Vetted – Atlanta

October 28, 2010

During my work trip to Atlanta this week, I made a point to stop by the newly opened boutique, Vetted on E. Paces Ferry in Buckhead.  My favorite blogger and friend, Elements of Style, wrote about this new shop a few weeks ago, while they were still under construction and I have been dying to check it out.

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I popped in after a very long day of work, simply planning on perusing the racks…what happened about 15 minutes later included a dressing room full of clothes and a glass of wine in my hand.  I love this place!  (Don’t worry my darling husband.  I only left with a pair of very reasonably priced ($145) but AMAZING wide leg pants. :) )

My dressing room

 

Also loved the two tone ebony and ivory looking hooks.

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The crisp white space with black molding and cool accents created a fabulous show room in this darling 1930’s Atlanta style bungalow.  (Makes me miss my little Virginia-Highlands home just a bit.)

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A rack of gorgeous neutrals.

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To die for necklace featured right at the entry.

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April, the extremely friendly and fun owner, explained she tries to carry new, hard to find designers like Thread Social, Myne, and Geren Ford, with no item costing more than $500.  She also carries only a few of each item, ensuring you won’t have the same dress as everyone else at the Christmas party.

So if you are in Atlanta, I definitely recommend swinging by Vetted, let April pour you a glass of wine and have fun!

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P.S. They have vintage clothing selection coming soon.  I can’t wait.

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Inspiration – Fall Style

October 22, 2010

I am in flight to Atlanta right now, heading down there for a weekend of football and my high school reunion, followed by a couple days of work.  In honor of fall wardrobes and in light of the fact that I think I packed half of my closet for this trip (Hey, a girl’s gotta have lots of clothing options when a high school reunion is involved.), here are some of my favorite fall looks and fashion people.

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The always impeccably dressed Olivia Palermo

Vogue China

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Vogue UK (online style diary)
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The ridiculously amazing Giovanna Battaglia, fashion director for Vogue Gioiello & Vogue Pelle

Garance Doré
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Unknown

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Maydele

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Yvan Rodic

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The divine Anna Dello Russo, editor of Vogue Japan

Garance Doré

 

 

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Jane Aldridge, Sea of Shoes and her mother Judy Aldridge, Atlantis Home

I had the pleasure of meeting these two amazing, stylish ladies last November in Paris (my post about it here).  Let me tell you, they are just as cool in person as they are in their blogs.  I just love their vintage obsession and adventurous styling.

Jane

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Judy

Details and other favorties

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Oh and of course, Gweenie

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I just love looking at all these fabulous, inspirational fashion images.  It has me all geared up for the weekend…then we will see if I am brave enough to take a photo of my reunion outfit and post it here.  Yikes.

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After the last post I’ve received quite a few questions about Christmas and holiday card photo session pricing and availability.  I know holiday cards are great fun and a wonderful way to share your holiday spirit, but they can also be a huge stress and hassle so…I have decided to run a little special for my Boston-area blog readers.

Please feel free to contact me at info@sarahwinchesterstudios.com

Holiday Card Photography Session Special

1- 1 1/2 hour photo session – $200-$300*

• Location of your choice

• DVD & contact sheet: 50-75 photos (high & low res) mailed to you in 7-10 days

*Cost depends on number of people and distance of photo shoot location

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Card design not included.

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Holiday Card Photo Session

October 18, 2010

We have been having beautiful fall this year in New England and all the homes in Beacon Hill are preparing their window boxes for Halloween and Thanksgiving.  They really go all out.

The months between Halloween and New Year’s seem to just fly by with all the fun and festivities.  I have already been busy photographing families and children for upcoming holiday cards.  This was a particularly cute session one warm fall afternoon.

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Vintage Nantcket

October 15, 2010

Look at this super cute hoddie I bought while on Nantucket.  My husband informed me that sweatshirts with “Nantucket” printed in big capital letters screams tourist with a capital ACK.  Then I saw this vintage inspired one and just had to have a cozy Nantucket hoodie to bring home and remind me of our wonderful weekend.

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I hope every one has a wonderful weekend and a special thanks to wordpress.com for putting my Eco-Chic Tailgate post on their home page the last few days (I am on the second page today).  I am beyond flattered.  And welcome any new readers from that link.  I hope you hang around. :)

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The Island of Nantucket

October 14, 2010

This past weekend my husband and another couple friend of ours hopped over to the island of Nantucket.  Now I have lived in Boston just over a year now and have been dying to see Nantucket.  My husband spent many a summers there as a young single guy and it has been on my New England wish list since I moved up here.  Let me tell you, it did not disappoint.  The sheer remoteness and beauty of the island is breath taking while the rich history is fascinating.  Homes dating back to the early 1700’s still stand among sail boats and cobble stone streets, while still exuding that laid back beach community feel.  It was everything and more.  I loved it.

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THE BEACHES

The beaches were beautiful and stretched for miles.  I think we went to about three different ones on each end of the island through out the weekend.

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Tom Nevers

 

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Sconset

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Oh my god, puppy! I practically acoustic this family walking down the beach with this adorable puppy

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Coskata-Coatue Wildlife Refuge

They let 4-wheel drive permitted vehicles drive to the beaches out in the Coskata-Coatue Wildlife Refuge.  It went on for miles and felt like the end of the earth…with a light house there, naturally…this is Nantucket.

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We picnicked out there one afternoon and watched groups of harbor seals swim up and down the shore playing and searching for food…and cue perfect movie music.

Wine and cheese on the beach with friends Parastoo and Dave.

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Cisco Brewers

Another afternoon we ventured over to the Cicso Brewery, where the not only brew great beer, but wine and vodka all made on Nantucket.

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I just love the design of their labels.

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The place was jamming that afternoon with outdoor tables live music and three separate little barns for beer, wine and vodka.

Hey wait…I think I see those Eco Products cups.  Yay Cisco Brewers!

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We ordered a bloody mary and they offered to use their jalapeno in fused vodka.

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It was AMAZING!  Seriously, the best bloody mary I have ever had.  It has that awesome spicy kick with out all the chunks of pepper and horseradish.  They just took their Triple Eight brand vodka (made there), put it in a jar with jalapenos and let it sit for a day or two.  It was perfect.

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Then we got a little silly. :)

 

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What a wonderful weekend.  I have to send a super extra thank you to my husband for planning it as a little birthday treat to me.  Thank you so much :)

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Eco-Chic Tailgate

October 13, 2010

Leave it to my brother and the super cool town of Boulder to make even a football tailgate Eco-chic.  The other weekend we flew out to Boulder to visit my brother and his wife and to attend the Colorado vs. Georgia football game.  As far as living, Boulder has it down, the beautiful mountains, open public green spaces, every outdoor activity imaginable and a city plan where recycling and composting are available everywhere.

This approach even extended to our football tailgate.  My brother had the whole extravaganza planned to be almost waste free!  Between recyclable bottles, a returnable keg and compostable plates and cups the only waste we had were the packages in which the brats came from the store.  Here is a little breakdown of our Eco-friendly tailgate

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Materials Needed:

1. Cups, plates, napkins and utensils

- the building block (aside from beer) of any tailgate.

Yes using washable plates and and glasses is ideal, but there are some occasions where you just need disposable items, and a football tailgate is definitely one of them.  My brother used Eco Products, Boulder based company specializing in single-use food service items.  They are compostable and made with Ingeo™ – a natural plastic made from renewable resources.

He purchased his at Ellie’s Eco Home Store, in Boulder who have an online store.  Eco Products also has an online store.  For those in the New England area EcoMV carries this line and Let’s Go Green in the Atlanta area carry them in their store front shops.

And they look sooooooo much cuter than those ugly red Solo cups.

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2. Food

While we all pitched in on the food, we tried to buy local and organic. (Of course it is helpful that there is a Whole Foods on practically every corner in Boulder.) These cheese bratwurst my brother picked-up were so delicious, and good for you too…right?  I convinced myself it was okay to eat three because they were organic :)

 

Photos by me

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3. Beverages

Keg beer – refillable and returnable, who knew the good old keg of beer could be so revolutionary

Wine - A must for this gluten-free girl

Bloody Mary – great way to start the tailgating day…all those veggies

Water- Where sun and alcohol are involved, so must there be a lot of water.  We also purchased gallon jugs of water to fill our cups instead of cases and cases of bottled water.  Hey, every little bit counts right?

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4. Fun and fans

Our tailgate proved to be quite a mix of Georgia and Colorado fans.  My brother and I grew up in Georgia and lots of old friends were in town for the game, but he also attended CU Boulder for his MBA and his wife went their for her undergraduate degree.  Now I have been to many college football games in my life but I am never seen two groups of fans co-tailgate together so happily.  Maybe it was the beautiful Colorado mountains or the southern charm, but the good cheer of both sides added to festivities, and if positive energy doesn’t help with sustainable living practices I don’t know what does. :)

 

Georgia fans

 

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Colorado fans

 

Rocky Mountain High

October 12, 2010

The air is clearer, the sky is bigger and you do more in one day than in a week at home.  I had grand plans of shooting photographs till I was out of memory cards, but I mostly had too much fun hiking, horseback riding and college football tailgating, all the while lusting after the darling houses and amazing lifestyle in Bolder.

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Baby Face

October 7, 2010

I had to share this sweet little baby, I had the pleasure of shooting.  He is just the tiniest little baby bean, just a few weeks old.

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Desert Rose

October 4, 2010

It seems my September, October and November are chock-full of travel and adventure, which of course I love and thrive.  I am writing this from Boulder, Colorado, but more on that later, because I still have my Canyon Ranch, Tuscon, AZ experience to share.

Growing up in the Southeast and living most of my life on the east coast, the landscape and animals of Tuscon, AZ seem like a different planet.  With an almost lush desert landscape, wild animals unlike any on the east coast and mountains jutting up to 9000 ft, it was as if I could feel the age of the land where dinosaurs once walked.  The Canyon Ranch resort itself is one of life’s great indulgences.  Hiking everyday, yoga classes galore, beautiful scenery, blissful treatments and the best food I have ever tasted. (That is good for you too!)  If only I could live like this everyday.

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Ventana Canyon

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Hiking up

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Looking down

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Mount Lemon

At 9,157 feet Mount Lemon takes you from the cactus rich desert of Tuscon to an evergreen forest with ferns, pine trees and wild flowers.  The change in terrain is like driving from Mexico to Canada in an hour.  We did a lovely cool hike up there one day, literally in the clouds.

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They said on a clear day, you can see over the planes to New Mexico, but our cloud covered day made for some beautifully, spooky silhouettes of trees lost in a fire about 7 years ago.

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Full Moon Hike

Some long exposure, night shots from a full moon hike.

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Desert Flowers

Who knew the desert was so lush and fruitful.  Prickly Pear cactus yield these bright red fruits.

Blooming from the top of a cactus, these fiery flowers would open in the heat of the day and close up each night.

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I truly felt worlds ways from my east coast life and came back feeling rested and renewed like no other vacation.  It was wonderful.

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