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
Having a staycation with my family is just as fun as hopping on a plane and experiencing a new city. The beauty of jumping in your car and driving a few miles to your destination just means you have more time to experience your vacation, and less time traveling. We do after all, live in one of the top travel destinations in the world. Me and my crew had the opportunity to stay at The Restoration Hotel downtown, one of the most dynamic boutique hotels in Charleston, offering everything from vintage car rentals, shopping, dining, baby sitting services, and grocery delivery to your room.
You can rent a vintage car at The Restoration Hotel by the hour or by the day from Dream Classic Rentals. It was so much fun riding in this 1966 Mustang over the James Island connector to Folly Beach. I didn’t realize how much attention we would get, everyone loves a vintage convertible, especially in this bright turquoise.
Hat by San Diego Hat Co. from Shoes.com $44.95 // Bag by San Diego Hat company from Zappos $32.99 // Romper by L’Atiste from Toss Designs $48 // Sunglasses from Sunglass LA $12 // Jewelry by Barracuda Moon // shoes by Serverde
It doesn’t get anymore convenient than The Curated Coastal Package which is a great service The Restoration Hotel offers to make your trip to the beach extra easy. They packed a yummy picnic for all of us which included sandwiches, cheese, crackers, fruit and water. Plus they throw in beach chairs and a game of paddle board. As you can see here we throughly enjoyed our care-free day at the beach thanks to The Restoration.
After all of the saltwater and sand we were ready to get back to The Restoration Hotel and take a dip in the pool. The 5th floor private pool has the most amazing views of Charleston in an intimate setting. We lucked out and got the pool all to ourselves. You really feel like your in another city when you get to experience all of the amenities of a boutique hotel.
Sun wrap worn as a head wrap by Zags x Goldbug Collection from Croghans Jewel Box // Goldbug Collection Bee Mine earrings $85 from Croghans Jewel Box // ZAc Zac Posen sunglasses from Nordstrom $85 // Swimsuit from Old Navy $44.99
View more to check out the rest of our hotel stay including the incredibly delicious dinner at The Watch restaurant, cooking breakfast in our suite, and squeezing out the last moments of our staycation at The Restoration Hotel. If your looking for an escape this summer, I’ve teamed up with The Restoration for 15% off a hotel booking with promo code FAMILY now through August. Click here to book and I promise you won’t be disappointed!
Straw from Cannonborough Collective
Photography by Clifford Pate
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The family owned Croghan’s Jewel Box keep busy all year with their trunk shows featuring designers from around the globe. The next one featuring Mizuki Jewels will feature pearls and diamonds in modern and unique settings by Japanese designer Mizuki Goltz. Pearls have been a mainstay in traditional jewelry, but this unique and minimalist collection will make you view pearls in a whole new light. Whether your pairing this jewelry with a cocktail dress or a t-shirt and jeans, Mizuki Jewels makes a bold statement that transcends style and time.
Mizuki Goltz has received many accolades including the prestigious award for Town and Country’s 2017 Pearls of The Year award. In 2016, she won both the Pearl Design award at Centurion and the Pearl Design award at the Couture show in Las Vegas. Her collection has been recognized in many magazines such as Oprah, Veranda and In Style.
Join Croghan’s Jewel Box tomorrow, June 8th from 10 until 3 and Saturday June 9th from 10 until 5 to view and shop this beautiful collection.
14k diamond baroque pearl collar necklace $2,935, 14k pearl marquis hoop earrings $635, 14k Tahitian floating pearl hoop earrings all by Mizuki from Croghan’s Jewel Box // Zac Zac Posen Janey dress $343 from Farfetch // Zac Zac Posen Leona polarized sunglasses $95 from Nordstrom // Similar shoes here.
Photography by Clifford Pate
Summer weather is finally here to stay and I’m looking forward to more excuses to be outside. I love visiting the gems in Charleston like Hampton Park.
I’m always a fan of a white dress, and this one from Magnifique is both pretty and practical. Pockets should be mandatory in all dresses and skirts, and this one nails it. Located on Market Street where tourists usually frequent, there are a few retail spots that locals just might be surprised to find.
Gold Creations is one of Charleston’s other local gems that’s located on the Market too. Family owned for over 40 years, you’ll find a stunning selection of cocktail rings and lowcountry inspired jewelry.
Photography by Kim Graham