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A Weekend in Charleston: The Biker's Guide to Cannonborough-Elliotborough

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Opening Cannonborough Collective in the Cannonborough-Elliotborough area of Charleston has been one of the highlights of my year, and we truly love the community we are part of.  My partner Mimi & I often walk and bike around our shop, so we wanted to introduce you to some of the best parts of our 'hood.  Don't forget to pay us all a visit over the holidays; we truly appreciate you shopping "small"!

all images c/o Aneris Photography // bike rental provided by Holy Spokes bike share


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-Eat-

I eat at Five Loaves Cafe religiously!  It's kind of an addiction that I don't plan to drop any time soon.  My favorites are the mexican chicken chili & the mushroom quinoa salad, or anything from the juice bar.  For dessert, you can't go wrong with anything and everything at the adorable Sugar Bakeshop!

-Drink-

Warehouse has long been one of my favorite watering holes.  They never lack in delicious cocktail specials, and I love how you can pop in for some fun and games for date night (i.e. pool, shuffleboard, and giant Jenga). 

-Shop-

If you want to hit up all of the great shops on Cannon Street, I recommend starting at the King Street end at Candy Shop Vintage and making your way toward Rutledge.  CSV sells their signature rice bead necklaces and is always coming out with something new and fun, like these croissant earrings (I get SO many compliments on them!).  

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After you're bejeweled, stop by our shop next!  Cannonborough Collective has you covered for balloons and all kinds of gifts from local brands and makers.  We also host workshops and events a few times a month, so have a glance at our calendar!

Don't forget to get a little something for your guy at J. Stark; everything from classic bags to wallets and other sleek accessories.

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Next you'll want to hit up Mac & Murphy for a plethora of stationery, adorable trinkets, and a rotating assortment of cute prints from the likes of talents like Dorothy Shain.

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-Primp-

You're bound to be a little wind blown after cruising around the neighborhood, and you will LOVE our friends over at Drybar!  They don't do cuts or color, just killer blow outs, braids, & up-dos.  My hair is very fine and my least favorite feature, but I still always leave feeling like a rock star!

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  There are just too many great local spots to name them all; I also love Elliotborough Mini Bar, D'Allesandros Pizza, & Indigo & Cotton to name a few more. The next time you're near our shop, be sure to stop in to get a free Charleston guide created by Lauren BeltramoSAS-E Ink, & myself.  Hope you have fun exploring our neighborhood!

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Weekender Wardrobe: Mother-Daughter Travel Style

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Packing light doesn't sound like much fun, but you have to save room for all your souvenirs (am I right?!).  Below are a few of my essentials that I brought on our recent trip to San Francisco.  This post is in partnership with Persifor, Jackson Davenport, & Toss Designs, but all opinions are my own.  Thank you SO much for clicking on the affiliate links I have provided, which help support this blog.  Ok, now open your suitcase and throw in the following:


1. Great Sunglasses

If you aren't sure what style is best for your face shape, I highly recommend that you head to Jackson Davenport on King Street the next time you're downtown Charleston.  Ask for Nancy Davenport (one of the awesome owners who works there), who will help you pick out a great pair of glasses or sunglasses to suit you.  I'm wearing some Ray Bans and mom has on a pair of Mykita Philomenes, both of which are super lightweight so they didn't start to hurt our ears after a day of sight seeing. 


2. A Versatile Purse

Let colors be your neutral.  Bringing along a pop of color like orange will likely go with most of your wardrobe.  Toss had this 2-in-1 purse with a cute bamboo handle, so I could feel like I was changing up my purse depending on how casual or dressy my outfit was.  Toss just opened the CUTEST store on King Street in Downtown Charleston- you have to go see it the next time you're there!  They have everything from cute office accessories to champagne print pajamas. 


3. Matching Dresses

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Y'all know I have never met a Persifor dress I didn't love, mostly because they are so flattering and so comfy at the same time.  This navy "coat of arms" Winpenny was no exception.  I've always been a navy girl (mostly because of my mom), and it made for the perfect layering piece with my Nice is the New Cool Sweatshirt.  Gotta have those layers in San Fran, or really even just for the plane ride!


4. Accessory Staples

Navy & gold are usually my go-to jewelry colors. I can get away with bringing just one or two things and wearing them over and over.  Tassels are always fun to spice things up, and these are just $12!  P.S. Don't forget the best accessories ever,  a statement lip & nail color!  We're both wearing RMS Red on our lips & I have RMS beloved on my nails. 

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5. Balloons

Say what?! You heard me!  Balloons. We HAD to have them because we were celebrating my mom's 70th, but even if you're just traveling for kicks I highly recommend getting some balloons.  You can get letters or numbers and air-fill them or take them to a nearby grocery store.  Your travel photos will never be the same!  

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-Shop the Post-

Persifor Winpenny Dress in Coat of Arms (shown), $  or in Calypso Tile, $165 // Jackson Davenport Sunglasses, starting at $150 // Jewelry: Croissant Earrings, $60, Tassel Earrings, $12, Rice Bead Necklace (worn as bracelet), $65 // Toss Designs Infinity Envelope Clutch in Orange, $48 (additional charge for monogramming, but available same-day at the Charleston Store) // balloons (available at Cannonborough Collective in Charleston or online). 

all images c/o Lucy Marie Photo

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Where to Stay in San Francisco

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This post is in partnership with Kimpton Hotels, but all opinions are my own.  Hotel Interior images are c/o Kimpton Hotels by Laure Joliet.

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I am newly obsessed with San Francisco's Japantown & had to share with you!  I was recently visiting SF on a trip with my mom, and her taste is a little less "hipster-friendly" than mine.  The Buchanan Hotel in Japantown was the perfect compromise of being in a nice safe area that wasn't too touristy, where we were always within a short Uber ride of where we wanted to be.  As always, this Kimpton had a signature bike for me to borrow and gorgeous decor!  The aesthetic was very minimalist to align with the neighborhood, which we also loved.

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Across the street you can see some great little shops and a Japanese mall with all kinds of fun treats. I stumbled into the neatest little store where I got some orange chopsticks for a souvenir.

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The neighborhood had so many fabulous restaurants within walking distance, too.  Our favorites were Sweet MapleRoam.  They serve GIANT breakfast portions at Sweet Maple, and you'll have to be sure to try the "Millionaire's Bacon"!

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True story, I've never been disappointed by a Kimpton Hotel!  They are definitely the cleanest pet-friendly hotels you'll find, with great staff and awesome ambiance.  See my other Kimpton stays in Savannah, LA, & Pittsburgh, and follow me on Instagram where I try to make every day feel like the weekend!

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Top 10 Doors & Window Boxes of Charleston (Fall Edition)

Did you ever meet a Charleston door you didn't love?  Not very likely if you're browsing any street South of Broad.  My version of meditation/shutting down is often to walk around Charleston streets hunting for a door or window box I've never noticed before, or to see how they change with the seasons.  I had so much fun scouting doors with fall decor this year- some are spooky, some are in harvest-mode, and others even look a little Halloween-ish as-is (see door #4).  Be sure to scroll all the way to the bottom for #10, who went ALL OUT and I can only imagine the amount of work (and fun) it was to create!  One of my favorite local artists (Sunwoven) even shared hers with us!  Comment below to let me know which one is your favorite, and check out this Instagram post to see my favorite one!

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Your favorite Charleston weaver, Erin Barrett of Sunwoven, went all out with her door this year! 

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Hope you enjoyed that! Okay, so this bonus one below isn't fall-ish per-say, but you know I had to take a double take when I spotted balloons!  We now carry these giant round balloons in our Charleston Balloon Shop, you just need to call a week in advance if you want a color (besides white, black, or clear confetti).  I could definitely be on board with leaving a couple of these happy yellow ones lying around on my porch to make the neighbors smile, couldn't you?!

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5 Tips for a Productive Workspace

Often times my workspace is our Charleston balloon shop, and otherwise it's usually here at my home office.  It can certainly be a challenge to stay on track when your office is also your dwelling.  Hopefully you'll find some of these tips helpful! The photos shown here are from our recent home tour with Houzz & Margaret Wright Photography, and some of the links I've included are affiliate links which earn me a small commission.  Thank you so much for shopping through my site! 

1. Let The Light In

Keep your blinds or curtains open and let as much light in as possible!  This creates far happier ambiance to work in, is easier on your eyes, and you'll be already set up for taking your social media product photos.

2. Bold Never Gets Old

Having some fun & fabulous office decor will definitely keep you inspired all day!  If your taste is on the daring side, you can try a fun peel & stick wallpaper or our fern "wallpaper" DIY.  Even incorporating statement throw pillows on your office furniture or getting a great rug will elevate your work space and fuel your creativity.

3. Add Some Smells

Candles, an essential oil diffuser, or fresh flowers will help keep you relaxed during a chaotic work day.  Peppermint, eucalyptus, and lavender always keep me calm but energized.

4. Pump Up The Jams

I keep a record player in my office, because music definitely motivates me!  "RAC Radio" on Pandora is my current favorite station.  I like to alternate between tunes and podcasts depending on the amount of attention required for the projects I'm working on.  Check out my round-up of podcasts for entrepreneursAnti-distraction tip: play music/podcasts from your phone and set it away from your desk; when I set my phone aside and treat it as a radio, I don't get bogged down by feeling like I need to immediately respond to every text message that comes through. 

5. Store Away Clutter

My office usually needs to double as a storage unit for products and styling props.  By keeping things mostly contained in storage bins and boxes in cubbies, I am not constantly distracted by a mess.  I also purposefully got a small desk so I don't have any other choice except to straighten papers and put things in their place at the end of the day.  If your eyes don't have to see too much clutter, your brain will have more free space to concentrate on the day's tasks at hand.

Please share YOUR tips for a more productive workspace in the comments below, and follow along on Instagram to see more decor inspiration and lifestyle photos. 

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