Best Days Of Your Life
Going on a trip with the man you now call your husband just days after your whirlwind of a wedding is a once in a lifetime experience. Whether you’re traveling near or far, these newlywed days spent alone in a new place are moments you’ll treasure forever. Last summer, my husband & I got married in Maine (see more here) & then had a straight up magical honeymoon in Italy (see more here). I look at our honeymoon pictures almost as much as I look at our wedding photos! Because of this fact, I thought I’d share with you my honeymoon packing guide to make the most of your memories & capture photos you’ll love looking back on for years to come.
Looking back on my trip, a few items stand out as must-haves in the category of memory making. First, I highly recommend you bring travel sized candles, or at least one. We brought two, one for each city we stayed in & burned them in the evenings before bed. We brought them home to savor as sweet memories because the scents take us right back to our Italian honeymoon. Another great thing we brought was a polaroid camera! We made a point to take 2-3 photos a day & somehow, these photos are the most special to us. They are not to post, they are only ours.
As far as clothing goes, midi & maxi dresses are key. You’re looking good & have a newlywed glow, so bring pieces you will feel good & look good in. This is your honeymoon. Don’t be afraid to show a little more skin than usual. Also, if you’re going somewhere tropical, a white swimsuit is a must! I found the perfect white one piece that doesn’t look see-through when wet for only $12! This was the same one I wore on my honeymoon & I absolutely adore it. I brought my white espadrilles, but because of all the stairs & walking we had to do, I basically wore these leather sandals with every outfit. Lastly, bring a large bag. Our beach bag was a lifesaver! I love being prepared for anything, so it was nice to have my swimsuit, towels, sunscreen, extra clothes, etc. very accessible at all times.
You want these photos to be ones you happily look back on for years to come. One thing that really can make a photo is having the right accessories. Don’t dismiss the power of a great pair of earrings, a simple scarf, or a fun pair of sunglasses just because you’re on vacation! Trust me, take the time to plan & pack a few pairs of fun earrings as well as 2-3 pairs of sunglasses to mix things up. On our day trip to Capri, I wore my blue square scarf 3 different ways throughout the day! First, it was tied around my beach bag for a more personalized look. Then, I used it to tie my hair back in a ponytail when I got so hot from climbing stairs. Last, I tie my hair in a bun & wrapped the scarf around my head. See them all in action here.
My One Regret
My one regret was not something I didn’t pack on my way there, but on my way home. I had the idea while we were in Positano to buy a unisex onesie for our future baby to wear one day. Sadly, I chickened out in the end, but I really wish I had gotten one! How special would that be to dress our baby in a onesie we bought on our honeymoon?! So cute. Since I didn’t do it, I hope one of you will do this! If you do, please tell me!
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When it comes time to find an occasion dress, cocktail dress, or a date night look, my go-to color is navy. I’m a navy girl through & through. I love that it still has that glam, evening feel, but somehow doesn’t feel as harsh as black. In fact, navy feels classy, classic, & very feminine. Another great thing about navy is that it plays well with so many of my favorite colors & can be worn all year long. Some of the best colors to pair with navy this time of year are white, green, tan, & yellow.
Keeping It Classy
This LND is the epitome of a date night look. Would you believe me if I told you it was only $20?! I know! What a steal! I love the high neck with the sheer lace combined with the very classy mini length. It’s not too short making it easy to sit in comfortably. Phew! The winning features on this dress for me though have to be the ruffle sleeves & ruffle trim on the bottom. Such classically feminine details making it a must have item in my wardrobe.
Cute & Flirty
A dress like this can easily be dressed up or down making it the perfect dress for any occasion. I wanted this date night look to be both cute & flirty. As I mentioned before, I love the color pairing of navy & green, so I wanted to add some subtle green accents to complete this look. My new palm leaf raffia block heels fit this look so well bringing a bit of green to the outfit. The raffia block heels also have a way of being both dressy & casual at the same time if that’s even possible. For a touch of glam, I wore my Kate Spade bright green earrings packed with a bit of sparkle. As I said in my previous post, I like to add my own personal flair to my outfits & a great way to do that is with a clear bag like the one I’m wearing. It’s fun to think about the colors & aesthetics of the contents of my bag to really complete my look.
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Me & My Girls
I’ve been talking about taking a girl’s trip to Charleston for quite some time now. So when it turned out we had a week off during the spring before it gets too hot down there, I knew we had to go. It was actually perfect because one of my friends has a family home in Folly Beach, which is just outside of Charleston, where we ended up staying for the duration of our trip.
In this post, you’ll find what we did over our 3 full day of exploring & some of the best spots in town to eat.
We had a bit of a slow start, since the day before we had two performances & then drove the 6.5 hours down. Once we finally got all showered, dressed, & ready, we drove into the city to find a cute spot for brunch. Basic Kitchen was just the perfect little spot for our first meal in Charleston. I ordered the avocado toast & a moon milk latte with almond milk, as well as an order of their sweet potato fries served with a delicious cashew ranch sauce on top. Not only was the food good, so was the service & the interior design. Cozy bench seats, fresh walls, green plants, rattan details, & beautiful plates were among my favorite details. Each day we wanted to come back, but decided to explore new places.
Wandering The Streets
After we ate, we were so excited to see some of the lovely homes. We took our time walking down towards The Battery looking at each & every home & its perfectly manicured garden. One of our favorite roads to explore was Tradd St. which I would highly recommend walking down to see some of Charleston’s most gorgeous homes. Seeing these pretty houses gave me so much home & garden inspiration, which I wrote an entire post about, find it here.
We finally made it down to a very chilly Battery Park. Very quickly, we saw the water, the cute pineapple fountain, & of course we had to walk down Rainbow Row. I loved the Caribbean feel of the colorful houses. Just iconic.
For dinner we were so excited to try out a super cool restaurant called 5Church. This restaurant has taken over an old historic church with vaulted ceilings & beautiful stained glass windows. They have really fun cocktails & the food was incredible. Since I was in the Deep South, I decided to order their chili infused honey fried chicken. This dish was served with brussels sprouts, creamy campanelle, & a homemade biscuit. My plate was so big & so full of food, it would have been perfect to split with someone. Instead, I took some of the chicken, campanelle (basically fancy mac & cheese), & the biscuit home to eat over the next few days, which I had no problem doing. The biscuit was perfect for breakfast the next day!
Margaritas & Horses
We woke up to a rainy Charleston, but were surprised to see that it was going to clear up by 11 am! Once we got into the city, we went to Minero for some tasty Mexican food & margaritas. This is one of our favorite things to do together. Mexican food just always sounds good! After filling our bellies, we signed up for a horse drawn carriage tour of the city. It was really fun to hear some of the history & stories of the very streets we had walked the day before. The tour guide was a Charleston native, who gladly answered any & every question we had for her. Even though I was hesitant at first, I would highly recommend taking one of these tours.
After we said goodbye to our horse, Austin, we walked over to the open markets. This is a great spot to find artsy souvenirs or gifts for friends & family. My favorite vendor had the loveliest placemats & table runners. I’m shocked they didn’t make it home with me, but I know if they’re there next time I visit, I won’t be able to resist! The one thing I did leave with was a pink fresh water pearl ring that I’m totally in love with.
Before leaving the markets, I had to stop by Callie’s Hot Little Biscuit for a sweet treat. If you’re wondering what to order, get the cinnamon biscuit with the fresh strawberry jam & some French press coffee with cinnamon. You won’t be disappointed. I’ve been craving it ever since!
This slightly gloomy & overcast day was perfect for some shopping down the famous King Street. This is the same street that scenes of The Notebook were filmed! So cool! Walking down this street you’ll find just about everything. From local boutiques & antique stores, to H&M & Louis Vuitton, there is something here for everyone. We loved walking through the little antique stores to see all the sweet vintage finds. After a few hours of great shopping, we walked back to the car to change clothes for dinner.
About a month prior to our trip, we made reservations to eat a fancy dinner at the luxurious Husk. We loved the idea of getting all dressed up & eating somewhere fancy one night of the trip. When it came down to it, none of us were wanting to spend the money on fancy food. We were cold, tired, & had already spent our money shopping…haha. So we cancelled our reservations & went to the Husk Bar in the the carriage house next door. The snacks & cocktails were good, but I’m gonna be honest, the service was quite bad. Maybe it was an off night, but this is the one thing from our trip that I would not recommend to others.
Boone Hall Plantation
This was our last full day in Charleston & the weather turned out to be just perfect. The sun was out, it was finally warm, & we were ready to soak it in. Our first stop on this beautiful day was Boone Hall Plantation. Not only is this a historical plantation, but it was Allie’s family home in The Notebook & it’s where Blake Lively & Ryan Reynolds got married! Needless to say, it’s breathtaking. We walked the gardens, toured the home, walked through the homes of the slaves, & listened to the stories passed down through the generations about life as a slave on the property.
I do have one funny story about my love for the blooms on this property. After our tour of the house, we were led to a patio which had an amazing view of the largest azalea bushes I have ever seen in person. I went to them immediately & asked my friends to take some photos of me. My enthusiasm took over & I ended up rubbing my face in the bush full of bright blooms, which seemed cute at the time. In reality, my face broke out so badly over the next few days! Needless to say, I’ve learned my lesson: I can enjoy the beautiful flowers without rubbing my face in them…
This was the absolute perfect day for a picnic. So after leaving the plantation, we grabbed food at The Park Café, & made our way to Hampton Park for a lovely afternoon picnic. This was one of my very favorite parts of my trip, so I actually wrote an entire post on it which you can read here. We ate lunch, rode bikes, & enjoyed the warm sunshine.
After spending the afternoon at the park, we had all been craving some Thai food, so we were determined to find some for dinner. We found a great Thai food place called, Basil, right on King Street which was perfect. While eating, I realized that I had not found a present to bring home for Ben! I decided to surprise him by cooking some curry for him the next night when I got home. (He usually does the cooking, so this was a big deal.) If I can do it, you can do it!
Fool-Proof Yellow Curry Recipe
A bottle of Trader Joe’s Yellow Curry sauce
A red bell pepper
Whole salted cashews
Cut them up (as much as you want), throw them in a crockpot (I left mine in on high heat for four hours), & serve over white rice! Amazing as left overs as well!
I Love You, Charleston
Well, there you have it! We had an amazing & super inspiring trip. This is one of those places I know I’ll be back to visit again someday. Until next time…xx
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First Things, First…
OMG I can’t even believe it! My two worlds have collided in the most amazing way. I have a two page fashion focused spread in a magazine I grew up reading. As a teenager, reading through Pointe Magazine & dreaming of becoming a professional dancer, I never thought that one day I would be featured in that very same magazine! The article in the April/May issue that I am a part of is called Studio To Street. In this article, I talk about Felix & Flora, my personal style, & how that also translates into my ballet studio style. Thank you, Pointe Magazine, I feel truly honored to have been chosen for this article. (Pointe Magazines are sold in Barnes & Noble stores if you want to see the print version. I will link the online version as soon as it’s live.)
Now onto this month’s Designer Crush…
The Dreamy Zimmermann
Zimmermann is know for his flowing designs, feminine cut outs with dreamy floral ruffles, & the most figure flattering silhouettes. If Oscar de la Renta was my first designer crush, Zimmermann was definitely my second. Each Zimmermann piece is dreamy & iconic in it’s own way. He combines everything I love about feminine clothing & gives it just the right amount of edge.
Below are few Zimmermann images that I’ve been totally crushing on…(notice the sweater in the second picture!)
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The Ballerina In Me
My love for ballgowns, princess dresses, & sparkle runs deep to my core. As a professional ballet dancer, I’m lucky enough to wear beautiful princess costumes quite frequently. In my normal life though, one of my favorite ways to live out my princess dreams is by wearing tulle. This dreamy fabric can be found in styles to suit both evening attire & everyday essentials. That’s right! If you don’t already have one, get yourself a tulle skirt to feel those princess vibes on the daily!
The inspiration for the title of this post came from the lovely Camellias behind me in the photos. Did you know that The Lady Of The Camellias was first a French book? Later it was made into a lovely ballet which I would love to perform someday.
Putting This Princess Look Together
I wore this amazing tulle dress to Richmond Ballet’s annual gala. Back in the early fall, I fell hard for this dress. It was a little bit more expensive then what I wanted to pay, & it just so happened that my size was out of stock. I kept in in my wishlist though just because I loved it so much. Then right before Thanksgiving, I saw that my size was back in stock, so I set my alarm for 2 AM (I had heard that’s when the sale was starting) & bought it during the Black Friday sales. It was a steal!
For accessories, I re-wore some bits from my wedding day. I wore my wedding earrings I got from BHLDN & would you believe that my headband was actually my belt I wore at my wedding reception?! It was so special to wear these beautiful pieces again. My pearl bracelet was a wedding gift from my parents that tied in so perfectly with the small pearls on my headband & my super affordable pearl clutch. My shoes were a pair of silver metallic heels (old, similar here) that were low enough to be quite comfortable to be on my feet & dancing for much of the night. I truly felt like a ballerina princess.
For my eyes, I wore dreamy pinks & cool tone browns to resemble the color of my dress. Really, I looked through all of my palettes to find colors that slightly resembled the Charlotte Tilbury Pillow Talk eyeshadow quad which is currently at the top of my wishlist. Matte shadows in the crease, a little shimmer on the lid blended out to create a soft smokey eye.
I was not originally going to wear a red lip. It happened very last minute. Lustre very kindly lent me a gorgeous ruby & diamond bracelet to wear to this event (see photos on my “ballet” Instagram story highlights), so I wore a red lip to match the rubies. I’m not going to lie, I was really nervous to wear this bold red lip to an event in which I would be eating & drinking & talking all night, but this combination was incredible! I didn’t have to touch up once & it lasted the entire evening. First I lined & filled in my lips with the Jordana Easyliner for lips in the shade Sedona Red. Then I applied my favorite red lipstick, So Marylin by Charlotte Tilbury. That was it! I was shocked at how good it still looked at the end of the night. If you’re looking for a great long lasting red lip look, this is the winning combo.