Hey y’all! I’m so excited about this post because I get to partner with Carolina Clothing Company! I’ve been a fan of theirs for a while now and when I received this pink ruffle top, I couldn’t wait to put it on and run around my beautiful city of Charleston – coincidentally, the inspiration behind the brand! The top paired perfectly with white jeans and my Jacks and was the perfect shirt for staying cool in the Charleston heat (even during this 8am morning shoot!) What is even greater about this top is that it can be worn 3 different ways – off-the-shoulder (as I did here), one-shoulder or strapless – the possibilities are endless! I can’t wait to wear it all season long.

Thanks so much Carolina Clothing Company!

 

Use my code “hellodarling10” for 10% off at Carolina Clothing Company!

 

 

All photos by the lovely and talented Jennifer Collins

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Favorite New Spot: MylkBar

From the adorable decor to the friendliest employees, MylkBar has quickly become my go-to spot for mani/pedis! Everything they do is eco-friendly and done in a nontoxic environment. The nail techs will work with you on unique designs until you walk away with exactly what you want. Sip on some rosé and say hi to the sweetest #girlboss Katie next time you swing by!

Brand Crush: Carolina Clothing Company

What could be better than a lifestyle brand inspired by the charming city of Charleston, SC?! Their fun and flirty tops have become my go-to style and I’m so excited to be partnering with them for an upcoming post! I’m also thinking I may need one of their cork clutches – I love the white lettering on the cork – how cute would it be if I got one that said “darling”! For now you can use my code “hellodarling10” for 10% off! Their team is awesome and one of the cutest bloggers, Abby, from Belle of the Ball, is also involved with the brand. I can’t wait to share the whole post with y’all! Be sure to check them out here!

Can’t Stop Watching: Angelica Hale

Seriously this girl gives me the goosebumps every time she opens her mouth to sing. And to think she’s only 9! I could actually listen to her on repeat…and maybe have been 🙂

Admiring: Katy Oliver

Katy is a friend from Duke, who works as her own boss as a Rodan + Fields Consultant/Ambassador and is also Mental Health Counselor. I recently asked what inspired her to start something so HUGE as becoming her own boss and wanted to share her response with y’all.

“My reason WHY keeps me focused. The reason I “open the doors” to my virtual store everyday is because I am creating a future where I am not tied to corporate America. I will get to have my cake and eat it too…be a present mom but also a focused and successful career woman. Most have to sacrifice one or the other but this opportunity is a vehicle to make both a reality. I also want to help people in meaningful ways and R+F lets me do that while making a paycheck. I never want finances to determine where we travel, where we live, or what restaurant we choose. It really is life changing skincare. Lastly, the R+F family keeps me inspired. I was an ADPi at Duke and my R+F sisters feel like an adult sorority. I don’t go a day without receiving an uplifting or encouraging message from a biz partner and we have SO much fun.” 

I so admire her determination and passion for what she does and she is a constant source of positivity for me. See what she’s up to on Instagram!

Welcome to “Hello Darling”! Since moving to Charleston and branching out with the blog on my own, I’ve felt I needed a bit of a refresh. “Just Cuz Blog” didn’t really speak to me anymore and I was feeling in bit of a rut. Charleston has so much to offer and I’ve been meeting so many incredibly talented and creative people, I wanted a name that spoke more to my personality and allowed me possibilities to take the blog further. I hope y’all like the new name and look and I’m so excited for what’s ahead! And what better way to introduce the new blog than with my first photoshoot with a local Charleston photographer!

 

A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of wandering around downtown historic Charleston with the lovely Jennifer Collins. Not only is she an amazing photographer, but she’s the sweetest person and has been such a great friend to a Charleston newbie like me! When thinking about an outfit to wear, I wanted something simple and classic so that my surroundings would really be the focus of the shoot. I ended up going with this lace Brooks Brothers shirt dress, which was the perfect little number for a hot Charleston morning. We stumbled across so many charming places that it was hard to choose which photos to actually post!

 

I’ll still be tweaking things over the next few weeks to get everything looking perfect for y’all, but hope you like the new look and can’t wait to share more adventures with you!

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How cute is this Draper James sweater?! Also how cute is Duke trying watermelon for the first time! Let’s just say he LOVED it. As soon as I saw this sweater I thought it would be perfect for summer days in Charleston. The watermelons are just so bright and happy. Make sure to scroll all the way down to see more of my Draper James favorites!