Another one-stop shopping destination that I love to go to is Mt. Pleasant Towne Centre. You really could spend all day shopping, then end it with dinner and a movie. Sounds like a perfect day to me! If your looking to shop local know that not every business is corporate, there are plenty of small businesses that you can support too. I’m rounding up some of my picks here.
Not sure which list your on? This reversible sequin pillow from Palmetto Moon gives you both options:)
Want to impress your wine connoisseur friend? The Cellar Wine & Gifts carries everything under the sun when it comes to wine and beyond. They have the La Grande Dame 2006 Veuve Clicquot which is an exclusive blend of eight classic Grands Crus: Aÿ, Bouzy, Ambonnay, Verzy and Verzenay for the Pinot Noir (53%); Avize, Oger and Le Mesnil-sur-Oger for the Chardonnay (47%). This luxury brand knows how to combine their sophisticated packaging and supreme taste.
I got the most amazing blowout and glamour treatment by Terrance at Stella Nova. There’s nothing like a good blowout to make you feel like you can conquer the world. I also love that they stock the best quality brands in the beauty industry including Oribe, Fresh, R+Co, and Moroccan Oil to name a few.
Stella Nova also carries so many great stocking stuffers including bath bombs, soaps, and these beautiful candles that smell so heavenly.
Mt. Pleasant Towne Centre has given back to the community in so many ways. This summer I worked with them and Make A Wish to enhance a wish by giving a much deserving girl a shopping spree. It was inspiring to experience so many businesses who want to pay it forward. This holiday season Towne Centre is hosting their annual holiday gift drive with East Cooper Community Outreach. You pick a card, purchase the items listed on the card, then return the card and the items, unwrapped, to the Mount Pleasant Towne Centre Management Office. Gift tags will are available at select stores including Athleta, Burtons Grill, Southern Tide by M. Dumas & Sons, Lizard Thicket Boutique, CycleBar, TCBY, European Wax Center, TGI Fridays, Qdoba and Regal Cinema, plus at the Towne Centre Management Office at 1218 Belk Drive. All items purchased need to be brought in no later than December 21.
You’ve got to fuel up in between all of that shopping cardio. I always stop in Napa Mt. Pleasant when I’m in the neighborhood. My go to? The mussels that they switch up the broth every season. This one in particular had blistered tomatoes and jalapenos for a nice kick. My outfit is from Vestique which just moved to the same block as Napa. I’m a sucker for overalls so I had to jump on this one. They stock so many cute women’s styles for such affordable prices.
I hope I helped knock out some gift giving ideas for you at Mt. Pleasant Towne Centre. There’s always something new in store over there including a park that they are building out right now. View more to see the rest of my picks.
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Are you a busy mom like me? Then you can agree that a one stop shopping trip for your gifts is essential. I visited the Citadel Mall last week and gathered some gift ideas for the fashion conscious loved ones in your life along with party outfit ideas. In holiday tradition Santa will be at Citadel Mall for Christmas pics and wish lists. Visit him Monday-Saturday from 10-8 and Sundays from 12-6.
Have you been to Dillard’s lately? If you haven’t then you’ll be impressed by their amazing shoe selection and clothing department. They carry brands like Karl Lagerfeld, Michael Kors, Free People, and Antonio Melani. These glitter pumps by MICHAEL Michael Kors are party ready. They also stock a big selection of holiday decor and gifty items upstairs and they’re always having a great sale.
This coat by Jack by BB Dakota from Style Dwell is only $98 and is the softest faux fur you’ll ever wear. Christie Bishop owns this locally owned shop and she always finds the cutest clothing and accessories at attainable prices. They are always getting new shipments in every week so pop in to see the exciting things they have in store.
Valerie dress by Two Sisters dress $128, hat $28, boots by Ccocci $74, and earrings by We Dream in Colour $180 all from Style Dwell
Betsey JohnsonWrap Me Up Bow Convertible Cross-Body/Belt Bag $78 from Dillard’s
I will also be featuring them on Lowcountry Live this Friday for my “Fashion Friday” segment with gift ideas for everyone on your list so tune in!
Antonio Melani Wool A-Line Double Breasted Coat $369, Antonio Melani fur stole $79, MICHAEL Michael Kors Claire Glitter Dress Pumps $58.50, Gianni Bini Foil Top Handle Bag $85, Southern Living Grand Noel Collection 24″ Shatterproof Ornament Wreath $89 all from Dillard’s at Citadel Mall
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Are you having a hard time finding something for everyone on your Christmas list? Vieuxtemps at 180 King Street has such a fun selection of gifts for him, her, and even the pups. What’s even better is that they also have a great price range for everyone. Natalie the owner has a keen eye for what’s chic and timeless. They are ramping up for a busy December including a pop up tonight at The Charleston Library Society’s Holiday Bazaar from 5:30-7:30pm. Then this Sunday Dec 9th from 12-5pm they’re hosting a Makers Holiday Market for Second Sunday on King. As always in the spirit of giving they are accepting donated toys for Toys for Tots and you’ll receive 10% off your purchase too.
Now onto the presents. I grew up playing backgammon and this one is something you’ll want to show off when guests come over.
Laquer Backgammon Board $280
Want your pup to feel fancy too? Santa loves spoiling pets!
Vietri Old St Nick Dog Bowl $52
Louis Sherry Chocolates are the perfect stocking stuffers and the tins they come in are so chic and reusable. Vieuxtemps is hosting a Paige Hathaway Thorn Trunk Show on December 12th from 4-7, she will have her throws, scarves, and other beautiful silk items and everything is made locally in Charleston.
Louis Sherry Chocolate Tin $35, Lollipop Ornament $16, Paige Hathaway Thorn locally made Silk Throw $300
If your a last minute shopper like me then swing by their Lower King Sip & Shop on December 14th from 3-6pm. Can’t make it in the store? You can always DM them on Instagram or call them directly at 843-577-6811 and they’ll make it easy to get the present to the destination. And don’t forget to mention this blog post for 10% off your purchase through the end of the year at Vieuxtemps. Happy Shopping!
Earrings from Style Dwell
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There’s no doubt the holiday rush starts earlier every year and can be all consuming. What do you gift the person that has everything already? I’m all about experiences, or gifts that give you the permission to relax and pamper yourself. Woodhouse Day Spa is the ultimate urban escape that will put you in a state of zen. With over 70 treatments including facials, sleep treatments, massage therapy, wraps, scrubs, foot treatments, hand treatments, and waxings you will never run out ways to pamper someone (or yourself). If you still want to give a gift they can unwrap their retail boutique also offers plenty of ideas from jewelry, skincare products, makeup, accessories, and pj’s.
You can never have too many cuddly things to lounge around in and this Ugg Robe and Cat’s Pajamas are so soft you won’t want to take them off. Ugg’s best selling robe in a plush double knit fleece with faux fur is like wearing your favorite stuffed animal you slept with when you were a kid.
These Cat’s Pajamas are produced in Venice, California and made from Luxe Pima and Pima Knit imported from Peru.
Jade rollers have been used for centuries to refine and enhance skin elasticity. The Ginger Chi Jade Roller remains cool on contact, which helps to decrease puffiness, increase lymphatic drainage, close the pores, and tighten skin.
Shannon Gallo produces Oyster Candle Company candles in Charleston, SC. The candles are all hand poured and triple scented in small batches. The oyster shell tea light candle sets are the perfect lowcountry gift. When you purchase a $250 gift card at Woodhouse Day Spa you can receive a set for free. Woodhouse Charleston is locally owned by Kim Powell who always supports her community, so when you shop there your contributing to the local economy.
Looking for the perfect hostess gift for that special someone in your life who loves cooking and baking? Simply Whimsical has the cutest aprons and kitchen accessories for a domestic diva. I met the owner Kathy Williams a couple of years ago when she was living in Charleston. I was so inspired by her story of humble beginnings of hand sewing aprons for friends and family to having her products being sold at T. J. Maxx, Home Goods, Marshalls, Burlington, Bed, Bath, & Beyond, and Century 21 stores across the country. But her line doesn’t stop in the kitchen. She has expanded to shower curtains and pillows. Her collection changes every season and she always something exciting up her sleeve. Stay tuned for a special homage to Charleston coming early Spring!
This holiday gift set is a snowman apron, matching kitchen set, pot pinchers and glamour gloves. The value is $96 but it’s selling for $29.99.
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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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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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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!