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17 Products That Will Give You Wanderlust

Boho home decor, worldy finds & Vacation-ready Essentials that make us want to pack our bags
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An eclectic entryway & white juju hat, Waiting On Martha

As someone who loves to travel it doesn’t take much to inspire me about trips to faraway places.  I’m pretty much always planning my next getaway, and feel a wave of wanderlust simply by looking at summer wardrobe staples, travel-inspired coffee table books and eclectic home decor like my favorite white juju hat! 

A great panama hat, a breezy maxi dress and a colorful beach blanket can instantly transport me to my ideal summer vacation.  And new luggage somehow always has a way of getting me excited about even an 8-hour flight through the night.  All of these items signify the joy and excitement of traveling for me, and the hope for experiencing a new place and making lifelong memories.  

But those inspired feelings don’t stop there; I’ve found as I’ve gotten older my wanderlust vibes extend into my home decor too.  Ginger jars, baskets, art and so many more items around my house that I’ve collected during my travels give me that itch to hop on a plane.  Does travel inspire that feeling for you too?  Check out a few of them below, and tell me what you’d add to the list!  Cheers, Kat
 

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White Juju Hat

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As mentioned above I love finding special pieces that hold sentimental value to me.  A juju hat is a perfect example.  One of a kind, and always a show stopper a juju hat will be one of those pieces, while expensive, you’ll cherish for years to come.

French Girl Organics Rose/Ylang Sea Spray

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I can’t help but think of sun-soaked days in the south of France with this sea salt spray by cult-obsessed beauty brand French Girl Organics. This texturizing spray is enriched with organic sea salt and nourishing essential oils that will give your hair an irresistible hold. 

Indigo Shibori Journey Yoga Bag

Dear Keaton

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Embrace your “Eat, Love, Pray” vibes and get transported to Bali for your next yoga sesh with this indigo yoga bag from our friends at Dear Keaton.  I love the idea of using this stylish, unique way to carry my yoga mat! 

Straw Panama Hat

Nordstrom

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Nothing says vacay-ready like a great panama hat.  This wardrobe staple will be enjoyed long before AND after your next trip, too.  

Champagne Carry On Cocktail Kit

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Don’t forget this easy, fun carry-on cocktail kit for the next time you go wheels up. Just looking at it makes me want to book a flight! 

Fiber Clay Buddha Glanced With Antiqued Black Finish

Overstock

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I recently added a buddha statue at home as I created a calming, personal space to meditate.  It not only helps me recenter, it also sparks my sense of wanderlust for bucket list-trips like Thailand and India. 

Palm 18x18 Pillow

One Kings Lane

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When I see these pillows, all I can think about is Palm Springs and fun in the sun.  The bright, bold print gives a decidedly tropical vibe that works as an easy neutral at home. 

Cynthia Rowley Print Wetsuit

Shopbop

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If this beautiful blue and white wetsuit by Cynthia Rowley doesn’t make you want to plan a trip for a little sea and surf, I don’t know what will.  This piece actually took my breath away when I saw it! 

Chic Stays by Conde Nast Traveler

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It’s impossible not to add a few new items to the bucket list after flipping through this book by Conde Nast Traveler!  It’s filled with 36 personal anecdotes from models, filmmakers and celebrities that take you on whirlwind adventure around the globe, exploring some of the most beautiful hotels and hangouts along the way. 

Bamboo Mirror, Spotted Gold

One Kings Lane

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I have a soft spot for the bamboo motif, and this beveled mirror is no exception.  In an antique-gold-finish and unusual shape, it’s easy to lose yourself in thoughts of faraway travels. 

White Embroidered Leather Pouf

One Kings Lane

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This pouf, handmade in Morocco by skilled artisans, is one of our favorite versatile pieces for the home.  And in crisp white leather and beautiful embroidery, it transports us to the souks and markets of Marrakesh. 

Christine Flynn, Oregon Surfer

One Kings Lane

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Christine Flynn’s idyllic scene whisks us to Oregon’s chilly coast. The serene view pulls at any traveler’s heart strings! 

Large Persian Heriz Carpet

One Kings Lane

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All the heart eyes for this vintage Persian Heriz rug with jewel-toned geometric design, spotted on One Kings Lane. It goes without saying that an intricate, jaw-dropping statement rug like this one instantly transports me far away. #Swoon 

French Louis XVI-Style Walnut Server

One Kings Lane

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This stunning walnut server is the stuff Parisian dreams are made of; a romantic facade carved in floral and ribbon motifs and painted in a cool blue-gray, including a white-and-gray marble slab top. 

Tabtab Cotton-Blend Gauze Maxi Dress

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Every time I see a great breezy coverup or maxi dress like this one, I’m lost in daydreams about summer getaways. 

Blue & White Floral Ginger Jar

One Kings Lane

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Chinoiserie everything, please. My love for ginger jars goes hand-in-hand with so many Eastern influences that I’ve recently incorporated into my home decor. I’m counting down until I can see Asia with my own eyes! 

Gucci Gran Turismo Leather Trimmed Luggage

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This luggage is almost worth celebrating as much as the trip itself!  Gucci wows us with a gorgeous line that deserves a 5-star itinerary around the globe. 

Montclear Shearling Trimmed Suede Wedge Boots

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Not all vacations take us somewhere warm!  These gorgeous shearling boots immediately made me want to book a flight to some distant ski town to enjoy a little apres ski. 

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Seven Easy Packing Tips That Will Change The Way You Travel + A Big Giveaway with Mark & Graham

Use these simple tricks the next time you pack up your suitcase or carry on bag
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Happy Friday!  We’re ending the week on a high note with a great roundup of easy travel packing tips that will help even the over-packers reading this.  Plus we’re hosting a fun giveaway that we’ve been itching to announce with our friends at Mark & Graham.  See that gorgeous white luggage in the photos?!  The monogramed carry-on suitcase can be yours; keep reading! 

I’m an over-packer.  There’s no ifs-ands-or-buts about it.  And when a work trip or vacation has me packing a small carry-on suitcase—or large suitcase, I always find myself packing and stuffing the thing until its overweight.  But recently I’ve been studying up and working on a few key, easy travel packing tips that help me maximize that coveted space. 

The most game-changing of all the travel packing tips I’ve picked up being the use of dry cleaning bags to eliminate wrinkles caused from folding clothes and them shuffling around in transit.  Plastic is our friend with packing, people. 

So as I’m literally gearing up to hit the road again today—see you soon, Ponte Vedra!—I’ll be implementing these seven easy travel packing tips I’ve outlined below.  

On a side note, I am utterly obsessed with the look of this gorgeous white carry-on suitcase, and can’t wait to put it to use on my trip.  Thanks to Mark & Graham, one of our lucky readers can win it and begin implementing our tips asap!  

Simply enter the giveaway via the Rafflecopter widget below, and stay tuned for a great transitional flying outfit post on Monday!  Truly, MKR

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Double Grosgrain Trilby

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Tip #1: Avoid letting your hat get squished by stuffing a shirt in the inside of it, then fold and layer clothes around the brim so the brim stays peaking out.

Callie Platform Oxfords

Loeffler Randall, $395

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Tip #2: Save space in your suitcase by stuffing your shoes with electronic cords, socks, jewelry, etc. Otherwise, that’s wasted space inside those shoes!

Concourse 2-in-1 Cosmetic Case

Mark & Graham, $99

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Tip #3: Pack travel size everything when it comes to beauty and personal care products…samples are great for these situations!  And buy a pill case so that you can leave your pill bottles at home too; they take up too much room and this way you can pack only the amount you need. 

Boyfriend Belt

Rag & Bone, $160

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Tip #4: Eliminate unnecessary space-hogging mistakes, like rolled belts!  Instead, snake your belts around the inside border of the suitcase. 

Lingerie Bag Set

Waiting on Martha Home, $25

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Tip #5: Put all of your lingerie and undergarments in your delicates laundry bag.  Then, as you wear an item, you can put it in the to-be-washed bag, and just throw it in the laundry when you get home.

Boyjean Mid-Rise Slim-Leg Jeans

Madewell, $78

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Tip #6: Layer appropriately.  Think of it like a cake; first layer should be rollable items that won’t get wrinkled like jeans, leggings, t-shirts, pajamas.  Next, layer the folded items on top. 

Dry Cleaning Bags

Amazon, $29.95

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Tip #7: Between your layers as we mentioned in tip #6, lay down plastic bags or dry cleaning bags between folded layers of clothes.  Since friction causes wrinkling, plastic reduces friction.  If possible, pack all of your hanger items in individual plastic bags…they’ll arrive perfect and ready-to-wear! 

Photography, Rustic White for Waiting on Martha | This post is in collaboration with Mark & Graham, a brand we love and adore.  All opinions are 100% our own. 

As pictured: Carry-on Suitcase | Cosmetic Bag | Hat | Shoes | Shirt | Necklace (similar) | Bedding | Throw Blanket | Nail polish 

Columbia, Beaufort & Hilton Head; Part Two of our Road Trip through South Carolina

Our Road Trip with Atlanta Food & Wine Continues
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As you read yesterday, we recently set out on a pretty epic road trip throughout South Carolina, eating and drinking our way through a handful of the state’s must-see cities.  And as we were driving from Greenville to Hilton Head and then onto Sea Island for The Southern C Summit, Columbia was a no-brainer for a pitstop.  It was my first time in town, though Kat had been during college for a game or two to visit friends.  It didn’t take me long to see that this was one FUN town on a college game day.  The plethora of local breweries, great spots to catch some good grub, and the overall setup of the town really built the scene for a perfect weekend in the south.  And as someone who didn’t have college football at their school, I can appreciate that more than you know! 

We really lucked out with our itinerary on this part of the trip and our time in Columbia; the AFWF team powwow’ed with the state of South Carolina for must-eat, must-drink stops for us to get a feel for the place, setting us off in the fanciest Lexus SUV to roll us around in style.  And after we were done in Columbia, we had our eyes set on a quick stop in Beaufort and finally settling in Hilton Head for the night. 

The first on our list for the day was Rise Bakeshop, which was named Columbia’s Best New Restaurant last year by the readers of Free Times. Owned by Chef Sarah Simmons (who also owns CITY GRIT and Birds & Bubbles in Manhattan), the place boasts a big menu of southern staples at a fast-casual frequency.  It’s the perfect place for a great biscuit, drool-worthy breakfast or lunch sandwiches and top quality salad bowls… basically everything they serve (minus the cheese) is prepared in-house using only the best ingredients.  It was totally right up our alley; the team piled up on sweet and savory treats for later, only after talking to the lovely Chef Sarah and hearing her story.  This talented lady really knows her stuff; she’s been recognized as one of the most creative people in business, a new and notable chef, and one of America’s best new cooks, and many more accolades by Food & Wine, Zagat and Fast Company magazine just to name a few.  Her drive and passion for the industry was contagious, too; she told us about her big plans to continue paving the way in Columbia for top-scale dining.  We definitely plan to keep an ear out for her next endeavor…with Columbia only three hours away from Atlanta, it would be a great excuse to come check out a new restaurant of hers and have a little weekend getaway.  

After our stop at Rise, we piled back in the car to make our way to 2Fat2Fly where friends/owners Ramone Dickerson and Cory Simmons have in all seriousness, changed the game with their absolutely, ridiculously awesome stuffed chicken wings.  That’s right; you read that correctly…stuffed chicken wings.  The name may be my favorite part about the biz too with a play on the stuffed chicken that are too fat to fly!  We arrived hungry, because we didn’t want to waste this chance at this when-in-Rome experience here in Columbia.  And a side note, the guys were sweet to let us come in; they were actually closed for dining because it was Super Bowl Sunday and the team was busy in the back preparing catering orders all day long.  But the boys showed us the utmost southern hospitality as they brought out some of their finest stuffed wings for us to enjoy (with the place to ourselves!).  And man, the lineup was creative, innovative and irresistible: mac & cheese, chicken & waffles dunked in maple syrup, jambalaya rice & sausage, collard greens & rice and lastly, jalapeno, bacon & cheese.  Insane, right?!  They were some of the best wings we’ve ever ate…I mean just mind blowing how they actually stuff them.  We definitely put a dent in the platter in front of us, but alas we did go home with some wings that we knew would be just as good heated up later that night! 

We knew we wanted to pop around Columbia for a little bit longer, and since the city has a great brewery scene, we stopped by River Rat Brewing next for a flight of craft beers. The brewery was super laid-back and welcoming; one of those places where you’d want to hang out with a few of your friends for a few hours.  It had a great, large outdoor area that would be so perfect for sunny weather and a good #SundayFunday.  The space was awesome, and one we’d definitely recommend visiting for yourself. 

Before we knew it, it was time to hit the road again, and we wanted to swing through super charming Beaufort on the way to Hilton Head.  Whenever you’re passing through South Carolina, it’s really worth your while to stop through here; the quiet streets of antebellum homes nestled on the water make it the most idyllic little town.  If you have time, be sure to rent bikes and meander the streets covered in Spanish moss; they’ll take your breath away!  And if you have time to catch a quick bite, you must go to Q on the Bay for some of the best BBQ around (with Alabama white sauce of course), and homemade strawberry cake (recipe stays in the family…don’t worry I’ve already tried to get it). 

Our final stop on deck for this epic South Carolina road trip: Hilton Head.  It was such a treat to get a little taste of springtime weather here, and the cool ocean breeze and sand between our toes put a smile on all of us.  We had a ton of recommendations to go check out Hilton Head Brewing Co., the island’s first brewery located on the north end.  We were so glad we did; after getting a behind-the-scenes tour of the brewery, we enjoyed tasting several of their finest IPA’s at the bar.  The new-to-town brewer, Nick Farstad, impressed us with his drive to get the brewery back to booming post-Hurricane Matthew, and he was great to teach us about the diverse flavor profiles of some of the brewery’s most beloved beers. We left there wishing Nick and team the best in his efforts to “put HHI on the [beer] map.” We know we’ll be back for another round soon! 

Our last (and maybe my favorite) reservation found us at One Hot Mama’s, the culinary brain child and family-friendly BBQ joint by the talented Chef Orchid Paulmeier.  You may remember Chef Orchid from season 7 of The Next Food Network Star!  Chef Orchid sure knows what she’s doing; the spread set us back a few lbs. probably (because we just couldn’t leave any bites left behind), and we all settled into a comfortable and happy food coma after we devoured what was on the table.  I think my favorite dish was the juicy-wet ribs, but I know that Kat couldn’t stop talking about those wings and Kathryn loved the macaroni & cheese.  The one thing we could all agree on though; the chocolate, bacon pecan pie.  Bold statement here, I don’t think I’ve ever tasted a better dessert! Definitely worth a visit when you’re on HHI.  

Whew!  To say we had a great time meeting these talented chefs, eating this fantastic food and enjoying these drinks throughout South Carolina is a major understatement.  Big thanks to AFWF, Discover South Carolina and Lexus for making it all happen.  I know I can speak for the team in saying how fortunate we felt to have had the chance to see some of these hidden (and not-so-hidden) gems around the state.  It’ll make it even more fun to meet up with the chefs at this year’s Atlanta Food & Wine Festival during the first weekend in June!  Early Bird tickets go on sale 3.24, so be sure to set a reminder in your calendars…it’s one of my favorite events all year!  Check out a few peeks from last year’s festival below (but most importantly, read about the tasting tents you’ll want to visit first!) to see what all of the buzz is about.   Truly, MKR

P.S. Here’s an elegant southern themed private dinner I styled for the festival last year, along with a stunning Asian inspired rooftop dinner and the jaw-dropping farm table set up in the vineyard! xo  

PHOTOGRAPHY, KATHRYN MCCRARY FOR WAITING ON MARTHA | THIS POST IS IN COLLABORATION WITH ATLANTA FOOD & WINE FESTIVAL, DISCOVER SOUTH CAROLINA AND LEXUS.  ALL OPINIONS ARE 100% OUR OWN. 

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