The Frenchie Behind Charlie & Me is as Fabulous as You'd Expect

Newport Charlie & Me Charlie Orange County

Newport’s favorite Frenchie strikes a pose amid the shelves at her namesake Charlie & Me dog boutique at Lido Marina Village.

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The Frenchie Behind Charlie & Me is as Fabulous as You'd Expect

By Kristen Schott

Photo by Cameron Gardner

03.10.17

This Newport Beach-based Frenchie loves seeing her name in lights.

Her theme song is Beyoncé’s “Flawless.” Her owner once commissioned artist Lori Gilbert to paint an Andy Warhol-style portrait of her (the price tag: $1,500). And she’s the namesake of the Charlie & Me dog boutique at Lido Marina Village. No, this 4-year-old purebred French bulldog is not your average pooch. This is a gal with sass, the self-confidence of a larger animal and, perhaps, a smidge of an ego.

A Former Junk Food Addict on Loving a Plant-Based Diet

Jessica Murnane

Jessica Murnane

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A Former Junk Food Addict on Loving a Plant-Based Diet

By Jessie Sardina

Photography by Nicole Franzen

03.10.17

Jessica Murnane’s new cookbook makes plant-based eating a breeze­­­—and quite delicious.

When Jessica Murnane first moved to a plant-based diet six years ago, her inaugural meal was a far cry from the fresh and colorful dishes the wellness advocate, who previously lived in Chicago, has become known for. “It was,” she says, “a salsa taco. I literally had no clue how to cook.” The longtime sufferer of endometriosis decided to give the green life a shot after doctors suggested her only chance at a pain-free life would be a hysterectomy.

Colleen Oakley’s New Novel Asks What Happens When You're Allergic to the One You Love

Colleen Oakley

Colleen Oakley

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Colleen Oakley’s New Novel Asks What Happens When You're Allergic to the One You Love

By Kelly Jordan

Photo by Sarah Dorio

03.10.17

Oakley talks with us about her new novel and fellow Atlanta authors.

Atlanta-based author Colleen Oakley has always been curious about medical stories. A long-time magazine editor and health journalist, she was reeling from her first novel attempt when she penned Before I Go ($16, Gallery Books). That story, which blended humor with heart, was grounded in intensive research and followed a main character fighting stage 4 cancer. Now, with Close Enough to Touch ($17, Gallery Books), out in March, Oakley is returning to the intersection of medicine and romance once again.

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Get close enough to shake Colleen Oakley’s hand at these upcoming events.

Room & Board Launch Party
Tue., March 7, 6:30-8:30pm
FoxTale will be selling books; drinks will be provided by Vixen Vodka and Corona; and there will be a big restaurant raffle to raise money for Children Read.

Bookmiser, Roswell
Afternoon Tea
Sun., March 12, 2-3:30pm
The author will discuss her book right before a signing.

Decatur Library
Author Chat/Q&A
Mon., March 13, 7:15pm

FoxTale Book Shoppe
Discussion & Signing
Sat., April 29, 2pm

Originally published in the March issue of The Atlantan
 

The Tavern at Atlas Opens at the Five-Star Resto

The Tavern at Atlas

The Tavern at Atlas

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The Tavern at Atlas Opens at the Five-Star Resto

By Jenna Grace Cooper

Photo Courtesy of The Tavern at Atlas

03.10.17

The St. Regis' restaurant ups the ante with a new cocktail bar.

Atlas, The St. Regis Atlanta’s resident five-star resto that boasts art as appealing as the menu, just became even hotter on the Atlanta dining scene with the opening of The Tavern at Atlas. The recently unveiled revamp is just inside the stunning eatery’s grand entrance, where the charming library and lounge once lived. Now outfitted with tall wooden tables for two and oversize armchairs, dim lighting and more, The Tavern makes for the perfect post-office and pre-dinner hangout spot to grab a drink or light bite.

Brittany Merrill Underwood's Favorite Atlanta Haunts

Brittany Merrill Underwood

Brittany Merrill Underwood of the Akola Project

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Brittany Merrill Underwood's Favorite Atlanta Haunts

By Elizabeth Harper

Courtesy Photos

03.10.17

Brittany Merrill Underwood, founder of the Akola Project, on where you can find her in Atlanta.

Determined to aid underserved women around the world, Brittany Merrill Underwood launched the Akola Project nearly a decade ago. The jewelry collection, which now graces Neiman Marcus’ tony display cases, reinvests 100 percent of its profits into social programs, job training and employment opportunities for impoverished women, as well as constructing new training centers and much-needed water wells in communities across the globe.

SPORTING LIFEFoxhall is the most beautiful, most relaxing place. I love The Paddock, Foxhall’s newest restaurant, and quail hunts are currently in season and open to the public.” 8000 Capps Ferry Road, Douglasville, 770.489.4380

UNWIND  “Serenbe’s just far enough outside of Atlanta to feel like you are getting away without having to drive too far, and it’s the perfect place to rest and unwind.” 9135 Selborne Lane, Ste. B, Chattahoochee Hills, 770.463.0880

TREK “[The BeltLine] takes you through so many different communities, and I draw inspiration from each of them for different reasons.” 

RETAIL THERAPY “I love the atmosphere, ambiance and the selection of spaces to shop and dine at Ponce City Market.” 675 Ponce De Leon Ave. NE, 404.900.7900 

Originally published in the March issue of The Atlantan

5 New Reasons to Visit Echo Park

Beacon | Echo

Fresh ingredients and healthy, delicious dishes—including the smoked salmon toast—lead the charge at Beacon | Echo

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5 New Reasons to Visit Echo Park

By Abigail Stone

Beacon | Echo Park photo by Justin Element | Gingerly Witty photo by Erin Lally | You’re So Baby photo by Larkin Donley

03.10.17

Nestled between Silver Lake and DTLA, Echo Park has become a destination in its own right. Here, five stellar new spots.

BEACON | ECHO PARK Located alongside Echo Park Lake, chef Emmanuel Garcia’s Asian-influenced menu items include poke bowls, crab toast and a mouthwatering wagyu burger. 213.318.5193

COSA BUONA Alimento chef Zach Pollack’s new hot spot shows off classic red-sauce Italian fare with a twist. Look out for updated versions of mozzarella sticks, eggplant Parmesan and wood-fired pizzas.

You’re So Baby

You’re So Baby offers a mix of vintage and new furniture, home decor, clothing and jewelry

YOU'RE SO BABY Tatum Kendrick turns a sophisticated, feminine lens on the concept of an inviting home, offering a unique mix of antique and new furniture, striking jewelry, delicate lingerie and standout ready-to-wear pieces. 

HONEY HI Although this nutritionist-run breakfast and lunch spot may touch on all of the expected notes—bowls and tartines are gluten-, GMO- and refined sugar-free—the menu is elevated by an intriguing blend of flavors, coaxed from sustainably sourced meats and locally grown produce. 213.221.7810

Gingerly Witty

Gingerly Witty prides itself in carrying American-made fashion

GINGERLY WITTY While sustainable and local are usually associated with food, those terms can also apply to fashion. Gingerly Witty is committed to consciously sourced clothing and accessories, featuring small-label American- and L.A.-designed and -made pieces like Jamie + The Jones dresses, Fable & Lore jewelry and Capri Blue candles. 

Originally published in the March issue of Angeleno

Donal Skehan's Favorite L.A. Haunts

Donal Skehan

Donal Skehan

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Donal Skehan's Favorite L.A. Haunts

By Meg McGuire

Portrait by Sofie Skehan

03.09.17

Where to find the foodie author in the city.

“My big aim is to try to get people who haven’t cooked before into the kitchen,” explains cookbook author and TV personality Donal Skehan, who recently moved from Ireland to Los Angeles to release his first U.S. tome, Fresh ($24.95, Sterling Epicure, Barnes & Noble, The Grove). “This cookbook is all about eating and cooking the sort of food you need for a healthy lifestyle.

Valerie

Brunch at Valerie

GO TO BRUNCH “Echo Park is a brilliant place to check out for a lazy brunch followed by a stroll around the lake. Valerie (213.250.9365) has delicious pastries and a stellar croque-madame.”

GO SHOPPING “I love Williams-Sonoma (Beverly Hills). We don’t have it back at home, so every time I go there, I have to buy something for the kitchen!”

Hotel Erwin

Drinks at Hotel Erwin

GRAB A DRINK “With the epic views and beach vibes, Hotel Erwin (Venice, 424.214.1062) is an ideal spot to enjoy a cocktail.”

R&R “My wife, Sofie, booked a massage for me at Caudalie Boutique Spa (310.450.3560), and it was one of the best massages I’ve ever had. I never imagined finding such a place in Venice Beach!” 

Originally published in the March issue of Angeleno

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3 Delish Drinks Trending Now

Moku Kitchen

Moku Kitchen’s Monkeypod Mai Tai

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3 Delish Drinks Trending Now

By Margo Steines

Photo by Olivier Koning

03.08.17

O’ahu boasts an innovative mixology scene, where local flavors like lilikoi and traditional recipes like the mai tai are met with fresh eyes and novel interpretations. Treat yourself by starting your evening with one of these on-trend bespoke cocktails.  

1. For Moku Kitchen, chef Peter Merriman designed a beverage program around fresh produce and luxe spirits. Try the Monkeypod Mai Tai ($12), a thoughtful twist on an island standard, featuring local rum and house-made macadamia nut orgeat. 660 Ala Moana Blvd., Ste. 145, Kaka’ako, O’ahu, 591.6658

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