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Weekender Home Tour: CSOL Designer Showhouse

Did you know that Charleston has our very own designer showhouse?!  It's open through April 15, and is where the best of the best of southern designers feature their interior design work in a real home.  There is also a boutique & cafe in the home, so you can make a day of it!  I'm very thrilled to have some of my Turkish towels on display in the Delicious Kitchens bathroom, as well as for sale in the boutique.  You can purchase tickets to tour the home for $25 at the door, and find more information about some of the designers on my last Lowcountry Live segment.  Enjoy this album of some of my favorite rooms from interior experts like Mitchell Hill, The English Room, & more.

CSOL website: http://www.csolinc.org/events/designer-showhouse.html

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Weekend Style: Getting Beautiful at Blo

All images by Abby Murphy Photo

All images by Abby Murphy Photo

Dry Bars are popping up all over town! No, it's not a place to get a dry martini... but they do have champagne!  Dry Bars are a unique type of hair salon because they don't do any cuts or color, just amazing styles and blow outs.  I'm all about finding ways to make every day feel more like the weekend, & I think getting pampered at Blo Blow Dry Bar is a great way to do that!  I loved being hosted in this salon, and here are some reasons I can't wait to go back. 

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Bubbles with your Blo

Champagne is always a good idea, & I felt extra pampered getting to enjoy some bubbly during my service.  This would be a really fun way to hang with your bff for a great treat besides a pedicure (in a space with much nicer ambiance).  The interior is just gorgeous!

The Stylish Staff

These girls know their stuff, as you can tell by how great their own looks are.  I loved working with April & Sterling.  April gave me a killer blowout, and the next time I went in Sterling put in my clip-in extensions I had from my wedding.  They were both awesome and quite the perfectionists, so I was definitely in good hands and could relax the whole time. 

Feeling Beautiful Without Haircut Remorse

This is just a place to come get a great style before a night out with the girls or date night.  You won't risk getting a haircut you hate or a bleach-happy colorist.  You just get an enhanced version of the hair you have, styled by a pro.  They can tease it, braid it, curl it, or whatever you pick from their hair menu!  Check out a couple of the great looks they treated me to for Fashion Week!

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Weekender Style: dress it up or down

This post is in partnership with Francis + Benedict, Hermosa Jewelry, & Zero George, but all opinions are my own.  The links below include affiliate links which give me a commission to help keep this blog up and running, so thank you for shopping through me!  

Getting all gussied up for Fashion Week was SO much fun, but I have to say I'm most comfortable in my Keds!  Regardless of whether you love to feel fancy or keep it casual, you can do both with Francis + Benedict skirts. I don't think I've ever had so many compliments on an outfit before!  The jewelry from Hermosa resulted in more "where did you get those?!" questions, especially their fun tassel styles.  I don't think tassels are dying out anytime soon, and I'm really glad (after all, #everydayimtasselin)!  The best part about wearing pieces from these local companies is that I was supporting a community of some great female business women.  Francis + Benedict was started by a local counselor and now is able to provide jobs to widows in Togo with her products, and Hermosa was started by a Charlestonian when she was just 15!  It's amazing when we can support other female boss babes through something as simple as fashion!  Enjoy these looks (wonderfully captured by Abby Murphy Photography) that you can dress up or down and wear all year long, and scroll to the bottom for shopping links. 


-From Bike Rides to Girl's Night Out-

Au Revoir Clutch, $52 // gal pals: Haley of Hermosa Jewelry & Kelsey of Chasing Cinderella


-From Weekend Brunch to Dinner Date-

Hermosa Annie Tassel Earrings in Marigold, $40 // Riviera Maxi skirt by Francis + Benedict, $128 // gal pal: Jan of Oysters All Around


-From Sightseeing to Sipping Martinis-

"Verdon Midi" skirt by Francis + Benedict, $78 // Sweetgrass Earrings by Hermosa Jewelry, $80


-Dress It Up Accessories-

 lace top, $78 // Lemon Purse, $27 // Au Revoir Clutch, $52 // White Lilly & Oak Clutch, get 25% off everything with code CharlestonWeekender // Hermosa Jewelry Earrings: $32 & Up, Necklaces: $40 & up, Bracelets: $40 & up


-Dress It Down accessories-

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Weekender Home Tour: Sam Sidney

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You are about to be inspired by a Charleston artist who definitely knows how to have fun when it comes to interior design.  She is a master of mixing in affordable finds & DIYs throughout her home, and doesn't take life too seriously (hence the porch swurfers).  I interviewed Sam & toured her lovely Mount Pleasant home with photographer Abby Murphy, and we sure did have fun!  Every day should feel more like the weekend, and it definitely feels like Saturday at Sam Sidney's house!


Who is Sam Sidney? I am an artist, mom to 3 awesome kids, dachshund collector, and native new Yorker living in Charleston for 10 years! 

Where can people shop for decor/furniture if they want to mimic your look?  I like to shop local when I can.  Some of my favorites are Celadon, West Elm, Indigo market, and some other vintage shops!  I have had awesome luck on Craigslist, and who doesn't love a little IKEA for inexpensive clean items (like the white console table in my living room)?!

What are 2 of your favorite objects/pieces in your home and why?  Hmmm?! Let's see.... my 2 favorite things?! One would be our ping pong table. When we bought our home we had no furniture.  The layout of our home is pretty traditional and there is a room intended to be a formal dining room.  We thought a ping pong table would be much more useful.   When friends come over, people love it!  We can also remove the net, throw on a table cloth and seat 12 for a dinner party!  The other favorite thing would be our family photos.  Our kids are the best! They are truly what makes out home what it is.  We have a series of 12 photos down the hallway taken when the kids were little, every time I walk by it I a reminder of how fast they are growing and to take it all in!  In our family room we have another series of 9 photos. My friend Leigh Webber is an awesome local underwater photographer and captured some awesome images of our kiddos swimming in our pool one summer!  They are beautiful! 

Can you offer any decorating tips for us?  My motto when buying things for my home is, "if I love it, I buy it" then I figure out a spot for it later.  My goal is to have a home full of objects that all make me happy.  If I find an amazing vintage sofa, then I snag it and sell the one that is in its place.  I like a clean and open space so whenever I bring something in, something else has to go! 

You can shop Sam's adorable art at Indigo Market in Charleston, which you will love as much as her home.  See more of her cheerful abode on my guest skirt! blog post this month, and the full gallery below.

Pictured on porch swing & sofa: Charleston Weekender Turkish Towels, $32

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Woman Crush Wednesday: Meet My Intern!

Top image c/o Clifford Pate

Top image c/o Clifford Pate

Today I want to introduce you to one of the Charleston Weekender team members.  Did that sound like I have a whole staff? Ha, it's just little ol' me, but now I have an awesome new intern helping me a couple of days a week, Brooke Simmons.

 

Who is Brooke Simmons? Born and raised Carolina girl (from NC, but residing in SC). Zeta at COFC. 

Tell everyone what you're in school for, what dream job would be, and what are some of your favorite things? I am a junior, Marketing major aspiring to work in the fashion industry. I actually have a ton of (random) dream jobs. One that is completely opposite of my major, is to work for the FBI in the BAU (behavioral analysis unit). SO random but my guilty pleasure is binge watching Criminal Minds, so I have always secretly wanted to do that. My other (serious) dream job is to open my own boutique in Charleston and live here forever!! I have a serious love for Golden Retrievers and Taco Tuesdays. 

Where can people come find you if they want to steal you away from me or just come say hey?Charleston Ride Revolution (an amazing spin class downtown) and Vestique are where you could find me any day of the week. I work at Vestique as a sales associate, so come see me and let me style you up! OH... and Queen street grocery or Five Loaves because those are my go to restaurants.  You can also find Brooke on Instagram at @brookeleesimmons.


Why did you want to be my intern? What do you hope to learn and what do you find inspiration from?  I wasn’t too sure what I was getting myself into when hearing about this internship opportunity with Charleston Weekender, but a good friend recommended me so I looked you up, and knew we could be a good fit. I have gained so much inspiration from you thus far, from traveling, communication skills, marketing and social media skills, etc. I can definitely say your photoshoots you put together for Holy City Chics inspire me the most, because your determination to put together the best shoot and article. Your crazy busy life is exactly what I hope for mine to be like one day and I thank you from the bottom of my heart for letting me be apart of it. 


Brooke didn't mention she is really great at product styling and photography!  Check out some of the prop styling she helped me to for Crew La La! Those images were taken by Jennifer Collins Photography, and the ones of Maddie & me are by Brooke.  A lady with many talents and a bright future ahead!

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