3.29.2017

SAVANNAH, GA TRAVEL GUIDE



Andy and I know that this time in our lives is really precious for us. We are in our second year of marriage and haven't had our first baby yet so for the most part, things are still pretty new and simple. For me I think one of the best times spent together has been in Savannah, Georgia. 

The south is a place I rarely get the chance to visit but when I'm there I feel so relaxed and happy. It's not just the feeling of vacation but it's hospitable culture. Savannah was entirely new to us so every street felt like an exciting exploration. I can honestly say every single experience of ours in Savannah was a good one and we left without a single complaint. Here are some of the things we did in Savannah which we would recommend for anyone visiting or do again in a heartbeat:

• Grab coffee to-go at Savannah Coffee Roasters: After leaving our Airbnb each morning Andy and I first stopped at Savannah Coffee Roasters for a huge iced coffee to go. Everyone who worked there was super friendly and their coffee was amazing. They also host murder mystery nights at the cafe which Andy and I didn't have the chance to do, but looked really fun. 

Walk Jones Street: Jones Street was voted the most beautiful street in America and I have to say, I agree! The brick road, tall gorgeous homes with their long shutters and stairways, and overhanging trees took me back in time. You can really feel the history of Savannah walking this street. 

• Grab brunch at Collins Quarter: This little restaurant in the heart of the city is absolutely gorgeous and serves the most delicious, beautiful food. Everything is farm-to-table, so fresh and lightweight, I never felt overly full when leaving––their spicy bloody mary's are super yummy too! 

Tour the Frances Sorrel House: Andy and I were clueless about the history of this home before entering so I guess you could say we were a bit surprised when we learned it's known as one of the most haunted houses in the United States! Regardless, our tour guide was very upbeat and friendly and spoke very passionately about the home's design details, past owners, and events that took place there. The home's history is pretty tragic but we still found listening to it's stories while walking through each room quite fascinating. 

• Visit Warmsloe Plantation: Our time spent here was unforgettable. The overlapping oak trees with Spanish moss lining the street made for the most breathtaking walks I've ever taken. The picture above doesn't do it justice. But with a large swamp nearby and being from the east coast, I was a little nervous we would run into an alligator!

• Visit the Savannah History Museum: This little museum is a great refresher on Savannah's history. I really enjoyed learning more about the architecture throughout the city and women who have made an impact––one being Juliette Gordon Low, who founded the girl scouts. 

Shop Broughton Street: We had to weed out some of the chain brands, but for the most part this street was full of original boutiques with local owners. Savannah also has no open container laws so we sometimes grabbed a beer to go and slowly browsed the shops. 

• Eat lunch at beautiful Gryphon: This restaurant serves as the premier cafe of Savannah College of Art and Design so a lot of the SCAD students work there. We ate at Gryphon twice and both the service and food were absolutely amazing. But I think what makes this such a unique spot is it's eclectic decor. 

• Find a book at The Book Lady Bookstore and then read in Chippewa Square where Forrest Gump sat: We stumbled upon this used bookstore on East Liberty Street and both found great books for the rest of our vacation. We felt it was too hot to sit and read in the park, but couldn't leave Savannah without taking a touristy photo where Tom Hanks sat in one of Savannah's most famous squares. The bench is no longer there, but it was still cool to see where the famous Forrest Gump scene was shot. 

Take an Evening Walk Along River Street : As you can imagine Savannah is super hot and muggy in July so an evening walk along the water helped a bit. It was fun to watch the boats drive by and to get a different view of the city. 

• Have dinner at the Olde Pink House: On our last night Andrew and I got dressed up and headed over to the Olde Pink House for fancy cocktails and dinner. I'd say this was definitely one of the highlights of the trip. We took our time sipping on a couple drinks before ordering our meal and to say the least, the food was absolutely amazing. 

Take a Ghost Tour: This is actually something that Andy and I didn't schedule in but wish we did. When walking back to our Airbnb late at night we saw a few tours pass by us and so we tagged along for a bit. 

All in all it was a really great time and I would recommend visiting Savannah to anyone who enjoys a bit of charm, history and good food.



9.05.2016

RESTFUL EVENING IN MALIBU WITH FLYJOY

Last weekend Andy and I took an impromptu trip up to Malibu, which we only do a few times each summer. I'm not sure what it is about Malibu beaches but their little stretch of ocean always seems much more peaceful and beautiful than any other I've been to. 




We normally land at El Matador or Zuma Beach and then head over to Neptune's Net for dinner and drinks. This time went up to Point Dume for a little bit of early evening adventure. In those moments of walking the sandy trail everything just seemed perfect. There was so much blue all around us that we had to stop a few times and stare, utterly amazed by our incredible view. It's in these moments that I find myself feeling surrounded by love and having much more clarity, inspired by such insane beauty. When we finally arrived at the ocean water we just sat on the rocks and rested for a bit.




At this time, Andy and I got a bit hungry so we shared a couple FlyJoy bars. I was introduced to Fly Joy last year and they've really made our lives a lot easier and healthier. 
I feel good knowing they're made with the highest quality ingredients and are gluten-free, soy-free, and non-GMO. I seriously pack them in my bag to re-fuel me wherever I go, but they work really great for mini beach adventures like these or for right after a workout. With too many chemical-ridden, unhealthy options out there, Andy and I feel safe eating Fly Joy all the time. Learn more about Fly Joy's ingredients and philosophy, and check out other reasons I love them so much here, here, and here




This post is in partnership with Fly Joy, a brand I support and love.


SUMMER DINNER GATHERING

A few weeks ago I helped style a dinner event for an art company called Art Unified in Venice Beach. It was a really sweet way to begin saying my goodbyes to precious summertime in LA. I kept the tablescape really simple by using palms for placemats, and added pink orchids here and there for a bright pop (with the help of my mom who was visiting). Our chef Christian Navarro prepared five light, colorful courses which we slowly ate with our perfectly paired cocktails. It felt refreshing to feel continuously surprised by all sorts of new flavors and textures. It was also nice to be seated near such a unique mix of professionals and personalities, all making the conversation feel alive and inspirational. One being my mama! Everything about it was well thought out and designed yet simple. It left me feeling really excited and inspired to finally sort out our outdoor patio so that we can entertain and be hospitable toward the people we know and love here in Los Angeles.