I can’t believe that January is almost over, which means that Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. There’s so many gift ideas out there to hint at your man or Charleston shops to get decked out for a date night.
This retro inspired dress from Maris DeHart is perfection. The beaded earrings are also from Maris DeHart and are handcrafted by a new Charleston based jewelry brand called Lina Rosa. I love the tiny details, pop of color, and modern design of each earring. I heard it takes several hours to make and I can appreciate the beautiful quality. Taxidermy has been getting very experimental with their bags, and this new design is pretty stellar!
If you really want to hint at a splurge of a gift then Gold Creations has those stunner rings. This green amethyst and diamond ring is dazzling with it’s unique design. I always love going in there to drool and try on all the statement cocktail rings.
Stay tuned for more gift ideas on blog for both you and your hunny!
Dress by Do+Be $144, Sunglasses $54, Earrings by Lina Rosa $110.00 available for custom order, Clutch by Taxidermy Clutch $995 available for custom order from Maris DeHart // 14k ring with sapphires and diamonds $470, green amethyst and diamonds set in 14k $2,400, Rice beads bracelet $45, and sterling silver monogram charm $45 from Gold Creations // Sam Edelman heels $120 from Zappos // RMS Beauty nail polish in Luminizer $15 from Anthropologie
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January is in full swing and thankfully there’s lots of clothing options at Maris DeHart to keep you looking cool through the cold and warm winter months. This pom pom sweater is the cutest and at $68 you can’t go wrong! These ultra suede leggings are probably the softest pants I’ve ever worn.
The easiest way to pop your wardrobe is with key accessories. I’m loving this python varsity jacket, wedge sneakers and bag from by Taxidermy which you can find at their pop-up shop at 32 Vendue Range. Quay is hands down one of my favorite sunglass brands and now you can shop them at Maris DeHart right next to Taxidermy. The ring and earrings are by Naked Eyes, a local Charleston jewelry brand made by the talented couple Emily Hill and Alex Kael. I’m so happy they’re are also a part of the Curator Covets collection I’m collaborating with at Maris DeHart benefitting the Lowcountry Orphan Relief. To learn more check out my previous blog post here.
Taxidermy Python Sleeve Varsity Jacket $850, Taxidermy Ashford Satchel in color “Poppy” $1,395, Taxidermy Natural Python Chuck Taylors $895 // Grey Pom Pom Sweater $68, Ultrasuede Jeggings $108, Quay Sunglasses $50, Naked Eyes Jewelry Brass/Sterling Silver Ring $175, Naked Eyes Jewelry Brass Bar Earrings $68 from Maris DeHart
Photography by Clifford Pate
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Right before my holiday break I was fortunate enough to host a special dinner of The Feast of Seven Fishes at Vincent Chicco’s. Located on one of the most romantic streets of Charleston – Hutson Alley, this Italian restaurant is both grand and intimate. The perfect place for both a group dinner and date night with your hunny.
Before my feast with friends I had to swing by Dandy Boutique to see what new goodies Holly had stocked her shop with. I’m so glad I did because I found this cute maxi dress for only $72! The sunglasses and hat from there were the perfect 70’s accent to this dress. I can always count on Dandy for the coolest, most affordable sunnies for under $30. They’re located on John St. just a hop, skip, and a jump away from Vincent Chicco’s.
It might not be brunch time, but Candy Shop Vintage is serving breakfast all day with these Croissant earrings. Deirdre Zahl, the designer of Candy Shop Vintage recently launched her Cafe Collection complete with a Croissant choker, poodle and perfume charms on earrings, necklaces, and bracelets. If your looking for vintage jewelry or retro inspired accessories, then you’ll have to visit her shop on Cannon Street in the Cannonborough area.
Being half Italian American I knew about eating fish for Christmas Eve dinner, but this 7 course seafood feast was on another level. I was joined by Plate South, The Cocktail Bandits, Holy City Handcraft, Charleston Foodie Babes, Charleston Blonde, Southern Meets Chic, and Venita Aspen for a stretchy pants approved food fest. The first dish, and one of my favorites was the Bacalao. It was the perfect blend of textures with the crispy fried salted cod sitting on potatoes stewed in tomato sauce.
As each course came out executive chef Aaron Lemieux came out to explain in great detail every dish, giving us a greater appreciation what we were devouring. The Calamari Fritti was my other favorite with the lemon garlic aioli, roasted peppers, and balsamic tomatoes. This was a Calamari dish I was glad I didn’t have to share.
After the 5th course I was pretty stuffed, but I had to save room for dessert which was the perfect size for me. The Sfogliatelle was a ricotta and hazelnut stuffed pastry sprinkled with powdered sugar. And that chocolate sauce on the side was the perfect amount to dip it in.
It was a fun night catching up with old friends and making new ones at Vincent Chicco’s. Now I’m looking forward to getting back there soon so I can try some of their homemade pastas!
Photography by Libby Williams
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2017 is here and there’s so much to look forward to. Living in a city like Charleston where there’s constant change means that there’s more opportunities for local businesses to grow and southern designers to be featured in local shops. My latest purchases from House of Sage like this moto jacket and jeans by Ellison will easily take me from this southern winter to spring seamlessly. Both of them together cost under $150, not bad at all!
Emerging southern designers are abound at Maris DeHart where beautifully handcrafted products can rival any mass manufactured accessory. Myrtle Beach based jewelry designer Ash Hoffman pumps out one a kind bohemian bling like this cuff and rings. Savannah based accessory designer Ellia Wang makes thoughtful modern bags and jewelry like this leather clutch. Her innovative prints on suede will stop you in your tracks and this new design is no exception. Both designers are also a part of the Curator Covets collection I’m collaborating with at Maris DeHart benefitting the Lowcountry Orphan Relief. To learn more check out my previous blog post here.
Faux suede moto jacket and jeans by Ellison, and shoes from House of Sage // Lace Bodysuit by Only Hearts from Bits of Lace // Ellia Wang Wristlet $398, TAI Jewelry pom pom bracelet $78 Beaded bracelet $68, Ash Hoffman Sterling Silver Snake ring $145, Ash Hoffman hammered sterling silver cuff $325, Ash Hoffman rose gold heart on sterling silver band ring $105, Adriatic Jewelry double triangle silver ring $84, and Naked Eyes Silver Bar Ring $135, choker, and sunglasses all from Maris DeHart
Photography by Clifford Pate
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Hop on the Love Bus and check out the 1st from the series of outfits from my 7 Gypsy shoot last week. I was lucky enough to get a hold of this vintage VW beauty of a bus called “Terra” from Lowcountry Valet. It was the perfect day and location in Hampton Park for our throwback shoot.
Sarah Berrad of 7 Gypsy stocks her Mt. Pleasant boutique with bohemian friendly threads and accessories from the softest graphic tee’s to embellished cocktail dresses. I also love their wide selection of denim including these DL 1961’s which are the softest jeans ever!
If your looking for an excuse to shop for yourself or drop a hint for your wish list, now is the time to shop. With Christmas only days away 7 Gypsy is rolling out some great deals – on Dec. 22nd it’s 40% off their shoes, on Dec. 23rd it’s 40% off shoes and 30% off of denim, and on Dec. 24th it’s 25% off of jewelry and for every $200 you spend you get a $20 gift card. Shop local, give local!
Stay tuned for more fun pics with this magical bus from Lowcountry Valet. They’ve got the best selection of vintage cars in Charleston and I can’t wait to get my hands on another one of their beauties.
Top by Rahi Cali $83, jeans by DL 1961 $196, Ivory Fringe Crossbody by Street Level $59, Nitra Open Weave Bootie by Sbicca Vintage Shoes $105, Visionary Necklace by Heather Kahn Jewelry $52, Pendant Horn Necklace by Sigalie Jewelry $123 all from 7 Gypsy
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It’s hard to believe that Christmas is only days away! I’ll try to make your last minute shopping easier by highlighting some of my favorite local brands and places to shop in Charleston. Let’s start with Maris DeHart where this fringe sweater, sunglasses, and locally made jewelry by Catie Curran (earrings), Christina Jervey (bangle bracelet), and Wear it and Wander (stacked rings) are from. I’m doing a special collaboration with them called Curator Covets where we donate 20% of sales from 10 select southern brands to donate to Lowcountry Orphan Relief. For more info check out my blog post from last month here.
The gold hexagon bangle by Christina Jervey and Key Chain card holder by Taxidermy are just a couple of products that are part of the Curator Covets. The newest Goldbug design by Mini at Croghan’s Jewel Box is the Goldbug Love Train Cuff and is so chic in that brushed matte gold. These boots by Jeffrey Campbell at Tres Carmen have been on heavy rotation. I wear them all of the time and someone always comments on them.
Love these Moth Wing earrings in bronze by Catie Curran from Maris DeHart. Her insect inspired accessories are beautifully designed and handmade right here in Charleston. And how amazing is this yellow hued Taxidermy bag? It’s just one of the newer color ways in the popular JW style. Just you wait for the new styles and colors Amy Taxidermy is rolling out for 2017!
Fringe sweater by English Factory $128, sunglasses by Quay, Moth Wing earrings in bronze by Catie Curran $88, Hex Bangle by Christina Jervey $195, Rings by Wear it and Wander $98 each all from Maris DeHart // Key Chain card holder $159 and JW Large Mustard python bag $1,495 from Taxidermy // Demi gold ring $85 and Goldbug Love Train Cuff $160 from Croghan’s Jewel Box // Ponte Back Seam Pant $158 from Lilla P // Booties by Jeffrey Campbell $165 from Tres Carmen
Photography by Clifford Pate
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Finding the perfect gift for the men in your life can be a daunting task. I’ll try to make it easier by sharing some easy ideas and they’re all from local company Distil Union. The accessory company started in 2011 by creative partners Nate Justiss and Lindsay Windham. By using their former experience designing products together, including Apple accessories, they wanted to create their own accessories that combine both form and function. They first started with the Wally Stick-on Wallet Skins that attached to your phone for the ultimate convenience. Now with over 8 different designs with a focus on wallets in every shape, useage, and color it’s going to be hard just to pick one as a gift.
For women, you can never have too many bags, and for men having different wallets that serve different purposes is equally as important. The Wally Sleeve pictured here is perfect when you just want to take the essentials – your id, a few cards, and some cash. My favorite details in all of these is the pull tab so it’s easy to access your cards. Perfect for the minimalist guy on the go!
If you man needs a little more room in his wallet the Wally Agent is perfect for him. It’s a billfold with four interior pockets plus a section for bills with the pull tab feature.
The Wally Wallet Case is the most genius invention ever. The beautiful leather case which doubles up as a wallet is so sleek and is the ultimate multi-tasker. A wallet and phone case in one, what more could you ask for?
My last favorite is the Wally Euro which is perfect for the globe-trotting man in your life. This wallet combines all the best features of all of the Distil Union wallets like the squeeze-lock pocket for coins, pull-tab, and the adjustable money clip.
You can shop the full line of Wally Wallets online at Distil Union or visit Nate and Lindsay at their super cool boutique, Objective Design Shop at 525 King Street 2fl. Their curated shop of modern goodies packs in design books, bags, watches, gadgets, and home decor.
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