It’s time to conquer

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Somehow we have already wrapped up January and are diving head first in to February. It is slightly mind blowing since I feel like we were just ringing in the new year. I have been traveling a lot so far this year for work, and have felt pretty scattered. Now that things have settled down I would like to really tuck in to accomplishing some of my goals for 2015 and sharing my progress on here!

So starting this week, I am ready to conquer and start checking things off of that to do list! Who is with me?!

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Savannah Sunshine

We were lucky enough to get good weather on one day in Savannah. It was almost enough to make up for the constant rain and fog on the other days (almost…). We took advantage and saw more of the sights.

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It is amazing how much difference some sunshine can make when looking at the fountains in the public squares. Who wouldn’t want to spend a day wandering around in a town filled with locations like this?

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We also made sure to stop by a Savannah legend: Leopold’s Ice Cream. We had heard that this was THE place to visit. The small ice cream shop invented Tutti Frutti ice cream and had a pretty long line when we arrived:

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We checked out the wall of signed head shots from celebrities that have either visited or worked with them (apparently Leopold’s has quite the Hollywood ties):

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You can sit at a table or take your ice cream for a walk. There’s a lovely small old timey feeling to the place.

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While one of my favorite eats in Savannah, Leopold’s did not take the crown of my all over favorite. That award goes to the Gryphon Tea Room. Owned by the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD), Gryphon has a host of amazing tea, delicious food, and unique decor. All of the servers are students at SCAD so you are also supporting the arts community through dining there.

It is housed in a former pharmacy where they left all of the original wood work and stained glass (including Tiffany glass lights). Check out the beautiful installation in the middle of the dining room:

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Suffice to say, this was not a CVS type of pharmacy. If you’re in Savannah you have to stop by.

We also found the most amazing furniture store.

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24E Design Co, housed in a two story building in the main shopping area of town, is perhaps the most unique design company I’ve ever seen. Some of our favorite pieces were from them taking parts of boats and airplanes to make unique and beautiful furniture. There were more things that I wanted to purchase than I could count. The Mr was particularly taken by this table:

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When we have a larger house to furnish, I think we will see what we can get from 24e. We pretty much wanted everything they were selling.
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I had the most amazing time in Savannah, even with the absolutely awful weather for the majority of the trip. We already have plans to return and hit up some of the attractions that we didn’t get to see. The outdoor spaces are beautiful, the art scene is thriving, and the food is amazing. You can’t really ask for anything more than that.

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Savannah Showers

To say that the weather was challenging during our visit to Savannah would be a slight understatement. We were there for 7 days. It rained, sometimes very heavily, for 6 of those days. But since this is the place I’ve always wanted to visit, we weren’t going to let some rain get us down.

We decided after glancing at a map to take off and wander around the river front area of Savannah. You can get around to almost everything worth seeing just by walking. So while we gorged ourselves on delicious food, we managed to stay active and feel great the entire trip (a big in my book).

As we wandered around from square to square, we were able to learn a lot about the history of the city. Here are some of our favorite sights from our long walks… IMG_2684

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We were able to take a stop in one particular square…

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They filmed the Forrest Gump park bench scenes in this square. Unfortunately, they had to remove the bench because people kept trying to steal it. The Mr is a HUGE Forrest Gump fan, so we spent a good bit of time wandering around the square, comparing what we were seeing to what we remembered from the film and what we could pull up on our phones. How did people ever travel without smart phones?!IMG_2603

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Mickve Israel Temple, described as third oldest congregation and only neo-gothic Jewish sanctuary in the U. S. You can see the how lovely the sky was in the background.IMG_3520

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Tomorrow I’ll show you what it looks like when the sun actually shines, and share our favorite place to eat in town!

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Wandering Heart: Spending the Holidays in Savannah

This post was supposed to appear on Monday morning! Not sure why it didn’t, but this should clarify why yesterday was Savannah part 2!

Everyone has a place that they think about visiting on a yearly basis. When the topic of a long weekend comes up? You suggest the dream location. When yet another friend is having a bachelorette or wedding? You secretly hope for the dream location. At some point you forget what first made you want to visit, you just know that you need to.

My dream location has always been Savannah, Georgia. Growing up in Florida, I lived close enough that I could have visited whenever I wanted. That of course didn’t mean that I did. I waited until I moved far enough away that a flight was needed. The Mr. and I were looking to find a location to do a combined holiday season with both of our families, and I of course suggested Savannah. Unlike every other time that I have suggested it, this time it stuck. The Mr. and I spent an entire week there, while our families joined for  just a couple of days. When we arrived, we were immediately surrounded by Christmas cheer. The entire hotel was decked out with Christmas decorations.

We stayed at the Westin. When rendered in gingerbread, the hotel looks a little like this:

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The entire lobby was filled with gingerbread houses from a yearly competition. Strolling through the lobby was enough to put us in the perfect Christmas mindset.

A row of Gingerbread Houses
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I would categorize the display into two categories: traditional and inventive.

Traditional (buildings/homes):

First Place House
              The Blue Ribbon Winner

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Inventive:

Savannah Bridge
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Eiffel TowerPigs and Cow

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Let’s be honest though. There was on clear winner in my book:

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Making a full football stadium with all of the SEC school logos must have taken forever. I may be biased, but I think this one clearly deserved an award or 8.

Check back tomorrow for more on our week in Savannah!



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Savannah Part 2

Despite always wanting to visit Savannah, I wasn’t able to send enough good juju to make the weather pleasant for our trip. I wasn’t about to let some rain bring me down, so on our first full day in Savannah, the Mr. and I took off for a long walk with breakfast as our reward for braving the rain.

We walked and walked until we found ourselves at Clary’s, a well known local eatery that featured heavily in the movie Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil (which we may have watched in the hotel on one of the rainy nights of our vacation…)

When you walk in you immediately see a beautiful stained glass in the dining room featuring the infamous Bird Girl statue. The statue appears on the cover of the book and on the movie poster.

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The statue became so famous that it had to be moved from a family burial plot in a local cemetery out of concerns for the amount of traffic it was bringing in.

We had the best breakfast of our entire trip at Clary’s.

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I recommend the Eggs Benedict. They are spectacular. The entire menu was priced well and some of the options sounded downright decadent (stuffed french toast for example). If you go to Savannah, you simply must make a visit.

After we gorged ourselves on breakfast, we set about to walking off some of the fullness. It appeared that everywhere we looked there was something adorable to catch our eye.

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There were Christmas decorations in the city’s many squares…
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and on many of the homes…


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We walked for what felt like hours and took in much of the beauty of the city. Tomorrow I will share with you our favorite squares…

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Happy New Year!

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Happy New Year everyone! I refuse to start another year with promises about posting more or certain types of posts that I’ll be writing in the coming months. Instead I will just wish you a happy new year and hope to see you soon!

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Annual Pumpkin Carving!

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Well it wouldn’t be October without the Mr. and I carving a pumpkin. We waited until sort of late this year, but we still got it in.

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Don’t mind the mess on the table or the Gilmore Girls in the background.

We cleaned out the pumpkin, chose our stencil and got to work:

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We chose a headless horseman this year. The Gators are making me sad, so I just couldn’t bring myself to do a UF pumpkin. Plus I carved Muschamp when we had an 11 win season and then he immediately started failing. I can’t risk the chance that my pumpkin carving curses coaches. Then again, maybe next year I’ll pick a few coaches from other schools to carve….

 

Here’s the finished project:

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I really liked how it came out. Much easier than carving a face! Plus I think it’s just the right amount of creepy for the holiday. What did you carve this year?

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Finding Fall: Gingham Shirts

It seems as though out of nowhere the end of summer is upon us. We still have a little bit of time before it is officially fall, but it is impossible to go anywhere these days without images of fall clothing being shoved in our faces. We’ve had a mild summer here in DC by pretty much every account, so I am not eager for fall to begin. That said, I have finally started to get the hang of the whole seasonal dressing schtick, and have started thinking about a few gaps in my wardrobe that I would like to fill. I figured this week was as good as any to really focus in on what I’m thinking of.

Today’s selection may seem a little specific for some, but I am really craving a gingham button up shirt this fall. I have visions of wearing it alone or under sweaters. I’ve seen a few examples on Pinterest and the thought of gingham has just been building in my mind. Here are a few from around the web:

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This lovely selection is from J.Crew Factory. Surprisingly, regular J.Crew does not have any similar styles despite me being 100% sure that this was a standard for them. I guess not. At $54.50 and 100% cotton, this is a strong contender. It’s a navy and not black (which is what I’m leaning towards). Also, I’ve found recently that J.Crew Factory pieces can be really hit or miss quality wise, so I am hesitant to immediately pull the trigger on this one.

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Next up in the world of “why is Gingham only available in navy,” I give you the Fitted Boyfriend Gingham Shirt from Gap. This one is currently on sale for $34.99 which seems like a good price to pay. I’ve find that Gap tends to do certain things really well from year to year and while other items may have construction issues, I find their button ups tend to last for me. If you are looking for navy and a slightly smaller pattern, this could be the gingham for you.

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Except, Gap has a black option. The Fitted Boyfriend Dot Gingham Shirt comes in black! At $54.95 it is more expensive than other options, but as I said, I have confidence that Gap quality would be worth it. There is only one review (from someone who appears to be much smaller than me) complaining that the fit is too loose. I know that I could get it tailored in if there was really an issue.

 

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Next up: The Non-Iron Three-Quarter Sleeve Gingham Dress Shirt in Navy from Brooks Brothers. Real talk: I have considered throwing out all of the tops in my closet and replacing them with non-irons from BB. The thought of always looking professional while having minimal planning to do is just extremely tempting. This one runs $98 and while BB is known for extremely high quality, I am not thrilled with three-quarter length sleeves. This would be a harder top to pull off under a sweater once the weather calls for it. The shirt is adorable on its own though.

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The Limited also has an option currently on sale for $34.96. Simply called “Gingham Shirt,” this option is not only black and white, it also would allow me to use a gift card to the Limited that I have hanging around (don’t you just love when that happens?!). This is the only option that does not appear to be 100% cotton. Sporting 2% spandex, this option may actually be better for layering under a sweater since it may hold a tighter shape longer (or so I am thinking). We just may have a winner…

I wanted to show an option from Old Navy for a super affordable option, yet another store that I thought would be a shoo in for this shirt, but they only had an oversized grey option. My retail radar must be off today. I’m hoping that through comparisons like this I can add only the things I need to my wardrobe for the upcoming fall and winter seasons. Tune back in tomorrow for another comparison of a cooler weather essential (to me at least)…

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Copperwood Tavern

This weekend AMC emailed me free tickets to see Begin Again. I had wanted to see it but hadn’t gotten around to buying tickets. Since they were free, the Mr and I decided to make Sunday night a movie date night. Before seeing the movie (which was excellent) we went to Coppertowm Tavern.

The atmosphere was pretty great, with copper, wood and exposed pipes.

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We sampled a few different menu items and everything was delicious:

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The cocktails were so fresh and delicious. This was a gin and lemon concoction.

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We both started with gazpacho. Summery and delicious.

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The mr had chicken and potatoes. I can’t even describe how good the chicken was. It may be the best chicken I’ve ever had at a restaurant.

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I had mussels. Delicious and flavorful, you can’t go wrong with mussels, wine, bacon and blue cheese. Yum! If you’re ever in the Shirlington area, you should check it out!

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Cantler’s Crabs

My mom was in town visiting all last week, so on Friday the Mr took off of work and we ventured over to Annapolis to try out a local legend: Cantler’s.

 

Seated right on the water, Cantler’s is a little difficult to find but totally worth the trek. You sit on benches out by the water’s edge and wait to be delivered a tray of delicious:

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So we all dug in and…. well.. it was quite a mess.

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Make sure to ask for a bib when you sit down, you will need it.

We then walked around downtown Annapolis which is such a cute little town. If you’ve never been there, I highly recommend it as a day trip.

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Parking is a little difficult, but it’s worth it to find a spot to see the state buildings and explore all the cute stores.

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It was a hazy day so maybe you can’t tell, but that’s the waterfront at the end of the street. Would be beautiful on a nice day. We were just happy not to get rained on.

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The Mr and I have already decided that we will be returning soon. It is such an easy day trip from DC that it seems silly we hadn’t been there yet.

 

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