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GlowDry – Atlanta

GlowDry Atlanta

GlowDry Atlanta’s chic salon

GlowDry is a much needed addition to the bustling Buckhead business district. When I knew I’d have to go from my office directly to an engagement party, I thought a quick blowout and makeup session would help with the short turnaround time needed to prep.

GlowDry Atlanta Salon

My new happy place!

Also, thanks to the Buckhead Exchange, I had a brand new, never-worn Rebecca Taylor dress dropped off at my office that morning – thank you Louisa! With my new dress and a pair of heels stashed in my bag, I dashed into GlowDry to get ready for my big night out. I checked in and settled into a chair with a glass of crisp chardonnay then scanned through the iPad mini to select my hair style. I was quickly whisked back for a shampoo. The complimentary scalp massage also helped me transition from work to weekend mode.

My stylist, Joe, did a fantastic job with my Bouncy Curls. They held up even in Atlanta’s humidity. Rajaa rocked my makeup application. I walked walked in here looking like a ratchet mess, and when I left I was ready for my closeup!

Lauren Patrick

Much better! Thanks GlowDry!

GlowDry is as good as it gets when a girl needs to look her best.

Editor’s Note – thanks to GlowDry proprietor Paige Perkins for the complimentary treat. Y’all can keep up with GlowDry on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Follow GlowDry for $5 off your next blowout or makeup application.

Mellow Mushroom Serves Up a Hot Special!

Mellow Mushroom 40th anniversary specials

Mellow Mushroom 40th anniversary specials.

Get it while it’s hot! Today, Aug. 20, Mellow Mushroom is celebrating their 40th anniversary and they want you to join their pizza party. Mellow Mushroom opened in 1974, and they’ve reverted back to their old 70s pre-inflation pricing. A small cheese pizza is only $2.50 (regular prices apply for additional toppings). All fountain Cokes and sodas are $0.30, and beers including Budweiser, Michelob or Pabst Blue Ribbon, are only $0.75 cents.

Check out Yelp or Google to find the Mellow Mushroom near you!

Spodee Wine & The History of Whiskey

Ever wonder why Americans started making whiskey? Our friends over at Spodee Wine have a delightful dose of cocktail history.

We were recently introduced to the delightful Spodee Wine – a hooch that combines country wines & moonshine!  From the makers of Sailor Jerry’s Run and Hendricks Gin, the original Spodee is a red wine fortified with moonshine, with a chocolaty finish and is currently available Georgia!  The recently launched Spodee White is ”Honey amber in color with a tropical aroma, a bouquet of toasted coconut, pineapple, amaretto and tropical fruits. It’s essentially summer in a bottle!”

Spodee White

Like the red Spodee, the new white variant is also 36 proof and harkens back to the Depression era hooch of the same name, that was a deceptively strong, sweet, easy-to drink beverage. Spodee White is a white wine that is fortified with moonshine and mixes easily into cocktails, just like a spirit! Spodee White is great served chilled or mixed into a citrusy cocktail or sangria, No matter how you drink it, Spodee is reinventing the way people enjoy wine.

“I pioneered high proof spirits when I introduced 92 proof Sailor Jerry Rum. Now I am pioneering high proof wines….or low proof spirits…depending on how you look at it.” says creator Steven Grasse. For more information, visit: or click here to find a retailer near you, plus keep up with them on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

Downtown Atlanta Restaurant Week

Steak Tartare from BLT Steak

Steak Tartare from BLT Steak at The W Downtown.

Downtown Atlanta Restaurant Week 2014 is back again in full foodie force from Aug. 9 –  17. Now in its 12th year, there are more than 30 participating restaurants offering prix-fixe menus ranging from $15,$25 or $35 for brunch, lunch and/or dinner options. Prices are per person and exclude alcohol, tax and gratuity. Click here to see a list of participating restaurants, keep up with your fellow Atlanta foodies using #DARW2014 and check out our mouth-watering photos from our tasting at BLT Steak!

ALS = A Lovely Sally

ALS Atlanta

Aunt Sally throws out the first pitch for the Atlanta Braves on ALS Awareness Night.

If you’re a big baseball fan like me, chances are that you’ve heard about Lou Gehrig. The Iron Horse was a slugger who played for the Yankees back in the golden years. Seven-time All-Star, six-time World Series champ, Hall of Famer, and the first player in MLB history to have his uniform number retired. His amazing baseball career was cut short by amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, ALS for short. It has been 75 years since the legend lost his life, yet he still lends his name to the disease.

Up until a few years ago, I knew nothing about ALS. Unfortunately, it took the diagnosis of someone I care about for me to learn anything about it. Sally Panfel is my boyfriend’s aunt and my friend’s mom and there was a shift in the world as we knew it when she was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. There are moments that come with the beginning of a journey like this that are difficult to forget and impossible to explain. Tears streamed despite protests, hugs lacked the comfort needed, and answers were no where to be found. The night we got the news is etched in my memory with unbearable detail.