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The Love List: The Gift of Style

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The Love ListHoliday gifting provides a prime opportunity to hint to your parent, sibling, or significant other that their wardrobe could use an upgrade. When it’s wrapped in a bow, it’s easy to convince your beau to trade in his blousey button-downs for something more 1 fitted and sophisticated. J. Hilburn Italian Indigo shirt, $139

The Love ListGuys, if it’s your special lady you’re shopping for, nothing says “this gift is for me, too” better than some 2 pretty lingerie. Eberjey chemise, $83, Woo Skincare + Cosmetics, multiple locations

The Love ListMaybe it’s Mom and Dad who need a little makeover. Justify the price tag of classic, practical 3 boots for him with a “cost per wear” argument. Lucchese “Jonah” boot, $795, order at Onward Reserve, multiple locations

The Love ListIf money is no object, spring for 4 Hermès for her (you know she’s worth it). Hermès Bolide Secret bag in indigo, $9,950, Buckhead Atlanta

The Love ListSis might appreciate a peppy 5 poncho, Roberta Roller Rabbit fringe poncho, $265, Westside Provisions

The Love Listan on-trend 6 felt hat, Twine and Twig camel felt hat, $150, W.Port, 3232 Roswell Road

The Love Listor a 7 seasonal scarf, Ann Mashburn Dress Victoria merino scarf, $80, Westside Provisions

The Love Listwhile bro might like a 8 winter fleece—it’s local, after all. Southern Proper polar pullover, $145

The Love ListFor your BFF? Jewelry that’s edgy and 9 modern Gorjana Cress shimmer necklace, $75, Luna, Shops Around Lenox

The Love Listor has a 10 funky twistVella Mode “The Wave” earring, $68, Made Again, Inman Quarter

Ah, the gift of style. You shouldn’t have!

Photographs by LuAnne DeMeo; Pullover, necklace, boots, earrings: Courtesy of their companies

This article originally appeared in our December 2015 issue.

The Love List: Fancy Thanksgiving feast

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A few years ago, my sister and I took it upon ourselves to host a family Thanksgiving. The occasion presented a variety of challenges, not least of which was her aversion to gluten. Dietary restrictions and bickering aside, we managed to pull off a decent fete, thanks to a few good 1 recipes from Mom,  Sugar Paper recipe box, $120, by special order at Paces Papers, 10 East Andrews Drive

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and our patron saint 2 Ina Garten, Ina Garten, Foolproof cookbook, $35, Williams-Sonoma, multiple locations

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Since then, I’ve been polishing my, 3 entertaining skills, Juliska Firenze cocktail plate, $96 for 4, Acquisitions, 660 Miami Circle

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Using my hostess gigs as an excuse to buy all kinds of goodies for 4, 5, 6 setting, Royal Crown Derby Mikado bread plate, $60; salad plate, $80, Steve McKenzie’s, 999 Brady Avenue; Juliska Colette blue highball glass, $25; Maridadi Trading dinner napkins, $40 for 4

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And 7, 8 serving meals, Olive wood bowl, $165, and tongs, $15, Huff Harrington Home; Plymouth Turkey large platter, $70, Williams-Sonoma

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Of course, at any party where extended family is involved, alcohol is less a formality than a necessity. That year, we invented a Barefoot Contessa 9, 10 drinking game for kitchen prep (when Ina asks a rhetorical question, take a swig of Champagne!), which melted tensions right away. Cheers to that! Lunares Staghorn Champagne cooler, $185, Huff Harrington Home, August Morgan “Seeing Double” cocktail napkins, $36 for 4

Photographs by LuAnne DeMeo; Cookbook, recipe box, Turkey platter: courtesy of their companies

This article originally appeared in our November 2015 issue.

The Love List: Fall, y’all

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The Love ListThere’s a little thrill the first time you pull on a cozy 1 sweater Topshop sweater, $75, Lenox Square

 

The Love Listor a great pair of 2 boots at the beginning of fall. Ilana boots, The Frye Company, $348, Ponce City Market

The Love ListAs the days grow shorter and colder, it’s also a time for nesting. Spruce up your space with 3, 4 warm lighting Little Artefacts table lamp, $750; Rewined Candle in Cabernet, $28, West Elm, multiple locations

The Love Listand 5 soft textures. Hermès blanket, $1,525, Buckhead Atlanta

The Love ListSinking temps also demand a shift in your skincare regime. Lately I’ve been slathering on sweet-smelling 6 honeysuckle body oil Little Barn Apothecary honeysuckle body oil, $34

The Love Listand an easy-to-carry 7 balm for chapped lips. HollyBeth Organics orange peppermint lip balm, $15, Atlanta Made, 1189 Howell Mill Road

The Love ListFinally, it’s officially the arrival of snuggle weather. I’m preparing with some 8 toasty tunes on vinyl (nothing like that rich tone and crackle) Miles Davis Kind of Blue on vinyl, $25, Criminal Records, 1154 Euclid Avenue

The Love Listand a 9 mug of cocoa to warm my bones

The Love List—unless, of course, we’re watching football, in which case my primary need will be 10 beer. Lots of beer.

Photo credits: All photographs courtesy of the company; Lamp, mug, candle, record: Caroline C. Kilgore; Boots: The Frye Company; Lip balm: Elizabeth Musick

This article originally appeared in our October 2015 issue.

The Love List: The Luxe List

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Every September, the fashion glossies balloon into fat tomes chock-full of fantasy fall styles. In the same aspirational spirit, I went hunting for our city’s most radically luxurious goodies.

The Love ListLocal handbag designer Jada Loveless recently debuted a shiny red alligator 1 crossbody bag, which could even be justified as functional. Jada Loveless Estella cross-body bag, $7,990, jadaloveless.com or special order from Neiman Marcus

The Love ListFor jewels, I find nothing more classically glam than a strand of 2 Mikimoto pearls, Mikimoto pearls, price upon request, Mayors, Phipps Plaza

The Love ListIf your taste runs more modern, try a 3 double ring in rose gold with diamonds from Hermès’s new Filet d’Or line, inspired by a horse’s bit, Hermès double ring, $26,200, Buckhead Atlanta

The Love Listor the diamond 4 Buckhead necklace from local jewelry company S. Carter Designs. S. Carter Designs Buckhead necklace, $3,825. Also available at Rebecca Boutique and Tassels.

The Love ListSpeaking of Buckhead, it’s the place to indulge in European labels like 5 Jimmy Choo, Jimmy Choo Thea boots, $1,150, Buckhead Atlanta.

The Love List6 Tod’s, Tod’s wallet, $695, Buckhead Atlanta

The Love Listand 7 Brunello Cucinelli, Brunello Cucinelli fox fur vest, $13,430, Buckhead Atlanta

The Love ListOf course, you can’t discuss Atlanta luxury without mentioning Jeffrey. Although some of the most covetable items are sold to the store’s top clients before ever hitting the sales floor, there are still plenty of exquisite things (like this 8 Valentino jacket) to be had—even if your credit card limit doesn’t quite warrant that high-roller status. Valentino bomber jacket, $4,990, Jeffrey, Phipps Plaza

The Love ListAnd hey, if your budget is more Macy’s than Maison, you can still smell well-heeled with a fancy little vial of 9 perfume. As with anything expensive and addictive, first hit’s free. Tom Ford perfume, $220, 1.7 oz., Nordstrom

Photographs courtesy of their company; Buckhead necklace: Mary Glen Galloway

This article originally appeared in our September 2015 issue.

Atlanta’s fashion experts on fall inspirations and trends

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0915_shops014_lnoftle_oneuseonlyBilly Reid
Owner/designer, Billy Reid
. . . on his inspiration for fall menswear
“The love of fabric, using traditional materials in innovative, nontraditional ways.” See: super-wide-wale corduroy pants and jackets, liquidy cashmere pants, and a jacquard overcoat with floral prints and a blown-out hawkeye. Silhouettes are relaxed, with roomy canvas utility pants, a full trench coat, and a braided wool cape. “It’s a bit of a David Byrne moment,” Reid says.

0915_shops015_lnoftle_oneuseonlyAnn Mashburn
Owner/designer, Ann Mashburn
. . . on her fall collection
Inspiration “We were especially inspired by menswear elements—the feeling of suiting and being super­tailored.” Think striped wool tees and tunics, and elegant double-faced wool.
Her fall look Black suede over-the-knee boots with a French-girl block heel, stretch twill leggings, a white oxford, and a structured poncho in gray wool

0915_shops016_lnoftle_oneuseonlyJulie Benecke
Makeup artist, Woo
. . . on fall makeup trends and products
1. “Strobing” Less than contouring, more than highlighting. Swipe Bobbi Brown’s shimmer brick ($46) on cheekbones and the bridge of the nose.
2. Brow rehab Full is back. Thicken brows using short, light strokes with a Trish McEvoy pencil, $28.
3. Brown-eyed girl Bronze is the eye color of the season. Trish McEvoy’s 24-hour stick in Topaz ($32) and Deep Aubergine pencil ($28) make a great combo.

0915_shops018_lnoftle_oneuseonlyEmily Livezey
Owner/buyer, W.Port
. . . on transitioning summer pieces to fall
“Your skinny white jeans pair perfectly with an over-the-knee boot and the Let&Her embossed bag ($675). I’ll wear my CP Shades white linen button-ups as long as I can—when it gets chilly in the evening, I just throw on the Humanoid Eagle wrap cardigan ($450). Even Maridadi Trading silk tie-dye dresses can work in the fall with a Vince cropped leather jacket ($1,200).”

0915_shops017_lnoftle_oneuseonlyLuis Toache
Owner/buyer, The Tough Boot & Co.
 . . . on three vintage jackets he picked up for fall
1. Late ’60s Belstaff waxed cotton jacket with coveted racing patch, $980
2. British leather biker jacket, possibly the highly collectible Louis Leathers, with metal zippers and quilted shoulders, $490
3. Late ’60s brown leather shearling jacket from London, $680

Illustrations by Liz Noftle

Back to 50 Best Shops in Atlanta

This article originally appeared in our September 2015 issue.

The Love List: Puppy Love

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Jess Graves
Photograph by Caroline Fontenot

My dog, Maggie, is mostly golden retriever, with a few other breeds thrown in for good measure. I adopted her almost two years ago from Golden Retriever Rescue of Atlanta, which works hard to find the best possible match between owner and animal. I was on a waiting list for quite some time, and so, like every eager adoptive mother, I bought her everything she could possibly need beforehand:

Cord Shoes dog collar1 a collar, Collar, Cord Shoes, $50

Shinola2 leash, Shinola $125,

Bowland 3 bowl, of course, Bowl, Martha Stewart Pets, $11.99 (small), $16.99 (large), PetSmart

Big Daddy Biscuits—and some 4 fancy treats, treats, Big Daddy Biscuits, $7

treat jaralong with a 5 crock to stash them in, to celebrate her arrival. Good Dog treat jar, $38, Star Provisions, 1198 Howell Mill Road

Duck dog toyLots of toys, too, though she always ignores them in favor of the 6 stuffed duck she arrived with. Dudley Duck Toy, $29, Orvis Buckhead, 3275 Peachtree Road

Travel pet bowlSince I figured she’d be making lots of mountain trips, I also invested in a 7 travel bowl. Canvas travel bowl, Found My Animal, $32, Star Provisions

FurminatorLittle did I know I’d soon be shelling out for a spendy 8 Furminator brush as well—but hey, shedding is a small price to pay for love. Large Dog Long-Hair Furminator, $62.99, Highland Pet Supply, 1186 North Highland Avenue

Pet bedsThe day she came over to meet me, it was just supposed to be for a visit, but Maggie glued herself to my hip, then laid right down in her 9 bed. I wrote a check on the spot. Who was I to argue? She knew she was home. Classic stripe rectangle bed, Harry Barker, $150 (small), $170 (medium), $190 (large), shopwaiting­onmartha.com

Photo credits: Collar: Daniel A. Echevaria; Leash: Courtesy of Shinola; Bowl: Courtesy of PetsMart; Treats, jar, duck, travel bowl, Furminator: Lauren Taylor Watt; Beds: Courtesy of Harry Barker

This article originally appeared in our August 2015 issue.

The Love List: American Made

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Chubbies

It’s hard not to feel a bit patriotic this time of year, when days are filled with 1 shorts, Chubbies Chubmander in Chief shorts, $59.50, chubbiesshorts.com Terrapin

sunshine, and plenty of excuses to slug down an ice-cold 2 local beerTerrapin Golden Ale cans, $9 for a six-pack, multiple locations, terrapinbeer.com

Flag rug

And what better way to celebrate the stars and stripes than by honoring makers in the USA? Faribault Woolen Mill’s been here for 150 years, so they know a thing or two about 3 Old GloryFaribault Woolen Mill 1776 wool throw, $215, faribaultmill.com Leather jacket

On the topic of heritage, nothing’s more classic Americana than the perfect 4 leather jacket—just start dreaming of those cool autumn nights. Billy Reid classic moto jacket in navy, $1,595, Westside Provisions District, billyreid.com

Print

If it’s the Peach State you’re reflecting on, this 5 letterpress print from the Old Try says Georgia by way of Boston. Old Try Wisdom, Justice & Moderation print, $42, theoldtry.com Turquoise Ring

For stuff made really close to home, 6 fine jewelry Give a Penny Designs turquoise ring, $165, by request at Tulipano, 3145 Peachtree Road, giveapennydesigns.com
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and the most 7 rugged Maycomb Mercantile The Scout leather tote, from $225, maycombmercantile.com
Belt

8 or ladylike of accessories are just some of the dazzling array of products crafted right here in Atlanta. W. Kleinberg python belt, $110, 56 East Andrews Drive, wkleinberg.com Bracelet

Alternatively, you can wear your city pride on your (literal) 9 sleeve ATL wire bracelet in raw brass, $40, 3by3d.com
Notebook

or just carry it in your 10 pocket. Happy birthday, America. Form Function Form Atlanta Metro engraved notebook cover, $98, formfunctionform.com

Photography credits: Bag, notebook: Gabriela Iancu; Ring, leather jacket: Caroline C. Kilgore; All others courtesy of the company

This article originally appeared in our July 2015 issue.

The Love List: Rad Dad

You probably know a dad who’s pretty cool. Lucky for him come Father’s Day, we live in a hub of great menswear—lots of it made right here.

Sid Mashburn

If he’s a 9-to-5 guy, buy him a 1 nice shirt from Sid Mashburn Sid Mashburn gingham shirt, $145, Westside Provisions District, sidmashburn.com

Suit Supply Tie

or a hip 2 “knitte” (that’s what the kids are calling it, Dad), Suitsupply knitted tie, $69, Shops Around Lenox, suitsupply.com

Tie Bar

 

and a city-repping 3 tie barBlock & Hammer ATL tie bar, $19, etsy.com/shop/blockand-hammer

Bonobos

If he’s planning a summer vacation, up his poolside cool with some respectable 4 swim trunksBonobos Laguna board shorts, $85, Buckhead Atlanta, bonobos.com

Clay + Bros. ATL hat

Whether he’s born-and-bred ATL or just a big Braves fan, a 5 hat that touts his city is perfect for off-duty days. Clay + Bros. ATL hat, $50, clayandbros.com

Pocket squareDapper dad? How ’bout a “booze cruise” 6 pocket square for his blue blazer? Southern Proper blue Booze Cruise pocket square, $39.50, southernproper.com

Belfry penny loafers

Downtown dad? Fly (yeah, I said fly) grass-green 7 penny loafers on preorder from new local company Belfry Shoes. Belfry penny loafers, $375, belfryshoes.com
Filson x ShinolaChronically late dad? A nice 8 watch, served with a side of passive-aggression. Filson x Shinola watch, $700, The Fish Hawk, 3095 Peachtree Road, thefishhawk.com
Tod's wallet

And if all else fails, there are always the old standbys: 9 Wallets, Tod’s leather wallet, $365, Buckhead Atlanta, tods.com

Socks

and 10 socks aren’t quite as disappointing to unwrap when they look this good. JL the Brand socks, $26–$28, taigan.com

Photography credits: Gabriela Iancu; Shoes, watch: Caroline C. Kilgore; Trunks: Courtesy of Bonobos; Wallet: Courtesy of Tod’s

This article originally appeared in our June 2015 issue. 

The Love List: Hit the road

There’s nothing like the promise of Memorial Day weekend to set the mood for a great Southern road trip.

0515_lovelist_fieldguides_cck_oneuseonlyWhether you’re feeling the coast or the hills, grab an 1 old-school field guide and dream up a destination—how far to Nashville, New Orleans, Austin, anyone? Wild Sam field guides for Austin, Nashville, New Orleans; $18 each, Tweeds, 1009 Marietta Street, tweedsshop.com

Once you’re ready to hit the back roads, you’ll need 2 sunglasses for the glare, Southern Proper x Red’s Outfitters sunglasses, $135, southernproper.com

0515_lovelist_caramel_cck_oneuseonlya 3 chewy local snack for sharing, Little Buffalo sea salt caramels, $18 for 25, Oakleaf & Acorn, coming to Ponce City Market, oakleafandacorn.com

0515_lovelist_camera_courtesy_oneuseonlya 4 camera to immortalize every barbecue stop along the way, Fujifilm Instax Mini 90 Neo Classic camera, $165, amazon.com

0515_lovelist_albums_oneuseonlyand—now this is important—5 good music. My Morning Jacket, The Waterfall; Best Coast, California Nights; Surfer Blood, 1000 Palms; Criminal Records, 1154 Euclid Avenue, criminalatl.com

0515_lovelist_rucksack_filson_oneuseonlyIn the back, stash a sturdy little lightweight 6 rucksack packed with the essentials: Filson rucksack, $290, Steven Alan, Westside Provisions District, stevenalan.com

0515_lovelist_swimsuit_courtesy_oneuseonlya 7 swimsuit; Vilebrequin one-piece, $250, Buckhead Atlanta, vilebrequin.com

0515_lovelist_shirt_cck_oneuseonlya toothbrush; a couple of fresh, 8 comfy shirts; Vineyard Vines popover, $125, Lenox Square, vineyardvines.com

0515_lovelist_laperla_cck_oneuseonlyand some clean 9 undies La Perla “Begonia” mid-rise briefs, $68, Buckhead Atlanta, laperla.com

0515_lovelist_soap_cck_oneuseonlyand if you forget ’em, you can 10 wash a pair in the hotel sink anyway. The Laundress Wash & Stain bar, $6, Gramercy Fine Linens & Furnishings, Peachtree Battle Shopping Center, shopgramercy.com

Can’t you feel the wind in your hair already? Pass the gas station biscuit.

Photography credits: Travel guides, caramels, soap, panties, shirt: Caroline C. Kilgore; Sunglasses: Pix House; Rucksack: Filson; All others courtesy of their company

This article originally appeared in our May 2015 issue.

The Love List: Spring in my step

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The peppering of new spots along the Eastside Trail has me itching to get outside.

0415_lovelist_bike_oneuseonlyI’m ready to hop on my new 1 Regal bicycle from MBikes—a company born in Midtown—and pedal to Ladybird Grove & Mess Hall’s screened porch. MBikes “The Regal,” $350, mbikesusa.com

0415_lovelist_cocktail_cck_oneuseonlyThere, I’ll sip on a refreshing bourbon 2 Lady Gambler, The Lady Gambler, $12, Ladybird Grove & Mess Hall, 684 John Wesley Dobbs Avenue, ladybirdatlanta.com

0415_lovelist_frisbee_cck_oneuseonlythen head to the Historic Fourth Ward Skatepark for a game of 3 Frisbee. Frisbee, $7.93, Richards Variety Store, multiple locations, richardsvarietystore.com

0415_lovelist_dress_oneuseonlyFor the spring days spent strolling around Atlanta, admiring the new foliage and blooms, I’ll need a 4 breezy dress, Marissa Webb dress, $498, Intermix, now open at Buckhead Atlanta, intermix­online.com

0415_lovelist_sandals_oneuseonlya good pair of 5 flat sandals, K. Jacques sandals, $255, Ann Mashburn, Westside Provisions District, ann­mashburn.com

0415_lovelist_bag_oneuseonlyand, of course, a 6 python cross-body bag. Presmer “Anne” bag, $585, by special order from W.Port, 3232 Roswell Road, shopwport.com

B46200_2910_w_precip_jkt 0007Blossoming right along with the azaleas is my anticipation for festival season. But since we all know by now that May’s Shaky Knees Festival usually coincides with a steady sheet of rain, planning ahead with a good 7 rain jacket Marmot PreCip rain jacket, $100, Half-Moon Outfitters, 1034 North Highland Avenue, halfmoonoutfitters.com

0415_lovelist_boots_cck_oneuseonlyand 8 boots wouldn’t be the worst investment. Hunter tall rain boot, $148, Winter Wren, 1004 Virginia Avenue, facebook.com/winterwrenatl

0415_lovelist_flask_oneuseonlyNeither would a 9 needlepoint flask from Smathers & Branson—fear the beer line, readers. Smathers & Branson “Gaucho” flask, $65, Onward Reserve, 3072 Early Street, onwardreserve.com

0415_lovelist_bandanadog_cck_oneuseonlyMy retriever, Maggie, is sick of being cooped up as well, so I’m buying her a springy new 10 bandanna to parade down the mean streets of Buckhead. Maridadi Trading tie-dye bandanna, $20, maridadi­trading.com

0415_lovelist_sunscreen_oneuseonlyGiven enough springtime rays—donning 11 sunscreen, of course—I’m hoping my sallow skin will turn as golden as her fur. Kiehl’s “Super Fluid” sunscreen, $38, Lenox Square, kiehls.com 

All photographs courtesy of their company; drink, boots, dog, frisbee: Caroline C. Kilgore

This article originally appeared in our April 2015 issue.

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