As we are making our final preparations for Spring Break 2K18, don’t forget to plan your sanity too. For me, that’s my workout. I’m always searching what’s new on the fitness scene in my home town of Vero Beach, FLA (where we always spring break!). I’m telling ya, Pure Barre people, Vero Beach would be the PERFECT place for a new PB studio! But until that day happens, I plan on taking Pure Barre with me!
You may get lucky and find that there is a Pure Barre studio near your spring break destination. Click here for Pure Barre Locations. For the rest of us, you can take Pure Barre with you wherever you go. You can watch their videos On Demand, or you can purchase DVDs and equipment.
Caris of Pure Barre Ballantyne/Southpark gives us her Smarty tips:
Quick exercises you can do anywhere!
*90 second plank – throw a couple of tucks in there to mix it up and get your mind off the burn
*Push-ups: full-body, tri-cep, wide hands
*Tri-cep Dips: Great to do while sitting in the baby pool watching your little LTB’ers splash!
*Work your seat and thighs with some back dancing. Throw in some tucks, squeezes and circles. Make sure to stay up for at least 3 minutes so that you can feel the burn and find your shake!!
Happy Spring Break 2K18, Smarties!
Pure Barre Charlotte, Pure Barre Ballantyne, and Pure Barre Southpark
For the month of February bring a friend for FREE. If they sign up for the intro month you will receive $25 “barre credit” to be used towards your next package (retail excluded). Bring two friends in and they both sign up, you will receive $50 in “barre credits”. Work your way up to a free month by the more the merrier!
Pure Barre Charlotte: Join Alexis on February 24th for Lifted Seat Intensive. This is a 75 minute class that will kick your seat. Spots are limited so sign up now to reserve your spot.
Our favorite trampoline, Springfree Trampoline, is hosting an amazing Smarty Steal for President’s Day! For a limited time, save $398! Bring home the bounce this spring with a Springfree Trampoline! It’s better than bringing home a puppy!
Take advantage of this mild winter during Springfree’s President’s Day Sale! Save $398 with any Springfree Trampoline purchase. Free FlexrStep, delivery and installation with purchase (reg. $398). Hurry, this offer ends February 19, 2018. What a Smarty Steal! Read More →
Smarties, we’re super excited to announce our newest partner, Wilderness Adventures! Experts in adventures since 1973, Wilderness Adventures is the pioneer of outdoor adventure trips for students. Based out of Jackson Hole, Wyoming – Wilderness Adventures started in 1973 with a dream of combining love of the outdoors with passion for education. What began as one trip with ten students for eight weeks across the western United States has grown to over 45 trips across six continents with over 25,000 alumni. Their mission is simple: to create life-changing adventures for young people in remarkable locations. We are thrilled to announce Smarty Teen Ansley will be joining the Wilderness Adventure family this summer and we know this will be #lifechanging for her! We can’t wait to follow her journey!
Their Philosophy & Goals:
We know that a small group experience in the wilderness serves as a valuable catalyst to enable our students to become more responsible, tolerant, and self-confident while developing a powerful, all-inclusive community. We also know that through an intimate outdoor experience, our students learn to become peer leaders, acquire a responsible appreciation for the natural wonders of our planet, and develop a newfound environmental ethic to carry with them throughout their lives.
The Wilderness Adventures program is based on four core values. We are educational, we are forward-thinking, we are a launch pad, and we are fun!
Your child’s outdoor adventure starts HERE – Choose from 45 programs for the perfect experience in outdoor adventuring all over the world. Engage in a variety of activities while creating friendships, building community, and developing your leadership skills. Read More →
Smarties, winter has officially arrived in North Carolina, and it’s time to hit the slopes! We’re looking at AWESOME ski weather this weekend – it’s snowing in the mountains as you read this! We’re so lucky that our favorite ski/snowboard spot, Beech Mountain, is a hop, skip and a jump from the QC. And this weekend is the perfect weather for a spontaneous family ski outing – just check out their insta feed! So gear up, Smarties!
The Plym kids have all taken snowboard and ski lessons at Beech and are forever hooked. It’s crazy how easy and naturally snowboarding and skiing comes to kids. (Note: If your kids can Ripstick, then they’ll be tee’d up perfectly for the kick-booty Burton Learn to Ride Center at Beech.) But, skiing is just as fun if that’s what they’re in to!
Do you ever get tired of the price increase every time you go to your salon? It tends to sneak up on you, doesn’t it? Last time I went to my full-service salon, I was like – $245 for cut/color and that’s before tip? For real?? I eventually hit a max price that I’m willing to pay for my hair services and this was WAY over my budget, so I was looking for a change. When my girlfriend recommended QC Concierge and she’ll come right to my house, I knew this was going to be #lifechanging in so many ways.
The blonde bombshell behind QC Concierge is Griffin Swisher. She’s a Charlotte native and comes highly trained at Charlotte’s best full-service salons. She is excellent with color/cuts and she uses the same color products that my fancy salon used. And the best part, she came right to my house. This meant I could seriously roll out in my pj’s if I felt like it and could catch up on work emails, laundry – whatever I needed to do! Smarty Bonus: she’ll cut your entire family in one fell swoop. That’s truly the #lifechanging part. Her prices are fair, in fact much cheaper than what I was used to paying, despite the fact that she’s mobile. Lately I’ve been stopped several times for people asking me who does my hair. This means I’m in the right place.
Griffin offers on-demand hair and beauty services. With prom season hitting soon, she offers the perfect services. We hosted our HoCo group in the fall at my house. All the girls got their hair and makeup done and they all got ready together in the same place. We ordered Thai and it was such a fun day, not to mention they looked G-L-O-R-I-O-U-S!! Read More →
Smarties, get your summer calendars ready and start mapping out your kids’ plans – YMCA Camp Thunderbird has an early bird discount that will expire on January 31st! Every dollar helps, so don’t forget to register NOW!
YMCA Camp Thunderbird is the BEST! It’s close to Charlotte, hosts day and resident campers, and is one of the few places in the QC that can boast generations of camp alum. There’s a lot to be said for that. Plus, it was voted Best Day Camp in the 2017 Smarty Awards!
YMCA CAMP THUNDERBIRD is a co-ed resident camp on 1.7 miles of beautiful Lake Wylie, SC shoreline. Your child will learn new skills, make lifelong friends and grow in confidence on Thunderbird’s ultimate water playground and diverse land activities. Wakesports, paddleboarding, horseback riding, high ropes, and archery are just a few of the programs your child can experience this summer.
Smarty tip #1: Members of the YMCA of Greater Charlotte receive a $100 per week discount when registering for resident camp.
Smarty tip #2: Receive $75 off when you refer a new camper who enrolls in camp.
Smarty tip #3: At the time of registration you will required to pay:
-$50 registration fee, in addition to the total above
-$150 deposit, toward total above
Pay the full remaining balance at registration, or take advantage of our payment plan which is divided into five payments. 20% of balance is due on each payment date. During the registration process, you will authorize a credit card on file to pay the camp balance by the due date. Read More →
One of our New Year’s rez’s at CSP is to check out more happening food spots for dining out with the kids, dining out without the kids (praise Jesus:-), and our favorite, gal pal lunch spots – because you know that’s where most of Charlotte’s biggest ideas get started! I can’t tell you how many times I just go blank when I need to think FAST of where I want to eat for lunch, or what’s the best take-out by neighborhood, or where should I go on a date night? Throughout the year, we’re going to compile a list of our favorites, and yours too, so please email us with your ideas!
Today I’m talking about Hazelnuts Creperie – YUMMMMMM!
With three convenient locations across the QC – Blakeney Shopping Center, 7th Street Public Market and Uptown (200 S. Tryon) – they have a spot close to you. My girls and I went to Blakeney, their newest location and we loved it!
When I think of crepes, I think of dessert with lots of whipped cream, berries and such. I was pleasantly surprised to find that crepes are served for any meal, not just the sweet treats. They have “Served all Day” options including the Americana that has Egg, Cheddar, Smoked Turkey, Avocado, Spinach, Tomato, Red Onion & Chipotle Aioli.
*****THIS GIVEAWAY HAS ENDED. OUR WINNER IS SHAWN WILLIAMS!*****
We are SO excited about the start of 2018, Smarties! Over the next week, we are bringing you interviews with some of our favorite fitness places in town AND with those interviews, we’re including some FIT-ULOUS giveaways just in time for those New Year’s resolutions.
Today we’re breaking down the barre and we’re getting cozy with Amity Whalen, owner of Carolina Barre & Core (CBC). Amity is a fitness legend that has been on the QC circuit since 1998. We have followed Amity’s talents with every new endeavor. I guess you can consider us “Amity groupies” because, well, she’s just that awesome and has a very dedicated following! Amity has expanded the CBC brand recently and opened up a 2nd location in Raleigh. Rumor has it, she has her eyes on a 3rd spot! So make sure you check out CBC on your Raleigh travels!
Meet Carolina Barre & Core’s Amity Whalen!
Yes many people are totally intimidated BUT, I’ve never taken a ballet class in my life! It certainly doesn’t hurt – dancers tend to have great body awareness and that’s huge but not imperative.
I can’t say what happens in other barre classes- I can only promise you at CBC you’ll get a class where you feel welcome, get personally adjusted and assisted and modified for any limitations you may have. You will be pushed to your edge and get a great workout. You will enjoy a moment of peace in savasana at the end of class. You will leave feeling stronger and accomplished! Read More →
If you like sledding, you’ll LOVE tubing! Our Smarty friends at Beech Mountain Resort have constructed a state-of-the-art tubing park adjacent to the Alpine Village at the base of the slopes. It’s a great location that provides for extra long tubing runs, and offers convenient access to ice skating, shopping and dining in the Alpine Village.
With chutes up to 700 feet in length, all ages can enjoy an exhilarating ride. Smarty Bonus: The Beech tubing area is serviced by a magic carpet conveyer, which transports riders quickly to the top!
Tickets are sold on a first come and first serve basis. Tickets go on sale two hours prior to the designated session time. Tubing tickets are only sold in person. Read More →
The moment we’ve all been waiting for is here. We have winners, and lots of them!! If you see your name by one of the prizes below, please email us by noon on Tuesday, December 19th.
Here’s to the next decade of Smarty Pants! Merry EVERYTHING, Smarties! XOXO
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: The Buttercup is hosting a MADE in the Deep South trunk show through Sunday December 17th – 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.
Kaylee won the gorgeous 1960s Brooch (featured above) from an Illinois estate!
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:
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.
Jen won a Two Bees Plaid Trim Tunic, a holiday wardrobe essential that can go from carpool to cocktails.
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:-)
High end boutiques across the QC and…
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