What It’s Like To Be On The Pages Of A Magazine

By Whitley Adkins Hamlin

What It’s Like To Be On The Pages Of A Magazine

I can’t tell you how much I love my writing post here at Sasee. I’ve written for several magazines over the past few years since I began professional pursuit of my passion for fashion, and I can honestly say that Sasee has been my favorite to date. I try to think of the reason why, but there are so many. It’s definitely the people; the people at the magazine, the people of the town, you who are reading this article. It is also due to the fact that I am free to put fingers to keys and share my love about all things style and fashion. I’ve been vacationing at Pawleys Island since I was a baby. I love it just as much as everyone else does, and since I live in Charlotte, North Carolina, and can’t physically be at Pawleys as often as I would like (dare I say all the time), I feel special having a regular connection through Sasee.

The weather is warming up as summertime nears; a season all of us by the sea love so dear! I am especially excited about a project for my next article at which time I will be collaborating with several local boutiques to share some of the season’s hottest fashions. While Charlotte has become a regional shopping destination, I still look forward to popping in the many sweet boutiques whenever I visit the Grand Strand. As a little girl and tween, I remember visiting my Dad in the late 1980s when he lived in Georgetown and worked at DeBordieu. Every visit simply had to include a trip to the Joggling Board and the Hammock Shops. Shopping in the Grand Strand has changed over the years. Some stores have come and gone while others have made their mark as retail institutions. As our economy experiences resurgence, I hope Pawleys Island will see some retail growth (not too much!) for the sake of a healthy competition and more business for all.

Back in Charlotte, I recently had an amazing experience working on a feature for the May issue of SouthPark Magazine, one of the leading publications in our community. As stated in the opening page of our story in pictures, I was inspired by the famed photography of Slim Aarons, the iconic chic of Olivia Palermo and the gorgeous sprawling home owned by two friends. Interior design, following only fashion, is my second true love as it pertains to great style. The home of my friends Kim and Ernest Ellison is a sprawling mid century modern ranch full of color, pattern and life.

My vision for this photographed “collision of style” showcasing the Ellison’s home, paired with a carefully curated wardrobe of star gazing status, inspired by every picture I’ve ever seen of Olivia Palermo left me day dreaming of my own Slim Aarons recreation. If you are not familiar with the work of Mr. Aarons, I highly recommend taking an internet gander to catch a glimpse. Upon conclusion of his work he enlisted in the American Army and later as a reporter during the Second World War, Aarons became a Jet Set photographer dedicating himself to the depiction of Hollywood glamour and luxury. He became known for his work photographing “attractive people doing attractive things in attractive places.”

Executed by a team of talented professionals and friends, combined with the interest of an editor, my daydream came to existence on the pages of an award winning magazine. Oh what fun it was to showcase hand selected clothes and accessories from boutiques and businesses as a way to say thank you. I hope you enjoy perusing the fashions and interiors of these photos as much as I enjoyed styling them, and I look forward to doing it again with a number of fantastic retailers on the Grand Strand!


Photography by Zach Alston
Hair and Makeup by Deme Fourtounis
(Wardrobe by SouthParkMagazine.com)

About this writer

  • Whitley Adkins Hamlin is a wardrobe stylist specializing in personal, editorial and commercial work, and the author of the fashion blog, the Queen City Style (www.thequeencitystyle.com). The grand daughter and great granddaughter of wardrobe stylists, Whitley has been exposed to, and collected, one of a kind wardrobe pieces since she was a young girl. As a result, Whitley both learned and taught herself the art of cultivating one of a kind looks she passes on to her clients. In her free time, Whitley is an avid runner who loves spending time with her husband and two young boys, cooking and entertaining and redecorating her house until there is nothing left to redecorate (which is never, ha!).

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