Last month me and my family wanted to take advantage of the beautiful marsh area in James Island for a fun holiday shoot with Jonathan Balliet. My hubby Gustavo, eldest son Mateo, and youngest Sebastian had never been in the marsh together before and we loved every minute of it. The beauty of living in James Island is that you can travel 5 minutes away from your house and feel like your in a secluded island, one with nature. I love being able to disconnect from the world, away from any devices and just bond with the people that I love, even if it’s for 30 minutes. Hopefully this holiday season everyone can do the same and take a moment to appreciate what makes you happy.
Mateo wears: mock neck pullover sweater by Cat & Jack $19.99, Slim Fit Stretch Chino $16.99 from Target // Sebastian wears: Boys’ Shawl Collar Cardigan in Grey $19.99, Boys’ Rib-Waist Straight Fit Jeans Dark Wash $12 from Target
Photography by Jonathan Balliet
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A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of staying at Wild Dunes with my family for Father’s Day, it was the ideal getaway and staycation for all of us. Anywhere that has a pool, refreshing drinks and great food is a recipe for the perfect weekend. Our first stop of course was the pool. There are 4 pools to choose from and we checked out the Boardwalk Inn pool first. The kids loved it because it had two areas with a walkway bridge that you could swim under. The cabanas are perfect to grab some shade and take a nap.
Me and my boys wore our new swimsuits by Surania, an online company that let’s you customize your swimsuits. They loved playing fashion designer by picking out their patterns and style of shorts. Sebastian has been sporting his euro mankini look all summer long!
The pool was perfectly located behind the Boardwalk Inn and led out to the boardwalk where the ice cream shop was strategically placed. We pool hopped going to the Grand Pavilion Pools next and eventually to the beach. We felt like we were thousands of miles away staying at a resort in the Caribbean, not just 30 minutes from our house.
I didn’t realize how many different places you can stay at from hotels, condos, cottages, and vacation home rentals. We stayed at The Village at Wild Dunes, where we had everything at our fingertips. They have a grocery market, The Lettered Olive restaurant, fitness center, and spa which was so convenient. At night their fire pit lights up and you can roast marshmallows while you relax in an adirondack chair.
Wild Dunes has so many activities to do you would have to stay a whole week just to take advantage of it all. From golfing, tennis, basketball, bike rentals, boat tours, kayaking, paddle boarding, jet skiing, parasailing, waterskiing, banana boats, and fishing there’s something for everyone in your family to enjoy.
I can’t believe it took me so long to experience Wild Dunes, I look forward to coming back to check out the fun events they have all year round. Stay tuned for more fun experiences as we explore the property and our delectable dinner at Coastal Provisions.
Trikini $54.50 by Surania // Bikini by Citrine Swim from Drift // Java moon crescent necklace $142 by Kate Davis // Sunglasses $18 from Dandy Boutique // Pink flamingo float $19.99 and Ice cream sandwhich pool float by Bigmouth Inc. $29.49 from Amazon
On Sebastian: Kids boxer waist swimsuit $20.36, On Mateo: Kids classic waist shorts $33.96 by Surania
Photography by Libby Williams
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I can’t believe that Charleston Fashion Week is right around the corner, which means it’s time for my annual Instagram Takeover for The Shops at Belmond Charleston Place. I’ll be taking over their Instagram on March 15th, the 1st day of fashion week , which will be jam packed with street style and runway shows.
I stopped by The Shops at Belmond Charleston Place to peruse all the fun and exciting merchandise they’ll be featuring at the Style Lounge during Charleston Fashion Week. They house all the luxury shopping you can imagine inside the Belmond Charleston Place Hotel and offer everything for men, women, and even kids. View more to see products from Kate Spade, Pink Chicken, The Resort Shop, Sunglass Hut, Sperry, and yummy treats by Godiva Chocolates.
Wearing Cape Stripe Sequin Dress, Sunglasses, Flavor of the Month Ice Cream Truck Clutch, Carnival Nights Unicorn Ring, Dainty Sparklers Earrings, Look on the Bright Side Bangle, and Balloon Dots Iphone Case all from Kate Spade
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Gifts for those stylish and playful kiddies in your life
Clockwise from top: Multi-colored hand embroidered Otomi stocking from Celadon $56.25 // Everything I Need to Know I learned From a Little Golden Book from Noddy $9.99 // Plush Raccoon Friend by Finkelstein’s Center $46 // Hooded towel by Zoochini from Lulu Burgess $35.99 // Bed Head PJ’s from Bits of Lace $53-$58 // Native “Jefferson” iridescence in techno purple from Sugar Snap Pea $44 // Smitten Cupcake bath bomb from Stella Nova $12 // African ruffle bloomers in pink from IBU $35
These lifesaver printed PJ’s by Bed Head are super soft and snuggly. Made from 95% cotton and 5% spandex they are top notch quality and made for active kiddies like my little Sebastian. Bits of Lace who are usually known for their luxe lingerie carries a great collection of Bed Head pajamas for both women and kids. Everything in a mini size are always the cutest.
On Mateo: GGB Printed Pocket Tee Triangles by Go Gently Baby $34.99, Tea Chambray Patch Pocket Shorts by Tea $32 from Sugar Snap Pea, Baby Chucks in natural python $295 by Taxidermy
On Sebastian: Tea Sahas Mandala Print Tee by Tea $26.50, Splendid Woven Shorts Stripe by Splendid Ella Moss $62 from Sugar Snap Pea, Baby Chucks in blue and red python $295 by Taxidermy
Photography by Clifford Pate
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Clockwise from top: Charleston print by Rifle Paper Company $45 from Dandy Boutique 843-475-3927 // Candle by Fornasetti Profumi $175 from Cosbar of Charleston PH: 843-793-1776 // 14kt Diamond Feather Cuff Bracelet $4,600 from Croghan’s Jewel Box PH: 843-723-3594 // Holly Tortoise shell sunglasses by Illesteva $290 from Ombra Moderno PH: 843-901-1447 // Soiree chemise by Prima Donna $350 from Bits of Lace PH: 843- 577-0999 // Belly Dancer necklace by Throwing Stars $98 from Simply J Boutique PH: 843-641-0224 // Whoopie confectionery candle by Farmhouse Fresh $23 from Lily Charleston PH: 843-577-7633 // Gold plated ring with sapphires Monroe ring by Elizabeth and James $150 from Croghan’s Jewel Box PH: 843-723-3594