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Charleston Girl Perfume: The Perfect Gift This Valentine’s Day

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , on January 25, 2012 by Lowcountry Boil

Photo courtesy: John Lindroth photography

Just in time for Valentine’s Day is the recent launch of Charleston Girl Perfume. Charleston Girl eau de parfum is a sultry, enticing fragrance that opens with a burst of sparkling-fruity top-notes, weaves a delicate and sensuous floral middle and finishes with a soft, amber and sandalwood dry-down. While including ingredients native to Charleston, this luminous fragrance captures the spirit of a true southern belle. With its chic red & white packaging and beautiful scent, Charleston Girl is the perfect pick for her this Valentine’s Day.

Kelly Gaskins, Photo courtesy: Ken Malcolm Photography

Former journalist and Charleston native Kelly Gaskins always had aspirations to branch out and start her own business.  Gaskins played a major role in designing the fragrance. She teamed with perfume manufacturer Alpha Aromatics to make the vision of her scent a reality. “I wanted to create a scent that would appeal to the refined tastes of every Charleston girl and bring out the fun, fearless southern belle in every woman,” said Gaskins. “It was fascinating to learn that you can layer so many different scents to create a beautiful end result.” The young entrepreneur even designed the bottle packaging. The simple and elegant bottle design is inspired by the graceful and natural beauty that distinguishes Charleston girls. Adorning the neck of the bottle is a stylish red bow that serves as a subtle and sexy accessory. The moniker written in beautiful cursive on the bottle adds a touch of sophistication and charm.

The perfume is inspired by the unique and unforgettable southern women of Charleston. “If you ask anyone that visits our city about the women here, they will tell you that Charleston girls are naturally smart, sexy and sophisticated,” said Gaskins. “Charleston girls possess an elegance and charisma that never seems to age.  We exude a confidence and charisma that lights up any room.”
The 1.7oz bottle retails for $39.99 at www.CharlestonGirlPerfume.com and in select boutiques.

Charleston’s City Market Gets Renovated

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 28, 2011 by Lowcountry Boil

By Sidney Wagner of Eclectic Interior Design Group

Photo courtesy: Charleston City Market

If you have ever visited Charleston, you have more than likely been to the City Market downtown. It is a must for tourists to buy locally made trinkets and sweetgrass baskets to mark their trip to the Lowcountry. To me, it is one of those things you can say “been there, done that” and check it off your list. However if you are my parents, you must go every time you visit your daughter and make her go with you. Now, I guess they will have a new excuse to drag me there as the Charleston’s Historic City Market just completed it’s 18 month, $5.5 million dollar two-phase renovation.

Photo Credit Margaret Houston via Garden & Gun Magazine

The land was given to Charleston in 1788 by Charles Pickney with the stipulation that it always be used as a public market. (Many think this building was used to sell slaves before the Civil War, but this is untrue.) The building itself dated back to 1807 and had not received any updates in over 40 years. The updated 37,000 square foot space houses 148 vendors and provides shoppers with the illusion of an outdoor market yet the comforts of air-conditioning. Honestly, I’m not sure how I feel about this. Despite the cramped quarters, lack of temperature control and smell of horse manure from the nearby carriages, I liked it looking old and authentic. I have yet to see it, so I will hold my judgments until I do.

Photo Credit Margaret Houston via Garden & Gun Magazine

WHERE:
Charleston’s City Market
188 Meeting Street
Charleston, SC 29401
Ph. 843-937-0920
info@thecharlestoncitymarket.com

Hours of Operation:
Open at 9:30 a.m. daily.
Seasonal Night Market Open from 7 pm to 10 pm in “C” Building

Heather Key Tiller’s Filigree Jewelry Boutique

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 26, 2011 by Lowcountry Boil

Photo provided by Filigree

Downtown Charleston offers a varied shopping experience for the tourists and locals alike. However, it is the small treasures of the sometimes hidden stores that make Charleston shine. One of those is Filigree, an innovative jewelry boutique featuring the creative wares of Heather Key Tiller. Located at 47 John Street in the fashionable Design District of historical Charleston, Filigree offers custom-designed pieces using unique accent finds as well as precious and semiprecious stones accompanied by 14-karat gold or sterling silver. All styles of necklaces, bracelets and earrings feature a signature “key” clasp and are created on-site in limited release.

According to Vogue Magazine, “Her pieces are excitingly unique and exquisitely handmade. The varied classic designs feature high quality, scintillating stones and lustrous pearls.”

Turquoise, Peruvian opal with various antique chains, Photo provided by Filigree

Heather Key Tiller graduated from Vanderbilt University and studied jewelry design at Penland School. She began her career in 1997 as a gemstone and metal artisan. Heather sold her designs at trunk shows, farmers’ markets and eventually in 80 stores along the Southeast. An entrepreneur with a passion and drive, she took a leap to open Filigree in 2001. Ten years later, Heather is a pioneer in the market of custom jewelry in the Southeast offering original, classic, yet funky natural stone jewelry that is timeless.

MORE INFORMATION: www.filigreecharleston.com

working primarily with natural stones

Local Fashion Spotlight: Escapada

Posted in Sales & Events with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 29, 2011 by Lowcountry Boil

Photo by Nicole Ward of Nicole Renee Photography

With Spring here and Summer just around the corner, it’s high time to get styled for the season. Inspired by the city where the designs are created, Charleston’s Escapada captures the essence of effortless femininity with easy luxe-for-less pieces perfect for an exotic escape, a relaxed day at the beach or an effervescent night on the town. Recently showcasing a variety of tropical-inspired resort and beachwear in vibrant tones and lush comfortable fabrics, Escapada offers the modern woman a brand filled with naturally chic attire. With a contemporary take on classic silhouettes, the flowing and flattering printed dresses accentuating a woman’s curves and best assets are a great addition to one’s wardrobe. Bold abstract printed tunics, flirty ruffled rompers, elegant off-the-shoulder jumpsuits, and softly draped dresses will take a woman from day to night and from the beach to the city streets allowing her to embrace the versatility of her lifestyle. Whether sipping a refreshing cocktail poolside or sailing along the Caribbean coast, Escapada’s vibrant collection of effortless styles will bring out the globetrotting goddess in any woman. An array of fresh, youthful, and colorful Escapada garments inspired by the culturally rich island lifestyle will accent any exotic global journey. Experience the sensation of Escapada, turning any day into an glamorous getaway.

Photo courtesy of Nicole Ward of Nicole Renee Photography

A brand with a conscience, Escapada is committed to making the world a better place. Through the donation of a portion of its profits, Escapada supports global charities, which enhance the lives of those in need, educate the minds of children and aid environmental causes. As a premium resort wear brand, Escapada confirms that women of all ages identify with it’s designs and sensibilities and has become an instant success, outperforming its established competitors. Escapada will continue to expand its global lifestyle brand with the launch of an accessories and home accessories collection. The company strives to continually look ahead and explore new and innovative lifestyle improvements to help women discover their inner beauty and serenity.

Escapada, a Charleston, South Carolina based lifestyle brand, was started in 2009 by its Founder and Creative Director, Natalia Castillo, who embraced her own passion for global travel through visionary designs for the modern woman. Recently showcased at Charleston Fashion Week, Escapada exudes a relaxed, yet vibrant aesthetic and is a must-have in beach and resort wear. Escapada is carried in over 550 exclusive boutiques and resorts throughout the country including Cheeca Lodge Resort and Spa, Palmetto Bluff Resort and Spa, and many luxury resorts throughout the US, Caribbean, Mexico and Tahiti.

Escapada can be found locally at:

Photo provided by Fashionwirepress.com

Kiawah/Seabrook:
Coastal Palms
585 Freshfields Drive
Johns Island, SC 29455
843.768.1992

Mount Pleasant:
Mary Mojo Boutique
1405 Ben Sawyer Blvd # 104
Mt Pleasant, SC 29464
843.388.2868

Downtown:
Sally Bette’s
74 N Market St.
Charleston, SC 29401
843.937.6211

For more information visit www.escapadaliving.com.

Mexico, and Tahiti

2nd Sunday on King Street

Posted in Sales & Events with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 6, 2011 by Lowcountry Boil

Rick Reinert's View From 179 King, a 2nd Sunday Painting

2nd Sunday on King Street, one of Charleston’s notable shopping, dining and cultural events, continues April 10th and the Second Sunday of every month on one of the South’s most unique main street. From 1:00 – 5:00 PM King Street will be closed to all vehicular traffic from Queen north to Calhoun as businesses invite everyone to enjoy the best shopping, dining and services the region has to offer, on the sidewalks and in the street. This month, watch for a special demonstration by Eye Level Art, this month’s 2nd Sunday nonprofit, creator of art, music and film events in the Cannonborough-Elliotborough area. Tina Christophillis and other artists will create a large collaborative painting that will be for sale after the event. Peter Kiral and Charleston Virtuosi will provide music, followed by a special group of young musicians from Cario and Laing Middle School in Mt. Pleasant.

More details will be available at www.secondsundayonkingstreet.com, along with downloadable parking vouchers good for two hours of free parking in any City of Charleston parking garage.

Don’t forget Upper King. The street isn’t closed, but many restaurants and businesses are open and there are several parking garages where parking vouchers may be redeemed. Halls Chophouse, O-Ku, Closed for Business, Cupcake, Monza, Juanita Greenberg’s and The Swamp Fox will all be serving food and drinks to 2nd Sunday customers.

Hampden Clothing: One Fierce Boutique

Posted in Sales & Events with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 28, 2011 by Lowcountry Boil

Stacy Smallwood

Written by Alexis Comer:

Located on the bustling retail mecca of King Street, Hampden Clothing is just what your inner fashionista is thirsting for in Charleston. I attended a Charleston Fashion Week kick-off event at Hampden recently and checked out the designs of A.L.C., Helmut Lang, Rag and Bone, and Charleston’s own Marysia Swim while sipping a cocktail with live house music in the background. The store had been set up specifically for this 4-trunk event showcasing cutting edge designers by devoting separate areas of the store to each designer who in turn had their own style and aesthetic.

The store looked amazing and the atmosphere was a preview to the of excitement of Charleston Fashion Week, just six days away. Ayoka Lucas, Style Editor for Charleston Magazine, was on the scene as were a bevy of fashionable ladies, taking in the unique clothes, shoes, and jewelry. The event’s success and flawless execution are a testament to Hampden’s exceptional influence in the Charleston fashion world.

With the vision to create a boutique that offered trendy pieces, emerging designers, and wardrobe staples, founder Stacy Smallwood established Hampden Clothing as the Southeast’s newest destination for personal style. A native of South Carolina, Smallwood has had an interest in the creative arts since her childhood. Following college at Vanderbilt University, Smallwood leapt into the rigorous and well-respected buyers training program at Neiman Marcus in Dallas, Texas. There, she was mentored by some of the best buyers in the business and carefully honed her retailing and customer service skills. Smallwood rose through the ranks as an assistant buyer for designer sportswear and department manager of Ladies Shoes.

Hampden Clothing stocks designer and contemporary clothing from the most emerging, hard to find designers such as Opening Ceremony and Dagmar to the hottest designers of the moment like Alexander Wang, Yigal Azrouel, and more. Hampden Clothing has been regulary mentioned in Elle, Lucky, InStyle, Vogue, and was featured as one of the Top 50 Stores in the Country by Marie Claire Magazine. With two locations and an online website, Hampden Clothing offers customers a unique experience including all of your favorite designers along with impeccable customer service.

Hampden Clothing
314 King Street
Charleston, SC 29401
Ph. 843-724-6373

Time for Charleston Fashion Week

Posted in Sales & Events with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 21, 2011 by Lowcountry Boil

Showcasing emerging designers and regional retailers and models, Charleston Fashion Week® will be held on March 22-26th under the tents in Marion Square in Charleston, SC. This five night celebration will feature more than 30 runway shows, the Emerging Designer Competition: East, the Spring Bridal Show, and the Rock the Runway Model Competition. Named a Top 20 Event for March by the Southeast Tourism Society and accredited with launching the careers of numerous up-and-coming fashion designers, this true multimedia event presents high-end runway shows, interactive entertainment, chic after-parties, and press events. Charitable partners for 2011 include Center For Women and Lowcountry AIDS Services.

Photo provided by Charleston Fashion Week

Tuesday, March 22 – Friday, March 25 Style Lounge and Pre-Party 6PM, Runway Doors Open at 7PM, Runway Shows Begin at 7:30PM

Emerging Designers:

Tuesday: Marie Cordella, Van Hoang, Veritee Hill, Sarah Parrott

Wednesday: Stephanie Mejia, Mary Labberton, Anjelika Krishna, Cody Sai Adler- McAllister

Thursday: Eleanor Morgan Hoffman, Julie Wheat, Sasha Gil, Michael Wiernicki

Friday: La’Daska Powell, Thea Canlas, Isabel Crosby, Charlotte Hess

Featured Designer:

Tuesday: Barbara Beach, Jamie Lin Snider

Wednesday: Troubadour

Thursday: Hunter Dixon

Friday: April Johnston

Saturday, March 26 – Spring Bridal Show Presented by Gathering – floral + event design Doors Open at 10:30AM, Runway Shows Begin at 11:30AM, Complimentary Champagne Reception 10:30 – 11:30AM SIP Champagne Cocktails, SHOP the Bridal Accessory Lounge & SAMPLE sweet and savory treats

Featured Designer: Heidi Elnora

Photo provided by Charleston Fashion Week

Saturday, March 26 – Fashion Finale Style Lounge and Pre-Party 7PM, Runway Doors Open at 8PM 2011 Emerging Designers Finalist Collections, Rock The Runway Model Competition, Rock The Runway Model Comp Winner Announced and People’s Choice and Grand Prize winner announced Fashion Finale

Featured Designers: David Yoo & Larika Page 10:35pm All EDs On Stage and Winner Announced

Ticket pricing is below and can be purchased by clicking here.

-Runway Shows (Tuesday – Thursday): $45 daily GA; $75 daily VIP (Cash Bar)
-Runway Show (Friday): $55 GA; $85 VIP (Cash Bar)
-Spring Bridal Show (Saturday): $45 GA; $60
-VIP includes a complimentary champagne reception and Big Day bites (Cash Bar) Fashion Finale featuring the Emerging Designer Finalists plus Rock the Runway Model Competition: $55 GA; $95 VIP (Cash Bar)
-Weekly Pass Non-Reserved: $210, includes Tuesday – Friday shows & Fashion Finale VIP Weekly Pass: $325, includes Tuesday – Friday shows & Fashion Finale with a guaranteed reserved seat plus one free drink nightly

Charleston Fashion Week Official After Parties:
-Tues, March 22nd @ Torch Velvet Lounge & Social Restaurant & Wine Bar
-Wed, March 23rd @ NV Dance Lounge, Catch Two2 Secret Party with Mychael Knight
-Thurs, March 24th @ Music Farm & O-Ku
-Fri, March 25th @ Tivoli & Halls Chophouse
-Sat, March 26th @ “LUXE” The Official Charleston Fashion Week Finale Party

Photo provided by Heirloom Creative Photography for Charleston Fashion Week

Presenting sponsor of Charleston Fashion Week® 2011 is the Art Institute of Charleston. Other sponsors include Aloft Hotel, American Airlines, Baker Motor Company, Embassy Suites Historic, The Shops at Charleston Place Hotel, Francis Marion Hotel, gathering – floral + event design, Gentleman Jack, Grey Goose, Jaguar West Ashley of Baker Motor Company, Korbel, Little Black Dress, PDA Video, REEDS Jewelers, Snyder Event Rentals and Technical Event Company. Charleston Weddings Spring Bridal Show is presented by gathering – floral + event design. Other notable sponsors include The Knot, Charleston Harbor Resort & Marina, Grey Goose, Korbel, Snyder Bar and Technical Event Company.

For additional information about the event, schedules or to purchase schedules, visit www.charlestonmag.com/fashionweek.

 

2010 SPO NSORS PRESE NTI NG sponsor: The Art Institute of Charleston bridal couture pRESE NTI NG sponsor: gathering—floral + event design Aloft Hotel Atlanta Apparel at AmericasMart Baker Motor Company Blue Door Photography Carolina First Bank Charleston Area Convention & Visitor Bureau Charleston Symphony Orchestra Cru Catering Embassy Suites Historic F22 Internet Solutions Francis Marion Hotel Freshfields Village Gentleman Jack Grand Ideas Grey Goose ICEBOX Innovative Beverage Services Jan-Pro Cleaning Services Korbel Little Black Dress Wines My TV Charleston Nature’s Calling, Inc. Newton Farms Catering Porsche Production Design Associates Smartwater Snyder Event Rentals Stella Nova Technical Event Company
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