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Savannah Travel Guide


Recently, I had the chance to visit one of the most beautiful cities in the South…Savannah, Georgia. I hadn’t been in over 7 years and I was excited to see how this Southern city had changed. Some things were just as I remembered them – the sweeping oaks, the breathtaking architecture and the Southern hospitality to name a few. But the city definitely had more to offer this go around and I can’t wait to share some highlights with you!





Where We Stayed:
On this adventure, Jason and I had the pleasure of staying at The Perry Lane Hotel. A newer hotel on the scene, this luxury property lived up to the hype. It perfectly combined the charm and historic nature of the city with a fresh and modern approach. Upon arrival, we were greeted with chilled glasses of champagne and a luxurious, yet inviting ambiance. From the “living room” areas to the Emporium restaurant & market, the hotel is full of curated corners to make your stay enjoyable. After checking into our gorgeous room, we noticed the Byredo bath products, chocolate-chip cookies and the details that make a stay memorable. With all of our excitement, we explored the hotel further and ended-up on the rooftop, which was honestly one of the most happening scenes in the city. The hotel’s rooftop menu at Peregrin was delicious and great for sharing – we had lobster rolls, babaganoush, and deviled eggs to go with a bottle of sparkling rosé. We enjoyed the sunshine, looked as others played cornhole, and spent the early afternoon overlooking the Savannah skyline. What a perfect start to our trip!


What We Did:
While I’d like to say we had a jam-packed itinerary, this trip was quite the opposite. And I have to say…it was wonderful! Instead of running from one place to the next, we spent the days wandering around the city and taking in the sights and culture. We picked up the complimentary bikes at The Perry Lane (I opted for pink, of course) and rode through Savannah enjoying the beautiful and historic scenery. From squares and parks to horse-drawn carriages, the city is truly picturesque.
Besides wandering, we also happened to enjoy the city’s cocktail scene. We visited Prohibition for Happy Hour and enjoyed $1 oysters and $5 cocktails. We found the almost-hidden-to-strangers bar, AlleyCat Lounge and perused a wide menu of cocktails. They even have drinks for every sign of the zodiac! Last but not least was my favorite bar, Artillery. This top was an elegant cocktail bar with the most beautiful décor and even better drinks. It was definitely one of my highlights of the trip. Cocktails weren’t the only thing that was on the menu, because we also got the opportunity to attend a complimentary wine-tasting The Perry Lane Hotel. Every Sunday from 2-4pm, Emporium hosts a wine tasting in their beautiful open-air restaurant/market. Talk about perfect timing!


And no trip would be complete without some shopping. We visited the boutiques located on the cobblestone streets and even found some goodies at a second-hand store (Alexander Wang and Aquazzura shoes)! However, my favorite shop happened to be The Paris Market. Larger than I expected, the store had a quaint Parisian feel, full of home goodies, vintage-inspired finds, and accessories. Think the best version of Anthropologie possible! Everything would make the perfect gift, but I left the store with a little something for myself instead.




Where We Ate:
Well, no city guide would be complete without sharing my favorite restaurants from our trip. While we did our share of cocktail-tasting, we made up for it with our meals as well. I already shared the delicious rooftop snacks we had the Perry Lane Hotel, so that is a must!


We also visited The Grey for a lovely dinner of modern Southern fare with global flavors. First of all, the space is amazing! Nestled into Savannah’s old Greyhound bus station, the décor takes cues from its historic roots with a modern twist. We enjoyed duck golden rice, crudo, steak, mashed potatoes, and smoked collard greens. Yum!


One of my other favorite stops was The Collins Quarter for brunch. We knew that it was going to be good the second we saw the line of people waiting outside. We actually had time to put our names in and enjoy a brunch cocktail elsewhere. It was worth the wait! The restaurant has Australian-inspired cuisine and is known for its brunch. Let’s start with the cocktails…. berry bellinis, Aperol spritzes and bloody mary’s complete with shrimp and bacon. Jason ordered my favorite, shakshuka, and it didn’t disappoint.


And before we left town, we hit one of Savannah’s most beloved spots, Leopold’s Ice Cream. A classic, American ice cream parlor, the shop was originally founded in 1919. With both traditional and more adventurous flavors, I had to drag Jason out before he tried to sample them all. It was the perfectly sweet end-cap to our amazing weekend!


One of the reasons Jason and I were excited to move back down South was the opportunity to do weekend trips to beautiful Southern cities. This weekend in Savannah was the perfect example of this coming to life, and we can’t wait to visit again. If anyone needs further details on recommendations or has questions about our experience, feel free to reach out!


Thank you to The Perry Lane Hotel for partnering on this post!


Polka Dots & Pink




Polka dots have never really been my thing. I’m more of a stripes gal. But I have to say….they are starting to grow on me. I saw this champagne skirt with an angled hem and thought it would go perfectly with some favorites I already have in my closet. Neutral sweaters, a black turtleneck, mock neck bodysuit…the list goes on and on.


For our recent trip to Savannah, I had to bring my new skirt along and add in some details to give it some Southern and girly flare. What did I pair my polka dots with? Pink pumps of course. I picked up these famous Manolo Blahnik Hangisi satin pumps that were waiting to be found at Saks Off Fifth. You may recognize these as Carrie’s Wedding Shoes (in blue) in the first Sex & The City movie! Well, While I’m no Carrie Bradshaw, I do absolutely love these pumps that are more versatile than you might initially think. I’ve worn them to work with jeans and a collared shirt and paired them with dresses of equally bright shades.


To finish my Savannah weekend look, I capped it all off with my favorite Eric Javits straw boater, my new Céline (swoon) and classic, cat-eye shades!


Skirt: Corey Lynn Calter.  Sweater (Similar): Forever 21.  Hat: Eric Javits.  Pumps: Manolo Blahnik.  Bag: Celine.


What Am I Going To Wear Today Pt. II


A while ago I wrote a post about the infamous question “what am I going to wear today?” I shared my life hack for never asking myself that question and guaranteeing a quick morning routine during the week. If you haven’t yet, you should read the details of the post, but the long story short is that I pick out all of the week’s outfits on Sunday. Once I’ve got my looks, I hang them in reverse order, so Monday is at the very front of the batch and ready for me to quickly grab in the morning.


While I still stand by that life-hack, I understand that level of planning leaves can seem a little extreme or leave little room for spontaneity. Well to those who think that, I’ve got another method that works for me when I don’t have the time or energy to pull looks on Sunday…the running outfit list!


I put my favorite outfits to wear in a running list that I keep on my phone. So if I’m ever in a bind, I can refer to my list and see what strikes my fancy. Unlike my other method, you don’t have to have your outfit planned, but you have something easy to jog your memory of your favorite looks. An example of items on my list include:


– Black tuxedo pants. Black turtleneck. Leather Jacket. Manolos (black or colorful)
– Reformation Black Midi Dress. Bandana. Blazer or White Vince Jacket. Golden Goose Sneakers.


You’ll see I just use brief identifiers (whether descriptor or brand) to easily delineate each piece. Another way I organize my list is to group the outfits together by sub-category. Since I work in advertising, my work-wear is not overly professional and is my “Every-day” clothing. The other categories I have are “Casual”, “Summer-wear”, and “Evening”. But you can use whatever works for you! What do you dolls think? Would you use this list to have go-to outfits handy?