Staycation at The Restoration

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.

Turkish towels by The Charleston Weekender from Cannonborough Collective // sunglasses from Sunglass LA // and swimsuit from Citrine Swim 

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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Pearls of Wisdom

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

Everybody Loves the Sunshine

 

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.

Dress from Magnifique // Jewelry from Gold Creations // Fedora from Goorin Brothers $80 // Shoes by Pikolinos from Zappos $170

Photography by Kim Graham

Mother’s Day Gratitude

As a decade of being a mom quickly approaches, I look back reflecting on how much this experience has impacted me.  Raising two tiny humans, hoping that I’m making the right decisions, and making it my mission that they are living the best life. Don’t get me wrong, being a mom isn’t all sunshine and rainbows.  It’s a lot of hard work and frequently on the edge of losing it.  But I wouldn’t trade it all for the world.

This week I’ve come across so many personal stories of mother’s who have experienced the loss of their partner, the loss of their child, abuse, breast cancer, and near death experiences.  These are the living heroes.  Strong women who sacrifice it all so they can provide a good life for their family.  Life is precious and I never take it for granted, not for one second.

Speaking of amazing mothers, I love supporting local mompreneurs who know how to juggle it all while running a successful business.  I’m wearing this dress from Style Dwell, which is owned by Christie Bishop and she runs it with her daughter Ashley by her side. They carry the cutest clothes & accessories and recently just moved into the Citadel Mall. The jewelry is from Porter Conrad, and the owner Kelly Sigg and her husband have made many trips to Bali with their son to get their jewelry custom made by the same family they’ve been working with for several years.  Katie Shields of Mylk Bar, opened up Charleston’s first eco-friendly nail salon last year while she was juggling a new born. I love getting fun nail art for my gel manis in her ultra cool salon.

The other two ladies that were a part of this shoot might not have kids yet, but they love their mommas!  Ashleigh Hover of Microblading Charleston just opened up last year and business has been booming.  Thanks to her I don’t have to worry about filling in my eyebrows for a long time.  Yes, perfectly shaped brows and I didn’t have to do anything in the morning.  Thank you Ashleigh!  If you’ve seen a lot of flowers popping up in my Instagram feed it’s because of Lori DeNicola of Petaloso.  My talented floral designer friend can whip up a floral skirt quicker than you can say Ranunculus. Which is my new favorite flower by the way.

And the last momma shot out goes to Nicole Mickle my photographer for this shoot.  I love the energy that she always brings to the shoots and her passion for her family runs deep.  So lucky to work with such talented and creative women right here in Charleston!

Practical PJ’s

Now that spring is finally here we can fully enjoy the beautiful weather!  What seems to be the longest winter in the history of me living here for 14 years, I’m so happy we can finally shed those layers.  I do love me some clothes that are so comfy you feel like your wearing pj’s like this outfit from The Resort Shop .  Yes, the pajama trend is still going strong and I’m so excited that they brought Tretorn sneakers back.  You can find these slick silver ones at Holly & Brooks for only $85!

If your looking for a place to enjoy the beautiful weather this week, then come out to the Freshfields Village Sip & Stroll on Thursday from 4-7pm.  There’s nothing like being out in Kiawah while you get your shop on while you enjoy drinks and food.  Most of the shops will be offering sales and drinks for the stroll, and for a full list of participating businesses click here.

I’m also so excited to partner up with Freshfields Village to donate a shopping package to the Make a Wish Foundation for their Wishes in Bloom fundraising event next month. This amazing organization grants wishes to children with life threatening medical conditions.  I’ve teamed up with Freshfields Village for a shopping package to be auctioned off at the event to raise funds for a child in need.  They have donated a $1,000 gift certificate and I will be volunteering my time to shop and style the lucky winning bidder!

Get out there and enjoy this beautiful weather!

Top by Lavendar Brown $245, Pants by Lilla P $198 from The Resort Shop // Tretorn sneakers $85, backpack by Rebecca Minkoff $245, sunglasses, ring $58.50 and necklace by House of Harlow $38 all from Holly & Brooks all at Freshfields Village

Photography by Libby Williams

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Festival of Houses and Gardens

Even though I’ve been a Charleston dweller for almost 14 years, I still get swept away with the beauty and charm.  I love taking walks and bike rides south of Broad with my family and friends to appreciate all of the beautiful historic homes and perfectly pruned flower boxes.  I’m excited to partner up with a couple of my favorite bloggers Charleston Weekender and Hillheady to promote the Festival of Houses & Gardens. 

 Have you ever wanted to take a tour of these beautiful private houses and gardens?  Well now is your chance to see how the other half lives. Brought to you by the Historic Charleston Foundation, this is it’s 71st year of  featuring Charleston’s distinctive architecture and history.  Tours and events vary by day and you can also take advantage of luncheons and musical concerts.  We’re each giving away 2 tickets to the Festival of Houses & Gardens, just follow this post on Instagram to find out how you can win tickets!

Tarah Top $79 from Rachel Roy and Floral Maxi Skirt $88.99 from Rachel Roy // Ginger earrings in red $98 from Lisi Lerch // Marc Fisher lace up flats $64.99 from 6pm

Photography by Libby Williams

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Spring into Freshfields

Even though it’s been chilly in the Lowcountry, spring is here and I’m looking forward to it warming up this week.  Just in time for the Spring Festival happening at Freshfields Village.

The Village is alway hopping this time of year and the festivities begin on Friday with Music on the Green from 6:00 to 9:00 pm, featuring Shem Creek Boogie Band. Then on Saturday from 11 am to 3 pm their annual Spring Festival will be packed with kid-friendly activities, an interactive musician, photos with the Easter bunny and a meet and greet fire safety event with the St. Johns Fire Dept.  And there’s always something for the adults to do including taking in the art from the Seabrook Island Artists Guild.  My boys always enjoy the kid activities and us adults love popping in and out of stores and having lunch at one of our favorites – Fuji Sushi, Cantina 76, or La Tela.   And if your looking to do something different for your Easter Mass, then Freshfields Village will be hosting a service on Sunday on the green at 9:30 am. 

If your looking for new spring pieces to add into your wardrobe, then pop into Tres Carmen Kiawah.  They’re always surprising me with new brands like this dress by Misa.  They also recently started carrying Elizabeth & James jewelry which always makes a statement.  You can’t go wrong with a black bag and this timeless one by Taxidermy is something you’ll have for life.

Dress by Misa $336, bag by Taxidermy $1,495, Earrings by Elizabeth & James $125, Stacked rings by Elizabeth & James $150, bracelets by Elizabeth & James $150 each all from Tres Carmen Kiawah at Freshfields Village // Karen Ankle Strap Sandal by Pelle Moda from Nordstrom $154.95

Photography by Libby Williams, Manicure by Mylk Bar, Lashes by Simply Smitten Beauty Bar

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