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Winter White at SOUTH

Loving these winter whites at SOUTH in Chapel Hill!  Winter white offers a crisp, fresh start and is a great way to brighten winter days.  And speaking of white, blank, clean slates, SOUTH is having their fabulous sale, as we speak, most everything is marked down at least 25% to 75%!

So enjoy these bright whites and run, don’t walk for great deals at one of the Triangle’s favorite shops! Note SOUTH will be closed on Monday for inventory, so enjoy the sale now through Saturday!!


107 Meadowmont Village Circle | Chapel Hill | NC | 27517


All white Sferra bed linens. Who doesn’t want to hop in a bed of Sferra on a cold winter night??  I slept on these at my mother-in-law’s in Florida over Christmas and they were just di-vine!
Available in various all white patterns.


Matouk Bath Towels
The particular design shown is Auberge. A handsomely bold, embossed letter adorns the luxuriously soft terry bath towel set for a truly regal bath experience.  Love this H… paging Hermès!!
$14-$45 depending on the item/size.


Garnier-Thiebaut Green-Sweet White Tablecloths and Napkins
(Green-Sweet means stain resistant…even when red wine is spilled because everything is treated)
Prices range depending on size.


BRAND NEW! Lee Industries Coverall Swivel Gliders in Organic White.  Perfect for baby nursery and will reside well past those long sleepless nights!


Juliska White Berry & Thread
The perfect every day china.


Snow White Cashmere Poncho
(pictured with Wiley Bros. belt– love!)




Art Opening at The Umstead on February 4th

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Psyche Unveiled: The Umstead Hotel and Spa

Presents the Fine Art of North Carolinian Shelly Hehenberger 

Complimentary Artist’s Reception Planned for Feb. 4, 2015 , from 6-8 p.m.

The Umstead Hotel and Spa’s thoughtfully curated art collection will showcase the mixed media works of Shelly Hehenberger starting Jan. 5, 2015.  The exhibit, titled “Psyche Unveiled,” features distinct multi-panel pieces of oil and mixed media on wood that were developed over the course of months by the North Carolina-based artist.  Using non-traditional tools, Hehenberger’s method involves applying and then chipping away at carefully layered mixtures of oil paint with sand, earth, resin, chalk, cold wax medium and other materials.  The results are inspired by the natural world and reflect its state of constant change according to Hehenberger.

A complimentary wine reception is planned for Feb. 4, 2015 from 6-8 p.m. to introduce Hehenberger to hotel guests and local art enthusiasts.  The artwork will be available for purchase in the Gift Shop during the exhibit. photo 2 photo 3

About The Umstead Hotel and Spa

The Umstead Hotel and Spa is a singular, sophisticated triumph in North Carolina’s northeastern Piedmont region, an area rich in beauty and rooted in innovation. The state’s most highly rated hotel, it boasts stunning interiors punctuated with privately curated fine art, 150 spacious guest rooms and suites, world-class cuisine, a stimulating spa, gracious staff, and a serene woodland setting. The Umstead is a recipient of both the AAA Five Diamond award and Forbes Five Star rating. For more information or reservations, visit www.theumstead.com or call (866) 877-4141.


Winter Cocktails by Piedmont

It’s chilly out and what better way to cozy in with some delicious winter-time punches brought to you by Crawford Leavoy, GM of Piedmont in Durham and their cocktail enthusiast/historian, Paul Ziet.  Each recipe yields about a quart and were served at the Scout is Out party earlier in the fall.


Scout Punch (or Amber)
7.5 oz Vodka (We added more vodka for the Scout Party)
20.0 oz Apple Cider
2.5 oz Ginger Syrup*
2.5 oz Apple Pucker
Stir with ice to dilute and chill.
Garnish with grated nutmeg, sliced apples, cinnamon sticks.

Ginger Syrup*
4.0 oz peeled and thinly sliced ginger
1 cup sugar
1 cup water
Bring all to a boil and stir until sugar is dissolved
Remove from heat and let steep about 30 min
Strain to remove ginger and let it cool in the fridge 5T0A3760
Dirty Durham Punch (or Atholl Brose)
10.5 oz Blended Scotch (Famous Grouse)
3.5 oz Honey Syrup *
14.0 oz Toasted Oat Infused Milk*
1.75 oz Cold Coffee Concentrate (Cold brew by Larry’s Beans)
Stir with a little ice to dilute and chill.
Garnish with grated nutmeg.
Que bagpipes.

Honey Syrup*
1 cup honey
1 cup water
Combine and bring to a boil stirring to dissolve honey.
Remove from heat and let it cool in the fridge.

Toasted Oat Infused Milk*

Toast 1 cup steel cut oats (300 degree oven, 15-20 minutes-ish, redistribute oats half way through cooking time)

Let cool, and combine with 1/4 cup sugar and 1 tsp. Kosher salt
Bring 1 quart of milk to a near boil (scalded)
Combine milk, and oat/sugar/salt mixture and let cool.
Cover and put in the fridge overnight.
Use a fine mesh strainer to separate the oats and milk.
Squeeze/press the oats to get as much liquid as possible from them.


Explore The Scout Guide’s national blog for more recipes.

Enjoy these from Piedmont, make them at home or know you can always belly up at the bar!

For reservations at Piedmont, call 919-683-1213 and tell them Scout sent you!


Bridal and Special occasion hair at DB Sutton & Co.

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I love braids and up-dos, anytime there is a special occasion (and sometimes just a haircut or color is a special occasion!) I like to do something fun with my hair!  I head straight to DB Sutton & Co. and have someone from their team do my hair!

These are some examples of braids and up-dos they can create.  Cara, who cuts and colors my hair, worked on this gorgeous collaboration with Lizzy Fowler of Lizzy’s Flowers.

The combination of the braids + flowers are just stunning and achieve the same effect a dazzling piece of jewelry can have.

Call DB Sutton today to plan your  special occasion hair, be it for a once in a lifetime event like your wedding, or your next cocktail event as a way to update your favorite LBD go-to hanging in the closet!

DB Sutton & Co.


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Bano: Friends & Family Event!

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Sima at Bano Boutique wants to thank you for being a valued customer and is hosting a Friends and Family Event!

NOW through Tuesday, January 20th, take 15% OFF your entire purchase.

Here are some lovelies you could snap up with this offer!  Also spring is beginning to arrive and it’s a great opportunity to ready yourself for warmer days before the best of the season gets snapped up.

Bano Boutique

2699 Durham-Chapel Hill Blvd. in Durham
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Lemon Ginger Lavender Elixir from The Umstead


The Umstead Hotel and Spa  has shared a recipe for a soothing seasonal Lemon Ginger Lavender Elixir in efforts to ward off winter colds and  will be more pleasant on the palate than cough syrup!

Chef Greg Gettles shares his recipe for a refreshing, vitamin-packed pick-me-up that combines potassium and calcium-rich Lemon, Ginger, which has antioxidant and direct anti-inflammatory effects, relaxing Lavender and Thyme, which helps relieve coughs, bronchitis, and chest congestion.

 Lemon Ginger Lavender Elixir Recipe:

  • 7 lemons (peeled and juiced)
  • 7 bruised and chopped lemongrass
  • 3 oz. peeled and chopped ginger
  • ½ oz. dried lavender
  • 12 oz. lemon juice
  • 16 oz. honey
  • 7 oz. simple syrup
  • 3 ½ oz. ginger puree
  • 12 sprigs thyme
  • 16 qt. simmering water

Method: Combine all ingredients in a cambro and pour over with simmering water.  Allow mixture to steep for at least 4 hours before straining.  Adjust seasoning and enjoy at desired tempature (chilled or warm).

The Umstead Hotel and Spa

100 Woodland Pond Drive, Cary