Fab Thrifty Find: Old Purse, Young Mama

Shirt/Skirt: JC Penny, Bracelet/Necklace: Purchased at the Southern Women's Show, Shoes: Sam Edelman

Remember this cute purse I told y’all about a few weeks ago while thrifting at the bargain bash? Well, I finally wore it to work recently and a belle has something great to tell you about it. Other than it being over 60 years old (older than our mama), it’s in like-new condition and is so dainty. After getting my inspector gadget on, this vintage purse, which I only paid $2 for, was produced in the ’50s and is selling on Ebay for about $50. Can you believe that?!

When I told Tamika we laughed and talked about how someone’s family probably gave it away because they didn’t know what they had. Needless to say, I am so glad that they did! If you don’t thrift, you should try it. Thrifing is so fun and it’s the thrill of the hunt that we enjoy. *steps on soapbox*

I hate it when some people try to look down on thrifting. We all are entitled to our own opinions, but, if you are one to dine out and eat off plates that someone else ate off, or drink out of a glass that was previously used by another person, then, in our book, you shouldn’t have an issue. The “new” clothes that we try on when shopping at department stores aren’t as clean as some try to make it. *steps off box*

Either way, Tamika and I cannot wait to show you some of our thrift finds we’ve purchased recently. Be sure to watch a belle on Fox 6 this Sunday morning at 8:10 a.m. to see more fab thrifty finds! Bought any cute vintage items recently that have an interesting past?

Top 5 Places to Visit While in Savannah

This beautiful old house is our #4 spot to visit. Our guide, Jessica, was AWESOME!!!

Y’all know that a belle visited Savannah a couple of weeks back and had a ball! When touring Savannah, here are some places Tamika and I decided that you must visit. We promise they’ll be the highlight of your trip and make for some fond memories. Because they all are awesome, we’ve ranked these places in no particular order.

 Just a short 20 minute drive from Savannah, you will see miles of the pretty beach, old forts and a museum. The Tybee Island Lighthouse is a big attraction. It is over 270 years old and if you climb the 178 steps to the top you will get a gorgeous view! I was amazed that I got my workout on and climbed the steps. The view was amazing, y’all. Do not miss out on seeing this. It is a MUST. The last photo in this section is my view from the top of the lighthouse.  I was tired, but still able to take a pic for you sweet ArtBLT’ers.

Where else can you go fishing and hook a baby shark?! Only in sweet Savannah!!

 2. Forsyth Park

Forsyth Park was the first park built in Savannah. It is widely known for its fountain that is one of only 3 similar fountains in the world. It’s wonderful that we have one in the South! Check out the photos from our early morning walk there–simply beautiful!

3. Savannah Bee Company

Ever heard of a honey tasting? Well, we didn’t either before our feet walked the streets of Savannah. Once you walk into the Savannah Bee Company (we visited the location on River Street), you will be surrounded by honey products that have graced the pages of Rachael Ray and O magazine.

The sis and I tasted about 8 different types of honey, each bearing a unique flavor. We ended up buying the orange blossom honey, although I was quite fond of the tupelo honey. This honey will make you shimmy and shake and makes for great gifts. They package your goodies up so cute too and that’s always a plus!

Getting my honey tasting on

4. Owens-Thomas House 

This home (now a museum) was one of the first places to have running water in the country. It was built in the early 1800’s and designed by an English architect. It touts itself as having running water before the White House did!

The sis and I were awed as we stood in the basement where slaves lived and looked at the blue haint paint above our head; it was painted by the Gullah-Geechee people. We were told that blue haint paint was meant to drive evil spirits away. We noted the balance the owners wanted in the home with false doors and windows. One of the rooms was an illusion room that looked oval, but was actually a square room. Neat, huh?

 

In this photo you can see one of the false windows. There is an actual one to the left of the columns and a false one to the right. Balance was key in those days!

 

5. Savannah Candy Kitchen

If you have a sweet tooth like me, you’ll go crazy in this place. Wooden bins of candy welcome you and the smell of fresh pralines being made linger in the air. The store opened over 30 years ago on River Street, and has been enticing candy lovers ever since.

I picked up all of my souvenirs here and bought a pound of milk chocolate gopher turtles among other goodies. Talk about some good eating! I’ve been dreaming of those turtles ever since. Stop by the counter where hot pralines are made and get a sample.

 

Next week we’ll tell you our top 5 places to eat in this historic city! When you visit Savannah, be sure you take in all her glory and visit all of these sites. You can thank us later with gopher turtles and tupelo honey. 🙂 If you’ve been to Savannah, are there any places you’d recommend to visit?

Disclosure: We visited Savannah as part of a press trip. Our opinions are a belle’s own.

Eats & Treats: Trip/Tour at Williamson Bros. Bar-B-Q

When recently visiting Atlanta, a belle had to include Williamson Bros. Bar-B-Q on our stop. We were so mesmerized by their stomp down good barbecue at Taste of Atlanta and their lick-your-fingers barbecue sauce that we had to visit. How can you visit the south without including barbecue on the list?

Tamika and I stopped by the Marietta location, which is a few minutes outside of Atlanta and prides itself as the location where brothers, Danny and Larry Williamson opened their very first restaurant. We have come to know the restaurant whose food makes a belle shimmy and whose barbecue sauce makes her shake! Raise your BBQ sauces, friends… this post is for the true BBQ lovers!

Grilled Salmon Salad!

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Frugal Fashionista Finds: Simply Fashion in the Spring Pt. 2 of 2

Tamika: Dress (c/o Simply Fashion), Sandals (Off Broadway Shoes). Shermika: Dress (c/o Simply Fashion), Sandals (Off Broadway Shoes).

If you saw our first post on the uber cute threads we got at Simply Fashion, then we know you must have been waiting on this one! A belle was super excited to visit Savannah last weekend and rock our cute frugal fashion from our friends at Simply Fashion.

For my last purchase, I wore this pink dress that fits my personality to a “T.” The dress came with a belt, which helped cinch in my waist. Don’t I look like a supermodel? The best part is this beautiful pink color. It is amazing and the fabric is so lightweight!

Tamika wore this beautiful flowy white dress that I happened to pick out. It’s funny because she didn’t like the dress on the rack, but once she tried it on she was in love. I always tell everyone to try items on because sometimes it looks good on the rack, but doesn’t look great on you and vice versa. It looked awesome on her as we strolled along Tybee Island.

She enjoyed the compliments she received from our new pal Jan and everyone else! We both enjoyed that these fab dresses have slips so you don’t have to worry about them showing your undies and the belts were include, but can be removed. Also, it’s cool that each dress is a variation of the other. Could you tell that one is longer?

This necklace really makes this dress pop.
Posing on River Street in Savannah, GA

 

These cute sandals are from Off Broadway shoes in Atlanta. We LOVE that store. The sis & I wore these sandals with each of our dresses!
This entire outfit cost less than $25!

I LOVE this dress. The pink just jumps out at you. I decided to wear this cute multi-colored dress with my signature bolero as I ate breakfast at Rocks on the Roof, which as its name implies, is on the rooftop of the Bohemian Hotel in Savannah. I watched the Tall Ships while eating my grits and omelet, all while looking cute of course! 🙂

I love all of these dresses as they are so pretty and versatile. This last dress is paired with jewelry I bought from Simply Fashion. Bet you didn’t recognize this black purse (Saks 5th Ave.) I found for $2 at the bargain bash recently. Who says you can’t look good for less? Frugal fashion is here to stay! We just proved that $50 can make you look hot/trendy at Simply Fashion!

What do you think of our looks? What do you do to save money but still look gorgeous?

All Aboard! Savannah’s Tall Ships Challenge

Y’all a belle has always wanted to visit Savannah and last weekend we had our chance. When we were invited to be a part of the Tall Ships Challenge, we were shimmying! I mean, we’ve heard about Savannah’s glorious beauty, but seeing it up front was a dream come true. The live oak trees, the urban forest, hip bohemian shops, you name it and Savannah has it!

You know we always have an adventure wherever we go. So, this post will focus on the ships, and some of the fun we got into. After reading you will want to pack your bags, gas up the tank or book a flight to head to sweet Savannah and have a great time with her too. In fact, Shermika and I pinched each other a few times… just to make sure we weren’t dreaming because Savannah welcomed us in style. A belle felt like a celeb! Read More