A WEEKEND IN CHARLESTON
Over the long pre-4th of July weekend, my best friend and I decided to roadtrip from RVA to Charleston and have a girls’ weekend, partly for the holiday, partly for her upcoming birthday, and partly because we just really needed a getaway, even a short one. We had heard so many good things about Charleston and, really, they were all true. After driving through some stormy weather in North Carolina and most of South Carolina, we finally made it to humid Charleston. That’s probably the only negative about summer in Charleston, so I’ll just get that out of the way now. It’s humid. Like you walk outside and feel yourself melting, humid. I said right away, I'm coming back, but definitely during late fall or early spring. I felt like it's such a perfect city to spend time walking through the streets, but it was definitely hard to do that when it's that hot.
On to the good stuff! We started the evening meeting up with some girlfriends who were also in town and had drinks at O-Ku on King street. I snuck a bite or two of the sushi and it was definitely something I'd come back for. We spent the rest of the night out dancing on King Street and while there were some good DJs (specifically at Republic), they were definitely lacking dance floor space! We still had a (crowded) blast!
The next day, after grabbing coffee at Black Tap, we brunched on Meeting St., obviously indulging in some fried chicken and waffles, because what else are you going to do when in South Carolina? Seriously, I travel by eating my way through a new city. We then drove out to Folly Beach and while it was a little crowded for the holiday weekend, it was still really calm compared to bigger beaches.
After a little (protected) tanning time, we headed to Taco Boy on the beach.. I'll probably do a post about the SPF later on, but these are my favorites for face and body! While I couldn't fully indulge, I snuck a bit of Kas’ nachos and they were probably the best I've ever had. I had fried fish (my favorite), grilled shrimp, and kimchi beef tacos at the recommendation of our waitress and they were all delicious. After getting back to the hotel, we headed out for drinks and snacks at Leon’s Oyster Shop. The food and drinks were great, but I would recommend saving this spot for happy hour instead of late night. I wore this adorable off the shoulder polka dot midi dress from Who What Wear collection from Target. The one I'm wearing is sold out online, but there is a more fitted version and the same dress in plus size online.
On our last day, after another night out dancing, we headed to the neighborhood close to College of Charleston for a fancy brunch I planned. It was kind of funny because it was probably the most casual college vibe all around with some really cool coffee shops (shout out to Eclectic Cafe & Vinyl!) but then in the middle is Cannon Green, insta-goals of bright white and green and wood decor. I knew I wanted to try this place out so I reserved our brunch ahead of time, but I'm pretty sure I overheard someone say that reservations are necessary, if at least only for brunch. Also, their Sunday Brunch has a live DJ spinning during brunch, which added a really fun atmosphere to the more upscale place. Literally the best crab cake eggs Benedict I've had and that's probably my most popular brunch order so that's saying something. I also ordered the duck fat roasted potatoes that I'm still thinking about, so I definitely recommend those.
Overall, we loved Charleston, literally everything we ate was delicious, we had so much fun, and all the colorful houses were so beautiful! I’d suggest going to Rainbow Row in the afternoon when the sun's not shining directly on them and you’re not melting in front of them! Luckily, I wore my lined Mod&Soul pants so that definitely helped. I'm obsessed with these if you haven't noticed from my Instagram. They came in a set with a matching crop top and I love mixing and matching them with different outfits because they're so neutral. I actually wore the matching crop with some high waisted jeans when we went out Friday night. Here I paired it with just a lace silky cami from Forever21, and a super lightweight kimono from SheInside. The heeled mules are super comfortable and on an even better sale than when I bought them! I found them on Amazon for under $36! Mine are leather and a peachy color, but they come in a blush suede and black suede as well.
There are still a lot more places I’d love to check out including some local shopping, so I can’t wait to head back to Charleston soon! Have you been? What’d you think? And what other trips do you all have planned for the summer?