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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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

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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