Holy City Style

September 7, 2008

Abaeté, Lela Rose, and Alice+Olivia Design for Payless

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Alice+Olivia (top), Lela Rose (left), Abaeté (right)

Chalk up another low-cost fashion source deciding to bless the masses with high end style. If you haven’t seen it yet, check out Payless Shoe Source’s designer collections which feature the likes of high-end designers Abaeté, Lela Rose, and Alice+Olivia.

Even cooler is that these shoes will be gracing the spring inspired runways of New York Fashion Week.

Everything I’ve spotted from these collections on Payless’ website cashes in for less than $55.


NY Fashion Week Highlight – Rag and Bone Video

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I like the look of their Spring 09 collection, very industrial but has a nice allure to it. Check out the video from New York Magazine.

September 5, 2008

What to Wear for Fall

Charleston isn’t exactly known for it’s crisp fall weather…but that doesn’t mean you can’t have fun with the trends anyway.

The Palette:

Think warm tones. Mix burnt oranges, emerald greens, deep inky purples, golden yellows, and luxurious chocolates in with your wardrobe staples.

The Prints:

Plaid is in this season, but not in the “grunge rock a la 1992” incarnation. Plaid is a tricky beast. It can as easily look chic and put together as it can look like you crawled out of Kurt Cobain’s posthumous reject pile. Look for this print in its more tailored form, like this Marc by Marc Jacobs dress to the right.

Ombre is back again this season, and I’ll admit that I’m liking it a little more in its fall colors. Ombre feels a bit like refined tie-dye, and when pulled off well it can be pulled off very well. I really like the look Costello Tagliapietra gave us in the Fall 2008 collection (pictured left). This look demonstrates that ombre is a pattern in subtle doses. The colors are beautiful together as well.

Florals are also back for another season, although I can’t quite recall if they ever left since 1988. Anyway.

Look for large florals in your fall palate. I would say don’t go overboard with this pattern, but I just found that Erin Fetherston to the right and am smitten. Go all out, why not.

The Silhouette:

I feel like this is going to be a season where just about anything goes—super feminine, free flowing bohemian, super masculine (almost androgynous!) lines, and just about anything else you can think of. I’m not entirely applauding the fact that bohemian has decided to rear it’s fringed head again…then again, worse trends could make a re-debut (i.e. Uggs). I digress.

The maxi dress is a go again this season, which is a godsend since this is by far the most comfortable style send to us from above. And while you might not wear the Oscar de La Renta style picture to the left, it’s a nice thought.

Have fun with your lines this season. I love the idea of pairing a structured pencil skirt with a super slouchy top. Get creative.


Sorry to your piggies, but pointy is in again. Really, I do apologize.

Shoes have gone rather eclectic this season. Which I’m rather excited about.

Ankle boots make an appearance for fall. The idea of these in deep fall colors is a nice one.  I’m havinga little trouble with another trend though. Hybrids appear to not be for just automotives any more…some ankle boots are dancing on the border of thinking they are shoes. And thus was born the shoe/boot. Kind of like that awkward adolescent stage for a shoe, I suppose. The shoe pictured to the right is by Rupert Sanderson.

And don’t worry, those gladiators you hold so close to your heart are still in. Sleep assured.

A Trend to Think Twice About:

Designers must just be missing Harry Potter. I’m at a loss for any other reason to dress like a witch. But hey, to each their own. I’ll write it off as avante guarde. The above look is by Luella.

September 3, 2008

Jan Leslie Cufflinks

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I can’t think of a more perfect set of cufflinks, than a pair of blue turtles.

I am now Jan Leslie’s biggest fan.

See more here.

September 2, 2008

Notes: 09.01.08

I spent my Sunday evening tucked smackdab (don’t you love that word?) between my two favorite Charleston bloggers, Brian of DubiousOne and David Heiser of DH is Good, reveling in the Richard Blaise tasting dinner at McCrady’s.

The entire experience can be summed up in two very elloquent, very ladylike words: effing brilliant. Eleven courses of perhaps the most interesting cullinary compositions I’ve yet to see. By far my favorite dish of the night was the fois gras “rocks” served with pancakes, maple, and figs. A most disarming combination of flavors and I’ll never eat pancakes without fois gras again.

Also, not to be forgotten, was the green tomato gazpacho served in a soup can…which another guest at the table and I promptly pocketed after dinner. The cans, not the soup. How brilliant.

I’ll have a full review soon, with pictures.

In other news, I’m formulating a list of Fall must haves. They include…

1. Skull Cufflinks

I’m in a French cuff phase right now. There is something so incredibly chic and put together about this look. I do like the look of a simple cufflink, but think a whimsical touch couldn’t be more perfect.

I’m picturing these with a crisp white shirt, and red pencil skirt paired with silver gladiator wedges. However, the ones pictured above are a cool $395, so I believe I’ll be looking for the bargain route.

2. Suspenders

This must be a men’s wear phase I’m going through, but I would love to have a pair of suspenders. Paired with an oxford and fitted tshirt over dark wash jeans and I might just be in love. Or perhaps a skirt? dress shorts? Too many options to count.

I also love the combination pictured to the right (compliments to loou on Flickr). Huge fan of the ankle boots, and is that a feathered headband I spot in the subject’s hair? I think so!

3. Cocktail Rings

I’ve gotten a little lazy about wearing jewelry lately. And by lazy I mean not wearing it at all. This season…no more! I am on the hunt for interesting…and sparkly…baubles for my fingers. Loving this foxhead ring which can be found for $300 here. But I suppose once again I’ll be looking for the affordable version. And so the search continues…

4. Ankle Boots

I’m giving in. I will no longer accept my disdain for ankle boots. Loving this pair from Forever 21 (and at $25, how could you not?). They remind me an awful lot of

the pair I saw on the Madewell website. Has Forever 21’s style swiping struck again?

I suspect so, but love it regardless.

5. Diana Camera

Mmmm. Pretty. Not practical, but pretty. Plus you get pictures that turn out looking like this and this.

2am ramblings are not for the feeble minded. Off to bed, love always.

August 30, 2008

Secrets of a Hipster Hooker

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I just read this article yesterday on Radar Online. Phenomenal.

August 29, 2008

Current Favorites

#1…Big Buddha = Love

I am in love with this bag. As much in love as a girl can have for a bag the size of a small country. To quote a good friend “Caroline, you could carry the Vatican City in there.”

So true, so true.

But what other bag could accomodate my laptop, notebook, and assortment of other neccessary objects? Answer…no other.

Best of all, Urban Outfitters has this small suitcase on sale for $29.99.

#2…Overpriced But Colorful Notebooks

I don’t usually spend five dollars for a notebook. But these were the exception. Would a standard issue Mead Five Star have done the same trick? Probably, but I like color. I like color a lot.

I bought two. One for my advertising class and the other for statistics. Since the later class is bound to bore me to tears, at least I’ll have something pretty to look at.

#3…Burt’s Bees Lip Balm

Minty, but not overpowering. Don’t quote me on this but it tastes pretty good, too.

#4…My New Camera

I was recently the recipient of a Nikon Coolpix Eco-Green edition. I’m loving the sleek style, and easy to use features. For a point and shoot it takes a great pictures. And for each camera you buy, Nikon makes a donation to offset carbon emissions. Cause related marketing? Yes. But I bought into it. Ride the green wave, kids.


Wagner Terrace is one of those places that completely takes you off guard. How dare there be a place this tucked away in downtown?! That aside, I’ve fallen in love with Granvilles. Easily one of Charleston’s best kept cullinary secrets, I’ve dined here twice and loved it both times.

Their small plates are the perfect portion. My favorites are the mixed green salad with golden beets and the P.E.I. mussels. Pair with a bottle of Prosecco Veneto and it’s the perfect dining experience.

Best of all, unlike so many Charleston restuarants, it won’t cost you an inordinate amount. Two salads, two small plates, a bottle of wine, and dessert split between two people comes to a lovely $35 each.

#6…The College of Charleston

Yes, this is a bit hokey…but I love this place. Take a stoll through campus at dusk and tell me you don’t love it. I dare you. There’s something to be said for taking a moment to enjoy your surroundings, and here it’s hard not to do.

August 28, 2008

8 Things Every Man Should Have

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Gentlemen, I’ve been watching you. Not in a less than flattering, overly voyeuristic way…but more of a stylish girl-about-town noting of what you should wear. Truth is, I’m a lucky girl and spend about 98.9% of my time around you all…I live with you, I work with you, hell…I’m dating one of you.

Notes on what each one of you should have to make me (or any well dressed doll) swoon.

Tod’s compliments of Neiman Marcus

#1. A Driving Shoe

I want you to have this shoe. I want you to have this shoe so I can pretend you have a Bentley you only take out on the weekends, and that I can sit shotgun with a scarf in my hair a la Grace Kelly. That and it makes you look incredibly suave…(more points if they’re Tod’s)

Ralph Lauren Eton Wool Herringbone Blazer

#2. A (Nice) Sports Coat

Over a polo-shirt, tshirt, or oxford. Paired with dress pants or jeans. The sports coat automatically makes you go from run of the mill to spectacular male fashion god.

As Brian notes in the comments, the sport coat only hold its charm when well tailored to the gentleman wearing it. This is simply a must.

#3. The Boxer Brief

All unladylike comments aside, no one wants to see an awkward poof of fabric spilling over the waist line of your pants. Even less points if that fabric is embellished with penguins or sports teams…or anything equally ridiculous. The boxer brief is discreet, stylish, and so worth it.

#5. An Impressive Music Repertoire

I like music. It’s my job to like music. But that aside I like very many girls, like to know that you like music. I would like to be impressed by what you listen to no matter that is. Impress me.

#6. A Vocabulary

Every gentleman should have a handle of the English language. There are many words you may use, please don’t limit yourselves to words like “bro” or “yeh man” because there are infact many words you may choose from. I like to know you’re intelligent. We all do.

#7. Product

I’m not asking for much here, just something beyond the Suave shampoo you picked up at the Dollar Store because your mother told you to stop using Irish Springs soap in your hair. There’s an entire section of the hair/face care market devoted to you, utilize it.

perhaps not this Cartier model…but if you’re feeling ambitious

#8. A Decent Wallet

When you whip that puppy out, I don’t want to see anything by Abercrombie or made out of duct tape. I like to know that what it looks on the outside, is an indicator of what could be on the inside. You can tell a lot about a man by the wallet he carries, just try and prove me wrong on that one.

Acceptable Outfits for Four Occasions I Know You’ll Encounter

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If you think you can just wake up and go to class wearing god knows what. I implore you, think again.

This is college.

And while your mother might no longer hover over your shoulder, let me be the one to say, “Young lady, you are not going out of the house in that.”

I’m sure many of you are doing very well with looking somewhat put together as you leave your dorm room, but many need a re-fresher course on this. For your best interest, may I present…Acceptable Outfits for Four Occasions I Know You’ll Encounter

Occasion 1: “Oh fuck…my class starts in five minutes”

Toss on dark wash jeans and a gauzy tank, effortlessly chic. Every girl should have a pair of easy but ridiculously stylish shoes–gladiators are perfect. Toss thoss puppies on your pieds, knot your hair under a black fedora and slip on a couple of bold cocktail rings (I want the octopus one by the way). Smudge on some eyeliner and mascara, a dusting of bronzer. Grab an oversized bag to carry your school books and a granola bar for a burst of protein on your way to class.

Occasion #2: “Seven hours in the library and no sleep…I’m not feeling stellar”

A little detail goes a long way, and nothing is easier than a sundress. Keep a dress in your closet for just such occasions…one that’s comfy and easy to wear, but has a nice burst of color and detail to make it look like you cared. Toss on some white sandals and accent with a bright white messanger bag. Pat some concealer under your eyes and accent with a neutral lipgloss. Grab a few pieces of jewelry and a Red Bull…you’re good to go and everyone will be jealous of how good you look on no sleep. Trust me on this one.

Occasion #3: “S.O.S.! I refuse to take the walk of shame!”

Evaluate the situation. What options do you have. Can that cocktail dress be dressed down ASAP? Is there a tshirt you can toss on with that skirt? Being the smart girl that you are, you were…(a) smart about doing whatever you did the night prior (b) have an emergency makeup stash in your bag (c) can think on your toes. Pull yourself together the best you can and dive into your emergency makeup stash. Every girl should have one of these, even if you’re in a serious relationship. These emergency goodies need not be the most expensive items in your makeup repertoire, just enough to get you through if need be.

May I suggest…

  • Under-eye concealer
  • Bronzer
  • Oil blotting sheets
  • Mascara
  • Lipgloss
  • Mint
  • Sample of deodorant/perfume

Apply these items toute suite, pull together an outfit as best you can (hey…everyone should be jealous that you’re wearing a kickass cocktail dress at 9:30am, it’s high fashion). Leaving your number is entirely optional. Wink, wink.

Ocassion #4: “I have a meeting with my professor/advisor/boss…”

Now, as if it needed to be noted, this is not the time to roll out in your track pants. You should always dress well when you have a planned meeting with a professor (or advisor, or any other person of note on campus). Even if it’s just a ten minute meeting and you have classes the rest of the day, dress a little nicer than usual anyway. Making a good impression is always worth it. A well structured pair of jeans will work nicely–given that this is a casual meeting–with a more professional top. I like this tuxedo shirt from J.Crew because I’m a sucker for a good buttondown. Slip a bit of color into the ensemble with a pair of heels in your favorite color. Finish with a big bag complete with pen and notebook–you never know what you might need to jot down.

xxx for now.


July 17, 2008

Charmed, And For A Cause

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**Links are working now! xxx Caroline**

What happens when a fashionista racks up a staggering amount of student loans?

She get’s crafty.

Or at least that’s what New Orleans born fashion designer Ashley Heathcock did upon acquiring over $140,000 in student loans after graduating from AIU London in 2005. Shortly after graduating and returning to the United States, Heathcock realized her student loan payments might keep her from aspirations to be a designer.

But the fashion savvy are always clever.

While working a 50 hour a week job as manager of a European clothing store in Austin, TX Heathcock was inspired to create and sell whimsical charms as a way to pay off her loans.

Initially Heathcock sold her charms just on the side. But then she made to decision to go large scale with Charms for Charity.

“[A friend and I] put together a rough business plan and got the idea that we could use some of the proceeds as a way to help raise money for various charity projects AND still help me pay off my student loans faster than expected,” –Ashley Heathcock

Three-dollars of every sale goes to charity. And with a goal of raising $1000 for each selected charity…it’s no small gesture.

And the charms aren’t your run of the mill soccer mom deal. They’re whimsical, chic, and perfect to effortlessly toss on with any outfit. Currently, Heathcock sells over 30 different designs of bracelets and chokers on her website ranging from birds, to classic cameos, to octopuses. And they’re all under $20.

Support Ashley Heathcock’s cause by visiting www.mycharmsforcharity.com.

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