1. CAPITOL, Laura Vinroot Poole’s 6,000-square-foot style emporium, is ground zero for chic Charlotteans, whether they’re looking for a drop-dead evening dress or the perfect cotton T-shirt. “We have an incredibly sophisticated population,” Poole says. “Our clients opt for quality and integrity over fads, so I question every single piece in the store and try to figure out how it fits into their lives.” (4010 Sharon Road, Charlotte, N.C.; 704-366-0388)
2. WHEN IT’S sweltering outside, the air-conditioning inside can be killer, Poole says, so her clients favor cozy coverups like this intarsia mink gilet from Revillon ($4,420).
3. THIS FASHIONISTA refuses to live on carrot sticks alone. “My idea of a happy meal is a Small Block Burger, sweet potato fries and a bottle of Cheerwine at the Penguin Drive-In, a fantastic burger joint in town.” (1921 Commonwealth Avenue; 704-375-6959)
4. THE RETAILER compares her friend Irene Neuwirth’s necklace to wearing Spree candy. “These days, a lot of women are buying major jewelry, and they tend to gravitate toward unusual pieces that don’t look flashy.” This one-of-a-kind necklace ($48,050) comprises rose-cut pink opals, citrine, chrysoprase, prehnite, rainbow moonstone and rose de France.
5. SHE CREDITS her peachy-creamy complexion to Carita’s Sérum Lisse Intense ($104 at caritadirect.com). “It’s my grown-up version of Oil of Olay, which I started sneaking from my mother’s dressing table when I was 5.”
6. POOLE AND her family are heading to Kenya next month to visit her brother, a physician working in Nairobi with Doctors Without Borders. “We’re going on safari and then staying at Peponi Hotel on the island of Lamu, which is gorgeous and still quite under the radar.” Go to peponi-lamu.com.
7. RODARTE’S cobwebby cardigans ($2,760) are highly coveted by Capitol devotees. “Each piece is unique and precious and needs to be loved and cared for, almost like a pet.”
8. POOLE’S HUSBAND, the architect Perry Poole (he designed the store’s spacious new digs), found this 1951 Brazzaville cabinet by Jean Prouvé at Tajan, a Paris auction house. Go to tajan.com.
9. SHE MET the French botanist and designer Patrick Blanc at a party in India thrown by the jeweler Marie-Hélène de Taillac. Their conversation led to the installation of one of his signature vegetal walls inside Capitol’s courtyard. “Patrick loves the South and was excited by the idea of doing a project here,” she says.
10. POOLE LOVES THIS perch-skin peep-toe ($1,195) by Omelle, a Los Angeles-based label whose shoes are “strikingly modern and strangely animal-like.”
11. SHE DESCRIBES Balmain’s stretch palm-print jeans ($3,415) as “Lilly Pulitzer meets Mad Max.”
12. ACCORDING TO POOLE, Alexander McQueen’s laser-cut leather corset ($3,175) forces its wearer to have a Pilates body all day. “It’s a great way to anchor one of this season’s flowing, nude chiffon numbers.”
13. AND, SHE ADDS, no sheer chiffon number would be complete without a Deborah Marquit fluorescent lace bra ($165) peeking out, “so you can channel your inner ’80s!” [?][?][?] SANDRA BALLENTINE