Blue Monday

There’s no doubt everyone gets the case on the Monday Blues, especially when it’s a rainy one.  Hopefully this outfit and southern made accessories brings a little sunshine to you.

This top by an emerging designer, Anna Cate who actually just showed at Charleston Fashion Week. The North Carolina native designs feminine dresses and separates with a classic touch and is now carried at Maris DeHart.

The Ellia Wang bag is from her new collection which she debuted at the Maris DeHart Style Makers tent at Charleston Fashion Week.  Ellia’s new collection focuses on her modern shapes with subtle accents, making it wearable for any outfit.

Local jewelry artist, Christina Jervey always has a new design up her sleeve, like these long U shape earrings.  I love her modern and organic shapes, she is a true original.

Top by Anna Cate $148, Pants by Hayden $68, Sunglasses by Quay $58, Marble Highlight pounch by Ellia Wang $498, Long Stick Earrings $125, Serpent Ring $175, Barbed Wire ring $175 (Gold over Bronze) by Christina Jervey, matte gold cuff $38 and bangle $32 all from Maris DeHart // Dalia (Platinum Gold / Mirror Leather) heels by Pelle Moda $60

Photos by Paul King, Makeup by Rebecca Wash from Pink Dot Beauty Bar

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Spring Has Sprung

Dandy Boutique always has some of the most fun and whimsical dresses in store and online.  This one by Emily and Fin  is straight out of vintage heaven and has the best fit ever.  The bag is undeniably cute with the robot motif and space age shape.  The best part is that the bag and dress are under $200, which is why I love Dandy Boutique so much.  You can find the most unique pieces at such affordable prices at this Upper King shop.

The ear cuff is by emerging designer Suzanna Dai from Maris DeHart who stocks her gumball drop earrings in an array of colors.  If your looking for unique accessories, this is the spot!

Nancy Patchwork dress $94 by Emily and Fin, sunglasses, and purse $68 from Dandy Boutique // Earrings by Suzanna Dai and cuff from Maris DeHart // Similar silver block heels $53 from Asos

Photos by Paul King, Makeup by Rebecca Wash from Pink Dot Beauty Bar

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Tribal Vibe

My favorite time of year is in full swing!  Spring is the best time to break out that cute outfit without feeling all hot and sweaty. This awesome dress by Adelyn Rae from House of Sage has the coolest print with a little surprise cut out in the back.  This is a store that you have to stay connected with on Instagram, because they are constantly getting in new shipments in and their popular styles always sell out in an instant.

These sweet shades are also from House of Sage and are only $22!  They have some of the best sunglasses for such a great price.  I always say, you gotta ball on a budget.

Thanks to Barre Evolution, I couldn’t be happier with the results in my body.  I’ve been getting my butt kicked for the past 6 months and I can really see a difference, especially in the leg department.  Now if I could only cut out the sweets and carbs I could see a difference in arms, but that wouldn’t be any fun.

Adelyn Rae dress $104 and sunglasses $22 from House of Sage // Cressida Hoops earrings $1253/4″ Paula cuff $225, and necklace all by Ash Hoffman // “Kecia” nude lace up booties in Nude $317 by Becki Coakley

Photography by Clifford Pate

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J. McLaughlin Spring Fete

I recently went to the unveiling of the newly renovated J. McLaughlin store on King Street, a jovial celebration thrown by Garden & Gun Magazine.  The iconic American clothing brand, started by 2 brothers – Kevin and Jay McLaughlin 40 years ago, is still bringing timeless style into both men’s and women’s wardrobes.  Their new store reflects their design sensibility, classic with a hint of retro and always in that resort state of mind.

The well bred brand is based in Brooklyn, and has a growing fan base with help from their 100 stores and counting all over the U.S.  Their outposts on King Street and Freshfields Village in Kiawah are the perfect fit for locals who want to feel like their on vacation all of the time and for the vacationers to feel like their locals.

The Tiegan off the shoulder dress that I’m wearing here is made out of the softest cotton with stretch, which is key for living in the south.  I can’t wait to wear it through the hot summer months.  I love the retro design of this Victoria circular wicker bag, it’s my new obsession!  It’s like that bag your searching for in the vintage store, but now you can buy it new online.

The off the shoulder style of the dress is perfect for featuring any statement jewelry like this choker by Ash Hoffman.

Any excuse to go to a fashion party with my hubby Gustavo is always a good idea.  You can’t beat a guy who loves clothes as much as me.

 

When The Curator and The Weekender get together we always have a great time!  Liz Martin of The Charleston Weekender brings the party wherever she goes.

 

I’m excited to see all of the retail growth in downtown Charleston.  With new boutiques sprouting up and King Street veterans like J.McLaughlin expanding and renovating, our city continues to boast some of the best shopping in the south.

Tiegan off the shoulder dress $188 and Victoria circular wicker bag $158 from J.McLaughlin // Jenkins Block Heel Sandal in nude by Corso Como $128.95 from Nordstrom // Cressida necklace $155 and 3/4″ Paula cuff $225 by Ash Hoffman

Photography by Libby Williams

Point Blanc

The international secret pop up dinner party, Diner en Blanc is coming back to Charleston on April 27th and it’s time to find that white outfit.  Thankfully there’s so many great local shops that have options like this 2 piece set from House of Sage and it’s under $80!  I’ll be featuring what to wear at Diner en Blanc tomorrow on Lowcountry Live with looks from Bevello, V2V, Shoes on King, and M. Dumas.

Established nearly 30 years ago in Paris, Diner en Blanc returns to Charleston for the second time and over 1,000 guests are anticipated to attend.  What can you expect at this grand affair?  You have dress in white, from head to toe;  you have to bring your own prepared food, tables, chairs, china silverware and white linen, OR Diner en Blanc has partnered with lots of local businesses to make set up even easier.   Follow them on Instagram to find out all of their local partners.  To ensure that the location is kept secret until the last minute, guests will meet at an assigned departure location and volunteers will escort them to destination the secret location.  

I heard they’re pretty strict with their dress code and you have to wear white shoes as well, but for this outfit post I had to step out in my new shoes from Becki Coakley.  Don’t fret, this Charleston native also offers white shoes on her site as well.  The sophisticated heels are made from the finest leather in Italy, showcasing classic and cutting edge design.

Statement earrings by Ash Hoffman are always the cherry on top with my outfits!

L’atiste top and skirt $78, sunglasses $22 from House of Sage // “Ava” Earrings in gold $425 by Ash Hoffman // “Kecia” nude lace up booties in Nude $317 by Becki Coakley

Photography by Clifford Pate

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The Island Life with Spartina 449

A girl can never have too many accessories right?  Well, new store and local-ish brand Spartina 449 is giving you more reason to stock up on stylish accessories at great prices.  The ever-evolving brand has an extensive jewelry and bag line and has spanned into apparel and stationary.  I was so excited to pick up this bag, bangles, necklace, and earrings at their new King Street store during Charleston Fashion Week.

The brand launched back in 2009 by Kay Stanley who lives in a seaside cottage located on the quaint island of Daufuskie. The Island is only accessible by boat between Hilton Head, SC and Savannah, GA, which means they’ve kept their laid back & local way of life well preserved.  Spartina 449 has been named one of the fastest growing companies in the U.S. with 5 signature stores from Savannah, Bluffton, Highlands, NC, and their newest edition in Charleston.  You can also find their line in specialty boutiques nationwide including Woodhouse Day Spa in Mt. Pleasant.  Their King Street store is beautifully laid out with so many bags, baubles, and pretty stationary that’s it’s easy to play dress up and stock up on gifts.

One of their most popular features is that you can get a custom monogram on your bag. I had to of course get CSC for Charleston Shop Curator.  This is now my go to bag when I need to travel light with just my phone and keys, the perfect bag for a girl on the go!

I love it when brands give back to their community and Spartina 449 does exactly that.  They donate a portion of their proceeds to the Daufuskie Island Historical Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to education, scientific discovery and charity to preserve the cultural heritage of Daufuskie.

This beautiful porch designed by Catherine M. Austin with pillow accents by The Blush Label does look like it could be on an island, but it’s actually the Charleston Symphony Orchestra Designer League Showhouse at 36 Society in downtown Charleston.  More on this gem tomorrow!

Laser cut shirt dress $179 by Rachel Roy // AKA Monogram Colette Crossbody $92, Oblique ear jacket earrings $32, Pearl Gala necklace $129, On Edge stretch bracelet $49, Twofold skinny cuff $36, On Edge cuff $32 // Custom diamond and amethyst stacked rings by Ash Hoffman // 14k gold plated rings by Freida Rothman at  Croghan’s Jewel Box $215 // Matte gold ring from Gold Creations // Similar blue satin pumps by Sam Edelman from Zappos $95.99

Photography by Clifford Pate, Shot on location at The Symphony Designer Showhouse at 36 Society Street

Winging It

There’s nothing that I love more than to connect with emerging talent.  Saturday night at Charleston Fashion Week I wanted to represent a few former SCAD students who are creating innovative accessories that are being sold right here in Charleston.  Catie Curran creates her signature jewelry from elytra, the hardened forewings of beetles.  The vibrant color can be mistaken for a man made material, but in fact it’s nature’s beauty.  She is also a metalsmith who creates brass, bronze and jewelry inspired by other elements in nature such as dragonfly wings and branches.  She’s sold at Maris DeHart and apparently they can’t keep her beetle wing earrings in stock.

This custom bag was made by Ellia Wang with an original water color painting printed on leather by Daniel Velasco.  The good friends first met at SCAD and finally joined forces to create this beautiful bag now being sold at the Grand Bohemian Gallery.   Ellia Wang‘s modern accessories are a work of art and Daniel Velasco‘s illustrations are so inspiring.  They are a match made in fashion heaven.

The Goldbug Love Train Cuff is designed by local jewelry designer Mini Hay at Croghan’s Jewel Box.  The rings from Gold Creations are the perfect accent to any outfit.

I’m obsessed with this dress by Rachel Roy and I was excited to wear something from her since her runway show was that night at Charleston Fashion Week.  She was the nicest woman and gave the best advice to the Emerging Designers during the Judge Panel discussion.  Her Frida Kahlo, Mexican beachy inspired show was the perfect way to end Fashion Week and get ready for Spring!

Crepe dress with chiffon overlay by Rachel Roy $169 // Coxa beetle wing neckpiece and beetle wing earrings with rutile quartz $88 by Catie Curran from Maris DeHart // Ellia Wang x Daniel Velasco Sharp Wristlet bag from Grand Bohemian Gallery // 14k gold rings from Gold Creations // Goldbug Love Train Cuff by Mini Hay $160 from Croghan’s Jewel Box // Similar shoes by Vince Camuto at DSW $59.95 // RMS Beauty Nail Polish in Luminizer $15 from Anthropologie

Photography by Clifford Pate

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