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Editor in Chief Alicia Zeigler
4 A Local Hidden Luxury: MD SKIN SPA 5 Tekgirl’s Top 5 Tablet’s on the Market
Managing Editor Alerick Zeigler
Arts Director Tanaric Watts
Marketing Director Arielle Riposta
Beauty editor Dana Wells
Contributors Summer Brons Dana Wells Jai Marshall
8 Chocolate: 10 Reasons Why It’s Ok to Indulge 10 How to Pack for a Vacation 14 Affordably Gorgeous 17 Letter from the editor 18 USC Fashion Board Presents…USC Fashion Week 2011 21 Top 10 Vacation Spots in South Carolina 27 Meet Laura McCall 33 Winking at Bella Riley’s Salon 34 Charlotte Fashion Week Preview… Meet the Designers 42 Dear Carrie 46 Bio on Boultinghouse 50 Walk This Way! In this Summer’s Hottest Footwear 53 Summer Spending Tips
m.d. Skin LLC by Dana Wells Review of a Local Hidden Luxury
recently visited m.d. Skin LLC, who recently celebrated their 1 year anniversary, and received the Signature European Facial. What’s a Signature European Facial? My personalized European facial included a deep cleansing to insure that I had a the perfect canvas, followed by extraction of pesky blackheads that were unseen to my natural eye and an exfoliation process that that left my skin glowing and refreshed. A soothing mask treatment infused with aloe, grape seed and other essential oils customized to my skin type was applied then followed by cooling ginseng and chamomile mist. Then, the perfect end to the perfect facial was a face, neck, and shoulder massage that relieved tension and allowed for better blood flow and circulation. After my amazing Signature European Facial, Marci and I sat down again for a little one-on-one skincare chat which left me with a wealth of knowledge. My main question, what are the benefits of facial treatments done by licensed aestheticians? The benefits include the removal of impurities such as whiteheads, blackheads, and those pesky pimples that you’re unable to safely remove at home without possibly causing any damage to your delicate skin. How often you should treat yourself to a facial varies from person to person depending on your skin type and skin care needs, but ideally getting a facial monthly would be very beneficial for anyone.
Delaney, Columbia native and owner of m.d. Skin, offers an amazing indulgent and intimate experience with a menu of services that includes everything from personalized skincare to airbrushing to a non-surgical facelift treatment. The soothing and tranquil ambiance of the environment was matched by Marci’s warm and inviting personality, who sat down with me before my treatment for an in depth consultation of my skin and skincare concerns.
“m.d. Skin, offers an amazing indulgent and intimate experience” With the summer approaching, of course I asked about skincare during warmer months. Marci explained plenty of sunscreen with SPF of 15 or higher that includes products that protect against UVA and UVB rays is a definite must; whether you’re your skin tone is fair or deeply hued, this is step in your beauty routine that should not be skipped. Also keep in mind, sunscreen is needed during all seasons and it takes 15 to 20 minutes before it’s able to perform at its full potential, so apply it before leaving the house, not when you arrive to your destination. Remaining hydrated by drinking plenty of water is another key step in keeping your skin nourished and healthy. Overall, my experience at m.d. Skin LLC was wonderful and I’m looking forward to a stress-free escape there again in the near future. Along with the Signature European Facial, m.d. Skin LLC offers a full range of facial and body treatments for female and male patrons that are a must have. Visit the website www.themdskin. com to make an appointment to relax and indulge while supporting a local business.
Are Tablets the Perfect Solution? The Top 5 Tablets on the Market Today by Tekgyrl
in he top two devices 2a market are the iPad wa Xoom. The iPad 2 . the Motorola Xoom t Xoom was clearly be e itself but there was on less custo to be a Verizon Wire ything in one. Just like ever have the world, these devices a few The table below lists ns for of the pros and co each device.
here are smartphones, netbooks, notebook computers, and the new evolution of technology, the tablet with a touch-screen interface. A tablet is the middle alternative to both the smartphone and the notebook computer. It is not a matter of which one is the best. It is the matter of which one is the perfect solution for the buyer. I had the pleasure of visiting local retailers in Columbia to compare what I think are the top 5 tablets on the market today. During my research, I found the perfect solution involves the actual use of the tablet pertaining to the individual. Some of the uses include web browsing, an e-reader, a learning device, a music player, and streaming online videos.
The top 5 tablets on the market today are the iPad 2, the Motorola Xoom, the Samsung Galaxy Tab, the Blackberry Playbook, and the Asuseee Pad Transformer. The table
Apple IPad 2
Up to 64 GB
Starting @ $499
Starting @ $599
Samsung Galaxy Tablet
Starting @ $199
The Blackberry Playbook
Up to 64 GB
Starting @ $499
Blackberry Tablet OS
Asus-eee Pad Transformer
Up to 32 GB
Starting @ $399
5 MP Camera
2 MP Webcam 5 MP Camera 2 MP Webcam 3 MP Camera 1.3 MP Webcam 5 MP Camera 3 MP Webcam 5 MP Camera 1.2 MP Webcam
1024 x 768 display resolution 10.1 inch 1280 x 800 display resolution 7.0 inch 600 x 1024 display resolution 7.0 inch 1024 x 600 display resolution 10.1 inch 1280 x 800 display resolution
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Its bigger than the iPad2 Has stereo speakers Battery life is awesome Will be a 4G Tablet soon Fast and powerful Has 1 GB of RAM inside It has dual cameras
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It has dual cameras Excellent display resolution Light weight Adobe Flash supported Fast A great handheld device
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Has dual cameras Adobe Flash supported Light weight A great handheld device
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Samsung Galaxy Tab
Has the largest built in storage Its quick Weighs less than the Xoom Its worth the upgrade from the iPad because the first one did not have cameras It has dual cameras
The Blackberry Playbook
Asus-eee Pad Transformer
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Light weight Good camera quality
before buying a tablet the main things to consider are its size, how it would connect to your computer, and of course the price. The problem most people would have with the tablets is the price. I mean think about it, for the price of a tablet, you can purchase a low end laptop. Think about it again, when you are traveling, you do not want to “pack up” your laptop and go through the hassle of unpacking it wherever you go. These sleek tablets are easy to carry around and easy to handle. The only explanation I have is that these devices make Cons you look “cool” or referred No expandable memory slot to as a “technology Has only 512 mb of RAM inside fashion statement”. The Too heavy to hold for a long period of time tablets are still a little far Camera quality could be better off from being a laptop replacement because there are still some things you simply cannot do on a tablet that you would on a computer Has expandable memory slot but or a laptop. Tablets not available until some time this are not a substitution summer. for productivity and Too heavy to hold for a long workflow. I must confess, period of time Camera quality could use some I own the Motorola Xoom improvement and I love it! I’m still exploring the advance options the device can Its smaller only if 7 inches is not provide for me, but so far enough for you it’s a winner in my book. There’s a little delay when browsing sites with flash Small internal memory
Its smaller only if 7 inches is not enough for you You have to use the web browser to access email There is a lack of available apps for the device Being that this device was just introduced to the market, there is still some tweaking that need to be done Poor battery life Poor audio sound from built-in speakers
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10 Reasons Why Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Ok to Indulge
by Alicia Zeigler
Heart Health: Recent studies have shown dark chocolate and cocoa may be good
for your heart. In short-term clinical trials, dark chocolate has reduced blood pressure, improved blood flow, showed mild anti-clotting effects and may help prevent plaque formation in arteries.
2 2. Mood Elevator: Dark
Chocolate contains serotonin. Serotonin acts as an antidepressant and elevates your mood, putting you in a better emotional state.
3. Contains Stimulants: it contains theobromine, caffeine and other substances which are stimulants
5 4. Lowers Blood Pressure: Studies have shown that consuming a small bar of dark chocolate everyday can reduce blood pressure in individuals with high blood pressure.
5. Improves Blood Flow:
Other recent studies have found that blood platelets clump together more slowly in chocolate eaters. Clumping platelets can lead to the formation of blood clots, which in turn can cause a heart attack. Chocolate consumption may lower blood pressure, help prevent formation of artery plaques and improve blood flow, according to other research.
7 6. Improves Academic Skills: Eating chocolate may even help with math, or at least counting. A study reported in 2009 showed that people did a better job of counting backwards in groups of three after they had consumed a hot cocoa drink containing large amounts of a compound found in chocolate. These compounds, called flavonoids, which weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll get to later,
may increase blood flow to the brain.
7.Cancer Fighting Components: Chocolate may also contain anti-cancer benefits because flavonoids may help reduce the cell damage that can spur tumor growth
8.Vitamins and Minerals:
Other dark chocolate health benefits are the number of vitamins and minerals contained in chocolate that our bodies need to maintain good health. Dark chocolate is rich in magnesium and iron, along with calcium and potassium. Chocolate
also contains antioxidants like Vitamins A, C, D, E, and even B1.
10 9. Boosts Your Immune System: The 2 kinds of flavanoids present in chocolate, catechins and epicatechins, boost the human body immune system, and aids in preventing several chronic ailments.
10. Antioxidants: Dark chocolate contains a large number of antioxidants (nearly 8 times the number found in strawberries) Reminder: Studies indicate that milk may interfere with the absorption of antioxidants from chocolate ... and may therefore negate the potential health benefits that can be derived from
eating moderate amounts of dark chocolate.â&#x20AC;? Information found in this article was comprised of articles written on several studies on dark chocolate. Some studies are still ongoing, please consult with a physician before altering your diet for health reasons.
Averting the Packing Crisis - by Summer Brons
How to Include the Essentials Without Going Overboard
Averting the Packing Crisis
e’ve all been there: you’re standing over an open suitcase, a stack of dresses draped over one arm, three pairs of sandals and a bathing suit in the other, wondering how you can possibly pack for a week’s vacation without forgetting anything crucial. Luckily, packing doesn’t have to be an anxiety-inducing activity. With a few simple tips, you can bring along a stylish, practical wardrobe without having to cram your whole closet into your carry-on.
Make a list
Don't get caught trying to pack within the last couple of hours before you leave. In the days leading up to your departure, write down items you want to bring along as they come to mind. Remember little things like sunglasses, cell phone chargers and prescription meds. Be specific for more complex goods, don't just scribble down "makeup," write out each element of your beauty routine to ensure you don't leave behind your favorite eyeliner or that super-fluffy blush brush. Do the same with clothing, shoes, accessories, etc.
Follow suit with belts, necklaces, bracelets, hair accessories and anything else you enjoy complimenting your outfits with. Think neutral and multi-functional when it comes to travel. That pink zebra-print belt will still be waiting for you when you get home.
Dashing from day to night
You might spend the afternoon wandering around in a pair of white shorts, a navy blue spaghetti-strap tank and comfortable flip flops, but we both know that won't cut it for evening festivities. Instead of packing two outfits for each day of your trip, consider how you can transform key pieces of your wardrobe to fit in from brunch to bar-hopping. Back at the hotel, ditch the flops and tank and revamp the white shorts with a classy black top and a flirty pair of pumps. Throw on some snazzy earrings and that new necklace you picked up during afternoon shopping and you're ready to hit the club.
Shoes for the cruise Speaking of accessories...
Choose versatile pieces that can go with anything. It's not practical to bring your entire collection of earrings, but it's perfectly reasonable to choose three or four pairs that will transition nicely from day to evening and compliment a variety of clothing. (Quick tip: transport earrings in a sandwich baggie. Pierce backs through the plastic to hold earrings in place so you can easily see what you have and avoid a tangled mess.)
Every girl's favorite topic, am I right or am I right? Unfortunately, shoes tend to take up a lot of space in a suitcase, so it's more important than ever to choose the right kicks to join you on vacation. Consider the nature of your trip; if you're going to be doing a lot of walking, bring sensible flats that will be comfortable for several hours at a time. Choose heels or dressier shoes with the same logic you used to pick out your accessories: versatility. A solid black, brown or nude shoe is going to get you a lot further than one with red polka dots and yellow accents.
Maximize the real estate in your suitcase by packing with strategy. Small, pliable items like socks, underwear and bathing suits can be stuffed into tight compartments or zippered pockets without issue. Pants, shorts and dresses can be rolled tightly to stack against one another and fit between pairs of shoes and other bulky items. If you'll be flying, be sure to check current airline regulations about liquids and gels, as these may prompt you rethink your decision to bring that expensive bottle of hand cream.
lthough arguably better to over-pack than to underpack, in these days of bogus charges for checked baggage, tight security guidelines and the inevitable urge to buy new things while on vacation, it's a win-win situation to pack smart from the beginning. With a little planning and practical thinking, you can set off on your adventure knowing the only thing you'll be missing out on is another long work week.
Packing Tips • Write down items as they come to mind. • Think neutral and multi-functional when it comes to travel. • Be sure to check current airline regulations
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How to Summer-Proof Your Makeup Routine by Dana Wells
arm and humid temperatures are known for causing cosmetic meltdowns, so often times keeping your makeup flawless throughout the day can become quite a feat. Following these few steps can prevent possible faux pas and keep your makeup where it belongs, on your face!
Add a sun kissed look by skipping the blush and apply your favorite bronzer. Bronzer adds a fresh healthy glow to all skintones. For the most natural look, opt for bronzers with a limited amount of shimmer and apply the bronzer to the highest points of your face where the sun would naturally hit: chin, nose, forehead, and cheekbones. Try Physicians Formula Magic Mosaic Multi-Colored Custom Face Powder in Warm Beige/Light Bronzer ($13, drugstores).
-Shine and Oil Control:
If throughout the day you need to perk up your makeup, don’t apply any extra product that could lead to excess product buildup, just simply blot with blotting papers. Try Clean & Clear Oil Absorbing Sheets ($4.99, Drugstores)
-Smudge-Proof Your Eyes:
Set aside your cream eye shadows during the hot seasons. Smooth on an eye primer, such as L’Oreal De-Crease Eye Shadow Base ($8.99, Drugstores), then apply your favorite shadow of powder eye shadow for a longer lasting stay. You can top the look off with waterproof mascara and eye liner.
-Lip Service: -Be sure to start with a clean and primed canvas:
Proper cleansing and toning to insure that there are no excess oils, dirt, or makeup on your face is a must, not only during the warmer months, but this is a step that should never be skipped. Once you have a clean slate, prime, prime, prime; the benefits of makeup primers are amazing! Not only do primers allow for longer lasting foundation and concealer, they can also minimize the look of large pores and correct skin discolorations. Try Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer Light ($36, Ulta)
-Creating the perfect foundation:
Foundations can often be difficult to maintain in heat, but it’s not impossible. Combat any possible smudges or breakdowns by swapping out heavier foundations for a lighter liquid formula or simpy use a tinted moisturizer instead. You will still have your desired coverage and your skin will be able to breathe. Don’t have a tinted moisturizer? Thin out your foundation with your favorite moisturizer! If you must use foundation, only apply the foundation to areas that need coverage.
Keep your lips hydrated and protected to avoid any damage is must! The heat and sun can leave your lips dry and dehydrated since our lips lack the glands to keep them moisturized. Try the eos Lip Balm Sphere SPF 15 ($3.49, Drugstores)
Bonus Tip by Wink’s Beauty Editor: Traveling with makeup during the hot summer months can be quite tricky. Ever worried about your cosmetics melting your bag or suitcase? Try my little secret, pack your products in an insulated lunch box with gel freezer packs, both which can be found at your local supercenter or drugstore. 13
Affordably Gorgeous by Dana Wells
Olay Complete All Day UV Skin Shield Moisturizer Lotion
($9.99, Drugstores) Excellent daily moisturizer! This product has a lightweight, non-greasy formula which includes SPF15 and is available for both normal and sensitive skin types.
Essence of Beauty Deluxe Duo Set ($14.99, CVS) This is a definite steal! This brush set includes the tools needed to create the perfect look! The synthetic hairs provide the softness needed to blend every product perfectly, from foundation to eye shadows.
Excellent beauty products aren’t always in pricey department stores, a trip to your local drugstore or supercenter can lead you to great quality finds that you may not have know were there! True, there are certain products that drugstore brand simply can’t compete with but then there are some drugstore products that give department store brands a run for their money! Here’s my top list of tried, trusted, and true products that will always be staples in my kit!
Cetaphil Daily Facial Cleanser
($8.49, Drugstores) Non-irritating formula available for all skin types; removes dirt, oils, and makeup without leaving the skin feeling dry or tight.
applying. Flawless Face Tip: This foundation dries rather quickly, so you may want to apply with a damp cosmetic sponge for an easier application.
plastic container with a sifter that expels just the right amount of product. Powder Pointers: Remember to always use powder with a very light hand, a little goes a long way!
L’Oreal Studio Secrets Professional SECRET No. 1 Magic Perfecting Base
($12.99), Drugstores) Ultra smooth, lightweight silicon based primer that creates the perfect canvas for foundation and concealer while also minimizing the look of pores. This product is almost an exact dupe of Clarins Instant Smooth Perfect Touch, which retails in department stores for $38.
La Femme Blush on Rouge Sonia Kashuk Hidden Agenda Concealer Palette
($9.99, Target) The perfect quad for skin perfection! This set comes with three easy to blend shades and a translucent powder to set it all in place.
($3.00, www.makeupmania.com) I have sung the praises of this blush since I received my first shipment over a year ago! These highly pigmented blushes can definetly go toe-to-toe with high-end department store brands. My Personal Blushing Faves: Stormy Rose, Magenta, Sienna, Mulberry, & Peach Sparkle
Revlon ColorStay Liquid Foundation
($12.99, Drugstores) Hands down, this is the best drugstore foundation on the market! This foundation is available in an array of shades which is often uncommon in the drugstore realm. It comes in two formula types – one for combination/oily skin, and one for normal/dry skin. Buildable coverage with a matte finish, if you prefer a dewy finish, add a small drop of glycerin (also available at many drugstores) to the foundation before
Coty Airspun Loose Face Powder Translucent
($6.99, Drugstores) This is an oldie but goodie and was a staple in the vanity of many of our grandmothers. Fast forward to modern day and this is still one the best translucent powders on the market. An extra plus, the packaging has received a face lift. Gone are the days of the messy cardboard container and in with the new, chic
Wet n’ Wild Ultimate Brow Kit
($3.99, Drugstores) This is an amazing brow product! Come with two natural brow shades to blend if needed, a small pair of
tweezers, a tiny angled brow brush that actually works, a mirror, & brow gel to keep everything in place!
of lashes: •
-Do not pump the wand in and out of the tube, this allows air into the product which will cause your mascara to dry. -Be sure to remove any excess product off the wand before applying. -Start at the roots when applying to give the effect off length and volume and be sure to allow mascara to dry if you’re applying more than one coat. -Always remember, the average life of mascara is two to three months.
L’Oreal Studio Secrets HIP Eye Shadow Duo
($7.99, Drugstores) Its creamy texture and high pigmentation is what we all desire when wanting to create the perfect lip, one or two swipes of this lipstick and you’re set! Comes in an almost endless array of finishes and shades, so there’s bound to be one for you! My Personal Shade Staple: Berry Haute
($8.00, Drugstores) L’Oreal really proved that they are the forerunners when it comes to high-end quality drugstore eye shadow! These smooth, easy to blend, highly pigmented eye shadows come in an array of duo colors with metallic, matte, or satin finishes.
L’Oreal Voluminous Million Lashes
($7.99, Drugstores) Yes, another L’Oreal eye product and this mascara is my personal favorite! Its actually very comparable to Yves Saint Laurent Volume Effet Faux Cils Luxurious Mascara, just at a mere fraction of the price. Its non-clumping formula glides on seamlessly and its intensity very easily buildable. Here are few tips and tricks to applying mascara for a fabulous set
Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick
Revlon ColorBurst Lipgloss NYX Slim Lip & Eye Pencils
($3.99, Ulta or www.nyx.com) I’ve always had my reservations on spending upwards of $20 on a product that’s just going to be sharpened down to a mere stub, so finding these gems was quite an accomplishment for me! Both the lip & eye liners come in a wide assortment of colors that glide on smoothly with all day staying power. These are a definite inexpensive must-have!
($6.99, Drugstores) I absolutely love this gloss! The shade you see is the shade you get! This gloss is long-wearing and moisturizing without that yucky tacky feeling. Hot Pink and Peony should be first you grab off the display!
Letter from the Editor Hello Wink Readers! First, allow me to thank you for being a fan of Wink Magazine. Wink was created by a strong and driven team of individuals with a desire to entertain, inform, and rejuvenate it’s readers through the content lovingly put into each issue. Bringing in the new year, and new owners, it is Wink’s goal to continue to provide you with the same enjoyable content you have grown accustomed to, while enhancing your experience with new team members, new topics, new themes, and expanding beyond the boundaries of Columbia into the entire Southeast Region. Covering events and interviewing influential forces across the Carolinas and beyond to keep you up to date on the stylish cities around you. This year we have created a more user friendly website to encourage you not just to read each issue, but to interact with Wink and communicate to us your wants and needs in a women’s fashion magazine. Keeping certain Wink traditions such as “Wink Was There” and “Charleston and Charlotte Fashion Week” Coverage, while adding “Dear Carrie Advice Column”, “Money Talk with Donna Reed”, “Photographer and Model Spotlights”, “Wink TV”, “Fashion Fit Radio” and tying each future issue together cohesively with a theme. Through our social networks, we encourage you all to share your thoughts about each article in each issue, share ideas for future issues, and send us your Press Releases for your trendy events in and around Columbia, Charlotte, Greenville, Charleston and Augusta. It is our desire to connect you to the “”Who’s Who” of the Southeast by attending and covering as many events as we can [connecting as sponsors for fashion events such as the “4th Annual Charlotte NC Fashion Week” (Wink Magazine is an official media sponsor for CNCFW), “1st Annual Fashion Swap Social”] and working with organizations that enhance the fashion/beauty industry [ such as the Columbia Fashion Alliance].
Wink Magazine was Columbia's first digital women's fashion publication. A finalist in the Digital Magazine Awards 2010, Wink strives to provide trendy professional women with relevant articles on everything from current couture, designers, photographers and beauty finds, to home staging, advice, travel tips, book reviews and more. Our goal is for our readers to feel empowered, informed, and rejuvenated after reading an issue. Thank you for allowing us to appear on your MacBooks and in your Hearts. We look forward to not only quenching your thirst for fashion information quarterly, but monthly beginning next year in 2012. Sincerely, Alicia Zeigler Editor –In- Chief Wink Magazine 803-875-0323 http://www.winkcolumbia.com/
UNIVERS SOUTH CA FASHION SHOW spotlight
arquis Bias is a fashion stylist and former president of the Fashion Board at USC, a position he held for the past two years. He will graduate from the University of South Carolina with a degree in Retailing specializing in Fashion Merchandising with minors in music and theater as well as a certificate in performance from the USC School of Music.
SITY OF AROLINA president marquis bias
arquis has had the pleasure of working with such clients as Miss South Carolina 2007 Crystal Garrett, Miss Teen South Carolina 2002 Danielle Wilson, and Miss South Carolina Teen USA 2010 Megan Pinckney just to name a few. In addition to his work in the fashion industry Marquis also works as a costume assistant for the USC Department of Theater and Dance.
pon completion of his degree Marquis plans to relocate to New York to pursue a career as a fashion stylist within the music industry.
Top 10 South Carolina Vacations by Summer Brons
Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t let a disagreeable checking account keep you from enjoying a fantastic vacation this summer. From the upstate to the low country, the Palmetto State offers ample opportunities to escape the daily grind without breaking the bank. Whether youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re looking for a day-trip or a weeklong escape, WINK wants to share a few of our favorite spots around SC:
Harbison State Forest - Offering numerous trails of varying difficulty, you’ll find over 2,000 acres of forest just a few miles from downtown Columbia. A pair of comfy shoes and a picnic lunch and you’re set!
Table Rock Mountain - Nestled in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Table Rock State Park is one of SC’s premier hiking and camping destinations. Explore various trails, lakes and admire stunning views from the top of Table Rock itself.
Lake Murray - You knew this recreational staple of the Midlands would be on the list, didn’t you? With 50,000 acres of inviting waters, Lake Murray features its own dam, numerous public marinas, and the infamous Purple Martins who flock to Bomb Island at dawn and dusk throughout the summer.
Myrtle Beach - Touting worldclass golf, amusement parks, great shopping, a fabulous aquarium and plenty of tasty food, Myrtle Beach isn’t just favored amongst SC locals, it’s recognized nationwide as a prime vacation hotspot. Sprawl on the beach by day, people-watch on “the strip” by night.
Hilton Head Island - HHI offers more than just great golf and exclusive condos; you’ll also find upscale restaurants, quiet beaches and plenty of opportunities for soothing retail therapy.
Edisto Beach - One of SC’s less commercialized beaches, Edisto is the perfect choice for a laid-back retreat. Leave behind densely populated shores and work on your tan or set sail aboard a charter.
Folly Beach - Popular, yes, but with good reason. Great beaches, great restaurants, great proximity to Charleston. Oh, and the affordability doesn’t hurt either.
Charlotte, NC - Am I cheating here? Maybe, but with Charlotte just a quick jaunt up I-77, it’s tough to discuss local vacation destinations without thinking of our big-city neighbor. Amazing shopping, bustling nightlife, outstanding food...I think you’ve got the picture.
Beaufort - Bursting with historical charm, Beaufort is a South Carolina must-see. With a slew of attractions, fabulous shopping, beautiful beaches and just about any outdoor recreational activity you can think of, it’s a tough act to follow.
. Charleston - King Street, Market Street, East Bay Street, the battery, Pineapple Fountain, the aquarium...deep breath... the history, the ghost stories, the food, the bars, the cobblestone streets, Mount Pleasant, Isle of Palms; should I continue?
There you have it! No need to feel left behind this summer when you overhear co-workers comparing notes on vacation plans over the water cooler. Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got all the vaycay you need right here in your own backyard.
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USC Fashion Board's 2011 Featured Student Designer Laura McCall 27
WINKing at Laura McCall - by Summer Brons
ith the creative use of non-traditional fabrics, 20-year-old Laura McCall is rapidly making a name for herself as a talented fashion designer. Her unique collection earned Laura bragging rights as the featured student designer of the University of South Carolina Fashion Board during the 2011 USC Fashion Week.
Before strutting the runway on April 14, Laura’s threads were born of humble beginnings. As a high school junior in Bristol, Virginia, Laura’s interest in sewing began with her grandmother, who had nearly a lifetime of experience with the craft. Using upholstery and drapery fabrics due to limited options from local fabric stores, Laura decided to try her own hand at making clothing. “My grandmother taught me everything I know,” she said proudly, and after receiving a sewing machine for Christmas that year, Laura found that she held a natural talent for fashion design.
ven after moving to Columbia to attend USC’s fashion merchandising program, Laura stayed true to her roots and continued to sew primarily with drapery fabric. She appreciates the uncommon prints and textures found in these materials and set out to prove their versatility extends beyond couch coverings and curtains.
aura has made everything from dresses and tunics to shorts and handbags using this alternative fabric. She sews with a classic silhouette in mind, using tasteful detailing and feminine style to create complimentary clothing.
internship with luxury designer Billy Reid before she transfers to the School of Art Institute in Chicago to pursue a degree in fashion design. “I love it down here in Columbia,” Laura assured WINK, but with her true passion lying in the construction of clothing rather than the merchandising, Chicago offers just what she’s looking for.
With just a couple of years in the biz, Laura already has an impressive schedule ahead of her. She’ll be spending this summer in Florence, Alabama, completing an
aura maintains a grounded perspective on the future. “In a perfect world I’d like my own line, but I’m just going to have to start out small and see where things go.” Her passion for design is evident both in her work and her ambition to gain exposure. “It doesn’t just fall into your lap, you have to get out there and say ‘I want to be in this fashion show, how can I do that?’ then make it happen.” At the time of publication, Laura is already in Alabama for her summer internship. Come fall, she’ll be ready to take the Windy City by storm.
WINKing at Bella-Riley’s Salon - by Summer Brons to personalized service in a glamorous, relaxing atmosphere.
loves to give credit where credit is due, so when three talented ladies offered to doll up the girls in our photo shoot for featured student designer, Laura McCall, we couldn’t resist giving BellaRiley’s Salon and Spa a shoutout.
Perched in a corner of the historic Lexington Old Mill, Bella-Riley’s puts an upscale twist on a full array of salon and spa services. Owner and massage therapist Rachel Romaneli has spent the last few years dedicating herself to building an impressive business in an equally impressive location. Her efforts have paid off nicely, no doubt thanks to a passionate staff committed
Open since 2004, BellaRiley’s encourages patrons to “live the beautiful life,” which is exactly the kind of advice WINK is happy to live by. Book an appointment and choose from an assortment of facials and massage options, add on a waxing or nail service, then let a skilled stylist transform your locks into the luscious mane you’ve always wanted. You’ll saunter out of the Old Mill feeling like a million bucks and still have enough cash leftover to grab a martini or two at your favorite happy hour.
If you’re the type of girl who likes to sample a little bit of everything, you certainly won’t want to miss out on ladies night. Held on the last Friday of each month, Bella-Riley’s opens their doors from 7 til 11pm, and for just $50 at the door you can pamper yourself with three mini spa and salon
services. Wine and snacks are included and you’re encouraged to come in your pajamas; what could be a better girl’s night out than that?
Walk-ins are welcome, appointments are recommended and free consultations up to 30 minutes are available. For more details, visit BellaRiley’s online at www.bellarileys.com or give them a call at 803-808-0420. WINK would like to extend a special thanks to hair stylists Sarah Gregory and Niki Barklage, as well as cosmetologist Ellen Liebe for their fabulous assistance with our Laura McCall shoot.
WINK Meets Charlotte Fashion Week Designers - by Summer Brons
A sneak-peek at what to expect from Charlotte Fashion
s an official media sponsor of Charlotte Fashion Week, WINK is excited to introduce some of the emerging designers whose collections will be strutting the runway in September. We caught up with Caroline Smith of Janie G. Couture, Julie Patal of Julkee Fashions, Alice Andrews of Alice Andrews Designs, Stephanie Teague of Pretty Birdie, and Nelson Arrington of Nelson Arrington Completes.
WINK: Hi, designers! Congratulations on your accomplishments that have led you to Charlotte Fashion Week! Let's start off with a bit about your background in fashion. Tell me how it all began...
Caroline: I started designing and making clothes while I was in college at the University of the South. I became really involved with the costume design department and I knew this was what I wanted to do. I continued on to study at the Parsons School of Design in New York, where I founded Janie G. Couture by
Julie: I am a self-taught designer. I have no formal
education, but I think it has always just been "in" me; I've always been the girl who made a scarf into a shirt or found four different ways to wear a dress.
Alice: My career began as a draper of textile arts in Hollywood commercials and films. I transitioned into using wool felt for my eco-conscious and wearable art. I use Merino wool in the felting process, and I don't use patterns during the creation of my pieces. Most of my garments are seamless and felted around a resist.
Stephanie: I have been in the fashion industry for over 15 years as a model. I've also sewn most of my life, so about eight years ago I started designing and selling recycled clothing made from antique and vintage fabrics. Two and a half years ago I began focusing mainly on using organic and sustainable fabrics and have been selling full-time on Etsy ever since.
Nelson: I've always enjoyed dressing professionally and looking nice each day, even back in high school. Eventually, people began to ask me if I was wearing my own clothing line and that got me thinking about joining the industry. I'm self-taught, other than the manufacturing side of things. I spent about a year researching designs and launched in 2008.
WINK: What is the style influence of your collection? What inspires you? Discuss what the public can expect to see from your designs. Caroline: My clothes have a very classic, vintage feel. I often look at the cuts from the 50s and 60s when researching my designs; I love to look at old fashion magazines and fashion history books for reference. I feel as though women looked so elegant in those decades and I like to translate those cuts into today's trends. My main goal is for women to feel beautiful, chic and comfortable. Julie: The style of my collection is very modern-European. It's edgy, yet elegant. I'm inspired by other risktakers, those who aren't afraid to stand out, knowing they can work that chic look no matter what.
Alice: My clothing is very Bohemian-style. I love the creativity as I form my pieces; there are no rules and infinite possibilities of surface design. My fabrics are colored in natural dyes and the only electricity used in my process is to heat water for the felting process. Stephanie: I use only organic and sustainable fabrics, including a bit of vintage recycling when possible. My goal is to create pieces that are unique, but also serve as classic staples in a woman's wardrobe. I'm inspired by all of nature and the ability to draw from things that are around me, particularly anything antique, primitive or rustic. I'm also inspired by Coco Chanel, among many other great designers.
Nelson: My style is largely professional, with a British-European influence. I find motivation in books, on TV and from observing my surroundings. I believe inspiration and health must come first in order for the fashion to emerge. A person who is inspired and healthy will illuminate the clothing they wear.
WINK: Tell me about your future goals in the fashion industry. Caroline: My goals as a designer are huge. If you're going to go for it, why not dream big? I'd like to be the next Ralph Lauren! I say this because I'm interested in all areas of design and I can't wait to expand beyond womenswear. Eventually, I'd like childrenswear, menswear, home - you name it! Julie: I hope to have my designs sold in boutiques, department stores, online and to be worn by stylish women throughout the world. Alice: I'd like to find a few boutiques to carry my line. Stephanie: My goal is to have some of my clothing sustainably produced and start doing more wholesale. I am moving into a storefront space in August and I would love to do a high-end line that is handmade to sell locally out of my shop. Nelson: I want to continue my custom-made clothing, but I'd also like to launch a ready-to-wear line. Ultimately, I'd love to be discovered and hit the runways of New York and perhaps find a retail store interested in carrying my line.
WINK: What are you looking forward to from Charlotte Fashion Week? Caroline: Charlotte is an amazing Southern city and so rich in culture and history. I'm a Southern girl myself and the idea of showing my clothes in such a great city makes me thrilled! Runway shows are so much fun and despite the chaos, I would do one everyday if I could! Julie: I want to get my name and designs out there for the world to see. I'd like to spread beyond Raleigh, and what better place to start than Charlotte? Alice: I am thrilled to be a designer at this year's Charlotte Fashion Week. I hope the exposure will create some opportunities with boutiques. Stephanie: I want to get the word out in the community about Pretty Birdie! Nelson: I'm looking to gain exposure and further brand my name. I'm looking for the next steps with my business and I'm hoping that Charlotte Fashion Week will help me find them.
WINK: Thanks so much, designers! WINK Magazine wishes all of you great success with your fabulous designs!
Presented by the Art Institute of Charlotte, the 2011 Charlotte Fashion Week will be held September 21-24 at the Pavilion in the Epicentre, located at 210 W. Trade Street. Visit www.charlottencfashionweek.com for more info on tickets, designers, sponsors and all the goingson during this exciting event. WINK Magazine will be hosting Thursday night and we will see you there!
Virtu Restaurant and Bar Offers Trendy Tapas Dining to Columbia Reviewed by- Kayle Wright
apas should be viewed as a way of eating rather than the type of food that is being eaten. Typically, tapas, an assortment of appetizers, are served to encourage diners to focus more on conversation and being social butterflies in an establishment rather than the food. This concept proved to be easier said than done during my dining experience at Virtu Restaurant and Bar on Devin Street. I found it quite difficult not to focus all of my attention on the yummy food. Virtu is located right next door to the popular downtown restaurant Dianne’s on Devine. The restaurant boasts a very small, intimate setting that is emphasized by the warm dark coral colored walls. Each table had a small glow from the candles that flickered. The large windows allowed for a bit of light to shine into the dimly lit restaurant. In between perusing the menu, I noticed the jazz inspired paintings on the wall that fit really well with mellow music that played throughout the restaurant. The dress code was all over the place. I saw everything from a suit and tie,
to cute summer dresses, and even jeans and t-shirts; so in my opinion-where what’s comfortable. I started my meal with a simple Caesar salad ($2.50). The salad came with tomatoes, which is odd for a Caesar salad, but was really good. The lettuce was crisp and there was just enough dressing. One thing that I can guarantee you while dining at Virtu is that you will want to try all of the Hot Tapas items. The menu has several exceptional offerings and it will probably take more than one visit to enjoy the cuisine. After taking forever to decide, we started with the Beef Tenderloin Medallions in Dijon Pepper Sauce ($9.25) and the Blue Crab Cakes ($8.00). The Beef Medallions were absolutely delicious. The three medallions were cooked perfectly, well seasoned, and the Dijon Pepper Sauce had a wonderful flavor with a very
slight bit of spice. If I had any complaint about this dish it’s that I found myself wanting more of the sauce, but I’m pretty sure wanting more of something is sign that you really loved it. The crab cakes were served over a classic Remoulade Sauce. They were flavorful, moist and had fresh lumps of crabmeat inside. It was then time for our next selections (I would suggest two entrées per person). We ordered the Four Cheese Ravioli with Smoked Tomato Sauce ($5.50) and the Cuban Mojo Chicken Skewers ($7.00). I expected the ravioli to be the usual softly cooked pasta in a marinara sauce. I was presently surprised by the breaded ravioli stuffed with cheese and served with a tomato dipping sauce, imagine ravioli shaped mozzarella sticks. This was one of my favorite dishes. I found the breaded pasta to have a nice texture and flavor. The tomato sauce had such a fresh, zesty
taste and made dipping the ravioli something to look forward to. The chicken skewers are one of the more popular items on the menu. Mojo sauce, in my opinion, is like a peppery barbeque inspired sauce. The sauce was amazing, but it was the only part of the dish that I could truly enjoy. Considering its popularity and the high recommendation of our waitress, this was my least favorite of our dishes. My chicken was moist but slightly burnt and this kept me from savoring the taste of it. Overall, the food at Virtu was exceptionally appetizing. They also offer a Cold Tapas menu but nothing jumped out at me as anything that I absolutely had to try and the Hot Tapas items seemed a lot more appealing. I dined there during dinner but they also offer a lunch menu with items such as the Tenderloin Steak Sandwich ($7.75) that comes with caramelized onions, brie, and a chipotle cream sauce. They also have an attractive bar area with a flat screen television for watching your favorite sports event. I had a classic Cosmopolitan ($5.25) with my dinner. It was made perfectly and complimented my dinner well. They have a great wine and beer selection as well. Virtu has great happy hour specials during the week, like $2.00 off all tapas and $3.00 house liquors and wines. If youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re looking for a nice place to go with friends or that special someone, Virtu Restaurant and Bar is great place. I was very pleased with my experience. The prices were very reasonable, the service was excellent and the food was satisfying. You without a doubt owe yourself a trip to Devine Street to try it out! Virtu Restaurant and Bar 2406 Devine Street, 803-376-8888 Mon.-Wed. 11 a.m.-12 a.m. Thu.-Fri. 11 a.m.- 2 a.m. Sat. 5 p.m.-close
"...take your top off to make your intentions clear."
by Summer Brons
Answers To Your Most Personal Questions Q: Dear Carrie, My boyfriend and I used to have a great sex life, but lately we can't seem to get on the same wavelength when it comes to doing the deed. Whenever one of us wants it, the other is always too tired or busy to be interested. Can you help us out before I forget what the bedroom ceiling looks like?
the school gym. Bonus: take your top off to make your intentions clear. The same goes for the rest of the day; be creative with your approach and make sure he knows you still find him attractive. A little flirting can go a long way, even if you've been together for years. Before you know it, you'll be admiring those ceilings just like the old days. -Carrie
Q: Dear Carrie, Thanks,
Subsiding Sizzle A: Dear Sizzle,
Although it's an unfortunate quandary that you and your boyfriend have found yourselves in, the good news is that it's an easy fix. First things first, stop waiting until bedtime! If neither of you initiates sex until it's time to go to sleep, the "I'm too tired" excuse is an easy one to pull off. Next time he's channel-surfing on the couch, yank the remote out of his hand, straddle him and start making out like you're a couple of eighth-graders behind
I've been dating a guy for about two months now and we just started having sleepovers. We've mostly been staying at my place, but I know he wants to spend more nights at his since he has a dog. His house is almost 45 minutes away from mine, which makes it tough for me to go home in the mornings and still get to work on time. Is it too soon for me to stash a few bathroom essentials at his place? I don't want him to panic and think I'm trying to move in, but it sure would be helpful not to worry about forgetting my toothbrush and mascara.
A: Dear Heidi,
If he freaks out about you leaving a toothbrush at his place when you live 45 minutes away, you might want to rethink your relations. Put a few essentials in a small, zippered bag and stow it away in a drawer or cabinet in his bathroom before you leave in the morning. You'll be making your life easier, accommodating the needs of his pet (I just adore a man who loves his dog), and you'll still be a far cry from leaving a jumbo box of super-absorbancy tampons sitting on the back of his toilet for the world to see. Nothing wrong with a stash and dash! -Carrie
Q: Dear Carrie, My friends and I were recently discussing how awkward it is to have "that" conversation with a guy: the one about past sexual partners. I always feel like a boyfriend is going to judge me negatively if I've had sex with more people than he has. I also hate thinking about him banging other girls, so I can only imagine he feels the same when it comes to imagining me underneath someone else. One of my friends said she refuses to have that talk with a guy and flat-out says "I don't kiss and tell" if someone she's dating tries to bring up the subject. So what do you think? Is it better to be truthful and lay it all on the line or avoid talking about it completely?
A: Dear Experienced,
This is definitely a touchy subject with a whole lot of variables. I always try to abide by a "don't ask, don't tell" policy. You'll never find me asking a guy how many chicks he's sacked, simply because I don't see the point in asking a question I don't want the answer to. That, and I'm not so fond of sharing my own details. If a guy does ask you about your sexual past and you're not up for opening the archives, try saying something along the lines of "I'm not a big fan of this conversation - the past is the past, you know?" If you say it without getting defensive or nervous, you can casually brush it off and distract him with a kiss (or a slap on the ass) if needed. Hopefully, he'll respect your boundaries and let it go at that. If not, well, go ahead and throw it all out there - he asked, right? We all have a past. If he can't deal, chuck them deuces up and find a man who appreciates the woman you are today, not the girl you were yesterday. -Carrie
Q: Dear Carrie, The other day I came home from work a couple of hours earlier than usual. I guess he didn't hear me come in, because I found my boyfriend in bed watching porn on his laptop! He seemed embarrassed that I caught him with his pants around his ankles (literally) and I was too upset
to talk about it. What should I do? I guess this is better than him cheating on me, but I'm still uncomfortable with it. Help!
Skeptical in Swansea A: Dear Skeptic,
I can see how that must have been an awkward situation for you, and probably even more so for him! However, I'm going to ask you to look at this dilemma with an open mind. Have you ever tried watching porn WITH your man before? Many couples use sexy videos to help set the mood and spice up their own love life. Find content you're comfortable with and invite your boyfriend to watch it with you. I'm willing to bet you'll both be extra excited when it's time to shed your skivvies! But if you just can't shake the uncertainties despite your best efforts, sit down with your man and calmly explain your point of view. Maybe there's something new you guys can try to mix things up a bit, or maybe you just need to do it more often to tame the beast within. Communicate and fornicate!
Q: Dear Carrie, Sometimes I think I might be happier if I break up with my boyfriend. We've been dating for two years and I do love him, but we have some major differences and I often wonder why we bother to continue. We can go a week or two without seeing one another and neither of us even seem to care. What should I do?
Seeking Singledom A: Dear Seeker,
You didn't give much detail about your situation, so I'm going to make this one quick: cut your losses and part ways. It sounds to me like you're both sticking around because the relationship is familiar, which is a complete waste of time. Tell him goodbye and enjoy the single life until you find someone with whom you're more compatible.
"If you're sticking around only because the relationship is familiar, you're wasting your time."
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rad Boultinghouse has been a creative force for several years now. Starting his clothing line in 2007, Brad found himself with a new creative outlet that he embraced like none he had before. However, with his first runway presentation brought many styling opportunities, and since he has taken on any such opportunity he has been given. Including one that was presented in 2010 that allowed him to work with editors at, the CondĂŠ Nast publication, W Magazine to assemble the 2010 September Trend Supplement. Annually since 2007 Brad has churned out a new collection the likes of which have been seen on runways through out the southeast, and whose aesthetic embodies modern avant-garde street wear. More recently he has even moved into aspects of jewelry and shoe design and House of Sage in Charleston, SC is the most recent store to begin carrying Brad Boultinghouseâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s designs!
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Brad may have a creative approach to many things, but the only reason his work has thrived is the fact that he is a true businessman at heart. He handles all of the aspects from purchasing, to networking, and even project management for photo shoots and runway events. He attributes his management aptitude to working with several large retail companies over the years, including: Express LLC, Ann Taylor Inc, and Sworn Denim.
Brad has experienced a lot while growing through hardships, but will never stop learning from the world around him. He strives to always better himself, and grow into the best possible person, creator, and businessman he can be.
Brad has always lived by his own axiom, “vintage is life.” However, this does not only mean that he embraces his love of vintage fashion, but also that he lives life embracing and reinterpreting past decade’s influences and trends to further his personal style and creative vision. It also exemplifies Brad’s outlook on everyday living, and how he believes that you should learn from not only your past, but everyone else’s as well.
Brad incorporates many pieces he finds in vintage, thrift, second hand, and antique stores into his everyday wardrobe. His clients and colleagues also know that when working with Brad you will undoubtedly see him pull forth a piece that he has refurbished to new life for any given shoot or client’s event. He does this not only to force himself to be creative, because lets be honest it takes creativity to make an 80’s sweater look like modern fashion, but also
so that he will in some part add a “green” element to his wardrobe and business. He lives life in vintage.
Furthermore, the fact that fashion is cyclical promotes the idea that even if you do not directly purchase vintage or thrifted clothing you may still participate in a trend that even your grandparents once did. Brad takes this idea a bit farther and applies the idea of cyclical fashion to his dealings with people and clients on a daily basis. He believes you can observe and learn from things that others have lived through to help you better deal with situations that arise in your own life. The same reason we take history in school, to learn from the past and better the future.
Though you may think that Brad’s way of thinking, or lifestyle, is “old school” or “dated”, you need to realize that before you judge you know that he still always strives to be progressive and innovative, but never the less will always take note of the past.
Brad, he will always believe that “vintage is life.”
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This summer is all about letting your toes be free and showing off that cute pedicure. Of course every summer is like that in South Carolina, but this year is different. This summer, the latest shoe trends just scream excitement and fun! Experimentation is also key when you go shoe shopping this summer. Two shoe brands that are bringing the summer heat are Jeffrey Campbell and Dolce Vita.
Walk This Way In Summer 2011â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Hottest Shoes by Jai Marshall
Sandals are everyoneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s favorite shoe during the summer, but this year you can find more exciting options than the plain old flip flop. Tribal prints are big this summer, and tons of fun to wear. Pair them with a black maxi skirt for contrast or a cute jumper for a fun easy look. The DV by Dolce Vita Nyle beaded sandal ($56) and the Jeffrey Campbell Cayman ($96) are perfect tribal style sandals.
Espadrilles are making a come back in a big way, but they donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t look like your regular espi. Platform sandals and wedges, two more big trends, are turning up on showroom floors wrapped in jute with pretty neon colors to boot. This trend is great for a party or everyday look. Epis look best with short sundresses or skinny jeans. To complete this look, try the Jeffrey Campbell Jenna ($136) in bright orange suede or the DV by Dolce Vita Toni ($76) in a cool coral suede. Yes, you read that right! There is such a thing as summer suede.
If you are into more neutral shades, try a tan platform. These shoes most certainly go with anything, even black! If height isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t your thing, try the cork based wedesque Heather platform by Jeffrey Campbell ($116). Height enthusiast can go tall with the wooded Dolce Vita Emery ($180) with the surprising pewter hardware at the base of the heel.
These last two looks are for the adventure seekers this summer, and I have already tried one of them. Flatforms and low heels are the new in thing to do when considering summer footwear. My personal favorite, the flatform, is a platform that is basically an elevated flat. I love to wear my flatforms with my black maxi dress or floral print dress. The Jeffrey Campbell Fano ($178) is perfect for those that want just a pinch of a curve to their flatform, but not quite a wedge.
The other adventurous shoe is the low heel. Low heels are great for those that arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t into to the high maintenance look that high heels give. This type of low heel isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t as matronly as the kitten heel, but has just enough cool to let someone know that the wearer cares about their fashion. Thrill seekers can try the Dolce Vita Pierre ($128) if they dare, or try any of these shoes. When you do, your soles will be sure to burn up the pavement. All shoes are available at Lorisshoes.com.
Frisky Financials - by Summer Brons
Tips For Responsible Summer Spending
Account for all expenses - As gruesome as it may seem to write down those daily iced lattes and that last-minute tube of mascara you tossed in your basket at the checkout line, those little purchases add up quickly. When you put pen to paper (or keyboard to expense tracking software), you’re forced to take a cold, hard look at your spending habits. Adjust accordingly; if you know you’re headed to Charlotte for the weekend, simply brew your own coffee before leaving for work and save yourself $4 each morning. The $20 you conserve over the course of the week just by forgoing your luxury caffeine fix can fund a nice lunch on Saturday or put a few gallons of gas in the tank.
It starts with the decision to finally spring for that gym membership since bikini season is fast-approaching. Then, of course, a new bikini to sport that rockin’ body, maybe a month or two of indoor tanning for a bronzed glow, a cute sundress (or four), plans for long-weekend beach trips... before you know it, your summer budget is blown and you didn’t even know you HAD a summer budget!
It’s no secret that many of us spend more money during the summer, and when we live in a sunny place like Columbia (they don’t call us “famously hot” for nothing!), summertime seems to last even longer. So how can we stretch our pocketbooks to match the warm weather demands of rooftop happy hours and impromptu wardrobe updates? WINK has a few summer spending tips to help keep you on track without sacrificing the good stuff:
Avoid temptation - If a friend asks you to go shopping with her and you know you can’t even afford a tank top off the clearance rack, it’s probably your best bet to tell her you’re busy. When you’re trying to save money (or at least spend responsibly), there’s no sense in surrounding yourself with unnecessary temptation. If you absolutely must tag along, leave the credit cards at home so that impulse purchases won’t even be an option.
Above all, be realistic. If your checking account is already flirting with your overdraft protection, you might want to rethink that designer bag you’ve had your eye on. Sensible spending should be a year-round habit, so don’t let the seduction of summer throw you off track. Your tropical vacation will be that much more rewarding when you know you’ve worked for it!
Decide what you want - Whether it’s a fabulous pair of peep-toe pumps or a seven-day cruise to the Bahamas, figure out your must-haves for the summer and stick to the plan. You might even go so far as to print out a photo of the item or destination and post it somewhere you’ll see it each day as an active reminder to keep frivolous spending
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