Moda Senza Tempo

Timeless fashion is the core philosophy behind Senza Tempo and translates to “without time” from Italian.  Founder and designer Kristen Fanarakis wanted to create an accessible luxury line of womenswear that could live in your closet forever.  Instead of trying to re-invent the wheel or follow trends she put into production classic silhouettes that women of many body types and ages could appreciate.

Timeless icons such as Jackie O and Audrey Hepburn are the inspiration behind the line of dresses, tops, and skirts at Senza Tempo.  Instead of fast fashion, Kristen wanted to put bespoke quality and details such as silk linings and lace finished hems into her garments.  The Made in America mantra is why Senza Tempo prides themselves with high quality fashion.  Kristen can monitor quality control in her L.A. factory where the workers are being paid fare wages in a healthy work environment.

The Brigitte style that I’m wearing here is a tunic style dress that has one of my favorite details – pockets!  Constructed of luxurious stretch Italian virgin wool and lined with a stretch silk charmeuse you can instantly feel the quality when you put it on.  Perfect for both work meetings to a fancy brunch on the weekend, it’s versatile style also transcends seasons.

View more to read my Q & A with founder and designer of Senza Tempo, Kristen Fanarakis.  Her story behind her philosophy on timeless fashion and journey to creating her line is inspiring.

Brigitte Tunic Dress $925 by Senza Tempo // Rose gold hoops $230, 14k rose gold ring with opal and diamonds $2,000, 14k rose gold ring with morganite and diamonds $1,700 from Gold Creations // Pout Bucket Bag in Marble $638 by Ellia Wang //Luxury Wig Flatscreen sunglasses by Raen $150 // Similar shoes here

Photography by Janelle Putrich, Makeup by Jami Millerleile, shot on location at The Gadsden House

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Urban Safari

August is always that tricky in between month where your thinking about fall clothes but the sweltering heat means that summer is still going strong.  Hold tight, because this outfit from Beckett Boutique is the perfect transitional piece to get you in the mood for cooler temps.

Beckett Boutique always stocks the most covetable pieces every season.  This trench coat/shirt is so special and unique I had to scoop it up.  I love the tuxedo piping detail on the jeans giving it that dress it up, dress it down quality.  And just when you think you don’t need another pair of sunglasses in your collection, these rose tinted ones will have you wanting more.  The cowrie shell necklace is one of those statement staple necklaces that can transform any outfit for ordinary to extraordinary.

The south is both literally and figuratively hot because there is so much talent and style happening at the moment.  This bag by Savannah based designer Ellia Wang is one of a kind with it’s agate pattern printed on leather.  I love that she hand makes every design with such meticulous details, it’s hard not to appreciate the artisanal quality.

Don’t miss out on the Sip, Shop, and Stroll tomorrow night on Upper King Street from 4-8pm. Beckett is one of the 8 boutiques that will be on the stroll and there will be drinks, bites, and sales in each store. Come out and shop local!

Marlowe jacket by Cinq a Sept $220 , Ibiza jeans by McGuire Denim $268, Sonix cowrie shell necklace $125, sunglasses by Charli $135 all from Beckett Boutique // 14k gold cross hatch hollow ring $400 and 14k gold ring with diamonds and opal from Gold Creations //  Agate Sharp Tote $979 by Ellia Wang // April Fringe Sandal by Pelle Moda from Nordstrom $164.95

Photography by Janelle Putrich, Makeup by Jami Millerleile

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Girls Night Out at The Skinny Dip

Get ready for the ultimate Girls’ Night out at The Skinny Dip on July 27th featuring a braid bar by Drybar, manis by Mylk Bar, bites from Callie’s Little Hot Biscuit & Carmella’s Dessert Bar, drinks by Rudi’s Cafe & Vino, and beats by DJ Deirdre Zahl of Candy Shop Vintage.  The newly opened Skinny Dip is the 2nd location for owners Sara Rossi and Taylor Ivey is a new shopping concept for Charleston.  Each of their brands are represented individually so you can get a clear message of their identity.  The cool coastal vibe supports emerging designers that are based in Charleston and beyond.  You can also grab a coffee or frose from Rudi’s Cafe & Vino upstairs and chill on their outdoor deck for a break from that retail therapy.

Toni Hess opened the Charleston outpost for Drybar this past spring and the blow dry bar concept has been a huge hit in the Lowcountry.  Offering more than just a blowout, their talented stylists are masters at updos and braiding.  Whenever I show them my Pinterest inspiration they give me the upgraded version and always succeed my expectations.  I can’t wait to see the creations they come up with for the guests at The Skinny Dip  party.

Momtrepreneur, Katie Shields opened up her eco-friendly nail salon Mylk Bar in Mt. Pleasant a couple of months ago and is dominating nail game.  No more suffocating fumes when you get your mani and pedi.  The instgram-worthy wall paper and decor make you want to snap that Nailfie.  Her nail techs will be offering fun nail art at the party including this evil eye that I opted for.

 

Liz Martin of Charleston Weekender sure knows how to make everyday feel like the weekend.  She’ll be bringing her fun balloons from her recently opened shop Cannonbourough Collective.  Her and her partner Mimi of the Tiny Tassel opened up a boutique where you can finally get balloons downtown, and sell their wares alongside local artisans. It’s hard to believe that you had to drive off the peninsula just to get balloons for a party!

I love finding out about new brands at The Skinny Dip like this outfit from The Royal Native.  I’m officially obsessed with the line made out of African Wax Prints by the coolest surfer mom in New York – Hilary Star de Roy.  I want everything in her collection!

So mark your calendars and grab your girlfriends and join me with these fabulous ladies at The Skinny Dip on July 27th from 6-9pm!

Photography by Clifford Pate

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Garden of Eden

I love it when I find a gem of a dress like this one from House of Sage.  It’s by L’atiste, one of my favorite brands that they carry and it’s only $85!  Finding a decent dress under $100 could be hard to find, but not in this shop.  Giambattista Valli actually just showed a dress strikingly similar to this one in their Paris Haute Couture show recently, more reason to get this stunner that’s a steal.

I always love admiring and trying on the estate jewelry in Croghan’s Jewel Box.  There’s nothing like the impeccable craftsmanship and detail in vintage jewelry.

With the sweltering heat these days I had to stop by Drybar Charleston for a crown braid style.  Their stylists are masters at braiding and did this in 10 minutes!  They are my go to for blowouts and intricate updos.

These beauties are from Gold Creations and they have such a great assortment of jewelry.  The basket weave ring is the perfect nod to Charleston’s heritage.

Dress by L’atiste $85 from House of Sage // 18k diamond and coral earrings $4,600, emerald and diamond ring $15,300, platinum carnelian onyx ring $25,750, platinum star sapphire ring $6,500, lapis, emerald, and diamond ring $6,900 all from Croghan’s Jewel Box // Crescent Moon Ring Gold Plate $30 , Sweetgrass Dome Ring 14k yellow gold $900, Opal and Diamond Ring 18k yellow gold $1,350, Cz Kite Ring Gold Plate $45 all from Gold Creations

Photography by Clifford Pate, hair by Drybar Charleston, lashes by Simply Smitten Beauty Bar, mani by Mylkbar

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Grey Area

Spring time is usually about color, but there’s something about a neutral, like grey to make that tan pop.  I’m all about a bargain too, and this dress from Tobi is only $11!  I mean, you can’t even eat lunch for $11.  So why not scoop up a dress that’ll take you from the beach to the street.  I know this will be one of my favorite cover ups this summer.

If you live in Charleston, then most people know about Germain Dermotology for specialized skincare.  But what most people don’t know if that you can also shop makeup by Jane Iredale, sun hats, and accessories like these Quay sunglasses.  If it has to do with sun protection, then Germain is all about it.

My favorite earrings that I’ve been wearing lately are these by Ash Hoffman.  Made with sterling silver and diamonds, they are perfect for that mom that deserves to be treated with something special.

You really can’t go wrong with jewelry for a Mother’s Day gift, especially when you can find it for under $250.  This collar necklace and cuff are both from Croghan’s Jewel Box, and no you won’t break the bank.  I always like to raid their Elizabeth & James section because it’s modern and the price point is attainable.

The bright silver rings I scooped up from Naked Eyes at Maris DeHart.  There’s nothing like supporting gifted local artisans in this town.

 

Gigi Maxi Dress $11 from Tobi // Sunglasses by Quay at Germain Dermotology // Sage earrings with diamonds $175 by Ash Hoffman // Rhodium plate Inez ring $95, Selena collar necklace $195, Leo Cuff $225 by Elizabeth & James from Croghan’s Jewel Box // Bar ring $150 and Silver ring by Naked Eyes from Maris DeHart // Marisol sandals by Corso Como $124 from Zappos

Photography by Clifford Pate

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Spring Has Sprung

Dandy Boutique always has some of the most fun and whimsical dresses in store and online.  This one by Emily and Fin  is straight out of vintage heaven and has the best fit ever.  The bag is undeniably cute with the robot motif and space age shape.  The best part is that the bag and dress are under $200, which is why I love Dandy Boutique so much.  You can find the most unique pieces at such affordable prices at this Upper King shop.

The ear cuff is by emerging designer Suzanna Dai from Maris DeHart who stocks her gumball drop earrings in an array of colors.  If your looking for unique accessories, this is the spot!

Nancy Patchwork dress $94 by Emily and Fin, sunglasses, and purse $68 from Dandy Boutique // Earrings by Suzanna Dai and cuff from Maris DeHart // Similar silver block heels $53 from Asos

Photos by Paul King, Makeup by Rebecca Wash from Pink Dot Beauty Bar

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J. McLaughlin Spring Fete

I recently went to the unveiling of the newly renovated J. McLaughlin store on King Street, a jovial celebration thrown by Garden & Gun Magazine.  The iconic American clothing brand, started by 2 brothers – Kevin and Jay McLaughlin 40 years ago, is still bringing timeless style into both men’s and women’s wardrobes.  Their new store reflects their design sensibility, classic with a hint of retro and always in that resort state of mind.

The well bred brand is based in Brooklyn, and has a growing fan base with help from their 100 stores and counting all over the U.S.  Their outposts on King Street and Freshfields Village in Kiawah are the perfect fit for locals who want to feel like their on vacation all of the time and for the vacationers to feel like their locals.

The Tiegan off the shoulder dress that I’m wearing here is made out of the softest cotton with stretch, which is key for living in the south.  I can’t wait to wear it through the hot summer months.  I love the retro design of this Victoria circular wicker bag, it’s my new obsession!  It’s like that bag your searching for in the vintage store, but now you can buy it new online.

The off the shoulder style of the dress is perfect for featuring any statement jewelry like this choker by Ash Hoffman.

Any excuse to go to a fashion party with my hubby Gustavo is always a good idea.  You can’t beat a guy who loves clothes as much as me.

 

When The Curator and The Weekender get together we always have a great time!  Liz Martin of The Charleston Weekender brings the party wherever she goes.

 

I’m excited to see all of the retail growth in downtown Charleston.  With new boutiques sprouting up and King Street veterans like J.McLaughlin expanding and renovating, our city continues to boast some of the best shopping in the south.

Tiegan off the shoulder dress $188 and Victoria circular wicker bag $158 from J.McLaughlin // Jenkins Block Heel Sandal in nude by Corso Como $128.95 from Nordstrom // Cressida necklace $155 and 3/4″ Paula cuff $225 by Ash Hoffman

Photography by Libby Williams

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