Thoroughly Modern Maris Dehart

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It’s not too often that you find a modern space in downtown Charleston that supports progressive southern designers.  The newly open Maris DeHart is a gem of a store located in the heart of downtown on Vendue and East Bay, a location predominately known for restaurants and tourist sites. But when visitors stumble upon this store they will be pleasantly surprised that this is not your typical Charleston trinket store.  Alden DeHart Haviland created a concept lifestyle boutique filled with brands and products that have a contemporary edge.  You can find something for everyone whether it’s well priced women’s clothing and sunglasses; local art from Elina Mille, Morgan Cole, Carrie Beth Waghorn; distinctive handbags by Ellia Wang, Taxidermy, and HR Deneau; handmade jewelry by Christina Jervey and Ash Hoffman; Charleston inspired graphic pillows by Suite 33 and so much more!

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Alden’s vision and innovative ideas will heighten the shopping experience in Charleston.  Her unique boutique is a great addition to the shopping mix in Charleston and I’m excited to see the new brands she introduces to our city.

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Photo by Terrence Edwards of Current Visuals

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I’m excited to partner up with Maris DeHart for a curated selection of some of my favorite designs called Curator Covets.  We’re starting off with Ash Hoffman jewelry and pillows by Suite 33, who I’m of course big fans of. I first met Ash Hoffman two years ago at Charleston Fashion Week where we immediately hit off and we’ve been collaborating ever since.  I met Emily Papuga of Suite 33 a few years ago when she was designing clothes.  She recently launched her collection of  graphic textiles and pillows that are inspired by iconic Charleston locations. Stay tuned as we add more local brands!

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 Their grand opening party which is tomorrow from 5-9pm will be a fun one with DJ Deirdre Zahl of Candy Shop Vintage  spinning beats, and of course there’ll be bubbles and bites at 32 Vendue Range. Come out and experience Charleston’s new boutique that is elevating the retail scene.

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Shirtdress $68, wood clutch by HR Deneau $189, sunglasses $32, silver knot bangle $225, silver open wire cuff $295, and silver bar necklace $175 by Christina Jervey, Stix ring $295 and Chloe ring with tourmaline and tsavorite ring $395 by Ash Hoffman all from Maris Dehart // Shoes by Fortress of Inca $240 from Shoes on King

Photography by Clifford Pate

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Purchase With a Purpose at Be the Change

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With so many stores opening up at light speed in Charleston it’s hard to keep up with them all.  Be the Change Boutique who recently opened on Lower King is one not to be overlooked. Two best friends Ashley Miller and Ashleigh Hover wanted to open up a retail space that made a difference in the world.  Every single brand that they carry are philanthropic and work with global charities around the world. From providing jobs to former sex-trafficking victims in the Philippines to scholarship opportunities to people living in poverty, the charities are endless.  These are girls are so knowledgable on every brand that they carry and each cause that they stand for, you can’t help buying at least one thing at their shop.

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When you walk up to their boutique on the second floor you know your in for a real treat. The beautiful space is filled with stylish clothing for both men and women along with accessories, shoes, home decor, paper products, tech gadgets, and even chocolate. More than a few of their products are signed by the people who made it, giving it a personal connection.  It’s such a good feeling to know where your clothing is coming from and knowing that your purchase is making an impact in their lives.  My other favorite part of the store is the incredible prices.  An average shirt could cost $40 and the jewelry ranges from $20-$60, not bad for shopping local!

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I’m excited to feature them on my next Lowcountry Live segment “Clothing for a Cause” this Friday.  Tune in at 10am to see all the local stores and brands that are giving back while making you look stylish.

View more to learn about Ashley & Ashleigh’s story and how their “Purchase With a Purpose” motto is so infectious.
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Synergy Maxi Tank Dress $76, Soko Kito Cross Ring $46, Greenola Badu Horn Studs $27.99, Penh Lenh Tassel Necklace $72, Penh Lenh Wrap $49, Pura Vida Fruit Punch Clutch $32, The Root Collective Izzie Flats $99 all from Be the Change Boutique

Photography by Clifford Pate

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One Love

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True love is not bound by skin color, gender, beliefs, or background.  These two beauties, Abigail Marie (right) and Natalie Rodriguez (left,) are madly in love with each other and are proud to share it with the world. Both creative souls, these women share their passion for life and never take for granted the endearing love that they have found.

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They are the perfect symbols of love to represent this bridal story.  Wearing one of a kind gowns by One Love Design by Rachel Gordon, these ethereal goddesses happily posed in front of Southern Smoke Cigars super swanky airstream at Holy City Brewing Company.

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To learn more about Abigail and Natalie’s story and admiration for one another view more.

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Dresses by One Love Design by Rachel Gordon // Earrings and draped beaded chain by Birdsong // Floral crown by Anna Bella Florals

Host and Floral: The Event Cooperative, Photography: Nickie Cutrona, Fashion Stylist: Andrea Serrano,  Hairstylist: Mac Does Hair, Makeup: Bellelina Skincare and Makeup Studio, Location: Holy City Brewing Company, Airstream by Southern Smoke Cigars

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Overall Good Times

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My second day with my family at Wild Dunes was jam packed with fun as we pool hopped and rode bikes, soaking up the last moments of our staycation.  I rented a tandem bike so my youngest, Sebastian could ride along without worrying about keeping up with his training wheels.  Me and the boys rode until we reached the Links Golf Course and then we broke for a yummy lunch at at Huey’s overlooking the beautiful greens.

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Before we headed out for our busy day we had to throw down a big breakfast.  You think we would still be full from the night before at Coastal Provisions, but alas we came back for more.  The menu covered everything from savory to sweet and in between.  I opted for the Flapjacks made with real corn topped with home made granola and bourbon vanilla syrup.  My boys gobbled down their all time favorites – Chocolate Pancakes with a side of bacon and eggs.  My photographer and foodie sidekick Libby Williams ordered the shrimp and crab omelette which looked like a delectable work of art.

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All good things must come to an end, but the memories we made at Wild Dunes will live on forever.  Me and my family enjoyed ourselves to the fullest and would totally come back again, even in the off season so we can explore some more.  With all of the fun activities and excursions you need a good 4 days to take advantage of it all.  This just means we’ll be back for another adventure!

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Denim overalls by Love Stitch $54, Sunglasses $15, Sandals by BC Footwear $60, Ice Cream purse $34, and donut clutch all from Dandy Boutique // Stripped shirt by Honey Punch $36 from House of Sage // Sterling silver “paz” necklace $115, “Curtis” skull ring $95, “Luna” turquoise ring $125 all by Ash Hoffman from Maris Dehart 

Photography by Libby Williams

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Coastal Cravings

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Other than shopping, eating out is my second favorite thing to do.  So while at our stay at Wild Dunes we had to try out the newly renovated Coastal Provisions located in the Boardwalk Inn. We were in for a real treat because this was not your average surf and turf.  The menu which focuses on seafood and meat are paired with the freshest locally sourced ingredients.  Executive Chef Brett Sparman conjures delectable dishes while being creative by experimenting with unusual combinations. The extensive drink menu spanned from fancy cocktails, to a broad selection of wine, to a lineup of local craft beers.

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Of course we had to start with the oysters, which we slurped down in seconds.  As the appetizers kept on coming, my photographer Libby Williams meticulously snapped pics of each dish.  A bona fide food aficionado, Libby just recently launched her food blog Plate South featuring restaurants and recipes in Charleston and beyond.  It’s been so much fun combining food and fashion on my blog the past few months and what better way to collaborate than with a lifestyle photographer and food blogger!

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Some of the appetizer highlights were the Tuna Poke with benne seeds, scallions, and avocado puree. This dish screamed summer with it’s light fare and fresh ingredients.  My other favorite was the Crispy Brussel Sprouts with baked with parmesan cheese.  Eating your veggies never tasted so good!

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I was never a seafood person until I moved to Charleston, and it opened up a whole new world for me.  I usually opt for the chicken dish, but had to try the fish of the day which was the Halibut and it didn’t disappoint!  Sitting on top of a creamy mixture of spinach, mushrooms, and corn, every bite just melted in my mouth. I highly recommend a trip to Wild Dunes even if it’s just to eat at Coastal Provisions.  It’s always good to step outside of your comfort zone and dive into a culinary adventure!

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Dress, sandals, and sunglasses from Dandy Boutique // Thea necklace $525, Edie rose gold ring with diamonds $1,455, Tiger cuff with diamonds all by Ash Hoffman

Photography by Libby Williams

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Boardwalk Days

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Staying at Wild Dunes felt like we were staying at a mini island city.  When you walk out of the Boardwalk Inn onto the boardwalk, pastel hued townhouses line up on either side giving it that quintessential coastal feel. Conveniently placed is Duney’s the ice cream shop, which was a hit with the kids and also us adults.  After soaking up some rays and swimming in the pool, ice cream was just what we needed.

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The part that I loved the most was walking onto the beach, just steps away from the Grand Pavilion pools.  To maximize your relaxation level you can rent an umbrella and chair for the day.  It takes the schlepping element out of packing up for the beach.  They also have a shower which is always nice to wash off that sticky salt water before you head back to the beach bar to sip on some frozen drinks.

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Kairavi embroidered tunic $55 from ibu // Denim shorts by DL1961 $45 from 7 Gypsy // Amador Sunglasses by Blue Planet Eyewear $49.95 from Henry & Eva // Aquamarine beaded “paz” necklace  by  Ash Hoffman // Gold stick earrings $75 by Christina Jervey 

On Sebastian: Kids boxer waist swimsuit $20.36, On Mateo: Kids classic waist shorts $33.96 by Surania

Photography by Libby Williams

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Wild Dunes Weekend

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A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of staying at Wild Dunes with my family for Father’s Day, it was the ideal getaway and staycation for all of us.  Anywhere that has a pool, refreshing drinks and great food is a recipe for the perfect weekend.  Our first stop of course was the pool.  There are 4 pools to choose from and we checked out the Boardwalk Inn pool first.  The kids loved it because it had two areas with a walkway bridge that you could swim under.  The cabanas are perfect to grab some shade and take a nap.

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Me and my boys wore our new swimsuits by Surania, an online company that let’s you customize your swimsuits.  They loved playing fashion designer by picking out their patterns and style of shorts.   Sebastian has been sporting his euro mankini look all summer long!

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The pool was perfectly located behind the Boardwalk Inn and led out to the boardwalk where the ice cream shop was strategically placed. We pool hopped going to the Grand Pavilion Pools next and eventually to the beach. We felt like we were thousands of miles away staying at a resort in the Caribbean, not just 30 minutes from our house.

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I didn’t realize how many different places you can stay at from hotels, condos, cottages, and vacation home rentals. We stayed at The Village at Wild Dunes, where we had everything at our fingertips.  They have a grocery market, The Lettered Olive restaurant, fitness center, and spa which was so convenient.  At night their fire pit lights up and you can roast marshmallows while you relax in an adirondack chair.

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Wild Dunes has so many activities to do you would have to stay a whole week just to take advantage of it all.  From golfing, tennis, basketball, bike rentals, boat tours, kayaking, paddle boarding, jet skiing, parasailing, waterskiing, banana boats, and fishing there’s something for everyone in your family to enjoy.

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  I can’t believe it took me so long to experience Wild Dunes, I look forward to coming back to check out the fun events they have all year round.  Stay tuned for more fun experiences as we explore the property and our delectable dinner at Coastal Provisions.

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Trikini $54.50 by Surania // Bikini by Citrine Swim from Drift // Java moon crescent necklace $142 by Kate Davis //  Sunglasses $18 from Dandy Boutique // Pink flamingo float $19.99 and Ice cream sandwhich pool float by Bigmouth Inc. $29.49 from Amazon

On Sebastian: Kids boxer waist swimsuit $20.36, On Mateo: Kids classic waist shorts $33.96 by Surania

Photography by Libby Williams

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