Business on the Move

Elizabeth Skenes Millen

From Good to Great

Moving can be scary, especially when you are a successful retailer, who has been in the same tried and true location for 14 years. There are many unknowns when deciding to move the location of your business. For Jennifer Megliore, owner of ArtWare, who recently decided to move her art and gift store from Main Street to the new Shelter Cove Towne Centre, it was “an act of faith.” She left what she knew was good for the opportunity to hope for great.

Finding the Perfect Little Black Dress

Sharon Mosley

Even if you’re a dyed-in-the-wool “separatist” and love putting together your own unique ensemble, dresses can be the perfect solution to holiday fashion. For this holiday season, you can’t go wrong with a “one-hit-wonder,” especially if it’s in black.

“When you need to make an impression, nothing disguises pounds or adds height and general allure like the little black dress,” says fashion expert Paula Reed, creative director of the luxury etailer, MyTheresa.com. “Clearly, the little black dress is not as simple as it looks. Any old one will not do.”

In her highly touted book, Style Clinic, Reed offers some suggestions on choosing the perfect little black dress to flatter your figure’s best attributes. 

 

Dysfunctional Family

Jill Badonsky

Survival Kit for the Holidaze

 

The Holidaze are sneaking up on us more rapid than eagles their coursers they came. 
Let’s whistle, and shout, and call them by name! An Opportunity for Family Dysfunction.

 Holidays are filled with cheer, generosity, creativity, love and nostalgia. And I’m not saying everyone has it, 
buuuuut JUST in case you experience ANY discomfort in the sphere of family, here’s the updated version of my 
tongue-in-cheek and yet possibly useful dysfunctional family survival kit:

 

Shopping for a Laptop

Brenda Bennett

Here's What You Need to Know.

Over the years, the laptop has evolved from a semi-portable, heavy computer to a mobile, lightweight, super thin status statement. It is estimated that 187 million laptops will be sold in 2014, worldwide. So, how do you find your perfect laptop for you?

A Christmas Phantasm

Diane McMahon

Journey into the Winter Wonderland of Sandra Caglayan

If there are cynical souls who doubt that a magical world inhabited by fairies—old and young, wise and devious, industrious and mischievous—actually exists, they haven’t crossed the portal into the Christmas cosmos of Sandra Caglayan.

Local & Hungry

It's All Pink

How One Organization Makes a Huge Difference

Usually, when the topic of people suffering from hunger comes up, visions of starving children in Africa, Ethiopia, Haiti or some other far off places are imagined. While these areas of the world have citizens, both young and old, experiencing severe hunger, surprisingly so does our own Beaufort County, along with neighboring Jasper and Hampton counties. It’s true; hunger is a real problem right in our own backyard. Fortunately, there are organized efforts to help those in need. Second Helpings is one such organization that is making a huge difference between many having food on the table or not.

Make a Child Smile This Holiday Season

It's All Pink

Learn More About Operation Christmas Child

Operation Christmas Child is an organization built to support and have an impact on children around the world who are less fortunate.  Under the umbrella of the Samaritan’s Purse organization, they do many other missions, too, such as the world medical mission, child ministries and feeding programs. To be apart of such an amazing organization is such a blessing because to impact even one child in another country, can be a true, life changing experience. This program not only provides grace for children, it also is a deep blessing to all who give by teaching us how to be grateful for all the things we have and offer compassion for those children who have very little.

3D Mammogram

David Estle

Introducing the 3-D Mammogram

As each of us has moved into the digital age, whether we embrace it, medicine and so many other areas of our lives have undergone dramatic changes. Many of these changes are improving our lives. In the world of medical imaging, the invention of 3-D mammography (also known as breast tomosynthesis) is the most significant advancement in breast imaging to occur in the last 25 years. The use of digital mammography in the ‘90s was a step forward but it mostly improved the lives of the people who worked in the medical industry. However, digital mammography paved the way for 3-D mammography (3-Dm), which is a giant leap forward for the patient, not just their care providers.

Polo for Charity

Laura Jacobi

A Tradition of Good Times and Giving Back

As you drive onto the fields of Rose Hill Plantation, you notice the crowds gathering in their fancy hats as they scurry to set up the perfect “spread.” Once you hop out of the car, you’re hit by a fresh Lowcountry breeze, the smell of grass and delicious food, the sun on your face and the laughter of friends of all ages. It is game day for an age-old sport steeped in tradition.

How Not to Drop Dead

Elizabeth Skenes Millen

A Q&A with Leading Cardiologist and Author, Eduardo Chapunoff, M.D.

Say goodbye to flip flops and floaties and hello to hoodies and hayrides. Start thinking about falling into a new season headfirst with a to-do list that puts you in the mood to renew your fashion spirit. Here’s a list to get you started on a new season:

The Style List

Sharon Mosley

Ten Things to Do After Summer

Say goodbye to flip flops and floaties and hello to hoodies and hayrides. Start thinking about falling into a new season headfirst with a to-do list that puts you in the mood to renew your fashion spirit. Here’s a list to get you started on a new season:

Explore the Outdoors

Rachel Rucker

A Beginner's Guide to South Carolina's State Parks

Going on vacation this fall? You'd better! But let me warn you, it's a jungle out there, even if you're headed to the beach, the mountains or the museums.

Temptation is everywhere, usually fried or coated in chocolate. Without an action plan in place, even the strongest of us will wind up with Pop-Tarts and margaritas for breakfast.

Traveling This Fall?

Marilynn Preston

7 Ways to Stay on the Path

Going on vacation this fall? You'd better! But let me warn you, it's a jungle out there, even if you're headed to the beach, the mountains or the museums.

Temptation is everywhere, usually fried or coated in chocolate. Without an action plan in place, even the strongest of us will wind up with Pop-Tarts and margaritas for breakfast.

Shopping Pays—Even for Healthcare

Patricia Shapiro, M.D.

Many women spend hours clipping coupons, going to multiple grocery stores or making sure they get the best price per gallon of gas. They would never fill up the tank of their car not knowing if they were spending $3 or $30 for a gallon of gas. Yet these same conscientious consumers have no idea what they are spending when one of their family members has a medical procedure, imaging test or surgery—even though the stakes are much higher!

Landlord-Friendly Ways to "Unlease" Your Imagination

Rose Bennett Gilbert

We are grad students renting a nondescript little house for a year, which means we can’t paint the walls—they’re all white—or do much else that’s decorative. I’ve always loved decorating, but my artsy hands are tied. Maybe you have some suggestions that won’t compromise our security deposit?

Before You Buy

Sharon Naylor

Making the Most of Your Test-Drive

When you first slide into the seat of the vehicle you’re thinking of buying, you might fall in love with the gleaming new dashboard, the high-tech navigation system that wasn’t even on your wish list and that new-car smell (if you’re test driving a new car and not a used car). At least that’s what the car salesperson would love.

Car Buying Fees

Sharon Naylor

Understanding Which Ones to Pay and Which to Avoid

When you're looking at the price of the car you'd like to buy, you're actually looking at a variety of additional fees blended into that price. While most of these fees are required by state law and by the manufacturer, some—like creative dealership fees—can be questioned, challenged and perhaps removed from the total amount you owe on signing. When you learn about the fees often attached to a car’s purchase price, you become a smarter consumer. Learn to ask the right questions and use your depth of knowledge of the car purchasing process for negotiations to go more smoothly, possibly saving you significant money.

The Sky is Falling!

Sharon Naylor

How to Remove Bird Droppings from Your Car

It never fails. As soon as you get your car cleaned, waxed and looking like new, a bird from overhead delivers an unwelcome splatter right on your hood. And that unwelcome splatter needs to be removed immediately. Otherwise it can eat into your vehicle's paint and cause damage, reducing your car's value.

Selling Your Car

Kristen Castillo

Prepping Your Car For Sale by Owner

Juli Klie sold her car for the asking price. The secret behind this car-for-sale-by-owner success? “Besides having been realistic about the price, I think the key was that the car was very, very clean,” she says, noting two would-be buyers commented on the car’s cleanliness.

10 Surprising Things that Trigger "Fight-or-Flight"

Lisa Rankin

10 Surprising Things That Trigger "Fight or Flight"

You know that when you’re getting chased by a tiger, you’re almost in a car accident, your “to do” list is overflowing, and you’re burning the candle at both ends, your body’s “fight-or-flight” stress responses are going to get triggered. But you might not know what else will trigger stress responses in your body, and it’s important that you do!

Tying One On

Sharon Mosley

Scarf Style Trends: 2014

There are more ways to get tied up this year than anything you’ll find in “Fifty Shades of Grey.” And since I consider myself the Imelda Marcos of the scarf world (I have a whole wall full of scarves hanging in my closet), I try to keep up with the latest ways to indulge in this timeless accessory that can be worn dozens of ways and can instantly transform a basic wardrobe. Plus, scarves are one of the most inexpensive ways to experiment with new fashion trends. Here are a few tips on wrapping it up this year with scarf style: