August 20, 2014

What We Wore: Charleston Summer Dinner

I'm sharing What We Wore to dinner Saturday night in Charleston and it turned out to be quite the funny, impromptu photo session. Landry wanted to have absolutely nothing to do with the camera, so we are just goofing off the entire time, but some of these are my favorites. I am wearing a blue halter maxi with an exaggerated ruffle hem that I absolutely love. I tie it up closer to my neck to almost give it a sarong feel, but it creates the perfect look with a top knot and bold earrings, for a warm summer night. My Bauble Bar x Nordstrom earrings are some of my favorites. I'm obsessed with all things tortoise shell, and these are no exception. Landry is wearing a darling lipstick print Lilly Pulitzer shift dress and her trusty gold Salt Water Sandals. I'm so glad that I stocked up on these Lilly shifts at the end of last season, because they are truly the perfect thing to throw on a toddler and still have her look adorable. They are full enough to run around in, can accommodate growth, and the prints and details are so stinkin cute.

An action shot of her taking the bow out for grins. Then she immediately asks for it to be put back.

Shop My Look:

Dress: Elan Halter Maxi (under $45!)
Earrings: Bauble Bar x Nordstrom (similar here here & here).
Shoes: Steve Madden (similar here)

Shop Landry's Look:

Dress: Lilly Pulitzer (print from last year, but similar on sale here here here & here !)

If you have any late summer events or even a destination wedding to go to this Fall, this maxi dress is amazing. I will definitely be wearing it again next summer! Also, you should really stock up at the Lilly After Party sale for girl's shift dresses. That was my game plan last year and scored so many for this summer and she has literally worn them countless times I've rounded up lots of on sale options on the scroll . 

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August 18, 2014

Our 24 Hours in Charleston!

With summer coming to a close faster than I'd like to think about, we decided very last minute to get out of dodge for the weekend and head down to Charleston to make some memories. When we decided to move to the East Coast, we vowed to take lots of weekend trips to the beach, mountains, etc...and, quite frankly, we've really been bad about just picking up and going. So, here's to booking a hotel on Thursday night and hoping for the best. We left around 9 am Saturday morning and got into Charleston around noon. We drove right into Sullivan's Island and stopped in for a quick lunch at Taco Mamacita, which was amazing! I haven't found a place in Charlotte with really good street tacos, so this was a real treat...and don't even get me started on the street corn...definitely some of the best we've ever had. We did a quick change and headed straight for the beach. By the way Landry ran for the ocean, you'd think that we lived at the beach. We played in the surf and jumped waves yelling "weeeee" for a solid two hours, and until both of our backs were literally about to give out. Next stop, Charleston and the Planters Inn

We were SO happy with our stay here. The overall experience was so old-school and charming and perfect for a stay in Charleston. The decor is elegant Southern Traditional, true to the buildings age, but not over the top. The antique pieces are perfectly placed and rugs layered just so, to make it feel cozy and welcoming, but not stuffy. Our room was street level and so charming. There was a huge bay window that Landry stood in 99% of the time and waved to scared the heck out of people walking on the street. There was a full traditional turn down service complete with homemade fudge and fruit infused water on the bedside tables. The keys weren't cards, yet old-school large, heavy keys that fit perfectly into the massive brass locks on each door. It felt so good to almost go back in time. 

Adjoining the hotel is the Peninsula Grill, which many consider the best restaurant in Charleston. We swore we'd try it at least for breakfast, but decided to save the experience (and the experience of the other patrons) for a time where we were sans toddler. I am dying to try it though.

Nothing beats a Charleston sunset...
Since we booked on Thursday, it was pointless to try and get a reservation for dinner, so we tried to go early and hope for the best. Since Charleston is pretty much a reservation only city, we did run into trouble trying to get into our top three picks, but ended up sitting on the patio at Blossom. There was a cute koi pond that kept LK thoroughly entertained and we noshed on:

Fried Green Tomatoes
bacon jam, pimiento cheese, tomato butter, red pepper jelly 

Cast Iron Skillet Scallops
sorghum BBQ sauce, white cheddar grits, beech mushrooms, English peas, Creole brown butter vinaigrette

Buttermilk Fried Local Shrimp
white cheddar grits, rémoulade & cocktail sauce

It was every bit as delicious as it sounds too, I would highly recommend it!

Sunday we got up and headed across Meeting St. for breakfast, then out to do some exploring.
After a quick run through the Market, we headed down to the Harbour. There are swings lining the boardwalk and this girl was in heaven. We sat and swung for at least 30 minutes and she was just a grinning the whole time. Girl loves a swing.

Love this one of my babes.

None does planter boxes like Charleston. Such great inspiration. 

After some more walking and seeing along the waterfront, we stopped in to tour the Calhoun Mansion. The story of this house is amazing and the current owner is a crazy avid antique collector, so now it's really more like an eclectic museum with pieces from all over the world. How crazy that on the tour an adorable couple engaged LK and come to find out they live two streets over from us. Small world!

We headed back to Charlotte around 2pm, just in time to pick up our pup. We had such a great time in our short little jaunt to one of our favorite places. If you haven't been to Charleston, it's really one of the most charming, beautiful and historic cities there is and you should absolutely plan a trip. Photos really don't even do it justice.


August 13, 2014

Guest Posting: Primitive and Proper

Hey guys! Today Cassie of Primitive and Proper was so sweet to have me over for a series she has called "It's Eclectic." She's featuring some rooms from our casa and I couldn't be more excited/flattered..I mean, I'm in really good company here. Anyway, pop over to her blog to see where we met (when she peeled herself off of the dance floor, that is!) and check out her amazing home. The girl's got some serious style, yall! A few of my favorite rooms of hers are below...

Cassie is so good at using rich dark wall colors and playing them up with unexpected accents...that gallery wall of vintage art (centered around ships and water) is one of my favorite things of all time. I want that wall.

Thanks again, for having me Cass, you're the best!