Fly south for the season (and Vince Camuto's new Atlanta store) with Brooklyn-based style writer and Atlanta expat Tiffany J. Davis.
PACKING LIST Southern style is equal parts sass with class. In other words: Looking good is as much about knowing what suits you as it is about buying into trends. The best-dressed locals tend to swear by a “uniform” (from skinny jeans and designer tees to classic-cut LBDs) and then take risks with key accessories, killer handbags and the like.
- An instant-classic satchel, Atlantans live in their cars. Arrive without one, and you’ll be thankful for a place to stow walk-friendly flats and impulse shop finds throughout the day. Trust me on this one. - Peep toe booties, because it’s pedicure season about 10 months out of the year here - A killer pedicure. See above. Alayna and the crew at Nouvelle Nail Spa are among the sweetest (and the best) in the business. - Good jeans. Well-styled denim – as in, nice enough to pair with a blazer and heels -- are perfectly acceptable for a night out on the town. (Fashion editor’s note: most locals have a soft spot for cut-offs and Havaianas. Most maitre d’s and lounge bouncers don’t.) - Antique-feeling accessories that give a nod to old school glamour - A gilded sandal to kick classic LBDs up a notch
STAY W Atlanta Buckhead The country-club-gone-cool vibe is unmistakable. (And it an ideal spot to see, be seen and stay.) Rooftop lounge Whiskey Blue offers some of the most breathtaking skyline city views in town and salon-style lobby Living Room is a fantastic hybrid of a boozy library, board game parlor and reading den.
The Georgian Terrace Hotel Looking to take the city sans car? The century-old glass and white marble hotel continues to walk the line between classic glam and downtown cool. Fine dining hotspot Livingston and multiple drinking spots throughout the property include an on-site Starbucks and cocktail patio overlooking bustling Peachtree Street and the legendary Fox Theater marquee.
DINE King + Duke Foodies far and wide will attest that owner and chef Ford Fry’s cooking is the stuff of legend. His latest venture (named for a pair of con-men in Mark Twain’s The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn) is the real deal – gorgeously plated comfort food with a little whimsy mixed in. Among the gourmet gems you’ll find there? Deviled eggs topped with Virginia ham, roasted sweet peppers, roast chicken (with crusty bread for the drippings) and a beer list ranging from craft brews to Coors Light served in a can.
Top Flr Two floors. Jaw-dropping, gilded wallpaper. And a cult-loved, three-course pre-fixe menu ringing in at just $20. Date night? Ladies’ night? A night where you want to feed all your senses (and go easy on your bank account) in a single night? This place is a can't-miss.
Food Party A little bit country, a little bit citified eating escape. E-mail for a spot on the monthly guest list and steal away a woodsy private property (as in bocce ball, rolling hills and a six-acre former farm) just a few miles outside of town. Prefer a tighter guest list? Book a mid-week private feast for eight to twenty of your (soon-to-be) closest friends.
DRINK Sister Louisa’s Church of the Living Room & Ping Pong Emporium As the name might imply, there’s something here to please (and just as possibly offend) all kinds. And yet the mish-mash of perfectly crafted cocktails, live organ-playing singer-songwriters and southern-friend wall art (scrawled with epithets like, “The higher the hair, the closer to God”) keep local cool kids coming back for more.
Holeman and Finch Public House The cocktail list (which includes credits to the ‘tenders that created each drink and are blended with everything from walnut bitters to Coca-Cola) is one of the most award-winning in the south. One more reason to linger? H&F’s nightly pop-up burger shop: every 24 hours at 9PM., chef Linton Hopkins and crew create 24 double-stack hamburgers and serve them alongside whatever guests happen to be sipping that night.
DO Skyview Atlanta Before you settle on any weekend plans, hit the city’s newly opened (and consummately beloved) Ferris wheel for 20-story views of majestic Centennial Olympic Park, the downtown sklyline and more.
The Goat Farm The cutting edge art and performance space is tucked away in a raw brick space that’s housed everything from 1880’s textile machinery to ‘70s painters. Today, art lovers and cool kids flock to Goat Farm for welding classes, a communal-vibed coffee shop/wine bar/sandwich counter named War Horse and traveling dance shows from around the globe.
Tiffany J. Davis is a lifestyle expert and style editor who lives and works in Brooklyn. Say hi at tiffanyjdavis.com.