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!

 

May 30, 2017

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THE STORY OF MISSIO HAIR

ABOUT MISSIO

Founded in 2016, MISSIO is a hair product company that exists to inspire and empower a movement of people in the fight against human trafficking. The experiences of stylist Lorin Van Zandt using beauty to help women emerging from human trafficking, alongside her husband Kyle's desire to fight this injustice, led them to create hair product with purpose.

They have created stylist-designed and salon-tested hair products that serve as a vehicle to educate salons in victim identification, mobilize stylists in beauty initiatives, and give to non-profit partners.

Their double-bottom-line approach is an innovative and effective way to reach customers who want their purchases to matter while unlocking the potential of the cosmetic industry to directly fight human trafficking.

Introducing MISSIO Hair from MISSIO Hair on Vimeo.

A lifetime of experiences and a deep passion to stand up for people in need led Lorin and Kyle Van Zandt to start MISSIO Hair in 2016. 

Lorin began doing hair when she was fifteen years old, and she quickly became passionate about beauty. She soon realized that beauty could be used to help people in need, and she began giving haircuts to the homeless, to those in drug rehab centers, and to refugees from around the world. 

Growing up, Kyle’s family worked extensively to alleviate the orphan crisis in eastern Europe following the collapse of communism. While working in the orphanages in Romania as a high schooler, he witnessed a young girl being sold on the side of the road. Although he was not fully aware what was going on at the time, this experience and many more changed his life.

When they got married after college, they were committed to using their gifts to help people and to inspire others to do the same. They both spent time as educators, working for non-profits, and Lorin became a professional hair stylist— working in salons and volunteering her time to serve those in difficult situations.

In 2013, she had the opportunity to work with victims of human trafficking for the first time. Many had just been rescued and were taken to safe places, and Lorin would to go meet them in secure locations. Lorin gave manicures, pedicures, and haircuts to women who didn’t believe they had worth after years of being forced into sex, sold and used as if they were nothing.

However, something as simple as a haircut led to something so big. For the first time in a long time, these women began to open up and began to believe in something new about themselves. Lorin and Kyle, along with the professionals they were working with, realized how important this could be to their overall recovery.

It was in those moments that the vision for MISSIO was born. With a desire to involve as many people to play a role in the fight against human trafficking, they developed hair product with purpose. For three years, they worked with experts on human trafficking prevention (professional counselors, law enforcement officers, lawmakers, prosecutors, local and global non-profits, etc.) to develop three tiers of initiatives.

For nearly a year they worked alongside cosmetics chemists to create stylist-designed and salon-tested hair products that serve as a vehicle for their initiatives:

 

01 — To educate salons in victim identification

02 — To mobilize stylists in beauty initiatives

03 — To give to non-profit partners

 

Their double-bottom-line approach is an innovative and effective way the reach customers who want their purchases to matter while unlocking the potential of the cosmetic industry to directly fight human trafficking.

So far, the response has been overwhelming. Salons are becoming equipped to identify potential victims, stylists are being trained and connected with victims of human trafficking to love, encourage, and remind them of their worth, and MISSIO is being enabled to give to it’s partner non-profits. All of this because of people joining the movement and choosing MISSIO Hair products, and this is just the beginning.  

With a background using multiple platforms to serve others, Lorin and Kyle believe that business can be a highly influential vehicle for change and mobilization.

MISSIO Hair is uniquely positioned to help others contribute to the prevention, rescue, and recovery of trafficked victims, all while providing amazing hair products to those who want their purchases to matter. Something as simple as an everyday hair product can contribute to an effective and widespread effort to fight one of the world’s greatest injustices. 

 

shop them here online + in our shop!

check out missiohair.com for more information + to follow their journey. 

April 14, 2017

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April 14, 2017

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March 28, 2017

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The Treehouse Living Room

The Treehouse Living Room

We searched and searched for the perfect couch that would fit this small space. One that would be low enough to maximize the view of the trees (another reason why we call it the treehouse), wide enough for the both of us to lay on next to each other, be able to stretch out our feet, AND not break the bank. I know we rack up a tall order and Yes! we are those people that you see taking mini naps in the furniture stores, but we managed to do it! This couch is perfect for our little big family!

The pillow overload situation is not something my husband is very excited about. I admit I have a bit of an obsession with textured pillows. They are so much fun to play with and move around from the couch, to the bench seat in the dining room, to using them as accents on the bed. The neutral colors make them so easy to transition from one space to the next. But my husband is a less-is-more kinda guy when it comes to pillows, so I like to move them around so he doesnt notice all of them piled up at once ;) … and the pillow battle continues….

However, there is a mutual love for our cacti babies! Mo (my husband) is the one in the family with the green thumb, but I am just as good of a plant mom when it comes to cacti, since they are very low maintenance and hard to kill. I might just have to add some more to the collection! ;P Are you noticing a trend here?…?…

I also like to keep maximum pillows on the couch so this lil furry monster doesnt think its just another soft bed for him to shed on…. but that never lasts long, because my husband is a softy most of the time and moves the pillows so he can lay with us… (eyes rolling… I still love them!

DESIGN PHILOSOPHY 5: REUSE AND RESTORE

— Beauty is in the eye of the beholder and there is potential in every space I see. Reusing and repurposing is a passion and a concept that I also practice in my everyday life, from recycling day-to-day to a “use what you have” notion when cooking in the kitchen. When designing I like to take a close look at what is existing and see what can be restored and repurposed in the design.

We reused most of the furnishings that we already had and added some fun accessories to give it a more laid back look that we love. I also painted the bottom half of the blanket basket as a way to repurpose and update something I already had. I love the two toned colors and texture.

I made sure the guitars were a visual part of the design, so it would remind him to play more! He doesnt always sing to me.. but when he does its always this cute! :)

The vintage suitcases were used by my mom and her brothers, and now I use them as a plant stand!


Wardrobe: Tusc Boutique

Model: Meghan Malfatti

Makeup: Michal Lauren MUA

Design/Styling: Malfatti Interiors

Photographer: Meagan Forbes