9.22.2014

weekend good things.

We had our first visitor this weekend and we had a great time playing tourist in our new city. The weekend was full of so many good things (and good eats!)

My father-in-law landed in Charleston on Friday night and we went straight to Hominy Grill for dinner. I've been wanting to go here foreeeever so I was excited to finally visit. We shared some jalapeno hushpuppies (delicious!) and I ordered the Fried Green Tomato B.L.T. and cheesy grits -- the sandwich was pretty good but I wasn't a huge fan of the hamburger bun (seems like a weird choice for that sandwich). Thankfully grits were really tasty-- hello cheese + butter! I'd love to go back to Hominy Grill for brunch someday.
On Saturday we started the day at the Farmer's Market at Marion Square and bought some local pecans (sweet + spicy), and then walked over to the Historic City Market. My father-in-law loved the market -- he did some souvenir shopping and bought lots of goodies: cheesy grits, Charleston red beans, dried okra and apple spice walnuts from our favorite nut shop

We stopped at Queology for lunch. I liked h's BBQ chicken sandwich but I wasn't a huge fan of my BBQ pork tacos -- they were cold! This is the second time I've had cold BBQ tacos in Charleston (they serve cold tacos at Home Team BBQ). The flavor was good but it just felt WEIRD to eat cold meat.
After lunch we walked to Waterfront Park where we spent some quality time on the swings. Next we ventured over to Battery Park and wandered around the park. The forecast predicted rain all day but thankfully it was just cloudy.

Later that night we made Kotlet-- a Persian patty made out of potatoes, onions, beef, and turmeric for dinner. It was nice to take a break from the restaurant food and get a cooking lesson. We went out one more time to visit the Night Market downtown and ended up at Ben & Jerry's afterwards (I'm not complaining!) 
On Sunday the sun was out (yahh!), so we took advantage of the warm weather and headed over to Sullivan's Island. Can you believe it's taken us three months to finally make it to the beach?! It was worth the wait, the weather was perfect -- it was breezy and not too hot. After a long walk on the beach, we stopped at Poe's Tavern for lunch. It's a cute, quirky place with tons of Edgar Allen Poe photos and drawings everywhere. They serve REALLY good burgers (I indulged in the Amontillado burger with guacamole, jalapeno jack cheese, pico de gallo and chipotle sour cream). It's my new favorite place for burgers.
We ended the day at Shem Creek in Mount Pleasant. It's such a peaceful place to visit and see the wetlands up close. We took our time walking along the boardwalk and looking at little crabs and snails along the way.

How was your weekend?
-xo-
Jillian

p.s. There's one day left to enter the $150 Tieks Giveaway
I'm excited to announce the winner AND another giveaway tomorrow.


9.19.2014

friday five.

ONE: My father-in-law is visiting this weekend! It's his first time in Charleston and I am so excited to show him around our new neighborhood. We're planning on visiting a few new (to us) restaurants and making some homemade Persian food! Follow along on instagram :)
TWO: Earlier this week H and I went to Jim 'N Nick's BBQ for a little date night dinner. My burger totally hit the spot and cheddar biscuit and seasoned fries were delicious. H's bbq pork plate was really good (minus the fried green tomatoes-- they were disappointing). I can't wait to go back for some bbq pork tacos. 
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THREE: The other week we watched the TED Talk: The happy secret to better work. During his presentation, Shawn Achor challenges the audience to train your brain to focus on the positives -- which will allow your brain to work more optimistically and successfully. He suggests doing the following for 21 days: write down three things that you are thankful for, journal about one positive thing you experienced that day, meditate, perform a random acts of kindness (example: write a positive email of support). These things done over and over again will train your braid to scan the world for the positive instead of the negatives. Before we go to bed, H and I have gotten into the habit of saying three (or more) things positive things that happened that day. It's such a nice way for us to end the day and take a little time to be thankful.
FOUR: I finished One Plus One this week. It was a quick read and a great story (not that I am surprised -- I'm a huge Jojo Moyes fan). Next up: Suite Francaise, Dragonfly in Amber (the second book in the Outlander series), and All Fall Down. Have you read any of these books? Which one should I read first?
FIVE: There are a few days left to enter my Tieks giveaway -- don't miss it!

Have a great weekend! 
-xo-
Jillian

9.17.2014

fall trend: plaid scarves.

This fall I am looking forward to getting cozy with a big soft scarf. I've seen a ton of plaid in stores and online and scarves are the easiest way to incorporate a little plaid into your wardrobe. Here's a roundup of plaid scarves all under $50:



Are you going to wear plaid this fall?
-xo-
Jillian

p.s. have you entered my Tieks $150 gift card giveaway?

9.16.2014

4-year Blogging Anniversary + a Tieks Giveaway!

It's hard to believe that I have been blogging for four years! I started Cornflake Dreams in 2010 as a creative outlet from my 9-5 job and it has evolved into so much more. This blog has become a part of my life -- and I really appreciate all of the support that I have received over the years my readers. You have been with me throughout some of my happiest and most challenging times -- our engagement, wedding, travels across Europe and beyond, my crohn's diagnosis and management, my 1,000th blog post and most recently our move across the country. I am so grateful for the friends --online and IRL -- that I have made through blogging. I'm looking forward to continue blogging and sharing stories about my life and my favorite things. 

I thought it only makes sense to give back a little something to you! I am giving away $150 gift card to Tieks.  I own Tieks in matte black, ballerina pink, copperhead snakeskin, and silver lake -- they are my favorite ballet flat brand.
Please enter below using the Rafflecopter widget. One lucky winner will be announced next Tuesday, September 23 -- along with another great giveaway. Thank you for your support! 
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Good luck!
-xo-
Jillian

9.15.2014

weekend good things.

I had another low-key weekend with more New Girl episodes, a new book, ice cream sandwiches, a Starbucks pumpkin sugar cookiethe latest issue of InStyle, and window shopping on King Street. 
It was just what I needed.
H takes his big test today -- it's 9 hours long! So please say a little prayer :) And stop by tomorrow - I'm celebrating my 4-year blogging anniversary with a big giveaway. 

How was your weekend?
xo,
Jillian

9.12.2014

friday five.

Happy Friday! It's the last weekend before H's test -- whooohooo happy dance!!! Here are a few other things on my mind:
ONE: Earlier this week, H and I crossed another restaurant off my list and we went to Sesame. We took advantage of their $3 Tuesday burger night and it was soooo good! You have to pay extra for your toppings + (giant) steak fries, but it's still worth it. I ordered my burger with house made pimento cheese and tomatoes (it's listed on the menu as the South Carolina). It cured my burger craving and fueled my new pimento cheese obsession. Locals don't miss this weekly special!
TWO: I recently won a giveaway to KiraKira and I am loving my new druzy agate ring + gold celestial inspired locket. Check out the full line of travel inspired jewelry HERE
THREE: Please stop by The Collaboreat today! I am guest blogging about my dinner at Indaco earlier this week (there are lots of drool-worthy photos!)
FOUR: I bought THIS Tildon racerback shift dress ($49) and I loveee it. I am 5'4 and it's the perfect length. Now I'm tempted to buy the v-back woven dress (also $49) and the lace-inset shift dress (currently on sale 50% off - now only $24) from the same line.
FIVE: It's my 4-year blogging anniversary this month! To celebrate I'm hosting some great giveaways the next few weeks. The first giveaway will be coming up on Tuesday, September 16 - don't miss it! 

Have a great weekend!
-xo-
Jillian

9.10.2014

fall trends for less: sneakers + sweatpants.

I was browsing around JCrew the other day and I saw these photos: 
It got me thinking -- is it socially acceptable to go outside in sweatpants?! In the interest of comfort -- I'm going with yes. I found some great sweatpants (ranging in prices $17-$70) and sneakers $85 and under for this laid-back fall trend: vans classic slip-on $47 - nike internationalist sneakers $85 chucktaylor shoreline sneakers $45 - superga 2750 coto classic $65 -420 new balance burgundy sneakers $70 - chucktaylor shoreline sneakers $45

Would you wear sweatpants out of the house?
-xo-
Jillian