K: Magnolia Plantation was easily my favorite part of our Charleston trip. We arrived to a winding road, shaded by massive oak trees and dripping Spanish moss. At the end of the drive was a surprisingly small plantation with gorgeous landscape surrounding it. Brandon and I took a tour of the historic home and walked the grounds, snapping pictures left and right. Although the day was sticky and hot, we were armed with iced tea in hand and excitement at the amazing history of the home.
B: The Magnolia Plantation house was nothing that Katherine and myself pictured. The home itself was consumed by fire in three separate events. The first two fires were from lightning strikes, and the third fire was from the orders of General Sherman. The land owner during the Civil war was an Ordained Minister, who converted his families wealth into Confederate Bonds. When the war ended, broke and homeless, the Minister landowner built a modest two story cottage and opened his property as a tour ground for Northern visitors. The daughter of this Minister added onto the cottage to create the grand structure that now stands today.
The story of my clothing closely parallels that of this plantation home. Clothing brands and fashion statements come and go as days and seasons pass, but a good rule of thumb is to stay modest with your looks. Not everyday is it necessary to be a bold exuberant example of that vogue look. Just dress as yourself. I adore short shorts, and have recently ventured towards wearing short sleeved button down shirts. Their versatility, color options, and most of all ability to keep you cool are unparalleled.
K: The home is centered on the banks of the Ashley River and we loved walking the path parallel to the water for a nice breeze. These pink bow shorts from J. Crew also come in a crisp white and a summer chambray, making them the perfect addition to your warm weather wardrobe. As we walked, I kept telling Brandon that I could live here and we couldn’t help but imagine what it would’ve been like 100 years ago. I’m a sucker for anything with a history and Magnolia Plantation has a rich one. We’d highly recommend the home tour if you are going.
On Katherine: Oxford shirt, J. Crew shorts, Kendra Scott earrings, similar silver sandals (on sale!)
On Brandon: Stone Rose shirt, J. Crew shorts (on sale), Sperry shoes, Shinola belt