Blue Monday

There’s no doubt everyone gets the case on the Monday Blues, especially when it’s a rainy one.  Hopefully this outfit and southern made accessories brings a little sunshine to you.

This top by an emerging designer, Anna Cate who actually just showed at Charleston Fashion Week. The North Carolina native designs feminine dresses and separates with a classic touch and is now carried at Maris DeHart.

The Ellia Wang bag is from her new collection which she debuted at the Maris DeHart Style Makers tent at Charleston Fashion Week.  Ellia’s new collection focuses on her modern shapes with subtle accents, making it wearable for any outfit.

Local jewelry artist, Christina Jervey always has a new design up her sleeve, like these long U shape earrings.  I love her modern and organic shapes, she is a true original.

Top by Anna Cate $148, Pants by Hayden $68, Sunglasses by Quay $58, Marble Highlight pounch by Ellia Wang $498, Long Stick Earrings $125, Serpent Ring $175, Barbed Wire ring $175 (Gold over Bronze) by Christina Jervey, matte gold cuff $38 and bangle $32 all from Maris DeHart // Dalia (Platinum Gold / Mirror Leather) heels by Pelle Moda $60

Photos by Paul King, Makeup by Rebecca Wash from Pink Dot Beauty Bar

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Spring Has Sprung

Dandy Boutique always has some of the most fun and whimsical dresses in store and online.  This one by Emily and Fin  is straight out of vintage heaven and has the best fit ever.  The bag is undeniably cute with the robot motif and space age shape.  The best part is that the bag and dress are under $200, which is why I love Dandy Boutique so much.  You can find the most unique pieces at such affordable prices at this Upper King shop.

The ear cuff is by emerging designer Suzanna Dai from Maris DeHart who stocks her gumball drop earrings in an array of colors.  If your looking for unique accessories, this is the spot!

Nancy Patchwork dress $94 by Emily and Fin, sunglasses, and purse $68 from Dandy Boutique // Earrings by Suzanna Dai and cuff from Maris DeHart // Similar silver block heels $53 from Asos

Photos by Paul King, Makeup by Rebecca Wash from Pink Dot Beauty Bar

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Point Blanc

The international secret pop up dinner party, Diner en Blanc is coming back to Charleston on April 27th and it’s time to find that white outfit.  Thankfully there’s so many great local shops that have options like this 2 piece set from House of Sage and it’s under $80!  I’ll be featuring what to wear at Diner en Blanc tomorrow on Lowcountry Live with looks from Bevello, V2V, Shoes on King, and M. Dumas.

Established nearly 30 years ago in Paris, Diner en Blanc returns to Charleston for the second time and over 1,000 guests are anticipated to attend.  What can you expect at this grand affair?  You have dress in white, from head to toe;  you have to bring your own prepared food, tables, chairs, china silverware and white linen, OR Diner en Blanc has partnered with lots of local businesses to make set up even easier.   Follow them on Instagram to find out all of their local partners.  To ensure that the location is kept secret until the last minute, guests will meet at an assigned departure location and volunteers will escort them to destination the secret location.  

I heard they’re pretty strict with their dress code and you have to wear white shoes as well, but for this outfit post I had to step out in my new shoes from Becki Coakley.  Don’t fret, this Charleston native also offers white shoes on her site as well.  The sophisticated heels are made from the finest leather in Italy, showcasing classic and cutting edge design.

Statement earrings by Ash Hoffman are always the cherry on top with my outfits!

L’atiste top and skirt $78, sunglasses $22 from House of Sage // “Ava” Earrings in gold $425 by Ash Hoffman // “Kecia” nude lace up booties in Nude $317 by Becki Coakley

Photography by Clifford Pate

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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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