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Pretty in Pink – A Summer Wedding

Posted on: July 29th, 2014 by admin

Ashley and Mark

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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!
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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

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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.

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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.

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

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Gorgeous photos courtesy of Clay Austin Photography!

GLUE STICK GIRLS – Creating a Visual Journal by Nikki Hardin

Posted on: July 11th, 2014 by admin

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?

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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.

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Hello World: Writing a Personal Manifesto by Nikki Hardin

Posted on: May 28th, 2014 by admin

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:

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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.

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Does Your Beauty Regimen Pass the Test?

Posted on: April 29th, 2014 by admin

I recently discovered this app “Think Dirty” and am completely blown away by the allergens, toxins, carcinogens, and chemicals banned in Canada and the EU that are perfectly legal here in the United States. The app provides an unbiased look into every beauty product on the market, revealing what “organic” and “all natural” really mean when dealing with beauty products.

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Hunter Brooks Charcoal Scrub: A Word with the Creator

Posted on: April 18th, 2014 by admin

Right now I am staring down less than 100 days until I turn forty. I know everyone says what great skin I have and yes, some of it is in the genes, but a lot of it is the work I’ve put into it.
I am not a good person. I rarely pass a bottle of wine without testing it out, you know for the sake of others just incase it’s gone bad. I am quitting smoking, please don’t judge too harshly. And I was a swimmer all of my life and still don’t wear sunscreen all that much. I even sleep in my makeup more often than I care to admit. See, not a good person.
About fifteen years ago my girlfriend who is an amazing friend but also a bad person, we were sitting in her art gallery guzzling wine when we realized we either become better people for the sake of our aging or figure out how to cheat. We started asking some of the women that were coming in what their secrets were and a few ingredients kept popping up again and again. Persian ladies and ladies of Asain descent all said that they made their own sugar scrub and used it daily. Olive oil and coconut oil were also biggies. We went to work. The scrub that you see now was perfected over fifteen years and too many girlfriend happy hours that I care to admit.

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