Fashion Week

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 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!

Dinah Lightsey
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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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unnamed-12ran into Harbison with some of my besties that night, so photo was a must- he’s the nicest ever! #redeyes

 

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!

Gloria Forehand
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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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CHSFW 2015: Day 2 Outfit

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I’m SO excited to share with y’all one of my most favorite looks to date!! This is the outfit I wore for the second night of Charleston Fashion Week. In typical Charleston fashion, the weather was 85 on Tuesday and 55 on Wednesday, so this was perfect to withstand the cooler temps! This AMAZING romper I’m wearing is Annie Griffin Collection, courtesy of Finicky Filly. I’m obsessed with the print and colors!! This style of romper is a great way to transition to spring on those chilly nights.

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Considering my feet were killing me from wearing heels the entire day before and the weather, I paired this up with my Sam Edelman thigh high boots. (that I scored for $60 at Saks Off 5th) The thigh high and shorts combo is a huge trend for spring and after seeing Vanessa Hudgens rock it, I knew I had to try; and what better time than CHSFW?! I got a few crazy stares when I told people I was going to wear thigh highs and a romper, but I got a ton of compliments!! Plus, I loved the look and that’s all that really matters, right?APD_3404-XL APD_340-XL

To throw in a little pattern play, because I loveee me some pattern play, I carried my Clare V. leopard print clutch. These patterns are seriously HEAVEN together!! Sorry if I’m gloating guys, but I just really was happy with this get up!!

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I accessorized with a fabulous gold chain statement necklace courtesy of Moon and Lola. This is a must have necklace for any woman and any style! You can literally put it on with just about anything and it just takes your whole outfit up a notch! I kept the rest of my jewelry simple with Moon and Lola dainty midi rings and these understated, but super cool, earrings. I actually wish I could wear this outfit everyday of my life!! I’m not sure how i’ll top this one, but keep reading all week to see more of my looks from Charleston Fashion Week!! 

 

Photos: Amore Photography

Romper: Annie Griffin Collection from Finicky Filly | Shoes: Sam Edelman from Saks Off 5th | Bag: Clare V. | All Jewelry: Moon and Lola | Sunnies: Dolce & Gabbana

CHSFW 2015: Day 1 Runway Review

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Charleston Fashion Week is always the perfect kick off to my favorite time of year, Spring!! The weather is just starting to warm up, so everyone is in great spirits and able to have fun with their style after a long winter. Another thing I love about CHSFW, unlike NYFW, we’re also watching a lot of spring styles come down the runway. It’s exciting to see pieces that you can buy and wear now! I really enjoy seeing all of the local retailers that I work with on a daily basis show on the runway. Plus, it’s great that if I see something I have to have I can just go grab it! The emerging designers always present such innovative collections and really put up a tough fight for the Emerging Designer Competition. I love seeing such fresh talent coming and getting their chance to shine here in Charleston. But, my favorite part of the show is always the featured designers and boy did they line up some good ones this year! All this week, I’ll be sharing with y’all my outfits and runway reviews from each night. Thanks to Side Yard Studios I’ve got some amazing runway shots for y’all! Today we’re kicking things off with an awesome first night featuring Bits of Lace outfitted in Croghan’s Jewel Box and Shoes on King, Trés Carmen Boutique, 4 fabulous emerging designers and 2 CFW alumni, Anna Toth and Charleston natives Leah & Rebecca Plante. It was one hell of a first night to say the least!!

Bits of Lace – wearing Croghan’s Jewel Box & Shoes on King

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You may have found me over on Bits of Lace’s Instagram on Tuesday for a little takeover!! I was so thrilled to do it because they show every year and it’s always beautiful, so I knew this year wouldn’t disappoint. I absolutely loved all of the fun bright colors they showed! It kept things sassy and youthful, but still elegant with the beautiful lace. It looks like the high waisted trend is also here to stay! I’m personally a huge fan of this as it’s so flattering to almost any figure. That’s also going to be a big swimsuit trend again this year!

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Color is so much fun, but your classic black and neutral lace will always be in style! I love this barely blush pink set that actually opened the show. It’s so feminine and romantic, sure to make you feel absolutely beautiful! Then there’s this classic black lace look that closed the show, but it’s far from traditional. The pattern of the lace and the cut of the bottoms give a fresh update to the go-to style. These were both so stunning styled with the long robes. Such a dramatic look! I’m seriously contemplating moving to Paris, walking around my beautiful loft like this all of the time and sipping champagne all day- because that’s actually what these looks make me want to do!

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Okay ladies, you didn’t think they’d leave us hanging without any eye candy, did you? Buff boys strutted the runway in Saxx underwear. I can vouch for these as the softest undies i’ve ever felt! Why can’t they make girl boxers?! They’ve also got some pretty sweet prints to choose from!

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Bits of Lace carries a little something for everyone, so of course, they had to get some adorable kiddos on the runway! These PJ’s from BedHead are so stinking cute!! Who says you have to succumb to the character pajamas?!

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Beautiful women’s lingerie, men’s comfiest undies eva and adorable kid’s pi’s – what else could they have, right? Swimwear, that’s what! I love this whole one piece look- another comeback swimwear trend. And those shoes with it!! Bits of Lace keeps it simple and classy with their swimwear, making it the perfect stop for women all over the spectrum.

Trés Carmen Boutique

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Trés Carmen is one of my favorite local boutiques! They carry a great combination of classic southern styles and fashion forward pieces with a little boho chic thrown in- basically they’re exactly my style. Their opening night show had everyone under the tents craving a Miami vacation in the sun! Can you not see yourself lounging on a yacht in these two looks? I’m obsessed!!

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These two looks were styled by yours truly for a recent photo shoot I worked on with Trés Carmen! This BCBG jumpsuit is an absolute stunner! I also love the high neck navy dress. My preggo friend and fellow blogger actually wore it last night to CHSFW and looked fab! These were the perfect looks to pair with fun colored GiGi clutches- I think y’all know by now my love for those!

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Bitch stole mah look!!! This is the BCBG dress I wore for opening night!! LOVE it for daytime with this big floppy hat though!!

Amanda Dreeson

 

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North Carolina native, Amanda Dreeson started the Emerging Designer part of the night off with a bang! With models wearing ram’s horn head pieces and her inspiration coming from fantastical character’s, this was a show that captivated viewers. She specifically used the movie Pan’s Labyrinth as her muse for this collection. Incorporating several different textures from sequins and tulle to faux leather and fur, every piece was fit for a fairytale!

Hazel Cole by Sarah Hazel Cannon & Rachel Cole Cannon

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This sister duo coming from Raleigh, North Carolina absolutely killed their debut on the CHSFW runway! Their use of a grayscale color scheme was so elegant and anything but boring. I loved how they implemented fun faux fur accessories- really taking these back to an old school Russian vibe. But, the real stunner was the finale gown- holy cow!! This was something fit for a Hollywood red carpet! I could totally see someone like Blake Lively or Naomi Watts rocking this number! It’s no surprise that these 2 young designers were the People’s Choice winner for the night!

Johanna Hickey & Orea Guthrie

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These two ladies from Savannah aren’t just interested in creating a beautiful collection; they also want to make it sustainably. They’re passionate about all of their methods being ethically and environmentally sound. They stay true to this by using exclusively natural fibers and placing a special emphasis on craft. So, not only can you feel great about how you look, but you can also feel great about how the product was made! I love their use of on trend printed graphics. The skirt and top look is my favorite and is impeccably styled with the tights, sneakers and coral lip!

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Now, onto the man of the night- Richelle Valenzuela, who will be moving on to the finals for the Emerging Designer Competition on Saturday night!  If you can’t tell from the quality of his work and the modern style, he is showing in Charleston all the way from New York. The pieces were impeccably tailored and beautifully structured. And like, can I get one of those navy studded jackets please?!

Bow + Arrow by Anna Toth

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Featured designer, Anna Toth, is no stranger to Charleston Fashion Week. She was the co-winner {alongside Plante Clothing} in last year’s Emerging Designer Competition and People’s Choice winner. This year she came back to show us what she’s been up to this last year and Bow + Arrow did not disappoint. The fellow South Carolina girl uses all American cotton to create her line of sustainable clothing. She truly caters to the All American girl and brought that out in on jumpsuits and gingham!

Plante Clothing by Leah and Rebecca Plante

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What’s the perfect finale to an opening night of fashion week?! A Plante sister’s show!! These Charleston natives never disappoint in a beautiful show and collection! With models wearing their signature floral crowns, which y’all know I love, every look was beautiful coming down the runway. The sisters make great use of soft, flowy fabrics to create simple, but flirty and feminine looks! I would literally wear everything they showed!

Photos: Side Yard Studios

iPhone Highlights from Night 1

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CHSFW 2015: Day 1 Outfit

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Okay guys, so it’s looking like I’m not going to get my full runway review in until tomorrow, but I’m dying to share last night’s look with y’all!! I wore this adorable pleated BCBG dress courtesy of one of my absolute favs, Trés Carmen Boutique, who also sent this look down the runway last night. The weather in Charleston was beautiful last night, actually it was almost to the point of hot and muggy, so this style was perfect for the temps. I stayed cool and comfortable all night, plus pinch proof because after all, it was St. Patrick’s Day!

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Since this dress had a good bit of color going on, I kept my bag and shoes to a neutral shade with my go-to GiGi (also from Trés Carmen) and my favorite new Dolce Vita heels from StyleXchange. The color of both the shoes and bag is so beautiful and so perfect to go with all of your bright spring colors!

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Thanks to the ridiculously cool girls at Theodosia, I was set up with some awesome jewelry for the week!! I love how the color from the long stranded necklace pulls out that sea foamy color in the dress. I layered that up with their dainty, but beautiful, rose cut diamond necklace. It’s amazing what a difference a little dainty layering can do for an outfit!! Then, I kept the earrings simple with these STUNNING opal studs!! Currently begging the hubby to let me keep these babays!! Pair that with my daintily layered Moon and Lola midi rings and my accessories were complete! I loved that this gave off a bit of a boho vibe so that I was able to wear my new rounded frame Ray Bans. They’re kinda my fav ever!

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Can’t wait to share with y’all my full runway review tomorrow!! That will be posted early in the a.m. with my outfit post following shortly behind!! Also, be sure to follow me on Insta – @southernmeetschic to get a play by play under the tents!!

Photos: Amore Photography

Dress: BCBG c/o Trés Carmen | Shoes: Dolce Vita from StyleXchange | Bag: GiGi NY from Trés Carmen | Necklaces & Earrings: Theodosia | Rings: Moon and Lola | Sunnies: Ray Ban from Saks off 5th

Classic B + W

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Yesterday was the first day of Charleston Fashion Week and for those of you who aren’t familiar, it’s quite a big to do!! I’ll be bringing y’all my looks from each night of shows and full runway reviews each day. But, to start off the week, I’m sharing with y’all my outfit for the first official event under the tents in Marion Square, the Gwynn’s Raise the Runway Brunch to benefit MUSC Children’s Hospital. This is such a lovely event for such a great cause and I wanted to wear something equally as lovely!

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What could be more lovely than a classic black and white look with a pop of pretty florals?! Yeah, pretty much nothing! I love how simply chic this outfit is!! I felt confident and fashion forward but understated all at the same time. This is an outfit that you can look back on 50 years from now and still think it’s stylish! I think it’s perfect for a daytime event like this- here’s looking at all you 20 somethings with a million bridal and baby showers to attend this spring!!

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Not only did Gwynn’s hook me up with seats for my hubby and I at this amazing event, but they also made sure I was looking Charleston Fashion Week ready with a fabulous makeup application by Brittany!! (not me Brittany obvi) Gwynn’s only carries absolute top of the line products like Trish McEvoy and Laura Mercier, so I knew it would be beautifully done but I had no idea how much fun she would have with it. Since it was St. Patty’s day and all, she gave me a little pop of color with GREEN eyeliner. Yep, you read that right. I’m normally not a colored eye makeup kinda gal, but I absolutely loved this look! It was super subtle, but definitely kept me pinch proof all day! She also did an amazing job with my base makeup (which I’m super picky about) and it lasted me all the way through brunch and the evening of shows and after parties! Basically, they made me feel super pretty- thanks Gwynn’s!!

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As much as I love the clean and classic look of black and white, it is spring and it is fashion week, so I couldn’t just leave it at that!! This was the perfect blank palette to take my new Ted Baker bag for a spin, and it just so happens to come from Gwynn’s so I loved being able to rep them at their own event! Have I told y’all about my recent Ted Baker obsession? It’s been going on for about a year now and I just love everything he puts out! I think I’m just really into all of the U.K. and Aussie brands lately- they know what they’re doing!!

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Just in time for Charleston Fashion Week, I finally took the plunge and made a nice midi ring purchase from Moon and Lola!! I’ve had several before, but they were cheapies and turned color pretty quickly. These are the perfect everyday delicate pieces! A couple of midi rings are a great way for people like me, who don’t love to over accessorize, to still feel like they have something on without being way over the top.

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I just absolutely love this skirt from Trés Carmen Boutique!! Oh, and did I mention it was only $35 dollars!! Is that not a steal?! It’s really a staple skirt to keep in your closet for spring and summer. It could go so many ways and really look flattering on just about anyone! I can’t wait to pair it with a black and white stripe top and my new neon yellow sandals for a little more of a casual look!

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Stay tuned later this afternoon for my outfit from last night and a full runway review from all of the shows!! So excited to share everything with y’all this week!!  XO

Makeup: Brittany at Gwynn’s of Mt. Pleasant

Top: Banana Republic {similar in link} | Skirt: Trés Carmen Boutique | Shoes: Stuart Weitzman from Bob Ellis Shoes | Bag: Ted Baker from Gwynn’s of Mt. Pleasant | Rings: Moon and Lola

NYC Recap Part 2

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I’m so excited to share with y’all the next two parts of our NYC adventure!! The next few days were full of more touristy stops, finally some NYFW shows and of course, lots of yummy food!! I’m going to pick up the morning where we left off- another day devoted fully to being a major tourist. This was the day that we did the most walking aka the most freezing!!

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We still had our double decker red bus passes, so we took advantage of that and rode around the city all day. Our first stop was the 9/11 Memorial to see the new Freedom Tower. Even having zero connection to the 9/11 tragedies, seeing where the awful attack happened is a pretty moving experience. Just reading the names of the people who lost their lives on that day- someone’s mother, child, brother, father- so many people were effected by it and being there just really makes you realize how blessed you are.

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NYC Tip: Hunter boots are a terrible idea unless you have ridiculously good boot warmers and socks. I was legit googling “frost bite” by the end of the day!!

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Dinner this night was quite the experience!! Todd was quite proud of himself for snagging a reservation at one of the hottest sushi bars in NYC, Sushi Nakazawa. However, this isn’t traditional sushi rolls. The famous Chef Nakazawa has specially crafted a tasting menu based on the style of Edomae sushi, which is basically just raw fish and vinegar rice. Read: no cream cheese or spicy mayo to get past the raw fish aspect. The only item available on the menu is the Chef’s 20 piece tasting menu, oh and the 7 course sake pairing!IMG_9830 IMG_9833

It’s definitely not something for the faint of heart {or stomach} because many of the pieces have quite the interesting flavors and textures- I have to admit there were a few I struggled to get down (see above pics to guess what). This wasn’t our best meal in NYC by any means and I can’t say I would go back, but Sushi Nakazawa was a once in a lifetime experience and a unique evening spent with my love!

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The next day, we had no trouble with full on LOVING every bit of our meal at The Spotted Pig in West Village!! This was by far one of my favorite restaurants we went to on this trip and will definitely be returning every time I’m in the city! Warning: it’s a small little building that doesn’t take reservations, so plan to come early! We came right when they opened and had no problem getting a table, but by the time we left the line was around the corner.

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We started with the house made pickles and deviled eggs- aka a southern girl’s heaven!! And they certainly lived up to my southern taste buds as well. For the meal, we did our traditional order 2 entrees and split them both, because is there really any other way to do it when attempting to eat your way through one of the biggest cities in the world? The Spotted Pig is known for it’s burger served with roquefort and shoe string fries, so that was a given, and yes it was everything we expected and more. THEN, then there was THE SPECIAL!! Holy Cow I don’t think I’ve ever had such a delicious dish in my whole life. Yeah, you read that right, this was quite possibly the best dish I’ve ever eaten! What was it you might ask- cow’s tongue. Yep, cow’s tongue is the best food I’ve ever put on this tongue! Seriously though, the flavor was unreal!! Luckily, they served the meat on top of a crusty piece of bread that I could soak up all the juices with after I was finished. I really cannot even tell you how imperative it is that you go to The Spotted Pig if you’re in NYC!

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That night was spent walking through Macy’s (stressful) and then back to our hotel to get ready for the night. Our dinner that night was at Lavo, so that we could head over to the night club and see Afrojack afterwards. Dinner was surprisingly delicious for a restaurant/nightclub combo and the atmosphere was lively to say the least! Unfortunately, I couldn’t hang at the club because I had a 6 am wakeup the next morning, so I left the hubby there and went back to snuggle up and prepare for my first day of shows!!

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In comes my first day of NYFW shows!! On the schedule for today: Mongol and Nicole Miller!!

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Being my first NYFW show ever, Mongol could’ve sent the ugliest clothes down the runway and I still would have been in heaven!! But instead, it was a beautiful show with lots of jewel tones. I especially drooled over all of the beautiful colors in the dyed furs!! After 10 days in New York, this Charleston girl’s dying for a dyed fur (totally didn’t do that on purpose either).

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Although all the important stuff goes on around the runway, the media tent at NYFW is pretty killer too!! Hellooo E! Fashion Police set!! Unfortunately, I was never there at the same time as filming, but it was pretty cool to see the set up!

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Ran into Louise Roe and one of my favorite bloggers, Amber Fillerup of Barefoot Blonde. Ignore my borderline possessed face in this picture!! But, nobody does braids like this girl right here!! Plus, she’s got the sweets to go along with her style- she was actually an angel!!

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After the show that morning, I caught up with my {majorly hungover} hubby for a beautiful brunch at Sarabeth’s by Central Park. The food wasn’t anything really special, but it’s a New York staple and we just couldn’t miss it! Plus, it’s location right by Central Park is perfect for getting a little peek. Or, if it’s the time of year when you can actually walk around the city without freezing, you could take a nice post-brunch stroll. Needless to say, we didn’t go that route and instead went back to the hotel for a nice little between shows nap!

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My next show I attended was Nicole Miller, thanks to Belk!! I was ecstatic to be there and she didn’t let me down!! The show was beautiful and showed that my favorite cool weather color, hunter green, isn’t going anywhere for next season! I always love her designs and it was one of the few at NYFW, where I would actually wear everything she sent down the runway!

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Each night, we went to grab drinks at a cute bar before dinner. Tonight, was easily my favorite bar in NYC- Boom Boom Room. Located on the top of The Standard Hotel in The Meatpacking area, Boom Boom Room had wrap around views of the city and the classiest atmosphere and people watching. I mean, when you’re rubbing shoulders with Kelly Osbourne and Catt Sadler, you know you’re in the right place! Plus, their drinks were YUMMY!!

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Dinner that night was at a traditional New York steakhouse- Keen’s, and tradition sure didn’t disappoint!! Two young guys from London sat next to us and were there for the 2nd night in a row eating a portion of lamb chops each and splitting the porterhouse steak. Needless to say, I think my hubby was a little jealous that he wasn’t there with them instead of his filet eating wife! The steaks were perfectly cooked and seasoned, and we truly had no complaints about our meal. A true New York steak experience!!

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HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY FROM NYC!!! Our morning was spent sleeping in, drinking espresso and yes, eating drug store Valentine’s candy. Basically, it was perfect!!

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After a morning of total laziness, we headed out for a delicious brunch at 44 & X. This was the perfect cute little place to top off a wonderful morning with each other! You can’t tell from the picture, but it was snowing the most beautiful snow that day and you could watch it right out the big restaurant windows- ah just absolutely perfect! Bonus: their bloodies were the most horseradishy bloodies I’ve ever tasted!! (Insert worshiping hands emoji)

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Fortunately, I only had a presentation that day, so I was able to spend most of it relaxing with my Valentine!! But, the presentation I did have, Joseph Singh, was absolutely flawless and I was so glad that I went! I’m majorly coveting the grey and white long dresses!! Plus, I got to chat with some other fabulous Carolina fashion peeps at the event!!

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Thanks so much for reading my second part of our trip to NYC and my experience at my first NYFW!! I can’t wait to share with y’all the 3rd and look out for my only official “outfit post” from the trip tomorrow morning!! Happy Sunday Funday!!

NYC Recap: Tourist Time

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My recent trip to New York City for NYFW was an absolute dream!! I had never been to the city (I know, I know totally un-American of me) and this was my first MBFW, so I was literally in heaven!! I’m so so excited to share with y’all the 10 days that I spent eating, exploring and eating my way through the city. This is just the first of many posts with a look into the first few days of our trip. We arrived on a Monday and Fashion Week didn’t start until Thursday, so we had lots of time to do allll of the tacky tourist attractions and boy did we! Clearly, from the picture above you can see that I won’t be doing any posts on how to pack lightly anytime soon. Hey, in my defense we were there for 10 days and had to pack lots of heavy items for the freezing temps!

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We stayed at The Archer Hotel on West 38th between 5th and 6th (if I had a dollar for every time I had to say that on the trip). I won’t complain too much, but it definitely wasn’t our favorite of hotels and my hubby has officially cut me off from picking in the future! While the hotel is brand new and super clean, the rooms were SO tiny (even for NYC) and the staff wasn’t exactly the friendliest or most accommodating. The location was a great central spot, but I fell in love with the meatpacking district so will probably stay more in that vicinity next time. I will say, The Archer Hotel has the best salted caramels that have ever graced the face of this earth- so that pretty much made up for everything else!

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Our first night, we had dinner at what was probably my favorite restaurant of the whole trip- ABC Kitchen. I knew I would love it after seeing pictures online and finding out that it was part restaurant, part home decor store, but the food also exceeded my expectations! Like many NYC restaurants, it didn’t look like much from the outside, but the inside was absolutely beautiful!! After a day of traveling (okay, maybe just a direct 2 hour flight from CHS>JFK, but still) I needed a cocktail, and the vodka thyme lemonade was absolutely perfect! I’m not a froo froo drinks kinda gal- aka give me vodka soda- but NYC has so many fabulous specialty cocktails that I just couldn’t resist. For dinner, we started with the tuna sashimi and house made sausage (weird combo, I know) and those were delish. But, the real highlight was the entree! We like to try a little of everything, so we shared the ricotta ravioli and the black bass. Now, I’m normally not a pasta or a fish fan, I mean I eat it but it never really wows me. Both of these dishes were unreal!! Everything they serve is made with fresh, organic ingredients and it shows! The flavor on the black bass was just out of this world- rich but kept the dish light at the same time. Clearly, I couldn’t even resist the ravioli long enough to take a picture! Seriously though, this was one of the best, if not the best restaurant we went to in New York. Look at the menu, I would literally eat everything on it!!

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After dinner, Todd wanted to take me to see Times Square at night. Enter my “Welcome to New York, It’s been waiting for you. Welcome to New York, Welcome to New York” moment! Seeing Times Square at night for the first time is something that will stick with me forever. Now, I will say that area turned out to be my least favorite part of the city, but seeing it is a big check off my bucket list and it was a pretty magical night!

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You may have seen my post on Instagram- Is it really your first morning in NYC if you don’t start it with a bagel?! I think not!! My hubby had done his research and knew that Russ & Daughter’s was the spot to go for an authentic New York bagel. However, upon walking in the shop I was a little overwhelmed with all of the fish! Luckily, I worked past that initial anxiety and even ordered a bagel with lox!! Which, I’m not a huge smoked salmon fan, but they were so nice and helped me pick a milder flavored option. This bagel was out of control y’all!! My mouth is watering just writing about it!! We ordered an everything bagel with salmon, scallion cream cheese, tomato and onion- mmm mmm perfect! We split it because this was just an appetizer to the meal we were walking a couple of blocks to next (I told you we ate our way through the city!). But, if you want a full sit down dining experience they do have an actual cafe rather than the store that just provides counter service. I prefer the counter service shop because of it’s convenience to our next stop, Katz’s Deli!

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Having been around for over 100 years, Katz’s Deli is a bit of a New York tradition and definitely one they need to keep! We had originally planned to go to The Carnegie Deli, but after seeing Anthony Bourdain go to Katz’s, we quickly made a change of plans! You can either order at the counter or do table service and we chose table service to get away from the cold weather for a bit. I knew I was going to like this place as soon as they brought us out a plate of house made pickles- who knew New Yorkers liked their pickles so much?! Since we had just scarfed down the bagel, we shared their classic pastrami sandwich on rye and a side of potato latkes. As you can see above, they really just don’t give you enough meat on your sandwich! I could barely fit my mouth around the whole thing, but it was delicious!! Definitely somewhere that you must stop when in NYC and I love the convenience of hitting both Russ & Daughter’s and Katz’s in the same meal!

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After that very hearty brunch, we needed to walk some food off so headed back to the Times Square area. I would not recommend this during the daytime, as there are people haggling you to buy stuff on every corner! Just keep walking and don’t make eye contact! But, we wanted to get tickets for one of the double decker buses- i’m telling you we were in serious tourist mode- and this was the best area for that. We wound up getting a 3 day pass with the Gray Line buses (the red ones). These were great for getting from place to place for a few days when wanting to site see, but I definitely wouldn’t rely on them for transportation your entire trip. Also, don’t count on the guides being very informative either! But, we enjoyed riding around and seeing everything in one easy swoop and having the flexibility to get off at any stop!

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See  ^ major tourist mode! Yes, those are Ugg boots in public and no, I do not even care. It was 20 degrees and my feet were warrrrm!! This puffy Patagonia jacket from Half Moon Outfitters was also pretty essential on casual days that we spent a lot of time outdoors. And not gonna lie, I’ve kinda grown to love it.

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What’s the number one tourist attraction you’ve got to see in NYC?! Top of the Empire State Building, of course!! This was another check off the ole bucket list and we so enjoyed getting to do this together!! The views are totally worth the wait in line and even the freezing wind at the top. Can you tell I’m cold in that last pic?! This was another one of those moments where you’re just in awe of where you are and how pretty freaking awesome life is! IMG_9727 IMG_9728

After freezing our booties off at the top of the Empire State Building, coffee was a must! Just so happened, there’s this awesome little food cart called Wafels & Dinges in NYC that serves BELGIAN WAFFLES with toppings AND COFFEE!!! Um, hello heaven! All I have to say is I’m glad there isn’t one of these in Charleston because I would be in trouble. I got mine nutella and strawberry topped and yes, it was just as amazing as it looks. DROOL!!

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What does one do to top off a touristy day in New York City?! Why see a Broadway musical, of course!! Considering I’m a huge theater geek, I was going to be happy with anything on Broadway, so I let the hubs pick what we were seeing. He saw the word Vegas and that Tony Danza was in it and was sold on Honeymoon in Vegas. I had never seen the movie before, so didn’t know what to expect, but the show was hilarious and the cast very talented! Since it’s a newer show, I don’t think it was nearly as big of a production as say Chicago or Phantom, but definitely something to see with your man to keep both of you entertained! Plus, they serve wine in tumblers- right up my alley!!

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Since the Lincoln Center was close by and I wanted to scope things out before the shows started, we had reservations to the Lincoln Ristorante that night. A traditional Italian menu with a New York twist, the food was perfect for lovers of charcuterie and red wine- aka my favorite meal! The ambiance was fairly quiet and laid back, with glass walls perfect for watching the people leaving the opera that night. The highlight of the meal was absolutely the buratta which was made with pomegranate and pistachios and I will forever be trying to recreate at home! After a long day of site seeing, sipping a glass of red wine and munching on some prosciutto was the perfect way to spend the rest of the evening! I couldn’t leave out a little bathroom mirror pic of what I wore that night (this is when we know I’ve had one too many glasses of wine). But, seriously I love this outfit, especially the Ted Baker coat that I scored for under $200 on sale!!

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When my hubby is on vacay, he doesn’t want the night to end so we headed up to our hotel’s rooftop bar- also another highlight of NYC, all the rooftop bars. I must say, while our hotel lacks in some areas, the view from the bar is not one of them! This pic isn’t great but we had the most perfect view of the Empire State Building! Talk about a way to end your second night in New York City! Like I said, this is just the first of many posts about our trip. I cannot wait to share with y’all all of the NYFW shows I attended, more yummy restaurants and of course, what I wore!! Stay tuned!!