Oprah & O You! Event Comes to Atlanta
Join Oprah and a distinguished panel of experts at the 2011 O You! Event on October 15 at the Georgia World Congress Center. Special speakers like Gayle King, Suze Orman, Dr. Oz and Nate Berkus will be on hand for a memorable day of learning, inspiration, and fun! Doors open at 7:30 a.m. for registration. Attendees can experience You! Time from 7:30 to 9 a.m. Opening remarks will begin promptly at 9 a.m. All tickets are general admission and seating is on a first-come, first-serve basis so be sure to arrive early. Tickets are on sale now. Details: www.oprah.com/oyou
Georgia Theatre Grand Re-Opening
You can’t keep a good thing down! Nearly two years after a fire destroyed this 122-year old venue, the Georgia Theatre is back and ready to rock. A line-up of fantastic performers will take the stage during its official two-week re-opening celebration in Athens beginning Monday, August 1 through Saturday, August 13. Artists that will be performing include Bela Fleck and the Flecktones, Big Boi, Drive By Truckers and many more. Tickets range from $10 to $30 and are available online. Details: Georgia Theatre, 215 N. Lumpkin St, Athens, GA 30601, www.georgiatheatre.com
For the Fans
You’ve got the foam finger, the hat, the coffee cup – so why not add one more sports item to show your support for your favorite team? The BIGshooz is a pen, but looks more like a small college football player. The sporty figurine-shaped pen sits in a base shaped like a giant pair of shoes. An added benefit of owning one, besides showing your college pride, is that 10% of BIGshooz proceeds are donated to tornado disaster relief. $19.95. Details: www.bigshooz.com
The Organic Lavender Sea Therapy Bath from 100% Pure takes an all-natural approach to skin care. Enriched with over 60 different vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, amino acids, and other sea nutrients, this product is made from crystallized kelp instead of ordinary sea salts. Soak in the tub and enjoy the benefits of this 100% natural, 100% vegan bath product as it replenishes and nourishes your skin. $19. Details: www.100percentpure.com
When you’re getting ready to hit the pool this summer, eye safety may not be the first thing on your list. However having the right swimming mask or goggles can make a big difference in keeping your eyes safe from strain and fatigue. Aqua Sphere’s eyewear are 100% UVA/UVB protected and are made from a 100% hypo-allergenic silicone skirt that safeguards swimmers by creating a comfortable, leak-resistant seal. These goggles are also available for kids. Details: Your local Dicks Sporting Goods, www.aquasphereswim.com
Gone With the Wind Celebrates 75 Years
In June 2011, the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel Gone With the Wind reached its landmark 75th anniversary. To commemorate this huge milestone, GPB presented a new documentary titled Margaret Mitchell: American Rebel. This original film gives viewers an in-depth look at the amazing life of Margaret Mitchell. If you missed the airing of the documentary on June 30, you can still purchase the DVD, which is a must for any fan of this historic book. Details: www.gpb.org/margaret-mitchell
The Doctor Is In
Atlanta’s newest healthcare news and information program, The Weekly Check-Up with Dr. Bruce Feinberg, addresses a wide range of topics about healthcare, from current events and healthcare policy to daily tips for better health and fitness. Brought to you by Radiotherapy Centers of Georgia, the live, hour-long show includes caller questions, fielded by featured guests and the show’s host, Atlanta oncologist Dr. Bruce Feinberg. Airing Sundays at 3 p.m. on AM 750 and NOW 95.5 FM News/Talk WSB. Details: www.weeklycheckup.com
Fashion Made Easy
Personal stylist Robanne Schulman of Plaid Monkey, Inc. suggests some tips on essentials to pack for your summer vacation. Check out her favorite pieces from ReMixx Boutique.
Piece #1: Tailored shorts. The cotton-blend shorts by Sanctuary are perfect for dressing up or down.
Piece #2: Skinny jeans. I love the Blank NYC cargo skinny this season. These versatile jeans can take you from shopping to sipping champagne at sunset.
Piece #3: Lightweight jacket or shirt. The GG Collective relaxed hooded top or the Enza Costa sheer top will give you an effortless chic look with extra coverage for night. White skinny cargos complement these simple tops’ easy vibe.
Details: ReMixx Boutique, (770) 645-7888, www.remixxboutique.com, www.plaidmonkey.com
Take A Seat
Wondering how to take your Pilates experience to another level? Try the new Pilates Chair classes at Stability Pilates and Physical Therapy! Although simple, there are a variety of exercises that can be done on the Pilates chair that will help strengthen your core muscles, and tighten your arms and legs. These exercises are done sitting, lying, or standing on the chair. The classes will be limited to three people, so make sure to reserve your spot in advance. Monday classes begin at 8 a.m. and Thursday classes begin at 11 a.m. Details: (404) 303-9153, www.stabilityatlanta.com
Burnout To Balance
7 simple steps for moving away from stress
and toward more bliss in daily life
An Online Workshop by India Powell, Lightswitch Communications
If you feel constantly unappreciated or overlooked, like you’d need a clone of yourself (or two or three…) just to get everything done, or overwhelmed and stressed way too often, you may be unintentionally neglecting your most important job: caring for YOU! Believe it or not, it’s impossible to truly serve and take care of others fully until you learn to strap on your own “oxygen mask.” Learn strategies for becoming more efficient, passionate, compassionate and joyful through small, simple steps. Through this online, downloadable-anytime workshop, you will explore at your own pace the 7 steps from burnout to balance, culminating in a complete action plan customized just for you. You’ll also get great local resources, recommended reading and other tools to help you on your journey to a less stressful, more blissful life. Details: www.lightswitchcomm.com
Celebrating the Written Word
The AJC Decatur Book Festival will celebrate its sixth year of bringing a wide variety of authors and events to Decatur over Labor Day weekend, September 2-4. The festival will host more than 300 authors and is expected to attract tens of thousands of book lovers to the historic Decatur Square. Colin Meloy and Carson Ellis, the nationally renowned pair behind the family-friendly book, Wildwood, will keynote the event. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Decatur Book Festival Presented by DeKalb Medical is the largest independent book festival in the country. Details: www.decaturbookfestival.com
Check out Best Self’s blog and hear from our staff as we bring you our fun experiences, advice from health experts, new products and exciting events from around the city. Details: www.bestselfconnect.com/blog
Here’s one of our favorites: Skinny Peaches
Zoe is a local Atlantan who loves staying active and finding fun and healthy things to do around the city. Details: www.skinnypeaches.com