Bloggers Night Out // Indigo Market

We had such a fun time experiencing Indigo Market in downtown Charleston! Indigo Market carries the most unique vintage home decor and accessories in Charleston. Our bloggers were invited to a private shopping experience including a raffle for gift cards. The night also included a talk from Marianne of Basil & Bubbly on the importance of Pinterest for bloggers.


Photography: Gillian Ellis Photography Thanks to Indigo Market for hosting us!

 

5 Questions With Little Legs. Big Heart.

Today we would like to introduce you to Kristen of Little Legs. Big Heart. Check out her heartfelt blog and follow along with her Instagram here. kristen

1. What inspired you to start a blog and how long have you been blogging?
I have been blogging since 2012. Little Legs. Big Heart. began as a personal outlet for me during a particularly difficult and transitional time in my life. Due to unforeseen medical circumstances, I left my home here in Charleston and moved to West Palm Beach, Florida to undergo surgery on both of my legs. What I never realized was that by opening up to reveal the authentic Kristen and share my true story, others were going to relate. By connecting with others, I learned that a true story can heal just as much as modern medicine; that is pretty incredible.

2. What has been your proudest blogging moment?
This past December, Refinery 29 reached out to me via Little Legs. Big Heart. They gave me an opportunity to interview with them and share my story. Society has a habit of trying to fit everyone into this little box labeled as perfect. Rather than allow myself to be squeezed into said box, the interview allowed society to experience a part of me for who I am. As a woman with dwarfism, it was truly an honor to share how I don’t view my condition as a source of disability (or different-ability as I prefer to say) but as a root of adventure, compassion and understanding.

3. What is something you would like to learn more about?
At this moment, I am in the middle of my 200hr. yoga teacher training at Charleston Power Yoga. It has been an opportunity to learn more about myself inside and out. Since becoming a member of the ever growing yoga community, a few very talented teachers have bestowed their wisdom upon me. As a result, I have grown in oh-so many ways. But I know that there is more to learn. So I am eager for more knowledge on how to make my asana practice more accessible for my body and how to teach future students the same.

4.  Favorite place to sit and blog in the city?
It is fair to say that I don’t have just one favorite place. That is what I love about Charleston; endless possibilities. Being outside is definitely a plus in my book. The Daily, Vintage Coffee and Huriyali are definitely up there for me. At the same time, nothing beats sitting in the company of a friend, also on a writing mission, in the comfort of a home or backyard patio.

5.  If you could grab coffee with any blogger who would it be?
Kathryn Budig. Lucky for me, we share a similar addiction, the almond milk latte from The Daily, and I have had the honor to sit down with her on multiple occasions. I am grateful to call her a friend.

As a yogi myself, Kathryn has always been an amazing role model. An empowered woman with a beautiful heart, she is a talented yogi, writer and foodie. What initially struck me was her authenticity and positive outlook on life. Her firm stance on maintaining a positive body image and encouraging others, yogi or not, to do the same, has always spoken to my soul.

5 Questions With Side Trekked

Today we’d like to introduce you to Jenny and Erin the two bloggers behind the travel blog Side Trekked. Make sure to follow along with their adventures on Instagram as well! SideTrekked
1. What inspired you to start a blog and how long have you been blogging?
One night we were sitting in our living room discussing how we were not using our degrees and how we each wanted to work in the travel industry. Jenny dreamed of being a photographer for National Geographic and Erin really wanted to write for Travel and Leisure magazine. We felt God was calling us to use the talents and passions He had given us to further His Kingdom. So we started SideTrekked to go where we can when we can while we can and launched our blog in October 2015.

2. What has been your proudest blogging moment?
We love hearing from our friends, family and coworkers when they’ve read the blog and enjoyed it. The random “Hey yesterday’s blog was really wonderful,” just makes our day. However our proudest moments come when we look at where our blog has reached internationally. As a travel blog our goal is to visit as many cultures as possible and so seeing that people in Indonesia, Croatia, Russia and Brazil are consistently reading our blog thrills us to no end. It really pumps us up and inspires us to keep going.

3. What is something you would like to learn more about?
We want to learn from each other. Jenny wants to learn more about writing and Erin wants to learn the ins and outs of photography. We are a team and teams teach each other and make each other better. Also as a travel blog we just really want to learn about as many cultures and peoples as we can!

4. Favorite place to sit and blog in the city?
We both love Waterfront Park downtown. It’s so pretty and relaxing. It’s hard not to be inspired there. However, when it’s time to get down to business, there is no better place for us to work than on our couch with coffee cups in hand.

5. If you could grab coffee with any blogger who would it be?
We love Twins That Travel! They are so inspiring. They always talk about how they don’t travel or blog for a living which is really encouraging since neither do we. We also love Wellness Mama. Katie runs a healthy and all natural household. Our mothers both are very into the whole all natural, real food, diatomaceous earth thing which has definitely influenced the way we live.

5 Questions With Coastal Kelder

Today we would like to introduce you to Coastal Kelder, a cooking and craft blog by Kelly Elder! A lover of the ocean, Kelly draws much of her inspiration from her time spent in and around the water. Her crafts often re-use every day objects making them economical and earth friendly! Two favorites are these DIY oyster shell candles and easy shell necklaces. Follow along with Coastal Kelder’s most recent craft projects over on Instagram – here.View More: http://mintedphotography.pass.us/wilds-engagement

What inspired you to start a blog and how long have you been blogging?
As of last week, I have been blogging for 2 years!  I initially started to blog so my family could keep up with what’s going on with my life, but then I realized I kept posting projects I was doing around my apartment, so it kinda turned into more of a DIY blog, with a side of lifestyle.

What has been your proudest blogging moment?
Whenever someone comes up to me and says they tried a DIY project, made a recipe, or just liked something I blogged about.  That’s the best feeling for me — that people (other than my family) actually read, and enjoy my blog.

What is something you would like to learn more about?
A lot of my posts end up being what I currently want to learn more about, so it’s pretty all over the place.  Right now watercolor painting, making a wind chime our of oyster shells, and building an outdoor table for our new green egg are at the top of that list!

Favorite place to sit and blog in the city?
Ideally, some outdoor bar overlooking the water with a fun cocktail… but the reality is my couch after work, with wine 🙂

If you could grab coffee with any blogger who would it be?
LC — like the Laguna Beach alum turned entrepreneur Lauren Conrad.  I’ve always loved her since her days in Laguna, and still love her blog today, plus I bet she’d have some hilarious stories from The Hills.  #teamLC

Bloggers Night Out at Bob Ellis Shoes

This past August we were given a real treat as the historic King Street store Bob Ellis Shoes opened their doors for the night and hosted our monthly bloggers night out. The night was full of shopping, mingling and sweet treats from Cupcake Down South. Their red velvet cupcakes do not disappoint and how cute are the shoe cupcakes they specially made for us? Enjoy some of the pictures of our night below and don’t forget to follow along on our instagram for more!

Looking to sponsor or host a Charleston Blog Society get together? Please contact Gillian@acoastalbride.com for more information.


Photography: Gillian Ellis Photography

Bloggers Night Out at Finicky Filly

To kick start their new monthly clothing subscription boxes Hanger to Home and Brown Box Club, Finicky Filly hosted us for a night of shopping and mingling! If you’re someone who has a hard time finding the time to go shopping or are looking for a stylist’s advice then I highly suggest signing up for their subscription services! During the night the bloggers were treated to free bangles and a gift card to the store. Pure Fluff Co.’s cotton candy treats were a huge hit with the bloggers and would make the perfect addition to any wedding or event!

Enjoy some of the pictures of our night below and don’t forget to follow along on our instagram for more!

Looking to sponsor or host a Charleston Blog Society get together? Please contact Gillian@acoastalbride.com for more information.

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Photography: Gillian Ellis Photography

5 Questions With Fashion & Fishing

Priscilla runs what may be one of the more unique blogs in The Charleston Blog Society. Her blog Fashion and Fishing is all about creating a wardrobe that is 100% handmade! In a world where it is so easy to just buy everything it is really nice to see a blogger who is trying to be different! Read a bit about her below and make sure you visit her blog for inspiration! IMG_3730
What inspired you to start a blog and how long have you been blogging?
I have been blogging for almost three years now and my blog originally started out as a way to keep my family and friends updated on the happenings of my husband Will and I’s life as newlyweds. He being the fisherman, and I being the fashion lover who had just embarked on a new adventure into sewing and creating my own hand made wardrobe. The blog has since taken on a new life and now it’s become a great way for me to make connections within the small but ever growing online sewing community and to also share my sewing creations with whoever is interested in checking them out. But in addition to sewing and fashion, my blog sometimes can get real and I may post about the pros and cons of being married, how we have survived through the ups and downs, struggled with infertility, how life moves on after a miscarriage, and how we find ways to fall back in love over and over again with each other. I can get deep sometimes and then I’m all like “check out this sundress I sewed.”

What has been your proudest blogging moment?
My proudest blogging moment was when I was contacted by Art Gallery Fabrics, one of my favorite fabric companies, to create a dress using 2 yards of knit fabric from one of their latest collections. It was an honor to be chosen for that blog hop but also the perks of getting free swag always makes having a blog that much sweeter 😉

What is something you would like to learn more about?
From a sewing standpoint I really want to start learning how to use my dress form and creating projects from draping versus using patterns. I’m getting there, but I am by no means an expert. On a personal level, I also want to work on my French. My mother is from France and unfortunately when I was growing up I could care less about the language. Ugh, childhood. So even though I understand the language very well, I am still not 100% fluent. I would love to spend some of energy on that.

Favorite place to sit and blog in the city?
I am a total night owl so most of my blogging goes down in my sunroom at midnight with Netflix rolling in the background. When I am not at home, I will grab a Snapple and ride my bike out to Sunrise Park on James Island. In the evenings, the dolphins go crazy feeding on fish and I never get tired of the view.

If you could grab coffee with any blogger who would it be?
I have currently been stalking Merrick from Merrick’s Art. She has a great style blog but also sews many of her own pieces and at times is a source of inspiration to me. But my real love affair is with Michael from Inspired by Charm. I really think he would be my blogger BFF if he lived in Charleston. #lifegoals

5 Questions With Skipping Breakfast at Tiffany’s

Today we would like to introduce you to lifestyle blogger Tiffany of Skipping Breakfast at Tiffany’s. A Charleston native Tiffany loves all things Southern and anything related to the three F’s – Fashion, Football and Food! On her blog Tiffany shares all things fashion, makeup and hair tips, entertaining ideas, food reviews. Read more about Skipping Breakfast at Tiffany’s below! IMG_3777

What inspired you to start a blog and how long have you been blogging?

I’ve been following various fashion blogs for a while and I would catch myself spending hours a day scrolling through my Instagram feed looking at blogger’s insta posts with their #ootd. I’ve always had a love for fashion and I was just chatting with friends about how I would love to blog while on a girls trip to New Orleans. I wasn’t sure that I of all people could do it, but all my friends were so encouraging and they are the reason I started blogging. And I am so thankful they gave me the push I needed to get started. I have been loving every minute! I have only been blogging since the end of March so I still have a lot to learn!

What has been your proudest blogging moment?

My proudest moment isn’t exactly any single moment, but it has been so gratifying when I run into people just out and about around Charleston and they tell me they read my blog. It is always people that I never expected to be readers and they always have the kindest things to say. It always just touches me and pushes me to continue sharing 🙂

What is something you would like to learn more about?

I recently switched my blog over to a self-hosted site and that was pretty challenging for me! Currently, I would love to learn more about SEO and how to properly use it to benefit my blog–> Can you tell I am basically tech illiterate?

Favorite place to sit and blog in the city?

I would probably choose my back patio as my favorite place to blog in the city. I really enjoy sitting in my patio in the morning (with a cup of coffee) or the evening (replace the coffee with a glass of wine!) with my sweet boykin by my side.

 If you could grab coffee with any blogger who would it be?

If I could chose any blogger it would probably be Julie Sarinana of Sincerely Jules. I have a total girl crush on her. Did I mention that her hair color was the inspiration for mine right now?! She seriously could not be cuter. I love her style–she chooses very simple, boho looks. Not sure she could be any cooler. Oh and she has her own clothing line of adorable graphic tees!

5 Questions With PorcelainShree

Today we would like to introduce you to Shree the beauty blogger behind PorcelainShree. A new transplant to Charleston from the West Coast at only 24 years-old Shree is taking the beauty world by storm. As a licensed esthetician and makeup artist she certainly has the background to give beauty advice! Read on below to learn a bit more about Shree!IMG_0056

1. What inspired you to start a blog and how long have you been blogging?
I originally started PorcelainShree because I was constantly having friends ask me for tips and tricks on how to do their makeup.  I figured if I could just have one designated place where everyone can go, it would be easier.  I started PorcelainShree in April 2013 and have been enjoying it ever since.

2. What has been your proudest blogging moment?
My biggest blogging moment had to be when brands first started contacting me themselves to review their products.  PorcelainShree is based on complete honesty and I never stray from my morals and values for any brand or any amount of money.  To have someone come to me because they value my opinions and my integrity is one of the best feelings ever-and one that can never be replaced.

3. What is something you would like to learn more about?
I would love to learn more about network marketing.  I feel like I already do a lot of social media managing and branding for myself and my blog, I would really like to eventually go to school and learn the complete ins and outs of it.

4. Favorite place to sit and blog in the city?
I would love to sit on a bench and blog somewhere right on the waterfront.  Or even someones steps South of Broad.  Both of those areas are beautiful and I feel like you can really take in the city, the old streets, the history, and really get inspired.

5. If you could grab coffee with any blogger who would it be?
Oh, definitely, Sammi from Beautycrush.  I feel like her and I have such similar personalties and she has been in the blogging and YouTube world forever.  If I could just pick her brain for an hour, I think I would learn a lot from her.  And if she brought her Bulldogs that would just be an added bonus 😉

5 Questions With Lowcountry Boil

Today meet Lorrie Dixson, the voice behind Lowcountry Boil and Eskimo Advertising. Lowcountry Boil is the go to website if you are looking to find events and deals in the Lowcountry. Lorrie’s blog is a must read if you are looking for fun in the lowcountry as she highlights all of the top happenings across Charleston daily. Read on to learn more about Lorrie!lorrie-headshot1. What inspired you to start a blog and how long have you been blogging?
When I moved to Charleston I started Lowcountry Boil as a way to showcase what I was discovering about the Lowcountry. Since 2009, I have been blogging for myself, my company, Eskimo Advertising, as well as freelance writing for Carolina Nightlife and Bold Spicy News.

2. What has been your proudest blogging moment?
I’m not sure of my proudest but I have had a lot of cool experiences by being a blogger.

3. What is something you would like to learn more about?
Oh there’s so much. As an entrepreneur, I’m always aspiring to learn…about new businesses, experiences and life!

4. Favorite place to sit and blog in the city?
I would love to come up with a really cool answer but I really just blog from my office.

5. If you could grab coffee with any blogger who would it be?
Perez Hilton would probably have some crazy Hollywood stories.