Friday, September 19, 2014

An Afternoon in St. Augustine

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Top: J. Crew | Shorts: Macy's | Shoes: TOMS | Hat: J. Crew | Bag: DSW | Sunnies: Old Navy | Necklace: J. Crew
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SHOP EXACT/SIMILAR:

We got to St. Augustine from Savannah in the late afternoon and we set out to do some quick exploring that day. Sadly, my outfit pictures are all blurry! My camera was running out of battery and the focus was way off most of the time. I didn't even know that was a thing that happens. Maybe it's just my camera.

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This was my second time in St. Augustine and I still feel like I didn't fully experience what it has to offer. I mean, the city was founded in the 1500's. There's a lot of history to take in! I would feel a little better if we had taken a tour, like we did in Savannah and Charleston. Now, people may denounce guided tours as "tourist traps," but I happen to value tour guides and their unique perspectives on their cities. Tours give you a good foundation for exploring on your own and figuring out where you'd like to spend more time. So next time I'm in St. Augustine I will definitely do that.

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I just love brick roads!!
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Especially labeled ones.
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I kept thinking of that brick collector from the Modern Marvels episode on bricks that I had coincidentally seen the week before. Love that show.

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I was very happy to go inside the oldest wooden schoolhouse in the U.S. because the first time I visited (I was 8) it was closed for renovation.

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It's so cute! Creepy dolls and all. I don't mind them.

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The structure is now tilted.
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Coquina floors.
The Dungeon | St. Augustine Old Schoolhouse
The old-timey version of time-out!
Ok, so this was the only part that was creepy. Apparently they placed bad children in here. I believe it. Life was harsh back in the day, so teaching methods were too.

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Old school bell, which you can still ring.
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There's a row of monuments dedicated to prominent Latin American figures (aka men). Here's Jose Marti, national Cuban hero (pre communist regime, obviously).
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I just loved this roof and the subtle growth on it.
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And then there's this little shop with neat little souvenirs for teachers and students. Like these little gems that I got for my teacher best friend:

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Then we walked by the Castillo de San Marcos when it was still a remarkably sunny day. Not a cloud in the sky in this direction, but behind us was a different story.

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I considered cropping this little girl out but then decided that I liked her outfit, so she stays.

It got cloudy fast and my camera's battery was about to die, so this happened:

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Very unfortunate. Would have made great shots.
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And there's also this one via Instagram:
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And that's it for the first afternoon in St. Augustine.
Thanks for coming down far enough to read me thanking you for reading!

:)

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Casual Dining on the Charleston Harbor

On our last night in Charleston we ate at a local seafood place called Fleet Landing. It was close to our hotel and had great views of the Mount Pleasant Pier.

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Top: J. Crew | Skirt: Nordstrom Rack | Shoes: TJ Maxx | Bag: DSW | Necklace: The Limited
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I was pleasantly surprised by my outfit that night, since it hadn't occurred to me to combine this anchor top and striped skirt until then. Which sounds like a no-brainer, it being anchors and stripes we're talking about! I like how the brown in the skirt toned down the nautical vibe compared to this combination. To me, this simple outfit has a traveler feel to it.

SHOP EXACT/SIMILAR:
View of Mount Pleasant Pier from Fleet Landing Restaurant
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Now, you may wonder who would order a burger at a seafood place. Me! Fun fact: I don't like seafood. If it comes from the sea, I don't eat it. I swear, this Buzzfeed article was written for me.

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Mount Pleasant Pier

So that was my last post from Charleston! Next up, St. Augustine.

Overall, Charleston was a lovely place to visit. There was a photograph waiting to be taken at every corner. What can I say, I was a sucker for that old Charlestonian charm!

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Charleston Sights

I was so into these bench swings on the Mount Pleasant Pier in Charleston that it didn't even occur to me to stand up for a better view of the outfit. Haha.

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Top: Anthropologie | Skirt: Shabby Apple | Shoes: Rock and Candy via TJ Maxx (here) | Backpack: DSW | Sunnies: Old Navy | Necklace: J. Crew | Bracelets: Benevolent Jewels (sailor), Lucky Brand, vintage (chain)
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SHOP SIMILAR:

Although there's a sign asking visitors to please limit their swinging time to 20 minutes, I'm pretty sure everyone I saw there that day had been there for much longer. It's so nice and breezy, and the views are lovely.

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And here are some of my favorite shots from our carriage tour (a must in Charleston) with the Carolina Polo and Carriage Co.

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Is it just me or do lawyers occupy the most charming, old buildings in small southern cities?
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Charleston Mansion
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One of the few Victorian houses in Charleston
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Look at all that green!
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Beautiful Balconies
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This home was a man's wedding gift to his bride.
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Adorable summer window boxes
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Phew! That was a lot of pictures. I sure hope they're loading ok for everyone.
Next up: Last ootd in Charleston and then some St. Augustine stuff. And that'll be it for the road trip pictures.