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June, 2011

  1. Mobile Munchies

    June 24, 2011 by SavvyInTheCity

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    Food trucks in Atlanta?!? Yes, it's true!

    Atlanta has finally joined the throngs of major cities with food trucks. In fact, I feel like we were the last city to get food trucks, which you can read more about here (article from Mobile Cuisine Magazine).

    I started a new job two weeks ago… and it's conveniently near not one BUT TWO food truck parking spots. So last Thursday (the day the trucks park in our part of town for lunch), some colleagues and I walked down to check out the goodies from the five or six trucks hanging out at the Woodruff Arts Cente4 (1280 Peachtree – Midtown Atlanta):

    – Gourmet and interesting flavored popsicles via the King of Pops* (I had the raspberries and creme – probably the best thing I ate that day)
    – Tacos and burritos of the Tex Mex and Korean varieties (photos below of  the Yumbii food truck, Tamale Queen)
    Sweet Auburn BBQ barbecue sandwiches, lemonade, etc.
    – Mini hamburgers and sliders from a food truck I don't remember the name of
     

    Food trucks are great for lots of reasons. Food costs are often lower because the trucks don't have to pay to lease (and maintain) restaurant space, nor do they need to hire waitstaffs. They're mobile – how cool is that? Also, word on the street is you can even bring your own drinks to some areas where they park.

    I had tacos (fish and steak) and a tamale (and a bottled water) from the Tamale Queen. The tacos were just spicy enough, though I must admit the steak was a touch on the dry side. Total foodage investment: $9. Regardless, I was a happy camper. And of course I had to make room for a King of Pops' sicle ($2.50). Dessert aside, $9 is pretty affordable for a tasty lunch.

    When do food trucks hang out in your neck of the woods? Check out this helpful link from Atlanta Magazine.

    Learn more about food trucks in Atlanta on these sites:

    Atlanta Street Food Coalition
    Access Atlanta
     

    *As an aside, I had no idea King of Pops now has several locations in Atlanta, as well as Asheville, Athens and Charleston offerings – good for those guys!


  2. <$50 Outfit Post (Summa'time Edition)

    June 23, 2011 by SavvyInTheCity

     

    Confession: There's a reason I don't put up more outfit posts…

    I am insanely lazy in the mornings. I wouldn't want to wake up early just to snap a few photos, not to mention I put my makeup on in the car and sometimes even shower in the morning and let my hair air dry. Makeup free, wet dog look = not such a great look. Maybe that should be a mid-year's resolution (no, not taking more outfit photos – trying to leave the house presentable).

    It's been a while since I posted a $50-or-less outfit. So here I am (after work, of course, so I could catch a few more minutes of sleep)…

    – Mossimo (Target) tee: $3 at the Junior League's Nearly New thrift store, which is a great spot in Atlanta – off Howell Mill. Who buys pre-owned t-shirts that retail brand new for $8? This girl does! Not to mention it felt never-worn or worn once.

    – NY & Company skirt (also from the Nearly New – for $6)

    – Elastic-y, art deco-y belt from Salvation Army (Athens, GA) for $2 a million years ago (okay, maybe 9 years ago). I wear this thing about twice a week.

    Dolce Vita for Target wedges. Love these $30 summer sandals, but sad they're showing signs of wear. See bottom of this post.

    – Total 4-piece outfit investment: $41

    I've really been enjoying my Dolce Vita for Target espadrilles, however the "faux leather" isn't holding up so well. I suppose you get what you pay for. See the grey spots on my heels? That's where the faux leather is rubbing off. Regardless, these babies have earned me pretty good CPW (cost per wear). I bet I've worn them 20+ times since mid February. (See the post where I fell in love, here.)

    What are you wearing this summer? Finding any good deals?

    – Katy


  3. The Hipper Side of Sears

    June 20, 2011 by SavvyInTheCity

    You saw the results of the Husband-picks-Katy's-clothes challenge from a few weeks ago — but that post only showed one tiny part of Sears.

    Sears department store has upped the ante. Not only does the retailer offer a Lands Inn section for the conservative clad, it's also stocking its shelves with on-trend, fun pieces.

    During my shopping adventure with Dan, I stole a few minutes to try on items of MY liking. Honestly, the store had many skirts, tops, dresses and blazers that spoke to me — and that were $40 or less. I was especially excited about the French Connection UK line. It's fun, colorful, contemporary and doesn't take itself too seriously.

    I went into the dressing room with an armful of clothes. Here are some of my faves:

    Lightweight sundress. I feel like I should be in Miami wearing this dress, or like I should bring it along to Cabo in a few months. I believe this French Connection UK collection dress (including the skinny faux leather belt) was $40.

     

    French Connection UK dress paired with a clearance blazer by Apostrophe (on sale for $18, I believe). What I like about this blazer: gold zipper, cropped sleeves, asymetrical cut… it feels very late 80s or early 90s (in a good way). I brought the blazer home with me. 😉

     

    Same blazer in taupe — though this color looks more faux suede than it does in black.

     

    This top also came home with me (usually $42, on sale for $28); also French Connection UK collection. Fatigue looks are still big in 2011, and I realized I don't have many military-inspired pieces. I can wear this with jeans, black slacks, a khaki skirt or over my crazy onesie/jumper.

    Give Sears a shot… you may be surprised! (For reference, we visited the Northlake Mall Sears location in Tucker, Georgia, on the northeast side of Atlanta.)

    What fun finds have you picked up this summer?


  4. (Revisiting) Sweet Elegance Bridal

    June 8, 2011 by SavvyInTheCity

     

    Nearly a year ago I posted about Sweet Elegance, a bridal boutique in Decatur, Georgia.

    At the time, my dear friend Megan was an excited bride-to-be, looking for the perfect wedding dress. She was planning her March 2011 wedding and feeling just a little nervous about finding a dress she felt really comfortable in… (read the whole post here).

    What I couldn't show you a year ago was that perfect dress! Megan never thought she'd end up with a strapless gown, but this one looked perfect. The shop also modified the dress fit slightly to give it a mermaid silhouette. She looked fantastic!

    Here's Megan's take on working with Sweet Elegance on her bridal attire, in her own words:

    Pros:
    – Shop was willing to work with a budget (several shops in Atlanta will refuse to see you if you don't have a certain budget)
    – They know their stock and understand what will work on a particular body type — I remember you or mom picked one and they shot it down saying that a seem would look funny on me, and as soon as they pointed it out we realized they were right.
    – Positive positive positive attitude… as someone who was petrified about finding a dress they made me feel GREAT about the whole process, including my body, my budget, etc.
    – All of the positives above also applied to the mother of the bride dresses as well — my mom had a great experience.

    Cons:
    – Read one negative review where someone hated that they control the trying on of wedding dresses: they didn't allow her to try on what she wanted to try on. if you aren't willing to be open, and relinquish control this probably isn't the shop for you. 
    – Alterations: This may be common to most shops but the alterations appointments were only during work hours.

    Overall thoughts: these ladies know what they are doing. They had me in a dress I loved on the fourth try — not a bad score card if you ask me. I believe they are expanding to the space next door. They are all about customer service, and they have great taste in bridal gowns as well. One suggestion: schedule an appointment at an off time, as Saturdays are crazy for them.

    Clearly this is a bride who looked fantastic and felt great. Congratulations, Mike and Megan!!!

     

    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.

  5. Fun for a Cause: Big Hair Ball (June 18)

    June 7, 2011 by SavvyInTheCity

     

    I wanted to share with my readers an event in the Atlanta area benefiting Angels Among Us Pet Rescue: a great group of people that saves lives every day by rescuing dogs and cats from high-kill shelters. The event is an 80s themed fundraiser called The Big Hair Ball, and it is just a few weeks away on June 18. Included in the event: a cocktail hour with silent and live auctions (including some big ticket items and nice smaller things too), dinner, music and dancing, raffle prizes, and of course, it will be 80s everything all night long!

    Tickets are $85, but it's $750 to reserve a table of 10. It's a great cause, and my friend Sandy works with this group on a regular basis. The group is entirely funded by donations and would not be able to save so many animals without people supporting these events. (Come on, you know you've been secretly looking for a reason to bring your mullet back to life, or wear that scrunchie at the bottom of your sock drawer! Now's your chance!) Sounds like a pretty fabulous night to me!

    Saturday, June 18, 2011

    Country Club of the South
    4100 Old Alabama Road
    Johns Creek, GA 30022

    Cocktail hour and silent auction 6:00 to 7:00 followed by
    dinner and dancing to all of your favorite 80’s tunes!
    *80’s Attire Ball and Black Tie Optional.

    Go to www.angelsrescue.org/bighairball to purchase tickets.

    Just for fun, here's a picture of my sister Anna and me from one of our 80s prom parties…