12/01/2013 / Downtown Savannah, Shop Local, Shop My Savannah, Story of my Life, Weekend Recap, What I Bought
Well, look at this! A weekend recap actually posted on a Monday! Having a few days off from work surely helped in me actually getting this done on time!
Thanksgiving week is always a pretty big week for me with Black Friday and Small Business Saturday taking place. I somehow made it through another 2 BIG days of shopping without completely passing out. Although, by Saturday afternoon I was pretty exhausted. I will say that, as always, it was worth it though. I got a lot of great gifts, a few things for myself and what I didn’t get to picking up this weekend, I’m planning on picking up at the Junior League of Savannah’s Holidash Through Savannah shopping event on December 9th. More to come on that later.
So, most of what I bought this past weekend I can’t really share because the people I bought gifts for actually read my blog! I did manage to weasel in a few things for myself though and I am pretty stoked with my purchases.
I’ve been really into trying to find colored denim for about a year now with very little success. The lighter colors like mint, pink and white always look bad on me. A co-worker at the hotel, Kelli, and I have had this discussion several times. We’re convinced mint jeans are made of a completely different material rendering them un-wearable by anyone other than really, super-skinny people…of which I am not. I really have tried everything from the $200 designer brand to $30 ones at target and no luck. Light colors just don’t work for me. I’ve had to accept this. I still want to venture away from the traditional denim color though. Luckily, I did discover a color this past weekend that I am loving and it doesn’t look horrible. Haha. Check out my new, forest green, denim I snagged at Custard.
They were $118 but, if you shopped on Friday you got 30% off an item. Plus, I’m totally one of those people that will drop $180 on good quality jeans so $118 seemed reasonable to me. Judge if want but I have jeans in my closet, that I still wear, that I’ve had for 4+ years. It’s an investment and I’m sticking to it!
I also scored a flannel! A great flannel shirt is another item I’ve been searching for but every one I’ve ever tried on made me feel like a lumber jack. This one from Trunk 13 was the first one that really felt like it was made for a woman. The cut and length were perfect and with the gold details it just seemed more feminine that others I’ve tried.
This flannel was a great deal too. Price at $38 + 20% off.
I did manage to get a few more items but I’m saving those for an upcoming post!
Whether you live in Savannah or not, there is a 99.9% chance you have at least one locally owned/operated shop in your town! I hope you were able to snag some great deals this weekend and I hope even more that you were able to visit one of those local shops in your town!
11/29/2013 / Black Friday, Broughton Street, Downtown Savannah, holidays, Made in Savannah, Sale Alerts, Shop Local, Shop My Savannah
First things first – Happy Thanksgiving everyone!! I hope all of you were able to spend some time with family this week. This year it’s just me and Matt. Although it made for a pretty easy day, I do really miss my family. We just couldn’t make it home this year and they just couldn’t make it to Savannah. No worries though. Matt’s smoking a Turkey breast right now and I’ve got sides and pies in the wing just waiting to be put in the oven! There will still be Thanksgiving dinner in this house!!
Now, let’s talk about tomorrow. I say tomorrow (not today) because, as much as I love shopping, I firmly believe that this whole phenomenon of going shopping on Thanksgiving day is kinda ridiculous. There is nothing you need so badly you cannot wait one day to get it. Calm down America. You’ll live with another 40 inch TV or that new Keurig for a day. Sheesh! And that’s all I’m pretty much going to say about it! Y’all know I’m not very controversial on this blog and I plan to keep it that way! SO, now let’s move on to the really fun stuff.
Each year I compile a list of some of my favorite places in town and their awesome Black Friday and Small Business Saturday deals. Below is this year’s list. I’ll be on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram all day tomorrow and Saturday so make sure to check it out! If you’re unfamiliar with Small Business Saturday you can read more about it here but basically it’s a movement sponsored by American Express to promote shopping local! So it’s kinda like what I do but A LOT bigger.
In all seriousness there are so many reasons to shop local but I can break it down to just a few really important ones for you.
1 – Shopping local means that more of your money stays in your community.
2 – There are hardly any crazy lines or crowds. Yes, it’s more crowded than usually but you won’t be standing in line for hours waiting for them to open. Just sleep in, drink your coffee and stroll on over. Sounds pretty fabulous, right?
3 – Customer Service. I know some of you just like to walk around and don’t want a single person to talk to you. They will do that too, if that’s what you want. I promise. Haha. If you do need help though, you can pretty much guarantee that someone will actually help you instead of getting totally annoyed that you actually have a question.
4 – You can find locally made, different and/or one-of-a-kind gifts for your friends and family and it doesn’t have to cost any more than if you went to a large chain. I swear. Sometimes I’ve spent more on a gift at Target than nourish. It’s true. Just because it’s a boutique or small local place doesn’t mean you’re going to break the bank!!
Those are top 4. so now that you’ve read through those (or just skipped it all and went right to the list), let’s go shopping….
BleuBelle: 5500 Abercorn street – 20% off special order Tory Bags!! GAH! Kill me now. Hours: Friday 10-6.
Byrd Cookie Company: City Market and 6700 Waters Avenue – Get the gift that keeps on giving. Get an extra month added on to any purchase of a 6-month cookie jar subscription. Hours: Friday/Saturday 10-6.
Custard: 422 Whitaker Street – 60% off original prices on everything on the sale rack, 20% off all handbags and 40% off all shoes! Hours: Friday 10-6, Saturday 10-7 and Sunday 12-5
Fab’rik: 318 W. Broughton Street – 30% off storewide AND complimentary Starbucks coffee! Hours: 9am-7pm.
Fleet Feet: 3405 Waters Avenue – Can Friday – to help those in need bring 20 cans of food to donate to America’s Second Harvest and in return you’ll receive 30% off your entire purchase. Don’t have 20 cans? Don’t worry. You can get 10% off for 5 cans and 20% off for 10 cans! Hours: Friday 10-6.
Gaucho: 251 Bull Street and 18 E. Broughton Street – 30% off storewide! Hours: Friday 10-6, Saturday 10-6 and Sunday 12-5.
J. Paige: 107C Charlotte Road – Up to 70% off! Hours: Friday 10-8.
Lisa Lisa’s Gift Closet: 445 Pooler Parkway – 20% off all regular merchandise (excluding Vera Bradley) and 50% off select PJ Harlow Sleepwear. Hours: Friday 10-7.
Nourish: 202 W. Broughton Street and 7360 Skidaway Road, Suite L-3 – nourish is giving away $6,000 in FREE product y’all. For every customer that spends $40 or more you get to choose a candy cane with a great prize attached. Prizes include bath fizzies, large soy candles (my personal favorite), salt scrubs, moisturizing wash, glycerin soaps and more. Hours: Friday/Saturday 10-8.
Polka Dots: 107 Charlotte Rode, Suite E – 50% off all scarves (excludes Vera Bradley), 50% off Elf on the Shelf (dolls, books, skirts, tumblers), 25% off Guy Harvey t-shirts and AFTCO shorts, 25% off all soaps and lotions and 20% off all jewelry (excludes custom orders). Plus, if that isn’t enough, if you spend $100 on Vera Bradley, you will get a free holiday tote! Hours: Friday 11-7.
Red Clover: 244 Bull Street – 25% off select new styles, an additional 40% off already marked prices and 10% off all shoes! Hours: Friday/Saturday 10:30-6, Sunday 12-5.
Sara Jane Children’s Boutique: On Friday: 10am-12pm 40% off, 12pm-2pm 30% off, 2pm-4pm 20% off and 4pm-6pm 15% off. (some exclusions apply. not valid on accessories, special orders or monogramming.) For small business Saturday the entire store will be 25% off!! Hours: Friday 10-6 and Saturday 10-5.
Satchel: 311 W. Broughton Street – 25% off your entire purchase! This special sale also includes custom orders if you pay in full!!! Hours: 10-6.
Terra Cotta: 34 Barnard Street – 20% off everything now through November 30th. Hours: Friday – Sunday 10-6.
Zia: 325 W. Broughton Street – 15% off purchases under $250, 25%off purchases over $250. Hours: Friday & Saturday 10-6.
Happy Shopping Y’all!
11/26/2013 / Family, Shop My Savannah, Story of my Life, Weekend Recap
One of these days I’m actually going to get this series posted on Mondays! For now though, I’m just excited that I’m posting! Haha. It’s the little things people!
Last week, I was finally able to head home for a few days to see family and, most importantly, my Vovo (grandma). This woman is and always will be one of the greatest people I have known. For my friends that have met her, you completely understand this. For those that have not, it’s so hard to explain. She is just one of those people that can always make you feel good. No matter what’s going on she is happy and will make you happy. It’s some weird power that I believe only a select few really possess. She is one of them. Hands down.
Vovo turned 93 this past Halloween and, for 93, she’s doing about as good as someone can be at that age! Still, it’s hard to see the ones you love age beyond the point of being able to take care of themselves. We recently had to move Vovo into an assisted living facility which is part of the reason I went home. Vovo always told me that she was at peace with me living so far away because awhile back she had the chance to come to Savannah and see my house. She said that “being able to visualize your house and knowing where you are makes me feel better.” I’ve always remembered that and as friends have moved to different cities I’ve noticed that I always felt better once I had visited them and seen their new place! Well, since she moved into assisted living I hadn’t been home and couldn’t visualize where she was and what it was like there. It was so nerve racking not knowing what this place was like. Of course, I trust my mom and my uncle so I knew it couldn’t be bad but I feel so much better having met the nurses and staff that are with her on a day to day basis now.
I can’t wait to go back in a few weeks and spend more time with her.
Even though the main point of my visit was to go see her, y’all know I wouldn’t be me if I didn’t shop just a little. Turns out good ole Bradenton, FL got themselves a Nordstrom Rack. This was not a good thing for me. I love Nordstrom Rack therefore I did some damage. We’re talking Tory Burch heels and a Kate Spade dress. Whoops. Happy early birthday to me, I guess. hehe.
Well that’s about it. Not a whole lot else happened lat week!
I’ll be around Savannah all week compiling Black Friday sales and specials and will post that all on Thursday so don’t forget to check back!
Hope each and every one of you is able to see your family for a bit this week!
11/20/2013 / Mary Kay, Savannah, Story of my Life, Weekend Recap
Not to freak anyone out but as I write this I’m realizing that there are only 35 days left till Christmas. Holy crap. That’s about all I can say about that right now without giving myself a full on panic attack!
Moving on to non-panic related items – this weeks Story of my Life post.
Last week was pretty much ALL about the inaugural Savannah Food & Wine Festival. This week-long event provided residents and tourists alike with a variety of food and wine events all over Savannah. I was lucky enough to actually play a small part in the planning of this festival. I was asked to serve as the Ticketing and Admissions chair and, although I wasn’t quite sure what that entailed, I knew I wanted to be a part of something so spectacular. My boss, Gina, (from the hotel) was also involved as the silent auction chair so it’s always fun to have someone volunteer right along side you! Here’s a few of my favorites from the events last week.
After Taste of Savannah on Saturday I pretty much felt like I looked like this:
So, needless to say, I was looking forward to a night of nothing on Saturday AND sleeping in Sunday. Both of which happened so I was a very happy lady on Sunday. Which was great because I had a Junior League meeting that afternoon and I had to stop by and support one of my favorites, Heather Burge, at her Mary Kay launch party!! If you’ve never heard of Mary Kay it really is a great product line and a company for that matter. I’m very excited that, on top of owning two of my favorite shops in Savannah (BleuBelle Boutique and BleuBelle Bridal), she’s now selling Mary Kay. If you don’t know Heather, you should. Plain and simple. You absolutely cannot be in a bad mood when you’re around her. It’s like she just doesn’t allow bad moods around. With that being said I’m pretty excited to try some of my new products and, obviously, share my thoughts with y’all. Keep posted for that in the beauty section!
Have a great week y’all and as always Happy Shopping!
11/12/2013 / Weekend Recap
Ahh! It’s already been two weeks. Seriously, where does the time go?! Sometimes it’s like the weekend didn’t even happen! Well, instead of skipping a week I’m combining because way too much fun has happened in the last two weeks.
For starters, the week of Halloween we had a ton of things going on at the hotel. We held our inaugural pumpkin decorating contest plus, we had a huge group-themed costume planned.
Then, I had to leave right after all the Halloween fun to head down to Florida for a few days. Now, this wasn’t just any trip. This was a “Matt and I went tent camping” trip. Yes. I, Jackie Schott, slept in a tent for two whole nights. Haha. Now, I had an air mattress so I wasn’t technically sleeping on the ground but still-I think this counts for some brownie points.
To prepare I made Matt take me to Bass Pro Shop here in Savannah so I could stock up. My essentials? Propane, bug spray, a sleeping bag, rope (in case we had to tie that tent down extra to make sure I didn’t blow away) and a super duper first aid kit. We also found an awesome cooler next door at Target that keeps ice for 5 days too. It was cheaper than the Yeti coolers that are out there and it really kept ice well. We weren’t gone for 5 days so I can’t tell you if it worked for that long but it did work for 3 days!
We got back to Savannah just in time to see some of our dearest friends, Mark, Brittany and my Godson, Chase. They moved back to Virginia last year and this was their first time back in Savannah! I am SO incredibly happy we were able to visit with them. Brittany is one of those friends that you know you’re going to have forever. Even if she did move back to VA and take my cutie pie of a Godson with her!
Once they left Monday morning the next whirlwind of a week happened. To start the week off I had a dumb doctor’s appointment where I found out I had a tear in my meniscus and wasn’t able to run the Marathon, or even the half for that matter. I was SO bummed but I knew it would just get worse if I tried to run at all. So, I called my family and let them know I wasn’t running in the marathon any more. Luckily, mom and dad still wanted to come visit!
Before Friday though there was still a ton to do. Wednesday night I had to head over to Jazz’d after work to say farewell to another friend who is picking up and moving to the Atlanta area! I’m sure going to miss her but it’s always exciting when someone gets an incredible opportunity!! THEN, there was one more event last week…the Emily McCarthy Pop-Up Shoppe. You all have GOT to check out her stuff. It’s worthy of it’s own post for sure. In fact, I think I’ll do just that! Maybe you’ll even see it this week! For now check out a sneak peak of my new print I picked up.
Well, Friday finally came and boy was I glad to see my parents. I truly miss living in Florida and being so close to them. I get homesick all the time but i’m very lucky that they travel up to Savannah as often as they do to visit!! This time around was even better than the normal weekends though. Mom’s a teacher so she had today off giving us all day Saturday AND Sunday to hang out! We had a blast. We shopped, and we shopped, and…we….shopped! I’m tired just trying to recap everywhere that we went. In fact, I think I’ll just have to do a second post this week and include some of my treasures from this past weekend!
Happy Monday and Happy Shopping!