Travel Guide: Savannah, Georgia

A few weeks ago, I traveled down to beautiful Savannah, Georgia! It was my first time visiting, and after just one weekend, I fell in love.

My mom, sister and I decided to venture down for 3 days (Friday-Monday), which was the perfect amount of time to explore. We stayed at the Mansion on Forsyth Park, which was a beautiful hotel and in a great location. It was away from the bustle of the downtown area, yet close enough to walk everywhere. On our first day, we actually decided to make the walk from our hotel all the way down to the river. We passed so many quaint shops and eateries, getting a feel for how the city is designed. Overall, navigating the area was simple, since most blocks are separated by different squares!

 

We first checked out the riverfront, which tends to be very touristy. Lined with cobblestones, the riverfront is filled with plenty of souvenir shops and bars. While it wasn’t my favorite, it was nice to see on our first day.

On the second day, we opted to take the Old Savannah Trolley Tour. This is a must! The tour guides were fantastic, and the trolley made it so you could hop on and off at several stops. The tour gave us a taste of the city’s history, while also allowing us to map out what we wanted to see and visit. A must to see while in Savannah is Chippewa Square. If this doesn’t ring a bell, then please go and watch Forrest Gump. The movie’s famous line “life is like a box of chocolates” was said in that very park. While the actual bench is no longer there, you can still grab some chocolate from the local store and enjoy it. You never know who you’re going to see while you’re there!

In terms of history, all three of us decided to visit the Sorrel Weed House. I am a BIG fan of historical homes. I absolutely love being able to see everything as it once was and learning about the families that once lived there. This particular tour was very interesting, but also very sad. For years, Savannah didn’t have laws against destroying historical landmarks, so the Sorrel Weed House went through decades of transformation, from a department store to apartments and now finally back to its original state. They are continuing to restore the home, so don’t expect to see it in its original condition.

Savannah is also considered one of the most haunted cities in America, so what better than to check out a ghost tour! We were sadly disappointed. For Savannah having such a rich and haunted history, the ghost tour just wasn’t impressive. Not only were we stuck in a large group, but our tour guide continued to laugh while telling the haunted history of Savannah. We ended up leaving mid-way through because it was not worth finishing.

In addition to seeing the historic sites, we also shopped… a lot! Broughton Street was our next stop on the trip. Titled the ‘Newbury Street of the south,’  the area offered several local and chain stores. One of my favorites was The Paris Market Cafe. Not only could you sip on a coffee and enjoy some macarons, but the shop also offered gifts and home decor for every style. If you are looking for even more shopping, City Market has several stores and eateries to enjoy.

Another thing I really appreciated about Savannah was how much the city values art. Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) plays a central part in the city’s culture and vibe. Everywhere you’d go there’d be galleries or art shops, and I really took a liking to the role art plays in the city’s personality.

And now for my favorite part… food!! Below are a few of the top places we ate at, while in Savannah

  1. The Collins Quarter – This restaurant had the BEST brunch! The wait time wasn’t that long. I think we waited ten minutes max. I definitely recommend the avocado toast! So good! 
  2. Circa 1875 – The dinner here was incredible! I love French food, and this restaurant impressed. Not only did they have my favorite Aperol Spritz, but the cuisine was delicious! The muscles and charcuterie board are a must if you order anything!
  3. Goose Feathers Cafe – For a quick and super yummy breakfast, this is your spot! Don’t be scared by the line outside. The cafe has you order first then sit, so you are guaranteed a table!
  4. 45 Bistro – All I can say is wow! Not only was our waiter fantastic, but the food was amazing! The seafood pasta is the way to go at this restaurant! 
  5. Leopold’s – The line was down the street, but the ice cream was worth the wait! I ordered their vegan vanilla (since I unfortunately cannot eat regular ice cream), but it was delicious. If you don’t want to wait in the line, at least take a picture of the sign. The shop still has an old school ice cream parlor look. 
  6. Gryphon Tea Room – For the most delicious brunch or afternoon tea, Gryphon is your stop! The restaurant is a part of SCAD and has some of the most delicious bites! I forgot how good tea sandwiches are. And it also looks like an old school library inside.

Savannah’s open container law is non-existent, so don’t be surprised if you are asked to enjoy your cocktail on the go. Not going to lie, this is definitely a highlight of the city, especially if you are with friends or on a girls trip like I was. For a unique drink spot, check out Jen’s and Friends. The tiny bar offers every martini imaginable. From rice crispy treats to straight up chocolate, it doesn’t disappoint. Plus the inside smells of sugar!

Savannah was a blast, and I was so sad to leave. I hope this guide helps you plan your trip to the beautiful city! Until next time!

-XOXO Courtney

 

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Life Update: Relieving Stress

Wow, has it been a while since I’ve given a little life update! I’ve been so busy with work and providing you with new products and giveaways that I haven’t shared what has been going on with me.

I guess if I had one word to describe it, I’d say BUSY. I have been definitely feeling the effects of working long days and commuting. It’s exhausting and honestly has taken a toll on me the last few weeks. I’d be lying if I didn’t say I’ve been very tired and a little extra stressed. Plus my anxiety has been more active, bringing about the worst combination ever.

Thinking about it, it’s been a hard past few weeks since January. I’ve been extremely hard on myself, and it seems like I’ve had more bad days than good. I’ve been putting a lot of pressure on myself to the point where I’m in this non-stop competition and stress cycle. I’ve also been struggling with my social life and friendships, feeling like I am back in middle school. And to be honest, at 23, that is the last thing I need.

As you can tell, there have been a lot of different stresses floating in and out of my mind, making it hard to even concentrate at times. However, I have found even more comfort in the gym, giving me an outlet to sweat out the bad and indulge in my current Netflix obsessions. I’ve also found that my passion for blogging has increased even more with me wanting to continue to share my life and my love for travel, beauty, and fashion.

While the weeks have been tough, I am so excited for spring and upcoming trips headed my way. I’m starting to make more of an effort in my everyday life to take some ‘me’ time to reduce stress and any anxiety floating around.

I have a really exciting post coming this week that I know you all will love! In the meantime, I challenge you to think of ways you can take a little extra time during the week to reset and refocus.

Xoxo Courtney

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Mother’s Day Gift Guide 2018

Mother’s day is around the corner, and we should celebrate all the mommas in our life! Every year, I am always in search of the perfect gift for my mom. She has such amazing taste and has definitely some fantastic items already in her closet. My go-to is always Nordstrom. They have a range of items for anyone’s likes and needs. Below are a few items from their site that I felt were perfect options for any and every mom out there.

1. Kate Spade New York Mom Knows Best Pave Charm Necklace

2. Home is Where Mom Is Accents Pillow

3. Voluspa Embossed Glass Chawan Bowl Candle

4. Sweet Dreams Short Robe

5. Embroidered Cotton Tee

6. Baublebar Gabriela Fringe Earrings

7. Kate Spade New York Thompson Street- Sam Fabric Handbag

8. Anastasia of Beverly Hills Soft Glam Eyeshadow Palette

9. Tory Burch Thin Flip Flop

Since it’s spring, I leaned toward pastels, florals, and soft elegance. My favorite is the floral robe. My mom loves pajamas, so something cozy for her to hang around in is perfect. I also loved the tassel earrings. For a mom that loves a pop and to spice up an outfit with accessories, tassel earrings are the perfect piece for her. There is always options for the home lover too, with the Voluspa candle or a cute decorative pillow specially personalized for mom and the day.

Not on the list is athletic wear, which is the perfect gift for a mom that is active and likes to get outside. With warmer weather coming, there are always fun, bright colors in workout leggings and tanks that are great additions to a mom’s workout attire. These items here and here are amazing options!

Celebrate your mom this year with an item that she will love! Happy mother’s day to all the moms out there!

-XO Courtney

 

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Why I’m Obsessed With Hailee Steinfeld’s Oscar Look

If you didn’t watch the Oscars Sunday night, then I assume you heard about the drama and mishaps the day after. While everyone was chatting about Moonlight winning instead of La La Land, I was too busy obsessing over what Hailee Steinfeld wore on the red carpet.

When I first saw her on the TV screen, my jaw dropped. I have never seen anything more impeccable in my life. The hair, makeup, and dress flowed perfectly together. The ruffles up the back added detail and accented the floral appliqués on the gown. She wore Ralph & Russo, which was her best pick yet!

I had not been a huge fan of her lavender number at the Golden Globes, or in fact any of her picks recently on the red carpet. I felt they aged her, but she quickly got her style game back and posed on the red carpet looking elegant and sexy.

This was her first time back on the red carpet, since being nominated for True Grit a few years ago, and boy, did she go out with a bang. Hailee Steinfeld makes my heart melt in this number, and I am forever obsessed with her style.

-XOXO Courtney

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Fave Beauty Trends From NYFW S/S 2017

With New York Fashion Week here, beauty trends are on the rise with each designer that shows on the runway! Below are a few of my favorites thus far.

Carmen Marc Valvo

Marissa Webb

Desigual

Tommy Hilfiger

Nicole Miller

Carolina Herrera

Misha

Smokey eyes and lots of dewy highlight seems to be the main focus for this season’s S/S 2017 runway!

For more New York Fashion Week updates, stay tuned!

-XOXO Courtney

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Beauty Picks For Spring

Spring has almost sprung and new beauty products have launched onto the market! These products are a must have for Spring and Summer!

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  1. Nars Velvet Matte Skin Tint Broad Spectrum SPF 30: This oil-free formula wears comfortably, maintaining skin’s natural moisture barrier while working to control shine throughout the day. Transparent Blurring Powders help to blur imperfections, even the look of skintone, and smooth the appearance of pores and fine lines.
  2. Urban Decay Naked Skin Color Correcting Fluid: Correct imperfections and play up your best features, all without having to lug around a whole contour kit. With five color-neutralizing shades to target every skin concern, Urban Decay’s Naked Skin Color Correcting Fluid features an innovative, lightweight formula that instantly color-corrects and blurs flaws, leaving skin illuminated and bright.
  3. Benefit Cosmetics Dew the Hoola Soft Matte Liquid Bronzer: Bestselling Hoola bronzing powder is now available in this new must-have liquid formula. Dew the Hoola Soft Matte Liquid Bronzer gives your face the most believable bronze. The smoothing effects and lightweight, buildable texture can be applied on bare skin or over foundation for a shimmerless, sunkissed glow.
  4. Tarte Double Duty Beauty The Lip Sculptor Double Ended Lipstick & Gloss: Sculpt and seal a perfectly contoured pout with this 2-in-1 longwearing lip essential. It’s a full coverage, satin matte lipstick and a coordinating, pigmented lip gloss in one double-ended tool.

*Descriptions courtesy of Sephora and Ulta.

Bring on Spring with this brand new beauty picks!

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