Wild Dunes Weekend

This past weekend I had the opportunity to stay at Wild Dunes Resort with my boys and we had the best time ever!  I already feel lucky to live in a place like Charleston where you can easily live like your on vacation.  If you do live in Charleston you know what I mean, but it’s also nice to actually getaway from your normal routine.  I love escaping to Wild Dunes because you feel like your transported to some far away remote island, but your really just in Isle of Palms.  What’s that, a family vacation without the hassle of jumping on a plane or driving for several hours?  Sign me up!

The beautiful thing about Wild Dunes is that you can cater your experience to whatever you want it to be.  If your an active group like us you have to take advantage of the clay tennis courts, golfing, biking,  swimming in the ocean and pools and an eco-tour to Capers Island.  If we had more time we probably would have done some of the other water activities like jet skiing, paddle boarding, and parasailing. Because let’s face it, seeing the Lowcountry from the water is always on a whole nother level.  If you want a more chill experience you can take a spa day and have dinner delivered to your room.

I always like to get acquainted with the place that I’m staying at by exploring the grounds.  The pool is always a good start at Wild Dunes, especially when there’s 5 to choose from.  They’ve got it all from an olympic sized pool, a kid friendly pool with a large shallow area, the adult pool with cabanas, and 2 pools next to the beach with a bar that stocks every frozen drink you can imagine.  You can also get all the adult frozen drinks without alcohol like my favorite, the “Miami Vice” which is a mix of Pina Colada and Strawberry Daiquiri.

Beach Caftan Cover Up – Little Palms $70 and Silk Scarf – Little Palms $122 by The Blush Label (Use Curator15 at checkout and recieve 15% off of your purchase!) // Sunglasses by Quay from Tres Carmen Boutique // Jewels from Gold Creations // Hari Mari Scouts flip flops $64.95 from Nordstrom

With so many different accommodations to choose from, the possibilities are plentiful.  You can feel like your living at the Dunes if you opt for one of their villas, homes, condos, or a penthouse.  Or if you want that hotel feel you can stay at The Boardwalk Inn or The Village, which is where we stayed.   I loved just walking downstairs and grabbing a snack or water at Hudson’s Market.

This is actually the best time to visit Wild Dunes Resort because it’s off season.  Not everyone might agree with me, but I think we’re lucky that we can enjoy the summer weather through October.   Because I love sharing my fun experience with everyone I’m teaming up with Wild Dunes Resort on a special deal.  Guests who book a minimum of two night stay using the special code CURATE will receive $100 off, valid for all stays through October 31st.  Now don’t just sit there, book that getaway you’ve been wanting to do with your family,  your significant other, or your girls weekend.

It’s impossible to fit everything we did in one post so stay tuned the rest of my Wild Dunes recap!

Hibiscus one piece in Azalea $165 by Citrine Swim // Turkish Towel $32 by Charleston Weekender (use CURATOR20 at checkout for 20% off) // Sunglasses by Quay from Tres Carmen Boutique // Frances Cabochon stone earrings $495 by Ash Hoffman

Photography by Clifford Pate, Mani & Pedi from Mylk Bar

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The New New at Freshfields

Freshfields Village is buzzing with all of the new additions which means more reasons to keep on coming back.  Along with village veterans like The Resort Shop (where this dress is from), new businesses like Elizabeth Stuart Design, Studio 33 Kiawah, Blue Mercury, and and Fuji Restaurant have popped up over the summer.

Elizabeth Stuart Design is known in the Charleston area for her sophisticated selections in home decor, art, and accessories.  Her satellite shop in Kiawah is a curated mix of gorgeous jewelry from the likes of S Carter and cool shades by AM Eyewear (pictured here).  Her offerings are a nice price range making it easy to find gifts or splurge on yourself.

Blue Mercury was a no-brainer top open up, with no other makeup stores in the area of Kiawah and Johns Island.  This national store has shops everywhere including downtown Charleston, but this Freshfields Village location was much needed.  You can find the best makeup and skincare lines out there, and also get spa treatments like facials, waxing, and massages.  I had to try out some of their products and was so happy with the makeup application they gave me.

Another void in the area was a Japanese restaurant and our prayers have finally been answered with Fuji.  Their creative selection of sushi rolls, delicious salads, and appetizers will have you wanting to come back over and over again.  This is now on the top of my list for sushi in Charleston, and the best part is they can make any custom roll you want.  My friend Libby of Plate South and I were on a roll (pun intended) sampling everything we thought we could fit in our stomachs. If you go you have to try my favorites – Harumaki, Tuna Martini and the Avocado Salad.  As far as rolls go it just depends on how adventurous you are, but I’m sure you won’t be disappointed.

If your looking for a relaxing shopping and dining experience then Freshfields Village is your answer.   Fall is always a great time to come out to the Village so follow them on Instagram to stay in the know of all of their events and happenings.

Dress by Laundry by Shelli Segal $295 from The Resort Shop // Sunglasses by AM Eyewear $465, Beaded purse by Ink + Alloy $62.50, Diamond tusk necklace by S Carter $3,545, Full pave diamond cuff by S Carter $1,370, Sterling silver wide ring by Sarah Richardson $200, Sterling silver equator ring $295, Asymetrical Iris Smokey ring $1,200, Sterling silver tripod ring by Sarah Richardson$155 all from Elizabeth Stuart Design from Freshfields Village //  Caress sandals by Corso Como from Nordstrom $119.95

Photography by Libby Williams 

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1 Scarf, 10 Ways

It’s that time of year where you’re yearning for the switch in your wardrobe but can’t bear to think about fall clothing.  With the right accessories you can easily transition your outfits into the next season.  One easy way is to use a scarf like this one from Senza Tempo.  The American made, local Charleston brand specializes in classically tailored clothing for women who want to invest in staple pieces for their wardrobe.  This silk scarf has a print of butterflies, roses & leaves that are based on vintage prints from the 50’s. Founder/designer Kristen Fanarakis of Senza Tempo wanted to refresh the print by modernizing it.  There are endless ways to style this scarf, but I wanted to feature 10 of my favorite styles.

“The Bandana”

“The Headband-Headwrap”

“The Belt”

“The Sixties Side Tie”

“The Sashay”

If you love this scarf as much as I do then register to get on Senza Tempo‘s email list and you just might win one for yourself.  Click here to be entered to be entered into the drawing.

View more to see all of my ideas on how to tie one on.

Denim Jane jumpsuit by Valfre $92 from Dandy Boutique // Scarf $275 by Senza Tempo // Bag by Parisa Wang $340 and boots by Dolce Vita $240 from Shoes on King //  Bailey sunglasses $50 by Blue Planet Eyewear // Feathered ear jacket earrings by Spartina 449 $18 from Shoptiques

Photography by Paul King

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In the Navy

There’s something about a navy and white combo that is so classic but always fresh.   I’m a big fan of dramatic sleeves and Tres Carmen Boutique has so many great tops in stock like this one.  The beauty of it is that most of their clothes are so incredibly affordable.  This top is under $80 and these pearly heels are only $44!  I truly believe that you don’t have to spend a lot of money to look like a million bucks.

Tres Carmen Boutique carries a big selection of Julie Vos jewelry, which is great if you like to stack them up like me.

Fall is around the corner which means that Tres Carmen Boutique is getting shipments in on a daily basis.  Follow this local boutique on Instagram so you don’t miss out on all their new goodies.  And if you venture out to Kiawah then visit them in Freshfields Village because they usually carry different styles and brands that you won’t find in their James Island location.

Top by Gracia, shoes by Qupid $44, sunglasses by Quay, elephant cuff $245, bangles $210, and earrings $85 by Julie Vos from Tres Carmen Boutique // Vermeil double band fusion ring by Freida Rothman from Croghan’s Jewel Box // White pants by Do + Be from Maris De Hart

Photography by Clifford Pate

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Total Eclipse of the Heart

Today we make history in Charleston as millions of people view the solar eclipse in the path of totality.  From Salem, Oregon to Charleston, South Carolina the moon will completely cover the sun and the sun’s tenuous atmosphere – the corona – can be seen.

Even though the total eclipse will be 2 minutes – from 2:46 – 2:48pm, the effects will last for hours before and after.  Safety 1st when it comes to these solar events, that’s why I bought my glasses for me and my family months before just in cases they sold out.  Be sure your “eclipse glasses”have the ISO 12312-2 international safety standard printed on them.  I know everyone will want to document this epic day but looking at the uneclipsed or partially eclipsed sun through an unfiltered camera, telescope, binoculars, or other optical device isn’t safe with or without the glasses.

The last total solar eclipse viewed from the United States was on Feb. 26, 1979 whose path passed through the northwestern U.S. states of Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, and North Dakota.   I’m so grateful I didn’t have to do any traveling for this monumental day, and I can spend it watching in the comforts my neighborhood in James Island with my family.

Lace up crop cropped t-shirt $36 by Cotton Candy LA, Jeans by Wish List $52 from House of Sage //Alesso cuffs $150 each, Lueur earrings $75 by Elizabeth & James, Industrial finish 5 stack rings $275, Industrial finish caged ring $155, Pave arrow pendant necklace $125 by Freida Rothman all from Croghan’s Jewel Box // York sandals by Sam Edelman $82.95 from Amazon

Photography by Clifford Pate

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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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