Insta Eye: How THR’s Style Editor Does Charleston

The Essentials - Publicity - S 2016
Carol McColgin

The Essentials - Publicity - S 2016


The Hollywood Reporter style editor Carol McColgin takes us along during her vacation to Charleston, South Carolina. 

Rise and shine: Isle of Palms style.

The essentials including a new Maison Michel hat that I picked up on the way at my favorite shop Capitol in Charlotte, N.C. And, my monogrammed Kayu beach tote. 

Seashells make the chicest souvenirs.

Horse-drawn carriages line the block outside Charleston’s City Market.

Palmetto Roses—made from South Carolina’s state tree fronds and a tradition that dates back to the Civil War. Southern ladies would ask soldiers, “Will you accept this rose?”

 Rainbow Row—thirteen historical homes—along the waterfront, a.k.a., the perfect Insta backdrop.

Preferred mode of transportation.

Sitting on the front porch at Husk.                                                                                                  

Shopping for vintage lockets at Croghan’s Jewel Box —it’s the oldest family-owned jewelry store in Charleston and boasts a beautifully edited selection of estate and antique pieces as well as a cool new Goldbug line by the co-owner’s daughter. I picked up a new pinky ring. 

Society Street. 

Cards from Mac & Murphy, a tiny but well-stocked spot to find stationery, desk accessories and colorful prints of iconic Charleston architecture by Brooklyn-based artist Megan Elizabeth. I bought a custom set of nautical-inspired, navy-and-white striped “LOVE” stamps.


Lobster cocktail and jumbo lump blue crab toast at The Ordinary on King Street.

#TacoTuesday. Chef Sean Brock’s casual Mexican spot Minero on E. Bay Street—the yummiest chips/guac and watermelon agua fresca.

Caviar & Bananas for coffee, always.


The Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge—now, known for son Thomas Ravenel from Bravo’s Southern Charm.


Totally charmed.