Category Archives: Travel

So long, sweet summer

Yikes, that feels pretty final, no? Today, I’m sharing my last look from my trip to Charleston, SC, which is the last of my uber-summery outfits. Cue sad face. Although you’re going to be seeing some transitional looks before you see me PSL in hand.

This off-shoulder top and these shorts probably look familiar, as I’ve styled them both on the blog before.

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off shoulder top (last summer, similar!) // cut-off shorts // wedges // bag // sunnies

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As long as I’ve been going to IOP, we’re walked this little Secret Garden path to the beach. It’s idyllic, really. I definitely wanted to get some shots here while we were there, and this outfit seemed perfect, as it was one of my favorite favorite looks.

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Dress accordingly,

Annie Signoff

Sullivan’s Island Favorites

Whenever we visit the Charleston, SC area, we pretty much always head over to Sullivan’s Island for dinners, since there aren’t too many places on IOP to have lunch or dinner. It’s only about a 20 minute drive from where we usually stay, so it’s really perfect, and there are SO many places to choose from in such a small main drag area.

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One thing I always love to do at least once while on our neighbor island is check out Ft. Moultrie. Not only does it offer a very long and rich history, but there are also some great views of the Charleston Harbor.

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Poe’s Tavern is a serious favorite of mine. They’re really known for their burgers, but I always go for the tacos. Porch sitting with a cold drink and great food – what more could you need?  Edgar Allan Poe was stationed on Sullvian’s when he was in the army, so they named a restaurant after him:

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I highly recommend getting there for lunch or on a week night if you want a good seat, as it’s self-seating and a seat on the porch is a high commodity.

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Sullivan’s Restaurant – some of my favorite seafood. It’s right across the street from Poe’s. Plus they have hush puppies… and we all know about y love for #carbz. Sullivan’s is a must-visit for sure. We love it so much we went twice while on our trip.
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Taco Mamacita is right down the street and I’m going to be bold here.. I think they were the best tacos I’ve ever had in my life. Yep, shots fired.

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Those nachos, those tacos, that Mexican street corn. All the foods. SO good. I was with Seth and both sets of our parents and we were all genuinely so thrilled with how our food turned out. I wish we’d been able to go back for a second meal, because I seriously dream about these tacos.

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What are some of your favorites? Have you been to Sullivan’s or any of the afforementioned restaurants?

Dress accordingly,

Annie Signoff

Boone Hall Plantation

Sharing yet another ‘Things to Do’ post from our Charleston, SC vacation! I visited Boone Hall Plantation when I was a kid, but honestly ONLY remembered the Avenue of the Oaks. Being the BWG (Basic White Girl…) that I am, I am a huge fan of The Notebook so of course I wanted to go because part of the movie was filmed there (Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds got married here, too!).

I have to admit, the most memorable and beautiful part of the plantation is the Avenue of the Oaks. It’s genuinely historic.. the studio used the AOTO as a model for Gone With The Wind..look familiar?

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It’s seriously stunning to walk around the grounds and take in not only the beauty, but the history, too. The building below used to house the plantation’s cotton gin:

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The water pictured below was featured in The Notebook. (Remember this scene? That’s Boone Hall!) This waterway also used to be the only way you could get to and from the plantation – and it was all about the tide. You could only come and go during high tide, and it took HOURS to get downtown.

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A poignant reminder of our nation’s history, the cabins where slaves lived:

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Dress & Shoes: Old Navy (similar & on sale!), Necklace: Old, gift, Bag: DSW, Sunnies: Ray-Ban, Ring: purchased at the Charleston City Market

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You’ll recognize the house at Allie’s parent’s summer home from The Notebook!

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The only cotton that is still grown on the plantation – it used to be thousands of acres.

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Another shot of what used to be the cotton gin:

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History buff or not, I highly recommend visiting Boone Hall, you’ll get to take in some iconic sites, and maybe just learn something about a way of life that is no longer.

Dress accordingly,

Annie Signoff

 

 

Photo diary: Charleston

Happy Saturday!

I mentioned yesterday that one of my favorite things to do in whenever I visit Charleston is to wander the streets and look at the beautiful homes and architecture. Yesterday, I shared what I consider to be the ‘must-do’s’ in Charleston-proper (definitely check that out – a must read!) so today I’m going to be short on words and heavy on photos:

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Crop-top: H&M, Skirt: Marshall’s (similar here), Necklace: F21, Sandals: Zara (sold out – but found a pair on Poshmark!), Bag: DSW, Sunnies: Ray-Ban 

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Whew, there you have it. Ready to pack your bags and head South? I certainly am.

Annie Signoff

 

SoS Guide to Charleston, SC

It’s been about a week since we returned to Cincinnati from our trip to the Isle of Palms and Charleston, South Carolina. (Hopefully you caught my travel guide to Asheville at the beginning of our trip here and here.)

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It’s taken me awhile to decide exactly how I wanted to share the (literally thousands) of pictures I took on our trip. Finally, I decided to start by sharing my most favorite must-dos and must eats in the city. I’ll follow that up with my favorite eats on Sullivan’s Island and some of the other excursions we did on our trip next week.

So, let’s get started with the must-do’s:

  • Visit The Charleston City Market in downtown. This open-air space is (admittedly) a little touristy, which I often try to avoid, BUT if it’s your first time, you’ve GOT to at least walk through. You’ll find countless local vendors offering everything from sweetgrass baskets and flowers to leather goods.

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Top: ASOS via Buffalo Exchange, Shorts: Gap, Sandals: Target, Bag: DSW

Top: ASOS via Buffalo Exchange, Shorts: Gap, Sandals: Target, Bag: DSW 

  • Take a walk along The Battery and Rainbow Row. My absolute FAVORITE thing to do in Charleston is to wander the streets and admire the seriously amazing architecture (so much so that it’s getting it’s own dedicated post!). If that’s not necessarily your thing, though, you’ve got to at least check out Rainbow Row and The Battery.

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  • Take a Harbor Tour. I’ve been visiting Charleston for years, and this was the first time we’ve done a Harbor Tour. It was SO fascinating to learn how the city has changed over the years, it really gives you a totally new perspective of the city. Plus, there’s a bar onboard (wink wink).

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  • Visit the Pineapple Fountain. A gorgeous area to take a few photos and catch some shade.

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  • Where to eat: There are SO many delicious restaurants in Charleston, it’s hard to narrow them down, so I’m going to list a few of my personal favorites AND some that were recommended to me as well:
    • Poogan’s Porch – a lovely restaurant in an old home downtown that has classic southern cooking. Plus the story behind Poogan is pretty adorable.
    • Husk – a higher-end restaurant with a non to Southern food (seeing a pattern?) Highly recommend.
    • High Cotton – Seriously gorgeous inside – you might recognize it from The Notebook
    • Tattooed Moose – Good beer, supposedly amazing food.
    • Fleet Landing – actually the only restaurant on the water in Charleston-proper
    • I also HIGHLY recommend hitting one of the many rooftop bars for drinks around sunset. The views of the Holy City are unmatched.

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Ok, ya’ll, there you have it! My must-dos in downtown CharleySouth! Stay tuned for my photos from wandering the streets coming soon!

Dress accordingly,

Annie Signoff

 

 

 

What I Wore in Asheville

The last few days I’ve loved sharing where we stayed & what we did on our short but sweet trip to Asheville, NC. I was originally planning to share what I wore in yesterday’s post, but I had too many good ‘things to do’ and it ended up being much longer than expected.

Do you ever see a piece of clothing and immediately know you HAVE to have it? That’s how I reacted when I saw this pretty bell-sleeved top. It was one of those , ‘I love it so much I’m buying it in every color‘ situations.

Bell-Sleeve Top: Target, Shorts: Gap, Sandals: Target, Necklace: Vintage, Lip: Marc Jacobs 'Kiss Kiss Bang Bang'

Bell-Sleeve Top: Target, Shorts: Gap, Sandals: Target, Necklace: Vintage, Lip: Marc Jacobs ‘Kiss Kiss Bang Bang

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Fun fact: my husband calls this my ‘Captain Jack Sparrow’ shirt…

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Are you embracing any 70s-inspired trends this season? I’m LOVING bell-sleeves, without a doubt.

Dress accordingly,

Annie Signoff

Visit Asheville: What we did

I shared yesterday where we stayed on our trip to Asheville, so today I wanted to share what i wore and what we did while we were there. I highly recommend wandering the streets of Asheville. It’s such a charming city with lots of shops and places to wander in and out of:

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We started the night out at Wicked Weed Brewing, one of the more popular breweries in Asheville. The beer was really good, and they had a great outdoor space which was perfect as it was GORGEOUS out:

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After, we headed to Bhramari Brewhouse, where we had some amazing fried green tomatoes and loaded fries with pulled pork and some amazing sauce. I was bummed I didn’t get a shot of our food, but it was pretty dark by the time we got our food and we were outside on the patio.

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We also hit One World Brewing, which had a cool underground vibe. Mostly because it was, quite literally, in a basement, and you had to go down a flight of stairs to get inside. They also had live music so it really was fun.

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There were definitely a few places we’d wished we’d hit that we didn’t get to:

  • As someone who was OBSESSED Downton Abbey (case in point) when it was on, I definitely want to hit The Biltmore next time we’re there. Since we had limited time, we just couldn’t make it work because it takes a big chunk of a day to tour.
  • Sierra Nevada has a location just south of Asheville, but since our trip was somewhat last-minute, all their tours were booked.

For the last part of our trip, we headed about an hour south to the Gorges State Park for a quick hike to Turtleback Falls. The hike is only about 3.7 miles round-trip, so it makes for a fun 1/2 day excursion.

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Close to the end of the hike, you'll hit Rainbow Falls, which is a 150ft. waterfall.

Close to the end of the hike, you’ll hit Rainbow Falls, which is a 150ft. waterfall. 

Not gona lie, we (ok me..) were nervous, but we slid off Turtleback 3 times. The water flow was heavier than normal, so it was a little scary, but SO much fun and definitely worth it:

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Whew. There you have it. Sorry for such a long post, but Asheville has SO much to offer I had to share it all!

I can’t wait to get back and do all the things we didn’t get to do that were on our list.

Annie Signoff

 

 

Visit Asheville: Where to Stay

When planning our vacation, we decided pretty early on that we wanted to stop in Asheville, NC on our way to Charleston. While we only had 24 hours in the charming city, we figured it would be worth it.

I’m excited to share a mini-travel guide for a weekend getaway!

Where we stayed: Hilton Garden Inn Asheville Downtown. What’s funny about this hotel is that we completely stumbled upon it. Because of Seth’s occupation, we are very fortunate to be able to book the majority of our hotel stays with rewards points. Seth booked this one for us, without realizing it was literally opening week for the location. It was a lovely hotel, and we ended up actually being the first ones to stay in our room (it had opened 4 days prior).

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The best photo I have of our room is this hilarious shot of Seth, so of course I had to post it.

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Top: Target, Shorts: Gap, Sandals: Target, Necklace: vintage, Lip: Marc Jacobs 'Kiss Kiss Bang Bang'

Top: Target, Shorts: Gap, Sandals: Target (this year’s version), Necklace: vintage, Lip: Marc Jacobs ‘Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (Full post on this look coming tomorrow!)

Even in ‘chain’ hotels in Asheville, you’re getting a unique experience. Not only was the decor on-point with a rustic-modern feel, but there’s also a farm to table restaurant inside, The Iron Hen.

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We had breakfast here before heading out of town, and it was absolutely delicious.

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What we did: With a limited amount of time, we decided to wander the streets and hit as many local restaurants and breweries as possible. We started at the rooftop bar in our hotel, The Pillar, a ‘garden to glass’ bar which grows all the herbs for their cocktails right on the rooftop.

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A full outfit post is coming your way tomorrow, and what we did while we were in town later this week.

Dress accordingly,

Annie Signoff

 

 

What to pack for the beach

What is it about packing that I can never seem to start in advance? I definitely think about what I want to bring with me, but never do I actually start to pack.

Until now.

Perhaps because I’m in such need of a vacation, but prepping for my trip next week, I’m ON IT.

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Bag & Hat: Target, Sandals: Make Me Chic c/o, Earrings: H&M, Lotion: Hawaiian Tropic 

First things first – you need a beach bag. I found this gem on clearance at Target and HAD to have it – I love the color and the tassel detail (it goes with my pom sandals!) and it’s SO roomy. Crucial for long beach days when you need towels, magazines, books, sunscreen and – ahem, drinks.

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I never work on my tan without this Hawaiian Tropic lotion in tow. Not only does it minimize sunburn, but it makes you skin literally glow. Yeah, you need it.

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Much to my family’s chagrin, these pom sandals are definitely coming with me to the beach. They’re SO fun, plus they match my beach bag.

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Though I’m not much of a hat wearer day-to-day, all bets are off at the beach (#beachhairdontcare) so a panama hat is crucial.

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I love versatile cover-ups that can do double duty as streetwear, and this palm print button-up does just that. I love it with these bright tassel earrings!

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What are your beach must-haves? What did I miss? Share!

Dress accordingly,

Annie Signoff

SoS Travels – iPhone lately

Happy Thursday, ya’ll! We’re almost to the weekend, I don’t know about you, but it’s MUCH welcomed. I’ve actually been traveling the last two weeks at training for a new job, which I’m SUPER excited about, but totally ready to get back to Cincy!

Here are a few snaps from my travels lately:

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Necklace: Forever 21, Tank: Old Navy (I am obsessed, have it in both white and black), Lip: Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick in 'Matte Bittersweet', Phone Case: Sonix

Necklace: Forever 21, Tank: Old Navy (I am obsessed, have it in both white and black), Lip: Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick in ‘Matte Bittersweet’, Phone Case: Sonix

HAD to stop at In n Out while out West.

HAD to stop at In n Out while out West. Animal Style, obvs.

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Gorgeous scenes in Scottsdale.

Dress: Marshall's (last year), Sandals: American Eagle (also last year), Sunnies: Betsey Johnson

Dress: Marshall’s (last year), Sandals: American Eagle (also last year), Sunnies: Betsey Johnson

An AMAZING mac 'n' cheese burger at my new job. (The food is AMAZING..)

An AMAZING mac ‘n’ cheese burger at my new job. (The food is SO GOOD..)

Blazer: Gap, Dress: Old Navy, Heels: DSW

Blazer: Gap, Dress: Old Navy (very similar here!), Heels: DSW (under $50!), Lip: NARS ‘Never Say Never

Blazer: H&M, Tank: Marshall's (very old), Jeans: Target, Wedges: Crowne Vintage via DSW, Lip: NARS 'Never Say Never' (yes, again!)

Blazer: H&M, Tank: Marshall’s (very old), Jeans: Target, Wedges: Crowne Vintage via DSW, Lip: NARS ‘Never Say Never(yes, again!), Earrings: made myself

Dress: Marshall's (same dress as the one from Wednesday's post), Blazer: F21, Necklace: Charlie Boutique, Pumps: Jessica Simpson via DSW, Lip: Anastastia Beverly Hills in 'Pure Hollywood'

Dress: Marshall’s (same dress as the one from Wednesday’s post), Blazer: F21, Necklace: Charlie Boutique, Pumps: Jessica Simpson via DSW (similar), Lip: Anastastia Beverly Hills in ‘Pure Hollywood‘ (see my review here

Top: SheIn, Jeans: Target, Heels: ShoeDazzle, Lip: Urban Decay Matte 'Bittersweet'

Top: SheIn, Jeans: Target, Heels: ShoeDazzle, Lip: Urban Decay Matte ‘Bittersweet’

It’s been a fun couple of weeks of travel, but I am so ready to get home and see my pooch (oh, and my hubby too)!

Dress accordingly,

Annie Signoff