Zac Zac Posen Leila Gown similar to mine from Far Fetch $1,590 // Chandelier earrings $250, Industrial finish 5 stack ring $275, Industrial finish 4 point textured hinge bangle $295, Vermeil thin eternity pave hinge bracelet $200, Vermeil signature bevel hinge bangle $200 all from Croghan’s Jewel Box //14k pink amethyst ring $1,350 and 14k diamond 4 strand ring $3,450 from Gold Creations // JW Micro Bag by Taxidermy $895 // Karen Ankle Strap Sandal by Pelle Moda from Nordstrom $154.95
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It was a huge honor to be a judge for the Charleston Fashion Week Emerging Designer competition again this year. The Fern Mallis, creator of New York Fashion Week, came back again and said that this is her favorite fashion week, which is a huge compliment given that she travels globe seeing other fashion weeks across the world. Courtney Wartman, VP of Marketing at Clique, who handles clients such as Who What Wear and Byrdie, also expressed how impressed she was with the talent that Charleston Fashion Week brings together. One of my favorites, model scout Karen Lee always comes back with the model panel. Her mission is to scope out the fresh faces and help decide on the model search winners at fashion week.
I love that fashion designer and Charleston native Pauline Nakios is part of the designer panel of judges. Her expertise in the design industry is immeasurable. Not only does she have 2 brands – Leo & Sage and Lilla P, but she also has a store in New York, and is a mother of 2 sweet boys. I always look forward to her visits back to the south.
I couldn’t have made it through fashion week without my fashion sidekick, Hillary Conheady. I love it when man about town Jonatan Guerrero Ramirez, can help me with my shoots and Lowcountry Live. He always bring a smile and great energy wherever he goes.
Ashley Brooke Perryman is a superwoman. As the beauty director for Charleston Fashion Week, she works with every store and designer on hair and makeup looks for the runway shows, and directs her team on the execution. She does all of this with such calmness and grace.
The high quality of the production at Charleston Fashion Week always amazes me and Jacqueline Russell is the glue that keeps it together.
Female empowerment is her agenda, Shelly Young from Skirt Mag.
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Photography by Clifford Pate
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Last week the south’s most celebrated style event, Charleston Fashion Week kicked off for it’s 12th year. I look forward to this event every year, because it brings some of the most talented emerging designers from all over the U.S. This year’s contestants were some of the most diverse and inclusive groups we’ve seen. From the 12 year old designer Kelly Callaway from Phoenix, to Joan Madison from Ohio with decades of experience, to Kenya Mollie of Project Runway fame. As a judge on the Emerging Designer panel, I have the hardest job to help decide who’s the winner. This year was one of the toughest years because everyone was a star in their own way. Tomorrow I’ll be featuring the semi-finalists on my blog.
This year I took the glam but comfortable approach to my outfits. It was all about teal for me from head to toe. This Zac Zac Posen dress was the perfect segue into Spring and the marabou slippers I picked up from Julep last year after their runway show.
In real life I don’t like to wear a lot of makeup, so I have to make sure my skin is always on point. The week before fashion week I made sure I got an appointment at Germain Dermatology for my favorite facials – The Hydro Silk Peel and the Cryofacial. If you want super hydrated skin and a visible reduction of puffiness then this is the combo you want to get. I also squeezed in lash extensions with my girl Becca at Simply Smitten Beauty Bar. It’s so nice to wear wear minimal eye makeup because longer lashes make such a difference in the beauty routine.
I love to pile on the gold jewelry and these bangles, gold ring, and Goldbug earrings from Croghan’s Jewel Box were the right accents.
Zac Zac Posen Bay Pleated Tiered Gown from Far Fetch $556 // JW Micro Bag by Taxidermy $895 // Goldbug Shining Star Earrings $135, Gold Plated Valla Ring $115, 14k Bangle Bracelets $140, $175, and $225 from Croghan’s Jewel Box // Remy Rotenier for Bella Luce 8.68ctw Remy Cut Eterno Yellow “Tournesol Ring” from Jtv $80.99
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The people watching at Charleston Fashion Week is always the highlight for me. Sometimes I don’t even feel like I’m in Charleston, and where do these beautiful creatures come from? There’s nothing like seeing people decked out in the middle of Marion Square.
Photography by Clifford Pate
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March is Women’s History and I’m so proud to team up with Kristen Fanarakis of Senza Tempo for Style Through the Decades. Our love and appreciation of vintage fashion is a constant influence – her with design and me with style. There was a time when women’s wardrobe was very concise and selective, and fast fashion wasn’t even a thought. Senza Tempo‘s philosophy of timeless luxury wardrobe essentials that are made in America is something that more women are embracing.
We are at a pivotal time in history where women are again at the forefront, voicing our opinion and standing up for our rights. Fashion comes in cycles and so does history.
In the 20’s women finally liberated themselves from their wardrobe and way of life. Corsets and modesty were traded for shorter lengths and leaner silhouettes. The era was known for decadent parties and a carefree attitude and the wardrobe reflected that.
The 30’s – 40’s were a more understated glamour. Hollywood starlets influenced the trends and everyone wanted to duplicate the look. The introduction of the ensemble – the matching top and skirt, was a popular style.
The ultra feminine hourglass shape reflected the idealized look and attitude of women in the 50’s. It was a complicated mix of conservatism and glamour. Shorts and pants were finally staples in women’s wardrobes.
The 60’s were a varied contrast of prim and proper to another rise in liberation and style. In the early 60’s the decade reflected the elegance of Jackie O. The first lady set mainstream trends and became a style icon that is still relevant today. Women were becoming more socially conscious and wanted to be agents of change. Later in the decade women pushed the envelope by experimenting with style. The mod, futuristic look was their nod to progression.
Andrea wears Columbus neck collar from Jahde Leather Atelier
The rebellious spirit of the 70’s influenced everything from fashion, to music, to a more liberated lifestyle. Music heavily influenced the styles, especially rock n’ roll and disco. With the rise of social consciousness women began to develop a personal style rather than being dictated by the elite fashion houses.
The saying is so true – “What goes around comes Around” and what’s old is new again. As we progressed, the 90’s were influenced by the 60’s and 70’s and now in 2018, the 90’s are trending. I’m so grateful I am surrounded by forward thinking women and many who are entrepreneurs here in Charleston. Ladies, we’ve come a long way, but we still have so much work to do. At least we can do it in style and look good doing it!
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Whether your hosting a Galentine’s/Valentine’s dinner, shopping for last minute Valentine’s gifts, or looking for a wedding registry that’s a little more local and personal, Vieuxtemps is the ultimate gift boutique to shop at. Their fine china and glassware is some of the chicest I’ve ever seen. Offering the largest selection of china, crystal and silver in Charleston, you can’t help but to swoon over the gorgeous place setting options.
This green combination is perfect for a an outdoor garden party.
This art deco inspired fine china is decadent and you can have your initials engraved on this silverware.
Waterford Crystal with Crystal Cube Salt and Pepper Set, Mepra Silverware, and Haviland Hollywood Place Setting from Vieuxtemps
This hinge vase makes a statement and you can surprise your loved one with a note in the hand painted Italian “Love Bird”. If you want to dazzle your guests and be the hostess with the mostess, you must make a trip to Vieuxtemps to pick up those special details.
Hinged Flower Vase by Pickard, Trousdale Dinner Plate and Herend Golden Laurel Dessert Plate, with the exquisite William Yeoward Crystal Flavia with the square base from Vieuxtemps// Rose gold flatware from West Elm Charleston
How pretty is this Clara Williams necklace from Croghan’s Jewel Box on this fine China from Vieuxtemps? Swing by Croghan’s Jewel Box for their Clara Williams trunk show today and their Temple St. Clair trunk show Friday and Saturday at 308 King Street.
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I can’t believe it’s already February! Where did the time go? Luckily I can feel that spring is around the corner, which means a change of wardrobe and Valentine’s Day. I’ll be sharing a lot things on this post starting with this dress from Mulberry and King. I was eyeing it at the Champagne Society at The Skinny Dip a couple of weeks ago when the founders Meghan and Meredith were speaking. I loved hearing their story about starting a successful online store, how could you not want to support these two boss moms??
Rose gold is still having a moment, and it’s not going anywhere. I love these rings from Gold Creations, especially the morganite ones. The pale pink stone on the rose gold is too good. The flowers are from Petaloso, and I’m so lucky I have a good friend who is both talented and has great taste. Flowers add so much life and vibrancy in photos and who doesn’t love fresh flowers? I have a feeling you’ll be seeing more pretty arrangements popping up on my blog more frequently.
This cute little macaroon jewelry box from Vieuxtemps is the cutest thing and it comes in a array of pastel colors. Perfect for storing your jewelry when your travelling, but don’t try to eat them, they’re not edible.
But these cupcakes from Cupcake sure are! I’ll be featuring them on my Lowcountry Live Valentine’s segment today at 10am alongside Island Haus Paperie, Stella Nova at Mt. Pleasant Towne Centre, and Holy Spokes Bike Share. I’m also doing an instagram giveaway with Cupcake and Holy Spokes Bike Share, click here to check out the latest posts and enter to win!
These rose gold beauties are by Pilar Cuadros, a Peruvian brand I discovered from my friend Romel Oliveria. I love supporting home grown brands across the globe, especially when they make gorgeous shoes.
Today is also National Wear Red Day to raise awareness on women’s heart health. The American Heart Association’s national movement to end heart disease and stroke in women has been a huge campaign and I’m happy to spread the word. I hope I see a lot of red on the streets in Charleston today!
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