Dandy’s Cabana Daze

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It’s always a fun retro affair styling the Dandy Boutique look book shoots.  This summer we went to The Tides on Folly Beach for our “staycation” shoot.  It was the perfect backdrop for the pool party meets beach holiday.  The Tides is the only hotel on Folly that is beach front and has a pool, bar, and delish restaurant Blu all on the waterfront.  We were excited that they graciously hosted us for our day of vintage stylings.

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Not only does Dandy stock the cutest retro clothing and accessories at an affordable price, but they also carry pool floats, portable radios, picnic accessories, and everything else you need for a summer party. This year they added swimsuits by Kling and Steady Clothing that are perfect for any body type!

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Swimsuit by Kling, earrings by Tiny Tassel, sunglasses by Lipopsun, radio by SunnyLife, disco drinker: Packed Party

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Swimsuit by Kling, sunglasses by Lipopsun, necklace by Ban.do, watermelon float by by SunnyLife

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Swimsuits by Steady Clothing, sunglasses by Lipopsun, earrings by I Crave Jewels

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Anna wears: Striped Romper by She & Sky, sandals by B.C. Footwear Shoes, earrings by I Crave Jewels and bracelet by Tiny Tassel, sunglasses by Lipopsun

Abi wears: White romper by Everly, shirt by Kling, shoes by Loly in the Sky, earrings Tiny Tassel, sunglasses by Lipopsun

Photography by Jonathan Balliet, Styling by Andrea Serrano, Makeup by Rebekah Ellie, Hairstylist – Mac Does Hair, Models – Anna Holloway and Abi Rose, on location The Tides Folly Beach, all clothing and accessories from Dandy Boutique 

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Southern Visionaries

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Discovering new talent is my passion and at the recent Charleston Fashion Week I met a group of exceptionally talented women from Savannah at the Style Lounge.  Eva Design House which is a showroom/incubator for emerging accessory designers based in Savannah showcased wares from jewelry designer Kristen Baird and bag designer Ellia Wang.  It was refreshing to see original designs and impeccable craftsmanship in the jewelry and handbags.  These SCAD alums represent the modern design movement that is currently happening in the south and it’s very exciting.

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Kristen Baird’s jewelry is both organic and sculptural.  She draws inspiration from nature such as honeycombs, flowers, rain, and waterfalls as well as architecture.  I was first drawn to her designs when I saw it in the Grand Bohemian Charleston gallery shop and styled her jewelry for the cover of Charleston Magazine‘s March issue.  Kristen will be back in Charleston for her Moving Metals” trunk show at the Grand Bohemian Charleston gallery on June 11th where you can meet the artist from 5:30-8pm as well as June 12th from 1-4pm for Second Sunday.

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Combining origami, geometric shapes as well as nature, Ellia Wang’s innovative bags are unique and one of a kind.  She uses her impeccable eye for detail as she handcrafts each bag, a skill that is rare in the age of mass production.  The materials that Ellia uses are of the finest quality from Italian calf leather to minimal gold hardware. The Marble Sharp Wristlet bag featured here is a marble pattern that’s printed on suede. Ellia Wang’s  bags recently got picked up at local retailers the Trunk Show and Maris Dehart, which is slated to open in July.

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Stay tuned for more innovative creations from Kristen Baird and Ellia Wang on my blog!

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Pink vest by Mustard Seed $78 from Ro Sham Beaux // Shirt dress by Xander $460 from Rapport // Shoes by Bettye Muller $295 from Shoes on King // Marble Sharp Wristlet $399 by Ellia Wang // Ripple cuff with holes $419, Ripple Ring with Peru Chalcedony $349, Honeycomb Wrap Ring $199, Amethyst Engraved Pattern Ring $229 by Kristen Baird

Photography by Jonathan Balliet, on location at the Grand Bohemian Charleston

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Shebu Movement

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I’m excited to announce the much anticipated launch of Shebu, ibu’s lower priced collection of clothing, jewelry, and gifts for women.  The cult following of ibu consists of both younger and older women with every economic background.  The younger crowd wants everything in the shop but sometimes can’t afford it.  Now with the new Shebu line there is a great mix of lust-worthy items that are under $195, including the tunic I’m wearing here.  Available online and in the shop, you can support female artisans from around the world while looking global chic.

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Another exciting feature is the new It bag from Taxidermy – the Micro Mackie Tote. The smaller version of the original Mackie Tote still makes a huge statement.  The gold bangles and earrings by Melinda Maria and sunglasses by Blue Planet Eyewear at Henry & Eva are some of the treasures that you can find in this Mt. Pleasant shop. The stretchy skinny jeans from House of Sage are the softest and most comfortable jeans you’ll own, and for only $58 you can’t got wrong!

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Four Seasons Tunic $160, Live Luxe Bangles in sterling silver with 24k gold plated beads $385, Marabou slippers by Brother Vellies from ibu //  Seraphina Skinny Jeans by Kan Can $58 from House of Sage // Sunglasses by Blue Planet $29.95, earrings $98, bangles $68 each by Melinda Maria, from Henry & Eva // Necklace by Elizabeth & James, 14k gold plated stacked rings $215 by Frieda Rothman from Croghan’s Jewel Box // Micro Mackie Tote in Electric Blue $1,195 by Taxidermy 

 Photography by Clifford Pate, shot on location at The Daffodil Cottages

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Coral Crush

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Romper by Some Days Lovin $88 from House of Sage // 14k gold plated stacked rings $215 and Circular rope ring by Frieda Rothman from Croghan’s Jewel Box // Sunglasses by Blue Planet $49.95, feathered cuff $128, 3pc bangle set $178, bangles $128, 178 and 68 each by Melinda Maria from Henry & Eva // Beaded fringe necklace $325, Coast sandals by Brother Vellies, and Palma bag $685 by Brother Vellies from ibu 

Photography by Clifford Pate, shot on location at The Daffodil Cottages

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Summer Style at Style Dwell

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The Summer Look Book shoot for Style Dwell was a day packed with endless swimwear and warm weather essentials.  Shot at the quaint Daffodil Cottages on Folly Beach, it was the perfect backdrop for for a tropical getaway.  Style Dwell,  stocks some of the best swimwear in town from pretty patterned bikinis to fun one pieces, so you can’t go wrong.  And the swimsuits are just the beginning.  They also carry on trend clothes and accessories including one of my favorite jewelry designers, Ash Hoffman. They’re so worth the trip to James Island to shop, and for the locals it’s so nice to just stay in the hood.

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Swimsuit by Trina Turk, sunglasses by Nectar

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Bikini by Nanette Lepore, kimono by Chaser, bracelets by Ash Hoffman, necklace by Lat & Lo

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Bikini by Trina Turk, body chain by Ash Hoffman

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Swimsuit by Mink Pink bracelets by Ash Hoffman, necklace by Lat & Lo

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Python mini bag by Taxidermy, cuff by Ash Hoffman

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View more to see the full look book!

Models – Chelsea Meissner & Via Patrick, photography by Clifford Pate, Styled by Andrea Serrano, shot on location at The Daffodil Cottages

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Island Life

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Column dress with cowrie embellishment and wrap $925 and beaded sandals by Pikolinos from ibu // Sunglasses by Blue Planet $29.95, bangles $98, $128, $98, and $178, bands $78 each by Melinda Maria, and python clutch by Erika Lynn $300 from Henry & Eva // Lapis, coral, green turquoise, and moonstone “Graham” bangles $78 each and Moonstone “Everett” earrings by Addison Weeks; necklace by Elizabeth & James; Circular roped ring and bricked lapis liner ring by Freida Rothman from Croghan’s Jewel Box

Photography by Clifford Pate, shot on location at The Daffodil Cottages

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Dive In

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Bathing Suit by Acacia $207, Cover-up by L*Space $145, Sunglasses by Wonderland Sun $185 from Las Olas at Freshfields Village // Shoes by Donald J. Pliner from from Holly and Brooks at Freshfields Village // Hat by San Diego Hat Company $79 from 7 Gypsy // Tsavorite “annie” ring $325 and custom birthstone cuff (shown with aquamarine) starts at $295 by Ash Hoffman

Photography by Libby Williams, on location at Andell Inn

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