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Tuesday, February 21, 2017

South Carolina Wardrobe

Liberty print shirts, old J Crew.
Kiel James Patrick boat shoes in daffodil yellow.
 I've been very distracted by an impulsive trip we're taking to Italy at the end of April, but in the meantime I'm also packing up to escape the winter weather and seek the sun... a little March trip to South Carolina is just the thing.
As you will know if you are a long-time reader of my blog I have an American father who lives in Georgia.  The Bobster is turning 70 this year so my baby brother and I had a little idea: how about a March beach vacation with Dad?
We decided on South Carolina so we can see the ocean and visit Charleston and Savannah from our home base.
I'm so happy I ordered these daffodil yellow boat shoe from Kiel James Patrick last year, my gosh they are comfy and well-made.  This is a casual holiday so I won't be bringing any high heels, I'm thinking about lots of beach walks, sight-seeing walks, market-shopping walks... you get the idea, there will be walking.
Kiel James Patrick boat shoes, made in Maine.
Kiel James Patrick leather phone case with monogram.
Tory Burch bag.
Le Sireneuse caftan pool cover-up.
 We've rented a house with a pool, and as we are starved for warm weather and sunshine a major item for this packing up is not just a stripey navy swimsuit but a really good cover-up I won't mind wearing for half the day: a Le Sireneuse caftan type cover.
Swimsuit cover by Le Sireneuse, stripey bathing suit from J Crew.
 I think I'm going a little overboard on the stripe theme here!
Striped skirt, shell and cardigan, all J Crew.
 I'm really addicted to all of the pieces I've ever purchased from Saint James, their Breton tops are the best.  They are classic, sturdy, perfect:
Breton tops, bringing three.
 I have this jacket which I think of as my Bill Cunningham-inspired jacket.  I really love the blue colour and workwear vibe (even if it has a pyjama-style piping).  I'm on a search for navy pants or the dreaded denim pants to wear as a basic... it's not going well.
My Bill Cunningham-inspired jacket (old JCrew) with simple tee shirts.
Must find some navy pants or the dreaded jeans to wear with this outfit.
I typically start planning a travel wardrobe with the coat I'll wear on the trip.
In this case I'm wearing a JCrew tweed coat from 2005.
It's really stunning with leather buttons and tie silk lining.
An old JCrew cashmere argyle sweater will be a warm layer for leaving Canada.
 I'm thinking of bringing a bright plaid dress but I'm not sure, somehow it doesn't seem right.  I'd like to bring one special frock, and I have my eye on a vintage Liberty silk dress in cheerful yellows and blues.  I shall keep you apprised.

I'll definitely be bringing a Hermes scarf in a bright, summery pattern along with this old J Crew cashmere short-sleeved sweater. The blues are making me think of the ocean:

One of my best friends lives in Charleston and she told me today they've had one of the warmest winters she can remember.  Music to my ears!  We'll be visiting her and other spots throughout beautiful South Carolina.
Have you been to South Carolina, or do you have plans to go? Any travel tips?
Be Good Tooties,
xoxDani

29 comments:

  1. South Carolina sounds the perfect place for an escape from Winter ice and snow, and yellow shoes are absolutely the way to go. They are gorgeous, and go so well with the liberty prints. Hope you choose the silk liberty dress, which sounds divine.

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    1. Patricia you're so right I can't wait to get away from the ice and snow, though it has been unusually warm here the last few days. I'm sure that won't last though.
      I love the idea of buying vintage but I almost never do. fit can be tricky and the item has to be in great condition or I just won't wear it, and it needs to be able to be washed properly or dry-cleaned. I did find a vintage Liberty silk dress on eBay though, fingers crossed it's as good as it looks. I'll blog about it when it arrives!
      Thank you Patricia xx

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  2. Oh you are so lucky!! I love South Carolina!! We went there last fall and it was lovely. (Savannah is wonderful too). Are you going to Myrtle Beach or Hilton Head? Both are fantastic and the beaches are the best (white sand beaches). The food is amazing -- in Charleston we have dined at: Poogan's Porch, FIG, Jestine's (multiple times)...so many great restaurants to try, and in Savannah we have dined at The Olde Pink House (you definitely need a reservation there). Are you visiting any plantations? There are so many things to do! Make sure you post photos to Instagram!!

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    1. Lacey it sounds like you had a wonderful trip with lots of good food, how perfect! I will make notes of all of your recommendations. We'll be letting my Dad dictate the agenda, I'm not sure about plantations but he is a civil war buff and I think he wants to go to Fort Sumter. My father-in-law is also coming with us and those two will want to get to a golf course as well.
      My nephew who is nearly 3 will be there, the star of the show! I think he is close in age to your son? I will be sure to post on instagram. Thanks Lacey xx

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  3. Lucky you! Love Charleston. My restaurant suggestion is The Grocery. We just got back from a cruise to the Caribbean. Slept, ate, a bit of exercise, ate, drank, read, slept, ate, drank, slept. It was perfect!

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    1. BB sounds like a perfect relaxing hols, I could go for that right now! The Grocery, okay duly noted. Thanks BB xx

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  4. Hi Dani, as ever this travel wardrobe post is a delight to read. Your trip sounds great - walking along the beach will be a treat after this winter. I hope that on your return you share some photos of the wonderful houses in that area, they always look so marvellous.

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    1. Patricia I'm definitely tired of navigating icy sidewalks while Scout nearly pulls me to my death! We're staying in Hilton Head which has lots of large beach houses it seems but I'm really looking forward to looking around the old part of Charleston where my friend lives. She wants to take us on a walking tour and I won't say no to that. Thanks Patricia xx

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  5. The trip sounds FAB! I've always wanted to visit this area and am looking forward to hearing more about it! Notice you aren't taking any new J. Crew pieces......I haven't been too thrilled with their pieces lately, and their recent runway collection looked quite dismal to my eye.

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    1. Vava it's true I haven't been buying anything form JCrew. Most of the items I'm bringing are quite old JC, including that argyle cashmere sweater, it's 10 years old, but great quality cashmere. They really did make wonderful cashmere at one time, now if I was buying any I would only buy Brora, quality has declined so much at JC.
      Yes I agree I can't relate to the latest runway collection either.
      Thank you Vava I'll take lots of pictures! xx

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  6. LOVED CHARLESTON!I was ready to MOVE!I'm surprised it will be warm enough to swim...........???NOW in SAVANNAH,there is a round about with a statue of MY GREAT GREAT GREAT GREAT GRANDFATHER!GENERAL NATHANAEL GREENE he rode with GEORGE WASHINGTON.IF you could snap a photo of THAT for me I would be SO GRATEFUL!
    HAVE A WONDERFUL TRIP..............AND the end of APRIL will be here in a HEART BEAT!

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    1. Contessa that's what happened to my friend! She lives down the street from me in the summer and moves to her Charleston house in October every year. She loves it there. Wow that's amazing, I am on task, I shall look for General Greene!
      I'm hoping we can swim in the heated pool at our rental house, we had to pay extra for the heat which surprised me but energy costs being what they are these days it shouldn't be a shock. So I'm determined to swim in it at least. ;) Thank you Contessa xx

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  7. Such a happy, practical travel wardrobe! You have the knack for making even the most casual outfits look polished. I have never been to South Carolina, but shall enjoy it vicariously through you! I am off to Florida in early April and have no idea what to pack for that...quite informal and colorful? I've never been...but can't wait to spy those 'gators! Looking forward to seeing that dress! My mother was English and instilled a great love in me of Liberty!

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    1. Rebecca it's a first for me, so excited! Oh you will love Florida. At one time we went every year, my in-laws had a house there but that has been sold, I miss it very much. Bring lots of colourful casual clothes and cardigans too for the restaurants in Florida which are always freezing!
      Liberty is a great company and I will share that dress, it has a matching jacket which of course I find thrilling as I love matchy-matchy. Thank you Rebecca xx

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    2. Thanks so much for the tip, Dani..I didn't give air conditioning a thought! Will pack the trusty Brora cardigans! Matchy-matchy is so fun!

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    3. You're welcome Rebecca, yes your Brora cardigans will do the trick nicely. xx

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  8. I am obsessed with Charleston. Blue crab gravy and grits. Plus it is so unique. My aim is to do a spring or an autumn there and just scour antique fairs and come last in pie baking competitions. All I remember is that I went in summer and my husband nearly fainted from the heat! x

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    1. Naomi my friend comes back to Canada in the summer apparently the heat is dreadful! Great idea to go for a spring or autumn and I like your pie-baking plan too, who knows you might place better than last! ;)
      Oh gosh I bet the antique fairs are so tempting. Thanks Naomi xx

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  9. You are making me yearn for a warm beach holiday with your color palette. So glad you'll be able to celebrate with your father on his big day.

    Please do visit Nathaniel Russell House while in Charleston, a dream of mine. I shall get there one day to be certain but in the meantime would enjoy viewing photos of the interior if you do visit.

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    1. CD I am making note of this house and if you recommend it then it must be extraordinary! Yes we're really looking forward to my Dad's birthday and just having the time with him, he is a wonderful father and grandfather and we miss him, living so far away.
      I am so looking forward to walking on a beach, it certainly seems foreign to me just now! Thanks CD xx

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  10. More wonderful choices! Love those shoes. I've not been to the Carolinas. It's on my list. It sounds wonderful. What a terrific place to celebrate! xoxo

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    1. Jen if anyone should go it's you! I'll check it all out for you and report back. ;) xx

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  11. Welcome to South Carolina! It sounds like you'll be mostly on the coast, but Greenville and the western Carolina mountains are also a beautiful spot. Charleston is wonderful, but don't overlook Beaufort and Georgetown for elegant small towns that are much less tourist-y. Make sure you see at least one sunrise over the marsh. South Carolina has some truly great state parks, if you want to get off the beaten path. You are very smart to plan for walking--plan on gravel, pavement, cobblestones, and brick streets in Charleston. There are so many good restaurants--Husk, of course, but Cru Cafe is the perfect lunch spot as is Poe's Tavern on Sullivan's Island. Highly recommend the Gibbes Museum, the Nathaniel Russell House, and Drayton Hall. Enjoy your stay and be sure to savor some shrimp and grits! xo

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    1. T&C House, so excited about the shrimp. We really can't get any decent shrimp here. Thank you so much for all of your recommendations, I'm putting them all in my book. So nice to have these tips from someone in the know! The USA does state parks so well, and good to know that SC's are good ones. Thank you XX

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  12. Sounds like a really fun trip. Your outfits look so cute. I've never been to S. Carolina but have always wanted to visit. I read a series of books a few years ago based that and they made it sound beautiful and shadowy. I am wondering about the political climate there as everywhere these days seems so riled up. We're planning a trip to Vancouver and Victoria in June. I joke that we're house hunting....1/2 joking. We've never been and cannot wait!!

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  13. Sounds like fun and your wardrobe would also be good for Italy. Love those shoes! I'm in London and just bought the most gorgeous hand smocked Liberty dress for my granddaughter. Love their prints so much.

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  14. I.want.those.boat.shoes. Yes, JCrew just gets sadder and odder... when I first became aware of the decline I took it personally and was angry at the whole group there - how dare they think I wanted leather shorts when I needed a dark suit ? I was so used to relying on them.... now I still buy a few things, stockpile a lot from "olden times"...

    We've tried to go to charleston a few times, something always gets in the way. Have fun!

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    1. My bug with them is the weird stuff like the leather shorts, then they also go and change the staples. I have an old, worn out Jackie cardigan, but haven't dared replace it as the reviews are so consistently bad, e.g. " bring back the old one, this one is thin and saggy and the sleeves are now full length and the buttons break" etc.

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  15. I'd love to go to the South of the US... but fear it's a long way off on my horizon.
    Love all the clothes planning and plotting, and those yellow shoes look like such good quality! So nice to find something made somewhere other than China too.
    Here we have a week of 37C all week, so I'm in Summer dress mode. Officially Autumn starts on Wednesday in Australia, and our shop windows have wool coats and sweaters in them. Ridiculous! Our weather is always hot in March, and doesn't cool down properly until late April/ early May. I hope you enjoy your little break from the cold weather, but you've had a mild winter yourselves haven't you (relatively speaking of course!) xx

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