Archive for April, 2014

April 28, 2014

36 hours in the DR

I had never been to the Dominican Republic before so I jumped at the opportunity when I was given the chance to travel there for work. Although more time was spent traveling than being on the actual property, I managed to snap some photos from my stay at Casa de Campo in La Romana.


April 27, 2014

Crave & Save: Destroyed Denim

I remember my first pair of ripped jeans. I purchased them with my hard earned adolescent money from greeting people at the door working at Abercrombie & Fitch. They were absurdly low-rise, ripped in both knees and thighs, and splattered with bleach. They were a high school wardrobe staple, and my parents hated them. 

I had numerous pairs of these and one of two things happened: they either disintegrated and I was forced to throw them away, or I could no longer squeeze my ankles into a size 00 and was forced to give them away. Several years later, I purchased a more grown up pair post-college. The most practical type of ripped jeans you can find… strictly knee holes, no paint or bleach stains, and mid-rise. I still wear them to this day and they are my go-to for traveling, brunching, shopping, and even working.

I can’t believe how much some brands are charging for ripped  jeans, so I’ve scoured the Internet to find the best of the destroyed denim world’s highs and lows.

1. Current/Elliott, $228  |  2. 3X1, $345  |  3. J.Crew, $135

4. New Look, $30  |  5. GAP, $70  |  6. Abercrombie & Fitch, $59

April 24, 2014

weekend recap


April 22, 2014

a day in the life

Last Saturday, the weather was just too beautiful to be cooped up inside, so Riley and I took our usual weekend walk, but also spent time relaxing in the sun and playing with other pups. It was the perfect photo opp kind of day.

April 21, 2014

The Lone Bellow

Last Thursday night, a few of us went to the Charleston Music Hall to see The Lone Bellow perform, an alternative country band formed in Brooklyn. Their story is actually really incredible and inspiring, especially the lead singer’s. I had never heard of the band prior to their Charleston appearance, but seeing them perform live was great (despite not knowing a single note or lyric). Their performance was engaging and entertaining, and their sound was really refreshing.

April 17, 2014

weekend recap

April 16, 2014

a day in the life

After the wet weather Charleston experienced last summer, my parents were kind enough to buy me a raincoat for Riley for her birthday. The little yellow number came right in time, as we had some torrential rain the evening it arrived. Riley was extremely excited to put it on, and she looked awfully snazzy in it, if I do say so myself.

April 14, 2014

Teil Duncan

I’ve been keeping a close eye on local artist Teil Duncan’s beach-inspired paintings for awhile, so when she held Teil Duncan: Bask, An Art Show of Coastal Paintings right here in Charleston, I was eager to take a look. Pops of pinks, blues, greens, and yellows… Something to keep me in summer-mode all year long.

I was very disappointed to see upon arriving, though, that everything had already been pre-sold online. What’s the perk of being there in-person if somebody from New Mexico could have snatched the painting from me two days earlier? It just wasn’t meant to be, I guess, and my art collection remains slim for now. Until I invest in my own, below are some of my favorites from her Bask series.


April 11, 2014


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Leaf has one of the few things that Charleston somewhat lacks… a beautiful outdoor space. Just off busy King Street, Leaf’s welcoming patio has lured me in on more than one occasion. I’d been only once before–for drinks on a very rainy day, and then for dinner this past Saturday. Saturday night consisted of clear skies and a perfect temperature of 75°. The weather may have been better the second time around, but the experience was not.

First things first. Bread never made it to the table. I’m not sure if they don’t serve bread, or if our waiter simply forgot. Either way, no bread is a major red flag. I ordered the shrimp vegetable risotto for my entree and not only were the vegetables not fresh, but the risotto… forget it. It was more like a paste than anything else and it actually tasted like cardboard. To top it all off, our waiter was clearly off in another planet and got our checks wrong not one, not two, but three times. So disappointing.

The next time I go to Leaf, it’ll strictly be for a bottle of wine on the patio.

April 9, 2014

Boutique of the Week: {Leif Shop}

“I’ve come to notice that the smallest thing can inspire and enrich your daily life, whether it be a crisp new set of thank you notes, a beautiful mug for coffee or tea, stocking your bathroom with scented soap in a pretty glass bottle, or a colorful vase on display in a most frequented room.  And there you have LEIF – set out to present the most special, beautiful things that add a unique touch to day-to-day living.” – LEIF

1. ring  |  2. mug  |  3. ring holder  |  4. mini towel set  |  5. vase  |  6. painting

7. candle  |  8. table runner  |  9. planter