Emerging Designer Grace Hallman

Grace Hallman’s collection of sportswear consisted of modern floral prints with reflective details and graphic shapes at Charleston Fashion Week.

Photography by Side Yard Studios

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Barre on a Bridge

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It’s been 3 months since I first started my barre classes at Barre Evolution and I can honestly say I’m addicted to it!  I guess it’s not a bad thing to be addicted to a fitness routine because it’s definitely changed my body in a good way.  Other than getting in shape, I love shopping their workout gear in their BE retail boutique.  They carry some of the coolest brands like Teeki, Onzie, Hard Tail, and Free People so you can easily go from barre to street.

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I’m looking forward to their Holiday Stroll next Tuesday the 13th from 12-6pm at their Mt. Pleasant location – 320 West Coleman Blvd.  Grab a glass of bubbly and get exclusive first access to their new BE Boutique athleisure brands like Glyder, DYI, Elan, Project Social T, and Liquido Active.  You can enter to win 10-50% mystery discounts on Barre Evolution athleisure retail & class packs.  Meet local makeup artist Ashley Brooke Perryman and shop her new lipstick line ABP Makeup. Local jewelry designer Currie Jewelry will have a curated selection of her beautiful accessories. They’ll also have dry styling from Nick’s Hair Salon, or you can pop over to the salon for a discounted blow out.

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Plus there’s more than one reason to come to Barre Evolution next Tuesday because almost every business in The Shops of Mt. Pleasant where they’re located in is doing something special as well. 7 Gypsy is offering 25% storewide, plus enter to win a free handbag and a $100 gift certificate. Other businesses like Sugar Snap Pea, Play Garden, Blend Juice Bar, and Embler’s Jewelers are also having specials. To find out more details click here.

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I had so much fun on my impromptu barre session on the new bridge in Shem Creek. I love that you can pretty much do barre anywhere!  Stay tuned for their pop-up barre classes that they’ll be doing in the new year.  I especially loved their Barre on a Boat on the Carolina Girl.  What better way to do barre than on a yacht with amazing views of the water and bridge with your friends?

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I’m offering a little discount at Barre Evolution too.  Just mention CURATOR for $10 off a 5 Class Pack.

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Photography by Clifford Pate

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Raising the Barre

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If you’ve seen me lately you’ve probably heard me talk about taking barre classes and how obsessed I am with them.  I just started a couple of weeks ago at Barre Evolution, and it’s changed my life.  I’ve done everything from kickboxing, to spinning, to body pump, to pilates, to yoga; and thankfully to all that experience in the gym, it’s given me a better appreciation of barre.  What’s so different about barre than any other workout is less is more.  By just using your core and tiny movements you can target certain areas of your body to firm, shape, and strengthen.

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The origins of barre come from ballet, but you don’t have to be an experienced dancer to get the hang of it.  If you’ve done pilates or yoga the learning curve is a little easier.  With focus on core strength and lots of plank poses, you’ll be feeling the burn in no time.  The tiny one inch movements are just what you need for your body to get a good work out without lifting heavy weights.

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The owners Nancy and Nicole opened up their 1st studio 6 years ago and they now have 4 studios between West Ashley, Mt. Pleasant, and Greenville.  The awesome thing about Barre Evolution is that they’re all about supporting their local community. They have a BE Local Love program where they encourage donations and promote awareness for their nonprofit of the month.  They’ve worked with local charities like The Center for Women, Charleston Parks Conservatory, The Children’s Museum of the Lowcountry, Lowcountry Dee Norton Children’s Center, and Pethelpers to name a few.

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So far I’ve loved every class and instructor I’ve had and I can’t wait to experience their outdoor pop-up classes that take have taken place in Shem Creek, the beach, and hopefully a SUP boarding one in the works.  Another part that I love about coming to class is that I end up shopping their sweet selection of athleisure wear. They have some the coolest leggings I’ve seen in a while, and now I’m proud to wear my outfit out post workout.

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For me working out is not to necessarily lose weight, but to firm, tone, and strengthen.  Above all having one hour to myself in my hectic schedule is priceless and that’s why working out is so important to me. Being self-employed it’s so easy to start working as soon as I wake up until after my kids go to sleep, and in that hour I can totally disconnect from technology or any stress in my life.  So whether your a fellow entrepreneur or your punching that clock, take a moment for you.  Do yourself a favor and try Barre Evolution to get your fitness on and tell them the Curator sent you!

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Photography by Libby Williams

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