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A weekend in Charleston: Waterfront Happy Hour

Jennifer Collins Photography

Jennifer Collins Photography

As you may have gathered, I'm all about making every day a little more enjoyable. Why wait for the weekend to have all your fun!? Kelly from Paper Meets Pearl met me in Patriot's Point a couple weeks ago for a mid-week happy hour.  What a perfect way to unwind after a day of working and make an ordinary Tuesday so much more fun! The salt air certainly has a way of taking away your mid-week blues!  Here's what you'll need for some much needed gal time or an easy date night:

Great Scenery (or a great boat)

I'm personally not a boat owner (I WILL gladly accept invitations to ride on yours however), but the good news is you don't have to be out on the water to feel the benefits of ocean breezes and soothing waves.  The Charleston Harbor Resort and Marina is a great place to stick your toes in the sand, enjoy great views, and be knee deep in rows and rows of boats.  If you want to get your boat fix on a budget, you can just hop right on the Water Taxi for an inexpensive but scenic ride.  Or, just park it on the dock for a couple hours with your boo or bestie while you dream up future boat names.  

Appetizers & Adult Beverages

I have probably mentioned a time or two how much I loathe cooking, but I certainly love my snacks!  Stop by the store on your way home from work and grab in-season fruit and some nuts or cheeses and voila! That is all you need for your happy hour bites.  Then if you're not sure what to grab from the wine aisle, they aren't calling rose "summer water" for nothing! It's certainly the perfect refreshing treat for an evening on the dock or boat, especially if you add some seltzer water and ice to keep it extra crisp.  I love pretty much any French rose, or try this surprisingly good Cali rose for under $20 from One Hope that will ship to your door. (That company is great because they give 50% of profits to charities, such as educating women on ovarian cancer). Bring an ice bucket and spread out a Turkish towel and you have a cozy spot to chill & chat while you dangle your feet in the water.

The "proper" weekend-inspired attire: 

Kelly is just as savvy as she is chic!  She was smart and brought a weekender bag so we could stash all our beverages, snacks, and a Turkish towel picnic blanket of course... meanwhile I wasn't much help carrying things in my clutch, but at least it is so stinking cute.  We both kept it casual with some fun Southern Proper flats, which are my new favorite accessory!  They made my go-to white Madewell jeans a little more interesting than my usual sneakers, and paired well with the precious Peter Pan collared top I'm obsessing over!  It has the cutest cut out in the back, too. We also had to throw on our Aviate hats to combat the late afternoon wind that was rolling in.  They are definitely one of my weekend staples, and I can't help but keep adding to my collection.

Here's to a seaside happy hour any day of the week. Cheers y'all!

Photography: Jennifer Collins | My Weekend Pal: Kelly of Paper Meets Pearl | Southern Proper Clothing: Sleeveless BlouseScalloped SkirtShoes | Turkish Towel: Charleston Weekender | Sunglasses: See Eyewear | Hats: Aviate Brand | Jewelry: Gold Creations | Tray, Ice Bucket, Clutch, Cups: Open Door Shop

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