Awesome Product or Torture Device

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I recently purchased an epilator and I can’t decide if I think it’s great or if it’s a device of torture. It really doesn’t hurt too much, but it sure isn’t pleasant.

PROS
No shaving
Smooth skin
No irritation from shaving

CONS
Time consuming
Some patchiness
Kind of painful

This product works really well so if you are looking for an epilator, this is great.
I’m still interested in finding out if waxing is less painful so later this spring I’m going to get a wax for the first time. My sister is going with me and we are going to bite the bullet together. I’m already terrified. If you have any tips for first timers let me know!

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Talk Southern To Me

Last week I had the pleasure of meeting Julia Fowler, creator of the Southern Women Chanel.ย If you haven’t seen her videos, go to her Youtube channel or Facebook page right now and be prepared for a good laugh.

Julia is from Gaffney, South Carolina and started her entertainment career on cruise ships and then Broadway in Annie Get Your Gun. After getting married, she ended up in L.A. and collected a group of Southern friends whom she convinced to film a funny youtube video. It went viral instantly and the rest is history!

Julia’s book Talk Southern To Me is, in her own words, a love letter to the south.
If you are looking for an entertaining read or a great gift for a friend, buy this book! I bought one for myself and 5 more for friends and family.

It’s on sale on Amazon and “up at the Walmart.”
If you have seen Julia’s videos, you will get why it’s at Walmart.

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An Evening Celebration: William Ivey Long

I’ve had a coupe of pretty stressful weeks, so I did myself a favor and spent a week off from posting so now I’m playing catchup.

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Last weekend I spent Saturday night with a new friend and after a delicious dinner at Halcyon in Uptown, we attended the Blumenthal’s musical tribute for William Ivey Long.

William Ivey Long grew up just south of Charlotte and his work in costume design has earned him 15 Tony Award nominations. This event was a mainly concert put together by William Ivey Long’s friends who also told stories of their their friendship with the designer. High school performing artists backed up the headliners and ultimately paraded across the stage in costumes. It was a lovely tribute to a great man.

Afterwards we attended a reception and listened to a jazz ensemble while we enjoyed deserts and champagne. We chatted with strangers and enjoyed the photo booth before leaving for our next destination.

My friend took me to The Imperialย for cocktails and it was amazing. They had live music and an incredible cocktail menu. I ordered the Paloma Stinger and it was fantastic. We snagged seats by the bar where we could watch the band and watch the bartenders make the drinks. It was quite a show! Most of the drinks people were ordering required the use of a torch and an ice ball with peppers or peels inside. It was really fun.ย We just about closed the place down.

I became hungry again after the bar so before summoning an Uber we stopped in Mellow Mushroom and grabbed a pizza before heading to my friend’s house. It was already a great evening, but the pizza topped it off.

Had I done a better job planning my weekend, I would have visited the Mint Museum’s William Ivey Long exhibit before going to the tribute. Luckily the exhibit is on display until June so I have plenty of time to go see it.

Charlotte has so much to do and see. I’m so glad I’m making the effort to go and enjoy what the Queen City has to offer.

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A New Day Indeed

Target has launched a new store brand called A New Day and I’m digging it.
I put more in my buggy on Saturday than I have on any previous Target run ever. I did make myself narrow my purchases down considerably to just one item.

These Velma Slip On Pointy Toe Mules are only $22.99!
I love it when I can participate in a trend, but not shell out the big bucks so these were an exciting find. They also come in black, but I knew I wouldn’t wear the black ones over the black shoes I already own and enjoy so I went with this dusty pink pair.

I went online when I got home and found the items I loved in the store and a few that my store didn’t carry that are worth checking out. Links below!

  1. Velma Slip On Pointy Toe Mules in Black
  2. Rebe Backless Loafer Mules
  3. Kona Slip On Loafer Mules in White
  4. Miriam Crossband Quilted Mules in Red
  5. Junebug Mules in Silver
  6. Wrap Crew Luxe Pullover in Grey
  7. Long Sleeve Shirtdress in Olive and Blue
  8. Who What Wear 3/4 Sleeve Mixed Lace Pull-Over Top in White

Art and Orchids

Over the weekend I stopped in at the Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden in Belmont, North Carolina. Dan Stowe, “Uncle Dan”, is a not so distant relative of mine so I have grown up going to this botanical garden with my family and later this year it will be the venue for my sister’s rehearsal dinner.

Presently on display at the Garden are beautiful Egyptian tapestries featuring images of Orchids. Tapestries fascinate me. How someone can weave something back and forth from one side to another to create a whole image is just plain amazing. These are worth checking out and are on display until March 11th.

Also at the garden this weekend was a pop up shop selling magnificent orchids. I bought a couple, but wish I had bought more.

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I bought a teeny tiny orange orchid plant that I had never seen before and a very colorful dark purple and white orchid. They had plenty of the kinds of orchids you see in shops and at the grocery store, but I was kind of stunned by how many different kinds of orchids there were. All were incredibly beautiful. Now all I have to do is keep them alive!

Ballard Designs Comes to Charlotte

I feel like I have walked straight through a catalog.

Last weekend, my mom and I went to Southpark Mall to see the new Ballard Designs store. We have taken their catalog for years and were excited to be able to see their products in person. We were not disappointed.

ย Just look at that pink plaid sectional!
*SWOON*
I really wish I had a sun room filled with white hydrangea to house that sectional.

I loved just about everything in the store and long for the day when I move and have a legitimate reason to redecorate in full. Maybe one day I will be able to take advantage of Ballard Design’s decorator services. A girl can wish right?

If you are in the Charlotte area, go take a peek and pick up a catalog in store. It’s worth the trip.

What is J.Crew Mercantile?

While my mother and I were exploring the Park Road Shopping Center over the weekend, we stopped in J.Crew Mercantile. We had never heard of such a thing so we were curious. It turns out that J.Crew is bringing their outlet stores and original styles for the outlets into regular retail spaces. They are taking the outlet out of the outlet mall.

We didn’t intend to buy anything and there wasn’t anything there that was particularly thrilling, but I did need a new black long sleeve t-shirt and a pair of navy earrings caught my eye so I did pick up a couple of things, but my purchase total was only $34.06 when it was all said and done.

Solid black artist tee originally $29.50 purchased for $14.75.

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Navy beaded earrings originally $34.50 purchased for $17.00.

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These earrings aren’t too big and they come in really great colors. I am seriously thinking about getting them in another color. They are that cute in person. I might also get these pajamas. Had I seen them in the store, I would have bought them on the spot.

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Though I did have some success at this store, I’m really not sure how I feel about it. J.Crew proper is having a tough time staying afloat and nothing they have produced lately has been all that thrilling. The days of feeling like you are walking into a candy store are over. By diluting their brand further with this new outlet concept, are they not making things worse? How do they make any money? Are they entering Old Navy territory? I depend on J.Crew and have for over a decade. If this is the beginning of the end, I’m going to be so very sorry to see them go.