Style: Jingle & Mingle

Outfit ideas for a chic festive season

Photography by Lisa Staff

It’s the most wonderful time of year; a time for celebrating with friends and family. Look your best this holiday season with these festive and fun items available at local clothing stores and boutiques. Special thanks to J. Banks Design Group for modeling and allowing use of its inspiring holiday spaces. ’Tis the season for posh parties and jolly gatherings. Celebrate in style.

Available at The Back Door (hers) and Knickers (his)

Models: David & Joni Burden and Lisa Whitley

Available at Island Child (son) and John Bayley Clothier (father)

Models: Jeremy and Benjamin Childers

Available at L + B Boutique (left) and Outside Hilton Head (right)

Models: Hannah Fulton and Sharon Sutton

Available at Spartina 449 (hers) and Southern Tide (his) 

Models: John and Sarah Cunningham

Meet the Models

Lisa Whitley

Local since: 2007

Hobbies: Watching football and hanging out with our family. Favorite holiday memory: Christmas Eve as a child, hanging out with all of my cousins, opening presents and singing carols. Favorite holiday tradition: We always do a prime rib for Christmas. Christmas decor tip: Live greenery is really important, as well as natural elements from outside and bringing that in. 

Joni Burden

Local since: 1980

Hobbies: Snow skiing, shooting and paddleboarding. Favorite holiday memories: Family gatherings. The more the merrier, especially growing up with my parents and grandparents and everyone together. Favorite holiday tradition: Going to church on Christmas Eve. Christmas decor tip: Use a lot of live greenery. And gold spray paint takes care of everything. 

David Burden

Local since: 1981

Hobbies: Swimming, paddle boarding and fly fishing. Favorite holiday memory: Being a little kid in my house with my brothers and sisters on Christmas morning. Favorite holiday tradition: Joining with my wife, children and grandchildren for the Christmas morning breakfast. Christmas decor tip: Make sure the designers at J. Banks do it for you.

Sharon Sutton

Local since: 2018

Hobbies: Painting and reading. Favorite holiday memory: Watching my children come down the stairs to see what Santa brought. Favorite holiday tradition: Finding the pickle in the Christmas tree. Christmas decor tip: Bring old and new together.

Hannah Fulton

Local since: 1984

Hobbies: Fishing, boating, cooking and playing tennis. Favorite holiday memory: Cooking with my mom. Favorite holiday tradition: Making homemade pasta. I like to make red, green and white pasta. Christmas decor tip: Have fun, mix and match. Add in color and touches that reflect you and your family. 

Benjamin Childers

Local since: Born here.

Hobbies: Sleeping and making funny faces. Favorite Christmas present: Paw Patrol. What you hope to get this year for Christmas: A Mickey Mouse present. Holiday plans this year: Getting presents.

Jeremy Childers

Local since: 2012

Hobbies: Playing sports. Favorite holiday memory: Our last Christmas up in the mountains. Favorite holiday tradition: Baking Christmas cookies. Christmas decor tip: I like to use the lawn blow-ups because they’re easy and all the kids love them.

Sarah Cunningham

Local since: Born and raised on the island.

Hobbies: I’m an artist. I paint and I love to read. And I love Bible study. Favorite holiday memory: Every year at St. Luke’s Church on the island, we would go to its Christmas service. When they sang Silent Night and everyone had their candles lit up and the whole church was aglow. Favorite holiday tradition: Every year my sister and my mom and I get matching pajamas. Christmas decor tip: Look at the greenery around the island. We have a lot of holly trees that are Christmas-specific. And also the magnolia leaves. Mix them with your Christmas greens and decorations. 

John Cunningham

Local since: May, when Sarah and I got married.

Hobbies: Fishing and leatherwork. Favorite holiday memory: Where I grew up in Monroe, at St. Paul’s we would do a living still show of the nativity scene every year. Favorite holiday tradition: Christmas with my extended family. Christmas decor tip: Go around and collect every dry Christmas tree after people throw them out and have a bonfire.

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