Spring is here but these days it is already feeling like summer! It's so hard to believe that we're halfway through May but that means that we're closer to a long weekend for Memorial Day and my birthday weekend! I'm excited for a few days of fun in the sun.

These warm weather days also mean I'm living in gorgeous maxi dresses like this one. It's been awhile since I did a lot of in-store shopping, so when we were in Charleston a couple of weekends ago, I ended up with this pretty floral maxi and it's safe to say I won't be able to stop wearing it!

Another thing I can't get enough of?! Gorgeous and delicate gold necklaces! I love pretty and dainty pieces and wear the same simple diamond pendant necklace every day. What I love about these pieces is that you can wear them with just about everything - I very rarely take mine off no matter the season or occasion. I'm often asked about my necklace and while mine is a simple bezel-set diamond, there are some other great options as well, like a turquoise pendant or a mini moon choker.

I'm also often asked for gift ideas as well and time and time again, I suggest something like a dainty gold necklace. Whether you're shopping for graduation, belated Mother's Day, a birthday, or for a just because gift, it makes for the perfect surprise. My parents gifted me mine for Christmas a few years ago and it has easily become one of my most-worn pieces in my jewelry collection.

I most recently picked up this gold circle bracelet and similar to the simplicity of my gold necklace, I love how it blends with just about everything. While I've only had it a few days, I've already received quite a few compliments on it!

While I love a good statement necklace or earring, my classic, dainty pieces have become my essentials and are what I wear on repeat. What is your favorite piece of jewelry in your wardrobe?

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Thanks so much to Nakturnal for sponsoring this post!

I stopped in to visit with my friends over at Perry's Emporium this week as they are getting ready to remodel! Because of that, they are having an incredible jewelry sale! Most of the store is 30 - 50% off which is absolutely incredible! I tried on a few pieces that I absolutely love - a gorgeous choker necklace, diamond earrings, of course all the wedding bands, and even an amazing statement pearl ring. 

As I'm sure you know, I absolutely love stacking bands. Stephen gave me a diamond wedding band that matches my engagement ring during our wedding ceremony but also gave me a gorgeous secondary band to create a mix-and-match look. Perry's has a great selection of bands on sale at the moment and I fell in love with this gorgeous yellow-gold one.

I also thought this gorgeous choker necklace was stunning! Morgan, the marketing manager for Perry's, recommended I give this one a try and it did not disappoint! It gives a simplistic statement so I tried these diamond earrings on with it and loved the completed look! Both of these would make great Mother's Day gifts!
Growing up, I always loved pearls. I wore a strand of pearls all the time and to this day, one of my favorite pairs of earrings is a pair of diamond and pearl studs that my dad gave me. My mom spotted this gorgeous statement ring - wow! It makes for the perfect right hand ring and is 30% off!
There are so many great pieces on sale (and I'll be making a trip back there in the next week or so to revisit some items I had my eye on). The current pre-construction sale will be ending on Saturday, May 11th and Perry's will briefly close and re-open in their temporary location right across the street. Then, the remodeling sales event will continue! If you have time this weekend, head over to Perry's to check out their incredible collection! I can't wait to see what they do with their space!

Thank you to Perry's Emporium for sponsoring this post. Southern Style enjoys collaboration with local businesses and appreciates your support of shopping with small businesses!





Stephen and I took a weekend getaway down to Charleston, South Carolina for a couple's trip with some friends of ours and it did not disappoint! We only had a couple of days, so we packed it full of exploring and eating (lots of eating) and we tried several new places along the way! I've been to Charleston several times and Stephen and I were there a couple of summers ago for my friend Shelby's wedding, but that weekend we didn't have time to truly check out some new places, so this trip was a treat for sure.

Itinerary

Below was our itinerary for the weekend! We had Saturday and Sunday fairly planned as we wanted to make sure we had reservations for all of the places we wanted to eat. Our "downtime" was just spent shopping and exploring - and those moments of just wandering the streets of Charleston were some of my favorites. 

Friday

  • Leave for Charleston
  • Check in to Kings Courtyard Inn
  • Appetizers and drinks at Virginia's on King and exploring
  • Get ready for dinner
  • Hall's Chophouse (reservation recommended)
  • Drinks at 5Church

Saturday

  • Breakfast at The Palmetto CafĂ©
  • Alleys and Hidden Passages Walking Tour
  • Walk along the Battery
  • Lunch at Fleet Landing
  • Shopping on King Street
  • Drinks at Camellias Champagne Bar
  • Dinner at Blossom's
  • Drinks at Pavillion Rooftop Bar

Sunday

  • Breakfast at Poogan's Porch
  • Coffee from Bitty and Beau's
  • Exploring North of Broad and neighborhoods
  • Boone Hall Plantation 
  • Lunch at Sol of Mt. Pleasant (original plan was Taco Boy)

The Highlights

Kings Courtyard Inn

The Kings Courtyard Inn was a great place for our weekend retreat. The inn occupies one of the oldest buildings on King Street and its location put us in a spot that was easily accessible to everything we had planned. We booked a King and Queen bedroom suite at since there were two couples going, and it made for the perfect little place to stay for the weekend. The rooms connected but each had a bathroom, so it's perfect for a trip with friends. The structure was built in 1853, so it has the charm of old Charleston with amenities of modern day convenience.

Halls Chophouse

I can't say enough good things about our experience here. It came highly recommended but we also have some pretty great chophouses in our area, so while I wanted to give it a try, I knew it would be okay if we tried something different. However, now that I've had a meal there, I'll probably want to go back every single time we're in Charleston. On Friday evening, our friends hadn't made it in town yet, so we decided to give it a try. We didn't have a reservation (I tried to book one a month in advance but they were booked) so I had my fingers crossed that Stephen and I could get a spot in the bar. While that didn't quite work out, it turned out even better, as they put us at a table upstairs. We go on "date nights" all the time since we don't have kids yet and tend to eat out too much, but this felt like a true little date night. Sides are offered family style, so I would recommend the loaded mashed potatoes and the pepper jack creamed corn skillet as well as the Halls Chop Salad. Stephen ordered the filet and while I don't eat a ton of steak, I could get on board with this one! Safe to say we'll be back!


Alleys and Hidden Passages Walking Tour

I've never done any tours in Charleston (aside from my 4th grade field trip) but this time around, our group decided to take a walking tour that showcases some of the hidden walkways of Charleston. We booked through Low Country Walking Tours and had the chance to explore some really beautiful spots. Some of the places we visited Stephen and I had actually stumbled across by chance during our last trip, but what I loved about the walking tour is the all of the history you learn. While I've walked down Rainbow Row a time or two, I had no idea that it used to be considered a slum (and was not always so brightly painted). I also learned how to spot a building that survived the Charleston Earthquake of 1886. If you love history or just love learning about new things, I would highly recommend checking out a tour. 

Shopping

I never do much shopping at home anymore unless it's at Target or HomeGoods, so I was really excited to just spend some time exploring the shops of King Street! A few favorites:

  • Charleston Shoe Co. - we actually carry Charleston Shoes at the shop but I loved popping by their brick and mortar location. 
  • Beckett - I've been following them on Instagram since around the time they opened, so I loved having the chance to check out their shop in person. Such a beautiful space!
  • Anthropologie - I know this is not a store unique to Charleston, but we don't have one here and the collection they had in the store was amazing! I purchased this top as well as this one and I had a few other things that could've gone home with me had I allowed myself!

Eating



I think half of what we did while we were in Charleston was eat but I have no complaints about that! Each restaurant we went to offered a little something different than the last. Fleet Landing was the perfect lunchtime spot for Saturday as it offered gorgeous views, great food (and drinks) and we in the area post-walking tour! I also loved Blossom's for dinner - each person ordered something different and everything was amazing!

Other restaurants I want to try:

  • Fig
  • Husk
  • Magnolia's
  • Stars
  • Slightly North of Broad
  • High Cotton

Boone Hall Plantation

If you love The Notebook, you'll love Boone Hall Plantation! The iconic Alley of Oaks served as a backdrop for Allie's parents' summer home and let me tell you - it's even more gorgeous in person. We explored on our own and hung out with these cute little horse friends before taking the home tour. While the plantation has been around for over 320 years, I was surprised to learn that the present house, despite its historical architectural designs, was not the original. Built in 1936, it replaced the original home that was on the plantation. While we only did the house tour and explored the gardens, there are so many other options to check out the property!

Camellias

This adorable pink champagne bar in the Hotel Bennett is too cute for words! It's safe to say the boys felt a little out of place, it is the cutest little spot. We had plans to go to the rooftop bar of the hotel, but there were storms in the area so we decided to hit this spot and then do a little more shopping instead. I saw someone hosting a little baby shower in there which was so cute! Definitely a great location for afternoon tea or champagne with the girls.
We absolutely loved our trip to Charleston! Though I've been a few times already, it's an easy place to go time and time again as it's not too far away from Wilmington, making it the perfect weekend spot. I still have so many other things I want to check out - but we'll safe that for the next trip!
Outfit Details:

Red Dress - ZIA Boutique
Tie Sandals - Jack Rogers
One-Shoulder Top - ZIA Boutique
White Bow Shorts - LaRoque (another option here)
Wedges - Dolce Vita
Blue Top - Anthropologie
Denim Shorts - 7FAM
Metallic Sandal - Charleston Shoe Co.

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It's hard to believe that this summer we'll be celebrating our 2nd anniversary! Stephen and I have now lived together for close to two years and have adjusted to married life (which is wonderful!). I've also really gotten a handle on what I use on a day-to-day basis. I remember being so overwhelmed when it came time to register - it's easy to get distracted by all the bright and shiny things and items you think you "need." We were fortunate to receive so many wedding gifts throughout our engagement and at our wedding and we loved (and continue to love) everything. It's neat to reach for crystal vase and remember it's from your best friend's mom or for a spatula and remember a fun shower your friends threw for you. Despite loving everything, some of our favorites have ended up being these pretty self-explanatory and daily household items, but as we go into wedding season, it's a great time to consider what to take as a gift or what to register for yourself!
  1. Dinner Plates - When we first registered for our dishes, I fell in love with these Argent White dinner plates by Raynaud. I knew I wanted to mix and match our china with everyday pieces, so opted for this pattern to serve as both every day and what we mix with our fine China pieces. And as my registry consultant at The Fisherman's Wife said, "There's absolutely nothing wrong with heating up a piece of leftover pizza but eating it off your nice dishes." So true. 
  2. Mixing/Serving Bowls - How cute are these bowls? We received this little set and they've made for great mixing and serving pieces. This is a great storage set as well. 
  3. Stand Mixer - When I say this is most-used, I use that term lightly because if we're being honest, I just don't cook all that much! But anytime I make anything that needs mixing, I'm quick to toss it in our Kitchenaid mixer!
  4. Marble Pastry Slab - Another little tidbit about this piece - I've only used it once for actual pastry (that pie I made for Easter) but we use it every single day! We have a gas stove range, and it's the perfect decorative piece to go on top and make for a clean slate. 
  5. Set of Pots and Pants - Stephen and I had plenty of pots and pans that we used throughout our years in college and then our years living separately, but we were much overdo for a new set. We have thoroughly enjoyed our Calaphon set!
  6. Cooking Utensils - Some of my friends gave me the cutest arrangement of cooking utensils at one of my bridal showers, and I love the copper finish on these! Each time I pull them out, I think about how cute they are. 
  7. High Ball Glasses - we've really enjoyed our set of high ball glasses from Crate and Barrel. They also wash really well in the dishwasher and we've had no issues with clouding, streaking, etc. 
  8. Measuring Cups - I got rid of our plastic measuring spoons after we received this set and I love the stainless steel! 
  9. Flatware - Who knew I could like forks and spoons so much?! The Molten collection by Michael Aram is beautiful and we received a few of their serving sets as well. 
  10. Cheese Slicer - This is probably Stephen's favorite gift we received haha! We use this more often than I thought we would - we'll set up an easy little cheese appetizer when we're cooking at home or a larger charcuterie board when we have guests. 
  11. Towels - I cannot say enough good things about these towels from Pottery Barn! We love them. We opted for white, and even two years later, they're looking brand new. I just throw a little bit of bleach in when I wash them and it gets them back to their bright white. 
Another thing we have really enjoyed is our Vietri chargers! I break them out every so often when we have company and decorate with them at holidays.
What was your favorite thing you received from your wedding registry? What is your most-used item?

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I hope everyone had a wonderful Easter weekend! Ours was certainly filled with so many blessings. We woke early Sunday morning for a beautiful sunrise service at Wrightsville Beach. It's the first time we've done that as we normally go to traditional service but I honestly think this may become a new tradition for us. 

Last year, we hosted Easter for the first time. It was also our first time hosting a holiday at our home. We decided to make it a tradition, hosting our second annual Easter luncheon! This year, our crowd expanded and we had around 25 people! Thankfully, we were blessed with beautiful weather which makes it much easier for us to entertain. 

In theory, I should have showcased our Easter tablescapes before the occasion, but in all honesty, I didn't have my tables planned until super last minute this year! Despite that, I'm going to keep some of our setup into spring as it works well until we get to summer as well. 

We have a formal dining room and then our breakfast room off the kitchen, so we had 12 dining seats that are normally in our house. We also added a 4-person table with chairs that Stephen used before we got married, which worked out perfectly. We also set up two 6-person tables on our back patio - thank goodness it wasn't raining! If it had been, we would have had to make a plan B for sure! 
For our indoor tables, I wanted to keep everything cohesive and simple and use some of the pieces we already had. My sweet mama purchased these adorable bunny plates from Pottery Barn (sold out online but available in some stores) and let me borrow them. They were the perfect pieces to add with my Vietri chargers and Raynaud dinner plates. 
It's amazing to me how much fresh flowers truly brighten up a space! I knew that I wanted a large but simple arrangement on our dining room table and then would play it by ear from there so I headed to Trader Joe's for some fresh cut florals. I will say that this time around, they didn't have quite as much of a variety as they sometimes do, but it's also because I had a vision (they did have gorgeous tulips, but this vision didn't include those...). From TJ's, I purchased the long-stemmed hydrangeas and snapdragons. 

I had to go to Harris Teeter for a few other things, and they certainly didn't disappoint. I picked up some bells of Ireland, lilies, and curly willow branches. The lilies, hydrangea and willow branches made for the perfect outdoor arrangement, which I filled with bells of Ireland as well. 
For our outdoor tablescape, we mixed and matched new with old. We purchased these rope melamine plates from Pottery Barn last year and while we sometimes use them for dinner on a regular night, they are perfect for outdoor dining! I added a few pretty square ones that I found at Home Goods and then topped each of them with these fun floral salad plates
Stephen and my father-in-law also hung our new porch swing this weekend! It is safe to say that I absolutely love it and know that I will spending so much time out here, especially on these cooler spring days!

I hope everyone had the best weekend! All product details are listed below. 

Inside tables:
Chargers - Vietri
Dinner plates - Raynaud China
Salad Plates - Pottery Barn 
Glass candle sticks - Pottery Barn
Purple napkins - World Market
Green napkins - Pottery Barn
Monogram Napkins - Mud Pie
Floral table runner - Target

Outdoor tables:
Woven chargers - Wayfair
Melamine dinner plates - Pottery Barn
Melamine salad plates - Target
Floral tumblers - Target (blush and clear)
Square plates - Home Goods

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