ATL.

ATL: The food…the shopping…the scene. I love it all. As y’all know, the hubs and I took a little shopaholic’s foodie trip to Atlanta after Christmas. 10 lbs later, I am happy to say the trip was a success. As I mentioned in my last post, the hubs SERIOUSLY has a gift: he can SALE SHOP like it’s his job. He woke up bright and early on December 26th [while I slept in, of course], hit up 2 stores, and saved hundreds of dollars. It really was amazing. Once he finished his spree, he picked me up at the hotel, and we kicked off our eating extravaganza.


Our first stop was St. Cecilia. Oh my…SAINT is right.  As soon as you walk in, you are welcomed by a bright, crisp entrance. The restaurant featured a mix of nautical, southern, and vintage (the gold accents!!!!) decor. The ceilings vaulted as far as you could see, and a vast bar lined the wall behind us.  The bartender crafted pre prohibition-style cocktails, perfect for our late afternoon lunch. Everything she created was fresh, hand-squeezed, and farm-to-bar. As we sat down, the wooden tables cultivated an elegant backdrop, while turquoise serving dishes provided just a touch of whimsical.  In the back was a striking seafood bar, featuring the freshest oysters and fish you could imagine.  Be still my beating heart.  The high ceilings, bright lighting, and mixed metals reminded me a lot of Row 34 in Boston.

On to the important stuff…THE COCKTAIL. I ordered a restaurant-original bourbon drink, while the hubs ordered his usual Margarita: hand-crafted, none of that sour mix business. The drinks BLEW us away. As we navigated our way down the menu with starters, main dishes, and of course, dessert, each dish proved to be unique, flavorful, and delicious. The chef did a nice job marrying old with new, fresh with rich, simple with thoughtful. Each flavor collaborated in a way that was specific to the restaurant’s inspiration: the coasts of Italy, France, and Spain.  With each bite, the hubs and I were immediately taken back to Barcelona.  Don’t miss Ford Fry’s latest masterpiece.

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After a full day of shopping, it was time for dinner.  YES!!!!!  We decided to branch out into East Atlanta’s up-and-coming neighborhood: Glenwood Park.  And were we in for a treat!  So, you got tickets?  Tickets to what?  The GUNSHOW of course.  I was ECSTATIC to try this restaurant.  The chef, Kevin Gillespie, was the former chef at Woodfire Grill [and Top Chef contender].  As we hopped out of our Uber, I could faintly hear what sounded like Megadeath playing inside the restaurant.  I thought, wow, this place IS cool.  As we walked in, we felt like we were in East NASHVILLE, not Atlanta.  The crowd was hipster, the music was loud, and the scene was bustling.  We immediately sat down and ordered cocktails. Shocker.  The premise of this restaurant is seriously unique.  Think Catbird Seat in Nashville or Statebird Provisions in San Fran.  Anyways, the waiter, hipster/heavy metal guy, offered us a menu.  HOWEVER, there is no ordering at the Gunshow.  Each chef stops by your table to present their dish.  You either HAPPILY accept or oh so politely, kind of awkwardly decline.  They fully detail the dish, as it sits in front of you, begging you to snag a bite.  If you accept, they check off your menu and walk away.  Honestly, I wanted to try everything they delivered to our table, but the hubs kindly requested that we not gorge ourselves.  Go big or go home, right?  And whoa, did each dish ROCK or what.  With 2 people, must be somewhat choosy.  BUT if there is something you are DYING to have, you better hope it comes early, because it likely won’t make it until the end of the night.  As we wrapped up our meal and chose dessert (to die, btw), Enter Sandman starts blaring across the restaurant.  The atmosphere, the food, the “Kitchen Dudes”…all super cool.  Go now…it lives up to the hype.  But take your appetite.  Oh, and their version of the In-And-Out burger?  SWOON.

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For our FINAL meal, we saved the best for last.  Miller Union.  It is our absolute FAV.  This establishment is a TRUE farm-to-table restaurant.  Everything is locally sourced, when possible, super flavorful, and really over the top when it comes to creativity. How can something be so simple, yet so intriguing?  We sat in the middle room, where the sun shined through the open windows.  The atmosphere was light, airy, and the least bit stuffy.  Located in Atlanta’s super hip WEST END, the restaurant boasts a rustic-modern setting, proving once again how beautiful simple can be.  We started out with our typical cocktails: bourbon for me, a marg for the hubs.  They were perfection.  Probably the best bourbon I had all weekend.  We started out with light apps and dove straight into the meal.  I was STUFFED after our 48 hour gorge-fest, so I decided to stay light.  I was craving a cold-crisp.  For those that do not know me, a cold-crisp is perhaps one of the most scrumptious dishes on the planet.  Yes, I know what you are thinking…IT’S A SALAD.  But there are only a few salads that deserve the coveted description of a cold-crisp.  And Miller Union’s does indeed.  It was fresh, local, and oh so perfectly crisp.  Ryan’s mustard-braised rabbit dish literally blew our minds, and our dessert was a PERFECT end to such a fabulous meal.  HOMEMADE. BABY. ICE CREAM. SANDWICHES.  Let me repeat…HOMEMADE. BABY. ICE CREAM. SANDWICHES.

We rarely repeat restaurants, but we make sure to stop into Miller Union each time we visit Atlanta.  Bon appetite!

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Are you hungry now or what?  As most of you know, eating good food is probably my favorite thing in the world…self-proclaimed foodie, if you must.  Atlanta is the perfect destination for 2 of my favorite things: food + shopping.  I highly recommend all 3 of these restaurants next time you visit.  We have tried SO many places all around Atlanta.  If you have any questions, leave me comment or shoot me an email: lindzlutz@lifelutzurious.com.  It’s hard to believe this post featured NO fashion, but stay tuned for my next post involving some of my favorite purchases from our weekend in Atlanta.

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Over It.

OVER-ITHappy New Year ya’ll!  I hope everyone had a FABULOUS holiday season.  I have thoroughly enjoyed the time at home with the hubs and our families.  Now, it’s back to the real world and time to show 2015 who’s boss.  Don’t get me wrong, 2014 was AMAZE…But, I CANNOT wait to see what this year has in store for us.

On Christmas Day, the hubs and I traveled to the ATL on a MAJ shopping and eating spree [don’t worry, full review coming].  And boy did we end the year in-style, fat, and happy.  Over the next few weeks, I will be blogging all of our finds.  Ryan COMPLETELY revamped his wardrobe, while I snagged some MUST-NEEDED staples.  I am telling you, he seriously has a knack for finding the BEST pieces on sale.  Me on the other hand…not so much.  Let’s just say I slept in, while he hit up the early morning Saks and Neiman’s sales.

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Ok, so on to the point of the actual post: OVER THE KNEE BOOTS.  Seriously, I die over these Rachel Zoe boots.  I know what many of you are thinking…over the knee boots can be WAY over the top.  Well, not so fast.  They can be worn casually or dressy, but they are always a showstopper.  For this outfit, I dressed them down with a pair of faux leather leggings, MY FAVORITE ISABEL MARANT SHIRT IN THE ENTIRE WORLD, a bad-ass jacket I picked up on sale [also by Isabel Marant], and one of my FAV Christmas gifts: a metallic turban headband by Eugenia Kim. What else is there honestly?  The gold toe on the boots provides JUST enough glam, while the suede material adds a touch of class.  And that fringe bag, though.  I could dedicate an entire post to this fabulous piece. [Another awesome Christmas gift from my “It Girl Gift Guide“]

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So, when it comes to boots, frankly, I am just OVER IT…as in OVER THE KNEE.  These Nico boots have become THE ultimate staple in my closet.  I hope you guys have a great rest of the weekend are ready to kick some ass in 2015!!!

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TURBAN Eugenia Kim • SHIRT Isabel Marant (60% off!!!!) • PANTS Kova & T (sold out but lot’s of options in widget below) • BOOTS Rachel Zoe Nico (also, similar on sale HERE) • JACKET Isabel Marant (60% off!!!!) • BAG Rebecca Minkoff • SUNNIES Fendi • NECKLACE Native Gem • BRACELETS Vita Fede & Vita Fede, WILL Leather


SHOP more options for the entire look here:

Rebecca Minkoff ‘Julian’ Backpack with Fringe • Rebecca Minkoff • $395.00
Rebecca Minkoff Finn Metallic Fringe Crossbody Bag, Silver • Rebecca Minkoff • $195.00
Rebecca Minkoff Finn Metallic Fringe Crossbody Bag, Rose Gold • Rebecca Minkoff • $195.00
Vita Fede Titan Two Tone Bracelet • Vita Fede • $325.00
Vita Fede Titan Mini Two-Tone Bracelet, Black/Rose Gold • Vita Fede • $275.00
Vita Fede Mini Titan Two Tone Bracelet • Vita Fede • $240.00
Vita Fede Mini Titan Two Tone Bracelet • Vita Fede • $240.00
Vita Fede Mini Titan Bracelet • Vita Fede • $225.00
Vita Fede Titan Bracelet • Vita Fede • $275.00
Rachel Zoe Women’s Nico Over-the-Knee Boot • Rachel Zoe • $745.00
Rachel Zoe ‘Nevana’ Over the Knee Boot (Women) • Rachel Zoe • $372.49
Isabel Marant Étoile Bacuri Moto Jacket • Etoile Isabel Marant • $489.00
Eugenia Kim Lula Metallic Turban Headband • Eugenia Kim • $100.00
Isabel Marant Metallic Snake-Pattern Parma Tunic • Isabel Marant • $239.00

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2015

What does the NEW YEAR mean to you?  To me, the NEW YEAR brings an opportunity to be BETTER than we were the year prior.  It seems as we get older, each year goes by faster and faster bringing new adventures, new love, and new opportunities.  We cannot start over, BUT we CAN make a new ending.  For some, it means a fresh start, and for others, an opportunity to improve upon the previous year.  Some people do not believe in resolutions.  However, the NEW YEAR does give us the chance to create goals.  To put our DREAMS on paper.  And most importantly, ACHIEVE those goals.  And once you ACHIEVE, how will you INSPIRE others to do the same?  365 days.  365 opportunities.  What do you resolve to do in 2015?  Let’s make it an AMAZING YEAR!

My RESOLUTIONS

| start each day with a smile | drink more water | professional: finish 2015 as the #1 area in the country | be more positive | be in the moment | blog: craft 3 blog posts per week | expand knowledge [blog + professional] | discover a new country | forgive | take a photography class |  improve networking skills | inspire more | love more | learn more | laugh more |

THANK YOU

How awesome was 2014?  Can it get any better in 2015?  YES!!  If what we did yesterday seems big, we haven’t done much today.  THANK YOU for supporting Life Lutzurious over the past 4 months, whether via the blog, Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter…you all mean the world to me.  THANK YOU for challenging me to grow, create better content, and continue doing what I love to do.  I wish you MUCH LOVE, JOY, and LAUGHTER in 2015…and RED lips, of course.

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Charlie.

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As this holiday season comes to a close, I am reminiscing about my first party of the season: The Charlie Party.  And oh what a party it was!!  The Charlie Party kicked off the launch of “Charlie,” the latest project by up and coming Birmingham designer, Chad Ellis.  The party was held at BUSTLE in Homewood.  As I walked in, I was floored by the space.  It was hip, inviting, and perfect for the occasion…not to mention adorbs (and that logo!).  Each room featured LOCAL designers displaying their creativity.  Around the room, VERY fashionable guests sipped on craft cocktails made by Noah McCullough, danced, and mingled.  I smiled when taking notice of the plethora of talent in our city.  It was truly amazing!!!

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The “Charlie” room displayed Chad’s beautiful designs of both his bespoke and ready to wear luxury pocket squares.  The clean, crisp white backdrop showcased the elegance of his fashion squares perfectly.  As I walked in, local bloggers, such as Laylon Beauty, and fashion-forward couples sipped on cocktails and talked about all-things fashion.  Speaking of cocktails, I needed one stat.  I made my way back to the bar and was blown away by the creativity of the cocktail selection, which featured a bourbon drink made with a local sorghum.  Die.  As I made my way back to the party, Chad and I just HAD to get a picture in front of the step and repeat.  You guys know how much a I love a step and repeat.  We laughed and posed and celebrated his launch as THE DJ Coco kept the party moving.

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Featured in the other rooms were Kate Morris Jewelry, ML Leather, Huckstraps, and Salence Outerwear.  I am seriously obsessed with this vest by Salence.  It’s modern, traditional, and edgy all rolled into one.  The owner, Andy Gathings, was super nice and did a great job showcasing his products.

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As I made my way out of the party, there was an overwhelming buzz.  The city’s most fashionable were dancing, and the room lit up with talent.  I am telling you now, this city is on to something.  Chad and I discussed the fact that people always say those wanting to get into fashion should live in New York or Atlanta.  I don’t know about that.  We have quite the scene right here in our own backyard.

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You can check out Chad’s designs and blog (his men’s gift guide is swoon-worthy) at Charlie Bham.  Only 3 days left until Christmas!!  Need a last minute gift?  I am sure ANY of these local vendors would love to help you find that perfect gift.  Not to mention, my entire outfit is from Manhattan South.  Tis the season!

always, LL


SHIRT Hunter Bell Mimi Crop Top • PANTS Annie Griffin Collection Emmet Pant

 

GIFT GUIDE: Boys & their TOYS

Good (very late) evening my oh so lutzurious followers!  So far, 12 Days of Lutzurious has hopefully sparked your holiday spirit with The IT Girl Gift Guide, 2 giveaways, and a modern Christmas tree inspiration.  On the 5th Day of Lutzurious, may we present you with the ULTIMATE gift guide for that MAN in your life.  I know, I know…I KNOW what you are thinking.  BUT hell, they wait until the last minute to buy gifts, so this gift guide 9 (really 8) days from Christmas is perfect timing.  Honestly, early if you ask me! [Please tell me you all have Amazon Prime.]  If not, check it out.  It will change your life.

This list is all over the board in regards to price range and personality.  I have even featured 3 stores in Birmingham, so if you live here, support your city and #shoplocal.  I hope you enjoy this list as much as I enjoyed crafting it.  There are some REALLY cool men’s gifts out there.  I am making it SUPER easy for you: links, links with pictures, and my Pinterest board are all at your disposal below.  So, be creative and show that man some love.

9 days and counting…Merry Merry!

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1) Salence Arch Jacket • $495

2) S’well Black Stone Large Stainless Steel Bottle • Swell • $50.00

3) Khlip Nail Clippers (aka best nail clippers ever) • $75.00

4) Prospector Co. Burroughs Beard Oil • $28.00

5) Sony RX100 iii • $800 (Men’s Journal ranked this their #1 small camera) 

6) Ben Minkoff Saffiano Jermyn Carryall • Ben Minkoff • $395.00

7) RIPT Skin Systems • $21.95 (If your man works out, these are a MUST.  This system has changed my life!) **Use PROMO code LIFELUTZURIOUS to receive 10% off**

8) Shake: A New Perspective On Cocktails By Eric Prum & Josh Williams • Urban Outfitters • $24.00

9) Sweat Session 1/2 Zip *Silver • Lululemon • $118.00

10) Charlie Bham Pocket Squares • $60.00+ (visit my Instagram HERE for a GIVEAWAY to win a FREE pocket square)

11) W&P Carry-On Cocktail Kit • Sur La Table • $24.00 (shown below and AMAZING)

12) MASON SHAKER Old Fashioned Carry-On Cocktail Kit • $24.00 (shown  below)

13) SONOS Wireless Subwoofer • $699

14) Ben Minkoff “Indy” Daddy Bag • $225 (SO cool)


Scroll through for more ideas OR visit my PINTEREST board. xoxo