Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Experience: Art with Heart

The Art with Heart Auction was first introduced to me by my good friend, Rachel. I noticed a beautiful piece of artwork in her home and she told me she won it in the silent auction at this wonderful event. I loved the piece and wanted to know more about the event.

Upon my research, I found out that the artwork is donated by many talented artists across the Southeast and the fundraiser benefits Safe Alliance (formally United Family Services) which provides hope and healing to victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and child abuse. This year's donations include pieces from Jane and Hugh McColl's collection, Bank of America's private collection and Elder Gallery.

In its 13th year, Art with Heart takes place on Saturday, February 2nd from 7-10pm. It will be hosted by Colleen Odegaard and Ramona Holloway of WCNC's Charlotte Today show and you can expect an evening of art and entertainment at Founders Hall in Uptown Charlotte. This year's fundraiser includes an extra special celebration...a new Safe Alliance shelter which allows the organization to help many more people in crisis.  To purchase fundraiser auction tickets, which are $100 go here.

With over 100 pieces in the auction (silent and live) there is sure to be something that fits everyones' artistic style. The 2013 artwork is continuously uploaded to the Art with Heart Facebook page but here are just a few pieces that you can have a chance to bid on at the event (below). For more information about Art with Heart, be sure to visit the official Art with Heart website here.

Work by Janine Medlin

Untitled by Diana May
Work by Betsy Alexander who will participate in the Emerging Artist Competition

At the Barre by Larry Duke

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Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Experience: GlamStyle Beauty Bootcamp

Some of you may know how I like my "get my body in shape" bootcamps but this upcoming beauty bootcamp presented by Harris & Barnes Image Consulting seems much less painful! It's all about beauty!
The GlamStyle Beauty Bootcamp is a day-long event that will be held at the Ritz Carlton-Charlotte from 8:30am-4:30pm on Saturday, January 26th. The bootcamp will help attendees create a "brand new you" for 2013 by sharing beauty tips from industry insiders that you can put into action all year long.
Sonya Barnes, President of Harris & Barnes Image Consulting has been in the communications and styling business for over 10 years, both locally and internationally and will share her tips of the trade along with other industry experts at the bootcamp. According to the International Fashion Style Academy (the training arm of Harris & Barnes) website, some of the things attendees will learn include:

  • How To Look 10 years younger without having plastic surgery
  • The Science of you really need all those products?
  • Banish the mommy jeans and strut your stuff in the perfect jeans for your body
  • Hair and make-up techniques for modern day glamour AND get you in and out in 20 minutes
  • How to wear the current trends while being AGE APPROPRIATE!!
    ...much more!

  • Bzzzz: If you are not 100% satisfied with the class, the academy will over you a credit to use for another class. To register for GlamStyle Beauty Bootcamp, go here and tell them HoneeBee Gifts sent you!

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    Friday, January 18, 2013

    Experience: Hand and Stone Massage and Facial Spa

    Begin the year in bliss at this beautiful spa that offers massage, facial and waxing services seven days a week. Hand and Stone Massage and Facial Spa in SouthPark includes an expanded
    list of massages from sports to reiki to swedish to refresh all clients. Beauty treatments include rejuvenating facials, eyebrow waxing and more. The new spa, staffed with licensed massage therapists and estheticians can create customized packages to match client’s needs for both health and relaxation.

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    Thursday, January 17, 2013

    Gift Tip #117: Pretty Baby Naturals Masque-r-Aide Facial Masque

    Bright, Beautiful Skin

    Made for all skin types, Pretty Baby Naturals Masque-r-Aide Facial Masque tightens pores and leaves your face feeling fantastic. The deep cleanser includes tea tree and cucumber and gives you a new rejuvenated look.

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    Wednesday, January 16, 2013

    Gift Tip #116: Mango Tango Hand & Body Lotion

    Hand Hydration

    This hand and body lotion that mixes together mango and berry nectar with mango butter smells delicious enough to eat but instead should be used to restore your skin from winter’s blues. The 5.7 oz tube includes moisturizing ingredients such as vitamin E and coconut oil.

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    Tuesday, January 15, 2013

    Gift Tip #115: English Lavender Soap

    Soothing your Skin
    The relaxing fragrance of this lavender infused with chamomile soap makes lounging in the bath more enjoyable, all while moisturizing and soothing your skin. The 4 oz bar is marbled with violet ultramarine and the scent helps to relieve stress naturally.

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    Friday, January 11, 2013

    Gift Tip #114: EPIC Treadmill

    Don’t dread the tread!
    The New Year brings about new goals and more often than not, exercising is top of the list. Epic treadmills includes cutting edge features to keep (or get) you on track. Some features include iFit, an interactive Wi-Fi enabled platform that allows you to choose your run route via Google maps and an Android browser that allows you to check email (or YouTube) as you run to your heart’s content. In addition to the reward of getting fit with Epic products, the company offers another incentive--you can receive Epic Rewards every time you step on the treadmill. Basically the more you run, the more rewards (i.e. trainer tips, free equipment tune-ups) you receive. Nice motivation to put one foot in front of the other, wouldn’t you say? picture source: Dick's Sporting Goods

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    Thursday, January 10, 2013

    Flip Your Gift Party a success!

    I was so happy that the Flip Your Gift Party on Saturday turned out great! We had a great group of Charlotte gift givers who left with some "more perfect for them" items like Victor and Rolf Flowerbomb perfume and, candles and vintage earrings. The event was covered by three major news stations (WCNC, WBTV and News 14) and covered by The Charlotte Observer. Here are some of the pics from the event:
    The food spread- yummy!

    Some of the fab Charlotte gift givers who attended Flip Your Gift
    The Swap Room Check Out area
    Some goodies from The Boulevard Pop Up Shop
    Some goodies from the J.T. Posh Pop Up Shop
    The J.T. Posh and The Boulevard South End Owners/Staff
    Hey Sugar Shop cookies, some were shaped like "honee" bees! Truffles not shown but were delicious!

    Special thanks to Presenting Sponsors J.T. Posh and The Boulevard at South End and Dessert Sponsor Hey Sugar Shop. 
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