Our Trip to Old Edwards Inn

I’m so excited to be writing about our getaway to Old Edwards Inn in Highlands, NC. I plan to start sharing more of our travels in 2020 so that I can look back on our trips & hopefully share some helpful info with you!

I have always wanted to visit Old Edwards Inn! We tend to book things last minute, and this trip was no exception. We tried to book it for New Years Eve, but it was full, so we checked in on 1/1/2020 to start off the new decade! We checked in at The Lodge after a 3.5 hour drive from Charlotte, NC. We were a little early for check in, but the VERY helpful and informative staff at Old Edwards Inn pointed us towards The Ugly Dog Pub for appetizers and a drink while we waited on our room.

We took their advice and headed to The Ugly Dog which is only steps away from The Lodge! This is one of the best parts about Old Edwards Inn. It is located in downtown Highlands, so everything is extremely walkable! Brenton and I were fully expecting a hole-in-the-wall “grunge” pub feel. We were happily surprised when we walked in to see an adorable and lively restaurant/bar! I got wine, Brenton got a local beer, and we split fried green tomatoes and the pesto flatbread to hold us over until our 9 pm dinner reservations.

We were able to check in (yay!) and Allistar from the front desk, who was so helpful during our entire stay, escorted us to our cottage. We were delighted to find that our cottage was located directly across from The Lodge, aka the center of the grounds! Our “room” consisted of a cute entryway, a sitting room complete with a fireplace and bar, a full patio, master bedroom, and a bathroom with heated floors. I am very picky about hotel rooms, and I was shocked at how nice and spacious everything was! In my head I was expecting something similar to The Grove Park Inn, which I love, but those rooms are very dated and small in comparison to Old Edwards Inn. Our exact room was one of the Laurel Lodge Cottages- number 602.

Since we had several hours before our dinner reservation, we decided to explore and hit up one of the two hot tubs on site. The hot tub was tucked away to the side of the pool area to where we didn’t even see it at first! The pool and surrounding area is stunning and we will definitely be returning in the warmer months just for that.

We had 9 pm dinner reservations at Madison’s Restaurant that night. Madison’s is a part of Old Edwards Inn, so it is a short walk to Main Street and the restaurant is beautiful! Since we were so last minute, we were happy to be able to get a late reservation here through our American Express agent. I would definitely recommend booking ahead for this restaurant! The food was good, but the service was exceptional. Overall we had a great night here!

The best part of Old Edward’s is how relaxing and peaceful it is. We slept in until around 9 am, and made our way back to Madison’s for a nice breakfast. You don’t have to worry about making breakfast reservations here because it is only open to hotel guests during morning hours! The breakfast was delicious and the restaurant is so pretty that we enjoyed sitting in this spot with our coffees for a good while. We stopped in the Hummingbird Lounge, which is above Madison’s and beside the spa, to peek around after breakfast! It is a gorgeous great room where they serve cocktails and light fare in the afternoon.

We walked around cute downtown Highlands and went back to relax when the rain started to get heavy. The accommodations and lodge are so nice that the rain didn’t bother us at all. There are lots of outdoor activities you can do at Old Edwards Inn & Spa when the weather is nice listed here.

We wanted a casual and easy lunch, so we went to Highlands Deli which is connected to SweeTreats on Main Street. They have good sandwiches if you want something fast! I can’t speak for the ice cream, but it looked delicious!

I originally planned to get a massage during the day, but because I was last minute, they didn’t have a female provider (which I generally prefer) so I decided to just continue relaxing with Brenton. We spent the rest of the afternoon enjoying fireside cocktails and cards at Art’s at The Lodge and playing games of chess and checkers in the Game Room downstairs. Mark, the bartender at Art’s, was so friendly and helpful during our stay.

We went to Wild Thymes for dinner on our last night. This ended up being our favorite meal of the trip! The cocktails were perfect and the food was delish. I had *two* blueberry mojitos (my favorite drink- IF the bartender knows how to muddle!!) and we ordered the lump crab fillo appetizer, the onion crusted salmon, chicken parm, and coconut cake for dessert. We really enjoyed the more relaxed atmosphere! It was packed, so I would recommend a reservation. It is located right on Main Street, so it is walking distance just like everything else!

After dinner, we went back to The Lodge for more fireside cards and champagne. We were sad to check out the next morning, but agreed that two nights at Old Edwards was the perfect amount of time and we will definitely be back!

Xoxo, Olivia

Paradise Island: Recap & What I Wore

Hi everyone!!! I’m so happy to be home and writing about our trip to the Bahamas. We stayed at The Cove Atlantis in Paradise Island. I’ve been here twice before- but it was Brenton’s first time! We had some windy and rainy weather for part of our trip, so The Cove was perfect because there are so many things you can do inside and on the resort.

When we got there, we went STRAIGHT to the pool!!! I could not wait to soak up the sun. I wore my new $11 bikini from Shein and loved it. I sized up to a large, so if you order it keep that in mind! After exploring the beach, we decided to go get dressed and explore the resort. I couldn’t wait to see everything since it had been so long since my last trip there. I wore this $16 similar white sweater and my favorite jean shorts! (pictures below)


The next morning, we woke up and went straight back to the pool. This was our best weather day! It was bright and sunny even though the wind was SO CRAZY. We were not allowed to get in the ocean the whole trip because the wind and water were so intense and dangerous. BUT we still explored the beach and enjoyed ourselves! This whole trip I wore these 2 for $12 sunglasses. I got so many compliments! I also wore my favorite swimsuit of the trip- this studded triangle bikini top with these ruched cheeky bottoms. (pictures below) That night we went to NOBU for the best sushi ever, but didn’t get any pics! I wore this sassy flouncy dress :)


Our second morning was so nice and lazy. We slowly made our way out to the pool on the windiest day. We were ready for some adventure, so we rode on the Rapid River (it was so rough!!) and Brenton did one of the big slides. After that, it was time for more pool drinks… lol. I wore this $11 bikini that is currently sold out, but this $12 striped suit is very similar! (pictures below- sorry for the quality lol) That night we went to Cafe Martinique and had an amazing dinner with even better drinks! And ordered dessert and decaf coffee to the room after. YUM.


We had a rainy day on our last full day, but it was probably one of our best! It was so much fun. We braved the weather for a while before going to explore stuff inside the resort until the sun came back out. I wore this turquoise triangle bikini at the pool, and a similar knotted black skirt with my new Gucci bag to explore.

Sorry for the picture overload! I’m a creature of habit when it comes to traveling; I like to stay at the same places that I know I like. We had a great trip and I’m so glad we went! I think for the next tropical trip I will branch out and go somewhere new! Where are your favorite warm weather getaways?! Let me know in the comments! Xoxo Olivia

Tara Grinna Bikinis

Hello sunshines!! This past weekend we went to Charleston for a few days of fun in the sun. Brenton was actually originally planning to propose Saturday (before he decided to do it in Disney), so he had a few fun things planned for me- including having me pick out a beautiful new purse.. I can’t wait to show y’all which one I chose!

It was a gorgeous weekend in Isle of Palms, and we spent most of it relaxing by the pool and taking walks on the beach. I know… sounds SO cheesy.

A little bit about the bikinis before I dive in to pictures!! Both bikinis are by Tara Grinna Swimwear. I LOVE her bathing suits! They are the highest quality suits I have ever owned. The fabric they use is Italian and it is so buttery soft and beautiful. It also doesn’t pick or pill, so you can wear it by the pool with ease. I love that they offer different styles that range from full coverage to a little cheeky. I definitely have some curves and love having the option of looking cute and sassy but still covered. I also love that all of their swimsuits are made in the USA!

One more thing… I do NOT think I am a bikini model!! I just wanted to share a brand that I love and believe looks great on all different shapes and sizes. Love you guys!! Xoxo, Olivia

Colorful Barceloneta Slider Top / I wore this in a size C! This one is true to size and you can wear it a bunch of different ways!

Barceloneta Side Ruched Bottoms / These are so flattering and offer great coverage! I wore a size 6 which I would say is equivalent to a small/medium.

Black Keyhole Halter / I am wearing a size C. I LOVE this top, especially for days when you don’t want too much sun on your chest.

Black Platanos Tie Side Bikini / I am wearing a size 6. I love this bottom! It is slightly cheekier than the ruched bottoms, but still nothing near Brazilian. I am thinking about buying this black and coral bandeau top to mix and match with these bottoms!

P.S. Here is how I styled my bikini on the way to the pool Saturday! I love to throw on a white T Shirt and my favorite jean shorts over a bikini. So easy and cute! Details below.


Chan Luu Wrap Bracelet / Diff Eyewear Sunglasses / It Cosmetics 50 SPF CC Cream / Favorite Denim Shorts (size down) / Guanabana Similar Wayuu Bag


Isle Of Palms Weekend Trip

Hi guys! I hope you had an amazing weekend. We decided to go on a last minute trip to one of our favorite places, Isle of Palms. IOP is located right outside of Charleston and only a 3 hour drive from home. So when we saw that the forecast for the weekend was 75 + sunny, we packed our bags and headed down to the coast. (Warning: I didn’t get the best pics on this trip because I did not have my phone out much!)

We drove straight to Mex 1, a new (to me) Mexican restaurant on Sullivan’s Island, to meet some friends. This was my first time at Mex 1 and I am OBSESSED. The food and drinks were amazing and I love the casual cool vibe. I am definitely adding this place to my must visit list for future trips. Pro tip– order a quesadilla!!


Love beach town restaurants.

After Mex 1, we all hit the beach for a couple of hours in Isle of Palms. I left my phone in the room so I don’t have any pics, but trust me it was one of the prettiest, almost-chilly beach days! We left the beach to catch the sunset on the golf course. One of our favorite things to do on IOP is ride around on the golf cart enjoying the sunset and perfect weather.


Golf course sunset!

Later that night we visited another relatively new restaurant on Sullivan’s Island- 450 Pizza Joint. This place was the food winner of the whole weekend. Their fried mozzarella sticks were unreal and I was drooling over the garlic knots at the table next to us. Pro tip– order the De Marco pizza!


Man bun making an appearance at 450.

My favorite restaurant on Sullivan’s Island (before this trip) used to be The Obstinate Daughter. We made reservations to go for brunch on Saturday.. I will skip the details but the service was underwhelming and it’s on my skip list for next time :) However, the interior is beautiful and the food is usually delicious so definitely give it a try.



OD interior design is amazing.

We spent the rest of the day Saturday alternating between the Wild Dunes pool and the beach. It was so dreamy! Perfect weather and company.

Saturday night we wanted to keep it low key so we caught the sunset at Morgan Creek. We ended the night with peanut butter pie AND key lime pie for dessert. It was truly a perfect day!


Saturday’s sunset was gorgeous!

I was so sad to leave! We stopped at my favorite home store Celadon Home on our way out of town where we found some gorgeous artwork that I can’t wait to hang! My travel outfit below consisted of my favorite nike joggers (I have several different colors) and my comfiest little slip on sneakers. Sunnies are sooo old but $8 from Asos! Links are below!


Sad to leave!!

I cannot wait until our next trip to IOP. It truly feels like a second home to me. What did you do this weekend? Let me know the best part of your weekend!! xoxo Olivia