Honeymoon Bliss

It’s been a few weeks since our wedding and honeymoon adventures but we are definitely still soaking up all the honeymoon bliss! Our story is a little bit crazy because our original Puerto Rican honeymoon that we had planned for over a year was suddenly threatened by Hurricane Irma. So we cancelled our trip the night before and flew down to Key West, FL. Little did we know, Irma would make its way towards us and keep us moving north with the rest of the Florida state until we finally made it safely to North Carolina by the end of our honeymoon.


If you know anything about me you would know that I am an obsessive planner and organizer. If things don’t go the way I planned (especially my honeymoon) then it really throws me off. So you can imagine the stress I was feeling the night before our honeymoon as well as the whole trip. I had strategically planned out every day of our Puerto Rico honeymoon and the destination change 6 hours before our flight was set to depart left me with no time to plan out a new itinerary. I’m sure my brand new husband was wondering what he got himself into during this whole fiasco.

Anyways, we ended up seeing a good chunk of the east coast on our mission to avoid Hurricane Irma. We spent one day in Key West, Orlando, Savannah, Myrtle Beach, and Wilmington before flying out from Charlotte, North Carolina. This actually ended up being a great story to tell and we had a lot of fun exploring a new city every day!


So here is each city broken down and our recommendations:

Key Wes, FL: First of all, the drive to Key West was an adventure in itself. The entire drive from the Florida mainland down to the Keys is filled with beautiful ocean views and quaint little towns (check out all of the overly creative and adorable mailboxes on your way down!). If it’s your first time visiting the Florida Keys (it was our first time) I would recommend stopping by the very first Visitors Center you come across once you enter Key Largo (on the right hand side). The workers were some of the friendliest people I’ve ever met and one of the workers was even kind enough to give us his cell phone number in case we had trouble navigating the island or were looking for more things to do. They gave us insight on all there is to do. Trust me, I did all my research about what there is to do in the Keys but they were able to get us discounts and recommendations you couldn’t find online. They ended up giving us a great deal on a local hotel (which we ended up not staying at due to the hurricane evacuation) and also booked us a snorkeling excursion through Fury Key West. We did the Rum and Reggae Sunset Snorkel package, which was one of the most incredible experiences I’ve ever had. If you’re a bit hesitant to get in the waters that’s perfectly fine! On this trip, snorkeling is optional. You can get in and out of the water whenever you please. If you prefer to stay on the boat, they have an open bar and music to keep you entertained. HIGHLY recommend this company and this specific excursion. Plus, sailing during the sunset was the perfect way to begin a romantic honeymoon. And if you’ve never been to Key West, be ready to encounter wild chickens and cats that seem to take over the entire island!


Orlando, FL: Of course, when we made it to Orlando we decided to spend the day at the happiest place on Earth, Disneyworld! Ever since I was a little girl I always thought the Disney parks were such a magical place and I dreamed of sharing the experience with my significant other one day. We got the 1-day park hopper pass that allowed us admission into Magic Kingdom, Animal Kingdom, Epcot, and Hollywood Studios. We were able to hit three of those parks. One of the things we really wanted to do was visit the brand new Pandora (for all my Avatar fans out there) theme park located in Animal Kingdom. It was amazing and better than anything I could’ve imagined. However, since it was so new the wait time for the rides were over an hour and half long.  So we opted to just do one. We ended the day with our inner kid-selves completely satisfied.


Savannah, GA: I was really excited to visit Savannah, GA (mainly because I’ve been connecting it with my name my entire life). Arriving in Savannah feels like something out of a fairytale. The trees and historical buildings make you feel like you’re in a movie. First, we started our exploration by attempting to find food. By this point in our honeymoon, the hurricane had caused some pretty intense commotion among these southern states and most businesses had closed down for the weekend. However, we came across a fun and festive tex mex restaurant called Tijuana Flats. The food was average (although Nathan claims it was the best burrito he’s had), but the best part was the outgoing staff and raunchy yet lighthearted decor (see photo below). We also had dinner at Savannah Seafood Shack, where we tried the low country boil. It was AMAZING! We don’t have anything like it up in the Midwest so this is going to be added to the list of must-try restaurants. Since we got to Savannah so late in the day many of the historical museums and tours that I so badly wanted to visit were just closing down for the night. So we decided to just take a walk through Forsyth Park, which is just breathtaking. Every single local we talked to recommended we stop at Leopold’s ice cream and if we didn’t then we’d be losing out on the whole Savannah, GA experience. Of course, Leopold’s was closed down for the weekend as well so we will be saving that for our next adventure there.


Myrtle Beach: I’ve always wanted to visit Myrtle Beach so of course we made it a must-stay destination on our impromptu honeymoon. We opted for the beachfront DoubleTree hotel which turned out to be one of our better ideas on this trip. We had dinner at Simply Southern, an authentic southern buffet full of fried chicken, grits, mashed potatoes, and any comfort food you can imagine. While the food was good, we ended up enjoying the staff and atmosphere of the restaurant more than anything. One of our favorite memories of the trip was getting to hear a local church choir belting worship songs while we enjoyed our meal. We spent the rest of the day lounging on the beach, playing mini golf at one of the hundreds of mini golf courses in the city, and then sipping on drinks while watching the stars and listening to the crashing waves from the comfort of the hotel patio. It really was a perfect and romantic way to spend the last night of our honeymoon. 


Wilmington, NC: When I realized that we would have to eventually end up driving all the way north to North Carolina to avoid the evacuations I automatically penned Wilmington into our itinerary. I am a HUGE One Tree Hill fan and much to Nathan’s dismay we decided to make Wilmington our last stop before our flight out of Charlotte. Of course, the first stop I wanted to make was to the River Walk (downtown Wilmington) where my favorite TV couple, Nathan and Haley, had their first iconic scene together. I really do have to applaud Nathan for being such a trooper and happily posing and taking pictures wherever I asked him to. It was surreal being able to tour the very town that I grew up watching on TV. We also made some stops to different homes featured in the show, and if you’re as big of a fan as I am you’ll be able to recognize which houses belonged to which characters. On our tour of homes we did encounter some of the people that actually lived in the homes, who reassured us that it was ok if we wanted to get a photo in front of their home because ‘it happens all the time’. We also stopped into Poodle’s Island Wear gift shop that houses tons of OTH apparel and I just needed to own my very own ‘Clothes Over Bros’ baseball cap! Even if you’re not big into One Tree Hill, Wilmington is such a gorgeous town to spend time in. Nathan loved the atmosphere and even wished we would’ve spent a night there just to explore what the rest of the city has to offer.


So that was our crazy honeymoon adventure! Although nothing turned out as planned, we ended up getting the vacation of a lifetime and got to see a whole lot more than we were planning. It was memorable and we now have a fun story to tell everyone! It really didn’t matter where we were or what we were doing. I was just happy to be able to spend some time alone with my brand new husband and cherish this beautiful marriage that we’d just established.

I also recommend this exact same itinerary for anyone looking for a fun, on-the-go vacation. If you start in Key West and head north to North Carolina you’re bound to make some amazing memories meeting the locals, visiting historic sites, and crossing off bucket list items. If you’ve visited any of these spots and have any recommendations let me know! We are hoping to revisit these places and be able to spend more time enjoying things that we’ve missed.

Sincerely,

Savanna

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SHEIN: An Online Shopping Review

I was never really one to try online shopping mainly because I’m the kind of person that needs to try on everything before I buy it. Even if it’s just a plain cami. So I was a little skeptical giving any online shops a try. BUT I am so glad I did because I am now the owner of several cute fashion pieces that were definitely a bang for my buck!

After starting up my blog and connecting with other fashion bloggers via Instagram I saw people raving about SheIn, a one-stop online shop that offers stylish clothing and accessories for every occasion.

I started reading online reviews and came up with the conclusion that this shop has gained sort of a negative rep. Many complained of long shipping times, lost items, inaccurate sizing, and the quality of the products. So I decided to see for myself.

I downloaded the app, which is actually very user friendly and most of the items contained multiple reviews that included photos so you could see what the product actually looks like being worn. I ended up placing a lot of items in my wishlist because the styles on their are so chic and modern for such a great deal! Finally, I decided to place an order for black knee-cut-out jeans, a graphic print tee, and a striped trim V-neck top. All of these items had totaled up to $31 altogether (standard shipping is also FREE if you’re in the United States… Score!). That counts as a steal in my book!

Now came the worst part of online shopping: waiting for my pieces to arrive. I’ll be honest I was expecting a very long turnaround time since they were being shipped from Asia. But just as their shipping policy promised I received all of my items intact and on time (only a week after my purchase!).


So let me be the one to rid of these myths about SheIn! Each item fit me like a glove, the quality was similar to what you’d find at most retailers, and the shipping was quick and even a day earlier than what was estimated!


I can’t promise you that you’ll receive the same experience I was given but I would recommend that you try it out for yourself! Who knows. You might discover that this is your new favorite go-to shop as well!

Let me know what your favorite online shop is!

Sincerely,

Savanna

We’re One Month Old!


It has officially been a month since I started my fashion/lifestyle blogging venture!!! And I must say that it’s been such a fun and eye opening experience! In my naïve, pre-blogging stages I didn’t realize that it is more like a full-time job. I thought that this creative outlet was just that: a creative outlet. Little did I  know that blogging is actually about creating a brand and a business! So here I was… thinking that I would just throw some outfits together and post about them on a weekly basis. But now I’m finding myself (and my inner ‘girl boss’) pitching to boutiques and creative professionals, researching marketing strategies, and collaborating with other fashion bloggers. I’ve loved every second of it! And I’m pretty sure I missed my calling as an entrepreneur (never too late though!).

So in this first month I’ve collaborated with multiple boutiques, grown my brand following, and joined Style Collective, an online community of fashion/lifestyle bloggers that have provided amazing resources! The blogging and fashion community is such a tight knit group that strives to eliminate competition and is so focused on working together to create a powerful impact on its followers. I’ve also noticed that most of these businesses and creative professionals are working to not only bring you the latest styles and trends but to also use their influence to help the community as well!

The fashion magazine, The Volk, is one of these companies that uses their brand to raise money and awareness for the Allina Mental Health facilities. And… You are currently looking at one of their newest fashion journalists!!!! I was approached earlier this week by fashion editor-in-chief, Meghanlee, to join The Volk and provide information on the latest and greatest styles of the season! I cannot wait to expand my horizons and be a part of something so big! I’ve been following The Volk for the past few years when I was dabbling in modeling (I know, I’ve literally done everything) and their work has skyrocketed to becoming some of the best that I’ve seen! So of course, I had to jump at this opportunity!

All in all, this first month has been crazy but I’m just getting started! Thank you to those that have been following my work and supporting me!!!!

Sincerely

Savanna

What to Wear For Your Engagement Photos

If you’ve taken the time to click on this post then first of all, congratulations!! Getting engaged is such an exciting time in your life and, of course, you want everything to run as smoothly as possible. The last thing you should stress about is your engagement photos because it should be a time to focus and truly capture the relationship between you and your significant other.

I’m currently a part of a Facebook brides group and I realized that there were a lot of ladies asking for fashion advice so what better way to kick off my last month of being engaged than to share with you some of my engagement photo fashion tips. Plus it’s another chance to show off my engagement photos before I’m able to start over-sharing my wedding photos!


-First and foremost, this shoot is about the both of you! Don’t feel like your engagement photos should reflect something that could grace the cover of Vogue. If you’re both quirky or silly that’s fine! Let your photos reflect that.


-My suggestion is to have at least one formal (or dressier) look and one casual look during your time with your photographer.


-Keep your partner in more neutral colors. This gives you more leeway with what you can do with your outfits. I know it’s not just all about you but you are the bride-to-be and this is the time for you to stand out!


-Matching does not mean you need to be wearing the same colors (says the girl that matched her dress with her fiancé’s outfit as well as the background. See photo below). Just try and keep it all within the same color scheme OR just keep all the tones neutral with at least one bold accessory or clothing piece.


-Wear neutral colored pants (black, white, jeans, etc.) and shoes. Then, keep a plain shirt on throughout the entire shoot and just keep switching out of different tops. For example, I wore jeans and a plain black long-sleeve and just threw a sweater over it. In between shots I would switch out of that sweater and throw on a cardigan or a vest. This gives you multiple different looks in a short period of time. Plus, no changing rooms necessary so that’s a definite plus!

-Props! I know this isn’t necessarily a fashion tip but I think sometimes props are completely forgotten about because people spend their time worrying about the outfits. Balloons, bubbles, streamers, flowers, confetti, etc. All of these add so much movement and originality to your photos. Plus, if you’re one of those people that doesn’t know what to do with your hands during a photo then these will be a lifesaver.


-This one isn’t necessarily a fashion tip either but during your session don’t feel the need to be so posed. I know as future brides, we spend hours (or days!) on Pinterest scrolling through the most perfect engagement photos and hoping to mimic those exact looks. But I guarantee the photos you’ll love best are the shots that were taken in between when you didn’t realize the photographer was shooting. So while you’re in front of the camera just keep moving, laughing, and joking around with each other.


Also, don’t sweat the small stuff! I had gotten my hair done the morning of our engagement photos. I told the stylist I wanted voluminous waves and I walked out of there with tight Shirley Temple curls. I complained to my fiancé during the entire two hour drive to our photo shoot all the while he was assuring me I look great no matter what. I could tell I was really putting a damper on this experience for the both of us so I finally just sucked it up and pretended that I didn’t look like a poodle (luckily my hair can’t hold curls anyways so it fell flat before we started shooting).

In the end, the goal is to get nice pictures to show off but the engagement photos are also a small part of the whole ‘being engaged/wedding’ experience and you’ll want to remember it as a fun one that you can cherish when you look back at these photos.

Have fun and be yourselves!

P.S. These photos were taken by the amazing Cassandra Oldenburg with Narrowleaf Photography and you can check out more of her work here!

Sincerely

Savanna

 

New Boutique Alert!


Ever since I’ve started up my blog I’ve had the chance to discover so many stylish and original boutiques! I love that many of the clothing pieces that are sold at these shops can’t be found anywhere else. Also it’s great to know that your money is going towards small businesses and creative professionals that rely solely on you in order for them to continue their fabulous work!

This week I’m raving about SoTaupe Boutique! Their clothing and accessories are edgy and make some serious statements!


Currently I’m loving my clear lens round glasses from SoTaupe! I remember back in middle school I was mortified to learn that I needed glasses. I only wore them when I needed to out of fear of being dubbed ‘four eyes’ and I presented the idea of contacts to my parents every day for the next five years until they caved. Who knew that glasses would become my favorite fashion accessory?!


Whenever I pair these glasses with my ‘GIRL BOSS’ tank from SoTaupe I feel like I can rule the world. I’ve noticed in my short time as a blogger that blogging is a full time job and it really is like running a business and being your own ‘boss’! I love the strength and empowerment that I’ve found in blogging and in meeting others with the same passion. Every girl needs a ‘GIRL BOSS’ shirt whether you really do oversee a business/brand or not. Because we all have dreams that we’re trying to reach and the work we put in to that dream every day is means enough to be recognized.


So… Are you looking for the latest power statement piece to add to your closet? Check out SoTaupe Boutique’s website here!

Sincerely

Savanna

You Wear What You Eat 

I’m not really sure when it became a thing to wear fruit but I’m actually loving this new trend! It makes a statement with its bold colors and patterns. 


I’ve been getting a lot of compliments on this lemon patterned dress that I scored at H&M! I love that the fit is so flattering and you can dress it up or down depending on the shoes and accessories you pair it with. I also love the price! I was able to snag this piece for under $10! 


I probably won’t be rocking avacado leggings anytime soon. But as for this lemon dress I am completely sold! 

Let me know what you think about this new trend! 

Sincerely,

Savanna 

Back to the Basics


Since I’m just starting up this blog I think I should begin with the basics: wardrobe essentials.

These wardrobe essentials are quick fixes to any outfit that needs a finishing touch. Or on your lazy days (ahem, Mondays) you can piece them all together to create a laid back and easy style.

  1. Plain white t-shirt: And stock up! I can’t even count how many plain white t-shirts I’ve owned in my lifetime. Plain white t-shirts have a reputation for never staying bright white for too long, so I wouldn’t necessarily splurge on this particular wardrobe essential. Also, try and mix things up. Buy multiple t-shirts in different necklines (v-neck, scoop necks, etc.) and fits (baggy or tight fitting). I highly recommend checking out H&M’s ‘Basics’ section where you can mix and match basic tees and tanks for 2 for $10.
  2. Jean jacket: My jean jackets have been a lifesaver when I piece together an outfit but want to dress it down a bit and create a more casual look. And I truly believe that jean jackets will never go out of style because there are so many different ways to wear them (even the denim on denim look is coming back!). Pair them with a cute dress for a casual dinner date or rock your jean jacket with black skinnies and combat boots for a last-minute concert outfit (yes, spontaneous concert ticket splurges come up more frequently than you’d think).
  3. Little black dress: This one is pretty self-explanatory. LBDs have been a closet staple since forever. Why? Because black is everyone’s color. It’s definitely go-to when you’ve completely run out of options, time, or patience. Dress it up with a pair of pumps and diamond earrings or dress it down with flats and a cute cardigan. This piece works for literally any occasion. Need I say more?
  4. Statement accessories: Do you ever have those days when you want to look put together but all you want to wear is a t-shirt and jeans? This is where statement accessories come into play. Whether it’s a bulky necklace or colorful earrings you’ll give the illusion that you didn’t actually press snooze on your alarm 10 times and woke up with 5 minutes left to get ready.
  5. Black dress pants: For those job interviews where you question what kind of look is appropriate. You can never go wrong with black dress pants and cute flats.
  6. A good pair of jeans: Skinny jeans are ‘in’ right now but that shouldn’t stop you from rocking some flared or boot-cut jeans to  mix it up. As long as you feel great in them (and they make your butt look good) then that’s all that matters. This is one staple wardrobe piece that I would definitely splurge on. Because a good pair of jeans will last you years and save your butt (literally) from the squats that you were supposed to be doing every night but instead ended up binge watching your recent Netflix find.
  7. Ballet flats: I’ve already mentioned how these staple wardrobe pieces can pull an entire outfit together. They work for almost any occasion and you can create so many different looks with them. I might even dedicate an entire blog post about all of the different looks you can put together with a good pair of flats!
  8. Chic sunglasses: I think you can probably catch on to how hard it can be for me to get dressed in the mornings. But nothing does more wonders than a pair of chic sunglasses. If you’re anything like me, some days you just can’t match the wings of your eyeliner or your outfit is feeling a bit bland. Sunglasses make all of those problems disappear. If you’re nothing like me and your outfits are always on point and your make up is always even then a good pair of sunglasses will only enhance your already perfect look!
  9. Sneakers: Comfy and cute. Sneakers are my all time favorite. Mainly because they allow me to walk more than 10 steps without my feet hurting and they add a sense of casual-cute to my look. If you’re looking for recommendations on where to get a cute pair of sneakers check out my last post ‘Pastel As Well’ for a great steal!
  10. Pumps: I’ll be honest. Unlike most people I wasn’t genetically blessed with normal sized feet. Most of the time my feet are too small to fit into any cute heels or pumps (I’m a size 5 on a good day). But what I love about pumps is that you can wear them with jeans or a little black dress and you automatically look stunning and sophisticated. I’ve never seen a shoe that makes as big of a statement as pumps do!

So there you have it. Here are all of my wardrobe essentials that I believe can save you from having to constantly ask, “What should I wear today?” You could probably live off of these 10 items and create a new look for each day of the week if you wanted to.


Thanks for reading and let me know what your wardrobe essentials are!

Xoxo

Savanna