Nailing it with Tweexy

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Ever wish there was a more convenient way to polish you nails on the go?  Well Tweexy is the answer, it’s the 1st ever wearable nail polish holder and it is a game changer!  If your like me and don’t have the time to get a manicure every week or actually sit down at a table to do your nails, then your prayers have been answered.  Actually my favorite place to do my nails is in bed, and now I can do it comfortably with a Tweexy.

I had the opportunity to work with the creators of Tweexy – Elizabeth Boyle and Mark Miclette, on a shoot for the launch of their product a few months ago with The Royal Wild.  Elizabeth was a former photo editor for Travel & Leisure Magazine and Mark did internet marketing.   Now residing right here in Sullivan’s Island, they are finally seeing the positive results of their revolutionary invention.  For over 2 years they did their research, development, and tested samples.  They tried every nail polish out there to see if it fit inside, and they tried it on women with a ring size 3 up to a 17.  Every nail polish fit, and the Tweexy fit snuggly on everyone who tried it on.

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It’s made made out of silicon so it’s feels soft and comfortable on your fingers.  The well thought out modern design, and lightweight compact size makes it stylish and easy to travel with.

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For now it comes in bon bon pink, spa green, and sapphire night with sparkles, but stay tuned for Spring.  I heard they’ll be introducing some fun new shades.  At the moment you can only buy Tweexy on Amazon.com for 14.95, but at some point you’ll be able to pick one up at a store near you.

 Tweexy has only been out for 3 weeks and it’s catching major buzz, even in the international market. Cosmopolitan, Seventeen, PopSugar, Daily Mail UK, and Huffington Post have recently wrote about the innovative beauty product.  It’s only a matter of time when you or someone you know will own a Tweexy.

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Photography by Landon Neil Phillips and Videography by Jenny Kleiman at The Royal Wild // Fashion Stylist – Andrea Serrano assisted by Quinton Stewart // Manicures by Ally Francine Ackert // Prop Stylist – Ryland Quillen

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 Today I’m also partnering up with Stella Nova for a super fun Instagram giveaway.  There will be 3 grand prize winners that will be receive a Tweexy, express manicure, and 2 Smith & Cult nail polishes; and 6 runner-ups that will receive 1 Tweexy with 1 nail polish. Tune into my Instagram for all of the details.

Check me out on Lowcountry Live as I give you demo and talk about Tweexy.

 

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Gold Creations, a Lowcountry Love Story

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Nestled in a small building inside the bustling Market Street is Gold Creations, a family owned jewelry boutique that has been in business for over 40 years.  In 1975 Glenn and Vicki Wolfe opened up shop selling to the locals who frequented the area before the tourism explosion in the 80’s.  The young couple had humble beginnings and a wanderlust spirit that brought them out west to hunt for their merchandise.  Traveling cross country in their VW bug, they explored the west and visited Indian reservations in New Mexico to buy the most unique Native American jewelry to sell back in Charleston.

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Their story is one of love, devotion, commitment, and perseverance.  Over the past four decades they have survived Hurricane Hugo, recessions, and continuous flooding.  Their merchandise evolved from bohemian hippie jewelry, to a more classic refined look.  What is the secret to their success?  Knowing that having their own business has given them the most rewarding experience in their life.  After Glenn’s passing 5 years ago, Vicki is looking forward to passing on their legacy for generations to come.


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The proud momma Vicki Wolfe with her 4 children – Glenn, Patrick, Emily, and Liz.  Each one has worked at Gold Creations at some point in their life.  Currently Liz handles the marketing, Patrick is the shop manager, and Jonathan her son-in-law handles the back of the house with accounting details.  It truly is a family affair.

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Gold Creations stocks iconic pieces such as Charleston Rice Beads, Gates of Charleston, and Charleston Charms that visitors love stocking up on.  The shop also carries a wide variety of fine jewelry with precious and semi-precious stones.  If your looking for those wow statement rings, they carry a dizzying array of every color and design.

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View more to hear about Vicki Wolfe’s story and how Gold Creations has grown with Charleston over the years.

Photography by Clifford Pate

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Cocktails with the Bandits at 5 Church

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A couple of weeks ago I had the pleasure of dining and drinking with THE Cocktail Bandits at the newly opened 5 Church.  Taneka Reaves & Johnny Caldwell are the reigning queens of the cocktail scene. These ladies are everywhere, every night, covering all the fun events you want to be at.  But don’t mistake them to be just party girls, these ladies are trailblazers in a male dominated industry.  Partnering up with major liquor companies and local bars and restaurants, the Bandits are digital influencers with a huge following that is growing by the second.  Their inspiring story and strong friendship are the foundation of their success.

Majoring in Political Science at the College of Charleston, Taneka and Johnny quickly bonded over drinks and similar intetrests.  12 years later they are brand ambassadors to the leading liquor companies, slinging and sipping cocktails at the hottest parties, and hosting an event at the upcoming Charleston Wine and Food.  Most importantly they are still best friends.

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After months of saying how much we need to get together we finally made a plan to meet at 5 Church for happy hour.  Ironically I’m not a big drinker but I’m having cocktails with the Cocktail Bandits, who can drink most men under the table.  I couldn’t resist having a raspberry mojito, which reminded me of my balmy days in Spain last summer.  If I sipped on Tequila all day like Taneka and Johnny maybe I could keep up, but I’ll just leave that to the experts.

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What I am good at is eating a cheese plate like it’s my main course.  Who needs the 5 food groups when you have honeycomb, olives, grilled baguette slices, and 4 different cheeses?

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The beautifully renovated building that 5 Church took over on Market Street was originally a church that was built 100 years ago.  The vaulted ceilings, stained glass windows, and leather tufted banquettes make a grand environment, perfect for a date or a girls night out.

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 One of my favorite details are the hand-painted words from the book “The Art of War” on the restaurant’s ceiling.

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The oh so fly Johnny Caldwell showing some tribal flair wearing IBU.

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One of my favorite nibbles were the Crispy Beet Sliders.   They were fried to perfection, topped with mixed greens and red onions all packed tightly on a bite size bun.  Yes, I could eat a dozen of these no problem.  Another highlight was the steamed mussels in a tomato sauce perfect for dipping.

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The adorable Taneka Reaves dripping in a hand beaded corset made in Africa and jewelry from IBU.

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The desserts were both tasty and beautiful to look at.  My favorite was the Lemongrass Frozen Mousse with fruity pebble milk clusters, raspberry curd, meringue kisses, and finger lime caviar.  It was a harmonious mix of sweet and tart, smooth and textured, and nothing I’ve ever tasted before.  The Red Velvet cake was more on the chocolatey side, but with a gourmet twist. It was topped with cheesecake mousse, brown butter pistachios, and sprinkled with edible pansies.

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View more for some Q&A with the captivating Cocktail Bandits.

Photography by Libby Williams 

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Black sheer bodysuit by Hanky Panky and Black bra by Marie Jo from Bits of Lace PH: 843-531-6625 // Miriella Tiered Midi Skirt by Alexis $290.40 from  Beckett Boutique PH: 843-405-1105 // Crop Techno Cotton Jacket by Akris Punto $995 from Rapport PH: 843-727-0088 // Earrings $146 from Noddy PH: 843-872-6094 // 14k Peridot ring with diamonds $450 and 14k Pehnite and tsavorite ring $1,400 from Gold Creations PH: 843-577-4862 // Ema heels by Rachel Zoe $278 from Shoes on King  PH: 843-718-2190

Photography by Libby Williams , Makeup by Gretchen Schuster at Germain Dermatology, On location at 5 Church

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Getting that Healthy Glow at Germain Dermatology

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It’s no mystery that your skin changes with age and exposure to the sun and I have personally felt the affects of all of this.  Blessed with pretty decent skin from my Filipino mother and Italian father I’m still not safe from aging and the elements.  Being proactive with a skincare regimen, protecting myself from the sun’s harmful rays, and drinking lots of water is how I’m taking on this challenge.  Thankfully Germain Dermatology is helping me with that new skincare routine.

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Starting with the Skin Tone Enhancement Lotion.  This bottle contains botanical ingredients such as Kojic acid, Arbutin, Bearberry and contains green tea and other soothing antioxidants.  One of the main ingredients is glyceryl stearate which acts as a lubricant on the skin’s surface, and gives the skin a soft and smooth appearance. It also slows the loss of water from the skin by forming a barrier on the skin’s surface. The Advanced Vitamin C Brightening Serum is basically vitamin C in a bottle and helps to brighten and even out skin tone. Using some kind of under eye moisturizer goes without saying these days.  The Hydrating Eye Serum with super hydration benefits of Hyaluronic Acid to soothe, smooth, and plump the skin in that much needed area.

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The little blue bottle of hydration for your skin is the Hydra Boost Serum.  The serum is packed with ingredients that reduce the signs of aging while giving you brighter, firmer and rejuvenated skin. And don’t worry, no artificial dyes were used to make this beautiful hue of blue.  The Ultra Lite Moisture Dew Cream is exactly how it sounds, it’s light on the face while  moisturizing the skin with oil-free ingredients and plant extracts such as aloe vera and squalane emollient.

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Last but not least is the Super Sheer Physical Sunscreen SPF 50+ with both UVA and UVB protection.  The suns rays are damaging and protecting your skin everyday is so vital. This sunscreen is light and smooth without the cakey layered feeling that you get with your average sunscreen, so it’s perfect to wear under your makeup.

Photography by Clifford Pate

 

My Cherie Amour

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Madeline dress by Steady Clothing $68, Lola heels by Bait footwear $74, bag by Nila Anthony $64, Petite Pansy studs $38, and sunglasses $18 from Dandy Boutique PH: 843-475-3927

Photography by Libby Williams , on location at Rue de Jean

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Will You Be Mine?

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Valentine’s gift ideas from local shops in Charleston.

1st Row: Voluspa candle in Aurantia and blackberry $35 from Stella Nova Charleston PH: 843-884-3838 // Julie Vos Mosaic necklace $179 from Shirtini PH: 843-259-5243 // “Always and Forever” art print by Rifle Paper Co. $24 from Dandy Boutique PH: 843-475-3927

2nd Row:  Minimalist ring holder in navy $18 from Open Door Shop   PH: 843-872-6469 // Lace bra $154 and lace thong $82 by Marie Jo from Bits of Lace PH: 843-531-6625 // Gin Fizz by Lubin perfume $160 from Lily PH: 843-577-7633

3rd Row: Lindsay Cowles bowtie and cummerbund set $270 from Noddy PH: 843-872-6094 // Rose Gold heart earrings $45 from  Gold Creations PH: 843-577-4862 //  What I Love About Us book $12 from  Lulu Burgess PH: 843-405-1221

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