It was a huge honor to be a judge for the Charleston Fashion Week Emerging Designer competition again this year. The Fern Mallis, creator of New York Fashion Week, came back again and said that this is her favorite fashion week, which is a huge compliment given that she travels globe seeing other fashion weeks across the world. Courtney Wartman, VP of Marketing at Clique, who handles clients such as Who What Wear and Byrdie, also expressed how impressed she was with the talent that Charleston Fashion Week brings together. One of my favorites, model scout Karen Lee always comes back with the model panel. Her mission is to scope out the fresh faces and help decide on the model search winners at fashion week.
I love that fashion designer and Charleston native Pauline Nakios is part of the designer panel of judges. Her expertise in the design industry is immeasurable. Not only does she have 2 brands – Leo & Sage and Lilla P, but she also has a store in New York, and is a mother of 2 sweet boys. I always look forward to her visits back to the south.
I couldn’t have made it through fashion week without my fashion sidekick, Hillary Conheady. I love it when man about town Jonatan Guerrero Ramirez, can help me with my shoots and Lowcountry Live. He always bring a smile and great energy wherever he goes.
Ashley Brooke Perryman is a superwoman. As the beauty director for Charleston Fashion Week, she works with every store and designer on hair and makeup looks for the runway shows, and directs her team on the execution. She does all of this with such calmness and grace.
The high quality of the production at Charleston Fashion Week always amazes me and Jacqueline Russell is the glue that keeps it together.
Female empowerment is her agenda, Shelly Young from Skirt Mag.
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Photography by Clifford Pate
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The people watching at Charleston Fashion Week is always the highlight for me. Sometimes I don’t even feel like I’m in Charleston, and where do these beautiful creatures come from? There’s nothing like seeing people decked out in the middle of Marion Square.
Photography by Clifford Pate
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I can’t believe it’s already February! Where did the time go? Luckily I can feel that spring is around the corner, which means a change of wardrobe and Valentine’s Day. I’ll be sharing a lot things on this post starting with this dress from Mulberry and King. I was eyeing it at the Champagne Society at The Skinny Dip a couple of weeks ago when the founders Meghan and Meredith were speaking. I loved hearing their story about starting a successful online store, how could you not want to support these two boss moms??
Rose gold is still having a moment, and it’s not going anywhere. I love these rings from Gold Creations, especially the morganite ones. The pale pink stone on the rose gold is too good. The flowers are from Petaloso, and I’m so lucky I have a good friend who is both talented and has great taste. Flowers add so much life and vibrancy in photos and who doesn’t love fresh flowers? I have a feeling you’ll be seeing more pretty arrangements popping up on my blog more frequently.
This cute little macaroon jewelry box from Vieuxtemps is the cutest thing and it comes in a array of pastel colors. Perfect for storing your jewelry when your travelling, but don’t try to eat them, they’re not edible.
But these cupcakes from Cupcake sure are! I’ll be featuring them on my Lowcountry Live Valentine’s segment today at 10am alongside Island Haus Paperie, Stella Nova at Mt. Pleasant Towne Centre, and Holy Spokes Bike Share. I’m also doing an instagram giveaway with Cupcake and Holy Spokes Bike Share, click here to check out the latest posts and enter to win!
These rose gold beauties are by Pilar Cuadros, a Peruvian brand I discovered from my friend Romel Oliveria. I love supporting home grown brands across the globe, especially when they make gorgeous shoes.
Today is also National Wear Red Day to raise awareness on women’s heart health. The American Heart Association’s national movement to end heart disease and stroke in women has been a huge campaign and I’m happy to spread the word. I hope I see a lot of red on the streets in Charleston today!
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January is in full swing which means that it’s the start of oyster season. The world’s biggest oyster festival, The Lowcountry Oyster Festival, is just around the corner which means there’ll be a lot of shucking and schmoozing. Coming up on it’s 35th year and taking place at Boone Hall Plantation, it’s pretty much the kick off to the social season in Charleston.
Dressing for an oyster roast is a fine balance of being casually put together. It’s usually cold out, sometimes muddy, and you always want to have your hands free. I swung by M. Dumas & Sons to take a spin in their “shuck friendly” styles. I was immediately drawn to their massive Barbour selection of utilitarian jackets and vests. The water resistant material and deep pockets are essential when your spilling oyster juice everywhere and you need a place to store your phone, keys, and other necessities.
Me and my husband Gustavo fell in love with the form meets function aesthetic of the Barbour brand and their long heritage of quality that they stand behind. The family legacy that keeps the brand going aligns perfectly with the M. Dumas & Sons story. The King Street institution has been dressing men in the lowcountry for over a century. They first opened their doors in 1917 by Mendel Dumas and the local store is still going strong after 100 years. Their ever evolving mix of merchandise ranges from the classic styles, to contemporary brands, to tailored suiting. If your looking to stock up on winter clothes and other styles that will carry you well into the spring months then take advantage of their 40-50% off sale right now.
I was happy to discover M. Dumas & Sons has an extensive selection of Barbour jackets and vests for women like this quilted one which is on sale too! Keep up with them on their Instagram for all of exciting events they’ll be a part of at Sewe in February and a runway show at Charleston Fashion Week in March.
An oyster keychain by Oysters All Around adds a personal touch to this bag by Filson at M. Dumas & Sons. Oysters All Around is a local brand that makes accessories made with oyster shells as well as designing products with the oyster motif. I’m so glad I discovered them at Cannonborough Collective by my girl Charleston Weekender. I’m excited to share more about these local businesses alongside The Lowcountry Oyster Festival on Lowcountry Live tomorrow at 10am. We’ll be giving away 2 tickets to The Lowcountry Oyster Festival and a market tote, note pad, oyster shucker and navy oyster shell tassel keychain from Oysters All Around so don’t miss out!
Hopefully I’ll see some of you at The Lowcountry Oyster Festival. Tickets are only $17.50 in advance and kids 10 and under are free. There’ll be plenty of activities for the kiddos, oyster buckets are $12-$14, and various food and drink vendors will be set up to compliment those oysters. This event gets busy fast, so plan on coming on the earlier side (it’s from 10am-5pm) to get that good parking spot and decent elbow room to shuck.
Calvary polar quilt jacket by Barbour $279 (40% off), Filson bag $250 from M. Dumas & Sons
On Gustavo: Faherty plaid shirt $148 and Duke wax jacket by Barbour $399 (40% off) from M. Dumas & Sons
Photography by Nicole Mickle
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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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