Hotlanta Summertime Favorites

There’s nothing like summer in the city!

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As someone who loathes the sun and all things scorching, it is important for me to find some fun distractions to get me through until fall. Since my summer classes ended (finished with all A’s!!!), I have tried to jam-pack these next three weeks before fall classes start up with fun summery things. So, I thought I would share a few things I’ve done here in Atlanta, and what is coming up next for me this summer.

The Georgia Aquarium

This past week, some of my siblings and I took my cousin to aquarium. I was probably definitely more excited than him, because I had not been in about 4 years. My personal favorite exhibit is the Beluga whale tank. I could literally stand and watch them for hours. They are just to graceful and beautiful, and I love them! We also got to see the sea lion show and the dolphin show, both of which were incredible.

One of the best things about being an adult and doing fun “kid” things is that there isn’t someone telling you that you can’t have or do something. I don’t know about you, but me and my siblings were never allowed to get anything from the gift shops of the places we went, which is understandable because if you bought one kid something, you’d have to buy the other four something as well. So, it was just an understood no. However, as a grown ass 22 year-old woman, I found myself standing in the gift shop of the Georgia Aquarium staring up at a display of plush beluga whales, and suddenly I was overwhelmed with the notion that there was no one there to tell me no. And I couldn’t possibly deny the little girl in me, so I bought one and we couldn’t be happier.

I absolutely LOVE the aquarium here in Atlanta, and it is something that is perfect for people of all ages. As a bonus, it also provides a nice escape from the persistent heat that we have been subjected to this summer.

Chick-fil-A Corporate

One of my siblings works at the Chick-fil-A corporate office here in Atlanta, so we made a trip to the Chick-fil-A campus to visit him for lunch. If you’ve never been to the corporate office, it is pretty amazing. They have a small museum about the history of the company, as well as an impressive collection of vintage cars, including the Batmobile.

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Right now, there aren’t any tours open to the public, but coming in 2018, Chick-fil-A will be opening the Backstage Home Office Tour. I think this would be a great addition to the list of awesome things to do in Atlanta, especially if you have kids or an understandable obsession with Chick-fil-A. In the meantime, you can have an equally amazing experience at a Chick-fil-A near you. I mean, their Frosted Lemonade is pretty killer. I’m not being paid to say this; I just really love their stuff.

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Special Events

Another great thing to do in the summer is to see what kind of special events your city is offering throughout the summer. This past weekend, my friend, Cassandra, and I went to TCF Style Exposition. Basically, it is a fashion expo for plus size women. It was mostly catered towards women, but there were a few men’s plus size clothing vendors there. It was amazing to see such amazing women of all sizes come together to share beauty and love and fashion. It felt so empowering to watch a fashion show complied of all plus size women. It was truly beautiful.



So, go out and see what interests you. Especially in larger cities like Atlanta, it feels like they have special events happening every weekend, so it’s just a matter of keeping yourself informed of what is happening around you.

Gigi’s Cupcakes

Treat yo self! I’ve never been to Gigi’s Cupcakes before, so after the fashion expo, Cassandra and I went there to celebrate female empowerment and body positivity. I tried the Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough cupcake, and it was pretty remarkable. Sometimes the best thing to do on a hot afternoon in Georgia is to reward yourself with a sweet treat. So go out and try that bakery or ice cream parlor that you’ve passed a million times and always promised yourself that you’d go to one day, and just do it! You can sweat off the added calories in the scorching heat.

Atlanta Braves Game

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So, this is a future event, but it is also an Atlanta staple for summertime. The new Sun Trust park is open, and this Friday, I will be there. I’m not really a huge baseball fan, but every summer for the past seven years, my older brother has sung the national anthem for the Braves, so we all get together to watch him sing and then stick around for the game. I’m really excited to see the new field, so look out for a blog post next week about our fun night. And if you’re in Atlanta, come to the Braves game on August 4th to see my brother sing the national anthem!

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Summer is almost over, so make these next couple of weeks count!

3 Reasons Why You Should Have a “Staycation”

For my spring break this year, I decided to have a “staycation” right here in Atlanta, Georgia. I probably spent as much money as I would have anywhere else, but it was all worth it. In fact, I highly recommend a staycation to everyone, and here is why:

Housing is Free

You don’t have the hassle of booking a hotel room or an Airbnb, and it also means you get to sleep in the comfort of your own bed (or air mattress, in my case). I spent most of the week in Kennesaw with my friend, Cassandra (check out what she’s been up to these past couple of weeks here!), which meant I spent most of the week on my air mattress, but it’s pretty comfortable compared to sleeping on the floor.

You Get to Experience New Things

We all have a list of things we’ve been meaning to do or see in the city that we live in, but we never get around to doing it. With a staycation, you can check off all of the things on your list. I hardly ever explore Atlanta because I hate driving in the city, but thankfully I had Cassandra and Phoenix (may she rest in peace) who graciously drove us everywhere. One of my favorite places I went to was Cinnaholic, which serves gourmet (vegan friendly) cinnamon rolls. You can pretty much have it made with whatever toppings you want. I got cream cheese icing with Oreo crumbles and cookie dough.

You Can Also Hit Up Your Favorite Places

Sometimes, when you are on vacation, you can be underwhelmed by certain attractions or maybe an experience wasn’t everything you thought it would be. With a staycation, you already know what to expect when you go to your favorite mall or amusement park. One of my favorite places in Atlanta is Ponce City Market, and during my staycation, I went there with a few friends. Going during the week was such a strange, but fun, experience because no one was there. There weren’t any crazy lines or packed boutiques. It was kind of refreshing.

I had such a wonderful spring break, and it was a treat to experience Atlanta as a tourist. If only it hadn’t been 30 DEGREES OUTSIDE, I would have enjoyed it more.

Real quick story time:

Just because you are familiar with a place doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be cautious. One of my days of spring break, we went to the Marietta Square to walk around. While I was taking some pictures of my friends on one of the park benches, I heard footsteps quickly approaching. As I looked up, an old man (who appeared to be under the influence of alcohol, or maybe even Satan) fell flat on his face as he was sprinting towards me. He stood up and claimed he was just coming to offer to take a picture of all of us together. As he said this, he reached out towards my phone. I told him I was fine because I just had my own little photoshoot a few minutes prior, but he was really insistent. I was about to just hand it over to get him to leave us alone, when the thought came to me that he might run off with my phone. So, I slid my phone into my purse and told him no once again. He finally walked away, saying something like, “I was just trying to do my one good deed for the day”. It was a very unsettling experience, but I’m glad everyone involved was okay, even him because he definitely took a dive.

Thank you for reading, and I hope you all have/had a great spring break!

Movies I’m Looking Forward to in 2017

I have always loved movies, but recently that love has intensified. My family hardly ever went to the movies because taking five kids anywhere was always a headache and too expensive. On the few occasions that we did go, it was like we had walked into a different dimension. If you’ve ever seen Annie, it felt something like the scene where Daddy Warbucks takes Annie to the movies for the first time.

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So, here is a tentative list of movies that I am looking forward to watching this year!

Beauty and the Beast

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Release Date: March 17, 2017

To be honest, I haven’t been that excited about all these reboots, but when I saw a commercial for the movie in theaters, I almost cried. It brought back memories of re-watching Disney movies for the hundredth time with my little brother.

Life

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Release Date: March 24, 2017

This movie is about the discovery of life on Mars and has an amazing cast that includes Ryan Reynolds and Jake Gyllenhaal. The trailer is intense enough as it is, so I’m very excited for the actual movie.

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Release Date: April 12, 2017

When I was at the movies to see La La Land, there was a commercial about a little girl who is academically gifted in the middle of a custody battle between her grandmother and her uncle. Her uncle wants her to have a normal life, but her grandmother wants her to go to the best schools and not waste her talents. Again, this trailer almost had me in tears, but honestly that is not hard to do. It also features Octavia Spencer who is amazing!

Spider-Man: Homecoming

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Release Date: July 7, 2017

I have loved Spider-Man ever since middle school. I will literally see anything that features him, so this is a no-brainer. I also really love superhero movies in general.

Logan Lucky

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Release Date: August 18, 2017

This movie was filmed in Atlanta and stars MY MAN, Adam Driver. I have seen everything he’s ever done and will continue to do so until I die. For those of you who don’t care/know about him, your main selling point might be the fact that it also stars Channing Tatum and Daniel Craig.

Murder on the Orient Express

Release Date: November 22, 2017

This movie is still being filmed, but it has another great cast like Johnny Depp, Josh Gad, Daisy Ridley, and many more. All I know about it is that it is in the drama and suspense genre.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi

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Release Date: December 15, 2017

I was never really into Star Wars before having seen the newest one, but then over Christmas break, my brother and mom and I watched all of the movies. Now, I finally have an appreciation for the franchise. Plus it has Adam Driver…

A Day at Ponce City Market

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Yesterday, some friends and I went on an adventure (by adventure, I mean anything other than a quick trip to Target) to Ponce City Market in Atlanta. I wanted to document our day trip in case anyone is ever in the area and wants to know what all the hype is about.

I started my trek as every great adventure should, with a caramel iced coffee and a doughnut from Dunkin Donuts. I happen to dread driving into the city, so these are not just a treat but a necessity.

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If you have not been, Ponce City Market is a super cool place with something for everyone. Previously known as the historic Sears, Roebuck & Co. building, Ponce City Market has re-branded itself into the beautiful, industrial looking, and crowd-pleasing thrum of excitement it is today. It is a community of restaurants and shops of all kinds. A few of my favorite shops there are Anthropologie and Archer, among others that I don’t happen to know the names of. But, if you like candles, books, stationary, and overpriced home décor like I do, there is plenty of places to peruse.

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We went into this great bookstore today that had a little bit of everything. I was in love with the table of literature classics with very cute, redesigned covers. I was very close to buying every single Jane Austen book they had, but I’m trying to watch my spending (speaking of which, don’t forget to check out my post from last week featuring my new Coach bag). But maybe one day when I’m in my own place, I will buy all of the beautiful books my heart desires.

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If you do ever make it over to Ponce, make sure to check out their websites for any kind of events they might have going on. Today, for instance, they were putting on a kissing booth for charities. They had different people for different time slots, and the one we were most excited for was Sara Hopkins (also known as @sayhop). She started on Vine (RIP) and now does the majority of her videos on YouTube, but she is also pretty entertaining on Snapchat and Instagram.

After meeting her, we grabbed lunch downstairs, which is pretty much this hub of every type of food you could imagine. I settled on a delicious sandwich from Farm to Ladle. It was very tasty, apart from the olive tapenade that I apparently missed when scanning the ingredient list. Nothing against olives, but I hate them.

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Very delicious, except for sneaky olive ninjas. 

Then we hit the rest of the stores that we had missed, which included going across the street to Sephora and taking a quick photo op out front.

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This is my friend, Cassandra (also known as Sequins and Sass–check her out!). Forgive the blurriness; I’m still figuring out my camera.

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Finally, we finished our day grabbing a sweet treat. I got my first ever King of Pop popsicle, which they covered in chocolate and sprinkles in honor of Valentine’s day (I think, but again, it was my first time, so it might be something they always do).

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It was a great day—beautiful weather and even better company. I hope you enjoyed this post. I’m working on coming up with a blog schedule, because right now I’m just posting when the mood strikes. That might be something else to add to my resolutions (another shameless promo).

Happy Sunday!