Summer Glow

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I probably spend 80% of my day outdoors in the summertime.  From the pool to the beach to the boat, me and my family stay active while beating the heat.  I always protect my skin and my boys by slathering on at least a 50 spf sunscreen, reapplying often, taking shade when we can, wearing hats and sunglasses, and hydrating all day.  Taking all of these precautions are great, but the one thing that most people forget to do is getting their skin checked annually by a dermatologist.  I got my first skin screening at Germain Dermatology a few months ago and thankfully everything went well.   The head-to-toe skin examination can prevent skin cancer as well as detect skin issues before they worsen.  I even went a step further and experienced the Reveal Imager which analyzes the skin’s surface and underlying skin to further evaluate hyperpigmenation, sun damage, textural issues, wrinkles, rosacea, spider veins and more.  A bit scary, but eye opening to see the status of your skin in high definition.  Germain Dermatology designs a treatment plan and skin care regimen specifically for you after your skin is analyzed.  The sun’s rays can be damaging and taking precautions is so important in the summer and all year round.

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Carmen Dress by ASTR $105 from  7 Gypsy // Tova sunglasses by Blue Planet Eyewear $35.95 from  Henry & Eva // 14k Gold hoop earrings $385, 14k gold 5mm band $275, 14k gold hammered stackable ring $260, 14k gold half round band $200 from Gold Creations // Custom wedding bands by Ash Hoffman // Mustique Cuff $158, Aurora Opal ring $75, Samana Kay ring with coral $156, Mendocino Necklace in bone $168 all by Kate Davis // Lola Cruz sandals $265 from  Shoes on King

Photography by Clifford Pate, on location Holy City Sailing 

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Tropic Thunder

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My favorite summertime jewels that I’ve been sporting on the blog lately are by Charleston designer Kate Davis.  A former dive instructor and marine biologist, Kate tapped into her creative side and launched her sea inspired jewelry line over a decade ago.  She incorporates natural materials derived from the ocean such shells, shark teeth, abalone, mother of pearl, mixed with semi-precious stones set in her signature hammered gold.  Her collection is endless with hundreds of designs and she hand makes everything in her James Island studio.  Kate Davis is an incredible one woman show and juggles being a mom, which I can relate to and respect.  Her designs have even graced the pages of numerous Sport Illustrated Swimsuit issues many times.  Whether you wear her beachy jewels layered and stacked or feature one statement piece, you instantly feel like a summer goddess.

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Caribbean Fever Maxi by Mink Pink $105 from House of Sage //  Aurora Opal ring $75, Paua Wave Collar $205, Beqa shark tooth cuff $145, Cowrie shell cuff $142, Atoll Cuff in turquoise $210 all by Kate Davis // 14k gold Hammered disc post earrings $250, 14k gold half round band $200 from Gold Creations // Custom wedding bands by Ash Hoffman // Amador Sunglasses by Blue Planet Eyewear $49.95 from Henry & Eva // Darrah sandals by Dolce Vita $70 from Shoes on King

Photography by Clifford Pate, on location Holy City Sailing 

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Sun Seekers

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The official start of summer is here and Bits of Lace is celebrating it with an exciting in-store event tomorrow featuring an exclusive 15% off swimwear sale, food, drinks, and more! Usually known for their massive selection of fine lingerie, they also stock up on beautiful swimwear in the warmer season.  

This Saturday there will be music by DJ Kilgo, popsicles from King of Pops, burgers from Stars Rooftop & Grill Room, beer from Southend Brewery, and giveaways from Nectar SunglassesAlso, for every $100 you spend in store June 20-24th you will earn 1 entry into a raffle to win an Eres beach bag full of fun surprises valued at $500!  The party is from 1-5pm at 453 W Coleman Blvd in Mt. Pleasant.

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Kawai red patterned one piece swimsuit by Eres $346 from Bits of Lace // Sunglasses $24, sandals by Dirty Laundry $38 from House of Sage // 14k gold Hammered disc post earrings $250 from Gold Creations // Luxe Crescent necklace $68 and Beqa Cuff $145 by Kate Davis

On Amanda: Ivory beaded kimono by Kalypso $129 from 7 Gypsy // Happy yellow piece swimsuit by Eres $509 from Bits of Lace // Sunglasses $24, sandals by Dirty Laundry $38 from House of Sage // Atoll cuff $210 by Kate Davis // 14k gold dome ring $120 from Gold Creations

Photography by Clifford Pate, on location Holy City Sailing 

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Sunset Sail

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Shayne Poncho by Sincerely Mary $92 from House of Sage //  Anguilla custom opal ring $178, Seminyak Crescent necklace $176, Atoll cuff $210 by Kate Davis // 14k gold Hammered disc post earrings $250, 14k gold 5mm band $275, 14k gold hammered stackable ring $260, 14k gold half round band $200 from Gold Creations // Custom wedding bands by Ash Hoffman // Sneakers by Bucket Feet $68 from  Shoes on King

On Amanda: Pink Maxi by Astars $143, Alchemist necklace by Heather Kahn Jewelry, $85 from 7 Gypsy

Photography by Clifford Pate, on location Holy City Sailing 

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Boat Life with Holy City Sailing

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Taking a boat ride on the waters of Charleston and the surrounding areas is one of the most serene getaways you can have.  I had the pleasure of experiencing one of my favorite rides to date on the Holy City Sailing sailboat with Captain Stewart.  Specializing in private luxury charters leaving the Bohicket Marina in Kiawah, we had a taste of the good life.  The Captain knows these waters well and took us on a sunset cruise as we took in pristine marshes, deserted islands, and dolphins that jumped out of the water as if they were showing off for us.    The comfortable cabin has 2 beds, a bathroom, mini kitchen, and lounging area with a table to dine on.  I heard Captain Stewart also does overnight stays if you really want to experience life on the water.  The sail was truly magical and I would highly recommend it to anyone who is looking for an escape with their loved one or a private party with their best friends.

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White top by Flutter by Dance & Marvel $46 and floral skirt by Flying Tomato $58 from House of Sage // Red bikini top by Eres $520 from Bits of Lace // Python sandals $189 by Taxidermy // Padang Crescent necklace $108, Anguilla custom opal ring $178, Beqa shark tooth cuff $145, Cowrie shell cuff $142 by Kate Davis // 14k Gold hoop earrings $385, 14k gold 5mm band $275, 14k gold hammered stackable ring $260, 14k gold half round band $200 from Gold Creations // Custom wedding bands by Ash Hoffman // Amador Sunglasses by Blue Planet Eyewear $49.95 from Henry & Eva

On Amanda: Riviera Maya Maxi by Raga $123,  White Sands Necklace by Heather Kahn Jewelry $62, Floppy Hat by San Diego Hat Company $62, Flip Flops in Sunkissed by TKEES $50 all from 7 Gypsy

Photography by Clifford Pate, on location Holy City Sailing 

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Vested Interest

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Black vest by Gracia $108 and rose pleated skirt by Le Lis $68 from  Ro Sham Beaux // Gucci satin heels $498 from Trunk Show // Crystal Sharp Wristlet $399 by Ellia Wang represented by Eva Design House // Cage Earrings $259, Ripple Cuff 2” with holes $369, Berry Pattern Ring with London Blue Topaz $349, Ripple Ring $149, Ripple Ring Sky Blue Topaz $349 all by Kristen Baird available at the Gallery at the Grand Bohemian Charleston

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

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Pastel Punch

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Blue romper by Mustard Seed $88 from Ro Sham Beaux // Shoes by Alice + Olivia $198 from Shoes on King // Flower Bag in Pink $718 and Pinwheel earrings $78 by Ellia Wang represented by Eva Design House // Honeycomb Wrap Ring $199, Amethyst Engraved Pattern Ring $229, and Bloom Bracelet  $399 all by Kristen Baird available at the Gallery at the Grand Bohemian Charleston

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

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