Julep Boutique at CFW

Local boutique Julep mixed it up on the runway at  Charleston Fashion Week with resort ready looks.

Photography by Side Yard Studios

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Dandy Boutique at CFW

Local boutique Dandy dazzled the runway with their retro inspired looks at  Charleston Fashion Week.

Photography by Side Yard Studios

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Tres Carmen Boutique at CFW

 Charleston Fashion Week started off with a bang last Tuesday with local boutique  Tres Carmen showing their best of Spring.

Photography by Side Yard Studios

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Explore Charleston Takoever Tuesday at CFW

Today the fashion marathon begins as Charleston Fashion Week heads into their 11th year.  Five nights of runway shows, shopping under the tents, and street style popping in Marion Square.  I’m excited to kick start the week by taking over the Explore Charleston Instagram and sharing backstage moments and runway debuts on their stories.  As a judge for the emerging designer competition I’ll give you an all access pass to one of the most anticipated events in Charleston.

I put together this fun outfit from Hampden Clothing, a local boutique that’s celebrating 10 years on King Street and recently underwent some serious renovations.   I collaborated with Explore Charleston on a guest blog post on where to shop locally if you want to get decked out for Charleston Fashion Week. I featured local retailers like Mosa and Gwynn’s of Mt. Pleasant who will be showing at Fashion Week, as well as Shirtini who is one of my favorites on Lower King Street.

Follow me on Instagram at @ExploreCharleston to get a live experience of Charleston Fashion Week tonight around 6pm!

Pleats Shirt Dress in Navy by Alani $495, Sandal in Natural White by Marni $860, Medium Hava Top Handle Bag By Proenza Schouler $1,950

Photography by Clay Austin

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Maris DeHart Style Makers at CFW

As Charleston Fashion Week heads into their 11th year next week, the local fashion event is evolving and expanding their presence at Marion Square. Modern lifestyle boutique Maris DeHart will have their own “Style Maker” tent adjacent to the Style Lounge where they’ll be showcasing emerging southern designers for every night at Charleston Fashion Week.  Featured designers such as Hart Studio, Catie Curran, Naked Eyes, Ellia Wang; plus local makers Element Candles and artist Sam Rueter will have their jewelry, artisanal goods, and art available to shop.  If that wasn’t enough, the debut of CFW 2016 emerging designer Lisa HoangMaris DeHart clothing collection will also be available to buy.  Don’t miss out on meeting the makers as well as a book signing on Wednesday March 15th with Julianne Taylor of DesignHer.  

Maris DeHart founder and buyer Alden DeHart has a keen eye for unique brands and knows how to hunt down emerging talent in the south.  Her local boutique carries attainable luxury goods from art, clothes, home decor, and accessories.

Maris DeHart is also participating in the Dress to Room Pairings at the Charleston Symphony Orchestra League’s Designer Showhouse starting on March 16th.  Each room will be designed by an influential interior designer and participating stores and fashion designers will be paired with the room showcasing a look that reflects the room.  The Designer Showhouse is celebrating its 40th year and they are going big by partnering up with with Traditional Home and Charleston Magazine with all of the proceeds benefitting the Charleston Symphony Orchestra and fund CSOL® Music Scholarships.  If you appreciate interior design and fashion design, this event is one not to be missed!

Don’t forget to watch Lowcountry Live this Friday at 10am to see some sneak peeks of what’s in store at Charleston Fashion Week  featuring Maris DeHartLeo & Sage, and Dandy Boutique!

Top by Style Mafia $124, Pants by Do + Be $114, bracelet $200 and bar ring $ 195 by Naked Eyes, twisting branches ring $78, sculptural ring $95, and earrings $88 by Catie Curran, bag by Ellia Wang $595 all from Maris DeHart

Photography by Clifford Pate

Diggin’ on that Dandy

The yearly style frenzy, Charleston Fashion Week is exactly one week away and I’m so excited for the fashion marathon to begin.  5 nights of runways shows featuring emerging designers, established designers and local boutiques including one of my favorite stores, Dandy Boutique who will be on stage for their first time.  If you’ve read my blog before you know that I’m a long time collaborator with Holly McGetrick, the owner of Dandy Boutique.  I’m teaming up with her to style her retro-infused show next Tuesday night at Charleston Fashion Week.

To kick of Charleston Fashion Week  I’ll be featuring Dandy Boutique, Leo & Sage, and Maris DeHart on Lowcountry Live this Friday at 10am.  Tune in to see some sneak peek looks that they’ll be showing under the tents at Marion Square.

We couldn’t resist a photo op with this ’66 Mustang from Dream Classic Rentals.  Our friend Pierre has quite a collection of hot rods that literally stop people in their tracks. I think this should be the official mascot of Dandy, don’t you agree?

After our little vintage car shoot we popped into Carmella’s Dessert Bar on East Bay, and we were literally in for a treat, I mean countless treats. If your a dessert lover like me, Holly, and Libby of Plate South are, then you’ll feel like you’ve died and gone to dessert heaven.  Every sweet you can imagine, and other ones you didn’t even know existed live here at Carmella’s. On top of the pastry case filled with daily gourmet desserts, they always serve Gelato, Gelato Paninis (their version of an ice cream sandwich), 4 different versions of Waffles and Ice Cream, and a complete savory menu to balance out your sweet tooth.


This beauty right here is stuffed with maple bacon gelato, topped with whipped cream and chocolate covered bacon.  If you like Chicken & Waffles, then you’ll be a fan of this one. View more if you want to see more of these decadent desserts at Carmella’s Dessert Bar and fun pics with the Dandymobile.

Wearing Emily and Fin jacket $86, Emily and Fin shorts $60, Sunglasses $20, BC Footwear shoes // Holly wears Traffic People dress $86, sunglasses and bags all from Dandy Boutique

Photography by Libby Williams, Vintage 1966 Mustang from Dream Classic Rentals, on location at Carmella’s Dessert Bar

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Tres Chic

I can’t believe March is already here which means that Charleston Fashion Week is right around the corner.  5 nights of runway shows including emerging designers and local boutiques like Tres Carmen will be showing on the runway.   Tres Carmen opened up last year in Freshfields Village and more shops and restaurants are slated to open very soon, which means more reason to take that day trip out to Kiawah.  I love spending the afternoon at Freshfields Village in Kiawah to shop, eat, and just relax because it really is an escape from the hustle and bustle.

Every season Freshfields Village hosts a Sip & Stroll  where every 3rd Thursday of the month you can visit participating stores for light snacks and sips while enjoying special events, sales, and promotions inside the shops. The next one is on March 16th from 4:00 to 7:00 pm and you can check out all of the participating stores and sales here.

This little outfit is from Tres Carmen in Freshfields Village and I’m obsessed with everything I’m wearing starting with the python purse and choker by Taxidermy. The new colors for spring are incredible, especially this sand color JW bag, it’s the new neutral.

Can we talk about these shoes?  I’ve been wearing them almost everyday since I got them and I don’t want to take them off!  They’re by Summit by White Mountain and are designed and made in Italy.  But you don’t have to be scared that they’re crazy expensive, they’re  only $148.95 from Nordstrom.  I actually discovered them on Instagram and I’m so happy to know that they not only make beautiful shoes, but there are all about sustainability. They reduce their waste, carbon, and energy output while educating their employees on environmental protection and cleaner production initiatives.

My other obsession?  My lash extensions by Becca at Simply Mitten Beauty Bar.  I hate putting on eye makeup and the time it takes me in the morning.  I’m the type of person that likes to get up and go.  Now that I have these incredibly thick and long lashes it takes me 5 minutes to get ready.  On most days I just wear my tinted Anti-Photo Aging Sunscreen by Germain Dermatology and I’m out the door!  It’s incredible what longer lashes can do.  I won’t miss the days of taking forever to get my cat-eye liner perfect, or curling my lashes, or layering on the mascara.  Now I’m Fashion Week ready without the hassle of spending time on my makeup!

Top $245, gaucho pants $275 by Nicole Miller, Rose gold flamingo earrings by Ash Hoffman$265, sunglasses by Quay $45, python choker $95 and JW mini python bag $1,295 all from Tres Carmen at Freshfields Village // “Brody” platform oxford $148.95 from Nordstrom

Photography by Clifford Pate

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