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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

The Ivy London

I first heard about the restaurant ‘The Ivy’ 12 or 13 years ago and since it has been on my radar as a place I would like to try. After we got back from Amsterdam my sister and I were set to take a Gin making class in London (‘Buffington’s was to be my creation!). However, I had multiple problems when trying to book the class. First, the payment system, then whether I would even get the ticket on time (I couldn’t just pick it up) and then whether or not we would even be able to catch the last train home! It was obviously not in the stars! My mum then suggested we all go up to town for dinner instead.
The first restaurant that popped into my head was naturally the Ivy! I managed to get a last booking and put it on the calendar! Since I was free that day I decided that I would go up a little early and have a wonder around the shops. We would then we would all meet later at the restaurant.  I made my way up and my first stop was Harrods, obviously. I love to look around Harrods, not just for their beautiful pieces but simply to people watch. The species of human that walk around are astonishing.  After hitting a few more of the shops I finally made my way to The Ivy.
Who can resist a good Bathroom selfie??
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Dress // Blazer – Zara (similar) // Bag // Sunglass // Boots
Blazer – Zara (similar) // Top – Zara // Bag // Trousers – American Eagle (similar) // Boots Steve Madden (similar)
The Ivy has been around since 1917 and is in the West End, by many of the theaters. It recently went through a renovation but still has the art deco feel! I love the coloured glass and that it just has an old timer’s classic feel to it (they take your coat and pull out your chair for you!). We were sat right away and made our way thoroughly through the menu. After a round of drinks (good ol’ Gin n’ Tonics) we put in our order.
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We started with the Giant Tiger Prawns for an appetizer. From there it was onto Crab Macaroni, courgette, ricotta & pea Risotto, double pork sausages (bangers and mash) for everyone and a cheeky second drink (dirty vodka martini).
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Now, no matter how much you eat, there is always room for dessert! My sister always says regular food goes to your stomach but dessert goes to the heart, not what our dietician mother wants to hear!
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For dessert we got an array of things: Chocolate pudding soufflé (my favourite!), sticky toffee pudding and Bramley apple crumble pie.
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With full bellies we strolled slowly back to Waterloo to catch the next train home.
Lots of Love,
Buffy xx

Grey Jeans and Chelsea Boots

I picked up some grey jeans and chelsea boots while I was in England and wore them when I went to Guildford one evening to meet my friend Katy for dinner. I kept it very causal and comfortable pairing both with a bright top, leather jacket and hat.

whole outfit

Necklace Chelsea boots

Boots: Dune // Jeans: Mint Velvet (similar here and here) // Necklace: Molly Jane Designs (Similar)

walking Zip maybe

I love the zip detail on the side.

top of outfit

Bag: Mulberry // Jacket: All Saints (similar) // Top: SOAKED in Luxury (similar) // Hat: ASOS

Selfie

The ride to the train station.

I headed to Guildford on the train and after meeting at the station we headed to Jamie’s.

Appetizer

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After dinner we set off to find a place to have one last drink before heading home. We ended up at The Kings Head where we were both thoroughly entertained by 2 men practicing magic tricks on us and a man who was dressed up as a red nose walking through the door (for red nose day). I always want to know how the magic tricks are done and Katy and myself couldn’t stop trying to figure out how they were done on the walk back towards our lift home.

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Lots of Love,

Buffy x

Bob Bob Ricard…

My husband (Corey) and I always try and find a new (fancy/different) restaurant to try whenever we venture back over the pond to good ol’ England. Last time it was his pick – Hawksmoor Seven Dials in Covent Garden (very good!). This time it was my turn to choose and Bob Bob Ricard was top of my list, it had been for about the last 4 months! I was excited not only to try the Russian inspired British menu it had on offer but also wear the new dress Corey had got me for my birthday.

We took the train up to London, looking as elegant as possible (as required), and made our way to Piccadilly Circus.

Train station

Coat // Boots // Black Tights // Clutch

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Dress // Blazer – Zara (old) similar here // Earrings – Chloe & Isabel

DRess detail

Jewelry

Bracelet – All Saints (old) similar here

Bob Bob Ricard (BBR) was nestled between side streets right past the Golden Square (a historic square in the heart of soho). We were immediately greeted and sat as we walked in the dimly lit entrance way. Our table was a small booth close to the bar and it, of course, had the signature “Press for Champagne” button which I did end up pressing (cheeky – how can you not?). The interior of this place was ornate with a strong Art Deco theme. One word – Beautiful!

the bar by our table

the bar by our table

This was the table we sat at

This was the table we sat at

What followed was a great meal with some really tasty cocktails and drinks!

We started with -18 degrees Voht-kah (said in a Russian accent) shots before really taking a good look at the menu.

Shots

Shots

Menu

Apéritifs were ordered – I had a dirty Martini and Corey had a glass of white wine.

Me & Martini

When the starters came we dug right in. We over ordered and so there was so much to choose from – Waldorf Salad, Sea bass Ceviche with avocado, oysters, and Truffled Siberian Pelmeni (a Russian inspired dish of dumplings filled with crab and lobster).

Waldorf Salad

Waldorf Salad

Dumplings

Dumplings

Oysters

Oysters

Ceviche

Ceviche

Starters

For mains I ordered the Lobster mac and Cheese and Corey had Filet Mignon Rossini (served with Foie Gras and truffle gravy). We then shared the truffled mashed potato and crushed peppered sweet corn.

Mains

 

Us

In between all the deliciousness I pushed the “button” and received a lovely glass of champagne while Corey decided to try the “oyster martini.”

Push for..

Cheeky champs Oyster drink

Pudding consisted of the BBR signature Chocolate Glory (to share) and one last cocktail – the passion fruit & Elderflower martini. Sadly the video I took of the Pudding will not load on here but here is what it looks like.

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Last cocktail

Last cocktail

After dinner we headed to London Bridge, over by the Shard, to meet some friends for one last drink at a local pub before taking the last train home!

Overall a great night! Thanks for reading.

Lots of Love,

Buffy xx

Italian Dinner

The other night after I got off work my husband, a friend of mine and myself all headed out for an Italian dinner. It wasn’t anything fancy but just a laid back evening with good food. We headed to Depalma’s, a restaurant a few minutes down the road from us, and settled in a booth with the menus on hand.

We started with some fresh bread and olive oil and also some housemade focaccia bread with spinach and smoked gouda sauce.

Starter

This was followed by fettuccine with meat sauce for myself.

Fetaccini

Spaghetti with meat sauce and meatballs plus a side salad for my husband.

Meatballs Salad

And Shrimp Charmaine for my friend Jill.

Shrimp

Shrimp Charmaine – sautéed shrimp with a spicy sun–dried tomato, spinach & jalapeño cream sauce over fettuccine.

Everything was covered with shredded parmesan cheese!

We also paired this with a bottle of red wine! Nothing fancy.

wine

Dinner was followed by dessert (we went all out! ha). The Chocolate Torte, Zuppa Inglese, and Cannoli were all brought to the table and quickly devoured.

Dessert

Zuppa Inglese – Sponge cake soaked with rum and expresso topped with chocolate and vanilla mousses.

Dessert Torte

Torte – filled with chocolate ganache and served a la mode

Cannoli

Cannoli – Italian pastry filled with sweetened ricotta cheese and chocolate chips.

I kept the evening casual with jeans, a sweater, boots, and a hat.

Jacket onJacket (similar – splurge & similar – under $100) // Sweater (similar) // Jeans

Boots (similar) // Necklace (similar) // Hat // Bag

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Jacket

I love the texture of this leather jacket!

Neckalce What i see Boots Bag & Boots

What have you guys been up to lately?

Lots of Love,

Buffy x

Kimball House & Garth Brooks

Friday night we had tickets to Garth Brooks! Exciting Stuff! Since we were heading to the 10:30pm show, my husband and I decided we would head up to Atlanta early and have dinner before.Driving

 

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We went with a group of Friends and one of them recommended the Kimball House in Decauter. This was such a cool building, that was once a railway station, and has now been turned into a restaurant. They apparently tried to salvage as much as possible from the old building and this is obvious in the decor  – just check out the fans that are all linked to each other!

Fans

 

The restaurant was not very big but it definitely had a lot of character. I loved the ladder at the bar!

Bar

 

Restaurant

 

We started off at the bar – we took a look at the menu and all ordered some drinks. We were not there but a few minutes before they took us to our table! It was not a long wait at all considering they do not take reservations.

Water

 

Their cocktail menu was pretty impressive! I started off with the Scurvy Dodger and have to say I think it was my favourite drink of the night! My friend started off with the New Tokyo and it was also very good! I loved that instead of pieces of ice it had one huge block!

Cocktails

Scurvy Dodger

Scurvy Dodger

New Tokyo

New Tokyo

The table then ordered some starters – the first was a dozen oysters. The server reccommeneded the Marin Miyagi and Island Creek and everyone said they were some of the best they had ever had (the server did inform us that they were flown in first thing that morning!). I am not an oyster fan so I will take their word for it.

Oysters

 

Oyster Dish

 

Oysters were followed by Onion Rings (some of the best tempura I have had), Lettuce Wraps and Whipped Lardo – all very good!

Onion Rings

Lettuce Wraps

Lettuce Wraps

Whipped Lardo

Whipped Lardo

More drinks were ordered…I had a Pimms Cup…again very tasty!

Pimms Cup

Pimms Cup

My friend and I shared the Black Cod and the Chicken Roulade (I forgot to take pictures) and the guys had steak.

We finished off our meals and then headed to the concert!

My favourite part of the restaurant was definitely the ambience and drinks (don’t get me wrong the food was great I just think they other two knocked it out of the park).

I would love to try this place again as the menu changes daily!

Garth Brooks didn’t end up starting till 11:30 but it was a great show. His wife, Trisha Yearwood, also came out and sang a couple of her songs

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GB2

 

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We did not get done until 2:30 am! I have never seen that part of Atlanta so packed with people – even after all the other shows we have been to there!

All in all it was a great night with great company!

For what I wore see below:

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I wore:

 Zara Leggings (similar) – Pink + Rose Top – 5050 Boots – Rebecca Minkoff Purse – Julie Vos Necklace

Lots of Love,

Buffy xx