Holiday Gift Ideas From Freshfields Village

Last weekend I took the Serrano clan to the The Andell Inn where we relaxed and scouted out a few boutiques at Freshfields Village for some pre-holiday shopping.  I was trying to will some cooler temps with this furry ensemble from J. McLaughlin.  This Vail faux fur vest is probably the softest thing I’ve ever worn, it’s like wearing a stuffed animal.

I was so happy that we could bring Roxy & Pepper along for our stay at The Andell Inn.  We love taking our pups with us when we travel and it’s always nice to discover hotels that accommodate pets.  This chic boutique hotel is one of our favorite places to get away because their living room suite/kitchenette is perfect for families.  They’re warm, modern ski chalet vibe is so fitting for a fall/winter stay, but if you come when it’s warmer it’s always nice to lounge at the pool.  We also love the breakfast buffet complete with that all you can eat D.I.Y. waffle station.  A hit with the kids, and adults too:)

I think the pups got spoiled the most with our trip to Dolittle’s.  It was their version of Sebastian and Mateo going to Wonder Works.  They were sniffing, wagging and wanted to stay all day exploring the pet emporium of fun.  We loaded up on treats and Roxy & Pepper chose to snuggle up with these chew toys rather than rip them up.

I’m a dachshund lover to the core, but I have a sweet spot for french bulldogs.  I must not be the only one because I’ve seen so many of them popping up on accessories and household items like these speakers from Wonder Works.  What a cool and stylish way to listen to your favorite music?  Plus it’s wireless!

Another toy the boys loved was Gizmo, the robot dog.  He listens to commands better than my own dogs.  He responds to sit, lay down, rollover, and even showtime where he does a little dance to music.  So if your kids are nagging to get a dog this holiday season but your not sure if your ready to commit, give Gizmo a spin.

Blue Mercury always has great gift ideas for the person in your life that needs to be pampered.  These Lune and Aster vitamin c + e lipgloss samplers are perfect for a stocking stuffer.  I’m wearing Bestie.

This is a busy month for Freshfields Village starting with their Sip and Stroll this Thursday from 4-7pm.  Take advantage of sales and promotions with boutiques and restaurants.  Then Santa comes to the Village on November 24th for their Holiday Festival.  Santa will be there starting at 10am and the festival is from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm. Kids of all ages can enjoy an afternoon of free activities including face painting, balloon animals, inflatable games, bungee trampoline, and various craft booths.  Don’t forget to stop by Santa’s Workshop all weekend to share your wish list and take a photo with the Big Man himself.  If you can’t make it on that Saturday don’t worry, Santa will be there Friday, November 23 (10:00 am to 6:00 pm) and Sunday, November 25 (1:00 to 6:00 pm).  Hope to see you all there!

Marais sweater $198, Vail faux fur vest $248, Lexi jeans in cheetah $178, Lillie suede ankle bootie $298, Tundra faux fur headband $58 all and Gustavo is wearing Westend modern fit shirt in window pane $125 and Stonington quilted vest $198 from J. McLaughlin // Jewelry from Barracuda Moon

Photography by Jonathan Balliet

A Luxe Getaway Giveaway With Zero George

As the Charleston Shop Curator I take pride finding all of the shopping treasures in Charleston.   The lowcountry is far from the quiet southern town I moved to 14 years ago from New York.  I knew people would be flocking to this city for it’s charm, food scene, warm temps, coastal living, and growing shopping community.  From locally owned boutiques like Croghan’s Jewel Box who have been on King Street to newish Candlefish, an interactive concept gift shop.

A few years ago I had the opportunity to partner up with boutique hotel Zero George on a Shopping Experience for their guests.  They can book me for 3 hours or more for a private shopping tour and an insider’s guide to Charleston.  As a city, our culture is not just defined by the history, architecture, art, food and music, but also by the shopping.  The boutique owners and local designers contribute to the diversity of Charleston and I love sharing their stories with visitors that come into town.

To share my appreciation of all things local I’ve teamed up with Zero George and a few of my favorite local boutiques for an amazing giveaway.   We’re giving away a hosted one night stay at zerogeorgest • Private shopping experience with me • @goldbugcollection bee bracelet from @croghans • $100 gift certificate from @thefinickyfilly • Candle making class for 2 at @shopcandlefish
One lucky winner will get pampered and spoiled, so hop on over to my Instagram to enter to win!

Dress and earrings from The Finicky Filly, jewelry from Croghan’s Jewel Box

Photography by Anne Rhett, makeup by Elina Mille at Bellelina Studio

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Fuji Freshness at Freshfields

This Thursday is another Sip & Stroll at Freshfields Village from 4-7pm.  Take advantage of sales and promotions at select stores and restaurants including Scout & Molly’s who will be serving Spooktacular Cocktails and offering 20 % off any black clothing including this dress I’m wearing.  Click here to see the full list of participating stores and restaurants.

Freshfields is also giving you two more reasons to come out and play this month.   Their monthly Cars & Coffee is this Saturday 9-11 am and features local unique and antique cars.  Then Dogtoberfest on Saturday, October 27 (1-5 pm), will feature fun activities for your four legged friends.  Hosted by the Charleston Animal Society, there will be pets available for adoption, wine tasting by FortyEight Wine Bar, live entertainment, blessing of the animals, a pet costume contest at 3 p.m., and exciting prizes and giveaways!

If your craving for some amazing sushi then Fuji is your place.  When I dine out I like eating dishes I know I can’t make at home and this over the top platter of sushi is something I will never whip up myself.

Fuji is one of my favorite places to eat sushi because they are so creative with their dishes, everything is super fresh, and everything tastes as good as it looks.  Other than their spectacular rolls they serve hibachi, ramen noodles, poke bowls, and apps like this avocado dream and spicy tuna wontons.

So what are you waiting for?   Freshfields Village  is so worth the trip out to Kiawah for a relaxing day of of shopping, fun, and eating your heart out.

Dress from Scout & Molly’s and earrings from GDC Home

Photography by Libby Williams 

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Swinging Into Soiree Season

It’s the first week in October which means the season of events are in full swing.  First off, I’m calling all my Charleston girls who like to shop and love makeup.  Join me for a Girl’s Night Out at Belk in Mt. Pleasant Towne Centre this Thursday October 4th.  From 5:30-8:30pm at 1200 Belk Drive they’ll pulling out all of the stops with 25% off all women’s clothing, accessories, and shoes; and 15% off beauty products.  Lead Laura Mercier makeup artist, Angel Hicks will also be there showing her tricks of the trade.  Belk loves taking care of their customers and they’ll have food, sangria, and a DJ to keep the energy going.

Come shop with me and I’ll help you find the perfect pieces for your wardrobe.  I scooped up this whole outfit for under $200!

Excluding the jewelry of course.  These gorgeous rings are by Singlestone L.A. and they’ll be having a trunk show at Croghan’s Jewel Box this Friday and Saturday. This husband and wife team will be bringing their one of a kind antique diamond jewelry.  Appointments are encouraged to meet the designers Ari and Corina in Croghan’s upstairs drawing room. Call 843-723-3594 to reserve your spot and swing by to play in Croghan’s Jewel Box  at 308 King Street.

Photography by Nicole Mickle, manicure by Lu.Nu.La Nail Lab, Sunglasses from Sunglass L.A.

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Fall Sip & Stroll at Freshfields Village

Today is the kick off to the Sip & Stroll season at Freshfields Village that will happen every 3rd Thursday of the month from now until December.  What better way to get ready for the weekend than an excursion to Kiawah filled with shopping, drinking, and entertainment from 4-7pm. Click here to see the full list of participating stores and restaurants.  

Stop by FortyEight – A Wine Bar for 15% off all wine and beer purchases to-go from 4:00 to 7:00 pm.  If you like tapas, then this is a great place to share bites with your date or friends.  They also host a Sunday Brunch including a Bloody Mary Bar from 10:30 am to 1:30pm. The menu includes cheese plates, salads and brunch favorites like french toast and shrimp & grits. Their Sunday Funday continues with live music each Sunday from 6:00 to 8:30 pm.

If you want to get some Mexican flavor then swing by Cantina 76 for half-off house margaritas.  If your looking to satisfy your sweet tooth then Ben & Jerry’s  is offering 10% off purchases from 4:00 to 7:00 pm.  Or if you just want a good old fashion banana split like this one then you have to go by Vincent’s Drug Store and Soda Fountain.

Palmetto Scent Studio is one of my favorite places to stock up on sweet smelling candles and they are hosting their Wicks & Woodland Workshop on Sept. 30th.  The workshop begins with creating your own custom-scented 8oz soy candle by choosing from 120 fragrances.  While your candle cools, Soil and Savvy will help you create a woodland masterpiece by planting beautiful succulents into a one-of-a-kind cedarwood planter. Accents of acorns, lichen and shells will make this a special arrangement that you can enjoy inside or out. Space is limited so make sure you register here.

See you at Freshfields!

Dress and bag from Las Olas, Jewelry from GDC Home

Photography by Libby Williams 

The Toast of the Town at Edmund’s Oast

I know it’s only September, but I’m already looking forward to being a part of the Charleston Wine and Food Festival Street Team again in March 2019.  What better way to get prepped and wet our palates than to join the newest #CHSWFFStreetTeam members Michael Stettner and Ian Palacios of  I Love That For You and Libby Williams of Plate South for a wine tasting at Edmund’s Oast Exchange and dinner next door at The Library at Edmund’s Oast.

If you drink beer and wine and you don’t know about Edmund’s Oast Exchange then your living under a rock.  Apparently I was one of those people because I had no idea that it has been there for a year, right next to one of my favorite restaurants – Edmund’s Oast.  The gorgeous two-story shop offers over 1,000 different varieties of beer and wine sold in cans, bottles, growlers, and even kegs. Edmund’s Oast is legendary when it comes to their in-house beers on tap and now you can purchase it next door to go.  I’m not a beer drinker but I have sipped the peanut butter and jelly beer and they nailed it with the authentic taste.

Seasoned Sommelier Sarah O’Kelley schooled us on wines with her blind tasting of 3 different varieties.  Most of you might not know this but I’m not a big drinker because I get the Asian Flush.  Yes, it’s a real thing guys.  My Filipino side does not mix well with alcohol and I get hot and my face turns bright red.   But I do love me some red wine, especially with cheese and a baguette.   Luckily a wine tasting is the perfect portion for me so I was up for this game of guessing.  We learned so much about wines and where they come, and for someone who doesn’t drink a lot I guessed a few answers right.  Also, apparently there’s a description for wines that have stronger tannins in them.  It feels like tiny sweaters on your teeth when your sipping certain wine.

We hopped right next door for dinner at Edmund’s Oast in their newly unveiled Library.  This private room is old world romantic and the perfect place for an intimate event or just a dinner for 4 of course.   I was excited to wear my new jumper from World Ink Project by Carrie Beth Waghorn.  She just launched her line of sustainable, season-less, one of a kind clothes and she donates a portion of her sales to local women’s shelters.  My jewelry is by Naked Eyes and Emily Hill, the co-designer,  is a major team member at Edmund’s Oast.  She juggles the high demand events and inner workings at the restaurant by day (and probably night too) while juggling her wildly successful jewelry line with boyfriend Alex Klaes.

How cute are these boys Michael and Ian from I Love That For You ?  4 hours of drinking and eating flew by way too fast!

We sampled everything from the charcuterie plate, pork belly + peaches, a tomato salad, mouthwatering mushrooms, and a grilled veggie plate.  The Salt Chicken and the Red Curry Eggplant were my all time favorites.  I don’t do red meat, but I know the boys were all over the burger.

Just when I thought I couldn’t stuff my face anymore, our lovely server April threw some New Orleans flavor our way with the Beignets, Benne Seed Wafers and Ice Cream.

If you want to experience a special Edmund’s mash-up at Charleston Wine and Food Festival then don’t miss out on An Ale of Two Cities: Blackberry Farm + Edmund’s Oast.  Two of the South’s most beloved breweries join forces for a hoppin’ happy hour, perfect for any time of the day. Edmund’s Oast  Brewing Co. welcomes James Beard Award winner Roy Milner of Blackberry Farm Brewery from Knoxville, TN for a malted masterclass in brewing the perfect pint. Guests will follow the process from tap to table as you sip on frothy favorites.  There’s already so many W+F events that are sold out so don’t wait too long to snag your tickets for this one.

In honor of Pride Week in Charleston I interviewed Michael and Ian for my #PrideTV IGTV series on Instagram.  It was more of a conversation than an interview and their fun facts at the end cracked me up.  Their blog I Love That For You started organically because they love sharing their recommendations on what to do and where to eat in the lowcountry.  I might start my own fan page called I Love Them for That because their spirit is contagious!

Photography by Libby Williams of Plate South

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Step Up Your Game at The Riley Park Club

Just when you think you’ve seen all the beautiful venues in Charleston, the people from the Indigo Road Group have wowed us again with The Riley Park Club.   Situated on the second floor club level at Joseph P. Riley, Jr. Park, this scenic view has everything you would want for a private party.  The obvious would be an exclusive gathering to watch a RiverDogs game, or think outside the box by hosting a rehearsal dinner, wedding reception, corporate event, or a swanky holiday party with the stadium all to yourself.

I had the opportunity to take a tour of the The Riley Park Club and sampled the delicious tasting menu from Mercantile and Mash, the exclusive caterers to the club.  Keeping up with the Indigo Road Group ethos, all of the food is sourced from local farmers and everything is fresh.  The menu also includes some of the most popular dishes from their other restaurants like O-Ku and Oak Steakhouse, and all of the food is made on site.

These tuna bites with an avocado puree was so delectable, I could’ve easily inhaled all of them myself.

The hors d’oeuvres kept on coming and these oysters did not disappoint!

The other perks of hosting your event at The Riley Park Club is on-site parking,  in-house rental items, built-in A/V equipment, banquet seating for up to 100 guests,  and reception space for up to 200 guests.  Perfect for any medium size event, which can be hard to find in Charleston.  

The floor-to-ceiling windows offer breathtaking views of the RiverDog’s field, as well as the Ashley River marsh.  Where else can you experience a view like this at a swanky soiree?

Want to pretend like your Bill Murray and have free range of the ball park?  You can use the scoreboard for non-game day events, have cocktails on the field then dinner in the club.  Now that’s what I call ballin’.

 So if your looking to step your game up (pun intended) and want to host an event that’s unique and unexpected, then The Riley Park Club  is your venue.  

Dress by Mason Hosker, Earrings and rings from Gold Creations, Bangles from Croghans Jewel Box,

Photography by Nicole Mickle, Makeup by Bellelina Studio, Hair by Drybar Charleston,  Rentals by Event HausFlorals by Stephanie Gibbs Events

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