Star Light, Star Bright

I can’t believe that Christmas is 1 week away!  I rounded up some wearable gift ideas for your last minute shopping from House of Sage and Ash Hoffman.   House of Sage is running a 12 days of Christmas sale from now until December 24th.  If you like jeans then this is your lucky day because it’s 20% off all denim.  Check out their Facebook page for daily deals including 20% off the entire store on December 23rd.  Their prices are already pretty amazing so stock up for yourself and gifts for that fashion girl in your life.

 Ash Hoffman is based in Myrtle Beach and has many fans here in Charleston including me.  She makes the coolest custom jewelry, but you still have time to shop online for her handcrafted boho chic jewels. I love stacking her jewelry to make a statement.  Follow Ash on Instagram to see the latest designs and her cute 12 days of Christmas ideas for last minute stocking stuffers.

My glitter ombre mani is by Mylk Bar, Charleston’s eco-nail bar located in Mt. Pleasant.  The color is Brentwood Wives and I had to get a gel so I could stay festive through the New Year.

Crushed Velvet Belle Sleeve Top by Olivaceous $66,  Jeans by Mink Pink,  Luxe Fur Jacket by Mink Pink $160,  Charisma Suede Booties by Chinese Laundry $94 all from House of Sage // Kristine earrings with diamonds $4,190, To the Moon and Back in yellow gold $225, Maria stacked rings with diamond $175, Meghan yellow gold stacked rings $175 each, Caroline thick hammered band ring $275,  Silver band with black diamonds $425 all handmade by Ash Hoffman // Luxury Wig Flatscreen sunglasses by Raen $150 from Zappos 

Photography by Kim Graham, on location at 12 State Street listed with Handsome Properties

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The Gold Standard

‘Tis the season for endless parties and reasons to get dressed up.   Finding the perfect holiday outfit might take hours of searching, but since I’m always popping in and out of boutiques I’m here to do all of the scouting for you.  This outfit which looks like a dress is actually a two-piece crop top and wide legged pants from Magnifique Boutique on Market Street.  This shop stocks a great selection of women’s clothing and accessories at all price ranges.  Owner Onna Mack recently launched her online store so now you can shop in the comforts of home. Take advantage of their Cybermonday deal with 20% off site wide and free shipping when you use code BLACKFRIDAY at checkout.

This wine bag is the perfect hostess gift and at $22.98 you might want to scoop one up for yourself too.   You don’t want to miss out on Magnifique’s holiday party on Dec. 5th for an evening of cocktails and shopping, beats by Dj Deirdre Zahl of Candy Shop Vintage, plus giveaways including a $500 gift card! Festivities are from 5-8pm at 92 North Market Street.

These jewels are by Barracuda Moon, made with love locally by Sydney Pope.  Her ocean inspired accessories are made to layer but are just as gorgeous worn alone to make a statement.  She up-cycles sea glass and other findings with 14kt gold to create one of a kind pieces that have a touch of luxe. Sydney knows the importance of giving back and a portion of all online sales are donated to the Polaris Project, a charity devoted to ending human trafficking.  Why not give a gift that gives back this season?  Take advantage of their Cybermonday sale with 15% off with code GIVELOVE17.   Barracuda Moon will be on the move over the next couple of weeks with 3 upcoming pop-up shops including the Daniel Island Holiday Festival at Volvo Stadium on December 2nd from 11am-4pm, Ro Sham Beaux at 493 King Street on December 9th from 12-4pm, and Thrifters & Drifters at The Royal American 970 Morrison Dr. on December 17th from 12-5pm.

The sunglasses are from iconic eyewear purveyors Friedrich’s Optik at 194 King Street.  The German company has been around since 1816 and has made frames for the most influential women in the world including Jackie O. and Iris Apfel.  These frames I’m wearing are actually called the Jackie, named after the legendary Jackie O.  Visit their lower King shop for both retro and classic frames that can be worn as eyeglasses or sunglasses.

If your wondering about my glow I’m wearing Luminous Complexion Fluid in EVA by Gressa Lumiére from Wildcraft. This serum is adaptable to any skin tone and can be used on your cheeks, eye lids or lips for a quick tint.  I used it on my cheekbones for a highlighter effect.  Wildcraft is an organic skincare and makeup boutique in South Windmere in West Ashley.  I could spend hours in there trying on product and learning about all of the amazing things it does to your skin, but more about that later.  Stay tuned for more outfit and gift ideas!

Good As Gold Donovan Top $136.98 and Good as Gold Dance Pant $198.98 by Show Me Your Mumu, Side Dish Wine Bag $22.98 from Magnifique Boutique //  The Jackie sunglasses in acetate $465 from Friedrich’s Optik //  Sleeping Moon Necklace $108, Via Necklace $136, Golden Sea Glass Pendant $160, Ra Earrings $139 from Barracuda Moon // Gressa Lumiére: Luminous Complexion Fluid in EVA $28 from Wildcraft

Photography by Clifford Pate, on location at The Spectator Hotel

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4 Ways to Wear the Diana Skirt

Every girl has that basic go to core piece in their closet that transforms depending on the mood or occasion.  Tonight I’m highlighting the Diana (cocktail) skirt by local brand Senza Tempo.  Designer Kristen Faranakis has a penchant for timeless clothing that’s inspired from the past.  This skirt in particular is inspired by Diana Vreeland, the iconic editor of Harper’s Bazaar and Vogue from the 1930’s – 1970’s who helped shape the culture of fashion in the modern world.

Diana Vreeland was never afraid of color (she pursued the perfect red) or accessories.  That’s why I chose statement jewelry to transform my outfits to go from day to night.  These bold silver accessories from Gold Creations  piled on this turtleneck sweater is a daytime look, but can easily transition to a date night or girls night out.

A crisp white shirt is a no-brainer with this skirt.  I especially love the tux twist like this one from Shirtini.  Paired with these tiered tassel earrings from Hart, you’ll be holiday ready in a second.

The Frances shell top by Senza Tempo pairs perfectly the Diana skirt.  For a fun spin on things throw on a crown like this one I picked up from The Trunk Show, jewels from Gold Creations.

I personally think everyone needs a leopard print coat and this one by J.McLaughlin and cat eye sunglasses from Germain Dermatology ties in the retro vibe.

If your obsessing over this Diana cocktail skirt then this is the time to scoop one up because it’s on sale for $407, along with select styles on their site through Christmas.  It’s investment pieces like these that you’ll have in your closet forever.  All of the garments are made in L.A. and are lined with silk habatoi, giving you that luxe feeling every time you slip one on.  If your looking for more ways to wear the skirt there’s plenty of ideas on Senza Tempo.   As Diana Vreeland said “Give ‘em what they never knew they wanted.”

Photography by Pale Girl Photo, Hair by Danielle at Drybar Charleston, Makeup by Karyna at Colur Studios, on location at 32 Legare St. on sale at Handsome Properties

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Scouting out Kiawah

It seems like Kiawah is a buzz with all of the new shops opening up in Freshfields Village including Scout & Molly’s who opened up last year.   Darcy Whalen, the owner stocks her store with a wide variety of clothing and accessories in a great price range for women of all ages.   Their seasoned “retail therapists” are always there to help build outfits and are always available virtually via FaceTime.   Carrying labels like Clara Sun Woo, Gretchen Scott, Crazy Larry , Joy Joy, Jade and Joseph Ribkoff, they offer brands that are distinct to the Lowcountry.

I love this shift dress by Joy Joy because it’s the perfect transitional dress from summer to fall.  We all know how warm it can be well into the autumn months in Charleston, and the colors in this dress make it more in season and on point.  The lace up detail in the back give it that special something I always look for in my clothes.

A couple of weeks I ago I featured Scout & Molly’s on Lowcountry Live for my Fashion over 40 segment.  It’s something that I’ve wanted to feature for a while and Scout & Molly’s was the perfect store to partner up with.   I think it’s important to celebrate women of all ages, especially those who have paved the way for the next generation.   I styled a mother and daughter who showed off a couple of glamorous outfits that are appropriate for any age.

So next time your in Freshfields Village pop by Scout & Molly’s.  You never know what treasures you might find.

Dress by Joy Joy $105 from Scout & Molly’s // Sunglasses and cuff from Elizabeth Stuart Design in Freshfields Village

Photography by Libby Williams 

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Bottoms Up

Charleston is full of art and I love that you can find it in the most unassuming places.  This vibrant floor mural by local artist Douglas Panzone is tucked away in a College of Charleston apartment building where the students can enjoy it from their balcony.  It’s located right next to House of Sage, the local boutique heavily frequented by the college crowd, and also one of the best places to shop local on a budget.

This jumpsuit is only $60 and the denim jacket is only $55 at House of Sage!  Just when you think the deals can’t get any sweeter, their having a shopping event on Saturday and Sunday. For every full priced bottom you purchase enters you into a drawing for a chance to win a $75 gift certificate.  So bottoms up while you sip on champagne while you shop and scoop up those deals!

Jumpsuit by San Souci $60,  Denim jacket by San Souci $55, hat $34, and necklace $16 from House of Sage // Adrian shoes by Summit White Mountain $179 from Zappos

Photography by Paul King

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Captivated by Capers

After living in Charleston for 13 years it’s hard to believe that I’m still discovering this town.  During my stay at Wild Dunes Resort a couple of weeks ago, I took one of their excursions – an eco-tour to Capers Island and I was blown away.  The van ride from the resort to the Isle of Palms marina was a quick 5 minute ride and we hopped on a boat with Barrier Island Eco Tours.

Our guides shared their knowledge of the rich waters filled with marine life and how much our environment impacts the eco-system.  They’ve built up quite the collection of shells, bones, and even native American pottery over the years.  The hour long tour on the way to Capers was an adventure filled with crab catching, bird watching, and we were lucky enough to see a few dolphins jumping out of the water.

Our guides pulled up their crab traps and brought them on board so we could get some hands on experience.  We learned the difference between a male and female crab and the crabs that are native to South Carolina.  Mateo carefully held up a female stone crab, we heard you don’t want to mess with those claws.

When we finally landed on Capers I felt like I was an explorer discovering an unknown island.  This nature preserve displays some of the most untouched beauty I’ve ever seen.  Washed up trees scattered like sculptures in the sand.

We found so many perfect conch shells everywhere and they were huge!

There’s nothing like escaping with the family and discovering new places.  If you want to get away for the weekend and take it all in, Wild Dunes Resort should be on the top of your list.  This island destination curates the best packages for the ultimate coastal experience.   I can’t wait to go back and explore more!

Leon Jumper $80 from Mill Street Boutique // Escape bag $99 from The Charleston Weekender // Bailey sunglasses by Blue Planet Eyewear $49.95 from Backcountry // Hari Mari Scouts flip flops $64.95 from Nordstrom // Frances Cabochon stone earrings $495Zoe necklace $195, charm cuff, engraved bar rings $75 each all by Ash Hoffman Jewelry

Photography by Clifford Pate, Mani & Pedi from Mylk Bar

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Coastal Life

The experience at Wild Dunes Resort continues with our fun filled Saturday night.  First we dove into a delicious dinner at Coastal Provisions, a restaurant located in the Boardwalk Inn.  Dining al fresco is my favorite way to experience a meal, especially when you live on the coast.  We got a primo table near the pool and sipped on signature cocktails and noshed on a delectable coastal fare.

The seafood focused menu is packed with ingredients that are both locally and regionally sourced.  The Tuna Poke was so fresh and the accents of tamari, benne seed, chili garlic sauce green onion, and avocado was mouth watering.

Not a bad view over here.

We had to try the oyster platter because that’s just what you do at Coastal Provisions.  I never get sick of slurping down those oysters. Chef Read Wolfe surprised us with a local mushroom appetizer with micro greens, radish, and breadcrumbs that had the perfect balance of texture and taste.

Afterwards we took a walk on the beach as the sun set.  The powder blue, pink, and lavender sky always looks like a water color painting to me.  I’m convinced we have the prettiest sunsets in the world.  Because it’s the end of the summer, we had most of the beach to ourselves.  I’m a Folly Beach girl, but it’s so nice to experience the Isle of Palms.  I love seeing all the pretty pastel houses on our walk.   As my boys ran around the beach, I reflected on what a great time we were having at Wild Dunes Resort.  It’s so important to take the time out and enjoy life, especially when it’s right in your backyard.

My little Sebastian didn’t let his broken arm get in the way of his good times.

We capped the evening by making s’mores by the fire pit.  Located right downstairs from our hotel room at The Village, this is where most people end their night.  When we saw our complimentary S’mores kits waiting for us in our hotel room we knew we would be in for a treat.  My boys have been bugging me to make S’mores all summer, and I’m so happy we finally did it.  This is glamping at it’s best!

Jumpsuit by Moon River $99 from Mill Street Boutique // Sunglasses by Quay from Tres Carmen Boutique // Geraldine hoop earrings $155, Lena stacked rings $325 each, 2 stone poppy topaz white gold ring, and charm cuff by Ash Hoffman // Morganite diamond ring $2,750 Gold Creations  // Keds x Rifle Paper Co. Triple Decker Lively Floral sneakers $60 from Keds

Photography by Clifford Pate, Mani from Mylk Bar

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