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February, 2012

  1. Take Off Your Jacket… and Stay a While

    February 26, 2012 by SavvyInTheCity

     

    Some people feel distressed/sad/disappointed/unfulfilled when they don't make time to exercise. Well, that's how I feel about blogging. When I haven't blogged in a while, I'm disappointed in myself and I feel like I have so much pent up content/ideas/stories/etc. Thank you to my sister Anna for helping me get out some of the blogedness I've been holding inside for the past few weeks. Note to self: keep working hard in the day job but make time to blog!

     I've been wanting to do this post for a while because I'm a blazer and jacket fanatic — and we're in the throws of light jacket weather here in Atlanta. Below are a handful of my faves.

    There's one thing all these blazers and jackets have in common…. they're all from Goodwill! And with the exception of the brown suede Alfani blazer ($10), the vintage, grey leather trench ($16) and the sleeveless trench (originally $5 but paid $10 to have the sleeves taken off), all the blazers and jackets pictured here were $5.55 or less. You certainly can't beat Alfani, Armani Exchange, Banana Republic, GAP, Limited, Tahari and fun vintage pieces for that price tag. My guess is that the Tahari black (slightly sateen) blazer retailed for around $350 or $400.

    One of my personal missions is to clear up the stigmas that 1) it's hard to find anything good at Goodwill and 2) that Goodwill is only for people who can't afford to shop other places. (Goodwill needs paying customers of any/all kinds because it's mission is to provide job opportunities and development. They can't staff up without shoppers!)


    Thanks to my beautiful/helpful paparazzi sister for helping me with today's post! Oh, and she's the one who gifted me with the super cute berry-colored, wool Talbot's blazer. And to put the cherry on top, it was serendipitous that she showed up to my house today wearing a thrifted — and totes cute — jacket herself (The GAP, I believe). I'm so proud!

    What are you wearing this time of year? Any good thrift finds yourselves?
    – Katy (aka Savvy in the City)


  2. Work Humor

    February 6, 2012 by SavvyInTheCity

    It's Sunday night. The Super Bowl has wrapped (great halftime show, Madonna!) and I'm thinking about the work week ahead.

    These two videos, one shared with me by a former colleague and one from a reader, really resonated with me.

    1. "Stuff PR People Say." I used to work at a PR agency, though I worked in a department that specialized in employee/internal communication. If anyone else worked at a PR agency or at an advertising, digital, interactive marketing agency or similar, you'll probably get a kick out of this, too. Maybe this cracks me up because I know I'm also guilty of many of the cliches. ("Did you get my e-mail?" "Yeah… let's have a brainstorm around that.")


    Stuff PR People Say (on YouTube)

    2. "Meetings." Some companies love some meetings. Looking at my Outlook calendar for tomorrow, it looks like I'll be in meetings for about 4 or 4.5 hours of my day. But I'll admit I'm sometimes guilty of being the meeting scheduler! Good thing for me that I love my job and usually find the meetings I attend helpful. :) "What's today's meeting about? Tomorrow's meeting!" (thanks for the laugh, Monica)


    "Meetings" (from YouTube)

    What are you doing at work this week?


  3. Froyo Returns to Savvy in the City

    February 6, 2012 by SavvyInTheCity

    "Hey Katy – I noticed it's been a while since you posted about froyo…"

    I got an e-mail something to that effect from a dude named Chris, who is helping publicize Yogurtland's frozen yogurt brand.

    He asked me if I might be interested in sampling some Yogurtland product and offered me $10/worth of gift cards. Okayyyy, twist my arm. I don't review every product I'm offered, but good thing for Chris (and for me)… froyo falls right in pace with my regular blog content (and my heart's desire).

    So my colleague Shannon and I went to check out the W. Paces Ferry (Atlanta) Yogurtland a few weeks ago to be the personal judges of its flavors, price, variety and location.

    Upon first glance, Yogurtland felt similar to many of the other pay-by-the-ounce froyo places that have popped up around the A. A little closer look showed me they have a few more flavors than average: 16. On the day we went, Yogurt Land was serving up the following flavors:

    – Dutch chocolate
    – Madagascar vanilla
    – Double cookies and cream
    – New York cheesecake
    – Toasted coconut
    – Pistachio
    – Pecans and pralines
    – Milk chocolate an hazelnut (read: NUTELLA!)
    – Red velvet cupcake batter
    – Taro
    – Snowflake mint
    – Fresh strawberry
    – Cran-raspberry tart
    – Guava pineapple tart
    – Super fruit tart
    – Plain tart

    The flavor offerings and tastes reminded me much of competitor Menchie's (which I really like a lot). Oddly enough, there was a Menchie's within shouting distance of Yogurtland. I wonder how that happened.

    Tasty flavors: check. Upbeat music: check (they were playing some kind of top 40 or hip-hop/R&B station that was groovin'). Clean/well-maintained space: check. Good balance of traditional ice cream flavors and healthy flavors (e.g., original tart): check.

    Cons? Calories listed with each flavor (I'd rather not know!), small eating area (see exhibit B), pretty far from my diggs (as the store is in N. Buckhead/Paces Ferry and I'm in Decatur), perhaps too many kids for some adults' tastes (there were LOTS of kids there… then again, we were there at 3:30 or 4pm as schools let out).
     

    Exhibit B (people having to sit on window sill because the three or so tables in the joint were already taken).

    Other vitals:

    – 16 flavors
    – 38 toppings
    – $0.33/ounce (our two cups totaling 14 ounces were $4.65 – not bad!)
    – Address: 1264 W. Paces Ferry Rd. NW; Atlanta 30327

    What's your fave froyo place about town?