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For social entrepreneur and humanitarian Brittni Adams, luxury handbags are more than a fashion statement—they hold the capacity to change lives. Every sale of a handbag from Adams’ Whitby collection goes toward funding the education of a young girl in Haiti and putting her on track to a better future.

Profits from a Whitby bag sale sponsor one girl for a year of schooling as facilitated by a partnership with Atlanta-based initiative The 410 Bridge organization. That sponsorship covers her enrollment fees, school meals, health check-ups and uniform; she can focus solely on continuing her education and chasing her dreams. As a student, she’s empowered to build a better a future away from the oppression around her.

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And the girls get to be part of the process. Once they are in school, their drawings, through the magic of digital printing, are transformed into a one-of-a-kind fabric used to line the inside of the handbags. For the handbag owner, the playful pattern serves as a constant visual reminder of the little girl benefitting from the purchase. This connection enhances part of the Whitby mission, for women to learn new ways to help “carry the weight” of other women.

Joe Murray Photography-Whitby Handbags

Concerned about the growing impact of “fast fashion” (a term in the fashion community to describe the quick translation of catwalk trends to department store shelves), Adams has committed to producing Whitby handbags in fair-wage factories with environmentally sound practices. Whitby handbags boast a classic, solid construction made with couture-quality leather that is designed to last for years. Add a true investment piece to your wardrobe while also investing in the future of a deserving population. As Nobel Prize laureate and women’s education activist Malala Yousafzai proclaims, “One child, one teacher, one book and one pen can change the world.”

Details: Bags start at $1295, whitbyhandbags.com; 410bridge.org

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This weekend the Denver Broncos and Carolina Panthers will go head-to-head in Super Bowl 50. Try these easy and delicious cocktails to make your Super Bowl party a winner.

The Kick Off

The Kick Off – 1800 is the go-to tequila for an effortlessly cool, masculine cocktail and is renowned for being expertly aged and consistently smooth 100% blue agave Tequila. Whip up this 1800 cocktail to get the big game started!

1.5 oz. 1800 Silver

0.5 oz. Fresh Squeezed Orange Juice

0.5 oz. Fresh Squeezed Lemon Juice

0.5 oz. Lime Juice Cordial

0.25 oz. Green Chartreuse

Shake with ice and strain into an ice-filled rocks glass.

The Half-Time ShowThe Half-Time Show - We’re half-way through the game and Beyonce and Coldplay are ready to take the stage. Enjoy this delicious Santera Tequila cocktail. It’s light and refreshing while you dance along during the show.

2 oz Santera Blanco Tequila

1.25 oz Fresh Lime Juice

1.50 oz Mint Simple Syrup*

3 Lime wedges or wheels

1 Fresh Mint Sprig

Club soda to top

In a shaker, combine tequila, juice and simple syrup. Add ice and shake vigorously. Fill a Collins glass with fresh ice and add lime.

 

Broncos Blitz

The Touchdown - You’re team just scored and it’s time to do a victory lap. Cheers to your team with this cocktail from Hangar 1 Vodka, made in the Bay Area from fresh grapes and grain.

1 oz. Hangar 1 Mandarin Blossom Vodka

1 oz. Sweet Vermouth

¾ oz. Fresh Lemon Juice

½ oz. Simple Syrup

2 dashes Angostura bitters

Seltzer Water

Add ingredients except seltzer water in a cocktail shaker. Briefly shake with ice and strain into an ice-filled Collins glass. Top with seltzer.

(recipes courtesy of Santera Tequila)

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From February 2–7, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast is making a magical return to the Fox Theatre stage as part of the Fifth Third Bank Broadway in Atlanta 2015/2016 season.

Beast, a spoiled prince who has been cursed by an enchantress, must learn the true meaning of selflessness and love in order to break the spell that binds him and his palace servants. Belle, a girl with an affinity for books and who is from a provincial French town, just might be the key to unlock the curse—but can Beast learn to love and be loved in time?

Directed by Rob Roth, this classic love story, starring Brooke Quintana as Belle and Sam Hartley as Beast, unfolds with vibrant costumes, breath-taking sets and cheeky humor. Alan Menken and Howard Ashman’s classic tunes from the 1991 movie (with added lyrics by Tim Rice) and stunning visual choreography will delight audiences.

To purchase tickets visit foxtheatre.org

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As we gear up for our 6th annual Over 40 & Fabulous contest, we have decided to check-in with our previous winners to see what they are up to now.

D_BarronNominations for this year’s Over 40 & Fabulous contest are open now until March 1st.

Since becoming one of our 2013 Over 40 & Fabulous top 10 winners, Doug Barron is still the Executive Director of the Georgia Ovarian Cancer Alliance (GOCA), a Sandy Springs based nonprofit whose mission is to provide educational and awareness initiatives that will empower women of all ages, their families, and the healthcare community to recognize the risks and symptoms of ovarian cancer and the importance of early detection and treatment.

Through annual signature events such as the Shaken, Not Stirred Gala and The Teal Trot 5K the nonprofit has been able to able to raise almost a million dollars over the past two years to expand their programs and outreach across the state.  Through these education and awareness programs an estimated 2.75 million people will see the GOCA logo and words ovarian cancer.   There is no test for ovarian cancer.  Education and awareness is the key to early detection and treatment which is so vital to surviving this horrible disease.

For more information about GOCA and our programs please visit GaOvarianCaner.org.

To learn more about Doug Barron and our other 2013 Over 40 & Fabulous winners, check out our June 2013 issue.

 

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This Valentine’s Day, forget gazing into your lover’s eyes over dinner, instead opt for a romantic getaway to what some say is the Caribbean’s “best kept secret,” Harbour Village Beach Club.

Beachfront Suites Walkway - Habour Village Beach Club

From now until February 29, Harbour Village Beach Club is offering couples a special “Romance Package.” This exotic escape package offers a seven-night stay in villas looking out on tropical beaches with crisp white sand. Couples can explore abundant local gardens, indulge in aromatherapy massages, enjoy a scuba experience, and have unlimited access to kayaks and paddleboards. Relax and reconnect with your significant other while swaying in beachfront hammocks and sipping from glasses filled with Épernay champagne. For those that like a touch of the traditional, a candlelight dinner is included courtesy of the La Balandra Beach Bar & Restaurant.

For more information on Harbour Village Beach Club visit harbourvillage.com

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As we gear up for our 6th annual Over 40 & Fabulous contest, we have decided to check-in with our previous winners to see what they are up to now.

Nominations for this year’s Over 40 & Fabulous contest are open now until March 1st.

Kim VaughnSince winning our 2013 Over 40 & Fabulous contest, raising awareness and funding for the Sjögren’s Syndrome Foundation continues to be Kim Vaughn’s focus.  She became an advocate for the Foundation after being diagnosed with the disease shortly after the birth of her first child in 1988.  She has served as a national spokesperson and board member of the Foundation and currently focuses on fundraising.  On May 1, 2016, the Foundation will hold its ninth “Sip for Sjögren’s” fine water tasting event, an event which Kim has served as chair of since its inception.

In addition, Kim continues to coach and mentor her pageant clients to help them achieve high levels of self-confidence and poise through honing communication skills and earning scholarship money.  As a former teacher, she believes that education is the key that unlocks a lifetime of opportunity.

She recently had the privilege of working with Betty Cantrell as she prepared for Miss Georgia.  In September 2015 in Atlantic City, Betty became the second Miss Georgia to win Miss America.

To learn more about Kim Vaughn and our other 2013 Over 40 & Fabulous winners, check out our June 2013 issue.

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Women Build Habitat for Humanity North Central Georgia

In honor of International Women’s Day on March 8, Habitat for Humanity-North Central Georgia has partnered with Infor for its 2016 Women Build BLITZ. This special week-long build, which will take place between March 5 -12, will complete two family homes in Woodstock.

Women are invited to participate as individuals or as part of team. Habitat for Humanity asks that each participant donates or raises a minimum of $250 to help pay for the construction materials and costs associated with building the Shing/Ti and Akachi family’s homes.

Women Build is Habitat’s nationwide initiative to remove the notion that construction is an activity only for men. This program helps to make women feel comfortable in construction sites, teach them construction skills and empower them.

To learn more visit habitat-ncg.org

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Chuck Couch - Mizuno

Chuck Couch has been promoted to the position of Corporate Vice President of Sales for Mizuno USA. Starting out in customer support, Couch has worked in various departments at Mizuno, including sales, marketing and product development. Couch will transition from his current role as Golf Division Vice President of Product Management onto the Mizuno USA leadership team, using his over 20 years of experience and inspirational leadership style to guide Mizuno forward.

Details: mizuno.com

The Georgia School of Orthodontics will feature a new three-year residency program to extend educational opportunity to dental students seeking to become orthodontists. The program will operate out of a state-of-the-art location in Sandy Springs and will be open to dentists across the nation. The school is set to begin serving patients in April of this year for approximately half the cost of private practice orthodontic care.

Details: gaorthodontics.org

WellStar Health System makes it easy for patients to have a clear record of their doctor visits. Their new electronic medical record patient portal, WellStar MyChart, allows patients to access their providers’ notes, instructions and next steps, medication lists and test results whenever they want. WellStar is the first Georgia-based health system to offer this service to patients.

Details: wellstar.org

Kate Atwood, Vice President of Marketing at Metro Atlanta Chamber, and winner Austin Mueller.

Kate Atwood, Vice President of Marketing at Metro Atlanta Chamber, and winner Austin Mueller.

Austin Mueller took home the title of ChooseATL’s Ultimate Job Interview Contest winner, along with a cash prize of $10,000. Competing for a dream job interview with some of Atlanta’s biggest companies, the three finalists presented themselves before a live audience and a panel of five judges, including representatives from The Home Depot, PGI, Cardlytics, General Assembly and SPANX®. As part of his winner’s experience, Mueller secured a meeting with Dragon Army’s CEO, Jeff Hilimire, and a helicopter ride over the city.

Details: chooseatl.com

 

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Fitness expert Madison James shares her healthy lifestyle on the go pick of the month.

Veggetti

I have not met one person that does not love pasta. I’m a big fan of making better choices but not limiting yourself. I have found a great way to feed that pasta fix without the calories and high carbs. It’s called the Veggetti Spiral Vegetable Slicer/Cutter. Requiring no batteries, the Veggetti thinly slices zucchini, squash, carrots and more in a matter of minutes. Steam up your healthy veggie pasta, add some low-sugar pasta sauce, then top with grilled chicken or low-fat turkey for an easy vegetable-based dinner the whole family will enjoy. Find the Veggetti at Kroger, Walgreens, Bed Bath and Beyond and CVS.

Details: buyveggetti.com 

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Shannon Sliger - Raftermen Photography

Spend three days restoring your mental, physical and spiritual health with DTOX Juice founder Shannon Salter Sliger. Her special Cleanse Camp sessions at the Loews Hotel offer a mini-spa retreat filled with yoga, plenty of DTOX juice, guided meditations, Thai herbal massages, reflexology, Reiki and raw cooking demonstrations. Sliger—who is also an ISHTA yoga instructor and Ayurvedic wellness counselor—has designed each activity to take you one step further on your journey to wellness. Check out supercharged for healthier living.

Details: dailydtox.com

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