Exploration Post: Charleston, SC + our stay at Luxury Hotel Suites @ 493 King

Charleston will forever be one of my FAVORITE cities to explore. From the fine dining to the random celebrity run-ins, it’s my own little heaven.

We stayed at Luxury Hotel Suites @ 493 King. The hotel was RIGHT OFF KING STREET. So as soon as we walked out we were immediately immersed in the city. The suites collectively sleep 52 people in eight luxury condominium suites. All eight suites are professionally decorated and designed, have two bedrooms, two bathrooms, a living area, and include a full kitchen and laundry room with top of the line appliances and luxury finishes.

“Guests will feel the warmth of southern hospitality met with an extravagant space as soon as they check in.”

Huge thank you to Eli’s Table on 129 Meeting St for treating us to a four course meal! We also got to try their FAMOUS shrimp + grits rated #1 by Huffington Post. Make your reservation now because this is THE place to be. (sample pictures below.)

The next day, our next sweet treats were donuts at Glazed Gourmet on 481 King Street. 

It’s real! The ingredients are natural. Their glaze, fillings and pastries are homemade (or grown in a herb garden). The dough is also made in-house. They don’t use any frozen or pre-made dough. There are no preservatives, or any other random additives. No food coloring and no artificial flavorings!

A LITTLE BIT ABOUT CHARLESTON: Travel + Leisure Magazine names Charleston | SC “Best City in the U.S.” and #2 “Best City in the World!”. Charleston-North Charleston ranks 4th on Forbes “Best mid-size U.S. metro for Jobs in 2017” with a 3.2% job growth rate last year and 17.6% since 2011. According to data from The Brookings Institution, Charleston is one of only four of the nation’s 100 largest metro areas achieving inclusive economic growth (including metro growth, prosperity, and inclusion) that benefits a majority of workers of all races and ethnicities. Charleston ranks #4 Most Fun Places to Live in the U.S. by U.S. News & World Report.

GUEST POST: A Fashionista’s Travel Guide to France


France is the land of numerous natural beauties, charming canals and mesmerising vineyards, but it’s also the country of high-end fashion and elevated style. With its boutique hotels, luxurious stores and fashion shows, France is a true haven for even the most avid of fashionistas.

The Glamour of Cannes
Cannes is the city that will leave any fashionista breathless with its posh vibe, out-of-this-world location and all the popular attractions. Located on the French Riviera, Cannes will delight you with its azure sea, and if you want to experience it in style, then cruising on a luxurious yacht like a real movie star is a must.
To explore the fashion side of this glamorous city, you should head to Rue d’Antibes, Cannes’ famous shopping street where you can have all the shopping you can take. Since this street doesn’t lack popularity or style, get ready to lighten your wallet. However, if you happen to visit Cannes at the end of June, you’ll be in for a treat because this is when all the fancy stores place the sale signs in their windows. If you ever get tired of shopping, stop by the Jean Luc Pele for delicious macaroons. When it comes to accommodation, at the OKKO hotel, you can enjoy the stylish atmosphere of minimalism, while at the boutique Five Seas Hotel, you’ll be inspired by the artistic design.


The High-End Principality of Monaco
While visiting the dreamy Cote d’Azur, you shouldn’t miss the opportunity to explore the high-end streets of Monaco. Although Monaco is a sovereign city-state, it certainly has that recognisably stylish French vibe. Even popular models, including Kendall Jenner, Hadid sisters and Hailey Baldwin, have recognised Monaco as a fashionistas’ gem. Despite its small size, Monaco is rich in luxury, glamour and refined taste. Make sure to visit Monte Carlo, Monaco’s largest quartier, where you can stroll down the Carré D’Or and indulge yourself in posh boutiques. At the Fontvieille Shopping Centre, you can find trendy French designs at affordable prices. The mall overlooks the harbour, so when you need a break from shopping, you can dine with an amazing view. In the evening, savour a superb meal at the Horizon, a popular restaurant with one of the most beautiful rooftops in the area. Not only will you have an opportunity to have a taste of delicious Mediterranean specialties, but you’ll also be able to see France, Italy and Monaco from your own table.


Paris, the City of Romance and Fashion
Your classy fashionista experience wouldn’t be complete without a trip to the fashion capital, the romantic city of Paris. The unique and elevated Parisian style, vibrant streets dotted with posh boutiques and classy restaurants with seductive aromas of freshly baked croissants are every fashionista’s dream. No matter what your style, age, size or budget are, you’re bound to find everything you need in the City of Lights. A stroll along the famous shopping streets of Rue Saint-Honore and Rue Faubourg Saint-Honore will take you to the forever-popular boutiques od Hermes, Balenciaga and Chanel. The boutique Hotel du Ministere is located nearby, which makes it a perfect accommodation option if you want to have the city’s hot spots within reach.
The finest of the finest is located at the Golden triangle of Champ Elysees, Avenue George V and Avenue Montaigne where divine fashion temples await you, including Dolce & Gabbana, Pucci, Louis Vuitton, Gucci and Dior. There are even numerous offers for authentic Paris city tours that will charm any fashionista, such as the “Covered Passages, Secret Shopping” tour that will take you to the hidden Les Passages Couverts, an area of elegant architecture, stylish boutiques and exquisite wine, which might have passed unnoticed otherwise.


French high-end fashion, luxurious hotels and restaurants, and vibrant shopping streets are a true posh haven for fashionistas all over the world. So, pack your bags (lightly) and open up your wallet because you’re about to have the most luxurious experience in your life.

About the Author
Marie Nieves is a student and a blogger who loves unusual trips, gadgets and creative ideas. On her travels she likes to read poetry and prose and to surf the Internet. She is an avid lover of photography interested in fashion and regular author on High Style Life. You can find Marie on Facebook or follow her on Twitter.

PALACE ll: greenville’s underground art show.

Elizabeth Seward. Kayla Frost. Antonio Milan. Drew Stanley. Clair Oliver. Cassia Abbott. Alexander Harrison. Andy Warhol once said, “You have to do stuff that average people don’t understand because, those are the only good things.”

Cassia Abbott’s art has so much passion + feeling. (below) “I started painting in college. I didn’t know what I was doing. I started out doing graphic design and that just wasn’t my thing. I realized that was what I wanted to do. 2004. The aviator series is based on childhood memories which is really important to me.” 

“My sister is a huge subject of my paintings. She’s beautiful and such an inspiration to me. It’s kinda a Madonna aspect + feeling.” When it comes to art she says: “Just do it. The biggest thing that’s helped me is studying it. Going to school. The progress I had made was incredible. I hadn’t had a lot of training before that. Whether it’s education or mentoring, it’s s important. Soaking it in + getting instructions.”

Most of Antonio Milan’s work imitates pain. He covers it beautifully. (below)

“As far as my paintings go, I drew a lot of them after my brother was killed. I drew all of these after my brother was killed to be honest. I kinda started exploring the idea of death, life, and trying to incorporate my feelings from him onto paper. This is from the heart.”

Alexander Harrison’s work was brilliant. (below)

“I take inspiration from many different other artists like Philip Guston. Monet, Picasso, I just take things from other artist and put them together like collages. With this show specifically I worked through different pieces in my life. My favorite piece is my piece about an ex. The symbolism.” You can contact him at alexanderharri077@gmail.com.

Elizabeth Seward is changing the game. Her floral displays show an emotion I’ve never seen before. ( below )

She started about two + a half years ago working under someone in Greenville. “I helped her out with weddings + stuff like that. I just decided to part ways with that. I started my own business in February 2016.” You can check out her shop Philo Floral at the link here.

The mind behind the PALACE? $amson. He originally went to USC Aiken to become a lawyer. Always had a thing for hip hop, so he started writing. Before he knew it he’d spent 3-4 hours just writing. “No one was making anything I liked so I started producing for myself. After that stage I dropped out, moved to Greenville. I was trying to find people to help me out, put on shows and no one wanted to do a single thing. So I started booking my own shows + doing my own set design. PALACE I was supposed to be a promotional for a show that I was doing + everything just worked out so well. That’s where PALACE II came from. After I did the first art show I decided to make like a series.”

WHAT’S NEXT?! $amson has a music festival coming up on May 27th called ‘Camp Hologram’, that he’s actually headlining! There’s 10 hours of music, there’s camping, tubing, clothes, arts and crafts, you have to be there. I’ll leave the link here.

“It came from just doing it all myself. When I had to struggle to make this work it made my talents blossom. Desperation, the need for this brought it out. I didn’t intend to make a wave of it. I like to see different groups of people come together, and like have a good time + just enjoy life + enjoy each other. I really don’t compromise. It’s just my money, it’s just my money in Camp Hologram, its just my hands in this thing. If no one gives you money then they can’t tell you what to do.

 

SHEEN Magazine Legendary Weekend ’17: the Kimmie Awards

Blue Kimble from ‘Being Mary Jane’, ‘The Game’ & ‘Devious Maids’

SHEEN has yet AGAIN, put together another successful legendary weekend. Every year continues to get better while the celebs get bigger and BIGGER! The third annual gala hosted its first Kimmie Awards as a celebratory reception for the founder and publisher, Kimberly Chapman, in which creatives and business-oriented professionals were honored in their perspective fields.

Everyone was absolutely gorgeous. The red carpet was full of high fashion + glam. There was no better location than the wild heart of Atlanta.

The night’s honoree, the TALENTED Vivica Fox.

Marlo Hampton from ‘The Real Housewives of Atlanta’

The Real Housewives of Atlanta star and style expert, Marlo Hampton presented Catherine Brewton, Vice President of Broadcast Music, Inc. with the Music & Arts awards which honors individuals with a background in the music/art industry and have accomplished milestones in their field and have gone on to help the creative community in the process.

Stefan Washington

James and Bernard Bronner were presented the Outstanding Entrepreneurial Achievement award for their work in the hair and beauty industry with their company, Bronner Brothers.

With Woman of the Year honoree, actress Vivica A. Fox taking home the Kimmie Award that is set to annual honor women in the creative or entrepreneurial fields who has accomplished significant milestones and continues to strive for the African-American community and empower leaders.

SHEEN closed out the weekend with an Empowerment Brunch and it was slammed packed with entertainment and heartfelt words from all of the special guests. From Vivica A Fox to Melody Holt, they couldn’t have celebrated the finale of such a great weekend any better. The exclusive gathering was sponsored by none other than Mielle Organics. Publisher, Kimberly Chapman and Editor-in-Chief, Sammi Haynes concluded the event in style as always. There couldn’t have been a better ending to such a legendary weekend!

 

Style Appreciation Post: A$AP Rocky ft. Cara Delevingne

If you only know A$AP Rocky as a rapper, this article is for you.

A$AP’s style has made headlines from the US, to Paris, to Australia. He constantly changes the game when it comes to fashion. This icon has no limits. You guys know the drill, here’s my favorite looks from the man himself 🙂

My favorite thing about A$AP is his sense of class. His suits are tailored by the finest, and worn by the best.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PEEP THAT NAVY SLICK SUIT.

Personally, his street style looks aren’t my favorite but legendary just the same. The flannels and the t-shirts, everything just goes together so smoothly. Let’s just take a minute to appreciate the shoe game here <3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I saved the best for last.

Anything that has to do w/ Cara Delevingne is a must <3 lol, thanks for reading loves! xo, mikayla

“I wrote a poem about it, and then threw it away, because that’s the last thing I need right now: More words dedicated to people who will never dedicate a single thing to me”. -charlotte green

hello poetry [ two ]

love should never hurt,
but here’s how it will hurt you:
when you give your first love your heart,
they’re going to take it in their hands
and drop it.
and you will be feeling the impact of the fall for months on end.
eventually, it will fade from a constant ache
to a pain that flares up like when someone who had broken a bone in the past feels pain when it storms.
and some days, it will feel like a the rain will never stop
but other days,
it won’t necessarily be sunny but overcast and, more importantly, dry.
-today, it’s overcast.
(cc, 2017)

hello poetry [ one ]

“Advice? I don’t have advice. Stop aspiring and start writing. If you’re writing, you’re a writer. Write like you’re a death row inmate and the governor is out of the country and there’s no chance for a pardon. Write like you’re clinging to the edge of a cliff, white knuckles, on your last breath, and you’ve got just one last thing to say, like you’re a bird flying over us and you can see everything, and please, for God’s sake, tell us something that will save us from ourselves. Take a deep breath and tell us your deepest, darkest secret, so we can wipe our brow and know that we’re not alone. Write like you have a message from the king. Or don’t. Who knows, maybe you’re one of the lucky ones who doesn’t have to.” -alan watts

Style Appreciation Post: Emmy Rossum

Not only is Emmy Rossum the cutest human being in the world, Justin Bieber’s neighbor, and the star of Phantom of the Opera: she’s one of the biggest fashionistas in Hollywood.

The thing I love the most about Emmy’s style is that she can go from elegant to street style in 0.283 seconds. Not only is she bouncing from city to city slammed up, she’s 100% comfortable while she’s doing it.

The best part about this outfit is the way Emmy layered her top. If you can’t find the skirt go for the dress!

THIS IS MY ABSOLUTE FAVORITE. She makes modest look so updated. You can never go wrong with a super classy outfit 🙂

 

For all you street style girls, I’ve gathered up a couple of Em’s best street style looks! The looks above are trendy but they can also seem a little basic.

This look is my favorite in her street style lookbook. Stripes are ALWAYS A YES! Emmy looks so simple but again so sophisticated it’s mad genius.

In conclusion, if you didn’t love Emmy Rossum already, I just threw you a million reasons why you should 🙂 (not just because she’s the cutest human being on the entire planet) <3

CLICK HERE FOR A VIDEO OF EMMY TALKING ABOUT LIVING NEXT TO BIEBER ON THE LATE LATE SHOW SHE’S ADORABLE.

thanks for reading loves! xo mikayla

“I try more and more to be myself, caring relatively little whether people approve or disapprove.” -vincent van gogh

GUEST POST by fashion designer ‘Claire Ashley’: 5 Key Factors to Watch Out For When Buying a Suit!

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Going for a job interview or having a dinner tonight? All men have wanted to suit up like Harvey Specter from Suits. Some men like to have unique, versatile suits each suited for a particular event. Some would want to buy that one suit which gets them through all occasions but wait a second! Whether versatile suiting or limited selection, we all know men to be miserable at shopping.

Buying a suit can be extremely tiring, especially for a man who has not done shopping for formal wear before. We have put down 5 key factors that you should watch out before buying a suit:
Know your needs: Before spending your hard earned dollars on buying a suit, know what you are buying a suit for. Keep in mind as to “why am I buying a suit?” Do you have to attend a formal occasion, attend a banquet, go for an interview, or have a date with a loved one? A smart buyer will make a purchase that fits in most situations. It is okay to be excited for an event and shopping for something specific, but know that it’s not worth it every single time. If you had an occasion-specific suit last time, now is the time to buy a suit that mixes and matches for a number of events.

Find the best fit: A comfortable fit should be the most important factor when buying a suit. You would never like to buy a suit that you cannot fit yourself into. Imagine the buttons bursting open at your belly or sleeves folded inside to fit your arm length. Most stores offer alteration facilities, but know that you would not be able to enjoy the same great look after large alterations. Your coat should not be oversized or so undersized that it makes you look like an idiotic senior or a stupid schoolboy.

Style: Go for timeless styles. Consider your body shape and find a best fit. E.g. Slimmer men should go for broad shoulder styles and one vent. Broad men should not opt for more than 2 vents. Flat pockets should be preferred over slanted ones.

Colors and Fabric: Go for versatile colors that can cover most of the occasions for you. Black should be avoided as it is mostly for funerals. Instead opt for colors like navy blue or classic charcoal. These colors can be worn on a number of events, including funerals. For fabrics, you should stick to the usual ones like wool.

Match the accessories: You would obviously wear the suit with a few accessories such as a shirt, tie, cufflinks and belts. You do not need to be very specific here as well. Do not ignore the accessories as you can never complete your look without them. Dark colored shirts look better with light colored suits. Ties should be simple and with solid patterns. The accessories also allow you to be flexible e.g. you can get more than one shirt and tie with your suit and dress up differentially for different days.

Author Bio:

Claire Ashley is a Fashion Designer and Blogger at https://www.menssuithabit.com/ who loves to share her professional views on latest Men’s styling trends. She is a creative dynamite who believes that the world should honor two things limitlessly: Ideas and beauty! 🙂

GUEST POST from Ryan Duffy: Female Fashion Trends Set for Spring 2017!

This Spring we are going to be celebrating individuality and style, so whether your style is quirky, bold or sporty, 2017 style has got you covered! Fashion Week has set the tone for style and this Spring is going to be about everything 80s, so put on your disco colours and have fun with it!

Boyfriend Chic:

Femininity is being redefined in 2017, so expect to see a lot of people overthrowing their tight clothing for the comfy “boyfriend chic” look. This Spring we are going to see a heavy focus on baggy clothing and designers like Antony Murato and are going to be big. The 80s are going to be big this Spring, so pairing big airy tops and bicycle shorts are going to be the way to go! So if you love to steal your boyfriend’s T-Shirts and sweatshirts now you have a great reason to!

Sporty Spice:

Athletic inspired outfits are going to grow in popularity this Spring, after hitting the runway with an “easy elegance” vibe, expect to be swapping your jeans for joggers and gym pants this Spring. Forget about suffering in the name of style! Now wearing sporty clothing is less about getting fit and more about getting in line with the seasons latest comfy trend.

Seaside Stripes:

The runways at fashion week have been filled with brightly coloured “seaside stripes” which have a real British Summertime vibe to them. Think beach umbrellas, brightly coloured deck chairs and ice cream weather. This Spring is going to be all about celebrating your childhood memories at the seaside, so beach colours and seaside stripes are going to be a wardrobe staple.

Shoes:

Following with the sporty comfy vibe that Spring is going to bring, expect to see a lot of trainers and sporty footwear to finish off an everyday look. The best thing about wearing the right kind of trainers is that you can wear them at any time of the day, whether you’re having a casual day out or going out at night, trainers have you covered! There are so many styles, brands and fits that the choice is endless, so get creative with your footwear this spring!

Shake Up Your Makeup:

This Spring we are turning our backs on sweet pastel colours and romantic pinks to make way for a bolder and brighter palette. This Spring our eyeshadow palettes should be filled with deep oranges, purples, blues and greens and our makeup bags should be filled with bold coloured lipsticks and lots of glitter. Fashion Week has set a tone for the future of makeup, and it seems that this Spring is going to be all about the 80s, so expect to see a lot of sparkle, bold colours and big hair!