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In Bloom: Florals Around Atlanta

A couple weeks ago, when my mom came into town, she took me shopping (even though I gave it up for Lent… whoops.). I couldn’t help but snag a couple items from J.Crew’s latest spring collection. In the past I haven’t been hugely into the color pink, but recently, I have realized that it meshes well with my skin tone because my undertones are so pink/red. Blush has become a great go-to for me, and I love stripes, so this shirt was a must-have. J.Crew has had some pretty great deals lately, so it didn’t break the bank either. My best friend Lexi recently got a new camera, so I threw on my new shirt and we headed out to find some of the prettiest ATL blooms for a backdrop.


I tucked the shirt into Rolla straight-leg, distressed, high-waisted jeans and paired it with some tie-up multicolored Soludos block heels and a Kate Spade New York blush bag with a cheetah-print bandana tied to it, and called it a day. Some of the best blooms were right across the street from my apartment in Piedmont Park, which on this particular day was buzzing. It is one of the first days that ATL has been above 70 degrees—So naturally it felt like a summer afternoon, which was refreshing comparatively to the harsh winter we’ve had. One of the best things about Atlanta is that there is always something new to go see or do. So, after Piedmont Park, we popped over to Westside Provisions to stop by Ann Mashburn and Serena & Lilly. Both have the most idyllic storefronts and are recently opened/renovated.


Aren’t these swinging chairs to die for? If I had a place to put them, I would definitely get one! Lastly, we headed over toward the Georgia Tech campus since it is right down 10th Street, and there is a cute neighborhood around and a ton of great restaurants. There were several gorgeous, brightly colored Azaleas. The smell of Antico’s pizza was wafting, and it didn’t help the fact that we were so hungry we almost ate our hands, so we wrapped up the shoot and headed home for dinner.


Betty G.

Weekender: Jacksonville, Fla. for The Lion King

Cowford Chophouse’s Rooftop

Growing up on the river and living close to the beach always made me love the city of Jacksonville—You get the best of both worlds by living in a vacation spot. Coming home from school and being able to hop on a boat with friends or head to the beach to catch the last bit of sun before it sets is something I will always be thankful for. Is anyone else a water baby? But I didn’t just love high school for various reasons so, for a while, I kept my distance from the city post-college. Recently it has had some major things happen in the city like the Jags finally being good at football, restaurants/rooftop bars popping up and actually making use of the gorgeous views, and a couple of craft breweries sprinkled throughout. These new developments have put a more fun spin on going home and have made me reconsider ever moving back to Florida at some point, which I swore I would never do—at least not to Duval. So, I am having to eat my words. Anyway, tangents aside, Leigh and I flew down to JAX from ATL on Friday night and met the rest of the gang (my family) at one of my favorite new rooftop bars, River & Post, for a drink. The view is unparalleled as you can scan the entire river from Downtown to Ortega, especially at sunset. The next day my mom had gotten our family and significant others matinee tickets to The Lion King on Broadway since it was coming to the Times Union Center. The production was amazing: singing, dancing, costumes, audience interaction. It was a great show and while it is on the road, I would encourage you to see it.

The view from Ruth’s Chris

Afterward, my parents took us to a steak dinner at Ruth’s Chris, which is always a treat. I am not a big-red-meat fan, but for a perfectly marbled piece of steak cooked perfectly, there is nothing more indulgent and delicious. Ruth’s Chris is located right across the river from the performing arts center, so it was an easy choice. There is a great dock/patio area overseeing the river attached that has a fabulous view of the Main Street Bridge. When the sun sets, the colors are beautiful as they reflect onto the water. Once we were stuffed we headed to another new local spot called Cowford Chophouse.

Cowford has another pretty great rooftop bar and view of the city. I am looking forward to going back to JAX to try out the food downstairs! Thanks to ATL and JAX only being a short 45-minute flight apart, it is a quick trip that makes for a nice staycation whenever we can get home!



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