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Sunday, January 12, 2020

Savannah: The Getaway Guide


    Savannah is a historic, timeless, and cool place to explore. The best places to go in Savannah are located in the Historic District, which is a few square miles located along the Savannah River. You better get ready to bar hop, take lots of vintage-looking photos, and eat some amazing seafood!

    One of the coolest things about Savannah is that the historic district. It is one of the largest in the United States, consisting of about 1,100 buildings. It is easy to just walk up and down the blocks, explore all the cute stores and squares that make up this district. There is no reason to drive around this area to go to different spots, it is an easy walk to get around.

    This guide is going to give the best scenic places to go check out, photo locations, best restaurants, bars, and shops


Best Scenic Places

The Cathedral of St John the Baptist


The Cathedral of St John the Baptist is a stunning church to go check out. Great place to realm in the details of the design or to take incredible photos of or in front of.


Jones Street


Jones Street is the prettiest street in Savannah and is named one of the most beautiful streets in the nation. The row houses here are stunning. This is a great place to take all your Instagram pictures

Forsyth Park


Forsyth Park is where a lot of engagement photos are taken and weddings. The fountain is renowned and is a great place to come take Instagram pictures or to hang out at. It located at the South end of the historic district.

Renowned places to go

River Street


River Street is one of the most famous places in Savannah. Lined the street are some amazing restaurants and shops. River St runs along the Savannah River and it’s a great place to get a close view of all the passing ships and boats. When on River St you must go to River Street Sweets and get their famous PRALINES... you’ll be blown away! You also get free samples so there is no reason not to get one or two

Chippewa Square


If you’re a movie buff and love “Forest Gump” then you can go visit the famous bench that Forest sits on in the famous movie. The bench scene was shot at Chippewa Square in the heart of the district.

SCAD Museum of Art
Directions here



Savannah is home to SCAD, Savannah College of Arts and Design, and you will see SCAD buildings throughout the Historic District. SCAD gives the historic district a young and artsy vibe which you wouldn’t expect in such an old city. Also if you’re into the arts, SCAD has a Museum of Art which displays modern art & more.


Restaurants & Bars

Savannah has lots of speakeasies, piano bars, and dive bars to check out the throughout historic district. HOWEVER, there isn’t a lot of gay bars or gay anything. There is only one gay club called Club One, but no bars at all.

Rocks on the Roof


Rocks on the Roof was one of my favorite bars in Savannah. The rooftop was so awesome because it overlooks the Savannah River. My friend and I went at night and we got the “Savannah Mule”, definitely worth it. The live music made the mood of the bar memorable and watching the ships pass by was equally as cool.

The Grey
Directions here




My favorite restaurant I went to in Savannah was called The Grey. It was an old Greyhound station repurposed to be a swanky retro restaurant. The design of it takes you back to the 50s-60s and I remember just being in awe. The food was really good and the cocktail menu was unique here. The oysters and chicken were very good. You’re looking to spend about $30-$40 for a cocktail and dinner here but well worth it.

The Olde Pink House


The Olde Pink House is a stable and iconic restaurant in Savannah’s historic district. It is in a colonial mansion and very picturesque. It is upscale so expect to pay about $40-$50 a person and make sure you reserve a table. You can’t just walk in for lunch and dinner, there are set times that meals are served throughout the day.

Best Photo Locations


Trustees Theater
Directions here



Trustees Theatre is vintage and is an iconic place to take photos in front of. You can’t miss the giant SCAD sign that’s above it.

E Broughton St



E Broughton St is great for all types of photos! The street is lined with shops, rustic hotels, and cute cafes. Definitely, a must to check out anyways for shopping. You can find many historic buildings here, such as, the Marshall House, which is a super "Instagramble" hotel right on the strip.

Side note*** Check out all the different squares in the historic district. They're all different and some of the most distinguished, well-kept row houses are located around the squares.

Savannah is such a great option for a fun quick weekend trip. You really can’t go wrong, it’s always a great time to walk and explore the historic district. Going to Savannah or know of someone who is? Share my post and comment down below! Stay tuned for more city guides

- Corofcor

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Friday, December 13, 2019

The ultimate guide to explore NYC for a weekend (Part 2)


         This part of the ultimate guide will cover some of the best places to shop, sights you should see, and some of my spots I recommend for Instagram pictures... which is one of the most important parts of a trip... If you haven't already subscribed at the top so you get all the updates on my posts!

Shopping
  It is no surprise that NYC has some seriously good shopping, and it is no surprise that I like to shop so here you go...

5th Avenue
  Name a more iconic place to go shopping... I'll wait. Breakfast at Tiffany's was shot on 5th, Trump Tower, Cartier, Harry Winston, Louis Vuitton, Bergdorf Goodman, every big designer shares this Avenue. Even strolling down 5th Ave and going to Central Park is just a cool experience being amongst the huge stores lined along this Avenue.

Macy's 34th St
  Claimed as the largest store in the world, I would have to agree with it. This isn't like your average Macy's. It is really like a full-on mall with multiple levels, designer stores within, and it seems endless. Pretty cool to check out!
Chelsea Market
   Chelsea Market is a cool gem filled with cute stores and lots of cafes, and places to try new foods. Located along the High Line Park, it makes for the perfect stop. This market is really its own building and has a different feel than any other mall you've been too. The stores that make up the Chelsea Market are like local shops that you won't be able to get anywhere else. Take me Chelsea Market

Oculus
  By far the coolest looking out of this list. The Oculus is an indoor mall, subway station and even its own sight that you should go take your pictures of. You can't miss the artistic design, looks super futuristic, almost out of a sci-fi movie. Step inside the Oculus and you'll be shocked to see that it is actually a multi-leveled mall with many stores to choose from. Take me the Oculus

Hudson Yards
  I would have to say that besides 5th Ave that Hudson Yards was one of my favorite places to go shopping. If you like bougie malls that offer everything from Cartier to Neiman Marcus than make this apart of your agenda to come check out. Hudson Yards was opened in March of 2019 so it's still super glitzy and new! With 7 total floors of shopping and restaurants, I've sure you'll come to realize why it's one of my favorite places to come shop and explore. Take me to Hudson Yards

Sights 
 Here is a condensed list of some of the best places to go check out during your weekend trip to the city... now I couldn't fit all of them BUT the ones I listed are pretty solid choices to go check out and are iconic for the city.
Battery Park
 Located at the Southern tip of Manhattan lies, Battery Park. The park is pretty sprawled out and you can see the Statue of Liberty from this point as well. I wouldn't wait for hours to take the ferry to go see the Statue of Liberty, you can honestly get pretty good pictures from the park. The park also has spectacular views of the Financial District and features a WWII memorial as well. Take me to Battery Park

Wall St
You must come to this iconic location. This is the heart of the Financial District and where the New York Stock Exchange stands. A popular place to get photos and be amongst all the business people rushing around. Take me to Wall St

The Bull
The Charging Bull or the Wall Street Bull is a famous bronze sculpture. Just got to the Bull and take pics, it's like a status symbol of the Financial District. Take me to the Charging Bull


World Trade Center Memorial 
 This memorial is beautiful, they truly did an amazing job with creating a tranquil space where people can come and remember what took place there on September 11th, 2001. The Freedom Tower stands tall over the memorial pools and its stunning for pictures. Adjacent to the memorial is the FDNY Memorial Wall and this is a great way to commemorate the tragedy. Take me to the WTC Memorial

Hudson Yards "Vessel"
 Definitely, a cool site to see! It was cool taking pics in front of the copper looking structure. It is free but seems like quite the hike to go all the way to the top of it. In total the vessel is 16 floors to reach the top... Take me to the Vessel


**Note I didn't include Times Square... It is a tourist trap and most locals avoid it because it is so crowded. If you've never been here do stop by but I wouldn't spend too much time here.

Photo spots
 Y'all know I love taking pictures! Here are a few of the places I took photos and you should too.

Brooklyn Bridge
 I mean just look at my cover photo... hello it's your turn to take bomb photos here too! I prefer to stand in the middle and block everyone's way, but that's just me. If you angle it right you can get the perfect angle with the Manhattan skyline, it is breathtaking. Some people were hanging off the side or climbing on the sides... just keep in mind that if you fall you'll most likely be hit by the cars below and that wouldn't be fun. #hospitalgirlsummer Take me to the Brooklyn Bridge

Bushwick
 Bushwick, Brooklyn is an artsy neighborhood with murals in some spots literally lining the streets. It was cool to take some OOTD photos here and to see all the different art installations. 

Central Park
  Of course, this made my list! The point that I highlighted on the map you can't miss in person, it is literally a huge rock and I'm sure you'll see many people climbing it and taking pics up there. I like this spot because of the view of Billionaires Row with the various skyscrapers, it's simply impeccable the view alone. Take me to the cool rock
Flatiron Building
 Another true symbol of New York City. You have most definitely have seen a picture of the Flatiron building. If you time it right with the traffic you can take some really awesome OOTD, walking pics, and in the street photos of you in the building... just be careful because the street lights turn quickly.

Dumbo
 You have probably seen many MANY pictures of this portrait perfect street in DUMBO, Brooklyn. Just know there will be tons of people here doing their pictures and it gets tricky because people also drive down this street so just know that there will be constant pauses in between pics.

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Friday, November 22, 2019

The ultimate guide to explore NYC for a weekend (Part 1)


         New York City is like no other city and simply a one-weekend trip won't be enough! Since I am moving to this great city in January and recently did a weekend trip myself, I compiled for you a list of places to check out along with some tips to get the most out of your time and money in the Big Apple. If you've been following my posts you know I love a good rooftop, good food, good shopping, and of course good places to shoot photos.

Transportation
 One thing I always like to cover is transportation for traveling around the city. For this past weekend, my friend and I only Ubered once from EWR airport to our Airbnb in Bushwick. Other than that $58 Uber which was one way, we took the subway everywhere and walked. For the subway, you will need $1 for the MetroCard and I recommend getting the 7-day unlimited pass if you know you're going to be using the subway frequently. It costs $2.75 each swipe of the card to get into the subway, not per ride or per stop. The cost of a 7-day pass is $33 and it's unlimited on NYC subways and buses. My friend put $30 on her MetroCard and then by the next day had to put another $15-$20 on it, so since we were using it so much, it was cheaper to get the 7-day unlimited pass. Taxis and Ubers get expensive fast so it is a great alternative and often times gets you to a location a lot faster.

***Keep in mind that if you're traveling with a group or went to the wrong station with the unlimited card that you can not re-swipe your MetroCard at the turnstile for 10-15 minutes, it'll say that you already swiped your card... so you will have to wait.

I recommend downloading these apps to help you navigate the subways since they can be very confusing at times.

 Transit gives you updates on slowdowns and gives you step by step directions to get to your destinations. It was a lifesaver because I had no CLUE at first what signs meant and where to go. Download Transit here

 This is another really good free app to navigate around the subway. The subway app is just a map of all the different lines. Unlike the transit app, you'll need to know where you are or what station you're at and where exactly you want to get off since it is just a normal map. Download NYC Subway here 

***Check out how to get the best deals on flights here

Accommodations
  If you're looking for an authentic experience in the city and save some money then your best option is staying in an Airbnb. You can score some really cute ones in Williamsburg, Brooklyn or even Hoboken, New Jersey and just be a short subway ride to the city versus paying hundreds and hundreds more a night to stay at a hotel in Manhattan. I would recommend staying close to a subway station as it will easier for you to get around the city obviously.  

Manhattan Rooftops
    I love rooftops and Manhattan has some of the best views I've ever experienced. Be prepared to spend some money just to get in though. If you can get past paying a hefty cover then you'll simply be in awe over the skyline especially at night. Also, keep in mind that drinks are pricy as well. 



    By far one of my favorite rooftops ever! The view of the Empire State Building can't be beaten. The drinks here are also amazing. I really enjoyed my Moscow Mule and my Caramel Cream Martini. There are heat lamps upstairs during cold nights and they give you complimentary red robes to bundle yourself in. On the Saturday night we went the cover was $80 just to get in and drinks were easily $20 apiece with tip. If you rather party it up and dance, a floor below is a nightclub with the same stellar views through panoramic windows. It is well worth it!



    Another classy rooftop bar I recommend checking out is the Refinery Rooftop. It sits atop the Refinery Hotel and has a cute outdoor seating section as well as a full bar that is enclosed with a clear roof so you still get picturesque views of the Empire State Building. If you want to escape the cold then I recommend making a reservation for a table in the enclosed section. There was no cover the night we went and a single glass of champagne with tip was about $15 here. Definitely, a classy place to have a drink in Manhattan.

Restaurants
  It's no surprise that NYC has a variety of food being that it is such a diverse city. Here is a list of restaurants that I enjoyed and would definitely return to again and again.


    Nestled in between 6th Avenue and Broadway, this bistro has excellent views of the busy tourist areas of 33rd and 34th street. The Harold had good mussels if you enjoy seafood as much as I do, and their sandwiches were delicious as well! So if you're in the mood for good American bistro styled food and want good service definitely check out the Harold.




     I got "The Smith Eggs Benedict"...  (black forest ham, ciabatta english muffin, hollandaise, poached eggs, home fries) It was soo good! I also got a cappuccino that I drank before my food came. The Smith has a bright aesthetic inside with a pretty cool wrap-around bar that is stocked to the ceiling. There are four different locations in Manhattan, we went to the one near the FlatIron building off of Broadway.


   I know this seems a basic NYC place BUT LISTEN, it is so cheap and delicious. You can get 2 slices of pizza and a drink for like $5-$7 and the slices are big. Great if you're hungry and don't wanna spend like $20-$30 at a casual dinner place. There is also Little Italy Pizza off W 45th St that is also a great choice and they offer a 2 slice of cheese pizza deal with a drink for only $6. This is great before a night out!


    Located in trendy Williamsburg, Brooklyn is a super cute French bistro called Juliette. Up above I got the "Grilled Chicken Sandwich" which I would totally get again. My friend and I also got a glass of champagne with berries in it which was sweet and refreshing. All in all, we only spend $25-$30 apiece here for an amazing brunch.



    This was my second time eating here and it is the bomb. I got the fettuccine alfredo was basil and I would totally get it again. The fresh bread they include at the beginning of your meal with the olive oil is fire! They also bring you Italian styled donuts with powdered sugar at the end of your meal. My friend and cousin loved their meals as well! Dinner here with tip came out to be about $25.

Dessert Spots
 Continuing with great delicious food sometimes you must finish the meal off with a sensational dessert. Here are some places for must go if you're looking to appease a sweet tooth... 


    BEST CHEESECAKE EVER... makes Cheesecake Factory look novice honestly. I recommend just getting the original because the texture is so light and creamy you don't need all the other flavors! There is one around the corner from Times Square, you must go!



   If you love cookie dough as much as I do then here you go... Cookie dough fantasies right here... They have so many different flavors of cookie dough that it is a little overwhelming. Super cute inside to take some Instagram photos as well!



  If you're a pastry lover, cakes, pies, and anything sweet, you need to come to Eataly NYC market! The cannolis here are simply to die for. If Orlando had an Eataly with the cannolis I would be fat because I would want them all the time. I loved the pistachio flavored cannoli the most. Even just to walk through the Eataly market is cool because they sell all sorts of cheeses, wines, and other groceries.


   This covers the first half of the Ultimate guide to explore NYC for a weekend. The next part of the guide will go into detail about some of the sights that are a must to check out, some great places to shop, and my top places to take photos! Part 2 will be posted on Nov 27th so stay tuned.

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Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Best Places to Take Photos in Nashville


      Nashville is such a fun city with great spots throughout that are ideal for pictures. If you haven't read my post on "Nashville Hacks: Guide for a fun trip", click here. Here is a list of all the best places you should go to take your OOTD and Instagram pictures!

1. ACME Rooftop/Sidewall

  For impeccable views of Broadway that are ideal for pictures check out the top of ACME. The rooftop wraps around and you can see the Nissan Stadium, pedestrian bridge, and all of Broadway. The sidewall, picture below, is incredibly cute for your outfit photos or candid pictures. The ACME building itself is worn out looking creating a vintage vibe. Definitely worth even just getting a drink and taking skyline photos!


     Imagine yourself in a cute outfit in this corner taking pics. This is such an ideal backdrop for pictures. 
Check out the vintage building which is also a great historic background. Walking across this crosswalk with the ACME and "Batman" building makes for a dope fashion or lifestyle photo!



2.  Kiss Lip Wall

    Simply iconic! The wall itself is a little hidden, it isn't easy to see as the other murals because it is located in an alleyway.  This is seen in countless Instagram outfit and lifestyle photoshoots. The mural is also in a super cute area with cafes and shops to check out.

Kylie Jenner has nothing on these lips! Work your creativity with the mural, there are endless possibilities 



3. John S. Pedestrian Bridge

   Not only is this a pretty stroll over the Cumberland River but with the stunning city skyline in view, it is an impressive backdrop for your pictures! Personally, there isn't much to do and see on the other side where the stadium is, so I would just take advantage of the top portion of the bridge. I know a lot of Instagram gurus take advanatge of the bridge for amazing photos. Here are a few pictures I snapped on the bridge to give you a glimpse. 

 Wide-open space with no vehicles!
Check out that SKYLINE! You can do all sorts of photos here from engagement to fashion editorial. Simply a stellar view of the city.



4.  LA Jackson Rooftop

     Now I mentioned this in my "Nashville Hacks" post because it was truly one of the highlights of my trip visiting my best friend. Great for a night out pictures, OOTD pictures, and glam fashion pics among other categories. Seeing the sprawling views of the skyline and surrounding mountains is breathtaking and can be heaven to those who love landscape photography. 


Did I mention it is a great vantage point for those beautiful Nashville sunsets!



5. I Believe in Nashville/Striped Wall

     Probably one of the most recognizable murals of Nashville in the cute 12 South neighborhood. Literally, right in front of the famous, "I believe in Nashville" mural is Draper James which has the striped wall. So you can knock out two iconic photo spots in just one sweep.


Located in the cutest neighborhood where Southern charm reigns



6. Dog Mural

    The real name of the mural is "Herakut Mural" and its located in downtown Nashville by Nashville City Center. It is a giant mural that spans the side of a building. Really cool to check out and great for a background for pictures.




7. The Nashville Sign

      At the fork of West End Ave and Broadway lies a cool abandoned structure with a changing electronic sign at the very front. I wish I was able to take more pictures here! Lots of possibilities since its a large space and abandoned. It is also cool because in front of the actual sign you can get building and the surrounding around in the background. I would say that sunset time is the best time to come here and snap photos.

Such a cool area to take all your photos. I can't wait to go back and snap some here!



8. Whiskey Row & Up along Broadway


       I love the building of Whiskey Row for photos! You get a good photo composition on the ground of the building, Broadway, people, and the overall environment that is so electric. Imagine yourself walking across the street in front of Whiskey Row, that would be such a cool walking OOTD photo. Also up along Broadway is all picture perfect with the big neon signs and bar fronts!

 Walking across this street with a cute outfit on taking photos in burst mode... I live for it!
Get the bustle of Broadway in the background of your pics for a cool vintage vibe.


9. Wings Mural

        I saved the most cliche photo spot for last. It seems like this is the number one place for pictures in Nashville and it is always lined up with tourists waiting to take their pictures on the giant wing wall. This mural has been there for some time now so it has a big following. I think the other spots on this list are cooler and there is no wait. For tourist purposes, I place this on the list of best places in Nashville for photos.




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