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Playing Tourist

Alright, I’ll admit it: I love to hate DC tourists, but I love being a tourist myself. Anyone else with me?

While most of my trips in 2015 are coming up over the next few months, Jenn, Kristyn, Alicia, and I booked our tickets home from the Southern Blog Society Conference later in the evening so we could do just that—play tourist.

After the goodbye breakfast, we packed up our bags and headed out to Historic King Street. We made good friends with the girls at Moon and Lola during our visit, and wanted to say goodbye. Of course, we all ended up picking out a few more goodies for the road because how could we not?!  If you’re in Charleston, I highly recommend you stop in for a visit—whether you’re in the market for wall art, jewelry, or some new bar cart accessories, they can hook you up.

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After our shopping excursion, we were ready to eat. During the conference, it felt like we were on the go all the time and never really had the opportunity to sit down and enjoy a real meal. So we headed to Nick’s BBQ and enjoyed an awesome meal of barbecue sandwiches, mac and cheese, and a cold one.

Once we were rejuvenated, we headed out for Rainbow Row, a famous line of houses known for their colors. Pro tip—we took to-go cups of water for the road which was definitely the right play because Charleston is extremely hot and humid in the summer.

En route to Rainbow Row, we stopped by the Charleston City Market to look at local artisan creations and the Pineapple Fountain again to enjoy the waterfront. While sitting near the fountain, we noticed it was raining in the distance. So instead of heading back to the hotel, we hit up Pearlz Oyster Bar (again!) for an afternoon snack.

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After a few rounds of sangria and some seafood snacks, we headed to visit the Emanuel African Methodist Church and pay our respects. I have never witnessed so much love and compassion as I did outside that church, and we all supported each other in prayer.

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Throughout the day, I wore this lightweight vacation-scened linen-blend dress from Old Navy and it was perfect for a day of playing tourist. It kept me cool and was a no-fuss look when paired with my favorite pair of walking sandals I scored at J Crew back in 2008. (The oldest shoes I own!).

Our final adventure was trying to fit our 12 bags in a Toyota Camry so we could get to the airport on time. With the help of our Uber driver, we shoved the big bags in the trunk and sat with all the little ones.

All of our bags made it home with us, but I think I can safely say we’re all ready to go back.

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** SHOP THIS POST **
Old Navy Vacation-Scene Linen-Blend Dress
Ray Ban Aviators
Yellow Necklace—similar here
Knox Thomas Designs Coordinates Bracelet c/o
Michael Kors Watch
J Crew T-Strap Sandals—similar here

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Photos by Kristyn

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38 Comments

  1. That pink building is so pretty!

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    • Katie wrote:

      I thought so too!

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  2. Katy wrote:

    Charleston looks beautiful and it was great that you scheduled time to go and visit the Methodist church. 🙂

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    • Katie wrote:

      Aw thanks Katy! I am so glad we went too.

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  3. Trish wrote:

    What wonderful pics! I enjoyed playing tourist – love Charleston.

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    • Katie wrote:

      Me too lady! xx

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  4. Great outfit. I loved the backgrounds too. 🙂

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    • Katie wrote:

      Thank you! :]

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  5. Lauren wrote:

    that dress is so cute.. I love old navy dresses! They are always so cute and you cant beat the price!

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    • Katie wrote:

      Thanks Lauren! I know right – so worth it. xx

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  6. I haven’t been to Old Navy is a while. I do like this dress and the accessories you’ve chosen. Great share!

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    • Katie wrote:

      You definitely should check it out. I have been impressed with their stuff lately!

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  7. The whole city seems like it’s oozing with charm. The photographer in me would be in heaven! I love to play tourist, too. I don’t care if I look like a huge dork… =)

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    • Katie wrote:

      Charm is the perfect word to describe it! I LOVE playing tourist, so one day we will have to together :]

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  8. Maddy wrote:

    These pics are so cute! I love being a little bit touristy…sometimes the “tourist traps” are so crowded because they ARE super cool and pretty areas that you just can’t miss! 🙂

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    • Katie wrote:

      I completely agree on all accounts, lady! xx

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  9. Sydney wrote:

    Your dress and photos are all so beautiful!!
    xo, Syd
    http://www.sincerelysyd9.blogspot.com

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    • Katie wrote:

      Thanks Syd! xx

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  10. Rachel wrote:

    I hear you on not liking tourists in your city but being one when you’re on a trip 🙂 Charleston is a beautiful city! It looks like you had a blast!

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    • Katie wrote:

      Completely agree lady :] Thanks so much!

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  11. Jenni wrote:

    Sounds like such a fun day and I am loving that pink house! That Old Navy dress is also too cute!

    Jenni // The Beautiful Little Fools

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    • Katie wrote:

      Thanks Jenni! xx

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  12. Chelsie wrote:

    Old Navy seriously makes adorable dresses! What a cute print! I love the pop of yellow in the necklace!

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    • Katie wrote:

      Completely agree! Thank you so much!

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  13. Tina wrote:

    I love being a tourist and exploring too! Love this dress on you and the pink building is adorable!

    Tina
    http://www.justatinabit.com

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    • Katie wrote:

      Aw thanks Tina! xo

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  14. Ashley wrote:

    Playing tourist is fun. You get to experience a different perspective. Cute dress!

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    • Katie wrote:

      Totally agree, Ashley! Thanks :]

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  15. such a cute outfit, all of the pictures are so beautiful! 🙂 xx , kenz
    http://sincerelykenz.com

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    • Katie wrote:

      Thank you! :]

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  16. This looks like a really great trip! I love exploring new cities. 🙂

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    • Katie wrote:

      Thanks Ash :] Me too!

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  17. How did you know I wanted to visit DC? I’ve been actually dying to go and visit. And I absolutely love the easy and cute dress you wore touring the city. It’s definitely the perfect outfit for a day out. Love it.

    Kia / The House of KTS
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    • Katie wrote:

      Come on down anytime lady!

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  18. These photos are beautiful! I love the pink building!

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    • Katie wrote:

      Thanks Val!

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  19. Erin wrote:

    You look great in blue! Love this look and your pictures! I was just in Charleston last weekend and popped into Moon and Lola and found the cutest earrings of two flamingos kissing (cute on cute on cuuuuute).

    xx,E
    Currently Coveting

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    • Katie wrote:

      Aw thanks so much Erin! I am solo glad you were able to pop in! We loved M&L :]

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