09/11/2014 / Accessories, Hats, Shop Local, Shop My Savannah
“Wide brimmed and narrow, some tall, some not, some fancy, some colorful, some plaid, some plain. She doted on changing hats at every opportunity.” William Goldman – The Princess Bride
As I prepared for my grand move to the South, I contemplated leaving all baseball caps behind. I recently learned that my beloved Yankee hat is now my Chihuahua’s favorite toy. Back in New York City, my hats were practical rather than fashionable, used mostly when leaving the blow dry bar in the rain, shielding subway fumes, and confronting the windy city streets. Living in Savannah has taught me to embrace the sought after “Southern Belle” style, where the wide-brimmed hat is an elegant necessity, windy or not. Let’s rewind back to 1990, when Julia Roberts (Vivian Ward) took a stroll down Rodeo Drive in desperation of the timeless wardrobe. She left carrying boxes of hats, and suddenly the pep in her step was a bit more confident. That’s the art of wearing many hats.
This week I strolled the streets of Savannah in search of my new southern accessory. Some might argue this fashion stroll evoked the “Southern Belle,” hidden within me for the past twenty-three years, but I will let the Shop my Savannah reader be the judge.
First stop: Kate’s Shop
Compared to New York City summer feels endless in Savannah, making it fashionably acceptable for lighter hats to linger on shelves a bit longer. In Kate’s Shop I found a selection of hats, all of which could transition from unbearably hot summer days to cool and breezy Savannah nights.
Imagine pearls, ribbons, cheetah prints, and bows adorning your hats? On a table toward the back of the shop I found an entire display of wide-brimmed hats, designed by Ribbon and all happily on SALE!
My favorite of the bunch (seen below) was on sale for thirteen dollars. The hat and the bargain are equally exciting!
After visiting Kate’s Shop I decided to seek out more hats appropriate for both off and on the beach. At Custard Boutique I found a unique selection of wide-brimmed, soft hats, perfect for maintaining style in southern heat. All of the hats featured below are designed by DeLux, a Canadian based line that has been sold at Custard Boutique for years. I was excited to learn that the different styles are size adjustable, making the hats an easy fit. I will be back at Custard soon to explore the unique jewelry display and of course the incoming fall hat collection.
Right next door, I learned that Trunk 13 Boutique had a few summer hats left, along with a new collection for fall.
Although I adored the hats with a neon trim at Trunk 13, my favorite find was the camel wool bucket hat with an alligator inspired buckle. This chic hat is a fall must! Naturally, I tried on the black feather hat shown below, which is designed by an LA company known as Something Special.
After trying on one hat after another, I was reminded of my recent encounter with the butterfly tiaras from Fab’rik . Strolling into Fab’rik on any given day feels like a call to walk the runway with the grand finale on the wooden staircase. With the bubbly and fashion ready staff, it’s fairly easy to leave with a new hat and a new friend! Fab’rik is trendy and friendly- what a combination!
These fashionable feather hats come in both a wide-brimmed and more casual size. My favorite of the bunch is the soft grey on the bottom right. Fab’rik has surely put the feathers in fall.
On my next stop, Villa Savannah showered me with a diverse collection of hats, all essential for fall. The three hats shown below are all 100% wool and 1000% reasonably priced. Audrey from Villa Savannah was kind enough to model my personal favorite. I love how the fabric and color of this particular hat is complimented by a soft bow, adding a delicate charm to the heaviness of fall.
Although I entered the store in search of the perfect seasonal coverage (mission accomplished), Villa Savannah’s enormous selection of home accessories, clothing, and jewelry is an experience most comparable to a fairytale. The Cinderella windows created by Villa Savannah on SFN certainly come to life within the store!
On the road back home, I stopped at Harper Boutique where I found a collection of wool hats designed by hatattack. I was especially drawn to the thin leather brim on each of these pieces. Made in the USA, these hats approach fall fashion with an edge.
My in depth search for the perfect hat has led me to a promising conclusion: Savannah has affordable and easily accessible hats for every personality in town. As I examined myself in the mirror, trying on countless hats adorned with fabric, pearls, leather, and bows, I felt my inner “Southern Belle” emerge. Rest assured, upon my next visit back to NYC I will pack a selection of hats, mostly wide-brimmed in honor of my new city.
Thank you to all of the amazing local shops who opened their doors and showcased their unique selection hats to fulfill Shop My Savannah’s exploration of the latest trend. There is most definitely an art to wearing hats in Savannah and I am happy to have shared my favorites!
Lesson of the week: It’s better to be on the “hatattack,” than be caught strolling Savannah hatless. I believe the iconic pretty woman would agree.
Vivian Ward on the “hatattack”
photo credit: http://mariannamichaellondon.wordpress.com
09/07/2014 / Savannah, Savannah's Fashion Night, Shop Local, Shop My Savannah
As I drove to work last Thursday, Broughton Street was quiet. There was hardly a soul in site, only a car or two could be seen, and 99.9% of shops were closed. By the time I left the office at noon, all the stores were open and preparing for the evening’s events, and by 3pm the roads were closed and the stages were being set for the 2014 Savannah’s Fashion Night (SFN). By 5:00 p.m. you could really start to get the idea that something incredible was about to happen, and by 8:00 p.m. there was no turning back. The fashion shows had started, thousands of people filled the streets, and we had ourselves a full-blown party all along Broughton Street. It never ceases to amaze me at how quickly a group of people can transform an area into a fashion extravaganza.
My SFN experience this year started with me shopping, go figure. In true form I had waited until the last minute to pick out my outfit for the evening. Luckily, the fabulous stylists at Fab’rik were there to help me out. I had purchased this gorgeous, floral maxi skirt from them a few months back and knew I wanted to wear it. Since purchasing it though I never really found a top that worked. To my surprise, the ladies put me in the fitting room with, GASP, a black crop top. A CROP TOP I say!! “Lordy, lordy,” I thought to myself. I can’t wear a crop top. I’m 31 years old. I don’t have a perfectly flat tummy. This was going to be a disaster, but I figured I would humor them and try it on any way. I mean, it’s not like it was going to kill me and I promised myself this year I would try to venture out and try a few more trendy-type things. Well, to my complete surprise, it didn’t look all that bad. I mean, I was still extremely nervous, but the fact that it felt like it was 400 degrees outside made me overcome that fear. This year, I was actually going to rock a crop top at SFN!
Next on the list was meeting up with my brand new contributing writer, Sarah (make sure to check out Sarah and her SFN Recap here). We knew our first stop for the night had to be the Dollface by Jules party where they had a Ryan Gosling impersonator and had Dollface makeup artists ready and waiting to let us try the new More Than Makeup Redy or Not Red Lip kit.
Once we had our red lips we were ready to go. We decided to divide and conquer so Sarah headed off to the right and I headed to the left. Down on the Drayton Street stage the first fashion show was about to begin. But first, I had to stop by 24e and check out what they had going on. Both Kathi Rick and Mamie Ruth were also set up in side 24e so there was a lot going on!
Then it was fashion show time. Check out a few of my favorite pics from the show:
After the fashion show I did what I normally do and run around trying to stop in as many stores as possible!
There’s always so much to see and do. While I was out running around I came across what can only be noted as the best window display of the night at Villa Savannah. It stopped me in my tracks. Villa Savannah stylist, Mo, explained to me that they created the rags to riches story of Cinderella in their window to show how Villa Savannah has everything you need to outfit both your home and your wardrobe. Love it. The first window is her before her journey and the second window is her after. While it may be hard to read, they also incorporated several quotes in the window that I just love, including one of my favorites, “Everyone deserves to sparkle.”
As the night was coming to an end, I couldn’t leave without purchasing a few things. So, of everything I saw all night, what did I buy? A stunning, hamsa necklace from Zia AND the Libby Summers, Sweet and Vicious: Baking with Attitude cookbook from Modern General!
All and all it was a great night and I was so proud to be a sponsor for this year’s event. To say I had a blast is an understatement. I’m so thankful people like Bree Thomas and Erin Wessling, the two behind this whole event, were willing to dedicate so much of their time and energy into putting on this event. It was enjoyed by thousands and they truly put on the best SFN to date! Great job ladies!
As I selected a bold pink pattern from my closet, I thought, “what better way to debut on Shop My Savannah than reporting on Savannah’s most extravagant night of Fashion?” Who needs an entire week of runway when one night can bring together the most talented, fun, and fashionable in the community? While my friends back home home were “gramming” Fashion Week in NYC, I was busy exploring the local gems that make Savannah’s Fashion Night (SFN) a truly spectacular event!
With a rush of excitement, I started Savannah’s Fashion Night in the early afternoon (don’t worry, I was still in flats). As I walked through Fab’rik boutique with the inspiring, lovely Jaclyn, I had the opportunity to learn the behind-the-scenes story of Savannah’s Fashion Night.
I felt like a kid at Savannah’s Candy Kitchen, trying on Fab’rik’s amazing selection of Betsy Pittard jewelry. I was lucky enough to catch Bree Thomas during an in-store interview. Bree is the owner of Fab’rik as well as one of the brains and beauty behind SFN. Her SFN counterpart, Erin Wessling, is equally as fabulous and was busy prepping Broughton Street while I was at Fab’rik. With a butterfly tiara in hair, the perfect Pittard beads, and a store full of lively prints, I took a deep breath and prepared for the perfect evening.
Surrounded by fashion, music, and the contagious energy on Broughton, I continued my journey to The Dollface Studio, where a Ryan Gosling look-alike greeted me at the door. Talk about a Hollywood entrance!
At the studio I met the amazing makeup artists, #teamdollface, and Jaclyn and I put our red lips to good use. We snapped flawless selfies, painted the town red, and proved that our electric red lips were #morethanmakeup.
At various points during the night I felt overwhelmed with the excitement of where to turn next. There were fashion shows, one after the other, with beaming lights and music, models in collaboration with the oh so talented Art Rise Savannah, photo booths, welcoming tents, and smiling faces. I had to remind myself to “Keep Calm and Carrie On.”
…and so I did. Savannah’s Fashion Night encouraged me to explore the many hidden treasures on Broughton such as the pop-up shops Trunk 13, and Veronica’s Closet. From sparkles to thoughtful prints, both shops created the perfect eclectic wardrobe.
A visit to Paris Market brought back the funky mood rings which were trending during my high school and college years. I loved walking around the charming store filled with flavorful cotton candy and BlueBelle Boutique’s impressive pop-up. Did anyone else catch the gemstone elephant necklace? Wow.
As you can imagine, I got lost in the magic of Broughton for quite a few hours. One of my favorite stops was Copper Penny. I have always been a fan of unique, eye-catching jewelry. The new line by Virgins Saints & Angels called Sacred Heart stopped me in my tracks. These delicate pieces come with a fierce message: “Flames will threaten you, but perfect divine love is worth the burn.” Check them out, if you dare!
Ultimately, I couldn’t dare to leave SFN empty handed. How could I sufficiently recap the night without a treasure to spark my memories and fuel my creativity? I was thrilled to find the Whitley V collection on display at Copper Penny. I learned that the designer, Bryan Vaigneur, crafts each piece in Charleston using rich, bold colored semi-precious stones with the perfect embellishments. My new bracelet added some much needed local spark to my McQueen cuff.
Although all good things must come to an end, I left one grand event excited for Savannah’s next. On September 18th Savannah Magazine presents The Good & Evil Garden Party. Described as being “wicked with a wink” and “angelic with attitude,” I just can’t wait.
Savannah’s Fashion Night was a dream come true introduction to my new city. Follow me as I continue my exploration of Savannah’s local trends, treasures, and the amazing people behind them!
09/03/2014 / Fashion, Savannah, Savannah's Fashion Night, Shop Local, Shop My Savannah, Villa Savannah
Savannah’s Fashion Night
Join Villa Savannah for a night full of sales, promotions and more. They will be raffling off one of their infamous “Glam Nights” in which one lucky winner gets to select a date and have an exclusive shopping party with up to ten of their closest friends! You’ll receive tips on styling your home, wardrobe and more! Customers that spend $150 or more at Villa Savannah on Savannah’s Fashion Night will also receive a complimentary Villa Savannah Just Bag. Bring the Just Bag back on your next visit and you’ll also receive 10% off your purchase!
About Villa Savannah:
Villa Savannah is a high end retail store that features home accessories, clothing, jewelry, furniture, candles, and personal accessories. We will constantly be featuring new items to create a lifestyle for your home and personal style.
09/03/2014 / Fashion, Savannah Fashion, Savannah's Fashion Night, Shop Local, Shop My Savannah
Savannah’s Fashion Night
The Paris Market & Brocante
Get ready to groove out at The Paris Market’s French 60′s Pop party for Savannah’s Fashion Night. There will be French 60′s Pop, complete with bright colors, flavored seltzers, cotton candy, popcorn and more!
About The Paris Market & Brocante:
The Paris Market and Brocante, 36 West Broughton Street, is located in the heart of historic Savannah. This irresistible invitation to shop the world’s most exotic and exclusive markets is the brainchild of owner Paula Danyluk.
A love of world travel combined with a quirky design style quickly led Paula and her husband, Taras, across the globe. Their initial timid forays into the Parisian ‘Marche aux Puces’ ignited a passion that soon led to the chaotic, intoxicating bazaars of Cairo (Khan el-Khalili), Alexandria (El Attarine), and India (fabled Rajasthan).
Now, eleven years later, for 2014, the Paris Market and Brocante is again transforming itself to bring you the latest treasures from across the planet. This year our collections will include the Italian hip of Milan, Rome, and Florence; the wacky fun of the English countryside, London wharfs, and famous Portobello Road; and the flea market high style of Hungary, Holland, and Belgium. As always, our muse Paris and the entire French hinterland will be laid waste in our efforts to bring you the latest and greatest. Later this year look for devastatingly cool architectural finds from other hidden corners of the world.
Sometimes extravagant, sometimes serene, always instantly classic, enjoy the spectacle!