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Tuesday, February 28, 2023

Pink Heart Bash

Pink Heart Glasses
For my 27th birthday I decided to finally embrace my birthday's proximity to Valentine's Day (I was born the evening before the "love" holiday). For years I've hated it but this year, the TikTok girlies got me into the aesthetically pleasing heart world, so I threw a Pink Heart Bash. It was so fun to decorate for and it genuienly brought me so much joy, so it was worth it! I've included links to everything I can find that I purchased so you can throw your very own. Maybe use it for inspo for your next Galentine's Day party, or just a way to celebrate someone you love — a heart bash does not need to take place in February!

The Decor

Pink Tinsel Curtain, Silver Tinsel Curtain, Pink Heart Balloons, White Painter's Tape

Light Pink Balloons

Love sign (Target dollar section), Ceramic Cake, Trader Joe's flowers

Cardstock Hearts (homemade), Light Pink Streamers

The Food

Heart Bowl, Heart Plates, Pink Tray, Pink Scalloped Container, Trader Joe's Wool Garland

Got a custom cake made in Charlotte — so good!

Cherry Cotton Candy for Prosecco cocktails

Heart Paper Plate, Trader Joe's Bambino Pizzas

The Invitations

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Monday, February 27, 2023

Monday Links

Happy Monday!

Love seeing the Riverdale cast members I love on this...

SO excited for Queen Charlotte!

A new food hall is coming to Uptown, Charlotte — plus Savor Charlotte Culinary Event is coming soon! A new three-story bar is coming to Plaza Midwood and here are 15 places to get a marg

I am so late to this (the video was made 3 years ago) but I love Pedro Pascal so much.

Why we're still loving Agatha Christie all these years later.

BookTok is one of my favorite sides of TikTok!

I need this restaurant's butter service in my life.

Love that blogs are coming back!

Black Americans want to be on-screen, but not as just slaves — I would love to see more stories that aren't set in the 1800s!

What are your thoughts on cringy home decor?

This post made me want to go back to Versailles!

24 products to try at Trader Joe's.

5 new mysteries to try out.

Reading in public is one of my favorite past times, I always have a book with me!

The Branch Davidian Cult is one of the most interesting things to me.

I know I shouldn't give her attention, but Caroline Calloway is one of my favorite internet people.

Joe's Bakery winning a James Beard is so perfect.

Grace's 22 favorite winter recipes.

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Monday, February 20, 2023

Monday Links

Happy Monday!

23 Black history heroes you've probably never heard of and 25 people making history in Charlotte today.

As a person who loves the preppy aesthetic, this new trend fascinates me.

Kinda want to do a make-your-own-lip-stick class!

Ruth Reichl is one of my all-time favorite writers so I am thrilled to watch her documentary.

The best candy around the state of North Carolina.

Love this cottage in the Cotswolds and here's how someone tried slow-living in a Welsh cottage.

38 restaurants coming to Charlotte and where to get lunch!

Historic hotels to visit — I haven't been to any of these so I need to catch up.

Almost all A's on Grace's reading list for January and now I have a bunch of stuff to add to my TBR.

How to build a proper gallery wall.

18 Black history documentaries to watch — adding a bunch to my list.

Scenic European railways? Sign me up.

Eating alone was one of my goals in like 2019 and now I do it happily.

This historic Upper West Side apartment is crazy.

Have you watched any of these this month?

Black public artworks to see in the Queen City and how to celebrate the remainder of Black History Month in the area, plus learn about Green Book sites in the city.

Since I lived in Littleton, Colorado I feel like I have to visit Littleton, North Carolina.

43 Black-owned businesses to check out and 27 more.

Going to have to check out JD's Smokehouse.

The Latta Plantation is going to be reimagined — as it should be.

67 most anticipated books coming out in 2023.

The Charlotte Jewish Film Festival is still going on!

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Wednesday, February 1, 2023

Charlotte Black-Owned Restaurants

Charlotte has a ton of incredible Black-owned restaurants and I highly recommend you try them all, throughout the year. But since today begins Black History Month, I thought I'd share this little graphic. It's a helpful way to remind yourself to try things even if they aren't the thing that pops up on your Google Search. What's your favorite?

1051 S. Mint
7th Restaurant & Lounge
Abugida Ethiopian
African Kitchen Restaurant
Anntony’s Caribbean Cafe
Another?! Food Truck
Archive CLT
August June Desserts
Babe Cave
Bedder, Bedder & Moore
Bird Pizzeria
Burney's Sweets & More
BW Sweets Bakery
Cake Affect
Caribbean Hut
Cheesecake Carousel
Chicken Box
Cloud Southend
Cosmic Cookie Bakery
Cupcake Queen
Cuzzo’s Cuisine
Day & Night Exotic Cereal Bar
Derita Dairy Bar & Grill
Detour Coffee Bar
Evoke Coffee
Frozen Kups
Hip Hop Smoothies
Hot Box Next Level Kitchen
Jazzy Cheesecakes
Jimmy Pearls
JINYA Ramen Bar
Juice Box Charlotte
King of Foods, Inc.
Krustaceans Seafood
La’Wan’s Soul Food Restaurant
Leah & Louise
Lulu’s Express Fry House
Mama Gee’s
Members Only
Mert's Heart & Soul
Mr. Seafood
Ms. DiDi’s Caribbean Kitchen
Nacho Average Truck
Nana Morrison’s Soul Food
Nick and Mike Bar & Grill
Novelty House
Original Chicken & Ribs
Popbar Charlotte
Quidley’s Delight
Renaldo’s Culinary Experience
Romeo’s Vegan Burgers
Round the Way Eatery
Serving The Culture
Smallcakes Utopia
Smoked Catering Co.
Soul Central
STATS Restaurant & Bar
Sub-One Hoagie House
Sweet Creations Of Charlotte
Taste Buds Popcorn — Concord
Tattooz & Booz
The Cocktailery
The Nappy Chef
The Pauline Tea-Bar Apothecary
The People’s Market
Two Scoops Creamery
Ty's Wings & Tings Restaurant
Uncle D’s Southern Donuts
Urban Sweets
Ve-Go Food Truck
Weathered Souls Brewing Co.
West End Fresh Seafood Market
What the Fries

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