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First Friday: April Edition

Finally! We had Spring weather for First Friday!

photoTo kick off First Friday, we had the most delicious meal at Gravy in downtown Raleigh.  This time I tried the spaghetti + meatballs (I’ve heard rave reviews about their famous meatballs, so I decided to give it a try).  It was ah-mah-zing!  The portion wasn’t overwhelming, yet I had enough leftovers to make another meal out of it.

Major noms!

It’s not a true First Friday event until we stop + visit the vendors outside The Raleigh Times.  I’ve been wanting a North Carolina shirt from House of Swank Clothing, so what better time to buy one?! (Side note: I should really pay attention next time because I thought I bought a SMALL shirt, but instead I bought an XL!! Maybe it was the wine I had at dinner that impaired my ability to read tags on shirts, I don’t really know). So besides purchasing the wrong size shirt, I also bought an adorable  Durham onesie in pink for one of my friends who is about to have a baby.  I can’t wait to give it to her!

While perusing the various vendors, my eyes locked on to an oh-so-fabulous shirt.  A squirrel shirt of Sir Walter Raleigh (y’all know I have a love for squirrels).  Immediately I thought, I have to get this shirt.  It was a whopping $25.  I wasn’t up for negotiating with the vendor on the price, so I stepped away from that epic shirt.  Looking back, I wish I would have bought it… but I’m confident I’ll see it again *fingers crossed*.

Until next month’s First Friday…

xoxo

Around Town

I Can’t Get Enough

Of Moon + Lola.  While I know I could live in the Anthropologie store and I’m pretty sure my second home would be Moon + Lola. I took my mom to Moon + Lola yesterday so she could get a longer chain for a necklace I had given her for Christmas.  I even told myself I wouldn’t buy anything.  Yeah, that didn’t happen.  As soon as I stepped in the store I knew I wouldn’t leave empty handed.  The first item that caught my eye was a contemporary squirrel.

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How fabulous is this modern, ceramic squirrel from Moon + Lola?! Of course I took it home!

On my wish list from Moon + Lola was an acrylic North Carolina necklace and I figured, why put off the inevitable?  I ordered a hot pink North Carolina necklace with the heart cut out over Raleigh.  Not a North Carolinian? No worries, they can make a necklace with any state (with a variety of colors to choose from) and cut the heart out of where your city is.

While in the store I managed to make a mental note of a few more items to add to my wish list! One of which is the Preston bracelet and in the picture below, a gorgeous stretch ring.

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Necklaces, earrings and rings… oh my!

I wouldn’t be surprised if I go back to Moon + Lola for First Friday to pick up the ring I have my eyes on.

xoxo

 

 

 

Around Town

First Friday: March Edition

I LOVE First Friday. If you’ve never ventured out in downtown Raleigh to attend First Friday, you’re missing out. Every first Friday of the month, downtown Raleigh showcases art, jewelry, apparel and anything else you can think of.

This past Friday was epic.

My friends and I ventured to Chuck’s for dinner (it was my first time there and it was amaze-balls).  That was the first burger I’ve completely demolished. Seriously. The menu may look a little intimidating, but don’t worry they can make a burger however you’d like. I have a feeling I’ll be back there soon.

There were vendors lined up right outside of The Raleigh Times selling shirts, jewelry, koozies, art prints, and the list goes on. My best purchase of the week came from House of Swank Clothing where I picked up 2 awesomely clever koozies.

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House of Swank Koozies

First Friday is a great opportunity to support local businesses, so y’all better mark your calendar for the next one on April 5th!