charleston // zero george, zero problems

i have this thing for cute boutique hotels: they always feel like a home away from home. when i booked my trip to charleston for the blog societies conference this august, i knew the only place i would stay was zero george. after booking, i was instantly impressed with the service. they called me about three weeks in advance to see if there was anything they could do before our arrival. whether it was transportation, restaurant recommendations, or room preferences, they would arrange anything we needed! talk about great customer service!

the moment dana and i arrived, there was nothing but a warm greeting both in the atmosphere and the staff. we were invited in by a glass of champagne at the reception desk and were notified that our room wasn't quite ready yet. we didn't mind, though, as we headed to get our hair done at tease blowout bar just a few blocks away! we came back refreshed and fabulous and headed straight up to our room.

we stayed in the garden suite and it was absolute perfection. the simple decor with a hint of southern charm and hospitality made me never want to leave. the air conditioning that we turned down to 60 degrees did help that whole "not wanting to leave the room" thing.

the hotel also offered us so many options when it came to activities. for example, free bike rentals! if you were following me on snapchat, you would know that dana and i literally used them every morning to go shoot our outfits.

they also had a free wine and cheese hour in the lounge for hotel guests. yes, you heard that correctly...free wine and cheese (literally my two favorite things)! oh, and if you didn't want to be seen, they would bring it up to your room for you! actual heaven! the only downside was that they didn't have a "late-night" menu...you know, the one that is full of chicken fingers and french fries (they are way too classy for that). but when we called down, they let us know that there was a domino's just a block away and we had it delivered to our room! the staff probably thought we were ridiculous but i feel like they have seen it all!

i can't forget about their cooking school! we didn't have enough time this trip to participate and channel our inner julia child but it is on my list for next time!

the hotel was divided up into four buildings with three of them solely dedicated to guest rooms. this made the property feel like it's own little community and we were constantly running into fellow blog society bloggers (shout out to brittney and jenn)! one thing that i was absolutely obsessed with was that they restored the buildings and chose not to remodel them. it is so easy for a company to destroy all of the original features and replace them with modern ones; but zero george invested both time and money to make it seem like no time had passed! and just when i thought our stay couldn't get any more perfect, on our last day, they gave us a parting gift of a leather luggage tag: truly never letting us forget them! zero george is definitely the place to stay when in charleston and they should be expecting me to be back very soon!

dress: tibi
jacket: j.crew
shoes: steve madden
clutch: saint laurent
ring: kate spade
bracelet cartier
sunglasses: prada

pitch black

dress: rebecca minkoff
hat: rag & bone
shoes: chanel (love these ones)
bag: chanel (love this one)
ring: henri bendel, david yurman
bracelet: cartier
sunglasses: celine

charleston // i want to ride my bicycle

i fell in love with charleston the moment dana, mollie, and i arrived. the city was instant perfection: from the buildings to the people, we didn't want to leave! the real reason for our trip was to attend the blog societies conference and an incredible time! be sure to check out co-founder cathy anderson's recap of the 4th annual conference! now i promised myself that i wouldn't talk about the horrible humidity in this post so i will try my very best not to.

to say that charleston is the cutest city ever would be an understatement. one of my favorite things to do was to utilize the free bike rentals that our hotel provided. dana and i would go shoot our outfits early in the morning and biking seemed to be the preferred mode of transportation. i mean, who could say no to a blue cruiser bike with a basket!? only those with no hearts...that's who. biking gave us the opportunity to explore the city through a lens in which we rarely use. nyc is full of ubers and angry cabbies that just get you from point-a to point-b. we loved being able to enjoy the ride and stop whenever we saw a cute house or window box (which happened more often than not).

if there is one thing bloggers know how to do, it's eat. we were all so eager to try true southern cooking and it did not disappoint one bit! after intensive research, i compiled a list of restaurants that are a must when visiting charleston...and i am still dreaming about these meals.

where to brunch:
cannon green was the best! both the atmosphere and the food kept us lounging for quite some time. i am definitely a sucker for french toast and they knocked it out of the park. they provided me with the perfect amount to keep me wanting more without having to be rolled out of the restaurant. they even offer outdoor seating on their back patio but...you know...the heat. maybe in the winter??

where to lunch:
the americano transported us right to south america. we were immediately drawn in my the vibrant colors and the food was absolutely delicious! and you can't forget the margaritas!

the obstinate daughter is also a must for lunch! trust me, i am still dreaming about that pizza! although this is located on sullivan's island, just 10 minutes outside the downtown area, we felt as if we never left charleston! the adorable southern charm continued to the island and the beaches were simply stunning!

honorable mentions for lunch include: poogan's porch (those cheese fritters though!), 82 queen, and leon's oyster shop.

where to snack:
sugar bakeshop! they had cupcakes so good, it gave magnolia bakery a run for their money! and their iced coffee had coffee ice cubes. #sobougie

for the best gelato, go to beardcat's on sullivan's island...you won't regret it! and they deserve an a+ for their funky rainbow decor!

and because you can never have enough ice cream: a stop at jeni's will cool you down from any heat stroke you may be having...

where to dinner:
husk. there is honestly nothing better than dinner there. we were lucky enough to snag 9:15 reservations but the late dinner was well worth it! it's also conveniently located right in between 82 queen and poogan's porch in case you wanted to marathon eat. i also conveniently forgot my wallet back at the hotel so thank you dana for treating me!

5church was probably our favorite dinner of the trip. the restaurant is located in an old church with graffiti all over the ceiling. not only was my steak that i ordered one of the best i have ever had, but the waitstaff was far superior to any other restaurant. our dinner actually began on a little bit of a sour note as we had to wait quite a bit of time for our table to be ready, but a bottle of whispering angel and a free round of drinks solved all of our problems!

oh, and the first night we had domino's delivered to our hotel room...5 stars

where to drink:
élevé and stars have the cutest rooftops that give you priceless views of the city!

where to stay:
zero george was everything we wanted and more for our hotel in charleston. words cannot describe how stunning the property was and i was so impressed with how attentive the staff was (even when it came to us ordering domino's at 11 o'clock at night). i will have more pictures to come next!
 

charleston has stolen my heart and i will be sure to revisit when it is not 3000 degrees and 100% humidity...so how did i do not talking about the humidity?? i would say pretty well!

top: gap
skirt: erin fetherston
shoes: chanel (love these and these)
bag: mansur gavriel
ring: kate spade
bracelet: cartier
sunglasses: celine