The Daily Threads City Guide to Charleston + Savannah

Have you ever traveled somewhere that you instantly connected to and never wanted to leave? Possibly even dreamed of buying a second home there if you ever won the lottery? Well, I get ya, because that’s how I feel about Charleston, SC + Savannah, GA. A vacation house between the two would be my cup of tea! These charming southern getaways have so much to offer, and in this city guide, I’ve packed in the tips so that you can enjoy it to the MAX like I did!

My husband and I visited just last month, in January. We’ve been to Charleston before during April, and loved it so much that we made an excuse to go back again! This time, we decided to go during their “winter” season… which simply felt like a beautiful springtime in Nebraska! The 50’s-60’s weather was perfect for biking around on the marina, right behind our hotel, The Charleston Harbor Resort & Marina.

Biking on the Marina / Charleston, SC

Tip: Visiting during the “winter season” saves you lots of $$$ since it’s off-season for tourists… but, if you come during April/May, you have the chance to get in on tons of summer events that are going on, plus warmer weather!

After you take a brisk bike ride, grab lunch @ Hyman’s Seafood for the most popular and delicious seafood destination in town. The fresh catch-of-the-day tacos (I had Mahi-Mahi) are out of this world! Be sure to look at the name plates on your table.. you might be sitting in the same seat that a star once sat in.

To walk off your full bellies, take a walk together down Folly Beach. As a Nebraska native who jumps at the chance for a trip to the lake, the ocean was easily one of my favorite parts of the trip! The vast expanse of rolling waters as far as the eye can see is a sight for sore eyes. Be sure to hunt for seashells, splash around to suffice your inner 5 year old, and just simply relax. 🙂

For dinner, hit up the fresh seafood restaurants that are within walking distance from the beach, like the Folly Beach Crab Shack. This was my FAVORITE meal on the trip, because I’m a sucker for fresh seafood, especially when it’s crab legs! Derek got the fried tilapia and chips, which was also unbelievably good (stealing bites from your spouse’s plate is a given).

Start Day 2 by livin’ the Beech life with an acai bowl from Beech on King Street. I was a first timer, I had never had one before… and I fell in LOVE with acai bowls, wowza! If anyone has their own recipes to make these bowls of heaven at home, send them my way puh-leease!

view of King Street

Continue to enjoy your morning downtown by wandering the beautiful and popular King Street. From the unique shopping atmosphere to the pastel buildings, to the friendly Charlestonians and live music on the street, this is a morning stroll you won’t want to miss. There are tons of amazing food options on King Street to grab lunch at, too! Nearby is one of Derek and I’s favorites, 167 Raw.

Up next, you’ll want to check “fishing in the ocean” off of your bucket list!

Spend your afternoon fishing off of one of the many charter boats in Charleston! There are lots of fishermen in this area who charge a flat fee to take you out fishing for the day. We went with a local captain that someone had referred us to. Our in-shore fishing experience was unplanned and last-minute, but it was by far one of our most memorable experiences on this getaway. Plan for at least 4 hours on the waters, or more if the fish are bitin’!

We caught a flounder, a speckled sea bass, and a stingray! Don’t forget to look for the friendly dolphins that could be following your boat!

Take a pit stop @ Lewis BBQ, hands down some of the best barbecue I’ve ever had in my life. I tried the pork sandwich with fries and a side of kale coleslaw, with green BBQ sauce (weird, I know, but it was the best dip ever), and banana pudding for dessert. Not only was the food out-of-this-world, but the atmosphere was an inviting, modern/industrial hangout that I think Joanna Gaines would be proud of. I could easily pitch a tent and live in that place.

To end your day on a high note, walk around Charleston’s Historical District around sunset and take in all of the quaint pastel buildings that are rich with history and immaculate details. Be sure to check out the famous Rainbow Row while you do so, one of Charleston’s oldest blocks of houses that hide their years of history with black shutters and windowsill flowers, and are painted with a rainbow of colors.

Rainbow Row

Day 3: Pack your bags for a short 2 hour roadtrip… Hello, Savannah, GA!

The Cotton Exchange

Welcome to the city they call America’s most romantic! Once you arrive, make your way to Bay Street and find a parking space near The Cotton Exchange (orange building pictured above) to start your day. In this area, you can grab a coffee and a pastry, do some antique browsing, and hop onto a city tour on either a trolly or horse-drawn carriage.

Cafe M (or should I say Cafe Mmmmm) is where we stopped for our morning fuel, which is also on Bay St. You can imagine how thrilled I was when I found this Parisian-inspired cafe with yummy macaroons and decadent croissants!!

Now it’s time to dive into the rich history of Savannah. Walk about 1 minute further down Bay St., and you’ll see a small business offering guided city tours. We decided to take the hop on/hop off trolly, where there are 15 stops around the city that allow you to get off and explore. It comes back every 15 minutes, which was very convenient!

Walking on Bay St.

We actually ended up utilizing the hop on/hop off trolly ALL day, since our tickets lasted until 5pm. It took us through the heart of the city, with restaurants, shopping, and history galore, which made it so easy for us to get around this way, without having to worry about parking!

Throughout the day, we saw all of the city “squares” containing low-hanging live oak trees and historical statues/dedications, and we saw gorgeous churches such as the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist and the First African Baptist Church, including a glimpse into their safe haven for the Underground Railroad and the quilts they used as maps for those escaping.

After traveling around town for awhile, we decided to “hop off” and eat at The Lady & Sons… Paula Deen’s famous restaurant known for it’s mouth-watering southern cuisine. We chose the buffet for lunch so that we could try a bit of everything, from collard greens to fried chicken, to the peach cobbler for dessert! Man, was it delicious.

Room at The Alida

Time to check inn, and sneak inn a quick afternoon nap. Welcome to the minimalist’s paradise, The Alida. This brand-new, cozy boutique hotel was perfect down to every last detail! I longed after their gorgeous aesthetic, which fit my taste to a T, and the service that they provided was also outstanding. We were greeted with a valet, refreshments, and the choice of sparkling or still water in a custom water bottle. I sure felt like a princess in my castle!

The Alida Lobby

The refreshingly modern and clean aesthetic of The Alida caused it to surpass all of my hotel expectations.

Time for dinner! Here is my outfit look for our last night on vacay. I’m wearing a locally purchased sweater (shoutout to LynneMorgan Boutique in Scottsbluff), trousers from Mango, hair barrettes from Pixie Market, and these fun boots from Asos.

We tried dinner at The Treylor Park, which had a very unique hipster vibe and menu! Derek tried the chicken strawberry pancake tacos (LOLLL these sound so gross but they were pretty good) and I had a chicken pot pie that was cooked like a fried burrito. Yum!

For the last night of your adventure, be sure to take your sweet time enjoying the last delicious southern meal you’ll have in awhile. Soak up the last bit of vacation you have left and enjoy each other’s company! Or maybe you just need a little extra time to digest those interesting tacos. 😉

If you’re like me, you’ll find that both Charleston and Savannah are a home-away-from-home because of the friendly, hospitable people that live there… it was striking to us that everyone was SO kind and didn’t act like “city folk”. These two locations have so much to offer, much more to offer than I was able to put together on this city guide. I hope that someday, you are able to get away to these charming cities and love it as much as we did!

Thank you for reading my first city guide, I hope to do more of these in the future.


When In Doubt, Thrift It Out

Looking for a last minute Valentine’s Day outfit to impress your S.O.? Look no further.

Remember that thing called Goodwill? Yeah, your old buddy? He misses you, and all the other vintage shops in town do too. You see, here’s the deal: online shopping is great, until it’s t-minus 2 days until Valentine’s Day, and you simply can’t get anything here in time (unless you pay an arm and a leg for shipping of course). And if you’re a small-towner like me, there’s NOWHERE to shop in person either!

In addition to that, you’re on a money crunch. Trying to save for this month’s bills, trying to save up for another trip around the globe, whatever.. you can’t be dropping a ton of $$$ for one date night, right? What’s the answer to looking fashionable with your time and budget? Vintage shopping.

Look no further for your new date night outfit! Local vintage shops have hidden treasures, awaiting you in their dusty, quaint corners, full of stories and waiting to be found. I got this ENTIRE (yes literally entire) outfit, down to the accessories, shoes, etc.. completely from vintage shops + a quick Goodwill run. It took me maybe an hour to get everything, and I spent roughly $25 on all of it.

Perhaps my most exciting find while searching for this date night outfit, was these $2 tortoise heart-shaped barrettes… HOW PERFECT ARE THEY for Valentine’s Day?!

Why does fashion need to be expensive?

It doesn’t! In this look, I went for rich textures (suede, heavy knit, + croc boots) and gold accents, which elevates the outfit to an expensive-looking, high quality outfit, while only paying as much as your 2 items at whole foods. 😉

Don’t expect to walk in to a Goodwill or vintage shop and find something that you’d also see walking into H&M or Buckle… look for pieces that are demanding of their timelessness, simple, and of course, your size. Make sure that you prepare yourself with a bit of patience, as sometimes the hunt is the route to finding the “good stuff”!

Keep in mind.. accessories are the key to elevating any look, no matter how simple the clothing! You’ll be surprised at how you can change an item so old into something refreshing and fun with a touch of sparkle and the right pair of shoes.

“I went for rich textures and gold accents, which elevates the outfit to an expensive-looking, high quality outfit”

It makes me giddy with happiness to go on a little treasure hunt to find these extraordinary pieces… that no one else will have! I literally get so excited when I feel like I “scored” on several pieces that are stylish and SO cheap!

Enjoy your Valentine’s Day WITHOUT breaking the bank!

Remember this on Valentine’s Day too! 1 Corinthians 13


Easter 2018


Happy Easter, friends! He is risen!!!

After suffering and dying on the cross for our sins, 3 days later Jesus Christ rose from the grave, which gives us the promise of an eternal life if we are saved through Him! This is why we celebrate Easter, and why we have hope. Thank goodness for Jesus saving our sins. I’m definitely not perfect, but through my Savior, I can be guaranteed forgiveness and life forever in heaven with Him. It’s not really all about the Easter bunny – it’s about the Lamb! Now that’s what I call #BLESSED.

Springtime and Easter always makes me so happy. Other than the fact that we are reminded that Jesus died for us, it’s also a time to breath in fresh air and start conquering goals (maybe overdue NYE goals like me lol), and growing and blooming just like the lil’ flowers are.

I always get pumped to plan my Easter outfit, since it’s usually during the first hint of spring. Spring is definitely a favorite season of mine in fashion, since you can pretty much get away with anything – pants or skirts, sweaters or tank tops, you name it! This is how I styled myself this year.




The basis of my Easter outfit HAD to be this yellow corduroy blazer from Zara. Yellow is really huge in statement colors right now, and corduroy is a forever love of mine. It was love at first sight! I’m also considering buying the matching pants….




And then I saw this little baby cherub T-shirt too… OH I COULDN’T RESIST! Plus it’s kinda funny, and it’s April Fool’s Day, soooo… it just made sense.

And let me just say, actually everything I’m wearing here is from Zara, (wow I have a Zara addiction), just to save the trouble of linking it all.




And in this Easter outfit, I’m also introducing another collaboration with Mejuri! These hoop earrings are in their latest Dome Collection, and I’ve worn them every day since I’ve gotten them. I highly recommend this company for the minimalist, gold jewelry lovers like me!




Trying to push my creative edges a bit! This was a fun shot to capture, and it showed off my little angel’s faces pretty well. 🙂




My trousers and purse were from… what a surprise, Zara. You guys, it’s seriously like a Wal-Mart for trendsetters. My shoes are actually from Target’s WhoWhatWear Collection – linked here. If you’ve seen my latest NYFW post, you’ll see where I’ve drawn inspiration for PVC/Clear trends!




To wrap it up, I hope you all have had a lovely Easter. If you are ever wondering about Jesus and how He paid for our sins to be forgiven, don’t hesitate to comment or to personally message me. I also have an Instagram @thedailythreads that you can always chat with me on, and I’d be happy to talk!

And yay to a new fashion season with spring blooms. I’m pushing for creativity this season, what are your goals?

Happy Easter!