Independence Day Roundup

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Who else is a fan of short work weeks? I hope you all have a great Fourth of July weekend; Adam and I are heading out of town tonight for The Greenbrier Classic. I'm looking forward to lots of golf spectating, camping, and a little bit of music in between (the concert series is Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert).

In the meantime, I wanted to share a few of my favorite posts around the web this week:

This 10-minute ritual is the perfect way to start your day. Plus coffee.

+ I won't be able to make any of these delicious 4th of July recipes, but that doesn't mean I can't drool over them.

+ 9 Charleston bars or restaurants with stunning views. My personal favorite is Tavern and Table (can't beat views of dolphins swimming in Shem Creek), but they're all great places to eat and drink.

+ Channing Tatum + seven classic dance moves = AMAZING. He's giving Madonna a run for her money with the voguing.

+ Did you know John Adams thought we'd be celebrating Independence Day on July 2nd?

+ Did you see the NY Times big no-no this week? They tried to sell us on guacamole with peas. Even the POTUS wasn't on board.

Have a great weekend!


Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Sorry for the radio silence over the last couple weeks. I'm going to try and get back into the swing of things. Here are some things I've been up to lately...

+ Celebrating my friend Sarah's bachelorette party. Bridal shower at the house, dinner at Stars (order the mushroom bruschetta!) and drinks at Trio. Fun, fun times.

+ Traveling to Cashiers, NC for a beautiful, happy, wonderful, awesome wedding. We had the BEST time at the wedding - it was amazing. We hit a small hiccup the next day when we had car troubles right before our 5-hour ride home. Luckily, Adam is handyman extraordinaire and was able to remove the wheel and find a small rock causing all of our problems.

That right there is a honey mustard fountain. Yes, it was awesome.

+ Semi-binge watching Orange is the New Black.

+ Saying goodbye to my good friend Erin who's moving to NYC. I'm so excited for her next big adventure, but will miss her dearly!! I need to start planning my first trip to visit. ;)

+ Eating lots of good food: I tried Chick's Fry House for the first time, indulged in a cheese and meat board from Bin 152, and devoured a Husk cheeseburger. Bring on the kale!

+ Speeding through China Rich Girlfriend. Loved it - it's such a guilty pleasure type of read - like Real Housewives in a book.

+ Getting familiar with Periscope. Are you all on it? It's a new live-streaming social media platform and it's pretty insane. Follow me @carly_jane. ;)

+ Cheering on the Women's Team in the World Cup. #gousa

+ Prepping for a weekend of fun at The Greenbrier Classic. Adam and I are heading to West Virginia Thursday evening for some golf, music and camping. We're busting out the tent, so it will be interesting to say the least.

Hope you're having a great week!

Cafe au Lait Dahlias

Charleston Strong

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

I've been working to try and figure out how to write a post the last couple days, but I'm really not sure what to say. I keep reading these beautiful articles about the shooting in Charleston and I just think there's no way I could even begin to express myself as eloquently as the writers. But at the same time, I want to remember this moment. As horrible and heartbreaking it has been, I think it's important to remember what I'm feeling and thinking and create my own account of Charleston's response.

A big reason I keep this blog is for archiving. I enjoy looking back to see how I celebrated birthdays, recaps on weddings, and even just rereading some of my favorite random things. But I think it's also crucial for me to remember and journal the sad times, the hard times. So I apologize if this post is a little all over the place - I'm just typing out what I'm thinking, not necessarily polishing this for anything special.

When the shooting in Charleston happened last Wednesday night, I didn't think it could get any worse. The shock of the moment was overwhelming. Nine people were shot and killed during a bible study where they welcomed a stranger with open arms. Nine people were killed. Surely, this feeling of despair and anger was the worst we would feel during this tragedy.

Then they announced the victims names. And then it was worse. Putting a name, a family, a character to these victims was the most tragic part for me. Knowing how well-loved they were, their interests, and the family they left behind was the most heartbreaking. Knowing how deep and wide their connections and relationships were in Charleston, knowing that I had lived next door to one of the women for two years. Putting a name and face to these beautiful people made the pain so much worse.

But there has also been beauty. Charleston's response was honestly something I expected. When the shooting first happened I had family and friends sending me messages to stay safe. I never felt unsafe. I know this city, I love this city and I'm not surprised that we responded with love and unity. The kind, compassionate responses that have come from this senseless, ignorant, bigoted tragedy are completely Charleston. I knew this city was a special place when I moved here seven years ago, I'm so grateful that it continues to awe and inspire me.

There's still so much progress that needs to happen for real, educational change to happen, but I think our city's reaction to this nightmare has been a positive step in the right direction.

If you are in South Carolina, this link is an easy way to contact your state legislator and ask them to vote for removing the Confederate flag from the Statehouse.