Top down, radio up

Serving up some retro style from Dandy Boutique is what I love to do, especially when it’s paired with this 1970 convertible Mercedes from Dream Classics Rentals.  I love mix of fun merchandise at this Upper King boutique and everything is so reasonably priced.   I can’t wait to see what’s in store for Christmas!

If you love jewelry like I do then you don’t want to miss out on the “Shake it up” trunk show at Croghans Jewel Box featuring Jude Frances & EF Collection next Thursday, November 16th from 5:30 – 7:30pm.  Cocktails “shaken” by Teddy Nixon from Bar Mash will be served from silver julep cups from Salisbury pewter.  Take home the recipes for these festive cocktails and the julep cups will be 20% off 11/16 and 11/17 and engraving will be free!

Dress by Sugarhill Boutique $65, beret $18, sunglasses $18 from Dandy Boutique // 18k diamond brushed bezel cigar band $1,740, 18k diamond malese beaded white topaz $2,590, 18k turquoise moroccan ring $2,080, 18k labradorite black onyx diamond moroccan marrakesh ring $2,080, 18k diamond lisse simple bangle $3,200, 18k diamond provence quad bracelet $2,690, 18k diamond brushed lisse bangle $3,260 from Croghans Jewel Box // booties from Tres Carmen 

Photography by Pale Girl Photo, car from Dream Classics Rentals from Restoration Hotel

Celebrating With Celadon

I have profound respect for any local retail business that can thrive and evolve over time, so of course I’m a big fan of Celadon because they are celebrating 23 years.  Steve Lesniak opened Celadon in 1994 to bridge the gap of traditional southern furniture stores to a more global eclectic view.  This home furnishing store turned lifestyle boutique has a little bit of something for everyone.  You can’t help but get overwhelmed with the mix of global finds, upmarket furniture, one-of-a-kind antiques, designer lighting, accessories, vintage rugs, quirky gift items, handcrafted jewelry, and fun kid’s items.  The buyers travel to exotic countries like India, Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia, Taiwan, Thailand, China, to find the most beautiful home furnishings and accessories.

Every year Celadon throws a big birthday party and this year they have outdone themselves by featuring a pop up with 27 vendors including jewelry makers, fashion designers, food vendors, artists, and entertainment.  You don’t want to miss out on the all the fun this Saturday, November 11th from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at their Mt. Pleasant location – 1015 Johnnie Dodds Blvd.  You can start your Christmas shopping early with local artisans and brands like BabiatorsBarracuda Moon JewelryFlowershopFrancis + BenedictHaegur Plant TruckHarrison Blackford ArtHART,  Jahde Leather AtelierLaura Deems ArtMiles Purvis ArtPaige Feigley ArtPenelope Design StudioRed Rose VintageCindy DeAntonio, Sam Rueter ArtSuite 33The Contents Co.The Goldbug CollectionTheodosia JewelryVan H. RingsWash with WaterWay Way Allen; and if your hungry and thirsty don’t worry because Bootlegger CoffeeCoastal Crust Pizza TruckRudi’s Wine Shop, and Spun Cotton Candy will be there too.  The fun doesn’t stop at shopping, drinking, and eating because tarot card readings by Franklyn Smith, face painting for kids, and live music by The Urban Roots Reggae Band will be on site too.

Van H. Rings always has the prettiest gems and I loved mixing them up with The Goldbug Collection.  I can’t walk down the street without someone commenting on my  Francis + Benedict skirt.  Scoop one up before your favorite print and size sells out!

Adorn yourself with local favorite Theodosia Jewelry.

Hand painted ornaments by Sam Rueter Art & hand made jewels by Barracuda Moon Jewelry.

If you want to get more sneak peeks on who’s showing at Celadon‘s celebration, then tune into Lowcountry Live this Thursday at 10am.  I’m taking you on location to show you what you’ll be in store for.  Also, take advantage of  their 23% off sale this Friday – Sunday because your never too early to get your holiday shopping on!

Photography by Libby Williams 

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Frida Friday

Frida Kahlo has been a long time muse to fashion lovers like me.  From the floral crowns, braided updos, bold patterns, layers, and those eyebrows.  Her look is undeniably one of a kind and has inspired many.  I was lucky enough to see her work in person at the Salvador Dali museum in St. Petersburg, FL.  Frida is one of my favorite artists because of the beauty and depth of her art.  She translated her personal struggles into vibrant self portraits that typically incorporated nature and animals.

Although Halloween might be once a year, this style can easily be incorporated into an everyday look.  It all starts with the floral headpiece, and I’m lucky enough to have some talented friends.  Lori DeNicola of Petaloso, designs the most gorgeous floral arrangements.  No project is too big or small for this lady –  from small bouquets to massive floral walls for Trunk Club to weddings, she does it all.

Layering up the jewelry is the next step.  I’m lucky I get to play with the jewels at Gold Creations.  This family owned local store in the Market always stock the best cocktail rings and their gates collection ranges from necklaces to these earrings and rings.

Floral Jumpsuit by Alythea $48 from Bashful // Floral crown by Petaloso // Gates hoop earrings, gold bangle bracelets $180 – $500 each, 14kt CHS bead swirl gate $850, 18kt ring with white topaz, lapis, and diamonds $2,500, 14kt ring with peach moonstone and diamonds $1,700, 14kt ring with opals $975 from Gold Creations

Photography by Pale Girl Photo, Makeup by Merit at Colur Studios

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My favorite holiday is today!  Halloween has been a long time tradition with me since my birthday is the day before.  I grew up having costume parties, and nothing made me more happy than to get together with my friends and get into costume.  It’s the one night a year you can transform yourself into a character or person you admire.  I recently did a Lowcountry Live segment where I featured a few different stores – DandyBashfulDress Up; and showed how you can turn everyday clothes into Halloween worthy looks.  I truly believe the best costumes are the ones you can wear again after Halloween.

This witchy look was easily achieved with long black layers – a dress from Dress Up and a lace kimono robe from Bashful.  The new organic beauty boutique – Colur Studios did a fantastic job creating a goth vibe with the makeup.  I love all of their products that they carry and their artists are so incredibly talented.  I can’t wait to come back for more makeup looks!

Whether your going trick or treating with the family, passing out candy, or partying it up, I wish everyone a Happy Halloween!

Catch Your Breath Maxi Romper in Black $48.99 from Dress Up // Lace kimono robe by Alythea $44 from Bashful // San Diego Hat Company Women’s Ultrabraid X Large Brim Hat $59.55 from Amazon // Geraldine hoop earrings $175, Mary cross necklace $145, Thea moon necklace $525, Heather gold stacked rings $165 each, Rosemary turquoise ring $225, Kasey wide silver ring $175, cuffs and bracelets by Ash Hoffman

Photography by Pale Girl Photo, Makeup by Merit at Colur Studios

Stars in the Sand

Stars in the Sand is the dreamy jewelry online boutique you need to know about. Based right here in Charleston, Lin Isler (of Shirtini fame), has the keenest eye when it comes to curating a store – whether it’s physical or virtual.  The serene site features both delicate and statement jewelry from brands like Theia, Frolick, Kozakh, and Gypsy.  Offering a wide variety of styles and prices, you can find anything from $18 to just under $300.  My favorite?  Anything rose gold of course.

SEEING STARS ROSE GOLD RING $101 from Stars in the Sand //  OVAL ROSE GOLD GODDESS RING $133 from Stars in the Sand // ANGEL WING ROSE GOLD EAR CRAWLER $92 from Stars in the Sand // MOON DROP NECKLACE $78 from Stars in the Sand  

I’m obsessed with these Angel Wing Rose Gold Ear Crawler earrings.  You can double them up on one ear like I did or wear one in each ear.

TURQUOISE DROP NECKLACE $135 from Stars in the Sand // KISMET TURQUOISE RING $195 from Stars in the Sand

GOLDEN D EARRINGS $55 from Stars in the Sand // CONSTELLATION NECKLACE $53 from Stars in the Sand // MOON CHARM NECKLACE $33 from Stars in the Sand // CRESCENT MOON RING $37.00 from Stars in the Sand // WISHING STAR RING $37 from Stars in the Sand // GOLD C BRACELET $65 Stars in the Sand // FALLING STAR GOLD BRACELET $65 from Stars in the Sand 

Stars in the Sand is coining the catchphrase “Jewelry and accessories for the the modern mermaid” and these dreamy, mystical pieces reflect just that.  The jewelry is meant to be layered like this Constellation Necklace and Moon Charm Necklace.  My birthday is in a couple of weeks and I always feel connected with my Scorpio sign during this time.  These Constellation Necklaces are perfect for birthday gifts for that special someone.

Christmas is coming early because Stars in the Sand is the latest in my giveaways that I’m featuring this month.  We’re teaming up to giveaway this Falling Star Gold Bracelet on my Instagram.  Follow along for all of the details to enter to win!

If you like any of the jewelry here I linked all of the styles directly to the site.  I encourage you to explore more, because that’s what mermaids do.

SHINING STAR DOUBLE DROP EARRINGS $179 from Stars in the Sand // ELONGATED WHITE GOLD GODDESS RING $156 from Stars in the Sand //OVAL WHITE GOLD GODDESS RING $133 from Stars in the Sand // LAYERED RUFFLE SLEEVE STRIPE SHIRT $305 from Shirtini

Photography by Pale Girl Photo

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Adorned: Charleston Jewelry Makers

Charleston is exploding with talent and local jewelry designers are leading the pack in the style sector.  I’m highlighting 4 emerging designers who will be on Lowcountry Live this Friday at 10am – Kaypea Jewelry, Catie Curran, Barracuda Moon, and Kristy Bishop. These women are skilled metal smiths, textile designers and are creating one of a kind jewelry that make a lasting impression.  I’m doing a giveaway with each designer on my Instagram, so follow along here to enter to win.

Kristin Panke the designer of Kaypea Jewelry has a bohemian vibe with native American influences.  She is inspired by her travels, yoga, the sea, and being wild & free.  Kristin uses materials such as silver and brass, natural stones – opal and turquoise, and casts shark teeth to adorn cuffs, rings, earrings, and bracelets.   Each piece is one of a kind and the variety of turquoise she uses are so unique.  Currently she sells locally at Albizia Apothecary on James Island and her next pop up will be the Charleston Makers Market on Oct 22 at Pacific Box & Crate.

Catie Curran’s, inspiration stems from nature, especially insects and animals. Using unconventional material like beetle wings, she has created wearable art that is mystical and unique.  Her geometric and organic shapes are the consistent theme in her brass and silver jewelry.  She combines casting and fabrication processes to create all of her pieces in her home studio.  Currently she sells at Maris DeHart and is planning two trunk shows in November –  West Elm on November 4th and Cannonborough Collective on November 18th.

 Sydney Pope is the designer behind Barracuda Moon and is dedicated to life lived by the ocean. She uses repurposed materials such as sea glass found in Charleston, gemstones, and hand-forged metals such as 14kt gold-filled.    The barracuda symbolizes the hunt; they are driven seekers of the sea, not afraid to roam wild and free.  The moon symbolizes a life lived by the ocean which is often planned around the tides.  A portion of all online sales are donated to the Polaris Project, a charity devoted to ending human trafficking, modern slavery.  Currently she sells at Ro Sham Beaux, The Resort Shop in Freshfields Village, Sterling Styles in Hilton Head Island. She also has a busy pop-up shop season with appearances at Ro Sham Beaux on Oct. 21st, Celadon Nov. 11, Off Runway Event & Fashion Show with Brooke Wilder Atelier Nov. 19th at Charles Towne Landing, Daniel Island Holiday Festival December 2nd at the Volvo Stadium. 

Kristy Bishop is a local artist primarily known for her textile and woven installations.  She is embracing her knowledge of natural dying and is now creating wearable art with her jewelry line of  Coiled Cotton dyed and sewn together. She makes dye out of plants such as Osage Orange, Indigo, and Cochineal which is an insect.  The types of dyes that she uses are gathered locally in Charleston, SC or other places that she’s visited while traveling.  Her primary sources include roadside growth, gardens, and grocery stores.  Her monthly indigo dyeing class that she hosts at her studio in West Ashley that are both educational and fun.  You have the chance to learn about the history of this dye plant and how it’s native to  South Carolina, the chemistry of a vat, and dye samples using shibori tie dye methods.  I’ve done one of her workshops, and transformed some my white clothes into beautiful hues of blue. Her next Indigo Workshop is Sunday, October 22, 1:00pm – 3:00pm and it’s only $20.

 Overalls by Free People from Macy’s $128 // Tank Top andLeather moto jacket by Blank NYC from Tres Carmen Boutique // Adrian shoes by Summit White Mountain $179 from Zappos // Papou hat from Goorin Bros.

Velvet Jumpsuit by Jack BB Dakota $68 from Tres Carmen 

Free People dress $96 from Asos

Photography by Pale Girl Photo

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A Home Away from Home at Zero George

If want to experience quintessential Charleston, then Zero George is where you want to be.  If your looking to escape the everyday hustle and bustle and feel like your your transported to a far away villa without actually traveling the distance then this boutique hotel is has exactly what your looking for.  It exudes southern charm, and confirms why I love my city so much.

When you walk onto the grounds you feel like you discovered a secret utopian village that has been untouched by modern society.   The historical buildings that compromise Zero George date back to the 1800’s and a couple have actually travelled to the current location.  The renovations and upgrades on the buildings have been done meticulously so you get the old world experience with the comforts of modern accommodations.

I had the perfect girls get away with a couple of my close friends and it was a bonafide gown-up sleep over.   We were greeted at the reception desk with a glass of champagne and a smile.   Then we were taken to our garden suites nestled in the back courtyard, our home away from home.  They brought us a cheese plate and we caught up while we noshed up on the yummy treats in the parlor.  Zero George specializes in all of the little details to make it a memorable stay.  The mini fridge was filled with complimentary bottled water and Izze sodas and the bathroom wass stocked with Malin + Goetz skincare and bath products.

We were excited to indulge with dinner at Zero Restaurant because you never know what Chef Vinson Petrillo has up his sleeve.   He’s an artist in the kitchen and prepares the most creative and savory plates you’ve ever tasted, turning out seasonal dishes every night.  I recommend splitting the snacks and having the pre-theatre menu, you will not be disappointed.   One of the quirkiest dishes was The Potted Plant which was 2 radishes buried in quinoa and homemade butter.  For my main course I had the steamed bass and it surpassed my expectations.

 Zero George prides themselves with being innovators by offering bespoke packages to their guests.  Some of them include a cooking class with Chef Vinson Petrillo in their intimate kitchen,  Pamper and PJ’s which is a spa experience and PJ’s with your BFF, a photography tour with some of my favorites – Kirk ChambersNickie Cutrona and Andrew Cebulka, and the Shopping Tour with me!  As a guest you can book me for a few hours to take you around town to my favorite boutiques.  Every shopping package has been tailored to fit each person’s needs whether their looking for handcrafted local gifts or new clothes.  I’ve taken couples shopping, single ladies, and best friends who want to infuse some local wares into their wardrobe.  Each time I pick up my guests from Zero George is a new adventure and new friends.

Now that I’ve done my girls getaway, I need to book a romantic weekend with my husband.   Zero George is one of those places that will have a special place in my heart and I love sharing my experience.

Dress by Buddy Love $88 and choker from House of Sage // Glasses $16 from Dandy Boutique

Photography by Pale Girl Photo

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