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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You might have seen one of these colorful African wax print skirts around town and if you haven’t then get to know Francis + Benedict. A local brand founded by visionary Katie Walters who started the company a couple of years ago while traveling on a mission with her church in Togo, Africa. She quickly discovered there was a way to sustain their community by giving the Togolese women the job of sewing skirts that would be imported and sold online here in America. Their skills support projects that benefit orphans, widows, and those suffering in poverty. The beautiful skirts come in an array of prints and full length to mid length styles. You can shop their collection online and follow them on Instagram @francisandbenedict to see their pop up schedule at their new studio at 218b King Street on the 2nd floor. They’ll also be having a Sip and Shop on Thursday from 5-7pm at Cannonborough Collective at 185 A St. Philip Street.
If you sign up for Francis + Benedict‘s email list here you will be entered to win a free skirt! These skirts are perfect gift that gives back, and I’m so proud to share their story to spread the message.
This necklace by Made in the Deep South is one of the many treasures you’ll find from Woodhouse Day Spa Mt. Pleasant. Kimberly Powell, the owner, curates the best finds in her spa boutique from skincare, makeup, accessories, and gifty items. Knock out your Christmas shopping at Woodhouse Day Spa tomorrow night from 5:30-7:30pm at their Holiday Open House. Enjoy festive bites, drinks, special promotions and giveaways at 725 Johnnie Dodds Blvd. If you can’t make it in you can always buy a gift card online here, and if you spend at least $350 on a gift certificate you’ll get a super soft throw blanket for free!
Arletet turtleneck in dark purple $145 from J. McLaughlin // The Colmar Maxi $128 from Francis + Benedict // Necklace by Made in the Deep South $238 from Woodhouse Day Spa Mt. Pleasant // Iris – Acetate sunglasses $465 from Friedrich’s Optik
Friedrich’s Optik always combines high style and glamour with their quality frames. The style I’m wearing made famous by Iris Apfel comes in every color of the rainbow and in both sunglasses and eyeglasses.
Top to Bottom: Caroline $465 (Acetate), Iris $465 (Acetate), Jackie $1950 (Horn & Silk), Marilyn $1950 (Horn & Silk), Bruno $1550 (Horn), Jack $1550 (Horn) from Friedrich’s Optik
I’m big fan of clothing that has movement, so this skirt by J. McLaughlin stole my heart!
Tune into Lowcountry Live this Friday at 10am for gift ideas from Woodhouse Day Spa, and Cannonborough Collective which carries Francis + Benedict, as well as Motherland Essentials, Park & Madison Candles, Borough, and art and stationary from Jenny Batt and Island Haus Paperie.
Photography by Clifford Pate
With all of the holiday parties this season it might seem hard to navigate. Well I have an easy solution – why not shop for your Christmas gifts while you attend the party? There’s a few events happening over the next couple of weeks in the Upper King Street area that are worth popping in for. This dress which is only $58 is from Dandy Boutique on 43 John Street. Their annual Christmas party is on December 15th from 4-8pm and they’re celebrating with sweets from Lu Lu’s Bakery, store wide sales, and a GIVEAWAY worth $350! The vintage earrings are from Candy Shop Vintage on 9 Cannon Street. They’re having their Holiday Sip ‘N Shop this Friday from 5-8pm with cocktails, treats from Sugar Bakeshop, free hair braiding from Olivia Banks, and so much more!
Mitchell Hill is having their annual Popcorn Garland party at 438 King Street this Thursday from 5-9pm. The group show featuring the work of Mitchell Hill resident + guest artists are under $500, unique gifts that are one of a kind. This lifestyle boutique showcases the most beautiful and eye-catching art you can find in Charleston. The gallery space is the perfect backdrop to highlight all of the gorgeous furniture, lighting, and home accessories. I love this painting by Lisa Shimko who is a local artist that has been supported by the gallery from the beginning. Here are some of my favorite finds at Mitchell Hill that are the perfect gifts.
BEACHES by Gray Malin $40, Artist: Sara Pittman
Artist: Kerry Steele, Ballon dog banks inspired by Jeff Koons $70
Art of the Bar Cart” book $22.95, Black + Gold Malachite Patterned Tumblers $12 each, Splatter Egg Box $58, “Full dose” Coaster Sets $68, Brass Bar Tools, set of 5 $157
Animal artist: David Ryden, Naughty Housewives + Domesticated Super Hero’s by Pop Artist Nicole Heere, Found object fish on stand: Michigan artist, Steve Palmer $325 , Leather Aprons from the Netherlands $98-$196
Marble + Brass tic tac toe set $195
This is also the season to think about those who are less fortunate. Stop by Dandy Boutique from now until December 20th with canned goods for the Lowcountry Food Bank. When you donate, you can select an item from their SALE section for FREE!
Photography by Kim Graham
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If your looking for that WOW factor in a holiday dress then Mosa Boutique is your destination. This men’s and women’s boutique on Upper King is curated with exclusive brands and styles you can’t find anywhere else in Charleston. Owner Sarah Cobb has a keen eye for what’s hot and up and coming. After trying on a dressing room full of outfits you’ll be ready for a beer that’s on tap or a glass of wine. Yes, they thought of all of the details to make your shopping experience tranquil.
There’s so many dress options – from cocktail soiree to black tie affair, the only problem you’ll have is deciding which one to get. I must have tried on at least 6 that I loved, but these are a couple of my favorites.
Jewelry is always the icing on the cake. This cuff is from Mosa Boutique and it’s something that can transition from a t-shirt and jeans to this sequin dress. The earrings by Barracuda Moon serve the same purpose – from day to night you can’t go wrong.
The citrine and diamond ring is one of the many cocktail rings that Gold Creations always has on deck. The array of jewelry that they stock in their mini boutique on Market Street can be dizzying, so give yourself some time to peruse. The staff is always super friendly and knowledgable so don’t be afraid to ask to try on all the rings you want.
Sequins and ruffles? Yes, bring it on! This combo and color is a dream come true, and for under $250 you can’t go wrong. Next time you say you have nothing to wear, remember all of the local boutiques that are stocked up with the latest dresses that will dazzle you.
‘Tis the season for endless parties and reasons to get dressed up. Finding the perfect holiday outfit might take hours of searching, but since I’m always popping in and out of boutiques I’m here to do all of the scouting for you. This outfit which looks like a dress is actually a two-piece crop top and wide legged pants from Magnifique Boutique on Market Street. This shop stocks a great selection of women’s clothing and accessories at all price ranges. Owner Onna Mack recently launched her online store so now you can shop in the comforts of home. Take advantage of their Cybermonday deal with 20% off site wide and free shipping when you use code BLACKFRIDAY at checkout.
This wine bag is the perfect hostess gift and at $22.98 you might want to scoop one up for yourself too. You don’t want to miss out on Magnifique’s holiday party on Dec. 5th for an evening of cocktails and shopping, beats by Dj Deirdre Zahl of Candy Shop Vintage, plus giveaways including a $500 gift card! Festivities are from 5-8pm at 92 North Market Street.
These jewels are by Barracuda Moon, made with love locally by Sydney Pope. Her ocean inspired accessories are made to layer but are just as gorgeous worn alone to make a statement. She up-cycles sea glass and other findings with 14kt gold to create one of a kind pieces that have a touch of luxe. Sydney knows the importance of giving back and a portion of all online sales are donated to the Polaris Project, a charity devoted to ending human trafficking. Why not give a gift that gives back this season? Take advantage of their Cybermonday sale with 15% off with code GIVELOVE17. Barracuda Moon will be on the move over the next couple of weeks with 3 upcoming pop-up shops including the Daniel Island Holiday Festival at Volvo Stadium on December 2nd from 11am-4pm, Ro Sham Beaux at 493 King Street on December 9th from 12-4pm, and Thrifters & Drifters at The Royal American 970 Morrison Dr. on December 17th from 12-5pm.
The sunglasses are from iconic eyewear purveyors Friedrich’s Optik at 194 King Street. The German company has been around since 1816 and has made frames for the most influential women in the world including Jackie O. and Iris Apfel. These frames I’m wearing are actually called the Jackie, named after the legendary Jackie O. Visit their lower King shop for both retro and classic frames that can be worn as eyeglasses or sunglasses.
If your wondering about my glow I’m wearing Luminous Complexion Fluid in EVA by Gressa Lumiére from Wildcraft. This serum is adaptable to any skin tone and can be used on your cheeks, eye lids or lips for a quick tint. I used it on my cheekbones for a highlighter effect. Wildcraft is an organic skincare and makeup boutique in South Windmere in West Ashley. I could spend hours in there trying on product and learning about all of the amazing things it does to your skin, but more about that later. Stay tuned for more outfit and gift ideas!
Good As Gold Donovan Top $136.98 and Good as Gold Dance Pant $198.98 by Show Me Your Mumu, Side Dish Wine Bag $22.98 from Magnifique Boutique // The Jackie sunglasses in acetate $465 from Friedrich’s Optik // Sleeping Moon Necklace $108, Via Necklace $136, Golden Sea Glass Pendant $160, Ra Earrings $139 from Barracuda Moon // Gressa Lumiére: Luminous Complexion Fluid in EVA $28 from Wildcraft
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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.
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
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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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
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
This post was created in partnership with bevello.
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