The people watching at Charleston Fashion Week is always the highlight for me. Sometimes I don’t even feel like I’m in Charleston, and where do these beautiful creatures come from? There’s nothing like seeing people decked out in the middle of Marion Square.
Photography by Clifford Pate
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It was such an honor to be a part of Charleston Wine and Food Festival’s Street Team again this year. The festival knocked it out of the park, outdoing themselves with bigger and more innovative ways to share food culture. With well known chefs and alcohol brands from all around the world every event was an experience stimulating all of the senses. My round up of events covered everything from baking biscuits with Carrie Morey of Callie’s Biscuits to a decadent brunch entertained by drag queens. Besides getting to indulge in the best food and drinks you can consume in one sitting, I love the sense of community these events evoke. It’s so refreshing to see a gathering of people of all cultural backgrounds come together because we all believe that eating great food with a drink in hand, is our happy place.
What does is mean to be on the street team for Charleston Wine and Food Festival? I was able to attend events that I wanted to highlight and promote on my social media. Since I’m not a big drinker I went to food focused events that were both hands on and had some entertainment value. My partner in crime was Liz Martin AKA the Charleston Weekender. We got to play Instagram wifey and provided each other with some comic relief. I’m so glad I got to bump into a lot of my fellow street teamers this year like The Cocktail Bandits, Charleston Food Writer, Jai Eats, Holy City Handcraft, Queen of the Foodage, Sweet Southern Prep, and Snoop Natty Nat.
I’ll start with the last event (and maybe my most favorite) and work my way back. The Queens on King drag brunch was out of control amazing! Set at the William Aiken house, it was southern decadence at it’s best. Monica Van Pelt of Lips Atlanta was the host of the show and brought the flashiest girls from Atlanta to Charleston. We started out with cocktails topped with cotton candy from Pure Fluff Co. and breakfast bites from soon to be open Daps.
What do you wear to a drag brunch? Me and the Charleston Weekender opted for a monochromatic look – suit and PJ’s. My outfit is from from Rachel Roy – Mint leaf blazer $139, Sailor Jogger Pants $99, Tarah Top $79. You can shop the links and when you use CHARLESTONSHOP20 at checkout you receive 20% off! These sunglasses by Blue Planet Eyewear are my new favorite and they’re only $55.
Brunch is my favorite meal of the day and Saturday was another breakfast bonanza for the #brunchsquad event at The Workshop. What does a brunch squad entail? We divided up into teams headed by a well known chef and learned how to cook/bake a dish enough for hundreds of people. Once those dishes were ready they were brought out to us on the great lawn and we stuffed ourselves while we enjoyed sweet beats by a dj. The inspiring Ellen Bennett of Hedley & Bennett was the host along with sponsors Cherry Bombe Magazine and Williams Sonoma. Talk about a lot of girl power!
Innovative food like these ice cream drumsticks were just some of the fun dishes on the line up.
The only bad thing about the Charleston Wine and Food Festival is coming off that high. After days of eating my heart out I’m already going through withdrawals. The reality of cooking for myself at home has set in, but thank God I have plenty of my favorite local spots I can always treat myself to. I’m looking forward to seeing what the 2019 festival has in store!
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Photo by Jonathan Boncek
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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
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‘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
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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.
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.”
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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.
Photography by Libby Williams
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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!
Photography by Paul King
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