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July, 2009

  1. The Hunt: White Button-Up

    July 31, 2009 by SavvyInTheCity

    While perusing the Forever 21 blog this morning, I was reminded that I’m on the hunt for a nice white-button up. There’s something crisp, clean and fresh about white button-up tops… and I want one (okay, maybe two or three).

    I just want the shirt, but entire outfit seen here
    Top only here ($15.80 at F21).
    The shirt above looks a little more summery and lightweight, so I’d also like to find one suitable for winter (especially so I can have a top to pair with this skirt I found a few months back). Maybe one like this:
    Brooks Brothers Non-iron Tailored Fit Dress Shirt ($89.50 or two 
    for $149) — these were featured as one of Oprah’s favorite things 
    a few years back. (But wtf is going on with this lady’s hair…?)
    So where would you shop for the perfect white button-up shirt?

  2. Recommended Buy: Layerable Tees from Target

    July 28, 2009 by SavvyInTheCity

    Summers and falls in Atlanta are great T-shirt weather. Layer ’em, pair ’em with jeans, wear ’em over swimsuits or dress ’em up tucked into flowy skirts.

    Right now I’m digging these deep V-neck tops from Target, available in most colors of the rainbow for $8. I love the layerability (new word?), the touchably-soft cotton and the tiny pockets. 
    In my closet: heather grey and coral. Next up: lime and baby blue.

  3. Wallet-friendly Cuban Lunch (Papi’s on Ponce)

    July 28, 2009 by SavvyInTheCity

    Since I hadn’t seen one of my besties in TOO long, Moeko and I decided we should meet for lunch. We each threw out a few suggestions (SpoonNoodleThumbs Up Diner) before Moeko remembered she’d been wanting to check out a little Cuban joint called Papi’s
    She had me at “Cuban.” Visions of plantains and flans danced in my head.
    I picked Mo up at her office and we headed toward the restaurant’s Ponce and Myrtle Street location in Midtown. We found sweet street parking on Ponce and entered the colorfully-painted cafe. We weren’t sure if we were ordering at the counter or waiting for a host to seat us. We were quickly redirected to a quaint downstairs seating area, full of other hungry lunch-breaking workers.
    The menu is simple but not lean. Daily specials like like chicken fricassee compete against classics (classic cuban sandwich, jerk chicken, etc.). We’re two girls that like to eat. We opted to split an appetizer but asked the waitress for her recommendation: maduros versus tostones (both are plantains but one is ripe and the other is green). Without skipping a beat, she recommended the green plantains (tostones). Served with a spicy tomatillo-tasting sauce, the large (and lightly pan-fried) plantains were a great way to start the meal. Just the right amount of salt, sweetness and heat.

    Large plate of tostones (green plantains) with a 
    kickin’ sauce – $1.99 at Papi’s
    Since Mo went with the authentic cuban as her entree, I decided to order the ropa vieja (shredded beef) sandwich. Moeko’s was a perfect balance of smoked pork, ham, mayo and the regular condiments. My sandwich elicited groans from me — tender chunks of slow-roasted beef with a tangy and spicy Cuban flavor. 
    My ropa vieja. Now that’s a lot of sandwich.
    Moeko gnaws on her classic cuban sandwich
    Half a sandwich with a few bites of an appetizer would probably satisfy most lunch diners — but a full sandwich and a shared appetizer only set us back about $9/each with tax and tip included. We found our service to be fine and the food to be good. I’d go back in a heartbeat.
    (Papi’s also has locations in Kennesaw and Stockbridge.)
    – Katy

  4. The Bead Shoppe

    July 23, 2009 by SavvyInTheCity

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    posted last week about serendipitously stumbling upon The Bead Shoppe in Avondale Estates. What a cool, unique and neat place — and a shop that should not be overlooked by Atlantans.


    The Bead Shoppe’s Web site tells me that the shop is “Atlanta’s one stop bead store for all your jewelry making and beading needs including:  exotic beads, vintage beads, glass beads, Czech glass beads, crystal beads, Swarovski crystal, seed beads, Native American beads, African sandcast and bone, semi-precious stones, jade, sterling silver findings, copper findings, headpins, toggles, ear wire, beading wire, bead strands and much more.” And “new classes and inventory are always being added.”



    My eyes tell me The Bead Shoppe carries a helluva lot of items to build your own jewelry — as well as ready-to-wear pieces. I spotted beads-upon-beads in every shade and material under the sun, chains, vintage pendants and brooches, rings, clasps, beaded strands and more. Seriously, anyone with a hint of estrogen would have a field day in this place. I left the store last week with a simple chain used to make a tassel necklace and a chain made of various-shaped squares and circles — and I’m dying to go back and make something else. 



    I should also add that The Bead Shoppe helped me get both of my necklaces in working order before leaving the shop (versus handing me a bag of my supplies and wishing me luck DIY-ing).

    I saw a sign on the door that said “private parties available.” When asked to elaborate, the gal behind the counter guaranteed that the private parties are tons of fun — and when I inquired, she enthusiastically assured me that bottles of wine and snacks are more than welcome. I’ve been to pottery shops’ studio space with wine in tow — but something tells me making a necklace or a bracelet may be a little more rewarding than an ugly platter. 

    The Bead Shoppe
    2849 E. College Avenue
    Avondale Estates, Georgia
    (404) 296-9898

    – Katy

  5. Best Sandwich in Atlanta?

    July 22, 2009 by SavvyInTheCity

    Decatur Metro has a great discussion going about where to find the best sandwich in metro Atlanta. See the post and discussion here

    Where do you think we Atlantans can find the best sandwich in town? I’m a pretty big fan of the [pricey] sandwiches at Star Provisions — oh, and I think Taco Mac does a pretty good job with its sandwiches and wraps. Oh, and West Egg’s fried green tomato BLT is pretty amazing. 
    Mmmm. Food.
    Katy