The best gift this Valentine's day was a bright and beautiful day! After spending most of the week indoors because it was rainy, icy, and just plain cold, it was such a treat to get outside and see the sun shining. I was up early Friday morning (who ever would have known I'd be a morning person?!) so I decided I would take advantage of the beautiful weather and get a great walk in around downtown Charleston and start celebrating love with the city that I love!
Since I was out and about so early, most stores weren't open but it was so fun to peek in the windows and enjoy the fun Valentine's decorations. Dulles Designs is one of my favorite little stationery stores and they always have some of the cutest cards on display in their window.
It was great to get down to some of my favorite (touristy) spots in Charleston too while the sun was shining bright. While I was walking down East Bay Street it was so crazy to me that I was able to just stand in the middle of the street while getting this photo of Rainbow Row. I guess none of the other tourists were out at 7:30 am with me!
Pineapple Fountain at Waterfront Park
After my walk, I stopped by Dunkin Donuts and finally picked up some delicious heart shaped and red sprinkled donuts that I had been craving since this post! Yum, I think I'll have to treat myself more often!
Broke out my "Robbie Red" pants for my Valentine's outfit of the day- how appropriate!
An adorable Valentine's package from my sweet parents!
The "love" dishtowel came in handy that night when I cooked dinner for my Valentine.
I cooked shrimp & grits for the first time and it was quite a success! You can try your hand at this lighten up Southern favorite here. I had a few tweaks to the receipe, like using real bacon instead of Canadian bacon and I may have added some butter to the grits, ya know since it was a "holiday" and everything... We enjoyed it with a nice glass of our favorite Pinot Noir, Decoy for a perfect date night at home!