In this world of “fast fashion” it’s refreshing to experience a new take on it. Footwear designer Michael Grey is making custom sandals under an hour’s time and I witnessed his whole process in the beginning of sandal season this summer here in Charleston. He set up his sandal making shop in the window display at Shoes on King and fitted women’s feet while they picked out leather and suede straps. For the same price of an off the shelf brand shoe, you could have a custom sandal that fits your foot perfectly and a style that you pretty much get to design yourself.
Hailing from Goose Creek and current dweller in NYC, Michael Grey packed up his sandal factory to come to Charleston for his pop up shop. He usually sets up shop in his sandal truck in Williamsburg, Brooklyn where he bangs out sandals all day long, even in the winter time. Picture a food truck, but instead of serving food on the go, he’s making sandals on the go.
I first met Michael Grey a couple of years ago at Charleston Fashion Week where he was showing as an Emerging Designer. His collection of military inspired women’s clothing was bold and graphic, and celebrated women in a strong and powerful light. He paired the clothing with his custom sky high wooden wedge boots, which might have stole the show.
I’m also wearing another Charleston Fashion Week alum, Heather Rose Johnson who showed this past year. Her runway show was a beautiful mix of vintage details and hand knitted pieces that came together for a modern, eclectic chic collection. These outfits were a perfect match for Michael’s bespoke sandals.
Stay tuned for Michael Grey‘s website and another pop up in Charleston before the end of summer. Getting a custom pair of shoes made is something that everyone should treat themselves to.
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With summer in full swing and 4th of July a week away there are plenty of soirees to get decked out for. Beckett Boutique is definitely the place to find the perfect statement dress, cool separates, and even swimsuits that are exclusive to Charleston. The ladies at Beckett always know how to hand select the most beautiful clothing and accessories that you can’t find anywhere else.
I’m obsessed with this Alexis dress from Beckett Boutique, it’s the perfect amount of flirty feminine with the print and ruffles, but unexpected with the body con fit. This brand Alexis is known for their wow factor, and this one does not fall short.
If Stevie Nicks lived in Charleston she would definitely rock this PS The Label dress from Beckett Boutique. It’s total peach perfection!
So if your looking for that show stopping outfit, check out Beckett Boutique on Upper King. And if you can’t make it into the store then follow them on Instagram @beckettboutique, they’re always posting the latest and greatest. They have shoppable links on IG and their online store is open 24/7. It doesn’t get any better than supporting a local Charleston boutique from the comforts of your home!
Photography by Clifford Pate
Having a staycation with my family is just as fun as hopping on a plane and experiencing a new city. The beauty of jumping in your car and driving a few miles to your destination just means you have more time to experience your vacation, and less time traveling. We do after all, live in one of the top travel destinations in the world. Me and my crew had the opportunity to stay at The Restoration Hotel downtown, one of the most dynamic boutique hotels in Charleston, offering everything from vintage car rentals, shopping, dining, baby sitting services, and grocery delivery to your room.
You can rent a vintage car at The Restoration Hotel by the hour or by the day from Dream Classic Rentals. It was so much fun riding in this 1966 Mustang over the James Island connector to Folly Beach. I didn’t realize how much attention we would get, everyone loves a vintage convertible, especially in this bright turquoise.
Hat by San Diego Hat Co. from Shoes.com $44.95 // Bag by San Diego Hat company from Zappos $32.99 // Romper by L’Atiste from Toss Designs $48 // Sunglasses from Sunglass LA $12 // Jewelry by Barracuda Moon // shoes by Serverde
It doesn’t get anymore convenient than The Curated Coastal Package which is a great service The Restoration Hotel offers to make your trip to the beach extra easy. They packed a yummy picnic for all of us which included sandwiches, cheese, crackers, fruit and water. Plus they throw in beach chairs and a game of paddle board. As you can see here we throughly enjoyed our care-free day at the beach thanks to The Restoration.
After all of the saltwater and sand we were ready to get back to The Restoration Hotel and take a dip in the pool. The 5th floor private pool has the most amazing views of Charleston in an intimate setting. We lucked out and got the pool all to ourselves. You really feel like your in another city when you get to experience all of the amenities of a boutique hotel.
Sun wrap worn as a head wrap by Zags x Goldbug Collection from Croghans Jewel Box // Goldbug Collection Bee Mine earrings $85 from Croghans Jewel Box // ZAc Zac Posen sunglasses from Nordstrom $85 // Swimsuit from Old Navy $44.99
View more to check out the rest of our hotel stay including the incredibly delicious dinner at The Watch restaurant, cooking breakfast in our suite, and squeezing out the last moments of our staycation at The Restoration Hotel. If your looking for an escape this summer, I’ve teamed up with The Restoration for 15% off a hotel booking with promo code FAMILY now through August. Click here to book and I promise you won’t be disappointed!
Straw from Cannonborough Collective
Photography by Clifford Pate
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The family owned Croghan’s Jewel Box keep busy all year with their trunk shows featuring designers from around the globe. The next one featuring Mizuki Jewels will feature pearls and diamonds in modern and unique settings by Japanese designer Mizuki Goltz. Pearls have been a mainstay in traditional jewelry, but this unique and minimalist collection will make you view pearls in a whole new light. Whether your pairing this jewelry with a cocktail dress or a t-shirt and jeans, Mizuki Jewels makes a bold statement that transcends style and time.
Mizuki Goltz has received many accolades including the prestigious award for Town and Country’s 2017 Pearls of The Year award. In 2016, she won both the Pearl Design award at Centurion and the Pearl Design award at the Couture show in Las Vegas. Her collection has been recognized in many magazines such as Oprah, Veranda and In Style.
Join Croghan’s Jewel Box tomorrow, June 8th from 10 until 3 and Saturday June 9th from 10 until 5 to view and shop this beautiful collection.
14k diamond baroque pearl collar necklace $2,935, 14k pearl marquis hoop earrings $635, 14k Tahitian floating pearl hoop earrings all by Mizuki from Croghan’s Jewel Box // Zac Zac Posen Janey dress $343 from Farfetch // Zac Zac Posen Leona polarized sunglasses $95 from Nordstrom // Similar shoes here.
Photography by Clifford Pate
Summer weather is finally here to stay and I’m looking forward to more excuses to be outside. I love visiting the gems in Charleston like Hampton Park.
I’m always a fan of a white dress, and this one from Magnifique is both pretty and practical. Pockets should be mandatory in all dresses and skirts, and this one nails it. Located on Market Street where tourists usually frequent, there are a few retail spots that locals just might be surprised to find.
Gold Creations is one of Charleston’s other local gems that’s located on the Market too. Family owned for over 40 years, you’ll find a stunning selection of cocktail rings and lowcountry inspired jewelry.
Photography by Kim Graham
Memorial Day is just around the corner and I’m so looking forward to that 3 day weekend. A couple of weeks ago I had the chance to explore Seabrook Island and fell in love with The Beach Club. Conveniently located near Freshfields Village me and the fam did some shopping to make sure we were ready for some pool and beach action.
We stopped by Vineyard Vines to deck out the family in swimsuits. You can’t go wrong with gingham and I love the retro high waisted look. I picked up this scarf from Beija Flor to wear as a sarong, but turned it into this turban. I’m trying to grow out my bangs so this is the perfect solution for that awkward growing out phase.
Black & White Gingham Tie Front Bikini Top $65 from Vineyard Vines, Black & White High Waisted Gingham Bottom $60 from Vineyard Vines // Scarf worn as turban from Beija Flor at Freshfields Village // Sunglasses from Sunglass L.A.
Boys Marlin Out Of Water Chappy Trunks $34.99 from Vineyard Vines
Boys Pieced Chappy Trunks $55 from Vineyard Vines
My boys favorite shop in Freshfields Village is of course Wonder Works Toys. They can spend hours in there testing out all of the toys. The shop was fully stocked up on water toys and pool floats like this watermelon. Sebastian enjoyed his slice of heaven.
Sebastian was also loving this surfer girl from Wonder Works Toys. It doesn’t matter how you flip her, she always lands on her board and floats right side up.
These super light weight pants from Tina Stephens are perfect for throwing on after the beach or pool. They just opened up in in Freshfields Village and carry both their signature seamless shirts and other brands.
Follow Freshfields Village for their summer events because they always have something going on. Every Friday this summer is Music on the Green from 6-9pm, and this Friday is Java Band. They play party favorites from R&B, Hip Hop,Rock, and Motown. I know I’ll be spending a lot of time out there this summer, and I hope you get to explore the John’s Island, Kiawah, and Seabrook area too!
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As a decade of being a mom quickly approaches, I look back reflecting on how much this experience has impacted me. Raising two tiny humans, hoping that I’m making the right decisions, and making it my mission that they are living the best life. Don’t get me wrong, being a mom isn’t all sunshine and rainbows. It’s a lot of hard work and frequently on the edge of losing it. But I wouldn’t trade it all for the world.
This week I’ve come across so many personal stories of mother’s who have experienced the loss of their partner, the loss of their child, abuse, breast cancer, and near death experiences. These are the living heroes. Strong women who sacrifice it all so they can provide a good life for their family. Life is precious and I never take it for granted, not for one second.
Speaking of amazing mothers, I love supporting local mompreneurs who know how to juggle it all while running a successful business. I’m wearing this dress from Style Dwell, which is owned by Christie Bishop and she runs it with her daughter Ashley by her side. They carry the cutest clothes & accessories and recently just moved into the Citadel Mall. The jewelry is from Porter Conrad, and the owner Kelly Sigg and her husband have made many trips to Bali with their son to get their jewelry custom made by the same family they’ve been working with for several years. Katie Shields of Mylk Bar, opened up Charleston’s first eco-friendly nail salon last year while she was juggling a new born. I love getting fun nail art for my gel manis in her ultra cool salon.
The other two ladies that were a part of this shoot might not have kids yet, but they love their mommas! Ashleigh Hover of Microblading Charleston just opened up last year and business has been booming. Thanks to her I don’t have to worry about filling in my eyebrows for a long time. Yes, perfectly shaped brows and I didn’t have to do anything in the morning. Thank you Ashleigh! If you’ve seen a lot of flowers popping up in my Instagram feed it’s because of Lori DeNicola of Petaloso. My talented floral designer friend can whip up a floral skirt quicker than you can say Ranunculus. Which is my new favorite flower by the way.
And the last momma shot out goes to Nicole Mickle my photographer for this shoot. I love the energy that she always brings to the shoots and her passion for her family runs deep. So lucky to work with such talented and creative women right here in Charleston!