Chill Out and Makeup
Black Mountain's Serene Secret Hide-a-way
Do you ever want to just get away from it all? We all need a break every once and awhile, but I live in paradise where beautiful views abound, so what’s a girl to do? Head to the luscious mountains of western North Carolina, of course! I won’t lie, when the hazy blue tip-tops of the mountains first come into view, I become giddy. On this particular trip to the Inn at Mill Creek, my mom and I headed northwest for a girls’ weekend to celebrate Mother’s Day. We had no idea what this fabulous weekend had in store.
Bummer Summer? Not! 5 Ways to Find Your Sizzle
Summer is busting out all over! July jumpstarts the heart of summer, a time of fun and frolicking for highly discerning people who see the warm-weather months as a time to play more and worry less.
It’s not easy, not in this election year. Ridicule has trumped reason. No matter your party, it may feel like the party’s over. Tension is high wherever you turn.
But please don’t turn off that healthiest part of you, yearning to sign up for windsurfing school or start playing softball, tennis, volleyball or even that cruelest and most mystical of games, golf.
Do it, do it, do it! The summer is made for action, which is always better for your health than reaction—to outrageous headlines, and nonstop stupid tweets.
Every Picture Tells a Story
When you walk into Jasmina Kimova’s home studio you immediately feel transported to a fine art gallery with a high fashion exhibit. The portraits on the wall are indescribably breathtaking! It has been just a year and a half since her move to Beaufort, a place that nurtures her spirit, where she finds herself surrounded by like-minded creative and talented artists. Her journey to get here has required enormous courage and trust in her intuition.
Strappy and Happy for Both Day and Night
1) Bow-tiful: These fun jelly sandals in matte black by 2 Chic are the perfect complement for a dress or capris, as well as, a great option to hit the beach. Sporting a cute bow detail on top will have everyone saying they are bow-tiful. Available at Eggs ’n’ tricities, Old Town Bluffton.
2) Anchors Away: Oka-B’s Sterling Licorice sandals, adorned with one of the Lowcountry’s favorite symbols—the anchor, are perfect for the beach or a backyard BBQ. Available at Fresh Produce, Coligny Plaza, HHI
Check Out Our Stunning Top 10
Growing up in the Lowcountry offers beautiful landscapes, fantastic wildlife and endless water views…oh, and flat land! When I first became interested in hiking in the mountains to see waterfalls, I wondered if I would be able to do it. I discovered I can! It just takes a little time and research to find out which falls are the best for your endurance, not all of them are rigorous treks.
Find the Right Fit Your Bodytype
Before you even step into that dressing room ... or slip into the virtual realm of online shopping, take a deep breath and dive into a new swimsuit season. It may not be one of your favorite ways to spend a Saturday afternoon, but shopping for swimwear is the best way to find the perfect swimsuit. Here are some tips to get you in the swim of things:
A Gentle Investigation of Self-Sabotage
Is exercise good for you?
Regular workouts give you strength, energy, a trimmer body, a healthier heart, a calmer mind and a much lower risk of at least 35 (!) different devastating diseases, including high blood pressure, stroke, osteoporosis, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, diverticulitis, Type 2 diabetes, colon and breast cancer and, yes, even that star of prime-time TV: erectile dysfunction.
7th Annual Celebration of Local Men
There’s something special about the relationship a man has with his chair. Curiously, we wanted to see some of the chairs our local Beaufort County men are attached to, and therefore, went looking for a few good men. We did a good job finding them, and not only did they have a favorite “chair,” creative as it may be, but a lot of heart as well!
A Short Drive to Fabulous Fun
When you live in an area flooded with tourists, and surrounded by some of the most scenic views and beautiful beaches, where does one go for a quick get-away or a fun girls’ weekend? Florence, SC, of course!
After living in the Florence area for 10 years, I would have never considered returning for a pleasurable weekend, other than to visit friends. But wouldn’t you know it, as soon as I moved away, a group of people had a vision to make Florence cool and made sure that vision came to fruition.
Annual Pet Yearbook
Women In Business - May 2016
How would you describe your life? Are you working to live or living to work, or are you one of those very fortunate people who has achieved good balance between your work and personal life? By good balance, I mean leading a fulfilling, multi-dimensional life. You feel fulfilled at work, and you have an enriching life outside of work. What represents the right balance is specific to each individual.
Dogs Days Are Great for Business
Woodrow, a 9-year-old Boxer-English Bull Dog, heads to work riding shotgun next to his owner, Chase Cuppia. His parents are third generation owners of Modern Jewelers in Beaufort. The guys have been a team since Chase graduated from USC in 2008. There was never a question whether Woodrow would partner with Chase at work. Upon arrival, Woodrow takes his place in the shop’s front window. He greets everyone by rolling over and waiting for a belly rub. “Woodrow is great for business,” says Chase. “He hangs out with kids, smiles for pictures and he’s our best advertisement.” He lives for treats and customers love to oblige. His biggest prize to date… a little girl brought Woodrow a Dairy Queen Blizzard!
Karen White’s New Book is All the Buzz
Karen White, “the queen of southern fiction” has a new novel hitting stands next month that will have everyone buzzing. An intricately woven mystery, with an underlying theme of bees, offers readers insight into a family that is anything but ordinary.
Meet Georgia Chambers, a single woman in New Orleans, who finds happiness in valuing antiques, especially rare china, and is on a perpetual search for old-fashioned keys and their corresponding locks. She hasn’t seen her family in 10 years, but when you add in a 90-year-old grandfather, who is a religious bee keeper, a mother who has been mute for nearly 10 years and suffers from mental issues, a sister filled with hatred from a tragedy, a niece who adores her, and a handsome man looking to value his china, you have a recipe that can’t be beat!
Sarah Hudson Grant: Historic Daufuskie Island Midwife
As Daufuskie Island’s midwife from 1932-1969, Mrs. Sarah Hudson Grant was the first to welcome 130 souls into the world, and as the undertaker, she was the last to bid many farewell on their journey home. As it was said, “Granny bring ‘em ‘n she take ‘em away.”
“There must’ve been a density about Mrs. Grant, a gravity about her presence. It’s true of anyone who spends much time with people as they die. She was a serious woman, with a regal bearing like a well-behaved queen, the kind of woman who when she passed by, the troublemakers got good for a little while.” That’s how southern author Bo Bryan describes Mrs. Grant. Although Bo never met her, well, not in life anyway, he lived in her house on Daufuskie and claims that he certainly felt her presence, “Especially when my kids would come visit. I always felt she was a protector.”
New York Times Bestselling author, Mary Alice Monroe, Launches New Book and a Chance to Win a Dream Lowcountry Wedding
Mary Alice Monroe, a beloved NY Times Bestselling author, has done it again. In her new book A Lowcountry Wedding, which hits the bookstores on May 3, she draws our hearts back to Sullivan’s Island (SC) and to the three sisters who Mary Alice fans have come to love in her Summer Series, which launched in 2013, producing an entry each year since.
There is always excitement when a new book is released, especially one that continues the journeys of characters readers have grown to love. And Mary Alice is the master at creating very real, problematic characters, which readers can attach themselves to and identify with. At the beginning of A Lowcountry Wedding, readers are presented with two wedding invitations to two of the sister’s weddings, in the same weekend.
The Gem Behind the Gems
Some of the Newest Looks on the Menu for Spring
Vanessa Leite Speaks Out
Vanessa Leite and I met for coffee in early March. Her bright smile and strong handshake expressed vigor. She asked if we could sit outside in the shade because sunlight bothered her eyes. I had no idea I was about to converse with a woman who has experienced unthinkable physical challenges. Vanessa’s eyes burn while dealing with flashes and floaters. Her vision is failing. She wears a heart monitor because of an irregular heartbeat and low blood pressure. She faces the need for a pacemaker in the near future. Every day, Vanessa deals with headaches, fatigue, dizzy spells, painful joints and tingling in her extremities. Her nervous system, heart and liver are damaged. At age 40, Vanessa is living with late stage chronic Lyme disease.
Energy Express - May 2016
Remember last Dec. 31? It was the night you popped the champagne, slapped your cheek, screamed “enough!” and resolved to do something positively healthy in the new year.
Learn to cook! Lose 30 pounds! Get to the gym three times a week! Stop after one glass! (OK, two.) Find time to meditate 10 minutes a day, no matter what!
Real Life Treasure Hunting
My treasure hunting started in the backyard around the age of 5, when, for a couple of years, I worked on digging a hole that I’m pretty sure could’ve easily been turned into a swimming pool. I mostly found grubs and earthworms, but all it took was one bent, silver spoon, and I was convinced that if I dug down deep enough I’d hit the mother lode. The Goonies was all the affirmation I needed.
A Fabulous Get-away Just Two Hours South
Occasionally, life deals you the perfect hand. That is how I would describe the four days I recently spent on St. Simons Island, Ga., spending time both there and in Brunswick. I arrived on a Friday afternoon alone. It was a short two-hour drive from Hilton Head. I had only seen my accommodations online, however, Debi Fry, manager of SSI Fun Property Rentals, had set everything up, so I knew I had nothing to worry about. I have rented from SSI Fun for years and haven’t been disappointed yet.
When I made the turn onto Beachview Drive, the Holly Hudson House was in sight. I kept turning my head from the house to the wide-open view of the great Atlantic right across the street. Quite frankly, they both were stunning. I got out of my car, took in a deep, soul filling, salt-air breath and started making myself at home. This was an easy task because the grandness of this house was exactly what I needed. After filling the elevator with my bags and sending it upstairs to wait on me, I meandered up to find myself in awe. I was like a princess who had found her castle. The covered porch, which sprawled across the entire front of the house, beckoned me. The view was expansive and I was mesmerized.
Beyond the Basics
Sometimes endings are simply new opportunities. That’s what Jackie Rosswurm discovered after retirement. She started as a first generation college graduate from a small factory town in the Midwest. Forty-four successful years later, Jackie had seen every aspect of the public school system in roles from teacher to principal to acting superintendent.
But in 2013, she decided to transition into a new chapter of her life and retire. “I do not know what the future holds, but I do know that my life’s work is not yet complete and…that my belief in the value of education will lead me to my next challenge and opportunity,” stated Jackie in her letter to the Beaufort County Board of Education announcing her retirement.
Whether you’re headed to experience the Northern Lights
or escaping to the tropics, packing for vacation can be a daunting task.
Before you start filling up that empty luggage for your big adventure,
here are some basic tips for traveling in style.
First of all, do a little planning. It’s tempting to try to throw everything from the closet into your suitcase. You tell yourself, “You never know what you might need! Might as well pack everything I can cram into my bag!” If you are guilty of this (and you know who you are, all you suitcase-sitters out there) then take a few minutes to plan, and even make a list if that helps. Do some thinking about exactly what you will be doing day by day. Then pack accordingly.
Women in Business - March 2016
Have you ever noticed how some people light up a room when they enter? When they speak, they have instant credibility. Just standing near them makes you feel good. Their leadership status is assumed by the essence of their presence. This is a powerful presence.
During the first few seconds when someone new meets you, they will form an impression about your stature, credibility and likeability. This impression is based heavily on what they see and what that tells them about you. It is no surprise how you hold yourself is a reflection of your sense of power, and this is what they pick up. If you lack confidence, it is natural to slump and condense your space; if you have lots of confidence, you expand your space by standing tall with your head back and shoulders square.
Weaving History, Nature and Health into a Day Well Spent
A developing treasure is winding through northern Beaufort County. It’s providing residents and visitors an opportunity to turn back time, enjoy stunning views and maintain a healthy lifestyle. The Spanish Moss Trail meanders atop the historic Magnolia Railroad Line for 6.5 miles connecting Port Royal and Beaufort. The trail continues to expand, with expected completion of 11 miles by Labor Day of 2016. The trail will extend past the Marine Corps Station through Poppy Hill Community to Clarendon Road. The 12-foot wide paved path blends in beautifully with neighborhoods, tidal waterways and rustling forests.
I love to travel but it always involves challenges. That’s why I have adopted an attitude that assumes no matter how well I’ve planned, if something can go wrong, it probably will. And, if it doesn’t? I consider that a travel bonus.
Over the years, I’ve collected a bunch of really great travel tips—some fun, some crazy, but all of them very useful if only to avoid a headache or two.
Some Fitting Advice
I saw a friend out running the other day. He was running; I was racewalking, hat pulled down to avoid the odd stare. He didn’t look happy, and his gait was off.
“What’s wrong?” I asked.
“Shoes hurt,” he answered, pointing to a snazzy new pair in a neon color I can’t name. “Brand-new, and they’re killing me.”
When I saw Dan a few days later, he was smiling. No pain, no limp, no new shoes. “I’m back to my old ones,” he said. “They feel great.”
Aches and pains are part of life. You wake up one morning and your back is tight, your knee is pinched, your neck is jammed between two stone pillars. We usually accept these limitations and move on the best we can, with or without an Advil.
But here’s the good news. Many of the aches and pains we live with are caused by muscular imbalance. And muscular imbalance is often curable. By us, no prescription required.
Without spoiling your new year with anatomical details, muscle imbalance is what happens when you use one set of muscles too much, and the opposing muscles a lot less. The overused muscles—over time—become inflamed and irritated. The underused muscles weaken and become vulnerable. The combo leads to sore joints, nagging pain and visits to doctors, all of which could have been avoided if you paid attention to muscular imbalance and learned to prevent it.
Turning Tragedy into Triumph
Pattie Welek Hall loves books. Growing up in a home where reading was considered dawdling, Pattie didn’t truly discover the wonderful world of reading until she was in her 20s. While it was her love of books that led her to a career with the bookseller giant Barnes and Noble, it was a tragic turn of events that led her to writing.
Every mother’s worst nightmare is getting that call in the middle of the night. Just by sheer timing, one instinctively knows bad news is calling. Pattie got one of those calls and that is where her book, A Mother’s Dance (Writelife Publishing 2015), begins.