5 New Charlotte Nightlife Destinations

Here in North Carolina, as most people know, the weather is unpredictable, suffocatingly steamy, and yet full of sweet sunshine and easy breezes.

This summer I've been taking full advantage of the cooler evenings at the thriving foodie hang outs and cocktail cravers havens. Charlotte has been opening so many new & exciting spots, each with a unique personality and catered to the surrounding neighborhood. Here's my late summer bucket list of new places to check out this month.

It's a challenge to break away from routine, especially when it get crazy and hectic and just plain too hot to move. So this summer grab your friends, go get a cocktail and try a new place one night as soon as you can! Why not take a staycation, or be tourist in your own town when there are so many new places opening right next door?

While any of these would make for a perfect addition to a night out game plan, if you're feeling sassy, you can take it to the next level and reserve professional transportation to side step worrying about parking and dealing with traffic. Make an evening out it! It's your adventure, isn't it? Charlotte Party Bus is an excellent choice for this type of exploring! There's a little bit of something for everybody here to enjoy, plus you'll be supporting small business in the area. It's the ideal transportation, where everyone wins, and you get a fantastic night out on the town your crew will remember as the summer heat fades and the cool air rolls in.

QC Social Lounge
300 North College Street

This cocktail bar that just opened Uptown has talented mixologists whipping up awesome drinks.
There is low lighting, exposed brick, and comfortable furniture that contribute to the chill vibe
here. It feels like you're in a huge mansion! There is a range of music played here ranging from
live jazz to a DJ spinning all of the old R&B favorites.

Bulla Gastrobar
4310 Sharon Road

Here's a Spanish tapas restaurant in the South Park area! With the fresh ceviche, authentic sangria,
and seafood paella, you'll feel like you're dining in Spain. There's a lively atmosphere which
makes it perfect for your outing. It's fun to share plates with your friends and try out new flavors.
If you're unsure about something, the servers are very knowledgeable and friendly.

1508 South Mint Street

The contemporary design at this restaurant in the Gold District is inviting! The small plates are
exquisite in their presentation. If you're a fan of eclectic dishes, this is the place for you. With
desserts like charred peach topped with miso, elderflower, and white chocolate, you can see how
thoughtful they are when curating their dishes. Don't miss out on their "cool beans" cocktail with
rum, cold brew, homemade horchata, vanilla, and cinnamon.

The Stanley
1961 East 7th Street

The inventive menu at this new upscale farm to table restaurant in Charlotte has the crowds
flocking to eat here! The menu is seasonal, so you can count on new dishes coming through
constantly, and their menu is locally sourced. Some of the highlights include the incredible foie
gras funnel cake, chicken liver mousse, pork belly, and tempura vegetables. Wine lovers will
rejoice at the selection available here.

101 W Worthington Avenue

This Mexican restaurant in the south end of Charlotte has a lot to offer those who want some fresh
authentic cuisine and a varied menu. They host special events too, which is worth noting if you're
planning a party in the near future. Try to show up a bit early, as the wait times are known to be
pretty long here. We promise that the food and atmosphere is worth it! They have an impressive
list of tequilas, margaritas, beer, and other cocktails.


The Girl in Green

I love having a signature color.  I love all colors, except maybe puce, due to it's unfortunate name, however having one color that sets my spirit soaring makes shopping easier and my style recognizable.

It took me a long time to decide which color palate works best for me. But the cool colors really keep my mind calm and make my dark hair pop. Specifically, jewel colors, like emerald and cerulean and amethyst, also make me feel powerful.

When I saw this dress from eShakti, it immediately caught my eye and I knew I had to have it.

With the Charlotte American Advertising Awards coming up, at the swanky Mint Museum in Uptown, I was shopping for a dress that was classic, artistic, season appropriate, and COMFORTABLE (knowing that I would be setting up and running around for most of the event).  The best part about this dress, besides the perfect floral embellishments, was the pockets!  I mean every multi-tasking, efficient and stylish woman knows how valuable a dress with pockets really is.

You can find my dress here, but their robust online store is absolutely worth browsing to find the dress that fits your signature style. When you find your favorite, don't forget eShakti offers custom sizing options so it not only fits your style, it also fits all your beautiful curves and angles.

Until Next Time,



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Charlotte Nightlife: Exploring Breweries and Wine Shops in Style

The city of Charlotte and surrounding areas are ripe with opportunity as far as high quality drink destinations. Wine and beer has always been a part of the community, but you can't deny that local made options have been becoming more popular. Spending your money at these locally owned spots is a fantastic way to help the economy in Charlotte and simultaneously enjoy flavorful food and drink with friends.

The atmosphere of wine tasting venues and breweries can vary wildly from one spot to the next, and this is great news for groups as well as adventurous individuals. If you're looking for something laid back, you can consider heading to an intimate wine tasting setting, and the same is true for those who tend to gravitate toward high energy breweries. We're here with a few of the most popular wine tasting options and breweries in Charlotte. Consider this line up the next time you're planning a night out!

Foxcroft Wine Company
Foxcroft is the prime destination for wine lovers in Charlotte, and for good reason. This Dilworth wine shop not only has a selection that will make your head spin in the best possible way, but they also have a menu with a variety of delicious tapas such as truffle fries, cheese plates, and flat breads. If someone in the group isn't big on wine, don't worry, they also have plenty of craft beer options.

Wooden Robot Brewery
Next head to South End for the coffee and vanilla blonde ale, Good Morning Vietnam, which happens to be the most ordered pint at Wooden Robot. If the weather is agreeable, the outdoor space has a pleasant vibe with lighting and furniture. It gets pretty busy on the weekends which is a testament to the quality of the beer that they're serving up. There's truly a little something for everybody at this Charlotte brewery!

Legion Brewing
The specialty small batch brews of Legion come in creative flavors that you've never had before. We also love that the head brewer here is a woman! There's a good variety of board games to choose from for entertainment as well as multiple televisions for other game fans. The dark cherry sour brew will definitely delight your taste buds. With a younger crowd drawn here, Legion is one of the best breweries in Plaza Midwood.

Another worthy suggestion to consider is the addition of professional Transportation in Charlotte to your brewery or winery hop. After enjoying these beverages, it's always a good idea to plan how you'll get around town and back home when all is said and done. Limousines and party buses are especially worthy for groups because you can split the cost among friends so that it turns out to be as affordable as a car service with a whole lot more to look forward to. You can even venture outside of Charlotte to expand your selection of wine venues and breweries.

Have fun on your night out and have a beer for me!


Unblocking your Creativity

This is the time of year I always start to get a little dispirited. The weather is grey, the leaves have fallen and it’s finally starting to get colder but it’s not quite time for the holiday festivities to begin. So this is when I tend to start losing direction in my work or my project becomes static and I can’t seem to get past what’s in front of me in order to take it to a new level. I know every creative type of person will come to a point when they just get stuck, it’s simply a curse of having an imaginative mind. But once someone gets in that mental rut its like getting a car out of the mud to get past it so they can continue on their innovative journey.  I personally have a difficult time breaking through a creative block but I found a few things that have helped me work past what I was going through, so hopefully by sharing my few general suggestions they can help one of you step back and refocus on whatever inspiring project you are working on, getting back to yourself feeling your creativity recharged.

-Make a Playlist
Creating a list of songs that make you feel a particular way and puts you in the right mindset for your project helps you to get in your creative zone faster.  Also having a playlist that you can just let play all the way through will prevent a break in concentration by feeling that you need to stop and change the music because it’s not the right kind of tempo or right kind of vibe for what you’re working on. This is one less distraction, helping you stay focused and providing you with your own customized environment, ideal for your creative process.

-Take a Walk
I’m sure you’ve probably heard this one before, but even the slightest change of scenery when you’ve got a mental block can help you mind shift gears so when you step back to your project you can see things more clearly with a new impression of what you’ve already done and a new clarity in where you envision it going.

-Make a List of Your Favorite Things
Writers are always told to “write what you know” because you already have a comprehensive viewpoint and storyline. Making a list of things you love or things that you feel inspired by can help refresh your understanding of why you are inspired by them and can give your creativity direction if you are lacking a particular avenue.

-Make it a Habit
Working on your art a little each day will help keep the creativity flowing on a regular basis.  So whether you write a poem, draw a beetle, make a paper sculpture or take ten minutes to brainstorm ideas to save for later, just do something. If you can spare an hour or a minute, constantly creating will strengthen your skills and fire up your passion, making you happier and more connected to your work and yourself.

-Sit and Observe
I had a college professor who instructed us to sit in a public venue and listen to someone’s conversation, taking notes on the what they were saying and the surroundings they were in at the time. Bringing the notes back to the studio we created our project based on what we had heard and observed. I always thought that was an intrusive project, but now I see that he wanted us to really look at what and who was right in front of us. We are so wrapped up in our own thoughts we tend to forget to notice the emotions and ideas projected by those in our immediate surroundings.  Taking a minute to people watch or to really listen to what someone has to say, can make us see things in a different perspective and may provide new opinions for us to consider. Don’t be afraid to write down a few ideas while you’re in the moment including, strong words that you may hear, colors that are particularly vibrant or scents that are enticing. Putting your response to the surroundings on paper will help you recall your experience clearly, allowing you to create from a specific moment rather than from a fading memory.

-Take a Break From Your Screen
We spend so much of our days in front of screens now with computers, iPods, iPads, tvs and an assortment of devices. We are constantly seeing digital images all day long.  As a graphic designer most of my day is poured into my keyboard, creating points and pixels, so after I my work is done and I’ve settled in for the night I always try to spend at least half an hour reading a magazine or a book and just letting my mind be absorbed by the paper.  Of course painters and sculptors and other visual artists aren’t looking at a screen when they create their art, but to those of us who must, we can benefit from allowing ourselves to have a mental break, literally unplug our minds and let our eyes relax.


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I'm am excited to present Thirsty World Designs' latest line of pendants!  These jeweled owls and seahorses with a whimsical twist are fun and festive for every season!  The metallic clay gives plenty of glint and shimmer, complimenting the jewels and overall design without being an overwhelming element.  I had so much fun making each of them and since no two are alike, they each have their own stunning personality.  You can start your holiday shopping today with the link below or you can email me at hannahfairweather@gmail.com to put in a custom color or design order.  I'm always happy to hear from you and see which ones you're digging and what you'd like to see more of!


Writing in the Web

As the colder weather starts to settle in, my beautiful bugs are beginning to hide in wait for the next spring.  With a few last weeks of warmer temperatures, this writing spider caught my attention, partly because it's web was strung against the front door of my house and partly because of the intense colors he bears. He stayed in the same position for three days, unmoving and only reworking his home after he caught a meal, until finally he had to be moved since he was blocking the front door. 

He was an artist with his web, creating a pattern that is unseen in most spider's work. His precision and dedication made for a beautiful signature to his efforts.  

As a girl who like glitter and orchids, my interest in bugs comes from the beauty in the patterns they wear and create. Spiders have never bothered me, maybe because I can step on them if my protection is in question, but my weakness comes from a snake sighting.  So while I know many of you, hate creepy crawlies, I hope you can still appreciate the subtle perfection in an artist work like the writing spider's. 



During a weekend at home, on a evening walk with my Dad during the golden hour, we stopped to admire our neighbors blueberry garden. The ripening berries were in such a wide range of mint green to dusty rose to dark fuchsia and finally into a deep plum wine. Maybe I haven't taken the time to stop and really notice the colors blueberries go through from to make them the deep purple and blue they end up being when they are finally picked and eaten.

If you haven't been able to notice from my blog design, I love the cool color palette with lots of greens and purples. With the hint of coral and raspberry, these berries have all of my favorites.  I couldn't help but share these beautiful photos I captured when the light was perfect and right before a thunderstorm hit. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do, as the indian summer approaches right before fall encroaches.  


Gone with the Wind

Every trip I take on my own tends to have a theme. Sometimes I plan it out accordingly, but more often they manifest themselves throughout my journey.  This one was a little more obvious.  

In high school my senior year English teacher was having a book giveaway to make room in her library for newer copies.  I grabbed an old paperback of Gone With The Wind and have held onto it for seven years now and haven't had the time to open it, especially considering it's 1024 pages long.  But it seemed fitting to pack since I was on my way to Atlanta for the first time.  My goal is to finish it by September, so whenever I had a lazy moment on the couch, I'd read a few chapters, diving into a different time of Atlanta's past, when Peachtree wasn't a four lane highway, but a dirt road where ladies in hoop shirts walked to their grand houses.

I didn't plan on going to the Margaret Mitchell Museum, author of Gone With The Wind, I didn't even think about looking for it actually. But while riding the Marta, I heard the announcer mention the stop and it seemed to call to me. For a last minute trip, I stopped by the house and learned a little more about her and where the story came from.  I even got to sit on a bench in her courtyard and read the book where it was written, which was a pretty awesome moment.  For one, Margaret Mitchell was an extremely private person and would probably be appalled that there is a museum in her honor.  She was a cat lady and a tom boy.  She only wrote the book as an way to deter boredom after an accident that caused to be bedridden for a few months, making her to have to quit her job at the local newspaper.  She wasn't even planning on publishing it and she wrote the last chapter first and the first three chapters last.  I haven't quite gotten to the end and in truth I may be a little behind my deadline, but it makes me even more intrigued to know how it will end so I can see it the way she did, a women who came from a family from Jonesboro with fathers who fought in the civil war.  Plus finally finishing it will give me a great excuse for an extra long movie night.

Day 1: Journey down 1-85, Wine Wednesday at Dantana's
Day 2: Take the Marta to the High Museum of Art
Day 3: Shopping in Little Five Points
Day 4: Mimosa Brunch at Bricktops in Buckhead, Afternoon at the Botanical Gardens, Dinner and Drinks at Tap
Day 5: Georgia Aquarium, Sushi dinner
Day 6: Lunch and shopping in Decauter, Journey back up I-85.