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31 October 2014

Halloween in Atlanta

Greetings from California! We are having a great time, and I cannot wait to share everything with you. In the meantime, HAPPY HALLOWEEN! Halloween is my most favorite holiday, and I can actually say that I am disappointed to miss it at home this year. But even if I'm not there, I've rounded up a few happenings around Atlanta for your celebrating pleasure. Have a spooktacular Halloween! 

Cypress Street Pint & Plate – 80s Zombie Prom - October 31st, 8 p.m.
Tonight walkers from across the city will gather at Cypress Street Pint and Plate in their finest for an evening of thrills during the inaugural Cypress 80s Zombie Prom. Beginning at 8 p.m., makeup artists will provide guests with zombie “make-unders” to help transform Midtown’s favorite neighborhood haunt into a retro 80s style prom scene.  In the spirit of tradition, Cypress will award the evening’s best-dressed pair the coveted titles of Zombie Prom King and Queen, as guests capture the evening’s best moments in an undead photo booth, complete with a backdrop to set the theme. Plus, Cypress will donate a portion of VIP ticket sales to The Giving Kitchen. General admission is free and VIP tickets are available for $25. We love going to Cypress to nosh on their BBQ egg rolls, and I am sure this event will make the place even more fun! 

Winter Wren – Trick-o-Treat Halloween Celebration – October 31st, 6 p.m.
Join Winter Wren for a spooktacular celebration this Halloween. Beginning at 6 p.m. on October 31st, all ages and pups are encouraged to get into the Halloween spirit at the stylish boutique with trick-or-treating, spooky cupcake decorating, a costume contest and more.  All guests in costumes (or if guests are simply escorting their favorite little monsters or furry costumed friends) will receive 20% off all purchases that evening.

RedPepper Taqueria – Day of the Dead Celebration, November 1st, 5 p.m.
I have to admit that I've only been to Red Pepper once, but I would have loved to attend this event. Head to either location on Saturday, November 1st as they celebrate Day of the Dead. With live music, traditional decorations, specialty cocktails, and more, all ages are welcome to experience an unforgettable day that also includes complimentary face painting from 5 to 7 p.m. at Briarcliff and 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. at Buckhead.  Kids are also invited to create their own masks, while specially designed masks from the Red Pepper team will be available for purchase. 100% of proceeds will be donated to their co-worker and popular bartender Jonathan “Spanky” Billick to help cover medical expenses in his fight against melanoma.  Love an event with a good cause. Makes it even more fun than anticipated.

Make your Halloween and your weekend a fabulous one!


29 October 2014

Happy Birthday to Me + a 30 before 30 Update

Today is my birthday, and I've officially hit a milestone...I'm 30! Ironically, I haven't had too many qualms about the whole last year of my 20s thing. Age has always been just a number to me. Maybe it's because I've always been told that I'm mature for my age. Maybe it's because my friends and I had a very very very tame decade. Maybe it's because my husband is eight years older than me. Whatever it is, I've always just sort of watched birthdays come and go (with pomp and circumstance, of course). 

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I have to admit though, a few days ago the age set in for me. I hate to say the whole cliche "I thought I would have accomplished more by 30" thing because that is certainly not the case. I don't like when people say that because you're simply not being grateful for the time you have had. In my 20s, I received not one, not two, but three degrees. I got married. I traveled abroad. I watched my siblings morph into people I actually liked. I made some huge professional strides. I published my writing. I learned to love food...maybe a little too much of that. 

But the one thing I wish I had done is taken a few more risks in my 20s. Magazines usually tell you that's the time to do it. Unfortunately, I missed that boat, but fortunately for me, I recognize it now, and I am ready to take a few. It's time. 

Two years ago, I created a 30 before 30 checklist of things I wanted to accomplish before today came. I didn't quite get all of them done, but I am pretty impressed with the things that I did well as the things that I'm no longer interested in doing at all. I love the change that we experience as people without even realizing it. Life is cool like that, y'all. For all the things that aren't crossed out, I plan to take care of them eventually. I need something to look forward to!

Finish my specialist degree
Present at a Regional or National Conference
Become Google certified (no longer interested)

Take a photography class
Get a professional headshot
 Take a photoshop class
Consistently blog 5 times/week (no longer interested)
Attend a blog conference
Meet & have a drink, coffee, meal, or activity with 5 bloggers (I've met so so many more!)
Partner with a brand I love

Speak with and learn from a personal stylist
Find a red lipstick
Invest in one, timeless, quality bag
Add three of the classics to my wardrobe (guides here, here, & here)  
Decorate a room from start to finish by myself
Attend a foreign film
Visit 5 new destinations
Buy a piece of real art (Hunter helped with this)
Learn how to play tennis
Have my writing published in at least two publications
Go to see a movie alone
Learn how to bake a pie, crust to finish
Plan a dinner party
Go on a girls weekend trip with my best friends
Host a holiday meal
Pay for someone else's toll (how have I still not done this?!)
Put $10 in savings for every goal accomplished (or this?!)

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