As 2017 draws to a close I’m wrapping it up with a couple of my favorite party looks. This dress by Alexis at Beckett is a dream and the perfect to transition from winter into spring. This Upper King boutique has the most covetable collection of clothing and brands that are exclusive to Charleston. They carry on trend Aussie brands like Rebecca Vallance and Lover the Label and when you wear one of their pieces it makes you feel you instantly cool.
The Fantasy Garden collection from Candy Shop Vintage is full of whimsical jewelry adorned with unicorns, bumble bees, and flowers. Designer Deirdre Zahl teamed up with 125 year old jewelry company Ciner to produce her latest collection. Her adorable Cannon Street shop is packed with vintage jewelry as well as other local designers and fun accessories from brands from all over.
This dress from Mulberry & King is a knock out, especially when it’s under $100! Unfortunately it’s sold out but they have plenty of other great party dresses that are perfect for a New Year’s Eve bash. You’ve got to follow them on Instagram to keep up to date on the latest releases because they’re known for selling out quick on certain styles. The online boutique based here in Charleston is run by 2 girl bosses and best friends – Megan and Meredith. I have so much respect for theses women who can juggle young little ones while being successful mompreneurs. I featured Mulberry & King a couple of weeks ago on Lowcountry Live along with Beckett and Candy Shop Vintage for my holiday outfits segment, you can watch the video here if you need some last minute ideas.
If your looking to drop any hints for last minute gift ideas that are sure to dazzle then Croghan’s Jewel Box is the place. Specializing in fine jewelry, they also have a gorgeous collection of estate jewelry and playful costume jewelry at every price range. I love following them on Instagram to see the latest baubles and engagements with their rings. This family run business is over 100 year old and the 4th generation is just as excited to carry on the legacy. They also carry gifty items for special occasions and something for the man in your life. Goblets, silver trays, vases, flasks, engravable photo albums, and feathered bow ties are just some of the treasures you’ll find on their shelves.
I’m so grateful for all of the opportunities and collaborations with all of the local talent here in Charleston. It’s pretty incredible how many people I get to connect with on a daily basis through my blog, social media, and Lowcountry Live, these are the experiences that make my life fulfilling. I’m so proud to see my city grow and all of the entrepreneurs and emerging talent that are thriving here. I look forward to keep on exploring and enjoying new experiences with my family and loved ones in 2018. Wishing everyone a wonderful Christmas holiday and prosperous New Year!
I’m signing off for the rest of the year on my blog but you can keep up with me on my Instagram and see you in 2018!
Blue lace peplum dress and Black fringe heel with pearl trim $36 from Mulberry & King // Sterling Silver Wallace Water Goblet $450, 14k lapis and diamond earrings $2,980, 14k 12mm freshwater pearl fluid ring $1,915, 14k yellow gold mabe pearl diamond ring $2,950, 18k sapphire diamond pave mummy ring $7,500, 14k turquoise and diamond ring $1,950, 14k Tahitian pearl fluid cuff bracelet $1,915, 14k freshwater fluid pearl cuff bracelet $2,020 all from Croghan’s Jewel Box
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There’s always new places to explore and shop at Freshfields Village. For you last minute shoppers there’s something for everyone on your list. Christmas shopping can be exhausting, but doing it at Freshfields Village is a breeze, with all the parking and stores in close proximity. They even did the work for you with their curated gift guide – click here for some great gift ideas.
Who doesn’t love a little pampering in their life? Blue Mercury is the one stop shop for the beauty buff in your life or someone who just needs a little refresh in the makeup department. Carrying favorites like Bobbi Brown, La Mer, Darphin, Kiehl’s, Chantecaille, Living Proof, RMS Beauty, Goop! and Smith & Cult, they have you covered. They also have an in-house spa, which offers treatments like Oxygen Facials, glycolic peels, and waxing services, plus they do makeup applications. This Bobbi Brown everything eyes book is perfect for that budding makeup artist friend or someone who wants to explore their skills.
Super Goop! is a pretty amazing skincare line that has SPF in all of their products. From lip balm, lotion, refreshing spray, body oil, your skin in protected with their 30-50 spf. These are a couple of my favorites.
Mexican has got to be one of my favorite foods out there and I was excited to find out that Cantina 76 was opening at Freshfields Village. With locations in Columbia and Greenville, I’m glad they picked Kiawah for their 3rd outpost. My recommendations? The Dirty Queso to share, Roasted Chicken Taco, and you can’t go wrong with any of their Enchiladas.
Another great thing is that the portions are generous and are perfect to share. My kids are the pickiest eaters and they even found a few things that they liked and munched on the endless chips and salsa.
Pella Faux Fur Coat in Leopard $348 ,Virgo Sweater $198 ,Watson Jeans $178.00 from J. McLaughlin // Sunglasses from Village Optical in Freshfields Village // Jewelry by Julie Vos from GDC Home // “Brody” platform oxford by Summit White Mountain Shoes $148.95 from Nordstrom
Photography by Libby Williams
Here’s my 6 hours in Freshfields video which highlights some of my favorite haunts including Tres Carmen, Blue Mercury, Beija Flor, and Dolittle’s. Hopefully it will give you some gift ideas and places you’ll want to splurge on yourself.
I can’t believe that Christmas is 1 week away! I rounded up some wearable gift ideas for your last minute shopping from House of Sage and Ash Hoffman. House of Sage is running a 12 days of Christmas sale from now until December 24th. If you like jeans then this is your lucky day because it’s 20% off all denim. Check out their Facebook page for daily deals including 20% off the entire store on December 23rd. Their prices are already pretty amazing so stock up for yourself and gifts for that fashion girl in your life.
Ash Hoffman is based in Myrtle Beach and has many fans here in Charleston including me. She makes the coolest custom jewelry, but you still have time to shop online for her handcrafted boho chic jewels. I love stacking her jewelry to make a statement. Follow Ash on Instagram to see the latest designs and her cute 12 days of Christmas ideas for last minute stocking stuffers.
My glitter ombre mani is by Mylk Bar, Charleston’s eco-nail bar located in Mt. Pleasant. The color is Brentwood Wives and I had to get a gel so I could stay festive through the New Year.
Crushed Velvet Belle Sleeve Top by Olivaceous $66, Jeans by Mink Pink, Luxe Fur Jacket by Mink Pink $160, Charisma Suede Booties by Chinese Laundry $94 all from House of Sage // Kristine earrings with diamonds $4,190, To the Moon and Back in yellow gold $225, Maria stacked rings with diamond $175, Meghan yellow gold stacked rings $175 each, Caroline thick hammered band ring $275, Silver band with black diamonds $425 all handmade by Ash Hoffman // Luxury Wig Flatscreen sunglasses by Raen $150 from Zappos
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What does Christmas mean to you? For me it’s keeping tradition and starting new ones. Spending time with my family and keeping up with my social events is always a juggling act. I’ve been hitting the Christmas circuit hard this year from The Nutcracker, to attending and participating in Christmas parades around town. There’s always something to do in Charleston and I’m thankful for that. One of the events I always look forward to is Dandy Boutique’s annual Christmas Party. Tomorrow from 4-8pm they’ll be having store wide sales, and a GIVEAWAY worth $350! With their newly expanded Made in Charleston section and retro inspired clothes and accessories, you’ll be sure to find something for someone.
These beautifully cupcakes are from Cupcake Down South, and they are the most decadent and delicious desserts I’ve experienced. They’ve been promoting their 12 days of Cupcakes and everyday it’s another seasonal sensation like Eggnogg, Candy Cane, and Gingerbread to name a few. Forget about your diet until the new year and splurge on one of these delectable works of art.
Dandy Boutique always has the cutest clothes for the best prices. I just scooped up this furry coat for $68! You can hardly go out to dinner for two for that price.
I’m so grateful I get to collaborate with talented locals like owner of Dandy Boutique, Holly McGetrick. Not only does she have great taste, she’s the sweetest person with the biggest heart. She had the vision of opening up a store full of vintage inspired clothing and accessories and there still is no other store in Charleston like it. I’m looking forward to see what Dandy Boutique has in store for 2018!
As 2017 draws to a close, I’m reflecting on all the amazingly talented people I’ve been able to work with and I’m lucky that I’m still discovering new creatives to collaborate with. Holly brought this shoot together and it was a great team who knew how to nail that 40’s look. Big thanks to Nicole Mickle Photography, Makeup by Mariah at Pampered & Pretty, Hair by Rosa Martinez, and this sweet ride from Sea island event company. I’m looking forward to more fun shoots ahead!
Pink Velvet Dress by Everly- $60, Fluffy Coat $68, Black Purse $62, Brown Metallic Skirt- by Everly $67, Blue Sweater by Hell Bunny $65, Navy Bow Purse by Hell Bunny $65, Silver/Navy Shoes by Chelsea Crew $84, Bronze Beaded Necklace by I Crave Jewels- $58, Vintage Button Rings $8-$16 made by Christie McGetrick all from Dandy Boutique
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Shopping can be a daunting task around the holidays, but it doesn’t always have to be. Why not knock out everyone on your list at Freshfields Village with over 25 shops to choose from and more than a few restaurants to refuel at? The newly renovated J. McLaughlin store has lots of cute clothes to keep you cozy like this one I’m wearing. I’m obsessed with this leopard print coat, it’s my new go to!
Pella Faux Fur Coat in Leopard $348 ,Virgo Sweater $198 ,Watson Jeans $178.00 from J. McLaughlin // Mo Eyewear Geek $175 from Village Optical in Freshfields Village // Jewelry by Julie Vos from GDC Home // “Brody” platform oxford by Summit White Mountain Shoes $148.95 from Nordstrom
Indigo Books always has a great selection of books for the avid reader, collector, and loads of fun activity books for both kids and adults.
GDC Home is also known for it’s posh home furnishings, but they also carry a great selection of jewelry from brands like Julie Voss, seasonal decor, and books.
Elizabeth Stuart Design is another great resource for eclectic home goods and hostess gifts. This jewelry by Tai jewelry which is handmade in Thailand and employs and supports some of the finest artisans in the country. The designer is involved with multiple charities both in her native Thailand and the United States.
These Zodax Modern Morocco Glass Perfume Bottles from Elizabeth Stuart Design are what else you can find in the chic boutique.
Sugar Snap Pea newly opened outpost in Kiawah has all the freshest goods for babies to kids.
Freshly Picked Moccasin Honey Bee $60, Appaman Patience Hat in Violet $34.99, Freshly Picked Moccasin Heirloom in Blush $60 from Sugar Snap Pea
Jelly Cat Solange Swan Rose Medium $32.50 from Sugar Snap Pea
Get your shopping done this Saturday while you enjoy the Freshfields Village Holiday Festival from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Free children’s activities include face painting by Cupcake and Company Children’s Entertainment, balloon twisting by Carol’s Balloon Art, inflatable games and rides on the Mechanical Reindeer with Charleston Fun Factory. There will also be a variety of complimentary holiday crafts with Teacups and Trucks, LLC and activity booths. Enjoy live music throughout the afternoon along with delicious treats available for purchase from local food vendors.
Plus, Santa will be in the Village from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm!
Photography by Libby Williams
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bevello is one of those stores where you walk in and your a little overwhelmed with the massive selection of cute clothes and accessories. That’s ok because this is a challenge I happily welcome because having too many options is never a bad thing. Not only do they have a great variety of party dresses perfect for the season, they also have cozy clothes you want to live in as well as great gift ideas. I’m sharing some of my favorite items starting at $8.50, and nothing is over $120! If your looking for Black Friday deals then swing by their downtown Charleston store at 285 King Street and take advantage of 25% OFF the entire store (full-price + sale).
Want to shop these looks and gifts from home? I linked all of the items directly to bevello’s online shop – Flossy Ruffle Sweater $98 by French Connection, Velvet Crop Flare $88 by Free People, Pom Beanie $42 by JVH, Elisa Necklace/ Rosegold Crystal $60 by Kendra Scott from bevello // Aurella $48.99 from Aldo
Easy stocking stuffers for any girl at any age – Sugarfina Large Candy Cubes $20, Sugarfina Candy Cubes $8.50, Insta Famous Book $12.99, Capture Your Style Book $19.95, Small Abstract Blush Candle $25 by DL + Co. available at bevello
bevello teamed up with Project Social T to donate a portion of their sales to Huntington Beach Youth Shelter who provides shelters, meals, counseling, tutoring and life skill development to kids in crisis. This t-shirt comes as a bundle with a creme t-shirt as well and it’s the softest cotton you’ll ever wear because it feels broken in. Gift the gift that gives back!
Wear Ever Tee Bundle $76 by Project Social T and sunglasses by Wild Fox $119
This post was created in partnership with bevello.
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You can’t deny the star trend that’s been happening right now. From prints to jewelry, it’s everywhere. Maybe the recent solar eclipse has made anything within our solar system hot. This cute little off the shoulder dress from House of Sage is one of my favorites in the store right now and it’s only $52!
The celestial theme continues with jewelry by EF Collection from Croghans Jewel Box. I love layering the dainty collection of diamond jewelry. Check out the jewels at their trunk show with Jude Frances this Thursday from 5:30 – 7:30pm at Croghans Jewel Box, 308 King Street. Cocktails “shaken” by Teddy Nixon from Bar Mash will be served from silver julep cups from Salisbury pewter. Take home the recipes for these festive cocktails and the julep cups will be 20% off 11/16 and 11/17 and engraving will be free!
Dress by Cotton Candy L.A. $52 and sunglasses from House of Sage // 14k white sapphire diamond starburst drop earrings $2,375, 14k diamond white sapphire moon ring $925, 14k diamond chain link ring $995, 14k diamond lightening bolt stack ring $295, 14k diamond white topaz stack ring $250, 14k diamond mini star stack ring $295, 14k diamond 5 bar necklace $695 from Croghans Jewel Box // Over the knee boots by Corso Como $169.97 from Nordstrom Rack
Photography by Pale Girl Photo