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Charlotte STYLE Magazine

On The Cover 6 Special Feature Spring Clean Your Life 28 Cover Story The 25 Most Stylish 2011 40 Giving in STYLE Non-Profits You Should Know 51 Spring Fashion Days of Disco & Stylish Bride

Beauty 10 Beauty Products Must haves 12 Health & Fitness Beyond 60 12 Beauty Boutique Salon M2

Entertainment 14 Party Pages Style Week & The 25 Mosty Stylish Event 16 Stylish Soirees How to Host the Perfect Dinner Party 18 Food & Wine Cooking w/ Chef Troy

Lifestyle 20 Love & Relationships We Forgot to Break Up 23 Home & Decor Spring Ideas 26 Stylish Careers The Cool Jeweler

Fashion 42 46 49 62

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Trends Spring Fashion Trends Designer’s Feature Miikelle De Fo & Kotani Rae Chic Boutiques Revoluton, The Pink Hanger, Fresh Living Legend One on One with Oscar de la Renta


BRIDGETTE E. WEST Editorial Director

SASHA DABNEY Managing Editor

Copy Editor IVEY MOORE




Public Relations JSW MEDIA GROUP

Published by STYLE Media, LLC 15015 John J. Delaney Drive Suite 177 Charlotte, NC 28277


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Charlotte STYLE Magazine

My Life with STYLE

With M Fashioeredith Ho n for lt at Life

Spring Clean Your Life

Spring is here and I’m so excited! To say that I was patiently anticipating the cabin fever cure is an understatement. Spring brings warmer weather, longer days, pretty dresses and cleaning. But this season, I’m challenging myself to clean more than just my residence. I also need to declutter my life and conduct a self check, to make sure I’m on track to accomplish my goals and live my Best Life, a life filled with purpose and significance. Most of you know that I had a BEAUTIFUL set of twins last August. However, time is short and my To Do list is long, so I’ve found myself being best frienemies with burgers, fries, and nuggets. So its time for me to stop wishing and hoping and thinking about loosing this weight, I am going to take action and clean up my unhealthy eating habits. Guess what else is happening this season? STYLE is getting a makeover. That’s right! Your favorite magazine will be tweaked just a bit to bring you more of the stuff you love. We’ll unveil the results of the makeover this fall. Now, its your turn. I’m inviting you to take this potentially life changing journey with me by starting a journey of your own. Is there an area of your life that needs to be cleaned up or improved upon? Maybe you want to finally launch that nonprofit, clothing line or photography businesses. Or perhaps you are ready to go for that promotion, travel across the country, or lead a flash mob(love those!). Maybe you want to learn to cook, mend a former relationship or end an unhealthy one. So, if you’re ready to take the journey, email me at Let me know who you are and what you plan to do to Spring Clean Your Life. You can send me an e-mail with the details or record a video.

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This Fall, we will all celebrate the steps you have taken to being a better you and living a better life. I wish you much success on this journey. Ready....set.....Go For It!

With Style Brie W. Publisher / Editorial Director Charlotte STYLE Magazine

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Anna Thiessen Anna is a fashion, beauty and runway photographer based in NYC. For the past 7 years she has covered NYC fashion week. Her work has been published in Paper, Essence, Cosmopolitan and Glossy among many others.

Renessta Olds Renessta has a lifelong love of fashion and style. Her love affair first began by watching the many fashionable ladies parade through the pews of her church every Sunday. A native New Yorker and current resident of Brooklyn, she has established a vast network of insider contacts within the garment district and multiple showrooms. Additionally, as a former FIT student, Renessta has also cultivated relationships with up-and-coming designers and established industry professionals.

Jennifer Tardy, MBA/PHR is a Healthy Relationship Activist, Post Dating Adjustment Coach, and author of a series of relationship books under the umbrella of her Forever Tardy, but Never Late Collection including Volume I: His Ingredient Label: A Woman’s Guide to Recognizing a Junk Food Man. She’s trained thousands in understanding the behaviors of others and how this can strengthen relationships personally and professionally.

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Must Haves

MAC Select Sheer Loose Powder

Translucent, featherweight and ultra-fine, this powder provides a sheer micro-fine finish making the skin look almost naked.

Oscar de la Renta’s Esprit D’Oscar

A delightfully light and clean smelling fragrance to wear as a signature scent or for special occasions.

Carol’s Daughter Almond Cookie Butte Balm

Shea, coco butter, sweet almond oil and other natural moisturizers to treat rough flaky problem areas.

Editors’ Favorites Get glam this fall with our Editors’ Beauty Product Must Haves

Smashbox Lip Enhancing Gloss

Kiss in color! This lip enhancing gloss comes equipped with a smooth moisturizing formula.

Bobbi Brown Long Lasting Eyeliner

This Bobbi Brown eyeliner is like artistry at your finger tips. The gel liquid formula wears long and is water resistant. It stays on without smearing or creasing.

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Fit & Fabulous

Style Inspiration:



hen I turned 60 I decided I wanted to be a model. OK that was a YIKES moment even for an old girl. Entering the agency with naiveté, I was surrounded by beautiful young gazelles accompanied by their mothers. Oh, I should add the mothers were younger than I am. What was I thinking? I wondered if this was the beginning of Alzheimer’s. Perspiration began seeping from all points. I consoled myself by remembering that my husband, my sister, a friend of mine who had worked at Play Boy International for twenty years, all assured me I should do this. Yes, breathe, breathe, breathe , chin up and go for it.



The interview began with what I do for a living. Oh boy, I thought they are going to wonder about this too. “Well,” I said, “I teach yoga, Pilates, strength training and active older adults at the YMCA and at the local community college.” There was quiet. Then they wanted to know what I enjoy doing. OK, I thought, I’ll just get it out there and see what happens. “I belly dance, ride on the back of a very loud HondaVTX 1800 with my husband, visit wineries and baby sit my grand children.” Some behind papers whispering ensued. Wow, three seconds can be long when you would like to run out the door. Amazing; they ask me to read a commercial into the camera. I agencies and finding myself hopeful that I can ‘actually become

Murielle Divins

a real’ model/ spokesperson. I want to represent those of us who have advanced chronologically and who do not give credence to the numbers. A battalion of women who have marched through miles of tears, frustrations, hopes, dreams, disappointments and come out smiling. To paraphrase Sofia Loren, your appeal is 50% what you have and 50% what others think you have. Ladies keep ‘em guessing.

Salon Spotlight

Sasha Dabney


harlotte is now home to its first environment friendly salon. Salon M2 combines a green theme and style for the best experience for its clients. Located in Ballantyne’s Village at Robinson Farm shopping center, Salon M2 opened its doors this earlier this year. Owners and longtime friends Michele Matkovich and Sarah Mitchell decided two years ago to create their vision. The LEED certified space uses cutting-edge styling equipment and

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Salon M2

Charlotte’s First Green Beauty Boutique

materials to reflect its ecological salon. Green driven materials such as flooring, tank free water heaters and paint are used throughout the salon. Handheld dryers suspend from the ceiling and while conserving energy and 8 stand alone styling stations provide comfortable setting for clients while being served. Nontoxic and natural hair products are also used. Salon M2’s in house product, Eufora is certified organic and uses Aloe Vera gel as its product base. Eufora also uses botanical ingredients and essential oils. Award winning hair designers have a menu of

services to match client’s needs. Salon M2 services include and are not limited to precision cuts, extensions, keratin treatments and custom color.

To learn more please visit

Salon M2 is open 7 days a week. New clients receive 10%

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Party Pages

Style Week Charlotte Mayor Foxx proclaimed April 8-16, 2011 the first Style Week Charlotte in the Queen City. More than 5,000 people gathered at events throughout the city to celebrate the stylish culture that Charlotte has to offer. For more photos visit the Style Week Charlotte website

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Party Pages


The 25 Most Stylish People in Charlotte Event STYLE held her Third Annual 25 Most Stylish People in Charlotte event at Mercedes-Benz of South Charlotte on Saturday April 9, 2011. The event included a Mercedes-Benz Car Show, introduced the 25 Most Stylish People in the business, fashion, beauty, social and philanthropic communities and featured the Celebrity Go Red Fashion Show. The event benefited the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women Campaign. Over 450 people attended the event.


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Entertainment Lifestyle

Stylish Where AreSoirees They Now

How to Host A Stylish Dinner Party By Sasha Dabney

The idea of hosting your own dinner party can be a little overwhelming. The guest list, invitations and décor are essential elements of your planning to-do list. To keep on top of your dinner party planning, take a look at this timeline based on the expert advice of Airest Newsome, owner of Dinner Party with Airest, to construct a successful event.

4-6 Weeks Before START PLANNING PROCESS 6 WEEKS IN ADVANCE During this time, focus your attention on your guest list and invitation selection


It’s important to consider opportunities and relationships to be built. The more varied your guest list is, the more inclined guests will be to engage in meaningful conversation. Quantity over Quality is a theme to always keep in mind. Airest likes to keep a 40-50 person guest list to maintain an intimate and conversational feel. For an at home dinner party, 5-10 people is a good number to keep in mind. Airest adds “This will not only deepen the level of relationships being built, but it will also give you the freedom to experiment with preparing different dishes without the stress of entertaining for a large party.


This is where creative and fun ideas will really work in your favor. The invitation allows guests to get an idea of your event before it takes place, and hopefully heightens their anticipation of attending. Airest suggests sending out invitations a month before your party.

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Former Charlotte STYLE Magazine Fashion & Beauty Editor turned party planner, Airest Newsome is the founder and owner of Dinner Party with Airest, an event planning company that produces social luxury invitation only dinner parties. Visit

NOW YOU CAN START GATHERING IDEAS FOR YOUR DÉCOR Do not over do the décor. Believe it or not simplicity will make a lasting impression. Ideas for decor? Use floral centerpieces and candles to fit your party theme. She also adds to be mindful of guests with allergies. Using unscented candles and flowers is always best. Color selection can be kept to a minimum. Only select 2 or 3 colors and bring them into different areas of your décor. (i.e. tables, plates, napkins) Place setting o Whether your dinner party guest list amounts to 40-50 or 5-10, place settings add a personal touch for your guests and make them feel special. o Airest adds that place setting can also eliminates any confusion about where to sit or guests names.

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“The role of a hostess is to be involved. Being attentive to your guests and introducing friends that may not have otherwise known each other is another plus to having a successful dinner party.”


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TIME TO SELECT YOUR MENU Your menu selections should include an appetizer, entrĂŠe and dessert. Keeping meals simple allows you to be more comfortable with preparing your dishes. She also suggests meals have little prep time and can be served right from the oven, like fish. Grocery shopping early will give you ample amount of time to go back to the store in case you forget anything.

Music is the universal language and the center of any fabulous dinner party. Live music is always nice, but a pre-made playlist is just as good. Make careful music selections that keep with the theme of your party.

Make sure your music is played loud enough to be clearly audible but not so much so that guests have to talk over it.

Day Before Party It’s a good idea to prep any menu items that can be made the night before and to set the table settings.

Day of Party Checklist In the morning, add the flowers to the table settings and add finishing touches. Make your main dish and get dressed. Be sure to wear something comfortable. Start music, light candles, and enjoy your guests.


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Food & Wine

Chipotle Molasses Glazed Salmon Spinach Salad with Orange Ginger Dressing Salmon/Glaze: 4-4/6 Ounce Salmon Filets-skin of To Drizzle Canola Oil To Taste Kosher Salt To Taste Black Pepper 3 Tablespoons Molasses-full flavor ½ Each Orange-zest and juice of 1 Teaspoon Chipotle Peppers (in adobo sauce) -peppers only, deseed, dice

Orange Ginger Dressing:

Salad: 10 Ounces 1 Cup 1/4 Cup 1/2 Cup 4 Ounces


Baby Spinach Shredded Carrots Red Onion-thin Smokehouse Almonds Goat Cheese-crumbled

1 Teaspoon ½ Each 1 Tablespoon 1 Tablespoon ¼ Cup 2 Teaspoons To Taste

Dijon Mustard Orange-zest and juice of Rice Vinegar Ginger-finely grated Canola Oil Sesame Seeds Kosher Salt/Black Pepper

Serves 4 as an Entrée

Whisk together the molasses, orange juice and chipotle puree until well combined. Preheat grill or grill pan to medium high heat. Drizzle salmon with oil, season with salt and pepper, place on the grill flesh side down. Let salmon grill without moving for 2 to 3 minutes then carefully slide a flat metal spatula under the salmon and turn 45 degrees, grill another 2 to 3 minutes then flip (*see tip). After flipping the salmon brush with molasses chipotle glazed, continue grilling and brushing with the glaze, cook salmon until just cooked through about 3 to 5 minutes more. Brush with glaze just before removing from the grill, set salmon on a plate to rest. While the salmon is cooling prepare the dressing by placing the mustard, orange juice, vinegar and ginger in a blender, blend to combine. While the blender is running start adding the oil slowly until all has been incorporated. Pour dressing into a bowl, season with salt and pepper and whisk in the sesame seeds, set aside until ready to dress salad.


On a large serving platter or 4 individual plates place the baby spinach and top with the carrots, onions and almonds. Brush salmon with glaze and place on salad. Top with goat cheese, drizzle dressing all over the salad, serve immediately with the remaining dressing on the side.

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Chef Troy can be seen every Tuesday from 7 to 9 am on Fox Charlotte’s Fox News Rising morning show preparing his recipes on “Tuesday with Troy” cooking segment that is sponsored by The Fresh Market. His first cookbook Seasonal Comfort is available through his publisher Follow Chef Troy on Facebook and Twitter. Contact him at:




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Love & Relationships


5 Reasons Couples Remain in Unhealthy Relationships


s breaking up really such a hard thing to do? One would think so, because according to a study performed on 3,000 couples, presented by the UK’s Daily Mail, 6 out of 10 people are unhappy in their relationship. If they are so unhappy, why would they make a decision to stay together? As a Healthy Relationship Activist, I have been confronted many reasons couples decide to stay together. Below are the five of the most common.



You may think that your partner could not survive without you and this may be your reasoning for staying around, but are you sure that you, too, don’t have a sense of dependency on this relationship? Has your partner been the provider, protector, or even the center of your world for a significant period of time?

You’ve left each other before (probably on numerous occasions) just to turn around and start dating your ex, again. What this becomes a repeat situation? What would your family think? What would your friends think? Are those the types of thoughts that circle your mind each time you consider leaving your relationship?

Solution: If this is the case, letting go of this

Solution: People will have their own

You and your partner have grown highly dependent of one another.

relationship can actually be hard to manage. Inch by inch and day by day, begin working towards your own independence while in the relationship. Learn new routines that help you begin to feel more comfortable depending on yourself rather than your partner. Learning to cook for yourself, do your own laundry, or pay your own bills can go far in the pursuit of creating a stronger sense of confidence in your own independence.


You have been experiencing anxiety over the unknown.

Starting over, living without your partner, moving on, and being alone can create a sense of nervousness and discomfort, right? You are not alone. Many people say that being in unhealthy relationships is easier because they already know what to expect. They know how a person will respond; they know what tomorrow will hold. There is no guess work.

Solution: Make plans. Make a list of all the

things that you plan to do once you leave the relationship, and then create action items associated with your goals. For example, do you plan to move? Well, start looking at new locations now. If your anxiety is more severe and you feel certain that your life is in danger, be sure to work with a crisis center or shelter that will assist in creating a safe exit strategy and an overall brighter plan for your future. 20 Spring 2011

You continuously wonder what others will think.

opinions and draw their own conclusions, but at the end of the day, it is your life and your own decision to make. Your decision should not be based on the opinions of others. It should be based, entirely, on the facts. The decisions you make should directly correlate with the life you wish to create for yourself.

4 You live a very comfortable lifestyle.

Yes, you and your partner have some arguments, some fights, but all in all, you believe that things are pretty comfortable. Why allow a few arguments to ruin the home you’ve created together, place your children in a single-parent home, or cut your financial stability in half? I’m sure these thoughts have crossed your mind.

Solution: True enough, couples do

have disagreements, but what are your disagreements doing to you physically, mentally and emotionally? It is important to step outside of yourself and evaluate the severity of the arguments you do face. No matter how seldom you argue or fight, when they do occur, how are they resolved? By looking through an outside perspective, determine if this is really a healthy relationship. Professional guidance may also be valuable if you have problems viewing your relationship objectively.


Inability to see that relationship is unhealthy.

So many couples fall in this category. Often times, it is not, entirely, your fault. Perhaps you’ve grown up in an unhealthy environment and you are with the belief that your unhealthy relationship is a natural way of life. Are you thinking that this is how things should be, or that this is what normal couples go through? Maybe you even believe that by sticking around things will get better?

Solution: Outside of visiting a relationship

counselor, if you are uncertain as to whether or not you are in an unhealthy relationship, find a couple that you know for certain demonstrates characteristics of a healthy relationship, and observe them. How do they handle life’s sticky situations? If you become even more comfortable, observe two or three different relationships. Take all of your research and compare those core characteristics of healthy relationships to your own.

Whether your decision is to break up or to stay with your mate, only you can make the best decision for you. CharlotteSTYLEMagazine


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Home & Decor


Decorating Ideas

With the official start of spring, it’s time to do some spring cleaning and spruce up the home! CharlotteSTYLEMagazine

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Home & Decor

TOP10 Sprucing Spring Ideas!

Kimberly Grigg

Myrtle Beach area design expert’s top 10 ways to spruce up homes for Spring


ith the official start of spring already here, it’s time to do some spring cleaning and spruce up the home. Kimberly Grigg, the Grand Strand-based designer and owner of Knotting Hill Interiors—a retail gift and home furnishings store—has compiled a list of 10 fun and proven ways to maximize the beauty and function of home interiors.

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To make your space feel larger and your walls appear taller, paint the walls and the trim the same color. Start your design process with a “magic fabric”! Working with textiles is a great way to find inspiration for a room or for an entire home. Usually a “magic fabric” will contain several colors and a design pattern. These colors and patterns can inspire both the mood and the color scheme.

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Carefully consider how each room flows with the next. Incorporate artwork, pillows, throws and accessories to connect the spaces. Decorate ceilings! Ceilings comprise at least one-third of a room, so don’t ignore them. Consider wallpaper, paint or even fabric to treat the space. Using paint, stripe a room to add texture, interest and height!

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Nothing completes a room like window treatments. Invest in good quality treatments to add a finishing touch. Create a semi-custom look by utilizing ready-made panels and adding trim or braid. Use bold colors and patterns in small spaces. Break the rule about not using dark or vibrant colors in small spaces. Powder rooms are the perfect locations to showcase over-the-top wallpapers. In addition, powder rooms are a fabulous spot to splurge on a small amount of a costly wallpaper that would break the bank in a larger space.


“Nothing completes a room like window treatments. Invest in good quality treatments to add a finishing touch. Create a semi-custom look by utilizing ready-made panels and adding trim or braid.”

For more information about Kimberly Grigg and to read her “It’s So Fabulous Blog,” visit

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Mix up colors and finishes of wood furniture pieces throughout your home. It provides a more custom appeal where sets of furniture end up looking more like the showroom that you purchased them in. Every large space can benefit from a wonderful antique piece. An antique has a way of grounding a room and it incorporates an sense of history right away.



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Every room needs accessories. These pieces are the life of the party, or in this case, the life of the home. They should reflect your personality and it is helpful if they serve a purpose.

rigg, who has been featured on, is known for her innovative approach to design. Her “green house” decorating ideas have garnered national attention. She also specializes in unique children’s rooms.

Also, check out Knotting Hill Interiors on Facebook.

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Stylish Careers


Carolina’s Cool Jeweler by Bridgette West


hen her parents retired in 1997, Allison Love began her stylish career and reopened Love’s Jewelry as Allison Love’s Fine Jewelry. Allison Love has the passion drive (and last name) to be successful in the industry.

How is your store different from other jewelers?

“Speciality fun fashion to unique & different fine jewelry, diamonds and engagement rings”

Our store is unique because we have one of a kind items - but everyday, oneof-a-kind items. You’ll find everything from fun fashion jewelry to fine diamonds.

What did you learn from your parents? My mother taught me that the people working with you are very important. My dad taught me the determination to do well in the business.

What do you love most about your businesses? Our customer service. We find the best possible people, they love the businesses and are very people oriented.

Does your jewelry boutique believe in “Giving in What is the shopping experience like in your store? It is not stuffy, very vibrant and colorful. We are a very energetic company. The first term people use to describe our store is “cool”.

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STYLE”? Absolutely! We’ve been involved in helping the Children’s Attention Home, The American Heart Association. Visit Allison on Twitter @ CoolJeweler and on her website



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Photography: Makeup: Hair: Jami’s Hair:

Erin Hubbs Adrian Howe Larry Webb Shawn Michelle Greene

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s the Managing Partner of Dry Creek Holdings LLC and Bespoke Media, his company invests in and helps to grow lifestyle brands primarily in the print and online media industries. In Charlotte, Ron is most recognized for the successful 2009 launch of UPTOWN Media Group’s regional property UPTOWN Charlotte, which celebrates the success and luxury lifestyle of affluent African Americans. He and his wife Nicole have a seven-year old son, Spencer. Why We Love Ron’s Style: Ron is not only stylish in attire, but his magazine is chic and informative.


Go Red Heart healthy fruit pictured: Apricot

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ami Svay is a celebrity makeup artist and creator of Tastee Cosmetics, a national line of organic lip products. She decided to forgo college dreams of being a fashion designer once she realized that makeup artistry combined her love of color and fine art. Jami’s impressive client roster belies her versatility as she’s worked with Brooklyn Decker and Michael Jordan, and has done work for Oscar de la Renta, Neiman Marcus, Ralph Lauren, Perry Ellis, Kohl’s, Hanes, Essence and Jezebel magazines, among others. Why We Love Jami’s Style: Though her career is dedicated to making others beautiful on the outside, Jami is also a beautiful person on the inside.

Go Red Heart healthy fruit pictured: Pineapple

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rittney Cason is the ultimate socialite with a genuine love for charitable causes. Brittney is a columnist, TV host, spokesperson, guerilla philanthropist, “facilitator of fun,” freelance writer and Frequent Flyer. Brittney’s description of herself pretty much sums it up: “I’m the girl next door, to the girl next door.” Brittney also co-hosted last year’s 25 Most Stylish event. Why We Love Brittney’s Style: Brittney has been instrumental in building Charlotte’s entertainment empire, keeping us abreast of the booming nightlife in the city. Plus, her no-nonsense attitude should be every girl’s best accessory!


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andy Bowers is the perfect example of how to combine fashion and philanthropy. Frustrated by impersonal department store shopping and driven by a love of shoes, Sandy Bowers decided to open Monkee’s of Lake Norman in Davidson, a town she has called home since 2002. Sandy is active in a variety of charitable organizations, especially the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Her work with her father on the Light the Night campaign in Greensboro holds special meaning, as Sandy was 12 years old when she lost her mother to leukemia. Why We Love Sandy’s Style: Not only does Sandy own one of the most popular boutiques in the area, she’s the epitome of Giving in STYLE, raising tens of thousands of dollars pairing fashion with philanthropy.

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icole Sinclair is the Chief Creative Officer for The Style Sanctum, a fashion art studio. While studying fashion design at Parsons School of Design (yes, the same place where Project Runway was filmed), she was involved in personal appearances with Kate Spade, Lulu Guinness, and Rafe. She has also dressed hundreds of women for retailers such as Neiman Marcus and Saks Fifth Avenue. She was the style columnist for Charlotte the City Magazine, and was featured on a Wardrobe Wednesdays segment for Fox News Rising.


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Natalie Pasquarella

Colleen Odegaard Colleen Odegaard is the co-host of Charlotte Today.The lifestyle/ entertainment program features segments on health, fitness, beauty, finance and cooking... among other things.

Natalie co-anchors Eyewitness News at 5:30 p.m. weeknights and anchors Action News at 10 p.m. on WAXN-TV 64. When she’s not at the news desk, Natalie likes to travel, preferably to tropical locations! She enjoys the theatre and sporting events; she’s an avid baseball fan, and has become a NASCAR fan since moving to the Carolinas.

Dianne Galagher During her time at CN2, Dianne has been a reporter, anchor and even handles the occasional sportscast. Dianne enjoys playing, watching and talking about every sport with just about anyone (although she is partial to Vols and Heels fans). She loves calling the Carolinas home and always enjoys meeting new people.

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Rita Miles In 2010, Rita created Charlotte Seen. In her role, Rita strives to create events, galas, charity events and grand openings that are unique and memorable.


Kathryn Goetzke Kathryn Goetzke, is the owner and chief Strategist at Innovative Analysis. She is the entrepreneur and innovator behind Mood-lites™, a new category of lighting in the $5 billion dollar U.S. lighting marketplace (it is about time Edison got a makeover!).

Cindy Urbanik Cindy Urbanik is a classically trained interior designer with an urban design approach and aesthetic. As the owner of an award winning and internationally published interior design firm named Urbanik Interiors, Cindy was recently awarded the highly prestigious international “Design Is” award for her pro-bono design work on the worldwide charity, Dress For Success.


Christina Thigpen Christina Thigpen, APR, is the Director of Marketing and Public Relations for the Bissell Company. In addition to serving as a director at large for PRSA Charlotte, she is the chair of the Leadership Development Institute for the Junior League of Charlotte.

Belva W. Greenage Belva W. Greenage is President and Chief Executive Officer of Today’s Woman Inc., a publications firm that has highlighted the achievements and triumphs of area women andconnected them with valuable information and resources for nearly 15 years. In 2010, in the midst of her own journey with a second round of cancer, Ms. Greenage founded The Belva Wallace Greenage Cancer Foundation.

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Tamara A. Marbury Tamara A. Marbury is a lawyer by day and blogger by night. Merging her love of football and fashion, Tamara is blazing her own path in social media with Her goal with Blitz and Glam is to bring the topics that are of interested to the women to the forefront while displaying a style and personality that women will love.

Chef Jay Jones Chef Jay has been in the culinary and hospitality business for over 15 years. He is a graduate of the prestigious French Culinary Institute in New York City. As the Executive Chef of Chateau Noir a full service catering and event planning company; he is able to provide high quality catering services to the public and private sectors of Charlotte and the surrounding areas.

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Nicole Darin Nicole joined WBTV as Weekend Sports Anchor in the summer of 2010. In addition to anchoring sports on the weekends, she also acts as sports reporter during the week, is the host of “Sports Saturday Night” and Co-hosts “Football Friday Night” and “The Point After”. If you catch her on WBTV, you’re sure to find her stylishly outfitted in the season’s latest trends.

Anique Oliver Brewer Armed with one-of-a-kind real world, real Hollywood experience, Anique decided to develop Vanity7Studio, a unique “Glam Squad” service specializing in makeup artistry, wardrobe styling and even dance based fitness classes. While living and working in LA for a few years, she had the opportunity to perform with Usher, The Black Eyed Peas, Kelly Rowland and many more.


Jeff Hood

Patrick C. Graham, Ph.D. Currently serving as the executive director for the Police Activities League (PAL) of Charlotte-Mecklenburg, Jeff Hood has been involved with several youth related causes for more than 20 years. Prior to joining the Police Activities League in March 2009, Jeff was the Executive Director and co-founder of Athletes United for Youth (formally Dell Curry Charity for Youth) since its inception in 1998.

Janine Davis

Dr. Patrick C. Graham is President/CEO of the Urban League of Central Carolinas, Inc. (ULCC) since September of 2007. During his tenure the organization increased its National Urban League ranking from a “Fair Affiliate” to a “Strong Affiliate.” In 2006, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity named him Citizen of the Year for North and South Carolina. Dr. Graham has published several academic and popular media articles on subjects ranging from migration to diversity.

Janine Davis is a motivational speaker for teen girls and Founder and Executive Director of Girl Talk Foundation, Inc. Since starting Girl Talk, the program has served nearly 4200 girls. In addition, Janine’s start of Girl Talk’s Annual Prom Project has collected over 3500 prom gowns for girls in need. Janine is also the creator and founder of For Teens Only Expo, launched in Charlotte in 2009, in which over 2000 teens gathered for self-empowerment. CharlotteSTYLEMagazine

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Anthony Simons

Mike Watson

The visionary behind Charlotte NC Fashion Week, Anthony has a true passion for connecting creative people. In 2008 he produced the city’s first multi-day, multi-cultural fashion event designed to showcase emerging designers, models and retailers from around the city, the region, and the country.

Mike Watson is an educator of fashion marketing and design at The Art Institute of Charlotte where he has collaborated with community powerhouses like the McColl Center for Visual Art, Neiman Marcus’ Fashions Night Out and the Southern Women’s show.

Amelia Keith An avid beauty product researcher and writer, sharing her reviews and experiences on her personal blog PrettyintheQueenCity.Com, Amelia is also a weekly contributor to the beauty websites BeautyStat.Com and (the new beauty/ fashion website for Tyra Banks).

Tara Davis

Nicole Hale Tara has been designing since she was a child, sewing dresses for her Barbies and is now creating dresses for mature and sophisticated women everywhere. The FLOW by Tara Davis collection continues to stay on top of current fashion trends, fabrics, and silhouettes, providing dresses that continue to flow, move and bounce. Davis stays very active in the community, visiting schools and educating youth about the fashion industry.

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During college, Nicole joined the fashion industry as a model represented by Evolution Talent Agency. Nicole now offers personal shopping services and industry expertise and provides styling services for photo-shoots and fashion shows. Nicole has worked with many industry professionals such as Charlotte Style Magazine, Fox News, Neiman Marcus, Belle Ville, Sloan & Step by Sloan, Ivey & Leo’s and Bella Ropa. CharlotteSTYLEMagazine


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Giving in STYLE

Non Profits Know You Should

Purple Passion 4 Alzheimer’s

The mission of Purple Passion 4 Alzheimer’s is to raise funds for and awareness of Alzheimer’s, fighting the disease and supporting the caregivers of those afflicted. PP4Alz is able to achieve this goal through various programs and fundraisers. The organization has three programs PP4Alz Teens, PURPLE Candle, and Purple Pennies. An Alzheimer’s Advocate, Cynthia Griner, Mrs. Queen City United States 2011, is the CEO and Founder of PP4Alz. She is the National Spokesperson for the Fisher Center for Alzheimer’s Research Foundation in NY. 40 Spring 2011

Amped 4 - A Cure

A Rose of Thanks

Amped 4-A-Cure uses the universal language of music as the vehicle to deliver the message to the masses of the importance of getting behind the efforts of cancer research. By supporting all genres of music, A4AC is able to reach and spread the word to everyone from all walks of life. A4AC was created in 2007 by it’s founders Heath Harrison, Charlie Harrington, Ashely Rodgers, and Xavier Grier. Xavier, having recently lost his father to lung cancer, was passionate about the cause and with the help of his closest friends, developed the Amped Movement.

After being robbed at gunpoint, founder Matthew Hunt realized the value of his life and wanted to do something of significance to make a difference in the lives of others. In 2006, Matthew founded A Rose of Thanks, an organization created to encourage and inspire those who protect others. Through A Rose of Thanks, Matthews and a host of volunteer sends cards to the troops featuring a rose on front, a symbol of gratitude. The organization has caught the eye of national celebrities who volunteer to color a card for the troops and support the organization. CharlotteSTYLEMagazine


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Color Blocking


Prabal Gurung

Louis Vuitton

Prabal Gurung

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Oscar de la Renta

Diane von Furstenberg CharlotteSTYLEMagazine



White Out

Alexander Wang

Joseph Altuzarra

Reed Krakoff

Eclectic Girl

Michael Kors CharlotteSTYLEMagazine

Jason Wu

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Designer’s STYLE

Miikelle Fowler

Style in bloom

Miikelle’s spring 2011 collection is infused with flowers and colors that portray the feeling of spring. The collection encompasses easy-breezy pieces with sophisticated details and classy looks for the everyday woman.

“I think every woman will find something that fits into her wardrobe.” - Miikelle

Looking pretty city to city

Fowler is a native of Detroit, Michigan. She moved to Charlotte in 2005 and began designing clothing in 2007. Initially, her designs were created solely for herself, but eventually others took notice of her unique creations.

Designer’s STYLE Travel & inspiration

Martinez is a resident of Charlotte by way of New York. She released her clothing line Kotani Rae in 2011. Rae has created a S/S 2011 collection that is full of vibrant color and audacious prints. The designer chose to use Ankara African print as a bold addition to her collection.

“We are all unique and our choice of clothing is our way of expressing our uniqueness.” -Ravanna

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Have a little faith

She began creating this line with no budget and no plan, but with the love and support of family and friends, Rae stepped out on faith. Her collection, Kotani Rae, will be available for purchase by summer 2011.



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Chic BOUTIQUES Photography by: Designs by JK

Fresh Boutique Fresh is a women’s contemporary clothing boutique located in the heart of Myers Park. This neighborhood boutique offers chic cocktail dresses from Alice & Trixie, Tibi, and Milly, as well as, everyday dresses from Eva Franco, Susana Monaco and Ella Moss. For the career woman, you can find tailored Alice and Olivia pants paired with stylish business appropriate blouses and jackets. Looking for something more casual? Fresh also carries a wide variety of Michael Stars and Velvet tees along with a denim bar from AG, Joe’s Jeans, Citizens of Humanity, and Hudson. And new to Fresh Boutique, a shoe department. Fresh is now currently stocked with the Cynthia Vincent Resort Collection 2011.

The Pink Hanger The Pink Hanger is a fashionforward boutique committed to offering top-notch, personalized customer service, convenient shopping hours, and a generous selection of styles ranging from weekend casual to formal cocktail. Inside this adorable, classy boutique you’ll find pink walls as the canvas for a well-edited collection of dresses, denim, tops, accessories, and jewelry along with knowledgeable, attentive shop-girls who can help you find the perfect look for any event. The Pink Hanger is located in the Providence Plaza Shopping Center on the corner of Sharon-Amity & Providence Road, adjacent to the Rosewood Condominiums and in the heart of Charlotte’s Cotswold neighborhood. www.pinkhangeronline.

Revolution Revolution begins with an attempt to create a lifestyle understanding that all sub cultures are created equal. The boutique offers designer couture fashion, premium denim, alternative designer suiting, retromod collection, artist inspired luxury t-shirts, trashy rock and roll creations and luxurious basics. For women, Revolution offers designer dresses, suits and tops, along with accessories and jewelry that you will find in all the major fashion savvy publications. For men, the boutique offers premium denim, fashion forward footwear, watches, jewelry and Revolution also provides avante garde greeting cards, home furnishings, movie posters, music posters, stickers, patches, jewelry, piercing in our custom built piercing spa, and vintage heat transfers to make your own tee.


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The Stylish Bride

Dress - Tadashi Necklace - Trina Turk


Stylish Bride Whether you’re marrying Prince Charming at the beach, in a garden, or in a chapel, these gowns are sure to give you a jaw dropping grand entrance.

Photography: Eniko Szucs Stylist: Renessta Olds CharlotteSTYLEMagazine

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Dress - Quicksilver Belt- Vintage Flower Clip - Colette Malouf

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Dress - Sretis Beaded Headcomb - Colette Malouf White Patent Leather Shoes - BCBG Girls


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Living Legends


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It’s not every day that you’re able to talk to a legend. Oscar de la Renta, legendary designer, visited Charlotte and showcased some of his designs at the Mint Museum Room to Bloom Celebration. After a fantastic night of fashion and beauty, he took the time out of his morning to meet with me the next day to discuss his new fragrance, Esprit d’Oscar, debuting at Belk. I was prepared to talk about his years as a designer, but what caught my attention is the reputation that preceded him. Word was spreading fast that Oscar de la Renta greeted each of the talented Charlotte - based artists who worked on his show at the Mint. I was also told that the morning of our interview, he wanted to meet and thank the sales associates at Belk who are on the front lines selling his perfume.

The Esprit d’Oscar scent filled the meeting room and instantly, I became a fan of the fragrance. A gentleman, he stood from his chair to greet me. Complimenting him on the job well done creating his new fragrance he told me he hoped I’d make it my signature fragrance, wearing only his. “We have a misconception about fragrances. We don’t change our face, why change our fragrance?” I never thought about perfume this way, but it makes sense. How does he know this? How does he stay so in touch with his customer? “By keeping my eyes open, by understand her lifestyle and her aspirations.” In an industry dominated by dictation a man who has been designing clothes

by: Bridgette West for his self titled empire since 1965 still has the desire to be open-minded and listen to his customer creating what they want and need rather than what he wishes for them to have. Many could argue he is well within his right to be one of the great dictators of fashion today. He’s won more awards than you can count and has accomplished a level of success that most of us still dream. Yet, even his biggest accomplishment is customer focused. “Making the woman dream,” he says is his biggest accomplishment to date. His clothes have been worn by Mrs. Regan, Mrs. Clinton, Mrs. Bush, as well as our favorite celebrities. But his choice of the woman who influences fashion today may surprise you. “Back in the 50‘s and 60‘s the movie stars influenced fashion. Today, it’s the consumer who influences fashion. Today a woman knows her power. She knows what’s most important, to project herself, love life and who you are.” Without hesitation he tells that he loves life and loves living. He also enjoys designing and will only stop doing it when he looses the passion.

Read the entire interview online at

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