Starry Days

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

Top down, radio up

Serving up some retro style from Dandy Boutique is what I love to do, especially when it’s paired with this 1970 convertible Mercedes from Dream Classics Rentals.  I love mix of fun merchandise at this Upper King boutique and everything is so reasonably priced.   I can’t wait to see what’s in store for Christmas!

If you love jewelry like I do then you don’t want to miss out on the “Shake it up” trunk show at Croghans Jewel Box featuring Jude Frances & EF Collection next Thursday, November 16th from 5:30 – 7:30pm.  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 Sugarhill Boutique $65, beret $18, sunglasses $18 from Dandy Boutique // 18k diamond brushed bezel cigar band $1,740, 18k diamond malese beaded white topaz $2,590, 18k turquoise moroccan ring $2,080, 18k labradorite black onyx diamond moroccan marrakesh ring $2,080, 18k diamond lisse simple bangle $3,200, 18k diamond provence quad bracelet $2,690, 18k diamond brushed lisse bangle $3,260 from Croghans Jewel Box // booties from Tres Carmen 

Photography by Pale Girl Photo, car from Dream Classics Rentals from Restoration Hotel

Adorned: Charleston Jewelry Makers

Charleston is exploding with talent and local jewelry designers are leading the pack in the style sector.  I’m highlighting 4 emerging designers who will be on Lowcountry Live this Friday at 10am – Kaypea Jewelry, Catie Curran, Barracuda Moon, and Kristy Bishop. These women are skilled metal smiths, textile designers and are creating one of a kind jewelry that make a lasting impression.  I’m doing a giveaway with each designer on my Instagram, so follow along here to enter to win.

Kristin Panke the designer of Kaypea Jewelry has a bohemian vibe with native American influences.  She is inspired by her travels, yoga, the sea, and being wild & free.  Kristin uses materials such as silver and brass, natural stones – opal and turquoise, and casts shark teeth to adorn cuffs, rings, earrings, and bracelets.   Each piece is one of a kind and the variety of turquoise she uses are so unique.  Currently she sells locally at Albizia Apothecary on James Island and her next pop up will be the Charleston Makers Market on Oct 22 at Pacific Box & Crate.

Catie Curran’s, inspiration stems from nature, especially insects and animals. Using unconventional material like beetle wings, she has created wearable art that is mystical and unique.  Her geometric and organic shapes are the consistent theme in her brass and silver jewelry.  She combines casting and fabrication processes to create all of her pieces in her home studio.  Currently she sells at Maris DeHart and is planning two trunk shows in November –  West Elm on November 4th and Cannonborough Collective on November 18th.

 Sydney Pope is the designer behind Barracuda Moon and is dedicated to life lived by the ocean. She uses repurposed materials such as sea glass found in Charleston, gemstones, and hand-forged metals such as 14kt gold-filled.    The barracuda symbolizes the hunt; they are driven seekers of the sea, not afraid to roam wild and free.  The moon symbolizes a life lived by the ocean which is often planned around the tides.  A portion of all online sales are donated to the Polaris Project, a charity devoted to ending human trafficking, modern slavery.  Currently she sells at Ro Sham Beaux, The Resort Shop in Freshfields Village, Sterling Styles in Hilton Head Island. She also has a busy pop-up shop season with appearances at Ro Sham Beaux on Oct. 21st, Celadon Nov. 11, Off Runway Event & Fashion Show with Brooke Wilder Atelier Nov. 19th at Charles Towne Landing, Daniel Island Holiday Festival December 2nd at the Volvo Stadium. 

Kristy Bishop is a local artist primarily known for her textile and woven installations.  She is embracing her knowledge of natural dying and is now creating wearable art with her jewelry line of  Coiled Cotton dyed and sewn together. She makes dye out of plants such as Osage Orange, Indigo, and Cochineal which is an insect.  The types of dyes that she uses are gathered locally in Charleston, SC or other places that she’s visited while traveling.  Her primary sources include roadside growth, gardens, and grocery stores.  Her monthly indigo dyeing class that she hosts at her studio in West Ashley that are both educational and fun.  You have the chance to learn about the history of this dye plant and how it’s native to  South Carolina, the chemistry of a vat, and dye samples using shibori tie dye methods.  I’ve done one of her workshops, and transformed some my white clothes into beautiful hues of blue. Her next Indigo Workshop is Sunday, October 22, 1:00pm – 3:00pm and it’s only $20.

 Overalls by Free People from Macy’s $128 // Tank Top andLeather moto jacket by Blank NYC from Tres Carmen Boutique // Adrian shoes by Summit White Mountain $179 from Zappos // Papou hat from Goorin Bros.

Velvet Jumpsuit by Jack BB Dakota $68 from Tres Carmen 

Free People dress $96 from Asos

Photography by Pale Girl Photo

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Bottoms Up

Charleston is full of art and I love that you can find it in the most unassuming places.  This vibrant floor mural by local artist Douglas Panzone is tucked away in a College of Charleston apartment building where the students can enjoy it from their balcony.  It’s located right next to House of Sage, the local boutique heavily frequented by the college crowd, and also one of the best places to shop local on a budget.

This jumpsuit is only $60 and the denim jacket is only $55 at House of Sage!  Just when you think the deals can’t get any sweeter, their having a shopping event on Saturday and Sunday. For every full priced bottom you purchase enters you into a drawing for a chance to win a $75 gift certificate.  So bottoms up while you sip on champagne while you shop and scoop up those deals!

Jumpsuit by San Souci $60,  Denim jacket by San Souci $55, hat $34, and necklace $16 from House of Sage // Adrian shoes by Summit White Mountain $179 from Zappos

Photography by Paul King

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Captivated by Capers

After living in Charleston for 13 years it’s hard to believe that I’m still discovering this town.  During my stay at Wild Dunes Resort a couple of weeks ago, I took one of their excursions – an eco-tour to Capers Island and I was blown away.  The van ride from the resort to the Isle of Palms marina was a quick 5 minute ride and we hopped on a boat with Barrier Island Eco Tours.

Our guides shared their knowledge of the rich waters filled with marine life and how much our environment impacts the eco-system.  They’ve built up quite the collection of shells, bones, and even native American pottery over the years.  The hour long tour on the way to Capers was an adventure filled with crab catching, bird watching, and we were lucky enough to see a few dolphins jumping out of the water.

Our guides pulled up their crab traps and brought them on board so we could get some hands on experience.  We learned the difference between a male and female crab and the crabs that are native to South Carolina.  Mateo carefully held up a female stone crab, we heard you don’t want to mess with those claws.

When we finally landed on Capers I felt like I was an explorer discovering an unknown island.  This nature preserve displays some of the most untouched beauty I’ve ever seen.  Washed up trees scattered like sculptures in the sand.

We found so many perfect conch shells everywhere and they were huge!

There’s nothing like escaping with the family and discovering new places.  If you want to get away for the weekend and take it all in, Wild Dunes Resort should be on the top of your list.  This island destination curates the best packages for the ultimate coastal experience.   I can’t wait to go back and explore more!

Leon Jumper $80 from Mill Street Boutique // Escape bag $99 from The Charleston Weekender // Bailey sunglasses by Blue Planet Eyewear $49.95 from Backcountry // Hari Mari Scouts flip flops $64.95 from Nordstrom // Frances Cabochon stone earrings $495Zoe necklace $195, charm cuff, engraved bar rings $75 each all by Ash Hoffman Jewelry

Photography by Clifford Pate, Mani & Pedi from Mylk Bar

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Joy Ride

Riding bikes is one of my favorite things to do and being able to soak up the scenery on two wheels in Wild Dunes Resort is the ultimate experience.  Their bike rental shop located across the street from The Village Inn has bikes for the whole family.  The bike friendly sidewalk seemed to stretch for miles and the weather was perfect for our day of activities.

We worked up our appetites for breakfast at Huey’s, the restaurant on the green named for an infamous Goose that lurked the resort.  With wrap around windows overlooking the golf course, the view was just as good as the food.

We had heard about their famous blueberry pancakes so we had to order that stat.  They really did live up to the legacy and now every pancake I have after that is going to be a tough act to follow.  They surprised us with this massive fruit plate that was enough to feed an army.   This was one of the best breakfasts I’ve had in Charleston and I’ll have to make a trip back to Wild Dunes just to have those pancakes.

The golf course at Wild Dunes is recognized as the best in the state by Golf Digest with 36 holes spread out on their beautiful property.  If your not an avid golfer but want to try your hand at it they offer clinics and private lessons by their seasoned instructors.  Jeff Minton is one of the instructors and he gives the best pointers and tips.   We loved our lessons with Jeff, especially my boys.  Even Sebastian got to hit a few balls with his one good arm.

It’s all about the form and follow through.

The day continued with a tennis match on their clay courts and lounging by the pool.  Another perfect day in paradise.

In case you missed out on my other blog post, I’m teaming up with Wild Dunes Resort on a special discount so you can experience all of the fun.  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.

Top $96 and shorts $88 by Show Me your Mumu and hat by Aviate from  Tres Carmen Boutique // Double decker lurex sneakers $57.95 from Keds // Multi tourmaline arrow necklace by Ash Hoffman

Photography by Clifford Pate

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Coastal Life

The experience at Wild Dunes Resort continues with our fun filled Saturday night.  First we dove into a delicious dinner at Coastal Provisions, a restaurant located in the Boardwalk Inn.  Dining al fresco is my favorite way to experience a meal, especially when you live on the coast.  We got a primo table near the pool and sipped on signature cocktails and noshed on a delectable coastal fare.

The seafood focused menu is packed with ingredients that are both locally and regionally sourced.  The Tuna Poke was so fresh and the accents of tamari, benne seed, chili garlic sauce green onion, and avocado was mouth watering.

Not a bad view over here.

We had to try the oyster platter because that’s just what you do at Coastal Provisions.  I never get sick of slurping down those oysters. Chef Read Wolfe surprised us with a local mushroom appetizer with micro greens, radish, and breadcrumbs that had the perfect balance of texture and taste.

Afterwards we took a walk on the beach as the sun set.  The powder blue, pink, and lavender sky always looks like a water color painting to me.  I’m convinced we have the prettiest sunsets in the world.  Because it’s the end of the summer, we had most of the beach to ourselves.  I’m a Folly Beach girl, but it’s so nice to experience the Isle of Palms.  I love seeing all the pretty pastel houses on our walk.   As my boys ran around the beach, I reflected on what a great time we were having at Wild Dunes Resort.  It’s so important to take the time out and enjoy life, especially when it’s right in your backyard.

My little Sebastian didn’t let his broken arm get in the way of his good times.

We capped the evening by making s’mores by the fire pit.  Located right downstairs from our hotel room at The Village, this is where most people end their night.  When we saw our complimentary S’mores kits waiting for us in our hotel room we knew we would be in for a treat.  My boys have been bugging me to make S’mores all summer, and I’m so happy we finally did it.  This is glamping at it’s best!

Jumpsuit by Moon River $99 from Mill Street Boutique // Sunglasses by Quay from Tres Carmen Boutique // Geraldine hoop earrings $155, Lena stacked rings $325 each, 2 stone poppy topaz white gold ring, and charm cuff by Ash Hoffman // Morganite diamond ring $2,750 Gold Creations  // Keds x Rifle Paper Co. Triple Decker Lively Floral sneakers $60 from Keds

Photography by Clifford Pate, Mani from Mylk Bar

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