Ashley and Mark
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.
The seamless white canvas of the teepee proves to be the perfect backdrop for fun jewel tones and gold accents that filled the space.
GLUE STICK GIRLS
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
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!
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.
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.
Her bouquet is filled with peonies, garden roses, stock, hellebores, viburnum, anemones, sweet pea, delphinium, snowberries, pieris japonica, and rice flower.
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.
Our talented resident make up artist, Devon, worked her magic for this photo shoot with all natural and organic makeup.
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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
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.
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.
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Summer is upon us so what better time to talk about skin. Mother was right when she told you to wear your sunscreen. Did you know it takes a shot glass amount to cover head to toe? And don’t wait until you’re in the sun – apply 30 minutes before heading outdoors. I like Coola mineral sunscreens. They are some of the safest on the market with even an option for baby.
So what to do if you’ve had too much sun? Try CV Skinlabs Rescue and Relief Spray for instant, cooling relief. This organic, aloe based, refreshing emulsion drenches skin with moisture while calming and soothing flushed, sensitive skin.
Now is the time to adjust your skincare routine. Consider lighter versions of the basics: cleanser, hydrating toner and moisturizer. Want to treat and prevent fine lines and sun damage (yes, please)? Add a serum to the mix for best results. Try Tata Harper’s Rejuvenating Serum. With 29 active ingredients, this 100% non-toxic beauty dramatically improves the vitality of your skin.
When your skin is healthy it glows, literally, because light reflects off healthy skin. So keep your makeup simple – tinted moisturizer, sheer lip color and a light coat of mascara. My picks: Jane Iredale’s Dream Tint with spf 15 and RMS Beauty’s Lip Shine and Volumizing Mascara.
Last month, readers were introduced to RMS Beauty and hands down, this is one of my favorites! Recently, I had the pleasure of speaking with RMS Beauty’s creator, celebrity makeup artist Rose-Marie Swift, for a first-hand scoop. I was so impressed by her dedication and conviction. She insists on using only raw, food-grade and organic ingredients in all of her lovely little colors – and she knows color. Her pigments and textures are fantastic and blend beautifully to create your perfect shade. Remember that aforementioned sunburn? Soothe it with her Raw Coconut Cream, a truly amazing multi-tasker. Use it as a facial cleanser and skin moisturizer, add a scoop to bathwater, and dab a little on underarms as a deodorant. There really is nothing this clever little oil can’t do!
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I fell in love with personal and creative manifestos several years ago when I discovered “A Manifesto for Incomplete Growth” by Bruce Mau. Although it was intended for designers, it’s such a strong statement about living and working creatively that I return to it again and again for inspiration. Here are a few of his precepts:
A personal manifesto is to an individual as a mission statement is to a company. I read a definition recently that put these two documents in perspective: a mission statement is usually about the way you do business, while a personal manifesto is a way of life.
No matter what stage of your life, a personal manifesto is a way to gain focus on your life, to articulate who you are. It’s a snapshot in time of your strengths, your values, your passions and dreams. What lessons have you learned? What rules do you live by? What inspires you?
You can also adapt a manifesto to serve a specific purpose. When I started my Fridaville blog, I wanted to include a list of beliefs that guided me as a writer. Later I used it as the basis for a Pecha Kucha presentation and created a slideshow using photos from my blog to illustrate each point:
Get on the bus.
Nurse a secret passion.
Hoe your own row.
Cultivate what makes you different.
Make your own map.
The right notebook is crucial.
Don’t confuse your soul with your ego.
Carry a camera and a glue stick.
Use your boredom.
Make things with your hands.
Let ideas grow in the dark before you expose them to the world.
Learn something hard.
Tell your story.
If you’re an entrepreneur or a freelancer, a creative manifesto acts as a kind of shorthand to describe your business. In the early years of Skirt! magazine, it was sometimes difficult to explain what we were simply because there wasn’t another publication in the market quite like ours. We knew our mission statement had to reflect the style of the magazine as well as succinctly describe what we were about. The early issues had our mission statement printed on the cover so it would be evident to anyone picking it up.
Here’s the creative manifesto of an independent graphic designer featured in Uppercase Magazine. As you can see, it serves two purposes — showcasing her design style and her business philosophy at the same time.
When it comes to personal manifestos, there are hundreds of examples online, ranging from handwritten to highly designed. Here are just a few of my favorites picked from Pinterest manifesto boards:
Karen Mazen Miller
This is My Year
Leonie Wise - Always Be Giving
Keep it Simple
When you get ready to create your own manifesto, have a solo brainstorming session. Sit down with a glass of wine and start writing a list of things you believe in or want to change or dream of telling your kids. No matter what your theme, keep in mind that this is your vision statement, so keep refining it until you have one that fits. And remember that as life changes, so should your manifesto. In fact, instead of writing a list of resolutions at the end of every year, consider doing a new manifesto. Over time, they’ll paint a picture of your life and your evolving dreams, goals and golden rules that’s as revealing as any selfie. But most of all, have some summer fun with it!
Nikki Hardin is the founder of Skirt! Magazine and co-founder of Project XX South Carolina.
She blogs at www.Fridaville.com.
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