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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Girls Night Out at The Skinny Dip

Get ready for the ultimate Girls’ Night out at The Skinny Dip on July 27th featuring a braid bar by Drybar, manis by Mylk Bar, bites from Callie’s Little Hot Biscuit & Carmella’s Dessert Bar, drinks by Rudi’s Cafe & Vino, and beats by DJ Deirdre Zahl of Candy Shop Vintage.  The newly opened Skinny Dip is the 2nd location for owners Sara Rossi and Taylor Ivey is a new shopping concept for Charleston.  Each of their brands are represented individually so you can get a clear message of their identity.  The cool coastal vibe supports emerging designers that are based in Charleston and beyond.  You can also grab a coffee or frose from Rudi’s Cafe & Vino upstairs and chill on their outdoor deck for a break from that retail therapy.

Toni Hess opened the Charleston outpost for Drybar this past spring and the blow dry bar concept has been a huge hit in the Lowcountry.  Offering more than just a blowout, their talented stylists are masters at updos and braiding.  Whenever I show them my Pinterest inspiration they give me the upgraded version and always succeed my expectations.  I can’t wait to see the creations they come up with for the guests at The Skinny Dip  party.

Momtrepreneur, Katie Shields opened up her eco-friendly nail salon Mylk Bar in Mt. Pleasant a couple of months ago and is dominating nail game.  No more suffocating fumes when you get your mani and pedi.  The instgram-worthy wall paper and decor make you want to snap that Nailfie.  Her nail techs will be offering fun nail art at the party including this evil eye that I opted for.


Liz Martin of Charleston Weekender sure knows how to make everyday feel like the weekend.  She’ll be bringing her fun balloons from her recently opened shop Cannonbourough Collective.  Her and her partner Mimi of the Tiny Tassel opened up a boutique where you can finally get balloons downtown, and sell their wares alongside local artisans. It’s hard to believe that you had to drive off the peninsula just to get balloons for a party!

I love finding out about new brands at The Skinny Dip like this outfit from The Royal Native.  I’m officially obsessed with the line made out of African Wax Prints by the coolest surfer mom in New York – Hilary Star de Roy.  I want everything in her collection!

So mark your calendars and grab your girlfriends and join me with these fabulous ladies at The Skinny Dip on July 27th from 6-9pm!

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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Mason Hosker at CFW

Charleston’s new design darling Danielle Hosker of Mason Hosker wowed the crowd with her runway debut at Charleston Fashion Week.  Elegant occasional dresses and separates perfect for a cocktail party or ball are exactly what the Charleston retail scene needed.  After launching her brand and opening up a store on State Street in December, Danielle quickly followed up with her bridal collection in January.  Expect more from this local designer who is already making waves on a national level.

Photography by Side Yard Studios

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