4 Ways to Wear the Diana Skirt

Every girl has that basic go to core piece in their closet that transforms depending on the mood or occasion.  Tonight I’m highlighting the Diana (cocktail) skirt by local brand Senza Tempo.  Designer Kristen Faranakis has a penchant for timeless clothing that’s inspired from the past.  This skirt in particular is inspired by Diana Vreeland, the iconic editor of Harper’s Bazaar and Vogue from the 1930’s – 1970’s who helped shape the culture of fashion in the modern world.

Diana Vreeland was never afraid of color (she pursued the perfect red) or accessories.  That’s why I chose statement jewelry to transform my outfits to go from day to night.  These bold silver accessories from Gold Creations  piled on this turtleneck sweater is a daytime look, but can easily transition to a date night or girls night out.

A crisp white shirt is a no-brainer with this skirt.  I especially love the tux twist like this one from Shirtini.  Paired with these tiered tassel earrings from Hart, you’ll be holiday ready in a second.

The Frances shell top by Senza Tempo pairs perfectly the Diana skirt.  For a fun spin on things throw on a crown like this one I picked up from The Trunk Show, jewels from Gold Creations.

I personally think everyone needs a leopard print coat and this one by J.McLaughlin and cat eye sunglasses from Germain Dermatology ties in the retro vibe.

If your obsessing over this Diana cocktail skirt then this is the time to scoop one up because it’s on sale for $407, along with select styles on their site through Christmas.  It’s investment pieces like these that you’ll have in your closet forever.  All of the garments are made in L.A. and are lined with silk habatoi, giving you that luxe feeling every time you slip one on.  If your looking for more ways to wear the skirt there’s plenty of ideas on Senza Tempo.   As Diana Vreeland said “Give ‘em what they never knew they wanted.”

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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From Charleston with Love

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There’s no doubt that Charleston is one of the most romantic cities in the world.  It’s easy to get enchanted by it’s old world charm and beauty.  I recently did a Valentine’s Day gift idea segment on Lowcountry Live and I discovered some local businesses that would contribute to a romantic experience whether your a local or visiting town.

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Wonder what’s it’s like to live in a beach house on Folly or Isle of Palms, or a beautifully restored home downtown?  Luxury Simplified Retreats offers posh accommodations by way of grand homes, villas, and condos.  One of their properties is this historical house on Spring Street downtown that was formerly owned by Thomas Mayhem Pinckney. He was a notable African-American craftsman who played an integral part in the preservation development in Charleston.

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The top that I’m wearing is actually a layered 2 piece sold together at  Maris DeHart.  It’s got that 90’s vibe with a modern day twist. You can always find emerging accessory brands at Maris DeHart, and this watch and earrings are no exception. The watch is by Berg & Betts, and they make their leather straps out of scraps repurposed from luxury accessory brands.   The earrings are by Larissa Loden who also upcycles unwanted pieces to create something new.  With average prices of $35, it’s a no brainer to scoop up something for you or as a gift for someone special.

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This beautiful bouquet by Frampton’s Flowers will light up any room.  The 50-year old business is getting a new life by offering special arrangements for weddings and events. Who doesn’t love fresh flowers?

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Top by English Factory, Watch by Berg & Betts $148, earrings by Larissa Loden $48 //Jeans by Ellison Apparel from House of Sage // Custom wedding bands by Ash Hoffman // Intentionally Blank lace up heels $58.50 from Nasty Gal //  RMS Beauty nail polish in Diabolique $15 from Anthropologie // Bouquet by Frampton’s Flowers

Photography by Clifford Pate

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A Whimsical Christmas

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A couple of months ago I met Kathy Williams, the owner and designer of Simply Whimsical, a kitchen accessory company that is based in Charleston.  I fell in love with her retro inspired aprons and her story is incredible.  Her humble beginnings and dedication to her dream has catapulted her brand into nationwide stores and online shops like Nordstrom Rack, Home Goods, TJ Maxx, Zulily, as well as privately owned boutiques all over the country.

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Donut Sophie Apron $32  and Pink Dot Pincher Set Gloves $16 from Simply Whimsical // Deco printed dress $104 from Dandy Boutique

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Kathy was inspired by her grandmother and growing up in the kitchen.  She started in 2008 making aprons for family and friends, and selling out at local boutiques.  Kathy couldn’t keep up with the orders on her own so she recruited women from her church to sew with her.  8 years later with a bigger manufacturer and growing accounts, Simply Whimsical has gown into an apron empire while adding gloves, dish towels, and wine charms into the mix.  Her aprons and accessories are the perfect hostess gifts for the holidays.  Scoop up one for yourself or a friend before they sell out!

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We had such a blast on our 1st photo shoot together.  I loved getting my retro look on while I helped with gathering all of the clothes and props and Libby Williams of Plate South did the food styling and photography to pull everything together. Stay tuned for more fun collaborations with  Simply Whimsical  in 2017!

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Black Damask Diva Apron $32 from Simply Whimsical // Dress from Terrace Oaks Antique Mall // Earrings from Groove Girl // Lacey heels $75 from Dandy Boutique // Metallic banded glassware $8.99, Mixing Pitcher + Strainer $29 from West Elm

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Holly Apron from Simply Whimsical //  Theo Darling Shift Dress $88, Gold tassel earrings by The Tiny Tassel,  and Lola heels $74 from Dandy Boutique // Kitchen accessories and platters from Terrace Oaks Antique Mall

Food Styling + Photography by Libby Williams,  Makeup by Elina Mille at Bellelina // Hair by Mac Does Hair

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Doing the Dewberry

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A couple of weeks ago I had the honor of touring the new Dewberry Hotel with Skirt! Mag.  It was so much fun meeting with some of my favorite girls –  Holly McGetrick of Dandy Boutique, Liz Martin of The Charleston Weekender, Libby Williams of Plate South, and Jenny Dennis the publisher of Skirt! Mag.  Located on Meeting Street across Marion Square, the former federal building that sat vacant for many years is now transformed into a mid-century modern luxury hotel.

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We met Mr. John Dewberry himself, who went in great detail how is love for modern architecture and preservation of southern influences were important elements to the design of the hotel. After the tour we sampled the menu at their retro French inspired brasserie, Henrietta’s.  The traditional dishes with a contemporary twist hit the spot, and the presentation and service was on point!

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Mr. Dewberry commissioned WORSTEAD to design the interiors, lighting and furniture throughout the hotel. The New York–Charleston based company also incorporated some vintage furniture to keep the look authentic. Some of the original elements of the building such as the marble walls and floors were maintained, melding perfectly with the new design. Original art work by one of the South Carolina’s most prolific modern artists, William Halsey, can be seen throughout the lobby and bar area.

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There is even a place to shop at The Fieldshop, which carries a curated selection of goods by Garden and Gun Magazine.  Croghan’s Jewel Box also has their fine jewelry and Goldbugs on display in a beautiful vitrine as you walk towards the lounge area. The Charleston Weekender, aka Liz Martin, and I can’t pass up a good photo op, especially when it’s in front of the coolest maps of Charleston.

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As Charleston keeps on making it to the Top 10 list of places to live and visit on planet Earth,  we have raised the bar on stylish accommodations in the South. Whether your looking for a staycation that makes you feel like you’ve totally escaped to another world, or your just looking for a chic place to grab a drink and eat, you have to check out The Dewberry!

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Wearing a stretch knit jacuard sheath dress by Leo & Sage $395 // 14k pearl marquis hoop earrings $575, 18k diamond cluster ring by Singlestone $13,500, Reto Goldbug link bracelet $350, 14k .03ct diamond tahition pearl cuff $1,370, gold plated topaz Niko ring by Elizabeth & James $150 from Croghan’s Jewel Box // Louis Vuitton handbag and Chanel booties from The Trunk Show // Sunglasses from See Eyewear // Elwood Grid watch by Christian Paul $199

Jenny, Holly, Liz’s wardrobe: Clothing from Dandy Boutique, Eyewear from See Eyewear

Photography by Libby Williams, Hairstylist: Kaleno Doo at Stella Nova Hair Salon

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Parlay Deluxe

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Kid and parent friendly restaurants can be tough to find downtown, but Parlor Deluxe is one of those exceptions.  Known for their gourmet hot dogs, fancy tater tots and artisanal ice cream, this place is a hit with both kids and adults.  Right before school started Libby Williams of Plate South invited me and my boys for a lunch date.  The retro cool spot on the corner of Spring and St. Phillip is the perfect place to go if you need some delicious food on the fly.  As you parents know, getting food quick for your kids is necessary.

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I was excited to sport my new favorite skirt made out of African wax print by Francis & Benedict. They’re a local company that supports the community of Togo, Africa by giving women jobs as seamstresses so they can support their families.  I’ve been sporting my Yas Kween necklace pretty much everyday and it’s made by local jewelry designer Natalie Clapp of Silkbone Jewels.  I always get a laugh or a smile when people see me wear it.  I never knew how much I needed a pair of navy shoes until I got these BC Footwear lace up heels.  They’ll be making lots of appearances on my blog in the next few months.

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Since I don’t eat real hotdogs I opted for the “Not Dog” which is a cooked carrot topped with a mushroom chili, cheese, and a green garnish.  This little number always hits the spot!  My boys got regular dogs, but the bun they serve it on is anything but ordinary.  Mateo and Sebastian got the Cookie Monster ice cream which had Oreos and cookie dough in it.  Pretty much a home run with any kid if they like cookies and ice cream.

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I don’t know where I find the room, but I went for the Blackberry + Poppyseed and Fig + Lemongrass ice cream.  So worth it!

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No food shoot would be complete without some behind the scenes pics with my phone.  This fun iphone case is by Stone by Stone at Dandy Boutique.

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I’m one of those boring people where once I find my dish on the menu, I have to order it every time I go back. I’m looking forward to having my carrot dog again soon but I might venture out and have the Cookie Monster ice cream for myself at Parlor Deluxe.

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Tank top from Shirtini // African wax print skirt $68 by Francis & Benedict // Gudli beaded necklace $35 from Roberta Roller Rabbit // Yas Kween custom necklace $40 by Silkbone Jewels // Beaded bracelet by Chavez for Charity $11 from Henry & Eva // Elwood Grid watch by Christian Paul$199 // Custom diamond rings by Ash Hoffman // Bar Ring $150 and Triangle Ring $150 by Naked Eyes Jewelry // Rae earrings by Half United $35 from Be the Change Boutique // Vivacious Dress Pump in Indigo $28.46 by BC Footwear from Amazon // Sunglasses $18 and Stone by Stone iphone case $85 from Dandy Boutique // Lipstick in Some Like it Hot by ABP makeup $22

Photography by Libby Williams

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One Love

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True love is not bound by skin color, gender, beliefs, or background.  These two beauties, Abigail Marie (right) and Natalie Rodriguez (left,) are madly in love with each other and are proud to share it with the world. Both creative souls, these women share their passion for life and never take for granted the endearing love that they have found.

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They are the perfect symbols of love to represent this bridal story.  Wearing one of a kind gowns by One Love Design by Rachel Gordon, these ethereal goddesses happily posed in front of Southern Smoke Cigars super swanky airstream at Holy City Brewing Company.

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To learn more about Abigail and Natalie’s story and admiration for one another view more.

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Dresses by One Love Design by Rachel Gordon // Earrings and draped beaded chain by Birdsong // Floral crown by Anna Bella Florals

Host and Floral: The Event Cooperative, Photography: Nickie Cutrona, Fashion Stylist: Andrea Serrano,  Hairstylist: Mac Does Hair, Makeup: Bellelina Skincare and Makeup Studio, Location: Holy City Brewing Company, Airstream by Southern Smoke Cigars

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Redefined

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It seems like a new store pops up every other week in Charleston these days.  What makes this new store Redefined so different is that they specialize in designer consignment and vintage. Owners Heather Martinez and Jamie Boehmer opened up their Church Street location just a few weeks ago and are enjoying their off the beaten path location.  Located in the French Quarter area the shop is nestled just above Broad Street.

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Some of their featured brands are Gucci, Yves Saint Laurent, Tom Ford, Valentino, Oscar de la Renta, Chanel, Prada, Louis Vuitton, Chloe, Pucci, and Armani. These labels are surprisingly hard to find in Charleston and now you can scoop them up at Redefined for a fraction of the cost.

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They are also carrying one of a kind jewelry by Ash Hoffman who is based in Myrtle Beach and was the winner of Jtv’s Rockstar Designer competition. Her collection of hammered silver accessories combine an organic and modern vibe.

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Join me this Saturday, April 9th 6-8pm for the Grand Opening of Redefined boutique at 113 Church Street.  Fashion Illustrator Daniel Velasco will be there as well painting his whimsical custom portraits, and drinks and light bites will be served.

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Pink Chanel boucle jacket, Vintage Neiman Marcus black leather pants, St. John coin belt worn as a necklace, Camilla Skovgaard sandals, Tom Ford sunglasses

Photography by Clifford Pate

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