Total Eclipse of the Heart

Today we make history in Charleston as millions of people view the solar eclipse in the path of totality.  From Salem, Oregon to Charleston, South Carolina the moon will completely cover the sun and the sun’s tenuous atmosphere – the corona – can be seen.

Even though the total eclipse will be 2 minutes – from 2:46 – 2:48pm, the effects will last for hours before and after.  Safety 1st when it comes to these solar events, that’s why I bought my glasses for me and my family months before just in cases they sold out.  Be sure your “eclipse glasses”have the ISO 12312-2 international safety standard printed on them.  I know everyone will want to document this epic day but looking at the uneclipsed or partially eclipsed sun through an unfiltered camera, telescope, binoculars, or other optical device isn’t safe with or without the glasses.

The last total solar eclipse viewed from the United States was on Feb. 26, 1979 whose path passed through the northwestern U.S. states of Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, and North Dakota.   I’m so grateful I didn’t have to do any traveling for this monumental day, and I can spend it watching in the comforts my neighborhood in James Island with my family.

Lace up crop cropped t-shirt $36 by Cotton Candy LA, Jeans by Wish List $52 from House of Sage //Alesso cuffs $150 each, Lueur earrings $75 by Elizabeth & James, Industrial finish 5 stack rings $275, Industrial finish caged ring $155, Pave arrow pendant necklace $125 by Freida Rothman all from Croghan’s Jewel Box // York sandals by Sam Edelman $82.95 from Amazon

Photography by Clifford Pate

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Moda Senza Tempo

Timeless fashion is the core philosophy behind Senza Tempo and translates to “without time” from Italian.  Founder and designer Kristen Fanarakis wanted to create an accessible luxury line of womenswear that could live in your closet forever.  Instead of trying to re-invent the wheel or follow trends she put into production classic silhouettes that women of many body types and ages could appreciate.

Timeless icons such as Jackie O and Audrey Hepburn are the inspiration behind the line of dresses, tops, and skirts at Senza Tempo.  Instead of fast fashion, Kristen wanted to put bespoke quality and details such as silk linings and lace finished hems into her garments.  The Made in America mantra is why Senza Tempo prides themselves with high quality fashion.  Kristen can monitor quality control in her L.A. factory where the workers are being paid fare wages in a healthy work environment.

The Brigitte style that I’m wearing here is a tunic style dress that has one of my favorite details – pockets!  Constructed of luxurious stretch Italian virgin wool and lined with a stretch silk charmeuse you can instantly feel the quality when you put it on.  Perfect for both work meetings to a fancy brunch on the weekend, it’s versatile style also transcends seasons.

View more to read my Q & A with founder and designer of Senza Tempo, Kristen Fanarakis.  Her story behind her philosophy on timeless fashion and journey to creating her line is inspiring.

Brigitte Tunic Dress $925 by Senza Tempo // Rose gold hoops $230, 14k rose gold ring with opal and diamonds $2,000, 14k rose gold ring with morganite and diamonds $1,700 from Gold Creations // Pout Bucket Bag in Marble $638 by Ellia Wang //Luxury Wig Flatscreen sunglasses by Raen $150 // Similar shoes here

Photography by Janelle Putrich, Makeup by Jami Millerleile, shot on location at The Gadsden House

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Pretty in Pink

After it seems like weeks of continuous downpour in Charleston it’s so nice to get a break from the sun.  This outfit is perfect for those sunny days we love in Charleston.  But with the sun beating down it’s nice to get some relief with a stylish parasol like this one from Lily Lark.  This New York based company makes the prettiest printed parasols, and I first discovered them from Germain Dermatology.  Sometimes sunscreen just isn’t enough to protect your skin from those harmful UV rays.

These rings from Gold Creations are some of my favorites.  They are always surprising me with diamond dazzlers that have an heirloom quality.

I’ve been sporting these fringey nude suede shoes from Pelle Moda a lot lately.  I love that they are a block heel so I can run around in them all day.  The best part is, they go with everything!

Michelle the owner of Tres Carmen turned me onto Diff Eyewear.  They make the coolest sunglasses and when you purchase a pair from Tres Carmen Kiawah, the company gives away a free pair of eyeglasses to someone in need.   There’s nothing like looking stylish while you give back to charity.

This dress from Mosa Boutique is one of my favorite pieces in my closet right now.  You can’t go wrong with linen when it’s 100%  humidity outside.  See what else they have in store at  the Sip, Shop, and Stroll tonight on Upper King Street from 4-8pm.  Enjoy drinks, bites, and sales at Mosa Boutique,  BeckettLulu Burgess CharlestonJuxtaposition Home & GardenDandy BoutiqueChannelsStylexchange Couture, and Ensemble Consignment Boutique.

Dress by Zero to Sky $209 from Mosa Boutique  // Parasol by Lily Lark $166 available at Germain Dermatology // Sterling silver hoops $225, 14k citrine and diamond ring $2,400, 18k ring with amethyst, mother of pearl, and diamonds from Gold Creations // Sunglasses by Diff from Tres Carmen Kiawah at Freshfields Village // April Fringe Sandal by Pelle Moda from Nordstrom $164.95

Photography by Janelle Putrich, Makeup by Jami Millerleile

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Urban Safari

August is always that tricky in between month where your thinking about fall clothes but the sweltering heat means that summer is still going strong.  Hold tight, because this outfit from Beckett Boutique is the perfect transitional piece to get you in the mood for cooler temps.

Beckett Boutique always stocks the most covetable pieces every season.  This trench coat/shirt is so special and unique I had to scoop it up.  I love the tuxedo piping detail on the jeans giving it that dress it up, dress it down quality.  And just when you think you don’t need another pair of sunglasses in your collection, these rose tinted ones will have you wanting more.  The cowrie shell necklace is one of those statement staple necklaces that can transform any outfit for ordinary to extraordinary.

The south is both literally and figuratively hot because there is so much talent and style happening at the moment.  This bag by Savannah based designer Ellia Wang is one of a kind with it’s agate pattern printed on leather.  I love that she hand makes every design with such meticulous details, it’s hard not to appreciate the artisanal quality.

Don’t miss out on the Sip, Shop, and Stroll tomorrow night on Upper King Street from 4-8pm. Beckett is one of the 8 boutiques that will be on the stroll and there will be drinks, bites, and sales in each store. Come out and shop local!

Marlowe jacket by Cinq a Sept $220 , Ibiza jeans by McGuire Denim $268, Sonix cowrie shell necklace $125, sunglasses by Charli $135 all from Beckett Boutique // 14k gold cross hatch hollow ring $400 and 14k gold ring with diamonds and opal from Gold Creations //  Agate Sharp Tote $979 by Ellia Wang // April Fringe Sandal by Pelle Moda from Nordstrom $164.95

Photography by Janelle Putrich, Makeup by Jami Millerleile

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The Curated Guide to Cuba

Imagine a place stuck in the past, but yet striving to for a progressive future.  A place so vibrant in music, art, food, culture, color, and architecture that has inspired people all over the world.  People who have gone through so much, mostly living in poverty, yet are the happiest people in the world and want to give you everything.  This place is Cuba, and it stole my heart.

  My husband wanted to get away and enjoy some culture and we always gravitate towards Latin countries.  Let’s face it, they have some of the best food and know how to have a great time.  With tickets on JetBlue for only $275 RT and an hour flight from Ft. Lauderdale it was a no brainer.  I had to put together a guide to Cuba because I want to share my experience and encourage people to go there and visit.  Out of all of the places I’ve been to in in the world including Asia, Europe, and South America, this is on my top 5 places I’ve ever visited.

I am encouraging everyone to go visit Cuba before the looming travel ban goes into effect.  It’s too close not to go, and when you get there you’ll feel like your a world’s away.  Perfect for a romantic getaway, family trip, or a girls weekend away, your guaranteed to have a great time.  I’m looking forward to going back with my kids so they can experience it and come back with a new perspective on life.

View more to read about my detailed guide & outfits in beautiful Havana.

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The High and the Low

Mulberry & King is the newish local online boutique to hit Charleston.  Good friends Megan and Meredith opened up 1 year ago and are turning over merchandise as much as any King Street boutique.  The busy moms juggle kids and pregnancy while they stock up up their online store and ship orders.  They seek out the cutest clothes and accessories at attainable prices, everything is under $100! This dress right here is only $84 and I think it might have already sold out.  Yes, don’t sleep on Mulberry & King because they sell out of styles at hyper-speed. 

If you want to see up to the minute styles then follow them on Instagram, so you don’t miss out.  Mulberry & King just moved into a studio in Mt. Pleasant so you can actually set an appointment on their website to try clothes on in person and have a private consultation. Megan & Meredith have been styling clients for 15 years and love being hands on in the process.

Even this sweet lady noticed my outfit! Love hers too.

I love mixing high and low and these earrings and bag from Savannah based designer Ellia Wang are my splurge.

Tune into Lowcountry Live tomorrow for my “Looks for Less” segment including an adorable romper from Mulberry & King and other outfits from bevello, Dress Up, and E. Blackhurst that are under $100!

Dress by L’atiste $84 from Mulberry & King // Mini Hugs earrings $68 and $78 and Layer Clutch in Turquoise $598 by Ellia Wang //Bailey sunglasses $50 by Blue Planet Eyewear //  “Some Like it Hot” Lipstick sheer $24 by ABP Makeup

Photography by Clifford Pate

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Dress You Up

Charleston’s newest boutique Dress Up will give you plenty of reasons to exercise that retail therapy.  Opening up this Saturday, Dress Up proves that looking good doesn’t mean you have to break the bank. I just got a sneak peek today of the store and I can tell you now that you will be addicted. The ridiculously low prices (everything is under $48!) and new weekly deliveries will have you coming back for more.

Dress Up‘s first store opened in 2009 in Dahlonega, GA by husband and wife team Derrick and Danielle Case.  They were fed up with overpriced clothes that lacked style, so they decided to take matters into their own hands by creating an experience that keep their customers coming back for more.  With numerous stores in Georgia, Alabama, and Tennessee, Charleston was the obvious next location and will be the 20th Dress Up boutique. 

You don’t want to miss out on their Grand Opening Party on Saturday, June 17th.  It will include $5,000+ in giveaways, swag bags, exclusive Charleston tees, sips + snacks, DJ and everything will be 20% off!  Plus the first 50 people in line will receive a $50 gift card, so get there early before they open at 10am. 

 I will also be featuring Dress Up on Lowcountry Live this Friday for my “Looks for Less” segment. Tune in to see their beautiful outfit that costs under $100 including the shoes and jewelry!

Button Up Dress in Black $ 39.99, Olivia Sunnies in tan $12 from Dress Up // Pinwheel in Pink earrings $78, Layer Clutch in Pink $598 from Ellia Wang // Puma X Fenty Creeper sandal $140 from Sneaker  // ABP Makeup”Girl Power Pink” Lipstick Sheer $24 by ABP Makeup

Photography by Clifford Pate

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