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August 31, 2008

Karl Lagerfeld Teddy Bear

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Never has a stuffed animal been so chic. I’m smitten.

If the mood strikes, you can purchse this dapper beast for $1,500 from Nieman Marcus starting in September.

“Bears are very nice, as long as you are nice to them,” Karl Lagerfeld

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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.

#5…Granvilles

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.

carolime

August 13, 2008

A pile of apologies

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photo by Liquid Paper

Salut Darlings,

I’m very very sorry for not posting in…has it really been almost a month? Really? Shame.

I’ve been up to my ears in life–between interning, working, and pulling things together for the radio station. But thank you to everyone who has been so kind as to remember this small section of the Charleston blogosphere.

Here’s what been happening:

– I’ll be finishing up a public relations internship with Rawle Murdy Associates in downtown Charleston this week.  What an experience that has been! If any of you in the blogosphere are thinking about doing an internship, drop  a line and I can tell you all about it. I highly recommend it–and not just because it’s a nice break from my usual fashion attire.

– I’m doing some marketing for this fabulous little restaurant downtown now. If you haven’t done so already scamper over to Ashley Avenue and pop in Blend. I get so tired of the usual Charleston restaurant scene, and Blend is a nice sactuary from it all! Gourmet deli downstairs, fine dining upstairs, and music and light fare each night in the courtyard. And brunch…did I mention the brunch? Crabcake benedict…I might be partial…but I’m sold. Check it out here.

– Things are starting to move into full swing at CofCRadio. We’ve got two events in the works, including a party at the Music Farm on August 30, and a couple of other things as we move onto the FM. Bravo!

I do solemly swear to write more. But for now, thanks to everyone for sticking around

Love to all, and don’t forget to dress you best.

XXX

Caroline

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.

July 16, 2008

When Bad Things Happen To Bags

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I am not at all a fan of Louis Vuitton, so perhaps my opinion on all this is a bit tainted.

That disclaimer out of the way, Louis’ collaboration with Comme des Garcons is what happens when designer handbags are genetically altered in a petri dish…they grow strange handle appendages.

I find the plume of handles on the signature bag not only aethetically displeasing, but a pain in the well-dressed ass. Imagine trying to toss this bad-boy on your shoulder, only to be poked by the television antena handles.

The bag does lend itself to a certain avant-garde, haute couture vibe…but I’m just not feeling it.

Perhaps it’s my disdain for the signature LV logo emblazoned across so many of their leather goods, or perhaps its the afore mentioned mutant handles. Either way, I will not be lining up in Tokyo Sept. 4 when the bag goes on sale.

xxx

Caroline

July 12, 2008

Happy Birthday To Me!

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And now, a moment of shameless self celebration.

It’s my birthday! I demand that everyone celebrate.

That’s an order.

xxx

Caroline

July 10, 2008

Like Coke for the Fashion Addict

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I was recently invited to LookBook.nu a collection of people who post outfits and recieve feedback from others.

Absolutely the most addicting website since MySpace four years ago. I’m hooked.

Spend five minutes or over an hour (not that I’ve done that…) weaving through different ensembles from people across the world. It’s a growing community of the style savvy, and a magnificent means of gaining fashion inspiration.

Definitely worth checking out.

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