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The Girls of Summer by Nikki Hardin

Posted on: August 18th, 2014 by admin

The Girls of Summer

These sweet-tea days and full-moon nights are drawing to a close, but we have a few more weeks left to lie on a porch swing and read as if we were 12-year-old girls again. Remember when you immersed yourself in a book, lived in it, swam reluctantly out of its pages to make your bed or set the table? Those books took you to a foreign landscape or psychological territory you’d never experience otherwise. Here are some of my old favorite novels that might encourage lazy August to last a little longer. None of the books are new, but they’re all guaranteed to take you on a road trip of the mind. Pick one of these or one of your own and become one of the Girls of Summer again.

The Bean Trees

Barbara Kingsolver

Kingsolver’s first novel and my favorite of everything she’s written. It’s the story of Taylor Greer who sets off to escape her Kentucky roots and the constrict life she’d have there. Along the way on her road trip to nowhere in particular, she “inherits” Turtle, an abandoned three-year-old Native American. How they end up in Tucson and the life they create there has stayed with me for years. It’s a book I just recommended to my own daughter and will be rereading again soon myself.

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The House at Riverton

Kate Morton

Amazon describes this as “the story of an aristocratic family, a house, a mysterious death and a way of life that vanished forever, told in flashback by a woman who witnessed it all and kept a secret for decades.” It’s a great plot — part upstairs, part downstairs — and it’s no surprise that it’s been compared to Daphne du Maurier’s novels. You’ll be telling the kids to get their own dinner so you can keep reading.


The Whistling Season

Ivan Doig

Set in rural Montana in the early 1900s, The Whistling Season has a cast of unforgettable characters in the homesteader town of Marias Coulee. When a widower with three boys to raise hires a housekeeper, the intriguing Rose Llewellyn, sight unseen from an ad in a newspaper, he didn’t expect to also get her scholarly bachelor brother, Morris Morgan. When the local teacher elopes, Morris, with no teaching experience, takes over the one-room school, and the inspiration he brings to the job forms the joyful core of the book. This is a book to re-read and to foist on your friends to their everlasting delight.

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The Light Years (Vol 1 of The Cazalet Chronicles)

Elizabeth Jane Howard

Howard was married to literary lion Kingsley Amis, but I didn’t know that when I discovered The Cazalet Chronicles in a little bookstore in Highlands, NC, one summer day. I was hooked and tore my way through the five volumes like a starving woman. It was the perfect summer book because it’s one of those family sagas that move slowly and deliberately through time. About three generations of an upper-class family on an English estate from the late 1930s to the 1950s, it was deliciously addictive. You can rent the Masterpiece Theatre production if you don’t have the patience for the full read, but be warned that it ends halfway through the story.

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Here To Get My Baby Out of Jail

Louise Shivers

When I read this tiny jewel of a book, I couldn’t believe it was a first novel. Set in the tobacco country of depression-era North Carolina in 1937, the story is told by Roxy Walston, the 20-year-old daughter of the town undertaker. She’s also the wife of a struggling tobacco farmer and the mother of a two-year-old. When drifter Jack Ruffin comes to town looking for work and is sent out to the farm to help Roxy’s husband, events are set in place that will change Roxy’s life forever. Shivers died this year at her home in Augusta, Georgia, but her book will live on.


A little “hello” & RMS Beauty

Posted on: August 11th, 2014 by admin

Being the “new girl on the block”, (aka the new gal on Pitt Street) I couldn’t be happier to be that girl and the voice behind Ooh! Beautiful’s gorgeous, organic makeup and beauty products. Becoming a member of this truly inspiring and talented team of folks has driven my passion for artistry and cosmetics further than I could’ve ever imagined.

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Each week, I’ll be sharing a post to this blog, focusing on the healthy ways to remain fresh-faced and beautiful, while showcasing lines that are currently residing in this charming, apothecary-style beauty boutique!  I’ll also feature new lines as they’re added to Ooh! Beautiful, providing customers with a variety of truly trusted, high-performing products that match our mission to live beautifully, the healthy way.

As you may already know, Ooh! Beautiful is fully committed to being Charleston’s number one source for all-natural, organic and cruelty-free cosmetics.  This commitment provides customers a refreshing and liberating way to shop for cosmetics.  To invest in skincare and makeup that will give you a healthy, gorgeous glow, not just on the outside, but also from within, is something to really rave about and feel GREAT about!  So, for starters, I’m going to rave about a brand called RMS Beauty.  If you haven’t heard of it, it was founded by legendary makeup artist, Rose-Marie Swift, who has been in the beauty industry for 20 years, working with countless celebrities and serving as lead artist for J.Crew.  That dewy, minimally made-up look that we’ve come to know and love about J.Crew models is the result of Swift’s innovative RMS products.  RMS was created after Swift’s encounter with health issues due to high toxin levels found in her blood stream, simply from working around unhealthy cosmetics for years.  This ignited her passion for women to have the right to feel beautiful and remain healthy.  RMS Beauty was born and now the coveted and highly-celebrated brand is making headlines in magazines and beauty blogs, world-wide. Swift’s invention has been taking the organic beauty industry by storm (and for good reason).

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Last week, I had the pleasure of removing all of my makeup in Ooh! Beautiful and experiment with this line by applying a fresh face, using only RMS.  At first, I’ll admit that I was a bit concerned by the emollient texture of these products, given that I have very oily skin (especially in Charleston’s humidity).  I wanted to really see how these products would wear, so I forfeited priming my skin and immediately began applying their “Un” Cover-up in 00, the lightest shade (yes, I have very fair skin).  Immediately, I noticed that it concealed redness and other blemishes very well.  I applied this concealing base like a concealer and then blended the edges with my fingers (you can also use a small foundation brush) until I felt like the tone of my skin was well balanced. I even put this under my eyes and it didn’t crease!  I used their Buriti Bronzer, second, to give my skin a warm glow. I tapped it onto my temples and lightly down around my cheeks, nose and chin.  It felt like I could really contour with this as well bronze!  Starting on my eyes, I took their Cream Eye Polish in Lunar and tapped a little onto the brow bone and the inner/outer corners of my eyes.  Next, I selected their Cream Eye Polish in Seduce for my lower lid, swiping it on with my finger and working the product into the crease for added definition.  I loved how this light bronze shade made my eyes pop.  This would be a great go-to shadow for everyday.  I lined my eye with a tiny, flat liner brush and the Cream Eye Polish in Karma.  This rich, dark brown/black shade is great for all skin tones.  It’s just a wonderful, neutral liner.  I was amazed that it didn’t crease back onto my lids!  I chose their infamous Lip2Cheek in Promise for cheeks and lips.  Some multi-use products aren’t truly multi-use, but I found the consistency and pigment of this item to really serve as such!  Promise is a beautiful, deep coral shade with a gold metallic sheen — nothing too shimmery once applied to the skin.  I gently rubbed this right onto the apples of my cheeks and tapped it on my lips, and I was immediately impressed with the color payoff!  This brand really knows color that flatters!  To complete the healthy glow that RMS Beauty gives you, I applied their Living Luminizer on places where the light would normally hit — the top of my cheek bones, above my brows (this could also be dabbed onto the corners of the eye and brow bone), and on the bow of my lip.  I now know why I see this product featured all over as a must-have!  It was one of the most beautiful and subtle highlighters I had ever used.  Lastly, I dusted their “Un” Powder on my t-zone, only. Again, I didn’t want to load up on primers and powders because I wanted to truly see the line’s wearability on my skin.  Once finished, I snapped a pic in natural light.

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Three hours later, while driving home, the makeup still seemed freshly-applied. Even later into the evening, I was amazed with how the shades remained true.  I’m an RMS fan without a doubt and believe that these products are truly suitable for all skin types!  Not only are they super easy to use (finger or brush), but they’re extremely portable and good for your skin!  That really is something to rave about and above all, check out!  Naturally, RMS Beauty can be found at Ooh! Beautiful.  Stop in and try it for yourself … I promise you won’t be disappointed.


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Meet Katie and try out the new RMS color line this Thursday at Celadon!


Pretty in Pink – A Summer Wedding

Posted on: July 29th, 2014 by admin

Ashley and Mark

We could not have asked for a better couple to work along side as we planned their wedding day. This day was truly a great celebration of two people who love life and each other. This was profoundly displayed through touches of dasies, fun mixed seating and two people that were very deserving.
Using whimsical florals, succulents displayed in terrariums, and pops of colors we were able to achieve an elegant atmosphere while mixing in the personalities of Ashley, who works for Patagonia, and her down-to-earth new hubby.
Ashley and Mark are very outdoorsy and have a totally unique style, but when it came to wedding design the couple was wide open. We presented Ashley with an overall proposal together for her based off of her inspiration boards and the part that Ashley enjoyed most was the mix and match ceremony seating. The fun part of this was that we flipped the chairs to the reception afterwards to create an overall eclectic vibe.
Lowndes Grove is a very popular spot and for good reason! Overlooking the marshes of Charleston it has a sprawling landscape so it can accommodate a large guest count. It offers tons of options for ceremony sites, and the house is simply to die for!
The ever popular sparkler send off culminated in a horse and carriage getaway

Stars at Middleton – Photos by Clay Austin

Posted on: July 18th, 2014 by admin


Middleton Place is one of the most beautiful venues in Charleston, complete with a garden, waterfront views, a quaint little inn, and roaming peacocks. We were thrilled to work with Charleston Weddings Magazine and the ladies of Tusk Events.


Sperry has truly outdone themselves with this gorgeous teepee. the inside is just as beautiful as the outside and we filled with florals from Out of the Garden.


The seamless white canvas of the teepee proves to be the perfect backdrop for fun jewel tones and gold accents that filled the space.








Gorgeous photos courtesy of Clay Austin Photography!

GLUE STICK GIRLS – Creating a Visual Journal by Nikki Hardin

Posted on: July 11th, 2014 by admin


If you travel this summer, smart phones make it easy to document every cathedral, museum, scenic outlook, beach, roller coaster and meal along the way. I have so many photos from various trips I’ve taken over the years that I recently went through my computer and deleted the bad, the mediocre and the duplicates. After all, how many shots of a plane wing do I really need?


There’s another way to capture journeys that is really my favorite. It involves an old-school blank book, some colored pens or pencils, a glue stick and your imagination. Keeping a visual journal that relies on words, drawings, photos and ephemera can be incredibly rich and might even end up being a family keepsake some day.

Artist/photographer/diarist Peter Beard is the master of the visual journal. In my mind, all others are mere scrapbooks. A replica of some of his pages was finally published in a huge volume that I spent way too much money on. No regrets, though. I keep it with my art supplies on my kitchen table for inspiration. Beard has a unique vision that I could never hope to achieve, but his work is nudging me to step up my efforts. My own pages are pretty mundane in comparison, but my project for the summer is to expand my vision and lose my creative inhibitions.


There are no rules for a visual journal. You could keep an ongoing one of your life like Peter Beard does, but since it’s summer, it’s also the perfect time for a travel journal. You can devote it to one big adventure or record the smaller day or weekend trips you take. Here are a few examples I found online:





Any kind of blank book will work, although I’m partial to the 8 ½” by 11” hardcover AA Alternative sketch books (you can find them online or in art supply stores), but if you’re traveling, you’ll want something smaller like a Moleskine. You can even find one small enough to tuck in a pocket so you can write or draw in it on the fly.


Put your supplies (glue sticks, scissors, washi tape, a small travel watercolor set, colored pencils, pens, etc) in a plastic envelope for easy packing. Decorate the cover with a piece of art or a photo, give it a title and get started. The sky’s the limit in terms of materials, but things you could use include:

Fragments of maps

Theater programs




Ticket stubs


Subway tickets


Magazine clippings

Doodles or drawings (Yes, you can draw! We all drew and colored as kids, so don’t let your adult ego or fear of failure muzzle your inner child.)

I love cramming my books with all kinds of oddments like this example.


There’s something viscerally satisfying about having a big fat record of your days, and the process of working with physical materials after too much time in digital world returns me to childhood. I love to sit in a bar or outdoor café and draw and write while I watch the world go by. Later, I can go back and embellish the pages with any materials I’ve magpied along the way. It’s the next best thing to being in kindergarten again. Let’s go, Gluestick Girls!

Nikki Hardin is the founder of skirt! Magazine and co-founder of Project XX South Carolina. She blogs at Follow her on Facebook.

Styled Shoot with Lauren M. Creative

Posted on: July 2nd, 2014 by admin

Dance the night away!


We had so much fun working with Lauren of LMC at the Charleston Distilling Company for a 1920′s styled shoot. The Distilling Co. is the latest distillery to hit Charleston and inside it is glorious! The natural pine walls and simple concrete floors are accented by the statuesque metallic distillers making this the perfect downtown venue on King Street for an intimate reception.



The table is covered with specialty linens to give a luxurious pop against the rustic, reclaimed wood walls. Each place setting carefully placed with china from Polished!


Vintage vanities with antique mirrors make the perfect table marker and paired with mercury glass votives create a roaring 20′s paradise.


 Vintage glass decanters with gold stripping add are a luxe addition and compliment the prohibition vibes.


Let there be light!

Overhead hangs a glamorous cube crystal chandelier.




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Her bouquet is filled with peonies, garden roses, stock, hellebores, viburnum, anemones, sweet pea, delphinium, snowberries, pieris japonica, and rice flower.


Let’s toast!


This vintage mirror makes the perfect menu display! It’s also a great place to share the wedding hashtag with your guests or give directions to the ceremony at an outdoor wedding.




 Let’s Get Glam!


Our talented resident make up artist, Devon, worked her magic for this photo shoot with all natural and organic makeup.

She used Glow Time BB cream #3 as foundation on top of Smooth Affair primer and brightener,
Smoky Grey eye shadow with Onyx Mystikol powdered eyeliner, and Black Ice Longest Lash mascara form Jane Iredale.
Vapour Aura Multi-Use in Crush on her cheeks.
Femme Fatale lipstick by Ilia for a pop of color.


Gown and shoes from Swoon.

Photography by Reese Moore! 

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Au Naturale

Posted on: June 24th, 2014 by admin

Going all natural is one of the best things you can do for your body this summer! You watch what you eat, work out, and are sure not to forget to wear sunscreen but products you apply directly to your skin go straight into your blood stream. Many companies claim to be organic and all natural but you can’t believe everything you read.

We decided to make it really simple by carrying only lines that are actually organic and made from pure, natural ingredients. Another way to keep it simple is by using products with simple ingredients that are 100% non-toxic. We’ve put together a list of the five ingredients that will dramatically change your skin for better, the natural way.


The first ingredient we chose was honey. The medicinal use of honey goes back as far as the Egyptians. It is most celebrated for its anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. It has also been known to repair tissue damaged by infection and it’s just as healing on the outside as it is on the inside. Honey-based moisture serum seals in moisture and brings rich color back to tired feet. It’s been called the Instant Pedicure. The finest of moisturizing elements have been incorporated from genuine honey, and aloe leaf juice to pineapple and papaya fruit extracts. It even includes the cutest little application brush!

Paraben & Sulfate Free


Brown Sugar

The next ingredient is brown sugar. While most of us are used to putting this in our oatmeal, it actually makes a fantastic scrub! This scrub eliminates dry, flaky skin to leave lips ridiculously soft and supple. It is paired with jojoba and grape seed oil, creating the perfect conditioner and the softest set of lips.



Lavender is the most delicious smelling herb and beautiful to look at. 80 Acres Lavender body care line includes a body balm, olive oil soap, body oil, salt scrub, lotion, and soy candle. The main component of the product line is olive oil derived from the McEvoy Ranch’s acres of olive orchards which yield an organic, extra virgin olive oil of unparalleled quality. The rich, luxurious and moisturizing products are infused with vitamin-rich plant extracts and botanicals, scented with the essential oils of lavender, ylang ylang, lemon and lime, evoking the colorful hillsides in full bloom around the ranch.

Their entire body care line is free of parabens and phthalates and is never tested on animals.

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Vitamin E Oil

Vitamin E is a strong antioxidant that prevents premature aging. This lightweight oil contains a potent combination of natural, organic ingredients, containing only the finest exotic oils and rare herbal extracts. Buriti oil has recently been found to filter and absorb cancer-causing UV rays from the sun. All the herbal extracts are made in-house exclusively for RMS beauty. Simply apply to clean skin once per day and you will feel the difference in your skin.


Vitamin E oil prevents the formation of wrinkles by blocking free radical damage. It treats wrinkles by boosting collagen production, a connective tissue that keeps skin elastic. Vitamin E oil also treats wrinkles by supporting new skin cell growth and speeding up cell regeneration. It is also a fantastic remedy for brown spots, dry cuticles, and can even lessen the appearance of scars.

This product is certified organic.


Olive Oil Scrub


What is important is what we do not put into our scrubs. This charcoal scrub contains no preservatives, dyes, unnecessary fillers or chemicals of any kind leaving you with a pure, all natural cleanser. Made right here in Charleston, this scrub is the one to beat.

Here are the ingredients for Hunter Brookes Charcoal Scrub

Activated Charcoal: Activated Charcoal is used in far more things than anyone realizes, it purifies our drinking water, our air, doctors use it in case of ingested poison, our soldiers and first responders use it in their gas masks and full body suits.

Coconut Oil: This is truly a wonder oil. Not will coconut oil help reduce fine lines, hydrate the skin, reduce redness and swelling, help even skin tones and reduce sun spots, but it has many medicinal advantages as well. Coconut oil helps kill bacteria, fungus, some viruses and helps to clear up infections.

Sugar: It is a great exfoliant the skin, helping remove dull and lifeless skin while encouraging new cell growth. Sugar is a natural humectant drawing moisture to the skin to hydrate and rejuvenate. Bacteria can not breed in sugar making this a great base for this miraculous product.

Olive Oil: Used by the Romans to clean this is an oil that has proven its worth throughout the years. It moisturizes, helps rejuvenate and elasticize the skin, it is an antioxidant, as well as helping ward off and heal exczema, sunburn.

Castile Soap: This is a big part of what makes our scrub so different, it cleans not just exfoliates and hydrates. Started in 1529, this is an all natural soap made from olive oil making it a gentle yet effective cleanser that contain no harsh chemicals.

Have questions about any of the products discussed or wondering what is right for you?

Email our beauty experts at!

Street Events

Posted on: June 23rd, 2014 by admin

Come Take a Stroll Down Pitt Street!


August 29 Back to School, Back to You

Beauty Day at Ooh! Beautiful beginning at 1pm

Free Samples with Every Purchase

Learn from our resident makeup artists, with over 25 years of combined experience, that with organic makeup you can look and feel better.


Out of Hand Celebrates its 20th Birthday!

September 20th from 5 to 8pm – more info to come!

Check out the photos from our MAYDAY CELEBRATION!

Beauty Calendar

Posted on: June 23rd, 2014 by admin

Stop by Ooh! Beautiful every Thursday for a special deal on organic makeup & skincare!

July 3

REN Makeup & Skincare

Free Gift of Moroccan Rose Otto Bath Oil Sample with any REN purchase!


Purchase now!

July 10


10% Off Any Suntegrity Item to leave you healthy & protected from the summer sun!


Purchase now!

July 17

10% Off Intelligent Nutrients

Food grade health oils that create supreme skin and a calm mind!


Purchase now!

July 24

10% Off Freedom Glow Bronzer from Revolution Organics


Purchase now!

July 31

Sample Grab Bag with any RMS Buriti Bronzer, Simply Vanilla or Simply Cocoa


Purchase now!

August 7

10% Off Aura Cacia

Their lines feature essentials oils for aromatherapy, direct application, and the home!


Purchase now!

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