Wednesday, December 13, 2017

The second annual Charleston Wedding Week promises brides, booze, and (inspiration) boards

Comin' at ya this January

Posted by Connelly Hardaway on Wed, Dec 13, 2017 at 12:17 PM

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Charleston Wedding Week (CWW), sponsored by Diamonds Direct and Henri Daussi, is now in its second year and still taking full advantage of the booming wedding industry in Charleston. According to CWW, Charleston celebrates an average of 100 weddings each week. That's a lot of flowers, champagne, and blushing brides, isn't it?

This Jan. 24-27 "industry insiders," brides to be, and local hospitality experts can take part in a variety of events, from talks on branding and marketing to bridal gown runway shows. Tickets start at $45 and can be purchased online.

Here are our top picks:

Bridal Boutique Shows
Wed. Jan. 24, 6 p.m. at Cannon Green. $60/general, $75/VIP front row
If you're a bride-to-be this is a great opportunity to preview gowns in person, with local participating boutiques that include Bella Bridesmaid, Betty Bridal, Lovely Charleston, Maddison Row, Southern Protocol, and Verita. If you're anyone else? This "chic cocktail party atmosphere" promises drinks and a fun runway show.

"Celebrate Everything" Sip 'n' See
Thurs. Jan. 25, 3-5 p.m. at The Dewberry. $85
Guests join Darcy Miller, author of the book Celebrate Everything!, for a "sip 'n' see" tea where she'll share her best takeaways from her book and give advice on how to make any wedding stand out with personal touches.

Pop-up & Finale Party
Sat. Jan. 27, 5-10 p.m. at 5 Faber St. $45
This "curated pop-up party" features a bunch of luxury wedding artisans, hostess gifts, decor, custom stationery, and more. And like any good party (or wedding) there will be plenty of dancing and drinks.

Check out the full Wedding Week schedule online at

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Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Donate canned food to Lowcountry Food Bank, get one free sale item at Dandy Boutique

Yes, for free

Posted by Connelly Hardaway on Wed, Dec 6, 2017 at 1:14 PM

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PSA: Now through Dec. 20 when you bring canned goods, to be donated to the Lowcountry Food Bank, to Dandy Boutique you will receive one free item from their sale section. Yep, you read that right. Do good, get good.

Dandy sells graphic T-shirts with messages like "Babes Against Bigots," kitty-adorned socks, playful earrings, animal-shaped purses, and more. Head to the store Tues.-Fri. from 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sat. from 10 a.m.-7 p.m., and Sun. from 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

If you like what you see, be sure to stop by the store for Dandy's annual holiday party, on Fri. Dec. 15 from 4-8 p.m. 
Event Details Dandy's Holiday Party
@ Dandy Boutique
43 John St.
Charleston, SC
When: Fri., Dec. 15, 4-8 p.m.
Buy Local Month and Holiday Happenings

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Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Junior League of Charleston hosts second annual Bridal Boutique

Say yes to the dress

Posted by Mary Scott Hardaway on Tue, Dec 5, 2017 at 2:48 PM

Shop lovely discount gowns like these at JLC's second annual Bridal Boutique - CAPTURED BY KATE
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  • Shop lovely discount gowns like these at JLC's second annual Bridal Boutique
The Junior League of Charleston will be selling discounted bridal, cocktail, and formal attire in the Dewberry hotel's ballroom for their second annual Bridal Boutique Sat. Jan. 6 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

“We are thrilled to be able to provide such a luxurious experience for women who may not have the opportunity to shop in stores,” said president of the JLC, Alisa Brooks, in a press release. “We are overwhelmed by the generosity and support of so many local retailers and can’t wait to help people find their dream gowns.”

Brides to be, or really anyone who wants to get fancy for a night on the town, can shop discounted looks from high-end designers like Mori Lee, Vera Wang, Maggie Sottero, Carolina Herrera, Jim Hjelm, and more; store samples and gently used bridal gowns start at $75, cocktail dresses start at $35, and formalwear starts at $45.

Shoppers can enjoy drinks, hors d'oeuvres, and music from Holy City Strings while they shop. Proceeds from the event go to furthering JLC's mission of "training and developing the potential of women, while focusing on helping those in need in the surrounding community." 

Event Details Second Annual Junior League of Charleston Bridal Boutique
@ The Dewberry
334 Meeting St
Charleston, SC
When: Sat., Jan. 6, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Fashion + Shopping

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CofC alum brings Boob-eez to two downtown pop-ups this weekend

More like boob-ease ya know?

Posted by Francesca Mathewes on Tue, Dec 5, 2017 at 11:47 AM

Boob-eez inventor Carlie Christenson - PROVIDED
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While we here at the City Paper are proponents of #freethenipple, we also understand the need for specially tailored undergarments. For those times like last week's embarrassing wardrobe malfunction ... and that nip slip last summer at the beach, there's a need for, well, nipple covers.

Enter Boob-eez. The brainchild of College of Charleston alum Carlie Christenson, who won 2016 Student Entrepreneur of the Year, 2016 Women Student Entrepreneur of the Year, as well as an Honorable Mention in 2017 for Charleston Woman to Watch for her invention.

Boob-Eez are super-thin silicone discs that offer an invisible barrier between breasts and clothing. They are washable, reusable, and have a "disappearing edge" that is virtually invisible under clothes and can even be worn under swimwear and dance gear.

Boob-eez have been mentioned alongside some pretty big celebrity names, like Brooke Burke.

On Dec. 9 and Dec. 10, Boob-Eez will be available at two of King Street’s boutiques, V2V and Bevello. Christenson herself will also be on hand selling the products, which run from $14-$18. Find her at V2V from 3-5 p.m on Sat., Dec. 9 and from 1-4 p.m on Sun., Dec. 10 at Bevello, both on King Street in downtown Charleston.

Learn more about Boob-eez (and the celebs who wear them) online.

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Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Uncle Kyle's Sweater Emporium pops up in the old Bob Ellis space

From designer shoes to tacky sweaters

Posted by Mary Scott Hardaway on Wed, Nov 29, 2017 at 12:26 PM

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After more than six decades in business on King Street, Bob Ellis Shoes closed up shop late last year. According to the P&C, The Kalinsky family, who owned the shoe store at 332 King, sold the building this August to a "partnership" led by Ben Nickoll, a Connecticut investor who has also purchased the former Dixie Furniture building. The partnership has plans to develop both spaces into boutique hotels.

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For now, though, the walls that once housed designer shoes are now home to a multitude of tacky Christmas and Hanukkah sweaters. If that's not a sign of the times, well ... Uncle Kyle's Sweater Emporium, which was located at 414 King St. this time last year, is occupying the former shoe store in all it's moth ball/srat star glory. 

When we popped in earlier this week, a number of bright-eyed bushy-tailed college kids were shopping for what we presume can only be the like, most fun tacky Xmas party on campus. We jest — it was not so long ago that we donned sweaters, vests, and light-up necklaces all drenched in Natty Lite and shame. If you're looking for a fun and affordable outfit that will survive the fraternity dance floor, Uncle Kyle's got you covered.

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