4 Ways to Wear the Diana Skirt

Every girl has that basic go to core piece in their closet that transforms depending on the mood or occasion.  Tonight I’m highlighting the Diana (cocktail) skirt by local brand Senza Tempo.  Designer Kristen Faranakis has a penchant for timeless clothing that’s inspired from the past.  This skirt in particular is inspired by Diana Vreeland, the iconic editor of Harper’s Bazaar and Vogue from the 1930’s – 1970’s who helped shape the culture of fashion in the modern world.

Diana Vreeland was never afraid of color (she pursued the perfect red) or accessories.  That’s why I chose statement jewelry to transform my outfits to go from day to night.  These bold silver accessories from Gold Creations  piled on this turtleneck sweater is a daytime look, but can easily transition to a date night or girls night out.

A crisp white shirt is a no-brainer with this skirt.  I especially love the tux twist like this one from Shirtini.  Paired with these tiered tassel earrings from Hart, you’ll be holiday ready in a second.

The Frances shell top by Senza Tempo pairs perfectly the Diana skirt.  For a fun spin on things throw on a crown like this one I picked up from The Trunk Show, jewels from Gold Creations.

I personally think everyone needs a leopard print coat and this one by J.McLaughlin and cat eye sunglasses from Germain Dermatology ties in the retro vibe.

If your obsessing over this Diana cocktail skirt then this is the time to scoop one up because it’s on sale for $407, along with select styles on their site through Christmas.  It’s investment pieces like these that you’ll have in your closet forever.  All of the garments are made in L.A. and are lined with silk habatoi, giving you that luxe feeling every time you slip one on.  If your looking for more ways to wear the skirt there’s plenty of ideas on Senza Tempo.   As Diana Vreeland said “Give ‘em what they never knew they wanted.”

Photography by Pale Girl Photo, Hair by Danielle at Drybar Charleston, Makeup by Karyna at Colur Studios, on location at 32 Legare St. on sale at Handsome Properties

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lululemon at Mt. Pleasant Towne Centre

Mt. Pleasant is abuzz because lululemon, the leaders of the athleisure movement,  have recently expanded their brand to Mount Pleasant Towne Centre (1236 Belk Dr.) for their holiday seasonal store.  It’s no surprise that they set up shop there because leisure lifestyle is symbiotic with the Lowcountry.  The athletic apparel company have always been at the forefront of combining technology with design.   Their culture of fitness apparel made for both high and low impact workouts are tested on real athletes and yogis.   This of course ensures that every single detail is thought about, including busy women like me who like to have a pocket in my yoga pants to put my phone in.  Wearing workout clothes when your not working out is no longer a trend, it’s a way of life.   

When you walk into any of their stores you might think where do I event begin?  Don’t fret because their staff is so knowledgable and well versed about all of the product.  Their guidance is key when your trying to decide which clothing will fit your workout and lifestyle.   They also carry a generous amount of men’s clothing and girls clothing too from ages 6-14 years old.  My husband  tried on the ABC pants, and is now a lululemon fanatic because of their 4 way stretch.  You can do yoga in them and jet to a meeting afterwards while still look put together.  Their complimentary in-house tailoring services make it an even more personalized experience, because fit is everything!  

What I love about lululemon is that they’re all about supporting the community.  They work with local fitness instructors by having them teach at their in-store  “Sweat Sessions”.   These complimentary classes include both low and high impact workouts from yoga, pilates, hit, to tabata.  You can catch classes on Saturdays at 9am and Sundays at 11am in the month of November, and in December they’ll be offering lunch day sweat seasons.  Check out their local Facebook page to stay updated on what’s happening at the store.

Mount Pleasant Towne Centre always has a fun family friendly event going on and this Saturday is their big Lights Up Event.   Starting at 6pm get into the holiday spirit on Saturday on Belk Drive as they light the Christmas tree and project a laser light show.   The evening will also include live musical performances by the East Cooper Baptist Church Orchestra and Showstoppers from Musical Theater Center.   I heard they’re going to have some great giveaways from Towne Centre shops, and a visit from Santa himself.  Sip on some wine and beer from Wine Cellar Wine and Gifts while the kiddies enjoy the jump castle, face painting and arts & crafts with Art-Vark Palette.

Photography by Pale Girl Photo, shoes from Sneaker, on location at 32 Legare St., Handsome Properties

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Starry Days

You can’t deny the star trend that’s been happening right now.  From prints to jewelry, it’s everywhere.  Maybe the recent solar eclipse has made anything within our solar system hot.  This cute little off the shoulder dress from House of Sage  is one of my favorites in the store right now and it’s only $52!

The celestial theme continues with jewelry by EF Collection from Croghans Jewel Box.  I love layering the dainty collection of diamond jewelry.   Check out the jewels at their trunk show with Jude Frances this Thursday from 5:30 – 7:30pm at Croghans Jewel Box, 308 King Street.  Cocktails “shaken” by Teddy Nixon from Bar Mash will be served from silver julep cups from Salisbury pewter.  Take home the recipes for these festive cocktails and the julep cups will be 20% off 11/16 and 11/17 and engraving will be free!

Dress by Cotton Candy L.A. $52 and sunglasses from House of Sage // 14k white sapphire diamond starburst drop earrings $2,375, 14k diamond white sapphire moon ring $925, 14k diamond chain link ring $995, 14k diamond lightening bolt stack ring $295, 14k diamond white topaz stack ring $250, 14k diamond mini star stack ring $295, 14k diamond 5 bar necklace $695 from Croghans Jewel Box // Over the knee boots by Corso Como $169.97 from Nordstrom Rack

Photography by Pale Girl Photo

Top down, radio up

Serving up some retro style from Dandy Boutique is what I love to do, especially when it’s paired with this 1970 convertible Mercedes from Dream Classics Rentals.  I love mix of fun merchandise at this Upper King boutique and everything is so reasonably priced.   I can’t wait to see what’s in store for Christmas!

If you love jewelry like I do then you don’t want to miss out on the “Shake it up” trunk show at Croghans Jewel Box featuring Jude Frances & EF Collection next Thursday, November 16th from 5:30 – 7:30pm.  Cocktails “shaken” by Teddy Nixon from Bar Mash will be served from silver julep cups from Salisbury pewter.  Take home the recipes for these festive cocktails and the julep cups will be 20% off 11/16 and 11/17 and engraving will be free!

Dress by Sugarhill Boutique $65, beret $18, sunglasses $18 from Dandy Boutique // 18k diamond brushed bezel cigar band $1,740, 18k diamond malese beaded white topaz $2,590, 18k turquoise moroccan ring $2,080, 18k labradorite black onyx diamond moroccan marrakesh ring $2,080, 18k diamond lisse simple bangle $3,200, 18k diamond provence quad bracelet $2,690, 18k diamond brushed lisse bangle $3,260 from Croghans Jewel Box // booties from Tres Carmen 

Photography by Pale Girl Photo, car from Dream Classics Rentals from Restoration Hotel

Celebrating With Celadon

I have profound respect for any local retail business that can thrive and evolve over time, so of course I’m a big fan of Celadon because they are celebrating 23 years.  Steve Lesniak opened Celadon in 1994 to bridge the gap of traditional southern furniture stores to a more global eclectic view.  This home furnishing store turned lifestyle boutique has a little bit of something for everyone.  You can’t help but get overwhelmed with the mix of global finds, upmarket furniture, one-of-a-kind antiques, designer lighting, accessories, vintage rugs, quirky gift items, handcrafted jewelry, and fun kid’s items.  The buyers travel to exotic countries like India, Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia, Taiwan, Thailand, China, to find the most beautiful home furnishings and accessories.

Every year Celadon throws a big birthday party and this year they have outdone themselves by featuring a pop up with 27 vendors including jewelry makers, fashion designers, food vendors, artists, and entertainment.  You don’t want to miss out on the all the fun this Saturday, November 11th from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at their Mt. Pleasant location – 1015 Johnnie Dodds Blvd.  You can start your Christmas shopping early with local artisans and brands like BabiatorsBarracuda Moon JewelryFlowershopFrancis + BenedictHaegur Plant TruckHarrison Blackford ArtHART,  Jahde Leather AtelierLaura Deems ArtMiles Purvis ArtPaige Feigley ArtPenelope Design StudioRed Rose VintageCindy DeAntonio, Sam Rueter ArtSuite 33The Contents Co.The Goldbug CollectionTheodosia JewelryVan H. RingsWash with WaterWay Way Allen; and if your hungry and thirsty don’t worry because Bootlegger CoffeeCoastal Crust Pizza TruckRudi’s Wine Shop, and Spun Cotton Candy will be there too.  The fun doesn’t stop at shopping, drinking, and eating because tarot card readings by Franklyn Smith, face painting for kids, and live music by The Urban Roots Reggae Band will be on site too.

Van H. Rings always has the prettiest gems and I loved mixing them up with The Goldbug Collection.  I can’t walk down the street without someone commenting on my  Francis + Benedict skirt.  Scoop one up before your favorite print and size sells out!

Adorn yourself with local favorite Theodosia Jewelry.

Hand painted ornaments by Sam Rueter Art & hand made jewels by Barracuda Moon Jewelry.

If you want to get more sneak peeks on who’s showing at Celadon‘s celebration, then tune into Lowcountry Live this Thursday at 10am.  I’m taking you on location to show you what you’ll be in store for.  Also, take advantage of  their 23% off sale this Friday – Sunday because your never too early to get your holiday shopping on!

Photography by Libby Williams 

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Frida Friday

Frida Kahlo has been a long time muse to fashion lovers like me.  From the floral crowns, braided updos, bold patterns, layers, and those eyebrows.  Her look is undeniably one of a kind and has inspired many.  I was lucky enough to see her work in person at the Salvador Dali museum in St. Petersburg, FL.  Frida is one of my favorite artists because of the beauty and depth of her art.  She translated her personal struggles into vibrant self portraits that typically incorporated nature and animals.

Although Halloween might be once a year, this style can easily be incorporated into an everyday look.  It all starts with the floral headpiece, and I’m lucky enough to have some talented friends.  Lori DeNicola of Petaloso, designs the most gorgeous floral arrangements.  No project is too big or small for this lady –  from small bouquets to massive floral walls for Trunk Club to weddings, she does it all.

Layering up the jewelry is the next step.  I’m lucky I get to play with the jewels at Gold Creations.  This family owned local store in the Market always stock the best cocktail rings and their gates collection ranges from necklaces to these earrings and rings.

Floral Jumpsuit by Alythea $48 from Bashful // Floral crown by Petaloso // Gates hoop earrings, gold bangle bracelets $180 – $500 each, 14kt CHS bead swirl gate $850, 18kt ring with white topaz, lapis, and diamonds $2,500, 14kt ring with peach moonstone and diamonds $1,700, 14kt ring with opals $975 from Gold Creations

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

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Bewitched

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

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