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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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 $495, Zoe necklace $195, charm cuff, engraved bar rings $75 each all by Ash Hoffman Jewelry
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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
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This past weekend I had the opportunity to stay at Wild Dunes Resort with my boys and we had the best time ever! I already feel lucky to live in a place like Charleston where you can easily live like your on vacation. If you do live in Charleston you know what I mean, but it’s also nice to actually getaway from your normal routine. I love escaping to Wild Dunes because you feel like your transported to some far away remote island, but your really just in Isle of Palms. What’s that, a family vacation without the hassle of jumping on a plane or driving for several hours? Sign me up!
The beautiful thing about Wild Dunes is that you can cater your experience to whatever you want it to be. If your an active group like us you have to take advantage of the clay tennis courts, golfing, biking, swimming in the ocean and pools and an eco-tour to Capers Island. If we had more time we probably would have done some of the other water activities like jet skiing, paddle boarding, and parasailing. Because let’s face it, seeing the Lowcountry from the water is always on a whole nother level. If you want a more chill experience you can take a spa day and have dinner delivered to your room.
I always like to get acquainted with the place that I’m staying at by exploring the grounds. The pool is always a good start at Wild Dunes, especially when there’s 5 to choose from. They’ve got it all from an olympic sized pool, a kid friendly pool with a large shallow area, the adult pool with cabanas, and 2 pools next to the beach with a bar that stocks every frozen drink you can imagine. You can also get all the adult frozen drinks without alcohol like my favorite, the “Miami Vice” which is a mix of Pina Colada and Strawberry Daiquiri.
Beach Caftan Cover Up – Little Palms $70 and Silk Scarf – Little Palms $122 by The Blush Label (Use Curator15 at checkout and recieve 15% off of your purchase!) // Sunglasses by Quay from Tres Carmen Boutique // Jewels from Gold Creations // Hari Mari Scouts flip flops $64.95 from Nordstrom
With so many different accommodations to choose from, the possibilities are plentiful. You can feel like your living at the Dunes if you opt for one of their villas, homes, condos, or a penthouse. Or if you want that hotel feel you can stay at The Boardwalk Inn or The Village, which is where we stayed. I loved just walking downstairs and grabbing a snack or water at Hudson’s Market.
This is actually the best time to visit Wild Dunes Resort because it’s off season. Not everyone might agree with me, but I think we’re lucky that we can enjoy the summer weather through October. Because I love sharing my fun experience with everyone I’m teaming up with Wild Dunes Resort on a special deal. Guests who book a minimum of two night stay using the special code CURATE will receive $100 off, valid for all stays through October 31st. Now don’t just sit there, book that getaway you’ve been wanting to do with your family, your significant other, or your girls weekend.
It’s impossible to fit everything we did in one post so stay tuned the rest of my Wild Dunes recap!
Hibiscus one piece in Azalea $165 by Citrine Swim // Turkish Towel $32 by Charleston Weekender (use CURATOR20 at checkout for 20% off) // Sunglasses by Quay from Tres Carmen Boutique // Frances Cabochon stone earrings $495 by Ash Hoffman
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Freshfields Village is buzzing with all of the new additions which means more reasons to keep on coming back. Along with village veterans like The Resort Shop (where this dress is from), new businesses like Elizabeth Stuart Design, Studio 33 Kiawah, Blue Mercury, and and Fuji Restaurant have popped up over the summer.
Elizabeth Stuart Design is known in the Charleston area for her sophisticated selections in home decor, art, and accessories. Her satellite shop in Kiawah is a curated mix of gorgeous jewelry from the likes of S Carter and cool shades by AM Eyewear (pictured here). Her offerings are a nice price range making it easy to find gifts or splurge on yourself.
Blue Mercury was a no-brainer top open up, with no other makeup stores in the area of Kiawah and Johns Island. This national store has shops everywhere including downtown Charleston, but this Freshfields Village location was much needed. You can find the best makeup and skincare lines out there, and also get spa treatments like facials, waxing, and massages. I had to try out some of their products and was so happy with the makeup application they gave me.
Another void in the area was a Japanese restaurant and our prayers have finally been answered with Fuji. Their creative selection of sushi rolls, delicious salads, and appetizers will have you wanting to come back over and over again. This is now on the top of my list for sushi in Charleston, and the best part is they can make any custom roll you want. My friend Libby of Plate South and I were on a roll (pun intended) sampling everything we thought we could fit in our stomachs. If you go you have to try my favorites – Harumaki, Tuna Martini and the Avocado Salad. As far as rolls go it just depends on how adventurous you are, but I’m sure you won’t be disappointed.
If your looking for a relaxing shopping and dining experience then Freshfields Village is your answer. Fall is always a great time to come out to the Village so follow them on Instagram to stay in the know of all of their events and happenings.
Dress by Laundry by Shelli Segal $295 from The Resort Shop // Sunglasses by AM Eyewear $465, Beaded purse by Ink + Alloy $62.50, Diamond tusk necklace by S Carter $3,545, Full pave diamond cuff by S Carter $1,370, Sterling silver wide ring by Sarah Richardson $200, Sterling silver equator ring $295, Asymetrical Iris Smokey ring $1,200, Sterling silver tripod ring by Sarah Richardson$155 all from Elizabeth Stuart Design from Freshfields Village // Caress sandals by Corso Como from Nordstrom $119.95
Photography by Libby Williams
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There’s something about a navy and white combo that is so classic but always fresh. I’m a big fan of dramatic sleeves and Tres Carmen Boutique has so many great tops in stock like this one. The beauty of it is that most of their clothes are so incredibly affordable. This top is under $80 and these pearly heels are only $44! I truly believe that you don’t have to spend a lot of money to look like a million bucks.
Tres Carmen Boutique carries a big selection of Julie Vos jewelry, which is great if you like to stack them up like me.
Fall is around the corner which means that Tres Carmen Boutique is getting shipments in on a daily basis. Follow this local boutique on Instagram so you don’t miss out on all their new goodies. And if you venture out to Kiawah then visit them in Freshfields Village because they usually carry different styles and brands that you won’t find in their James Island location.
Top by Gracia, shoes by Qupid $44, sunglasses by Quay, elephant cuff $245, bangles $210, and earrings $85 by Julie Vos from Tres Carmen Boutique // Vermeil double band fusion ring by Freida Rothman from Croghan’s Jewel Box // White pants by Do + Be from Maris De Hart
Photography by Clifford Pate
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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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