Dandy Boutique at CFW

Local boutique Dandy dazzled the runway with their retro inspired looks at  Charleston Fashion Week.

Photography by Side Yard Studios

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Caped Crusader


Sometimes it can be a challenge to dress in Charleston.  One minute it’s 70 degrees and the next minute it’s 50  degrees.  The secret to dressing in the south is layers and this outfit is perfect when the weather is acting bi-polar. The cape, sweater, and hat are from Dandy Boutique, the cutest little shop on John Street in the Upper King area downtown.  I love how the cape can transform the most basic outfit into a chic little ensemble on the town.


The jeans are by Ellison Apparel from House of Sage, my go to shop on George Street located pretty much on the College of Charleston campus.  I love them because they’re the perfect cropped flare length for my vertically challenged height.  Get use to them because they’ll be appearing on my blog again soon.

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I’m having a navy moment right now and this bag by Neely & Chloe captures it all.  I discovered this New York based accessory company a couple of weeks ago at a pop up they were having at The Dewberry. Sisters Neely and Chloe Burch have designed a line of classicly chic handbags and shoes at attainable prices.  My leather Lady Bag Saffiano is only $168!  The sisterly duo just launched their line in the fall, and have already created a name for themselves. With experience working with the most prominent brands in the world such as Sotheby’s and J.Crew, it’s no wonder the sisters were destined for greatness. You can even customize your bag with your initials with their Workshop service.  And if your in New York then visit them at their pop up shop at 373 Bleeker Street until January.  Happy Shopping!

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Back to Nature Butterfly Sweater $62, Cape Crusader Zig Zag Cape by Traffic People $110, and hat by San Diego Hat Co. from Dandy Boutique // Jeans by Ellison Apparel from House of Sage // Regina heels in navy suede by Corso Como $139 from Zappos // The Lady Bag Saffiano  from Neely & Chloe $168

Photography by Libby Williams

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Sipping and Strolling though the Village


A couple of weeks ago me and the family headed out to Freshfields Village in Kiawah for the Holiday Festival and had a blast.  We’re always looking for an adventure where we don’t have to travel too far and we love coming back to Freshfields Village to shop and dine.  My boys were loving it because they had a jump castle, games, an art table, and our all time favorite, the mechanical bull.


Looking for a little retail break I popped into The Resort Shop, a family owned local women’s boutique that has been a Freshfields mainstay since the start.  They always have some sweet selections from Mara Hoffman, Trina Turk, and this dress from Cupcakes & Cashmere.  I topped it off with this Tart hat and I was ready to explore the village some more.

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Of course we had to take a break at Vincent’s Drug Store and Soda Fountain where we got served up some ice cream sundaes and milkshakes.

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Freshfields Village always has something cooking and this Thursday they’re having their last Sip & Stroll of the year.  From 4-7pm the shops will be serving sips and light snacks while they roll out special sales and promotions. This is a great place to knock out gifts for pretty much everyone in your family.  I know my boys love stopping by Wonder Works to check out and play with all of their interactive toys. So get your holiday shopping on while shopping local!


Dress by Cupcakes and Cashmere $115 and hat by Tart $ 62 from The Resort Shop from Freshfields Village // Larissa boots by Coro Como $209 from Amazon // “Kendi” necklace in Rose Gold, “Baby Moon” necklace in Rose Gold, “Jessie” ring in Rose Gold, “Suzy” skull ring in Rose Gold, by Ash Hoffman

Photography by Libby Williams

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Downtown Alley


There’s never a shortage of quaint places to shoot in Charleston, and one of my favorite places is Hutson Alley around the corner from Dandy Boutique.  Dandy is a gem of a store located on John Street in the Upper King Street area and is packed full of vintage inspired women’s clothing and accessories.  Most people might think shopping local is expensive, but I beg to differ.  You can buy a full outfit head to toe for under $150 like this cute denim dress for only $68!


Owner Holly McGetrick is making your holiday shopping easier at Dandy Boutique with their personalized gift boxes.  You can pick from 3 different size boxes packed with goodies and receive 20% off your entire gift box purchase.  This is the the easiest way to give holiday cheer without the stress of running around.

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And if your wondering about my new whiter and brighter smile, I can give credit to Peninsula Cosmetic & Family Dentistry.  I’ve never had my teeth whitened and I wanted to go somewhere I could trust, so of course I went to my dentist.  Me and my family have been going to Peninsula Cosmetic & Family Dentistry for years and I always have the best experience with the entire staff there.  It also helps that their office is in a beautifully renovated house on Savannah Highway in West Ashley.  The procedure was somewhat quick (45 min), totally painless, and I couldn’t be happier with my results!  Now it’s up to me to stay away from those pesky teeth staining vices like ice tea and red wine.

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Autumn Daze Overall Dress $68, Upata Bomber Jacket $124, Teacher’s Pet Spectator Shoes $82.50, Hey Frenchie Beret $39, and Sunnies from Dandy Boutique

Photography by Clifford Pate

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Dress $148, Gold arrowhead necklace $58, Beetle triangle necklace by Catie Curran, and Nail polish by Odeme all at Maris DeHart // Crown from  7 Gypsy // Vermeil modern mosaic ring $195, Vermeil modern mosaic cigar band $225, 14k gold plated 2 tone mirror ring $88 by Freida Rothman, and 19k .46ct diamond wide olive leaf ring $4,285 from Croghan’s Jewel Box

Photography by Jonathan Balliet // Makeup by Elina Mille at Bellelina Studio // Hair by Mac Does Hair

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Dress by L’atiste $98 and boots by Chinese Laundry $99 from House of Sage // Custom headdress from Dandy Boutique // Crystal necklace by Heather Kahn $129 7 Gypsy // “Shikoba” Turquoise necklace $225, “Raine” Turquoise ring Raine $325, “Vasuki” long snake with ruby $225,”Helen” hammered armor shaped ring $155 all by Ash Hoffman // Square ring by Naked Eyes $125 and nail polish by Odeme at Maris DeHart

Photography by Jonathan Balliet // Makeup by Elina Mille at Bellelina Studio // Hair by Mac Does Hair

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Brackish Bow Ties Fall Look Book


Brackish Bow Ties is the originator of the feathered bow tie and it all started out of necessity for the founders Ben Ross and Jeff Plotner. Not wanting to settle for mediocracy, Ben handcrafted a set of turkey feather bow ties for his groomsmen for his wedding in 2007.  Almost 10 years later with one of his groomsman Jeff, the partners have created an empire of feathered accessories that have made a global impact. With their headquarters and production in Charleston, they employ 50 artisans and production assistants who painstakingly make each tie, cummerbund, and pin to perfection.  They have since expanded their turkey feathers to an exotic ray of colors using peacock, guinea, rooster, and pheasant. Each tie is a work of sustainable art and one of a kind.


As well as online you can shop them locally at Gwynn’s of Mt. Pleasant ,  Charleston TuxedoGrady Ervin & Co.Grand Bohemian Hotel , and Charleston Preservation Society.  From humble beginnings to selling at national retailers such as Neiman Marcus and the legendary London department store Harrods, Brackish Bow Ties is ready to make men look more dapper one feather at a time.

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Clothing from Worn and Gwynn’s of Mt. Pleasant // Tuxedos by Charleston Tuxedo // Sunglasses by See Eyewear // Hats by Goorin Brothers // “Attaché” bag by Satchel & Page $395, “Diplomat” bag by Satchel & Page $375, “Harvey” Umbrella by Concord Gentleman’s Accessories $77.50 from Henry & Eva

 Photography by Bette Walker, Styling by Andrea Serrano, on location at The Tomas Bennett House

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