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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Gift Guide: Toast to the Host

Party season in the Lowcountry has begun! Whether you’re headed to a Friendsgiving gathering, family Turkey Day affair, or a holiday cocktail party…we’ve picked our favorite  gifts for any host.

TOAST THE HOST GIFT GUIDE

  1. {Holiday Tea Towels & Napkins} Heirloomed Collection creates simple but beautifully crafted table linens. We love their Holiday Collection–don’t forget to check out our selection of linen aprons too!
  2. {Porcelain Apothecary Vessels} One of our best-selling gift items, these unique porcelain pieces can be used as vases, decorative items for table settings, or serving ware for oils and dressings. We’ve carried these handmade pieces from Honeycomb Studio for years! Truly a beautiful and unique gift idea.
  3. {Candle to Cocktail} Don’t forget the dudes. The Ranger Station Candle is a unique masculine candle that has been handcrafted to become a sturdy cocktail glass. With scents like Oakmoss, Tobacco Musk and Smoke, these candles are perfect for an office setting or “Man Cave”.  This cool gift, for the cool guy hails from Nashville, TN. They even have tutorials on how to craft the perfect cocktail CLICK HERE
  4. {Royal Cork Coasters} We just fell in love with the whimsical design of these cork coasters. Come into the shop to see our wide variety of gift items from Rifle Paper Co. 
  5. {Canvas Wine Bag} This will be our new “go-to” toast phrase for sure. These canvas wine totes come in a variety of witty & poignant messages.

 

All items available at the shop! Still stuck on Hostess Gift ideas? Stop into Louette this week, we’re happy to help. #shoplocal

Don’t miss our Holiday Markets starting November, 19th. We’re joining our friends in the Village at Wexford to bring you a unique local shopping experience. Wine tastings, live music and holiday specials. CLICK HERE for more information

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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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#LOUETTEINWONDERLAND

CLICK HERE to RSVP

 

The POWER of Empowering

I’ve got a pretty cool job. As a buyer for Louette I have the opportunity to seek out really unique companies that are doing awesome and creative work. Social companies are changing up the fashion and gift industry (TOMS was the frontrunner).  It’s amazing how a little planning and creativity can foster fashion forward/quality goods while helping to combat poverty and empower women. Here are two of my favorite socially driven companies.

**FashionABLE assists the global community as well as locally in Tennessee and Revive Bath and Body is a southern company as well, helping others in Atlanta, Ga. Read below to learn more:

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We are proud to carry leather goods from FashionABLE–a company that supports women both locally and globally by providing jobs. Not just another social company, FashionABLE has done the research to find that “throwing charitable funds” at poor communities does not combat poverty. Instead, FashionABLE works closely with manufacturers in communities to help them implement business practices and work environments to be successful. “We believe that serious long term solutions to poverty lie in creating jobs, not giving money away” (www.livefashionable.com).

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Stop into the shop to check out our collection from FashionABLE! We’ve got wallets, cross body bags and totes. You are going to LOVE all the rich hues and beautiful craftsmanship.

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Louette FAVORITE:  The Saddlebag. We’re obsessed with this bag!!! A 1970’s inspired classic, perfect for everyday.  Available in three colors at the shop. CLICK HERE to see more.

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Next up…

Revive Bath and Body

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I literally stumbled across this company walking through Virginia-Highlands in Atlanta, Ga. Originally I was intrigued by Revive’s loofah soaps and then when I learned they are a locally owned, socially conscious company– I had to get it in the shop! Owner, Catilin started her company at her house. Making soaps for fun, it quickly morphed into a full-blown business.

“RENEW. RESTORE. REVIVE” is the slogan for Revive Bath and Body. In 2014, Revive partnered with Haven Atlanta to help women exit the trafficking trade. More about this amazing partnership HERE

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One of the best-selling gifts at Louette are Revive’s Loofah Soaps. Made with all natural ingredients, these soaps beautifully exfoliate the skin. Available in eight delicious scents. Portion of the proceeds are donated to HavenATL.

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Next time you are in Louette, ask one of the knowledgable Louette gals about these great companies. We love to chat about the products we love.

xo,

Heather