Dandy’s Cabana Daze

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It’s always a fun retro affair styling the Dandy Boutique look book shoots.  This summer we went to The Tides on Folly Beach for our “staycation” shoot.  It was the perfect backdrop for the pool party meets beach holiday.  The Tides is the only hotel on Folly that is beach front and has a pool, bar, and delish restaurant Blu all on the waterfront.  We were excited that they graciously hosted us for our day of vintage stylings.

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Not only does Dandy stock the cutest retro clothing and accessories at an affordable price, but they also carry pool floats, portable radios, picnic accessories, and everything else you need for a summer party. This year they added swimsuits by Kling and Steady Clothing that are perfect for any body type!

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Swimsuit by Kling, earrings by Tiny Tassel, sunglasses by Lipopsun, radio by SunnyLife, disco drinker: Packed Party

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Swimsuit by Kling, sunglasses by Lipopsun, necklace by Ban.do, watermelon float by by SunnyLife

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Swimsuits by Steady Clothing, sunglasses by Lipopsun, earrings by I Crave Jewels

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Anna wears: Striped Romper by She & Sky, sandals by B.C. Footwear Shoes, earrings by I Crave Jewels and bracelet by Tiny Tassel, sunglasses by Lipopsun

Abi wears: White romper by Everly, shirt by Kling, shoes by Loly in the Sky, earrings Tiny Tassel, sunglasses by Lipopsun

Photography by Jonathan Balliet, Styling by Andrea Serrano, Makeup by Rebekah Ellie, Hairstylist – Mac Does Hair, Models – Anna Holloway and Abi Rose, on location The Tides Folly Beach, all clothing and accessories from Dandy Boutique 

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Summer Style at Style Dwell

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The Summer Look Book shoot for Style Dwell was a day packed with endless swimwear and warm weather essentials.  Shot at the quaint Daffodil Cottages on Folly Beach, it was the perfect backdrop for for a tropical getaway.  Style Dwell,  stocks some of the best swimwear in town from pretty patterned bikinis to fun one pieces, so you can’t go wrong.  And the swimsuits are just the beginning.  They also carry on trend clothes and accessories including one of my favorite jewelry designers, Ash Hoffman. They’re so worth the trip to James Island to shop, and for the locals it’s so nice to just stay in the hood.

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Swimsuit by Trina Turk, sunglasses by Nectar

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Bikini by Nanette Lepore, kimono by Chaser, bracelets by Ash Hoffman, necklace by Lat & Lo

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Bikini by Trina Turk, body chain by Ash Hoffman

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Swimsuit by Mink Pink bracelets by Ash Hoffman, necklace by Lat & Lo

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Python mini bag by Taxidermy, cuff by Ash Hoffman

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View more to see the full look book!

Models – Chelsea Meissner & Via Patrick, photography by Clifford Pate, Styled by Andrea Serrano, shot on location at The Daffodil Cottages

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Dive In

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Bathing Suit by Acacia $207, Cover-up by L*Space $145, Sunglasses by Wonderland Sun $185 from Las Olas at Freshfields Village // Shoes by Donald J. Pliner from from Holly and Brooks at Freshfields Village // Hat by San Diego Hat Company $79 from 7 Gypsy // Tsavorite “annie” ring $325 and custom birthstone cuff (shown with aquamarine) starts at $295 by Ash Hoffman

Photography by Libby Williams, on location at Andell Inn

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Everybody Loves the Sunshine


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Naomi cardigan from J McLaughlin $219.90 at Freshfields Village // Lattice detail one piece swimsuit by Becca Swim $128 //  Sterling silver “paz” necklace $125 by Ash Hoffman // Sunglasses by Wonderland and straw hat from Las Olas at Freshfields Village // Floats by Bigmouth from Wonder Works Toys at Freshfields Village

Photography by Libby Williams, on location at Andell Inn

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Staycation at The Andell Inn

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Staycations are the best, especially when you only have to drive 30 minutes to feel a world away.  One of my favorite escapes is going to Kiawah, and the Andell Inn at Freshfields Village is the perfect getaway for a weekend of family fun.  Whether you want to shop all day in the village or just relax by the pool you can’t go wrong.

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The first stops were gathering up our toys and entertainment to enjoy by the pool.  Me and the hubby Gus stopped by Indigo Books where we checked out our new favorite books “Humans of New York” and “The Big Bad Book of Bill Murray”.  Still a kid at heart, I do enjoy books more if they have pictures in it.  My boys Mateo and Sebastian grabbed their larger than life floats from Wonder Works Toys.  They are obsessed with this store and could spend hours looking at all of the toys.

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With a bar and a delicious menu at our fingertips, it was easy to just kick it by the pool all day.  Stay tuned for more on my adventures at the Andell Inn at Freshfields Village.

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Swimsuit by Eres $458 from Bits of Lace // Dakota tunic shirt  $168 and Reed wool scarf in Neo Alexi Brocade $85 by J. McLaughlin  at Freshfields Village // Necklace by Alexis Bittar from Holly and Brooks at Freshfields Village // Sunglasses from Dandy Boutique // Custom rings by Ash Hoffman // Floats by Bigmouth from Wonder Works Toys at Freshfields Village // Books from Indigo Books at Freshfields Village

Photography by Libby Williams

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Charleston Fashion Week Runway Retailers

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The fashion marathon begins tomorrow with Charleston Fashion Week. Tuesday – Saturday several shows will be walking down the runway every night.  In it’s 10th year, the tradition continues with local boutiques having a strong presence on the runway.  The retail scene is growing strong and it’s always nice to see a mix of new shops with the more established stores that represent Charleston’s new identity.

Tuesday, March 15th

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Bits of Lace always kicks off the 1st round of shows on the opening night.  The well established lingerie store will be collaborating with TAXIDERMY accessories and Shoes on King for a colorful and sexy show of intimates and accessories that pack a punch.

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 Ibu will debut a brand new collection of global glam clothing and accessories paired with Brother Vellies shoes.  This 1 year old store on Lower King is making major waves locally and nationally with no stop in sight.

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Trés Carmen is the James Island based boutique that carries sought after brands that the locals are shopping for.  They’re mix of casual everyday wear and cocktail dresses gives the ladies plenty of options.

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Mt. Pleasant based boutique 7Gypsy is your destination for everything boho chic.  From floral maxi dresses to fringe everywhere, the shop stocks up clothing and accessories for your inner gypsy.

Wednesday, March 16th

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Lake City based boutique Mosaic is just a hop, skip, and a jump from Charleston.  They stock up on fashion forward women’s clothing and accessories that rival any big city boutique.

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National brand Ike Behar has been outfitting well dressed men everywhere for decades.  Their Charleston outpost offers classic tailoring for the distinguished gentleman.

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MOSA Boutique which is located on Upper King, stocks up on contemporary men’s and women’s clothing.  Modern silhouettes and on-trend clothing is their main staple as well as offering some of the hottest accessories in town.

Friday, March 18th

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New kid on the block, Beckett Boutique recently opened last fall but is quickly making a name for themselves. Always offering a fresh color palate with up and coming brands, their chic shop embodies the modern woman.

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Charleston’s only local department store, Gwynn’s of Mt. Pleasant offers everything under the sun.  They maintain a wide variety of clothing and accessories for men and women with their frequent buying trips to NYC.

Saturday, March 19th

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 House of Sage is the go to shop downtown for trendy looks that won’t break the bank.  Their boho vibe mixed with streetwear will keep you hip all year round.

Photography by Jonathan Balliet,  Hair and Makeup by Ashley Brooke Perryman, Styling by Andrea Serrano, Produced by Inventive Environments, Models – Allie Newman, Colton Donaldson, Anna Holloway, Morgan Brown, Savanna Stephens, Jeffrey Sledden

 

 

Endless Summer

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Taking a beach break at the Refinery 29 and Malibu Rum Beach House a couple of weeks ago in Myrtle Beach was an essential part of my fun trip.  With my latest purchases – a high waisted neon tiger printed bikini by Michael Kors for only $40 from Holy City Consignment and this Donut float from Pink Chicken New York I couldn’t resist a quickie shoot with Jon Stell and a dip in the ocean.  What I love about South Carolina is the endless summer and beach trips well into October.

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