Summer Vacay: Back From The Beach!

We are back from a week at the beach -- Folly Beach, which I personally think is the coolest beach on the East Coast!

Not only is it filled with great local restaurants and bars, but it's a quick 25-ish minute drive to downtown Charleston, South Carolina, which is one of my very favorite cities in the world.

My family rented a really cute beach house, and we also shared time with our friends who have a family home in Folly. 

Getting ready to leave town -- last minute Home Depot stop for bungee cords for our cruisers

A few gardenias in a car can make it smell heavenly -- a long car-trip trick from my Mom

First order of business ... dog walk on the beach!

First evening out

Friends and most of my famiy at Folly Beach Brewing Co.

Monday's fantastic lunch in Charleston at Closed For Business

A mid-afternoon refreshment at Pearlz

Oyster shooters with pepper-flavored vodka and cocktail sauce

Before dinner at Husk

Guys on the family's beach house front porch

The beach house colors ... I fell in love

Dinner the following evening started with a delicious crab dip

Cold boiled fresh shrimp

Finished (finally!) the third Hunger Games book, Catching Fire


Pre-dinner drinks at the Cocktail Club in Charleston -- me and Mom

Married To A Mixologist was my drink of choice

Best way to end the day before dinner

Margaritas galore

All in all, we had a great time, and it was really nice to unplug.  Minus the occasional email check or Instagram stalking venture, I was able to bury my nose in my Kindle and spend time with loved ones.

But it's great to be BACK!  :)


  1. Fabulous pictures! Looks like you had a great time. LOVED Husk, hope you enjoyed it!

  2. I'm so jealous. I LOVED Folly Beach!

  3. looks like yall had a blast and hit up some fab spots in charleston!

  4. Some GREAT pictures! Love how you wore your hair up the whole time. That's the way to do it while on vacation!

  5. What a fun vacay! Tell me what you ate at Husk!

  6. Looks amazing! Makes me want the beach, a book, and some delish seafood! :)

  7. Soooooooo fun! We have a vacay in Folly Beach in a few weeks! You and Ian look great!

  8. Looks like you had a great trip!! I've never been there before but I am going to Kiawah Island in Sept with my husband's family! :)

  9. Oh it looks like so much fun! This has me craving a week of relaxation. I've never been to Folly Beach, but I've only heard great things...this post has sold me on it!

  10. Missed you! But clearly YOU had way more fun. I love Folly but we have a house on Kiawah so that is where I have spent more of my time. So glad you finally went to Husk as it is sooooo delicious. I love going there on a week night when things are less crazy-busy. Those oysters looked good, and with the pepper vodka... maybe even more so. :)

  11. So tan!!! Of course gorgeous per usual.

    Also... before I even got to the caption I saw "Peeta" and had a little tummy flip of HG excitement :)

  12. don;t you love folly? its so laid back and fun! looks like yall had a fab time - im craving oyster shooters now!!!

  13. Looks like you had a blast my friend! You look gorgeous and sun kissed in all of your pictures :)

  14. family vacations are my favorite! looks like your family is a ton of fun! glad you had a fabulous, relaxing week!

  15. ive heard husk is amazing...looks like a wonderful trip my friend!! p.s. we are headed to charleston in september for a bach party so i'll be asking you for some advice :)

  16. Looks like a wonderful time! I love the pictures of the pups on the beach, they look so happy! You need to share some of those cocktail recipes, it looks like you guys had some great ones!

  17. Looks like you had fun, fun, fun! Love those little shorts of you in the top pic, and that cottage looks adorable!!

  18. we are planning on heading down for our anniversary in september...just have to decide between folly and isle of palms. this post makes folly look absolutely wonderful!

  19. love love love Folly and also love love love your hair up. You are one of those gals who look as good if not better with it up. Gorgeous! Glad you had a great time.

  20. I love all your cute buns!! Believe it or not I have never been to Charleston (or Folly Beach, obviously), but it is on my bucket list! Y'all's house was adorable!

  21. It looked like y'all had such a nice time at the beach!

  22. Lovely pictures! What did you think of Catching Fire?


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