Aisle Style at Charleston Wedding Week

We’re kicking off 2018 with bang because one of Charleston’s premiere event is only a couple of weeks away.  Charleston Wedding Week takes place on January 24-27 and hosts workshops, signature experiences, runway shows, and parties produced by Charleston Weddings magazine and The Wedding Row.  Even if your not in the wedding industry, the runways shows and fashion events are the perfect excuse to get dressed up and visit venues that you wouldn’t normally have access to.   The shows will be filled with gorgeous gowns from local boutiques and designers from Charleston and beyond. 

I had the pleasure of playing with some of the dresses from featured stores that will walk the runway.  The first show will be at Cannon Green on January 24th, and will feature Bella Bridesmaids, Betty Bridal, Lovely Charleston, Maddison Row, Southern Protocol, and Verità.  The posh Cannon Green is the perfect setting to host a cocktail party/runway show.  The other big show will be on January 26th at Lowndes Grove Plantation and will feature Emily Kotarski, Made with Love presented by Lovely Bride Charleston, Mason Hosker, and Modern Trousseau.  After the shows, get an insiders access by meeting the designers to learn how they work and what inspires them  Tickets to all of the events are available at charlestonweddingweek.com. 

 Verità will be opening up the Cannon Green show and expect to see dramatic dresses with texture, 3-D embellishments, and unexpected add-ons like capes, detachable trains and skirts.  Verita meaning truth in Italian, was recently opened by Jessica Kiss in Mt. Pleasant.  The seasoned bridal stylist offers dresses for every style – from the classic traditional southern woman, to the edgy fashion-forward destination bride. They carry designers such as Rebecca Ingram, Madison James, Tara Keely, Calla Blanche, and Nicole Suppose with an accessible price range of $800-$3500.  They’re a one stop shop stocking mother of the bride dresses, bridesmaids, and accessories such as veils, jewelry, and head pieces.  If you want to get a sneak peek of the runway show or if you can’t make it to the event, visit Jessica for her Designer Event from the 19th-27th at Verità320 West Coleman BLVD. Unit J MT. Pleasant, SC 29464.

Dress by Madison James and hair pins from Verità // Earrings and ring from Croghan’s Jewel Box

 Southern Protocol is another locally owned boutique that will be waltzing down the runway at the  Cannon Green fashion show.  Located at 164 Market Street downtown, Southern Protocol exudes chic and charm with it’s airy decor and glittery floor.  Owners Ann E. Rice Ervin & Lisa S. Rice, alongside buyer and manager Michelle Miller stock the posh boutique with designs from Charleston to Barcelona.  They carry an exquisite selection of dresses from local designer Kate McDonald, and other sought after brands like Ivy & Aster, Romona Keveza, Carol Hannah, and Jesus Peiro.  Set up more like a showroom than a shop, the gowns are curated carefully with each rack dedicated to each designer.  This dreamy dress by Ivy & Aster is just one of the designs you might catch at their runway show.

Dress by Ivy & Aster, Taxidermy clutch, and Carol Hannah hair piece from Southern Protocol // Earrings and rings from Gold Creations

Gone are the days of the dreaded, never to be worn again bridesmaid dress.  Bella Bridesmaids offers fashion forward, ready to wear options for your bridal party and beyond.  The national franchise makes it easy to coordinate with your girls because they can visit any of their 51 locations to try on a dress before they order it.   The Charleston location at 43 John Street in the Upper King Street district is locally owned by Allison Long who is celebrating her 12th year in business.  She stocks her shop with exclusive designs by Theia, Monique Lhuillier, Jenny Woo, Amsale, Adrianna Papell, and Joanna August.   Don’t let the name throw you off because their dresses and separates are also perfect for prom, mother of the bride/groom, black tie events, wedding guests, and rehearsal dinners.   They will also be showing at the Cannon Green runway show on January 24th.

Dress by Joanna August from  Bella Bridesmaids // Earrings and rings from Croghan’s Jewel Box

Australian designer Callie Tein, is the visionary behind Modern Trousseau, a custom bridal line with 8 stores nationwide including her downtown location at 418 King Street. Couture quality gowns are custom made with every option including color, trimming, skirt shapes, strap selections, and you can even mix and match styles.  All of the gowns are made in the USA using the finest quality European lace sourced from the French regions of Chantilly, Alencon, Guipure, to Burano Italy and Teneriffe Spain.  Callie also sends her brides a sketch of their gown and will sew their monogram and wedding date within the inside of the gown in blue for “something blue”.  Modern Trousseau will be showing at Lowndes Grove Plantation on Friday January 26th from 6-9pm as the the finale showcase designer.  After the runway show take advantage of the “Meet and Greet” the designer cocktail hour to learn about Callie and her designs. 

Tune into Lowcountry Live tomorrow 1/12/18 at 10am for more looks from these boutiques who will be showing at Charleston Wedding Week.  I’ll be giving away a $50 gift certificate from Southern Protocol,  a veil or accessory of your choice from Verità, and a little black dress of your choice from Modern Trousseau.  You don’t want to miss out on this one!

“Roux” dress and hair piece from  Modern Trousseau // earrings from Croghan’s Jewel Box // Rings from  Gold Creations

Photography by Nicole Mickle, Stylist – Andrea Serrano, Model – Marissa Rocco at Millie Lewis, Makeup – Elina Mille at Bellelina Studio, Hairstylist – Rosa Martinez, Shot on location at Cannon Green

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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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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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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

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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Temple of Style

The start of a new season is always exciting and fall in Charleston means that there’s always an event to look forward to.  A trifecta of  trunk shows and guest appearances will make you grateful you live in one of the top style destinations in the South. We kick off the 1st week in October with a hosted event by Croghan’s Jewel Box and world renowned jewelry designer Temple St. Clair at the Charleston Library Society on discussing her journey in the industry and a book signing of her latest publication The Golden Menagerie. Space is limited so make sure you RSVP here.

The Temple Tour continues at Croghan’s Jewel Box the next day on October 6th with a trunk show at their boutique at 308 King Street.  Meet the designer and shop her unique collection of Haute Couture fine jewelry that catapulted Temple St. Clair into the permanent collection of Les Arts Décoratifs at the Louvre in Paris.  Giving back is an important component to Temple St. Clair and she is heavily involved with philanthropy in the arts, environment, and animal advocacy.  Temple contributes and raises awareness to charities such as the New York City Ballet, Food Bank, International Marine Mammal Project , Coral Advocacy, and the Lion Guardians.  Combining beautiful jewelry with meaningful causes makes this brand one of a kind.

Conveniently located across the street from Croghan’s Jewel Box is The Finicky Filly at 303 King Street, and they’ll be hosting a triple treat of a trunk show on October 6th through the 8th.  The outfit that I’m wearing here by Fabiana Filippi is the featured clothing line from Umbria.  The Italian brand produces timeless and modern clothing using only the finest textiles.  Unique details like the feathered pockets gives this cashmere cardigan a playful luxe quality.

Another Italian brand The Finicky Filly will be showcasing is the handbag line Elena Ghisellinih.  The beautifully designed accessories are made out of the most vibrant leather and suede, each one a work of art.   If your looking for that statement piece of jewelry that can make your outfit go from ordinary to extraordinary then you’re going to love Mignonne Gavigan.  This couture meets streetwear jewelry line has been selling out at The Finicky Filly.  Her signature bejeweled scarf necklace is where it all started and she has expanded to her covetable earrings and cuffs.  Don’t miss out on the featured collections of these  brands available for a limited time only.

100% cashmere and feathers sweater $1,945 and acetate/silk shell top $465 by Fabiana Filippi, pants by Peserico $445, scarf necklace by Mignonne Gavigan all from The Finicky Filly

18k yellow gold diamond swan bella bracelet $8,900, 18k granulated bracelet $23,000, 18k yellow gold diamond dilion ring $2,950, 18k diamond lion post earrings $3,500, 18k yellow gold diamond swan ring $2,950, 18k diamond provence pave ring $1,190, 18k yellow gold emerald diamond trio ring $2,950, 18k pave diamond angel ring $1,950, 18k yellow gold diamond rope edge ring $5,500, 18k gold round link chain $5,400, 18k gold amulet pendant with 25mm crystal all by Temple St. Clair from Croghan’s Jewel Box

Photography by Mary Beth Creates, On location at the Charleston Library Society

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