Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Black Friday

Well, it is almost that time again. I personally was never one to get up early to go shop, but I do love going to the mall (at a reasonable hour) to shop on Black Friday, there is just something fun about it for me. I do know that many people rather gouge their eyes out with a stiletto than go to the mall on the busiest shopping day of the year, but not me.

As you may have noticed if you have watched the news in, oh I don't know, the last 3 months, the economy is, well, not in a great place. As a result, store are offering even deeper discounts this holiday season and I encourage everyone to take advantage! Think of it as your duty as an American. Below are 2 sites that have details on store hours and discount for Black Friday. Sadly, they don't include any of my favorite stores, but none the less, still a good resource. I am also a big fan of shopping the day after Christmas. Saks, Neiman's usually have great sales on Dec. 26.

Don't forget that some of the best deals online can be found the Monday after Thanksgiving, now being called "Cyber Monday". Not sure if it has the same ring. Make sure you check out your favorite websites on Monday to see what kind of deals you can find. Feel free to post in the comments section any good deals that you know of!

Monday, November 24, 2008

Disposable Income + Urban Cottage Event!!!!!!!

We are SO excited that we are having out FIRST EVER Disposable Income event.

We are pairing with one of our favorite stores, Urban Cottage for an amazing shopping event.
From Sat Dec. 6 from 6-10 PM we will be having drinks and food from local restaurants, coffee from Aurora, music, free gift bags (first 50 people- trust me they are amazing and have awesome stuff. I really want one!), plus there will be Tarot card readings, and Breathless Paper will be on hand. AND you will see our DI picks for top holiday gifts with special pricing for DI readers! (I think that could be my favorite part)
Please pass this on to everyone you know! More details to follow...
See you there!

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Big Angel Blowout- Holiday Shopping Event

This weekend is the 15th (and last) Big Angel Blowout. Each year, the Inman Park gallery, Whitespace has hosted this holiday shopping event. I have never attended and am excited to go this year. The event features all kinds of local artists and is a great place to find amazing gifts and support local artists. It starts tonight and goes through Sunday.

Whitespace Gallery
814 Edgewood Ave, Atlanta 30307
Nov. 20-23

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Sweetgrass Spa- Appreciation Day Today!

Check this out- if you have time this afternoon/ evening- check out Sweetgrass Spa in L5P for some really great deals on services and FREE stuff today only until 7pm!

- 20% off ALL Services
-20% off ALL Aveda Products
- 15% off Gift Certificate Purchases
- Free Bang Trim
- Free Chair Massage
- Free Hand Massage
- Free Make-up Application

Click on the image below for Sweetgrass's website and location details. Enjoy!
(Thanks Carla K. for pointing this great deal out!)

Friday, November 14, 2008

ICE Show this weekend- Sat. Nov 15

I highly recommend checking out the Indie Craft Experience (ICE) show this weekend.

It is a collection of crafters from around the southeast who come together to sell their homemade items. Here is a good description from Public Broadcasting Atlanta (I give credit where credit it due!).

You won’t find any macramé wall hangings at the Indie Craft Experience. Well, maybe you will, but chances are the person who made them find them as amusing as you do.

The Indie Craft Experience isn’t your grandmother’s kind of craft fair. The crafts at ICE might have a hipper edge or an ironic playfulness that one doesn’t usually associate with traditional crafts. They might incorporate vintage fabrics, goofy graphics, or re-purposed material into designs that feature skulls, superheroes, or robots; it’s punk rock played with needle and thread.

It’s not just the crafts on sale that set ICE apart.Co-founders Christy Petterson, Shannon Mulkey and Susan Voelker envisioned the Indie Craft Experience as more than just a craft market. It offers crafting workshops, vegan baked goods, and a clothing swap benefiting local charities. And what other craft fair has live bands?

If you go, make sure you stop by Concrete Lace's booth (#35)- that is our friend Katie K.! We love her hand- letterpressed postcards!

Saturday, November 15, 11-6 p.m.
Admission $5 (proceeds go to Hagar House and Handmade Nation)

Located at 585 Wells St. SW * Atlanta, GA 30312 (check out the website for more details)

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Sales Sales Sales!

Now that the economy is not doing so hot (understatement of the year), retailers are feeling the pinch and are offer lots of sales. Now is a great time to shop if you have income to blow (or just feel like doing your part to stimulate the economy).
This is one reason why I choose to tie up my assets in shoes :)
Check some of these deals out:


Kate Spade: I recommend checking out the shoe selection.

Shop Bop:

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Fun Shopping Event- Shop and help others at the same time!

Join Nest Atlanta for a girls night out and Holiday Stroll Friday November 21st from 6-10pm

Loction- “The corner” of Virginia and North Highland Avenues. Enjoy coffee from Aurora and Sweet Treats from LuLu Blue and have your Tarot read by Madame Mandela!

Feel good about your purchases! A % will be donated to Nest Atlanta whose vision is to assist women in developing countries begin or maintain an art or craft based business using microfinance loans.

If you don't know much about mircoloans or microfinancing, check out the above website for Nest or go to

Begins at 6pm at Urban Cottage
Wine & hors d’oeuvres
will be served throughout the stroll.

participating boutiques:
Urban Cottage
Bella Cucina
Mitzi & Romano
Mitz’s Shoebox
Eco Bella
Denise Disharoon
Coleccion Luna & Dialogue
Concrete Lace

Come on out!- Friday November 21st from 6-10pm

Sunday, November 9, 2008

A peek at Taqueria del Sol in Athens

I was in Athens this weekend and stopped by The Grit for brunch this morning. On the way over we passed by the newest Taqueria del Sol that looks to be opening soon in Athens.

If only they had thought to build this Taqueria four years earlier when I lived on Childs Street. Instead, there was just an old car repair shop that hadn't been repairing cars in years.

The new TDS is at the corner of Prince and Childs Streets,
just up the street from The Grit!

Dang, man! I'm totally jealous.

Friday, November 7, 2008

Krafty Crafters at Kraftwork!

I stopped into Young Blood Gallery last night to visit two talented and crafty ladies, Lori and Becky, at Kraftwork, a monthly indie craft market. Not only were Lori & Becky's booths filled with delightful handmade finds but the rest of the booths were filled with fun stuff, too. Plus, you can't beat $2 bottles of Stella unless you were drinking a six-pack on your couch!

Here are some pictures from the night:

the kraftwork market!

felted owl ornaments by glue & glitter

more owls plus aprons by
glue & glitter

awesome note cards by loriming

jewelry from the fireball collective

If you didn't make it out to this show, don't miss it next month!

The first Thursday of every month from 7-10 p.m
Young Blood Gallery & Boutique
636 N. Highland Ave

Atlanta, GA 30306
More details here

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Who doesn't want to ride dirty?!

...especially when riding dirty means that you challenge some of the best Atlanta restaurants to compete for the tastiest wine and food pairings under $25.

This is what makes the man behind the blog, Dirty South Wine, brilliant and the rest of us mere food mortals. Check it out:

"Dirty South Wine, Atlanta’s top wine blog, has announced
the 2008 “Riding Dirty” Atlanta Wine Pairing Challenge. Fifteen of Atlanta’s top
restaurants will prepare a wine and food pairing to be served at their bar for
under $25. The goal of the challenge is to showcase the restaurant’s skill and
creativity in wine pairing, while presenting incredible, affordable combinations for
the Atlanta dining public.

Restaurants must choose a glass of wine from their current list of by-the-glass
wines, and the food may be either a small plate or appetizer from their standard
menu. The pairings will be served to the judges at the participating restaurants
and will be evaluated based on three criteria: taste, creativity and value.

The judges are:
1. Matt Richardson (aka Rowdy Food)
2. Broderick Smylie (ATL photographer
3. Hardy Wallace (publisher of

All pairings will be chronicled and written up on Dirty South Wine. At the end of
the challenge, an overall winner will be named, and the 2008 “Riding Dirty” award
presented. Along with the overall winner, several subcategories will be
announced as well.

The following Atlanta restaurants have agreed to participate:
Holeman & Finch
Woodfire Grill
La Tavola
ONE. Midtown kitchen
And the ISAW charity (International Society of Africans in Wine)

The tastings will occur throughout the month of November, and winners
announced on December 3, 2008. Progress in the “Riding Dirty” Challenge can
be followed at, and updates and news can be followed
on Twitter under #dty (for Dirty)."

Snaps, people! I am drooling over this restaurant list. Why didn't I think of this first, damnit?!

If you want to participate, twitter your thoughts with a #dty tag. (My first tweet will either be, "drool #dty" or "completely jealous #dty" - maybe both.)