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Saturday, November 16, 2013


Icelandic artist Andrea Maack may have had something else in mind, but for me the story goes like this...

An incredibly good looking artist in a fabulously modern studio. A leather Le Corbusier chaise and a dirty easel. Chunks of black charcoal. A white shirt. Or maybe a creamy chunky fisherman sweater, because it's cold in Iceland... 

An addictive blend of Sichuan pepper, pink pepper, juniper berry, cedar wood, papyrus, coal accord, sandalwood, patchouli and leather. For him. For her. 

Available at 

Thursday, October 10, 2013

The New Primal

It started with Mr. Lily's request for Jerky, a portable source of sustenance, not for hiking the flatlands of Charleston, but for those long challenging days on the golf course.

A challenging day on the golf course.

Suspicious of the ingredients in typical jerkies, Mrs. Lily is lured by The New Primal label. 
No nitrates. No preservatives. Grass-Fed. Local. And an unexpected bonus...

The New Primal Grass Fed Beef Jerky 

 ...only 140 very tasty calories in the whole bag! 

Inspiration for going Primal: Raquel Welch in One Million Years B.C.

Charleston's New Primal Jerky now available at

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Brackish Bow Ties

Charleston men love hunting (sometimes just for a Wild Turkey Rare Breed, but that's another story), bow ties, and an occasional soiree of sorts. So it's no wonder they love Brackish Bow Ties. Each unique tie, in it's own fine feathered glory, inspires lively cocktail conversation while simultaneously declaring the wearer an Arbiter of Southern Style.

Brackish Bow Ties Pheasant
A Southern Style Conversation Starter 

Brackish Bow Ties collection
The Brackish Bow Tie Collection
 Turkey, Pheasant, Guinea, and Peacock Feathers
Tux, seersucker, or vintage plaid? Pick your bird and make your statement.

Brackish Bow ties Peacock

Ben Ross and Jeff Plotner's Brackish Bow Ties 
Meticulously hand crafted in South Carolina.
Now available at 

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Celebrations Are In Order

The Old Road Mercantile commerce site launched today. Mrs. Lily will prepare for the celebration with a bottle of Champagne opened with a nifty Champagne Bottle Opener, conveniently available at Old Road Mercantile. Mr. Lily will be impressed.