When the temperature drops, Emily Johnston, founder of one of our favourite style blog's, Fashion Foie Gras, loves nothing more than to escape to her home state of South Carolina. She gave us the inside track on where to go and most importantly, what to pack and how to get through passport control in style.
What do you love about South Carolina?
It’s where my family is from and where I go to spend time with the people I love. Beyond that, I love the constant warmth of the weather and the people that live there. There’s no place on earth like it and the gorgeous southern hospitality that is found at every turn.
Where do you stay?
My favourite hotel isn't a hotel. If I had my choice I'd find a rented house. I love houses in the Low Country, either on Fripp or Hilton Head Island.
Image: Suitcase, £975, Aspinal of London; shirt, £155, MiH; necklace, £79, Adele Marie; belt, £60, Twiggy; purse, £24, Longchamp; bikini, £309, Lisa Marie Fernandez; sunglasses, from a selection, Prada; sunhat, £99, Helene Berman; crème solaire comfort, £19, Clarins; sandals, £130, Michael Michael Kors (Available in select Fenwick stores)
What do you pack?
I always, always pack a few essentials in case my checked bag goes missing. I include a great Lisa Marie Fernandez bikini, a pair of jean cut-off shorts and a classic white MiH shirt. Oh, and I can't forget a pair of sandals. That's basically my uniform while in residence - accessorised only by a simple gold necklace. I also always put in a few make-up essentials - a great moisturiser, bronzer and a nude lippie. Then all I need, and this is an absolute essential, is a pair of great sunglasses.
Any other beauty essentials?
A good sunscreen like Clarins Sun Care range! The sun is powerful and can hurt. So make sure you come prepared. Also, any SPF face powder helps keep the shine under control in hot and steamy weather.
How do you tackle passport control in style?
Sadly there are no tips for getting through American customs and there is nothing glamorous about it. But, I would recommend having all your paperwork ready before you get there. Know where you are staying, address and everything, and greet whoever is serving you with a smile - it will change the whole process for both of you. (My monogrammed passport holder also helps).
What is your must read?
India Knight's new book about ageing, In Your Prime: Older, Wiser and Happier. She's one of my personal heroes. And my goodness can that lady sell a product or an idea. I basically owe half of my cosmetics bag to her recommendations.
And your favourite view?
The view at sunset from the end of my parents' dock (below).
Where and what do you love to eat/drink?
Shrimp! It's a must there. Pair it with a Sweet Iced Tea and you'll feel like a local in no time. I recommend hitting up The Shrimp Shack - best fried shrimp in the low country.
What is on your must visit list?
There's a great pub in downtown Beaufort, called The Old Bull Tavern, that offers a little taste of Britain in a faraway land. However, they use locally sourced produce and speciality products to unite the USA and UK for fine cuisine you won't forget.
And finally, what is your favourite memory?
Having coffee with my dad in the morning as the sun rises over the marsh.
Read style blogger Alex Stedman of The Frugality's winter getaway guide.