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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Boudoir Goals


Getting to stay at the chic Restoration Hotel  during Charleston Fashion Week a couple of weeks ago was a dream come true.  My hectic schedule was filled with trunk shows, photoshoots, judging commitments, on top of my usual blogging and social media duties.  Having a home base downtown this year made a world of difference and gave me piece of mind.


The beauty of The Restoration is that every room is a suite so you instantly feel like your at home, but a more luxurious version of that. Each room is stocked with an Ipad, Smart TV, and and a mini bar that’s stocked with delicious munchies including local favorite Callie’s Biscuits.


And let’s talk about this bed.  The massive King size bed piled up with the softest pillows made it easy to crash in and hard to get out of in the morning.


You can tell every little detail was thought of in every inch of the space.  One of my favorites was the vintage typewriter with a note from the owners saying “Dear Guest, Welcome to The Restoration.  We look forward to re-creating history together.  Warm regards, The Andersons”


Lace robe by Hanky Panky $140 and Silk Chemise by Andres $147 from Bits of Lace //  Pave diamond, sapphire & enamel pinwheel pendant on oxidized chain $495 and Pave diamond triangle earrings $360 by Theodosia // 14k Blue Topaz ring $1,200 and 14k Amethyst and Diamond ring $1,050 from Gold Creations

Photography by Lauren Sykes, Hair by Patrick Navarro at Stella Nova Charleston, Makeup by Lauren Smelley, Mani & Pedi from The Amethyst Spa at The Restoration Hotel

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Sweet Dreams


These lifesaver printed PJ’s by Bed Head are super soft and snuggly.  Made from 95% cotton and 5% spandex they are top notch quality and made for active kiddies like my little Sebastian.  Bits of Lace who are usually known for their luxe lingerie carries a great collection of Bed Head pajamas for both women and kids.  Everything in a mini size are always the cutest.

Room With a View

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Satin and lace gown by Andres from Bits of Lace PH: 843- 577-0999 // Freida Rothman necklace from Croghan’s Jewel Box PH: 843-723-3594 // Blue topaz ring $825 and Ruby and diamond ring $325 from  Gold Creations PH: 843-577-4862

Beauty: Stella Nova lipstick in Micro Berry, Run-Through Detangling Primer and Superfine Hair Spray by Oribe and Smith and Cult nail color in Bang the Dream from Stella Nova,

Photography by Clifford Pate, Makeup & Hair by Kalena Doo at Stella Nova West Ashley, Style Assistant – Jonatan Guerrero, On location at The Spectator Hotel

Charleston Charm

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Nightgown/cover-up by Celestine $203 and swimsuit by Eres $506 from Bits of Lace PH: 843- 577-0999 //  14K Gold charms $295-$1,350 each, 14K gold triple link charm bracelet $3,650, 14k gold Griffon ring $925, 14k gold twisted rope band $350, 14k gold rope ring $150 and $300, 14k Charleston Gates pendant necklaces $295-$690 each from  Gold Creations PH: 843-577-4862 // Sandals by Ivy Kirzhner from Shoes on King  PH: 843-718-2190

Beauty: Run-Through Detangling Primer and Superfine Hair Spray by Oribe and Smith and Cult nail color in Tenderoni from Stella Nova

Photography by Clifford Pate, Makeup by Elina Mille at Bellelina Skincare and Makeup Studio, Hair by Kalena Doo at Stella Nova West Ashley

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From Dusk Till Dawn

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By the Sea Tunic by Eberjey $108 from Bits of Lace PH: 843- 577-0999 // Thin gold band $295, and thick hammered gold band $995 by Ash Hoffman // White druzy gemstone wrap bracelet $58  by Thistle & Thatch //  Shoreline necklace $210, Pink stone necklace, Ras rosecut cuff $160 , Atoll cuff $210 all by Kate Davis // Vans CA Buttersoft Era Fuxia $75 from Sneaker

Beauty: Shimmer Bloc in Pink Mosaic by Laura Mercier, Sheer lip color in Florence by Trish McEvoy, and nailpolish by Lancome from Cosbar of Charleston PH: 843-793-1776

Photography by Nickie Cutrona, Hairstylist – Kalena Doo and Makeup Artist – Megan McGarrey-Evans at  Stella Nova Charleston, Style Assistant – Reed Seiber, Shot on location at The Beachside Boutique Inn

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All About Mom


Clockwise from top:  Bobbi Brown beach body oil $32 from Cosbar of Charleston PH: 843-793-1776 // Peak heart necklace, gold dipped by Dog Eared Jewelry $68 from Simply J Boutique PH: 843-641-0224 // Produce Candle in Wildflower from Candlefish $18 //  Elizabeth and James Monroe Earrings $125 from Croghan’s Jewel Box PH: 843-723-3594 //  Prima Donna Diamond Short Wrap Robe $260 from Bits of Lace PH: 843- 577-0999 //  Branché Silk Charmeuse Eye Mask $42 from Lily Charleston PH: 843-577-7633 // Light peach Inca cuff by Lizzie Fortunato $195 from Hampden Clothing // What I Love About Mom book $10 from Elizabeth Stuart Design PH: 843-388-3892


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