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June, 2010

  1. Sweet Auburn Curb Market

    June 25, 2010 by SavvyInTheCity

    (Wish these weren’t on Fridays. I work OTP!)

    The Atlanta Street Food Coalition Presents The Urban Picnic 


    Atlanta’s Aspiring Gourmet Street Food Cart Vendors will be Open for Business during Lunch Hour at Sweet Auburn Curb Market


    What: The Urban Picnic, presented by the Atlanta Street Food Coalition, will return to the Sweet Auburn Curb Market this week. The monthly event is held on the last Friday of every month and gives citizens of Atlanta a rare opportunity to sample and experience street food from over a dozen of Atlanta’s aspiring gourmet street food cart vendors including, Burro-Pollo Chicken Burrito Stand, Good Food Truck, King of Pops, The Pickle, Souper Jenny, Yumbii and more.



    The coalition hosts monthly events to help foster a strong street food culture in the city of Atlanta and to bring attention to the need for food trucks throughout the city. The Atlanta Street Food Coalition’s ultimate goal is to lobby for and see implemented a regulatory system that encourages food trucks and street vendors who will bring healthy food options to areas of the city that are dominated by convenience stores. It is the Coalition’s belief that this movement will create new and exciting businesses in previously undeveloped and underserviced areas.



    Where: The Urban Picnic by the Atlanta Street Food Coalition at the Sweet Auburn Curb Market

    209 Edgewood Ave SE
    Atlanta, GA  30303


    When: June 25, 2010

    11:00a.m. – 2:00p.m.


    Contact:         Scott Smallwood                     

    Atlanta Street Food Coalition                 

    404-495-4508 office                           

    770-598-0111 mobile                    


    About the Atlanta Food Coalition

    A not-for-profit organization with one mission: Bringing Atlanta’s thriving restaurant community into the streets via food carts and trucks.


    About the Sweet Auburn Market

    The Sweet Auburn Curb Market, located at 209 Edgewood Avenue SE, Atlanta, GA 30303, hosts merchants selling fresh vegetables, meats, prepared foods, and other dry goods six days a week, year-round. Cafes and a fair-trade coffee shop make the Market a regular daytime destination., or 404.659.1665.



  2. Summer Safari

    June 25, 2010 by SavvyInTheCity

    Yesterday I mentioned that I picked up a sweet (and brand spankin’ new!) men’s GAP button-up in olive green.
    I didn’t put together the outfit in time for What I Wore’s reader challenge post — but here’s my attempt at a Safari-Chic:

    Can’t wait to get a nicer camera!

    • Green, two-pocket Safari-style men’s shirt (GAP via Goodwill – new – $5)
    • Cream-colored cotton tank (Old Navy – $6)
    • Off-white linen pants (Banana Republic via eBay – new – $12)
    • Twigs necklace (gift from my girl Megan)
    • The budget buster: Diba shoes ($58)… also seen here
    The necklace:
    I thought this necklace would be perfect for this outfit. It feels very African-inspired. While I call it a twig or pretzel stick necklace, it’s actually some kind of very tough fiberglass-like material. 

    Speaking of What I Wore‘s Safari challenge, I am so excited to be introduced to Seven Dollar Pants, a blog led by a dynamic Toronto duo. Christine (below) was the fave outfit of the What I Wore challenge. She called this outfit her “Zookeeper” look. I can tell these gals are going to be very inspiring! They’re thrifty, creative and stylish: three of my favorite things.

    — Katy 

  3. A Family That Thrifts Together, Stays Together

    June 24, 2010 by SavvyInTheCity

    Goodwill Family Affair Part 2:
    With fam in town for our little housewarming shindig, we just had to fit in a little thrifting time. Thank you to Paul for spearheading the adventure. We had quite the successful day at ole G’Willy.

    Paully Wally, Mom, Anna Fo-fanna.

    Mom really racked up on this particular trip. She’s always been a fan of black and white (or black, white and red) — and the Lavista Road (Tucker, Georgia) Goodwill had plenty waiting for her. Isn’t she adorable in this wide houndstooth belt? The mama hasn’t done much with high waisted belts — but now she’s ready to rock this one ($4). See far below for her whole cart.
    Another fun find by la madre. 
    These Rampage brand kitten heels had never been worn. Love the oversized houndstooth pattern and the little bit of grey mixed in ($6, I think).

    Anna was also a big winner in Sunday’s thrift excursion. I sooo wish the below shoes had been my size. Alas, they were not right for me but perfect for Anna. 
    Page boy shoes were $10 (label says “Graceland”). So super cute — and work appropriate. (Anna just accepted an 8th grade teaching position. Congratulations, Fo-fan!)
    These $10 shoes remind me a lot of these precious black leather ones (below) from Shabby Apple (shout out to the Asian Cajuns for telling me about the cute offerings of Shabby Apple). Anna’s are just as cute but $90 less.
    They also remind me a lot of these sassy red shoes Olivia shared for Audience Participation Friday a few months ago  (“Favorite items under $20” edition).
    Anna also picked up these fun and funky 80s running tights by Hind ($5)…
    And a men’s polo, three books (Memoirs of a Geisha, Diary of a Freedom Writer and Teaching Students with Special Needs) and a ceramic coffee mug. Her total damage: $24.
    I also came home with a men’s button-up. I was lucky enough to find a GAP brand olive green, two-pocket safari-style button-up much like the one below. NEW WITH TAGS (marked $44.50). Goodwill had it marked for $10 — then I got half off at the register because it had a red tag. Five bones for a brand new shirt ain’t bad. I’ll share my outfit post incorporating the shirt tomorrow.
    I also bought a purple knit vest by Casual Corner ($4) and three books (I Know This Much is True, The DaVinci Code and Revolutionary Road). Thrift stores are such a great place to find books for cheap, even new releases. My total damage: $12.
    Paul found a jackpot item as well: a mint condition, red North Face rain coat for $5. I know the frat boys at The University of Georgia are going to be mega-jealous.
    Mom’s goods (in addition to her belt and Rampage shoes: mini houndstooth flats, some cute red Merona flats and three ceramic coffee mugs.)
    That was fun, fam!
    Goodwill –
    3983 Lavista Road
    Tucker, GA 30084-5157
    (770) 723-1112

    Note: the LaVista Rd. metro Atlanta location is one of the cleaner, newer, more organized Goodwill locations. Even the bathrooms seem to be in fine shape.

  4. Summer Housewarming Party Style

    June 21, 2010 by SavvyInTheCity

    Yesterday, I posted on my other blog (“Katy Streams Her Consciousness”) that we had a little housewarming party slash cookout on Saturday.
    What does one wear to a late June housewarming party? Well, I think we can confidently look to my friend Lauren, who looks absolutely adorable for anything and everything.
    Here’s how Lauren attends a summer inside/outside housewarming party in style:

    Summer casual chic in an Ann Taylor LOFT jeweled tee ($45), Ann Taylor LOFT crinkle shorts ($50) and some mauve espadrilles by Restricted. (shoes bought at the Columbus, GA, boutique Pursona for $53.)

    This top has a party in the back — check out fun the ribbon tie. (Photo from Ann Taylor LOFT)
    Such fun and feminine details.
    I love that the shoes are slightly pink but still neutral.

    And here’s what I wore:

    Black shorts from H&M ($25), four-year-old black satin espadrilles from Old Navy ($12, I think), linen Safari-ish top from Ross by Ecologie ($14) and a black/brown/gold costume necklace I found on eBay a few years ago for $8. Aren’t you jealous of our astro-turf patio?
    What would you wear to a cookout or summer housewarming party?

  5. Sweet Elegance Bridal

    June 17, 2010 by SavvyInTheCity

    Gotta tell you locals about Sweet Elegance Bridal.

    No, I’m not renewing my vows after less than two years; I went wedding dress shopping last weekend with one of my besties.

    Megan had a few pre-reqs for her wedding dress, all of which are reasonable: flattering cut, fair price tag, elegant style… and good customer service from the bridal shop where she’s buying. (The latter seems like it would be easy, but we’ve had too many frustrating experiences with wedding dress shopping and bridesmaid dress shopping. Note: stay away from New Natalie’s.)

    I digress. When Megan did her preliminary wedding dress hunting online, she kept seeing that the dresses she liked were carried at a Decatur shop called “Sweet Elegance.” So she made it the first stop on her wedding dress journey.

    Sweet Elegance is a small bridal boutique on Church Street in Decatur, Georgia. Amidst a sea of car dealerships, you could almost miss this gem of a shop — not to mention its simple black awning and strip mall locale doesn’t do its interior or experience any justice. The store specializes in dresses from $400 to $5,000 in a variety of styles and cuts.

    The shop is owned by a mother/daughter team. Aimee, the mother of the duo, opened the shop about five years ago when she felt a void needed to be filled in Atlanta. She and her daughter felt as though all the bridal boutiques were overpriced, provided horrible customer service and/or didn’t carry flattering and elegant styles.

    When a bride makes an appointment at Sweet Elegance, she isn’t rushed or pressured to try on dresses far out of her price range. Also, because the boutiques are experts at understanding the female body, they choose the dresses they feel would most flatter the bride.

    Megan’s experience was no different. She only had to try on four dresses to find “the one.” Aimee showed us how Megan could alter the skirt of the dress for an even more “wow” silhouette. The sales staff was friendly and courteous and really made the experience feel special for Megan. She tried on veils and earrings and even did a little silly practice walk “down the aisle.” And her mom was comfortable with the price.

    Of course I can’t post a photo of Megan on this blog until after her Spring 2011 wedding — but I CAN show you a teeny crops of a photo. Isn’t that the face of a gal who’s found the right dress? Mike is going to have his socks blown off when he sees her walking down the aisle!

    1652 Church Street
    Decatur, GA 30033

    (404) 292 – 8424

    Appointments Mon. – Wed. from 10:30 to 6; Thurs. – Friday 10:30 to 7; Saturday 10 to 6. Closed Sundays.