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.

Brittli

Easter 2018

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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.

 

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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….

 

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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.

 

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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!

 

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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. 🙂

 

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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!

 

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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!
Brittli

Coffee Addicts, This One’s For You

I think most of us can agree that rushing to work with a cup of joe in hand is key to SURVIVAL. Seriously. Full-fledged coffee addict, I admit it in writing. I don’t feel that I can be productive in my day unless I’ve had at least one coffee – if not, two.

Of course this can cause yellowing of the teeth over time, especially if you consume umpteen coffees a day like me. But… I’m busy. It’s hard to have time to wait on uncomfortable whitening strips to do their job (let alone work), and everyone knows that if a task has to be done involving talking while wearing them, it’s mission impossible. Plus, they aren’t always for those with sensitive teeth. I for one, do have sensitive teeth, and I couldn’t even eat a sandwich the next day after using them. And whitening done by a professional is out of the question for me – it can cost an arm and a leg.

(pssst.. if you want a FREE teeth whitening solution.. keep reading!)

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Your teeth also tie in with fashion, believe it or not.

I can write about fashion all the live long day, but there’s no doubt that the best accessory is your smile.

In fashion, I wear whatever I want. Some call me crazy and give me a weird look when they see my outfit. With this comes confidence, in order to pull it off. But I truly attribute the majority of that confidence to looking and feeling my best, and keeping myself as healthy as I can. Keeping up with the health and appearance of my teeth helps me maintain that confidence.

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Having worked in the orthodontic field just over the last few months, I can tell you that much of a person’s confidence comes from the health of their teeth. This also comes from me personally, a girl who had braces. Some people don’t even smile at all, because their smile affects their self esteem that much. It’s heartbreaking. But once the power of braces is unleashed, it’s a world of difference for them and their confidence. Whitening is like the last phase after braces – it truly brings someone to the final desired result for their teeth and overall confidence.

Anyways, this is all of my reasoning for needing that perfect solution. And I found one, so I want to share it with you guys!

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Smile Brilliant is the name of a fabulous at home teeth whitening company that has been my go-to since discovering it. To explain the process a bit, this is a company that makes you your own customized whitening trays. After you send in the impressions of your teeth (they send you the kit and instructions for this), these clear, bendy trays arrive on your doorstep. They fit perfectly to the specifics of your teeth just like a clear retainer would. You simply line them with the clear whitening gel provided, for which you are able to choose “desensitising” or regular whitening gel. I’ve used both, and it DOESN’T HURT BY THE WAY! A victory for those like me with sensitive teeth! Once you’ve achieved your desired results, you’ll have plenty of materials leftover to do it many times in the future.

But the best part of it all?

I’ve been given a discount code to share with all of my loyal followers! To shop at Smile Brilliant at an event better price, use code: thedailythreads at checkout. Smile: 1, Coffee: 0. 

But the even better part of it all?

One of you lucky ducks gets one of these kits – FOR FREE! Smile Brilliant and I are partnering up to giveaway this slick and easy experience so that one of you can be as satisfied with the results as I am.

 

TO ENTER TO WIN A FREE WHITENING KIT:

Follow this link here. It will take you to a page where you enter your name/email to enter the drawing for $149 towards the whitening kit of your choice! This is applicable to those in the USA, UK, Canada, and Australia. Smile Brilliant and I will contact you in 2 weeks if you’ve won!!! It’s an easy way to get a great smile for free!

 

Are you pumped about this? Because me too. If you have any questions or comments, please comment below and I will answer them!

Alright, carry on with the coffee overload. Because now, you can without consequences. 😉

The Ultimate Gift Guide: What Women Want for Christmas

(OKAY, ladies here’s your cue… just simply share this to your Facebook page to drop those hints!)

Yeah, the biggest question of the year. WHAT do us girls actually want for Christmas?

From deciphering the latest fashion trends, to sifting through your gift receiver’s shopping list or text messages, to finally buying some random gift (you hope they like) at the last minute…

I’m here to help. 

Use this gift guide to spark ideas for that special woman in your life who loves all things trendy!

 

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CLUSE: Minuit Mesh Watch
$114

Having a watch is not only a fashion statement to accessorize with any look, but it’s also obviously helpful to look at the time without needing your phone. Cluse delivers a super high quality watch that is stylish without breaking the bank. Engrave the back for a more personalized gift.

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MADEWELL: Herbivore Botanicals Calm Bath Salts
$18

Sometimes, it’s nice to just relax with a bath soak. Madewell’s new beauty collection has not only the best products and packaging, but also great prices. Treat her to this soothing gift – a great thing to come home to after a long, stressful day.

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URBAN OUTFITTERS: Adidas Originals EQT Support 93/17 Sneaker in Cream
$180

“Athleisure” is not only a current trend, but it is also a more logical fashion statement for girls on the go. Let your girl run out the door in style and comfort with the newest Adidas. Give her a neutral pair so that they go with everything.

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Mid-Century Turned Leg Standing Planters - Solid

WEST ELM: Mid-Century Turned Leg Planter
$179 (can add a 30% discount!)

Hello, Joanna Gaines. Every single woman has a plant woman inside her as well (even though mine likes to kill every plant I get my hands on, but that’s besides the point…). Give her a stylish home for her plants, which will clean and purify the air at the same time.

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CAPTURE YOUR STYLE BOOK by Aimee Song
$19.95

One of the biggest influencers/bloggers on Instagram, Aimee Song (Song of Style), has studied social media and how to capture fashion through it, for years. She recently wrote a book that details all of the important info you need to know. This is a thoughtful gift for aspiring bloggers or simply gals who love fashion – and it also makes for a great decoration on the coffee table.

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NUDESTIX: Nude(art)ist Box Creator’s Palette
$59 ($144 value)

If us girls could afford it, we’d be getting new makeup to play with almost every day if we could. But makeup is SO expensive these days… especially for the good stuff. Grab this Nudestix Palette from Sephora to treat her to a variety of shades to have fun with this winter, plus ensure quality product in case you need a smooch.

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THREAD & SUPPLY: Sherpa Pullover
$78

Sherpa has been all the rage lately, sometimes being called “the Teddy Jacket”. Besides being stylish, the extremely soft material is sure to win her over. I mean… who wouldn’t want a cozy pullover to accessorize with their hot chocolate this winter?

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MEJURI: Minimalist Gold Jewelry
from $35 to $300

A huge fashion trend lately – minimal gold jewelry. The main company this trend sparked from – Mejuri. Their real gold jewelry won’t leave her skin green, and it’s something I wear every. single. day. To work, to church, to dress up in… it’s perfect. The great thing about this company is that their prices are extremely affordable for REAL gold and diamonds. I didn’t link to a specific product because there are way too many good options, so check it all out to pick out a personal piece.

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Spandex is the real MVP. (p.s. It's so fun to see our Copywriter boards in the wild!) : @brittanyrossman

LETTERFOLK: The Writer Oak 16×20 Message Board
$125

These are kind of the new, hip trend. These restaurant-menu themed boards come with a billion of those little letters, so you can completely customize your board to whatever you want. Such a stylish and personable gift that can be used to decorate your home. She’ll be feeling like her home is straight off of Pinterest.

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MADEWELL: The Transport Tote
$168

This real-leather bag is a necessity for any kind of woman – a student that needs a schoolbag, a mom that needs a diaper bag, or simply a woman who needs a big purse – like me.  This gorgeous bag is simple enough to match any outfit, and can be customized with gold or silver initials at the top of the bag (I would recommend this). The best compliment to an on-the-go girl’s outfit.

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MELISSA ARAUJO: The Barbel Bracelet
$40

Another gorgeous minimalist piece. My friend Melissa Araujo recently launched this item in a new line, and I am IN LOVE. This would go with everything I own, and I’m sure I could say the same for other women. The style is so simple and classic, yet so fashionable.

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SARAH LOU CO – Merino Wool Blanket
from $125

A housewarming gift that quite literally is housewarming. These gigantic, soft blankets are great to cuddle under after a long winter’s day. So stylish, and Instagrammable too! 😉

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Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 35mm f/1.8G ED Lens

BH PHOTO: Nikon AF-S Nikkor 35mm f/1.8g ED lens
$527

Is she into photography? Knowing what kind of photography equipment to gift can be HARD. There are so many options out there, and it’s hard to know what the best quality is for the price you’re paying. Well, I did the research for you. This will be the best option in any amount of light, and it provides amazing detail shots whether close or far away. Of course you’ll need to get an accompanying camera body, a Nikon DSLR Camera. This would be the ultimate Christmas present for her hobbies!

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URBAN OUTFITTERS: Crow Canyon Speckled Mug
$10

Oh, coffee… what would we do without it? These adorable mugs are only $10, and make for a perfect present for those coffee addicts in your life. Add a bag of yummy coffee beans and some creamer, and you’ve got yourself a cute Christmas bundle.

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URBAN OUTFITTERS: Wooden Multi-Device Charging Dock
$36

Guilty as charged, most of us now have more than one tech device. This can result in a small amount of space for your outlets and your nightstands. What better idea than to have a nice, clean organizational dock? I for one, am all for it.

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