Faux Real

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I love that there’s so many great clothing and jewelry options out there that you don’t have to break the bank in order to look good.  Starting with this faux fur jacket from House of Sage in the prettiest color of pink blush.  This local Charleston boutique always stocks the of the moment clothing and accessories at an attainable price.  Located on George Street off of King, House of Sage constantly has new shipments delivered in everyday, and their hottest items sell out quick.  The owners are a husband and wife team Chris and Erin Abagnale, and they are amazingly good at posting on their social media the newness that comes in the door.

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Croghan’s Jewel Box which is a family owned jewelry store that has been in business for over 100 years is known for their fine jewelry mixed with estate pieces.  They also offer jewelry that is incredibly well priced from brands like Freida Rothman and their in-house Gold Bug jewelry line designed by Mini Hay. These rings look like they could go for thousands of dollars, but are actually only by $160-$225.

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Germain Dermatology is my go to place for anything skincare and they recently picked up the Australian sunglass brand Quay.  Their shades range from $45-$50, making it easy it easy to scoop up a couple of pairs.

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So next time you think shopping local is too expensive, think again.  There are so many local boutiques that stock amazing merchandise at great prices.

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Bodysuit, jeans, and The Giver Jacket by Some Days Lovin’ $159 from House of Sage // Sunglasses by Quay from Germain Dermatology // 18k Vermeil Acord Stud earrings $100, 14k gold plated stacked rings by Freida Rothman $225, 14k gold plated pave disc ring by Freida Rothman $160 from Croghan’s Jewel Box // Bedford Woven ankle booties by Cosro Como $69.30 from Nordstrom Rack

Photography by Jonathan Balliet

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Black Friday at Maris DeHart X Curator Covets

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Black Friday is here and shopping locally in Charleston has never been more rewarding.  New Charleston boutique Maris DeHart is featuring a sale you don’t want to miss out on today!  Shop locally made gifts and that outfit you’ve been eyeing.  Starting at 9am – 12pm 30% off of everything, and from 12-8pm receive 20% off when you spend $100 or more. I love the mix of merchandise at this new shop that opened this past summer on the corner of East Bay and Vendue in downtown Charleston.  Founder and buyer Alden DeHart has curated the perfect mix of fashion, lifestyle, and art together in a beautiful modern setting.

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Another reason why I love Maris DeHart is that they’re an incubator for emerging southern designers.  I’m so happy to team up with them for Curator Covets.  Every season I’ll be choosing 10 products from southern brands that they carry, and we’ll be donating a portion of the sales of these items to a local charity starting with Lowcountry Orphan Relief.  For the launch of our winter program on December 1st we’ll be featuring Taxidermy, Daniel Velasco,  Element CandleCatie Curran,  Ash Hoffman, Suite 33, Christina JerveyEllia Wang,  Naked Eyes, and Kristen Baird.

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I’m looking forward to the launch of Curator Covets at Maris DeHart next Friday, December 1st at their holiday party in conjunction with the Taxidermy pop up at 32 Vendue Range. From 12-5pm that day receive 20% off, and join them for drinks and lite bites from 5-9pm.   Meet the makers and you just might meet a Christmas icon in a red suit!

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Curator Covets Collection – Kristen Baird Sparkle Cuffs in Chalcedony $369 each, Naked Eyes Silver Bar Ring $135, Ellia Wang Crystal Sharp Wristlet $398

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Curator Covets Collection – Ash Hoffman silver hammered choker with turquoise and opal $495

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Tune into Lowcountry Live next Tuesday, November 29th at 10am as I talk about Maris DeHart and Taxidermy and how they’re giving a new retail experience in Charleston.  I’ll also be featuring all of the Curator Covets products and sharing our collaboration.

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Dress by Mustard Seed, Sunglasses by Quay from Maris DeHart  // Sam Edelman Women’s Audrey Dress Sandal $109.98 from Amazon

Photography by Clifford Pate

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Progressive Prints at The Southern Gallery

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If I’m looking for some alternative culture and cutting edge art, I know I can always count on The Southern Gallery.  Husband and wife owners Erin and Justin Nathanson opened their contemporary art gallery to support the emerging artists in the south.  The modern concrete building that’s hidden behind the Pizza Hut on the corner of Line and Meeting Street looks like it belongs more in Wynwood, Miami then in downtown Charleston.  The Southern Gallery represents Charleston’s progressive movement and are pioneers in the art scene.

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I’m especially excited about their upcoming show 99 Problems (but a print ain’t one), which opens this Friday.  It will feature over 100 prints from 90+ artists including Shepard Fairey, Kelly Lu, Karen Ann Myers, Proton, Johnny Pundt, John Duckworth, David Boatwright, and many more. The beautiful prints are compromised by various techniques from Woodcut, Linocut, Etching, Engraving, Monotype & Monoprint, Lithography, Screen Print, Digital Print, and Transfer.

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Many of the art pieces represent our current political and social issues and are a catalyst to raise awareness and inspire change.  These prints are made for the people, by the people.

They chose to launch the exhibit on Black Friday to promote collecting and giving original art during the holidays. Come out and meet the artists and shop at the opening party this Friday, November 25 from 7 – 10pm.  The exhibit will be open through the new year and the prints will also be available online.

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Eve 3000 by Jasmine Williams, woodcut block print with CMYK Screenprint, 24 x 18 inches, $350

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Sweater dress by Pluto on the Moon from Bits of Lace // Sunglasses by Quay from Germain Dermatology // Cuff by Addison Weeks and ring from Croghan’s Jewel Box // Hand Dyed Shibori Leather Pouch in Indigo $195 from Dewdrop Designs // Adriana Coco booties by Fortress of Inca $240

Photography by Jonathan Balliet

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Downtown Alley

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There’s never a shortage of quaint places to shoot in Charleston, and one of my favorite places is Hutson Alley around the corner from Dandy Boutique.  Dandy is a gem of a store located on John Street in the Upper King Street area and is packed full of vintage inspired women’s clothing and accessories.  Most people might think shopping local is expensive, but I beg to differ.  You can buy a full outfit head to toe for under $150 like this cute denim dress for only $68!

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Owner Holly McGetrick is making your holiday shopping easier at Dandy Boutique with their personalized gift boxes.  You can pick from 3 different size boxes packed with goodies and receive 20% off your entire gift box purchase.  This is the the easiest way to give holiday cheer without the stress of running around.

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And if your wondering about my new whiter and brighter smile, I can give credit to Peninsula Cosmetic & Family Dentistry.  I’ve never had my teeth whitened and I wanted to go somewhere I could trust, so of course I went to my dentist.  Me and my family have been going to Peninsula Cosmetic & Family Dentistry for years and I always have the best experience with the entire staff there.  It also helps that their office is in a beautifully renovated house on Savannah Highway in West Ashley.  The procedure was somewhat quick (45 min), totally painless, and I couldn’t be happier with my results!  Now it’s up to me to stay away from those pesky teeth staining vices like ice tea and red wine.

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Autumn Daze Overall Dress $68, Upata Bomber Jacket $124, Teacher’s Pet Spectator Shoes $82.50, Hey Frenchie Beret $39, and Sunnies from Dandy Boutique

Photography by Clifford Pate

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Lulu Burgess – The One Stop Gift Shop

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One of my favorite haunts to go gift shopping in Charleston is Lulu Burgess on Upper King.  They have everything for everyone, from babies to adults who have a good sense of humor.  Their first store in Beaufort, SC opened up 16 years ago and I’m so happy they finally opened up their Charleston store last year.  It was a much needed gift emporium that we were lacking.  They stock a huge selection of greeting cards, a quirky selection of books, clothes, accessories, linens, tableware, glassware, and the list goes on!

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I love that they carry some locally made goods like Harry Barker dog treats, Produce candles, locally made Charleston snacks, and hand stamped spoons by Carolyn Ward in Bluffton,SC.  One of the items that really stood out to me was the Harry Barker dog biscuits packaged by people with disabilities from The Hope Center of Charleston.  Their Chicken Gumbo dog biscuits proceeds go towards the African-American Museum in Charleston. Giving your pup a present never felt so good.

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I can’t wait to share my gift ideas and where to shop local on Lowcountry Live tomorrow, November 18th at 10am. I’ll be featuring goodies from Lulu Burgess, Be The Change Boutique, Open Door Shop, and Distil Union.

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Embroidered Kimono by Sweet Sinammon $60, Lace back top by Vintage Havana $58, Fade Frame sunglasses $19.95, Tote bag by Shiralzah $65 all from Lulu Burgess // Larissa boots by Coro Como $209 from Amazon

Photography by Clifford Pate

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The Gift of Giving

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The holiday season is almost upon us and it’s time to start thinking where to shop.  One of my favorite Charleston boutiques to buy gifts at is Be The Change Boutique on lower King Street. When you shop with the owners Ashley & Ashleigh, know that you are making a difference in someone’s life or helping the planet because every brand they carry donates to a charity.  Their fashionable eco-conscious/sustainable/handmade merchandise covers everything from men’s, women’s, baby clothing to accessories.  I’m loving this poncho by Krochet Kids that is carried at Be The Change Boutique.  They work with highly vulnerable women living in poverty stricken regions of the world and their program empowers these women with the resources to rise above poverty.

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I’m teaming up with Be The Change Boutique on Thursday for a Toy Drop & Shop benefitting MUSC Children’s Health. From 6-9pm at 218 B King Street you can shop with me and knock out some holiday gifts while you give back to children in need.  A portion of the sales of the night will be going to MUSC Children’s Health and we’re also having a toy drop accepting kid’s board games, card games for kid’s, Hot Wheels cars, and 8 inch plastic baby dolls and accessories. To make sure your not starving or thirsty, Jim N’ Nicks will be serving up their southern goodness while The Cocktails Bandits whip up some spiked sweet tea.  Be The Change Boutique‘s neighbor Texture Design Co. will also be open late too.  The cute studio next door is filled with whimsical Charleston prints, stationary, bags, and mugs designed by owner Emily Kirby.

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The button up shirt is from Shirtini which is just a block away from Be The Change Boutique.  This is your go to shop for women’s dress shirts, which is essential for any wardrobe.  This faux suede one by Claridge & King is the perfect fall-winter dress shirt. I love this bag by Dewdrop Designs, and I think most people would agree with me.  I’ve spied the same one at Noddy Charleston, which is also down the street in the Lower King Street area.

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I’m obsessed with this quartz ring from Gold Creations, it’s both modern and mystical.  The earrings are designed after the gates of Charleston, the perfect gift for someone who appreciates the beauty that surrounds them.

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If you need more gift ideas, then don’t miss out on my holiday gift segment on Lowcountry Live Friday, November 18th at 10am. I’ll be featuring local boutiques Be The Change Boutique, Open Door Shop, Lulu Burgess, and Distil Union.

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Chamoise fitted shirt by Claridge & King $158 from Shirtini // Jeans by DL 1961 $168 from  Tres Carmen // Poncho by Krochet Kids $99 from Be the Change Boutique // Gate earrings $295 and quartz ring $50 from Gold Creations // “I” Travel tote $70 from Dewdrop Designs // Vans Sk-8 Hi Moc sneakers $80 from Sneaker 

Photography by Clifford Pate, Makeup by Megan Johnson at Cosbar Charleston

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Wish List

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With the holidays right the corner everyone’s so busy shopping for their loved ones, we often forget to tell other people what’s on our wish list.  Well, Tres Carmen makes it easy for you with their annual Wish List Party tomorrow on November 15th.  Drop in anytime from 10am – 8pm to fill out your wish list and to shop the latest in holiday styles. If you can’t make it until after work then swing by from 5 – 8 pm and enjoy light bites and cocktails.

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This James Island women’s boutiques always has a great selection of clothes and accessories.  I always seem to find more than a few things that I’m coveting, like this outfit with the Quay sunglasses and these Jeffrey Campbell booties.  Yes, those are faux pearls in the heels!  Just when I thought I had plenty of black boots, I couldn’t pass these up.

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The earrings and rings are from Gold Creations, my little gem of a store on Market Street in the heart of downtown Charleston.  The family owned shop that has been there for over 40 years sells an eclectic mix of Charleston inspired jewelry to fine jewelry like this cocktail ring that always makes a statement.

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I recently discovered a new southern brand – Dewdrop Designs.  Designer Gillian Stevens splits up her time between Beaufort, SC and Charlotte, NC.  The laid back and wearable sensibility mixed with some bags sporting a cheeky sayings makes her accessories so much fun. She’s influenced by the south and travel so each bag is designed with form and function in mind.  I love this canvas pouch that can be used as a cosmetic case or a clutch. Gillian’s online store is stock full of all kinds of goodies that are perfect for holiday gifts, but you’ll probably find yourself shopping for you as well.  You can also buy her bags locally at Noddy Charleston on Queen Street near King Street.

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Bodysuit by Mink Pink, Skirt by Olivaceous $49, boots by Jeffrey Campbell $165, Sunglasses by Quay $50 from Tres Carmen // When in Doubt Vacation pouch $32 by Dewdrop Designs // Earrings and ring from Gold Creations

Photography by Clifford Pate, Makeup by Megan Johnson at Cosbar Charleston

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