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Fun With Friedrich's

Stylish Round Sunglasses from Friedrich's Optik worn by Charleston blogger Charleston Weekender

When you think truly iconic glasses & sunglasses (so iconic, in fact, that they have been worn by the likes of fab femmes Jackie O’ & Iris Apfel) you probably already think of Friedrich’s Optik. They have stores all over the world, but a lot of people don’t know they also have a brick and mortar right here in Charleston on lower King Street!

This post is in partnership with Friedrich’s Optik, but all opinions are my own.

Chic round sunglasses from Friedrich's Optik in Charleston SC

I recently went to Palm Beach to meet Iris Apfel, so I had to stop in the Friedrich’s store there so I could twin with this stylish lady. How cute is SHE?! My life has basically been made because we were even in the Palm Beach Daily News together (as seen in the photo below left).

The following week, my friend Andrea and I were so thrilled to get to borrow several cute Friedrich’s styles that we took on our Palm Springs trip with us. We felt like the most fabulous queens in our shades; I’m talking movie star status! If you need prescription sunglasses like I do, Friedrich’s can take care of that for you. They also have plenty of gorgeous styles of regular glasses to choose from. Have a look at some of the styles we sported during our trip!

Chic round blue sunglasses from Friedrich's Optik in Charleston SC
Charleston Weekender & Charleston Shop Curator wearing Friedrich's Optik Sunglasses in Palm Springs California

After trying less expensive, mass produced glasses brands like Warby Parker (and being disappointed in them), I’ve come to the conclusion that you definitely get what you pay for! Glasses are something I wear nearly every day, so it’s really worth the investment to get a pair that will last. Plus, when you learn about the materials Friedrich’s uses to create their iconic frames, you understand what a wonderful value they really are. Silk is what gives them their vibrant colors, and the frames are made from buffalo horn (which is plentiful in Germany)! Another added bonus of shopping with Friedrich’s is that you are supporting a family operated business that will likely be around for generations to come. You really get what you pay and can feel great about your purchase when you support small businesses like theirs!

UPF fabric caftan from Zags in Charleston SC worn by Charleston Weekender

Check out some of the fab Friedrich’s styles my pal Andrea was rocking during our trip, and follow us on Instagram at The Curated Weekend to see more of our joint adventures & fun with fashion!


images c/o Nathan Cox Photography, Kim Graham Photo, & Palm Beach Daily News // clothing provided by Zac by Zac Posen, Persifor, & Zags // Shoot locations: ACME House Co.’s The Eight Thirty & Saguaro Palm Springs

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Weekend Entertaining: Golden Girls Style

Charleston bridesmaid luncheon Golden Girls theme

As part of my recently founded partnership with my friend Andrea of Charleston Shop Curator, “The Curated Weekend” is our joint venture that allows us to team up to create content for brands we love. It lights us up to share about other local businesses and to inspire other women as much as possible! We love a good theme, so we came up with an idea for a different spin on a Bridesmaids Luncheon for a recent issue of Charleston Weddings Magazine. Read more about that Golden Girls themed bridesmaid soiree here, or scroll on down to see how to execute a “Thank You For Being a Friend” party any time of year!


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Special thanks to:

Julie Livingston Photography (photography) // Sunwoven Studios (location) // Silhouette on Site (make-up) // Petaloso (floral design) // Lu.nu.la Nail Lab (manicures) // The Skinny Dip Charleston (shoes) // Danielle Fabrega & Duolan Li (models)

This post is created in partnership with the brands mentioned below, but we hand selected products and highlighted companies we truly adore!


-Set the Tone With Invitations-

The beautiful cards we used as invites were created by our very own “Dorothy” model, Danielle Fabrega of The Town Serif. Instead of a formal invitation, just write a personal note inviting your girls to join you for a fun gathering and that will be one invite they won’t want to pass up!

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-Offer a Dress Code-

It’s always adds a delightful sense of celebration when you offer a dress code, no matter how casual or formal your event. You can opt for a slumber party with sweats and pjs attire for a friendly fiesta, or don caftans & coverups for an afternoon pool party. We decided to get a little bit gussied up for our “ladies who lunch” vibes. Beckett Boutique outfitted all of us with some styling help from Andrea Serrano, and we wore outfits that we imagine the Golden Girls would have rocked if they were modern day thirty- & forty- somethings like us! Left to right we have our modern day Blanche, Rose, Sophia, and Dorothy.

Charleston Golden GIrls Themed Bridesmaid Luncheon

Beckett Boutique is located on King Street, just north of Calhoun, and is a bright and airy shop we know you’ll love! In addition to the lovely attire they offer, you’ll find some beautiful jewelry there; a mix of offerings with everything from local designers like Hart Hagerty, and other bold vintage statement pieces like this gold necklace.

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-Set the Table in Style-

Wicker & rattan have been a trend that thankfully seems to be sticking around, so we kept our food and beverage accessories cohesive with a lot of these natural elements from Vieuxtemps. We thought it would be neat to add some of their dinner plates in complimentary patterns for a fun mix and match effect. Always the fan of a pop of color, we incorporated some hints of green throughout our table scape.

For all of you brides to be out there, these items are all available as part of the wedding registry service Vieuxtemps offers, but they make great additions to your bar cart or china cabinet!

-Serve Up Something Healthy-

Hamby Catering & Events is hands down one of the best catering companies in Charleston; I’d love to get married all over again so I could have an excuse to use them for a reception! They have it down to a science when it comes to executing the perfect combination of a delicious menu that is a little out of the box. My favorite part of our meal was Hamby’s modern spin on the popular Salad Nicoise (which incorporated fresh, seared tuna instead of the traditional tuna salad that was popular during the Golden Girls era).

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By serving a light and elegant veggie-heavy menu, the table becomes so much more colorful, and as a bonus your guests can truly indulge and linger over the meal without needing a nap afterward! That’s not to say we didn’t enjoy a little dessert (cheesecake for Golden Girls, of course!), but consider serving a rich treat in a pre-filled dish for the perfect portion with less guilt.

Check out our full menu below:

Individual Fruit Parfaits with Vanilla Bean Yogurt, Seasonal Berries, Muscadine Jam & Housemade Granola // Roasted Carrots atop Arugula with Roasted Lentils, Pomegranate Seeds & Tahini Dressing // Petite Mixed Berry Muffins // Salad Nicoise with Arugula, Seared Tuna, Haricot Verts, Petite Potatoes, Sliced Radishes, Hard Boiled Eggs, Olives & Citrus Herb Vinaigrette // Candied Bacon Deviled Eggs // Chocolate Cheesecake Mousse

Serving a family-style menu is a fun and modern way to host a luncheon, and lends itself to a more laid back way of entertaining.


Natural tropical decor for boho brunch in Charleston SC

-Decorate Your Space-

Andrea and I knew Celadon Home would be the perfect place to find some decor elements to give that extra nod to the Golden Girl’s abode of Miami, Florida. We incorporated white lanterns as extra vases for the long wooden table, found some fun planters like this owl basket to incorporate, and added a couple of peacock chairs for the perfect focal point for taking photos (because what soiree is complete without a couple Instagram-worthy scenes?!).

-Gift Your Gals-

Whether you’re celebrating your bridesmaids or just gathering some gal pals, it’s fun to share special treats with your best babes! We picked Spartina 449’s Sea La Vie Say Thanks earrings & necklaces as the perfect “thank you for being a friend” gift table addition.

pineapple necklace and earrings from Spartina 449

Spartina 449 is a brand we adore that started not far from Charleston in Dafuskie Island, and Andrea and I got to visit their flagship store last fall. We also adorned ourselves with their jewelry for this shoot, and they keep adding to their line all the time! They also have really quirky & cute stationery, both statement and staple handbags, and recently started offering colorful clothing as well!

Golden Girls Bridesmaid Luncheon theme

Spartina 449’s new “Cabana Leaf” collection looks very Golden Girls-esque, too, don’t you think? Below are a few of my favorite pieces from this adorable new line (click on the image to shop):

We hope we inspired you to get your girl gang together soon, and see more from this shoot on my Instagram at #CHSGoldenGirls!

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Charleston Weekender Home Tour

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Decorating our house became my main project last summer when I was a little lost with the direction of my business. A creative project can really keep me going, and decorating is always so much fun for me. I find it helps me get started to have some kind of theme when I’m decorating; be it a color story or some other concept. Well, for our downtown Charleston home I thought about how happy boutique hotels make me when I travel. I get a little blue when I get back from a trip, so I thought maybe I should take a note out of my own playbook and try to make every day feel more like a weekend getaway! Therefore I incorporated some of my favorite destinations and hotels throughout the house. Our living room is modeled after the Summercamp Hotel in Martha’s Vineyard and is filled with lots of camp-y outdoors-y vibes, and the rest of the house is a mish mash of my favorite Florida and California cities. Have a look at some of the rooms below, and see the full home tour on Apartment Therapy, photographed by Margaret Wright.

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Colorful Bar cart styling

New England Living Room

Colorful living room with grey couch

Florida Guest Room


Palm Springs Master Bedroom (with a little Winter Park mixed in)

navy and green master bedroom with blue patterned headboard

Other Snippets of Our Home

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Charleston Weekending: Rainy Day Recs

Charleston bloggers with colorful umbrellas

Rainy Charleston days can really bring me down, because we are mostly used to sunshine around these parts! If you do happen to find yourself here during a visit to Charleston when it’s rainy, have a look at some of my recommendations for what to see and do to ensure you still have an enjoyable visit.

all images c/o Jennifer Collins Photography unless otherwise noted

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Sunshine-y Shopping

Of course I hope you’ll check out our shop, Cannonborpugh Collective! It’s kind of always sunny inside because we usually have a balloon wall installation & plenty of cute gifts to make you smile. We also have adorable colorful umbrellas!

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Cannonborough Collective | 185-A St. Philip Street

image c/o Aneris Photos

There are plenty of other cute shops all over town, of course! Skinny Dip has a lot of light coming through upstairs, so I never mind working from their upstairs coffee shop when it rains! The Community is a great spot to go grab gifts or pick up a cute card, and Indigo Market is always dressed to the nines with their reclaimed vintage furniture.

Take a Class

Since we are such a foodie-filled city, you can find several cooking classes around town. You can check out In The Kitchen With Bob, but I hear it fills up quick . Another favorite class of mine is the Candlefish candle making classes. You can BYOB while you hone your chandling skills!

Grab Coffee & Dessert

Some of my favorite cozy cafes are: 132 Spring, The Harbinger, The Daily at the Gibbes, and Gnome Cafe.

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Catch a Movie at a Unique Theater

Having an adult beverage or even a meal during a movie can make your cinema experience that much more fun! I certainly don’t go to Cinebarre just for the food (sorry to say it’s never blown my socks off), but it is a nice convenience to be able to order food while you catch a flick. My husband and I usually prefer to attend movies at Terrace Theatre, where I often get a Guinness while I watch. The adorable Charleston Flower Market is next door, and there are 2 good restaurants in the same shopping center; Zia Taqueria and Crust Wood Fired Pizza. Not only is the Citadel Mall an IMAX theatre, I hear it also has big comfy chairs that recline all the way; perhaps you can skip the food & bev and opt for rainy day relaxation instead.

Try Break Out/Escape Games

This kind of activity sounds like a bit of a claustrophobia nightmare to me, but I guess it could be a fun way to spend the afternoon if your down for being locked in a room for an hour!  Downtown we have Break Out Charleston, Escape in 60, & Time Traveler Escape Games

Visit a Museum/Peruse Some Art

The Gibbes Museum of Art recently underwent a renovation, and the gift shop alone might be worth the trip!  There are also so many cute art galleries in the French Quarter area of downtown, so check out some of those. I would start at Robert Lange Studios and then make your way to the galleries on State & Church streets.

See a Show

There are a plethora of places to see an entertaining show. Theatre 99 is great if you long to laugh, or Dock Street Theatre and Sottile Theatre usually have good offerings for the live performance lovers out there.

Check Out a Fun Nail Salon

If you want cute-sy decor & non-toxic salons, grab a pal & check out Mylk Bar or The Water Room. I also love Lu.Nu.La Nail Lab, which is more of a 1:1 studio; the owner is super talented if you want some trendy nail art!

Kid-Friendly Ideas 

I don’t have any munchkins of my own yet, but for something fun for the whole family I would recommend The Aquarium, The Children’s Museum, or The Alley (bowling & arcade games).


Drop any other rainy day ideas you have in the comments below so everyone else can enjoy them,

and check out my Charleston Guide for more things to do around the Holy City!

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Fab Femme Foodies: A CHSWFF Recap

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Since March was Women’s History Month, I kind of think I want to keep the lady love going strong! I also have a Girliest Spots in Charleston post you might like so be sure to check that one out, but first I wanted to share some great ladies with you. I either met or encountered all of these ladies at the Charleston Wine & Food Festival, and they are doing some amazing things in the Food + Beverage industry! I’ll share the events they were involved in, too, so you can try to catch them next year.

1. Elli Richter & Caryn Ohara from RetrEAT

Holistic Life Coach Elli Richter always delivers a dose of good vibes at any event she participates in. She led a beautiful guided meditation during “RetrEAT”, where we also dished on our relationship with food with Ayurvedic Health Counselor Caryn Ohara. The concept of healing through food is novel for some despite it’s ancient beginnings; I truly believe you can “heal your gut & change your life”!

2. Carrie Morey of Callie’s Hot Little Biscuit from Lunch Squad

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Um yeah, Callie’s founder Carrie Morey is pretty much the queen the biscuits! She’s also been churning out a bunch of fun collaborations (recently teamed up with A Packed Party & topped her biscuits with sprinkles). Callie’s also recently added a gluten free option to their market location, so I can’t wait to check that out!

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During CHSWFF, we got to make biscuits with her for our family style dinner at an event called “Lunch Squad”. Carrie usually does a biscuit making event where I’ve picked up LOTS of pointers, so keep an eye out for that for next year as well!

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3. The @WeOnlySmokeWhenWeDrink squad from Smokin’ in the Boys Room

There are plenty of names you have heard of when it comes to bbq. Most of those names are men, but do you understand what is happening here folks? The ladies are taking over! Yasssss. The gang of gals that dubbed themselves “We Only Smoke When We Drink” took charge of the smokers and their gents hung back to sous chef for them! How cool is that?! Local lady Christian Jackson Holy City Hogs & Delaniah Bringle of Peg Leg Porker in Nashville are two gals to keep on your radar!

But also, many of these ladies love and respect their husbands in a really cool way. And visa versa. But, it’s just their time to shine right now so watch out for what’s to come with this gang. I predict we will also continue to see more ladies involved in the craft beer and bourbon scene as well!

4. Tiffany Thiessen; yep, the lady formerly known as Tiffani AMBER Thiessen and now cookbook author!

For the past few years, Tiffani has been hosting a Cooking Channel show, and recently released her own cookbook, Pull Up a Chair. Thanks to my friends at Le Creuset & I Love That For You, I got to meet this fantastic woman! Her autograph in my cookbook reads “Liz, you’re not one to forget”. Bahahah I’ll take it!!

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5. Andrea Serrano, my gal pal and fellow #CHSWFFStreetTeam member (we were also partners in crime at Daps Wine + Punch Brunch)

Andrea of Charleston Shop Curator & I just got back from a trip to Palm Springs together for a whole week, so go see what we were up to at @TheCuratedWeekend! There is usually lots of food involved regardless of when or where we get together, and we are some serious Meg Ryan dinner dates (a la When Harry Met Sally). Well, not THAT scene from WHMS, more like the scene where she’s being a little particular when she orders her food. We can’t help it we have complicated dietary restrictions slash preferences ok?! But for real, this lady is a super duper inspiration to me and is such a great cheerleader when I need it most! We feed off of each other’s energy and lift each other up. If you don’t have a friend that does that for you then keep looking!

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Each year, the Charleston Wine & Food Festival seriously gets better and the featured chefs/talents get even cooler, so make sure you follow them on Instagram to stay in the loop about the 2020 festival! Thank you so much to the CHSWFF for letting me be part of it as a 2019 #CHSWFFStreetTeam member- it’s truly my favorite local gig of the entire year.


images c/o Kim Graham Photo

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