favorite things: charlotte edition

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As I mentioned last Friday, we spent the weekend celebrating one of our favorite couples- in Charlotte! While we were there, I couldn't pass up the opportunity to re-visit some of my favorite spots and do a teeny bit of shopping.  Charlotte's got plenty of options for amazing shopping, so I had to be a bit strategic about my time (and geography.)  

My first stop was Trader Joes.  I stocked up on plenty of dried fruit, gluten free oatmeal, wine and these incredible chocolate chip cookies.  I might be a convert from homemade- these really are incredible.  They are super crispy and buttery - the only downside is that I could eat an entire bag in one sitting!  Sometimes you just have to sacrifice...

Next up was Handpicked in Dilworth.  I used to go to Handpicked for all of my gift giving needs.  They have tons of jewelry, scarves, bags, monogrammed gifts, and other fun things, and I can usually find the perfect thing.  This time I picked up this tan bag with a pop of neon.  It looks much more expensive than it is, it has tons of pockets, it's neutral with a twist - just perfect.

Saturday afternoon, I had about an hour and I wanted to stop into the Southpark mall.  The Southpark mall is huge and has TONS of amazing stores, but I knew I needed to be smart about my time.  So, I went to my old standby- Belk.  I know that doesn't sound that exciting, but the Belk in Charlotte is incredible.  They have tons of designers, great sales, and a selection that is unbeatable.  While I was there I spied a line by Leslie Evers.  She makes cute dresses that remind me of Trina Turk at half the price.  I loved this aqua number - it's casual, but thick enough fabric to keep you feeling polished but comfy.  I might remove the belt, but either way it's adorable.  Be sure to check out her other patterned pieces as well.  I also found this pair of jeans on super sale.  They are stretchy but hold their shape - the two most important criteria for jeans in my opinion!

Finally, I had to visit Dean and DeLuca.  I scored some of the GF Cup for Cup flour that Thomas Keller developed, and I can't wait to use it.  I also grabbed a "grown up soda" - dry cranberry and lime, and loved it.  Definitely a sugary drink, but a fun treat nonetheless.  It would also be perfect to have on hand as a "mocktail" for any of my pregnant friends out there.  

My last favorites aren't from Charlotte, but they are things I've had my eye on for a few weeks.  These Jeffrey Campbell heels are perfect for Spring, and I'm thinking of asking for them for my birthday.  I also love this Nate Berkus lamp for Target, and it's sitting in our Florida room on a test run right now.  It's a pretty gold during the day, and picks up the green in the room at night.  

I know that's tons of commentary on a favorite things post, but I just had to share.  Happy Wednesday!

Linking up with Morgan and the BIRTHDAY GIRL, Annie!



  1. Where else can you get that soda!? The pomegranate one looks delicious...definitely want to try it!

  2. Ted and I are now addicted to those cookies!! Thank you!! Loved seeing y'all!

  3. Beautiful dress,and the sandal as well... :)