Whether it's vintage, industrial, or shabby chic that suits your style, you're highly likely to find something you like at the Urban Vintageshopping event, organized by The Handmaidens. It will premier this year in downtown Raleigh on August 7 & 8. The event is FREE and open to the public!
I don't know about you, but one of my favorite things to do on the weekends is to visit the local antique and vintage shops. There's just something about searching through a jam packed store of old knick-knacks, home decor, and furniture that really makes shopping for brand new things not so special. Don't get me wrong, I enjoy shopping at Kirkland's, Home Goods, and the like but when I can buy something vintage that could possibly be a one-of-a-kind item, it just makes the hunt that much more exciting!
After lots of research by The Handmaidens, who are also producers of other local events including The Handmade Market, they are venturing into the new obsession of pop-up markets with the Urban Vintage event. The market planners accepted applications from interested collectors and curators from all across the country for the past few months. The applicants were juried and selected based on their collection, price point, and reputation in the vintage event circuit. The vendors selected promise to deliver top notch, drool worthy industrial and vintage items with an urban flair. The market will be indoors at the Market Hall inside City Market in Downtown Raleigh. The two-day event will be on Friday August 7, 6pm - 9pm, and Saturday August 8, 10am - 5pm.
There will be several local shops and vendors along with many from across the country. For a full list, visit the Urban Vintage website here. There will also be a wine and beer cash bar by City Market and Brachi will also have sandwiches and rolls for sale.
Local sponsors that helped make the market possible include: Deco Raleigh, Lulu's Vintage & Consignment Shop, SuzAnna's Antiques, and City Market.
Aurora DeLuca owns a boutique, full service photography business called Aurora D Photography. Her specialty is maternity, newborn and baby photography. She works in both studio and outdoors - creating beautiful, timeless portraits. Aurora's goal is to showcase her subject free of distraction and her work tends toward the simple and elegant. An avid believer in the importance of heirloom prints, she has discovered that there is a print medium for every photograph, and the quality of a print is as important as the click of the camera. To that end, Aurora sits down with each client after their session to develop their perfect package - offering a wide variety of products from albums to art prints to jewelry.
While she could often be found with a camera in her hand as she was growing up, it wasn't until adulthood that Aurora finally began to learn how a camera really works. As a new mom finishing up her first year of law school, photography became her creative outlet. After many twists and turns, she found herself staying at home with a camera and an active toddler. In order to develop her hobby, she searched for a group of photographers and found a very talented group, the members of which have all gone on to do great things. And so Aurora D Photography began.
About an hour or two north of Raleigh, and just past the North Carolina/Virginia line, you'll find Virginia International Raceway. It is located in Alton, which is just east of Danville. VIR opened in August 1957 as one of America's first permanent road racing tracks. Since its opening, VIR has become a fixture for the SCCA circuit (Sports Car Club of America) and a favorite among drivers for its challenging terrain. This one is nothing like any of the oval short-track racing that you'll find in the Raleigh Durham area. VIR has several different configurations with long straightaways, hairpin turns, and winding snake-like sections that make you dizzy just looking at them. All these obstacles along with the dramatic elevations make for an exciting track to drive or spectate!
On August 21-23, VIR will have the honor of hosting the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship, the result of a merger between GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series and the American Le Mans Series. The jam packed weekend will kick off on Friday, August 21, with testing, qualifying, car corrals, driver autograph sessions, team chats, tech talks, and more. Fans will have the opportunity to watch drivers battle it out for the supreme GT title in the GT Le Mans and GT Daytona classes. There will also be some great action coming from the Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge, Lamborghini Super Trofero, Maserati Trofeo, and the new Porsche GT3 Cup!
Recently Laura Wickwar, Coordinator for NC chapters of TOPS (Take Pounds Off Sensibly) Inc, contacted me to tell me about the non-profit weight loss group. TOPS was started to help members focus on lifestyle and eating habits and what will help them succeed in improving their health and quality of life; it's not a 'diet' program or 'get thin quick' gimmick.
TOPS does not sell special food or urge members to follow a specific diet either. However, they do recommend using 1 of 2 healthy eating plans - The Food Exchange System and MyPlate. Both are meal plans concentrated on consuming the optimal amount of nutrients in the ideal portions.
So my hubby and I let our little one spend some time with her Mom Mom on Friday since he had the day off. We decided to have our own little brewery tour. There are quite a few that we haven't tried out yet so we mapped out our tour on Thursday night and were out the door and on the road early on Friday to beat the crowds. Little did we realize, with most people having Friday off because of the holiday, it wouldn't matter how early we got started. But even with the crowds, we still had a great time. Keeping reading to see how our little tour went.