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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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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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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