The peppering of new spots along the Eastside Trail has me itching to get outside.
I’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
There, 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
then head to the Historic Fourth Ward Skatepark for a game of 3 Frisbee. Frisbee, $7.93, Richards Variety Store, multiple locations, richardsvarietystore.com
For 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
a good pair of 5 flat sandals, K. Jacques sandals, $255, Ann Mashburn, Westside Provisions District, annmashburn.com
and, of course, a 6 python cross-body bag. Presmer “Anne” bag, $585, by special order from W.Port, 3232 Roswell Road, shopwport.com
Blossoming 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
and 8 boots wouldn’t be the worst investment. Hunter tall rain boot, $148, Winter Wren, 1004 Virginia Avenue, facebook.com/winterwrenatl
Neither 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
My 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
Given 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.