Charleston, without a doubt, is one of our absolute favorite places to visit. From the perfect rows of colorful old houses to the amazing restaurants that make it foodie heaven, it has been the perfect destination. Although it can be overwhelming, you obviously want to pick the best spots to get the most out of your time. So in order to make the most of our trip, Jack and I did some extensive research in to places we needed to go while on our vacation in Charleston!
sWe wanted to make the most of our short trip, given that eight hours of the first day were spent driving. Right off the bat I looked up great places to stop around half-way through the drive, which happened to be in Asheville, North Carolina. With a little research I found Farm to Fender, a little spot off the beaten path. Since we were there for Sunday brunch time, they had a local bluegrass trio playing in the corner!
When we arrived at the hotel, we walked into a lobby and foyer filled with the sent of fresh tobacco and florals that we thoroughly enjoyed. I loved the ambience and modern/industrial aesthetic of the boutique hotel. In addition to the beautiful style of the hotel, the location was on the corner of King St. making it perfect to walk anywhere in under ten minutes. When we finished up at The Watch, our hotel's rooftop bar, we decided to walk to our highly anticipated first dinner. Minero hit the spot with spicy house-made margaritas, homemade chips & guac, and tacos. The kitchen is under the orders of Chef Sean Brock, who also owns "Husk", a well-known southern restaurant we went to on our last visit to Charleston that I also recommend.
After finishing our meal, we felt very satisfied and full so we opted for a stroll down to the Battery. We made it right in time, as the sun was just setting along the water's edge.
Outfit Details:// These Madewell chambray shorts , a plain white tee , and these flat sandals for traveling. Marine Layer striped pants (also seen in this blog post), a red Free People OTS top (seen in this blog post), these embroidered frye shoes , and a straw clutch (similar here) , and these Draper James Cat-eye sunnies for dinner and a stroll
It was so refreshing to be staying at a hotel that mixed up their complimentary breakfast from the normal, hotel lobby breakfast. The Restoration offered a room delivery picnic basket filled with items we got to pick out for breakfast, and naturally I was in breakfast heaven! After a delicious picnic-style breakfast I headed to my pedicure appointment at The Spa at Belmont Charleston Place. I was offered incredible service even though I was not a guest at their hotel. Not to mention, complimentary mimosas were served to both Jack and I once I was finished!
On top of the urgency to get some sun, neither of us could wait to get to Folly Beach, so we could grab some grub from Bert's Market. They have organic and vegan sandwich and wrap options, but also cater to those looking for a hearty deli sandwich (aka Jack), which is why I think we both enjoy it so much!
After the beach we cleaned up and headed for a casual drink and snack at The Watch. After some white wine and hushpuppies (a great southern combo I might add) we headed to 167 Raw for dinner, a meal that we had been greatly anticipating since our trip to Charleston last year.
We ordered their guac that comes with pickled onion relish and a dozen raw oysters to start. For the main course I ordered the Ahi Poke and their special fish taco of the day while Jack had a scallop po'boy.
Once we finished at 167 Raw we decided to end the night with some cocktails from the Gin Joint. As soon as we walked in, the dimly lit, old bar ambience was undeniable. Our bartender was extremely friendly, and more than happy to teach us more about rum, which we were more enthusiastic about that night versus the next morning.
Outfit details:// Peach Robe (similar here) for breakfast, this English Factory striped maxi for relaxing at the spa, these PINK high-waisted bottoms paired with the body wrap top and these GAP denim high rise shorts w/ Amuse Society Kimono for the beach/ For dinner I opted for this Madewell wrap skirt , with this blousy off the shoulder top (sold out, but similar here & also seen in this blog post ) and finished with the Angela Caputi earrings I got in Italy this spring (no online purchase available)
We skipped the picnic breakfast and went straight to an early lunch/brunch at The Butcher & The Bee. The crispy olives and whipped feta mezzo were so delish, and my brown rice bowl was a combination of eclectic ingredients that worked perfectly together.
Next up, we wanted to enjoy the rooftop pool that was conveniently located on our floor. Unfortunately about 30 minutes in, it started raining and continued to come down for the rest of the afternoon and evening! Not letting it put a damper on our day, we walked around the corner to King Street, where we decided to do a little shopping. Some of my favorite spots from the day were Willy Jay's , The Skinny Dip Boutique , Moon And Lola , and V2V for women's clothing and accessories. I picked up a couple dresses, a sun hat and some shoes from the shops on King Street.
Next we got ready and headed to The Ordinary for an oyster happy hour! After a dozen oysters ( at only $1.50 each I may add) we each had one of their mini oyster sliders. This trip was all about food, drinks and relaxation, so after our mini meal we caught an Uber to our actual dinner at R. Kitchen!
This meal was greatly anticipated , and totally lived up to our expectations. This restaurant was extremely unique, and was described by the lead Chef as a "food truck without wheels." The ever-changing restaurant, R. Kitchen, met us with two food-enthusiastic chefs who were ready to prepare us with a four course meal, consisting of whatever ingredients caught their eyes that morning at the market. The music playlist only enhanced the delicious food, and the incredibly reasonable prices made us even more excited about the delicious and unique meal we had just had!
Outfit Details:// For shopping I wore the chambray shorts from above w/ this Madewell "Staycation" tee ( now even more on sale & also seen in this blog post), I chose this black one piece swimsuit for our brief time by the pool, I wore the keyhole dress seen below for dinner (bought that day at Willy Jay's and not available online)
The last day of our trip had to come at some point and unfortunately our last day still consisted of rainy weather. We had high hopes of riding the hotel's complimentary Martone bicycles, but the weather was out of our control. So after our final picnic basket breakfast, we took a walk through the city market to browse the local vendors and take in our last hours of Charleston!
Our final meal was at a place called Fast & French, recommended to us by the lovely couple (also from Lexington, go figure) who sat next to us at 167 Raw. The place was incredibly authentic in comparison to the french cafes I went to while in Paris. We both loved our meals, which of course came with a glass of wine!
As I said before, we love to make the most of our vacation time, so on our trip back to Lexington we made two stops in the beautiful state of North Carolina. Our first stop was at a quaint little farm stand to pick up local foods, and our second being for dinner in Asheville. We both craved some comfort food and found our match at Tupelo Honey. Jack claims it to be his absolutely favorite new spot, stating to have a love/hate relationship with everything on their menu. The trip ended with full bellies and empty wallets (cliche but seriously accurate). I officially have the travel-bug now, so be on the look out for my next adventure!
Outfit Details:// I wore the GAP denim shorts from above and sleeveless white button down shirt (N/A , but similar here) w/ Steve Madden Hamptn sneakers (on sale for almost half-off now!) and then for dinner in Asheville I wore the yellow sundress below from H&M (N/A online, but similar here)
Imagine my surprise when I open the mail one day thinking its another $35 outfit coupon from PINK, to find myself with an invitation to be flown out to California for a weekend at the PINK Motel?! Naturally I responded immediately with an "ABSOLUTELY YES I WILL COME" and the rest is history! This weekend I was able to experience the trip of a lifetime with PINK in our surprise location, which ended up being the beautiful city of Palm Springs!
After a couple bumps along the road (delayed flights and a broken down bus on an L.A. Freeway, its fine) we found ourselves at a motel totally transformed into our own PINK Motel for the weekend! The place is normally called the V Palm Springs Hotel and is a beautiful and totally cool desert-themed boutique hotel. PINK outfitted it with neon cactus lights, mini succulents, polaroids, PINK postcards, and pink-colored lights everywhere! It was decorated very on-brand to say the least.
We all settled in for a good night of rest because the next day was a packed-itinerary for us!
Naturally 90% of my wardrobe for the weekend was from PINK, so when I heard my first morning would start off with an ATV ride in the desert I of course packed some of my favorite PINK active wear! The caged sports bra ( on sale right now) , a basic tank, and their *new* Ultimate Bonded Leggings was my outfit of choice for our high-terrain activity.
We headed via bus to Off Road Rentals, where we all were fit with helmets, a quick listen on how not to flip, and some ATVs! Of course we started with several photo ops and even a little filming, to advantage of the incredible view that the ATV course had. Then began the madness of 30 girls riding ATVs for the first time. It wasn't nearly as hectic as it sounds and we all had an incredible time on the course going up hillsides and riding in doughnuts and figure outs, while lizards darted across the sand. We finished up with some water, popsicles, and of course more photos ops by all of the rustic props and cool murals they had at the rental camp! Next stop: pool party!
Whats better than a pool party with tacos, a great DJ, Pop-up shopping, cool drinks, and a beauty bar?! What better occasion to wear my new PINK lace-up front one piece! I am so obsessed with the fit and the neon coral color, but they also have it in 9 color options! Of course no swimsuit is complete without sunnies like these reflective marbled ones from Quay Australia. The afternoon was filled with so many fun things to do, but my first stop was the Beachwaver Beauty Bar to get my hair done. My amazing stylist Jess gave me total beach babe waves via the Beachwaver, which I am totally going to get because it gives you amazing beach waves in no time at all.
Next stop was for photo ops. Now that my hair was pool-party perfect we headed for the PINK Motel backdrop to take advantage of the great set-up! Not without some delicious blueberry mojito mock-tails of course (I think I had like 6 that afternoon). PINK had polaroids everywhere for us to use so we got some amazing retro-style shots from those too. Finally though I was ready for the taco bar where I stuffed my afce with mahi-mahi tacos, plantains, and chips & guac!
We spent the rest of the day lounging by the pool or on the cactus shaped floats to escape the 100 degree weather. We left with great tans, better hair, and 600+ pics , it was perfect!
What would be a perfect weekend without delicious food?! Every meal was set up buffet style with amazingly fresh food and delicious options. Hands down ou sunday brunch was my absolute favorite! We woke up that morning to do a hula-hoop workout (so cool) and worked up quite an appetite for the brunch ahead of us! I was obsessed with our Acai bowls though. A company called AmazeBowls catered the beautifully made Acai bowls in coconut shells. They normally have a stand on Santa Monica beach if you're ever there, I totally recommend stopping and grabbing some! The V motel catered the rest of the food, all with vegan, vegetarian, and gluten free options and all equally delicious.
Thank you so much to Victoria's Secret PINK for throwing the best mini vacay a girl could ask for! PINK Motel was the trip of a lifetime!
Below are some of my PINK vacation essentials and items I loved from his weekend
(click the image to shop)
This year my family decided a trip down the coast to Malibu in the new RV would be the perfect way to have some holiday season family fun! With a view like the one above and the perfect Malibu weather its hard not to be in a pleasant mood while soaking in the whole experience from road trip to destination!
One essential to making the road trip enjoyable is making sure you take the stops you want to and have a little self- indulgance (if you're in a moving vehicle for 4+ hours you desere that burger and fries). We of course had to stop at In-N-Out since it was Jack's first time in California and since being a vegetarian bares me from certain foods there, I indulged with a cholocate shake and fries (equally satisfying). For a day of eating and sitting though, you need to break out your comfiest clothes. My road trip essential outfit is an over-sized v-neck with some joggers and slide on shoes, topped with a jean jacket for the chillier climate and the ever-necessary sunglasses (to still look put-together without eye-makeup on). For an always comfortable and cute roadtrip outfit try this t-shirt , these joggers (or these ones in a marled print, OR THESE velvet ones) , this essential denim jacket , and these sneaker slides (p.s. all underlined words are links to the items I'm talking about )
For the long haul, always make sure to have an excellent book to help keep you sane and pre-occupied (especially after hour 5 on the road). This book by Lauren Groff if ah-mazing and I highly recommend checking it out, you'll be completely absorbed!
When we finally reached our destination, Malibu Beach RV Park, we were thrilled to welcome the upcoming three days filled with relaxation and this amazing view!
Out first day was all about exploring the beach down below (just a quick walk down the hill we were on) and taking in the amazing weather! Jack and I spent some time on top of the RV for the best views and then made our way back to solid ground for some reading and an afternoon drink. (My dad made this great drink that involved blood orange italian soda and vodka and the rest I'm not sure of, but wow it was good). For a day of lounging mixed with exploring I chose to wear the same slouchy shirt from traveling and my go-to jeans for when I want to stay comfortable! The shirt I recommend is linked abover, but for some great jeans check out these jeans or these jeans with this bralette (for more comfort), and finished with this choker (proceeds go to a good cause!) and these super fun rose gold shades.
On the last night of our RV adventure, we decided to re-assimilate with the rest of society and had dinner at Nobu! Sorry for the low-quality pic above, but we figured bringing the good (large) camera to a nice restaurant would be a bit much. With limited packing space and only a tiny bathroom to get ready in, I made sure to pack nice outfits that didn't wrinkle and could roll up easily. For dinner I wore this skirt , this top , and these booties as an easily packable outfit that hardly wrinkles in a suitcase!I also love this plaid skirt and this layering top as another outfit option. More importantly than my outfit though, is what we got to eat. The food was even more impressive and my favorite things that we ordered were the Yellowtail Sashimi w/ Jalapeno and the Squid "Pasta". We went to Nobu on a chillier night so we sat indoors where the atmosphere was great with dim lighting and the view of the fire lamps on the back deck overlooking the ocean. It was a perfect last night of our trip!
The family RV trip to Malibu really provided some great rest & relaxation. I can't wait for our next trip back!
Below are some of the items I featured in my post that you should definitely checkout! (click the image to shop the item)