Hampden Clothing

I will  be the first to admit that I never thought I would own a hot pink coat, but here I am wearing a hot pink coat and loving it! This Tibi coat caught my eye while on a shopping adventure at Hampden Clothing (more on them next week) in Charleston. I asked to try it on just for fun but then ended up falling in absolute love with it. The cut isn’t overly feminine so while it is still still pink you don’t feel like Barbie (which could have been a quite the dilemma). I seriously can not take this beauty off. The inside is lined with jersey so it doesn’t feel like you are wearing a ton of bricks on your shoulders and the fact that it runs two sizes big, doesn’t hurt the confidence – if you know what I mean?! I plan to bring it to London in a few weeks and wear it over leather pants and a black sweater – très cool, right?!

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Charleston City Guide // Eateries

Eating is my bliss. I know you are suppose to “eat to live” but I am 100% guilty of  “living to eat.” I enjoy a delicious meal like a dog loves a new bone (first thing that came to mind as my dog sits here excitedly eating her new bone). Good food does not only further the enjoyment of your day/night but it can also bond people, nurture lasting relationships, and create happiness. Yes, good food is that important! Luckily my new favorite city had insanely delicious food. Below you will find a scrolling gallery on more information of eateries I enjoyed on my last visit to Charleston. Be sure to scroll through and e-mail or comment with any questions.

List of Eateries (scroll through gallery for more info)

Bull Street Gourmet and Market

Cru Cafe

The Grocery

The Macintosh

The Market Pavilion Bar

Butcher and Bee

* special thanks to all of these restaurants and the Charleston CVB for hosting us

all images via the restaurants webpage

Cuyana Cape Creativity

Confession: when I have to pack for a weekend with my husband – piece of cake. When I have to pack for a weekend with a group of fashion bloggers – total stress mode. You already know everyone is going to look amazing so coming up with different looks can be quite the task. I used to freak out and buy new pieces for weekends or events like this but now I try to re-create looks that I already have. I.e. shop my own closet!  I take different pieces that are really versatile and try to make them more “artistic.” So if I wore a dress with a long necklace I will put a shirt under it and a chain around my neck or throw a sweater over a dress to create multiple layers. Doing this type of packing forces me to stay creative, save money, and actually wear all of the items in my closet! This was my exact plan when packing for my girls trip in Charleston a few weeks ago.

I must admit, this Cuyana Alpaca cape is just about the most creative item I have in my closet. I first saw Molly wearing it and knew I needed it. I thought it would be perfect to throw on for travel – bundle up when the air gets freezing on the plane. But when it came in I literally thought of a million+ different ways to style it. For this evening I wanted to create a twisted look so I took one side of the cape and threw it over my shoulder. I then took the remaining corner of the other opposite side and threw it over the other shoulder, thus creating a layered/twisted look. I can’t wait to show you all of the other ways to style this piece so you can see just why you need it in your closet and just how versatile it is! Stay tuned…

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