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!

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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!

Traveling #OOTD

There is still time to get some last minute Summer traveling in, but I personally prefer to travel in the Fall. And it’s probably because I live in a tourist town where everyone flocks to it during the Fall time. Those beautiful leaves y’all! So I’m off to the beach for a week, vacay started Saturday and I have several other travel plans for the Fall (and escaping all those leaf lookers). And the weather is cooling off and let’s be real; I like to have the car feeling like Antarctica when I’m traveling even if I need to wrap up in something cozy due to it. So this look is perfect from going from somewhere chillier (or even traveling to somewhere chillier) to somewhere warmer. And it’s perfect for going from the car ride or flight to going straight to getting your vacation on.

I’ve said it before and million times over, but a t-shirt dress is the answer to all your styling problems. It’s simple, versatile and most of the times you can find them for extremely affordable prices. Plus it can carry you from season to season, or from somewhere chillier to warmer. I love this striped one I got at Target in the early Spring. It’s striped (duh), the perfect weight, comfy as all get out and can be worn super casual or dressed up. Plus it doesn’t get wrinkled as easy even after being in the car (or plane) for hours.

I paired it with a light weight cardigan for temperature changes and to just be comfy in the car. Plus if I get to hot, this cardigan will make a great pillow. Versatile pieces guys! With comfort being key, I paired this with some Converse shoes. It has a whole beachy casual vibe to it, but when I get to the island, if I need to make a quick change I can easily throw on some sandals and be ready to go.

Let’s not forget the big bag. Easy to carry all the important things like a phone charger, reading material, road trip snacks and anything I may want to change in to if I’m not heading to the villa first.

Ready to go! Make sure you all are following along on Instagram as I will really be documenting this much anticipated and much needed vacation.

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!!.

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.

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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..