Frolicking Frocks

As 2017 draws to a close I’m wrapping it up with a couple of my favorite party looks.  This dress by Alexis at Beckett is a dream and the perfect to transition from winter into spring. This Upper King boutique has the most covetable collection of clothing and brands that are exclusive to Charleston.  They carry on trend Aussie brands like Rebecca Vallance and Lover the Label and when you wear one of their pieces it makes you feel you instantly cool.

The Fantasy Garden collection from Candy Shop Vintage is full of whimsical jewelry adorned with unicorns, bumble bees, and flowers.  Designer Deirdre Zahl teamed up with 125 year old jewelry company Ciner to produce her latest collection.  Her adorable Cannon Street shop is packed with vintage jewelry as well as other local designers and fun accessories from brands from all over.

Jeslyn Dress by Alexa from Beckett $560 // The Unicorn Collar Fantasy Necklace $395, Rhinestone Bee earrings (Crystal) $135 from Candy Shop Vintage

This dress from Mulberry & King is a knock out, especially when it’s under $100!  Unfortunately it’s sold out but they have plenty of other great party dresses that are perfect for a New Year’s Eve bash.  You’ve got to follow them on Instagram to keep up to date on the latest releases because they’re known for selling out quick on certain styles.  The online boutique based here in Charleston is run by 2 girl bosses and best friends – Megan and Meredith.  I have so much respect for theses women who can juggle young little ones while being successful mompreneurs.  I featured Mulberry & King a couple of weeks ago on Lowcountry Live along with Beckett and Candy Shop Vintage for my holiday outfits segment, you can watch the video here if you need some last minute ideas.

If your looking to drop any hints for last minute gift ideas that are sure to dazzle then Croghan’s Jewel Box is the place.  Specializing in fine jewelry, they also have a gorgeous collection of estate jewelry and playful costume jewelry at every price range.  I love following them on Instagram to see the latest baubles and engagements with their rings.  This family run business is over 100 year old and the 4th generation is just as excited to carry on the legacy.  They also carry gifty items for special occasions and something for the man in your life.  Goblets, silver trays, vases, flasks, engravable photo albums, and feathered bow ties are just some of the treasures you’ll find on their shelves.

  I’m so grateful for all of the opportunities and collaborations with all of the local talent here in Charleston.  It’s pretty incredible how many people I get to connect with on a daily basis through my blog, social media, and Lowcountry Live, these are the experiences that make my life fulfilling.   I’m so proud to see my city grow and all of the entrepreneurs and emerging talent that are thriving here.   I look forward to keep on exploring and enjoying new experiences with my family and loved ones in 2018.  Wishing everyone a wonderful Christmas holiday and prosperous New Year!

I’m signing off for the rest of the year on my blog but you can keep up with me on my Instagram and see you in 2018!

Blue lace peplum dress and Black fringe heel with pearl trim $36 from Mulberry & King // Sterling Silver Wallace Water Goblet $450, 14k lapis and diamond earrings $2,980, 14k 12mm freshwater pearl fluid ring $1,915, 14k yellow gold mabe pearl diamond ring $2,950, 18k sapphire diamond pave mummy ring $7,500, 14k turquoise and diamond ring $1,950, 14k Tahitian pearl fluid cuff bracelet $1,915, 14k freshwater fluid pearl cuff bracelet $2,020 all from Croghan’s Jewel Box

Photography by Kim Graham, Manicure by Mylk Bar, on location at 12 State Street listed with Handsome Properties

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Star Light, Star Bright

I can’t believe that Christmas is 1 week away!  I rounded up some wearable gift ideas for your last minute shopping from House of Sage and Ash Hoffman.   House of Sage is running a 12 days of Christmas sale from now until December 24th.  If you like jeans then this is your lucky day because it’s 20% off all denim.  Check out their Facebook page for daily deals including 20% off the entire store on December 23rd.  Their prices are already pretty amazing so stock up for yourself and gifts for that fashion girl in your life.

 Ash Hoffman is based in Myrtle Beach and has many fans here in Charleston including me.  She makes the coolest custom jewelry, but you still have time to shop online for her handcrafted boho chic jewels. I love stacking her jewelry to make a statement.  Follow Ash on Instagram to see the latest designs and her cute 12 days of Christmas ideas for last minute stocking stuffers.

My glitter ombre mani is by Mylk Bar, Charleston’s eco-nail bar located in Mt. Pleasant.  The color is Brentwood Wives and I had to get a gel so I could stay festive through the New Year.

Crushed Velvet Belle Sleeve Top by Olivaceous $66,  Jeans by Mink Pink,  Luxe Fur Jacket by Mink Pink $160,  Charisma Suede Booties by Chinese Laundry $94 all from House of Sage // Kristine earrings with diamonds $4,190, To the Moon and Back in yellow gold $225, Maria stacked rings with diamond $175, Meghan yellow gold stacked rings $175 each, Caroline thick hammered band ring $275,  Silver band with black diamonds $425 all handmade by Ash Hoffman // Luxury Wig Flatscreen sunglasses by Raen $150 from Zappos 

Photography by Kim Graham, on location at 12 State Street listed with Handsome Properties

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Dandy Wonderland

What does Christmas mean to you?  For me it’s keeping tradition and starting new ones.  Spending time with my family and keeping up with my social events is always a juggling act.  I’ve been hitting the Christmas circuit hard this year from The Nutcracker, to attending and participating in Christmas parades around town.  There’s always something to do in Charleston and I’m thankful for that.  One of the events I always look forward to is Dandy Boutique’s annual Christmas Party.  Tomorrow from 4-8pm they’ll be having store wide sales, and a GIVEAWAY worth $350!  With their newly expanded Made in Charleston section and retro inspired clothes and accessories, you’ll be sure to find something for someone.

These beautifully cupcakes are from Cupcake Down South, and they are the most decadent and delicious desserts I’ve experienced.  They’ve been promoting their 12 days of Cupcakes and everyday it’s another seasonal sensation like Eggnogg, Candy Cane, and Gingerbread to name a few.  Forget about your diet until the new year and splurge on one of these delectable works of art.

Dandy Boutique always has the cutest clothes for the best prices.  I just scooped up this furry coat for $68!  You can hardly go out to dinner for two for that price.

I’m so grateful I get to collaborate with talented locals like owner of Dandy Boutique, Holly McGetrick.  Not only does she have great taste, she’s the sweetest person with the biggest heart.  She had the vision of opening up a store full of vintage inspired clothing and accessories and there still is no other store in Charleston like it.  I’m looking forward to see what Dandy Boutique has in store for 2018!

As 2017 draws to a close, I’m reflecting on all the amazingly talented people I’ve been able to work with and I’m lucky that I’m still discovering new creatives to collaborate with.  Holly brought this shoot together and it was a great team who knew how to nail that 40’s look.  Big thanks to Nicole Mickle Photography, Makeup by Mariah at Pampered & Pretty, Hair by Rosa Martinez, and this sweet ride from Sea island event company.  I’m looking forward to more fun shoots ahead!

Pink Velvet Dress by Everly- $60, Fluffy Coat $68, Black Purse $62, Brown Metallic Skirt- by Everly $67, Blue Sweater by Hell Bunny $65, Navy Bow Purse by Hell Bunny $65, Silver/Navy Shoes by Chelsea Crew $84, Bronze Beaded Necklace by I Crave Jewels- $58, Vintage Button Rings $8-$16 made by Christie McGetrick all from Dandy Boutique

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Skirts of the Season

You might have seen one of these colorful African wax print skirts around town and if you haven’t then get to know Francis + Benedict.   A local brand founded by visionary Katie Walters who started the company a couple of years ago while traveling on a mission with her church in Togo, Africa.  She quickly discovered there was a way to sustain their community by giving the Togolese women the job of sewing skirts that would be imported and sold online here in America.  Their skills support projects that benefit orphans, widows, and those suffering in poverty. The beautiful skirts come in an array of prints and full length to mid length styles.  You can shop their collection online and follow them on Instagram @francisandbenedict  to see their pop up schedule at their new studio at 218b King Street on the 2nd floor.  They’ll also be having a Sip and Shop on Thursday from 5-7pm at Cannonborough Collective at 185 A St. Philip Street.

If you sign up for Francis + Benedict‘s email list here you will be entered to win a free skirt!   These skirts are perfect gift that gives back, and I’m so proud to share their story to spread the message. 

This necklace by Made in the Deep South is one of the many treasures you’ll find from Woodhouse Day Spa Mt. Pleasant.  Kimberly Powell, the owner, curates the best finds in her spa boutique from skincare, makeup, accessories, and gifty items.  Knock out your Christmas shopping at Woodhouse Day Spa  tomorrow night from 5:30-7:30pm at their Holiday Open House.  Enjoy festive bites, drinks, special promotions and giveaways at 725 Johnnie Dodds Blvd.   If you can’t make it in you can always buy a gift card online here, and if you spend at least $350 on a gift certificate you’ll get a super soft throw blanket for free!

Arletet turtleneck in dark purple $145 from J. McLaughlin //  The Colmar Maxi $128 from Francis + Benedict // Necklace by Made in the Deep South $238 from Woodhouse Day Spa Mt. Pleasant // Iris – Acetate sunglasses $465 from Friedrich’s Optik 

 Friedrich’s Optik always combines high style and glamour with their quality frames.  The style I’m wearing made famous by Iris Apfel comes in every color of the rainbow and in both sunglasses and eyeglasses.

Top to Bottom:  Caroline $465 (Acetate), Iris $465 (Acetate),  Jackie $1950 (Horn & Silk),  Marilyn $1950 (Horn & Silk),  Bruno $1550 (Horn), Jack $1550 (Horn) from Friedrich’s Optik 

I’m big fan of clothing that has movement, so this skirt by J. McLaughlin stole my heart!

Tune into Lowcountry Live this Friday at 10am for gift ideas from Woodhouse Day Spa, and Cannonborough Collective which carries Francis + Benedict, as well as Motherland Essentials, Park & Madison Candles, Borough, and art and stationary from Jenny Batt and Island Haus Paperie.

Rosa – Layered Buffalo horn, White on Black sunglasses $1,750 Friedrich’s Optik // Cropped sweater by Olivaceous $68.98 from Magnifique Boutique // Felix skirt $188 from J. McLaughlin

Photography by Clifford Pate

Merry & Bright on Upper King

With all of the holiday parties this season it might seem hard to navigate.  Well I have an easy solution – why not shop for your Christmas gifts while you attend the party?  There’s a few events happening over the next couple of weeks in the Upper King Street area that are worth popping in for.   This dress which is only $58 is from Dandy Boutique on 43 John Street.    Their annual Christmas party is on December 15th from 4-8pm and they’re celebrating with sweets from Lu Lu’s Bakery, store wide sales, and a GIVEAWAY worth $350!  The vintage earrings are from Candy Shop Vintage on 9 Cannon Street.  They’re having their Holiday Sip ‘N Shop this Friday from 5-8pm with cocktails, treats from Sugar Bakeshop, free hair braiding from Olivia Banks, and so much more!

Mitchell Hill is having their annual Popcorn Garland party at 438 King Street this Thursday from 5-9pm.    The group show featuring the work of Mitchell Hill resident + guest artists are under $500, unique gifts that are one of a kind.  This lifestyle boutique showcases the most beautiful and eye-catching art you can find in Charleston.  The gallery space is the perfect backdrop to highlight all of the gorgeous furniture, lighting, and home accessories.   I love this painting by Lisa Shimko who is a local artist that has been supported by the gallery from the beginning.  Here are some of my favorite finds at Mitchell Hill that are the perfect gifts.

BEACHES by Gray Malin $40, Artist: Sara Pittman

Artist: Kerry Steele, Ballon dog banks inspired by Jeff Koons $70

Art of the Bar Cart” book $22.95, Black + Gold Malachite Patterned Tumblers $12 each, Splatter Egg Box $58, “Full dose” Coaster Sets $68, Brass Bar Tools, set of 5 $157

Animal artist: David Ryden, Naughty Housewives + Domesticated Super Hero’s by Pop Artist Nicole Heere, Found object fish on stand: Michigan artist, Steve Palmer $325 , Leather Aprons from the Netherlands $98-$196

Marble + Brass tic tac toe set $195

This is also the season to think about those who are less fortunate.   Stop by Dandy Boutique from now until December 20th with canned goods for the Lowcountry Food Bank.  When you donate, you can select an item from their SALE section for FREE!

Photography by Kim Graham

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Curated Gifts at Vieuxtemps

When your shopping for the person that seems to have it all,  Vieuxtemps is your place to find that special gift like this Champagne Saber.  Why pop the bottle the traditional way when you can slay it and look super cool?  Yes, this the lower King boutique stocks up on unique gifts for everyone on your list, even the kiddos.  Owned by Natalie Taylor this local shop is known for their generous offerings of china and crystal, popular among bridal registries.  Her diverse selection of gifty items might have you overwhelmed at first, but take your time to take it all in.  Here are some of my favorite finds at every price range.

Bracelet Flask $58

Gingerbread Advent Calendar, pre-filled with toys and candy $98

Made in Denmark Mice, toothfairy $36 and hero in a suitcase $32

Louis Sherry Chocolate Boxes, 12 piece $35 and 2 piece $8.50

Gold and Black bar set $162 and hand etched glasses (Charleston Map or Christmas Sweater) $14 each

Hollywood Dogs leather bound book $100, Choupette – the story of Karl Lagerfeld’s cat $9.98, Modern Aristocrats $60, The Gospel According to Chanel Leather Bound Book $85

So when your ready to knock out people on your Christmas list or need a hostess gift, swing by Vieuxtemps at 180 King Street.  Follow them on Instagram and Facebook to stay updated with all of the great product they have coming in.  Also, from now until December 12th they’re collecting toys for Toys for Tots and offering 10% off when you bring something in.

View more for a little Q & A with Natalie and more gift ideas!

Photography by Clifford Pate, on location at The Spectator Hotel

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Shine On

If your looking for that WOW factor in a holiday dress then Mosa Boutique is your destination.  This men’s and women’s boutique on Upper King is curated with exclusive brands and styles you can’t find anywhere else in Charleston.  Owner Sarah Cobb has a keen eye for what’s hot and up and coming.   After trying on a dressing room full of outfits you’ll be ready for a beer that’s on tap or a glass of wine.  Yes, they thought of all of the details to make your shopping experience tranquil.

There’s so many dress options – from cocktail soiree to black tie affair, the only problem you’ll have is deciding which one to get.  I must have tried on at least 6 that I loved, but these are a couple of my favorites.

Jewelry is always the icing on the cake.  This cuff is from Mosa Boutique and it’s something that can transition from a t-shirt and jeans to this sequin dress.  The earrings by Barracuda Moon serve the same purpose – from day to night you can’t go wrong.

The citrine and diamond ring is one of the many cocktail rings that Gold Creations always has on deck.  The array of jewelry that they stock in their mini boutique on Market Street can be dizzying, so give yourself some time to peruse.  The staff is always super friendly and knowledgable so don’t be afraid to ask to try on all the rings you want.

Sequins and ruffles?  Yes, bring it on!  This combo and color is a dream come true, and for under $250 you can’t go wrong.  Next time you say you have nothing to wear, remember all of the local boutiques that are stocked up with the latest dresses that will dazzle you.

Sequin Floral Cocktail Dress by Isabel Garcia $326 and cuff from Mosa Boutique //  Ra Earrings $139 from Barracuda Moon // Citrine and diamond ring $1,275 from Gold Creations

Illuminated Sequin Dress in Copper by Cameo Collective $240 from Mosa Boutique // Ravenel Earrings $122 from Barracuda Moon 

 Photography by Pale Girl Photo, Hair by Danielle at Drybar Charleston, Makeup by Karyna at Colur Studios, on location at The Sword Gate House – 32 Legare St. listed with Handsome Properties

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