Monthly Archives: June 2011

AthFest

Cooling down with a frozen treat from King of Pops.

This weekend I made my first trip back to Athens since leaving for my summer in Alpharetta/Atlanta. It felt so wonderful to be back at the apartment with my roommates, and I absolutely loved my first ever AthFest experience. The lineup of bands (although most were unknown to me)  was fabulous and seeing Nappy Roots perform was just about the only thing that gave Sarah and me the strength to bear the scorching heat… that and some cold drinks of course.

Raspberry brindles from Highwire Lounge.

Waiting for the next band to take the stage.

Nappy Roots rocking the crowd.

Mimosas and croissants (still in the oven when this was taken) for a Breakfast at Tiffany’s themed morning.

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Father’s Day Sweet Treat

So while this is not a foodie blog, I am excited to share that I made something in the kitchen other than Kraft macaroni and cheese this weekend. (For those who know me closely, this is a pretty monumental occasion.) Coupled with the  fact that this sweet treat was specially prepared for Father’s Day, I was knew that I needed to dedicate a post to the delicious Oreo ice cream cake that I whipped together Saturday morning.

Additionally, I think that you will sincerely enjoy this recipe, glamazons! It takes less than 15 minutes prep time (no baking) and is ready to serve in four hours — perfect for back patio, summer get-togethers.

Work Wardrobe Formula

Photo by Alex Senekin.

Getting dressed for work can be a daunting task for those of us just entering the “real world,” especially as we are still growing our collection of professional attire. As someone with more limited options who hates to be an outfit repeater, I developed a “formula,” if you will, for selecting my outfits each week. This method has successfully simplified the process of getting dressed each morning while ensuring that my outfits stay on a proper rotation.

My work wardrobe formula looks something like this:

  • Twice a week: skirt
  • Once a week: slacks
  • Once a week: dress
  • Once a week: jeans

The numbers are based on the quantities of each item that I have, so you may find that your work wardrobe formula is slightly different. (Also, my office does casual Fridays which I know is not the case for everyone.) Make adjustments to the formula according to what you have available. The base objective is to make getting dressed less of a headache for you. Plus, it will keep you stylin’.

Look for a future post with more specific styling suggestions for your office attire.

Summer Wrap

A silk scarf adds instant glam to the simplest of outfits, plus it’s a great way to disguise a bad hair day. To stay cool this summer (and protect your scalp from sunburn), throw on a light-colored dress, a stack of bangles, straw wedges and a colorful headwrap. A swipe of bright lipstick completes the look, and if you’re too hot with you hair down, pull your strands into a loose side braid.

 

Day Trip: Helen, Ga.

Photo by Jeff Gunn.

If you’ve started your office vacation and are already noticing the benefits, extend your “time off” with a fabulous day trip! You’d be surprised how much fun you can have by getting out in your own city (or a city nearby) for the afternoon/evening.

On Saturday, my parents and I visited Helen, Ga., and despite the almost unbearable mid-afternoon heat, we had a wonderful time. We enjoyed a complimentary wine tasting at Habersham Winery (and walked away with three bottles), bought buttermilk pancake mix from Nora Mill (which we prepared Sunday morning), indulged in homemade ice cream, browsed the quaint shops in town, sipped frozen daiquiris by the river at Paul’s Margarita Deck, and ended the day with a delicious meal at Troll Tavern.

I pose this question to you glamazons: what are some of your favorite places to visit for a day trip?

Stayed hydrated with a cold Coca-Cola.

Homemade mint chocolate chip ice cream.

The most delicious fudge shop in Helen.

Enjoying a frozen strawberry daiquiri.