Oyster Roast Style

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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Frolicking Frocks

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.

Jeslyn Dress by Alexa from Beckett $560 // The Unicorn Collar Fantasy Necklace $395, Rhinestone Bee earrings (Crystal) $135 from Candy Shop Vintage

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

Photography by Kim Graham, Manicure by Mylk Bar, on location at 12 State Street listed with Handsome Properties

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Makeup and Mexican at Freshfields Village

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.

Bobbi Brown everything eyes book $14.95,  LAFCO fresh cut gardenia – living room classic candle $42,  BOBBI BROWN lip color $29 from Blue Mercury

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.

SUPERGOOP! spf 50 everyday $32,  SUPERGOOP! sun defying sunscreen oil spf 50 $34 from Blue Mercury

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.

Video by Brennan Wesley

Star Light, Star Bright

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 

Photography by Kim Graham, on location at 12 State Street listed with Handsome Properties

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Dandy Wonderland

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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Freshfields Finds

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.

AIain Miki eyeglasses $434 Village Optical, books from Indigo Books in Freshfields Village 

 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

Stay tuned for the rest of my gift ideas next month and check out Freshfields Village’s official gift guide here.

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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Blushing on bevello

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

Metallic Dot Bucket Bag $70

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

Pretty Wallet Purse $43 by Katie Loxton  and Small Abstract Blush Candle $25 by DL + Co. available at bevello

This post was created in partnership with bevello.

Photography by Pale Girl Photo, Hair by Danielle at Drybar Charleston, Makeup by Karyna at Colur Studios, on location at 32 Legare St. on sale at Handsome Properties

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