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How to Throw a Southern Shindig

Only in Charleston, SC: winter is the perfect time of year for an outdoor gathering full of oysters, chili and live music…

See how Ooh! Events styled the perfect Southern Shindig on Kiawah Island with these party tips:

  1. A Vintage Bar:
    We love the look of an old-fashioned bar, especially in the midst of the gorgeous Kiawah Island surroundings. Stock the bar with wines, ciders, bourbons and beers for the 21+ crowd while they admire your vintage pieces. (Pictured: The Blue Sideboard Bar)

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2. Rustic Accents:

Nothing says Southern decor like an eclectic mix of rustic + chic. Scatter unlikely items around centerpieces to make your tables pop! We chose antlers to compliment these bark covered moss + fern planters. (Arrangements from Out of the Garden)

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3. Unconventional Seating:

Seating can be a challenge at outdoors functions when there is A LOT of ground to cover. We recommend using variations of seating to keep it fresh and fun. High chairs, low chairs, and even bed swings will keep your guests comfortable and impressed!

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4. Live Music:

Let’s be honest- who doesn’t love a live show? It’s not always feasible, but consider calling in a local musician for your next party to really elevate the experience. This gathering was extra special with a performance from this guy…(We’re still a little starstruck!)

|Photography: Charlotte Elizabeth |

|Venue: Kiawah Island  |

 

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Terry’s Fabrics: Designer Insights with Lisa Thomas

Lisa Thomas, The Art of Creating founder, shares her Designer Insights with Terry’s Fabrics…
Courtesy of: Terrys Fabrics

Terry’s Fabrics is a UK fabric supplier that specializes in discount designer fabrics; their range is so extensive that they are able to offer designs and prices to suit all pockets ♦

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Pretty in Pink – A Summer Wedding

Ashley and Mark

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Stars at Middleton – Photos by Clay Austin

 

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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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GLUE STICK GIRLS – Creating a Visual Journal by Nikki Hardin

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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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Styled Shoot with Lauren M. Creative

Dance the night away!

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Au Naturale

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

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:

INCOMPLETE MANIFESTO

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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J. Stark – Leather Goods Handmade in Charleston

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EVERYTHING I’VE CREATED FOR THE LAST DECADE IS MADE UP OF ONES AND ZEROS AND CEASES TO EXIST WHEN ELECTRICITY ISN’T AVAILABLE. THIS EPHEMERAL NATURE OF MY LIFE’S WORK IS THE REASON J. STARK WAS BORN.

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Does Your Beauty Regimen Pass the Test?

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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