Staying Organized in 2018

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Clutter, unnecessary stress, & messy scheduling tools. It’s time to get back on track. Here are some tips on how to stay organized all year long.

1) Wake up early:

This is probably the hardest one for most people, but it makes such a difference in your work ethic for the day. Get yourself a large coffee, sit down, and prioritize your day. Starting the day off on the right foot allows everything to fall into place much more smoothly. 

2) Keep a color-coordinated calendar: 

If you don’t already have a calendar up and running, stop everything and do it now. It can be a hand-written calendar, a Google Calendar, or anything in-between. If you choose to take the hand-written route, make it a sort-of “to-do” list, while you also prioritize your daily tasks. With an online calendar, make sure you connect events to your phone so you receive updates on the spot! 

3) Simplify: 

Clean out your computer bag, desk, and even your car. Start with a clean slate to ensure that all triggers of stress stay off your plate. Have a list of less than 5 things that you need to start your work day, including things like your calendar, your computer, a camera or iPad, your phone, and a to-go cup for extra coffee consumption. 

4) Delegate: 

You can’t possibly do everything yourself. Ask for help. You would be surprised by how supported you feel when you delegate responsibilities amongst your team. After prioritizing your day, divide it up into smaller lists per person, that way your plate seems a little less full. This also helps create trust among your team, as everyone has each other’s backs!

5) Maintain:

If you maintain control of these everyday organization tools, you won’t have to do as much “catch-up” work in the future, meaning less work in the long haul. Letting small things fall to the wayside can lead to stressful days of make-up work, and avoiding days like those is key.

New Openings We're Excited About in 2018

Golda Kombucha Tap Room + Bar:

West End is getting an extreme makeover, and we couldn’t be more excited. Joining the already opened Monday Night Garage, Golda Kombucha will make it’s home at Lee + White this Spring. They will have tons of flavors on draft along with cocktails, floats, and fun events to attend! 

Solcioty Fitness:

Opening this March in Buckhead, Solcioty Fitness is a dynamic heart rate based interval training experience focused on overall fitness with an emphasis on strength and endurance. At only 23 years old, India Welton is prepared to bring the life-changing concept to the Atlanta market as the first franchisee. We can't wait to sweat it out in 2018.

Hattie B’s Hot Chicken:

For those who want a little spice added to their life, Hattie B’s Signature Hot Chicken is for you! They open at the end of next month in Little Five Points. Get those tastebuds ready for some heat.

Manny’s Grant Park Pub:

If you’re a local Atlantan, you know the famous Manuel’s Tavern in the Highlands. They’re opening a sister restaurant in Grant Park in late Spring featuring all things delicious. We have three words: Moscow Mule Slushies. 

New Realm Brewing:

Attention IPA lovers: Atlanta’s newest brewery, featuring amazing new Pale Ales, is opening January 8th! BeltLine lovers have a new pit-stop to try very soon.

The White Bull: 

Fan of the Optimist? Former executive chef, Pasquale Pascarella, and business partner, Gabriele Besozzi, are opening in Downtown Decatur Square this Spring. They will feature seasonal dishes & cocktails, and we can’t wait to try them all!

Social Media New Years Resolutions

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2018 is fast approaching, and we all have things we need to improve on. Ready to step-up your Social Media game? Here are some resolutions that we’re striving for this year:

1) Authenticity:

Consumers can spot impure values from a mile away. Make it a point to sit down with your team, circle-back to your core company standards, and begin the year fresh and renewed. This isn’t only for businesses. Take a look at your personal Instagram. Are you being genuine? Are your captions thought provoking? Are you copying an influencer you admire a little too much? 

2) Consistency:

Studies have shown that the frequency with which you post, whether it’s on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc. directly influences your growth and engagement. If your community sees your content daily and feels like they are tied into your life and/or brand, you will create a tighter community.

3) Creativity:

Step outside of your comfort zone. You’ve never done a Facebook Live? Do it! Only use photos of your products? Try a video! Still shooting strictly on your iPhone? Branch out and use a DSLR camera for crisp, quality content. Being vulnerable is scary, but ultimately leads to progress. 

4) Connect: 

Don’t be afraid to ask for help. If you admire someone’s content, community, or even just their authentic self, reach out and ask for advice! Businesses - make 2018 a year of working with Social Media Influencers to push your brand to the next level. And most importantly, connect with your audience. Engage, address feedback, give shout-outs, and repost! 

Shop Local in Atlanta for Last Minute Gifts

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Found out you have a last minute Secret Santa exchange? Or you've procrastinated again and again and again...

Here are our top Atlanta local shops to find those perfect last-minute gifts.

Hunter Collective

Located in Buckhead, this is a one-stop shop for the fashionista in your life. Hunter Collective has everything from delicate jewelry to statement accessories, and everything in between (can you say feathered heels?). Shop here

ICE Pop-Up Shop

ICE, aka Indie Craft Experience, is one of the most popular pop-ups in the South. With TONS of local vendors and unique gifts for everyone, you can’t go wrong. This year, they’ve popped up in Little Five Points, and have over 40 artists booths on site! More info here.

Young Blood Boutique

Always one of our favorites, YBB is another local shop with items for every budget, as well as items you can splurge on for that special someone! They sell beauty, bags, jewelry, cards, metal work, candles, and so much more. Check them out here.

Waiting on Martha Home

This shop is carefully curated by Instagram influencer & blogger Mandy Kellogg Rye + her team. Get ready to feel inspired. They have the perfect gifts for the simply un-giftable people in your life. Located in Vinings (North ATL), it’s a great shop for you OTP folks. Learn more about them here.

Travel Blog: L.A.

Taking a trip to the West Coast anytime soon? One of our birds, Tatum, created some must-see places in Los Angeles! Check it out below.

Stop One: Rancho Palos Verdes

If you go to California and don’t see the beach, I’m going to assume you’re a robot. My first stop in the LA area was the beautiful cliffs of Rancho Palos Verdes. There’s truly nothing like driving past million dollar houses and day-dreaming about living there one day. If you can, sneak away to one of the visitor lots and whale watch (I saw two humpback whales, and it’s not even migrating season)!

Stop Two: The Happy Place Museum 

This one is on a time crunch, as it’s a pop-up museum, but they have these sort of exhibits all year-round! Think of it as Instagram heaven. Every room you enter is a new backdrop for the perfect profile pic or boomerang on your Instagram Story. At the end of the museum, immediately head to their food truck for a RAINBOW. GRILLED. CHEESE. Need I say more?

Stop Three: Little Damage Ice Cream Parlor

Right in the middle of Downtown LA lies another Instagram famous location for their famous black-charcoal ice cream cone! I opted for the “Unicorn Tears” ice-cream with a charcoal cone (aka birthday cake ice-cream with a chocolatey cone)! This brings us to our fourth stop…

 

Stop Four: Perch Rooftop Bar

Guys. This was hands down the coolest part of my trip. Happy Hour on a rooftop overlooking Los Angeles during sunset?! It was in actual heaven. Enjoy affordable appetizers & cocktails (the Penicillin was my fav) with a celebrity status view. Enjoy!

Lastly - Make sure to help out our brothers & sisters struggling with the Southern California fires. Wondering how you can support the fire evacuees and fire department? Head to RedCrossLA.orgYouCaring.com, or SalvationArmy-SoCal.org

Atlanta's Best Holiday Cocktails

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’Tis the season. For what you may ask? Cocktails. We did some “research” on the best spots to find holiday cocktails so you don’t have to! 

PURE Taqueria

First came the Pumpkin Spice Margarita, a huge favorite of ours. Then came the Holiday Spice Margarita. It’s the delicious sister margarita you never knew you needed. You may think to yourself, “tequila for the holidays”? Yes. Thank us later.

Whiskey Bird

Sharing is caring this holiday season. Whiskey Bird’s “Punch for Two” makes it easy. Made with bourbon, blueberry and bubbly…it’s the perfect combo to make your spirit’s bright. 

8arm

Rum Toddy, Warm Mulled Wine, a crazy tropical egg nog… pretty much any holiday concoction you can think of, their bartenders are making it. Not to mention their food. One word: PERFECTION. 

Monday Night Brewing

Okay, okay, so not a cocktail, but they had to make the cut. Their newest location, The Garage, specializes in making sours that are to die for! Our holiday pick: the Cinnamon Cocoa Drafty Kilt. Oh yes.

Double Zero

A sister restaurant to the Iberian Pig, they have some beautifully made cocktails make you all warm and fuzzy inside. The “It’ll Fix Wassail-ing You” is served hot, made with cider, cognac, and spices… YUM. Another fav, the “Rusty Cage”, made with cinnamon, cardamom, ginger, and heaven. 

Gift Guide for the Social Media Lover

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Girlfriend can’t seem to put down her phone? Mom a sharing all your embarrassing pictures from high school on Facebook? Brother a little TOO into his Instagram Stories? 

Here’s our ultimate Gadget Gift Guide for the Social Media lover in your family (& everything is under $25)!

PopSockets

Functional AND personal! With about every design you can think of, as well as personalized options, this a great stocking stuffer for any friend. They range from $10-15, so they won’t break the bank either!

Clip-On Ring Light

Get your friend’s selfie game to the next level! These portable lights are amazing to clip onto your phone in dim-light situations for the perfect selfie-shot. Pro-tip: Every foodie we know uses them to take photographs of their meals indoors! 

Phone Lenses

Aspiring photographer in the family? This is the perfect starter kit for phone photography. Clip-on lenses are easy to slip into your pocket or purse, then take incredible snapshot that look like they came from a DSLR camera. Plus: this set comes with an attachable LED light! 

Selfie-Stick

Cheesy, yes. Useful, YES. As a group that loves to travel, selfie-sticks are great for getting the perfect group shot while in a scenic area. We found this one with built-in bluetooth control! Put down that pride, and take some wicked photos. 

5 Top Places to Shop this Black Friday

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1. Amazon: Let’s be real, nothing is better than staying in the comfort of your own home while getting some amazing deals. Their electronic deals are especially wonderful, with huge savings on their Alexas and Kindles. Just search and click, it’s all in the wrist!


2. Costco + Sam’s Club: Buying in bulk is already a deal. Add Black Friday deals into the mix, and you’re golden this holiday season! *Just make sure you’re not waiting to get a membership the day of!

3. CVS Pharmacy + Rite Aid: This may be a wild card, but hear us out. While they aren’t just pharmacies, they are KEY places to get beauty, small gifts, and gift cards! We heard there will be tons of BOGO deals this Black Friday… You know you have one on your street.


4. Target:  Oh Target, with their tricky “I’m just going to buy toothpaste” when in reality you walk out with new boots, a lamp, seven candles, and no toothpaste. While there will be more foot traffic here, more than likely you won’t need to go anywhere else.


5. PURE Taqueria + Adelene Simple Cloth
You don’t think we forgot about our awesome clients, did ya? PURE’s having 30% off gift cards, and Adelene Simple Cloth is offering 20-40% off site-wide through Cyber Monday! Ready, Set. Shop!