Are you a busy mom like me? Then you can agree that a one stop shopping trip for your gifts is essential. I visited the Citadel Mall last week and gathered some gift ideas for the fashion conscious loved ones in your life along with party outfit ideas. In holiday tradition Santa will be at Citadel Mall for Christmas pics and wish lists. Visit him Monday-Saturday from 10-8 and Sundays from 12-6.
Have you been to Dillard’s lately? If you haven’t then you’ll be impressed by their amazing shoe selection and clothing department. They carry brands like Karl Lagerfeld, Michael Kors, Free People, and Antonio Melani. These glitter pumps by MICHAEL Michael Kors are party ready. They also stock a big selection of holiday decor and gifty items upstairs and they’re always having a great sale.
This coat by Jack by BB Dakota from Style Dwell is only $98 and is the softest faux fur you’ll ever wear. Christie Bishop owns this locally owned shop and she always finds the cutest clothing and accessories at attainable prices. They are always getting new shipments in every week so pop in to see the exciting things they have in store.
Valerie dress by Two Sisters dress $128, hat $28, boots by Ccocci $74, and earrings by We Dream in Colour $180 all from Style Dwell
Betsey JohnsonWrap Me Up Bow Convertible Cross-Body/Belt Bag $78 from Dillard’s
I will also be featuring them on Lowcountry Live this Friday for my “Fashion Friday” segment with gift ideas for everyone on your list so tune in!
Antonio Melani Wool A-Line Double Breasted Coat $369, Antonio Melani fur stole $79, MICHAEL Michael Kors Claire Glitter Dress Pumps $58.50, Gianni Bini Foil Top Handle Bag $85, Southern Living Grand Noel Collection 24″ Shatterproof Ornament Wreath $89 all from Dillard’s at Citadel Mall
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Are you having a hard time finding something for everyone on your Christmas list? Vieuxtemps at 180 King Street has such a fun selection of gifts for him, her, and even the pups. What’s even better is that they also have a great price range for everyone. Natalie the owner has a keen eye for what’s chic and timeless. They are ramping up for a busy December including a pop up tonight at The Charleston Library Society’s Holiday Bazaar from 5:30-7:30pm. Then this Sunday Dec 9th from 12-5pm they’re hosting a Makers Holiday Market for Second Sunday on King. As always in the spirit of giving they are accepting donated toys for Toys for Tots and you’ll receive 10% off your purchase too.
Now onto the presents. I grew up playing backgammon and this one is something you’ll want to show off when guests come over.
Laquer Backgammon Board $280
Want your pup to feel fancy too? Santa loves spoiling pets!
Vietri Old St Nick Dog Bowl $52
Louis Sherry Chocolates are the perfect stocking stuffers and the tins they come in are so chic and reusable. Vieuxtemps is hosting a Paige Hathaway Thorn Trunk Show on December 12th from 4-7, she will have her throws, scarves, and other beautiful silk items and everything is made locally in Charleston.
Louis Sherry Chocolate Tin $35, Lollipop Ornament $16, Paige Hathaway Thorn locally made Silk Throw $300
If your a last minute shopper like me then swing by their Lower King Sip & Shop on December 14th from 3-6pm. Can’t make it in the store? You can always DM them on Instagram or call them directly at 843-577-6811 and they’ll make it easy to get the present to the destination. And don’t forget to mention this blog post for 10% off your purchase through the end of the year at Vieuxtemps. Happy Shopping!
Earrings from Style Dwell
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There’s no doubt the holiday rush starts earlier every year and can be all consuming. What do you gift the person that has everything already? I’m all about experiences, or gifts that give you the permission to relax and pamper yourself. Woodhouse Day Spa is the ultimate urban escape that will put you in a state of zen. With over 70 treatments including facials, sleep treatments, massage therapy, wraps, scrubs, foot treatments, hand treatments, and waxings you will never run out ways to pamper someone (or yourself). If you still want to give a gift they can unwrap their retail boutique also offers plenty of ideas from jewelry, skincare products, makeup, accessories, and pj’s.
You can never have too many cuddly things to lounge around in and this Ugg Robe and Cat’s Pajamas are so soft you won’t want to take them off. Ugg’s best selling robe in a plush double knit fleece with faux fur is like wearing your favorite stuffed animal you slept with when you were a kid.
These Cat’s Pajamas are produced in Venice, California and made from Luxe Pima and Pima Knit imported from Peru.
Jade rollers have been used for centuries to refine and enhance skin elasticity. The Ginger Chi Jade Roller remains cool on contact, which helps to decrease puffiness, increase lymphatic drainage, close the pores, and tighten skin.
Shannon Gallo produces Oyster Candle Company candles in Charleston, SC. The candles are all hand poured and triple scented in small batches. The oyster shell tea light candle sets are the perfect lowcountry gift. When you purchase a $250 gift card at Woodhouse Day Spa you can receive a set for free. Woodhouse Charleston is locally owned by Kim Powell who always supports her community, so when you shop there your contributing to the local economy.
Looking for the perfect hostess gift for that special someone in your life who loves cooking and baking? Simply Whimsical has the cutest aprons and kitchen accessories for a domestic diva. I met the owner Kathy Williams a couple of years ago when she was living in Charleston. I was so inspired by her story of humble beginnings of hand sewing aprons for friends and family to having her products being sold at T. J. Maxx, Home Goods, Marshalls, Burlington, Bed, Bath, & Beyond, and Century 21 stores across the country. But her line doesn’t stop in the kitchen. She has expanded to shower curtains and pillows. Her collection changes every season and she always something exciting up her sleeve. Stay tuned for a special homage to Charleston coming early Spring!
This holiday gift set is a snowman apron, matching kitchen set, pot pinchers and glamour gloves. The value is $96 but it’s selling for $29.99.
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Last weekend I took the Serrano clan to the The Andell Inn where we relaxed and scouted out a few boutiques at Freshfields Village for some pre-holiday shopping. I was trying to will some cooler temps with this furry ensemble from J. McLaughlin. This Vail faux fur vest is probably the softest thing I’ve ever worn, it’s like wearing a stuffed animal.
I was so happy that we could bring Roxy & Pepper along for our stay at The Andell Inn. We love taking our pups with us when we travel and it’s always nice to discover hotels that accommodate pets. This chic boutique hotel is one of our favorite places to get away because their living room suite/kitchenette is perfect for families. They’re warm, modern ski chalet vibe is so fitting for a fall/winter stay, but if you come when it’s warmer it’s always nice to lounge at the pool. We also love the breakfast buffet complete with that all you can eat D.I.Y. waffle station. A hit with the kids, and adults too:)
I think the pups got spoiled the most with our trip to Dolittle’s. It was their version of Sebastian and Mateo going to Wonder Works. They were sniffing, wagging and wanted to stay all day exploring the pet emporium of fun. We loaded up on treats and Roxy & Pepper chose to snuggle up with these chew toys rather than rip them up.
I’m a dachshund lover to the core, but I have a sweet spot for french bulldogs. I must not be the only one because I’ve seen so many of them popping up on accessories and household items like these speakers from Wonder Works. What a cool and stylish way to listen to your favorite music? Plus it’s wireless!
Another toy the boys loved was Gizmo, the robot dog. He listens to commands better than my own dogs. He responds to sit, lay down, rollover, and even showtime where he does a little dance to music. So if your kids are nagging to get a dog this holiday season but your not sure if your ready to commit, give Gizmo a spin.
Blue Mercury always has great gift ideas for the person in your life that needs to be pampered. These Lune and Aster vitamin c + e lipgloss samplers are perfect for a stocking stuffer. I’m wearing Bestie.
This is a busy month for Freshfields Village starting with their Sip and Stroll this Thursday from 4-7pm. Take advantage of sales and promotions with boutiques and restaurants. Then Santa comes to the Village on November 24th for their Holiday Festival. Santa will be there starting at 10am and the festival is from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm. Kids of all ages can enjoy an afternoon of free activities including face painting, balloon animals, inflatable games, bungee trampoline, and various craft booths. Don’t forget to stop by Santa’s Workshop all weekend to share your wish list and take a photo with the Big Man himself. If you can’t make it on that Saturday don’t worry, Santa will be there Friday, November 23 (10:00 am to 6:00 pm) and Sunday, November 25 (1:00 to 6:00 pm). Hope to see you all there!
Marais sweater $198, Vail faux fur vest $248, Lexi jeans in cheetah $178, Lillie suede ankle bootie $298, Tundra faux fur headband $58 all and Gustavo is wearing Westend modern fit shirt in window pane $125 and Stonington quilted vest $198 from J. McLaughlin // Jewelry from Barracuda Moon
Photography by Jonathan Balliet
In this world of “fast fashion” it’s refreshing to experience a new take on it. Footwear designer Michael Grey is making custom sandals under an hour’s time and I witnessed his whole process in the beginning of sandal season this summer here in Charleston. He set up his sandal making shop in the window display at Shoes on King and fitted women’s feet while they picked out leather and suede straps. For the same price of an off the shelf brand shoe, you could have a custom sandal that fits your foot perfectly and a style that you pretty much get to design yourself.
Hailing from Goose Creek and current dweller in NYC, Michael Grey packed up his sandal factory to come to Charleston for his pop up shop. He usually sets up shop in his sandal truck in Williamsburg, Brooklyn where he bangs out sandals all day long, even in the winter time. Picture a food truck, but instead of serving food on the go, he’s making sandals on the go.
I first met Michael Grey a couple of years ago at Charleston Fashion Week where he was showing as an Emerging Designer. His collection of military inspired women’s clothing was bold and graphic, and celebrated women in a strong and powerful light. He paired the clothing with his custom sky high wooden wedge boots, which might have stole the show.
I’m also wearing another Charleston Fashion Week alum, Heather Rose Johnson who showed this past year. Her runway show was a beautiful mix of vintage details and hand knitted pieces that came together for a modern, eclectic chic collection. These outfits were a perfect match for Michael’s bespoke sandals.
Stay tuned for Michael Grey‘s website and another pop up in Charleston before the end of summer. Getting a custom pair of shoes made is something that everyone should treat themselves to.
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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
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