Staycation at The Restoration

Having a staycation with my family is just as fun as hopping on a plane and experiencing a new city.  The beauty of jumping in your car and driving a few miles to your destination just means you have more time to experience your vacation, and less time traveling.  We do after all, live in one of the top travel destinations in the world.  Me and my crew had the opportunity to stay at The Restoration Hotel downtown, one of the most dynamic boutique hotels in Charleston, offering everything from vintage car rentals, shopping, dining, baby sitting services, and grocery delivery to your room.

 You can rent a vintage car at The Restoration Hotel by the hour or by the day from Dream Classic Rentals.  It was so much fun riding in this 1966 Mustang over the James Island connector to Folly Beach.  I didn’t realize how much attention we would get, everyone loves a vintage convertible, especially in this bright turquoise.

Hat by San Diego Hat Co. from $44.95 // Bag by San Diego Hat company from Zappos $32.99 // Romper by L’Atiste from Toss Designs $48 // Sunglasses from Sunglass LA $12 // Jewelry by Barracuda Moon  // shoes by Serverde

It doesn’t get anymore convenient than The Curated Coastal Package which is a great service The Restoration Hotel offers to make your trip to the beach extra easy.  They packed a yummy picnic for all of us which included sandwiches, cheese, crackers, fruit and water. Plus they throw in beach chairs and a game of paddle board.   As you can see here we throughly enjoyed our care-free day at the beach thanks to The Restoration.

Turkish towels by The Charleston Weekender from Cannonborough Collective // sunglasses from Sunglass LA // and swimsuit from Citrine Swim 

After all of the saltwater and sand we were ready to get back to The Restoration Hotel and take a dip in the pool.  The 5th floor private pool has the most amazing views of Charleston in an intimate setting.  We lucked out and got the pool all to ourselves.  You really feel like your in another city when you get to experience all of the amenities of a boutique hotel.

Sun wrap worn as a head wrap by Zags x Goldbug Collection from Croghans Jewel Box // Goldbug Collection Bee Mine earrings $85 from Croghans Jewel Box // ZAc Zac Posen sunglasses from Nordstrom $85 // Swimsuit from Old Navy $44.99

View more to check out the rest of our hotel stay including the incredibly delicious dinner at The Watch restaurant, cooking breakfast in our suite, and squeezing out the last moments of our staycation at The Restoration Hotel. If your looking for an escape this summer, I’ve teamed up with The Restoration for 15% off a hotel booking with promo code FAMILY now through August.  Click here to book and I promise you won’t be disappointed!

Straw from Cannonborough Collective

Photography by Clifford Pate

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Bottoms Up

Charleston is full of art and I love that you can find it in the most unassuming places.  This vibrant floor mural by local artist Douglas Panzone is tucked away in a College of Charleston apartment building where the students can enjoy it from their balcony.  It’s located right next to House of Sage, the local boutique heavily frequented by the college crowd, and also one of the best places to shop local on a budget.

This jumpsuit is only $60 and the denim jacket is only $55 at House of Sage!  Just when you think the deals can’t get any sweeter, their having a shopping event on Saturday and Sunday. For every full priced bottom you purchase enters you into a drawing for a chance to win a $75 gift certificate.  So bottoms up while you sip on champagne while you shop and scoop up those deals!

Jumpsuit by San Souci $60,  Denim jacket by San Souci $55, hat $34, and necklace $16 from House of Sage // Adrian shoes by Summit White Mountain $179 from Zappos

Photography by Paul King

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Joy Ride

Riding bikes is one of my favorite things to do and being able to soak up the scenery on two wheels in Wild Dunes Resort is the ultimate experience.  Their bike rental shop located across the street from The Village Inn has bikes for the whole family.  The bike friendly sidewalk seemed to stretch for miles and the weather was perfect for our day of activities.

We worked up our appetites for breakfast at Huey’s, the restaurant on the green named for an infamous Goose that lurked the resort.  With wrap around windows overlooking the golf course, the view was just as good as the food.

We had heard about their famous blueberry pancakes so we had to order that stat.  They really did live up to the legacy and now every pancake I have after that is going to be a tough act to follow.  They surprised us with this massive fruit plate that was enough to feed an army.   This was one of the best breakfasts I’ve had in Charleston and I’ll have to make a trip back to Wild Dunes just to have those pancakes.

The golf course at Wild Dunes is recognized as the best in the state by Golf Digest with 36 holes spread out on their beautiful property.  If your not an avid golfer but want to try your hand at it they offer clinics and private lessons by their seasoned instructors.  Jeff Minton is one of the instructors and he gives the best pointers and tips.   We loved our lessons with Jeff, especially my boys.  Even Sebastian got to hit a few balls with his one good arm.

It’s all about the form and follow through.

The day continued with a tennis match on their clay courts and lounging by the pool.  Another perfect day in paradise.

In case you missed out on my other blog post, I’m teaming up with Wild Dunes Resort on a special discount so you can experience all of the fun.  Guests who book a minimum of two night stay using the special code CURATE will receive $100 off, valid for all stays through October 31st.

Top $96 and shorts $88 by Show Me your Mumu and hat by Aviate from  Tres Carmen Boutique // Double decker lurex sneakers $57.95 from Keds // Multi tourmaline arrow necklace by Ash Hoffman

Photography by Clifford Pate

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Dandy Boutique at CFW

Local boutique Dandy dazzled the runway with their retro inspired looks at  Charleston Fashion Week.

Photography by Side Yard Studios

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Caped Crusader


Sometimes it can be a challenge to dress in Charleston.  One minute it’s 70 degrees and the next minute it’s 50  degrees.  The secret to dressing in the south is layers and this outfit is perfect when the weather is acting bi-polar. The cape, sweater, and hat are from Dandy Boutique, the cutest little shop on John Street in the Upper King area downtown.  I love how the cape can transform the most basic outfit into a chic little ensemble on the town.


The jeans are by Ellison Apparel from House of Sage, my go to shop on George Street located pretty much on the College of Charleston campus.  I love them because they’re the perfect cropped flare length for my vertically challenged height.  Get use to them because they’ll be appearing on my blog again soon.

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I’m having a navy moment right now and this bag by Neely & Chloe captures it all.  I discovered this New York based accessory company a couple of weeks ago at a pop up they were having at The Dewberry. Sisters Neely and Chloe Burch have designed a line of classicly chic handbags and shoes at attainable prices.  My leather Lady Bag Saffiano is only $168!  The sisterly duo just launched their line in the fall, and have already created a name for themselves. With experience working with the most prominent brands in the world such as Sotheby’s and J.Crew, it’s no wonder the sisters were destined for greatness. You can even customize your bag with your initials with their Workshop service.  And if your in New York then visit them at their pop up shop at 373 Bleeker Street until January.  Happy Shopping!

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Back to Nature Butterfly Sweater $62, Cape Crusader Zig Zag Cape by Traffic People $110, and hat by San Diego Hat Co. from Dandy Boutique // Jeans by Ellison Apparel from House of Sage // Regina heels in navy suede by Corso Como $139 from Zappos // The Lady Bag Saffiano  from Neely & Chloe $168

Photography by Libby Williams

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Sipping and Strolling though the Village


A couple of weeks ago me and the family headed out to Freshfields Village in Kiawah for the Holiday Festival and had a blast.  We’re always looking for an adventure where we don’t have to travel too far and we love coming back to Freshfields Village to shop and dine.  My boys were loving it because they had a jump castle, games, an art table, and our all time favorite, the mechanical bull.


Looking for a little retail break I popped into The Resort Shop, a family owned local women’s boutique that has been a Freshfields mainstay since the start.  They always have some sweet selections from Mara Hoffman, Trina Turk, and this dress from Cupcakes & Cashmere.  I topped it off with this Tart hat and I was ready to explore the village some more.

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Of course we had to take a break at Vincent’s Drug Store and Soda Fountain where we got served up some ice cream sundaes and milkshakes.

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Freshfields Village always has something cooking and this Thursday they’re having their last Sip & Stroll of the year.  From 4-7pm the shops will be serving sips and light snacks while they roll out special sales and promotions. This is a great place to knock out gifts for pretty much everyone in your family.  I know my boys love stopping by Wonder Works to check out and play with all of their interactive toys. So get your holiday shopping on while shopping local!


Dress by Cupcakes and Cashmere $115 and hat by Tart $ 62 from The Resort Shop from Freshfields Village // Larissa boots by Coro Como $209 from Amazon // “Kendi” necklace in Rose Gold, “Baby Moon” necklace in Rose Gold, “Jessie” ring in Rose Gold, “Suzy” skull ring in Rose Gold, by Ash Hoffman

Photography by Libby Williams

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Downtown Alley


There’s never a shortage of quaint places to shoot in Charleston, and one of my favorite places is Hutson Alley around the corner from Dandy Boutique.  Dandy is a gem of a store located on John Street in the Upper King Street area and is packed full of vintage inspired women’s clothing and accessories.  Most people might think shopping local is expensive, but I beg to differ.  You can buy a full outfit head to toe for under $150 like this cute denim dress for only $68!


Owner Holly McGetrick is making your holiday shopping easier at Dandy Boutique with their personalized gift boxes.  You can pick from 3 different size boxes packed with goodies and receive 20% off your entire gift box purchase.  This is the the easiest way to give holiday cheer without the stress of running around.

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And if your wondering about my new whiter and brighter smile, I can give credit to Peninsula Cosmetic & Family Dentistry.  I’ve never had my teeth whitened and I wanted to go somewhere I could trust, so of course I went to my dentist.  Me and my family have been going to Peninsula Cosmetic & Family Dentistry for years and I always have the best experience with the entire staff there.  It also helps that their office is in a beautifully renovated house on Savannah Highway in West Ashley.  The procedure was somewhat quick (45 min), totally painless, and I couldn’t be happier with my results!  Now it’s up to me to stay away from those pesky teeth staining vices like ice tea and red wine.

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Autumn Daze Overall Dress $68, Upata Bomber Jacket $124, Teacher’s Pet Spectator Shoes $82.50, Hey Frenchie Beret $39, and Sunnies from Dandy Boutique

Photography by Clifford Pate

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