Wormsloe Historic Site, Savannah

Savannah

With my sister over from England, with her Uni friends, I had to take her to Savannah, my favorite city in Georgia. I love the character the city has; all the beautiful buildings, the trees towering over them covered in Spanish moss and the squares brimming with history. If you have not visited I would definitely recommend adding it to your list, and whilst there I would thoroughly recommend Chive. Keep reading to find out about another recommendation I have for you!

Trees Houses

For the long Martin Luther King weekend, my sister, her three friends and myself piled into the car and made the four hour drive down. Somehow we turned it into a five hour drive which seems to be the case with us when we take road trips. We arrived late Friday night so just solidified our plans for the next two days before hitting the hay.

Our first stop of the day Saturday morning was Wormsloe Historic Site. This site is famous for its live oak mile long drive way. It is stunning!  Also, on the property is the Wormsloe tabby ruins which is the colonial estate of Nobel Jones and the oldest standing structure in Savannah. Nobel Jones was one of the first settlers to come to Georgia from England in 1733, many years later a large plantation house was built on the property. However, it is not actually open to the public and is still lived in by the owning family (fun fact: Wormsloe is the site of several movies. If you have ever seen the movie ‘The Song’ the drive way and the Plantation house are the ones from Wormsloe). The property also has Nobel Jones’ grave which you can go visit as well as some other small buildings that show what life was life during Colonial times.

 

Opening Oaks drive

Ruins 1 Ruins sign Ruins 2

Grave Colonial Life Blacksmith Silver Living 3

Trail View Tree Sitting Group

Later that day we headed to downtown Savannah. We walked around the downtown area for a while making sure to stop at the many different squares to have a wonder.  The most popular square is probably Chippewa Square since it’s where Forrest Gump sits on the bench to tell his story. Another one of interest is Calhoun Square, as this is where 432 Abercorn street is found. If you have never heard of this house take a few minutes to google it!

DT Square House

We then made our way towards Bay street to put our name down for Treylor Park, a restaurant recommended by close family and friends. The host told us it would be about an hour wait until we were seated – worth it, trust me. To pass the time we wandered along River street to take a look around.

Treylor Park was great! I would recommend starting with the Treylor Park Nachos; we devoured these before I could even get a picture. Fried chicken pancake tacos with strawberry salsa are their most popular dish. Make sure somebody at the table orders these, you won’t be disappointed!  We finished up with the funnel cake covered deep fried oreos, again, gone in a flash. I would go early if you want a table; by 7:30 they were already telling large groups to try their sister restaurant Hitch.

Sign Tacos DessertCheck back next week for what we got up to Sunday!

Lots of Love,

Buffy xx

Popsugar October #MustHaveBox

It’s that time of the month again! What you ask? The POPSUGAR #MustHaveBox! POPSUGAR sent me this must have box to try and I received mine this past Saturday. I love coming home to a box full of goodies. If you have not heard of the Popsugar #MustHaveBox you basically subscribe for $39.95 a month and receive over $100 worth of goodies. You can find my previous posts on it here and here.

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This month’s box was quite heavy and so I was excited to see what was inside. I love that they send on trend items based on the time of year and season. How cute is this umbrella that came inside? This will be perfect to pop in my purse as we transition into Autumn and Winter. It will be especially good when I spend Christmas in England due to to high chance of rain that inevitability comes with being across the pond.

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What sounds better than a mug of hot chocolate with tiny marshmallows on top as it gets colder out? Well, they send you mostly everything you will need (apart from the marshmallows) with this cute Rise & Shine mug and hot chocolate. I already made my 1st cup, right after receiving the box,  and it was delicious.

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On the makeup/beauty front…I can’t wait to try this makeup eraser. I have previously seen them in shops and always wondered about them. Now that I am about out of my current makeup remover I am going to give it a go. What is even better is it says it is good for 1000 uses!! I have also really enjoyed wearing the winged eyeliner look lately and think this eyeliner will be great to try out and use for the look. Also, If you are looking for a new body wash this one smells amazing.

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Are you interested in what other goodies were in the box? Well click here!

If you would like to sign up for you own box, click here.

I hope you guys have a fabulous week!

Lots of Love,

Buffy xx

Artis Brushes (& Coupon Cabin)

Artis Brushes

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Brush Set

There is a lot of hype about the Artis Brushes. I decided I wanted to see for myself if there was an merit behind them.

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But first let me tell you guys something that may be helpful, especially if you shop online. Have you ever heard of www.CouponCabin.com. I am hooked after discovering it about a year ago! They have some great deals! I’m not just talking about the usual coupons of 15% off here and 20% off there (they have those). They have cash back deals! I snagged this Artis Brush Set off Saks.com when Coupon Cabin had a 15% cash back deal going on. 

Let me tell you a little bit how it works…

If you find a good deal that you want to use, lets say a cash back deal you just click on the “Activate now” button. Up pops a screen asking if you want to shop that deal. You just click on the button in the middle “shop ______.com”. Once your order is completed completed, Coupon Cabin will email you letting you know the cash back has been added to your online account with them . From there, you just wait until the return time has been met (usually 60 days) and then the money will be deposited into you Paypal account. You do have to have at least $7 in the Coupon Cabin account before it will be deposited.

I think it is great! One of the reasons I love shopping online is that there are so many extra deals that you can find (like Coupon Cabin) that are not available in store.

Anyway back to the Artis brushes. This is more of a reveal and first impressions post since I just received then and have only had a chance to play with them one or two times.

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Oval 3 // Oval 4 // Oval 6 // Circle 1 // Linear 1

My initial reaction to the set was the sleek professional packaging and then how light they were. The silver handle made me think they would be a lot heavier but surprisingly they are light and easy to hold. I also really liked the density of the fibers! I am a huge fan of the Sigma F80 and F84 brush because they are not flimsy brushes and you get a great finish once you buff your foundation in. These brushes were similar to that but with shorter bristles I used the largest oval brush (Oval 6) for foundation and found that it gave a great finish. Plus, it was so easy to use! I would love to try the larger Oval (7 or 8) brush because I feel like it would only take 2 seconds to put your foundation on.

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Another positive thing I found is many of the brushes have multiple uses. The small Circle 1 one can be used for both concealer and lipstick.

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The only somewhat negative thing I found when using these brushes was the cleaning process. I found that it was hard to squeeze out any excess water after cleaning due to the short dense bristles. I know they make a special cleaning pad but I am not sure if I think it is worth it yet. We will see!

Anyway, I’m really looking forward to using these brushes more and more. I want to see if any take the place of my most reached for brushes. I will keep you posted. 

Have any of you tried these brushes? If so, what do you think of them?

Lots of Love,

Buffy xx

Autumn Layers

Autumn Layers

At 10:21am today it was officially Autumn. The beginning of a new season is always exciting! Here are a few ideas for your Autumn closet/beauty regime/house as the weather starts to cool down. Boots and a dark plum lipstick are always a must. You cannot go wrong with this lipstick. It lasts ALL day! A leather biker jacket and a hat are other good staples to have. I am loving this wool hat!

What are you looking forward to most this Autumn?

Lots of Love,

Buffy xx

August POPSUGAR #MustHaveBox

It’s that time of month again…..Time for the August POPSUGAR Must Have Box.

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POPSUGAR sent me this Must Have Box to try and I wanted to share with you all what came in it. If you remember I also received the July POPSUGAR box and to see what came in that click here.

I opened up these fun House of Pom cocktail napkins first. Each one has a different emoji on it and they will be great for serving up cocktails on in the hot summer months!

Napkins Cocktail napkins

Speaking of summer…i’m sure you have all seen the fun floats making their rounds on instagram. Lately, I’ve seen the large doughnut with a bite taken out, the pizza and the flamingo to name a few. Well now there is one for your drinks! How fun is this Sunnylife inflatable drink holder in the shape of a swam! Obviously, I can’t wait to use this at the pool while sunbathing and sipping on some drinks.

Inflatable

Another item good for summer (beach/pool) is this Sachajuan ‘Hair in the sun‘ because it protects your hair from harmful summer rays and it will not wash off while in the water because it only comes off with shampoo. This sounds like it would be great for someone who colours their hair and/or is in the sun a lot.

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Moving on to the last few pieces: The first is this black and white skinny scarf; and I hear skinny scarfs have now taken the place of statement necklaces. Second, a cute pineapple pin (others here, here and here) to hold it in place and finially “Oh my Brow” a subtle brow highlight that I cannot wait to try.

Scarf Pattern Pin Oh my Brow brow pencil Swatch

Oh and how can I forget the retro Joe Crisps (chips to those reading from America) I snacked on while writing this blog and the $20 gift card to Troveup.com.

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I ‘m always impressed with the POPSUGAR #MustHaveBox as it comes with fun and interesting pieces! You can order yours here and they are also offering a $5 off coupon code (SHOP5) for your first order.

#HappinessDelivered

Lots of Love,

Buffy xx

The Narrows at Zion National Park

I had never heard of The Narrows hike until a few days before we left for Vegas. When my mother-in-law mentioned possible doing the hike I looked it up right away. After reading about it I knew that it was something I would LOVE to do. It is rated one of the best hikes to do in National Parks all over the USA!

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We left the hotel around 6am only stopping once to get breakfast (at dunkin donuts, perfect for a hike, right?).). It was about a 3 hour drive to where we were going to rent all the equipment we needed. The Narrows is basically a hike up the Virgin River. You are deep down in the canyon following the river that takes up most of the canyon floor which means you are wading through the river. There are parts where you can walk on the river bank but for most of it you are in the river where it can be anywhere from ankle deep to shoulder deep!

When we arrived at the rental place we had to watch a quick safety video (so we knew to watch out for flash flooding!) and then we picked up our rental gear. This included a large stick, special hiking boots, wet suit socks as well as food and a backpack.

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We set off to the entrance of Mt Zion National park and from there we had to take a 45 minute bus ride to the start of The Narrows. The first mile or so is a hike along a paved path. At the end of that you meet the river and have to head on in!

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The water was not as cold as I thought it would be and some of the areas are harder to walk on than others because you are walking across large slippery stones/rocks in the water. The walking stick definitely came in handy and helped me balance.

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About another mile of so in you reach what is called Wall Street. This is where the canyon walls narrow even more and you have to be careful of flash flooding because there is very little to no banks! The crowds start to thin out the further up you get which is nice.

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We reached the Orderville junction and took a short break. At this point you can decide which way you want to go. You can continue up the Narrows or turn and hike up Orderville Canyon. We kept going up the Narrows. We reached the floating rock and then went about another 20 minutes before turning back. I would guess we had a little less than a mile until we reached Big Springs. Big Springs is where hikers must turn. I would like to go back one day and hike the top down which requires a permit as well as camping. It would also be fun to be able to explore Orderville Canyon. I have read that Orderville canyon requires a little more climbing, scrambling and wading! Sounds like fun to me!

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The hike back was quicker than it was up. We were all glad to finally reach the bus and head back to the car where we had the 3 hour car journey to look forward to.

That night we had dinner at another favourite spot: Battista’s Hole in the wall. After dinner we were all so tired that we went straight back to our rooms and fell asleep making sure to NOT set an alarm clock!

Lots of Love,

Buffy x

Las Vegas Baby!

My husband and I booked a last minute trip to Las Vegas with his parents for the 4th of July.

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Our flight left at 6am on the 4th and we arrived early enough to have a full first day. We were staying at the Cosmopolitan and after dropping off our bags and changing into our swimsuits we all made our way to the pool where we sunbathed and had lunch (hard life I know!). Later on that evening we had tickets for the Garth Brooks show, as well as a meet and greet!

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We got to the new Verizon Wireless Amphitheater right when doors opened and made our way to the front of the stage. There we met Garth Brooks’ tour manager who took us back to a green room. We were all a little surprised because we thought it would be more like a line where we say hello and that’s it. We were all chatting and in walks a guy with a backwards hat on. It took us all a minute to realize it was Garth Brooks!!! We all sat down and hung out for about 15 minutes before he had to go get ready for the show.

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Red Lip // Dress – Zara (similar, similar, similar) // Necklace

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I think we were all a bit speechless that he took the time to sit down and hang out, he was really friendly! After that we made our way to our seats and waited for the show to start. It was a great show and he sang all of our favourites!

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After the show we headed to one of our favourite dinner spots in Vegas; Mon Ami Gabi. We always sit outside so that we can watch the Bellagio water fountains. They bring this shredded carrot in a dressing to the table with bread to start that is really good. We ordered a few starters (chilled seafood platter, oysters and the onion soup au gratin) followed by steaks all around. For the first time ever I think we were all too tired for dessert (shocking I know).

We turned in bright and early that night. Early the next morning we were heading to Zion National Park in Utah to go on an exciting hike! Check back to find out which one!

Lots of love,

Buffy xx