I’ve mentioned it here before but Charleston, South Carolina has become such a special place to me. The food, the architecture, the history… but most importantly – the people! It’s really strange as I have only been three times now (the first time being just over a year ago, last October) but I feel like I’ve been going there forever. During that first trip I made all these amazing friends in the city and now consider it one of my favorite places in the world. Luckily it’s a really quick flight from New York. Last week, I flew in on Tuesday and stayed til Friday morning. I caught up with friends, did a little shopping + sight-seeing, and shot a fun three part series at the Zero George Hotel with my photographer friend Gray Benko to highlight a few of my favorite Charleston-based designers. I borrowed some amazing pieces from my friends Lindsey at Troubadour, Lauren at Library, and Deirdre at Candy Shop Vintage.
One thing I really miss about the early days of blogging is the days when it was more about discovery – finding and sharing cool new labels. That was the purpose of this series… I hope you enjoy!
Troubadour makes the coolest pieces. Everything is just so fun. I typically gravitate to basic pieces with special details (like the cut out back on this dress, or the angled cut + hidden zippers on the sleeves) which is why I love the line so much. I will say that her pieces are cut pretty narrow. I usually wear a size 6 and am wearing a size 10 in this dress. So, size up! In my old age I will say that I’ve stopped caring about the number inside of my clothing… it’s more important to get a good fit.
Also… Lindsey is having a pretty big sale, with lots of pretty pieces for under $100. I saw this skirt in person when I visited her showroom and it’s stunning. And my friend Chassity has this dress which I really love as well.
The jewelry I’m wearing is all from Candy Shop Vintage. Deirdre has become a really good friend, and I absolutely love her aesthetic. The breast plate necklace that I borrowed and wore above is so gorgeous (I own it in white and it’s a favorite in the summer!) The quality of her pieces is fantastic… everything is made in the US and it shows. I bought this Elephant Necklace from her last year and it’s still in perfect shape.
photography by Gray Benko.