City Winery Atlanta

When you hear the name “City Winery”, what comes to mind?  Wine, of course.  But it is SO much more than that.  I had the pleasure of touring Atlanta’s own City Winery with their Director of Marketing and Executive Chef last week and I was blown away.  City Winery is located at Ponce City Market in Atlanta’s Old Fourth Ward neighborhood and serves as not only a wine bar, but a full blown winery (processing their own wine in house), an intimate music venue, event space, speakeasy and restaurant serving culinary delights by a chef who you may know from some Atlanta favorites including Rathbuns and Canoe.  Need I say more?

Let’s talk about the wine.  The wines are made in-house by Atlanta’s only winemaker, Travis Green, and then served on tap.  You can order a flight, a glass, or fill a growler with your favorite varietal to take home with you.  My favorite: the “Ponce Pinot”.  And of course they sell wine by the bottle.  In fact, their in-house designer will work with you to customize a label should you be planning a corporate event, wedding, rehearsal dinner, or want to give them as gifts!  I was taken on a tour of the facility and how the wine is processed, mixed, and aged.  The aging process happens in oak barrels and then transferred to kegs for selling by the glass or growler, which preserves freshness and is much more eco-friendly.  The process is quite intriguing and I have to say, I learned more in a visit here than I did on multiple wine tours in Napa.  They also have more than 10 sommeliers on staff, so you can guarantee that these folks know their wine.  City Winery Atlanta is booking tours now.  Click here for more info.

Experience a menu inspired by the wines they serve and feature fresh local ingredients.  The goat cheese in the image above came from Decimal Place Farm only two days prior to being in my belly.  Executive Chef Nick Anderson is all about some farm to table fare.  His resume proves that he knows his stuff and has brought some serious skill to PCM…  Prior culinary titles and residencies include sous chef at Canoe, Chef de Cuisine at Rathbun’s, and Executive Chef at Ormsbys.  If those names don’t ring a bell, you have some eating to do.

Nick keeps the menu seasonal, diverse, and focused on ingredients that grow right here in Georgia.  Of course, the idea is that these dishes pair excellent with wine, right?  Not only do they pair well with wine, but he brings in many elements from the wine making process to his recipes.  For example, the dough for the pizza was made from the leftover yeast from winemaking, and the grapes used to make the wines are also used to make the vinegar in many of the salads.  Nick feels so strongly about using ingredients at their peak that during strawberry season he stocked up, made a preserves, canned them and now they are used as a topping on his homemade cheesecakes.  It. was. delicious.

Hey dog moms!  Did you know that City Winery has the MOST dog friendly patio in all of Atlanta?  So, not only do they allow patrons to bring their puppies to the patio, but they encourage it by offering a “Canine Cuisine” brunch menu.  You can even order your classy pup a glass of wine (it’s actually made of beet juice and some other natural, dog friendly ingredients).  If Kobi were still around, she’d be dressed in her finest tutu and joining me for brunch at City Winery every Sunday.  No human kids allowed (okay officially, I have to say that is a lie).

Head downstairs, next to the wine processing area and you will find a quaint listening room.  City Winery hosts numerous talented musicians in an area that is intimate and perfect for a date night or a night out with friends.  Your ticket guarantees you a table where you can order dinner, drinks, or bottles of wine throughout the performance.  They do not require a minimum on food and drink, so if you just want to watch the show, go for it!  But seriously, who would skip out on this fabulous food and wine?  A big thank you to Chef Nick for gifting us with a VIP table to see Rumours (a Fleetwood Mac tribute band) and some delicious wine.  The entire evening was truly amazing.  Upcoming events and ticket prices are listed here.

City Winery hosts many events outside of their tours, tastings, and concerts.  Every Friday and Saturday through the end of the month they will be hosting “Wine Down Weekends”, a free music series on the patio (bring your pup!) from  6:30-8:30pm.  “Books and Booze” is an event they host in collaboration with Posman Books (also located at PCM), where they serve a “literary libation” based on the plot of the book.  Another popular event is “City Wine Explorer”,  which focuses on a specific wine region (Oregon for example), serving flights of wines from that area along with an array of bites, also influenced by that region.  They also host intimate stand up comedy shows (30-40 ppl max) with wine tastings. They host about four beverage events per month, so whether you’re a dog parent, book club goer, music lover, or wisecracker, there’s something for everyone, as long as you drink wine!  For more information on alllll of the above, go to www.citywinery.com/atlanta.  If you have any questions for me (or Chef Nick) about City Winery, their events, menu items or otherwise, comment below.  For videos from our experience, visit the “City Winery Atl” tab on my IG story highlights here.

Bon Appétit!

 

This post was sponsored by City Winery Atlanta and Caren West PR.  As always, all opinions are my own.

 

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Jeffrey Fashion Cares

Hello, lovahs!  It’s been too long since I’ve posted and now we’re only two days away from September!  You know what that means; it’s fashion season.  I’ve spoke of this lovely time of year before in my post – Hello, September. Wow, I’ve come a long way since my days of watching the shows online and looking up NY street style on Instagram.  Can I get a hallelujah?!  Today I would like to share with you my experience at Jeffrey Fashion Cares, which took place only a few days ago.

Jeffrey Fashion Cares is the premier fashion event of the season here in Atlanta.  This was their 26th anniversary of the runway show to benefit the Atlanta AIDS Fund, which funds HIV/AIDS projects in the metropolitan area, and Susan G. Komen Greater Atlanta which provides grants to grassroots organizations fighting breast cancer. The total amount raised is still being calculated, but this year is predicted to be the most successful yet.  Congratulations to Jeffrey Kalinsky and the event co-chairs Lila Hertz, Jeffrey McQuithy, and Louise Sams for putting on such a memorable (and noble) event.  And a shout-out to Caren West PR for their services in this event as well as their collaboration to provide you this story.

So, let’s talk about the fashion.  If you’ve been paying attention at all, you know that the current trends are a beautiful mix of many decades.  Styles have been revived from the ’70s, ’80s, and ’90s.  Plaid tailored suits reminiscent of Cher Horowitz are back (I may have one on deck for NYFW next weekend- stay tuned!).  ’90s “mom jeans”, shoulder pads, and neon psychedelic prints from the ’70s are everywhere.

So what did I wear? A 1920s inspired hand-beaded dress from my favorite store in San Francisco, Decades of Fashion.  I wrote more about this store in this post.

 

The looks displayed on the runway at Jeffrey Fashion Cares were curated by Jeffrey Kalinsky.  He pulled selections from top designers including Celine, Dior, Givenchy, Christian Louboutin, and Manolo Blahnik.  It was a wonderful display of all the best trends this year has to offer, by of course some of the most popular design houses in the world.

Caren West PR was kind enough to send me Jeffrey’s Fall Trend Report, which I am happy to share with you:

Jeffrey Kalinsky’s Fall Trend Forecast: 

If there is one bold font message from the Fall 2018 shows, it’s that fashion is forever changing. In a world where bothmenswear and womenswear are being presented together, brands are evolving from the notion of seasonal collections.

If we had to choose one word to describe the season, it is #EMPOWERMENT. The expression of femininity came in many differentshapes and sizes. From sharp shoulder outerwear, to an array of shine and iridescent colors, Fall 18 was anything but safe.  

Other notable trends we noticed on the runways:

Sparkle: Traditional sequins just don’t cut it! Your favorite knits, dresses, and coats have been transformed into exploded novelty items. The whirl of paillettes storming down the runway was hard to miss and the most shimmering jumpsuits were sent down the cat walk.

Oversize:
  Enormous fashion, anyone? Don’t be afraid to layer up with 2-in-1 pieces or oversized strong shoulder outerwear reminiscent of the 80’s. Designers are delivering exciting collaborations with this trend. 

Sports: Go team go! Many designers took to the sports culture, each creating their own athletic inspired merchandise.

Neon:  Not afraid of color! Fall 2018 brings you iridescent dresses that can be seen from a mile away.  On the runway, there were eye-popping neons (pink, green, and orange) in every type of fabric imaginable, including florescent infused knits.

Plaid: Plaid looked richer than ever this season. We saw perfect tailoring to strong outerwear, all featuring plaid or plaid prints.

 

Next year, look here to purchase tickets to this event.  In the mean time, you can shop the newest Fall trends at Jeffrey at Phipps Plaza in Atlanta.  And as always, I will continue to post my favorite looks here, inspired by these designers, in a range of affordable prices.  Follow me on Instagram for more on NYFW street style.  I will be arriving next Friday and cannot wait to show you what I’ve picked… as well as what street styles await.  Cheers!

 

Images by Ben Rose Photography

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Since we leave for the beach in under a week, I’m beginning to make a list of things that I must remember to pack.  I’ve compiled some of that list here, as my most highly recommended items to consider when packing for your next beach vacation…

  1. Pom Pom Romper Cover Up  – this cover up is only $20 and looks way cuter than a traditional oversized shirt dress
  2. Sun Bum Beach Formula 3-in-1 Leave In Conditioner – Sun and sea can do a number on your hair, especially if it is color treated, like mine.  I use this leave-in conditioner & hair sunscreen before jumping in the water.
  3. Carly Straw Tassel Tote – You gotta have a good beach bag.  Francesca’s carries many affordable beach bags as well as straw clutches, like this one here, perfect to take to dinner when on a beach vacation.
  4. Pink Seaview 180 Panoramic Full Face Snorkel Mask – If you like to snorkel, you must have this mask.  It fully covers your face and allows you breathe through your nose without anything in your mouth or nose.  And no fogging!
  5. COOLA Suncare COOLA(R) Suncare Face Mineral Sunscreen – This is one of the best sunscreens you can put on your face.  It is free from harsh chemicals that will clog your pores or burn your skin.
  6. Pool Central Giant Inflatable Flamingo Pool Float in Pink – Because who doesn’t need a giant hot pink flamingo shaped float, large enough to hold 2 adults?  I plant to tie this baby up to my overwater bungalow in Bora Bora… the only issue is that the thing weighs 10 lbs…  I guess I’ll be carrying on board the flights with me.  Stay tuned for pics…
  7. Gopro Hero 6 Black Camera – I love my GoPro.  The coolest thing about this is that I was able to attach one of the sticky mounts to the top of my full-face snorkel mask and get footage while I’m snorkeling, hands free!  Here is a video that I shot with this camera last summer in Greece.
  8. Billabong Marked for More Off the Shoulder Dress – A perfect little dress to wear to dinner, paired with my black Michael Kors espadrilles.
  9. Michael Kors Women’s Jill Leather Espadrille Platform Wedge Sandals – Not only are these a perfect “heel” for the beach, but I wear them all the time at home as well.  See another way I’ve styled it here.
  10. AMUSE SOCIETY Cross My Heart Dress – Another great beach dress, I’ll wear this for during the day exploring, going to lunch, etc.
  11. Franco Sarto Women’s Greta Sandal – A classic brown leather sandal with ankle strap that can be worn with dresses, shorts, etc.  Just don’t take them in the water.
  12. Ray-Ban Aviator Sunglasses – My signature sunglasses – blue lens, gold frame.
  13. BP. Floppy Straw Look Hat – If nothing else on this list, buy a floppy sun hat.  The sun will do damage to your face and the heat is no joke.
  14. YETI Rambler 30 oz – The price of bottled water is astronomical on certain islands, but the water is perfectly clean (cleaner than here!) and safe to drink.  Make sure to bring a Yeti to keep it cool.
  15. SEPHORA COLLECTION – #Lipstories Lipstick – Yes, lipsticks are a beach essential.  I’m loving the new Sephora #colorstories collection.  These are hyperpigmented shades that go on smooth and cost $8 each.  I have lipsticks 3x that price that aren’t as good.
  16. Backpack Cooler – Not only is bottled water expensive, so are the cocktails and beers.  We’re taking a backpack cooler to fill with ice & beer before we head out.
  17. Amalfi Belted One Piece – I’ve literally not worn a one-piece swimsuit since I was about 10 years old… but this is my year.  I’m digging this retro print/style with the added belt.  It will also be much more practical while diving and snorkeling.

What essentials would you add to the list?  Help a sister out.  I need to start packing cause lord knows I’m a procrastinator and overpacker… not a good combo.

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All about my hair – who, what, where, for this “icy blonde lob”.  People approach me in Atlanta all. the. time. and ask me where I get my hair done, what color it is, etc…  Well, here ya go.

Enter: Ivy from Lumière Salon de Beauté in Alpharetta, GA.  I love this salon and the wonderful ladies that work there.  Ivy is a “creative stylist” with 8 years industry experience specializing in blondes, extensions, and trendy textured cuts.  Yes, Alpharetta is quite the drive up 400 but once you find someone that get’s you (your hair), it’s like a committed relationship.

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Until last Summer, my hair was quite long with warm blonde highlights:

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and then, the big cut.

Ivy gives me a long angled bob and icy blonde highlights (more on how I keep this color so cool below).

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I have seven weeks between each appointment, so I have to keep up that cool blonde color, protect, and style my hair on my own (ugh.).  Here are my favorite products:

 

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For when I don’t have time (or just don’t want to) wash my hair, I’ve found these to be the best dry shampoos:  Not Your Mother’s CLEAN FREAK refreshing dry shampoo (best drug store brand) and Oscar Blandi pronto dry shampoo (best luxury brand)

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I wash my hair about 3 times per week.  Prehaps that is because I work from home so I don’t always have to look “put together”.  I will say that with shorter hair, I have to wash it so much more.  It gets more oily and it’s quick to have an uncontrollable cowlick.  Here is my favorite AFFORDABLE shampoo & conditioner.  This So Silver Shampoo is usually $25 at Ultra but on sale right now for $15!!  This is a purple shampoo.  Meaning that the shampoo itself is a very vibrant opaque purple color.  This fights the yellow tones that blondes tent to take on.  If you’re going for a warmer blonde, do not use this product.  I’m going for Daenerys Targaryen blonde, so I leave this stuff on for a minute.

As for conditioner, I have used Aussie 3 Minute Miracle for as long as I can remember, and my hair is very healthy.  If it ain’t broke…

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After washing, I use Matrix Brass Off Blonde Threesome.  It’s a leave in (purple – for icy blondes) cream that softens your hair and protects it from heat damage.  I use only a tiny dab as it will weigh down your hair.  I am OBSESSED with my Elchim hair dryer  and take it with me everywhere.

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I then spray my hair BEFORE and after curling and/or flat ironing it.  My favorite hairspray is Chi Magnified Volume Finishing Spray.  I usually wouldn’t suggest buying makeup or hair products from a Marshalls or TJ Maxx (you just don’t know how old the products are, if they were properly stored), but I do buy this at TJ Maxx when I see it and it works wonderfully.

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To achieve the tousled beachy waves (with added shine), I use Oribe Apres Beach spray.  It’s not cheap, $42 for a can but it is worth it.  Here is a small travel version (half the price) if you want to try it out first for less…

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And lastly, Sun Bum 3 in 1 Leave in Formula.  This is sunscreen for your hair.  It shields it from sun damage as well as acts as a leave in conditioner.  I use this product in the Summer when I go to the beach.  Getting in and out of the ocean and/or pool can make my hair tangled, and dry.   I spend too much to achieve this color, so it’s more than worth $15 to protect it from the sun’s rays.

That’s it.  Ha!  That was actually a lot.

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Dress by Boston Proper | Leather Jacket by Wilson’s Leather | triple strand pearl necklace |  Red suede shoes with gold bows – exact shoes here on eBay, similar style here | lipstick = MAC Red | Men’s black sport coat by Armani Exchange, similar style here| Men’s Red plaid print shirt by Express | Puppy tutu in black from Amazon | Red suede jingle bell collar with plaid bows, similar style here

I don’t really need an excuse to wear a tulle dress (and neither does Kobi Farber), but if you feel like you do, this dress is perfect for many occasions.  The vegan leather top and white tulle bottom was festive enough for a Christmas party, and glamorous enough that I would wear it again for New Year’s Eve!  I paired it with a short leather jacket, chunky pearls, and a red suede heels.  I felt like Carrie Bradshaw wearing this through the streets of Buckhead.  Don’t be surprised if you see this image plastered on a MARTA bus soon (KIDDING!).  Mikey is wearing a sport coat from Armani Exchange and a red plaid print from Express… just enough pops of red to coordinate for pretty photos without embarrassing him too much.  LOL!  Details on Kobi’s Carrie inspired skirt above… 

Happy Holidays from our little family to yours!

photography by KVC Photography 

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