Good energy and a strong spiritual foundation reaps goodness and peace coming back to you.
If you live in Atlanta and looking for a cool festival to attend, then the Grant Park Summer Shade Festival is the perfect outdoor event!
The Grant Park Summer Shade Festival is in its 15th year and takes place on August 26-27. The festival serves as an annual fundraiser for The Grant Park Conservancy (GPC). The GPC is a non-profit organization dedicated to the restoration, renovation, beautification and maintenance of historic Grant Park, one of Atlanta’s oldest parks.
The festival is open and free to the public and will include live music, artist market, Kids Zone, 5K run and a dedicated VIP area. Also there will be some good eats and libations offered at the festival as well. There will be some amazing food trucks, Monday Night Brewing craft beer, Bold Rock Cider, and Frida Khalo Tequila and Status Vodka cocktails and more. Fab!
The Grant Park Summer Shade Festival is one of my absolute favorite festivals in Atlanta. The live music is killer! Plus the park is huge so it does not get overly crowded. There is plenty of room to dance, drink and be merry!
Additional details about the 2017 festival including the full performer lineup will be announced in the coming months. For the most up to date information, visit www.summershadefestival.org. Stay connected on Twitter and Instagram at @GPSummerShade and Facebook at www.facebook.com/SummerShadeFestival.
I hope to see you there!
Always be true to yourself.
This weekend, I had the immense pleasure to dine at Parish The Brasserie Inman Park in Atlanta, GA.
This eclectic restaurant is located in the heart of Inman Park in the restored historical terminal building built in 1920. The restaurant has a earthy open and airy feel with exposed brick, natural light and a rustic decor. Gorgeous!
The dinner menu at The Brasserie Parish is simply divine. The menu features creative craft cocktails, delicious wines, unique and fresh appetizers and one of a kind dinner entrees.
We started our dinner experience with The Brasserie Parish’s four signature cocktails. They are:
The Highland Mule made with St. George Green Chile Vodka, Ginger Agave Syrup and Lime;
The Everything Gold made with Rye Whiskey, Fernet, Honey and Lemon;
The Lady Grey made with London Dry Gin, Earl Grey Tea Syrup, O4W Lawn Dart, Grapefruit, Thyme Whiskey, Fernet, Honey and Lemon and
The Bad and Boozy made with Mezcal, Campari, Blood Orange, Agave and Orange Bitters.
Our favorites were The Highland Mule, which was a divine twist on a traditional Moscow Mule with a hint of spice and The Bad and Boozy which is similar to an Old Fashion but without the bourbon. The cocktails were strong while also tantalizing to the taste buds. Fab!
We chose to try several appetizers so we can get a good sampling of the appetizer offerings. As a note, The Brasserie at Parish uses fresh and farm local ingredients for all of their dishes. As a result, every is super fresh, rich and true to flavor. It is orgasmic.
We tried the Crispy Cauliflower which includes fried cauliflower with cucumber yogurt, parsley and feta cheese;
Prime Sirlon Beef Tartare (which my husband adored) with charred onion mayo, bacon, lavish cracker; and
Burrata Cheese which includes pesto, olive salad, tomato toast and serrano ham.
CHARRED ONION MAYO, BACON, LAVASH CRACKERand the Burrata Cheesewas super fresh and a burst of organic true flavor
The Burrata Cheese was definitely one of the best cheeses I have ever tasted. It was unbelievably good on the tomato toast. The Crispy Cauliflower was soooo good. The combination of yogurt, parsley and feta made this dish a star!
For our entrees we choose two of restaurant’s best dishes: The Fried Chicken served with Mac and Cheese and The Lobster and Grits (Mother’s Day weekend only) served with shellfish brandy gravy, crushed tomatoes and local grits.
The Fried Chicken is fried to perfection with none of the grease you get with other fried chicken. It was tender, juicy and crispy. However, I must admit our favorite dish was The Lobster and Grits. The lobster was cooked to perfection and the grits were creamy and flavorful. The gravy added just the right amount of flavor to an already perfect dish.
We topped our meal off with the restaurant’s signature Vanilla Creme Brûlée served with Hummingbird Cookies and the Mint Chocolate Chip which was a mountain of chocolate mousse, mint chocolate chip ice cream topped off with a raspberry macaroon. Swoon!
Divas The Brasserie Parish is a MUST TRY. The food is insanely fresh, delicious and creative. Love, love, love. The Brasserie Parish is open the following days and times:
for lunch from 11:30am-2:30pm Wed-Fri;
for dinner from 5:30-10pm Wed-Thur; 5:30-11pm, Fri & Sat
for Brunch from 10am-4pm Sat & Sun.
You can also make reservations by visiting http://www.parishatl.com/p/reservations.html
I have spent the last 4 years paring down my wardrobe to clothes that I use on a frequent basis, save for a handful of “special “pieces that I have kept with the intention of diversifying my wardrobe. You can imagine how that has played out. At some point I found myself giving away a host of accessories along with special sun dresses and special occasion dresses.
I have a couple of pieces that spark, but they just don’t fit me … they never fit me. Most notably, a pair of Tory Burch Wedge Booties. They are a size ten, black leather with a comfortable wedge and small signature hardware at the ankle. Why am I giving them away, you ask? Because they are a size 10. You see, I am a size 9 and could not find my size. I thought I could make it work, but you know what they say,” You can’t force a fit.” So, I am not going to force it any longer.
I want to give away these beauties to a LuxeTips reader rather than dropping them off at the Goodwill. I just thought you should have first dibs.
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Life is too short to be miserable. Choose happiness.
If you live in Atlanta and are looking for last minute Mother’s Day gifts that will make Mom feel special, then I have a few luxetips for you!
I am always buying gifts at the last minute and these gifts are quick and easy and Mom will be pleased!
Mother’s Day Brunch at the Mandarin Oriental
This Mother’s Day Sunday from 10am-2pm, The Mandarin Oriental Atlanta, is hosting a luxe Mother’s Day brunch with a pop-up flower shop! How unique! Every mom in attendance will receive a custom Spring bouquet. The price is $95 for adults and $45 for children 5-12. Kids under 5 are free. For reservations, call 404.995.7545.
I am a frequent customer of 1-800-Flowers and I love the service! My flowers are always delivered on time and they are just perfect! They are currently having an awesome sale for Mother’s Day. For only $29.95, you can purchase a beautiful bouquet of flowers with free shipping! Simply use code: MDFLASH2017. If you order by tomorrow, your Mom will receive her bouquet by Mother’s Day: May 14th!
Iwi Fresh Garden Day Spa
If can pamper Mom this Mother’s Day without breaking the bank! Iwi Fresh Garden Day Spa, my absolute favorite luxe organic day spa, is offering two Farm to Skin spa services for only $45! Wowza! Choose between a veggie facial, veggie mani, veggie pedi and herbal compression massage. This deal is a must! Love it!
Happy Mother’s Day!
Be honest with yourself about who you are and live that truth.
My absolute favorite luxe fashion event in Atlanta is happening August 28, 2017 at the super luxe Phipps Plaza in Atlanta’s posh Buckhead District.
Jeffrey Fashion Cares is the brainchild of Jeffrey Kalinsky, owner of Jeffrey’s Atlanta and New York.http://www.jeffreys.com Jeffrey Fashion Cares is celebrating its 25th year in existence and the event includes a reception followed by a live auction and runway show featuring Kalinsky’s style selections from high-end designers such as Gucci, Celine, Christian Dior, Givenchy, Valentino, Dries van Noten, Saint Laurent Paris, Balenciaga, Christian Louboutin and Manolo Blahnik.
All proceeds from Jeffrey Fashion Cares are donated to Susan G. Komen for the Cure of Greater Atlanta and The Atlanta Aids Funds. I love luxe events for a cause!
If you want to donate or purchase tickets to attend this luxe event, please visit www.jeffreyfashioncares.com.
Success is failure turned inside out. Never give up!
I looove the Kentucky Derby! I have been watching this annual elite horse racing event since I was a little tot. My family and I would gather around the television every year to see which horse would win the crown. When I became older, I went to one of the three triple crown races, Belmont Stakes in New York! I betted on horses and actually won some money! And it was everything I imagined it would be. Luxe hats, dresses, mint juleps and beautiful people.
Since I can’t travel to Kentucky to actually attend the race, I have found an alternative right here in Atlanta. One of my favorite restaurants, Parish, is hosting a Kentucky Derby Day Party featuring bourbon infused cocktails, Derby inspired bites, live music, a photo booth and prizes! Of course Derby attire is expected, so I will get to wear my big hat with a luxe dress and shoes. I.Can’t.Wait. This is so my type of event! Swoon!
Check out the deets!
Head to The Brasserie and Neighborhood Café at PARISH on Saturday, May 6, 2017 from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. for Atlanta’s most authentic Derby Day party. Revelers are invited to don their best bow ties, seersucker, spring dresses and fanciest hats, because PARISH is transforming the restaurant and patio into Churchill Downs for an unforgettable viewing party. Guests can place their bets as they enjoy live music and sip on mint juleps and nosh on Derby-inspired bites. Before watching the horses run for roses, party goers can strike a pose in the interactive photo booth and enter for the chance to win prizes for the best hat, best dressed and more.
Executive Chef Stuart Tracy is pulling out all the stops for what promises to be an unforgettable party. Derby-inspired bites feature his spin on traditional favorites and include: Miniature Hot Brown Sandwiches; Kentucky Country Ham Biscuits with Sorghum and Creole Mustard; Pickled Shrimp; PARISH Fried Chicken; Asparagus and Fontina Gougèrese; Tomato Pie; Kentucky Derby Pie and more. Imbibers will be treated a complimentary classic Mint Julep and can also explore a specialty menu featuring Parish Oaks Lily, Fourth Ward Julep, Single Barrel Saturday; and ATL Derby Tea cocktails.
Tickets are $30 per person and include a classic Four Roses mint julep, fare and the world’s largest G.H. Mumm champagne toast. Tax and gratuity is not included. For tickets and more information, call PARISH at 404.681.4434.”
Divas this event is a must, must, must! There are tickets still available. Be sure to get your tickets now by calling 404. (404) 681-4434 or visit parishatl.com. Stay connected via Twitter at @parishatl, Instagram at @parishinmanpark and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/parishatl.
The Brasserie and Neighborhood Café at PARISH is conveniently located in Inman Park on the Atlanta BeltLine at 240 North Highland Avenue.
Have you been getting fashion advice from Big Brother? Big Brother is always watching. Google tells me how long it takes to get home, suggests which apps to open and where. Based on the pages I open on one device, I get suggestions on where to shop on another device. It is both scary and annoying and admittedly… somewhat helpful. Big Brother’s latest suggestion for my habit- Chic Wish, an indie website devoted to selling boho-chic blouses and midi skirts.
ChicWish has the most affordable, on-trend digs. It is “my new Modcloth” (if you don’t know the reference, just read the first 100 posts I wrote for LuxeTips on the affordable site that gets updates to its inventory on a nearly daily basis and even makes purchases based on fan votes.) ChicWish is no less trendy than Modcloth, offering similarly popular pieces at prices that make a girl smile.
There are two highly popular looks that ChicWish has been promoting on both its Instagram and Pinterest feeds. The first, a one-shoulder pinstripe number with ruffles running down the shoulder. It comes in blue stripe, pink stripe, and solid pink. The second is a black gingham print off-shoulder, long-sleeved top with bell sleeves. (Remember the Intermix blouse I shared a couple of weeks ago? Well, here’s your chic on-trend and much more affordable remix.) Both are statement tops that scream my name. You can find the Gingham Off-shoulder Top with Bell Sleeves and Swanky One-shoulder Ruffle Striped Top at Chic Wish for $ 42.42 and $54.32 respectively.
Until next week,
Know your power. Know your worth!
As you Divas know, I love luxe cars and this past week I had the opportunity to test drive the new 2017 Lexus GX460 luxury SUV for a week.
The new Lexus GX460 has innovate performance, a luxurious interior, amazing sound system and the best technology.
The 2017 GX 460 has a spacious and luxurious interior that easily accommodates up to seven passengers. The interior is decked out in all premium leather and the seats are comfortable and luxurious. In addition, there is ample leg room. I have four kids that are pre-teens and teens and they are big kids. They all had enough room to stretch out their legs and have enough arm room. I didn’t hear the dreaded words: “stop touching me!” LOL!
The third row has fold-flat 50/50 split seats. You can customize how you load and store cargo with these seats. If you need more room, simply fold the third row and you have enough room to haul large big box items, camping gear and sports equipment.
Another cool feature is that each passenger, even in the third row, has the ability to control their climate. This is super important because with kids, one may be hot and other cold and a battle to control the climate can escalate pretty quickly. With the Lexus GX 460, the available three-zone automatic climate control with interior air filter, smog sensor and automatic recirculation mode helps ensure the comfort of you and the rest of your passengers in any type of weather.
Of course the sound system was important and the Lexus Premium Audio system offers an immersive surround-sound experience courtesy of optimized speaker placement throughout the cabin. My family loved, loved loved the sound system. Everyone enjoyed a clear, crisp sound no matter where they sat throughout the vehicle. Also with bluetooth technology which comes standard in the Lexus 460 GX, we could connect our smartphone devices to the vehicle and make and receive phone calls while also accessing and controlling our compatible device’s entire music library and even streaming audio from websites.
With Lexus Enform System, you can get turn by turn directions via the navigation system and get access to your mobile device’s apps through the Lexus Enform App suite. This feature offers access to your favorite mobile applications through your vehicle’s center-console display. You can search local listings, stream music, listen to live radio nationwide, place restaurant reservations and buy movie tickets—all from the center-console display. And, with advanced voice recognition, accessing and controlling the App Suite’s features is easier than ever. Fab!
The Lexus GX460 is a powerful vehicle. One of the innovative and cool performance features is the Kinetic Dynamic Suspension System. This system is designed to change with the terrain. By automatically fixing the front and rear stabilizer bars in place when on-road, it helps to minimize body lean while cornering. Off-road, it allows each wheel to move more independently, so a wheel on uneven ground can react while the other wheels are relatively unaffected.
This feature allows for the smoothest ride ever. The vehicle glides over bumps and any other defections in the road. It was a joy to drive!
In addition the vehicle has 301 horsepower, 4 wheel drive, has a V-8 4.6 engine and can town 6500 pounds. So you can tow a boat or other camping or storage equipment with ease.
The new 2017 Lexus GX 460 is a great luxury vehicle for a large family! It is great for road trips and simply driving around your city! So luxe!
The Lexus GX 460 starting retail price is$51,680
I recently had to break down and purchase another iPhone. (Cue the dirge). I was desperately trying to hold out for the highly-anticipated, Tenth Anniversary, scheduled to be released in September, but God had a different plan for my bank account. (Pass the tissues.)
Now, I believe myself to be a somewhat practical individual, but rarely do I miss an opportunity to express myself. There is seldom a chance where I will sacrifice form for function; utility just does not always win out with me, but I knew I needed something sturdy case that would survive two toddlers and perhaps another complete underwater submersion.
OtterBox is known for its sturdy high-quality cases. The standard black and dark gray cases stand the test of time. I bear witness to it having seen other people’s phones outlast my own, but the vanity standing on my left shoulder said in a very Iyanla Vanzant voice said, “Not on my watch.” I swear vanity wins every time, I could not muster the courage to purchase a plain black OtterBox to protect my new phone.
Well, you know me, vanity won, but here’s why: I ran across an OtterBox with a bit of flair. OtterBox makes a very sturdy hard-shell, floral case that happens to compliment my Betsey Johnson makeup bag. Betsey is the Queen of florals and in my opinion is at the forefront of making florals edgy, littering her floral prints against cheetah prints and tattoos. If you are anything like me – vain, visual, a lover of aesthetics – then neither your makeup bag or your phone is a solid black. If you are looking for a way to protect your new iPhone and still compliment your personal style, then try the OtterBox Symmetry Series Case for iPhone 7, in Bouquet. You can find it on Amazon for $25.00.
Until next week,
Spring break is one of my absolute favorite times to vacation. By the time April rolls around, everyone is ready for a break! The Luxetips kids are exhausted from school and the Luxe parents are exhausted from work and taking care of kids! HA! As a result, everyone is in a good mood, excited and ready to go!
This year for Spring Break we ventured to the Northern West Coast of Florida to enjoy the perfect weather, calming Gulf of Mexico and of course white sugar sand beaches. Gorgeous! However, we discovered that there is more to this area than pretty beaches and clear blue skies. We discovered a happening art scene, scenic bike routes and the Riverwalk. Check it out!
Well preserved beaches.
We love Clearwater Beach and we have been there several times. However, on this vacation, I wanted to explore other beaches and we discovered Honeymoon Island. Honeymoon Island is a small island off the coast of Clearwater Beach. It is a State Park so it is not developed and crowded like Clearwater Beach. It is pristine, peaceful and absolutely stunning.
Love, love, love.
Another amazing discovery we made about Tampa is that this city is very metro and has an up and coming art scene. We visited the ultra modern Tampa Museum of Art and it was a hit with the entire family. Also here is a luxetip: If you stay at the Sheraton Hotel Riverwalk, your room key gets you FREE admission. So luxe! Check out the art!
There was also a very cool urban art show taking place at our swanky hotel, Starwood’s Aloft Tampa. This art show featured local artists and the work was stunning!
One of the coolest attractions in Tampa is the Riverwalk. This walking trail runs along side the Hillsborough River and features parks, restaurants, hotels and other Tampa attractions like The Florida Aquarium, The Tampa History Center and more. I loved the Riverwalk. It is a great place to take a nice walk or ride your bike. We did both, but sometimes we would just sit and people watch. It is such a great attraction!
As I mentioned, we did rent bikes in Tampa and rode them all around Tampa. Check out the views!
Tampa also has some of the best hotels. We stayed a couple of nights at The Sheraton Riverwalk and the remainder of our stay at the Aloft Tampa. We adored the Aloft! This ultra modern hotel featured luxe furnishing, a roof top pool overlooking the Riverwalk, a swanky lounge and bar area, an outdoor fire pit and my fav bath and body products from Bliss Spa. Swoon! I was in heaven and the kids loved it too!
But of course nothing was better than hanging with our kids and seeing the look of bliss on their faces. They had the absolute best time ever and it makes us so happy to make them happy. So much love!
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