Lifestyle

FASHIONS FOR ANY OCCASION

In 1883 the world was on the verge of enormous change. Thomas Edison was building the world’s first overhead lighting system, and Karl Benz was about to introduce the first gasoline-powered car. It’s also the year that a hardworking European immigrant named Henry Berlin opened Berlins clothing store at the corner of King and Broad.

THE ART OF BEAUTY

Shades of blue—the color of the sea, sky and sunrises—surround you. Soft music blends with the soothing sound of flowing water. Plastic Surgery of the Carolinas offers patients an oasis-like environment.

BE UNIQUE

“Celebrate your uniqueness!” That is the 21st century’s rallying cry for a worldwide movement that encourages people to embrace their individuality and to strive to become exactly who they were meant to be.

JAZZ AGE LUXURY

We had long looked forward to last summer’s opening of The Spectator Hotel in Charleston’s historic French Quarter. Advance publicity suggested that it would be a boutique hotel like no other, inspired by the elegance of the art deco period and dedicated to the highest level of service. This winter, we had the chance to experience it.

A MUSICAL LEGACY

What’s New, What’s Happening, What’s Now

EMBRACING WELLNESS

Stephanie Burg, a lifelong professional ballet dancer, knows the importance of nutrition and positive body image.

BEAUTIFUL AND COVETED

Daughtridge’s background is in advertising and PR, although she’s also worked in interior design and retail. And while she’s not a Charlestonian by birth, she’s lived here for more than 20 years. “I fell in love with the city,” she says. “I walk to work, walk to church. I’m very blessed.”

AN INSANELY GOOD EVENING

A good dinner party is a thing of beauty. If you can assemble an inspiring group of people and give them good wine, memorable food and plenty of time to enjoy it all in a beautiful setting, you will have accomplished something magical.

AN ECLECTIC BOUTIQUE

Adornments for women, gear for men—that’s the tagline of Henry & Eva, a Mount Pleasant boutique owned by husband and wife Jeff and Wesley Kennedy.…

A PASSION FOR PROVENANCE

Like a conductor moments before he raises his baton, Jeremy Wooten—gavel in hand—looks out over the auction house filled with treasure, chatter and buyers from…

HANDPICKED DIAMONDS

Amidst the medieval streets and Renaissance monuments dominating the centuries-old city of Antwerp, Belgium, lies a single square mile of mostly nondescript-looking 20thcentury structures. Remarkably, the $54 billion annual business that lies within those few city blocks places Antwerp at the heart of the world’s trade for one specific product: diamonds.

A LOWCOUNTRY CHRISTMAS

Let’s face it: We need more than sticks, twigs, berries and fluffy stuff to make our Christmas memorable. We need to jazz up our decorations to reflect the season’s joyous mood. Too often, however, desperation leads to disaster: artificial garlands, red plastic bows and perhaps the greatest lily gilder of all time—glitter-sprayed poinsettias.

MAKING HISTORY COME ALIVE

Suzanne Findlen Hood is the curator of ceramics and glass at Colonial Williamsburg. She is co-author, with Janine Skerry, of Salt-Glazed Stoneware in Early America, winner of the American Ceramic Circle Book Award for 2009. Her most recent exhibition, China of the Most Fashionable Sort: Chinese Export Porcelain in Colonial America, is currently on view at the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum in Colonial Williamsburg. Hood’s presentation of the same title will be part of the Drayton Hall Distinguished Speakers Series at South Carolina Society Hall on October 15.

TRANSFORMATIVE TRAVEL

Some people are born with wanderlust, and I’m one of them. From an early age, a curiosity about the world and yearning for the exotic compelled me to read travel books: Thor Heyerdahl’s Kon-Tiki, Freya Stark’s The Southern Gates of Arabia and more.

RELAX AND REPAIR

Kimberly Powell, owner of the spacious 9,000-square-foot Woodhouse Day Spa, thinks she knows a couple of girls who can help fix those pesky wintertime skin concerns. Their names are Wonder Woman and Miss America, and they aren’t actually people at all. They are the endearing names for Woodhouse Day Spa’s two HydraFacial machines, aka the “Ferrari of facials.”

A LIVELY ENSEMBLE

It’s a cliché born of a dozen movies. Formally dressed dinner guests, having finished a sumptuous repast, settle into a drawing room with their brandies and liqueurs to enjoy the evening’s entertainment: live classical chamber music. Within minutes, eyelids heavy, they are nodding off. This popular image distorts the reality of a musical form that can be vibrant and invigorating. “It scares people away in some cases. They’re not sure how they are supposed to act or what they are going to hear,” says Sandra Nikolajevs, president and artistic director of Chamber Music Charleston (chambermusiccharleston.com), now in its ninth season.

A CULTURAL TREASURE

This fall is a great time to check out the exhibits and activities at Charleston’s Halsey Institute, for many years one of the city’s great cultural venues.

HAVEN FOR THE ARTS

Big news this season is the opening of Charleston’s re-envisioned Gaillard Center, a $143.5 million LEED-certified building that has transformed an outdated, ’60s-vintage building into a performance hall with state-of-the-art acoustics and an interior reminiscent of a European opera house.

COFFEE ALERT

If you’re a coffee enthusiast, you’ll be excited to know that Counter Culture Coffee (CCC), the Durham, North Carolina-based coffee roaster, recently opened a Charleston Training Center on Spring Street.

TRADITIONAL WITH FLAIR

Looking for the perfect holiday gift for a friend with a passion for interior design? Then pick up a copy of Traditional Interiors, by Brian D. Coleman, a new book that showcases the work of Leta Austin Foster, hailed by House Beautiful as one of the 20th century’s most influential interior designers.