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Local Fashion Spotlight: Escapada

Posted in Sales & Events with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 29, 2011 by Lowcountry Boil

Photo by Nicole Ward of Nicole Renee Photography

With Spring here and Summer just around the corner, it’s high time to get styled for the season. Inspired by the city where the designs are created, Charleston’s Escapada captures the essence of effortless femininity with easy luxe-for-less pieces perfect for an exotic escape, a relaxed day at the beach or an effervescent night on the town. Recently showcasing a variety of tropical-inspired resort and beachwear in vibrant tones and lush comfortable fabrics, Escapada offers the modern woman a brand filled with naturally chic attire. With a contemporary take on classic silhouettes, the flowing and flattering printed dresses accentuating a woman’s curves and best assets are a great addition to one’s wardrobe. Bold abstract printed tunics, flirty ruffled rompers, elegant off-the-shoulder jumpsuits, and softly draped dresses will take a woman from day to night and from the beach to the city streets allowing her to embrace the versatility of her lifestyle. Whether sipping a refreshing cocktail poolside or sailing along the Caribbean coast, Escapada’s vibrant collection of effortless styles will bring out the globetrotting goddess in any woman. An array of fresh, youthful, and colorful Escapada garments inspired by the culturally rich island lifestyle will accent any exotic global journey. Experience the sensation of Escapada, turning any day into an glamorous getaway.

Photo courtesy of Nicole Ward of Nicole Renee Photography

A brand with a conscience, Escapada is committed to making the world a better place. Through the donation of a portion of its profits, Escapada supports global charities, which enhance the lives of those in need, educate the minds of children and aid environmental causes. As a premium resort wear brand, Escapada confirms that women of all ages identify with it’s designs and sensibilities and has become an instant success, outperforming its established competitors. Escapada will continue to expand its global lifestyle brand with the launch of an accessories and home accessories collection. The company strives to continually look ahead and explore new and innovative lifestyle improvements to help women discover their inner beauty and serenity.

Escapada, a Charleston, South Carolina based lifestyle brand, was started in 2009 by its Founder and Creative Director, Natalia Castillo, who embraced her own passion for global travel through visionary designs for the modern woman. Recently showcased at Charleston Fashion Week, Escapada exudes a relaxed, yet vibrant aesthetic and is a must-have in beach and resort wear. Escapada is carried in over 550 exclusive boutiques and resorts throughout the country including Cheeca Lodge Resort and Spa, Palmetto Bluff Resort and Spa, and many luxury resorts throughout the US, Caribbean, Mexico and Tahiti.

Escapada can be found locally at:

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Coastal Palms
585 Freshfields Drive
Johns Island, SC 29455

Mount Pleasant:
Mary Mojo Boutique
1405 Ben Sawyer Blvd # 104
Mt Pleasant, SC 29464

Sally Bette’s
74 N Market St.
Charleston, SC 29401

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Mexico, and Tahiti

2nd Sunday on King Street

Posted in Sales & Events with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 6, 2011 by Lowcountry Boil

Rick Reinert's View From 179 King, a 2nd Sunday Painting

2nd Sunday on King Street, one of Charleston’s notable shopping, dining and cultural events, continues April 10th and the Second Sunday of every month on one of the South’s most unique main street. From 1:00 – 5:00 PM King Street will be closed to all vehicular traffic from Queen north to Calhoun as businesses invite everyone to enjoy the best shopping, dining and services the region has to offer, on the sidewalks and in the street. This month, watch for a special demonstration by Eye Level Art, this month’s 2nd Sunday nonprofit, creator of art, music and film events in the Cannonborough-Elliotborough area. Tina Christophillis and other artists will create a large collaborative painting that will be for sale after the event. Peter Kiral and Charleston Virtuosi will provide music, followed by a special group of young musicians from Cario and Laing Middle School in Mt. Pleasant.

More details will be available at, along with downloadable parking vouchers good for two hours of free parking in any City of Charleston parking garage.

Don’t forget Upper King. The street isn’t closed, but many restaurants and businesses are open and there are several parking garages where parking vouchers may be redeemed. Halls Chophouse, O-Ku, Closed for Business, Cupcake, Monza, Juanita Greenberg’s and The Swamp Fox will all be serving food and drinks to 2nd Sunday customers.

Hampden Clothing: One Fierce Boutique

Posted in Sales & Events with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 28, 2011 by Lowcountry Boil

Stacy Smallwood

Written by Alexis Comer:

Located on the bustling retail mecca of King Street, Hampden Clothing is just what your inner fashionista is thirsting for in Charleston. I attended a Charleston Fashion Week kick-off event at Hampden recently and checked out the designs of A.L.C., Helmut Lang, Rag and Bone, and Charleston’s own Marysia Swim while sipping a cocktail with live house music in the background. The store had been set up specifically for this 4-trunk event showcasing cutting edge designers by devoting separate areas of the store to each designer who in turn had their own style and aesthetic.

The store looked amazing and the atmosphere was a preview to the of excitement of Charleston Fashion Week, just six days away. Ayoka Lucas, Style Editor for Charleston Magazine, was on the scene as were a bevy of fashionable ladies, taking in the unique clothes, shoes, and jewelry. The event’s success and flawless execution are a testament to Hampden’s exceptional influence in the Charleston fashion world.

With the vision to create a boutique that offered trendy pieces, emerging designers, and wardrobe staples, founder Stacy Smallwood established Hampden Clothing as the Southeast’s newest destination for personal style. A native of South Carolina, Smallwood has had an interest in the creative arts since her childhood. Following college at Vanderbilt University, Smallwood leapt into the rigorous and well-respected buyers training program at Neiman Marcus in Dallas, Texas. There, she was mentored by some of the best buyers in the business and carefully honed her retailing and customer service skills. Smallwood rose through the ranks as an assistant buyer for designer sportswear and department manager of Ladies Shoes.

Hampden Clothing stocks designer and contemporary clothing from the most emerging, hard to find designers such as Opening Ceremony and Dagmar to the hottest designers of the moment like Alexander Wang, Yigal Azrouel, and more. Hampden Clothing has been regulary mentioned in Elle, Lucky, InStyle, Vogue, and was featured as one of the Top 50 Stores in the Country by Marie Claire Magazine. With two locations and an online website, Hampden Clothing offers customers a unique experience including all of your favorite designers along with impeccable customer service.

Hampden Clothing
314 King Street
Charleston, SC 29401
Ph. 843-724-6373

Time for Charleston Fashion Week

Posted in Sales & Events with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 21, 2011 by Lowcountry Boil

Showcasing emerging designers and regional retailers and models, Charleston Fashion Week® will be held on March 22-26th under the tents in Marion Square in Charleston, SC. This five night celebration will feature more than 30 runway shows, the Emerging Designer Competition: East, the Spring Bridal Show, and the Rock the Runway Model Competition. Named a Top 20 Event for March by the Southeast Tourism Society and accredited with launching the careers of numerous up-and-coming fashion designers, this true multimedia event presents high-end runway shows, interactive entertainment, chic after-parties, and press events. Charitable partners for 2011 include Center For Women and Lowcountry AIDS Services.

Photo provided by Charleston Fashion Week

Tuesday, March 22 – Friday, March 25 Style Lounge and Pre-Party 6PM, Runway Doors Open at 7PM, Runway Shows Begin at 7:30PM

Emerging Designers:

Tuesday: Marie Cordella, Van Hoang, Veritee Hill, Sarah Parrott

Wednesday: Stephanie Mejia, Mary Labberton, Anjelika Krishna, Cody Sai Adler- McAllister

Thursday: Eleanor Morgan Hoffman, Julie Wheat, Sasha Gil, Michael Wiernicki

Friday: La’Daska Powell, Thea Canlas, Isabel Crosby, Charlotte Hess

Featured Designer:

Tuesday: Barbara Beach, Jamie Lin Snider

Wednesday: Troubadour

Thursday: Hunter Dixon

Friday: April Johnston

Saturday, March 26 – Spring Bridal Show Presented by Gathering – floral + event design Doors Open at 10:30AM, Runway Shows Begin at 11:30AM, Complimentary Champagne Reception 10:30 – 11:30AM SIP Champagne Cocktails, SHOP the Bridal Accessory Lounge & SAMPLE sweet and savory treats

Featured Designer: Heidi Elnora

Photo provided by Charleston Fashion Week

Saturday, March 26 – Fashion Finale Style Lounge and Pre-Party 7PM, Runway Doors Open at 8PM 2011 Emerging Designers Finalist Collections, Rock The Runway Model Competition, Rock The Runway Model Comp Winner Announced and People’s Choice and Grand Prize winner announced Fashion Finale

Featured Designers: David Yoo & Larika Page 10:35pm All EDs On Stage and Winner Announced

Ticket pricing is below and can be purchased by clicking here.

-Runway Shows (Tuesday – Thursday): $45 daily GA; $75 daily VIP (Cash Bar)
-Runway Show (Friday): $55 GA; $85 VIP (Cash Bar)
-Spring Bridal Show (Saturday): $45 GA; $60
-VIP includes a complimentary champagne reception and Big Day bites (Cash Bar) Fashion Finale featuring the Emerging Designer Finalists plus Rock the Runway Model Competition: $55 GA; $95 VIP (Cash Bar)
-Weekly Pass Non-Reserved: $210, includes Tuesday – Friday shows & Fashion Finale VIP Weekly Pass: $325, includes Tuesday – Friday shows & Fashion Finale with a guaranteed reserved seat plus one free drink nightly

Charleston Fashion Week Official After Parties:
-Tues, March 22nd @ Torch Velvet Lounge & Social Restaurant & Wine Bar
-Wed, March 23rd @ NV Dance Lounge, Catch Two2 Secret Party with Mychael Knight
-Thurs, March 24th @ Music Farm & O-Ku
-Fri, March 25th @ Tivoli & Halls Chophouse
-Sat, March 26th @ “LUXE” The Official Charleston Fashion Week Finale Party

Photo provided by Heirloom Creative Photography for Charleston Fashion Week

Presenting sponsor of Charleston Fashion Week® 2011 is the Art Institute of Charleston. Other sponsors include Aloft Hotel, American Airlines, Baker Motor Company, Embassy Suites Historic, The Shops at Charleston Place Hotel, Francis Marion Hotel, gathering – floral + event design, Gentleman Jack, Grey Goose, Jaguar West Ashley of Baker Motor Company, Korbel, Little Black Dress, PDA Video, REEDS Jewelers, Snyder Event Rentals and Technical Event Company. Charleston Weddings Spring Bridal Show is presented by gathering – floral + event design. Other notable sponsors include The Knot, Charleston Harbor Resort & Marina, Grey Goose, Korbel, Snyder Bar and Technical Event Company.

For additional information about the event, schedules or to purchase schedules, visit


2010 SPO NSORS PRESE NTI NG sponsor: The Art Institute of Charleston bridal couture pRESE NTI NG sponsor: gathering—floral + event design Aloft Hotel Atlanta Apparel at AmericasMart Baker Motor Company Blue Door Photography Carolina First Bank Charleston Area Convention & Visitor Bureau Charleston Symphony Orchestra Cru Catering Embassy Suites Historic F22 Internet Solutions Francis Marion Hotel Freshfields Village Gentleman Jack Grand Ideas Grey Goose ICEBOX Innovative Beverage Services Jan-Pro Cleaning Services Korbel Little Black Dress Wines My TV Charleston Nature’s Calling, Inc. Newton Farms Catering Porsche Production Design Associates Smartwater Snyder Event Rentals Stella Nova Technical Event Company

2 Little Chicks Offers Big Style for Little Peeps & Moms

Posted in Sales & Events with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 11, 2010 by Lowcountry Boil

2 Little Chicks, is an online boutique with fun, colorful clothes and unique gifts for ages 1-12.

2 Little Chicks has recently added a mom section with fun tees and a few other fabulous items. Their new line of dang tees have been a huge hit with moms. Since they are super soft and very stylish, moms can pair them with jeans or shorts and be ready in a few minutes. Dang social, dang fleurty and dang cowgirl are some of the best sellers.

Whether you need a birthday gift, a baby gift, or just a little something for yourself, is the place to go. Some of the customer favorites are bear mats for babies, super hero capes and Mogo bracelets.

Be sure and check out 2 Little Chicks! To receive 15% off your order at, enter AMA15 at checkout. Offer expires 9/15/10.

A City Girl’s Crash Course to Spring Fashion in the South

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 19, 2010 by Lowcountry Boil

Written by Allison Ealey for Ask Miss A. Reprinted with permission.

If there’s anything I’m in need of, it’s fashion advice. I’ll be the first to admit that I barely know how to dress myself, and it’s taken many years, bold friends, and countless fashion magazines to bring me somewhere near the vicinity of the fashion pulse. It’s no surprise to most that after being a self-proclaimed “City Girl” my whole life, I feel comfortable in all black, year round, and feel the sexiest in a perfect-fitting power suit (skirt and heels, no pants for me!). Even with my mother, who wears denim so much that we began to wonder if she moonlights as a lumberjack, I dislike wearing pants of any sort, and end up finding the one outfit that works, sticking to it as much as possible.

There are often jokes that DC is where fashion goes to die, but for me, it helped it come alive. After finally learning how to dress myself (and my body shape) while in London, the shift to DC complimented that by teaching me how to dress as an adult, and a working adult at that. With suits, button-ups, or dresses and pumps during the week, the weekends offered similar fashion options in terms of dress code. No one checked diligently for shoe choices at the door of night clubs like in London, but taking cabs everywhere permitted either dressy sandals or a killer heel on a Saturday night out. No sooner did I become used to dressing in DC did I move to the South, where dressing couldn’t feel more different if I moved into a Dr. Seuss novel. The Southern perception of Belles in pearls is still very much alive, and warmer weather calls for color, something I was scared of, to say the least.

So, in order to give my new life in Charleston (and my Southern husband-to-be a reason to stop telling me that I dress like the  “Angel of Doom”), I sought expert help, from the lovely Miss Jenny Nelson, of Love Me Again clothing. Perhaps ambitious of me to attempt to understand Southern and vintage fashions at the same time, I was quick to learn that Jenny was the perfect fashion expert for me to consult.

A native of South Carolina and the Charleston area, Jenny lived in Chicago until 4 ½ years ago, where she owned a vintage boutique. Always having an affinity for her home state, Jenny moved back, and last summer, began Love Me Again clothing, a mobile clothing boutique in a fabulous pink ice cream truck. However, on February 26th, Jenny opened up a permanent shop in downtown Charleston, encouraging all Charlestonians to “Recycle Your Style”. It was this shop at the corner of Coming and Morris that I visited, to get my crash course in Southern dress from Jenny herself, and vintage jewelry expert, Miss Hollie Wood.

Upon arriving in the newly-opened space, the hot pink paint, retro furniture, and collection of vintage jewelry adorned the walls, and warm smiles and friendly faces greeted me at the door. Jenny and Hollie were sweet, down-to-earth, and seemed to forgive my “straight-from-work and doused-in-rain” appearance. While some fashionistas intimidate, Jenny and Hollie couldn’t have been nicer. They looked stylish, effortless, and possessed the wherewithal to don outfits I could never dream of, no less pull off.  They immediately welcomed me in, and eagerly answered my questions.

My first question “So, if you were to give me a ‘Charleston makeover’, where would you start? No surprise to me, color was their first suggestion. “Add color to your wardrobe; get some sundresses and a good pair of gladiator sandals. Pair them with vintage jewels and a good pair of sunglasses”. It seemed easy enough. And for someone that walks the delicate line between function and fashion, sandals and sundresses sound like a girl’s dream. Next, I had to ask about my signature color… “Can I wear black year-round in Charleston, like I could in the ‘big city’?” Instead of enforcing

Southern fashion law, Jenny explained that as time went on, I would find myself moving more naturally from black. “It’s always in fashion to wear something you’re comfortable in, but Charleston is more carefree and more playful, and fashion follows suit. “

One thing that always irked me in DC was male fashion… well, to be more specific “Southern” male fashion. I love, and in fact miss living in a place where suits are so common, Barney Stinson would shed a proud, bromantic tear. It was springtime when I had an issue with the way men in DC dressed. Never having lived in the old South, I had a sick fascination with seersucker, croakies, and boat shoes.  I thought that most of those items should be worn on a dock near a boat, or by Colonel Sanders. Bow ties were something altogether different, which I hoped would fade with Tucker Carlson’s career, but alas. As soon as spring weather hit, so did the seersucker, head to toe, as if the Kentucky Derby were every day.  I didn’t like it, nor understand it, and constantly campaigned against it. (I joke of God’s sense of humor, now that I am marrying a bow-tie clad, seersucker enthusiast who is never far from his boat shoes and fish shirts, but that’s a whole other post in itself). So, I had to ask the expert “What are your opinions on Charleston men’s fashion?” Jenny pointed out some of the great sides of Charleston fashion, ones that hadn’t even crossed my mind. She highly approved of the “Shabby Surfer” look, of men dressing like individuals, not necessarily dressing to impress, but to make basic pieces look good. (Though she had to admit, Croakies weren’t quite her favorite men’s accessory). I also asked about the dreaded Seersucker, to which she responded: “One classic piece of crisp, clean seersucker can look great on a guy, especially when the rest of his style indicates that he may not necessarily wear it all the time”(Hear that, SPC?). I pictured a seersucker jacket with a well-fitting pair of jeans, or with a clean button-down shirt, but not the head-to-toe getup that’s so common on Capitol Hill. Another tip for DC men that’s worth note, when I asked Jenny which Charleston fashion trend she would dump, she responded with “Critter pants and monograms”.  Monograms are somewhat of a great Southern mystery that I’ll investigate some other time, but I think that critter pants rather explain themselves. I can’t take a man seriously when he wears a clown suit, nor can I when he wears critter pants.

Men’s fashion pointers aside, I still felt lost in a sea of Southern fashion, so I simply asked “Any other tips for a Charleston rookie?” “Ditch the heels!” she responded. With cobblestone streets and unpredictable rainstorms, practical shoes are a must. Also, “Don’t let the old Southern mentality dictate your dress”. While attending Southern spring weddings, light colors with pearls were my go-to, but it was refreshing to know that I could attempt to be Southern, while still being me. Finally, she said “Pieces are versatile here, especially from season-to-season. You may have a cute sweater that you wear in the winter time that you can throw over a swimsuit and wear to the beach in the summer time”.

If there’s anything a city-girl can appreciate, its comfort and versatility. I was beginning to appreciate Charleston more and more each day. Now that the weather has warmed up, I’ve purchased some white sundresses, and look forward to pairing them with my gladiator sandals, and black platform heels (you can take a girl out of the city, right?). I’ve been energized by all that Jenny and Hollie had to say, and after bonding over fashion that turned to what felt like conversation among friends. I feel good knowing that even if I do adapt some Southern fashion habits, I can always take my city trends to Love Me Again clothing, and give them life all over again.

Free Parking Downtown

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , on December 15, 2009 by Lowcountry Boil

King Street Shop Walk

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 17, 2009 by Lowcountry Boil


Mackenzie Image Consulting invites you to attend the King Street Shop Walk! In support of the Center for Women. As a King Street Shop Walk pass holder, your night begins at V2V – 295 King St – at 5:00 p.m. for registration and an opening reception. Indulge in complimentary wine, signature drinks and appetizers by Cupcake. Following the kick-off soiree, use your Shop Walk map to guide you through the more than 25 participating retailers and local designers who are all offering you exclusive discounts and special perks. End the night at Fish, the official after party location, for live music and specialty drinks.

Visit for ticket information and participating retailers!

Shop Walk passes are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. A portion of pass sales goes directly to the Center for Women.

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