Picking out what to wear on a regular ol' Tuesday can be a least-favorite-activity for some.
Picking out what to wear on a Tuesday where I'm paying someone to take photos of me? Eek.
Let's start with the why. Why are you having photos taken?
A} Because you often have your picture taken and this is the norm for you?
B} Because you're excited to look back at this special day?
C} Because you need new photos for the business you've started?
Option A: Wear what represents you best at this moment in time! If you're lucky enough to document moments of your life on a regular basis, make each time special and unique! Rock that funky Anthropologie dress you spent your paycheck on.
Option B: Engagement photos, family portraits, self portraits, etc. Go for timeless. Matching white t-shirts and jeans on a beach? No... Timeless and classic can be up for interpretation and that is a good thing. Go for your version of timeless, something you'll be proud to see in 10 years, or at least a appreciate.
Option C: Photos to use in your business endeavors. First, consider all the details of your business: logo, color scheme, first impressions. If you're building a website, you want it to look cohesive and that includes your outfit in your About Me page photo. This can include your uniform, of course!
When all other efforts fail, go for flattering. Wear what flatters you. Always!
I had not been to Charleston, South Carolina since I was a kid. And I didn't remember a thing. And once we got there, nothing looked familiar.
But! Charleston was just as lovely as I'd hoped for.
The sweet southern porches surrounded us. The one pictured above was at the Barksdale House Inn, where we stayed a few days. The location was perfect and we enjoyed how quaint the atmosphere was with wonderful service from their team.
Of course, the Magnolia Cemetery was a must see for us. It is actually located adjacent to two other beautiful cemeteries so you could spend a long time roaming around. Ya know, if you're into cemeteries.
The Civil War is highly represented here.
Less than a 4 hour drive from Asheville, Charleston is a great getaway. It was pretty chilly this February so a spring or fall trip may be a bit more fun for walking around.
More Charleston here.
That was the final stop of our southern road trip, and now we're back to reality. Reality isn't so bad when you live in Asheville, NC though.
So this is where are the mansions from heaven reside.
When can I move in?
We weren't sure what else to do in this beautiful town of Beaufort, South Carolina so we drove to the coast.
The Nature Center just before you drive out to Fripp Island has a discreet walking trail that leads to the most unique beach I've ever been to.
Hunting Island. The beach is covered with downed trees, driftwood and nothing else.
We felt secluded unlike ever before. It was simply gorgeous.
And we kind of thought a dinosaur may walk by us too. Jurassic Park style.
Next stop: Charleston, South Carolina.
Oh Savannah, Georgia. You cannot be beat.
Many times I have roamed your city squares and your famed cemeteries.
It never grows old. The history lives within those trees.
Once you finally wander indoors, I have a few suggestions for you.
The Paris Market is not to be missed for pastries, cappuccino and browsing the perfectly decorated store.
The foodie options are endless so I'll just mention two favorites from this trip to add to your list: Alligator Soul and Zunzi's. Both are in the historic district and walkable.
Next stop: Beaufort, South Carolina.
Cheers to a happy Valentine's day!
It may or may not be your favorite holiday, but I do wish many sweet treats upon you.
And as with every holiday, may you spend it with someone you enjoy to the fullest.
Orlando was my home base for about 6 years, including 4 years of college (UCF). O-town has a bad rep but it also has hidden gems that only the lucky discover.
A few neighborhoods/areas come to mind with fond memories: Winter Park, College Park, Thornton Park and Delaney Park. Lotsa parks. And lakes. Lakes, lakes, lakes. Watch out for alligators. No, seriously.
Above is the backyard of Hillstone Restaurant, the dock is actually a dining option for parties. I have family living in neighboring College Park, many Thanksgiving memories there. Thornton Park is home to a favorite pesto pizza from Anthony's Pizza. And lastly, I spent a few fun years living in Delaney Park, just near Lake Davis (below).
If you find yourself in O-town, be sure to stumble around these areas for a surprising side of central Florida. All have very walkable areas and delightful restaurants.
Next stop: Savannah, Georgia
The hubby was invited, for the 2nd time, to be a guest Chef at a wine auction event in West Palm Beach. He was excited to return and combine it with a road trip from Florida back up to North Carolina.
Most of our stops were along the coast so it was fitting we kicked off the trip at the beach!
We met up with close friends for the weekend (they were also there for the wine auction dinner). The four of us enjoyed cooking, playing games and lots of laughter.
Now that we are back in Asheville, I'm looking back at the photos. And remembering how much warmer it was as snow flurries and heavy winds pound my window here.
Next stop: Orlando for family time.