Bilco Amps News for 01-31-2018

1067 E Montague Ave, Charleston, SC

The chips were topped with cheese, black beans, salsa and jalapeños; We added grilled chicken for an extra $2. The taste and the price was that of typical Nachos, however some tortillas were burned. The quesadilla contains sautéed onions, steak and “Fresh jalapeños”, the lunch special is served with a side of tortilla chips, salsa and sour cream. My first impression was that they provided me with a pretty good amount of food considering it was a lunch special. After tasting the quesadillas I felt they were ok, they state that they use fresh ingredients on their site, perhaps they do but I would have expected bolder flavors, instead it was somewhat bland, but the tortilla chips were REALLY good, I could not stop eating them. Fun atmosphere, good food! Corn chips and a fun variety of salsas to choose. It’s a fantastic place for a happy hour meetup! The triple dipper is really good and I’ve never had anything less than great customer service. We love good Mexican, coming from the southwest, and are always excited at the chance for good tacos. Our taco and burrito meals were pretty good, though. We love this place, it’s our new regular spot! Salsa choices are great! The burrito is “Slap your grandma” good. I’ve heard good things from several people so maybe this was an off night. We made it in time for happy hour and got the mason jar margarita special for $6 – good deal on a big ol’ margarita but it was kind of bland and also melted fast in the heat – ended up tasting like sugar water. I’m pretty sure the guacamole is from a container – not good. The few times that I have been the service has been friendly but slow and forgetful( waited a good while for drinks even though it wasn’t busy and I was seated at the bar…). I will keep giving it a shot because the food and drinks are so good. My boyfriend got the mo Burrito that he said was very good and very filling.

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Nautical & Coastal Home Decor, Art, Lighting, Bath

What’s more peaceful and relaxing than life on the ocean? At Beach Decor Shop, we embrace all that’s special about shore living, bringing you quality home furnishings and accessories by the world’s best beach artists and brands. Our extensive collection of coastal treasures is specially curated for the seafaring soul. For years, shore shoppers have browsed our endless nautical décor options for one-of-a-kind accessories-that elusive piece of furniture or art just waiting to set sail within the walls of their coastal escape. Here at our exquisite shop, we’re proud to say they always find it. Shop happily knowing a special beach gift is just a click away. While we specialize in endless variety, Beach Decor Shop is globally recognized for some of our most popular categories. From nautical lamps and beach doormats to etched coastal glassware and beach house bedding, we carry every essential for your vacation escape. From the kitchen to the bedroom to the patio and beyond, browse quality indoor and outdoor shore house furnishings designed for chic durability. To take your dining room from boring to beautiful, shop the sculptural wonders in our stunning collection of coastal chandeliers. Need a pretty housewarming present, or something fresh for your beach house living room? We provide the web’s most diverse lineup of indoor and outdoor coastal pillows. In every category, rest assured you’ll find countless popular maritime designs. Beyond our cutting-edge fashions, each item in our shop is handpicked for its exceptional craftsmanship. Whenever possible, we support beach brands that employ local artisans and ecofriendly materials. We invite you to throw your towel down in the sand, settle in, and browse the fabulous offerings at Beach Decor Shop. We know you’ll find the coastal creation of your dreams, but if you have any questions, feel free to inquire about anything.

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Sweetgrass Social Event & Design

The name on your tickets must match the name on your passport, and since changing the name on your passport requires a marriage certificate and a wait of about three weeks, you probably won’t have a chance to make the update before you leave for your honeymoon. Writing out thank-you notes by hand can wait until you’re back from the honeymoon, but not much longer so make a note to yourself to get on it right when you’re back. In the meantime, post a mass thank you to your wedding guests on your Facebook page. Guests will appreciate a sort of ‘wrap-up’ to your wedding. Assuming you plan to keep your wedding dress in some way or another, it’s important to get it cleaned by a wedding dress specialists as soon as possible. If you plan to freeze the top tier of your wedding cake, make sure to move it from the fridge to the freezer before you leave. If you wait to return rented suits or tuxedos until you return from your honeymoon, you’re likely to rack up some extra fees. Don’t leave any presents at your wedding venue or anywhere else guests could have dropped them off. If you’re not going home after the wedding, ask your parents if they’ll take them until you get back from your honeymoon. This may seem a little trite compared to the other items on the list, but your hands are going to be getting a lot of play in honeymoon photos. Your wedding mani/pedi will probably get a little worn on the big day, so a refresh can’t hurt. For your honeymoon, pick a light natural or clear color that will grow out well and match everything. Don’t wait until after your wedding to pack-you’ll be way too tired/excited/emotional/any other possible feeling. You do not want to get sick on your honeymoon and staying healthy on vacation starts with healthy habits at home. Eat right and stay fit in the days, weeks and months leading up to your honeymoon.

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Bilco Amps News for 01-30-2018

The Westin Resort & Spa, Los Cabos

Please note that this resort is closed for renovations until December 31, 2016. Exceptional Values!Extra Value: $200 food & beverage credit per stay & $30 daily spa credit per person. Spa credit is not cumulative & cannot be used for 25-minute massage or beauty salon services or any other spa promotion. The family-friendly Westin Resort & Spa, Los Cabos is a dramatic hotel at Land’s End. At the tip of the Baja Peninsula, this luxurious resort boasts ocean-view rooms, amazing outdoor activities, a private beach, an exceptional spa, seven pools, and warm Mexican hospitality. While relaxing in the infinity pool overlooking the Sea of Cortez, swim up to the margarita bar to enjoy tropical cocktails or a freshly made smoothie. Sample appetizers on the patio or nestle into oversized armchairs in the bar’s swanky ambiance. The activity pool offers amazing views of the ocean. One level higher, the adults-only Margarita Pool features a swim-up bar. Higher still is the La Cascada Pool, with shade and shallow waters for younger guests. The healing properties of the desert meet the cleansing nature of the sea at the spa, where guests may sample a mix of therapeutic treatments designed to relax the mind, lighten the heart, and soothe the body. We can even bring the spa to you! Imagine a renewing experience in the most convenient of locations: your own guest room. The signature in-room spa treatments are custom-designed to nurture your body and soul. This plan includes all-day dining, including breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks, 24-hour in-room dining, international and domestic alcoholic beverages, juice and soft drinks at selected bars, waiter service at the swim-up pool bar, pool, and beach, an in-room mini-bar with soft drinks, bottled water, and beer, use of the tennis courts and fitness center, free in-room WiFi, free access to Westin Kids’ Club, and applicable taxes & gratuities. Surcharges may apply on some dishes and room service.

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A Southern Lifestyle Blog crowell + co interiors

Last year, we bought our home and did a massive overhaul on the interior. Seeing as how it will take ten years for said English Garden to actually mature, in the meantime I thought I would share some of the gardens that I aspire to have one day. Lost Dog Cafe is also such a great breakfast spot!Folly Beach is a very eclectic community that reminded me of some of the funkier beach towns of Southern California. We spent two days on the beach and due to bad weather, two days wandering around the city with the girls. Children are terrible, impatient shoppers and after the second cocktail, people start judging. Within 10 minutes, we turned to each other and agreed we were coming back as soon as possible sans children so we could do all the fun grown up stuff. On the carriage tour, we passed the Civil War era city jail which our children subsequently became OBSESSED with. At one point the tour guide asked if anyone had any questions and our seven year old’s hand shot up. The food in Charleston was amazing! Everyone told us to go to The Ordinary and we ended up having to cancel two separate reservations due to either exhausted children or meltdowns, both the child and adult varieties. In any event, The Ordinary is definitely top of the list when we go back, sans children. My husband took this picture of our seven year old pondering the end of life as she stands before a fallen tree. 1500 years old and 65 feet tall, it was so beautiful. Within 10 minutes of arriving, my husband had convinced our 9 year old to attend SCAD and had selected the square where we will be purchasing our retirement home. Over the years they have been buying up historic buildings throughout the city and and using them for housing, classrooms etc. Some ladies Google image Channing Tatum shirtless, I Google search “Cheryl and Griff Day.” I have cooked my way through their cook book and did a blog posts on their best ever chocolate cake.

Keywords: [“Children”,”year”,”Beach”]

Affordable Boutique Hotels

Hotels can buck this trend. Over the last decade, hotels have been emphasizing design, atmosphere and food. Expect to find furniture you’ll want to take home, award-winning food, and locations that put you in the best possible spot to enjoy your destination. The style, location, and even buildings all represent on-point design and rooms that won’t break the bank. Miami, USA. The rare affordable option on Ocean Drive, Hotel Victor also bucks the trend of the classic Miami Art-Deco aesthetic. Favoring a relaxed beach house vibe, the atmosphere inside the hotel perfectly contrasts with the raucous nightlife just out the front door. Chicago, USA. An award winning restaurant, rooftop bar, and Lake Michigan views set in a historic building make it hard to justify a reason to leave Hotel Lincoln. The Chicago History Museum, Second City Improv, and tons of restaurants are all just a short walk from the hotel. Washington, DC, USA. A power hotel set in the nation’s capital, the Dupont provides a great location, masculine design, and an unbelievable price for your next DC adventure. A leafy courtyard, walking access to the best of Austin, and a stylish happy hour make Hotel San Jose the choice for you next Austin festival weekend. Within walking distance of multiple Seattle highlights, including Pike Place Market and the waterfront, the hotel also offers a year-round cooking school, courtesy of the Hot Stove Society. Palm Springs, CA. Art pop colors meet wellness spa at this Mojave Desert hotel. Brooklyn, NY. A hotel designed to showcase the history and culture of its location; the NU is a homage to Brooklyn. A location offering tree-lined streets, free bicycles, local boutiques, restaurants, and coffee bars keep things entertaining. Set on the peninsula in possibly the best food city in the country, the Andrew Pickney Inn oozes Southern Hospitality.

Keywords: [“Hotel”,”location”,”food”]

Bilco Amps News for 01-29-2018

Rhode Island Map, Map of Rhode Island, RI Map

About Rhode Island The state of Rhode Island is located in the New England region of the northeastern United States. Nicknamed “The Ocean State,” it is the smallest state by area and the second most densely populated state in the country. The state has five counties: Bristol, Kent, Newport, Providence, and Washington. History of Rhode Island A few Native American tribes such as the Wampanoag, Narragansett, and Niantic inhabited the region before the arrival of Europeans. On May 29, 1790, Rhode Island was the last of the original 13 colonies to join the Union after their demand, that the Bill of Rights be included in the US Constitution, was granted. During the American Civil War, more than 25,000 soldiers from Rhode Island served in the Union Army. Geography of Rhode IslandWith a total area of 1,214 square miles, it is the smallest US state. The state is bordered by Connecticut in the north, Massachusetts to the northeast, the Atlantic Ocean and Rhode Island Sound in the south, and a water boundary with New York’s Long Island to the southwest. Travel Destinations in Rhode IslandRhode Island’s 400 miles of Atlantic Coast remains one of the main tourist draws. It is home to 17 miles of beaches, 32 miles of trails, and over 300 freshwater ponds that make this island a popular summer destination. Transportation in Rhode IslandT. F. Green Airport in Warwick is the primary airport in the state. Most Rhode Islanders prefer Logan International Airport in Boston for long-distance travel. Education in Rhode IslandThere is a total of 52 school districts and 313 public schools in Rhode Island. Among the most prestigious universities found in Rhode Island are: Brown University in Providence, Bryant University in Smithfield, and the Rhode Island School of Design, which is one of the top art schools in the US. Facts about Rhode Island. Its official name State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations is the longest of any US state.

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Dining, Fashion, Office, Entertainment

Since the early 1990’s, Summerlin’s Downtown has been identified as a 400-acre parcel located in the heart of the community. Upon completion, this area will serve as the urban core of Summerlin where commerce, entertainment and retail activities are seamlessly integrated with cultural, civic and high-density residential land uses. As the population of Summerlin has grown to over 100,000 residents representing nearly half of the population projected at build-out, the Downtown area has grown as well. Approximately one-half of the area is now built, open and operating. The momentum of the Downtown continues to accelerate with several new uses either in development or close to breaking ground. Bounded by the 215- Western Beltway, Charleston Boulevard, Town Center Drive and Sahara Avenue, this developing urban district is really beginning to unfold. One Summerlin and the City National Arena-NHL practice facility serve the community in a variety of ways and have been all met with enthusiastic response on a community wide and regional level. Further enhancing the diversity of the Downtown area is the recent announcement of the new Las Vegas Ballpark that will be home to the city’s Triple-A baseball team. Two Summerlin both located alongside the recently opened City National Arena. The first residential development in the Downtown, Constellation, opened in the Summer of 2016. Constellation is boutique; luxury apartment living that has set the standard for urban living in Downtown Summerlin. Ground breaking for the next high-end apartment living project is expected to occur before year-end 2018. The Downtown Summerlin area is also home to a 106-acre open-air fashion, dining and entertainment destination that experienced over 16 million visitors in 2016. Visitation is up nearly 5% in 2017 and expected to continue growing. The continued success of this venue will help fuel future development and increase the inherent value of all areas within the community.

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Florida Map / Geography of Florida/ Map of Florida

Florida is the most southeastern state in the United States. Tallahassee is the state capital and is located in Northwest Florida. Blank Florida map for easy or teaching, planning and reference. Located in northeast Florida near the Georgia border, Amelia Island holds secrets of legendary proportions. The Florida Keys extend from the southern edge of Florida, southwest into the Gulf of Mexico. Located at the very southern tip of the ultimate vacation destination, the State of Florida, Miami is known for its sultry weather, tempered by ocean breezes and a semi-tropical sun responsible for many a deep Miami tan. Tampa is located in west-central Florida and founded in 1824, the clean and modern city of Tampa offers activities and attractions for every interest and age. Florida was under colonial rule by Spain until it traded Florida to Great Britain in 1763 for control of Havana, Cuba which was captured by the British during the Seven Years’ War. Seminole Indian raids crossing the border into Georgia, which led the US army increasingly crossing into Spanish Territory and effectively controlling east Florida. On March 3, 1845 Florida became the 27th state of the United States of America. In 1900, Florida was largely agricultural and most Floridians lived within 50 miles of the Georgia border. The population explosion began with the great land boom of the 1920s as Florida went from a relatively undiscovered frontier to a land speculator’s paradise. Florida has undergone many transformations since that time and is now one of the most popular vacation and retirement destinations in the world. This tourist magnet is known worldwide as the land of sunshine, orange groves, Disney World, the Florida Keys, the Everglades, and so much more to fill a lifetime of Florida vacations. Florida is the most popular retirement destination on the planet, so if you’re searching for Ponce de Leon’s legendary Fountain of Youth, Florida will surely end that search.

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Bilco Amps News for 01-29-2018

Columbia SC project to bring homes, restaurants, stores, more

A 70-acre development with homes, stores, restaurants, parks and more is being planned for North Main Street, potentially becoming a catalyst for economic growth in north Columbia, city leaders say. All those components depend on market demand as the development is built out over several years. City leaders believe the North Main corridor is ripe for these things. “It’s our turn,” said Cecil Hannibal, director of the city’s Eau Claire Development Corporation, which guides and encourages development in north Columbia. The corporation is helping a private developer, WAT Properties, move the Azurest project forward. Details of the project are contained in documents filed with the city. The project will be officially announced at 9:30 Thursday morning at the Greenview Plaza parking lot at 6820 N. Main St. The planned elements of Azurest are a reflection of what members of the surrounding community have asked for, said Willie Tompkins, owner of WAT Properties. “It’s important to get the right mix, what the community wants, what it’s lacking and asking for. … We want businesses that will actually enhance the community.” The Azurest development is a continuation of “All the development and investments we’re doing in north Columbia and throughout the city, for that matter,” said City Councilman Sam Davis, who represents the north Columbia area. He, Hannibal and Tompkins expect it could be a catalyst for more economic development in the area. Seventy acres of development is big for any part of Columbia. By comparison, the large CanalSide apartment community in downtown Columbia, beside the Columbia Canal, is about 20 acres. North Columbia has the advantage of space to develop plus the benefit of tens of thousands of cars that daily travel I-20, which offers prime access to the Azurest site, Hannibal noted. At this point, the development is being financed entirely by private funds, Tompkins said. He declined to provide an estimated cost of the development but said it would “Create literally hundreds of jobs and millions of dollars of investment.”

Keywords: [“development”,”Columbia”,”North”]

Best Interior Designers and Decorators in Los Angeles

What does an interior designer do?A good home design professional will hone your style down to its very essence and be able to choose a functional layout that feels natural to you. Interior design companies can be involved as much or as little as the client desires. Many clients who hire an interior decorator in Los Angeles – particularly those who are remodeling – have a good sense of how the room should look and what products they should use. Often clients will insist that interior decorators use the products already present in the house. Other times a designer will need to start from scratch – especially if this is a newly purchased or just-built home. An interior design company will need to figure out exactly what the client needs, which includes organizing rooms, picking flooring and wall colors, and finding furniture to complement it all. Here are some related professionals and vendors to complement the work of interior designers & decorators: Architects & Building Designers, General Contractors, Home Builders, Design-Build Firms, Photographers. Do your research before meeting with an interior designer or home decorator in Los Angeles. Interior design services can add up fast, so be up front with a potential design firm or individual from the beginning. Pick an interior decorator that fits your style. Browse through the portfolios of different interior design firms and decide if you would live in those houses. There’s a big difference! You can find more interior designers & decorators in Bel Air, Brentwood Los Angeles, Hollywood, Los Angeles and Long Beach. Questions to ask when you meet with local interior designers:Can you give me a referral?Can I see your design portfolio?When will the home renovation be done?Do you charge an hourly rate or a flat rate, or use the cost-plus method or a mixed method?Find an interior designer or home decorator in Los Angeles on Houzz. Narrow your search in the Professionals section to find interior designers near you. You can also look through Los Angeles photos to find a room you like, then contact the design firm who designed it.

Keywords: [“design”,”interior”,”Angeles”]

Sound Island Music

Sound Island Music is a Seattle WA area store specializing in amplifiers, pickups, accessories and educational material for Jazz and acoustic guitars, Upright Acoustic Double Bass and other fine acoustic instruments. Whether your need is for a specialty archtop Jazz guitar amp, an acoustic guitar amp for your classical guitar or flat-top, an acoustic Double Bass amp or a general purpose acoustic instrument amplifier, you’ve come to the right place. SOUNDISLAND represents many of the world’s most well regarded amplifier manufacturers in this domain including Acoustic Image, AER amps, Alessandro High-End models, Henriksen JazzAmp and BUD acoustic guitar amp, Raezer’s Edge speaker cabinets, Schertler acoustic products, SeQuel Amplifiers, Phil Jones Bass, and soon Densmore Jazz tube amps. While each of these manufacturers has their own approach on what constitutes “The ideal” amplifier, all make truly exceptional sounding products. So whether your instrument voices best through a warm-yet-clear Jazz guitar amp, transparent acoustic guitar amp, resonant acoustic Bass amp or other special purpose acoustic amp, you’ve found a sonic home, a helping hand and even a bit of over-the-top fanaticism about these amps at Sound Island Music. SOUNDISLAND also stocks related items that help your instrument achieve its optimal voice including pickups by RMC, Kent Armstrong USA hand-made [Vermont], strings by Thomastik-Infeld, cables by Zaolla and INTEX, and picks from D’Andrea. Sound Island Music offers selected educational material for Jazz guitar by Mel Bay Publications and others. Compiled by leading guitarist-educators, these books and DVDs present insights and guidance to help us all continue evolving in our understanding of this improvised music called Jazz. If you are in the Seattle neighborhood, we’d very much enjoy meeting with you in person… just give us a call. Remember, the amplifier is “The other instrument we all play.”

Keywords: [“acoustic”,”amp”,”guitar”]

Bilco Amps News for 01-28-2018

Charleston: Arriving & Departing

Visitors traveling on commercial airlines typically fly into Charleston International Airport, located about 10 miles north of downtown near the interchange of Interstates 26 and 526. Other nearby commercial airports to Charleston include Myrtle Beach, Columbia, and Savannah/Hilton Head, however Charleston is the busiest airport among those options. Visitors coming to Charleston by private plane can fly into Charleston International Airport, Charleston Executive Airport on Johns Island or Mount Pleasant Regional Airport in Mount Pleasant. Rental car companies based at Charleston International Airport include Avis, Budget, Enterprise, Hertz, and National. Shuttles to downtown Charleston have a set rate of $14.00 and a set rate of $10.50 in the airport vicinity. CARTA Express Route 4 is an express bus service to downtown Charleston with stops at the North Charleston Visitors Center and the Tanger Outlets. CARTA Route 11 is a local service that connects the airport to downtown Charleston with more frequent stops along the way. CARTA Route 105 is a free shuttle service that connects the airport with certain destinations in North Charleston. Interstate 26 and U.S. Highway 17 are the two main arteries that visitors use to come to Charleston. I-26 terminates into US 17 in Charleston and connects the city to North Charleston, the northern suburbs, and with I-95, the major north-south interstate highway along the eastern seaboard. I-95 is roughly 50 miles northwest of downtown Charleston. US 17 connects Charleston with Myrtle Beach to the north and Savannah to the south. The closest passenger rail station is located in North Charleston on Gaynor Avenue, about 10 miles north of downtown Charleston. Amtrak uses the name Charleston and North Charleston interchangeably; there is only one station. Charleston’s Greyhound bus station is presently located in North Charleston on Dorchester Road. Upon the construction of a new multi-modal station adjacent to the existing rail station, all intercity rail and bus services will be located in one terminal and will have connections to local transit.

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Cheap hotels in Charleston, SC from $76

For Charleston beaches, visitors have several small barrier islands to choose from, but the best cheap waterfront hotels are on Folly Beach. The Holliday Inn of Folly Beach* features either a microwave and fridge or full kitchen in every room, so guests can minimize their dining bills by preparing food themselves. The Charleston Historic District offers a step back in time to simpler days, and budget lodging is plentiful. The Hampton Inn Charleston-Historic District is located next to the Charleston Museum, which enjoys the distinction of being the oldest museum in the country. The NotSo Hostel downtown offers a lower-cost alternative to even the cheapest motels in Charleston. Dorm rooms are about one-third of what visitors will pay for a hotel in the area, and private rooms are still notably cheaoer than most other options. The hostel’s main location includes dorms, private rooms, and camping areas. The Annex location is exclusively private rooms with a few private bathrooms, as well. Prices for a single room in a private home vary widely, from cheap options in the same range as a private hostel room, to rates that are on par with luxury hotels in the area. The Charleston International Airport services six airlines, and convenient shuttles and taxis are available from 5 a.m. until 30 minutes after the last flight of the day, typically around 12:30 a.m. Travelers who don’t want to hustle should avoid this last red-eye. There are several cheap hotels in Charleston SC near the airport. The Radisson Charleston Airport* features microwaves and refrigerators in the room so guests can enjoy cheap and convenient snacks. The trolley is completely free to ride, and includes stops at all of Charleston’s highlights including the Waterfront Park, South Carolina Aquarium, and King Street. From March to May and September to November, highs range from the upper 60s to low 80s with lows in the upper 40s to low 60s. Unfortunately, most travelers agree that this weather is ideal, and hotels fill up quickly for premium prices. For low hotel rates, winter is the best time to visit Charleston.

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Conair Hair, Bath, Personal Grooming Products & More!

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Bilco Amps News for 01-27-2018

Shabby Chic, French Country & Vintage Furniture

Lyndsi H. “I just wanted to send an email to say thank you for my beautiful table. I received it yesterday and we could not be more happy. It is exactly what we were hoping for. Thanks!”. Aiko K. “Hello The Bella Cottage! I finally met my dining table in this morning. It fits perfectly and looks good on my house just the way I imagined. I love it and the best dining table ever! I’m sure my husband and my big daughter will love it. Thank you so much for the lovely table. I’m so happy.” Colleen V. “I received my China Cabinet and Chairs and LOVE them. I look forward to doing business with you in the future.” Keri R. “Just received Lulu’s new shabby chic dog bowls. We couldn’t be more pleased!”. “Our customer, D. Stanley, sent us this gorgeous photo of her home featuring custom upholstered furniture & side tables from our store. Everything looks so beautiful and dreamy! What a romantic room, wouldn’t you say? Thank you for sharing this photo with us!”. “Our amazing customer, Ms. Parker, shared with us this stunning photo of her living room filled with furniture purchased from our store. We’re so in love with her style! Wouldn’t you love to spend forever lounging in this space? Congratulations Ms. Parker and thank you for your purchase!”. Kayla and MJ. “MJ is loving the chair!! Thanks again. We love everything! You’re the best! Love Kayla and MJ xoxo”. B.J.W. ” , Thank you for the wonderful email, you truly have a heart of gold and a very special gift that many people don’t [possess], so you should be very proud of yourself. The customer service I have received has been above and beyond my expectations, you have no idea how wonderful it is working with someone that makes you feel appreciated. Due to this, you completely sold me on every level of service and kindness possible. I just wanted to drop you a line and once again say Thank You and I look forward and am honored to be on your side as a buyer.

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20 Scrumptious Bakeries In South Carolina

One of the things that comes to mind when people think of South Carolina is food! The reason, you ask? It’s because we do it everyday and we do it well. They are so goodyou DREAM of eating it again! Here is a list of 20 bakeries that will make you run out and grab some of your own. All of the cupcakes are made from scratch, it is a locally owned and operated store, and best of all? Well, you get to customize your cupcake to your preference. They also serve cupcake milkshakes! I know! I haven’t heard of these anywhere else in the state. They have such flavors as Hummingbird, Salted Caramel, and Family Reunion among many other kinds! You can also find them in McLeod’s Hospital and Celebration Blvd. This is one amazing place! You may have seen them on Food Network’s Cupcake Wars and Rewrapped. They have luscious cupcakes -try the Raspberry- and they make a Chai Milkshake which can absolutely make your world go off-kilter and you will never think of a milkshake the same way again. LaDolce is making some of the most amazing and fantastical creations! I’m in love with the bird egg cupcakes myself. You may have heard of them since they were on Food Network’s Cupcake Wars. One word…Art! Well, maybe two words: Art and delicious! I’ve seen many roses on top of cupcakes before, but nothing like this. I guess you can say that food is part visual and part taste because I can’t help but look at these beautiful cupcakes that the Chocolate Moose has. I tried one of the cupcakes you see up there and although I can’t remember the name of it, I can remember the taste and I dream of having another one! If you can dream it, they can make it! They have a super friendly staff, not to mention talented! I just couldn’t resist the cupcakes. Cupcakes are my favorite thing ever by the way, and they have the cutest assortment with the personal touches. Everyone of them is awesome and I’m sure you’ll be able to find one very close to you! Oh, I need to mention that a lot of them above also have vegan and vegetarian cupcakes and treats for you to choose from as well. What are you favorite bakeries in South Carolina? Tell us in the comments below!

Keywords: [“cupcake”,”cake”,”taste”]

The Best Hollow Body Guitar Brands

Here are the best hollow body guitars that will be sure to catch your attention with their classic looks and their acclaimed warm and clean tones. Hollow body guitars, also called semi-acoustic, are not to be confused with acoustic-electric guitars. These electric guitars are designed with a single hollow cavity within the body. Although mostly associated with jazz music, hollow body guitars have left their mark on all styles of music including country, pop, rockabilly and even hard rock. The most popular of which is the Gretsch 6120 Chet Atkins model, which is arguably the best hollow body guitar. The Gretsch 6120 Chet Atkins hollow body guitar has a street price of about $2.5k. The stylish Gretsch G6136T White Falcon is tagged with a street price of about $3.5k. There are other mid priced Gretsch hollow body guitars for budget conscious musicians. In 1936, Gibson’s first attempt to make production line electric guitars resulted in the first ever hollow body guitar with a pickup attachment, the ES-150. Its florentine cutaway, P-90 pickups, gorgeous looks is more than enough reason for many to want to own this iconic hollow body guitar. Epiphone, a sub company of Gibson also made waves among hollow body guitar enthusiasts with the Epiphone Casino. Some tend to classify the Rickenbacker 330 as a semi-hollow, but according to Rickenbacker themselves, the 300 series are hollow body guitars. The strength of Ibanez lies mostly with the quality of their artist endorsers, which for their hollow body guitars include John Scofield, Pat Metheny and George Benson. They offer various models that borrow from classic hollow body guitar shapes but to keep their products budget friendly, they employ affordable materials and production techniques. Ibanez is one of the first to provide quality hollow body guitars at affordable prices. Aside from these top brands, other guitar manufacturers also offer hollow body designs. It is important to note that some guitar players go to small scale guitar luthiers and would testify that these small scale manufacturers build the best hollow body guitars in terms of tone and quality.

Keywords: [“guitar”,”body”,”hollow”]

Bilco Amps News for 01-26-2018

Country Inn & Suites

Thrilling fun for the whole family is a short drive from the Country Inn & Suites By Carlson®, Schaumburg, IL. Step into the past and feast like a king at Medieval Times Dinner and Tournament, let imagination flourish at the LEGOLAND Discovery Center, or shop till you drop at Woodfield Mall. Proximity to entertainment and more than 100 restaurants makes this hotel perfect for families with young travelers. The hotel is also convenient to O’Hare International Airport, just 15 minutes away. Enjoy amenities like free high-speed Internet, goose-down bedding and a heated indoor pool. We take great pride in making each guest feel like part of the family, with some guests boasting more than 10 years of loyalty! To ensure a great stay, our hotel offers conveniences like complimentary, hot breakfast, a 24-hour business center and free coffee, cookies and snacks. Learn more about our hotel’s amenities and services. Our Hotel RoomsDiscover the comforts of our guest rooms and suites. You can listen to tunes from our CD library, enjoy a movie on a 42-inch flat-screen TV, or catch up with family via free high-speed Internet access. Additional TV. Bars & RestaurantsOur complimentary, hot Be Our Guest Breakfast allows families to fuel up for a busy day before leaving the hotel. Things to Do in Schaumburg, ILThe International Sculpture Park and Spring Valley Nature Sanctuary offer outdoor fun only four miles away, while historical attractions like the Adler Planetarium await 30 miles out in the city, perfect for family day trips. Thrilling for all and especially magical for kids, this attraction is located one mile from the hotel. LEGOLAND Discovery Center Chicago – LEGOLAND, four miles from the hotel, invites your imagination to run wild with plenty of thrilling rides, mind-blowing sights and, of course, opportunities to build amazing creations. Woodfield Mall – After a full day, indulge in a little retail therapy at Illinois’ largest shopping mall, featuring 300 shops and restaurants. Plan Your Next Meeting or EventOur hotel offers premier accommodations for groups meeting at Schaumburg Convention Center or attending local weddings, conferences and other events. With great rates and top-notch services like free high-speed Internet access and complimentary, hot breakfast, your group will feel right at home.

Keywords: [“hotel”,”family”,”free”]

Brad Paisley

Brad Douglas Paisley is an American country music singer and songwriter. He is the only child of Douglas Edward “Doug” Paisley, who worked for the West Virginia Department of Transportation, and Sandra Jean “Sandy” Paisley, a teacher. He later recalled that, “Pretty soon, I was performing at every Christmas party and Mother’s Day event. The neat thing about a small town is that when you want to be an artist, by golly, they’ll make you one.” At age 13, he wrote his first song, “Born on Christmas Day”, which later appeared on his album Brad Paisley Christmas. By 13, Goddard and Paisley formed a band called “Brad Paisley and the C-Notes”, with the addition of two of Paisley’s adult friends. In March 2008, Paisley announced his next tour, The Paisley Party, a 42-date tour sponsored by Hershey’s. On March 22, 2011, Paisley’s website announced a new beta game titled Brad Paisley World. On September 21, 2011, Mailboat Records released Mark Twain: Words & Music, a double-CD telling Mark Twain’s life in spoken word and song, including a new song by Paisley titled “Huck Finn Blues”. On October 19, 2011, Paisley made a voice cameo as various background characters in the South Park episode “Bass to Mouth”. On January 14, 2012, Paisley was a guest on Garrison Keillor’s Prairie Home Companion, during which he did a rendition of “Life’s Railway to Heaven” by Charles Davis Tillman. On April 25, 2012, Paisley was featured on the South Park episode “Cartman Finds Love”, in which he voiced himself, sang the national anthem and helped Cartman sing the 90’s hit song “I Swear”, which was popularized in 1994 by the country musician John Michael Montgomery and the pop group All-4-One. Paisley extended his Virtual Reality World Tour through mid-2012. On June 12, 2013, Paisley announced on his Twitter page that he would join the Rolling Stones onstage during the band’s concert in Philadelphia. Paisley sings about how he finds himself “Caught between Southern pride and Southern blame”: Paisley explained he’s proud of where he’s from, but he’s ashamed of themes such as slavery and racism. In 2010, Paisley and Wampler Pedals released the Brad Paisley signature Paisley Drive, a guitar overdrive pedal designed to his specifications. Brad Paisley guest stars on ‘South Park’ tonight.

Keywords: [“Paisley”,”country”,”album”]

‘Desert European Motorcars Collectibles’ Boutique To Open In Ritz-Carlton Rancho Mirage Fall 2014

The dealership’s first hotel boutique will feature quality apparel and lifestyle merchandise from indiGO Auto Group’s nine world-class automotive brands. 111 in Rancho Mirage, CA, is planning to open its first retail boutique, ‘Desert European Motorcars Collectibles’ in the new Ritz-Carlton, Rancho Mirage in the Fall of 2014. Located at 68900 Frank Sinatra Drive in Rancho Mirage, the Ritz-Carlton of Rancho Mirage officially opened its doors to the public today and design plans for the dealership’s luxury boutique are currently in progress. Blue said, “We are extremely excited about our first retail boutique being paired with such an iconic brand as the Ritz-Carlton. The authentic, superb experience provided by the Ritz-Carlton aligns perfectly with our company’s philosophy and mission.” The boutique will feature quality apparel and lifestyle merchandise from indiGO’s nine world-class automotive brands including Rolls-Royce, Bentley, Aston Martin, Jaguar, Land Rover, Porsche, Audi, Maserati, and Lamborghini. Apparel, handbags, luggage, jewelry, watches, perfume, collectibles and other fine accessories and merchandise will be available just off the lobby of the gorgeous new hotel. “We are in the process of finalizing the design and architectural plans for the boutique. Our vision is to have an elegant, modern space with the finest merchandise to accompany the vehicles that our customers, enthusiasts and Ritz-Carlton guests enjoy. Desert European Motorcars Collectibles will be an extension of the luxury experience that we provide our customers inside and outside of the dealership,” added Blue. About indiGO Auto Group: indiGO Auto Group represents nine world-class luxury automotive brands with luxury, performance and heritage dealerships in Rancho Mirage, California and Houston, Texas. Chairman and CEO, Todd Blue is a life-long car enthusiast and collector and is a hands-on Dealer Principal within each of the company’s thriving dealerships. IndiGO Auto Group Texas includes Porsche of North Houston, Lamborghini Houston and indiGO Classic Cars which is indiGO’s heritage dealership and specializes in post war European sports cars.

Keywords: [“indiGO”,”dealership”,”boutique”]

Bilco Amps News for 01-25-2018

Expert in Men’s Apparel Since 1905

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2010 Etc. Category: Overall Winner

“It was like a small guitar, a really, really small guitar, and when I woke up the next day the dream just hung with me. So I decided to look into small guitars, and I hit on ukuleles. I now love ukuleles.” Within days of his epiphany, Lichty had bought a ukulele and was learning to play it. He was taking luthiers’ workshops around the Southeast, learning to build guitars and other stringed instruments from some of the region’s masters. Since studying with Henderson, Lichty has never looked back. In the last fifteen months, he’s built twenty-five guitars and a handful of ukuleles, only a few of which still reside beneath his roof. When you see a Lichty guitar, his commitment to craft is obvious. With their sometimes muted, sometimes bold features, the guitars look like fine art. Four professional musicians use Lichty guitars, and neither Lichty’s production capacity-working out of his shop in Tryon-nor his desire to learn has slowed since he first had The Dream. “It’s funny,” he says, “This feels like what I was supposed to do when I grew up. I still have a lot to learn, but that’s how it is when you try to make something nice and make it by hand. Every instrument you make is its own thing; with each one you learn something. There’s a lot more to making a good guitar than working with wood.” “With my work, I’m striving very hard to give the pieces a handmade quality.” Tapping into the vast catalog of historic maps available online, LaFerrera has created more than two hundred giclee prints, on watercolor paper, of his digital collages. Currently he’s hard at work on a series depicting state birds using state maps. Now, working the press by hand to create everything from custom wedding invitations to coasters made from antique wooden type is all in a day’s work. “For me the meditative quality of letterpress printing works as a counterbalance to the intensity of design,” Farill says. Carr Amplifiers Product guitar amplifiersMade in Pittsboro, NC. Sure, it’s a perk that custom Carr amps have the retro good looks of the Elvis era, but at the end of the day, the crystal-clear sound is what really matters. That’s exactly why Ed King of Lynyrd Skynyrd, John Fogerty, and Jeff Tweedy of Wilco are all owners of this boutique brand of guitar amplifiers hand made below the Mason-Dixon.

Keywords: [“guitar”,”work”,”Lichty”]

A lingerie store was told to remove ads with disabled and plus-size models. It refused

Shouldn’t a lingerie boutique be able to celebrate the diversity of its customers without controversy? In February, Georgia lingerie boutique Livi Rae Lingerie’s owners Molly Hopkins and Cynthia Decker launched an in-store campaign featuring a diverse array of women, like Tisa Edge, a woman of color; Stacey Shortley, who uses a wheelchair; and plus-size models Marie Layne and Bubble Bordeaux. For a company like Livi Rae, which specializes in inclusive lingerie sizing and is even at the center of the Lifetime TV show Double Divas, about Hopkins and Decker’s quest to revolutionize the lingerie world, the campaign fit right in. It’s not like this was a first for Livi Rae Lingerie. Of course, being a lingerie store, it had posted campaigns in front of its store before, and featured professional models in lingerie. For reasons the owners of Livi Rae are pegging on body shaming, their property manager took offense to this highly inclusive Valentine’s Day campaign, and asked them, for the first time ever, to take their display down. “We did this campaign to promote body positivity and that when you come in here it’s a judgment-free zone,” Hopkins told 11 Alive. According to the store’s owners, the property manager told them the ads were “In bad taste” and that Hopkins and Decker were in violation of their lease, which stated that all advertisements have to be approved ahead of time. In the past seven years that Livi Rae has been in business there, they have never once had to ask for approval for their ads. It’s only this time, when the ads celebrate women of various races and body types and abilities, that the ads are a problem. “In the seven years that we’ve been in this location we’ve never had to have approval for any ad we put up,” Hopkins told 11 Alive. With support from people across the country, Hopkins and Decker stood their ground – and now it’s paid off. On Tuesday, the store announced on its Facebook that their property manager has backed down. “Due to the overwhelming response from our customers and fans, our property manager just called to let us know we can KEEP our window display in tact! They heard you loud and clear,” the store wrote. “As a national company, they said they do not believe in discrimination of any kind and support our ‘Real Bras, Real Women, Real Stories’ campaign and all of the images used on our storefront.”

Keywords: [“lingerie”,”campaign”,”Hopkins”]

Bilco Amps News for 01-24-2018

Think waterfront living in Charleston is out of reach? Meet Stonoview on Johns Island.

JOHNS ISLAND, SC – Those who love the outdoor Lowcountry lifestyle will find themselves at home in Johns Island’s newest riverfront community, Stonoview: developed and built by Lennar. Nestled along the banks of the Stono River, just seven miles from downtown Charleston, Stonoview embodies everything that makes the Lowcountry such a sought-after place to call home. Homes are built around and in-between centuries old, moss-draped grand oak trees, while sabal palms grow naturally in the community’s common areas. Stonoview connects you to the river, beautiful landscapes, and everything there is to love about the Lowcountry. Other planned amenities include a community pool and pavilion with expansive river views, riverfront park with oyster roasting station and grand firepit, tennis courts, walking/biking trails, pocket parks, and several picnic areas, including a waterfront park located just off the dock – and it’s all golf cart friendly. Lennar is thrilled to offer boaters, kayakers, paddleboarders, and water lovers the chance to pursue their passions in their own community – just steps away from home. Homeowners at Stonoview are living the Charleston dream right now – and they’ve got the amenities, riverfront location, big homesites, and affordable pricing to prove it – with homes starting in the mid $300s. This collection of one and two-story homes range in size from 1,700 to 3,500 square feet and come equipped for easy living and entertaining with features other builders usually charge extra. Stonoview is conveniently located just minutes from downtown Charleston, James Island, and West Ashley, grocery stores, boutique shopping at Freshfield’s Village, great restaurants like Wild Olive and Fat Hen, and Low Tide Brewery. Response to the recently completed model home has been overwhelming. Spend a few minutes with a Lennar New Home Consultant and you’ll see how easy it is to call Stonoview home. Visit Lennar’s Welcome Center at 2623 Battle Trail Drive on Johns Island from Monday to Saturday from 10 am to 6 pm, and Sunday from noon to 6 pm. As one of the largest homebuilders in the U.S., Lennar makes home buying at Stonoview easy. Their Everything’s Included® program means just that: you’ll get all the most sought-after extras included in the price of your home. Lennar, who began building in the Lowcountry in 2001, has built homes for more than 6,000 happy homeowners, and is already one of the area’s largest builders.

Keywords: [“home”,”Lennar”,”Stonoview”]

Southern Charleston Wedding Dunes West Golf River Club

Dreamy southern wedding locale in the ever amazing Charleston South Carolina. Picturesque Charleston wedding setup with gas lantern lite estate home & sweeping river views. In other words, down right Charleston wedding perfection! LeAnna Stapleton & Joseph Haigler wanted the true southern romantic wedding and did they ever get it in spades! Playing the day into a more traditional hand, from locale & decor to the gorgeous styling of LeAnna & her bridal party, southern dreams sprang to life. LeAnna & Joseph’s Charleston wedding is the picture perfect southern wedding dream many dream of. As if that all wasnt enough, one sweetly adorable flower girl was on hand, hamming it up in her own way, and quite possibly on of the more stylish and beautifully dressed mothers of the I have seen in some time ! From cakes to blooms to one beyond gorgeous bride, enjoy this Charleston wedding treat, and pin away! LeAnna is a Jersey girl at heart that fell in love with Charleston’s southern charm. LeAnna attended the College of Charleston, where she graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting. In her free time, LeAnna loves going to the beach and being out on the water with friends. She likes training for and running half marathons, hanging with her & Joey’s pitbull, Sampson, reading, trying new foods & restaurants, and traveling as much as possible! Joey has lived too many places to name, but also attended the College of Charleston and also graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting. Both Joey & LeAnna worked at the same company in different financial departments. Finally, after working there for over 2 years, LeAnna was offered an opportunity to take Joey’s position, as he was starting a new department. A few months later, they both admitted their feelings for one another, and have been inseparable since! They started dating in September 2009, which is why Joey wanted to marry LeAnna in the month of September, as it would remind him of the times when they were first falling in love. Since most of our guests were visiting from out of town, we wanted to give them a taste of Charleston. We tried to keep the menu very southern as well, from the grit cakes & fried green tomato appetizers, to the mac & cheese station, southern style green beans, and squash casserole at dinner. A Little Help From Their Friends ~ Aside from our good friend, Megan, who was the wedding planner, my Maid of Honor Kristina Mackie helped with some other graphic designs.

Keywords: [“LeAnna”,”Charleston”,”love”]

Chef Cindy Wolf’s New Menu Format Takes Dining Experience To A Higher Level

Baltimore, MD, May 20, 2003 With the ongoing drive to bring her cuisine to a higher level, Chef Cindy Wolf introduces two new prix fixe menus at Charleston highlighting her favorite and seasonal dishes. The five and six course tasting menus are fine-tuned daily to incorporate only the freshest and finest ingredients and allow diners to explore Chef Wolfs elaborate execution of her signature cuisine. The two themes will constantly change; currently The Southern Table and My Favorites are the focus of the new menu format. The Southern Table prix fixe menu allows me to draw myself back to the original concept of the restaurant, explains Chef Wolf. Guests will notice typical dishes and ingredients from South Carolina and Louisiana such as Gumbo, Lump Crab & Green Tomato Salad, and Sauteed Fresh Crawfish Tails. Referring to her Favorites prix fixe menu Wolf adds, I focus on my favorite things to eat or make. In Charleston restaurants five-year evolution, Chef Wolf has always included the option of a prix fixe menu, but this is the first time that she has brought this format to the forefront. This format challenges and inspires me, as it involves more steps in the execution, careful pacing, and complicated ingredients. My great team in the kitchen, Wolf adds, is also challenged, as they are forced to produce more courses and more involved dishes. While the restaurant now highlights these multi-course menus, Charleston diners still have the option to choose a la carte dishes. Further enhancing the prix fixe menus is also an optional cheese course featuring a selection of more than two dozen artisanal cheeses presented by the resident Fromager. As Tony Foreman, co-owner and wine director of Charleston Restaurant explains, I have chosen specific wines to interact with the flavors in the dishes. Charleston restaurant opened in November 1997 and features Chef Cindy Wolfs dynamic, soulful menu incorporating regional ingredients, Southern tradition, and classic French technique resulting in a style that is uniquely her own. Charlestons wine collection boasts more than 600 selections of fine wine at a variety of price points – from a rare California boutique Chardonnay and single-vineyard Cote Rotie to excellent purchases from Spain and Argentina. Located in Baltimores Harbor East, Charleston offers four beautifully appointed dining areas with dicor that echoes the tones and patterns of the Carolina coast.

Keywords: [“menu”,”Wolf”,”Charleston”]

Bilco Amps News for 01-23-2018

How to Start a Yoga Business

Have you considered starting a yoga business of your own? It takes hard work and dedication, just like the practice of yoga itself. Don’t be fooled by its whimsical exterior – the business of yoga comes equipped with the joys and pitfalls of any other business. Yoga Alliance is the organization that presides over the national standards when it comes to yoga and, although it is not mandatory that a teacher or a school be certified, it is the industry standard. “If someone wants to open up their own studio, they definitely need to, like any other business, look at the working capital. And they’ve got to have a business plan,” says Donna Davidge, a New York City-based yoga practitioner for over 26 years and founder of the yoga retreat center Sewall House in Maine. This option comes with far more responsibilities that include rent and utility expenses, managing staff, and assuring that your place of business adheres to zoning requirements depending on the type of yoga that you’ll be teaching. Before you start your own business, brick and mortar or not, it’s best to work for an established yoga outlet. “Anna Winkler, founder of Shakti Yoga and Living Arts in Maplewood, NJ, has similar yoga offerings.”Hot yoga and Vinyasa yoga are very popular right now because it’s very much like going to the gym. As Winkler mentioned, hot yoga is one of the most popular forms of contemporary yoga. The most popular form of hot yoga is Bikram Yoga, founded by yogi Bikram Choudhury in the early 1970s. Unlike other forms of yoga, the Bikram practice – the specific sequence of poses – is trademarked, and one must go through a formal process in order to teach Bikram and to open a studio dedicated to instructing this specific form of yoga. Raffael Pacitti, owner of the Bikram Yoga Manhattan studios, says that while a franchise agreement is being worked out with the governing body of Bikram Yoga, all studios that teach Bikram are currently classified as affiliates and do not currently pay fees to headquarters. She purchased a house in Maine and paid for its expenses and operational costs by funneling her income from teaching yoga in New York City into the venture until the business became sustainable. How can you set your yoga business apart from other competitors in the market? Take your practice out of the studio and integrate it with a cool activity. She also mentions that many yoga instructors organize retreats by taking groups to exotic locations and practicing yoga onsite. Other unique options may include yoga with pets, AntiGravity yoga, foodie yoga, and prenatal yoga.

Keywords: [“yoga”,”teach”,”studio”]

Southern Weddings

Carolina bride Sarah Ann shares her monogram-filled wedding at the Merrimon-Wynne House! Today’s wedding holds a special place in my heart because the bride and groom are dear friends of mine! Earlier this year, Sarah Ann and Blake said their “I do’s” in front of their family and friends on the mildest North Carolina July day I can ever remember. While the images are breathtakingly gorgeous and details are both plentiful and personal, I strongly encourage you to not miss a word of Sarah Ann and Blake’s advice to those of y’all who are actively wedding planning. I couldn’t agree more with this sage encouragement, and love how SAT + WBS’s relationship shined through every last detail of their wedding celebration. He gave me a stunning bracelet, and I gave him an N.C. State needlepoint wallet with a note in the postscript, “You’ve earned this gift for wearing Carolina blue today. Thank you from the bottom of my Tar Heel-loving heart.”What was Southern about your wedding? It made our hearts swell when one of our family friends commented that our wedding was the “The epitome of Southern charm.” I hope our guests found Southern charm in our commitment to traditions. I especially loved that our reception cards included lyrics from one of my favorite beach music songs, “Now it’s a drag if you can’t shag, you better learn how to move your feet.” There was also charm in the aesthetic and the look of our wedding. Beyond the tradition and the aesthetic, the hospitality of our loved ones was the most Southern part of our wedding. What was the hardest part about planning your wedding? The first most difficult part of wedding planning was building our guest list. We developed a few ground rules for building the list, including an agreement that neither Blake nor I would be meeting someone for the first time on our wedding day. The next most difficult part was carving out time for wedding planning amidst the whirlwind of life. What advice would you give to someone currently planning a wedding? In reflecting on our wedding, Blake and I would offer these five pieces of advice. Set aside time for just you and your partner on your wedding day. Give as much thoughtfulness to preparing for marriage, as you to do preparing for wedding. Our family and friends were excited to pour into us throughout our engagement season and especially during our wedding weekend. They found creative ways to love us well, preparing wedding day snacks, transporting luggage, and staying late to do a sweep of the venue.

Keywords: [“wedding”,”Blake”,”friend”]