A Woodhouse Escape for Mother’s Day

There’s no doubt being a mom is one of the hardest jobs out there, that’s why it’s so important to pamper her with a trip to the spa.  But not just any spa, Woodhouse Day Spa in Mt. Pleasant is the go to place for a luxurious escape from the daily stress of trying to juggle it all. The Charleston owner, Kimberly Powell has made it her mission to offer the best customer service with a wide variety of treatments for optimal relaxation.  In addition to her Sweetgrass & Charleston Wedding candles (sold exclusively at Woodhouse Day Spa), Kim is set to launch a meditation & wellness candle line called Heron, which will include the scents Rise, Radiate & Rest.  These will be available with the opening of her new downtown Charleston Woodhouse Day Spa, which is planned to open this December.   Also, a very busy mother to 3 boys, she finds time to always give back to the community while cooking up a new project.

Woodhouse Day Spa offers over 70 different treatments from facials, massages,  body scrubs, manis and pedis and the state of the art Vichy shower.  I know it might sound overwhelming, so I’ll just share my incredibly relaxing experience.  I opted for the the aromatherapy bath cure and slipped into a state of bliss.  The head-to-toe ritual begins with a dry brush exfoliation and then 25 minutes of soaking in lavender bath salts.

Next up was the seasonal massage which included a mint julep and lavender shea and cocoa butter, blended with an organic honey butter serum.  My skin felt super hydrated thanks to the sunflower seed oil, honey, and vitamins A,B, and E that are packed in their products as well.  I was finished off with the Farmhouse Fresh Fluffy Bunny Lotion and Sunflower Honey Butter mixed together, and yes it felt as good as it sounds.  The beauty of it all is that you can take home the experience by purchasing all of the the products in their retail boutique.

If you want to offer some variety you can gift the seasonal massages so mom has something to look forward to for the next escape.  Also, if you spend $300 or more on a gift card you can get a curated spa gift box including a Sleep Soothing Mist, Lavender Eye Pillow, Organic Citron Green Tea Tin, Serene Bath Salts, Body Moisturizer and Pleat Soap by Voya.  If you’re a last minute shopper like me, you’ll love that you can purchase their gift cards conveniently online here and customize it to make it more personal.

Wellness guru Kimberly Powell hand picked her favorite products from her boutique so mom can be pampered at home too.  The Athena 7 Minute Lift reduces the appearance of sagging skin, lines, and wrinkles in 7 minutes.  Give the gift of a bronze glow with Vita Liberata Rapid Tan Mousse, the rapid development technology speeds up the tanning process for a light sunkissed glow after one hour, a medium bronze result after two hours, and a deep tan after three or more hours. Certified organic botanicals and moisture locking technology nourish the skin and give 72-hour hydration. For a blissful bath pick up a jar of Red Poppy & Hemp Mineral Bath Salt.  For a sweet and citrusy scent try this organic fragrance by Provence Sante Eau de Toilette Fragrance Spray.

So, if your undecided on what to give mom or what hints you want to drop for this Mother’s Day, then make it easy and give the gift of blissful relaxation at Woodhouse Day Spa. As a mom who feels like I juggle 4 jobs, an urban escape for a couple of hours is just what I need for some peace of mind and rejuvenation.  Also, tune into Lowcountry Live this Friday for more details and how you could win an aromatherapy bath and seasonal massage at Woodhouse Day Spa.

Photography by Nicole Mickle

Tu Good to be True

Tucked away on the busy Upper Meeting Street is the oasis called Tu.  Innovation and concept melt together in this new restaurant brought to you by the owners of Xiao Bao Biscuit.  Joey Ryan, Josh Walker, and Josh’s wife Duolan Li are always one step ahead of giving Charleston what it’s been lacking in flavor.  They’re always on the cutting edge with bringing bold ethnic flavors together in an ultra hip setting.

If your expecting more Asian infused dishes at Tu, you’ll be surprised.  Their menu is all about multicultural influences and unexpected pairings.  Duolan Li describes it as “New American” which means it’s a melting pot of flavors from South America to the Middle East.  Of course presentation is everything, just look at this Fennel Salad topped with edible flowers.

After living in New York I was spoiled with access to any ethnic food I wanted and it’s so nice to see a place that embraces many cultures and celebrates it.  Don’t get me wrong, I love the food in Charleston, but there’s always room for another quality restaurant, especially one that offers diversity.

I’m not a strict vegetarian, but I always gravitate towards the veggie focused dishes.  This beet dripping with chimmichurri and griddled provolone had my name written all over it!

The other surprise at Tu that I’m obsessed with is it’s decor and overall vibe.  First off they have parking in their courtyard, and to the left of the parking is a traditional Charleston home with two dining rooms downstairs.  One room is their private party room, ready for a karaoke sing off or a dance party, or both.  The blush walls paired with the glossy green ceilings would make any interior designer drool.

The other dining room is painted a matte black, lit by only a few dim sconces and a neon light.  The mood is sexy date night.

Adjacent to the traditional house is the modern building that they custom built.  The orange velvet banquettes set against the pink plastered walls have a 60’s throwback (my favorite era in design).  Every detail is so well thought out and so unique to Charleston.  It’s what we’ve been wanting, but didn’t know it until it arrived.  This place is perfect for a date night, girls’ night, or when you want to impress your friends or family who are coming into town.  Thank you team Tu and Xiao Bao Biscuit for continuing to elevate the southern dining experience and always bringing the flava!

Green jumpsuit and red floral jumpsuit from Traffic People // Annabelle circle crossbody $105 from Duex Lux // Jewelry from Jtv

Photography by Libby Williams of Plate South

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Practical PJ’s

Now that spring is finally here we can fully enjoy the beautiful weather!  What seems to be the longest winter in the history of me living here for 14 years, I’m so happy we can finally shed those layers.  I do love me some clothes that are so comfy you feel like your wearing pj’s like this outfit from The Resort Shop .  Yes, the pajama trend is still going strong and I’m so excited that they brought Tretorn sneakers back.  You can find these slick silver ones at Holly & Brooks for only $85!

If your looking for a place to enjoy the beautiful weather this week, then come out to the Freshfields Village Sip & Stroll on Thursday from 4-7pm.  There’s nothing like being out in Kiawah while you get your shop on while you enjoy drinks and food.  Most of the shops will be offering sales and drinks for the stroll, and for a full list of participating businesses click here.

I’m also so excited to partner up with Freshfields Village to donate a shopping package to the Make a Wish Foundation for their Wishes in Bloom fundraising event next month. This amazing organization grants wishes to children with life threatening medical conditions.  I’ve teamed up with Freshfields Village for a shopping package to be auctioned off at the event to raise funds for a child in need.  They have donated a $1,000 gift certificate and I will be volunteering my time to shop and style the lucky winning bidder!

Get out there and enjoy this beautiful weather!

Top by Lavendar Brown $245, Pants by Lilla P $198 from The Resort Shop // Tretorn sneakers $85, backpack by Rebecca Minkoff $245, sunglasses, ring $58.50 and necklace by House of Harlow $38 all from Holly & Brooks all at Freshfields Village

Photography by Libby Williams

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Festival of Houses and Gardens

Even though I’ve been a Charleston dweller for almost 14 years, I still get swept away with the beauty and charm.  I love taking walks and bike rides south of Broad with my family and friends to appreciate all of the beautiful historic homes and perfectly pruned flower boxes.  I’m excited to partner up with a couple of my favorite bloggers Charleston Weekender and Hillheady to promote the Festival of Houses & Gardens. 

 Have you ever wanted to take a tour of these beautiful private houses and gardens?  Well now is your chance to see how the other half lives. Brought to you by the Historic Charleston Foundation, this is it’s 71st year of  featuring Charleston’s distinctive architecture and history.  Tours and events vary by day and you can also take advantage of luncheons and musical concerts.  We’re each giving away 2 tickets to the Festival of Houses & Gardens, just follow this post on Instagram to find out how you can win tickets!

Tarah Top $79 from Rachel Roy and Floral Maxi Skirt $88.99 from Rachel Roy // Ginger earrings in red $98 from Lisi Lerch // Marc Fisher lace up flats $64.99 from 6pm

Photography by Libby Williams

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Spring into Freshfields

Even though it’s been chilly in the Lowcountry, spring is here and I’m looking forward to it warming up this week.  Just in time for the Spring Festival happening at Freshfields Village.

The Village is alway hopping this time of year and the festivities begin on Friday with Music on the Green from 6:00 to 9:00 pm, featuring Shem Creek Boogie Band. Then on Saturday from 11 am to 3 pm their annual Spring Festival will be packed with kid-friendly activities, an interactive musician, photos with the Easter bunny and a meet and greet fire safety event with the St. Johns Fire Dept.  And there’s always something for the adults to do including taking in the art from the Seabrook Island Artists Guild.  My boys always enjoy the kid activities and us adults love popping in and out of stores and having lunch at one of our favorites – Fuji Sushi, Cantina 76, or La Tela.   And if your looking to do something different for your Easter Mass, then Freshfields Village will be hosting a service on Sunday on the green at 9:30 am. 

If your looking for new spring pieces to add into your wardrobe, then pop into Tres Carmen Kiawah.  They’re always surprising me with new brands like this dress by Misa.  They also recently started carrying Elizabeth & James jewelry which always makes a statement.  You can’t go wrong with a black bag and this timeless one by Taxidermy is something you’ll have for life.

Dress by Misa $336, bag by Taxidermy $1,495, Earrings by Elizabeth & James $125, Stacked rings by Elizabeth & James $150, bracelets by Elizabeth & James $150 each all from Tres Carmen Kiawah at Freshfields Village // Karen Ankle Strap Sandal by Pelle Moda from Nordstrom $154.95

Photography by Libby Williams, Manicure by Mylk Bar, Lashes by Simply Smitten Beauty Bar

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Saturday Night at Charleston Fashion Week

The finale night of  Charleston Fashion Week is when everyone pulls out the stops.  I was so excited to wear this Zac Posen sequined number and dance the night away in the Style Lounge.

Zac Zac Posen Leila Gown similar to mine from Far Fetch $1,590 // Chandelier earrings $250, Industrial finish 5 stack ring $275, Industrial finish 4 point textured hinge bangle $295, Vermeil thin eternity pave hinge bracelet $200, Vermeil signature bevel hinge bangle $200 all from Croghan’s Jewel Box //14k pink amethyst ring $1,350 and 14k diamond 4 strand ring $3,450 from Gold Creations // JW Micro Bag by Taxidermy $895 // Karen Ankle Strap Sandal by Pelle Moda from Nordstrom $154.95

Photography by Clifford Pate,  Manicure by Mylk Bar,  Lashes by Simply Smitten Beauty Bar

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It Takes a Fashion Village

It was a huge honor to be a judge for the Charleston Fashion Week Emerging Designer competition again this year.  The Fern Mallis, creator of New York Fashion Week, came back again and said that this is her favorite fashion week, which is a huge compliment given that she travels globe seeing other fashion weeks across the world.  Courtney Wartman, VP of Marketing at Clique, who handles clients such as Who What Wear and Byrdie, also expressed how impressed she was with the talent that Charleston Fashion Week brings together.  One of my favorites, model scout Karen Lee always comes back with the model panel.  Her mission is to scope out the fresh faces and help decide on the model search winners at fashion week.

I love that fashion designer and Charleston native Pauline Nakios is part of the designer panel of judges.  Her expertise in the design industry is immeasurable.  Not only does she have 2 brands – Leo & Sage and Lilla P, but she also has a store in New York, and is a mother of 2 sweet boys.  I always look forward to her visits back to the south.

I couldn’t have made it through fashion week without my fashion sidekick, Hillary Conheady.  I love it when man about town Jonatan Guerrero Ramirez, can help me with my shoots and Lowcountry Live.  He always bring a smile and great energy wherever he goes.

Ashley Brooke Perryman is a superwoman.  As the beauty director for Charleston Fashion Week, she works with every store and designer on hair and makeup looks for the runway shows, and directs her team on the execution.  She does all of this with such calmness and grace.

The high quality of the production at Charleston Fashion Week always amazes me and  Jacqueline Russell is the glue that keeps it together.

Female empowerment is her agenda, Shelly Young from Skirt Mag.

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Photography by Clifford Pate

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