Nectar 

Hey y’all! I’m generally a fan of things made locally and when I found out a few years ago that there was a local brand of sunglasses, I knew I wanted to find a way to work with them. Nectar sunnies are sold at almost every local boutique, but they’ve also got a national reach. To say that they were born right in the low country seems like an accomplishment for us all. A success story you can get behind and feel a sense of pride for.

I reached out to Nectar for a product sponsorship for Charleston Black Girl Bloggers Brunch and although they couldn’t meet my initial request, they were kind enough to send me a fabulous pair of sunnies. My goal was to get a look and a photographer and really style the house down with them, but circumstances arose. Although I couldn’t go with my initial plan, I decided to take control with my own amateur hands. 


I took a gritty approach and brought Nectar to the concrete jungle. A temperamental neighborhood in the North Central side of Charleston. I would say away from tourists and gentrification, but I literally live in a hood between Revelry Brewing and Lewis Barbecue…so there’s that. 


I’m wearing Fetch–and yes, we’re totes making Fetch happen–and aside from the unique style, the color really stands out. They’re super light weight, the lenses are scratch resistant, and as someone with an astigmatism and eye strain I don’t have to take them off or struggle to see things on the road on an extremely sunny day. You know what I’m talking about!


They have 100% UV protection and are glare resistant. What else could you ask for? Oh wait, there is more–each purchase of a pair of Nectar sunnies goes to repopulating honey bees (I guess that’s cool, even though they’re my natural enemy), there’s full UVA and UVB blockage (woot woot!), and they will replace them for life because they are the coolest motherfunkers on the planet!


I’m not sure what else you need as a reason to head on over to their website to start piling up your carts. Their sunnies are awesome, their cause is awesome, their locale is awesome, they know you’re super rough on sunnies and back them for life–I mean, come on! You must not like quality or compassion or general, all around good peopleness. Just go on and check them out! Tell them I sent you! It might just mean something!


Sunnies: Nectar // Earrings: The Tiny Tassel // Hat: Aviate 

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StyleDwell

Hey y’all! fabuless boutique of the week is back and I’m taking you to StyleDwell!

This is the third boutique of this feature, I’d actually written about StyleDwell before. The Charleston Blog Society held its holiday party there back in December and I really enjoyed the ambiance, but it has definitely grown since then. You can read my first take on it here.

The space seems so much bigger now and the selection more refined. Covering fashion, home, and lifestyle StyleDwell is more fabulous than fabuless; however, there are a few things here that won’t break your budget. There’s honestly a seamless mix of high and low; but you always seem to notice the high before you notice the low.

This coral pineapple tank is $22! Y’all know how much I love pineapples and pinks are my favorite! Cool pieces like these are trendy, but not so much so that they can’t become wardrobe staples. It also comes in gray and I’m a little mad that I didn’t buy it! Cute and affordable and an example of what you can walk out of StyleDwell with without getting your counting-every-penny panties in a bunch.

This place is highly splurge worthy. It’s exactly where you’d go when you’ve paid all your bills and your bank account has transformed itself into Tom Haverford and is not so subtly telling you to ‘treat yo’self.’ So, you go and spend an hour and a half in the store debating if you really really want that dress because the price tag is looking at you like ‘I’m out of your league;’ but you’re not gonna get punked by a price tag because you’re a good person and doggone it, you deserve nice things!

Wait. What? I’ve gotten off topic; but, yeah Girl–YOLO. Shopping YOLO.

Splurge example: they carry 7 for all Mankind jeans–need I say more? Here’s a positive to go with that splurge decision: they do free alterations on designer jeans purchases! WIN!

Anyway, StyleDwell is vintage inspired heaven and honestly, there’s a little something for everyone. And they carry local brands like 3 Little Beads, Nectar, Aviate, Ash Hoffman (out of Myrtle Beach) and they’ve still got a few Charleston Strong tees!

StyleDwell is also big in the swimsuit game. They’re the only boutique I’ve seen (thus far) that even has swimwear, but it makes absolute sense since it’s on the route to the Edge of America aka Folly Beach. Chic and adorable bikinis, cover ups, floppy hats, tanks and shorts are all flanked by a modern southern summer decor.

Have I discussed the decor? I mean, this summer section is just the tip of the iceberg. It’s open and flows extremely well. It’s inviting and decorated (or marketed–see what I did there?) so well that you’re drawn right in to the hottest pieces. Ever wonder how people could spend so much time shopping in one store? With StyleDwell, it’s no wonder. It feels like home.

Bright, spacious, moderate, tasteful, on trend, and homey. You can order online, but you’d rather visit the store. If you’re a stylish mom with an equally stylish daughter or if you have a stylish mom, y’all come out on top here. I encountered a woman who came in to shop for her daughter and ended up finding things for herself. Remember when that kind of thing only happened at department stores?

I find it hard to walk in and not find at least one thing you like and even harder to narrow it down to one thing you love. You’ll enjoy shopping here–if not simply for the clothes, then the atmosphere. And if that’s not enough, by the end of your trip you’ll be on a first name basis with Christie the owner. That, in itself, is certainly worth the trip to James Island.

Follow StyleDwell on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

**side note: they get new shipments in on the daily, so it’s super fresh up in there! Give them your monies (after you’ve adulted and adulted responsibly, of course)!**

–nikki ❤️

House of Sage

Hey y’all! It’s fabuless boutique of the week Wednesday! I’m starting with boutiques that I follow on Instagram and this week it’s all about House of Sage!


Located slightly off King Street and in the heart of Cougar Country, this boutique is bohemian chic, on trend, and budget friendly. From the brunch crowd to beach babes there’s a bit of something for everyone. Did I mention that it’s budget friendly?


What I enjoy about boutiques is usually the one-of-a-kind finds, but with everyone competing to carry the most popular pieces sometimes it’s hard to find a place with an original feel. Not at House of Sage. It’s eclectic and funky and homey. Right now, no other boutique feels like House of Sage. I also love that they carry local brands.


These Nectar sunnies are James Island bred and feature my favorite style: Wayfarer! They start at $25 and are offered in a multitude of colors! Light weight and pure statement makers, these local favorites are game changers. If you’re looking to gift me anything just know that my favorite color is pink and I love an animal print 😉


I also love accessories like necklaces and bracelets (bangles are life!) and HoS had plenty! These message bracelets are so adorable! They’d stand out alone, stacked up, or mixed among a stack of metal bangles. There was a great selection of accessories–not so much that you’d get overwhelmed, but enough to give you options. You know what I mean, right? 

Forever 21 overwhelms in two ways: you get to the point where you just pick because you really need these jewelry pieces and you really just want to get out of there before the line wraps around the store OR you just get tired of looking because you’re overwhelmed and the line is long, so you just leave empty handed. It’s quite the opposite at HoS

BTW, that South Carolina pendant is only $20!


Quality fashion forward pieces without breaking your budget; seriously, if Nicole Richie is one of your fashion icons and you want Nikki Fre$h style with an affordable price tag then you have to hit up HoS! I also love their home decor and lifestyle pieces! Candles, mugs, tumblers, bags–there’s honestly something for nearly every facet of your fashionable life happening here.


I honestly couldn’t leave without buying something and the internal debate I had in this store with myself was tense! I didn’t know what to get! A tumbler? A mug? A tank? A bangle? That SC pendant? Then I saw it. Pink and tye dyed. A gloriously pocketed maxi/caftan–it was everything!


Picture it with a bralette, lots of gold necklaces, bangles, sandals, and big hair. Can you see it? The perfect summer look with a $44 price tag! IT’S ONLY $44 AND IT’S LUXURIOUSLY SOFT AND FREAKIN PERFECT! The Drift Off Dress is offered in a few other colors and I’m wearing a small (I think the largest size offered is large). Seriously, how have y’all not been shopping here?! Or, how have you been shopping here and not telling the rest of us?!

AND they have a punch card system! What?! Rewards, Son! Everyone’s winning here!


Overall, House of Sage is a great mid priced boutique (though, it can get pricey depending on what you’re looking for but that’s to be expected). It’s easy to put together an outfit for $100 or less here. They’ve got great finds and atmosphere, but it is Downtown so the parking might be your biggest hurdle. I tend to shop Downtown on Sundays–light foot traffic, free (and debatably) and better parking options. I met one of the owners, Chris, who was very accommodating and helpful to customers.

House of Sage is definitely worth the trip downtown to 51 George Street for all you bohemians and laid back lovers. Tell them I sent you–it may or may not mean anything. It doesn’t mean anything, but say it anyway 😉

–nikki ❤️