Bottoms Up

Charleston is full of art and I love that you can find it in the most unassuming places.  This vibrant floor mural by local artist Douglas Panzone is tucked away in a College of Charleston apartment building where the students can enjoy it from their balcony.  It’s located right next to House of Sage, the local boutique heavily frequented by the college crowd, and also one of the best places to shop local on a budget.

This jumpsuit is only $60 and the denim jacket is only $55 at House of Sage!  Just when you think the deals can’t get any sweeter, their having a shopping event on Saturday and Sunday. For every full priced bottom you purchase enters you into a drawing for a chance to win a $75 gift certificate.  So bottoms up while you sip on champagne while you shop and scoop up those deals!

Jumpsuit by San Souci $60,  Denim jacket by San Souci $55, hat $34, and necklace $16 from House of Sage // Adrian shoes by Summit White Mountain $179 from Zappos

Photography by Paul King

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Captivated by Capers

After living in Charleston for 13 years it’s hard to believe that I’m still discovering this town.  During my stay at Wild Dunes Resort a couple of weeks ago, I took one of their excursions – an eco-tour to Capers Island and I was blown away.  The van ride from the resort to the Isle of Palms marina was a quick 5 minute ride and we hopped on a boat with Barrier Island Eco Tours.

Our guides shared their knowledge of the rich waters filled with marine life and how much our environment impacts the eco-system.  They’ve built up quite the collection of shells, bones, and even native American pottery over the years.  The hour long tour on the way to Capers was an adventure filled with crab catching, bird watching, and we were lucky enough to see a few dolphins jumping out of the water.

Our guides pulled up their crab traps and brought them on board so we could get some hands on experience.  We learned the difference between a male and female crab and the crabs that are native to South Carolina.  Mateo carefully held up a female stone crab, we heard you don’t want to mess with those claws.

When we finally landed on Capers I felt like I was an explorer discovering an unknown island.  This nature preserve displays some of the most untouched beauty I’ve ever seen.  Washed up trees scattered like sculptures in the sand.

We found so many perfect conch shells everywhere and they were huge!

There’s nothing like escaping with the family and discovering new places.  If you want to get away for the weekend and take it all in, Wild Dunes Resort should be on the top of your list.  This island destination curates the best packages for the ultimate coastal experience.   I can’t wait to go back and explore more!

Leon Jumper $80 from Mill Street Boutique // Escape bag $99 from The Charleston Weekender // Bailey sunglasses by Blue Planet Eyewear $49.95 from Backcountry // Hari Mari Scouts flip flops $64.95 from Nordstrom // Frances Cabochon stone earrings $495Zoe necklace $195, charm cuff, engraved bar rings $75 each all by Ash Hoffman Jewelry

Photography by Clifford Pate, Mani & Pedi from Mylk Bar

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Joy Ride

Riding bikes is one of my favorite things to do and being able to soak up the scenery on two wheels in Wild Dunes Resort is the ultimate experience.  Their bike rental shop located across the street from The Village Inn has bikes for the whole family.  The bike friendly sidewalk seemed to stretch for miles and the weather was perfect for our day of activities.

We worked up our appetites for breakfast at Huey’s, the restaurant on the green named for an infamous Goose that lurked the resort.  With wrap around windows overlooking the golf course, the view was just as good as the food.

We had heard about their famous blueberry pancakes so we had to order that stat.  They really did live up to the legacy and now every pancake I have after that is going to be a tough act to follow.  They surprised us with this massive fruit plate that was enough to feed an army.   This was one of the best breakfasts I’ve had in Charleston and I’ll have to make a trip back to Wild Dunes just to have those pancakes.

The golf course at Wild Dunes is recognized as the best in the state by Golf Digest with 36 holes spread out on their beautiful property.  If your not an avid golfer but want to try your hand at it they offer clinics and private lessons by their seasoned instructors.  Jeff Minton is one of the instructors and he gives the best pointers and tips.   We loved our lessons with Jeff, especially my boys.  Even Sebastian got to hit a few balls with his one good arm.

It’s all about the form and follow through.

The day continued with a tennis match on their clay courts and lounging by the pool.  Another perfect day in paradise.

In case you missed out on my other blog post, I’m teaming up with Wild Dunes Resort on a special discount so you can experience all of the fun.  Guests who book a minimum of two night stay using the special code CURATE will receive $100 off, valid for all stays through October 31st.

Top $96 and shorts $88 by Show Me your Mumu and hat by Aviate from  Tres Carmen Boutique // Double decker lurex sneakers $57.95 from Keds // Multi tourmaline arrow necklace by Ash Hoffman

Photography by Clifford Pate

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Coastal Life

The experience at Wild Dunes Resort continues with our fun filled Saturday night.  First we dove into a delicious dinner at Coastal Provisions, a restaurant located in the Boardwalk Inn.  Dining al fresco is my favorite way to experience a meal, especially when you live on the coast.  We got a primo table near the pool and sipped on signature cocktails and noshed on a delectable coastal fare.

The seafood focused menu is packed with ingredients that are both locally and regionally sourced.  The Tuna Poke was so fresh and the accents of tamari, benne seed, chili garlic sauce green onion, and avocado was mouth watering.

Not a bad view over here.

We had to try the oyster platter because that’s just what you do at Coastal Provisions.  I never get sick of slurping down those oysters. Chef Read Wolfe surprised us with a local mushroom appetizer with micro greens, radish, and breadcrumbs that had the perfect balance of texture and taste.

Afterwards we took a walk on the beach as the sun set.  The powder blue, pink, and lavender sky always looks like a water color painting to me.  I’m convinced we have the prettiest sunsets in the world.  Because it’s the end of the summer, we had most of the beach to ourselves.  I’m a Folly Beach girl, but it’s so nice to experience the Isle of Palms.  I love seeing all the pretty pastel houses on our walk.   As my boys ran around the beach, I reflected on what a great time we were having at Wild Dunes Resort.  It’s so important to take the time out and enjoy life, especially when it’s right in your backyard.

My little Sebastian didn’t let his broken arm get in the way of his good times.

We capped the evening by making s’mores by the fire pit.  Located right downstairs from our hotel room at The Village, this is where most people end their night.  When we saw our complimentary S’mores kits waiting for us in our hotel room we knew we would be in for a treat.  My boys have been bugging me to make S’mores all summer, and I’m so happy we finally did it.  This is glamping at it’s best!

Jumpsuit by Moon River $99 from Mill Street Boutique // Sunglasses by Quay from Tres Carmen Boutique // Geraldine hoop earrings $155, Lena stacked rings $325 each, 2 stone poppy topaz white gold ring, and charm cuff by Ash Hoffman // Morganite diamond ring $2,750 Gold Creations  // Keds x Rifle Paper Co. Triple Decker Lively Floral sneakers $60 from Keds

Photography by Clifford Pate, Mani from Mylk Bar

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Wild Dunes Weekend

This past weekend I had the opportunity to stay at Wild Dunes Resort with my boys and we had the best time ever!  I already feel lucky to live in a place like Charleston where you can easily live like your on vacation.  If you do live in Charleston you know what I mean, but it’s also nice to actually getaway from your normal routine.  I love escaping to Wild Dunes because you feel like your transported to some far away remote island, but your really just in Isle of Palms.  What’s that, a family vacation without the hassle of jumping on a plane or driving for several hours?  Sign me up!

The beautiful thing about Wild Dunes is that you can cater your experience to whatever you want it to be.  If your an active group like us you have to take advantage of the clay tennis courts, golfing, biking,  swimming in the ocean and pools and an eco-tour to Capers Island.  If we had more time we probably would have done some of the other water activities like jet skiing, paddle boarding, and parasailing. Because let’s face it, seeing the Lowcountry from the water is always on a whole nother level.  If you want a more chill experience you can take a spa day and have dinner delivered to your room.

I always like to get acquainted with the place that I’m staying at by exploring the grounds.  The pool is always a good start at Wild Dunes, especially when there’s 5 to choose from.  They’ve got it all from an olympic sized pool, a kid friendly pool with a large shallow area, the adult pool with cabanas, and 2 pools next to the beach with a bar that stocks every frozen drink you can imagine.  You can also get all the adult frozen drinks without alcohol like my favorite, the “Miami Vice” which is a mix of Pina Colada and Strawberry Daiquiri.

Beach Caftan Cover Up – Little Palms $70 and Silk Scarf – Little Palms $122 by The Blush Label (Use Curator15 at checkout and recieve 15% off of your purchase!) // Sunglasses by Quay from Tres Carmen Boutique // Jewels from Gold Creations // Hari Mari Scouts flip flops $64.95 from Nordstrom

With so many different accommodations to choose from, the possibilities are plentiful.  You can feel like your living at the Dunes if you opt for one of their villas, homes, condos, or a penthouse.  Or if you want that hotel feel you can stay at The Boardwalk Inn or The Village, which is where we stayed.   I loved just walking downstairs and grabbing a snack or water at Hudson’s Market.

This is actually the best time to visit Wild Dunes Resort because it’s off season.  Not everyone might agree with me, but I think we’re lucky that we can enjoy the summer weather through October.   Because I love sharing my fun experience with everyone I’m teaming up with Wild Dunes Resort on a special deal.  Guests who book a minimum of two night stay using the special code CURATE will receive $100 off, valid for all stays through October 31st.  Now don’t just sit there, book that getaway you’ve been wanting to do with your family,  your significant other, or your girls weekend.

It’s impossible to fit everything we did in one post so stay tuned the rest of my Wild Dunes recap!

Hibiscus one piece in Azalea $165 by Citrine Swim // Turkish Towel $32 by Charleston Weekender (use CURATOR20 at checkout for 20% off) // Sunglasses by Quay from Tres Carmen Boutique // Frances Cabochon stone earrings $495 by Ash Hoffman

Photography by Clifford Pate, Mani & Pedi from Mylk Bar

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The New New at Freshfields

Freshfields Village is buzzing with all of the new additions which means more reasons to keep on coming back.  Along with village veterans like The Resort Shop (where this dress is from), new businesses like Elizabeth Stuart Design, Studio 33 Kiawah, Blue Mercury, and and Fuji Restaurant have popped up over the summer.

Elizabeth Stuart Design is known in the Charleston area for her sophisticated selections in home decor, art, and accessories.  Her satellite shop in Kiawah is a curated mix of gorgeous jewelry from the likes of S Carter and cool shades by AM Eyewear (pictured here).  Her offerings are a nice price range making it easy to find gifts or splurge on yourself.

Blue Mercury was a no-brainer top open up, with no other makeup stores in the area of Kiawah and Johns Island.  This national store has shops everywhere including downtown Charleston, but this Freshfields Village location was much needed.  You can find the best makeup and skincare lines out there, and also get spa treatments like facials, waxing, and massages.  I had to try out some of their products and was so happy with the makeup application they gave me.

Another void in the area was a Japanese restaurant and our prayers have finally been answered with Fuji.  Their creative selection of sushi rolls, delicious salads, and appetizers will have you wanting to come back over and over again.  This is now on the top of my list for sushi in Charleston, and the best part is they can make any custom roll you want.  My friend Libby of Plate South and I were on a roll (pun intended) sampling everything we thought we could fit in our stomachs. If you go you have to try my favorites – Harumaki, Tuna Martini and the Avocado Salad.  As far as rolls go it just depends on how adventurous you are, but I’m sure you won’t be disappointed.

If your looking for a relaxing shopping and dining experience then Freshfields Village is your answer.   Fall is always a great time to come out to the Village so follow them on Instagram to stay in the know of all of their events and happenings.

Dress by Laundry by Shelli Segal $295 from The Resort Shop // Sunglasses by AM Eyewear $465, Beaded purse by Ink + Alloy $62.50, Diamond tusk necklace by S Carter $3,545, Full pave diamond cuff by S Carter $1,370, Sterling silver wide ring by Sarah Richardson $200, Sterling silver equator ring $295, Asymetrical Iris Smokey ring $1,200, Sterling silver tripod ring by Sarah Richardson$155 all from Elizabeth Stuart Design from Freshfields Village //  Caress sandals by Corso Como from Nordstrom $119.95

Photography by Libby Williams 

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1 Scarf, 10 Ways

It’s that time of year where you’re yearning for the switch in your wardrobe but can’t bear to think about fall clothing.  With the right accessories you can easily transition your outfits into the next season.  One easy way is to use a scarf like this one from Senza Tempo.  The American made, local Charleston brand specializes in classically tailored clothing for women who want to invest in staple pieces for their wardrobe.  This silk scarf has a print of butterflies, roses & leaves that are based on vintage prints from the 50’s. Founder/designer Kristen Fanarakis of Senza Tempo wanted to refresh the print by modernizing it.  There are endless ways to style this scarf, but I wanted to feature 10 of my favorite styles.

“The Bandana”

“The Headband-Headwrap”

“The Belt”

“The Sixties Side Tie”

“The Sashay”

If you love this scarf as much as I do then register to get on Senza Tempo‘s email list and you just might win one for yourself.  Click here to be entered to be entered into the drawing.

View more to see all of my ideas on how to tie one on.

Denim Jane jumpsuit by Valfre $92 from Dandy Boutique // Scarf $275 by Senza Tempo // Bag by Parisa Wang $340 and boots by Dolce Vita $240 from Shoes on King //  Bailey sunglasses $50 by Blue Planet Eyewear // Feathered ear jacket earrings by Spartina 449 $18 from Shoptiques

Photography by Paul King

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