Monday, 10 June 2019

3 Places To Visit Outside of Downtown Charleston

3 Places To Visit Outside of Downtown Charleston
Charleston is like nowhere I've ever visited - It's charming and cultured yet up to date and fun. I mean it when I say it has something for everyone and though the peninsula has so much going on, there's so many great places further afield that you don't want to miss - Here are my top three. 


I can hands down say that two of my favourite days in Charleston were spent on Shem Creek. It's full of bars, restaurants, fishing boats and boardwalks and is only a 10 minute drive from Downtown. If you're there in the summer you can see dolphins swimming in the creek but, lucky for us, they made an appearance in December too. As I mentioned in my Charleston guide, Saltwater Cowboys is a phenomenal place to grab fish tacos and sit out on the deck all afternoon with cocktails. If brunch is more your thing, you'll find it almost anywhere in Charleston but Pages Okra Grill is so great and serves up delicious fried green tomatoes - The wait for tables at Pages is no joke so make sure you get there early. Tavern & Table also comes highly recommended by locals and Shem Creek Inn is first on my list of hotels if I ever head back to the city. 


I've spoken about Folly Beach since the moment my feet first touched the sand. It's a stunning beach town less than 20 minutes from Downtown and is home to incredible seafood restaurants, lively beach bars and lets not forget, the beach. I loved Folly Beach not only for the surfer vibes and endless beach houses but for how genuine it was - Not once did it feel like the shops and restaurants were a facade because we spoke to so many locals who agreed that the little town by the beach was simply amazing. Snapper Jacks got my vote for delicious calamari but Ritas also comes highly recommended along with, well, basically everywhere in town. 


Technically two towns but it's well worth a visit to both because they're so close together. In my experience they were two of the quieter suburbs areas but both equally lovely with long stretches of beach and great places to eat and drink. In Sullivan's Island, Mex 1 has a second cantina serving up delicious margaritas with live music a few nights a week. Poe's Tavern was filled with people soaking up the sun and The Obstinate Daughter was somewhere we wish we'd had more time to visit. Neighboring town Isle Of Palms is the perfect vacation spot with beachfront parks, picnic areas and the sweetest holiday village. As well as Charleston being known for The Notebook, if you're a fan of Dear John, Isle Of Palms served as the backdrop for a lot of the film. 

I love remembering some of the amazing places I visited whilst in Charleston. Exploring further afield is something I always try to do and if you're feeling adventurous, you should too. Have you ever visited these places?

3 Places To Visit Outside Of Downtown Charleston


Tuesday, 4 June 2019

Wedding Chat: Are We Changing Our Names?

Wedding Chat Are We Changing Our Names? ItsHollieAnn
Changing my name wasn't something I'd never given much thought to. I assumed you got engaged, started planning a wedding and decided on what you wanted your new name to be between the two of you, in your engagement bubble

Whilst that was certainly the path my fiancee and I took, it would seem there's a lot of discussion surrounding the topic of name changes with everyone giving their two cents on what's right and wrong. 

What I've come to learn, according to the internet, is that women choosing to take their partners name must then certainly be anti-feminist and must agree to be their partners possession for as long as they both shall live. Equally, or not as the case may be, women choosing not to take their partners name signifies that they aren't actually committed to the marriage and that said partner should reconsider their motives. Double-barreling is most certainly a cop out only to be used by those of the same sex or those who can't agree. Choosing a new name entirely is 'Ridiculous'. 

And this is why you don't believe everything the internet tells you.

Having the freedom to choose your own names is huge.Taking your partners name is not a crime and absolutely does not make you anti-feminist. Wishing to keep a name that you feel is part of your identity doesn't make you any less committed to your new spouse. It goes without saying that double-barreling isn't 'Just taking the easy option' and choosing a new name entirely is completely, and I mean completely, up to you. 

Of course, like anything, everyone's beliefs are different but between my fiancee and I, we didn't wish to keep our own names. This meant, if I had wanted to take hers or vise versa, one of us would have had to. And there you have it, we're double-barreling our names.

My fiancee and I knew what our new names would be as soon as we got engaged. We'd always jokingly referred to our house as 'The *-* Residence' and our cats have been registered under our married names unintentionally since long before marriage was even on the table. 

I debated whether to address this on my blog but the more I searched the internet and spoke to friends, the more I realised there were so many misconceptions and assumptions that came with the topic of changing or not changing your name after marriage. 

I can't believe that in 2019 this is still something people are throwing shade on. As I mentioned, having the freedom to choose your own name is huge. Take advantage and be whoever you and your new spouse want to be.

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