Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Spring Blogger Brunch

When I started my little blog about a year ago, I had no idea that there was such a huge blogging community out there. I had heard of the big gals, but was constantly stumbling across local bloggers. After moving to Charleston, I loved spending time digging through Instagram, following Charleston hashtags and finding beautiful insta accounts. Through this little scavenger hunt, I stumbled across the Charleston Blog Society.

The Charleston Blog Society was started as a way for local Charleston bloggers to support and inspire each other. I quickly reached out to founder Gillian Ellis of Coastal Bride, and before I knew it, she and I were sharing coffee. Gillian does an amazing job of setting up monthly events with the bloggers and local businesses and boutiques. We love supporting new (and seasoned) shops and restaurants around the city. 

Quickly after joining the society, I met my good friend Toni of Sunflowers & Lace. Again, over coffee - bloggers love coffee, she and I met and started brainstorming new, fresh ways to get to know the city. We were both relatively new to Charleston and looking for a way to get involved with local shops and businesses, as well as get to know the other bloggers better. So...voila! The idea for the Spring Blogger Brunch surfaced. We wanted to create a fun, casual atmosphere where we could meet and talk about blogging and our love for the Holy City. We also envisioned introducing (or, re-introducing!) the bloggers to local shops and businesses. In the spirit of the Blog Society, we wanted to inspire, promote, and share. 

** Quick side note: all pictures were taken by my dear friend, and talented photographer, Katie Fiedler. If you ever need engagement photos, blog shots, or just family portraits, please check her out! Isn't her work lovely?!

Toni and I reached out to a few restaurants with the idea for our brunch, and the team at the Old Village Post House was one of the first to respond. They generously offered us a brunch spot for 10 bloggers in one of their beautiful, bright upstairs rooms (not to mention they offered it to us on a Sunday morning - their prime busy time). Taking it a step further, and making us feel incredibly welcome, General Manager Katie Hajjar offered us mimosas and apps. 
The Old Village Post House is a beautiful spot located in old Mt. Pleasant. It boasts a tavern, three dining rooms, and six inn rooms. This lovely venue screams Southern Hospitality, with its welcoming staff, warm atmosphere, and amazing menu (headed by Executive Chef Frank Lee). It is perfect for a Sunday brunch, evening cocktail, or private event. It is one of my favorite spots, nestled on a quaint street where a scene from The Notebook was filmed (no joke). We were thrilled to spend the morning there. 

In addition to the lovely mimosas, once the bloggers arrived, we were lucky enough to be able to present them with lovely flower crowns from local floral designer, Lily Peterson of FLOWERSHOP. Lily is exactly the type of person that you would expect to own a flower shop and be named after a flower. She has the sweetest disposition and owns the loveliest little shop in North Charleston. She was so excited to hear about our brunch and our excitement about her flower crowns. She graciously lent us crowns for the morning, and I wish I could have worn it all week, I mean, all day.
 (psst! Keep an eye out for her online crown shop launching soon! Keep checking back at flowershopchs.com - they are perfect for bridal showers, sip and sees, bachelorette parties, or just a Tuesday afternoon...)

Alden of Rutledge Social

Taylor of  Holy City in Heels

Katherine of Katherine in LA 


 Trying to decide on just one menu item was nearly impossible...

...I went for the Shrimp & Grits (amaze).

 My fellow co-host and forever bestie in Charleston, Toni of Sunflowers & Lace.
(p.s. that's Charleston Blog Society founder Gillian to the left!)

Not only did we have a fabulous brunch with beautiful flower crowns, but we were also treated to some little goodies from some of our favorite spots in Charleston. If you're ever in the area, you MUST go shopping on (and around) King Street. It has all of the shops you would expect, but the real gems are the local boutiques. Some of the generous giftables were provided by:

Finicky Filly: This shop carries beautiful designers (Tory Burch, Mara Hoffman, Rebecca Minkoff) and also boasts its "Brown Box" program (think Trunk Club for women!)

Pink Dot Beauty Bar: Who doesn't want to indulge in makeup and beauty product samples? If you're ever in Charleston for a event and need makeup/hair, give Pink Dot a call.

Vestique: Super cute clothes at wallet-friendly prices. With locations in both North and South Carolina, be sure to check it out when visiting the Low Country.

Luna: One of my favorite spots in Charleston for designers like Vince, Amanda Uprichard and Clover Canyon.

Candlefish: One of my very FAVORITE stores in Charleston. Candlefish carries over 40 amazing brands of candles and decor. According to its website, "Masters of our craft, we aim to share our illuminating experiences of candle-making through scent, touch, and sight. Instilling memories both old and new, Candlefish is an inspiration destination." I am absolutely in love with this store (which offers candle-making classes and workshops) and definitely include it in my "must-see" spots in Charleston. To make things even better, Candlefish's online shop is now open! Check it out: http://candlefish.com/collections/

THANK YOU so much for getting involved!

 Post-brunch pictures

I can't get enough of this skirt!

How amazing is Toni's outfit?!

Thank you for everything, Old Village Post House. We had a wonderful time.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

April Showers Bring May Flowers

Spring Rain Jackets

After graduating with my MBA, I was hired by my company and sent on a short 9-12 month sales rotation. I was lucky enough to get to have a say in which city I would be placed, and was so thrilled to be in Charleston for a year. Sadly, that time is coming to an end. I am gearing up to head back to Indiana, and while I cannot wait for this next chapter in my life, I will miss this amazing city and the wonderful, charming, Southern people I have met here. But more on that later this week...

While the seasons have pretty much transitioned straight from winter to summer here in South Carolina, I know to prepare for some slightly more...unpredictable...weather in Indiana. And if there is one thing that is somewhat predictable about spring in the Midwest, it's rain. So when I saw a girl at the Cooper River Bridge Run wearing the Lululemon jacket pictured below, I displayed no shame in walking right up to her asking when she bought it. To my delight, she replied "just the other day." So to Lulu I went, and walked out with my favorite little navy jacket. It just so happens to pair perfectly with my Lo & Sons OMG bag (a blogger favorite, this is literally the best bag I have ever traveled with). So I now have an easy, waterproof, comfortable outfit for traveling and bopping around Indiana this spring. 

Check out the styles above for a few more (very practical) spring jackets.

featured // 1) Madewell // 2) J.Crew // 3) John Lewis // 4) John Lewis // 5) The North Face // 6) T by Alexander Wang // 7) Madewell

wearing // jacket: Lululemon (not available online, but purchased recently!) // bag: Lo & Sons // shoes: Vans for Madewell (no longer available) // leggings: Lululemon // hat: Vineyard Vines // sunglasses: Ray-Ban

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Hello, Babydoll

The weather in Charleston has been absolutely gorgeous lately. There have been a few days here and there of chilly temps, but it's not the back-and-forth, one-day-summer-the-next-day-winter that we tend to have in the Midwest. Because rain showers have been predicted this week, it has been especially humid, making it pretty toasty in the Low Country. I have finally decided that it's appropriate to pull out some short dresses and show some (very pale) leg.

I was especially excited to try out this little Free People babydoll dress. My mom and I saw it while shopping, I pulled it off the rack, and it was an immediate internal struggle..."this could go right, or very, very wrong." I tried it on and decided I was decently happy with what I saw. 

Now back to the topic of my mother...she is an amazing shopping buddy, a wonderful blog-supporter, and a sincere break-up counselor...but not the best photographer (but bless her heart for trying). She was nice enough to snap a few quick pics while down here visiting, but please ignore the less-than-ideal backgrounds and editing (the mis-adventures in photo editing is the fault of mine, not my mom's). 

But the fact that she is always willing to help with, comment on, "like", read, and promote my blog more than makes up for the lack of photography skills. 

I remember when I first started my blog. I sent the link to my younger sister to get her opinion. I told her not to show my mom. Naturally, she did the opposite of what I asked. Instead of getting a reluctant reaction from my mom (who does not participate in social media, had probably never heard the word "blog," and prefers to remain 'anonymous' in life with my dad - so cute), she has shown nothing but love and support from the beginning. It was a wonderful surprise and has been a wonderful blessing to have her constant feedback and encouragement.

And regardless of the quality of the pictures, the dress deserved a little love. Check out the links below for some (professional) pics of the individual pieces.

love ya, mom.
 seven styles 
Seven other great Free People dresses:

Friday, April 3, 2015

Spring Style Inspiration

 image via the lovely SF Girl by Bay

Oh. Em. Gee. I have not been posting as much as I usually do! For those of you that noticed, I apologize. Between work and traveling and getting ready for a move (more on that later...) things have been crazy! And, I must admit, I have been in a big style rut. 

So what is this style rut, do you ask? It's when I picture an outfit in my head and it looks amazing, and then I actually put it on and look...not so amazing. I don't know why, but just haven't been feeling it lately. I love style and fashion and clothes, but never have I ever claimed to get it right all the time. Some days, just like with anyone else, it goes very wrong and I throw on my trusty Madewell jeans, a white tee, and call it a day. 

But then again, isn't that how it goes in other aspects of life as well? Sometimes new things just immediately work and fall into place. And sometimes they don't. That's when you have to fall back on what you know and love and trust. It's like that old friend from high school that you call on a bad day even though you have amazing new friends in your new city. Sometimes you just need...comfort. 

Perhaps a little apprehension about all the upcoming changes in my life have subconsciously pointed me in the direction of what is comfortable. Nevertheless, I am super excited about what the future holds and I am excited to try some spring and summer looks now that the temperature in Charleston is consistently above 70 degrees.

So I turned to some of my favorite bloggers for some inspiration (don't be surprised if you see me re-creating these looks over the next few weeks). I'm sure you may have seen some of these looks from the queens of the blogging world, but I also love following the local bloggers here in the Holy City. So take a peek at what's inspiring me and check out the blogs of these lovely ladies as well!

I'll be back soon! xo

 all white + killer sandals via Sincerely Jules

 white dress + feminine details via Turquoise & Teale

 floral romper + leather vest via Who What Wear 

 boho vibes + matching accessories via Katalina Girl
(p.s. check out her amazing bridal brunch - I die)

 blush trousers + embellished blouse via Sequins & Stripes

 easy separates + amazing vacations via Gal Meets Glam

spring layers + saddle accessories via Holy City Chic 

 stripes + floral via Atlantic-Pacific

casual + bright via The Teacher Diva

matching separates + simple accessories via TopKnots & PolkaDots

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