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FROM THE EDITOR Spring—the blink-and-you’ll-miss-it season that signals our first chance to permanently put away those mittens (cheerio, polar vortexes) and if we’re being honest, the last chance to let our hair down (hello there, humidity in May). Make a date with a kayak, teleconference from the patio, crack open the Vinho Verde at three in the afternoon. Spring is a sweet minx of temptation—give life a stir and subAbout the Cover Artist mit. Put flowers in your hair and fuchsia Mary Richardson lives in Melbourne, on your lips, kick up your heels and kiss Australia, and has always loved art—sketching, drawing, painting. the sky. Take on that passion project, Mary’s work is reminiscent of ditch the drudgery. We chose our April Europe, travel and the beach, and profiles because they’ve mastered lefther inspirations include vintage brain and right-brain, turned dabble fashion, old Hollywood moves and places she has visited. Find her into daunting. Both have a head in one paintings, prints and cards on Etsy. world and a hand in another: At sunrise Lily starts work on a wine app; by midday she’s elbows deep in twisty branches and earthy florals at Mixson. On the other hand, McKenzie, badass chanteuse, came to roost in Charleston and decided to open a brick-and-mortar outlet for rising artists of all kinds. Take a cue from these two and look around the world and let it stir you. Margaret

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“Your lips are blue.”

SHARK SWIM Leslie Absher


he boat house is old and funky. In the locker slows around my breasts. I curse the male designer of my suit. “Why is this thing room—white tiles faded to gray, benches with pulling so hard at my arms?” I ask my cohorts. peeling paint—we change into bathing suits. Anna looks over, drops onto the bench and starts laughing uncontrollably. We’re as giggly as schoolgirls because this is “It’s on backwards!” Chris looks over. “Shit,” I say. I want to be a good sport our first swim in the bay. And because we’re and so I laugh but I feel foolish. Once again, I struggle again to dress myself not doing any of our usual Tuesday morning properly. stuff: I’m not sitting at my writing desk or When we wade into the water, the suit buoys me up to the surface. answering student emails. Chris isn’t brushWe head out toward the far buoy and I move along but feel like I’m floating, not ing up her résumé as she heads back into the really swimming. I need the feel of water on my skin to feel, well, me. I reach job mararound, tug at the zipper string and unzip ket and myself from the suit I have put myself in A n n a three times today. It slips off my shoulders isn’t driving her sons to school. We’re all in like a second skin. The arctic water rushes unchartered waters. Literally. over me. I tie the suit arms around my midWe’re training for an open water swim dle and start swimming. It drags behind me from Alcatraz Island to San Francisco. I call like a plastic blow-up doll. “I’m dying to warm it the “shark swim.” None of us have done The water is so cold my heart leaps inup and turn the shower anything like this before. I worry about side my chest. I hyperventilate as I start to all the way to hot. On sharks that might wander into the bay, try and catch up to Anna and Chris, which the wall, a sign warns Anna worries about the cold. Chris doesn’t heightens the feeling of danger. No lifethat warming fast is worry about anything. guard here. dangerous. I don’t We walk out onto the old wooden dock After twenty minutes, I’m numb but care. I’m still freezing.” and see three elderly swimmers in the water, feeling fine. I love moving through the frigno wetsuits, doing laps around the ring that id water, swimming outside the lines of my makes up the aquatic park. Just beyond the ordered daily life. I could actually die from barrier is the Golden Gate Bridge. The thrill the cold. Still, I feel more alive than I have of what I’m about to do pricks my skin. in years. We pass the buoy and start back. I walk over to the water and get my “Hey!” Anna yells over at Chris who ankles wet. Cold. Too cold. Anna clambers has veered off course and is swimming tosuccessfully into her wetsuit. She looks lithe except I don’t think she can bend ward the opening of the swim park, and in my mind, closer to errant sharks. her elbows. Chris was smart. She researched ahead of time and found a wetsuit Chris can’t hear her at all. designed for women. I move back to the bench and start to put mine on. A girdle “Chris!” we both yell. Finally, she hears. Her head bobs up, thick goggles. would be easier to get into, I think, as I stuff my flesh into the tight rubbery Anna, who has been our parent the whole day, yells, “You’re going the wrong casing. I push the rubber over my wet calves and swear never to do this again in way!” Chris nods and starts heading our way. this order. It’s impossible to get into a wetsuit when you’re already wet. We finish the swim and head to the locker room. Suddenly, I’m cold. Colder than Finally, I’m in. Sort of. I go to zip up, search for the zipper fob and realize it’s I’ve ever been. I’m dying to warm up and turn the shower all the way to hot. On the not on the outside where it should be. wall, a sign warns that warming fast is dangerous. I don’t care. I’m still freezing. “Oh my god!” Anna cackles. “You put it on inside out!” “Your lips are blue,” Anna says when we move to the sauna, which to me feels I feel ridiculous. Here we are, 40-something women with full lives trying to broken, not warm at all. I try to control my teeth chattering. get out of our daily skin, so to speak, and I am having difficulty with the equipA woman in the sauna says it is working just fine—102 degrees. “You’ve been ment. Anna is right. The whole thing is inside out. It’s just like me to not want to in the bay. You’re just cold.” She tells us she’s done the open water swim a few follow the rules, do what I’m supposed to do—like wear a wetsuit in the freezing times. Anna looks in awe at her. She is our role model, this fit woman who must ocean. I want to feel the water on my skin. Be in the wild. be in her late 50s and who has swum with sharks more than once. I’m still inI get out of the damn thing and look out at the gray-green bay water. The tensely cold trying to imagine us swimming choppy bay waters, doing what some seniors are still doing laps. of our friends have called “crazy.” Maybe that’s what the swim is about—getting I twist and pull the rubbery fabric until I see the bright orange side stripe on back in touch with my tree climbing, bike riding, rebel girl self. The part of me the outside. I retug, repull, restuff my curvy self into the binding suit designed for that took chances and wouldn’t be told. Not that this self is entirely gone, just a lanky dude body. My back sweat slows the process. Finally, I’m in. I go to zip buried beneath the logistics of adulthood. I lean back against the worn wood of up again, find the zipper fob successfully and start pulling it. It comes up but then the sauna wall, close my eyes and let go. Leslie Absher’s essays have appeared in the Los Angeles Times and Ms. Magazine. When she’s not struggling to get into her wetsuit or teaching high school students, she is putting the final edits on her memoir about growing up with a CIA dad. You can find her at

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This season we’re going to be dazzled by Lucinda, awestruck by RenÉ Marie, astonished by Kat Edmonson, blown away by CharenÉe Wade, stunned by A SIMPLE SPACE enchanted by BÉla Fleck and Abigail Washburn, left breathless by Hubbard Street Dance Chicago in awe of our very own Shovels and Rope, and electrified by a host of other groundbreaking performers...

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Clay Braswell got creative with community chatter. It was Clay’s creative heart that led him to combine technological talent with a classic concept: sharing is caring. Seeing the missing links between the general public’s garage cleanouts and needy nonprofits’ wish lists, Clay realized he was in a unique position.“The biggest challenge was that we as a society have all become desensitized to words like ‘poverty,’ ‘community change,’ or even ‘donate,’ so we had to explore a different approach.” And thus came Creative Chatter, a site that connects unwanted items from community members with nonprofit organizations that can make use of them. “Our algorithm makes the match—the items are not being stored in a warehouse; instead the items are meeting a real-time need.” Thanks to Clay, chatter is changing lives in Charleston and beyond. What do you like about skirt! Magazine? “I like the quality of the ads in skirt!. I normally look through the magazine first to review the ads, and then I read the articles.” What do you like about wearing a skirt? “I felt powerful while wearing a skirt—like I could bring home the bacon and fry it up in a pan.”


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Embrace the sweet change! Ditch the regular milk and drink up the almond milk. The liquid has been on the milk substitute list since the Middle Ages and is commonly accepted as part of the paleo diet. It’s dairy-free and full of vitamin E to slow signs of aging and flavonoids to decrease the risk of degenerative diseases. What you’ll gain? A pump of potassium. Creamier coffee. Seriously. Stir it in. Admiration. You’re SO alternative now. What you’ll leave behind. The cow. Cholesterol and saturated fats. Boredom. (Brands like Silk boast dark chocolate & vanilla flavors!) What you’ll wish you had: That recipe for Gwyneth Paltrow’s cinnamon shake.

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April 1 When you shop Whole Foods Market in Mt. Pleasant today, 5% of proceeds benefit Lowcountry Local First.

APRIL 27! A sight you won’t want to miss— and it benefits Camp Happy Days.

April 3 Thinking of changing course? Check out Webster University’s Open House at the Charleston Metro Campus location, 6-8pm.

April 11-13 The East Coast Paddlesports & Outdoor Festival showcases something for every outdoor enthusiast—sports and activities, Leave No Trace ethics, adaptive programs tailored to individuals with disabilities and more.

April 8 The Mount Pleasant farmers market reopens for the 2014 season. Open 3:30pm to dusk at Moultrie Middle School.


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April 9-13 Aficionados from across the region gather to celebrate the art and science of filmmaking at the Charleston International Film Festival.

Head to Freshfields Village for Blues by the Sea, an open-air music festival featuring national blues artists. Boone Hall’s Lowcountry Strawberry Festival features attractions, rides, pig races, pie-eating contests, magic shows, live music and all

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Charleston Horticultural Society’s 13th Annual Plantasia plant sale. Wragg Square, 342 Meeting St., Charleston.

Free rape prevention sessions hosted by Charleston Krav Maga & MMA, 11am-12pm. Donations benefit Charleston Fight for H.O.P.E.

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The annual Jewelry, Gem, Mineral and Fossil Show, “Art by Nature,” held by the Lowcountry Gem and Mineral Society of Charleston, is from 10am-3pm at the North Charleston Convention Center. lowcountrygemand

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The annual Greek Fest extravaganza features music, food, dancing, shopping, church tours and more. Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, 30 Race St., Charleston.

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Work on your fly fishing skills with the help of Captain John. The Charleston Angler offers monthly Fly Fishing 201 classes for $75—including lunch and tackle.

MAY 24 The First Flush FesTEAval on Wadmalaw celebrates America’s tea garden—the “first flush” of new growth is harvested to produce a unique cup of tea.




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and Me

Since when did Latin dancing lay claim to a sorry rendition of the Cherokee Rain Dance?


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very Saturday, my husband and I make it a point “Now bend forward at the waist, now a nice arched back. Bend, arch, to work out together at the local health club. turn around!” After the instructor added the “whoop!” that every exercise My standard routine is to jog at the speed just class seemed to own, I was pretty sure my form of bending, stepping, and short of cardiac arrest while I try to keep ahead whooping was responsible for the storm clouds gathering outside. Since of my next hot flash. It’s a brave show until when did Latin dancing lay claim to a sorry rendition of the Cherokee Rain someone hops on the treadmill next to me, sets Dance? a faster pace, and settles into a walking stride “Now let’s add knees!” while reading a book. At which point I typi“Knees?” I wondered out loud, focusing on the instructor’s demonstracally toss a towel over my equipment’s flashing tion. The woman framed in the mirror at the front of the room looked like heart rate a lovely willow swaying and swinging and preto the rising Latin rhythm. Lifting my tend not to knees up and down I could have been notice the bodybuilder beside me. trying out for my alma mater’s marching But when the club started a series of Latband and it was obvious I wasn’t makin dance sessions I decided to let loose and ing the cut. shake things up. I am Shakira suddenly beIt was then that my selective memory “Step, step, turn, step, came my mantra. So as my husband headed kicked in with a flashback to the eighties step. The music had to the weight room, I boldly stepped onto when I had talked my husband into taka clear, pulsing beat, the dance floor. ing a Disco dance lesson. I couldn’t stay and although I was I had dressed comfortably in my running in step with the music then either. As I reanywhere between a shoes, T-shirt and old shorts, but I noticed the call, my Box Step had looked a lot like my step and a turn beinstructor had on cute little black and white Hustle. hind the instructor, I dance shoes that laced up her legs—very cool I was glad there weren’t any guys in was enjoying myself.” and very intimidating. Form-fitting black spanthe current class to see my Latin interpredex covered her size-zero body. My confidence tation. One deep breath and I refocused was slipping. Perhaps having watched an old my attention on the instructor’s com“Macarena” video on YouTube wouldn’t be mands that were blaring from the speaker sufficient preparation, after all. just a few feet away. “Breathe, breathe, Except for the door and a viewing winbreathe!” the contortionist shouted. I dow, the room was surrounded by reflecting mirrors, leaving little opportunity needed more medical attention than three puffs of oxygen. All the jarring movefor the insecure to hide. Under the glare of the overhead floodlights, I quickly ment had caused my uterus to drop into my underpants and the step, turns, up, migrated to an open corner in the back of the room. downs, back, forth, quick, slows had completely tied my stomach into a knot. Pretty soon a crowded session provided better cover for the now nervous All I could think of was when the CD would end. I backed up a little further into me and the class was ready to begin. Step, step, turn, step, step. The music had the corner and did my best to slink into the grout of the cinderblock. a clear, pulsing beat, and although I was anywhere between a step and a turn “Please don’t ask about the lesson,” I requested of my husband as we headed behind the instructor, I was enjoying myself. “Now let’s add hips!” the teacher home. He looked at me and simply replied, “When I glanced in the window you called out. “Everyone do a figure eight with your hips.” The instructor could looked like everyone else.” figure eight her hips tight enough to have made Peggy Fleming’s skates jealous. Well, how about that. I had been so focused on the detoxed dance instructor I pictured my sway more like that of an ocean liner. that I hadn’t noticed anyone else in the class. “Let’s add arms; up, down, now quick, quick, slow!” I looked in the mirror “You said just what I needed to hear,” I reveled before asking, “Do you know in horror. My interpretation of a sexy Shakira slithering about looked more like how sexy that makes you?” an arthritic Jack LaLanne impersonator performing jumping jacks. Also, someHe kissed my sweaty lips and smiled. My husband might not have known where between hips and arms I had stopped moving my feet. The ocean liner how he so perfectly hit the mark, but he knew enough not to dance around had hit an iceberg and was sinking fast. the question. Kim O’Donnell is an engineering graduate who began her journey after college working in manufacturing. She now enjoys writing to help blow off hot-flash steam. She and her husband live in New Albany, Ohio.

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This early riser puts in her hours for the West Coast while some in the Pacific Time Zone may be sipping the last of their sauvignon blancs. As an archivist for Delectable, a wine app co-founded by a “dear friend,” Lily works on the tech side of the popular social network that shares drink choices and recommends new ones. Once the sun’s up and out though, she swaps laptop for pruning shears and gets to work with nature’s other bounty at the Flowershop at Mixson—open this month. Part studio space to work on projects and installations for clients, part retail space for locals’ floral fixes, Lily seeks to appeal to everyday clients using her signature aesthetic, with a heavy focus on texture—“most often with green and dry elements, then a touch of fresh cut florals. Florals shine when they have a simple, yet layered backdrop. There is drama in understatement.” Find her handiwork through

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Run for Adela 5K

Station 16, Sullivan’s Island A family-friendly run to raise funds for Camp Happy Days and the only 5K held on Sullivan’s Island beach.


Urban Bike Adventure

Downtown, Charleston Explore Charleston as a team on two wheels in the Urban Bike Adventure while completing obstacles and winning prizes.

17th Annual Poker Run Low Country Harley Davidson




4707 Dorchester Rd., North Charleston Motorcycle out to Kickin’ Chicken in Mt. Pleasant to support Lowcountry Food Bank. $10 includes the group ride, food and an after-party.


Where the Wild Things Are

5200 Savannah Hwy., Ravenel A 5K race on the trails of Caw Caw Interpretive Center— a favored habitat for rare wildlife.


And that is how change happens. One gesture. One person. One moment at a time. Libba Bray

A-hA! Brushing your teeth and your tongue after eating can signal your brain that you are done. So you’ll think twice about snacking again before your next meal. Tip: Rinsing well after brushing is key to making sure that bacteria leave your mouth for good.

tRy It Tired of your workout tunes? Let Songza take the reins for a while. The app and site has curated playlists by critics, DJs, musicians and musicologists. Answer a few prompts based on your mood, then choose from recommended playlists. Say you’re working out and Songza asks if you want “classic workout hits,” “ultrafast dance,” “uplifting pop” and more. Focus on perfecting your form while Songza perfects your playlist. Download on your smartphone or tablet, or skirt!magazine



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Farm fresh eggs in every color at the Johns Island farmers market.

thesmilelist 25 What ThingsMakes That Make Us Happy Us Happy.

“If it doesn’t challenge you, it doesn’t change you.” Fred DeVito

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Five great excuses to get on a Palm head paddle board from Air and Earth! 1.) Adventure. Ever try fishing, overnight expeditions, handstands or snorkeling off your paddle board? Out of Hand created beautiful headpieces for Charleston Fashion Week.

A sneak preview of the Vietnamese Noodle Salad that will be served at The Islander restaurant, opening in April on Daniel Island.

A new boutique at 231 King Street: Lori+Lulu.

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The old Blockbuster on East Bay Street will be home to Pence’s Liquor and Wine store in April. What are we interested in? We’ll be scooping up the 99-cent mini bottles for our afternoon office happy hours.


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The Rosie Project has been out for a while, but if you missed it on the first round, it is a must-read especially since it’s headed for the big screen.

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Where I find the magic:

As a stranger to the movies of Hayao Miyazaki, I was completely unprepared

There always comes a

for the beauty of

spring day when barely-

The Wind Rises. The

there green appears with-

haunting images and story

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are still running through

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my mind weeks after.

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do not last. The

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our life. Without realizing it, the light all along.

come again.” Sarah Ban Breathnach

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April days

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Penzeys spices to my food.

Not Going to Bed Before Letting go of things undone, unsolved or unnecessary and adding Goe oil to my evening routine.

Taking a Class in Painting/drawing faces online. At my own pace, just for fun.

Working On My alphabetical autobiography.

Never develop immunity to spring fever.

Wearing Silver Birkenstocks.


My friend said, “What shall I bring you from London?” I said Henry VIII’s ghost from Hampton Court, a cup of pomegranate seeds from a sidewalk market, William Blake’s visions, homemade sloe gin, the elegant geometry of the Tube, the murals of the first Frost Fair, snow in Hyde Park, haloumi cheese from the Greek place, the top of the bus, a glass of red wine on a winter afternoon at Tate Modern, black spires against a red sunset, that Cornish pasty I lost at Borough Market, the life I never got to live in London. 74  aprilw2014 skirt!magazine

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The April 2014 Stir It Up Issue  

The April 2014 Stir It Up Issue - featuring local Charleston, SC women, events, products, and loyal advertisers

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