Monthly Archives: June 2016

Am I Adulting Now?

I interrupt your usual browsing of pretty photos, outfits, and cats to bring you a pretty important announcement about my life.

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Life is about to change for me, in a big way. I am sad to announce that I will be leaving Anthropologie and retail. But, I am happy to announce thatI have accepted a Social Media Marketing Manager position with Spherion! This will be a huge new adventure for me. Also, in September I will be moving back to Naples! Jason and I are both from Naples, and both of our families are there. We are so excited to come back to our home town. Jason will be transferring to FGCU and finishing up his degree there.

When trying to balance my lower chakras, one of the challenges I have had is this overwhelming feeling of not being financially secure. This can impact your feelings of safety and security in the physical world. I have had to work full-time, and hold another part-time job just to stay afloat. I asked for answers, and the universe spit one out for me. I had already been working for Spherion part-time for about a year when they decided to take my position full-time. It has been a waiting game while they figured out what this position would entail, and if it would work for my life. But, in the end, it is a great opportunity for me. I am happy to be able to take my life in a new direction.

Another thing that has been a huge burden on my life was the schedule that retail offers. The schedule is never consistent, I don’t have very many weekends, and it is hard to keep a balance. With this big change, I will finally have a set schedule, and will be able to plan my life around that. It think it has been really hard not to have a regular schedule. My sleep cycle is always off, and even my eating habits have suffered. This job should offer a really great improvement for my over all well being.

Also, I really hope to get back into theatre! I used to perform in shows and plays all through childhood and even into college. In Tampa, there isn’t a whole lot of great options for the community. I hope to participate in community choirs and theatre once I get back in Naples. Plus, my schedule will allow me to attend regular rehearsals and such. When I had this revelation about being able to perform in the arts again, I literally started to cry. I had forgotten how much it actually meant to me. I miss it so much, and I can’t wait to dive back in.

There will be more to come on this, but I am very excited to start this new journey!

xoxox

Meg

Roadtrip: Charleston

Jason and I recently embarked on a driving trip through the Southeast. This was our first road trip together and it was quite successful. I did a crap ton of planning ahead of time so that things would go smoothly. I also did tons of research to find out the places that were worth while. We spent about two days in each city, so I am going to post a little guide of some of our favorite places to check out. We are coffee lovers, so there will be lots of shops included!

Today’s guide: Charleston.

Our first stop was Black Tap Coffee. We had been driving since 5am and didn’t arrive until around 12pm, so it was definitely time for a cup of coffee.

IMG_8314 IMG_8934The vibes were great. The shop was smaller, so it was a little hot with all of the people crammed into it, but other than that, we had no complaints. We talked to some of their baristas about good places to explore in the area, and they had some great suggestions. Black Tap just started roasting not too long ago, so we talked a little about that, and ended up buying a bag of beans from them. If we lived in Charleston, this would probably be a frequent hang out spot for us.  We quickly did some work (yes we both worked on our vaca!) and then headed out.

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We passed the Old Jail on our way through the neighborhood… you know… casual. The Old Jail building served as the Charleston County Jail from its construction in 1802 until 1939.

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We wanted a real Southern experience, so we decided a trip to a historical plantation would do the trick. We went to Middleton Plantation, and it was BEAUTIFUL!

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Middleton Place is a National Historic Landmark and home to America’s Oldest Landscaped Gardens. According to the website, “Built in 1755, the House Museum interprets four generations of Middleton Family, with extraordinary family furniture, silver, porcelain, rare books and portraits on display. Birthplace of a signer of the Declaration of Independence, Middleton Place and the Middletons have played an important role in American history. The property has miraculously remained under the same family stewardship for some 320 years, and today, successfully preserves history for visitors to enjoy.” Being a history buff, this was pretty impressive!

IMG_6622 There were gardens on gardens on gardens! It was fun to sort of get lost in the different parts of the property. PS- it’s 65 acres! Talk about a big garden! I loved that I kept seeing hydrangeas everywhere I went! I love them, and they don’t just grow like that in Florida, so it was a pleasant surpriseIMG_6631

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We toured the gardens, the chapel, the stables, the mill, the many graves throughout the gardens, as well as the slave cemetery,  but we did not tour the house. The house tour is not included in the admission price, for future travelers. There are many ways to tour Middleton Place, but we decided a self guided tour was best for us because we like to explore!

It was extremely hot, so we were happy to check into our AirBnb after that. After we were showered up, we headed out to dinner.

We went to The Grand Bohemian for a cocktail to start

IMG_9130If we weren’t doing Air Bnbs the whole trip, this would have been an excellent choice for a hotel. It was super quirky, and we loved the rooftop bar!

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For dinner we went to Butcher and Bee and we couldn’t have been more pleased!

IMG_4358 IMG_3576We were extremely impressed with the food and the service at this place. We HIGHLY recommend it. They serve everything for sharing, so Jason and I were able to order several different things, which is always a plus. Everything was fresh, and beautifully displayed. They also had vegetarian options, which was a huge plus for us.

IMG_3074Then we went to Edmund’s Oast for an after dinner drink, which was conveniently located right behind the restaurant. This place was also recommended by the baristas at Black Tap. The atmosphere was really cool, and we were able to sit outside under the twinkle lights. We didn’t find it to be over crowded, which is often our complaint with bars. The beer was great, and it was exactly what we were looking for.  It was the perfect way to end our first day of vacation.
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The next day we did a lot of walking, and boy was it HOT!

We began at Poogan’s Porch for brunch. We were sure to make a reservation here, as we heard it gets packed quick! There was a line out the door when we arrived right before opening.

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Jason must have gotten shrimp and grits at every restaurant we went to on this trip, so of course, that is what he ordered here too. I am not a fan of grits, but these were EXCELLENT! We wished we could have been seated outside, because the patio was adorable and so was the front porch.
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We then went to White Point Gardens, also known as The Battery.

IMG_6665 IMG_6685 I mean, this place was stunning. It is right on the water, and the perfect place to enjoy a picnic or just some casual wanderings. White Point was first used as a public garden in 1837. With the outbreak of the Civil War, it became a fortification for the city. Also, in the 1720s a famous pirate named Stede Bonnet was hanged here with another 50 more of his kind. He was later buried nearby. You can find a memorial of him in this park as well. IMG_6694

PS- this top is from Anthropologie, and was great for this extremely hot day! You can find it here!

IMG_6702 IMG_6723 We wandered down some of the streets to explore. We were pretty much in awe of how beautiful these houses were!

We had originally planned to take a carriage ride through downtown Charleston, but the temperature was 100 degrees. We still saw horses out and about but knew they must be exhausted. It really was not cool enough for horses to lugging around carriages. We even saw people protesting the horse carriage companies with signs on their porches saying “Too hot for horses!” We decided it was for the best not to take a tour. If we were exhausted, so were they. So, we walked!

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My favorite little spot was Rainbow Row. SO GORGEOUS! Jason and I had fun picking out which house would be ours in our imaginations. IMG_5523

After that, we explored in Charleston City Market.

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There were lots of local shops and makers. We were happy to explore through the air conditioned portions of the market too! 😉 It was definitely worth the trip through. We were able to find some cool prints to take home for cheap!

Then, we wandered down King Street. This is a major shopping street, full of stores that I LOVE! We happened to come on the second Sunday of the month, and they had the whole street shut down. They had live musicians, and other vendors along the street, which made it even more interesting for us.

I currently work for URBN inc, so I am always interested to go into the different stores they have. Their Anthropologie was beautiful, but our favorite was the Urban Outfitters on King St.

IMG_6147The space used to hold a theater, and then was turned into this beautiful store!

IMG_6150I happily bought a pair of shorts to change into because I was SWEATING! This heat was something different than anything I have felt in Florida. I might have started to get a bit dehydrated too, because suddenly I didn’t feel too well.

We went to a little sandwich shop along King St. to recharge.

We definitely needed a little pick me up by this point, so we headed over to Kudu Coffee after that. IMG_9391 We liked that it was part bar, and part coffee shop. Jason enjoyed a glass of beer and I enjoyed a glass of wine after our coffees were finished. The decor was eclectic, and there was a great amount of seating outdoors. We really liked the environment. IMG_1582After this, we decided to go back to our Air Bnb to rest.

We chatted with our host, and decided to take their advice on a place for dinner. We headed out to Folly Beach, and went to this hole in the wall bar that served tacos and rice and beans. It was delicious, and had a great price tag! It was called Chico Feo. This seemed like the kind of place that locals could stay a while. The bar was outdoors, with dogs freely roaming. The service was quick and friendly. It was perfect, and gave us an excuse to see Folly Beach.

We walked across the street to the beach as the sun was setting. We dipped our feet in, and  admired the pier, and headed in for the night.

In the morning, we started our drive to the outer banks in North Carolina.

More to come,

 xoxox

Meg

Blue Birds Fly….

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When I heard the news I was in the middle of Charleston City Market, and I immediately started to tear up.

…. Why? WHY!? I wanted to scream. But we were in the middle of a crowded market. I felt overwhelmed with sadness.

Those poor people… their families… what will they do? Why did they deserve this? They didn’t.

I was speechless… I didn’t even want to finish reading the story.

The story has been marinating in my mind all day. I tried not to let it ruin my day because after all, I am on vacation and I should try to enjoy myself… But I can’t help but to continue think about it. I feel a weight in my heart that can’t be lifted.

Those people who lost their lives… they could have been some of my closest friends. I have always been close to many people of the LGBT community. I grew up only knowing that love is love, and that you should be free to love whoever you want, no matter what sex, gender, or race. I will never understand those who think otherwise. It is love. There is no need for hatred or judgment. It is just love, there is no reason to fear it.

Who are you to tell others how they should love? I could probably write about that for a long time. Acceptance of all kinds of love is the only thing that makes sense to me.

This horrible incident happened only an hour away from where I call home, which is why I think this hit me so hard. It makes my heart hurt to think that this is the kind of world we live in. Someone that lives an hour away from me had so much hate in his heart that he murdered 50 people, and hurt numerous others, simply because he didn’t accept the way these people love. This makes me sick to my stomach.

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When we got back to our Air Bnb, I had a moment to lay in bed alone. I broke down. I couldn’t help the tears from flowing out of my eyes. They were all innocent, every single one. I can’t understand the amount of hate it would take to commit such a horrible crime. I can’t even fathom how much negativity you would have to have built up in your heart to do this… how could this happen? I am lucky. I am lucky that I was not there. I am lucky that all of my friends are safe in their beds.

I still don’t really know how to feel, but I know that our community will stand together in this. When I saw how many people were waiting in line to donate blood to the victims… it gave me some hope. There are good people in this world. They do outnumber those who have hate in their heart.

This is patchy, and I am sorry, but I can’t quite collect my thoughts or my feelings. My heart is sad, and my mind is on those 50 lost innocent souls.

That’s all I have for now.