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Spring in Charleston

April 24, 2017
HANNAH SHELBY: Charleston Travel Guide

A spring-time getaway to the south has been on my bucket list ever since my romantic side fell in love with The Notebook (albeit mostly Ryan Gosling IN The Notebook, but wasn’t that all of us?) Between the beautiful old buildings, delicious food, and warm weather, it felt like the perfect location to celebrate our 1 year anniversary—a long weekend filled with all that Charleston and its famous southern hospitality has to offer.

While we weren’t able to stay at Zero George Street since our dog Louis joined us on the trip, we did have a chance to explore the hotel and spend some time there. Nicely situated off the more touristy Meeting and King Streets, but still close enough to walk to all the main sites of downtown, Zero George is a group of perfectly appointed buildings dating back to 1804 restored in the most charming manner. Immaculately landscaped courtyards, sprawling porches, award-winning cuisine, and even a cooking school, Zero George really has it all. And not to mention complimentary bikes available for use, which are the perfect way to explore the city.

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Charleston Packing Guide

April 6, 2017
HANNAH SHELBY: Charleston Packing Guide

We’re heading to Charleston next week to celebrate our 1 year anniversary (and I’ve no idea how a year has gone by since our wedding in Tulum.) Between the colorful downtown, beautiful beaches, historic plantations and delicious southern cuisine, it’s no wonder Charleston has been voted CN Traveler’s Best US City for 3 years in a row. There’s just something about the colors of the buildings and the romantic atmosphere that has a way of bringing out one’s gingham and ruffle loving self. So in celebration of finally getting dressed without the addition of winter coats and boots, I’ve put together a few outfit inspirations for some of the best activities Charleston has to offer.


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Gingham Dresses | Posse: Jane (short) and Margot (Long)

Round Woven Bag | Posse

Espadrille Sandals | Soludos

Gingham Top | Topshop (similar here, here, and here)

Bamboo Purse | Cult Gia


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Dress | Faithfull the Brand (similar here)

Bag | Hope and May (similar here)

Sandals | Nomadic State of Mind

Bandana | Madewell


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C!ao Tee | Madewell

Jeans | RE/DONE (similar here)

Birkin Basket | Blooming Dreamer


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Black Ruffle Dress | Isabel Marant Etoile

Woven Slides | Carrie Forbes

Black Off the Shoulder Midi Dress | Faithfull the Brand

Rafia Purse | Sunday Living


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Polka Dot Dress and Top | Realization Par Valentina Dress and Cher Top

Sunglasses | Garrett Leight x Clare V. (similar here)

Espadrilles | Castaner

Denim Skirt | RE/DONE (similar here)

 

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Hotel Lust: &Beyond Kichwa Tembo

March 7, 2017
Hannah Shelby: Hotel Lust: andBeyond Kichwa Tembo

Located where the famous final scene in Out of Africa was filmed, this sprawling oasis is what safari dreams are made of. There’s just something about the way the infinity pool pours out into the sweeping plains of the Mara—a perfect place to relax after an early morning game drive to see the Big Five. And because the camp is set on a privately owned Mara conservancy, guests can enjoy night-time game drives, bush walks, guided hikes, and visits to local Masai villages, as well as sundowner cocktails, private bush dinners, and hot air ballooning.

From &Beyond:

“Known as Kenya’s best loved safari camp, &Beyond Kichwa Tembo Tented Camp offers a quintessential game viewing experience, with sweeping vistas of the Masai Mara and the Sabaringo River.

Located where the riverine forest and plains meet, directly in the path of the awe-inspiring Great Migration, the camp provides an authentic dose of African wildlife delivered with legendary Kenyan hospitality. Set on a private concession leased from Masai landlords in the north of the Mara, the camp offers total seclusion and abundant wildlife.

Simple yet contemporary, the Maasai-inspired suites are elegant and timeless. As guests arrive at &Beyond Kichwa Tembo, they are instantly welcomed by the awe-inspiring view. The spacious guest areas provide a place where guests can relax and unwind. The large windows invite the Mara inside, making it feel like part of the guest area.

Guests can escape to the massage room to indulge in a relaxing treatment or browse the redesigned Safari Shop, which offers the finest Kenyan handicrafts. And the infinity swimming pool—literally on the edge of the Mara—boasts one of the world’s most extraordinary views.”

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Hotel Lust: Hotel Esencia

February 21, 2017
HANNAH SHELBY: Hotel Lust: Hotel Esencia

What if you could drop everything you’re doing. Right now. And jet off to a blissfully serene tropical hideaway. You wouldn’t even think twice, right? With it’s own private beach located on the crisp white sands of the Rivera Maya, Hotel Esencia is an oasis for pure unplugged relaxation. And if the private beach isn’t enough, the immaculately landscaped grounds, calming decor, and fresh local food are a few more of the high points that make Hotel Esencia completely lust-worthy. I’m already mentally packing my bag now, which doesn’t include much more than a handful of swimsuits, a few breezy dresses, and some easy slip on sandals. Continue Reading…

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12 Tips for Planning a Destination Wedding

February 17, 2017
HANNAH SHELBY: Tulum Wedding

Wedding planning can be incredibly exciting—it’s finally time to decide how you want to celebrate your love and make things official. But it can also be extremely time consuming and stressful, especially if you are planning a destination wedding from afar. After spending 8 months planning our wedding in Tulum from our hometown in Chicago, I’ve put together my top 12 tips to help ease the stress and make the process go more smoothly. Continue Reading…