The Restoration Sensation


A couple of months ago I stumbled upon a cool store called The Port Mercantile on Wentworth Street.  Always on the hunt for new boutiques in Charleston, I was intrigued by the logo on the door and the unique products in the window.  I quickly found out that the store was actually a part of the newly renovated boutique hotel The Restoration, which was acquired by Jeffrey R. Anderson Real Estate Inc., a family owned firm based in Cincinnati.  They recently finished renovations in December and offer a fresh, cosmopolitan setting with personal touches thanks to Creative Director Cory Ingram.  A believer in bringing a community together he wanted to create a place that both visitors and locals can enjoy.


How can a local enjoy the amenities of The Restoration without actually staying?  First off, the rooftop restaurant The Watch offers southern infused dishes with one of the best views of the city.  Finding a place for a relaxing mani & pedi use to be limited on the peninsula.  But now that The Amethyst Spa is open you can take a relaxing shopping break and get your nails done just off of King Street.  For a utopian escape you can also experience one of their many facials, massages, and detox treatments.  Another treat is the beautifully curated library of Assouline books filled with art, fashion, and design inspiration. You can never have too many coffee shops in Charleston, and The Rise is stocked full of artisanal blends and pastries to satisfy your morning munchies.


Last but not least is my favorite part of the hotel, the shopping!  The Port Mercantile stocks both local goods and many Brooklyn based jewelry designers.  You can buy everything from Callie’s Biscuits products, to modern accessories, to vintage sunglasses, to sweet smelling candles, to cook books, and so much more.  This will be my one stop shop for gifts for family and friends!

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Stay tuned for more posts about this fabulous new hotel as they hosted me during Charleston Fashion Week.


Dress by NBD $179 from 7 Gypsy // Horn sunglasses $1,250 by Friedrich’s Optik Charleston // Matrix Earrings $192, Matrix Ring $110, and Matrix Cuff $220 by Psyche Jewelry from The Port Mercantile at The Restoration Hotel // “VI-Bayron” snakeskin heels by Vince Camuto $275 from Shoes on King 

Photography by Clifford Pate, Hair by Patrick Navarro at Stella Nova Charleston, Makeup by Lauren Smelley, Mani & Pedi from The Amethyst Spa at The Restoration Hotel

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Scene at CFW Day 5

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 Everyone pulled out all the stops for the final night at Charleston Fashion Week.  CFW veterans mixed with fashion week first timers.

Photography by Clifford Pate

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Tango in the Night

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Lace Overlay Handkerchief Illusion dress $548 by Tracy Reese from // Madeline Earrings by Mignonne Gavigan $225 from The Finicky Filly // Harper Clutch in black $795 by Taxidermy // Swirls ring $100 from Gold Creations // Audrey Sandals by Sam Edelman $100 from  Shoes on King

Photography by Clifford Pate, Hair by  Mac Does Hair, Makeup by Chelsea Sule 

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CFW Featured Designer – Tracy Reese


It was an honor to have New York designer Tracy Reese show at Charleston Fashion Week.  Her 18 year old namesake label is known for vibrant patterns and retro infused feminine silhouettes.  For her spring collection she was inspired by modern dance particularly Alvin Ailey and it showed in the loose, drapey designs.

Photography by Clifford Pate

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House of Sage at CFW


Local boutique House of Sage sent fresh boho looks down the runway at  Charleston Fashion Week.  Wearable ethereal ensembles are their aesthetic and I loved every piece they showed.

Photography by Clifford Pate 

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Day 5 Backstage at CFW with JBalliet


The finale of  Charleston Fashion Week showcased the finalists for the emerging designer competition as well as local boutique House of Sage.  Featured designer Tracy Reese rounded out the evening with a dreamy collection of spring outfits.

Photography by Jonathan Balliet

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Maxed Out

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Erin Color Block Maxi by Adelyn Rae $105 from House of Sage // Beaded clutch by Roberta Roller Rabbit $75 at Freshfields Village // Dr. Scholl’s “Warner” wedges $80.99 from // Granulated cuff $425 and gold bracelet by Christina Jervey // Custom wedding bands by Ash Hoffman // Index Finger Tandem Double Ring (Brass) $68, Middle Finger Orb Double Ring (Brass) $68,  Triangle Cuff (Brass) $80, Space Anchor Earrings (Brass) $90 all by Species By The Thousands and “Julia” Sunglasses by KREWE du optic in Matte Black $195 from The Port Mercantile at The Restoration Hotel

Beauty:  ‘High Volume’ Mascara $31.50, ‘Beauty Booster’ Tinted Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 20$75.50, ‘Golden Glow’ Powder Face Color Refill $36.00,  ‘Correct & Brighten’ Pen $40.50, Lip Color in Kisses $28.50 all from

Photography by Clifford Pate

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