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Send Me Back to Palm Springs!

alt summit palm springs 2020 speaker

One of the highlights of my career so far was most definitely getting to be part of the Alt Summit conference in March 2019. I was a roundtable speaker at the same conference where Joanna Gaines spoke. Life. Made! You definitely want to check out Alt Summit if you’re an entrepreneur/blogger (or aspire to be)!

As you can see from the photo above, Palm Springs just brings out my most extra self and I’m dying to get back there for Alt Summit in 2020. Here’s where I could really use YOUR help! I sent a pitch to try to speak on 3 different topics, and I’d love if you would throw me a vote (or 3)! Voting ends 9/25. Thank you! Send me a DM on Instagram if you’re also submitting to speak so I can vote for you, too.

Click any of these photos to vote:

Alt is just the most magical conference and is taking place March 1-6, 2020. Right now tickets are $699 and they will likely keep going up each month. At this year’s conference I learned a ton about Pinterest, marketing, & more- plus we met some amazing women from around the country! Hope to see you there, and thank you so much for helping me out with your vote!

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Weekender Wardrobe: Target's 20 Years of Design for All

Isaac Mizrahi for Target collection 20th anniversary

I very rarely get on the train of promoting the big box store sales like you see all the fashion bloggers out there do; those stylish gals should be your go-to for sales like Lilly Pulitzer and Nordstrom. I just don’t really shop at those places that often, so I’m not the best resource. However, I LOVE me some Target; especially because most of the special collections they release also include home decor items. Lately I’ve been getting very excited about the upcoming Target collection, “20 Years of Design For All”.! Target is bringing back some great brands like Isaac Mizrahi, Marimekko, and Lilly Pulitzer. Hunter Boots, Zac Posen, and Anna Sui are also making an appearance along with 20 total designers!

Click the photos below or the links to shop my favorites from 3 of the designer collections I’m most excited for (once it goes live 9/14). Please note these are affiliate links, which earn me a very tiny commission that helps support my blog! Scroll to the bottom for more details & tips about shopping at our local stores.


Notice a familiar face in there? Local Charlestonian, Venita Aspen, got to model for this campaign (second from right)! Pretty neat huh?!


North Charleston

Lilly Pulitzer, Hunter, Missoni, Isaac Mizrahi, Harijuku mini

Mount Pleasant | Open at 8am

They are getting all 20 collections! I’m guessing this will be the most crowded store if it’s anything like the Lilly sale of 2015 (people started lining up at 4am)!

Citadel Mall | Open at 8am

They *think* they will be getting all 20 collections, but couldn’t confirm.

FAQ/About the Sale:

Pricing: Ranges from $7 to $160, with most items under $50.

Sizes: Available sizes are below. All women’s apparel will be offered in plus sizing but will vary by store.
Women: XS–3X
Men: S–XXL
Kids: XS–XL
Toddlers and babies: 0–3M to 5T

Online Shopping Start Time: I couldn’t find any info about this, but the website says September 14th, so I’m guessing that means at 12:01am tonight!

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Weekender Home Tour: Riverland Terrace Retreat

Charleston Weekender Charleston Home Tours

I first discovered this house thanks to good old Instagram, via a local realtor I follow, Gentry Todd. Gentry has a free app that I use to browse local home prices and see what’s on the market; it’s like Zillow but up to date in real time. This house is owned by another local realtor, Jennifer Vail. Her (former) home is a waterfront property with a pool; the Lowcountry’s Holy Grail of real estate! Let’s have a look:

Charleston Weekender Charleston Home Tour: Riverland Terrace

A few quick facts about this home:

Year built: 2018
Part of town: Riverland Terrace on James Island...minutes to downtown Charleston.

Riverland Terrace Charleston Home Tour via Charleston Weekender

Who lives here?

Our family of 4-Patrick and I and our two teenage daughters Ellen (18) and Grace (16) and our 4 legged friends Isabel and Rosie. Patrick is in medical sales and I am in real estate with Daniel Ravenel Sothebys International Realty. We love boating and the lowcountry water lifestyle. My nephew is at the Citadel so we are home to lots of Citadel boys every weekend as well!

Charleston Weekender Charleston Home Tour Riverland Terrace

What is your favorite feature of this house?

I’d have to say the views of the Stono River from every single room, as well as the backyard space with 1000 sf patio leading to saltwater pool/hot tub and outdoor kitchen for entertaining.

Tell us about the design- did you have help from a designer or how did that all happen? Did you do it all at once or take your time decorating?

Our architect, Neal Van Dalen, is incredible and has amazing vision. He was on site every day during the build and specified many of the interior finish details. I did the colors, fixtures and decorating myself. We have built several homes, and as a realtor with resale in mind, I always try to keep a neutral pallet with clean lines and a minimalist style. Decorating took some time because the ceilings are 12 ft and higher t/o and the rooms are open and expansive. Finding furniture to scale in these large bright spaces was a great opportunity to acquire some large pieces.

What are some must-haves that help make your space functional while also being such a design lovers dream?

The three sets of 10ft tall sliding glass doors are architecturally beautiful while functioning to create seamless flow from indoor to outdoor spaces.

We entertain frequently and enjoy cooking so the kitchen had to be the "Hub" of the home, which Neal captured perfectly. The spacious kitchen is the center of the great room and it is anchored with a 10ft x 5ft island for gathering, professional appliances and a 4ft galley ledge kitchen sink. It is so fun to cook in this kitchen and it is sized and spaced perfectly to handle lots of people at the same time.

It’s also great to have a main floor master for the ease of one floor living down the road, yet it is privately situated from main living. It is quietly romantic with the soaring ceilings and 20 ft wall of windows, accented with cedar beams and a huge iron chandelier. The master bathroom is white marble throughout and a great mix of metals in the fixtures all adding to the subtle serene feeling.

4) Can you share some of the sources you used to decorate?

Celadon, Lyndon and Leigh, & Restoration Hardware

5) Where can we see more?

Here’s the link to the listing, and you can find Jennifer on Instagram here!

Charleston Weekender Charleston Home Tour Riverland Terrace

-all images by Ellis Creek Photography-


Thank you so much to Jennifer for letting us peek inside this lovely Charleston home! I’m blown away by how gorgeous it is, but then again I never met a water view I didn’t like. Come over to Instagram to tell me hi, and head here for more Charleston home tours. Don’t forget to make every day feel like the weekend!

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It's All in the Presentation: Packaging Matters!

holalou product packaging from No Issue

Fellow entrepreneurs and side hustlers, this post is for you! It’s been awhile since I added any content to the business strategy tips page of my blog, so here we are! A company called “No Issue” reached out to see if we could collaborate on some custom packaging for my brand or for our shop, and I figured this was a great opportunity to get back into sharing some tips that may help all of you business boss babes out there! Keep scrolling for some examples of product packaging like custom stickers and tissue paper, and iI’ll share some of the top reasons that I find this to be a crucial part of growing your business!

-This post is in partnership with No Issue, but all opinions are my own-

loes van oosten product fun packaging example

-Get Legit-

It adds a bit of sophistication & legitimacy to your brand when you pay attention to details such as packaging. Even if you ARE just a mom and pop shop or are making your candles from your basement, put your best foot forward to the world!

-Make a lasting impression-

I can still tell you the names of most of the companies who have taken special care and extra attention to detail when it comes to packaging the products I’ve ordered online. I love the saying “wrapping it nice shows you care twice”, and that applies not only to gift giving but also to creating an ongoing relationship with your customers. There is something super special about opening a package that you’re already excited about, only to encounter fun details like having the item wrapped in custom tissue paper & tied in a string or closed with a special sticker. Bonus points if you can include a hand written note! Even if your business isn’t product based, custom stickers are also a great thing to have on hand. They are a fun way to seal envelopes when you’re sending snail mail to business contacts!

taryn draws product packaging from No Issue

-Grow Your Brand-

Stickers are all the rage these days; I see them everywhere from laptops to notebooks (yes, even for grown-ups!). A custom sticker can be an inexpensive item to send along with an order that just may wind up serving as additional marketing for you. If someone really loves your brand, they might just stick it somewhere visible, whereas a business card or other printed materials often go straight into the trash. Even if your business isn’t product based, custom stickers are a good item to have on hand. They are such a cute way to close envelopes when you’re sending snail mail to business contacts, or to hand out when you’re attending a conference or trunk show!


How cute is the custom tissue paper and stickers that No Issue created for our shop, Cannonborough Collective!?

A few other details to note about No Issue:

In addition to tissue and stickers, No Issue offers compostable mailers & is going to be adding custom tape soon! The ordering process was very simple, and luckily when you upload your logo you get to see a digital mock up before you order. I liked being able to envision what we were getting and choosing from multiple different layouts for our tissue paper.



Wouldn’t it just bring a big smile to your face if you got a product wrapped in one of these fun tissue paper styles? Thank you very much to the following companies for letting me share your gorgeous packaging examples in this post!

@deliciousmonstertea and @sophiepotterco // @amberstextiles

@loesvanoosten // @holalou // @taryndraws

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Charleston Weekending: My Beach Essentials

folly beach chair company | orange umbrellas on folly beach

The kids may be heading back to school, but there is plenty of beach season left around Charleston! We occasionally even get surprised with some beach-worthy weather toward the end of the year, and I plan to enjoy all the sunshine I can. Recently on our local TV show Lowcountry Live, I shared about some of my favorite beach staples. Watch the segment here, and keep scrolling to see some of the local companies I highlighted!

Folly Beach Chair Company

Your beach days will never be the same in the best way; no more schlepping chairs to and from the parking lot, having your umbrella weasel it’s way out of the hole you attempted to dig, or spending the day laying on a towel with no shade. Folly Beach Chair Company will be your new best beach bud that will allow you to just show up and relax. Just click here to book; advance notice is preferable, but you can book same day before noon if you want to sit by the Folly Beach Pier. Then, just show up and let Mike & his friendly staff take care of the rest while you sunbathe the day away!

Germain Dermatology Skin Care

It’s no day at the beach when you’re nursing a sunburn! Dr. Marguerite Germain, who is the dermatologist my husband and I have been seeing for years, keeps expanding her line of skincare to ensure you stay protected from the sun. Shop her tinted and un-tinted sunscreen offerings here, and have a look at the TV segment to learn more about all of their sun care products (like UPF 50+ wraps, hats, & more).

Turkish Towels & More

Have you been in our shop, Cannonborough Collective, this season? We have several new colorful styles of Turkish towels, and that’s the one product that tends to go everywhere with me! We also have lots of cute totes & jelly bags to make it easy to carry your beach day necessities, so stop by the next time you’re downtown Charleston. Mention that you read this post for 20% off a Turkish towel anytime in 2019.

turkish towel from Cannonborough Collective in charleston SC

Thanks for reading, and don’t forget to make every day feel like the weekend!

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