Peachy the Magazine

If you know Peachy the Magazine you know what I am about to say, and if you don't, well, your life is about to get that much better.  Showcasing everything from gorgeous homes with verdant gardens to savory dishes, beautiful art, trendsetting interior design and of course, fantastic fashion, Peachy the Magazine is one of my new favorite one stop spots for all things stylish and hot.  Peachy is an eclectically designed on line magazine coming to your in box from a different city each month. You get a locals artistic perspective of some of the most currently talked about cities in the U.S. From Brooklyn to Chicago, Atlanta, Santa Barbara, NYC, Birmingham, Charleston... see what I mean?  Peachy is good.  Really good.

Can you imagine my excitement when Peachy asked me to contribute to their April/May issue in a Room to Outfit interpretation with one of my design icons, Jamie Meares of Furbish Studio? Then I got to spend a little time on set for the cover shoot, working alongside rising to fame photographer Thien La and oh so talented floral artist, Richard Stone.  Pinch me happy.

AWESOMENESS ALERT: Peachy the Magazine is giving away a free subscription to readers of the Queen City Style.  Just click here and give them your email address.  Below are some of my favorite images from the most recent issue of Peachy, namely a few from a design project by another of my designer crushes, Holly Phillips of The English Room. Grab your coffee, wine or whatever you delight, and sip on the entire issue here.  

Oh... NASCAR Driver Jimmie Johnson's wife, Chandra, mentions a few of her favorites, including blogs. Surely she just FORGOT the Queen City Style, yes?

Boston Marathon Here I Come

This will be my first Boston race.  I have been injured off and on for what seems like a year now, and while I was not happy at first knowing I would not be running a hopeful race of my career, there are no words to describe how excited I am for the experience.  I plan to run the stop and smell the flowers pace and just breathe in the moment. The momentum has really been building within the running community.  This will also be my first time to visit the great city of Boston.  I thrive on culture, accomplishment and smiles, and I can't wait to be enveloped by all three.  Just like 911, I expect there will be some sad moments in remembering those affected by the horrendous bombing that took place at last year's race, but as a result, I think there will also be a movement of miraculous love, joy and pride over the entire city.  

If you are interested in tracking my race, come follow me!  Directions are here, and my BIB # is 16129, which basically means I am seeded 16,129 out of 36,000 of the words fastest runners.  HA!  What a race!!  This video has me getting excited. 

Styling Nick Silverstein At The Humane Society Of Charlotte



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Clothing provided by: Belk, Blank Canvas, Silverfly and Taylor, Richards & Conger,

I reached out to some of the best in Charlotte's menswear for this comical and fun photo shoot styling Nick Silverstein at The Humane Society of Charlotte.  Photographed by the wildly talented young chap, Zach Alston, along with makeup and hair styled by Deme Fourtounis, Nick's exotic smoldering good looks deemed a perfect pair for our morning on set with our kittens and pups.

Check Out This Awesome Neck Candy

One of my favorite web based landing spots for taste makers and all things stylish and chic is The Coveteur. There is almost never a featured fashion icon whose style I don't absolutely love and whose home I don't want to invite myself over to for coffee and dress up with for hours on end.  Anna Dello Russo, Linda Rodin, Natasha Goldenberg, and of course, the super chic and always polished Miroslava Duma are among some of my make believe best friends.  They don't all dress with a completely unapologetic sense of craft.  Some of them do, others a little more restrained, but they all do their own thing better than anyone else.  Which leads me to, Mignonne "Maggie" Gavigan, the creator behind the the above pictured insanely intriguing scarf necklaces.  

I have not met Maggie, but she totally reminds me of one of those Coveteur gals.   So you can imagine my excitement when I was invited to a trunk show tomorrow, Tuesday, April 15th 11-2pm and 6-9pm, where she would be selling her gorgeous works of art. To attend and get directions to tomorrow's show taking place in the Myers Park area of Charlotte, send your RSVP to KINSEY@MIGNONNEGAVIGAN.COM.

PS--Here's as shot from my Couveteur- inspired interview with Charlotte's own FOUR Magazine, whose intention is to "reflect a collaborative fusion of provocative and unapologetic design, fashion, art, and culture".  I think I need some Mignonne Gavigan in my closet STAT.  Don't you? 

Hope to see you there!

My Love For Running + Run For Your Life

Many of you know about my love for the sport of running.  I was a competitive runner in high school and ran some road races in college and after that.  I put it down for several years, then picked it back up after Precious Peanut #1 was born, when a couple of girlfriends talked of the idea of running a half marathon to work off the baby weight.  In high school, the one and two mile events were considered long distance, and the longest I had ever run was a 10K.  I ran the Kiawah half marathon with my girlfriends, and it was so much fun.  I continued to run some through my next pregnancy, but after clumsily breaking my pinkie toe, I took a break from it. The baby weight from Precious Peanut #2 seemed so much more, well, GROSS, than the first, and I wanted to do something about immediately.  I heard about running groups at Run For Your Life, for all ages and speeds, so I joined.  Through this group I met some really great people who shared my passion for running, or physical fitness, or determination... for so many things.  THIS is when I caught the bug, and my running mates are some of my closest friends.

While running is a means of physical fitness, it is so much more.  It is something you can do almost anywhere.  Just strap on your shoes and go.  When I decided to take a step back from my previous business, running became my channel for personal accomplishment.  Nursing a baby for a year, whilst a toddler running circles around me was definitely a challenge, and as much as I loved my new role of mommy to two children, I needed more for ME.  What started out as a means of accomplishment truly became a best friend for me.  At the end of the day, whether it was good or bad for me, running was always there.  It is my time to decompress, think about the day behind or think about the day ahead of me.  When I run alone, it is a time that allows for creative thinking. I think about my styling my next photo shoot, what I will write for my next article with Charlotte Parent, or what I will write here.  If I've had a bad day, within minutes of hitting the pavement, the stress is gone.  And when I run with friends, it is therapeutic. Runners come from all different backgrounds, but everyone shares the same passion for this one thing.  Everyone is supportive of each other, regardless of your pace.

To learn more about the Run For Your Life training programs, click here.  Now that you've seen how much fun running can be, (or in this case, dancing) I'll be back next time with David for some helpful demonstrations and talk about the important of stretching.

Happy Running!