Lifestyle

BOOKS AND THEIR AUTHORS

If you like to read books—and book reviews—you should pick up Art & Craft, Thirty Years on the Literary Beat, a collection of reviews and writer interviews by Bill Thompson, former book review editor at Charleston’s Post and Courier. From 1980 to 2012, Thompson conversed with some of the most distinguished writers of our times.

HAUTE HORLOGERIE

Windsor Jewelers is one of the South’s most exclusive jewelers, carrying luxury brands that are difficult, if not impossible, to find elsewhere in the Carolinas. Founder Rob Simon started his high-end business in 1986 in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. In 2013, he opened a second store in Charlotte, N.C.

SPOLETO 2015

It’s time again for Spoleto Festival USA, which runs May 22 through June 7. This year’s program promises to be as exciting as ever. Artists from across the United States and nine foreign countries will present over 150 performances, to be staged at multiple venues around the city.

OUR FAVORITE THINGS

I’ve come to The Resort Shop at Freshfields Village on Kiawah Island to learn more about what makes this boutique so special to locals and travelers alike. What I found out will surprise you.

FOREVER PRIZED

The sign just inside the door reads, “Browsers Welcome!” It’s not a sign retail customers expect to see inside a jewelry store, but then again, Joint Venture Estate Jewelers isn’t a typical jeweler. In fact, this bustling, full-service jewelry store, located on King Street in the heart of Charleston’s antique district, is one-of-a-kind in the industry.

AN ARTISTIC LEGACY

Lowcountry native Angela Stoneworth learned to create sweetgrass baskets in early childhood while working alongside her grandmother and mother.

JEWELRY AS ART

If there’s something that is not inspiring or inspired about goldsmith Michael Corneau, it’s not readily apparent. His transformation from architectural and interior designer to acclaimed custom jewelry designer is a perfect illustration.

FINDING A NICHE

After a quick browse through Vivi & Kate, a brand new Mount Pleasant boutique, you’d never guess that general manager Elizabeth Raub’s first calling wasn’t fashion.

A PLACE IN THE SUN

Sean Leighton knows how good it feels to finally find the perfect home. Back when he was serving in the United States Coast Guard, he visited many places up and down the East Coast. But one stood out in particular—that perfect blend of sunshine, good food and warm hospitality known as Charleston, South Carolina.

Unforgettable Valentines

No offense to chocolatiers but, if you’re a foam-at-the-mouth gardener like me, you prefer the botanical side of Valentine’s Day instead of the confectionary one. I’d much rather receive a Delft-inspired ceramic container overflowing with potted pale blue, yellow and white flowers—mophead hydrangea and creamy yellow ranunculus surrounded with white sweet alyssum—than an elegant presentation of high-end chocolates.

LIFE ON A LADDER

I sat and leaned back on the brick chimney. The East Texas sun was beating down on me as I looked down from the second story roof of the home. How did I get here? A year ago I couldn’t stand on a step stool to change a light bulb. Thinking back, I remembered what I told myself. You can do what you have to do. Just do it.

GO WILD!

It’s that time of year again, time for the Charleston-based Southeastern Wildlife Exposition (SEWE). This three-day event, which celebrates wildlife and nature through fine art, conservation education, sporting demonstrations and food and drink, will be held February 13 – 15, 2015.

ALL ABOUT CHARLESTON

Sometimes a newcomer—defined as someone who’s recently moved to a city and has had several years to explore it with an unbiased eye—offers the best insights on a destination. For Charleston, that person is Robin Howard, author of Moving to Charleston, the Un-tourist Guide.

THE LOWCOUNTRY ON TWO WHEELS

I always enjoy summer, but last summer my pleasure index inched up several notches when I bought my first carbon bicycle—a featherweight machine that allowed me to fly like the wind.

BANISH BATHROOM BLUES

Look at the pedestal sink or vanity in your guest bathroom. Have you ever wished it were just a little more stylish? Now consider the lights above your wall-mounted mirror. Haven’t you seen them in every builder supply store in town? Tell me you’re not bored!

VINCENT MUSI—CELEBRATING NATURE’S BEAUTY

Award-winning photographer for National Geographic and other international magazines, Vincent Musi has a sharp wit, a preference for sly humor, a keen eye and a never-ending desire to showcase natural beauty in all its forms. A resident of Sullivan’s Island, Musi is highly sought after both as an artist and speaker. His most recent project, portraits of South Carolina’s ACE Basin, appeared in the November 2014 issue of National Geographic magazine and in a concurrent exhibit, Lowcountry Legacy, at the Charleston Library Society.

Sip and Shop

Charleston’s fashion scene just got savvier thanks to Sarah Cobb and her new boutique, MOSA. Cobb says her goal is to offer clients sophisticated, on-trend styles and fresh takes on classic looks. In fact, many of her lines are unique to the Charleston area and stand out from what is typically seen around town.

Timeless Treasures

Glenn and Vicki Wolfe were high school sweethearts from Augusta, Georgia, in the 1970s. After graduation, they hit the open road, traveling in a VW Bug headed west toward New Mexico.

Sartorial Success

Opening its flagship store on historic lower King Street just over two years ago was a defining moment for Ike Behar. The luxury men’s clothing line took root in the mind of a teenage boy who worked along side his father, a highly respected tailor in Havana in the late 1940s. Of course, there have been many defining moments in Behar’s half-century career as a tailor, designer and innovator in the world of men’s fine clothing.

Body Language

It was my very first visit to Bits of Lace, an intimate apparel boutique specializing in exclusive foreign and domestic lingerie lines, which proudly opened a second location in Mount Pleasant in April. (The original store is in downtown Charleston.) Unbeknownst to me, this wouldn’t be a regular shopping trip or fact-finding mission. I was about to have a fundamental belief about my body—and how I shopped for it—forever altered.