monday musings |6.27.16|

Happy Monday! Anyone else have a short week ahead? I’m jetting off to Austin for a long-weekend full of friends, Tex Mex + lake time and K’s hanging around Atlanta enjoying all the red white + blue activities around town. But before we check out, we’ve got our favorite links of the day to wind down this Monday.

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Handy Chart to Tell Which Shape of Sunglasses is Right for Your Face

Happy #NationalSunglassesDay! A guide to tell which sunglasses look best on you – where has this been all our life? This is something I’ve always struggled with. While trends can be fun (hello colored mirrored lenses), investing in a pair of sunnies that look fab is always in season.

Why Blogging is Good for Self-Development

Creative outlet? Check. Reason to go to yet another brunch? Check. Self-empowerment? Check. There are many reasons we started this blog, but this article really shines a light on the major #girlboss benefits.

14 Tips for Traveling on a Budget

For those of you who are loyal H+R readers (we <3 you!), it should come as no surprise that travel is always top of mind for us – and we’re always looking to get a good deal out of our tips. (ICYMI: Kristen recapped her AH-mazing Hong Kong adventure here). These tips are great and we’re all about #4 and #14.

Edible Obsession: Palm Tree Donuts

Whether you’re beach-side or pool-side this weekend, these fun treats are sure to be a crowd pleaser and are totally insta-worthy.

What are your plans for the long weekend ahead?

xo, H+R

to-do list: summer in atl edition

If you’re anything like me, your life revolves around to-do lists. Not a day goes by that I don’t start with a fresh list, empty check boxes and a looming sense of satisfaction to be had at the end of the day when those tiny squares are crossed off.

Every morning, I also start with an e-mail in my inbox from one of my favorite sites, Thrillist. Side note: Little did I know this was supposed to be a men’s site, but if you’re sending me e-mails about rooftop bars, I’m just going to assume this is for chicks, too. Thrillist has pages for most major cities (I think Emily has since updated her subscription to the LA edition) and is an awesome way to find out about new restaurants and cool happenings in your city.

A few weeks ago, I received my daily list on “A Hood-by-Hood Guide to ATL’s Best Patios” and it got me thinking – 1. Patios, yes, a thousand times yes. 2. As it’s my first summer in the city, I need to take advantage of the exciting things Atlanta has to offer.

The Midway PubThe Midway Pub (I actually visited last week for the USA game) – Photo via FB

So, in an effort to put everything in an easy place to cross off for mental satisfaction, here we go: my to-do list, summer in ATL edition:

1. Attend a festival in (or around) the city.

There have been so many great beer/food/music/arts festivals lately and I feel like I’ve only just begun to experience the awesomeness that is the Atlanta festival scene. After wandering around the Inman Park Festival and Virginia-Highland Summerfest, a whole other side of weekend fun was unveiled to me. A few I’m looking to attend this summer: the Grant Park Summer Shade Fest and the the Decatur BBQ, Blues and Bluegrass Festival.

2. Take advantage of the outdoors.

Atlanta Beltline
Atlanta Beltline, via FB

While it’s hot here over the summer – they don’t call it Hotlanta for nothing, amIrite (no, seriously – don’t call it that.), there are still some great places to get outside during the summer. As it’s my first year being stuck under florescent lights all day, time in the sun is more precious now than ever. While Piedmont Park is a popular favorite (deservedly so), the Atlanta Beltline is one of the single most awesome things in Atlanta. Per their website, “The Atlanta Beltline is a sustainable development project that will provide a network of public parks, multi-use trails and transit along a historic 22-mile railroad corridor circling downtown and connecting many neighborhoods directly to each other.” Basically, it’s a giant trail around the city made for walking, running, biking, rollerblading, etc. Being the Atlanta native, Emily introduced me to the trail a few months back, allowing me to consider myself a “cool” Atlantan who knows what’s what about the trail. I’ll actually be running my second 5K on the Beltline this weekend, so wish me luck!

3. Peruse the soon-to-be-newly-opened Krog Street Market.

This one’s for you, E – I know you’ve been waiting for this since the announcement came out that a new market was planned for your neighborhood. The eagerly-awaited Krog Street Market is finally set to open this summer/early fall and I can’t wait to put on my ATLien shoes and explore like the local I (now) am. With tenants like Hop City Beer & Wine, Little Tart Bakeshop and Jeni’s Ice Cream, it’s safe to say I’m going to be spending some time (and calories) here.

4. Catch some tunes outside.

Concerts in the Garden
Atlanta Botanical Gardens – Concerts in the Garden – Photo via website

Among many things, Atlanta shines in the realm of great outdoor music venues. From concerts in Chastain to those in the Botanical Gardens, I’ll definitely be getting some good listening in around the city. While I’ll be in California the weekend of Sept. 19-20 (say it with me: YAAAY), a don’t miss outdoor music event this summer is the biggie: Music Midtown. Featuring artists like Eminem, John Mayer, Lorde and Zac Brown Band, it’s going to be an awesome time in Piedmont Park.

5. Cross a few lot more off the restaurant bucket list.

Back to my Thrillist e-mails — there are so many new restaurants and dishes they’ve sent me to try in Atlanta that I couldn’t possibly narrow them all down. A few I’m looking to hit up this summer:

  • The Painted Pin – a bowling alley/pizza place/bar in my neighborhood (Buckhead)
  • The General Muir – a place I’ve been dying to go for brunch since my love affair with brunch began (but more on that later)
  • Bar Amalfi – okay, so I’ve already been here, but it was so awesome I’m dying to go back. Look, guys – you can order Antico pizza to an outdoor bar with couches and umbrellas. It’s basically everything.
  • Republic Social House & Cameli’s – because what list would be complete without some rooftop restaurants to drink at? These two are supposedly some of the best.

There we have it: My long-but-short-enough-to-actually-be-accomplished-in-a-few-months summer list.

What am I missing? Anything you guys would suggest? Always looking for new places & things to try!