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August 2017

Last spring, shutterbugs near and far answered our call for entries with nearly 800 submissions.

Grilled peaches and French wine on stone patios, cool mist from a 75-foot waterfall, and shopping for cashmere sweaters. It must be August in Highlands, North Carolina

OrangeWave Innovative Science’s eclipse expeditions

A newly rebranded conference underscores Charleston’s status as a musical haven

Sarah Mosteller knits braided steel into sculptures

What did the term "August Ladies" mean a century ago?

A local company offers a much-needed service to the Lowcountry’s film community

A new app lets users pay restaurant and bar tabs via smartphone

On August 21, at 2:47 p.m., the Moon will pass in front of the Sun, cloaking the Holy City in darkness.

If you’ve never grown an okra plant—merely enjoying someone else’s crop deliciously fried, boiled, steamed, stewed, canned, baked, or pickled—you may not know that this staple of Lowcountry gardens bears blooms as beautiful as those you might see on a tropical ornamental.

The story behind a Facebook page dedicated to reuniting people with their furry pals 

Granted, they’re a summer staple, but this season’s been especially big for espadrilles, with styles ranging from traditional slip-ons to va-va-voom platforms and wedges. August isn’t too late to step into a new pair—many of our picks for Scouting Report will mingle just fine with fall attire

Thinking about transitioning your summer wardrobe into fall? Now’s the perfect time to try the dress-over-pants trend. As Paul & Joe showed on the runway, a floral frock makes a natural match for lightweight trousers—pretty and practical!

The creator of locally made ZAGS “sunwraps”—now sold in four styles and dozens of designs—shares what she did on her summer vacation, ponders college-football fashion, and more

The latest news in fashion and shopping around Charleston

What’s the best way to feather a first nest? Jennifer Mathis of Blue Bowl Interiors offers her pro advice: Stick to a consistent color scheme and know when to go for broke. With this look, you can save on removable wall-paper and a patterned rug, leaving more funds for furnishings.

Arriving from Sweden with all of their furnishings in tow, a Volvo senior buyer and his family settle in for their three-year stint in the Lowcountry 

Bring water plants into the garden with a high-impact, low-maintenance display

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Our taste-and-tell guide to some of the latest food and beverage openings in Charleston

BevCon founder Angel Postell is no stranger to hosting events, but a back-to-school dinner with fresh-topped pies and banana pudding may be her tastiest yet

After 15 years of winning over locals with creative comfort food, the owner of Cru Café and Catering is eager to test-drive the kitchen at his new French-inspired restaurant

Pastry chef Andrea Upchurch gives the creamy, classic summer dessert a zingy twist with a gingersnap crust

How one College of Charleston grad turned a dangerous peanut encounter into a granola bar with a name that cuts to the chase

Pet-nat, the hip, au naturel cousin of Champagne, is bubbling up around town

On August 21, incoming freshmen at College of Charleston will pass under the arch of Porter’s Lodge (pictured here circa 1975) for convocation, an annual tradition welcoming new students to the campus.

Sizzling styles and accessories for your home and closet