Project Sidewalk

There’s a lot of money to be spent in Charleston, and there’s also a lot of fabulous clothing boutiques run by local people, for local people. There’s too many to mention them all, but here’s a few. Poe Studio (819 Savannah Hwy., 573-4884) and I Heart (825 Savannah Hwy., 225-2722) in West Ashley are a little on the pricey side, but the dresses at I Heart will induce salivation. LulaKate (231 King St., 723-5885) is run by native North Carolinian Katherine Mullins and often has sales on the moderately priced clothing line, plus even better sales at www.lulakate.com. Poe Studio and Max Jerome (45 John St., 853-6299) both carry the Spinster (www.spinster-design.com) brand, a one-Charleston-woman show run by Adrienne Antonson, who collects vintage clothing and dices and chops her finds to create modern, hip, reasonably priced garments. Hampden Clothing (357 King St., 724-6373) sells eco-friendly clothing made from bamboo or organic denim. GOGA (377 King St., 722-3774) is flirty and funky, and there’s a cap on how many styles of one design are sold, so you won’t see your under-$100 dress walking towards you on some blonde girl. As for other great fashion finds, just saunter down King Street, skip Urban Outfitters for a day, get lost on a side street, and see what you find. —Lindsay Sainlar


It’s Time to Get Paid!

How would you like to get paid for every single pore on your face? Well, if you enter the BIORE GENART contest, you could win just that. Biore Skincare and GENART, an arts and music organization showcasing emerging artists, are currently hosting a national competition to help support and showcase the next generation of female talent. Hopefuls can upload their best work by May 31 in one of four categories: Visual Arts, Music, Fashion Design, and Film. One winner in each category will receive a free trip to New York City to showcase their talent and gain national recognition, along with a $20,000 grand prize — that’s one dollar per pore. Sorry guys, you’ll have to sit this one out … this competition is strictly for the ladies. For more info or to apply, visit www.bioregenart.com. —Ashley Lewis

Prettier People in a Pretty City

Want the chance to see what you would look like if someone else did your makeup? That someone else could be Tim Quinn, and he knows a thing or two about cool and warm shades of beauty paint. He’s a celebrity makeup artist who’s worked with the likes of Sarah Jessica Parker, Julia Roberts, and Kate Bosworth. He’ll be in town on Thurs. April 12 to promote the Giorgio Armani cosmetic line at Saks Fifth Avenue (211 King St.) from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Let it be noted that Charleston is the only city in both Carolinas to carry Giorgio Armani makeup. Brag about that, and call 805-1414 to get your face done by this U.S. Beauty team frontman. —Lindsay Sainlar


Beauty Au Naturale

Cover Girl beware: the word organic has infiltrated the skin care market. Although Bert’s Bees has become a household name over the past decade, dozens of organic products have emerged on the skin care scene and now grace the counters of Earth Fare’s health and beauty section. The ingredients listed on the backs of lotion bottles and facial cleansers read like a who’s-who of vitamins and oils, all of which claim to perform the same, if not better, than their chemical counterparts. Lines like Avalon Organics play the anti-aging game and discover their sensitive side with Wrinkle Defense Serums and Lavender Renewal and Vitality for Sensitive Skin. Other enticing products include the inviting Kiss My Face, standing proud behind their “obsessively natural” slogan by providing complete Organic Facial Kits ($13.99), designated for different skin types, as well as Ecco Bella’s organic cosmetic line, putting the finishing touches on water-based organic foundations that include natural sunscreen. What’s good for the Earth is now good for your skin. For more information on organic skin care, visit www.earthfare.com. —Laura Zapp


A Hair-Raising Solution

Just imagine. You’re riding down I-26 on a sunny spring day with your convertible top down, music thumping through your speakers and the wind blowing through your … scalp? For more than 80 million Americans, hair loss can often be one of the most dreaded, embarrassing, yet inevitable stages of aging. So before you start pulling your hair out (or rather, what’s left of it), you should consider calling Dr. Michael Vories. Dr. Vories is a nationally acclaimed, board-certified physician and hair restoration surgeon specializing in Propecia, laser combs, Rogaine, transfollic surgery, hair plugs, and other new techniques in the industry. As a transfollic patient himself, Dr. Vories counsels local hair-loss patients on their best options for hair restoration. If you’re curious, pick up the phone and call him today at 884-1258, visit his office at 498 Wando Park Blvd., or check out his website at www.realhairrealfast.com. Other than that hideous comb-over, what do you have to lose? —Ashley Lewis