Merry & Bright on Upper King

With all of the holiday parties this season it might seem hard to navigate.  Well I have an easy solution – why not shop for your Christmas gifts while you attend the party?  There’s a few events happening over the next couple of weeks in the Upper King Street area that are worth popping in for.   This dress which is only $58 is from Dandy Boutique on 43 John Street.    Their annual Christmas party is on December 15th from 4-8pm and they’re celebrating with sweets from Lu Lu’s Bakery, store wide sales, and a GIVEAWAY worth $350!  The vintage earrings are from Candy Shop Vintage on 9 Cannon Street.  They’re having their Holiday Sip ‘N Shop this Friday from 5-8pm with cocktails, treats from Sugar Bakeshop, free hair braiding from Olivia Banks, and so much more!

Mitchell Hill is having their annual Popcorn Garland party at 438 King Street this Thursday from 5-9pm.    The group show featuring the work of Mitchell Hill resident + guest artists are under $500, unique gifts that are one of a kind.  This lifestyle boutique showcases the most beautiful and eye-catching art you can find in Charleston.  The gallery space is the perfect backdrop to highlight all of the gorgeous furniture, lighting, and home accessories.   I love this painting by Lisa Shimko who is a local artist that has been supported by the gallery from the beginning.  Here are some of my favorite finds at Mitchell Hill that are the perfect gifts.

BEACHES by Gray Malin $40, Artist: Sara Pittman

Artist: Kerry Steele, Ballon dog banks inspired by Jeff Koons $70

Art of the Bar Cart” book $22.95, Black + Gold Malachite Patterned Tumblers $12 each, Splatter Egg Box $58, “Full dose” Coaster Sets $68, Brass Bar Tools, set of 5 $157

Animal artist: David Ryden, Naughty Housewives + Domesticated Super Hero’s by Pop Artist Nicole Heere, Found object fish on stand: Michigan artist, Steve Palmer $325 , Leather Aprons from the Netherlands $98-$196

Marble + Brass tic tac toe set $195

This is also the season to think about those who are less fortunate.   Stop by Dandy Boutique from now until December 20th with canned goods for the Lowcountry Food Bank.  When you donate, you can select an item from their SALE section for FREE!

Photography by Kim Graham

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Curated Gifts at Vieuxtemps

When your shopping for the person that seems to have it all,  Vieuxtemps is your place to find that special gift like this Champagne Saber.  Why pop the bottle the traditional way when you can slay it and look super cool?  Yes, this the lower King boutique stocks up on unique gifts for everyone on your list, even the kiddos.  Owned by Natalie Taylor this local shop is known for their generous offerings of china and crystal, popular among bridal registries.  Her diverse selection of gifty items might have you overwhelmed at first, but take your time to take it all in.  Here are some of my favorite finds at every price range.

Bracelet Flask $58

Gingerbread Advent Calendar, pre-filled with toys and candy $98

Made in Denmark Mice, toothfairy $36 and hero in a suitcase $32

Louis Sherry Chocolate Boxes, 12 piece $35 and 2 piece $8.50

Gold and Black bar set $162 and hand etched glasses (Charleston Map or Christmas Sweater) $14 each

Hollywood Dogs leather bound book $100, Choupette – the story of Karl Lagerfeld’s cat $9.98, Modern Aristocrats $60, The Gospel According to Chanel Leather Bound Book $85

So when your ready to knock out people on your Christmas list or need a hostess gift, swing by Vieuxtemps at 180 King Street.  Follow them on Instagram and Facebook to stay updated with all of the great product they have coming in.  Also, from now until December 12th they’re collecting toys for Toys for Tots and offering 10% off when you bring something in.

View more for a little Q & A with Natalie and more gift ideas!

Photography by Clifford Pate, on location at The Spectator Hotel

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Freshfields Finds

Shopping can be a daunting task around the holidays, but it doesn’t always have to be.  Why not knock out everyone on your list at Freshfields Village with over 25 shops to choose from and more than a few restaurants to refuel at?  The newly renovated J. McLaughlin store has lots of cute clothes to keep you cozy like this one I’m wearing.  I’m obsessed with this leopard print coat, it’s my new go to!

Pella Faux Fur Coat in Leopard $348 ,Virgo Sweater $198 ,Watson Jeans $178.00 from J. McLaughlin // Mo Eyewear Geek $175 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

  Indigo Books always has a great selection of books for the avid reader, collector, and loads of fun activity books for both kids and adults.

AIain Miki eyeglasses $434 Village Optical, books from Indigo Books in Freshfields Village 

 GDC  Home is also known for it’s posh home furnishings, but they also carry a great selection of jewelry from brands like Julie Voss, seasonal decor, and books.

Elizabeth Stuart Design is another great resource for eclectic home goods and hostess gifts.  This jewelry by Tai jewelry which is handmade in Thailand and employs and supports some of the finest artisans in the country.  The designer is involved with multiple charities both in her native Thailand and the United States. 

These Zodax Modern Morocco Glass Perfume Bottles from Elizabeth Stuart Design are what else you can find in the chic boutique.

Sugar Snap Pea newly opened outpost in Kiawah has all the freshest goods for babies to kids.

Freshly Picked Moccasin Honey Bee $60, Appaman Patience Hat in Violet $34.99, Freshly Picked Moccasin Heirloom in Blush $60 from Sugar Snap Pea

Jelly Cat Solange Swan Rose Medium $32.50 from Sugar Snap Pea

Stay tuned for the rest of my gift ideas next month and check out Freshfields Village’s official gift guide here.

Get your shopping done this Saturday while you enjoy the Freshfields Village Holiday Festival from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.  Free children’s activities include face painting by Cupcake and Company Children’s Entertainment, balloon twisting by Carol’s Balloon Art, inflatable games and rides on the Mechanical Reindeer with Charleston Fun Factory. There will also be a variety of complimentary holiday crafts with Teacups and Trucks, LLC and activity booths. Enjoy live music throughout the afternoon along with delicious treats available for purchase from local food vendors.
Plus, Santa will be in the Village from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm!

Photography by Libby Williams 

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Dress to Room Pairings at the CSOL Designer Showhouse

The annual Charleston Symphony Orchestra League Designer Showhouse kicked off a couple of weeks ago during Charleston Fashion Week.  Over 18 interior designers each styled a room in this gorgeous renovated house that was originally built circa 1840.  Located at 36 Society Street, the grand house was the perfect canvas for the designers to style from floor to ceiling.

In honor of Charleston’s most fashionable week design genius and co-chair of the event, Julianne Taylor of Taylor Burke Home orchestrated a Dress to Room Pairings.  Each room was paired with a local boutique or designer that styled an outfit that reflected the essence of the room.  I was happy to help scout the fashion pairings that went perfectly with each room.  This project was a labor of love for everyone involved.  Don’t miss out on this beautiful house that will be on display until April 15th, tickets are $25 and it benefits the Charleston Symphony Orchestra and CSOL® Music Scholarships.

I have to start with this room because it was one of my favorites.  Designed by Holly Hollingsworth Phillips of The English Room this dining room is the epitomy of fabulousness.  With wallpaper by Taylor Burke Home and Iris Apfel bottlecap art made by Molly Bright, I wanted to move in right away!

The master bedroom designed by Lauren Messina and bathroom designed by Terri Baldwin was beautifully paired with this wedding gown from Bridal House of Charleston.

The upstairs teen hangout designed by Meg Caswell was my other favorite room.  Retro influences with lots of color, pattern and texture went great with this outfit that Venita is wearing from Maris DeHart.

The second floor piazza was designed by design duo Gordon Dunning.  Black and white was clearly the theme and this romper from Escapada Living is the ultimate outdoor loungey outfit to go with it.

The music room designed by Bobbi Jo Engelby of Domain Interiors & Design was paired with this custom jacket on the dress form by Gramercy Atelier. The designer of Gramercy incorporated the room by using the same fabric of the pillow on the couch.  A match made in design heaven!

The man and lady’s study was designed by Alexandre Fleuren and the earthy tones and textures was perfectly paired with this look from Ibu.

The garden veranda designed by Catherine M. Austin was styled like a Palm Beach getaway.  The kelly green with pops of pink and palm prints were a big dose of sunshine.  I especially love the silk pillows by The Blush Label, a local accessory company that designs all of their prints.

View more to take a peek inside all of the rooms.

Photography by Clifford Pate

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Lulu Burgess – The One Stop Gift Shop

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One of my favorite haunts to go gift shopping in Charleston is Lulu Burgess on Upper King.  They have everything for everyone, from babies to adults who have a good sense of humor.  Their first store in Beaufort, SC opened up 16 years ago and I’m so happy they finally opened up their Charleston store last year.  It was a much needed gift emporium that we were lacking.  They stock a huge selection of greeting cards, a quirky selection of books, clothes, accessories, linens, tableware, glassware, and the list goes on!

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I love that they carry some locally made goods like Harry Barker dog treats, Produce candles, locally made Charleston snacks, and hand stamped spoons by Carolyn Ward in Bluffton,SC.  One of the items that really stood out to me was the Harry Barker dog biscuits packaged by people with disabilities from The Hope Center of Charleston.  Their Chicken Gumbo dog biscuits proceeds go towards the African-American Museum in Charleston. Giving your pup a present never felt so good.

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I can’t wait to share my gift ideas and where to shop local on Lowcountry Live tomorrow, November 18th at 10am. I’ll be featuring goodies from Lulu Burgess, Be The Change Boutique, Open Door Shop, and Distil Union.

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Embroidered Kimono by Sweet Sinammon $60, Lace back top by Vintage Havana $58, Fade Frame sunglasses $19.95, Tote bag by Shiralzah $65 all from Lulu Burgess // Larissa boots by Coro Como $209 from Amazon

Photography by Clifford Pate

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Purchase With a Purpose at Be the Change

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With so many stores opening up at light speed in Charleston it’s hard to keep up with them all.  Be the Change Boutique who recently opened on Lower King is one not to be overlooked. Two best friends Ashley Miller and Ashleigh Hover wanted to open up a retail space that made a difference in the world.  Every single brand that they carry are philanthropic and work with global charities around the world. From providing jobs to former sex-trafficking victims in the Philippines to scholarship opportunities to people living in poverty, the charities are endless.  These are girls are so knowledgable on every brand that they carry and each cause that they stand for, you can’t help buying at least one thing at their shop.

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When you walk up to their boutique on the second floor you know your in for a real treat. The beautiful space is filled with stylish clothing for both men and women along with accessories, shoes, home decor, paper products, tech gadgets, and even chocolate. More than a few of their products are signed by the people who made it, giving it a personal connection.  It’s such a good feeling to know where your clothing is coming from and knowing that your purchase is making an impact in their lives.  My other favorite part of the store is the incredible prices.  An average shirt could cost $40 and the jewelry ranges from $20-$60, not bad for shopping local!

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I’m excited to feature them on my next Lowcountry Live segment “Clothing for a Cause” this Friday.  Tune in at 10am to see all the local stores and brands that are giving back while making you look stylish.

View more to learn about Ashley & Ashleigh’s story and how their “Purchase With a Purpose” motto is so infectious.
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Synergy Maxi Tank Dress $76, Soko Kito Cross Ring $46, Greenola Badu Horn Studs $27.99, Penh Lenh Tassel Necklace $72, Penh Lenh Wrap $49, Pura Vida Fruit Punch Clutch $32, The Root Collective Izzie Flats $99 all from Be the Change Boutique

Photography by Clifford Pate

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Modern Luxuries

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Wardrobe:  White tank with silver details by Sheri Bodell $198,  Silver Hexagon bracelet $25 from Ro Sham Beaux //  Skirt by Elizabeth & James $280, Bag by Meli Melo $310, Bracelet by Vita Fede from Beckett Boutique //  Wide hammered sterling silver spinner ring $65 from from Gold Creations // Sterling silver Bentley earrings $40 and sterling silver wrap ring $38 by Currie Jewelry // “Haven” heels by Dolce Vita $180 from Bloomingdales.com 

Home Decor:  Sullivan Outdoor chair $1,200, table $648, Throw Blanket $108 , Velvet tassel lumbar pillow in blue, $98, Ro Sham Beaux silver lantern $168, 1st floor chandelier: Fiona in Mirror Crystal $4,998, Rachel Sconce $698 all from Ro Sham Beaux// Artwork from Charleston Art Brokers

Photography by Clifford Pate

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