THE FINICKY FILLY

It may surprise you to learn that judy casey is anything but the fancy filly you might imagine the owner of a luxury women’s boutique to be. Asked to name a fashion icon she admires, and to define her personal style, she laughs out loud and says she doesn’t have one. “I’m a blue jeans girl,” […]

LIVE IN THE LIGHT

Zags founder jennifer horton knows all too well the old adage “Necessity is the mother of invention.” The mother of three had been searching for a specific product in vain for years, growing more and more frustrated when she couldn’t find it. “We are such an active family. We’re always on the boat or at the […]

THAT ROSÉ FEELING

It was breaking news in the summer of 2015: The New York Post warned that the Hamptons was running “dangerously low” on rosé wines. Thankfully, we no longer face this existential crisis. The country has been awash in rosé for years. After all, what’s not to like? Rosé is delicious and easy to drink; it’s the least judgmental of […]

THE LANGUAGE OF THEATRICAL DESIGN

IF ACTORS ARE ALL ABOUT ENTRANCES AND PLAYWRIGHTS ABOUT EXITS, designers in the theater are about complementary frameworks, physical and emotional. From elaborate to humble, with sets and props it’s everything with a purpose and everything in its place—the unsung narratives of the theater. After all, it’s not just the writer and actor who tell […]

THE HEIRLOOM KEEPER

I HAVE ALWAYS FANTASIZED ABOUT STARTING FRESH and moving into a house where I bring no décor baggage with me. I would visit all of my favorite stores and pick out exactly what I wanted, because in my fantasy, money grows on trees. The resulting space would be chic yet comfortable, juxtaposed yet pulled together, […]

UN SALUTO ITALIANO

MY CURIOSITY ABOUT ITALIAN RENAISSANCE GARDENS began with the pandemic and a slew of Italian cypress (Cupressus sempervirens). After the quarantine profoundly reduced tourist activity on Charleston’s narrow sidewalks, I took advantage of this unpleasant situation and frequentlyventured out (masked, of course) to enjoy long, uninterrupted strolls around the peninsula. That’s when I began to […]

STORIES, LIKE PLANES ON A RUNWAY

MARY ALICE MONROE penned her first story, Willy the Wishful Whale, when she was 8 years old. Not surprisingly, it was about an animal, and it was a foretaste of what was to come. A childhood passion for nature and its most vulnerable inhabitants has never waned. Today, the Isle of Palms resident awaits the […]

WINE FAMILIES

WHEN YOU TIE YOUR BUSINESS FATE to Mother Nature, you sign up for the uncertainty of frost, hail and seasonal swings, not to mention the volatility of climate change. The 2020 harvest delivered more than its share of challenges. From COVID-19 to wildfires in the West, last year’s vintage was heroic in many ways. Wine […]

IF STONES COULD TALK

IF YOU THINK ABOUT YOUR FAVORITE PIECES OF JEWELRY, what comes to mind? Maybe it’s your mother’s wedding ring or your own, or the earrings you bought on vacation. Jewelry can be a way to pull an outfit together, but it’s more fun to wear when it holds a treasured memory. This concept is what […]

ADD SOME TWINKLE TO ANY STYLE OF GARDEN

I LIVE SMACK-DAB IN THE MIDDLE of one of the world’s finest arboretums—peninsular Charleston. This plantsman’s paradise has no official name, no admission fees and, under normal circumstances, is always accessible. It extends from Hampton Park down to Cannon Park, past Colonial Lake and into Waterfront Park. Those who elect to explore on foot receive […]