Boone Hall Plantation in Charleston

Whenever I ponder the exact moment I fell in love with Charleston, it would be cruising down the cinematically swoon-inducing driveway of Boone Hall Plantation. I’ll never forget the vision of Spanish Moss draping the thick canopy of live oaks, swaying gently with the nearly imperceptible breeze from nearby the Atlantic coast. Daniel aimed to surprise me that day by giving me a “The Notebook” tour (the film was created in several spots throughout Charleston, including Boone Hall), but in true annoying habit, I guessed every surprise of the day. I was more impressed by the historical feast over Gosling’s old haunts. Nonetheless, this historical gem epitomizes southern romance. We’ve returned a handful of times since, and are now planning our wedding reception here for our American family, and our European one in Italy.

Founded by Englishman general John Boone in 1681, Boone Hall Plantation is one of America’s oldest working farms; it’s particularly celebrated for it’s pecan and cotton harvests. Walking the evergreen grounds of this farm is a living juxtaposition of southern opulence and echoes of African American plights; and if anything, it’s honest. We are a country rooted in both glory and faults. We are a quilt of mistakes and wars for the better. There are endless layers to the moral makeup of this country, but we do have one truth: light always triumphs dark, and historical accountability and celebration of diversity is our strength.

The south was an important stage to my own history this summer. I went into 2018 having a very strict 12-month plan of what would unfold (a routine that’s worked since college), but life had its own lessons to teach me — mainly, that character and success isn’t defined by plans fulfilled or prompt deliverance of heart’s desires, but rather how you navigate adversity with grit and grace to fight for them. There were moments where I felt I was drowning in changes both personally and professionally, but one thing I know for sure…life doesn’t give you trials or tribulations without reason. They come as preparation for something much bigger than yourself, and often act as a imperceptible breeze pushing you toward your destiny. Much like how the wind swept through the Spanish Moss on the Live Oaks the first day we visited Boone Hall, unaware to what exactly I was surrendering to.

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  • “One of my favorite things about female writers, about writers in general, about people who take what’s happened to them and they process it and they put it out into the world...is if you write, you can turn your lessons into your legacy.” -Taylor Swift. Her albums always, without fail, paint a musical narrative to complement whatever stage I’m personally and professionally journeying through. Can’t wait for my window seat airplane hours on Friday, listening to her new stories which will inevitably be the soundtrack to so many romantic, cinematic, modern jetsetter moments in Europe this summer. The life of a writer is the only life for me. xx 💋
  • Coffee date in the Italian Riviera, anyone? Every day in Italy starts with finding the perfect cappuccino. Three insider rules for Italy visitors to find that perfect frothy dream: 1️⃣ Don‘t be confused by the word “bar” (this is an Italian café and the center of social life for locals) 2️⃣ Venture away from the city center to find bars where the locals go; you should always pay less than €2 for a cappuccino. Tourist hotspots charge up to €7 and often a far cry from true Italian coffee culture 3️⃣ Do order a cornetto to go with your coffee; one must do as the Italians do 🥐☕️ 🇮🇹
  • With a summer in Italy around the corner, I’m quickly adapting to CPSR diet: cappuccino, pasta, spritz, repeat. May can’t come soon enough. Stay tuned to the blog this week for a guide to one of Italy’s most coveted destinations, my Nonna’s gnocchi recipe, weekend reads and our big wedding destination reveal (+ a little official change to our addresses in the world). #ModernJetsetter 💋
  • There is no destination in the world sweeter than the one I experienced today: next to my little brother’s side when he  found out he’s having a little baby boy - in the most country way ever. Thank you Kelsey for loving my brother the way you do, being an instant sister and for already being the most incredible mama to our Kipton. We can’t wait to spoil that boy with our love (and plenty of storytime with aunty in between duck hunting season). I love you three with all of my heart xx
  • Charleston is a perfect confluence of elegant southern tradition and European influence, especially when it comes to the food scene. Every time I discover a perfect charcuterie board or Aperol Spritz (far too often) it reminds me how short that Atlantic bridge between the USA and Europe is. During the next chapter of Modern Jetsetter, home time will be spent discovering the creme-de-la-creme of American living, and the million cultural pieces, flavors and patterns that make up our gorgeous presentation 🍷💋(food scene spotted st @goatsheepcow - one of my favorite Charleston restaurants)

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