Thursday, October 31, 2013

In Decatur: Toward Autumn

In a fun coincidence, the Decatur blog AsianCajuns this week visited Worthmore Jewelers on that town's square. The source of her carved jade bracelet and King Baby ring, the shop offers a trove of uniquities anyone might afford. Among my favorites are the cufflinks made from baseball hide and stitching. Kathleen Plate's Smartglass Jewelry lends a feminine air to the reduce, reuse, recycle ethic. Best of all is the welcome, but don't take our words for it. Your special experience awaits!
vest: Grass
blouse: Lush
skirt: Express
bag: Coach

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Saturday At The Apparel Mart, Part II

scarf: Apparel Mart cash & carry sale
layers: Free People
boots: Studio Pollini

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Roll Model: Niklas Vollmer


gorilla photo by guest blogger Niklas Vollmer

I recently lashed this beast to my bike handlebars to recognize nine months of being without a car. I once chose to bike across the country alone and it was an incredible experience (my sister and dad made the transcontinental trek a few years later) -- yet, it was immediately humbling to find myself carless with a child (11-year old T--lad) in this economy, and I hadn’t done much Atlanta city cycling. So far, I have chosen urban cycling over accumulating more debt after my car died prematurely. I am thrilled to tear up auto insurance offers that come by mail, peddle by gas stations and car repair shops, park for free, avoid sitting in traffic, and smile and nod at other cyclists along the way. When I was a kid, my favorite things were my bikes. I rode a yellow 10-speed I purchased with my paper route earnings everywhere. Cycling again reminds me what it was like as a kid peddling and babbling along next to your buddies (side by side biking is legal in most scenarios); I also learned that cars are not very social environments –– and covet the people I meet and the additional conversations with T –– lad as we explore the city. It can be slow-going and less convenient to bike, walk, or cobble together public transportation routes (three buses to a soccer game) –– yet, T--lad and I are a team, trying to figure it out together. We still grumble sometimes, are a bit more regional, and cannot do it all; these constraints make us more intentional and resourceful –– and physically active and fit. I thank fab T--lad for being game, and also appreciate the occasional loaner car or ride offer from friends (biking to the drive-in is no fun). A number of folks keep asking when I'm going to buy a car –– and, as a university professor with an inverted salary, I don't have an answer as carlessness saves me hundreds of dollars a month and I am not sure I can afford a car for a number of other reasons. I also feel good about lessening city congestion and environmental impact –– and have recently added a nifty bike trailer to port heavier loads. As urban crowd–sourced auto sharing groups arise, who knows. Craigslist is full of bike deals and there are terrific bike sales right now. If you haven’t done so already, go getcher self one. As cycling grows in Atlanta, support your local bike advocacy groups to boot!

Niklas Vollmer

Monday, October 28, 2013

Street Scene: At The Capitol

jacket: thrifted J.Crew from Second Life
dress: Converse
belt: vintage
shoes: Target
blog: Kate Styled Pretty

Sunday, October 27, 2013

At Vintage Rising, Part III

Last month the Atlanta chapter of Fashion Group International convened a panel for an enlightening evening called Vintage Rising. Among those attending was Samone, the lady behind social media and branding services, prettysmart.

Saturday, October 26, 2013

In Buckhead: Southbound Launch Party, Act I

dress: Forever 21
sweater: J.Crew
shoes: Steve Madden
An interview with Dolly Parton is the centerpiece of a new travel publication, Southbound. The publishers of Atlanta Magazine launched their new imprint Thursday at the 3109 Piedmont Estate and Gardens. Thank you for inviting me to such a stylish setting.

Friday, October 25, 2013

In Little Five Points: A Charming Legacy

bracelet: grandmother's
hat: decorated by her mother
belt: souvenir of Kenya

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Save The Date: Saturday


Link Love In Grant Park

blouse: Urban Outfitters
leggings: Threads, Emory Village
boots: Chinese Laundry
eyeglasses: Warby Parker
cuff: Indie Craft Experience
bag: souvenir of Florence
jacket: Francesca's
blouse: American Threads, Emory Point
jeggings: Target
boots: Steve Madden
A stylish friend told me about sisters Kelsey and Lindsay, who have been blogging for one year now and just moved their fashion journalism from tumblr to its own url, You've Been Noted.
A blogging summit seemed inevitable and after much deliberation, took place last Friday at the Grant Park Octane. Once caffeinated, we set forth from the industrial setting of The Jane into Oakland Cemetery's Victoriana for more photos and gossip. We even found people for our blogs, bolstering my claim that 30312 is a fertile fashion field. Look for their take on our afternoon here.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Art Party: Nourish, Part I

The Atlanta Contemporary Art Center recently celebrated its 40th anniversary in fine style. Here is the first of some memorable looks from that gala.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Saturday At The Apparel Mart, Part I

Autumn may have arrived at last, but within the walls of AmericasMart, all was spring. Judith March brought a bit
of Florida beach town to the showrooms.

Saturday, October 19, 2013

At Vintage Rising, Part II

Last month the Atlanta chapter of Fashion Group International convened a panel for an enlightening evening called Vintage Rising. SCAD Associate Chair of Fashion Sarah Phillips Collins served as moderator.

Friday, October 18, 2013

Toward An Improved Boulevard

City Counsellor Kwanza Hall calls his prescription for urban renewal in the Old Fourth Ward 'Yo Boulevard!'. Condesa mixologist Navarro Carr offers his toast to the neighborhood throroughfare: a blend of wood aged Negroni with Rowan's Creek Kentucky bourbon for a sweet ending.
Here's to An Improved Boulevard!

Thursday, October 17, 2013

At The Jane

That amazing pattern was a thrift score in Macon.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

At Vintage Rising, Part I

Last month the Atlanta chapter of Fashion Group International convened a panel for an enlightening evening called Vintage Rising. Representing the Vintage Fashion Guild, keepers of that marvelous and comprehensive labels database, was Liza Dolensky of Better Dresses Vintage, seen here in 1950's Gigi Young.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Street Scene: Fairlie-Poplar

bag: upcycled Argentine bus upholstery via Heliotrope
blouse: Lucky Brand via yard sale
shoes: Fly London
sunnies: A. J. Morgan
scarf: Target

Monday, October 14, 2013

Street Scene: EastSide Trail

her dress: Rag-O-Rama
his hat: souvenir of Ireland

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Street Scene: Memorial Drive

dress: Burberry
hat: Neiman Marcus
shoes: Nordstrom

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Street Scene: Ponce de Leon Place

A friend shown this portrait remarked, "Zing! Someone's last days of summer." After months of damp and overcast, a bit of late season sunshine has been most welcome. From the EastSide Trail bridge above Ponce de Leon, the sight of such colorful originality compelled my detour through the pass at Murder Kroger in hope of seeing her again. It turned out that we had met before.
skirt: Goodwill
bag, boots and hat: Clothing Warehouse
bathing suit: secret thrift location
website: Artist In Atlanta

Friday, October 11, 2013

TuLi Designs

What began as an importing business called Turquoise Peach has evolved into a line of orginal scarves inspired by calligraphy and stained glass windows Lindsay Masters Peterson saw in Istanbul. "No other city in the world fuses the east and the west with such ease. It's also where modern meets old and they live side by side - making the web of eras delightfully enchanting." Her new venture is called TuLi, derived from bits of the former name and her own that offers an hint of things to come. Remember: those annual flowers so popular in Holland were first cultivated by the Turks. Following ancient practice, Peterson washes her fabrics in rosewater. What results "feels airy enough to wear year-round
in any climate."
Underpinning all the charm are an inherited, entrepreneurial bent and a baccalaureate from the University of Alabama Department of Clothing, Textiles and Interior Design, where she majored in fashion retailing. "As much as I learned from my degree, nothing could prepare me for the real life experience of running a business. Most days it feels like an up-hill battle. But in the end, being able to work on something you're passionate about on a daily basis is a blessing, and I'm so grateful. I look forward to what the future has in store - hopefully a lot of TuLi!"
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