Entries in charleston (2)

Wednesday
Aug122015

croghan's jewel box 

Last week, I visited Charleston for the first time. The city is as beautiful and charming as everyone says it is. Palm trees lining the streets, balmy weather, stunning architecture befitting a modern day Scarlett O’Hara... I hope to go again next year.

The city’s stately homes and overall essence aside, one of my favorite things about Charleston is Croghan’s Jewel Box. It’s a little slip of a jewelry store packed to the brim with baubles and gems both old and new, including lines such as Elizabeth and James and Temple St. Clair. At the back of the store, there is a wooden case loaded with the best antique jewelry I’ve ever seen. You'll just have to take my word for it. Croghan’s also has a lovely private label (these earrings, designed and fabricated at the store, are at the top of my wish list).

The photos above have been scanned in from the store's press booklet, styled and produced by Gray and Co. I'm particularly fond of these images as I collect gold antique bangles. My inner Veruca Salt wants everything!

Tuesday
Oct072014

scatter my ashes at charleston

I've been scheming a visit to Charleston, the East Sussex farm house of Duncan Grant and Vanessa Bell, for years. In stark contrast to the minimlist aesthetic favored by all the cool kids, I love stuff. Lots and lots of stuff. My favorite homes are little jewel boxes that are liberally trinket-ed and personalized down to the baseboards. Fittingly, I consider Charleston my design mecca. And a photo shoot at Charleston? Brilliant!

I appreciate that the styling in this Harper Bazaar's UK November editorial complements Charleston's essence. I'm also mad about those pretty brown lug-soled shoes. They remind me of my friend Margaret's awesome Doc Martens that I've been jealous of for months :) If I weren't so poor right now, I'd probably buy these in the Cherry color. Maybe If I'm extra good this week karma will smile upon me and I'll find a pair at the thrift store...