Atlanta Love

You Are SO WORTH LOVING

We are in an era of negativity in so many ways. It's so easy to get sucked into political smear ads. So easy to start with the self-loathing when we look at the magazine's covers in the grocery store check out lines with some gorgeous model or actress who just had 3 babies but also somehow has abs and you have lemon bars in your cart...for example. This didn't happen to me last night...of course not!

These are the really small negatives that come at us compared to the bigger problems in the world. Some people deal with so much more! Domestic violence, racism, bigotry, depression, political oppression, poverty, hunger, the list goes on and on and on. But we have been so encouraged by what is happening in response to all of this. POSITIVITY! And the permission to love yourself and to know that YOU ARE SO WORTH LOVING!

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

Did you ever think there could be a store that sells love and positivity? East Atlanta Village just welcomed the So Worth Loving to its eclectic streets and you definitely need to stop by. The name may sound familiar to you because we've gushed over them before: here and here. So yeah, we like this brand.

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

It's such a beautiful store and their message is really great. It's pretty simple, too. By wearing your heart almost literally on your sleeve, you're reminding everyone you pass that they're worth it. Encouraging others to consider that they matter, no matter what they're going through or how they've been treated. That's a message and a store we feel really good about supporting and hope you will, too. Plus, the t-shirts are incredibly soft!  

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

Not only does the store carry their own brand of clothes that encourage and inspire, but they carry many other brands with a similar mission. Brands like Sseko Designs, handcrafted in Uganda. This brand inspires young women and provides them with a good income. So far, each woman who has worked here has gone on to go to college! They are such talented ladies, too. The pieces are gorgeous!

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

The Giving Keys, founded by Caitlyn Crosby, is a company selling unique and beautiful necklaces with a message stamped onto old keys: "we are all like these keys - unique, flawed, scarred, and sometimes discarded by others.". Repurposed and celebrating the little "flaws" make these necklaces extra special.

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

So Worth Loving also carries TOMS, which you are likely very familiar with. They're a 1-for-1 company that donates one pair of shoes to people in need for every one pair purchased. One of my good friends from college interned with TOMS after graduation and designed a pattern for Mother's Day shoes, so if you see those, buy them! Still so proud of her! 

Korchet Kids is a non-profit and an unexpected mix of men who know how to crochet and teaching others the craft as well as giving them an opportunity to earn a decent living doing so. 

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

Also check out Luxe Apothecary, for women, by women, Belong Magazine, which celebrates creative entrepreneurship, Conscious Magazine, which changes the tone of typical magazines from surface-level to thoughtful conversation that can actually bring about change, and Happy Socks, a colorful and fun brand that brings happiness to ankles and smiles to faces all over.  

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

You're going to love So Worth Loving! Stop by and see them in East Atlanta Village at 535 Gresham Ave Atlanta, GA 30316. Tell them we sent you!

Atlanta's Best Blood Marys

If you live in the city, it's safe to say you eat brunch. It's a rite of passage in your college and career years and is really just a delicious way to spend a weekend mid-morning. So many restaurants offer bottomless mimosas and while those are delicious, I'm much more interested in finding not bottomless but BEST Bloody Mary in Atlanta. After all, isn't quality much better than quantity?

Bloody Marys are so often crammed with delicious pickled tasty things like olives, peppers, okra, even bacon and boiled eggs! It's like a meal in a glass!

Photo by Scott Vogel

Photo by Scott Vogel

Thanks to Thrillist, I have a delicious list to share with you with all of the best places in the city to get the best and spiciest and fullest Bloody Mary you can find! All photos and drink rankings from Thrillist! You can find the original post here.

Let's dive in!

Holeman and Finch

"Made with with gin (and love), this is the perfect complement for the H&F burger, mostly because of the sauce: hand-milled tomatoes, fresh lime juice, cayenne, horseradish, Worcestershire, cream sherry, salt, black pepper, and celery seeds are just a few of their “secret” ingredients. Your secret is that you’re totally already on your second one."

The Nook

"All you Bloody size queens will be satisfied by The Nook’s 32oz Bloody Best. It starts with 6oz of Absolut Peppar and their custom Bloody Mary mix, and then there're the toppings: steak, tots, pepperoncinis, jalapeños, a hard-boiled egg, lemon, lime, and a slice of toast top it off. Pro tip: hold off on eating the beef straw until the end."

Dakota Blue 

"Lots of Bloody Marys come with a mix of vodka and tomato, plus things like Worcestershire sauce, bacon, olives, onions, etc., but how many are hopped up with your favorite IPA? Hint: at least one."

The Porter Beer Bar

"Little Five Points’ best beer bar is giving you a pepper vodka-based quart of good times, and since they do everything so right at The Porter, their blend of tomatoes and spices hits all the right notes, and might just make you forget about their 800 beers. Or, like, an entire day if you're not careful."

Elbow Room

"The Hail Mary is an impressive stack of a stromboli slice, bacon, a meatball, capicola, pepperoni, and every cocktail veggie you can imagine. It's the reason Elbow Room is so popular with industry types who know what a real meal-drink is."

So Ba

"Their Hangover Helper includes a medium bowl of pho and a Bloody Mary for just $12 on Saturdays or Sundays. Or, knowing you, Saturdays AND Sundays."

Rosebud

"This is quite possibly the craftiest Mary in Atlanta. San Marzano tomatoes are blended with fresh tomato juice to give you a rich and salty drinking experience. They even bottle the stuff so you can make the magic at home."

There

"Consistently topping the list of Atlanta’s best, Executive Chef Brian Traudt may not give you the exact recipe, but we know it comes with bacon, pickled okra, and a savory house mix that goes great with a heaping pile of fried avocados."

Six Feet Under

"The Fish House Bloody Mary starts with Absolut Peppar & Zing Zang’s Bloody Mary Mix. Things go into overdrive with a peppered cayenne rim of salt, all the veggies, and a shot of stout. Oh, and there’s a raw oyster to top it all off."

Jack's Pizza and Wings

"Jack’s Bloody Sundays are a weekly holiday where your present is always booze, and you’re never disappointed. You can go cheap and basic for just four bucks, get it made with their marinara or wing sauce, or get “fancy” with nice vodka and fixins. Whatever you choose, you’ll have the perfect beverage to dip your food into."

Babs

"You get to be the bartender, blending your own mix of Babs’ proprietary Mary mix with draft sake. At 14% ABV -- and served chilled -- this is the level of sake that you are robbed of at the average, cheap sushi place. Find your perfect mix and the house mascot will happily watch you consume it."
 

And that wraps up the list of best Bloody Mary drinks in Atlanta! Happy brunching!






Shopping Local: Fab'rik

Shopping is so much fun. Buying new clothes gives me that feeling of "ahhh, my wardrobe is so cute!" But sometimes it is followed by a feeling of guilt that maybe I didn't really need that new dress after all, or maybe I should have purchased a cute new dress from a local shop instead of supporting a company that is far from Atlanta. Whatever the reason for the guilt, I think we have a solution (aside from not shopping anymore--which is kind of unthinkable sometimes). 

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

Supporting our local economy is something that is important to many of us, and yet, often times it can be cost prohibitive to shop at boutiques rather than the more affordable chain stores that can offer deep discounts all year long. 

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

Thanks to Dana Spinola, founder and CEO of the boutique Fab'rik, which is a very affordable shop located right here in Atlanta, you can now get trendy clothes that wont break the bank AND you can support a local business all at once. 

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

The first several Fab'rik locations were here in our city before the store expanded to have many more locations over the last few years. Obviously, Dana found a model that worked for local women!

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

Not living right in the city? No worries! Fab'rik is expanding rapidly to cities all around Georgia and beyond. Georgia locations include: Athens, Atlantic Station, Augusta, Avalon, Buckhead, Citywalk, Dunwoody, East Cobb, Emory, The Forum, Macon, Mall of Georgia, Peachtree City, Savannah, Suwanee, Valdosta, and West Cobb. Additional stores in Alabama, Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Virginia. Needless to say, this boutique is as convenient as finding a chain store but with the benefit of supporting local business.

Photo via Christina Wedge

Photo via Christina Wedge

Looking for something bold and trendy but don't want to pay too much? Fab'rik is the place! They've got clothing, shoes, and accessories at very reasonable price points so you wont feel bad about trying out that look you aren't sure you can pull off (you probably can!).

Photo via Christina Wedge

Photo via Christina Wedge

So, if you need an outfit for a special event or just want to try something cute and trendy but you want to save money, try out Fab'rik and shop local! No time to get out and shop? You can even shop online here. Happy shopping! We know your trip to Fab'rik will end in style :)