Pantsuit Nation

Last Wednesday at Charleston Fashion Week was incredibly chilly with temps dipping into the low 50’s.  Thankfully I had this Rachel Roy jumpsuit and vintage marabou coat to keep me cozy.  There’s nothing that I love more than a jumpsuit, pantsuit, romper situation.  Your one and done.  This particular jumpsuit stands out with it’s double breasted tuxedo details.

How beautiful are these Lina Rosa earrings from Maris DeHart?  The meticulously hand beaded jewelry by local artisan Pepi Rodriguez takes hours to make and I love the modern playful design.


It was all about stacking silver rings to complete my look.  These from Naked Eyes Jewelry and Ash Hoffman are my everyday favorites.

I had to squeeze in a hair session at Dry Bar Charleston to get that slick top knot.  It’s always the best experience whenever I go into Dry Bar Charleston because I love their eclectic movie selection, phone charger station, and sweet and friendly stylists.

The highlight of my night?  Watching these incredibly talented young girls from Peace Love Hip Hop dance to a mash up of Janet Jackson songs on the runway.

Double Breasted Jumpsuit by Rachel Roy $199 // Earrings by Lina Rosa $125 silver rings by Naked Eyes Jewelry from Maris DeHart // Stacked Maeve rings in silver $145 and gold and rose gold $595 by Ash Hoffman // Sunglasses by Le Specs $89 at Beckett Boutique // Similar shoes by Vince Camuto at DSW $59.95 // Lashes by Simply Smitten Beauty Bar // Hair styled by Dry Bar Charleston

Photography by Clifford Pate

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Shagadelic

It was a chilly start to Charleston Fashion Week last Tuesday with cold temps that threw everyone’s spring outfits off.  Luckily it was Dandy Boutique’s runway show night and they had this fun jacket and knit dress in stock for me to wear.  I loved helping out Holly McGetrick, the owner of Dandy, with her runway looks.  It was fun styling the retro models alongside Daniel Velasco.

I went for some rose gold accents with this Wise Wear smart bracelet, rings by Gold Creations and Ash Hoffman.  This new 2 Tassel clutch by Taxidermy set it off.  I’m a sucker for anything Taxidermy so stay tuned for my fun bags that I paired with my Fashion Week looks this week!

Dress by Everly $58 and fringe jacket by Traffic People $114 from Dandy Boutique // Sunglasses from Maris DeHart // Earrings by Elizabeth & James $150 from Croghan’s Jewel Box // Clear quartz spike ring $50, double row rose gold ring with cz $30, double band rose gold ring with cz $30 from Gold Creations // Diamond rings by Ash Hoffman // 2 Tassel Clutch by Taxidermy $1,295 // Wise Wear Smart Bracelet in Calder Rose Gold $325 from Saks 5th Avenue // “Brody” platform oxford by Summit White Mountain Shoes $148.95 from Nordstrom

Photography by Clifford Pate

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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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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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Gallivanting at the Gibbes

I recently visited the oldest art museum in Charleston, the newly renovated Gibbes Museum of Art.  I’m a lover of art and I believe the space that showcases it should be just as beautiful.  After undergoing a 2 year renovation the museum is a shining beacon in architecture preservation.  The tri-level building houses a large collection of art spanning over four hundred years including contemporary art that rivals any collection at The Whitney.

Other than the incredible art that covers the walls, I love that this is a museum for the people.  They offer art classes for both adults and children, hands on workshops like hand loom weaving, film screenings, and their annual Art of Design coming up on March 3rd featuring HGTV’s Vern Yip.

Classic portraits get a modern twist when displayed against a purple hued wall.

Another major addition is Cafe Gibbes which serves yummy artisanal sandwiches, salads, and sides.  There’s always room for more dining in Charleston, especially when the food is this good.

A Tiffany-style glass dome ceiling was one of my favorite details in the Gibbes.

With all of fabulous events that happen in Charleston, the Gibbes Museum of Art is one of the most sought after venues.  Hosting everything from Charleston Wedding Week to Graffiti in the Garden, the outdoor space boasts an enchanting setting.  This beautiful dress by Mason Hosker would be perfect for one of their formal affairs.  I had to take it for spin from their boutique that’s a few blocks away on State Street.  New designer on the block Danielle Hosker opened up her shop in December and is taking the city by storm.  Her pretty and sophisticated frocks are red carpet ready with couture quality that raises the bar in our local fashion scene.  I’m so excited for her runway debut on Friday March 17th at Charleston Fashion Week.

This double sided antler box clutch by Taxidermy available at Germain Dermatology was the perfect pairing with this dress.  Lizard skin on one side, python on the other, you can’t go wrong when you get two bags in one.  These statement rings from Gold Creations are exactly what you need for a night out on the town.

Mckenzie dress $1,050 by Mason Hosker // Double sided antler box $695 by Taxidermy available at Germain Dermatology // 14k gold rose petal earrings $1,200, 14k gold green amethyst and malachite ring $1,200, 14k gold polished scalloped dome ring $700 from Gold Creations // Sam Edelman Women’s Audrey Dress Sandal $109.98 from Amazon // Quay sunglasses $50 from Pac Sun

Photography by Libby Williams

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Wine Down

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My friends know I’m not a big drinker, but when I do partake wine is my drink of choice.  Recently I went to Freshfields Village to check out 48 Wine Bar and sample their wide variety of wines. For someone who likes to dabble in wine and try a few sips to find out what they love the best, this place is perfect!  Their wine station gives you a precise pour whether you want a half or full glass.

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It’s not a proper wine bar experience unless you order the cheese plate.  This one was accompanied perfectly with berries and pickled veggies.

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The flatbreads are the way to go at 48 Wine Bar.  This one topped with portabella mushrooms, arugula, goat cheese, was drizzled with balsamic vinegar perfection.

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Freshfields Village and 48 Wine Bar always have something cooking and on Friday, February 17 they’ll be having their annual Art & Wine Walk from 4:00 to 7:00 pm.  Sip on wine while you take in live art demonstrations, peruse art work from local and visiting artists, and enjoy live jazz music.  A trip out to Kiawah is always a good idea, especially when there’s good food, drinks, and shopping involved.

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Sweater by Krochet Kids $58 from Be the Change Boutique // Jeans from House of Sage // Sunglasses by Blue Planet Eyewear from Amazon $50 //  “Kendi” necklace in Rose Gold, “Baby Moon” necklace in Rose Gold, “Jessie” ring in Rose Gold, “Suzy” skull ring in Rose Gold, by Ash Hoffman // Vans Sk8 Hi Moc from Sneaker

Photography by Libby Williams

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