Snapshots from Charleston
My mom and I had blast on our three-day trip to Charleston, SC. I’d never been further south than Virginia before so I relished the opportunity to have a true South Carolina experience full of food, shopping, sightseeing, and pure enjoyment. It was also nice to have my mom’s new DS100 camera to capture our best moments.
We started off the trip visiting family in Myrtle Beach, a coastal beach town with a definite retro flair. Myrtle Beach is a huge vacation spot for both Northerners and Southerners, and one look at the beach explained why. Our hotel was right on the water, and the fifteenth floor provided for a beautiful view of the ocean. Beach days in the South continue well into fall; our weather was pretty windy but also quite warm.
Balcony shot in a Free People dress, Zara leather jacket, Free People sunnies and Target boots.
After Saturday night in Myrtle Beach, we took a drive down the coast to Charleston to take full advantage of the Sunday. The weather forecast wasn’t great, but the rain held off until lunchtime. My mom and I spent most of the day walking around, taking in the sights, eating delicious foods, and stopping in shops. Read on for some highlights:
We stopped by the marketplace where I bought some woven bracelets and admired sweet-grass baskets hand-woven by locals….these babies retail at $150 a pop!
Naturally, I did my research on the best spots to eat, drink and shop in Charleston. Wild Flour Pastry is famous for it’s “Sticky Bun Sundays”…..enough said.
Bracelet shot! Left (top to bottom): local vendor, H&M/Right (top to bottom): local vendor, bracelets made by my girl Kaela Glenn, Honestly…WTF DIY Chaan Lu made by me, and Urban Outfitters
Wall graffiti always gets my attention.
On our way to Wild Flour, I spotted this insanely dressed lady and HAD to stop her for a style shot. Her fur stole, nerd glasses, knotted maxi and side-buzz were surprisingly refreshing among a sea of J.Crew-clad students from the College of Charleston. We chatted about fashion for a bit since she was clearly in-the-know – I told her about Rusted Revolution and she directed me towards her boutique down the street called JLINSNIDER. I stopped by on my way back, ogling the skeletal artifacts in the window and the BEAUTIFUL clothing and shoes inside. If you’re ever in the Charleston area, hit up JLINSNIDER at 539 King st., or check out her site at jlinsnider.net.
Pants and top by Free People.
Rooftop lunch at the Market Pavillion Hotel…about 5 minutes before a torrential rainstorm rolled through.
Charleston is an extremely historic American city, famous for it’s role in both the Revolutionary and Civil Wars. The houses here are beautifully constructed and designed; I would describe the architecture as something of a hybrid between Philadelphia, Martha’s Vineyard and Boston with beautiful foliage. A typical tourist activity is a guided carriage ride around the city center – which of course we did…it was a fun ride plus we got some great shots of the historic homes.
Dinner on Sunday night was at SNOB – Slightly North of Broad. Good Southern food with a gourmet twist.
Many of Charleston’s historic homes are available for viewing and preserved like museums. We visited the Heyward-Washington House, famous for housing George Washington during his southern tour, among other famous individuals.
View from the house gardens.
View of the dining room.
Shots of the kitchen house out back, where all food was prepared by slaves.
Lunch the next day was at Hominy Grill – classic Southern cuisine all the way through. This yummy-looking dish below is called “The Big Nasty.” I kid you not, and it was delicious.
My mom ordered the fried green tomato BLT. Equally tasty.
Dinner that night was at The Boulevard Diner. In typical diner fashion, everything was super-sized. I ordered the vegetable plate (yes, those are sweet potato tater tots) and my mom ordered fried chicken steak.
Our final meal on Tuesday morning was at Virginia’s on King St. Eggs and grits…classic and delicious!
So much food but worth every bite! I can’t wait to go back to Charleston and hit up all the spots I wasn’t able to try. Hope you enjoyed the pics!