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 I’m also curious as to what “fashion” rules you’ve heard that are completely out of date.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?

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.

Atlanta – Oyster Hot Spots

Oysters you must try in ATL

Bazati

Happy hour at Bazati is a must! Sexy bar with caramel colored leather barstools, floor to ceiling windows and all the liquors on display.

Mission & Market

How do you make raw oysters better? Top them with caviar!

Watchmans

The sister of Kimball House so you know it’s amazing. They have a great happy hour and oysters from both coasts to satisfy your needs!

Beetlecat

Another great restaurant by Ford Fry. This coastal inspired spot has amazing seafood dishes and of course oysters. Check out the den (downstairs) for a fun weekend night out with drinks!

Big B’s Fish Joint

Oyster happy hour? YES PLEASE!!! They get some of their oysters from a small river in Virginia where the owners grew up. These are those and they were good, they have a more mineral flavor than your coastal oysters.

Kimball House

Covid hit hard, so oysters at home from Kimball house will have to do. I picked them up on ice and shucked them myself (with a flathead screwdriver) and the hit right.

Atlanta Unique drinks

Here are some unique drinks to try in Atlanta at some of my favorite watering holes in the city. Where do you like to grab a unique cocktail in the city? Do you have a spot that I must try? Let me know in the comments!

Victory Sandwich Bar

Whiskey Coke slushies! They’re so tasty and easy to drink, you’ll find yourself feeling good in no time!

Watchmans

Watch for the lifeguards in their towers, when they blow their whistles then you better watch out for the sharks! Although in this case… the shark is coming in your drink!

The Whiskey Project

First and foremost, their well whiskey is WELLER Green label, yeah, let that sink in. Their most sold whiskey by volume – not cost – is Blanton’s. Crazy, right? Well how about this unique twist on an old fashioned for brunch, a bacon old fashioned completely lit up!

Little Spirit

Don’t you want a cinnamon sprinkled Burt Reynolds on top of your cocktail? This place is tiny but packed full of fun cocktails and a huge painting of Biggie & Tupac.

The James Room

The Countess – and yes that is a James Bond inspired bathroom. The Countess is a delicious cocktail that is topped with 18K gold!

New Realm Brewing

New Realm brewery did a collab with the famous King of Pops and the beer is top notch! Dip the accompanying popsicle into the beer and enjoy. It’s also perfect for cooling off in the Atlanta heat!

Cold Beer

Frozen avocado margarita with black salt rim. There’s nothing more to say, get one.

El Super Pan

Coquito – the Puerto Rican version of classic Eggnog but with coconut and yes, it’s amazing!

Tikki Tango

I like my cocktails topped with fire! Rum and a lit up sugar cube is all I need to start the night right!

Big Sky Buckhead

CBD oil infused cocktails, tasty and more relaxing than your standard cocktail 😉

Salaryman

Does it really matter what’s inside the cup when it comes in this? LOL!! This was your classic rum beach drink with a sliver of pineapple in the cutest cup!

Atlanta – Bloody Mary’s

I love a good Bloody Mary, the spicer the better in my book. After every race it’s a tradition of mine that I drink one (or more) and of course they’re the perfect cocktail for brunch! Grab one from these spots next time you run a 10K or dress up for brunch with your people.
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Parish Inman Park

Post Peachtree Road Race Bloody Mary’s. The PPRR it the largest 10K in the work (60K + runners), and my favorite 4th of July tradition (well with the Bloody Mary of course).

Serpas

The celery stick alone is enough to make me smile but the fact that you can see the spices in the glass make me really excited!

Varuni Napoli

How about a spicy Bloody Mary with a side of breakfast pizza. Yes, please!

West Egg Cafe

The ‘Spicy Maria’ with a short stack + chocolate chips because I was at the crack of down for a freezing cold 5K in Atlanta. I really do love my post race Bloody Mary tradition (& carbs lol).

Wheatley Vodka-Mary

Or.. you could make your own Bloody Mary at home with some Wheatley vodka (from the buffalo trace family) and spice it up how ever you want. I love a piece of pickled okra, tomato and celery!

Oakland Cemetery Vibes

Once upon a time I shot an engagement session in a cemetery and it was perfectly romantic and eerie. Since then I’ve wanted to take some portraits of myself there. BUT, what does one wear for a cemetery shoot? I wanted a fun and frilly look that still fit the ominous mood of my surroundings. Classic black on black was the key here. To spice it up, create some movement and make it more feminine, I added in a tutu (who doesn’t love a good tutu?!), and I finished it off with a classic stiletto heel.

What about props? I brought a clear umbrella, purple tulips, my oldest vintage camera and some black roses. Which look is your favorite?

The best part of this shoot? It was cloudy and slightly rainy. Any good photographer knows that a cloudy day it optimal for a photoshoot. If you’re not sure as to why… cloud coverage is natures natural filter. You don’t have to deal with harsh light or shadows (which in turn means less editing on the back end, win-win).

Classic Black

Black on black outfit, vintage camera plus rainy day makes for the perfect photoshoot in a cemetery.

Here’s where I bought my tutu! It comes in so many color options too!

Atlanta Unique Eats – Sweets

Sweet treats are easy to find in Atlanta but how about some more unique options, ube what?, ice cream on a donut.. yes please!! Check these out when you’re in town, in no particular order:
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Kamayan Atl

(Filipino Comfort Food)
Ube Flan Cake – literally one of the best things I’ve ever eaten.

Sweet Stack Creamery

Stacks of ice cream topped fruity pebbles (or whatever your heart desires) on top of an iced donut.

Cheesecaked

Unicorn Milkshake, super sweet, colorful & covered in sprinkles, cotton candy, marshmallows and chocolate…there’s other options but how can you pass this up?

Beard Papas

Cream puffs with vanilla, chocolate or green tea filling and/or icing – just amazing

The Yard Milkshake Bar

Creamy, not too sweet & they bring all the boys to the yard 😉
Pictured at the Cookie Monster & Cookie Butter Me Up

Revolution Donuts

Tiny Doors ATL’s 5th birthday donut was this adorable pink sprinkled vegan donut that I happily shot in front of her giant door! The giant door is #658 because it is 658 times larger than a tiny door!

Movement

Never

Stop

Moving

I love still photography more than anything…but, taking still images (shot in continuous mode) and streaming them together into a video that looks a bit choppy may take the cake. It tells a story, invites you in to the movement and makes you want to dance along. I also think it stops people from scrolling to fast part your image and draws them in. So, never stop moving. Regardless if you want to create a video from the images or not, shooting in continuous mood gives you the perfect opportunity to get THE perfect shot (or shots). A flowy tulle skirt really helps with the movement too.


I load my images into a stack into Photoshop and then create frames from the layers (it’s so EASY). I export them as a GIF (I say it’s ‘gif’ not ‘jiff’ lol) and then convert them into a .mov for Instagram (because they don’t like GIF’s for whatever reason). Great for your feed, stories and the new popular reels!


Look at the three videos above and tell me which is your favorite and why (tell me in the comments below).