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Tuesday

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Less is More — Holiday Gift Guide for Your Man

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Men are so bizarre.

They enjoy scratching their privates in public, burping and blowing it in others’ faces, and talking really loudly on work phone calls. Or is that just Wilson?

Although men are strange creatures, we womenfolk can learn a thing or two from them. Certainly no more than two things, though. 

Men are simple creatures who require very few things to make them happy. I know I’m making a gross generalization here, but for the most part, men know what they like and don’t require tons of stuff to be fulfilled. They do require ample amounts of babysitting love, though.

With this in mind, I pulled together some of the most coveted items that every man would love to receive this Kwanzaa/Hannukah/Christmas/whatever-you-celebrate season. And because men are so low-maintenance – stuff wise, that is – you only have to give them one thing for them to be happy. One nice present — because, after all, less is more.

 

Holiday Gift Guide for Your Man

 

 plaid shirt / bicycle / watch / cooler / shaving cream / bitters / bottle opener / dop kit

1. Mad about a man in plaid:  the new, hip, and, most importantly, Southern menswear on the fashion scene, Ledbury offers quality men’s fashions that are sure to please the man in your life. Dear Wilson, you would look #adorbs in this shirt.

2. Biking is for lovers: Wilson is obsessed with this bike. A few months ago I received an email from him to my work email and it was flagged URGENT. I clicked on it immediately because I thought that something was wrong, but in fact he had just discovered Priority Bicycles and decided that we needed them to complete our #SSTdoesSavannah story. He told me yesterday that he was going to get me the white one for Christmas, but decided against it because once he got me one, he’d have to get himself one, and that buying a present for me when it meant buying something for himself wasn’t exactly what the season of giving is all about. He doesn’t deserve half of the shit I give him.  

3. Better watch out, better not cry: this watch is so pretty, I think it would be great for men and women. One for you and one for me. 

4. I don’t think you’re ready for this Yeti: ah, these dang expensive Yeti coolers. I hate that they are a freaking fortune, but they really do keep things ice ice baby cold. This is Yeti’s newest cooler that is “lightweight” version that still offers the freezing cold conditions that the bigger, heavier coolers do. Bravo. 

5. This is really good shaving cream and I have nothing funny to say about it.

6. Bitter is better: you know how cocktails and mixology is all the rage with the kiddos these days? Bittermilk is right in with that trend. These expert mixers crafters create delicious tonics and bitters to add to your favorite alcoholic libation. They participated in an event at my real job recently and I’m afraid I may have scared them a little by how obsessed I was with their products. Much to Wilson’s chagrin, I will never know how to play it cool. 

7. Kill a deer, open a bottle: my bestie Emery sent me these neat antler bottle openers as a great stocking stuffer for Wilson, and I do believe it would also make a great stocking stuffer for any stylish man, not just my dear Wilson.

8. Don’t dop the ball: every man needs a good dop kit. This one is the bomb and available for 30% off right now with the promo code GETFESTIVE. Get festive indeed. 

So, get shopping – just make sure to use your best judgment and don’t overspend or buy impulsively.  Being ostentatious is so 1999. 

Thursday

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Ways to Style White Pants in the Winter

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In honor of J. Crew‘s 30% off winter sale — use code SHOPNOW — and as a toast to Wilson’s unadulterated adoration of white pants, I’d thought I’d do a two ways to style white pants in the winter.

Here’s an outfit that I really love — comfortable, cozy and chic. The three C’s of winter fashion. 

 

White Pants Outfit #1

 

crossbody bag / sweater / watch / gold cuff / earrings / booties / lipstick / nail polish / white pants

 Cute, right? And numero deux:

 

White Pants Outfit #2

 

necklace / turtleneck / envelope clutch / vest / large cuff / arrow cuff / earrings / booties

C’est parfait, no?

The best thing about the Wilson White Pants story is that everyone gives me the eyebrows when I wear white pants, especially when I’m wearing them around Wilson. If they know the story, they’ll give me a knowing look, raises their eyebrows suggestively, and say, “Oh, white PANTS!” as if they share in the secret of why Wilson’s and my relationship works. Free marriage advice: all wives should wear white pants. 

Men, you’re welcome.

#whitepants

#noshame

Wednesday

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Investment Piece of the Month — Dior Glow

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For me, cosmetics is all about the recommendation. Unless I have a personal recommendation from someone I trust about a specific product, then I won’t buy it. Makeup is freaking expensive and I’m not one to just “try” something for the hell of it. That’s like saying you’ll just “try” a $50 bottle of wine when there’s a large chance it could be a #fail. Pure idiocy. 

November’s Investment Piece of the Month is a line of products that were recommended to me by my mom and my friend Sara. They both introduced me to the wonder and magic that is Dior Glow. See below for your glow. 

 

Dior Glow Cosmetics

nail polish / lip balm

Both of these products are very pricey — the polish is $25 and the balm is $33, AH — but each are totally worth it. The nail polish is an easy-to-apply liquid that enhances the look of your natural nails, making your pinks pinker and your whites whiter. It’s perfect to put on your nails when you are in between manicures, as my Mom sagely recommends. My friend Sara is obsessed with this lip balm and practically made me get it, and boy am I glad she did. The balm also enhances the natural pink of your lips and goes on buttery-smooth. It also smells really, really good. So, if you are looking for two items to pump up your makeup lineup, I’d highly recommend these two. Perf. 

How is it only Wednesday? Why am I not on the beach with a mimosa in hand? Major life questions today… 

Thursday

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November 2014

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Holiday Attire for Less — Or a Lot

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Now that Halloween is offish over, it is time to start planning for the holidays. And by planning I mean financially planning. 

Dun dun dunnnn.

Between the Christmas parties, the myriad Christmas gifts and the now four birthdays that occur in my immediate family between November and Christmas (baby nieces are winter babies), this time of year things get a little tight. Tight like a tiger. 

I’ve already started buying my Christmas presents for my dear family members (more on that later) but I’m also planning on what, if any, holiday attire purchases I need to make. Wilson’s company Christmas party is coming up soon and I also have two December weddings. And for me personally, when I try to shop for a specific occasion in mind, I never find what I want and often settle for something that I’ll likely never wear again. Equaling a huge waste of money. 

So in an effort to stay ahead of any wardrobe meltdowns mishaps and money blunders, I’ve picked out these two pieces that would be perfect for a holiday occasion.

 

Holiday Attire -- Save and Splurge

The dress is very affordable at $79 and the silhouette would be flattering on both athletic and curvaceous shapes. It’s all about creating and accentuating a waist. The jumpsuit is absolutely fabulous with a less than fabulous price of $428. Ouch. So, it’s up to you and your wallet. Y’all talk it out and decide what you can afford. Remember, paying off your credit card at the end of each month is the new black. 

Tomorrow is Friday…

Monday

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Birthday Wicker Club Chairs

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I’ve tried starting this blog post three times but Wilson keeps interrupting me with his hair-raising, ear-ringing rendition of Christina Aguilera’s I’m a Genie in a Bottle.

Sometimes I wonder where he came from. 

Ok let’s try this for the fourth time. I threatened to punt his laptop off the porch if he keeps singing. He thinks he is hi-lar. 

A few months ago my mom visited me in Savannah — Wilson the Genie was out of town — and we went for a drinking walk. What is a drinking walk, you might ask? Well, you are in for a real treat. Among the many wonderful things in Savannah, by far Wilson’s and my favorite thing about this lovely town is the ability to walk everywhere with a drink. We stroll everywhere with a lovely cocktail/beer/glass o’ wine.  

Anywho, my mom and I were combining drinking while exercising – which obviously means the calories of the wine were easily offset by our quick pace – and we happened upon the loveliest little store on one of the quaint streets of Savannah.

Enter Number Four Eleven

I’ve actually never even been into Number Four Eleven, but I sure as hell have stalked the shit out its windows. I could practically replicate the interior of the store from how long I’ve spent with my nose pressed up against the glass window. Number Four Eleven if you are reading this, sorry for those grease marks. I’ll bring Windex next time. 

Number Four Eleven is a beautiful home store that specializes in luxurious linens and elegant, antique monograms, and also carries a few pieces of great furniture. And one of those pieces of great furniture just so happened to be two chairs for which I have been on the hunt forever.

full table

 Hello, lovahs.

I have lusted for this pair of chairs to complete my dining room table set ever since I saw them on Keeping Up With The KardashiansI know, I know. That is not something I should admit, but if you’ve been reading for awhile you know I do not hold back. So, feel free to judge that I got my design inspiration from someone who spells Courtney with a K.

#krazy

chair

 Aren’t they just gorgeous?

After my mom and I gawked at the chairs through the window of Number Four Eleven for 45 5 minutes – the store was closed or else I would have bought them on the spot – I sent her back the next day to find out the price. Surprisingly, they were not absolutely outrageous, and so I started dropping overtly obvious  discrete hints to Wilson.

table top

 “Wilson, you know what would look perfect with this outfit? Those wicker chairs.”

side view of chairs

“Wilson, the store is Number Four Eleven. Off of Jones Street. Do you want me to send you an email with this info?”

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upclose of chairs

chair side view

 “Sometimes I think that our dining room looks really simple and boring. Wilson, what do you think?”

table w chairs

 “Wilson, our dining table is meaningless without those chairs.”

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table

Alas, I never give Wilson enough credit. He came in from a work trip a few days before my birthday, put a blindfold on my face, carried the chairs up the stairs and then arranged them ever-so-prettily around the kitchen table.

“Surprise!” he exclaimed as he removed the blindfold.

I screamed.

And now our dining room is neither simple nor boring, because not only do I have these lovely chairs, but I also have a loving husband who sings I’m A Genie In a Bottle while sitting in them.

#thisismarriage

Wednesday

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In Vino Veritas

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So last week we closed on our house. Our beautiful little house now belongs to someone else. Wilson spent 20 minutes on the phone tonight telling me all of the things that he had done to wrap up the closing and all I could think was, geez. It’s really over.

house at christmas

 One of my favorite pictures of our old house. Hose and all. 

My life has been moving so fast lately that I haven’t taken a moment to press pause and understand what’s around me. I’m writing this in my same bed, under my same sheets, resting against my same pillow – but everything in my life is so different. It’s so weird.

Life is happening. Life is changing. I am changing. These past six months have felt like this exhilarating and amazing rat race in which 50% of the time I am smiling and screaming with delight but the other 50% of the time I’m scared as $^@& and wondering when someone will notice that I have no clue what I’m doing. Wew it feels good to say that.

Does this sound like some sort of bad Nickelback song? What if I’ve missed my calling as their songwriter…

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Wilson and I closed on our first house as a married couple. I keep repeating it to let it sink in. I asked him the other day if he was sad about it and he said: “No, I’m ok with it. We had a talk and she understands. She’s someone else’s now.” Someone else’s place to find solace, someone else’s to find happiness – to find comfort, to find sorrow, to find joy. Someone else’s house to make memories in.

Maybe these are the lyrics to a bad country song now. I’m not sure. I’m thinking Brad Paisley, or someone else equally as awful.

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When Wilson first bought that house and told me his grand plans of renovation, I thought he had lost his marbles. And honestly, the whole idea was a bit crazy and very risky. But once again, Wilson pulled through. That house not only bonded us together in the way that creating something from scratch will do, but it also showed me the kind of person he is. Strong, persistent, trusting, and patient. The kind of person I want to be.

bathtub fixtures

I haven’t bared myself on SST in a while, oopsies. Wilson said once that often my best writing is when I’m serious, which of course I hate because I much prefer to make people laugh. But the truth is powerful so we’ll go with that for tonight. My biggest fear is morphing into some awful blogger mutant who talks incessantly about pumpkin spice lattes and photographs outrageously expensive $6 macaroons and posts them on Instagram, so I’ll try to stay away from that. But I’m still going to post about J.Crew sales, they just make me so excited.

I still haven’t quite figured out how Silver Spoon Taste comes to life in Savannah, but I’m working on it. Thank you for reading and supporting me, you are the best. I will take flight soon.

Friday

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Another Fantastic Day by Vietri In the Books

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Well, well, well. Mom and I had the most fabulous day yesterday at the preview of the Vietri Fall Warehouse Sale. From the amazing prices to the incredible selection of items to the endless commentary provided by my mother, the day was an enormous success. I scored major steals and bought wedding gifts, Christmas gifts, hostess gifts, and even a gift for myself. Shocked, I’m sure. 

You know how on Christmas morning the parents are often times just as excited as the kids because they know the kids will get so excited once they open all of their gifts? That’s how I was. I couldn’t wait for my mom to see all of the fantastic things that Vietri had to offer at the Warehouse Sale. And you know how kids get super excited when they see all of their gifts on Christmas morning? That’s how my mom was.

“Oh my GOODNESS!” she exclaimed with delight as we walked into the first ginormous warehouse space. “There is so much stuff!”

“Just wait,” I replied. “There’s two other rooms just like this.”

And so it went — we skipped around the warehouse and grinned at the amazing pieces and shrieked every time we found something new and incredible.

A few times we got separated from each other, but I always found Mom because I’d hear a shrill “ANNA!” to which I responded, “MOM!” Any other time yelling at each other like this would mean we were mad at each other — probably because Mom told me to stop cussing on the blog again — but this time it meant GET YOUR BUTT OVER HERE NOW AND LOOK AT WHAT I HAVE!

It was so awesome and fun. I love my mom. 

garden pots

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 I’d eat biscotti out of one of these.

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 Love these turquoise pieces.

full view 2

mom shopping

“Anna stop taking pictures of me.”

shopping cart

The view from my shopping cart.

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 I love these pieces as an extra set to enhance simple white bone china. I’m thinking Easter brunch, the leaf salad plates stacked on white dinner plates with the orange table napkins below… I die. Wilson stop rolling your eyes. 

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 I bought the orange napkins above at the last sale and love them.

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 My favorite color. These are awesome garden pots to use indoors or outdoors. I’m not sure I could part with them to let them live outside though. I’d worry about them catching a cold in the winter. Or, heaven forbid, getting dirty.

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 More aqua. This is Vietri’s uber-popular Lastra collection, all majorly discounted and in a gorgeous light light aqua. Really beautiful, heavy pieces.

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 Iconic Vietri pieces. Mom asked five times, “OK Anna, are you sure I don’t need one of these plates? Like what about in the kitchen?” She already has five plates hanging on the kitchen walls. 

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 More Lastra, white this time. “Mom, don’t I need this bowl for when I make soup?” 

“Anna, you don’t know how to make soup.”

I was wearing white pants because it was Wilson’s birthday. Jk. 

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 “Love that cake plate. Do I need one of those?” 

She already has two cake stands.

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 Look at the little feet!

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 I loved this new part of the #warehousesale. They had great gifts organized by price, starting at Under $20. You know I love a good Under $x feature. 

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 Mom: “Anna I think I need one of these plates.”

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Another great part of the sale was the vast selection of Christmas pieces. Look at these cute Christmas sets!

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‘Sup Santa.

ornament

mom with ornament

“Anna seriously stop taking pictures of me.”

“You can’t post these pictures of me on the blog.”

lollipop ornament

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 Why yes, I do need Santa to hold my cocktail, thank you Vietri.

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 “Anna don’t get my face in the picture.”

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 SANTA! I KNOW HIM! 

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Seriously how cute is she?

The #warehousesale also included a ton of high quality furniture pieces. We got lotssss of good stuff from this side of the sale too.

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I convinced Mom she had to buy this. Mom, how much did you want me to say it cost in front of Dad? Oh yea, it cost $25. Almost.

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So this stool really was $25. We got two. It will be perfect to recover. Can you believe this thing was only $25??

See her face? Kid on Christmas morning, right?

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I thought these were such interesting lamps. If my apartment were 20 times larger and had a black and white theme, I would have taken them home with me.

All in all, it was an amazing day. Mom and I loved spending time with each other and making tons of great purchases for our friends, family, and selves… Hehe. 

Make sure to Instagram and tweet me pictures of your finds using the hashtag #warehousesale and tag me @silverspoontaste (@silverspoontste for Tweeeeeeter) and @vietriinc (@vietri for tweeeeeeeeeeeeter) so we can social media chat about all of this great stuff.

Remember: the Fall #warehousesale from Vietri is from Saturday, October 25 to Monday, October 27 from 8AM to 4PM each day. Don’t miss it!

 

*Post was sponsored by Vietri. All thoughts, comments and opinions are my own, of course.

 

 

Wednesday

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The Best Scarf for $9

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Happy hump day people.

I’ve got a great deal for you today. This past weekend Wilson and I visited our best friends Austin and Maggie (also married) in Wilmington. Austin turned 30 on Sunday. Happy birthday you ol’ sonofgun! Age becomes you. 

Anywho, while Austin and Wilson celebrated Austin’s birthday on the golf course, Maggie and I celebrated my birthday at Forever 21. Happy birthday to me! Like a real idiot I fell for the impulse purchase display of scarves on the way to the checkout line, and, I must say, it was a happy birthday indeed.

Everyone needs this scarf. Period.

 The perfect scarf for $9

 

 best scarf eva

This thing is more like a blanket than a scarf, really. It’s so large and soft. There’s nothing worse than a small dinky scarf. I draped it over a white blazer on Monday and then used it as my wrap in the morning because it was a tad chilly. In Savannah a tad chilly means it dipped below 75 degrees. The horror. 

In other news, my mom and I are making our maiden voyage to get a sneak peek of the Vietri Fall Warehouse Sale tomorrow! Eek I can’t wait. Mother-daughter bonding time at its finest. I’ll be live social media-ing all of the amazing stuff they have in addition to my mom’s reaction to the amazing stuff. She’s going to freakkkk out. Homeslice loves herself a good deal. Remember, the sale starts Saturday, October 25th and runs to Monday, October 27th. Be there or be square. 

Ta ta for now.

Friday

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I want these shoes.

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Happy Friday! Woot thank goodness it’s Friday. This week has been high energy, high stress, but high fun, too. But now I need a drink. Mimosa please, sir. Actually just bring the bottle.

Y’all, I’m in love these shoes. And tomorrow is my birthday, and I’m afraid I may get a little brazen and order them. Wilson, be honest, how upset would you be if I did that?

These shoes are silver spoon taste and silver spoon budget. But it’s Friday and it’s almost my birthday and… I’ve worked really hard? What other excuse can I come up with?

 

Louffler Randall Shoes

 

Piperlime was having a fabulous sale earlier this week and I should have bought them then, but I didn’t want to spend that kind of money. I still don’t want to but I’m thinking about it… they would go so perfectly with the outfit I’m wearing today… Eek. Me likey. 

Hope y’all have a great weekend! Talk to you Monday. Maybe Tuesday, depends on how hungover I am Sunday… 

Wednesday

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It’s The Most Wonderful Time of the Year — Vietri Warehouse Sale!

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HOORAY! It’s the moment you’ve all been waiting for — THE VIETRI WAREHOUSE SALE! Now that I fully understand the wonder and magic that is the Vietri Warehouse Sale since I had the good fortune of going earlier this year, — read here if you need a refresher on my initial trepidation — I cannot WAIT to get back.

In fact, I am driving all the way from Savannah to Hillsborough just for this sale because it’s that good. Excessive, I know. But necessary. 

For those of you who were in to your cups too much last time as my dear friend Al says — the Vietri Warehouse Sale is a fabulous collection of discontinued, slightly flawed, and unique sample products handmade in Italy and are up to 80% off retail price. The sale is from Saturday, October 25th to Monday, October 27th at the Vietri headquarters in Hillsborough, NC. New products will be refreshed daily so don’t worry about everything getting picked over after the first hour on Saturday. I hate when stuff is picked over. 

Below are some of the items that I’m crossing my fingers and toes will be available next Thursday when I make my pilgramage to Mecca the Vietri headquarters in pursuit of happiness awesome handmade Italian pottery. Which is essentially happiness. 

 

SST Vietri Favorites

 

 dish with handles / blue garden pot / aqua napkin / fish platter / silverware / gray urn / glass / sea urchin bowl / aqua vase

 

I love all of these pieces. They are all a bit pricey, but things that you will keep a lifetime. I treasure the pieces that I bought from the sale this past spring — they will be things I pass down to my children one day. One day far, far from now. 

And as if you needed another reason to go to this amazing sale, I’m giving away two free VIP tickets to the sale on Saturday. You get to go in at 7:30AM — don’t forget your coffee! — which is 30 minutes earlier than when the doors open to the public, allowing you to get first dibs on all this good stuff. To enter this fab giveaway, do one of the thingys below on the raffle thingy. Very technical around these parts. 

 

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Good luck! Event deets: Saturday, October 25 through Monday, October 27, 8AM to 4PM Address: 343 Elizabeth Brady Road, Hillsborough, NC 27278 This post was sponsored by Vietri. They are the bomb.