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September, 2011

  1. Eager for Boot Weather

    September 21, 2011 by SavvyInTheCity

    Gah, I am so eager for cool weather!

    My boots, scarves, sweaters, leggings and other layers are ready to come out and play! Since yesterday was relatively cool (at least for a September Georgia day), I decided to pull out the tights and a blazer for the first time this season.

    This was also my attempt at channeling the likes of Jessica Alba, Rachel Bilson and Reese Witherspoon, who often do a great job of pairing feminine dresses with more rugged, androgynous flat boots.

    Yes I finally got to wear the combat-ish-style half-booties I bought on eBay back on June…

    and I don't want to give away all my tips… but you can really find some KILLER blazers at Goodwill. This one is lined and super durable construction… and Tahari (new ones retail for ~$150). One Buckhead Betty's discarded item can become a Decatur Deal Diva's new treasure….

    I've really enjoyed this Pierre Cardin silk dress, though it's sickening to think I've spent more on dry cleaning it a few times than I paid for it.

    My fave Goodwills in Metro Atlanta:

    Buford Highway (near the intersection of Buford Highway and North Druid Hills) – ATLANTA
    3337 Buford Hwy NE # 340A, Atlanta, GA 30329-3743

    Perimeter (real close to Perimeter Mall and Target in Dunwoody) – DUNWOODY
    1165 Perimeter Ctr W # 100, Atlanta, GA 30338-5442 (770) 350-7895

    Northlake (by the LA Fitness and Northlake Mall) – TUCKER
    3983 Lavista Road # 136, Tucker, GA 30084-5157


    Gotta work on the focus in these kinds of photos like whoa.

    p.s. it didn't occur to me until mid-day yesterday that while this parking deck "felt" private, I'm sure people in the high rises all around me were probably quite entertained by my antics…

    p.p.s. this is also uber close to being a <$50 outfit at $63. Curses!

  2. Black and Blue

    September 15, 2011 by SavvyInTheCity

    Remember how I was swooning over Kendi Everyday's and my former colleague Kat's cobalt skirt looks (coincidentally worn the same week) a while back?

    Well, now I have a cobalt skirt of my own! Thrift excursion success!

    Vintage skirts can be tricky because the sizes are so misleading/confusing (and tough on the self esteem). I wear 2-3 sizes bigger in skirts made in the 70s and 80s compared to skirts of today. I was lucky (and happy… and blissfully ignorant of the size tag) to find this one fit just right. If want to find a fun, solid skirt (emerald green, red, purple, cobalt, orange are all fun right now) to wear this fall or winter season, definitely give Goodwill a chance before you splurge on something at Banana Republic, Ann Taylor, Mod Cloth, etc.

    Necklace is from one of the charismatic thrift stores along the main row of Carytown in Richmond, Virginia. If you're ever in Richmond, definitely stop by Carytown. For you Atlantans, it's like Virginia-Highland meets Little Five… but maybe bigger/better (dare I say?).

    Michael Kors silk blouse (picked this up at the Junior League of Atlanta's annual Belk shopping event for dirt cheap. It's a little small, but it's fine when tucked into a pencil or A-line skirt)

    Blue skirt from Last Chance (Decatur). This secondhand clothing shop is a little more expensive than Goodwill (the skirt was $6) but still features many great/fun buys.

    Peep-toe heels were a great buy from Ross a few years ago. Carlos Santana's heels are especially comfy, considering the height — and in my mind, Ross' selection nearly as good as TJ Maxx's… at lower prices.

    I've really gotten a lot of mileage out of this funky/chunky necklace. One of the "diamond" rhinestones fell out, but I'm going to keep wearing it because honey badger don't give a…

    p.s. maybe I ought to change my "<$50 outfit posts" to $60 or less. So many of them are JUST over $50. Today's grand total (including the necklace) was $54.

    – Katy

  3. Tres Thrifted

    September 12, 2011 by SavvyInTheCity


    I've heard some style bloggers advise against wearing too many thrifted pieces at once. I really think that applies to over-the-top funky or vintage pieces (to keep from looking like you're dressing in costume). If your clothing items are current and no one knows they're thrifted, who cares?

    I found this F21 bow-tie blouse and seafoam green GAP chinos/khakis/whatever-you-want-to-call-them at the Buford Highway Goodwill two weekends ago. My jacket is actually from the very same Goodwill (it's the best in my opinion) but is a find from nearly two years ago.

    If you care, shoes are Steve Madden via eBay and the glasses are perscription but are from Zenni Optical.

  4. Taqueria del Sol: Love/Hate Relationship

    September 12, 2011 by SavvyInTheCity

    (Taqueria del Sol in Decatur – 359 W Ponce de Leon Avenue. Do I spy someone wearing crocs? What the heck?!)

    Somehow the Soup Nazi was still in business during Seinfeld's hay day. He bossed people around and shouted, "no soup for you." Somehow, people still returned in droves.

    I am similarly la moth to the flame when it comes to Taqueria del Sol.

    It's the restaurant I love to hate. These folks are the modern Atlanta taco Nazis. They dole out rules as fast as they hawk out delicious, affordable tacos, enchiladas and yes… soups/chilis.

    For Taqueria virgins, allow me to explain. Noshing on a taco gets complicated when you patronize this joint. They have more rules than setting up a Catholic wedding.

    A few rules of taco engagement at Taqueria (all are based on personal experience):

    1. You cannot save a table for you and/or your friends until you've ordered. I can respect this rule, mostly. Order, then go get yourself a table, friend.

    2. If you have friends meet you there, they should go to the back of the line, and you cannot save a table that fits all of you. Again, this is pretty standard (though it would be nice if they granted an occasional exception on saving a table big enough for your whole crew).

    3. If you want to order takeout, you can only order FIVE (5) items (total). Want two Carnitas, one Memphis, one Fish Taco, Guac/Chips and a cup of Corn Chowder? Too bad. That totals to be six items and you will only be allowed to order five items. Total. Not six items, not seven items. FIVE total. Pick five things you love and deal with it.

    4. If you want to order takeout, you must wait until the person ordering takeout in front of you is completely done. That means if I, Katy, want to order takeout and some random dude named Joe is ordering takeout before me, I have to wait until Joe has 1) ordered his five items max 2) paid for his items 3) been handed his items before I can even speak to the bartender/cashier about takeout. Deal with it.

    5. My all time favorite rule… if you have friends waiting in line and you have already ordered, you cannot (I repeat, cannot!) bring your friends in line any food you've already bought. I tried to bring my brother and sister some chips and salsa we'd already ordered and paid for. The results weren't pretty. I handed my sibs a plate and a manager quickly came over and sternly said, "excuse me! You cannot give them chips and salsa to eat while they're in line!" I must have been clearly dumfounded. "What do you mean?" I asked. The response: "Because then EVERYBODY ELSE in line would want chips and salsa!" (ummm… not my problem)

    Also, it's not a rule, but they are not open on Sundays.

    All these things considered, I cannot stay away. The tacos are cheap ($2.35), the sides are delicious (spicy turnip greens or beans, anyone?) and the salsas/guac/queso divine. The salsa trio is really quite magical with three different types of salsa served with chips for about five bucks. TDS' shrimp corn chowder doesn't mess around — and the pork green chili often makes it onto my order. (Note: no max on number of items for eat-in). Yum. Taqueria has a weekly feature that often hits the spot, such as the "cheeseburger taco:" a delicious ground beef taco with spicy yellow queso. Dinner for two including a drink per each will probably only set you back about $30. (Explore the menu here.)

    You actually ARE allowed to skip the line and order a margarita, glass of wine or beer from the bartender (not the cashier) while you wait. Just be polite.

    Despite all the rules, I recommend you give Taqueria a try.

    Taqueria del Sol has three locations in the metro Atlanta area (Decatur, West Midtown and Cheshire Bridge) and one in Athens. The restaurant web site indicates that additional locations are coming soon in Gainesville, Orlando and Jacksonville, Florida, as well as Philadelphia.

    Taqueria del Sol restaurant home page here. Yelp reviews here.

  5. Bo-ho Bulldawg

    September 6, 2011 by SavvyInTheCity

    Last weekend, the hubs was out of town… so I took the opportunity to go spend some good quality time with my sibs Anna and Paul in Athens*. (Paul is a senior at the University of Georgia, studying animation, and is a UGA cheerleader — so look out for him on TV! Anna is a kick-A 8th grade math teacher in semi-nearby Dahlongea, Georgia). Needless to say, we had a great time.

    Seeing in that it's still 90+ degrees in Georgia, I decided to dress warm — and team spirited (Georgia colors are red and black… GO DAWGS!) — for my visit:

    This is so very ALMOST a <$50 outfit:

    – rando skirt (not a memorable/noteworthy label) – $5 at the Buford Highway Goodwill (Atlanta)
    Steve Madden leather ankle strap sandals ($29 incl. shipping via eBay)
    – $5 Old Navy tank
    – Funky pendant necklace – $16 at a secondhand shop in Richmond, Virginia's super-cool Carytown Neighborhood (loads of neat shops and restaurants)
    – Total investment for 4 pieces: $55

    This is one of the first maxi skirts I've found that 1) didn't make me have a mom a$s and 2) was decently long. I don't think I'll ever find one that I could wear any amount of heels with. 5'9 doesn't work well for maxis. What attracted me to this particular skirt (in addition to its price point) was the ruching and the fun dangly pull strings.

    And of course we couldn't live through a hot Georgia afternoon without a little family fro-yo adventure. We went to YoDawgs Yogurt on Baxter Avenue, a new shop that my bro Paul insists is "the best – maybe even better than Menchie's." I found the selection to be good, the price to be great and the yogurt to be almost on-pair with Menchie's. They did have a few less toppings than Menchie's, but that was okay with me (I will mix yogurts in the same cup all to hell, but for some reason I won't do toppings! Call me a yogurt purist.)

    Here we are at YoDawgs, which has a fun/oversized print of Sanford Stadium decopaged to the wall. Fun.

    Thanks, A&P, for coordinating a fun weekend of family silliness!


    My pal Mb, get ready for your first UGA game. The countdown is ON!!!!