellent Used Condition (EUC)

If you are interested in buying anything, please email me at

I can answer any questions and also try to take more pics if needed!

Accepted forms of payment: PayPal

NWT Tracy Negoshian Sunbathers Tunic size Large; $25 shipped
*Sorry for stock photo, you will see why in the next picture*

NWT Tracy Negoshian purple/yellow tunic size Large; $25 shipped
*sorry for poor photo quality*

EEEEUC Ugg boots, size: 7, color: sand, style: short, only worn 2x, $90 shipped
*They were too small for me. I will accept reasonable offers on these*

NWT HOBO International Clutch (that retailed $129); $55 shipped
*Very nice, color is gray, I will accept reasonable offers on this as well*

Happy blog shopping! 

Friday, February 3, 2012

Blogoversary has come to an end!

I can't believe my 7 days of blogoversary giveaways are over!

Or are they?

I have one more *VERY* special giveaway lined up for all my readers.

I can't reveal WHAT it is because that would ruin the fun but I can tell you when to look for it.... February 9-13ish. I promise it's worth the wait! So technically there is an 8th day of giveaways buuut it's postponed :)

Thanks again to all my readers. The winners will be announced all at once after the last day ends!

Thursday, February 2, 2012

7th day of Giveaways!

I can't believe today is the "last day" or is it? There may or may not be a surprise announcement tomorrow about an 8th day of giveaways. Hmmmm, something to think about! Keep an eye out!

Rounding out the last day of giveaways is an iPhone 4 case from Francesca Joy Palm Beach!

Way to enter:
*Mandantory* Follow Keep it classy, Alabama - 1 entry
"Like" Francesca Joy Collection on Facebook - 2 entries
Follow me on twitter @lindzyleigh - 1 entryTweet about the giveaway and mention me - 1 entryblog about the giveaway - 1 entry
**PLEASE leave 1 comment letting me know which of the above you did**

6 total ways to win... Giveaway ends February 9th.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

ANOTHER giveaway!

A few days of giveaways have come and gone but have no worries we aren't done ;)

Have you heard about Purselady Too? Purselady too is one of my favorite place to get all my Lilly Pulitzer stationary needs as well as other preppy accessories. 

My friends at Purselady Too are happy to celebrate my week of BLOGOVERSARY giveaways with me! They are offering to give one of my readers a set of 

Lilly Pulitzer Spring 2012 Coozies!

so cute! and they can be yours...

Way to enter:
*Mandantory* Follow Keep it classy, Alabama - 1 entry
Friend Purselady Too on Facebook - 2 entries
Follow me on twitter @lindzyleigh - 1 entry
Tweet about the giveaway and mention me - 1 entry
blog about the giveaway - 1 entry

**PLEASE leave 1 comment letting me know which of the above you did**

6 total ways to win... Giveaway ends February 8th.