Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

Nordstrom-Anniversary-Woman So, I have definitely dropped the ball for a good while on posting about a fabulous sale. Although I am a little late in the game alerting everyone about Nordstrom’s Anniversary Sale, there are still some great items on sale through August 3! I am crazy over  this Nixon watch and these Cole Haan boots. And what about this Perricone MD vitamin pack? I’m a Perricone MD junkie, and the vitamins aren’t cheap – it’s $50 off the usual price. What great sales! What are your favorites? Be sure to check them out below.

1. Moon + Lola Cuff 2. Nixon Watch 3. Ippolita Wonderland Rosé Studs 4. Tory Burch Wrap Bracelet (it’s reversible!) 5. Quilted Leather Moto Jacket 6. Cole Haan Brennan Boots 7. Sam Edelman Pembrooke Boots 8. Vince Chevron Knit Sweater 9. Longchamp Expandable Tote 10. 3.1 Philip Lim Pashli Satchel 11. Tory Burch Aviators. 12. Nike Frees 13. Nike Dri-fit Leggings 14. Perricone MD Vitamin Pack

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Virgin Atlantic Guest Blogger

Savannah_Savannahin24Hrs_CityHall2_LifeontheSquares Judging by the name of my blog, it’s no secret that I genuinely love my hometown of Savannah, Georgia. I always have lots of recommendations to those who email in and ask what to do in Savannah, what to see, and what to eat. But, sometimes people just don’t have time to do everything. I have teamed up with the Virgin Atlantic Blog for travel tips in the Savannah area (see last post here) to give a guide of what to do in Savannah in 24 Hours. Please read the article here. From a trolley tour to lunch at Mrs. Wilkes’ and dinner at the Pink House, this is my Savannah-on-full-speed-travel-mode guide. I would love to know what you think! XO, Stefanie

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Sunda Chicago

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Last weekend, I made a trip up to Chicago with my family and boyfriend for the Braves vs Cubs game. My father is a longtime Atlanta Braves fan, so with everyone’s schedules free, we knew we had to make the Braves at Wrigley a must this year. On top of the baseball game, this was a must anticipated trip for me because Chicago is one major US city that I had never visited before! While I was definitely excited for the game – my number one priority in any new city is usually trying delicious restaurants. One of my SMU friends (and a chi-city native) told me that her absolute favorite spot for Asian Fusion in Chicago was a restaurant called Sunda. Sold. Asian fusion is my favorite – and I knew this would resonate well my parents and BF as well. I scored a reservation and we headed almost straight to Sunda after getting in to town. With a great ambiance and oh-so-polite waiter, we order the Peared Sake and took nearly 15 minutes just to pick out appetizers. The menu at Sunda was seriously extensive – almost a little overwhelming (see here). But, we dove in to a culinary journey with some great beginning choices.
CrabCrustedAhi-Sunda {Crab Encrusted Ahi Sashimi}
Our appetizers to start included the Seared Crab Crusted Ahi Tuna Sashimi (featured in Marie Claire Magazine here), Sunda’s Yellowtail Jalapeno, Sunda Steamed Duck Buns, and Tempura Tiger Shrimp. Wow. The duck buns were my absolute favorite – I don’t think my boyfriend and I have stopped talking about them.
YellowtailJalapeno-Sunda {Yellowtail Jalapeno}
sunda-chicago-duckbuns {Sunda Steamed Duck Buns // Image via Dessert Spot}
Sunda-rockshrimp {Tempura Tiger Shrimp + Peared Sake}
sunda-chicago-pork-belly noodles {Pancit Canton Noodles // Image via Dessert Spot}
For dinner we ordered the Pancit Canton noodles, Red Dragon Roll, Sunda Rainbow Roll, and a taste of the Unagi/Foie. After our appetizers, we were nearly stuffed and not sure how we could finish all this – but, we surprisingly ate every bite.
Sunda-Chicago
We were thoroughly impressed with not only the cuisine, but how helpful and friendly our waiter was. After visiting many Nobu Restaurants, Blue Ribbon Sushi restaurants, etc., across the country, I would definitely put Sunda as the best asian fusion I have ever eaten. So, if you are planning on being in the Chicago area, Sunda is a must stop!

XX, Stefanie 

Insider’s Guide to Tybee

jpeg-24 {at The Breakfast Club last weekend}
Happy Monday, y’all! Hope everyone had a great weekend/ Father’s Day! I am so excited to be guest blogging on Virgin Atlantic’s blog today about my favorite little Tybee Island! When I was a freshman in highschool, my family bought a beach house on Tybee and we have frequented the island ever since. We love it!  Read my Insider’s Guide to Tybee here. Would love to here what you think about the article, or if you have visited Tybee before I would love to hear about your trip! xxxo, Stefanie

Rooftop + RED Valentino

cannes-red_carpet champagne-cannes cannes-redvalentino red_valentino-dress dj-cannes red-valentino Dress: RED Valentino // Shoes: Pour la Victoire // Bag: Celine // Sunglasses: Stella McCarthy // Necklace: BaubleBar (similar) // Lips: Chanel

One fabulous thing about Cannes, besides the parties, is the shopping. I had never seen a RED Valentino boutique in the U.S. before, but I found one in Cannes, and this dress, which is on sale here. RED Valentino reminds me of clothing from the 1950s/1960s era – high quality, feminine, and dainty … which has kind of died off these days. A little on the pricier side, but the quality is undoubtedly good. I just love their sweet & feminine silhouettes. A lot of RED Valentino is actually on sale for 40% OFF+ at Shopbop here and at Nordstrom here – get it before it’s gone! xxo

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The Brice

The-Brice-Hotel {Image via J.T. Turner}
After my trip from France, I had a welcome home dinner / family celebration of my cousin’s pregnancy at The Brice Hotel. We ate at Pacci, located inside The Brice, and it was dee-lish-ous! Roberto Leoci’s “Leoci’s” has been a local favorite of mine for a while, as I am addicted to their Truffle Sachetti, so I expected it to be scrumptious with him as Executive Chef of Pacci. I had the Pesto Gnocchi, and it was tasty, but my aunt’s Striped Bass Mediterraneo – wow. I absolutely cannot wait to go back.

For those of you who don’t know, The Brice is a new Kimpton Hotel in Savannah. When I heard a Kimpton Hotel was coming to Savannah, I naturally was so excited because I have been a long-time lover of Kimpton Hotels. The Lumen and The Palomar in Dallas are some of my favorite hotels. When I was a freshman at SMU, my dorm was 50 feet away from The Lumen, where my parents would always stay. The Lumen has had a major renovation which I am so impressed with, not that it wasn’t great before, but the addition of the new restaurant and pool area is great for SMU and the Park Cities area! I also absolutely love Hotel Monaco, another Kimpton, in Washington D.C. So yes, basically Kimpton is fabulous and knows exactly what they are doing decor and service-wise. There is something so much more comfortable and personable about a boutique hotel. The Brice has many little intimate rooms and nooks that I can’t wait to explore more – and I also heard there is a little garden/patio area I need to check out. Will report back with more details!
the-brice-kimpton {Image via my instagram} the-brice-savannah {Interior of The Brice // image via my instagram}
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Afternoon in Cannes

tory-burch-calita-dress cannes-lacroisette calita-dress tory-burch-calita Dress: Tory Burch (on sale!) // Bag: Celine // Shoes: K. Jacques // Hat: Shopbop // Sunglasses: Stella McCarthy

It’s been a solid month since I have blogged.. exactly. I feel like such a bad blogger. The truth is, after my France trip for a couple weeks, I had to catch up on my day job + life. But, I will be sharing some pictures from Cannes this week. The film festival was absolutely amazing. My favorite movies I saw were Saint Laurent (about Yves Saint Laurent) and Maps to the Stars. I wore this Tory Burch dress (on sale now) a couple of times in Cannes, since I was there for nearly two weeks, and it was such an easy throw on dress. Anyways, happy Monday!! xxxo

Foodie Friday

tuna-avocado tuna_tartare tuna-tartare2 tuna-tartare Happy Friday! I’m not setting it in stone because sometimes I don’t stick to schedules, but I kind of want to start doing a “Foodie Friday” post where I post a recipe from the week or about a restaurant I’ve been to. What do you think? Anyways, last weekend I made a Tuna Avocado Tartare for my fam, and they loved it! So I thought I’d share the recipe here. Here’s what you will need:

  • 3/4 pound sushi grade 2 steak
  • 1 avocado
  • 3 tablespoons sriracha
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon toasted sesame seeds
  • 1 tablespoon wasabi powder
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • sea salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 jalapeño minced (optional)
  • 1 package sesame crackers/wafers of choice

This recipe is pretty straight forward. Chop the tuna steak appropriately and in the desired size of chunks – some like bigger versus smaller. I like to use a nice sushi grade knife like this one. Next, transfer tuna to a medium mixing bowl. Add all other ingredients and mix throughly with a spoon. Here’s the fancy part for presentation: spoon tuna mixture in to a mold like these that is centered on desired plate, and then slide the mold up and voile! If you want to get really fancy, serve over seaweed salad and with kale chips like these, or spinach chips, on top. Details on what you will need below:

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