Category Archives: Atlanta

May 19, 2016

CONCRETE JUNGLE’S 2ND ANNUAL FRUIT RAMBLE

Sunday the Concrete Jungle crew took folks on bike and foot around the city educating us on the wild growing fruit they pick and donate to the homeless and hungry. I was with the biking group that started and ended at Mother. We went through Old 4th Ward, Cabbagetown and Grant Park stopping at trees, bushes, vines and even the zoo! Here’s a short recap of our sunny afternoon-

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CJ co-founder Craig who handles most of the mapping design and engineering recently created these tags for the plants they pick from.  It not only says “hey! you found a resource we use to feed the hungry” but also encourages you to lend a helping hand. Is this fruit tree ready to be picked? Let CJ know! Snapping and sharing on Instagram? Tag CJ!

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My bike companion for the day, Ryan, enjoying some ripe service berries.

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Service berries up-close. Tasted like blueberries with a hint of vanilla. Since they are small it’d take forever to pick them so what they typically do is lay down a tarp and shake the tree silly. They also do this with apples and mulberries.

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We were all very excited to see the maypop. It’s a hardy fast-growing vine that produces a small yellow fruit. Aubrey referred to it as a ‘very complicated flower’ which is a perfect description- so many components!

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Peaches! Did you know Georgia is NOT the peach state it’s actually South Carolina. But it’s on our license plates so we’ll just keep the claim!

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Ramble ended back at Mother for games, a raffle and drinks! Pictured here is the foraged mulberry cocktail- little tart, touch of sweet with a punch of vodka.  Yum!

You may be surprised at all the fruit growing around the city, even KIWI. See a full food map here.

CJ is always looking for volunteers to help with the garden or on fruit picks, if you’re interested visit concrete-jungle.org for more info!

Tonight we leave for Hangout Music Fest, expect a recap of that up next.  Have a good weekend!

April 13, 2016

BARTACO’S SECRET TACO

Don’t know if I’ve mentioned this but the taco food group (totally a thing!) is my favorite type of food. Same with Dustin! Basically the reason we went to Mexico for our honeymoon- only slightly kidding!

But for real, I take tacos seriously and have my spots here in Atlanta that I go to often. Semi-new to the rotation is Bartaco. I’ve been to the Westside location a few times and on Sunday we went to check out the one in Inman Park.

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Did you know they have a secret-off the menu-rotating taco? I didn’t till I started seeing it pop-up on Instagram! Dustin and I were curious to try the current one, which I’ll keep hush* so you can have a taco surprise as well, so we went to check it out.  We were impressed!  Unique and tasty. *Ahhh I want to describe it so bad!

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Another perk is their cocktails.  Crazy good!  Not only are the concoctions unique but they use fresh pressed fruit which you can definitely taste. What an upgrade from the pre-mixed versions!

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Dustin sipping on the not-so-regular-regular-marguarita. Fresh juice makes all the difference for real y’all!

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I seriously can’t think of a side that compares to Bartaco’s corn.  This is not an ad, I genuinely feel that strongly about it.  I’d compare it to pure gold, spicy cheesy gold!

(Reading this aloud to Dustin he said “sounds pretty accurate!”)

The red cocktail is the “Sanguina” – I highly recommend this hibiscus-infused + blood orange + lime + agave beverage!

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Enjoying the “Port Chester Reviver” which is gin + cucumber + mint + mango nectar + lime juice. Since I’ve already said the corn is gold I can’t say it again so we’ll call this- liquid Summer!

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New jewelry and new tattoo!

Bracelets are from Giles and Brother and ring is from Young Blood Boutique by the Brooklyn designer, YAH YAH.

Tattoo was done by a Lauren of Melting Sun Apparel who’s recently started doing stick and pokes out of her house.  I love how it turned out to be like wearing jewelry.

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Two of these are not on the menuuuuu and those two may be the secrets!

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Any guesses yet??

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Awesome thing #203: The patio is a dream! Open air with various table settings, some short with the most adorable stools and a big ole fireplace to warm up at on chilly nights.

Wearing an Anthro jumpsuit, Madewell sweater, Stetson hat, Nine West boots, vintage Saks  bag and TOMS shades.

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We both loved how the environment reminded us of our honeymoon in Mexico.  There was a restaurant we ate at several times called Ziggy’s that had these same basket lights. Good vibes!

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Dawwww, my guy :)

What a night. Nothing beats sitting next to a fire, in your favorite city with your better half, sipping drinks and planning life plans WHILE EATING TACOS!

Thanks for having us Bartaco!

Next post: Recap of Scott’s Antique Market

April 5, 2016

WEST ELM POP-UP RECAP

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The event was a sweet success! The weather was beautiful which led to great foot traffic around Atlantic Station, some familiar faces stopped by and the whoopie pies were DELICIOUS!  I hung out from 1-4 chatting with the makers and running around snapping photos (and lets be honest, checking out all the awesome new Spring/Summer inventory, swoon!)

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Kept it casual in a Madewell top, Joes Jeans denim, Free People slip-ons, Neva Opet necklace and Warby Parker glasses.

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The maker’s booths were set up directly in front as you walked in so shoppers couldn’t miss the goods! If they weren’t initially aware of the sale, they got immediately curious and walked up to browse. Had a nice traffic flow going on.

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WHOOPIE PIES! These things were huge! And so yum. I got the peanut butter and tried a bite of Dustin’s oatmeal. Mae’s Bakery knocked it out of the park!

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The maker’s enjoyed having West Elm goodies at their disposal to add some (literal) life to their displays!

Kyle was ready to stamp anything your heart desired on his products. Here he was putting “Inman Park” on a key chain for a customer who’s friend just moved from the city.

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Behind Rachel is the permanent local section so any given day you walk into the store there are products from Atlanta’s finest!  Additionally, West Elm just launched a whole section for locals products, check it out here.

So happy with how the event turned out! Thanks to West Elm for entrusting my taste in local artists and giving me the chance to curate my first lil market!

April 1, 2016

WEST ELM | SHOP LOCAL

When West Elm asked if I wanted to curate a local pop up at the Atlantic Station location I lit up! After all, it is West Elm we’re talking about here and they are my favorite home decor brand but also because I personally know lots of awesome local artists and makers I immediately thought of to include.  Hard to pick favorites, but these six are up there on the list!

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Neva Opet

Rachel and I met at a pop up shop a few years ago and hit it off immediately-actually went out for drinks that very night! She’s a self taught designer and leather worker who makes some seriously rad bags and accessories. I bought a fun limited edition necklace from her recently but after browsing her site, MUST OWN THIS BACKPACK!

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Charlotte Smith Studios

Just take a second to look at those minimal beauties….ya. She really nails ceramic chic-which I may or may not have just made up.  She mostly makes cups but every time I’ve visited her booth at Root City Market she’s explaining that they can double even triple in use: cup/bowl/catch-all/planter!

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Cameoko

Is a resin jewelry line featuring materials like gold flake and gemstones to create one-of-a-kind pieces that are unlike the average resin jewelry you’ve seen. Camille’s pieces have a vintage vibe but with modern boho designs. I’m most fond of the crescent moons and triangles.

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A Sensible Habit

Is the brain child of Brandy, who’s got her hands in lots of various medias from ceramics, textiles, paint and probably something new tomorrow! When I met her in real life (first was through IG) I snagged the littlest, most adorable plate, just look!

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KMM & CO

Had to throw a guy in the mix!  Kyle is another very talented leather maker. His styles offer both feminine and masculine touches. I have the above bag and matching wallet. They are sure to last a very very long time with how durable the leather is and how they’ve gotten even better with age!

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Melting Sun Apparel

Lauren, another gal that does it all, has been creating everything from jewelry, tapestries, to recently branching out to clothes and believe it or not TATTOOS! She does the stick and poke method and I can personally tell ya, they’re good ;)

Hope you all can swing by tomorrow from 1-6!

Additional deets:

Free event
Free 2 hour parking
Free Locally made WHOOPIE PIES!

Kindly RSVP here https://westelmlocalatlanta.splashthat.com/

March 11, 2016

Cirque du Soleil: KURIOS

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Dustin and I had the pleasure of attending the opening night of Cirque du Soleil’s KURIOS: Cabinet of Curiosities. This makes my third time attending and while it’s tough to pick a favorite, this may be it!  It felt like a circus from the early 1900’s mixed with Cirque’s colorful performances.  Less gymnastics which I really like but lots of trapeze type acts and balancing, crazy balancing!

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There was always something going on, background or foreground, your eyes were never bored!

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I couldn’t stop looking at this tiny women. At first I thought she was fake but she’s real!  So fancy and so small.

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This man was literally the women’s swinging mechanism! The crowd was gasping with each toss and cheering with each catch!

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HOW?!!?

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Seriously, that just doesn’t seem possible with a human body!

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The two above balancing acts got so crazy!

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Photo credits: Martin Girard / shootstudio.ca
Costumes: Philippe Guillotel

What really stood out with this performance was the humor. We never stopped laughing! The best laugh was from the crowd interaction skit when a gal was pulled on stage and had an awkward date with the ringleader who at one point was acting like a cat-dinosaur creature and coughing up a hairball on the girl!  I can’t put it into words how ridiculously funny it was but there were TEARS from laughing so hard!

Highly recommend seeing this show whether it’s with the family or a date night-it’s a goodie!