When I lived in Seoul last year, I had a blast discovering Korean brands, especially since a lot of them have picked up on the somewhat western notion of sample sales. Thanks to Twitter (which, until April, was still relatively preferred over me2day), I had a heads up on all my favorite Korean fashion labels. Sometime in November, I was alerted to the fleamadonna sample sale, located in an office building in the confusing back streets of Apkujeong (압구정). I'm glad I took the trouble to find it, because I walked out of there with three incredible pieces.
This was my personal favorite, as it was being sold at a local boutique for over $120USD. I love the droopy sleeves and the cropped cut... and the pearl studding, of course. One less thing to remember to sling around your body in the morning.
Saturday began with a scary drive through a torrential downpour in order to meet Jinah for lunch at JCT Kitchen. It's become one of my favorite restaurants in Atlanta. The food is consistent, and it's a perfect introduction to the modern southern fare that's finally gaining recognition. I've previously taken two visitors there for dinner, where we had the good fortune of scoring a fried chicken entree (incredibly delicious), but this was my first time going for lunch. I ordered a shrimp po' boy with truffle fries, while Jinah had the grown-up grilled cheese. The tomato soup was sweeter than I've tasted, but it was mind-blowingly delicious. I got conned into eating two of these brioche doughnuts, which were so light and fluffy that I couldn't believe that they were fried. This isn't a place for calorie counters, so put on your buffet dress and eat away.
Spent a bulk of the weekend stuffing my face over in the Westside Provisions area in West Midtown. We've come a long way since blogging about it in 2009. (Thank God.)
Sunday brunch was at an old staple, West Egg Cafe. This place has a special place in my heart, because it takes it name from The Great Gatsby. (Say what you will about it, that book addresses every problem in contemporary America.) I hate the 45 minute wait that always precedes any meal here, but the hearty brunch fare makes me think that the wait is a small price to pay. Went for the blue plate this time, instead of my usual green tomato wrap. God, I love their potatoes.
The message on the windows is ironic, isn't it? Hah.
Wearing: John Varvatos for Converse top, Diesel high waist shorts, Club Monaco gingham checked jacket, Thakoon wrap harness boots, Celine Micro Luggage bag
Who: Joanna Hillman (see her at The Covateur)
What: Senior Fashion Market Editor, Harper's Bazaar
Fashion M.O.: pairing fitted basics with bold accessories, red lipstick, large sunglasses
Fave Designers: Alexander Wang, Miu Miu, Eddie Borgo
On my trip to Covington, we made a pit stop at Oxford, GA, under the mentality of "might as well since we're already here." What's to see there, you ask? Oxford College, and a Rite Aid. There's no denying its relation to Emory, but the complete absence of people on campus on Saturday made for a great place to take photos. We could've shot a college brochure.
Have you been sticking to your new year resolutions? I didn't make any, but I've been eating the leftover candy, cakes, and pies from the holidays so I'm going to make a resolution now to stop eating crap. I'm throwing back a bunch of blueberries now while reading this list of famous last meals requested by international criminals. Not a single piece of tofu listed, but John Wayne Gacy asked for a pound of strawberries.
Wearing: Opening Ceremony cropped sweater, Uniqlo white button down oxford, Zara swing skirt, Balenciaga cut out boots
Despite Atlanta's unnaturally warm weather, I've immersed myself in the winter blues by wearing my favorite color (or the mixture of all colors ever created in the entire world), black. Nothing says "starving artist" or "hiding holiday food baby" like a classic noir ensemble.
I bought this dress during the post-Christmas sales and have lived in it since the day Fedex delivered it to my door. The great part about this outfit is that no one has yet caught onto the fact that I've worn exact outfit every time I've seen them since late December. I'm a total ninja without even trying.
Did you pick up anything good during the sales? Share your deals with me, so I can ooh and ahh with you.
I discovered via Covnews.com that one of my guilty pleasures TV shows was filming in Covington, GA (40 minutes from Atlanta) and decided to try and fulfill a 2011 goal. As sad as it may be, I'm completely obsessed with vampires, whether it's in book, computer game, television, or movie format. I haven't missed a single episode of "The Vampire Diaries" since it began airing on the CW. Unfortunately, this post isn't going to be accompanied by a glam shot of me cheesing crazily with Ian Somerhalder (Damon) or Nina Dobrev (Elena). Hunger won out at the end of the day (that, and boredom as Covington can be explored in 10 minutes), so we left rather quickly. But I have compiled a handy guide for all you TVD fans as reference on the offhand chance you're a crazy stalker like me.
1. When you first arrive in Covington, you will most likely pull into the town square. Ahhh, the site of 90% of the first season (and the second and third), there are countless photo ops. The statue in the square center has been featured as a Mystic Falls "founding father," and across the street is the giant clock, counting down Elena's humanity. The Mystic Grill sign can be seen, but don't expect to see Matt or Jeremy serve you a burger. It's a prop, and the building seemed empty when I was there.
2. 1131 Church St. - Also located off the square, Scoops is an ice cream shop frequented by cast members and staff alike. I didn't partake in their offerings, but I loved their yellow lacquer rocking chairs.
Evidence of werewolf activity on the pavement - Floyd St., on the way to Elena's house.
3. 2104 Floyd St. - Elena's house. Smaller than I thought it would be, but that is, indeed, the porch where Damon and Katherine-as-Elena shared their first kiss. I think this is a private residence now.
4. 2129 East St. - Tyler's house. Just a few steps away from Elena's house, this gated beauty can only be viewed from the street. (How much do you love those white lacquer stag busts?!) But if you look at the first house on College Avenue, you will see the cranes and dollys used by the film crew.
5. Covington Cemetery near Conyers St. - the site of the first scene of the entire series! Do you remember seeing Elena write emo-crap into her journal and then looking up to see Stefan creepily staring at her? This is where it all began! If I were a super fan, there would be an accompanying photo of me reenacting the scene, but I'm not that classless... yet. Gram's house is somewhere around here, but I couldn't be bothered to find it. Her house was crap, anyway.
Thanks to Lillie for taking most of the photos. Also, for not complaining about my general lunacy. I blame it on the full moon. But you ate all the gummies.
I have no shame in admitting that I've spent the last two weeks compiling this gem. Unless you think it's utter crap. Then I might have to punch your ear drums with Eiffel 65's "Blue (Da Ba Di)" on loop. (I can't believe that video's been viewed over 23 million times. What is this world coming to?! Don't answer that, it's rhetorical. The Mayans predicted it years ago.)
So, it's time for bed, and you want some quiet tunes to lull you into a deep slumber void of giant apes attempting to take over the world. Just hit play and let Nico, Sia, and Bon Iver lead you to your zzz's.
1. I Can't Make You Love Me/Nick of Time - Bon Iver
2. Skinny Love - Birdy
3. Lullaby - Sia
4. Fast Car - Kina Grannis
5. I Will Love You - Fisher
6. Someday - Nina
7. Breathe Me - Sia
8. Duet - Rachel Yamagata
9. Another World - Antony and The Jacksons
10. Dream A Little Dream of Me - The Mamas and The Papas
11. Sadie's Song - Katie Herzig
12. Fade Into You - Mazzy Star
13. I Found A Reason - Cat Power
14. You're Beautiful (Clean Version) - Chester See
15. Your Song - Ellie Goulding
16. Love Is A Losing Game (Original Demo) - Amy Winehouse
17. That's Someone You Never Forget - Elvis Presley
18. Some Things Last A Long Time - Beach House
19. Such Great Heights - Iron and Wine
20. Delicate - Damien Rice
21. Love Is Requited - Elisa
22. A Case Of You - Joni Mitchell
23. Cielito Lindo - Marta Gomez
24. These Days - Nico
25. Black Flies - Ben Howrd
26. Teach Me How To Fight - Junior Boys
27. Grey Room - Damien Rice
28. Cold - Aqualung and Lucy Schwartz
29. Reverse - Gabrielle Aplin
Saw the Holiday Lights exhibit at the Atlanta Botanical Gardens. It's stunning and up until Jan. 7th. If you haven't been yet, GO. Although I do have to warn you about the crowds, strollers, and wandering children. Don't forget to pick up 3-D glasses on the way in to make your stroll extra enjoyable.
Rang in the new year with the most fabulous boys in Midtown at the GAGAPOCALYPSE party. You wouldn't believe how much decoration was involved in this shindig. I finally had a decent excuse to pull out that Alexander Wang mesh embossed dress that's been rotting in my closet for the past two years.
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