A Mindful Monday with Serenity Tree Yoga

A few weeks ago I co-hosted a sunset yoga session with my girl Melora Morgan of Serenity Tree Yoga.  I first connected with Melora 13 years ago when she was teaching yoga at Gold’s Gym.  Her energy and constant positive vibrations drew me close and we became fast friends.  Now more than ever her mantra of loving yourself and living without fear is so relevant in the world we live in.  Practice yoga is not just a physical activity, but a time to be present, honor ourselves, and show gratitude for the life that we live.

Melora usually teaches her classes on Folly Beach but a strong storm rolled in and thankfully our plan B worked out perfectly.  We ended up doing our session on the pier on the top floor and it felt like we had our own private party.

Liz Martin of the Charleston Weekender always brings the good vibes.  Even though the rain teased us we were excited to wear our outfits from Onzie , sunglasses from Sunglass LA, Evolve Malas, and Petaloso flower crowns.

The Juice Joint served up the most delicious acai bowls and watermelon juices.  They’re food truck on Folly has some of the healthiest choices on the beach!

Melora with Kate Counts of Evolve Malas. Kate is another amazing yoga teacher and I always enjoy her encouraging words during practice.

Carol and Kenzie of KC Doubletake always make fitness look stylish.

Melora has the touch when it comes to making sure your connecting with your practice

There’s nothing like feeling the wind on the water and overlooking the ocean while your exercising.  Yoga on the beach is probably the best setting for total relaxation which is why her private sessions including Charleston bachelorette parties are such a hit. There are so many Charleston bachelorette ideas out there, but this tops my list.

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Twist Cutout Back Tank by Onzie $43 from Nordstrom,  Mudra Bra by Onzie $49 from ZapposHigh Basic Midi leggings $59 from Zappos, tote bag from Graefic Design

Photography by Elizabeth Fay

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Bespoke Sandals by Michael Grey

In this world of “fast fashion” it’s refreshing to experience a new take on it.  Footwear designer Michael Grey is making custom sandals under an hour’s time and I witnessed his whole process in the beginning of sandal season this summer here in Charleston.  He set up his sandal making shop in the window display at Shoes on King and fitted women’s feet while they picked out leather and suede straps.  For the same price of an off the shelf brand shoe, you could have a custom sandal that fits your foot perfectly and a style that you pretty much get to design yourself.

Hailing from Goose Creek and current dweller in NYC, Michael Grey packed up his sandal factory to come to Charleston for his pop up shop. He usually sets up shop in his sandal truck in Williamsburg, Brooklyn where he bangs out sandals all day long, even in the winter time.  Picture a food truck, but instead of serving food on the go, he’s making sandals on the go.

I first met Michael Grey a couple of years ago at Charleston Fashion Week where he was showing as an Emerging Designer. His collection of military inspired women’s clothing was bold and graphic, and celebrated women in a strong and powerful light.  He paired the clothing with his custom sky high wooden wedge boots, which might have stole the show.

I’m also wearing another Charleston Fashion Week alum, Heather Rose Johnson who showed this past year.  Her runway show was a beautiful mix of vintage details and hand knitted pieces that came together for a modern, eclectic chic collection.  These outfits were a perfect match for Michael’s bespoke sandals.

Stay tuned for Michael Grey‘s website and another pop up in Charleston before the end of summer. Getting a custom pair of shoes made is something that everyone should treat themselves to.

Photography by Nicole Mickle, Jewelry from Jtv and Goldbug Sullivan’s Island, Sunglasses from Blue Planet Eyewear and Sunglass.LA

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