September 18, 2018

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Re-opening after Hurricane Florence

During hurricane Florence, my family here in Wilmington, NC all stayed together in my sister’s house. Each day and night that the hurricane lingered over us felt like a long drawn out process with increasing amounts of destruction and flooding. As it weakened, we thanked Jesus for His protection and were able to ride around to check on our community. It was saddening to discover trees crushing homes and major flooding (some areas that were low-lying have been entirely submerged). These circumstances led the men in our family to go out to aid and assist those with damages from the storm and helping salvage anything left. We are praying for all of the families dealing with the effects from hurricane Florence. We are with you and for you in rebuilding the places we call home.


Ever since I opened Tusc, I have prayed for it to be a place of ministry for the women of our city - where love is lavished on every person, where peace dwells and is experienced, where self confidence and care are encouraged, and where joy can be lifted up. With the heartbreaking reality that many are experiencing the effects of the storm, we want to leverage our space and efforts to our city. Through the rest of September, 30% of all our online and instore profits will be donated to Samaritan’s Purse to come alongside of their teams being sent to Wilmington as well as New Bern and Jacksonville, NC. Their volunteer teams are helping affected homeowners by cutting downed trees, clearing debris, tarping roofs, and working on mud-outs. Donations can also be made online directly to Hurricane Florence Relief here.


We are also aware that there will be many adults, children, families, and seniors without daily essentials like clean water, food, and toiletries. We strongly encourage donations to be made to the Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina - as they serve the Brunswick, Columbus, New Hanover, and Pender Counties. Below are the most needed items that would aid in disaster relief and can be dropped off to the Wilmington Branch - 1314 Marstellar Street Wilmington, NC 28401:

  • High-protein canned meals with pop-top cans (ravioli, soups, spaghetti)
  • Paper goods and products (paper towels/plates/cups/napkins, plastic utensils)
  • Diapers
  • Hygiene products (shampoo, soap, toothpaste, toothbrushes, hand sanitizer, etc.)
  • Single serving meals that do not require refrigeration or cooking/meals ready to eat
  • Single serving snacks such as raisins & granola bars
  • Peanut Butter
  • Cleaning supplies and disinfectant wipes

If your not able to give please send join with us in prayer for the areas effected by the hurricane... all of the linemen... volunteers... those still in danger... first responders....We know that Jesus is faithful - He doesn't miss a thing! 

Love y'all!

September 06, 2018

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Uganda Fall in Love


Lagutu Village in Uganda came into my life out of nowhere. Summer of 2017 I started feeling a shift coming on in my life.  I was 31, unmarried, no kids, owned a salon, and achieved just about everything a Hairstylist could achieve. Once I made it to my biggest goal of owning a salon and working backstage at NY Fashion week, I thought well what’s next?  I was honestly lost even though I appeared from the outside to have it all together. It was a brief conversation that Carissa and I had over text that inspired me to find a church community. I figured if anything I can become closer to Jesus and devote time to community service.  I had no idea this small step would create massive ripples, altering my life forever. After some church dating I landed at Lifepoint Church, and heard about their Uganda child sponsorship. Thinking to myself, I don’t care to have children of my own but what a perfect way to be involved in a child’s life! I was aware of the church’s mission trip to Uganda in Summer of 2018, and was thinking about maybe doing it in 2019.  Knowing myself I would keep pushing off year after year and not going.


One day last fall I started researching the organization Lifepoint partners with, Sports Outreach. I came across information of them having a vocation program teaching hairdressing!  I immediately knew I had to jump at the opportunity to involve my craft in helping others. I signed up for the 2018 Uganda Mission Trip and never looked back. Little did I know I was going to be taken to a tiny village ( you can’t even find them on Google Maps) that would forever hold my heart.


While in Lagutu, Uganda I met 4 village girls of ages 12-15 that left a massive imprint on my heart(I cried every night at devotion over them).  You see most girls in the village between the ages of 10-18 don’t continue their schooling due to not being able to afford tuition fees. Most end up being married off, have kids, or stay at home to contribute to the household farm and duties. Because they live in extreme poverty the older girls education is not as necessary once they can bear children.  This crushed me! My mind raced with fear of my 4 girls and their friends possibly having the same outcome in their futures. I couldn’t allow it!



Upon returning, Carissa and I chatted about Uganda and the girls over pedicures.  Put two ADD boss babes together for too long and the ideas start rolling in and bangs are being cut in parking lots!  Together we decided we had to do our part and now Transformations for Lagutu is born! An event hosted by TUSC, I will be taking haircut appointments to donate the cut price to cover village girls’ school tuitions! Your transformation will be transforming the future for Lagutu girls!


-- Brandy Alexander 
September 04, 2018

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Auguste the girl

 

Meghan Malfatti is a gorgeous, sunny blonde with a peaceful disposition. I knew we'd be friends the first time we met a couple years ago. We had her on our Journal giving insight as an interior designer....She is so talented. Her interior spaces are effortless and 'perfectly-imperfect,' mixing vintage and bohemian pieces. They make you feel like you just landed in Byron Bay, AUS with surf-centered vibes. She has a sweet 8 month old baby girl, Auguste Alba Malfatti, whose blueberry blue eyes make you just melt! Below are some snips of advice/life stories that she is passing along to all you lovelies that are either about to have a mini or want a look into how she does it while being a business owner.


CL: Describe life as a new mommy

MM: New mommy life feels like nothing I could have imagined, yet I cannot imagine how my life would be without her now. I feel more complete and purposeful than I ever have before - it’s like falling in love all over again! The best part is that I have my little best friend with me all of the time. She’s half of myself and my most favorite person - it’s incredible! One of my friends said it best, “She’s our shared heartbeat”. I’m so in love.

Every day is a surprise, she literally does something new every week. One of my favorite things, which is surprising now because it was my most unfavorite a few months ago, is nursing. I hated it in the beginning because it was so painful, but something about overcoming the pain to do what I thought was best for my baby, turned out to be something that I really cherish. It’s an amazing bonding experience and I will definitely miss it when it’s over.


CL: Tell the story of how you picked her name and the inspiration behind its spelling.

MM: Auguste was named after my father-in-law, Agostino. We liked the translation to Auguste. We added the ‘e' on the end to give it a more feminine touch. I originally saw it spelled this way from the Australian brand, Auguste the Label. A year before my Auguste was born, my husband and I traveled to Australia and actually got to visit the boutique in Byron Bay. I’ve always loved how they spelled it. I even played off their hashtag #augustethelabel and started using #augustethegirl to tag any pictures I post of my daughter.

CL: You’re a mommy and business owner, how has it been balancing the two?

MM: I am so fortunate that I get to work from home with my baby. I thank God every day for such an amazing gift, because I know so many people do not have that opportunity. I’m so grateful that I get to spend every little moment and take in all of the ever changing experiences with Auguste.

Balance has always been a challenge for me. I’m an all or nothing kind of girl. Whenever I take on a project, I really dive in deep and commit long continuous hours to it without taking a break. I crawl into my creative cave and let my design brain go wild. It’s my own a geeky process of taking all of the scattered pieces to the puzzle, imagining fifty different ways of what the outcome could be and fitting in the details altogether to create a design that is thoughtful, functional, and pretty. It’s a process that does not fit well into the schedule of a baby that needs you most hours of the day (and night)… Needless to say, I have not felt as connected to my business since having the baby, but looking back now (8 months ago) I’ve accomplished much more than I thought I would have been able to do.

The great thing about having my own business is that I can work whenever I want (or have time to). Sometimes that’s 5 hours a day and sometimes I might only get 2 hours of work time in, but I’ve learned to not let it frustrate me. My business was my first baby, and I can’t neglect that. You just find a way to make it all work.


CL: Given that you are a designer, what inspired Auguste’s room? What’s your favorite aspects or special things to mention? Also what’s your favorite baby toy or accessory you couldn’t live without.

MM: The treehouse is a detached one bedroom garage apartment, which we are living in until our main house renovation is complete. I didn’t have much choice in the design direction of her room (aka corner of our bedroom), other than to play into what was already in the space. Luckily my design aesthetics lean towards mostly neutrals, so it was simple enough to add some organic baby decor. One of my favorite things are the botanical bibs hand painted by my friends at my baby shower, that I hung over a ladder that my cousin made.

Here are some pictures of her nursery taken by the one and only: Meagan Forbes
 
August 05, 2018

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A Morning of Prayer

 

 

Join us at Tusc on August 9th at 8:30 AM as we gather together to pray for our city. Coffee will be provided by our downtown friends, Bespoke Coffee + Dry Goods, and worship led by Kalee Stikeleather and Natalie Smith. Please come out and get to know others in the community that have a heart to see change!

Our team has gathered together to plan a time of prayer for our city:

  • Atmosphere of Wilmington / we are expectant that the Holy Spirit will infiltrate the city in every niche of people + land, so that everyone + everything encounters it.

  • Identity / we are expectant that every individual will encounter their Creator and gain wisdom on their Kingdom identity.

  • Wilmington as a City on a Hill / we are expectant for transformation to occur - for others to experience the tangible mercy, love, hope, and grace Jesus generously offers. We believe in a transformation so full that our city illuminates throughout the nations.


Lately, I have just felt the Lord place it on my heart. I believe Heaven takes notice to all our prayers and when people gather together who all love our city and want to be a part of seeing things change for the better... it is powerful!

-Carissa 

July 10, 2018

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Travel Inspired Abstract

We can't wait to see you this Thursday, July 12th, 6 pm - 8 pm! Brooke Eagle will be in Tusc live painting as we highlight her new travel inspired abstract collection. There will also be some refreshing La Croix Coconut Lime Mocktails and discounts on select summer clothing! Below, Brooke shares more about the places that inspired each of the paintings:

NORTH SHORE, Oahu (Hawaii)

 “Waimea Bay”  24x30  $590

Beautiful blues and swimming at this beach on the North Shore of Oahu, even some cliff jumping and a hike to waterfall nearby. Be sure to grab some coffee at the insta famous Sunrise Shack, and stop by the food truck Pupukea for a quick amazing lunch. Also check out the awesome shops, galleries and restaurants in Haleiwa- The Elephant Shack and Banzai Sushi Bar were some of our favs.  

“Banzai Pipeline”  24x48  $990

My husband was so excited to visit the North Shore of Oahu for the Pipe masters surf competition. This piece was inspired by our time there, the waves were unlike any I've seen before. The movement of the surfers with their boards, the spectators with the beach was pure magic. The ocean breaking on the reef in shallow waters created thick curls of water, or barrels, that the surfers glided right through. Its only recommended for the pros because its considered one of the worlds deadliest waves but and amazing place to sit and soak it all in.

BALI, Indonesia

“JI Raya Ubud”  30x40  $770

This street in Ubud is where we experienced so much culture in Bali. During our time there, there was a royal cremation ceremony which included a parade down the street full of traditional Balinese clothing, music, dance and giant figures covered in fresh flowers were built on top of a series of huge bamboo grids. I could (and should) write a whole blog post on this ceremony! Ubud is such a peaceful place filled with rice terraces and rainforest, waterfalls, temples, and unlimited delicious and colorful vegan food. Don't leave without trying out Kismet- a delicious vegetarian restaurant. I got the vegan nuggets (you literally would never know the difference) with the Asian salad bowl topped with tempeh and satay skewers. It is making my mouth water just thinking about it, yum.

“Uluwatu”  24x24  $530 

Uluwatu has some of the most gorgeous shades of water and beautiful waves that I have ever seen! It is on the south-western tip of the Bukit Peninsula of Bali, Indonesia and is a def must visit for surfers and non surfers! Be sure to grab a bite at Single Fin that overlooks the surf, or Coco & Poke if you’re in the mood for building your own delicious poke bowl.

BYRON BAY, Australia

“Wategos”  24x30  $590

Wategos beach is an amazing spot on the coast of Byron Bay, Australia. This beach holds a long boarders dream waves and unreal views. If you want an epic morning, walk down this beach on your way up to the Byron Bay lighthouse and catch the sunrise. For a luxury boutique hotel experience (or some mouth watering dining at a precious spot on the water) Raes on Wategos is a must!

"Jonson Street"  30x40  $770

Jonson Street is on one the main streets through Byron Bay and is the perfect explanation of Byron- so colorful and vibrant. Every single cafe and store is beautifully designed and just feels like such a happy place as buskers sing and dance on the sidewalks all around you. Check out happy hour at Balcony everyday from 4-6 and $1 oyster hour wednesdays from 5-6! 

"Lawson Street" 24x24   $530 

Taking a bike ride down Lawson street which runs parallel to the ocean in Byron Bay is one of my favorites. There are amazing views of the coastline almost the entire time as you make your way up to the Lighthouse. It also holds some of the boutiques like Auguste the Label.

 “Byron Beach”    48x48    $1290

Byron Beach is the main beach sitting by Dening Park- another awesome spot to bring a picnic, watch the sunset and catch live music with amazing busking some nights. The park is right across from a legendary pub across the road, the Beach Hotel which is great for a Sunday session (what the Aussies call grabbing drinks with friends for a great start to the week :) Be careful of the jellies at this beach! When we were there, we saw like 15 people get stung in the span of 15 minutes. Don't let it scare you away though, just ask the lifeguard if the current is bringing in jellies that day, ha. 

July 06, 2018

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The Story of the Soaring Eagles

i am excited to introduce a sweet friend from our previous location downtown in the “hallway shops”, brooke eagle. she is a local artist we adore who is full of life, sweet to the core, and immensely gifted. her most recent acrylic paintings are inspired by many months of spontaneous traveling with her husband, caleb eagle, through countries including australia, hawaii, and indonesia, that can now be found in our store.

after separate mission trips in college working with children in ecuador, africa, and guatemala, brooke and caleb were left eager to explore the world. though the reality of doing so didn't come easy due to limitations from two week vacation time, day to day life expenses, and the thousands of dollars traveling back and forth from the states. as time passed, the two never lost their desire for traveling. brooke further explained, "we were about to buy a home and just had this overwhelming desire to step out of our comfort zones and dive into traveling full-time! this way we could experience numerous places and cultures while taking shorter hops across the world which would be less expensive with no time restraints." each of their steps began to unfold in front of them as they committed their hearts to this pursuit.

brooke continued, "once we decided that we were really doing it, we started working through our materialistic mindsets and ended up getting rid of a lot of things that we loved and thought we 'needed'. so caleb quit his job, we sold most of our stuff, and i painted like a mad woman trying to stock artwork while we were away.” much easier said than done. she continued, “it was no easy task leaving comforts, job security, friends and family behind- but we knew it was a part of the process. it was a super exciting time and was most definitely the wildest decision that we had made as a couple."


with many places in mind to go to, both brooke and caleb ended up leaving it all open handed by not having a specific plan for when or where they would go. brooke commented, “we did know that we wanted to chase summer and stay as warm as possible. since we left in november, taking the western route from california all the way to the middle east kept us warmer than ever, haha!” they began by working on a coffee farm on the big island of hawaii in exchange for their room and board, and from there they’d search for the least expensive flight for their next location. without a finalized travel itinerary, the two took lots of recommendation from their followers on instagram and were inspired by other travelers.


brooke shared, “some thought we were crazy and didn’t understand how we would make it possible and at times we thought the same thing, ha! …. thankfully we don’t regret it one bit, and highly recommend to travel local and far.”


join us on July 12th from 6 pm - 8 pm for some mocktails, live painting by brooke, and to learn more about each of the paintings: Waimea Bay 24x30, Banzai Pipeline 24x48, Wategos 24x30, Jonson Street 30x40, Lawson Street 24x24, Byron Beach 48x48, JI Raya Ubud 30x40, Uluwatu 24x24. until then, visit their instagram account, @thesoaringeagles, to view their travel adventures.


cheers,

casey pham scanlan

May 09, 2018

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A Mother's Love

I'm Carissa and this is my baby girl Asher (8mos)

the best way I can describe motherhood is that this opportunity is a weighty honor. you're completely head-over-heels in love with this little life. you get to shape their outlook of the world around them, and see them come alive into their god-given gifts. with you as their mother, they can be 100% themselves and unconditionally loved. you, as their mom, are their first home. 

 

 

photography by meaganhforbes.co

 

TUSC FAVORITES

shop mothers day:

 

"Mama to be"

"Sweet Mama"

 

"Seaside Mama"

 

love you all, 

Happy Mother's Day

April 04, 2018

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Our New Home



We are so so so thrilled to be in our new home for Tusc! If your local come and visit and if you're not we are now back up and ready for you to shop our website... still adding more products every minute to offer all the goodies you see in these pictures. (Littles, Local Jewelry, Maternity, Home goods, and Beauty are still in the process of being added!)

A little backstory- We got the keys to the space February 1st and have been praying in and writing bible verses over the walls and declaring it to be a place where when people walk through the doors they feel loved and full of peace that surpasses all understanding. The Lord opened the doors for us and we want to always give Him the glory! That the Holy Spirit would dwell here and that if anyone walks in depressed they leave feeling restful, if they come in insecure- they leave knowing who they are! 

Some verses we wrote underneath the paint:

"Behold, I  am doing a new thing,
Now it springs forth,
I  will make a way in the wilderness,
and rivers in the desert." 
ISAIAH 43:19

"For I    know the plans I    have for you
Declares the Lord. They are plans to prosper you and not to harm you,
to give you hope and a future."
JEREIMIAH 29:11

"For I    was hungry and you gave me food, I    was thirsty and you gave me a drink, I    was a stranger and you welcomed me, I     was naked and you clothed me, I     was sick and you visited me, I    was in prison and you came to me."
MATTHEW 25: 35-36

Thank y'all so much for following us and embarking on this new journey with us! 

Love-
Tusc Gals
February 12, 2018

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New Beginnings...

 As many of y'all know, we have been planning on moving locations for over a year into the space we leased on Princess St. Recently the space fell through and we we began the search for our next location. We weren't worried because the lord has always guided us exactly where He wants us and knew that everything happens for a reason. 

We are over the moon to announce we will be moving to Mayfaire come this April! So excited to be neighbors to many wonderful boutiques and shops in that area. We will miss our downtown crew and are so grateful to have called Front St. our home for the past few years. Many friends have been made in our space downtown and we are happy to see what's in-store for this new location! 

We will be expanding our clothing and accessories as well as offering home goods, and a mama + littles section of everything "where the desert meets the sea." We hope that when you think Tusc you think- neutral tones, quality fabrics, artisan handcrafted, and one of a kind pieces.

We hope to inspire a feeling of light and beauty to all who enter this new space.

Below are images we've compiled as inspiration for our renovation. We will be releasing more posts during this process so please stay tuned!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

November 01, 2017

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Building Something Beautiful!

 

One beautiful element about MISSIO is that it brings people together around one common mission. It unifies. It creates an opportunity for greater things to be done through the hands of many. We are so excited to be “Building Something Beautiful” with our partner salons this month!
 
The first emergency shelter on the entire East Coast for victims of human trafficking is opening in November in Wilmington, NC. A Safe Place, one of our non-profit partners, is opening this home and we could not be more thrilled to be a part! We have the honor of furnishing the living area for this home that will welcome women in very vulnerable and hard situations. What an opportunity to create a beautiful, welcoming, freeing place for the beginning of their road to freedom!
 
This event will run from now until November 6th. We have created a registry for people to purchase items for the living room or give gift cards towards specific items. What a beautiful way for our community to come together and create a safe place for these women! Our Partner salons, stylists, and stores are already spreading the word, and we want to INVITE YOU- those on everyday mission- to JOIN US! Click the link below to be a part of “Building Something Beautiful”. Imagine what we can do together! 
 

A Safe Place in Wilmington, NC is opening a new emergency shelter for victims of human trafficking. This will be the first of it’s kind on the East Coast. MISSIO partner salons, stylists, clients and friends are joining together for a special fundraising event to help furnish the home!

HOW IT WORKS: All items that are open for direct purchase have been placed on a registry that can be viewed through this link:

https://www.myregistry.com/organization/Missio-Wilmington-Nc/1437988?publicUrlName=missio-safeplace

1. Simply click on the link, scroll through and select an item you would like to purchase.

2. Pay for your item through the website registry

3. Upon checkout select “Building Something Beautiful address” for the items to be shipped. (This is the location where they will be stored until installation in the home on Nov.13th.) 

4. A thank you letter and tax deductible receipt will be sent to YOUR address (for any items purchased over $100).

Our goal is to get all items purchased by November 6th and then deliver and set up in the living room for their grand opening (Est. Nov 15th!)

Thank you so much for being a part of building something beautiful! Check out Facebook and Instagram for live updates!