Monthly Archives: March 2010

Why You Should Always Put Your Name In The Hat

At Charleston Fashion Week we were impressed with the fabulous jewelry, bags, hats, and other accessories offered by swanky vendors at the Style Lounge.

Nicholas Lane Handcrafted Jewelry by artist Currie Boyd had some eye-catching displays that drew us over to their table.  While Stacy browsed, I dropped my business card into the fishbowl for their drawing to “Win a Pair of Earrings!”

Low and behold, I did!  Check them out

My New Nicholas Lane Earrings!

The moral of the story: you can’t win the prize if you don’t put your name in the hat, so always show up & do it.

Thank you, Nicholas Lane!

Love, Olivia

The Sunday Chef

Ask any local for a lunch recommendation, and chances are they will point you toward Meeting Street and FIG.  Resident chef Mike Lata is known for his farm-to-table philosophies and both Lowcountry and French specialties.  His love of travel and food brought the Charleston Chef to New York as part of a “chef exchange”.  In December, Lata staffed the kitchen of George Mendes at Aldea–a Portugese-Mediterranean establishment known for innovation combos in his paella, consomme, and duck specialties.  Lata served up four courses of Lowcountry flair, and now it’s the New York chef’s turn to wow southern palates.  Expect simple with a twist, as well as the euro touches that both chefs deliver.

Cocktail kickoff at 6:30pm with Lata-style hors d’oeuvres followed by Mendes’ four-course Portuguese inspired menu with wine to boot.  (843) 805-5900.  Reservations required.

Bridge Run Fun–Our Weekend CRBR Picks

For all you Runners and Non-Runners like yours truly, I have great news. 

Fish Restaurant is offering a Pre-Bridge Run dinner tonight, for the light price of $14.  They will open early tomorrow at 10 am with Bloody Mary’s and Mimosa’s to celebrate the runners; stick around for a fabulous brunch.  442 King Street.

The ever-popular $12 3 course dinners at Ted’s Butcherblock will happen again at 5 pm tonight and include Moroccan lamb skewers, orzo, grilled squash & rice pudding with spiced bananas.  Hurry, this awesome deal ends at 7 pm.  334 East Bay Street,

Muse Restaurant and Wine Bar at 82 Society Street is offering Bridge Run Brunch this Saturday and Sunday from 10 am to 2 pm.  With $10 bottomless mimosas, you will definitely find me there on Sunday!  Call (843) 577-1102 for more info.

And word on the street is Carnival Cruise line is setting up a giant slide at the Bridge Run finish line… $1 per slide and it goes to charity.  Please send pictures!


Modern Rhythms

Photo Credit John Kane

Athletic-dance movement Pilobolus rolls into town April 10, 7:30 pm at the Gaillard Auditorium (77 Calhoun St.) presented by the Charleston Concert Association (last of the season!).  Founded in 1971 out of a Dartmouth college dance class, this toe-tapping collaboration has soared to new heights in their 40-year history with appearances at the 2007 Academy Awards (love this!), the Oprah Winfrey Show (love that too!), and commercial spots with Ford and Toyota.  Expect a seriously-impressive repertoire of gymnastics, modern dance, and slapstick humor.  For a beat-the-tourist evening in Charleston, this is one show sure to inspire.

For more information and tickets ($12.50 to $49.50), see or

Thursday Night Picks

UPDATES to our Thursday night Picks:

Reason #1 you should attend the next Mojitos & Stilettos event: my friend Meredith won a DRESS of her choice, which she’s going to wear on her honeymoon.  Reason #2: my boyfriend’s friend Lance won a pair of earrings; seems like a bummer?  Not so, says Lance: Mother’s Day is done!

Mojitos & Stilettos is back tonight.  Bring your ladies (and your men!) to Shine on King Street from 5 to 10 pm for $5 Bacardi Mojitos, great happy hour specials on food, and the stylishly trendy k. morgan boutique will be there too!

Dark Dark Dark will be playing at Eye Level Art with the Tyler Ross Double Trio tonight from 8 to 11 pm.  The folks at ELA describe the headliners as musicians “with intricate song-craft and playful sensibilities, Dark Dark Dark uses their small array of age-old instruments to conjure a lush musical vision of the future.”  Double Trio is made up of  local guys and some guests who “will be interpreting the classic Miles Davis album “Kind of Blue.” Contrary to the original recording by Davis, expect a high energy groove-based version…”  Get your tickets at or visiting Eye Level Art’s website.  You should definitely check this show out!

And for all you Twitter folks, today is the Charleston Twestival!  Twitter + Festival = Twestival, and it’s all for a good cause.  The organization is Concern and their goal with Charleston Twestival is to provide a classroom of needy students one solid meal a day, which they need $6,000 to do.  Purchase your tickets for $15, go to Community Yoga in Marion Square from 1 to 3 pm, by Rebekah Jacob Gallery 5:30 to 7 pm to check, then mosey up King to the Real Estate Studio for DJ Natty Heavy from 6 to 9 pm.

And make sure to follow @chasartmag on Twitter for all your artistic updates!

Charleston Fashion Week–Friday Roundup & Pics

Charleston Fashion Week had us so wrapped up in the excitement and events, we haven’t even had time to post everything yet!  Here’s the roundup of Friday night’s shows and pictures.

Teal, a swanky boutique

Teal, a swanky boutique opened the evening with a fun, sassy lineup, 80’s inspired music & details, like leggings & roller skates over the shoulder and pink lips.  The hair reminded us more of Farrah Fawcett and the bright colors were great pops in this overly long and drawn out winter.

Mary Mojo

We loved some of the details at Mary Mojo and were a little perplexed by others, like a loose fitting one piece bathing suit that was not remotely flattering.  The flowered bathing cap however, was great.  Great updo’s and a white bangle almost to the elbow completed the looks.


Biton had some surprisingly awesome and some completely awful looks.  The first look down the runway–tight, high waisted light denim–elicited a “Yikes” from yours truly, and men’s hair was as slick as the creepy mannequins in the windows.  There was a cute print romper, one shoulder red jersey dress and a gold clutch that was good enough to make my positive notes.  For men, there was a wonderful pair of chocolate brown suede wingtip shoes with enough vintage charm to make any hipster happy & a patchwork argyle shirt that was interesting.

Sadly my camera fell and suffered a shock to its system at the start of the La Roque show.  Don’t worry, all is well, but you’ll have to use your imaginations for the rest of the show!

La Roque presented a classic line with interesting backs, little girl socklets hovering over the ankles…  Yellow, white, pink, navy, ruffles, one shouldered dresses and tops are definitely back.

I have always liked V2V and this show was a wide variety of the feminine and fashion forward looks they are known for, like bubble skirted dress, flower accessories, bold colors, ruffles and one shouldered pieces.

The best department store east of the Cooper, Gwynn’s of Mt Pleasant, brought a limited palette of white and gold with some pink accents that bored some, but delighted yours truly.  Sparkling shoes and bags accented white clothing, Bowie-esque hair and makeup, like lighting bolts zigzagging down the models’ faces were quite fun.  The hot pink jeans and shoulder pads did not make the likes list however.

Featured Designer Ashley Reid used her students from the Art Institute of Charleston to put on her line of loose dresses with mesh panel insets, rompers, more socks with high heels and great necklaces.  Salmon, poppy and burgundy with some

Bring on the Water Ball.

Going green takes a turn towards “going blue” this Thursday March 25th, 7-11pm with the Charleston Waterkeeper’s First Annual Water Ball taking place at the SC Aquarium. No, the Water Ball does not consist of children hurling water-filled balloons. Well, as far as we know, it doesn’t. They’re being kinda secretive and it sounds super fun!

The organization is one of nearly 200 Waterkeepers around the globe fighting for “drinkable, fishable, swimmable” creeks, rivers, and oceans. The private “citizen driven” efforts are part investigative journalist (look out for the iPhone app to report bad guys on the water), science teacher (a ‘water machine’ will be unveiled at the gala), and community organizer.

This kickoff gala is hiding a few surprises, but here’s a peek into some of the good stuff. The educational, interactive walk-in will lead to a cocktail area brimming with waterway-impacted vendors. (Could all of Charleston fit into the aquarium?) Mingle with key Waterkeeper-movement players, and check out the kaleidoscope silent auction of water experiences like a waterway patrol and step inside the massive blow up dome in the middle of the aquarium by Open Dome Productions. This is a seriously creative evening, so creative formal wear is expected—‘no tux required’ proclaims head Waterkeeper Cyrus Buffum.

Without water none of us would survive!!! Bring on the Water Ball.

$50/person. For tickets and information about The Water Ball, see

Romance Rocks!

Charleston Weddings‘ Bridal Couture show today was surely the most intimate of CFW happenings.  Well-dressed ladies and a few of their gents packed into the festooned & champagne cocktail-filled Style Lounge for The Peninsula’s best  bridal fashions.  The Charleston Symphony Orchestra rocked the tent with peaceful classics and surprising renditions of “Pretty Woman” and “So Happy Together.” So with cameras ready and champage in hand, this bunch of gals oohed-and-aahed through an afternoon of silks, sheers, and sheer delight.

White took the stage in signature ruffled style–complete with detail buttons, rosettes, and early-spring inspired pinwheels–including a catching high-necked cutaway shoulder confection that sent ah “oooh” through the smiling crowd.  White was later to rock the runway with a Vegas-inspired collection from showgirl to honeymoon lounger.

Belle Couture blew in a sea of lacy-“Is that her grandmother’s?”-looks.  The collection was pure contrast–vintage proper looks set to rockin’ tunes and styled with red-shoes.  Rough-hewn leather gloves paired with ruffled-rosette dresses.  Finally, a drop-waisted corset atop a tulle skirt with silk overlay tied up a just-gorgeous gathering of gowns.

Bella Vista brought that old “something borrowed, something blue” to a new level with modern shapes, blue surprises, and comforting details.  A full-skirt stunner with a hydrangea blue sash inspired sighs while the model strutted down the runway to “Hey There, Delilah.”  Blue wildflowers, heels, bows, ruching, and a suitcase connected the collection.  A drop-waist, disco patterns, and a comfy dress with pockets were all crowd pleasers.

Maddison Row & Bella Bridesmaid combined forces to present some fine silk-draping halters, silk chiffon overlays and ruching, ruching, ruching.  Detailed hairstyles and stitching make this a collection to remember.  And oh, that charcoal gray tulle delight–closely followed by a silk bubble skirt and gauzy sweetheart bustier–are sure to blow in an early spring.

Lula Kate thrilled to their classic silk lines and memorable ruffled touches.

This crowd was beyond excited to see South Carolina’s own Carol Hannah Whitfield.  The debut of her Weddings Collection in Charleston was marked by a crowd full of well wishers and Charleston colors.  Rainbow Row-reminiscent peaches, corals, and pinks strutted out in halters, jersey-like drapings, and fun shapes.  The aqua-blue of your porch ceiling walked out in a strapless dream fit for Grace Kelly.  And the bridal gowns?  Well the whisper behind me, “it doesn’t get more Charleston than that,” was spot on.  Paper-white ruffles at the hip to match reception flowers, Charleston antique lace, and simple styling with that Carol Hannah-touch are sure to bring success to this Charleston favorite.

An Evening with The Met’s Carrie Rebora Barratt

Charleston hosted Ms. Carrie Rebora Barratt from the Metropolitan Museum of Art this week as part of the Charleston Art & Antiques forum.  Ms. Barratt is the Associate Director of Collections and Administration and gave a fascinating talk on American Portraiture in the Colonial Era.  The address was given in the Old Courtroom of 23 Chalmers Street, which has seen Charleston’s wars, hurricanes, earthquakes and the reconstruction from each.  The Old Courtroom was restored in 2008 to it’s mid-19th century hey-day appearance as U.S. District Court and a Confederate States Court.

Enjoy our snapshots!

Carrie Rebora Barratt, Associate Director of Collections and Administration, The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Art Mag listens in on Project Runway talent

Project Runway talent, local Carol Hannah Whitfield and the West Coast’s Logan Neitzel, sat down yesterday with local media to talk about CFW.  Amidst all the camera flashes and questions, Carol Hannah glowed how “surreal” it is to “come back to where it all started.”  Carol Hannah has been around the fashion block since her last appearance as an emerging designer at CFW 2008.  The South Carolina native is back to debut her first wedding collection at tomorrow’s Bridal Couture event.  Look for “fun details, draping, and the fabric manipulations that I love so much,” she says with a smile.  And what’s most special about this anticipated collection?  Each dress has the spirit and name of a street in Charleston!  We can’t wait to see Cistern-Peach and Haint Blue walk the runway (or is it the aisle?).

This is Logan Neitzel’s first time in Charleston.  He feels “a big sense of community,” and “something real, an understanding,” for fashion brewing here in the Holy City.  This Project Runway veteran will be channeling Tim Gunn’s personality as he coaches the Emerging Designers as they race against the clock for tomorrow’s catwalks.  And what’s next for Logan?  He’s cultivating his market, and looking to develop a “cult following.”

Both designers advise yet-to-be-discovered talent to get out there.  Caral Hannah says  “find what’s special about you, and stay true to it.  The world doesn’t need another designer, but it wants something exciting.”  Practically rules with Mr. Neitzel who urges budding designers to be multitalented, “you have to be able to put your head down and work.  Design is fun.  Answering 40 e-mails a day is not–but that’s real life.”

Cheers to the Charleston Fashion Week 2010 finale this weekend!

Logan Neitzel speaks on Project Runway, his career goals, and his first time in Charleston.