Here! Right here! In Columbia, that is. For the last couple of weeks, she’s been busy with a few things. And her skin has suffered, but we’ll get to that. First things first. Where has she been?
Doing The Kitchn Cure!
In her other life, the Shop Tart is a writer for The Kitchn, where she rambles on about cooking, feeding a family and trying to keep her kitchen vaguely organized. For the last two weeks, she and some of their readers have been doing The Kitchn Cure, performing major cleaning or organizing tasks every day in — you guessed it — the kitchen!
Her kitchen is super shiny and organized, or at least, more than it was. You can follow her progress here. You know what the Shop Tart has learned about herself? She’s happy to do housework, as long as she’s getting paid. Maybe they will pay her to clean her own closet next. Probably not, but wouldn’t that be nice?
By far one of the best things to come from her Kitchn Cure experience is her brand new ChicWrap dispenser from Mary and Martha’s. This thing is awesome. It comes in several stylish patterns, the wrap clings like nobody’s business, the zip cutter at the top totally prevents the plastic wrap from bunching up and it’s refillable! Just go get you one.
Working with Fig Columbia!
Last week, the Shop Tart was having a blast working on photo shoots for Fig Columbia. You can see albums from all three days of shooting on Fig Columbia’s Facebook page. The Shop Tart had a lot of favorite moments, but she really enjoyed eating the props when the shoot at 116 Espresso and Wine Bar was over. Yum! You absolutely must try the jamon con melone, because it’s perfect.
The Shop Tart also fell in love with Gallery West, a new gallery near 116, in the old Cafe Strudel building. Go look!
If you aren’t following Fig Columbia on Facebook, please do! The first issue will be out on November 19th. If you would like it delivered right to you, for free, all you have to do is sign up on Fig’s website.
A New Board!
The Shop Tart also joined the South Carolina Arts Foundation Board. She’s thrilled to be more involved and hopes you’ll join her at the gala this year. It’s always a good time! here she is with the other new board members Gina Champion, Reem Sadick and Katie Alice Walker.
Writing for Apartment Therapy!
Okay, well, writing one thing for Apartment Therapy. The Shop Tart put together a home tour of local artist Heather LaHaise’s home in Wales Garden. Hooray for mad style in Columbia! Virginia Postic took the photos and this one of Heather’s dogs Charlotte and Justine (Teeny) checking out the art was a fan favorite.
Totally Freaking Out Over Annie Leibovitz at CMA!
The Shop Tart attended a press event last week, during which she got to follow Ms. Leibovitz around the gallery and listen to her talk. IT WAS AWESOME. It’s really her.
Pilgrimage will be up at the Columbia Museum of Art through January 5th and you do not want to miss it! On Friday, the Shop Tart is invited to attend a Salon Luncheon at the museum with Kathleen Robbins, associate professor of art, coordinator of the photography program and affiliate faculty of southern studies at USC. She’ll be giving a great talk about the exhibit and her own process, which will be followed by a three course meal prepared by Chef Ryan Whittaker of 116 Espresso and Wine Bar. Does that sound like a great way to kick off the weekend or what?
But What About Her Skin?
Yes, the Shop Tart’s skin has suffered, but she has a new favorite fix: Acure’s Cell Stimulating Facial Mask from Rosewood Market.
She wears it around for a while, looking like this…
…and then washes it off in the shower with her Clarisonic from Pout. While her skin isn’t perfect, the mask is incredibly soothing and seems to help with the whole stress-staying up too late-drinking too much-not exercising skin issue. According to the Acure website…
Work over your cells with the power of Moroccan Argan Stem Cells and Chlorella Growth Factor, a true synergy of cell revitalization. French Green Clay draws out impurities while Moroccan Argan Oil, CoQ10 and Seabuckthorn Oil provide moisture. Serious cell repair!
Yeah, that. Simply put, it feels good and refreshing without being aggressive and it smells cool, too.
So…what have you been up to?