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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Gifts: Simple Luxuries

 

For your Mother, for your Mother-In-Law, for your Best Girlfriend…for the gal who has

E V E R Y T H I N G!

These lovely gift ideas are perfect for any lady on your list

 

 

 

 

 

  1. La Dolce Vita Gift Set: We love everything about Tocca. Their beautiful packaging and intoxicating scents are irresistible.  La Dolce Vita Gift Set is perfect for the whimsical traveler–comes complete with a TSA approved perfume! 
  2. Sapone: Tocca’s Bar Soap is beautifully wrapped with hand-dyed decorative paper. A moisture rich soap with Vitamin E leaves skin super soft. Available in: Cleopatra, Florence & Bianca scents **these little soaps are the perfect stocking stuffer
  3. Mint Green Soap Dish: We love the vintage feel of this cute little soap dish. Pair with any of our bar soaps for an adorable gift!
  4. Mistral French Milled Soap: Mistral has been a staple at Louette since we opened! An olive oil based soap that lasts FOREVER. One of our most popular gift items.
  5. Barr-Co Bath Salts in a Bag: A sweet & simple gift. Available in Barr-Co’s original scent. The milk, oatmeal, vanilla and vetiver create an extremely soothing soak. Great for those with sensitive skin.

 

For more gift ideas check out our INSTAGRAM page!

 

HOLIDAY POP-UP SHOP

Eat. Drink. Be Merry.

{Meet us on Wednesday, December 7th for a HOLIDAY POP-UP SHOP with our friends Little Fish Boateak and Porter & Pig}

More details…CLICK HERE

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#louetteholiday

 

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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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

November Happenings

November is here. Bring on the Fall weather and holiday anticipation. We are busy with loads of new arrivals and a full social calendar!

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Stocked up fabulous gifts, cookbooks and holiday essentials

 

Louette Boutique’s Don’t Miss List for November:

1. United Holiday Thursday, November 13th

We are super excited to team up with J. Banks Design Group and other local businesses to support The United Way of the Lowcountry.

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Join us for “United Holiday” on Thursday, November 13th from 5:30pm-7:30pm at J. Banks Design Group.

Enjoy wine and hors d’oeuvres while getting a sneak peak at the gorgeous J. Banks Design showroom.  Louette Boutique will have a Holiday Preview table, with our favorite Holiday looks for 2014 (some items you can already get online CLICK HERE).

15% of ALL sales at “United Holiday” will be donated to The United Way of The Lowcountry. Get your tickets early.

Click below for more details and tickets:

http://uwlowcountry.org/united-holiday-event/

 

2. Hilton Head Prep Festival of Trees Preview Party November 22nd

Trees decorated by local businesses will be displayed at the Sonesta Resort in Shipyard Plantation from November 22nd-December 5th.

Please join Louette Boutique for a special “Preview Party” on Saturday, November 22nd from 6-8pm. The preview party is a FREE and FUN event that will feature all the amazing trees on display for purchase, holiday music, light hors d’ oeuvres, and a cash bar.

The Louette creative team has honed their artistic ability into fabulous tree trimming skills you do not want to miss!

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2013 Louette Boutique Christmas Tree made from recycled materials and yarn. What will our theme be this year? Come to The Festival of Trees to find out!

For more information about The Festival of Trees contact: Parkerharrington@live.com or 843-422-3468

 

3. Black Friday November 28th

Class up your Black Friday and stop by Louette! Stay tuned for amazing deals. Make sure you are following us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter as ALL Black Friday specials will be announced through our social media sites.

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4. Small Business Saturday November 29th

SHOP LOCAL! Did you know that The Village Exchange Shopping Center is the ONLY 100% Locally owned shopping center on Hilton Head Island? Show local businesses some love on November 29th.

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The Village Exchange Shopping Center:

A Lowcountry Backyard

High Tide Beads

Cool Cats Lounge

Louette Boutique

Three Sisters Resale and More!

Island Gold Works

All About Me Spa

The Sanctuary Spa

The Courtyard Knitting & Books

The Silver Garden

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Happy November!