Mad about Mara – Sarah’s Picks of the Week

Mad about Mara – Sarah’s Picks of the Week

04/04/2015 / , , , , , ,

This past week I found myself in the fitting room of Copper Penny (typical) with several Mara Hoffman items. I had unintentionally selected four Mara pieces, each with eccentric, tribal-inspired patterns. Although I very rarely shop based on brand alone, after this CP experience, I was hooked on the idea of wearing Mara exclusively.

Since my shopping excursion took place post Pure Barre, many of my pictures were unusable. I was channeling the opposite of Mara’s vision: sporting all black yoga wear and a dull, unflattering workout bra. To summarize my mini-makeover: I walked into Copper Penny disheveled and left in the true spirit of spring.

While in the fitting room, I managed to snap one acceptable mirror shot in my favorite Mara dress. The print below looks like a tropical sunset; it reminds me of warm nights on the beach, which is exactly where I will be on my honeymoon.

Posing barefoot in the fitting room, imagining my feet catching waves!

Posing barefoot in the fitting room, imagining my feet catching waves!

Speaking of honeymooning, Copper Penny has the perfect swimsuit for tanning in style. Mara’s choice of pattern is similar to a runway piece I had seen in Hermès. Although I gave this suit a try, it was not the right cut for me…at all. I suppose this item is meant for another Shop My Savannah fashionista. Sweet surprise: this one-piece is 30% off! It’s a rarity to find swimwear on sale right before beach season!

What SMS reader will pop into CP to purchase this suit before it’s off the floor?

What SMS reader will pop into CP to purchase this suit before it’s off the floor?

Extra perk: the back is open! I happen to prefer one-piece suits. They often look better than bikinis with little to no fabric. This suit is an exception to the “less is more” fashion rule.

Below is an image from Mara Hoffman’s runway show. Although this print is slightly different from the one in Copper Penny, the boutique on Broughton is happy to special order different pieces. Hopefully, the image below will provide shoppers with a better understanding of the fabulous fit.

Gorgeous and right off the runway.

Gorgeous and right off the runway.

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Before heading out, I found a striking pair of espadrilles. Mara Hoffman of course, designed them.

I can’t wait to wear these with a white summer dress!

I can’t wait to wear these with a white summer dress!

After leaving Copper Penny I transformed from messy chic to mad about Mara. Stop by Copper Penny today to select your favorite patterns!

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Sarah’s Picks of the Week – Why explain the picks of the week when I can wear them?

03/28/2015 / , ,

This week I’m letting my choice of clothes speak for themselves. After last week’s selections, I hope Shop My Savannah readers have enrolled in Pure Barre. If not, I would hope that they are at least sporting the glamorous workout wear revealed in my previous post. In class, I’m always searching to find the ladies with the best posture; only a handful of barre addicts truly understand the meaning of “tuck.” While scanning the barre for the flawless leaders of the pack, I spotted my favorite workout shirt of all. It says, “I don’t sweat, I sparkle.”

Have you ever tried to wear your mood? It’s refreshing. Most days my wardrobe reflects sunny, vibrant feelings; I’m usually sporting sparkles, cheetah and a fun print on my latest pair of yoga pants. This week, however, I have allowed my fashion choices to do the talking- quite literally. It’s always entertaining to watch the puzzled faces of Savannah tourists as they attempt to read my tee shirts. Do I really believe in “clothes before bros?”

Pre-workout selfie. Don’t worry fiancé- it’s just a phrase. I picked up this playful tank at the “local” target.

Pre-workout selfie. Don’t worry fiancé- it’s just a phrase. I picked up this playful tank at the “local” target.

Note: Savannah boutiques offer better options. Target is everywhere- be unique!

Sometimes we eat our feelings. How about just wearing them?

Life is busy, confusing and more complex than we often wish to admit. Luckily, fashion offers a humorous perspective on certain issues. When I moved from New York City to Savannah I felt a temporary, trivial loss of fashion. Truthfully, I missed the boutiques in my neighborhood and the surrounding trends. It didn’t take more than two weeks for me to turn loyal to the local wonders of Savannah. When my fashion icon, Sarah Jessica Parker, became a city girl she said, “When I first moved to New York I bought Vogue instead of dinner. I just felt it fed me more.” Although 111 Boutique doesn’t sell the latest issue, they do offer a tank that sums it up:

Well said, 111.

Well said, 111.

There are of course days where motivational messages hold more meaning than those that are a bit sarcastic. It’s always inspirational to promote positivity. Stop by Villa Savannah on Broughton to wear your brightest mood with confidence.

Shop My Savannah readers: You are stylish, smart, silly AND fabulous. Wear the words!

Shop My Savannah readers: You are stylish, smart, silly AND fabulous. Wear the words!

In conclusion, some might read my posts and assume that I’m addicted to shopping. Truth be told, I’m always waiting to document the next trend. While I can’t deny my obsession with Savannah’s eclectic group of boutiques, I’m most enthused about the people and passion behind them. Therefore, it makes most sense to say that I’m…

but that’s a good addiction! <3

but that’s a good addiction! <3

Happy tee shirt shopping Savannah!

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The theme is Workout Week…and these are Sarah’s Picks.

03/20/2015 / , , , , , ,

Since I’m a Pure Barre enthusiast, as of last week, my fashion picks have favored spandex. Truth be told: regardless of whether I’m stretching at the gym or deep in thought at the writing center, I’m almost always wearing yoga pants.

Sarah before Pure Barre.

Sarah before Pure Barre.

I’m happy to announce that I now have the rights to sport the spandex: I’m actually working out! More specifically, I am sweating for the wedding. Although I can’t promise anything once I’m a married woman, at least for this month, I’m an official member of Pure Barre March Madness. The PB club is made up of determined women who work hard at the barre and play harder in their yoga wear.

1st Stop: Pure Barre

The boutique at Pure Barre changed my perception of shopping for casual layers. After I finished fifty-five minutes of intensity at barre, I was motivated to shop the boutique for a look that matched my endorphins. I purchased colorful, hip hugging pants and a fun shirt with a semi-motivational message: “I Did It For The Insta.” Don’t we all?

I now own these hot pink, bell-bottom pants:

SMS Promise: I’ll snap a picture in these once I hit my 20th class…

SMS Promise: I’ll snap a picture in these once I hit my 20th class…

It’s important to set goals!

PS) Watch out NYC- when I return, I won’t be wearing black.

2nd Stop: Lu Lu Lemon

Tired of baggy sweatshirts that hold in heat but hardly flatter? Me too. I recently bumped into my next-door neighbor: Lu Lu on Liberty (soon-to-be a bigger and better location on Broughton) in search of a stylish sweatshirt. I was hoping to find something form fitting that would smoothly transition from Pure Barre to the coffee shop without sacrificing style. I snagged a sale item that completely changed my outlook on wearing a sweatshirt beyond the perimeter of the gym.

selfie on an early morning run which quickly turned into morning coffee at Gallery…

selfie on an early morning run which quickly turned into morning coffee at Gallery…

the perks of a versatile sweatshirt!

3rd final and favorite Stop: Fleet Feet Savannah

Here’s the latest fashion rule: if it matches, it’s on trend. I have offered a few ideas for Shop my Savannah enthusiasts who routinely run through Forsyth Park and actively “tuck” at the Barre. SMS readers should stop by Fleet Feet to browse their collection of matching workout apparel. The diverse designs and clingy yet comfortable fit of each set promises to brighten any morning routine. My favorite pattern of the week is pictured below. The designer is Onzie. This outfit is vibrant and pleasantly priced.

Sports bra: $38, capris: $56

Sports bra: $38, capris: $56

With the three stores mentioned above, Shop My Savannah readers will be ready to spring into their next workout. Feeling good at the gym is half the battle. Besides, if we have to sweat, why not do so fashionably?

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Sarah’s Thoughts for the Week…

03/13/2015 / , , ,

After an amazing, productive weekend at the Southern Women’s Show with Jaclyn, I felt less inclined to shop (hard to believe) and more inclined to pamper! I know Jaclyn, the queen of Shop My Savannah, would whole-heartedly agree. If Savannah shoppers did not get a chance to swing by the trade center this past weekend, the Shop My Savannah Discount Card can easily be ordered via the link below:

http://shopmysavannah.com/discountcard/

Here’s a sweet incentive. The three stops in this post are all included on the card (there are already more than 25 local stores total and more to come)!

Bags with Butterflies.

This past Saturday, I stopped by Copper Penny’s fabulous trunk show where I found too many perfect gowns and not enough upcoming occasions on my calendar. I watched mothers and their excited daughters explore the store for the ideal prom dresses. I was immediately reminded of my senior prom where I wore a pink, flower dress from a lovely, local boutique in Florida. #shoplocal

posing for the prom paparazzi with my wonderful dad!

posing for the prom paparazzi with my wonderful dad!

On my way out, I spotted the find of the week: a BCBG clutch with a true Bottega Veneta look. I was particularly drawn to the dancing butterflies, which create dimension and extra charm. Whether girls are attending prom, a fun night out in Historic Savannah, or a black tie affair, this whimsical yet durable clutch is a must.

one clutch for every occasion (it even matches my athletic sweater captured above).

one clutch for every occasion (it even matches my athletic sweater captured above).

This weather calls for the appropriate sundress…

I routinely swing by 111 Boutique since the owner, Morgan, refreshes the window mannequins and welcomes her shopper’s with displays outside the store. The dress I saw basking in the sun was far too pretty to ignore.

pink and white are perfect, playful colors to transition from spring to summer.

pink and white are perfect, playful colors to transition from spring to summer.

I usually avoid floor length dresses since it’s easy to get lost in so much material. However, this dress makes use of transparent fabric at the bottom, thus allowing ladies to show off their legs and breathe despite the stifling heat. Take a look at the back:

For just $69, this dress is a summer sensation.

For just $69, this dress is a summer sensation.

Change your look…with curls!

This past Saturday was date night (the best night of the week). Since I wasn’t feeling particularly inspired by anything in my wardrobe, I decided to have my hair curled as the statement of the evening. I kept my outfit fairly simple (light pink pants and a patterned shirt). If you like the look below, stop by 40 Volume Salon before meeting your date.

There’s nothing subtle about Saturday nights! Go curly or stay at home.

There’s nothing subtle about Saturday nights! Go curly or stay at home.

If at least one of my three thoughts for the week caught your attention, the Shop My Savannah Discount Card is your next best purchase. As a lover of all things local I am excited to shop my favorite stores with an automatic sale. Fashion in the city of Savannah is constantly changing and evolving. Don’t miss a beat. Join the Shop My Savannah club- it’s the center for fashion trends, treats and terrific finds!

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Sarah’s Picks of the Week…Take Two

02/25/2015 / , , , , , , , ,

This week I have decided to take a break from Savannah’s cold front and prepare, at least fashionably, for sunny strolls in Forsyth Park. Although I typed this post completely bundled and comforted by the roast of Gallery Espresso’s chai latte, my finds certainly reflect warmer weather.

1. One Eleven Boutique…

…where soft patterns and fresh rompers lighten the mood.

I always enjoy stopping by Morgan Bryant’s boutique which is conveniently the neighbor of 40 Volume Salon and Spa. This block is a much-needed break from bustling Broughton. This week I chose clothing and accessories for Savannah belles who wish to join me in preparation for warmer weather and sleeker style.

The romper shown below has just arrived at Morgan’s store. It’s a lightweight and comfortable alternative to shorts, skirts and flowing dresses. I love the garden themed pattern and the whimsical fit of the blouse in combination with the loose, yet curve-hugging shorts. I normally avoid jumpsuits since they require more work than the average outfit. With that said, if Savannah shoppers are looking to soar into spring, this romper is well worth trying on.

One Eleven Boutique

Thoughts on wearing this to my post wedding brunch?

I also found a lightweight, peppy dress at One Eleven. I am especially fond of the blue color and bright, girly pattern. Lately, I have been gravitating toward three-quarter sleeves, which make dresses more office appropriate while still showing off Savannah’s best legs!

One Eleven Boutique

Why not with a pop in a pattern?

2. Fab’rik…

…where I found a $28 steal.

My previous shoe purchase at Fab’rik helped winter feel more rock star. I bought an incredibly comfortable pair of black booties, which I have worn almost everyday since with leggings, jeans and even sweater dresses. At this point, I’m ready for a change and some festive color.

On my latest trip to Fab’rik I spotted a pair of chic pointed toe shoes with just the right amount of pattern and heel.

Fab'rik Savannah

flowers (check), small heel (check)!

3. Last but not least, Paris Market…

…where the infamous Céline bag of New York Fashion Week took a Canadian turn.

Since NYC is in the midst of Fashion Week I have been constantly checking social media for high fashion designers and their latest trends. One of my favorite fashion bloggers, @somethingnavy was caught walking in between the runway streets with the dream handbag.

the bag that needs no caption.

the bag that needs no caption.

That same day, I stopped by the charming Paris Market to enjoy a warm cup of tea and browse. I was drawn to a very classic collection of handbags designed by Matt & Nat. The selection at Paris Market is really spectacular. You will find Matt & Nat bags sprinkled all over the store in various shapes and sizes. The structure and simplicity of each bag is gorgeous and, in my opinion, completely Fashion Week worthy.

Inspired by MAT(T)erial and NATure from Montreal, Canada.

Inspired by MAT(T)erial and NATure from Montreal, Canada.

Week two of Shop My Savannah selections has been a tremendous success! Between the romper, bright shoes and the possibility of a light pink Matt & Nat bag, I have found affordable and fashionable introductions to spring.

Trend of the week: dresses and jumpsuits with a little more sleeve.

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