I think tie-shoulder dresses are my favorite style of dresses, because they are so comfortable, easy to throw on, and they look effortlessly put together. This beautiful tie-shoulder dress from Juliet Dunn is a floral-print cotton-voile dream in bright pinks and greens against a crisp, cool white which makes it easy to throw on for warmer weather. I wore this in Charleston to lunch and shopping at the Charleston Place shops on our second day, and I was simply smitten with how much fun this dress was to wear.
Félix Cocktails et Cuisine in Charleston was a wonderful lunch spot we enjoyed during our time in the Holy City. I wish we had French inspired cafés like this in Connecticut, because it was the perfect way to travel abroad without really going overseas. Read on to see what we ate and why we loved our meal here so much!
Ignoring plantations and slavery on our visit to Charleston wouldn’t change the fact that both majorly shaped the history, culture, and region in and around Charleston. Learning about even the worst things to have happened in history can help prevent them from happening again. Here’s how the owners of Magnolia Plantation & Gardens, a beautiful garden with a dark past, can help right the wrongs of the past.
If you’re like most people, you may have thought that swamps were smelly, dirty places. Why do we think this way? Whenever I told someone who isn’t from the south that I was going to be visiting a swamp garden and nature preserve, they assumed that it would be a gross experience, but it was far from that. There was so much beautiful life all around us as we walked through the garden, which smelled like fresh air and blooming irises, and we saw so many things we wouldn’t have been able to see otherwise due to the inaccessibility and isolated nature of swamps.
Basic Kitchen is one of my favorite lunch places I’ve ever experienced, and easily one of the best places we ate during our road trip. Their philosophy centers around the idea of respecting the environment, respectfully adapting global recipes to Charleston by using locally sourced, seasonally available ingredients, and serving everything with a wholesome flare that leaves diners satisfied and energized. Here’s why we loved dining at Basic Kitchen in Charleston.
Colorful Lilly Pulitzer prints and Charleston’s charm go together like fish and water, which is why I was so excited to style a few of my favorite Lilly Pulitzer pieces, like this “Fishful Thinking” print dress, during our time in Charleston. My husband even got in on the festive, nautical print action by pulling out…
One of our first stops in Charleston was to the South Carolina Aquarium. I’ve followed their efforts to rescue, rehabilitate and release wild sea turtles as well as their efforts to educate the public on the dangers of plastic pollution for several years. I studied Environmental & Earth Sciences in university, and I minored in Water Law & Conservation, so seeing so many people passionately sharing ways to help wildlife and improve the environment was inspiring. The creatures that call the aquarium home are rescues who couldn’t survive in the wild. The South Carolina Aquarium is a great place to learn about the natural world, and get involved in making a real, measurable difference in nature.
We spent a wonderful 48 hours in Washington, D.C. on our first visit together to the nation’s capital. Here’s everything we saw and did during our two days in DC. I hope this inspires you to take a trip to visit one of America’s most fascinating historical sites.
I’ve been really excited for warmer weather so that I can break out my extensive collection of dresses, and while back home in Connecticut the weather is still a bit chilly, particularly in the mornings and evenings, the weather in Washington, D.C. was perfect for getting back into my favorite garment: dresses! I wore this…
Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens is home to a collection of works of art, literature, and other objets d’arts from around the world, including a vast number of Faberge eggs that previously belonged to the Russian Imperial family, as well as 25 acres of carefully manicured ornamental gardens, a glasshouse, and much more.
The Hay-Adams Luxury Hotel in Washington D.C. was our home away from home while we explored our nation’s capital recently. This oasis of classic style, elegance, and luxury is located across the street from Lafeyette Square, overlooking the White House and other major landmarks, easily making it the most convenient place to stay in the city. Here’s why we loved our stay at The Hay-Adams so much.