To mothers, for giving us life, love, and tradition. Happy Mother’s Day.
Saturday mornings are not for sleeping in. The early bird catches the worm or at least gets the best pick of produce and pastries.
The drive south down 85 is rarely serene, except at sunrise on Saturday mornings. The fog of humid, summer days is clearing, and the city of Atlanta waits quietly.
We arrive as they ring the bell. The Morningside Farmer’s Market is open for business.
Mom and I make our way ’round clockwise: chocolate babka from La Calavera Bakery, fresh flowers from Crystal Organic Farm, colorful crop from Elm Street Gardens.
Once our bags overflow with the makings of the week’s dinners, we return to the car to place perishables in coolers. But it’s not time to head home yet.
We enjoy a well-deserved breakfast at Alon’s Bakery. Our reward for waking in the wee-hours.
Sufficiently fueled by iced-Americanos and breakfast paninis, we end our mother-daughter ritual with a stroll down North Highland Avenue.
Photography by Angie Webb of Angie Webb Creative on location at Morningside Farmer’s Market and Alon’s bakery in Atlanta, GA.
By the time I was a senior in college, I’d mastered the system. I’d gone from scheduling classes five days a week, to three days a week, to finally just two days a week, Tuesdays and Thursdays. It was a typical Wednesday morning: my boyfriend had slept over, and I was slowly waking up as he headed off to class. I’d planned to hang around the apartment most of the day, so he left a few of his things to be picked up later.
I finally got out of bed, grabbed my laptop, and checked my email.
Message From: Blonde Boutique
Subject: Store Closing Sale – All Must Go! Up to 90% Off
My heart sank for a moment, then, almost involuntarily, I began darting around my room, putting on whatever clothes I could find, tossing my hair up in a twist, and throwing my makeup bag into my purse as I rushed out to my car. As I closed the door to my apartment, I remembered my boyfriend – his things were in my room and he didn’t have a key.
New Message: Josh
Blonde closing. Up to 90% off. Had to leave apartment immediately. Your stuff is locked inside. Don’t hate me.
The two-mile drive between my apartment and the boutique was a blur. What was probably five minutes felt like five hours – I couldn’t get there fast enough. I flew into the first parking spot I could find and rushed to the door.
I was thankful to find the store hadn’t been completely scavenged. I bee lined to the owner, Brandy, who confirmed what I already suspected about the boutique closing. Brandy was expecting her first child, and she couldn’t find a worthy successor to carry on the Blonde* name. After a quick hug and conversation, I circled the store grabbing anything and everything in my size, including this AKA New York sweater.
I may have worn this sweater every day for the rest of the semester. It’s the perfect weight for temperate Georgia weather, it’s as soft and comfortable as a sweatshirt, and it makes any outfit instantly fashionable and flawless.
Six years and two cities later, I’m still avidly sporting my AKA New York sweater. In fact, three days after moving to New York City and living solely in sweats while unpacking our Upper East Side apartment, I wore my AKA New York sweater on our first night out in the city.
*During its two short years in Athens, Blonde reigned supreme among the countless boutiques. In addition to my AKA New York Sweater, I still have numerous items purchased from Blonde, including pieces by Adam by Adam Lippes, Diane von Furstenberg, Dolce Vita, Lauren Moffatt (R.I.P.), Rory Beca, Twelfth Street by Cynthia Vincent, Velvet, and more. Unlike so many other stores, Blonde offered brands and styles that prove timeless and last not just seasons but years to come.
I don’t know about you, but I am beyond pumped for the start of college football season. I take immense pride in my alma mater, the University of Georgia. I bleed red and black and am a die hard DAWG fan. Games kicked off this week, but the DAWGS play tomorrow, so that’s when my season officially starts.
Sadly, I no longer live in Athens (or Georgia for that matter) and won’t be at Sanford Stadium to cheer on my DAWGS in person as they go up against Clemson. Have no fear, I will be participating in the red out, dressed to the nines in my school colors, cheering on my team all the way from Madison, WI.
If I do make it to a game this season, there is one essential item I won’t leave home without: my GirlyGoGarter.
My mom actually discovered GirlyGoGarter while on a buying trip at AmericasMart Atlanta last January. She brought home a couple samples, and instantly, we were hooked. I remember thinking how perfect the GirlyGoGarter would have been for New Year’s Eve – a night where I struggled and scrambled around trying to figure out what bag I could stand to lug around all night. Never again! Since then I have used my GirlyGoGarter at concerts, festivals, or just a night out. Now, I can’t wait to get to Sanford Stadium and use my GirlyGoGarter on GAMEDAY!
I’m so excited to celebrate the first day of spring with a spotlight on the spring look book from one of my favorite boutiques: Encore.
Encore is an upscale clothing boutique in the heart of downtown Athens, Georgia. When the owner of Encore, Nikki Grant, published their first official look book in the summer of 2012, I was absolutely blown away. Nikki took the quaint charm of her little southern boutique and raised the bar with high quality photography, skilled models, and impeccable styling of the boutique’s apparel and accessories. Encore’s look books truly set it apart from the numerous boutiques in Athens.
They recently published their Spring 2014 look book, which was shot by photographer Logan Potterf on location at The Hill, a neighborhood owned by Lee Epting of Epting Events. Some of their top spring looks were selected and styled by Nikki and her team and modeled by the stunning Mercedes Bleth.
I chose three of my favorite ensembles from the look book that feature some of the hottest trends for Spring 2014.
Spring 2014 Trend: Try a NEW Look
Spring is all about renewal. This spring try a new look – something boho chic like this ensemble. The key pieces that make this look are the brightly colored and patterned maxi skirt and the beaded bracelets by local Athens designers, Chic Sisters Designs! Remember, local always looks good on you!
Spring 2014 Trend: Floral
This is my favorite outfit from the look book because it pairs an ultra feminine and spring inspired floral pattern with a wardrobe basic: the white blouse. When a new season rolls around, it doesn’t mean you have to run out and buy a whole new wardrobe. Use the staples you have in your closet in combination with investing in a few key pieces that are on trend for the season, like these Line & Dot shorts!
Spring 2014 Trend: Fringe
Fringe is my favorite new and exciting trend for Spring 2014. This versatile sheer fringe wrap by Ellison is aptly styled with a classic denim short in the look book. This piece would also pair perfectly with a pant, a skirt, a dress, or even a swimsuit. I could see this transitioning to fall as well – the possibilities are endless!
I’m excited to share the first edition of my Spotlight Series! Crowned Grace Jewelry is a locally owned jewelry company in the Atlanta area whose gems and baubles are exclusively sold at The Chandlery in Roswell, Georgia. Crowned Grace was founded by longtime friends Wanda and Cora. Both women share a strong faith and a passion for style, which led them to create Crowned Grace. Their collection includes a full line of earrings, bracelets, necklaces, rings, and watches from bold costume jewelry to classic sterling silver. Their signature jewels are appropriately their crosses. With an array of styles and prices ranging from $10 to $120, there is a piece of Crowned Grace jewelry for everyone! Here are some exclusive pics of a selection of their current pieces: