Weekender's Guide to Charleston

Sunday, April 30, 2017


Charleston is by far one of my favorite cities. I tend to get spoiled with how much I love it and how amazing of a destination it is, because the drive from Chattanooga is so easy. 
It's one of those trips that in my head seem so casual, like a weekend pop over, but in reality is such an amazing and diverse destination. 

One of the absolute best things about Charleston is the fact that it's perfect for any type of vacation you're looking for -- Girl's weekend, family trip or a romantic getaway, you cannot go wrong. After traveling there for all three reasons, I finally decided it was time for the Weekender's Guide to Charleston! 

One part of traveling for a weekend is building out your itinerary. I always have a small plan mapped out in my agenda and make a list of *Must See's*. Our schedule always, always changes but having a tentative guide helps us to ensure we don't miss anything we want to do. 



| One Piece Swimsuit | Denim Shorts (FINALLY back in stock! Hurry before they sell out again. The best denim shorts ever.) | Tory Burch Flip Flops | Beach Bag (Without Yes, Please Phrase) | Pineapple Cup | Oversized Aviator Sunglasses
Where to Stay
Traveling to Charleston, there are three main places to stay. In Charleston, in Sullivan's Island and in Folly Beach. I've never stayed in Sullivan's Island, but it's definitely next on my list. Each spot has different perks. First, parking in Charleston can get hectic, if you're want to pop out of your hotel and explore historic and gorgeous downtown, I would suggest staying in the city. If you're looking to relax on the beach some or stay in a 'beach town' area, I would suggest one of the islands and ubering into the city to explore. We love Folly Beach because of how dog friendly it is. We like to stay at The Tides or at an Airbnb on Folly. I highly, highly suggest grabbing an Airbnb no matter which part you stay in!  If you want a mix of water and city, we loved the Waterfront Courtyard Marriott.

Where to Eat
Eating in Charleston is one of Babe and I's favorite activities. We're undercover foodies, we don't necessarily travel anywhere just for the cuisine but it is definitely one of our favorite parts of a new city. Finding hidden gems and local spots gets us so excited. In Charleston, you could travel there multiple times a year and never run out of places to eat! 

BREAKFAST: 
- Hominy Grill. One of our all time favorite spots, ever. You must get the 'Big Nasty', a chicken biscuit smothered in cheese and sausage gravy. One of our favorite things we've ever eaten. 
- Toast. Beware this place can garnish a line out the door pretty quickly. The food is phenomenal and the bottomless mimosas are only $10. Yes, Plz

LUNCH:
- Rita's (Folly Beach). Not only is this place the cutest and right across from the beach. Their drinks and food are delicious. 
- Fuel. We've been here multiple times and love it more and more with every visit. You really can't go wrong with anything on the menu but a few of our favorites are the Jerk Chicken Sandwich, Kale Salad Veggie Burger and Fried Goat Cheese Balls. Request to sit out back, it's one of my favorite porches ever! 
- Poe's Tavern (Sullivan's Island). I've never been to this spot, but it's next on my to eat list. Everyone raves about their menu.
*If you're staying on Folly or just want to pop in for the day, their little beach strip is adorable and perfect for grabbing a seafood lunch. You can't go wrong with any of the spots! 

DINNER: 
- The Watch. I was a little hesitant about this spot because yelp reviews claimed the food was average but the rooftop view was great. I have to disagree because both the view and food were incredible for us. I had the burger and ate every bite. Great cocktails too! 
- Fleet's Landing. The only spot on the water in Charleston, this seafood restaurant is fun, great views, great drinks and great food. 
A few other restaurants we love -- Paw Paw's, Magnolia's, Poogan's Porch, Amen Street and Coast. If you're looking for a reservation, be sure to call ahead of time (even two-three weeks before). Restaurants book up fast here! 

DRINKS
-The Gin Joint. This low key bar is perfect for pre dinner cocktails or end of a date drinks. 
-Market Pavilion. Adorable rooftop pool bar, great for grabbing drinks day or night. 
-Republic. This 'Vegas-y' type bar is perfect for a girl's weekend or Bachelorette party. The atmosphere is fun and upbeat, with a great dj! 
-The strip around public is really great if you're looking for a night on the town, lots of fun bars and restaurants and late night pizza joints for that third meal. 😉



| Gingham Tie Top | Tassel Earrings (Only TEN dollars!) | Cat Eye Sunnies [℅] | Clutch - Chelsea Market Find
What to do. 
-Explore. Walking off all that food you've inhaled over your trip is easy. I could spend a full day walking around Charleston, dreaming of the day I can convince Hubs to move there. A few of our favorite sites: Rainbow Row, the Pineapple Fountain, Waterfront and King St (#ShopaholicsHeaven).
-Carriage Tour. This is one of my must do's for anyone who asks me about Charleston. I had to drag RJ to do it and he was so obsessed as soon as it started. It's a fun and relaxing way to see a lot of the city and hear about historic events. I would suggest this for any trip you're on (girl's weekend, family vacay or romantic getaway)
-The Market. The open air market is something I remember about my early childhood visits to Charleston and something I still love to do. Seeing local vendors and handmade pieces is so great. 
-The Beach. Folly Island is dog friendly during the off season, so we love to take the pups out for a visit and a swim! 
-Visit Boone Plantation. Ladies, this is where the Notebook was filmed AND where Blake Lively + Ryan Renoylds got married #Swoon. Don't worry if you think your significant other will be bored, he won't! It's full of history and fun facts. Plus, it's absolutely stunning. 


A few more photos from this past trip. xo



| Stripe Romper [℅] | Gold Double Strand Necklace | Eyelash Serum |

Click Here to Pin this Guide for Future Adventures! 

Have y'all ever travelled to Charleston?! If not it definitely should be at the top of your list, it's perfect any time of year. I'm writing you from 38,000 ft in the air, somewhere above Denver. Excited to land in sunny, San Diego. Be sure to follow along on the adventure over on Instagram @YesPleaseDaily.

I hope you enjoy the rest of your weekend, happy Sunday! 
xo, Riley 

Easy Date Night Caprese Chicken

Friday, April 28, 2017


While my family says that I am not, I swear I have a little Italian somewhere deep in me. I can get pretty loud, laugh and love hard, but I mainly believe this because of my cuisine preference. I am all things pasta, cheese, fresh herbs and spices.

Tonight I wanted to share with you one of my favorite [easy] chicken recipes! Balsamic Caprese Chicken. It is super quick to make but feels fancy so it makes for the perfect date night dinner in for you and your beau!


Ingredients: 


  • 2 Chicken Breasts
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Fresh Basil
  • Milk Mozzarella
  • Heirloom Tomato 
  • 1/2 Cup Balsamic Vinegar 
  • 2 Tbl Sp of Olive Oil



Prep work:

Preheat oven to 375

Thinly slice your heirloom tomato and milk mozzarella [2 prices of cheese per chicken and one slice of tomato]. Then finely chop your fresh basil. Sit to the side.

Salt and pepper your chicken breast on each side [I kick it up a notch with paprika and garlic powder]. 



Cooking instructions:

Heat up 2 tablespoons of olive oil on high in a pan. Place chicken in pan and let cook for approx 5 mins, flip chicken and let cook for an additional 5 mins. 

Place entire pan with chicken in oven to let it finish cooking. 

While chicken is in oven, pour 1/2 cup of balsamic vinegar into a small pot and cook on high. P.S. a lot of vinegar will evaporate, that is okay! Let it continue to cook on high for about 5-7 mins then turn off your burner. As the vinegar cools it will thicken leaving you with the perfect drizzle to top off your masterpiece. 

Pull chicken out of oven. Layer with tomato, mozzarella and basil. Then plate! I put mine over some simple angel hair pasta tossed in a little olive oil and fresh garlic. Then drizzle with your balsamic reduction. Fancy right? And babe doesn't even have to know how easy it was!



A Date with the Eyebrow Guru: Microblading Part 2

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Last week, I shared part one of my microblading journey. I rarely talk about my eyebrows on here so I was a little nervous how you guys would enjoy it! I'm so, so happy to see that I'm not the only one interested in #BrowsOnFleek. 

It's now been a week and a half since my first appointment and I am still over the moon obsessed with my brows. Today, I'm going to finish breaking down the process + share the healing process & answer some more questions! 


Last week, we left off right as Erica was beginning to map out my new brows. Like I said before, this part made me nervous yet more relaxed at the same time. I was nervous because the pen was so dark (she reassured that my brows wouldn't be this dark) and more at ease because I realized how unsymmetrical and crazy my current brows were! 
This part took about 30ish minutes, we were making sure I loved the new shape and didn't want to rush through it. Erica showed me a few different options, made her suggestions and then I decided on the final shape. 

Here we go, y'all! 
Before starting anything, Erica slathered my eyebrows in anesthetic. This will numb your eyebrows, you can still feel her strokes but it didn't hurt! This is one of the most popular questions-- Did it hurt? 
No it didn't hurt. Towards the end it became uncomfortable or annoying, but never actual pain! It really just felt like tiny scratches. 

So what's the actual microblading process consist of?
After you and Erica confirm your mapped out brows, decided on your pigment color and numb your brows, it's time to begin. Microblading consists of several rounds of 'scratching' and 'pigmenting'. 
Using a tiny microblade, Erica creates each stroke by hand. She will go through one brow creating all the strokes and then slather your brow in pigment. Repeat on the other side and wipe all the pigment away. Next, she goes over these strokes, adds more strokes and then pigments again. She will repeat this 5, 6, 7 times as needed. 

This process takes about 2 hours total and then you're done! 

^^Sorry for more awkward selfies. eek. 

What's the healing process? Erica is great about informing you of how to care for your new babies! Before you leave she gives you a sheet on care + some eyebrow serum. First, you can't wear make up on your eyebrows for 2 weeks (not that you'll need to anyways). For the first 24 hours, you don't touch your eyebrows at all. After 24 hours, you gently wash them with baby soap and then apply the serum Erica provides. For one week, you can't get in the pool or sauna and for one month you have to stay out of the sun. All in all, it's nothing extreme and super easy! 

Do I have to come back for touch ups? You do have to come back for a touch up, one month after your  first appointment. If you want to go darker, or make changes this is the time! After this your brows will last for 1 to 3 years. 

Do you feel like you have to wear more make up now? No! This is such a good question and I'm so happy to say, I now feel more put together with less make up than before. I can throw on some tinted moisturizer, highlighter and mascara and be good to go. 

Are you glad you did it? Omg, 1,000,000% yes! I cannot believe I ever questioned getting it done. I wish I could go back in time and do it sooner. It's so crazy how natural it looks I still cannot tell a difference between hair and strokes unless I have a magnifying mirror. 


We will be at the grand opening event on April 29th at 1:30pm (See more details on Blush Beauty Boutique's Facebook Page), we would love for you to join us!! Make sure to follow along on Instagram (@YesPleaseDaily & @Blush_BeautyBoutique) + enter our microblading giveaway! If you have anymore questions, you can leave them on Erica's Instagram and she will answer or shoot me a message! 


Pink Ruffle Tee | Denim Shorts | Bow Slides --It says 'kid' bc that is the name of the color, these are women's sizing!  | Stacked Tassel Earrings (Under $10!) | Apple Watch | Watch Wrap Band | 'XO' Bracelet [℅] | 



SaveSave

Lemon Lovin'

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

I've always had an obsession with lemons.. I love them in my water, on my food and now in my closet! Nothing screams 'It's almost Summer' like a bright, fun lemon print outfit or accessory. 

Something about the playful pattern always catches my eye and cheers me up. It also has me dreaming of a trip back to Italy, sipping wine on the Amalfi Coast. I guess an Italian date night in Chattanooga will have to suffice.. for now. 😉


It's the perfect pattern to dress up a neutral top or fun for pattern play! I've rounded up so many of my favorite lemon pieces below, 








| Lemon Top & Shorts Coord [Forever 21, Sold Out] Similar Lemon 2 Piece Set, More 2 Piece Sets | Wedges | Sunnies

Cookie Dough Bar Cart

Tuesday, April 25, 2017


I've found heaven and it's edible, mix and matchable, cookie dough on a chocolate dipped cone. Yup, I said it edible cookie dough! 

This DIY edible cookie dough station is perfect for your next get together! Think girl's night in, birthday parties or just a unique date night idea. Easy, cheap, delicious, I don't really know what else you could ask for! 



Think Marble Stone meets your childhood fantasies in this DIY creation. Remember growing up when your Mom would never let you lick the spoon?! Well this cookie dough is egg free and 100% safe to eat raw! 
 A couple of weeks ago I started thinking of a fun and easy dessert to serve for Easter Sunday. I wanted something that could be made ahead of time, would be fun for my younger siblings and yet still delicious. I had an edible cookie dough recipe from a cake I usually make and decided to whip up a few batches. Instead of adding in the normal mix in's, I let each guest pick their toppings and mix it together! It was seriously so much fun and so delicious. 

You don't need a bar cart for this, you could easily set it up on your counter, an outdoor table or even your kitchen table! I would suggest a marble pastry board, so the dough doesn't stick to anything, this one is only about $20! 

To set up your station you'll need: 
-Edible Cookie Dough (Recipe below, I doubled it for Easter and we had left overs)
-Toppings of choice (We used sprinkles, mini chocolate chips, mini snickers, mini Reese's pieces, white chocolate chips and coconut flakes. The Reese's pieces were my favorite) 
-A cup or cone!

It's seriously the easiest thing ever with the biggest wow factor. Everyone loved to watch it being made & had a blast eating their own cone.  

Edible Cookie Dough
  • INGREDIENTS
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
  • 2½ teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons milk, plus more if needed
  • 1 cup miniature chocolate chips
INSTRUCTIONS
  1. In a large bowl using a hand mixer or stand mixer, cream together the brown sugar, granulated sugar, and butter. Beat until fluffy and light in color, about 1 minute. Beat in the vanilla and salt until combined.
  2. Beat in flour until just combined. Add milk one tablespoon at at time and beat until dough starts to come together. Stir in the miniature chocolate chips with rubber spatula.

It was so dangerous having leftovers in the house! I could have sat with the tub and a spoon and finished off the whole thing haha! I called one of hubby's bffs to come over and get them. 

I'm excited for a busy couple of months ahead, I'm traveling to San Diego for the first time in about 7 years so I would love to hear any of your favorite spots! Make sure to follow on Instagram (@YesPleaseDaily) to keep up with our travels ++ more. 




SaveSave
SaveSave

Overall Overhaul

Monday, April 24, 2017

Babes! 

Today we are dishing on the 90's comeback that we are absolutely loving this spring! 
This denim throwback is giving our jelly sandals and shimmer body selfs life. 

Overalls! 
#YesPlease!


It is a NEW trend that most of us Gals had already perfected in our early days, so it is less intimidating to try than most other style on the rise.


The key to giving this oldie new life is mixing it with fun necklines underneath! Some of our faves to pair up are off the shoulder, halters and floral prints!

We have linked the best overalls out today for the best price
[all under $130]. 

Let us see how you work your overalls this season by tagging us in your IG @yespleasedaily or #ohyesplz

| 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6


Latest Instagrams

© Yes, Please. Design by FCD.