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Hard to believe it’s already September! Summer certainly flew by, but lucky for us, the changing of the season means local merchants are also changing their inventory. We stopped into a few places to see what’s already in the mix . Here are 20 items we’re loving right now.

ORGANIZATION

Geometric tote

We’re always on the hunt for a cute tote bag to stash in the car to have on hand for last minute errands. We found exactly what we were looking for with this geometric tote from Theory Design Studio for $22. Not only is it cute, it’s also sturdy, and the leather straps lay flat and comfortably on your shoulder. We couldn’t believe how affordable it was either! Located at 1405 East Boulevard, Theory is Dilworth’s newest addition — and definitely worth visiting.

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Geometric tote from Theory Design Studio, $22

Tote

Step up your bag game with a handcrafted bag from OleksynPrannyK. The high-quality Horween Dubin leather bags are made only a few miles outside of Charlotte city limits in Mooresville, North Carolina. The company can tailor your tote to your specifications, including colored seams, lettering or stamping. Our favorite tan bag starts at $149.

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OleksynPrannyk tote bag made from Horween Dublin leather, $149 | Image: Facebook

Planner

Like being organized but want something more stylish than the typical, boring black calendar? We found the ultimate planner from Rifle Paper Co. at Paper Twist for $36. Not only is it really pretty, it’s also really light so you won’t get tired of carrying it.

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Pretty planning at Paper Twist for $36

CLOTHING

Striped dress

We’ve found our go-to fall outfit with this Lilla P dress from Monkees of Charlotte for $174. The black and white horizontal stripes and classic fit make it perfect for any occasion.

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Striped Lilla P dress at Monkees of Charlotte $174.

Aviate hat

Show your Charlotte and Panthers pride while wearing a Panthers Blue CLT Aviate hat from Pink Hanger for $38. Great for game day or running errands. It’s also adjustable!

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Show your Panthers pride this season with this CLT hat from Pink Hanger, $36.

Pink Social shirt

Champagne and Cam Newton? Do we really need to explain why this Pink Social shirt is so awesome? We found ours at KK Bloom for $42.

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Cheers to football season! Grab your Champagne Cam Paign shirt for $42 at KK Bloom.

Queen City tank

Look cute while working out with one of the 704 Shop’s racer-back Queen City tanks from Blue Hem. The tank is super soft and perfect to throw on when you’re in a hurry. Take your pick from several colors for $28. SB Tip: They run small, so buy a size up.

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Queen City racer-back tank, $28, at Blue Hem

BEAUTY

Skincare kit

Thanks to Image Skincare, you won’t have to worry about compromising your beauty routine while on the go! The company offers several different five-piece travel skincare kits based on your skin type. Kits include a cleanser, anti-oxidant serum, moisturizer with SPF 30, balancing gel mask and repair creme. Our favorite is the Ormedic kit that restores and balances skin, which is much needed after lots of travel, especially on a plane. You can grab yours before your next trip at Satin Med Spa for $20.

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Keep up with your skincare routine while on vacation with this $20 travel kit from Satin Med Spa.

Natura Bisse night treatment

Woo Skincare and Cosmetics swears by their newest product, Natura Bisse Diamond Collection night treatment. The dual treatment — comprised of an oil and mask — will leave your skin firmer, nourished and revitalized. Purchase the oil for $160 and the mask for $110.

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Transform your skin with Natura Bisse mask, $110, and oil, $160, at Woo Skincare and Cosmetics.

Hair oil

Summer can do some serious damage to otherwise healthy hair. The sun, the chlorine, the saltwater … you get the picture. Oribe’s Gold Lust Nourishing Hair Oil to the rescue! You can apply to damp hair for heat protection or to dry hair to take care of frizz. Stop by Planet 21 Salon at the Arlington to pick up a bottle for yourself. The oil comes in two sizes, 3.4 oz. for $52, or a travel size of 1.7 oz. for $37.

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Oribe’s Gold Lust is just what your hair needs to bounce back from summer damage. Travel size (1.7 oz.) is $37 at Planet 21 Salon.

Hangover patches

For fun (or maybe necessity during football season), we love the concept of these BYTOX Hangover Patches. Full of 12 vitamins, antioxidants and nutrients, you’re supposed to put the patch on before drinking — and you’ll feel good in the morning. Doctor’s orders! Just kidding … but it’s worth a shot. We found ours at Woo Skincare and Cosmetics for $4.

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Save yourself from the next day with BYTOX Hangover Patch, $4, at Woo Skincare and Cosmetics.

JEWELRY

Beaded necklace

Add a fun pop of color and sparkle to a plain top with this sea foam green, multi-layered beaded necklace with gold details from Beads Inc. for $134.

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Gorgeous multi-strand statement necklace from Beads Inc. for $134

Bee necklace

We absolutely fell in love with this handcast 24K gold bee necklace we found at Traveling Chic Boutique the minute we saw it! Not only is it beautiful, but the Susan Shaw necklace can be paired with just about anything. Get yours at Traveling Chic for $73.50.

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24k gold handcast bee necklace, $73.50, at Traveling Chic Boutique

FOOD AND DRINK

Cocktail tonics

Stock your bar cart and put a twist on classic cocktails with Jack Rudy Cocktail Co.’s tonics. Hand-crafted in Charleston, South Carolina, the small-batch tonics come in flavors like elderflower and sweet tea! Earl’s Grocery carries them for $19.99.

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Make a Carolina cocktail with Jack Rudy Cocktail Co.’s small-batch tonics, $19.99, at Earl’s Grocery.

For the cooks in your life, Pour Olive has a great gift option with their six-pack sampler of mini bottles. You can mix and match their ultra premium olive oils to suit any taste, and the helpful staff can also make suggestions. Get the six-pack sampler for $30 and single minis for $6 each.

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Pour Olive six-pack sampler, $30

Cheese straws

Whether you’re looking for an afternoon snack or something to take to a party, pick up a few boxes of Dee Dee’s Gourmet Cheese Straws. The local company offers three flavors: original, jalapeño and pimento cheese. Cotswold Marketplace carries Dee Dee’s straws for $5.75.

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Dee Dee’s Gourmet Cheese Straws, $5.75, at Cotswold Marketplace

FOR THE HOME

Kudu

Make a statement at home with this lucite and bone piece from ABODE Home Design at their new location in Dilworth. The eye-catching mounted Kudu is sure to start a conversation at $875.

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Lucite and bone Kudu, $875, at ABODE Home Design

Decorative pillow

It may only be the beginning of September but it’s never too early to start decorating for fall! This “It’s Fall, Y’all” decorative pillow at Cotswold Marketplace is the perfect addition to any Southern home. Find it for $29.

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“It’s Fall Y’all” pillow, $29, at Cotswold Marketplace

FUN

BBQ map

We always love to find unique ways to explore and, thanks to The Great NC BBQ Map created by Charlotte’s own EDIA Maps, we now have an excuse to travel and eat lots of barbecue! The second edition of the map features 450 ‘cue  joints to visit. They also have several other maps, including an NC Beer Map and Charlotte Adventure Map. The BBQ map is only $9.99.

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The Great NC BBQ Map, $9.99, from EDIA Map Makers

Game

Break the ice with new friends or laugh the night away with old friends playing TableTopics Not Your Mother’s Dinner Party: Questions to Start Great Conversations. The game’s 135 questions vary from simple “yes” or “no” questions to off-the-cuff, hard-to-answer questions. Paper Skyscraper carries TableTopics for $25.

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Great conversation starter Table Topics, $25, at Paper Skyscraper.

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