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The Instagrammer's Guide to Charleston: 10+ Photo Worthy Spots

Life is Better in Charleston Balloon wall at Cannonborough Collective, image by Kim Graham Photography

Creating an Instagram-friendly city guide is one of my favorite things to do when I return from visiting a new city (like these posts I did about my previous trips to LA & San Francisco).  Let’s be honest, we want to visit places that make us smile and that will help us fill our phone and feed up with all the pretty pictures.  Well, somehow I’ve neglected our own lovely city- until now! Below I’ve linked to each location’s Instagram so you can see for yourself just how photo-worthy these adorable places are.  I divvied up this list by category, and most of these places are downtown unless otherwise noted!

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-Sights-

-The Pineapple Fountain/Rainbow Row/Tradd Street-

I’m lumping these together because the Pineapple Fountain and Rainbow Row are within about a 5-7 minute walk of each other.  It always surprises how many people haven’t heard of the pineapple fountain when I chat with out of town visitors!  This is located in a gorgeous area right on the water that you’ll adore.  Next, head down East Bay to Rainbow Row. After you get some photos there, turn right onto Tradd Street. It’s my favorite street to walk end to end, and the adorable pink door you’ve seen all over Insta is located at 126 Tradd.  Along the way to the pink door, you’ll pass a darling little pink leaning house and a jillion amazing window boxes.

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-Parks & Plants-

If you ever watch my Instagram stories, you’ve probably noticed I frequent Hampton Park & Allan Park. Colonial Lake is another picturesque outdoor spot, and you can find more of our downtown parks here.

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Plant stores are also a plenty if you prefer to get your greenery shots indoors.  A small selection of Meeting Green Nursery’s offerings is sold at our shop, but head to their Meeting Street nursery & greenhouse for an amazing outdoor plant selection. Check out Haegur Plant Shop if you like your plant shop to come with minimalist vibes & pops of black and white.


-Restaurants/Cafes-

Parcel 32

Formerly Fish restaurant, this place is tile heaven! It welcomes you with a cute courtyard where this plant wall resides, and there’s also a joggling board just begging for a Boomerang.  The courtyard tile will help you capture that “shoefie” of your dreams (as photographed by Libby Williams).

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Basic Kitchen

Transport yourself to a cool California-esque haven. They’ve recently added a cute rainbow mural, and who doesn’t love a good neon sign?!

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Here the decor is a nod to the food- tons of color & a plethora of plants!  You’ll find plenty of cool murals for those coffee photos you covet. 

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                           The Harbinger Cafe

Transport your feed to a little French cafe for a minute.  This is the perfect mix of rustic charm and modern details, and even the bathroom wallpaper will make you smile!

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Miller’s All Day

The “prescriptions” sign above the bar just makes me smile! Plus I love their mint & kelly green branding, which you’ll find doses of throughout the restaurant. There’s even a real photo booth for when you want to give your iPhone a rest.

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The Daily

Both of the locations of this hip cafe are pretty cute, but by far my favorite is the one inside The Gibbes Museum of Art. The art is a little funky, & the color palette is poppin’ with hints of mustard yellow and plenty of shades of aqua/teal.

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images via Yelp

From The Daily at The Gibbes, you’re just a hop, skip, and a jump to the pink backdrop mothership- The Mills House Hotel.  You might get lucky and have a beautiful horse photo bomb you while you strike a pose!

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The Park Cafe

Here you’ll find plants a plenty and have no trouble creating some killer overhead food photos!

images via @ParkCafeChs on Instagram


-Shops-

Skinny Dip

This is an adorable store that has a cute Rainbow Row mural & boxwood flower wall upstairs. Plus there’s an outdoor patio oasis which even has a swing, so you can Boomerang your heart out! Grab a frosé & your Instagram will be strong, my friend!

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The Community

The owners of this delightful Cigar Factory store have gone to great lengths to transform this formerly stark space.  There’s a wall mural from local artist Hatchcove Designs, and a newly added rainbow wall in the kid’s reading nook. It’s no surprise it’s adorable in here; one of the owners also plans Bachelorette weekends and “Bubbly Bars” through her company Kay and Co Weekends, so she knows a thing or two about creating photo ops.

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Candy Shop Vintage

Just a block from my store, you’ll find this precious place for jewelry.  The windows are always decorated with something fun, and you’ll love their zebra cowhide rug for snapping yet another shoefie. 

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                          Lindroth Designs

I fell in love with this Palm Beach based store thanks to my blogger pals Palm Beach Lately, and now their second store is right here on Upper King. They spared no expense when it came to transforming this space; you’ll find custom ceiling draping and plenty of vintage chairs just begging for a photo op! 

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                   Cannonborough Collective

I bet you had a feeling I was going to shamelessly self promote our shop!  I had to of course save the best for last ;)  Check out some of my favorite fun little corners of our shop, which is in the Cannonborough-Elliotborough neighborhood. We are located on the corner of Cannon & Spring Street, just a block from King Street.

above images via Kim Graham Photography


                -More Shoefies-

Oh you know, it’s like a selfie for your adorable shoes! I realized this kind of deserved it’s own category in case you’re searching for that Instagrammable moment with your feet. Because why not. Up and down King Street you’ll find many entryways with their original tile in tact- for example, the name original owner of our store is embedded in the entry to our shop (Theodorou) .  Here are the locales of some other fun spots, some of which have paid homage to the entryway  with their own updated tile:

”Oh Hey” tile- Marine Layer

”Hello Charleston” tile- Dress Up

”Fashion” tile- Haven boutique  

Cute white tile- Jordan Lash

Blue fish scale tile- Chubby Fish

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That list truly only scratches the surface, and I didn’t even really help you venture to all the adorable spots surrounding the peninsula. Just drop a comment if you find more photo worthy places so everyone else can see your suggestions, too, and please save this to your Pinterest if you found this helpful!

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The Girliest Spots in Charleston

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You will rarely find me in heels, and I’m really not the most girly-girl when it comes to hair and make-up. However, I sure do love to get together with the gals and go to a super adorable space whenever possible. Here are the most girly shops & restaurants around Charleston, which you’ll enjoy whether you’re here for a bachelorette or just wanting to treat yourself to some holy city cuteness!


Semilla

This modern Mexican-inspired gem is just popping with pink! If you love the Instagram account @PlantsonPink, you’ll feel like you stepped into one of their posts when you go to Semilla. Bonus: the food is phenomenal (best ribs in town)!

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Camellia’s

This gorge champagne bar is nestled inside the fancy new Hotel Bennett. An opulent chandelier, fresh flowers, and plenty of pink will have you ogling your surroundings while you sip your bubbly.

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Cannonborough Collective

Now that we’ve expanded our shop and taken over the next door space, we have even more pops of pink and cute new merchandise for you to browse! As always, we have plenty of girly balloons like unicorns. I’ve also expanded my offerings to include more home decor & entertaining items, so I hope you’ll stop by soon to have a look.

image c/o Abby Murphy Photography

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image c/o Mary Beth Creates

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Jude Connally

I just love this adorable back room at Jude Connally on King Street! Prior to developing her clothing line, Jude was an interior designer and you can certainly tell by the way she decorated her store. BONUS: Jude really knows how to design clothing that makes any woman feel amazing; you’ll go gaga for her prints!

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The Skinny Dip

You probably already know where to go the next time you have a hankering for frosé, and you’ll love shopping their brands like Sail to Sable and August Morgan!

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The Community

This adorable new kid on the block is stocked with all kind of brands from home decor items to skin care. They have cute offerings for kids as well.

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Mylk Bar

If you like a little Instagram-friendly moment to go with your mani, you’ve found the right place!

Mylk Bar Charleston SC Nail Salon, Charleston Bachelorette Idea

Blo Dry Bar

There’s now a downtown location of this cute dry bar. I love how their branding is full of pink and puns! Bonus: enjoy champagne while you get your hair did!

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Candy Shop Vintage

You’ll love the vintage and vintage inspired jewelry in this cute little shop, and it’s just right down the street from Cannonborough Collective.

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That’s all for now, but comment if you can think of any other spots filled with all the girly goodness

that I missed, and follow along on Instagram for more of my Charleston recs!

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A Weekend in Charleston: The Biker's Guide to Cannonborough-Elliotborough

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Opening Cannonborough Collective in the Cannonborough-Elliotborough area of Charleston has been one of the highlights of my year, and we truly love the community we are part of.  My partner Mimi & I often walk and bike around our shop, so we wanted to introduce you to some of the best parts of our 'hood.  Don't forget to pay us all a visit over the holidays; we truly appreciate you shopping "small"!

all images c/o Aneris Photography // bike rental provided by Holy Spokes bike share


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-Eat-

I eat at Five Loaves Cafe religiously!  It's kind of an addiction that I don't plan to drop any time soon.  My favorites are the mexican chicken chili & the mushroom quinoa salad, or anything from the juice bar.  For dessert, you can't go wrong with anything and everything at the adorable Sugar Bakeshop!

-Drink-

Warehouse has long been one of my favorite watering holes.  They never lack in delicious cocktail specials, and I love how you can pop in for some fun and games for date night (i.e. pool, shuffleboard, and giant Jenga). 

-Shop-

If you want to hit up all of the great shops on Cannon Street, I recommend starting at the King Street end at Candy Shop Vintage and making your way toward Rutledge.  CSV sells their signature rice bead necklaces and is always coming out with something new and fun, like these croissant earrings (I get SO many compliments on them!).  

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After you're bejeweled, stop by our shop next!  Cannonborough Collective has you covered for balloons and all kinds of gifts from local brands and makers.  We also host workshops and events a few times a month, so have a glance at our calendar!

Don't forget to get a little something for your guy at J. Stark; everything from classic bags to wallets and other sleek accessories.

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Next you'll want to hit up Mac & Murphy for a plethora of stationery, adorable trinkets, and a rotating assortment of cute prints from the likes of talents like Dorothy Shain.

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-Primp-

You're bound to be a little wind blown after cruising around the neighborhood, and you will LOVE our friends over at Drybar!  They don't do cuts or color, just killer blow outs, braids, & up-dos.  My hair is very fine and my least favorite feature, but I still always leave feeling like a rock star!

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  There are just too many great local spots to name them all; I also love Elliotborough Mini Bar, D'Allesandros Pizza, & Indigo & Cotton to name a few more. The next time you're near our shop, be sure to stop in to get a free Charleston guide created by Lauren BeltramoSAS-E Ink, & myself.  Hope you have fun exploring our neighborhood!

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Weekender Wardrobe: Game Day to Date Night

all images c/o  Abby Murphy Photo

all images c/o Abby Murphy Photo

No matter how warm it still is in the south, fall is upon us!  This is my favorite season for enjoying some cozy date nights with my husband and reconnecting with friends for tailgating fun.  Your favorite team won't be the only one who is majorly #winning if you learn to re-style your looks to accommodate multiple occasions.  I recently teamed up with Jackson Davenport and Escapada Living to create a couple of easy weekend looks featuring their products.  I really enjoyed this partnership, and all opinions are my own.

Step 1: Pick a fun top that works for day & night

You may have seen me posting about Escapada Living on my Instagram lately.  When I was looking at their latest selection online, their Serena top stood out immediately!  I realized it was super versatile and also wound up being SO comfy.  It has the perfect combo of flow and structure, and I adore the little details like a criss-cross style front and rolled up sleeves.  I am such a fan of the adorable prints they are known for, and black and white is always a go-to for me.  A lot of people don't know that Escapada is a Charleston based brand, founded in 2009 and constantly expanding (be on the lookout for their new fabrics and styles being added all the time).  You can shop online or in their precious shop in Belle Hall if you're local to Charleston!

Step 2:  Swap out accessories

So many days I find myself in transition, eesh. Going from working my shop to an event around town, game day to date night, or pool to dinner is pretty much the norm for me.  I've found that just changing it up with your accessories is the easiest way to accommodate a busy schedule (and go easy on your budget at the same time).  I usually wear glasses, so I'll often switch out styles or go from sunglasses to glasses to mix up my look.  Here I'm using a couple of pairs from Jackson Davenport's King Street store.  Most of the brands in their shop can only be found there (unless you want to travel out of state to get them...um, no thanks!).  Many of them even come from Europe and are just so fashion forward (but still really fun and also VERY comfortable on the back of my ears).  Jackson Davenport has been around Charleston for over 60 years, so no wonder they were able to nail it when it came to quickly identifying the right frame style for my face. One of the owners herself was selecting frames from me, and apparently cat eye is best for me!  

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I made a couple of other swaps (jewelry, purse, & shoes) to create two outfits from one, piece of cake!  All of that is linked below, and I appreciate you using my affiliate links to help me earn a small commission.

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Escapada Living Serena Top, $68 // Jackson Davenport Sunglasses & Glasses, prices vary (inquire in-store) // Game Day clay necklace, $24 // Date Night palm tassel necklace ($26) & bangle ($24), use code CharlestonWeekender for 20% off // balloons, in-store at Cannonborough Collective  

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