After our morning of shopping and a fantastic lunch at Husk, we were fully refreshed and recharged and ready for our walking tour around Historic Charleston.
Historic Walking Tour
Normally on our girls trips, we like to really get to know the city. One of the ways that we feel like we do that is by walking around and exploring the city, the other way is by taking a tour because you can learn some really valuable information from a knowledgeable tour guide. So obviously, the best of both worlds is a walking tour.
When we were doing our research for our trip, Stacy stumbled across the Highlights of Charleston with Oyster Point Historical Walking Tours. Not only would we get to know the historical part of Charleston, but we’d also get to walk down to the Harbor and see the famous Rainbow Row. The tour was only $20 which also made it very affordable too.
Our tour guide was fantastic, and we really learned so much about Charleston during the tour. I really had no idea that Charleston is one of the oldest cities in the United States, I mean obviously I knew that it was part of the 13 original colonies, but I didn’t know that it was founded in 1670. I also didn’t know that Charleston was actually founded by a company, and not by people that came over for religious freedom like the pilgrims. I actually makes a lot of sense, considering that Charleston is a huge harbor (I can’t remember if our tour guide said that it was even bigger than New Orleans).
One of the things that I thought that the tour guide did a great job of was talking about slavery and its effects in Charleston. Because Charleston was a major port, slavery was one of the principal imports in Charleston, and families were routinely ripped apart at the slave auctions. The tour guide also did a great job of explaining what it was like for slaves in the rice plantations, which was a major crop in the low country, where Charleston is located. The slaves were forced to work in the most horrible conditions (working in water of the rice plantations, getting bit by mosquitos carrying terrible diseases, and just all around toughness) where they would most likely die at a very early age because of the extreme conditions they were forced to work in. It’s not the normal idea that we have in our heads of slaves picking cotton in the South.
After we explored the historic parts of Charleston, we made our way towards the Harbor, but not before taking a stop at Rainbow Row. If you can believe it, Rainbow Row was created because one woman decided to paint her house pink, and now it’s one of the most recognizable places in South Carolina!
As we made our way along the Harbor, our tour guide pointed out some of the more famous houses along the way, but all I could do was just imagine living in a house as beautiful as some of those and waking up to the beautiful harbor every day!
Historic Charleston City Market
After our tour ended, we had some time to kill before dinner, so we decided that we needed to do some more shopping, and the Historic Charleston City Market was just the perfect place for us to explore! While King Street is known for some amazing shops and boutiques, the Charleston City Market is known for more local and handmade gifts and souvenirs. Unfortunately, some of the shops were starting to close up when we got there, but we still managed to find some adorable magnets with Rainbow Row on them, of course!
We still had a while before dinner, so we decided that it was time for some ice cream! There was a Ben & Jerry’s close and we all grabbed a cone for a snack. Since it was starting to warm up the ice cream was melting pretty fast, and I was eating the ice cream in the most unladylike of fashions when all of a sudden a guy with a camera literally walked up to me and flashed his camera in my face and took some pictures. I’m pretty sure that I had my mouth wide open and might have had a chocolate mustache, which made for a very unattractive picture. We were all so shocked that we didn’t have a chance to say anything to the guy! It was definitely the craziest thing to happen to us during the trip!
Is somebody having a case of the Mondays? I know that I am, considering the fact that it’s almost Memorial Day Weekend, and I’ll be heading out on our next weekend trip. But before we get into that, I thought that I’d recap our weekend with the beautiful Biana!
It’s becoming quite typical that are Friday nights aren’t too terrible exciting. We stayed at home Friday night and just spent time getting caught up on our DVR and eating some of our leftover zucchini lasagna for dinner. I know we’re really wild and crazy!
Other than an appointment with my hair stylist, we really didn’t have any big plans for Saturday either. We woke bright and early Saturday morning and went to a body pump class at Chris’ gym. This was my first time at a body pump class, and boy did it kick my butt! My legs were like jelly before we were done with the work out, and I know that as each day goes on, I’m going to be even more sore than the last!
After body pump, Chris and I came home and took Dart on a walk before I had to head out to my hair appointment. I’d been thinking for a while about doing something completely different with my hair, but didn’t know what. Last time I got my hair cut, my stylist had suggest doing bolyage, so I decided that was exactly what I needed to change up my hair. So Saturday afternoon, I went from a brunette to a blonde with some bolyage highlights, and I absolutely love it! It’s so different, but it’s really fun being a blonde for a change!
When I got back home, I quickly put on some makeup and then Chris and I had a date night at one of our favorite restaurants in Houston, Provisions. We shared a cheese tray, the ham of the day, shishito peppers, the duck confit pizza, and the squash came for dessert. Everything was so good, and I’m already thinking about the next time we’ll be headed back!
Again, Sunday we didn’t have an real plans until the afternoon, so we woke up at a decent time and took Dart on a walk before heading out for lunch. The main event on Sunday was the Saint Arnold Pup Crawl at the Houston Arboretum.
The Pup Crawl was supposed to be last weekend, but because the weather was so terrible they rescheduled for this weekend. We had such a blast not only visiting with other Saint Arnold lovers, but fellow dog lovers as well. And of course, Dart was loving on every human and dog that he saw, especially this little boy that would walk up and Dart would lick all over! It was so cute!
After the Pup Crawl, Chris and I headed home and relaxed for the rest of the night with some Game of Thrones and some Chipotle for dinner. It wasn’t too exciting, but the perfect way to end the weekend!
It’s Friday, it’s Friday, gotta get down on Friday! Just kidding y’all, but not really! I’m super excited that it’s Friday and that it’s the weekend! This week has been kind of gross because of all the rain we’ve been getting, but it looks like the weekend will be nice, and I can’t wait! This week wasn’t too eventful, but here are my highlights from the week!
Zucchini Lasagna- We’re still working hard on the healthy train, even though it’s really difficult now with summer officially being here and all I want is a fruity cocktail and some chips and salsa! For dinner this week, Chris made an awesome zucchini lasagna with some of the Italian venison sausage from last year, and it was amazing! Chris is an awesome cook and that lasagna was definitely a labor of love! I’m super spoiled I know!
Tieks- It’s crazy to believe that Europe is less than six months away, and with the trip drawing nearer, packing for our trip is definitely on my mind. My goal is to pack for Europe in a carry on (Kristen has a great post on what to pack), and after searching on Pinterest and doing research, I kept on stumbling across the brand Tieks. Tieks are handmade flats that are supposed to be so comfortable that you could walk miles and miles in them. Plus, you can fold them so they’re easy to store! Needless to say I had to buy them, and I was so excited when they arrived yesterday! I do believe that they’ll be making an appearance in Portland so I can start breaking them in!
Pineapples- I know that this is super surprising to y’all, but I think that I might be a little obsessed with pineapples… We’ve been drinking pineapple margaritas nonstop lately (out of my pineapple cup, of course!), and I seriously want to buy everything that’s pineapple related. When Kerri posted about her Soludos with lemons on them, I pretty much freaked out when I saw that there were some with pineapples on them! I’m hoping that they’ll be on my doorstep when I get home!
Dart- So last week I posted about how Dart was pet of the month at his doggie daycare for the month of May, but since Chris was out of town last week we didn’t get a chance to see his bio and pictures at daycare because Dart didn’t go. This week he went on both Tuesday and Thursday, and we finally got to see his bio proudly displayed at the front desk! Part of Dart’s reward for being pet of the month was the fact that he also got to pick out $25 worth of stuff from the shop. It was so much fun to walk around with him and watch him smell and pick out all of his treats!
Charleston- Slowly but surely, I’m finally getting recaps done for a lot of our past trips, and this week officially started all of my Charleston recaps! I had the best time on my trip, and I can’t wait to finish sharing it with y’all! One of these days I’ll actually get caught up on all my trip posts!
We have a pretty awesome weekend coming up, and I’m very much looking forward to it, including the Pup Crawl that was postponed to this Sunday! Make sure to follow along on Snapchat (@ashleylillis), and I hope y’all have a great weekend! I’m linking up withThe Farmer’s Wife for the Oh Hey, Friday linkup!
In March, my girlfriends and I went on a weekend getaway to Charleston! In the past, we’ve always tried to go on a trip together once a year because we all lived so far away. This year when we were trying to decide on a place to visit, Charleston just kept on popping up because of it’s location (it was close to our friend that lived in Atlanta), how cute of a town it was, and the amount of history that was there. So Charleston it was!
Friday night was purely a night of travel and catching up for us! Even though Stacy and my flight from Houston was delayed for a few hours, it just meant that we had some more time to catch up, after all she does live in Italy now! We got to fill up on Mexican food, have a few margaritas, and plan some more of our trip to Europe!
Once we finally landed in Charleston, we grabbed an Uber and headed to our hotel. Even though our friend Berit had her car this weekend, our main mode of transportation throughout the weekend was Uber and walking. Not only is Charleston a small town but there’s plenty of Uber’s available to rent, which means that getting around Charleston is relatively inexpensive with Uber.
Anyways, even though it was well past midnight when we arrived at our hotel, it was one big reunion Friday night! We stayed up even later just getting all caught up and trying to figure out what had happened in the last six months since we had seen each other! We might have been exhausted waking up the next morning, but it was just awesome to catch up with each other!
After our long night of catching up, it was kind of rough waking up the next morning, but the good news was that our big plans for the morning were pretty much just shopping until we dropped. In Charleston, the number one place to go shopping is King Street, and that was where we were headed!
Our Uber dropped us off at Marion Square, which is the start of King Street. The week we had chosen to visit was actually Charleston Fashion Week, so we wandered around Marion Square and looked at all of the Fashion Week Happenings before making our way down King Street.
King Street was a great mix of shops, there were some well known shops like Kate Spade, Sephora, and Lily Pulitzer, and some not well known shops like Moon & Lola. Even though it was fun to shop at the stores that we loved so much, I think that Moon & Lola was the store that we ended up spending the most of amount of time, and probably money in (at least for me).
Not only did Moon & Lola have some super cute jewelry like the pineapple earrings that I bought, but they also had some adorable accessories for your home as well. And the best part was that I ended up getting a discount on my purchase because my birthday was the following week!
As all of you ladies know, you can work up quite an appetite from a lot of shopping, so by the time noon rolled around, we were pretty much starving. Luckily for us, we stumbled upon one of the most well known restaurants in the Charleston area, Husk. Like most of Charleston, Husk is just down right adorable. The restaurant is in this cute older house with an amazing patio and porch that just screamed girl time!
Since Husk is such a well known restaurants, we had tried to make reservations for dinner, but they were pretty much all booked by the time that we tried. Obviously, there was a wait for lunch, but we knew that it was too good of an opportunity to pass up, so we walked around King Street some more while we waited for a table.
After only a 45 minute wait, we got an amazing table on the balcony of Husk, which means that we had great views of the street below. Plus, since it was only March, the weather was perfect to be outside! We all decided that since it was girls trip that we deserved a glass of wine, and for lunch I opted for the Husk burger.
To say that all of the food was delicious would be an understatement, but I think that the ambiance of Husk was what really put it over the edge. Also, since we ate lunch instead of dinner, the price was significantly less, but the quality was still amazing. I definitely recommend a stop at Husk when you’re in Charleston!
Happy Tuesday everybody! Last year Macy at To Travel and Beyond decided to host a link up for a 101 in 1001 list. I had never really thought about making one, but thought that it would be fun to throw one together to see how I would do. I have to admit, I’m pretty proud of myself for the things that I’ve been able to accomplish in just 6 months! Check out below to see how I’ve done over the past three months, and see my first check in here!
2. Visit 10 cities that I’ve never been to before. (1/10) Our first two weekend trips this year were to cities that we’d already visited, but in March for girls trip I had the chance to visit Charleston, which I’d never visited before. I just finished recapping our trip to Los Angeles, which means that recaps of Charleston are coming soon! 8. Visit the Texas wine country. Our weekend trip in April was to the cute town of Fredericksburg right in the heart of the Texas wine country with our friends Sarah and Clayton! I’ll be recapping our trip soon, but you can check out our weekend of wine tasting by the numbers in this post! 17. Go on three girl’s trips. (1/3) Like I said previously, I went on a girls trip with some of my best friends earlier this year, and we had the chance to visit probably one of the girly-iest cities in the United States, Charleston! I’ve just started recapping our trip, and I can’t wait to tell y’all all about it! 20. Go on a trip once a month for a year. (5/12) In April I had a real struggle with myself about what actually constituted a “trip”. Is a trip somewhere that you have to fly on a plane in order to get there? Is a trip somewhere that is out of the state or even out of the country? After thinking about it for a while, I think that I’ve come up with the fact that a trip is somewhere that’s out of the norm for you. If you decide to visit family in Canada, whom you never visit, that would be out of the norm for you, while maybe visiting family members that live only a few hours away that you visit all the time would be considered more normal. So even though we didn’t actually fly anywhere in April, I’m considering our trip to Fredericksburg a weekend getaway, which means that I’m still going strong
27. Find 3 of the Houston murals. Done and done! I had my second blate with Kathleen from Places I Will Go in March and we visited four Houston murals, and even did a fun photo shoot for our birthdays! Then when we found out that another mural had just opened up, we had another blate to visit that one as well! I’m already trying to figure out when I can go back and take some more pictures in front of those beautiful walls! 28. Try 5 new restaurants. After this past weekend, this category is officially finished! During the first check in, I talked about our Valentine’s Dinner at Underbelly, which was our first new restaurant in Houston. Over the past few months, we’ve managed to try our an additional four new restaurants! We trip planned with our friends at North in the Galleria area, we tried some amazing and authentic sushi at MF Sushi in the Museum District, we celebrated my dad’s retirement at Southern Goods in the Heights, and Kathleen and I had a fabulous brunch at Liberty Kitchen in the Heights! Even though this category is done for me, I’m sure that I’ll still be wanting to try as many restaurants as possible in Houston! 29. Attend an Astros game. Our company has season tickets to the Astros, and I went to my first game at the beginning of May. I have a few more games that I’ll be attending this year, and I’m very excited!
36. Organize my closet. Another huge check off the list for me! When my dad and a few other people were over one weekend to help Chris get everything set up for the theater room, I decided to clean out my closet. I didn’t really donate a whole lot to Goodwill, but I did go through and get rid of a bunch of shoes I don’t wear anymore, and now I can actually walk into my closet without potentially breaking my neck!
37. Organize my night stand. I finally did it! One weekend I was looking for something in my nightstand, and I couldn’t find it anywhere, so obviously the only thing that I could do was to organize and get rid of everything! Thank goodness it’s done!
47. Paint rooms in the house. Back in March Chris and I decided to paint a few rooms in our house so we could get the theater room officially done! We painted the dining room, the theater room, our bedroom, and the guest bedroom. I’m so in love with all of the colors that we picked, and I don’t know why it took us so long to bite the bullet and paint! 48. FINALLY get our last few boxes unpacked. Again, because we were wanting to get the theater room completed, the last few boxes that had just been sitting in the theater room finally got unboxed! At least it took us less than two years to do it…
54. Get the theater room set up. I definitely think that Chris timed it this way, but the electronics got installed and the furniture was delivered when I was conveniently in Las Vegas for a work conference. The room looks fantastic, and I’m so glad that Chris put all of the thought and effort into putting it all together!
61. Read 100 books. (29/100) I’m totally feeling like a book reading All Star, and I’m totally going to give all of the reading challenges and book clubs I’ve joined the credit for how much I’ve been reading lately! My updated numbers are 7 books read in 2015 and 22 books in 2016. I’m already 6 books ahead of schedule for 2016, and I’m hoping that I’ll be able to read more than 52 books this year, which is more than one a week!
62. Complete 3 reading challenges. (Completed 2/3: SCWBC15 and Erin’s Book Challenge 4.0) It definitely came down to the wire, but I’m so very proud of myself for finishing Erin’s Book Challenge! The SCSBC16 was just released on Sunday, and I don’t think that I’m going to participate. I have a lot of books on Netgalley that I need to get caught up on, as well as a few other books that I’ve been putting off for forever (hello Me Before You!). Instead, I think that I’m just going to wait until Erin’s new book challenge which the categories will be released on June 1st! 68. Get our movies organized and stored electronically. I can take absolutely no credit for this huge achievement at all! In anticipation of the theater room, Chris put all our movies onto an electronic system called Plex so we can access them from anywhere with WiFi! It makes watching a movie in the theater room pretty awesome!
86. Drop one dress size. At the beginning of the year, Chris and I decided to challenge his brother and his wife to see who could lose the highest percentage of body weight from January through June. Although it’s been tough to stay strong, Chris and I have both been doing phenomenal! Since January, I’ve lost 25 pounds, and now I can fit into pants and dresses that I haven’t been able to wear in over a year! It feels pretty awesome!
87. Work out for three days for three months in a row. One of the biggest ways that we’ve lost weight is by changing our diet (hence all the zoodle recipes), but also by working out. We’ve both been consistently working out 3-5 days a week since January and it feels awesome!
88. Work out in the morning three days a week for a month. Even though I didn’t actually go an actual calendar month of working out three days a week (the whole month of March, for example), I did this for a month straight. I definitely feel like I’m starting to fall back into my old ways though, because the struggle to get out of bed in the morning is very real!
89. Try 3 new workouts. (2/3) Since the last check in, I’ve tried another Jillian Michaels’s video (Fat Burn and Metabolism Boost, I think). It’s been a fun change from the 30 Day Shred because there’s even some kickboxing involved, which I’ve never really done before.
91. Run 2 5Ks without walking. (1/2) We ran our first 5K earlier this month! It was the Santo de Mayo 5K at Saint Arnold, one of the local craft breweries in Houston. It was such a blast, and I’m so proud of both Chris and I for not walking at all! 92. Average 10K steps a day for three months. (1/3) We’ve officially started our walking competition at work, and so far I’m going strong and hitting an average of 10,000 steps per week! I even got on the treadmill and walked for an hour and a half this weekend! I can totally do this!
97. Update old blog posts with better pictures and captions. I really haven’t done much with this since the last check in. I’m hoping that one weekend over the next few months that I’ll be able to take the time and update some old posts when Chris is out of town.
100. Develop my social media presence more. I feel like I’ve really been working on getting better with Instagram and also Pinterest. I got the new CoSchedule calendar that lets you schedule your pins, so hopefully I’ll have some more positive news next time!
101. Develop a blog schedule. Over the past few months, I’ve really struggled with trying to decide how much I really should be blogging on a consistent basis. For me, I want to make sure that I write great content, but also that I take the time to respond to everybody’s comments because they really do mean so much to me! Some weeks I’ll get out four posts, but I think that I’ll probably be shooting for at least three posts a week, and mostly on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.
So far, so good I think! I have to admit, I’m a little disappointed that I’ve only checked off three things in the Travel category, but I know that I have a few trips coming up that will knock a few more items off the list, so maybe next check in will be even better!