Breakfast Sammies

Breakfast sandwiches are a little love of mine. Eggy & cheesy + bread or cream cheese & smoked salmon + more bread.. you get the trend. Dairy plus carbs, you can’t go wrong.

Victory C.C. (Formally DAC)

Think gas station style biscuits (buttery and salty) but much level flavor! Egg and cheese pictured here but they also have bacon and sausage.
Victory Coffee & Calamity was formally call Dekalb Athletic Club, they changed the name in the Summer 2020)

Emerald City Bagels

Smoked salmon, cream cheese & red onions on a poppyseed bagel is my go to, they were out so I opted for the everything bagel this day but still, so drool worthy!

Sama Food for Balance

Does a savory, gluten free chickpea flour pancake taco count as a sandwich? I’m saying yes, the Pitta Taco is filled with scrambled eggs, smoked salmon, coconut mint raita, avocado, fresh greens. Refreshing and light!

Bar Bacoa

Spanish inspired, fried egg & pork sammie with potatoes on the side (naturally)

8arm

Crab meat and fish roe on a toasted bagel!

Btoo’s

I know, I know, it looks like a waffle..with a salad, & you’re right, it is. HOWEVER, look closer, on the right side of the waffle, it’s sliced open and stuffed with avocado and smoked salmon! HOLY FUCK!

Russ & Daughters | NYC

The absolute best smoked salmon bagel anywhere, hands down, fight me on it. I will go here over any other spot in NYC. LOVE!

What are you eating first?? and yes, I know, I have a thing for bagels. That post is coming soon too!

Millennial Toasts Toasts

Sometimes I think I’m not a millennial but then I remember I’m making avocado toast for lunch for the tenth day in a row, lol! Our city fully embraced the toast trend and I’m here for it, check these spots out! Plus a bonus spot in San Francisco that is V Instagram-able (& so tasty).
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Cold Brew Bar

Avocado Toast – sour dough bread with soft boiled egg.

Toasty

Unicorn Toast! Toasty is in San Francisco so naturally the toast is sour dough. They use food coloring to die the cream cheese (you get to choose your colors) and then top it with sprinkles and an edible flower! Delish!

Muchacho

Salmon toast with pickled red onions

Cold Brew Bar

Smoked salmon toast on sourdough bread with Arugula, and yes they get two posts because they’re amazing. One of my fav coffee shops, great coffee and delicious food!!

Bar Margot

Inside the Four Seasons Atlanta, this crab toast is lightly toasted bread, a spreading of avocado, stacks of crab meat, radishes and greens!

Cooks & Soliders

Caña Klasikoa is a Pintxos style toast, pulling inspiration from Northern Spain. This is goat cheese, roasted tomato, green pepper, red onion, and pistachio on top of mountain bread

Bar Mercado

Chef’s bites, complementary with your cocktail during happy hour. This shrimp toast hits right with your cocktail!

Which one would you try first? Let me know in the comments!

Atlanta Sandwiches

For lunch, I always want a sandwich, so here are some of my fav spots to grab one in the city of Atlanta!
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Big Dave’s Cheesesteaks

Classic Cheesesteak, done Dave’s way (extra toppings)

Suzy Siu’s

Boa buns are sandwiches in my world, and these lobster boas… holy fuck

Alon’s Bakery

This is one of my absolute favorite places to grab lunch, sweet treats or a quick dinner to take home. These are the Tuscany sandwich (my all time fav) and the Tunisian tuna sandwich (little spice).

Tavern at Phipps

Stackssss of a pastrami on rye – Looks amazing right? Sad side story, they stopped throwing cocktail napkins at patrons. (super fun tradition that the bartenders would throw cocktail napkins at attractive women, but a few Karen’s got offended for not having them thrown at them, so they stopped all together, thanks Karen).

Ticonderoga Club

Clam roll – this is amazing! The clam is lightly fried and as you can see it’s stacked high! The bread is light and basically serves as a vessel to hold your clam up!

Fred’s Meat & Bread

Cheesesteak, the best in Atlanta, better than what Philly has to offer per Alton Brown 😉

Ladybird

Oyster Po’boy on deck.. on the deck, overlooking the Beltline and enjoying the home of the three day weekend.

Victory Sandwich Bar

Don’t call them sliders, they’re tiny sandwiches, and they’re delicious. Pictured are my fav, the victory at sea. & yes, those are anchovies!

Hattie B’s

Nashville Hot Chicken, enough said.

Gu’s Dumplings

Yep, the dumpling spot has some fire sandwiches, a tofu and a chicken (pictured) po’boy with Schezuan flavors!

Petit Chou

Salut..Veggie sandwich with portobello mushrooms, tomato and arugula!

Blue Outfit Inspo

I know, I know.. ‘but Lauren, we’re going into fall. What about all of those warm rich tones?’. As you know, I live in Atlanta so it’ll be in the 90’s until November here. I put together some fall outfit inspiration that’ll work with the hot days and lead you into the cool fall nights.

The classic blue jean, long sleeve, button up shirt. It’s a staple, I bought this from Gap a few years ago (to replace the one I had worn out from high school – it’s truly a staple wardrobe piece). I simply unbuttoned the shirt and only buttoned the one closest to the bottom of my bra. Then I tied off the bottom portion of the shirt, rolled the sleeves & paired it with a high waisted black skirt and leopard heels. Tying it at this height helps to accentuate your waist.
How do you to take this from a hot day to a cool night? Simply unroll your sleeves, and button up the top portion of the shirt (above the one button you have closed) and if you’re cold natured or dining out at a cold restaurant then grab a faux black leather jacket to wear too!

Blue and white pin stripped shirt. This is another timeless wardrobe piece. This shirt is a half button up, so I unbutton is as low as I need to for the heat of the day and roll up my sleeves (plus it has the cute detail of a sleeve strap to help ‘hold’ up your rolled sleeve, purely for aesthetics, but I love this detail). When the cool night air rolls in I unroll my sleeves and button my shirt up if needed. I paired this shirt with a long blingy necklace, black skinny jeans, and a black booty (so comfy and easy to walk around in).

Blue on blue on blue. Ok, ok this is more the summer side of fall but I couldn’t resist this shot. Blue JCrew tank, navy blue Express shorts, and I opted for my tan Sam Edelman sandals (should have grabbed my light blue ones, lol), and lastly my aviators. This is perfect for all the hot Fall days we get in Atlanta and all I need to do is grab a light jacket to warm myself up in the evening. [How amazing is this wall].

Blue ribbed bodysuit. Talk about another wardrobe staple. I love a soft bodysuit with texture, this one plays up the sexiness with a half snap up front [how low can you go]. Pair this with blue jeans and flats or simple sandals. Through on a light sweater or scarf to warm it up at night. Are you team bra or no bra with your bodysuits? I go back and forth!

Blue jumper. This is perfect for fall! Your legs are covered and you can easily through on a scarf or light jacket over your shoulders at night. Bonus, it’s a jumper you only have to put on one thing and grab a pair of shoes to match! lol.

Blue bodysuit + blue/white patterned pants. You’ve seen both of these pieces on my blog before. I love them. This is a team no bra bodysuit, lol. Perfect for fall, the pants keep me warm and the off the shoulder, low back bodysuit keeps me cool. You can always pull the sleeves up over your shoulders for a different look or to keep you a tad bit warmer.

Travel – Unique Coffee Shop Drinks

Trying out a new coffee shop is one of my favorite was to explore a new city! It makes it even better when the coffee shop has a fun, unique coffee or tea to try. Check out these fun drinks on your next travel adventure:

Vanilla Peacock Latte

Home | San Francisco
They are known for their colorful latte art!

Tumeric Latte

Toasty | San Francisco

Clockwork Orange

Brother Moto | Atlanta
Fall latte that tastes like those orange flavored chocolates (shaped like an orange) from London!

Matchapanela

Academy Coffee | Atlanta
Matcha tea + aquapanela (raw sugar cane boiled down in water with lime)

Irish Coffee

The Buena Vista | San Francisco – coffee, sugar cube, Irish whiskey and cream. This is the best on in San Fran!

Latte with Animal Crackers

Tryst | D.C.- ok so the latte is basic but they serve it with an animal cracker and that’s pretty awesome!

Beet Latte

Cultivate Food | Atlanta

Coalemonade

Gilly Brew Bar | Atlanta
Espresso, charcoal and lemonade – amazing!

White after Labor Day

Umm, yes please. Don’t tell me what your fashion rules are. ‘Don’t wear white after Labor Day’ is one of those, ‘but why’ style rules. Labor day weekend is the ‘end of summer’ traditionally. Well, I’m a summer baby and my birthday isn’t until September 19th. It’s one of the last few days of summer (the Autumn Equinox is 9/22), so why shouldn’t you wear white during the last few summer days.. or Fall & Winter for that matter.

Take a look at these outfits: White jeans from the amazing Atlanta Local Sara Blakely who created Spanx, paired with this cute tank filled with fall colors and some of her famous faux leather leggings with a white tank. Perfect for wearing white no matter when and handling the warm southern Fall nights. And who can’t resist a crop top (in white duh) with a fun black tutu and leopard heels.

Which outfit do you prefer? I’m also curious as to what “fashion” rules you’ve heard that are completely out of date. I’ve always thought of fashion as what is trending and true style is your personality and how you pair pieces to it. Do you agree?

Atlanta Healthy Eats

I live by the 80/20 rule (err 60/40 lol). I believe in eating and I believe in eating what you enjoy. Everything in moderation, and sometimes a little more than you probably should, but that’s life. I’ve done the restrictive diet thing and will never again. Personally I’d much rather run my ass off (literally) and be able to eat what I want. With that… I do enjoy healthy eats, here are some of my favorite spots to grab a clean eat!

Upbeet

The Aloha bowl is my absolute favorite healthy eat in Atlanta. The bamboo rice is so tasty, it’s topped with arugula, mango, raw tuna, jalapeños and macadamia nuts.

pro tip: I get mine with half bamboo rice & half arugula because I can’t eat the whole thing if it’s all rice lol, (I mean I want to, but..)

O’ku

Poke bowl & a cocktail (because, balance) from my favorite sushi bar!

Poke Burri

Sushi burrito, you get your burrito fix but in the healthiest way possible. Hello omega-3’s! Look at how amazing this is!

Serpas

Smoked salmon chips with capers and red onion. OK, the chip might not seem healthy but it’s a mute point of the meal, it’s more like the plate holding the smoked salmon and veggies but you also get to eat it! lol

Sukoshi

Ahi Tuna bowl over brown rice with edamame, sesame seeds and mango! You can’t go wrong & they’re the sister restaurant of O’ku!

Clean Juice

The green 14 bowl, it has (as you probably already guessed) 14 types of greens, plus goji berries, avocado and walnuts!

AIX TinTin

Fall inspired shrimp salad with cauliflower, olives and butternut squash.

Like I said, healthy eats are good and it’s all about balance. Do you have some you’d recommend?

Atlanta Unique Eats – Savory

Looking for some unique savory eats in Atlanta? Check these out when you’re in town, in no particular order:
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Bakey Bakes

Thunderbiscuits – a soft boiled egg inside of the most buttery chive biscuit. You’ll die and go to heaven and then cry after the last bite because it’s over.

Gunshow

It doesn’t even matter what this dish is (it’s goat carnitas) because it’s most likely not on the menu now. This spot is known for its experience. 6-8 chefs, each make two dishes. They bring the dish around to each table, show it off & tell you about it. If you want it, they leave it with you and you eat, if not they move on to the next table. The menu changes every 6 weeks and features what’s in season.

Poke Burri

Sushi donuts and sushi burritos?? They have a secret menu, and if you order my secret sushi burrito the “salut” you’re in for a real treat! (hint, it’s spicy!)

Superica’s Golden Tacos

Tacos Dorados de Camaron AKA “golden shrimp tacos” arbol chile salsa, cabbage & avocado. The golden taco means a fried taco… holy hell! drooling!

District M

A5 Wagyu beef.. the best quality meat on the market, barely seared and melts in your f*cking mouth.

Banshee

Scallop crudo topped with fish roe – OMG, this is one of my favorite dishes. Raw scallops are so buttery, taste amazing and the fish roe adds the perfect amount of saltiness.

Poke Burri

They’re so unique that they deserve two posts. This is their sushi pizza!! It’s a secret menu item that you need to order 24 hours in advance. The crust, is it’s own sushi roll! Amazing!

White Bull

Sea bass Crudo – ugh yes please. Raw sea bass under a bed of red cabbage and covered with sesame seeds!! Simple ingredients yet amazing.

Wrecking Bar Brew Pup

Smoked trout pate topped with salmon roe inside of a blood sausage pastry! Just try it and thank me later.

Momonoki

Fishballs covered in fish flakes (they literally move on their own).

What do you think? Was there a dish that stood out that you really want to try? Or do you have a unique savory dish I need to try ASAP? Let me know in the comments!

Atlanta Rooftop Bars

Did you know they call Atlanta the empire state of the south? Our skyline continues to expand and while it’ll most likely never get to the level of NYC, it’s still beautiful and fun to admire while sipping cocktails at some of my favorite rooftop bars.
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The Roof at Ponce City

Located in Old Fourth Ward
Atop the restored Sears & Roebuck building. Inside you’ll find a food hall + shopping, businesses & apartments. On the rood you’ll find the amusement park, Skyline Park so aptly named, 9 Mile Station (the restaurant), and 12 cocktail bar. All are great for grabbing a cocktail or two.
side note: this is how you stand in your stilettos so you’re heels don’t fall through the grates – lol

Gypsy Kitchen

Located in Buckhead
It’s the perfect spot to meet your friends after work to avoid ATL’s traffic and enjoy some drinks.

Hotel Clermont

Located in Old Fourth Ward
Atop the renovated Hotel Clermont is this astro turf covered roof with views of downtown. If you pop into the lobby bar you’re bound to see Playboy’s from the 50’s. It’s all apart of the hotel’s seedy past. Don’t you just love a seedy past.

New Realm Brewing

Located in Old Fourth Ward
This brewery is located right on the Beltline and has a large patio with Beltline and city views. Grab some of their beers and watch the beautiful sunsets.
Beer suggestion: Hazy like a fox (one of my fav IPA’s).

O’ku

Located in West Midtown
This is my favorite sushi restaurant. The fish is always top quality, the atmosphere is fun and vibrant and the rooftop is perfect for happy hour + late night vibes.

JCT Kitchen & Bar

Located in West Midtown
Delicious southern style food and fun cocktails, sitting above the railroad tracks with industrial buildings surrounding it. They play live music on some nights, so be on the lookout for that!

5Church

Located in Midtown
This large rooftop patio space is perfect for weekend brunching or late night weekend fun.

There are more rooftop bars in the city that are on my list to try. Do you have any you would recommend? Let me know in the comments. Salut!

posing 101 – With coffee

Have you been trying to figure out how to get the perfect shot with your coffee or of your coffee? It’s not always easy and as I’m writing this I’m sitting outside of my favorite coffee shop drinking black coffee (my go-to).

When its just about the coffee you need to show the logo or if it’s a latte you have to show the art on top. If you’re shooting yourself with the coffee remember to interact with your ‘prop’, gaze off in the distance, sip the coffee, focus on your hands around the cup and try fun new ideas like my shoes + coffee shot!

Look at your surroundings. Is the interior space worth shooing in? Is there a wall (like the metal or blue one below) to use as a better background? If there’s a patio, are there trees that you can use to help frame your shot?

See below for some inspo!

COFFEE AND PEOPLE

COFFEE MUGS AND TO-GO CUPS

Posing 101:

To recap, here are some of my best tips for posing with coffee!

  • Interact with your cup | hold it close, drink out of it, gaze down at it, smell the aromas
  • Hold the cup & look else where | when you drink your morning cup and enjoy that peaceful moment of quiet before you start your day, that is what others want to see
  • Take a photo of the cup | make sure your nails are nice, if there’s a logo, show it, shoot it in front of their sign, or in front of their branding
  • Drinking espresso? | Show the milk art on top, is it unique, is it a classic heart?
  • Look around at your environment | is there a unique wall or landscape that you can use as a background or to frame your image?

I hope these tips help your next coffee shoot! Let me know if you have any questions below.

Which shot was your favorite? Do you have another posing idea that I need to try? Let me know in the comments.