May 14, 2017

Announcing our Mother’s Day Giveaway Winners!

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The moment we’ve all been waiting for is here. We have winners, Smarties, and lots of them!! If you see your name by one of the prizes below, please email us by 8am, Tuesday, May 16.

We hope your day was FABULOUS! Happy Mother’s Day! ~xo, CSP


Evocateur Map Cuff

Our new favorite find is ÉVOCATEUR’s gorgeous gold cuffs from all over the world! You can customize your own design from your favorite travel destination which is the most amazing concept ever! Your glorious design will allow you to always wear your happy place!

ÉVOCATEUR has a stunning collection of alluring, art-driven jewelry fuses innovative design with glamorous sophistication. Featuring 22K gold leaf and sterling silver leaf, our designs reflect a love of the traditional and ancient, blended with the modern and contemporary. The jewelry’s inimitable style features striking images inspired by old world civilizations, African safaris, romantic impressionistic gardens, as well as abstract renderings and whimsical designs. Other pieces are embellished with authentic hand-set vintage treasures from the 1940’s to the 1980’s. Capturing the art and luxury of handmade jewelry, each piece becomes a modern heirloom, evoking memories and stories. Collected and coveted by women worldwide, ÉVOCATEUR celebrates modern style with an eternally chic aesthetic.

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For Founder and Designer Barbara Ross-Innamorati, the love of fashion, art and design has always been hardwired into her creative DNA. Many years ago, Barbara became fascinated with and passionate about gold leaf, particularly the way it can transform even the most ordinary objects into something extraordinary and magical. As someone who always loved jewelry, Barbara went on a mission to adapt 22K gold leaf to jewelry design. After 18 months of research and trial and error, she perfected the proprietary technique for which ÉVOCATEUR is now known. Today, these opulent designs are infused with inspiration from Barbara’s extensive travels throughout the U.S., Europe, Africa and Asia. All of the designs have a sophisticated and unique spirit.

From their Connecticut studio, Barbara and a team of skilled artisans design and individually craft each piece, wrapping them in 22K gold leaf and sterling silver leaf. Using an intricate process, the jewelry is gilded and burnished by hand and is fabricated over a period of five days, resulting in an exquisite work of art, each piece finished to a rich patina. With only the finest materials used and impeccable attention to detail, ÉVOCATEUR celebrates the compelling relationship between art and fashion.

The line, which includes cuffs, bangles, pendants, earrings and belts, can be found in premier boutiques and retail stores throughout the United States and the rest of the world.

Our winner won this Bermuda Cuff, a $328 value!

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You can find ÉVOCATEUR at:


Locally at: Amina Rubinacci
Specialty Shops in SouthPark
6401 Morrison Blvd, Suite 18A

Mill Street Boutique: RENE KATKOWSKI



Mill Street Boutique is my FAVE new online boutique. The dream child of two college friends, Lindsay Dorrier and Katie Williams, Mill Street is a boutique where you can always expect a little something unexpected. They have curated a site that can provide women, who are stylish, social and always on-the-go, with a head-to-toe ensemble. From the smallest button detail to a conspicuous pop of color, every piece is hand selected because of a unique feature that sets it apart. And will, in turn, set you apart! I PROMISE you will fall in love with one (or 10) pieces from their collection. And you can find your perfect look while in your p.j.s drinking wine. 😉

Curious about how they got their name? Well, here’s what they say:
For years, Katie and Lindsay had talked about starting an apparel and accessories brand that reflected their own styles – classic with an unexpected twist. But when the time came to name it, they were stuck. Until, one day, on her drive home, Lindsay called Katie, and they began to reminisce about their long-time friendship. From their college days at ASU in the North Carolina mountains, to vacations in the Caribbean, to beginning the adventure of adulthood in Atlanta, Katie and Lindsay had traveled many roads together. But sometimes to find the answer, it’s not about looking back to the roads you’ve been. Rather, it’s about looking forward to the road ahead. And in this case, the road ahead of Lindsay happened to be called Mill Street. So they went with it.

Our lucky Smarty won a pair of Quay Australia Sunglasses. Seen on countless celebrities, Quay Australia is the go-to accessible brand for NOTORIOUSLY COOL, AFFORDABLE sunnies for women with fearless style. Choose from one of 9 different styles/colors (Valued at $50 – 65). And in addition, one $50 MILL STREET GIFT CARD to use towards any purchase at Total value is up to $165.


Mill Street Boutique

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Lindsay Dorrier – 404.374.3594 –
Katie Williams – 678.488.4303 –

Carolina Barre & Core: SHELLEY FERNER

Carolina Barre & Core Sport

Hang with CSP at one of our favorite barres! Carolina Barre & Core was founded by Charlotte fitness circuit legend, Amity Whalen, in 2013. And Team Smarty has been with her since day 1! Tucked right in the heart of Myers Park, at Shops on Selwyn Avenue, this barre studio has the best of both worlds – yoga and barre fused together.

So what will you find at Carolina Barre & Core? You’re guaranteed to find and embrace your core, strengthen and lengthen your muscles and create a greater sense of peace, love and community. Carolina Barre & Core is a place to feel totally present, motivated, engaged and safe. No egos, no judgment, only results.

Our lucky Smarty won one Month of UNLIMITED Classes at Carolina Barre & Core, a $200 value!

You can find Carolina Barre & Core at:


Carolina Barre & Core
2901 Selwyn Avenue
Charlotte, NC 28209
Phone: (980) 207-1046
Click here to register for classes!



We are so excited to introduce you to ZAGS®, a cool business of a Charleston friend of Smarty Liz. ZAGS® business started from a love of being in the sun! Whether you are going from the Pool to a Party, the Dock to Dinner, or the Creek to the Club, you will always be covered with the super stylish and always colorful UPF 50+ sunwrap. With different colors, styles and sizes, ZAGS brings so much more to your wardrobe for living, loving, and lingering in the light. ZAGS® wraps are made with high-quality UPF 50+, 100% high performance polyester fabric. They provide wicking, cooling, and UV protection, all while being stain, odor, and microbial resistant. Each one of our ZAGS® sunwraps is manufactured by hand in South Carolina. Love that!

Our CSP Winner receives this beautiful Preppy Palmetto Shawl, an $80 value!


This shawl gives you a little something extra to go with your dress or allows you to jazz up a bathing suit at the pool/beach or in the boat, the 24″x65″ shawl is just the right size for a full length scarf to wrap, fold, flip and add some flair to your outfit for day and night.

You can find ZAGS® at:

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Upgrade your Bathroom with Grund America’s 100% Organic Cotton Bath Rugs! ELIZABETH STALLINGS

Grund Namo Collection

One lucky CSP reader will get the chance to replace up to four of her current bath rugs with the best organic bath rugs on the market! Built with the highest quality materials, Grund bath rugs are made of 100% Organic Cotton. They’re soft, durable and environmentally friendly. In addition, each rug comes with a 5 year warranty! Get ready to feel the difference with a bath rug you can also feel good about! You can order online today at

Our winner will receive her choice of Grund’s reversible Puro or non-slip Namo rugs with the option of a mix of sizes between 17×24, 21×34 and 24×40 (1 runner only please) in the following color options: Puro – White, Graphite or Panna Cotta or the Namo in Green Tea or Blue Denim. Retail value: $250

Grund Puro Collection

You can find Grund America at:

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Elizabeth McKay Nephew Tunic

I first discovered Elizabeth McKay a few years ago and absolutely fell head over heels in love with the simple feminine detail on every piece. Whether it’s the perfectly ruffled Elizabeth top, or the signature party dress, Elizabeth’s designs make you feel special. I have acquired a nice collection of Elizabeth McKay pieces and I kid you not, every single time I wear one, I get stopped and have to give the names of all of the Charlotte boutiques who carry her! The lines in every Elizabeth McKay piece fit as if I had them custom tailored for me – absolutely stunning! Her fabrics are luxurious and her pieces are timeless. You will want to build this collection for years to come.

Elizabeth McKay designs are full of color, bold prints and sophistication. CSP {hearts} Elizabeth McKay!

Our lucky Smarty won the Nephew Tunic, a $195 value!

You can find Elizabeth McKay at:

High end boutiques across the QC and…
Make sure you sign up for her newsletter, they are always running special discounts and you don’t want to miss out on a great Smarty deal!


2U Laundry Dude

We are OBSESSED with 2U Laundry and their magical laundry fairies. We put our dirties out one day and get clean, perfectly folded laundry back the next day. Delivered to our doorstep. Truly a Mother’s Day gift!

Imagine heaving all of your dirty clothes (no color sorting needed) into a big blue bag, leaving it on your front porch, and poof! it’s done the next day perfectly folded (our kids have never seen their undies folded so perfectly). Delicates and hang-dry items are no problem – there’s a separate {pink} bag for those. And dry cleaning? Done. In one day AND delivered to your door. There’s even an alterations service to mend minor clothing repairs.

One lucky winner won a month of free laundry. That’s four large bags total! Valued at $120.

2U Laundry

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The Good Kitchen
Do you want to eat healthy and feed your family healthy food but have ZERO time to make it happen? Let the amazing folks at The Good Kitchen take care of all of it for you.

Their most recent product addition is their “Lunchbox” meals – crafted for kids. The Kids’ Lunchboxes are developed by their chefs with your child’s nutrition and tastes in mind. Free of gluten, soy, GMOs, antibiotics and additional hormones and sugars, the Lunchboxes contain 4 healthy components and are available for order with any adult subscription as individual add-ons or as their own subscription. These items arrive refrigerated and DO NOT need to be heated prior to eating. At this time there are 5 meal choices each week, but keep your eyes peeled for future offerings.

But… what about mom and dad? The Good Kitchen is a fresh, fully-prepared meal delivery service. Breakfast, lunch and dinner ready in just 3 minutes. The Good Kitchen offers meals comprised of gluten-free ingredients for busy lifestyles. Their meals are made from grass-fed and pastured proteins, organic and non-GMO produce, and contain no soy, antibiotics, additional sugars or hormones. Their chef-driven menu provides seasonal variety on a weekly basis. Orders are placed online and delivered right to your home. Meals arrive ready to Heat & Eat and enjoy, piece of mind included.

Our lucky Smarty won a 10 meal plan – 5 meals for Mom’s lunch and 5 meals for the kiddo’s lunch. Boom – Happy Mother’s Day to YOU! Total value: $100

The Good Kitchen

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Twitter – @eatTGK

Hunstad Kortesis: LESLIE MUELLER

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Hunstad Kortesis loves moms just as much as CSP does! For Mother’s Day, they are giving away a $250 gift card for injectables or spa services (not for surgery or products).

About Hunstad Kortesis:
Hunstad Kortesis represents surgeons who are counted among the most respected physicians in the country. They have created a practice that is sought after by patients across the globe, with specialties in many areas and contributing to over 1,000 surgeries and 3,000 procedures every year. Between them, they have more than 45 years of combined experience and remain up to date on the latest clinical advances in the field of cosmetic plastic surgery.

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Huntersville office:
11208 Statesville Rd., Ste. 300
Huntersville, NC 28078

SouthPark office:
4625 Piedmont Row Drive, Ste. 135B, Charlotte, NC
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Policy Handbags: MIRANDA ZOLOT


“Never sacrifice your fashion because of regulations again; that’s our POLICY.”
Smarties, this purse is G-O-R-G-E-O-U-S!

Never heard of Policy? The NFL and other sports stadiums recently announced new rules banning all bags, purses, or backpacks over 4.5” x 6.5” in every professional football stadium OR you must carry a clear handbag smaller than 12” x 12”. POLICY handbags were created to provide football fashionistas with a handbag that meets all new stadium requirements— Don’t get caught carrying a Ziploc baggie!

All of the handbags not only meet stadium regulations for fashion savvy fans, they’re the perfect size for any outing- day or night. Grab your essentials and head out to brunch, date night, shopping, or anything your social calendar holds.

I am salivating at this description: EXCLUSIVE: MARBLE ADDITION OF THE PLAYOFF HANDBAG, Marble pattern (marble will vary on each bag), Vegan Leather, Silver hardware , Top zip closure, Shoulder strap, 24″in drop (whole strap length 48”in) , One outside open compartment with snap closure (fits your phone!), One inside zipper pocket, Two inside card slots, Logo-detailed fabric lining, 6.25”in W X 4.25”in H X 2”in D- NFL approved.

Our very lucky Smarty won an exclusive Marble addition of the playoff handbag! Retail value: $64.00

You can find out more (& Shop!) about Policy here:





While visiting my bestie in Dallas, I stumbled upon the most AHHH-Mazing home product line ever – Indigo Wild and their Zum products. The Frankincense Myrrh Granite Cleaner is seriously the most glorious scent you’ll ever spray in your home and on your countertops. I find myself cleaning my counters several times a day, just because it makes me happy.

Indigo Wild offers a range of all-natural aromatherapy products for body and home. Any more natural and you’d be naked.

On the Indigo Wild & the Zum product line:
Our people were born to be Indigo Wild. And — guilty as charged — every one of us is a true nature’s child. We’ve banded together to thump and bump the rock and soul into every batch of Zum Bars, Glows, Rubs, Kisses and more. Individually, our peeps are virtuosos who are oh-so major to helping our ingredients sing. But together, We’re fusicians who ensure the holistic is always greater than the Zum of its parts.

We make our stuff rock, balancing the rhythm that forms the backbone: Goat’s milk, soy wax, jojoba oil, shea butter, argan oil, dragon’s blood. We add stuff like meadowfoam seed oil, rosehip oil and botanical extracts for bass vibes you can feel. Then we bring out the 100% pure essential oils to lay down a melody that hits the high notes.

Our lucky Smarty won this Zum Smarty Mama gift set, valued at $120!


Frankincense & Myrrh Zum Clean Laundry Soap 32oz: Wash it down, squeaky clean, not environmentally mean. Zum Clean Laundry Soap is a soap, not a detergent. Coconut oil cleans and lifts stains, baking soda ditches odors, and pure essential oils deliver whiffable mind-bogglingness.

Frankincense & Myrrh Counter Cleaner 16oz Spray bottle: Handmade household helpers. Zum Clean Granite & Countertop Cleaner brings the liquid courage to clean, disinfect, and scrub out the icky sticky memories of meals, spills and gunk past.

Mumzie Zum Mist Lemongrass-Lavender: Straight Shooters. When your environment is in need of a happier hour, it’s time to add a splash of pure essential oils. Zum Mist is an aromatherapy spray that drowns out the noise and amps up the juju.

Mumzie Zum Bow Bar Lemongrass-Lavender: Gushes over you (just like mum) with goat’s milk and pure essential oils in a 3-ounce bar.

Zumbo Kiss Stick Almond-Orange: These balmy pops are big, bold, and beautiful.

Zum Scrub Sea Salt: On the rocks. Natural salts to keep the skin soft. Zum Scrub is a body scrub that soothes your skin while your pores go on a moisture binge.

Zum Body Lotion 16oz Lavender-Lemon: B.Y.O.BODY. Lotion libations for thirsty skin. Your skin is a big ole lush. You are 60% water, after all. Zum Body hydrates and fortifies your skin’s barrier, never leaving you feeling oily or greasy.

ZUM Face Travel Kit: The face line is AHHHmazing! A splash for fresh faces. The Zum Face line helps you maintain a healthy glow from happy hour to closing time. Stop and raise a toast to the fountain of you.

Zum Bar Set: Frankincense & Myrrh, Sea Salt, Lavender-Mint. Home brews, bodacious bars brewed by hand. Pour your body a double tall and tasty glass of full-bodied goat’s milk Zum Bars. Why goat’s milk? It’s velvety smooth and doesn’t leave your skin feeling too dry or too oily, but just right.

So here’s the deal, Smarties. Indigo Wild is based out of Kansas City and hasn’t ventured out our way in its entirety yet. Our Whole Foods, Earthfare, Harris Teeter and such stores carry some of this line, but not enough in my opinion. Make sure you ask for more with your local retailers. I’m not kidding. This is the best all natural product line we’ve ever tried. We’re forever hooked.

You can find Indigo Wild & Zum at:

Locally at these retailers: Harris Teeter, Earthfare, Whole Foods, Publix and more.


Pure Barre SouthPark Half Birthday

CSP has been going to Pure Barre Charlotte since they opened over 7 years ago and we all still love it. You see results time after time and we adore the teachers & staff, especially Smarty Cheryl, because, well, she’s one of ours:-) Pure Barre is the fastest, most effective way to change your body. It’s a total body workout which utilizes the ballet barre to perform small isometric movements set to great music. The workout lifts your seat, tones your thighs, flattens your abs and burns fat in record breaking time! Pure Barre strengthens the muscles and then lengthens them right back out to create a long, lean look rather then bulk and mass.

Our lucky Smarty won one month of UNLIMITED classes at her choice of one of the three Charlotte locations, a $225 value – lift, tone, burn, Smarties!


You can find Pure Barre at:


Pure Barre Charlotte: Myers Park
603 Providence Road
Charlotte, NC 28207
(980) 329-4640
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Pure Barre Ballantyne
8430 Rea Road Suite 120
Charlotte, NC 28277
(704) 502-5888

Pure Barre SouthPark
6401 Morrison Blvd Suite 7A
Charlotte, NC 28277

Crepe Cellar Kitchen & Pub: JENNIFER MELKONIAN

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One of my favorites! Located in NoDa’s arts district, Crepe Cellar offers both lighter fare and comfort food. Enjoy a delicious ham and gruyere crêpe accompanied by mixed greens—or dive into a hearty dish of steak and pomme frites. Come for an appetizer and pint of your favorite European brew before a show, or enjoy a nightcap with a carafe of wine and a dessert crêpe(these are fabulous). They bring different people together—and their philosophy on food is much the same. At Crêpe Cellar, traditional European street fare fuzes with hearty, homemade touches and extraordinary tastes.

Our lucky Smarty Mom won a $100 Gift certificate to enjoy at Crepe Cellar. You’re in for such a treat!

You can find the Crepe Cellar at:

Crepe Cellar
3116 N Davidson St
Charlotte, North Carolina

Massage Heights: HELENE GOURDET


Doesn’t every Smarty Mama need a GOOD massage?! Well we have the perfect massage for you! Massage Heights in Dilworth offers professional, affordable and convenient therapeutic massage and skin care services that are customized to meet your specific needs.

Each 90 minute session is fully customized to meet the needs of the guest. The session will include aromatherapy, Hot Stone Therapy, a Reviving Foot Scrub and a Revitalizing Face Massage. This session is valued at over $200.

Massage Heights Dilworth is a new upscale Retreat located in the heart of Dilworth. At Massage Heights they are dedicated to the well-being of the people they serve and they aim to elevate the everyday!

Massage Heights is giving this Smarty Mom a 90 Minute Massage.

You can find the Massage Heights at:

Massage Heights Dilworth
1235 East Blvd. Suite 190 Charlotte, NC 28203

Sunflour Baking Company: ERIN YOUNG

Sunflour Cupcakes

A family favorite at our house! Whether it’s stopping by to grab cheddar biscuits or to order one of their delicious cakes, Sunflour Baking Company has it all. Sunflour is a family-owned business that makes a wide selection of artisanal homemade bread, pies, wedding cupcakes, sandwiches and more! Order hot-pressed sandwiches for lunch. Grab a mid-afternoon cupcake. Or, pick up a whole pie or cake for a group gathering. They’re proud to be Charlotte’s favorite local bakery & they have the most delicious items you’ve ever tasted!

Our lucky Smarty won a $100 gift card to Sunflour Baking Company.

You can find Sunflour Baking Company at:

Sunflour Baking Company
Elizabeth Location:
2001 E. 7t 7th Street
Dilworth Location:
220 East Boulevard
*New Location Coming soon to Harrisburg this summer!!


Photo Credit: Kyo H. Nam

Photo Credit: Kyo H. Nam

This coastal girl can’t get enough of Sea Level NC. If you’re searching for the freshest seafood and oysters in Charlotte, you’ve found your place. Sea Level NC serves farm to fork oysters sourced from North Carolina and all over the country. They’ve also got daily seafood catches, and easy, delicious lunches like our lobster roll or fish tacos. Located in the base of the Hearst Tower on Fifth Street between Tryon and College, come by the oyster bar or out to the patio for lunch, dinner, or drinks!

$1.00 Sea Level NC Oysters Monday – Saturday 4pm – 7pm & Late Night 10pm – 12am

Our lucky CSP winner receives a $100 gift certificate to enjoy the amazing seafood at Sea Level NC!

You can find Sea Level Charlotte at:

Sea Level Charlotte
129 E 5th St
Charlotte, North Carolina
Call Ahead: 704-412-2616

Savory Spice Shop Charlotte: MARY ASHLEY


At Savory Spice Shop they offer high-quality herbs, spices, and seasonings at a great price in customer-friendly quantities. Spice lovers can order a wide variety of products and spices, from specialty salts to the best spice blends for any recipe! They also offer specialty food and cooking products and great spice gift sets which make a perfect gift no matter the occasion.

Our CSP Winner will receive this amazing gift set valued at $94:

The Spice to Plate Cookbook & Spice To Plate spice gift set that showcases 10 signature blends handpicked by the spice experts. With the spices & seasonings in this pack, you can create all 30 recipes! These 10 blends highlight the uniqueness of Savory’s products and represent a variety of styles and flavors.

This gift set contains the following in medium glass jars (4 fl oz.):
-Baker’s Brew Coffee Spice
-Barrier Reef Caribbean Style Seasoning
-Bohemian Forest European Style Seasoning
-Chimayo Chorizo Sausage Spice
-Hidden Cove Lemon Garlic Blend
-Homestead Seasoning
-Paris Cheese Sprinkle
-Park Hill Maple & Pepper Spice
-Platte River Rib Rub
-Zanzibar Curry Powder

(2) Salad Dressing DIY Kits – Italian Dressing and Garden Ranch Dip & Dressing. These delicious dressings are super easy and quick to whip up. Try it with your favorite mix of dark greens!

(2) Small Jars of the delicious and local Clover Honey

You can find Savory Spice Shop at:

Savory Spice Shop
2000 South Blvd.
Charlotte, NC 28203

Providence Gift Co.: SARAH DIFRANCO


Providence Gift Company began with a passion for personalized, fun, and meaningful gifts. They strive to provide the highest quality products AND service to their customers at a fair price. They take pride in their responsiveness and dedication to ensure that every custom order exceeds expectations. No matter the occasion, Providence Gift Company has something for you!

One lucky Smarty won this awesome bundle valued at $100 from Providence Gift Co. that includes:
– A large, personalized canvas boat bag
– A set of 2 personalized, acrylic, stemless wine cups
– 2 phone charger decals
– 1 monogrammed ring dish
– 1 monogram decal pack

All items can be personalized in any monogram, name, color or pattern that the winner desires!

You can find Providence Gift Co. at:


The Write Occasion Calligraphy: TISH HUMPHRIES


It is always the write occasion when it comes to Lori Sparacio. Smarties, Lori is one of the best calligraphers I have ever seen (and being an Art Major, I have seen quite a few!) Just look… I told you…. Her work is beautiful. What’s not to love? It encompasses everything CSP thinks about being a mom – charming, whimsical and beautiful.

The Write Occasion Calligraphy is a Charlotte-based creative business offering fine hand-calligraphy and design services. Because all her work is custom in nature, there is no limit to the scope of projects: all things wedding, custom poetry to corporate documents to one of a kind gifts AND she teaches calligraphy classes. Smarties, she has a line of super Smarty “local” note cards, city map cards that are too cute for words. I am sure you have seen her stuff.

Our lucky Smarty won a map print of Charlotte, a Map of Charlotte Tea Towel and a Charlotte Note card from her Area Note card collection. Retail value: $51.00.

Want to find out more about the Write Occasion, here are her direct links:


You can also find Lori’s beautiful creations at the following local retailers:
The Mint Museum Gift Shop (Uptown and Randolph)
The Levine Museum Gift Shop, Uptown
The Beehive, Overstreet Mall, Uptown
The Buttercup, Myers Park
Paper Skyscraper, East Blvd.
Paper Twist, Selwyn Ave.
Swoozie’s, South Park
Blacklion, Park Road
Gratefully, Danielle, Ballantyne
Creative By Nature, Blakeney
Southern Style Designs, Waxhaw
Southern Nest, Fort Mill, SC
Main and Gray, Fort Mill, SC



“From Bath to Body to Beach”
Turkish-T is a group of designers working together to offer beautiful, unique, hand crafted, products created by talented artisans from around the globe. They realized Agean cotton is used in making natural textiles is some of the finest cotton in the world. They accept no substitutes and believe you should not either.

Every year, I hunt for the perfect beach towel and every year, I am disappointed. Smarties, this year, I am soooooo excited to report, I have found one- and it is AH-MAZE! You are probably wondering, what makes the perfect beach towel? Well, let me tell you a little bit about Beach Candy™… First, they are thin and dry quickly. Very important when you have little ones going in and out of the water every couple of seconds. Second, they are big enough to really cover you up, but at the same time, they can fit in the smallest of beach bags. This is essential because I tend to overpack and the last thing I want my clothes to share space with is a bulky terry cloth beach towel. Third, they are loomed with the finest cotton and super soft on your skin. Fourth, they can be worn as a scarf or a sarong. Seriously, they are so gorgeous you WILL want to wear as a fashion accessory. This is perfect when the sun starts to go down and you are a little chilled or you need to make a mad dash after your kiddos and quickly need a cover up. Fifth, they are very absorbent and best of all, they are super stylish. They are perfect for travel! I am not the only one who thinks so check out their stats: Cover of Garden & Gun June/July 2013; Best Seller in People Magazine 2014. Pretty impressive, right? Well, that is not all. Turkish-T has an entire website with the most beautiful collections “from bath to body to beach.” My other favorite is the extra-large Basic Coverlet. I love to lay on the beach, read a book and watch my boys play. This blanket is perfect for that. It is big enough so we have a spot. It is gorgeous. And just like the Beach Candy™ towels, it is lightweight and folds in the smallest of beach bags. PERFECTION! I will be using mine ALL summer!

Our very, very lucky Smarty won a Beach Coverlet & a pair of Beach Candy™ Towels, retail value $154.00!



Wondering how you can find out more information, here are all of Turkish-T’s direct links:


Spare Drawer Designs: CC SCHOTT


You had me at the name, Spare Drawer Designs! How cute are these earrings? Seriously, I can’t get enough of the playful patterns and the bold colors. Bonus- they are super light. One of each. Please!

Just read what they have to say about their earrings and you will fall in love, too. “These adornments sing to the playfully sophisticated spirit (she is describing YOU!) who’s entranced by rouge ribbons, curious trinkets, vintage letter openers, and miraculously appearing buttons, among other marvels.”

How fun is this! Hence the name, Spare Drawer Designs: “My materials are spools of yarn from grandma’s sewing kit, appliques from old costumes, and the beautiful grosgrain ribbons from last year’s Christmas gifts.

Our lucky Smarty will be styling and profiling in the Tibetan Endless Knot Earrings! These beautiful designs carry meaning. This pair symbolizes – all existence is bound by time and change, yet, ultimately rests serenely within the Divine and the eternal. The knot is also a symbol. It symbolizes Samsara, the endless cycle of suffering or birth, death and the rebirth with Tibetan Buddhism. Retail value $48.00



Added Bonus: Molly from Spare Drawer Designs generously donates 10% of her proceeds to Joshua Station, a transformational housing program for homeless families in Denver, Colorado. You can find out more about this organization at




“We hope to make your world and life more colorful”

Smarties, I cannot say enough about CK Bradley. I know the minute you click on her website, you will feel the same. Her clothing is A MUST HAVE in your closet. I am currently obsessed with all three of her current collections. Just listen to what they are called: Reef, Nautical, and Palm. Do you sense a theme? You got it, the BEACH. Everything is bright, bold and screams SUNSHINE.

CK Bradley: “This year’s Spring Collection is inspired by spontaneous celebrations and all the joy and fun that comes along with the unexpected. So be prepared…. Our Spring Collection will take you from backyard tailgates to dance floors to impromptu dates to whatever your calendar plans for and has yet to know. From Preppy Camo (we call it Reef Print) to the Palm Print (SMARTY FAV) we hope to may your world and life more colorful.

Smarties, you are in for a real treat. CK Bradley is giving one of you their SUPER STYLISH, SUPER POPULAR Belles Shirtdress. Ladies, this dress is AHHH-MAZE. It is made stretch cotton shirting material. It has side pockets. The pattern and color are fabulous. Not to mention the wooden buttons and the beautiful collar…. I love how CK Bradley combines all the elements of style and comfort in her clothes. This will be my go-to dress for everything this season. Who is going to rock it with me?

Our lucky Smarty won a Belles Shirtdress in the Palm Pattern. Retail value is $185.00.

CK Bradley can be found here:



Jacob Foster Designs: BRITTANY DUBOSE


Aren’t you curious how ladies like Smarty Mom Kara Dail, the mastermind behind Jacob Foster Designs, come up with such beautiful creations? She says the idea will just pop in her head. That is talent! I mean really, her necklaces are Gorgeous! They are simple and elegant with a touch of whimsy. They are the kind of accessory that take your outfit to the next level.

Jacob Foster designs was born after Kara decided to leave her professional career to raise her two boys, Eli Jacob and John Foster. (Yep, that is where the name comes from!) It all happened one summer night as she was walking on the beach. She says it was then, “A lightbulb went off.” Kara always knew that after leaving her professional career to raise her children she wanted something of her own making in the future. She was given the advice, “Don’t do it if your hearts not in it and don’t do it to make money.” Well, Kara, I am here to tell you, your heart shines through your work. Each piece embodies classic elements with a touch of bohemian whimsy. When I look at your necklaces, it evokes a found memory…a trip to the mountains, a walk on the beach or a serene moment of feeling peace.

Jacob Foster Designs is giving our lucky winner a SUPER FAB Denim Tassel Necklace. Tassels are all the rage right now and this one pairs with any outfit in any season. This is a gift that keeps on giving…. PERFECTION! Total Retail Value $60.00.


You can find more of Jacob Foster Design’s on the following links:

Facebook: www.facebook/jacobfosterdesigns





You can also Jacob Foster Designs at the following retailers:
Lauren Nicole Designs
Black Mingo Outfitters
The Cheeky Bean
Beside Manor
Cotswold Marketplace
The Local Squirrel



‘Sleep with personality. Sleep with Quality.”

True Story: We were staying at a major hotel at Disney world. Just imagine, families coming and going at all hours. It was a super busy time of the year. The boys and I were in the room getting organized for our day. My husband was out making the necessary coffee run. That is when it happened, there was a knock at the door. I immediately thought it was my husband with my coffee. Nope. I stepped out slightly in the hallway and bam! The twins shut the door behind! I could hear them giggling as I stood there in the hallway with my not sooo Smarty pj’s on (husband’s boxer shorts and an old tee). Thank the Lawd, my husband was there in seconds. Lessoned learned.

Smarties, this is where the Sydney brand Sant and Abel comes in to the picture. Sant and Abel makes the most beautiful pajamas I have ever seen. My absolute favorite pair are the Bora Bora Blue. They are so fantastic that you could be wearing them and no one would ever know you were in your pajamas. Seriously, lounging in my pj’s all day sounds like a dream…

Just read Sant & Abel’s description: Just like the majestic, luxurious expanse of this most famous Tahitian Island, the Sant and Abel “Bora Bora Blue” summer pajama set will make you unwind and slump into pure relaxation the moment you pop them on. Made from the most exquisite and soft pure linen, the shorts come with an elasticized waist, contrasting drawstring and beautifully tailored side pockets. The sleeveless top is beautifully structured with a peplum cut and is the perfect to counterpart to the shorts.

Our lucky Smarty won the Bora Bora Blue Pajama Top and Bora Bora Blue Pajama Short. This set retails at $130.00.

You can purchase Sant and Abel directly from the links below:

North Carolina Retailers:
Luxe Angel Boutique
J. Alane’s
Sleeping In

Brynn Hudson Jewelry: MARGARET ANN PAGE


“I have always desired jewelry that was versatile; it had to be something that I could throw on when going to the grocery store in my workout clothes but also elegant and graceful enough to be worn to a black-tie event.” ~ BHJ

Brynn Hudson Jewelry was one of those random Instagram finds. I never understand how Instagram places certain accounts in your feed. I am sure there is some sort of algorithm. Whatever it is or however it happens, I am over the moon excited to have found Brynn Hudson Jewelry.

Her collections embody a modern edge based in classical style. People and phrases, I would use to describe BHJ are Palm Beach Chic, Old Hollywood, Audrey Hepburn, Elizabeth Taylor and Jackie Kennedy Onassis. Wearing her jewelry, you feel like you are channeling one these amazing fashion icons. They are timeless in design. A woman in her 20’s to a woman in her 60’s can wear her jewelry. They are remarkable!

For me, it was an instant love affair with the Silver & Gold Rose Bud Necklace. It is absolutely divine. I am on the hunt for a crisp white oxford with a great collar because this necklace deserves all the attention.


Item Description: Brushed Gold crescent and brushed silver round beading form a rose bud effect. Brushed gold toggle clasp. Brushed gold and silver plated. Meant to be worn choker style. Comes with a toggle extender which allows the necklace to be worn at 16, 17, and 18 inches and fit a variety of neck sizes.

Our very lucky smarty won one of BHJ’s timeless Silver and Gold Rosebud Necklaces. Retail Value of $115.00.

Smarties, You must go and check out her website. She has a page called “It’s Her Business” and “Accomplished” celebrating accomplishments of various women and personalities. Each wearing one of her necklaces exemplifying timeless style.

You can purchase Brynn Hudson Jewelry on her direct links:





Smarties, you are going to fall in love with Hello Dobson. It is an emerging lifestyle brand of fashion, home décor and accessories based out of St. Louis, Missouri.

I first discovered Hello Dobson while shopping online at one of my Florida Fav’s, The Grove. Her off the shoulder tops stopped me in my tracks. The colors, the patterns – I WAS HOOKED! They are BEAUTIFUL. I was blown away when I read they were handmade. In my mind, that just makes them even more unique and special. I am amazed at the talent of Blair Dobson. She is totally on trend with everything she does. The only thing dividing her from everybody else — she brings a new element to the table. Her designs are feminine and sophisticated as well as sexy and chic without compromising class. Blair, you have raised the bare on the off-shoulder top! We can’t wait to see more…


Our lucky Smarty won a Hello Dobson handmade top, It’s my Party in Hot Pink Pineapples. Retail value of $156.00.

You can find Hello Dobson at:


You can also find Hello Dobson at the following retailers:
C. Orrico
The Pink Crawfish
The Grove
Two Friends
Rusted Chandelier
The Blue Octagon

Mila Rose Jewelry: MIA PRICE


Oh emmm geee! Smarties, Mila Rose’s jewelry is majestic! Smarty Jen Plym introduced not too long ago to this AHMAZE jewelry line. Immediately, I was in awwww of everything! Each piece is made with love right here in Charlotte. Their trademark is the creative use of semi-precious beads and stones from all over the world. My favorites are the Ella Cuff and the Semi-Precious Stone Cocktail rings. Not only are they gorgeous – they make a HUGE statement when you wear one. It will definitely start conversations. They are breathtaking.

The oh-so-talented gals behind the gems are these GORG designers, Molly & Isla, who decided to follow their dreams and do what they love, and we’re sure glad they did.


Smarties, get ready to be dazzled! Mila Rose is giving our winner an amazing, sparkly beautiful Ella Cuff. Retail value $103.00


You can purchase Mila Rose direct:


You can find Mila Rose at the following boutiques:
KK Bloom
The Cheeky Bean
Pink Hanger
LA East
Lavendar Boutique
Traveling Chic Boutique
Forbes Jewelers
Plum Goose
Clair de Lune
Kataphora Boutique (Southern Pines, NC)




Cat Studio is the Holy Grail of Awesome! They make the most beautifully crafted, vibrant, fun hand-embroidered pillows. It takes 40+ hours to make one of these gems. Not one detail is missed. The craftsmanship is beyond excellent!

Each pillow celebrates, within their embroidered design, a different city, state or country. They call it their Geography Collection. Here in Smartyland, we are totally crushing on The Queen’s City Pillow.


I love how C(armel) A(nd) T(errell) Swan – the ‘cat’ of catstudio tell the story of how the Geography Collection came to life. They fell in love, discovered they shared a love for world culture, a thirst for travel, and a deep appreciation for art, design and craftmanship. They decided to put their shared interests together and design a timeless ode to geography & craftsmanship.

Smarties, Cat Studio is the real deal. If you are looking for the ultimate gift for someone special in your life. This is it! There work is more than a pillow. It is a hometown, a memory, your alma mater, a vacation… Which design/location would you pick?

Our lucky Smarty will be able to make that decision and pick their favorite Cat Studio design/location from the Geography Collection. Retail value $168.00


You can find Cat Studio at:


Local Retailers:
Blis Gift Boutique
2 Twenty 2 Interiors

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Allegra & Luca: KATHY SNYDER


Smarties, I can’t even begin to put into words my obsession with this dress. I wore it all last summer and I plan on wearing it again this summer. It is my no-pressure dress. I throw it on, put my hair in a bun, grab a pair of cute sandals and I am ready to go! Everywhere I went, people would stop me and comment on it’s amazing colors and design. I call it my HAPPY dress!

Allegra & Luca’s dresses are a Traditional Mexican design with bright and cheerful embroidery. Perfect as a tunic or dress. Each is fully hand embroidered in the Mayan Communities of Mexico. They are 100% cotton. Each piece is handmade so colors and embroidery may vary slightly.

Allegra & Luca has a great collection of colors. She also offers different embroidery combinations with various color dresses.



Our lucky Smarty won one of Allegra & Luca’s “Happy Dresses”: A hand-embroidered above the Knee Dress. Retail Value: $48.00

You can find Allegra and Luca at:


Hands High Designs: ASHLEY HOY


Smarties, meet Hands High Designs, the jewelry line created by local Charlotte Smarty Mom, Ashley Hall. The minute I saw these necklaces I was OBSESSED. They are boho-chic, ultra-fashionable and so incredibly wearable! Even if it’s just to run carpool on a Tuesday morning. You know how so many statement necklaces are uncomfortable to wear? Not these. Slip one on and see – they lay perfectly around the neck and are super light-weight.

Named after her obsession with horses, “hands high” refers to the measurement of a horse (instead of “feet tall” like people, horses are measured in “hands high”). She uses natural materials like wood, antlers, recycled glass – and gorgeous fabrics like velvet, linen, silk and tribal prints – to make each piece unique. It is amazing how incredibly beautiful each of her collections are: Woodland, Silk and Sea, and Sticks & Stones. Are you ready to make a statement with a new necklace?

Our, soon to be, Super Fashionable Smarty won a silk tassel necklace from Hands High Design’s Silk & Sea Collection. Retail Value: $94.00


Hands High Designs:

You can purchase Hands High Designs through trunk shows or custom orders by emailing Hands High Designs.

You can also find them in several local stores:
Cotswold Marketplace
L.A. East
Lipp Boutique

Bosom Buddy Bags: KATE BAILLON


“Handbags as extraordinary as the women who carry them.”

Smarties, these handbags are AHMAZZZZING! I love, love, love mine. It is big enough for just about everything including my iPad.

Each one is handcrafted one at a time by a Master Weaver of the Tenganan region, using Ata grass, a vine indigenous to the foothills of volcanoes on the Indonesian Island of Bali. Can you imagine? They can take up to 4 weeks to finish. Once completed, they arrive in the Bosom Buddy Baltimore design studio where the design teams works their magic adorning each bag with all kinds of different goodies.

Bosom Buddy Bags offers a unique shopping experience. It is customized to you. You pick which bag shape you would like and you build the decorative elements from there. I am like a dear in headlights when it comes to BBB’s adornments. I can never decide if I would like a starfish, sand dollar or sailboat… each one looks equally gorgeous.

Our very lucky Smarty won her very own Bosum Buddy Bag. A LOB Large Oval Bal with a Navy & White Tassel, Retail value $220.00


You can find Bosom Buddy Bags at:


You can also find BBB at these local retailers:
3 French Hens
Blythe Gallery

Kiel James Patrick: NICOLE VEGA

What’s “knot” to love about KJP?

I am always looking for a fun summer necklace and KJP never disappoints. This year, I fell head over heels for Atlantic Knotlace Necklace.


“Inspired by the rugged charm of New England, KJP takes pride in creating timeless American-made fashion and accessories. Each product has a story, a season, and a rich heritage in American craftmanship. Through vibrant, idyllic lifestyle imagery, the Kiel James Patrick brank awakens memories of carefree days by the coast wearing sea-shrunken rope bracelets, crisp fall nights around a bonfire layered in plaid shirts and sweaters celebrating holiday traditions in bowties and pearls, and seaside jaunts in boat shoes on the first warm day of spring.”

Smarties, I don’t know about you, but, it sounds a lot like Charleston, South Carolina to me – wink! (minus the rugged charm, of course). Either way, I love it! love that is embraces a time of beauty and grace with an all- American brand.

For Mother’s Day, KJP has a new collection out called Mom-o-grams. You should really check it out. It is quite charming. I know my mom would be a big fan. She always used to tell me to wear my pearls…

Are you ready to get in a summer state of mind? If the answer is yes, I have a treat for you. Kiel James Patrick is giving our lucky Smarty winner an Atlantic Knotlace Necklace. Retail value $78.00


Curious to learn more or shop Kiel James Patrick:





Sloan Boutique opened her doors to Charlotte’s mall weary, but fashion hungry citizens in May 2000. They began with the perfect styles to create the eclectic looks that clients were seeking, but soon discovered that recommending the right shop to find the perfect shoe to finish the look was often difficult. Adding a designer shoe selection in 2002 solved the problem and created the opportunity to dress clients from head to toe. Another chance to expand their selection arrived in 2006, when longtime Myers Park jewelry store, Montanna, needed a new home for their fantastic jewelry pieces. Sloan was a natural fit and that trifecta – clothing, shoes and accessories provided us the opportunity to become the “one stop shop” boutique you find today. It’s a fantastic experience to have the opportunity to guide your look from beginning to end and it’s a benefit Sloan is proud to offer.

A little bit about the AHHHHHHMMMAZE owners: Courtney Sloan & Jill Sloan Pleune:
“First we fell in love with fashion, then we fell in love with Charlotte – and we’ve never looked back. We always dreamed of owning a shop together and after graduating college, we set out for the Southeast to scout locations. When our plane landed in the Queen City, we knew we’d found our new home. Charlotte was full of potential and promise, with a vibe that completely matched our ambitions. We didn’t have connections or family to rely on, but we had each other and the combined strength of five generations of entrepreneurs reminding us that business is in our blood. We set out to make our dream come true.

As sisters, we’re often of two different minds, but having different strengths has benefitted our business relationship. With one sister left-brained and the other right, we discovered that together we’re just the right mix of creativity and practicality. One thing we’ve always agreed on is that delivering personal, professional service and building long term customer relationships is central to the heart of Sloan. And it’s our passion to present timeless contemporary fashion, carefully curated to meet your needs from casual to cocktail, which allows us to unlock our doors every morning with a smile. Welcome to Sloan, we’re glad you’re here!

Fashion Influence: Our mother, Cathy Sloan. We may have grown up in small town, rural Decatur, Illinois, but our mother never fit the stereotype. Whether vacuuming the house or running errands, she was famous for her five inch heels and football games were cheered on in full length fur coats and high heel boots. We walk in her fashion footsteps, recognizing that she is still the ultimate diva.”

The Smarty girls can vouch for this. Jill is often spotted at basketball games all around Charlotte wearing, you guessed it, 5″ heels and the most fabulous fur vest hoodie that we’ve ever seen. That apple didn’t fall far from her mama’s tree. Meanwhile, the rest of us bow our heads in our lulu…

If you haven’t been. You really need to go or check out their website and shop online. I promise you will LOVE it! Sloan was even mentioned in Elle Magazine as one of the top boutiques in the country – we couldn’t agree more.




Ok Smarties, this is a biggie. Sloan is a fav to the CSP team!

Our extremely lucky Smarty won a $100 gift card to Sloan!

You can find Sloan at:


4310 Sharon Road, Suite T01A
Charlotte, NC 28211

Monday – Friday 9:00 – 6:00pm
Saturday 10:00 – 6:00pm
Sunday 1:00- 5:00pm

Shop online at Sloan:



“Effortless style comes from knowing yourself.”

Parker Thatch, formerly iomoi, was established in 2002 by husband wife team, Irene Chen and Matthew Grenby. Each personalized bag design is designed by Irene and finished in the US. All graphics are hand drawn by Matthew. Items are crafted from the heaviest weighted canvas (because it must stand up on its own to be worthy of becoming your welcome companion).


I was initially led to the Parker and Thatch website because of their adorable sleep masks. Little did I know what I would discover. I love all of their stuff! Right now, I am crushing on several of their things. First, let’s chat about their sleep masks. Super Cute! I especially love the one that says, “Moma is off Duty.” I so wish my kids could read. Second, their tennis bag – have you seen it? It is a throw back to my early tennis days. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE IT! This bag might just motivate me to get back out on the court. (Ha!) Third (Save the Best for Last), their Customized Classic Tote. I love the clean lines, the roomy inside and the customize choices are just my style. Bonus, Parker Thatch offers an “inscribe inside.” Not sure what I am talking about? When you open the bag to get something out… on the inside lining, they inscribe a thoughtful quote, phrase or saying of your choice. Love this idea. I am totally having my bag inscribed with one of my mom’s snarky comments that is meant to keep me on my toes… One that I could hear her tell me every time I read it.

What would you have inscribed on the inside of your bag?



Our lucky Smarty won a Parker and Thatch Large Customizable Tote with an Inscribe Inside. Retail Value of Customized Original Large Tote is $168.00 and the Inscribe Inside is $25.00. Total value $193.00

You can purchase Parker Thatch items directly from their website:


It’s a Girl Thing: ANNIE LAUGHLIN


“We believe that no matter a person’s style, there is always room for a monogram.” – AMEN TO THAT! CSP loves all things monogrammed. In Smartyland, we feel that you can never have too many things monogrammed.

It’s a Girl Thing was started by a mother and two daughters (LOVE THAT!) with a love for anything monogrammed. They pride themselves on being three women with three different signature styles. Katie: the girly prep. Momma D: the classic prep. Caro: the trendy prep. (Sounds like our Smarty Team 😊) Because of this, they are able to offer more of a variety of products for every lifestyle including stationary, tableware, premium totes, blankets and more!

Ladies, I think you are super Smarty! I love, love, love your everything on your website. At this moment, I am totally obsessed with your new stationary line. Oh Emmmmm GEEEEEEE, It’s gorgeous! I want to order EVERYTHING. I am not kidding! It took me almost a day to narrow down my choices.

Smarties, even if you do not need new stationary. Check out what It’s a Girl Thing has to offer. You might change your mind. I promise it is worth it! It will inspire you to put down the phone and write a handwritten note.

I have a lovely surprise, It’s a Girl Thing is going to give a Stationary Set to our lucky smarty winner. Total Retail is $133.00

Write your notes in style with our new brand-new double sided flat notecards! These fun Hot Pink notecards (set of 50) feature preppy zebras with your monogram in a Kelly-Green Circle on the front and charming black and white stripes on the back. The Folded Notecards (Set of 20) have a Kelly Green solid front and back, with the front featuring a black border, preppy zebras and your monogram in a Hot Pink Circle.


The Matching Notepad is perfect for your to-do lists and coordinates in a Hot Pink background with preppy zebras and monogram in a Kelly-Green Circle (100 sheets)
Good Luck Smarties!


You can purchase items from It’s a Girl thing directly off their website:

La Senorita Jolie: KELLY LILLY


“A Beautiful Girl”: A Charlotte created label by the beautiful Jennifer Dixon. A lover of glamour, albeit a self-professed “t-shirt and jeans” girl found that women tend to spend more time in casual clothing these days. She saw an opportunity for a casual twist in the social selling marketplace and from the LSJ was born!

I first learned about La Senorita Jolie (LSJ) through, my dear friend, Caranna O’Melveny. She grabbed the opportunity to represent Jennifer’s designs and ran with it. If you haven’t been to one of her trunk shows, you are missing a fun outing – good wine, beautiful clothes, fun opportunity to catch up with friends and make new ones, and did I mention beautiful clothes?

LSJ is a clothing line that is flattering on all body types. Super Stylish without compromising comfort! Just what this Momma needs! Comfort is key when you are chasing around little ones. Each season, LSJ comes out with something new and amazing. Right now, I am basically obsessed with the entire spring line. You really should check it out – it’s AHHHMAZE and styles are selling out fast.

Smarties, you are in luck. LSJ snagged one of their amazing dresses and put it aside for you! This maxi dress is so unbelievably comfortable and flattering you are sure to fall in love. The Kat features a scoop neckline and sleeveless, racerback style for the fashionable ease of a casual day around town.


Our lucky smarty won a LSJ Maxi Dress: The Kat. Retail value of $115.00

Thank you LSJ for designing clothes that are not only comfortable but Super Stylish!

You can shop LSJ here:




One of my absolute FAVORITE jewelry designers is Erin McDermott. Not only is she one of the nicest (and cutest!) people on the planet, but she creates some of the most spectacular and wearable pieces I’ve ever seen. Her pieces are my go-to gifts for special occasions, and little surcies to myself :-). We’re lucky that she’s local – she has been designing her custom jewelry in Myers Park for several years.

Erin McDermott Jewelry has been featured in fabulous fashion magazines including Real Simple Magazine, Martha Stewart Weddings and more – lots more!

Smarties, she lives right in our backyard and is on her way to celeb ranks! Erin’s gem business was born when she took jewelry design classes and fell in love with the process of creating jewelry. She uses semi-precious stones, sterling silver, organic forms, textures, glass, freshwater pearls, wood, and unique materials to create her amazing jewelry. These materials help Erin create jewelry, which is classic but also modern and unique.

Smarties, if you don’t already you should really follow Erin on Instagram. Every once in a while, she will post a sample sale. You definitely don’t want to miss out!!

Erin is giving our lucky Smarty one of her beautiful necklaces. The Triple Strand White and Gold Wood Necklace. This necklace brings together the classic flair and mixes it with a boho-chic vibe to create a necklace just right for you!


One lucky winner will win an Erin McDermott Triple Strand White and Gold Wood Necklace, Retail Value of $120.00

Erin McDermott’s jewelry can be purchased directly from her website:

Erin’s jewelry is also found in several local boutiques in Charlotte.

Eklund Griffin: MALIA FOX


I learned about Eklund Griffin last Christmas and since then there is no turning back. I am a big fan – HUGE fan. Blair and Hayley Griffin have the most beautiful crafted bags I have ever seen. EVER!

Eklund Griffin is a Maine inspired, American handmade brand. Each product is informed by our twin inspirations (😊) from the cultural influences of our Scandinavian heritage and home state of Maine. Their great grandparents, Hannah and Wilhelm Eklund, moved to the Maine seaside four generations ago and “the ineffable beauty of the rugged coast has held their family captivated ever since.”

“ Maine is everything to us – it’s our color palette, our work ethic, our backdrop, our context, and out support system. There’s just something about Maine from the soft brush of a sea breeze to the faint forest perfume of a Balsam Fir. It’s a place where the smallest things have the power to remind us of the way life should be. We believe each one captures the spirit of a place worth falling for and invite you, too, to be carried away by Maine….”

W-O-W! Raise your hand if you want to visit Maine? I am hoping to meet these two lovely ladies this summer as I make my journey North. I am so intrigued by their beautiful designs that I would love to see their studio and learn about their process (keep a look out, I spy a future blog piece). Are you ready to be carried away by a little piece of Maine? Eklund Griffin is graciously giving one of their beautiful Buoy Block Clutches (Tidal Teal & Coral Red) to YOU! That’s right Smarties, one of these stunning clutches can be yours!

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Our lucky Smarty winner won a Buoy Block Clutch. Retail Value of $200.00

You can purchase Eklund Griffin at the following links:



Luxe Angel Boutique: VICTORIA BAILEY


Smarties, we have another SUPER FANTASTIC LOCAL boutique giving you a gift card (retail value of $100.00) That’s right a Gift Card! You have the freedom to choose anything you want.😊

In case you aren’t familiar with Luxe Angel Boutique:
The boutique is for both women and men allowing you a one stop shopping trip. Their men’s lines include 4 different denim brands to fit every shape and four apparel lines from casual, fun tees to dress shirts for work and play. Their women’s lines include five premium denim lines and a variety of great apparel brands.
“Our feel is boho chic with great classic pieces you can wear in many different ways. I wanted to bring lines that you cannot find everywhere in the area so that you find special pieces. Great clothes at great prices.“ – Lisa, Luxe Angel

You can also find shoes, accessories and jewelry. All of their jewelry is one of a kind, handmade and brought in from all over the USA.

A note from Lisa (the mastermind behind this amazing boutique):
“Many people have asked about the name and what Luxe Angel means. Luxe Angel is very special to me for a few reasons. Luxe because everyone wants to feel luxurious and I have taken a lot of time and research to bring in brands that just feel good on and fabrics that are really great feeling. The next word, Angel, is the most important to me…Both my parents have passed and I know that I now have two angels watching over me as I continue to grow.”

Good luck, Smarties! Make sure if you are the winner to tag us on your amazing finds!!


Our lucky Smarty won a Luxe Angel Boutique. Retail Value of $100.00

You can find out more about (or online shop) Luxe Angel Boutique here:


Luxe Angel Boutique
720 Governor
Morrison Street #160
Charlotte, NC 28211

Monday – Saturday: 10:00 – 6:00pm



Smarties, I would like to introduce you to Charlove. You are probably wondering, what exactly is Charlove?

Charlove is a local Charlotte branded apparel, majority female owned business with a PURPOSE. With each T-Shirt sold, Charlove donates a new, in-branded shirt to a child in need through their partnership Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools.

CSP loves the name CHARLOVE. We asked CHARLOVE these questions:
We think it’s super Smarty! What made you start making these super Smarty t’s? We thought there is really not a cohesive brand in Charlotte with so many transplants, you often see people wearing other city logos and sports teams; but, not Charlotte. We thought of this cool way to show unity and city pride, by collapsing the double t’s in Charlotte into a V – which also forms a heart above the logo.

What is your mission behind Charlove?
Our mission is to promote love, unity and city pride while give BACK to the children in need LOCALLY. We hope to positively impact the residents of Charlotte and set a good example for our daughter.
We love Charlove!

Charlove is giving our lucky Smarty their super new fabulous pink camo tee. Retail value $30.00

You can shop Charlove at the following links:


Rodan and Fields: HEATHER HIPSLEY


My good friend and Rodan and Fields consultant, Jay Peters, is giving one VERY, VERY, VERY lucky Smarty the new best things at Rodan and Fields. She is giving you a bottle of their new ACTIVE HYDRATION SERUM. Rodan and Fields has transformed my skin from being red and blotchy to being porcelain in color. This stuff is amazing! Smarties, this is a goodie.

Just read what they have to say about it:
“Dry skin lies. It says you’re older than you are. All skin, regardless of type, can benefit from more hydration. That’s why we developed Active Hydration Serum, which raises the skin’s hydration level by 200% from the very first use.” ~ Rodan and Fields

R+F Active Hydration Serum™ is a moisture-loving super serum that boosts your skincare Regimen’s performance thanks to 30% Glycerin and Hyaluronic Acid. Our proprietary 3D3P Molecular Matrix draws in moisture from the air and locks it in, creating a water reservoir that delivers continuous, all-day hydration and smoother, softer, more radiant-looking skin.

Our lucky Smarty winner won a bottle of Rodan Field’s Active Hydration Serum, Retail Value of $108.

You can purchase Rodan and Fields Products here:


Emily Ley Planners: ELLEN GARNER


Smarties, Emily Ley is the real deal. Her planners are AHHHHMMMMAAAZZZING! I live such a chaotic clutter life that I need a little bit of simplicity to keep my focus and Emily offers just that!

Emily Ley is a boutique lifestyle brand that embodies the inviting personal style and traditional sensibilities of its Founder and Creative Director, Emily Ley. The brand inspired women of all ages to build joy and simplicity into their lives through intentional choices, purposeful plans and playful experiences. The collection is built on the pillars of simple classic design, classic style, fresh colors and playful details, features organizational tools, office necessities, stationary and family-centric gifts. Be on the lookout, Emily is about to launch her newest planner! And from all the sneak peeks, it is pretty awesome!

Emily has a treat for YOU, Smarties!

Our lucky winner won her Book: Grace not Perfection, and her family Recipe Binder. Retail Value: $52.00

Emily Ley Book


You can find Emily Ley here:


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Southern Sequins: MICHELLE KUHN


Smarties, this adorable and newly married jewelry designer, Southern Sequins, is from my hometown of Vero Beach, Florida. Everything she creates reminds me of sunshine. Her designs are bold, festive and fun still maintaining a chic classic appeal. LOVE HER – and I just know you will too!

Take a minute and read her bio:
“I have always been creative and always loved cooking, decorating and DIY and one day I cam across jewelry. One day I saw these bracelets in a store that I really wanted, but they were SO expensive! I went to the craft store and bought what what I thought were the materials, and after about 10 minutes of playing with it I had made my first bracelet! …Well now, the rest is history as I’ve learned to create even more amazing pieces!” – Christina Sabia, Southern Sequins.

I hope that the next time I’m in my old stomping ground I am able to meet this creative genius!

Okay Smarties, ready for some sunshine!

Southern Sequins is going to give you MY FAVORITE pair of earrings, the Candy Bon Bon Trio Drop Earrings. Retail value of $84.00.


Want to see more, here is where you can find Southern Sequins:



Smarties, You are going to LOVE Vestique!

Vestique is a trendy and affordable clothing boutique for females of all ages. They take pride in offering quick shopping, top-notch customer service and the trendiest pieces of clothing and accessories at the BEST prices.

Smarties, I am obsessed with every piece of clothing they sell. You have to act fast because they sell out! I am telling you – that is how CUTE their stuff is!!!!

The story behind this AH-MAZING boutique:

As college friends who shared an obsession with fashion and an appreciation for fabulous and affordable style, Caroline and I (Morgan) decided after a few years in corporate America that it just wasn’t for us.

Countless hours of research, lots of soul searching, sweat and tears led us to open an online boutique and turn our dress, of careers in fashion into reality. launched in 2010. We filled orders out of a spare bedroom in my house. We worked on the website all hours of the night then got up and went to our full time jobs. When the strain of both became too great, we took a serious leap of faith and quit our day jobs to focus solely on growing Vestique.

Vestique is giving our lucky smarty winner this amazing dress (Festive in Fuji) along with a super trendy and fun straw hat. Retail Value: $72.00

They have three locations in Charlotte:

Dilworth Gardens Shopping Centerunnamed
1582 East Blvd.
Charlotte, NC 28203
(704) 910-6426

Blakeney Shopping Center
9816 Rea Road, Suite C
Charlotte, NC 28277
(704) 543-0403

You can also find Vestique here:

Little Nest Portaits: KRISTINE ORR


Smarties, I saved this one for last. I am in love with Little Nest Portraits. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE! You walk through the doors and you are instantly feel HAPPY! I can’t explain it. It’s AMAZING! Everybody is so incredibly kind and welcoming and the Studio space is G-O-R-G-E-O-U-S!

Still wondering who and where Little Nest Portraits are…
Little Nest Portraits is natural light photography studio offering a luxury boutique experience. Little Nest is new to Charlotte and located in the Waverly Shopping Center on Providence Road (On the corner of Providence and Ardrey Kell Roads):

7314 Waverly Walk Avenue
Charlotte, NC 28277

This studio is a gem! Charlotte is so lucky to have it. I cannot wait to share with you what Little Nest Portraits is giving one of YOU lucky ladies. It’s the bombshell of this giveaway!

Wait for it… Wait for it…

Little Nest Portraits is giving one lucky Smarty (1) Session (1 hour), (1) Custom Retouched Digital File & Same Day Ordering. This is valued at $400.00

Intrigued and want to find out more. Here are all the links so YOU see for yourself what I am talking about:


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