Lifestyle

BEAUTY IN THE BREEZE

Air plants (Tillandsia spp.) are much more fun than run-of-themill houseplants. After all, when was the last time you grinned ear to ear or giggled at the sight of an African violet or a peace lily?

AN EXTENDED MUSICAL FAMILY

These days, everyone from a football coach to your stockbroker insists their operation is a “family” affair. But for some, like Mary and Dr. Robert Taylor, the claim is not a cliché.

IT’S ALL RIGHT HERE

The number of people living in the Lowcountry has increased dramatically over the past decade and many new housing communities have emerged. Though it’s hard to find much variety in a world of cookiecutter neighborhoods that offer little more than a few decorative fountains, two communities by Kolter Homes stand above the rest.

CURRENTS

The 42nd annual Spoleto Festival USA is almost here. For 17 days and nights—May 25 to June 10, 2018—artists from around the world will fill Charleston’s theaters, churches and outdoor spaces.

DEDICATED TO HER CLIENTS

“I always put my clients’ needs first,” says Laura McLain, a Charleston-based agent newly affiliated with Carolina One Real Estate. A member of the National Association of Realtors, she offers both a personalized approach to customer service and extensive knowledge of the Lowcountry.

GO-TO GLOBAL

Kelly and Geoff Sigg are new to Charleston, and their boutique, Porter Conrad Jewelry, has been open just a little over a year—but you’d never guess it.

FINDING YOUR INNER JOY

Dance is a language of physicality, movement, expression. And its eloquence is seldom rivaled.

THE ALLEY

Are you familiar with photographic double exposures—composites created when two images are superimposed? Double exposures haunt me every time I bicycle down a narrow alley that leads to what was once my childhood Florida home.

PURE AND NATURAL

The first time I tried RMS Beauty products (“living luminizer,” “lip2cheek” and “smile,” to be specific), a coworker immediately noticed a difference: She said I looked fresh that morning, yet she saw no traces of makeup.

A NATURAL HIGH

Package up fun and adventure, put it on one of the coolest islands on the East Coast, and you have Sealand Adventure Sports in downtown Sullivan’s Island.

ARTISTRY, MASTERY AND INVENTION

It is no coincidence that the resurgence of the Charleston Symphony Orchestra (CSO) over the past six years has paralleled the growth of one of its most respected members.

A SLICE IN TIME

How often do you get the chance to hold a piece of history in your hands? Museums have strict rules about picking up and touching anything other than their gift shop replicas, and private collectors often keep their prized possessions squirreled away in back rooms for their eyes only.

NEIGHBORHOOD DARLING

In February of last year, the renovated storefront at 513 King St. that once housed Union Provisions became The Darling Oyster Bar. The transformation came with the kerfuffle of the Charleston Wine + Food Festival, so you’ll be forgiven if you missed it

RELAXATION REIMAGINED

When real estate developer and preservationist John Dewberry decided to transform the beleaguered L. Mendel Rivers Federal Building into a destination hotel, located in the heart of the nation’s number one destination city, he infused luxury and quiet restraint into every detail.

CURRENTS

In the heart of historic Charleston, the Belmond Charleston Place is known for its ultra-luxurious accommodations and distinctive Southern-yet-cosmopolitan style. Personally, we find it hard to resist a sunset cocktail on the hotel’s rooftop terrace, a jazzfilled evening at the Charleston Grill or a lemongrass body scrub in the spa.

HISTORY BENEATH THE TARMAC

Charleston International Airport has a French connection, except it has nothing to do with aviation. The next time you’re rolling luggage through the breezeway between surface and deck parking, stop before crossing the street and turn around.

PEARLS: NOW AND FOREVER

When I was born, my grandmother had one perfect, dainty pearl knotted and placed on a golden chain necklace. By the time I’d receive the gift on my 16th birthday, it would look quite different.

ARIA OF AMBITION

One suspects Mary Gould agreed to present the play Emilie earlier this year because its heroine, a Renaissance woman of substance and wit, mirrored her own versatility and commitment.

A GRAIN OF SAND

On a Sunday morning before church, my young daughter appeared in the doorway of my bedroom. She wore cream tights and a dress full of frills and satin and folds of fabric formed for—I think—the sole purpose of twirling in a circle.

SEEING IS BELIEVING

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