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WAHOOWA WEEKEND

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Between the gorgeous weather, alumni reunions, and UVA’s homecoming, Charlottesville has a lot to celebrate this weekend. Featuring a traditional match up known as the South’s oldest rivalry, Hoos host UNC for the homecoming football game. As we look forward to a weekend full of tailgating, seeing old friends, and falling in love with hooville all over again, we rounded up some essentials to prepare for the festivities! You may have a diploma, but weekends like these remind us that our soul never graduates. Here’s our starting line up:

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Tailgating Essentials

Keep the celebratory libations cold with this Yeti Cooler from Great Outdoor Provisions.

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Cavalier paraphernalia to adorn your tailgate, available at Folly Screen-Shot-2014-08-13-at-3.12.38-PM

Hoos fans have never been ones to paint their body orange & blue. Trade in the body paint for your favorite orange and navy outfit. Here are of our favorite pieces -

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A classic look from Scarpa.

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 A flirty ensemble, Eloise.

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 e.g has plenty of spirited apparel and in honor of homecoming- orange and blue pieces 50% off and orange merchandise 25% off!

 

Weekend Musts

Football games only last so long. Here’s our favorite places to round out your lovely weekend.

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Afton Mountain Vineyards

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Adventure Farm‘s Fright Night from Friday night 6-9pm, including a corn maze, wine, food trucks & live music.

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Monticello. Take the historical tour and admire Jefferson’s genius. We’re lucky to have something so renowned in our backyard.

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Pick your own apples and explore The Market at Grelen.

 

 

Enjoy your weekend & Go Hoos.

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Alumni, keep up with your beloved Charlottesville from afar by following our Facebook and Instagram.

Oct
24
2014

Whether one room, a barn, or entire house…

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H. Adams Sutphin is a SCOUTED best-of ARCHITECT. Not only is he utterly delightful, but he is terribly talented as well. I particularly love his historically respectful restoration work and equestrian projects.

Whether your project is small (one room) or grand (barn or entire house), Adams leaves no detail unperfected. He works with you to make your vision your residential reality.

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SUTPHIN ARCHITECTURE

“Let’s create what you imagine…”

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SUTPHIN ARCHITECTURE
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HEATHER

 

Oct
22
2014

Scouted Recipe: Caramelized Onion Soup with Cheddar Biscuit

This recipe is from local chefs, restaurant owners and cookbook authors Luther and Brooke Fedora. They are the founders of Horse and Hound Gastropub in Charlottesville, VA and have recently published The Foodie’s Beer Book. This book can be purchased from The Happy Cook! The Happy Cook hosts cooking classes throughout the year in their retail store in the Barracks Road Shopping Center.

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Ring in the brisk weather with this warm and filling twist on a classic comfort food. Chefs Luke and Brook Fedora of The Horse and Hound pair their recipe with an Indian Brown Ale because the dark caramelized flavors in the beer and the bitter finish really compliment the sweet caramelized flavors in this soup.

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Caramelized Onion Soup

6 tablespoons unsalted butter

2 pounds sweet yellow onions, peeled and thing sliced

2 pounds red onions, peeled and thinly sliced

2 bar leaves

2 sprigs of fresh thyme

1 teaspoon sea salt

1 tablespoon all-purpose flour

3 cups beef broth

1 teaspoon fresh ground pepper

1/2 cup beer

 

In a large heavy bottom pan, melt the butter over medium-low heat. Add the thinly sliced onions to the pan in a thin, even layer. Add the bay leaves and thyme. Stir the onions and herbs to coat with the butter Cover and cook for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. After 15 minutes, remove the cover and continue cooking over medium-low heat sitting occasionally ffor about 45 minutes or until the onions are a dark caramelized color.

Stir the salt and flour to coat the onions. Add the beef broth and pepper. Cook for 30 minutes over medium heat. Finish the soup by adding 1/2 cup  of her and cook for 10 more minutes. Serve with a cheddar biscuit.

 

Cheddar Biscuit

These biscuits are perfect on their own. They are soft, fluffily and moist. Serve them warm with this onion soup.

Makes 12  2 1/2 inch biscuits

2 cups all-purpose flour

2 teaspoons baking powder

1/4 teaspoon baking  soda

1 teaspoon sea salt

1 teaspoon fresh ground pepper

4 teaspoons fresh chives, small dice

1/2 cup butter, cut in small slices and frozen

3/4 cup buttermilk

1/4 cup beer

2 cups cheddar cheese, grated

 

Pre heat oven to 425 degrees. Grease a baking sheet.

Combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, pepper and chives in a medium sized bowl.

Cut the frozen butter pieces into the dry ingredients, mix until the butter is pea sized and dough looks like course sand. Combine 1/2 cup buttermilk and the beer.

Add the buttermilk mix into the flour butter mix. Mix to just combine the ingredients and pour out of the bowl onto a floured surface. Knead the dough until it comes together, about 3 minutes of kneading. Be sure not to over do it, the butter should still be about pea size.

Roll the dough out to 1/2 inch thickness and cut with a cookie cutter to desired size and shape and place on greased baking sheet. At this point you can chose to bake the biscuits without the cheese or if you are adding cheese refrigerate the cut out biscuits for 1 hour to firm the dough up. When the biscuits are firm, cut the biscuits in half horizontally and insert 1 tablespoon of grated cheddar cheese and seal the cheese in the middle of the 2 halves of the biscuit.

Brush the left over buttermilk on the top of the biscuits, sprinkle with salt and pepper and split the remaining cheese between the biscuits and coat the tops. Bake in the oven for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown.

 

 

Enjoy & tell them SCOUT sent you!

Oct
20
2014

Happy 21 Peace Frogs!

When I was a kid, I would do almost anything for a Peace Frogs t-shirt… Clean my room, swim my fastest in the swim meet, babysit my cousins… Peace Frogs t-shirts were IT! In my teenage years, I remember they had the coolest cut-off denim shorts… Remember?! I digress…

Those Frogs have evolved quite a bit over the past 21 years (has it really been 21 years?!) into the SCOUTED: BEST TRAVEL EXPERTS, and they are inviting us to celebrate:

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DISNEY DAY – OCTOBER 27, 3-630P

Join us for a celebration of all things Disney.

Bring the Kids in costume from 3-4:30p for in-store fun. Meet our special pirate guest, get your picture taken in our photo booth, talk with Jeffrey, our Disney representative and trick-or-treat around the store.

Ditch the Kids from 4:30p-6p to learn more about Disney – and be at the store at 5:30p for a short presentation by owner Julie Arbelaez about her recent trip to Walt Disney World and a Q/A session with our Disney representative.

Peace Frogs Travel/Outfitters is offering a $125 booking incentive for all Disney vacations booked between Disney Day and November 3.

EAGLE CREEK TRUNK SHOW & G ADVENTURES: TRIPS FOR MULTI-GENERATIONS – NOVEMBER 4, 3-7P

This in-store event is geared towards adventure travelers of all ages. Jamie, our Eagle Creek representative, will show merchandise we don’t carry in the store for you to check out and order. Jamie will offer packing demos using Eagle Creek’s innovative and durable travel systems at 4p, 5p, and 6p.

At 6:15p, we invite the intrepid traveler, or anyone looking for a great family adventure, for a short presentation from our travel concierge Claire Fornaro who just took a G Adventures trip to Costa Rica. She will be followed by Jeremy, our rep from G Adventures, who will present his take on some of the excellent multi-generational and group trips that G Adventures offers or can create especially for you.

And to keep you really interested, we welcome Three Notch’d Brewery, who will be offering tastings of their local craft beers from 530-7p.

VERY IMPORTANT TRAVELERS: A 21ST BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION – NOVEMBER 13, 530-730P

Help us celebrate Peace Frogs Travel/Outfitters’ 21st year!

While we’re the ones with a birthday, this event is all about YOU. Receive 21% off any one item all evening. Try a wide selection of bubbly beverages hand-picked for our globe-trotting guests from Robert Harley of Market Street Wineshop. And yes, we’ll finally announce the best Go Toobs guesser in our Avolve luggage giveaway (more details below) so if you haven’t made your best guess, come by and give it a try before November 13.

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And YES! They still have frog gear to take on your trip!

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PEACE FROGS TRAVEL
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CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA 22903
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HEATHER

 

Oct
20
2014

Get to Know: Audrey Lewis of eloise

In this blog…  Meet Audrey Lewis & discover what we’re loving right now at eloise!

AUDREY LEWIS is now at the helm of eloise; a beloved Cville style institution. She will be continuing the eloise tradition of blending classic, comfortable designs with more whimsical edge, bringing in her own personal style and some new designers she discovered recently at New York Fashion Week. She is a wife, mother, fashion-lover, avid traveler, and trendsetter, who is passionate about her Charlottesville home.

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I basically get to spend my day having fun encounters with women – new friends and old –  helping them find something that makes them feel beautiful or stylish, or that perfectly fills a hole in their wardrobe. That’s a pretty nice way to spend an afternoon…

GET TO KNOW AUDREY… 

Tell us a little bit about yourself… I feel like Charlottesville is my hometown. My husband, John, and I moved here with our three children in 2003, and it’s where I feel the strongest connection to friends and community.

My professional background was in national policy and international development before I got married. I then spent 16 years raising our kids, learning to cook, and engaging in volunteer work.

What is your background in fashion and what brought you to eloise: As our kids got older, I started looking for something to engage in further. I really wanted to work again but wasn’t sure what to do. Some friends encouraged me to open a clothing store because of my great interest in fashion and that idea stuck and grew over time.

I knew I would love learning to run a small business – the numbers side of it and the buying – but had no idea how much I would love sales. I basically get to spend my day having fun encounters with women – new friends and old – helping them find something that makes them feel beautiful or stylish, or that perfectly fills a hole in their wardrobe. That’s a pretty nice way to spend an afternoon.

I co-owned another store for a couple of years before coming to eloise this past August. I’ve really enjoyed getting to know the brands and customers here and have a great appreciation for the business that the former owners built up over time. It’s easy to see why eloise is considered such an institution in Charlottesville, and I’m thrilled to be a part of it going forward.

A favorite indulgence: A matinee. I love movies, and going in the middle of the day when there are so many other things I should be doing just feels super indulgent to me.

An unmissable element of a perfect day: Sharing a cocktail with my husband and good friends at the end of the day, preferably somewhere with a view of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

A memorable fashion experience: Being in Paris, just by chance, during Fashion Week many years ago. We spent two nights at the Hotel Ritz, and there were designers, models, buyers and journalists buzzing in and out of the hotel constantly, all dressed incredibly. It was an amazing spectacle.

The best gift you’ve ever received: My husband is a great gift-giver, so it’s hard to narrow it down to one. But I remember when I was pregnant with our third child, chasing around our 2 year old and baby, John gave me a black leather jacket for my birthday. I couldn’t have felt less hip or stylish at that time in my life, and I was so grateful that he still saw that side of me.

The best advice you’ve ever received: Be alert.

Your daily uniform: My friend Brigid says I have two style personas. She named them “Lady Lewis” and “DJ Stiletto”.  I think I channel the former more frequently and love to wear midi pencil skirts with a silk blouse or t-shirt and very high platform shoes. When I’m feeling a little more rock ‘n roll, I’ll sport skinny jeans or leather pants, a t-shirt, jacket, and again, very high heels or ankle boots.

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“Lady Lewis” and “DJ Stiletto” 

A splurge that is well worth it: The current splurges I’m considering include a necklace by The Woods and a fabulous Henry Cuir bag I ordered for S/S ’15. I think what defines a splurge as “worth it” is both the level of joy it gives you and its endurance in your life.

A must-have travel item: My 11” MacBook Air and a Faliero Sarti scarf

A Charlottesville hidden gem: I’m not sure there’s an unknown gem in Charlottesville; word gets around in this town. (Thanks to THE SCOUT GUIDE!) My favorite haunts are Mas and the bar/terrace at Keswick Hall.

If you didn’t have to work today, you would: Sleep in and then go to that aforementioned matinee with a girlfriend or one of my kids.

Your best beauty advice/product: My friends and 17 year old daughter would laugh out loud if I tried to answer this question. I feel proud if I remember to put moisturizer on my face and have had the same make-up routine for 10 years. I’m the worst with beauty products.

An important source of inspiration: Music

A song that instantly puts you in a good mood: Hard to name just one : Son’s Gonna Rise by Citizen Cope, Yellow Ledbetter by Pearl Jam, Stay by DMB, See the World by Gomez, Close to Me by the Cure…I could go on, and on, and on.

How did you make your first dollar? I had a Kool-Aid stand when I was around 10. We lived across the street from a lake, and there was no source for food or drinks on our side of the lake and lots of people biking, walking, riding. It was a virtual gold mine.

What are your top 3 trends for F/W 2014? I love fall. It’s so fun to layer up with sweaters, scarves, and boots, and you can create lots of outfits using the same key pieces in different ways.

Top 3 Fall Fashion Trends:

Statement overcoats, (Smythe, Alice & Olivia, Giarda Forte) colored fur (Giada Forte and Alice & Olivia) and ponchos (Nili Lotan, Ulla Johnson, Kinross Cashmere and White + Warren) are all big trends in outerwear this fall.

Instead of the coated/faux leather look that was happening a lot in the past two fall/winter seasons, I’m seeing designers using genuine leather a lot, but often just on the sleeves or front panel of a dress (A.L.C, Rebecca Taylor and Vince), or a trim detail on a blazer (Helmut Lang), thus getting that edgy feel minus the huge price tag.

Shades of blue. No surprise that navy is strong this fall, but I’m also seeing powder blue (taking the lead from Gucci runway) in Humanoid, Equipment and Athè by Vanessa Bruno, royal blue in Apiece Apart, and every shade in-between in lines like CP Shades, Closed, and otto d’Ame.

What are you most looking forward to bringing to eloise? I love the eloise brands and am still very much in a “watch and learn” phase. The spring/summer collections I saw in New York this past September were amazing, and I’m excited for all the pretty dresses and cool denim that will be arriving in early 2015. One style element that I like in my wardrobe and didn’t feel was fully represented at the store is a more structured /fitted dress silhouette. A lot of designers seem to be trending that way right now so it was easy to bring that style in the mix with everything else. I also found a couple of new brands which I think will sit very nicely with what is currently represented in eloise.

How would you describe Charlottesville’s fashion sense? I think people here have a great sense of style and are really aware of fashion trends. Charlottesville is casually cool during the day, but my women friends are constantly impressing me with the fabulous dresses and outfits they put together for dinner parties and evenings out. The men often step it up a notch as well with beautiful shirts and well-cut sport coats. It’s a fun place to live if you love fashion because you won’t feel self-conscious if you dress up or push the envelope a bit.

What are you most looking forward to wearing to a holiday party? An Alasdair dress. I love this small fashion house out of Brooklyn. Everything is deceptively simple and just so well tailored. This fall is the first season we’ve had the line in eloise and there’s been a great reception.

What organizations in Charlottesville are you passionate about? I was on the Grants Committee for the Charlottesville Area Community Foundation for 10 years. That was my very favorite volunteer job because it gave me insight to all the good works going on in Charlottesville and the surrounding counties. Through my work there I gained great appreciation for The Charlottesville Police Foundation, Lighthouse, the Women’s Initiative, and the Boys and Girls Club, I also learned about what models our local chapters of the International Refugee Committee and Habitat for Humanity are for the rest of the country, doing innovative work and striving to reach new heights beyond their stated charter. Lastly, I am a big fan of the Virginia Film Festival. We are so lucky to have the level of arts we do in our small city!

IT’S EASY TO SEE WHY ELOISE IS CONSIDERED SUCH AN INSTITUTION IN CHARLOTTESVILLE, AND I’M THRILLED TO BE A PART OF IT GOING FORWARD. 

SCOUTED AT ELOISE

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CLASSIC FAVORITES – BASICS, SWEATERS, THE NEWEST DENIM STYLES partydress2

PARTY DRESSES! LACE, RICH FALL HUES, SPARKLE, LEATHER… BASIC OR BOLD, ELOISE HAS SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE AND EVERY OCCASION.

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JEWELRY FROM THE WOODS AND LOCALS, MI OSSA

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BEAUTIFUL HOLIDAY GIFT IDEAS

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THE BEST OF THE BASICS: SOFTEST T’S, DENIM, STYLISH SWEATS, HANDBAGS…

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HEAD TO TOE, LOVE THE TEXTURES: FUR & LEATHER

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HOLIDAY SPARKLE

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DIVINE COATS. IT’S IN THE DETAILS… THIS F/W, YOUR COAT IS MUCH MORE THAN SIMPY WARMTH.

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THE BEST SELECTION OF BOOTIES

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WINTER TEXTURES: LACE, QUILTED, SHEARLING, PAINTED…

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Go see Audrey at the “new” eloise, and…
TELL THEM SCOUT SENT YOU.
HEATHER

Oct
17
2014

SCOUTED EVENT: LEARN TO PAINT

Painting is easy when you don’t know how, but very difficult when you do.                                                              -Edgar Degas

Local artist Nancy Bass is sharing her talent!  Tuesdays from October 21st through November 18th, 9am-noon, join Nancy and learn the art of Painting Animals with Confidence.

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A five week class is for intermediate and advanced painters seeking to improve their oil painting skills using photo references. The class will include individual instruction along with short demos and class critiques.

The class is limited to 10 artists.

$275.00

Please email Nancy with any questions or to reserve your spot.  |   nancy@nancybassartist.com

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Oct
14
2014