Streetwise

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Black teddy by Flora Nikrooz $110 and Marie Jo bra from Bits of Lace PH: 843-531-6625  // Blush mini skirt by Alexis $334, ring by Elizabeth & James, and sunglasses by Le Specs $59 from Beckett Boutique PH: 843-405-1105 // Floral blazer $114 from Warren on King PH: 843-725-9144 // Booties by Mia $69.99 from Macy’s  // Black quilted backpack by Nila Anthony $72 from Dandy Boutique PH: 843-475-3927 // Victorian collar necklace $5,250 and goldbug earrings with pearls from Croghan’s Jewel Box PH: 843-723-3594 // 5.50ct amethyst .26cttw diamond ring set in 18k yellow gold $1400 from Gold Creations PH: 843-577-4862 // Python iphone case $149 from Taxidermy

Beauty:  Lipstick in “Micro Berry” from Jonny Cosmetics // Smith and Cult nail color in Stockholm Syndrome from Stella Nova

Photography by Clifford Pate, Hair and Makeup by  Mac Does Hair, Style Assistant – Quinton Stewart

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The Celebrate Collection from Candy Shop Vintage

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“Celebrate” the holidays with the new festive collection from Candy Shop Vintage.  Inspired by retro cocktails and accoutrements, the new designs are the perfect statement pieces to get the party started.  Everything from a champagne bottle necklace, champagne coupe earrings and necklace, gin pendant necklace, cocktail shaker, and a charm bracelet with all the ingredients to make a French 75 cocktail are a part of this whimsy collection.  Designer Deirdre Zahl even added a new twist to her Charleston Rice Bead collection with a bib style necklace and a 3 strand rice bead earrings.

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Join designer Deirdre Zahl as she hosts a Shop Small Saturday event at her flagship Candy Shop Vintage store today.  From 2 – 5pm at 9 Cannon Street, her sister-in-law Cate West Zahl will showcasing her abstract art inspired by the Celebrate Collection and fashion illustrator Daniel Velasco will be back doing live portraits.

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Photography by Amanda Greely, Model – Adrienne O’Docharty, Makeup by Dannon Collard

Warm & Fuzzy

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Coral Alpaca Sweater hand knit in Peru $355 and “Jardin Babouche” fur slippers by Brothers Vellies $380 from IBU PH: 843-327-8304  // Jeans by KanCan $58 from House of Sage PH: 843-573-7256 //  Camel Fedora Hat by San Diego Hat Co. $56 from Dandy Boutique  PH: 843-475-3927 // Springbok and python bag $1,995 from Taxidermy // Crystal star bracelet $70 from Croghan’s Jewel Box PH: 843-723-3594

Photography by Clifford Pate, Hair and Makeup by  Mac Does Hair, Style Assistant – Quinton Stewart

Merry and Bright

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Andrea wears:  Green dress by Adelyn Rae $88 and Felt hat by Something Special $40 from House of Sage PH: 843-573-7256 // Black and vest by Sheri Bodell $275 from Ro Sham Beaux  PH: 843-789-3478 //  Clutch by Minor History NYC $98, Cross necklace by Rebecca Lankford $425, Lariat necklace by Buju $275 from Elizabeth Stuart Design PH: 843-641-7087 // Black “Simba” leather booties $195 by Corso Como from Shoes.com

Amanda wears: Red mesh overlay dress by Sheri Bodell $278 from Ro Sham Beaux PH: 843-789-3478 // Purse by Ted Baker $169 from Warren on King PH: 843-724-9144 // Gold chocker $78 from Ro Sham Beaux  PH: 843-641-7087 // Gold cuff $68 from Lulu Burgess PH: 843-405-1221 //18k yellow gold milky Quartz with .55cttw with diamond ring $1950 from Gold Creations PH: 843-577-4862  // Booties by Mia $69.99 from Macy’s 

Photography by Clifford Pate, Hair and Makeup by  Mac Does Hair, Style Assistants – Quinton Stewart and Jessie Baker, on location at The Renaissance Hotel

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Feasting at The Barony Tavern

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With Thanksgiving around the corner comfort is on everyone’s mind.  But then again, comfort food is always on my mind all year round.  The Barony Tavern  located in the The Renaissance Hotel was the perfect setting for a fall photoshoot and I jumped at the chance to sample their mouthwatering menu.  The hunting lodge meets gentleman’s club decor made for a rustic chic combo that was warm and inviting.

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Chef Robert Carter, formerly of Peninsula Grill, is at the helm at this tasty tavern which opened in March.  I invited my good friend Amanda Gosnell with me to sample some dishes and we went for it!  With a variety on their lunch menu that could satisfy even the pickiest eater, I knew we couldn’t go wrong.  I never met a fry I didn’t like so we started out with a plate of french fries to dip into pimento cheese and an herb dipping sauce that hit the spot.

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To balance out the fries we had the Toasted Farro Salad with oven dried grapes, baby kale, feta, pistachios, and red wine vinaigrette.  This was a meal in itself and is a kale lovers dream with hints of sweetness from the dried grapes.  Whenever I see ravioli on the menu I have to order it, and I’m so glad I ordered the Butternut Squash Ravioli.  On a bed of sauteed spinach with local shrimp, bacon, heirloom tomatoes, cooked with brown butter, this sharing plate was hard to share.

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Amanda ordered the Market Fish with local vegetable medley in a tomato-sweet onion broth which was both healthy and filling.  My photographer Clifford Pate dived into the Barony Burger which looked pretty solid with aged cheddar, fried onions, bacon, green goddess aioli on a brioche bun.  For those burger aficionados out there, I would say that this should be on your burger bucket list.

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The Barony Tavern is definitely a place I would come back to for lunch, brunch, and I’m looking forward to eating Grandma’s Fried Chicken Supper on Sundays with the all the fixins’.

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Andrea wears:  Fringe suede skirt by Willow and Clay $139 , feathered hat by Lovely Bird $128, and brown booties by Bed Stu $195 from 7 Gypsy PH: 843-388-2464 // Flannel shirt by All Things Bell $235 from Shirtini  PH: 843-259-5243  //  Heart necklace by Robin Haley $865 from Elizabeth Stuart Design PH: 843-388-3892 // Lapis ring set in 14k yellow gold $595 and green amethyst  & malachite ring set in 14k yellow gold $1,200 from Gold Creations PH: 843-577-4862 // Goldbug ring from Croghan’s Jewel Box PH: 843-723-3594 // Lipstick in “Micro Berry” from Jonny Cosmetics

Amanda wears:  Floral dress by Poppy Lux $74 from Dandy Boutique PH: 843-475-3927 // Cap by BCBG $30 from Ensemble Consignment // Knuckle chain ring by Elizabeth & James $123 from Beckett Boutique PH: 843-405-1105 // Jade ring set in yellow gold $495 and 14k gold ring $275 from Gold Creations PH: 843-577-4862 // Gold bracelet with crystals $55 from Ro Sham Beaux  PH: 843-789-3478 // “Dynamite” champagne leather metallic low bootie by Corso Como $164.95 from Nordstrom

Photography by Clifford Pate, Hair and Makeup by  Mac Does Hair, Style Assistants – Quinton Stewart and Jessie Baker, on location at The Barony Tavern at The Renaissance Hotel

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On Tour with Ash Hoffman

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Myrtle Beach based jewelry designer Ash Hoffman is a force of nature.  I first met her at the Style Lounge at Charleston Fashion Week 2 years ago and we became instant friends.  Always on the hunt for up and coming talent I stumbled upon her showcase of amazing designs and knew we should collaborate together. Ash Hoffman is my go to girl when I want to pull both delicate layering pieces and statement jewelry.  She even redesigned my wedding rings turning 3 rings into 6 works of art!

Ash Hoffman’s love of travel, organic shapes, natural materials, and heartfelt sentiments inspire each piece she designs. Her journey as a jewelry designer started in Uganda where she bought some native jewelry and deconstructed it.  From there she wanted to learn more about the process of jewelry making and went to school in south Florida to develop her skills. 5 years later and Ash Hoffman has developed a brand that’s distinct with her aesthetic “Bohemian Bling”.  Recently she won Jtv’s 1st jewelry reality competition called Rockstar Designer proving that her designs have mass appeal.  Whether it’s a custom made commission or a popular design she’s made for her website, Ash puts her heart and soul into each piece to make it one of a kind.

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Dress $58 from Warren on King // Boots by Chanel $998 at The Trunk Show // Sunglasses $42 from Cavortress // All jewelry by Ash Hoffman

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Fringe jacket by Havana $78 and jeans by DL 1961 $178 from 7 Gypsy // Tank top by Bra 30 $37 from Shirtini  // All jewelry by Ash Hoffman

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Shirt by Claridge and King $140 from Shirtini // “Benedict” maxi skirt $128 by Francis and Benedict // Zebra Karen sandals by Brothers Vellies $395 from Ibu // All jewelry by Ash Hoffman

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Dress by Kas New York $192 from 7 Gypsy // Leather clutch by Minor History NYC $85 from Elizabeth Stuart Design // All jewelry by Ash Hoffman

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Printed kimono by Arie. A $149 and ultra suede top Blush Noir $39 from 7 Gypsy // Skirt $62 from Warren on King // Springbok Congo Sandals by Brothers Vellies $380  from IBU // All jewelry by Ash Hoffman

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Dress by Melinda Looi $615 from 7 Gypsy // All jewelry by Ash Hoffman

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For this look book blogger Venita Aspen plays the role of a young soul singer on tour and always decked to the nine’s.  Her style is vintage and eclectic, with a little rock and roll thrown in for good measure.  Fearless and adventurous are synonymous with her way of life and Ash Hoffman Jewelry.

Photography by Lauren Sykes, Model – Venita Aspen, Stylist – Andrea Serrano, Makeup by Elina Milla at BellelinaStyle Assistant – Quinton Stewart

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Walk This Way

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Part 2 of my Scout Guide Charleston collaboration with Freshfields Village is all about what to wear in Charleston fall weather.  While most of the country might be wearing sweaters and coats, our temperature is in limbo.  An easy way to transition into the next season is a printed dress like this one by Ella Moss from The Resort Shop and a pair of Stuart Weitzman over the knee boots from Holly & Brooks.

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Delicate jewelry from Urban Nirvana is a year round necessity.

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Jungle Floral Flutter dress by Ella Moss $198 from The Resort Shop // “Mane” over the knees suede stretch boots by Stuart Weitzman $698 from Holly & Brooks // Gold and Gray Mystic Labradorite with Mini Gold Filled Skull necklace $110, Gold and Gray Mini Gold Shark Tooth necklace $99, Roost Heirloom Brass Bangles $45 each, Monserat De Lucca Cava Tote in Champagne $250 from Urban Nirvana // Sunglasses by Lunettes Kollektion $233.40 from Ombra Moderno

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Stay tuned as I take over the Freshfields Village Instagram on Dec. 1st.  It will be a fun-filled day of scouting all the shops for gift ideas for the whole family.  I can’t wait to see what these Kiawah boutiques have in store!

Photos by Libby Williams, hair and Makeup by Chelsea Hodges at Urban Nirvana, on location at Freshfields Village

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