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Musts for Glorious Hair and Wine Bars

This weekend in Charlotte was a whirlwind, but so much fun. New places, old friends and country music, what more could you ask for!

Part I: Wine Bars

My best friend from college came to visit and wanted to spend Saturday night relaxing and enjoy good music and good wine. I wanted to try something new, so we ventured up to Cornelius and tried out the Wine Cellar and The Corkscrew Wine Shoppe & Bar. Both places were cute and intimate. I enjoyed a Prosecco from the Wine Cellar while my friend dug into their Campagnard sandwich , which she said was amazing.

Photo courtesy of the Wine Cellar

I have been loving Birkdale Village lately. Went up there for dinner on for Valentine’s Day (or Galentine’s day for me) and fell in love. It’s a quaint shopping center which is where The Corkscrew Wine bar is. We ended our night here. They had a live band and an area set up with couches so we could sit, lounge and plan out our annual girls vacation. So far our list of options is The Outer Banks, Charleston, Aruba or Vegas. Any suggestions?


Photo courtesy of The Corkscrew Wine Shoppe & Bar

Part II: Glorious Hair Products

And lastly, I was kind of obsessed with my hair Saturday night. And last weekend in Charleston, I received a lot of comments on it,  so I wanted to share my favorite products if you’re looking to switch it up a bit. Here are my saviors for this wavy hair of mine. My lifelines for going out, going glam and going curly.


1. Aveda Pure Abundance Hair Potion: I use it to give a little volume to the roots of my hair

2. Aveda Control Paste is great for taming those stubborn flyaways on your styled hair

3. Right when I get out of the shower, then first thing I do is put a dab of Garnier Fructis’ sleek and shine leave in conditioner in my hair to smooth out the tangles.

4. Then I put in some Morrocanoil. This has done wonders for the sleekness on my straight and wavy hair looks

5. Kenra’s Curl Defining Cream is my go to product when I am in a hurry and don’t always have time to dry my hair fully. I towel dry until my hair is no longer dripping, then I add a quarter size of this to my hair and scrunch all over. I dry it just a bit with a blow dryer and let it air dry the rest of the way.

What sort of hair taming troubles do you have? Any hair products that have saved the day? Let’s hear it!

Next Up: Mark Your Calendars for Wednesday because I’m super excited to be debuting my video blog of the Dan & Shay Where it All Began Tour with Canaan Smith!  

A Different Kind of Fun in Charlotte

Being lucky enough to grow up in Western NY, we had every type of sports team to root for.  Now living in Charlotte I still get to experience that hometown pride with professional teams like the Checkers, Knights, Bobcats (soon to be Hornets) and Panthers. Today, I wanted to talk about my experience with a newly formed major league team here in the area you may not be familiar with. They are in their 3rd season here in Charlotte and last season made it all the way to the Championships! They are the Charlotte Hounds, part of the Major League Lacrosse franchise. I’m lucky enough to be a part of the dance team affiliated with them, The Foxes. Last Saturday was the first game and I had an absolute blast! If you haven’t been to a game, I highly recommend. Whether you attend with friends or family, it is sure to be a good time for all. Why? Don’t worry, I’ll tell you!

Photo: Home Opener was so much fun.  When is the next game.... May 10th come quick! #releasethehounds #charlottemll #charlottelacrosse #mll #mlldancers #prodancers #foxes #houndsdanceteam

1. Family Friendly environment: With Blue, the Hounds mascot all around during the game, kids love to say hi, give a high five or dance along with him! There’s many young sports or school groups who are recognized during games that attend. During the home opener on April 26, KIPP Charlotte was on the field as part of the human tunnel that welcomed this years team onto the field!

2. Lots of fun prizes: With on the field contests and different fan fun, you could have a chance to win fun prizes! Bring your best dance moves to the game and you could be lucky enough to win! Last game there were winners of Harris Teeter Gift Cards and a free pizza!

3. Meet and Greet: After the games, the players show their thanks to all of their fans by signing autographs and shaking hands. A must for all sports fans in the areas! The kids loved it and it showed with their beaming faces and endless smiles as headed towards the parking lots at nights end.

4. Fast paced competition: With not very much downtime between quarters, the half or time outs, fans will spend most of their time cheering on the Hounds as they try to make their way to the goal. You’ll be on your toes as the ball changes possession many times throughout.

5. The Foxes: Of course I had to mention us! You’ll find us all around on game days, handing out programs, showing our support, performing and pumping up the fans from beginning to end! Don’t be afraid to stop by and say hi!

Next game for the Hounds is a re-match against last years champions, the Chesapeake Bayhawks. Game starts at 3:30 on Saturday, May 10. Come out and support the home team. Hope to see you there!

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