Archive for June, 2014

June 26, 2014

U.S.A.

Whether gearing up for the big game or prepping for the Fourth of July, there’s no better time to show your love for the USA.

1. Soludos flats  |  2. J.Crew dress  |  3. Lauren Ralph Lauren scarf  |  4. Norma Kamali swim top

5. J.Crew swim bottoms  |  6. Ray-Ban sunglasses  |  7. J.Crew tote  |  8. Harding-Lane hat

9. Sole Society scarf  |  10. Old Navy swim top  |  11. Old Navy swim bottoms  |  12. Cotton Snaps croakies

13. Cynthia Rowley t-shirt  |  14. Keds sneakers  |  15. Forever21 sunglassees

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June 25, 2014

Yankee Gone Shootin’

Some may find it ironic that I work for a company with the word “gun” in it, but never once have I actually shot one–let alone held one. A mere two months past my one-year anniversary in the South, I finally seized the opportunity.

My team took a little field trip to Brays Island Plantation, a sporting community an hour outside of Charleston, and that’s where I took my first shot. The sun was beating down and it was 110º with 100% humidity, but there was no better place to learn the proper gun handling, etiquette, or jargon.

I learned how to stand, how to hold a gun, how to load a gun, the best way to avoid the dreaded kickback, the difference between a five stand, skeet shooting, and sporting clays, and most importantly: how to hit a target.

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June 22, 2014

Burlington, VT

Family traditions in Vermont spanned winter, spring, summer, and fall. We’d drive the six hours to ski, play tennis, and check out the Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream Factory, of course. Now, Mike and I have started our own tradition of trekking up to Vermont each winter. So when we found out that our friends were getting married in Vermont–in the summertime, no less–we were thrilled.

We decided to take advantage of the trip up there and extend our weekend an extra day. With that extra day, we explored downtown Burlington, hiked 7 miles at Camel’s Hump (we will make it to the summit next time; I am determined), devoured Creamee’s soft serve, and watched the sun set over Lake Champlain with a glass of wine in hand.

A trip to Vermont in June was quite the reprieve from the stifling Charleston heat, and we had a chance to explore and actually see the sights without getting hypothermia. After this weekend, one thing is for certain: Burlington has my heart. But the winters are brutal so I could never live there…

June 20, 2014

10 years in the making

The Location: Burlington, VT |  The Date: June 14, 2014

The Ceremony: Rock Point Chapel  |  The Reception: The Ponds at Bolton Valley

The Couple: High school sweethearts whose love story kicked off 10 years ago

The Vibe: Woodsy + Whimsical

 

June 17, 2014

27 things to say goodbye to at 27

With my birthday less than two weeks away, this article popped up on my Facebook newsfeed. Could the timing be any more appropriate? As depressing as it may be–seeing as so much of the article is so true–it’s something we all need to face at one point or another.

The points that resonated with me most, below:

1. Everything bagels bathed in full-fat cream cheese. It will immediately make your face fat. So I suppose those three everything bagels with cream cheese that I’ve consumed in the last four days were my last…

3. Taking vacations “just because.” Kiss adventurous traveling goodbye at 27. The next few years are chock full of weddings and every dime you make will go towards plane tickets, wedding gifts, and clothes for said weddings. But they’re really fun. I promise. Mike and I have been struggling with this one especially while being in a long distance relationship. We struggle trying to find time for ourselves which is why we try to take advantage of each wedding weekend by making long weekends out of them. And weddings are fun!

5. Dancing at the bar until the lights come on and expecting to not be in bed until 3 PM the next day recovering. This past “Big Wednesday” was the last time I will do this, Mom and Dad. I promise. 

10. Rainbow sandals. You’ve been wearing them since you were 15. It’s time to let them go. I will not give up my Rainbows. Or my Havianas. 

12. White dresses. Again, your life revolves around other people’s weddings so these are the only events you will attend. And somewhere in the last 5 years, a rule came about that the bride wears white to not only her wedding, but every shower, Bachelorette party, and engagement party; and if a guest dares to wear white too…they will be shunned. Does this mean I have to return the white dress I just purchased? 

14. Speaking of work, you must be VERY serious about your career. No more “but I’m fresh out of college! I’m exploring my options!” You’re 5+ years out. Stop gchatting and figure it out. Stop g-chatting?! That’s a tough one.

17. Boy bands. Everyone can see your Spotify “recently played” and you look like a pedophile. Members of the Backstreet Boys and N*Sync are older than me…

19. Fighting with your Mother. Haven’t you learned by now? She really is always right. I wouldn’t say always, but pretty darn close. 

22. Not showering every day. You’re a grown woman and you can no longer get away with this. If you’re one of those mysterious girls who can go 7 days without washing her hair and look flawless, go for it. But wash that bod. Every day. Thank God it’s still acceptable for me to skip washing my hair. Dry shampoo is everything.

26. Facebook albums. Your once daily Instagrams are more than enough. Just when I was contemplating posting an album or two to Facebook. Dammit. 

27. Not working out. I know it sucks, but just do it. Every single day. I can’t. I just… can’t.  

June 15, 2014

Spoleto Finale at Middleton Place

The Spoleto Finale is one of the premiere nights in Charleston–the conclusion to a two-week festival celebrating emerging artists, musicians, and performers. The main event takes place at the picturesque Middleton Place and is capped off by a fireworks show. Families, friends, and people of all ages drag their beach chairs, picnic baskets, and blankets through the muddy parking lots and park themselves on Middleton’s sprawling lawn from afternoon to night.

This year, Charleston-born Shovels & Rope performed. I am still familiarizing myself with the folk-inspired local musicians down here and had never heard much about them, but their performance was super entertaining and I even recognized a few songs!

 

June 13, 2014

Jeni’s Spledid Ice Creams

When Mike and I first visited Charleston, we thought, “Gosh, this city is so great, but it’s really missing something–aside from authentic Italian food, good bagels, deli sandwiches, pizza, etc.– It’s missing an ice cream shop.

I quite possibly may have been living under a rock for the past 10 years, but I had never heard of Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams up until about six weeks ago when people all over Charleston were anxiously awaiting her King Street shop opening. Jeni’s now has six scoop shops around the country–one of them being in Charleston.

The grand opening was last week so as opposed to waiting in line for 2 hours for a free cone on opening night, I popped by for an afternoon snack the following day. I tried numerous flavors, but went with my trusty coffee + vanilla ice cream in a cake cone combo. I can’t wait to go back–most likely this week–and try some of the more unique flavors!

 

June 11, 2014

a day in the life

Between the two W’s–weddings and work–I’ll be away from Charleston more than I’ll actually be in Charleston this summer, so I made the executive decision to send Riley to summer camp to New York for the next several weeks (if anybody asks, I tell them she’s spending her summer in The Hamptons).

In order to make Riley’s last full-day in Charleston with me extra special, my parents and I took her to Kiawah so she could bask in the warm sunshine, burrow her head in the sand, and feel the ocean breeze in her hair (yes, breeze… she is not much of a water dog). 

Seeing that big smile on her face made the exhausting and laborious cleanup well worth it.

June 10, 2014

Prada Gets Personal

We’ve all heard about customizable sneakers, but customizable pumps made in Italy? That’s way more special if you ask me.

A nice pair of shoes is a luxury in itself, but a completely unique pair designed exclusively by you is an entirely different level of special. Prada has rolled out a new initiative where shoe lovers like myself have the opportunity to customize their own pumps by color, material, style, sole, and height–and even add initials to the sole.

June 4, 2014

weekend recap

This past weekend, my sister and brother-in-law finally made it down to Charleston to pay me a visit, and we managed not to let the rain dampen our weekend plans.

Added bonus: Mike made an appearance, too!