Jeffre Scott Apothecary Owner Dishes on Holiday Beauty Tips, His Celebrity Muse, and that Elvish Tattoo

You’d never guess that Charlton Alicea—with his flawless, olive skin, perfectly arched brows, chic style, and cosmopolitan comportment—grew up in small-town Indian Land, S.C. You’d also never guess that the ever-youthful Alicea, owner of cosmetics mecca Jeffre Scott Apothecary in Myers Park, is 41. Outside the shop, the worldly makeup mogul is a man of many talents, doing everything from…

Cup of Cheer: Make Mulled Wine at Home in 5 Easy Steps

Holiday parties and mulled wine go hand in hand. It adds warmth to the ambiance—something sweet and spiced simmering on the stove while friends hang out. It’s also a long-standing European tradition. According to lore, in the second century, Romans began to heat wine to steel their bodies against the winter temperatures. Chris Woodrow, former owner of Vin Master in South End, doesn’t just…

The definitive list of all area Thanksgiving-related races, so you don’t feel guilty about getting seconds

While many see Thanksgiving as a day to roll out of bed and fill their bellies with turkey, stuffing, and grandma’s famous pumpkin pie, there are others who like to have a more active start to the day. Here is your definitive list of all area Thanksgiving-related races that will have you feeling less guilty about going back for seconds…

Mark your calendar with these November must-dos

This Month’s Five Essential Dates Nov. 2 Enjoy an evening of food, wine, and conversation with five New York Times best-selling authors at Verse & Vino, an annual event held in support of the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library Foundation. This year’s Verse & Vino will be held at the Charlotte Convention Center at 6 p.m. Tickets are $125. foundation.cmlibrary.org   Nov.3 …

Here’s what happened when high fashion met high voltage at the Chinese Lantern Festival

This season’s fashions are all about “maximalism,” about scaling up, not down. So we let two of fall’s most relevant trends—chinoiserie and this season’s it-color, red—take center stage at a high-fashion shoot amid the wondrous shapes and graphic impact of the Chinese Lantern Festival at Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden (which ends Oct. 29). Life-size illumination has never been more chic.…

How the Tosco Music Party grew from ‘Bring a six-pack…and we’ll just play’ to one of Charlotte’s premier events

When musician John Tosco’s music party outgrew his living room, the Fayetteville native found a bigger venue. Each Tosco Music Party — an outgrowth of the song circles Tosco used to host at his home — features an eclectic mix of performances by more than a dozen musicians of all ages and genres. Whether it’s the annual Beatles tribute, a…

Artist Annie Leist is blind in her right eye and sees little with her left. But her view of the world is breathtaking

When Providence Gallery & Frames Owner Debbie Bass visited Nancy Atwell’s Charlotte home in March to install paintings, she was gobsmacked by several wall-size pieces already there. Who was the artist? she wondered. They were the work of Annie Leist, a New York City (by way of Winston-Salem) artist — and Atwell’s sister. Leist’s work packs a visual wallop even…

This girls’ night trend sweeping the nation started in Pineville

Anders Ruff Workshop is bringing industrial-chic crafts to thousands of women nationwide.  Take wine, throw in some power tools, and a fun DIY project for your home, and you’ve got the latest girls-night-out trend sweeping the nation. The coolest part: it started in Pineville. Maureen Anders, 36, and Adria Ruff, 42, met at a preschool open house in 2010 and…

The Charlotte Ballet’s Sarah LaPointe is a rising star on the stage—and off it

Fidget spinners were made for people like Sarah Lapointe. “I can’t ever sit still,” she says. “I just have to be moving all the time.” Entering her third season with the Charlotte Ballet, the perpetually in motion LaPointe, 20, is as at home skimming her leg past her ear skyward as she is walking the runway at Charlotte Fashion Week…