Meet Grit's Newest Bloggers!

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Grit has gotten some fresh voices over the past few weeks—6 to be exact—blogging on topics from health and nutrition to Charleston architecture to coastal weddings and fashion. Meet our new bloggers below and stay updated on all things bold, smart, local, and now. 




RYAN SMITH—A Polished Palate




My name is Ryan Smith and I live in beautiful Charleston, SC with my husband Whit and our cat Monster. I was born and raised in South Carolina and have a love for the Lowcountry. Working in the retail cookware industry over the past few years has increased my love for cooking. I am enthusiastic about food and entertaining, drawn to the world of fashion, and enlightened by travel. I have an obsession with pizza, enjoy a good glass of wine, and my guilty pleasure is reality TV. I joined the blogging world just a year ago and I couldn’t be more thrilled that I did!




Follow Ryan on instagram @apolishedpalate







Gillian Ellis is a wedding photographer, blogger and stylist. Born in India, Gillian called 4 countries and 3 states home before settling in Charleston. She's been featured in Southern Weddings Magazine, Charleston Weddings, The Everygirl and on The Weather Channel, among other media outlets. Recently Gillian founded The Charleston Blog Society to connect local bloggers. When she's not blogging or photographing happy couples you can find her on the water kiteboarding.


Catch Grit blogger Kate Vontaine's piece on #BossLady Gillian here 





Gillian shares pieces on Charleston Grit from her website Coastal Bride which offers seasonal ideas for Lowcountry weddings 



STEVE RAMOS—Buildings Are Cool 





You have probably seen Steve Ramos in the middle of King Street photographing a storefront or maybe you’ve noticed him staring at a ceiling detail at one of Charleston’s hottest new restaurants. This guy loves architecture and is passionate about all things design. As an architect with LS3P in Charleston, Steve’s primary focus is the design of commercial architecture in the heart of the city. His most recently completed project: The Spectator Hotel has been turning heads since its opening in July. In 2015, Steve began the blog,, in which he shares his experiences with architecture, design and the never-ending task of renovating his home. The blog is heavily focused on the architecture of Charleston, both old and new. There has been speculation that Steve is already working on the followup:




Steve was one of the architects behind brand new Charleston hotel, The Spectator



MADISON MOOSE—The Southern Edge




Madison is a twenty-something creative who has forever had a love for all things fashion related. After obtaining a business degree in Marketing, she didn't feel as though she had built a strong enough resume to enter the fashion industry fresh out of school, so from that, The Southern Edge was born. Now you will find Madison working in production for fashion shows all over the country, or writing and editing for The Face Magazine. Her three year plan includes moving to New York City to work in the industry full time, as well as building The Southern Edge into an internationally known brand. When she's not working, Madison loves playing the guitar, trying out different restaurants and cafés, and anything that involves being outdoors.



Madison recently added New York Fashion Week, blogging about the experience daily on her site, The Southern Edge



MIA SYN—Nutrition by Mia




Mia is a San Francisco Bay Area native and former New York City dweller. After graduating from Columbia University with her master's in nutrition, Mia founded 'Nutrition By Mia' as a resource for seasonal entrées, cocktails and hors d'oeuvres, the latest evidence-based nutrition information, and effortless entertaining ideas for every occasion. She is so excited to call beautiful Charleston her new home.


Mia's first post for Grit, "Falling In Love With Fall,"  offered a list of seasonal produce, a recipe for healthy pumpkin bread, fall-inspired tablescapes and décor, and an appreciation for the season in Charleston specifically



ERIN WEISSLive Life Active 



Erin Weiss is a fitness & lifestyle blogger based out of Charleston, SC. Her mission is to find a healthy balance between a fit life while still maintaining a social life..yes it's really possible! Erin is a certified personal trainer, business owner, sports obsessed girl who loves helping others find the key to a healthy life.


Read Erin's first post for Grit here! 



I can't wait to read what's next from these 6 bloggers!