December 16th, 2013

Produce Candles: Joining Scent & Soil

We are happy to introduce y’all to Produce Candles, Charleston, South Carolina’s very own Candle Farmers. Inspired by the earthy aromas of your local farmers market, each candle effortlessly distills the scents of the season’s finest bounty.  From sweet to organic, spicy to crisp, the fragrances are sourced straight from the farm with raw ingredients including vegetables, fruit, and herbs.

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With seven core varietals and more harvest-inspired fragrances selected to reflect the growing seasons, each candle is hand-poured to mimic the notes of freshly-picked produce.  From Radish (a bold & zesty scent) to Carrot (earthy with a clean finish) and from Wildflower (vibrant and floral) to Melon (sweet and bright), each candle is hand-poured in a reusable Mason jar using natural soy wax and a premium cotton wick.

Set to launch in stores across the US in February of 2014, The Produce team has enlisted the help of Kickstarter to raise funds to attend the market for Atlanta’s Winter Home and Gift Show at AmericasMart. This is the largest gift show in the country and is sure to create a buzz around the Produce brand. In order to do so, they will need a total of $8,500.

Produce will be cashing in their crops for…

Booth Fees: $3,800

Transportation and logistic needs: $1,000

Lodging: $1,000

Display materials: $2,000

Print materials: $500

To help Produce reach their goal of $8,500 they have set up various levels of sponsorships and rewards.

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Visit the Kickstarter site to learn more and become a “backer”

Be one of the elite few to receive one of the first cuts of Produce’s core fragrance candles at a limited and exclusive price via Kickstarter, live until January 9th.

 

August 29th, 2013

Sip + Celebrate with Rewined

Next Thursday, you’re invited to celebrate Cos Bar’s launch of Rewined Candles!  As the summer days come to an end, join Cos Bar + Rewined to indulge in one of fall’s tastiest treats – spiked cider. In addition to Rewined’s eight signature scents, they will be celebrating the launch of their seasonal fall fragrance, Spiked Cider!

We hope to see you at Cos Bar next Thursday, September 5, from 4 until 6 pm.  You’ll meet a few members of Rewined’s ‘Candle Crew’ and enjoy their tasty blend of spiked cider while checking out Cos Bar’s fall offerings.

Cos Bar + Rewined Spiked Cider Party

Cos Bar + Rewined Spiked Cider Party

Beginning as a boutique cosmetics store in Aspen, Colorado Cos Bar has grown to 13 retail stores across 8 states offering the highest quality service matched only by the coveted product lines carried online and in stores.

From Creed fragrance and Deborah Lippmann nail polish, to d’Olives and Laura Mercier bath and body lotions, you never walk away empty handed (and always looking your best).  See you on Thursday!

July 24th, 2013

Christmas in July

It is hard to believe that between the 90 degrees heat and sudden torrential down pours the Leapfrog office is abuzz with holiday cheer!

We are knee deep in holiday gift guide mania, and 1437 King is beaming with red bows and mistletoes. Publications are finalizing their lists of top stocking stuffers, hostess picks and edible gifts so that come December while you are searching for the perfect present for your special someone, you can turn to the pages of Southern Living or Food and Wine.

At Leapfrog we craft our very own “Holiday Lookbook” filled with red, green and all our favorite products in between. Aside from the impact this eye-catching, cheerful Lookbook has on editors, we have a grand time creating it! And how could we not, as the warm scent of spiked cider candles and molasses cookies fills the room!?

In all of our time researching various publication’s gift guides we have come up with quite the list of our very own top picks…but you’ll have to stay tuned for that!

Until then.. Feliz Navidad!

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July 18th, 2013

The Southern C in Athens, GA

A while back we posted about our inspiring week in Jekyll Island at The Southern C Summit..well we have some exciting news, The Southern Coterie will be heading to Athens, GA on August 1st! In the first event of the Summit Series Whitney and Cheri have assembled a host of talented speakers to lead other southern creatives while “connecting, creating and collaborating.”

If you are a southern creative or southern brand do not miss this opportunity to join the best of the blogging and media community in learning and networking opportunities. New friendships will be formed among the South’s most creative and talented entrepreneurs, business owners, bloggers of various niches, marketing, sales and media professionals.The daytime event will be held at the Georgia Museum of Art and Georgia Theatre (shown below), some highlights will include educational sessions, panel discussions and keynote presentations from well-known southern names and social media leaders.

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An attendee can expect:

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We would never miss this opportunity to network and develop business relationships, and hope you feel the same! Visit the site for a complete schedule of events and to register for the Summit – see you in Athens!!

June 25th, 2013

Tara Guerard in Lonny

In the June issue, Lonny magazine took a look inside the office and home of successful entrepreneur, event planner, author and mom, Tara Guérard.  The Tara Guérard Soiree studio is located in the historic Mazyck- Wraggborough neighborhood in downtown Charleston and gives a nod to her impeccable taste and unmatched eye for design.

Tara Guerard in her studio

Tara Guerard in her studio

Tara comments on her interesting office décor, “I like to say we’re ruffled around the edges.” Her office is a place where clients feel at ease and employees feel happy to come to work. “You have to be completely crazy to do what I do. My office is a place for me to catch my breath,” Tara explains.

Vignettes from the Tara Guerard Soiree studio

Vignettes from the Tara Guerard Soiree studio

The restore 1740’s Charleston “single house” Tara calls home showcases her personal style.  Tara oversaw the home’s extensive renovations, keeping its original windowpanes, mantels and wide-plank hardwood floors while adding distinctive details throughout. With a home full of three children under the age of five, Tara shares secrets on how to manage a household:

  • Store Spot- “Keep the mess confined to one area of your house. I have a huge chest in my den that holds all my kids’ toys in one place. Whenever someone comes over, everything goes into the chest and the room looks like new”
  • Mirror image-“My oldest kid is five years old and my youngest is 20 months, so I can’t take my focus off them for a second. Mirrors not only help open up a space and make it look bigger, but they also act as a second pair of eyes behind my head”
  • Adults Only- “ we have a formal room that I completely closed off to the kids. Its good to have one area of your home that serves as a sanctuary and that you don’t have to worry about cleaning before people come over”
  • Slip On- “ the sofa in our family room is completely destroyed so I keep extra slipcovers on hand and switch them out depending on the occasion and my mood. I use one for parties and entertaining; it hides stains and can easily be tailored to an event”

 

Inside Tara Guerard's historic home

Inside Tara Guerard’s historic home

May 30th, 2013

Stop, Collaborate, & Listen

Collaborating is one thing we are very familiar with here at Leapfrog, and it seems these days everywhere you look creatives are combining forces. From the runway to your closet, fashion designers and retailers alike are combining forces to create one-of-a-kind collections at accessible price points.

Rounding out some of this Summer’s best design collaborations..

1. Hitting shelves TODAY, Milly for Banana Republic will be available nationwide. This debut collaboration has all of the flirty sophistication of Milly with the modern silhouettes and modest hem lines of Banana Republic in fresh, summertime hues. Items range from a light, summer blazer to a flowing maxi dress and bold patterned blouses.

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Love this maxi dress!

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(price point $24.50 – $130)

This wicker clutch is perfect for Charleston nights!

2. Currently available at everyone’s favorite eclectic retailer, a Peter Som/Anthropologie collaboration that will have you wanting more! A natural venture for the duo, Peter Som known for his bold prints and Anthropologie widely recognized for it’s love of color, pattern, and embellishments – this collection embodies the Anthropologie shopper. Refined bohemian patterns, ideal for work and play, make this summer collaboration a must-have!

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(price point $128 – $368)

These two flirty dresses are ideal for summer luncheons and backyard barbecues!

3. Greek wunderkind, Mary Katrantzou teamed up with the denim experts of Current/Elliot to cultivate and unforgetable collection. Evolving the postage stamp motif seen in Katrantzou’s past collections, the designer/denim pair capitalized on the printed pants trend creating graphics in soft hues and an array of pastels. These dress ‘em up or dress ‘em down jeans and dresses are sure to make it into your summer favorites!

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(price point $228 – $528)

Shop the collection locally at Hampden clothing.

4. Long-time fashion favorite, Diane Von Furstenburg and surf brainchild, Roxy, recently combined forces to develop a line of retro-chic bikins. The swimwear collection ranges in price from $42 to $78 has DVF’s signature, colorful prints in beach-bum inspired shapes. Perfect for a day at the pool or trip to Sullivans Island!

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(price point $42 – $78)

Shop the collection exclusively at the DVF website!

5. Target, known for sparking the high-low designer collaborations trend that it has so expertly crafted, recently tapped Chinese designer, Phillip Lim for it’s next collection. Launching September 15, 2013 the collection will include 100 items ranging in price and style from a $19.99 travel pouch to a $299.99 leather moto jacket. The designer has promised the colleciton will encompass all of the madness and attention to detail sprinkled throughout his own line at an affordable price.

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We cannot wait to see what the next season of designer collaborations brings!

 

May 15th, 2013

Tara’s Top Tips for Outdoor Entertaining

Southern born and raised, entertaining is one thing we are very familiar with in Charleston, whether its a wedding, engagement party, holiday celebration or another weekend with the sun shining and sea breeze there is always an occasion to celebrate. Coastal Living recently took an inside look at southern entertaining expert, Tara Guerard, who offered her best advice for hosting outdoors.

Challenged with the task of turning a beachside dock into a charming baby shower, Tara took advantage of furniture from inside the house. She used simple sectionals, side tables, and a chandelier to decorate the natural, rustic dock. Pillows and linens in bright hues brought life and a pop of color to the natural venue.

The menu, a common demur when planning a party was simple. She kept all items clean, fresh, and green with a chilled cucumber salad, tres leches mini cakes, and crab cakes with aioli. The key is, “You want something that can be picked up with one hand…We kept everything bite-sized, but served enough to keep people full.”

Tara’s Top Tips for Outdoor Entertaining..

 - Use sand to anchor jars and vases containing tea candles.

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- Forgo expensive flowers for centerpieces made of natural sea grasses and ferns.

- Jazz up a basic wood serving table with pretty fabric draped and stapled (or taped) to your patio or deck so it doesn’t blow away.

- Swap out wineglasses for short-stemmed glasses, which are more stable in beachy breezes.

- Prepare a set of chilled and scented washcloths to pass around in case guests get warm in the sun.

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- Serve chilled foods— salads, cold soups, watermelon, ice cream— to keep guests refreshed during the party.

Read the full story about Tara Guerard’s entertaining advice at Coastal Living.

May 7th, 2013

Connecting, Creating, and Collaborating at the Southern C Summit

This past week, we were fortunate enough to participate in the inaugural Southern C Summit at Jekyll Island, Georgia from May 1-3. Hostesses with the mostesses, Cheri Leavy and Whitney Long, and founders of The Southern Coterie have cultivated an intimate online setting where savvy creatives are encouraged to share where they are going and where they have been. If you have not yet had the opportunity to explore the website we highly recommend you do so! The  Southern Coterie is a clear reflection of the enthusiasm and passion Whitney and Cheri have for the South and all of the talent it holds.

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Southern C Founders Whitney Long & Cheri Levy

The Summit certainly left our stomachs full, and minds hungry for more. The live event gave us an opportunity to meet some of the South’s most creative minds- from retail boutique owners and fashion designers, to culinary masters and blogging professionals talent was in abundance! It isn’t everyday that you have the opportunity to meet such talented and inspiring professionals, who can share the common struggles of developing your brand. We walked away inspired, invigorated, and ready to develop our clients further!

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Melissa Blanchard (VanJean), Carrie Money (Callie’s Biscuits), Jackie Thomson, Libba Osborne, Hannah Danahey (Leapfrog PR)

Although speaking in front of crowds is not our favorite past-time, this intimate community made it a breeze! Thursday morning, we held a Q&A panel discussing “The Art of Storytelling,” with the design masters behind Stitch Design Co, Amy Pastre and Courtney Rowson, the entrepreneur behind premier women’s boutique VanJean, Melissa Blanchard, culinary entrepreneur from Callie’s Biscuits, Carrie Morey, and brand developer Haskell Harris. We are excited that we survived speaking in front of an audience of 200 – and a little bubbly before the the presentation helped immensely.

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Champagne for a little liquid courage before the Q&A panel

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Carrie Morey (Callie’s Biscuits), Melissa Blanchard (VanJean), Libba Osborne, Jackie Thomson (Leapfrog PR), Courtney Rowson & Amy Pastre (Stitch Design Co)

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Haskell Harris (Haskell Harris Creative), Carrie Morey (Callie’s Biscuits), Melissa Blanchard (VanJean), Libba Osborne, Jackie Thomson (Leapfrog PR),

Courtney Rowson, Amy Pastre (Stitch Design Co)

Some other highlights from the week included..

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Southern Living Editors Stephanie Granada & Erin Shaw Street with Whitney Long

 

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Tara Derr Webb & Kimberly Tall, Sociale Mocktails serving libations at lunch by the ocean

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Big T Coastal Provisions crab dip and Tracy Blanchard

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Lulie Wallace, artist & Chassity Evans, Look Linger Love blog

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K Cooper Ray, Social Primer

Even the stormy seas couldn’t keep this crowd down! We were so impressed with the Southern C’s ability to modify the event and elevate the spirits, given the wet conditions over the week. A big Thank You to Whitney Long & Cheri Leavy for hosting The Southern C Summit! We are so thrilled to have been a part of the Summit and are already counting down the days till next year, as I am sure most everyone is!

If you did not have an opportunity to attend the Summit, The Southern Coterie will be hosting the Summit Series in Athens, Georgia and Nashville, Tennessee in the coming months. Be sure to visit their website for more information on the Summit and to register for the Summit Series.

 

March 12th, 2013

Troubadour Ladies Luncheon

It’s an exciting day when you can cut out of work early to spend the afternoon sipping champagne in celebration of a client and friend.  Last Friday, sixteen insanely talented women gathered at the home of Troubadour designer Lindsey Carter for a spring ladies luncheon to celebrate her new collection.  After working with Lindsey for months, we loved seeing the garments come alive – off the page and worn by these beautiful women.  The garments are gorgeous – her prints and patterns are fresh and beach-inspired and the fabrics are perfectly tailored to dresses and separates fit for everyday or evening.

{These images were taken from a Look Linger Love blog post found here – thank you Chassity for covering the event!}

Designer Lindsey Carter

Designer Lindsey Carter

Ladies Who Lunch

Ladies Who Lunch

Gorgeous Guests

Gorgeous Guests

You probably want to shop the collection now, right?  Have at it!  http://shop.troubadourclothing.com

 

January 10th, 2013

Bring Back the Dinner Party

There’s a great article in the New York Times about the disappearance of an old mainstay in entertaining, a ritualistic gathering of like (and un-like) minded guests, a brilliant excuse for sitting around the table to enjoy great food and imbibe – the dinner party.  Even in Charleston, where you’ll never be lacking for great parties and social gatherings, the dinner party is somewhat of a lost art. Is it because we have so many wonderful restaurants to choose from?

New York Times Article

New York Times Article

Either way, let’s bring it back.  I’ll be waiting for my formal invitation in the mail…