Charleston Travel Guide

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Dress Up Buttercup, Dede Raad, Houston blogger, fashion blogger, Charleston Travel Guide
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Charleston literally did not disappoint! I feel like it has been the hot spot to go over the years and I had to go see for myself. Everything from pink doors to oyster bars, it was Southern perfection. I was so excited to go on this trip with my blogger girls Life to Lauren & Kailey from Double Shot of Sass. We literally ate & drank our way through Charleston but what else is there to do in the South?! I definitely want to go back and take the hubs. We only had 2 nights so will want to do the plantation tours next time we are back! Would love to hear your favorites when in Charleston below!

  • The Dewberry Hotel: I can’t say enough good things about this hotel. We debated staying at The Restoration, Zero George, Hotel Vendue, etc but we are so glad we decided to go with Dewberry! The staff was amazing, always so helpful and kind, and the rooms were to die for. Full of white marble, gold mirrors, chandeliers, a floor to celling drapes. We also were obsessed with the location. It was walking distance to King Street and just around the corner from everything. There was a Walgreens a block away they we stopped at and they currently are building a rooftop bar! We also had one our favorite brunch spots here!

  • The Park Cafe: Went for Happy Hour && ordered a cheese board. It was a good first stop but kinda in a strange area. Also got Avocado toast which was yummy!
  • The Darling Oyster Bar: Got one of each oyster and loved how the waiter was very informative and explained the oysters.  Brussels were also so good! Just the cutest environment and a must! Every Uber driver recommended it. Be sure to make reservations!
  • Brunch at Hominy Grill: everyone loved the grits & pancakes
  • Stopped into goat sheep cow but didn’t have a place to sit and eat so walked to Hotel at Vendue for drinks on the rooftop. The view was meh but a good artichoke crab dip. Ask for cucumbers with it!
  • Had drinks at Zero George before dinner and it was THE CUTEST little place. Perfect wrap around porch seating.
  • Went to dinner at La Farfalle and by far our favorite meal. Had the duck confit pasta and SO GOOD. I can’t wait to go back just for the pasta.
  • Rooftop bar at the market pavilion. Such a stunning view even if it was at night. I bet the view during the day is even better!
  • Had breakfast at The Dewberry hotels restaurant. Probably the best brunch. White marble tables outside and had the breakfast sand which which was yum Yum
  • We didn’t get a chance to go to The Ordinary for happy hour oysters but was recommended!
  • Peninsula Grill was recommended by our Uber driver for some coconut cake & champagne to end the night. We got here one night after it closed and was SO bummed! I want to go back just for this!

  • Woke up and shot on rainbow row
  • Looked around the neighborhoods. Walked to Battery, was meh
  • Walked around kings street and shopped. Loved The Skinny Dip, Candle Fish!
  • Biked to do some last minute shopping before headed to the airport
  • On one street, there is a market where tons of booths are set up! logo

Fredericksburg Travel Diary

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 Top: Vava |  Jeans: J Brand | Wedges: Marc Fisher | Earrings: Bauble Bar |  Watch: Michael Kors | Bracelet: David Yurman| Bracelet: David Yurman  | House: Legacy Hideaway 

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Dress Up Buttercup, Dede Raad, Houston Blogger, Fashion blogger, Fredericksburg, blue off the shoulder

Dress Up Buttercup, Dede Raad, Houston Blogger, Fashion blogger, Fredericksburg, blue off the shoulder

Dress Up Buttercup, Dede Raad, Houston Blogger, Fashion blogger, Fredericksburg, blue off the shoulder

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  Top: Gibson | Shorts: One Teaspoon | Shoes: Dr. Scholl  | Venue: Featherstone Ranch

I planned a log cabin getaway last weekend for Mothers’ day and wanted to share a little about our stay!  Mother brought 3 of her sisters, my aunties and their husbands, and my sister, so it definitely was not a relaxing getaway haha. I grew up going to Fredericksburg pretty much my entire life since my half sister lives there. She was my dads first born, and we would go to the hill country 2-3 times a year to visit her and her two boys. Her boys are around Katy and I’s age, so we always would attend their football games and spend time with them on their property. This was actually my first time at a Fredericksburg winery, which is crazy to me since they have a bajillion wineries on their main road!

We checked into The Legacy Hideaway that was a little down the road from town. We typically stay at my sisters’, but having our own getaway house for 8 was much needed! I loved seeing deer on the way to the property and the little blue house accommodated all our needs! There are 3 rooms and one of the beds was a pull out from in the wall, which I have never seen in real life! I shared a picture above. We loved spending time around the bonfire roasting marshmallows, but us city girls did not last long haha. We got too scared of any sound we heard and ran inside after thinking a bear was coming out of the woods, but in reality it was an armadillo. #pathetic

We only got to visit one winery, but luckily we picked the one that everyone loved! We went to Grape Creek and it is a must! They have such a pretty view of the vineyards while sitting outside. Somehow I walked out becoming a member, but I’m not complaining! Haha their wines were too good not to pass up and to get a box to my front door every couple months sounds amazing to me!

My oldest sister also opened a wedding venue, which I am so stinking proud of for her! If you know me, you know I am a sucker for all things weddings and probably a life dream of mine. I was so excited to finally see the property in real life and Y’ALL, it’s amazing! Any and every bride would be so lucky to get married in the hill country at her open spaced venue. We all were just wishing dad was there to see her accomplishments! If you are looking for a destination wedding in the hill country, check out Featherstone Ranch! I mean who wouldn’t want to get married on a peaceful acre and have wineries be the main attraction for your guests!

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Travel Guide to 30a Florida

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Dress: Misa | Bag: Cultgia | Sunnies: Quay | Earrings: Kenneth Jay Lane 

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Dress: Vava | Shoes: Marc Fisher | Sunnies: Karen Walker | Bag: Cult Gaia | Earrings: Similar| Watch: Michael Kors | Bracelet: David Yurman | Bracelet: David Yurman 

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Scarf: BP | Shorts: One Teaspoon | Shoes: Jack Rogers
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Bottoms: Misa | Top: Topshop 

Babydoll Romper: River Island | Shoes: Marc Fisher

I was in Seaside longer than some of my Europe vacations so if you ask me, I feel like I conquered 30a and have lots of suggestions! I had a friend get married in Rosemary beach last summer and I had an idea of how cute the area 30a was but really was surprised with my stay. 30a has so many different areas and restaurants to offer and you can’t forget about the crystal blue water! After the trip, I had so many friends letting me know they are visiting 30a this summer! If you plan to visit, be sure to bookmark this page for recommendations on where to stay, eat, and do. Rent30a and Livewell30a have also generously offered a 10% discount code for you all (use livewellbuttercup)! This includes their huge selection of beach houses, beach chairs, bikes, beach bonfires, kayaks, paddle boards, etc! They make booking a family / girls trip vacation so EASY. Everything was planned for us and well thought of when we arrived!

Stay:

  • Rent 30a Beach House: our beach house fit 8 of us and it was so nice to be on the beach! We stacked up on snacks and it was so much fun to have a giant sleep over in one house! As long as you are staying along 30a, you are very close to everything! Some popular areas: Watercolor, Seaside, Seagrove, Alys Beach, Rosemary, and Inlet!

Food:

  • Fonville: in Alys Beach, my fav, so it was the perfect
  • Charlies Donuts: Also a good breakfast spot for donuts in Alys Beach. Be sure to go early because once they sell out, they close!
  • Mile Marker 15 (The Hub): Had a huge plate of nachos and we were obsessed with the fried grouper!
  • 45 Central Square: Wine & tapas. Say no more! We did a wine tasting and my favorite was the Unparalleled. I need to look up that wine and order some! I also remember the grapefruit shaved ice for dessert that was the perfect ending to the night with some moscato!
  • Chiringo: this was in Grayton beach but it was a really cool, open air bar with fresh fruit juices/ cocktails. All their food is made fresh! They had a smoked snapper dip special, which isn’t on the menu, which was ahmazing. We actually ordered a second one because it was so good.
  • *La Crema: was one of my fav dinner spots. We sat outside and I had a view of the Pearl Hotel which was so pretty! This was another tapa and wine place which I loved! We ordered cheese and chocolate fondue which was also divine. Highly recommend this place!
  • Caliza: This was our fancy dinner spot! It’s also in Alys beach and definitely my favorite environment! Ted would have LOVED this place. I need to take him back and go here for date night.
  • Other Places: Georges (sad we didn’t get a chance to eat here but have heard nothing but good reviews), Chicken Salad Chick (far and had nats, wouldn’t recommend) & La Cocina (no one does Mexican like Texas so this was our mistake, wouldn’t recommend). Jamie from 30A Street Style recommended some of these places that we didn’t get a chance to go to: Cowgirl Kitchen, Georges, Sunset Cocktails and Bud & Alleys, grill cheese at the Melt Down, oysters at the Great southern, Costa Rican bowl at Raw & Juicy!

Drinks:

  • *The Pearl: The Pear is a cute hotel in Rosemary Beach! It’s has a black and white striped theme with pops of yellow. It just makes you happy! Go inside and head to the rooftop bar for a drink.
  • The Hub Bar: This is where the Mile Marker, above is! Such a cute outdoor space with tons of food options, live band, and outdoor activities.

City Spots:

  • The Hub: Full of restaurants, live music, ice cream / bar and a lawn for corn hole and activities. People where there to watch the NFL draft and hang out!
  • Alys Beach: I died at Alys Beach and WILL go back. It was my favorite white little area. I was obsessed. I tried to make a stop every chance we got! Just walking the big white houses were so much fun.
  • Rosemary: You have to walk all these small little towns. Rosemary has an adorable Post Office and such cute shopping places.
  • Seaside: Another cute little town with restaurants, a cute Post Office, and shopping!

Extra:

  • Shrimp Boil: This makes the best memories! Who doesn’t love shrimp boils with some yummy corn and potatoes. I want to go back to this memory. It was one of my favorites!
  • Chef 30a: Sometimes it’s exhausting staying in a beach house and the same people end up cleaning and cooking the entire time. Treat your family to a nice brunch where no one has to life a finger!
  • Bonfire: We had a bonfire on the beach one night before the shrimp boil and it made my heart so happy! I LOVE being warm so a fire while watching the sun go down was glorious.
  • Sunset: I am a sunset chaser so be sure to be outside either on a beach or a rooftop patio one evening while you are there to watch the sunset. It’s stunning!

I couldn’t be more grateful for visiting 30a and getting to know all the other girls on the trip!  Jessica- Lipstick Heels and a Baby  coordinated the entire trip and I couldn’t have been more grateful to be invited! She lives on 30a and knows all the best spots. If you have any questions, feel free to reach out! I definitely am headed back to Seaside and taking the hubs with me this time!

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Versatile Colored Dress

Dede Raad Blue pleione off the shoulder dress

Dede Raad Blue pleione off the shoulder dress

Dede Raad Blue pleione off the shoulder dress

Dede Raad Blue pleione off the shoulder dress

Dede Raad Blue pleione off the shoulder dress

Dede Raad yellow pleione off the shoulder dress

Dede Raad yellow pleione off the shoulder dress

Dede Raad yellow pleione off the shoulder dress

Dress: Yellow or Blue | Shoes: Sam Edelman | Purse: Mary y Sol | Watch: Michael Kors | Bracelet: David Yurman | Bracelet: David Yurman  |

This dress is perfect for pretty much any occasion, wether you are headed to a graduation, birthday dinner, cocktail event, wedding, or an event by the pool. This dress has got to be the most versatile dress I own, and probably why I officially own it in 3 different colors. Blue, yellow, and shared the black one with you a few weeks back, here. It comes in a total of 10 colors, so I’m sure you’ll fall in love with at least one color. I always have been a believer in loading up on staple pieces that I really love and would wear over and over again. I actually packed/wore both colors on my Florida trip and received tons of compliments! The material is wonderful, but can be a lot, so make sure to size down! I ordered a XS! It’s also a steal of a price!

I found this gem at Nordstrom and lucky for all of you cardholders, it’s triple point day! I really, really want to order the green one, but I think Ted would look at me funny after realizing I have this dress in so many colors.

Nordstrom has been my go-to for all my vacation outfits and I don’t think you can ever go wrong. I also got these new summer heels from Nordstrom, that I plan to wear all season long! I can walk miles in them and I love the caged look that elongates my legs.

Happy hump day darlings! I had such a good time in Florida but I am SO ready to get back to my hubby and puppy! I can hardly wait!

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