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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Love Bites

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Join us Wednesday, February 1st for a sipping & shopping event to kick off the month of  L-O-V-E! Once again, we’ve collaborated with our pals Porter & Pig, Little Fish Boateak and Beauty Counter to bring you a ‘one stop’ shopping event. Grab your best gal-pals to enjoy love “bites”, cocktails, Louette Pop-Up Shop and Trunk Shows featuring Beauty Counter and Little Fish Boateak.  CLICK HERE for event invite!

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Valentines Day Gifts

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We’re feeling the love at Louette and stocking the shop with loads of great Valentine’s Day gifts. One of our favorites is the adorably packaged Love Potion #9 Candle from Brooklyn Candle Studio–the perfect gift for any Valentine. Read More…

Don’t forget to stop by the shop to write a LOVENOTE! We will feature it on our window in the Village at Wexford.

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September Events

We’ve teamed up with our favorite local businesses & designers to offer you TWO amazing events this September.

{SEPTEMBER 13th}

Yes Way Rosé, Pop Up Shop:

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Please join us at Porter & Pig Tuesday, September 13th at 5:30 for a glass of Rosé, charcuterie and a girls night out. Shop fall collections from a special Louette Pop up shop including Sugarfina rosé gummy bears and check out the latest hand crafted designs from little fish BOATEAK with 20% off all pieces.

$25 gift cards will be raffled off for P &P, Louette, and Little Fish so please stop by and say hello and support local business. Make sure you CLICK HERE to RSVP!

**all attendees will get special passes to use at our “Louette In Wonderland” event on Thursday, September 29th

 

 

{September 29th}

Louette In Wonderland: Beauty, Tutus, Jewelry

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CLICK HERE to RSVP

 

Summer Social

Summer is HERE and we are settled into our NEW home. Supporting fellow local businesses has always been a focus for us–which is why we are so excited to be located in the heart of shopping local on Hilton Head Island in the Village at Wexford!

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We re-opened at our NEW location on May 9th and its crazy ever since. If you haven’t stopped by to check out the new shop…well, what are waiting for??? Louette Boutique receives weekly new arrivals and the shop is constantly changing.

Don’t miss out on shop happenings & events. Make sure you are getting social with us!

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You can also find us on Pinterest and Snapchat.  See you soon! xo-Louette

Brunchin’

Brunch: 1. a late morning meal eaten instead of breakfast or lunch.

Hmmm…

Obviously, Merriam nor Webster were Southern. If you will be on Hilton Head Island the weekend of the RBC Heritage, and Easter brunch is far more than a measly meal. Ya’ll, BRUNCH next weekend is… the social event of the year!

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Not prepared. No problem. From tantalizing s-l-o-w Southern Cook Books to classy table-wear we’ve got you covered. On a budget? Don’t sweat it. Below are three sure fire ways to class-up your brunch table–without breaking the bank!

 

1. Glass

Milk Glass Cake Plates are a staple at Louette. They are wildly popular and to be honest, we have difficulty keeping them in stock. A trick of the trade: use cake plates to layer your table–add height and dimension without breaking a sweat. Trendy? Cupcakes are all the rage these days (because, well, who doesn’t love a cupcake!). Use our cute lil’ 6 in. cake plates to sweetly display smaller treats such as cupcakes. Love! ($40-$60)

Milk Glass Cake plate in Tuscan Rose
Milk Glass Cake plate in Tuscan Rose

2. Linen

Nothing is quite as simple and elegant as linen. Our favorite linen table runners, napkins and kitchen towels from our pals at IceMilk Aprons are perfection. The red stitching adds the perfect detail. Add these to your table and you will fall in love. Bonus: they are easy, easy to wash and can be dressed up for your fancy brunch or dressed down for that other meal….lunch. ($15-$30)

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3. Fragrance

Our beaded glass candles from Voluspa come in the perfect Spring pallet. The scents are out of this world. Why we love these? The glass is absolutely gorgeous. Pair a candle or two next to some pretty flowers or place a candle on top of one of your milk-glass cake plates for a cute display. Perfection! ($20-$40)

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Not into hosting? Here are our picks for best Brunch spots on the island!

A Lowcountry Backyard

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A Lowcountry Backyard

Great for a low-key brunch. In Spring there is no cuter backyard than at A Lowcountry Backyard. Traditional wooden swings and lanterns adorn this backyard oasis. This is no hoity-toity outing! Lowcountry is a family-run restaurant that prides itself on being welcoming to families. You MUST try Nancy’s banana pudding…you will not be disappointed.

**Don’t forget to say “hi” to our favorite employee, Austin!

Black Marlin

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Black Marlin

The Black Marlin is definitely an island staple.  The banana’s foster is out of this world! Party people: the build your own bloody mary station might have you stumbling a couple feet to the Hurricane Bar for a long Sunday Funday! Watching boats float by while brunching’–Now, that’s a SUNDAY!

Live Oak (Sea Pines Resort)

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Live Oak

Exquisite is the only word to describe the latest addition to brunch locations on Hilton Head Island. The newly built Plantation Golf Club is lowcountry-chic at it’s finest. The menu accommodates a wide range of preferences from gluten-free to vegan. The entire restaurant overlooks the Heron Point and Ocean Golf Courses. Breathtaking! Don’t procrastinate this is one place you need to make reservations for.

 

Happy brunchin’

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Farmers’ Markets

The season is upon us! Tis’ the season for fresh veggies and fruits available at our local farmers’ markets. Whether you are visiting, or a local that has missed the market movement—we are here to highlight our favorites.

1. Farmers Market of Bluffton– The Farmers Market of Bluffton is one of the best Farmers’ Markets in South Carolina. There are dozens of vendors from favorite local farms, like Three Sisters Farm, to cult favorites like Palmetto Kettle Corn. No matter what part of the country you are from, this market is sure to become a weekly ritual. In true Lowcountry fashion this market is not without it’s entertainment. Local musicians and artists frequent Calhoun Street adding a unique flare to this traditional market. Old Town Bluffton has become an attraction all it’s own. Be sure to visit our friends at Gigi’s, The Story Book Shoppe, and Madhouse Vintage.

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What to wear: Pick up a pair of our super comfy slip-on espadrilles. We are partial to the Tulum in Coral. You can’t go to market without a market tote! We adore our 100% burlap totes from IceMilk Aprons (we have these adorable burlap totes in a variety of prints at the shop).  Don’t forget–The Farmers Market of Bluffton kicks off on March 20th 2-7pm IMG_1927

2. The Farmer’s Market at Sea Pines– Nestled inside the popular Sea Pines Resort. The Sea Pines’ Farmers Market is held on Tuesdays from 10-2pm. Quickly becoming an island favorite, this farmers’ market has an artisan feel with loads of local loot. Local favorite, Lowcountry Produce anchors this cool market and provides shelter on rainy days. This market came on the scene quietly but is standing out by focusing on unique artisans and chic local eats.  One of our favorites: Baby Cakes! The best hand-held dessert on the planet.

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What to wear:  Our favorite breathable bamboo cotton minidress is the perfect choice.  Slip this over your bathing suit and you are set. We can never get enough of nautical stripes—always chic and always on trend. This dress is available in the Sailer Stripe (shown below) and a nautical red stripe. Super cute!

Bonus: Sea Pines center is close to the beach! Ride your bike and then head over to Sea Pines beach club after the market. You need a bike basket to carry all of your goods–Nantucket baskets are the best. We are re-stocked with these popular rattan baskets–adult and kid sizes available.  

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Farmers’ markets are a great place for the kiddos. We love “We’re Going to The Farmers’ Market”, a new addition to our selection of books. This sweet little board book is Ella Grace approved–small and durable!  Pick this up before market and you’ve got something to keep your little one entertained.

See you at The Farmers’ Market!chro28115-3eeb_1

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Heather (Louette Owner) and her daughter, Ella Grace (9 mo.) at The Hilton Head Island St. Patrick’s Day Parade