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.


With summer in full swing, we asked Park Road Books owner Sally Brewster to share her top picks for the best books to read now. (Click here to check out her husband and fellow book lover Frazer Dobson's favorites in the Men's section.)

Here are Sally's favorites: 

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Last Cruise by Kate Christensen (Doubleday Books, $26.95). "The vintage ocean liner Queen Isabella is making it’s final run on a two week retro cruise from Long Beach to Hawaii and what happens is a fantastic read for those us landlubbers. A great book that straddles the line between a beach read and literary fiction."

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Convenience Store Woman by Sayaka Murata (Grove Press, $20). "A unique, compelling read about a Japanese woman who starts working in a convenience store in college and still works there eighteen years later. Learn why it sold 600,000 copies in Japan."

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Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang (Berkley, $15). "Stella is smart enough to come up with algorithms to predict customer behavior but she has problems in the dating department. Being extremely logical, she decides to get professional help and hires an escort. Light and fun."

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Calypso by David Sedaris (Little Brown, $28) "Who else can make essays about mortality and middle age funny but David Sedaris? Poignant but funny works of art about his family and the vacation home he buys on the Carolina coast."

Sally also recommends these two great sequels:

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When Life Gives You Lululemons by Lauren Weisberger (Simon & Schuster, $26.95) follows up on her bestselling The Devil Wears Prada by catching up with one of the characters 10 years later. 

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How Hard Can it Be by Allison Pearson (St. Martin’s Press, $27.99) continues from her bestseller I Don’t Know How She Does It, but this time her protagonist is going through menopause.