June 24, 2016 § Leave a comment
So many good things about summer, but mostly peach season. Last Saturday morning, I took Danny to the Peach Stand— which is exactly what it sounds like, a stand that sells locally grown peaches and produce in the heart of Fort Mill (aka my hometown). It was so fun to show him a little piece of where I grew up. Hope your weekend is sweet and sunny!
I may or may not have eaten two peaches while typing this.
December 30, 2015 § Leave a comment
I thought I liked NYC in the summer, but I really liked NYC in December. Christmas trees in the windows, lights galore, and window displays were A++. However, holidays aren’t holidays without family. I’ve been in the Carolinas for a couple weeks and for the first year EVER didn’t travel to Minneapolis to visit my cousins, aunts, and uncles. No snow this Christmas- just mid 70’s and rainy. Bizarre, yes, but still beautifully lazy and fun. Hope everything for everyone was merry and bright.
May 25, 2015 § Leave a comment
Charleston is pretty in May. Very, very pretty. One weekend of the month, students graduate and campus is the backdrop of photo-ops. There are celebrations. White suite-jackets and diplomas. And, in the ceremony I walked in, one student’s protruding selfie stick. So yes, last weekend I stood in the Cistern in a white dress with flowers like the tons of other students in the College of Charleston’s commencement ceremony. Class of 2015. I finished my degree ten months ago, but chose to wait until the Spring ceremony to walk. A choice I do not regret. The best choice of all? Choosing that institution in the South… I owe it.It changed my goals and my voice. And you can’t feel anything but good things for a place that does that. I’ll love it for life.
To all the graduates this year, CELEBRATE. Then take it slow. Play it back. Cherish it. What my morning that day looked like? Acres of farmland. My mama cooking omelettes. Sharing coffee with my grandma & aunt. Then champagne! Listening to my brother’s and sister-in-law laughing. Arranging a bouquet of flowers. Playing badminton with the person I love. Getting fancy. Driving downtown. Doin’ it big.
May 20, 2015 § Leave a comment
Spring has been good to me. I was fortunate to spend a week in Charleston, SC to celebrate my graduation from The College. Some vacations don’t feel like vacations. There’s stress. Or arguments. Or failed expectations. And poor weather. This was not the case. This felt like a vacation in every sense. Sunshine. Lots of hugging. Champagne. More hugging. All those emotions I’m known for (I get it from my mama, who teared up no less than five separate times). And well, you can’t beat the low country. Truly.
My family stayed in a farmhouse (no chickens or cows, just land) on John’s Island which was the best decision we’ve made maybe ever. Kiawah Island wasn’t far, Angel Oak was even closer, and downtown Chs. was about half an hour drive. There was space, so much space. Rocking chairs on the porches. Birds by the water. A dirt road. That.
For those considering visiting this city in the South. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. Just. Freaking. DO. IT.
I have posted a lot of Charleston recommendations throughout my blog’s two years of life, so excuse the repeats… but here are my ultimate Liz Recommends:
Fish and Oysters from Leon’s, juice from The Daily (their green lemonade + jalapeño is my jam), brunch at St. Alban’s, cocktails at The Belmont, beer at Closed for Business. Sandwiches at Queen Street Grocery. More coffee at Black Tap (which officially roasts their own beans now!). Dinner at Chez Nous or if you are made of more money than I am, The Ordinary. If you’re made of no money, dinner at D’Allz or Santis. Shop at Blue Bicycle and Candlefish. Or get your hair cut and admire my best friend’s paintings at The Beacon on Spring, which just opened and is the coolest. Walk around. Find gardens. Enjoy it.
March 22, 2015 § Leave a comment
I don’t do hats, but this weekend I purchased one at The Depot— which is actual proof that people change. More importantly, seasons do. Spring is technically happening. Flowers are blooming. SPF 60+ is in my handbag where it will stay until September. If you’re still waiting for the warmth (Hi New Yorkers)… know that it’s coming.