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Favor the Bold: 6 show-stopping looks for this year’s holiday party circuit

Dare to dazzle on this year’s holiday celebration circuit with looks and makeup that are both elegant and unapologetically show-stopping. Why not be the life—and talk—of the party? Photography by Joseph Bradley Wardrobe styling and creative direction by Whitley Adkins Hamlin | the Queen City Style Hair and makeup by Sarah Broyhill of Directions USA Modeling by Angelina Anderson and…

‘Tis the season: 20 gorgeous holiday light displays you can find in Charlotte

In search of the greatest Christmas light displays around Charlotte to get into the holiday spirit? There are so many lights to see, between private residences, professional exhibitions and even town-sponsored events. Many families put so much time, creativity, money and Christmas spirit into their creations — some of them even synchronize holiday music with their light displays. Hear the…

Everything you need to know about The Waterman, South End’s new seafood spot

South End’s new spot The Waterman is all about good company, good seafood and the salt-of-the-earth people who make it possible.    Paul Manley would say he stumbled into an education on oysters. In 2007, he was charged with opening Pearlz Oyster Bar in Charleston, S.C., long before his own tango with restaurant ownership. “I had a lot of homework…

Inside a swoon-worthy Skyecroft home with a calm, tailored look—and a chic planning room

Interior designer Traci Zeller says working with Kimberly Borans and her husband, Peter, was a dream—from designing a swoon-worthy planning room to a handsome hangout spot. The Borans moved from Boston to Charlotte permanently about a year ago and when building their Skyecroft home, they knew exactly what they wanted. “There are so many stunning designers in the South, but…

Fashionable refresh: Inside a cozy update for 4,400-square-foot contemporary home

With the right eye, a Gastonia home is transformed into a casual and comfortable place to entertain and unwind. It was an unseasonably hot April day and Leigh Falkner was loading up a truck with furniture, artwork, and accessories for her next day’s installation in rural Virginia when her coworkers pulled her into the Circa Interiors and Antiques showroom. A…