A few weeks ago I took a trip out to Freshfields Village for a little R&R with the family. It’s always the best of both worlds – shopping and eating. We stayed at our favorite Kiawah accomodations the Andell Inn, for a weekend of family fun. One of my favorite shops out there is Tres Carmen which stocks fashion forward women’s clothing and accessories to the Kiawah crowd. The owner Michelle Tarleton has been delivering fresh style to her James Island clientele at her Folly road shop for 4 years, and took the plunge to open up her Freshfields location this summer.
It’s all about mixing hi with low and scooping up outfits at attainable prices. This top is only $58 and pants for only $61, but you’ll have to save up for the Taxidermy clutch. Tres Carmen in Kiawah stocks an extensive collection of Taxidermy accessories including the covetable snakeskin Chuck Taylors and python bags.
I’m decked out in Ash Hoffman jewelry which is also carried at Tres Carmen. These diamond studded earrings and stackable rings are a couple of her online exclusives that have been selling out. This Myrtle Beach based jewelry designer might be based in a different city, but her presence is known in Charleston. I love wearing her beautiful handmade, one of a kind pieces that are made with love.
Just a hop, skip, and a jump away was brunch at Hege’s. This under the radar restaurant should be in the spotlight more because it’s seriously some of the best food I’ve had in the lowcountry. Along with my brood I was accompanied by Libby Williams of Plate Southand we crushed it! The chef and owner Richard Hege (pronounced like eggie) has brought his 29 years of executive chef experience in New York and Raleigh to Kiawah for an uncompromisable foodie experience.
There was no hesitation in ordering the French Toast which was a brioche bread pudding, maple mascarpone cheese and berries. We demolished this!
Brunch is all about balance, and that’s the perfect mix of sweet and savory. These house potatoes were fried to perfection and rivals any french fry you’ve ever tried. The Shrimp and Grits is a must for all you die hard fans out there. This one topped with a poached egg put us over the edge.
Our server was well versed in the menu and pretty much knew every special they’ve ever made. I think the calling of a great restaurant is the impeccable execution of explaining each dish in great detail, to the cooking, to the presentation, to the delivery, and Hege’s nailed it! If brunch was this good, I can imagine what dinner is like.
Blouse by Do + Be $58, pants by Frnch $61, shoes by Jeffrey Campbell $119, and Harper clutch in Natural python by Taxidermy $795 from Tres Carmen at Freshfields Village // Maris diamond earrings $795, Maeve stacked rings with diamonds in rose gold and yellow gold by Ash Hoffman
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Looking for the perfect New Year’s Eve outfit can be a daunting task, but not when you have some great local boutiques in Charleston. I love this dress from House of Sage that’s only $82! Plus today everything that’s sparkly is 30% and tomorrow (Dec. 24th) everything is 25% off. So if your looking for those last minute gifts or party outfits, this is definitely the time to shop.
All the jewelry is from Croghan’s Jewel Box, a Charleston institution that’s been on King Street for over 100 years. Known for their fine jewelry and the best customer service in town, they also stock fun jewelry at attainable prices including the Goldbug line by 4th generation Croghan – Mini Hay. This brushed metal cuff is more than a statement piece, it’s one of the newest designs from the iconic Goldbug collection that’s sweeping the south. I can’t wait to see what the bugs will be adorning in 2017.
The new Katie envelope clutch by Taxidermy gets a new spin with the contrasting stripe. The stripe has been popping up on some of the favorite bags from the popular python line. Amy Wachter Driggers, the designer, is making it that more difficult to decide on which one to get. If you want to drool at all the accessories in person then you have to swing by her pop up shop at 32 Vendue Range next to Maris DeHart.
Dress by Ark & Co. $82 from House of Sage // 18k Vermeil pink tourmaline starburst medallion necklace $185, gold plated wreath earrings $130, large bug hinged cuff $250, 14k vermeil baroque blue stone ring $250, 14k gold plated nautical compass ring from Croghan’s Jewel Box // $125 Katie Envelope Clutch Black with Natural Stripe $995 from Taxidermy
Photography by Clifford Pate
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Recently I had the pleasure of staying at the Andell Inn at Freshfields Village in Kiawah and probably had the best sleep of my life. This is one of my favorite places for a staycation near Charleston. With only a 30 minute drive from my house in James Island I feel like I’ve escaped to a destination hundreds of miles away. My kids love it because their favorite store Wonder Works is there, and I love it because it really feels like a village where you can spend the day shopping and eating great food.
All the rooms have an amazing view of the lowcountry, and the beds make it so hard to get out of. I had to pack the comfiest silk pj’s from Bits of Lace and this cashmere robe for the ultimate luxe experience. If your looking for a way to splurge on yourself or hint at your loved one for a gift, lingerie and super soft loungewear is always a no brainer. I always think having quality foundation makes your clothes look better and we spend so much time in bed we might as well make it the most comfortable experience by wearing cozy loungewear.
Lavender silk tank and boxer shorts by PJ Harlow $120, Cashmere robe by Arlotta $437, and eye mask from Bits of Lace // “Kendi” necklace in Rose Gold, “Baby Moon” necklace in Rose Gold, “Jessie” ring in Rose Gold, “Suzy” skull ring in Rose Gold, by Ash Hoffman
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Hop on the Love Bus and check out the 1st from the series of outfits from my 7 Gypsy shoot last week. I was lucky enough to get a hold of this vintage VW beauty of a bus called “Terra” from Lowcountry Valet. It was the perfect day and location in Hampton Park for our throwback shoot.
Sarah Berrad of 7 Gypsy stocks her Mt. Pleasant boutique with bohemian friendly threads and accessories from the softest graphic tee’s to embellished cocktail dresses. I also love their wide selection of denim including these DL 1961’s which are the softest jeans ever!
If your looking for an excuse to shop for yourself or drop a hint for your wish list, now is the time to shop. With Christmas only days away 7 Gypsy is rolling out some great deals – on Dec. 22nd it’s 40% off their shoes, on Dec. 23rd it’s 40% off shoes and 30% off of denim, and on Dec. 24th it’s 25% off of jewelry and for every $200 you spend you get a $20 gift card. Shop local, give local!
Stay tuned for more fun pics with this magical bus from Lowcountry Valet. They’ve got the best selection of vintage cars in Charleston and I can’t wait to get my hands on another one of their beauties.
Top by Rahi Cali $83, jeans by DL 1961 $196, Ivory Fringe Crossbody by Street Level $59, Nitra Open Weave Bootie by Sbicca Vintage Shoes $105, Visionary Necklace by Heather Kahn Jewelry $52, Pendant Horn Necklace by Sigalie Jewelry $123 all from 7 Gypsy
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Sometimes it can be a challenge to dress in Charleston. One minute it’s 70 degrees and the next minute it’s 50 degrees. The secret to dressing in the south is layers and this outfit is perfect when the weather is acting bi-polar. The cape, sweater, and hat are from Dandy Boutique, the cutest little shop on John Street in the Upper King area downtown. I love how the cape can transform the most basic outfit into a chic little ensemble on the town.
The jeans are by Ellison Apparel from House of Sage, my go to shop on George Street located pretty much on the College of Charleston campus. I love them because they’re the perfect cropped flare length for my vertically challenged height. Get use to them because they’ll be appearing on my blog again soon.
I’m having a navy moment right now and this bag by Neely & Chloe captures it all. I discovered this New York based accessory company a couple of weeks ago at a pop up they were having at The Dewberry. Sisters Neely and Chloe Burch have designed a line of classicly chic handbags and shoes at attainable prices. My leather Lady Bag Saffiano is only $168! The sisterly duo just launched their line in the fall, and have already created a name for themselves. With experience working with the most prominent brands in the world such as Sotheby’s and J.Crew, it’s no wonder the sisters were destined for greatness. You can even customize your bag with your initials with their Workshop service. And if your in New York then visit them at their pop up shop at 373 Bleeker Street until January. Happy Shopping!
Back to Nature Butterfly Sweater $62, Cape Crusader Zig Zag Cape by Traffic People $110, and hat by San Diego Hat Co. from Dandy Boutique // Jeans by Ellison Apparel from House of Sage // Regina heels in navy suede by Corso Como $139 from Zappos // The Lady Bag Saffiano from Neely & Chloe $168
Photography by Libby Williams
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It’s hard to believe that Christmas is only days away! I’ll try to make your last minute shopping easier by highlighting some of my favorite local brands and places to shop in Charleston. Let’s start with Maris DeHart where this fringe sweater, sunglasses, and locally made jewelry by Catie Curran (earrings), Christina Jervey (bangle bracelet), and Wear it and Wander (stacked rings) are from. I’m doing a special collaboration with them called Curator Covets where we donate 20% of sales from 10 select southern brands to donate to Lowcountry Orphan Relief. For more info check out my blog post from last month here.
The gold hexagon bangle by Christina Jervey and Key Chain card holder by Taxidermy are just a couple of products that are part of the Curator Covets. The newest Goldbug design by Mini at Croghan’s Jewel Box is the Goldbug Love Train Cuff and is so chic in that brushed matte gold. These boots by Jeffrey Campbell at Tres Carmen have been on heavy rotation. I wear them all of the time and someone always comments on them.
Love these Moth Wing earrings in bronze by Catie Curran from Maris DeHart. Her insect inspired accessories are beautifully designed and handmade right here in Charleston. And how amazing is this yellow hued Taxidermy bag? It’s just one of the newer color ways in the popular JW style. Just you wait for the new styles and colors Amy Taxidermy is rolling out for 2017!
Fringe sweater by English Factory $128, sunglasses by Quay, Moth Wing earrings in bronze by Catie Curran $88, Hex Bangle by Christina Jervey $195, Rings by Wear it and Wander $98 each all from Maris DeHart // Key Chain card holder $159 and JW Large Mustard python bag $1,495 from Taxidermy // Demi gold ring $85 and Goldbug Love Train Cuff $160 from Croghan’s Jewel Box // Ponte Back Seam Pant $158 from Lilla P // Booties by Jeffrey Campbell $165 from Tres Carmen
Photography by Clifford Pate
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A couple of months ago I met Kathy Williams, the owner and designer of Simply Whimsical, a kitchen accessory company that is based in Charleston. I fell in love with her retro inspired aprons and her story is incredible. Her humble beginnings and dedication to her dream has catapulted her brand into nationwide stores and online shops like Nordstrom Rack, Home Goods, TJ Maxx, Zulily, as well as privately owned boutiques all over the country.
Kathy was inspired by her grandmother and growing up in the kitchen. She started in 2008 making aprons for family and friends, and selling out at local boutiques. Kathy couldn’t keep up with the orders on her own so she recruited women from her church to sew with her. 8 years later with a bigger manufacturer and growing accounts, Simply Whimsical has gown into an apron empire while adding gloves, dish towels, and wine charms into the mix. Her aprons and accessories are the perfect hostess gifts for the holidays. Scoop up one for yourself or a friend before they sell out!
We had such a blast on our 1st photo shoot together. I loved getting my retro look on while I helped with gathering all of the clothes and props and Libby Williams of Plate South did the food styling and photography to pull everything together. Stay tuned for more fun collaborations with Simply Whimsical in 2017!
Black Damask Diva Apron $32 from Simply Whimsical // Dress from Terrace Oaks Antique Mall // Earrings from Groove Girl // Lacey heels $75 from Dandy Boutique // Metallic banded glassware $8.99, Mixing Pitcher + Strainer $29 from West Elm
Holly Apron from Simply Whimsical // Theo Darling Shift Dress $88, Gold tassel earrings by The Tiny Tassel, and Lola heels $74 from Dandy Boutique // Kitchen accessories and platters from Terrace Oaks Antique Mall
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