48 Hours in Charleston

Two weekends ago, I went to Charleston, SC for my birthday. I had never been to Charleston before but I’ve been curious about it since becoming obsessed with Southern Charm. Shep or Austen, if you’re single…call me. It looks like such a charming and quant town and I’ve been seeing more and more people travel there lately. I couldn’t wait to go. We only spent 48 hours in Charleston, but it was definitely enough to get a lot of things in! Here are some of the places I would recommend going if you are visiting Charleston for a short weekend trip.

To Do

Rainbow Row: Rainbow Row is located in downtown Charleston. It’s got the most beautiful painted buildings (picture above and below). This is a photographers dream. It’s absolutely stunning.

Magnolia Plantation: Located about 20 minutes outside of downtown, this plantation is worth the drive. They have stunning landscape and gardens. You can take tours of the plantation or just walk around like we did.

King Street: Now this is kind of generic because King St. runs pretty much all throughout Charleston but it’s got the best shopping. It’s such a cute street with tons of different places to stop in and shop, or eat.

Ride a Rickshaw: When you’re walking down the streets of Charleston, you’ll notice a bunch of guys on bikes driving people around town. We took two rickshaw rides during our stay and not only was it super fun but it was a great way to see the town.

Eat and Drink

The Gin Joint: This was one of my favorite spots we went to. It’s a small hole in the wall dive bar. They have this drink called the Bartender’s Choice where you choose two words from a list and the bartender makes you whatever he wants. I highly recommend this, it’s super fun to do. They also had DELICIOUS bar food. The pretzels were amazing.

Cannon Green: This was my favorite brunch spot. Not only is it visually stunning, the food was incredible. They had this banana bread that we shared and it was seriously to die for. They also had a DJ spinning tunes on Sunday, and they give you cute little cards to request a song. The extra touch did not go unnoticed!

Restoration Rooftop Bar: We stopped by here after a long day of walking for a drink and snacks. They had delicious cocktails and the most yummy cheese board.

Black Tap Coffee: I’m obsessed with Julia from Gal Meets Glam and she recommended this coffee place so I had to go. I got a brown sugar iced latte and it was SO SO good. I’m still dreaming about it.

48 hours in Charleston

Overall, my trip to Charleston was such a blast. I would love to visit the city again and explore some more! If you guys have ever been to Charleston, let me know your favorite spots so I can add them on the list for next time!

Birthday Lunch at the Polo Lounge

Top: Zara {similar} // Pants: Frame Denim // Shoes: Sam Edelman c/o Stylst // Bag: Gucci // Sunglasses: Ray-Ban

Happy Friday everyone! I know I normally post a weekend reading on Fridays, but this week I wanted to switch it up a little bit. Monday was my birthday and so I just wanted to post my outfit from my birthday lunch yesterday! BTW if ya’ll are looking for some comfy heels, these Sam Edelman heels are seriously the most comfortable heels I have ever worn!

First off, I wanted to thank all of my family and friends for celebrating my birthday with me! I’m officially 27 now! I don’t know whether to be excited or terrified LOL. I kicked off my birthday weekend in Charleston with my two good friends. It was my first time in Charleston and I had such a blast! I’ll be doing a post next week about my trip, so stay tuned for that! When I got back from Charleston, I celebrated with my roommates and also my coworkers. My one coworker got me a clay replica of Baguette, and it’s seriously the cutest thing ever! Can’t wait to put it in my new apartment!

This weekend I’m going to be keeping it pretty low key and just hang out with some friends. It’s also Baggy’s birthday on Sunday (she’s turning 3!) so we’ll have a little celebration at home for that. What are you guys up to this weekend?

birthday lunch

Off The Shoulder Dress

Dress: Express // Shoes: Steve Madden // Bag: Gucci // Earrings: Anthropologie {similar} // Rings: Monica Vinader, Anita Ko {similar} and BaubleBar

The other day I was FaceTiming with my mom while wearing this off the shoulder dress (as I normally do to see the puppies, duh) and she asked “did you get that dress for half off cause it’s missing a sleeve”. LOL old people humor. But for real, I got this dress from Express for not that much (it’s on sale right now for $50!). I’m really trying to dress up more in 2018, as I sit here writing this post dressed like a hobo…don’t judge me it’s freezing in LA right now. Dresses are the easiest way to dress up (pun intended) and look put together without putting in much effort.

Also, I’m going to Charleston this weekend for my birthday, woot woot! I seriously CAN NOT wait! Be sure to follow me on instagram @esthercollins because I will be posting a ton during my trip, showing you guys what I am doing! If you guys have ever been to Charleston, let me know your favorite places that I should check out. I’ve never been before so I am stoked!

off the shoulder dress

Photos by: Jordan Zobrist

Weekend Reading #37

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1. Love advice all women should hear.

2. Easy meals to make for one person.

3. Star Alliance will help you to never miss a connecting flight again.

4. These things will scientifically make you happier.

5. Have dating apps killed romance? (I say yes.)

6. What to eat for stress and anxiety.

7. Target vs. Costco.

8. Secrets from flight attendants.

9. This jewelry line is actually genius!

10. Beautiful and healthy bowls to make this week.

 

Comfy Work Wear

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Bodysuit: ASOS // Blazer: ASOS // Pants: ASOS // Shoes: Boohoo [on sale!] // Bag: Gucci // Rings: Monica Vinader and Anita Ko

Can I be real with you guys? I hate business attire for girls. Now some girls can really pull it off and look hot aka Meghan Markle on Suits (she can do no wrong). But whenever I try to wear a business suit, I look and feel frumpy. That’s why when I saw this matching blazer and pant suit set on ASOS I had to get it. It was super chic and one of the few business looking outfits that I thought, hey I think I can pull that off. Not to mention it’s a super soft material that makes you feel like you’re wearing pajamas. Because let’s be real, no one likes to wear stiff clothing.

I’m seriously obsessed with this outfit. It’s the perfect thing to wear to work where you look super put together (and cute!) and still comfortable. I’ve already gotten a bunch of compliments with this outfit. The shoes are also my new faves. I’ll be honest, they’re not the most comfortable to wear all day but they are pretty damn cute! I love that pointed toe shoes are coming back in style. It really helps to elevate an outfit.

What outfits do you guys like to wear for a business look? I’m always in need of some new work clothes so let me know in the comments below!

Photos by: Jordan Zobrist

Weekend Reading #36

Shirt: Zara // Jeans: American Eagle // Shoes: Boohoo // Earrings: BaubleBar [on sale!!] // Bag: Gucci

1. These coffee bars will make you want one in your home.

2. How to wash your jeans.

3. Housewarming gift ideas.

4. I need to make this Fusilli alla Vodka asap!

5. How Charleston became a world class culinary capital.

6. Stylish ways to organize your shoes.

7. High protein breakfasts for weight loss – might try one of these for dinner tonight!

8. The best healthy places to travel to in 2018.

9. Ben and Jerry’s just launched a lighter, healthier ice cream and I can’t wait to try it!

10. Brilliant tech travel hacks!

 

The Ultimate Breakup Playlist

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Music heals the soul. It really does. As some of you may know, I recently went through a pretty rough breakup. A breakup sucks. Sometimes after a breakup you don’t know what to do or where to turn to in order to feel better. Music for me was a huge savior. It helped to pull me out of some really dark times. Listening to the lyrics of these songs gave me something to relate to. When you’re going through a rough time, sometimes all you need is to know that you are not alone in what you are feeling.

Over the past few months I’ve put together a Spotify playlist of songs. The first two months after my breakup, I probably listened to this playlist everyday on repeat. Now I only listen to it every once in a while. I love each and every single one of these songs because they really describe every post-breakup feeling. From sadness, to anger, to I love you, to I hate you and everything else in between.

This is my ultimate breakup playlist; I’ve Done Love.

 

 

 

Weekend Reading #35

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Dress: Reformation {similar} // Shoes: BCBG {similar} // Bag: Shashi // Earrings: BaubleBar

1. Things one woman wish she did before she turned 30.

2. Questions to ask on a third date to really get to know someone.

3. Why our mental health takes a village.

4. Natural remedies for a stuffy nose.

5. Is napping good for you?

6. Can apple cider vinegar cut sugar cravings?

7. The best places to donate all your stuff.

8. I want everything from this new Zara Home collection!

9. This pink milkshake benefits puppies!

10. When the line between being a good friend and emotional labor get blurry – I can relate to this SO much.

 

Random Act of Kindness Day

We’ve all seen those tv commercials for “random act of kindness”, and every time I see those I get a smile on my face. February 17th is Random Act of Kindness Day and we can all do something to help! As you all know, I have a dog named Baguette (@mydogbaguette). She is the love of my life and I’m obsessed with her. My parents also have two adorable dogs, Mocha and Gizmo (photo above). So it’s safe to say I’m a huge dog lover. I wanted to talk to you guys about two animal organizations that I love to support.

ASPCA – The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals is one of my favorite organizations. They do such incredible work to help with animal homelessness and cruelty. When the floods were happening in Texas, the ASPCA was working hard to provide shelter and food to those animals that were left abandoned on the streets. They are also a great resource to go to if you are looking to adopt an animal.

Animal Hope and Wellness Foundation – This is another incredible organization. They focus on helping abused and neglected animals by rehabilitating them as well as helping them find loving homes. They also rescue animals from the Asian Dog Meat Trade and bring them to the US to build a better life for these dogs.

Both of these organizations do such incredible work helping innocent animals get the lives that they deserve. On February 17th, I urge you to take some time out and help one of these organizations. Whether it be by volunteering, fostering, fundraising or even just donating a couple dollars. Any bit of help goes a long way!

You can go here for more information on how to help with ASPCA  and Animal Hope and Wellness. Please take a small part of your day on February 17th to do something to help! You can also help out with whatever organizations that you feel passionate about. For more information on different nonprofit fundraising check out Eventbrite.

 

Shop My Amazon Picks!

AmazonImage from City Chic Decor

My most used online shopping destination is definitely Amazon. As a Prime member I’m obsessed with how fast I can get things delivered to me. I order everything from Amazon from basic necessities to fun items I probably don’t really need. I was able to put together some of my favorite items on Amazon and I wanted to share them with you guys!

 


Ice rolling is great for when your face is feeling puffy. If I wake up super early or I’ve been crying or ate too much salt, this ice roller works wonders. Plus it just feels amazing on the skin.

 


I’m moving apartments soon and I’ve been looking for new home decor. I love this gold mirror! I think it would be the perfect addition to my new place!

 


My mom swears by this stuff to do laundry! She goes through so many of these.

 


I’m in my mid-(to late ahhh) 20’s, and I started reading this book. It’s super interesting and really makes you think about all the things going on in your life.

 


Aziz always makes me laugh, and this book is not only hilarious but also extremely interesting. It gives a lot of great insight on the modern world of dating.

 


My dog Baguette (aka Baggy) LOVES this stuff. Plus, it’s great to freshen up her breath.

 


Who doesn’t love bacon? Baggy is obsessed with this, and if I was a dog I would be too.

 


I just bought this to help me get organized for my move. Anything that helps keep me organized is a must!

 


This is Amazon’s version of the Silpat mat’s. Once I move, I will definitely be stocking up on these bad boys!

 


I hate when hangers are mismatched. I love these black velvet hangers because they’re thin but also help hold your clothes up.

 


Gua Sha is great for lymphatic drainage. When you want to de-bloat your face, this is a great tool to use!

 


Another one of my organizing items are these OXO containers. They’re perfect to keep your pantry items fresh and organized.

 


I’ve just recently started taking this collagen powder. I haven’t seen results yet because I just started but I’ve heard good things. Will keep you posted!

 


This is Baggy’s go-to food. She loves it!

 


I got this for my parents for Christmas and love using it to watch/stalk the puppies! I also got one for my apartment so I can creep on my dog. LOL

 


Who doesn’t love games? This is a great and hilarious game to play with friends!

 


Fiber is key! And these fiber crackers are great to add into your daily meals. They don’t really taste like much so definitely add things on it like avocado!

 

What do you guys like to get from Amazon? Let me know in the comments below! And you can shop all my Amazon picks here:  https://www.amazon.com/shop/esthercollins