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Meet the Holy City Chicks (and Tides)

A lot of people have been asking me who the "Holy City Chicks" are and what we are all about.  The #HolyCityChicks (see photos via hashtag on Instagram) are not so much one group of people, but any Charleston gal with a blog or social media presence that wants to meet up to have some great professional photos taken at a great price.  Jennifer Collins Photography offers this photo meet-up session monthly to bloggers as a group,  and I coordinate with brands that want to have their products photographed.  Everyone involved benefits through affordable photography and a larger pool of cross-promotion.  We are having so much fun with this, and some really fun brands are starting to take notice!  We are thrilled to be featuring Draper James soon so stay tuned...

Here is a little behind the scenes look at one of our monthly photo shoots for your entertainment, which featured Weekender shirts from Bonfire and dog accessories from Crew LaLa.  Maddie became a Crew LaLa customer a long time ago when we were vendors at a market together, and I have used Bonfire's platform to sell shirts that raised around $1000 for a friend of mine who needed help with medical bills.  The cool thing about Bonfire is you don't have to put any of your own money up front for t-shirt sales, and you can start your own fundraiser with this link. The company will then give and you and I both get an extra dollar for every shirt sold!  You can also buy one of these fun "Weekender" t-shirts through October 30 to benefit Pet Helpers with 100% of profits.

The day of this Bonfire/CrewLaLa shoot was the day before I was leaving town for a week, so I was feeling very scattered.  I'm usually a planner and love coordinating shoots like this, but today was just not my day. Of course my husband had been cleaning for an overnight guest and "cleaned up" the bag of bracelets from Wear It And Wander we were planning to use during the shoot (which I discovered about 10 minutes before needing to leave).  Next it was on to get my make-up done thanks to an invitation from Cos Bar, who was celebrating 40 years of great make-up!  This was a bright spot of the day, because the CosBar staff was not only so welcoming and sweet to me, but also to Maddie!  I loved the whole experience because the makeup artist, Leslie, was really fast and knew her stuff without making me feel too done up.  This was probably the only thing that went right that day, because my makeup was STILL looking good 7 hours later when I finally had my lunch at 10pm (see bathroom selfie, and I hate selfies but I had to share)!  

Post make-up application and Maddie and I are rushing to get to the shoot with 2 bags full of collars and leashes.  We head to the battery where some of the bloggers and their pups are hanging out at the gazebo being very patient.  One after another we got photos of each pair, with group photos in the middle. Well, needless to say some dogs liked each other better than others so we didn't get to have many as a group.   I hope you enjoy my favorite shots of the day along with a couple of outtakes. Remind me to NEVER try to take photos so many dogs at once ever again, I'm sticking with bloggers!

Thanks to Jennifer's daughter, Bethany for being such a perfect and life-saving assistant!

Everyone wound up looking pretty darn great, don't you think?  You and your pup should grab a Weekender tee to benefit Pet Helpers, and support a great local handmade company with a CrewLaLa leash/collar & bow, bowtie, or bandana! 

Photography: Jennifer Collins Photography | Limited Edition Weekender Tee: Bonfire | Dog Accessories: Crew LaLa | Shoot Styling: Charleston Weekender

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Charleston Life: The Americano

Happy last day of Summer! That means it will soon cool off enough for us to start sitting outside without crazy mosquitos and getting overheated.  And THAT means it's time to bring your 4-legged friend out to eat with you more often. Maddie and I had so much fun giving some dog-friendly recommendations on Lowcountry Live today! If you missed it you can see a replay here where I talk about my favorite restaurants and dog-friendly shopping.  I figured this was a good time to share some oldie but goodie photos from one of my recommendations, The Americano.  

The Americano is one of my favorite places to eat, drink, and hang with Maddie and the husband! They have awesome happy hour specials Monday-Friday from 4-7, and you can get 1/2 price on most of their bottles of wine on Wednesdays ALL day.  I usually just stick to my old favorite, the Mexican Mule, which pairs great with their delish tacos.  I would also say this is arguably the best brunch in Mount Pleasant, so the next time Okra Grill is too packed just head down the street to @theamericanomp.  You have probably already tried their sister restaurant, The Rarebit, but this place is worth the drive to Mount Pleasant for even cooler ambiance!  Inside, they have impeccable Florida-inspired decor, and it's finally getting to be perfect weather to try out their outdoor shuffleboard game. I'm also pumped to announce that if you like my weekend go-to CHS hat that's pictured, I will finally have them in next week and you can preorder now!

Cheers, y'all!

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A Weekend in Charleston: Dog-Friendly Downtown

Clifford Pate Photography  || Hat, Scarf, & dog accessories from  Charleston Krewe

Clifford Pate Photography || Hat, Scarf, & dog accessories from Charleston Krewe

One of the many things that makes The Holy City one of America's friendliest towns is the abundance of animal lovers.  My King Charles, Maddie, is such a good little lunch companion when she isn't begging, and I love how many local restaurants let me bring her along!  There are also more and more stores popping up that allow you to bring your dog with you while you shop, and even specialize in fashion for your furry friend.  Mount Pleasant has some great dog-friendly spots like the Americano (that I've highlighted here), and I also just discovered bringfido.com where you can find a list of pet-friendly travel and dining recommendations in most cities.  The following recommendations make for a great day downtown Charleston for you and your four-legged pal.  You can start with some shopping at Charleston Krewe on King Street and make your way over to Queen Street for breakfast all day at Queen Street Grocery. 

 

Charleston Krewe


Not only can you bring your dog with you to this King Street store, you can literally shop for the whole family while you're at it.  They have cute women's clothing, jewelry, and accessories (i.e. my hat and scarf that are pictured) as well as men's, children's and dog accessories. Considering this began in New Orleans, they have done such a great job translating charming Charleston details into their designs.  Their printed men's ties/bow ties, dog collars, leashes, and even women's pocketed Piko shirts have everything from oysters to carriages to Rainbow Row.  I love brands that give back, so I was excited to learn that anything in the store with a Sea Turtle print donates 10% to the SC Aquarium & Rainbow Row prints help fund One 80 Place.

Queen Street Grocery

QSG is no new kid on the block, and many of the College of Charleston grads I know frequented this place a lot back in the day.  I kind of think it is underestimated as a solid choice to grab a quick and affordable bite without dealing with reservations, parking, or a huge wait.  They definitely had me at "breakfast all day" and it has been one of my weekend go-tos ever since!  If you haven't already tried one of their crepes, you better believe it will rival any breakfast sandwich in town, and the iced coffee is amazing if you go for the chocolate soy milk option.  They will also make your pup will feel most welcome with a candy jar full of treats right inside the door, so you can grab one and then snag a spot out front for some horse carriage watching!  I come here a lot when I need to grab an affordable bottle of wine, too. Last but not least, QSG has recently become one of my favorite Instagram accounts.  Their Insta offers a daily does of killer inspirational food combinations and quirky humorous posts.  

After you are as full as a tick you can grab some lemonades from their cooler and head over to the newly revamped Colonial Lake to sit or stroll.  Honestly all that Colonial Lake construction traffic had me on a hiatus from QSG there fore awhile, but now the whole area is better than ever! Andrea Serrano of Charleston Shop Curator and I had the best time hanging with our pups by the lake.  The Charleston Parks Conservancy always has their park angels working hard to keep it such a lovely spot. 

All images by Clifford Pate Photography.

Charleston Shop Curator's Colonial Lake Look:  Apparel by Dandy Boutique //  Dog collars $58 and leashes $62 by Found My Animal from Maris Dehart // Suede shoes by French Sole $210 from Shoes on King 

The Charleston Weekender Colonial Lake Look: Red Dappled Dandelion Blouse $68, & Grumpy Pup Purse $38 at Dandy Boutique // Hat from Charleston Krewe // Maddie's look: collar and leash from Charleston Krewe //  “Monday Blues” Turkish Towel (picnic blanket) from The Charleston Weekender

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