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26. A NEW BEATITUDE by Maxine Breedlove

52. LUXE 100 58. SUMMER FUNCTION by Brianna Melanson

62. HAVE SUCCESS WILL TRAVEL by Ann Marie Sabath


72. LIBBY IN THE DRIVER’S SEAT by Brianna Melanson








It takes a tribe to create this magazine and our digital platform. Here is a look at the many talented ones who make it all happen.

82. TRAVEL Savannah

110. ABOUT TOWN CHARLOTTE Charlotte Wine & Food The Memory Gala 5Church

13. NOTE FROM THE EDITOR 14. GOOD READS 16. LIFESTYLE Confessions of a Lifestyle Connoisseur by Debra Kennedy



The Powerful Human-Horse Relationship by Colleen Guilfoile Richmond

18. ETIQUETTE The Thank You Note



102. SAVOR

by Jessica Bentley

22. INTERIOR DESIGN Curated by Claudia by Claudia Ricciardone

106. TEE TIME 2019 U.S. Amateur Championship

32. HEALTH & BEAUTY Hot Stuff

34. HEALTH & BEAUTY The Beauty and Wonder of Skin

36. STYLE Sail Away Couture on the Beach


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contributors DEBRA ANN KENNEDY Debra is most recognized as host of “The Debra Kennedy Show” a lifestyle talk show in which she is the producer and on-air host. She is also a regular on Fox TV Good Morning Charlotte and NBC Charlotte Today as a Lifestyle and Beauty Expert. Debra is a former Mrs North Carolina United States, Mrs North Carolina America and Mrs North Carolina International. She has appeared on many national television commercials as well as MTV and the World Wide Inspiration channel. Writing is a huge passion for Debra and many of her experiences include: Beauty Editor for Supermodels International Magazine, Lifestyle Editor for Elevate Lifestyle Magazine, Contributing Writer for Southpark Magazine and Carolina Bride Magazine. Debra has graced the cover of SuperModels International Magazine as well as Elevate Lifestyle Magazine and has been

SHARON SCHWEITZER Sharon Schweitzer, J.D., is a cross-cultural trainer, modern manners expert, and the founder of Access to Culture. In addition to her accreditation in intercultural management from the HOFSTEDE Centre, she serves as a Chinese Ceremonial Dining Etiquette Specialist in the documentary series Confucius was a Foodie, on Nat Geo People. She is the resident etiquette expert on two popular lifestyle shows: ABC Tampa Bay’s Morning Blend and CBS Austin’s We Are Austin. She is regularly quoted by BBC Capital, Investor’s Business Daily, Fortune, and the National Business Journals. Her Amazon #1 Best Selling book in International Business, Access to Asia: Your Multicultural Business Guide, now in its second printing, was named to Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books of 2015. She’s a winner of the British Airways International Trade Award at the 2016 Greater Austin Business Awards.

interviewed and featured in countless other magazines however her greatest accomplished is her unique ability to relate to others


with her spitfire personality and passionate understanding that what you “give” in life is what you get in return. Please visit her website

Maxine Breedlove is the owner of Maxie

to learn more about Debra.

Breedlove Home, a paint color consultation and home décor business. Maxie

CLAUDIA RICCIARDONE Claudia Ricciardone is the owner and lead designer of Claudia Josephine Design, as well as a Maria Killam True Color Expert. Specializing in highend residential design, Claudia creates magazine worthy homes that are classic, functional, and liveable. While Claudia credits her childhood summers in Italy and Art History studies as shaping her European influenced design esthetic, Claudia emphasizes the use of high-quality, American made, sustainable furnishings. During her free time, you will often find Claudia painting original art, visiting museums, or enjoying Charlotte’s farm-to-table food scene with her husband and young daughter.


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holds a degree in English with a specialization in technical and professional writing. She proofreads for fun and provides ghostwriting and editing services for bloggers. Maxie is a world traveler who squirrels away paintings and eclectic artifacts from around the globe. She is unashamedly addicted to social media and reads everything from British literature to billboards to bathroom stall poetry. Maxie is pursuing a law degree at Mitchell Hamline School of Law in Saint Paul, Minnesota where she will specialize in Indian law and alternative dispute resolution. You can reach Maxie by smoke signals, but she prefers email. Please keep in touch at and @maxiebreedlove on Instagram.



Jess is the Food Editor here at Luxe Life-

Adam Jacot de Boinod is a British au-

style Magazine. She is a culinary writ-

thor, most famous for his works about

er, photographer, recipe developer and

unusual words. He has written three

self-taught chef who’s cooking her way

books, the first two (The Meaning of

through the Queen City of Charlotte. Take

Tingo and Toujours Tingo) looking at

a glimpse into a slice of her kitchen by

words that have no equivalent in the

following her on Instagram & Facebook @sliceofjess. https://sli-

English language, and his latest book (The Wonder of Whiffling)

looking at unusual words in English. He worked on the first series of the television panel game QI. His


research on the show involved him reading an entire Albanian language dictionary and noting down any words that he found interesting. He formed the idea that there are 27 different words

Brianna Melanson is a transplant

for moustaches and 27 words for eyebrows in Albanian, includ-

from Upstate New York where she

ing, “vetullan” (“very bushy eyebrows”), “vetullor” (“slightly

earned her Bachelor’s in Profes-

arched eyebrows”) and “vetullosh” (“very thick eyebrows”).

sional Writing. She is passionate

After leaving QI, he began to investigate other languages, exam-

about telling everyone’s unique

ining 280 dictionaries and 140 websites. This led to the creation

stories and showcasing local busi-

of his first book in 2005, The Meaning of Tingo, a book featuring

nesses. She loves everything Char-

words which have no equivalent in the English language, “tin-

lotte has to offer, especially the

go” being a word from the Pascuense language of Easter Island

food, which is always documented on her Instagram.

meaning, “to borrow things from a friend’s house, one by one, until there’s nothing left”. He then wrote up a follow-up book entitled Toujours Tingo in 2007. In 2009, de Boinod wrote The

MELISSA CORBIN Melissa Corbin is a Tennessee-based freelance travel and culinary journalist

Wonder of Whiffling, a book about unusual words in English, the word “whiffling” having several meanings, including, “one who examined candidates for degrees… an officer who cleared the way for a procession, as well as being the name of the man with the whip in Morris dancing.”

who is forever on the hunt for the people and experiences that make our world a better place to live. You know the type––those who give a damn and aren’t letting the slightest bit of dust settle under their feet. Published by national publications such as Lonely Planet, Craft and AAA Traveler, she also enjoys writing for the cultures of regional lifestyles publications like this one. A storyteller at heart, she podcasts over at You can follow her adventures on Instagram @melcorbin to continue the conversation.

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urely you don’t have to ask us twice to have a party. Whether the Carolina sun shines on you or you go searching for summer fun afar - this issue has you covered. Starting with great party advice from Roots cater-

ing on page 66. We have rounded out some thoroughly inspiring features. We spent some time speaking with Libby Edelman (of Sam Edelman shoes) learning of her passion for photography in her new book “Libby in the Driver Seat”. Speaking of inspiring we also spent some time with Tammy Tappan of Equine Instincts in Tryon. Tammy is a very beautiful equine artist and has started the artist in residence at the Tryon International Equestrian Center. Read her story on page 93. The very fabulous Veronica Solomon shares her interior design story with us. The Carolinas are lucky to have the epicenter of the interior design world right in our backyard in Highpoint market. With summer heating up and spirits running high what’s not to love about a little extra time to see the sights and try something new beyond your backyard - Luxe 100 has you covered with more summer sun ideas. Pull up a chaise, settle into your beach towel and enjoy our spotlight on Savannah. After all, “it’s summertime and the living is easy.” - Ella Fitzgerald.


Colleen Guilfoile Richmond


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With moving insight and uncanny precision, Curtis Sittenfeld pinpoints the questionable decisions, missed connections, and sometimes extraordinary coincidences that make up a life. Indeed, she writes what we’re all thinking—if only we could express it with the wit of a master satirist, the storytelling gifts of an old-fashioned raconteur, and the vision of an American original.


Take a culinary journey with

recipes from the world’s most beloved food destinations, curated by internationally celebrated chefs. The Luxury Collection Epicurean Journeys explores the transcendent cuisine inside some of the world’s most exotic hotels. With over eighty properties featured, New York to Vietnam, India to Peru, no region of the world is left untasted. A selection of notable tastemakers offer their perspectives on their favorite hotel dining experiences, including Elettra Wiedemann, José Andres, and Ruth Reichl.

Showcasing unique

local takes on curry, risotto, and dulce de leche, this newest volume in Assouline’s Hotel Stories series reveals the most delicious dishes of these legendary establishments. Brimming with beautiful imagery and mouth-watering recipes, The Luxury Collection Epicurean Journeys is a musthave for travel enthusiasts and foodies alike.


In Olga Hanono: The Art of Beautiful Living, journey through the designer’s most beloved projects as she shares personal anecdotes about her process from start to finish. From a 1960s house transformed into a modern abode infused with technological comforts, to a city apartment carefully built into a versatile living space, to a vineyard hotel that harkens to the vistas of Tuscany, Hanono’s designs are as inspirational as they are inviting.



With piercing insight and fascinating twists, Something in the Water challenges the reader to confront the hopes we desperately cling to, the ideals we’re tempted to abandon, and the perfect lies we tell ourselves.


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Four siblings experience the drama, intrigue, and upheaval of a summer when everything changed, in New York Times bestselling author Elin Hilderbrand’s first historical novel Welcome to the most tumultuous summer of the twentieth century. It’s 1969, and for the Levin family, the times they are a-changing. Every year the children have looked forward to spending the summer at their grandmother’s historic home in downtown Nantucket. But like so much else in America, nothing is the same: Blair, the oldest sister, is marooned in Boston, pregnant with twins and unable to travel. Middle sister Kirby, caught up in the thrilling vortex of civil rights protests and determined to be independent, takes a summer job on Martha’s Vineyard. Only-son Tiger is an infantry soldier, recently deployed to Vietnam. Thirteen-year-old Jessie suddenly feels like an only child, marooned in the house with her out-of-touch grandmother and her worried mother, each of them hiding a troubling secret. As the summer heats up, Ted Kennedy sinks a car in Chappaquiddick, man flies to the moon, and Jessie and her family experience their own dramatic upheavals along with the rest of the country. In her first historical novel, rich with the details of an era that shaped both a nation and an island thirty miles out to sea, Elin Hilderbrand once again earns her title as queen of the summer novel.


From the # 1 New York Times bestselling author of Eat, Pray, Love and The Signature of All Things, a delicious novel of glamour, sex, and adventure, about a young woman discovering that you don’t have to be a good girl to be a good person. Named a Most Anticipated Book of 2019 by, Real Simple, Buzzfeed, Cosmopolitan, GoodReads, PureWow, Vul-ture, The Millions and more. “Life is both fleeting and dangerous, and there is no point in denying your-self pleasure, or being anything other than what you are.” Beloved author Elizabeth Gilbert returns to fiction with a unique love story set in the New York City theater world during the 1940s. Told from the perspective of an older woman as she looks back on her youth with both pleasure and regret (but mostly pleasure), City of Girls explores themes of female sexuality and promiscuity, as well as the idiosyncrasies of true love.



Savannah has repeatedly stood on the edge of ruin, brought to its knees by bloody battles, mysterious pestilence, fire, unforgiving weather and the drums of war. Men and women whose names echo in history once walked its streets. Countless other faces are seemingly forgotten, names that history held in looser grip--like Mary Musgrove, the colonial translator and entrepreneur, or Dr. Samuel Nunes, shipwrecked by chance on Savannah’s coastal shores just in time to curb a deadly epidemic and save Savannah’s first settlers. And then there’s John Geary, the larger-than-life Union general who beat Sherman’s march south to the sea. Join authors Brenna and T.C. Michaels as they explore Savannah’s long, wide and very often hidden history.

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Confessions of a




ll we need is Love à â Y ú ee ï.

What about Family Love? Families are like

Is Love all we really need? Seems to

fudge, mostly sweet with a few nuts. Our ex-

be true in romance novels, fairy tales

perience from infancy to adulthood should

and The Hallmark Channel. Why do we yearn for that unrealistic

portrayal of Love? I personally am in Love with romance as most women are.


never be underestimated. We reach out to family members for guidance, reassurance and to hear a familiar voice. We

that sappy kind that we only see on the

would all like to think

big screen. Basically, the untrue kind that

we have perfect families

I believe to be realistic for about 90 min-

but truthfully, no family is

utes or until the movie ends. Does it fog

perfect. Yes, there is weird

my mind with unrealistic expectations? You

Uncle Sam’s burping attack

Bet!!! Yes, I would love to live a storybook life

in the middle of dinner or

and I am sure you would too. To have the per-

Aunt Sally who has hearing aids

fect marriage, perfect family, perfect friends

but never wears them or cousin Liz

and perfect job, etc. But I remember my first

that debates every single word that es-

heartbreak, my struggle with the thought “who

capes from your lips. Should I even men-

did I marry” and “why is he acting like an id-

tion holiday time when it always starts out with

iot”, my being disappointed by a friend and

hugs and kisses and by the end of the visit you

being crushed when my child who I

can’t wait for everyone to go home. Funny how

totally thought idolized me, want-

the pics posted show magical family time!

ed to walk on the opposite side of

True fact, there is not a normal family re-

the mall with her friends as if I

lationship and perfect families are only in

were a complete stranger. Yes, I would like to be a perfect fabulous funderel-

pictures. Can’t pick them, gotta love them and YES, we all have them!!!!

la all of the time!!! Spoiler Alert, Life is not

Romantic Relationships are a different story. If

always on board with my Hallmark Channel

only this could be like it is portrayed in the mov-

Lifestyle Wish. Honestly, all of our pain and

ies. The kind of love that lasts a lifetime. The

struggles in “real life” define us and have shaped us

kind of love that gives you butterflies each time

to grow into the individuals we are today. Perhaps

your paths cross and the passion is off the chain ri-

even humbled and molded us into pretty amazing

diculous. Yes, it does exist but has an expiration date

human beings.

and that is when you must put in the work. Those


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cute little nuances that were so adorable in the honeymoon stage

are plentiful and there are “Bestie” friendships that are like stars,

are now annoying. The passion that you thought would never go

you don’t always see them or talk to them daily but they are always

away is now, “I am not in the mood” and I need a bottle of wine to

there. I personally could not survive without my bestie club! Each

get me there. The superhero that wanted to do it all now is resent-

and every one of my friends are valued, adored and appreciated by

ful that she has to do it all. Yes, we idealize love and completely

me daily. I know how blessed I am to have true friends. I have had

overestimate the fact that it flows easily. There are countless books

to break up with a few friends over the years but now have a core

that help us understand how men think differently and do they

group of interesting, fun-loving and authentic friends that com-

ever!!!!!! Do they really think we want to hear the truth? Do they

plete my life. What is the secret? Friendship is not a one-sided

really think we mean it when we say, “Oh No, Please don’t buy

relationship. Being there for each other when it may not be conve-

me anything for my birthday.” Guys, WHY do we have to ask you

nient but much needed. Reciprocating kind gestures and most im-

to help? My husband is notorious for saying, “Lets” organize the

portantly being a good listener (I really struggle with my listening

(fill in the blank here) and what he really is saying is, “You need to

skills and I am constantly getting better).

organize…….” Wait, did he just question my organizational skills?

Relationships in general make us happier. I learned many years

Where is fabulous funderella when I need her and why am I feeling

ago that in order to have a healthy, loving relationship with anoth-

more like Bon Qui Qui at this moment?

er human being, you must first learn to love yourself. I put myself

Like us, men want to be appreciated with a great desire to be

out there and make the effort and take the time to balance family,

needed. I have friends that have had multiple marriages and the

husband and friends which enables me to benefit from these rela-

available bachelor pickings out there are slim. I have lived through

tionships. Does it always work? No, but I have an amazing family,

the dating experiences with several of these friends and it is not

Love my husband on most days and have the best friends in the

pretty. Am I saying be a pilgrim and settle? No, I am saying that

world. I will take that as a WIN!

staying in LOVE is a lot of work and COMMUNICATION is key.

Bestie Readers, thanks for all of your e-mails and social media

Most Men are not good at surprises, reading minds or listening but

love! I have so enjoyed reading your comments, notes and sugges-

if you put in the time, it just might work out. Ain’t Love Grand?

tions for upcoming articles!

Friendships are the treasures that can help us survive all of the above relationships. The kind of friend that understands boundaries, tells you the truth, believes in you, celebrates your lowest lows and happiest times, accepts you just the way you are and can keep your darkest secrets. Beware, not every friend is trustworthy and deserving of your friendship. There are acquaintances which

You can reach me at Follow me on Instagram: @debrakennedyshow Facebook: debraannkennedy

You Tube: The

Debra Kennedy Show Channel Website:

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The Lost Art of the

Thank You Note By Sharon Schweitzer, JD

Tips to Show appreciation


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ll etiquette experts agree on one thing: handwritten thank you notes are brilliant, elegant, and absolutely necessary. Yes, email and texts have eclipsed letters and telephone calls in our global economy. The world has moved on, and email thank you notes are appropriate for many occasions. However, if you receive a summer or any gift from a family member,

friend, business associate, client, or colleague, business and social etiquette require a handwritten note. So what makes a memorable note? Today I received a timely handwritten thank you note from a couple after we hosted a spring dinner party. My eyes were naturally drawn to the handwriting because it stood out in the mass of pre-printed envelopes. This envelope had lots of texture, with the return address imprinted on the envelope flap, and the thoughtful note inside was written on custom stationery:

SEND THANKS FOR A GIFT OR GESTURE A note should be sent when someone does something special or goes out of their way for you. The note can be as short as three sentences and should be sent when someone: • Hosts a summer BBQ, July 4th party, dinner, shower, or soiree in your honor

SIGN WITH A FLOURISH & MAIL It all depends how informal and to whom you are addressing the note to, but sign with action words like ‘Sincerely’ or ‘Kindest regards,’ which are formal and standard in international circles. Domestically, closing with an informal ‘All my best’ or ‘Best regards’ is common, while ‘Best’ is passé. Mail the note within 2448 hours.

• Invites you to a summer concert, jazz on the lawn, fireworks, pool party • Invites you for a stay in their home, beach or lake house, ranch, or yacht • Sends you a special delivery of cake balls, flowers, or Korean pears • Gives you a gift for a holiday, birthday, bar mitzvah, wedding, or baby shower • Writes a business recommendation or reference • Refers a client or business

LONG DISTANCE THANK YOU NOTE With summer right around the corner, traveling (domestic or internationally) for the holidays and visiting friends and family is pretty much a set plan. If you paid your friend or family member a visit, sending a Thank you handwritten note is the least you can do. However, can we update analog etiquette rules for digital relationships? I am frequently asked, “Can I skip the handwrit-

BE SHORT, SWEET & SPECIFIC Use the following formula: Specifically mention the invitation or gift received, the introduction, the gracious act, how they pos-

ten note and just send an email or a simple text?” Peter Post, the Chairman of the Board of the Emily Post Institute and author of Essential Manners for Men, and I chatted about this quandary. Peter advises, “Don’t presume an email was successfully received; it may have been blocked by a spam filter or firewall, or end up in someone’s trash folder.”

itively impacted you or your business, your future plan, and re-

Think of handwritten notes as an opportunity to build the re-

peat your appreciation. The note can be short and sweet. ‘Thank

lationship, not an obligation, People open handwritten notes be-

you so much for inviting me to your 4th of July celebration’ ‘I

fore other mail to save and display them. Digital communication

am so appreciative of your hospitality, you have a beautiful

gets deleted and handwritten gets saved. Would you rather be

lake house.’ Be sure to mention why you like the gift: ‘We all had

remembered or deleted? In the day of insta-everything, it’s okay

a blast, the BBQ was delicious.’ State your future plans: ‘and it

to thank twice.

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By Claudia Ricciardone

Is Farmhouse Style Being Put Out to Pasture?


Dear Claudia,

I love your column, so please be honest with me. Is the “Modern Farmhouse” trend on its way out? Is that true? I just purchased a home in the suburbs, and it’s done in a farmhouse style. Do I need to change the look? If so, what style should I go with? I would love your help! Thanks! Janice C.


Dear Janice,

Thank you for reaching out to me and for your kind words! Your question about the farmhouse trend is one I’m often asked! Farmhouse, in the right setting Design by Cheryl Kees Clendenon In Detail Interiors Photography by Greg Riegler

(and done well), can still work. The key is determining whether it’s appropriate based upon your home’s setting and architecture. Farmhouse in a city loft feels disjointed. Farmhouse in an actual farmhouse— totally appropriate. What if your suburban home’s architecture is relatively nondescript? You can still incorporate elements of the Farmhouse Style, such as rustic wood and neutral color palettes, to provide a similar feel.


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In full disclosure, I recently designed a whole house in my cli-

best way to incorporate the look into your home. A style or theme

ents’ requested style of Modern Farmhouse. This was a depar-

can be a great jumping off point. Still, elements from said theme

ture from my usual New Traditional design esthetic. Luckily, my

should be used judiciously. Some of the most interesting spaces

clients’ home, with its inviting front porch and farmhouse de-

I’ve seen have an eclectic feel. It’s fine to mix elements from dif-

tails, lent itself to the farmhouse style they were seeking.

ferent styles. For example, I love the juxtaposition of a mid-cen-

To give my clients’ home a classic feel, we steered clear of com-

tury console against the traditionalism of a Gracie, hand-painted,

mon mistakes made when trying to achieve a farmhouse look.

Chinoiserie wallcovering. In her book Styled, Emily Henderson

In this case, we went easy on the word art (opting for a mix of

shares a clever style wheel that indicates what styles pair best to-

modern and traditional art instead), and eschewed using an

gether. Sticking to one or two styles in designing a home can help

abundance of faux “chippy” furniture. If you want an authen-

DIYers create a look that’s cohesive. If you struggle with creating

tic farmhouse look, frequent flea markets and stores that carry

a collected look, hiring an interior designer can help you achieve

vintage furniture and accessories. Search for antique pieces that

a home that brings you joy.

have developed genuine patina from years of use. For larger furnishings, like sofas, I had my clients invest in quality products with classic, clean lines. Keeping their busy, young family and two active dogs in mind, I used performance fabrics and top-quality leather in soothing neutrals for all their custom upholstery. Plaids, stripes (and even a subtle animal print) used in smaller amounts, like for throw pillows, added coziness and a sense of comfort to the overall look. Rustic wood furniture and plush area rugs helped create a warm and homey feel. In designing any home, it’s best to avoid strictly adhering to what I call “themes.” You may adore mid-century modern but decorating your house like a set from Mad Men may not be the Gina Baran Interiors + Design, Photography by Free Bird Photography

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So Janice, to answer your question, you don’t have to abandon your dreams of a cozy, rustic home if you follow these general guidelines. • Invest in the highest quality furnishings that you can afford. • Avoid lots of faux anything and instead look for items that have developed patina from years of loving use. • Use furniture with classic lines and traditional

Reusch Interior Design, Photography by Chris Farr

shapes. • Mix in a few pieces that are of a different, but complementary, design style.

• Don’t shop for all your accessories at big box stores. Collect your décor over time, purchasing only pieces that you love. • Look for artisan made and vintage pieces. • If the process seems overwhelming, hire an interior designer to help. Thanks for your question, Janice!


Friends, If you have design queries, feel free to reach out. Send your questions via direct message on Design by Cheryl Kees Clendenon In Detail Interiors Photography by Greg Riegler


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Instagram @claudiajosephinedesign Please be sure to include photos, if applicable. Your question may be answered in my column!

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outherners, listen up, you are living in modern times because I have a treat for you today. Veronica Solomon is an industry leader who will dissolve any ill-founded ideas

that you have about the process of interior design. Even I can testify that most designers are gentle, humble (and even shy) creatives, but to Veronica’s credit, she exudes confident leadership, delivers truth, and is also wonderfully kind. In her own words, she is committed to running a business “with heart.” For me, she inspires what I can only describe as a new “beatitude” because her faith and optimistic opinions are encouraging and blatantly irresistible. And don’t we thirst for more exhortation in this anxious world of people haters, and Monday haters, and haters in general? It is my honor to introduce you to this Jamaica-born designer who serves the industry as both an interior design maven and an interior designer mentor. Whether you are establishing a luxurious dream home, sourcing art for your McMansion’s soaring walls (and drapes for her soaring windows), or attempting to pull together a snazzy style

I would whither up and die if I didn’t have stimulating proj-

or your starter home—she can help you accomplish a showpiece

ects. I’m going to help if they have a budget. If it’s a 1500

home. Her goal is that, “people will want to go home.” While Ve-

square foot home with a workable budget, then I will com-

ronica’s niche is high-end, luxury design, she expresses a firm

plete as many rooms as possible. I want to meet with people

commitment to smaller projects and to E-design. She explains,

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And herein lies the key to securing design help: Everyone must take the time to sit down and establish a budget. I implore you to thoughtfully (and promptly) fill out the design questionnaire that your interior designer E-mails to you, balance your checkbook, chat with your spouse or partner—whatever it takes. Yes, realizing your budget may be annoying and uncomfortable, but establishing a budget is crucial and worthwhile to your entire life. Thus, do whatever it takes to embrace your finances so that you may embark on your future goals and design

“ journeys.

Everyone has their own version of luxury.

Design doesn’t have to mean tons of money, but there

is a price point that will serve your home and make it comfy. – Veronica Solomon

When you establish a budget, she can give you feedback and tell you what is possible within that budget. For example, one of her clients needed drapery to complete the design for her little girl’s bedroom. But that final, design element was outside of the client’s budget. Rather than leave the client with an unfinished room, Veronica found a creative solution within the client’s resources, and drapes were installed. And by the way, if you think drapes are unnecessary, or if you’ve succumbed to the “I’m allergic” defense, she will convert you to polished, luxe design—drapery included. Likewise, if you are a creative who has questions about running a profitable business, Veronica has answers to what you may think are embarrassing questions. She is no stranger to feeling insecure about diving in to a start-up. After all, she started her own design business by sharing flyers in her own neighborhood years ago. However, her efforts have come full circle, and her very first client continues to hire her to this day. Still, she is forthcoming about the days when she experienced difficulties providing for her children and paying the mortgage. She wondered to herself, “How is it my purpose to design and sell things that no one really needs?” But she eventually admitted to herself (thank goodness) that people thrive on pleasing aes-


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thetics. Moreover, from the dawn of time, humans have adored beauty, architecture, and fine things, and that inherent part of us continues to hone while we scour the pages of this luxury magazine. My point is that the desire to improve your surroundings is not going to go away. You are wholly justified in creating a comfy home because design is an art form that is every bit as fulfilling as music, painting, and football except that it’s both invigorating and restful. Plus, you live in this art form, and your tasteful style serves every person that walks into your home. Recognizing this truth, and reliant on her faith and her passion for design and people, in 1999, Veronica Solomon began exploring her talent. In 2007, she perceived that she would succeed in serving people in this industry. At that time, there were no internet forums or Facebook groups to help her along. Now, she offers to the world the support and answers that she once lacked. She encourages her followers to do the same She lacked business knowledge, but she learned. And rather than stockpile that knowledge for herself, she developed a following where she educates fellow entrepreneurs. She fulfills her purpose by combining her passion for beautification with serving people. Veronica is a perpetual learner who gleaned her systems and processes from the best in the business. She learned by attending continuing education sessions taught by celebrity designers at the bi-yearly High Point Market in High Point, North Carolina. High Point Market is the largest industry trade show on the planet, and Veronica’s efforts have come full circle because she

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has already served on a couple of panels at High Point Market. In fact, the first panel that Veronica was invited to host at High Point Market was not held at the actual market. Instead, designers were invited to take a shuttle to a local country club for the break-out session. They were unsure whether their fellow designers would trek out for the session. Much to their relief, eager learners showed up and peppered the panelists with questions— they could hardly leave! Now, in addition to her full-service and E-design offerings, she also offers one-on-one mentoring sessions, group sessions, and she shares the tools that helped her establish her own creative processes.


Designer: Veronica Solomon Firm: Casa Vilora Interiors Signature Style: Laid back, sophisticated, and nothing overly trendy. Prefers to custom-design pieces that mix with senti-mental objects. Adds global, travel, and flea market finds. Combines elements for a tasteful, yet personally collected look. Bold Moves: All colors—plus black, florals, and cheetah Classic Go-To: Gauzy drapes and Greek Key touches Gallery Walls: Yes! Favorite Color:Orange (it reminds her of Jamaica) Inspiration: People and an unyielding faith


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To share his love of peppers, Ed Currie began the Puckerbutt Pepper Compa-

began eating them, his weight started

ny in down-town Fort Mill, NC just

dropping because they help boost

before he won his first Guinness

your metabolism and burn calories.

World Record for the world’s hot-

He completely regained his health

test pepper. One of the many rea-

and forgot his bad habits thanks to

sons Ed is an advocate for hot pep-

eating the peppers. Ed couldn’t get

pers is because they increase your

enough of the peppers and began

health, help you lose weight, and ul-

growing them himself. The pain,

timately saved his life. His nickname, Smokin’ Ed, came before the fiery heat of his peppers. He smoked Marlboros and partied too much. At 300 pounds, it was time to put the past behind as he feared he was at

ironically, releases endorphins and dopamine which produce positive feelings. This natural high, like the one you get while exercising, is what Ed has become addicted to and has allowed him to surpass his partying days.

risk for heart disease and cancer. His parents especially warned

Now an expert in all things peppers, Ed explains how our

him of the consequences, so he decided to research what could

minds identify peppers as hot because of its compound capsa-

help him turn his life around.

icin, which is the main ingredient in many topical pain medica-

In his college library, he learned that hot peppers prevent

tions. This chemical triggers the sensory receptors that perceive

heart disease for the population around the Equator. Once Ed

heat. If it’s a chemical reaction, how do you determine how hot


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and other peppers that had never existed before. Now the company has seeds for over 3,000 varieties. At Spring Farm, their main organic farm, huge crates of beautiful peppers of all shapes and colors are waiting to be sorted. You have no idea which ones are hot or mild just by looking at them. A white pepper, seemingly mild, has Scoville Heat Units up near the Reaper. All of the peppers have to be separated by type to get ready to go into the “mashing room” next door. Two other workers each sort through the peppers after Ed, looking for spots and imperfections. If the pepper is a pepper will be without eating it? Thorough chemistry tests, called the HPLC test, are conducted by Dr. Calloway at Winthrop University in Rock Hill. Dr. Calloway and his students were the first to determine the Carolina Reaper’s Guinness World Record back in 2013 and then again in 2017. The heat of a pepper is measured by Scoville Heat Units (SHU). The Carolina Reaper is 1.7 million SHU. Meanwhile, many of us can’t handle a jalapeno pepper, a mere 2,500 SHU. Capsaicin is the answer to Ed’s miraculous recovery. It has proven to prevail obesity by heating you up and using the energy to increase your metabolic rate and combat fat. Peppers can also curb one’s appetite if eaten early. Not to mention, you’d be getting part of your serving of vegetables.

not completely perfect, it is thrown away. This careful and te-

Capsaicin fights lung and breast cancer and can prevent cancer-

dious sorting allows for the highest quality sauces. Any of their

ous cells from multiplying from the way it interacts with them.

peppers and hot sauces can benefit your health.

As far as heart disease, it lowers blood pressure and unclogs your

Ed Currie couldn’t express more about how grateful he is to be

bloodstream. No wonder why Ed became so passionate about

healthy and for South Carolina’s support of his peppers. Puck-

hot peppers.

erbutt Pepper Company gives the quaint town of Fort Mill some

Ed earned the title “mad scientist” by creating the Reaper

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our brand is the vanguard in a revolution that will change the way the world thinks about skincare products,” Stephanie says. Inspired by their Southern surroundings, Cindy and Stephanie are out to change the skincare industry. At Sapelo Skin Care they know the beauty and wonder of the human body’s ability to heal and repair from injury. Their scientific formulations exemplify their philosophy of replicating the body’s natural rejuvenating process. In distinct contrast, the prevailing trends in skin care utilize injury to initiate rejuvenation. At Sapelo, they challenge that dogma. Retinols, hydroxals, blue light, lasers, abrasions, peels and micro-needling are all promoted as anti-aging solutions, yet they begin by causing injury to the skin. They believe the habitual use of these strategies speeds up the moment where our skin cells enter their senile phase and exhaust their capacity to repair. Cindy and Stepha-


he founders of Sapelo Skin



Duttenhaver and Cindy Edwards have been paying attention to the tides. The rivers and creeks that swell with high tides twice each day in Savannah.They heed the lessons of generations of southern women to be gentle and careful with their skin; a heritage often overlooked in today’s hyper-popular trends of repeatedly inflaming the skin with quickfix



and chemical peels. Following cues from tides and tradition, they’ve crafted a contemporary, twice-daily ritual that soothes and replenishes—bringing surges of nourishment and hydration for healthy cell development. Savannah-based Sapelo uses fa-

nie started by asking a simple question, “ Can we reproduce a

miliar ingredients like chamomile, gardenia stem cells, magnolia

healthy immune response without first injuring the skin?”

oil extract, honey from Claxton (where Cindy was raised) calci-

They set out to research and produce a skin care system that

um from oyster shells and rosemary to create their paraben- and

replicated the bioactive cascade of peptides (called cytokines in

sulfate-free products. They also use salmon eggs in their Spring

immune terminology) initiated by the body’s immune system in

Tide Serum. Three PhD scientists created this ingredient for

response to skin injury. Their regimen faithfully mimics this pro-

wound healing and Sapelo is the first skin care company to use

cess by gently infusing healing peptides and molecules without

it in their skin care line in the United States. “Sapelo represents

inflammation. Precisely formulated in small batches, the 3-Step

the future of skin care. We have educated ourselves on skin phys-

System delivers a hydrating, nutrient-rich surge twice-daily to

iology. We are passionate about healthy skincare, and we believe

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Momentum Gallery in Asheville NC - a must stop for art lovers and meet art aficionado Jordan Ahlers and Shifra Ahlers,

Great Smoky Mountains National Park: This most popular park in the U.S; it attracted more than 11 million visitors in 2018.

Benne on Eagle Restaurant -Asheville James Beard Nominated and 5 time finalist Chef - Owner John Fleer. May just be the best meal you can remember having.

Grandfather Mountain: Hike up a 2-mile trail to take in spectacular views of the area

Kitty Hawk: The site of the first controlled powered airplane flight.

Cherokee: Try your luck at Harrah's Cherokee Casino Resort

Nags Head: Go hang gliding off of Jockey's Ridge

Duck: Enjoy watching sunrises on the beach and sunsets on the sound.

Pinehurst: Americas home of golf

Mill Spring: Tyron International Equestrian Center Artist in Residence - say hello to the artist herself Tammy Tappan

Charlotte: Chandra Johnson and Laura Vinroot Poole among the 2019 Solonniere 100 list of America’s best party hosts. Corolla: Get up and close with wild horses on the beach. Biltmore: Built by George Vanderbilt, this is America's largest home. Boone: The New York Times called this Appalachian Mountain college town one of the country's best small towns Linville Caverns: Stay cool by exploring the beauty of these underground caverns Fearrington Village: Executive Chef Colin Bedord of the Fearrington House Restaurant was named a Grand Chef by Relais & Chateaux, which is the international culinary world's highest honor. Lake Norman: Rent a boat and bask in the sun with views of homes owned by NASCAR's biggest stars.

Linville: The Grandfather Mountain Highland Games and Gathering of Scottish Clans has been held in this location for more than 57 years. Wilkesboro: Learn about the history of this area once known as the Moonshine Capital of the World at the Wilkes Heritage Museum Deals Gap: Its notorious Tail of the Dragon road tests the skills of both mo-torcycle riders and car drivers Hatteras Island: Home to a vast swath of wild, undeveloped beaches Manteo: Watch The Lost Colony, a historical outdoor play that has been performed every summer since 1937 Pisgah National Forest: Known for its stunning scenery and excellent rec-reational opportunities Volume 3, Issue 4 |


Lake James & Lake Lure: So beautiful, it's been the backdrop for numer-ous movies, including Dirty Dancing. Emerald Isle: A great place to learn how to kiteboard Blowing Rock: Check out the work of talented local artists in this town's Art in the Park shows. Mount Airy: Soak in that Mayberry vibe here in Andy Griffith's hometown Wilmington: Take a stroll along Riverwalk, the city's popular boardwalk that borders the Cape Fear River. Topsail Island: Volunteer to help sea turtles at the Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Center Chimney Rock State Park: Hike to the top of this iconic granite monolith to enjoy stunning views of Hickory Nut Gorge. Seagrove: Go shopping for unique ceramics in this region, which is home to one of the largest communities of potters in the U.S. Raleigh: say hello to Chef Ashley Christensen, who owns Poole's Diner, won the 2019 James Beard Award for Outstanding Chef in the country. Wrightsville Beach: known for its crystal blue water and spacious beach. Sliding Rock: Slide down this 60-foot natural waterslide that ends in an eightfoot-deep pool


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Shelby: Say hello to Debbie Webb who runs Red Bridges BBQ Lodge which has been named as one of the best BBQ eateries by numerous publications. Atlantic Beach: An excellent location to embark on a deep sea fishing trip Blue Ridge Parkway: Take a drive along one of the nation's prettiest roads Winston-Salem: Go gallery hopping in the Downtown Arts District on the first Friday of every month Lexington: Check out Childress Vineyard, which is owned by one of NAS-CAR's most successful team owners, Richard Childress Cary: Chef Steven Devereaux Green of the Herons at the Umstead Hotel was named as a semifinalist for Best Chef: Southeast in 2019 Highlands: Go for a natural waterslide ride down Bust Your Butt Falls East Bend: Have a llama carry your wine and lunch to the perfect spot for a picnic Hiddenite: Search for beautiful gems in the only emerald mine open to the public in the world Cashiers: Play a round at the Wade Hampton Golf Club, which was ranked as the number one course in NC by Golf Digest for 2017/2018 Durham: The Museum of Life + Science contains one of the largest butterfly houses on the East Coast

Chapel Hill: Dine on cuisine by 2011 James Beard Best Chef Southeast award winner Andrea Reusing at the Lantern Restaurant Fontana Lake : Rent a floating cabin Charlotte : stop in and see Dick Pattison of Taylor Richards & Conger, the top mens & women store in town. The Spectator Bar - Charleston - meet cocktail artisan Allen Lancaster who serves up unique cocktails with a southern flair. The Spectator Hotel voted #2 hotel in the U.S. Charleston: Check out Husk Restaurant. Its Chef Sean Brock was named the 2010 James Beard Best Chef of the Southeast Hemingway: Home to Scott's Bar-B-Que and Chef Rodney Scott, who was recognized as the 2018 James Beard Best Chef: Southeast Abbeville: Visit this town, which is known for being both the birthplace and the deathbed of the Confederacy Lake Marion: Go fishing on SC's largest lake Fort Sumter: Learn more about the place where the Civil War began Lake Jocassee: Known for its many beautiful waterfalls Carolyne Roehm of Charleston among the 2019 Solonniere 100 list of America’s best party hosts.

Congaree National Park: Don't miss this park's spectacular firefly show Kiawah Island: Explore this island by bike and don’t miss the Sanctuary hotel with its gracious Southern hospitality. Hampton: Watermelon lovers won't want to miss this city's week-long festival, which has been held in honor of this fruit since 1939. Murrells Inlet: Enjoy stunning views of the water as you dine in this historic fishing village Caesars Head State Park: Go hiking on one of the park's 60-plus miles of trails Pawleys Island: Play a round at the Caledonia Golf & Fish Club, which has been recognized as one of America's top courses by both Golf Magazine and Golf Week. Lake Murray: Rent a boat and explore this 78-square-mile lake Summerville: Known as the birthplace of Sweet Tea. Make sure to stroll the town's sweet tea trail to sample different versions of the "champagne of the south." Darlington: See a race at one of NASCAR's most treacherous tracks Beaufort: Sample authentic Gullah cooking at The Gullah Grub Restaurant Anderson: Check out Palmetto Distillery, the first legal moonshine distillery

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Harbor View Inn in Charleston, visit their roof top deck for some of the best views. The Citadel: Tour the famous military college that was established in 1842. Hopkins: Visit the Congaree National Park, the Southeast's largest expanse of oldgrowth bottomland hardwood forest Cherry Grove Beach: Go fishing off its 985-foot pier Cheraw: Nicknamed the Prettiest Town in Dixie Seabrook Island: Enjoy a nice horse ride on the beach Jones Gap State Park: 60-plus miles of hiking trails that will take you through a deep mountain cove Clemson: Take in the beauty of the 295acre South Carolina Botanical Gardens Brattonsville: Visit Historic Brattonsville and see how the Scots-Irish or Ul-sterScots lived on this 800-acre living history plantation


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Wadmalaw Island: Sample Firefly Distillery's interesting spirits, including a sweet tea vodka Table Rock State Park: Go hiking in this beautiful 3,000-acre park that is home to two lakes and an old-fashioned swimming hole North Myrtle Beach: Take a boat cruise to spot dolphins in the wild Long Creek: Go ziplining or white water rafting on the Chattooga River North Augusta: Visit the Living History Park, where you can see how the locals lived during the 18th century Walterboro: Shop for unique creations from 250 juried artists at the South Carolina Artisans Center Aiken: Go for a trail ride in this equestria paradise, where horses actually still have the right of way at street lights

NOTEBOOK Our pick for local events, news and best new products.


Known for its small

plates and big views, AC Hotel



town’s ninth-floor restaurant, Capella on 9, has recently launched a new food and cocktail menu that’s full of spring delights. Available now though the end of summer, the menu items boast refreshing flavor perfect for a warm evening overlooking the city. With locally sourced ingredients and an impeccable eye for visual presentation, the team at Capella on 9, led by Executive Chef Rakim Gaines, brings excellence to the table. The inspiration behind the season’s menu? Gaines was inspired by bright colors and was motivated to create “spring on a plate.” Look forward to dishes featuring edible flowers, fresh herbs and citrus-centric flavors. Highlights on the new menu include Scallop Ceviche ($16), which features cilantro, heirloom tomato, edamame puree, corn, spinach tortilla chip.


Longevity Fitness is hosting Sweat Therapy pop up

classes at the Dewberry in the Rivers Room. They are offering the classes on June 9th, July 21, and August 11th all at 10:00 am. Sweat Therapy is your chance to release, restore & re-energize the mind, body, and soul. This signature class blends HIIT, strength training, cardio & Pilates all put to the beat of an energizing playlist. Get your heart pumping, build endurance, lengthen, and


It’s a no straw summer in the Caro-

lina’s. Join the world wide movement to ban these plastic tubes that threaten marine life. After all, you don’t really

tone. End the 60-minute endorphin rush with a fullbody stretch, savasana & a cold lavender towel. After class, attendees will enjoy a refreshing post-workout smoothie. The classes at the Dewberry will bring extra energy with DJ B pumping out the playlist.

need one. Since there is so much energy around the strawless movement help urge it along and go strawless this summer.

The 2019 U.S. Amateur golf tournament is being held this year August 12 - 18, 2019 at Pinehurst Resort & Country Club (Courses No. 2 and 4), Village of Pinehurst, N.C tickets available at

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By Brianna Melanson

ara Rossi found home in Charleston, South Car-

olina, the epitome of summer, heart of amazing cuisine, recreation, and radiant views. With every summer adventure, you need fashionable, yet functional handbags and accessories to go with

you. Sara founded Beau & Ro based on that principle, and women are showing o her crafted bags all along the East Coast. Beau & Ro has grown the past ďŹ ve years from being sold in The Skinny Dip stores, co-founded by Sara Rossi in 2016. The Skinny Dip was started as a collective place for Sara, other co-founders Taylor Ivey and Milicent Armstrong, and other entrepreneurs they admired to sell their own products. Their locations in Nantucket, Charleston, and Palm Beach perfectly matched the summer aesthetic of Beau & Ro. In April, Sara sold her ownership of The Skinny Dip to bring focus back on Beau & Ro and make it bigger and better than ever.

Sara designs all of her bags around both style and functionality. She lived in New York City when she designed the original bag, one that converted from clutch to a belt bag which ties around your waist. With no background in design, she successfully found someone to turn her manila folder bag into a real leather bag sample. Now she sends her sketches and ideas to her production guy in New York who understands the construction of her bags and which stitching and lining should be used. Then she gets to choose her leathers, usually sourced from Napa and


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Los Angeles. Finally, she wears the sample bag around to test

“Some styles we’ve seen before that are signature to the artisans,

its quality and performance. From the belt bag silhouette, Sara

but then there are styles I’ve been working on with them that are

went on to release a tote that transitioned into a backpack and

completely unique to the brand, which includes my favorite bag

clutches that turn into crossbodies. This summer’s clutches fea-

with Charleston written in the Iraca palm.” The mothers make

ture fun bamboo handles and woven caning. The belt bag is still

the intricate bags while their daughters make the two types of

a favorite with long-time fans, as they buy whenever she presents

palm earrings that complement the bags. The earrings are an-

them in new shades to go with different outfits.

other new product that’s already popular for Beau & Ro and

While leather is timeless, palm is on trend. Straw, Palm, and

come in a variety of vibrant colors.

Rattan bags are everywhere and enhanced for summer 2019.

Before The Skinny Dip, Beau & Ro grew organically through

You haven’t seen anything like the styles at Beau & Ro, which

many collaborations with artists and photographers and sup-

have been handmade in Cartagena, Columbia. In December,

portive friends and family. In fact, Beau is derived from Sara’s

Sara traveled there and to surrounding cities to meet and work

mom’s maiden name, Beausoleil, and Ro stems from her dad’s

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orating and is thankful for her large network of boss babes. Her most recent collaboration is in her introduction of hats. She was out to dinner in Cartagena when an artisan selling “ridiculous straw hats with bananas and such painted on them” on the street caught her eye. She later tracked him down to ask him to showcase his paintings on brimmed hats for Beau & Ro. The new limited-quantity hats painted by the artisan boast popular images curated by Sara such as champagne glasses, Rainbow Row, and palm trees. That idea would have never come up had she not been traveing. Travel has been a huge inspiration for Sara lately. From the architecture to the patterns to the people, she comes back with something to incorporate into the brand. She adds, “When you come back to the States to design after talking to the country’s locals, you have a different level of tolerance and appreciation.” She’s excited to see what comes out of her travels to Croatia and Marrakech this year. Sara Rossi describes her journey with Beau & Ro as a “therapeutic process.” Her hectic corporate job in New York City is a thing of the past. “I love my job so much that I don’t mind saying that it defined my life,” she exclaims. Sara Rossi’s chic brand is thriving and has all the fabulous accessory trends in stock for your beach vacation.


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Do you remember the last time you were waiting to board a plane, train, commuter rail, or other public transportation vehicle? You may have taken a break from being glued to your smart phone and looked at those around you. Perhaps you zoomed in on what other passengers were wearing, their voice level, what they were carrying and how they were interacting with individuals around them. Whether or not you realized it, your observations told you a lot about these individuals’ success quotient. The next time you are traveling, take a second look at those around you and see which individuals possess the following ten characteristics of successful people:

1 | THEY ARE TIME-MASTERS Successful individuals live by the mantra, “when you are five minutes early, you are ten minutes late.” This describes your fellow passengers who are waiting to board rather than the ones who are running to the gate five minutes before their flight is scheduled to take off.


2 | THEY MAKE MORE EYE CONTACT WITH PEOPLE THAN SMART PHONES Notice which individuals scope out their surroundings and initiate conversations with those within an arms-length of them. It won’t take long to find them since they will be the exception rather than the rule.

Q 3 | THEY TAKE CARE OF THEMSELVES PHYSICALLY While successful people may not look like body builders, most do nurture their bodies. They are mindful of what they eat and drink. They certainly are not the individuals who order a Bloody Mary on a 6:00 am flight or three vodka and tonics on the evening flight.

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4 | THEY RESPECT OTHERS’ SPACE Successful people are sensitive to the spatial needs of individuals within an arms-length of them. They are acutely aware of others’ needs rather than merely focusing on their own wants. For instance, after reclining their seat, they ask the person behind them if they have ample space. When they are sitting in

8 | THEY LIVE BELOW THEIR MEANS These individuals blend in a crowd rather than jumping out based on their designer luggage. They have already created their own success, therefore do not have that “look at me” need by flaunting that thousand-dollar carry-on.

an aisle seat, they stand to let out their seat mate rather than expecting the person to clumsily climb over them. They also recognize that their elbows do not own the joint armrest.

Q 5 | THEY CLEAN UP AROUND THEMSELVES Successful people declutter their environment rather than leaving their trash in the seat pocket only to be found by the next person occupying the seat. They treat their paid space on public transportation the same way they respect their home environment—free of trash to include the empty cup or water bottle, the

9 | THEY TAKE CONTROL OF THEIR DESTINY When a flight has been delayed or canceled, these are the first individuals you will see taking control of the unexpected in a calm, collective, and proactive manner. Rather than shouting at the gate agent because the flight has been canceled, successful people call that special airline number to which they have access due to their loyalty status. They embrace change rather than expending their energy with that “I hate that airline” attitude.

food wrapper, and the like.

Q 6 | THEY TREAT GATE AGENTS AND FLIGHT ATTENDANTS WITH RESPECT Rather than acting as though they are the center of the universe by making requests in a demanding tone, successful people employ the platinum rule. When asking a gate agent, flight attendant, or porter for assistance, they acknowledge the individual with a greeting followed by, “When you have a minute . . . ,” or “Is this a good time to ask . . . ?”

Q 7 | THEY ARE GOOD STEWARDS OF THEIR MONEY Successful people are typically not the ones in line buying a Starbucks cup of coffee. These individuals have a vested interest in the company by owning the stock rather than getting their caffeine fix by piddling away five dollars for that skinny cinnamon latte. They let you do that.


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Q 10 - THEY LISTEN UP If you happen to be in a conversation with a “successful” person who is seated next to you, you will know it within a few minutes. The person will listen more than sharing information about himself/herself. The reason: Successful people make a point of learning something new every day and you just might be the one sharing that new tidbit of knowledge for this curious person. The next time you take public transportation, be acutely aware of the individuals in your midst. You may find that you will be doing more than merely getting to your destination. You may learn several of the secrets for creating your own success by observing those around you. Ann Marie Sabath is the founder of At Ease Inc., the 31-yearold New York City-based business consulting firm. Her ninth book, What Self-Made Millionaires Do That Most People Don’t: 52 Secrets for Creating Your Own Success, was just published by Career Press.


A Place to See and be Seen

The Spectator in Charleston

While in Charleston this summer stop by and see Allen at The Spectator hotel. “The Bar”, is The Spectator’s renowned 1920’s themed cocktail lounge serving seasonal hand-crafted specialty cocktails, using local ingredients and flavors distinct of the south. Allen has crafted a truly unique and outrageously yummy bar menu. Fitting of the Spectator bar. The inspiration came from the buildings multiple ties to Charleston’s rich history found in the bustling French Quarter and Market Street district where the hotel is located.

Photo coutesy of Marcus Lloyd and R'el Dade

Recently named the No. 1 Hotel in Charleston, the No. 2 City Hotel in the Continental U.S., and the #61 Hotel in the World in the Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards, The Spectator is designed with a art deco meets Southern Charm flair. The SAVORY CHEESECAKE was our favorite |Gorgonzola- Mascarpone | Rosemary | Pumpernickel- Walnut Crust - decadent.

Southern Charm influence, inspired by the spirit of the Roaring Twenties. We’ll see you there. "There are a myriad of flavors within the food world that can be used within Prohibition era cocktails. With my culinary background, food is a key component that has directly influenced the creative side of the style of cocktails I've crafted at The Bar in The Spectator.” - Allen Lancaster Volume 3, Issue 4 |


Summer Entertaining Tips by Roots Catering - Charlotte

With summer in full swing, who needs an excuse to entertain? Roots catering has some wonderful suggestions to make the most of your party. 1. Appoint an Unconventional Theme

6. Plan for Rain AND Shine

2. Greet with a Simple Batch Cocktail

7. Keep it Chill

3. Pick Blooms over Balloons

8. Hydrate with a Twist

4. Make a Salad Too Pretty to Eat

9. Easy Grazing Boards

5. Luxe Chilled Towels


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1. Appoint an

Unconventional Theme

*You can substitute just about any fresh sliced fruit in this recipe or leave it out and the sangria will still turn out delicious. Raspberries, nectarines, watermelon, grapes, plums and apricots are all perfectly suited for Summer Sangria. Directions:

While it's fun and totally acceptable to have a summer garden

Combine wine and sugar in a pitcher, stir until combined. Add

party for absolutely no reason, you can't go wrong with a fun and

juices and fruit, refrigerate for at least one hour before serving

unique theme to get your guests excited! Imagine a Hot Hava-

and up to 1 day.

na Nights dinner party where your guests arrive in billowy floral dresses, panama hats and laid back linen only to be greeted by an ice cold Mint Mojito Bar and Cuban Cigar Lounge. Or maybe you keep it simple and ask your guests to a Soiree en Blanc where everyone dresses in white, sipping on white wine spritzers and enjoying an interactive oyster raw bar. Whether you choose to host an Alice in Wonderland Tea, or a Backyard Low Country Boil, appointing a unique theme will make it easier to decide what food, drink and entertainment to serve up at your next backyard party.

2. Greet with a Simple Batch Cocktail

Stocking a full bar can be time consuming, expensive, and almost always unnecessary. Keep it simple for your next outdoor party with a refreshing signature cocktail offered to your guests as they arrive. Our favorite signature cocktails are ones we can muddle, prep, store and serve in a big pitcher. Keep the ingredient list simple and splurge on anything you can get fresh. Squeezing your own citrus juices and muddling fresh herbs makes a huge impact on flavor, so you without having to track down any obscure ingredients. You can plan for most guests to imbibe with 1-2 signature cocktails at the beginning of the party, then switch to wine or beer for the rest of the evening. Check out this recipe for a Summer Sangria that is impossible to mess up:

SUMMER SANGRIA Serves 8 glasses, multiply as needed Ingredients: • 1 bottle dry, crisp Pinot Grigio, Sauvignon Blanc or Vinho Verde • 2 tablespoons fine sugar • 1/4 cup fresh squeezed orange juice • 1/4 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice • 1 cup sliced strawberries • 1 banana, peeled and cut into chunks • 1 orange, sliced • 2 peaches, cut into 6 wedges each

3. Pick Blooms over Balloons No expert styling, curated color palettes or interior design degrees are needed to decorate for an outdoor party. Enjoying the lushness of summer is the ultimate goal of a fun summer shindig, so if you do decide to spend on decorations, we recommend splurging on florals for your dinner table. Celebrate the liveliest season of the year with bright blooms like tulips, daisies, dahlias, and sunflowers. Any size arrangements will work, from colorful bud vases to large bouquets. A few fresh flowers are pretty all on their own and will bring life and energy to the tablescape.

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• 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil • 2 teaspoons honey • 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice • Dash of crushed red pepper • 2/3 cup honeydew melon balls • 2/3 cup watermelon balls • 2/3 cup cantaloupe balls • 2oz prosciutto Directions: Break open buratta and spread out in a circle on a large serving plate. In a medium bowl, combine parsley, vinegar, oil, honey, lemon juice, dash of salt, dash of black pepper, and dash of red pepper with a whisk. Add melon balls and toss gently until coated. Store in the refrigerator for up to a day, or use immediately. Gently transfer marinated melon balls over the burrata, sprinkle with salt, drizzle remaining vinaigrette over top. Tear prosciutto into small pieces and nestle in pockets over the melon balls.

5. Luxe Chilled Towels A little bit of luxury goes a long way when entertaining at home. One of our favorite luxe touches for outdoor parties is to offer a chilled lavender towel to guests just before dinner to wipe their hands or brow. This is a hostess with the mostess level service and so easy to prepare ahead! Simply add a few drops of lavender essential oil to 2 gallons of water and soak white washcloths in the diluted mixture for 10 minutes. Remove the washcloths one by one, wring out excess liquid and roll. Keep refrigerated for up to 4 days on a platter until you’re ready to pass them out!

4. Make a Salad Too Pretty to Eat

Plating like a Michelin star chef is daunting. We opt for a dish you can make ahead, with no cooking required to give you a few extra minutes to beautify the presentation and wow your guests! Choosing fruits and vegetables that can be marinated overnight in a homemade vinaigrette will allow you to present a restaurant quality first course, like this refreshing Burrata, Melon & Prosciutto Salad: Burrata, Melon & Prosciutto Salad. Serves 8 Ingredients: • 8oz burratta • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley • 1 tablespoon white balsamic vinegar


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6. Plan for Rain AND Shine

fruit, your favorite garden herbs like basil, lemon balm or mint, and fill to the top with cold water. A gorgeous infused water will rival any cocktail and keep the party energized!

Afternoon showers won’t get you down (or soaking wet) if you plan for them! Just make sure that any formal seating and the buffet are tucked away under a covered porch so that you don’t have to scramble to move tables around at the last minute. Outdoor seating and yard games can stay outside and will encourage your guests to enjoy the sunshine while the weather is nice! If you think the sun might be beating down a little too hard for an enjoyable afternoon, choose a corner of the yard with plenty of trees to block the rays. A little tree cover can drop the tempera-ture up to 10 degrees!

7. Keep it Chill Avoid needing to run out and pick up more ice midway through the party by stocking up in advance. Whether you purchase bags of ice, or fill up gallon sized plastic baggies over a couple of days, keep at least 2lbs of ice per guest stored in the freezer. When it comes time to ice down drinks in a tub or cooler, be sure to add a little bit of cold water. This will actually chill your drinks faster than ice alone! Water also stays cool longer than air and is a much better conductor, so keep the water as long as there is ice in it and avoid draining the cooler until necessary.

9. Easy Grazing Boards Our favorite, totally fail-proof summer entertaining tip is to throw cooking completely out the window and create an easy grazing board for guests to pick through all night. Start with a large wood board or several platters, then scatter (in no particular order) fresh berries, pickled vege-tables, 3-4 hard and soft cheeses, 3-4 cured meats, toasted nuts, crackers and breads to create a perfectly rustic smorgeshboard. Pair with a fruit spread and artisanal mustard to up the anti and watch your guests devour! If this is the only food you plan to offer for the evening, we recommend purchasing 4oz of meat and 4oz of cheese per person. Make sure to have 8 crackers or slices of bread per person as well.

8. Hydrate with a Twist On a warm summer day, you need to stay hydrated. Too much sun and too little water will make everyone feel sluggish as the party wares on. Entice your guests to hydrate in style with a bright and herbaceous infused water. Start by filling a glass dispenser halfway with ice, then add fresh wheels of citrus or sliced Volume 3, Issue 4 |


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Libby in the Driver’s Seat by Brianna Melanson


ou know her from Sam Edelman shoes, as former Fash-

late ‘90s when she was grocery shopping and flipping through

ion Editor of “Seventeen” and “Harper’s Bazaar,” but do

the latest “National Enquirer.” There it was. An article on a wom-

you know her as a photographer? Libby Edelman has had

an who loved her car so much that her family buried her with it.

a passion for photography all of her life. The past 20 years

Libby thought back to how cars were the main subject of the con-

she’s been photographing women with their cars and as of this

versations between her husband, Sam Edelman and their two

spring, she released the collection in her book “Lovin’ my Car:

sons as they drove across the country. She laughs, “I wasn’t part

Women in the Driver’s Seat.”

of the conversations, I was stuck in the car listening to them.” It

Libby’s journalism studies at NYU trained her to find stories to tell through photos. The idea for “Lovin’ my Car” struck in the

hadn’t occurred to her that women could love their cars just as much or even more than men.

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and cars.”

After this project,

Libby’s perspective changed and made sense that men and women can be equal in this way. She got to see first-hand the connection women can have with their cars, but it’s different from men. Libby clarifies, “I think women are much more emotional about them and they talk to them. She may think of the car as another child or best friend.” The women spend a lot of time living in them, taking the best care of them, and making sure they always look beautiful. The story resonated with her and she was determined to find and focus on women and their relationship with cars. Libby was in Westchester County and started asking her friends and their friends if they knew any women who absolutely adored their car. Wherever she was living or traveling, she would find women within a 30 mile radius. Libby says, “There’s a preconceived notion that only men love cars or it’s something that’s embedded in their DNA, which it probably is because I’ve seen little boy babies go right for trucks


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Libby’s not a car fanatic Nevertheless, you’ll see Libby zooming by in her red Mini Cooper, gifted by her husband. Like her manual camera, it’s a 6-speed manual transmission. But she wouldn’t love to photograph cars alone. It is the women and the combination of the two that make the photos so special. Many of her shots were taken in New England and California. Her favorite part of the process was listening to their individual stories. She especially loved Jean MacArthur and her yellow 1981 Toyota Corolla named “Buttercup” and Stella Calloway who drove

school buses for special needs kids by day and raced junker bus-

with their car.” She also had them pick a location, so long as it

es by night. You’ll see heartfelt quotes by the women on the left

wasn’t too busy as she wanted to really show them off without

of Libby’s photographs as well as the make and model of the fea-

any distractions. Then she’d have the women move to all parts of

tured car.

the car. She says, “So they’re hanging out the window, sitting in

She ponders how the photoshoots she directed in her Fashion Editor days may have given her “an eye” for this project and

front, they’re on top of it.” They’d find the right spot all depending on the woman’s personality.

when and when not to step in for getting the perfect shot. She

The entire book was shot with film. All she needed was 2 rolls

explains, “I never told them what to wear. I helped them pose

of color negative film for her Nikon manual camera. She says,

and feel comfortable, but I wanted them to be who they were

“Through the years, I realized that if you didn’t get it in those

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spectacular trees. She admires them whenever they are in Florida for the winter. She has other photographs, both film and digital, from throughout the years, such as from Mexico and Cuba, that she plans to enlarge and have photography shows. Then she explained how her role at Sam Edelman has allowed her to incorporate her photography skills. Libby Edelman is not only the Co-founder of Sam Edelman, but the Trend Director which means she is responsible for creating future trends. Often the trend revolves around a location or somewhere exotic. Knowing what the trends would be for this year, she traveled and photographed things that represented the trend. For 72 shots you were not going to get it.” Everywhere they moved,

spring, she photographed islands, beaches, and sunsets along

she kept the negatives together knowing one day it would be a

the East Coast. So we saw a bright and sandy spring line of san-

book. The project was paused when they started Sam Edelman in

dals and woven slides. She adds, “I traveled to Iceland last Oc-

2004, but then a few years ago she told herself she really needed

tober and the shoes that we showed for this upcoming winter

to finish it. So she photographed a few more women and then

2019 are totally influenced by traveling there. I photographed

met with her creative designer and found a publisher, Power-

amazing horses, icebergs, and churches.” She continues, “Those

house Books. To tie it all together, sportscaster Katie Osborne

photographs evoke that it’s cold outside, so let’s get dressed in

wrote the book’s introduction. The hardcover book, that you can

the perfect shoes and boots in which to experience the area.” Her

get off of Amazon, is a lovely gift and coffee table book for any

photography is a hobby that goes to work with her, too.

woman in your life. Libby says she could publish a second or third book of these

Libby Edelman’s “Lovin’ my Car” is an excellent introduction

women, however she has a few other photography projects to

and representation of her talent and dedication to photography

finalize. Another book she’s been working on for over 20 years

and storytelling. This is another attribute of Libby that many

is photographs of banyan trees, which she thinks are the most

have not seen yet and we can’t wait to encounter more of.


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Shucking Shells, Shaking Hands and Clinking

to Savannah to take the helm of Perry Lane Hotel’s collection of restaurants. Travel broadens our thoughts exponentially and it shows in his delivery. Because he’s been at Perry Lane Hotel even before there was an actual lane running between the two 5-story structures, Wilson got busy building relationships with area producers. “When you’re in construction phase with a lot of office and paperwork, the real fun is going out and visiting the farms and developing

Glasses with Chef Andrew Wilson of Emporium

those relationships. That was one of THE highlights. And, of

Kitchen and Wine Market, A Part of the Perry

pliers are from Charleston to Savannah. So, I had to make new

Lane Hotel Luxury Collection. Written by Melissa Corbin

course, ninety minutes makes a big difference in who your supfriends with new producers,” he says. There are actually three restaurants at Perry Lane Hotel. And, its Wilson’s attention to relationships that makes the menus read like a Who’s Who of Savannah farmers–– and fisherman, for that matter. “I love Cane

What Charleston has in common with Napa, the same could

Water Farm, Better Fresh Farms and Ancil Jacques of Swampy

be said for Savannah with Sonoma when it comes to the lifestyle

Apple Seed Mushrooms. Boy, he’s a fun guy who knows about

and culture of its people. On a recent trip to Savannah, Georgia,

fungi. I use Billy’s Botanicals. But, Billy also gets us shrimp be-

the fine folks at Perry Lane Hotel rolled out their red carpet. Ex-

cause his brother is a shrimper,” Wilson goes on and on about all

ecutive Chef Andrew Wilson stood in the late afternoon’s golden

the folks he’s come to know in the region.

light flooding the property’s cornerstone restaurant, The Empo-

Because Savannah’s seasons blur a bit, fresh ingredients

rium Kitchen and Wine Market, with a glass of Prosecco in one

abound throughout most of the year. Wilson explains his pro-

hand and an oyster knife in the other. His mission? To help me

cess, “We have hot and not so hot here in the deep south. Our

perfect my shucking skills and then some. Plates and plates of

menu is based on a classic bistro format. Nightly suppers (Plats

regional foods passed my lips that night, and I have a few things

du jour) are an example. But, because we are where it’s a melt-

to say. But, before I pontificate upon the regionality of grits and

ing pot, that’s where we bring in influences. That’s what Amer-

bivalves, I’ll start with this chef seasoned better than his pork

ica is. The bistro is just the framework––approachable, honest,


simple and straightforward. The Brussels Sprouts, for example,

Born and raised in the Northeastern part of the United States,

are called Jhunes Brussels Sprouts because our executive sous

Wilson could charm the Grand Empress herself, The Lady Cha-

chef is Filipino American. That recipe is his grandfather’s who’s

blis. “I have a great deal of Southern in my blood,” he winks.

name is Jhune and reflects his roots.” Paired with a bourbon

Starting his career as Sous Chef at Charleston’s famed, McCra-

brined pork chop and grits from Cane Water Farm, the marry-

dy’s Tavern at the turn of the millennium, he then headed to

ing of flavors and cultures is plain out perfection. Wilson brines

Savannah for several other impressive restaurant gigs. It was

his chops in Jim Beam for 48 hours, before sous vide takes the

his most recent stint in Sonoma where he “got a deep submer-

wheel. While he says he’s done this pork chop for over 20 years,

sion” into the world of wines. And even though the hotel’s Sage

immersion cooking is a new addition to his tried and true recipe.

Restaurant Group is lucky to have Bandon Wise as Vice Presi-

“We do it for purely practical purposes. It takes a long time to

dent of their beverage programs, I can’t help to think Wilson’s

cook because they are so big. Then we give six minutes of fire and

submersion influenced his style for the better when he returned

smoke on the grill which cuts down on the time,” he says.


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This summer look for more veggies to hit your plate at Emporium Kitchen and Wine Bar. Come Meatless Mondays, Ancil’s Mushrooms are the star of plats du jour. Also on the lineup will be a classic ratatouille and a whole fish dressed in romanesco. But, save room for dessert. Pastry Chef Tina Haldeman ”is a rockstar” according to Wilson, and I couldn’t agree more. He met her upon referral directly from last year’s Winter Olympics in Seoul where she delighted the U.S. VIPs with her confectionary concoctions and has already been invited back for the next Olympic season. “She does it all from plated desserts, bread, cookies and from the most simple to the most complex,” says Wilson. Each Friday morning, I highly recommend one of those sticky buns Haldeman makes from croissant dough. But, you better get up with the chickens because these beauties sell out fast. As for the beverages, nothing beats a chilled Chardonnay from their private label, but there’s a bevy of wine, beer and cocktails ready to help you slow your roll and savor your time at the Perry Lane Hotel.

Now, about those oysters. You can easily google instructional videos, but make sure to use a shucking glove or a kitchen towel unless you are somewhat of a shucking ninja or something. Trust me. You’ll holler more than “Two tears in a bucket. Mother shuck it!” when you have to run to the emergency room just because you didn’t heed my warning. Stupid is as stupid does, as it turns out. Once you’ve dawned appropriate attire, you can get to the meat of the matter. As I hold my fancy new shucking knife from Toadfish Outfitters,the twelve year old in me giggles just a wee bit when Wilson instructs me to, “Hold on to the front and go in from the back. Ease it in at first and then go in for a good pop.” Did someone say aphrodisiac? Chef Andrew Wilson and the entire restaurant team is part of the luxe experience in which you’ll indulge at the Perry Lane Hotel. Truly, I felt as if I’d found the best damn piece of chocolate in the entire box. But, when venturing out for other Savannah treats, you just might see Wilson at some of his favorite hangs like Artillery for cocktails, or dinner at The Atlantic or Cotton and Rye. Still, at the end of the day, he says his midnight guilty pleasure is popping a frozen Totino’s Frozen Pizza in the oven. Hey, it’s about balance, Y’all. Come this fall, be on the lookout for Wilson to take on Bobby

Writer’s note: Please forgive me for my Midnight in the Gar-

Flay for a live fire round on the Food Network’s popular show,

den of Good and Evil AND my Forrest Gump references. I just

Beat Bobby Flay. He’s bound by secrecy as to the show’s out-

can’t help myself. Oh, and the Moon River reference? Miss Holly

come. But, whether he beats the celebrity competitor or not,

Golightly dreamt of her time on the Savannah River in that fa-

Wilson will undoubtedly have you over the moon––Moon River,

mous opening scene in the movie classic, Breakfast at Tiffany’s.

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Savannah by Colleen Guilfoile Richmond

Savannah is one of those cities, the kind that gets under your skin in the best kind of way, refuses to be forgotten.

colonial gentlemen and Victorian dames, and two-hundredyear-old homes are restored to meticulous detail.

Steeped in history, washed in grace, this old town is near as

But in spite of her genteel soul, Savannah is a city of prog-

old as American soil, and still carries the majestic imprint of

ress, a miscellany of art and culture, modern thinking and de-

those who were here even thousands of years before. She’s

sign, informed by the past, and shaped today by hearts that

called The Hostess City, famous for hospitality and grace –

look to honor and celebrate the stories of all.

but she’s also known as the City Built on its Dead, because

From exquisite, internationally-inspired cuisine, to modern

it’s true – and you won’t often find a local who doesn’t have a

museums, upscale hotels, and festivals at nearly constant in-

resident ghost at home, usually friendly, of course.

tervals, there is always somewhere to be, something to eat,

Savannah is a town of cobblestones, Live Oaks and Spanish

and something unforgettable to do.

moss – where sweet tea and mint juleps on the front porch are simply the order of the day. Babies are born and named after


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– Brenna Michaels of Genteel & Bard


ocated in Savannah’s Historic District is the Perry Lane hotel. Walkable to several attractions such as the Savannah Riverwalk, Forsyth Park, the

Broughton street retail corridor, numerous museums and galleries and Savannah College of Art & Design. Perry Lane is a visionary hotel and one you will not soon forget. With their own signature sent rafting through the hotel, rooms with oversized windows, Frette italian bed linens, locally curated artwork and appointments narrowed down to the finest detail. There is a smile around every corner and someone there to assist your every need. From Champagne upon check in to an in room massage or facial. This hotel is a fresh take on luxury offering a genuine taste of Southern charm and a luxe reader must.

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Relax With an In-Room Massage From Glow Glow Medi Spa and Beauty Boutique will send a massage specialist right to your room at the hotel for the ultimate in luxury spa experience. After all the activity, drinks, and dining around Savannah, you might as well treat yourself to a little downtime relaxing with just the right muscle soothing massage in the comfort of your suite. If you want to experience everything the spa has to offer they have a full listing of services including body treatments and facials at their midtown and downtown

Oysters and Drinks at the Perry Lane Hotel Right on the hotel’s property you can shuck your own oysters at The Emporium Kitchen & Wine Market. Or try some freshly caught fish, homemade pappardelle, or signature rabbit ragout. The menu is ripe with locally sourced ingredients that highlight everything the food scene has to offer in Savannah. There are also wine tastings and cooking classes on occasion. For a late night or happy hour cocktail with hand-crafted premium cocktails and a carefully curated wine list, you have to check out the rooftop bar, Peregrin, high above the hotel. Great views and a sophisticated aura will have you feeling on top of the world at this popular spot overlooking the city proper.


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A Guided Walking Tour of the City One of the best ways to see Savannah is to just step out the front door of the hotel and start walking. Or, Genteel & Bard will provide you with a fun experience that will allow you to learn more about this fascinating city’s history. Noble by day and hallowed by night.

Take a Boat Ride Down the River Like the old song “Moon River” that Audrey Hepburn sang about in “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” the Savannah River is the place to take a moonlit riverboat ride. Nothing is more romantic and lovely than sailing down the river on a gorgeous summer night. The Savannah Riverboat Company offers these types of cruises that will allow you to sightsee on the water, have a gourmet meal, or enjoy a Saturday night sunset cruise.

Bike Around the Hotel in Style The Perry Lane Hotel has complimentary bicycles available on property for all guests to use. All you have to do is stop by the front desk to book one for you and your companions. This is the perfect opportunity to jump on a bike and tool around the city for a morning or afternoon ride. You’ll feel a bit like a local riding around this way because this is a very popular form of transportation that will allow you to take in scenery in a slowly luxurious way. Volume 3, Issue 4 |


Visit One of the Coolest Speakeasies in the City The Artillery Bar is an old school Savannah speakeasy that specializes in craft cocktails and old school charm in this historic landmark. Updated with brass touches and a modern interior that will allow you to sip contemporary cocktails like “Summertime in the Alps,”“Dancing Grey,” or their signature “Artillery Punch.” They also have an extensive wine list and a specialty bourbon list that will allow the mixologists to create that perfect Manhattan or Old Fashioned.

Have a Luxe Picnic in Forsyth Park Let the Savannah Picnic Company treat you to a tasty picnic experience at the famous Forsyth Park. They offer picnic services with all the traditional accompaniments for a romantic meal for two or groups as well. Each custom picnic features an oversized blanket, chairs, cushions, your chosen picnic basket, and fresh flowers. With gourmet sandwiches, cheese, charcuterie, and spectacular desserts, this picnic is an upscale feast for the senses. It’s the glamorous way to experience historic Forsyth Park which has over 30 acres of park space with an amphitheater, Fragrant Garden, and gorgeous fountain. One of the best parts of Savannah that sees many visitors each year.

Once you experience everything that Savannah has to offer in their rich history, fine dining, and luxury accommodations at the Perry Lane Hotel, you will discover all that makes Savannah one of the hottest destinations in the country.


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Dreamy Destination


by Adam Jacot de Boinod


n Europe, in the summer, far better for all ages and for all

or dip in the pool or the Mediterranean sea but this highly popu-

wealth brackets are the Alps as opposed to the Mediter-

lar holiday region has much to offer off-season with the sun still

ranean to which everyone flocks blindly like sheep and to

strong and the light still pure. In fact there are many advantages:

which the whole of both France and Italy takes the whole of Au-

there is none of that deadlocked traffic notorious in August and

gust off to frequent. Off-season is when to go to the French Riv-

the service in restaurants and shops is able to be far more atten-

iera or Capri and Sicily. It’s true in the autumn and winter, you

tive. There are no queues and often I was the only tourist allow-

don’t get to lie on a beach or experience the glamour of resorts

ing me to get fully immersed in the French vernacular especially

such as Saint-Tropez and Cannes, the latter with its film festival,

as the locals were free from the constraints of the tourist trade.


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passe. The beautiful Matterhorn mountain of Caran d’Ache fame has a majestic presence and mesmeric change of appearance across the day as the clouds descend or lift or fix themselves on its gnome-like snowcap. The snow on the crest of the mountains made it easy for me to envisage the winter season with its guaranteed white Christmas (though snow has to be manufactured at times to satisfy the skiers). What I liked about Zermatt was its authenticity. It’s still a working community with the men in short woollen trousers and the women in long thick dresses made of dark red wool. It’s not solely a tourist resort. There are parades and festivals, singing and yodelling,


and zithers. At the main church there’s mass at 10 for the Germans, at 4 for the Italians and at 5 for the Portuguese. This syncretism, this progressive harmo-

The summer season in the Alps by contrast, from mid-June

ny is similarly evident in the lack of rubbish and graffiti. There

to the end of September, is a third less busy than its Decem-

are no cars, only electric taxis and the electricity is all powered

ber to April winter counterpart. They say that man is happiest

by local water.

in motion and reaching Zermatt by train from Geneva airport,

It took me a bit of time to adapt to the altitude but twenty

I slipped into neutral as the delights of the countryside passed

yawns later and I was ready to explore. This is a place for early

me by. Less flashy than Gstaad, St Moritz or Klosters and more

rising and for the goats too who come directly through the vil-

extreme, Zermatt is the last stop before the Alps create their im-

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mountains, along the supposed ‘granny trail’ that turned out to be a little steeper and more arduous than I had bargained for. I was told, “It’s not the mountain we have to conquer, but ourselves”. Of course! I stayed at the traditional and highly luxuriant Chalet Les Anges and I only had to pull back the curtains to witness the Matterhorn towering over the town and below a valley with its clustered charm of Alpine chalets. Nearby is its sister Chalet Maurice which offers total discretion with its own funicular entrance and proximity to the heliport. All so James Bond as well as being a favourite of Theresa May’s I managed to discover. The next morning I decided to conquer the mountain a second way by overcoming my phobia for cable cars. It felt very liberating as my fear melted before the sight of the snowy peaks. I took one to Furi and then onto Schwarzee to sense what it was like to be up amongst the Gods. There were lovely panoramas of snow-capped mountains and precipices and the freshest of air. I returned to Furi for a lovely walk down through the forest to Zum See, a charming hamlet on the Matterhorn Paradise side where the eponymous restaurant served a homely, hearty menu. Next I was to come to Nendaz and to stay at the Chalet Etoile. It’s part of the Hideaways Club, membership to which allows access to a portfolio of properties all over the world. Nendaz is famed for its historic ‘bisses’, small irrigation canals which are still such a vital water source and highly reminiscent of the Jean de Florette film. The years that must have gone into their construction!


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down the piste (before a challenging walk back up) to Restaurant Les Etagnes. It’s well-positioned at the bottom of the slopes for all the après-ski crowd and it’s where I had a wonderfully healthy and hearty dinner courtesy of the manager Onno, one of those impressive dawn raiders. I got to appreciate how the Alps form the backbone of Europe and to see the fairytale charm of the farm buildings amongst the patchwork of pasture and tilled land. It’s all green and abundant. The Swiss literally carve out their existence from the Alps. They also have developed robust, healthy, grounded, non-showy, undramatic characteristics. All formed, it seems to me, by the environment. With my new-found confidence of getting up mountains by whatever means, I took a cable car up to Tracouet, a spot where the meadows have lovely wild flowers and butterflies flitter. It offers a variety of walks and bike rides. What a great day I ended up having high up in the mountains. Calming, healthy, restorative, invigorating, perfect for kids with expanse and activities. For me it offered the complete unplug and a proper chance for real relaxation. And watching these mountain dwellers is very infectious. They are unbelievably fit and healthy. I met two people who as a matter of course would be awake at 5am to climb 2000 feet to the top

“Switzerland Gets Nature” insisted the lengthy poster on the red pristine airport bus. And it’s true the hills are as alive as ever. Not only is it the same sun that shines on the Mediterranean beaches as on the Swiss Alps but, instead of trash, crowds, traffic and hazzle, there is the stark contrast of the silence, space and relaxation of Europe’s highest mountains. I know which of the two holidays is the more restorative. Adam Jacot de Boinod worked on the first series of the BBC panel game QI for Stephen Fry. He is a British author having written three books about unusual words with Penguin Press.

of a peak before roller skiing back down to start their working day. I took my own exercise, a romantic walk from my chalet

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Tammy Tappan Stirs Up the Equestrian Art Scene T By Brianna Melanson

he Tryon International Equestrian Center (TIEC) is a 1,600 acre resort boasting first-class facilities, family entertainment, cozy cabins, diverse shops, and nine

restaurants year-round. The grounds offer all FEI disciplines,

hunter/jumper, equitation, steeplechase, and polo events for the public to enjoy during its 40-week competition season. Painter and sculptor Tammy Tappan has found her sanctuary as the full-time resident artist at the Tryon Center. She has not only grown and prospered as a professional artist, but has had the opportunity to establish the TIEC’s first art gallery and artist in residency program. Tammy was an illustrator and commercial artist for 30 years. She moved to the Carolinas from Michigan 5 years ago and was drawn to TIEC’s exquisite venue. She’s currently working on enlarging her painting collection and monument-sized garden pieces in bronze. Her art changed drastically from realistic to contemporary abstract after she began sculpting just 4 years ago. Rather than her horse paintings looking like a photograph, her art resembles watercolor as she lets the paint run. Working in 3-dimension has been freeing for Tammy.

Tammy’s art captures the communication between horse and human. She says, “What is fascinating for me is even with the size

Tammy admits as a sculptor, it’s great to be surrounded by a

and the power they have, we’re able to get on them and they’re

20 acre horse farm and have a real-life reference to horses’ move-

compliant.” So many of her paintings incorporate the hardware

ments. Not to mention, she has been trail riding leisurely since

we use as tools to communicate with the horse. But for the ma-

she was 8 and now has horses on her own property. Tammy’s

jority of her work, she focuses on the horse’s eyes. She says, “I’m

adoration for horses and riding has been passed to her daugh-

drawn to the horse’s soulful eyes and the emotions that exude

ters. Spending so much time grooming, riding, taking care of,

from them.” Her paintings make the viewer feel a connection

and observing horses has been key to her success as an equestri-

with the horse.

an sculptor. Plus, she thanks clay for being much more forgiving than paint.

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carefully curated the collection of her own work and other talented equestrian artists of different mediums for those looking for original and special pieces to feature in their equestrian-themed homes. For instance, Tammy’s “Gonna Get Ya” piece would be fantastic over a fireplace and there are beautiful bookends and other accent decor that would fill in spaces on a bookshelf. The Equestrian Artists of Tryon gallery will have entertainment every other Friday evening. The events will range from artist demonstrations, artist talks, to receptions. It will always feature live music and exceptional food and wine. The Gallery will also feature artists and host events for those who participate in Tammy’s artist in residency program. As the Gallery picks up the pace, Tammy still manages to juggle her artwork and the introduction of her artist in residency program. Tammy says, “It occurred to me that I had the opportunity to share what I was experiencing at the resort with other artists and benefit from creating a community of creative people at the same time.” Last year, she pitched the


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program idea to the leaders of TIEC, who jumped on board as they felt their missions aligned. This program is incomparable to other artist in residency programs in the U.S. as they will have the stunning natural scenery, a premier equestrian resort experience, and world-class competitions, Olympic-level riders, and horses at their front door to inspire them 7 days a week. The program will last two weeks to a month. The private 14’ x 22’ studio features a private entry, professional easel, multiple work areas, and an onsite giclee printer. Another huge perk is being able to bring their horse with them to stay in a complimentary stall. The horse will have a pasture available and the artist will be able to ride in the area at their own leisure. Just as Tammy has, the artists will feel fortunate to engage with people from all over the world and feed their creativity by bouncing ideas off of other artists and horse enthusiasts. The program is designed for all art disciplines. Jewelers to potters to musicians from all over the world are encouraged to apply. They’ve already had artists from Rhode Island, Wisconsin, Arizona and Ohio, and soon will have an artist from Rome. It is perfect for artists looking to explore a new style or seeking a new market for their work. Once the artist submits their application, a committee of five experts across the U.S. with artistic backgrounds reviews their qualifications and long-term goals. They carefully evaluate the artist with a rigorous scoring system that

Tammy Tappan has accomplished it all at the Tryon Interna-

takes about 3 to 4 weeks to conclude. For now, they’ll accept one

tional Equestrian Center. Her talent continues to amaze specta-

artist at a time un-

tors who stop in her new Equestrian Artists of Tryon art gallery.


And finally, artists are guaranteed to thrive in her one-of-a-kind



their studio space.

artist in residency program.

Tammy Tappan 25 International Blvd. Mill Springs, NC 28756

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Samantha Sherry


Equestrian Artist-Tryon, NC Multi-Media

Equestrian Artist oil, gouache/watercolor, horsehair, clay Germantown, TN

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Patricia Suida

Equestrian Artist - Ohio Oil & Pastel



Jim Riesenberger


Abstract Artist -Rhode Island


Rachel Brask



Artist In Residence - 2019 Jessica Willyerd Equestrian Artist - Wisconsin Acrylic, Oil & Pastel

Tryon Artists

A collection of local talent Tryon, North Carolina

Michele Harvey Collins Abstract Landscape Charlotte, North Carolina Acrylic & Mixed Media

Theresa Reuter Multi Media - Brevard, NC

Gallery Artists Tammy Tappan Equestrain Artist Painter & Bronze Sculptor

Tom Banfield Obvara Ceramics Vases & Vessels, Sculptrual Pieces

Tina Curry Ceramics Horse Hair, Raku

Georgeann Rhyne Equestrian Jewelry, Belt Buckles, earrings, necklaces

Tony Shipley Woodturnings, Sculpture & Decor

Lynn Carnes Pottery

Carol Fensholt Nierenberger Equestrian Jewelry, Bronze Sculpture

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Language of Touch by Colleen Guilfoile Richmond

The first recorded instances of interaction between humans

who was tasked with carrying the thunder and lightening issued

and horses were in the form of Paleolithic cave art created more

by Zeus, remains one of the most recognizable horses of myth

than 30,000 years ago, but the relationship between the two

and legend and is still widely referenced in modern culture.

species at that time was most likely that of predator and prey. Researchers believe that the actual domestication of horses began between four and six thousand years ago. Archeological evidence suggests that inhabitants of the Eurasian Steppes were


probably the first to tame horses. Since then, humans and horses

Although horses are generally classified as livestock, they don’t

have developed a unique symbiotic relationship that has provid-

really fit that mold any more than they fit the mold of household

ed inspiration for countless fables, visual art, books of both po-

pets.Throughout the centuries, horses and humans have devel-

etry and prose, and films.

oped a silent, symbiotic language largely dependent on touch.

It’s no secret that the very existence of horses captured the col-

Horses and humans have enjoyed a wide variety of partnerships

lective imagination of early man. The humble little beast of prey

over the centuries, but one of the first was probably when horses

that used to flee in fear from man grew to be so esteemed by West-

were used to give humans an advantage when it came to hunting

ern Civilization that the animal was given a place of honor among

four-legged prey. Horses were certainly a big part of the picture

the gods and goddesses of Mt. Olympus. White, winged Pegasus,

when man transitioned from hunter-gatherers to an agricultural


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society. They were also used in combat in First World militaries

Various types of horse racing along with equestrian sports

until about a century ago, and some jurisdictions, including New

such as polo, dressage, rodeo, and show jumping also devel-

York City, continue to use mounted law enforcement oďŹƒcers.

oped, indicating that the human-horse connection wasn’t

Horses have been used to deliver the mail, plow horses have bro-

solely pragmatic. Passionate horse people have always been

ken ground on virgin soil, carriage horses have provided humans

aware that communication with their equine companions

with basic transportation, and cow ponies still carry cowboys

wasn’t the same as the way they relate with other animals in

cross the open range in some parts of the American West.

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the outside. An example of this kind of harmony is the 1973 Belmont Stakes when jockey Ron Turcotte and Secretariat flew into

As a result of human-horse interaction, unique symbiotic lan-

history in front of an astonished audience. Although Turcotte

guage has evolved throughout the centuries to create a deep hu-

looked like he was merely a passenger being swept along on an

man-horse connection that heavily relies on touch and an emo-

amazing ride as Secretariat crossed the finish line an unheard

tional connection between horse and human. This language isn’t

of 31 lengths ahead of the horse in second place, the jockey had

nearly as clear-cut as communication between humans and oth-

been working relentlessly with the horse to cultivate the level of

er domestic animals, and its ultimate goal is for the horse and

synchronicity that causes horse and rider to move as one.

rider to act as one body.

Humans are very vocal beings, and human-animal interac-

Synchronicity between humans and horses isn’t automatic,

tions generally rely on a great deal of verbalization. Really get-

and it’s not something that comes easily — the best connec-

ting to know a horse, however, depends on nonverbal abilities,

tions are often years in the making. Ideally, connections begin

requires a substantial amount of patience, hones the ability to

with groundwork and continue throughout the training process.

make commitments, and facilitates the kind of introspection

Brushing, massaging, and applying pressure to certain parts of

that helps humans gain higher levels of self-awareness. There’s

the horse long before the animal ever wears a saddle provides the

a reason why so many books and films centering around rela-

foundation that allows this language to develop.

tionships between humans and horses include significant per-

One of the most elusive elements of this already elusive com-

sonal development narratives and always come to the rightful

munication system is that it when something finally clicks and

conclusion that the person was made better for having known

it’s at its best, everything looks effortless to those looking in from

and loved a horse.


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Savor Recipes and photos by Jessica Bentley


What’s not to love about a classic pasta salad? This version is incredibly easy to make, requires minimal cooking, and travels well. Hello convenience.

COLD PASTA SALAD IS A GREAT WAY TO UTILIZE ALL THE COLORFUL GARDEN VEGGIES THAT ARE IN SEASON. We often opt for a mix of fresh broccoli, heirloom cherry tomatoes, red onion and bell peppers – but feel free to substitute where you feel necessary! Are you a fan of olives? Toss those bad boys in! There’s really no right or wrong here.

INGREDIENTS: • 16 ounces Bowtie Pasta • 4 - 5 Mini Bell Peppers, sliced • 2 cups bite-sized Broccoli Florets • ½ cup Diced Red Onion • 1 pint Cherry Tomatoes, halved • 8 oz Hard Salami, chopped • That’s Tasty Sun-dried Tomato Puree, as needed • ¼ cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil • ½ - ¾ cup Feta Cheese Crumbles, optional • Salt + Pepper, to taste


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Cook pasta according to packaged directions for al dente. Drain well and rinse with cold water to stop the cooking process. Set aside.


Meanwhile, prepare and chop all vegetables and salami.


Combine pasta, vegetables and salami in a large mixing bowl or platter. Squeeze about 4 - 5 tablespoons, or to taste, of the Sun-dried Tomato Puree over the pasta salad. Add Olive Oil and toss together until everything is coated and mixed together.


Cover and place in the refrigerator to let flavors blend for at least 2 hours.


Stir carefully before serving and sprinkle with feta cheese, if desired.

That’s Tasty Sun-dried Tomato Puree can be found at your local Bi-Lo and Earth Fare. That’s Tasty just added a total of eight different purees to their product line and they’re all seriously amazing. Need some more summer recipe inspo? Grab more at www.


Upgrade your traditional Moscow Mule recipe with Brizo’s new line of craft spiked seltzer! They’re light, bubbly, ideal for mixing, and perfect for summer sipping. These Brizo Mules are a refreshing mix of vodka, a squeeze of lime juice, fresh mint, and Brizo’s Ginger Lime Craft Spiked Seltzer. They’re perfect for poolside parties, backyard cookouts, or snuggling on the couch while watching Netflix. This versatile cocktail recipe pairs well with just about any occasion (and season, for that matter… add some crushed cranberries in the winter and you’ve got yourself a whole new beverage!). NoDa Brewing offers three flavors of Brizo Craft Spiked Selter: Ginger-Lime, Raspberry-Lemon, and Grapefuit. You can purchase cans at NoDa’s taproom or find them at your favorite grocery store.

INGREDIENTS: Makes 2 drinks • 1 (16-ounce) Can of Brizo Ginger Lime Craft Spiked Seltzer • 3 ounces Vodka • 1 Lime + wedges for garnish • 2 Sprigs of Fresh Mint • Ice


Fill two cocktail glasses with ice.

2. Squeeze the juice of half a lime into each cup and then drop the halved fruit into the cocktail for garnish. 3. Pour 1.5 ounces of vodka into each glass and then top with Brizo’s Ginger Lime Craft Spiked Seltzer. 4. Gently stir and serve with a lime wedge, fresh mint, and enjoy immediately. For extra herbal freshness, slap the mint sprig on your palm before adding it into the cocktail. Find this recipe and many more at

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U.S. Amateur’s 36-Hole Final to be Contested on Two Courses for the First Time History will be made this summer when Pinehurst Resort & Country Club hosts the 36hole match-play final of the 119th U.S. Amateur Championship on two courses. When the 2019 championship begins on Monday, Aug. 12, Pinehurst’s Course No. 2 and Course No. 4 will host the stroke-play rounds, which will be played over two days and 36 holes to trim the field from 312 players to 64 for match play. The first five rounds of match play – through the semifinals – will be played on Course No. 2 on Aug. 14-17. The championship match, scheduled for Sunday, Aug. 18, will open with the morning round on No. 4, which was recently redesigned by Gil Hanse. The afternoon round will be played on Course No. 2, a classic Donald Ross design that was restored by Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw in 2011. It will be the first time the 36-hole U.S. Amateur Championship final is contested over two courses. It will also mark the second groundbreaking collaboration between the USGA and Pinehurst in five years. In 2014, Pinehurst hosted the U.S. Open (won by Martin Kaymer) and U.S. Women’s Open (won by Michelle Wie) in consecutive weeks on Course No. 2 – the only time the same course hosted those two championships in back-to-back weeks. The 2019 U.S. Amateur will be the 10th USGA championship contested at the resort. “We are so pleased that competitors will have the opportunity to play the 2019 U.S. Amateur on No. 2, one of the most revered tests in the game,

greatest players have claimed the Havemeyer Trophy in the 118

and No. 4, which will present players with a new set of challen-

year history of the championship, including Bob Jones, Arnold

ges,” says John Bodenhamer, USGA senior managing director,

Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods.

Championships. “Pinehurst is one of the world’s leading cham-

“The U.S. Amateur embodies the spirit and sportsmanship

pionship venues and we are very excited to watch the entire

of the game, and we’re honored to host this prestigious cham-

event unfold over these two wonderful courses.”

pionship for the third time,” says Tom Pashley, president of

Pinehurst No. 2 first hosted the U.S. Amateur in 1962, when

Pinehurst Resort, which will also host its fourth U.S. Open in

Labron Harris claimed the trophy over Downing Gray, 1 up. The

2024. “These two courses complement each other aesthetically

resort’s Course No. 2 most recently hosted the championship

and strategically, and it will be fun to see how the players react

in 2008, when Danny Lee of New Zealand earned the title with

and approach both courses on the day they vie for a national

a 5-and-4 victory over Drew Kittleson. Many of the game’s

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about town charlotte Charlotte Wine & Food Weekend(CWFW) Charlotte Wine & Food Weekend (CWFW) celebrated its 31st year of fundraising this past April 24-27 with over 20 events spanning across 4 days! Attendees were delighted by an array of events that included signature CWFW staples with a fresh twist: private in-home dinners, restaurant vintner dinners, a Grand Tasting with silent auction, educational wine seminars, and the Lucky 13 Experience Sponsored by David & Pam Furr: a 1000-Point Tasting and 300-Point Italian Wine Dinner with a live auction. Residents and visitors of Charlotte had the opportunity to try an array of ďŹ ne wines paired with food from the city’s hottest chefs while mixing and mingling with wine industry leaders including the legendary Master Sommelier Fred Dame, Brand Ambassador for DAOU Vineyards; DLynn Proctor, Winery Director, Fantesca Estate & Winery and star of the movie SOMM; and Kelley Jones, President of The Spire Collec-


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tion to name a few – all to raise awareness and money for five Charlotte-based children’s charities Charlotte Concerts; The Council for Children’s Rights; Mitchell’s Fund; Pat’s Place Family Advocacy; and The Relatives. CWFW’s signature and largest event, The Grand Tasting, held Friday, April 26 at the Atrium at Two Wells Fargo Center was a great night of wine, food, fun, and fundraising. The sold-out event featured a selection of over 100 carefully curated wines from around the globe, mouthwatering bites from Charlotte’s culinary artisans, and exclusive silent auction items. Live music was provided by The J’Michael Peeples Band and the evening was hosted by local WBTV personalities Kristen Miranda and Alex Giles. All proceeds benefited five local children’s charities.

ABOUT CWFW Charlotte Wine & Food Weekend brings together leading winemakers and chefs from around the world to celebrate and advance appreciation for great wine and food, while making significant contributions to charitable organizations that benefit children and their families in the Charlotte community. For more information, please email

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about town charlotte The Memory Gala The Alzheimer’s Association – Western Carolina Chapter Third Annual Memory Gala brought more than 300 people together for a memorable night in the fight against a disease that erases such moments and raised a record-breaking $275,000. Proceeds will advance the care, support and research efforts of the Alzheimer’s Association. “Many thanks to the amazing attendees, sponsors and volunteers who made our Third Annual Memory Gala a huge success and helped bring us closer to imagining a world without Alzheimer’s,” said Katherine L. Lambert, CEO of the Western Carolina Chapter. “Bringing everyone together for this memorable evening was an impactful way to honor the 5.8 million Americans whose memories of life’s firsts are being stolen from them.” The May 11 event at The Westin Charlotte featured a cocktail reception, dinner, entertainment by Kingdaddy and silent & live auctions. The Mistress of Ceremonies for the event was Brigida Mack, Anchor and Reporter from WBTV, and the evening’s Auctioneer was WBTV Anchor, Jamie Boll. Stuart Goldstein, Managing Partner at Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP, was honored with the 2019 Award of Excellence for the voice he and his family are giving to Alzheimer’s disease. Honorary guests included Actress Angie Harmon (who shared her personal connection to Alzheimer’s) and Actor Greg Vaughan. For more information, visit


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Additional Facts and Figures: ( Alzheimer’s disease is the sixth-leading cause of death in the United States. Every 65 seconds someone in the United States develops Alzheimer’s. An estimated 5.8 million Americans are living with the disease, including 170,000 North Carolina residents, are living with Alzheimer’s, a number estimated to grow to as many as 14 million by year 2050. More than 16 million family and friends, including 473,000 in North Carolina, provide unpaid care to people with Alzheimer’s or other dementias in the United States. In 2018, friends and family of those with Alzheimer’s in North Carolina provided an estimated 538 million hours of unpaid care, a contribution valued at $6.8 billion. About the Alzheimer’s Association: The Alzheimer’s Association is the leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer’s care, support and research. Our mission is to eliminate Alzheimer’s disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health. Our vision is a world without Alzheimer’s. About the Alzheimer’s Association Western Carolina Chapter: The Western Carolina Chapter provides patient and family services, information and referral, education, and advocacy in 49 central and western North Carolina counties. We provide a variety of services including a 24/7 Helpline, support groups, educational programs, and MedicAlert®. We offer opportunities to get involved and to make a difference. For more information about Alzheimer’s disease or the Alzheimer’s Association Western Carolina Chapter, visit or call (800) 272-3900. For the latest news and updates, follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Volume 3, Issue 4 |


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about town charleston The Gibbes Museum of Art 10th Annual Street Party The Gibbes Museum of Art 10th Annual Street Party Theme was “Light up the Night,” which will showcased the Gibbes’ space under the night sky. “The street party allows guests to experience art through every sense,” Angela Mack, the Gibbes Museum of Art’s executive director, said. “We are delighted to bring together the Charleston community for the 10th annual street party for a spectacular evening of celebration.” With an all-star lineup, guests were able to enjoy savories and sweets from more than 30 local restaurants as well as an open bar, live music, and signature cocktails. “The Gibbes Street Party is certainly not one to miss,” Jena Clem, special events manager at the Gibbes, said. “Each chef prepares a series of small plates and local bartenders serve up signature cocktails to honor the occasion.” Featured Restaurants included: Butcher & the Boar, Carmella’s, Charleston Grill, Charleston Place Pastry, Chez Nous, Circa 1886, Coda Del Pesce, The Daily at the Gibbes, Edmunds Oast, The Establishment, FIG, Gabrielle, Grill 225, The Grocery, Halls Chophouse, Husk, Le Farfalle, Leon’s, Little Jack’s, The Macintosh, McCrady’s, Melfi’s, Minero, NICO, Oak Steakhouse, The Obstinate Daughter, The Ordinary, Red Drum, Revival, Slightly North of Broad, Tradd’s, Trattoria Lucca, Wild Olive, and WildFlour Pastry. Photos courtesy of: ©MCG Photography Facebook: Instagram: mcg._photography


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The Pinehurst and Southern Pines Area has a lot of great golf courses,

but it also has horse farms, shopping, hiking, riding trails, and attractive parks. Whether you are looking for a home for recreation, retirement or forever, Moore County is a great choice.

We are The Home Team NC and We Know Moore. Mark & Karen CaulďŹ eld

Southern Pines, NC

The Home Team NC


YOUR LUXURY IS OUR LEGACY. Luxury is bearing the hallmark of one of real estate’s most iconic names. Luxury is having not just one real estate professional working for you — but a global network of 92,000 Coldwell Banker® affiliated sales agents in 3,000 offices in 44 countries and territories who can share the beauty of your home with an affluent audience worldwide. Luxury is knowing that you have representation that sells more than $161.8 million in million+ homes each day.* Dare to indulge. Call to speak with one of our Moore County global luxury agents today.

Cathy Larose

Ken Beckwith

Meredith Morski

Kristin Mueller

Sandhills Real Estate Partners Lee Ann Graham, Melinda Pate & Susan Williams

Victoria Adkins

Deborah Leonard

Southern Partners in Moore Debbie Bowman

Amanda Bullock

More4Moore Real Estate Partners Bob Koechlin & Cristin Bennett


* Average daily sales. Data based on closed and recorded transaction sides of homes sold for more than $1 million (USD$) or more as reported by the U.S. Coldwell Banker® franchise system for the calendar year 2018.

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Luxe Lifestyle Volume 3 Issue 4  

The Luxe Lifestyle Magazine is the leading luxury lifestyle publication for the Carolinas. Combining interesting and aspirational editorial...

Luxe Lifestyle Volume 3 Issue 4  

The Luxe Lifestyle Magazine is the leading luxury lifestyle publication for the Carolinas. Combining interesting and aspirational editorial...