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Jul 6, 2016 >> Southern Charm: Re-Styled

Fall even more in love with Charleston’s charming style. While we hit up the city’s shopping expert Andrea Serrano for some of her favorite shops in the Holy City, she obviously couldn’t fit all of them into one breath. We picked the retail maven’s brain for a few more of her hotspots including some of the movers and shakers in the Charleston design community who are punching out brilliant pieces to add to your accessories collection to wear right now and into Fall. The result? Some serious accessory envy that can transform any garments into a bonafide CHS look!

And bonus! She’s pulling a few of her favorite things that are shop-able on the web, too. So if Charleston is not in your immediate travel future, you can click through for that oh-so-southern charm feeling.

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Jul 6, 2016 >> Andrea Serrano: Charleston Shopping Pro!

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With a resume boasting notables such as Harpers Bazaar, Levi’s and L’oreal, Andrea Serrano has taken her styling expertise down south to Charleston. She continues to freelance as a stylist on fashion and commercial productions, and runs a style blog called Charleston Shop Curator, which focuses on local designers and boutiques within the Charleston area. As part of our Charleston Travel Feature, we picked Andrea’s brain on where to shop in the Holy City.

While we bunked up at Zero George, we talked with this Charleston fashionista as part of their Shopping Package amenity available to guests. Turns out this sartorial spirit is full of insider secrets on the best deals, cool buys and must-have souvenirs for any Charleston newbie. Get your cheat sheet below to the best shopping Charleston from their resident stylist, and the perfect jaunt for your post-shop appetite.  READ MORE >>

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Jul 6, 2016 >> Charleston by Bike: #YES

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We camped out in charming Charleston, South Carolina for our latest travel featureAs if Charleston wasn’t charming enough, we rented a couple complimentary bicycles at Zero George for some sight seeing at a different perspective. We went on a cruise with Photographer Kirk Chambers who gave us a scenic bike tour of Charleston, and showed us how to work the camera to capture all of Charleston’s right angles. You can actually book Kirk’s services through Zero George’s Photography Package, which gives you a choice between a 3 or 5-hour session to explore the city like a local—and give you Instagram feed some major street cred.

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Jul 6, 2016 >> Travel Envy: Charleston’s Proud Mary

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We’re majorly crushing on Charleston. From the perfectly groomed gardens to the rich culturally history the city has endured, this Southern gem is dolling out charm and ingenuity like no other. Situated right about the sweet smelling Flowershop, PROUD MARY is a haven for the wanderlust. Owner Harper Poe stocks the shelves with vibrant textiles sourced from global artisans—combining a modern design aesthetic with traditional methods of production. READ MORE >>

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Jun 30, 2016 >> More Southern Charm: Grasshopper Pie

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In the spirit of all things southern, our favorite health foodie and green goddess JESSICA MURNANE taught us how to make an updated and plant-based version of Grasshopper Pie. This classically southern dessert was a hit among southern hostesses in the ‘50s and ‘60s, drawing its name from the bright green insect due its traditionally minty hue.

We’ve always thought of Jessica as a nutrition badass, dropping serious clean-eating knowledge on her website One Part Plant and insightful podcast. Her pragmatic approach to eating well for a happy body and happier mind is exactly why we love her. In search of some more Vitamin D, Jessica recently set up shop in sunny Charleston, South Carolina and can’t stop raving about the charming locale.

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Jun 30, 2016 >> Momma’s Perfect Summer Meal [VIDEO]

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For superstar chef Johanna M. Cook, who lovingly goes by stage name Momma Cuisine, prepping delish meals in a jiff is her middle name. And it was born out of necessity. With a growing food empire which includes a popular digital cookbook, numerous national appearances and streaming content on ROKU, Momma can’t afford to be slow in the kitchen. Not to mention she’s got three charming children who are hooked on her high class but low maintenance meals, too! We invited the lovable foodie over—for a second time on G&F!—and put her to the ultimate test: can Momma whip up a simple, delicious and stylish meal in under 15 minutes? (The answer: Yes).

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Jun 28, 2016 >> The Spongebob Musical makes a Splash [VIDEO]

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Who lives in a pineapple under the sea? A catch phrase as iconic as this is scarcely found outside of your TV set during Nickelodeon’s late 90’s cult classic cartoon SpongeBob Squarepants. But the contagiously silly sea sponge is swimming from small screen to the Great White Way—and making quite the splash along the way! The unapologetic musical spectacle takes center stage with a pre-Broadway engagement in Chicago this summer. THE SPONGEBOB MUSICAL celebrates friendship and determination, and along the way, theater goers are treated to a show of epic proportions. And a whole lot of spongey sweet heart.

Leading the all-star team to really great depths is co-conceiver and director Tina Landau, the acclaimed Steppenwolf ensemble member whose enigmatic work is touted for its brave and bold explorations of large-scale musical pieces. The SpongeBob Musical is a brilliant peacock feather for her cap—or in this case, maybe something more akin to a parrot fish.

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May 17, 2016 >> Vintage Lovers Take Note: Open Secret Sale

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It’s not often you stumble upon someone like Evelyn Daitchman—a woman with an eye for treasure and a heart for the hunt. Evelyn has been collecting vintage clothing since 1980 and has the craziest closet of the most beautiful things to prove it. And now you have the opportunity to peruse Evelyn’s loveliest pieces and wackiest finds at the Open Secret Studio sale this upcoming weekend.

Evelyn created the Open Secret Studio in the West Loop four years ago as an event space and hub for all things art, fashion and culture. She explains, Open Secret Studios became a force of it’s own, and even though the space had a brief but brilliant life, it changed hers forever. You may remember us playing around the gorgeous space in our Valentine’s Day editorial a few years back—Ring a Bell? We thought so. READ MORE >>

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May 16, 2016 >> Kevin Coval has Something to Say [VIDEO]

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For Kevin Coval, words are power. Each one carefully chosen, together forming a string of meaning that leaves you totally awe-inspired in his presence. The 41-year old holds court as the artistic director of Young Chicago Authors and founded Louder Than A Bomb: The Chicago Youth Poetry Festival—both entities which provide a platform for eager authors and young poets to cut their teeth, strut their stuff and come together regardless of race or creed. And the latter—LTAB by its street acronym—is the world’s largest youth poetry festival.

But no amount of pomp impresses Kevin even though his programing has recently landed an impressive accolade from The MacArthur Foundation. He still talks earnestly with G&F about his pride and joy in the process: educating youth to find their most authentic voices. To him, the success and notoriety is great—and there is plenty of it!—but the opportunity to provide an avenue for expression is better.

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Apr 12, 2016 >> Getting Handsy with James Ewert [VIDEO]

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Our Spring Fashion Issue got some extra love with the help of collage artist James Ewert. To bring semblance to our Josephine Baker-inspired shoot, James used his craft to bring the atmosphere of a modern Bronze Venus to life. James’ intricate process of bibliographic foraging, dissection and sticky imposition gives us a whole new appreciation to the art of photomontage.  

James’ tagline goes a little something like this: “I make collages all F-ing day.” His unfiltered and unapologetic personality directly manifests through his work. Many of his pieces bring seemingly irrelevant elements together into an entertaining juxtaposition: think grandma’s quilt turned psychedelic icon or intergalactic gemstones.

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