Part II #MyVioletValentine Shopping + #ValentinesDay Gift Ideas ~ University Place NC @UPlaceNC #chapelhill

Hey there! I am back for Part II of #MYVIOLETVALENTINE series (click here if you missed Part I). Today, I am sharing my UNIVERSITY PLACE shopping fun and finds with the Pantone Color of the Year- Ultra Violet in mind. My daughter #outandaboutAva (aka my favorite shopping partner) and I headed back to the mall where we did most of her back to school shopping, University Place. Located in Chapel Hill, this mall is known as …”THE place for shopping, dining, entertainment & the arts, fitness & beauty.” This visit, we are on a mission to find purple purchases and Violet themed gift ideas for Valentine’s Day. Here’s what we found:

•Accessories for Girls at Glee Kids

From hair accessories, like bows and headbands to adorable (and adjustable) rings, Glee Kids had some items that I think any little girl would love for a Violet Valentine!

• Fun Gifts for Girls at The Red Hen

The Red Hen always has unique items and great prices, so I was not surprised that we found something for a Violet color themed gift. If you are making a gift basket for your kid on Valentime’s Day, fill it with little toys from The Red Hen. We left with this Girl Bat Cape because my daughter said it was going to activate her shopping powers and help with finding more #MyVioletValentine items!

• Women’s Apparel & Accessories at Dina Porter

Dina Porter is a classic boutique for shoppers interested in one of a kind quality items. Looking for a unique scarf or sweater? Dina Porter has it all! There were all shades of purple in that store and many eclectic selections, like the ultraviolet polka dot raincoat with matching tote bag!

• Food Speciality Items, Flowers & more at Southern Season

Plan to wine and dine your Valentine at home? Is your special someone a foodie? Then a gourmet gift and flowers from Southern Season would be appreciated. I absolutely love that store, especially the organization of their wine section. Surprisingly, I found lavender caramel chocolate which is going to be perfect for #myVioletValentine theme, don’t you agree?!

• Greetings and NoteCards from The Frame & Print Shop

Art galleries always catch my eye, which made me stop in The Frame & Print Shop. I found the most delightful violet Valentines Day card as well as some great Monet inspired note cards. Nothing says pure romance like a handwritten love note!

• Health & Beauty Finds from BE PURE BEAUTY

Be Pure Beauty sells natural products made of clean, non-toxic ingredients. At this store, you’ll find the best of green beauty brands that are conscious of keeping people, the planet, plants and animals safe. They sell makeup, skincare products, bath bombs and more! I found some lavender scented bath bombs and eyeshadow (color ‘Soiree’) that would make great #myVioletValentine gifts!

• Scented Candles & Fragrances from Bath & Body Works

You may be familiar with Bath & Body Works for their fragrant personal care products. You can always find flavorful indulgences, including shower gels, lotions, candles and accessories. I am a big fan of gifting candles for any occassion and for #myVioletvalentine, a lavender scented or any violet purple candle would be a great choice!

• Jewelry at Goldworks

Did you know you can create jewelry at Goldworks in North Carolina? This store specializes in custom jewelry designs, in yellow, white and rose gold, platinum, silver, Mokume gane, and much more. You will find a variety of designs from traditional to truly original and artistic designs. Visit Goldworks jewelry store and gallery to have one of the professional jewelry designers create a unique and original gift for your special Valentine. Jewelry is always a great gift idea and right now for the month of February, the gemstone is Amethyst! It’s the perfect violet hue and fits #myVioletValentine theme. Goldworks is also currently having a 50% off sale on select items you don’t want to miss.

SobeSavvy Tip: Check out this fun Galentine’s event happening TONIGHT, 2/8/18 7pm-9pm at Kidzu Children’s Museum inside UNIVERSITY PLACE.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this post as much as I did creating a fun way to be on trend this Valentine’s Day with the Pantone Color of the Year, Ultra Violet. At University Place, shopping all shades of purple was such a fun time and we found some great choices for #myVioletValentine 💜!

Leslie, Lifestyle Blogger & Founder of SobeSavvy.com and daughter, #outandaboutAva enjoy a day of shopping fun for #MYVioletValentine at University Place in Chapel Hill

UNIVERSITY PLACE
201 S. ESTES DRIVE CHAPEL HILL, NC 27514 919.945.1900
www.universityplacenc.com

Part I #MyVioletValentine Shopping Picks + Fun #ValentineGift Ideas ~ CrabTree Valley Mall @ShopCrabtree

#MyVioletValentine Shopping Experience at CrabTree Valley Mall

If you have been following my Instagram @SobeSavvy, then you may have seen my instastories and posts about a new series I am starting just in time for Valentine’s Day called #MyVioletValentine. 💜

In honor of the Pantone Color of the Year: Ultra Violet, I want to inspire you to switch up from the usual color red and make violet purple purchases this Valentine’s Day for yourself or loved ones. With over 200+ stores and restaurants, Crabtree Valley Mall is the perfect place in Raleigh to kick off this series! There are so many great places to ‘SHOP in the name of Love’ just like the sign outside of Bevello says…so let’s get started!

Here are a few ideas for Girls:

Accessories from Claire’s

New Athleta Girl fashions at Athleta

Hallmark for cards + candy

There’s also Purple Disney characters like Doc McStuffins, Sofia the First, Rapunzel available at The Disney Store and fun fashions like this graphic tee from The Children’s Place!

Speaking of fashion, everywhere I looked in the mall there were awesome sales on purple clothing,shoes..take your pick! You must remember to gift yourselves ladies this Valentine’s Day. Check out these gift ideas for HER:

Purple Sweater, Violet Floral Top from American Eagle Outfitters

Find February’s gemstone, Amethyst and other purple gemstones in any of the jewelry stores including Swarovski at Crabtree Valley Mall. I found a beautiful cocktail ring at Sears, which is one of three anchor department stores at the mall.

You can also find Handbags from Coach or Michael Kors, purple candles from Yankee Candle, and shades of violet at your favorite cosmetic stores: Bare Minerals, MAC or Sephora.

Loving this MAC matte lipstick, color: Heroine

As I began to look for things my husband would like, I noticed there were quite a few His & Her Options throughout the mall. Got yours eyes on gifts for a special guy? Here’s some ideas for HIM:

Cool Shades from Aeropostale

..and Sunglass Hut!

Everyone loves a good smelling man right?! Pick up a nice smelling fragrance for the both of you at any of the anchor department stores, Sephora and these from Aeropostale.

Remember those tops I saw at American Eagle Outfitters? While there, I noticed boxers that were perfect for #MyVioletValentine! I plan to box up these (along with a few other surprises) and present on Valentine’s Day, which is just 9 days away!

SobeSavvy Tip: Still can’t decide what to get for him or her? Give “The Gift of Choice”, a Crabtree Valley Mall Gift Card available for as little as $5 or as much as $500! Gift Cards are available at Guest Services.

We had so much fun shopping for #MyVioletValentine at Crabtree Valley Mall and hope you are inspired to make your way there soon!

CRABTREE VALLEY MALL

4325 Glenwood Avenue

Raleigh, NC 27612

shopcrabtree.com | @shopcrabtree #shopcrabtree

#outandaboutAva visits the @American_Girl Store for Holiday Shopping, Bistro Dining and More! 

We are in Charlotte,NC where a visit to the American Girl store in the SouthPark Mall is a must do experience! Our daughter, now age 6, was very excited to take her GOTY doll, Gabriela McBride, with her for the first time to enjoy afternoon tea at the Bistro, ear piercing at the doll salon and some holiday shopping. Not only did my husband,daughter and I enjoy our family date, but we got the opportunity to #givewhatcounts to our child. American Girl brand inspires all to create memories that will last thru the holidays and beyond!

THE BISTRO

Good eats, delightful sweets and for your doll a special seat..that’s what you can expect at the Bistro. We went during their special Holiday Tea event, which included a deliciously different menu of teatime treats, a craft, and fun conversation with the holiday Table Talkers. We made a fleece headband to keep the dolls’ ears warm on chilly days, and a holiday-card-making craft. It was great way to start the holiday season with a special teatime together and a couple of crafty projects!

DOLL HAIR SALON

Recently, #outandaboutAva got her ears pierced just in time for her photo with Santa and thought it would be great to have her doll’s done too! At the American Girl Doll Hair Salon you can get a “Gabriela Girl of the Year Ear Piercing”, which is an exclusive ear-piercing service available only for the Gabriela™ 18″ doll. It was a quick service for her doll, which included her signature earring set. The music note studs are so adorable, I wish I had a pair! Pampering services and hair styling services are also available at the salon. It was so fun to see the dolls get a new look!

SHOPPING

Christmas is just days away and if you are still looking for ideas to gift your girl then look no further than American Girl. They have gifts that will teach her that “little moments of kindness can only come from big hearts”. I decided to treat my daughter to an early gift to celebrate her courage in performing in her first solo ballet recital a few days ago. It was practiced as a duet but in the last moments, she had to do it by herself. That experience helped build her confidence and allowed her to let her spirit shine.

To help her with backstage jitters, we were able to discuss how her American Girl doll Gabriela loves to perform and express herself thru dance just like her. Gabriela’s story inspires creativity and even when its not easy, she uses her talent to help those around her. So for both, my daughter and Gabriela, we got matching girl & doll PJ sets, which are on holiday sale until 12/24/17. We are planning an NYE ‘family date night in’ which is a together tradition we do and you can bet these fun, matching pjs will come into play. Find creative tips on planning the ‘Ultimate Sleepover’ inspired by American Girl’s ‘A Year of Slumber Parties’ book.

SobeSavvy Tip: Now-Thru December 31, 2017 while shopping at any American Girl store in the U.S., American Girl will match any customer donation to the American Red Cross, up to $75,000 maximum. Tied to the debut of its newest BeForever character, Nanea Mitchell—a Hawaiian girl growing up in Honolulu, Hawaii, in 1941 during WWII, American Girl is supporting the American Red Cross and their Service to the Armed Forces mission
to provide care and comfort to members of the military, veterans, and their families. Donations can also be made at americangirl.com.

On Jan 1, American Girl is introducing Luciana Vega, the 2018 Girl of the Year. She comes with her cool line of space inspired products (like a Mars habitat and flight suit!) AND an out-of-this-world storyline about an 11-year-old who dreams of being the first person on Mars. American Girl worked with NASA, including a task force of advisors (scientists, astronauts, and more) who helped ensure the accuracy and authenticity of Luciana’s world—from her story and products to a STEM-based educational program in partnership with Scholastic and Space Camp.

We plan to head to the Raleigh,NC temporary store to celebrate her launch. AG is hosting Luciana debut events at its retail locations nationwide on January 1. The event features interactive science demonstrations, a Moon Phase craft, galaxy-inspired treats, and a free Luciana doll tee to take home. For more details, visit americangirl.com/retail.

Check out more of our in store experiences on You Tube and see a glimpse of how magical it is! Enjoy..thanks for reading..and Happy Holidays 🎅🎄💖🎁

#FashionFriday Tip: Find #FallFashion Savings with @Groupon + @TorridFashion 

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post in partnership with USFamilyGuide.com

Shop Groupon for Fall Fashion Coupons | by SobeSavvy.com

I recently had a chance to enjoy a Mom’s Day Out, which included brunch and a chance to attend a “Blogger Collective: Pop &;Shop Experience” Fall Fashion Shopping Event, hosted by KikiSol at Torrid. That was my first time in that store and I discovered not only do they offer stylish fashions for sizes 10 to 30, but also great deals. As an online shopper, I immediately checked to see if this retailer was on Groupon..and YES, they are! I found some amazing Groupon Coupons for Torrid that I wanted to share with you so you can do some Fall Fashion shopping and save some money!

If you have not tried Groupon yet, you must check out the website. Right now there are 34 coupons available offering deals, sales, promos and in store offers for Torrid. With these coupons from Torrid, you can find feminine party-ready outfits, sophisticated work attire and trendy looks that are casual for women size 10 thru plus sizes to 30. Also available to buy are lingerie, jewelry and accessories,(which is my shopping weakness), so it is important for me to save BIG before shopping. Thanks to Groupon, I easily saved money at Torrid and purchased some items, like this bell sleeved dress, perfect for the fall season:

SobeSavvy Tip: Groupon is FREE and so simple to use! There are so many money-saving offers from a variety of merchants that your Fall Fashion shopping needs will be covered. I highly recommend downloading the app right on your mobile device for convenience.

Find Torrid Fashion Savings on Groupon

Thanks for reading! Happy Shopping and Happy Saving with Groupon!

Hey #NC Moms, Head to @UPlaceNC for #BacktoSchool Shopping Fun in #ChapelHill #UPlaceNC #shoplocal

Today is the first day of school for #outandaboutAva, who is going into the 1st grade! Excitement is in the air but she is prepared to go back to school in style thanks to our recent shopping day at University Place. This beautiful shopping area is located in the heart of the Triangle region and is the only enclosed shopping mall in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. I had fun shopping with my little one and wanted to not only share our finds but inspire you to go check out the great sales at the following stores:

Glee Kids

Leaving out the store.. full of “glee” | Glee Kids store, University Place

If you like big style for your little one, Glee Kids is a baby & clothing store you should not ignore! We saw a ‘Sale’ sign that caught our eye for one of my favorite brands for children, Tea Collection. Tea styles offer easy-fit items with globally inspired styles perfect for my girl on the go! There’s so many cute fashions, accessories and cool bookbags too, choosing what she wanted was easy to do!

#outandaboutAva shopping at Glee Kids

Cool & Cute Backpacks for girls/boys at Glee Kids

New Arrivals , Gift Items and more at Glee Kids

Great Customer Service at Glee Kids

Shopping Find: Girls Ruby Graphic tee from Tea! From Glee Kids

The Heather Pocket Patch Dress from Tea+ Unicorn Lip Balm found at Glee Kids

The Red Hen

Shopping at The Red Hen | University Place

Looking for a variety of clothes, toys, books, shoes and more? Then, The Red Hen is your ideal store! This resale and gift boutique offers great prices on previously owned name brand clothes and carry new and/or local items. They won Indy Week’s Best of the Triangle: 2017 Best Children’s Clothing Shop and provided a wonderful ‘shop local’ experience.

Shopping Around at The Red Hen

Shopping Find: Carters Black Vest | The Red Hen

Too cool for school! Shopping Find: Vest + Gap Pink & Black Polka Dot Skirt | The Red Hen

Shopping Find: Lands End Leopard Cardigan Sweater | The Red Hen

Burlington Shoes

Back to School ‘Sale’ smiles at Burlington Shoes

I don’t know about your kid, but my child’s feet seem to grow overnight! Which means new shoes for back to school are essential. Tons of shoes, socks and backpacks are available and on sale until Sept. 10th, so hurry there now !

Fun Times + Shoe Shopping with Dad at Burlington Shoes

Emoji Socks Rock! Shopping Find: Emoticon 6pk socks | Burlington Shoes

Shopping Find: Nine West ‘Wilmah’ Girls Ballet Flats | Burlington Shoes

I appreciated how I was able to shop with ease and thoroughly enjoyed our time at the mall. After all was said and done, we had a few shopping bags plus lots of back to school shopping fun!

University Place ‘Back to School’ Shopping Fun with #outandaboutAva and her Mom, Leslie Founder of SobeSavvy.com

UNIVERSITY PLACE

201 S Estes Dr

Chapel Hill, NC 27514

#GetOutThere and Celebrate #NationalSunglassesDay with @sunglasswarehse + SobeSavvy.com 

Hi ..My name is Leslie and I am a sunglass-aholic. (Well to my husband who thinks I have one too many pair.) I actually see myself as a collector of sorts. I mean after living in the ‘Sunshine State’ for almost 18 years, a girl needs sunglasses for different occassions.

Today is National Sunglasses Day, and I wanted to share one of my go to online retailers for affordable sunglasses: Sunglasswarehouse.com They have different styles, trendy frames and lenses for discount prices. You can also get the necessary accessories needed to keep your shades protected. Everyone in the family can get fashionable sunglasses for every face shape in dozens of colors.

This past Spring, I collaborated with Sunglass Warehouse to bring awareness of the brand and to sport their frames during some of my vacation moments. Some of my selections were based on where we were going and/or what we were going to see or do when we got there. Take a look at my picks and make your Summer selections now at SunglassWarehouse.com!

In March, we traveled to Arlington, VA & Washington DC and went sightseeing in style in these…

*”Arlington” Sunglasses for him Gold/Tortoise with Green Lenses

* “Lincoln” Sunglasses for her perfect to see the Lincoln Monument with tortoise/clear fade

In April, we celebrated #outandaboutAva’s 1st Spring Break and took a road trip to Atlanta,Ga, where we shared our Family Travel adventures as well as our sunglass style.

*”Roadie” His and Her Grey Frame, Black Frame

*assesories “Baja” car visor clip 1 silver,1 gold

..and for those of us who enjoy running outside, these *”Yellowstone” blk /orange frame with mirrored lenses turned my 5K Spring Training for my 1st Color Run into a fashion statement!

For Mothers Day weekend, we headed to Miami Beach ( the place where my sunglass collecting began) for some R&R and fun!

* Miami Sunglasses Silver Frame with Yellow Mirrored Lenses

* Slay Sunglasses Gold Frame with Pink Mirrored Lenses

I had fun reliving not only my travels but sharing my obsession of sunglasses with you. (My husband now respects my Sunglass game ) Will you be treating yourself with a pair or two before summer ends? If so, be sure to check out the selections at Sunglass Warehouse and again, Happy National Sunglasses Day from SobeSavvy.com!

#HomeDecor|Tips on How to Give Your Small Patio a Big Makeover on a Budget

Hello June! Now that Memorial Day has passed, the official start of summer is upon us. Time to get your home ready for entertaining, visiting family members, and hosting cookouts/backyard barbeques. This year, instead of traveling for Memorial Day, we used the long weekend to revamp, refresh our small patio just in time for the summer. This is what we were working with “Before”

Now this is what we did to give ourselves a little outdoor oasis. “After”

Here are some tips on giving your small patio a makeover on a budget!

  • Shop at your local thrift store

These outdoor throw pillows were a thrift store find. I love thrifting and really enjoy the hunt for treasure. I got two of the green tiger stripe and the neutral one which fit perfect on my patio set for $3!

  • Check out the Dollar Tree for accessories

Because I plan to sit on my patio both day and night, candles and lighting will help with ambience. I got little citronella candles to help keep those pesky bugs away, drinkware for those summer cocktails I plan to enjoy, some artificial plants and these mini LED lanterns are Dollar Tree finds that reminded me of something you might see in stores like Pier One or World Market.

  • Sign up for deals at World Market, save 15 percent off your purchase

Affordable outdoor and patio furniture is just one of the things I shop for at World Market . If you saw my last post about tips for hosting a wine tasting at home, then you know I also go there for food, drink and entertaining items. I had watched their Belize 4 piece Outdoor Occasional Furniture set go on sale and combined it with a coupon to get a great deal! My husband and I enjoyed lighting up some tiki torches and relaxing on our new ,comfortable patio set. It’s made out of acacia wood with a gray oil finish and includes 2 chairs, a bench, antique white cushions and a coffee table.

I now have a place to sit outside during the day while working from home! You may have caught me on IG @SobeSavvy instastories sippin like…

  • Remix and Reuse some things you already have. Remember, it’s all in the details!

Mixing old with new items is always a great way to save. I took an old 3 tier adjustable wire shelving-turquoise- from Target’s Room Essentials line and turned it into my outdoor beverage cart. I bought new pillowcases (from dollar store) to cover old pillows. Our new plant from BJ’s was placed in an old wicker basket picked up from the thrift store. Another bargain store to check out for small accessories and details is 5 below. I got some side tables to place my faux plants from the dollar tree on…

..and these faux succulants from 5 below!

The one last thing I add is LOVE. As with any home project, it’s very important to love it because you have to live in the space. From a shoppers perspective, I also love that here in Raleigh, NC I have access to great bargain shopping , thrift and discount stores.

We are super excited to have our small patio ready for bbqs, inflatable kiddie pool party fun with my little one and backyard entertaining. Our outdoor oasis was spruced up with an outdoor rug, outdoor funiture, pillows, plants, candles and love. We are now ready to live the patio life this summer!

Do you plan to update your home decor for the summer season? Which home spaces do you plan to redesign..share below!