The Wild Olive + Spring Shopping

Last night, I went with a group of girlfriends to celebrate my dear friend's birthday.  We had some cocktails & hors d'oeuvres at home before going to The Wild Olive for dinner. 

We picked a few amazing appetizers and sipped on a sparkling red wine that was sent to our table.  I had never had a sparkling red before and was pleasently surprised.  I actually reached for that more than my favorite white wine.  For my entree, I ordered the linguine with Charleston shrimp, tomato, garlic, fresh spicy red chile and basil.  It was fabulous!  If you like a lighter pasta with a spicy kick, this is for you.
Here's a photo of the chef, Jacques Larson, making this exact pasta!
For the source of this photo and the previous one, as well as the recipe of this dish, visit the Charleston Magazine website by clicking here.

Here's the birthday girl!
...and the whole group:

On another note, how ready are you all for spring?
We had a chilly, but beautiful day on Sunday, so Brandon and I walked around and shopped a bit downtown.
I've been very bad lately and stocked up on too many items from J. Crew and Banana Republic.  Got to get my wardrobe ready for the new season!  I ordered these babies and cannot wait for them to arrive.  Hope they don't look silly on me.  I will report back :)

Speaking of ordering online, I just got my first Ebates check in the mail and amazed how quickly a little shopping here, a little shopping there can add up in your cash-back rewards.  Talk about an unexpected treat for my bank account.  If only I had known about this sooner!!  So there's my tip to you... don't forget to use Ebates, dears.  Just sign in through your Facebook, which takes about three seconds, and access you favorite store from their website. 

That's all I've got for now.  Hope you all have the best day!


  1. Love the scalloped Shorts! I just got the purple skirt and I'm obsessed!!

  2. I've been eyeing those shorts for awhile, may have to finally get them! and I had never heard of Ebates - amazing!!! Thanks for the tip!

  3. I started using eBates right before Christmas, and when I got my first check this year it was like a bonus! I too wish I would have started using it sooner!

    That pasta looks delicious!

  4. That looks like such a fun little restaurant! I love pasta...and anything spicy so I'm sure I would love that dish.
    And those shorts are presh....I'm just not sure I could pull them off.

  5. Ohh I want your shorts and pasta so bad!

  6. I have been coveting those shorts and love the scalloped hem!

  7. I have been coveting those shorts and love the scalloped hem!

  8. Ooh, I need to try this place ASAP. I LOVE Italian and my husband and I are always looking for new Italian places in Charleston to try.

    Love the scalloped shorts. I actually have a black pair I got over a year ago from Urban Outfitters that I have never worn because I wasn't so sure about them...but now that the whole scalloped shorts look is back in, I'm pulling them back out this Spring. :)

  9. Thanks for the Ebates tip. I just signed up :) I haven't bought anything from Banana Republic in years so I'm not sure what my size would be, but I love those shorts. They are the perfect item to have in your closet for spring. Mind if I copy? :)

  10. Just came across your blog! I'm a blogger in SC and hope to (one day) move to Charleston. But just wanted to say Hi and I love your style!

  11. That pasta looks like something I would order off a menu. I really like those shorts! I have been wanting some that have scalloped bottoms.

  12. Can't wait to see your review of the scalloped shorts! I love them, but def wonder what they'll look like one. Here's to hoping they are really cute! (and I'm going to be they are going to be...)

  13. Love those shorts! I think Lilly has a similar pair but I need to go by J Crew and check these out! CUTE!



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