Coffee Date No. 1

Friday, January 8, 2021

My old roommate and I like to go on coffee dates to catch each-other up on life, any tea, etc. and I recently saw Kate with posts 'coffee dates' to essentially do the same for her readers. So I wanted to start doing the same with you guys! 

Jekyll Island had the most gorgeous light tour. It was set up so you could drive around the island on this "light tour" and enjoy the gorgeous views from your car. Apparently they do this every year, however this was our first year going! 

I had so much fun wrapping gifts for people this year! It was our first year with our own Christmas tree so I went a little crazy picking out papers to decorate with! Our tree was decorated with red ornaments, red bows, and pom pom garlands. We do not have many personal ornaments yet, however the ones we did get were a yellow jeep, a 'Just Married' ornament (for 2021!), and an American Flag. We want to slowly build up our collection of glass ornaments representative of special moments throughout the year. 

I had the privilege of watching a sailboat race in person! It was so much fun, and I learned a ton since I know nothing about sailing. P.S. no this isn't one of the boats from the race 😂.

We have been trying to support local shops and restaurants as much as possible during this difficult time. We were so excited to try the Fat Radish for the first time and loved it. We each tried a couple different seafood options from their menu and it was all SO GOOD.

Local & Small Businesses to Shop for Gifts

Monday, December 7, 2020

(image source: sent from an employee)
This is a beautiful boutique in downtown Savannah. They have a stunning collection of clothes and accessories. I highly recommend them if you are looking for a gift for you fashion loving friends!

Sun-Kissed Clays:
Created by one of my sorority sisters, Sun-Kissed Clays sells beautiful handmade clay jewelry. Any of her pieces would make an amazing gift this Christmas. If you are interested, contact her via @sun.kissedclays here!
I was fortunate enough to visit this little shop on a tour of The Alida Hotel in downtown Savannah. It was such a wonderful idea! Downstairs in The Alida, they have this as their 'gift-shop', but instead of being a traditional gift-shop they carry products from local makers, artists, and designers. I highly recommend visiting if you are in Savannah and looking for a unique gift idea.

(image source: sent from the shop)
This was created by another sorority sister of mine. She makes the cutest customized goods! Every year I typically get my mom some sort of customized linen, bag, etc. and this is the perfect place to find inspiration! You can shop by contacting her via Instagram here or her Etsy shop.

One Fish Two Fish:
I love this store located in downtown Savannah! One of my friends introduced me to it a long time ago during a shopping day, and I fell in love. They are perfect to find a gift for tons of different people since they have such a wide variety of products. 

This is a leather store located in downtown Savannah. I absolutely love their products. They are a completely made in house brand. My fiancĂ© loves their products as well so if you are looking for inspiration for a nicer gift for the men in your life, they would be perfect. 

Thanks for stopping by!

Gift Guide: Recent Grads

Wednesday, December 2, 2020

I am going to be honest with you guys, gift guides are one of my favorite blog posts to read from other bloggers. Less because I need ideas for gifts (I plan early), but more because I have a personal shopping problem.

These are gifts you could really use for a lot of different people, however the general theme seemed to fit 'recent grads' the best. Some of these items I already have and have been using for years and a few are on my shopping list 😉.

Ice Bucket: 
Totally on my shopping list. I have a gold bar cart with simple décor and think this would match perfect.

Wouldn't this look perfect in an entryway or on a coffee table? Chic and definitely a statement piece. 

Dyson Hair Dryer: 
I do not have this hair dryer, however my friends that I have spoken to about it rave about how amazing it is. It is definitely a long term investment tons of people would love.

Summer Fridays Mask:
I love this line of face masks. A great way to relax and they have never broken me out which is a huge plus! This is a great more budget friendly gift.

Another great investment. I travel with my fiancé and we love hard shell luggage because of their durability.

Wine Glasses:
Do these need an explanation?

I have these plates and love them! White dishes are convenient because they are easy to mix and match with other sets and pieces.

Simple diamond studs make a great gift! They will last forever and are timeless. 

A great 'twist' on a class ring. Class rings don't seem to get worn for long after a graduation, however a piece like this is still symbolic while being slightly more timeless.

Key Fob:
I have the same key fob in a different pattern and love it! A more affordable, while still very practical gift. 

Tan Jacket:
I have this jacket in the orange color from a few years ago (if you love Breakfast at Tiffany's, you know) and I wear it all the time. It is so comfy and high quality, while being a fraction of the cost of the one from the full J. Crew.

Black Jacket:
Jackets like this last forever when they are taken care of and are so practical. I love the simplicity of a classic black jacket.

Jewelry Box:
I received this years ago myself as a Christmas gift and it is still in perfect condition. It is beautiful in person and such a useful gift.

Another timeless piece. If a natural diamond is too expensive, I highly recommend a simulated one which costs a fraction. They are just as beautiful!

A practical and affordable gift! When I moved out of my house, I literally owned no cups haha. My fiancé and I have started a collection of Tervis's. I love them because they will repair cups if they break and fall under their warranty. I can personally attest to the fact they do this since I have now had two repaired! It was super easy and my cups look good as new. We try to get our Tervis cups from different trips or local shops so they are more sentimental.

Cocktail Napkins:
On my shopping list, I adore these! These are hand embroidered  and from a small business on Etsy.

One of the most used things I own. I received mine as a gift from Marley Lilly a few years ago and use it multiple times a month. This is awesome for quick trips and as a carry-on. The convenience of it being fabric as a carry-on is it fits a lot easier above your seat!

Thanks for stopping by!

Wedding Wednesday: Engagement Photos

Tuesday, September 22, 2020

To start with, I want to give Izzy + Co a huge thank you. She and Hannah were able to capture Sean and I perfectly (despite the crazy wind that sprung up! haha).

Sean and I are very laid back people. We love being outdoors, hiking/camping, low-key dates, etc. We wanted our engagement photos to reflect this. We chose the beach because it felt very us; it wasn't fussy and we could be ourselves and goof off. Sean was pretty nervous because he hates having his picture taken, but Hannah made it so much fun for both of us! We literally goofed off the whole time and felt like it was more of a beach date than a photoshoot. 

 I am so thrilled with how the photos turned out! We chose Izzy + Co because we loved the personality in her photos. When I was browsing online, her photos were all so cheerful and colorful. In addition, all the people in her photos looked like they were enjoying themselves rather than posing. 

 I hope you all enjoyed! I cannot wait to share more Wedding Wednesday posts. 


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