Friday, September 9, 2016

Coffee Crate - NC Coffee Delivered to your Door!

These days convenience and supporting local businesses is key and with the age of cool specialty delivery services, why not have gourmet coffee from North Carolina roasters delivered straight to you every month?

If you are a coffee connoisseur or looking to explore new coffee flavors, or if you just love GOOD coffee, you may want to try out Coffee Crate (you can find them online at I recently received my box in the mail containing three 4oz packages of roasted coffee beans from different roasters in North Carolina. One of these was Benelux from right here in Raleigh.

Coffee Crate is based in Asheville, North Carolina. Angie Rainey, Coffee Curator spends her time carefully selecting each month's featured roasts. They are passionate about finding the best coffee roasters in North Carolina and send three packages from different roasters every month. They all have been taste tested, and come with detailed notes about each coffee. This month's delivery included Benelux from Raleigh, Anchor Coffee Company from North Wilkesboro, and Ingenious Coffee from Marion, NC.

As we brewed up each batch, the aroma and flavors were fantastic. We have grown to really love great coffee and we are fortunate to have many good coffee roasters available to us right here in Raleigh. We have a busy household early in the mornings and its a real treat to have really good quality coffee brewing and ready as we face the morning rush. I love going out for coffee but can't realistically get out to the shops on a regular basis. This is a bit of a luxury for us and I like that this allows for us to try roasters from all over NC and support them as well. When you join, you can sign up for one month three months, six months or a year. You can also cancel anytime.

Here are some of the delivery service highlights:
  • Every crate has three 4-oz. bags of whole bean coffee-that's 12-oz. total.
  • New crates are shipped every month.
  • Each crate features three different North Carolina roasters.
  • Roasters' notes and sometimes special treats accompany the crate.
  • Free shipping.
  • Cancel anytime.

Reach out and give it a try at! Makes for a great gift as well! Support your North Carolina coffee roasters and treat yourself to some really great NC coffee flavors!

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Are you ready for Beericana?

Beericana is only ONE MONTH FROM TODAY! This will be my third year attending Beericana. The location of this North Carolina Craft Beer & Music Festival at Sugg Farm Park, 116 acres of beautiful farm land in Holly Springs, is part of what makes this one of my favorite beer festivals to attend.

Beericana is Saturday, September 10th. Festival runs 12-6 pm. VIP time begins at noon, and general admission begins at 2 pm. Plenty of parking is available, and extremely organized. Cabs and designated driver tickets are also available. Easy access from 540 (there are tolls but traffic free road). Food trucks and live music make for a great day outside!

Some facts for this year:
  • Expecting 4000 festival attendees this year
  • All attendees will receive unlimited 2 oz pours from more than 70 breweries
  • 20 food trucks
  • VIP tickets are $75 (12-6pm)
  • General Admission tickets are $45 (2-6pm)
  • Music Only (no drinking!) tickets are $15 (12-6pm)

VIP Information:
Only 1000 VIP tickets ($75) (currently over half sold!) Two hours enjoying the festival and access to limited beer offerings from the breweries before general admission (12-2pm).
(highly recommend)

Interested in what breweries are attending? Here's the list of breweries.
Follow all Beericana happenings and updates on Twitter and Instagram @beericana, @919beer, #Beericana

Grab your tickets now! See ya out there! 

Thursday, July 28, 2016

7 Ways to beat this Raleigh Heat Wave

The heat wave has been relentless here in Raleigh, and it's not showing signs of letting up anytime soon! So, here's a few things you can still find in the Shops of Cameron Village to help you beat this Summer heat and stay cool and fashionable!

1. Stylish sunglasses. Be sure and protect your eyes from the sun's intense brightness and glare. We found some great (and stylish) sunnies at Fifi's from Kate Spade (red) and Coach (pink). Grab them now before they are gone!

2. Strappy Sandals. Even though boots and Fall shoes are starting to fill the stores for Fall, there are still some great sandal selections available at Fifi's Fine Resale Apparel, like this great Tory Burch pair.

3. A big broad rimmed hat. Throw on a hat for instant shade as you are running around getting your errands done and in and out of the heat in Raleigh. These hats are awesome with SPF protection and are currently on sale at Ivy & Leo.

4. Loose fit clothing and breathable fabrics. These new long and flowy tanks from Lush at Ivy & Leo are the perfect hot weather item to add to your wardrobe right now. These tanks come in beautiful neutrals and go with anything. They will also fit right into your Fall wardrobe with a big sweater thrown over (hard to imagine with this 100 degree heat!) These tanks are made with Modal, which is a type of rayon fabric that is soft, smooth and breathes well.

5. Stay hydrated. Splurge on this fantastic quality Harding water bottle made by Klean Kanteen from Pendleton that will keep your water ice cold for hours. BPA-free, stainless steel and fits in most car cupholders. Keep it in your hot car for a cool refreshing sip while you are taking kids around town to camp, errand running or in and out of meetings or shops.

6. Stylish lightweight dresses. This stunning dress is just the right look for beating this awful heat and still looking fabulous. Grab this look at Kannon's Women's Store. They currently have their Summer items on sale and there are some great deals! Hurry as the selection is winding down to make room for new Fall items.

7. Eat light and healthy. Okay, so biscuits aren't number one on the healthy menu, but I love this month's Rise Cameron Village specialty biscuit featuring fresh tomato and avocado and a cool dill-cucumber spread with a salty potato chip crunch. It's summer in a biscuit!

with Dill-Cucumber Spread, Potato Chips & Baby Arugula

Stay cool Raleigh, Fall is coming soon!

#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 Summer 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.

Friday, July 22, 2016

Cameron Village Spotlight: J. Alane's Fine Lingerie

Cameron Village offers a wide variety of specialty boutiques. One of these specialty boutiques includes J. Alane's Fine Lingerie. J. Alane's has gained the reputation as the premier bra fit specialists in the Triangle area. J. Alane's has been in the Raleigh area for nearly 11 years and just recently moved to a new spot in Cameron Village near Cantina 18.

At J. Alane's, they believe that a woman’s outer appearance and healthy self-confidence are rooted in wearing the right and proper fitting undergarments. They take pride in offering personal service to each of their customers and make it a priority that your bra fitting is a positive and fun experience. They will teach you not only proper bra fit, but how to take care of your lingerie in a way that will extend the life of your purchases as well as why you should build a wardrobe of bras just as you would a wardrobe of clothes.

In addition to the bras, J. Alane’s also carries several lines of luxury lingerie, shape wear, bridal lingerie, sleepwear, lounge wear and robes. While most of their products are from Europe and may be a little more expensive than what you pick up at the local department store, the quality is substantially higher and the bras will last longer. However they do try to carry a wide price range of bras to meet all budgets. Make a point to stop in to this specialty boutique and check out their beautiful new space during your next visit to Cameron Village.

HOURS: Monday - Friday: 10:00 am - 6:00 pm, Saturday: 11:00 am - 5:00 pm, Sunday: Closed
LOCATION: Daniels Street

#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 Summer 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.