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2.27.2012

The last time I went to Charleston was on a mission trip in college. We did a Habitat for Humanity-esque project on an elderly woman's home. I remember it all very well. More specifically, because on our last day we stood in her living room and she offered to pray with us. As she stood up from her couch, she farted really loudly and just acted like it had never happened. I really respect that.

Truth be told, it's been a while since I've had one of those particularly invigorating layovers. While I am endlessly thankful for the winter that most of the midwest and the east have skipped, I've still found myself subject to the winter doldrums from time to time.

Before I could get to Charleston, I had to work four legs (legs...flights. Same thing). If there is anything in my power to avoid having those kinds of days, I try it. Because it's usually a fourteen hour day in heels, and I basically feel the varicose veins creeping in to wreck my legs.

So it was a particularly long first day of our trip. The paramedics met TWO of our flights. TWO. That is ridiculous and crazy and I was ready for a bed.

We arrived in Charleston late in the evening. I was greeted by a giant, luscious king-sized bed with equally incredible sheets and comforter. I fell asleep on my back, with my body in a position that closely resembled a hot dog. I woke the next morning, on my back, with my body in a position that closely resembled a hot dog. I was that tired - and thankfully, rested.


I wandered down King Street for a very special morning date at City Lights with Hannah Maple. Hers is one of the first blogs I ever loved. She's genuine, down-to-earth, and has a penchant for innovating spaces with her killer design aesthetic. I feel like I can't say enough good things about her and her endeavors. 

Our coffee and conversation were encouraging and refreshing - when we had to part ways, I felt ready for the rest of the day.

Girl even drew me a map of the places I couldn't miss.

So I followed it, and was not disappointed.

This might have been my favorite domestic layover since Jackson Hole. It's a city small enough to feel like a home, busting with southern charm and equal parts sophistication, history, and flavor.

From the meticulously-detailed architecture, to the cobblestone, to the swoon-worthy shops, I tried to convince Bryan to move.












I stopped in for lunch at Gaulart & Maliclet (or, Fast & French). I had seafood vegetable soup, a ham and brie croissant, and ginger punch. THE GINGER PUNCH. It was the greatest kick in my mouth. I almost bought a half-gallon to take home but it was about thirteen dollars and my suitcase already weighed about eighty-five pounds. I also panicked halfway through my glass because I forgot to ask if there was alcohol in it. You know, since I had to work in a few hours and that is no bueno. Don't worry. It was safe.





Stepping into the Savannah Bee Company, I thought I might fall over. A store full of varying honeys! A store dedicated to bees! They are fascinating creatures. Did you know they have two stomachs? One is a regular stomach, and then they have a smaller one called their 'honey stomach.' That is the happiest thing I've ever heard.


If you'd like to know the most effective tactic to bring women into your lingerie boutique, put a cage full of tiny kittens in the window. You're welcome.


THIS. STORE. The candles, the books, the clothing. I'd love to meet the artistic director, because the entire design and layout were stunning. But, let's be honest - I am not cool enough to carry on a conversation with that person.



If I were doing college all over again and I went to College of Charleston, I would probably be found studying/eating/drinking/lounging in or around Caviar & Bananas at all times. I grabbed some iced coffee and was sad to leave it.

I can't wait to go back.

Have you been to Charleston? What are your favorite places to visit? Tell me now.

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22 comments:

  1. So jealous!! I adore Charleston. I spent one amazing evening there several years ago. I was going to college in North Carolina and a friend and I decided to drive to Charleston for dinner. A nice 3-4 hour drive. And it was totally worth it. We walked around for hours, stopped outside an old white church and watched the wedding taking place inside, and ate at a fabulous greek restaurant. I'm dying to go back!

    DYING over the kitties! And the honey! And basically ever single picture.

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    1. I am all about some spontaneous trips like that. My (former) roommates and I did that once and we had so many great stories from it. I would love to spend an entire weekend there. The layover was wonderful but it felt like a tease to have to leave so quickly!

      I went in and held a kitten. His name was Mohawk.

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  2. I've never been one to suffer from wanderlust, but you are making me soon over all these adventures!

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    1. Charleston is just a road trip away! Don't be fooled - this was definitely the diamond in the rough compared to the dud trips I've had lately. But I think you and your hubs should put it on your list of anniversary places to visit, for sure!

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  3. You were down the road!!! HA!! and strange side note, i briefly know hannah's SIL (we shared the same major). i enjoy her blog as well....
    love your photos! never been to the Fast & French- thanks for the tip!!!! there are SO (and I mean SO) many amazing places to eat, shop, relax, and look at in charleston- it's hard to decide what's the best!!! next time you come in- i'd love to grab a macaron & coffee :)

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    1. I was in a Bible Study with her SIL. Very funny. Such a small world!

      And I would love that! I am prematurely embarrassed for how excited I get when I get to eat macarons.

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    2. shoot me an email whenever you come back!!! it'll be great! there's a Macaron Boutique ;)
      pepin.jamiel@gmail.com :)

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  4. Ahh I love this post as I'm going there next week!!! My husband and I have never been (and we're actually considering moving there), so it's like we're going on a first (and second and third) date with it on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. :) Cannot wait!

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    1. Can I make the decision for you? Move there and live my current dream. Ha! That is seriously so exciting, though. I can't gush about my love for it enough. What an awesome thing to do if it happens. Girl. Do it.

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  5. I love Charleston! I spent about eight weeks there interning with the Spoleto Festival, and I had a ball. My in-laws live there now, so we have a ton of excuses to visit! I'm so glad you enjoyed your visit. Your photos always make me hungry!

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    1. I didn't know they moved there! What is the Spoleto Festival? When I was there, a seaweed festival was about to take place? I am not sure how I feel about that. But I will eat just about anything. So there's that.

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  6. I love Charleston! I've only visited for a short day trip and would love to go back and take Derek with me and explore even more.

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    1. Yes Please!!!! I would love it so much!!!

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  7. Oh my gosh, my husband and I are going there next week! So excited that I read this post and stumbled across you just in time! Your pictures and snippets are getting me so excited! It's a dream for us to move there, but my husband is in med school so we don't have full control over where we live right now. So glad I found your blog :) Gladly following you!

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    1. Perfect timing! It's a great season to visit, too. It wasn't overrun with tourists yet, the weather was temperate and breezy (with the sweet smell of the ocean), and the College of Charleston adds a nice liveliness to it. Have so much fun - wish I could go back right now :)

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  8. Looks so lovely! I've only been to South Carolina once, and we were down in Beaufort (also very pretty). I loved the entire vibe of the place and enjoyed traveling through your photos! Love the "Jane-a-Day" book, too.

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    1. I have never been to Beaufort. I wonder if they are similar. Thanks, girl! I hope I get to go somewhere exciting soon. Shoooot.

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  9. I just found your blog and what an exciting one you have! I used to live in Charleston, so while scanning through your photos, I recognized Rainbow Row! It was a great city to live in; a lot of history for sure. Were you able to eat at any other restaurants? Hominy Grill was always a popular choice. And I have a few other places I loved to go when I lived there. If you have another leg there, let me know and I'll share some of my favorite spots! (Assuming they're all still there 4 years later.
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    1. I hadn't heard of that place, but I would love to go back and I'll have to put it on the list. I didn't have too much time, and I often have to remind myself that I am not on vacation with my spending. And food. I have to check myself before I wreck myself :) I actually talked to an artist that had a little shop there that told me so much about the houses on Rainbow Row and I found it fascinating. I had no idea how much history there actually was! And, welcome! Thanks for saying hi!

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  10. I SO want to visit Charleston! My fiance are moving to Charlotte next year so hopefully we'll have the chance to get down there soon after! PS - I just found your blog and wanted to say hello!

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  11. I found your blog today and I have totally stopped working to read all of it. BTW since you love Anthro so much you need to watch Man Shops Globe. He is the buyer for Anthropologie. Such a great show and sometimes you stumble into stores and realize you saw the guy buy that exact piece in some random country and there it is siting in Baton Rouge, LA.

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