The Most Magnificent List

Mother-Daughter Brunch at Henrietta’s
Celebrate Mother’s Day at Henrietta’s at The Dewberry on Spring Street. Relax, catch up and sip on mimosas in the beautifully renovated midcentury modern hotel. Order the banana bread french toast or the broccoli and cheddar quiche. After brunch, stroll through Marion Square and then do some window-shopping along King Street for a magnificent morning.


Speaking of mimosas, Sunday brunch is always makes us feel special. And we’re lucky to have so many sparkling choices. Le Farfalle is our favorite when we’re feeling fancy with the girls. Rita’s when we’re beaching it. The Grocery or The Macintosh for a date. Blind Tiger or Coleman Public House when we’re with the gang.


We can’t wait to check out the newly opened MylkBar Eco Nails + Beauty in Mount Pleasant. The You Fancy manicure includes nail shaping, cuticle care, the signature MylkScrub, massage, hot towel and eco polish color of your choice, all in a clean, nontoxic environment. For extra pampering, you can add nail art, aromatherapy oil or lavender manicure perfector.

The must-have colors for spring? NCLA’s Take a Dip, an opaque greenish blue that’s reminiscent of a swimming pool, and RMS Beauty’s Sublime, a bright and flowery pink. Both are nontoxic formulas.

Maple Bacon Doughnut

Get yourself to Glazed Gourmet Doughnuts on King for this mouthwatering indulgence.

Maxi Dress
Is there anything that makes you stand taller and feel more magnificent than a long, flowy, flattering maxi dress? We can always find a head-turning maxis at Utopia, House of Sage and Sapphire Boutique.


Order a margarita and you instantly feel like you’re on a tropical vacation. So what better place than Folly Beach’s longtime favorite Taco Boy to enjoy a refreshing cocktail while wearing cut-off jeans and a tank top? Try their pineapple-infused margarita with fresh pineapple, cinnamon and vanilla-infused tequila if you really want to feel like you’re in paradise.

Or, go to recently opened Pancito and Lefty’s and find your happy place in their bright and colorful King Street hideout with “Mas amor, por favor” written across the wall. Magnifico!

Our go-tos right now are Mex 1 Coastal Cantina and White Duck Taco.

Martinis always make an impression — especially when you order the cocktail from Halls Chophouse. The signature hot pepper martini is made with Habanero-infused vodka and passionfruit puree.

And everyone knows the lavender martini at Cypress is, well, magnificent.

The Spoleto Martinez
You can drink up the energy of the Spoleto Performing Arts Festival this year. Spoleto is asking Charleston mixologists and bartenders to create their own masterpieces inspired by one of the art festival’s performances. The Spoleto signature cocktails will be featured on the menus of more than 10 bars and restaurants beginning May 22. The Victor Social Club is offering The Martinez inspired by the Pedrito Martinez Group, a powerhouse quartet that blends the sounds of Cuban rumba, blues, jazz, gospel and classical music. Festivalgoers who show their tickets can receive discounts on the signature drink. See the full list of participating bars and restaurants at

Adult milkshakes! Order the Girl Scout Cookie, Key Lime Pie or White Russian at Sesame Burgers & Beer or just make your own concoction at home.

Presentation is everything so why not serve homemade watermelon aqua fresca in a watermelon keg? Try this easy recipe from our friends at Tastemade for your next get-together.

You’ll need:
1 whole watermelon
½ cup water
⅓ cup simple syrup
Fresh lime
Fresh mint

1. Slice off the ends of the watermelon and scoop out the fruit, leaving the skin.
2. Blend watermelon with water and simple syrup.
3. Mash the fresh lime and mint in a glass and add ice cubes.
4. Pour the blended mix into the watermelon shell.
5. Dispense drink from watermelon into glass.

Moonlight Drinks

Marvel at the sunset views over the Charleston skyline and stay to soak in the moonlight at The Watch: Rooftop Kitchen and Spirits on top of The Restoration on King Street. Celebrating a momentous occasion or just any occasion? Order a rose or some bubbly to go with the magnificent backdrop.

You never know what locally made treasure you’ll find when you stroll through Charleston City Market.

Listening to live music always gets us in a good mood. We love checking out shows at Charleston Music Hall, Music Farm, The Royal American and the Pour House. We’ve marked our calendars for Spoon at the Music Farm on May 5 and Lindsay Holler’s Western Polaroids at The Royal American on May 6.

Movie Theater

See one of the independent or cutting-edge movies at the Terrace Theater. Coming this month: “The Quiet Passion,” with Cynthia Nixon portraying Emily Dickinson.

Midday Stroll
Take a midday stroll along The Battery. The views of Charleston Harbor along one side of the promenade and old, Charleston mansions along the other never fail to take your breath away.

IT Cosmetics Superhero Mascara
You’ll feel like you can save the world as soon as you apply this mascara that pledges to deliver super volume, super length and super elastic stretch.


We love our Davines Oi Oil for helping tame humidity-induced frizz and flyaways. Plus, it smells fantastic. A beauty blogger tip? Rub the extra to your arms and shoulders for a great moisturizer! If you’re going for a beachy look, try Davines Sea Salt Spray to add texture. Both products can be found at Gloss Salon in West Ashley, Gibson Hair and Makeup downtown, SWISH in Mount Pleasant and Stella Nova in Mount Pleasant or West Ashley.

We’re dreaming of a good night’s sleep. The foundation for having sweet dreams? A good mattress. Charleston Mattress Company promises the most comfortable and longest-lasting mattresses. Plus, they are built right here in Charleston with materials sourced from the Southeast.

We love for finding affordable artwork by independent artists. You can also upload your favorite photo to create your own masterpiece.

Manners, please!

Aly Murphy to the rescue with her Macaroni and Please manners classes for young children. She helps 4- to 11-years-olds understand good habits, first impressions, gratitude, empathy and dining. Please and thank you!

A Mighty Girl
The women behind believe “girls do not have to be relegated to the role of sidekick or damsel in distress. They can be the leaders, the heroes, the champions that save the day, find the cure, and go on the adventure.” Looking for a gift? Visit their website to find an extensive collection of books, movies and toys that help encourage young girls to be smart, confident and courageous.