Glam Guide: My Quest to Design My Best Body

Annette Zaro, D.C.

Body By Design Charleston

Ok ladies and gents...can we REALLY lose fat and inches by going to a spa like clinic versus a sweaty gym? That is the big question that I needed an answer for, so, I looked into some of the fun, interesting, and sometimes painful tools that are out there to help us with those stubborn areas.

Glam Guide: Body By Design Charleston

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The skinny on us: Established in 2016. My husband Michael and I opened Body By Design in 2016, with a desire to give people in Charleston the most up to date equipment available to help them achieve their body sculpting goals. We had a lot of choices when it came to which equipment we were going to offer, and after extensive research we truly believe that UltraShape delivers what is says and that it is much safer than freezing or heating the body to eliminate fat. This product is congruent with my philosophy that above all, we should not do harm to our bodies. I am a natural practitioner and feel very good about bringing this to friends here in the Lowcountry.

Glam Guide: Transformation Medical

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Our customers love: The friendly welcoming atmosphere and personal service they receive. Transformation Medical is a combination of a primary care medical practice and medical spa that has all the tools to keep our clients feeling great and maintaining their youthful appearance.

Glam Guide: Forsythe Jewelers

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Our customers love: The ability to shop a “big city” selection in a small town atmosphere.
The skinny on us: Over the past 35 years, our family-owned business has established itself as an island landmark and was recently named “Small Business of the Year” by the Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Chamber of Commerce.

Glam Guide: Lux~A Medical Spa

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Offers Answers to Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What are some of the most common questions patients have when they come to LUX?
A: The questions usually depend upon the patient’s age. Women in their 20s ask about lines in forehead and lip augmentation. 30 and 40 year old women become more concerned with 11 lines between the brows and enjoy playing with cheek as well as lip volume to get a desired look. Women in their 50s and 60s are less aware of volume loss than overall sag, particularly upper eye lid, brow and corners of the mouth. They say “I’m tired of people asking am I tired or sad.” Creases in the forehead and between the brow worry men more, but just as with women as they age, volumizing with filler also improves a man’s look. Logically the corrections I make with fillers and Botox or Dysport are directed to restore the patient’s natural volume and lift.

Glam Guide: Lux~A Medical Spa

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The skinny on us: Our mission is to be the premier choice for medical aesthetics and skin enrichment services, such as Botox, dermal fillers, CoolSculpting, laser hair removal, microneedling, and our newest procedure—microblading for the eyebrows! Co-owned by Frederick Weniger, MD of Weniger Plastic Surgery and Carmen Traywick, MD of May River Dermatology, LUX~ A Medical Spa has been voted by patients as the “Best Medical Spa” for the past two consecutive years since opening our doors in 2014.

Women of the Italian American Club of Hilton Head

Carmen Hawkins DeCecco

Women of the Italian American Club of Hilton Head

Toss out any preconceived notion of what an Italian-American woman should be like. The Italian-American Club of Hilton Head (IACHH) powers that be, passed a rule a few years ago declaring… NO RULES (ta-da!) regarding one’s ethnic heritage when applying for membership to the club. That’s right, you read it here first. You don’t have to be Italian to join the Italian-American Club.

Cheese Blintzes

Elizabeth Millen

A Sweet Yom Kippur Tradition

Cheese Blintzes

Debbie Timen has been making cheese blintzes since she was 11 years old, when she stood beside her grandmother in the kitchen and learned the family recipe. Although her grandmother passed away only two years later, she made a life-long impression on Deb. A perfect balance of sweet and savory, blintzes are a long tradition for breaking the fast after Yom Kippur. It is thought to be easy on the stomach after fasting for 25 hours. According to epicurious.com, “…it is common to serve dairy-focused dishes—rather than meat-based ones—because many people find them easier for empty bellies to digest. A typical spread includes bagels with lox and cream cheese, baked casserole-style dishes like strata and kugel, blintzes and assorted cookies and cakes.”

Seasonal Opener to Inspire

Lisa Carroll

Your Heart and National Spirit

Seasonal Opener to Inspire

The Hilton Head Choral Society (HHCS) will be opening their new season of song 100-plus voices strong. A large percentage of those singers are women who have been trailblazers in their own right.  Comprising over 60 percent of the chorus and 80 percent of the choral society board, these women have served as leaders of major corporations and innovators in their communities and hail from many states across the U.S. On September 9, this diverse group of women will help lead the Hilton Head Choral Society in a concert that focuses on what makes us ALL strong—our great nation.

Vintage Vibes

Lindsay Gifford

The Private Collection of Joanna Baeren

Vintage Vibes

We’ve all heard the fashion forecasts: “The ‘40s are back,” “The ‘50s are back.” It’s true that designers are often inspired by the past. But what if you could just take your pick of any of these trends all in one place? Enter the vintage vibe. Whether you discover a treasure trove of oldies but goodies at a local boutique or troll the Internet for a rare find, wearing vintage clothes does take some moxie. But it can pay off big time in the style department if you do your homework.

Get Fiscally Fit

Mary Hunt

Everyday Cheapskate

Get Fiscally Fit

We all know about getting physically fit: Participate in aerobic exercise; do some weight training; walk whenever you can. But how much do you know about getting fiscally fit? It’s not difficult, but it does require a plan.

Africa Fashion Week LowCountry

Donellia L. Chives

Couture, Culture and Celebration

Africa Fashion Week LowCountry

Africa Fashion Week is held in major cities around the world, initially started by Adiat Disu, a former TJX and IBM corporate powerhouse and creator of Adirée, using the New York Fashion Week platform. Adiat’s vision was to bring African fashion to the world stage, showcasing and promoting African fashion as luxury brands. Fast-forward 10 years and designers, influencers, and brand ambassadors all over the world now host this fashion extravaganza!

Invest for Your Grandchildren's College Education

Carrie Schwab-Pomerantz

Ask Carrie

Invest for Your Grandchildren's College Education

Dear Reader, I applaud your idea wholeheartedly—with just one caveat. Before you move ahead, make absolutely sure you won’t need that money for your own retirement. It’s great to be generous, but only make this gift to your grandkids if you’re confident you’ll have the financial resources you’ll need for yourself. To me, retirement is one time when it’s OK to be a little selfish.

That said, investing in a child’s education is a wonderful gift. To do it thoughtfully, there are essentially four options to consider: a 529 plan, a custodial account, a trust account, or simply using your own account with the plan to make gifts to your grandchildren later. Here are the basics of each.

Summer White

Sharon Mosley

A Long Time Fashion Favorite

Summer White

Cool off those hot summer days with a wardrobe of white essentials. White really does go with everything! So whether you pair it up with colorful brights, classic black or wear white from head to toe, here are the last ditch summer basics to stock up on now:

Constance Martin-Witter

Laurie McCall

A Legacy of Loving Thy Neighbor

Constance Martin-Witter

There was something special about Ms. Ida Martin, a woman who just couldn’t stand to do nothing. Her heart and passion for the community gained national attention in 2011 when she was awarded the Presidential Citizens Medal, one of the highest civilian honors in the United States. In a speech, President Barack Obama spoke about Ms. Martin saying, “In 1987, a single mom and her child—her children—moved in across the street from Ida Martin. Ida saw their refrigerator was empty, except for a bottle of water, so she brought them groceries. And I guess once she got started, she couldn’t stop. So last year, the organization she founded, answered nearly 22,000 requests for aid.” The organization President Obama was referring to is Bluffton Self Help.

Hope's Law Will Affect You

Jackie Brown, RN, CBCN

The New Law on Mammography

Hope's Law Will Affect You

Hope Gelting had never been told she had dense breasts. It wasn’t until she was diagnosed with advanced stage breast cancer that she learned the dense glandular tissue in her breasts put her at higher risk of developing cancer and made it more difficult to find tumors using standard mammography.

Escape into a Great New Read

Lindsay Gifford

Dive into Mary Kay Andrew's New Hit The Weekenders

Escape into a Great New Read

The Weekenders.The summer brings hot weather, boat time and plenty of activities. I often find solace in enjoying a good book. I love turning to a good mystery or (shhh!) a little romance and New York Times bestselling author, Mary Kay Andrews, delivers on both! Her light-hearted, page-turners are an easy-read that is perfect to take along anywhere.

Summer Beauty

Sharon Mosley

Chill Out and Makeup

Summer Beauty

As summer heats up and the makeup melts down, take a break and don’t sweat it. There are plenty of ways to chill out and put on a happy face.

Here are some beauty tips to help you keep your cool in the sun.

The Inn on Mill Creek

Lindsay Gifford

Black Mountain's Serene Secret Hide-a-way

The Inn on Mill Creek

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.

Energy Express

Marilynn Preston

Bummer Summer? Not! 5 Ways to Find Your Sizzle

Energy Express

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. 

Jasmina Kimova

Jane Kendall

Every Picture Tells a Story

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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.

Sandalous!

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Strappy and Happy for Both Day and Night

Sandalous!

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