As an end to The Embarkiste’s Savannah Series (proceeded by her Shopping and Dining Guide) she has 72-hours to paint the town red and accepts the challenge with a pin-pointed schedule and plenty of vacant slots for spontaneity. Once she jets into the Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport and steps out amidst the hot breeze, she’s ready to be charioted throughout the marsh-like low country and transported through time a century or two ago.
Sometimes she is so caught up in embarking, she has no need to open up the good ole’ laptop. Whilst she feels an apology is due when she misses a post or two, The Embarkiste never says désolé for a weekend getaway. Once her former home, The Embarkiste knows the streets of Savannah Georgia better than any palm reader and their prey. With nearly six years in the making, here she shares her very own Shopping Guide to the charming southern riverside town, complete with the very best and most unique of local stores.
Deyrolle’s facade is classic and fairly simple with a touch of mystery. She enters through the cherry wooden doors and thinks “What a charming store,” filled with old science botanical prints and delightful gardening supplies. She then notices the wooden staircase curving upwards towards the unknown and is led by her curiosity to a cabinet of wonder and magical curiosities. Bengal tigers, radiant peacocks, scarlet lobsters, majestic butterflies and elaborate seashells resides upstairs, all quietly waiting two stories above Paris’s Rue du Bac to reward those who follow their inquisitiveness.
Sometimes asking the locals where their favourite shops are can lead to a new ‘go-to.’ Such was The Embarkiste’s case for the Vancouver and Yaletown based design and décor shop The Cross. Equivalent to a ladies Narnia and full of sparkly chandeliers shaped like pirate ships, pretty gift wraps, and dainty gem-stoned baubles to accent one’s collarbone— even Anthropologie looks a tad humdrum compared to this gold gilded and snow globed wonderland. CONTINUE READING