During turkey season, what’s a vegetarian to do? Try finding like-minded friends at the Atlanta Veg Fest on November 8, which is in its third year. This day-long event Veg Fest Produce Picturebrings together the plant-based eaters of Atlanta to enjoy engaging talks from vegan dietitians, chefs and hip hop artists. The day also includes displays from vegan vendors, cooking demonstrations, kids’ activities and, of course, plenty of meatless morsels for you to enjoy. The event begins at 10 a.m. at Atlanta Metropolitan State College, requests a $5 donation at the door and is a great place to explore your plant-based diet options.

Details: 1630 Metropolitan Parkway SW, Atlanta, GA, www.atlantavegfest.com

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Elegant Elf MarketplaceAt the fourth annual Elegant Elf Marketplace, held this year on November 15 and 16, more than 75 local and regional vendors will showcase their jewelry, crafts, home and garden decor and more. The event is hosted by The Sandy Springs Society, which donates proceeds to 25 Atlanta nonprofits. The marketplace raises about $80,000 each year and last year helped fund local programs for child literacy, science and math classroom materials, vision screening, senior services and other community support. The event costs $5 to attend, and children 10 and under attend for free.


Details: 5920 Sandy Springs Circle NE, Sandy Springs, GA, www.sandyspringssociety.org

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DaNina Nicole from GlowDry is here to give you her best advice on how to do your eye makeup for the fall!

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What are the current fall trends for eye makeup?

Metallics, tons of glitter, smoky eyes, deep, dark, and warm earth tones, electric pops of color, and just full-on glam!

What styles of eye makeup are best for women in their 30s? In their 40s? Beyond?

When women in their 30s line their upper lid, they should make sure the line curves up slightly at the outer edges of the eyes—not down. That will lift your eyes, as opposed to making them look droopy.

Women in their 40′s and beyond should go with a matte finish on the lid. This will absorb the light and lend a smoother appearance. Anything frosty or with a shimmer will highlight fine lines around the eyes. Reserve the shimmer for under the brow bone where wrinkles and fine lines aren’t as apparent. Try a soft, smoky eye in a taupe color. Taupe will add definition to the eyes without looking hard.

What is the most important thing to keep in mind when applying eye makeup?

Avoid tugging at the outer corners of your eyes. This can cause skin to crinkle, and your line will not be as smooth. Instead, point your chin up and look down, so your lids are half-closed but you can still see them, and use a liquid or gel liner for a smooth application.

Then take the time to wiggle the wand and work in the mascara. This will help separate the lashes and make them look fuller at the root. If you’re ever pressed for time and have to choose between liner, shadow or mascara, always pick mascara.

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This November, Best Self Atlanta will host our 2nd Annual Moustache Dash! This family-friendly race is the perfect way to raise awareness for men’s health during “Movember.” The entire family is invited to participate in this 5K and one-mile race, which kicks off at New Balance Buckhead on November 16 at 8 a.m.moustache (1)

Participate in our group warm-up and health expo, and be sure to grab one of the free stick-on moustaches or have one painted on! After the race, the whole family can enjoy free food and an awards ceremony.

We hope everyone will have a great time while raising awareness for men’s health issues like prostate and testicular cancer.

Early bird registration is $25, with prices going to $30 on November 3. Day-of registration will also be available at the race.


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As 30 Days of Pink comes to a close, we would like to take this opportunity to thank the partners and supporters of our Band Together Against Breast Cancer Initiative. With their help, and the help of everyone who purchased a pink head band over the past few months, we were able to raise $5,000 to go directly to Susan G Komen Greater Atlanta.band together against breast cancer

Komen Atlanta provides clinical breast exams, mammograms and biopsies for uninsured men and women of Atlanta, as well as conducting research and raising awareness about breast cancer.  With the $5,000 we have donated, Komen will be able to provide 28 mammograms, 2 biopsies and 20 clinical breast exams to the men and women of Atlanta.

We at Best Self Atlanta are so thrilled we could make this impact on breast cancer in Atlanta, but we know we would not have been able to accomplish it without our partners and sponsors banding together with us to make it happen. So thank you to our sponsors Kaiser Permanente, Atlanta Home Improvement Magazine, Gardner Dermatology & Med Spa, Premier Image and Cosmetic Surgery and Vein Clinics of America for helping us kick off this initiative back in May at Race for the Cureribbon

We would also like to thank the Concourse Athletic Club for hosting out Band Together photo shoot and networking party where we banded together with the following businesses: Ackerman Security, Diagnostic Radiology Ultrasound and Breast Center, Elaine Sterling Institute, Handcrafted Homes, Institut’ DERMed, Modani Furniture, Noland, Northside Facial Plastic Surgery, Pink Barre and Radiotherapy Clinics of Georgia.

We would also like to thank you, the reader, for following along with our 30 Days of Pink blog series! We hope that you learned something new about breast cancer and were able to participate in some of the great events that have happened in Atlanta over the last month!

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This weekend, wrap up Breast Cancer Awareness Month at Making Strides Against Breast Cancer of Cobb County. The walk will take place on Saturday, November 1 in Glover Park in Marietta Square. WellStar Heath System is sponsoring the walk, which kicks off at 9 a.m.msabc-cy14-hero1

So far, the 1,677 participants and 134 teams have raised more than $90,000 to help put a stop to breast cancer. These funds will go to the American Cancer Society as they fight the disease through breast cancer research, keeping women informed about the disease and providing women access to mammograms.

The American Cancer Society believes that the fight to end breast cancer starts with a single step; they invite you to take that step with them this Saturday.

Details: www.main.acsevents.org

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The mid-week slump just got remedied at Flywheel in Midtown. Starting October 29, the Midtown location of the fitness phenomenon will be offering free Friends and Family Flyheel and FlyBarre each Wednesday. flywheellThe complimentary class starts at 12:00 p.m. and is a first come first serve basis. There is no advance sign up for this class, so be sure to get their early to get your spot!

Details: www.flywheelsports.com 

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Hit the links this week for breast cancer awareness. Wolf Creek Golf Club will host the #TBT Throw Back Thursday Breast Cancer Awareness Golf Tournament on Thursday, Oct. 30.ribbon

This tournament is a nine-hole, four man scramble style tournament. Golfers can also participate in a series of Big Break-Style challenges during the tournament.
The tournament will also feature a silent auction and raffle, with 100 percent of the proceeds going to Susan G. Komen Greater Atlanta Affiliate. In addition to that, a portion of all entry fees will also go to Komen Atlanta to help women in our community who are going through breast cancer treatment.

Details: www.komenatlanta.org, 3000 Union Rd, Atlanta, GA 30331

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The Atlanta Dream has many wonderful community initiatives and events, and one of those programs is their Dream Pink Initiative.  Dream Pink was created as a way to raise awareness and to educate women about breast cancer.dream pink

During their regular season, the Dream hosts a “Dream Pink” game, at this game the focus is on breast cancer awareness, including the entertainment aspects. Then after the game, The Dream hosts a live auction that raises funds for the Grady Foundation. The auction usually features items like game-worn jerseys, player experience and sports memorabilia, as well as many other exciting prizes.

In addition to the Dream Pink game and auction, the WNBA team also hosts a Spa Day for breast cancer patients at Grady Memorial Hospital.

Details: www.wnba.com/dream/community/

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Car looking a little dusty? How about instead of spending your Sunday washing it yourself, you take it to Swifty Car Wash for Car Wash for a Cure. This month long initiative is taking place at all Swifty locations in Georgia.car wash

Patrons will have the option to make a donation to Susan G. Komen of Greater Atlanta at each of their kiosks. You can use the code 8008 to make the donation.

Swifty has locations in Athens, McDonough, and Winder, and on Covington Highway, Memorial Drive and Moreland Avenue in Decatur.

Details: October 1-31, www.swiftycarwash.com

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