The BEST Cut & Color in Town: Vis A Vis The Salon

I've been to many salons over the years - from upscale to mainstream - and while many have been good, some not so much AND then along comes Vis A Vis The Salon - THE VERY BEST!

Vis A Vis The Salon owner, Jeffery McQuithy and I have been friends for quite a few years now; Jeffrey Fashion Cares is our connection. I've never been in the salon for services but when I told Jeffrey I was selected for Modern Luxury's Men of Style he said come in and let us make you look your best. I did and I am so ecstatic that I just had to share my experience with you.  

Now, I know that hair and beauty are sacred things and if you have a loyal bond and relationship with your stylist, keep it - BUT if you don't or you're looking to try something new, something fresh, then you must pay a visit to Vis A Vis The Salon. You'll fall in love as I did. From the moment you valet your car and you're greeted by the super friendly front desk, offered a beverage and a seat, it is first class all the way. Victor did my color and Sarah the cut and if they are a reflection of the caliber of expertise at Vis A Vis The Salon (they are) then you are at the best skilled hands in Atlanta. It wasn't just the superior level of services that impressed me but the quality of personal care and comfort provided.

At 51, with very short hair (and not as much as I used to have) I didn't think it was possible to be this excited and feel this good about a haircut. So today, I am a cheerleader for Vis A Vis The Salon for their excellent service and friendly approach. Do something nice for yourself!

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A Cuban Affair at The Consulate Restaurant with Fashionado

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One of my favorite dining destinations is about to turn up the heat to high this Friday! I am thrilled to host "A Cuban Affair" at The Consulate Atlanta on July 14th to introduce their new Cuban menu. There will be a DJ, live music, possibly some salsa dancing (that's up to you!) and of course tasty tapas and specialty crafted cocktails. It's a PARTY! I recently tried the new menu and it was fantastic. Let us know you're coming - RSVP HERE.

Also, catch me and The Consulate Atlanta on CBS Plugged-In on Thursday July 13 at 11AM!

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Sunday Funday at Wynwood with #thePageofAlex

Sunday, Monday, Tuesday and/or any day of the week is always a funday at Wynwood Walls. I have been a number of times but this was my first time visiting the ever-changing mural art destination with my partner Alex Page (a.k.a.) thePageofAlex. Wynwood serves as the perfect backdrop to photos and selfies - something we took advantage of. You can really make a day of it at Wynwood, as did we, with their wide selection of markets, trendy dining and curated showrooms and boutiques - all that will cool you down from the hot Miami sun! Make sure you add Wynwood Walls to your travel agenda next time you're in Miami and have an artful day!

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Vincent + Vincent = Puppy Love

On May 6th, 2017 I was surprised with a gift from Canine Assistants at the Doggies on the Catwalk event. I was presented with a 12-week old puppy, a future service dog, named Vincent. I was speechless and tearful. The thought that this puppy will grow up to serve others in need is a beautiful thing - the best gift ever. "Puppy Vincent" as he's called, was gifted to me in celebration and acknowledgment of ten years of philanthropy through my organization Doggies on the Catwalk. 

Puppy Vincent is growing very quickly so I wanted a visit with him before he "lost" his puppy looks! I went out to the Canine Assistants farm recently to spend an afternoon with Vincent. He is playful, adorable, curious, charming and full of puppy love and kisses. At his young age (about 6 months) puppy Vincent has already started his service dog education. He is learning to pick up objects and open cabinets. He puts on his puppy service vest and hits the mall weekly to get socialized and accustomed to public spaces.

Puppy Vincent will return to the Doggies on the Catwalk stage in 2018 and will probably be his last 'catwalk' as most likely, he'll be matched with a recipient soon after that! That's my boy!!

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Event Recap: Jeffrey Fashion Cares 25th Annual Patron Party at Atlas

On Tuesday, June 13, 2017, over a hundred Jeffrey Fashion Cares Host Committee members and Patrons descended upon Atlas, the acclaimed restaurant located in the heart of Buckhead at the St. Regis Atlanta, for the annual Jeffrey Fashion Cares Patron Party. Fashionable partygoers mixed and mingled on Atlas' expansive patio while enjoying wine, bubbly and signature cocktails made just for the evening.  Guests noshed on Executive Chef Christopher Grossman made-to-order Summer Squash Risotto along with an array of passed bites from the Tavern at Atlas menu.

Hosted by Event Chairs Lila Hertz, Jeffrey McQuithy and Louise Sams, the 25th annual Jeffrey Fashion Cares will be held at Phipps Plaza on Monday, August 28, 2017 at 7 p.m. and includes a reception followed by a live auction and runway show featuring founder Jeffrey 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.  One of the largest combined AIDS and breast cancer benefits in the country, this year’s event will benefit Susan G. Komen Greater Atlanta, the Atlanta AIDS Fund (AAF) and the Medical University of South Carolina.

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MOLLY B’S TO OPEN AT MERCEDES-BENZ STADIUM

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Restaurant Club Named for Owner Arthur Blank’s Mother, Molly Blank

Features Rotating Menu Evoking a Southern Inspired Chop House

Mercedes-Benz Stadium will feature a new and unique destination restaurant and private club, Molly B’s, named in honor of owner Arthur Blank’s mother, Molly Blank.  As part of the expansive food and beverage program being featured inside Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Molly B’s was created in partnership with Concentrics Restaurants and boasts an impressive menu developed by Michael Bertozzi, executive chef for Atlanta’s TWO urban licks.  Molly B’s, opening on August 26, will be located on the 100-level concourse and has a separate entry by the main entrance of the stadium.

The idea to name the restaurant Molly B’s came from Rich McKay, AMB Sports and Entertainment President.  McKay,  who knew Molly well, presented the name, along with renderings, to Arthur Blank as a surprise in a management meeting last summer to honor her and continue Molly’s legacy. 

 “My mother was a strong, values-driven woman who was an incredible influence on my life and many others,” says Arthur Blank, owner and chairman, AMB Group. “Her love of community, charity, family and life has inspired me to continue those values throughout everything I do.  Mercedes-Benz Stadium is just another way we are bringing people together as a community to enjoy as family and friends.  My mother’s legacy phrase, ‘You only pass through once, make it count!’ was something she lived by and I’m so proud to have her as part of this new legacy in Atlanta”.

Molly B’s dining concept comes from the creators of Atlanta’s award winning ONE. midtown kitchen, TWO urban licks, and dozens of critically acclaimed restaurants across the country. "It’s not very often you get the opportunity to create a full-service, destination restaurant and private club within a football stadium, especially a new NFL stadium. It’s an exciting first for us,” says Bob Amick, owner and founder of Concentrics Restaurants.  "The challenge was to create a dynamic concept that is special in what is already a special place that appeals to everyone. Modern and with clean lines, it’s an all open-air restaurant that plays to the feel of the open-air stadium and has great views of both Downtown and field. We cannot wait for fans to experience it.” 

A chef driven, full-service restaurant meets private club, Molly B’s takes a modern spin on a southern inspired chophouse.  With ample seating overlooking the field, the unique concept not only offers an exclusive food and beverage experience for club members attending Atlanta Falcons games and Atlanta United matches, but it also welcomes fans when the game is underway with an eclectic a la carte menu filled with sharable plates, sandwiches, entrees and more.   In addition to friendly, detailed service and mouthwatering dining options, a large, four-sided bar takes center stage at Molly B’s. Those looking to imbibe will find a urated beverage program with an array of craft beers, a tailored wine list and classic and specialty cocktails.  Additionally, Molly B’s will stay open for two hours after each game and will serve lunch on non-event days to patrons visiting downtown Atlanta.  The space is also available for private events of all sizes.  

When the Falcons play, the all-inclusive member experience offers impressive items ideal for the table such as buttermilk fried chicken, southern smoked brisket, baby back ribs along with a variety of sides including six-cheese macaroni and cheese, hand cut fries and roasted asparagus topped with lemon hollandaise and king crab. True to chophouse form, action stations featuring freshly carved, slow roasted bone-in prime rib, chopped salad, a raw bar, and a make-your-own sundae bar provide for an interactive opportunity in the restaurant’s casual and open atmosphere overlooking the field.  For Atlanta United matches, members can indulge in sharable plates in addition to a dynamic entrees like made-to-order, smoked whole hog tacos, lobster rolls, BBQ brisket and prime rib sandwiches, crispy shrimp and chips po boy and much more.   When it’s game time and during daily lunch service on non-event days, fans and visitors alike can take advantage of Molly B’s favorites made fresh, seasonal ingredients that are featured on and inspired by both member menus.

"The menu we created for Molly B's is rooted in Atlanta’s diverse culinary scene and was crafted to bring a sense of comfort to the guests. It draws from the local traditions and ingredients to deliver some of the best the region has to offer. We will also be working with local purveyors and farmers to bring a dining experience that will be unparalleled by any other stadium in the league,” says Michael Bertozzi, director of culinary of Concentrics Restaurants and executive chef of TWO urban licks. For the full menu and to learn more information on the limited membership program, please go here.

 Molly B’s is just one component of the many food and beverage offerings at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. The Fan First Menu offers an elusive combination of great variety, outstanding quality, and friendly prices to deliver unmatched value for fans.  From fan favorite offerings priced at $2 and $3 that will allow a family of four to eat and drink for under $30, to the best of Atlanta lineup of restaurant partners selected by fans, Mercedes-Benz Stadium will have a full slate of food and beverage options on every level of the stadium.

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Doggie Mingle Recap at Hampton + Hudson

On Sunday, June 11th, Hampton + Hudson Community Bar and Restaurant went to the dogs. Literally! With specialty drinks from SweetWater 420 draft beers and Titos Vodka and gourmet doggie treats created by Chef Savannah Sasser, about 3 dozen tail-wagging loving pups gathered for the H+H Doggie Mingle. H+H owners, Jenn and Billy Streck conceptualized the event and asked me to host it in support of Doggies on the Catwalk and Canine Assistants.

The Doggie Mingle was a huge hit and will return through the month of August. The cutest dogs ever - just look through the slideshow! We had so much fun. This is a dog-lovers MUST event...

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