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May 1, 2018

MY CHARLESTON TRAVEL GUIDE

Oh vacation, how I miss you! Last week, Josh and I spent a week in Charleston, South Carolina and I can’t explain how badly I want to be back there right now. Typically, when we vacation, we tend to find an all-inclusive resort in the Caribbean and drink and eat ourselves silly. But I have been wanting to visit Charleston ever since I started watching Southern Charm (LOL JK, guys! Give me a little more credit). Seriously, it’s a city that has been on my bucket list for a long time. So, as my Christmas present, Josh booked us a trip to Charleston, and after waiting for four long cold months, we jetted off to this perfectly charming city. First of all, the weather was incredible every day. It was between 70 and 80-degrees with, what seemed like a constant refreshing breeze. According to the locals, April/May are the best months to visit the city (way to go, Josh!). We stayed at an AirBnb on James Island, which is a prime location because it’s right between the beach and downtown. If you’ll keep reading, I’m going to share with you some of my favorite spots to eat, beach, drink and explore! I’m also going to share some of the places we didn’t have time to go to. Josh and I really wanted to go on a tour of the city. We actually explored some of the major spots ourselves first and then went on a tour to learn more about Charleston’s incredible history. Above is a view of The Battery. The Battery is a landmark in Charleston and is a defensive seawall, named for a civil-war defense artillery battery. It stretches along the lower shores of Charleston, forming the harbor. I loved walking this promenade and feeling the sea breeze–bring me back! And, in the distance, you can see the famous Ravenel bridge. Okay, the reason I’m unnecessarily obsessed with this bridge is mostly because it is named after the one and only drama-starting, reality TV “star” Thomas Ravenel. I’m super fascinated by this family, and this bridge is named after Arthur Ravenel Jr. (Thomas Ravenel’s dad). I learned quite a bit about this bridge. It connects Charleston to Mt. Pleasant (which is an area I wanted to go but didn’t have time), it is the third largest cable-stayed bridge in the Western Hemisphere and its total length is 13,200 feet (WHOA!). If you’re planning on visiting Charleston, one of your first stops must be The Battery–it’s perfect and picturesque. For our tour, we did a combined bus and boat tour with Grayline tours. It was $40 per person and was three hours long. I really enjoyed exploring the city with them. We also drove through the Citadel campus which was beautiful. And the boat tour was a big highlight for us! We toured the harbor, saw Sullivan’s Island and Fort Sumter….and went right under the Arthur Ravenel bridge (LOL…K I’m done). When we go again, we would probably go on the highly recommended Gullah tour. 

UM. You can’t visit Charleston and not visit Rainbow Row. It was clearly number one on my list and out of all the colorful homes, this vibrant lavender one was my favorite! There are 13 colorful historic houses, and it represents the longest cluster of Georgian row houses in the United States. An absolute must see.

Here! I’ll live right here. Just one of the many ivy-covered homes I want to live in.

Another shot of The Battery, and that bright pink house, right there, is John Ravenel’s house, 5 East Battery (OMG ha! I’m embarrassing myself, but it’s beautiful). It was declared the best real estate on the peninsula with the most beautiful views…in 1838. Not exactly sure it’s an ideal place to live during a hurricane…just sayin’!

More of The Battery….behind is the White Point Gardens at The Battery. A better image of the White Point Gardens at The Battery. I could stare at these trees all day. They’re breathtaking; out of a scene from The Notebook.

Staying so close to the beach, we were told we had to go to Folly Beach. We went there on our first full day in Charleston, which was a Thursday, and after talking to some locals, that was the best decision we ever made. Apparently, there are only a few beaches in Charleston, Folly being the most popular, and in the summer it could take an hour to get to the beach from where we were, which was 10-15 minutes away. Since it gets super hot in the summer months, almost sticky, naturally everyone retreats to the beach. If you’re planning on going to the beach, plan to go on a weekday.  And, it’s not just a beach, but a whole town with restaurants, bars, and tourist shops. After getting burnt to a crisp and walking out on the pier, we hopped around Folly, with our first stop being  Rita’s Seaside Grille.  A cocktail is just what we needed after getting fried in the sun (Josh more than me). OKAY. I don’t know what they did, but their Pina Colada was silky smooth and AMAZING. My mouth is watering thinking about it now. After getting some liquor in us, we stopped at Taco Boy, which is a super cool spot with the best type of food on earth. You guessed it…TACOS. I LOVED everything about this spot and it was super affordable too. Quick service and great views of the streets of Folly. Let the people watching begin! I got a Kimchi Beef taco which was out of this world. If you find your way there and are debating between tacos, let the kimchi be one of your selections.

Our first night, we went to Leon’s Oyster Shop. Josh and I love seafood, so this was the perfect place to kick off our vacation. We got…oysters, of course, peel and eat shrimp and I got the Siam Salad–so good! OH…AND…. for dessert, they offer soft serve ice cream! What!?!!! I got the vanilla soft serve in a cone with rainbow sprinkles…AMAZING.

If you take one thing from this whole post, it’s to go to Carmella’s Dessert Bar. UM. TWO WORDS: DESSERT BAR. We went to this place TWICE! It’s right on East Bay Street, in a row with a group of great restaurants. They have gelato, cake, coffee, and alcohol…what more could you ask for! I got salted caramel gelato with a scoop of chocolate gelato and it was (double hand raise emoji) amazing! We went again on our last night and I ordered a cappuccino and salted caramel chocolate mousse–OH YES! It’s a fun spot to stop at after dinner or to take a break from shopping. It’s completely open too, so you can feel the fresh air and see the passersby.

See! How cute is Taco Boy? It’s as good as it looks.

We grabbed lunch at Prohibition. The lunch menu was limited, but I can tell you that the brussel sprouts were AWESOME! It’s a huge place, with this cute outdoor seating area. We would’ve gone back for dinner, had we had more time. Definitely a spot worth checking out!

Looking for a light bite and cozy atmosphere? Go to The Gin Joint. It was OK, but I’m not sure we would go back. Check out some places I wasn’t able to make it to below.

In the mood for a delicious breakfast and good coffee? Go to The Daily. There are two locations, and we went to the one on King Street. I wish we went more than once because there were a few things I wanted to try. Seating is a bit limited at this location and it’s cafeteria style ordering, but it’s SO good. Highly recommend.

These fun little ice cream looking trucks are made for both adults and children. Booze Pops! That’s right, in addition to your go-to chaco taco, they sell frozen booze popsicles. Definitely, a fun novelty to try. There are two in Charleston and are for the most part parked in the same spots, this one was right on King Street, the main shopping destination in the city. Great way to cool off while shopping in the South Carolina heat.

I didn’t do any shopping while I was visiting. I know. I’m just as shocked as you are. Unfortunately, I can’t tell you about any great clothing boutiques I stumbled upon, but my coworker stocked up on some super cute shoes at Shoes on King. I stopped in but there were too many shoes that I NEEDED, so I had to leave ASAP. The sales associates were super friendly and funny. There’s a mix of boutiques and your typical mainstream retailers: Forever 21, Louis Vuitton, Sperry, Vineyard Vines, Madewell…you get the gist.

We didn’t go into this antique shop, but this sign was too perfect not to snap a photo of.

Here are some of the other places we went to and loved…

Jestine’s Kitchen: Amazing southern food. We stopped in for lunch after our tour and it was one of our favorite meals

The Vendue Rooftop: Super cool spot! We stopped here after walking the city and got some drinks and a light bite. The views are unreal and it wasn’t as crowded as I expected it to be. There were a ton of people there, but there was so much space so it didn’t feel like everyone was on top of one another.

Loggerheads in Folly Beach: This was Josh’s favorite spot. We sat outside on the rooftop/deck. It’s a beach bar, right next to the marina. It’s an older crowd, but there are a ton of TVs and great live music! Definitely a spot we would go back to.

Pearlz Oyster Bar: Our favorite meal! I got the salmon on top of beet goat cheese risotto—heavenly

Ones we wanted to try…

If you have time, go to Mount Pleasant. Unfortunately, we didn’t have time but apparently, there are a ton of great places to eat and it’s a bit less expensive than downtown Charleston.

Stars Rooftop, Revelry Brewing, Husk, Hominy Grill, Mex 1 Coastal Cantina, Obstinate Daughter, Vintage Coffee Cafe, Ink N Ivy, The Watch Rooftop, SNOB, Shem Creek Bar and Grill, Market Pavillion Hotel (Pavillion Rooftop) and The Commodore. Downtown Charleston is small, so it’s fairly easy to hop around to different places.

Hope this was helpful and I really hope you get a chance to visit this amazing city! If you do, let me know what your favorite places are and share some of your adventures with me.

 

xx

Jackie

 

 

April 24, 2018

GUEST OF THE WEDDING WEAR

Details: Nordstrom Topshop Tie Front Minidress, sold out here, but similar here, here and… this isn’t similar, but I love this | Tommy Hilfiger Zappos suede heels, here |

I had the pleasure of attending a beautiful wedding this weekend and after seeing some of this year’s wedding fashions in person, I got to thinking about what’s appropriate to wear to a wedding. Things have changed, people seem to be less tied to tradition and I believe the rules of what guests can/should wear to a wedding have changed a bit. Listen, I don’t think that people should be attending a wedding dressed in white with a tiara, but do I think you can get away with ivory, floral with white accents and cream colors? Yes, yes I do. Newsflash! There is no possible way you will upstage the bride unless you decide to wear a wedding dress to a wedding that’s not yours, which would be super strange and inappropriate.  Now, just because I think neutral whites are fine to wear to a wedding doesn’t mean others do. I always feel like dressing modestly, but with some sass is the way to go (save your deep v-necks and high slits for a night out with your beau). Which is why I am SO in love with this dress. It has a beautiful modest sleeve and the tie knot in front is surprisingly flattering. The sass factor of this dress is definitely the length. It’s called a mini dress for a reason! I’m only 5’1″ so the length of this dress wasn’t a factor for me, but I do think it could look really short on someone who is 5’5″ and up. To give you some context, when I bent down I felt like a brisk breeze. Unfortunately, this dress is currently sold out, but I did link to some similar styles and I also included a super cute dress that I just happen to love. There is a possibility it will be restocked so stay tuned!

xx

Jackie

April 9, 2018

A GOOD TOP: AS NECESSARY AS A GOOD FRIEND

Details: Pink bell sleeve top via Marshalls, similar here | J. Crew white denim pants, similar here |

I feel like I talk about the weather in every outfit post I write. Maybe that’s because it’s absurd that we’re still experiencing frigid temps in April. Regardless,  I’m trying to figure out my spring wardrobe, while maintaining my sanity. I’ve begun to care less about what I wear and more about staying comfortable, which is a dangerous game. I’ve recently stocked up on a couple long sleeve spring-themed tops, one being this bell sleeve top from none other than Marshall’s. It has become one of my favorite tops. Like I always say, (but have really never said until just now) a good top is like a good friend. It makes you look good, it’s reliable and it never judges you for any winter weight gain–it’s true! In an effort to summon warmer temps, I pulled out my white denim pants and some peep toe shoes…in case you were wondering, that didn’t work. Right now, I’m focusing on my wardrobe for my upcoming vacation to Charleston, where I can guarantee I’ll be surrounded by sunshine and bare arms and legs. Until then, I’ll be living through outfit photos in which I suffered through to take during, yet another cold March day.

xx

Jackie

May 22, 2017

THE HEAT MADE ME DO IT

Details: LOFT Pleated Duet Dress, here | DSW two-toned sandals, similar here |

I recently went on a shopping binge at LOFT and came across this flowy pleated dress. The heat made me do it! It was so hot last week, and I was in desperate need of cute dresses and lightweight tops to keep me from getting heat stroke. It was basically prescribed by my doctor. It’s too late now anyway, the damage is done and I have some new summer clothes to show for it. Lately, the LOFT has been surprising me. I used to never think twice about walking in there because everything always seemed to be boxy and ill-fitting. I don’t know what they’ve been doing lately, but keep it! Not only do have they offer on-trend styles but the fit seems to be much more accurate. Plus, they have an awesome petite section so I’m able to pull off a mid-length dress like this because they offer it in petite–score! I’ve noticed lately, in my old age that the quality of your clothing means more than quantity, but having a lot of quality clothes is always better–I can’t help myself! I wish that we were experiencing that unseasonable heat this week, so I can rock this dress. It’s one that I would wear two days in a row–it’s that good! So, the lesson of the day: if you haven’t been into LOFT in a while, or ever because you thought it was outdated or ill-fitting, go on and stop in; I guarantee that you’ll find something you just have to have.

xx

Jackie

April 20, 2017

MORE SUN HATS LESS SUNBURNS

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No matter what I do, when I go to the beach for the first time of the season, my scalp gets burnt. I usually carry a ratty worn baseball cap, or get creative and tie a shirt around my head, but that’s just not cute. I’ve started to take the sun seriously. Skin cancer runs in my family and I haven’t been so kind to my skin over the years. My high school years were spent at the tanning salon (hello, I’m from New Jersey), and I often wore the absolute minimum SPF while crisping my skin. I wisened up (a little) when I went to college, and now I wear nothing less than 30 SPF. I’ve also become very conscious of my scalp because it’s hard to see the damage that’s being done. Now that I have this cute and comfortable chambray sun hat from J.Jill, I don’t have to worry about looking silly while I’m spending the day outside enjoying the sun. As for my all white look, I broke out last year’s Banana Republic white denim wide leg pants and I picked up this cold shoulder top from Marshall’s. It’s actually a body suit, which makes it even more amazing. You don’t have to worry about it become untucked or looking out of place–it’s one of my favorite new purchases!  Now, it’s your turn to pick up a cute sun hat, slather on the SPF and put a classic all white look together, it is spring after all.

xx

Jackie

 

April 18, 2017

EASTER BEST

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This was one of the first Easter’s in a while that I was able to wear a dress without tights or a coat. It was almost too hot this weekend; a whopping 86-degrees. My Easter Sunday began with a beautiful sunrise mass with my mom and dad. It was so peaceful. This time of year is always hard because we lost a lot of loved ones in the months of March and April. Fortunately, there were signs all around us at mass, making both my mom and I laugh and cry. After mass, we prepared for Easter brunch and the egg hunt. All the little babies were in search of those bright candy filled eggs. So fun to watch! Like I said, this was one of the first Easters in a long time that I didn’t have to wear pants or a coat. I finally got to take this Floral Flounce Dress out on the town. It’s comfortable and elegant all at once. I also love how I was successfully able to hide my Easter brunch belly. Usually, when I’m at home I wear no shoes, socks or slippers, but because I recently got a pair of Dansko’s Demetra sandal and found them to be unbelievably comfortable, I was able to wear a cute stylish shoe all day long. Not even kidding. I’m surprised at how comfortable they are, given the generous height. I’m a neutral girl, so I obviously gravitated to the taupe color, but they are also available in black and brown. I haven’t stopped wearing them. I think I may have found my go-to summer sandal. Hope everyone had a wonderful holiday! Let the flowy dress and sandal wearing weather continue :).

xx

Jackie

April 11, 2017

LET’S HEAR IT FOR THE SHOULDERS

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I know that I’ve been saying this for a while now, but I think it’s actually safe to say that it is officially off-the-shoulder season. Remember the collar bone and cleavage trends? Where even if you didn’t have a bust, you would strap yourself into some double camis and over priced, over padded Victoria’s Secret bra. Ahh, nostalgia. Well, that trend has long been gone, but the past two summers it seems that the shoulders are getting their time to shine. I love bare shoulders. It’s a sexy yet tasteful way to bare some skin. The blush color coupled with bare shoulders is a definite spring 2017 statement. The only thing missing is a sun-kissed glow. TBD when that will happen. Since I styled this outfit after a snowstorm, I paired it with some distressed denim and booties, but it will be so much fun to style with wedges and cutoffs. I think my closet is ready for spring, I’m just not sure that my skin is. Call me Snow White for now.

xx

Jackie

March 30, 2017

K. I’VE HAD ENOUGH.

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Details: Easy Linen and Cotton Pullover c/o J.Jill, here | H&M short trench/overcoat, similar here |

There are so many changes happening at work and I’ve been getting antsy with this terrible weather we’ve been having; it feels like senioritis. Unfortunately, I haven’t been able to kick my puffy winter coat, but that hasn’t stopped me from shopping around for cute lightweight trenches and overcoats. It all started when I was an hour early to my hair appointment that happened to be located in Boston’s biggest shopping destination: Newbury Street. I decided to kill time and walk across the street to H&M, when I came across this cream colored minimalist beauty. I had to try it on, just to see. I had no intention of making a purchase, but if the shoe fits! Am I right? I picked it up, put it down. Picked it up again, and clung to it when I saw other shoppers eyeing it. That’s it! I was sold. And I am not disappointed–it has been one of my favorite spring season purchases thus far. I layered it over a simple blue J.Jill pullover, allowing it to pop and what can I say, blue is my color. This sweater is one of my favorites because it hangs just in the right place, above my waist. It’s linen and cotton, making it airy and easy to wear in the warmer months (whenever they decide to show up). While I’m anxiously awaiting the arrival of spring weather, I’m making due with cute staples like these. Don’t you worry, bank account there will be many more spring purchases to be had!

xx

Jacqueline

March 27, 2017

BARE LEGS AND PERFECT PLEATS

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You wouldn’t know this by the stupid weather lately, but Spring is officially here and I am no longer waiting for the weather to catch up. I started to pull out my old skirts and invested in some new ones, like this side tie pleated skirt from Ann Taylor. I’m super short, so I don’t typically go for skirts of this length, but Ann Taylor carries this in petite so it hit where it was supposed to on me. I also love the color because it’s unlike any other skirt I currently own. And it’s a twirl-supported skirt, which means it supports twirling–DUH! I paired it with a sleeveless white knit and a blazer, but I’m anxiously waiting to pair sleeveless and off-the-shoulder tops with it. I probably should’ve made the side tie tighter, but my sweater was hiding it so I decided to let it hang, but I would suggest tying tight to fit your waist. If you’re still battling the cold weather like I am, you could also wear an oversized sweater, and let it fall over the skirt–it will give this skirt more of an edge, not to mention it’ll be super comfortable.

What are you dying to wear for Spring!?

xx

Jacqueline

March 22, 2017

CASUAL IN COUTURE

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Remember when I was talking about how we were going to reach 60-degrees this weekend and I was all like: “YAY! spring is finally here for good. No more winter.” Remember that? Well apparently Mother Nature was not too happy with my excitement because the weather this Saturday went from 60-degrees down to 46-degrees, AND it’s supposed to snow. NO. I actually wore the most spring-like outfit on Monday and now I’m digging back in my closet for some cozy knits and coats. Since the cold hasn’t arrived yet, I’ve been able to pull out my lighter coats like this black and white animal print one from Ann Taylor. It’s an oldie but goodie and I love that I can wear it anything. It really has the ability to make a simple outfit stand out. AND you may notice that I’m bearing some skin in the footwear department. That’s because I recently got my hands on this Thierry Rabotin couture pumps. They’re not only super comfortable, but they glitter as I walk. They’re like an adult version of the light-up sneakers I used to have when I was a kid. They too have the ability to bring any outfit to the next level. As you can see, I paired them with this casual chic look and it instantly looks ultra sophisticated. It’s important to have pieces like these in your arsenal; they make mixing and matching fun and easy.

xx

Jackie

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