Lifestyle

RESETTING YOUR METABOLISM

You’ve tried them all. When it comes to weight loss programs, you know the ins and outs. Sure, you’ve lost weight with them, but it crept back on (probably with some extra thrown in for not-so-good measure). Frustration, disappointment and a sense of failure add up almost as quickly as the pounds.

OBJECTS OF DESIRE

With one quick glance through the storefront window, an unwitting passerby might surmise that they happened upon the hottest new deli in town. It’s lunchtime at Charleston Gold & Diamond Exchange, but sodas and sandwiches are definitely not on the menu of this bustling business located in Mount Pleasant’s Belle Hall Shopping Center

THE KEYS TO CHARLESTON

If you were asked to imagine the perfect real estate agent, you might start with someone who has lived in Charleston her whole life. Better yet, you’d want a team—two people raised here, so each could bring a different perspective to each sale. This team would have a deep understanding of the area and would have lived through the ups and downs of the real estate market. Each would be distinguished as a Realtor and a Charleston Area Top Producer. To make this duo really special you’d add expertise in another field, like social work and interior design. Put all these attributes together and you have Keys To Charleston Real Estate, the combined efforts of Saida Russell and Caroline Ragsdale, a team that works for the downtown real estate firm of Disher, Hamrick and Myers.

INSPIRING WONDER

Whether you’re an experienced parent of four or someone who has to buy the occasional birthday present for a friend’s kid, chances are you’ve been in a Wonder Works toy store.

CHARLESTON IS HER PASSION

Beatty Martin is having fun. As a Realtor for Handsome Properties, she spends most days taking her clients through beautiful Charleston properties from the Battery to the beaches. She calls this “treasure hunting.”

DO IT YOUR WAY

What if there were no fashion trends and you could wear comfortable clothes that make you feel beautiful? What if you could get rid of all the things in your closet that you are supposed to like, but don’t? What if you were free to create your own unique style? For women especially, this would be a revolution, and there’s no better person than Sarah Berrard, owner of Mount Pleasant’s 7 Gypsy boutique, to start it.

DON’T STICK YOUR HEAD IN A HINGE

You have heard the saying, “Don’t bury your head in the sand like an ostrich.” In fact, ostriches don’t bury their heads. They lay them on the ground to swallow sand when they feed.

DOROTHEA BENTON FRANK: THE NOVELIST AT EASE

On a sun-splashed day in her new Sullivan’s Island home, Dorothea Benton Frank nibbles on a piece of cake from the Peninsula Grill, sips a cool glass of ice tea and muses on the fates that have brought her, the Bard of the Beach, to this pass, a New York Times best-selling author whose 16th novel, All the Single Ladies, debuts this summer.

CHARLESTON’S FIRST ART HOTEL

This spring we stopped by The Vendue (formerly The Vendue Inn), a boutique hotel that, in 2014, completed a multimillion- dollar renovation.

WHERE CUISINE AND HISTORY MEET

Guilds Hollowell, a partner in Charleston Culinary Tours (CCT), offers an amazing fact about the rate at which new restaurants have opened on Upper King Street.

A FRESH TAKE ON FASHION

These days, shopping takes a well-worn track. Walk into any high-end shopping district in any city in the world and you’ll see the same stores touting the same brands.

THE HISTORY OF BOUGAINVILLEA

It should come as no surprise that, because Charleston oozes with history, gardeners from “off”—the local vernacular for people who aren’t from here—want to know about our horticultural heritage.

BUILDING FINANCIAL CONFIDENCE

Sometimes life’s changes come with various financial stresses, compounding an already difficult situation. Charleston native Michelle Ivy Johnson offers a helping hand to those in need of financial guidance and planning for their life’s “new normal.”

NOTHING BUT THE BEST

If there was an Academy Awards for jewelry making, the American Gem Traders Association (AGTA) Spectrum Awards would be it.

THE PLACE TO BE

The first thing you notice about Miss Lulu’s is that it smells good. Not in a perfumy, niceshop kind of way, but in an “I smell really good barbecue” kind of way.

THE HILLS ARE ALIVE

In Brevard, North Carolina, a town cradled in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains, the hills are indeed alive with the sounds of music—music by the likes of Mozart, Verdi, Schumann, Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninoff, Mahler, Gershwin and many more of the world’s greatest composers.

EMBRACING ORNAMENTAL FRUIT TREES

Whether you were born with pluff mud in your veins or you’re a recent transplant, odds are that you have been tempted to purchase one of those scraggly, balled and burlapped fruit trees found clustered near grocery store entrances around Easter.

LOUIS YUHASZ: FOUNDER OF LOUIE’S KIDS

In January 2001, Louis Yuhasz’s father died due to complications from obesity. A man who was loved by everyone he knew, his father, affectionately called “Big Louie,” weighed 550 pounds at the time of his death. In his grief, and stung by some humiliating experiences dealing with his father’s health care workers, the younger Yuhasz decided to dedicate himself to creating change one overweight kid at a time.

MOSS HOUSES

The day I drew my first house plans in Spanish moss, I knew I’d discovered the ideal building material.

EAT, PLAY, RIDE

Nestled among the hills in the shadow of the Blue Ridge Mountains, you’ll find Hotel Domestique, a new luxury getaway located some 30 minutes north of Greenville, South Carolina. Reminiscent of a European country manor, the 13-room inn appeals to guests who want to unwind, enjoy some of the best cuisine in the Southeast and be active for all, or at least part, of their stay.