What to Wear to a Summer Wedding

Craig and I have just returned from a dear friend's wedding just outside of Boston in the beautiful town of Marblehead, MA. I helped the bride choose her gorgeous Monique Lhuillier gown from the incredible Glamour Closet in Los Angeles where you can purchase designer gowns at sample sale prices. 

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It was a magical weekend filled with so much love, joy, and of course lots of dancing. From the setting of ocean waves breaking against the cliffs to the details of the day and the surprise musical performances by multiple people in the wedding party, it was a night to be remembered for a very long time - one that allowed me to reminisce my own wedding as we approach our 5 year wedding anniversary. 

There are all kinds of different settings for weddings. What last weekend did is it made me think about the fashion of weddings and what to wear at each kind. My own wedding was on a plantation outside of Charleston, which would fall most along the lines of a country wedding, whereas my friend's Marblehead wedding was more of a beach wedding with a little bit of country thrown in. I chose to wear a long bright blue maxi dress with a cinched waist and my blue Dior platform pumps, which as you can see, allowed me to dance the night away:) 

Take a look below at a few examples. 

BEACH WEDDING:

CITY WEDDING:

COUNTRY WEDDING:

BLACK TIE WEDDING:

Charleston Shopping Favorites

AHHH Charleston. I love living here! Beaches, beautiful homes and people, and of course, King Street. I always joke to my parents that I chose my college with proximity to shopping (College of Charleston). But as most know, King Street then is not what it is today! Today, there are so many amazing places to shop! Hampden, James, Calypso, Berlins (a classic), Billy Reid, Rapport, RTW, the list goes on. For the kiddos, there is Sugar Snap Pea in their new location across from The Charleston Place. And of course you have to make the tiny trip to 1600 Meeting, where the creatives of Novel--Liza Cleveland of Bon Vivant Stationary, Lauren Lail of Library Vintage, and Way Way Allen's art--can all be found and bought!

HAMPDEN CLOTHING: 314 King St. hampdenclothing.com

One of the top boutiques in the country as recognized by Vogue and Elle with the sweetest owner! This is where The Well Coiffed Closet Charleston had our opening party! Shop Designers like Carven, Kenzo, Clover Canyone, Peter Pilotto, Alexander Wang, 3.1 Philip Lim

 

JAMES: 314 King St. hampdenclothing.com

Hampden's sister shoe and accessory store next door--Shop designers like Rupert Sanderson, Loeffler Randall, Rag & Bone.


BERLINS: 114 King St. berlinswomenclothing.com

Family owned for four generations since 1883, they have long carried the Charleston look along with on-trend designers. This is a wonderful place for evening wear, too!  Shop designers like Marchesa, Badgley Mischka, Monique Lhuillier, as well as Equipment and CCH Collection. 

 

BOB ELLIS: 332 King St. bobellisshoes.com

A Charleston Landmark for over 60 years for men and women's shoes and handbags. You may have heard of their sister store in New York-Jeffreys! Charlotte Olympia, Nicholas Kirkwood, Gucci, Prada, Louboutin, Giuseppe Zanotti.


CROGHANS JEWEL BOX: 318 King St. croghansjewelbox.com.

The oldest jewelry store in Charleston, this 4th generation family-owned boutique is truly a treasure trove of antique and estate finds, incredible diamonds and jewels, and unique Charleston gifts.


RTW: 186 King St. rtwcharleston.com.

Dressing women in Charleston for 35 years, RTW calls together collections from Italy, France, England, and the US to present a style that is forward yet comfortable. Shop designers like Brunello Cucinelli, Erdem, Lanvin, Dries van Noten. 

 

Rapport: 235 King St. rapportcharleston.com

Rapport, as it's name suggests, is know for the trusted relationships they forge with their clients, as well as the harmonious relationship they aspire to achieve between a women and her wardrobe. Shop designers like Akris Punto, Eric Javitz, Armani Collezioni.

The Perfect Beach Day

With summer in full swing, we all want to have a great day at the beach. Now that I live in LA, I am definitely frequenting the beach more often, which is such a treat. I have included some of my favorite tools to protect you from the sun, yet still make you stylish and create the perfect day. Don't forget to include your favorite magazine or a great beach read and some yummy eats to top it all off!  Click through the images below to shop our favorites and to also get inspired to make your day at the beach the best it can be!

4th of July Celebration

I can't believe it's already time to bring out the red, white, and blue! If you are entertaining for the 4th, I'm here to give you some tips on dressing your table and yourself for the 4th of July so that you are the chicest hostess of them all. 

For the style of the day, mix it up by wearing one of the 3 colors as your main accent and accessorizing with the rest or mix all of the colors in separates but in a more interesting and sophisticated way. 

1. Try a white dress with red jewelry and blue shoes

3. OR try a red skirtnavy top and white hat

As for dressing your table stylishly, I love doing a more sophisticated atypical red, white and blue theme. Your guests will appreciate how different it is and the time and care you took to make it a special day.   For the perfect throw on your table check out this beautiful Handloomed throw in red and off-white found on lesindiennesshop.com.  For napkins, check out the baby-blue diamond napkins from Heathertaylorhome.com.

For the cooking part of the day, I enlisted the help of my new friend, Elana Horwich, of Meal and a Spiel, here in LA. She offered up some yummy recipes and a few helpful tips and some stylish tools to make your BBQ functional yet super classy. *P.S. I'm obsessed with the Mason Jar Dispenser :) I want one immediately. 

Elana's Tips for the perfect BBQ:

1. LOTS of ice

2. Good looking plastic cups because things tend to break at BBQ's like Go Vino cups

3. Offer health conscious menu options.  No one needs a cheeseburger and sugar-laden baked beans so balance out the BBQ meat with fresh healthy and tasty salads or grilled vegetables in olive oil.

4. Go green and make your life easier with bamboo disposable plates like these from leafware

5. Put a little personality into your BBQ with a few small flower arrangements in mason jars.

6. Try one of these fool-proof recipes to really make your BBQ the best it can be!

Summer Fruit White Wine Sangria

Elana’s Secret Marinade Chicken Skewers

Guiltless Cobbler

Elana and her cooking classes are fabulous.  For LA folks, mention The Well Coiffed Closet for a 15% discount at Meal and a Spiel

Bathing Suits for Every Body Type

Summer is officially here and we all know what that means - it's bathing suit time.  However, before you go racing to the gym, stressing over how you're going to look on the beach, fear not as I am here to help you find the perfect swimwear suited for your shape and body type which will make you feel confident from the inside out.   

1. Mara Hoffman Ananda Printed Bandeau Bikini                                       2. Kamali Kulture One Shoulder Mio One-Piece

1. Mara Hoffman Ananda Printed Bandeau Bikini                                       2. Kamali Kulture One Shoulder Mio One-Piece

              1. Norma Kamali Johnny Bikini                                              2. Karla Colletto Colorblock Underwire One-Piece

              1. Norma Kamali Johnny Bikini                                              2. Karla Colletto Colorblock Underwire One-Piece

     1. J.Crew Roz Floral-Print Bandeau Bikini                                                   2. Miraclesuit 'Escape' Colorblock Swimsuit

     1. J.Crew Roz Floral-Print Bandeau Bikini                                                   2. Miraclesuit 'Escape' Colorblock Swimsuit

1. Juice Couture Ruffle Bandeau Maillot Swimsuit                                                      2. Marysia Grand Bikini

1. Juice Couture Ruffle Bandeau Maillot Swimsuit                                                      2. Marysia Grand Bikini

       1. Vix Carioca Printed Triangle Bikini                                                                   2. Suboo Mesh Halter One-Piece

       1. Vix Carioca Printed Triangle Bikini                                                                   2. Suboo Mesh Halter One-Piece

  1. L*Space The Ruched One Piece                                                                2. Athena Worth Avenue Bandeau One Piece

  1. L*Space The Ruched One Piece                                                                2. Athena Worth Avenue Bandeau One Piece

Father's Day

With Father's Day only a few days away, we wanted to give you some of our favorite gift ideas for the occasion. 

1. For the exercise fanatic, get him the Fit Bit.  It's a hot accessory.  

2. For bow tie lovers, give the gift of a Brackish Brand feather bow tie - so unique. 

3. For the music man, surprise him with the best of the best to rock out with - the new Beats Studio Wireless Bluetooth Headphones

4. For the laid back, beach goer, how about a new pair of super cool sneaks

5. For the all-around great Dad - a book of inspiration

 

Also, Elizabeth offered her amazing gift ideas on a weekend segment last Sunday for Charleston's Live 5 News! Nice work Liz! 

Check out her appearance here: 

A very Happy Father's Day to all of you Dads out there!!! 

From our closets to yours, 

Megan, Elizabeth, and Kimberly

LA Favorites (Part 2)

In Part two of my favorite LA Boutiques, this time we're focused on the East side of things.  So once again, scroll on through these six chosen stores and make sure the next time you're in the area to pop on in and check them out yourself!

1. CREATURES OF COMFORT  

For a slightly more downtown hipster vibe, check out Creatures of Comfort with a nice selection of middle to high end brands like Rachel Comey, MM6, and Band of Outsiders. 

 

2. DECADES 

As seen on TV, Decades will never disappoint with their fabulous selection of high-end consignment pieces and vintage finds. 

Decades - melrose for vintage and the best consignment

Decades - melrose for vintage and the best consignment

 

3. FRED SEGAL 

 Fred Segal is always a good choice for a one-stop shop - Department store meets a selection of unique boutiques, my faves are Ron Herman for a well-edited selection of everyday wear and Gregory's for shoes. 

on melrose - Specifically Ron Herman and Gregory's

on melrose - Specifically Ron Herman and Gregory's

 

4. JUST ONE EYE

Walking in this store is like walking in a museum. It's not just a shopping day, it's an experience. From designer brands you've never heard of but need to know about to fabulous everyday staples to exquisite vintage jewelry, this is a must see. 

 

5. TEN OVER SIX 

From children's gifts to housewares and clothing, Ten Over Six is such a find with an incredibly unique array of pieces. 

 

6. TRAFFIC 

I'm not in love with The Beverly Center, but this store might be the saving grace. It has a great selection of brands like my new obsession Raquel Allegra, as well as, Isabel Marant, Giada Forte, Enza Costa, and Inhabit. 

(women) inside Beverly Center 

(women) inside Beverly Center 



LA Favorites (Part 1)

Having recently moved back to Los Angeles from New York City, I've loved going on the hunt for some new favorite boutiques and forming relationships with the fabulous and creative owners of these well-edited stores.  So without further or due, from Montecito to Venice, and everywhere in between, here are my picks for the top LA boutiques starting with the West side (check back on Thursday for our East side favorites!)

Happy Shopping ladies! 

 

1. HEIST

From fabulous everyday to statement pieces, Heist has it all in one relaxed and cool location.

HEIST - Located in Venice, California

HEIST - Located in Venice, California

 

2. JILL ROBERTS

 Jill Roberts is the perfect stop in for great basics - everything from lingerie to perfect tees to denim. 

JILL ROBERTS (multiple locations Bev hills Santa Monica and studio city)

JILL ROBERTS (multiple locations Bev hills Santa Monica and studio city)

 

3. RUTI

If you want a taste of Tel Aviv, check out Ruti. I'm obsessed with their flowy tops and beautiful maxi dresses - in particular the designers Maya Negril and Stella and Lori.

RUTI - Venice, California

RUTI - Venice, California

 

4. SATINE 

From Hudson jeans to Sachin + Babi - a brand that is intriguing me right now - Satine has a very interesting selection of pieces. 

 

5. SAVANNAH  

With Lanvin, The Row, and Dries van Noten, Savannah has all of your dreamy, sophisticated designers for shoes, handbags, and clothing all in one place. 





Tibi x Hampden Clothing Event

Getting to Charleston from New York last Wednesday was quite an adventure - especially as New York was having a horrible rain storm - so after a very delayed flight, I finally arrived at 1AM. Tired or not, I was determined to make it to the Charleston Library Society for the Tibi Pre-Fall fashion show the next night. Women came from near and far and dressed to impress in their most fashionable garb. As VIPs, Elizabeth and I got to first mingle with the other VIPs amongst the beautiful old racks of books downstairs in a private room. This was where we were fortunate enough to meet Amy Smilovic, the fabulous founder of Tibi, and speak to her about The Well Coiffed Closet and what our mission is and how her collection is the perfect fit for our roster of clients. She could not have been a kinder and more down-to-earth person. 

Tibi Designer Amy Smilovic and Hampden Clothing owner Stacy Smallwood backstage in the VIP room

Tibi Designer Amy Smilovic and Hampden Clothing owner Stacy Smallwood backstage in the VIP room

With the Southern C Summit in full effect in Charleston at the same time, there were many Southern influencers in town. It was downstairs where I ran into MK Quinlan of Garden and Gun Magazine, Haskell Harris of Magpie, Caitlin Moran of Glitter Guide, and the fabulous Jane Aldridge of Sea of Shoes. After chatting for an hour, we were all told that the show was about to begin and it was time to find our seats. I have to admit I was excited to see my name on a seat at a fashion show.  The conversations continued even after the show ended when I got to meet three more fabulous Southern ladies, Morgan Hutchinson of Shop Buru, Jamie Meares of Furbish Studio and I Suwanee, Jessica Foley Morse of Bare Beauty, and Katie Armour of Matchbook Magazine.

Snapshots from the front row!

Snapshots from the front row!

As expected, the show was both completely fabulous and inspirational. It made me very excited for Fall as I watched that dreamy pink jacket come down the runway, as well as the color block silk pants and a green plaid top. Those were definitely some of my favorites I was envisioning for my clients closets. To my surprise (and new obsession) are the Tibi shoes. The models walked down in chunky booties and heels as well as to die for oxford flats and a platform sandal that made me swoon.

Some of the stunning looks from Tibi's Pre-Fall 2014 collection

Some of the stunning looks from Tibi's Pre-Fall 2014 collection

After the show, they cleared out the benches and transformed the space into a shopping haven of Tibi everywhere, as DJ John Zahl spun through the night. Women were eagerly grabbing to try on so they could either pre-order fall or buy the spring collection (that's currently available). You could even buy the Hampden and Tibi Converse and Vans sneaker collaboration and get them monogrammed right then and there - pretty cool! 

Some of the amazingly chic designs featured in the Tibi x Converse collaboration

Some of the amazingly chic designs featured in the Tibi x Converse collaboration

Stacy Smallwood of Hampden Clothing deserves a huge round of applause for the night, as well as for how she has transformed Charleston into a fashion mecca. All in all, it was an incredible night - with a fun takeaway gift bag to boot! 

Click through the gallery below for some gorgeous photos from the event including the fabulous ladies I had the opportunity to chat with from some of my favorites blogs like Magpie, Sea of Shoes, Glitter Guide, Shop Buru, Matchbook, Bare Beauty and I Suwanee!