Four Charlotte Night Events This February

February is shaping up to be an awesome month for enjoying nightlife in Charlotte! Here are four upcoming events that you can consider checking out with friends when you're having a night out on the town. Remember to enjoy your adventures responsibly, and plan for safe transportation if you plan on drinking. Head over to partybuscharlotte.com for more information on planning a memorable night out!

February 14
Sip Paint and Comedy
7-10pm at the Majestique Center
5309 East Independence Boulevard

This is a Valentines Day themed event, but it's not just for couples! Tickets are $50 and include free massages, raffle tickets, tickets to the show, and access to the buffet. With a line up of ten comedians, there will be no shortage of entertainment here.

February 15
Chocolate Tasting Event
6-8pm at Charlotte Museum of History
3500 Shamrock Drive

How can you go wrong with chocolate and beer? This two hour tasting event will have a variety of unique and handmade chocolate treats from local companies, and you get to help judge the best creations. Tickets range from $25 to $35, and part of the proceeds will benefit local organizations.

February 22
Silent Disco
8-12pm at Rooftop 210
210 East Trade Street

If you've never experienced a silent disco before, here is your chance! There will be three different DJ's at this free event, and you get to choose which station to tune into with your headphones. Headphones are limited for this event, so be sure to show up early to guarantee your spot.

February 23

1-4pm at Lucky Dog Bark & Brew
13835 South Lakes Drive in Charlotte

This dog friendly event features beer from ten local breweries! Some of the breweries featured include Red Oak, Lenny Boy, NoDa, Legion, Legal Remedy, Birdsong, Sycamore and Triple C. Your $20 ticket will include three hours of unlimited high quality beer samples.


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.

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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.