Dress You Up

Charleston’s newest boutique Dress Up will give you plenty of reasons to exercise that retail therapy.  Opening up this Saturday, Dress Up proves that looking good doesn’t mean you have to break the bank. I just got a sneak peek today of the store and I can tell you now that you will be addicted. The ridiculously low prices (everything is under $48!) and new weekly deliveries will have you coming back for more.

Dress Up‘s first store opened in 2009 in Dahlonega, GA by husband and wife team Derrick and Danielle Case.  They were fed up with overpriced clothes that lacked style, so they decided to take matters into their own hands by creating an experience that keep their customers coming back for more.  With numerous stores in Georgia, Alabama, and Tennessee, Charleston was the obvious next location and will be the 20th Dress Up boutique. 

You don’t want to miss out on their Grand Opening Party on Saturday, June 17th.  It will include $5,000+ in giveaways, swag bags, exclusive Charleston tees, sips + snacks, DJ and everything will be 20% off!  Plus the first 50 people in line will receive a $50 gift card, so get there early before they open at 10am. 

 I will also be featuring Dress Up on Lowcountry Live this Friday for my “Looks for Less” segment. Tune in to see their beautiful outfit that costs under $100 including the shoes and jewelry!

Button Up Dress in Black $ 39.99, Olivia Sunnies in tan $12 from Dress Up // Pinwheel in Pink earrings $78, Layer Clutch in Pink $598 from Ellia Wang // Puma X Fenty Creeper sandal $140 from Sneaker  // ABP Makeup”Girl Power Pink” Lipstick Sheer $24 by ABP Makeup

Photography by Clifford Pate

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Striped Possibilities

There’s a misconception that shopping local is always expensive, but there’s nothing that I love more than to find a good deal on clothes while supporting small businesses.  I make it a point to find the local shops that have the deals and this Friday I’m featuring a few on Lowcountry Live for my “Looks for Less” segment. This outfit is from bevello, one of the newer boutiques on King Street that always stocks the cutest clothes and accessories. The pants might be a splurge for $80, but the tank top is $18, and the earrings are only $24!

  bevello‘s first store opened in April 2009 in Raleigh, NC, and has been rapidly growing all over the southeast and beyond, with 32 stores from Dallas to Virginia Beach. bevello carries on trend labels such as Show Me Your Mumu, Free People, Z Supply, French Connection, Hudson Denim, Kendra Scott, and many more.   What sets them apart from the rest? They offer a range of shopping programs such as VIP rewards, a bridal program, private shopping parties, fashion shows, special events, and weekly promotions.  They also do fun events like their frequent yoga parties with Serenity Tree Yoga. Click here for more on their upcoming event on June 21st which includes a yoga session, light bites, drinks + 20% OFF your purchase.  

Tune into Lowcountry Live this Friday for looks under $100 from bevello, Dress Up, E. Blackhurst, and Mulberry & King. When you shop at bevello mention LOWCOUNTRYLIVE and receive 15% OFF discount at their King Street location and online!

Tank top $18, pants by J.O.A. $80, earrings $24 all from Bevello //  Bailey sunglasses $50 by Blue Planet Eyewear // Trio Shoulder Bag in Leaf $438 by Ellia Wang // TAKE OFF Wedge Sandals $35 from Asos // “Some Like it Hot” Lipstick sheer $24 by ABP Makeup

Photography by Clifford Pate

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Laced Up

I’m loving this lace cut out maxi dress from House of Sage.  Perfect for a summer night’s soiree or fancy brunch, this sassy little number is just what I need in my closet.

My statement sandals for the season are these Puma X Fenty Creepers from Sneaker.  The pink is just as much as a neutral as the ivory ones I’ve worn before.

The stacks are back from Gold Creations.  I especially love the rope detailed ones with their nautical nod.

Lyra Lace Dress by Olivaceous from House of Sage $118 // Sunglasses from Dandy Boutique // Puma X Fenty Creeper sandal $140 from Sneaker  // Stackable rings from $225 – $600 from Gold Creations // Necklaces and cuff by Laura Grove Design

Photography by Libby Williams, lashes by Simply Smitten Beauty Bar

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Camera Ready

A summer maxi is one of my favorite articles of clothing to sport in this Charleston balmy weather. Luckily Dandy Boutique stocks the cutest clothes for under $100 like this dress that’s only $72.  The camera clutch from them is one of the most clever bags I’ve seen in a while.  I love anything that’s both playful and functional.

These sunglasses by Blue Planet Eyewear are a steal at $35.  At that price you might as well scoop up a couple of pairs because with every purchase they donate a pair of eyeglasses to someone in need.  That’s right, this eco-conscious company has helped over 300,000 people with their Visualize Change program.

The earrings and cuffs are by Ash Hoffman, the Myrtle Beach metal smith who always comes up with the coolest designs.  I love her custom cuffs that you can inscribe with personal quotes or famous ones to keep you inspired.

I’ve been loving the stackable rings at Gold Creations.  Whether your into mixing metals, sizes, or shapes, there’s no wrong way to do it.

Connect the Dots Summer Maxi $72, Lights Camera Action clutch purse $65 from Dandy Boutique // Sandals by Amuse Society from House of Sage // Josie Cuff $295Custom Paula cuff $225, and earrings by Ash Hoffman // Stackable rings from $225 – $600 from Gold Creations // Duke Sunglasses $35 by Blue Planet Eyewear

Photography by Libby Williams

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My Everyday Ensemble

As you can tell I’ve been on a one shoulder kick lately and this dress by Lilla P is one I’ve been frequenting a lot lately.  Designed by Charleston native and dear friend Pauline Sokol Nakios, the collection is always filled with wearable everyday pieces that live in your wardrobe.  I’m excited to share some of her latest looks on Lowcountry Live this Friday and we’re teaming up for a fun giveaway.  Follow Lilla P and Charleston Shop Curator for a chance to win a $250 gift card.

I’m loving the new designs Ash Hoffman has been making.  These earrings can be worn 2 different ways – with the chain dangling from the back or you can wear them without the chain.  She also offers custom designs where you can have anything engraved and she can even copy the handwriting from the person who wrote the message.  My cuff here is from my boys for Mother’s Day and I couldn’t help from tearing up.  My sons Mateo and Sebastian wrote “Were lucky to have you in our life, you bring the family fun.  I like you. You are the best mom.”  This captures the innocent sweet time of our lives together and I’ll keep it close to my heart forever.

These Creeper sandals from the Puma X Fenty collection are my new obsession and they’re from Sneaker.  I love them so much I had to scoop them up in pink too.

Stacking rings are always the way to go and these from Gold Creations are perfect to mix and match a million different ways.

Printed woven one shoulder dress $168 from Lilla P // Puma X Fenty Creeper sandal $140 from Sneaker // Custom Paula cuff $225, Thea Diamond earrings $895 by Ash Hoffman // Stackable rings from $225 – $600 from Gold Creations

Photography by Libby Williams, lashes by Simply Smitten Beauty Bar

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The Ruffled LBD

That little black dress could be a dime a dozen, but this one is definitely stands out.  It’s from the online store Tobi, which offers a deep variety of clothes for an amazingly affordable price.  This little neoprene number right here was $60 and is now only $12!  I scooped up a 3 dresses and a swimsuit for under $150.  When you go through clothes like me it’s always good to have options.

I love these chalcedony earrings, cuff, and rings from Croghan’s Jewel Box.  They always have the perfect accents to top any outfit.

The Harper Clutch by Taxidermy is one of my favorite styles and this one is the ideal neutral tone to go with anything.  If your going to invest in a Taxidermy bag, it’s always good to go with the natural python.

 Soleil Bodycon Dress from Tobi $12 // 18k Vermeil chalcedony earrings $165, gold plated 19k Aqua chrysoberyl ring $3,075, gold plated Solin cuff and gold plated Solin ring $115 by Elizabeth & James from Croghan’s Jewel Box // Sunglasses by Quay at Germain Dermotology // Harper Clutch by Taxidermy $895 // Similar shoes by Vince Camuto at DSW $59.95

Photography by Clifford Pate, Lash extensions by Simply Smitten Beauty Bar

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Grey Area

Spring time is usually about color, but there’s something about a neutral, like grey to make that tan pop.  I’m all about a bargain too, and this dress from Tobi is only $11!  I mean, you can’t even eat lunch for $11.  So why not scoop up a dress that’ll take you from the beach to the street.  I know this will be one of my favorite cover ups this summer.

If you live in Charleston, then most people know about Germain Dermotology for specialized skincare.  But what most people don’t know if that you can also shop makeup by Jane Iredale, sun hats, and accessories like these Quay sunglasses.  If it has to do with sun protection, then Germain is all about it.

My favorite earrings that I’ve been wearing lately are these by Ash Hoffman.  Made with sterling silver and diamonds, they are perfect for that mom that deserves to be treated with something special.

You really can’t go wrong with jewelry for a Mother’s Day gift, especially when you can find it for under $250.  This collar necklace and cuff are both from Croghan’s Jewel Box, and no you won’t break the bank.  I always like to raid their Elizabeth & James section because it’s modern and the price point is attainable.

The bright silver rings I scooped up from Naked Eyes at Maris DeHart.  There’s nothing like supporting gifted local artisans in this town.

 

Gigi Maxi Dress $11 from Tobi // Sunglasses by Quay at Germain Dermotology // Sage earrings with diamonds $175 by Ash Hoffman // Rhodium plate Inez ring $95, Selena collar necklace $195, Leo Cuff $225 by Elizabeth & James from Croghan’s Jewel Box // Bar ring $150 and Silver ring by Naked Eyes from Maris DeHart // Marisol sandals by Corso Como $124 from Zappos

Photography by Clifford Pate

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