DIY heaven at SpaceCraft Studios

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SpaceCraft Studios is a hybrid of retail and a Do it Yourself workman studio. The space offers classes on  sewing, knitting, crocheting, weaving, felting, screenprinting, terrariums, jewelry-making, paper-making, bookbinding, soap-making, glass etching, and the list goes on.  The interactive classes are taught by skilled local crafters, stitchers, makers, inventors, builders, and artisans.  The retail shop sells mostly locally made items such as jewelry, wood block prints, plush toys, letter press cards, and DIY kits.   The brainchild of this awesome place is Allison Merrick, who’s past work experience as a sewing instructor, jewelry designer, and web content producer influenced her to create a space that’s inspiring and hands on.

If your ever in the West Ashley area, it’s so worth it to stop in and see what fun things are going on, I guarantee you will not be disappointed!

The Oasis

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The pool at Mixson Bath & Racquet Club is probably the coolest place to be in during the sweltering summer months.  When you arrive there, you feel like your at a swanky resort in Miami or Palm Springs.  The Mixson pool was the perfect setting for this futuristic look.

Dress by Clover Canyon from Hampden Clothing, Shoes by United Nude and vintage Carrera sunglasses from Harleston, earrings and bracelet from Candy Shop Vintage.

Photography by Tyler Jordan Mansour at Arab Lincoln Photography, hair and makeup by Charlotte Belk at Elysium Salon and The Elysium Agency.

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Alesya Bags – Tech Chic

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Photos by Landon Neil Phillips

Aleysa Opelt, creator of Aleysa bags, fuses form and function in her bags designed for stylish working women on the go.  She has cornered the tech accessory market by designing a multi-tasking laptop bag that doubles up as a chic tote. Aleysa has previously worked for tech companies and noticed that there was a lack of feminine laptop bags.   This void in the market and her love of fashion catapulted her to launch her bags in 2010. This Charleston based designer just recently launched fun new colors to her collection, it’s all about options ladies.

Check out this new video that local director Jenny Kleiman put together for the launch of the new bags.  You can really see this versatile bag in action!



Bohemian Rhapsody

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Local jewelry designer Sarah Markusich of Simply Becoming Designs creates one of a kind jewelry inspired by Afghani nomadic tribes.  Her roots of being a belly dancer influenced these ethnic designs.  I’ve always been obsessed with tribal headpieces like this, and it’s so great to know that they can be found right here in Charleston.

Dress from Ensemble Consignment Boutique, all jewelry and headpiece by Simply Becoming Designs available at One Boutique,

Photography by Tyler Jordan Mansour at Arab Lincoln Photography

Mix Master

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Why limit yourself to just one thing?  I love the mix of patterns, colors, and textures in this look.  This dress by Twelfth Street by Cynthia Vincent at Pearl is perfection.  The label has been consistently designing feminine and edgy looks for the modern day woman.  This pretty much sums up Pearl’s aesthetic too, where you can find this dress and other fun things to brighten up your wardrobe.

Dress by Twelfth Street by Cynthia Vincent, belt by 3.1 Phillip Lim, earrings and cuff by Megan Park, shoes by Bernado 1946, clutch by Anya Hindmarch all at Pearl M.t Pleasant.

Photography by Jonathan Balliet, makeup by Elina Mille at Bellelina Skincare & Makeup Studio, hair by Charlotte Belk at Elysium Salon and The Elysium Agency.

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 As most Charleston kids start their 1st back day at school, us adults might be reminded of our childhood and happy memories of our carefree days.   It’s always good to take a break from our hectic days to stop and smell the flowers and look at the beautiful place we live in.  These pictures were taken in one of my favorite places, the Old Village in Mt. Pleasant or as I call it “Pleasantville” because of it’s picture perfect beauty.

Top by Ark & Co., shorts by C. Luce, shoes by Dolce Vita, cuff by Lavish by Tricia Milaneze all from Out of Hand.  Sunglasses by See Eyewear.

Photography by Jonathan Balliet, makeup by Elina Mille at Bellelina Skincare & Makeup Studio, hair by Charlotte Belk at Elysium Salon and The Elysium Agency.

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Endless Summer

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Even though summer is nearing a close for most people, us Charlestonians get to enjoy at least 2 more months of beach weather. Lucky us!  Anna is wearing this adorable mini swim dress by Seea and mirrored lens sunglasses by Chili’s from McKevlin’s Surf Shop and necklaces and bracelets by Kate Davis.

Photography by Tyler Jordan Mansour at Arab Lincoln Photography

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