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Celebrations of the Season!

Becca, Juliet and Andy bell ringing

Becca, Juliet and Andy bell ringing

Something very odd and unusual happened last Friday…it was a very warm 78-degrees!!!  And it also happened to be the day that I had signed up to work a 2-hour shift ringing the Salvation Army Bell for the Red Kettle project.  I do this every year on behalf of my Cary-Kildaire Rotary Club.  It’s something that I look forward to each year and just find so much joy in giving back.  I rang this year with my good friend and fellow Rotarian, Andy Wright. Thanks to my sweet friend, Dr. Heather Sefried, owner of Nirvelli Day Spa and Preston Chiropractic, for stopping by to say hello and her sweet daughter, Juliet, got in the picture with us.

Lisa, Sharon & Becca

Lisa, Sharon & Becca

Now believe it or not…I have NEVER seen the movie, The Christmas Story.  I know, it’s crazy right?  I know about the movie, I know lots of people who love it and watch it every year religiously at Christmas time, but somehow I’ve managed to miss the whole thing when it comes on TV.  However, this past Sunday I had the pleasure of seeing The Christmas Story performed LIVE and ON STAGE in downtown Cary at the Cary Cultural Arts Center.  I went with my friend (and Smith & Smith, CPA client), Lisa Cotter, owner of DoctorsExpress in Cary.  We were there to support our friend, Sharon Galluzzo who was plying the part of Miss Shields.  Sharon was fantastic, the play was great and we had a blast! And now I’m a FAN of The Christmas Story!

MomSquad Cookie Bake

MomSquad Cookie Bake

 Last night I hosted my FIRST ever Cookie Bake & Decorate Party!  I invited several of the kids in Mark’s preschool class over to our house for dinner and decorating.  It was so fun! I picked up a delicious chicken nugget tray from Chick-fil-a Waverly Place in Cary (soooooo good and everyone loves there food, also so great for parties like this) and all of the moms brought a dish to share.  After dinner we gathered in the dining room to decorate tons and tons of sugar cookies.  There was lots of laughter, plus tons of sprinkles, glitter icing, mini M&M’s all flying around the room.  We made tons of cookies to share with others during the holidays…but best of all…we made holiday memories with our kids.  Thanks to everyone in the “MomSquad” for coming over.  So much going on this time of the year, I hope you have time to make memories with your family.

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Our CPA firm in Cary is growing and we are currently welcoming new clients.  Please check out our website for more information  http://www.smithandsmithcpa.com  We are never too busy to help a small business owner with their accounting/tax needs.  We welcome referrals!

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Shopping is Good for the Soul…and the Economy!

Caroline and Morgan of Vestique

Caroline and Morgan of Vestique

As a woman living in the Triangle area, you can’t deny the fact that there are some really great places to shop around here!  And yes, I totally love it, and yes, I have some of my favorites.  Earlier this week I went by Vestique, a client of Smith & Smith, CPA, to see the owners, Caroline and Morgan.  They celebrated their 3rd Year Anniversary with their store and were hosting a CELEBRATION!  I first learned about Vestique a few years ago when the New & Observer ran a story in the paper about them…two friends from college, with a passion for fashion, starting with just trunk shows at other local stores, then moving to an online store and now, just three short years later, they have four stores (Raleigh, Charlotte, Greenville, SC and Columbia, SC).  Talk about successful! 

3 Year Celebration Event

3 Year Celebration Event

We are so proud to have them as clients at Smith & Smith, CPA and Blake really enjoys working with Caroline and Morgan on their growing fashion retail business.  These two girls certainly know how to mix fabulous fashion with affordable style!  The celebration event was PACKED; just take a look at the crowded store in the picture!  I even picked up a few goodies for myself while I was there.  We love supporting our clients by shopping at their stores and using their services.  You can shop at Vestique online (at anytime) or go by one of their stores.  Be sure you get added to their mailing list as they are always running lots of great deals! Congrats to them both! 

Peachy Keen Casino Fashion Show

Peachy Keen Casino Fashion Show

Another fun ‘fashion boutique chic’ event was last night.  Peachy Keen hosted their Annual Fall Fashion Show with a ‘Casino’ style theme…let the chips fall where they may!  This was a great opportunity to get my girlfriends together for an evening out.  We had about 12 girlfriends that met at Peachy Keen around 6pm for their social/cocktail hour, followed by an introduction and the fashion show.  Peachy Keen is owned by a local family and they certainly know how to celebrate with vintage style! 

Tia, Becca & An

Tia, Becca & An

I really enjoyed all of the delicious food during the cocktail hour (yummy foods from The Meat House, The Big Easy, Sitti and Trader Joe’s) and also all of the games and activities they had going on before the fashion show.  My friend Tia was really serious about the Black Jack table!  There were several sponsors for the event including friends of mine from Nivelli Day Spa, ShopLocalRaleigh, StudioVIBE, and Order in the House.  There was also live entertainment provided by Cole Roe (really good singer and guitarist).  Several of the girls in our group were lucky jackpot prize winners too, congrats to my friend Jamie on winning the AWESOME bag of goodies from Trader Joes!  We really enjoyed the fashion show down the built-in-runway in the store! 

Fashion Runway

Fashion Runway

After the show, we did some shopping and mingling.  Several of my friends bought some great items!  I was happy to have one of my college best friends in town, Lindsey Dishman, so she could go along with us.  She’s on her way to Virginia Beach for a work meeting, so Blake and I always enjoy being her ‘pit stop’ for the night.  Thanks to My Girlfriend’s Closet in downtown Apex and downtown Cary for the lovely black Karen Kane top I wore to the fashion show. 

Lindsey in town!

Lindsey in town!

I wore it with a pair of cheetah print leggings and black boots, just for a fun twist!  My Girlfriend’s Closet was voted “Best Place to Shop for Women’s Clothing” in the 2013 Cary Magazine Maggy Awards and I would have to agree with that!  Thank to Lois and her team for keeping me styled great for all of my networking events. 

No plans for the weekend?  Add Vestique, My Girlfriend’s Closet and Peachy Keen to your weekend list, you will be ‘fashionably’ happy that you did!

Our CPA firm in Cary is growing and we are currently welcoming new clients.  Please check out our website for more information  http://www.smithandsmithcpa.com  We are never too busy to help a small business owner with their accounting/tax needs.  We welcome referrals!

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Cary, NC 27511

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Fire & Ice and Joan Rivers too!!!!

Girls for Fashion Show

 In mid-September I received a really neat email from the girls at Peachy Keen about their upcoming Fall Fashion show called Fire & Ice Fashion Show.  This sounded like a super fun event and one that I wanted to attend with some of my favorite girlies!  So I sent the email out and rounded up the troops (or the girls…whatever you want to call us!)  Tickets were only $5 and that included a goody bag full of cool stuff, food and wine tasting before the show on the outside patio, entrance to the fashion show, cupcakes and bubbly afterwards and a $10 shopping voucher!  Can you say GREAT DEAL!?!?!?!  Peachy Keen is a new contemporary lifestyle boutique that specializes in designer apparel, accessories, footwear and gifts.

Fire & Ice Fashion Show

 

The store is owned by the Hankin sisters and their parents share the space with their store called Joint Venture Jewelry.  It’s such a cool concept and their motto is taking “Vintage to Vogue”!  Our group arrived around 6:30pm for the patio party and rushed inside when the doors opened to get seats!  Gotta have a good view!  The lookbook in the goody bag gave a nice list of their vendors/sponsors on the front and included a brief detail of the 27 different fashion looks that would be on the runway that evening. 

Awesome bag (can you see what it says???)

 Our good friend, Dr. Heather Sefried, was a sponsor for the evening with Nirvelli Day Spa and gave away a door prize to a lucky winner of a “Day at the SpaLUCKY HER!!!!!!  We really enjoyed the fashion show, they were true to their “Fire and Ice” them with the models make-up and hair (provided by ds Parada).  After the show (there is a cool built in runway down the middle of the store!!!!) the boutique opened for shopping, cupcakes and bubbly!  I used my $10 voucher towards the purchase of a fashionABLE scarf (if you know me, you know I LOVE a scarf).  But this is a scarf with a STORY!  The scarf was made buy a business woman in Africa and part of the purchase proceeds go back to helping provide a sustainable business for women in Africa.  I worked in the mission field in South Africa when I was 17 years old, so it holds a dear and close connection to my heart.  There is a note with my scare that says “Because of you, I am able to see my son, Abel, grow in character.  Thank you, Etanesh” 

Karly & Becca (scarf from Africa)

 

Each scarf is unique and has a note from the maker.  How cool!?!?!?  Great idea and I’ll be buying those for gifts for sure!  Here is a picture of me wearing my scarf with Karly Hankin (she’s the Creative Director of Peachy Keen).  Karly is wearing a dress from the store under the designer label Biya.  After the show, we went over to Travinia for some food and drinks out by the fire pits on their side patio.  Looking for a great and unique place in Cary to eat!  Go to Travinia Italian Kitchen!!  We enjoyed their ½ price martinis and I also had some of their asparagus soup!  YUM!  Thanks to My Girlfriend’s Close in Apex for the fantastic Steve Madden black chunky strap heels that I wore!  They have the coolest shoes there and great prices too!

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Becca & Marsha at Joan Rivers!!!!

 

Earlier this month I attended another fashion event with my mom and the event was for the Queen of Fashion Herself….JOAN RIVERS!  She came to the DPAC and we purchased our tickets earlier this year and have just been counting down the days to her performance!    I’m an avid fan of watching Joan Rivers on Friday night FASHION POLICE, so I was anxious to see her in real life!  She’s a hoot and a total mess!  No one is off limits in her book and she cracks jokes on everyone, even herself!  My mom and I had a great time; we went to dinner beforehand at Tyler’s Taproom on the Tobacco Campus in Durham.  It was a 45minute wait for a table when we arrived, so we opted for the first-come-first-serve seating in the bar area.

Tyler's Restaurant & Taproom on Urbanspoon

Necklace & Sweater from My Girlfriend's Closet!!!!

 We are frequent visitors to the Tyler’s Taproom in Apex, so knew we’d have a good dinner and time together at the Durham location.  Dinner was delicious; the service was fast and friendly.  We then walked across the campus to the DPAC and had fantastic seats to see Joan!  Thank you to My Girlfriend’s Closet in Apex for helping me select this fabulous over-the-top Marc Jacobs navy and gold bedazzled sweater!  I had a ton of compliments on it and it was a great style to wear!  I think event Joan Rivers would have approved it herself!

 

Our CPA firm in Cary is growing and we are currently welcoming new clients.  Please check out our website for more information  http://www.smithandsmithcpa.com  We are never too busy to help a small business owner with their accounting/tax needs.  We welcome referrals! 

 

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 Fun, Food and Waverly Place!

I love my job!  Not only because I work with great guys but also because I get to meet, greet and EAT with lots of people too!  This week has certainly proven to be a full week of networking, marketing and EATING for me (thank goodness I have a membership at Life Time Fitness to stay in shape!!)  

I met with two local bankers from BB&T on Tuesday, Linda Shirley (VP of Business Services Officer) and Bill Smith (Senior VP City Executive) to talk about business and client opportunities.  I treated them to lunch at one of my clients, Tangerine Café.  This was a first time for both of them at Tangerine Café (a well-kept YUMMY secret in the Cary area). I always order my food spicy, a level 4/5 stars on their ‘spicy chart’.  I’ll never forget the time I took another friend, Gabe Stepanic of CODA Financial, there and I ordered a 5/5 stars and I CRIED through my entire lunch with Gabe, it was good but SPICY!

We had our WBON Board meeting on Tuesday night at Stonewood Grill and Tavern.  Thanks to Heather Sefried of Nirvelli Day Spa, our WBON Secretary for this year, for selecting them for dinner and for pre-setting our Board meetings for the rest of the year at different eateries around town. 

Waverly Place

Kids at Waverly Place Promenade

Wednesday night was a fun event in Cary held at the NEW Waverly Place, it was called “Preview the Promenade”.  I can’t believe how much work they have done up there!  The place looks amazing and I know our family is very excited about the new changes and opportunities that are coming to Cary from this renovation.  My kids loved the splash/playground the best.  GameTruck of the Triangle was also there with their HUGE gaming truck, check them out, they are a client and have hit the jackpot with a cool new business concept for this area!  We also stopped by the Chick-fil-a Waverly Place booth to spin the wheel and win a prize!   We go there nearly every Tuesday night for their “FAMILY NIGHT” where kids meals are only $.99.   My Rotary Club, Cary-Kildaire Rotary, will be the host for the Family Night on Oct. 11th.  Stop by and see us!

 
So tell me, have you ever been to Tangerine Café?  How about Stonewood Grill & Tavern?  I know Nirvellia Day Spa has a huge following in this area, what is your favorite service from them?  Did you attend the Preview the Promenade at Waverly?  Any other big Chick-fil-a Waverly Place fans out there besides me?

 

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1150 Executive Circle, Suite 5
Cary, NC 27511
(919) 380-0600 p
(919) 380-0919 f