Travel not only provides relaxation and renewal, but I believe we all become inspired when we venture to a new destination. It's educational and enriching (kind of like textbook meets novel). This year my family and I took our summer vacation to Charleston, South Carolina. We love eating at new places (we had great food at McCrady's, Husk, The Library, and Hominy Grill), taking city tours (I loved learning about Charleston's historic architecture), and shopping at unique venues that we don't have access to in Houston (the weekend farmer's market and the numerous shops on Kings Road). Looking at jewelry in different cities always inspires my creativity and provides a sense of rejuvenation for this passion of mine. After a couple of days in Charleston we spent the rest of the week in Hilton Head, where we road bikes around the island and back and forth to and from the beach. One word: The Salty Dog! (Wait, that's three.) We also took a one-day detour to Savanna, Georgia. It too has such an amazing history and architecture. While there, we stopped at the City Market and stumbled upon a most delightful shop called The Paris Market. If you are into Paris flea market antiques and decor (think Anthropologie), this place is eye candy! The top floor is loaded with antique jewelry, nicknacks, books and whatnot, while the bottom floor houses French antique furniture, chandeliers, pillows and more. I could have spent another hour digging through antique broaches and earrings. I purchased a fun jewelry display for necklaces, among other things jewelry related, and Jason purchased a bow tie that was handmade by a local designer. Mia purchased Zaps candy. The trip was terrific and a recommended experience -- our only regret being the decision to eat "Tex-Mex" out one night in South Carolina (friends, there's a reason it's called Tex-Mex)! If you've ever been to Charleston, Hilton Head, or Savanna, I'd love to hear about your experience Y'all!