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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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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