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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.


June 27, 2008

Making Sun Awareness Stylish

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So I’m super late in scooping this BUT…the Spa at Charleston Place & MUSC launched the “I Will Reflect” campaign earlier this summer. Basically, it’s to raise awareness and support for both sun awareness and melanoma cancer.

By buying a $2 bracelet you can support the cause. AND 100% of that goes to MUSC to help fund the cause and treatment of skin cancer.

Making the deal even sweeter is the 20% discount you get on either of the Spa at Charleston Place’s special treatments in honor of the campaign–one’s a facial and the other a massage.

And starting this past week, the Spa has a one of a kind Mary Norton hat on auction to further support the cause. The hat is awarded to the highest bidder on July 4…so hop to it!

“I was really drawn to this campaign and am excited about the opportunity to contribute,” Norton said. “Taking the right steps to protect our skin is a fashionable thing to do, and a wide-brimmed hat protects the face and skin, helping prevent skin cancer and premature aging.”

The campaign runs now through the end of summer, bracelets can be bought from the Spa at Charleston Place and area “I Will Reflect” ambassadors.

April 15, 2008

King St Jungle…or Tribal Chic for the Charleston Streets on a Tiny Budget

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Make the Charleston streets your urban jungle this summer with tribal inspired style. Take a gander at any number of runway styles for this season and you’ll find wild animal prints and safari inspired frocks. Best of all, these styles won’t have you going broke since they’re under $25.

Old Navy Safari Shirt Dress

Safari Dress : A favorite of many a designer this season, this style is perfect for a hot Charleston day. Pair with gladiator sandals and you’re set for a day in the Charleston jungle. (My Pick: Old Navy Safari Dress, $22.50…but hurry, they’re on sale!)

Forever 21 Watercolor Bangle

Wooden Bangles : Go natural with big, bold bracelets painted or stained in every color. Pair them with almost everything for an instant shot of tribal chic. (My Pick: Forever21 wooden bangles, $4.50)

Wet Seal Zebra Satin Top

Animal Print Tops: Zebra, leopard, or any other creature…animal print is all over with the tribal trend. However, a smart fashionista remembers a little leopard goes a long way…so keep the print to one bold item. Pair a top with fitted jeans and bright heals, you’ll be the best dressed beast in the jungle. (My Pick: Wet Seal Zebra Satin Top, $18.50)

American Eagle Liddy Canvas Wedge

Cork Wedges : Perfect during the summer to keep your heals from sinking into the ground as you traverse the savanna…or Marion Square. The natural cork tone on a wedge gives a more natural, casual feel and can be paired with everything from shorts to dresses. (My Pick: American Eagle Liddy Canvas Wedge at Payless, $22.99)

Makeup : Finish your jungle inspired look with warm and natural toned makeup. Try a smoky brown smudged on your lids with dark brown eyeliner below your bottom lashes only Go for a natural toned mouth and use just a swish of clear gloss to keep you looking natural (My Picks: Covergirl Eye Enhancers 4-Kit Shadows in Coffee Shop, $3.99, and Covergirl Perfect Blend Eyeliner in Black Brown, $3.99, Boots No7 High Shine Lip Gloss in Flirt, $7.99)

Extras For the Pros…Links and Putting it Together

April 14, 2008

Things To Do This Week

Photo : Charleston Museum

It’s the last week to see Clothes To Dye For at the Charleston Museum. The exhibit ends April 18th and it’s highly recommended for any fashion maven. The Charleston Museum is open Monday-Saturday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Sunday 1 p.m. – 5 p.m. Tickets are $10.

photo Jessica Caroline Cox

Family Circle Cup time means the annual Lacoste Fashion show today at 6:00 on King Street. Yippee!

CofCRADIO’s last indie dance party is this Thursday at the Music Farm. Environmentally themed debauchery with Alliance for Planet Earth recycling all bottles and cans. Make your outfit out of recycled materials (I’ll be wearing foliage I’m sure). CofCRADIO’s own DJ Mike Cassidy will be spinning for the night. Doors at 10 p.m. $5/under 21, $3/21+

Kulture Klash’s second installment of art, music, and ridiculous awesomeness is this Saturday. 10 Store House Row. 7 p.m. $10

What are you doing this week?

April 5, 2008

Street Style Fashions For Charleston

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Coming soon…images of Charleston’s own street style. For now, four images from other places to get you inspired to think outside your Sperry’s and Rainbows.

How much do I wish I could see this on the streets on Charleston? So, so much. It’s all in the matching with this one…the shoes, the tights, the gloves, and the umbrella. The entire look comes of incredibly chic and demure.

This look screams King Street to me. CFW 2008 taught us the benefits of shorts…and this look exemplifies it. The floaty shirt with the jacket paired with the saddle-shoe inspired footwear makes the look relaxed yet put together.

For an outfit that is entirely black, it begs to be noticed. The different textures really make the individual components pop in this look. The softness of the scarf, the structured masculine style of the jacket and hat, the bold eye makeup, and the whimsical addition of the feathers really make this outfit remarkable. While it might be a bit too hot already in Charleston, I’m keeping my eyes open to see that hat!

Again, I love the shorts. The suspenders are a nice touch, and balance nicely against the plain white t-shirt. You might have to skip the sweater for Charleston, but the hat is too adorable.

Things To Investigate This Weekend

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1. The Euro Foods on 61 (or, at least…I think it’s on 61). Either way, I pass it on my way to the barn and every time I remember how much I want to poke my head in. I’ll be a very happy girl if they have Choco Prince cookies.

2. The out of the way antique store (also on 61…I think). I love the smell of old furniture.

3. Vegetable stand–once again on 61, but I’m sure of it this time (are you noticing a trend?). I pass this place all the time on my way to the barn and like Euro Foods I keep thinking I might want to stop and look. The guy always has signs for fresh fruits and veggies, plus boiled peanuts (something I must try if my Southern transplant is to be complete).

4. Any second hand furniture store I come across. I’m moving next weekend, and unless I want to sleep just shoes and sweaters…I best find some furniture. The more character, the better. Plus, I’m so much of a deal hound, I just can’t pass up such a good challenge!

Photo by Matthew Morse

5. Keeping up with Lola, the black lab puppy I’m fostering this weekend. Her name isn’t technically Lola…but I think it fits. You can adopt her from Wild Heir Labrador Rescue…just please let me come visit!

6. Hunting for a sun dress, and my yearly $4 investment in the one pair of flip flops I allow myself to own.

What are you doing on this rainy Charleston weekend?

Restaurant Review : Five Guys Burgers & Fries

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So when your summer figure isn’t the first thing on your mind, and you don’t want to think about the amount of calories you’re consuming in one meal…Five Guys Burgers is an excellent choice.

Really, not the most glamorous restaurant in the world. You won’t find girls in chic black dresses delicately picking at their cheeseburgers. Although I suppose they might, but just not the night I was there.

You will, however, find seriously good burgers. Not the frozen and nuked stuff you get at McDonalds, nor the overgrown artery-bombs other fast food chains, like Hardees, boast.

Five Guys features a menu that’s everything a burger joint should be…simple. No variations, no combinations, just burgers (well, hot dogs, too).

A local told me to go for the little cheeseburger (the regular sized are apparently as large as my head). With everything, it includes grilled mushrooms and onions, lettuce, tomato, pickles, mayo, ketchup, and mustard–no calories there, obviously. Paired with a side of barbeque sauce and cajun-seasoned fries, I was set.

First bite…heaven.

Everything you could want a burger to be. Excellent flavor, perfect texture, and superb bun to burger to toppings ratio. That is, until the burger fell apart into a heaping hunk of deliciousness on its spread out wrapper, and even then it was awesome. The fries, too, had excellent flavor and texture–and a serving for two was even too large for my date and I to finish.

Total meal price for two little cheeseburgers, one order of fries for 2, and two sodas? About $13.

Cheap date material? Definitely

Five Guys is the go-to place when you want a tasty burger (no Pulp Fiction pun intended) with no fuss. Don’t pay attention to the calories, just enjoy the food, and you can thank me later.

And for the record, I had a Diet Coke with my meal. Don’t hate.

March 28, 2008

Things I Want For Spring…

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For the record…should you want to donate to the cause, you may send any of these items to…

Caroline Millard c/o CofCRadio
172 Calhoun St.
Charleston, SC 29401

7 For All Mankind Canvas Tote
Following in the yellow trend, this bag makes makes me drool. Perfect for flitting around Charleston during the day. Is it bad that I’m already planning outfits around a bag I don’t own?

White Jeans
Perhaps not these jeans by Radcliffe Denim, but after seeing the multitude of white denim on the runway last night..I’m resolved that I must have a pair.

Feather Headband
I have a sneaking suspicion I’ll end up making a feather adorned headband rather than buying…but I just adore the way this looks. I must, I must.

Speaking of Headbands…
I’ve always secrectly wanted one of these headbands, and I’m loving the one Free People makes. I’ve seen a few headbands in this style popping up across Charleston, and quite frankly I’m impressed.

I’ll add a bit more later, for now…I’m off to search for more must haves

March 24, 2008

Charleston Fashion Week 2008

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With Charleston’s Fashion Week just over 24 hours away, even the slightest glance toward Marion Square will tell you the whole city’s in a twitter. And especially with Project Runway’s darling Jillian Lewis making an appearance Friday & Saturday, the entire city is on celebrity watch

I’ll be posting my preview of Charleston Fashion week, which appeared in the George Street Observer this week. As well as daily updates compliments of the GSO’s Fashion Week staff…including my lovely self.

Sit tight fashionistas!

February 26, 2008

Feature: Lisa Moorer & Culture Vultures

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If you didn’t know it was there, you might never know it was there.

It’s an uncommon store in the Charleston shopping terrain.

A store that doesn’t feature the latest fashions or the latest designers, and yet is incredibly chic.

Owner and founder Lisa Moorer opened Culture Vultures two years ago in the retro-chic Avondale shopping district of West Ashley.


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