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A Weekend In Charleston

This weekend was originally slated to be a quiet one with me and the baby -- the husband had plans to spend a night away and catch the ECU vs. Chapel Hill game with a buddy in Greenville, NC. 

But when an opportunity arose to go down to Charleston and support a worthy cause (and of course, mix in some Charleston fun), I jumped on it and asked my mom if she would like to join us for a girls getaway.

We arrived in Charleston Friday night and got Camille in pajamas, read a book to her, and put her in the crib that I'd reserved with the hotel. She did really well in it! She is not sleeping through the night, but having her crib right by my bed was really easy. Mom and I then had dinner delivered to our hotel room, Mediterranean food from a local restaurant. We watched Dateline (and the episode happened to be taking place in Charleston, as luck would have it) and next thing I knew, Mom was waking me up to get ready for bed. I was exhausted and had fallen asleep midway through the Dateline episode.

Saturday afternoon, we went to the farmers market in Charleston. 



We found the cutest little children's clothing line called Urbane Baby. I picked out a dress for Camille (which is designed to be worn now as a dress and later as a top when baby is taller ... so smart) and was chatting with the owner when I noticed the cutest headwrap scarves. I put this one on the babe and knew immediately it had to come home with us. People were stopping in their tracks in front of the Urbane Baby tent and talking about how cute she looked in it! The sweet owner was charging $6 for the headwraps which I thought was really fair. I couldn't find them on her website but I'm sure you could contact her through the site if you wanted one.


Here is the little dress we bought. I love the sweet elephant pattern.


We had the best time just walking around the farmers market and letting Camille take in all the sights and sounds. 





I love shopping the market. I think it's one of Charleston's happiest places. For our home, I picked out a new Rewined candle in the same scent I purchased last September -- spiked cider. 

 

From the farmers market we then made our way up and down King Street, ducking in a few stores but not purchasing anything. After building up an appetite, we lunched at Jestine's. We hadn't been there for years and years. Don't be discouraged by the waiting line that often wraps around the corner of the building -- we were only in line for maybe 10 minutes. The fried chicken is worth it! Mom got the meatloaf and also raved about it.


Camille was such a ham at lunch, very happy after having her bottle and feeling a little sassy in her headwrap, I think.


So the real reason we were in Charleston was for a fundraiser for injured war veterans. Earlier that morning we'd cheered them on as dozens of them completed a 30-mile ride around Charleston. This is the tail end of the procession. Seeing the bikes that were custom engineered for each veteran was remarkable. Some were pedaled by hand, by foot, some motorized, all a work of art to meet the veteran's needs.


That evening we attended a reception and a concert and were able to meet many of the foundation's donors as well as some pretty amazing war heroes. So many parts of this weekend brought a new perspective to me. When one wife came up to me that morning and asked me if my husband was participating in the ride, I felt a lump rise in my throat.

One of the event's speakers was SC Senator Lindsey Graham, and we snagged a photo with him.


I'm so thankful that we had this opportunity. Eye-opening in so many ways. 

Before lunch on Sunday, we stopped by the outlets and I picked up the cutest cat boots for Camille to wear this winter. I mean ... I can't get enough of them.


We all lunched with Megan from Fried Green Pickles at Jim 'n Nicks and I am still dreaming of their fluffy cheddar biscuits. And the best update ever is that when I just searched for them online, I found that they have two locations near my house! I was going to buy some of their biscuit mix online, but now I can just pop into the restaurant. If you are so inclined, it is $6 here and I promise you that they are probably some of the best cheese biscuits I've ever, EVER eaten.


Megan so sweetly gave this book to Camille and Ian and I read it to her Sunday night before bed. Such a cute book and great for Charleston lovers! Megan, we absolutely love it. You are so thoughtful.


Mom and I are already planning on a Charleston girls trip to be an annual getaway. We had the greatest time together and loved introducing the baby to such a special place, my very favorite South Carolina city.

27 comments:

  1. Y'all look like you had a great weekend! I can't believe I have yet to make it to Charleston but it is definitely on the to do list soon! I bet Ian is glad he caught that game, I was there and it was AMAZING!

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  2. oh baby headgear- how I love thee! Head wrap is adorbs- as are those BOOTS! ha Looks like such a fun trip and such sweet pics of girl time!

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  3. I love the things you found at the farmer's market! That headwrap was made for Camille! And those cat boots - i die!

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  4. WE had Jim N Nicks cater our reception and I have been in LOVE with their biscuits since! Love Camille's headwrap!

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  5. Looks like such a wonderful weekend- always love hearing about tasty places to eat in Charleston too! How sweet of her to bring Camille a book :)

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  6. I absolutely love her little head wrap!! Too stinking cute- she rocks it well!! Sounds like a fun girls wknd & a great cause as well! I wish Charleston was a little closer to Texas! Ha!

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  7. She is adorable in the headband! Too cute not to stop and comment on.

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  8. Liz, the owner of Urbane Baby, is a friend of mine. SS has gotten many miles out of her dresses and yes they go perfectly to tops! They wash beautifully!

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  9. i'll need to snag a few of those head wraps for my new muffin here in a few weeks...and the dress/shirt. that's so smart.

    i can't get over how cute your muffin is. she's an absolute doll.

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  10. Glad you had fun! I will have to stroll down to the farmer's market and check out Urbane Baby for Farrah. Love the dress and the scarf! The Dateline was about that idiot who arranged a murder-for-hire for his wife, right? Ugh.

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  11. What a wonderful event! My family is very involved with the Bob Woodruff Foundation and their yearly event Stand Up For Heroes - it is always such an inspiring and uplifting evening. I'm really excited to take J for the first time this year!

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  12. So fun! We watched that Dateline episode too on our outside TV at our campsite. I've followed that story from the beginning. He worked for the bank! So guilty!

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  13. I just love Charleston shopping. That book is just adorable and a great memento!

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  14. There's one by Concord Mills, and we've had great experiences the few times I've gone. Their chocolate pie is to die for!!!

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  15. Your mom and Camille as twinsies on Saturday, uber precious!!!! And that head wrap, I die!

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  16. So much fun stuff in this post! Amazing event - great to see folks supporting our vets! And those new outfits for baby... CUTE. I also have a rewined candle right now - love it!

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  17. LOVE Jim & Nick's - those biscuits are to die for and it's the only place in Charlotte that I can find a barbecue stuffed baked potato, a carryover favorite from my time in TX! We've eaten at the Charleston location and both Charlotte area locations. Yum!

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  18. aww you made me miss charleston! love the rewined candles. megan and i have known each other since high school! she's a sweetie. :)

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  19. Camille's headwrap is SO adorable! So glad that all 3 of you liked the book and have already read it. :)

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  20. Camille is so beautiful and utterly fashionable!! Loooove her outfit. Perfect for ducking in and out of stores. :)

    Those little cat boots are to die for! What a wonderful grandma, mom and baby getaway!!

    Cheers,
    Samara

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  21. Looks like such a fun weekend! I miss the weekend trips to Charleston I used to make when I went to college in NC. My little one is just a few weeks younger than Camille. I'm curious how you handle naps when you're away/on the go?

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  22. How funny!! I bought that book when we visited Charleston last month for Camden's room :) Megan is so sweet!!!

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  23. You all did a lot during your visit - I'm impressed. The line is always worth it for Jestine's chicken and I love Camille's cute little head wrap. Sassy for sure ;)

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  24. Oh my word!! Camille couldn't be any cuter in that headwrap!

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  25. that headwrap and those boots...I can't hardly stand all the cuteness!

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  26. So glad you had fun! I live in Charleston w my 3 kiddos...Camille is precious!!! Mandy

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  27. It looks like a wonderful girl's weekend!

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