Charleston Vaca: In Song, Words & Pics:Part I - Elegantly Dressed and Stylish
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Charleston Vaca: In Song, Words & Pics:Part I

Hi Ladies,
You are now taking a journey with me, to a 3 part series on our vacation to Charleston SC, and the beaches of Kiawa and Isle of Palms. These are just a few things we did as we stayed in a 1200sq foot house near the beach with our pups Gibby and Truffles. Warning: These pics are me in my non-glamorous state, hair pulled back, no makeup. …

The first place we visited the next morning we arrived was The Lost Dog Cafe, a cafe where only dogs can eat and drink. Just kidding! But you can bring your furry friends and they have excellent food and drinks. We had the Folly Beach Eggs Benedict with a crab and shrimp cake taking the place of ham. Oh, so good! Our drinks were an Azeala, a combo of cranberry juice and sparkling wine, just cold and crisp enough for the heat and humidity. Did I say it was HOT! Here is a song to convey the weather the entire time we were there.  Glen Frey ‘The Heat is On Here



I can’t say I was glamorous or elegant in any way, with the sweat pouring down your back the moment you step outside, at least that is how it was on Friday. So, I had my hair back either in a ponytail or bun. So no long red haired flowy pics.  Slicked back, hair in bun-kind of a week.






Besides having a ton of pictures of dogs on the wall, I thought this was too cool to pass up, love the bone fence!


This restaurant was on Folly Beach, where the neon signs of the beach shops lit up at night and we found ourselves later in the week, at the Crab Shack. More on that. However, there was a man playing steel drums and another with the guitar, playing beach music, to be expected, and my husband said I had to be a wiseguy to go up and ask them to play some Steel drum Bahama Style music with a Swing Bent.. ( HuH? that was the look I was given) and he played something that would have pacified anyone who didn’t know what swing was. Enter. My waiter. Cute guy, but when he asked me ” What’s swing?” I nearly feel over! Maybe I should have had him listen to this SONG. by the Big Bad Voodoo Daddies, originally by Cab Calloway: Minnie The Moocher HERE


So, our first day, was mostly eating at this fab restaurant with our dogs, and waiting until later around 4:30 to go to Isle of Palms. We thought we could be the heat more that way, and besides, this girl doesn’t tan. I am ok with that! I learned more in my younger days of the dangers of baby oil and that Irish girls dont tend to tan but burn, but learned it the hard way. It was 50 SPF all the way baby!

Here is a pic of Isle of Palms: More on that, our house and where we went on Monday, as our vacation saga will continue. My husband, who typically isn’t one for improvising, decided that he would rewrite the John Denver tune: “Sunshine on my Shoulders” to This title and lyrics: “Sa-and on my face, Makes me Cranky…” as the wind was blowing and getting sand all over the two of us, nothing an ocean wouldn’t wash away!


More pictures and song to come next week. Hope you enjoyed the PART I of my vacation, we took alot of photos, and I will have a Part II and III next week 🙂

Top: Ann Taylor ( old) Black shorts, Necklace and Earrings: Charming Charlie, Bag: Hayden

harnett NYC< Clark sandals. Puppies: Breeder in Asheville.

Link up: Style Elixer, Rachael the Hat

  • fashionistamomma
    Posted at 21:22h, 06 September Reply

    Your trip sounds great and you look fabulous. Thanks for linking up for Stylish Saturday. xo ~ Megan

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 08:38h, 07 September Reply

      Thank you Megan, we had a great time, jess xx

  • Beata B
    Posted at 11:53h, 05 September Reply

    This was wanderful ! Beautiful dogs 🙂 x

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 11:55h, 05 September Reply

      Hi Beata! Glad to hear from you and glad you enjoyed it. Thanks my puppies are my buddies!
      jess xo

  • cheriejamesp
    Posted at 18:07h, 04 September Reply

    Hi Jess, I love your outfit with shorts, your glasses and most of all your puppies!! I’m a dog person. Cherie at

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 19:09h, 04 September Reply

      Thank you! Yes, I love my pups very much! thanks for the comment jess xx

  • Jennie
    Posted at 10:48h, 03 September Reply

    What an adorable cafe! As a fellow dog lover, I would have had to eat there, too. Your eggs Benedict look so delish. Super cute casual wear. 🙂

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 10:52h, 03 September Reply

      Hi Jennie
      Yes, it was a really fun place, especially with the pups and the benedict was amazing! jess xx

  • elb743
    Posted at 18:09h, 01 September Reply

    You are a natural beauty, so without make up and a simple updo, you look fabulous. Love the black and white on you and the necklace. i love to go places that allow dogs..this one looks like such fun!
    xx, Elle

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 18:49h, 01 September Reply

      Awww. Thanks Elle, you are too kind. Had to wear my hair up as the humidity was so hotttt that day. Yes, we like to bring our pups if possible. It was a blast, I am doing part III on Wed and deicding whether or not to include a bathing suit pic. Jess xo

  • KizzyDoll
    Posted at 05:53h, 01 September Reply

    This was wonderful xx

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 07:38h, 01 September Reply

      Thanks doll, glad you enjoyed it! jess xx

  • Che
    Posted at 04:50h, 01 September Reply

    Cute photos of the beach and of you with your dogs! You look fab as always even with a ponytail. Must be that printed top and black shorts combo and those gorgeous earrings too. 😉

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 07:37h, 01 September Reply

      Thank you Che! Glad you liked the photos and my outfit Jess xx

  • Reasons to Dress (@reasonstodress)
    Posted at 18:06h, 31 August Reply

    beautiful vacation photos, I can’t wait for the rest of the series! And I LOVE your earrings!

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 18:07h, 31 August Reply

      Thanks so much! I had a great time too! Needed one 🙂 jess xx

  • carmen
    Posted at 21:13h, 30 August Reply

    Glad you had so much fun Jess! I like your slicked back hair, a nice casual look. Love the lacy-look earrings and necklace.

    Summer holidays make great memories; capturing these moments with photos and stories on your blog will be treasured for years to come. Thanks for sharing. I’ll stay tuned for part 2 and 3. 🙂

    ♥ carmen

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 08:06h, 31 August Reply

      Thank so much Carmen! Yes, I love to have pics from our travels great memories! Glad you liked the outfit too as I am pretty all naturale on vacation! Have a great weekend jess xx

  • Laura
    Posted at 17:19h, 30 August Reply

    What a cute restaurant! Love the fence! That crab cake looks delicious!

  • Lauren
    Posted at 16:03h, 30 August Reply

    Jess you look amazing! That restaurant sounds so charming and the food looks delicious!

  • katie
    Posted at 11:29h, 30 August Reply

    Charleston is a really neat place to visit and it looks like you found a fun cafe! I would love to take my dog to a cafe like that, but he can be a bit of a handful. Anyway, lovely pictures!

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 11:31h, 30 August Reply

      Thanks Katie! Yes we had a great time. Glad you like the pics too! jess xx

  • J @ Bless Her Heart Y'all
    Posted at 11:23h, 30 August Reply

    I love Isle of Palms! My parents live in the area so I visit frequently. I’ve never been to the Lost Dog Cafe, but I have been to The Crab Shack. 🙂

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 11:24h, 30 August Reply

      Neat! I do love IOP too, but Kiawa was our favorite. Lost Dog looked pretty new, and my pups loved it too!! The Crab Shack was very good! Have a great weekend! jess xx

  • Nicole
    Posted at 09:49h, 30 August Reply

    I can’t wait to see more. It looks like you guys had a great time and that food looks delicious. Have a great weekend!

    Nicole to the Nines

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 10:15h, 30 August Reply

      Thanks Nicole! Yes we did have a good time Huby and i were proud of that breakfast pic. He likes to take pics of food too!! jess xx

  • Debbie Stinedurf
    Posted at 09:33h, 30 August Reply

    Gorgeous shots! I really like your hair pulled back, it shows off your pretty face. 🙂 You had asked over on my blog where we were on the Allegheny. Foxburg…did you ever visit there? It is so quaint and gorgeous. We’re definitely going back!

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 10:14h, 30 August Reply

      Thanks Deb! I have a great camera man my hubby! Glad you like my hair pulled back, as that is how I wore it the whole trip! Never visited Foxburg. I was in Pittsburgh. Sounds nice! Jess xx

  • Life Style Over 40
    Posted at 04:38h, 30 August Reply

    You seem to be having a great time. Lovely photos and outfit. Sara

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 07:55h, 30 August Reply

      Thank you Sara, yes we had a great time. jess xx

  • Jacket Society
    Posted at 21:41h, 29 August Reply

    Looks like an amazing vacation Jess and how cute are your puppies. Its always great to be able to take them on vacation with you. Can I just say you look great with your hair pulled back and the necklace and earrings are beautiful. Cant wait to read part 2 🙂

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 07:54h, 30 August Reply

      Thanks so much Nora! I am a bit self conscious about my hair pulled back, so I appreciate the comment.Yes, we love having our pups with us, glad you enjoyed the first part of my vacation 🙂 Jess xo

  • Tamara
    Posted at 16:43h, 29 August Reply

    Cute necklace and earrings! I love those cute puppies too ;).


    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 16:48h, 29 August Reply

      Thanks so much! Yes, they are my buddies 🙂

  • Blaire Bingham
    Posted at 15:33h, 29 August Reply

    Yum! Those eggs look delicious, and how cute are those puppies! Can’t wait for part 2 and 3.
    xo, Whitney and Blaire
    Peaches In A Pod

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 15:44h, 29 August Reply

      Thanks girls! Glad you like the post. Gibby ( the red one) is my boy, I love him and Truffles to bits! My hubby took the eggs benedict pic and we were quite pleased how it turned out. ( He has to take pics of food too!) Have a wonderful weekend, jess xx

  • Willfully Elegant
    Posted at 13:02h, 29 August Reply

    Woohoo..looking forward to all the parts..this place looks so serene and laid back! Enjoy the vacation 🙂

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 13:08h, 29 August Reply

      We are home now, but had a great time! A needed break. Thanks< have a great weekend, jess xx

  • trinagrandinetti
    Posted at 12:34h, 29 August Reply

    So glad you shared a bit of your vaca with us, you do look so calm, relaxed and causually elegant. I absolutely love the white sandy beaches of SC. In fact, I was seriously considering a quick labor day get away to Hilton Head Island until I remembered it was a holiday. Hopefully I’ll get there soon.

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 12:46h, 29 August Reply

      Thanks Trina, I do not wear makeup or pack much when I travel. I am going to have a Part II and III of my vacation when you check back next week, my hubby took so many pics and we did alot. I hope you make it there soon too, I like Hilton head as well. jess xx

  • Amy Ann
    Posted at 12:12h, 29 August Reply

    I love this concept! I’m not sure my dogs would be calm enough to actually take, but it would be fun. Ha! Your outfit is perfect for the occasion.

    xo, Amy Ann
    The Real Arnolds

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 12:25h, 29 August Reply

      Thank you Amy! Yes, we had a great time especially bringing the pups 🙂 Have a great weekend, jess xx

  • Christina, Esq.
    Posted at 11:59h, 29 August Reply

    what a great trip! looks like an amazing place to visit 🙂

    thanks for stopping by Musings, i will definitely follow you!

    Christina, Esq.

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 12:02h, 29 August Reply

      Thanks so much! Yes, it was very fun! jess xo

  • whosaprettygirl
    Posted at 10:21h, 29 August Reply

    You look great with your hair pulled back and no makeup! Beautiful dogs too. 🙂

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 11:16h, 29 August Reply

      Awww. thank you! you will be seeing alot of that as I am doing a 3 Part series on Charleston and my vacation, too hot for makeup there, you just sweat it off! jess xo

  • Annette
    Posted at 09:46h, 29 August Reply

    Not only the photos and the café look gorgeous but you do, Jess! So relaxed and happy!

    Annette | Lady of Style

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 11:15h, 29 August Reply

      Thanks so much Annette! It was much needed! My illness kept at bay and I had a great time. Have a wonderful weekend, jess xo

  • Suzanne Carillo
    Posted at 09:14h, 29 August Reply

    Cool photos and a fun restaurant for sure.

    Love the puppy : )


    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 11:14h, 29 August Reply

      Thanks Suzanne! Yea we had a great time, Gibby is my buddy!! jess xx

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