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Charleston Anniversary Trip

This weekend was the best.  The absolute best.

I couldn't have asked for a more wonderful trip to Charleston to celebrate our first wedding anniversary!  This was both Nick and I's first visit and I can say with 100% certainty that it will not be our last.  We both fell in love with the charming, quaint town and the people that live in it.  I mean, everyone was SO friendly -- southern hospitality at its finest :)

We arrived in Charleston on Friday, July 25th in the middle of a storm.  We decided to pass on renting a car so my thrifty self had intended on us taking the bus downtown.  But in the rain, thunder and lightening?  Not so much.  An airport shuttle it was and for only $14/person, it wasn't a bad deal.

We stayed at the most adorable hotel right off King Street, the Kings Courtyard Inn.  Upon arrival, we found out that we were upgraded to a King Deluxe room -- definitely a great start to the weekend!

After getting settled in, we headed down to the nightly wine and cheese hour in the courtyard.  When researching hotels, I knew this alone would sell Nick.  Two of his very favorite things :)

After indulging, we decided to head out and explore the area before dinner. The rain had finally let up but the humidity was really settling in... and lets just say, my hair does NOT do well in the humidity!  After a few blocks of walking, we were already sweating so we ducked inside 82 Queen for a much needed adult beverage.

Our next stop was Poogan's Porch for dinner -- but not before a picture taken outside Husk.  Cutest building of all time!

I had wanted to eat at Poogan's Porch just so I could order the sweet tea salmon and had been looking forward to this meal since I made the reservation.  So what do I go and do but order a shrimp + crab pasta.  I changed my mind last minute and it was a bad decision that I can only blame on travel tiredness.  The pasta wasn't bad but I was kicking myself the entire trip.  Nick had the fried chicken though and so, so, so delicious.  He claims it was his best meal of the weekend!

We were pretty beat after dinner since we'd been up since 4am traveling so we decided to call it a night.  When we got back to the room, we found a bottle of champagne and sweet note courtesy of our hotel!  Another point for Kings Courtyard.

The next morning, we were up bright and early, ready to go!  First stop was complimentary breakfast in our hotel courtyard and then up to the farmers market at Marion Square.  I didn't plan on spending too much time there but we were kind of blown away -- this was no ordinary farmers market.  While there were the usual produce stands, they also had everything from gourmet cheeses to candles to paintings to jewelry.  It was fun to just wander through and check everything out.

 The hair is already a mess.

At 11am, we made our way over to the Palmetto Carriage barn for a carriage ride.  This was one thing we were really looking forward to.  We did the traditional group tour and it was great -- highly recommend.  Our tour guide was full of information yet still laid back and made us laugh.  

I will admit that I was worried the heat was going to take the enjoyment out of the ride but there was actually a nice breeze while we were moving so don't let the warm temps stop you from enjoying this.  It was an hour long tour and I took about a million and one pictures but I'll just share a couple of my favorites ;)

 Photo bombing children

For lunch we headed back to King Street to try out Virginia's on King, thanks to Zelle for the recommendation!  We both had the best sandwiches and were just so thankful to be inside an air conditioned building.  Since we were right in the middle of the hottest part of the day, we decided to spend the rest of the afternoon shopping.  As if I need an excuse to shop...

King Street has the cutest boutiques -- Impeccable Pig being my favorite.  After a couple of hours, we headed back to the hotel for the wine and cheese reception and to figure out our game plan for the rest of the night.  We had late dinner reservations so we decided to keep on plugging along.  Next stop was the waterfront park!

I couldn't wait to visit the Pineapple Fountain but I was surprised to find it was more of a splash pool for kids.  The fountain wasn't going and we couldn't get a picture without random children in the background (see the legs in the bottom right corner? Haha).

We didn't last long out there since we were sweating to death so back to the hotel it was to get ready for the evening.

After freshening up, we headed over to the Charleston Grill for drinks during their live jazz set.  Nick is a big jazz fan so I definitely wanted to include that in our weekend plans.  He loved it and the cocktails were refreshing after a long day outside.

We could only stay for a little bit but we definitely want to come back for a meal the next time we are in Charleston.  As for our dinner that night, it was nothing short of amazing.  Our hotel treated us to 3 courses with wine pairings at Circa 1886 -- located at the Wentworth Mansion -- for our anniversary.  Pretty great, right?

Everything about the meal and the experience was just fabulous.  The service, the food, the ambiance, the perfectly paired wines... we just had the best time and it was a great way to kick off our anniversary the next day.  

For dinner, Nick had the heirloom tomato starter, the antelope loin and the strawberries + cream souffle while I went with the foie grass, chicken fried halibut and transformations in chocolate dessert (naturally).  Seriously, check out the menu yourself and tell me you aren't drooling!

We pretty much had to roll ourselves home after that one.  Thank you again to Circa 1886 for the wonderful night!

The next morning, Sunday, was our first anniversary!  I had intended on checking out Hominy Grill for brunch but breakfast in bed won out and that was definitely the right decision.

We had a big day planned including a visit to the Boone Hall Plantation.  I love the movie "The Notebook" (who doesn't?) and knew I had to see the plantation for myself.  Since we didn't have a car, we used Charleston Venture Tours.  It was $84 for the both of us and that included transportation (picked up and dropped off right from our hotel) and the admission fee to the plantation -- not a bad deal.

Boone Hall was a-m-a-z-i-n-g.  It was actually better than I even thought it was going to be.  The Avenue of Oaks is stunning and the house has been beautifully preserved.  I was a bit bummed that you could only tour the main floor of the house but the grounds totally made up for it.  Make sure to visit the slave cabins, see the Gullah presentation and check out the Cotton Dock while you visit.  We could of spent all day long there!

Love love love.  We had about three hours on the grounds before our shuttle came back to get us.  It was perfect timing because we were in desperate need of some A/C!  I couldn't get over how hot it was all weekend.

When we got back downtown, it was almost dinner time and we were starving.  We headed out to Pearlz Oyster Bar and I think this may have been my favorite dinner of the weekend!  It's a casual spot and we just sat at the bar but the food was so great.  Our waitress suggested the lobster roll and she was spot on.  I also got my first taste of Firefly sweet tea vodka! YUM and I will definitely/hopefully be tracking some of that down to buy in Chicago.

We had to work off our dinner so we made our way down Bay Street towards the water.  We checked out Rainbow Row and the Battery and were just in awe of everything.  The houses down there are amazing -- all of lion head door knockers and flower filled window boxes?  Obsessed.

After we had successfully walked off the food, it was time for more of course -- dessert!  We made the trek back up to Market Street to visit Kaminsky's.  An entire restaurant devoted to dessert and drinks is my kind of place.  It was a tough decision but we went with the Butterfinger Cake and it did not disappoint.

The next morning was our last one sadly.  We did some souvenir shopping at the Charleston City Market and had breakfast at Kitchen 208. Breakfast was so good -- I was almost to the point where I couldn't eat anymore but I powered through!  Nick had no problems and scarfed his meal down in about 5 minutes flat.

And just like that, our vacation came to end.  We had the absolute more wonderful time and can't wait to return one day. Thanks for a wonderful trip, Charleston!

First Anniversary {Traditional} Gifts

You guys.  We had the most amazing time in Charleston.  I'm so sad to be back -- I miss the nightly wine and cheese hour, our cute hotel, the food (ohhh, the food) and even the heat.  I'm still processing the 300 something pictures I managed to take -- 250 of them being pictures of houses and flower boxes -- and hope to have a full recap up tomorrow!

This trip was to celebrate our first wedding anniversary and while we considered it our main "gift" to each other, we still wanted to get each other a little surprise something.  We decided to follow the traditional first anniversary gift of paper and keep it on the cheaper side.  Nick got me the most adorable coffee table book of Charleston pictures -- love.  I was a failure and still haven't gotten in his gift in... it should be here soon though!

Here are some reasonably priced ideas to celebrate your first year of marriage!

+ Tickets
Tickets to a concert, musical, sports event, anything!  Or you can go all out like Nick and I wanted to do (hey, you only get one first anniversary!) and go for airplane tickets :)  I'm kicking myself now for not saving our plane tickets and other tidbits from this past weekend so I could frame them in a shadow box like this.  Adorable.

+ Art Prints
There are sooo many amazing art prints on Etsy -- that you can even customize!  Since we're wrapped up in all things regarding moving, this custom house portrait is my absolute favorite.  Some other great customized ideas are a wedding portrait painting, wedding vow/first dance song/poem print and a bouquet portrait.

+ Notebook
Leather notebook/journals are always nice to have, bonus points for getting it monogrammed.  There are also fun ideas other than just a blank book.  This One Line A Day book would be such a sweet way to record little moments from each day of your marriage.

+ Calendar/Photo Book
Shutterfly is my go to for this kind of thing.  For really reasonable prices, you can make a book full of pictures of your wedding, honeymoon or memories from the past year.  I made a wedding photo book for our parents for Christmas and we also have a calendar of wedding/honeymoon pictures that hangs in our kitchen.  Both are super great quality and I know there are a lot more Shutterfly orders in my future!

Nick's gift is included in this line up but I don't want to give it away in case he's reading ;)  What did you do/are planning to do for your significant other to celebrate your first anniversary?

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One Year of Pure Happiness

Yesterday, July 27th, Nick and I celebrated our first wedding anniversary.  It sort of blows my mind that it's been an entire year since the  It has truly been an awesome year.  Nick is my best friend and I can't imagine doing life with anyone else.  He makes every day better than the last and I constantly feel like the luckiest person in the world.

I've always heard that the first year of marriage is the hardest and for us, I feel like it was the complete opposite.  This first year has been the best one of the seven we've spent together so far.  I didn't think much would change once we got married considering we had lived together for so long prior, but the depth of feelings for our relationship definitely changed.  We're now our own little family and I love that.

I can't wait to see where the next year takes us -- moving will be a big, big change for us but as long as I get to wake up every day next to him, then life is good.  Cheers to one year down and soooo many more to go!

"Two are better than one because they have a good return for their labor: if either of them falls down, one can help the other up.  But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up.  Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm.  But how can one keep warm alone?  Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves.  A cord of three strands is not quickly broken."  Ecclesiastes 4:9-12

For full wedding recap posts, see here!  

Five Very Random Thoughts

We made it -- it's Friday!  I'm going to keep it short and sweet today and share five random things from this week.  Let's get right to it!

+ I cooked bacon in the oven and it turned out surprisingly amazing.  I was worried it wouldn't taste the same or cook right but it totally did and I'll never go back to that frying pan mess again!  Click here for the recipe I followed.

+ This article about Instagram is hilarious.  And this article is for my fellow Friday Night Lights lovers!

+ I've mentioned before that the apartment next door to us went for up for sale as a foreclosure last year and some questionable neighbors moved in.  It's a girl and her boyfriend and they fight ALL.THE.TIME.  About once a month, we're woken up in the middle of the night to them screaming at each other.  I legit heard these words come out of her mouth before: "Just knife me!  Why don't you just knife me?!"  They are seriously insane.

Anyway, Wednesday night we were woken up at 4:45 am (just getting home from the bar I suppose?) to them screaming.  It went on for a little bit until another neighbor yelled out his window "Hey apartment ###, shut the f*ck up!"  They did shut up, I will give them that.  Thank you to my fed up neighbor for voicing all of our opinion, you are my hero.

+ I want these!  I've never bought shoes from Forever 21 before... good/bad idea?  I need a new pair of black pumps and the price is definitely right!

+ You guys.... I think we have a house!  We've agreed on an offer with the sellers, our deposit has been put down, an inspection date has been set.... I think it's really finally happening!  Hopefully I'm not jinxing things by posting this ;)  This is the farthest we've ever gotten in the buying process so cross your fingers/say a little prayer for us that this one works out!

I hope you all have a wonderful day!  We are up to something very fun this weekend so make sure to follow along on Instagram :)

The Most Wonderful Time of The Year

The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale... the holy grail of sales!  I've done a bit of damage there in the past couple of weeks and wanted to share my favorite finds.  The selection this year is ah-mazing and I literally want to buy everything!  Here's a quick round up of what I've gotten so far...

I've needed new tennis shoes for forever now but haven't been able to find the right pair.  Well, I finally did with these Nike Free's.  Comfortable, light weight and (best of all) are PINK -- who can turn down pink tennis shoes?!  They *almost* make me want to work out ;)

I was torn between these and the infamous Zella leggings but these fit me so much better -- and were $10 cheaper!

As soon as the sale started, I headed to the accesories department to pick up this necklace.  I was about to pay when I saw this here Bauble Bar gem... and fell in love.  The other necklace was quickly discarded and never thought of again (seriously, until right now). 

A lighter winter coat was on my "to buy" list all last year and I never found the perfect one.  I was torn between this Sam Edelman one (pictured) and this Michael Kors one.. which note: if you like the MK one, go to Nordstrom Rack.  They have the same exact coat for $20 cheaper than Nordstrom!  Anyway, spending money on a winter coat in July was lame but I'll be so happy come November! 

So far I've only let myself purchase items that I have really been *needing*.  I do have a couple more things I want to pick up but I'm trying to spread them out so my husband doesn't catch on ;)  Here's what's still on my wish list...

This Barefoot Dreams robe is about the last thing I NEED but I want it so bad.  I'm a sucker for robes and when I saw it in the store, I knew I should stay away.  But I couldn't -- I tried it on and now I can't stop thinking about it!

These Frye boots have been put in and taken out of my online shopping cart about 10 times now.  I need black boots and I l.o.v.e. these but although they are on sale, they still aren't cheap.  But then again, when are you ever going to find these boots for this price??  You see my dilemma here.

Tell me what you've bought from the sale!  Give me some more things that I just NEED to buy -- my husband will love you for it :)  Happy Thursday!
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