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!)blog and their Instagram for inspiration.
Taylor Swift's 2014 Met Ball Gown
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?