ISLAND ESSENTIALS

Tunic, Abeille Ocupee Swimsuit, Perry EllisBEACH BASICS — SUMMER 2009

Photography By Anne

They’re hot. They’re cool. They’re all you need for a fashionable day at the beach.

SUMMER TIME & THE LIVING IS EASY

Live it in a beautiful tunic from the south of France. Tunic, Abeille Ocupee Swimsuit, Perry Ellis.

Available at Island Girl
843 686-6000 :: www.islandgirlhhi.com

Lilly Pulitzer fashionsPhotography by Anne • Makeup by Krista Marie

Sharon Rabon models this Fitch shift with a low back, sequin detail and cotton sateen from Lilly Pulitzer fashions from S.M. Bradford Co.

Accessories include a gold-plate with hibiscus pink enamel flowers bracelet and a clutch made of hand-set crystals. The allleather, snake-embossed shoes were made in Brazil. The link necklace in 14k yellow gold combines with the luster of the Orient, cultured 9mm fresh-water pearls, available from Heritage Fine Jewelery.

More info: S.M. Bradford Co., (843) 686-6161, www.forlp.com. Heritage Fine Jewelery, (843) 689-2900.

Menswear this spring and summer for Hilton Head Island will be all about color, color, color.

The winter basics of black and taupe will transition to shades of  coral, butter yellows, aqua, mint, tangerine and a variety of blues as the warmer season begins. These rich colors are evident in most sport shirts and knits with few exceptions. Fine line stripes, minichecks and bold plaids will contain these unique colors in combinations and will be standard fare for 2009. Even basic solid knit shirts today may have a different color in the placket or under the collar.

Soft, long-stabled cotton, linen, bamboo and knits with moisture wicking technology will be some of the sought-after fabrics this year. Shirts and knits will also continue to be available in light weight microfiber fabrics which provide comfort, non-wrinkling, and easy maintenance in the washer-dryer. Any of these fabrics are perfect for Hilton Head’s subtropical climate during the day, or wearing them under a light weight sport coat for an evening out.

Jewelry inspired by the beach.

Forsythe JewelersForsythe Jewelers, (843) 671-7070

She’ll shine in Italian designer Roberto Coin’s 18K gold sun necklace encrusted with 3.54 ct. diamonds in warm hues of canary and tan.

Designs by Cleo, (843) 342-7001 or DesignsByCleo.com

Designs by Cleo is art you can wear! Each handcrafted piece comes in sterling silver with freshwater pearls and semi-precious gemstones.

Fabulous gift ideas courtesy fine local vendors.

beautiful necklaceART THAT YOU CAN WEAR
This beautiful necklace was expertly handcrafted by Cleo. You can expect oneof-a-kind couture designs that are bold and beautiful. Available at Designs by Cleo. Call (843) 342-7001, or visit designsbycleo.com.

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Fabulous gift ideas courtesy fine local vendors

THE BIG GREEN EGGTHE BIG GREEN EGG
The Big Green Egg, the world’s best smoker and griller, is a great gift for the whole family. The Egg, Egg-ssesories and a great assortment of gift ideas can be found at Casual Living, Fireside and Grillin, Bluffton. Call (843) 815-4200.

What is art? It’s an age-old question and, this month, art is impossible, colorful puzzles, graffiti vehicle wraps, and fashion in the form of brilliantly hilarious handbags inspired by noneother
than the presidential election, and Monthly’s arts issue.

IMPOSSIBLE PUZZLES
Alex Beard Impossible PuzzlesWith the introduction of Alex Beard Impossible Puzzles, Beard proves that by looking at the jigsaw puzzle with a new perspective, anything is possible. Alex Beard Impossible Puzzles are based on four original works by the artist. However, the final result does not have to be the picture on the box cover. The pieces do not snap into each other, but settle beside one another instead, making the puzzle exponentially more challenging.

And while there is really only one puzzle piece that can combine with its neighbors to create the puzzles as truly intended, the pieces can be combined in infinite ways to create new puzzles and shapes. Learn more at alexbeardimpossiblepuzzles.com.

Tehama by Clint EastwoodTehama, which is also the name of a golf course Clint Eastwood recently built in Carmel, California, is a Native American word that means “abundance of nature.” Tehama’s elegant, drapey clothes are inspired by the classic styling of the 1940’s, yet it’s been updated to fit the new millenium mindset.

The men’s collection, called Tehama for Clint, and the women’s collection, called Tehama by Nancy Haley, are ideal for Hilton Head Island’s many courses and courts, and available at finer golf shops and department stores nationwide. Visit clinteastwood.net/welcome/alt/.

Burnin’ Down the SouthAmong the pages of this book, you will find tasty recipes for fine Lowcountry cuisine, such as red rice, collard greens, shrimp gumbo, stewed tomato okra, author and chef David Vincent Young’s signature sweet potato cornbread, and other local favorites. Young is a native Hilton Head Islander, and his family has lived in the Lowcountry for more than 175 years. He is the chef at Hilton Head’s iconic Sea Shack restaurant which has been featured on Foodnetwork with Rachel Ray.

He has been cooking at the Sea Shack for four years and specializes in fine Lowcountry cuisine. Burnin’ Down the South is the first in a series of pursuits for chef David. For more information, visit outskirtpress.com/burnindownsouth or call the Sea Shack, (843) 785-2464. (Book photo taken and contributed by Sue Ade, food writer, Bluffton/ Hilton Head Today.)

Designs by CleoAdd vibrant color and artistry to your Fall fashion palette with a beautiful necklace from Designs by Cleo, a local favorite. The pictured necklace features eye-catching turquoise, complemented with lapis, yellow jade and carnelian, and hints of gold freshwater pearls.

For more art you can wear, visit designsbycleo.com or call Cleo at (843) 342-7001.