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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!

 

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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.

OR, just subscribe to the blog and never miss an event, sale or breakout style.

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!

Treat Mom to a Night of Dining and Music!

10 May

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Celebrate Mother’s Day Weekend with some

Music on Main!

Sunday is Mother’s Day. But to be honest, mom deserves more than just one day. So give her the whole weekend by treating her to a great night of terrific live music and a wonderful meal.

Speaking of great food, you really can satisfy anyone in the family (particularly mom) with the selection of eateries at The Streets at Southpoint.

Looking for a great steak or BBQ? Head to Firebirds!

In the mood for great Italian? It’s Maggiano’s to the rescue!

What about a chic and slender flat bread or pizza? California Pizza Kitchen please!

Is mom a sports fan with a appetite for great food? Grab a seat at Champps!

Need space for a big group? Then you need some Cheesecake (Factory) in your life.

Wow… I’m stuffed!

Afterward, it’s time for the show outside!  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 Southpoint 17 cinemas. The concerts run until October 26th.

This week, Mel Melton & Wicked Mojos (Blues) with DJ/MC John Wilson will will bring some blues to the party!

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Here’s a look at them playing LIVE:

Be sure to come back to Music on Main for the rest of the month of May:

  • May 18th – Castaways (Beach) with DJ/MC Eldridge Meeler
  • May 25th – Honky Tonkin University Tour (Country) with DJ/MC John Wilson

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. OR, just subscribe to the blog and never miss an event, sale or breakout style.

Show a Teacher How Much You Care!

7 May

Giving Back to the People Who Always Give So Much!

Today is National Teacher Appreciation Day and to help out our amazing teachers, a few of your favorite retailers are offering some terrific deals!

Before we get to the sales, I wanted to offer a special congratulations to our Celebrate Teachers Winner, Mr. Jamie Barnhill of Forest View Elementary in Durham.

He’s the winner of a Southpoint  $500 Shop Etc. gift card for being a top notch teacher!

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The winning essay was submitted by one of his kindergarten students (pictured with Mr. Barnhill above) with the help of her mom:

“Mr. Barnhill is, hands down, the best Kindergarten teacher ever!  He genuinely loves each and every one of the kids that he teaches.  He makes sure that every child is engaged and included in every lesson.  Mr. B (as he is known) uses nature and animals to drive lessons home.  His passion for learning and making every moment count make him the best teacher for kids just starting to learn.”

Congrats to ALL OF the Teacher Finalists:
Kathleen Snapp (Green Hope High School)
Ernetta Cagle (Phillips Middle School)
Audrey Pinion (Spring Valley Elementary School)
Susan Brooks (Cameron Park Elementary School)
Brian OKeefe (Jordan High School)
Mr. Anderson (Granville Central High School)
Pam Webb (Frank Porter Graham)
Anna L. Sanders (Y. E. Smith Elementary School)
Casey Eviston (Clover Garden Charter School)

CONGRATULATIONS TO MR. BARNHILL!

Now, on to the sales!

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 In Honor of National Teacher Appreciation Day, Vera Bradley will give you a complimentary Tote (Reg. $49) with your Vera Bradley purchase of $100 or more when you show your teacher ID.

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J.Crew Loves Teachers (and college students!)

Going on now until 6/30/2013

Stop by J.Crew and enjoy an exclusive 15% discount* when you show your school ID. The best part? You can do this every time you shop at J Crew!

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15% Off For Teachers at Talbots… all year long!

That’s right! Now until the end of the year (12/31/13) teachers can take 15% off all full-priced purchases when they present a valid Teacher ID at checkout.

It’s the gift that keeps on giving!

Let me know what you might be looking for this Mother’s Day and I would be happy to help!

Give Mom a Special Night Out!

6 May

Moms do a lot for us…

…and The Streets at Southpoint wants to give back this year with a very special evening!

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Mother’s Day is on Sunday, May 12 (HINT- THERE’S YOUR REMINDER!) and because she deserves more than just one celebration, Streets is offering up a terrific evening of fun on Thursday, May 9 from 5-8pm.

Taking place in the Center Court along with select retailers, the whole evening will focus on fashion, style and a little pampering-just the thing to make the most special of ladies feel like a queen.

Some of the events planned for the evening include:

  • A fashion show with styles from some of the center’s hottest and most popular retailers
  • Style assessments and consultations for any mom that wants to shake things up in her wardrobe
  • Exclusive offers just for mom

And since she deserves a great gift, guests can redeem an Urban Renewal Spa Kit when they spend $150 or more at The Streets at Southpoint stores on the day of the event (May 9, 2013)!*

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This all-in-one pampering case contains everything a tired mom needs after a long day of taking care of, well, EVERYBODY!

Why not make it a full fun evening by treating mom to a delicious dinner at one of Southpoint’s great restaurants too?

If you’re looking for some terrific gift ideas for mom, don’t worry because I’ll be serving up the hottest gift suggestions of the year later this week.

Be sure to check back to get the details!

*Offer while supplies last, 1 per customer. Must be 18 or older, ID required. Shop & redeem between 5pm-8pm on 5/9/13.

MUSIC ON MAIN IS BACK!

26 Apr

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Music on Main Returns to

The Streets at Southpoint!

It’s official- spring is 100% here and summer is walking up the sidewalk to knock on our door.  And proof of this is the return of Music on Main 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 Southpoint 17 cinemas. The concerts run until October 26th.

The artists change every week, offering a really diverse group of local and regional musicians to choose from. All you need to do is show up, set out your lawn chair and enjoy some incredible live music as the Saturday sun sets.

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Rhythmicity is a Raleigh-based drum ensemble that is inspired by the vibrant traditional rhythms of West Africa. They use traditional instruments in their interactive performances, which are fun for all ages. Audience participation is encouraged, so come listen, sing, dance, or play along with the band!

Here’s a link to their website to learn more about them: www.rhythmicity.org/

Here’s a look at the other acts coming to Music on Main in the coming weeks:

  • May 4th – Grasscats with Host/MC Buddy Michaels (Bluegrass)
  • May 11th – Mel Melton & Wicked Mojos (Blues) with DJ/MC John Wilson
  • May 18th – Castaways (Beach) with DJ/MC Eldridge Meeler
  • May 25th – Honky Tonkin University Tour (Country) with DJ/MC John Wilson

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. OR, just subscribe to the blog and never miss an event, sale or breakout style.

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