Friday, April 18, 2014

Lingerie Store Expands to Mt. Pleasant

Bustin' Out

Posted by Rebecca Stanley on Fri, Apr 18, 2014 at 5:08 PM

If you watch makeover shows or even morning news programs, you know that properly fitted foundation garments are just as important as outerwear when creating a style. Fortuitously, Charleston’s Bits of Lace opened a new store at 453 Coleman Blvd. in Mt. Pleasant. Bits of Lace specializes in helping women find their true size. Owner Ruth Brennan is looking forward to serving an expanded customer base. “Eighty-eight percent of women are wearing an ill-fitting bra,” says Brennan, who hopes to introduce her new clients to Bits of Lace’s “Fit to Brafection” approach.

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The Bits of Lace brand is surely about fit, but it’s also about luxury. Since 1976, the store has carried high-end bras and undies by designers like La Perla, Prima Donna, and Chantelle. Now shoppers can also browse a variety of sleepwear and the latest in lingerie like Hanky Panky thongs. For all the aspiring Dita Von Teeses, Bits of Lace still carries garter belts and shapewear.

“Our customers can expect our unique brand of personalized service and unmatched attention to detail. We invite everyone to our new location,” says Brennan. The Mt. P Bits of Lace will be open 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Mon-Sat. 

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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Dandy Boutique brings hair accessories, clothes, and home decor to John Street

Fine and Dandy

Posted by Rebecca Stanley on Thu, Apr 17, 2014 at 1:11 PM

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Holly McGetrick has always wanted to open a store to sell her hand-crafted accessories. Like many artisans starting out, McGetrick began selling her hair accessories on Etsy, but with the help of her techie boyfriend, she soon started hawking her own goods on her very own website. And from there, she opened Dandy Boutique at 43 John St., making her dream a reality. Dandy, which opened this week, offers a variety of McGetrick’s headbands, hair clips, and jewelry, so if you ever need a flower crown, bridal hair comb, or statement necklace, Dandy has you covered.

But it's not all about the accessories, Dandy also carries women’s clothing and some home décor items. “It’s all vintage inspired with a slight modern twist,” says McGetrick. Brands like Sugarhill and Dear Creatures, which will be familiar to ModCloth shoppers, make up the majority of the clothing selection. Dandy also maintains a fashion blog that gives shoppers ideas about how to pair clothes and accessories from the boutique with items from other retailers like Forever 21.

While the clothing section may dominate the space right now, McGetrick says she hopes to expand Dandy into “a lifestyle boutique” complete with a beauty product section and expanded home decor (currently, it's mainly home accessories). She would also love to have Dandy become a storefront for other local accessory makers. In the meantime, Dandy has something for “anyone who likes to dress slightly different, not following every new trend, but with their own unique style,” says McGetrick.

For more information, visit dandyboutique.com or call (843) 410-1109.

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Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Beard and Moustache Competition Announces New Details

Lip Sweaters

Posted by Rebecca Stanley on Wed, Apr 9, 2014 at 1:00 AM

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The participants in the Southeastern Beard and Moustache Competition (SBMC) don’t need special months to celebrate their facial hair. Forget Movember and Manuary, May is the best beard month, because the facial hair competition is back.

On May 24, the Music Farm will once again host the popular face-off. Categories in the beard competition include everything from "full 12 inches and up beard" to the "young man’s college beard" to the older gentleman’s "salty dog." Moustaches may fall into either the styled or natural category, and partial beards like mutton chops have their own categories. There’s even a Southern belle contest for the ladies, who can choose to be realistic or creative.

The Beard and Moustache Competition benefits Lowcountry Women with Wings, which provides legal and personal counseling for local women with ovarian cancer. The $10 spectator ticket and the $20 entry fee may not seem like much, but with more than 600 estimated attendees every year, SBMC has raised over $20,000 over the past four years. The SBMC will be more than just a competition. It’s a full weekend celebration of self-expression. There’s a Recovery Room-hosted party on Fri. May 23. Morning-after brunches can be awkward, but not the SBMC’s brunch at Holy City Brewing on Sun. May 25. Food trucks will be on-site to complement beer selection.

For out of town participants and spectators, SBMC has made arrangements with two local hotels. The Best Western as well as the Sleep Inn on Savannah Highway are offering rooms for $149/night to those who mention the Beard and Moustache Competition, which is a deal considering May 24 is Memorial Day weekend.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Steve Madden Surprises Audience at Charleston Fashion Week Day Three

Fashionably Late

Posted by Amanda Merritt on Tue, Mar 25, 2014 at 11:07 AM

There’s something so jarring about walking from one side of Calhoun Street to the other during Charleston Fashion Week. On the college side, you have girls in oversized tee’s and Nike running shorts and the boys in their surf brand shirts and pastel shorts. Cross the intersection and you’re in the middle of a stylish urban sprawl filled with neon accents, cutout dresses, layered jewels, and totteringly high heels. It’s easy to tell you’re not on campus anymore (though both groups wear the “bored” look well).

Entering the main tent, we were welcomed by the nonsensical musical stylings of —- which sounded like a mix of experimental synth and the exaggerated vocal gymnastics of an Asian songstress. The show began smoothly soon after, but of course it was running a little fashionably late.

Thursday was Belk night at CFW. The first collection showcased black and white, bold and graphic. I was most excited, yet confused, by a dress that was actually billowy pants. The resort collection contained pieces for jet-setting moms and the open chambray shirted/khaki cargo-panted beaus that love them. For your urban safari, animal prints worked their way down the runway.  The last collection was more feminine and showed variations of the white dress. The beginning skit showed a woman being surprised by a man holding a bouquet of flowers and ended with their romantic walk down the runway. Cue collective “Aw.” The most exciting part of the show was the announcement of a new partnership between Belk and Steve Madden. Male models with Madden teeshirts held up silver platters with glittering cage heels. Steve Madden surprised the audience by showing up and giving a quick wave at the end of the runway. Other than the partnership, nothing was inherently “new” or “cutting edge” from the Belk show, but the brand showed awareness of their market and exhibited trendy pieces that their demographic will love. The show reminded me of Forever 21 for moms but with a higher price point.

Next was the Emerging Designers Competition. Each contestant was introduced by a video interviewing them about their inspiration, world-view, and the night’s collection. First was Felicia Barth-Aasen. She described her designs as “hipster-y and grungy” and that showed in her slouchy, homeless-esque collection.

Charleston’s own Noelle Stanley and Sean Olson provided the cute factor in their children’s collection. Stanley explained that little girls didn’t need glitter and sparkles int their clothes as long as it passed the “whirl and twirl” test (a very accurate test, mind you). Their interpretation turned into romanticized peasantwear with flowy plaids, lace, and vegan leather accents. The crowd cooed over each little girl model and clapped when they made their “model” poses at the end of the runway. Stanley and Olson ended up winning Audience’s Choice.

Nkundwe Kasyanju said her collection was inspired by architecture which was apparent in the hard angles and structural elements of the designs. It was reminiscent of what business women would wear in a future dystopia. Don’t be surprised if you see something similar in the upcoming movie, Divergent.

“Edgy rock-and-roll” and “superhero androgyny” helped influence Angela Bacskocky’s pieces, though her pieces ended up being more feminine. Her mixing of leather, fur, velvet, and lace created a wide texture palate on the backdrop of a simple dark red and creme color background. The extra edge came in her use of leather harness accents, which were surprisingly missing in the Belk collection.

Yuyan He, the final contestant of the night, experimented with hand painted garments and splatter designs. Such a technique can easily become cartoony or immature, but her designs were classy and expertly carried out to look like they were made of candy.

After all the showings, a panel of judges ruled Angela Bacskocky’s collection deserving of the night’s top prize. Her full collection will be shown during Saturday’s finals competition.

Filled with new stylish ideas, we raced home to purge our closets and saw we had nothing left to wear. Fashion can be so tragic.












Friday, March 21, 2014

The Alley's Hoop Fever Challenge Kicks Off Tonight

Sure Shot

Posted by Melissa Tunstall on Fri, Mar 21, 2014 at 3:00 PM

Hoops there it is. The Alley's Hoop Fever Challenge starts up on Fri. March 21 at 7 p.m. and has 64 two-person teams shooting hoops in hopes to win some major bones. It's actually $700 worth of bones that is, with $500 going to the winners and $200 to second place.

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Oh, and if you thought this was about a bracket, you're wrong. It's all about the arcade game Hoop Fever. The teams are randomly selected to go against each in the arcade shooting game of your childhood. The team who scores the most moves forward to next week's competition on Fri. March 28. And even if you don't move past the first round, you get cheap drinks for the whole tournament with $12 buckets of Bud Light.

You'll need to pre-register for the event. And you should hurry, there's only a few spots left. It'll cost you $10 — that's only $5 apiece if single digits are more appealing. And both teammates need to be present on both nights. Head to alleyhoopfeverchallenge.com to register, and start loosening that shooting arm up.

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