Spring Has Sprung

Dandy Boutique always has some of the most fun and whimsical dresses in store and online.  This one by Emily and Fin  is straight out of vintage heaven and has the best fit ever.  The bag is undeniably cute with the robot motif and space age shape.  The best part is that the bag and dress are under $200, which is why I love Dandy Boutique so much.  You can find the most unique pieces at such affordable prices at this Upper King shop.

The ear cuff is by emerging designer Suzanna Dai from Maris DeHart who stocks her gumball drop earrings in an array of colors.  If your looking for unique accessories, this is the spot!

Nancy Patchwork dress $94 by Emily and Fin, sunglasses, and purse $68 from Dandy Boutique // Earrings by Suzanna Dai and cuff from Maris DeHart // Similar silver block heels $53 from Asos

Photos by Paul King, Makeup by Rebecca Wash from Pink Dot Beauty Bar

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Tribal Vibe

My favorite time of year is in full swing!  Spring is the best time to break out that cute outfit without feeling all hot and sweaty. This awesome dress by Adelyn Rae from House of Sage has the coolest print with a little surprise cut out in the back.  This is a store that you have to stay connected with on Instagram, because they are constantly getting in new shipments in and their popular styles always sell out in an instant.

These sweet shades are also from House of Sage and are only $22!  They have some of the best sunglasses for such a great price.  I always say, you gotta ball on a budget.

Thanks to Barre Evolution, I couldn’t be happier with the results in my body.  I’ve been getting my butt kicked for the past 6 months and I can really see a difference, especially in the leg department.  Now if I could only cut out the sweets and carbs I could see a difference in arms, but that wouldn’t be any fun.

Adelyn Rae dress $104 and sunglasses $22 from House of Sage // Cressida Hoops earrings $1253/4″ Paula cuff $225, and necklace all by Ash Hoffman // “Kecia” nude lace up booties in Nude $317 by Becki Coakley

Photography by Clifford Pate

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J. McLaughlin Spring Fete

I recently went to the unveiling of the newly renovated J. McLaughlin store on King Street, a jovial celebration thrown by Garden & Gun Magazine.  The iconic American clothing brand, started by 2 brothers – Kevin and Jay McLaughlin 40 years ago, is still bringing timeless style into both men’s and women’s wardrobes.  Their new store reflects their design sensibility, classic with a hint of retro and always in that resort state of mind.

The well bred brand is based in Brooklyn, and has a growing fan base with help from their 100 stores and counting all over the U.S.  Their outposts on King Street and Freshfields Village in Kiawah are the perfect fit for locals who want to feel like their on vacation all of the time and for the vacationers to feel like their locals.

The Tiegan off the shoulder dress that I’m wearing here is made out of the softest cotton with stretch, which is key for living in the south.  I can’t wait to wear it through the hot summer months.  I love the retro design of this Victoria circular wicker bag, it’s my new obsession!  It’s like that bag your searching for in the vintage store, but now you can buy it new online.

The off the shoulder style of the dress is perfect for featuring any statement jewelry like this choker by Ash Hoffman.

Any excuse to go to a fashion party with my hubby Gustavo is always a good idea.  You can’t beat a guy who loves clothes as much as me.

 

When The Curator and The Weekender get together we always have a great time!  Liz Martin of The Charleston Weekender brings the party wherever she goes.

 

I’m excited to see all of the retail growth in downtown Charleston.  With new boutiques sprouting up and King Street veterans like J.McLaughlin expanding and renovating, our city continues to boast some of the best shopping in the south.

Tiegan off the shoulder dress $188 and Victoria circular wicker bag $158 from J.McLaughlin // Jenkins Block Heel Sandal in nude by Corso Como $128.95 from Nordstrom // Cressida necklace $155 and 3/4″ Paula cuff $225 by Ash Hoffman

Photography by Libby Williams

Point Blanc

The international secret pop up dinner party, Diner en Blanc is coming back to Charleston on April 27th and it’s time to find that white outfit.  Thankfully there’s so many great local shops that have options like this 2 piece set from House of Sage and it’s under $80!  I’ll be featuring what to wear at Diner en Blanc tomorrow on Lowcountry Live with looks from Bevello, V2V, Shoes on King, and M. Dumas.

Established nearly 30 years ago in Paris, Diner en Blanc returns to Charleston for the second time and over 1,000 guests are anticipated to attend.  What can you expect at this grand affair?  You have dress in white, from head to toe;  you have to bring your own prepared food, tables, chairs, china silverware and white linen, OR Diner en Blanc has partnered with lots of local businesses to make set up even easier.   Follow them on Instagram to find out all of their local partners.  To ensure that the location is kept secret until the last minute, guests will meet at an assigned departure location and volunteers will escort them to destination the secret location.  

I heard they’re pretty strict with their dress code and you have to wear white shoes as well, but for this outfit post I had to step out in my new shoes from Becki Coakley.  Don’t fret, this Charleston native also offers white shoes on her site as well.  The sophisticated heels are made from the finest leather in Italy, showcasing classic and cutting edge design.

Statement earrings by Ash Hoffman are always the cherry on top with my outfits!

L’atiste top and skirt $78, sunglasses $22 from House of Sage // “Ava” Earrings in gold $425 by Ash Hoffman // “Kecia” nude lace up booties in Nude $317 by Becki Coakley

Photography by Clifford Pate

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The Island Life with Spartina 449

A girl can never have too many accessories right?  Well, new store and local-ish brand Spartina 449 is giving you more reason to stock up on stylish accessories at great prices.  The ever-evolving brand has an extensive jewelry and bag line and has spanned into apparel and stationary.  I was so excited to pick up this bag, bangles, necklace, and earrings at their new King Street store during Charleston Fashion Week.

The brand launched back in 2009 by Kay Stanley who lives in a seaside cottage located on the quaint island of Daufuskie. The Island is only accessible by boat between Hilton Head, SC and Savannah, GA, which means they’ve kept their laid back & local way of life well preserved.  Spartina 449 has been named one of the fastest growing companies in the U.S. with 5 signature stores from Savannah, Bluffton, Highlands, NC, and their newest edition in Charleston.  You can also find their line in specialty boutiques nationwide including Woodhouse Day Spa in Mt. Pleasant.  Their King Street store is beautifully laid out with so many bags, baubles, and pretty stationary that’s it’s easy to play dress up and stock up on gifts.

One of their most popular features is that you can get a custom monogram on your bag. I had to of course get CSC for Charleston Shop Curator.  This is now my go to bag when I need to travel light with just my phone and keys, the perfect bag for a girl on the go!

I love it when brands give back to their community and Spartina 449 does exactly that.  They donate a portion of their proceeds to the Daufuskie Island Historical Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to education, scientific discovery and charity to preserve the cultural heritage of Daufuskie.

This beautiful porch designed by Catherine M. Austin with pillow accents by The Blush Label does look like it could be on an island, but it’s actually the Charleston Symphony Orchestra Designer League Showhouse at 36 Society in downtown Charleston.  More on this gem tomorrow!

Laser cut shirt dress $179 by Rachel Roy // AKA Monogram Colette Crossbody $92, Oblique ear jacket earrings $32, Pearl Gala necklace $129, On Edge stretch bracelet $49, Twofold skinny cuff $36, On Edge cuff $32 // Custom diamond and amethyst stacked rings by Ash Hoffman // 14k gold plated rings by Freida Rothman at  Croghan’s Jewel Box $215 // Matte gold ring from Gold Creations // Similar blue satin pumps by Sam Edelman from Zappos $95.99

Photography by Clifford Pate, Shot on location at The Symphony Designer Showhouse at 36 Society Street

Taking the Plunge

Friday night at  Charleston Fashion Week was Mason Hosker‘s runway debut.   Of course I had to wear a dress by the local designer.  This one was quite special since it was one of a kind and named after me!  The structure of the bodice was the most flattering I’ve ever worn in a plunging neckline. Once you try on a Mason Hosker you’ll understand why it’s important to invest in a dress where fit and quality are impeccable.

I wanted to get a certain kind of updo and Christin at Dry Bar Charleston went above and beyond what I was thinking.  She gave me this modern twist to a retro style, something I could never have dreamed up or found on Pinterest.

With all the creme and blush tones I was wearing it was so easy to pick out a clutch from Taxidermy and jewelry from Ash Hoffman and Croghan’s Jewel Box.

“Andrea” dress by Mason Hosker $895 // “Maris” diamond earrrings $795 and custom diamond and amethyst stacked rings by Ash Hoffman // 18k moonstone diamond Moroccan ring $4,950, 18k morganite diamond hexagonal stone ring $1,840, sterling silver moonstone & topaz bangle $680, 18k diamond bangle $3,200, sterling silver moonstone white topaz bangle $570 from Croghan’s Jewel Box // “Harper” Natural Lizard clutch $895 by Taxidermy // “Aggie” rose gold pumps by Summit by White Mountain $179 from Zappos // “Wally” Phone Case by Distil Union $34.99 from Amazon // RMS Beauty Nail Polish in Luminizer $15 from Anthropologie

Photography by Clifford Pate, Hair by Christin Phoenix at Dry Bar Charleston

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Marble Top

Last Thursday night at Charleston Fashion Week I got decked out in Maris DeHart to represent their Style Makers tent.  They recreated their Vendue Shop in the middle of Marion Square complete with fixtures filled with items from featured designers – Hart Studio, Catie Curran, Naked Eyes, Ellia Wang, and Lisa Hoang; plus local makers Element Candles and art by Sam Rueter.

Maris DeHart is doing a special collaboration with 2016 CFW Emerging Designer Lisa Hoang for a capsule collection including this marble top that I was so excited to scoop up!  These earrings by Hart Studio were the perfect accent to my outfit.  Her tassel earrings are taking the town by a storm. I swear every other girl I saw at Fashion Week were wearing her earrings.

There’s nothing like piling on some diamond rings by Croghan’s Jewel Box to pair with this Antler Box by Taxidermy.  I definitely felt like a million bucks.

Marble top by Lisa Hoang x Maris DeHart $178, Pants by Do + Be $118, Berg + Betts watch $128, Earrings by Hart Studio $54 from Maris DeHart // Goldbug cuff $250, 14k diamond Tahitian pearl ring $485, Labradorite diamond ring $2,825, 14k moonstone diamond ring $2,900 from Croghan’s Jewel Box // Antler Box clutch $695 by Taxidermy // “Brody” platform oxford by Summit White Mountain Shoes $148.95 from Nordstrom // Pink robe coat from The Trunk Show

Photography by Clifford Pate

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