Father’s Day Gift Guide at Vieuxtemps

Father’s Day is just around the corner and why not treat dad with a token of your love.  So many dad’s do so much for their family and can be under appreciated.  It’s always important to acknowledge their love, effort, and the little things that they do everyday. I rounded up some of my favorite gifts from Vieuxtemps, the charming gift boutique located on lower King Street.  Whether he’s into fishing, cocktailing, or leisurely reads, there’s something for every deserving dad out there.

Alexa Pulitzer Pads $18 Each

Rosewood Jigger $20 , Match Pewter Double Old Fashioned Glass $70 each , Whiskey Stones

Ice Mallet and Bag $36

Bar Tool $36

Rosewood Flask $38 , Gold Flask $38 , Louis Sherry 2 piece Chocolate Tins $8.50 each

The Essential Oyster Book $35 , Pewter Oyster Shell $18

Photography by Clifford Pate

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Candle Making at Palmetto Scent Studio

This past weekend I got all my Mother’s Day quality time in with the kiddos starting with the newly opened Palmetto Scent Studio at Freshfields Village.  This place is not your standard candle shop, they host candle making classes that are perfect for kids, a girls night out, date night, birthday parties or a bachelorette party.  Another great thing about their classes is that drop-ins are welcome so you can swing by anytime they’re open to make your custom candle.

They have so many yummy scents to choose from and it was hard to narrow it down to just 3 for our candle.  You can sniff scents from their pre-made candles in everything from basil to bubble gum.

Then you get to choose from any glass or tin container you want your candle poured into.  The beauty of the glass containers is that you can re-purpose it after you burn the candle down.

It’s no surprise my boys chose the sweet smelling scents that make you hungry. Mateo chose cake, whipped cream, and maple syrup.  Sebastian chose bubble gum, maple syrup, and cake.  My hubby Gus made the “munchies” candle which consisted of cannabis, bacon, and cake.  I chose an herbal selection of basil, rosemary, and mint to break up all the desserts we’ll be inhaling.

Palmetto Scent Studio uses a soy wax and cotton wicks for a clean burn.

It probably took us longer to decide what scents we were going to mix than it did to actually make the candle.

The owners Glenda and Jeff were so helpful with the whole process and so passionate about their business.  I love promoting local businesses, especially when it’s run by a husband and wife team.  In a world where retail has been moving towards more online shopping it’s so nice to experience something like this at Palmetto Scent Studio and actually hang out with the owners.  So give them a visit and tell them that the Curator sent you!

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Mother’s Day Gratitude

As a decade of being a mom quickly approaches, I look back reflecting on how much this experience has impacted me.  Raising two tiny humans, hoping that I’m making the right decisions, and making it my mission that they are living the best life. Don’t get me wrong, being a mom isn’t all sunshine and rainbows.  It’s a lot of hard work and frequently on the edge of losing it.  But I wouldn’t trade it all for the world.

This week I’ve come across so many personal stories of mother’s who have experienced the loss of their partner, the loss of their child, abuse, breast cancer, and near death experiences.  These are the living heroes.  Strong women who sacrifice it all so they can provide a good life for their family.  Life is precious and I never take it for granted, not for one second.

Speaking of amazing mothers, I love supporting local mompreneurs who know how to juggle it all while running a successful business.  I’m wearing this dress from Style Dwell, which is owned by Christie Bishop and she runs it with her daughter Ashley by her side. They carry the cutest clothes & accessories and recently just moved into the Citadel Mall. The jewelry is from Porter Conrad, and the owner Kelly Sigg and her husband have made many trips to Bali with their son to get their jewelry custom made by the same family they’ve been working with for several years.  Katie Shields of Mylk Bar, opened up Charleston’s first eco-friendly nail salon last year while she was juggling a new born. I love getting fun nail art for my gel manis in her ultra cool salon.

The other two ladies that were a part of this shoot might not have kids yet, but they love their mommas!  Ashleigh Hover of Microblading Charleston just opened up last year and business has been booming.  Thanks to her I don’t have to worry about filling in my eyebrows for a long time.  Yes, perfectly shaped brows and I didn’t have to do anything in the morning.  Thank you Ashleigh!  If you’ve seen a lot of flowers popping up in my Instagram feed it’s because of Lori DeNicola of Petaloso.  My talented floral designer friend can whip up a floral skirt quicker than you can say Ranunculus. Which is my new favorite flower by the way.

And the last momma shot out goes to Nicole Mickle my photographer for this shoot.  I love the energy that she always brings to the shoots and her passion for her family runs deep.  So lucky to work with such talented and creative women right here in Charleston!

Makeup and Mexican at Freshfields Village

There’s always new places to explore and shop at Freshfields Village.  For you last minute shoppers there’s something for everyone on your list.  Christmas shopping can be exhausting, but doing it at Freshfields Village is a breeze, with all the parking and stores in close proximity.  They even did the work for you with their curated gift guide – click here for some great gift ideas.

Who doesn’t love a little pampering in their life?  Blue Mercury is the one stop shop for the beauty buff in your life or someone who just needs a little refresh in the makeup department.  Carrying favorites like Bobbi Brown, La Mer, Darphin, Kiehl’s, Chantecaille, Living Proof, RMS Beauty, Goop! and Smith & Cult, they have you covered.  They also have an in-house spa, which offers treatments like Oxygen Facials, glycolic peels, and waxing services, plus they do makeup applications.   This Bobbi Brown everything eyes book is perfect for that budding makeup artist friend or someone who wants to explore their skills.

Bobbi Brown everything eyes book $14.95,  LAFCO fresh cut gardenia – living room classic candle $42,  BOBBI BROWN lip color $29 from Blue Mercury

Super Goop! is a pretty amazing skincare line that has SPF in all of their products.  From lip balm, lotion, refreshing spray, body oil, your skin in protected with their 30-50 spf.  These are a couple of my favorites.

SUPERGOOP! spf 50 everyday $32,  SUPERGOOP! sun defying sunscreen oil spf 50 $34 from Blue Mercury

Mexican has got to be one of my favorite foods out there and I was excited to find out that Cantina 76 was opening at Freshfields Village.  With locations in Columbia and Greenville, I’m glad they picked Kiawah for their 3rd outpost.  My recommendations?  The Dirty Queso to share, Roasted Chicken Taco, and you can’t go wrong with any of their Enchiladas.

Another great thing is that the portions are generous and are perfect to share.  My kids are the pickiest eaters and they even found a few things that they liked and munched on the endless chips and salsa.

Pella Faux Fur Coat in Leopard $348 ,Virgo Sweater $198 ,Watson Jeans $178.00 from J. McLaughlin // Sunglasses from Village Optical in Freshfields Village // Jewelry by Julie Vos from GDC  Home // “Brody” platform oxford by Summit White Mountain Shoes $148.95 from Nordstrom

Photography by Libby Williams 

Here’s my 6 hours in Freshfields video which highlights some of my favorite haunts including Tres Carmen, Blue Mercury, Beija Flor, and Dolittle’s.  Hopefully it will give you some gift ideas and places you’ll want to splurge on yourself.

Video by Brennan Wesley

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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Elements of the Season

The candle movement is taking Charleston by storm, and many local brands have launched in the past couple of years.  These chandlers are carving out a niche making soy candles in small batches with signature scents. Element Candles stands out for their luxe modern meets minimal approach to packaging and their distinct scents conjure the essence of a high end perfume.  For me burning a candle isn’t just about making my room smell great, it’s my aromatherapy to get inspired when I’m working in my home office. My favorite candle scents like Wood and Musk invoke the comfort in the winter months because they incorporate notes like fir, mistletoe, pine, balsam, amber, clove, and jasmine.

The benefits of buying locally made candles made in small batches is that they are better for the environment and of course your supporting the local economy. Many big brand candles  emit soot and toxins into the air partly because of their synthetic wicks, but Element Candle’s wicks are made of cherrywood and have a clean burn.

I met the owners Hannah and Joe Hosemann by fate many years ago in a puppy training class, all of us in a very different place in our lives.  Fast forward to 12 years later and I find out that this husband and wife team are the creators of one of my favorite candle lines,  Element.  I asked them a few questions about their business and why they love making candles.

How did you get into the candle business?   With dogs and wood floors we quickly determined that an artificial Christmas tree made more sense.  To get into the holiday spirit, we purchased a few mass market paraffin based candles – only to find that they smelled artificial and caused headaches.  After extensive research on candles and what’s inside of them, we decided to create a more natural and cleaner burning candle solution.  We started out as an unexpected hobby during the holiday season; we gifted the first few batches of candles to friends and family members.  We fell in love with candle making and our friends kept asking for more.  

What inspired the brand name Element?  We knew that we originally wanted to have categorizations of each fragrance. It was an idea that because the periodic table has categorizations for each element the name came up.

Do you make everything in Charleston? Yes, all of our products are made on James Island.

What do you love about being a business owner?  Having the freedom to create and sell products that are loved and appreciated.  As a husband and wife team, it’s incredibly rewarding to get to work together. 

What do you love the most about the holidays?  Decorating the Christmas tree, the Charlie Brown soundtrack, and time with family.

 If your a candle collector like I am and you don’t own an Element Candle yet, you need to add it to the mix.  If your stumped on what you should gift someone this year or what you should bring your host for a party then surprise them with an Element Candle, they will love you for it. Take advantage of their free shipping until December 21st!


Photography by Clifford Pate

Gifts to Pamper them with at Woodhouse Day Spa

If your looking to pamper the ones you love then Woodhouse Day Spa is the one stop shop to treat them to.  Located off of 17 in Mt. Pleasant, this spa is an urban escape that offers over 70 treatments including facials, sleep treatments, massage therapy, wraps, scrubs, foot treatments, hand treatments, and waxings.  They also offer exclusive treatments like the Vichy Shower and Hydra Facial.  Their retail boutique also offers plenty of gift ideas from jewelry, skincare products, makeup, bags, and pj’s.

Kimberly Powell, the owner,  strives for excellence by insuring her clients have the most luxurious experience at her spa.  She’s one of the most generous philanthropists in our community and recently donated her time performing as Sandra Dee from Grease in the recent Lip Sync for Lungs benefitting the American Lung Association.  She pretty much has a 100% yes policy when it comes to donating for any local charity.  That alone makes you want to support her business and the causes she champions for.

Kimberly helped develop her candle line 1670 Charles Towne which is a luxe collection that’s handcrafted here in Charleston. The sweetgrass basket set is made by skilled basket weavers and donates proceeds to the International African American Museum. The Travel Tin Candle pictured above is a bouquet of quince blossom, champagne, jasmine petals, magnolia, tuberose and white musk.   The hand painted oyster shell dish is by Grit and Grace and for every oyster sold, 10 oyster shells are recycled.

 Woodhouse Day Spa also carries other locally made products such as Maya Chia.  The organic skincare line which is made out of chia seeds has expanded their products into makeup, giving you that all natural glow.

As a little incentive Woodhouse Day Spa is offering this luxurious throw blanket ($150 value) for free when you spend $350 on gift certificates.  It’s super soft and comes in creme, dark grey, and light grey.  Scoop one up while supplies last.

Here are some other gift ideas, and they even have the men covered too!

For the guys:

Jack Black Protein Booster Skin Serum $62 – The silky liquid texture is readily absorbed allowing for immediate delivery of the efficacious ingredients below the skin’s surface.

Jack Black Eye Balm De-Puffing & Cooling Gel $25 – Energize and refresh tired-looking eyes with Eye Balm De-Puffing & Cooling Gel.  A blend of hydrating ingredients, soothing botanical extracts, and nourishing vitamins help reduce the look of puffiness, soften the appearance of fine lines, and brighten tired-looking eyes.

Blood Orange & Black Pepper Aromatherapy Bubble Bath $15 – This isn’t your girl’s bubble batch, the spicy combination of natural essential oils of blood orange and black pepper helps your body to relax after physical activity. Free of paraffins, silicone and mineral oils, it’s also vegan.

Farmhouse Fresh Honey Heel Glaze $25 – FarmHouse Fresh Honey Heel Glaze is just the thing to banish dry and rough spots on tired toes and heels. Honey draws moisture to the skin as papaya and pineapple extracts exfoliate dead, dulling skin cells. Healing aloe soothes and calms inflamed, irritated skin. Your toes and heels will soak this velvety serum up, appearing instantly refreshed an moisturized. Sweet cloves, cinnamon and honey blend for a truly indulgent scent and experience. Includes fan brush applicator.

Farmhouse Fresh Guacamole Avocado Mask $22 – This revitalizing mask is packed with fresh avocado butter, extract and oil to deliver key fatty acids to support the outermost layer of skin that helps protect us from environmental stresses. Put Guac Star in the fridge and try it chilled.  Plus, avocado’s smorgasbord of vitamins B5, B6, K, E, and C, copper, folate, and potassium, and its naturally high moisturization factor completely comforts and nurtures skin.

MESOLYFT EYES $79.99 – Your eyelid skin is the thinnest on your face and shows the signs of aging first. Restore, prevent and maintain the youth and beauty of your eyes with MesoLyft Eye Renewal. The wrinkle relaxing product works instantly by giving your skin a Botox-like effect achieved with Argireline. VoluPlus gently plumps the skin, while the Retinol and Vitamin C are working double time to stimulate new collagen production for long-lasting improvement. They’ve added Ginko Biloba extract for soothing anti-inflammatory effect.

Cucumber Fizzy Bath Cubes $19 – Drop a few nourishing cubes into your bath. As the water softens, relax and enjoy. Essential oils blend with California Poppy extract to soothe muscle tension and promote healthy skin.

Tune into Lowcountry Live this Friday at 10am for more gift ideas from Woodhouse Day Spa and a chance to win an Illuminating Facial!

Photography by Clifford Pate

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