Classy and Coastal and Ethereal

Tuesday, April 7, 2015


During my Spring Break, I found myself in a magical fairyland in Savannah, Georgia with two of my best gal pals. Atlanta is so landlocked I constantly forget that parts of Georgia are coastal. There are so many unexplored nooks and crannies of my home state; it makes wanderlust close to home more potent and more exciting. Savannah is classy and coastal and ethereal. There are small town businesses organized in gridlocked streets and city squares illuminated by dappled light. The ancient oak trees lend a kind of cover to the boulevards and backroads, instilling a Gothic Romantic vibe: a perfect setting for daydreams. 

We arrived in Savannah on a rather chilly, rainy afternoon, but that didn't stop us. We started at the SCAD Museum of Art for the Oscar de la Renta exhibit which was curated by Vogue's Andre Leon Talley. The exhibition (and the museum itself) was stunning. There is something quite indescribable about admiring the craftsmanship of an haute couture dress in person, particularly familiar ones like Sarah Jessica Parker's and Taylor Swift's most recent met ball gowns. The exhibit was a lovely tribute to the late designer, and I could definitely see his keen eye for understanding what women want in a gown: what makes them feel beautiful, what is comfortable and functional and timeless and classic and modern. Beading details, classic silhouettes, bright evening coats in striking silks and floaty layers of tulle stand out in my mind. If you have the opportunity to go, making the trip all the way to Savannah just for this exhibit is definitely worth it. (It closes May 3rd, so hurry!)

Taylor Swift's 2014 Met Ball Gown

Details from Taylor Swift's 2014 Met Ball Gown

The Oscar de la Renta exhibit at SCAD Museum of Art

Before I get carried away in a painstakingly detailed description of each gown at the SCAD exhibit, I must mention that I was joined on this trip by two ladies who have influenced my personal style so much over the past few years. Mary and Madeline are two good friends from high school who can definitely be convinced to do cultural things like going to concerts and museums. :) Of the many highlights of our brief trip to Savannah, The Paris Market totally takes the cake. This shoppe (added the "-pe" because that sounds more fancy and also French) is like a little market where your favorite aunt shops for grab bags of old jewelry and vintage sterling silver tumblers and the prettiest little journals and stationary. We spent hours there. There is also a little attached coffee shop where you could buy the prettiest French pastries and frosted sugar cookies shaped like the Eiffel Tower and MACARONS. The salted caramel where to-die-for. At The Paris Market, I bought lavender sachets (my favorite scent I think) and some pretty reclaimed vintage beads for my sister who makes jewelry. Make sure to follow their blog and their Instagram for inspiration.

Fresh Lavender at The Paris Market

Macarons and iced coffee at The Paris Market

Reclaimed vintage beads at The Paris Market

Other highlights include shopping at shopSCAD, the store that sells all kinds of handmade art from SCAD students. There were $400 handmade tops and walls of funky modern art and cute notecards and this fun flamingo wallpaper. The prices were a little out of my range, but it is definitely worth popping in. We also dropped by the Savannah Candy Kitchen on River Street and oogled at all the handmade treats and barrels of every kind of candy imaginable. And of course, just walking around all the Squares and seeing the fountains that had been dyed green for St. Patrick's Day was fun.

Original artwork by SCAD students at shopSCAD

The next day we met up with our friend Emily from school who is from Savannah and she gave us the insider's tour of the city. We started with brunch at Loc's Chicken & Waffles which was local and fun and weirdly delicious. She took us to Wormsloe which is an avenue of old oak trees and the center of the magic of Savannah. My mind immediately drifted off to a long-ago time and a floaty organza gown and a prince and a princess... sorry I'll get back on track now...

me, Mary, and Madeline at Wormsloe

We then drove past Emily's childhood home and the pier where she had her graduation party and some of the beautiful houses right on the water. We continued into downtown and listened to Emily's funny little anecdotes about growing up in such a pretty Southern community. Finally, she took us by the Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist, the church attached to her all-girls high school (that was founded in 1845!). It was breathtaking, and made me wish we had more cathedrals in America.

It was a quick trip, but so lovely and fun to giggle about old high school flames and our favorite Friends episodes and read excerpts out of Vogue on the car ride home. We also had a rocking road trip playlist courtesy of the Beach Music Pandora station. Until next time, Savannah!

I'm hoping to visit again soon! What are your favorite Savannah, GA spots?

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