EAST+UP BOUTIQUE IN SAVANNAH

But like, how great is vintage ladies?

Vintage is so amazing because you can get a glimpse into the fashion world of times before, while incorporating that piece into todays fashions; which is SO great.

I had the amazing opportunity to attend the grand opening party of the hip, new vintage shop in Savannah called East + Up. East + Up carries beautiful vintage pieces that were collected from the store owner after years of having an eye for the best pieces. Some items are kept the way they were found, and others have their own little East + Up twist added to them, making them unique items that you cannot find anywhere else.

It doesn’t just stop at the clothing though… you can find beautiful, on-trend earrings, necklaces, organic bug spray (!!!!!), and even sage! (Which I did pick up to cleanse my home with!)

The space of the shop is located in an old apartment, which helps give the vintage vibes an extra boost too. I fell in love with SO many pieces, and was especially drawn to the many vintage t-shirts that have famous rock bands, school names, and brand names all over them. I also had such a hard time picking out my favorite pair of jean shorts because they were all just way too cute!

My head was spinning with thinking about how cute so many of those short and t-shirt combos would look at the many music festivals summer has to offer!

The store owner also owns a popular clothing store right down the street from East + Up, called Mamie Ruth! Which you can shop clicking here!

If you are a Savannah local, or plan on making a trip to Savannah for a weekend anytime, I HIGHLY recommend checking out this new Savannah gem! I had such a wonderful time, and cannot wait to return to do ALL the summer clothes shopping!

Be sure to follow them on Instagram also @east.and.up to see all things vintage!

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#OOTD

This outfit was ENTIRELY for comfort as Zach and I went in for our first couples massage for a late Valentine’s Day present!

These leggings are super old and from Tj Maxx so I’m linking some Grey Leggings from Target instead that I ALWAYS post about the black pair that I own!

(Knowing they come in grey now is SUCH. A game changer because I wear these leggings in black seriously daily!)

This top is also a super old top that I got from Target so I am linking this Black Long Sleeve that is just Target’s updated version!

I’m holding my Zara Bucket Bag

Nike Shoes

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Taco Sunday

Sunday Brunching is a HUGE sport here in Savannah; I would know being a bartender who works at a bar that serves bottomless mimosas and Bloody Marys every Sunday.

However, when you work until 2 A.M the night before and finally have a Sunday morning off, you sleep in and go for some Vegan tacos instead, amirite ladies?

My friend, Gabby and I decided to have a late Sunday lunch at an adorable Savannah cafe called Kayak Kafè. First off let me start with the menu and how HUGE It is! I was amazed! From appetizers, tacos, burritos, paninis, even cocktails, beer, AND desserts!

It took me forever to pick, but finally I decided on the Black bean, mushroom and spinach tacos and I added tofu!

I don’t think I’ve ever eaten a meal so quickly in my life! *heart eyes*

If you are a Savannah local, or just passing through, I would highly recommend! The food came out quickly, and for the price of the food you get way more than expected; and It is filling! (I had to ask for a box for my last taco I was SO full!) Also, everything is extremely healthy!

You can shop my Sunday tacos outfit here:

Denim Jacket

Nike Shoes

Target Leggings

Zara Bucket Bag

Fashion Nova Tube Top

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Zara Mini Bucket Bag

You guys, I am OB. SESSED. with this uh-dorable little bucket bag; of which my stunning little sister got me for Christmas. Might I mention that her AND my mother have the SAME one.

Do not let the size of this bag fool you, it fits just the right amount of lip glosses, your favorite hair ties, a protein bar, AND mini wallet all without hassle. I get THE MOST compliments when I carry this adorable bag, and it also comes in blue and burgundy.

GUESS. WHAT?! Blue and burgundy both are on sale for $12.99 RIGHT. NOW!

My exact light pink color is still regular price of $29.99, however she is SO worth it!

Pink Zara Mini Bucket Bag

The Truth Behind The Move

Moving to Savannah, GA is not something I regret, and it is not something that I ever will regret. “What brought you, a Chicago girl, all the way down HERE to Savannah?” (A question I get CONSTANTLY) “My boyfriend is stationed here in the military” I reply to them, “Oh, THAT explains it” they snidely remark as they either roll their eyes and laugh, or try to “give me advice” not to get married young because “that is SO typical with military men.”

This is a weekly, sometimes every couple days conversation that people think is actually acceptable to say to me. I have no shame in moving my life down to Savannah to be able to live happily with my man in uniform.

Before my move, during the preparation I actually had a few people who I had before considered “friends” try to get me to second guess my choice; and to my friends who supported me, and continue to 100% are the ones who helped me stay strong, and mean more than they know to me.

With that being said, I will always put a smile on my face and show the world that I am happy, because being with Zach makes me the happiest girl in the universe, however my time out here, alone, is not always sunshine. I’ve never been away from home before, with the exception of weekend getaways. My sister, and my mom are two of my best friends in the entire world, and my life was up in Chicago. I left everything, dropped everything, and quit everything to move my world down to Savannah to start a new chapter of my life. I grew up in a home with five, sometimes six other people always around, making noise, and filling the silent void in the big house. Down here, is new and different. Different in a good way but also frightening. I’ve cried for no reason, gotten angry with Zach for no reason, and called my mom to talk for no reason. I’ve also, however, laughed for no reason, smiled for no reason, and love Zach for ALL of the reasons, and that is when I remember why I came here. Love makes you do crazy things; and in retrospect, I would have never experienced the things I have while out here if I hadn’t taken that risk.

Savannah is a beautiful city in its own way. When I first moved here I remember actually laughing at the fact that Savannah is a “city.” When I think city, I think tall skyscrapers, air pollution, taxis everywhere and loud noises. Savannah is peaceful, full of history and breathtaking. It opened my eyes that things can be different, and that is ok.

Zach leaves for PT every morning at 5:30 AM and for the first few months, he didn’t know this, but I would find it so difficult to fall back asleep after he left and I would lay in bed on my phone wondering how I was going to fill the day with having nothing to do, and knowing no one. I refused to allow myself to get depressed by sulking in my thoughts (because I have a tendency to do that).

Posting on Instagram and tagging the hashtag #SavannahBlogger allowed me to get in touch with some really great, inspiring women who began inviting me to events and dinners and that meant so much. I also began working and met some of the greatest people that I would have never crossed paths with if I hadn’t ever moved out here.

Moving here over the summer also meant that I had to get moving and find a school, get accepted, and register for classes. With time just moving a little too quickly, I ended up taking online classes with my college back in Chicago, until this semester rolled around and I was able to get accepted, and registered to a school in Savannah to continue working towards my bachelors degree.

Basically, a LOT has changed in my life in less than a year, and it has been stressful and the unknown is always terrifying but I’m getting through it; and YOU will get through whatever it is you are going through. Spending all of this time to myself is something that I feel everyone needs to go through, as much as I hate being alone. I have become more in tune with my body, understanding that sometimes when I get too stressed, my chest gets tight and my body tries fighting an anxiety attack. This teaches me to take a break and just breathe. I also am learning that if something is not to your liking, you have to speak up, because no one can read your mind unless you tell them how you feel.

I’m human, and so is everyone else. The decisions that I make are what I want in my life, and I will always stand behind what I believe in. Zach does an amazing job of making me feel at home, and is always there to listen when I’m feeling homesick or have something on my mind. I could never stay this strong being so far away from friends and family without his love and support and that is what truly means the most.

Xx

JADE ROLLER REVIEW

Are you rollin’ with the new trend? *get it*

JADE ROLLING is all the hype right now and all I can say is I hopped on this bandwagon real quick. First off, the beautiful packaging got me, second, I bought mine on Amazon for $8, (which is about average) so how could I pass this up?

TO BEGIN, the benefits of rolling your face every, single, day (consistency is KEY ladies and gents) are insane.

-De-puffs morning skin

-Bye dark circles

-Glowing complexion

-tighter, smaller pores

-increase blood circulation

-reduce fine lines

(sourced at instyle.com)

SHALL I go on?

Anyways, I started Jade rolling my face every morning and every night after using my daily moisturizers and toners, and the difference in my skin after simply one WEEK is uncanny. I am a full faced makeup kind of girl, and my skin was SO glowy all week that I didn’t wear makeup a single day. NOT. ONE. DROP. I’m a believer in this, and you should be too. After adding Jade rolling into my skincare routine, I almost look forward to the relaxing, cooling sensation gliding across my face every morning and every night. The results speak for themselves.

Don’t forget to always have a clean face while using, unless you are using it to push in healthy products for your skin, example: your moisturizer. Also, don’t forget to roll your neck as well! NEVER FORGET!

CLICK HERE to pick up your vert own Jade Roller.

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