sales really ring our belle!

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We do a good bit of shopping…shocker…but when we run across a good sale, Katy bar the door!!

The current sale at Intermix has us doin’ a happy dance these days!! We picked up these little Lele Sadoughi baubles just last night!

You might just find a few belle-ringers yourself! Shop the Intermix sale HERE!

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preparing for layering…

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With fall on the horizon…although it might not feel like it just yet…we are thinking ahead to the “layering season”. We have a couple of go-to pieces that work for just about everything and everyone (dressy, casual…short, tall…).

One piece that we have purchased on repeat is the “First Layer” items…especially the tanks from Splendid

We like to buy them (and often wear them) two at a time for good measure. Perfect under a jacket or sweater, but perfectly stylish all alone when the afternoon heats up, you will want multiples as well.

And…bonus…at “press time”, they are on sale!!!

A total belle-ringer!

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goin’ high-brow…

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Sometimes a belle wants to go a little high-brow with her brows…but it’s pretty much a pain in the you-know-what to take the time to get them “just right”.

Well…

This little magic wand makes it a snap!! The Goof Proof Brow Pencil from Benefit is quick-n-easy and comes in a range of colors sure to match up with any belle.

Available at Benefit, Sephora, Ulta, and Nordstrom

No excuses now!

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a fall must-have…just sayin’

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We’re baaaack!! We’ve missed you, belles! We’ve been continuing our unintended hiatus (a belle can just get SO busy), but are gearing up to bring you some of the latest and greatest for fall.

Already ordered by BOTH of us…

This stunner from Vince works for tall, not-so-tall, blonde, brunette, has a great neckline, and is one of the top colors for fall!!

Available at Nordstrom

Get it while it’s hot!

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drinkin’ on the job…summer sippin’ at Husk

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Check out our most recent TALKGreenville cocktailin’ adventure at Husk in Greenville…

Pay Husk a visit sometime soon!! You won’t regret it!!

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belles love a blazer…

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Well, hello, belles! Long time no see! We’ve been taking a break from the madness (or have we just been lazy??). Anyhoo…we couldn’t resist sharing some fashionabelle pieces with you!

We love a blazer because they are a perfect layering piece, are transitional, and can be dressed up or down…a trifecta!

Here are a few of our favorites at the moment…

By Veronica Beard from Intermix

By Smythe from Shopbop

By Theory from Saks

happy shopping!

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drinkin’ on the job…droppin’ anchor

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We’ve been at the cocktailin’ again…at The Anchorage in Greenville’s trendy, up-n-coming West End. Check it out in the June issue of TALKGreenville!

An anchorage is something that provides a stronghold or connection…and this month’s cocktailin’ spot has done just that for the Village of West Greenville.  This uber-cool arts district has become a hot destination these days with over 60 galleries, shops, restaurants, and services, and it’s thanks to early “inhabitants” like The Anchorage that folks are flocking in.

“Cocktail by Committee”…

When Beth and Chef Greg McPhee began hiring for The Anchorage, they focused on assembling a collaborative team.  Relying on the collective experience of Mills and Chris behind the bar as well as practically all other employees, the whole “team” plays a part in what you see, taste, smell and experience.  When a new or unusual ingredient piques someone’s interest, Mills might come up with some creative ways to use it, but it often takes the team coming together to find the perfect balance.  They describe the process as “cocktail by committee”.  We think their “committee” rocks!

Photo by Nathan Gray

The Zombie…

The staff at the Anchorage maintains a huge sense of pride with the product they serve both in the kitchen and behind the bar. No detail is overlooked. The Zombie is a perfectionist’s dream.  The color alone is exquisite, but add some freshly picked mint & a silver straw and you have a work of art. Hand-crushed ice, a special blend of three rums, fresh fruit juices, a dash of bitters, and house-made cinnamon syrup come together to create the perfect concoction to scare the summer humidity away.  Served from their nitro draft system, there is (conveniently) no long wait to quench your thirst. PSA- there’s a reason it’s called a Zombie

Photo by Nathan Gray

The Strawberry Manilow…

One of us took a really long time to get the riff on Barry Manilow…we aren’t saying who but it wasn’t the blonde…just sayin!  But beyond its clever name, this one is worth ordering just to watch zee bartender hand-carve the ice for the glass. This is truly a bespoke cocktail, and we get excited just watching this kind of attention to detail! Rye, rum, house strawberry vinegar, rosemary and ginger beer are all part of this magic potion. And since vinegar has long been used to battle dehydration, we consider this the perfect answer to staying hydrated in the dog days of summer…so make sure you drink enough- just sayin

Simple-n-local…a winning combination

The food (and drink) philosophy at The Anchorage is focused on “eclectic simplicity.”  In creating the always up-to-date brunch, dinner, and cocktail menus, they focus on local/regional ingredients that can be super-simple yet interesting all at once. In fact, the brunch cocktail menu features “The Michenada” which highlights the local Birds Fly South brewery’s “Anchorage Saison”…neighbors helping neighbors.  We love it!

How it all began…

Just two short years ago, the McPhees were approached with an idea that started the ball rolling for this West Greenville gem.  The budding arts district needed a night-time destination and Beth and Greg had the experience and expertise to make it happen.  And did they ever!  They took the old Brandon Mill Infirmary and worked their magic.  Today, The Anchorage is a bustling hot-spot with both indoor and outdoor dining and a kick-ass cocktail menu that keeps folks coming back for more!

Open for dinner Tuesday – Saturday and brunch on Sunday, the Anchorage is anchored in and waiting to see you!

The Anchorage . 586 Perry Avenue . Greenville

(864)219-3082 . theanchoragerestaurant.com

Angi Einstein and Alex Ryan – www.therarebelle.com

drinkin’ on the job…and feelin’ crafty

Surprise, surprise! We’ve been out doin’ some cocktailin’ for TALKGreenville again. Read all about it!

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The Main Street scene here in Greenville is hoppin’ these days.  The warmer weather is coaxing folks out and about, and the doors of some of our favorite establishments are thrown wide open – just begging passersby to come in and sit a spell.  Right at the heart of it all is Nose Dive with its “windows on the street” and a crafty little secret up above…the second floor bar, “Crafted”.

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A little goes a long way

While some folks behind a bar prefer to be called mixologists and try to get all fancy and fussy with ingredients, others go for minimalism and like to call themselves good ol’ bartenders.  Walker and his team fit into the latter category.  They have mastered the art and craft of libations with fresh simplicity.  As often as possible, their creations consist of just three ingredients and a garnish.  The results are stunning.

Image by Nathan Gray

Sneaky Pete…

One of the best things about the bartenders at Nose Dive is their complete dedication to their roles – these fellas dive right in!  Sneaky Pete is one of their artistic creations that meets you head-on, then lingers a bit with its spicy kick on the back end.  Careful, this one really will sneak up on ya.  Just sayin’.

Image by Nathan Gray

El Delicioso…

El Delicioso is muy delicioso! We were quite impressed with how the red pepper garnish creates its own special impact on the overall flavor of this concoction. The fresh, crisp scent is the first to hit the senses…then the tastebuds kick in with the balanced flavors of tequila, Sadlers (liken it to angostura bitters) and just a hint of elderflower syrup.  This is where you realize these guys know what they’re doing – no one flavor is going to overpower another on their watch.

Image by Nathan Gray

Rusty Nail Revamp
Everybody loves a comeback; and classic, old-school cocktails are getting a chance in the spotlight these days…with a modern twist here and there.  This particular oldie-but-goody is the perfect finish for a wonderful evening.  With an expertly balanced combination of Drambuie, Fernet-Branca and bourbon – this one just might be a trifecta of simplicity.  Off to the races!

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Nose Dive doesn’t only show its crafty side in its cocktails.  The craft concept is front and center in the kitchen as well.  So don’t miss out…even if you choose to retreat to the “grown up” area upstairs, you can always order from the inventive menu downstairs.  No need to venture anywhere but here.  As they say at Crafted, “just sit back, relax, and sip into something more comfortable.”

Crafted at Nose Dive . 116 S Main Street . Greenville

(864)373-7300 . thenosedive.com

Angi Einstein and Alex Ryan – www.therarebelle.com