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After some much needed time off, my little clan headed down South to spend Thanksgiving with my family.  It was Pepper’s second time on a plane and he did so well (even met the captain). It was also the first holiday without Nanna which was hard but also nice to visit some of the places we use to go when I visited.  As I was heading towards Cameron Village (our lunch spot was always the Village Deli), I noticed the gates were open to Tatton Hall-a stunning estate flanked with the last of the Fall leaves. Everything about the grounds were Southern and provided the perfect backdrop for some photos.

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Top: Intermix,-30% off today! Denim: Topshop (also here), Shoes: Gianvito Rossi (also love these), Bag: YSL (also love this one), Sunnies: Tom Ford, Bracelet: Vita Fede, Nails: Tom Ford.

 

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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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The long weekend was super relaxing, but very jammed packed.  We headed South to my hometown in North Carolina for some good food, friends and family.  My husband and I finally tried the much talked about sushi/burger hybrid Cowfish.  To say the menu was overwhelming (in a good way) is an understatement.  Sushi rolls made with classic burger ingredients and the peanut butter and jelly milkshake were just some of the unique, but moorish standouts.

With the sun shining for most of the weekend combined with our many culinary indulgences, a leisurely, but long afternoon walk through my Dad’s neighborhood was the perfect precursor to our dinner at one of my favorite Southern institutions….Angus Barn.

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Sandals: Stuart Weitzman, Blazer: Theory (here & similar here), Dress: Topshop-old (similar here & here), Sunnies: Barton Perriera, Jewels: BaubleBop (here, here & here)