It was circa 2016 when I tried Circa 1800 for the first time. Game changer.
Circa 1800 is one of my favorite restaurants here in Fay!
First off, I LOVE a good presentation. I am an artist after all.Circa not only comes up with some cool combos of flavor but also takes the time to plate the food in a a way that makes me say “I need an Instagram photo of that”.
I love the cozy atmosphere that makes you feel like you can have a nice, wear-a-dress dinner, or a casual lunch with friends. It’s just so versatile!
I think everyone’s sick of hearing me say, “I’ve never had anything there I didn’t love!” but it’s so true.I love novelty and Circa’s menu is that.
I recently went for a tasting that was themed after the Warhol exhibit going on at Methodist University and I must say, it took my already high opinion of Circa to another level.
The pure creativity. You can see how much they love what they do and are masters at what they do.I can tell you all day how their food is drool-worthy but you just have to go eat here for yourself. Trust me.A sincere thank you to Chef Bill & Circa’s bar manager Tony for putting together such a memorable dinner! Also thank you to Persephone Caviar for collaborating with Circa and giving us all a taste of their product!I’ve included their dinner menu but they also have lunch, brunch, and a nice drink menu too!
He was the bees knees.His art, his quotes, his music, his movies, his life. Most people know him for the banana or the infamous Campbell’s soup can but Warhol created art in various mediums.
Born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA, he studied commercial art. Which makes sense seeing as how most of us know him for his portrayal of consumerism.
Through a lengthy process, Fayetteville’s Methodist University was able to secure the opportunity to host Warhol’s art in the GalleryGoes POP Exhibit which opens February 7th at 6:30 pm.That’s right! Can you believe it? His bold and bright works of art are hanging at the David McCune International Art Gallery at Methodist. It’s not everyday we bring world renowned art to Fay!The prints showcase a variety of his series from his Cowboys and Indians series to his Ads Series and even include his Icon Portraits. It was truly an incredible experience to see these in person.
The vibe that Warhol’s art brings to the gallery is this bold, fun, whimsical, pop of inspiration.The display of art is enhanced by music and the playing of commercial advertisements.
You don’t have to be an art enthusiast to enjoy this experience.
The show will be open to the public February 7th at the David McCune International art Gallery at 5400 Ramsey Street, Fayetteville NC 28311.
Eyebrows…the one thing you can get in shape without exercising.
My eyebrows are naturally just thin. Thanks mom.
I have been filling them in since I was 18. First it was a little bit of dark eye shadow then I graduated to a pencil and then got all fancy with all the new eyebrow products out there but regardless of whats out there, I STILL had to fill them in and that gets old.
Are they even?
Is this a good color?
When I hug someone I hope it doesn’t mess up my hard work. LOL Okay you all know you’ve thought this.
When I heard about Microblading I was instantly interested. Microblading creates hair like strokes in your skin using a small blade that deposits ink. It is a method that is done by hand by a professional and typically lasts 12-18 months.
Having a ton of tattoos, the thought of doing something more permanent doesn’t really scare me. It was just a matter of finding someone who is very skilled since it’s going front and center on my face. I mean, I don’t want to end up looking angry all the time…or like a clown…now that I really consider it, eyebrows make a HUGE difference in your expression. I mean, look at emojis.
Back to the story:
After researching the best Microblading artists in North Carolina I landed on Jeanette Ivey of Ivey Artistry Brow & Beauty and I am so darn glad I did.
Have you ever met someone and their energy is just like, YES!
Well, that’s Jeanette.I walked into her studio and was greeted by this tiny ball of artistic energy. The vibe of the place was cool, modern, creative. It was one of those places that inspires you.
I wore my regular makeup to my appointment so I could show her how I typically do my eyebrows and what I like. Honestly though, I don’t know what I’m doing when I fill in my brows and I knew that she would know what to do with them.
First she cleaned off my makeup and then began to make some measurements and marks so everything would be even and the right angle. I could tell she was in her zone and knew exactly what to do to frame my face. We discussed the color too which she already had in mind and it was exactly what I wanted. The process was very reassuring.Then it was time to make the cuts. EEEEP. She uses what looks like a calligraphy pen that dispenses ink into your skin. It’s like a tiny blade that she makes small cuts with.
I’m not gonna lie-I was SO NERVOUS for the first cut because I had no idea what to expect.
It was not bad. It doesn’t go as deep as I had imagined and it just feels like someone is being super annoying and scratching you. She did the first pass on both of my eyebrows and then put numbing stuff on me and let me relax. After about ten minutes she went back over them and added to them and that was pretty easy peasy since I wasn’t feeling much.I was surprised how quick and simple the process is. Just a short appointment of Microblading saves me time in the morning doing my makeup and my eyebrows actually look natural. I love that she really fit them to my face and basically just enhanced what I already had. I think it takes a true artist to be able to make something look like it’s supposed to be there.
After the procedure I was a little bit swollen but nothing crazy. She gave me special wipes to use, an ointment, and a card showing what to expect through the healing process.
The next morning when I woke up, I magically had the eyebrows of my dreams with no effort whatsoever. I wiped them down, put my ointment on, covered my “mom dark circles” with some concealer, did my eyeliner, and out the door I went! It was awesome.
So in 4-6 weeks I will go back for a touch-up appointment where she can add to them if I want since they will be healed by then and we will see the full result. The first session shapes your brows and the second session is called the “perfection” session. I already love them so, I can only imagine how epic they will be after the perfection session!
For anyone who has thin eyebrows or just wants to enhance watcha got, I definitely recommend doing this. It was SO worth it and Jeanette makes it such a fun experience. I went into it feeling nervous but I came out feeling like it was such an indulgence and a great time. Microblading gives you such a natural look versus the filled in look and it’s there regardless of whether you just woke up, washed your face, or sweating from dancing around your kitchen to We Didn’t Start the Fire. Whoever thought of this concept gets a gold star in my book.Thank you so much to Jeanette Ivey who graciously performed this service for the sake of me being able to share the experience with all of you.
I’m just a hippie by nature. I’ll just throw that out there. I’ve always leaned towards a more natural lifestyle and dug into alternative remedies.
When I got pregnant it was like research on steroids.Cloth diapers, breastfeeding, co-sleeping, etc I rubbed coconut oil on my belly and tried to eat the right things….but what about me?
What about the aftermath of birth…postpartum care and recovery?
I started digging into what the heck to do about my hormones going crazy and my body healing while simultaneously going into breastfeeding mode. This just sounded like a lot of stuff to me.
So, I landed in placenta ingestion. Now, some people flat out eat it. That’s not the life for me guys.
So, I opted to have it encapsulated. This means that a Doula dehydrated it into powder and put it in pill form. She also made me a tincture so when I go through menopause and lose my mind, I can try that out too.
So that being said, ingesting your placenta is supposed to benefit your milk supply, healing from a ton of blood loss, and also support your hormones since they go crazy when you have the baby.I was a good test subject because I did this with my first baby but I couldn’t with my second (she was high risk and the placenta couldn’t be saved). So, I got to see both sides of it.
Yes, my doctor thought I was crazy when I asked him to set the placenta aside instead of disposing it. He said I was his first patient in all of his career to do it-there’s a first time for everything!
The truth is, placenta ingestion has been practiced for centuries. Scientifically there’s no super solid evidence you should do this BUT it’s one of the many things in motherhood you just have to decide for yourself. I figured it couldn’t hurt.It is a nutrient rich organ and if it has the potential to ease my transition into becoming an exhausted, healing, breastfeeding mother then I was totally down.
The process was fairly straightforward. We called the Doula when I was going into labor so she would be on standby. Once I had my baby, the placenta was placed into a medical bag and into a cooler. The Doula came to pick it up from the hospital and then a couple days later she delivered the placenta pills and tincture to my home. She also checked up on me to see how I was doing mentally and physically-Doula’s are cool like that. So long story short-I took my placenta pills twice a day. My milk supply was great with Noelle and I honestly do think that it eased my transition into motherhood and healing. I noticed a big difference emotionally and in my energy levels when I took them versus when I forgot to.
I wasn’t able to do this with Orchid and I had a harder time with postpartum recovery and breastfeeding so, I personally think it was worth it when I did it. I enjoyed the experience and it was a personal preference.
The moral of the story is-if you’re someone who is interested in alternative remedies and a more natural lifestyle I encourage you to do some research because there are options and you do not have to stick with one certain path!
And yes, I still have my tincture for menopause so we’ll see!
That smell of lavender and sage gets me.I’ve been using handmade soap since I was a teenager. My sister used to make it for me. Even when I lived in Korea she would make it and ship it to me because she rocks.
I’ve always been an advocate of natural, handmade products so when I saw what Dunnyacres was cookin’ up, I was down to try it out!
First off-what she’s making is different. She’s putting things together I would’ve never thought of and it works.I told her she’s a mad scientist-mixing things and making it happen!
It turns out, she does have a background in science, she was a nurse! This impressive entrepreneur set her nursing career aside when her two beautiful children entered the world and one became ill.
She began to implement natural alternatives and it worked.
There’s a lot to be said about what comes from the earth guys.And wait for it… SHE’S HER OWN SUPPLIER!
That’s right. This rockstar mama grows herbs, makes them into essential oils and then turns around and makes all kinds of high quality products.
This business is a family effort. Her nephew helps her with business tasks and she lives on the farm with her family. Meeting the face behind the business definitely brings a new level of appreciation.I just love that the herbs and products are locally sourced and I know where my apothecary goods are coming from. How neat is that? She even grows her own loofah sponges and tea. What a freakin’ rockstar!I got to try out her bath soak, elderberry syrup, Roselle syrup, face mask, locally grown loofah sponge, lip balm, and white sage spray (yes smudging in a spray bottle-I know… I was totally Christmas morning excited over this!) She also makes headache balm and smudge candles which I find to be so innovative and cool! I’m ridiculously impressed with the variety and quality she offers. She’s a hard workin’ lady and I’m super proud of how she goes about her business.I was introduced to her products on the shelves of Leclair’s General Store. You can also find her doing pop-ups! Honestly, the education I got from talking to her was equally as impressive as her products and I feel much more confident about what I’m putting into my body so if you get a chance, pick her brain!
This was my very first year attending the 52nd Holly Day Fair at the Crown.
I was like WHOA.
In the parking lot.
Cause dude, it was madness! I didn’t know this was such a thing. But it really was.
Snagged a parking spot and skipped in the building to find the crown turned into a holiday shopping wonderland.
Vendors lined the entire place. I’m talking everything from woodworking to wine to Christmas ornaments. It was cool.
Honestly, I had so fun much hanging out with my friends and listening to the vendors stories about their businesses and products. It was such a social experience and I have a great appreciation for that.
I love love love supporting small businesses during the holidays.
Not only are you supporting someone’s dream and their family-but typically what you find at a small business is a lot cooler and more personable than a chain. I love finding unique gifts with a story to tell. Nobody wants another pair of socks, guys. Unless they’re cool like Proven by Ruben style. #letsbereal
While this Holly Day Fair wrapped up on Sunday, it’ll be back next year and I definitely think everyone should go check it out. It got me in the holiday spirit and I got to check out some businesses that I didn’t know about!The place was hoppin’ and I’m glad I tried something new this holiday season!