Bravo for the Royalton Bavaro

There’s just something about the color Caribbean blue... The sight of it fills my soul and recharges my entire body instantaneously, especially when lucky enough to view it in person, toes in sand, waves slowly rolling up on the beach while lounging in a private cabana.  Being a mom, most of my vacations are go, go, go instead of slow,…

ASC: A Recipe for Women’s Health

As providers at Aesthetic Specialty Centre, we have the opportunity each day to empower women by helping them look and feel like their most confident selves. By offering a variety of treatments that enhance the natural beauty of our patients, we aid in boosting self-esteem and making birthdays slightly less daunting.

5 Gorgeous Lunch Spots for Girlfriends in Dunwoody

Picture It. You’re outside eating a delicious meal, sipping from a nice glass, and socializing with your favorite girlfriends – all from a scenic patio. Now that the days are longer and livin’ is easier, this picturesque scene can become a reality yet again. Patio dining season is back, and in Dunwoody it’s better than ever with an array of…

Meet Elaine Sterling

Originally from South Africa, Elaine Sterling is an internationally renowned and award-winning esthetician and educator. She has brought to life her vision of a workforce of well-trained spa therapists through her instruction and foundation of the Elaine Sterling Institute, while also developing her effective and beloved skincare line, Elaine Sterling Skincare. Elaine has upheld the highest industry standards by achieving…

Smart Cars

Here are three 2019 automobiles that we chose for this women's issue for their handling, special features, pricing, and simply because the driver sits higher up for better visibility.

Lights, Camera….Dawn!

After a 20-year career in radio sales, raising a terrific son, three lovable dogs, two rescue cats and two parakeets, Dawn Zachariah returned to the stage. Act3 Productions, a community theater in Sandy Springs, soon became her home, where for several seasons she was stage manager. Today Dawn is the box office and facilities manager at Act3. She was born Chicago,…

Happy May, Mothers (and all)

    My mom Emily kept a pink Avon lipstick, clear plastic rain hat, white comb, A&P coupons and a few clean tissues in her purse at all times. She wore an apron on Sundays when she made dinner, still dressed for church where she sang in the choir and taught Sunday school.  She served … Continued

May 2019 Around Town

Time to Thank the Hooch The Chattahoochee Riverkeeper (CRK) released a report documenting its ten most significant accomplishments of the past 25 years. The report demonstrates the organization’s positive impact on the health of the river, which provides drinking water for more than five million people, and on the habitat for countless fish and wildlife. … Continued

Time is Money: Creative MedSpa Knows How to Slow Down Aging

When it comes to self-care, we are all searching for genuine results. Creative MedSpa strives to meet the demands of the modern, forward-thinking men and women of Atlanta by combining the luxury of Hollywood’s celebrity skin therapy with practical, personalized treatment plans.

Unblocking Your Creativity

How long have you been teaching at Spruill?  This September it’s going to be 4 years, oh how time flies! I still remember vividly my very first workshop at Spruill, some of the students from that class are still taking my classes regularly. Spruill is the first art center where I taught painting in a class format, and for that reason it’s…

Hot Kitchens To Try Before You Buy

Atlanta’s Sub-Zero, Wolf, and Cove showroom provides one of the most unique, customer-friendly experiences available for shoppers anywhere. Based in Buckhead’s bustling Terminus Atlanta complex, the renowned Chef George Laudun recently engaged 15 prospective and returning patrons with another one of his mouth-watering, multiple-course cooking demonstrations using solely the company’s state-of-the-art appliances sold on site. Sizzling sea scallops sautéed to…

Eco-Friendly Must-Haves

01 Circle A Lettuce. I love to eat from local sources and first discovered this amazing lettuce at a farmers market. We have them deliver to our house in winter. CircleALettuce.com

Eco-Living Inspiration

From cleaning to decor and design, these books can help you reduce waste and daily chemical exposures while living a more sustainable and intentional lifestyle.

Growing Grocery Store Food

The second grader was not impressed. The previous fall, his elementary school had become a Project Learning Garden school with the Captain Planet Foundation, and all winter he and his classmates had watched the tops of root vegetables grow. Random, bushy, green things that were not interesting in the least. Now it was spring, and his teacher was insisting that…

Let it Ride

At 3 p.m. on the first Sunday of each month, from March through November, you can find Dunwoody resident Jason Metzger cruising the 4.5 mile loop that starts and ends at Village Burger on Dunwoody Village Parkway.

Finn’s Story

Two-year-old Finn Wood’s favorite pastimes are the playgrounds at Jones Bridge Park and in the Medlock Bridge subdivision where he lives with parents, Jenn and Joseph, and grandparents Bill and Debby Wood.  His infectious joy for life combined with his love for toy cars and trucks makes him the perfect ambassador for Cars & ‘Q for the Cause, a family-friendly car…

Hello friends,

April editor’s letter I hate paper towels. I buy two rolls each year, just before Thanksgiving. With more meals being prepared by more hands in the kitchen, I bow down to the handiness of these earth crushing rectangles of convenient absorbency. The two rolls last until February or so. Then, it’s back to using dish … Continued

April 2019 Around Town

And The Winner Is What a difference a year makes. The Springs Cinema & Taphouse (formerly the Lefont Theater) recently underwent a dramatic $2.5 million, floor-to-ceiling renovation that has raised the bar on the movie going experience. Enjoy the only heated recliners in Georgia, a great selection of craft and local beers, specialty cocktails and … Continued

Let the Sunshine In

While we often focus on the big changes we can make in our home, sometimes it’s smaller ones that make all the difference. Window treatments are one of those things. New blinds can improve your daily life, lower your energy bills, and keep your family safer, too. Plus, they can make your home look fantastic.

Going Green

Living Sustainably in Style Article Nicolette Martin Did you know that in 2016, world plastic production totaled around 335 million metric tons, according to the Earth Day Network? Although you probably can’t singlehandedly change the environmental toll of the amount of plastic pollution that comes from that kind of number, we’ve rounded up a few … Continued

Dunwoody Nature Center’s New Chief

During its annual planning session, the Board of Directors of the Dunwoody Nature Center unanimously voted to appoint Michael Cowan as executive director, succeeding Alan Mothner. Michael previously served on the Board of Directors following a 10 year stint as AT&T Accessories Team business director. During this time, he was recognized as the company’s official “Environmental Champion” for his efforts…

Deann Golden’s picks for office on the go

As a manager of three offices in Smyrna, Dunwoody and Athens who also works out of our corporate office in Roswell, I am definitely on the go!  I also serve as the 2019 President of Atlanta REALTORS® Association and on the Executive Committee of Georgia Association of REALTORS® and a mom of two so organization is a must at work and at…

Toccoa River House

“Your house is gorgeous!” called a kayaker as she floated down the wide heavenly slice of the Toccoa River on Labor Day last year.  “Thank you!” I replied from my adirondack perched on the sun-dappled riverbank lawn of the 8,000-square-foot home, its expansive bank of windows reflecting the mellow holiday river scene. My husband smiled. 

Home is Where The Harmony Is

I sat down and drew it all out one night. I’ve moved cities/apartments/houses every six months or so for the past five years. Some people may think this would be disorienting, making it harder to find a footing in a community. But to me, I’ve found that the nomadic lifestyle is one I appreciate more. Moving around has forced me to…

Hello friends,

For a story in our sister magazine, BuckHaven Lifestyle, I had the honor of spending the morning with Laura and Rutherford Seydel in their Buckhead home. The two are environmental activists and built the country’s first LEED-certified home 12 years ago. She learned to make the earth a priority from her father, Ted Turner, who … Continued

March 2019 Around Town

The Pink Affair TurningPoint Breast Cancer Rehabilitation will host the 18th Annual Pink Affair, the nonprofit’s signature fundraiser, 6-11 p.m. on Saturday, March 23. For the second consecutive year, the event will take place at the Grand Hyatt Atlanta in Buckhead, 3300 Peachtree Road. The evening will include a sit-down dinner, silent and live auctions … Continued

Arnette’s Chop Shop

Even with a heavy downpour on a Wednesday evening, Word Of Mouth Restaurants Group co-founder Michel Arnette still has a houseful to happily tend to in his newest of four dining concepts, Arnette’s Chop Shop nestled off Brookhaven’s Apple Valley Road. 

Restoring Hair and Confidence

John Williamson hadn’t realized he was losing his hair until his wife took pictures of him at a brownie-eating contest at a festival. His head was down, and he came face-to-scalp with his thinning hair.

Dunwoody’s Clint Harp of HGTV’s “Fixer Upper”

When Floor & Decor brings you the 41st Atlanta Home Show March 22-24 at the Cobb Galleria Centre, the annual event will offer attendees the opportunity to interact with hundreds of home improvement exhibitors, sample and see products demonstrated, enjoy live radio broadcasts and hear from a roster of expert speakers.  This year’s celebrity speaker is home-grown HGTV success story,…

Sandy Springs Artist Judy Robkin Returns 

March 2019 marks the 30th consecutive year that the American Craft Council (ACC) has presented its beloved Craft Show in Atlanta, which again will feature more than 230 fine craft artisans from across the U.S., including 30 from Georgia. As the largest juried fine craft show in the Southeast, the American Craft Show has long demonstrated how artisan craft fits…

Unraveling Fiber Arts with the Chattahoochee Handweavers Guild

Founded in 1955, the Chattahoochee Handweavers Guild allows fiber enthusiasts to gather, exchange ideas, learn new techniques through workshops and classes, and get inspired. Located in the North DeKalb Cultural Arts Center – the same building as Spruill Center for the Arts – the guild welcomes novices, experienced artists and anyone with a curiosity about the craft to explore its…

Susie Stern, Laura Davis Shainker and Deb Rosenbury Present “Shared Space”

Fine arts painters Susie Stern of Dunwoody, Laura Davis Shainker of Sandy Springs and Deb Rosenbury of Marietta, have teamed up to present “Shared Space,” a gallery exhibit and sale of their oil, acrylic and mixed media paintings at Gallery 4945 at Highpoint Episcopal Community Church (HECC) in Sandy Springs.  The church is located at 4945 Highpoint Road in Sandy Springs and…

I’ll Follow Her Anywhere

    On one of those rare sunny afternoons after Christmas, I sat daydreaming in a coffee shop near my house and found Deb Bowman on Spotify. I had, of course, already listened to her music at the insistence of our friend, the late Don Thomas Hayes (God rest his sassy soul) and recently at Bread & Butterfly in Inman Park…

Seaside in any Season

Sitting on the front porch in sweet Seaside this month, only the call of an occasional gull or crunching under the wheels of a passing biker will break the solitude that comes in the off-season months here along Highway 30a, in Florida’s panhandle. 

Prenups not Presumptions

Emily Brenner believes the best time to talk about the end of a marriage is at the beginning of a marriage. 

The Perfect Romantic Getaway: The Henderson Park Inn

As we all know, there’s no shortage of places to stay along the Gulf of Mexico in Florida. But even if you’ve been going to the Gulf Coast your whole life, you may not have experienced a place quite like this. A corner of heaven, the Henderson Park Inn provides the rare chance to truly relax. This intimate bed &…

HELLO LOVERS!

I used to be a big fan of the engagement announcements in the Sunday New York Times. Those pages were the icing on the tiered cake after reading every word of the Sunday Styles section. The fairytale stories of often unlikely and finally requited love in “Weddings/Celebrations” were often like Hallmark movie scripts. I mean, … Continued

February 2019 Around Town

Northside Scores Northside Hospital has been honored with a Glassdoor Employees’ Choice Award, recognizing the Best Places to Work in 2019. Northside Hospital ranks No. 52 out of 100 large employers in the United States and is the only Georgia hospital to make the list. Now in its 11th year, the Employees’ Choice Awards program … Continued

The Sandy Springs Society Gifts $3.75 Million Locally Over 30-Year History

By giving more than $3.75 million during its 30 years of service, The Sandy Springs Society has generously supported a variety of organizations that serve in the areas of the arts, heritage, environmental initiatives, education, social services and more in Sandy Springs.

Fit Fun in the New Year

Meet  Erin Murray - Move and Learn teacher at  St. Luke's Little Saints - Presbyterian Church

A Cricket Lullaby

I have 2,831 downloaded songs in my iTunes library and without internet, I thought I’d start listening to my own personal soundtrack from A to Z. I’d just checked into my super swank deluxe tent at Under Canvas, the new glamping camp outside Gatlinburg, Tenn., where the sight of NO SERVICE on my phone shook me to the core. I…

Diets are So Last Year…Take Charge of Your Total Health and Wellness in 2019

Fast Food Genocide: How Processed Food is Killing Us and What We Can Do About It by Joel Fuhrman, M.D.

Driver’s Notebook: Happy New Gears!

 2019 Hyundai Veloster R-Spec  Heads will certainly turn when this second-generation Veloster passes by thanks to its more muscular frame complete with a rear spoiler, LED lighting package, and 18-inch wheels. This three-door hatchback matches its attractive exterior with a responsive, smooth-transitioning manual shift maneuvered by a multi-link rear suspension, and a turbocharged 1.6-liter engine flexing 201 horses of power.…

Fitness Gadgets You’ll Want in Your Bag for 2019

Thinking about your New Year's Resolutions for 2019? If one of yours includes trying a new sport or devoting more time to an existing endeavor, several new items available now provide exciting and enriching options. Whether you are a weekend warrior, looking to tone up, recover from an injury or shed a few holiday pounds, any of these products would be a…

New Year, New Home

 Listed for $695,000  The clean, simplicity of contemporary lines in this completely remodeled home make it unique, beautiful & functional. Endless storage, top of line appliances, expansive island like no other & view to open living areas make this kitchen the heart of indoor entertaining.  No detail was overlooked and this island is almost as big as a Suburban!  Lindsay…

January 2019 Around Town

Time to Give Georgia Cancer Specialists (GCS) and Northside Hospital are hosting the 17th annual Totes 2 Tots drive to collect backpacks and suitcases for foster children in Georgia. Donations of new or nearly new backpacks, duffel bags and suitcases will be accepted at locations across the state. More than 14,000 children, from infants to … Continued

Sharing at Yebo Ski Haus

Friends and advertisers gathered at Yebo Ski House to celebrate the restaurant's new season. Yebo fuses South African flavors with American cuisine. The elevated design and cozy bar is the icing on the cake. 111 West Paces Ferry Road. YeboBeachHaus.com

Happy New Year Superstars

I thought rather than wax poetic about the importance of resolutions, sit-ups  or meditation, I’d share a recipe to help your gut. That’s my weak link, you see. When I read Rhiannon Johnson’s review of wellness books this month, Lee Homes’ book caught my eye Her apple cider gummy bears are on our cover. I found silicone … Continued

Squeezing In a Healthy 2019

 Press Blend Squeeze - Superfoods & Juicery  5527 Chamblee Dunwoody Rd. Dunwoody, GA 30038  PressBlendSqueeze.com

Happy Holidays from our homes to yours

The holidays for us are usually a chance to recharge and reflect. We are so busy all year long with events, travel and work, that for the most part we stick around Atlanta for the holidays. Gift exchanges, holiday parties, relatives and relaxing by the fireplace are always part of the holidays.