Weekend Entertaining: A Squeeze the Day Soriée

white bar cart decorated for lemon party

Sometimes life gives us lemons, can I get an amen? I’ve been on a major lemon kick lately when it comes to decor, and I think it’s because yellow is just such a happy pop of color & lemons add a little whimsy to everything. I recently got a lemon enamel pin that says “squeeze the day”, and I got to thinking this would make a really cute party theme! Perhaps it could work as a pick me up for a friend who has been dealt some lemons lately, a birthday party, promotion, or a graduation celebration. Serve lemoncello spritzers if you’re entertaining adults (recipe below), and opt for lemonade if you’re celebrating with kids. I hope you enjoy this little album of inspiration photos!

lemon plastic wine glasses from Martha Stewart

All of the Martha Stewart items in this post were gifted to me, but I only accept gifts I love! Some of the links in this post are affiliate links that will earn me a commission.

lemon themed party with lemon balloons

How cute are these balloons I found?! Keep scrolling to the end for all product sources &

check out the Limoncello Spritzer recipe I like to use:

Squeeze The Day Limoncello Spritzer:

  1. Pour 1.5-2 ounces chilled limoncello over ice.

  2. Alternate adding chilled bubbly (I prefer a brut like Freixenet) and sparkling water until glass is full.

  3. Stir, then garnish with a lemon wedge & serve.

Mylar Lemon Balloons for Lemon Themed Party// Draper James Dress
lemon mani for lemon themed party

Cheers, my friends. Don’t forget to make every day feel like the weekend!

lemon themed party with lemon balloons



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!



-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.


-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.

charleston weekender hampton park

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.


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).

Parcel 32 in Charleston SC

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?!

Basic Kitchen in Charleston SC


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. 


                           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.


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.

The Daily at the Gibbes Museum in Charleston sC

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!


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


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!

skinny dip charleston shop

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.


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. 


                          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! 



                   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


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!



Charleston Weekending: Sip Your Way Through Spoleto


One of the fun parts of Spoleto is that 23 restaurants have created specialty cocktails just for the occasion!  Keep scrolling to see the full list of “Spoleto Sips”, and tag me on Instagram if you try any!


Basic Kitchen

“Garden of Good” Inspired by Roots at the Emmett Robinson Theatre
Ingredients: parsley verdita (pineapple, apple, parsley, cilantro, jalapeno), and lemon, mixed with Seedlip, a non-alcoholic spirit, or tequila

Cocktail Club

Ingredients: Hendrick’s Gin, Del Professore Classico Bianco, fresh-pressed grape, lemon, simple syrup, soda water

Doar Bros.

“Due Mondi”
Inspired by Spoleto Festival USA’s roots in Italy and a celebration of dual world flavors Ingredients: Hat Trick Botanical Gin, Amaro al Tartufo, Carolina peaches, prosecco


“King Herod” Inspired by the opera Salome at the Charleston Gaillard Center
Ingredients: bourbon, Lapsang Souchong demerara syrup, Bénédictine, black walnut bitters, orange twist garnish


“The Pink Slipper”Ingredients: sparkling wine, Aperol, orangecello, soda, orange peel


“Between 1st and A” Inspired by the bluegrass concerts of I’m With Her and Punch Brother at the College of Charleston Cistern Yard
Ingredients: Sacred Bond Brandy, Applejack Brandy, crème de cassis, mint demerara syrup, lemon juice, mint, soda water, blackberry garnish

Joséphine Wine Bar

“Salome’s Seven Veils” Inspired by the opera Salome at the Charleston Gaillard Center
Ingredients: Kirschwasser, St.Germain, Dolin Blanc, grapefruit juice, Bittercube Jamaican No. 2 Bitters, house-made hibiscus syrup

Note: Joséphine Wine Bar is also offering Festivalgoers a special three-course Spoleto prix fixe tasting menu, with optional wine pairings. See the menu here.

Le Farfalle

“Cigarette Girl” Inspired by Carla Bley – Trios at the College of Charleston Cistern Yard
Ingredients: Henry McKenna Single Barrel bourbon, Cocchi Vermouth di Torino, Averna, orange bitters, Angostura bitters, smoked ice

McCrady's Tavern

“The Brown Derby” Inspired by Classical Showcase at the Dock Street Theatre
Ingredients: Old Grand-Dad bourbon, grapefruit, lemon, honey

Millers All Day

“The Spoleto Collins”Ingredients: Sutler’s Gin, Pedro Ximénez Sherry, lemon juice, strawberry-basil syrup, soda


“Los Santos Sangria” Inspired by Path of Miracles at the Charleston Gaillard Center
Ingredients: rosé, passion fruit liqueur, peach, lemon


“Menotti’s Composed Pie”Ingredients: shochu, blueberry, vanilla, pineapple shrub, lemon-herb meringue whip


“Ekphrasis”Ingredients: strawberries; mint; rum; lime juice; lavender simple syrup; soda; mint, strawberry, and lemon garnish

Poogan’s Porch / Poogan’s Smokehouse

“Poogan’s Prosperity”Inspired by the history of the Festival and the shared love of arts between Charleston and Spoleto, Italy Ingredients: gin, prosecco, elderflower, crème de violet, pomegranate juice, edible flower garnish


“The Fever”Inspired by 600 HIGHWAYMEN’s The Fever at Woolfe Street Playhouse
Ingredients: gin, green apple syrup, lime juice, cardamom bitters

The Darling

“Spoleto Swizzle”Ingredients: Velvet falernum, white rum, orange juice, pineapple

The Macintosh

“Prince of Tyre” Inspired by Shakespeare’s Globe’s performances of Pericles at the Dock Street Theatre
Ingredients: Beefeater Gin, Dolin Génépy le Chamois, Yellow Chartreuse, Bittermans Orange Cream Citrate

The Watch Rooftop Kitchen & Spirits

“Curtain Call”Ingredients: Citadelle Gin, Giffard Crème de Pamplemousse rose, St. Germain, grapefruit juice, lime juice, mint, cucumber, lavender


“Viola” Inspired by Shakespeare’s Globe’s performances of Twelfth Night at the Dock Street Theatre
Ingredients: gin, crème de violette, maraschino liqueur, lemon juice, Champagne, edible flower garnish

Victor Social Club

“Victor Virelles”Inspired by David Virelles’s concerts at the Simons Center Recital Hall
Ingredients: jalapeño-infused tequila, St. Germain, strawberry

Vintage Lounge

“Coppa di Spoleto”
Ingredients: Pimm’s no. 1, Lillet Rose, gin, lemon juice, simple syrup, rhubarb bitters, Angostura bitters, soda, lemon garnish

Wild Common

“Pay No Attention to the Colour”
Inspired by Target Margin Theater’s Pay No Attention to the Girl at Woolfe Street Playhouse
Ingredients: pink peppercorn–infused tequila, Cocchi Rosa, rhubarb liqueur, grapefruit cordial, lime juice, club soda, jasmine flower garnish

Zero Restaurant + Bar

“The Cocktail of Errors”
Inspired by Shakespeare’s Globe’s performances of The Comedy of Errors at the Dock Street Theatre
Ingredients: Plymouth gin, fresh-squeezed orange juice, Giffard lychee liqueur, Suze, egg white


Make sure you check out all the Spoleto fun (& Spoleto Sips) before the festival ends June 9!


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Top 3 Reasons to Use a Travel Agent For Your Next Trip

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There are tons of misconceptions out there when it comes to travel agents and how they work. I have worked with travel agents for several vacations, and hands down think it’s the best way to go when you travel! This Saturday you’ll have the chance to connect with several local travel agents and learn about the latest cruises and resorts at the Cruise and Travel Show. This will be the perfect opportunity to begin a lasting relationship with someone you trust with your one vacation of the year. Keep scrolling to read some of my favorite reasons to work with a travel agent, get a coupon code for free tickets to the show, and to find out which celebrities you can expect to meet on Saturday!

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

Charleston Harbor Resort and Marina

Why I Prefer Working With Travel Agents:

1. Save Money/Get Perks (yes, it’s FREE to work with a travel agent!)

A lot of people shy away from calling on a travel agent because common sense would make you think this is an added luxury you can’t afford. It’s actually quite the opposite! In fact, the times I have worked with a travel agent, it has saved us money. A travel agent is typically getting paid by the hotels or activities they book for you, not by you! You then get the best possible rate on really nice accommodations and I’ve often gotten other perks; when we went to Istanbul last fall we scored a $100 dining credit and cheaper prices than I found myself online. Whether you want to go to a resort, on a cruise, or just create an a la carte vacation, this is going to get you the best bang for your buck.

reasons to work with a travel agent

2. Save Time & Stress

I definitely suffer from analysis paralysis when it comes to finalizing a travel destination and booking a hotel. There are a plethora of options these days, and I get so overwhelmed so fast! I love scouring Instagram and Pinterest to find the places I want to visit in said city, but when it comes to lining up our accommodations, I like to leave it to the pros. Give them a budget, and let them do all the work. It IS actually work to plan a trip after all; sometimes hours and hours of research on websites that aren’t always up to date.

3. It’s Good To Have a Trustworthy Advocate

Prior to leaving for your trip, it’s nice to be able to ask someone with first hand experience about most of the locations you want to go to. If they haven’t been themselves, likely one of their colleagues or other clients has information that will help you make an informed decision about things like the best time of year to travel to your destination.

If something goes wrong when you’re miles away from home, that’s going to put a major damper on your plans! A travel agent has access to a network of other options if need be, and it’s their job to help you when you’re in a pinch.

Sounds pretty magical to plan a vacation with so much ease, am I right!? Now, sit back and start dreaming of your summer vacation with a little help from the Cruise and Travel show…

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The Details of the Cruise & Travel Show:

There will be plenty of guests of honor for you to meet this weekend at the Charleston Marriott. Bravo celebs Shep Rose & Captain Lee will be in attendance from 10-12, The Cocktail Bandits will be there serving vacation inspired cocktails for you to sample from 1-3, and Wyatt Durrette will be performing from 2-4!

Charleston cocktail glass

You can also try an assortment of tasty vacation inspired food from a few different cruise lines, get loads of info on the latest and greatest destinations, and they’ll even offer some fun times for your kids (like a balloon artist & some familiar local characters). Take the whole family and get everyone excited for your next trip!

Use my discount code, LCL, to
score free tickets here!

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Weekender Wednesday: Dream Vacations

dream vacations cruise & travel show

This month on Lowcountry Live, I teamed up with Dream Vacations to tell you about the Cruise & Travel show coming to Charleston on June 1.  The Cocktail Bandits will be there serving tropical cocktails, you can taste some travel inspired cuisine, and Wyatt Durette will be performing from 2-4! 

Watch the segment to learn more about the event and to get a code for free tickets: