Myth #1 about Charleston: It is a tropical paradise.
Okay, maybe that’s not an actual myth. But to an Upstate NY girl who has only lived in the Northeast her entire life, I pretty much figured I’d be living in Key West-type weather all year when I moved to Charleston two years ago. Needless to say I was wrong, but have still LOVED the chance to live in a warmer climate while being able to enjoy the seasons.
Despite the damp, dreary day yesterday, I had a great time shooting in downtown Charleston by the waterfront. What was more exciting was meeting with Julie Hammond for the first time, a very talented and aspiring local photographer who agreed to collaborate on the blog!
It had been several months since I’d last blogged; mainly because I didn’t like the idea of asking friends to take my pictures. The truth (and I know I’m preaching to the choir), is that having a legitimate blog is a lot more work than I anticipated. I didn’t quite realize the amount of time that goes into taking decent pictures, writing, and creating a worthwhile product. One aspect that seemed particularly difficult to me was developing a strategy for photo shoots, as I felt self-conscious and annoying asking friends to be behind the camera. I decided I’d feel more comfortable collaborating with a photographer and having the chance to help each other grow and develop our platforms. One evening while out to dinner, a good friend of mine mentioned that her co-worker was a photographer, and recommended we connect. And voilà- Julie and I were introduced!
I’ve recently been inspired by Carly Heitlinger’s blog, Carly the Prepster. I identify with Carly’s style because it is classy yet simple. Out of all of the bloggers I follow, Carly’s style is probably the closest to what I’d realistically emulate on a day-to-day basis. She loves navy, stripes, and basic pieces with a fun twist, similar to the outfit I wore for this shoot. Somewhat surprisingly, I’ve gotten a lot of use out of the basic red-and-white striped t-shirt this spring. I originally purchased it at the Skinny Dip Charleston (featured in a previous post!) to wear to Gasparilla, an annual pirate festival in Tampa, FL. I initially bought the shirt because I thought it looked kind of pirate-y, but had no idea how much I’d enjoy wearing it on a regular basis! Furthermore, I am LOVING this white scalloped tote from Draper James. Its scalloped edges and bright blue interior are such fun details, and I love its size and overall quality. Finally, for anyone wondering- I’ve been wearing this navy blue sweater from Lilly Pulitzer RELIGIOUSLY for the past two years. It might be the most versatile piece I own- I’ve worn it out to nice dinners, I’ve worn it to bed, and probably to everything in between. It continues to be a timeless item and worth every penny I paid for it.
Photography: Julie Hammond