Old Fourth Distillery's fermentor. I felt the metaphor was appropriate. 
Photo: Caroline Fontenot

Hello fine people! For anyone who cares, here's a catch-up of what's been going on behind the scenes lately: since leaving my post at Shops Around Lenox (which by the way, if you need to get in touch over there, my friend Meghan Murphy is at the helm now and killing it), I did what I set out to do once I gave notice and threw myself into writing full-time. Since print work = loads of lead time, stories are only just now starting to trickle onto stands. While lots of write-ups are still in the works for Southern Living and Eide, among others, the big news today is that The Love List found a print home in Atlanta Magazine.


Basically, this is how I feel about it.


Once a month, at the front of the magazine's lifestyle section, I'll be writing through some of my favorite things. The first edition dropped this week in the newly redesigned mag's December issue. A big, big thank you is owed to Atlanta's art department and my awesome friend/editor (freditor? tbd, ML), Mary Logan Bikoff, to whom I essentially owe the entire thing.


Another hat tip to the mag's Food Editor Evan Mah for giving Caroline and I the green light to go play at the new Old Fourth Distillery a few weeks ago. You can find that story here. Last but not least, a big smooch to Town & Country for naming The Love List one of their 7 Favorite Blogs last week. It was included in the great company of some of my favorite cohorts, like Van & Lauren!

I came to win, to fly...





Stream the November playlist on Spotify here or by clicking the track list above.
Stay warm out there! I have been mainlining this stuff.
x jg





photos: Adam Ewing
styling: Lauren Healy

Every year, Ledbury hosts their annual Quail Hunt for customers and friends at the Orapax Hunting Preserve in Goochland, VA. This year, for the first time, they designed a few shirts for the occasion as part of their ongoing Short Run Shirting collection. These photos were snapped last week. The denim and chambray shirts are limited-edition - meaning they only made a small batch, and are great casual options for a hunt, weekend or hell, just date night. All of the fabrics are sourced from the finest Italian mills and (of course) feature Ledbury's much-lauded signature fit, but with a shortened body so the shirt can be worn untucked - brilliant. 



The Westerham chambray, the Fairlight denim and the Vale patterned chambray (my favorite) are 145.00 each - but hurry, once they're gone, they're gone.






Did y'all ever do that cheer in like, sixth grade that went something like "Brrr! I said it's cold in here!" I vividly remember sitting on the bleachers at my middle school yelling it, and it's totally stuck in my head again today. The weatherman won't seem to let it slide that the country is about to get collectively walloped by plummeting temps, so the time felt right to highlight the silver lining: we get to shop for new clothes! I know most of you were raised on Hunter wellies and Barbour Bedales, and that's cool, but maybe this season you'd like to think about evolving those classics into something just a little more grown-up. Le Chameau makes beautiful all-weather boots that are a little less cartoonish and pervasive than a glossy pair of Hunters, and Barbour's got tons of other choices outside of that classic green waxed-cotton number that everyone and her Mother has on right now. Don't get me wrong, I totally wear one too, but it's nice to have options. 

We have a place here in Atlanta called The Ivy that's kind of the "fratty" bar (I always feel weird saying the word "fratty" now that I'm not 22 anymore), and it never fails to make me chuckle when the first sight I'm greeted with is a large pack of dudes clustered in the same Barbour coat. They look like the same little boys in sixth grade sporting their Browning down jackets (were those cool where y'all grew up? Tallahassee's pretty Southern), just 20 years older. It's kind of cute actually. But anyway, I particularly like this navy belted number - it's still "safe", but at least you won't look like a pod person. The thing about this time of year is that you don't need much, but what you need needs to be good, or you're gonna be, to quote one Dr. Evil, "frickin' cold, man."


For product sources and more good stuff for the impending snap, head over to Lyst. And guys, Lyst is pretty cool - I use it for keeping track of the stuff I want, the stuff I have, and even the stuff I'm going to be buying people for Christmas. It's a really great way to stay organized if you're at all an online shopper. To entice you to give it a shot, if you sign up and create a Lyst of your own, you'll be entered to win this pretty Sophie Hulme cross body bag in a perfect wintry shade of evergreen, just use #LoveMyLyst in your lyst's description and you're in. You can follow me there too and "love" my Lysts. Give it a shot.



"Wonder Woman" by Mark Boomershine, one of the many celebrated artists who will be on-hand at Diversity Earth.

This week ADAC launches the Diversity Earth event series, which celebrates Southeastern artists of nearly every medium. On Thursday night, there's a big ol' party to kick it all off. I'm going with friends in tow. Not only am I excited at the prospect of perusing tons of great artwork, but the wine on-hand won't be half-bad, either. Plus any party where there are folks in the buff getting their bods painted is probably not your average Thursday night. If it sounds fun to you too, grab a ticket here. I'll see you there.







Barcraft Competition finalists Marcelo Nascimento (The Social, Chattanooga) and Tyler Alford (Tupelo Honey Cafe, Asheville, Chattanooga, Atlanta) with winner Bobby Eldridge (Empire State South, Atlanta) and emcees Greg Best (far left) and Michael Searles (far right).  


Last Sunday, a couple of friends and I, cocktail nerds that we are, ventured Midtown to the Taste of Atlanta food festival so we could case the afternoon's, ah, spirited (cringe) barcraft competition. Sponsored by Fernet Branca, bar talent from all over the Southeast endured a series of challenges that tested not only the tastiness of their drinks, but confidence, presentation, and intelligent use of the base ingredient - Fernet, duh. Fernet, as competition emcee and Southern cocktail Godfather Greg Best put it is "one of those 'hey how are ya' spirits." Unapologetically bitter since its Italian-bred birth in 1845, it was originally conspired as a digestif, a secret blend of just the right herbs to cure what ails ya. These days, it's finding fresh footing as the base of many a clever cocktail.



Barcraft Competition winner Bobby Eldridge. 

The judges were looking for a drink that was, according to emcee and USBG Atlanta Chapter President Michael Searles, "palatable, potable, intelligent and interesting." Bobby Eldridge, Head Bartender at Chef Hugh Acheson's Empire State South, shook the winning drink, the Bali Hai, a rum concoction made on-the-spot with only the ingredients provided to him just moments before.  









Photos: Caroline Fontenot

For Bobby's winning recipe, head on over to Southern Living's The Daily South







The cold has finally stopped teasing us down South. Looks like she's finally setting up residence for awhile. Who doesn't love that first opportunity to bust out all your cozy sweaters and chunky heels? Recently I've been playing around on Lyst and put together a little collection of some of my favorite fall-ish items - ones that pair perfectly with the season's best (and most ubiquitous) booties, Rag & Bone's Newbury. And I cannot get enough fringe lately! These puppies are (surprisingly) by Troy Burch shoes. Here's a fun high (Burberry) low (TopShop) mix of knits, leather and denim to keep you cozy and looking sharp. You can check out the full Fall Lyst here for product sources and a few more chilly weather staples as well. 





Earlier this week I was so excited that Apartment Therapy shared photos of my living and dining room with their readers. Almost a year ago now, Caroline shot these photos that Ginny so lovingly styled and they are finally seeing the light of day! Even though lots has been changed around my house since (an excuse for more pictures?) it is still fun to share the final results of that day with y'all. I got LOTS of questions about the house on Apartment Therapy, twitter and email so I wanted to write a source post for anyone who had questions on what came from where. 

It is always worth mentioning the wonderful, warm organization that Maggie came from, Golden Retriever Rescue of Atlanta. I still keep in touch with her sweet foster Katherine who let me adopt my Maggie girl not long before this photo was taken. She took to her new home right away. 


When I was buying my couch, I knew I wanted a dog but also thought all the natural light called for white upholstery. IKEA's Ektorp sofa to the rescue! I love how I can take all the covers off and wash them - very handy for an animal that can't seem to stay off the furniture (and my friends who spill drinks.) The pillows I bought off the now-defunct HomeMint. The sisal rug is from Natural Area Rugs, and the needlepoint Monkey pillow is from the Tory Burch home collection. Probably the only thing Tory Burch I own. The blue and white ginger jars are from One King's Lane, and the blankets and baskets are all from HomeGoods, also known as the greatest store ever. 


The wicker table was a hand-me-down and the settee I found at an antique store in Blue Ridge, GA called Blue Ridge Antiques. They always have amazing things and the shop owner, Mrs. Liz, is a hoot. She roasts delicious coffee beans and is always down for a cup and a chat. I think that's where I also found the old Hardy Boys books and the big mint julep cups. All my lamps I get at HomeGoods. 

Every time I instagram my coffee table, someone asks me about these trunks! I wish I had a great source for y'all, but they were a HomeGoods find in college and have been everywhere with me since. They were my bedside tables in Palm Beach and sat at the foot of my bed in Gainesville. Most of my candles, lotions and matches I buy from Ona Atlanta, which is a gorgeous bath and gift store here in Buckhead that my girl friends Sarah and Jenny Bronczek own. 


Ona candle, One Kings Lane ginger jar, the blogger-ubiquitous classic books.... someone on Apartment Therapy asked about this painting, and I'm ashamed to admit I do not know the artist nor can I even remember when or where I bought it. If you recognize it, please let me know!


The cute monogrammed lucite tray is from me & re design. This thing constantly moves around my house, right now it's hosting an orchid pot at my entry, but I also use it tons for entertaining.


And onto the dining room...

Readers at Apartment Therapy were very quick to point out how big the flower arrangement is for entertaining - I agree! I think I was thinking more about the photo than the table's real function. Lesson learned. Of course this arrangement is now almost a year old and I'm over it, especially the table cloth and those place mats. Someone asked about the paint color, and I want to say it's a Better Homes & Gardens color from Lowe's. Nothing fancy. The only Farrow & Ball in this house is on the front door! The art is by Helen Strom and called "Le Chagrin." My light fixture is by Roost Home, you can find it at Anthropologie.


Read more about the custom matches here. I'm sure I missed things, so if you have any questions feel free to ask! Thanks again Ginny Branch for your magic styling touch, Caroline Fontenot as always for being the best photographer a gal could ask for, and to Apartment Therapy for giving these photos a place to live. Onto the next project!






1. Painterly patterns are really catching my eye lately. Athens, Georgia-based Hable Construction does these crazy awesome printed envelopes for under a dollar a pop - great for sprucing up anything you have to dash off on a standard piece of 85.x11. Artist Kate Whitley is in nearby Nashville - she's responsible for the gorgeous hand-painted silk scarf you see above, and this just scratches the surface of all the incredible pieces she has on offer. The dreamy blue and white print is the work of famed interior designer Jeffrey Alan Marks, who we had the treat of meeting today when he spoke at ADAC as part of their #DiscoverADAC series, which is going on all week long. If you're in Atlanta, it is definitely worth your time - check out the full schedule of remaining events here. I love that this print was inspired by Jeffrey's college water polo net!



2. To say "I had the pleasure of meeting" someone sounds too quaint to express how I felt talking to Chef Jared Hucks and Barman Adam Fox last week. These guys are an incredible wealth of knowledge - but they're hungry (pun intended) to not only share that with other people, but to continue learning on their own. It's always inspiring to have a conversation with passionate, knowledgeable people who lack affectation despite their obvious talent. You'll be hearing more about them on The Love List in the future, but I just wanted to put Dogwood Table on y'alls radar now. Dogwood Table is a high-end, intimate pop-up restaurant concept the guys have teamed up to execute that takes place here in Atlanta once a month - this time at Gallery L1. This month's event is two nights, but Friday is already sold out. A few tickets remain for Saturday, so I'd advise you to grab one while you still can. You can do that here.



3. At Bocado over the weekend, I drank the best glass (okay, two glasses) of wine and honestly just want to go and tell that, you know? So if you guys run across Viña Alberdi Reserva '07 Tempranillo, trust me, you want a glass.




Every so often I get approached to give a service or app a test-run, and usually I turn it down. I just feel like, why do The Love List's readers care about yet another way to get a blowout? Why am I wasting y'alls time with that? Just to get free stuff? But every so often, something comes along and I'll be like okay, this actually seems cool. If I were a blog reader, this is something I'd want to know about. So I'll give it a shot. Sometimes these services just don't deliver on what's promised - and y'all never hear a peep about it. Other times (like today) I get pretty stoked to share something because it's honestly like, why didn't I think of this? Where has this beenThink Uber, think GlamSquad, think delivery juice cleanses... and now, think Fetch

Full disclaimer: I have a few things in the coffer that I've been giving the old trial and error that will continue this post series that I'm dubbing "Guinea Pig." Stuff I think you guys would care about using, sort of the way I've shared True & Co and Club W with you in the past. And I want to be 100% transparent with y'all - yes, companies do send me stuff for free to try out. Sometimes, I get a kickback if y'all sign up. Sometimes, the company pays me.

In the case of Fetch, they paid me for my time testing out the app and for writing the review, but like with anything on The Love List, they didn't have any input on what I said about them - they knew they were assuming risk by allowing me to be totally honest. But it's important that you guys trust what I say here, and they got that. That being said, maintaining The Love List is lots of work and just like with any work, it's got to generate income to be worth continuing. I'm pretty sure most folks who read blogs understand that by now, you guys are a pretty savvy crowd after all. That being so, I know you guys don't need me to tell you that I'm never going to endorse something that I think sucks, no matter how much free stuff or money a company offers me.

ANYWAY.

Fetch is a shopping app unlike any other, primarily because it acts as a straight-up personal assistant. You tell it to "go Fetch" something - dry shampoo, plane ticket, egg poacher, flowers for your Mom, that scarf the girl in line in front of you at Starbucks is wearing - and not only will Fetch find it for you, they'll find it for you at the best possible price. 

So how does Fetch do that? How does some little app scour the internet for the good deals and the best prices AND the little promo codes the company mentioned once on twitter a week ago and oh yeah, deliver it to your door no sweat? 

I'll tell you how: when you sign up, Fetch will ask for your credit card info and mailing address and store it, much the way Uber does. Then, you snap a photo or send a text of what you're looking for. When your handy in-app assistant finds the stuff you want, they green-light it with you and have it sent your way. Literally no sweat off your back. 

Here's the coolest part: Fetch is powered by actual, real, living and breathing human beings. I tested it myself. So when I said on Wednesday "Hey Fetch, find me a cheap plane ticket from Atlanta to D.C. for Friday evening", a person responded to me in a cute little chat bubble similar to the texts we're conditioned to seeing on iPhones.   

I couldn't find said D.C. plane ticket for less than $600.00 bucks so I thought hell, let's see what Fetch can do. Fetch found one for under $300.00 in under 15 minutes, and since it was my first purchase, I got 10% off the flight. They purchased it for me, emailed me the info, and off I went to D.C. two days later. It was literally that easy.

I pondered if Fetch has agreements to favor certain companies over others, and if that influences the integrity of the recommendations they make to their users. I asked Tom Hadfield, the company's CEO.

"We don’t have any deals with specific companies." He assured me. "We always place the order with whichever retailer is offering the best deal - we don’t give preference to specific companies because we think it’s really important that users trust us and know they’re always getting the best deal." And how does Fetch make money, anyway? Kinda the same way a blog does, actually - via commission, from the sales they orchestrate. 

And what about the people working there, are they just mailing it in at minimum wage, sending you the first thing they find, baking on the hope you're not going to double-check their bargain hunting skills? 

"We embrace the living wage principle for our team." Said Tom. "Because the centerpiece of the service is a huge team of personal buying assistants (not an algorithm), we realize how important it is to make sure that they're paid fairly. In most cases, they're paid double the minimum wage, and given health benefits. We're finding that it's very possible to do the right thing, and to do good business at the same time: we're attracting better personal assistants for our users." 

I challenge y'all to challenge Fetch. Go ahead and get weird with them, send them on the hunt. No matter what you buy, they're going to give you 10% off it, whether it's a $20.00 book, a $200.00 pair of jeans, or a $2000.00 laptop. Literally anything, 10% off, just for trying it for the first time. Order a big-ticket item like your iPhone 6+, new TV, or honeymoon plane tickets and that could be a sweet little discount.

So go ahead and make Fetch happen. I'm endorsing this one with two emoji thumbs-up. 


 

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