Summer Nights

DSC_0593It’s been a little while since my last post, as we’ve been traveling most of spring, but I’m so excited to begin sharing our adventures with y’all! If you follow me on Instagram, you probably know I’m most excited to post about our California trip, but this evening I wanted to show you a look I wore while on a quick weekend getaway to Myrtle Beach. Now, the “dirty myrtle” isn’t the most luxurious destination, but we go every year for the Monday After the Master’s charity golf tournament, put on by Hootie and the Blowfish, and we always have a great time! Plus, it’s an easy 45 minute drive from home and who can say no to a little calabash shrimp buffet every once in a while?! (JOKING) Seriously though, it’s a weekend we look forward to every year and this year we were also able to spend it with my parents to celebrate my mom’s birthday! This evening’s look was what I wore to the M.A.M. concert that takes place after the tournament- talk about a good time!!
DSC_0602DSC_0588One of my absolute most favorite trends this summer is off the shoulder! The style is so feminine and flirty, and I love showing off my shoulders and collarbone. It’s something I can wear to be sexy without feeling overexposed. When I saw this top from one of my go-to brands, Show Me Your Mumu, I knew I had to have it! Not only does the white go with everything, but it really makes your tan skin glow after a long day on the beach. I paired the top with a pair of distressed boyfriend jeans to be sure to keep things casual and comfortable.
DSC_0620DSC_0606I accessorized with these fabulously boho layering necklaces from II Brunettes that have quite possibly been one of the best purchases I’ve ever made! I wear them together, separate, mixed with other necklaces- the options are seriously endless. I just love how the green pendant brings just a touch of color to this mainly neutral ensemble. I did stick with nude for my bag and shoes because I think it kept the outfit cohesive and classy. When in doubt- stick with neutrals!!  DSC_0590This is the perfect outfit for a summer night out to a concert, dinner date or drinks with friends. It’s super classy and put together, while still remaining casual and effortless, which is basically how I strive to look at all times {but realistically don’t}. If you wanted to dress this down even further for daytime, you could wear a pair of denim cutoffs with gladiator sandals and throw on a straw panama hat. (see below for this exact version on me!)

Top: Show Me Your Mumu | Pants: Joe’s Jeans from StyleDwell | Shoes: Dolce Vita from StyleXchange | Bag: GiGi New York from Trés Carmen Boutique | Necklaces: II Brunettes (1 available here)

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Friday Five

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1. Girls– Okay, so I know I’m probably a little late to this party, but I felt the need to share in case any of you were still sans Lena Dunham in your life. I had bought her book, Not That Kind of Girl, a while ago on an Amazon spree, but {like many others} hadn’t gotten the chance to read it yet. Then, during a weekend long life crisis spent stressing over my life purpose, I discovered HBO’s Girls and life was okay again! Not only is Lena Dunham a literary genius full of charm and wit that has me girl crushing hard, but it’s the most relatable show I’ve ever watched. You can find a little of yourself in each of the female lead characters. I’m convinced it’s going to get me through the rest of my 20’s. Basically, if you haven’t seen it, you should probably spend your weekend binge watching!

2. Best Tote Ever– If you’re anything like me, you’ve got a million tote bags lying around your closet/entire house. But, they’re mostly Victoria’s Secret that you don’t actually want or the .99 cent grocery bag kind that you’re always forgetting to put in your car. Then, when you see a tote you actually want, it’s expensive and you feel guilty spending money on them because you’ve already got so many. Well, now’s the time to take those to Goodwill (and actually put them in your car, so you stop using plastic) because I’ve found the perfect tote bag and it’s on sale for under $30! Where does one find such an amazing deal? Target, of course!! These reversible bags are perfect for everything from the pool or beach to the farmer’s market and travel! Plus, at such a low cost, you can buy one for each of those activities!

3. H&M x CoachellaObviously, I {along with every girl in the U.S.} have been having intense Coachella F.O.M.O. I can’t be the only one who actually considered unfollowing people for the week, right?! But, I guess the next best thing is pretending you’re in the dessert by dressing the part, and H&M is here to help us out! They’ve put out a super affordable and every boho girl’s dream, Coachella themed collection to get us through all of our festival cravings. My favorite pieces are the imitation suede shorts (because I’m loving suede for spring), the adorable lace and fringe crop top (I love it in both the white and red), and of course, the “Desert Night” tank that’s perfectly suitable for lying around scrolling through everyone’s perf Coachella pics!

4. Perfect Spring Jacket– I have a serious love/hate relationship with spring weather and the only way to make it through is with a jacket that you can throw on when the chilly temps resurface! In comes Tobi to save the day and most importantly not break your budget, because the reality is you’ll really only wear something like this a few months out of the year. This vegan leather moto jacket in beautiful pastel colors is easy to wear over just about anything! I love it in the blue and lavender, but the blue is currently on sale for just $82!

5. Zinke Sale– Remember that bathing suit line that I told y’all about in a previous Friday Five post? The one with the adorable peplum one pieces and fab high waisted options?! Yeah, well, everything is now HALF OFF on their site with the code FRIENDS&FAMILY- yeah, you read that right, 50% off! I’m kind of dying inside right now and pretty sure that my summer suit wardrobe is about to be complete- and at half the cost!! Happy shopping!!

Ready for May Flowers

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Am I the only one who is totally over these April showers?! I’m so ready for the clouds to be gone and the sunshine to show it’s face! I suppose I can’t do too much complaining because we’ve definitely had a few teasers, but I want to be able to wear looks like this every day! Fortunately, we’re headed down to Miami for a family vacation and cruise next week and then leaving again for California May 6th, so guaranteed sunny skies are on my horizon! I bought this adorable floral number from II Brunettes to take on both of our trips. It’s super versatile and can easily be dressed up for dinner, as shown, or worn for a casual day exploring when paired with flat sandals or even a jean jacket and sneakers! I just love how easy breezy it is and the print is to die for!

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I jumped on this bright pink Three Little Beads necklace the instant I saw it at Trés Carmen Boutique! It was a new color for the local jewelry designers and while I’m typically not too much of a pink girl, I knew I had to have it for summer! I initially thought it would be the perfect layering necklace, and it is, but really love how effortless it looks as a stand alone with this dress. It’s like they were made for each other! Plus, they also coordinate perfectly with my magenta sandals. Can y’all believe these were a $20 Lulu’s purchase?! Gotta love that! However, if I had the money to blow, I would sooo rock it with these fabulous Schutz shoes (that I’ve already pre-ordered in the white). Ps: if you’ve never heard of Schutz, everything of theirs is AMAZING and really not too crazy of a price point!!

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Since I already had so much color going on and nobody likes too much of a matchy matchy look, I opted to carry my simple nude GiGi New York clutch. I considered pairing it with my classic Clare V. leopard clutch, but even though the patterns coordinated perfectly, I felt it darkened this light and airy look too much. This is the perfect easy breezy dress to add to your closet, that you won’t get sick of wearing after one time! Stay tuned on social media to see how I decide to style it for vacation!!

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Photos: Catherine Ann Photography

Dress: Lovers and Friends from II Brunettes {currently backordered, but available at II Brunettes or in this style} | Shoes: LuLu’s {similar here} | Necklace: Three Little Beads from Trés Carmen Boutique | Clutch: GiGi New York from Trés Carmen Boutique

Here’s a little sprinkling of the beautiful spring day that we shot this look on, to brighten this nasty rainy Thursday!! Isn’t Katie from Catherine Ann Photography beyond talented?!

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New Leaf

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Ever since Charleston Fashion Week, I’ve been in a bit of a slump- blogging, fashion and just life in general! It’s rough being an almost 25 year old female, am I right?! As frustrating as weeks like this can be, I truly believe they’re essential to recharge your energy and inspiration. Fortunately, we were able to get away for a long weekend at the beach and I’m feeling refreshed! Plus, I’ve also got a new official photog- Katie Capo of Catherine Ann Photography– and what better way to turn over a new leaf than with some fab new blog photos?! Seriously y’all, she’s so awesome! If you need some new Pinterest Wedding board inspo, definitely head over to her site! I’ve got several fun and festive spring looks coming for y’all, but considering I like to keep it real here on SMC, I figured it was only right to share what I’ve been living in these past few grouchy weeks. When I say living, I literally mean living. As in, I’ve considered purchasing 3 of everything seen here just so I don’t have to wash them so often. Yes, it’s become a problem! But, this laid back look isn’t near as lazy or boring as it could be {lookin’ at you yoga pants}.

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My go to print will forever be black and white stripes. I always feel comfortable and confident in this classic style and it truly works with just about anything. Since it’s such a polished look, I paired this top with my number 1 pair of distressed denim shorts. I snagged these Lovers and Friends babes at a II Brunettes end of the season sale and they are the best denim shorts I’ve ever owned! The fit, wash, length, hole placement- everything is on point! Plus, even when they aren’t on sale, they won’t break the bank.

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I could’ve just thrown on a pair of flip flops and called it a day, but this is Southern Meets Chic and I’ve got to throw in a trendy twist. In comes one of my favorite spring trends- sneakers! I’m obsessed with sneakers lately! Not only are they comfy and hide un-pedicured toes, but I put a pair on and instantly feel cooler. The cool factor is especially high when they’re a pair of Stan Smith Adidas- therefore fulfilling all of my middle school nostalgia withdrawals of walking around saying All Day I Dream About Sports {or if you’re naughty Sex}- I can’t be the only one who remembers that!

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Throw on my YSL bag and my new $5 Forever sunnies (that you also may recognize from miss TopKnots PolkaDots because we have the same brain) and this is the perfect easy breezy look, fit for any quarter century life crisis!

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Photos: Catherine Ann Photography

Top: J. Crew | Shorts: Lovers and Friends from II Brunettes {similar here} ps- I couldn’t find these exact shorts online, but I know for a fact there are a few pairs still at II Brunettes and they’re awesome about shipping! | Shoes: Adidas from Nordstrom | Sunnies: Forever 21 {similar here}

CHSFW 2015: Spring Bridal Show Outfit

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This time last year I was busy preparing for my May 10th wedding, so I certainly didn’t mind taking a trip down memory lane and attending the Charleston Fashion Week Spring Bridal Show. Besides, anything that involves bloody marys, chicken and waffle bites and a bridal fashion show, I want to be involved in! Since I had been dressing up every night, and some days, that week (plus, I had to be presentable by 11 am on a Saturday), I kept things easy breezy with this Mara Hoffman number from Finicky Filly. The lavender color makes this dress soft and understated, but Mara’s signature fun prints keep the dress from being boring! I definitely dressed it up a bit more for this event, but will spend many summer days wearing this dress with flats over a swimsuit.

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I carried my Céline since this was a daytime event, and let’s face it I was running late so needed to carry a pair of sandals so I could literally run from my car to the tents. Don’t worry, the flower wasn’t decoration for my bag like those flowers people have on the dash of their Volkswagen Bug’s, it came in the gift bag.

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After 4 days of having to style my hair to be around the same people, I was a little over the down curled look. Also, I was just over putting any effort into actually styling my hair at all. So, I pulled my hair into a low bun with a simple little twist secured by bobby pins. I was glad to have a rare “hair up” day because it allowed me to show off these beautiful one of a kind opal earrings courtesy of Theodosia. They were the perfect little bridal touch for the occasion and would make a touching day of gift from the groom, orrrr first anniversary present * hint hint * I also loved wearing this antique locket, also from Theodosia, for the day. It’s so unique and went so well with the colors in the Mara dress!

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Photos: Side Yard Studios

Dress: Mara Hoffman from Finicky Filly | Shoes: Dolce Vita from StyleXchange | Jewelry: c/o Theodosia | Sunnies: Ray Ban from Saks off Fifth

CHSFW 2015: Day 4 Runway Review

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Mosa Boutique

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Mosa Boutique may be new to Charleston, but the store has quickly become one of my favorite stops. Not only do they carry a little bit of everything- women’s, men’s, swimwear, accessories and even local art work, but they have a beer & wine bar! That’s right, you can shop while your hubby sips a beer on their comfy couches- perfection! Their debut appearance at Charleston Fashion Week showed that this King St. boutique has something for everyone’s summer needs!

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You may recognize this trendy one piece from a Friday Five post I did on Zinke Swimwear a few weeks ago. It wasn’t until a bit later that I discovered they sold them locally at Mosa! I love when I find a favorite swimwear line sold locally because bathing suits are a must try on! In fact, I’m considering heading down there sometime this week to check out this strappy purple suit. The strappy look is so on trend for swimwear and athletic wear right now. I love how Mosa styled it with the black kimono and a messy fishtail braid!

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We saw the white trend all over the CHSFW runways, and Mosa sure did it right! I love that they have options for everyone, whether you want a boho vibe or a classically chic look. These dresses are great for anyone craving a fresh, spring outfit but they’re obviously great for any bride or graduate! I could even picture the last lace one as a really boho wedding dress- think tousled hair, flower crown, field wedding.

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Mosa also showed a vibrant collection of resort wear that just screams “take me on vacation!” Can y’all tell I’ve got spring fever?! I love the movement of these dresses- perfect for a pre dinner walk on the beach at sunset in Mexico…seriously y’all gotta get some beach in my life, but also gotta get into Mosa first!

Gwynn’s of Mt. Pleasant

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I think all of my followers know by now that I love me some Gwynn’s! Being Charleston’s only locally owned department store and carrying some of my favorite brands (think Alice & Olivia, J. Brand, Ted Baker, Kate Spade, Jimmy Choo) it’s safe to say I’m a frequent shopper! They’re truly one stop {luxury} shopping at it’s finest- with everything from mens and womenswear to beauty and home decor. They’re always a big part of CHSFW and their show never disappoints! This year, they immediately showed us it would be a hot show with a sexy swimwear look! I’m kind of dying over the necklace they styled with it!

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Each of their looks were impeccably styled, which is such a reflection of the styling assistance that you receive at Gwynn’s. I would 100% wear any of the looks shown here and feel fabulous doing so! They too showed off the all white in a bit of a trendier way, skipping the dresses and going for a modern pants look. I’m OBSESSED with both of these, so on trend but still so classy at the same time!

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Continuing on with the looks right out of Sex and the City, Gwynn’s showed colorful and fun resort wear. If this doesn’t make you want to go on vacation, I don’t know what would! Absolute perfection!

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Of course, Gwynn’s isn’t just for the ladies! They have quite the impressive menswear department, carrying brands such as John Varvatos, Brunello Cucinelli and Peter Millar. They’re the perfect place to help your man find a suit or jacket for a special occasion or a new favorite jeans and tee for everyday.

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Gwynn’s is my go-to when getting my hubby some swim trunks (trust me, I do this often- he loves swimwear!). They carry his favorite brand, Vilebrequin, and always have a great selection!! I’ve also been admiring their spring jackets lately!

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Of course, Gwynn’s had to end the show just as hot as it started! So, they sent two perfectly ripped models down the runway in some fun summer swimwear!! Definitely didn’t need any inspiration to get my butt back into exercising after their show!!

Daniel Velasco & Ryan Workman

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These two Emerging Designers from Savannah aspire to merge art and fashion. This collection was heavily inspired by street art and tribal motifs, which you can see in the hand painted graphics. They then combined the canvas with lighter fabrics that could form better and highlight the figure of the female body. Their collection was definitely full of statement pieces and I think they did a fabulous job of making wearable art.

Casey Crespo

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Although the designer used only colors of the moon and night sky {read: grey and black}, Casey Crespo’s collection was all about the drama!! Using eco friendly fabrics, she designed this collection to show different phases of the lunar cycle. While simple in color, the bold structure makes each of these a statement piece.

Sydney Smith

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I was totally shocked when I read that Sydney Smith came to CHSFW from North Carolina. I thought for sure she was a NYC cool girl, because that’s exactly what her designs emulate! She was one of my top favorite Emerging Designers of the week and I could see myself wearing almost every piece she showed! I was really drawn to her silhouettes- high necks and longer hems. Plus, she’s totally onto the whole rompers and thigh high boots trend that I rocked on Night 2!

Sara Ellis Clark

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Another North Carolina designer, Sara Ellis Clark, is a girl after my own heart with her wispy “Chloé” style meets 70’s rockstar. I’m currently dying for Coachella and this is pushing me even closer to purchasing those tix! Apparently, I wasn’t the only one into Sara’s collection because she won the Emerging Designer Competition for the evening and went on to compete Saturday night. The designer drew inspiration from a quote out of Jack Kerouac’s  On The Road- “I was at the dividing line between the East of my youth and the West of my future.” With the focus of movement and direction, she used lines, tucks and pleats to represent roads and routes. This is a collection that I not only resonate with because it’s my style, but because what it stands for is very symbolic of where I am in my life right now- movement and direction!

Roy Blake Smith

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Emerging Designer, Roy Blake Smith, designs pieces that are right out of a fantasy! He enjoys pushing boundaries and creating wearable art for women who truly appreciate it. His show started off very dark and then evolved into more deep, colorful dyes. His use of tie-dye was unexpectedly beautiful! What really drew me into his designs were the shapes and silhouettes of the skirts. From the wrap style pencil skirt and the casually sexy slit in the tie-dye skirt to the stunning layering in the finale dress- his shapes were absolutely beautiful!

Todd Snyder New York

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Immensely successful NYC designer, Todd Snyder, was featured on Friday night. Before starting his own label, he worked at the helm of Gap, Polo Ralph Lauren and J. Crew. Now, his namesake label is sold internationally at stores such as Bergdorf’s, Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom and Barney’s, but this was his first time making his way down to show at CHSFW! His menswear collection is modern, but simplistic for a classic minimalist look. AKA- I wish these were women’s clothes because I so dig his style. He keeps men looking stylish and comfortable, believing “form and function should be one, joined in a spiritual union.” {and I don’t know any man who would disagree} It was a real treat to see him show on the CHSFW runway and I can definitely draw inspiration from his designs for my own wardrobe!

Photos: Side Yard Studios

iPhone Highlights: 

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CHSFW 2015: Day 4 Outfit

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This dress and overall look might be one of my favorites and it’s definitely my new favorite “Friday Night” getup!! I admittedly saw this dress on Stassi Schroder’s Instagram and knew I had to have it! It was sold out in the U.S. so I had to track it down to a little boutique in Australia. It’s of course, made by one of those Australian lines that I love so much- Finders Keepers. With the on trend gingham and the blue & black combo, this was the perfect dress for a night at Charleston Fashion Week!

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Friday night was the Gwynn’s show at CHSFW, so I carried this absolutely FABULOUS Jimmy Choo bag, courtesy of Gwynn’s. I loved how the gunmetal metallics went perfectly with my jewelry! It was fun for me to branch out and wear a little bit of silver, when I’m typically a gold girl.

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Since I was seeing the same people over and over last week, I knew I would need to switch up my hair and makeup a bit. So, for Friday night I jazzed things up big time and went for a bold smoky eye!! I used this tutorial and my Too Faced Pretty Rebel pallet to get this sultry look. Since that was so dark, I stuck to a neutral matte lip with a lipstick by Trish McEvoy from Gwynn’s.

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I know y’all are probably sick of seeing me wearing these shoes, but my Stuart Weitzman nudists from Bob Ellis were really the perfect CHSFW shoe!! Not only do they look great with everything and make my legs look deceivingly longer than they actually are, but they aren’t easily ruined therefore perfect for trudging through the Marion Square dirt and muck!

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What’s the best thing to make any girl feel fancy on a Friday night?! Diamonds, of course!! I was lucky enough to get to don some gorgeous jewels by Theodosia this week and this night was for sure my favorite! This beautiful art deco style ring was the topic of conversation all night! The earrings went perfectly too, so I showed them off by pulling one part of my hair to the side. This dress is definitely going to be a repeat offender!!

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Photos: Susan Lloyd Photography

Dress: Finders Keepers from Birdcage Boutique | Shoes: Stuart Weitzman from Bob Ellis Shoes | Jewelry: c/o Theodosia | Bag: Jimmy Choo c/o Gwynn’s

CHSFW 2015: Day 3 Runway Review

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Bernadette Jeudy & Roxanne Walton

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Night 3 started off with the youngest guys under the tents totally stealing the show!! I think it’s safe to say that Emerging Designers, Bernadette Jeudy and Roxanne Walton, had the most adorable models of the week, but their designs definitely kept up with the little fellas wearing them! The idea for their line, Préparatoire, began when shopping for Bernadette’s nephew and realizing the lack of stylish options for boys. Their designs are guided by their heightened awareness of color and trim, which you can see in the attention to trim detailing on almost every piece. The collection featured classic styles with trendy details and upgrades to create a modern look. Basically, it gave me some major baby fever so I can start dressing my kiddos right away! I just love the little man look on little boys!

Gabrielle Mandel

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Gabrielle Mandel doesn’t just have fashion in mind when designing, but also what social topic she’s going to portray. The socially conscious designer chose the idea of urban renewal as inspiration for her Fall 2015 collection. How perfect is that for Charleston Fashion Week- one of the oldest cities that is constantly seeing buildings transform! What evolved from this influence was a collection full of darker graphic prints on flowing materials. I can definitely see the urban inspiration coming through her designs!

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If you know me, you know I love a good swimwear designer and Dinah Lightsey is definitely one to watch! This South Carolina girl is spot on with her attempt to leave a little mystery to the women’s body, as one pieces and high waisted bottoms are so on trend in swimwear! I would absolutely wear any of the suits pictured here and love that they’re so different from anything in stores now. Hello- a swimsuit with an illusion neckline?! Sign me up!!

Andie Enomoto & Taylor Kaclick

 

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I must say, I’m pretty shocked that this NYC duo didn’t take the cake in the Emerging Designer Competiton! But, they were the winners for the night and they definitely garnered some attention to their innovative designs! The girls drew inspiration from childhood memories of their fathers- one who surfs and one who hunts- to create a collection that takes you from the sea to the land. You could absolutely see this journey in their show and they did an amazing idea of taking that concept and turning it into wearable fashion. My eyes definitely lean more toward the sea portion of the collection, but the entire show was beautiful and unique!

Caroline Hulsey

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This southern Georgia gal, turned NYC fashion student, came back down to her roots and showed CHSFW what she’s been up to the past several years! Caroline focuses on creating classic and functional pieces and generally sticks to a neutral color palette- hello a minimalists dream!! But, her designs are anything but boring! Can we talk about this knit gown?! Tell me a week ago I’m going to love a knit gown and I would tell you you’re crazy, but Caroline quickly proved me wrong with this gorgeous piece of art! Apparently, it took her over 18 hours to make!! Whether back here in the south, or up in the big apple, this young designer has a bright future in fashion!

Belk

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Belk dominated Thursday night at CHSFW, having not only the largest show of the week, but also getting beloved designer, Trina Turk, here!! Their show started out with fresh and springy looks fit for any Easter Sunday. I love this last outfit and the idea of skipping the traditional “Easter dress” and instead wearing a dressy cropped pant and nice blouse. It’s super on trend with this light blue color {my personal fav} and the pleated top.

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They then showed off  another of my favorite spring trends- all white {errything}. A classic all white look is just lovely and Belk proves that you can rock it at any age! How gorgeous are these ladies?! They’ve definitely got something for all of you soon to be brides out there also- think showers, luncheons and rehearsal dinner wear!

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The show then kicked things up a notch with upbeat tunes and models dancing down the runway for some fabulous resort wear! This portion was full of bright colors and looks that could take you from day to night on any tropical vacay!

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Next came safari inspired summer looks! These were full of rich earth tones and boho touches such as fringe and tribal prints. They would also make for great vacation wear and if you’re anything like me would also become staples in your summer wardrobe. I just love an easy breezy boho look in the summer!

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It wouldn’t be a department store fashion show in Charleston without a little nautical inspired wear! Chambray, navy blue, white and sailboat prints were the name of the game!

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This portion of the Belk show was probably my favorite- black and white with pops of neon! I love how they took structured shapes with geometric or striped prints in classic black and white, then accessorized with subtle pops of green or orange. They then paired these looks with on trend chunky sandals, making it super modern. I would wear every outfit from this part of the show- LOVE!

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Before bringing out the big finale, their Trina Turk show, Belk cooled things off with grayscale and metallic looks. I especially loved the men’s look and the twins’ look in this portion. I love relaxed athletic wear get ups that are still totally appropriate for public!

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How do you really kill it on Thursday night at Charleston Fashion Week?! Oh, just have a Trina Turk show- NBD!! As a longtime fan of the brand, I could not have been more excited to see her show!! Bonus: I was seated right across from her and could see every look and reaction (all good Belk, so don’t worry!!) In typical Trina Turk fashion, the show was fun and upbeat with lots of bold prints and bright colors. I think it had everyone in the audience craving a little sunshine!

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It wouldn’t be a proper Trina Turk show without some of her signature swimwear- my personal favorite of her designs! I just love how festive they are for summer or a vacation somewhere tropical!

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How did I get left out of this fan club moment?!

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She totally loved it and we all totally loved her!!

Photos: Side Yard Studios

iPhone Highlights

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CHSFW 2015: Day 3 Outfit

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It never fails that at least one night of Charleston Fashion Week, it’s got to be rainy and gross! But, just because you’re walking around below sea level in dirty muck doesn’t mean that you can get away with wearing something practical! Everyone still brings their best fashion game to the table, even on a rainy evening. Fortunately, the downpour wasn’t too crazy and actually made for some super cool street shots that are perfect for this urban chic look.

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Lately, I’ve been really into the midi length style skirts. I think it’s the older I get, the more conservative I get, so these are what I’m truly comfortable in. I could never go out in public in some of the short and tight skirts I used to wear! {here’s looking at you Herve Leger dresses} I feel so much classier and confident in pieces that are less revealing- that’s not to say I don’t love a little plunging neckline or super low back every once in a while, but there’s a time and place for everything! This skirt by Milly courtesy of Finicky Filly was perfect for fashion week! The colorful print makes it a stand out piece and the meshy style material is super on trend. The crop top, also Milly courtesy of Finicky Filly, is anything but basic with unique cutouts that show just the right amount of skin.

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I loved accessorizing this look with fun jewelry courtesy of Moon and Lola! The gold chain necklace goes perfectly with the city chic look I was going for, and really could go with just about anything. I kept my earrings simple, but interesting, with a little gold and rhinestone stud in the shape of what I consider to be a super hero “pow” sign. Hope that makes total sense to someone other than me! The real highlight of my accessories though, was the hot pink Melrose ring that I wore! I’m obsessed with all of the matte ball jewelry at Moon and Lola! They’ve got the 360 studs in this style too- love! It makes such a statement, but without being too overpowering.

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With the nasty weather and mucky Marion Square, I didn’t have too many options when it came to shoes. So, my simple black Stuart Weitzman’s, that aren’t easily ruined, did the trick! These have really been one of the best purchases- which you’ll see after I wear them the next 3 nights to CHSFW! I didn’t mean to be a shoe repeater, but they’re just so versatile and chic with everything! For my bag, I kept that simple as well with my black YSL mini. This was such a great look for Charleston Fashion Week, or any other stylish event you might be attending! Even though I was too exhausted to make it to any of the after parties each night, it would also make a great sassy getup for a girl’s night out!

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Photos: Susan Lloyd Photography

Top & Skirt: Milly c/o Finicky Filly | Necklace, Earrings & Ring: c/o Moon and Lola | Shoes: Stuart Weitzman from Bob Ellis Shoes

CHSFW 2015: Day 2 Runway Review

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Mosaic

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I hadn’t heard of this Lake City boutique, located about an hour outside of Charleston, until a chance encounter with owner, Leah Norwood, at the NYFW Nicole Miller show. Upon hearing about her store and the high end brands she carries, I quickly learned that small town didn’t mean small time! On night two, Mosaic Clothing made their Charleston Fashion Week debut and the show did not disappoint! They started out with airy bright whites- perfect for your spring travels.

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Can we talk about this killer Mara Hoffman suit?! Seriously considering this one for my own summer wardrobe! Does this not scream Miami?! And the models braid!!! The entire look is just killer!!

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Mosaic then took things in an edgy/boho direction with fringe layered over bold graphic prints. I especially love this last look! It looks effortless styled with black gladiators, but could easily be dressed up with a pair of black heels.

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The last look was my absolute favorite of the night and definitely one of my top from the week! They took a super on trend high waisted black two piece and “Almost Famoused” it up with a shag throw situation, fabulous fringed heels and THAT HAIR!! I was in absolute 70’s heaven when she came down that runway!! Mosaic Clothing killed it with their first ever CHSFW show and I’m now officially dying to get in their store {and to explore Lake City}.

Ike Behar

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Ike Behar, aka every Charleston prepster boy’s dream, came back for it’s second Charleston Fashion Week! The Miami based company has a store locally here on King St. that is run by local men’s fashion expert, Taylor Eubanks. He styled this show to perfection, combining classic menswear staples with innovative and fresh concepts. I really enjoyed his use of their ties as belts; the pattern play in the first look with the “belt” and jacket was fabulous!!IMG_7020 IMG_7047 IMG_7075

Ike absolutely killed the hat game on the runway!! The models had this swagger about them that definitely had something to do with their perfectly tailored jackets and sassy hats!

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What would a menswear runway show be without a tux?! Ike did formal wear perfectly in my favorite tux jacket color, navy. Bonus: there was a man bun involved!!

Annina King

IMG_7335 IMG_7367 It’s no surprise that Annina King uses the words “feminine and strong” to describe herself, because that’s exactly what I would also say about her Fall 2015 Ready to Wear collection. The emerging designer says she uses influence from nature, “everything from a bare winter branch to storm skies and trees,” to inspire her designs. It was definitely a very wearable collection, with fits that would flatter women of any shape or size!

Elyssa Wingard

 

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Lowcountry native, Elyssa Wingard, was by far my favorite of the evening!! It wasn’t just me either because she went on to be People’s Choice winner in the Emerging Designer Competition f0r Wednesday night. I loved her bright and fun Resort collection! The prints and colors were so perfect for summers in Charleston and the movement of her gowns was absolutely stunning! The entire crowd gasped when her opening gown came down the runway. Bravo Elyssa!! I can’t’ wait to see what more comes from this Charleston girl!!

Julia Le & Sean Mueller

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This design duo are both still students at North Carolina State University, Julie pursuing a degree in fashion and textile management and Sean in studio art. Considering their interest in visual arts, it’s no surprise that they are heavily influenced by Jackson Pollock’s action paintings. Upon seeing the artist’s work in Florence, Italy, the two decided to bring that to the runway. What became was a beautiful collection of flawlessly structured pieces featuring that signature paint splattered look. Julie and Sean have successfully combined art and fashion in their Fall 2015 collection shown at Charleston Fashion Week, and they haven’t even graduated college! I know these two have a bright future in any arts they decide to pursue!

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Gloria Forehand not only wound up winning the Wednesday night portion of the Emerging Designer Competiton, but also went on to win the whole shebang!! No surprise that this designer comes to Charleston Fashion Week from NYC with a degree from F.I.T. Gloria has lived in the U.S. since she was 21, however, it was her Korean roots that inspired this collection. The quality of her work is undeniable and I definitely think that her gowns are red carpet worthy!! Fern Mallis even mentioned she could picture her working for someone such as Carolina Herrera- which has to be a huge honor for an emerging designer!

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Christian designs specifically for the real life woman- one who isn’t afraid to have fun with fashion, but also wants it to be comfortable, functional and affordable! Anyone else love hearing about designers like this?! I loved all of her stand out pieces and could definitely see myself wearing most of her collection!

Harbison
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The Harbison show is quite possibly the highlight of Charleston Fashion Week for me!! Not only did he dress BEYONCE for the Kanye West x Adidas show at NYFW, but Queen Bey’s got it right- his designs are out of this world!! Bonus: he’s also superrr nice and down to earth! I love how his collection perfectly embodies the strong and feminine of the women. His more structured and color blocked pieces {looking at you Beyonce coat} really stand for that strength. Then, the more flowy fabrics with ruffled edges and in soft colors, really show the more feminine side of a woman. The show was just absolutely flawless and I’m officially dying for some Harbison in my life!! He’s definitely going to go far and fast!!

Photos: Side Yard Studios

iPhone Highlights Night 2

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