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Red + Green Gifts!


Delight the littles (and the biggies!) with these yummy confections and more from             The Cupcake Shoppe in Raleigh!  919-821-4223


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Gracious Guest 101, a fun and useful hostess gift for your fabulous host, why not pick up 3 packs of holiday napkins and receive the fourth for free!  If It’s Paper in Raleigh 919-615-4333


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Follow Vermillion for their favorite gifts and call ahead for extravagant packaging that is sure to add some oooooomph under the tree!  919-787-9780


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Beautiful Ben Owen classic red pottery can be found at The Umstead’s pristine gift shop- give the gift of art!  919-447-4065


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Nomadic Trading Co. is having a fantastic annual inventory sale and great deals to be had– from turkish towels to punchy throw pillows.  919-688-2580



A visit to Fearrington is always a delight!  Dovecote has classic beautiful pieces and the team of stylists will be able to pick the perfect gift!  Call and ask for Marta– 919 542-1145


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Stop by SOUTH in Chapel Hill and you will emerge with beautifully wrapped gifts for him, her or yourself.  It is hard not to indulge the latter the most, so much to see!  {newsflash! magnificent sale starting today, 25% off!}  919-240-5475


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Puddle Baby in Chapel Hill has your christmas costume for the little (s) on hand!  And bows to match!  And adorable sparkly ballet flats, which are buy one pair, get second half-off.  919-967-2919


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Dogwood Collective has festive attire, wonderful scarves and jewelry.  Stop by this historic and charming part of downtown Raleigh! 919-307-8145


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Bano Boutique has a host of clothes and who wouldn’t love a signature handbag, love this red Botkier bag. 919-489-9006


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Lastly, DB Sutton & Co. is having a product sale as well as a special of buying multiple mani/ pedis to keep those toesies + hands in shape for the winter! Call for details.  919-968-4247



Gifts that keep on Giving!

I love the idea of gifts that “go-away” or more pleasantly put, “Gifts that keep on giving!”  Don’t we all have enough things in our lives already?  Sometimes I fantasize of becoming a minimalist.  Not sure it would totally happen (I have a propensity for shoes + folk art + and anything bamboo-like!), but I have compiled an eye-candy list of thoughtful, life-enhancing gifts that give throughout the year and don’t take up physical space– _PIR8694

GIFTCARD at InsideOut Body Therapies, 919-361-0104.  Find out why people travel from all over the Triangle to this renowned Pilates and Wellness Studio that includes alternative healthcare such as Rolfing, Acupuncture and Pilates-based physical therapy! spa

SPA DAY at The Umstead, 919-447-4000, is a very meaningful and beloved gift in our house, love a facial or massage!  Impeccable amenities and services are offered at The Umstead, a total treat of a gift. (Arrive early to take advantage of the steam room, sauna, whirlpool, etc!  You won’t want to leave, the good news is, you could check into a room at the hotel!)

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BEAUTY GIFTCARD at DB Sutton & Co., 919-968-4247, be it a series of blow-outs, styles or nail care with the amazing Tanzy! 2014 Nov-Dec SIO 725 museum MUSEUM MEMBERSHIP:  A wonderful gift that takes up .25mm of space in your wallet and lasts throughout the year, and helps sustain our wonderful culture and Arts in the Triangle.  Museum memberships are great as you are included in special previews and receptions and like I said, it adds to the cultural richness of our community!  CAM Raleigh, 919-261-5920 and the North Carolina Museum of Art, 919-664-6754.


FLORAL DELIVERY SUBSCRIPTION:  who would not adore a year of flowers from Purple Puddle, 919-967-2919, delivered to their doorstep, once a month, once a week or every quarter… I received this beautiful arrangement from Purple Puddle and it brings such joy to have these on hand.


FINANCIAL SECURITY:  Sitting down with a certified financial advisor at Woodward Financial Advisors,919-929-2495.  Woodward has your financial planning interest at heart and is not about the upsell (because they are simply looking at the numbers and not other products they could sell you- because they don’t do that!).  (Side note, this precious golden piggie bank can be found at Area Modern Home, now give the gift of smart financial planning so that piggie grows!)

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COOKING SCHOOL:  Fines out why Travel & Leisure has named Southern Season, 919-929-7133, as one of the top ten cooking schools!  The cooking school offers access to notable area and national chefs (which are sometimes both!) as well as their expert staff.  A great way to try new foods and you can take those skills with you back to your kitchen… fearrington

STAYCATION:  at Fearrington House Inn, 919-542-2121, a relaxing getaway in the bucolic surroundings of a farm located eight miles south of Chapel Hill.  I dream of doing this!  It will be done… watch out 2015! Happy Holidays, I hope this is helpful, at the very least, now you know what you can get me! hee!


Holidays with Champagne + Silver & Gold

Holidays call for champagne, sparkle and shine!  Here is a guide highlighting some great holiday events + items with just the right amount of glitz + champers!  Read on and enjoy… champagne-caviar

The Umstead Hotel & Spa is hosting a Caviar + Champagne  event on December 18th

Explore a luxurious tasting of caviar and champagne presented by The Umstead’s Sommelier Hai Tran on Thursday, December 18th from 6-8pm. Celebrate this glorious pairing!  To view the menu for this event, click here.

$135 per person inclusive of tax and gratuity.  Reservations and advanced purchase are required by calling 919-447-4000.

The Umstead is also hosting a fabulous New Years Celebration that includes Black Tie and a Big Band as well as the option for a four-course dinner at Herons.

To reserve accommodations for New Years Eve, click here or call the Reservations office at 919-447-4000.

fv New Year’s at Fearrington is also a wonderful option–

Ring in the new year with a luxurious getaway at Fearrington, including an intimate dinner for two, in-room Champagne and truffles, and twinkling holiday lights all around.

The New Year’s Eve Package includes overnight accommodations, a tasting dinner for two at The Fearrington House on New Year’s Eve, followed by Champagne and truffles in your inn room at midnight. Afternoon tea and full breakfast are also included.  Click here for more details or call 919-542-2121. gold (1) A beautiful gold-leafed book case available at Whitley Furniture Galleries.  919-269-7447 baileys eng ring Sparkly-supreme engagement ring availble at Bailey’s Fine Jewelry in Raleigh. 919-829-7337 I_m_So_Fancy_Pillow_-_gold_efe743c9-21d4-42c9-8855-fa1b33823406_large Parker_Bangle_Crystal_large Super fun gold-foil print pillow and Lucite personalized bangle, both available at Moon & Lola in Raleigh, Apex and Charleston.  919-322-4277 axara Gorgeous, practical, bejeweled jacket that you can dress up or down- great with jeans or a little black dress.  Available at Fine Feathers in Chapel Hill.  919-942-3151 gold (2) One of my favorite combos- pretty + punk rock– diamond encrusted stud earrings avail at William Travis Jewelry.  919-968-0011 Oct-Nov 2014 407 gold (3) Elegant hobo handbags and Silver-metallic leather + french jersey jacket, both available at Bano Boutique in Durham.  919-489-9006 Oct-Nov 2014 930 Festive table top and accessories available at Peacock Alley in Chapel Hill.  919-967-2152 monkees ral What’s the holidays without a spectacular pair of heels?  Find these tri-metallic beauties at Monkee’s of Raleigh. 919-785-1400 TommyMitchell82504296453O Oct-Nov 2014 980 See why Bergdorf-Goodman and Elle Decor love Tommy Mitchell’s beautiful tole flower sculptures.  Chapel Hill based Tommy says they are perfect for the “horticulturally challenged, or rather, one with a “gilded thumb!”  Available exclusively at SOUTH in Chapel Hill.  919-240-5475 photo 3 photo Decorative holiday trees and shimmery glassware available at La Maison in Raleigh.  919-324-2310 image2 Stunning metallic Proenza Schouler PS-1 satchel, see why this is a “new classic” handbag at Vermillion.  919-787-9780

Call or go visit these great wonderful businesses and treat a loved one to sparkle + shine this holiday.

Tell them The Scout Guide sent you!




RED for the Holidays!

Now that Thanksgiving is behind us, there is no better time than now to pick up some red goodies for the Holidays!! Make a statement with your apparel and in your home with a pop of RED!  IMG_4246 We love this Milly dress from Monkee’s of Chapel Hill, pair it with tights and some black booties and you are ready to go! photo This statement necklace at Dogwood Collective is sure to jazz up any holiday outfit.  It could be worn up or down, think cocktail dress, or chic blouse + denim, a very versatile piece! afterlight This CCH Collection top is a Holiday staple, dress it down with jeans or dress it up with a fun skirt! Fine Feathers in Chapel Hill will be hosting a CCH Collection trunk show on Decemeber 9th, be sure to check it out! M&L Acrylic Chevron Necklace in Garnet, $56R A pick-me-up chevron necklace from Moon & Lola Red Bag Accessorize with RED with this Botkier bag found at Bano Boutique in Durham. Red Ring Every woman loves a festive cocktail ring, switch it up with this buddha ring from William Travis Jewelry in Chapel Hill. photo Don’t let a few raindrops get you down when you can throw on this cheery pair of super fun splashy red Hunter rain boots at Monkee’s of Raleigh! tsc

Stunning earrings by Temple St. Clair at Bailey’s! Frasier-Fir-Holiday-Wood-Wick-Candle-0522540507-360 The BEST scented candle out there! The Thymes Frasier Fir candle is a fabulous hostess gift, stocking stuffer, or just something to keep burning around the house! Pick up one of these at If It’s Paper in Raleigh! photo What better gift than the gift of the zhush for the home?  La Maison at North Hills boasts beautiful accessories and pieces for the home that are sure to brighten the home for the holidays! photo 3 It wouldn’t be Christmas time without Moravian Sugar Cookies, they are the best! Find them at Southern Season in Chapel Hill and in their pop-up shop in Cameron Village in Raleigh. osn-7800d-1400-product-image Dress your table up with Vietri Old St. Nick dinnerware found at Peacock Alley in Chapel Hill. We love this classic, yet fun look! 09 Wine, wine, wine: The Goat at Fearrington has a fantastic selection of red wines from small boutique producers all under $30!

See something you like? Give them a call!

Monkee’s of Chapel Hill: 919-967-6830

Dogwood Collective:  (919) 307-8145

Fine Feathers: 919-942-3151

Moon & Lola:  919-322-4277

Bano Boutique: 919-489-9006

William Travis Jewelry: 919-968-0011

Monkee’s of Raleigh:  919-785-1400

Bailey’s:  919-829-7337

If It’s Paper: 919-615-4333

La Maison:  (919) 324-2310

Southern Season: 877-929-7133

Peacock Alley: 919-967-2152

Fearrington:  919-542-4000

Tell them The Scout Guide sent you!!


Fun things to do over the holiday weekend!

Here’s a quick Thanksgiving round up:

Shop LOCAL on Black Friday!

Shop local on Small Business Saturday! live love local


Visit the North Carolina Museum of Art
- the permanent collection boasts nearly 4,000 pieces of art and currently there is a fantastic show of small portraits entitled “Small Treasures,” which includes the first time a Vermeer has been in the goodliest state, North Carolina!  There are so many things you can do at the NCMA– eat lunch at Iris, walk the museum park, filled with amazing, site-specific sculptures, for example! Oct-Nov 2014 198 Oct-Nov 2014 218

Visit historic Ayr Mount in Hillsborough, either tour the house or walk the trail, Poet’s Walk, along the Eno.  The grounds are simply pristine and gorgeous and a fun place to frolic! ayrm ayr2

Go see the Nutcracker by Carolina Ballet performance at DPAC in Durham.   nutcracker

The show is from Friday, November 28th, Saturday the 29th and Sunday the 30th.  I have received word that Scout followers will get a special discount of 20% off of all ticket sales by using the following code:  SCOUTNUT.  How great is that?  Well, it gets even great- the person who purchases the biggest block of tickets for this weekend will get the opportunity to meet the ballet dancers backstage.  My family did that last year and it was fantastic! Read the blog post from last year here.  You can call the box office, too—(919)680-2787

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving! As always, thank you for your support of Scout, I am so thankful for working on The Scout Guide and all the interesting and talented people I get to meet over the year.  We live in a neat place filled with talented folks- so thank you again!!



Scout is Out party at Piedmont!


The annual arrival of the most recent issue of The Scout Guide was celebrated at Piedmont in downtown Durham.  Chef Ben Adams of Piedmont and Chef Scott Crawford of Standard Foods collaborated on the menu, making it a notable foodie affair, with each bringing their own expertise and finesse to wonderful, locally sourced foods to create some pretty spectacular dishes.  The pièce de résistance was a whole pig cooked by The Pig Whistle‘s Wyatt Dickson, the best barbecue I have had in a long, long while!  Bella Bean Organics, an online organic food delivery service, provided wonderful local honey and cheese!  Rise Biscuits & Donuts capped off the evening with an assortment of donut holes.  And of course, not to be forgotten was the selection of libations brought to you by Piedmont’s GM, Crawford Leavoy, with two fun signature drinks:  Dirty Durham Punch and Scout Punch.  Dirty Durham Punch was a take on a holiday favorite of mine, Milk Punch.  The Scout Punch was equally delightful in that it was an amber-apple-ginger ditty that was refreshing and fitting for a chilly fall evening!  I promise to reveal the recipes in another post… {gotta keep readin’!}

Beautiful flowers were provided by Purple Puddle, they were chic and not too fussy, perfect for this downtown venue that boasts local, farm to table food.  The mix of pink lilies and winter cabbages was a perfect interpretation of what the evening was about, elevated yet accessible.

Boo Hanks, a venerable Piedmont Blues musician played the guitar and sang, providing wonderful entertainment.  I love that Boo is from the Piedmont region of NC- made it perfect!!  Boo was delightful and it was hard to believe an 86 year old could crank out the tunes like he did, and for so long, playing well past his two sets!  I had the great pleasure of working with Music Maker Relief Foundation, a local non-profit that helps preserve music of the south by helping find gigs for musicians.  Russell Lacy Music very kindly helped in providing sound- to be noted- Russell operates a music instruction studio and is not really a “sound man,” or in the business of providing sound for events!  And last but not least, since we do love our eye candy, event photography by Alexandrea Thomsen of Dtown Perspective!

It was a fun and lively night as it was the first time I did the “great reveal” of The Scout Guide at the actual event.  In years past I have delivered the books and then had the party a few weeks later, usually the week after Thanksgiving.  This year the books arrived one day prior and so lots of excitement was built up!  Everyone enjoyed seeing their pages in the rhodamine-hued volume and members hobnobbed with each other.  What a special evening of going “whole-hog,” filled with amazing food, flowers and drink, a great mix of the Triangle’s top business owners and operators.

So check out The Scout Guide, Volume 3 online, and go visit these businesses to pick up your copy!  I hope that you will use The Scout Guide over the course of the year and add it to your collection along with Volume 1 and Volume 2!

Happy Scouting!

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