Finding Beauty After Breast Cancer: Register for a Free Class at Sephora

 

 Our surgeons and staff at The Center for Natural Breast Reconstruction know firsthand how difficult a battle with breast cancer can be.

From the moment you’re diagnosed, everything changes. Your emotional, mental, and psychological health is instantly impacted. And throughout your breast cancer journey, your physical appearance is also bound to change.

This transformation can unfortunately leave a lot of woman no longer feeling confident in their own skin.

While we believe that all women—no matter their journey—are beautiful, we also know that a little pampering and some fun with makeup can go a long way in making you feel radiant and confident.

With National Breast Cancer Awareness month in full swing, there are numerous educational talks, fundraisers, and events going on. If you’re in the Charleston, SC, area, we’d like to personally invite you to a special event at Sephora on King Street.

We are joining forces with Sephora in order to promote their FREE Brave Beauty class for women who have battled cancer.

The event will take place on Sunday, October 29, at 6:30 p.m. at the Sephora on King Street. The official address is 289 King Street, Charleston, SC 29401.

This 90-minute Brave Beauty class is designed to help you discover techniques and products that address the visible effects of your cancer treatments.

During this event, you’ll be given skincare tips tailored to your needs and then will be matched with Color IQ and receive step-by-step instructions for a creating a radiant complexion, natural-looking brows, and defined eyes.

If you’re interested in attending, we encourage you to check out this awesome video from Sephora that features cancer survivor Emily as she explains why attending a Brave Beauty class is a great way to celebrate how beautiful you truly are.

Watch the video here!

If you’re interested in signing up, please contact us at The Center for Natural Breast Reconstruction to register, and we will pass your information along to the event host.

You can get in touch with us here.

Do you have any tips or tricks for feeling confident and radiant after a battle with cancer?

Share them with us in the comments below!

3 Fun Fall Activities in Charleston You Don’t Want to Miss

School’s back in session, pumpkin spice flavored foods and beverages are everywhere, and the NFL has finally returned to TV screens across the country.

You know what that means…

Fall is just around the corner!

Sure, it’s only the second week in September, but a bunch of fun fall activities are starting to pop up again. And things like pumpkin patches and corn mazes are only around for a limited time, so it’s best to get them on your calendar now so you don’t miss them!

To ensure you don’t miss out on all the fall fun, we’re sharing some of our favorite fall activities in Charleston, SC. If you live here or are planning a visit, we hope you’ll check some of these events out!

Boone Hall Pumpkin Patch

The Boone Hall Pumpkin Patch is located in Mount Pleasant—a 20-minute drive from downtown Charleston depending on traffic–but it’s definitely worth a visit.

It’s slightly early to get your pumpkins for Halloween, but this venue has an amazing corn maze that you won’t want to miss. It’s only $10 per person (ages 3 and up), which makes this activity affordable for the whole family.

This year, they will feature two mazes. The first maze is 8 acres and is perfect for older kids and adults. The second maze is much smaller and is great for smaller children.

If you have a fun time at the corn maze, make sure you mark your calendar to go back in October to grab yourself a pumpkin!

Click here for more info on the Boone Hall Pumpkin Patch. 

Charleston Farmer’s Market

The Charleston Farmer’s Market is open every Saturday in September. It’s a great place to stock up on fresh produce, grab a locally grown pumpkin for pumpkin carving, or purchase a fall craft from a craft vendor.

This market is held in Marion Square right outside the College of Charleston.

The best part…visiting the farmer’s market is 100% FREE and is fun for the whole family. Come enjoy the fall atmosphere and fun street music without spending a penny!

For more info on the farmer’s market, click here. 

Charleston Fall Homes and Gardens Tour

The Charleston Fall Homes and Gardens Tours don’t officially begin until October 5. However, these tours tend to sell out fast, so we want to make sure that, if you’re interested in doing a fall tour, you have plenty of time to get your tickets!

During these tours, a guide will walk you through the town of Charleston and bring you to select historic homes and gardens for your viewing pleasure. All the homes are well kept and beautifully decorated. You may even learn a thing or two about Charleston history during your tour!

Tickets start at $40. However, there are several tour packages available, so you can pick and choose what you want to spend and what you want to see.

Check out ticket prices and learn more about the tours. 

What’s your favorite fall activity in Charleston? Let us know in the comments below!

How to Celebrate the Fourth of July Charleston Style

The Fourth of July is just around the corner. That means now is the perfect time to start planning how you want to celebrate this patriotic holiday with your family and friends.

Haven’t given it much thought? No worries!

From fireworks to festivals, Charleston has plenty of activities to choose from. And we at The Center for Natural Breast Reconstruction are here to offer a few ideas we think you will enjoy!

Check out our favorite ways to celebrate the Fourth of July as we honor the men and women who have served our country.

South Carolina Aquarium Sea Stars and Stripes Event

Looking for a fun, festive, and fishy was to celebrate the Fourth of July? If your answer is “Yes!”, then we suggest grabbing a ticket for the South Carolina Aquarium’s Sea Stars and Stripes Independence Day celebration.

The celebration starts at 7:00 p.m. on July 4 and ends after the fireworks show.

Tickets include:

  • Aquarium experience including hands-on encounters.
  • American food favorites.
  • Local and domestic beer, wine, and non-alcoholic beverages.
  • Spectacular view of fireworks courtesy of Patriots Point.
  • Wonderful memories with family and friends.

Grab a ticket before they sell out!

Uncle Sam Jam

If you enjoy dance parties and spectacular ocean views, the Uncle Sam Jam is an event you won’t want to miss.

Enjoy the cool harbor breeze while dancing to live beach music at the Mount Pleasant Pier as you wait for the fireworks to begin over the Charleston Harbor. It’s a perfect way to wrap up a fun-filled Fourth of July celebration!

Details:

  • Beverages will be available for purchase inside the event.
  • Treats and snacks will be available at the Riverwatch Cafe.
  • Gates open at 7:00 p.m., and music starts at 8:00 p.m.
  • Outside alcohol and coolers are prohibited.
  • Admission purchased in advance is $8. Admission will be $10 on-site, if space is available.

Grab a ticket for this event now! 

4th of July Festival

North Charleston is hosting their annual July 4th celebration at the Riverfront Park on July 4 from 3:00 p.m. until 9:45 p.m.

This year’s event features exciting musical guests, children’s activities, food trucks, craft vendors, and the Lowcountry’s largest 4th of July fireworks show.

This event is free to the public, so be sure to mark it on your calendar! If you decide to go, be sure to bring a blanket or lawn chair with you to sit and watch the fireworks.

Click here for directions and additional information

Folly Beach Fireworks

Folly Beach, located only 15 minutes from downtown Charleston, is the perfect place to watch fireworks this Fourth of July.

Because it’s located so close to downtown, you’ll have plenty of time to grab dinner with your friends and family or peruse the shops before settling down with a blanket or lawn chair on the beach to watch the fireworks show.

It’s doesn’t get much better than watching a dazzling fireworks display over the sparkling ocean water.

Get directions to Folly Beach here.

Patriots Point Fireworks

Looking for a unique location to watch fireworks this Fourth of July? You’re in luck! Catch one of the most amazing fireworks displays this holiday at the flight deck of the historic USS Yorktown, the 10th aircraft carrier to serve in the U.S. Navy.

Tickets are $30 and include access to the ship starting at 6:00 p.m. There will also be food and drinks for purchase and live music throughout the evening.

You can also purchase a $75 VIP ticket, and receive complimentary drinks from a full-service bar and access to a special area at the bow of the ship. It’s a very neat experience!

If you’re looking for a budget-friendly way to watch fireworks, you can see them for free on the grounds of the Patriots Point Museum.

Find out more here. 

Top 5 Must-Visit Seafood Restaurants in Charleston

 One of the most frequent questions we get asked at The Center for Natural Breast Reconstruction is, “What are the best Charleston seafood restaurants?”

It’s no surprise, considering we live so close to the ocean, which is filled with delicious fish, blue shell crab, clams, and oysters. Charleston is the perfect place to grab a dish filled with your favorite seafood while overlooking the very ocean it came from.

There are so many amazing restaurants in Charleston that it’s hard to narrow down which are the best. But, we thought we’d recommend a few of our favorites to help narrow down your choices.

Skip the Red Lobster, and give a few of these local places a try…

Hank’s Seafood Restaurant

Hank’s Seafood Restaurant is a very popular, award-winning restaurant that is located right in downtown Charleston.

Hank’s is open for dinner, and features all your favorite fresh seafood entrees including soft shell crab, grouper, and fresh tuna. It also has a raw bar where you can chow down on oysters, shrimp, and clams.

Hank’s is known for three of its signature dishes: the Lowcountry bouillabaisse, roast grouper with lobster risotto, and fish and shellfish ceviche.

Find out more about Hank’s here.

167 Raw

167 Raw has been voted Charleston’s best raw bar for years.

Although the restaurant is small, the delicious seafood is packed with big flavor. Right now, the most popular menu option is the lobster roll, which includes large chunks of lobster meat fresh from the sea, tossed with aioli and topped with chives.

Aside from the raw bar, guests can choose from menu items such as po boys, shrimp and fish tacos, tuna burgers, and more.

Find out more about 167 Raw here.

Bowens Island Restaurant

If you’re looking for incredibly fresh seafood, Bowens Island Restaurant is where you will want to go.

Bowens Island Restaurant is famous for its locally harvested oysters, fried shrimp, hushpuppies, and Frogmore stew.

On top of delicious food, this restaurant is situated on James Island and comes with beautiful views of the river, marshes, islands, and wildlife. It’s a wonderful place to grab a meal or a cold beer, and relax at the end of a long day.

Find out more about Bowens Island Restaurant here.

Charleston Grill

The Charleston Grill is one of Charleston’s most upscale restaurants and is a recipient of the AAA Four Diamond Award for food excellence. The restaurant’s head chef, Michelle Weaver, specializes in New South cuisine with a French influence.

As a seafood lover, you don’t want to leave this venue without tasting their creamed oyster and leeks, Charleston Grill crab cakes, or their Thai fish.

This restaurant encourages guests to abide by a semi-formal dress code—in other words no jeans, swimsuits, flip-flops, etc. For a meal this special, we recommend leaving the kids at home and enjoying a night out to this venue with your friends or significant other.

Find out more about the Charleston Grill here.

Fleet Landing

Fleet Landing is located right on the harbor and is one of Charleston’s best waterfront dining venues. Located in the historic district, it’s easy to access and is in a beautiful area.

The menu offers items for both surf and turf lovers. However, if you’re a seafood lover, you don’t want to pass on giving their famous shrimp pot pie, herb crusted baked cod, or Charleston shrimp and grits a try.

This location is relatively causal (men are required to wear sleeved shirts) and is a great place for families and friends to gather and enjoy a delicious seafood dinner together. Reservations are strongly recommended, so be sure to save yourself a seat before you head out for dinner.

Find out more about Fleet Landing here.

Do you have a favorite Charleston seafood restaurant?

Let us know in the comments below!

June Charleston Activities You Don’t Want to Miss

 

Between the beaches and historic sites, world-class restaurants and shopping galore, Charleston has a lot to offer. With so much constantly going on in this city, it’s easy to miss some of the best Charleston activities when they pop up on the calendar.
For that reason, we decided to share some of our favorite Charleston events that happen in the month of June. Regardless of whether you live here full-time, or are planning to visit, we hope you’ll add some of these suggestions to your itinerary if you’ll be around in the month of June.
Enjoy!

Carolina Lady Anglers Fishing for the Cure Tournament – May 31 through June 4

The Carolina Lady Anglers raise funds for breast cancer every year with a Fishing for the Cure Tournament. This year, we are honored to be a Species Sponsor for the event.

This fun, family-friendly tournament is a great way to help an important cause while making many memories along the way. If you’re in the area, we encourage you to grab a fishing rod and sign up!
Each team that participates must select a captain to attend the Captain’s meeting on May 31, at 6:00 p.m. at Charleston Maritime Center. The fish weigh-in is on June 4, from 4 to 6 p.m. at the same location.
For registrations costs, prize details, and other info, please visit the Carolina Lady Anglers website.
Spoleto Festival USA – Runs through June 11
If you love art, music, and theater, the Spoleto Festival is an event you’ll want to put on your calendar.
Technically this festival started at the end of May, but it’s still in full swing. Live events for this festival will continue on through June 11, so be sure to find a day to enjoy the festival with your family.
Between art galleries, dance shows, theater performances, and more, there’s bound to be something at this festival for every member of your family—kids included!
Check out the Spoleto Festival calendar here.
Blues & BBQ Harbor Cruise – June 8, 15, 22, or 29
If you love ocean views and Lowcountry blues, you definitely need to get yourself signed up for a Blues & BBQ Harbor Cruise.
This dinner cruise is a wonderful way to experience Charleston while listening to the musical stylings of well-known blues pianist Shrimp City Slim and his band.
On this 2-hour cruise, you’ll enjoy a full all-you-can-eat BBQ buffet with access to a cash bar. Yum!
Find out more about tickets and pricing here. 
Sunset at Fort Sumter – June 9, 16, 23, and 30
Charleston is rich in history. So, if you’re here for a visit or live in town, we highly recommend spending an evening taking a step back in time with a Sunset at Fort Sumter tour.
On this tour, you will interact with period-dressed Civil War historians and learn about the Civil War. Once at the fort, enjoy the rich history provided by the National Park Service Rangers and spectacular views of the city, harbor, and Atlantic Ocean from the top of the fort.
This tour also includes a return cruise where you will relax and take in the spectacular views of the harbor and the marine life while dining on southern BBQ cuisine. Beer, wine, and cocktails are available for purchase at the fort and during the cruise.
Advance reservations are recommended. Call 843-722-BOAT to purchase tickets.
Moonlight Mixers – June 16
Moonlight Mixers is a family-friendly event that’s fun for both adults and children. All ages are invited to celebrate the arrival of summertime weather with some shag dancing on the Folly Beach Pier.
During this event, DJ Jim Bowers will keep your feet moving with the hottest oldies and beach music. This even runs from 7:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.
Admission is $8 per person when tickets are purchased in advanced online. On-site tickets cost $10 per person.
Purchase your ticket now!

 

Charleston Carifest – June 22, 23, 24, and 25

Charleston Carifest is a Caribbean Carnival celebration in honor of Caribbean American Heritage Month.
This festival is four days long and is full of food, fun, music, and costumes. When you attend this event, you will instantly be submerged in education and culture.
Join in on the festivities and embrace Unity in Diversity.
Visit the website for more information.

Do you have a favorite Charleston event you attend in June?

Comment below and let us know what it is!

The Best Places to Take a Stroll in Charleston

 Between the history, warm weather, and charming Southern-town feel, Charleston, South Carolina, is a wonderful place to visit. In fact, it’s been voted the #1 city to travel to in the United States by multiple travel and leisure publications.

If you’ve never been to Charleston or are planning a trip here in the next few weeks, you’re in luck! We’re just about to enter one of the best seasons in Charleston—springtime.

With warm temperatures, beautiful gardens in bloom, and increased amount of water activity on the coastline, the city of Charleston comes alive during the spring months.

There’s so much to do and so much to see that we thought we’d highlight a few of our favorite places to take a stroll in this beautiful city.

Be sure to put at least one of these places on your list during your trip…

Battery & White Point Gardens

Located in Charleston’s historic district, this landmark provides a spectacular view of Fort Sumter and the Charleston Harbor. It was first used as a public garden in 1837. With the outbreak of the Civil War, it became a fortification for the city.

If you’re a history buff, you’ll definitely enjoy checking out the old Civil War cannons located throughout the park along with a gazebo-style bandstand from 1907. Statues and memorials are also located throughout the park and give visitors a chance to learn a little about the history of the area.

Ocean views, large shady oak trees, and oyster shell pathways make this park a beautiful place your entire family can enjoy.

Find out more.

The Old City Market

The Old City Market is known as the cultural heart of the city of Charleston.

As one of the nation’s oldest public markets, this market plays a leading role in the preservation of American history. Bringing your family out to the market to shop for a day is almost like taking a step back into history.

At the market, you can shop, eat, or just enjoy the ambiance of the city as you stroll down the streets.

Find out more.

Folly Beach

Travel 15 miles from downtown Charleston and you’ll find beautiful Folly Beach.

Its large beaches—a hot spot for surfing–eclectic neighborhoods, and community of locally owned restaurants and shops make it the perfect place to explore, unwind, and rest with your family.

If you’re a wildlife enthusiast, we highly recommend you talk a walk on the beach.  There’s a good chance you’ll be able to spot loggerhead turtles, dolphins, bald eagles, and various types of sea birds.

Find out more.

Magnolia Plantation & Gardens

If you love strolling through gardens, smelling the roses, and identifying countless varieties of flowers, trees, and shrubs, Magnolia Plantation & Gardens is the place for you.

Founded in 1676 by the Drayton family, Magnolia Plantation has been around for centuries. This incredible estate has witnessed everything from the American Revolution through the Civil War and beyond.

It’s also the oldest public tourist site in the Lowcountry and the oldest public gardens in America, opening its doors to visitors in 1870. Every day hundreds of people visit to view the thousands of beautiful flowers and plants in its famous gardens.

Find out more.

Do you have a favorite place to stroll around in Charleston?

Share in the comments below!

Charleston’s Holiday Festival of Lights 2016

 

Every year Charleston lights up the town with millions of multicolored lights during the Holiday Festival of Lights.

This sparkling event is something we look forward to each and every year at The Center for Natural Breast Reconstruction, and we highly recommended adding it to your calendar this holiday season.

There are many ways you can enjoy this fun and festive event. If the weather is cold, or if you’re juggling small children, we suggest taking the driving tour. The tour is 3 miles long and takes you through over 700 light displays.

If you want to really get into the holiday spirit, we recommended parking your car and participating in the festival’s family-friendly activities, shopping, food, entertainment, and more!

Here’s a sneak peak of some of the things you can enjoy at the festival:

  • Magnificent sculpture made from over 50 tons of sand
  • An up-close look at the lights via the holiday train
  • Mouth-watering treats from Santa’s Sweet Shoppe
  • Giant greeting cards created by local students
  • Riding the beautiful Victorian carousel

The Holiday Festival of Lights takes place at James Island County Park, located at 871 Riverland Drive, Charleston, SC 29412. And no need to worry about the weather. It’s open from November 11 to January 1 rain or shine.

Ready to enjoy a trip through the lights? Here’s everything else you need to know to plan your trip!

Festival Hours

  • Sunday – Thursday: 5:30 – 10:00 p.m.
  • Friday and Saturday: 5:30 – 11:00 p.m.

 Admission

  • 1-15 guests: $20 per vehicle, $15 per vehicle Monday-Thursday with donation*
  • 16-30 guests: $40 Monday-Thursday, $50 Friday-Sunday
  • 31+ guests: $100 Monday-Thursday, $150 Friday-Sunday

 *Donations

Monday – Thursday, get into the festival for only $15 per vehicle (1-15 guests) with the donation of a canned food item or dog/cat food to benefit the Lowcountry Food Bank.

 What’s your favorite holiday activity in Charleston? Comment below!

Prevention-Palooza Charleston 2016

Prevention-Palooza is one of our favorite fall events here in Charleston.

This is the 3rd annual event hosted by the Dragon Boat Club, and it takes place on Saturday, November 12, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Arthur W. Christopher Center in downtown Charleston.

Prevention-Palooza is a FREE event held in partnership with Roper Hospital. Be sure to bring all of your friends and family to participate.

During this event, you will have access to health screenings, nutrition, and fitness vendors, and a fabulous keynote speaker.

You will also receive breakfast courtesy of the Dragon Boat Club. (Who can say no to a complimentary breakfast!?!)

The hope is that through education and access to medical screening, people can learn to take preventative health care measures to detect disease and illness, like breast cancer, fast.

We truly hope you’ll join us for a motivating and inspiring day of food and fitness!

Visit the Dragon Boat Charleston website or email melabriola@gmail.com to RSVP.

What’s your favorite part of Prevention-Palooza? Comment below.

Charleston MOJA Arts Festival 2016

 

 

2016 marks Charleston’s 33rd year of hosting the MOJA Arts Festival. This festival was created to celebrate African-American and Caribbean art.

And if you live in the area, or are visiting The Center for Natural Breast Reconstruction, we highly suggest that you check it out.

The festival runs from Thursday, September 29, through Sunday, October 9.

If you’re wondering where the festival gets its name, it comes from the word “Moja,” a Swahili word meaning “One.”

And it’s a perfect choice as one of the purposes of the festival is to celebrate harmony in the community.

This festival has a little something for everyone, including:

  • Visual arts
  • Classical music
  • Dance
  • Gospel
  • Jazz
  • Poetry
  • R&B music
  • Storytelling
  • Theatre
  • Children’s activities
  • Traditional crafts
  • Ethnic food

On top of all the events that take place in this festival, MOJA also has an educational outreach component in Charleston that consists of workshops in public schools and senior outreach in senior citizen homes.

Each day of the festival holds new and exciting activities, so be sure to check out the website and event calendar so you can pick a day filled with activities you will love.

Enjoy!

Do you have a favorite yearly event in Charleston? Comment below!

The Best Charleston Parks

 

Nothing beats a nice long walk, picnic, or game of Frisbee in the park on a beautiful sunny day.

And, boy, are we at The Center for Natural Breast Reconstruction glad to be located in Charleston, a city full of beautiful parks.

Whether you already live here or are planning a visit sometime this year, we hope you’ll take some time to check out a few of our favorite parks in town.

Take a look at our favorites…

Angel Oak Park

 Angel Oak Park is home to one of the most stunning Angel Oak trees you’ll ever see.

This tree is believed to be hundreds of years old. In fact, it’s one of the oldest oaks known in existence.

Aside from its majestic oak tree, this park has plenty of space to go for a walk and has built-in picnic tables. Public restrooms are located on the property.

This park is open Monday-Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free.

For more info, visit the park’s website here.

Washington Square Park

 Washington Square Park is one of Charleston’s more historic parks. Its historic location is also home to Charleston City Hall.

The park is filled with mature oak trees, which makes it a nice shady place to take a walk or enjoy a good book.

As you walk through the park, you’ll also notice elegant floral displays which are changed throughout the year.

This park is in a public location and is always open to visits. No admission is necessary to visit.

For more info, visit the park’s website here.

Waterfront Park

If you love the water, Waterfront Park is a stop you’ll want to put on your list.

It’s located directly on the harbor, so you can grab a seat on a bench and enjoy the sailboats coming and out of the marina.

On the park property is a beautiful fountain. On hot days, you’ll see children running through the water and having fun.

This 8-acre park is located near the market and other great shopping areas.

Whether you’re shopping, or just stopping by to view the beautiful flower gardens, this is a park you want to make sure you get to.

For more info, visit the park’s website here.

James Island County Park

 If you’re up for an adventure, James Island County Park is the place for you.

It spans over 600 acres and is open for fishing, crabbing, hiking, biking, paddle boarding, kayaking, and more.

This park is also awesome for dog lovers, as it contains a completely enclosed dog park.

It’s only a $2 fee per person to enter the park.

For additional fees you can access the park’s campground, climbing facility, water park, disc golf course, and paddle boats.

Make a full day of it or camp out for the weekend at this park.

For more info, visit the park’s website here.