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CAMPTOWN USA

If you’re looking for a bunch of glampers with antique oil lamps swinging from Chinese silk tents, keep clicking. This is not that camping story. (And we’re not sure any should be). Camping stories should be about a man with a hook for a hand terrorizing teenagers necking in on a lonely lovers’ lane, his hook scraping slowly along the car’s roof, NOT about how many power outlets the yurt has, or the ergonomic design of your sleep pod.

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MEET KRISTIN WOOD, AND HER KOPIOUS DESIGNS

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The three tenets of starting your own jewelry business, according to founder and designer Kristin Wood, are ambition, inspiration, and back-bending work. And if you’re in the Kopious studio, with the Stone Roses, Edith Piaf, and Lana Del Ray, it’s also super fun. We got the chance to chat with Kristin recently, and found out a little what it’s like for this New York City-born, Atlantic Beach-raised, Wilmington wine rep-turned local favorite jewelry designer to be dipping her toes in bigger and bigger ponds as her edgy yet elegant, boho to beach, nature -inspired brand of jewelry grows up.

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CHERRY MONSTER

We can’t stop it with the cherries. It’s like a sweet and tart avalanche and we’re surrendering to the crush. These perfect, late season rubies and garnets seem to just unendingly tumble down the mountain, and we’re sitting at the bottom, wearing hardhats probably, or helmets, waiting to catch them. All of them. And we’re putting them in everything. 

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SIA AND SONGWRITING, AND THE FORMULAS FOR VICTIM TO VICTORY

Is it so much for a writer to ask? We all just want to say something astounding, and funny, heartfelt and sad and true. In a way that no one’s said it. In a way that will make the writer and the reader feel known, at once. In the tired and oft-repeated blogosphere, we’re looking for a way to say something new within well-travelled, threadbare territory, and we have a new muse: SIA.

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YOUR BEARDY IS A LEGOLAND

A family talent show spawned the idea. Art Director Pierce Thiot and his wife Stacy, of Red Poppy Photography, discovered that his thick, brawny beard could hold 20 pencils for his talent, and a tumblr was born. Now they amuse themselves (and the beard-gazing public at large) by seeing how many household items his beard will host. Even his mother is super proud, and we aint teasin’.

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#TBT 112 PEACHES AND CREAM

It’s stone fruit season and there are peach trucks everywhere and we’re making smoothies and crisps and granolas and salads and basically anywhere you can stick a peach, we’ve got them. And we think this is where our love affair started.

JESSIE WILLIAMS AND THE CANDY FACTORY

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We’re not sure if it’s scientifically possible, but we think our Edge of Urge owner and visionary Jessie Williams might also cause synesthesia. It’s hard to diagnose, but every time we see her, it’s just a rainbow, and we think we hear music.

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CORN SALAD WITH CHIPOTLES IN ADOBO, YA BOZO

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Hideously frightful Hurricane Arthur notwithstanding, let’s say it’s bright and sunny and you’ve got a cooler full of Bud Light Lime and a crate full of fireworks. All you need now to party it up on America’s HBD is the easiest summer salad to feed your pals! Make a lot because it’s super tasty, and everyone will freak out and probably want to blow you. Oh! And it’s so super easy to make, you’ll probably want to blow yourself. So go for it!

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