Lilla P Local

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I’m so excited to partner up with Lilla P over the weekend for an Instagram takeover!  Follow me here to see some of my favorite spots in Charleston.  The owner Pauline Nakios of Lilla P is a Charleston native so I thought it would be great to introduce the new Charleston that is enjoyed by both locals and visitors. Her clothing line is sold to more than a few shops around town, but people are still surprised to find out that it’s designed by a local.  I could totally live in Lilla P all day because it’s comfortable, effortless, and chic all at the same time.

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The first stop was at Zero George, the quaint but luxury boutique hotel where you can experience that quintessential Charleston vibe.  Tucked away on George Street near East Bay, the historic cluster of houses have posh rooms that make you feel like you’ve totally escaped from the hustle and bustle.   They also have these cute bikes for their guests, which are the best way to tour the city.  If your a foodie, then the Zero George Cafe and Bar is on the top of my list for a culinary experience that’s always top notch.  Chef Vinson Petrillo also offers cooking classes if you want to take that experience home.  They also offer other unique experiences such as photography lessons, sunset harbor excursions, and even a curated shopping tour with me!  That’s right, I take the guests to some of my favorite local shops that are sometimes off the beaten path.  What better way to experience a city than to shop like a local.

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So follow along to see where I take you next on the #LillaPLocal takeover!

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Shirting Easy Dolman Blouse by Lilla P $164 // Jeans by Just Black Denim $62 from 7 Gypsy // Fedora hat by San Diego Hat Company $26 from Zappos // Puma by Rihanna Creeper in Camo $140 from Sneaker // Rae earrings by Half United $35 from Be the Change Boutique // Chloe wide bad ring with amethyst $395 and horseshoe necklace $70 by Ash Hoffman

Photography by Clifford Pate, on location at Zero George

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The Sustainable Daughter

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There’s nothing like a foodie adventure especially when you have to travel a little bit to get there.  A couple of weeks ago I headed to The Obstinate Daughter on Sullivan’s Island with my girl Libby of Plate South.   This place is not your typical beach fare with fried seafood and french fries (not that I don’t love that too), it’s got that farm to table freshness with a rustic twist.

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Everything is sustainable, eco-friendly, and so thoughtful at The Obstinate Daughter – from the decor, food, and their daily practices, no detail is overlooked.  The light fixtures are made of recycled cardboard and the wood siding on the walls were salvaged from barns in North Carolina.  The vegetables are always in season because they are sourced from local farms and they compost everything, leaving no food waste behind. To top it all off they are one of the only few certified green restaurants in South Carolina.

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My all time favorite starter is the Obstinate Flatbread with olive oil, Bulls Bay sea salt, and butterbean puree. It’s for sharing, but I could eat this all up by myself!  My favorite salad is the Roasted Beets on house made ricotta with pistachios, microgreens and horseradish pomegranate molasses.  This is a beet lovers dream. I can’t forget to mention that their cocktails are on tap, so you can keep those drinks flowing.

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The best thing about my outfit is that most of what I’m wearing is also sustainable and eco-friendly too.  This has got to be one of my favorite clothing pieces to date thanks to Plante Clothing.  The sister design duo Leah and Becky Plante are Charleston natives who now design and manufacture their clothing in Brooklyn, NY.  These Charleston Fashion Week alums are nature enthusiasts which you can clearly see in their prints and designs. They reduce their waste by avoiding over cuts, and they even donate their extra material to educational nonprofits.

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This watch is by Berg and Betts and they use designer scrap leather to produce their high quality straps for their chic watches. The bag is by local designer HR Deneau and she uses scrap wood and leather for her one of a kind modern-day luxe bags.  Both can be found at Charleston’s new local shop Maris Dehart.  The rings from Gold Creations are so gorgeous I just had to stack them.  They have the best cocktail rings in town!

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This necklace is by Penh Lenh, a Cambodian based company that reinvests 100% of their sales back to their social mission.   Each piece of jewelry is made by at-risk women and they are empowered through education and employment. I discovered them at Be the Change Boutique where every brand they they carry donates to charity.  How cool is that?!  View more to see more yummy dishes and outfit details.

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“Breeze top” $246 and “Heather Jogger pant” $348 by Plante Clothing // “Rosay” sunglasses $39.99 by Nectar // Ombre tassel necklace by Penh Lenh $96 from Be The Change Boutique // “Drew” crossbody bag $380 by HR Deneau and Berg + Betts watch $128 from Maris Dehart // 14K Yellow Gold Woven Link Bracelet $1,445, 18K Rose Gold 2.2ct Smokey Quartz over Mother of Pearl and 3.96ct Citrine over Mother of Pearl $3,000, 14K Rose Gold Twisted Rope Band $350, 14K Rose Gold Hammered Band $260, 14K Rose Gold Ridged Band $195, 18K Yellow Gold 10.3ct White Topaz over Mother of Pearl set with 0.18cttw Diamonds $2,500, 14K Yellow Gold Earthquake Bolt Earrings $210 all from Gold Creations // Shoes by Phillip Lim from Hampden Clothing

Photography by Libby Williams

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Fall Florals

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Dress by ASTR $120 from 7 Gypsy // Hat $104.50 by San Diego Hat Company // Myer suede booties by Corso Como $159 from Zappos // Madison ring $295, Chloe wide bad ring with amethyst $395, Rachel beaded chain necklace $155, To the Moon necklace with sapphires $125 and horseshoe necklace $70 by Ash Hoffman

Photography by Clifford Pate, on location at Zero George

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Duster Duty

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Lace Bodysuit by Cosabella $99, Lace/Cotton Bralette by B.Up $50 from Bits of Lace // Logan Vest $348 by Three Dots // Pants by Emily and Fin $75 from Dandy Boutique // Blue Hydro Corundum set with .45cttw Blue Topaz and .38cttw Diamonds in 14K White Gold ring $2,400 from Gold Creations // Micro Mackie Tote Purple $995.00 by Taxidermy, Paula hammered cuffs $225 and $250 by Ash Hoffman, Chloe wide band $395, Maria diamond ring $175, and Shatki beaded necklace $120 all by Ash Hoffmanand Berg + Betts watch $128 from Maris Dehart // Starling sunglasses by Dot Dash $22.50 from Amazon //  Audrey Sandal by Sam Edelman $54.99 at 6pm

Photography by Libby Williams

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Perfectly Park Cafe

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I love it when date night is on a Tuesday, and I especially love it when I’m joined by Plate South for another foodie adventure.  Last week my husband Gus, Libby, and I didn’t know how much of a treat we were in for when we dined at Park Cafe.  This place is always on the top of my list for breakfast and deal making so I was excited to finally try their dinner menu.

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My work to date night dress was compliments of Leo & Sage, a newish clothing brand by Pauline Nakios of Lilla P fame. Her classic meets modern minimalism aesthetic seems to always suit my lifestyle, and I know I’ll be wearing this little number all through the fall and winter months.  The Rattlesnake rib ring and Eucalyptus leaves cuff is by Gogo Jewelry, a Cumberland Island jewelry brand. The designer Janet ‘Gogo’ Ferguson is inspired by the beach creatures and plants that dwell on the island.  She even uses found animal bones and casts them in metal for a truly authentic look.

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Now let’s get down to business, foodie business.  Park Cafe is nestled in the Hampton Park neighborhood, so you get the total local feel and service.  Everything on their menu is sourced from local farmers and every dish is simple, never overcomplicated.

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It’s always a good sign when there’s Burrata on the menu, and this one was extra extra special. Nestled on top of house made pesto and topped with tomato jam, walnuts and a side of charred bread, I savored every morsel.

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Xan McLaughlin, the operating partner and wine connoisseur paired every course with the perfect wine.  It was a school night so I had to go easy, but I fully enjoyed this refreshing beverage, cheers!

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I’m such a salad person and when tomatoes are in season, why not pile it on?  The Seasonal House Salad made with fresh local tomatoes and peaches, micro baby basil and toasted croutons, served over their house made ricotta and drizzled with olive oil was just what the doctor ordered.  View more to see the rest of the scrumptious dishes and outfit details.

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Stretch knit cut out dress by Leo & Sage $448 //Rattlesnake rib ring in 14k gold $525 and Eucalyptus leaves cuff $75 by Gogo Jewelry  // Earrings by Elizabeth & James $125 Croghan’s Jewel Box // Oval ring by Soko $54 from Be the Change Boutique // Sunglasses from See Eyewear // Bag by Louis Vuitton and shoes by Gucci from The Trunk Show // Elwood Grid watch by Christian Paul $199

Photography by Libby Williams

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Cryo-date

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I’m a huge fan of Germain Dermatology and the groundbreaking services that they offer. I started going to them a few years ago when I had issues with my skin and I love using their custom skincare products and taking advantage of their skin rejuvenating procedures. So when they invited me to try out their new Cryosauna and Cryofacial I was intrigued and had to try it out.

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Before I went in for my treatment, the expert on hand – Mel filled me in on all the amazing benefits. Whole Body Cryotherapy is a systemic anti-inflammatory treatment involving skin exposure to ultra-low temperatures for a brief controlled time. When the skin is exposed to those temperatures (-140 to -150 degrees Celsius) the blood vessels then release anti-inflammatory proteins that go to any inflamed area in the body. The treatment is dry and tolerable and lasts for 1.5-3 minutes.  They give you a robe to enter the chamber but you have to strip down to just a pair of gloves, socks, and slippers so your extremities are protected.  I’m a wimp when it comes to cold temperatures so I’m surprised I stood in the chamber for almost 3 minutes! The body also releases endorphins and it boosts your metabolism (burning up to 800 calories over the next 48 hours after one treatment). After one treatment I had a burst of energy that lasted with me the entire day.  I felt both relaxed and ready to tackle my usual hectic schedule.

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Cryotherapy can also help with rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, musculoskeletal injuries, autoimmune and other inflammatory disorder, skin disorders such as dermatitis and psoriasis, skin aging, skin elasticity, and cellulite, athletic performance, weight management, depression, and post surgical recovery.   The cost is $65 and well worth it if you are having any of these issues.

If your a busy person on the go and you want to see fast results, the Cryofacial is where it’s at!  A controlled beam of vaporized liquid nitrogen is used to cool the skin of the face, scalp, and neck area. During these super hot days of 90 + temps, this treatment is a real treat!  The 10-12 minute facial is $45 and is great for pore reduction while collagen production is stimulated.  Because of this the skin tightens and wrinkles are reduced.

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 Toxins in the skin are reduced by increasing blood flow and when treating the scalp: hair growth is stimulated, by increasing blood flow. It also reduces inflammation and puffiness of the skin.  The most visible difference that I saw was my the disappearance of the dark circle under my eyes.  I’ve heard a lot of models pop in to get a Cryofacial right before a photoshoot so their skin can look flawless, and now I see why.  The other great thing is that you can still wear makeup while you get the facial. Perfect if you need to squeeze in a quickie facial in the middle of the day.

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  I totally recommend the Cryotherapy treatment if you want to see and feel results.  It’s refreshing and rejuvenating, and totally convenient because Germain takes walk-ins for these treatments.  Now go experience the chill factor and tell them the Curator sent you!

Jumpsuit from 7 Gypsy, necklace by Kate Davis Jewelry

Photography and Videography by Terrence Edwards of Current Visuals

Puppy Playdate


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A little puppy playdate is always a good idea, especially when it’s at the newly beautified Colonial Lake. The Charleston Weekender and I took advantage of the sunny skies and got our dogs together for the perfect afternoon.

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There’s always a reason to cheers when you live in a place like Charleston!

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Tie neck blouse $48, The Cat’s Meow Satchel $42 at Dandy Boutique // Sunglasses by Blue Planet $29.95, Ring by Rebel Designs $42.50, Hat $42 and Dog collars $58 and leashes $62 by Found My Animal from Maris Dehart // Suede shoes by French Sole $210 from Shoes on King 

The Charleston Weekender wears Red Dappled Dandelion Blouse $68, Typist in Teal Mini Skirt $48, Grumpy Pup Purse $38 at Dandy Boutique // 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 fromCharleston Krewe // Sunglasses by Blue Planet $29.95 from Henry & Eva // “Monday Blues” Turkish Towel from The Charleston Weekender

Photography by Clifford Pate

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