Leave Your Inhibitions at Prohibition

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Prohibition on Upper King is one of my favorite haunts to chow down at. The speakeasy decor gives it a rustic feel like it’s been there for ages, but the food and drinks are anything but traditional.  I met up with my girl Libby of Plate South for our weekly food romp and we shared pretty much every appetizer on the menu.

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If there’s Shishito peppers on the menu I’ll order it!  This guacamole with blistered shishito peppers give it a nice kick, and you can’t beat the house made lime oil corn chips.

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The back porch area is a hidden gem.  Murals of Charleston’s heyday in the 20’s are painted on the fence.  The city has been having it’s moment and we’re going to have to start calling it the roaring 2000’s.

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I always love to mix the old with the new, and tonight was a total casual hi-lo moment (no pun intended with the shirt). Between the shirt, bracelet, sunglasses, and necklace the cost was under $200 at Maris Dehart.  The splurge would be the handmade custom HR Deneau clutch, which is also from Maris Dehart. We’ve all seen the jogger/pant/jeans situation, but have you seen a pair of distressed ones?  These by Vintage Havana are only $62 at House of Sage and are the softest things your skin will touch.  That being said, these are jeans you want to sleep in.  The Jeffrey Campbell shoes I scooped up at  Shoes on King for their epic 70% sale, so they were only $60!

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My new favorite go to place for accessories at an affordable price is Be the Change Boutique, plus every brand donates to a charity!  The stackable rings (which are only $37.99 each!) are by The Shine Project, which employs inner city youth so they can go to college.  The earrings are also from Be the Change Boutique and are only $41.  They’re made by Soko, a company that gives fair wages to their Kenyan artisans. You’ll be seeing me wear a lot of their designs around town.

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Ok, let’s get back to the food, because the dishes were something to rave about.  You know that anything with truffles in it is going to be divine!  The Black Winter Truffle Risotto with oyster mushrooms, a poached egg, and parmesan was on another level.  It was some decadent creamy goodness!  Some of my other favorites were the Ceviche, Roasted Cauliflower, and Heirloom Tomato and Melon Salad with house made Ricotta.

This is both my go-to late night dinner spots and brunch time with the family.  I love that I never have to wait for a table and the service is always good.  I can’t wait to get my brunch on at Prohibition this fall.  It’s the perfect place to feel all warm and cozy with the people that you love.

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Photography by Libby Williams

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A Dog Day Afternoon

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Today is National Dog Day and what better way to show off my doxies Roxy & Pepper and have a puppy date with The Charleston Weekender.  I know I’ve been a bad doxie mom and I haven’t shown them off more, but shooting with dogs is more work than people think.  Making sure I look decent for the camera is one thing, but getting my girls Roxy and Pepper to look at the camera and walk in the same direction is another story.  These fun pics make it so worth it, I love my furry baby girls!

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Charleston is a very dog friendly town and Queen Street Grocery is no exception.  Not only do they carry an impressive wine selection with curated food and drinks, but they serve up some of the best crepes in town.  No doubt this neighborhood haunt is frequented by locals, but the carriage tours that ride pass  it every few minutes makes it a Charleston institution.

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Liz, aka The Charleston Weekender, and I had a blast getting our girls together for some adventure on Queen Street.  Even her little King Charles Spaniel Maddie got social with a horse pulling a carriage full of tourists.

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Roxy and Pepper’s collars and leashes are by Found My Animal at Maris Dehart.  The Brooklyn based dog accessory company was inspired to make their collars and leashes from their rescue dogs.  The nautical inspired line supports animal rescue organizations all over the country.  Each dog tag is individually numbered, representing the amount of animals that have been helped so far.

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I’m a die hard dachshund lover, and if you ever meet a dachshund owner they will say the say the same.  We’re like a cult and when we see anything with a weiner dog on it, we’ll buy it.  It’s almost impossible to find dachshunds at a shelter, but it was important for me and my husband to find ours that needed a loving home, so we waited for the right time.  We were lucky enough to get Roxy (the redhead) 11 years ago from an owner that could not take care of her anymore.  She was my 1st baby and still is.  Then we adopted Pepper (the black and tan dapple) from Charleston Animal Society a few years later.  Like children, you never get two dogs with the same personalities. Roxy is my easy laid back child, and Pepper is my crazy wild child.

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Top by Yala BambooDreams $62, earrings by Ann Paige $15, sunglasses by Blue Planet $39.95, and rings by Melinda Maria from Henry & Eva // “Barely Bell” jeans by Kling $72 and “Best Bitches” necklace $45 from Dandy Boutique // Shoes by Kendall & Kylie $199 from Shoes on King // Dog collars $58 and leashes $62 by Found My Animal and nail polish in “Dancehall Days” by Odeme from Maris Dehart

The Charleston Weekender wears a scarf and hat from Charleston Krewe // Charleston Rice Beads from Candy Shop Vintage // 14kt Goldbug studs from Crohan’s Jewel Box // Maddie wears a collar and leash from Charleston Krewe // Canvas “Escape” Weekender bag from The Charleston Weekender

Photography by Clifford Pate, on location at Queen Street Grocery

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Triple Date Night at Lee Lee’s

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Going out to eat is one of my favorite activities in this town, and doing it with my friends is even better!  My friend Liz Martin, aka The Charleston Weekender, invited me along with her husband Jonathan, my hubby, and our good friends Daniel Velasco and his hubby Tim Newborn to eat at Lee Lee’s Hot Kitchen.  It was a night full of great food and drinks and laughs all the way through.  Thank God they put us in their private dining room in the back, because we were a loud, rowdy bunch.

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This is my best fall outfit in Charleston’s scorching August temps.  Too hot to even think about putting on pants, I opted for this cropped top and shorts from 7 Gypsy.  My new favorite vintage snakeskin bag was only $38 at Groove Girl, a gem of a shop that carries consignment and vintage in Mt. Pleasant.  The sunnies are by Nectar, a local sunglass brand that carries the raddest shades at affordable prices.  The vintage necklace and scarab ring are from Candy Shop Vintage, the best boutique in town if your looking for both vintage and vintage inspired jewelry. The oval ring is by Soko, a company that gives fair wages to their Kenyan artisans, and is carried at Be the Change Boutique.  And these navy lace up shoes by BC Footwear, well they’re my new favorites and will be making a regular appearance on my blog.

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Weekdays with the Weekender is always a good idea.

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Love date nights with my hubby Gustavo, especially when it’s in company with other adorable couples.  View more to see catch a glimpse of our delicious dishes at one of my favorite Chinese restaurants in town.

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Shirt by ASTR the Label $75 and shorts by Moon River $69 from  7 Gypsy // Vintage necklace $45 and scarab ring from Candy Shop Vintage // Oval ring by Soko $54 from Be the Change Boutique // Vintage snakeskin bag $38 from Groove Girl // Vivacious Dress Pump in Indigo $28.46 by BC Footwear from Amazon // “Rosay” sunglasses $39.99 by Nectar

Photography by Jennifer Collins

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Parlay Deluxe

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Kid and parent friendly restaurants can be tough to find downtown, but Parlor Deluxe is one of those exceptions.  Known for their gourmet hot dogs, fancy tater tots and artisanal ice cream, this place is a hit with both kids and adults.  Right before school started Libby Williams of Plate South invited me and my boys for a lunch date.  The retro cool spot on the corner of Spring and St. Phillip is the perfect place to go if you need some delicious food on the fly.  As you parents know, getting food quick for your kids is necessary.

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I was excited to sport my new favorite skirt made out of African wax print by Francis & Benedict. They’re a local company that supports the community of Togo, Africa by giving women jobs as seamstresses so they can support their families.  I’ve been sporting my Yas Kween necklace pretty much everyday and it’s made by local jewelry designer Natalie Clapp of Silkbone Jewels.  I always get a laugh or a smile when people see me wear it.  I never knew how much I needed a pair of navy shoes until I got these BC Footwear lace up heels.  They’ll be making lots of appearances on my blog in the next few months.

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Since I don’t eat real hotdogs I opted for the “Not Dog” which is a cooked carrot topped with a mushroom chili, cheese, and a green garnish.  This little number always hits the spot!  My boys got regular dogs, but the bun they serve it on is anything but ordinary.  Mateo and Sebastian got the Cookie Monster ice cream which had Oreos and cookie dough in it.  Pretty much a home run with any kid if they like cookies and ice cream.

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I don’t know where I find the room, but I went for the Blackberry + Poppyseed and Fig + Lemongrass ice cream.  So worth it!

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No food shoot would be complete without some behind the scenes pics with my phone.  This fun iphone case is by Stone by Stone at Dandy Boutique.

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I’m one of those boring people where once I find my dish on the menu, I have to order it every time I go back. I’m looking forward to having my carrot dog again soon but I might venture out and have the Cookie Monster ice cream for myself at Parlor Deluxe.

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Tank top from Shirtini // African wax print skirt $68 by Francis & Benedict // Gudli beaded necklace $35 from Roberta Roller Rabbit // Yas Kween custom necklace $40 by Silkbone Jewels // Beaded bracelet by Chavez for Charity $11 from Henry & Eva // Elwood Grid watch by Christian Paul$199 // Custom diamond rings by Ash Hoffman // Bar Ring $150 and Triangle Ring $150 by Naked Eyes Jewelry // Rae earrings by Half United $35 from Be the Change Boutique // Vivacious Dress Pump in Indigo $28.46 by BC Footwear from Amazon // Sunglasses $18 and Stone by Stone iphone case $85 from Dandy Boutique // Lipstick in Some Like it Hot by ABP makeup $22

Photography by Libby Williams

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Courtyard Cue

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Tie Sleeve Top by Nina Ricca $850, Gardham Trouser by Roksanda $985, Le Specs
Nefertiti Sunglasses in Blush $119 from Hampden Clothing // Goldbug Heart Pendant $180, gold plated pearce twist ring with white topaz $135 and gold plated Serra Signet ring with sapphire by Elizabeth & James $110 all from Croghan’s Jewel Box // Puma X Fenty slides in pink $90 from Sneaker

Photography by Clifford Pate

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Blue Jean Baby

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Montara All-In-One Jumpsuit by M.i.h. Jeans $425, Star Sailor in Gold with Crazy Tort sunglasses by Karen Walker $325 from Hampden Clothing // Puma by Rihanna Creeper in Camo $140 from Sneaker // 14k gold rope chain $2,500, gold plated ring with topaz by Elizabeth & James $125, and gold plated Serra Signet ring with sapphire by Elizabeth & James $110 all from Croghan’s Jewel Box

Photography by Clifford Pate

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Wrap Star

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Dress by Mod Ref Clothing $78, Berg & Betts watch $125, Choker $278 and bangle $198 by Naked Eyes Jewelry, Layer Clutch by Ellia Wang $598, and hat all from Maris Dehart // Shoes by Derek Lam 10 Crosby from Shoes on King // Custom rings by Ash Hoffman

Photography by Clifford Pate

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