L'Artisan Muse

L’Artisan Muse

Slow down with a visit to the new Westside Provisions location of L’Artisan Muse by November Nichols. The wellness boutique offers semiprivate yoga and meditation classes alongside products that promote self-care and mindful living. Browse its soy candles, handcrafted tea by Tea Forté, and accessories from Jen Boaz Jewelry before visiting the L’Artisan Muse botanical blending bar, where master artisans can create a signature perfume, body scrub, or home fragrance for you.

Details: 1210 Howell Mill Rd. NW., Ste. 104, Atlanta; https://lartisanmuse.com

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Screen Shot 2019-08-19 at 4.57.08 PMJoin Soulful Yoga & SUP for the inaugural Stand Up 4 Life event. Held Sept. 21 on the Chattahoochee River, the stand-up paddleboard race will raise funds for suicide and mental health awareness programs in honor of National Suicide Prevention Month in September.

Details: 11050 Crabapple Rd., Ste. A103, Roswell; https://soulfulyogaatl.com

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Tackle your first triathlon with the Atlanta Tri Sisters, Inc. (ATS). Best Self Atlanta was introduced to this awe-inspiring collection of women (most of whom are over the age of 50) by 2012 Over 40 & Fabulous! cover winner, Dr. Debra Carlton. Created by tax attorney Julie M. T. Walker seven years ago, this adventurous group trains to take part in the Meek & Mighty Triathlon, which is a part of the St. Anthony’s Triathlon, in April. Each year, ATS hires a coach and begins an exercise regimen to prepare for the event’s 200-yard swim, 5.4-mile bike ride, and 1-mile run. To find out how you can become a part of this welcoming team, which is soon to be a registered club with USA Triathlon, attend its interest meeting on Aug. 11 at The Villages at Carver YMCA. Training is set to begin in October.

Details: 1600 Pryor Rd. SW., Atlanta. For more information, email: atlantatrisisters@gmail.com.

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Screen Shot 2019-08-19 at 4.24.17 PMToday, the impact of true women’s empowerment can be seen everywhere. We are shattering glass ceilings, putting our self-care first, raising our voices when we are wronged, lifting up fellow women around us, and doing so much more (although that isn’t new). And while we still have strides to make, we’ve definitely come a long way from where we were decades ago.

In all of the female frenzy, it can be easy to forget the men that have always done great things to not only support the women around them, but their community as a whole. This is why I love our Annual Men’s Issue. It is our chance to highlight these standout guys—and these pages are packed with them! From a Paralympian and a health advocate to nonprofit heroes, turn to page 39 to meet nine men who are making a difference in Atlanta.

If those stories aren’t inspiring enough, our article on the Bricks for Bali fundraiser (p.65) will warm your heart. Launched by Atlanta fitness icon, Tony de Leede, and his wife, Sue, the campaign aims to build a small hospital in a rural area of the Indonesian island, Bali. The facility will bring critical health services to one of the poorest populations in the world.

The heartwarming continues with our My Best Self profile on James A. Bailey. This retired Army nurse and massage therapist is one of the countless number of men around the country who have taken on the role of primary caregiver for someone they love. On page 70, the Decatur resident discusses what putting the needs of others before your own looks like on an everyday basis.

So, if you know an extraordinary man, be sure to thank him for the positive impact he has on your life and on others. No matter who we are, we could all use support, encouragement, and gratitude.

And speaking of those who make an impact, our Best of 2019 contest is around the corner. We want to hear about the businesses and professionals that you loved this year! Visit www.bestselfatlanta.com to learn more about our newly revamped categories and contest details.

Happy reading,

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Alex McCray

Associate Editor

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Sherri Adair

Sherri Adair

When Best Self Atlanta launched a decade ago, I would tell people, “I’m starting a new magazine and it’s going to be called Best Self.” It was amazing to me to hear them say, “What does that mean?”

Fast forward 10 years to today, you’ll often hear the everyday person talk about being their best self and living their best life. These concepts are used in casual conversation, marketing, movies (think “Silver Linings Playbook”), and beyond.

What does it really mean to be your best self or live your best life, though? It is not a static thing. It is an active journey that involves self-care, self-love, and constant learning. It is an ability to find your personal light when everything around you seems dark, all while helping to lift up others as you go along your journey.

“An empty lantern provides no light. Self-care is the fuel that allows your light to shine brightly.” —Anonymous

When I reflect on the last 10 years, I am most proud of the community of like-minded Atlantans who have organically connected, supported, and celebrated each other as a result of Best Self Atlanta. The goal of this magazine is to showcase the powerful inner beauty within all of us and to inspire others.

I am proud that our pages have served to lift up those who have embarked on the journey to become their best selves. And I’m appreciative of the people who are paving the way for others to do so too.

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Sherri Adair, Publisher

My Best List

Screen Shot 2019-08-14 at 5.26.39 PMCasi Cielo — This new spot is a total treasure in Sandy Springs and we were lucky enough to host our 2019 Over 40 & Fabulous! Cover Reveal Party there. The restaurant’s high-quality, authentic artisan Mexican cuisine is an experience you don’t want to miss. A must-try is the delicious La Llorona margarita. It is made with Patrón Reposado, jalapeño juice, agave, lime juice, and homemade chile powder on the rim. https://casicieloatl.com

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Marcello’s Pizzeria•Trattoria•Drinks — This longtime Buckhead gem moved to a new location (still in the Tuxedo Festival shopping center) a few years ago. Its expanded space features Old-World décor, a cozy bar, and an inviting atmosphere. If you haven’t been, you need to go to the family-run Marcello’s for delicious bona fide Italian fare. The Greek salad and meatballs are my favorite menu items. https://facebook.com/marcellos-155251304542494

Screen Shot 2019-08-14 at 5.26.57 PMOn Cloud shoes — These are the most comfortable athletic shoes I have ever put on my feet. You can easily slip them on and they are light as a feather. Check them out at abbadabba’s. https://coolshoes.com

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Eat Clean Bro SalmonNew to Atlanta, Eat Clean Bro, created by former gym junkie Jamie Giovinazzo, provides chef-prepared meals with whole-food ingredients for busy individuals to help them maximize and maintain their fit physique. Keto and vegetarian options (just to name a few) are one click away from being delivered to your doorstep. By simply sustaining your healthy lifestyle, you can even stack up “Bro Points” and earn rewards such as a free meal.

Details: https://eatcleanbro.com

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Dr. Anjenette Sorapuru, DNP, and her team at SantéMD believe a weight loss program doesn’t do much without a new, healthy lifestyle change to sustain it. And though they’ve perfected their process for medical weight loss, their ultimate focus is making sure each guest can keep that weight off after the program is complete.

It begins with a unique, personal experience for every patient from the very first assessment. Based on where a patient is currently, and using six different evaluations and treatments, Dr. Sorapuru can monitor progress and make adjustments that allow patients to achieve their goals. She uses scientifically-based medicines combined with alternative practices, taking a fundamental and comprehensive approach to ensure success.

Screen Shot 2019-07-29 at 4.43.12 PMThis includes conducting lab tests to study body composition, overseeing food sensitivity tests to rule out potential interferences, administering FIT3D scans to customize a program specifically to each patient’s body type, recommending supplements from SantéMD’s line of pharmaceutical-grade supplements and much more. Dr. Sorapuru also uses vitamin IV therapy to replenish and support a healthy lifestyle, oxygen treatments to improve memory, increase productivity, alleviate stress, decrease muscle pain, and boost energy levels, and B12 lipo injections to boost metabolism and overall wellness.

Every weight loss plan is tailored to each guest. Dr. Sorapuru, and the entire expert team at SantéMD, uses scientifically- based medicines combined with alternative practices, taking a fundamental and comprehensive approach to ensure success for each and every guest. SantéMD accepts insurance and offers financing plans.


(404) 255-9000

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Paige Conner

Paige Conner




What is a Hydrafacial?

It is a medical-grade hydradermabrasion device that carries out a patented three-part regimen—cleansing, exfoliating, and then infusing skin with intensive serums for total skin rejuvenation.

Why is this a great treatment for men?

It gives an overall glow for a week on the skin but counteracts acne, ingrown hairs, rosacea, and hyperpigmentation. It is also wonderful for sensitive skin.

The price of the Hydrafacial averages $200 in Atlanta if you include the red light and the blue light therapy. Red light stimulates collagen and elastin while blue light heals acne. Luxury Lash in Sandy Springs offers an express men’s facial for $125. We have a summer special going on through August for $85.

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(770) 883-9500 6160

Peachtree Dunwoody Rd., Ste. B100, Atlanta


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When most people hear filler they think of ladies and their lips, but that is only a small part of what filler can do. More and more men are choosing to have treatments with fillers to regain their youthful fullness.

At the age of 20, our body’s production of collagen begins to slow. In order to restore the volume loss, both men and women often turn to fillers. Men can benefit from having fillers injected into lines, wrinkles, nasolabial folds, cheeks, jawlines, and even lips to restore lost volume and diminish the signs the aging or to create a more masculine appearance by strengthening those features.

It is important to make sure your injector is experienced in injecting men, as there are many differences between men and women that must be considered to ensure a positive outcome. Men have jawlines and chins that are more prominent, straighter noses, with a wider and higher forehead. Men also have more muscle mass and subcutaneous tissue but lower levels of adipose tissue, so dosing and placement is very different than when women are treated.

Screen Shot 2019-07-29 at 4.25.52 PMAs filler and Botox become more familiar to men and they become more knowledgeable about what it can do for them and the myths are dispelled, the number of men utilizing these treatments to look and feel like their best self will continue to increase.


404-256-4247 2710

Old Milton Pkwy., Ste. 150 Alpharetta, GA 30009

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Richie Arpino

Richie Arpino




After making over Atlantans for nearly 40 years, it’s easy to see why Richie Arpino has made national headlines for his haute hairstyles. At Richie Arpino Salon in Buckhead, his clients, of which roughly 50 percent are men, turn to him to provide a hairdo that complements their personality, profession and much more.

Today, an increasing number of men are saying goodbye to big-box chops and hello to personalized cuts. When it comes to finding the perfect ’do for you, Arpino says, “Hairstyles are really determined by lifestyle, profession, and self- confidence.”

Even though Arpino believes that every haircut should be personalized to the man receiving it, he does offer a couple of rules of thumb for men dealing with gray or thinning hair:

Before and After Men's Haircut

Before and After Men’s Haircut

Don’t dye it all one color. When men start to notice gray hairs, their first instinct is to usually dye their hair all one color. Instead, sweep through “streaks” of darker color versus all over darker color, which can age men even more.

Do cut thinning hair shorter. While this seems counterintuitive, the closer cut makes thinning spots less prominent.


(404) 231-5092. 550 Pharr Rd. NE. Atlanta, GA 30305

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