1. Louis Vuitton Neverfull: I received this as a gift last Christmas, and have not switched out purses since. I am so obsessed with all things Louis Vuitton, but especially this bag. The name is dead on. It somehow really is NEVER FULL, no matter how much I manage to stuff in it. It is perfect for every day purse items, but even better when you’re traveling and want to cram as much as you can into your carry-on.  I’ve also found it works really great as a work bag because you can fit your laptop, or iPad, along with everything else you need. It’s definitely an investment piece, but well worth the money!

I have the damier pattern and love that the inside is a feisty red!

2. B-Cycle: Maybe this makes me a nerd, but I cannot get enough of B-Cycle!! Have you seen the bike racks popping up everywhere around the South End, Dilworth, and Uptown areas? If so, you HAVE to try them out. How does it work? It’s simple. You go to one of the bike racks, swipe your credit card, and you’re off. There is an $8 upfront fee that you pay no matter what. After that, your first 30 minutes are free, and then $4 for every 30 minutes after that.  While that can get somewhat pricey, we’ve found an inexpensive way to ride. We pay the $8, and then only ride the bikes to places where we can get to in under 30 minutes. Our favorite thing to do is walk to the East/West light rail station, hop on the bikes, ride them to Metropolitan, participate in Sunday Bottomless Mimosas and then ride ( or walk depending on how many mimosas I’ve had) them back home. During the DNC convention the bikes were an awesome way to sight see without getting stuck in the traffic. Yearly passes are $65 which would eliminate the $8 fee you pay every time.  Going green has never been so fun!

Tourists in our own town

Sightseeing at Charlotte’s version of the bean

3.  Ella B  Pure Soy Candles: Do you struggle like I do when it comes to buying Christmas gifts? This year is especially tricky because I now have a boyfriends family to buy for. I recently read about these awesome Ella B candles. First, they are made of soy, not paraffin wax like most candles. Soy candles are made of biodegradable resources and will burn for 60+ hours! Second, these candles are made locally in Matthews by a lady who considers herself a “momtrepreneur” – she started the line to teach her two young daughters important business lessons. Thirdly, the candles are named after Charlotte-area neighborhoods; there’s a Ballantyne, Cotswold, Davidson, Dilworth,  Eastover,  Foxcroft, Lake Norman, Matthews, McAdenville, Myers Park, NoDa, Plaza Midworth, Providence, Queen City, SouthPark, The Mint and Uptown. The Providence candle has a relaxing lavender scent and was designed to have a calming sanctuary feel, like all of the churches you pass on Providence Rd.  This might just be the perfect gift for out-of-towners!

4. Happy Hour App: If there’s one thing I love, it’s a good happy hour. The free “Happy Hour” app uses your location to tell you about different happy hour specials that are currently happening. You can also select certain days and times to plan a fun evening ahead. Specials include drink and food deals and some offer coupons. Perhaps the best feature is the happy hour countdown clock?
5. Progresso Light Soup: The commercials are supper annoying, but the soup is great! The Progresso Light soups have been a lifesaver to me lately. I love that they are quick and easy. You can grab a can on your way out the door, and you don’t have to worry about actually packing something for lunch. Not only are they pretty low in calories, they are SO filling. My favorites are: Creamy Potato with bacon (duh)  and the Zesty Southwestern-Style vegetable, yum!!!

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