What I Did in Charlotte

I visited a close friend (hey, Emma!) in Charlotte, NC this month. We had such a fun time exploring the city!

Emma moved to Charlotte after graduating from UGA the same time I did. She got a full time job in the city and is living in the up-and-coming South End. It’s super ~trendy~ with all of its murals, Bird scooters, breweries, and outdoor dining options (more on that in a hot sec). While I’m more of a house gal, all of the apartments we walked past looked spacious and welcoming, especially those near the bike path.

My favorite part about South End? WALKING! I am a total sucker for walking everywhere. Emma and I walked to dinner my first night in town, walked about to explore, walked into Uptown Charlotte, walked to lunch…we walked pretty much everywhere. Driving in the city (any city) drives me bonkers, so having a very walkable living situation is my absolute dream.

Another favorite part would have to be the food (told ya I’d get there). I introduced Emma to Tupelo Honey, and Asheville staple. I’m head over heels for their breakfast bowl, which the foundation of is stone ground goat cheese grits!!! Ahhh!! Amazing. Iconic. Truly revolutionary. If you’ve never been, GO. Tupelo Honey now has locations in Asheville, Charlotte, and Durham.

We also met up with family friends at the Flying Biscuit, a chain that originated in Atlanta, GA. It was a little slice of Georgia (where Emma’s from and where we’ve been in school for four years) in the “north” part of the South. Again, I had a breakfast bowl. Shocker!

Even though I love my Tupelo Honey to death, the place I fell for is a little bakery called Amelie’s. The pictures below don’t capture the charm as well as visiting in person. The croissant…let’s just say it’s the best croissant I’ve ever had, and I ate croissants every day when I visited Paris in the 8th grade.

Being the total art nerd I am, the Mint Museum just had to be crossed off my bucket list while I was in town. Their exhibit on collage and contemporary art blew my mind away. I’ve never been a huge fan of modern art (mostly because I’d seen a bunch of weird plastic things like neon pink sharks or walls full of Rothko’s) but the Mint exhibit truly changed my preconceptions. Art as political commentary has been a fun topic for me to explore in my studies, and the Mint did not disappoint in that regard. They also had so much more to offer than just painting. The woodworking and glass art on display was, in my opinion, one of the best non-traditional exhibits I’d walked through.

Emma and I also walked through the Uptown Charlotte area doing the Liberty Walk, which is a historical tour of the Revolutionary War happenings in Charlotte. Not only is it free, you walk through some of the best parts of the city!

Also, I love North Carolinian’s sense of humor. Gets me every time.

Are Summer Sales Worth Shopping?

Hello hello, long time no blog, friends! I’ve been busy bebopping around the U.S. visiting friends (more on that soon, I promise) and trying to prep for my move to Macon. However, I’ve also had a little time to upgrade the site! Nothing major, aside from the change in name. I’m now at Hey Bails rather than Bailey Studies Psych. Makes sense, since I don’t actually study psychology anymore.

Anyways! If you haven’t noticed, this week is filled with some crazy summer sales. From Nordstrom to Amazon to Target, each place has different deals and a different impact on its workers and the planet. I’m not planning on doing a deep dive into allllllllll the sales going on, but a few of the major ones have some interesting repercussions!

First up, Amazon:

While the two day Prime spectacular begins today, many Amazon workers are boycotting the event. Makes sense, given that the company exploits many of its workers and fights unions. Others are against Amazon because of how it ships its goods. While it’s nice to get free two day shipping as a Prime member, the way Amazon does it uses excessive fossil fuels and contributes to global trash problems with the amount of packaging used (which could be decreased in favor of being more environmentally friendly).

Some small things to consider before you buy:

If you can run to the store down the street and purchase the good, you should probably opt for that. Grocery shopping online is convenient, but do you really need the extra plastic and mountains of boxes that come with shipping yourself toilet paper or cereal? Probably not. Cut down on your own carbon footprint by opting to shop in person for things that are readily available close to home.

Is there a local shop you can buy that item from? If so, consider choosing to purchase from them rather than from a big retailer. Amazon has been known to have lots of cheap knockoff goods, but many are overseas retailers taking pictures from local boutique websites and selling a crap product in its place. A good example of this is Red Dress from Athens GA having to fight Amazon to take down over twenty images claiming to sell Red Dress items on its site (which Red Dress never authorized). Go follow Diana Harbor on Instagram to learn more about that!

Amazon also fights tax laws that could go to supporting local economies, so if your local economy matters to you, try to stay away from Prime day. That being said, if there’s a product on Amazon that you’ve been vying for, don’t beat yourself up over purchasing it this one time. Amazon does have “Smile” benefits where a percentage of your proceeds go to a charity of your choice, and while their jobs aren’t great they do employ a large amount of people in the U.S. whose jobs could have easily gone overseas. While the good doesn’t always outweigh the bad, one purchase won’t tip the scales in either direction. It’s the lifestyle choices that are far more important in the long run.

Up next: Nordstrom

Nordstrom’s anniversary sale is huge this time of year. All of the fall and winter staples you’ve been waiting for are now drastically reduced in price. Not only are clothes are accessories on sale, but so are beauty products and home goods. The Nordstrom sale is great if you’re looking to purchase an item that’s usually ridiculously expensive (hello Tory Burch riding boots) or if you’re looking for high quality pieces.

The only really bad thing I’ve read about Nordstroms is about their contribution to global waste, which is similar among almost all big name stores. Around 20% of global waste is caused by the fashion industry, and that’s not counting pollution. It’s also not counting shipping. (If you want to read more about how the fashion industry contributes to pollution and waste, read this article from Edge.) A better way to grab a designer piece for half the cost is to shop consignment. ThredUp is a great option for online shopping (plus you can sort through things at lightening speed to see if they have what you’re looking for), and the same goes for Ebay. I prefer Plato’s Closet and Clothes Mentor. Not only are you getting great deals, you’re also saving things from landfills.

If you’re looking for new stuff, have an aversion to gently used clothing (which I can understand if you’re into watching those Monsters Inside Me shows my mom watches all the time), want current fashion trends in your closet, or have a very specific piece you’re looking for that you can’t find anywhere else, Nordstrom is a better option than Amazon in my humble opinion.

One retailer actively combatting Amazon Prime Day is Target. They’ve announced some big deals for today and tomorrow to help persuade people to shop somewhere other than their big online competitor. And while you need a Prime membership to save on Amazon (seems counterintuitive to pay for discounts…doesn’t it?), Target is marketing its savings as a membership-free free for all.

Personally, I support Target for its add diversity, inclusivity, and willingness to pay attention to social trends and support what people want. While some claim that the store has become too political and have decided to boycott, I think that the brand is choosing to widen their advertising audience for the better. Not only that, Target puts its money where its mouth is by donating to public safety grants, to support the LGTBQ+ community, and more.

Keep in mind that shopping from any large corporation has its downfalls. In some cases, shopping nation wide sales means choosing the lesser of multiple evils. If you have the chance, support local stores. If you don’t, do some research about how the brand uses their money and supports (or doesn’t) their workers.

That’s all for this Monday. Check back next week for something on the lighter side.

What I’m Up To

Happy July! Anybody else feeling like we’re watching red, white, and blue on repeat recently? Go USA!

If you haven’t been keeping up with the news, the women’s U.S. soccer team won the World Cup yesterday, defeating the Netherlands for the win! I’m not the biggest soccer fan, but I’ve tried to pay attention for all the friends that are mega fans. Couldn’t be more proud of our girls!

The Fourth was recently as well, and I spent the day cleaning Will’s house and packing him up for his move to Alabama (hey Will, hope you’re reading this!). I did see a lot of firework boomerangs on Insta though! Well worth it.

I’m prepping for my first year of law school at Mercer, and by prepping I mean trying to get my life together. Since I’m not studying psychology anymore it doesn’t make sense for that to be my blog name anymore. I haven’t finished setting everything up yet, but get ready for some major changes around here!

That’s all for now! Tune in next week for something a little more exhilarating than life updates haha