Thursday Thoughts

Thursday, May 28, 2015

I've fallen a little bit off the blogging bandwagon this week, so to start getting my creative juices flowing I'm going to write about anything random that's popped in my head.

Let's start with really random - tacos! I've been eating a ridiculous amount of tacos for the last few weeks. Between Garcia's Tortilla House, Minero, Taco Boy, Taco Mamacita, Chipotle, and homemade - I'm gone wild. I'm preferring fish tacos, but Minero has a mean al pastor option and I also can't get enough of the mexi-egg breakfast tacos at Garcia's Tortilla House.

Also, my new favorite taco (or anytime) trick - add some sriracha to plain greek yogurt for an awesome dipping sauce. I'm hooked.

Adam just got back in town from Florida last night and I'm so happy to have him back! Granted, it was nice to have the bed all to myself, but I missed him. He went on an awesome fishing trip to Islamorada and Key West with his dad. He brought me back a souvenir - mangrove snapper. Thanks to Christina's suggestion, I think I'm going to have to make some fish tacos. ;)

While Adam was out of town, I started binge watching Anthony Bourdain's Parts Unknown. So many new places have been added to my travel list.

The Ravenel Bridge (a major artery in Charleston) was shut down for 7 hours on Tuesday. I've never been so grateful to live and work downtown. The traffic madness did make me worried about the next time there's a hurricane evacuation.

A few weeks into beach season and my skin tone has changed; I need a new tinted moisturizer and concealer! Send favorites, please. For a base, I'm been rotating between Laura Mercier's Tinted Moisturizer and Lorac CC Cream. Maybelline's Master Conceal has been my dark circle savior. I'm not sure if I should just go a shade darker with my current rotation or try something new. I foresee an Ulta trip in my future. (note: all links go to Makeup Alley)

I read Crazy Rich Asians last week and loved it. It's fluffy, but a fun, quick read. Typical beach book. Stolen Amazon description:
When New Yorker Rachel Chu agrees to spend the summer in Singapore with her boyfriend, Nicholas Young, she envisions a humble family home and quality time with the man she hopes to marry. But Nick has failed to give his girlfriend a few key details. One, that his childhood home looks like a palace; two, that he grew up riding in more private planes than cars; and three, that he just happens to be the country’s most eligible bachelor.  
On Nick’s arm, Rachel may as well have a target on her back the second she steps off the plane, and soon, her relaxed vacation turns into an obstacle course of old money, new money, nosy relatives, and scheming social climbers.
I know it's fiction, but it was interesting to imagine the completely wild lifestyles people can have when they essentially have unlimited money. I'm excited because I only have to wait a couple weeks for the follow-up book, China Rich Girlfriend.

Okay, I think that's enough random for today. Have a good Thursday!

(Almost) Wordless Weekend Recap

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

My weekend in the few pictures that I did manage to take (or steal from friends).

+ Margaritas and tacos from Minero.

+ Sullivan's Island all day Saturday. -- Not pictured Saturday eve back at Minero, Social, and The Griffon.

+ Getting ready for a boat excursion at Dolphin Cove.

+ Morris Island madness

+ Charleston sunsets

Hope y'all had a good one!

Charleston Summertime Bucket List

Friday, May 22, 2015

Yesterday the temperature hit the 90s in Charleston. It might not be summer based on the calendar yet, but it's summer in the air. After reading Jillian and Biana's summertime bucket list, I was inspired to create my own Charleston version. Here are five things on my radar this summer.

+ Spoleto Finale at Middleton Place

image via SpoletoUSA

The Spoleto finale is a huge music-filled picnic out at Middleton Place that wraps up the Spoleto festival with a big bang. I'm embarrassed that I've lived in Charleston for six Spoleto seasons and I've yet to make it to the big finale party at Middleton Place. That is going to change this year.

+ Visit Botany Bay
image via SCIWAY

Botany Bay is a state preserve on Edisto Island. Some of the most beautiful sunset and sunrise photos that I've seen have been taken on Botany Bay. There are laws in place so that you cannot pick shells or take anything from the area - helping keep the natural beauty of the preserve.

+ Camp on Capers Island

image via Donnie Bagwell

Good old-fashioned beach camping. Capers is about 15 miles north of Charleston and is accessible only by boat. I haven't been beach camping since we took our trip to Shackleford Banks and I'm ready for another adventure.

+ Kayak Shem Creek

I've gone paddleboarding up and down Shem Creek, but I've never rented a kayak from that area. I love that little creek - it's perfect for people watching, dolphin watching, and getting a little crazy and popping out into the harbor.

+ Picnic at the Angel Oak

image via Dunes Properties

The Angel Oak is a huge oak tree that is over 1,500 years old. Reportedly, it's the oldest thing in the US east of the Rockies. I'd love to spend an afternoon having a nice, little picnic at that beautiful piece of nature.

What's on your summertime bucket list? Should I add anything for Charleston/The Lowcountry?

Preparing for my future

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Today I'm linking up with The B Bar to share how I'm preparing for my future. Preparing for the future feels fairly abstract when there isn't a solid ending or starting point. Graduating school, finding a job, moving somewhere new - those all feel like big steps towards the future. But what happens when you're just preparing for your future life overall, not a monumental timely change?

I started to think about all of the ways I'm preparing for my future and the word that kept coming up was invest. I invest in different things to improve my current life and help sustain these improvements for the future.


Obviously, investing money is important for security in the future. Whether it's savings, 401ks, stocks, real estate, HSAs - we set aside a certain amount each month to make sure we're safe if we hit unexpected financial trouble, but also so that we're better prepared for retirement. Retiring is a long way away, but we'll be in a better position by investing and saving early.


Exercising and eating well is important now and for my future. I feel better, sleep better and think more clearly when I'm taking care of my body. I can't avoid all future health issues, but by getting regular exercise (especially strength training!) and eating healthy I'm better off than having had junk food and lazing around all day. Although that's fun too. Moderation, people.


When I think about what truly makes me happy, it's relationships and experiences. Having strong, healthy relationships with family and friends is one of the most important things to me. These relationships are cultivated through experiences and communication. Living away from home, it's sometimes hard to keep in touch with friends and family as much as I'd like to. Thank goodness for social media, smart phones, and cheap flights around the country.


Learning new things and picking up hobbies keeps me happy and fulfilled now, but it also helps me create marketable skills for the future. Some things I enjoy learning about are purely for my own entertainment, but with others I can see the potential for pursuing them as a source of income. Whether I'm practicing my Spanish or learning how to create floral arrangements, I'm bettering and enjoying myself now and possibly setting myself up for success in the future.

How are you preparing for your future? Check out the blogs below to get more ideas and inspiration.

Meg Biram // Liska Monet // 26 and Not Counting // Knowing Kelly Carrie Loves // Alyssa J Freitas // Manifest Yourself // Rae Loves // White Cabana // The Yuppie Files // Little Wild Heart // Life Modifier // The Not Quite Adult // Random Little Faves // Perfect Enough For Us // Always, Anita // Feathers and Stripes // Something Good // The Golden Letter // Leigh Clair // York Avenue // Sequins & Strawberries // Emilie Lima Burke // with love from ellie // rejoyce // Bite My Fashion // White Oak Creative // StyledbyKesha // xo lacey // Whitney Bangel Blog // always craving // Evann Clingan // Turning the Corner...Fearlessly! // IN THE GREY // Beauty and the Pitch // PRBlonde