TAKE US BACK TO IMAGINE!

How is it possible that it’s been 2 months since Imagine? We recently were reminiscing about the splash pool, the live artwork, the electrifying music, and our favorite festival poles. Please, just take us back to Imagine Music Festival! I guess it’s really only ten more months and $99 closer now. Let’s break out the glow sticks and take a few minutes to look back.

It was about 2 am on Saturday night and on one side of the festival one DJ was shooting lasers, flashing lights, and catchy beats. On the other, a DJ pop-up was entertaining the crowd before the headliner took the stage. It was the culmination of a long, exciting few days of festival shenanigans. There was one day to go, but it might as well have been the grand finale as the crowd exploded in dance. Rewind to hours before when tall ladies on stilts with aquatic outfits posed for a quick photo, a splash pool full of white bouncy balls, large flamingos, and glow sticks in the distance choreographed in unison to the mesmerizing beats. One of our favorite festival past times is scouting out the best of the festival poles. This year the best one was a Pickle Rick-ish from the animated adult swim show “Rick and Morty” and read, “I turned myself into a totem Mortyyyy! I’m Totem Riiiiick.” Hilarious. Right on.

The music didn’t disappoint either with the sounds of BTSM, Pretty Lights, and of course Deadmau5. We caught BTSM (Black Tiger Sex Machine) last year and couldn’t miss the show this year with fun beats, over-the-top lights, and the best of all, those glowing-eyed tiger helmets. It was a not-to-miss show. Pretty lights was so much fun with dancers, performers, and a stunning laser show, while we have to mention the props! All very visually pleasing! Finally, Deadmau5’s more English style techno/edm combo is a huge draw and just the pure ambient sound and dancing lights made it all worth the wait (2 am!)

Pictures are worth more than any word we wrote above. So, check out our picture gallery and start the countdown to Imagine Festival 2018!

 

Culture Drivers by Infiniti and Urban Daddy: The Art Of

Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 10/12/17

On Wednesday, September 27, 2017, over 300 stylish Atlantans descended upon The Foundry at Puritan Mill in bustling West Midtown for Culture Drivers, an exclusive event hosted by UrbanDaddy and INFINITI.  An interactive and boisterous night, art, culture, food and cocktails came together in an expectation-defying private affair where culinary innovations by celebrity chef Roblé Ali were center stage. With an experience at every corner, guests also enjoyed live dance and painting performances, a special DJ performance from DJ Salah, and visual demonstrations inspired by food throughout the night.

Some of the foodie highlights of the night were the deviled egg bar with Thanksgiving stuffing, turkey, and cranberry piled on top, lamb meatballs, champagne bar, and those thai tacos. We enjoyed watching the live art where he used mashed fruit to paint an Infiniti Car! Finally, one of the most interesting parts of the night was those “the art of” stations where models grated beets, mashed herbs, and froze fruits as we ate, sipped, and watched. Check out the photos below!

The Art of Grating Beets

Thai Coconut Curry Tacos

The Art of Freezing Fruit

Champagne with Rasberry Puree

25th Annual Jeffrey Fashion Cares Had Flower Power

Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 10/12/17

What does that mean? Read on!

Arbiter of style, Jeffrey Kalinsky, creator of two namesake boutiques in Atlanta and Manhattan, celebrated 25 years of Jeffrey Fashion Cares Atlanta on Monday, August 28, 2017. The annual fashion forward and philanthropic event was once again hosted by Event Chairs Lila Hertz, Jeffrey McQuithy and Louise Sams.  A sold-out evening, the City’s most notable gathered in Phipps Plaza in the heart of Buckhead to enjoy a high-energy reception and silent auction followed by a live auction and runway show featuring Kalinsky’s style selections from high-end designers such as Celine, Christian Dior, Givenchy, Valentino, Dries van Noten, Saint Laurent Paris, Balenciaga, Christian Louboutin and Manolo Blahnik.

 

Kalinsky and Jeffrey Fashion Cares were also granted a Phoenix Award, the highest honor that can be bestowed on a citizen for service to the City of Atlanta by the Mayor. The award recognizes outstanding achievements and service to the city, state, nation or world.

 

The 25th anniversary of Jeffrey Fashion Cares benefitted Susan G. Komen Greater Atlanta, the Atlanta AIDS Fund (AAF), and the Medical University of South Carolina. Over the course of its history, Jeffrey Fashion Cares has raised more than 15 million dollars for its beneficiaries.  For more information, visit jeffreyfashioncares.com.

 

A special thank you to the 2017 sponsors including: Host of the Night – Phipps Plaza; Bespoke – Nordstrom; and Presenting – Blue Sky Agency, Cadillac, eventologie, Jeffrey Atlanta | New York, MAGNUM Co., SPANX, and The Tavern at Phipps.

 

Jeffrey Kalinsky’s Fall Trend Forecast: 

 

Out with the minimal, and in with the maximal- so goes the ever-revolving door of fashion trends. For Fall 2017, we are revisiting the powerful, exaggerated silhouettes and over-the-top embellishments of the 1980’s. From New York all the way to Paris, runways were lit up by each designers’ newfound flair for extravagance. It is finally time to open your minds and your closets to daring, yet infinitely chic possibilities. Shop on…

 

Power Shoulders: One of the most memorable fashion moments of the 1980’s (aside from the larger-than-life hair) were the larger-than-life shoulder pads. Think cropped couture jackets and little party frocks all with a dramatic shoulder line that creates the illusion of a smaller waist.

 

Fun Furs: When the temperature starts to drop, nothing says decadence quite like swathing yourself in fur. This season, don’t let your exceptionally soft selection of outerwear be merely utilitarian; instead, choose one that is just as unique and cheerful as it is cozy.

 

Rare Birds: Feathers are no doubt the biggest story in embellishment this season. Bright, bold, beautiful plumes could be spotted flouncing down the catwalk of practically every major designer.

 

Give Them the Slip: Who says silken slip dresses must be confined to the bedroom?  If you are afraid of being mistaken for a sleepwalker, layer an asymmetrical, lace-trimmed slip over a t-shirt or sweater for a decidedly modern look

Flower Power: As Miranda Priestly famously taught us in The Devil Wears Prada, florals are by no means groundbreaking for spring. They are, however, an unexpected delight for fall and winter. This season, designer’s showcased moody, yet bold versions of the print that would feel right at home in an 18th century painting.

2017 GRANT PARK SUMMER SHADE RECAP

Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 9/5/17

On Saturday, August 26 and Sunday, August 27, 2017, the 15th annual Grant Park Summer Shade Festival welcomed thousands of music and art lovers to Atlanta’s oldest park for two days of nonstop fun. Presented by and benefiting the Grant Park Conservancy, the festival kicked off with the annual Adams Realtors Run for the Park 5K on Saturday morning and featured an impressive lineup of live music throughout the weekend on two stages, which included unforgettable performances from Ruby Velle & The Soulphonics, Blair Crimmins, Grant Green Jr., Michelle Malone, James Hall & The Steady Wicked, Front Porch Session Players, and the Matt Wauchope Trio. Always a favorite, guests sipped, shopped and strolled through the expansive artist market, enjoyed a larger than life Kids Zone and took advantage of the exclusive Beacon Atlanta VIP Lounge.  Open to all ages and free to attend, the 15th annual Summer Shade Festival also had a diverse selection of local food trucks with offerings for all tastes, and imbibing offerings including Monday Night Brewing craft beer, Bold Rock Cider, and Frida Kahlo Tequila and Status Vodka cocktails and more.

Bezoria: May the Shawarma Be With You

Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 5/28/17

Shawarma, Falafel, hummus, and vegetables all come together for a delightful Mediterranean feast at Bezoria. With the right amount of marinated, thinly sliced meat, the chicken and steak shawarmas were tender and good enough to eat without any assistance from the delicious sauces or even the crispy vegetables. Also, we hate to admit it, but we’ve never had Falafel (what!) and it was worth the wait to try it from Bezoria. Chickpeas are high on the list of favorite foods, so frying them up in a fritter is right up our alley. Not disappointed. Fried right with the perfect amount of chickpeas and batter. Let’s not forget the veggies, either. From pickles, grilled vegetables, cabbage slaw, to cucumber salad mix them all up or have them one at a time, there is definitely something you’re going to like. Our favorite was the spiced onions, marinated, spiced, chopped, whatever was done to those onions, and we’re in love. The perfect topping for a delicious, fresh, Mediterranean feast! It was food. for. days.

Beyond the good, fresh food is that Bezoria has a fun sense of humor and atmosphere. They have a sign that says, “May the Shawarma be with you.” An obvious nod to the Star Wars phenomenon, but also something fun that ties their food to pop culture. Fun! Plus, the décor is industrial with a touch of Mediterranean whimsy. Also, our favorite place in the whole restaurant is the bathroom. I know, right? You go in for one thing and stay for the dance party. They have a ton of colors dancing in an all-white bathroom. It’s so much fun. See the video here.

All-in-all what a fun trip to Bezoria. We’d recommend it to anyone that loves Mediterranean fare and enjoy finding and exploring new foods. We’re going to try the Midtown location next, keep an eye out on social media.

May the Shawarma be with you!

 

Chuy’s: It isn’t Happy Hour, It’s Nacho Hour!

Posted by Liz Attaway, 4/10/17

 

With only a few locations in Atlanta, you probably didn’t know that Chuy’s started in 1981 and that the Aker’s Mill location off Cobb Parkway is the 83rd. They are all over the Southeast! From the THOUSAND hard carved fish floating overhead at the bar, those framed dog photos, tin palm trees, to hubcaps lining the ceiling, one of the most interesting things about Chuy’s is its patchwork decor. On top of that, they handmake their margaritas, sauces, and flour tortillas. Speaking of sauces, the first thing you should do when you get to Chuy’s is to familiarize yourself with their signature sauces, or as I call it “land of #allthesauces.” I really enjoyed the Ranchero and if you like spice, the Green Hatch Chile. It has so much flavor with the chiles, fire roasted to perfection, and spice on the back-end. Beyond the sauce, is the Nacho Car from 4 to 7 pm each weekday. But, don’t call it a happy hour, call it Nacho Hour. Load up on beans, meat, queso, pico de gallo chunky salsa, and unlimited chips.  UNLIMITED. FREE. Ok, with a purchase but you go to happy hour for a drink, so of course, you’ll stay for the nacho car.

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My favorite thing at Chuy’s are the refried beans, which are creamy, savory, and slightly salty. I know that may be odd, but they are! Everything is good at Chuy’s from the tacos to the fajitas, margaritas, and flautas. I had the skinny margarita and it was delicious because they fresh make them with agave, lime, and tequila. That’s it. There isn’t any sour mix, which makes it seem so fresh! As far as the meal, started with the flautas and they were just the right amount of crunch, sauce, tender chicken, and spice. I followed that up with the fajitas, which were both tender and flavorful, with just enough spice. Add that to their homemade flour tortillas that were probably just made 5 minutes ago, guacamole, and toppings, and you got a wonderful meal.

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Taco Tuesday at One Midtown Kitchen

Tuesday, March 21st at 8 pm

Location: One. Midtown Kitchen

Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 4/2/17

We wish all Tuesdays could be #TacoTuesday

There’s something about the low lights and rich decor that makes One. Midtown Kitchen inviting, yet surprisingly casual and fun. Pair that with their new taco Tuesday and you’ve got the right mix of that swank and casual. We got the pork belly, calamari, and mushroom tacos that were all delicious in their own way. The pork belly was tossed in buffalo sauce and topped with pico de gallo. It was the right amount of fried pork belly crunch, spice, and sweet from the tomato. It was our favorite. The calamari and mushroom were both also good with the calamari tossed with black garlic, cilantro, and topped with avocado. It was creamy and tart at the same time. The mushroom had definitely been marinated and then topped with an aioli and pickled spicy jalapenos. On top of the three tacos, there was a Tecate to help that buffalo sauce and pickled jalapeno spice! It was a good deal for $13. Taco Tuesday with us soon, anyone?

Link to One. Midtown Kitchen’s site here.

RECAPING THE FRYE HOLIDAY CAROLING EVENT

Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 12/26/16

FRYE Atlanta Holiday Caroling Event with The Whiskey Gentry

On Saturday, December 17, 2016 over 700 shoppers celebrated the spirit of the holiday season at FRYE’s Atlanta store at Ponce City Market during its second annual rockin’ holiday caroling event with The Whiskey Gentry. From 1 to 4 p.m., locals and visitors alike experienced a high-energy, live acoustic show outside the store while enjoying hot drinks from American Spirit Whiskey, Wild Heaven craft beers, and cookies from Atlanta favorite Farm to Ladle. Shoppers also enjoyed complimentary on-site customization with a purchase from acclaimed chain stitch embroidery collective Ft. Lonesome. Perfect for holiday gifts, guests also raved about Frye’s Holiday Collection, which includes an array of exclusive hats, scarves, gloves, belts and more for men and women.

 

The Frye Company’s Atlanta flagship store is located in Ponce City Market at 675 Ponce de Leon Ave. NE, Atlanta, Georgia 30308. Stay connected on Twitter and Instagram at @thefryecompany | #fryeatlanta.

 

To learn more about The Holiday Collection, visit Frye online athttp://www.thefryecompany.com/modern-icons

 

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FRYE Hot Cider Toddy Recipe:

2 oz American Spirit Whiskey

.5 oz Lemon Juice

.5 oz Demerara, Ginger, cardamon syrup5 oz Apple Juice

Garnish with cinnamon and clover

 

Amalfi Pizza

Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 10/13/16

You would think you were walking into a little Italian trattoria with the authentic terrace and gardens, not a local Atlanta restaurant nestled in the heart of downtown Atlanta. Located in the old Daily’s upstairs spot, Amalfi Pizza looks down on the little Italian ambiance below. Specializing in Neapolitan pizza and authentic Italian cuisine, the layout of the restaurant and cuisine centers around their two large, 6,000-pound wood-burning brick ovens that were imported from Italy! That being said when you walk in you immediately notice the open air and prominent kitchen area where you can sit and watch your (and others) pizzas being made right in front of you! That’s the highlight of Amalfi is to enjoy the pizza making experience along with the good food. They have a variety of pizza including the margarita that had a good balance of cheese and sauce, with simple yet good ingredients. Beyond the pizza, they have salads like the beet salad with arugula and a helping of beets, as well as appetizers like Bruschetta and meatballs. For those of you interested in a dinner unwind, the wine list we sampled was top notch, as well as, a great beer and cocktail list. And if you want an after-dinner cocktail head to Red Phone Booth below and be kind to your server at Amalfi, they will have the phone number to some of the best cocktails in Atlanta! Hint.

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24TH ANNUAL JEFFREY FASHION CARES RECAP

Monday, August 29th at 7pm

Location: Phipps Plaza

Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 9/20/16

Arbiter of style and acclaimed retailer Jeffrey Kalinsky kicked off Atlanta’s fall social season on a stylish note at the 24th Annual Jeffrey Fashion Cares on Monday, August 29, 2016. One of the largest combined AIDS and breast cancer benefits in the country; the philanthropic affair featured a pre-show cocktail reception, silent and live auction, and a dazzling runway show – giving fashion lovers an intimate look at Fall’s hottest runway trends.  For the second year in a row, Jeffrey Fashion Cares returned to the recently renovated Phipps Plaza in the heart of Buckhead where attendees slipped into a completely transformed and private environment in the Monarch Court as Kalinsky and his team once again embarked on their mission to raise as much awareness and funds as possible for the event’s beneficiaries, Susan G. Komen Greater Atlanta and the Atlanta AIDS Fund (AAF).

 

For 2016, Kalinsky once again joined Event Chairs Lila Hertz, Jeffrey McQuithy and Louise Sams in producing an unforgettable evening for Atlanta’s most stylish.  Attendees mixed and mingled at pre-show cocktail reception while they bid on an array of luxury items including timeless jewelry, watches, and must-have handbags. After guests took their seats, a high-energy live auction featuring once in a lifetime experiences led up to a stunning runway show featuring Kalinsky’s style selections from high-end designers such as Lanvin, Celine, Christian Dior, Givenchy, Gucci, Valentino, Dries van Noten, Saint Laurent Paris, Balenciaga, Christian Louboutin and Manolo Blahnik.   Last year’s sold-out event raised $700,000 for Susan G. Komen Greater Atlanta and the Atlanta AIDS Fund (AAF).

Fall 2016 will be an over the top season, literally. From New York, London, Paris and Milan, we are bringing you an oversized, puffed up, perfect selection to lift your look for autumn. We have the biggest trends of the season, suitable for every occasion.

We’re showcasing cashmere, leather, glossy brocades, and liquid silks–producing silhouettes that reflect a powerful, yet refined attitude. Fall will be portrayed through a monochromatic palette with color blocks to set the mood; including lemon yellow, royal blue, and shades of red.

Elegance is an attitude as well as an appearance. This year, however, the theme mirrors more casual lifestyles, relevant for today’s busy women. The selection has been carefully chosen from our favorite designers of the coming season.

The basic look will be an oversized street style. It will be highlighted by designers Vetements and Marques Almeida. We continue to see the exaggeration in fit and tailoring to complement the puffiness of this comfortable trend.

Along with this new image, we have a found a velvet goldmine, showcased by designers using this rich fabric as a revival of a revered fabric chosen by royalty.

Celine impresses us with wearable garments, conceptual shapes, tunics worn over flared pants, with variations of outerwear as well. Brandon Maxwell empowers women with striking sexy, sculpted silhouettes that accent today’s evening wear.

Our key elements of oversizing are seen in parkas, capes, bomber jackets, furs and shearlings for a splendid season this fall.