Travel Diary | Charleston, SC


Bar at The Dewberry Hotel

167 Raw

Ravenel bridge

I was amused by this polite request for no parking in the driveway

Rainbow Row

Tomato sandwich at Zero Restaurant

Last month I spent some time in South Carolina; a week on Kiawah and then a couple of days in Charleston. Charleston is one of my favorite cities to visit. It has so much history, beautiful architecture, charming people and of course, there's the food. I love it so much and wanted to share some of my favorite Charleston spots with you.

To Stay | The Dewberry Hotel

I loved The Dewberry for all of its well thought out details. From the bathrooms with the double sinks, to the brass bar with well made cocktails to the style and design of the space. The rooms were clean and modern and the location was right smack in the middle of Charleston. It was a nice walk either way toward the Battery or toward Upper King Street where so many fabulous restaurants exist. You can bet I'll stay here again on my next visit to Charleston.

To Eat | The Ordinary

To me a trip to Charleston is hardly complete without a stop at The Ordinary for dinner. I love bellying up to the bar for a cocktail or a glass of wine and to munch on the smoked fish paté while deciding what will come next in the culinary adventure.

To Eat | 167 Raw

Our first stop in South Carolina this trip was at 167 Raw. It's a small little raw bar and another spot worth bellying up to. It's more casual than The Ordinary and for me is a perfect lunch destination. We sipped a crisp glass of wine and noshed on guacamole and chips. I had the lobster roll which was the perfect mixture of cold lobster salad atop a buttery toasted roll. But that tuna burger that my friend had was so delicious. My next visit, that's what I'm getting!

To Eat | Zero Restaurant + Bar

Despite all the delicious eats, Zero Restaurant at the Zero George Hotel topped everything off. This is a different dining experience to be sure. Not formal but a bit fancier, in a casual fancy/five course tasting menu kind of way. I chose the omnivore menu and my friend the herbivore one. We started off with a number of little "snacks" and my favorite was their take on a tomato sandwich. I know, it sounds basic, but to me a summer isn't complete without the perfect tomato sandwich; this elevated version was wrapped in nori. The last course for my omnivore menu was a beef wellington which is one of my favorite things to eat in this world. On my death bed if given a choice of one last thing to eat, it would be this one from Zero George. Meat cooked perfectly. Earthy mushrooms. Decadent foie gras. Ahhh, meal complete and I was stuffed!

To Shop | Hampden Clothing

If you haven't heard of Hampden Clothing, then you might just be living under a rock. Well maybe not but this shop may be located in South Carolina however its presence is much bigger than that. Just check out the features in the likes of Town and Country or W or Harper's Bazaar to name just a few. But enough about that, let's get onto the actual shopping. This lil shop is chock full of fabulous designers that you don't see everywhere (like by Malene Birger, Simone Rocha, Ulla Johson) plus well edited selections of lines more ubiquitous (Tibi, Alexander Wang, Proenza Schouler). Even if you can't get there in person, you can shop online or have one of their stylists help.  They are happy to ship as I discovered after I left thinking about something that I should have bought which is now in my closet!



Weekend Tidbits - 15 July 2017

Oh hello little ole blog, it's certainly been awhile!  I've been spending my time over on my Youtube channel and this space has been oh so neglected.  But here I am, attempting to bring it back to life!  For my first post back, I thought we could chat about what I'm doing, watching, reading and all that good stuff.  So here goes.  

This weekend, I started watching the Netflix series The Gypsy which stars Naomi Watts.  The Gypsy is billed as a "psychological thriller" in which Naomi Watts plays a therapist who injects herself into the lives of her patients. The reviews I've seen written are lukewarm. I'm two episodes in and like it enough to keep going. 

I recently finished reading The Futures by Anna Pitoniak.  This was a first novel about a young couple, Julia and Evan, who moves to New York City after college.  Pre-2008 market crash, Evan lands a job at a prestigious hedge fund where he was involved in some not so above board deals while Julia toils away as an assistant at a charitable foundation. The book is told from the perspective of both of them and I found it a very entertaining read. 

Gucci metallic sneakers

Gucci floral sneakers

I know I'm way late to the sneaker game, but I finally succumbed and bought not one, but two pairs of luxury sneakers. I'm in the midst of a summer off, the first time in my life that I've taken extended time off from working (more on that in this video), and the combination of summer clothes plus a more casual lifestyle made me take the plunge. So far, I've been wearing the floral pair constantly and know I'll get a ton of use from the metallic ones come fall.


Carven Coat

Outfit details: Carven coat, St. John top, Lafayette 148 blouse, Alexander Wang skirt, Dior booties, Dior bag, Dior scarf, Dylanlex necklace

I bought this coat from Net-A-Porter in the sales, but I would have loved it even had I paid full price. It's heavy enough to work in Boston for the winter and bright enough to bring me out of my winter rut! To make it even better, Tamron Hall from the Today Show was wearing it this week. I think she has the best style and just wears clothes beautifully.


Seasonless Dress and Favorite Boots


Outfit details: Chloé dress, Stuart Weitzman boots, Neiman Marcus sweater, Givenchy bag 

I bought this dress in the early fall and definitely haven't worn it enough. But oh how I love it. I felt really good the day I wore this and I can't wait to wear it come spring with bare legs and cool sandals. 

I also have to say that these boots are favorites of mine. Super comfy but also super cool. And for me they have the perfect heel; nice and chunky and not too high.


Outfit Archive

Outfit details: CH Carolina Herrera dress (other cute options here and here) and coat, Dior bag and shoes

Boy it's been awhile since I've posted here!  I've really been enjoying doing the You Tube videos (find me here).  As I sit here watching TV, I was trying to get inspired as to what to wear tomorrow.  I've been finding myself wearing the same things over and over. So I came here to my little place on the interwebs to check out what I was wearing last winter. But lo and behold, there's not much to see.

So here you have it, an outfit from the fall that I took photos of and never posted. This was from the annual Breast Cancer Research Foundation luncheon that I attend each year in Boston.