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Hands down, Sunday’s are my favorite day of the week and this one past, although chilly, was super relaxing. Totally over the snow, I decided my gray direction needed a pop of color. Brunch, followed by a stroll through the Winter wonderland that was Central Park ended with yummy nibbles and the Oscars.

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Sweater: French Connection (similar here), Pants: Aritzia (similar here), Booties: Sigerson Morrison, Bag: Alexander Wang (also love this & this one), Hat: Lou & Grey (similar here & here), Sunnies: Ray-Ban, Earrings: Sweetie Pie.

 

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Lou & Grey

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(Lou & Grey cashmere tunic in grey melange (also love this color), Lou & Grey mittens (matching hat here), Leggings: Zara, Booties: Sigerson Morrison-On Sale!, Sunnies: Oliver Peoples).

Although New York is growing on me by the day, nothing is better than heading South to my hometown of Raleigh, NC to see friends and family. On my last visit, I stumbled upon a new shopping gem in North Hills-Lou & Grey.  As a member of the Ann Taylor/Loft family, Lou & Grey is the hip, younger sibling that is effortlessly chic with the accessories to match.

Walking through the doors, I feel like I’ve entered a cozy, fabulously curated boutique in NYC.  After being greeted warmly, I start to explore. My first find is a dainty, golden wrap bracelet-perfect for layering or everyday use, followed by an irresistible wide brim hat.  These pieces part of Lou & Grey’s Maker’s collection which are handmade in small quantities by artisans across the country.  The collection is somewhat reminiscent of a cool little market you would stumble across in Brooklyn or San Fran one weekend, full of one of a kind treasures that you know won’t be on everyone.

As I make my way through the store, I thumb through beautiful layers of cashmere, knits, leathers and prints, accompanied by tables of beautiful accessories, books and dainty jewelry.  Stacks of sweaters next to soft, tees in neutral stripes provide the perfect selection of must have basics for any girls closet.  I cannot help but notice the amazing woven leather chair and nature inspired antler stands atop log tables scattered throughout the store as well.  It’s such a unique but welcoming space. 

After about an hour of exploring, I left with some amazing, unique finds and a new favorite boutique on my Raleigh list.  Lou & Grey is a must for any girl who loves luxe basics that will work with your current wardrobe or easily stand alone.  I’m already looking forward to my next visit over the holidays!  

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(Lou & Grey sweater (also love this one), Hat: Lou & Grey “The Makers” collection (in store only), Jeans: J Brand-On Sale!, Booties: Sigerson Morrison-On Sale! Bracelet: Lou & Grey “The Makers” collection (in store only).

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(Lou & Grey ponte textured leggings (also love these coated zip version), Striped tee: Lou & Grey, Sweater: Lou and Grey-sold out (similar here), Scarf: Lou & Grey (in store), Booties: Sigerson Morrison-On Sale)!

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(Lou & Grey hat, Basket weave sweater: Lou & Grey (also love this one), Denim: AG Jeans, Flats: Zara (similar here), Clutch: Chanel).

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(Lou & Grey fair isle black and white sweater-bottom right & “Makers” soap). 

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The Makers

Scattered throughout the store, you will find little cards that highlight”The Makers” collections. These are lines offered exclusively by Lou & Grey of a carefully curated mix of handmade artesian pieces.  Within each collection’s offering, you will find everything from yummy apothecary selections to handmade hats and scarves. Each location stocks different artists.  I was one of my favorite parts of the store. 

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Mad for Plaid + Black Friday goodies

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Although I usually end up in a food coma, Thanksgiving is one of my favorite times of year.  Foods that are usually foreign to my daily routine are a decadent and welcomed treat, leaves are still turning (in NC) and the shopping season has officially kicked off-Christmas lights and all.  I can run with the best of the Black Friday purists-waking up at 6am, grabbing a cortado and heading to Saks or Nordstrom, but online shopping is also a very appealing and ever growing fabulous option for the crowd phobic shopper to bypass the sale induced frenzies that await outside and inside most stores the day after Thanksgiving.  Below are some of my picks for partaking from the comfort of bed, Friday and throughout the weekend.

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Sweater dress: BCBG-old (similar hereON SALE & hereup to 25% off with GOBIG14), Boots: Stuart Weitzman (also here & similar here25% off with THANKFUL25), Hat: Lou & Grey (similar here), Scarf-Zara (similar here30% with HOLIDAY & here).

 

Other Black Friday sales I’m perusing:

Love these booties-25% off sitewide with THANKFUL25

Perfect Equipment floral-25% off sitewide with THANKS

Loving this cape from Theory-40% off sitewide

Absolute favorite pair of J Brands30% off sitewide BLKFRI2014

Cozy sweater dressSale sitewide