December 15, 2017

Exploring Atlanta: Inman Park

Inman Park mural

Eeek! My first post in my new series! I'm so excited to share this with you all. After moving to Georgia and living in the Atlanta area for about 12 years now, I've grown quite fond of certain neighborhoods, restaurants and annual activities Atlanta has to offer. Every day there's something going on and every day I fall more and more in love with this beautiful city. I wanted to share all of my favorite areas and spots with you all in case you're deciding to visit or move here. I'll be sharing my favorite places in Atlanta on a monthly basis so if you have any neighborhoods you want me to share next, let me know!

My first post is all about my absolute favorite neighborhood, Inman Park. Settled east of Downtown, and south of Virginia Highlands, Inman Park is full of history and you can't beat its delicious up-and-coming food scene.

Beetlecat in Atlanta

Quick History

Inman Park was Atlanta's first planned suburb developed by Joel Hurt in the late 1800s. It was named after Samuel M. Inman, a popular business man at the time. As with many planned communities, it was built as a means of segregation, dividing the poor and the wealthy in areas that were deemed decrepit and beautiful. Large and ornate Victorian style homes were built and street cars were developed allowing the wealthy quick and easy access to and from the city.

Unfortunately, the popularity of cars among upper-class Atlantans made Inman Park less desirable after awhile and thus the max exodus to northern suburbs happened leaving those "undesirable" inhabitants to move in. Oh no! What ever should they do?  Atlantans began to flip these multi-units rentals into the glory they once were and Inman park became "beautiful again." Despite the history the beauty of Inman Park and why I love it is how diverse it is. The community feeling is strong, and you'll never feel out of place. Plus, the food game is strong here and a girl's gotta eat.

Barcelona restaurant in Atlanta

yellow house in Inman Park

How To Get There

Inman park is really accessible. I usually travel by car and park (for free) on a side street or at the park. But, if that's not your thing, you can get there by walking the Beltline or take the MARTA.

-By Car
-By the Beltline

Victory sandwich bar

My Favorite Foodie Spots 

... and these are a few of my favorite things. Oh how I loveeee a great restaurant. You're in luck because IP is home a bunch of them. If you're feeling seafood, check out Beetlecat. The oysters are delish. If you like fancy steak, check out Kevin Rathbun's joint. If margarita's are your thing, then you must hit up Superica at Krog St. It's life changing.

-Beetlecat $$$
-Folk Art $
-Kevin Rathbun $$$
-Bread & Butterfly $$
-Ticonderoga Club $$
-Superica $$
murals in atlanta's Inman park

What to See /Instagrammable

IP is full of beautiful landmarks. Everything here is totally Instaworthy. Keep your camera and phone battery charged my friends.

-Inman Park, Springvale Park, Delta Park
-Krog Street Market and Tunnel... more murals
-The Woodruff House
-The Trolly Barn
a street in atlanta's inman park

the brasserie in atlanta

What to Do

The tour of homes is def on my list of things to do next year. I've been on so many solo trips just driving around, but I'd totally love the full experience with a historical background.

Annual Inman Park Festival - held during the last weekend in April
Tour of Homes
coffee shop in inman park

a shop in inman park

Have you been to my favorite part of the city? Let me know your favorite spots to go. I'd love to explore some more. 

December 14, 2017

12 Days of Christmas: Santa's Little Helper Mix

On the second day of Christmas I made a delicious snack sooo quick I even surprised myself. The name needs some work, but this is the epitome of a Christmas trail mix: White chocolate, popcorn, pretzel pieces, and red and green M&Ms. Yummm! Making the mix took under 10 minutes and after chilling were ready to eat in 10 minutes.

You'll Need

White chocolate morsels or white candy melts
Red and green M&Ms
1 bag of popped popcorn
Powdered Sugar (optional)

Let's Get Started

1. Start lining a cookie sheet with parchment paper or foil and set aside
2. Pop your popcorn on a normal setting in the microwave or stove top and add to a large bowl or to the cookie sheet
3. Add the pretzels pieces, sprinkles and M&Ms to the bowl or cookie sheet
4. In a double boiler, melt the white chocolate stirring frequently until loose
5. Quickly add the melted chocolate to the mix and distribute evenly ensuring all pieces are coated in chocolate
6. Allow to set in the refrigerator for 10-15 minutes or until the white chocolate is hardened
7. Optional, Sprinkle with powdered sugar

Once your mix is cooled you can dig in. I like to store these in large cookie jars because hiding them in tins would be a disgrace to Santa. And yes, these are super sugary and "unhealthy", but Christmas isn't about counting calories, am I right? Come back tomorrow to read my 3rd day of Christmas post.

December 13, 2017

12 Days of Christmas: Classic Christmas Makeup

Classic Christmas Makeup blog header

To me, the epitome of holiday make up is a bold red lip. It's iconic and universal. Normally, you wouldn't dare wearing both a bold lip + shimmer + smokey eye, but holiday glam breaks all of the rules. Trés chic! It's amazing! I paired Cheerleader from Tarte with a smokey eye and a bit of shimmer. And you guys, if you haven't already purchased a lip paint from Tarte, buy one now. I wore this all day and ate and drank with was still there. Definitely in my top fave lip products.

If you haven't heard, I'll be posting everyday for the next 12 days as part of my 12 Days of Christmas series so check back tomorrow for my next post.

Products Used

MAC Paint Pot in laying low
Naked 2 Palette
Colourpop pressed shadow in conundrum
MAC single shadow in courderoy
Urban Decay Diamond Dog
Pixi Glow Mist
Benefit Porefessional
MAC Strobe Cream
Smashbox Liquid Halo foundation
MAC Concealer in NC45
Fenty Beauty Matchstick in Espresso
Laura Mercier Translucent Powder
MAC Mineralized Skin Finish
Covergirl Queen Collection Bronzer in ebony bronze
Colourpop Super Shock Check in New Lowes
NARS highlighter in Albatross
Urban Decay Deslick setting spray
Inglot gel liner 77
Ardell demi wispies
Tarte Tartiest Lip Paint in cheerleader

November 10, 2017

Drinking Enough Water and Minding My Business

There have been many times in my life where I caught myself being down right thirsty. I have a horrible habit of caring too much about what everyone else thinks of me and trying and failing, to assimilate.

November 07, 2017

At Home Gel Nails: Application & Removal

I get obsessed with quite a bit of things. Dogs. Rosé. Value sets at Sephora (I have my eye on this one ATM). My obsessions come and go. So it wasn't a surprise when one day all I could think about was gel nails.