Getting Styly at CFW

Nice. SO Nice. The people, the designers, the fashions, the jewelry. SO NICE. Not surprising, since I’d found myself smack in a southern style love fest at the Charleston Fashion Week. CFW’s Style Lounge, one of the tents in the middle of Marion Square Park in the center of downtown Charleston, was a fever pitch of fashion before, during and after Tuesday night’s Emerging Designer Competition: East runway shows.

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I mean, beautiful downtown Charleston, fashion, style and JEWELRY. Be still my beating heart. So, can we talk here? Combined with the fact that you can BUY while you’re covering the event? This is right up my alley.

One of my fave new girl crushes whom I met last night is Carley Ochs, designer and creator of Bourbon and Boweties bangles, Carley’s background is in bow ties, so she embraced the olde English Southern spelling and, as it’s a Tampa-based, southern company with goods completely made by hand the old-school way, it fits. Arm party on with stacks of her beautiful wire-wrapped semi-precious stone bracelets – at least one of which I will be wearing home after tonight’s shows. (You too can find her at www.bourbonandboweties.com.) Can we say charge?! Thank you, American Express!

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Another new love of my fashion life: Ash Hoffman, who is a jeweler’s jeweler. She started out repurposing heirloom delectables for commissioned projects and has never looked back, segueing into life as a Certified Master Jeweler in 2010. She works in fine metals and natural stones from her private atelier in Myrtle Beach, SC. Check out her delicate and spiritually-influenced work, www.ashhoffmanjewelry.com.

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