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Charleston, SC in 48 Hours

Charleston City Guide

Charleston, SC had been on the top of mama and I’s travel list for quite some time and if it’s not on yours already, it should be! You will not find another place that offers so much southern hospitality, charm, history, and good old fashioned comfort food. It’s the perfect destination for a weekend trip because while this charming town has a lot to offer, it is easily done in 48 hours! Sure, there are some restaurants and sights that we didn’t get the chance to try out, but all the more reason to make it an annual trip ūüôā My one piece of advice if you are only staying for 48 hours is to stay somewhere downtown so that everything is within walking distance of your hotel!

W H E R E  T O  S T A Y

The Restoration Hotel. After several recommendations from friends, we felt like The Restoration Hotel checked off everything on the check list. Cute. Affordable. Great location. Lots of amenities. Coffee and and food choices on site. Did I mention cute?!

When visiting Charleston you have one of two types of choices for hotel options. You can go the old fashioned, vintage southern charm route or you can go for something a bit more modern. We wanted the best of both worlds. The Restoration provided touches of southern charm while still feeling like a luxurious getaway. My personal favorite thing about the aesthetic of the hotel was the exposed brick throughout each room. Not something that you see in Texas!

Not only were the rooms extremely spacious, turn down service is provided, breakfast¬†is brought to your door each morning (in a picnic basket!), there is¬†a cute coffee shop on site, a library to use as you please, and¬†a more than accommodating staff! The Rise is the coffee shop attached to the hotel and dubbed to be “the most Instagrammable shop in Charleston” which I can attest to. The Watch is their rooftop bar and restaurant that draws quite the crowd as it should for it’s view of downtown Charleston, great ambiance, and great food! There is also a spa on site if you would like to treat yourself!

Charleston City Guide

Charleston City Guide

Charleston City Guide

Photography by: N. Mickle

W H E R E  T O  E A T

  • B R E A K F A S T/ B R U N C H
    • Hominy Grill– Known for their shrimp and grits but I opted but for “Charleston Nasty”- a fried chicken biscuit topped with gravy. The long lines are well worth the wait plus they have an outside drink window while you wait so you can enjoy a mimosa on the patio.
    • The Daily–¬†The same owners as Butcher and Bee but we preferred this place. The Daily has a hip vibe and very small menu. That being said, if you want something quick and good, this is the place!¬† I was a huge fan of their avocado toast and blueberry coconut smoothie.
    • Husk– I put this on here specifically for brunch because you have to go for the shrimp and grits- oh and the cornbread too! Best shrimp and grits in Charleston and they serve old fashioned cornbread with best flavored butter you’ve ever tasted. If you go for dinner, I’ve been told to sit on the bar side which is a carriage house and has the best burgers!
    • Callie’s Hot Little Biscuit– Most delicious breakfast biscuits ever. If you wanted to do this before a full on brunch or treat yourself to a snack later in the day, you totally could as¬†they are snack sized!
  • L U N C H/ D I N N E R
    • 167 Raw– On the smaller side so I would suggest this place for lunch or an early dinner. They are famous for their oyster bar and lobster roll!
    • Cru Cafe– Southern comfort food done right! They certainly have something for everyone. If the weather is nice, they also have a great outdoor seating situation.
    • The¬†Watch– If you are staying at the Restoration Hotel then this rooftop restaurant is very convenient! I highly suggest their oysters and scallops. The scallops were the best we had the entire trip!
    • 5Church– Hands down our favorite dinner spot and there is no way that I will do it justice. I tried to take pictures but you have to see it to get the full affect. This restaurant is made out of an old church so there are still stained glass windows and the bar is made from an alter. The ceiling is miles high and has words written all over it. If you don’t go here, I can promise you are missing out. We easily hung out here for 4-5 hours! All of their dishes are extremely creative and a true foodie’s delight. I highly suggest the meatballs and scallops.
    • Poogan’s Porch– We were so hungry and the food was so good that no pictures were even captured. This little yellow house is right next door to Husk and is everything the reviews made it out to be. Make sure to make a reservation as it is a hopping place. I got the short rib ragu with sweet potato gnocchi and goat cheese and holy cow I’m still dreaming of it!
    • The Darling¬†Oyster– If you want oysters, look no further. This cute spot has everything you could ever dream of when it comes to oysters! And since Charleston is right on the water, you haven’t had a fresh oyster until you’ve tried them in Charleston!

W H E R E  T O  D R I N K

  • C O F F E E
    • The Rise– This is the coffee shop that is attached to the Restoration Hotel and dubbed to be “the most Instagrammable coffee shop in Charleston”. Not only is it cute though, the coffee is dang good. I had it every morning that I was there. I’m not sure how long they will have the Winter Thyme latte but if it is still available when you are there, GET IT.¬†
    • Black Tap– We didn’t venture here but I’ve heard it is another super cute coffee shop!
  • C O C K T A I L S
    • Zero George– This hotel is everything you dream of when you think of Charleston. If you aren’t already staying here or coming for dinner, make sure to at least stop by for drinks. They do happy hour prices and you can choose to sit anywhere in the house that you like. My personal favorite spot is outside on the covered balcony.
    • The Watch– Even if you don’t make it here for dinner, I’d highly suggest stopping by for at least drinks. The view and cute rooftop are the perfect setting for a pre-dinner cocktail or glass of wine.Dress: Nordstrom | Bag: Urban Outfitters | Jacket: Similar
    • The Gin Joint- Such a fun and cozy spot that comes highly recommended. If you like to sip on a fancy cocktail and enjoy a creative atmosphere, this is the place! Make sure to do the bartender’s choice- SO MUCH FUN!
    • The Belmont– This bar is AMAZING. They have the best cocktail bar in Charleston and if that didn’t already sell you, they even have homemade poptarts for dessert.

S I G H T S  T O  S E E

  • King’s Street– The best shopping in Charleston, seriously. Even if you just want to window shop, this is the place! I suggest starting here and then making your way to The Battery, Waterfront and surrounding neighborhoods. It’s all in walking or biking distance to each other.¬†Charleston City GuideTop: Nordstrom¬†| Jeans:¬†LOFT¬†| Shoes: Similar | Sunglasses: Raybans
  • The Battery– Make sure you walk down to The Battery and explore the neighborbood around there. So many cute and historic spots.¬†
  • Waterfront Park– An ocean view and a beautiful walk around the harbor. There is also a Pineapple fountain that you must see. If you didn’t know, pineapples are a symbol of hospitality and they are all over the place in Charleston!Charleston City Guide
  • Rainbow Row– The iconic row of 13 colorful houses. I personally thought it was a little overrated and not as “picture-esque” as it looks but still a cute spot to visit on your walk around Charleston.Charleston City Guide
  • Plantations– There are several plantations in Charleston that allow for visitors and each holds a special piece of history. All of them are said to be gorgeous in their own way. Since we only had a few hours, we made the trek to Mount Pleasant to see “The Notebook” house¬†otherwise known as the Boone Hall Plantation. You only need an hour or two to do this but Mount Pleasant is about 20 minutes away from downtown Charleston and can be easily accessed with Uber if you do not have your own car.Top: Target | Leggings: Spanx | Jacket: Similar | Shoes: Nike
  • Sullivan’s Island– Charleston is home to a few beaches, but if you only have time for one, make sure to hit up Sullivan’s Island! The beach isn’t especially the prettiest but being so close to the ocean, it’s a fun afternoon spot to enjoy the sun. We stopped by The Daily and picked up food/drinks¬†to take¬†down to the beach.¬†Charleston City GuideSwimsuit: Aerie | Hat: Similar | Sunglasses: Raybans

*This post is done in partnership with The Restoration Hotel. All thoughts and opinions are my own.*

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10 International Flight Essentials

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If you saw yesterday’s post, then you know that I am currently on a flight home. A 10 hour international flight to be exact! I thought it only fitting to share with you some of the items that I cannot travel without. While a few of these are specific to long, international flights, the majority are items that I take with me every single flight I go on, whether it is 30 minutes or 30 hours. If I leave anything important or helpful off, please let me know!

Comfortable Clothing // While some girls like to get dressed up for the airport, I do not and I think the general public would agree that comfort beats cute when it comes to airport fashion. My go to for a flight is always a good pair of leggings, joggers or sweatpants paired with a cotton tee, cardigan, and tennis shoes. Keep in mind that layers are your best friend when traveling so even if it’s hot outside, I suggest packing a sweater in your carry on for those freezing flights.

Backup Battery // Whether you plan on playing solitaire, rewatching SATC or listening to music, chances are you are going to run down your battery at some point. Having a portable charger is never a bad idea! It will also come in handy throughout your travels. This one is my tried and true favorite.

Empty Water Bottle // This is another good item to bring with you not only for flights, but also for your international travels. Isn’t it crazy to think that water is more expensive than beer in some countries?! Having a refillable water bottle with you will¬†help you save money and keep you hydrated! I am loving this marble cased one that also keeps your water nice and cold.

Good Luggage // It might seem like such an adult thing to spend your money on (and maybe it is!), but it is well worth the money to have a set of luggage that will roll with ease throughout the airport. If you still have a luggage set that does not roll on four wheels, it’s probably time for a new set! Your arms and back will thank you. I purchased the below¬†DVF luggage set over the past year and get compliments on it every single time that I travel.

Warm Socks // There is nothing worse than a case of cold toesies on an airplane! I always pack a pair of fuzzy socks. The best $2 that I have ever spent. If you want to splurge on a pair of “airplane socks” these are the best!

Passport Holder // While yes it makes for cute Instagram photos, it’s actually insanely helpful as it makes it easy to spot in your purse or carry on.

Fresh Face/Breath¬†// I am not sure why but airplanes always make me feel so greasy and gross! I always pack my must have toiletries and make up in my carry on for this very purpose and also because if my luggage doesn’t make it to my final destination for some reason, at least I will have a little piece of sanity. TULA makes the best travel sized toiletries. I use their cleanser, moisturizer and exfloiating mask religiously. Get their discovery kit for 20% off with code ITSALLCHIC. I am also listing some of my favorite travel sized beauty items below.

A Good Book // If you need something to pass the time or if you are like me and an airplane is somehow the only place that you can find the time to read, make sure to pack a good book. I brought along the book Present over Perfect and highly suggest it for any other girlbosses out there.

A few other things that you might want to pack in your carry on is an extra change of clothes, hand sanitizer, face wipes, facial masks, a neck pillow, laptop, camera, phone charger, laptop charger, plug converter, headache medicine, and snacks. If I have missed anything else that you consider to be a carry on must have, please let me know in the comments below!

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Instagram Round-up: Travel Outfits

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Since my travels are sadly coming to an end tomorrow (yes, I am headed back to the states), I wanted to give you all a chance to shop my travel outfits before I dive into my city recaps. These last 3 weeks have flown by and I am so grateful to have experienced this once in a lifetime trip. I have tons to share with you guys as soon as I get home, sleep off this jet lag and start to adjust to normal (aka no 9-5 life), If you have anything specific of things you would like me to cover from my time in Boston, Nantucket, Copenhagen, Prague, Vienna, Milan or Cinque Terre, please let me know! Tomorrow on the blog I will have my international travel must haves since I will be headed home bright and early. Stay tuned next week for travel recaps!

 

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New York Fashion Week 2017: Day 4

New York Fashion Week street style, NYC rooftop bar

New York Fashion Week street style, NYC rooftop bar

New York Fashion Week street style, NYC rooftop bar

New York Fashion Week street style, NYC rooftop bar

New York Fashion Week street style, NYC rooftop bar

New York Fashion Week street style, NYC rooftop barNew York Fashion Week street style, NYC rooftop bar

New York Fashion Week street style, NYC rooftop bar

New York Fashion Week street style, NYC rooftop bar

New York Fashion Week street style, NYC rooftop bar

New York Fashion Week street style, NYC rooftop bar

Jumpsuit: Dillards | Top: Similar | Booties: Nordstrom | Purse: Goodnight Macaroon | Lipstick: MAC

By day four in the big apple, I was exhausted to say the least. You will see throughout my final two recaps that my schedule starts to trail off. I’m glad that I kind of planned it that way but it is also attributed to having to miss some things the last couple of days. Britt and I both woke up with sore throats but were determined to push through as much as possible. Pro tip for anyone planning to go to fashion week: bring all the drugs – Advil, cold medicine, cough drops, Emergen-C, etc.

The morning started out with a quick photoshoot in the Tribeca area with Ban Avenue Photography before heading to the Dan Liu show. This was my second year to see Dan Liu and it did not disappoint. All of his collection is bright, feminine, and a little flirty! There are so many shows during fashion week that are fun to go to if you just want to dream and check out of reality, but what I love about Dan Liu’s collection is that it is something I could see myself wearing on many occasions.

I had yet to spend quality time with my girls Kailey and Tayler so when they told me they were headed to Bergdorf Goodman’s for brunch, I totally invited myself along. I ordered the lobster mac ‘n cheese and indulged in girl talk and a break from the fashion week crazies.

After brunch I met Britt back at our hotel as we had to check out of one and into another. We split our time between the Courtyard New York Manhattan/Herald Square and the SpringHill Suites New York Midtown Manhattan/Fifth Avenue. These pictures were actually snapped on the rooftop bar (The Monarch) of the Courtyard location. In fact, both of our hotels that we stayed at had amazing rooftop views. I might be a big city girl but theres something about each new NYC rooftop view that makes me fall totally in love with the city all over again.

While both hotels were absolutely amazing, I am bias towards our first hotel stay only because the staff went well out of their way to accommodate us. The bellman walked us down to the subway, showed us how to buy a ticket, and then pointed us in the right direction. This type of scenario happened many times and we were so grateful for their sense of humor and patience with us and the fact that they knew our names each time we returned! If you are needing a place to stay in New York both are great options and right in the meca of everything. The subway stop was literally right outside of the hotel and provided easy access to Grand Central, Central Park, Soho, Rockefeller Center, Empire State building, Chelsea, and so many others.

We were supposed to go to the Leanne Marshall show but sadly both Britt and I admitted defeat. Once we were checked into our new hotel we both started to get ready and then looked at each other and said “there’s just no way”. We decided to just “chill” for the little amount of time we had before we needed to be at our next scheduled event. While I am sad we missed the show (it was my favorite last year), I think our bodies thanked us for the much needed break in our schedule.

Next up, we headed to Rockefeller Center to take pictures at the top of the rock. It costs $37 to go up there but the pictures and view were well worth it in my opinion! I’ll be sharing the pictures on the blog very soon ūüôā Back to the hotel we went to get changed for the Free People x Vogue rooftop party. I wore this stunning jumpsuit that felt more like pajamas and received SO many compliments. I highly suggest it for a fall wedding or girls night out so that you an bust a move in it! The actual event was hands down my favorite one of the entire trip. They had Free People coats to try on, on open bar, and hor dourves, not to mention the view at sunset was breath taking! Right after the sun went down, in remembrance of 9/11, two light beams shot up into the sky right where Ground Zero was. All of us stopped in our tracks and fell silent for just a moment. In the midst of a crazy week, it was a much needed reminder to be thankful for the life we have¬†and to¬†not take a single moment for granted.

Bless the Lord there were lots of Shake Shack fans attending the party because we all made the executive decision to have a late night burger in our cocktail attire and it was hands down the best decision of the day. What a sight it must have been for everyone else to watch 10 ladies decked out in their best attire shamelessly chowing down on greasy burgers and all of the fries. Did we care? Not one single bit!

PS:¬†Does this jumpsuit look familiar to you? Well probably because I have the same one in maroon! You can see how I styled it here. Again, these are the absolute perfect outfits to wear to any Fall wedding that you might be attending. I will never wear another dress again if I have the option to wear a jumpsuit! You might ask why? One reason: the dance floor, that’s why.

*I’ve linked mine and Britt’s outfits below*

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One Shoulder Ruffle Dress + A Travel Update

Dress: Bloomingdales | Shoes (under $50): Sam Edelman | Purse: Sam Edelman | Sunglasses: Karen Walker

Hi friends! I’ve been a little MIA around here since I dropped my big news. Did you see it?! If not, you can find out all about my 4 big life changes going on here. I’m going to keep today’s post short and sweet because there is a lot to come in the next few weeks and I don’t want to burn you out. That being said, I wanted to give a little update on my travel plans. I guess I should say OUR travel plans because mama decided to crash the party and so it has now turned into a mother-daughter trip!

Our first stop of the trip is a short one to Boston for less than 24 hours and then we are headed to Nantucket for two days. From there we are flying to Copenhagen! After a crazy few days at New York Fashion Week, I can’t wait to relax and sight see in Massachusetts as it is my first time here. If you have any recommendations for us, please send them my way!

On to this dress because it’s a great one for Nantucket and the beach. If I wasn’t already sold on the stripes, it has pockets and the most flattering one shoulder. Sam Edelman got¬†me on a yellow kick after sending me this bag. It might be the high school hero in me but I always seem to pair yellow and blue together, especially when it comes to nautical blue stripes.

I will be keeping to my usual Monday, Wednesday, Friday posting schedule on the blog and if you want to see more of my travels, don’t forget to follow along on Instagram. Make sure to check back here on Friday for a sneak peak of all of my outfits that I took to New York Fashion Week!

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