Me at Maxcy Gregg Park

     If you read yesterday's post, you know I had myself a little vacation in South Carolina this weekend. Gosh, it's been hard to get back into my routine after having four lovely days of good old fashioned Southern leisure! But, as promised, here are some pictures of my day-trip to the state's historic capital, Columbia.

USC Campus
     When I travel, I only really care about two things: architecture & shopping. Food comes very, very close, but if there's a time-crunch, I'd rather sight-see than savor the local cuisine. So on my day-trip, I did just that: I toured USC's campus and hit all the downtown shops in search of uniquely local treasures. Luckily, Columbia is rich in them, such as the stunning Thomas Cooper Library (pictured below) which made my heart swell with desire for it's generous use of marble and brass. Check out those brass discs used as curtains...I die.

USC Campus, Thomas Cooper Library
     Another local treasure, albeit quirky in nature, is The Southern Baked Candle Co. If you can imagine it, they can make a candle to look and smell like it. I was stunned at the level of craftsmanship and dedication to detail. Every candle smelled and looked good enought to eat. I think these are so fun as summer BBQ party favors!

Candles from The Southern Baked Candle Co in Downtown Columbia
     Every shop had it's bit of local charm and finds-a-plenty to brag about (if you're in town, check out Meeting Street Interiors, at which I scored a lovely silver-dipped set of cordials, three antique books, and yet another blue and white ceramic treasure for my ever-growing collection, all for under $40!). But the Lilly Pulitzer via shop, The Pink Sorbet, really stole the entire show for me. I've mentioned several times that I find Palm Springs chic endlessly inspiring, and while in Columbia I stumbled upon the mother ship!

Me at The Pink Sorbet Shop in Downtown Columbia
Couldn't you just die (pictures of the shop below) ?!?! The darling monkey below, quite sadly, was not for sale.

The Pink Sorbet Shop in Downtown Columbia
     I wish I would have had more time to explore some of Columbia's historic neighborhoods that I know are just bursting with architecture that would make my heart ache. As a concession, my family indugently laid over at the Maxcy Gregg Park that is home to impressive architectural gardens, gurgling brooks, and the smartest-looking male life-size statues I've ever seen. Check them out below. They are so chic!

Me at Maxcy Gregg Park
     And last, but not least, here are all the details on what I wore for my day at the capital:

Me at Maxcy Gregg Park

Top: Zara (link to similar), $55. Booties: Sam Edelman, $125. Necklaces: Forever 21 (Deco Pendant & Crystal Pendant), approx. $10 FOR BOTH. Watch: Michael Kors, $180. Sunglasses: Derek Lam, $64 (link to similar)

Until next time.


  1. Fab outfit and a beautiful post!!
    Love all the pictures...but honestly, that burger one might be my fave ;)

  2. Hey Martha! Hope you're doing well. Thanks so much! Yes, that burger was really cool. Smelled tasty, too! Made me hungry browsing around in there. ;)

  3. I cant see any of the pictures in this blog =( just black squares

  4. Hey there So Baked Candle Co!

    First, thanks for reading! Second, I know :( I made a really dumb mistake that resulted in all of my blog images being deleted. I wrote a post about it, if you're interested: http://www.whatshersecret.com/2012/11/oops-contd-dramatic-letter-of-apology.html

    I know that I featured your shop of yummy sights and smells, and I feel badly that you're not able to see the pictures I took. I am sorry! I'm working to restore all the pictures as quickly as I can. Please send me your contact info, so that I can email you when the pictures for your shop are back up.

    Thanks again for reading and for letting me & my family peruse your wonderful little shop!



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