My favorite holiday is today!  Halloween has been a long time tradition with me since my birthday is the day before.  I grew up having costume parties, and nothing made me more happy than to get together with my friends and get into costume.  It’s the one night a year you can transform yourself into a character or person you admire.  I recently did a Lowcountry Live segment where I featured a few different stores – DandyBashfulDress Up; and showed how you can turn everyday clothes into Halloween worthy looks.  I truly believe the best costumes are the ones you can wear again after Halloween.

This witchy look was easily achieved with long black layers – a dress from Dress Up and a lace kimono robe from Bashful.  The new organic beauty boutique – Colur Studios did a fantastic job creating a goth vibe with the makeup.  I love all of their products that they carry and their artists are so incredibly talented.  I can’t wait to come back for more makeup looks!

Whether your going trick or treating with the family, passing out candy, or partying it up, I wish everyone a Happy Halloween!

Catch Your Breath Maxi Romper in Black $48.99 from Dress Up // Lace kimono robe by Alythea $44 from Bashful // San Diego Hat Company Women’s Ultrabraid X Large Brim Hat $59.55 from Amazon // Geraldine hoop earrings $175, Mary cross necklace $145, Thea moon necklace $525, Heather gold stacked rings $165 each, Rosemary turquoise ring $225, Kasey wide silver ring $175, cuffs and bracelets by Ash Hoffman

Photography by Pale Girl Photo, Makeup by Merit at Colur Studios

Stars in the Sand

Stars in the Sand is the dreamy jewelry online boutique you need to know about. Based right here in Charleston, Lin Isler (of Shirtini fame), has the keenest eye when it comes to curating a store – whether it’s physical or virtual.  The serene site features both delicate and statement jewelry from brands like Theia, Frolick, Kozakh, and Gypsy.  Offering a wide variety of styles and prices, you can find anything from $18 to just under $300.  My favorite?  Anything rose gold of course.

SEEING STARS ROSE GOLD RING $101 from Stars in the Sand //  OVAL ROSE GOLD GODDESS RING $133 from Stars in the Sand // ANGEL WING ROSE GOLD EAR CRAWLER $92 from Stars in the Sand // MOON DROP NECKLACE $78 from Stars in the Sand  

I’m obsessed with these Angel Wing Rose Gold Ear Crawler earrings.  You can double them up on one ear like I did or wear one in each ear.

TURQUOISE DROP NECKLACE $135 from Stars in the Sand // KISMET TURQUOISE RING $195 from Stars in the Sand

GOLDEN D EARRINGS $55 from Stars in the Sand // CONSTELLATION NECKLACE $53 from Stars in the Sand // MOON CHARM NECKLACE $33 from Stars in the Sand // CRESCENT MOON RING $37.00 from Stars in the Sand // WISHING STAR RING $37 from Stars in the Sand // GOLD C BRACELET $65 Stars in the Sand // FALLING STAR GOLD BRACELET $65 from Stars in the Sand 

Stars in the Sand is coining the catchphrase “Jewelry and accessories for the the modern mermaid” and these dreamy, mystical pieces reflect just that.  The jewelry is meant to be layered like this Constellation Necklace and Moon Charm Necklace.  My birthday is in a couple of weeks and I always feel connected with my Scorpio sign during this time.  These Constellation Necklaces are perfect for birthday gifts for that special someone.

Christmas is coming early because Stars in the Sand is the latest in my giveaways that I’m featuring this month.  We’re teaming up to giveaway this Falling Star Gold Bracelet on my Instagram.  Follow along for all of the details to enter to win!

If you like any of the jewelry here I linked all of the styles directly to the site.  I encourage you to explore more, because that’s what mermaids do.

SHINING STAR DOUBLE DROP EARRINGS $179 from Stars in the Sand // ELONGATED WHITE GOLD GODDESS RING $156 from Stars in the Sand //OVAL WHITE GOLD GODDESS RING $133 from Stars in the Sand // LAYERED RUFFLE SLEEVE STRIPE SHIRT $305 from Shirtini

Photography by Pale Girl Photo

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Adorned: Charleston Jewelry Makers

Charleston is exploding with talent and local jewelry designers are leading the pack in the style sector.  I’m highlighting 4 emerging designers who will be on Lowcountry Live this Friday at 10am – Kaypea Jewelry, Catie Curran, Barracuda Moon, and Kristy Bishop. These women are skilled metal smiths, textile designers and are creating one of a kind jewelry that make a lasting impression.  I’m doing a giveaway with each designer on my Instagram, so follow along here to enter to win.

Kristin Panke the designer of Kaypea Jewelry has a bohemian vibe with native American influences.  She is inspired by her travels, yoga, the sea, and being wild & free.  Kristin uses materials such as silver and brass, natural stones – opal and turquoise, and casts shark teeth to adorn cuffs, rings, earrings, and bracelets.   Each piece is one of a kind and the variety of turquoise she uses are so unique.  Currently she sells locally at Albizia Apothecary on James Island and her next pop up will be the Charleston Makers Market on Oct 22 at Pacific Box & Crate.

Catie Curran’s, inspiration stems from nature, especially insects and animals. Using unconventional material like beetle wings, she has created wearable art that is mystical and unique.  Her geometric and organic shapes are the consistent theme in her brass and silver jewelry.  She combines casting and fabrication processes to create all of her pieces in her home studio.  Currently she sells at Maris DeHart and is planning two trunk shows in November –  West Elm on November 4th and Cannonborough Collective on November 18th.

 Sydney Pope is the designer behind Barracuda Moon and is dedicated to life lived by the ocean. She uses repurposed materials such as sea glass found in Charleston, gemstones, and hand-forged metals such as 14kt gold-filled.    The barracuda symbolizes the hunt; they are driven seekers of the sea, not afraid to roam wild and free.  The moon symbolizes a life lived by the ocean which is often planned around the tides.  A portion of all online sales are donated to the Polaris Project, a charity devoted to ending human trafficking, modern slavery.  Currently she sells at Ro Sham Beaux, The Resort Shop in Freshfields Village, Sterling Styles in Hilton Head Island. She also has a busy pop-up shop season with appearances at Ro Sham Beaux on Oct. 21st, Celadon Nov. 11, Off Runway Event & Fashion Show with Brooke Wilder Atelier Nov. 19th at Charles Towne Landing, Daniel Island Holiday Festival December 2nd at the Volvo Stadium. 

Kristy Bishop is a local artist primarily known for her textile and woven installations.  She is embracing her knowledge of natural dying and is now creating wearable art with her jewelry line of  Coiled Cotton dyed and sewn together. She makes dye out of plants such as Osage Orange, Indigo, and Cochineal which is an insect.  The types of dyes that she uses are gathered locally in Charleston, SC or other places that she’s visited while traveling.  Her primary sources include roadside growth, gardens, and grocery stores.  Her monthly indigo dyeing class that she hosts at her studio in West Ashley that are both educational and fun.  You have the chance to learn about the history of this dye plant and how it’s native to  South Carolina, the chemistry of a vat, and dye samples using shibori tie dye methods.  I’ve done one of her workshops, and transformed some my white clothes into beautiful hues of blue. Her next Indigo Workshop is Sunday, October 22, 1:00pm – 3:00pm and it’s only $20.

 Overalls by Free People from Macy’s $128 // Tank Top andLeather moto jacket by Blank NYC from Tres Carmen Boutique // Adrian shoes by Summit White Mountain $179 from Zappos // Papou hat from Goorin Bros.

Velvet Jumpsuit by Jack BB Dakota $68 from Tres Carmen 

Free People dress $96 from Asos

Photography by Pale Girl Photo

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A Home Away from Home at Zero George

If want to experience quintessential Charleston, then Zero George is where you want to be.  If your looking to escape the everyday hustle and bustle and feel like your your transported to a far away villa without actually traveling the distance then this boutique hotel is has exactly what your looking for.  It exudes southern charm, and confirms why I love my city so much.

When you walk onto the grounds you feel like you discovered a secret utopian village that has been untouched by modern society.   The historical buildings that compromise Zero George date back to the 1800’s and a couple have actually travelled to the current location.  The renovations and upgrades on the buildings have been done meticulously so you get the old world experience with the comforts of modern accommodations.

I had the perfect girls get away with a couple of my close friends and it was a bonafide gown-up sleep over.   We were greeted at the reception desk with a glass of champagne and a smile.   Then we were taken to our garden suites nestled in the back courtyard, our home away from home.  They brought us a cheese plate and we caught up while we noshed up on the yummy treats in the parlor.  Zero George specializes in all of the little details to make it a memorable stay.  The mini fridge was filled with complimentary bottled water and Izze sodas and the bathroom wass stocked with Malin + Goetz skincare and bath products.

We were excited to indulge with dinner at Zero Restaurant because you never know what Chef Vinson Petrillo has up his sleeve.   He’s an artist in the kitchen and prepares the most creative and savory plates you’ve ever tasted, turning out seasonal dishes every night.  I recommend splitting the snacks and having the pre-theatre menu, you will not be disappointed.   One of the quirkiest dishes was The Potted Plant which was 2 radishes buried in quinoa and homemade butter.  For my main course I had the steamed bass and it surpassed my expectations.

 Zero George prides themselves with being innovators by offering bespoke packages to their guests.  Some of them include a cooking class with Chef Vinson Petrillo in their intimate kitchen,  Pamper and PJ’s which is a spa experience and PJ’s with your BFF, a photography tour with some of my favorites – Kirk ChambersNickie Cutrona and Andrew Cebulka, and the Shopping Tour with me!  As a guest you can book me for a few hours to take you around town to my favorite boutiques.  Every shopping package has been tailored to fit each person’s needs whether their looking for handcrafted local gifts or new clothes.  I’ve taken couples shopping, single ladies, and best friends who want to infuse some local wares into their wardrobe.  Each time I pick up my guests from Zero George is a new adventure and new friends.

Now that I’ve done my girls getaway, I need to book a romantic weekend with my husband.   Zero George is one of those places that will have a special place in my heart and I love sharing my experience.

Dress by Buddy Love $88 and choker from House of Sage // Glasses $16 from Dandy Boutique

Photography by Pale Girl Photo

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Mind, Body, and a Stylish Soul at Studio 33

Kiawah seems to be the last frontier in the Charleston area to have a fitness studio.  But now there’s no excuse to get in shape with the newly opened Studio 33 in Freshfields Village.   Founded by husband and wife team Frank and Liz, they offer everything from pilates, barre, yoga and so much more.  Their beautiful modern space is refreshing and when you walk in your immediately sucked into their amazing selection of athleisure. But this isn’t your average work out gear,  you can go from studio to street looking put together with their impressive selection.  They carry super stylish brands from Lululemon, Onzie, Michi, Spiritual Gangster, and Koral Activewear.

They turned me on to Michi, the brand that makes this snakeskin printed top.  From the front to the back, the details are on point.  The yoga pants are by Onzie, the brand that dominates the largest styles I’ve seen from prints, fabrics, and fits.

Liz who is also a yoga teacher takes so much pride in her studio and the classes that are being taught there.  She already has a loyal tribe of teachers and followers.  Normally I like doing yoga core and really pushing myself, but I opted for a gentle yoga class.   Kimi, the teacher, made sure we had the most zen experience.  That’s why I love yoga – you can go hard, but you can also make it an experience to calm your mind and feel more balanced mentally and physically.  The studio has all of the yoga accoutrements in case you forget your mat and they event have blankets that you can snuggle up in for savasana.

Studio 33 also offers so much more than their regular studio classes.  You can also get health & nutrition coaching, private yoga & personal training, and you can even book them for a private bachelorette or weekend getaway.

Freshfields Village always does a great job incorporating their stores like Studio 33 by hosting a group yoga session on the lawn.  This month their gearing up for a line up of more fun events for the whole family to enjoy.  The weekend kicks off with a special edition of Music on the Green tonight from 6-9 pm. Then on Saturday there’ll be more music while the Farmer’s Market  will be in full swing and a pop up art show from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm.  There’s always something for the kiddies with the complimentary face painting by Cupcake and Company Children’s Entertainment, specialty balloons with Carol’s Balloon Art, inflatable games from Charleston Fun Factory, fall crafts and a meet & greet with St. Johns Fire Department.  

If your a dog lover then you’ll want to join them for their 11th Annual Dogtoberfest on Saturday, October 28 from 1-5 pm.  In addition to craft beer, food, live music, pet costume contest, Blessing of the Dogs, and giveaways, it’s all for a great cause.  The food and drink sponsors will be donating to pet rescues and there will be meet-and-greets with local rescue groups. 

So make a plan to come out to Kiawah and enjoy the beautiful fall weather outside!

Photography by Libby Williams 

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Scouting out Kiawah

It seems like Kiawah is a buzz with all of the new shops opening up in Freshfields Village including Scout & Molly’s who opened up last year.   Darcy Whalen, the owner stocks her store with a wide variety of clothing and accessories in a great price range for women of all ages.   Their seasoned “retail therapists” are always there to help build outfits and are always available virtually via FaceTime.   Carrying labels like Clara Sun Woo, Gretchen Scott, Crazy Larry , Joy Joy, Jade and Joseph Ribkoff, they offer brands that are distinct to the Lowcountry.

I love this shift dress by Joy Joy because it’s the perfect transitional dress from summer to fall.  We all know how warm it can be well into the autumn months in Charleston, and the colors in this dress make it more in season and on point.  The lace up detail in the back give it that special something I always look for in my clothes.

A couple of weeks I ago I featured Scout & Molly’s on Lowcountry Live for my Fashion over 40 segment.  It’s something that I’ve wanted to feature for a while and Scout & Molly’s was the perfect store to partner up with.   I think it’s important to celebrate women of all ages, especially those who have paved the way for the next generation.   I styled a mother and daughter who showed off a couple of glamorous outfits that are appropriate for any age.

So next time your in Freshfields Village pop by Scout & Molly’s.  You never know what treasures you might find.

Dress by Joy Joy $105 from Scout & Molly’s // Sunglasses and cuff from Elizabeth Stuart Design in Freshfields Village

Photography by Libby Williams 

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