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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

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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!

Cannonborough Collective | 185-A St. Philip Street  image c/o Aneris Photos

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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Weekender Women: Investing Consciously

image c/o Dazey LA

image c/o Dazey LA

Frequently on my blog & Instagram I like to share about causes or values that are important to me. This year I’ve been on a personal journey towards better mental and physical health, feeling like I’m finally figuring out what I’m doing with respect to my career, and enjoying getting more involved with the community around me! That community largely tends to be female oriented, often comprised of other business owners like myself. When the conscious investing platform, COIN, asked me to share why I’m passionate about gender equality and other causes that are important to me, I was excited for the chance to add to that conversation!

This post is in partnership with COIN but all opinions are my own.

image c/o Dazey LA

image c/o Dazey LA


When it comes to being the badass ladies we strive to be (whether that is at home, at work, or in our relationships), there are some road blocks & recurrent patterns I see in women around me that keep resurfacing.  In order to be the best versions of ourselves and the best version of our gender in the future, I have a few ideas for us!

-Just Say NO-

This is obviously not a novel concept, especially if you went through the D.A.R.E. program in your adolescence. It was drilled into us to “just say no” to drugs, but what about other things that don’t serve us? The ability to say no tends to be one of the biggest struggles I see women facing.  I think the main fear is that we will be considered to be rude, unkind, or appear unwilling to help. The problem with saying yes is often that we are doing everyone a favor except for ourselves!  Saying no usually means we can say yes to something even better, amen!? Here are a few ways I have found to soften the blow of saying no when I’m asked to do all the things (like write a blog post in exchange for a t-shirt, spend my time at an event that just doesn’t sound fun, or donate products for fundraisers when I simply can’t spare the inventory):

- I can’t right now, but keep me in mind for next time/when you have a budget/etc.

-skip the explanation all together. I’m working on not over-splaining all the time. It’s ok to just say sorry I can’t help!

-just be gracious no matter what (I really appreciate you thinking of me)

-Ask for What You Want (you just might get it!)-

The last time I had a corporate job (in speech-language pathology at a nursing home), I was one of about 3 people who actually got a raise when our company changed owners. The main reason is because I simply asked for it! Some people just took the salary they were given (and then later complained about it). I also asked if I could stop wearing scrubs to work at that job because I knew I would feel better in my real clothes; all black scrubs were seriously bringing me down no matter how much jewelry I wore. If I hadn’t asked for that, I am pretty confident my boss would not have said “Hey Liz, what can I do to make you happier at work?” and I would have remained in sad in scrubs.

There seems to be a lot of fear that holds people back from asking for what they want, especially for the women I know. What are you truly afraid of that is holding you back from making the ask? If the answer is that you’re afraid of being turned down, well at least if you ask you might have a shot at getting what you want (as opposed to not saying anything and definitely not getting it)!

image c/o Dazey LA

image c/o Dazey LA

-Get Involved-

(in your local and state government, your finances, and your community)!

The more we educate ourselves and play an active role in decision making about our future, the better off we are going to be- especially when it comes to finances. I am certainly guilty of not having an active role in financial planning, both in our home and in my business. It wasn’t until recently that I began paying attention to my Profit & Loss statement & other financial aspects of my business.  I’m lucky to have a husband who doubles as my accountant, but I was really just selling myself short to not have a better grasp on those details of my business and educate myself accordingly.

If you aren’t paying attention to your savings and planning for the future, today is a great time to start! I like the idea of COIN because you can “invest with impact” by actually investing in companies that are making a difference in the areas that matter to you.  If you’re passionate about clean water or better health, you can invest with companies that promote those causes! Use promo code COIN2019 to receive $50 when you invest your first $100 at www.investwithcoin.com.

We also need to get involved in our communities by understanding who our local officials are. If you are like me and sadly just have no interest in watching the news, find other ways to get involved in politics. Check out a city council meeting or gather with a group of your neighbors and have everyone share their concerns and find ways to make a difference in the neighborhood. It truly drives me crazy to hear people complain about this or that but then learn they didn’t vote or take any action to find a solution. If we are passionate about gender equality, what do we plan to do about it?

-Don’t Feel Pressured to Conform to Traditional Gender Roles-

Have kids, or don’t! Be a goddess in the kitchen, or let your husband do the cooking! My husband does most of our cooking or cleaning, and I struggle with carrying guilt because of that. I grew up in a traditional household and learned those things were a woman’s job. A lot of women do love to cook and clean and are great at those things, I’m just not one of them. My husband actually derives sheer pleasure from cooking and cleaning, so I just have to embrace it and contribute to our household in other ways. I am the main trash taker outer, organizer, decorator, & bug killer! I might don a colorful apron from time to time, but it’s usually just for a photo op ;)

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No cooking for me, I’d rather be a “lady who lunches”!

image c/o Dazey LA

I may not be a “traditional” feminist; I don’t really feel oppressed and haven’t really experienced that. However, I hope to encourage other women to keep using your voices in any way that matters to you and to take responsibility for getting the future you want.  Don’t forget to use promo code COIN2019 to receive $50 when you invest your first $100 at www.investwithcoin.com, so you can start investing in companies that support the causes you care about!

We are just as awesome as the boys, we just need to go after what we want (perhaps on a colorful bike)! image c/o Dazey LA

We are just as awesome as the boys, we just need to go after what we want (perhaps on a colorful bike)! image c/o Dazey LA


All images c/o Dazey LA, a “slow fashion” female run clothing brand I think you’ll love as well!

Shoot location: Azucar Palm Springs // Bikes: Bike Palm Springs // Click here to shop the looks from this post.

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Weekending Outdoors: Picnic Pointers

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This post is in partnership with Bravazzi, but all opinions are my own.

Each year I like to share some picnic scenes to help you get inspired to get outdoors! The weather is PERFECT right now, so it’s a good time to soak up the sunshine before the mosquitos set up shop.  If you live in Charleston, I’ve included some upcoming outdoor events for you to know about. If not, I’ll share a few fab picnic ideas so you can make your own fun outdoor soirée!

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1. Easy to Transport Libations

Bravazzi is a hard Italian soda (4.2% ABV) that comes in 4 flavors- the blood orange is my fave! Gluten free is a must for me, and it’s also all natural without icky artificial additives (it’s made with 100% fruit juices).  There’s a store locator on Bravazzi.com if you want to find it in your area, and if you’re in Cherleston you can find it at Harris Teeter. Wouldn’t it be perfect for a boat day, too?!

2. Picnic Supplies

I love the look of picnic baskets, but I find most of them to be pretty cumbersome to schlep across a park. Opt for an insulated cooler or small basket like this one I found at a vintage market. To keep clean up simple, stick with paper products & disposable utensils or finger foods. For a picnic blanket, I always stick with my old faithful, a Turkish towel of course!

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3. Get a Little Fresh

Picking up some fresh flowers from the grocery store make your simple sunshine-soaking feel a little more fancy. Treating your picnic set up like a real table scape makes you want to enjoy the moment and linger a little longer.  Bring along some fresh fruit, and it will make your beverages feel like that much more of a treat!

If you’re local to Charleston or visiting this spring, below are some upcoming outdoor events for you to know about.  Or if you want to do a DIY picnic, be sure to check out Hampton Park, Allan Park, Colonial Lake, or Brittlebank Park!

Charleston Mimosa Festival | March 30

High Water Festival | April 13-14

Charleston Beer Fest | May 18

Spoleto Festival | May 24-June 9

Follow along on Instagram (@charlestonweekender) for more Charleston tips and inspiration to help you make every day feel more like the weekend!

all images by Kim Graham Photo

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