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Victoria (Torie) Robinette

Freelance Writer & Editor

Location icon United States of America

Hi, I'm Torie. Since graduating from the School of Journalism at UNC-Chapel Hill in 2008 (Go, Heels!), I've made a career as a storyteller, brand advocate and an editor who lives for the latest version of the AP Style Book to be released.

I've balanced roles managing a public relations team at Neiman Marcus; editing, producing, managing, and styling content for multiple publications across various platforms and media spaces; working on a dynamic tourism- and hospitality-driven communications team for the city of Charlotte, NC; and helping to elevate Georgia State University's national and global presence as a top public research university.

In a world in which we often tell the same story, I specialize in finding a unique angle that hasn't yet been explored.

I'd love to tell your story.

Portfolio

CONNECT MEETINGS PUBLICATIONS

Connect Corporate
How to Use Songwriting in Teambuilding - Connect Corporate

Teambuilding exercises get stale (we're looking at you, trust falls and scavenger hunts), which can make them an ineffective attendee nightmare. Billy Kirsch, award-winning composer and president of Kidbilly Music, shares a new idea: using songwriting to bond a group, whether in a conference or office setting.

Connect Corporate
10/12/2017
Inside the DMO-Convention Center Relationship - Connect Corporate

When it comes to hosting in a new city, meeting planners are on a mission to execute a successful event with minimal stress. Fortunately, they can count on two resources to get them there: the city's DMO/CVB, which acts as an expert on the entire city, and the local convention center, which specializes in marketing that venue.

Connect Association
Capital Gains in Washington, D.C. - Connect Association

In a capital revered for its civic identity, historical monuments and famous residents, Washington, D.C., is a melting pot of culture and charm. Now, a handful of new additions are giving event planners even more to love. Here are three new-or newly rentable-attractions to consider.

Connect Association
12/11/2017
Talking Tempe, Arizona, With Brian McCartin - Connect Association

In the rush of the holiday season, Brian McCartin takes over the reins as president and CEO at Tempe Tourism Office. The former executive vice president of Travel Portland is returning home to Arizona, where we went to college (Northern Arizona University) and started his extensive career with Marriott International.

Connect Faith
12/07/2017
Your 2017 Holiday Gift Guide - Connect Faith

Tis the season for holiday gift guides. No group needs some help more than event planners-the people on-the-go so much that they don't have time to research the best presents. So here is our present to you: 12 items-one for every day of Christmas-to choose from.

Connect Corporate
04/25/2018
#MeToo Movement Has a Huge Impact on Events - Connect Corporate

MeToo has become an all-too-daily topic on news channels. It's inspired celebrities and public figures to unite in adopting a dress code for Hollywood events. And it's been the impetus for widespread movements around the world. Sexual harassment and assault certainly isn't a new issue, but the way we're talking about it is.

Connect Corporate
09/06/2017
Atlanta's Tom Dolan on Citywides and Miniwides - Connect Corporate

Twenty-five years of experience in the industry makes Tom Dolan, newly appointed director of citywide sales at Atlanta CVB, a seasoned pulse reader of the meetings climate. Connect caught up with him to talk the business of citywides and the growing trend of miniwides. The state of citywides and, subsequently, miniwides, is healthy right now.

Connect Corporate
09/06/2017
Atlanta's Tom Dolan on Citywides and Miniwides - Connect Corporate

Twenty-five years of experience in the industry makes Tom Dolan, newly appointed director of citywide sales at Atlanta CVB, a seasoned pulse reader of the meetings climate. Connect caught up with him to talk the business of citywides and the growing trend of miniwides. The state of citywides and, subsequently, miniwides, is healthy right now.

Connect Corporate
Aruba: One Happy Island - Connect Corporate

As it turns out, the coordinates for paradise are ­­­12.5211 degrees north, 69.9683 degrees west. This precious pocket of land, which spans just over 19 miles long and 6 miles wide, is Aruba. But the natives call it "One Happy Island."

Charlotte Magazine

Charlottemagazine
08/25/2011
A Day in the Life of CMS

By Victoria Robinette, Photographs by Chris Edwards Paige McNeil was a junior at West Charlotte High School last year. She also has a two-year-old son, which makes it difficult for her to find time to study. But she was determined to perform well on her End of Course tests.

Charlottemagazine
02/20/2012
Sweets: Our Guide to the Best Desserts in the City

By Aleigh Acerni, Jenny Brulé, Sarah Crosland, and Victoria Robinette; Photos by Taylor Mathis SUNFLOUR BAKERY'S Duck-Rabbit Milk Stout Beer CakE Not too long ago in Charlotte, a dessert menu was considered adventuresome if it offered tiramisu and crème brûlée. No longer. Local restaurants are employing pastry chefs who are reimagining old classics while inventing new ones.

Charlottemagazine
05/17/2011
Hit the Road: 10 Great Small-Town Adventures

Whitebox Weddings Wake up early and start driving. North Carolina is full of small towns, perfect for exploring on a sunny Saturday. We've found ten that are close by and offer plenty of fun for your family By Sarah Crosland, Blake Miller, Annie Monjar, and Victoria Robinette

Charlottemagazine
04/30/2012
2012 BOB Awards: The Best of the Best

By By Aleigh Acerni, Virginia Brown, Jarvis Holliday, Page Leggett, Victoria Robinette, Jim Signorile, and Richard Thurmond Learn more about the BOB Awards and find out about the BOB Awards Party by clicking here!

Charlottemagazine
For the History Buff- Savannah

Victoria Robinette During the winter of 1864, Union General William Sherman began his famous March to the Sea, planning to scorch Southern cities and towns from Atlanta to Savannah. Atlanta waged war and today you're unlikely to find many structures there from the pre-Civil War South.

Charlottemagazine
04/22/2011
2011 Best of the Best

We scoured Charlotte all year long to compile this year's list of 138 Best of the Best winners, from the best burger and the best childrens shoe store to the best house cleaner and the best happy hour and more!

Charlottemagazine
01/11/2012
Charlotte for Less

By By Michelle Boudin, Virginia Brown, Jarvis Holliday, and Victoria Robinette Let's face it, there's cheap, and then there's cheaping out. The way we see it, there's no reason to sacrifice good living just to save a little money. So consider this your guide to the good life-for less:

Charlottemagazine
02/18/2011
Take a Bite

Forget the turkey on wheat of your past. These days the traditionally simple sandwich is reaching new heights. With unexpected toppings (what's up, walnuts?) and condiments with a kick (hello, harissa aioli), these are unlike anything you've glimpsed in your lunch box. From banh mi to bologna, we've found the city's forty-one best sandwiches.

Charlottemagazine
04/15/2010
Inspired Style

Emily Morgen's line, Emily Jane, is full of soft fabrics and feminine designs like this flowy, silk blouse. Chris Edwards Emily Morgen grew up sewing clothes and filling sketchbooks to the brim.

Charlottemagazine
07/11/2012
Meredith Jackson Gives her Jewels a Home in Myers Park

LOGAN CYRUS After a career in interior design spawned an interest in jewelry making, Meredith Jackson made some big life changes. Four years ago, she started taking welding and casting classes, and in 2010, she began displaying her Everyday Jewelry line at Jewelry Artists of Charlotte, while simultaneously hosting trunk shows fulltime.

Charlottemagazine
07/11/2012
Vestique, the New Boutique on East

Pastels and brights take the spotlight at Vestique-for less than $100. LOGAN CYRUS When Morgan Genty and Caroline King graduated from N.C. State in 2007, they entered corporate America, but they didn't give up on the dream of opening a boutique.

Charlottemagazine
11/02/2011
Caroline Cook Makes Rockin' Frocks

Chris Edwards In April 2009, Caroline Cook held her first trunk show for her creative-meets-vintage fashion line, FROCK Shop. These days you can find the line, which includes designer and vintage women's clothing and accessories, at traveling trunk shows and online at the popular FROCKShopBlog.com.

Charlottemagazine
09/27/2011
Old Treasures Turned into Posh Pieces

The 7,500-square-foot Alexander Scott features more than seventy different vendors. Chris Edwards "It was like fireworks," says David Newcome of the call he made to his broker last March to open his own home interiors store. For the past nine years, Newcome and partner, Russel Griffith-both Charlotte natives-have been selling recycled pieces at posts in Cotswold Marketplace and Sleepy Poet Antique Mall.

Charlottemagazine
01/09/2012
Local Flavor: Savory Spice

Taylor Mathis S avory Spice Shop is adding new flavor to Charlotte-hundreds of them, in fact. You'll find more than 400 herbs, spices, extracts, and salts, plus 140 hand-blended seasonings ground fresh weekly and packaged in house. Think Szechuan peppercorns, South American chilies, and Greek oregano.

Charlottemagazine
12/22/2009
One More Time

Maynard Goble, Kevin Devin, and Tommy Timmins Chris Edwards It all started with the beloved South End neighborhood pub Tyber Creek. There, in 1999, Tommy Timmins created a cozy pub reminiscent of his New York roots. By 2005 he'd joined forces with partners Kevin Devin and Maynard Goble.

Charlottemagazine
03/16/2010
Divine Reinvention

Katherine Bly Cromer's vintage inspired jewelry can be found at Luxe Home Couture. Chris Edwards "Jewelry has a way of telling a story like nothing else we put on each day," says Katherine Bly Cromer. And she should know. The UNC-Charlotte grad and piano teacher uses her spare time to craft one-of-a-kind pieces for her jewelry line, Blydesign.

Charlottemagazine
03/26/2012
T-Shirt Time at Gone Ape

ADAM WHITLOW Two years ago, twenty-something Charlotte natives O'Neill Palmer and Michael Dickerson took stock of their own statement-making styles and decided to start a business venture together. Merchandising for others wasn't a good fit in a struggling economy, but starting their own t-shirt line, with the help of local manufacturers, quickly proved to be a formula for success.

Charlottemagazine
01/09/2012
Mane Squeeze: Hudson E. Hudson Salon

Courtesy The Charlotte area's newest chop shop, Hudson E. Hudson Salon, is doling out fresh cuts, color, and highlights. From the wine and iPad you're offered at check-in, which allows you to peruse apps like Hair Book for ideas, to the reclining shampoo seats and blow dryers that dangle from the ceiling, the experience is pretty novel, too.

Charlottemagazine
03/25/2011
Dueling Deliveries

Aria Courtesy If you've ever had a night where nuking a can of chicken noodle soup sounds as taxing as serving a holiday dinner, then you can appreciate the option of having your favorite restaurant dishes delivered to your doorstep. Since 2006, vmeals has delivered food from top local restaurants straight to the comfort of your couch.

Charlottemagazine
04/15/2010
T-Time

Chris Edwards It turns out graphic T-shirts aren't just about skulls and crossbones or skin-tight, clingy fabrics. Monika White and James Marshall saw a void in the graphic tee market and launched Heraldry Clothing in Los Angeles. The line, which is now based in Charlotte, features inventive motifs on carefully chosen fabrics, flattering the figures they cloak.

Charlottemagazine
Shopping Block

We've long loved the scenic stretch of shops staggered along Selwyn Avenue. Old favorites, like Shain Gallery and Mary Frances Miller Antiques, still shine, while newcomers arrive bearing gifts and gourmet novelties, like rare seafood and choice meats, crème de la crème chocolates, and cultured wines.

Charlottemagazine
07/29/2010
Brand New Boutique

Chris Edwards Get yourselves To SouthPark mall, style mavens, because Tory Burch has come to town. Step inside the orange lacquer doors in the luxury Neiman Marcus wing, where you'll finally find the celebrated New York designer's signature flats, stylish frocks, and summer tunics under one mod roof.

Charlottemagazine
05/17/2011
Drinks with ... Brent Baronofsky

Chris Edwards Strongest Emotional Connection with a Q.C. Restaurant: All of them, but Customshop and Good Food, especially. Their designs support their food, which should be the true star. Dish to Order from Places You've Designed: I love to ask the chefs to create something on the fly-and I've never been disappointed.

Charlottemagazine
05/19/2012
Feeling Fly: Flywheel Sports

ADAM WHITLOW In March, the Charlotte fitness community met its newest competition: Flywheel Sports . The fitness phenomenon takes its name from the specialized indoor cycling classes made famous in New York City, Chicago, and Atlanta.

Charlottemagazine
03/25/2011
Where Charlotte Chefs Eat

Ever wonder where the talented chef from your favorite restaurant goes to satisfy his post-work culinary cravings? We chatted with the executive chefs from five fan favorites about where they like to unwind and dig in after a long day.

Charlottemagazine
02/22/2012
Lipp Boutique: A New Addition to Charlotte's Fashion Scene

Seamless white tank, $38; Teven laser pattern top, $86; Cain stripe cardigan, $132; Chloe chain box handbag, $189 ADAM WHITLOW The Metropolitan at Midtown has a new destination for style. Lipp Boutique, a contemporary women's apparel and accessories outpost that carries hard-to-find designer lines, opened in January.

Charlottemagazine
09/17/2012
Shop Talk with Kathleen Murphy

LOGAN CYRUS In August, Kathleen Murphy, founder and designer of Murphy Jewelry , was named one of fifteen winners in Belk's Southern Designer Showcase-competing against more than 180 fashion-and-accessory designers across the U.S. for a spot in Belk stores and online. The only Charlotte-based winner, Murphy tells us about her line.

Charlottemagazine
01/11/2012
Shop Talk with Cigi Guzman

Mike Carroll What can we expect to see in store at V.VILL? A hand-curated collection of what I like to call "quirky elegance." They're all one-of-a-kind pieces ranging from vintage silks to sequins, cashmere, and furs.

Charlottemagazine
02/22/2012
Shop Talk with Tara Davis

Peter Taylor What defines Flow by Tara Davis's aesthetic? It's a cosmopolitan-chic collection. When we met you in 2009, your collection focused on dresses. Any recent additions? We launched into handbags and belts in December 2009 using recyclable leathers. What's next? The fall collection is called "Cozy."

Charlottemagazine
08/23/2012
My Favorite Things with John Bossard

Formal training in floral design and a series of opportunities in Atlanta, London, and Aspen honed John Bossard's eye for detail and gave him a love of homes. In the mid 1990s, he found that his dedication to making objects of beauty the center of attention easily translated to interior design.

Charlottemagazine
06/21/2011
Drinks with ... Casey Hickey

Chris Edwards Favorite everyday candy bar: Reese's Peanut Butter Cups. Yum! World's best chocolate haven: A l'Etoile d'Or, this sweet little chocolate shop in Paris's ninth arrondissement. Favorite liqueur to fill a chocolate: Chambord; it's my latest favorite. Does your husband give you chocolates for Valentine's Day? Yes!

Charlottemagazine
08/23/2012
Drinks with Lisa Schnurr

Taylor Mathis The former bed and breakfast owner, Winston-Salem tour guide, and now founder of Tour de Food tells us about her new Charlotte food journey over Pellegrino and Greek salad at Crisp. Restaurants in town you've been dying to try? City Smoke, Blue, Vida, and Mert's.

Charlottemagazine
07/22/2011
Drinks with ... George Allen

Chris Edwards Favorite place in the world (besides a bar or restaurant) to have a beer: On the beach in Maui. Which beer: Saison Dupont; crisp and bubbly, it's perfect for warmer weather. Personal brew of the month: Double IPA. Perfect beer and plate pairing: Bison Honey Basil and spicy Thai food.

Charlottemagazine
10/10/2011
A Sit-Down with Pierre Bader

Chris Edwards The principal owner of Sonoma Restaurant Group's Press, Aria, Frankie's, and the soon-to-be City Smoke shares a love of food over a glass of wine. Favorite of the multiregional barbecue flavors City Smoke will dish out? Western and Eastern N.C. City Smoke standout side dish?

Charlottemagazine
07/11/2012
Drinks with Stratos Lambos

Taylor Mathis From cook to chef to cofounder and operating owner of Xenia Hospitality Group (newly renovated Ilios Noche, Nolen Kitchen, Big View Diner, and the new Maverick Rock Taco), Lambos opens up over a glass of white. What renovations has Ilios Noche undergone?

Charlottemagazine
12/22/2009
Q&A: Sasha Harbrecht

Chris Edwards Ready to make that "organizing your life" New Year's resolution finally stick? We chatted with Sasha Harbrecht, owner of Paper Twist in SouthPark's Specialty Shops on the Park, for tips on leaving the clutter in 2009 and achieving work-space Zen in 2010. shoppapertwist.com Q:­­ I just ­can't seem to keep my calendar organized.

Charlottemagazine
04/12/2011
Drinks with ... Blake Hartwick

Chris Edwards Comfort Food: Barbecue, really good mac 'n' cheese, and corn pudding; anything slow cooked. Cooking Show: Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares and Top Chef. Favorite Top Chef winner: Ilan Hall, season two. If you could have only one spice in your cabinet: Spiced paprika, which I discovered on a trip to Spain; it's so versatile.

Charlottemagazine
04/30/2012
Drinks with Birdie Yang

Taylor Mathis How many sake labels does Yama carry? About 50. How are they selected? Seasonally and regionally. Which is your favorite? Born Muroka Nama Genshu; we are the only ones who carry it in the state. Best dish and sake pairing in the house? Deluxe Sashimi and Hakkaisan Junmai Ginjo.

Charlottemagazine
03/26/2012
Shop Talk with LaVonndra Johnson

PETER TAYLOR Your father introduced you to fashion at an early age. How so? He's a pastor, but he designed fashion when I was younger, including all of the clothes we wore to church, and a local seamstress made them. I learned everything from him. My dad is the best-dressed person I know.

Charlottemagazine
06/25/2012
Drinks with Susanne Dillingham

Taylor Mathis Over risotto and wine, Apicius International School of Hospitality and International Sommelier Guild graduate Susanne Dillingham of The Tiny Chef dishes on her dream catering job, local farms, and her sunny side. If The Tiny Chef could cater for anyone, who would it be?

Charlottemagazine
02/22/2012
On the Run: 3 Sneakers, 3 Running Routes

1. Castle Rock by Asics, $105.99 Omega Sports 704-521-8504 Route: The Wards Start: Second Ward's Charlotte City Center Courtyard Marriott Miles: 3.75 Terrain: Mixture of flat land and hills; sidewalk access 2. Wave Elixir by Mizuno, $105, Run for Your Life 704-358-0713 Route: Morrocroft Circle Start: Carmel Road Miles: 3.57 Terrain: Flat with limited hills 3.

Charlottemagazine
My Favorite Things

Maggie Currey and Lindsey Harper launched Lamshop in 2008. Their website, shoplamshop.com, and store at Post & Gray feature transitional pieces. Chris Edwards In 2008, home-décor designer divas Lindsey Harper and Maggie Currey launched Lamshop ("Lindsey and Maggie shop"), the local boutique boasting everything from N.C.-made custom lacquer tables to gorgeous lamps in its Post & Gray outpost and at shoplamshop.com.

Charlottemagazine
06/25/2012
Closet Vintage with Elizabeth Steinfels

LOGAN CYRUS A high school fascination with the mod revival scene and the inheritance of her mother's hand-me-downs from the 1960s and 1970s sparked Elizabeth Steinfels's love for vintage. The path led her to a fine arts degree from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a freelance career as a wardrobe stylist in the local film industry.

Charlottemagazine
07/11/2012
The Kings of Charlotte's Men's Fashion World Talk Style

DEBORAH TRIPLETT Kings of the Queen City's men's fashion world fill in the blanks about the stores they run and the styles that make them unique. My Stone Rose woven shirts are always in the wash. I wouldn't be caught dead in polka dot suspenders.

Charlottemagazine
07/21/2011
Picnic Perfect

Chris Edwards Whether you're off for a family day by the lake or a romantic evening by the amphitheater in Freedom Park, pack the fare-and the good times-in one of these chic totes. After filling them with the flatware, drinkware, and linen fundamentals, you just need to add the champagne, chicken salad, and your coziest checkered blanket and you'll have it made in the shade.

Charlottemagazine
04/11/2011
White Now

Chris Edwards I t's time to bring the season's most beloved hue out of exile and put it front and center in your closet. Wearing white doesn't have to be tricky. We've found more than a few light and bright pieces that will freshen up your spring and summer wardrobe instantly.

Charlottemagazine
02/22/2012
Spring Fashion 2012: Here Comes the Sun

By Produced by Lindsay Emeigh and Victoria Robinette Alice + Olivia Arie Tie Collar Blouse, $264, Monkee's of Morrocroft; Alice + Olivia teal shorts, $165, Neiman Marcus; Velvet Jami sunglasses, $159, Nordstrom; Mother of pearl stud earrings, $78, Laura James Jewelry; Dannijo stingray cuffs, $300, large cuff; $238, small cuff, Coral Angela Cox This spring, the clouds of fall neutrals are parting and making way for sun and vibrancy.

Charlottemagazine
03/25/2011
Oh, Man

Chris Edwards A new season has arrived, and with it, another chance to break out of your blue button-down-and-khakis uniform and try something new on for size. We've got ten trends that are sure to shake up your fashion routine and bring new life to your closet.

Charlottemagazine
11/22/2009
Ring in the Holidays

Chris Edwards Fashion should extend from head to toe, so why forget the fingers? Take your knuckles up a notch with a few funky and fabulous statement rings. From gumball or dome-shaped to elegant gems, pair a pretty winter polish with one of these striking rings and you'll stand out at any holiday fête.

Charlottemagazine
04/30/2012
The Art of Fashion

Sam Francis, Composition: Yellow and Red, ca. 1956, The Bechtler Museum of Modern Art's mid-century modernism exhibit is in full swing, now through August 27. Here, pairing two of our favorite disciplines-art and fashion-we take inspiration from Sam Francis's bold use of color in his 1956 abstract watercolor and gouache, Composition: Yellow and Red, to offer a modern, stylish translation.

Charlottemagazine
07/25/2011
Prep School

Chris Edwards With a new year rolling in, it's time to load up on school supplies. Ditch boring backpacks and plain old paper and choose accessories so pretty they might actually make homework seem fun. 1. Longchamp "Le Pliage" tote, $145, B. D. Jeffries, 704-364-4004 2.

Charlottemagazine
09/17/2012
The Perfect Blend

LOGAN CYRUS When Christy Ward, owner of the new women's fashion shop Blend, imagined her first retail space, she knew it had to be different. The location was a no-brainer; she wanted to give Ballantyne Village something that she felt it was lacking-a boutique climate.

Charlottemagazine
07/11/2012
Bring it Back with Old-School Style

ADAM WHITLOW This school year, take it back to a time when Trapper Keepers were treasures and lunch boxes with superheroes meant bragging rights. To add some edge to your desk or office, ditch your modern back-to-the-books basics for throwback classics. 1. Cooperative Trompe L'Oeil Laptop Case, $28, Urban Outfitters, 704-366-7497 2.

Charlottemagazine
02/20/2012
Scarves & Hats: Find This Season's Bundle of Joy

ADAM WHITLOW Spring weather is on the horizon, but the winter chill is still nipping at our fingers and toes. To stay warm without looking like the abominable snowman, try these stylish blizzard busters (clockwise): 1. Beige Knit Cap, $20, Nordstrom, 704-442-6000 2.

Charlottemagazine
10/29/2010
Boxed In

This fall boxy is foxy, so toss your goods in a structured handbag that is both formal and feminine. In classic cool-weather colors, like deep plums, rich chocolates, midnight blues, and jet blacks, these right-angled purses are perfect for slinging over your shoulder and toting with style.

Charlottemagazine
09/30/2010
Cape Town

This fall is the time to let loose when it comes to outerwear. Push your tailored trenches to the back of your closet and don your ponchos, capes, and oversize sweaters. Cloak yourselves in the season's plush cashmere, cozy cable knits, and chic wools, and warm up to plunging necklines, dramatic draping, and airy sleeves.

Charlottemagazine
09/17/2012
Fashion Alter Ego

By Victoria Robinette and Alice Ouaneoudone DEBORAH TRIPLETT Dare to bare your wild and mild sides in your quest for the perfect autumn jacket, whether you choose to slide on a sporty anorak or button up in a sophisticated swing coat.

Charlottemagazine
07/29/2010
In the Bag

Tired of toting around your nighttime necessities in a bulky day bag? Roomy enough to hold anything you may need, these evening bags and clutches will have you waving farewell to your hulk of a hobo and enjoying the evening's festivities with free arms.

Charlottemagazine
06/25/2012
Fashion Trend: Seafoam

(page 1 of 4) Seafoam is summer's must-have shade. The soothing blue-green color is reminiscent of crashing waves, and with a host of other ocean hues that complement it perfectly-like coral, mint, sand, and sea blue-styling is a cinch.

Charlottemagazine
12/28/2010
Timely Fashion: The Season's Colorful Watch Trend

Stay punctual and posh this month with bright bands in different styles and every shade of the rainbow. Candy-colored wrist wear brightens the chilly season and turns fashion-savvy women into chameleons with the chance for new hues for every mood.

Charlottemagazine
09/01/2009
Get Your Kicks

Stash away your Sperrys and leave the loafers for the office, fellas, because this fall men's footwear is stepping up its fashion with hip sneaker styles. This season's sneaker goes great with jeans and plays up tired trousers with a little panache. So, whether you're on the go or going out, start lacing up now.

Charlottemagazine
05/19/2012
Local Flavor with Charlotte Lucas

DEBORAH TRIPLETT With her trademark worn-in Chuck Taylors, Charlotte Lucas is a fashionista with an independent streak. Just shy of her twenty-ninth birthday, the interior designer knows how to express her passion for design. I DESCRIBE MY PERSONAL STYLE AS...ever-evolving. I try to continuously adapt my style as my mood and life change.

Charlottemagazine
11/20/2011
The Price is Right with Our Annual Holiday Gift Guide

ADAM WHITLOW (page 1 of 3) Whether you're wrapping up something sweet for the hostess, searching for the latest gadget for your savvy teen, or wowing your spouse with an extra-special surprise, we've found stylish holiday gifts at every price. Sip and Savor A semi-dry rosé marries beautifully with Chambord black raspberry liqueur and Maker's Mark-flavored artisanal truffles.

Charlottemagazine
10/25/2012
Hat Couture

Blue Headdress, $150, houseofceremony.com DEBORAH TRIPLETT McKinna Hahn finds beauty in the unusual. Abandoned hornet's nests, stray animal bones, vintage mink fur, old Peruvian coins- she collects them all to craft the wreath-like headdresses in her custom line, Ceremony. Her business began on New Year's Eve 2009, when she decided her outfit called for a touch of extravagance.

Charlottemagazine
10/01/2009
Head Games

Time to liven up those lackluster locks. This fall, headbands are everywhere. From feather and floral appliqués to jewels and touches of tulle, this season's headbands are pretty and feminine, sweet and chic. Embrace the elegance-and even a little whimsy-and your mane will be anything but mundane. <table border=

Charlottemagazine
10/31/2011
Menswear Hits Women's Fashion Racks

By Victoria Robinette & Samantha Carpenter This season, menswear-inspired items like structured shirtdresses, tailored trench coats, and penny-loafer-inspired pumps have made their way into women's closets. Sexy silhouettes and soft neutrals call on an inner Annie Hall, while traditionally tomboy pieces get a feminine face-lift. 1. Trina Turk Camel Trench, $398, Monkee's, 704-442-7337 2.

Charlottemagazine
09/17/2012
Out of the Woods

Appalachian Textures I by William Jameson, $19,500, Shain Gallery, 704-334-7744 Courtesy William Jameson's Appalachian Textures I serves as the inspiration for a living space that's warm and rich enough to welcome fall. These accessories complement the crisp amber, green, red, and brown color palette, while petrified wood and foliage details conjure up rustic autumn landscapes.

Charlottemagazine
06/29/2011
Play Your Cards Right

In this economy, handing out business cards at every opportunity has become practically commonplace. One way to make sure that your card gets seen is to stash it in a case that it is eye-catching and interesting enough to start a conversation.

Charlottemagazine
01/22/2011
Exit Through the Gift Shop

Chris Edwards Looking to add some inspired home décor to your abode? Go to a museum. Actually, go straight to the gift shop. That's where you'll find creative, tactile, and even practical items that will infuse your surroundings with a touch of artistic whimsy you just can't find at the mall.

Charlottemagazine
02/01/2012
Shopping Guide: Valentine's Day for Him

Camacho Select Torpedo Cigars ADAM WHITLOW This year for Valentine's Day, give him something that makes him feel cozy, manly, and adventurous-and that lets him know you're really listening. Give him the gift of guy time-commemorated by a good cigar.

Charlottemagazine
08/23/2012
First Lady

Wool blazer, $198, J.Crew, 704-365-9355; Glam stripe tie balloon-sleeve blouse, $66, Scout & Molly's; Adriano Goldschmied Ballad Slim Bootcut Jean, $164, Monkee's of Morrocroft; Murphy earrings, $36, Scout & Molly's; Marc by Marc Jacobs watch, $225, Bevello; Teal-and-black bangle, $28, Monkee's of Morrocroft; Blue-and-gold chain-link bracelet, $36, Monkee's of Morrocroft Angela Cox Photography Photographs by Angela Cox PHOTOGRAPHY Styled by Victoria Robinette Hair and Makeup by Elizabeth...

Charlottemagazine
05/17/2011
Totally Stacked

Lisa for Donald J. Pliner Sameh wedge, $250, Step by Sloan, 704-376-1275 Hello, high fashion. Pump up the volume with sky-high platforms and wedges wrapped in wild materials such as linen, leather, snakeskin, straw, cork, hemp, rope, and wood, because these textures are anything but flat.

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11/22/2010
'Tis the Season to Give

Chris Edwards Finding the perfect holiday gift for friends, family, and even co-workers can be a bit of a challenge when it feels like everyone already has everything. No fear - we've scoured Charlotte with discerning eyes to bring you the coolest and most interesting gifts for everyone on your list - from vintage-inspired cruisers to cool kicks and children's toys.

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10/03/2011
Red: Fall's New It Color

Chris Edwards From New York Fashion Week's runways to the Queen City's streets, red is raring. This fall add rouges, cherries, and crimsons to your repertoire of killer heels, a high gloss handbag, or fierce lip shine. There's no better time to be the lady in red. 1.

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03/16/2010
Under Control

Guess what, Guys? Now there's a secret weapon out there that's as crucial to your closet as your girlfriend's spanx are to hers. Tommy John, a new collection of men's undergarments, combat all of your bagging, sagging, and pilling woes.

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Tangerine: Fruit of the Room

DEBORAH TRIPLETT This season, take citrus beyond your fruit basket. Add bright punches of tangerine to your accessories for a home that feels as if it's in full bloom. Here are some of the city's sunniest delights. 1. Orange Acrylic Painting, $265, Slate Interiors 2. Leopard Print Pillow, $145, Abode 3.

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08/23/2012
Charlotte City Style

DEBORAH TRIPLETT Matt Gordon, 26 Occupation: Investment banker at McColl Partners I describe my personal style as: Traditional with some edge. Why do Charlotteans wear: Carbon copy looks-we all have different personalities and different backgrounds, so shouldn't we all have different looks? Wear what makes you, you-not what makes you "fit in."

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02/15/2010
Get Ripped

Good news, gals -- great jeans never fade out of fashion. Sling on your favorite old blues (or blacks or grays) this spring, but add tattered, splattered, and distressed to your collection and get a little daring with your denim.

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Wrap It Up

Lace Cap Sleeve Bolero, $860, Nitsa's Chris Edwards It's time to get clever for cooler weather. From capelets and wraps to boleros and shawls, we've found a few fancy little numbers that'll keep the goose bumps at bay. With details like tulle and lace, feathers and flowers, crystal beading and pearl buttons, dainty is darling.

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Pack Your Bags

Chris Edwards Less is more when it comes to packing for that long-awaited post-"I do" vacation. Here are a few honeymoon ensemble essentials that'll keep you looking posh everywhere, from the pool to a private candlelight dinner. The best part? You'll look put together without lugging around a two-ton suitcase.

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Charlotte Magazine's 2009 Holiday Gift Guide

Well folks, it's officially that time. Time to debate whether or not you are going to brave the crowds on Black Friday. Time to take a serious look at your checking account and decide who you need to stop being friends a.s.a.p. with so you can avoid having to get them a gift.

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Mad Hatters

THIS SEASON we're tipping our hats to the practical and posh winter cap. Add one to an autumn ensemble to preserve a little head heat-and look chic. With animal print accents and stylish appliqués on fabrics like wool, tweed, felt, or fleece, we're in no hurry to hang these at the door.

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06/20/2010
Tie One On

Chris Edwards Brighten up your warm-weather duds with bold ties that'll take those old button downs from plain to stylish in one quick knot. This season look for vibrant colors, fashionable paisleys, and quirky prints and patterns. These lively ties will take you from boardroom meetings to backyard barbecues in perfect summer style.

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Short and Sweet Reception Dresses

By Victoria Robinette, Styling by Scott Weaver Short and sweet Lula Kate Mini Party Dress Chris Edwards For a dance floor-friendly dress, ditch the inches after the ceremony and change into one of these little numbers. Pretty and full of charm, they'll keep you light on your feet. 1.

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Jewelry: Royal Treatment

By Victoria Robinette, Styled by Carrie Campbell ADAM WHITLOW To make an out-of-the-ordinary statement that's both regal (we're looking at you and your blue sapphire, Kate Middleton) and personal, skip the everyday diamonds and bring attention to your ring finger with candy-colored gemstones that span the rainbow.

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Modernizing the Classic Pearl Accessory

Chris Edwards No two brides are alike, so why should your pearls be? If you're ready to kick your single white strand to the curb, or just want an update on the classic standby, try on one (or two) of these multicolored stunners for your wedding day. 1.

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Ooh La Lingerie!

Amandine Light Blue and White Cami and Boythong; $70 and $42; I.C. London Chris Edwards Pardon us, but we think honeymoon unmentionables are worth mentioning. Lacy and luxurious, dainty and delicate, our picks for what to pack are timeless pieces you can (and should) wear long after you return home.

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Something Blue

This wedding season, we're so over those same old stale stones sashaying down the aisle. So dodge the diamonds, pass on the pearls, and punch up your bridal brigade with pops of turquoise jewelry. We've taken care of the blue; now you just need something borrowed, old, and new

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Dessert First

Taylor Mathis This season, skip the pumpkin pie in favor of a scrumptious spiced pumpkin martini. Decadent enough to serve as dessert, it makes for a festive seasonal cocktail-and brings a touch of fall to happy hour.

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Registry Done in Good Taste

Three-Tier Cake Tray ADAM WHITLOW This spring it's time to rethink the wedding registry. Stick with tradition-delicate china, elegant stemware, plush linens, and cooking essentials-but get playful. Pick from vivid coral and yellow palettes to welcome the warmer weather, and choose modern prints and floral accents to add a stylish flair to your home for two.

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Accessories: Golden Oldies

ADAM WHITLOW For arm candy and trinkets that pair aged charm with modern panache, opt for vintage-inspired stunners that feature modern details such as chains, cuffs, and beads to make them contemporary and chic. 1. Dallas earrings, $88, BlyDesign 2. Vintage gold front statement cuff bracelet, $212, Laura James Jewelry 3.

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Ring Bling

Chris Edwards This wedding season, we're thinking outside the traditional Tiffany & Co. box. Decorate your ring finger with stunning stones, like rubies or sapphires, in unusual settings coupled with mixed metals like rose gold. When it comes to your engagement ring, a classic diamond is forever, but a rare rock is unforgettable.

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Tied the Knot

1. Chain Link Silk Print Bow Tie in Aqua/Light Blue, $50, J. McLaughlin 2. Carrot & Gibbs Silk Stripe Bow Tie in Light Blue and Mocha, $60, Paul Simon Co. 3. Carrot & Gibbs Silk Mini Floral Print Bow Tie in Electric Blue, $60, Paul Simon Co. 4.

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Out of the Blue, Something Blue

Chris Edwards In honor of the treasured old tradition, you need the blues to say the "I do's." Pick any number of these pretty pieces in shades of aqua, royal, and sky to pair with your something borrowed, old, and new. 1. Nina Elke True Blue Heels, $100, J.

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Sugar & Spice

LOGAN CYRUS Crisp weather calls for cozy family gatherings, complete with warm pumpkin pies, scrumptious pastries, and brownies. To whip up sweets in style, fill your kitchen with these everyday baker's essentials. 1. Metal measuring spoons, $24, Anthropologie, 704-442-9454 2. Patterned baking cups, $4.95, pack of 48, sur La Table, 704-362-2360 3.

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Michelle Arnett's Favorite Things

Chris Edwards C reative Blu, the cool custom-design stationery line launched by Michelle Arnett in 2001, found its inspiration in the marriage of her hand-finishing skills and her art director husband's design expertise. The couple fused their talents to create their own line of handmade wedding invitations, stationery, custom business cards, and other posh paper wares crafted from unique materials like dried flowers, feathers, and Swarovski crystals.

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Spread It on Thick

By By: Victoria Robinette Chris Edwards For an instant fall face-lift, swap out your warm-weather bedding for cozy coverlets and quilts in pretty autumn color palettes, such as rich mauves, chocolate browns, and deep beiges. On those crisp, cool nights, wrap up in feel-good fabrics like silk, cashmere, and light wool.

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Shelf Life

Looking to restore order to your living room library? Be it a couple of vintage busts or a pair of frog princes, the perfect pair of bookends will rejuvenate your favorite reads and breathe new life into your old bookshelves with character and charm.

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Gifts from a Gracious Guest

Chris Edwards From tasty nibblers that travel well to table setting stunners, we've scouted Charlotte's scene for wallet-friendly tokens (most $100 or less)-all in the name of making you the guest with the best hostess gift at this season's gatherings. 1. Vintage Turquoise Blue Glass Bowl, $95, Decade 2.

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Hidden Hotel Gems

By Bryan Richards and Torie Robinette Here in the Queen City, you don't need to swipe a key to enjoy the royal treatment at area hotels. From swanky restaurants serving phenomenal fare and chic cocktail lounges pouring craft spirits to well-appointed fitness centers and lush greens, rooftop pools and regal spa services, cultural events and more, visiting the gems hidden within Charlotte's hotels should become part of your regular repertoire.

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01/20/2017
What's New in Charlotte (Winter)

Charlotte is a city on the rise. Tastemakers, trendsetters, thrill seekers and inspiring creatives - they're all here. And more are arriving every day. While our city is ever-evolving, here are a few of the highlights of what's new and noteworthy in Charlotte.

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Charlotte neighborhoods, food and beer receive rave reviews

When it comes to impressing locals and visitors, the Queen City's mantra seems to be, "Let's give them something to talk about." Exceptional eateries, one-of-a-kind attractions, a diverse and thriving culture and inventive craft beer, it's all here-and it's earning the city much-deserved respect.

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05/01/2017
What's New in Charlotte (Spring)

Charlotte is a city on the rise. Tastemakers, trendsetters, thrill seekers and inspiring creatives - they're all here. And more are arriving every day. While our city is ever-evolving, here are a few of the highlights of what's new and noteworthy in Charlotte.

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