Nestled in SouthPark you'll find one of Charlotte's newest gems and fashion houses, Luxe Angel Boutique, a boutique carrying fashion lines for both women and men.  Owned and operated locally, boutique owner Lisa opened the doors of Luxe Angel just a year ago, and is rapidly growing in both inventory and brand presence.  With inventory arriving daily, and exclusive accessory lines, Luxe Angel Boutique features style for all ages.

Lisa named the boutique Luxe Angel in loving memory of her two parents who she refers to as her angels watching over her, and the word luxe, meaning luxurious.  As the primary buyer for the boutique, Lisa states "we all want to wear clothes that feel great on" (what she calls delicious), but not expensive in price.  Surprisingly the boutique's price point ranges from $30 - 200, encompassing all budgets.  When asked to describe her typical customer at Luxe Angel, Lisa simply replied "there's something for everyone" and she was spot on.  While frequenting the boutique we saw styles that were on trend ranging from fringe to denim, whimsical dresses, to great layering pieces for fall.


In addition to the many brands carried in store, Luxe Angel also as has their own signature line of basics, ranging in price from $39 - 59.  Lisa developed the brand's signature line of basics because classics are the foundation to a great wardrobe, particularly in fall, when layering makes for great style.  Made of organic fabrics and organic dyes, Luxe Angel basics wash and wear well, and last longer.  The basics line is currently available for women, the men's division has not launched yet.



While we're sure you'll love shopping the boutique, the fun doesn't stop there.  Lisa and her amazing staff at Luxe Angel also host in-store events, networking soirees, mom parties (a great mid-day break away), and private shopping parties.  Drop by the boutique, or visit online at www.luxeangelboutique.com.


Luxe Angel Boutique
720 Governor Morrison St #160
Charlotte, NC 28211
980-229-0220

www.luxeangelboutique.com

photos: Luxe Angel Boutique

SPOTLIGHT: Luxe Angel Boutique


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By now we've all watched last nights 2016 Presidential Debate, or at least read social media reviews and memes, and one thing prevails . . . . 2016 Presidential Nominee and Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton won the debate hands down.  A post debate poll conducted on CNN announced Clinton as the debate winner with 62% of viewers casting in her favor versus Trump's percentage was 27%.  Clinton was calm, collected, prepared, and factual (her real time fact checker on her site during the debate was absolute GENIUS); Trump was Trump, brash, combative, over talking, and emotional.  In what could easily be considered a farce of a debate, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump stood on their platforms for approximately 90 minutes defending their stance on issues ranging from community policing (with a mention of Charlotte), birtherism, the Iraq war, global relations, taxes, and the oh so famous "presidential look", or her lack thereof according to Trump.


ON TAXES
Trump continued to dance around the subject, i.e lying, that he can not release his tax returns due to being under audit.  He is now claiming that he will release the returns, pending the release of the 33,000 deleted emails from Clinton.  We all know he's not going to release the returns and we're glad that Clinton called him out on it boldly.  For a Presidential candidate to bask and gloat in the fact of not paying federal taxes is a slap in the face to hard working Americans who pay taxes to ensure this country stays afloat.

STOP AND FRISK
Trump in a delusional state of mind advocated for Stop and Frisk, a racial profiling measure that was deemed unconstitutional, in efforts to decrease crime, particularly in urban areas.  He combatively pronounced that the measure in fact was not deemed unconstitutional . . . . . How stupid can one be???  U.S. District Court Judge Shira Scheindlin did rule in 2013 that the stop and frisk practice violated the Constitution in the landmark case, Floyd v. City of New York.  Judge Scheindlin ruled that stop and frisk, in practice, had a discriminatory effect on blacks and Hispanics, violating the Fourth and Fourteenth Amendments. “The Equal Protection Clause’s prohibition on selective enforcement means that suspicious blacks and Hispanics may not be treated differently by the police than equally suspicious whites,” the judge said. 

BIRTHERISM
Clinton clearly affirmed that Trump built his political agenda based upon his attacks of President Barack Obama and his United States citizenship.  Since 2011, Trump has rambled on and on that our President was not a US citizen, so much so, that the President did indeed produce his birth certificate to cease all rumors.  Trump still carried on his tyrant for 5 years, as early as January 2016, and has now succumbed to being wrong.  Or in his words as he stated when questioned about his support of the Iraq war (which he how states he did not support - lol) . . . . . "the record shows that I'm right".

THE PRESIDENTIAL LOOK
Of all the offensive and repulsive things Trump has said, critiquing the look of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, is completely absurd, especially considering his hair and terrible tan.  Proven yet again, Trump denied saying that Clinton did not have "the presidential look" and opted for the word "stamina".  In a blatant lie, he rambled on and on completely forgetting his interview with ABC News where he is indeed quoted for having said, “I just don’t believe she has a presidential look, and you need a presidential look,” (read/watch it HERE).

On all accounts, round one was a landslide for Presidential Nominee and Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton.  Her experience deems her credible and her transparency is appreciated.  She acknowledged the emails, but still stood firm on her platform and cited actual plans of how to continue this country moving forward in the right direction.  Trump on the other hand answered hardly any questions.  He danced and tap danced around the issues by simply NOT answering the questions that were posed, and answering questions that were not posed.  

The next Presidential Debate is scheduled for Sunday, October 9th at 9pm.


photo: Getty Images 


"And yes, I did. And you know what else I prepared for? I prepared to be President. And that is a good thing." - Hillary Clinton


Hillary Clinton wins round one of the 2016 Presidential Debate


The ladies of Bovanti Cosmetics & Spa are gearing up for their 1 year celebration at Northlake Mall, and you're invited! It's been a year since the ladies launched here, in the Charlotte community and we're excited to celebrate their success. You'll find their upscale beauty hub located on the upper level near Grand Court, and their mission is:
to be the Best Beauty Experience providing Star Treatment!! Best Meaning to provide quality service and value to our customers.  - Bovanti


Bovanti carries a range of signature products ranging from face and skin care, to makeup, and coordinating accessories.  Make plans to attend their 1 year celebration, we hope to see you there!



ABOUT BOVANTI

Bovanti Cosmetics is the Ultimate Beauty & Fashion Experience for today’s active woman. The company is a family owned business headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia for over 33 years.  Bovanti’s mission is to empower women with beauty, confidence and educational workshops, seminars, makeup classes, and beauty tours.  The Bovanti Cosmetics Empire has established the brand as one of the world’s leading cosmetics companies for every woman.
Bovanti Cosmetics is a diverse cosmetics company with a stellar Beauty Star Team.  The company was founded by Michael & Anita Bohannon, who are both visionaries and results driven entrepreneurs. Together with their two Beauty Mogul daughters Marquis and Marquel Bohannon, bring a wealth of knowledge, leadership and talents to the team. The family has joined forces to take the brand to the next level.
Bovanti Cosmetics has a chain of freestanding retail outlets located in Atlanta, Charlotte, and Greensboro, North Carolina.  Bovanti Cosmetics has transformational beauty fixes with innovative direction for their client base.  You can always find your favorite makeup products, tips, and tricks at a Bovanti Retail Store.  Bovanti is continually launching new products, campaigns, and promotions to keep their customers informed.

photos: Bovanti





Bovanti Cosmetics & Spa Celebrates 1 Year at Northlake Mall



photo: The Sole Addiction

The fashion trucks of Charlotte, are having their Inaugural Fashion Truck Rally on Saturday, October 1st, in uptown Charlotte at the 7th Street Public Market beginning at 10am.  There's scheduled to be at least 14 fashion trucks from North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia.  Attendees can expect street closures to accommodate the event, and enjoy food, fashion, and live music.  Charlotte Center City Partners and Levine Properties are working with the event coordinators to make this a fun and exciting event.  Come out and support your local business owners.

Visit their event page on Facebook for additional info: HERE




photo: LSquared


photo: Mirror Mirror


photo: Curvaceous Closet

Fashion Truck Rally


For nearly a week now, the city of Charlote has been in turmoil.  The shooting death of 43 year old #KeithLamontScott on Tuesday, September 20th by CMPD officer(s) has brought both a great deal of attention to the city, and a call for protests demanding justice.  Protests from supporters (across all races) chanting the growing mantra of #BlackLivesMatter.  Unwanted attention to the city as CMPD dash and bodycam footage have been released (partially), and the Live and recorded videos of the victim's daughter and wife.



What started out as a week full of promise, ended in not only the life of #KeithLamontScott being taken, but also the like of #JustinCarr, an innocent bystander and protester, that took to the streets in support of the cause.  Here at Queen City Magazine, we had the week of September 19th - 23rd planned and mapped to celebrate the launch of our new digital platform and site whereby we highlight and celebrate women throughout this beautiful city we call home.  Considering the recent turn of events and state of emergency declaration, we thought it in good taste to stagger content over the course of several days instead of the full release we originally had planned.  As the Editor-in-Chief, and a mother, daughter, sister, friend, colleague, and lastly black woman, I have found it difficult to post and talk about things such as beauty regimens, the latest fashions, fitness routines, and tasty recipes, as a greater message is needed.  We've all watched, re-watched, commented and vented our frustrations with the local and national news coverage, and Live videos via social media, but I too must use my platform to cry out in anger, disgust, and even shame for our beloved city.


Charlotte is home for me.  It's the city that I grew up in, the city where I came into my own, the city that I choose to raise my daughter, and the city that I fully intend to grow old in.  For the countless times that we've seen blacks and minorities killed at the hands of police, it's a little different when it hits close to home.  I distinctly remember the community where #KeithLamontScott was shot and killed.  After my divorce many years ago, I remember viewing a condo in that same area, and prior to that, I would travel Old Concord Rd to attend evening classes at UNC Charlotte.  For the last week I've watched local media give their account, inflict their opinions (good and bad), and in doing so, my thought process was always, I wonder what his mother, wife, daughter, sister, friends are thinking and how do they feel?  How do you explain the void of loosing a loved one so sudden and tragic?  And at the hands of those whose mission is to protect and serve.

It is from that perspective that I compose this article.  From a mothers - sisters - daughters - friends point of view.  After all, that's what QCM is all about, all things Charlotte from a woman's perspective.  While I do not have any blood brothers, I do have 3 step brothers, and although we may not be close, these situations make you fear for one's safety.  I also have a father, and nephew, whom I love dearly, and countless male friends.  It's unfortunate that in a world that brags about equality, there are still racial, social, economic, gender, and sexual divides between us.  While many of the shootings and killings of those detained by police have been racially charged, the bigger picture is the great divide between black and blue; people of color and the officers that police them.  Somewhere along the line, communication was halted, stereo types set in which instilled a fear of blacks, and profiling began.  While many would like to say that these things are untrue, unfortunately the numbers lend creditibilty to this ideology.  It is not our intention at QCM to debate or go back and forth on the issue, but to create an awareness and to speak out boldly that #BlackLivesMatter and that blacks are dying at an alarming rate, at the hands of law enforcement.  Do we believe that #AllLivesMatter, of course we do, but within that population, is a group of people who risk a greater chance at dying based upon the color of their skin.  



During this weeks protest, we've witnessed an outcry of the people; men, women, boys, girls, and even children.  A call to action is needed.  A healthy dialogue must take place.  Change is never easy, and will always be met with resistance, but it is possible.  We each can play a part in restoring respect, trust, and love, and it can start today.  



Last night I witnessed unity....all races marching as one; understanding that this is not exclusively about the killing of our black men and women but about the inequalities blacks and minorities face on a day to day basis. People were Strategic about making sure people were safe, hydrated, and supported to fight this system of racism. - Anonymous
photos: Jonathan Brashear | Shutter Anthem

SPECIAL EDITION: My Life Matters


We are officially in the season of fall, and with that comes colder weather, varying temperatures, and a much needed skincare regimen to keep that perfect glow.  For many of us, we've tried the home remedies, followed recommendations of our favorite celebs, which usually turns out to be nothing more than a sponsored post, and still often, less than favorable results.  

Compelled to our mission of celebrating and highlighting area locals, we enlisted the help of glam girl and Independent Sales Director for Mary Kay, Kelly Ingland to share some great tips and tricks!  Originally, a means for extra income to help cover her wedding expenses, Kelly has since grown her Mary Kay business into full time entrepreneurship, and credits the brand for skills learned to help make her a better mom, sister, and wife.  


Good skincare is key in the changing seasons, and fall is all about exfoliation. Keeping the skin balanced and hydrated with an anti-gaining moisturizer is a must. - Kelly Ingland

To remove layers of dead skin, Kelly recommends the Revealing Facial Peel by Mary Kay, and boasts that the product gives you an immediate brighter skin, improved texture, and reduces fine lines and wrinkles.  The product retails for substantially less than comparable products on the market, and is clinically tested to show results in 2 weeks*! (see website for usage)  

Another area of skincare, that we often forget, are our lips!  For kissably soft lips, the Satin Lips Set by Mary Kay comes with a mask that exfoliates dead skin and a botanical based balm that soothes and protects.

If you do not have a Mary Kay Consultant, and would like to inquire of the available products and services, visit Kelly's website HERE.

photos: Kelly Ingland | MaryKay.com

Fall Skincare: Tips + Tricks


On it's last leg of a four city stint, the Ladies That Lead Tour blazed into Charlotte with one theme in mind . . . . BOSS: Bringing Out Successful Sisters!  Founded by educator and entrepreneur Cameka Smith, The BOSS Network, an impactful organization fueling the tour, stands on a mission of promoting and encouraging the small business spirit and career development of women.  On Thursday, BOSS ladies gathered for an evening of empowerment, encouragement, networking, and social gathering.  Equipped with empowering knowledge and fanciful delights, area women shared in success stories, narratives of triumph, overcoming fear, and mastering the complex work-life balance.


Presented by Prudential, attendees enjoyed a chic cocktail hour of hors d'oeuvres and signature cocktails, a skyline view of the city via rooftop atmosphere, and an incredible shopping experience featuring fashions from The Limited.  The Limited also sponsored the Leading Looks Like Award, to honorees Kelli Fisher and Tara Gilmore of The Matchmaking Duo.





Panelists for the evening included Kimberly Watson, Prudential - Cortney Hicks, V101.9FM - Cristy Clavijo-Kish, Hispanicize Media Group - LaToyia Dennis, A Chance to Learn - and featured keynote speaker, singer, actress, and entrepreneur, Michelle Williams.  Williams even broke out into song after hearing the story of an attendee, completely mesmerizing the room, and even drawing tears.  These ladies personified the true meaning of BOSS.








photos: Glen Graham | GBurkeImages 

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Ladies That Lead Tour: An Evening with Michelle Williams



With the onset of fall, we're eagerly anticipating pumpkin patches, sweet potato pies, and fall festivals.  At QCM, one of our favs is baking, and we're anxious to try out this recipe from Delish.com for Pumpkin Butterscotch Muffins!


INGREDIENTS

  • 1 1/2 c. flour
  • 3/4 c. sugar
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg
  • 1 1/2 c. butterscotch chips, divided
  • 1 c. canned pumpkin
  • 2 eggs
  • 6 tbsp. butter, melted and cooled
  • 1/4 c. sour cream
  • 1 tbsp. vanilla extract

DIRECTIONS

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl, mix together flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg. Add in 1 1/4 cups butterscotch chips, and toss until well-coated with flour mixture (this will keep them from sinking to the bottom of the batter).
  1. Add pumpkin, eggs, butter, sour cream, and vanilla, and mix until well-combined.
  1. Line a muffin tin with liners, and use an ice cream scoop to fill each with batter. Top each muffin with remaining butterscotch chips.
  1. Bake until toothpick comes out clean, about 20 minutes.
  2. photo/video/recipe credit: Delish.com

RECIPE: Pumpkin Butterscotch Muffins


It's that time again!  The annual Chocolate For A Cure (CFAC) charity gala, presented by TMB Marketing Firm, will take place on Saturday, October 1, 2016 at 7pm at the Le Meridien Hotel.  This year marks the 6th annual gala for CFAC, hosted by the TMB Marketing Firm, which is lead by Tia Bullett, breast cancer survivor and activist for breast cancer awareness.  Bullett founded CFAC as a charitable 501c3 to support her philanthropic efforts of early detection and awareness for women, in particular, women of color.

Attendees of the annual Chocolate For A Cure charity gala can expect a cocktail reception featuring a Chocolatier Specialist, smooth jazz sounds from Shan Shableek Richardson, vendors, a wine tasting by event sponsor Total Wine, gift bags, and much more!  Tickets are still available for $55.

Sponsors: M&F Bank - Total Wine & More - Food Lion - Charlotte Housing Authority - and Le Meridian Charlotte.

For tickets, please visit HERE

Chocolate for A Cure


Welcome to Queen City Magazine (QCM) the digital destination for all things Charlotte, from a woman's perspective.  As the Publisher and Editor-in-Chief, I'm elated to bring this publication to life as we continually evolve and pursue our collective passion of highlighting and celebrating women throughout this beautiful city we call home.  As a Charlotte native, I've seen this city experience growth in leaps and bounds, national media attention (mostly good, but some bad), economic growth and sustainability, and a small business population like none other.  I've also seen, and been a part of, the many publications that have come and gone, each with it's own specialty market.  

Before I dive into Queen City Magazine and what we're all about, here's just a tidbit about myself.  My full name is LaVonndra Johnson, but many industry friends call me Elle, it's easier to remember.  As mentioned prior, I'm a Charlotte native, a divorcee, and the mother of an incredible 12 year old daughter.  My career span includes the corporate world of banking and finance, and my entrepreneurial side has always been within the fashion industry.  Fortunate for me, I have prior experience as a magazine editor with a specialty in media and branding, which makes this venture somewhat of a smooth process (yeah right, lol).

This year, I've hosted several events under my personal brand, Elle VJ, all of which were spectacular, and I've had the opportunity to cross paths with some of the most amazing and talented women and entrepreneurs, but felt there was no centralized medium whereby we could be showcased.  Our city previously had a select few women's publications, and with the influx of technology, printing costs, and the overall demand for right now publishing (i.e social media), it seems as if many of those publications have dissolved away.  That's where Queen City Magazine looks to step in!  QCM is 100% digital, unfortunately there is no print edition, simply grab your phone and GO!  Let's face it, we live in a society where we roll over in the morning and check our notifications, versus reading a daily paper or checking our local news, that's just the reality of it.  

Within the cyber pages of this site, women will find articles, tips, suggestions, advice, etc. pertaining to all things Charlotte to include: beauty, career, dining, health, finances, education, love, relationships, shopping and style, leisure, lifestyle, travel, and the list goes on.  Having said all of that, I welcome you to Queen City Magazine (QCM).  It is my hope that you will bookmark the site and visit us often for all things Charlotte, from a woman's perspective.

Yours Truly,



Elle Johnson


An Introduction to QCM


Join the Junior League of Charlotte, Inc. for a glamorous evening to preview the latest fall fashions from Belk SouthPark on Sunday, October 2nd 2016.  Lights! Camera! Fashion! offers the opportunity to to catch up with friends while discovering fall trends and supporting the Junior League of Charlotte, Inc.

In addition to a discount on Belk purchases made on the night of the event, guests will be offered heavy hors d'oeuvres desserts, wine, specialty drinks and non-alcoholic beverages.  Ticketing options vary from $65 for VIP, to include an exclusive vodka and whiskey tasting reception with Great Wagon Road Distilling Company, to scheduled time with a Belk Modern Southern Stylist, Diamonds & Champagne raffle ticket, and entry for change to win a $200 Belk Gift Card.  General Admission is also available ranging from $25-50.

Check out images from past years shows, courtesy of the Junior League of Charlotte, Inc Facebook page.



Lights! Camera! Fashion!


Statement from Sanrio: Hello Charlotte – in light of recent events, the Hello Kitty Cafe Truck will not be making an appearance at SouthPark Mall this Saturday 9/24.  This appearance will be rescheduled for a later date and we will keep you posted.  Thank you for understanding.


Mark your calendars, grab your kiddies, and get ready to visit the Hello Kitty Cafe at SouthPark this Saturday, September 24th beginning at 10am!  Located near Dick's Sporting Goods between the hours of 10am - 8pm, you can visit the truck and pick up some super cute treats (while supplies last).

This Saturday will be the truck's first Charlotte appearance, and we will be on site to capture and enjoy their yummy treats to include: 3-piece Hello Kitty cookie set, a rainbow macaron box that includes a surprise Sanrio character design, a 4-pack of  mini-cakes, and bow shaped bottles of water.




Find additional information on the Hello Kitty Cafe by visiting their Facebook - Twitter - and Instagram

Hello Kitty Cafe Visits Charlotte - RESCHEDULED

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