THE O REPORT’S TOP 18 ARTICLES FROM 2018

As we say goodbye to 2018, here’s a list of the Top 18 most popular articles from The O Report website over the past year. Click on each title to read the original story.

Top Bobbi Brown Products For Men. It’s true, men really are becoming as obsessed with skincare as the women in their lives.

Author Kimmery Martin Rules. The O Report readers love books, especially this Charlotte-based author’s national debut novel, The Queen of Hearts.

Felix Sabates Hosts Allegro Foundation Fundraiser. Felix was in the news a lot this year as rumors swirled about his interest in putting together a group to buy the Carolina Panthers, but The O Report readers loved seeing this soft side of the generous businessman.

Dr. Stephan Finical. A profile of one of the top plastic surgeons in the nation who’s part of Charlotte Plastic Surgery’s award-winning team of doctors.

Exquisite Rings For Brides Of Any Age. When 50 and up brides and grooms marry, Tiffany & Co. at SouthPark Mall is a popular stop on the way to the altar.

Michael Marsicano. Our profile of the man who many consider to be Charlotte’s most powerful people, and also one of its nicest.

Visionary Women Luncheon. This celebration of the power and purpose of women coming together to connect, listen and share is presented annually by Queens University of Charlotte, Wells Fargo Private Bank and the Mint Museum.

The O Report Magazine Wins Prestigious Award. To be recognized as an outstanding publication by the Academy of Interactive and Visual Arts and its team of judges from iconic brands including Conde Nast, Estee Lauder, Sotheby’s and Lockheed Martin was definitely the highlight of The O Report publisher Olivia Fortson’s professional year.

Francene Marie Morris: Create A Life You Desire. Readers really tuned into the award-winning radio personality’s advice.

Michelle Melville Shares How To Stay Modern. The J.Hilburn stylist’s tips for men were on trend.

Advice From A World Famous Makeup Artist. Sir John is beauty industry royalty and his exclusive Q&A with The O Report was a major coup.

Randy Gartz. This tech recruiter’s great advice and zest for life resonated with readers.

Wig Party! Readers flipped for photos from creative couple Regine and Andreas Bechtler’s Wig Party.

Get The Job Done In Style. The O Report readers love to look chic while working hard, and they want their desk accessories to do the same.

Fashion Is In Her DNA. There’s a reason why Whitley Adkins Hamlin is one of Charlotte’s most sought-after and fashionable stylists.

Lynn Ivey: Follow Your Intuition. A fascinating profile of the woman who founded a nonprofit that has made a dramatic difference in the lives of caregivers and their family members with memory loss.

Advice From Style Influencer Scott Newkirk. Tabor’s buyer and creative director has an expert eye for all things elegant and modern. 

Tips From A Fitness Expert. Jill Cerami, who manages, trains and teaches classes at Trilogy at Lake Norman’s workout center, has great advice for older exercisers.

JANUARY EVENTS

Host Felix Sabates at last year's Ambassador's Ball. The 2018 gala is Jan. 6 at Quail Hollow Club. 

Host Felix Sabates at last year's Ambassador's Ball. The 2018 gala is Jan. 6 at Quail Hollow Club. 

Ambassador's Ball: Felix Sabates hosts this signature annual fundraiser for the Allegro Foundation, a champion of children with disabilities. This year's event honors Dr. László Szabó, Ambassador of Hungary. Emcee is WCNC's Larry Sprinkle. All proceeds benefit Allegro’s free movement education programs for more than 700 children with disabilities throughout the Charlotte, Huntersville and Fort Mill areas. Event sponsors include Ally Financial, the Charlotte Hornets, CPI Security, Domtar, Novant Health, SteelFab Inc. and Wells Fargo. 6 p.m. Jan. 6, Quail Hollow Club. www.allegrofoundation.net.

Charlotte Museum of History celebrates Twelfth Night Jan. 6.

Charlotte Museum of History celebrates Twelfth Night Jan. 6.

Twelfth Night: Party 18th century-style at this celebration of the end of the Christmas season for the Backcountry settlers. There's live music, colonial party games, hot apple cider, Twelfth Night cake and a candlelight tour of the Hezekiah Alexander House. Free. 5-7:30 p.m. Jan. 6. Charlotte Museum of History, 3500 Shamrock Drive. For details, click here

Photographer Henry Rollins discusses his world travels on Jan. 10 at Spirit Square. 

Photographer Henry Rollins discusses his world travels on Jan. 10 at Spirit Square. 

Henry Rollins Travel Slideshow: For many years, Henry Rollins has used his camera to document his travels around the world. Join him for an intimate evening as he tells the stories behind the photos he’s taken, from Baghdad to Timbuktu. 7:30 p.m. Jan. 10. McGlohon Theater at Spirit Square. $19.50-$39.50; $59.50 VIP (includes premium seating); $174.50 meet & greet (includes premium seating, a photo and an exclusive post-show Q&A.. For tickets click here.

Free bike rentals from The Outfitter are part of the Health & Wellness Expo Jan. 13 at Trilogy Lake Norman. 

Free bike rentals from The Outfitter are part of the Health & Wellness Expo Jan. 13 at Trilogy Lake Norman. 

Health & Wellness Expo: This second annual event is from 1 to 4 p.m. Jan. 13 at the Twin Mills Club at Trilogy Lake Norman, 310 Exploration Blvd., Denver. Activities include free healthcare screenings provided by Carolinas Healthcare System; bike helmet fittings from Blood, Sweat & Gears; complimentary bike rentals from the Outfitter; chair massages; smoothie samples; running shoe fittings; a mass exercise class at 1:30 p.m. with fitness supervisor Jill; and a healthy cooking class at 2:30 p.m. with Chef Ben. Details: www.trilogylife.com/lakenorman.

Shop the Spring collection from Lafayette 148 New York Jan. 18-20 at Paul Simon Women.

Shop the Spring collection from Lafayette 148 New York Jan. 18-20 at Paul Simon Women.

Lafayette 148 New York: The Spring trunk show is inspired by women artists. Size range from petite to plus. Representative Ginny Torreson-Berk will be on hand to assist customers. There will also be refreshments and a chance to register to win Paul Simon gift certificates. Jan. 17-Jan. 20. Paul Simon Women, the Village at SouthPark. 704-333-6139; www.paulsimonco.com.

Meet artist Regine Bechtler Jan. 17 at New Gallery of Modern Art. 

Meet artist Regine Bechtler Jan. 17 at New Gallery of Modern Art. 

Artists Reception: Meet artists Regine Bechtler and Marek Ranis during the opening reception for their new Phantasmagorical Shape Sifters and Seascapes exhibits. 6-8 p.m. Jan. 17. Both exhibits are on view Jan. 17-Feb. 24. New Gallery of Modern Art, 435 S. Tryon St. During a special event at 6 p.m. Jan. 26, Regine Bechtler will walk guests through her creative process and influences from ancient mythology to modern fairytales. For details, click here.

The five acclaimed siblings from Houston - all in their 30s - perform Jan. 18 at Halton Theater on the campus of CPCC as part of the Charlotte Concerts season. 

The five acclaimed siblings from Houston - all in their 30s - perform Jan. 18 at Halton Theater on the campus of CPCC as part of the Charlotte Concerts season. 

The 5 Browns: This quintet of sibling pianists - all graduates of the Julliard School of Music - have wowed classical music fans globally with their five-piano concerts. They'll perform selections from one of their top-selling albums as well as favorites by Debussy, Gershwin, Smetana and Stravinsky as part of the nonprofit Charlotte Concerts season. 7:30 p.m. Jan. 18. Halton Theater on the campus of Central Piedmont Community College. $50 and $60. www.charlotteconcerts.org.

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Queen's Feast: As part of Charlotte Restaurant Week, participating restaurants will offer 3 course meals for $30 or $35 Jan. 19-28. To find a participating restaurant by location or alphabetically, click here.

Children's book author Darla Desiderio signs copies of her newest book 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Jan. 20 at Park Road Books at Park Road Shopping Center. 

Children's book author Darla Desiderio signs copies of her newest book 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Jan. 20 at Park Road Books at Park Road Shopping Center. 

The Scrapper Book Signing: Local writer Darla Desiderio the author of the Gage the Flying Whippet series of children's books, signs copies of her newest book, The Scrapper. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Jan. 20. Park Road Books, 4139 Park Road Books. 704-525-9239; www.parkroadbooks.com.

The sold out Dream Gala is Jan. 20 at the Ritz-Carlton uptown. 

The sold out Dream Gala is Jan. 20 at the Ritz-Carlton uptown. 

Dream Gala: Celebrity athletes from across the country will join guests at this benefit for Dream on 3, which provides sports experiences for children with chronic illnesses or developmental disabilities. 6 p.m. Jan. 20. Ritz-Carlton. $200. Sold Out. www.dreamon3.org/dreamgala

Experience contemporary ballet during Charlotte Ballet's  Innovative Works  Jan. 26-Feb. 17. 

Experience contemporary ballet during Charlotte Ballet's Innovative Works Jan. 26-Feb. 17. 

Innovative Works: One of Charlotte Ballet's most popular performances, Innovative Works showcases contemporary ballet in an intimate setting. It features ballets by Sasha Janes, Myles Thatcher and Robyn Mineko Williams. Jan. 26-Feb. 17. Patricia McBride & Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux Center for Dance, Knight Theater, 430 S. Tryon Street. Tickets and showtimes: www.charlotteballet.org.

Pride Magazine celebrates its 25th annual Pride Awards on Jan. 26 with a luncheon at the Westin. 

Pride Magazine celebrates its 25th annual Pride Awards on Jan. 26 with a luncheon at the Westin. 

Pride Awards Day Bash: Celebrate 25 years of the Pride Awards during a luncheon, networking and awards ceremony. Jan. 26 at the Westin. Networking begins at 11:15 a.m.; the lunch and program is at noon. Attire is business casual. $232. Details: www.prideawards.net.

The annual Soup of Sunday fundraiser is Jan. 28 at CPCC's Philip L. Van Every Culinary Arts Center. 

The annual Soup of Sunday fundraiser is Jan. 28 at CPCC's Philip L. Van Every Culinary Arts Center. 

Soup On Sunday: Sample some of the best soups in town at this 18th annual fundraiser for Hospice & Palliative Care Charlotte Region. Hosted by the Central Piedmont Community College Culinary Arts department and faculty, it features 32 Charlotte-area restaurants dishing out samples of their specialty soups. There are also desserts and beverages, plus a selection of handcrafted pottery for purchase. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Jan. 28. Philip L. Van Every Culinary Arts Center, 425 N. Kings Drive (corner of Kings Drive and Seventh Street). Tickets are $30 (includes food and beverages); $40 (includes food, beverage and a handmade pottery bowl); $10 for 7-12; free for 6 and younger. To order tickets, click here.

Coming Up

Gala chair Gail Brinn Wilkins and her husband Howard Freese at last year's Crown Jewels Ball. This year's gala to benefit arts education is Feb. 17 at Quail Hollow Club. 

Gala chair Gail Brinn Wilkins and her husband Howard Freese at last year's Crown Jewels Ball. This year's gala to benefit arts education is Feb. 17 at Quail Hollow Club. 

Crown Jewels Ball: Stardust & Stetsons is the theme of the annual Charlotte Concerts gala that honors Bill Gorelick and includes silent and live auctions, dinner and dancing. Proceeds benefit arts education for more than 600 Charlotte area students. Emcee is media personality Francene Marie Morris. Feb. 17 at Quail Hollow Club. $250. Details: www.charlotteconcerts.org.

Broadcast journalist Dan Rather will speak in Charlotte Feb. 20 at Knight Theater. 

Broadcast journalist Dan Rather will speak in Charlotte Feb. 20 at Knight Theater. 

Vern Yip will give a talk at the Southern Spring Home & Garden Show Feb. 23-24. 

Vern Yip will give a talk at the Southern Spring Home & Garden Show Feb. 23-24. 

Southern Spring Home & Garden Show: Feb. 23-25 and March 2-4 at The Park Expo and Conference Center.

An Evening with Dan Rather: The Learning Society of Queens University of Charlotte presents this evening with the award-winning broadcast journalist. The former CBS News anchor and 60 Minutes correspondent has covered major news stories from Kennedy's assassination (he was the first to break the news the president had been killed) to staying on the air for 18 hours straight on Sept. 11, 2001 and the Indian Ocean tsunami. 7 p.m. Feb. 20. Knight Theater. $45. 704-372-1000; www.carolinatix.org.

Carolinas HealthCare Systems President and CEO Gene Woods and Charlotte Ballet's Sarah Hayes Harkins are among the businesspeople and dancers paired together to raise funds for Charlotte Ballet and other local nonprofits. 

Carolinas HealthCare Systems President and CEO Gene Woods and Charlotte Ballet's Sarah Hayes Harkins are among the businesspeople and dancers paired together to raise funds for Charlotte Ballet and other local nonprofits. 

Dancing With The Stars Of Charlotte Gala: The theme is the Most Incredible Gala, inspired by Charlotte Ballet’s premiere of The Most Incredible Thing. Local stars from some of Charlotte’s most esteemed corporations are paired with the professional dancers of Charlotte Ballet to raise funds for the ballet company and each star’s chosen charity. Gala chairs are Drs. Florence and Edward Kim. The dance pairs will compete for two awards – People’s Choice and Judge’s Choice. The People’s Choice title will be awarded for most funds raised and Judges’ Choice for the top score received from the judges. March 3 at Knight Theater. Gala Gold, Silver and Sponsor Tables are sold out; there's a waiting list for individual tickets. Detailswww.charlotteballet.org.