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Nothing says southern charm quite like Charleston. I love this city! Charleston has stolen my heart, and I am certain that it will win you over as well. Charleston is my go-to city when I need to get away for a fun girls trip or just need to get my southern fix!

Even though I am not native to the south, I feel like I have come up with a pretty good list of what to see and do while you are in Charleston. Shopping, eating, night life, history galore, did I mention eating?!?

Here is the West Meets South’s mini guide to Charleston:

STAY: 

Zero George: This place is the bees knees of boutique hotels. Not to mention that is is dripping with both history and charm. I haven’t actually stayed at the hotel, but I did take a little tour inside when my sister and I signed-up for their cooking class, which is a must do!  I love that you can take their class even if you aren’t staying at the hotel. The thing that won me over the most was their big, beautiful front porch.  It will make you want to kick up your feet with a glass of sweet tea in hand! If you are doing a weekend getaway with your love, this is the place to stay.

HomeAway: So I am a little obsessed with all of these sites that allow you to rent other people’s homes. The idea kind of sounded a bit creepy at first, but once you’ve done it, you’ll be hooked. The photos of this apartment speak for themselves. Next girls trip comin’ at ya!

Wherever you end up staying, just make sure you stay near King Street. King Street is the main hub of the city and will get you to all of the main hot spots!

WHERE TO EAT & DRINK:

Charleston is a foodies dream! There are just too many places to mention, but here are a few of my favorites!

Hominy Grill: I have only been here for breakfast and lunch, but I would recommend the Charleston Nasty Buscuit and some She Crab soup.

Two Boroughs Larder: This place feels like a hip little urban oasis. A great breakfast spot as well as a wine and beer bar.

The Rooftop Bar at The Vendue: We don’t have a lot of fun bars where I come from, so I jump at any chance to sip on a cocktail at a fun rooftop bar. The Vendue has the perfect bar overlooking the city and the water. It’s also a great place to watch fireworks for the fourth of July!

Husk: You have to eat at husk at least once, but you’ll need to make reservations a couple weeks in advance. You may be able to sneak in for brunch on Sunday morning if you get there right when it opens, but if you want dinner, make sure to make a reservation. The Husk bar is also a great place to go for a pre-dinner drink.

The Ordinary: If you want sea food, then this is your spot. Be sure to try the oysters.

Butcher and Bee: Butcher and Bee is sure to satisfy your late night food cravings. It opens late night from 10-2 am, so it is a fun place to go to grab a late night meal. They also play really fun music. I may or may not have gotten my dance on there.

WHAT TO SEE:

If you are only there for a weekend, then I would spend one day shopping on King Street and exploring the houses downtown. The next day I would visit one of the plantations. These are my favorites:

Boone Hall: If you love a tree lined driveway, then Boone Hall is the place to go.

Magnolia Plantation: Magnolia Plantation is known for it’s beautiful gardens. They will not dissapoint.

FOR THE LADIES: Last time I went to Charleston for a girls weekend my friends and I decided to have our make-up done at  Pink Dot Beauty Bar.  Can I just tell you how much fun this was!  It is the perfect way to start night out on the town. There is even a wine bar next to Pink Dot, so we enjoyed some wine and cheese as we got ready. It was truly one of my favorite parts of the weekend!

 

I could go on and on about other fun places to check out, but this mini guide will get you started!

 

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  • Gillian - Love your roundup and I’m happy to hear you enjoyed our city. Look me up the next time you are in Charleston!ReplyCancel

  • emily dillon - I have actually been dying to go to Charleston so I will definitely bookmark this for whenever the trip actually happens! Absolutely love all the photos and all the restaurant suggestions!ReplyCancel

    • carissacady@gmail.com - Thanks for your comment, Emily! Charleston truly is a must visit. I hope you go soon! Be ready to eat:)ReplyCancel

  • Miranda Mirsec - I almost died at the sight of that red ford truck! My grandfather owned one and I can’t but think of him when I see one.
    These images and places are divinely dreamy…I must at them to my must visit list!
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    • carissacady@gmail.com - I’m glad the truck reminded you of your grandpa. Charleston really is full of charm.ReplyCancel

  • Sonya - Seriously gorgeous pictures. Charming.ReplyCancel

  • Emily - Thank you so much for sharing this! Charleston is on my bucket list and now when I go, I will know exactly what places I need to see :)ReplyCancel

    • carissacady@gmail.com - Emily, you definitely must visit it Charleston. It is full of charm and is a great weekend getaway!ReplyCancel

  • Adrienne - Love it! I have never been to the East Coast (I’ve been to Chicago and Shreveport, LA) and I want to see all the historical stuff over there! So different from the west coast. I love all the old colonial stuff.ReplyCancel

I have to introduce y’all to my new obsession, Oka-B shoes. I have fallen in love with these shoes for multiple reasons. First of all, y’all can see below just how adorable they are. They are the perfect transition shoe because they can be dressed up or down. One of the things I love most about these shoes is that they are made out of a water proof rubber material, so I have been calling them my spring “rain boots” because I can literally wear them while gardening and then just wash them down.

Secondly, they are also so comfortable! I mean SO comfortable. You’re just going to have to get a pair for yourself so that you can know exactly what I am talking about. Be sure to stop by Oka-B’s website and check out their adorable selection of comfy and stylish shoes. Use the code “OKABSOUTH16” to save 20% off your order!

Happy Shopping!

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  • Tori - Love love LOVE my Oka-b flats! They’re so comfy and go with everything. I didn’t realize that they made wedges — I’m going to have to check them out! Super cute!!!ReplyCancel

  • Sarah Lubawski - We are a wedding planning and design company. It is so hard to find cute shoes that are comfortable for the day of the wedding. We might have to give these a try!ReplyCancel

  • Sandra M. - Great shoes! I love the tan wedges!!ReplyCancel

  • Jayden Campbell - Oh my goodness they are waterproof? LOVE. And that blanket is everything.ReplyCancel

Growing up in Bakersfield meant that my friends and I would take frequent shopping trips to LA since my town lacks in the fashion department (sorry, Bakersfield). Even though I’m always down for a good shopping trip, there are so many other affordable things to do in LA besides shop. This past weekend I took a trip with some of my favorites to LA, and well, what happens when 3 photographers and one makeup artist go to LA for the day? You get your makeup done and take pictures of course!

Here are 3 things we did this weekend that you can do on around $50 or less:

1. Do a photo tour of the LA murals: Being an adult doesn’t mean you can’t act like a bunch of teenage girls from time to time. And when I say teenage girls, I mean that there were a ton of teenage girls trying to get the perfect selfie in front of this pink wall. But hey, we just jumped in the mix and took our own selfies. We didn’t quite make it through all of the walls, but you can see a full list of walls to visit thanks to Studio DIY here.

 

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2. Make reservations at a trendy lunch spot. One of the best things about LA are all of the amazing restaurants to choose from. While I do consider myself a foodie, I also care a lot of about the atmosphere of the restaurant. If it has a charming courtyard or a scenic view, then I am pretty much sold.  The Hotel Wilshire brought trendy vibe with its bright umbrellas and stunning views of LA. It was the perfect place to have lunch and a cocktail with my favorite girls.  A couple of my other favorite places to visit are the Commissary , The Palihouse West Hollywood and Perch.

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3. Stop at the Sprinkles cupcake ATM for a sweet treat. I’m convinced this is the world’s best invention. These photos don’t need a lot of explanation because what could be better than getting a cupcake out of an ATM! Ah-mazing!

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  • Kayla Yestal - I’m obsessed with that pink wall! Feeling the need to head to LA just to take the perfect portrait against it!ReplyCancel

  • Shannon Grant - Ok, I need to get to LA ASAP so I can do all the things!!!! Great pics! :)ReplyCancel

  • Monique - All I can say is I want to do all of those things next time I am in LA. If you are in Miami, You can definitely visit the Wynwood Area where there are also some great murals and galleries that have awesome work to look at.ReplyCancel

    • carissacady@gmail.com - Thanks for the suggestion, Monique. I have never been to Miami, but I would love to check out the Wynwood area. I’ve seen it featured on a travel show.ReplyCancel

  • Sarah - Oh my goodness — the cutest! So glad to have discovered you on Instagram and can’t wait to hear more about your adventures (and advice!). ♥ReplyCancel

    • carissacady@gmail.com - Thank you for the sweet comments, Sarah! I’d love to have you follow along:)ReplyCancel

  • Bri McKoy - LOVED this post!!! Makes us want to get to LA even more. And these pictures! xoxo I can’t even. You’ve got the gift, girl!ReplyCancel

    • carissacady@gmail.com - Thanks, Bri! We will definitely be doing these things and so much more if you move to LA! Love ya!ReplyCancel

  • Mai - SO cute! I loved this post.The cupcake ATM machine!?? I need to move to LA!ReplyCancel

1.  Bracelet: I am going to let you in on my little secret jewelry store. About a year ago, I was doing some research on wholesale jewelry, and I stumbled upon this great wholesale dealer in China. The jewelry looks like it is from J.Crew, but it costs significantly less. In case you are wondering if it is a legit website, it is. I have ordered several things from the seller and have never had a problem.

2. Clinique Lipstick: Sweet pop #9 is my new go-to lipstick. It’s the perfect shade of pink and lasts forever.

3. Banana Republic Earrings: Because every girls need a big pair of diamond studs…even if they’re fake!

4. J.Crew Tray: The perfect tray to hold all of your pretty little things.

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There is a time and place for sequins, and New Year’s Eve is the night! Sometimes the photographer in me likes to plan a styled shoot that is just for fun. Sequins, confetti, and a touch of sparkle are all staples for the perfect NYE, so I hope this shoot brings a little inspiration to your NYE plans. Stop by Style Me Pretty to see the full feature!

Cheers!

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Dress: Rent the Runway

Confetti Bags: The Posie Project