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Glory, Glory to Ole Georgia

R.I.P Larry Munson (pictured with Katy Ruth Camp)

Katy Ruth Camp with Larry Munson.

On the night of Nov. 12, 2005, under the lights of Sanford Stadium that suddenly seemed so harsh and glaring, I punched an Auburn fan.

OK, not really. I mean, no one really believes that, right? I’m 5’2” on a good day and have tiny hands that can’t cover the laces of a football – not to mention I was barely 21 and looked like I was 18. But I did give him a good, scary, Southern girl earful. You see, on that night, after the Deep South’s oldest rivalry ended with Auburn beating Georgia 31-30, this Auburn coed (as my beloved Loran Smith calls students) was happily, drunkenly and brutally kicking the beautiful green hedges lining our beloved field as I walked by.

No one kicks our hedges. No one. And he was no longer kicking them after that talking-to, either.

Bellwoods Social House – Atlanta

Bellwoods Social House Punch

Bellwoods Punch

Bellwoods Social House is a much needed addition to Atlanta’s Westside. At the intersection of Howell Mill and Marietta Street (literally next door to 5 Seasons Brewery) this new meeting place has such promise! The patio is perfect for people watching. Pretty Southern was privileged to be invited to friends and family night, thanks to our pal & head mixologist at Bellwoods – Arianne Fielder. Arianne’s signature cocktails can be found on the menus of many of Atlanta’s leading establishments, such as the 75 South – with Cathead Honeysuckle Vodka, bubbly, fresh strawberry and lemon. The Bellwoods signature punch is the perfect sipper with Cathead Vodka, Merlet Creme de Frambroise, fresh lemon, cane sugar, bubbles & berries. Ari’s “torched” Old Fashioned is arguably one of the best in the South.

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“Torched” Old Fashioned at Bellwoods Social House


Other Southern inspired cocktails include the Kentucky Sundress with Woodford Reserve and strawberries, The Primrose, Ashville Smash, plus a bevy of shot options. Local brews include Monday Night Brewing’s Fu Man Brew, and a stellar wine list with something for every palette. The food here is top notch. The culinary team includes Leif Johnson, proprietor & chef of Bite Bistro & Bar in Alpharetta, and Jason Morgan – former sous-chef at Bite. We sampled the potato skins with bacon and tahini sauce, several flavors of hot wings, “street corn on the cob”, and pizza with bacon & prosciutto.

Bellwoods full menu includes heavy appetizers, tacos, burgers, sandwiches, salads, shrimp & grits, large plate options, and a forthcoming killer brunch menu. Bellwoods Social House opens to the public on Thursday, Aug. 28. For more information, follow them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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Saucy and savory chicken wings are available in multiple flavors

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Corn on the cob…and a stick!

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Gimme pizza! With bacon, prosciutto, and tasty veggies.

Who else has checked out Bellwoods Social House? What did y’all love? Let us know in the comments section below!

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Cheers y’all!


Lauren Patrick is the editor of Pretty A native Southerner, UGA graduate, and Georgia Bulldogs fan, y’all can find her writing, wining, and dining in Atlanta. Keep up with her & Pretty Southern on Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram.

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!

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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.