Mission Made Beginnings: Much more than jewelry

Posted by - November 13, 2017

Written by: Casey McAnarney | Photography provided by: Mission Made Jewelry Taking her first trip to Haiti in 2016, Executive Director of Mission Made Jewelry, Kaitlyn Hopfer met with local artisans and began forming relationships that would do more than create jobs within an impoverished community; it was an entirely new start for many. Working

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Make it Meaningful.  Is there a Story Behind the Stone?

Posted by - October 22, 2017

Written by: Star Sosa Imagine you are meeting your best friend for coffee and you are showing off your new ring.  Which story would be more exciting to share?  “We picked it from the big-box-factory website” or “We researched local artisans and found a talented goldsmith to co-create a one-of-a-kind ring”.  Isn’t it the ‘story”

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Chic Sensibility

Posted by - September 20, 2017

Written by: Doug Franks | Photography by: Marcelo Mena I meet Lourdes Chavez early one Sunday morning at her spacious Los Angeles studio and workshop. She greets me at the door with a warm smile and says , “Hola.” Lourdes is a bustling, busy bee arriving every day, hours before her employees to make sure

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Pure, Genuine, Sincere Beauty

Posted by - September 7, 2017

Written By: Heather Lee Gordy | Photography by: Happy 8 Photography As I approached the doors to Dalisay Hair Salon & Bridal Suite I read the words “Refined,” “Perfect,” “Serene,” and “Clear,” printed along the windowpane. Entering through the doors, the floor setting was open and spacious. Large ceiling-high win dows allowed for natural sunlight

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Brighten Your Lifestyle: White Dental

Posted by - August 28, 2017

Summers in southeastern North Carolina are hot and when it’s hot, it’s time to slip on the swimwear and take to the water. Now, what better way to dress up that perfect swimsuit and summer body than with a healthy smile? Dr. Jim White and his team at White Dental will guide you on your

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Going To Market

Posted by - July 10, 2017

In April and October buyers for furniture stores and interior designers from around the world gather in High Point, NC to be wined and dined by furniture  manufacturers and vendors.  More than 100,00 people who are involved with home decor, furniture, or art gather in over ten million square feet of showroom space in 180

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The Joy of Shopping at Lula Balou

Posted by - July 10, 2017

Written by: Kharin Gibson |Photography: Marcus Anthony Hair/Makeup:Tyler Kent | Venue/Location:Dalisay Salon and Bridal Suite There is something to be said for retail therapy. Experiencing that euphorically-charged adrenaline rush while being handed colorful packages in all shapes and sizes is the guilty pleasure of most women. Of course, the stars must be aligned in order to

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Kelly Oliver: Style Maven at the Helm of Oliver Clothing

Posted by - April 28, 2017

Interviewed by: Kharin Gibson | Photography provided by: Oliver Clothing   I met with Kelly Oliver, owner of Oliver Clothing, a casual, up-scale boutique in Wilmington, featuring chic, designer denim and sensible, yet edgy fashions for both sexes.  Being a female entrepreneur, Kelly agreed to answer some questions revealing what fuels her passion and where

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Azalea Beauty

Posted by - April 4, 2017

Written By: Heather Lee Gordy | Photographed By: Donna Thompson Anyone from Wilmington, NC knows the impact and excitement the Azalea Festival brings each year, and this year Wilmington celebrates their 70th North Carolina Azalea Festival. What started as a small-town event has grown to attract more than 300,000 people and has become a nationally

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Forged in Fire – A Story of Steel

Posted by - March 13, 2017

Written By: Star Sosa Recently I watched a documentary on Netflix entitled Happy People by Werner Herzog.  It is a bit out of the ordinary and not what you might expect from the title. It traces a year in the life of people in a remote Siberian village in the vast Taiga. Isolated and self-sufficient,

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