December 5, 2017

Presenting Our 10th Birthday Smarty Favorite Things Holiday Giveaway!

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Fa la la la la, la la la la! It’s our FAVORITE time of the year, Smarties, and we couldn’t be more excited to present our best giveaway ever, in honor of a decade of pink & green bliss! That’s right, it’s CSP’s 10th birthday – yay, us!! Our Smarty elves had the best time shopping for all things “Smarty” to give to our favorite readers on the planet! We’ve got something for everyone here – fashion, jewelry, art, jewelry, bags & primping – all of our absolute faves! Some are from right here in the QC and some are national – and ALL have been chosen for a reason. We’ll have 16 winners – we hope one of them is Y-O-U!

Here’s to the next decade of Smarty Pants! Merry EVERYTHING, Smarties! XOXO

The Buttercup Charlotte Featuring:
MADE in the Deep South

~Jen P

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Our Smarty friends at the Buttercup had a changing of the guards recently and are now 2nd generation Charlotte family-owned, and we couldn’t be more excited and proud of them! The Buttercup is a Charlotte icon tucked right in the heart of Myers Park and is hands down the best spot to shop for gifts this holiday season – from candles, to jewelry, to art, and stationery, now offering in-house monogramming – you’ll find something for everyone on your holiday list!

The Buttercup did a very special collab for us with a new line they carry, MADE in the Deep South. These could possibly be the most uniquely fabulous pieces of jewelry I have ever seen, and the Buttercup is the only shop in the QC who carries them! Smarty Alert: Mark your calendars for next week, the Buttercup will be hosting a MADE in the Deep South trunk show December 14-17 – so you can shop and make sure your hubby knows what you really want under the tree this year – wink, wink!

On MADE in the Deep South:

MADE in the Deep South jewelry line was created with the idea of making “one-of-a-kind” pieces for women that strive to express their own personal style. We start with vintage and antique pieces that are collected all over the world, some dating back to the 1800s. The vintage pieces are then deconstructed, mixed with other pieces and other materials to create “new,” stand-out jewelry. Every MADE piece is unique and varies in style depending upon the piece itself, and the era it came from. They all have their own history and story to tell. Each MADE piece is adorned with a “story card” that provides its very own biography.

Our lucky Smarty will win the gorgeous 1960s Brooch (featured above) from an Illinois estate!

You can find the Buttercup at:

343 Providence Rd
Charlotte, North Carolina
704.332.5329
facebook: www.facebook.com/buttercup.charlotte
instagram: www.instagram.com/thebuttercupshopclt

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And MADE in the Deep South at:

website: www.madeinthedeepsouth.com
facebook: www.facebook.com/MADE-in-the-deep-south-215406208515432
instagram: @madeinthedeepsouth

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Two Bees Cashmere

~Jen P

I stumbled upon a GEM on an instagram binge I had recently while waiting in a carpool line and I just knew it had to be top of my favorite things list. Two Bees Cashmere has gorgeous sweaters, shawls, hats and more that are a must for your winter wardrobe. I’m seriously crushing on this shawl and it needs to be under my Smarty tree:

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About Two Bees:

Our story began over a decade ago when the hunt for design driven, affordable cashmere left us empty handed. Since the beginning, we have strived to fill that void creating a cashmere collection for life’s everyday adventures. Two Bees Cashmere brings a tailored fit, coupled with a coastal-inspired design story that takes us through each season. We believe everyday is an adventure and that cashmere should be with you on these journeys, not left on a shelf.

Two Bees Cashmere is working tirelessly with our factory to create a specialized cashmere that washes with ease and wears well. We continue to be on the cutting edge of making cashmere an accessible luxury for today’s active lifestyle. Let our sweaters help you experience livable luxury.

Our lucky Smarty will win a Two Bees Plaid Trim Tunic, a holiday wardrobe essential that can go from carpool to cocktails.

Two Bees Holiday Tunic

You can find Two Bees Cashmere at:

website: www.twobeescashmere.com/fallwinter
instagram: @twobeescashmere
facebook: www.facebook.com/Twobeescashmere
blog: www.twobeescashmere.com/blog
And locally at Charlotte’s in Myers Park!

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Elizabeth McKay

~Jen P

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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 new 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. We especially love the pants outfit, hand-picked for our Smarty winner. If these pants aren’t “Smarty Pants”, then I don’t know what is:-)

Our lucky Smarty will win the Katherine Pants and the New Elizabeth Shirt!

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New Elizabeth Shirt

You can find Elizabeth McKay at:

High end boutiques across the QC and…
www.emckay.com
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!
facebook: https://www.facebook.com/fb.emckay
twitter: https://twitter.com/elizabeth_mckay
instagram: http://instagram.com/elizabeth_mckay#
pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/elizabeth_mckay/

Ella B Custom Candles

~Jen P

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My go-to gift every holiday season is an Ella B. candle. Partially because we are HUGE fans of local founder, Julie Tassy. And partially because they are just PERFECT and packaged in a precious box with a bow. Whether it’s a neighborhood candle or one of the three holiday fragrances, they make the perfect gift for teachers, neighbors, and girlfriends!

Ella B. Candles are known for the clever neighborhood names, like SouthPark, Myers Park, Foxcroft and more. They are hand-poured with love right here in Charlotte at the “Hive”. Each candle bears a distinctively “Charlotte” name and boasts a delightful, unique fragrance and exceptionally long burn time. Be sure to check out Ella B’s limited edition holiday fragrances: Carolina Christmas, Christmas in Charlotte and Queen City Holiday – these are so festive!

The gift of gifting…Our lucky winner will be able to create (6) individually personalized candles for their besties (kinda like our Smarty candle featured above:-)! Brought to you by Ella B. Candles and their amazing new Custom Candle Collection.

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The Custom Candle Collection allows you to design online and customize your candles for party favors, holiday sercies, or corporate gifts. You can pick them up at your favorite local Custom Candle Partner store, or get this…they will ship them right to your door!

You can find Ella B candles at:

In our favorite stores all across Charlotte – Visit ellabcandles.com to find your closest retailer
facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ellabcandles/
instagram: @ellabcandles

Erin McDermott/Twin & Twig Collab

~Jen P

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One of my favorite local 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 for holiday gifts for anyone on your list, special occassions, and little sercies to myself :-). We’re lucky that she’s local – she has been designing her custom jewelry in Myers Park for years.

When Erin teamed up with other FAB Charlotte jewelry designers, sisters Elizabeth White and Jacquelyn Buckner of Twine & Twig – it was a match made in pink & green heaven. Twine & Twig pieces are inspired by a love for the rustic outdoors and the casual calm of the Carolina coast. Featuring naturally sourced materials from around the world, each piece is designed, handcrafted, tied with their signature suede strap and made in their Charlotte-based studio.

The Erin McDermott/Twine & Twig Collab: Our lucky Smarty will win this gorgeous necklace!

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They created a layering piece based off the Erin McDermott Morning Coffee Necklace and added a handful of signature beads from the Twine & Twig Collection. Tiny gold nugget beads are strung on a cotton bamboo cord to create that lovely piece that is casual, yet unique! Each necklace is adorned with a signature Twine and Twig bead made from bone and other natural materials. This neutral necklace triples as a long necklace, double it up for a shorter necklace, or wrap it around your wrist a few times for a layered bracelet.

You can find Erin McDermott at:

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You can find Erin on facebook, twitter, pinterest and instagram and in local boutiques all around Charlotte.

And Twine & Twig at:

website: www.twineandtwigstyle.com/pages/shop
facebook: www.facebook.com/twineandtwig
instagram: @twineandtwigstyle
pinterest: www.pinterest.com/twineandtwig

Punch Vintage Style

~Jen P

Photo Creds: KNL Photo

Photo Creds: KNL Photo

Smarties, this is one of my favorite local finds! Known for her died cow-hide cuffs, Punch Vintage Style pieces are made with heart and soul by local artist, Amy Crawford. Amy oozes cool – she lives on a huge farm and is a lover of the Lord and a hippie chick at heart. She has a variety of vintage cuffs that you can either follow her lead with her bible verses and notes of inspiration. OR, ask her to stamp your cuff with your own words of wisdom. We love stacking our Punch pieces – perfect for carpool, a night out, a morning at barre – you name it!

Our lucky Smarty will win a custom leather cuff (your choice of leather stain color and wording), a customizeable Handcrafted Patina copper dog-tag inspiration necklace,
& a pair of hand made luxuriously soft leather fringe statement earrings.

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You can find Punch Vintage Style:

www.punchvintagestyle.com
facebook, instagram, and pinterest
amy@punchvintagestyle.com

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Laura Park Designs

~Cheryl

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I discovered Laura Park Designs about a year ago and have been drooling over her Instagram feed ever since. Her use of vibrant colors in her paintings and textiles just makes me SO happy, and I love how she creates so many different types of pieces. From beautiful canvases to pillows and blankets, and now clutches, Smarty Charlotte is lucky to have such a gifted artist in our community.

On Laura Park Designs:

Laura Park is a self-taught artist and began painting in 2011. Her abstracts are spontaneous and intuitive. Inspired by colors in nature, textiles and design, she paints with a variety of mediums including acrylics, guache, pastels and oil crayon. Laura’s paintings are vibrant with an engaging energy that make the eye dance along with her brush strokes. Her art can be found in several galleries as well as her new line of textiles and lifestyle products and apparel at www.lauraparkdesigns.com. Live life vividly!

One lucky Smarty will win this gorgeous foldover clutch (available in 7 colors)!

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You can find Laura Park Designs at:

website: www.lauraparkdesigns.com
instagram: @lauraparkdesign
pinterest: www.pinterest.com/lpartanddesign
Also at Cotswold Marketplace!

Jacob Foster Designs

~Jen P

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Aren’t you curious how ladies like Smarty Mom Kara Dail, the mastermind behind Jacob Foster Designs, comes up with such beautiful creations? She says the idea will just pop in her head. Now that is raw talent! Her pieces 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 DeBordiue beach. At that moment, “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 heart’s 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.

Here are some fun new pieces from the Jacob Foster bracelet collection:

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Jacob Foster Designs is giving one of our lucky readers this gorgeous Earth’s Essence necklace!

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

Website: www.jacobfosterdesigns.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/jacobfosterdesigns
Instagram: www.instagram.com/jacobfosterdesigns

Inna Eckman – Artaccent

~Jenni

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I love Instagram! This is how I found Inna Eckman. It was typical day. I was waiting in my car for the twins to get out of preschool. I decided to check my Instagram feed and their it was – this image of a house. It wasn’t a perfectly staged photograph of a house that I was used to seeing repeatedly. It was a watercolor of somebody’s home. It felt warm and inviting. I was captivated! The painting felt happy. I decided to investigate further and to my surprise, the artist lives right here in Charlotte. I am in awe over work. She not only paints people’s home, she paints families.

Meet, Inna Eckman, Artist & Owner of Artaccent. She is a mother of five children, Wife, and Believer. Her Art Shop was officially in August of 2014; however, she has been creating Art since she was a young child. She specializes in Custom Watercolor Illustrations and Digital Illustrations. “Although my work is portrait-like in appearance, my finished art is intended to only be a likeness of the item being illustrated; it is not intended to be a portrait or replica. I strive to work closely with all of my clients to generate the perfect illustration that can be proudly framed and displayed or shared on digital channels.” Smarties, I am over the moon excited about this giveaway!

One lucky winner will be able to choose an 8×10 watercolor illustration of your house, family (5-6 family members), or wedding.

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You can find Inna Eckman/Artaccent at:

website: www.artaccent.bigcartel.com
instagram: @inessayemets
instagram art page: #ivegotinspiration
ETSY shop: www.etsy.com\shop\artaccent
email: inessayemets@gmail.com

Kiel James Patrick

~Jenni

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Smarties, I would like to take a moment and formerly introduce you to Kiel James Patrick. I am certain you recognize the name. We have partnered with them in several of our giveaways – pearl necklace, pearl bracelet, sailor’s knot necklace, dog bandannas. I love, love, love KJP! Their style is preppy to the core. There is not one item on their website that I would not buy. That is big because, according to my husband, I am the hardest person to buy gifts for. Just read how they describe their brand:

“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.”

You had me at timeless American-made fashion and accessories! Who doesn’t want to resemble Jackie – O’s style?! They recently debuted a line of flannel dresses that sold out within the first couple of days. You are probably thinking – seriously, flannel dresses. They were amazing – belted, fit and flare design, ruffle collar with the most desired plaids. Brilliant! Another favorite of mine is the Darling Skirt. The most fitting name for what I am about to describe to you. The have taken the classic plaid skirt, given it a slightly higher waist (YES!), added pockets (SOLD!) and most importantly, they created a plaid that embraces color. Smarties, I love all things navy and a red plaid; but, sometimes, it is fun to mix it up. This skirt does just that.

Let me introduce you to our giveaway item, the Darling Skirt/ Cookies and Eggnog.

The most darling skirt ever,
Fit for holiday cheer.
To wear ’round the tree,
With the ones you hold dear.

Pair this skirt with a pair of boots, and a sweater and you are good to go – a style that is easy and polished!

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One lucky Smarty will win their very own Darling Skirt/Cookies and Eggnog!

Curious to learn more or shop Kiel James Patrick:

website: kieljamespatrick.com
facebook: facebook.com/KJPBrand
instagram: @kjp
twitter: @KJP
pinterest: pinterest.com/KJPBrand

Sant & Abel

~Jenni

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“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. Lesson learned.

Smarties, this is where the Sydney brand Sant & Abel comes in to the picture. Sant & Abel make the most beautiful pajamas. Right now, I am completely crushing on their entire Braddock Collection. My favorite – the classic oversized boyfriend shirt. You can never go wrong with a luxurious Night Shirt. The Braddock Night shirt is a classic. There is no detail missed. From the material, lightweight pure cotton poplin, to the design, signature blue pin stripe with contrasting pink piping lining the six buttons, rounded collar for an added element of femininity, piping detail on the cuffs, and a chest pocket perfect for monograming, it is perfection!

Our lucky Smarty will win the Braddock Night Shirt featured above!

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

website: santandabel.com
facebook: facebook.com/santandabel
instagram: @santandabel
twitter: @santandabel
pinterest: pinterest.com/santandabel

North Carolina Retailers:

Luxe Angel Boutique
J. Alane’s
Sleeping In
McCalls

Parker & Thatch

~Jenni

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“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. They have so, so, so, so much more. I love absolutely everything on their website – yes, everything!

Right now, I am crushing on several of their things. First, let’s chat about their sleep masks. Super Cute! I especially love how they can be personalized. Second, their tennis bag – have you seen it? It is a throwback to my early tennis days. Pair it with a pair of Stan Smiths and you are golden. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE IT! Third, the Customizable Totes (any of their canvas bags or accessories). They have taken this bag on tour and it has been a blast seeing all the different customizations people come up with as they document on instagram.

One lucky Smarty is going to have a chance to win an eye mask – the original item that drew me to discovering Parker & Thatch – AND, another one of my favorites, the Envelope Clutch (featured above)!

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You can purchase Parker Thatch items directly from their website:

website: parkerthatch.com
facebook: facebook.com/parkerthatch
instagram: @parkerthatch
twitter: @parkerthatch
pinterest: pinterest.com/parkerthatch

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Bixby & Co.

~Jenni

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Smarties, I feel like I need to apologize. I have been holding back on you. I have known about Bixby & Co. for two years now and have kept it to myself. So, to make up for it, we have partnered with Bixby to bring you this amazing gift bag full of ALL their goodies.

It went down like this – you know when you are out and about with your kids and you want to grab a bite. Just a little something to hold you over until your next meal. You don’t just want anything. You want something that tastes good and is good for you. That is when it happened! It was summer, we were downtown Rockland visiting the Schooners. With my twins in tow, we walked over to Main Street Markets and that is where I saw it – The Bixby Bar. At first, I was intrigued with the clever packaging. Yes, I will admit, I am one of those people that judges a book by its cover. Then, as I always do, I started reading the packaging a little bit closer – female-owned, gluten free, vegan…Indulge, Satisfy, Energize mixed with a creative combination of ingredients. I was SOLD! They are delicious. I love each flavor, but, if I had to pick a favorite it would be — the Dark Chocolate, Maine Sea Salt, Wild Maine Blueberry Cashew Whippersnapper. Fast forward a couple of months, I returned to Maine with my family to celebrate the holidays. That is when I discovered Bixby & Co.’s Drinking chocolate. Smarties, this is the BEST hot chocolate I have EVER had! It is made with rich dark chocolate with subtle hints of cinnamon. My mouth is watering as I type this…It is a must try!

I am a true fan of all their confectionaries: Bixby Bars, Drinking Chocolate, Bixby Bites, and the Bean to Bar Chocolate. I love their mission! It is a snack that I can feel good about eating. It is a snack I feel good about giving to my kids. Here is some more background information:

On Bixby & Co.:

Bixby & Co. is a craft confectionery and Maine’s first bean to bar chocolate producer. Our Bixby Bars, Bites, Drinking Chocolates and new single-origin Bean to Bar Craft Chocolate bars are made from ethically sourced, non-GMO ingredients for a delicious, guilt-free indulgence. Founded in 2011 by mother-daughter team Donna and Kate McAleer, Bixby & Co. began with the idea of creating a healthier candy bar free of additives, preservatives, and corn syrup. (Read more about it here.)

One lucky Smarty will win an LL Bean tote full of all these mouth-watering Bixby & Co products: Baker’s Dozen set of 12 assorted Bixby Bar flavors, Rich Dark Drinking Chocolate, Mayan Drinking Chocolate, Nutty for Me Bixby Bites & Bean to Bar bars!

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You can find Bixby Chocolate at:

website – www.bixbyco.com
facebook: www.facebook.com/bixbyco
instagram: @bixbyco and @bixbychocolate
twitter: @bixbybar

AVAILABILITY: Bixby Bars are available locally at The Fresh Market and online at www.bixbyco.com.

Brynn Hudson Jewelry

~Jenni

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“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 beautifully 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 super 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. Every piece, every collection is divine. This is the kind of jewelry that makes a statement all on its own.

One very lucky smarty will win one of BHJ’s timeless Triple Raspberry Earring in Navy Blue and White paired with a Raspberry Gumball Bracelet in Gold and Navy Blue (featured above)!

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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:

website: www.brynnhudson.com
facebook: www.facebook.com/brynnhudsonjewelry
instagram: @brynnhudsonjewelry
twitter: @BrynnHudson

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La Senorita Jolie

~Jenni

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I first learned about La Senorita Jolie (LSJ) through, my bestie, Caranna. Every time we would meet up, Caranna always looked so effortlessly polished and put together. I would ask her, “Where did you get that top/belt/dress?” The answer was always and still is, “It’s from LSJ.”

LSJ is a clothing line born right here in Charlotte by Jennifer Dixon. Jennifer created a brand that is super stylish, comfortable and flattering for all body types. Each season, I anxiously anticipate what she will come out with next. Right now, I am basically obsessed with their graphic tanks and t’s. I love them! They capture a feminine element that, so many t’s are lacking. BIG FAN!

Guess what, Smarties? LSJ snagged three of their super popular graphic t’s and put them aside for you and added BONUS, Jen Dixon is including a pair of her Lolita leggings (featured with Hello Gorgeous T-shirt). Wooohooo!

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One VERY lucky Smarty is going to win this fabulous LSJ bundle!

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

You can shop LSJ here:

website: www.lasenoritajolie.com
facebook: www.facebook.com/LaSenoritaJolie
instagram: @LaSenoritaJolie
twitter: @LaSenoritaJolie
pinterest: www.pinterest.com/LaSenoritaJolie

Little Nest Photography

~Jenni

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Smarties, I am in love with this studio. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE! You walk through the doors and 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!

I had the privilege of having two family sessions with Melissa, a resident photographer at Little Nest Portrait Studios. OMGeeeee! If you would have seen the train wreck that was going on with my twin boys, you would have been convinced there was NO way we were going to get any quality pictures – not the case at all. Every image was AMAZING! My husband and I were completely stunned. That next day, I returned to the studio and immediately signed up to be an heirloom member. We are forever fans of Little Nest!

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).

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 ($400 value!(. Valid starting January 2018.

This studio is a gem! Thank you, Indre for bringing Little Nest Portraits to Charlotte. XOXO, Team Smarty

Current Events at the Nest & Location:

Santa Session – $125, includes 15 minutes with Santa, 1 digital image and print package.

Little Nest Portraits
7314 Waverly Walk Avenue
Charlotte, NC 28277
website: www.littlenestphoto.com/charlotte
facebook: www.facebook.com/LittleNestCharlotte
instagram: @littlenest_charlotte
pinterest: www.pinterest.com/littlenestphoto

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Revival Hair Lounge

~Jenni

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Smarties, I am always reading comments on various Charlotte Mom/Tribe Facebook pages about “who does the best color??” and “who can turn a brunette into a blonde?” or “who can fix my color?” and “who can cut my hair to look like this?”… The comments are endless. The answer is simple, Revival Hair Lounge, because this dynamic duo can do it ALL!

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Meet Jeremy Dean (Cutting Specialist) and Sonya Alexis (Color Specialist), owners of the Revival Hair Lounge. It has almost been five years since they first opened the doors to their salon. I can’t imagine a world without Revival Hair Lounge. Jeremy gives the perfect cut allowing Sonya to work her magic by adding color and each time the client leaves feeling more beautiful than when she walked in. I love that Sonya blends the color so meticulously that it looks natural. Long story short – I have had some serious doozies done to my hair – poodle perm in the 80s, flop of seagulls short on one side long on the other…this kind of thing will damage you when you are young. You lose trust in those holding the scissors. Well, I let Jeremy cut off at least 6 inches of my hair. THAT IS BIG! I trust him completely. They are truly wizards at their profession!

Recently, Jeremy and Sonya decided to expand from their “suite” life into their very own storefront. As a strong team of four (Jeremy, Sonya and stylists, Heather Crank and Marissa Reed), they pride themselves on a luxurious experience without pretension.

“Our ‘slow beauty’ approach means we give each guest the attention they deserve. An intimate experience, wine, laughter, and beautiful hair.” And that is exactly what they do. Smarties, Revival Hair Lounge is a cut above the rest.

One extremely lucky Smarty will win a cut and Awapuhi Keritriplex treatment, OR a basic color treatment. This gift is valid only January-February 2018.

You can find Revival Hair Lounge:

11046A Cedar Walk Lane
Charlotte, NC 28277
www.revivalhairlounge.com
facebook: www.facebook.com/RevivalHairLounge
instagram: @revivalhairlounge
twitter: @revhairlounge

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Emily Ley

~Jenni

Gracenotperfection

One of my all-time favorite gifts to give and receive for the holidays is a book. Not just any book. A meaningful thought provoking book. A book with the recipient in mind. Well, I am here to tell you I found two of those books. And not only are they beautifully bound hardbacks, they are filled with words that embrace and inspire women.

Grace, not Perfection: Embracing Simplicity, Celebrating Joy
This book will change your life whether what stage of life you are in… stay at home mom, working mom, empty nester, young professional or grandmother. This book is for you! Emily’s words will guide you to live a more authentic life. A life full of grace.

Asimplifiedlife

A Simplified Life: Tactical Tools for Intentional Living
This book was JUST released. I am patiently waiting for mine to arrive and after reading all the reviews, I simply cannot wait!

-“A Simplified Life is one of a kind”
-“…makes you feel you are not alone in your struggles.”
“…infused with sincerity and love.
-“Must read for every woman who feels drained by expectations.”
-“Emily speaks straight from the heart.”

Also, who would like to meet the mastermind behind these two beautiful books? Emily is coming to Charlotte on her A Simplified Life book tour Friday, January 12th at Swoozies. I promise to keep in tune with details as I find out more information. I will be there!!

Emily has a treat for YOU, Smarties!

One lucky winner will win both copies of her books: Grace, Not Perfection: Embracing Simplicity, Celebrating Joy and the newly released best seller A Simplified Life: Tactical Tools for Intentional Living.

You can find Emily Ley here:

website: www.emilyley.com
facebook: www.facebook.com/emilyleypaper
instagram: @emilyley

The Smarty Favorite Things Giveaway Details:

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This giveaway includes products for the designated items listed from each of our Smarty retail partners above. We will pick one Smarty per giveaway item. Make sure you stop in to visit all of these local businesses and national links to do some holiday shopping or just to treat yourself! Don’t forget to tell them Charlotte Smarty Pants sent ya!

Here are the instructions:

1) Official entry here – you must complete this survey. We’ll announce our winners in the Thursday, 12/14 newsletter, so you have to be a subscriber! Email is old school but we still LOVE it!

2) For Smarty facebookers: Please like Charlotte Smarty Pants on Facebook AND share a link to this post on your feed. Make sure to send your link to info@charlottesmartypants.com with “CSP Fav Things Contest” in the subject to be entered. This REALLY REALLY REALLY helps us spread the word!

3) For Smarty instagrammers: Please follow Charlotte Smarty Pants on instagram and all of our partners today (refer to #4) AND repost our daily Smarty Favorite Things feature and make sure you use #smartyfavoritethingsholidaygiveaway.

4) Help us help you win more fab loot in the future and support (by liking and following) our Smarty partners on social media here:

The Buttercup Charlotte facebook & instagram
MADE in the Deep South facebook & instagram
Two Bees Cashmere facebook & instagram
Elizabeth McKay facebook, instagram
Ella B. Candles facebook & instagram
Erin McDermott facebook & instagram
Twine & Twig facebook & instagram
Punch Vintage Style facebook & instagram
Laura Park Designs instagram
Jacob Foster Designs facebook & instagram
Inna Eckman/Artaccent instagram
Kiel James Patrick facebook & instagram
Sant & Abel facebook & instagram
Parker & Thatch facebook & instagram
Bixby & Co. facebook & instagram
Brynn Hudson Jewelry facebook & instagram
La Senorita Jolie facebook & instagram
Little Nest Photography facebook & instagram
Revival Hair Lounge facebook & instagram
Emily Ley facebook & instagram

Easy peazy, you’re officially entered! Our winners will be announced in our e-newsletter and social media on Thursday, December 14th. So make sure you check your inbox then! Good luck and Happy Smartydays!

Fine print: One entry per Smarty, unless given bonus entries per social media. Giveaway ends at 12:00 am on 12/14/17. You must be 18 years or older to enter. U.S. residents only, void where prohibited. Official rules and disclaimer here.

14 Responses

  1. Jackie Sherrill says:

    Your list is always fabulous! Waiting for you and Oprah to get together! ❤️

  2. Angie says:

    Always fun to get ideas from your lists!!

  3. Angela Hendricks says:

    Love this list! Did all 4 steps and have my fingers and toes crossed! Thank you for the chance and Merry Christmas!

  4. elizabeth tierce-miller says:

    So many great ideas for those from my mom, to my daughter in laws, to my own daughter. I love some of the fashions.

  5. April says:

    So excited!!! Love these giveaways!

  6. Hillary Ryland says:

    Happy birthday!

    Count me in – I’m keeping my fingers crossed!

    P.S. Jacob Foster Designs is missing from your list above and on the survey.

  7. Susan O'Neill says:

    Great job on the list, girls!!

  8. Margaret Ann Page says:

    Best giveaways!

  9. Awesome giveaways!! Love them!

  10. Wendy says:

    What amazing giveaways! Great job and always enjoy your site!!

  11. Helen Cathey says:

    Exciting prizes to be won!

  12. Nicole says:

    This is awesome! Looking forward to winning one of these spectacular gifts!🛍🛍🎄🎄🎄

  13. Polly Stokes says:

    So excited for the opportunity to win amazing gifts!!

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