Jun 13

What to Get the Guy Who Returns Everything…

So, Father’s day is this Sunday.  My dad is pretty awesome, but he’s also picky.  I don’t think my sister or I have ever given him anything that he hasn’t a) returned or b) tried to give back to us at a later date.  It’s ok – he’s real cute so we have to forgive him.  Witness:

Anyway, this gift giving thing has always been a real problem.  My mom, sister and I all have the same taste (and the same closet) so birthdays, anniversaries, etc are a cinch: when we need to get a gift, we just go out and get whatever it is we want to eventually borrow/steal from the recipient. Easy peasy.  My dad’s a whole different story.   For years he’s endured our pitiful offerings of argyle sweaters (nope.), colognes (as if!), funky socks (you must be joking), and one year…power tools (no idea why we even attempted this.) Listen – we tried.  We failed.  Get over it.

Recently, though – we’ve been knocking it out of the park.   We finally got wise and started outsourcing this function to our husbands!  In case you’re stuck – here are a few ideas, straight from Mr. Katie and Mr. Lauren

(they totally love it when we say that)

1) Golf Watch with GPS.


Listen.  I have no idea what this thing does.  But I can tell you this: my dad LOVES it.  Maybe it gives you extra special powers not to get bored during a 20394813 hour long game, I don’t know.  But whatever it is – it was a winner. You can get it on Amazon HERE.

2) Scotch Tasting.

I was certain this idea would go over like a ton of bricks, but G was sure it would be a hit and it WAS.  No frills, no fanfare – just a whole crap-ton of varied whiskeys.  I don’t drink brown liquor and I think this stuff smells like gasoline – but the menfolk love it.  Here are some favorites in our house:

1. Bunnahabhain 2. The Macallan (standard) 3. Oban


There’s a guy named Matt Moses at Tower Liquor on Piedmont that I’m pretty sure my dad wants to adopt and G wants to befriend.  He’s been great to me too, when I need to pick out a special bottle.  Tell him I sent ya.  If you can’t go there, and need to know how to pronounce Bunnahabhain… here you go:


3) Flight Tray.

It’s part 2 to the scotch tasting, I guess.  This one I’m into.  If you’re going to sample several different whiskeys, at least do it in cute glasses.  This one is manly (it’s wooden, for crying out loud!) and on sale for the next 3 days.  What’s better than that?  Get a few.

Here’s the LINK.

 4. Anything for the grill. 

Greg once got his dad a personalized branding iron for steaks on the grill from Williams Soonoma.  (omg) and I think these monogrammed grill tools are awesome, too.  Check it: 

So…hope this was helpful.  Good luck this Sunday!

xx, L

PS.  Nobody send this to my dad.  he doesn’t read this blog and I hope he doesn’t start now…

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May 18

So Long, Sad Walls… Minted to the Rescue!

Minted, my favorite online invitation design store, recently released their first-ever art collectionThey have started selling limited edition museum-quality prints sourced from a global community of independent artists.  The prints are available in multiple colors and sizes, and are printed on archival paper.

I. AM. TOTALLY. OBSESSED.  What a great way to jazz up some empty wall space!

These are some of my personal favorites…


Check out Minted’s Art Collection HEREI want it allllllllll.

xx, L

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Dec 02

Holidays on Peachtree

Something exciting was going down outside my office last night when I was walking out to my car to head home.  CLEARLY, I did not get the memo…

The holidays are here!  For the entire month of December, you can find the perfect gifts and enjoy all the holiday experiences that Midtown has to offer

The kick-off reception was last night (and it looked like fun!), but there’s more! 

12/2 + 12/3: Local Gifts + Treats Pop Up Shop at MidCity Lofts (West Peachtree at 6th St. between Tech Square + Renaissance Hotel).  Vendors include: Olive, Pieces of Me, Lisa Jill Jewelry, Kristi Hyde, and JuneBug.  To compliment your shopping experience, enjoy treats from Sinless Cocktails + Rockin’ Cupcakes!

All Month Long: Midtown’s holiday festivities continue! 
Ice skate in Piedmont Park at Park Tavern
- Visit the Atlanta Botanical Garden’s “Garden Lights – Holiday Nights” installation
- Visit the “Picasso to Warhol” exhibition at the High Museum of Art
- See “A Christmas Carol” at the Alliance Theatre
- Get tickets for “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” at the Fox Theatre
- Revisit the story of “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” at the Center for Puppetry Arts
- Hear “Handel’s Messiah” at the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra

More info below…

December may be 31 days long, but you’ve got A LOT to do.  It’s going to fly by! 

Happy Holidays from the Q+DD!

xx, L

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Jun 30

My Friends Are Pregnant + I'm Getting Drunk…

An overwhelming majority of my friends got married between 2008 – 2010 + are now starting their families.  I’m so very happy for them and have embraced the rapid switch from buying wedding shower gifts at Bloomingdale’s to purchasing baby shower gifts at B Braithwaite (where I happen to be the Foursquare mayor, thank you very much), AND visiting their respective cities to meet their adorable newborns instead of traveling to far away places for wild bachelorette parties. 

Here’s me two weeks ago with 8-months-prego Anjali as we were celebrating her pregnancy in DC.  Check out our awesome traditional outfits:

She had two parties that weekend (one a religious Indian ceremony + the other a Western baby shower for friends).  Anj spent the weekend opening gifts and chatting with folks who can’t wait to meet her little bundle of joy arriving in late August.  I spent the weekend supporting her (SO excited to meet the baby!) + sipping on Captain Kurt’s custom adult beverage he created for me over the weekend entitled: “All My Friends Are Pregnant + I’m Getting Drunk.”  Witness:

Here’s what was in it: Bols Genever (about 2 ounces), lemon juice (about .75 an ounce), a splash of grenadine + two drops of cherry bitters.  Shaken and strained and topped with blood orange soda.  Sweet, sour + pink…just like my iPhone case.

Drinking these over the weekend was delightful.  Bring ONNNNN the babies, I say!!

Anyway, over the past few months I’ve thrown a handful of baby showers + attended a number of others.  While I am still really uncomfortable setting foot into Babies ‘R Us (OMG – that place is s.c.a.r.y), I can tell you what My Breast Friends is, I can recommend bella bands + maternity jeans, and I consider myself to be an expert on fun baby shower games. 

Let’s take Anj’s shower for instance, because it was recent + she had a slew of fun games.  First was the Never Have I Ever College Fund Game that I thought was super cute.  All you need is a decorative piggy bank + shower goers who are willing to donate their wallet change.

Everyone goes around and says baby shower-related (+ appropriate) Never Have I Evers like “Never have I ever changed a baby’s diaper” or “Never have I ever given dirty looks to a crying baby on an airplane,” etc, and those who have done that walk up to the piggy bank and drop in wallet change to start the baby’s college fund.  Here’s Anj with her baby’s piggy bank:

Although it’s not actually a game, I thought this was a really sweet idea: Anj’s sister put out a baby’s bedtime book + pens for shower goers to flip through and write a note to the baby.  Such a thoughtful little keepsake for folks to work on over the course of the shower.

Another one of the baby shower games that I think is a big hit is Guess How Big Momma’s Belly IsWe purchased string from Michaels + passed it around to everyone with a pair of scissors.  Shower goers cut the string to the length that they thought was Anj’s belly circumference.  Then, everyone measured their strings around Anj + the shower goer who cut the string closest to the size of her belly won a prize. 

We also had a station running for shower goers to personalize onesies for the baby.  We purchased paint pens + markers and iron-ons (we set up an iron and ironing board for those) from Michaels to encourage folks to be as creative as possible. 

Shower goers ate, drank, chatted + made adorable onesies (in a variety of sizes) for the baby.

This one was mine.  :)

We hung them up with twine and clothespins in front of the area where Anj would later open her gifts.

This was another onesie I loved…

Finally, we did not play this game at Anj’s shower, but I have to admit that it’s my favorite.  I call this one: Identify the Poop!  To set it up, all you need is a variety of candy bars + diapers.  Open the diapers and inside of each one place a different candy bar.  Write a number outside of the diaper corresponding with the candy bar within it, i.e. Milky Ways in diaper #1, Twix in diaper #2, and so forth.  Microwave the candy bars until they are melted.

Have everyone gather around and pass out the candy bar-filled diapers + pens and paper.  Shower goers have to taste each one and try to identify which candy bar it contains.  Whomever is the most accurate gets a prize.

It’s a total blast + SO funny!  And, definitely not for the squeamish…

That’s all I’ve got for now.  There are several more babies on the way, though, so Aunt Lindsay may have more to share in months to come.  In the meantime, I’ll be sippin’ my pink martinis + jet-setting to meet new additions to my friend’s growing families…while tightly holding on to my B Braithwaite mayorship.

xx, L

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Jun 14

Trend Alert! The OSTRICH.

We gradually spend more + more time in our work environment, which means that we often need to make work and rest fully-compatible within the same space.  Some cultures have assimilated this concept more naturally than others, but in general the workplace hasn’t adapted well to this new working-resting paradigm.

Until now.

meet the OSTRICH

The OSTRICH offers a micro-environment in which you can take a warm + comfortable power nap at ease.  It is neither a pillow nor a cushion nor a bed nor a garment, but rather a bit of each at the same time.  Its soothing cave-like interior shelters and isolates our head + hands for a few minutes w/o needing to leave our desk.

More info on the OSTRICH here: Studio KG

Ummmmmm, obsessed…  I NEED this immediately.

xx, L 

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