As the Charleston Shop Curator I take pride finding all of the shopping treasures in Charleston. The lowcountry is far from the quiet southern town I moved to 14 years ago from New York. I knew people would be flocking to this city for it’s charm, food scene, warm temps, coastal living, and growing shopping community. From locally owned boutiques like Croghan’s Jewel Box who have been on King Street to newish Candlefish, an interactive concept gift shop.
A few years ago I had the opportunity to partner up with boutique hotel Zero George on a Shopping Experience for their guests. They can book me for 3 hours or more for a private shopping tour and an insider’s guide to Charleston. As a city, our culture is not just defined by the history, architecture, art, food and music, but also by the shopping. The boutique owners and local designers contribute to the diversity of Charleston and I love sharing their stories with visitors that come into town.
To share my appreciation of all things local I’ve teamed up with Zero George and a few of my favorite local boutiques for an amazing giveaway. We’re giving away a hosted one night stay at zerogeorgest • Private shopping experience with me • @goldbugcollection bee bracelet from @croghans • $100 gift certificate from @thefinickyfilly • Candle making class for 2 at @shopcandlefish
One lucky winner will get pampered and spoiled, so hop on over to my Instagram to enter to win!
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This Thursday is another Sip & Stroll at Freshfields Village from 4-7pm. Take advantage of sales and promotions at select stores and restaurants including Scout & Molly’s who will be serving Spooktacular Cocktails and offering 20 % off any black clothing including this dress I’m wearing. Click here to see the full list of participating stores and restaurants.
Freshfields is also giving you two more reasons to come out and play this month. Their monthly Cars & Coffee is this Saturday 9-11 am and features local unique and antique cars. Then Dogtoberfest on Saturday, October 27 (1-5 pm), will feature fun activities for your four legged friends. Hosted by the Charleston Animal Society, there will be pets available for adoption, wine tasting by FortyEight Wine Bar, live entertainment, blessing of the animals, a pet costume contest at 3 p.m., and exciting prizes and giveaways!
If your craving for some amazing sushi then Fuji is your place. When I dine out I like eating dishes I know I can’t make at home and this over the top platter of sushi is something I will never whip up myself.
Fuji is one of my favorite places to eat sushi because they are so creative with their dishes, everything is super fresh, and everything tastes as good as it looks. Other than their spectacular rolls they serve hibachi, ramen noodles, poke bowls, and apps like this avocado dream and spicy tuna wontons.
So what are you waiting for? Freshfields Village is so worth the trip out to Kiawah for a relaxing day of of shopping, fun, and eating your heart out.
Photography by Libby Williams
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It’s the first week in October which means the season of events are in full swing. First off, I’m calling all my Charleston girls who like to shop and love makeup. Join me for a Girl’s Night Out at Belk in Mt. Pleasant Towne Centre this Thursday October 4th. From 5:30-8:30pm at 1200 Belk Drive they’ll pulling out all of the stops with 25% off all women’s clothing, accessories, and shoes; and 15% off beauty products. Lead Laura Mercier makeup artist, Angel Hicks will also be there showing her tricks of the trade. Belk loves taking care of their customers and they’ll have food, sangria, and a DJ to keep the energy going.
Come shop with me and I’ll help you find the perfect pieces for your wardrobe. I scooped up this whole outfit for under $200!
Excluding the jewelry of course. These gorgeous rings are by Singlestone L.A. and they’ll be having a trunk show at Croghan’s Jewel Box this Friday and Saturday. This husband and wife team will be bringing their one of a kind antique diamond jewelry. Appointments are encouraged to meet the designers Ari and Corina in Croghan’s upstairs drawing room. Call 843-723-3594 to reserve your spot and swing by to play in Croghan’s Jewel Box at 308 King Street.
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Today is the kick off to the Sip & Stroll season at Freshfields Village that will happen every 3rd Thursday of the month from now until December. What better way to get ready for the weekend than an excursion to Kiawah filled with shopping, drinking, and entertainment from 4-7pm. Click here to see the full list of participating stores and restaurants.
Stop by FortyEight – A Wine Bar for 15% off all wine and beer purchases to-go from 4:00 to 7:00 pm. If you like tapas, then this is a great place to share bites with your date or friends. They also host a Sunday Brunch including a Bloody Mary Bar from 10:30 am to 1:30pm. The menu includes cheese plates, salads and brunch favorites like french toast and shrimp & grits. Their Sunday Funday continues with live music each Sunday from 6:00 to 8:30 pm.
If you want to get some Mexican flavor then swing by Cantina 76 for half-off house margaritas. If your looking to satisfy your sweet tooth then Ben & Jerry’s is offering 10% off purchases from 4:00 to 7:00 pm. Or if you just want a good old fashion banana split like this one then you have to go by Vincent’s Drug Store and Soda Fountain.
Palmetto Scent Studio is one of my favorite places to stock up on sweet smelling candles and they are hosting their Wicks & Woodland Workshop on Sept. 30th. The workshop begins with creating your own custom-scented 8oz soy candle by choosing from 120 fragrances. While your candle cools, Soil and Savvy will help you create a woodland masterpiece by planting beautiful succulents into a one-of-a-kind cedarwood planter. Accents of acorns, lichen and shells will make this a special arrangement that you can enjoy inside or out. Space is limited so make sure you register here.
See you at Freshfields!
Photography by Libby Williams
I know it’s only September, but I’m already looking forward to being a part of the Charleston Wine and Food Festival Street Team again in March 2019. What better way to get prepped and wet our palates than to join the newest #CHSWFFStreetTeam members Michael Stettner and Ian Palacios of I Love That For You and Libby Williams of Plate South for a wine tasting at Edmund’s Oast Exchange and dinner next door at The Library at Edmund’s Oast.
If you drink beer and wine and you don’t know about Edmund’s Oast Exchange then your living under a rock. Apparently I was one of those people because I had no idea that it has been there for a year, right next to one of my favorite restaurants – Edmund’s Oast. The gorgeous two-story shop offers over 1,000 different varieties of beer and wine sold in cans, bottles, growlers, and even kegs. Edmund’s Oast is legendary when it comes to their in-house beers on tap and now you can purchase it next door to go. I’m not a beer drinker but I have sipped the peanut butter and jelly beer and they nailed it with the authentic taste.
Seasoned Sommelier Sarah O’Kelley schooled us on wines with her blind tasting of 3 different varieties. Most of you might not know this but I’m not a big drinker because I get the Asian Flush. Yes, it’s a real thing guys. My Filipino side does not mix well with alcohol and I get hot and my face turns bright red. But I do love me some red wine, especially with cheese and a baguette. Luckily a wine tasting is the perfect portion for me so I was up for this game of guessing. We learned so much about wines and where they come, and for someone who doesn’t drink a lot I guessed a few answers right. Also, apparently there’s a description for wines that have stronger tannins in them. It feels like tiny sweaters on your teeth when your sipping certain wine.
We hopped right next door for dinner at Edmund’s Oast in their newly unveiled Library. This private room is old world romantic and the perfect place for an intimate event or just a dinner for 4 of course. I was excited to wear my new jumper from World Ink Project by Carrie Beth Waghorn. She just launched her line of sustainable, season-less, one of a kind clothes and she donates a portion of her sales to local women’s shelters. My jewelry is by Naked Eyes and Emily Hill, the co-designer, is a major team member at Edmund’s Oast. She juggles the high demand events and inner workings at the restaurant by day (and probably night too) while juggling her wildly successful jewelry line with boyfriend Alex Klaes.
How cute are these boys Michael and Ian from I Love That For You ? 4 hours of drinking and eating flew by way too fast!
We sampled everything from the charcuterie plate, pork belly + peaches, a tomato salad, mouthwatering mushrooms, and a grilled veggie plate. The Salt Chicken and the Red Curry Eggplant were my all time favorites. I don’t do red meat, but I know the boys were all over the burger.
Just when I thought I couldn’t stuff my face anymore, our lovely server April threw some New Orleans flavor our way with the Beignets, Benne Seed Wafers and Ice Cream.
In honor of Pride Week in Charleston I interviewed Michael and Ian for my #PrideTV IGTV series on Instagram. It was more of a conversation than an interview and their fun facts at the end cracked me up. Their blog I Love That For You started organically because they love sharing their recommendations on what to do and where to eat in the lowcountry. I might start my own fan page called I Love Them for That because their spirit is contagious!
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The fashion community in Charleston is growing by the day, including fashion designers. I recently met with Aysha Louise of The Aylyst, a contemporary women’s clothing line that transcends style and accessibility. Aysha is a Charleston native and her background in design and styling spans from New York to L.A. American made clothing with outfits under $100? Double win! We mixed clothing and accessories from local shops to show you how you can be on the Aylyst no matter how you wear it.
Stay tuned for The Aylyst Resort 2019 preview with swimsuits that pop!
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With summer in full swing and 4th of July a week away there are plenty of soirees to get decked out for. Beckett Boutique is definitely the place to find the perfect statement dress, cool separates, and even swimsuits that are exclusive to Charleston. The ladies at Beckett always know how to hand select the most beautiful clothing and accessories that you can’t find anywhere else.
I’m obsessed with this Alexis dress from Beckett Boutique, it’s the perfect amount of flirty feminine with the print and ruffles, but unexpected with the body con fit. This brand Alexis is known for their wow factor, and this one does not fall short.
If Stevie Nicks lived in Charleston she would definitely rock this PS The Label dress from Beckett Boutique. It’s total peach perfection!
So if your looking for that show stopping outfit, check out Beckett Boutique on Upper King. And if you can’t make it into the store then follow them on Instagram @beckettboutique, they’re always posting the latest and greatest. They have shoppable links on IG and their online store is open 24/7. It doesn’t get any better than supporting a local Charleston boutique from the comforts of your home!
Photography by Clifford Pate