insta-time!

Let’s face it – I fell off the blogosphere! I’m so sorry! The best way to catch up would likely be my instagrams. I do keep up pretty regularly with that fun little app and have been up to some AMAZING things here in my new home, Queen City aka Charlotte, NC. I’ve still been loving the style scene here in Charlotte and fun boutiques that seem to call my name every weekend. My very best friend moved to Charlotte two weeks ago so now I officially have a shopping partner in crime! If you’re familiar with the Charlotte area, I had the fabulous experience of interviewing LeeAnn Little, the owner of LSquared boutique in Mooreseville, NC for a brand new magazine titled FOUR Charlotte that just had their first issue release party last Friday! With my handsome boyfriend on my arm we had fun browsing the Gallery of Modern Art in Uptown and meeting some fun new friends! I almost felt like I was on an episode of the Real Housewives of Atlanta given the sunglass-styled males with fancy boas as parts of their outfits ;) You should absolutely check out FOUR Charlotte and if in the area pick up a copy to see my feature on LSquared!

Over the last couple of months….

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Spent some time with my sweet Minnie girl after she had surgery on a disc in her back (see her pain patch?) She’s 100% back to normal and I’m so thankful to my parents for having the heart to pay for her surgery :)

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Rocked some fun holiday attire during Christmas time – plaid with my new monogram necklace (a STEAL from Etsy and such great quality!) and J.Crew baubles.

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Styled some fun outfits over the Holiday season! Dress: LSquared Boutique in Mooresville, NC // Bracelets: Stella + Dot; Jcrew // Clutch: Zara // Necklaces: Bauble Bar (old) and J.Crew’s Crystal Venus Flytrap necklace

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Took a trip to my favorite city EVER – NYC! I had such a great time there with my little sister Annie and my parents. We shopped out hearts out all day in Soho and came away with some fabulous purchases! It even snowed for us…and New York City in the snow is pretty much just magical :)

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The hustle of Soho on New Years Weekend – love the energy of this city!

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Mind blowing Brioche French Toast from Cafe Cluny in the West Village. Why doesn’t every single breakfast spot serve Brioche french toast?! Charlotte needs to get on it!

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Annie and I at dinner in NYC before seeing the Rockette Christmas Spectacular show!

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Took this Pinterest photo to my hair stylist for my new do…it came out GREAT and I love the change of being a brunette! See below ;) What do you think? I haven’t been a brunette in over 10 years!

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The lovely Caroline and I at dinner in Uptown Charlotte! Tan Blazer with leather collar: Club Monaco (a NYC purchase – not available online anymore, boo!)

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I was so excited to have won this 100% python skin tray from Blue Print Modern giveaway from La Dolce Vita blog! It’s become my stylish go-to for holding my pretty baubles and matches nicely with my Gold Athena Tray from Jayson Home :)

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A snap of my bedroom all nice and clean! I’m pretty proud of how my dresser has come together with the decor.

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Have you seen Rifle Paper Co’s 2013 Cities calendar? It’s too cute AND on sale right now! I love flipping the pages each month and seeing such fun cities drawn out – London, Moscow, Cairo, etc.

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A little Friday afternoon arm party! I have some new additions from two great jewelry companies: Towne and Reese and Meghan Browne.

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Another fabulous giveaway win! Thanks to Fragments Jewelry – I love my new Chan Luu wrap bracelet! The grey, sparkle and brown leather go with just about everything! Including my favorite grey-dot boyfriend button down from Urban Outfitters.

And saving the best for last…

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Been spending lots of time with this handsome…had a great day skiing at Sugar Mountain in Boone! He tried to school me on his snowboard but I managed to keep up thanks to my many Colorado ski trips over the years :)

Hope you enjoyed the catch up — will be back in action on Suttonrowe – that’s a promise!

albeit.

There are countless gift guides floating around the blogs these days, and I am loving them! My favorites so far have been The Everygirl’s picks, To & From (a compilation from many fabulous bloggers), and Molly & Sally’s picks. Speaking of pretty gift ideas, I’ve seen Albeit Jewelry featured countless times by blogger Sam of Could I Have That — if you take a peek at the link you’ll see her modeling some of her favorite pieces by Albeit! I’ve added just a couple of her pieces to my Christmas wishlist… they are quite expensive…but a girl can dream! albeit jewelry

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ThreadSence Winter Playground

When I first saw this video over on Keiko’s page my first thoughts were:

1) I want bags

2) That berry lipstick is perfection

3) Can I have that music soundtrack play in the background of my life?

4) Who else wants to play in a room full of balloons, pillows, sparkles and streamers with me?

This scene is the end product of a fabulous Winter Collection from ThreadSence and you can win $100 towards their fall collection by checking out Keiko’s site and sharing the prettiness!

locks of love

No, I’m not donating all my hair. I haven’t had enough hair to donate in over 9 years – but compliments to those who do take the plunge! I’m talking about locks I love on others – and how do I make that happen on my own head!! On Wednesday I’m going to a new hair stylist here in Charlotte and hoping for a great outcome! If you read my fun About Me section here on Suttonrowe, you’ll see that I define perfect hair as a mix of browns and blondes. These are the inspiration images I will be taking with me — I want some sort of ombre going on, but every time I tell a stylist this I am either a) talked out of it or b) no ombre occurs. Hoping this highly recommended stylist pulls it off!

On a separate note, I had my first reading EVER with a psychic last night with a fun group of girls. We were all told LOTS of interesting things – but apparently Wednesday is my “power day” and my “power number” is 4. My hair appointment is on Wednesday and to hit the ball out of the park I plan to show 4 Pinterest images. Now I’m off to eat more Alkaline foods because apparently if I don’t, my (already) acidic pH in my body will become disease ridden and cause me to bear no children. (WHAT!) Cheers to my great psychic reading! ;)

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cozy days that just slip away

I know I’m not the only one with a Pinterest addiction in the blogosphere! It’s so easy to get lost in a world of beautiful images, quotes, photographs and style boards – especially on those gray days where staying inside is the best option. I routinely have lust lists boards – most recently fall must haves and winter lovelies which become go-to spots to store things that catch my eye. Aside from pins that get me excited for holiday parties, pinterest is also master of quotes. Whatever mood you’re in, they have some that make you think and remind you of all the positive things in your life! Here are some of my most recent favorites :)

 

For all the struggles of a Monday — take that! :)

atherton mill market & the best cinnamon waffle!

Since my move to Charlotte, NC I’m all about finding this city’s best kept secrets. I had heard good things about Atherton Mill Market and even more great things about Cast Iron Waffles. Any type of sweet breakfast is bound to get me out of bed early! Doing some fresh & local produce shopping is also a plus to set a healthy tone for the week.

Local pumpkins! Fall is in the air :)

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Inside Atherton! I love the warehouse feel and that it’s a little on the smaller side. 

I purchased some local apples at this cute stand! On to breakfast….

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After reading this great article featuring Cast Iron Waffles, I knew my 1st choice was the Cinnamon Roll Waffle. However – I will definitely be going back to try the Biscoff! My many trips to and from Charlotte to Baltimore via airplane has made me a lifelong lover of those little Biscoff cookies :)

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My waffle was out-of-this-world. Just what I was hoping for! Fresh cinnamon sugar topping along with a drizzle of icing glaze.

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I also picked up a Garlic Oil Round of Sourdough bread from Duke’s Bread that will be perfect for a Sunday night pasta dinner! Overall a wonderful trip and I definitely plan to go back again very soon :) Follow me on instagram/twitter @ceperk to see some of my other fun style photos and Charlotte adventures like Food Truck Friday and Anthropologie finds!

the first fall day

Fall is my favorite season, no doubt. Layers, boots, brisk temperatures, the list goes on! Yesterday I spent a lovely afternoon with two of my closest friends Larissa and Brooke at a local vineyard near where we grew up. It was so great to all get together (Brooke lives in Atlanta now!) and spend some quality girl time before I make my big move!

The Winery at Bull Run

Brooke, Larissa and I!

Brooke’s fabulous baubles <DogEared Faith Necklace; West Avenue Large Monogram Necklace; J.Crew Bubble Necklace>

Larissa’s Fabulous Baubles!

<Top: Zara (old); Skinny Jeans: Loft; Sunglasses: Elizabeth & James Fairfax; Jewelry – J.Crew Classic Pave Link Bracelet, Stella & Dot Renegade Cluster Bracelet; Michael Kors Tortoise Chronograph Bracelet Watch; Gorjana Chevron Stud earrings gifted from Larissa (Thank you!!)

Dinner later that night at Coastal Flats, joined by Liz!

Charlotte Bound!

It’s official – packing up the boxes today makes it feel real! I’m moving to Charlotte, NC next Saturday and will be leaving 5 wonderful years in Baltimore, MD behind! I’m excited for a new adventure and whenever I start to feel a little nervous about what’s to come, I re-read this poignant post from one of my favorite bloggers, Danielle. Any of you fabulous readers have any must-do’s in Charlotte? :) The good news is I’m well versed in their shopping scene and boutiques so I should feel right at home. However – please let me know your favorites too!

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