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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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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CURATE

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Tap into your creative side…join us for an evening of fashion, jewelry and art. CURATE is a collaboration between Muse Gallery, Luciana Designs, Louette and Little Fish Boateak to fuse art with design.

Make it a GIRLS NIGHT OUT!

Enjoy cocktails as you walk through Muse Gallery–Hilton Head Island’s newest and most comprehensive collection of contemporary art in the Lowcountry. This will be a truly unique experience as each business will be curating a special collection of designs and wares to compliment the art in the gallery.

CLICK HERE for more detailed information.

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Louette Boutique will be showcasing NEW Fall arrivals at CURATE 2015. Enjoy 15% OFF all purchases the night of the event.

See you there.

Summer Round-up

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Summer in the Lowcountry…there’s nothing better! Here’s a snapshot of one of my favorite spots on Hilton Head Island: Heritage Farm. Located in Sea Pines Plantation across from Lawton Stables, these privately owned farm plots are open to the public. Although picking is frowned upon taking in the beautiful landscape and amazing gardens are encouraged. This is one of Hilton Head Island’s hidden gems–just another reason HHI was named one of the TOP vacation spots in the country!

Never fear….There’s still time to snag some fabulous Summer styles!

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Our boho inspired kimono is a “must-have”, we have a few left in stock. Come in this week to see this and other NEW arrivals.

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SEMI ANNUAL TENT SALE!!!!!

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It’s the weekend you’ve been waiting for….our popular semi-annual TENT SALE will be held Friday, August 7th- Saturday, August, 8th

Don’t miss out on fabulous finds at 15%-75% OFF!

50% OFF Shoes, great deals on Spring & Summer items

Baby boom!

According to sales at Louette, Hilton Head Island is in the midst of a serious BABY BOOM! As a mother myself, my goal for “Baby by Louette” is to curate gift items for mom and baby that are equal in cuteness and functionality.

When my best friend, mom/momprenuer Jess (Owner & Designer, Breathless Paper Co.) spotted this diaper bag at Atlanta market we both gasped. Why? For starters the price point is FANTASTIC;  it’s hard to justify dropping hundreds of dollars on a vehicle for diapers (sometimes clean, sometimes dirty…ha!), crushed up cheerios, lost goldfish and wipes. This gem is under $100 bucks ($79). 

Secondly, it’s uber cute & super functional. Seriously, this is the cutest bag we’ve ever seen.  The bright yellow lining pairs great with the classic denim and white stripes.  Let the bag envy begin! “Damn girl, that’s a nice diaper bag” 

DSC_6060-LouetteProducts-WEBNext up…Our COOL new swaddle blankets! Yes, cool. Mom’s can be cool too!

“At approximately 48″ x 45″, their substantial, eye catching size is perfect for among many other things: swaddling, hanging as a tapestry, covering strollers, breastfeeding covers, and most importantly cuddling.” 

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Each swaddle blanket has a unique sketch or saying. The soft texture, large size and unique design creates a truly special gift for any new mom or mom-to-be.

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Call the shop to reserve yours…they are going fast! (843) 686-4141