Hilton Head Island Travel Diary: The iPhone Version

So if you aren’t following me on Instagram (which you should because sometimes it’s funny) you may not have known that I took a much needed vacation last week to Hilton Head Island. It’s one of my favorite places for a ton of different reasons. I love the atmosphere, the scenes, the fact that it is a quiet community and the food! So here are some of the highlights of my trip!

For the first time in almost four years we stayed on the South end of the island, right down the street from Coligny Beach. We were walking distance from food and shopping of any kind; and the most important, we were on beach front so we could easily walk to the beach at any given time during the day. It was so easy to have a relaxing vacation when everything was at your fingertips. Plus it didn’t hurt that according to the FitBit, we got well over 10,000 steps a day. Plus you could constantly hear the waves crashing which is the ultimate sound for relaxation.

Being so close to the beach and the fact that this was a much needed vacation was a no brainer that all day, every day I was at the beach. I loaded up on the SPF and literally chilled. The beach was quiet after Labor Day Weekend and even more quiet with the threat of a hurricane. But still I relaxed. And swam in the ocean. And played with sea creatures. I’ve got plenty of questions about this hat, the striped bathing suit and the kimono cover up; so they are all linked here!

Hat // Striped Bathing Suit // Kimono

Hilton Head Island is known for their world class golf courses and food. And well let’s just say I prefer food over the links. I have been waiting 5 whole years to try this place. They shut down for a week before Summer and it just so happens that’s always the week I visit. But it was worth the wait. Perfectly cooked cajun southern food. I had the etoufee and it was amazzzzzinggggg! If you visit Hilton Head, I suggest visiting Kenny B’s.

I found Java Burrito Company on Instagram and I am so glad that I did. It’s like a local Chipotle but for every meal and a full coffee bar inside. I had a breakfast bowl and iced dirty chai. Hands down one of the best decisions I made on that trip.

Ela’s is becoming a favorite on the island for me to visit. A little swanky, quiet, on the waterfront and the service and food is outstanding. We visiting the day before the evacuation was in order for Irma and they were still open. We had the place to ourselves and the service nor food suffered due to being understaffed or the island becoming a ghost town.

Marley’s Island Grill was a first for me, but not a last. Sooooooo good! A Caribbean take on local seafood. I got chorizo almond crusted scallops which may actually be one of the top 20 best meals of my life. So good.

There is just beauty and magic every where on the island. Maybe it’s because you are on vacation or island time. Whatever it is, it works. My soul feels a little more full after my visit there.

Happy Travels!

Pawley’s Island Vacation Recap

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I went to Pawley’s Island last week for the last vacation of the summer! Located in the lowcountry of South Carolina I got to experience a lot of great food, the wonderful beach, golf and the nature surrounding the beach. This time I focused more on the experiences than documenting the time, so there isn’t a ton of pictures. All in all it was a good trip (besides all the rain storms) and can’t wait to head to the beach again.

What was your favorite thing you did this summer?.

Beach Diaries Part 2

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On Pawley’s Island there were cute little groups of houses that were essentially neighborhoods that were converted into shopping and dining areas. We went to one little group called the Hammock Shops. So many unique boutiques and locally owned shops. We found a Christmas shop and bought a few little ornaments for the Christmas tree this year and Andrew bought me a crab Pandora charm for the beach trip. We also dined at Bisqit, which had the most amazing burgers and chicken sandwiches served on bisquits. Their fries also came with sirracha ketchup. Needless to say I was in a food coma for the rest of the day.

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One day we decided to head out to the Huntington State Park, and of course the one day it decided to storm like crazy was when we were here. I didn’t get to check out everything I wanted to (especially the habitat of sea turtles) but I at least got to see the Atayla castle. I was expecting it to be more like Biltmore and actually decorated, but it was bare. I was still cool to walk through an artist and author’s once winter home. The last picture is of an outside studio, which with the beach view, I can only imagine be extremely creative there.

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On the last leg of the trip we headed over to Charleston; the trip was short lived because the heat and humidity were miserable and I felt like I was about to die. Never been before I really didn’t know what to expect. From entering the city on the crazy huge bridge to beginning to see all the old buildings, I immediately fell in love. The houses were grand and beautiful, everything breathed wealth, old wealth to be exact, history, and elegance. All of which I love! The view of Fort Sumter from the water front was amazing, this city has so much culture and history. I of course had to go to the market, which was like Black Friday at Target, people everywhere. I was expecting it to be more handmade stuff but I still saw an arrange of local art, jewelry makers and sweet grass baskets. The churches were beautiful, large and grand, full of history all in their back yard cemeteries. Due to being miserable we just hit up a local seafood restaurant to grab a local brew and head back to Asheville..

Beach Diaries Part 1

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Last week, I took a road trip down to Pawley’s Island, South Carolina for a week. It was a true vacation; countless hours on the beach, swallowing gallons of ocean water, eating fresh seafood, some shopping, and of course plenty of relaxation. I tried to stay disconnected from the world for this week to truly get a real vacation. So while I had no cares in the world there are plenty of pictures of the beach vacation for you all to view this week. I hope all of you had a great last week because I know I did, and I hope you enjoy the pictures.

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We stayed in fairly large beach house which over looked the marsh (inlet) on both sides and we had direct access to a bridge that led you directly to the beach. Renting a house for a week was honestly the way to go!

The majority of our time was spent on Litchfield Beach, South Carolina; which was a direct walk from our house. Since it was extremely close we spent quite a bit of time (when it wasn’t raining) there. I swam in the ocean, relaxed under an umbrella, took long walks to witness the sunrise and sunset, and of course I got a little sunburnt.

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Since we were only about 20 miles South of Myrtle Beach playing mini golf was of course a no brainer. Also there was a wonderful Ansel Adams exhibit at the Art Museum in Myrtle (who knew they had one). And of course I hit up the Tanger Outlets where I scored a cute Coach bag.

Stay tuned for more beach pictures this week!!.

Road Trip Attire and I’m Heading To South Carolina

As some of you probably know, I am heading to the beach for a week (hence my posts from this week), and I’m leaving tomorrow!!! This past year (heck the past two years) have been trying and the rough part of school starts in a few short weeks; so if I must say so, the salty air and crashing waves are calling my name. I can not wait to relax, get some salt therapy from the ocean, do some beach shopping, over dose on seafood, act like a tourist and take in all of the low country and enjoy myself. I debated since June what to do as far as my blog for the week I’m on vacation, because let’s face it, I want to enjoy every last minute of this trip; so I finally decided not to neglect the blog for an entire week. Instead of doing a daily journal of my beach trip while I’m there (because it is extremely time consuming) I do have a whole week of fun things planned including a few guest posts!

I may not be as active on my social media platforms this up coming week but I may share a few surprises with you through Facebook, Instagram (@stephf52) and Twitter (@stephf52) so make sure you are following me on those (links will direct you to mine). I will begin some fun posts from my vacation starting on July 28th and already have some fun ideas of how to share my vacation with all of you that week. So stay tuned for some fun coming your way!!

Also make sure you follow Andrew Plyler Design on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter because I know he will be getting some awesome photography in while at the beach!

Road tripping can be very long and tiresome, be cramped in a car for hours on hours does not call for the best outfit. Ready for the 5-6 hour car ride, I’m just wearing some comfortable shorts, quirky t-shirt, my chucks, of course I need sunglasses, and am just throwing my hair up. This will ensure the ride will be as comfortable as it can be for sitting that long but also I would feel comfortable stopping for potty breaks, food and drink breaks, and gas station breaks. I’m carrying my favorite bag at the moment with me to the beach that I got from Target because it’s perfect to carry the necessities plus throwing in a sketchbook, notepad for blogging, and even a camera. I am beyond excited to be heading to the beach!!

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Photography by Andrew Plyler Design

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Road Trip Attire and I'm Heading To South Carolina

As some of you probably know, I am heading to the beach for a week (hence my posts from this week), and I’m leaving tomorrow!!! This past year (heck the past two years) have been trying and the rough part of school starts in a few short weeks; so if I must say so, the salty air and crashing waves are calling my name. I can not wait to relax, get some salt therapy from the ocean, do some beach shopping, over dose on seafood, act like a tourist and take in all of the low country and enjoy myself. I debated since June what to do as far as my blog for the week I’m on vacation, because let’s face it, I want to enjoy every last minute of this trip; so I finally decided not to neglect the blog for an entire week. Instead of doing a daily journal of my beach trip while I’m there (because it is extremely time consuming) I do have a whole week of fun things planned including a few guest posts!

I may not be as active on my social media platforms this up coming week but I may share a few surprises with you through Facebook, Instagram (@stephf52) and Twitter (@stephf52) so make sure you are following me on those (links will direct you to mine). I will begin some fun posts from my vacation starting on July 28th and already have some fun ideas of how to share my vacation with all of you that week. So stay tuned for some fun coming your way!!

Also make sure you follow Andrew Plyler Design on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter because I know he will be getting some awesome photography in while at the beach!

Road tripping can be very long and tiresome, be cramped in a car for hours on hours does not call for the best outfit. Ready for the 5-6 hour car ride, I’m just wearing some comfortable shorts, quirky t-shirt, my chucks, of course I need sunglasses, and am just throwing my hair up. This will ensure the ride will be as comfortable as it can be for sitting that long but also I would feel comfortable stopping for potty breaks, food and drink breaks, and gas station breaks. I’m carrying my favorite bag at the moment with me to the beach that I got from Target because it’s perfect to carry the necessities plus throwing in a sketchbook, notepad for blogging, and even a camera. I am beyond excited to be heading to the beach!!

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Photography by Andrew Plyler Design

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Vacation Necessities

We all have things that we can’t live without, even when we go on vacation. Most of the times these are electronics and the things we carry with us all the time. Here’s what I’m carrying in my bag to vacation and the few electronics I’m taking along.

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I’m taking my hand bag from Target to the beach with me and only carrying with me the things I need and want most. I’m not carrying around a heavy bag just because I tend to put useless things in it. I’m taking along my wallet which is also from Target that will hold all of my important needs and money, a sketchpad ( I may actually buy a smaller one before we leave to lessen the load), a pouch with pens, markers, and sketching pens and pencils, a notepad to write down all of the things I will be mentioning in the blog so I don’t forget, a stack of thank you card full of business cards (you never know when the opportunity will arise to market the blog, hand sanitizer, lotion, carmex and extra hair ties.

Vacation Necessities

Besides my cellular device I am limiting the amount of technology I bring along this vacation, I really want to disconnect from the world for a while and enjoy this. I am bringing a very slim, compact laptop (simply for uploading and storing pictures), a camera to document the trip and my Kindle for some beach reading..

Casual Tourist Style

Casual Tourist Style

T-Shirt-Target // Shorts-DIY (check it out here) // Shoes-Chucks // Bag-Target // Sleeveless Cardigan-Target // Gold Number Necklace-Tom Design // Square Necklace-Mindy Mae’s Market // Bracelet- DIY // Sunglasses-Steve Madden via Marshalls

Ahhh, you’re on vacation and you want to take in all the place has to offer. But if your anything like me, I hate to look like an actual tourist doing it. There’s something about fanny packs (and I personally believe they will never be in style even if Chanel has one), a t-shirt from the actual city, and a camera around your neck that screams tourist. When checking out the city, I like to keep it very casual and comfy. I paired my DIY shorts with a white t-shirt,  my comfy Chucks (I know they are beat up but extremely comfy for all that walking and I plan on getting a new pair at the beach), a versatile, spacious and comfortable bag, sunnies and some dainty jewelry. I threw my hair up into a messy, curly, side bun; perfect for taming the frizz and curls from the beach. If I was out visiting some museums or checking out the city I would wear this and carry my sleeveless cardigan and a sparkly necklace that would transform my look into something a little extra for dinner or lunch at a local seafood joint!

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Photography by Andrew Plyler Design

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Vacation Packing

Vacation Packing

Even before packing I like to lay everything out and visualize outfits together before finalizing what goes in my suitcase. To save room in the suitcase I will pick 2 pairs of shorts and a pair of jeans and then choose about 5 shirts. I will actually be taking another pair of shorts for the golf course. If you want to see how to pack one dress and get three looks out of it check out my post from yesterday.

Vacation Packing

When packing bathing suits I stick with picking out a basic, neutral top and take along several fun colored bottoms. Once again saving space in the suitcase!

Vacation Packing

I really don’t like to take a million shoes on vacation. These three are all neutral and will go with everything. Yes I’m not bringing heels, because I’m not too worried about it. Instead of sticking these in the suitcase, these are going in my beach bag until we arrive.

Vacation Packing

When going to the beach I really don’t like taking a lot of beauty products with me. I am taking a small quantity of make-up for pictures and the hairspray for me doubles as a setting spray for drawings in my sketchbook.

Vacation Packing

Now pack everything and head out! I do put my make-up, some bathroom items and jewelry in this roll up, and I put all my regular shower things and liquids in this 31 lunchbox so it’s easy to clean if any explodes and it doesn’t get on my clothes.

Happy Traveling. Stay tuned for the rest of the week for more travel posts!!

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