We Love ATL

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!

Flower Power

Last spring, we had the pleasure of working with Floral Designer, Amy Osaba of Amy Osaba Events as well as Annette Joseph, stylist and producer, and writer of her style blog, Annette Joseph Style

As we get excited for the beautiful colors of spring, we hope you'll feel inspired to put together a nice lunch or dinner with friends to enjoy this perfect weather!

We gave you the behind the scenes look at this late spring/early summer, and now we're showing you the gorgeous photos Christina took for Muses and Visionaries Magazine with styling by Annette Joseph and florals by Amy Osaba. It's a beautiful story! Enjoy!

We hope you feel inspired by this gorgeous shoot! 

Citizen Supply: A Truly Unique Retail Experience

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

Have you been to Ponce City Market yet? If you haven't, YOU NEED TO GO NOW! It's a gorgeous selection of shops and restaurants and beautiful things. Take a moment this weekend to wander the hallways and stroll through the shops. It's really an inspiring location.

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

Citizen Supply is one of the awesome shops located at Ponce City Market. They're a unique store featuring all artisan goods. Here's what they're all about:

"Citizen Supply is an artisan marketplace that brings quality handmade and small-batch goods to Atlanta’s urban shopper in a truly unique retail experience." 

Pretty cool, right?! they feature many of our favorite vendors like East Atlanta's own Brother Moto which is a super cool shop with a unique take on the motorcycle experience. 

"Our goal has always been to provide those with a DIY spirit like ourselves the necessary tools, environment and knowledge to work on their motorbikes themselves. We believe in empowering riders with a space to learn how to fabricate, experiment and repair within a community of really really good people."
Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

Remember the post about the drapey cardigan and the super-soft-really-want-one-t-shirt? Welllll, the love affair continues! So Worth Loving is a vendor at Citizen Supply! Go on and feel the shirts. I dare you to even try to resist their siren's call! 

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

Whether you're looking for housewares, decor, clothing, or gifts, you'll find beautiful, unique, and handmade pieces lovingly created by artisans and brought to you at Citizen Supply

So stop by, shop, and enjoy the beautiful pieces available at Citizen Supply. You'll love it, we're sure of it!

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

How to Wear a Drapey Cardigan/Cape

If you want to have a fabulous time with one of your BFFs, travel across the country with no specific deadlines, take photos, and enjoy the views! That's what Christina and her friend Danielle did during the month of December. If you follow us on Instagram, you've probably seen some of the gorgeous photos and like me, have been insanely jealous of their trip. If you don't follow us on Instagram yet, you should! Here's our handle: @endsinstyleYou'll be glad you followed :) So many reasons to double tap.

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

It would be a crime to wear a cute outfit and travel with a professional photographer and NOT take photos to document it, wouldn't it? We sure think so! Doesn't Danielle look adorable in this sweater? We've partnered with SheIn again to bring you this super cute look inspired by their Beige Long Tassel Sweater! We love this sweater for transition months all the way through the chill of winter. Great for layering and looking effortlessly chic.

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

From Joshua Tree National Park to the sidewalks of Atlanta, the Beige Long Tassel Sweater fits the bill. If you'd like to get one for yourself, be sure to order a size larger than you normally wear as SheIn products run a little small.  

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

I love this look Danielle and Christina put together! It's relaxed, casual, and super duper cool, with the added bonus of sharing a positive message: "you are so worth loving". Have you heard of So Worth Loving? They're an Atlanta-based company spreading positivity through fashion. That's something we'd like to see more of in our clothes! By wearing the message "you are so worth loving" on your clothing, you'll be part of starting a conversation of empowerment and you'll encourage others to consider their value and that no matter who or where they are, that they ARE worth loving. Check out the other super-soft, super-cute, perfectly sized shirts available in their shop and read all about them and their mission! We're in love <3

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

Shop the cute and cozy look! 

Sweater | T-shirt | Similar Jeans | Similar Shoes

Happy shopping and styling, love!


Spotlight On: Gretchen Wagner of Thrive or Dye

Every so often, you run across someone who is so warmly genuine, kind, and positive that you can almost feel it before you even speak to them. That's the case with our spotlight today, Gretchen Wagner

I met Gretchen one night this summer when Victor and I went to Decatur to meet our friends Josh and Lauren from Home Free. They were celebrating a friend's birthday, so we joined them and had a blast! The birthday girl was Gretchen. She was so sweet and inviting, even though we were crashing her birthday party. As we chatted, I learned that Gretchen has a beautiful line of hand dyed goods cleverly called Thrive or Dye. It turns out, she already knew about Ends In Style because she knows Christina! Such a small, wonderful world sometimes.

We are so happy to introduce you to Gretchen Wagner if you don't already know her. She's a great lady and we're thrilled to turn the spotlight on her and her beautiful work today! She has an enormous amount of talent that inspires us. After reading this, I feel sure you'll want one of every single thing she makes!

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

"I may be a one woman army when it comes to putting the pieces together, but it's the late nights drinking wine with friends while they help me put on the finishing touches where the magic really happens. I take pride in that the work is all produced locally and by me. Maybe I'm a quality control freak but I like knowing that every piece I ship has been through my hands. Since I produce on a smaller scale, I put a little part of me into every piece and that's what is most important."

- Gretchen Wagner

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

How did you get your start?

I graduated from SCAD with a BFA in Fibers and immediately moved to Chattanooga, Tennessee. With a less than "state of the art" studio I started out painting watercolors which eventually led me back to working in a dye lab with textiles. After a few years of building Thrive as a brand, I made the decision to take some time away from dyeing and sewing to recharge myself creatively. So, I exchanged my thread snippers for my paintbrush and here I am. Exploring and having the most amazing time reconnecting with myself and my art. That's always been my passion.

Photo by Christina Wedge&nbsp;

Photo by Christina Wedge 

Was there one job or contract that set the course of your career?

This is a difficult question to answer, but what most people don't realize is that I actually work a full time day job for a radical company, Interface (www.interface.com). I spend my days working on their Creative and Marketing teams and at night I work on all this (waves hands) in my home studio. I've learned what it means to run a good and honest business, how to stay true to myself all the while staying creative and passionate about what I do. Interface is an integral part in supporting this vision of mine and the people are pretty great too.

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

What is your favorite/most successful way to advertise?

I guess I rely mostly on social media, and by social media I mean Instagram. To me it's the only way to be. Everything about it screams visual overload and there are endless ways to connect with likeminded creatives. Of course I post my final "styled" shots but my favorite things to share are the works in progress where I can reveal something about my process or studio life. To me, running a small business is all about being transparent and showing your true self and what better way to communicate that than through pictures?

If there were one thing you could change about your career, what would it be?

I spent so much time trying to scale and grow my business only to realize that one of my favorite things is how small it is, how I get to call all the shots and how I get to say yes and no whenever I want to. If I want to laze around all weekend and do nothing but eat french fries and watch Netflix, I can. I can't even tell you how many times I've been swept up in the speed of all this only to realize that it's my foot on the accelerator. I'd like to go back and teach myself that lesson a little earlier. Life and art is so much better when you can take breaks to be with the people you love instead of feeling lonely in your studio.

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

What is your favorite stress reliever?

Watching "Clueless", dark chocolate with raspberries, hot water with lemon and rummaging through my old sketchbooks (I save everything!).

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

What is your favorite destination?

I'm fortunate in that I get to travel a lot for my day job, but I'd have to say my favorite place to travel is Savannah. I take a few trips every year and try to take at least one solo voyage. Maybe it's nostalgia, maybe it's not, but it's the place where whenever I go back it feels like coming home. It's the best place to spend a weekend sleeping in, drinking coffee and biking to your next sketchbook stop.

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

If you're even half as in love with Gretchen's work as I am, check out her website at thriveordye.com and her etsy shop! You've got Christmas gifts to buy and you're sure to find amazing things for everyone on your list with Gretchen! Shop small, shop local, and shop Thrive or Dye!  




Hop's Chicken at Ponce City Market

Ponce City Market is a wonderful location for shopping, eating, and even living! You can get just about anything you want in this one location, and with more shops opening in the coming months, it will just keep getting better and better! 

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

Atlanta, of course, is a destination for delicious fried chicken. The birthplace of chicken and waffles as well as Chick-Fil-A to name a few and now, Hop's Chicken joins the ranks of fantastic fried chicken establishments in "the A". Hop's is owned by the same group who brings the acclaimed "Best Burger in Atlanta" to Braves games and to their amazing restaurant, Holeman and Finch. If you need more convincing to try them out, please see the photos below of the crispy, juicy awesomeness.

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

At Hop's, the prices are great, and the chicken is greater! We ordered two different meals. I got the sandwich with Frim Fram sauce and a side of cole slaw. The chicken is juicy and tender on a soft, buttery bun topped with bread and butter pickles. When you add on Frim Fram sauce, it adds a layer of tang that is positivley delightful! 

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

Order chicken by the piece, and you get an amazing deal! The chicken is where it's at. You'll get more bang for your buck by ordering by the piece and it is to die for! Very tender and juicy with excellent seasoning. We ordered this with Aunt Julia's Barbecue sauce. Divine! We tried this one with succotash for a dash of color. 

Our recommendation? Go to Hop's and get the chicken by the piece and an assortment of sauces. You won't regret it!

M & V Mag: Behind the Scenes

A few months ago, we had the pleasure of working on a photoshoot with the lovely and extremely talented Amy Osaba and Annette Joseph. If you aren't already familiar with these two, let me introduce you! 

Amy Osaba is the brains behind Amy Osaba events, a floral and events styling business. She creates some of the most stunning arrangements along with her staff of floral designers for weddings and other events. Amy Osaba Events has been published in many wedding magazines and blogs for their florals and overall event styling. 

Annette Joseph is a stylist, producer, and author who has been published in countless magazines and is featured on The Today Show regularly to share her ideas and tips on entertaining, styling, and cooking. 

BEHIND THE SCENES

Together, Amy and Annette  put together a gorgeous party right in Amy's King Plow studio to be featured in the August/September issues of Muses and Visionaries Magazine. Christina and I were able to go and work on this shoot and it was an absolute joy! Here are some behind the scenes shots of the beautiful scene, along with some of the goings on of a set--like ironing napkins just outside of the camera frame, laughter, and fixing lipgloss.

A little laughter on set

A little laughter on set

Getting the natural light to bounce around just right

Getting the natural light to bounce around just right

Christina acting like a normal party guest!

Christina acting like a normal party guest!

If you like these behind the scenes photos, hop over to Muses & Visionaries and check out the article by Annette Joseph with Christina's gorgeous photographs featuring the beautiful Amy Osaba and get inspired to throw your own late summer party. The article is pages 68 through 75. Enjoy!


Home Free: Episode Two Before & After

If you've been watching Home Free on Fox, then you know the gold team has been on top for two weeks in a row! We're all on that bus and heading to our third build challenge with a lot of beautiful spaces left for a deserving family behind us.

Each house that gets renovated on Home Free is totally remodeled from top to bottom, any water leaks or other big issues are repaired, and everything cosmetic you can imagine is addressed and well-dressed. 

Here are the images of the BEFORE/AFTER. The before is pretty rough, huh? This week's challenge was to convert this home from its current horrifying state to a beautiful cottage retreat. Since we were sequestered, I didn't have a camera, and therefore, only have images from FOX.com. There are many things I wish I could show you, but these will have to do for now!

House Exterior BEFORE

House Exterior BEFORE

House Exterior AFTER

House Exterior AFTER

Most of the exterior of the house, including the picket fence and walkway was the responsibility of the green team. They used reclaimed bricks on a walkway closer to the house, gravel down the middle walkway, Ricky, Heather, Ben and Kasey installed a picket fence, and Ore and Tiffany built shutters and planter boxes for the windows. 

Entry BEFORE

Entry BEFORE

Entry AFTER

Entry AFTER

Kitchen BEFORE

Kitchen BEFORE

Kitchen AFTER

Kitchen AFTER

The living room and kitchen were also the duty of the green team. They chose a sort of Carolina Blue for the walls, Andi and Kate designed and installed a wallpaper based on a rubbing of a metal backsplash tile in their design kit, Ben and Kasey, built a coffee table with storage (top lifts up as pictured), Ricky and Heather installed a tile backsplash, and the whole green team furnished the space and styled it.

Master Bedroom BEFORE

Master Bedroom BEFORE

Master Bedroom AFTER

Master Bedroom AFTER

Our team (gold team) was also tasked with designing and hanging a wallpaper for one of our spaces. Lauren and Josh did a BEAUTIFUL job! The judges said the wallpaper is too modern but I think it's just right. The metallic detail on the quilt-inspired octagonal shapes is a nod to traditional cottage, but with a more updated, urban feel. The house is somewhat near Atlanta, after all, so urban inspiration is perfect. We picked out the furniture as a team, and Victor suggested we pick a deep blue trim to match the velvet chair and bench we selected. I picked a color that I thought most closely matched the image of the chair we had and I LOVE IT! The color is a great compliment to the deeper blue hues in the room and really amps up the drama of this cool and calming cottage master bedroom. 

Lauren and Josh styled this room while I was busy downstairs styling the media room. It's a really great thing to be on a team that trusts one another. We knew that even with our team divided into three spaces during the final stages, that we would come away with designs we were extremely proud of and that we could all stand behind.

Master Bath BEFORE

Master Bath BEFORE

Master Bath AFTER

Master Bath AFTER

Just look at that wallpaper and that velvet chair! LOVE!

Unfinished Basement BEFORE

Unfinished Basement BEFORE

Unfinished Basement AFTER

Unfinished Basement AFTER

The basement of this house had so much unused space! However, it was very damp and gross. A problem with a crack in the foundation meant a pretty big undertaking for the average homeowner. Thankfully, the Home Free Team brought in the experts and after Victor and I ground down the paint off of the cinder blocks, they showed us how to apply strips of carbon fiber supports that act like steel beams. The wall was reinforced with the carbon fiber, and a weeping system was installed to prevent any future water damage. The basement is now comfortable and dry! 

After we got the big problems resolved, we got to work on creating a media room. This room was a labor of love. Victor and I painted the mural of the trees you see in the background (would love a closer picture of that!). It's multi-layered. Victor loves science and fractal patterns. I love fractal patterns as well--but really just because of aesthetics. Together, we made this mural with layers of colors from lightest/least detailed in the background (think how the mist makes the woods look lighter in the distance), mid tones and medium detail in the middle, and darkest and most detailed colors in the foreground. I am in love with this mural. It took us a long time because the entire thing was freehanded, but it was totally worth it! 

I would love to have an image of the other side of this room, but I don't have that yet. What's just to the right in this shot is a 70 inch TV! It's absolutely massive and perfect for watching a movie. We chose a nice medium blue/gray for the walls and a slightly lighter shade of blue for the ceiling. In a media room, you want the walls to not bounce off too much light so that the movie watching experience is more like a theater. We didn't want to go too dark on the walls, however, since the space has no windows and would be very dark and feel smaller with darker walls. 

To the left of this image is a set of beautiful sconces with a mirrored back that reflected Edison bulbs really nicely and added to the movie theater feeling.  We selected a comfy sectional and brought in plenty of comfy pillows in grays, blues, and golden rod yellow to add a complimenting pop of color (which is also in the mural!). 

We wanted to use reclaimed and cottage materials as often as possible in our spaces. Josh had a great idea to make a handrail out of the discarded pieces of wood siding from the outside of the house. Victor and I sanded them down to be smooth to the touch and applied plenty of coats of furniture wax to bring out all of the beautiful, natural wood tones. I love how they turned out! 

Josh and Lauren made a game table out of an electrical spool and a light fixture out of reclaimed metal tubing (I think from duct work?) and rope. They used Edison bulbs here to compliment the ones on the wall sconces, and there were touches of rope throughout the room that the light fixture picked up on as well. My only regret about this area is that there were no rugs that fit the space--I recommend that Heather and Ricky find a nice 6 foot round rug for that area! :)

Garage BEFORE (I think they meant to post a photo of the other side of the basement, but this is clearly the garage--but you get the idea. It looked bad and wet and there were lots of cinder blocks and poles and electrical wires hanging down)

Garage BEFORE (I think they meant to post a photo of the other side of the basement, but this is clearly the garage--but you get the idea. It looked bad and wet and there were lots of cinder blocks and poles and electrical wires hanging down)

Finished Basement AFTER

Finished Basement AFTER

The basement had two large areas that were not being used before, so we utilized both. We actually found a discarded toilet and sink in good condition we wanted to use to add a bathroom to the other side of the stairs, but that wasn't possible in the timeframe, unfortunately. What we were able to do was make a huge gym!

Kathy used to be a fitness instructor so this was definitely in her wheelhouse. We deferred to her on what equipment we should get, how we should lay everything out, and if we needed ceiling fans (and duh, we did!). The ceiling was tricky in this space because of codes in Georgia that require ductwork to be fully accessible from the basement. We had to change our approach and as a group, we decided on a board and batten ceiling to make it look more cottage style (as cottage as a gym can look, anyway), and cut around the duct work. Kathy and Brian did a great job and even handled the styling on their own! I came by and moved like two things around, per Kathy's request--but she didn't need me, she had already done an amazing job! 

I would love to have an image of this room from the other angle as well. As a group, we all worked on a ladder from a reclaimed pile that holds gym towels, painted the darker blue of the theater room walls, and just slightly roughed up to look a little more weather-worn. We also built a table out of kitchen cabinet doors and reclaimed wood. MJ and the design team couldn't even believe it was built with found pieces! That was truly a piece of team work--everyone touched it at one point or the other to make a great stand for storage and to hold a mini-fridge for smoothies, bottled water, and protein shakes for post-workout refreshment. 

Guest Bath BEFORE

Guest Bath BEFORE

Guest Bath AFTER

Guest Bath AFTER

The spaces not designed by the contestants were designed by the amazing design team, The Design Hunters. They also supported all of us contestants, giving us design packets with all of our furniture choices, took orders for things we needed, and shopped for all of the styling pieces after getting an idea for what we needed in our spaces. I'm in awe of their composure! They worked many, many long hours with pure grace. Truly and incredible and talented team!

Office/Guest Bedroom BEFORE

Office/Guest Bedroom BEFORE

Office/Guest Bedroom AFTER

Office/Guest Bedroom AFTER

Guest Bedroom BEFORE

Guest Bedroom BEFORE

Guest Bedroom AFTER

Guest Bedroom AFTER

Deck BEFORE

Deck BEFORE

Deck AFTER

Deck AFTER

I think this house turned out beautifully! What do you think?

Be sure to tune in to Home Free on Fox, tomorrow night at 9/8c!

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!






Exploring the Belt Line

The Atlanta Belt Line is filled with little treasures. From amazing restaurants to cute shops, and unique pieces of art all along the way, the Belt Line is where it's at! Take a look at our exploration of some of what the Belt Line has to offer. With nice spring days like we've had, you have got to get out and walk or bike it as you stop to enjoy the food, shopping, and art work!

Spotlight On: Lori May

Happy Monday, everyone! Today, we're turning the spotlight on Lori May, interior designer and owner of Lori May Interiors here in Atlanta. Let's get to know her! 

Photo via Christina Wedge

Photo via Christina Wedge

How did you get your start?

I have always loved making my surroundings beautiful.  Before my interior design career, I was a corporate buyer and product designer.  International travel was a huge part of my job.  I loved the travel, but once we started our family, I no longer wished to be away all those weeks each year.  I had also always wanted to have my own business.  I made the decision to leave the corporate life and start my own company.  I was able to create my own boutique design firm that married a high level of customer service with my feeling that everyone deserves a beautiful home. It has given me the best of both worlds, the ability to do what I love and the flexibility to spend more time with my family.
Photo via Christina Wedge

Photo via Christina Wedge

 

Was there one job or contact that set the course of your career?

My job with The Bombay Company changed my life.  I grew up in a town of 2500 people.  I had not been on a plane until I was in my 20’s.  With The Bombay Company, I traveled all over the world.  I designed my own product.  My love of interiors was expanded by the flavors and colors of all of the places I visited.  Paris, London, New York, California, Hong Kong, Beijing, Vietnam, Malaysia, Singapore and India 
Photo via Christina Wedge

Photo via Christina Wedge

What is your favorite/most successful way to advertise?

We provide an incredibly high level of customer service and work hard to create long term relationships with our clients.  It is our goal to create an unparalleled experience for each client.  Because of this, our clients are our best advertisements. 
Photo via Christina Wedge

Photo via Christina Wedge

If there was one thing you could change about your career, what would it be?

I would have started my design firm earlier! 
Photo via Christina Wedge

Photo via Christina Wedge

What is your favorite stress reliever?

My favorite stress reliever is a cup of Jasmine tea on my back porch.  
Photo via Christina Wedge

Photo via Christina Wedge

What is your favorite destination?

It is so hard to say!  I have so many favorites.  There is a sweet cottage in the mountains that we try to get to at least once a year.  There are very few places that I find as relaxing as this place.  Simple, beautiful, serene.  We hike, we visit the small mountain towns and we just relax.  It helps that I get no cell service there at all!   I always leave incredibly invigorated and inspired.  
Photo via Christina Wedge

Photo via Christina Wedge

Thank you for joining us while we put the spotlight on Lori May of Lori May Interiors! If you'd like to know more about Lori, get in touch with her via her blog, Facebook, Pinterest, and Instagram.

Spotlight on: Parish Restaurant

One of my favorite neighborhoods in Atlanta is Inman Park. It has everything; beautiful shops, easy access to The Beltline, gorgeous homes I dream of someday owning, and incredible FOOD! 

Recently, Christina was invited to one of the best restaurants Inman Park has to offer, Parish, for a media dinner. What a treat! The menu is simply drool-worthy. 

As you read this part, you may want to get your keys and your wallet ready, because you are about to want to drive straight to Parish and get your hands on the goodness, too! Here is the menu they enjoyed at the media dinner:

MENU

Starters:

Chef's pickled and preserved goodies: Pickled okra and Peach

Tomato confit "tart": butter wafer, cultured cream, wine vinegar and herb black truffle grilled cheese

Korean-style fried chicken: kimchi glaze, radish and sesame

Poached wild pears: arugula, speck, honey and bottarga

Are you hungry yet?

Entree: 

Corned duck leg, cabbage (Christina says it reminded her of her grandmother's cabbage--nobody says that without meaning "you must eat this, it is amazing".) hazelnuts, potatoes and horseradish

Wild king salmon: charred vegetables, corn milk and tomato hollandaise

Family-style sweets:

Pop tarts: apple, cinnamon and dulce de leche

Ice cream sandwiches: double chocolate cookie and vanilla ice cream.

I don't know about you, but I need to eat all of those things as soon as possible! 

We would be remiss to write a post about Parish and not mention the interiors. I'm wild about restaurant interiors!* When done right, you are immediately put in the mood for whatever tasty treat they have to serve. 

*Sometimes I am a sucker for a really divey place with no ambiance, but the food had better be outstanding. With a place like Parish, it's a win-win! Beauty and taste!

Rich with colors and ornate fixtures, but nothing too fussy or stuffy, Parish does it right. A perfect balance of bohemian, southern, Parisian, and rustic tones and textures. Wouldn't that put you in the mood for that menu with a glass of champagne and good companionship? 

This is a place you can feel good about supporting. They buy produce from local farmers and are situated right along the Beltline so you can even walk to dinner! In fact, The Parish Market is just downstairs from the cafe so you can eat a delicious meal, enjoy a few fine cocktails, and head downstairs to pick up a few high quality ingredients to make your own meals as excellent as your meal at Parish, wrapping up your evening with a leisurely stroll through the city. 

So, who's behind all these delicious dishes? This handsome culinary genius, Chef Zeb Stevenson. Go visit him and support this awesome restaurant supporting local farms and making extraordinary food. We promise you will not regret it! You will find Parish at 240 N. HIGHLAND AVENUEATLANTAGEORGIA 30307

Thanks to Parish for having Christina to your media dinner! And readers, we can't wait to hear your thoughts about Parish once you try them out!