Sail Into Summer

With summer in full swing, most of us are spending our days basking in the warm sun. Bathing suits and shorts are on our mind but did you remember to pack a hat or a pair of sunglasses? From boating on the Charleston Harbor to dining out with friends, The Shops at Belmond Charleston Place have everything you need to look hot while staying cool. Take a peek at our summer picks below, and find the perfect item to help you look and feel your best.

1. Bathing Suit

Whether you’re sunbathing on Sullivan’s Island or lounging by the pool, looking fabulous is a must. Enhance your bathing suit collection with this bright pink, flirty and fun one-piece. Pair it with a hat or sleek sandals, and you will have a beach-chic look. Splash into Everything But Water’s bathing suit collection to find your ideal style for relaxing summer days.

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2. Skirt

Looking for a skirt that can take you from boutique shopping to dinner on King Street? White House Black Market’s floral printed skirt, decorated with scarlet red flowers and ivy green leaves, is light, breezy and perfect for dining alfresco at The Palmetto Cafe.

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3. Handbag

Make a statement with this bold bag in a beautiful lapis color from Kate Spade. This “eye catcher” of a purse will turn heads and is the ultimate conversation starter. Enjoy wearing the Lillian Court Medium Harmony handbag, large enough to carry all of your summer essentials, from sunglasses to sunscreen.

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4. Shoes

Master the nautical look with the maritime shoe haven, Sperry Top-Sider. If you’re sailing the ocean or pulling off a casual day outfit, these classic boat shoes are a must-have. From Washed Canvas design that looks like you’ve been at sea to the Authentic Original boat shoes, Sperry Top-Siders are the perfect finishing touch to your summer look.

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5. Sunglasses

Treat yourself to a new pair of shades this summer. From Chanel and Ray Ban to Miu Miu and Oakley, Sunglass Hut carries the latest designer eyewear that will complement your outfit while protecting your eyes.

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6. Bracelet

This delicate sterling silver bracelet, decorated with small Charleston themed charms and turquoise gems, is a thoughtful and tasteful souvenir for a loved one or yourself. Explore Pandora’s collection of earrings, bracelets and one of a kind charms and take home a memory of Charleston.

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7. Hat

Ready to finally try that fedora you’ve been dreaming about? Now is the time! Tommy Bahama’s white paper braided fedora with a frayed brim can be worn with a polished outfit or styled for an outdoor adventure. Keep the sunlight out of your eyes while looking fashionable.

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8. Tunic

Our favorite summer look – easy, breezy tunics are back! This soft and airy garment from Calypso St. Barth is embellished with shimmery gold and hints of orange. Throw this turquoise cover up over a bathing suit or spruce it up with a pair of white jeans.

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Keep up with the summer trends by following The Shops at Belmond Charleston Place on Instagram @TheShopsBCP and find your perfect look by visiting The Shops on King and Market Streets.

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A Community United

CPH_1732_ACommunityUnited_Jul15_Logo_FB_HeaderThe sounds of Charleston during the summer time are unique and easily recognized by tourists and locals. You can often hear the distinct hum of cicadas, the clop, clop of horse’s hooves on the pavement as they carry tourists through the historic district of our beloved Holy City, and the ringing of church bells on almost every corner. However, on the night of June 17th, all those sounds seemed to stop. Nine innocent men and women were shot during their regular Wednesday night bible study at the historic Emanuel AME Church. The church lost their senior pastor, state senator Clementa C. Pinckney and nine families lost their loved ones. Would the Charleston community ever be the same?

Only time will tell but in the days after the tragedy, Charleston emerged as a strongly unified city. Grief and anger turned to love. The sounds of singing, prayer and encouragement filled the air. The community of Charleston had not backed down in fear; instead, they united in love, inspired to find ways to help those affected and make a change in our community.

Almost over night, more than 50 restaurateurs and beverage purveyors, under the direction of Mickey Bakst, General Manager of Charleston Grill, came together to donate food and beverage for a fundraising event for the families.

The event is already being described as unforgettable. Being held July 9th from 6:30-9:30pm in the Belmond Charleston Place Grand Ballroom, A Community United Event will donate 100% of the proceeds to the families of Emanuel AME. The event is also hosting an auction, available to supporters around the world. Beginning July 3rd at noon and ending July 9th at midnight, the more than 250 items are as varied as a VIP Grammy ticket package, 8-night Cape Town and Safari camp package and more than 100 pieces of art. Additional auction items will be available during the event. The evening will include music by The Mark Sterbank Group and the Lowcountry Voices gospel choir along with a program featuring Charleston and AME Church leaders. 100% of proceeds from the auction and the event will be donated directly to the nine families whose lives were forever changed that night.

Tickets for the event are $200 and can be purchased here.

If you are unable to attend the event, you can still support by participating in the auction online. All bids can be activated directly from your mobile phone.  View items and bid.

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Reflect & Protect

Whether you’re sailing the ocean blue, playing tennis on the courts or strolling cobblestone sidewalks, it’s always important to wear sunscreen. With Charleston’s strong year-round rays, it’s essential to understand the consequences of skin damage and learn how to protect yourself.

This summer, The Spa at Belmond Charleston Place is proudly promoting its “I Will Reflect” campaign aimed to bring attention to the Melanoma Awareness and Prevention Initiative. This unique campaign features some of Charleston’s most prominent artists, stylists, entrepreneurs and tastemakers highlighting the significance of keeping their skin healthy.

Meet our Charleston ambassadors who have pledged to reflect, and find out how they plan to stay sun safe while enjoying life in the Lowcountry.

Ambassadors:

Andrea Serrano: Charleston based fashion blogger of Charleston Shop Curator, Andrea has impeccable taste and style. She believes that protecting your skin and keeping it healthy is the ultimate fashion statement.

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Barbara Sussberg: Barbara is a talented oil painter who expresses feeling and emotion in her colorful and textured art. Often found painting in her garden South of Broad, she has pledged to make an effort to find a cool, shady spot away from the sun-rays and always wears a hat.

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Chad Davis: Chad, founder of Carolina Surf Film Festival, always has fun in the sun.
An ocean lover and surfing addict, he makes sure to apply waterproof sunscreen before hitting the waves.

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Cynthia Groseclose: You can probably find Cynthia editing stories in her magazine Salt and Water, surfing Sullivan’s Island’s waves or practicing yoga. She is also a cool and caring mom who has pledged to live a healthy life by lathering SPF on her son and herself before playing on the beach.

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Jennifer Buddin: Jennifer is president of the local publication The Little Black Book for Every Busy Woman and an entertaining improver at Theatre 99. She has made the promise to seek shade with her two sons when playing outside.

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Johnny Caldwell & Taneka Reaves: Known as the Cocktail Bandits, these two best friends love a refreshing drink. Whether sipping a Martini on a patio or strolling down King Street, Johnny and Taneka have pledged to socialize while protecting their skin at the same time.

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Logan Roberts: A fishing aficionado and owner of Marsh Wear Clothing, Logan knows what apparel to wear to stay cool and sun safe. When outside on the water, he likes to sport his Salty Fly hat and a Tide Rider Performance shirt that holds natural SPF in the material.

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The Spa at Belmond Charleston Place encourages you to make the pledge today!

Join our ambassadors and pledge to:

• Wear sunscreen year-round
• Use a minimum of 15 SPF Broad Spectrum sunscreen
• Seek the shade between 10am and 4pm
• Have an annual full-body skin check
• Share this important message with friends and family

Follow the #IWillReflect campaign on The Spa’s Instagram @CharlestonPlaceSpa and Twitter @CharlestonPLspa and join the conversation by sharing photos of your sunsafe moments. Plus, look out for more posts from our ambassadors throughout the summer!

To learn more about the Melanoma Awareness and Prevention Initiative, click here.

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