Keeping Up With Kiawah


Freshfields Village is definitely popping these days, with new restaurants set to be debuting this summer and new stores opening up there is no stopping the growth at the Kiawah shopping dining destination.  The newest store Beija Flor, is offering a little bit more diversity in the denim department.  The Greenville based brand was started by mother and daughter team, Kathy Moça and Emilie Whitaker with the mission of developing a denim line that caters to all body types.

The Audrey style jeans that I’m wearing here are some of the softest pants I’ve ever worn.  You can’t deny the quality and the fit when you try on a pair of jeans from Beija Flor.  They’re jeans are made in Brazil, hence the name which means Hummingbird, and they pride themselves in being a sustainable and socially conscious company.  Fair labor and eco friendly practices are an important component of their business.  By eliminating waste, creating socially progressive working conditions and initiating long-term sustainable growth Beija Flor creates clothes that not only look good but feel good when you wear them.

Las Olas is of the newer kids on the block at Freshfields Village.  Opening up last year and bringing a young surfer vibe to Kiawah, they carry the most fun swimsuits, clothes, and accessories for men and women.  This is the second location for the locally owned store and I heard that they’ll be opening up a 3rd location in Towne Centre in June.  I love that the retail scene is thriving in the Lowcountry!

“Audrey” jeans in Ice Blue by Beija Flor $168 // Show Me Your Mumu blouse $128, Vitamin A bikini top $95, Beaded bracelet $74, Handwoven bag $125, Sunglasses $160 all from Las Olas // Necklace by Kate Davis

Photography by Libby Williams

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Blue Monday

There’s no doubt everyone gets the case on the Monday Blues, especially when it’s a rainy one.  Hopefully this outfit and southern made accessories brings a little sunshine to you.

This top by an emerging designer, Anna Cate who actually just showed at Charleston Fashion Week. The North Carolina native designs feminine dresses and separates with a classic touch and is now carried at Maris DeHart.

The Ellia Wang bag is from her new collection which she debuted at the Maris DeHart Style Makers tent at Charleston Fashion Week.  Ellia’s new collection focuses on her modern shapes with subtle accents, making it wearable for any outfit.

Local jewelry artist, Christina Jervey always has a new design up her sleeve, like these long U shape earrings.  I love her modern and organic shapes, she is a true original.

Top by Anna Cate $148, Pants by Hayden $68, Sunglasses by Quay $58, Marble Highlight pounch by Ellia Wang $498, Long Stick Earrings $125, Serpent Ring $175, Barbed Wire ring $175 (Gold over Bronze) by Christina Jervey, matte gold cuff $38 and bangle $32 all from Maris DeHart // Dalia (Platinum Gold / Mirror Leather) heels by Pelle Moda $60

Photos by Paul King, Makeup by Rebecca Wash from Pink Dot Beauty Bar

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Spring Has Sprung

Dandy Boutique always has some of the most fun and whimsical dresses in store and online.  This one by Emily and Fin  is straight out of vintage heaven and has the best fit ever.  The bag is undeniably cute with the robot motif and space age shape.  The best part is that the bag and dress are under $200, which is why I love Dandy Boutique so much.  You can find the most unique pieces at such affordable prices at this Upper King shop.

The ear cuff is by emerging designer Suzanna Dai from Maris DeHart who stocks her gumball drop earrings in an array of colors.  If your looking for unique accessories, this is the spot!

Nancy Patchwork dress $94 by Emily and Fin, sunglasses, and purse $68 from Dandy Boutique // Earrings by Suzanna Dai and cuff from Maris DeHart // Similar silver block heels $53 from Asos

Photos by Paul King, Makeup by Rebecca Wash from Pink Dot Beauty Bar

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Tribal Vibe

My favorite time of year is in full swing!  Spring is the best time to break out that cute outfit without feeling all hot and sweaty. This awesome dress by Adelyn Rae from House of Sage has the coolest print with a little surprise cut out in the back.  This is a store that you have to stay connected with on Instagram, because they are constantly getting in new shipments in and their popular styles always sell out in an instant.

These sweet shades are also from House of Sage and are only $22!  They have some of the best sunglasses for such a great price.  I always say, you gotta ball on a budget.

Thanks to Barre Evolution, I couldn’t be happier with the results in my body.  I’ve been getting my butt kicked for the past 6 months and I can really see a difference, especially in the leg department.  Now if I could only cut out the sweets and carbs I could see a difference in arms, but that wouldn’t be any fun.

Adelyn Rae dress $104 and sunglasses $22 from House of Sage // Cressida Hoops earrings $1253/4″ Paula cuff $225, and necklace all by Ash Hoffman // “Kecia” nude lace up booties in Nude $317 by Becki Coakley

Photography by Clifford Pate

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J. McLaughlin Spring Fete

I recently went to the unveiling of the newly renovated J. McLaughlin store on King Street, a jovial celebration thrown by Garden & Gun Magazine.  The iconic American clothing brand, started by 2 brothers – Kevin and Jay McLaughlin 40 years ago, is still bringing timeless style into both men’s and women’s wardrobes.  Their new store reflects their design sensibility, classic with a hint of retro and always in that resort state of mind.

The well bred brand is based in Brooklyn, and has a growing fan base with help from their 100 stores and counting all over the U.S.  Their outposts on King Street and Freshfields Village in Kiawah are the perfect fit for locals who want to feel like their on vacation all of the time and for the vacationers to feel like their locals.

The Tiegan off the shoulder dress that I’m wearing here is made out of the softest cotton with stretch, which is key for living in the south.  I can’t wait to wear it through the hot summer months.  I love the retro design of this Victoria circular wicker bag, it’s my new obsession!  It’s like that bag your searching for in the vintage store, but now you can buy it new online.

The off the shoulder style of the dress is perfect for featuring any statement jewelry like this choker by Ash Hoffman.

Any excuse to go to a fashion party with my hubby Gustavo is always a good idea.  You can’t beat a guy who loves clothes as much as me.

 

When The Curator and The Weekender get together we always have a great time!  Liz Martin of The Charleston Weekender brings the party wherever she goes.

 

I’m excited to see all of the retail growth in downtown Charleston.  With new boutiques sprouting up and King Street veterans like J.McLaughlin expanding and renovating, our city continues to boast some of the best shopping in the south.

Tiegan off the shoulder dress $188 and Victoria circular wicker bag $158 from J.McLaughlin // Jenkins Block Heel Sandal in nude by Corso Como $128.95 from Nordstrom // Cressida necklace $155 and 3/4″ Paula cuff $225 by Ash Hoffman

Photography by Libby Williams

Point Blanc

The international secret pop up dinner party, Diner en Blanc is coming back to Charleston on April 27th and it’s time to find that white outfit.  Thankfully there’s so many great local shops that have options like this 2 piece set from House of Sage and it’s under $80!  I’ll be featuring what to wear at Diner en Blanc tomorrow on Lowcountry Live with looks from Bevello, V2V, Shoes on King, and M. Dumas.

Established nearly 30 years ago in Paris, Diner en Blanc returns to Charleston for the second time and over 1,000 guests are anticipated to attend.  What can you expect at this grand affair?  You have dress in white, from head to toe;  you have to bring your own prepared food, tables, chairs, china silverware and white linen, OR Diner en Blanc has partnered with lots of local businesses to make set up even easier.   Follow them on Instagram to find out all of their local partners.  To ensure that the location is kept secret until the last minute, guests will meet at an assigned departure location and volunteers will escort them to destination the secret location.  

I heard they’re pretty strict with their dress code and you have to wear white shoes as well, but for this outfit post I had to step out in my new shoes from Becki Coakley.  Don’t fret, this Charleston native also offers white shoes on her site as well.  The sophisticated heels are made from the finest leather in Italy, showcasing classic and cutting edge design.

Statement earrings by Ash Hoffman are always the cherry on top with my outfits!

L’atiste top and skirt $78, sunglasses $22 from House of Sage // “Ava” Earrings in gold $425 by Ash Hoffman // “Kecia” nude lace up booties in Nude $317 by Becki Coakley

Photography by Clifford Pate

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Dress to Room Pairings at the CSOL Designer Showhouse

The annual Charleston Symphony Orchestra League Designer Showhouse kicked off a couple of weeks ago during Charleston Fashion Week.  Over 18 interior designers each styled a room in this gorgeous renovated house that was originally built circa 1840.  Located at 36 Society Street, the grand house was the perfect canvas for the designers to style from floor to ceiling.

In honor of Charleston’s most fashionable week design genius and co-chair of the event, Julianne Taylor of Taylor Burke Home orchestrated a Dress to Room Pairings.  Each room was paired with a local boutique or designer that styled an outfit that reflected the essence of the room.  I was happy to help scout the fashion pairings that went perfectly with each room.  This project was a labor of love for everyone involved.  Don’t miss out on this beautiful house that will be on display until April 15th, tickets are $25 and it benefits the Charleston Symphony Orchestra and CSOL® Music Scholarships.

I have to start with this room because it was one of my favorites.  Designed by Holly Hollingsworth Phillips of The English Room this dining room is the epitomy of fabulousness.  With wallpaper by Taylor Burke Home and Iris Apfel bottlecap art made by Molly Bright, I wanted to move in right away!

The master bedroom designed by Lauren Messina and bathroom designed by Terri Baldwin was beautifully paired with this wedding gown from Bridal House of Charleston.

The upstairs teen hangout designed by Meg Caswell was my other favorite room.  Retro influences with lots of color, pattern and texture went great with this outfit that Venita is wearing from Maris DeHart.

The second floor piazza was designed by design duo Gordon Dunning.  Black and white was clearly the theme and this romper from Escapada Living is the ultimate outdoor loungey outfit to go with it.

The music room designed by Bobbi Jo Engelby of Domain Interiors & Design was paired with this custom jacket on the dress form by Gramercy Atelier. The designer of Gramercy incorporated the room by using the same fabric of the pillow on the couch.  A match made in design heaven!

The man and lady’s study was designed by Alexandre Fleuren and the earthy tones and textures was perfectly paired with this look from Ibu.

The garden veranda designed by Catherine M. Austin was styled like a Palm Beach getaway.  The kelly green with pops of pink and palm prints were a big dose of sunshine.  I especially love the silk pillows by The Blush Label, a local accessory company that designs all of their prints.

View more to take a peek inside all of the rooms.

Photography by Clifford Pate

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