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  1. Return to Goodwill: June 2014

    June 30, 2014 by SavvyInTheCity


    My friend and former coworker Veronica moving back to Atlanta from DC was a great reason to 1) get together and catch up 2) explore Buford Highway* eating and 3) thrift. I went with Veronica Goodwilling just before she moved a year and a half ago and she's been hooked since. Shocking but I think I've only been to Goodwill once or twice since I had Margot 13 months ago, and one of those times was to look at gently used baby books. Oy. #ThingsChange

    We decided to meet at a place we'd both heard a lot about but hadn't experienced firsthand: White Windmill Bakery's original/main location on Buford Highway. We had no idea quite how fabulous this Korean bakery and cafe would be! Wow. The spacious and updated cafe featured close to 40 types of fresh breads (all with samples handy!!) include chocolate croissaints, mochi bread, sugared doughnuts with sweet rice, toasted bread with green tea cream cheese, sausage bread and more. The flavors ranged from sweet to savory and featured all kinds of spices from curry to cinnamon brown sugar and back again. We each sampled 10+ breads. Okay, it  may have been closer to 20.



    We also spied gorgeous desserts in the icebox: macaroons, fruit tarts, tiramisus, etc. Yum.

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    Time to order.

    When the cashier heard it was our first time, he said something to the effect of, "this time, just try a million things; next time you're here, you can buy something."

    We didn't listen. We each brought a chocolate almond croissant twist bread (would serve 2-3 people for under $4) of sorts to take home, and I nabbed a cheesy sausage bread ($2.50) to enjoy with coffee. Veronica's frozen blended vanilla latte was incredible. (I wanted to get a breakfast sandwich but they don't serve them on Sundays. No biggie.)



    Yum… we will definitely be back. I could see myself stopping by here en route to work to pick up treats for colleagues. Forget Alon's or the other (more expensive) bakeries/cafes. I'm hooked on White Windmill. Not to mention it's right by my fave Treat Your Feet foot massage joint. Hehe.

    White Windmill Bakery & Cafe
    5881 Buford Hwy.
    Doraville, GA 30340
    (770) 234-0914

    From there we headed over to the Northlake-area (Lavista Road) Goodwill location. Veronica hadn't been to this one before. You may have read on my blog that the Buford Highway and Lavista Road locations are my favorite two Goodwills in town. Both are consistently clean, organized and most importantly stocked with many quality items.

    Once inside, Veronica noticed that much like the BuHi location, the store had J. Crew, Banana Republic and Loft aplenty. We tag teamed and scored big (it's always good to shop with a friend… they may spot things you missed, and you can tell each other what sizes and styles to be on the lookout for).

    While I can't remember my WHOLE stash off-hand, it went about something like this:

    • Neon pink and grey striped dress (likely will be a swimsuit coverup) – name brand not memorable
    • Navy polka dot cotton dress (wore today to a Fourth of July neighborhood party!) – name brand not memorable
    • Black bandage dress (formal) for my mom: Trina B. (tags still on! Found the same dress on eBay for $70!)
    • Red cocktail dress with pockets(!) for my sister Anna: French Connection
    • Chambray mini polka dot shirt dress: Mossimo (Target)
    • Black prom dress with sequins, black peals and puffy shoulders (will likely sell on eBay)
    • A few things for Margot: pair of leggings, red sweater (18 months – perfect for the fall) and a white/pink striped, long-sleeved PJ
    • Long, fun pendant necklace (kind of cross shaped with crystals in the center – cooler than described)
    • Total damage: $61





    Veronica also racked up big time.

    • Python career or date night dress: White House Black Market
    • Black lightweight dress with neckline detail: Mossimo (Target)
    • Chambray shirt (didn't note brand)
    • Pink button up career or weekend shirt (can't remember the brand but it was something good, maybe J. Crew?)
    • Navy and white nautical dress (probably will be a swimsuit cover up, maybe in Croatia!)
    • Clarks wedges (probably worn once! Leather!)
    • Grand total: Around $50 (I failed at taking good notes today)


    Great finds!

    Northlake Goodwill
    3983 Lavista Road
    Tucker, GA 30084

    Thanks, Veronica, for meeting up and for giving me inspiration to blog for the first time in forever!

    *Buford Highway is a great stretch of Atlanta with every type of cuisine you can imagine (as well as other off-the-beaten-path clothing and jewelry shops, foot massage spas, ethnic grocery stores and more). Some places are divey; others are a little more mainstream in their appeal. Buford Highway is a gem.

  2. Chunky Jewelry Fashion Friday Recap

    December 30, 2013 by SavvyInTheCity


    So… Margot was feeling a little crummy a few Fridays ago when I set Fashion Friday to be chunky jewelry themed. So I worked from home and took her to the doctor (nothing to be concerned about: just that standard daycare baby congestion). That meant I didn't get to take pictures of/with coworkers of our chunky jewelry!

    Here's the necklace I wore from home that day though, styled a few different ways. It was a gift a few Christmases ago, picked up by my mother-in-law at a great shop in Panama City, Florida, called (naturally) "The Florida House." They have a great online boutique to check out as well. This is one of my favorite necklaces (chunky or otherwise).


    My sister Katie's wedding in May 2012 (yes, our family is so big that we started to repeat names). One shoulder chocolate Jessica Simpson satin dress is from eBay (new – $35). I've gotten a lot of wear out of this dress. Spray tan (something I do about twice a year for special occasions) from Raw Bronzing Studio here in Atlanta.


    With Dan in late November (2013). Photo credit Meg Davidson Photography. We love Meg! She's a great, Atlanta-based photographer who does very laid back family and baby photos. Dress is Apartment 9 from Kohl's (a gift from my mom two Christmases ago that I still wear often).


    With my mother-in-law Claire in April 2013 while I was pregnant with Margot. She gifted me with the necklace! I'm wearing an Old Navy maternity dress that I also found on eBay (for $30 new). One of my favorite maternity pieces.

    Hope you all had lovely Christmas breaks!

  3. Fun Fashion Friday: Animal Print

    December 12, 2013 by SavvyInTheCity


    You voted Animal Print as the theme for the most recent Fun Fashion Friday (aka Audience Particpation Friday).

    My seven-month-old daughter Margot even joined the fun.


    (I'm sporting a denim shirt, black skinny pants from the GAP, black andkle booties and my leopard infinity scarf from my favorite affordable accessories place in town: Hurs!)

    Leopard infinity scarves were all the rage.

    And animal pattern accessories made an appearance (see La's bracelet)!

    This Friday we're going with funky/bold jewelry (as requested by Vica).

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  4. Two Weeks of Fun Fridays: Fun Frames & Knits

    November 26, 2013 by SavvyInTheCity


    The ladies of* decided we would keep up the fun and have another Fun Fashion Friday theme.


    Two weeks ago we opted for a "Fun Frames Friday" vibe.


    I picked up these funky frames a few years ago from online discount eyewear super store Zenni Opitcal (that's me on the far right). Mike and La pulled theirs from the video prduction team's prop closet. Ha!

    This past Friday it was knit wear. I'd say we had a pretty good sampling… scarves, vests, a cape, cardigan, etc. Another boy even participated inadvertently!



    So what do you think we should do next? Vote it up… and feel free to participate long distance and share your pictures!

    UPDATE (Wednesday, December 4)! If you want to participate from afar, the winning theme for Friday is ANIMAL PRINT! Rrrar!

    *The views expressed via my blog are my own and are by no means the opinions of my employer. This blog is unaffiliated with my day job.

  5. Bringing Back Crazy Boot Day at Work

    November 11, 2013 by SavvyInTheCity


    Oh wait, I have a blog? I need to blog!


    I can't believe it's been FOUR years since the last crazy boots day post. Clearly lots has changed. I'm at a "new" job (though my first day there was over three and a half years ago), I'm a mom, we live in a different house, etc.

    However, my love for fun boots remains true. And when I asked the gals who sit near me Thursday if they would be up for a "Crazy Boots Friday," they were so in.


    (L to R: La Bonnae, Katy (moi!), Thais and Christina)


    La opted for a cognac dressy, heeled boot. I wore my suede over-the-knee, grometed boots (a little edgy for work but I said "what the hell?" and it was casual Friday). Thais rocked the cowgirl look with her jeans. And Christina was cozy in some lined, plush snow-type boots.

    And it was NOT planned that Christina C. and I both wore kelly green jeans.

    We even have Fab Frames Friday planned for next week (La's idea).

    What boots are you loving this fall?