FASHION & BEAUTY

Holiday Beauty Scoop!  Glow Charlotte $45 Tanning Deal now thru 12/30

Holiday Beauty Scoop! Glow Charlotte $45 Tanning Deal now thru 12/30

Right now GLOW CHARLOTTE is offering scoop readers a custom full body spray tan for only $45, down from their regular price of $60. Glow Charlotte is one of the QC’s finest custom spray tanning salons, known for precision to detail, expertise for custom color matching and flawless results.  Your Glow Charlotte tan will be perfectly […]

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What’s New in stores to Keep You Warm

What’s New in stores to Keep You Warm

There are some great fashion trends to keep you warm this winter, from knee-high boots to statement coats, ponchos, and cozy scarves.  Dress up a long skirt with a silky blouse and heels for a more work-appropriate look; for a more casual look add some tall boots and an embellished sweater or sweatshirt.  Over-the-knee boots with skinny […]

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The Best Jewelry in the Charlotte Stores Right Now

The Best Jewelry in the Charlotte Stores Right Now

With winter comes ice in the forecast, and I’m not talking about snow.  The best way to add sparkle and detail to any plain outfit is simply by adding a touch of bejeweled bling.  Big and bold earrings look great with over-sized sweaters and coats as do long pendant necklaces.   Embellishments such as costume […]

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Happy Hour Hair – The Secret To Self-Preservation During the Holidays

Happy Hour Hair – The Secret To Self-Preservation During the Holidays

I had an EIGHTEEN HOUR day last week, y’all. And the crazy part is, there are many more ahead of me between now and New Years. Shopping, partying, cooking, cleaning, prepping, gifting, decorating, hosting, ugly-sweatering… *insert a cliche “tis the season” comment, etc etc*. But seriously, show of hands? I have a sneaking suspicion I’m not the only […]

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HOUSE & GARDEN

What is SWELL this week? Antlers.

What is SWELL this week? Antlers.

Traditional tinsel and twinkle lights are a staple of Christmas decor, but we at SWELL love to incorporate the unexpected accessories such as ANTLERS. Hang a large faux elk head over a mantle or in a bedroom to make a bold statement or insert antler pieces into wreaths and holiday garland for an unstated look. Consider […]

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What’s in stores for Holiday Decorating ~ Mantels and Doors, Tabletops and more.

What’s in stores for Holiday Decorating ~ Mantels and Doors, Tabletops and more.

There are no rules when it comes to Christmas Decor so go BIG or keep it simple, but for goodness sake join the party. Let the season guide you and inspire you.  HOLIDAY DOOR DECOR Letting the Holiday Cheer spill out on the lawn and porch is a bit of a tradition/competition in the South. […]

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Go Beyond Wine this Season with Holiday Cocktails & The Well-Stocked Bar Cart

Go Beyond Wine this Season with Holiday Cocktails & The Well-Stocked Bar Cart

Bar Carts are a sophisticated throw back to a time when entertaining at home was an art form.  AND they made quite a splash at the High Point, N.C. Spring Furniture Market this year. Versatile,compact and usually mobile, the bar cart adds glamour and elegance to any holiday bash big or small. So what qualifies as […]

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Friday is Poinsettia Day.  Here are some creative ways to use this Hothouse Holiday Beauty.

Friday is Poinsettia Day. Here are some creative ways to use this Hothouse Holiday Beauty.

Brought from Mexico to the US in the 1820s by Charlestonian botanist / physician / politician Joel Roberts Poinsett, the poinsettia is the top selling potted plant in all of the US and Canada, and all that selling is basically done in the 6 weeks leading up to Christmas. The most traditional version used in […]

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FUN STUFF & THINGS TO DO

Where to go and What to do this Week & Weekend – the fun starts TODAY!!

Where to go and What to do this Week & Weekend – the fun starts TODAY!!

Wednesday, December 17, 5:30- 8:30 p.m. Wine on Wednesdays at the Mint Enjoy four free hours of access to the Mint Museum and take advantage of savings at the museum’s shop just in time to finish your last minute shopping. Unwind with a cash bar serving red and white wine as you peruse. Wednesday, December 17, 5 p.m. […]

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Holly Jolly Things to do with your kids during their Christmas break

Holly Jolly Things to do with your kids during their Christmas break

While heaven knows we all love our babies with a fierce devotion, Christmas break can be a rough time on everyone. If you are already dreading the tantrums following too much TV/ Xbox, or – even worse – the incessant whining that accompanies boredom, let’s talk about the benefits of that ounce of prevention… in this case, it […]

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The Duke Mansion New Year’s Eve and 100 Year Celebration and our giveaway of 2 tickets ($515!!)

The Duke Mansion New Year’s Eve and 100 Year Celebration and our giveaway of 2 tickets ($515!!)

Built in 1915, the Duke Mansion is a standing testament to Charlotte’s historical and sophisticated past, and this year for New Year’s Eve, the staff plans to open its doors and ring in the new year in style with a black tie celebration.  The monument’s 100th birthday celebration begins with sparkling wine at arrival, passed […]

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Our 2014 Queen City Holiday Lights Tour

Our 2014 Queen City Holiday Lights Tour

It’s the most wonderful time of the year and everywhere you turn the Griswold’s and their army of merry elves are out in full force. With so many incredible light displays, it’s difficult to choose which one(s) to see. From the South Charlotte Santa to syncronized displays, the holiday lights below are some of my […]

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GIFTING NOW

Gifts for the Guy in your life.

Gifts for the Guy in your life.

For those of you who don’t already do the full-time shopping for the man {men?} in your life, the holiday season is the best opportunity to take the reins and drop hints on how you’d like them to dress.  And of course, to show how much you appreciate them.  From comfy cashmere to high end watches to […]

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Gifts for the Foodies & Wino’s in your Life.

Gifts for the Foodies & Wino’s in your Life.

Tick Tock my friends.  Finding those perfect gifts is about to cause FULL ON PANIC MODE.  One of my favorite sources for last minute gifts for family, co-workers and friends is DEAN & DELUCA in Phillips Place ~ I never leave there empty-handed and I’m often inspired to greatness in my gift picks…if I do […]

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Best Stocking Stuffers.

Best Stocking Stuffers.

It’s just a matter of time before the stockings are hung by the chimney with care.  Instead of filling them with just candy this year, mix it up with unique choices; small candles, gift certificates, perfumes, jewelry and thoughtful tidbits.  Traditionally stocking stuffers have to be smaller, but they don’t have to come secondary to gifts […]

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Best Gifts for the Girls in your Life

Best Gifts for the Girls in your Life

If you’re a woman shopping for another woman, it’s probably the easiest part of your Christmas list – just buy something you think you’d like that you don’t normally buy for yourself.  Options are abundant –  from pretty trinkets and necklaces to wallets, bags, scented candles and soaps (personal favorite), and even artwork.  Shopping for your […]

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GOOD EATS

16 Food Gifts to Make for Holiday Presents

16 Food Gifts to Make for Holiday Presents

Certainly, the holiday season can be the best time of the year, but on the flip side, there’s the busy shopping malls, the financial drain, and trying to find the perfect presents for everyone on our lists. That’s why I love to give edible gifts.  There’s no dealing with other frantic shoppers, it’s budget-friendly and […]

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Ideas for Quick & Easy Entertaining with  Pour Olive

Ideas for Quick & Easy Entertaining with Pour Olive

We reached out to Sophie, owner of  POUR OLIVE  for a few quick and easy ideas on hors d’oeuvres, sides and wow-factor extras that can take you from ho-hum cook to someone with major kitchen-cred. The difference is in the drizzle.   image via tumblr ~Rosemary and Garlic Almonds: This one takes no time at all! […]

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15 waistline-friendly gingerbread recipes for the holidays

15 waistline-friendly gingerbread recipes for the holidays

Believe it or not, molasses, the thick syrup used in traditional gingerbread recipes, actually has many health benefits.  It is rich in calcium, iron, and magnesium, can help us grow healthy hair, has cancer fighting properties, protects the heart, and even supports digestion. Ready to run to the kitchen the polish off the gingerbread cookies? […]

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18 Warm Drinks for Winter ~ aka scoop hacks your favorite lattes.

18 Warm Drinks for Winter ~ aka scoop hacks your favorite lattes.

There’s nothing like a nice, hot cup of something to warm you up, get your day started or settle you and yours down in the evening. .  But typical go-to drinks such as herbal tea, instant hot chocolate, and coffee can get a tad boring.  Extravagant concoctions from your favorite coffee shop are decadent and […]

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HEALTH & FITNESS

My Journey into Traditional Chinese Medicine & Acupuncture with Dr. Alison Warren at OrthoCarolina

My Journey into Traditional Chinese Medicine & Acupuncture with Dr. Alison Warren at OrthoCarolina

Simply put…I was in pain. Chronic Neck Pain that radiated up both sides of neck down into my shoulders and lived primarily in the large bone at the base of my neck.I had tried everything: chiropractics, reflexology, yoga, massage, muscle relaxers, opiates, inversion therapy and detox treatments. Nothing relieved my pain long-term. I would get small […]

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Here are some ways you can fight the flu with food.

Here are some ways you can fight the flu with food.

According to Andy Williams, the legendary singer of “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year”, this is the “hap-happiest season of all”.  While I will certainly not disagree, Mr. Williams did fail to mention that this is also the dreaded cold and flu season. There are many things we can do to avoid coming […]

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Holiday Fitness Update – Gifts, Specials & more to check out this week.

Holiday Fitness Update – Gifts, Specials & more to check out this week.

Flywheel’s holiday gift cards are the gift that keeps on giving ~ each one comes in a keepsake holiday pouch that doubles as a workout wallet [due to arrive in CLT studio soon]. Plus, when you buy your FlyGiftCard,  you’ll receive a little gift for you too*: – Purchase a 5-pack, receive 1 class credit […]

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Where to Burn It Off after Turkey Day – special deals & classes at Charlotte fitness studios.

Where to Burn It Off after Turkey Day – special deals & classes at Charlotte fitness studios.

  Don’t miss Thanksgiving weekend at Flywheel. Shop their Flygear “Black Friday” sale Friday through Monday for 25% off. Plus, they’re hosting longer length “Torqy Burn” classes to help you burn off that Thanksgiving feast.   CAROLINA BARRE & CORE Turkey Burn Class on Saturday, November 29th from 9:30am – 11pm HILLIARD STUDIO METHOD Will […]

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Gifts for the Guy in your life.

Gifts for the Guy in your life.

| December 17, 2014 | 0 Comments

For those of you who don’t already do the full-time shopping for the man {men?} in your life, the holiday season is the best opportunity to take the reins and drop hints on how you’d like them to dress.  And of course, to show how much you appreciate them.  From comfy cashmere to high end watches to […]

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What’s the Sale Scoop this Week? Get Started TODAY!

What’s the Sale Scoop this Week? Get Started TODAY!

| December 17, 2014 | 0 Comments

DOLL. A BOUTIQUE Their 12 Days of Christmas lasts through 12/21, with a new sale each day, for example Wednesday’s deal is 20 % off all jackets, coats, blazers, kimonos, ponchos. Be sure to check .DOLL’s social media accounts each day for the sale scoop. ALEXANDER SCOTT INTERIORS is holding their holiday open house today, […]

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What is SWELL this week? Antlers.

What is SWELL this week? Antlers.

| December 17, 2014 | 0 Comments

Traditional tinsel and twinkle lights are a staple of Christmas decor, but we at SWELL love to incorporate the unexpected accessories such as ANTLERS. Hang a large faux elk head over a mantle or in a bedroom to make a bold statement or insert antler pieces into wreaths and holiday garland for an unstated look. Consider […]

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Where to go and What to do this Week & Weekend – the fun starts TODAY!!

Where to go and What to do this Week & Weekend – the fun starts TODAY!!

| December 17, 2014 | 0 Comments

Wednesday, December 17, 5:30- 8:30 p.m. Wine on Wednesdays at the Mint Enjoy four free hours of access to the Mint Museum and take advantage of savings at the museum’s shop just in time to finish your last minute shopping. Unwind with a cash bar serving red and white wine as you peruse. Wednesday, December 17, 5 p.m. […]

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