Category Archives: Local

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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Hey girl hey!

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/

October 15, 2015

QUEEN OF CREAMERY

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The most charming little ice cream shop recently opened up on the Old Forth Ward side of the city.  Queen of Cream, serves up locally sourced house-made ice cream, coffee and baked goods in a natural light filled storefront on Highland Ave with the cutest furnishes and accents!  Instead of having a groom cake at the wedding, we are having three different ice cream flavors, so we went to have a tasting and to finalize the plans. While I was there I snapped photos to share this adorable parlor with you all!

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Bright white interiors are always a win in my book!

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*Naturally* we tried the salted caramel and brown butter whiskey pecan first! Then went on to the guava cheese cake and chocolate. We ended up choosing the pecan as a final flavor, made up a raspberry swirl concoction and Dustin invented another flavor which I’ll keep a secret for our wedding guests! They’ll be serving out of their cart, which I photographed a while back here. It’s going to be so cute outside the barn!

I just saw on Instagram they are delivering through the app Doordash. Ice cream (and coffee!) at your doorstep, now that’s dangerous!

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Around the shop were these quirky prints from local photographer, Forrest Aguar.

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Are you exploding from the cuteness?

Go on over and satisfy those sweet tooth cravings!

701 Highland Ave NE
Atlanta, GA, 30312

April 29, 2015

ROOT CITY MARKET | SPRING 2015

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I can’t brag enough about how proud I am to be a part of the Root City Market team! Seriously. Since first attending the pop up market back in March of last year, I’ve watched it go from awesome to damn awesome and loved being a part of it!

Last Saturday marked my 4th time shooting the event!

Dustin joined in and volunteered with the solid group of people that help Jen bring the market to life.  The location was Stoveworks in Old 4th Ward, which was the same as the December market.  There were similar vibes but the team did a great job adding new details to make it a unique experience. For example Allison’s “Selfie Station” and Sarah’s “Color Your City” for the kiddos.

One of the many reasons I enjoy shooting this event is getting to peruse all the locally made goods and chatting with the creators. Usually buy a few things too!  Here are my favorite snaps from the day—

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Best cold brew coffee in town! They liked the below photo so much they are using on their website!

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Cicada Rhythm 

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Charlotte Smith Ceramics 

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Melting Sun Apparel 

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Yes Ma’am Paper Goods

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Temperate

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Plymouth Rock Outdoor Gear

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Katie Ridley Murphy

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Sydney Eloise

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Do yourself a favor and sign up for the emails or like the Facebook page to stay in the know of upcoming events!

Special night time market this Saturday 5-9 508 E. Howard Ave. Decatur

See you there!

April 1, 2015

PRESERVING PLACE | BISCUITS + JAM

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Preserving Place is a natural light filled storefront with an interactive kitchen and dining area.  It’s located in Westside Provisions shopping district, one of my favorite areas in Atlanta. Recently my gal pal Sarah Dodge took over the classroom, photography and social media role.  She’s helping spread the word of what they offer and that anyone of any cooking (or non-cooking) background can join in and have some fun while learning skills and recipes.

When the Spring class schedule came out I was drawn to several classes.  As a birthday gift to myself, I attended the Biscuits + Jam class on March 24th with my girl friend Natasha.  When I got there I was pleasantly surprised to see many familiar faces as well as meeting some new ones like Blayne of This Photographer’s Life -who is so funny and great with a camera.

The class was a hit, take a look–

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The table was beautifully set while we cooked. I couldn’t keep my eyes off that delicious looking bacon! In between mixing and learning we sipped on wine they provided, keeping things silly and light-hearted!

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We were put in teams of two and went down the recipe step by step with instructor Sarah leading the way. Our class had some jokesters, myself and Natasha included, along with Conner who’s a local stand up comedian who was challenging the class and cracking us up!  We had fun with it and didn’t take things too seriously which is what I’ve realized I love with the people I know and Atlanta as a whole.

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Sarah shared many tips with us, which I won’t give away because you should just join in on the fun! We filled our bellies with biscuits, bacon, wine, fruit preserves and filled our minds with memories of a JAM’n good time!