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est. 2006 // BY JESS GRAVES

The Cool Girl's Guide to Charleston

PEOPLE, SEPT15, STYLE, TRAVEL, TRAVEL GUIDESJess Graves
Troubadour clothing designer Lindsey Carter tries on earrings at Candy Shop Vintage in Charleston, South Carolina.

Troubadour clothing designer Lindsey Carter tries on earrings at Candy Shop Vintage in Charleston, South Carolina.

Words: Lindsey Carter | Photos: Amanda Greeley

Charleston-based fashion designer Lindsey Carter is the creative force behind beloved cool-girl-uniform line Troubadour. Follow her intimate photo tour through a handful of the city's most interesting and pretty haunts, nooks and crannies.

 

1. SHOPPING AT CANDY SHOP VINTAGE

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"One of my favorite places to browse is Candy Shop Vintage on Cannon Street. The store carries a mix of vintage and their own line of newer pieces, including Charleston Rice Beads. Ask for designer and owner Deirdre Zahl."

 

2. WALKING AND BIKE RIDES ON TRADD STREET & DOWNTOWN, SOUTH OF BROAD

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"One of my favorite streets, and a very Charleston-esque one is Tradd Street. All of the houses are really close up to the curb. I love to go down Tradd, especially if we are riding bikes with the kids. Reminds me that we live in such a beautiful place. On Tradd Street, like most streets south of Broad Street, people take extreme care of their houses. Every one is like a postcard. Crepe myrtles hang over many of the scenic downtown houses. It's absolutely stunning when they all come into bloom."

 

3. PIT STOP FOR COFFEE AT THE DAILY

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"I always hit the pick up bar at The Daily. I love to grab a latte and peruse their wines while I'm waiting. I can always find a good bottle to gift. In my race to work in the mornings, and almost the only time I have a second to myself between work and the twins, I will pick up my lunch from their grocery section. They have an amazing kale salad - it's made Thai-style with ginger and crushed peanuts. Comfort is key those days. In warm weather (which sometimes lasts as long as November here), I'm almost always in easy shoes, like platform slip-ons, with Troubadour dresses." 

 

4. WEEKEND BRUNCH AT PARK CAFE

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"On the weekends you can find us at Park Cafe for Sunday Brunch. Xan, the owner, is always there to greet you. Though the creamy kale and avocado toast is high on my list, I'll occasionally indulge in a fried egg sandwich - the brioche bun is amazing."

 

5.GRABBING A GIFT AT WORTHWHILE

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"I think Worthwhile is one of the biggest hidden treasures of the King Street retail scene. When you walk in you immediately just get "that feeling." They very much create an experience. Worthwhile carries clothing, books, shoes, candles and various other treasures - most from obscure lines only available locally at their shop."