Stars in the Sand

Stars in the Sand is the dreamy jewelry online boutique you need to know about. Based right here in Charleston, Lin Isler (of Shirtini fame), has the keenest eye when it comes to curating a store – whether it’s physical or virtual.  The serene site features both delicate and statement jewelry from brands like Theia, Frolick, Kozakh, and Gypsy.  Offering a wide variety of styles and prices, you can find anything from $18 to just under $300.  My favorite?  Anything rose gold of course.

SEEING STARS ROSE GOLD RING $101 from Stars in the Sand //  OVAL ROSE GOLD GODDESS RING $133 from Stars in the Sand // ANGEL WING ROSE GOLD EAR CRAWLER $92 from Stars in the Sand // MOON DROP NECKLACE $78 from Stars in the Sand  

I’m obsessed with these Angel Wing Rose Gold Ear Crawler earrings.  You can double them up on one ear like I did or wear one in each ear.

TURQUOISE DROP NECKLACE $135 from Stars in the Sand // KISMET TURQUOISE RING $195 from Stars in the Sand

GOLDEN D EARRINGS $55 from Stars in the Sand // CONSTELLATION NECKLACE $53 from Stars in the Sand // MOON CHARM NECKLACE $33 from Stars in the Sand // CRESCENT MOON RING $37.00 from Stars in the Sand // WISHING STAR RING $37 from Stars in the Sand // GOLD C BRACELET $65 Stars in the Sand // FALLING STAR GOLD BRACELET $65 from Stars in the Sand 

Stars in the Sand is coining the catchphrase “Jewelry and accessories for the the modern mermaid” and these dreamy, mystical pieces reflect just that.  The jewelry is meant to be layered like this Constellation Necklace and Moon Charm Necklace.  My birthday is in a couple of weeks and I always feel connected with my Scorpio sign during this time.  These Constellation Necklaces are perfect for birthday gifts for that special someone.

Christmas is coming early because Stars in the Sand is the latest in my giveaways that I’m featuring this month.  We’re teaming up to giveaway this Falling Star Gold Bracelet on my Instagram.  Follow along for all of the details to enter to win!

If you like any of the jewelry here I linked all of the styles directly to the site.  I encourage you to explore more, because that’s what mermaids do.

SHINING STAR DOUBLE DROP EARRINGS $179 from Stars in the Sand // ELONGATED WHITE GOLD GODDESS RING $156 from Stars in the Sand //OVAL WHITE GOLD GODDESS RING $133 from Stars in the Sand // LAYERED RUFFLE SLEEVE STRIPE SHIRT $305 from Shirtini

Photography by Pale Girl Photo

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Mind, Body, and a Stylish Soul at Studio 33

Kiawah seems to be the last frontier in the Charleston area to have a fitness studio.  But now there’s no excuse to get in shape with the newly opened Studio 33 in Freshfields Village.   Founded by husband and wife team Frank and Liz, they offer everything from pilates, barre, yoga and so much more.  Their beautiful modern space is refreshing and when you walk in your immediately sucked into their amazing selection of athleisure. But this isn’t your average work out gear,  you can go from studio to street looking put together with their impressive selection.  They carry super stylish brands from Lululemon, Onzie, Michi, Spiritual Gangster, and Koral Activewear.

They turned me on to Michi, the brand that makes this snakeskin printed top.  From the front to the back, the details are on point.  The yoga pants are by Onzie, the brand that dominates the largest styles I’ve seen from prints, fabrics, and fits.

Liz who is also a yoga teacher takes so much pride in her studio and the classes that are being taught there.  She already has a loyal tribe of teachers and followers.  Normally I like doing yoga core and really pushing myself, but I opted for a gentle yoga class.   Kimi, the teacher, made sure we had the most zen experience.  That’s why I love yoga – you can go hard, but you can also make it an experience to calm your mind and feel more balanced mentally and physically.  The studio has all of the yoga accoutrements in case you forget your mat and they event have blankets that you can snuggle up in for savasana.

Studio 33 also offers so much more than their regular studio classes.  You can also get health & nutrition coaching, private yoga & personal training, and you can even book them for a private bachelorette or weekend getaway.

Freshfields Village always does a great job incorporating their stores like Studio 33 by hosting a group yoga session on the lawn.  This month their gearing up for a line up of more fun events for the whole family to enjoy.  The weekend kicks off with a special edition of Music on the Green tonight from 6-9 pm. Then on Saturday there’ll be more music while the Farmer’s Market  will be in full swing and a pop up art show from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm.  There’s always something for the kiddies with the complimentary face painting by Cupcake and Company Children’s Entertainment, specialty balloons with Carol’s Balloon Art, inflatable games from Charleston Fun Factory, fall crafts and a meet & greet with St. Johns Fire Department.  

If your a dog lover then you’ll want to join them for their 11th Annual Dogtoberfest on Saturday, October 28 from 1-5 pm.  In addition to craft beer, food, live music, pet costume contest, Blessing of the Dogs, and giveaways, it’s all for a great cause.  The food and drink sponsors will be donating to pet rescues and there will be meet-and-greets with local rescue groups. 

So make a plan to come out to Kiawah and enjoy the beautiful fall weather outside!

Photography by Libby Williams 

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Bottoms Up

Charleston is full of art and I love that you can find it in the most unassuming places.  This vibrant floor mural by local artist Douglas Panzone is tucked away in a College of Charleston apartment building where the students can enjoy it from their balcony.  It’s located right next to House of Sage, the local boutique heavily frequented by the college crowd, and also one of the best places to shop local on a budget.

This jumpsuit is only $60 and the denim jacket is only $55 at House of Sage!  Just when you think the deals can’t get any sweeter, their having a shopping event on Saturday and Sunday. For every full priced bottom you purchase enters you into a drawing for a chance to win a $75 gift certificate.  So bottoms up while you sip on champagne while you shop and scoop up those deals!

Jumpsuit by San Souci $60,  Denim jacket by San Souci $55, hat $34, and necklace $16 from House of Sage // Adrian shoes by Summit White Mountain $179 from Zappos

Photography by Paul King

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Wild Dunes Weekend

This past weekend I had the opportunity to stay at Wild Dunes Resort with my boys and we had the best time ever!  I already feel lucky to live in a place like Charleston where you can easily live like your on vacation.  If you do live in Charleston you know what I mean, but it’s also nice to actually getaway from your normal routine.  I love escaping to Wild Dunes because you feel like your transported to some far away remote island, but your really just in Isle of Palms.  What’s that, a family vacation without the hassle of jumping on a plane or driving for several hours?  Sign me up!

The beautiful thing about Wild Dunes is that you can cater your experience to whatever you want it to be.  If your an active group like us you have to take advantage of the clay tennis courts, golfing, biking,  swimming in the ocean and pools and an eco-tour to Capers Island.  If we had more time we probably would have done some of the other water activities like jet skiing, paddle boarding, and parasailing. Because let’s face it, seeing the Lowcountry from the water is always on a whole nother level.  If you want a more chill experience you can take a spa day and have dinner delivered to your room.

I always like to get acquainted with the place that I’m staying at by exploring the grounds.  The pool is always a good start at Wild Dunes, especially when there’s 5 to choose from.  They’ve got it all from an olympic sized pool, a kid friendly pool with a large shallow area, the adult pool with cabanas, and 2 pools next to the beach with a bar that stocks every frozen drink you can imagine.  You can also get all the adult frozen drinks without alcohol like my favorite, the “Miami Vice” which is a mix of Pina Colada and Strawberry Daiquiri.

Beach Caftan Cover Up – Little Palms $70 and Silk Scarf – Little Palms $122 by The Blush Label (Use Curator15 at checkout and recieve 15% off of your purchase!) // Sunglasses by Quay from Tres Carmen Boutique // Jewels from Gold Creations // Hari Mari Scouts flip flops $64.95 from Nordstrom

With so many different accommodations to choose from, the possibilities are plentiful.  You can feel like your living at the Dunes if you opt for one of their villas, homes, condos, or a penthouse.  Or if you want that hotel feel you can stay at The Boardwalk Inn or The Village, which is where we stayed.   I loved just walking downstairs and grabbing a snack or water at Hudson’s Market.

This is actually the best time to visit Wild Dunes Resort because it’s off season.  Not everyone might agree with me, but I think we’re lucky that we can enjoy the summer weather through October.   Because I love sharing my fun experience with everyone I’m teaming up with Wild Dunes Resort on a special deal.  Guests who book a minimum of two night stay using the special code CURATE will receive $100 off, valid for all stays through October 31st.  Now don’t just sit there, book that getaway you’ve been wanting to do with your family,  your significant other, or your girls weekend.

It’s impossible to fit everything we did in one post so stay tuned the rest of my Wild Dunes recap!

Hibiscus one piece in Azalea $165 by Citrine Swim // Turkish Towel $32 by Charleston Weekender (use CURATOR20 at checkout for 20% off) // Sunglasses by Quay from Tres Carmen Boutique // Frances Cabochon stone earrings $495 by Ash Hoffman

Photography by Clifford Pate, Mani & Pedi from Mylk Bar

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The New New at Freshfields

Freshfields Village is buzzing with all of the new additions which means more reasons to keep on coming back.  Along with village veterans like The Resort Shop (where this dress is from), new businesses like Elizabeth Stuart Design, Studio 33 Kiawah, Blue Mercury, and and Fuji Restaurant have popped up over the summer.

Elizabeth Stuart Design is known in the Charleston area for her sophisticated selections in home decor, art, and accessories.  Her satellite shop in Kiawah is a curated mix of gorgeous jewelry from the likes of S Carter and cool shades by AM Eyewear (pictured here).  Her offerings are a nice price range making it easy to find gifts or splurge on yourself.

Blue Mercury was a no-brainer top open up, with no other makeup stores in the area of Kiawah and Johns Island.  This national store has shops everywhere including downtown Charleston, but this Freshfields Village location was much needed.  You can find the best makeup and skincare lines out there, and also get spa treatments like facials, waxing, and massages.  I had to try out some of their products and was so happy with the makeup application they gave me.

Another void in the area was a Japanese restaurant and our prayers have finally been answered with Fuji.  Their creative selection of sushi rolls, delicious salads, and appetizers will have you wanting to come back over and over again.  This is now on the top of my list for sushi in Charleston, and the best part is they can make any custom roll you want.  My friend Libby of Plate South and I were on a roll (pun intended) sampling everything we thought we could fit in our stomachs. If you go you have to try my favorites – Harumaki, Tuna Martini and the Avocado Salad.  As far as rolls go it just depends on how adventurous you are, but I’m sure you won’t be disappointed.

If your looking for a relaxing shopping and dining experience then Freshfields Village is your answer.   Fall is always a great time to come out to the Village so follow them on Instagram to stay in the know of all of their events and happenings.

Dress by Laundry by Shelli Segal $295 from The Resort Shop // Sunglasses by AM Eyewear $465, Beaded purse by Ink + Alloy $62.50, Diamond tusk necklace by S Carter $3,545, Full pave diamond cuff by S Carter $1,370, Sterling silver wide ring by Sarah Richardson $200, Sterling silver equator ring $295, Asymetrical Iris Smokey ring $1,200, Sterling silver tripod ring by Sarah Richardson$155 all from Elizabeth Stuart Design from Freshfields Village //  Caress sandals by Corso Como from Nordstrom $119.95

Photography by Libby Williams 

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Flower Power

Labor Day is around the corner which means that it’s time to take advantage of all of the sales.  House of Sage always has a sale you don’t want to miss out on, and starting Saturday – Monday everything in-store and online will be on sale for 20% off.  Including this dress that’s already a steal for $80!  They recently re-launched their website, so if you can’t make it in the store shop online 24/7.   Don’t forget to use the code LABORDAY20 at checkout for the 20% off discount.  

L.A. based Single Stone will be making another appearance at Croghan’s Jewel Box September 8th and 9th.  Meet the founders and designers Ari and Corina Madilian as they showcase their heirloom quality diamond jewelry at the trunk show.  Their antique diamonds, estate finds, and vintage inspired designs will surely make you swoon.

Dress by L’atiste $80 from House of Sage // All jewelry by Single Stone from Croghan’s Jewel Box

Photography by Clifford Pate

In the Navy

There’s something about a navy and white combo that is so classic but always fresh.   I’m a big fan of dramatic sleeves and Tres Carmen Boutique has so many great tops in stock like this one.  The beauty of it is that most of their clothes are so incredibly affordable.  This top is under $80 and these pearly heels are only $44!  I truly believe that you don’t have to spend a lot of money to look like a million bucks.

Tres Carmen Boutique carries a big selection of Julie Vos jewelry, which is great if you like to stack them up like me.

Fall is around the corner which means that Tres Carmen Boutique is getting shipments in on a daily basis.  Follow this local boutique on Instagram so you don’t miss out on all their new goodies.  And if you venture out to Kiawah then visit them in Freshfields Village because they usually carry different styles and brands that you won’t find in their James Island location.

Top by Gracia, shoes by Qupid $44, sunglasses by Quay, elephant cuff $245, bangles $210, and earrings $85 by Julie Vos from Tres Carmen Boutique // Vermeil double band fusion ring by Freida Rothman from Croghan’s Jewel Box // White pants by Do + Be from Maris De Hart

Photography by Clifford Pate

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