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FALL 2017

Ballantyne Magazine covers news, events, real estate, restaurants, shopping, health, schools and business in the upscale Ballantyne Area of Charlotte, NC.

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W hitley Adkins Hamlin of The Queen City Style stood in my closet recently shaking her head. "Oh no, girl," she said, holding up my ripped jean shorts, circa 1992. She reassured me with a wide-eyed smile: "You're still an amazing editor!" We each have those things that we're good at and those things with which we need further assistance. One of my development areas was my wardrobe. Until Whitley's intervention, I was still "making it work" with many items purchased before my maternity leaves, and my kids are now 9 and 6. Some vintage items, I've learned, are not worth keeping. The problem is, I hate clothes shopping. No pants ever seem to fit me, and putting together outfits feels like the equivalent of doing my own taxes. So, after turning a year north of 40, and having the pleasure of working with Whitley on fashion spreads for this magazine, I reached out to her for help. Yes, we donated more than half my closet to charity, but we also made salvageable discoveries. Most notably, my mother's handmade needlepoint purse. Whitley nearly fell over when I unearthed it. I considered the one-of-a-kind heirloom too intimidating to wear, but Whitley told me that I simply MUST. And with her encouragement, I have. It's been thrilling; it makes my outfits feel more playful. My biggest takeaway from the closet overhaul is that a few, well-chosen vintage items can enhance a collection or experience in meaningful, exciting ways. It's a realization that extends beyond fashion. In our cover story, Ballantyne homeowners are turning to vintage- inspired d├ęcor to add a cozy touch to their interior spaces. Then, in "Who Knew?", we see Nihal and Mariam enjoying their cherished keepsakes from Iraq, their home before resettling in Ballantyne. Also, Michael Solender takes us on an "Escape" to Roanoke, Virginia, where in addition to urban and natural explorations, visitors can shop at Black Dog Salvage, a warehouse full of reclaimed goodies seen on the owners' DIY Network show, "Salvage Dawgs." And of course, Whitley showcases fall's vintage-inspired fashion trends in "Style Points." Whether it's an heirloom accessory or a keepsake that reminds us of family far away, vintage pieces can help us pull it all together. Or, should I say, keep it together, when current realities sometimes feel like too much. Unless of course, the vintage items are too-tight jean shorts that you wore back in high school. Then it might be time to let them go. Jodi Werner Greenwald Editor-in-Chief E D I T O R ' S L E T T E R Closet Case Refreshing a Wardrobe Yields Vintage Finds BALLANTYNE FALL 2017 12 Editor's Letter

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