May 22

Practicing Safe Sun – M Day Weekend 2014

Y’all have big plans for M Day Weekend 2014?  I’m headed to the beach.  But don’t worry – I’m prepared.

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I’m a Raw Bronzing Studio regular + popped in last night for my organic spray tan so that I can lay out on the beach with confidence (and not blind/frighten anyone with my intense paleness).  It makes me cringe, and frankly pretty worried, thinking back to all the time I spent growing up in Texas laying out in the summer sun without sunscreen.  All the times I slathered on oil instead.  All my terrible burns!  I’m SO sorry, skin…  Thank goodness Raw Bronzing is there for me now so that I can still rock a bronze glow but not abuse my skin in doing so.

Raw’s waiting area is stocked with the most adorable summer essentials to peruse while you’re waiting to get bronzed – hats, shirts, dresses, flip flops, bags, and jewelry.

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I picked up this guy from Indego Africa.  It’s handmade in Africa and all profits benefit Rwandan women artisans.  So cute, great cause, and perfect for the beach!

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Make an appointment at Raw before you head out to celebrate M Day Weekend, and you’ll totally rock that new swimsuit!  Get your bronze on, gurrrrl.

xx, L

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Raw Bronzing Studio
500 Bishop St. NW, Ste. F8
Atlanta, Georgia  30318
770.683.8267
http://www.rawbronzingstudio.com/

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Mar 13

Featured in The Knot Spring 2014!

It seems like we took this trip forever ago now, but after our wedding we only had time for a mini-moon before heading to another friend’s wedding in Jamaica.  So, Kev + I headed to Arizona for a grand ole southwestern time at L’Auberge de Sedona and the Ritz Carlton Resort at Dove Mountain.  The Knot featured us as a Real Honeymoon in their Spring 2014 edition!  So exciting!

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Arizona is incredibly gorgeous + not all that difficult to get to from the ATL.  Read about our trip in The Knot and plan one of your own!

xx, L

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Dec 17

Weekend in the Mountains – Highlands, NC

Kevin and I went to a wedding last weekend in Highlands, North Carolina.  Since we’ve been back, I haven’t been able to stop talking about how gorgeous it is there and how much fun we had!  Highlands is a stone’s throw from Atlanta (just over two hours) – such an easy drive – for such gorgeous surroundings: mountains, lakes, waterfalls, adorable restaurants, and one of my new favorite hotels: Old Edwards Inn and Spa.  I’m OBSESSED.

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But let me start from the beginning, on the drive you pass Tallulah Gorge State Park.  I’m not really that outdoorsy to ever want to sleep outside, but I’ve heard that people sometimes go camping there and that it is pretty.  We took a peek at it on our way to Highlands, and I think “pretty” is an understatement.  It was majestic.  Just look!  #america

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I was itching to get to Highlands, though, so we jumped back in the car and drove a few more windy miles up the side of a mountain (it was just a tad scary…eek!), until we reached town.

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As soon as we arrived, I wanted to get settled in at the Old Edwards before exploring the adorable shops and restaurants lining the streets.  We were staying in the cottages (pictured below) and everything was decorated in its Christmas finest.

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We were greeted with champagne and Dove ice cream bars (um yummmmm!) at check in, and after we were sufficiently liquored/sugared up, we made our way to our cottage and opened up our beautiful room.  We were staying in the newest part of Old Edwards, and everything was gorgeous!  May I please live there forever?!

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I almost died over the heated floors and towel rack in the bathroom…

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…and the shower with four additional jets.  Heaven, just heaven, y’all.

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We walked around the city and popped into shops, but found Old Edwards pulling us back, so we zipped over to the OEI library and enjoyed a few afternoon cocktails.

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By that point we needed some food to balance out the booze, and so we went for sandwiches at Mountain Fresh Grocery.  It was packed with folks who seemed to have the same idea.  We liked it there so much that we went back for breakfast the next day!

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The weather wasn’t amazing while we were in Highlands, but we wanted to do something on the nature-y side before we left town.  So the next day before we headed back to Atlanta, we stopped by Dry Falls in the Nantahala National Forest.

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And we got to walk under a waterfall!

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It was pretty unbelievable.

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There are so many more fun things to see and do in Highlands!  This was just a taste – and we can’t wait to make the quick trip from Atlanta again to explore the town even further.  What a perfect little weekend getaway!

xx, L

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Mar 19

Best. Crepe. Ever.

Kevin and I stopped in Athens on Sunday on the way home from a road trip.  Although he is a very proud Florida Gator and was more than slightly uncomfortable in such close proximity to Georgia’s campus, we wanted to pop in somewhere to grab a bite + some drinks.  I walked him up and down Clayton Street (sprinting past any Georgia Bulldogs stores) and into Pauley’s Original Crepe Bar.

I spend a day in Athens once a year for work and usually end up on Clayton Street at the end of the night.  I’d never noticed Pauley’s before, but in the daylight it looked like the perfect place for us.  We sat up at the bar and looked over the menu.  It took me all of 30 seconds to find exactly what I was looking for: a Nutella and banana crepe. 

Pauley’s is really cute inside and offers 28 beers on tap, a full bar, sandwiches, biscuits, coffee, cake, etc., but I have a one track mind when it comes to crepes.  GIVE ME NUTELLA AND NO ONE GETS HURT!  :)

My crepe arrived shortly thereafter (they could see I meant business) and it was GLORIOUS!  Just look at how photogenic.  It was the best crepe I’ve ever eaten.  No exclamation point necessary because that is a statement of fact.  It was incredible.

If it’s true that you are what you eat, on Sunday I was a freaking rock star!!  No lie.  Pauley’s crepes kill it – and they are TOTALLY worth the trek to Athens!  Plus, Athens is super cute – but don’t tell Kev I said that…

xx, L

Pauley’s Original Crepe Bar
134 E. Clayton Street
Athens, Georgia
706.549.0034

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Jan 03

Return of the Terribly Absent Blogger…

Hello, everyone!  It’s me!  It’s me!  I’ve returned from my two month hiatus!

THANK YOU for allowing me that precious time for a little blog cleanse.  After over three years of almost constant blogging, I’ll be the first to admit that you can get burnt out when you overdose on things that you love so much (gelato, pizza, yoga, Real Housewives of any city, blogging), so I truly appreciate your patience with me.  The good news is that I’m officially back now and ready to fill you in on lots of exciting things going on in Atlanta!  Starting tomorrow, I’m back to the grind.  Today, I wanted to update you on what I’ve been up to over the past two months.

Kevin and I tied the knot in Atlanta!  It was an unforgettable weekend for us.

(Muscles brought to you by the amazing pilates reformer guru, Meredith Bass!)

We took an awesome trip to Arizona!  Here we are in Sedona…

At the South Rim of the Grand Canyon…

And relaxing at the Ritz-Carlton Resort at Dove Mountain.

We spent Thanksgiving in Jacksonville where we came in second place in a highly competitive family holiday cookie competition with these bad boys.  Brown Butter Bacon Chocolate Chip Cookies (We were robbed, I tell ya!)

We traveled to beautiful Montego Bay, Jamaica for Rosh’s wedding.

 

Then to Delray, Florida for our friend Jesse’s wedding.

And we celebrated the New Year in sunny Jacksonville Beach!

In between all of our traveling, we found time to eat.  A lot.

Drink.  A lot.

Relax.  A lot.

Experiment in the kitchen.  (Here’s the no-brainer peppermint bark recipe we used.)

Feed ducks.

Ride horses.

Drive boats.

Get together with good buddies.

Play with nail polish.

Hug some babies.

Get some dental work done.  (Sidenote: I really wanted this to be our holiday card, but I was vetoed.)

Watch an entire two seasons of HomelandTotally obsessed – more on that later…

And meet Charles Barkley!

Needless to say, it’s been a very busy past two months.  I’m rejuvenated now, and it feels so great to be back!  :)

Here’s to the Q+DD!  Here’s to 2013!  It’s totally gonna be a great one!

xx, L

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