Closing a Chapter

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I am CLOSING my shop. 

I am closing my beautiful little shop with the adorable bell on the door that my Grandmother {the shop’s namesake, put on the door to keep “bad guys” away}; I am closing my shop that always plays French music {even though I don’t speak French and neither did my Grandmother but it is the prettiest language and everything in the shop just had to be pretty}; I am closing my shop that has perfectly curated candles and fresh lavender buds on hand at all times just to add to the loveliness; I am closing my shop that has gorgeous reclaimed wood on the walls in all different shades of blue that my husband hand-picked and pressure washed and people ask to buy on a weekly basis and I simple respond “these will never be for sale”; I am closing my little shop that ladies would rush in and say things like “I just feel happy here”, “I just love all the beautiful things”, “my kids and husband are driving me crazy and I just wanted to walk around somewhere and I chose to come here”; I am closing my shop and saying “goodbye” to all my Louette Ladies {past & present}–the gals who love this lovely little shop as much as I do.  I am closing LOUETTE BOUTIQUE and that is just as it should be.

My Mother recently sent me an article written by Maria Shriver. The piece focused on this one quote from a book called Seven Ages of Paris: 

“What a beautiful life I’ve had. It’s a pity I didn’t notice it sooner”.

My decision to close the shop I love so very much is easily expressed by this quote.  And, yes, Mother’s are always right. Its annoying but promising because as a Mother myself, I am really excited to one day have the “superpower” of being right as well.

In short, I am closing the shop to spend more time with my family. The past year, I have noticed feeling “out of control”. My kids need me more, my husband owns a busy and successful Design/Build Company and I owe it to myself and my family to “slow down” and take stock.

Please know this…I have so much LOVE for anyone that ever stepped foot in Louette Boutique. Even today, when someone says they love my shop I get chills. When I opened in 2013, I had no idea I would meet so many amazing people. Our plan is to be OPEN thru August. Please come in and say “hello”. Also, for more details on my decision to close look for my article in the August issue of CH2 Magazine.

 

 

Hiatus + Heartward

So…it has definitely been awhile.  Loads of exciting things have happened over the past few months. The most exciting being the launch of a passion project, HEARTWARD!

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Heartward is a collaboration with my long-time pal Jessica Berinato {we’ve been friends since we were 9yrs. old}. Not only is Jessica a great friend, she’s been a mentor to me. Jess owns Breathless Paper Co. and Deep South Social. When I decided to open Louette Boutique, Jess was right there by my side giving me guidance and support.

Over the years we’ve chatted about collaborating on a product or idea. Through random conversations {we talk on the phone a ton!} that probably began talking about our crazy toddlers {we’ve got four kiddos between the two of us}, we landed on creating cute and positive tees for kids.

Check out the Heartward website HERE

 

 

 

Here is my Ella Grace in our “Chaos & Spanish Moss” tee. I just love this one! It perfectly sums up our life right now. So…”let the CHAOS begin”.

Cheers!

 

 

 

Oysters Love the Lowcountry

In terms of the Oyster, I was fairly naive when we moved to Hilton Head ten years ago. I had never had an Oyster and had never really heard of an Oyster Roast. I thought Oyster Roasts were something Hilton Head had invented. I know, that’s silly.  As I’ve become more of a “lowcountry local” (my true LOCAL friends are laughing), I realized that…Oysters and the Lowcountry are one in the same. The Lowcountry LOVES Oysters and Oysters LOVE the Lowcountry. And, no. Hilton Head did not invent Oyster Roasts. Hudson’s did! Right?

 

Confession time: I don’t like Oysters. Gasp!!! I know, its kinda of a sin down here. I don’t like Sweet Tea either but that’s a story for another time. But…I do LOVE a good time, I LOVE live music, I LOVE fun peeps so… I love Oyster Roasts! I’m sure one day I will warm up to the idea of actually eating Oysters but for now I just consider them the “GUEST OF HONOR”. This Fall we went to the most perfect Oyster Roast in Bluffton, SC and it was a fundraiser for one of my favorite non-profits, Volunteers in Medicine.

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Brian and I were super excited to be invited to Bourbon & Bubbly, a benefit for Volunteers in Medicine which is a super awesome amazing cause right here in the Lowcountry.

Volunteers in Medicine:

With the dedicated service of volunteer physicians, nurses, and allied health professionals, the Bluffton Jasper VIM provides care to our friends and neighbors in Bluffton and Jasper County who are without medical insurance.

My friend Hannah Fulton Toney, local designer for J Banks, wielded her magic and the evening was brilliant. Equal parts fancy cocktail party & true Lowcountry Oyster Roast. Cue the Bourbon and Champagne and…yes, you bet we spent waaay too much coin at the Silent Auction.

 

Let’s start with the food…

 

Some of the most creative restaurants stepped up to provide the fantastic FIVE COURSE MEAL. Yes, Mr. Brian was in ‘hog heaven’. Everything was amazing!

If you  know me, you know that my favorite course is dessert and what a bonus to have my dear friend, Jennifer Gleitsman with Marmalade Homemade Baking Co. working her tail off to serve a dessert trio that literally had everyone begging for more.

The Music

Gino FanelliGino’s look and talent was the perfect background to the cocktail hour. John Wasem played during dinner and is also a good friend of ours. I asked him if I could dance on stage…he politely declined. John plays at his family run restaurants ELA’s (in Shelter Cove Harbor) and the PEARL (Bluffton).

The night ended with a night cap at the Dispensary and I ride from our pal with Bluffton Bike Taxi. Such a fun night! A great event for an awesome cause. You MUST go next year.

Give an Oyster this Holiday!

I’m loving our collection of Oyster gifts in the shop. Our Oyster Ornaments are flying out the door. They are beautiful and have a cool story behind them. I met Rachel Gordon, Designer Grit & Grace studio, by chance. Her boyfriend was playing a gig at the Jazz Corner and she meandered into the shop that night. She is super talented and I just love the detail and “give-back” behind her Oyster beauties.

Grit & Grace is a coastal chic sustainable gift company based in Charleston, SC that makes oyster shell dishes and holiday ornaments. Our oyster shells are perfectly created by nature, then hand painted with an ocean of love to remind you “the world is your oyster.” — The perfect gift to hold jewelry, soap, salt and pepper or to decorate your nautical themed Christmas tree. 

 

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Holiday Coffee Tasting Party

Cheers to the Holidays! I caught a glimpse of Kate Hudson discussing her new book Pretty Fun on the Today Show  the other week. I thought since our good pals from Java Burrito Co. are next door to the shop…why shouldn’t we “ring in the Holidays” with a fun coffee tasting!CGP2017_FallLouette-5

We honestly had the best time! I approached Frederika, Owner of Java Burrito Co. and she concocted three Holiday drinks.

  1. Signature Iced Brew (’cause we’re in the Lowcountry and when we met it was like 80 degrees!)
  2. White Forest Mocha
  3. Peppermint Mocha (my FAVE!)

We met and discussed how our goal is to make the Holidays “less stressful”…if there is such a thing. Celia (from Harbor Affair) spiced up the scene with her amazing “one-liners” and photog skills. (On that note…if you haven’t seen Celia’s epic ode to her 32nd birthday and “Cake by the Ocean”  CLICK HERE).

CGP2017_FallLouette-3We came to the conclusion that the key to Happy, Stress-less Holidays is not to to take yourself too seriously. As Mother’s and/or business Owners the Holidays can represent your bottomline or time to shine — so to speak. Christmas morning is every Mother’s “MOMENT” and 4th quarter for most buisnesses is “IT”. But if you are like me, some of those quote on quote “magical moments” or perfect Holiday events turn into a Clarke Griswold Holiday breakdown–CLICK HERE.

Que our epic conversation over coffee about the awesomeness of the new millenial term…

#holidayaf

It’s so ridiculous but amazing all the same time. It makes any statement, picture or event that involves the holidays just “silly”. Google it: #holidayaf. It will make you laugh and you will apply it to every family Holiday photo going forward.  Cheers to a fun, stress-less Holiday or at least some cynical friends to drink coffee with.

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PS–speaking of #holidayaf…how cute are these??? Get your Holiday party started. Check out our Holiday SHOP for more! http://louetteboutique.com/shop/holiday/

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3 a.m Eternal

 

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It’s 5:58 am and I’ve been up with my youngest, Rose.

All. Night. Long.

We’ve been walking the hallways, rocking, singing and everything else you do to lull a babe to sleep.

Oh, I forgot about the cursing. Not directly at my child, but at pretty much anything else. Walking, rocking, singing and cursing. Please go the F*&K to sleep!

(**Do not click on the above link if you are squirmy about the F-bomb. But DO click on the link if you have no shame).

Unfortunately, Rose has not slept through the night in basically two years. I really can’t think about it too much or I get a little depressed. Not complaining. Just stating the facts.

I always find myself singing songs to my children that just pop into my head. Madonna’s “Holiday” is a favorite, Lisa Loeb “Stay”–I know every single word.

But…this little gem came out of NOWHERE  this morning and I definitely started to laugh at myself.  Obscure? Absolutely.  Awesome? You bet your sweet 90’s tush it is.

Does anyone else remember this song??? Listen to the lyrics. Yes, KLF…3 am does feel E-T-E-R-N-A-L.  Perfect little club jam for sleepless Mothers. No one wants to be up at 3 am. It totally feels eternal. Right? Cheers to all my 90’s Mamas out there that now experience a whole new meaning to “3 am Eternal” that has nothing to do with clubbing.

 

PS- If you live on Hilton Head Island and need a caffeine jolt…visit my pals at Java Burrito Co. They just launched their Holiday Coffee drinks!

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