Sean O'Keefe Atlanta Chef Under the Fig TreeEach Sunday from September 8 to October 20, chef, event planner, and Best Self’s Over 40 & Fabulous! top 10 contest winner Sean O’Keefe will host Under the Fig Tree. This unique event offers you the chance to enjoy nature’s bounty in the most logical place: outside! Under the Fig Tree is an outdoor cooking class complete with grills, smokers, and a tented dining room. Taste seasonal flavors and fresh ingredients with groups of up to 20.


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Allstate 13.1 Marathon AtlantaOn October 6, lace up your sneakers for the annual Allstate Life Insurance Atlanta 13.1 Marathon. This exciting race starts in Town Brookhaven and each runner will receive a commemorative medal at the finish line, as well as being eligible for age group awards. Following the race, there will be live entertainment and an awards ceremony. All participants and spectators are invited to join the after-party.

Details: 4330 Peachtree Road, NE, Atlanta, GA,,


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Best Self Atlanta's Healthy Living Expo 2013This year at Best Self’s Healthy Living Expo, we’ve got a great group of exhibitors coming to help you be your best self. Come through the Expo tent to find out more about personal training, local organic food, cute workout wear, unique fitness classes, chiropractic services, adult education, and many other aspects of health and wellness! Below is the list of our exhibitors, who are all looking forward to seeing you at the Healthy Living Expo on September 12!

  • Advanced Foot & Ankle Institute of Georgia
  • AMLI Residential
  • The Anxiety and Stress Management Institute
  • Atlanta Track Club
  • Avicenna Integrative Medicine
  • Back 2 Back Chiropractic
  • Belhaven University
  • Chromogenex
  • Circulatory Centers
  • Cold Life Organics
  • Collier Chiropractic
  • Flying Change Equine Therapy
  • Georgetown Clinic
  • Gruvi Juices
  • House of Payne Personal Training
  • Iron Tribe Fitness
  • Joffe MediCenter
  • The Joint
  • Marietta Podiatry
  • Mitzi D. Morris, DMD
  • Mountain High Outfitters
  • Natural Health Atlanta
  • Natural Sleep: Pure Luxury
  • Nerium Skincare
  • Northside Facial Cosmetic Surgery
  • Orangetheory Fitness
  • Organo Gold
  • Pour Moi
  • Pre-Diabetes Treatment Centers
  • Slender Spa Med
  • Surf Set Fitness
  • Thrive Retreat
  • TrustDale Health
  • Vein Clinics of America
  • Village Podiatry Centers

Sponsored by Kaiser Permanente and Best Self Atlanta Magazine

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SWEAT Yoga Series on W Atlanta-Buckhead's rooftopIf you haven’t tried Buckhead’s SWEAT Yoga Series yet, now’s your chance! Join other yogis and Todd LaBerge of Atlanta Hot Yoga as you practice your downward dog poolside on the rooftop of the W Atlanta-Buckhead. This complimentary yoga class is offered every Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. through October and ends with sips in the Living Room.

Details: WET Deck at W Atlanta – Buckhead, 3377 Peachtree Road NE, Atlanta, GA,

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Meteorologist Joanne Feldman from FOX 5 is here to give you her best advice about how to boost your mood.

Joanne Feldman FOX 5 Best AdviceWhat can trigger a bad mood? 

Our unusually soggy weather this summer and overcast skies can get a lot of people down. I’m a little unusually in that, as a meteorologist, I’m typically energized by forecasting and covering such weather. But even I find myself feeling lethargic and moody if the sun hasn’t been shining for a few days.

What is an easy way to elevate your mood?

Exercise! Running helps me clear my head. When I can’t do that, I never underestimate the power of good music to lift my mood.

What saying puts you in a better mood?

“Good things come to those who wait, but the best things come to those willing to work for them.”

Where do you go to improve your mood?

My favorite “rainy day” mood-booster is to head to a dance class at Dance 101.

When all else fails, where can you go for help?

Family and friends can be your best support group. For me, my husband is my sounding board and the one most likely to notice changes in my mood. However, if you suffer from true Seasonal Affective Disorder (also known as the “winter blues”), you should seek the advice of a physician who may suggest light therapy or medication.

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To avoid dry, flaky lips as the weather cools down, use one of these local lip scrubs from Sara Happ, Jane Iredale, or LUSH.

Local Lip Scrubs Jane Iredale Sara HappSara Happ uses essential oils in The Lip Scrub like vanilla bean, pink grapefruit, or creme brulee. Buy it locally at Maria Hecksher Salon, Fabu Face Spa, or online from Nordstrom. $24,

Jane Iredale’s option is the Sugar & Butter Lip Exfoliator/Plumper. Organic brown sugar gently removes dry skin without using synthetic dyes or chemical preservatives. $25,, Gardner Dermatology & Med Spa

LUSH offers fun lip scrubs such as Mint Julips, Bubble Gum, and Popcorn for a more affordable polish at only $9.95. LUSH at Lenox Mall,


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Life coach Laura Kronen from Be You Only Better is here to give you her best advice about how to boost your mood.

Laura Kronen Be You Only Better Atlanta Life CoachWhat can trigger a bad mood? 

Everyone gets cranky from time to time. The cause can be any number of things: stress, lack of sleep, an unexpected event, or a bigger, underlying issue that affects how we react to everyday snafus.

What is an easy way to elevate your mood?

People tend to blame bad moods on someone or something else, but nothing can
make you feel a certain way. You can simply choose to feel differently. It works!

What saying puts you in a better mood?

“If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change the way you think about it.”

Where do you go to improve your mood?

It depends on how I feel. If I’m frustrated, I hit the tennis court. If I am overwhelmed, Pure Barre Atlanta is my happy place.

When all else fails, where can you go for help?

A life coach can be a powerful asset to help you face fears, get focused, boost confidence, improve relationships, and establish goals. Additionally, learning skills to handle stress, adversities, and other life challenges is a key component to the process.

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Best Self Atlanta's Healthy Living Expo 2013At the Kaiser Permanente Corporate Run/Walk on September 12, Best Self is hosting our free annual Healthy Living Expo. This is your one-stop shop for fitness, health, and wellness resources. Under our tent we have 40 tables representing local businesses, products, doctors, and fitness experts.

The Expo starts at 4 p.m. Make sure you arrive early enough to the KP Run/Walk to swing by every table–you’ll see everything from skincare, personal training, and adult education to chiropractic services, surfing workouts (on land!), and juicing. You’ll want time to look at it all!

In addition to the tables, a new addition to the 2013 Healthy Living Expo is the Expo Stage. On this stage, there will be workout demonstrations, prize giveaways, fashion shows, and lots more interactive activities.

Don’t miss the Healthy Living Expo when you’re at Turner Field for the KP Run/Walk. It’s a great opportunity to see a huge variety of helpful Atlanta resources all in one spot, and you can talk to them face to face. Take advantage of this event and get the information you need to be your best self! We’ll see you there!

Read more about the Kaiser Permanente Corporate Run/Walk here, and get inspired to set even higher goals here!

Sponsored by Kaiser Permanente and Best Self Atlanta Magazine

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Juicy Jenny Levinson Vegetable JuiceSouper Jenny owner Jenny Levinson is expanding beyond soups, sandwiches and salads. This month, try the new Juicy Jenny Community Juice Bar & Superfood Emporium. Come learn how to incorporate delicious, naturally low-sugar juices into your lifestyle. Featured offering include smoothies, house-made protein bars, plus take-out options. The store is located just steps away from the flagship restaurant, Souper Jenny.

Details: 56 E. Andrews Dr., Atlanta, GA,

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Each month, Best Self publisher Sherri Adair shares her favorite places, people and events from around Atlanta. Here are her picks for the month of September:

Savi Provisions Wine Tasting Room

Savi Provisions is a locally sourced, grocer-curated liquor shop as well as a neighborhood alternative to supermarkets. Their new wine tasting room is perfect for small events and a great way to sample some of their many wine selections and chef-prepared food.

Details: Savi Provisions Buckhead, 3655 Roswell Road NE, Atlanta, GA, (404) 523-2300.

Savi Provisions Buckhead Atlanta Wine TastingMad Mats

I discovered these unique, colorful mats on a recent trip to the beach. These eco-friendly mats are mold and mildew resistant and made from recycled polypropylene, making them perfect for outdoor use. Starting at $51.


Block Letter Initial NecklaceLouise Loirette Block Letter Necklace Atlanta Jewelry

I ordered 10 of these for holiday gifts. They are perfect for moms, daughters and girlfriends. These delicate, yet elegant initial necklaces are made by local business Louise Loirette Jewelry. Choose from one letter or stack several for your own unique look. $25


Exuma Pants by Boca Leche

I love these pants. They come in a variety of great patterns and colors. They are very comfortable, and you can dress them up or down depending on where you’re headed. $38


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