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CHARLESTON

December 18, 2015

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Winding our way down a darling path, lush with greenery and ever-so-slightly secretive, we found ourselves at the doorstep of entrepreneurial enlightenment. Over bourbon cocktails she whipped up in a flash, we chatted with Erin Connelly, co-owner of The Commons, curator of American-made goods and impromptu maven of modern mixology. She, having relocated to the city only a few years prior, couldn’t have more eloquently summed up our latest #tgltravels destination. “In Charleston, when you meet two people, you sort of meet everyone.” ‘Tis true, the creative community in North America’s No. One city three years running, is uniquely intertwined + fabulously flourishing, and much to our delight, we’re all reaping the rewards.

Looking for a last minute gift to check off that extra-special someone on your holiday list? Why not consider a fancy new carryon for your favorite companion, complete with a round-trip ticket to guaranteed inspiration. From foodies to fashionistas, the culture of this ‘Holy City’ has something for everyone; it isn’t any wonder it’s racking up accolades faster than a prize-winning pony. With each return trip, we’ve found a fresh new crop of eateries, shoppes and tucked away treasures, sliding seamlessly into place amongst age-old standbys and local legacies. The cast is broad, yet in a community that has a deep-rooted love for good food, fine design and a flair for hospitality, they’ll invite you in, mix you a drink, and innately make a life in the lowcountry a veritable consideration.

If asked to pick favorites, it would be downright impossible, the list too long and our admiration too large. Instead, keep your packing light and your heart wide open, because after a Southern sojourn in this sweet ‘lil city, you’ll want to kick back in your seat, roll up your sleeves and revel in the moment. Visit after visit, we are truly inspired by this amazing community, and are pretty darn certain, y’all will be too.

Happy Holidays! xoxo, tgl

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Two weeks in and it’s already been a December to remember. Fresh off the heels of a Gilded Getaway, including a ‘lil bit of fête, and a whole ‘lotta jubilee, this month is looking to be one for the record books. Yes, we’re still making our list and checking it twice, thankfully no one’s been naughty, which makes gifting quite nice! Dear Santa, if you’re reading, we’ve been an awful good girl, simply follow the cookie crumbs business cards we’ve left all a’scatter. Small in scale, yet big on charm, anything from these boutiques will do just fine when it comes to stuffing the stockings hung by the fire.

As we round the corner to the close of the year, there’s blessings to count, miles to travel and pallies to greet. And while we have a profound proclivity for a life on-the-go, there’s something to be said for dropping anchor and finding the perfect place to call home at the holidays. In the words of our snail mail festive greeting, “From cottage to cabin, and coast to coast, sending holiday cheer to those we love and cherish the most”.

Image courtesy of The Gilded Lobster.

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