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.


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.

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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Posh Pad

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The Designer Showhouse sponsored by the Charleston Symphony Orchestra League was decorated by local interior designers enhancing the already beautiful historical house.  The James Sanders House which was constructed circa 1851 on Wentworth is a  three-story Charleston Single House which maintains the original details, along with a gorgeous garden with gazebo and saline pool.

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Designer Ann Yancy of Ro Sham Beaux added her touch of glam to the house with her posh light fixtures and furniture. One of my favorite rooms in the house was a cozy girl’s room designed by Terri Baldwin of TCB Designs.  The cheerful and chic space is perfect for those little ladies who can appreciate a hint of sophistication.  The Malibu chandelier from Ro Sham Beaux pulls together the whole room for an elegant, polished setting.


Beautiful artwork from Charleston Art Brokers


Decadent quartz sconce from Ro Sham Beaux


Hand beaded tank top by Sherri Bodell $298, Earrings $28, Gold & string bracelet $35, Malibu 18in Chandelier in White Swirl $1,500 and Rachel Sconce $698 by Ro Sham Beaux from Ro Sham Beaux // Spike bracelet by Vita Fede $400, Library by Lauren Lail  $438, Navy pants by Bella Luxx $165 from Beckett Boutique // Snakeskin heels by Christian Louboutin $898, Persian turquoise and sapphire ring $2,300 from The Trunk Show

Photography by Clifford Pate

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The Glamorous Life at Ro Sham Beaux


Recently I visited the chic new home of  Ro Sham Beaux on Upper King Street.   The luxe lifestyle boutique is hard to miss with floor to ceiling windows displaying their iconic beaded chandeliers.  Owner and designer Ann Yancy combines the bohemian spirit of Venice Beach, where she formerly lived, with the classic sophistication of Charleston.

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Other than the fabulous chandeliers, the shop is stocked with furniture, home accessories, clothing, and jewelry. Always keeping in mind their modern and chic aesthetic, all of the merchandise flows beautifully.  I wish I could transport everything in this store to my house, it’s the epitome of modern glam!

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Wearing: Jena Jumpsuit by ASTR $105 from  7 Gypsy PH: 843-388-2464 //  Copper Bracelet by Lula Mena, hand woven in El Salvador $68 Ro Sham Beaux  PH: 843-789-3478 // Bar Ring $150, Triangle Ring $150, Heart of Gold Necklace $275 and Long Prism Earrings in brass $150 by Naked Eyes //  Taupe suede sandals with fringe by Donald Pliner $248 and bag by Rebecca Minkoff from Shoes on King  PH: 843-718-2190

Photography by Clifford Pate, Makeup by Elina Mille at Bellelina Skincare & Makeup Studio, Hair by Mac Does Hair

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Life in the Culinary Village

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The 11th annual Charleston Wine and Food Festival proved to be action packed with a plethora of drinks, food, shopping, and stylish men.  Yes, other than drinking yourself into oblivion and stuffing your face there was some fun shopping and men who had some great personal style.  I teamed up with Charleston Grit and fellow blogger Venita Aspen to see what the Culinary Village had to offer.

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Venita Aspen and I had just come from an amazing 13 course brunch at The Obstinate Daughter, so we were pretty stuffed when we arrived at the Culinary Village.  Opting out of being a part of the drink fest, we decided to just take it all in by people watching and perusing the Artisan Market.

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Some of my favorite local companies like The Commons, Y’allsome, Brackish Bow Ties, and the Old Whaling Company set up shop in the market.  Who wouldn’t want to take a piece of the festival home with them to remember their weekend of living it up? View more to find out about the vendors at the Artisan Market, street style, and highlights of the Culinary Village.

Photography by Libby Williams

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Shop With The Curator at Zero George


I’m very excited to announce that I’m partnering up with Zero George for an exclusive shopping package for their guests.  Recently Charleston was named one of the best shopping cities in the world by Conde Nast Traveler readers, and I’m here to share all my favorite local boutiques.  Whether they’re looking for clothing, accessories, home decor, antiques, or mementos that are signature Charleston to remember their magical stay, I’ll be there to give them an insider’s tour.  After 11 years of living in Charleston as a former boutique owner, Costume Shopper for Army Wives, and Freelance Stylist, I’ve been watching the retail landscape grow and thrive.  As a blogger that focuses on local businesses it’s my job to keep current with every new store that pops up both big and small.

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After a few hours of shopping to our hearts content the guests can come back to Zero George to relax and enjoy complimentary wine and cheese on the veranda. As part of the shopping package guests can keep a candle from Candlefish, one of my personal favorite shops that also offers candle making classes.

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Zero George is Charleston’s most charming boutique hotel that caters to their guests in a very personalized way.  When you step onto the property you feel like you discovered a secret gem and your whisked away into a romantic environment of pure southern charm.  The buildings were built in the early 1800’s and offer all the modern luxuries you could dream of.  All of the guest rooms feature original architectural elements including heart pine floors, high ceilings, period millwork details and classic piazzas.

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I’m so looking forward to working with Zero George and their guests on these shopping excursions.  I truly believe that the shopping in Charleston is part of the rich history and culture, and sharing that with visitors will be the ultimate experience.


Bayberry Green Tank Top by Marni $935, Wide Leg Cropped Trouser by MSGM $355,
Evelyn Nude Heel by Rupert Sanderson $795, Necklace by Lizzie Fortunato $510, Aria Selene Diamond Ring by Dana Rebecca Designs $1,210.00 all from Hampden Clothing

Photography by Clifford Pate, Makeup by Elina Mille at Bellelina Skincare & Makeup Studio


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Last Minute Gift Ideas

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Still on the lookout for gift ideas?  Check out these fun items from local shops.

Clockwise from top:  The Giving Keys necklaces – “When you get this key you must give it away at some point to a person you feel needs the message” $44 from Simply J Boutique // Secret Garden Coloring Book $15.95 from Lulu Burgess // Single Initial Ring $65.00 from Gold Creations // Great Bag Company bag $120 from Worthwhile // Prosecco Hand Wash $26 from Lily // Fall Foliage art print by Kristen Solecki measures  8.5 x 11 in $24 from Dandy Boutique // 18″ stripe pillow with tassels $74 from IBU // Drink tumbler $24 from House of Sage

About Charleston Shop Curator

Charleston Shop Curator serves as a fashion blog and shopping guide to showcase the incredible diversity of style in Charleston, South Carolina. We continually strive to expose local creative talents from designers to stores. Here you can find all of the treasures Charleston has to offer, and more.

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