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5 Hotels for the Design Lover

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This post is in partnership with Lark Hotels,but all opinions are mine.

If you're looking to do some US travel where you'd like to relax without breaking the bank, I highly recommend Lark Hotels!   I'm working my way through visiting as many Larks as I can- I just love their colorful vibes, the always relaxing atmosphere, the exceptional breakfast, and friendly staff.  I can only vouch for The Attwater, Summercamp Hotel, & the Whitehall Inn, but I'm dying to check out the rest of the Larks on this list!

1. Whitehall Inn in Camden, Maine

See more from my recent stay on Instagram!

2. Summercamp Hotel in Martha's Vineyard

Find more from our Summercamp visit here

Find more from our Summercamp visit here

3. The Attwater in Newport, RI

4. Field Guide in Stowe, Vermont

5. 21 Broad in Nantucket, MA

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I recently read an inspiring interview with the interior designer behind all of these fabulous hotels, (Rachel Reider).  She talked about working with local artisans in each locale to help develop a "sense of place". That is exactly the term that can make me totally fall in love with a hotel or restaurant, so I'm currently working toward decorating our new home with that same concept in mind.  Why not give each room a fun sense of place with it's own style that makes you happy? I hope you found these locations to be as inspiring as I did, and be sure to follow along on Instagram for more Weekender Travels.

All images c/o Lark Hotels 

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My Go-To Guide for Gifting

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This post is in partnership with Greetabl, but as always all opinions are my own! I'm also a real Greetabl customer, so feel free to ask me any questions you'd like answered honestly via DM on @CharlestonWeekender.

When it comes to gift giving (my main love language), I always tend to try to stick to a few rules of thumb.  Greetabl is a company I very often turn to for a snail-mail option, that also happens to check off all my gift-giving musts.  Of course I still have PLENTY of times where I wind up scrambling to send something to an out of town loved one on the day of said celebration (sorry Dad!), but Greetabl has really become one of my go-tos for birthdays, client thank-you gifts, and SO many other occasions!  Read this until the end so you can see one of the things I'm gifting my fabulous biz parter Mimi (of The Tiny Tassel) for her upcoming birthday.  I'll also give you details on an offer/discount Greetabl let me share with you!  Ok, now for some gifting tips:

- It's All in the Presentation -

I've always been a fan of the above Bree Van de Camp mantra, which also happens to help me appear to be a great hostess despite my lack of cooking skills!  I've always been a proponent of wowing your guests with your presentation- that is all you need to make a memorable evening, am I right?! The same really holds true for gifting.  There is so much to be said for cute wrapping, addressing your envelope in hand lettering (or your attempt at it), etc.  When you send a Greetabl, the packaging is super duper cute and will make the recipient smile in itself!  Your pal will open the box and see an adorable cube in a print you chose for them (like this confetti one I picked for Mimi).  You can also see the Leslie Knope one I've gifted here.  You're basically winning before they even opened it up.

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- Make it Personal -

Greetabl is personalized in more ways than one: pick your gift box print, pick 3 Instagram or camera roll photos to add to the inside, and add a custom message, too!  So even though it doesn't have an ounce of your hand writing or involve you spending your time at the post office (my VERY least favorite thing!), it's got that element of customization that makes everyone feel special.  How cute do these photos of Mimi & I look with the confetti print I picked for her!?

- It's the Thought That Counts -

I would LOVE to just be able to gift all of my friends the fanciest of schmanciest goodies.  However, for most occasions I need to stay in the under $30 price range (especially for client gifts & such).  Check out some of the cute gifts they offer that range from an $8-12 add-on!  All in all, the last few Greetabls I've sent have cost me $20-25 (including shipping & the gift that comes inside). 

So below is the gift I picked for Mimi!  She already sells cute piñatas in ours shop, so I went with the "tiny celebration" confetti of course!  It's not like we don't see an abundance of confetti around our shop, but I mean who can really have too much confetti?!

-So Here's The Deal (Literally)-

1. If you see yourself using Greetabl a ton like I do, I recommend their "Insider" program.  If you sign up before June 30 you'll get: Free shipping for a YEAR, a $20 credit (basically a FREE Greetabl), and a ton of other perks.

2.  If you want to try it out once to make sure you like it, use the code charlestonweekender to get 15% off when you make a purchase here

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Comment or DM me at @CharlestonWeekender to let me know what you think.  Happy gifting, friends!

photos c/o Kim Graham Photography

 

 

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Charleston Weekending: 2018's New Restaurants

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There have been SO many new restaurants popping up around town that I have barely been able to work my way through this list yet.  I've jotted down my recommendations of what to get beside the locations I've had a chance to try, but you'll have to comment and let me know your favorites at the ones I haven't visited!

-Breakfast-

Miller's All Day (I loved the BLT salad!)

Daps (get a mimosa and something from the "hash" section)

-Pizza-

Renzo Wood-Fired Pizza (Detroit Style)

Uneeda Sicilian (Sicilian of course)

Uptown Social (NY Style)

-Other-

Poke San (sushi, poke, & more)

Spanglish Cuban Kitchen (inside Workshop; we loved the Fricase De Pollo & Lechon Asado)

Saffire Restaurant (we had the Quinoa Bowl and the Prestige Farms Chicken Breast, both delish)

-Coming Soon-

Melfi's (Roman-ish inspired pizzeria)

Chubby Fish (fresh, Lowcountry seafood with innovative preparation)

It's hard to go wrong with a Charleston meal no matter where you go!  Follow along on Instagram for more recommendations!


photo c/o Kim Graham Photography

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Palm Springs Weekending

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This post is in partnership with The Weekend House, but all opinions are my own.  Some of the links I've included may be affiliate links, which will earn me a small commission when you click on them. 

Palm Springs came across my radar a few years ago, and I immediately fell in love with the colorful & quaint city upon my first visit in 2016.  While I was there during that first visit, a man at a neighboring table at Bingo night warned me to "be careful, Palm Springs will get in your blood!".  To say he hit the nail on the head would be an understatement! 

A couple of visits later, I fell in love with the annual Palm Springs event called Modernism Week, a celebration of midcentury architecture, design, and culture.  While I was there as part of the "Mod Squad", I stayed at the gosh darn adorable Weekend House.  You can find my other recommendations around town in my Palm Springs Life Magazine Weekend Guide, but keep scrolling to see why Lucy Marie Photography & I fell so in love with The Weekend House! 

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all images c/o Lucy Marie Photography

Themed Rooms Abound

I love a good theme, so why not have a whole room that hightlights your favorite icon.  The Weekend House has a flamingo room, pineapple room, cactus room, and the list goes on.  I have to say I think the Flamingo room stole my heart.  That pink phone is just too much!

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Games Galore

I'm always a sucker for fun and games.  One of my favorite tried and true ways to make it feel more like the weekend is to shut of the television and break out the board games!  The Weekend House made me rediscover my love for Dominoes, so I bought this adorable pair that they had in their super chic den.  They had so many cute games both indoors and out- corn hole, ping pong, you name it!  

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Outdoor Haven, Check!

The best way to enjoy your vacation is to make sure you have a tranquil space to enjoy the outdoors.  In Palm Springs, a pool is a must. They had a hot tub for us to enjoy, too!  We certainly spent some good quality time living it up in this very well thought out backyard. Doesn't being surrounded by lots of green just make you so happy?! This is my kind of "great outdoors"!

Email me or get in touch on Instagram if you ever make your way to Palm Springs. I would love to help you have fun in my California happy place!  You can follow #WeekenderTravels to get even more travel inspiration, or pin this to Pinterest so you don't forget to add it to your bucket list.

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