Sunday, September 16, 2018

A Weekend At Wild Dunes Resort


Before I get started, please say a prayer for this beautiful place and all of the Carolina's. Hurricane Florence has reached my home states coast and there are already thousands upon thousands of people without power. My heart goes out to this amazing city, and all those affected by this storm. 

A few weeks ago, I had the amazing opportunity of visiting Wild Dunes! I've been coming to the Charleston area since I was in high school, and always heard great things about Wild Dunes but never actually got to experience it until now. Wild Dunes is an oceanfront resort in Isle of Palms, just north of Charleston. It's easy going, relaxed, and truly feels like the beachy vacation we all long for come summer. Today I'm walking you through our accommodations, where we ate, and activities (although we were pretty lazy this trip!). 

STAY

Wild Dunes truly has something for everyone. You have the option of staying at the Boardwalk Inn (AAA Four Diamond), renting a private condo or beach house, or staying at the Village at Wild Dunes. For the purpose of this trip, we stayed at the Boardwalk! Our room was spacious, outfitted in coastal interiors, and conveniently located. We were a short walk from the beach, an elevator ride from the adult only pool, and too close to all the good food for us foodies (I'm kidding, there's no such things as too close to food, am I right?). We just so happened to be vacationing at the resort the same weekend as my trainer in Charlotte, who rented out the swanky presidential suite at the Boardwalk and let me just tell you -- if you have the cash to rent that bad boy out, do it! It was multiple floors, equipped with giant bedrooms, a full size kitchen and dining room, living room, fantastic porch etc. It would be the perfect option if you have a large family, or a big group of people traveling together as the space was endless and beautifully updated! 


EAT

We spent two nights at Wild Dunes and had dinner at Billy G's Smokehouse and Coastal Provisions. Coastal Provisions takes the cake between the two! The food was fantastic, I loved the ambiance, and the service was great. They also serve breakfast in the mornings, including a full breakfast buffet and a made to order menu which we enjoyed both mornings. During the day we hung out at the pool and enjoyed drinks and snacks from Beachside Burgers and Bar. Give the mudslide a try - it's my favorite frozen beverage, and they made a great one to try here! 

SEE + DO

If you're anything like me, a beach vacation is comprised of exactly that - the beach. So, Bailey and I spent most of our time during the day vegging between the adult pool which was equipped with pretty cabanas and pool side service, and the beach. However, if you're like my husband and need a little something to do - not to worry, the options are endless at Wild Dunes. Some of the more popular activity options include bicycle rentals, golf, water sports, and the spa! Downtown Charleston is also just a short drive away, and one of the most sought after locations in the country. 


Overall, this is a great place to vacation. I would love to come back with a group of friends and check out a beach rental! I think my favorite part of the stay was the beach bar! They had live music during the day, and the views are beautiful! We sat here for a couple hours and just listened to the music, while sipping cocktails. It doesn't get much better than that! Wild Dunes and it's home owners just spent millions of dollars renovating the beach and expanding it's width, and it is hands down the prettiest beach I've seen in South Carolina thus far. I'm no expert on the dimensions, but it looks a mile wide! Highly recommend checking it out if you're planning a trip to the area. Lucky for you, the resort is currently offering 20% off of nightly rates as a part of their "Fall into Savings" event making it the perfect time to check it out! See here for the promotion. 

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Thursday, September 13, 2018

The Five Hottest Trends for Fall From NYFW 2018












 New York Fashion Week is the perfect time to be bold, step out of your comfort zone, and truly express your style and sense of fashion in a completely different light. It's the whose who of the fashion world, and all eyes are on your outfit (no pressure, haha). Typically the trends showcased in the designer shows are for the following season, so September 2018 was showcasing trends coming up for Spring 2019. However, today I want to talk about the common trends I saw for the current season! These are patterns, textures, and colors I saw over and over again in other bloggers or fashion icons outfits, that are sure to be a common denominator this fall. After all, this blogs purpose is to serve you by providing useful information to help you look and feel your best every day. So let's get started! 

1. Sequins // I saw sequins everywhere! I paired my sequins with a pretty velvet duster, and the two textures together were a huge hit. Other common ways of pairing sequins were in skirts paired with patterned tops. sequins and silk, and sequin dresses. 

Sequins I'm loving:


2. Leopard // Leopard is the new black, ya'll! If i'm being completely honest, I used to not be a big fan - but it's evolved so much over time, and comes back year after year. Consider it a staple in your closet this fall because it's trending in booties, cami's, and even dresses!

Leopard I'm loving:


3. Wide Leg Pants // A long time love of mine, and they were all over the place in all colors! The pair I have on above are super stretchy, and insanely comfortable! I love that you can dress them up, or throw on a oversized sweater and dress them down. Popular colors were black, blush, white, rust, and hot pink. 

Wide leg pants I'm loving:


4. Sock Booties // TRENDING. Get yourself a pair! They pair easily with skirts, dresses, skinny jeans, and under boyfriend jeans and you'll look like a pro. 

Sock booties I'm loving:


5. Faux Leather // This is another one that repeats itself year after year and I don't hate it. I mostly saw it in skirts and shorts, but as the weather cools off expect to see this in leggings and pants as well. 

Faux leather I'm loving:


In terms of the outfit pictured above, all items fit true to size! The pants are insanely comfortable while still looking stylish and chic, and the mixture of sequins and velvet were perfect. This was by far my favorite outfit of the trip and would be perfect for dinner out on the town, an event, a trip to Vegas etc. 

Side note, we are currently prepping for hurricane Florence! I am keeping my fingers crossed that it's not nearly as bad as they are predicting it to be, but please keep the Carolina's in your thoughts and prayers over the next few days! 

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Monday, September 10, 2018

NYFW: Floral Dress for Day One












New York Fashion week, you are the real MVP. What a week it was! I wore this pretty little dress for our first night of parties and couldn't be more in love with it! It's feminine, it's flirty, it's all the pretty things, and it fits perfectly without any alterations. You know when you're planning for a trip and you have eight outfits to wear, but two of them are ones you literally cannot wait to put on - this was one of those for me! 

I paired it with black accessories to pull out the black in the sheer overlay of the dress, but it's beautiful with cream accents as well! If you're in search of a dress to wear to a fall wedding, baby shower, or bridal luncheon - this is your match and sure to garner a few compliments. Don't you love it when that happens?! 

I will be posting a NYFW recap that includes some of our favorite food spots and what we ordered at each later this week! I hope you all are off to a great start to your Monday, thanks for reading!  - xoxo.

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Sunday, September 2, 2018

TCB Readers Top Ten Most Popular Items of August


Ever wonder what the heck other people are buying? I do. So I thought it would be fun to round up what you all bought the most of in the month of August! When I took a look at this list, I couldn't have agreed more. They weren't just your favorite purchases, but mine too - so I guess we have good taste! Check out TCB readers top ten favorite items of August below, and don't worry - it's not too late to treat yourself!

1. Abercrombie One Shoulder One Piece Swimsuit

Abercrombie coming in at number one! You guys sold this bathing suit out, and I couldn't be more proud. Don't worry, there are a few sizes left in this color combo, but plenty in the same style and other color combos. It fits true to size, and for $11.99 who cares if it's not bathing suit season anymore. It'll be smiling at you from your drawer next time you pack for vacay!

2. Adidas Swift Run Sneaker in Pink

Hi, Adidas - nice to meet ya! First of all, one thing is obvious - you all love pink or blush as much as I do, but you also love Adidas and I see why! If you're looking for a great shoe to workout in, or just something comfy that looks cute, look no further - these are your answer. Plus the $85 price point is pretty solid for a shoe of this quality.

3. High-Waisted Takara Leggings in Black

Thank goodness these are on here. If you don't own a pair of these leggings by now, what are you doingggg!? It's time to hop on the bandwagon because every body's talking about them and there's a good reason why. I have these in four colors, and Carbon38 keeps releasing them in a better color every season. Hands down the legging I get the most compliments and questions on.

4. Free People Southside Thermal in Ivory

Does Free People ever fail? Nope. Their thermals are my favorite year after year. They switch up the styles of them every season, but they're always a hit! This one can be worn every season, and easily layered over a bralette for a little feminine touch to your Saturday style. 

5. BP Print Wide Leg Pants

Pants that feel like pajamas but look like you put a lot of effort into them always win. These run a little big, so consider sizing down one size.

6. Alo Yoga High-Waist Moto Legging

A classic year after year, which is one of the reasons I love these leggings so much! I own them in three different colors, but Alo Yoga really outdid themselves this go around by adding the Nectar color to their collection! Prepare to look chic with minimal effort in these.

7. Le Blanc Portfolio Linen Wash

The golden child of laundry! The Amazon blog post (ICYMI it's here) was a popular one, and the Portfolio Linen Wash topped the charts in popularity. While it's a pricier buy considering it's laundry detergent, your family (and guests) will be buzzing in your ear about how amazing their sheets, towels, and laundry smell! Don't forget the dryer sachets while you're at, they're life changing.

8. Adidas Original Trefoil Tank

Adidas is crushing this list, but I totally get why! This tank is inexpensive, super versatile, and long enough to wear with leggings (amen). It also comes in three color options! Take the thinking out of getting ready, and buy all three - you won't be sorry. It's 100% worth every penny. 

9. Adidas Swift Run Sneaker in Black

I was surprised to see the pink version of these beat out the classic black, but nonetheless a great buy! I've always been a Nike girl until these crossed my path. It's safe to say, I don't think I'll be making the switch back to Nike anytime soon.

10. Steve Madden Jessy Embellished Slide Sandal

No surprise these made the list! They are my favorite sandal of summer, and probably my favorite sandal I have ever purchased! They're super comfortable, run true to size, and lucky for you - they're currently on major sale for $41!

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Friday, August 31, 2018

TCB's 2018 Fall Bucket List












With autumn less than a month away (and the first day of September tomorrow, whatttt?!), I can't help but crave all the fall things right now! You know, tailgating, pumpkins, PSL's, and all the cozy leggings and sweaters. There is something about fall that just gives you all the feels, which is what makes it one of my favorite seasons! To capitalize on my fall cravings, I thought what better time than to put my 2018 fall bucket list out there to help you get into the spirit too! This is a list of my favorite activities that will help you make the most of all this season has to offer.

1.  Visit a Ciderie 

If you're looking for all the fall feels, look no further. I visited my first Ciderie last fall and vowed to never not make it a fall tradition again. Hard Cider is one of the fastest growing alcoholic beverages in the country! Combined with offering Apple Cider donuts, tastings, and live music - this makes for the perfect fall activity for all ages. If you're in the New England area, check out Flaghill, Whetstone, or Cold Hollow Cider Mills!

2. Attend a college or NFL football game

Does anything scream fall like tailgating and football? I think not. We attend at least two Clemson football games a season (so fun), and being that my husband is an avid Panthers fan - we are regulars at Bank of America Stadium as well. It's the perfect opportunity to gather the crew together for a social event, pull out your favorite chili recipe, and celebrate the return of fall at a classic event. 

3. Take a fall foliage road trip

Hands down one of my most recommended activities on this list. Last year was my first time traveling through New England during fall, and it was stunning. It's so special to see the different bursts of color against the cool fall air. If you're located in Charlotte you can find round trip flights to Boston in the low $200's. From there, rent a car, grab a PSL and a cider donut and visit Vermont and New Hampshire for a full foliage road trip. For more information on where we stayed during our foliage trip last year, see this blog post.

4. Go apple picking 

Apple picking is something I'm really looking forward too! It's great half day activity for friends and family alike - and the apples are half the price of the grocery store. Not to mention, since you're picking them straight off the tree, they are also much fresher. Fill up a 15 lb bag of Honeycrisps for $20 and bake the perfect apple crisp to share with your neighbors or at your next Friendsgiving! If you're local to Charlotte, SkyTop Orchards has great feedback!

5. Go to a pumpkin patch 

While this seems like stating the obvious, nothing makes October feel like October like a trip to the pumpkin patch. Shane and I make this a tradition every year, and of course we never leave without the obligatory pumpkin patch photo for the mantel. We even like toting the pup along for a few candids! Whether you're interested in using them to carve, or for filling up your front porch with all the harvest vibes, this activity never seems to disappoint.

6. Take a weekend getaway to the Ritz Carlton Reynolds with your significant other

This has been on my bucket list in general for quite some time now, but doing it during fall seems most appropriate. Waking up lake side, roasting marshmallows by the fire before bed, and walking or biking through the trails sound like the perfect weekend get away spot to me!

7. Rent a cabin and have a "Mountain Weekend" with best friends

Our group of friends tries to get together every year for a group trip! Last year our trips were bachelorette based since a large majority of us were getting married, but this year I'm looking forward to throwing things back to old times and gathering the group for a cozy weekend in the mountains! There is nothing more fun than waking up with your best friends, grabbing a cup of joe in your leggings and flannel, and watching the Blue Ridge yawn its greatness. 

8. Cozy up our surroundings

Does anyone else enjoy roaming the aisles of Home Goods for the perfect fall decorations as much as I do? I get the urge to do this right around September every year. I feel like it's kind of therapeutic. There's nothing cozier than submerging yourself in an environment that feels very fall like. This year, I want to totally transform my living room and porch into all the cozy feels! Giant mums, pumpkins, burnt orange and plum tones, and fall foliage center pieces. 

9. Find a way to give back

This has been on my mind a lot lately. I've been brainstorming creative ways to give back to our community and those in need, and what better time to start than during fall! It could be as simple as paying for the person behind you in line at the coffee shop, dropping off a bouquet of flowers at the hospital for the nurses, or helping the homeless. Find a way to positively impact someones day! 

10. Perfect the art of baking Harvest Bread

Growing up, my mom always made a loaf of Harvest Bread during fall. The house would fill up with all the yummy fall scents, and it's relatively healthy! Now if I can just master the art of actually replicating hers, my fall season would be complete! For healthy pumpkin related recipes, see this blog post.

11. Take a hike or walk through a state park with the pup at peak foliage

There's something so beautiful about the rainbow of colors nature creates. I love grabbing our Husky and a PSL on a Saturday morning and heading over to Freedom Park or Grandfather Mountain for a brisk early morning hike/walk through natures beauty. Plus, can you ever really have too much leaf peeping? I think not.

What's on your fall bucket list?! Leave me a comment and let me know, I'm always looking to add new activities to my list!

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