budget conscious bride

Newly engaged? Summer wedding? Shotgun wedding? Don’t have time for the typical sixteen to twenty plus weeks wait for a gown? Or maybe you just don’t feel like breaking the bank on a dress you’re likely to never wear again. Use your head and save some dollars to put towards something else…like a killer band or unforgetable honeymoon. These picks are incredible and all under $800. Post inspiration: A friend who recently glided down the aisle in one incredible gown; with all the hallmarks of vintage; ordered online from Badgley Mischka Collection Open Back Jersey Gown, Intropia Vex Maxi DressRachel Zoe Elle Strapless Empire Gown, BHLDN exclive by Anna Sui Roane Gown, Naya Dress by Adriana Papell, Mes Desmoiselles Paris Hermes Dress, Sophia Kokosalaki Khione Gown (Sale), J.Crew Luella Mermaid Gown (Sale), J.Crew Nadia Gown, J.Crew Cara Gown. Go ahead and break the bank for a crystal encrusted crown or comb. Would you like help finding your perfect gown, honeymoon essentials, trousseau? Email: to set the process in motion.

“We are all a little weird and life’s a little weird, and when we find someone whose weirdness is compatible with ours, we join up with them and fall in mutual weirdness and call it love.” –Dr. Seuss



flower girl

Lily Peterson has a natural sense of style so it is no wonder that her effortlessness in dressing translates over so seamlessly to her flower shop. Flowershop is a breathe of fresh air among a sea of shops all creating the same old, same old floral designs. We feel a wind of change brewing in an age old industry that seems to be on the verge of a revival of sorts. One that is enjoying a more relaxed, bohemian, touchable, not too precious philosophy. Finding beauty in the unique and even the imperfect is becoming an art in and of itself. Where even roadside weeds are finding their place in coveted floral arrangements. We love the connection and similarities between flowers and clothing; there are the colors, textures, proportions, layering, and styling. Now hurry over to our SHOP page to see Lily’s dried floral crown creations. They are lovely and we are thrilled to offer them on Sanction of Style. When you’re not wearing yours keep in mind they are beautiful displayed on top of your favorite stack of books or hanging from a special place in your home. Order your favorite and channel ancient Greek mythology’s Antheia and your own inner goddess of flowers and flowery wreaths. –SoS

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SoS: Describe Your Love Of Flowers And Arranging Them?

LP: I like for things to make sense visually. When they do, I feel at peace. There really isn’t a formula or method of achieving this goal. However, this should not be confused with making things neat or perfect but rather giving something a purpose or sense of place. Whether it’s the pillows on the bed, my necklaces in a heaping pile, or the flowers in my hand, I am compelled to find just the right place for them. When I begin arranging flowers I have likely been thinking about the materials, textures and various combinations well before I get the flowers in hand. When I am finished arranging there is such a sense of accomplishment. I love to step back and indulge in the beauty of the materials. Both as individual pieces and as a part of the whole. For me, there is no greater reward.

SoS: What Led You To Open Flowershop?

LP: When I moved to Charleston two and a half years ago, I was given the opportunity to make weekly arrangements for a little market in North Charleston. Through this weekly project I was offered other projects within the Mixon development, and when Mixon began looking to incorporate retail spaces in to the community, they came to me. And as they say, the rest is history. This opportunity came at just the right time too. My husband was pretty much over the floral studio I had created in our dining room.

SoS: Your Floral Design Technique And Approach Doesn’t Seem To Necessarily Follow That Of Other Flower Shops. This Difference Seems Almost Intentional. Is It And Why?

LP: It all goes back to making sense of the materials. Feeling like I have put them in their intended place. It sounds crazy, but I can actually feel it when the flowers within an arrangement I have created are not placed as they should be. If I had to offer a formula or technique I would say that I try not to restrain or hide the materials by loosing my grip and making sure each element has its rightful position. The goal is to let each element shine. Relying on a lot of texture, including green and dried elements so that the fresh flowers are not lost in a sea of petals. I love fresh flowers but I feel like their beauty and uniqueness are heightened when they are amongst varying elements and textures.

SoS: When You Are Buying, Gathering, Arranging And Thinking About Your Shop Do You Tend To Gravitate Toward Certain Colors?

LP: This is a big one for me. I have been know to be excessively color coordinated with my personal style, so I try to take an open minded approach when it comes to my floral arrangements. Lucky for me, the extreme range of complex colors when it comes to flowers is endless. It’s almost like a game for me to find hues and shades within; matching and pulling them towards other flowers, plants, branches and berries. One of the most valuable pieces of advice came from a workshop at the Little Flower School in New York. Essentially, you chose your lead color, incorporate matching shades, and look for a bridge color within to move towards your next color. Tulips are perfect for this. They have swirls and spines that often differentiate themselves from their leading hue. For instance, you can use the color of that swirl to move into another color palate.

SoS: You Grew Up With Family In The Fashion Industry? Did They Have An Influence In Shaping Or Defining Your Style?

LP: Growing up in a family who owned clothing stores (Island Passage) was a blessing and a curse. I say that jokingly, as I realize how fortunate I was to have such an amazing selection of clothes at my fingertips. That said, I hopped on trends quickly and made some very interesting fashion choices over the years. But I do believe that it informed my current style as I have really learned to edit and think carefully when purchasing items today.  I had the fortune of wearing a little bit of everything, and now I’m happy with a simpler and more paired down closet. I still have many pieces from high school and college that I reach for and wear with such pride and that is testament to the longevity of Island Passage. It’s like hopping into a time capsule. I love how clothing like scents, can bring you back to a moment in time.

SoS: Describe Your Personal Style?

LP: After many years, I think I can finally say that I have an established personal style. This style is one that allows me to feel comfortable; expressing myself quietly. I am definitely drawn to solid colors. I love denim. I tend to shy away from prints but I will work in a checked oxford or an occasional striped tee here and there. I always opt for neutrals. I have to work hard not to wear black and white everyday. This season I have been seeking shades of cream and navy blue. I definitely strive for a uniform. Every season I attempt to implement this uniform and I always seem to fall a bit short…this will be my year! My signature outfit is a t-shirt, blazer, fitted denim and ballet flats. I’ll introduce my love of the unique and unexpected through my accessories. I own a lot of scarves. And many many necklaces.

SoS: What’s Your Favorite Bloom?

LP: Hellebore. It is known that I often kiss these perfect blooms. Ranunculus are a close second. Their endless soft layers are so dreamy.

SoS: What’s Your Favorite Filler?

LP: Eucalyptus. There is such a range of shape, color and fragrance. Eucalyptus can do wonders for an arrangement. It’s leaves can stand tall, drape, and twist & turn. Eucalyptus also dries beautifully! I have it hanging and draped all over the shop.

 SoS: Do You Think The Perception Of Flowers And How Flowers Are Used Is Changing?

LP: Absolutely. Social media is changing the game. Instagram, Pinterest and tumbler among others gives an exposure that we haven’t really known before. This visual exposure offers an education of sorts. It allows people to see different varieties of flowers, plants and floral design styles. I have noticed that it helps people feel more comfortable walking into the shop. They recognize specific flowers that they have seen and love and take the opportunity to tell me what they are looking for. On the flip side, I learn something new on a daily basis from my customers, which is a true pleasure.

SoS: Whose Floral Design Work Do You Really Admire?

LP:  I am so fortunate to have a super-talented flower family here in Charleston. When I moved to town I marched right into Charleston Stems, a very special floral studio here in town, and offered up my help. Anne Bowen owner/floral extraordinaire and her ladies are an endless source of inspiration and support. Another great floral studio in town is Sara York Grimshaw. She and her team are also producing some really unique and beautiful work. The encouragement, support and inspiration from these ladies has been invaluable and pivotal in the start-up of Flowershop. Outside of Charleston, I’m really attracted to both the work of Nicolette Camille and Sarah Ryhanen of Saipua. I have admired their work for some time, and count myself fortunate enough to have attended one of their workshops at the Little Flower School. They have taken the art of arranging to a whole new level. Their arrangements have the look and feel of sculpture. I find myself staring endlessly, looking for the stories they tell.

SoS: Where Do You Find Inspiration?

LP: New York City. When I feel tapped out or uninspired I do my best to get back to the streets of New York. If I can’t make it there I read about or watch a film that has been shot there. Woody Allen films are good for that. I spent many years there so it’s as if the spirit of the city is embedded in me somehow. It’s always with me.

 SoS: Winter, Spring, Summer or Fall?

LP: Hands down, fall. Coffee, cozy sweaters, scarves and falling leaves. Berries, branches and burnt hues.

 SoS: Mantra?

LP: DO IT NOW! One of my dearest friends, Helen Wallace MacDonald, would joke that her father would always say “Helen, Do It Now,  Do It Now” and she would say, Dad, “Do It Later.” We would just laugh hysterically. It was then that I realized I’m a natural procrastinator but I try to remind myself of this mantra on a daily basis.

 SoS: Happiest When Wearing?

LP: Cashmere. There’s nothing like good cashmere. I treat myself to a new piece every fall. Also, a tailored blazer. When I’m armed with a well-cut blazer, I feel secure, confident and put together. Even when I’m not all the way there.

 SoS: Most Coveted Item In Your Closet?

LP: Black Fiorentini + Baker boots. They are by no means the most affordable piece of footwear, but I didn’t think twice when buying them because I knew I would never grow tired of them; that they would last a lifetime. So far so good.

SoS: One Thing People Might Be Surprised To Know About You?

LP: While I’m not much of a girly girl, I have become a sucker for pale pink flowers. I really just can’t get enough of them. I meet so many people who shy away from pink blooms so I have made it my mission to spread the love of all things pink. Rosé included.

 SoS: Do You Find Beauty And Uniqueness In The Imperfect?

LP: For sure. I prefer burnt toast. I think imperfect teeth are attractive. I have never followed or listened to instructions very well. So it turns out that just about everything I create is imperfect. And truth be told, I’m much more drawn to people who wear their imperfections on their sleeve.

 SoS: Favorite Books On Blooms, Botanicals, Greens, Floral Design?

LP: Books: Bringing Nature HomeThe Encyclopedia of Flowers and The Language of Flowers. Three very different resources, but definite must-haves.

 SoS: Do You Think Instagram Is Changing The Game For Small Businesses Like Flowershop? In What Way?

LP: I think Instagram has truly been instrumental in the launching of Flowershop. Considering flowers are so visually stunning, and seem to really excite people, what better place to showcase them than on a platform created to share images. I still struggle with putting myself and my work out there, but it gets easier and easier with the knowing that people are excited to see flowers. Flower Friday has been a fun way to interact with our followers. We try to give some technical info as well and some plain ol’ fun facts.

SoS: Tips, Tricks, Tools Of The Trade? I Cannot Live Without My…

 LP: Work in odd numbers, for every two cut flowers incorporate a green, dried or berry element. Loosen your grip. Listen to favorite tunes while working. A sharp pair of shears…a pair that can take down a branch or two. And while it might sound cheesy, a “can do” attitude is very important. I don’t believe I have a special gift. I  have a good eye and I trust my instinct.



stone fox bride molly guy

We understand the disillionment that was to be the catalyst for opening Stone Fox BrideMolly Guy’s super cool, effortlessly chic bridal boutique in downtown NYC. This disillionment, in many ways after all, is exactly what led to the launch of Sanction of StyleThis isn’t the first time we have written about the genius that is Molly Guy. It is; however, the first time we’ve had the chance to ask the designer a round of questions that we’re lucky enough she was willing to answer. Don’t miss Stone Fox Bride’s recently relaunched blog, Stone Fox Tales. Beyond the dresses, veils and rings…it’s just another reason to fall in love with Molly Guy. The former magazine editor and novelist will have you hanging on to every word with her raw truth, wit, creativity, smarts, humor and love. It is in one word: Inspirational. OK, two: Fresh. May we also add: Cool? Thanks for the insane doses of continued inspiration Molly! Here’s a word…badass.  –SoS

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Typical day in the life of molly guy?

 MOLLY: depending on the level of my daughter’s insanity, i get out of bed between 6:30-8:30 in the morning.  mornings are usually a rushed blur of NPR, making my daughters breakfast and lunch, doing my mini mom-on-the-run morning beauty rituals (sandalwood and rose oil in my bellybutton, SW basics moisturizer on my face, rose spritz on my skin and a one minute prayer and meditation session), making a hot tonic of grated ginger, tumeric, lemon, raw honey and cayenne, driving my daughter to daycare, then hopping the train into the city.  if all goes well i am at my desk with a coffee in hand by 9:30.  i work in the office 5-6 days a week taking meetings with designers, working on the blog, working on collaborations with other brands, concepting photo shoots and videos, developing new styles for our rings, veils and dress collection, interviewing women for the blog, hanging with clients in the showroom, trying to get a lunchtime workout in and, in general, sort of functioning in this in a business lady creative brain hypomanic state that manifests in neverending conversations about all things style, weddings and love related.  at some point i usually spend a couple hours crunching numbers and looking at our monthly sales.  a few times a week I usually take a work lunch at gemma in the bowery hotel.  i’m a regular there.  They make a special salad for me and everything.

my husband picks me up at the train station in brooklyn at 5:30 and we go pick our daughter up at daycare together.  from 6-8 is bathtime, family hang time, my daughter’s dinnertime and overall just being mellow in the home time.  sunny loves to dance and my husband is a guitar player, so they usually have some sort of jam sesh.  we also facetime with our parents.  since the weather has gotten a bit nicer and the days are getting longer we’ve been going to the park.  before bed i give sunny a massage with avocado oil, talk to her about her day and read a book or two.  for the next few hours mike and i have dinner, catch up on the news and powow.  usually i’ll do some emails and pinteresting and work on the blog.  i like to take a hot, hot bath before bed with mustard salts, lavender and peppermint oil and baking soda.  nothing better then getting into bed clean and naked with a great book.  i’m in the middle of a few: “Hello and Goodbye” by Craig Brown, “The Untethered Soul” and the Gary Shtyngart memoir. Light off by 11:30!

Guilty pleasure?

MOLLY: butter, maldon sea salt, fashion magazines, gossip, vintage shopping on the internet

Beauty routine?

MOLLY: see above



Describe your style?

MOLLY: grace slick meets grace jones meets grace kelly

Favorite book of all time?

MOLLY: i never get tired of “lolita”.  every time i read it it’s like the first time.  “veronica” by mary gaitskill never ceases to fascinate me as well.  “the lover” by marguerite duras is up there, too.  “the invention of solitude” by paul ator is a fave, too.  not a favorite but really good reads of the past two years are “greeting from the goon squad” and “let the great world spin”.  i’ve read both of them twice.  parenting books i’ve read and liked are “far from the tree” by andrew solomon and “the blessing of a skinned knee”.  i read all the time so i could go on…i just finished the new Malcom Gladwell book last night. Next up is “Children Of God” about the Jonestown Massacre and a biography of Martha Graham.  i was an English major and i always hate this question.  It makes me really insecure.

70’s bush or wax?

MOLLY: I had a huge beaver in the mid nineties.  It was kind of the rage back then.  then when I moved to New York I discovered the ole’ brazilian wax and did that for a while.  It’s a total bank account drainer.  The good thing about getting married is you don’t have to live in a constant state of fear about if/when you’re going to hook up with a stranger, so there is no need to constantly maintain your psy hair.  These days I get a regular wax about once a month and do a little trim now and then.  I keep meaning to do the laser hair removal but have heard you should wait til after having all your kids becae it grows back.

What inspires you?

MOLLY: family, silence, my friends.

Advice for women entrepreneurs?

MOLLY: my general rule about advice is that i don’t take it and i don’t shell it out.  nothing good has ever come from either.

One question you get sick of answering?

MOLLY: questions about my style. i have nothing interesting to say on the subject.  honestly.  there’s nothing else going on other than if i like it i wear it.

Something people might be surprised to know about you?

MOLLY: I have never missed a season of the reality show “The Bachelor”.  it’s my all times hands down favorite TV show of all time.  I have also gotten my husband hooked.  He’s like “babe, is tonight hometown dates or the fantasy suite night”?

What song best sums up you & your life?

MOLLY: New Paint by Loudon Wainwright

Most challenging aspect about being a designer?

MOLLY: sitting down and doing it

Tell about the name Stone Fox Bride and “FUCK WEDDINGS”?

MOLLY: fuck weddings was never intended to be our company mantra.  right after my daughter was born i brought her into the office and as a joke we stenciled FUCK WEDDINGS on a baby tee and took a pic of her wearing it.  I posted it on SFB and people started placing orders… it just grew from there.

You’re a writer.  What would your 2014 debut novel be titled?

MOLLY: Probably something like “A Woman On The Verge Of A Nervous Breakdown” mixed with “Tales Of A Fourth Grade Nothing”.

What, besides the obvious, do you love most about having a daughter?

MOLLY: The Writer by Richard Wilbur

In her room at the prow of the house

Where light breaks, and the windows are tossed with linden,

My daughter is writing a story.

I pause in the stairwell, hearing

From her shut door a commotion of typewriter-keys

Like a chain hauled over a gunwale.

Young as she is, the stuff

Of her life is a great cargo, and some of it heavy:

I wish her a lucky passage.

But now it is she who pauses,

As if to reject my thought and its easy figure.

A stillness greatens, in which

The whole house seems to be thinking,

And then she is at it again with a bunched clamor

Of strokes, and again is silent.

I remember the dazed starling

Which was trapped in that very room, two years ago;

How we stole in, lifted a sash.

And retreated, not to affright it;

And how for a helpless hour, through the crack of the door,

We watched the sleek, wild, dark

And iridescent creature

Batter against the brilliance, drop like a glove

To the hard floor, or the desk-top,

And wait then, humped and bloody,

For the wits to try it again; and how our spirits

Rose when, suddenly sure,

It lifted off from a chair-back,

Beating a smooth course for the right window

And clearing the sill of the world.

It is always a matter, my darling

Of life or death, as I had forgotten.  I wish

What I wished you before, but harder.

What blogs do you actually read and keep up with? Why?

MOLLY: i don’t!  Would much rather read a book or magazine.  i’m an old lady, definitely prefer paper to anything online. i peek at Gawker, The Cut and Slate a few days a week.

Most cherished item in your closet?

MOLLY: my grandma’s Malke’s orange 1950’s housedress.  I gave birth wearing it.

Closet you would most like to raid?

MOLLY: i bet Sienna Miller’s got some pretty good gems.

Wardrobe must-haves for spring/summer?

MOLLY: Forsling black bias slip dress and Lanvin black flats

Funniest joke you’ve ever told or been told?

MOLLY: My sister wrote a fake letter to Tinker Toys in 1988 that, to this day, remains the most hilarious thing i’ve ever read.

Define cool?


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Our brides are tender warrior women with edge, beauty and strength who walk down the aisle in truth and in style.”



Giveaway (Day Two) Luxe Beauty Boutique

Want to score a free makeup lesson pl $100 in products? That’s what we’re giving away today on Sanction of Style. Luxe Beauty Boutique has long been the one-stop neighborhood shop for all of your skincare and cosmetic needs. Trt , you want Fiquet Bailey Swain and her team on your side. Their cutting edge knowledge and expertise will guide you through the, often, overwhelming world of all things beauty related. Luxe Beauty Boutique also offers a wide range of services including facials, waxing, sunless tanning and more. And the holidays would not be complete without popping in to Luxe…there is always something magical in the air, especially around Christmas, and you’re sure to find something for everyone on your list. LIVE, LOVE, LUXE!!! –STYLE HAWK

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stone fox bride

If we were to marry our sweethearts again we would walk down the aisle a second time in a design by Stone Fox Bride. The ethereal designs, both vintage and new, are nothing short of out-of-this-world amaze balls! SFB was voted “Best Anti-Bridezilla Bridal Boutique” by New York’s Time Out Magazine. The online shop offers beautiful antique and new engagement rings, amazing floral crowns and a favorite/mt-have perfectly worn in t-shirt with SFB’s geni “Fuck Weddings” slogan. We love Molly Guy’s story and her A-T-T-I-T-U-D-E even more. Check it out. Fucking do it! –STYLE HAWK



About Us: Stone Fox Bride


The Frida $4600


The Frida worn with The Hilary veil $2250


The Pearl $3500


The Penelope $6900


The Johanna $4200


The Valentine $6500


The Mandy $2000


The June Carter $4500


The Lola $2800


Stone Fox Bride (Vintage)


Stone Fox Bride (Vintage)


Fresh Flower Crowns $150


Molly Guy, Creative Director


Molly Guy “I put the “Fox” in Stone Fox Bride”


Images: Stone Fox Bride, stylecaster (photos Phil Oh), William Chan


here comes the bride…

We interrupt our regularly scheduled program to bring a few of the coolest and most unique options for the 2013 fall/winter bride. We are super excited to team up with wedding planner extraordinaire Katie Dunn of La Féte. Katie’s experience and expertise in the indtry has long established her as one of the top wedding planners in the area and beyond. We look forward to working with Katie and her brides-to-be and coming up with the perfect gown, honeymoon troseau and everything in between. It’s your day! Look back on this occasion as the stylish star that you are. No style regrets here. Below are some of our favorite traditional and not so traditional/fashion-forward options from top designers ready-to-wear 2013 collections. If you haven’t heard of french bridal designer Delphine Manivet…she’s definitely important to check out. Her designs are amazing and we love them for their range. How much fun will it be to find all of your perfect accessories too? –We love a traditional mantilla, the floral crown seems fresh for winter and keep warm with a beautiful, cozy fur. It’s more than possible with many of these picks that you’ll wear this special purchase more than jt one time. Rock ‘N Roll, Bohemian, Traditional, Minimalist…we’ve got you covered. Here’s to wedded bliss…



Alberta Ferreti Fall 2013


Derek Lam Fall 2013


Carolina Herrera Fall 2013


Lanvin Fall 2013


Valentino Fall 2013


Stella McCartney Fall 2013


Osman Fall 2013


Rochas Fall 2013


Valentino Fall 2013


The Row Fall 2013


Emilio Pucci Fall 2013


Nina Ricci Fall 2013


Ann Demeulemeester Fall 2013


Christian Dior Fall 2013


Marchesa Fall 2013

Image Sources: Filippo Fior, GoRunway, Marc Tondo, Monica Feudi, The Row, Yannis Vlamos


delphine manivet…

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Image Sources: Delphine Manivet