Moda Senza Tempo

Timeless fashion is the core philosophy behind Senza Tempo and translates to “without time” from Italian.  Founder and designer Kristen Fanarakis wanted to create an accessible luxury line of womenswear that could live in your closet forever.  Instead of trying to re-invent the wheel or follow trends she put into production classic silhouettes that women of many body types and ages could appreciate.

Timeless icons such as Jackie O and Audrey Hepburn are the inspiration behind the line of dresses, tops, and skirts at Senza Tempo.  Instead of fast fashion, Kristen wanted to put bespoke quality and details such as silk linings and lace finished hems into her garments.  The Made in America mantra is why Senza Tempo prides themselves with high quality fashion.  Kristen can monitor quality control in her L.A. factory where the workers are being paid fare wages in a healthy work environment.

The Brigitte style that I’m wearing here is a tunic style dress that has one of my favorite details – pockets!  Constructed of luxurious stretch Italian virgin wool and lined with a stretch silk charmeuse you can instantly feel the quality when you put it on.  Perfect for both work meetings to a fancy brunch on the weekend, it’s versatile style also transcends seasons.

View more to read my Q & A with founder and designer of Senza Tempo, Kristen Fanarakis.  Her story behind her philosophy on timeless fashion and journey to creating her line is inspiring.

Brigitte Tunic Dress $925 by Senza Tempo // Rose gold hoops $230, 14k rose gold ring with opal and diamonds $2,000, 14k rose gold ring with morganite and diamonds $1,700 from Gold Creations // Pout Bucket Bag in Marble $638 by Ellia Wang //Luxury Wig Flatscreen sunglasses by Raen $150 // Similar shoes here

Photography by Janelle Putrich, Makeup by Jami Millerleile, shot on location at The Gadsden House

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Pretty in Pink

After it seems like weeks of continuous downpour in Charleston it’s so nice to get a break from the sun.  This outfit is perfect for those sunny days we love in Charleston.  But with the sun beating down it’s nice to get some relief with a stylish parasol like this one from Lily Lark.  This New York based company makes the prettiest printed parasols, and I first discovered them from Germain Dermatology.  Sometimes sunscreen just isn’t enough to protect your skin from those harmful UV rays.

These rings from Gold Creations are some of my favorites.  They are always surprising me with diamond dazzlers that have an heirloom quality.

I’ve been sporting these fringey nude suede shoes from Pelle Moda a lot lately.  I love that they are a block heel so I can run around in them all day.  The best part is, they go with everything!

Michelle the owner of Tres Carmen turned me onto Diff Eyewear.  They make the coolest sunglasses and when you purchase a pair from Tres Carmen Kiawah, the company gives away a free pair of eyeglasses to someone in need.   There’s nothing like looking stylish while you give back to charity.

This dress from Mosa Boutique is one of my favorite pieces in my closet right now.  You can’t go wrong with linen when it’s 100%  humidity outside.  See what else they have in store at  the Sip, Shop, and Stroll tonight on Upper King Street from 4-8pm.  Enjoy drinks, bites, and sales at Mosa Boutique,  BeckettLulu Burgess CharlestonJuxtaposition Home & GardenDandy BoutiqueChannelsStylexchange Couture, and Ensemble Consignment Boutique.

Dress by Zero to Sky $209 from Mosa Boutique  // Parasol by Lily Lark $166 available at Germain Dermatology // Sterling silver hoops $225, 14k citrine and diamond ring $2,400, 18k ring with amethyst, mother of pearl, and diamonds from Gold Creations // Sunglasses by Diff from Tres Carmen Kiawah at Freshfields Village // April Fringe Sandal by Pelle Moda from Nordstrom $164.95

Photography by Janelle Putrich, Makeup by Jami Millerleile

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The Curated Guide to Cuba

Imagine a place stuck in the past, but yet striving to for a progressive future.  A place so vibrant in music, art, food, culture, color, and architecture that has inspired people all over the world.  People who have gone through so much, mostly living in poverty, yet are the happiest people in the world and want to give you everything.  This place is Cuba, and it stole my heart.

  My husband wanted to get away and enjoy some culture and we always gravitate towards Latin countries.  Let’s face it, they have some of the best food and know how to have a great time.  With tickets on JetBlue for only $275 RT and an hour flight from Ft. Lauderdale it was a no brainer.  I had to put together a guide to Cuba because I want to share my experience and encourage people to go there and visit.  Out of all of the places I’ve been to in in the world including Asia, Europe, and South America, this is on my top 5 places I’ve ever visited.

I am encouraging everyone to go visit Cuba before the looming travel ban goes into effect.  It’s too close not to go, and when you get there you’ll feel like your a world’s away.  Perfect for a romantic getaway, family trip, or a girls weekend away, your guaranteed to have a great time.  I’m looking forward to going back with my kids so they can experience it and come back with a new perspective on life.

View more to read about my detailed guide & outfits in beautiful Havana.

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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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