As you may know, Adrian and I just moved to Charleston. Well back to Charleston for me, after a very brief and overwhelming stint in New York. Thankfully, Adrian is a dream and he rallied to make life easier for me by moving to Charleston. While I am so excited to be back in Charleston, it is still quite the adjustment. This transition is prompting so many emotions; be it stressed, excited, grateful, I am feeling it all. Fall in general, prompts new beginnings and this season feels extra full.
There are many moving parts in this upcoming fall with returning to Charleston, decorating a new home, two weddings, wedding planning, finding a job and going back to school. (!!) While I have plenty to manage, the many means of self-care are crucial in the coming months as I plan to stay happy and healthy. Here are a few of the rituals I will sprinkle into this very cozy ahead of us season…
Bodywork. Upon arriving in Charleston, I promptly booked massages for both Adrian and myself. I am all about massages; not only for the purpose of pampering, but to ease pain and bring me down to earth. I tend to flutter about, which is lovely but encourages my head to remain among the clouds. Bodywork is key for me to feel like a functional, emotionally mature, adult.
- Earthling Day Spa for massages in Charleston and Chillhouse in NY
- Balance Acupuncture in Charleston, see Samantha Story for Acupuncture in NY
- TBD on the best facial in Charleston; in NY, see Britta of Britta Beauty and Face Gym at Saks for a pick-me-up
- Schedule an Infrared sauna session for the easiest, most efficient detox of your life. I am about to visit the sauna at The Salt Spa Charleston, (I will let you know how that goes;) in NY head to Clean Market (Also visit for their incredible apothecary and modern coffee shop)
- LOROX foam roller by Lauren Roxburgh, to work on that fascia, and bodywork wherever you are
Movement. In New York, I had of a plethora of conscious options for working out. Favorites being Sky Ting Yoga and SoulCycle. This fall in Charleston I am finding new workout homes and plan to incorporate yoga, spin and strength training.
- I have yet to master my farmers market schedule, but it’s on the agenda. I will be frequenting the Farmers Market at Marion Square on Saturdays and the Mt. Pleasant market on Tuesdays. I usually hunt for; fresh veg, local honey, and other finds.
- In addition to farmers markets and Whole Foods, I am starting to order from Thrive Market! Thrive is an online market for organic foods and goods, offered at wholesale prices. I have an order coming this week so stay tuned on Insta!
- The luxury alternative to meal prep, is Sakara; a natural, stylish food delivery service that will make you fall in love with plants. In addition to their meals, they have an online boutique with an assortment of snacks, healthy supplements and chic pantry additions. (You must try their energy bars and Life Source mix!)
Supplement. After listening to an episode of That’s So Retrograde, featuring Charlotte’s Web CBD founders, I felt strongly that adding CBD to my routine would help with my anxiety. While I do take conventional medication for my anxiety, it is not a cure-all and is far from natural. CBD is a great addition for your routine; pair with a calming coco tonic or incorporate it daily to help with stress.
- Charlotte’s Web CBD ; Original Formula CBD Oil, Olive Oil flavor (also available, in Mint Chocolate)
- Goop glow
- Glow Inner Beauty Powder, by The Beauty Chef
- Yin Power, by Sun Potion
- Vanilla Mushroom Adaptogenic Protein Powder, by Moon juice
- The aforementioned medication helps to keep therapy in my life. To help with the costs, I look for a psychiatrist that also specializes in talk therapy. If you’re looking for someone and don’t have a recommendation, try searching on Psychology Today.
- Acupuncture. Although it is bodywork, it ends up acting like therapy.
- Lavender essential oil has been rescuing my wisdom teeth pain, grinding tension and blemishes on my face caused from these issues. When visiting my acupuncturist the other week, she suggested I use lavender essential oil to calm the spots arriving on my face. The blemishes arriving on my face were due to the heat caused by an infected wisdom tooth and teeth grinding. The cooling nature of lavender counteracts the heat and has since gotten rid of all spots along my jaw, and relieved pain! My process; combining one drop of Vintner’s Daughter serum with lavender essential oil, and applying to the most tender spots along my jaw and right under my ears.
- Even though there hasn’t been a dramatic dip in temperature, I feel my skin transitioning to a new season. I’ll be going a bit deeper with my cleansing and hydrating rituals as the season evolves.
That’s all for now! Xx
Words by me, Hannah Rice. Wearing Outdoor Voices.
Charleston, South Carolina | | Photographed by Jesse Volk