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Savannah Fashion Week

kathleen Dupuis - Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Savannah Fashion Week

Kevin Cartee, Image Consultant/Wardrobe Stylist

When you think of Savannah one conjures up many thoughts; Antebellum homes, moss, and even Paula Deen. However, something you may not have thought about is Savannah's rich and growing fashion and style community.

In the heart of Savannah, Savannah College of Art and Design as well as Savannah Arts Academy certainly keep the Savannah Fashion Community teaming with new talent.

Savannah is certainly proud of her Art Schools. “Georgia’s First City” also brags about the many artists and fashion professionals such as Makeup Artists, Hair Stylist, Image Consultants & Wardrobe Stylists, and Boutique Owners.  

Savannah Fashion Week runs from 4/22/13 – 4/26/13 and showcases events, such as trunk shows and runway shows, that run throughout the week.

What is a “Trunk Show”? Well, I’m glad you asked.

A trunk show is an event where designers or clothing vendors set up a “pop up shop” in a store or other venue. These vendors sell clothes directly to customers.

If you are a “friend of fashion” and plan to visit Savannah, GA during Fashion Week, I would love to offer you the schedule of events – my treat.

SFW Schedule:

Monday April 22, 2013

Bleubelle Boutique: From 10-6 enjoy the third annual Diane Von Furstenberg trunk show along with a DJ and Gigi’s Cupcakes.

Palm Avenue: Shop an exclusive Lilly Pulitzer 20

13 collection trunk show.

JPaige: By stopping into JPaige you can inter to win a beautiful “Glam Dress” as well as a store gift certificate.

Sara Jane Children’s Boutique: Pop in to shop trunk shows form Beaufort Bonnet Company, TBBC, and Back Yard Baby

Tuesday April 23, 2013

Custard Boutique: Custard Boutique will be hosting designers like Mamie Ruth and Oleander as well as offering refreshments and craft making.

Fabrika Fine Fabrics: Locally owned and operated fabric store will be holding a day long trunk show in honor of their patrons and designers. Be prepared to shop “ready to wear” items made by local Savannah Designers.

Red Clover Boutique: Known for supporting local designers and even my winter scarf lines, Red Clover Boutique will be hosting Sabrina Spanta which is currently in the “Emerging Designer Contest” at Charleston Fashion Week. Santa’s designs as well as many others will be available all day.

Trunk13 Boutique: Trunk 13 Boutique, know for it’s fashion forward collections, will be offering a trunk show of fabulous handbags by Pour La Victoire.

Wednesday April 24, 2013

Satchel.: Starting at 12pm and ending at 6pm, Satchel. (a local bag design company) will be holding a workshop where you can pick your own leather and create your own handbag, coozie, key chain, or wallet. I and my clients show their frequently. This is a stop during Savannah Fashion Week I would not miss.

Terra Cotta: Pop into Terra Cotta near City Market as they host a jewelry trunk show by Christi Reiterman and a second one by Liz Moore of ShopBlithe.

Zia Boutique: Zia Boutique is always sure to excite the fashion enthusiast and Savannah Fashion Week is no exception. Zia Boutique boasts an exotic trunk show by Kelly Parker Designs that will take place Wednesday, 12pm-6pm.

Thursday April 25, 2013

Get your tickets to the SFW Runway Show. This fabulous event will showcase looks from local boutiques and designers as well as display the work of local Hair and Makeup Artists; always a crowd pleaser.

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Friday April 26, 2013

The SID Fashion Show is sure to end Savannah Fashion Week with a bang.

Savannah Style Expert Style Tip:

Women: Ladies look out for dresses with a built in bib necklace. I find that everywhere I go these and dresses/tops with a peplum skirt are very popular. 


Men: Gents keep your eyes peeled for bow ties and mixing and matching patterns. It’s a little thing I like to call “Enjoy the Clash.” This year, it’s okay that your outfit does not coordinate perfectly. It is all about finding complementing colors and in the same family and then kicking your outfit up a notch with different patterns and textures.



March Hot Spot Savannah, GA (from

kathleen Dupuis - Wednesday, March 06, 2013

If there’s one word that captures the aura of Savannah, GA, it’s enchanting. From the garden squares filled with towering oaks draped in Spanish moss to the grand, historic homes lining cobblestone streets, the “Hostess City of the South” will captivate you with its laid-back southern charm.

The Olde Savannah Inn Bed & Breakfast
The Olde Savannah Inn Bed & Breakfast

What to Do: Let the rhythmic “clip-clop” from a horse-drawn carriage ride take you back to Savannah’s historic roots as you enjoy a leisurely tour through the largest National Historic District in the U.S. It’s also where the 22 garden squares, called the city’s “heart and soul” by some, can be found. Designed to be an essential part of the downtown area, these squares provide a relaxing tree-covered area to stroll or relax while reading the paper by cooling fountains, lush gardens, and historical monuments.

Follow the cobblestone streets and southern hospitality to the waterfront of the Savannah River. River Street is a destination for quaint storefronts and fine-dining establishments built inside centuries-old buildings that once housed goods in one of the busiest ports in America. You can even set sail down the Savannah River and catch a glimpse of the city skyline from aboard an open-air canopy deck on a riverboat.

If you make your way to Savannah this month, don’t be surprised if you find the Forsyth Park fountain flowing green! "The Greening of the Fountain," taking place on March 8th, is part of the city’s massive and long-standing St. Patrick’s Day celebrations. Last year, Savannah hosted the second largest St. Patrick’s Day parade in the world and began the celebrations as early as two weeks before. If you’re in town Saturday, March 16th, go green for the 189th Annual Savannah St. Patrick’s Day Parade.......


Where to stay:


The Olde Savannah Inn Bed & Breakfast welcomes guests with gorgeous French Renaissance furnishings in each of the five rooms. Situated only a block from Forsyth Park, the inn puts you steps away from Savannah’s award-winning restaurants and shops and is a perfect location to watch the St. Patrick’s Day Parade.

Want to see what else awaits you on your southern getaway? Visit our “There’s Something About Savannah” Pinterest board for must-see sights and other B&Bs located in the Georgia Coast Region.

Planning a destination wedding?

kathleen Dupuis - Monday, March 04, 2013

 We think Savannah is the perfect place to come for your destination wedding.  We are not the only ones that have that opinion.  In fact, Southern Living magazine lists the City of Savannah as one of "7 Sinfully Romantic Southern Escapes".   The mild weather, romantic squares, and over 200 festivals make it the perfect place for a memorable wedding.  There is something for everyone.  Savannah hosts events from sports to music and art. Don't forget the romantic carriage rides through the cobblestone streets, the tour of historic homes,  or the lush greenery of the city squares.  The historic squares are lined with majestic oaks draped with Spanish Moss. The camellias, azaleas, jasmine and honeysuckle set the stage for the perfect place to say your vows



To ensure your honeymoon is perfect, plan to stay The Olde Savannah Inn.   Luxurious accommodations, gourmet breakfasts, and romantic hidden courtyards make it one of the most romantic bed and breakfasts in Savannah . The Inn is located in the historic district,  and is situated perfectly for guests to enjoy all that Savannah has to offer.   The Olde Savannah Inn offers a Honeymoon Package which includes:


Two nights in the Versailles Court

Strawberries, chocolate and chilled champagne

A romantic carriage ride for two

$100.00 Gift Certificate to Elizabeth's on 37th Restaurant

Two dozen of long stem American Beauty Roses



More ideas to help plan for the perfect Savannah wedding can be found at


Make reservations today for your wedding to remember!





A Post from Scooting Around Savannah

kathleen Dupuis - Thursday, February 28, 2013

A Look Inside a Savannah Bed & Breakfast Inn

Cozy breakfast room Olde Savannah Inn on Gaston Street Savannah GABy Cathy Rodgers
A friend of mine virtually introduced me to a local innkeeper who runs a Savannah Bed & Breakfast on beautiful Gaston Street, so I could not wait to get by to meet her in person. Gardens always motivate me and peeking behind a secret pathway to view cozy sitting areas and new plants got me there quick.

Kathleen Dupois is the proprietor of the Olde Savannah Inn, one of the finest bed and breakfast establishments I’ve ever stepped into. I was truly amazed to find not only beautiful antiques, but amazing chandeliers and French decor which compliments the mansion without overdoing it.

My favorite spot is the fresh and bright breakfast room which allows visitors to look out to the gardens. Can you believe I forgot my camera? I “borrowed” this photo of the breakfast room from the net, and can tell you the room does look like this! It’s amazing and Southern Living magazine really needs to come and see! Then I found out what Kathleen serves at her breakfast celebrations. Who else has a candlelight breakfast and serves Creme Brûlée in the morning??

Kathleen took me upstairs to the honeymoon suite and my jaw nearly dropped! Steps away from the four post bed, marble floors take you to a large jacuzzi tub, two pedestal sinks and his and hers claw foot tubs.

This is where we will be sending our out of town guests and inquiring visitors. Did I mention the 800 count sheets? True elegance and luxury.


Valentine's Day at The Inn

kathleen Dupuis - Thursday, February 14, 2013

The Olde Savannah Inn, Savannah's award winning bed and breakfast, is the perfect place to celebrate Valentine's Day.  The luxurious accommodations, romantic hidden courtyards, and exquisite cuisine, all work together to create the perfect atmosphere for a romantic getaway.    


We believe there is no better way to tell you about our Inn than through the comments left by our wonderful guests. Their comments have included:


  "5 of 5 starsThe Olde Savannah Inn has something that makes it stand out. Character. It is displayed throughout the house, on every wall, on the well kept floors, and in the oh-so-comfortable bedrooms with elegant baths. You will be transported back to a nostalgic era with soft music, great laughs and delicious food and coffee"  Reviewed January 31, 2013


". Not only is the Inn Stunning and Spectacular but the Inn Keeper Kathleen took care of all our needs. We chose the Versailles Court for a (4) Four night Ultra Romantic Honeymoon Getaway. This room is so romantic. The huge Jacuzzi tub for two, claw foot tubs and the beautiful King sized bed made with the finest linens....The food was deliciously outrageous and the table was set as if you were a King and Queen. While you were dining there was romantic music in the air. Her personality is warm and inviting. Her Inn is all about pampering you personally. We fell in love with Savannah.... We will be visiting Savannah again and only staying at the Old Savannah Inn. Thank you Kathleen....... till we meet again." Reviewed January 14, 2013


"First class in everything:
The decor, drop dead gorgeous antiques, gilt mirrors, crystal chandeliers and more.
The breakfasts and additional treats throughout the day, generous gourmet delights! e.g. Eggs Benedict, stuffed French crepes, Belgian waffles, quiche lorain, cheesy grits, scones, cookies, banana bread, fresh fruit cups, garnishes of berries and giant dollops of whipped cream.
All provided for us with special care to our vegetarian diet. (Platters of crispy bacon and other breakfast meats appeared at others' tables. )
The furnishings from hand-ironed linens to sumptuous robes, gloriously indulgent luxury.
You have got to go here and experience this for yourself.
Call Kathleen. She's a one-woman dynamo who truly can do it all."  Stayed in December - Reviewed January 9,2013.


Visit us at for more information and to make your reservation for romance!


We have made a short video to wish all of our guests (future and past) a Happy Valentines Day from The Olde Savannah Inn.  It can be viewed here.

Georgia History Festival for 2013

kathleen Dupuis - Monday, February 04, 2013

Join us to celebrate the founding of the Colony of Georgia, which took place on February 12, 1733.  The Georgia History Festival is a must for all History Lovers!  Savannah's celebrations to commemorate the event include:


Step back in time at the Colonial Faire and Muster on the weekend of February 9-10th.  This event is FREE  to the public.  It will be held on the historic Wormsloe Plantation.  Actors and vendors recreate colonial Savannah, with demonstrations of the old blacksmith shop, firing muskets, and cooking over a fire.


The festival will include the Official Georgia Day Parade on February 12th, 2013 at 10:30 am.  The parade begins at Forsyth Park, just steps from The Olde Savannah Inn.  The parade route includes a march down the historic Bull Street and will ultimately wind up at City Hall. 


The festivities continue with Super Museum Sunday from noon until 4 pm on Sunday February 13, 2013.  Over 40 organizations, including the city's history, art and cultural museums, have agreed to take part in the History Festival.  Admission to the participating locations for this event is FREE.


What better place to stay for the Georgia History Festival that at one of Savannah's  Historical Inns? The Olde Savannah Inn, located in the South Historic District, is the perfect place to call home while you enjoy the festivities..  The Inn was built in 1877, and was restored in 2005.  This Award Winning Bed and Breakfast offers beautiful, historic architecture combined with all the comforts of our modern day world. Staying at the Inn allows you to start the day with our famous gourmet breakfast, then proceed to enjoy the festivities knowing that you will be welcomed back to the lap of luxury at the end of the day.



Photo courtesy of The GA Historical Society



Savannah Bed and Breakfast Our Bed and Breakfast ETIQUETTE

kathleen Dupuis - Thursday, January 31, 2013

 I have been asked by several of my guests who have never stayed at a Savannah Bed and Breakfast - What is the protocol? Can we come and go, or is there a curfew? Where do we park? Can we check in early? These are all reasonable questions and as you have requested,  I will try to clarify some of the concerns.

First of all, I have been very blessed to have some of the most outstanding guests.  Many have never experienced staying at a Bed and Breakfast in Savannah, and normally stay in a hotel. There is NO comparison. If you are visiting Savannah, YOU MUST TRY THE OLDE SAVANNAH INN.   If you don't choose The Olde Savannah Inn, there are 44 other Inns in Savannah from which to choose.  In our opinion, the inns are better than any Savannah Hotel or Vacation rental. The bed and breakfasts allow you to experience luxury and the comfort of home at the same time.  (Suggestion -READ THE TRIPADVISOR REVIEWS). 

The Olde Savannah Inn is one of the finest Inns in Savannah and prides itself on paying the most attention to detail.  In order to serve you better, we ask you to come at the check in time, which is 4:00 pm.   Prior to 4:00 pm we are preparing the rooms to ensure they are ready and waiting for your arrival.  When we meet at 4:00, although I greet you at the front door with a big warm hug, please take a moment to introduce yourselves.  Most of the time, I will know who you are and what room you are going to stay in. I try to do my homework before your arrival.  If you are going to be later than 4:00 check in, please call.  I will make other arrangements. Usually, I wait  for guests unless it is going to be really late. Then we will make arrangement for you to pick up a key to your room.


After I settle you into your room and make you comfortable, then we will discuss parking.  I know parking is a big issue, but our most important issue, and what we get most excited about, is meeting youRemember, this house was built in 1877, and there were no cars.  Fortunately, we are able to offer FREE Parking on a First come First Serve. We can accommodate 4 small to mid-size cars with the gates closed. Parking is extra at many of Savannah's other Inns or Bed and Breakfasts. 

 As an innkeeper, the most important issue I have is getting you settled and comfortable. After the car has been parked, I then act as your hostess and  will offer you either a refreshing glass of my Caribbean Ice tea or a pino Grigio or maybe merlot, it is your choice. Then, to get your Savannah Vacation off to a great start, I will give you maps of the city.  I will even prepare all your dinner reservations, or reservations for Savannah Ghosts Tours, or Historic Carriage Tours if you'd like.  In fact, the best way to prepare for your Savannah visit is to call me the week before your arrival and get all my recommendations. Your vacation is then off to a great start and you can utilize your time just seeing all the Savannah sites, instead of wondering what to do. It is all done for you . COMPLIMENTARY!

Most of our guests enjoy walking through the manicured 23 squares.  We advise our guests to wear comfortable shoes as they go out into the city. When you return to the Olde Savannah Inn, you will be greeted with our famous Southern Hospitality and will be invited to try our evening port.  Something is always brewing in Kathleen's kitchen. I will always ask you if I can offer you anything. We don't have private refrigerators in our rooms, because that would spoil the elegance and ambience . Unless you have spoken with the innkeeper, about maybe storing medicine or leftovers, our kitchen refrigerator is for the INNS USE ONLY. Please let the the innkeeper know what your needs are during your stay.

I have designed an impeccable Savannah Bed and Breakfast and have invested time, money, and love into creating a luxurious, romantic, and comfortable Inn. I ask that all of my guests take care of my home with love and respect. All of the rooms have the finest linens, that were made in Europe. I ask my guests to help in  preserving the rooms for the next guest.  Remember, this is a private home and not a HOTEL.  Please leave your room as you would like guests in your home to leave their room. Emily Posts tells us in her "Book Of ETIQUETTE" to leave the room as you found it.  Travelers who frequently visit traditional bed and breakfasts understand that manners do matter, and that they should treat someone else's home better than their own. 


We strive to succeed in offering you our Best Customer Service.  We leave gratuity envelopes in all our rooms to allow you to say "Thank You" for all that we did for you during your stay. It is not mandatory.  However, most of our guests recognize the hard work that is put into the hospitality industry, and welcome the idea of leaving a gratuity.  If you prefer not to leave a gratuity, please do not throw the gratuity envelope away.  Please leave them for the next guest.

I hope I have been able to clarify some questions and have reassured those B&B Goers this is the way to visit Savannah. Welcome to Savannah ...
We are honored you have chosen our Savannah Bed and Breakfasts, and we will work very hard to serve you and provide you with the BEST Of Savannah. A smile goes a long way.

Your Innkeeper and Hostess,

Miss Kathleen

Tip : Never leave any Savannah Bed and Breakfast without saying" Thank You and Goodbye"

Savannah's St. Patrick's Day Festivities

kathleen Dupuis - Thursday, January 17, 2013


Start planning NOW to attend the 189th St. Patrick's Day festivities! 


Almost 200 years ago a small group of Irish immigrants marched in the streets of Savannah to remember the death of the Patron Saint, Saint Patrick of Ireland.  At that time the city was only 80 years old, and had become a favorite place for the Irish to settle.  Their own country suffered from the potato famine as well as political persecution.


That initial "parade" became the first of what is now a 200 year old tradition.  Today, the festivities begin approximately two weeks prior to the parade. Some of these traditional events include the Investiture of the Grand Marshal, Greening of the Fountain in Forsyth Park, Tara Feis, Celtic Cross Mass and Ceremony, and Sergeant William Jasper Green Ceremony.


The Olde Savannah Inn, Savannah's award winning bed and breakfast, is in the perfect place to enjoy all the St. Patrick's Day festivities.  Book Now to ensure your front row seat!


For more information about the St. Patrick's Day Festivities visit :

Create Memories for a Lifetime with a stay at a Savannah Bed and Breakfast

kathleen Dupuis - Sunday, January 06, 2013


Why Choose a Savannah Bed and Breakfast verses a Savannah Hotel?

Here is why! Savannah is the Best Choice for Southern Hospitality and it's Old World architecture. Currently, we have approximately 45 Bed and Breakfasts in Savannah and they are all unique. Our Olde Savannah Inn is one of a kind and specializes in the ultimate luxury and world class elegance. Attention to detail is a MUST...We are very fortunate to have so many lovely bed and breakfasts to welcome guests from all over the world and I must say there is nothing comparable to our Savannah Innkeepers. Martha's Vineyard is a favorite spot for me, still there is no place like Savannah for it's generous offerings and gracious hospitality.


As a native from Boston, I grew up in the Northern culture until I moved here in 2005 and I was taught to SLOW DOWN. The leisure of the Southern lifestyle is so much more relaxing and appealing instead of living in the fast lane. Before I purchased the Olde Savannah Inn, I had never had the opportunity of a Bed and Breakfast experience but I knew how I would like to be treated if I ever stayed in a Bed and Breakfast. It is an honor to stay in a private home verses a hotel as it is such an up close and personal experience. If you are not a people person, and you are one of those people who want to become invisible then the Hotel is for you.

Upon entering a Savannah Bed and Breakfast or Savannah Inn, you are warmly greeted by hard working and caring Innkeepers who have been preparing for your visit and are excited to have you as a guest in their Savannah B&B. When you stay at a Savannah Hotel, You will be greeted very professionally by the front desk clerk who has a job to do and will issue you a key or slot card to your room and there is no personal connection to your stay. You will have come and gone and very seldom will you be remembered . Just doing Business as usual.

You can invest in future memories that will last a lifetime when you choose a Bed and Breakfast in Savannah. After having the experience of being an innkeeper for six years and more, I would always encourage visitors to stay in one of our beautiful Savannah Inns, One of my favorites is The Olde Savannah Inn. Why! Best Gourmet candlelight/Big band Southern Breakfast fit for a KING. There is no hotel in Savannah that will offer you the gourmet breakfast, freshly made homemade treats, coffee served in a French Press and crisp pressed European linens that beckon you to a sleep you probably haven't experienced in years.

Savannah Innkeepers are gladly ready to assist you with all of your Savannah plans for your Georgia vacation. From the finest Savannah Cuisine to Tybee Island's Crab Shack , we plan your entire Savannah vacation and most of us offer FREE PARKING onsite. You cannot beat that. Most of the Savannah Hotels charge you parking fees and extras just to stay at their establishment.  You have no rapport with management or the owner because to a hotel, it is just doing business. As a guest in the Savannah Bed and Breakfasts, we know who you are, we go out of our way to get to know you and care about how your stay goes. We are friends you haven't met yet...Come , stay at a beautiful mansion that you can call home while visiting the most enchanting city in the South.  Choose The Olde Savannah Inn, and create memories for a lifetime.

See you Soon,

Your Savannah Innkeeper and Friend, Miss Kathleen

Come Celebrate Black History Month at The Olde Savannah Inn

kathleen Dupuis - Monday, December 03, 2012

Savannah salutes African American culture and offers several poignant venues to experience and celebrate the past and present. Attend service at the oldest African American congregation in America, First African Baptist, which once served as a stop on the Underground Railroad. Experience the colorfulGullah tradition that dates back to African-Americans slaves. And visit The Ralph Mark Gilbert Civil Rights Museum.

Enjoy works by African American artists from the Savannah area at the Beach Institute African-American Cultural Center. See interesting African American artifacts at King-Tisdell Cottage. And join us every February as Savannah hosts the Black Heritage Festival, celebrating the cultural and artistic contributions of African Americans.

Come explore the rich heritage of Savannah.

The Olde Savannah Inn Blog is happy to share this information from the Visit Savannah website