Tuesday, July 18, 2017

That's Folly

The whole trip could have gone very wrong if the first two hours were any indication. I was about an hour and a half from Richmond - Miss A in the co-pilot seat and the Sirius Yacht Rock station on heavy rotation- when I suddenly realized I'd forgotten to pack my swimsuits. F$%*! That's what I get for packing that morning. In my vacation euphoria I'd gone out the night before and was decidedly in no shape to pack till I hydrated and got some sleep. All I can say is thank god for Target.

Fast forward 5ish hours and Miss A and I pulled up to the cutest beach bungalow I've ever seen. If you'd like to check it out you can find more info here. Circumstances changed a bit this year and I seized the opportunity to lobby for a switch from our normal beach spot to one I'd been wanting to try for a long time. To say that I loved Folly Beach is an understatement.  It was just awesome sauce. It was crowded but not too crowded. Lively, yet with a small town feel. The main drag restaurants were great with live music and pet-friendly patios abound.  

As we traversed the island, we saw what came to be familiar signs and posters that said, "Slow down, it's Folly Beach", a nod to both the speed limit, 35, and the feeling that the locals want to communicate. They live here too -in hidden tree houses that happen to be on the ground- and they'd like for you to enjoy the same lifestyle they do. It's Folly, slow down. Did I mention at night you can actually see the stars?

Several nights we ventured into Charleston, which was a mere 20ish minute drive away. I could spend a bunch of time putting together a list of restaurants to hit, but a fellow blogger, Julia Engel, has already done a fabulous job. A recent Charleston transplant, we used her restaurant guide to point us in the right direction and they were all fabulous. My only addition is the Hominy Grill if you're looking for southern cuisine. My chicken livers - yes, I like chicken livers- were amazing as was the fried chicken, sides, and numerous pies we sampled. 

Finally, I think what I'll remember most about this trip was a small seed that was planted. I am very hopeful that it will grow. Till next year, Folly.

Friday, July 7, 2017

It's Friday, Love

{ Feet shot cause duh }

Haven't done one of these Friday posts in quite a while. Felt like doing one today. Maybe its because today is the least stressful day for me all year. Why, you ask? BECAUSE IT'S THE DAY BEFORE I LEAVE FOR VACATION!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Yes, you heard right, vacation. I'm excited to get out of town. I'm excited for a break. I'm excited to pack a bag and explore a new place. I'm excited for sun on my face, wind in my hair....sand underneath my feet, and a drink in my hand! See ya'll next week!

P.S. If you want to follow along with my beach shenanigans be sure to follow me on Instagram @austenhillva and tune in to my instastories....

{ Signs the niece and nephew were in town }

{ Packing }

{ Keepin it classy for the beach }

{ Picnics in the park }

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Basket and Bike

A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of taking some photos on a Basket and Bike ride on the Capitol Trail. What is Basket and Bike you ask? Well, its a fabulous new company started by the multi-talented Anne Poarch. Basket and Bike offers distinct guided rides around Richmond and the Capitol Trail. They provide the bike, delicious snacks for the journey, and interesting stops along the way where you'll learn about the history of the route. Our ride started at Upper Shirley Vineyards and took us several miles along the trail. We stopped at historic sites and also got a sneak peak at Anne's newest venture, Herring Creek Market. So excited for all of Anne's success- #ladyboss- See you on the trail!

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Sunset at the Overlook

For the second year in a row I had the honor of photographing Childsavers Supper at Sunset. The organization does such amazing work and I'm so happy to be able to support them in any small way. Hope you enjoy the photos as much as I enjoyed taking them and be sure to head over to their Facebook page for a full list of the evening's sponsors and amazing chefs!