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Home Beach Home

It’s been quite a journey, getting to South Carolina from London, over the past few months. But we finally found the perfect beach shack and we’re all snuggled in! I guess you could say I’ve even become a bit of a homebody.

Station 19 Outside front door orange

Station 19 Living Room Sofa

Station 19 Living Room Mirror

Station 19 Kitchen Side Counter

Station 19 Kitchen Counter

Station 19 Guest bedroom Chest of Drawers Side

Station 19 Guest Bedroom Flowers

Station 19 Guest Bedroom Flowers Nightstand

Station 19 Bedroom Pillows

Station 19 Screened in Porch Beach Cottage

I’ve been getting down to work in the kitchen, testing out some classic Southern recipes… and a few of my own, like this Georgia peach gâteau.

Station 19 Pie Cloche

Station 19 Pie Cloche Cover

Southern life is treating us well. We’ve found the perfect compromise living 15 minutes outside of Charleston, but right on the beach in Sullivan’s Island. After all, we haven’t moved from the greatest city in the world to be downtown with all the tourists, college students and fixie bike hipsters. Life’s better on the water!

Sullivan's Island Beach Welcome Sign

Luckily, we’re 2 blocks from the sand – so we’ve been taking advantage of morning walks on the beach and late afternoon swims in the ocean.

Sullivan's Island Boardwalk Beach path

Sullivan's Island Boardwalk Beach path Landscape

Sullivan's Island Boardwalk Beach Waves Sand Landscape

Sullivan's Island Boardwalk Beach Houses Lighthouse Landscape

Sullivan's Island Boardwalk Beach Dunes Landscape

We didn’t waste any time finding our favourite restaurants on the island. On this particular occasion, we were off to brunch just up the road. We’re lucky we can walk everywhere, exploring our new neighbourhood on foot.

Sullivan's Island Sidewalk

Sullivan's Island Blue Doll House Victorian

Sullivan's Island Obstinate Daughter Steps

Obstinate Daughter is relatively new to the island – like us! But it’s already been making waves in the area for it’s coastal Italian influences and local ingredients. We heard about it practically before we even got unpacked, and now we’re working on making ourselves regulars.

Sullivan's Island Obstinate Daughter Steps Up

Sullivan's Island Obstinate Daughter Interior

Sullivan's Island Obstinate Daughter BarMary

Their Blonde Bloody Mary is epic. And in case you’re wondering, that’s pickled okra speared on the garnish.

Sullivan's Island Obstinate Daughter Bloody Mary

Seasonal vegetable frittata with basil and mozzarella

Seasonal vegetable frittata with basil and mozzarella

House ham, farm egg, fontal cheese, garlic aioli

House ham, farm egg, fontal cheese, garlic aioli

Our brunch was slammin’ – I will keep coming back until I try everything on the menu.

Sullivan's Island Beardcats OD

Life’s a beach – and I really can’t complain!

Pool Party at Whitecaps, Ibiza

My friend had a pool party for her birthday. I was excited as a kid getting invited to a.. well, pool party! They’re the best – you get to drink sugary drinks, run around with your friends, and swim in the pool.

The problem was the weather – it wasn’t cooperating. To say it was a bit overcast would be an understatement. It was yucky. However, we all turned up in our Ibiza chic swimwear, determined to wait it out.

The villa was right on the ocean, looking out over the waves thrashing against the cliffs below.

Whitecaps Lounger

Whitecaps Pool

Whitecaps Cove Waves

As the caterers rushed to assemble a tent before the next gusts of rain, I went for a wander around the craggy bluffs of Es Canar.

Whitecaps Villa

Whitecaps Cliff Steps

Whitecaps Steps

Whitecaps Sea

Whitecaps Ocean

Whitecaps Cove Windy

Whitecaps Cove

I love the sea. I love being close to it, breathing in the salty ocean spray, smelling the briny sulphuric tang of the surf.

Whitecaps Vegetation

Whitecaps Vegetation Flower

It was a perfect spot to sit and be surrounded by the energy of the water. I’ve been reading a book called The Sea Inside, which considers our relationship to the oceans, their islands, and the life and creatures within them.

Whitecaps Cliff

Whitecaps Couple

On the way back to the party, we stumbled upon an abandoned swimming pool from some long out of business resort. The building was crumbling, but the pool water was pristine electric blue with not a speck of debris in it.

Whitecaps Abandoned Pool

Whitecaps Abandoned Pool Sea

We drifted back to the villa where music was playing and people were starting to party.

Whitecaps View

The sun had finally showed up to the party – better late than never.

Whitecaps Girls

People got into the spirit, carousing in the sunshine.

We all clambered up onto the roof to get closer to the rays.

Some even sang opera music.

Whitecaps Opera Singer

And hugged it out.

Whitecaps Opera Hug

It quickly turned into a festive scene that went way into the evening.

Whitecaps Ladies

Ocean Rooftop Pool Party Boas

But I’ll leave off here…

With two birds of a feather, ready to party!

Amante Beach Club, Ibiza

North of Ibiza town outside Cala Llonga there is a little cove in Sol d’en Serra. Above it sits the coolest, most laid-back spot to recover from a long weekend of partying – Amante Beach Club.

It’s a restaurant, it’s a bar, it’s a beachy clubhouse. The type of place you could spend all day – literally.

Amante Beach Club Lounge

Amante Beach Club Terrace

Amante Beach Club Planter

Walk through the lounge, past the terrace and out onto the weathered steps down to the bar. Beyond the railing, is a tidy little red-beach where sun loungers can be rented for 20€ per day; it’s best to call ahead and reserve them in advance because they go quickly.

Amante Beach Club Steps

Amante Beach Club Zebra Espadrilles

I scrambled down the sand-weathered steps as quickly as my espadrilles would carry me!

Amante Beach Club View

Amante Beach Club Bar

Amante Beach Club Cove

Amante Beach Club Loungers

I wiggled down in my sun lounger, unpacked my beachbag, and happily waited for drinks to be brought to us while soaking up the intermittent patches of sun.

Amante Beach Club Relaxing

Amante Beach Club Sun Lounger

Amante Beach Club Beach

It wasn’t long laying there listening to the lullaby of waves crashing on the cobbled shore before I nodded off for a mid-morning kip.

After stirring from my beauty sleep, we tottered down to the beach for a swim in the sea.

Amante Beach Club Rocky Swim

Amante Beach Club Ocean Swim

Eddie plunged right in, and paddled confidently out into the blue waters of the cove.

But I was too intimidated by the squishy heaps of sea kelp and the rocky shore to follow suit.

Amante Beach Club Shore

Plus, I wanted to stay dry for lunch.

We piled around the table, and it was clear who had the better seats.

Amante Beach Club Lunch Laughs

Amante Beach Club Lunch Boys

But the boys perked up when the food arrived…

Spinach salad with grilled prawn skewer

Spinach salad with grilled prawn skewer

… Although they had to protectively guard their Iberian ham croquettes from our trespassing hands sneaking in to swipe one.

Amante Beach Club Lunch Croquettas

Black cod Alaska glazed with teriyaki sauce and served with a wakame salad

Black cod Alaska glazed with teriyaki sauce and served with a wakame salad

To make it up to them, we shared our desserts – fluffy whipped citrus cheesecake, and a decadent chocolate ganache.

Amante Beach Club Lunch Cheesecake

Amante Beach Club Lunch Chocolate

Amante Beach Club Lunch View

We ordered a round of espresso martinis and carried on into the evening laughing and talking.

Amante Beach Club Lunch

Amante Beach Club Lunch Talking

Amante Beach Club Lunch Talking Table

Amante Beach Club Dusk

Until eventually it was so dark we struggled to see eachother across the table!

Amante Beach Club Lunch Dusk Cove

Amante Beach Club Moon

When the moon appeared, we crawled into a taxi and headed out into the Ibiza night.