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LUXE LIFESTYLE CHARLOTTE

MAGAZINE

THE

Oct/Nov 2017

PLUS... 25 Ways to Look & Feel More Beautiful Fall Fashion Trends Dreamy Destination to Oxfordshire England ...and more

High Spirits

New Orleans Voodoo, & Haunted Houses

Winghaven’s

MAGIC Spellbound in the Garden

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4. NOTE FROM THE EDITOR

40. SOCIETY SIGHTINGS Ivey’s Hotel Grand Opening 8th Annual Players ParTee Steve Smith Family Foundation Embassy Suites Grand Opening

6. CONTRIBUTORS

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.

49. HIGH SPIRITS 8. GOOD READS 10. ETIQUETTE

10 Modern Cell Phone Manners by our Ms. Manners Sharon Schweitzer, J.D.

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New Orleans, Voodoo, Haunted Houses and All That Jazz by Brianna Melanson

52. FEAST dot dot dot

by Scott Homewood

12.TRAVEL

3 Days in Asheville by Colleen Guilfoile Richmond

58. SAVOR

Taking the Chill Off, Fall Soup by our kitchen curaing expert Erin Rutherford

17. FALL FASHION TRENDS by Genevieve Cordery

20. HEALTH

61. INDULGE

Winghaven’s Magic, Spellbound in the Garden by Erin Rutherford

25 Ways to Look and Feel More Beautiful by Farrah Nazzer, our Certified Health Nutrition and Wellness Coach

66. DREAMY DESTINATIONS –

WOODSTOCK, OXFORDSHIRE

22. BEAUTY

Channel the Oreat outdoors with Radiant Skin and Rich Tones Our beauty insider Natalie Gladden shares this seasons look.

25. STYLE Unbridled

by Colleen Guilfoile Richmond

72. EQUESTRIAN

Blowing Rock Charity Horse Show by Andrea Wise

77. Q & A WITH DJ ARTIST CLAYA JADE by Colleen Richmond

37. ULIE STEWART-BINKS

She Believed She Could Work for ESPN, So she Did by Brianna Melanson

79. ZODIAC

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Note from the editor

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all is upon us and I always find it exhilarating. The change of season is one of the most beautiful here in North Carolina. And there is no better place then Asheville to see the pops of color in the blue ridge mountains and enjoy the crispness in the

air. Not to mention a little spa time at the world renown Grove Park Inn, mentioned in our 3 days in….. Asheville. It’s a wonderful time to spend outdoors hiking and horseback riding. I always associate fall with trail riding. As a child growing up I would go on the Thanksgiving Hunt with the Fairfield County Hunt Club. It was a fabulous time riding through the country side and jumping the stonewalls with the hounds. That memory was the influence behind this issue’s fashion editorial, Unbridled. I love the sophistication of the Etcetera fashions against the barn backdrop. See how Natalie Gladden our makeup extraordinaire created these beautiful looks in the new Beauty section. Also, new this

EDITOR IN CHIEF, FOUNDER Colleen Guilfoile Richmond

ART DIRECTOR Kim Hall

CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Erin Rutherford Andrea Wise Farrah Nazer Natalie Gladden Sharon Schweitzer Genevieve Cordery Scott Homewood Brianna Melanson

issue is the introduction of our etiquette section by Sharon Schweitzer, J.D and the Good Reads section. As a lover of books, we are pleased to have partnered with the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library and their book specialists, who offer their selections for the season’s best reads. This issue is packed with wonderful articles and new departments. We welcome Erin Rutherford our kitchen curating expert in the new department Savor and Indulge. You will enjoy her fall soup recipes. I hope you enjoy reading it as much as we have enjoyed creating this issue.

Colleen Guilfoile Richmond

Jeff Palmer Ray Dunbar Don Porter

NATIONAL AND REGIONAL ADVERTISING Brooke Butz at brookeb@charlottegirlmagazine.com The Luxe Lifestyle Magazine is published bimonthly. Reproduction in any manner in whole or part is prohibited without the express written consent of The Luxe Lifestyle Magazine. Material contained herein does not reflect the opinion of the publisher or its staff. The Luxe Lifestyle Magazine does not knowingly accept false or misleading advertisements or editorial. The Luxe Lifestyle Magazine reserves the right to edit all materials for space and clarity and assumes no responsibility for accuracy, errors or omissions. Articles and photographs are welcome and may be submitted to our offices to be re-viewed.

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ABOUT THE COVER Photo by Southern Elite / Ray Dunbar on location at Charlottetowne Stable. Make-up and hair by Natalie Gladden. Model Lindsey Mulikin of Directions USA. Bolero and top available at Dillard’s SouthPark, Feather skirt - Charlotte Girl exclusive design produced by Malou Tabada Cordery, Lucite heel shoe available at The Shoe Box, SouthPark

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New & Exciting As our one year anniversary approaches we are excited to share Charlotte Girl Magazine is now

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We are grateful for all the wonderful support and growth we have received this year. And we are looking forward to an exhilarating, electrifying and glamours second year. We have wonderful stories to share and have added some wonderful new departments to the magazine. Keeping us unique and unlike the rest.


contibutors ERIN RUTHERFORD

ANDREA WISE Andrea

Wise,

graduated

Better

from Wake Forest University

known as a financial consul-

School of Law in 2007, where

tant to interior designers and

afterwards she spent 7 years

women’s

retailers,

as a commercial real-estate at-

Rutherford began following

torney. In 2012, she launched

her true passion in 2016 when

the equestrian company, Pony

she began her food blog the-

Glam, which makes and sells

openroadkitchen.com. When

the only colored hoof dress-

not cooking, you can find her

ing for horses. She is also the

practicing yoga, loving on her two kids or enjoying an early

voice behind the new equestrian lifestyle blog, Horse Glam.

morning walk with her dog Millie.

Andrea lives in Charlotte, North Carolina, with her husband,

Erin

Rutherford

fashion

Zach, two young children, cat and horse.

SHARON SCHWEITZER

NATALIE GLADDEN Natalie Gladden has been in the

Sharon Schweitzer, J.D.,

hair and makeup industry for

is a cross-cultural trainer,

over 13 years now; she is own-

modern manners expert,

er of NLGlam and a freelance

and the founder of Access

makeup artist for various cos-

to Culture. In addition to

metics companies. Natalie is a

her accreditation in inter-

Charlotte native who’s passion

cultural management from

is making woman feel their most

the HOFSTEDE Centre, she

beautiful, all while staying on top of today’s trends. She is

serves as a Chinese Ceremo-

also lucky enough to work with her favorite NFL team, the

nial Dining Etiquette Spe-

Carolina Panthers, doing makeup for their broadcast team.

cialist 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.

GENEVIEVE CORDERY Genevieve is a self-proclaimed makeup and beauty aficionado, fashion

savant,

photographer

and self-made writer. She talks all things beauty and womenswear-related. Her stylistic cravings include

elegant

sophistication,

playful chic, romance, and a hint of masculine meets feminine. Come be a part of her journey on BlueAugustine.com!

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BROOKE BUTZ

JEFF PALMER

Brooke Butz our director

Jeff Palmer, I am a visual

of advertising. Brooke is a

storyteller. For more than

true Charlottean, living in

30 years,

Charlotte since she was 2

and Things have been pho-

years old. Brooke gradu-

tographed by me with love,

ated from North Carolina

fun, and care. When words

State University with a BS

cannot suffice, my photog-

in Business Management

raphy fills in the blanks. I

concentrating in Market-

look forward to seeing you

ing. She has 13 years of

out and about.

People, Places,

sales/ marketing experience &, most recently, owned a business in the Caribbean. Brooke has also been a professional model since 2002. Jump starting her modeling career with Harley Davidson, she has landed numerous magazine covers & features, runway shows.

BRIANNA MELANSON Brianna Melanson is a transplant from Upstate New York where she earned her Bachelor’s in Professional Writing. She is pas-

SCOTT HOMEWOOD Scott Homewood is a freelance writer who has been published in many newspa-

sionate about telling everyone’s unique stories and showcasing local businesses. She loves everything Charlotte has to offer, especially the food, which is always documented on her Instagram.

pers, magazines and websites over his 30-year plus

FARRAH NAZER

writing career, including some of his own. A former

Farrah Nazer is an accomplished

musician, his obsessions

Nutrition and Lifestyle Coach,

include the arts in all their

and published author of eguide “

varied forms: music, dance,

Love your Life”.

writing, cinema, and culinary. He has a deep interest in the

She works closely with her clients,

human condition, how people have overcome obstacles to

helping them improve themselves.

empower themselves and become successful contributors

She works with clients who anx-

to society. He also enjoys the occasional Moscow Mule.

iety, low-self-esteem, unhealthy relationships, and poor diets. She guides them to a more healthy lifestyle which leads to a happier, healthier life. www.farrahnazer.com www.CharlotteGirlMagazine.com | Oct/Nov 2017

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good reads Charlotte Mecklenburg Library book specialists share their selections for the season’s best reads. This October, the Library celebrates “Community Read,” a month-long series of programs and activities around shared reading…and the signature title is Today Will be Different, by Maria Semple. Visit www.cmlibrary.org/community-read for details and author visits! TODAY WILL BE DIFFERENT by Maria Semple Named a Notable Book of 2016 by the Washington Post, one of Amazon’s Top 100 Books of the Year, one of New York Times Book Review’s 100 Notable Books, one of The Guardian’s Best Books of 2016, one of NPR’s Best Books of 2016, a Must-Read Book of 2016 by PopSugar, one of EW’s 20 Best Books of 2016, one of Glamour’s Top Ten Books of the Year, and one of Kirkus Reviews’ “Best 100 Fiction Books of 2016” A brilliant novel from the author of Where’d You Go, Bernadette, about a day in the life of Eleanor Flood, forced to abandon her small ambitions and awake to a strange, new future. Semple returns with an artistic anti-heroine fumbling through her life of privilege as an NYC transplant to Seattle. Married to a celebrity hand doctor and 10 years separated from her career as a groundbreaking animator, Eleanor Flood spends her days studying poetry with an untenured professor and thinking acerbic thoughts about the other moms at her precocious son’s private school. Having lunch with a former minion breaks something free in Eleanor’s past, and her life falls apart over the course of an afternoon. Readers learn details of her backstory and will sympathize despite the seemingly trivial nature of her troubles (Sticking her foot in her mouth with her poetry teacher! Estrangement from her sister! Her husband’s absence from his practice! Her son’s enjoyment of makeup!). Hilarious and touching, this will satisfy Semple’s numerous fans and gain her new ones. Give this to readers of women’s fiction, Seattle denizens and aspiring residents, and people reviewing their lives and choices. At Charlotte Mecklenburg Library.

BEST DAY EVER by Kaira Rouda Paul and Mia seem to be the perfect couple. Paul is a successful advertising executive in Columbus Ohio. They have two boys and a nice house. The book takes place over 4th of July weekend when Paul takes Mia on a romantic getaway to the lake. Paul relates the story of what is going on beneath the surface of their relationship in this shocking page-turner. If you enjoyed Gone Girl and Girl on the Train, this book is for you. At Charlotte Mecklenburg Library. Publication: September 19, 2017.

GEORGE & LIZZIE by Nancy Pearl Librarian Nancy Pearl, known for her book recommendations on National Public Radio, has written a novel. She chronicles the relationship of George and Lizzie who are polar opposites. George’s parents were loving and raised an outgoing, confident young man. Lizzie was raised by two psychologists who saw her as a science experiment. Untrusting of people, Lizzie escaped into the world of books. Pearl redefines the romantic comedy as she shares their love story. At Charlotte Mecklenburg Library. Publication: September 5, 2017.

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THE IVY LEAGUE Much more than a grouping of eight colleges and universities, the Ivy League— with its hallowed halls, private clubs, and grassy quadrangles—is the consummate reward of the American Dream. Captured in countless novels, films, and television shows, and mentioned in everyday conversations around the globe, these centuries-old institutions stand proudly as universal symbols of one of America’s greatest strengths—its world-renowned education system. Representing the apex of academic achievement, the Ivy League is also a gateway to the socially powerful and elite, making it the wish of all parents for their children. But that’s only the beginning. Taking a close-up look at each of these campuses, Harvard alumnus Daniel Cappello illustrates the unique spirit of each school and determines what sets them apart—from the presidents they’ve trained to the silver-screen characters they’ve inspired; from the size of their endowments to the number of celebrities they enroll; from dominant political stances to athletic rivalries, architectural styles, and popular fashion.

THE PRICE OF ILLUSION From Joan Juliet Buck, former editor-in-chief of Paris Vogue comes her dazzling, compulsively readable memoir: a fabulous account of four decades spent in the creative heart of London, New York, Los Angeles, and Paris, chronicling her quest to discover the difference between glitter and gold, illusion and reality, and what looks like happiness from the thing itself.

JOURNEY BY DESIGN British designer Katharine Pooley’s refined, sumptuous interiors are inspired by a lifelong zest for adventure. Pooley has traveled extensively around the world, indulging her love of mountain climbing whenever possible, and her journeys are clearly reflected in her bold, eclectic, and daring designs. From the rustic country charm of Forter Castle in the Scottish Highlands, to a contemporary beach villa on the Palm Islands in Dubai, to the golden-red tones of a private residence in Doha, Qatar, Pooley’s expert attention to detail shines in any setting. In addition to her successful design studio, Pooley has two boutiques in Knightsbridge, London and Doha, Qatar that boast a line of curated accessories sourced from all over the globe, including crystal vases, cashmere throws, and shagreen boxes, that bring a dose of luxury to any room. Journey by Design explores the creative process and diverse inspirations behind nineteen of her inimitable projects.

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etiquette

Charlotte Girl

10 Modern

Cell Phone Manners

W

by Sharon Schweitzer, J.D.

e live in a world where texting someone

Today, 95 percent of U.S. Americans and 94 percent of Eu-

in the same room is considered normal.

ropeans own a cellphone of some kind. It’s the perfect time

When did smartphones become such

to reflect on your mobile phone habits. Spending a little

an integrated part of our lives? When we incessantly text,

less time on the phone and a little more time in the present

email, and call, we lose the value of face-to-face contact.

improves our face-to-face relationship building.

According to the Pew Research Center, 30 percent of

Here are 10 modern cell phone manners & etiquette tips

young adults who own a cell phone pretend to be using

to consider:

their phone — to avoid social interaction.

1. Silent Cellphone:

It’s polite and responsible to turn off your cell phone be-

fore meetings, meals, and meaningful moments – like dates! If you can’t turn your device off, turn it to silent or vibrate. Your phone is not a replacement for an in-person meeting.

2. Exceptions To The Rule:

There are exceptions to every rule: A) Doctors, nurses, first responders, and health providers B) Those expecting emergency calls C) Those who have an infant with a babysitter, or a person with a caregiver D) Those momentarily sharing photos with others E) Those researching an important request, such as directions.

3. Pardon Me:

If accepting an emergency call, excuse yourself as quietly and calmly as possible from the gathering with an apology. For example, “I apologize, however this is urgent, please excuse me. I will return in a moment.”

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4. Hidden Smartphone:

8. No Cellular Crutch:

ing, on a date, or in a casual setting with friends and fam-

what to do in uncomfortable situations. If you walk into a

ily, keep your phone out of sight. Placing your phone on

new office, or a wedding reception and don’t know anyone,

the table or desk sends the clear message that they are not

take time to engage face-to-face. Deferring back to your

your number-one priority. According to Forbes, 84% of

phone as a crutch will keep you from truly connecting with

working professionals believe texting or sending emails

new people. Practice improving your face-to-face interac-

during a formal business meeting is highly unacceptable

tions by turning your cell phone off, or leaving it hidden

and rude.

in the car.

5. Respond ASAP:

9. Pay Attention To Other Hobbies:

Whether you are attending an important business meet-

When you miss a call, text, or email, respond in an appropriate and timely manner by apologizing for missing their message. Then respond with substance.

6. 10-foot rule:

When making or taking a call, move 10 feet away from the building including windows. No one wants to see you nervously pacing or gesturing during your conversation. Step outside when responding to a call while in a house of worship, medical office, library, theatre, or hospital. Refrain from confidential conversations on planes, trains, and automobiles.

7. Consider Content Carefully:

With cell phones, spontaneity can be contagious. Remember, once a text, tweet or post is sent, it’s live. Sure, you can delete it, but it’s out there on the Internet, just waiting to bite you back! According to a YouGov Omnibus survey, 57% of Americans regret a text or social media post they’ve

Your phone isn’t a gadget to turn-to when you are not sure

We tend to use our phones everywhere- at parties, at work, before we go to sleep. This dramatically impacts how much, or how little, we accomplish daily. Make a conscious effort to focus on projects, without the distraction of constantly checking your phone for email, texts, or surfing the web.

10. Don’t Drive & Talk:

Many cities now ban smartphone use while driving. If you must use the phone, drive to a safe area away from traffic. New vehicle technology comes with integrated hands-off, bluetooth options. If your vehicle has this technology, be attentive to the road and use caution. Safety first! Cell phone addiction is real; don’t be a part of the 72 percent of people who won’t move five feet from their phone. Start practicing these modern cell phone manners & etiquette tips and you will develop excellent habits!

sent. So use common sense and don’t post inappropriate photos, or text while consuming adult beverages. Avoid profanity. Consider these tips when the urge strikes to send a spontaneous message: • Step away from your phone, take a deep breath, and count to 30 to attempt to dissolve negative emotions towards the receiver • Ask a friend to advise whether your content is ap-

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travel

3 Days in

Asheville by Colleen Guilfoile Richmond

photo courtesy of Biltmore Company

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all is a fabulous time to visit Asheville, with its picturesque location ,vaunted historic hotels, vibrant and eclectic downtown and innovative food scene. All our CGs will enjoy a crisp fall hike followed by a little spa time then out for

some great vino with dinner. Just two blocks from downtown is the Bunn House Hotel. This luxury boutique Inn is situated in a 1905 brick mansion with a rooftop deck and a contemporary feel inside. All of the luxury appointed rooms have a terrace or balcony and a much appreciated Nespresso coffee/espresso machine. On a slightly larger scale is the equally luxurious, Omni Grove Park Inn. (once home to F. Scott Fitzgerald) Here you can soothe your soul in the subterranean spa paradise. This top rated spa includes 20 water features, many of which are mineral based pools. Here you can enjoy 43,000 square feet of peace and quite. Adding to the coolness of this space is the lap pool with 6,500 fiber-optic stars and underwater music. Outside of town, the bucolic Inn on Biltmore Estate enhances the 8,000 acre estate of the Biltmore House, built by George Vanderbilt in 1895. The house is the largest private residence in the United States, which includes four acres of floor space - the Vanderbilt descendants still own it. Although, the estate has been open to the public since 1930. The estate houses a 10,000 -volume library, an extraordinary banquet hall and works by Sargent and Renoir, among others. Visit the Biltmore Winery, America’s most visited winery. It offers complimentary tastings of more than 20 of their handcrafted wines. Take a journey through their reds, whites, and rosÊs. The Biltmore Winery is definitely a place you will want to linger, with a taste of the reserve or sparkling wines and locally made truffles.

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Besides, eating, drinking and spending time in the spa and shopping, Asheville is abundant with activities. There are carriage rides, paddle board river tours, fly-fishing schools, river float trips, sporting clays, and the Land Rover Experience Driving School. And of course, horseback riding. You can take guided expeditions through the Biltmore Estate. The one or two hour guided ride is perfect for beginner to intermediate riders. A private three-hour trail ride with picnic lunch is for the experienced rider. Or you can bring your own horse and explore the 80 miles of trail with the Biltmore Equestrian Center. Charlotte Girls will definitely be enjoying the abundance that is Asheville. Take a culinary journey and experience Asheville’s unique Southern charm and culture with a tour through the city. Asheville Food Tours will visit up to seven careful selected eateries, restaurants and food shops in the trendy downtown area. You can enjoy a range of food tastings, from appetizers that melt in your mouth freshly cooked entrees. Stroll through the vibrant and eclectic downtown for some shopping. In the diverse retail scene you will discover vintage apparel, independent bookstores, galleries, antiques stores and specialty shops you can’t find anywhere else mixed with name brand boutiques.

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FALL

Fashion TRENDS 2017

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By Genevieve Cordery s the season and temperatures change, it’s time to look at the trends designers had in store for Fall 2017. I know, September is still pretty warm for those of us in the Queen City, but this month is crucial when it comes to picking out stylish, yet warm outfits for fall. Thankfully, we had a lot of truly gorgeous runway inspiration earlier this year. So without further ado, let’s take a look at fashion trends for Autumn 2017.

Glitter Boots Glitter boots appeared six separate times on the Fall 2017 runways. These dazzling boots come in all colors, shapes, and styles but there’s Saint Laurent boot

one common denominator: glitter. These boots have left a lasting impact on us and will be a true statement pair for Fashion Girls alike. We love the look, that much is certain, but are we going to love the trail of glitter that will follow with every step we take?

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Metallics As we have seen on the catwalks earlier this year, space age is back. Shimmering Golds and Silver Moon-inspired shawls, tops and evening gowns are going to be a big deal this fall. If making a statement or entrance is your forte get ready to strut your stuff in saffron and light slate gray.

Deconstruction This past summer we’ve seen a lot of brands creating their own deconstructed dresses and tops. But the deconstructed look is continuing into Fall 2017. The twisted, morphed, and slashed trend is continuing strong, and we are going to be welcoming many more mixed material pieces into our wardrobes, as the weather cools. Those who choose to rock this fractured look are going to be

photo curtesy Jason WU

ahead in the fashion game.

The Reinvented Pant Suit No surprise here, pantsuits are back! After all, 2017 was dubbed the year of the Pant-suit. This masculine-meets-feminine silhouette is a classic autumn look and powersuiting is a trend that seems to be sticking around. We’ve seen bold patterns to conventional suits with exaggerated twists. All the legendary women and entrepreneurs that have reshaped what it means to be a woman today, most likely inspired these super chic looks. Earlier this year, we gazed in awe as Victoria Beckham dawned her own pantsuit, and cheered as Emma Watson strutted the red carpet in a crisp white Yves Saint Laurent set.

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Pop of Color This fall will be anything but boring and vanilla. We are going bold and we are welcoming bright cherry red back! This eye-catching shade has quickly grown to be autumn’s hottest color. Get ready to stock up on lipsticks, scarves, and beautiful coats in this rich shade. Another fall color trend is burgundy. No surprise here, this is a typical Autumn color but this truly lavish and regal shade is perfect for monochromatic lips and pairs well with a bright red. Get ready to pair these two beautiful shades together.

photo max mara

photo curtesy Oscar De la Renta

Fringe Delicately placed on the hem of a jacket or skirt, fringe is making a statement this fall. This cascading, swaying frill has always added to the playfulness of a look, bringing out the youth in people of all ages. Fringe has made a lasting comeback in the recent years, and this season will be no different.

Oversized Knit With the “self-care” lifestyle on the rise, those of us who like to kick back and get cozy are going to love oversized sweaters. This look creates a relaxed and generous silhouette that pairs well with jeans, flowy skirts and slim-fitting trousers. Comfort is one trend everyone can get behind.

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health

25 ways

to look and feel more Beautiful by Farrah Nazer

1.

Start your day with a warm lemon water to rejuvenate and hydrate skin. Continue to drink water all day long.

4.

Invest in a pair of sunglasses with UV protection

5.

Spend a little time moisturizing your neck and

6. 7.

2. 3. 20

Don’t cut out your cup of coffee. A study has found that 100 milligrams of caffeine is proven to increase self-esteem,energy, and alertness. Aim for at least 30 minutes of moderate exercise.

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8. 9. 10. 11. 12.

to protect your eyes.

décolletage - they need it too. Wear a serum with antioxidant Vitamin C under sunscreen to prevent sun damage. Take your makeup off every night to prevent clogging your pores. Line your lips with nude liner to make them look fuller. Get your go-to products in travel size so you’ll have them on the road. Compliment a stranger. Refresh your complexion throughout the day with a face mist. Get face framing highlights.


19. 20. 21. 22.

13.

Buy a glamorous wide-brimmed hat to protect

14.

Apply mascara on your bottom lashes to make

15. 16. 17. 18.

Slather your face with products containing hyaluronic acid to secure moisture. Move into downward dog at least once a day to increase blood flow, to make your complexion rosy. Use a face mask at least a few times a week. Add a face oil to your routine.

your skin from the sun.

your eyes look big. Watch the sunset. The studies have shown that appreciating natural beauty promotes well being, generosity, and satisfaction. Get a scented candle to improve your mood. Use body scrub packed with skin-stimulating caffeine to improve skin’s texture. Cover your hands with SPF to keep them looking young.

23. 24. 25.

Take a hot bath! Studies have shown it can burn as many calories as a walk. Sleep at least 7 hours a night. Smile-even a fake one is proven to lower stress!

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beauty

The Make-up How to

Channel the great outdoors with radiant skin and rich tones.

T

by Natalie Gladden he radiant complexions and pops of color in this issues photoshoot showcased the models’ gorgeous features; as well as, show off

the perfect plum that will be trending this fall. To recreate this look, first you will need to apply your customized moisturizer, then a smoothing primer in your T-zone to balance out your skin. Next, you will apply a mattifying foundation for an all-day wear, set the foundation with a loose setting powder. For the eyes you will apply a neutral color all over the lid, a light almost white shadow in the inner most corner and for the pop of color apply a small amount of plum to the outer most corner of the eye. Finish the eyes off with a brown eye liner on the top and bottom, smudged out with an eyeliner brush, then apply a coat of your favorite black mascara. Next, you will apply a matte bronzer to your forehead around the hair line, under your cheek bones, and under the jaw line for a light contour. Then you will apply blush to apple of your cheeks and highlight above your cheek bones. To finish the look all you need is that perfect liquid lip in a matte plum. We used‌

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Anastasia Brow Wiz Slim pencil to create hair like strokes. Comes in a varity of colors for the perfect match.

Double Wear Nude Water Fresh Foundation This waterlight foundation is a 24 wear and feels like you have nothing on. Leaves you with a light to medium coverage.

NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream Lightweight, creamy lip color that goes on smoothly and dries matte for great staying power.

MAC Blush Powder in Blunt Perfect matte blush to do a lite contour.

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style

Unbrid led

Bolero and top available at Dillard’s SouthPark Feather skirt - Charlotte Girl exclusive design produced by Malou Tabada Cordery Lucite heel shoe available at The Shoe Box, SouthPark

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SHE BELIEVED SHE COULD WORK FOR

So She Did By Brianna Melanson

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J

ulie Stewart-Binks was catching a flight out

ysis, and other roles that were always reserved for men.”

of Chicago after being on the Sports Man-

Women are capable of any job they are passionate about.

agement Worldwide Panel when I had the

Julie’s mother, now a writer, has helped her with work-

pleasure of speaking with her. She hadn’t

life balance since this industry is a sacrifice. As Julie’s

been home in two weeks yet her next des-

role model and the one who signed her up for sports, she

tinations were Portland, Cincinnati, then

taught her both perseverance and selflessness. Her moth-

Hartford. Traveling is a huge part of what you sign up for

er’s curiosity and eagerness to ask questions has been be-

when you’re a sideline reporter for ESPN, and this career

stowed upon Julie and is what she considers the epitome

woman loves every second.

of reporting. Julie admits that athletes can be reserved, so

Julie grew up playing hockey and a wide range of sports growing up in Canada. In the midst of completing a de-

she is constantly finding fresh and interesting ways to ask similar questions in order to reveal an awesome story.

gree in sports psychology, her mother, once a CBC News

Julie will not confess to being a sports expert, but ex-

reporter, suggested she should volunteer for the radio

plains, “You have to be obsessed with sports to want to do

station. When they didn’t have room for Julie, she tried

this job because it’s 24 hours a day 7 days a week. Even

the TV club and from her first interview she knew it was

when you’re sleeping you’ve got to know what’s going on.”

meant to be. Sports were always incorporated into her

Unfortunately politics and tragedy sometimes sneak in,

career goals. She “took the scenic route” to her dreams,

but the majority is pure entertainment and for that she

thought about sports marketing, and even got a Masters

feels lucky.

in journalism in England. But, she soon got back to sports reporting. She says, “If you want it enough, it will happen.” The launch of Fox Sports 1 initiated Julie’s move to the States and just last year she was granted the opportunity to cover soccer at ESPN. When she’s home in Los Angeles, she plays in a men’s hockey league, which is more flexible with her schedule. She loves the hockey community in LA because of the variety of people she gets to meet such as other Canadians and actors like Cuba Gooding Jr. and David Boreanaz.

Charlotteans love their sports, too, especially football. Julie is looking into covering college football this fall. Maybe someday we will see her on the sidelines of a Panthers game!

In this male-dominated industry Julie doesn’t feel like

Julie has a wealth of insight and wisdom for aspiring

she stands out. At least she doesn’t anymore. She says,

reporters. She is a huge believer in being supportive of

“You want to be taken as a reporter, not a female reporter.

everyone’s goals no matter what their situation. She says,

I think that’s a testament to the people I work with and

“Don’t give anyone a reason not to hire you.” If you don’t

athletes these days are very respectful.” She explained that

know where to start or are starting from the bottom, she

they have a “no tolerance policy” when it comes to sex-

suggests making your own YouTube channel. Then, when

ism and harassment. If there ever were anyone to attack

you network, you have something tangible to show them

her based on her gender, she has built an inner threshold

over coffee. If you get caught up in trying to get famous,

and would never let them bring her down. She has worked

you’re doing it for the wrong reasons. And when people try

too hard to let negativity and naivety fog her vision. Once

to tell you’re not good enough or wish you good luck find-

more women are hired into the sports industry, the less

ing a job, she wants you to keep pushing forward because

people will be concerned about gender and more about

there is always a way. Rob King, head of Sports Center,

the quality of work being presented and of course the en-

once reminded Julie to be proud of her journey. If Julie

joyment of their favorite sports. Julie adds, “We’re seeing

made it, you can too.

more and more women in different roles, not just the sideline reporter, but women doing play-by-play, giving anal-

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Wherever Julie Stewart-Binks is flying to next, she is working hard to live her dream.


“Y ou have to be obsessed with sports to want to do this job because it’s 24 hours a day 7 days a week. Even when you’re sleeping you’ve got to know what’s going on.”

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society sightings The Ivey’s Hotel Grand Opening Experience

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9. Corey and Jessica Snoke 10. Darren Di Pasquale, Katherine Wong 11. Doug and Nancy Young 12. Emily Pesta, Karyn and Omar Sidak 13. Eric James, Leslie Briggs 14. James Fedele, Caleb Hogan 15. Kyle Coulom, Elizabeth Stacks, Renata Coker 16. Morgan Diep, Lauren Rogers www.CharlotteGirlMagazine.com | Oct/Nov 2017

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society sightings The 8Th Annual Players ParTEE

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he 8Th Annual Players ParTee was held at the Oak Room - Slate to welcome the worlds best golfers to Charlotte. The private charity event is considered to be one of the best events on the PGA Tour. All enjoyed live music, a luxury raffle, DJ, silent auction and casino entertainment. The ParTEE benefits

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9. Rose and Thomas Browne 10. Brandy Reese, Megan Lundeen 11. Lee Moore, Matthew Brown, Carl Michael, Chris Federico 12. Will Lowery, Anna Ogbueze 13. Brianna Bailey, Emily Merrick 14. More Casino Entertainment 15. Diamond Nurse, Farai Gwata, Rose Charm www.CharlotteGirlMagazine.com | Oct/Nov 2017

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society sightings The Steve Smith Family Foundation

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hef Ben Celebrity Chef came into town for a tasting experience. Held at Rocksalt to benefit the Steve Smith Family Foundation. The all inclusive evening included champagne, open bar, and amazing food prepared by Chef Ben. Chef Ben Robinson has been the executive chef on Bravo TV hit series. Below Deck and Below Deck

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society sightings Embassy Suites Grand Opening

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9. Laureen Jenkins, Anna Mirarchi, Blake Agnew 10. Melissa Williams, Ayanna Muhammad 11. Alan Hill, Meredith Brady, Alex Mawra, Kera Toebbe 12. Cynthia Dixon, Nadine Carter 13. James Dell, James Pepper,Ffarah Grosse, Cameron Parson, Billy Neal 14. Catherine Odom, Vinny Esposito, Gwen Shusterman 15. Sonia Smith, Adrienne Dew www.CharlotteGirlMagazine.com | Oct/Nov 2017

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High Spirits New Orleans Voodoo, Haunted Houses and all that jazz... By Brianna Melanson www.CharlotteGirlMagazine.com | Oct/Nov 2017

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he enchanting New Orleans food,

shops. Do not be alarmed, being in possession of a voodoo

sights, and attractions have a way of

doll will not summon the devil or dismantle others. The

bringing travelers under its irresist-

goal is to spread wellness and positivity. It is a common

ible spell. You haven’t had your creep-

misconception that pins are put in a doll to physically

iest, most exhilarating October until

harm the person it represents. In reality, the pins were just

you’ve experienced it in the paranor-

used to attach pictures or things to attract the spirits. Voo-

mal streets of the Big Easy. New Orleans is a spiritual city serious about their Loui-

doo dolls are really meditation and healing devices. It is only dangerous if the person using it has bad intentions.

siana Voodoo. The term “voodoo” tends to freak most peo-

Voodoo Queens were powerful community leaders who

ple out, being that movies and television shows present it

held rituals and sold gris-gris. There were fifteen Voodoo

as something evil. Voodoo is a religion that was brought to

Queens in New Orleans in the 19th Century. You may have

the southern states in the 1700s during the Atlantic Slave

gotten a glimpse of a fictional representation of the famous

Trade. The French Creole African Americans were heav-

Voodoo Queen Marie Laveau and serial killer Delphine La-

ily influenced by their culture and rituals which in turn

Laurie in the popular show “American Horror Story: Co-

lead to the morphing into Louisiana’s own voodoo. Practi-

ven.” Believe it or not, Louisiana voodoo is closely linked

tioners connect with spirits and ancestors through dance,

to Catholicism which is mostly because of Marie Laveau.

prayer, readings, and snakes in private in order to impact

She was a Catholic hairdresser who gained followers by

the future. Its main purpose is to cure people of anxiety,

successfully helping numerous slaves escape and caring

depression, addictions, and sickness.

for the hungry and poor. Laveau remains an important

Charms and amulets worn and made in voodoo are re-

figure in New Orleans culture and her tomb in the St. Lou-

ferred to as gris-gris and give the wearer good luck. Gris-

is Cemetery brings in visitors hoping she can grant their

gris, potions, and voodoo dolls are a popular find in the gift

wishes.

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Looking for a place to stay? Those who dare have hotel options with ghost sightings and interactions. Hotel Provencial, once a military hospital, is a battleground of wounded soldiers from the Civil War who have not moved on. Couples may be interrupted by a lady ghost of the night in Hotel Villa Conveto, originally a brothel. The luxurious Dauphine Orleans Hotel holds the once brothel, May Bailey’s Place bar. It is visited by Millie in her lace wedding dress who was May Bailey’s younger sister. Then there’s the grand Hotel Monteleone. Let’s just say you may want to stay clear of the elevators there, but definitely hit the As for Madame LaLaurie, a fire revealed her torturous treatment of numerous slaves in the attic of her mansion on 1140 Royal Street. They were malnourished for sure, but did she really drill holes in their heads and break their bones? No one can go into the mansion today, as it is said to be cursed and haunted by the slaves, however, to learn if her legend and the measures she took are true, take one of the many ghost tours. LaLaurie mansion is in the French Quarter, where most of the craved food and signature cocktails are located, so it is no surprise it is also known to be the most haunted district. Knowledgeable historians tell real ghost stories day and night at the buildings and cemeteries the spirits roam. While you walk, you’ll also observe the unique architecture and landmarks such as

rotating Carousel Bar & Lounge. Despite what could wake you up in the night, these high end hotels are extraordinary in every other way. Looking for something less spooky? We don’t know if that’s possible, but if you missed NOLA’s Mardi Gras extravaganza, especially don’t miss their over-the-top fall festivities. There’s Oktoberfest, New Orleans Film Festival, and Voodoo Music Experience to name a few. On Saturday, October 21st the Vieux Carré transforms into the “Boo Carré” after dark for the Krewe of Boo Halloween parade, notorious since 2007 with world-class floats. Or you can visit Le Petit Théâtre, New Orleans’ oldest playhouse for a performance. Alright, we admit this place is haunted, too.

the St. Louis Cathedral, and sweet jazz music in the background.

It may be difficult to leave Panther Nation, however once you step into New Orleans’ lively culture and discover its history, the magical energy will convince you to book another visit. And a voodoo doll isn’t to blame. The most haunted city in America will be one of your favorite places to explore and get a thrill in the fall. www.CharlotteGirlMagazine.com | Oct/Nov 2017

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dotdotdot

Innovative Cocktails. Craft & Small Batch Liquors. Prohibition-Style Bar. by Scott Homewood

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ave you heard this one before? Two classy-looking guys dressed in business casual attire meet at a new

cleverly concealed prohibition styled bar in the back of a well-known shopping center on Park Road in the Montford area of Charlotte. One, a tall bald gentleman, takes a sip of a perfectly aged whiskey, one of a couple hundred expertly curated whiskeys, scotches and bourbons in this bar. After the sip, the man looks at his older, impeccably-dressed best friend (who is sipping a flavorful, refreshing cocktail) and says “what happens when you take a former touring musician who owned a successful recording studio and later got into the wine business and put him with someone

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who worked in the service industry and became a chef before spending time with a local alternative rock band and later becoming an award-winning mixologist?” The two men, Conrad Hunter and Stefan Heubner, look at each other and share a knowing laugh… Rest assured this exchange never happened, but nevertheless, if you are lucky enough to meet the two owners of dotdotdot you will note an easy rapport, the kind where one finishes the other’s sentences and they have their own common jokes. That testifies to their long friendship and the comfort level they have with each other. How Heubner and Hunter met is as interesting and multi-layered as one of the many aged Scotches they have on premises. Huebner has been immersed in the hospitality industry since the age of 16 working jobs located in the back of the house and eventually including time spent as a


Once the re-connection was solidified and Hunter and Huebner were on the same page, the process became developing the club and giving it a “personality”. Lots of bars and clubs in Charlotte have cocktails, but to specialize in them (many bars say they do) and actually excel at them (few bars do) are two different things entirely. No doubt most have been to a club touting the best cocktails or hear an arrogant bartender boast about be able to make incredible mixed drinks – and if you have, you know how mediocre and bland those cocktails actually turned out to be. Maybe you’ve had the disappointment of witnessing a bartender reading a drink recipe off of a cue card or their POS system, giving a real-life example of the real meaning behind those letters. baker and butcher, culminating with a culinary degree and running his own kitchen as a chef. Hunter, meanwhile, had been working as a professional musician touring the country for many years before becoming a recording studio engineer and eventually owner. Huebner, deciding to take a break from his culinary career to follow a passion for music joined an alternative rock band which toured up and down the Eastern seaboard. Eventually the band wanted to put their songs down and make a CD and would end up in Hunter’s White Room studio and a friendship was born. As both men’s music careers whined down, Hunter wanted a change and entered the wine industry as a wholesale rep while Huebner began bartending for extra money. It was at this point both men found their true passions. For Hunter, this meant opening Foxcroft Wine Co., becoming a wine expert and also developing a passion for single malt scotch and all distilled spirits while Huebner discovered his culinary background allowed him advantages with discerning flavors and how different flavors can be blended to create new tastes. Soon, Heubner was excelling at mixology and started tenures at Cosmos Café and Heist Brewery while simultaneously winning many mixology contests along the way. When Hunter needed someone for dotdotdot it was only natural he turned to his friend Heubner. “We bonded over music and stayed in touch,” said Heubner regarding his friendship with Hunter. “We also went down parallel paths regarding the end of our musical careers and our gradual branching out into the wine, spirit and culinary worlds. It’s great that we could do this new venture together.”

Not so in dotdotdot. Hunter and Heubner have decided to go all in with their prohibition bar concept, not only by stocking their bar with an incredible collection of dark spirits but also embracing other accoutrements of the classic prohibition style. The only way to get a membership is to sign up at the bar’s website www.dotdotdotcharlotte.com and apply. The cost is ten dollars per year for a membership and each member is allowed two guests per visit. The dress code is business casual and although the code is strictly enforced for members, guests are given a little more leeway as they might not be aware of the rules, but even then, they will be gently warned about being properly dressed the next time. But, in order to enjoy this excellence of exclusivity one must first find this oasis of alcoholic indulgence! www.CharlotteGirlMagazine.com | Oct/Nov 2017

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Here’s the secret: The way you

get inside (if you do get inside)

find dotdotdot is by carefully

it looks elegant yet comfortable.

driving around the back of the

Like a decked out den with some

Park Road Shopping Center. You

posh yet comfortable furniture.

will pass the new Amelie’s Bak-

Be warned there is an inno-

ery (another Park Road Plaza se-

vative yet somewhat restrictive

cret) and look for a discreet sign

phone policy where cell phone

featuring a circle with three dots

use is semi-prohibited. While you

enclosed inside the circle above a

are allowed to look at your phone,

nondescript door over what looks

phone calls cannot be made or

like a storage area. The truth

accepted while in the club and

is, before Hunter and Heubner

any calls must be taken outside.

took the space and turned it into

You are allowed to return to the

the epitome of swank, it WAS a

club when your call is completed.

storage area. Not where a well-

Both Heubner and Hunter are in-

dressed gentleman or lady may

tent on making the club a more

be

hanging

outside.

relaxing

environment

This may be your door.

for adults who are want-

Once your membership

ing to engage with their

is confirmed, you will be

guests and relax with a

escorted down a long,

great drink even down

dimly-lit hallway where

to the music, a great mix

another greeter is seat-

of 40’s swing up to ‘60’s

ed. Once she has con-

jazz.

firmed everything, the

“The kind of atmo-

door will be opened and

sphere we have in here

you, lucky person, are

is one of the most im-

now admitted to the best adult playground in Charlotte, a

portant aspects for us” Heubner said. “We’ve got our jazz

playground that excites even the owners!

music that we curate together. Conrad’s old jazz and I’m

“I had a place like this in mind for quite a while,” Hunter

new jazz.” They both laugh. According to Heubner the

starts, “and so I contacted Stefan as we had talked about

“new” jazz will be vintage ‘60’s jazz. No 70’s fusion or

this kind of project before. Of course, we needed to find a

smooth-jazz elevator music like Kenny G for these two.

space and when I opened the second Foxcroft in Dilworth

Also, Hunter and Heubner insist there will be no DJ’s or

I was working with Eden’s who has property in Atherton

any live music in the club with Hunter feeling strongly

Mills and Kensington Commons. We asked them to find

about the club not having much room for live music and

us a space about this size and originally they showed us

also being able to find enough of the right performers

a space near here that is going to open as a flowershop

without it being repetitive or boring. “The whole point is

soon.” Heubner jumps in, “ and while it was a nice space

to bring something different with this concept. Live music

for something like a flowershop, it didn’t really fit for what

doesn’t really fit here and neither do DJs because we want

we wanted to do. We heard about this space and originally

the music set at a volume where people can still converse

they told us ‘That’s a storage area – it’s not for lease’ but

and have a good time”.

we all know that for the right price, everything’s for lease.”

While the atmosphere will be amazing, it is going to be

Soon, the former storage space was being turned into one

the libations that will keep the members of dotdotdot com-

of Charlotte’s premier prohibition-style bars and once you

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But cocktails, those are different animals. Like a chef, each mixologist has their own way of doing things, their own technique, as it were, so a Moscow Mule from one establishment may have a different taste from another. One could talk about the many bourbons, whiskeys and

The ingredients used, the way they are mixed, different

scotches you can sample, but their very variety of spirits

kinds of spirits, and sometimes the bartender themselves,

on hand and general rarity in Charlotte is such that almost

will each affect the way the flavors hit your tastebuds.

telling you about any one spirit is pointless because if a bar

One of my choices from their “classics” cocktail menu in-

has a bottle of it and pours it neat, it will taste the same.

cluded a Moscow Mule which featured Russian Standard

IF they have it. That’s the rub! The secret to dotdotdot is,

Vodka, fresh lime (which makes a huge difference), and

many of these spirits are rare enough most will probably

some fantastic home-made ginger beer and was served

just be available at dotdotdot as they’re striving to provide

over crushed ice. The brand of vodka is amazing right off

a service to the types of educated drinkers who love these

the bat, but after that, the use of the freshest limes and

spirits and also to become a truly special bar where you

the homemade ginger beer instead of say Canada Dry or

can find just about anything you would ever want to try.

whatever most bars use turned the drink from ordinary

The bar is also going to experiment with bringing in whole

into amazing. One of the best I have tasted, actually. An-

barrels of certain aged spirits as a special offering to the

other choice was the Truffle New York Sour from the bar’s

true connoisseur. Just consider dotdotdot to be your main

“house” cocktail menu with elixars all created by Heubner.

source of great spirits to try for the next good while. Af-

The drink consisted of Larceny bourbon, orange liqueur,

ter all, the bar is starting with 250 different dark spirits

truffle egg white, house sweet and sour mix, and ruby port.

and will continue to add until there are about 500 or so,

It was just amazing. A common misconception is that the

according to Heubner. This will give anyone who fancies

liquor should not be able to be detected in a mixed drink.

themselves a spirit-chaser a party playground with plenty

Wrong. A liquor should not OVERPOWER a mixed drink.

to experience and enjoy for a good long time.

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Things to know about dotdotdot DOT DOT DOT MEMBERSHIP: $10.00 / year HOUSE RULES: 1) Mind the bartenders, their word is law… 2) Don’t be a jerk. Treat others the way you’d like to be treated… 3) Proper dress required & proper etiquette… (See Rule #2) 4) Use your inside voice. This is a Cocktail Parlor not a Sports Bar… 5) A 5% gratuity will be added to your bill for rudeness…

way that each should complement the other and this is what Heubner has achieved. An excellent drink! Instead of going on and on about each drink, a great suggestion would be to simply try each one! Another aspect at dotdotdot is the small bite menu. Since both Heubner and Hunter have experience with food (Hunter’s two Foxcroft Wine Co locations each have some of the best small bites in Charlotte) a person looking for a great nosh just as much as a great drink will find plenty to like. The small bite menu features three concepts – “Garden”, “Sea” and “Land” with some very delicious options for each. The “Classic Caesar” off the “Garden” portion was very good, with locally farmed romaine lettuce, white anchovies, parmesan, croutons, classic Caesar dressing. The “Sea” portion of the menu had an octopus choice so I had

6) If your drink isn’t strong enough order a double or order a whisky… 7) Please be patient – Each cocktail is hand-crafted and takes time 8) If you need to make or answer a phone call please step outside… 9) Once we’re at capacity it’s a one in/one out policy for all members… 10) The Host knows the Owners too… (See Rule #9) 11) Guests – Limit 3 guests per member. Otherwise please apply for a walk- in membership 12) We treat all guests equally based on race gender or

to try that. God, it was good. The octopus is char-grilled

sexual preference. If there is someone making you feel

and includes some Yukon Gold potato salad and pimento.

uncomfortable tell our staff and we’ll address it

It was the “Land” portion of the menu that has my heart,

immediately…

however. On it is a selection featuring Bone Marrow which is one of my favorite foods ever. Smoky, creamy and very delicious, dotdotdot does it very well. In closing, I have to be honest: dotdotdot is an incredi-

*Dot Dot Dot is a private social club for members and guests 21 years of age and older and possesses all required North Carolina ABC Permits…

ble experience! A great semi-secret environment with excellent music and interesting company, and with some of the most exotic whiskeys, scotches, bourbons available. In addition has inventive and flavorful mixed drinks that will tantalize your tongue, and small-plate delicacies worthy of the finest restaurants in Charlotte to make your palate dance. What’s not to like?

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Savor

Taking the Chill Off, Fall Soup by Erin Rutherford

Tomato Bisque 3T

Unsalted Butter

1T

Olive Oil

1/2

Sweet Onion (Vidalia), chopped (approx. 1 cup)

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Medium Carrots, chopped (approx. 1 cup)

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Celery Stalks, chopped (approx. 3/4 cup)

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Garlic Cloves, minced (approx. 1 T)

3/4 t Salt 1/2 t

Freshly Ground Black Pepper

3 cups Reduced-Sodium Chicken Broth 1 16 oz. Can Crushed Tomatoes 1 16 oz. Can Diced Tomatoes 1T

Tomato Paste

1T

Sugar, (plus 1 t. reserved, optional to taste)

1c

Heavy Cream

1/4 c

Packed, chopped Fresh Basil

1/3 c

Finely grated Parmesan

1T

Freshly squeezed Lemon Juice

Instructions: In a large soup pot, melt the butter and olive oil over medium heat. Add the onion, carrots, celery, garlic cloves, salt and pepper and cook 15 minutes, stirring occasionally until vegetables have softened. Add the broth, canned tomatoes, tomato paste, and the 1 T. sugar to the pot. Increase heat to medium-high and bring to a boil. Then, reduce heat to low and simmer uncovered 30 minutes. Remove pot from heat, stir in the heavy cream and basil and let rest 20 minutes. Working in small batches (3 to 4 cups at a time, depending on blender size), puree soup in a blender until smooth. Return to pot, and simmer over low heat for 5 to 10 minutes until warm. Stir in the parmesan cheese, lemon juice and and additional 1 t. sugar. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

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Chicken and Corn Chowder Ingredients: 3

Slices Bacon

1T

Unsalted Butter

1/2

Sweet Onion (Vidalia), finely chopped (approx. 1 cup)

1

Red Bell Pepper, finely chopped (approx. 1 cup)

3

Garlic Cloves, minced (approx. 1 T)

1 1/4 t Salt 3/4 t Freshly Ground Black Pepper

3c

Frozen Corn Kernels (or Fresh off the Cobb)

1

Yukon Gold Potato, skin on, diced into 1/4 inch cubes (approx. 1 cup)

2c

Reduced-Sodium Chicken Broth

2 1/2 c Whole Milk 1 1/2 c Diced, roasted chicken breasts, skin removed (preferably from a Rotisserie Chicken) 1/3 c

Chopped Fresh Cilantro, packed, plus additional to garnish (optional)

2T

Honey

2T

Freshly squeezed Lime Juice

Green Onions (optional)

Instructions: In a large soup pot, cook the bacon over medium-high heat until crisp. Using a slotted spoon, remove the bacon and let cool on a plate lined with a paper towel. Crumble and set aside. Pour off a majority of the bacon drippings from the pot, retaining approximately 2 tsp in the pot. Add the butter to the pot and melt it over medium heat. Add the onion, bell pepper, garlic, salt and pepper and cook 5 minutes. Add the corn and the potatoes and cook 2 additional minutes, stirring often. Stir in the chicken broth, cover and cook 15 minutes, or until the potatoes are fork tender. Uncover and remove from heat to cool 20 minutes. Measure 2 cups cooked soup vegetables and put in a medium-sized bowl. Transfer the remaining soup mixture to a blender, along with the milk. Puree for 15 seconds, until relatively smooth (a few bits are acceptable). Pour back into the soup pot and stir in the reserved cooked soup vegetables and the roasted chicken. Warm over medium heat 5 to 10 minutes; stir in cilantro, honey and lime juice. Serve with reserved, crumbled bacon and green onions, if desired. www.CharlotteGirlMagazine.com | Oct/Nov 2017

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Magic Winghaven’s

Spellbound in the Garden by Erin Rutherford


W

hen invited to design the menu

of inspiring natural beauty, stirring the human spirit and

for a celebratory garden lun-

preserving the constitution of our earthly creatures.

cheon under the city’s most

The story of Wing Haven is something of a more inno-

enchanted natural sanctuar-

cent time. It comes from an age where social media didn’t

ies, my obvious answer was

dictate popularity and an era that allowed years to pass

“YES!!!” Not only was this an opportunity to work with

in achieving a vision. Although it was created in 1927,

interior design sensation, Charlotte Lucas, but it was a

its promotion and preservation has been managed by the

chance to tap into the current buzz surrounding Wing Ha-

Wing Haven Foundation since the early 1970s. This Foun-

ven Garden and Bird Sanctuary.

dation has tactfully honored the intentions of its founding

Over the past few months, Wing Haven has found itself at home with fashion visionaries, design enthusiasts and

members, albeit never losing sight of Wing Haven’s potential to be a part of today’s pop-culture.

horticultural mavens. Consider this and you will start to

The Wing Haven of 2017 equally shares its gardens with

understand the magic of Wing Haven…quiet pools filled

inquisitive adolescents and style savvy bloggers. On-line

with tangerine colored goldfish, canopies of ivy effortlessly

campaigns like that produced for a recent Dolce and Gab-

draping archways, and, every once in a while, you may spot

bana photo shoot highlight, not only the art of a billowing,

the winged beauty of a bird recently nursed back to health.

ruffled dress, but also the blank canvas a well-manicured

As eloquently described by Capitol owner and fashion cu-

Southern garden can provide. It is amazing to witness the

rator, Laura Vinroot, this is none other than “a spectacular

apparent ease in which Wing Haven can transform itself

Charlotte treasure where time stops.”

from horticultural institution into a runway-worthy stage. It only seems befitting that the theme of the upcoming 2017 Wing Haven Fall Symposium is titled “Inspiring the Unexpected.” To achieve such a tenacious theme, Wing Haven orchestrated a platform that celebrates achievements from the past and present. The Symposium will honor the legacy of gifted author and horticulturist, Elizabeth Lawrence, whose manuscripts published some 75 years ago remain timeless. And, in this vein, the Symposium will welcome the garden wisdoms of Ken Druse and Margot Shaw,

With the support and intuition of Charlotte business owners like Vinroot, the surge of popularity Wing Haven is receiving should come as no surprise. But, it has taken more than the loyalty of local celebrity to continue the growth of its gardens. It has taken the relentless commitment of its volunteers and staff to further its core mission

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both of whom carry cer-

by not only using finery, but by also allowing the garden’s

tain stature amongst

all-encompassing view to shine. Basically stated, Lucas

today’s nature enthusi-

explained “nothing on the table needed to compete with

asts.

the natural beauty of the garden”...it just needed to reflect

Obviously, the Symposium will carry certain

distinction;

a

prominence that will be

her personal flair. It is no coincidence that I then set out to create a menu that would be understated, yet impressive.

I wanted

the food to reflect my particular cooking style while not competing with the outstanding table design. There would be nothing over the top, just food humbly composed to compliment the art of the

conveyed throughout the

plate. This concept translated as a crystal Wil-

events leading up to the

liam Yeoward footed bowl simply cradled my

masterful morning speak-

marinated, yet crisp red and green apples. And,

er series held at Charlotte

the star of the menu, a roasted root vegetable

Country Club. Although

panzanella, just danced along the patterned

the two-day affair won’t

and gilt-etching of its scene, with its ribbons of

officially begin until Wednesday, October 18th, it felt as

crimson beets, the golden hue of thyme honey mustard

if the excitement commenced earlier this fall when the

dressing, and the clean, white globe of fresh burrata.

charming Charlotte Lucas hosted Wing Haven’s “Gardener’s Delight” luncheon.

As you can see, Wing Haven clearly brings out the best in all facets of art. From garden green thumbs to food fa-

It is as if Lucas was finally granted an excuse to play in

natics like me, it allows the creative-side in all of us to exe-

the gardens that she lovingly recalls from her childhood.

cute a vision. Wing Haven has its vision for the future, and

Her excitement simply penetrated the grounds as patrons

quite tellingly, it is an enthusiasm felt by all ages.

marveled at the colorful, unharnessed bird cages, couture-like china and fanciful patterns that now glamorized

Upcoming Activities at Winghaven

a humble workman’s table. The china, courtesy of Eliz-

October 4-7 - Fall Plant Sale

abeth Bruns Jewelers, was smartly plated in layers. A red lace Mottahedeh charger acted as the base for Carlton Gold dinner plates and Imari salad plates, both by the famed Royal Crown Derby. Although the china was fine, the most outstanding component of the table was the peacock-bedecked fabric anchoring the table.

This whimsical “Windwood” pattern

was the product of Lucas’ new venture, House of Harris, an American-made fabric line she composed with her sister, and fellow interior designer, Liz Carroll. Set to debut at the 2017 International High Point Market, House of Harris was born out of the sisters’ passion for design and their light-hearted nod to their heavily planted Southern roots. They succeeded in designing a line that every design aficionado will applaud. In similar lights, Lucas prevailed in designing a tablescape that every witness commended

October 18

Elevenses with Elizabeth Lawrence: Celebrating Anniversaries with keynote speaker Dr. William Welch

October 18

Toddies on the Terrace cocktail party celebrating Wing Haven's Symposium

October 19 -

Inspiring the Unexpected Fall Symposium

October 19

Third Thursday's Imbibe and Inspire Tour

October 25 -

Nosh + Knowledge Series: The Little Bulbs

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Marinated Apples Ingredients 1/2 c Apple Juice

1/4 t Salt

2 T Lemon Juice

Dash of Nutmeg

2 T Apple Cider Vingegar

2 Large Red Apples (preferably Red Gala), cored, unpeeled

2 T Vegetable Oil 1 1/2 T Brown Sugar 1 t Dijon Mustard 1/2 t Ground Cinnamon 1/4 t Freshly Ground Black Pepper

2 Large Granny Smith Apples, cored, unpeeled 1/2 c Creme Fraiche Fresh Mint Leaves (to garnish) Additional Ground Cinnamon (to garnish)

Instructions 1. In a medium-sized mixing bowl, whisk together all ingredients except the apples to create your marinade; set aside. 2. Slice the apples into 1/4 inch wedges and transfer to the marinade. Refrigerate, covered for several hours (or overnight). 3. To serve, fan the marinated apples in small serving dishes, and top with a dollop of the creme fraiche. Garnish with a few mint springs and a sprinkling of ground cinnamon.

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Roasted Vegetables and Toasted Bread Ingredients 1 Stalk Leek, (approximately ¾ cups prepared, see below)

2 T Olive Oil, plus an additional 2 T for Toasting Bread

Cold Water

¼ t Salt

1 c Butternut Squash, peeled, seeded and 1-inch diced (*I prefer to buy pre-washed, peeled chunks!)

¼ t Freshly Ground Black Pepper

1 c Mixed Wild Mushrooms (such as Cremini, Maitake, and Enoki) 1 c Raw Beets, spiralized (I buy mine spiralized from the local grocer to save time!)

2 c Italian Bread (from an Italian Round Loaf), 1-inch cubed ½ c Pecan Pieces, toasted Fresh Burratta

Instructions 1. Preheat the oven to 425 F. 2. Prepare a water bath for the leeks by filling a medium-sized mixing bowl three-quarters full with cold water. Slice off the dark green ends of the leek and the very base of the white stalk; you should have about one-third of the leek remaining intact. Thinly slice this remaining pale green part of the leek and place in the prepared water bath. Using your fingers, separate the rings from each sliced portion and let rest 15 minutes. Remove with a slotted spoon and place into a colander (do not drain, as the dirt/suit will transfer with the cleaned leeks). Rinse 4 or 5 times under cold water and set aside to drain. 3. On a large baking sheet, toss the olive oil with the butternut squash, salt and black pepper. Roast for 10 minutes, then add the prepared leeks and wild mushrooms. Roast an additional 5 minutes and transfer to a large mixing bowl. Add the raw, spiralized beets and set aside. 4. On the same baking sheet as used to roast the vegetables, toss the remaining 2 T olive oil with the cubed bread. Bake for 10 minutes, tossing once during baking. Remove from the oven and let rest 10 minutes. 5. To finish the dish, gently toss the toasted bread “croutons” with the vegetables. Transfer to a long platter and drizzle the salad with the prepared Thyme Honey Mustard Dressing (recipe below). Top with the toasted pecans and fresh burrata.

Thyme Honey Mustard Dressing Ingredients 2 T Grey Poupon Deli Mustard

2 t Shallot, minced

2 T Honey

1/4 t Salt

1 T Fresh Thyme Leaves

1/4 t Freshly Ground Black Pepper ¼ c Extra Virgin Olive Oil

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A Little English Treasure,

F

all is a wonderful time to visit the English countryside. Situated just 8 miles north of Oxford, Woodstock is a charismatic old town in the picturesque Oxfordshire countryside. With a rich history, charming scenery and beautiful architecture. Woodstock provides the perfect fall escape into English culture and history.

Woodstock is a bustling market town with ivy-clad stone walls, stunning Georgian architecture

and history that oozes quintessential English countryside charm.

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WOODSTOCK

IN THE OXFORDSHIRE COUNTRYSIDE. by Colleen Guilfoile Richmond

© Blenheim Palace

One of Woodstock’s Jewel’s is Blenheim Palace

It is the only non-royal house in England to hold the title of palace. Blenheim is one of England’s largest houses, built between 1705 and 1722 on 2,000 acres of landscaped parklands. The palace is also the birthplace and ancestral home of England’s most notable Sir Winston Churchill. A fun fact is in the 19th century, the palace was saved from ruin by funds gained from the 9th Duke of Marlborough's marriage to American railroad heiress Consuelo Vanderbilt.

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Here are just a ew things to do at Blenheim Palace:

Beyond the meticulously-designed gardens lies a vast expanse of greenery in the landscaped parkland surrounding Blenheim Palace. Boasting a lake of tranquillity, traversed by ‘the finest bridge in Europe,’ the park is a marvelous example of quintessential English countryside.

EXPLORE PARK AND GARDENS Surrounding magnificent Blenheim Palace are the equally impressive Formal Gardens. Each serene garden boasts its own list of uniquely beautiful features. From the splendor of The Water Terraces, reminiscent of the Parterre d’Eau at Versailles, to the perfect symmetry of pink rose beds found in The Rose Gardens, Blenheim’s Formal Gardens exemplify the idyllic setting which surrounds the Palace. Blenheim’s collection of Formal Gardens includes;

THE SECRET GARDEN THE WATER TERRACES THE ITALIAN GARDEN THE ROSE GARDEN

TOUR THE PALACE Blenheim Palace holds over 300 years of heritage and so, there is a lot of history to immerse yourself in. Tours of the Palace are available and they give a fascinating insight into Blenheim’s previous years, from State Room Tours whereby you set your eyes upon spectacular interior architecture to the Churchill Exhibition that has photographs, letters, artefacts and excerpts from his most famous speeches. Woodstock town is a collection of easy-to-explore historic streets as lovely as any found in the Cotswolds. Wander in and out of interesting boutiques, unique art galleries and antique shops. The Oxfordshire Museum is in the heart of town and tells the story of the ancient county, it’s natural history, Roman developments and archaeological sites. When you’re ready for a break, enjoy eclectic food choices in one of the many tearooms, coffee shops, pubs or high-end restaurants.

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The Feathers Hotel. Step into their bar with over 400 gins and a place in the Guinness Book of Records.

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There is an array dining options in Woodstock, from

For some additional shopping fun, head to Bicester Vil-

traditional British pubs to exquisite Italian eateries. Com-

lage, a charming open-air outlet home to the world’s lead-

plete with roaring fires, beamed ceilings and Cotswold

ing luxury fashion houses and lifestyle brands, such as

stone walls, some of our favorites are The MacDonald

Mulberry, Burberry and Ralph Lauren.

Bear, The Black Prince, The King’s Head, La Galleria and The Duke of Marlborough. Housed in gorgeous period buildings found on charming cobbled streets, Woodstock’s range of unique boutiques are worth setting aside an afternoon to browse. Collectors and those with an eye for vintage treasures will be in their element discovering one-off, valuable antiques.

Located in the heart of Woodstock by the gates of Blenheim Palace is on of our favorite spots get treated like royalty with a splendid stay at The Feathers Hotel. From here you can wrap up and stroll from this chic town house to visit the most glorious baroque country house and estate. Then warm up back at the hotel with a Sacred Gin & Tonic and dine like a king with seasonal delights at Kitchen by Dominic Chapman, their new restaurant. Or step into Photos courtesy of The Feathers Hotel.

their bar with over 400 gins and a place in the Guinness Book of Records.

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Another Possibility located in the Cotswold hills is their sister property the Lords of the Manor. Lords of the Manor is one of the most acclaimed luxury hotels in The Cotswolds. With its vast lawns, walled garden, and gently sloping hills it is a quintessential countryside stay (wellies by the front door). It is located in Upper Slaughter, a beautiful village near popular Cotswold towns such as Bourton-on-the-Water and Stow-on-the-Wold. Guests come to ‘Lords’ as it is nicknamed for luxury, it sits on 8 acres of lawns and gardens and, perhaps above all, for the only Michelin-starred hotel dining room in Gloucestershire. The dining room is listed in The Sunday Times Top 100 UK Restaurants Guide. These are wonderful possibilities to call home on your stay. Cheers.

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BLOWING ROCK Charity

HORSE SHOW Not Just Another Horse Show by Andrea Wise


F

or

competitive

equestrians

in

North Carolina and

the

sur-

rounding states,

nothing is more anticipated than the annual two-week long Blowing Rock Charity Horse Show (“BRCHS�). Not only does this beloved horse show represent one of the highest rated Hunter Jumper horse shows in the state, but nestled in the rolling Blue Ridge mountains it also offers a well-timed relief from the scorching summer temperatures and a chance to reconnect with old friends. Each year in late July, competitors rent picturesque mountain-side villas and compete at the highest level, all the while surrounded by best friends, beautiful horses and charming smalltown restaurants and boutiques. For equestrians on the show circuit, I imagine that BRCHS evokes feelings quite similar to attending a favorite summer youth camp. BRCHS traces its roots back almost 100 years, making it one of the oldest horse shows in the country. Until the recent construction of Tryon

International

Equestri-

an Center, it was one of very few AA rated shows in North Carolina. The show facility does exhibit signs of wear and tear, as one can imagine after so many years of operation and surviving such major events like World War II and the Great Depression, and compared to some other show venues in the

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It has been a lifetime since I competed at the top Hunter Jumper levels, but I always had BRCHS as a goal in the back of my mind. Not only would it be something to work towards, but it would also be a way to celebrate a year’s worth of practice. I think that is what makes this horse show so appealing. For the highly competitive show barns, the history surrounding the show and the social draw make it a must stop on their show calendars. The laid back atmosphere and festival-like quality also attracts the local barns general area, the simple two-ring facility does not stand

that show the lower circuits and many make it their big,

out. There is something to be said for good old southern

yearly top-rated show. Even after so many years the show

charm, however, and coupled with the red, white and blue

has kept true to it’s “fun” atmosphere, remaining a favorite

drapery in the grand stands, the dress-to-impress exhibi-

for everyone, no matter what color ribbons are won.

tor parties, and crowd attractions like the $15,000 USHJA

Fast forward a few years, and two kids later, and I have

International Hunter Derby and $15,000 Jumper Classics,

yet to show at BRCHS myself. Maybe I won’t get the chance

this show continues to be a mecca for equestrians.

but I do find myself looking forward to my daughter’s lead-

I grew up riding and showing ponies, but like many oth-

line debut there possibly as early as next year. I can already

ers packed my boots and helmet away as I succumbed to

see her on the adorable braided pony, smiling at her cheer-

the excitement of high school and college. Ten years ago

ing friends in the iconic box seats, and me walking beside

I purchased a horse and eventually started to show again.

her hiding a smile under an oversized sun hat.

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Q&A with DJ

Claya Jade

Q

When did you start DJing – and what or who were

A

This September - 3 years.

your early influences?

Tchaikovsky Hendrix Janet Jackson Travis Scott U2. Banks Grimes & Hana Chris Brown. My father for sure; he would make up songs and play the guitar and sing every night (100% off key)! Finally he got some lessons and figured it out. It was cool because he never stopped trying.

you have a routine you do every time before a Q Do show?

A Promote, Prepare, Practice, Repeat :) Q Do you think that the DJ world is a man’s world? In your opinion is it harder for a girl to become a DJ?

doesn’t make a difference. Learning to DJ A Guy/Girl; is not easy, and I can honestly say that real “open format” is never like “riding a bike”.

My mother. She taught me about versatility; pushed

Q A

me to become a dancer, learn to play multiple instru-

Like any craft it requires dedication and commitment

ments and read music at a young age.

natural ear/rhythm, hours and hours of practice and preparation. As a DJ, the business aspect is just as

What are currently your main challenges as a DJ?

critical as the artistry. If you can’t network, push your brand, hustle, negotiate, etc ... there’s zero career po-

Finding the time to master production, not just music

tential.

but all aspects of performance; stage, sound, light, etc. Whether your male or female, you’ve gotta put in work, or no one will notice you or take you seriously.

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there any set of criteria for selecting what to Q Are play at a gig?

Do you have a “DJ Bucket List” as far as shows or peoQ ple to perform with?

A

want to throw really big shows with DJs. Female A Just DJs would be especially cool. Other then that; Ibiza,

Open format is all about the crowd and any conditions set by venue management. Song selection is based on the vibe and response from my audience. Learning to

Dubai

capture them, read them and keep them engaged is an art in itself.

Q What has been your most memorable performance? Organization and preparation are key, but no set criteria. A GFW event at Label Charlotte, opened for Kayzo. It’s all about knowing where the music is, what it is; Q Last song played on your iPod? what sounds good with it, and when to play what, (while always thinking 3 tracks ahead). A HANA - Avalanche Claya Jade Resident DJ with Spent Entertainment Booking Contact: Danny Bartsch at Spent Entertainment dandanbreak@gmail.com (803) 727-0209

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ZODiAC Manish’s Zodiac Signs Predictions for

OCT/NOV 2017 ZODiAC ZODiAC Aquarius

Pisces

( 20 January – 18 February )

( 19 February – 20 March )

This is an excellent time for presenting your ideas or asking for what you want. You have a feeling of moving forward steadily with regards to education, learning, mental projects, and communication in general. Home life is satisfying now as well. Strong opportunities for enhancing or attracting a close partnership occur now. Your words are soothing, and you tend to use words to smooth over problems that you see around you. You are mostly cheerful in your approach to others, and perhaps somewhat intellectual.

It’s a great period to do something entirely new and pioneering—to go solo in some area of your life. This particular period smiles on your personal endeavors. This is a time when you more easily get in touch with a true sense of your identity and purpose. Some kind of soul-searching is in order, and the urge to find some level of emotional peace of mind will be apparent. It would be wise for you to consider scheduling a vacation, adventure of sorts, or a course that expands your mind.

Favourable Dates : Oct 3, 8, 12, 17, 21, 26 Nov 1, 2, 10, 11, 19, 20 Favourable Colors : Red & Blue

Favourable Dates : Oct 2, 3, 11, 12, 20, 21 Nov 1, 9, 10, 18, 19, 27 Favourable Colors : Blue & Yellow

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ZODiAC

DiAC

ZODiAC ZODiAC

Aries

Gemini

( 21 March – 19 April )

( 21 May – 20 June)

You are ready to take on something new but you don’t quite know where to plant the seed. You have that lovely seed of opportunity in your hand but you just need to take the time to survey the land and work out the most fertile ground. A blast of personal energy comes your way, and showing your leadership skills works for you now. You are at your most convincing, as others are accepting you at face value. Pleasant communications, help you to make new connections.

Your actions are governed by your instincts during this period, you may be especially defensive and protective. You may work hard at making yourself feel more secure, and you may be called upon to take charge on the home and family front. In general, you are adaptable when it comes to your affections–very willing to compromise, negotiate, and make peace. Oneto-one relating appeals to you more than group activities or more casual connections. Smoothing out your close personal relationships is what makes you happy during this cycle.

Favourable Dates : Oct 3, 4, 12, 13, 23, 22 Nov 1, 2, 10, 11, 19, 20 Favourable Colors : Blue & Yellow

Favourable Dates : Oct 5, 8, 14, 17, 23, 26 Nov 1, 6, 10, 15, 19, 24 Favourable Colors : Red & Purple

Taurus

Cancer

Signs Predictions for

MBER 2016

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November 2016

This is the time when you are more interested in, and focused on, accomplishing something important. Your competency is something that you are especially sensitive to during this cycle. You want to shine. Your vision is practical right now, and you want to see tangible results for your efforts. Find a bit of focus and you will be on to a winner. Strong energy for romance is also with you now. Your quirkiness and ability to come up with pleasant surprises for others is especially attractive and rewarding. Favourable Dates : Oct 2, 6, 11, 15, 20, 24 Nov 5, 8, 14, 17, 23, 26 Favourable Colors : Green & White

Your self-mastery skills and psychological predisposition matter to you more than usual. This is the time of year when you are most desirous of change on a deep level. Clearing out psychic “junk” or ridding yourself of bad habits may be part of the picture now. You are more willing than usual to explore life’s secrets. This is a time to review the manner in which you come across to others–not so much whether it truly reflects your nature, but more in terms of whether it is working for or against you. Favourable Dates : Oct 5, 6, 14, 15, 23, 24 Nov 1, 7, 10, 16, 19, 25 Favourable Colors : Yellow & Blue

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Leo

Libra

( 23 July – 22 August )

( 23 September – 22 October )

You are more stimulated by all that is unconventional during this cycle, and your ideas are original and progressive now. This is a time to follow your dreams and ideals, and to plant a seed in the form of a wish for the future. Your self-mastery skills and psychological predisposition matter to you more than usual. Intimate matters are especially important to you during this cycle. Just how well you are handling your life comes up for inspection.. If single, you are more willing than normal to enter into a committed relationship.

During this period a strong desire for companionship and sociability dominates. You want to maintain peace and harmony at all costs. You try to be just and fair when making decisions, as you do your best to see both sides of an issue. Persons of opposite sex are likely to enter your life, helping or hindering personal or business affairs. You are more likely to pay closer attention to your physical appearance and mannerisms, aiming to improve and enhance your attractiveness. Others find you agreeable and cooperative.

Favourable Dates : Oct 4, 6, 13, 15, 22, 24 Nov 3, 6, 12, 15, 21, 24 Favourable Colors : Yellow & Red

Favourable Dates : Oct 3, 4, 12, 13, 21, 22 Nov 1, 4, 10, 13, 19, 22 Favourable Colors : Red & Blue

Virgo

Scorpio

( 23 August – 22 September )

( 23 October – 21 November )

You may have more energy than usual to want to organize projects. You prefer to lead a group rather than follow during this period, and there are certainly ways to do so without stepping on others’ toes. The best way to achieve your goals during this period is to do some networking. Do your best to be in top form, make career adjustments if needed. This is an excellent transit for assertiveness and physical vitality. Love affairs may also be stepped up during this period. Favourable Dates : Oct 2, 6, 11, 15, 20, 24 Nov 8, 9, 17, 18, 26, 27 Favourable Colors : Green & Purple

This is a favorable time for learning something new, feeling at ease in social situations, taking care of the details of daily life, and developing a mental rapport with others. It is a time when you will be more aware of your environment, and when you experience increased alertness. You are more receptive and gentle on a romantic level, and tend to be sentimental or nostalgic now. Loyalty and sensitivity in your relationships are more important to you than typically. This is a calming influence–a time when simple pleasures most appeal. Favourable Dates : Oct 4, 7, 13, 16, 22, 25 Nov 5, 6, 14, 15, 23, 24 Favourable Colors : Green & White www.CharlotteGirlMagazine.com | Oct/Nov 2017

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Capricorn

( 22 November -21 December )

( 22 December – 19 January )

This is a time to follow your dreams and ideals, and to plant a seed in the form of a wish for the future. There is a powerful mental connection with your creative self-expression. You are proud of your ideas, and very good at expressing them to others smoothly now. Your thinking is more creative than usual. You may particularly value the aesthetics in and around your home during this period. If things are out of whack on the home front, you will do whatever you can to create a peaceful and stable atmosphere.

You may find yourself in a position in which there is a blending of financial matters with social or public affairs. This is a time when you are least likely to express yourself freely. This is a good time for research, quiet contemplation, and meditation; but do avoid being dragged down by issues that have outgrown their worth and purpose. You would need to take some time out to discover yourself, your own needs and to search for what is really important in your life.

Favourable Dates : Oct 3, 4, 12, 13, 21, 22 Nov 5, 9, 14, 18, 23, 27 Favourable Colors : Red & Yellow

Favourable Dates : Oct 1, 4, 10, 13, 19, 22 Nov 4, 6, 13, 15, 22, 24 www.CharlotteGirlMagazine.com | November Favourable Colors : Green & Yellow2016

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