A Charleston Good Time

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What up people?! A couple weeks ago I met all three of my sisters and my mom in Charleston to celebrate my mother’s 70th birthday. Charleston has always been on my list of places in the US to explore, so I was pretty pleased we decided on this southern destination spot. The ladies all traveled together from Texas while I met them across country on a red eye flight. It had been over a decade since the FOUR of us Coalson girls took a trip together, and we had never done so with our Mom. WHAT WAS GONNA HAPPEN?!

The first thing we did once I got there on Thursday was embark on a beautiful historic carriage ride through downtown Charleston, the Holy City. I had never seen so many places of worship! The old buildings were delightful but it was hot AF! I’m a delicate SF coastal flower now and am not accustomed to extreme heat or humidity anymore. Our horse was very lovely though and it was a cute time together.

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Check me out, chillin on our lunch porch at Cru Cafe. God I love Southern porches…

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We then decided to take a happy hour booze cruise for sunset views of the harbor. I loved this bridge, I even bought a small painting of it later on. BTW – some of the most amazing sunsets I’ve seen were on this cruise…

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This is my sis Bryana, also known as the author behind the blog OurSommLife. She is married to a Sommelier and writes about their travel adventures, wine, being a mom, and most recently keeping track of my parents house through the damage from Hurricane Harvey (I’ll write more on that later).ย  Isn’t she cute?!

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This is a blurry pic of all of us on the boat, and it makes me laugh so hard. Bryana is on the left, then Krista, my mom, me, and my oldest sister Karen. Don’t we look fun?!

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I’m glad we did the cruise because I never would have seen Fort Sumter or gotten this glorious shot! It is the birthplace of the Civil War, and anyone who knows me knows that I was a Civil War buff at the ripe age of 13. (My Grandmother gave me Civil War trading cards and my dad used to take me to meet ups at Barnes & Noble…granted I was the only child or young person under the age of 40, but it was a fun thing I shared with my dad. We saw a lot of Civil War era movies together. Let’s just say history was always my favorite subject growing up, and I used to fantasize about being a history teacher at one point in my life). #funfacts

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On Friday morning we proceeded to check out Boone Hall Plantation just on the outskirts of the city. We all grew up watching the 80’s adaption of North and South (staring THEE super hot Patrick Swayze!!!) and this was his home in the show. Of course we just HAD to check it out! (I might have also played the opening credits theme song on our way in…) ALSO – The Notebook was filmed here.

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Afterwards we made our way over to Isle of the Palms beach to take a gander at the Atlantic ocean. We originally wanted to make a day out of Myrtle Beach because the movie SHAG was a staple in our home growing up. (A coming of age 80’s movie, that takes place in the 60’s, with a shag dancing contest at the end?! SIGN ME UP.) However, Hurricane Jose just missed the coastline prior to our visit and there were horrible mosquitoes everywhere, so we decided to axe the beach day. We opted for a short peek-a-boo visit instead.ย  ๐Ÿ™‚

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Friday night we pursued our own ghost adventures at the haunted jailhouse downtown! We opted to download a few different “ghost hunting apps” to help us determine if our own Airbnb was haunted and also tried it out in the jail. Honest review, I think the apps are fun-n-games and didn’t really pay too much attention to the words they displayed (most of it was for entertainment but a handful of the words did freak me and Bry out…). But the apps “light up” around spiritual activity and the whole time we were in the jail my app was glowing up constantly (as opposed to other places). I also got a weird spooky picture which super creeped me out…

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I love the old southern architecture! While I don’t forsee me living in the south again, I do love a good old southern home. They are just so beautiful to me.

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The infamous Rainbow Row!!

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Here I am outside of the Old Slave Mart. The exhibit was really well written and in my opinion was the best source of HONEST information on around the slave trade in the area. Slavery is not pretty but it happened and we should all acknowledge it FULLY (and not brush it under the rug) so that we can get an accurate grasp of how it has affected our country and citizens even today.

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Alas, our last night out we all surprised my mom for a fancy dinner for her 70th at the lovely Charleston Grill! We even packed her one of her favorite nice outfits as we surprised her. It was fun to dress up together and enjoy a night out on the town. Plus, look at the photo we took in front of this amazing staircase!!

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As our time ended together, we sported the Charleston rainbow row t-shirts mom got us to the airport, ate a quick breakfast, and huddled in for one last group pic before I went my separate way back to foggy San Francisco. Awww we are so cute.

Honest thoughts here:

  • Charleston has been hyped up a lot in recent years as a top travel destination in the US. I, being the big history buff that I am, have always wanted to visit and was very excited to explore more of the Lowcountry.
  • While it was very historic and the food was delicious, there wasn’t really a “vibe” or a social scene that I thought it would have. I assumed there would be a famous street with a lot tourist foot traffic, shopping boutiques, and interesting bars (similar to 6th street in Austin or any street in the French Quarter) but was a little disappointed that this wasn’t the case. It could have also been the time of year that we chose to visit, as it was nearly October, and perhaps summer time it is more bumpin’? It was basically dead when we were there and the night we went out after ghost hunting felt like 28 days later.
  • I barely saw ANY POC, which I found strange…
  • All in all, it was a beautiful place and I’m happy we visited! But I don’t think I would go out of my way to head back unless it was for a reason. Long story short, it wasn’t my favorite city. But it was one of the most beautiful cities I’ve ever seen.
  • I’m glad my mother had a great birthday

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Now I will point you to Bryana’s blog post so you can see what she thought of our experience!

XO

Em

escape from san francisco, halloween 2k16

This Halloween I fulfilled my dream of being the incredible Joanna Stayton, played by Goldie Hawn, from Overboard! I LOVE THIS MOVIE SO MUCH Y’ALL and have been thinking about doing this costume for YEARS #overboardforever. What’s great is that John loves Kurt Russell (as do I, hello HOTTIE ALERT!) and decided to be Snake Plissken from Escape from New York. We thought that it would be more recognizable for him to wear an eyepatch and go for Snake’s look because if we weren’t standing next to each other while he was Dean Proffitt, he would just be wearing plaid and would look similar to his everyday self (I guess he could have worn overalls and carried a tool box but truth be told, John doesn’t love Overboard the way that I do (HOW DARE HE) and he wanted to be Snake. COMPROMISE people! That’s what love is all about โค )

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Don’t we look GOOD?!

The point is, we both were characters we loved while representing a real life powerhouse in the love department. Kurt and Goldie are hands down my favorite celebrity couple and a great inspiration for relationships everywhere!

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We ended up going on the Sunset Sound System boat party to celebrate Halloween (on top of another house party the night before). The Sunset Crew are a great group of local underground house + techno DJs that have been throwing the best parties (that happen to fall on Sundays) for over 20 years in the Bay Area. The boat parties are a ton of fun, are usually 3 floors, and feature edgy DJs from Berlin to NYC and all over the world (talk about LEGIT). This year I was STOKED to hear Prosumer. AND since I was on a boat, all night I got to say things like:

  • THE ENTIRE CIVILIZED WORLD KNOWS THAT ALL CLOSETS ARE MADE OF CEDAR!
  • Andrew, are you gonna bring me my lemon or do I have to squeeze it from my hat?
  • Caviar should be round, and hard, and of adequate size, and should burst in your mouth at *precisely* the right moment.
  • I was a SHORT…FAT…SLUT!

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I made the jacket from a white satin robe, shoulder pads, gold rope, gold tassel ribbon, and sequins.

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All in all it was a pretty successful Halloween weekend. People loved our costumes, we hungout with our fun friends, listened to great tunes, and got to ride a huge boat around the Bay!

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Just for fun, I’ll leave you with one of my favorite clips. Hope you all had a Happy Halloween! Now I have to start brainstorming what I want to be next year…

 

Ghosts of Halloweens past

For #throwbackthursday I want to take a trip down memory lane and revisit the costumes of Halloweens past. I have always been a fan of creating quirky costumes because I like to be unique and hate anything that comes out of a bag. HELLO PEOPLE I am not a carbon copy #basicbetch over here! I don’t enjoy slutty costumes either, unless it’s ironic – like a neighbor having a slutty costume party and people come as ridiculous slutty things like a slutty hotdog or a slutty microwave (I mean who DOESN’T find micro-WAVES sexy?!). The best one I’ve ever seen was a couples costume of Benjamin Franklin and his slutty kite…HAHA. Moving along, here are some of my favorite costumes from previous years. Maybe it can help spur last minute creativity if you don’t know what to be?

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The MEME. Everybody remembers the DOUBLE RAINBOW! How could we forget thee? I painted glitter tears on my face and made a headband with a thought bubble that read What does it mean? In case you are one of the few that doesn’t remember, you should refresh your memory because it was one of the biggest memes of 2010. Memes are great because they are topical, so most people get ’em.

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Group Concept. This was when we did a crazy cat lady and her cats. My friend Sara and I SEWED THESE CATSUITS ourselves and I remember feeling SO accomplished! It is also versatile and worked well as a unicorn, below, that I switched up a few years later when I djed at Go Bang! for Halloween.

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MAKEUP Only. Pop art make-up, anyone? This is a good one to do when you feel lazy but love Halloween parties and don’t want to dress up in the same costume several days in a row. Like when Halloween is on a Monday (as it is this year) and you know of parties Fri-Mon. (Hey, I’m a social butterfly, OKAY?!) #halloweenparties4life

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Quirky Couples Costumes. My favorite couples costume ever was when John and I did Burt and Dolly from Best Little Whorehouse in Texas. This was a true GEM of a costume and I’m so proud of how it turned out. John and I had only been dating for 6 months and when I asked him to be Burt Reynolds from the movie and he jumped on the opportunity. We quickly realized that we BOTH grew up watching the movie so it holds a special place in our heart. It was then I knew he would be the perfect mate to dress up alongside me for all sorts of costume situations…

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And for fun, here is a throwback of John and I as a fembot and a shark with a friggin’ lazer beam attached to his head, per the BEST TRILOGY OF ALL TIME, Austin Powers! (Yes Austin Powers is really my favorite trilogy of all time. No, this is not a sponsored post from Austin Powers. No one has paid me to say this. My love for Austin Powers is REAL people. So real, that when my sister Bryana got married, she booked an Austin Power’s impersonator to DJ. #austinpowersforever). Also this costume was from Bay to Breakers and NOT Halloween, but you get the gist.

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ICONIC. Last year I FINALLY sewed the Bjork swan dress of my dreams! I won the costume contest and the hearts of all Bjork dorks out there. I wanted to do this costume for years and was so happy that it came together how it did. It’s an iconic look and will keep well for future use.

I can’t wait to show you what I’ve whipped up for this year! Stay tuned…

Big Pimpkin’ @ Da pumpkin patch

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Anyone order a disco-ball pumpkin?

Did I mention how much I absolutely love Halloween?! It’s seriously my favorite day of the year. Why can’t costumes be accepted more on a regular basis? Like, hey I want to be a mermaid today (or Ronald McDonald Trump), and it’s all good cause no one would care. Well that’s why I love living in SF because there’s ALWAYS a reason to sport a costume. But Halloween IS around the corner, so this past weekend was spent with friends doing what BASIC people love to do best in October: watch Hocus Pocus, drink RIDICULOUS scary-themed red wine, and carve pumpkins. I got to do it twice! And I’m not ashamed… #basichalloween

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Lunatic Red, Once Upon a Vine (Big Bad Red), and Besieged.

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In years past I have always carved some sort of cat in my pumpkin. The most elaborate pumpkin I’ve ever carved was a profile of a unicorn WITHOUT a pattern. That was intense you guys. This year I opted for the disco ball pumpkin because #whynot and I’ve never seen one before. ALSO we bought a crazy battery operated pumpkin carving POWER SAW because ain’t nobody got time to carve pumpkins anymore folks!

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“I can haz pizza and pumpkins and Hocus Pocus?!” – Jasper the tuxedo cat

I know that I am in my 30s and still thoroughly enjoy Halloween activities, and I will continue to do so until I’m much more of an old lady. One day I will travel to the biggest pumpkin patch I’ve ever seen and do a full on costume photo shoot, that I will indeed turn into a calendar and can sell. Until then, I’m gonna keep doing me and continue to be the biggest Halloween + costume nerd that I know.

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Creepin’ It Real

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It’s fall y’all. I hate to sound basic, but it really IS my favorite time of year (all you other people are posers). Ever since I can remember I’ve been eager to carve pumpkins, create unique costumes from scratch, and perform a seance (ya know, the BASICS). I love haunted ghost shows, anything paranormal, and creepy serial killer stories. “What say you, he ate their organs and did WHAT to their decapitated heads?! DO TELL ME MORE!” What kind of weirdo thinks that, let alone says that??? THIS ONE.

One of the reasons that I love living in San Francisco is that it’s practically fall all year round! Autumn wardrobe is the best wardrobe by far and the time of year that I buy 70% of my clothes. 25% of my wardrobe consists of costumes and the last 5% is a nice grab bag. (Hey, costumes are a way of life in this city!) I have BIG PLANS for my Halloween costume this year but I won’t get into details just yet…

For now, I’m going to enjoy crisp evening walks with my love, apple cider, PUNkins, scary movies, andย  my BOOtiful tuxedo cat before the holidays blast us off into another dimension (srsly though where does the time go after Halloween? Into the upside down?). But back to horror movies, we recently watched Deathgasm and were pleasantly surprised! It’s a horror-comedy (kinda like Shaun of the Dead) from New Zealand about a metal band that accidentally opens the gates of hell by playing The Black Hymn, unleashing the Apocalypse. It was a such a surprise hit that they are making Deathgasm 2: Goremageddon, you guys. DEATHGASM FTW!

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Does this wall make me look more fall?