Sunday, November 23, 2014

Saturday, November 22, 2014

In Oakland Cemetery: A Winter Coat

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On the train yesterday my bicycle sparked a friendly chat with visitors from Chicago and Ontario who were en route to their flights home. Our bout with the polar vortex must have seemed tame to them, but for hours here it rolled up the streets. These Emory students, however, defied the chill in memorable style.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Indie Craft Experience This Weekend

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The Indie Craft Experience has a new home this holiday season in the Georgia Freight Depot. Find the vintage and repurposed goodness adjacent to Underground Atlanta at 65 MLK Jr. Drive and make arts patronage your gift to our city.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Autumn Color In Decatur: Act I

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"The only dress I've ever completely loved" is a souvenir of St. Simon's Island and those cowgirl boots are vintage Abilene from the web. The jewelry she makes herself. Look for a selection of herAppaloosa Designs at Wild Oats & Billy Goats in Decatur.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Southwest Atlanta Welcomes The BeltLine

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Hundreds gathered yesterday in Adair Park at the Southwest BeltLine Trail gateway for its groundbreaking ceremony. The three mile corridor will connect four schools with four parks and promises more of the transformational magic that the Eastside Trail has wrought in central Atlanta, causing one neighbor to dance with joy. Behind her, the former State Farmers Market awaits redevelopment of its sixteen acres while, across the street, three acres of railbed will become an Urban Farm, all in two years.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Congratulations To Oakland Cemetery

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The Atlanta Regional Commission announced its 16th annual 'Developments of Excellence' awards last Friday, citing Oakland Cemetery as the Great Place for 2014. Piedmont Park was last year's winner of the prize, which honors places, streets, communities, neighborhoods, civic spaces or parks that contribute to the Atlanta region’s character and provide choices for where and how people work and live. Great Places are enjoyable, safe and desirable and can serve as regional models for future growth.-ARC

Monday, November 10, 2014

MODA Presents Versailles '73

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l-r Ramona Saunders, Pat Cleveland and Audrey Smaltz
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l-r Smaltz, Deborah Riley Draper, Gail O'Neill and Stephen Burrows

Perhaps you have seen the 2008 film Bottle Shock, which tells the story of how a California chardonnay from Chateau Montelena rocked the French wine establishment in a 1976 blind tasting called The Judgement of Paris. Three years earlier, something similar happened in the world of fashion. The setting was Versailles, where New World designers Bill Blass, Stephen Burrows, Halston, Anne Klein and Oscar de la Renta faced Old World masters Pierre Cardin, Christian Dior, Hubert de Givenchy, Yves St. Laurent and Emanuel Ungaro. An equally stellar crowd had gathered to raise money for restoration of the palace and were treated to a battle royal of the runway. Now that watershed moment is subject of a documentary film by Deborah Riley Draper called Versailles '73, which was screened last week in conjunction with Inspiring Beauty: Fifty Years Of Ebony Fashion Fair, now on tour at MODA. Present for a panel discussion following the film were Deborah Riley Draper, Stephen Burrows, Versailles runway models Pat Cleveland and Ramona Saunders, journalist Gail O’Neill and Ebony Fashion Fair commentator Audrey Smaltz. What a treat it was to meet these game changers and to share some great looks from our Atlanta gathering.
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