Everything Is Better At The Beach

by jenna on May 30, 2009

Hi guys!

Well my last day in Charleston was great—it definitely summed up a lovely getaway, which was much needed on my part. Today we headed out to Folly Beach, one of the more popular beaches in Charleston to soak up some rays.

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We didn’t end up getting out to the beach until around 12:30 because of traffic, so of course we were all almost gnawing on our arms in hunger! I led the girls to one of my favorite beachy spots—The Lost Dog Cafe!

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I LOVE this little cafe. Its definitely off the beaten path and is totally cute and very affordable.

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I love how they serve water in mason jars! :)

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And I ordered what was probably the best salad I’ve eaten in AGES. It was the Spinach Strawberry Salad with Grilled Shrimp (dressing on the side) and was full of walnuts, red onion, feta and plump juicy strawberries. I ate every last leaf!

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It was like a high school reunion! I loved it :)

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Next, we hit up the beach. SO relaxing. The sun felt amazing and don’t worry, I slathered myself with sunscreen.…especially my new tattoo! I can’t believe that when we were in high school we lived for the sun and only used SPF 4 with bronzer. Ahhhhh! Well you live you learn I guess!

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Enough said. Obviously.

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It felt so good!

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When we got home we immediately set forth for FreshBerry for some more delish froyo! I got a small tart yogurt with chocolate chips, blackberries and raspberries.

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We are all getting ready right now and then at 6:30 we are meeting Lara, one of my good friends from college that still lives in Charleston, for a glass of wine. I haven’t seen Lara since her and her boyfriend, Brian, came and stayed with me in Paris while they were backpacking across Europe two years ago! We have a LOT to catch up on. Lara is an AMAZING artist here in Charleston; click on her link to see her gallery!

Here we are at a Parisian farmer’s market back in 07!

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I’m still carrying the same purse! Love me some Orla Kiely :)

After wine we are going across the street to dinner here. I can’t wait. This place is super Southern and was featured on the Food Network!

See you in a bit!

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Abbey May 30, 2009 at 3:35 pm

Yay!! Looks like you’re having a blast! :) I’m glad for you Jenna, it seems like you got to see some of your close friends. And that’s always a nice uplifter to be surrounded by supportive people!

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Abbey May 30, 2009 at 3:36 pm

By the way, I’ve been meaning to tell you– I don’t know if anyone has ever told you this, but you kind of look like Lauren Conrad from Laguna Beach/The Hills. This is a good thing! Because she’s pretty and so are you chica! :) Have fun!!

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rachel May 30, 2009 at 3:40 pm

Hey, I’ve been reading your blog for awhile and think it’s great! I’ve noticed your heart necklace in a few different posts and I really like it! Where did you get it from?

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jenna May 30, 2009 at 3:41 pm

Rachel,

When my brother died one of my good friends sent it to me in the mail! I cherish it!

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Matt May 30, 2009 at 4:06 pm

Looks like a good day! Have fun catching up with friends tonight!

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K May 30, 2009 at 4:10 pm

Haha! That shirt!! I think Jay Robb should sport one of those Ts ;)

Looks like you girls had a great afternoon!!

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MJ May 30, 2009 at 5:10 pm

Hi Jenna – Tried to send you email, but it kept complaining I had unapproved characters even though I typed out all the links I was trying to send – so excuse posting as a comment.
I wanted to pass on some links I thought you might like
excuse the spelling it out – the email didn’t allow web addresses verbatim and after I typed them all out I didn’t want to re-do it
surf lesson sweepstakes – you and your best friend at a women’s only surf camp in Mexico – from Athleta (now owned by Gap)
h t t p colon slashslash athleta dot promo dot eprize dot com slash surfsafari slash
Since I know from the blog you’re a yogini and trying to keep running for TnT….
I was looking at some yoga for athletes/runners and found instructor Sage Rountree, who I’ve read in mags….she has videos, books, podcasts, and teaches training classes (some free, esp in Chapel Hill where she is)
dub dub dub sagerountree dot com
She also has some specific running plus yoga programs that link to video clips and instructions (5k, 10k, half-mary)
dub dub dub athleta dot net slash chi slash 2009 slash 04 slash 06 slash training-for-a-half-marathon slash
Looks like you’re having a fab weekend – safe travels home tomorrow!

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Emily L. May 30, 2009 at 5:39 pm

OH your nails look great! I need my nails done quick, for summer!

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brandi May 30, 2009 at 5:55 pm

that is like the perfect day! friends + beach + good food :)

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Bec May 30, 2009 at 6:06 pm

sounds like a great day, have fun at dinner!

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Kim May 30, 2009 at 6:18 pm

I am so glad you’re having such a good time! You look genuinely happy in that first beach pic; sounds like this trip was exactly what you needed =) Have a safe drive back!

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spicygranola May 30, 2009 at 6:28 pm

BEEEAAACH (said in a drooly zombie voice)

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Rachel May 30, 2009 at 6:40 pm

So glad to see you relaxing and having a wonderful time – you definitely deserved this vacation! Get home safely!

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emily May 30, 2009 at 6:50 pm

That salad looks fantastic! I don’t have any idea when (if ever) I’ll get to visit Charleston but I’ve already started a “to visit” list based on your posts!

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Mara @ What's For Dinner? May 30, 2009 at 7:09 pm

What a wonderful day!! I desperately need some beach time STAT!

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katecooks May 30, 2009 at 7:28 pm

that little braid is so cute!!!!!!!!!! glad u had such a great time with your girls :) arent friends the best?!

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Adi (oatonomy.com - repaired!) May 30, 2009 at 7:35 pm

I love the water in the mason jar. At a burger joint in my city, they serve giant milk shakes in huge glass measuring cups. Stuff like that is always cool, I think!
That bag is awesome – I’d definitely keep using it. :)

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Michelle Hisae May 30, 2009 at 8:12 pm

Ha, you 2 at the end are like twins.

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Lexi May 30, 2009 at 8:53 pm

Have a safe trip home.

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Courtney (The Hungry Yogini) May 30, 2009 at 9:42 pm

What a fun (and yummy day!). So glad you are having such a great time!

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Hallie May 30, 2009 at 9:47 pm

I love your braid! I wish I could do that to my hair. Hope you had an awesome time at dinner :-)

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Sarah (LovIN My Tummy) May 30, 2009 at 9:52 pm

I totes love the braid too! I bet people thought you were Lauren Conrad’s prettier sister!

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Caroline May 30, 2009 at 10:28 pm

What a fun restaurant! Love the dog on the menu:)

Pretty nail color!

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Laura Brandon May 31, 2009 at 12:08 am

Mmm that southern restaurant looks so good!! You should post a picture of your tattoo now that it’s all healed!

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Sarah (Running to Slow Things Down) May 31, 2009 at 6:17 am

What a fun day! So glad you had fun this weekend… :D

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Shannon (The Daily Balance) May 31, 2009 at 7:04 am

looks like an awesome day — TASTY salad!

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Katherine May 31, 2009 at 7:56 am

you look beautiful and so happy in Charleston! sounds like this trip is exactly what you needed. I love your outfits too – where did you get the skirt you’re wearing with the yellow top? I love it!!

I’ll be thinking of you and your family during your brother’s graduation. Have a wonderful day!

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Anais May 31, 2009 at 9:44 am

That cafe looks adorable!! There’s a place close to where I live where you drink your water from measuring cups (you know the big glass ones?). It’s fun, but it also lets me know how much water I’ve drank! :)

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Angela May 31, 2009 at 9:59 am

Oh wow your day looked sooo relaxing and fun!! I wish it was warmer here, lol. Enjoy!

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Tiffanie Hage May 31, 2009 at 12:50 pm

What a fun trip!!! That icecream looks extremely GOOD!!!! It’s always fun to get together with old/lifelong friends. Sounds like you had a blast!

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Kristie May 31, 2009 at 1:45 pm

Beach days are always the BEST.
I actually drink most of my water out of jars LOL. Totally tastes better that way.
And that yogurt looks completely deliciously amazing. I want some RIGHT now.

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Heather May 31, 2009 at 2:06 pm

Looks like you’re having such a fun time! Glad to hear you got to meet up with Lara. It’s always nice to catch up with friends you haven’t seen in a while!

You look ADORABLE in that photo with the water. What a cute place. The salad looks amazing! And probably wouldn’t be too difficult to recreate! :)

Enjoy the rest of your sun and fun! ;)

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Melissa @ For the Love of Health May 31, 2009 at 3:15 pm

I missed reading your blog this last week! :-) It looks like you had such a great time at the beach. That salad looks amazing! I see why you say it’s the best you’ve had in awhile! And frozen yogurt is always a bonus!

Have a great one!

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Leila May 31, 2009 at 4:17 pm

I love the hairstyle with the front/side braid. Can you give me/us some tips on how to do it??

thanks!!

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jenna May 31, 2009 at 4:38 pm

Leila,

I wish I could but I have NO idea!!!! Christie did this for me; I have no clue as to how to french braid. I’ve always wished I could french braid my own hair but I’ve never been able to. :(

Katherine,

Thank you! I got this outfit from Urban Outfitters about three years ago. Its my favorite skirt!

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Sarah May 31, 2009 at 5:36 pm

Ah, I am so jealous of your beach day! :) I’m so glad you took this trip for yourself, it really seems like you had a good time.

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Jaime May 31, 2009 at 6:07 pm

Hi Jenna
I just wanted to let you know that I made your pizza dough today and tried out a new recipe and it all turned out FANTASTIC! Thanks for giving me an easy dough recipe to work with!
http://bi0nic-eating-habits.blogspot.com/2009/05/asparagus-cheese-and-prosciutto-pizza.html

Cheers
Jaime

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Danielle May 31, 2009 at 6:29 pm

Oh I can’t wait for my first beach day this summer! Yours looks so wonderful :)

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Laura wants sprinkles June 1, 2009 at 5:53 am

New reader to your blog and I love it! I’ve gotten so many new ideas to change up my diet. Thanks to you I am obessed with raw almond butter. Thank you!

Also, randomly, just a month ago I was at Lost Dog Cafe and as far as I can tell, I was at the EXACT same table!

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