Lilly Pulitzer Opens in The Streets at Southpoint!

24 Jun

LILLY HAS ARRIVED!

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 That’s right! If you haven’t heard, Lilly Pultizer has officially opened at Streets and I for one, am VERY excited.

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For me, Lilly is the ultimate summertime retailer.  With all of the bold colors and floral prints, along with the beachy feel of her designs, it just screams long warm days we love here in the south.

The authentic resort fashion brand has opened  its twenty-second company-owned retail store right here with a 2,215 square foot location located on the first floor near Vera Bradley, Cache and Sperry.

It all started 50ish years ago with a simple shift dress in Palm Beach, Florida. Today, Lilly Pulitzer provides a collection of modern resort wear inspired by the authentic Palm Beach lifestyle.

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 Inside, the space is almost as pretty as the clothes on display! It is all hand-painted and designed by the company’s in-house print design team, and will feature the bright colors and prints Lilly we all love.

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The store provides savvy shoppers with all of the brand’s categories:  women’s, men’s and children’s collections as well as gifts and accessories including bags, shoes, jewelry, and eyewear.

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They officially opened on Saturday with a great party! Did you go? Have you seen the new store yet? Don’t forget to mark your calendars for June 29th when Lilly Pulitzer celebrates with a grand opening! Lot’s of great surprises, shopping perks and sweet treats for shoppers heading out this weekend! I’d love to hear what you think and see some of your own Lilly favorites!

 

Summer is Here! Time For Some New Shades!

21 Jun

Summer has officially arrived!

But now that Mother Nature has decided to turn up the thermostat (and the fun), I have been thinking more and more about my eyes, specifically what I want to don this summer to protect them while looking… cool.

And right now, you can save on a new pair at Both Sunglass Hut and Solstice Sunglasses at The Streets at Southpoint are having terrific sales.

At Solstice Sunglasses, receive a $25 Gift Card with a purchase of $150 or more, or $50 Gift Card with a purchase of $200 or more. Promotion Valid 6/14-7/31 and while supplies last. Valid on your next purchase and cards must be redeemed by 10/31/13. Exclusions may apply, so ask a sales associate.

At Sunglass Hut, you can get 30% off all sunglasses and accessories, but only until tomorrow, June 22, 2013! SO HURRY!

To help you out, I am offering my official GURU sunglass shopping tips:

GURU SUNGLASSES TIP #1: Do NOT buy sunglasses online without trying them on first. These go on your face. People will see them and you want to look great!

GURU SUNGLASSES TIP #2: Most brands can accommodate a Rx lens. PERFECT for people who can’t wear contacts!

GURU SUNGLASSES TIP #3: Get a brand that works for YOU, not because of the brand! Again, get a style that makes you look great!

 There are soooooo many styles to choose from, so get the right one. Perhaps one of these…
First, Sunglass Hut!

Smith Optics knows how to protect your eyes from the summer sun. After all, they’re based in SUN VALLEY, Idaho home to movie stars and ski slopes. This outdoor-themed company also makes some of my favorite shades for both the athletic and style conscious among us. And I just love a pair of black wrap-around sunglasses.

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Next up, we have Versace with a very chic wire framed pair. I like a style that is confident but understated like these.  And let’s face it, Versace knows style!

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Last from Sunglass Hut, I selected some shades from Gargoyles.  This is a brand that’s been around for a while, but I still rarely see anyone wearing them. Which for me is a plus- you get a bit of exclusivity! I like how these have the lok of a classic aviator style, but just more modern.

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Next, Solstice Sunglass Boutique!

First up, it’s one of the most timeless sunglass styles of all time, worn by everyone form JFK to Tom Cruise: Ray-Ban’s Wayfarer.  But we all know about the classic black, so ditch the herd and step out in the understated and original tortoise style. You still get the timeless look, while being a little unique.

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Another classic brand that’s been around forever, but few people seem to wear, is Carrera.  Ladies get a little pop of color with these purple shades, done in a very classic retro style, almost reminiscent of the Wayfarers. I really like these! Plus, the polarized lenses take care of glare form the bright sun.

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Lastly from Solstice Sunglasses, I selected what are considered to be the ultimate in celebrity, high-fashion style from Prada.  These oversized black sunglasses showcase a style that has been very popular for a few years, but show no signs of slowing down!

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Which pair do you like?  Let me know your thoughts and if I can help suggest some fresh styles for you!

One More Reason to Love Saturday!

14 Jun

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 Everybody’s workin’ for the weekend!

So put your good times into overdrive with Music on Main, only at the Streets at Southpoint!

If you’ve never been before, Music on Main is a series of FREE, family-friendly, outdoor concerts held every Saturday evening (weather and conditions permitting of course)  from 6-8:45pm in the Cinema Circle stage just outside of AMC theaters. The concerts run until October 26th.

This week, The Holiday Band comes  to Streets!

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It’s Beach Music night with Carolina Beach Music Band of the Year, The Holiday Band and DJ/MC Edridge. Be sure to come back to Music on Main all through the month of June:

  • June 22nd – Ty Brown
  • June 29th – Al Batten & Bluegrass Reunion

I’ll be updating you all season with the acts that are coming up each Saturday night, so check back often for the latest news.

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A Chance to Give to Those in Need!

31 May

I  wanted to give you all a heads up regarding a terrific event coming up this weekend, starting today Friday, May 31 through Saturday June 1st.

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Did you now that for every $1 donated, the Food Bank can provide the equivalent of $10 worth of food or 5 meals?

The Central & Eastern Food Bank of North Carolina is kicking off its STOP SUMMER HUNGER Campaign on Friday.

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Here’s what is in store:

Help the Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina kick off the Stop Summer Hunger Campaign (formerly Kids Summer Stock) to benefit the Kids Meals & More children’s programs.

Join them for The Streets at Southpoint Kickoff Event, starting on May 31 with an ABC11 Broadcast event, leading into a Kids Walk on June 1 and wrapping up with a Drive Through food drive! This is a great opportunity for you and your family to have fun and support a great cause.

Friday, May 31
ABC11 Broadcast & Cisco Can-Structure

Come on out from noon to 6:30 pm to the center court of the mall as talent from ABC11 broadcasts the weather segments LIVE!  Volunteers from Cisco will be building a model of the ABC11 logo out of cans for donation!

Saturday, June 1
Morning Kids Walk

The Stop Summer Hunger Kids Walk is a “family fun walk” inside the mall of The Streets at Southpoint. Walkers will follow the route around the lower level. For each lap completed, walkers will win a ticket for a spin of the prize wheel! There will be unique structures made out of cans and Food Bank tables along the way. Walkers can get a photo taken with Souper Can, the Food Bank mascot. Strollers are VERY welcome!

Pre-registration is recommended and the first 100 registrants will receive a FREE gift bag on event day.  You can make an online donation to the Food Bank with your walk registration and be entered in a drawing for a $100 VISA gift card!

On event day, check-in begins at 8:30 am at the Main Street entrance of the mall. Walk from 9am to 10:30 am and help stop summer hunger!

Saturday, June 1
Drive, Drop & Go! Food Drive

Don’t want to walk? NO PROBLEM! You can join in the Drive, Drop & Go Food Drive where volunteers will collect bags of food from folks in their cars as they drive by.  Simply pack a bag of non-perishable food (see the Food Bank’s Most Needed Items list for ideas) and look for thier volunteers at the Main Street Champp’s Crossover from 9 am to 2 pm.  Drop off your food and go!  EASY!

What else?

Can’t join us for the kickoff?  You can still make a donation to Stop Summer Hunger to support children and families in need.  Consider launching your own personal fundraising campaign and help even more kids this summer. Remember: Just $1 equals 5 meals!

And you can even help out without leaving your smartphone, tablet or computer! Just be sure to “LIKE” The Streets on Facebook. Now through June 2, The Streets at Southpoint will be donating a $1 on your behalf to the Food Bank when you become a new Facebook Fan!  The goal is to raise $5,000 which is 25,000 meals to feed kids all summer long!  If you already do “LIKE”, encourage your friends!

See you Saturday, June 1, 2013 from 9 am to 2 pm at The Streets at Southpoint!

Happy Memorial Day!

27 May

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“The land of the free, BECAUSE of the brave.”

During today’s BBQ’s and get togethers, please take a moment to remember what this holiday is really all about.

Thank you to all of our brave and honored veterans on this Memorial Day.

Your courage and sacrifice will never be forgotten.

Who Has the Best Sales This Weekend?

24 May

It’s Memorial Day Weekend!

Ok, so today is technically Friday, but close enough!

If you’re planning to make your way to The Streets at Southpoint this weekend, get ready to save some serious cash!

Many, if not most retailers will be slashing prices- up to 60% off in fact!- for the holiday weekend, but I know how busy everyone is these days.

So I’ve taken the liberty to round up some of the best sales from a wide variety of stores and share them with you!  I know, I know. You’re welcome.

Chico’s 

Chico’s is Made for Sunshine.  T’s, Tanks, Shorts and Crops are all 50% off. Sorry, not valid with any other offer. Includes customary 5% passport member discount.

Cole Haan
Memorial Day Sale at Cole Haan! 25% off your entire purchase now through 5/27/13!

Brighton Collectibles
This one goes well beyond Memorial Day! Now through 6/9/13, receive the Sea Splash beach towel with a single, same-day Brighton purchase of $100 or more. Limit one per customer, while supplies last

Soma
Huge deal at Soma!  Get 7 pairs of underwear for $35 in select styles.  Regular price is $14-$16, sizes S-XXL.

Crate & Barrel

Awesome sale this weekend at C&B: Take 15% off everything!  Going on now through 5/27/13

Forever 21 

Not so much a sale event her as much as a HUGE selection of new items 500+ New Arrivals In Store Now at Forever 21!  Shop what’s new now, before it’s gone! Plus, they need to make room, so you can bet the sale and clearance racks will be loaded!

Express

This is a really good one: 40% off Every Single Item Thursday, May 23 – Monday, May 27, 2013.  EVERY ITEM! Excludes GiftCards. Not valid on previous purchases, or with any other offer or promotion.

Coldwater Creek

Can’t publish this one yet, (VERY top secret!) but look for Memorial Day Weekend savings at Coldwater Creek!

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Take an additional 25% off all sale styles!  Valid 5/22/13-5/27/13. See a store associate for additional details.

Pottery Barn

Lot’s of good deals at PB:

·         Select all-weather wicker furniture up to 20% off

·         All outdoor umbrellas up to 20% off

·         Select outdoor pillows up to 20% off

Nordstrom

Save up to 40% at Nordstrom’s half yearly sale for women & kids! This one of the sales I always look forward to!

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HUGE savings: Take an additional 30% Off All Clearance for up to 60% Off Savings

Like I said, most retailers will be offering some kind of savings this weekend, so if you have a favorite, chances are you’ll find a great deal!

Memorial Day is Almost Here! Is Your BBQ Ready?

23 May

Whether you’re a steak lover or vegetarian, we all have one thing in common on Memorial Day: we love spending time outside around the BBQ!

But it’s been a long winter and a pretty cool start to spring. So if you’re like me, parties by the grill have been few and far between in the last few months.

But that’s no excuse for not being prepared, especially when you have me to direct you to the ideal retailers who can get anyone ready for not just Memorial Day weekend, but the summer ahead- no matter if it’s a condo balcony or a massive backyard patio.

I love C&B for the time-saving accessories and helpful aides that make it easy to entertain.

And right now, you can get FREE SHIPPING on all orders of $1500 or more!

Some of my favorites include…

For your outdoor entertaining, make your way to West Elm.  Here are a few of the pieces that caught my eye when I was in there recently:

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From the novice to the Iron Chefs among us, Sur La Table is the, I repeat, THE destination for your culinary needs.  Here are some of my favorite finds:

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Well… after those examples, you don’t really have any excuse for not hosting a fantastic Memorial Day (or any day) party outside!

Need any other help? Let me know and stay tuned for more summer updates!

Find the Perfect Swimsuit For Memorial Day Fun!

22 May

With Memorial Day coming, is your water wardrobe ready?

Memorial Day marks the unofficial start of summer and that means lot’s of summer activities, especially going to the beach or hanging out by the pool.

So how is your swimsuit situation?

Luckily, I’m always here to help!  I’ve put together a small sampling of perfectly fashionable swimsuits for the whole family!

First up, the ladies: Athleta & Macy’s

Athleta is home to a variety of designs, particularly for anyone who spends as much time in the water as they do exercising on the beach.  I wanted to include them since I know many of you like an athletic look to a swimsuit and one that is designed to stay on in the surf.

However, if you’re looking for a more traditional design, Macy’s has a positively huge selection to choose from!

For the guys, Macy’s is also my suggestion for the perfect pair of trunks!

And for the wee-ones, Naartjie Kids has some adorable swimwear for the summer! You might want to get two they’re so cute!

There you have it! A style for everyone in the family.

Let me know if you need ANY help finding the perfect style for your body type and I would be happy to help in any way I can.

Remember your sunblock!

Celebrate Gatsby Style at Brooks Brothers Flatiron!

13 May

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Gatsby is at The Streets at Southpoint, and

I’m not just talking about the motion picture!

Brooks Brothers Flatiron Shop presents…

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Brooks Brothers collaborated with the film’s costume designer, two time Oscar-winner Catherine Martin, for all of the men’s clothing in the film. In fact, it was F.Scott Fitzgerald’s affinity for Brooks Brothers (mentioned in the book repeatedly) that gave Catherine the idea.

She poured over old Brooks Bothers pictures and catalogs from the 1920’s to get an exact feel for how to dress the stars of the film. And if you’ve seen the movie, you can see that she nailed it! I smell Oscar #3!

In honor of the blockbuster film, Brooks Brothers has released the “Gatsby Collection”, available now at The Streets at Southpoint Flatiron location.

And now, exclusively for college students, Brooks Brothers Flatiron will take 15% off EVERYTHING when students present a valid, current college I.D.  See the store for details!

I was in the store over the weekend and snapped pics of a few of my favorite looks (not just Gatsby) for men and women!

Here are some additional looks from the new “Gatsby” line.  As you can see from the pictures, there is no mistaking the inspiration for these amazing designs.

Admittedly, I think guys clothes can be a little boring compared to what ladies get to choose from. But these styles?  GORGEOUS!

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What do you think? As I said, I’m very impressed and think that if a guy were to wear any of these pieces individually or together as an outfit, they’d leave one heck of an impression!

GURU TO THE RESCUE: Get Mom Something She’ll Love!

10 May

Mother’s Day is THIS Sunday, May 12!

ARE YOU READY?

So what are you doing to show mom how much you care?

If a great gift is a part your plan, I’ve highlighted some of the BEST gift ideas you’ll find this year at The Streets at Southpoint!I tried to spread it out a little bit to appeal to a lot of different moms, from fashion divas to culinary masters!

Now, if these gift ideas aren’t helpful, let me know what kind of gift you’re looking for and I am sure we can find something she’ll love. Just post your question in the comment section below!

I’ve gotta kick this post off with the Mother’s Day deals at Brookstone.

Two things mom would love this year: a massage and some good vino! All massage (well, except for those awesome massage chairs) and wine gifts at Brookstone are 25% off! And while mom is relaxing, she can play on her iPad with a cool new case. Select cases are 30% off!

Make Mother’s Day more colorful with the perfect gift from Vera Bradley.

They’ve added some beautiful bangles, bracelets and earrings plus gifts for gardening moms. What about a gorgeous silk scarf? Scarves are a terrific way for any woman to jazz up an outfit without a lot of effort. Vera Bradley has something for every special woman (particularly moms) in your life.

There are very few ladies on Earth who wouldn’t love SOMETHING from Michael Kors.

One of the hottest items of the last couple years has been his signature gold watch. But the clutches and handbags that you’ll find this season are also in hot demand! A gift from MK would be a “can’t miss”.

Stylish shoes, especially comfortable ones, are always a great gift idea on Mother’s Day.

That means a gift from Aerosoles would be perfect!

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They have a very cute collection of summer sandals, flats and more just in time for the warm weather. AND- they’re offering a very attractive gift with purchase from 5/11/13 – 5/19/13.  The event starts Mother’s Day weekend – perfect for all of you to treat mom!

Annnnnnd, if you visit Aerosoles during the promotion, you’ll receive a free tote with your purchase of $75 or more!*

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*Valid 5/11/13-5/19/13. Limit one per customer, while supplies last. See store for details.

What about some hip home decor from West Elm?

Take 20% off all cookware, bakeware and outdoor gardening item! So if your mom loves to garden, bake, saute, poach, braise and flambe, this is the sale for you!

There you have it!  Five terrific suggestions for mom this year. As I mentioned, if you don’t see something you think she’ll love, shoot me a request and I’ll get to work finding something at Streets at Southpoint she’ll love!

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