Sunday, June 3, 2018

Who is Charlestongirl?

I learned the downside of not blogging yesterday. Saks Chevy Chase had a Tim Quinn appearance, and I wasn't invited. Beauty blogs have changed so much, I don't know whether I ought to attempt Round 2. So many of them have features I don't want to offer: YouTube videos, Instagram posts, photos of the blogger modeling colors. With the exception of the last, I'm bored by most of it. I'm not going to get all dolled up to model lipstick colors. That's just not me these days. Besides, I spend almost every weekday dealing with the tear-down and rebuilding of my house. Plus mourning all my lost makeup and following up on the restoration of my art and antiques.

I discovered on Google that my blog is attributed to my real name, Adrienne Whyte. I'm still Charlestongirl, but it's no secret that Charlestongirl is a pseudonym that expresses my love for my cat and the town in South Carolina. Charlie, for short, probably wonders why we are living in a fraction of the space of my house, but he has adjusted well to apartment life. He has even become used to nurses letting themselves in to ask if I'm coming to brunch! I am sure, given the nature of this facility, that they really want to make sure I'm alive. I came here for rehab after pneumonia, but many are here for assisted living. Sadly, some do die in their apartments. I'm staying here, though, until my house is rebuilt. I don't want to move again, and I'm five minutes from my house.

I've been restocking the makeup collection, but limiting my purchases to must-haves. I went overboard in the past and can't afford to do that anymore. Right now, I'm waiting for one box from Guerlain and another from Chanel. Before the fire, I had most of the Chanel spring collection. It's gone now. I actually think one of the many people in my house took the box. Losing the Chanel Collection was a blow, as was losing most of my jewelry, clothing, and "supplies," like four boxes of contact lenses.

The only good news about my house is that I can have it rebuilt to my specifications. It will be all new! I'm going to replace Charlie's screened porch with a sun room (he may be unhappy with that decision) and even finish part of the basement if I have enough money after the mortgage is paid off. I'm going to be very busy choosing everything for the house, but I will try to blog when I have beauty news I'd like to share. I need a new computer, which is ordered, and my camera. The camera appears to be in a box in storage at the renovation company. The new computer is required because the firemen threw mine out the window. Go figure!

I'll stay in touch as soon as I can recreate my blogging set-up.  My best to all of you!


Anonymous said...

And my best to you! I really missed your blog.

NancyC said...

Hi Charlestongirl, I’m glad to hear that you have established some sort of routine related to your recovery and the rebuilding of your home! I don’t want to trouble you, but I just had to comment. When you receive your Guerlain and Chanel packages, you might want to store them in a friend’s home for safekeeping if you can. My mother was in a rehab facility after a fall, and she had numerous items stolen by the workers. We could never prove anything or recover anything, regardless of how much we escalated the situation. The items weren’t even terribly valuable: socks, track pants, shirts, homemade treats, you name it. And it was a nice facility, too. Fine cosmetics would be very attractive!
Again, I sincerely don’t want to bum you out. Just be careful.

miss_violet said...

I have followed your blog for many years. I am so sorry to hear this happened to you. I can’t begin to understand how you must feel about losing so many of your things and having your home destroyed.
Yes, blogging has changed. But there are still people like me who don’t really follow Instagram and would prefer read a well informed review by someone like yourself. I have always found your reviews very descriptive and helpful.
Wishing you all the best,

sasa said...

I am so sorry to hear of the shocking time you have had & can only try to imagine how devastated you must be. Please do not question your relevance in this crazy online world. I admire the fact that you only choose to blog in the form you feel comfortable with & as a woman over fifty I am interested in what you have to say & do not need to also look at youtube, twitter, instagram etc to appreciate your message. Stay true to yourself & wishing you strength, good health & much happiness as you rebuild your home xx

Unknown said...

In addition to rebuilding your home you can rebuild your blog to reflect what now best suits you. With so much to do from literally the ground up it's wide open and certainly not limited to makeup and fragrance now. I want to hear what it's like to begin with furnishing and designing how you want your new space to be, I look forward to hearing about moving forward after having gone through what you have; far more interesting than the latest "launch" that will get plenty of promotion! Wishing you and Charlie a lovely happy summer.

Vanessa said...

I am so glad that you are healing and looking forward to designing your home. Your blog is the only one I read given you focus on the beauty products and what they can do to enhance a woman's beauty. Other blogs are all about the blogger's current pouting selfie and the remarks are useless.

Whomever issued the invitations to the store's event was remiss in not sending yours. I wonder if they thought because you are not writing as much that you were no longer interested in beauty products? Always remember there are people who will appreciate and value your support, especially when you are ill; maybe this group was only interested in your promoting their brand.

I look forward to reading your next post.


Anonymous said...

Dear Charleston Girl
I’m not interested in reading these beauty blogs by millennials
they certainly don’t relate to me or my age group
As a baby boomer I beg you not to give up
I relate to your comments don’t need the
Videos etc

Mamavalveeta03 said...

I think @My2Lhasas has a good point: Things have changed a lot in the blogging world, so maybe look at this as an opportunity for not only change (I’ve had enough!) but for growth. You’ve lost a lot, A, but you’ve still got Charlie and a place to stay. You can do this! ❤️

Evelyn said...

I'm so sorry to hear about these challenges, to put it mildly, but hope that things progress well and you are in your new home starting fresh. In terms of blogging, as you pointed out, there are a lot of bloggers offering x,y,z, and they are really getting to be indistinguishable from each other. Your blog is your voice as you choose to express it and I for one would be happy to read your posts. :) Wishing you all the best, Evelyn

Jeanne said...

I am so glad you are going to stay in touch with us!

rahoka said...

So happy to see you again.

HRH Paula said...

I'm glad you're back. So sorry to hear about your home, it must be tragic. Again, welcome back and take care of yourself...


Resham said...

Sorry to hear about all the things you have to go through recently. Glad to know you are recovering and are looking forward to rebuilding. Blogging has changed so much over the years. Everything is high tech and so is the constant social media presence. I still blog as hobby and your blog will always have a special place in my heart. After all I won my very first giveaway from you bavk in 2009-2010 😀 Much love ❤️

Leah Davis said...

I'm so deeply sorry to hear about your devastating loss. I know it must be completely life-changing. I hope your recovery and rebuilding process goes well.

I'd love for you to keep blogging. In a sea of cookie-cutter blogs and reviews, it's refreshing and special to have reviews done in your style, in your way. Keep your head up and know your content is enjoyed and appreciated!

too_busy_to_stitch said...

My best to you. I had cut down my previous blog reading list to just a few - yours being one of them. How lovely of you to keep us updated on what us happening with you. Makes it personal. It feels like hearing from a friend. Looking forward to more updates - hopefully more improvements for you.

Anonymous said...

My Best to you always and glad that you are getting back to somewhat normal. You have been missed and I am looking forward to your return.

Take Care!

Anonymous said...

Sad for your home... glad to read you again ! Courage !

Paddychat ( from France)

Eileen said...

Nowadays, it seems like the personal blog, the blog as hobby, has gone the way of the dodo bird. There are so few authentic voices left in the blogosphere and that’s a shame because, even though many of those early blogs were not slick or professional, they were honest and reflected the interests, concerns, tastes and styles of the actual bloggers rather than the advertising goals of corporate sponsors. Reading those personal blogs and having a dialogue with the bloggers and their other readers was like sitting down with friends to share beauty news. It was such an enjoyable way to spend a bit of time and I miss that. I’m as interested as ever in beauty, but there are so few blogs that I now read because of the obvious monetizing of them. One of the greatest loses in the shift from the personal to the professional was Best Things in Beauty. We miss you, dear Charlestongirl.

Pamela (pah811) said...

I was so happy to see a post from you, but then shocked at the events of your life! I'm so sorry you are going through this... but you and Charlie are fine, thank goodness.
I can only echo what everyone else has said. I always enjoyed your blog: Your aesthetic was right on point with what I found desirable in beauty products. I took many of your recommendations and did very well with them.
One of the posts I loved was about Chanel's Notorious. I bought it based on your recommendation, and am so happy I have it! But... it's barely visible on my skin! I tried it once or twice, sighed, and then placed it into its velvet case, gently into the box, to be opened at a later date. Every now and again, I open the box, look at it again, and sigh some more more, because it's going unused.
I know how much you enjoyed Notorious and would love to send it to you, in thanks for all of the hours of enjoyment you've given me, and as a fun 'pick me up'. Because it sounds like you could use a fun gift, and really, isn't fun what beauty products should be?
Please email me at and let me know. I think you will give it a far better home than I have.
All best wishes, Pamela

Stephanie said...

Dear Charlestongirl,

I was just googling some makeup (Armani Eyes To Kill Eyeshadow to be exact) ) and found swtaches on your blog - exactly like 5 years ago when I discovered your blog (I don’t remember what I was searching for back then). Back then I rediscovered my passion for makeup, after many years of disinterest, through your reviews and your love for everything beauty. Your words and honesty made me curious to try things and brands and I never stopped my love for makeup ever since.
You can’t imagine my surprise and joy to see new posts from you today only to be shocked and saddened by what you have been going through. I am so so sorry for the tragedies you had to suffer but I am relieved to hear that you and your beloved Charlie weren’t injured and that you have hope to live soon in your new home again thanks to this amazing insurance company!!!
I am sending you many hugs and kisses and wish you have strength for everything
(And maybe/hopefully you find joy in writing about your new beauty discoveries - I would love to read about them in your wonderful words)
xoxo Stephanie

(P.S. Please excuse possible english mistakes. English is not my native language.)

Anonymous said...

I too have followed your blog for years, but this is my first comment! I had to tell you how much I love your blog. I count on your authentic advice. You've introduced me to brands that I've come to love, and you were honest when products/colors were disappointing. I've noticed the new crop of bloggers refer to themselves as marketing "influencers" and I'm not interested in commercialized advice. I feel like they've sold out. If and when you're ready to "come back" please don't conform!

I am excited for you to create your home again and would love to follow you on that journey if you choose to share it with us.

Anonymous said...

Dear Charlestongirl,

I can only echo to what has been written by others. As one who has read all your blog, I do miss your thoughts and reviews.

Please come back, and start writing again.

All the best.

Unknown said...

You are such a joy to read simply because you are such a lovely person. I was heartbroken to hear of all of your trials!! :( Thank you Adrienne for sharing with us a bit of you again. We so care about you and I am praying for your life to be full of beauty, joy and love again in overflowing ways after what you have had to deal with these past few years ! <3

sensitive poet said...

Courage and best wishes to you as you continue to re-build your new life. Makeup and skin care products can help you feel and look your best as you meet new challenges. If it affirms life, why not enjoy these products?

Bebe_tc said...

one of my favorites blogs of all time ever since i discovered way many years ago i could not remember, simple and sophisticated thats how a real blog should be and yours is one of the best i know.

Unknown said...

You should try to feature some of the choices and picks for your new home. I love that kind of stuff, others may too!

Anonymous said...

Long time reader, first time commenter (on any blog!). I am so sorry to hear of your recent trials. Truly, you have been through a lot and I hope things are starting to look up for you.
I found your blog years ago when looking for swatches/reviews of the Chantecaille Sea Turtle Pallette, which I ended up buying and using on my wedding day. I adore it - I just need help finding dupes for some of the colors that are no longer available, which is how I ended up back her today- looking for eyeshadow swatches.
I just wanted to tell you that your blog is the only beauty blog I ever enjoyed and found useful. It's unfortunate that this is the age of the influencer, but there is still a need and appreciation for true, honest, beauty blogs like yours. If you decide to continue with it, you'll always have a loyal following of readers!

Maria Dsouza said...

Wow! Thanks for sharing your amazing skincare routine.
I’ve been searching for others routine where I can get ideas and this one is the best. Well done!
We have to adopt the best skincare routine for healthy skin!