Thursday, June 22, 2017

FIND IT LOCAL: 8 Fun Summer 2017 Fashion Trends at Ivy & Leo in Cameron Village

It's officially Summer as of yesterday's Solstice and the warm weather is in full swing here in Raleigh. I'm sharing eight fun and trendy ways to help freshen up your warm weather wardrobe with the help of Ivy & Leo in Cameron Village.

Ivy & Leo offers great prices on quality clothing, shoes, bags, jewelry, and accessories, which is very appealing when shopping for myself, but also for teenager and college student budgets. The original store started in Charlotte, North Carolina (called Julie's), and they are a family owned business with 12 stores located all over NC/SC. The Ivy & Leo store at Cameron Village is the only one in the Triangle.  

Feeling youthful and having fun is always a good accessory to any outfit. Schools out and with the help of my teenage daughter, here are some trends that you can incorporate into your current wardrobe that will add some instant fun and style.

Keep an eye out in early July for Ivy & Leo's big Sidewalk Sale, July 13-16th...not to be missed!

HOURS: Monday - Saturday: 10:00am - 7:00pm, Sunday: 12:00pm - 5:00pm
LOCATION: 2010 Cameron Street, Raleigh, NC 27605


1. Off-the-shoulder. This trend is huge this year! It's no longer just about the straight-across style, there are one-shoulder, cutout, asymmetrical and more! No matter what style, bare shoulders are in for the summer!

2. Bright, bold accessories. Necklaces, statement earrings, clutches in bright colors and over-sized reflective sunglasses are definitely in this season and give any neutral outfit a burst of new life.

3. Tassels! They are on everything, including dresses, shirts, earrings, accessories and more.

4. See-through tops, rompers and dresses are popular this summer. Good for dressing up bathing suits at the beach.

5. Bold, flowy maxi dresses. Loose and over-sized, long and comfortable like this beautiful 'Palms Away' maxi dress are a great look for this summer or an island/beach getaway.

6. Round beach towels! Super fun, colorful and definitely stand out in the crowd of rectangular beach towels!

7. Fun hats. Super cute with scripted messages or broken down, baseball style hats for casual fun.

8. Embroidered accessories. Definitely part of the boho look that's popular this year.

#CVTRENDREPORT: I'm excited to partner again with Cameron Village over the next few months to feature some of the great merchants in the Village and highlight some 2017 Spring/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 Zach Stamey of Focus Media for assisting with store photography.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

GET TO KNOW LOCAL: Summertime Lunching at Tazza Kitchen in Cameron Village

Summer is upon us and casual lunches with friends is definitely one of the pleasures of warmer weather.  Raleigh is fortunate to have many places to dine outside for lunch. But, one of my favorite spots for dining this Summer, has to be Tazza Kitchen in Cameron Village. Tazza Kitchen is a hidden gem. Nestled in the back side of Cameron Village near The Fresh Market, you will enjoy one of the best meals in downtown Raleigh.

For some reason I did not realize until recently that they were now offering lunch as well as dinner during the week. Tazza Kitchen opened a few years ago, and we LOVE having dinner and drinks there. I always secretly hoped they'd offer lunch, and last Fall they started offering lunch hours. I am thrilled to put lunch at Tazza back on people's radars!! Now with the weather being nice they have tables outside as well as a big window that opens up to view the sidewalk so you can dine inside and still enjoy the lovely summer weather and skip the heat.

The food at Tazza is inspired by the owner's trips to southern Italy and Baja California and the dishes and ingredients from those experiences influence the seasonal menu. Tazza Kitchen's menu highlights ingredients sourced from dozens of farmers and food artisans (check out their list of local partners), and the kitchen features a large wood-fired oven. The name, “TA” for taco, “ZZA” for pizza, was created by a group of friends in Richmond who set out to build an inspiring new place to eat and now they have Cameron Village and Cary locations in NC.

I had only been to Tazza for dinner until recently for my birthday lunch and now that they offer lunch service (except Monday), I am excited to get back there often to enjoy more of their fantastic wood-fired pizza, amazing guacamole and chips and delicious tacos, salads and sandwiches. I tried the chicken tortilla soup last week and was amazed at the number of ingredients and flavor packed into that soup! It was smokey with a little spicy kick and SO GOOD! I recommend it as a side with a sandwich. The pressed chicken sandwich that I had featured a nice smokey flavor too.

When you dine at Tazza Kitchen, you almost feel like you've taken a little trip from Raleigh to Baja or southern Italy. They have spent time on the interior of the restaurant to create a cool contemporary atmosphere whether you are dining at a table or having a cocktail at the bar. It's dark wood interior, mix of succulent planters, textured walls, stunning concrete bar, comfortable bar seats, beautiful photos from their trips on the wall and good music, all of it makes you feel like you have escaped the everyday rush and taken a journey elsewhere for a bit.

Along with the opportunity for long lunches and brunch on Sunday, Tazza Kitchen in Cameron Village is also now offering the ability to order online and come in and pick up food to go! This is a great way to guarantee an easy and delicious no fuss lunch or dinner at home!

Gluten Free options are available as well and marked on the menu.

It's important to eat local, support the local community and take some time to get to know the amazing folks who put their time and effort, sweat, tears and passion into creating cool dining experiences for us here in Raleigh. I highly suggest putting Tazza Kitchen on your radar for Summer dining soon!! 

HOURS: Monday: 4:30pm- 9:00pm, Tuesday-Thursday: 11:30am-2:30pm, 4:30pm-10:00pm
Friday-Saturday: 11:30am-2:30pm, 4:30pm -11:00pm, Sunday: 10:30am-3:00pm, 4:30pm-9:00pm

LOCATION: 432 Woodburn Road, Raleigh, NC 27605 (919) 835-9463

#CVTRENDREPORT: I'm excited to partner again with Cameron Village to feature some of the great merchants in the Village and highlight some 2017 Spring/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!