Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Rise and Shine!

If you haven't visited Rise Biscuits & Donuts yet, its high time you make plans to stop and see what all the fuss is about. Rise Biscuits & Donuts opened just a few months ago in Cameron Village. Everything is prepped and made fresh daily and local coffee served as well.

For starters, it's helpful to know their DONUT menu is broken down into three categories...Old School, New School and Our School.

Old School
. For all you folks that like your donuts simple and are looking for reliable delicious flavors like glazed, old fashioned, chocolate icing, and jelly-filled.

New School. This is where you will find more adventuresome flavor combos like maple bacon, creme brulee and cookie dough.

Our School. This is where each Rise location gets to express creative freedom and invent their own signature doughnuts. For example Fruity Pebbles with Fruit Punch icing. Or Oreo Cookie. Rise chefs have highly experienced cooking/restaurant backgrounds, so they get the opportunity to use their talent to be uniquely creative with their biscuit and donut flavors. Generally the Our School donuts are specialty items and often specific to each location (although they may become approved menu items and may appear in other Rise locations in the area). This specialty menu often changes each month with all new flavors and combinations.

School is almost out but not at Rise! Visit Rise and discover your new favorite. Cameron Village Rise location is at 530 E. Daniels Street and is open everyday from 7am - 2pm.















#CVTRENDREPORT: I'm excited to partner with Cameron Village over the next few months to feature some of the great merchants in the Village and highlight some 2016 Spring Trends and great "hidden gems". I love shopping local and it's been an amazing opportunity to get to know these merchants, their stories and their passion for what they do!

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Cameron Village Spotlight: Pendleton & Celebrating 100 Years of National Parks

I have to admit, I love finding cool things happening around Raleigh and sharing about them. I am currently getting to know merchants in Cameron Village and I'm excited to share a little about them and some "hidden gems" you may or may not know about.

I recently made my first visit to the Pendleton store in Cameron Village. Located near the restaurant Cantina 18, this is the only Pendleton retail store in North Carolina. Pendleton has been a family-owned business in the United States for 150 years. Their products are quality made for a lifetime of enjoyment.

I was greeted in the store by a special collection of products that were created to celebrate 100 years of our country's National Parks. Established in 1916 the National Park Service was created to protect America's wilderness. As a family, we have visited several parks on different trips over the years, most recently the Grand Tetons and Yellowstone,  and I was really excited to discover this unique collection.

The same year that the park service was established in 1916, Pendleton started weaving their striped park blankets that represent each park with it's own distinct pattern and colors. The blankets are a classic, quality and the perfect gift to someone special or yourself. They are woven 100% pure virgin wool made right here in the USA. They are a top notch quality product, beautiful and a life long treasure to own. To honor the 100 years of the National Park Service, Pendleton created a large collection of items along with blankets and is donating a portion of every sale to the National Park Foundation to help in the restoration and preservation of these iconic American parks.



The Pendleton collection includes ten National Parks: Acadia, Badlands, Crater Lake, Glacier, Grand Canyon, Great Smoky Mountains, Rainier, Rocky Mountain, Yellowstone, and Yosemite. If you've ever traveled to even one of these parks you know how astounding and beautiful they are and what a gift to all of us to be able to travel and spend time visiting in our own country. And how important it is to preserve these parks for generations to come.

The Pendleton store has all these items available NOW for a limited time. If you are looking for a great Father's Day gift, there are hats, water bottles, tee shirts, blankets, towels, mugs, bags and so much more. The collection includes home ware items and jackets, collars, leashes and beds for your dog!

The Pendleton store in Cameron Village also has a limited collection of Spring/Summer 2016 clothing for men and women available now. They will soon be featuring an amazing Fall collection with new items arriving early Summer.

Pendleton Store: 441 Daniels Street in Cameron Village. Phone: (919) 755-0772

Hours: Monday - Saturday: 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Sunday: 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

















#CVTRENDREPORT: I'm excited to partner with Cameron Village over the next few months to feature some of the great merchants in the Village and highlight some 2016 Spring Trends and great "hidden gems". I love shopping local and it's been an amazing opportunity to get to know these merchants, their stories and their passion for what they do!

Thanks also to NC Photographer Glory Rose for assisting with photography.

Be sure to check out Visit Raleigh's Artify: A 100 Year NC Park celebration!

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

10 Spring Trends to Keep Your Style Fresh and Youthful

Spring weather is in full swing here in Raleigh and I've gathered up 10 fun and trendy ways to help freshen up your warm weather wardrobe. Feeling youthful and having fun is always a good accessory to any outfit. Here are some things I selected that you can incorporate into your current wardrobe that will add some instant fun and style.

01. Full-on Fringe! Fringe is trending big for Spring and Summer. It's definitely a throw back to the hippie 70's but when done tastefully, it's a really fun way to add a little hip youthfulness to any wardrobe. Neutral tones and suede pair well with almost any outfit like these cute shoes and bag I spotted in Ivy & Leo at Cameron Village Raleigh.



02. Bold Colors. Another way to freshen up any outfit is to go bold. Orange is a popular color for Spring 2016 and this cute tote can be found at Kannon's Clothing in many bright cheery colors including lime and lemon tones.


03. Statement Jewelry. Big chunky gold vintage earrings is a very popular look and can dress up an outfit for a special event or simply be worn with casual jeans and a tee. I found these gorgeous earrings at Antiques Emporium from Rhinestone Byrd.



04. Tie-Dye. Yes, tie-dye is making it's way back into the Spring trends after making appearances at Spring 2016 NYC Fashion week and these adorable PIKO shirts and tie-dye dresses are stylish for any age. The tie-dye shirt is chic and comfortable and complements any age and size with its flowy style. In addition to tie-dye, the V-neck is the newest style of PIKO and both are available at Ivy & Leo.



05. Florals and Patterns. You can't go wrong with this stunning dress that is perfect for Spring occasions such as baby or bridal showers, a dinner date or brunch! This gorgeous dress is part of the Women's Spring Pendleton line available for a limited time at Pendleton Cameron Village.



06. Lounge wear. Super soft fabric is trending now in comfort or leisure wear. This nightshirt is not only pretty and feminine but super comfortable too. Visit J. Alane's Fine Lingerie to find this and
plenty of other comfortable fine lounge wear.


07. Black and White (and halter necklines). In my opinion you can never go wrong with black and white. This stunning formal gown available at Kannon's Women Clothing is the perfect dress for prom, formal or wedding. The halter style neckline is trending this Spring and Summer and the slimming fit and beautiful bold floral pattern provides a fresh Spring look for any special occasion.


I had to include this classic gold clutch and black vintage style handbag! They both went so beautifully with this black and white formal gown.

08. Go Boho Chic. The Bohemian look is a relaxed style with a hippie vintage appeal and can sometimes be hard to pull off but with just the right pieces, it is a comfortable and fun way to update your wardrobe. Fifí's Fine Resale Apparel of Cameron Village has lots of dresses, bags, shoes and accessories to help add a little Boho flair to your look.



09. Support local. Shopping local is always trendy. By shopping local you put your money back into your own community. Buying locally made items from locally owned businesses will leave you feeling good about your purchase decision. This adorable tassel necklace has been very popular and is locally made and available at Kannon's Women's Clothing Store.


10. Treat yourself!  Life can get pretty busy and stressful, especially this time of year with all the end of school year and college events, so take a moment to do something spontaneous and fun for yourself or surprise your kid or a friend. Stop by Rise Biscuits & Donuts and check out their May Specialty donuts. This one is the Fruity Pebbles with Fruit Punch icing. It's vintage, it's cool and the easiest (and most delicious) way to stay on trend!


#CVTRENDREPORT:
I'm excited to partner with Cameron Village over the next few months to feature some of the great merchants in the Village and highlight some 2016 Spring Trends and great "hidden gems". I love shopping local and it's been an amazing opportunity to get to know these merchants, their stories and their passion for what they do!

Thanks also to NC Photographer Glory Rose for assisting with photography.


Wednesday, May 4, 2016

7 last minute Mother's Day Gift ideas from Cameron Village

Mother's Day is right around the corner and if you are still in need of a fabulous gift for mom, Grandmother or Mother-in-law, here's a few suggestions that you can find right now in Cameron Village in Raleigh

01. This stunning chunky necklace for any age can be found at Kannon's Women's Clothing. They just opened their new store in Cameron Village after having been located in Wendell, NC for nearly 100 years! Known for their outstanding customer service, the women's store is located at 2015 Cameron St. at the corner of Cameron Street and Woodburn Road, next to Great Outdoor Provision Company. They are chock full of great accessories for mom and they can dress her from head to toe for any occasion!


02. Pendleton's only store in North Carolina is in Cameron Village at 441 Daniel's Street and they have some great quality women's shirts and crisp trendy white pants that have just arrived and are now available for Spring and Summer.


03. A brooch pin is a unique, trendy and beautiful gift for any occasion. You can find one of the biggest and best collections of vintage costume jewelry at the Antiques Emporium in Cameron Village. Located at 2060 Clark Avenue, take the stairs to the 3rd level. Stop in and visit Julie at Rhinestone Byrd and see her amazing collection of curated vintage pins of all styles and price ranges.



04. I love navy and this stunning necklace with tassel from Ivy & Leo at 2010 Cameron Street is my new favorite for Summer! It's trendy and affordable and any mom of any age would love this perfect warm weather accessory (guaranteed to be borrowed from teenage daughters!). Wear it with a t-shirt or a cute summer dress!



05. Any mom would love to slip into something super soft and comfortable and still feel cute! Stop in to J Alane's Fine Lingerie next door to Southern Season at 445 Daniels Street and check out their fabulous assortment of beautiful lounge wear.


06. My daughters and I love shopping consignment. I have shopped and consigned locally myself for years. Fifi's Fine Resale Apparel at 2028 Cameron Street is one of my favorite boutiques. Fifi's carries many high end brands and they are always getting new items in everyday. Pick mom out a cute pair of sandals for a great price!



07.  And last but not least, one sure way to any mom's heart is through her sweet tooth! Stop by Rise Biscuits & Donuts in Cameron Village at 530 E. Daniels Street and hand pick some delicious fresh made donuts. These carrot cake with cream cheese donuts were absolutely amazing!! Guaranteed to put a smile on her face!

HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY!


#CVTRENDREPORT   I'm excited to partner with Cameron Village over the next few months to feature some of the great merchants in the Village and highlight some 2016 Spring Trends and great "hidden gems". I love shopping local and it's been an amazing opportunity to get to know these merchants, their stories and their passion for what they do!

Thanks also to NC Photographer Glory Rose for assisting with photography.