Summer Glow

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I probably spend 80% of my day outdoors in the summertime.  From the pool to the beach to the boat, me and my family stay active while beating the heat.  I always protect my skin and my boys by slathering on at least a 50 spf sunscreen, reapplying often, taking shade when we can, wearing hats and sunglasses, and hydrating all day.  Taking all of these precautions are great, but the one thing that most people forget to do is getting their skin checked annually by a dermatologist.  I got my first skin screening at Germain Dermatology a few months ago and thankfully everything went well.   The head-to-toe skin examination can prevent skin cancer as well as detect skin issues before they worsen.  I even went a step further and experienced the Reveal Imager which analyzes the skin’s surface and underlying skin to further evaluate hyperpigmenation, sun damage, textural issues, wrinkles, rosacea, spider veins and more.  A bit scary, but eye opening to see the status of your skin in high definition.  Germain Dermatology designs a treatment plan and skin care regimen specifically for you after your skin is analyzed.  The sun’s rays can be damaging and taking precautions is so important in the summer and all year round.

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Carmen Dress by ASTR $105 from  7 Gypsy // Tova sunglasses by Blue Planet Eyewear $35.95 from  Henry & Eva // 14k Gold hoop earrings $385, 14k gold 5mm band $275, 14k gold hammered stackable ring $260, 14k gold half round band $200 from Gold Creations // Custom wedding bands by Ash Hoffman // Mustique Cuff $158, Aurora Opal ring $75, Samana Kay ring with coral $156, Mendocino Necklace in bone $168 all by Kate Davis // Lola Cruz sandals $265 from  Shoes on King

Photography by Clifford Pate, on location Holy City Sailing 

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The Spoleto SCENE

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It’s hard to believe that Spoleto season is just around the corner.  The performing arts festival heralds the start of summer and outdoor soirees. If you want to be in the know with all the cool parties and discounted tickets, the Spoleto SCENE is the way to go. One of the SCENE parties on June 2nd will be at the newly renovated and ultra hip Restoration Hotel.  The event celebrates the Aakash Odedra Company, an British born Indian dancer who brings traditional Indian dance into the modern world.  Deirdre Zahl of Candy Shop Vintage will be DJing while Cathead Vodka serves up the cocktails.  

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The big question is what to wear at all of these fabulous events?  With so much variety out there it’s hard to go wrong.  For an outdoor roof party I opted for this long and flowy dress by Mara Hoffman from The Resort Shop at Freshfields Village.  Nothing says the 70’s like these oversized shades from Friedrich’s Optik Charleston.  Statement jewelry is my go to, and I piled it on to complete my look.

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Style is individual and a form of creative expression.  Spoleto is the perfect place to take a chance and let your artistic side shine in what you wear.

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Dress by Mara Hoffman $268, Clutch by Trina Turk $158, and Gold wide ring by Christina Jervey $250 from The Resort Shop at Freshfields Village // Goldbug crest ring by Mini $120 from Croghan’s Jewel Box // Platform wooden heels by Dolce Vita $60 from Shoes on King // Chamberlain Necklace $798 and Bendall Cuff in Blue Turquoise $310 by Addison Weeks // Katherine earrings $255 by Ash Hoffman // Sunglasses by Friedrich’s Optik Charleston

Beauty:  Grand Entrance Mascara by Elizabeth Arden $24 from Beauty Brands‘Beauty Booster’ Tinted Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 20 $75.50, ‘Golden Glow’ Powder Face Color Refill $36.00,  ‘Correct & Brighten’ Pen $40.50, Lip Color in Kisses $28.50 by Trish McEvoy from Nordstrom.com

Photography by Clifford PateMani & Pedi from The Amethyst Spa at The Restoration HotelOn location The Restoration Hotel

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Short Set

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Woven Jacquard Short $115 and Woven Jacquard Shawl Collar Jacket $132 by Lilla P // Tank top by Bra 30 $37 from Shirtini  // Checkered clutch $67 from Ibu // Shark tooth earrings by Christina Jervey $175 from The Resort Shop at Freshfields Village // Cortesia Pom Pom necklace drop  $85 by Roberta Roller Rabbit at Freshfields Village // Snake bone double strand necklace $195 by Theodosia // Turquoise and diamond bracelet and custom wedding bands by Ash Hoffman // Chrysoprase Cabochon ring  $195 by Christina Jervey // Sunglasses from  Friedrich’s Optik Charleston // “Gena” camel suede gladiators by Sam Edelman $175 from Shoes on King

Beauty:  Grand Entrance Masacara by Elizabeth Arden $24 from Beauty Brands‘Beauty Booster’ Tinted Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 20$75.50, ‘Golden Glow’ Powder Face Color Refill $36.00,  ‘Correct & Brighten’ Pen $40.50, Lip Color in Kisses $28.50 by Trish McEvoy from Nordstrom.com

Photography by Clifford Pate, On location The Restoration Hotel

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Cape Town

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“Gizela” dress by Trina Turk $398 from The Resort Shop at Freshfields Village // “Oakley” onyx and gold earrings by Peyton William at Freshfields Village // Beaded clutch by Roberta Roller Rabbit $75 at Freshfields Village // Rosegold Criss Cross Ring $55 from Gold Creations // Custom wedding bands by Ash Hoffman // “Pierced Pyramid” Cuff $225 from Croghan’s Jewel Box // Audrey Sandals by Sam Edelman $100 from Shoes on King

Beauty:  Grand Entrance Mascara by Elizabeth Arden $24 from Beauty Brands‘Beauty Booster’ Tinted Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 20$75.50, ‘Golden Glow’ Powder Face Color Refill $36.00,  ‘Correct & Brighten’ Pen $40.50, Lip Color in Kisses $28.50 by Trish McEvoy from Nordstrom.com

Photography by Clifford Pate, On location The Restoration Hotel

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Maxed Out

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Erin Color Block Maxi by Adelyn Rae $105 from House of Sage // Beaded clutch by Roberta Roller Rabbit $75 at Freshfields Village // Dr. Scholl’s “Warner” wedges $80.99 from 6pm.com // Granulated cuff $425 and gold bracelet by Christina Jervey // Custom wedding bands by Ash Hoffman // Index Finger Tandem Double Ring (Brass) $68, Middle Finger Orb Double Ring (Brass) $68,  Triangle Cuff (Brass) $80, Space Anchor Earrings (Brass) $90 all by Species By The Thousands and “Julia” Sunglasses by KREWE du optic in Matte Black $195 from The Port Mercantile at The Restoration Hotel

Beauty:  ‘High Volume’ Mascara $31.50, ‘Beauty Booster’ Tinted Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 20$75.50, ‘Golden Glow’ Powder Face Color Refill $36.00,  ‘Correct & Brighten’ Pen $40.50, Lip Color in Kisses $28.50 all from Nordstrom.com

Photography by Clifford Pate

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Scene at the CFW Bridal Show

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The Bridal show at Charleston Fashion Week is the sleeper hit of the whole week.  The tent is transformed into a romantic fantasy complete with fresh flowers, drinks flowing, yummy apps, and wedding vendors showing off their wares.

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The highlight this year was the surprise proposal of my friend and photographer Clifford Pate to his girlfriend Lauren Miller.  Their romance started last year at Fashion Week, and a runway proposal seemed like the perfect setting to commemorate their 1 year anniversary. The planning was in the works for the past few months and Melissa Bigner, the editor at Charleston Weddings Magazine, made sure the engagement went off without a hitch.  Clifford thought of every detail and had a custom python ring box made by Taxidermy.  You can say Clifford and Lauren were a match made in Charleston Fashion Week heaven.

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Photography by Clifford Pate

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Day 3 Backstage at CFW with Jballiet

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The Arts Intititute student’s work shined alongside the emerging designers this year at Charleston Fashion Week.

Photography by Jonathan Balliet

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