All the Prettiness at Peyton William

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I love that Charleston is immersed with talent and savvy business women.  Gabrielle Egan, the owner of Peyton William is one of them and she’s making major moves in Charleston and beyond.  The jewelry designer who has a store on King Street and another location in Kiawah at Freshfields Village is now in the process of opening up her 3rd location in Vero Beach, FL.  

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She named her brand after her 2 grandmothers and loves giving a modern and elegant twist on traditional design.  Incorporating natural gemstones, pearls, wood, leather and a mixture of metals, her bold jewelry always makes a statement.  With a studio in the back of each store, you can always find Gabrielle busy working on another beautiful creation.  She also works with clients on customizing a new design or repurposing family heirlooms.

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I love that you can find everything at her store – from decadent topaz encrusted jewels and statement cocktail rings, to chunky necklaces, to modern geometric stud earrings.  There is really something for everyone at Peyton William.  And if you can’t get to one of her fabulous stores you can always shop online here!

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Black ruffle and bow popover by Le Sarte Pettegole $239 from Shirtini // Jeans by Dear Creatures $88 and shoes by BC Footwear at Dandy Boutique // “Sonya” light blue sapphire and white topaz earrings $395, left ring is “Rhett” rutilated quartz with onyx $195, and right ring is “Lillian” iridescent labradorite with white topaz $240 by Peyton William // Layered clutch in metallic blue by Ellia Wang $640 from Maris Dehart

Photography by Libby Williams, Hair by Mac Does Hair, On location at Harold’s Cabin

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Hermosa Vida

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Charleston native Haley Keisler has been making jewelry pretty much all her life.  With an inherited collection of vintage jewelry she started by repurposing the pieces into new designs and Hermosa Jewelry was born. Growing up in the Lowcountry has inspired her to create her jewelry with locally found oyster shells and organic materials as well as semi-precious gemstones, freshwater pearls, and colorful crystals.

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A regular on the pop up shop scene, Haley knows how to hustle her hand-crafted jewels.  Her regular residency in the Retail Village at The Volvo Cup has given her tennis celebrity status with some of the well known players scooping up her jewels. Along with her online store,  she has a thriving wholesale business selling at local boutiques such as The Preservation Society of Charleston and Stox and Co, and  numerous stores in Colorado, Ohio, Florida, and Georgia.  You can even pop into her Mt. Pleasant studio to customize your own design with Haley.  This has been a huge hit in the wedding  scene for both brides and bridesmaids gifts.

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I’m excited to show off her designs on Lowcountry Live this Friday at 10am.  Tune into “Fashion Friday” to see both her bold designs and dainty pieces that are perfect for layering.

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Blouse by Persue $68 from Tres Carmen // Cropped pants similar to these by Tibi $395 from Net-A-Porter // T-Strap pump by Charles David $248.95 from Nordstrom // Duffle bag $39.99 from Nine West // Rosalie Earrings $38,  Ursula Cuff $60, Ladonna Necklace $50 by Hermosa Jewelry // Snake ring $128 and band $78 by Melinda Marie from Henry & Eva // Starling sunglasses by Dot Dash $22.50 from Amazon

Photography by Clifford Pate

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Christina Jervey, Jewelry Genius

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Charleston’s jewelry designing scene is exploding, but there are a few veterans that are well known in their industry.  Christina Jervey is one of the leaders in the local scene that has been making her jewelry for several years now.  Her textured, organic wearable works of art are inspired by nature and are one of a kind.  Using sterling silver and 14k gold her jewelry spans from the daintiest diamond ring to thick bold cuffs.

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Other than her online shop you can find her designs at Maris DeHart, The Spa at Belmond Charleston Place,  Gwynn’s, and The Resort Shop.  She also recently opened up her studio downtown at 58 Broad on the second floor where you can peruse her collection and watch her do her metal smithing. Christina Jervey’s talent is recognized beyond Charleston and has been featured in national publications such as Southern Living, Garden and Gun, InStyle, Lucky, and Redbook.

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Christina Jervey has been focusing on her custom pieces and fine jewelry.  Whether she is creating a wedding ring or repurposing a family heirloom, Christina delivers a unique and modern twist to traditional design.

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Tune into Lowcountry Live this Friday at 10am to see more of Christina Jervey’s jewelry and hear about her story.  This Fashion Friday is all about local jewelry designers so you don’t want to miss out!

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Top by Gracia $76 from Tres Carmen // Cropped pants by Style & Co. $29.99 from Macy’s // Salinda pointy toe pumps $49.99 from Nine West // Sparkle Power Sunglasses by Dot Dash $28.80 from Amazon // Fish leather clutch by Erika Lynn $300 from Henry & Eva // Wave Hoop Earrings $175, Open Cuff $295, Granulated Cuff $495, Coral Cuff $375, Diamond 6 prong ring setting starts at $2,200, Love Knot 14k ring $195, Textured band 14k $425, Diamond Eternity ring 14k gold $2,100, and Signet ring 14k gold plate $175 all by Christina Jervey

Photography by Clifford Pate, on location at Andaz Savannah

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Doing the Dewberry

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A couple of weeks ago I had the honor of touring the new Dewberry Hotel with Skirt! Mag.  It was so much fun meeting with some of my favorite girls –  Holly McGetrick of Dandy Boutique, Liz Martin of The Charleston Weekender, Libby Williams of Plate South, and Jenny Dennis the publisher of Skirt! Mag.  Located on Meeting Street across Marion Square, the former federal building that sat vacant for many years is now transformed into a mid-century modern luxury hotel.

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We met Mr. John Dewberry himself, who went in great detail how is love for modern architecture and preservation of southern influences were important elements to the design of the hotel. After the tour we sampled the menu at their retro French inspired brasserie, Henrietta’s.  The traditional dishes with a contemporary twist hit the spot, and the presentation and service was on point!

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Mr. Dewberry commissioned WORSTEAD to design the interiors, lighting and furniture throughout the hotel. The New York–Charleston based company also incorporated some vintage furniture to keep the look authentic. Some of the original elements of the building such as the marble walls and floors were maintained, melding perfectly with the new design. Original art work by one of the South Carolina’s most prolific modern artists, William Halsey, can be seen throughout the lobby and bar area.

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There is even a place to shop at The Fieldshop, which carries a curated selection of goods by Garden and Gun Magazine.  Croghan’s Jewel Box also has their fine jewelry and Goldbugs on display in a beautiful vitrine as you walk towards the lounge area. The Charleston Weekender, aka Liz Martin, and I can’t pass up a good photo op, especially when it’s in front of the coolest maps of Charleston.

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As Charleston keeps on making it to the Top 10 list of places to live and visit on planet Earth,  we have raised the bar on stylish accommodations in the South. Whether your looking for a staycation that makes you feel like you’ve totally escaped to another world, or your just looking for a chic place to grab a drink and eat, you have to check out The Dewberry!

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Wearing a stretch knit jacuard sheath dress by Leo & Sage $395 // 14k pearl marquis hoop earrings $575, 18k diamond cluster ring by Singlestone $13,500, Reto Goldbug link bracelet $350, 14k .03ct diamond tahition pearl cuff $1,370, gold plated topaz Niko ring by Elizabeth & James $150 from Croghan’s Jewel Box // Louis Vuitton handbag and Chanel booties from The Trunk Show // Sunglasses from See Eyewear // Elwood Grid watch by Christian Paul $199

Jenny, Holly, Liz’s wardrobe: Clothing from Dandy Boutique, Eyewear from See Eyewear

Photography by Libby Williams, Hairstylist: Kaleno Doo at Stella Nova Hair Salon

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Fall Forward

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Fiona maxi dress by On the Road $106 from House of Sage // Bralette by COsabella $52 fromBits of Lace // Suede booties by Jeffrey Campbell $180 from  Shoes on King // Hat by San Diego Hat Company $96.25 // Madison ring $295, Chloe wide bad ring with amethyst $395, Rachel beaded chain necklace $155, and horseshoe necklace $70 by Ash Hoffman

Photography by Clifford Pate, on location at Zero George

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Keeping it Fresh at Freshfields

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Kiawah is pretty hopping these days thanks to Freshfields Village. The shopping and dining destination is also a venue for fun outdoor events such as car shows, movies, live music, and a Sip and Stroll that is happening every 3rd Thursday in October, November, and December.

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It seems like a new shop is opening every other month and Freshfield’s newest additions are a perfect compliment to their existing boutiques.  Women’s clothing boutiques like Tres Carmen, Scout & Molly’s, Dolittle’s for the pets, and preppy purveyor Vineyard Vines for the whole family are the new stores that are giving people more of a reason to drive out to Kiawah to shop.

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Some of the other boutiques like J. McLaughlin are established brands that have stores across the U.S.  I love this navy dress that I’m wearing from there, it’s the perfect summer to fall piece that I can layer when the temps cool off.  The jewelry is by Peyton William, a jewelry store by designer Gabrielle Egan who opened her Kiawah outpost a couple of years ago to expand her downtown reach. The shoes and bag are from Holly & Brooks, an accessory shop that always has something for everyone.

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A trip out to Freshfields Village wouldn’t be complete without a meal at La Tela Pizzeria. This place is worth the drive just to come out to eat there.  Their home made pastas and mouthwatering pizzas are some artisanal goodness that can’t be duplicated.  Being located on Kiawah, they source their vegetables right from local John’s Island farmers for the freshest ingredients you can get.  And the service is always top notch!

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My go to dishes are the Warm Butternut Squash Salad and the Eggplant Pizza, which is beyond when you top it with the homemade tomato sauce.  This time around I had to try the mussels with the pesto alfredo sauce that was made to dip bread in.

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So if your looking to escape the hustle and bustle, Freshfields Village is your answer.  Spend the day or just a few hours to get your food and shop on!

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Robin Dress by J. McLaughlin $225, Olenna taupe shoes by Andre Assous $219 and Regan satchel tote by Rebecca Minkoff $325 from Holly & Brooks,  Victoria Chain Collection 36″ Vermeil $195, Branch Cuff Vermeil (cast) $150, Chasity Ring Chalcedony set in Vermeil 26cts $795, Vivianne Stacking Rings set of 3 in Vermeil $150, Cassidy Statement Earring features Chalcedony, Tourmaline and Rose Chalcedony set in Vermeil $350 all from Freshfields Village

Photography by Libby Williams

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Raising the Barre

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If you’ve seen me lately you’ve probably heard me talk about taking barre classes and how obsessed I am with them.  I just started a couple of weeks ago at Barre Evolution, and it’s changed my life.  I’ve done everything from kickboxing, to spinning, to body pump, to pilates, to yoga; and thankfully to all that experience in the gym, it’s given me a better appreciation of barre.  What’s so different about barre than any other workout is less is more.  By just using your core and tiny movements you can target certain areas of your body to firm, shape, and strengthen.

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The origins of barre come from ballet, but you don’t have to be an experienced dancer to get the hang of it.  If you’ve done pilates or yoga the learning curve is a little easier.  With focus on core strength and lots of plank poses, you’ll be feeling the burn in no time.  The tiny one inch movements are just what you need for your body to get a good work out without lifting heavy weights.

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The owners Nancy and Nicole opened up their 1st studio 6 years ago and they now have 4 studios between West Ashley, Mt. Pleasant, and Greenville.  The awesome thing about Barre Evolution is that they’re all about supporting their local community. They have a BE Local Love program where they encourage donations and promote awareness for their nonprofit of the month.  They’ve worked with local charities like The Center for Women, Charleston Parks Conservatory, The Children’s Museum of the Lowcountry, Lowcountry Dee Norton Children’s Center, and Pethelpers to name a few.

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So far I’ve loved every class and instructor I’ve had and I can’t wait to experience their outdoor pop-up classes that take have taken place in Shem Creek, the beach, and hopefully a SUP boarding one in the works.  Another part that I love about coming to class is that I end up shopping their sweet selection of athleisure wear. They have some the coolest leggings I’ve seen in a while, and now I’m proud to wear my outfit out post workout.

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For me working out is not to necessarily lose weight, but to firm, tone, and strengthen.  Above all having one hour to myself in my hectic schedule is priceless and that’s why working out is so important to me. Being self-employed it’s so easy to start working as soon as I wake up until after my kids go to sleep, and in that hour I can totally disconnect from technology or any stress in my life.  So whether your a fellow entrepreneur or your punching that clock, take a moment for you.  Do yourself a favor and try Barre Evolution to get your fitness on and tell them the Curator sent you!

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Photography by Libby Williams

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