Watch this 18 year old Charleston Filmmaker Show You What Summer in Charleston is Really Like

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James Turner – 18 Year Old Charleston Filmmaker with a Vision

What’s up, my name is James Turner and I’m an 18 year-old filmmaker from Charleston SC.

Every summer my friends and I make it our goal to do as many crazy things we can think of, rather it be jumping off bridges, sending it off rope swings, going surfing, fishing offshore, or any other crazy ideas, we’ll do it all.? By far this has been the wildest summer yet and I’m super stoked on how the video turned out. Hope y’all enjoy!

Endless Summer in Charleston
Summer in Charleston – The Video by James Turner

Sunset at IOP

Photo and video credit:? James Turner

GALLERY: Life at the Charleston Area Beaches

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By Mark A. Leon

It is summer time in Charleston. ?A time for dancing, playing, drinking, laughing, eating or just plain laying out. ?One of our favorite summer activities is spending time at the beach. ?With a flurry of beach options, we have our many choices and favorites. ?We took some time to find some fun pictures shared on Instagram of people sharing their amazing beach experiences.

Enjoy these photographic stories about Life at the Beach in Charleston.

Sullivan’s Island – Instagram: Binko101


Sullivan’s Island – Instagram: Misstarabelle


Sullivan’s Island – Instagram: Sylviedoodlebug


Sullivan’s Island – Instagram: Ambermatlack


Sullivan’s Island – Instagram: Sylviaoakes


Sullivan’s Island – Instagram: Kelseyvancamp


Isle of Palms – Instagram: Susiebarrettart


Isle of Palms – Instagram: Nicoletmerrell


Isle of Palms – Instagram: Bowchickaspicegirlwow


Folly Beach – Instagram: Follybeachislandyoga


Folly Beach – Instagram: Allieb212


Folly Beach – Instagram: Tonytrossimba


The Washout – Instagram: Cali_dahlia


Folly Beach – Instagram: Jennjusticeosteen


Isle of Palms – Instagram: Love_bgraham

Make sure you follow some of these great Instagram accounts.

Have a great summer and don’t forget to wear sunblock.




Charleston Named One of The Most Instagrammable U.S. Cities to Visit This Summer by Redbook

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With massive parks, outdoor piazzas, rooftop bars overlooking the sun-soaked downtown, and beaches, lakes and ponds outfitted with wildlife, you don’t have to leave the U.S. this summer to get a Discover-page-worthy ‘gram. From Boston’s new Greenway Park to Miami’s sparkling coastline to Seattle’s bustling Pike Place Market, there are a million and one reasons to stay stateside and explore the outdoor havens that make these cities so darn picturesque. Whether you’re coming from near or far, these are America’s most Instagrammable destinations. (After one peek, you’ll easily see why).

Charleston, South Carolina


Quintessential Southern charm, candy-painted historic mansions, horse-drawn carriages, and streets flanked with centuries-old, moss-laden oaks—it’s no wonder Charleston, South Carolina has long been fabled as one of the South’s most beautiful cities. Although the town is often flooded with visitors, there are plenty of beautiful shots to be captured in and around the old city market, down the cobblestoned streets of downtown (like Church Street and Chambers), along the Battery, or near the Waterfront Park’s iconic pineapple fountain. Beyond downtown, the neighboring areas of James Island (home to the famed Angle Oak), Isle of Palms (with its miles of beaches), and West Ashley’s famous plantations (think Middleton Plantation and Magnolia) make for scenic shots—especially during sunset.

Boston, Massachusetts

From the inspiring and captivating sunsets hailing over Fenway Park to the sprawling Greenway Park (and its whimsical carousel) to Beach Hill’s famed Acorn Street’s townhouse-lined cobblestoned streets, the city of Boston is an Instagrammer’s dream come summertime. Of course, there’s far more than just these big sights that’ll make your followers swoon. For fewer crowds but just as pretty a pic, head to Charlestown’s abandoned train car, the Mary Baker Eddy Library (where you can wander through a giant painted globe), or the secret garden that currently occupies the top of a parking garage in Cambridge.

Chicago, Illinois

Known the world over for its iconic architecture that’s a mix of both modern and historic, Chicago’s skyline is one of the most recognized in the world. Aside from the famous Cloud Gate (AKA the Bean), Millennium Park, and the towering John Hancock building, the city is actually home to a million other landmarks, sights, and quirky neighborhoods that beckon a VSCO filter. For quirky street art and a collection of the city’s most eccentric locals, visit Wicker Park’s “hipster highway” (AKA Milwaukee Ave.) and stop into the Handlebar restaurant or the Wormhole coffee shop, which is home to an actual replica DeLorean. Not as crowded as Millennium, but just as picturesque is Lincoln Park, which spans 1,208 acres and overlooks Lake Michigan. Skip the fabled golden hour and hit the lakefront at sunrise to get a stunning view of the downtown skyline—without having to fight for a spot.

La Jolla, California

If you’re looking for premium #content, head over to La Jolla, the hilly seaside town that sits on the border of San Diego. No matter where you wander, you’re going to find something worthy of your feed, whether it’s the famous “what’s your favorite color” mural that sits on Eads Ave., the bold and bright flower fields of Carlsbad Ranch, or the coastal views found at the Sunset Cliffs, which is best visited—you guessed it—at sunset. A town boasting more street art than many others in California, you’d be remiss not to spend time soaking up the many examples that make up the Murals of La Jolla project.

Miami Beach, Florida

There are few places that are as iconic on social media than Miami, with its famed art deco buildings looming on Ocean Drive in South Beach, the bikini-packed beaches lining the sparkling Atlantic Ocean, Little Havana’s domino players and mouthwatering Cuban sandwiches, and the vibrantly painted buildings of Wynwood. For photos that won’t need a filter, head to the last location and spend an hour or so snapping your way through the trendy neighborhood’s painted alleyways. For one of the best views of the city, skip South Beach in favor of East Miami’s rooftops, which offer stunning views of the ocean, the downtown skyline, Virginia Key, and the Vizcaya Museum and Gardens. For a more unexpected shot (and to test your phone’s new slow shutter app), head to the Best Buy garage on fifth and Alton for some prime time-lapse photo opps.

Seattle, Washington

If you spend any amount of time scrolling through Instagram’s most popular posts, you’re going to find at least two, maybe three, images showcasing some part of Seattle’s iconic geography. Although many flock to the Space Needle for sweeping views of the city or into the bustling Pike’s Place Market, there’s actually an astounding array of places a little more off the beaten path that are just as likely to boost your followers. A snap of Paramount Theatre pairs well with the Gingham filter, for example. And for a view of the city made famous by 10 Things I Hate About You, go to Kerry Park at dusk to see the Space Needle and surrounding buildings sparkling at night. The EMP’s strangely curved metal exterior (that glows in the sunlight) makes for an epic addition to your Insta Stories. However, if you’re feeling a little basic, grab a frap and take a #foodintheair shot in front of the original Starbucks on 1st and Pike.

Kennebunkport, Maine

When people think of swoon-worthy Maine towns, Kennebunkport is almost always top of list. For one, this coastal seaside escape boasts presidential pedigree, being the home of the Bush family. Although it doesn’t often the quirk of neighboring Portland, it does offer ample beauty perfect for sharing. The shops, like Farm + Table, boast artisanal crafts wrapped in beautiful packages and nautical-inspired pillows, blankets, and the like, while the restaurants offer enough bright red lobsters and mayo-laden lobster rolls for creating the ultimate #foodporn shot. You’d be remiss not to at least visit Gooch’s beach (home to Bennet’s famous sandwich shop) or have your best friend snap a lifestyle shot of you paddle-boarding into the sunset in front of Cape Porpoise Lighthouse.

Old Town Alexandria, Virginia

Founded in the 1700s, Alexandria is easily one of Washington D.C.’s most famous suburbs. Touting cobblestone streets, a beautifully restored dock nestled on the Potomac, and pastel row homes on Queen and Prince Streets, nearly every block brings a shot you just have to capture. (Hurry and you could catch the cherry blossoms and magnolia trees that are in full bloom around Waterfront Park.) If you’re a foodie, head to King Street on Saturday to capture the area’s fresh produce. Beyond the main streets of King, Queen, and Prince, the iconic trolley makes for great Instagram fodder (especially during the evening). For engagement shoots or lifestyle shots, you can’t beat the brick Court House, which sits right on King Street, or the whimsical Old Town Riverboat.

From: Marie Claire
Original Article from Redbook

Suncare Skincare: Protect Yourself Right This Summer –

Article by Sarah Snyder -
Article by Sarah Snyder –

Summer heat is here! Hard to believe it’s only June with the daily highs we’ve been experiencing in Charleston lately. This kind of weather lends itself to more time in the hot sun soaking up that glorious warmth. However, spending more time outdoors means more time for your skin to be exposed to harmful UVA/UVB rays.

Let’s start with the basics…

SPF – AKA “sun protection factor”

In all honesty, SPF is not particularly scientific. It is a determined factor from many test subjects comparing the time in minutes it took them to burn with sunscreen-protected skin vs. unprotected skin. In theory if it takes you 5 minutes to burn without sunscreen, then an SPF of 15 should keep you protected for 75 minutes. Likewise, an SPF of 50 should keep you protected for 250 minutes. SPF 15 blocks approximately 93.3% of harmful rays, while SPF 30 blocks 96.7%. So take into consideration what percent of rays you are willing to let penetrate your skin by choosing an SPF accordingly.

Sunscreen vs. Sunblock

Sunblocks are a physical type of sun protection that block UVB rays with both organic and in-organic ingredients that sit on top of the skin. Sunscreens are a chemical type of sun protection that absorb UVA rays before they reach the deeper dermal layer of tissues. Luckily nowadays most formulas you find at the drug store or beauty counter are broad-specturm meaning they protect against both UVA and UVB rays. But to be sure, look for formulas that boast broad-spectrum treatment on the label.

Lotion vs. Spray

According to the EWG (Environmental Working Group), it’s best to stick with lotion sun protection. Sprays can often be inhaled accidentally which is a hazard if any of the ingredients are harmful. Sprays may be simpler for application on children, but aerosol cans in general are best to avoid if possible.

Ingredients to Avoid

The EWG suggests you steer clear from products containing oxybenzone and retinyl palmitate. Oxybenzone is an endocrine disrupter and when absorbed in the skin can cause an eczema-like response. It’s considered an endocrine disrupter because it changes hormone levels by mimicking, blocking and altering your baseline hormone levels. Retinyl palmitate is essentially an antioxidant, but is used in sunscreen to reduce aging effects. However when retinyl palmitate is exposed to the sun’s UV rays, the retinol compounds begin to break down into harmful free radicals that damage DNA, are toxic to surrounding cells, and may be linked to tumor and skin cancer development.

Honestly, I have a bottle of Hawaiian Tropic in my beach bag right now and it contains two of the more harmful ingredients the EWG warns Americans to avoid. So what now? Well, the EWG curated a fabulous list of sunscreens that they have tested and approved because of their safe ingredients, stability, and UVA protection. Check them out here and see if your current sunscreen made the cut.

Alba Botanica, Aveeno, Badger, Bull Frog, Burt’s Bees, COOLA, Kiss My Face, and Yes To Cucumbers are a few of the companies with approved products that I’ve seen in most drug stores and supermarkets. Save the image below to simply your next sunscreen stock-up!

Next time I’m at the drugstore, I know I’ll be stocking up on chemical-free sunscreen. Proper sun protection is worth the temporary splurge. Your skin will thank you!

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Come for Weezer, Stay for Panic! At The Disco

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By, Minta Pavliscsak

The sleepy little town of Daniel Island, South Carolina was rocked to life Sunday evening when the sounds of Panic! At The Disco and Weezer came streaming from the rows of hanging speakers at the Volvo Car Stadium.

In unison, the crowd jumped to their feet with excitement as “Miserlou,” more notably known as the theme song from Pulp Fiction, suddenly started pumping through the speakers as the outline of a red car appeared, racing across the stage screen. Next entered 29 year old, Vegas grown Brendon Urie, and so it began.

I remember Panic! At The Disco when they first emerged onto the music scene. They showed promise, but then they seemed to fade only to return with what I though was a more mainstream sound, so honestly I lost interest. I am here to 20160619_203226-01 (2)tell you, Mr. Urie proved me completely wrong in every sense of the word this past Sunday night!

Between the bold sounds of the band, Brendon’s unbelievable vocal range -the kind of range that could only come from a deal with the Devil himself- and the energy coming from both the stage and the crowd, feeding off of one another, you had what made for a perfect opening set. I have never seen SO much pure, raw energy on stage, and Brendon even did a couple of -rather impressive- backflips!

The highlights of their set were definitely when Brendon took to his drum set, side of drummer Dan Pawlovich, for a dual drum solo/dueling drums/kick-ass this-is-what-we-do moment, and equally as kick-ass, their tribute to Queen with a crowd pleasing “Bohemian Rhapsody.”

Among the playlist was “Death of A Bachelor,” “Emperor’s New Clothes,” “Hallelujah,” “Girls/Girls/Boys,” “Miss Jackson,” “Crazy = Genius” and “Nine In The Afternoon.”

Thank you Panic! At The Disco for a fantastic performance!

The set change was a bit on the long side. However, it was well worth the wait, and sitting under an almost full moon on the eve of the first day of summer with a cool breeze, enjoying a tasty beverage, how could one complain?! Finally it happened –what we had all came there for– the lights went out and that was our cue to once again jump to our feet, scream as loudly as we could, and welcome to the stage the one, and only Weezer.

I feel that it is important to mention?20160619_222505here that Weezer is what we would refer to as an “old school”
band. That’s not a bad thing by any means! In a lot of ways, it is has its advantages, bonuses even. Their debut album, The Blue Album was released in May of 1994. I was in 5th grade at the time, and have been a fan ever since. {Thank you to my awesomely cool parents who never attempted to censor my musical choices!} I have been to many concerts of artists who fall under this same category – The Rolling Stones, Tom Petty, Green Day, just to name a few. When going to these shows, you are excited for whatever they give you, but you always hope to hear your favorite classics, the ones that made you fall in love with the band in the first pla20160619_213749ce. Weezer did not disappoint! They got straight to the point, opening with “Hash Pipe” then tossing out giant beach balls to the crowd with “My Name Is Jonas.”

It only got better from there!

Of course they played some of their new stuff which, holding true to Weezer form, was awesome, but it was peppered with their classics as well. A few we were graced with were “Beverly Hills,” “Pork and Beans,” “Everybody Get Dangerous,” “(If You’re Wondering If I Want You To) I Want You To,” “Say It Ain’t So,” “Buddy Holly,” and “Undone – The Sweater Song.” Weezer wasted no time with a bunch of talking, only doing what they do best, rocking out.

As they said goodnight and walked off stage, the entire stadium chanted their name “WEEZER, WEEZER, WEEZER,” begging for their return. Showing sincere appreciation for their fans, they complied and returned for a couple more jams. My longtime dream had come true. Truly a magical night of musical greatness.

Weezer, you rock.


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Beach Day Essentials

By Sarah Snyder - KitchyLiving
By Sarah Snyder – KitchyLiving

Let’s go to the Beach-each, let’s go get away!

Summer has arrived! And that means beach season is HERE along with sandy toes, salty hair, and sun-kissed skin. I’ve lived in Charleston for over 10 years, so I’ve got packing for the beach down to an art. Here are my list of non-negotiable beach essentials for your next day in the sun:

1. Sunscreen/Sunblock

SUNSCREEN: chemical kind of sun protection that penetrates the skin to absorb UVA rays before they reach the dermal layer of your tissues

SUNBLOCK: physical kind of sun protection that sits on the surface of your skin blocking, reflecting, and scattering harmful UVB rays
Most formulas you find at the drugstore are a combination of the two which allows for broad-spectrum protection. However, there are formulas that are better than others! Dermatologists strongly recommend wearing a sunscreen with an SPF (Sun Protection Factor) of at least 15. SPF 15 blocks 93% of UV radiation, whereas SPF 34 block almost 97%. Apply at least 1 ounce of the formula (shot glass size amount) to your body before going out into the sun.

2. Lip balm

My lips get so chapped being out in the sun, so I try and bring something to reapply throughout the day to keep them hydrated. I love Sweet Mint EOS chapstick because it’s 100% natural and it actually keeps my lips smooth, but it lacks sun protection. So I would recommend using something with SPF while at the beach to protect your lips from sun exposure.

3. Good reads

If you are flying solo at the beach, this is a necessity. Pick something that is engaging, so you don’t nod off and forget to reapply your sunscreen. Here are a few books I’ve read recently and think are perfect beach reads: Make It Happen, The Nightingale, The Choice, Me Before You, and Party Girl.

4. Headphones/Speakers

Whether you’re going alone or going with a group, be sure to bring something to help you crank those tunes. No one wants to sit on the beach in silence for hours on end. Well, I know I don’t.? Find that perfect mix to get you pumped while at the beach.

5. Sunglasses

DO NOT FORGET THESE. You will be so uncomfortable if you do. Also you may not realize, but sunglasses help protect your eyes from UV exposure. Think of sunglasses as being the sunscreen for your eyes, blocking out harmful radiation to preserve your eyesight long-term. People with blue eyes have a higher risk of getting UV damage so take necessary precautions when you are outside for extended periods of time.

6. Healthy snacks

I have fond memories of going to the beach as a kid munching on Nekot crackers, Pringles, and potato sticks. But now that I’m an adult and have to watch what I eat, healthier snacks are my go-to for beach days. Filling up on pre-packaged snacks can be convenient if you are crunched for time, but they often make me feel bloated and no one wants that when they are wearing a bikini. My favorite snacks include carrots, almonds, tortilla chips, hummus, guacamole, celery, apples, oranges, grapes, turkey wraps, homemade chicken salad, dried fruit, and popcorn.

7. Water

When you are outdoors in the heat of the day, you need something to replenish and rehydrate. I love bringing my reusable water bottle with me, because I can refill it if there’s a fountain near the beach entrance and then I’ve not creating more waste with plastic water bottles. I’ve recently discovered LaCroix sparkling water (Grapefruit, Cherry Lime, Peach Pear, and Coconut are my favorites), and it’s a great alternative to soda without all the added sugar, sodium, and calories. Plus, it’s a great way to get in that extra glass of water each day!

Thank you to contributing writer Sarah Snyder, creator and owner of Click this link to see more of her incredible Charleston lifestyle and food writing and ideas.

Spring into Summer with some great healthy recipe options

Here are some easy to prepare healthy recipes that are perfect as we dive into the hazy days of Summer in Charleston.

If you try some of these out, please comment with your success stories.

Lemony Orzo Pasta Salad with Cucumber and Feta

Total Prepare Time:? 15 Minutes

Calories:? 352


  • 1 -1/2 cups dry orzo pasta
  • 2 tbsp olive oil, or just enough to lightly coat the pasta
  • juice and zest of 1 lemon
  • 1 large English cucumber, seeded and chopped
  • 1 tbsp fresh mint, finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp fresh parsley, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup feta cheese, crumbled
  • kosher salt and freshly-ground black pepper, to taste


  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Cook the orzo al dente according to package directions (about 9 minutes). Drain the pasta, let cool for a couple of minutes, and toss with the olive oil, lemon juice and zest, cucumber, herbs and feta.
  2. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Serve chilled or at room-temperature. Can be made up to a day in advance and kept in the refrigerator.


Pasta Salad with Lemon Chicken

Preparation Time:? 45 Minutes

Calories:? 443


  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper, freshly ground
  • 8 oz whole wheat bow-tie pasta, (or rotelle, fusilli or macaroni)
  • 2 cups arugula
  • 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 2 cloves garlic, sliced
  • 1 small eggplant, sliced
  • 3 tbsp basil, chopped
  • 2 cups cherry tomatoes, cut in half
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, sliced
  • 1/4 tsp thyme, dried
  • 1/4 tsp rosemary, dried
  • 1/4 tsp oregano, dried


  • Slice the eggplant into 1/4-inch thick rounds. Sprinkle with a little salt and let sit for 20 minutes. Rinse and gently pat dry.
  • Meanwhile, bring a pot of salted water to a boil and cook the pasta to al dente, according to package directions.
  • While pasta is cooking, cut the chicken into thin strips, then add the chicken to a bowl with lemon juice, basil, thyme, rosemary, oregano, and 1/4 teaspoon each of salt and black pepper. Leave to marinate for several minutes.
  • Preheat oven to broil. On a lightly greased baking sheet, lay eggplant and chicken slices. Broil on high for 5 to 7 minutes.
  • Remove from oven and brush eggplant and chicken with 1 tablespoon olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Sprinkle with garlic. Return to oven for another 3 to 5 minutes, until done.
  • Add chicken, eggplant, pasta, arugula and tomatoes to a bowl and mix. Toss with liquid from the chicken and eggplant pan, then season with black pepper. Serve hot for dinner or chilled for lunch the next day.


Greek Pasta Salad

Preparation Time:? 30 Minutes

Calories:? 480


  • 2 medium tomatoes, coarsely chopped
  • 2 small cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 tbsp red-wine vinegar
  • 8 oz whole-wheat farfalle, or similar-size pasta
  • 1 15-oz can chickpeas, rinsed
  • 1 medium cucumber, seeded and chopped into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese
  • 1/3 cup quartered pitted Kalamata olives
  • 2 tbsp chopped fresh oregano, or 2 tsp dried


  • Put a large pot of water on to boil.
  • Combine tomatoes, garlic, oil and vinegar in a large bowl; let stand while you cook the pasta.
  • Cook pasta in the boiling water until just tender, 8 to 10 minutes or according to package directions. Drain and rinse with cold water. Drain again.
  • Add the pasta to the tomato mixture along with chickpeas, cucumber, feta, olives and oregano; gently toss to combine.

Tip: Make-Ahead Tip: Cover and refrigerate for up to 1 day.


Roasted Tofu & Peanut Noodle Salad

Preparation Time:? 40 Minutes

Calories:? 443


  • 1/4 cup lime juice
  • 1/4 cup reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp canola oil
  • 1 14- to 16-oz package extra-firm water-packed tofu,, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
  • 6 oz whole-wheat spaghetti
  • 1/2 cup smooth natural peanut butter
  • 3 tbsp water
  • 3 cloves garlic,, minced
  • 1 tbsp minced fresh ginger
  • 6 cups thinly sliced napa cabbage
  • 1 medium orange bell pepper,, thinly sliced
  • 1 cup thinly sliced trimmed snow peas


  • Position rack in lower third of oven; preheat to 450°F. Coat a large baking sheet with cooking spray. Put a large pot of water on to boil for spaghetti.
  • Combine lime juice, soy sauce and oil in a large bowl. Stir in tofu; marinate, stirring frequently, for 10 minutes.
  • Using a slotted spoon, transfer the tofu to the prepared baking sheet; reserve the marinade. Roast the tofu, stirring once halfway through, until golden brown, 16 to 18 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, cook spaghetti according to package directions. Drain.
  • Whisk peanut butter, 3 tablespoons water, garlic and ginger into the reserved marinade. Add the spaghetti, cabbage, bell pepper and snow peas; toss to coat. Top with the tofu.

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