blluemade - BSA 0516Functional elegance for every life—that is what Alex Robins and Lilly Lampe had in mind when creating their new Atlanta-based clothing brand—blluemade. Named for their love of denim, with its rich indigo color and vintage workwear aesthetic, every blluemade piece is produced here by Atlanta’s own Factory Girls. Made with high-quality, sustainably sourced Belgain linen, blluemade garments are not only durable, but also wrinkle resistant due to the quality of fibers used. This first collection features blluemade’s six signature staples, including dresses and jumpsuits.


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Q:Can a lack of arch support impact more than just your feet? 

A :Flat shoes with no cushioning or arch support fail to absorb the forces transmitted to the foot with each step—which may increase the forces through your joints leading to pain in the ankles, knees, hips and back, or allow the foot to pronate abnormally causing tendon and ligament injury. Comfortable shoes with cushioning, a stiffer sole and some arch support help improve alignment and maintain the heel in neutral, which will decrease the forces through other joints,according to Dr. Deborah Kowalchuk of Resurgens Orthopaedics.


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Emily Giffin - First Comes Love - Ballantine Books - BSA 0516New York Times Bestselling Author Emily Giffin, presents her latest book, First Comes Love at the Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta at 7:30 p.m. on June 30. As part of the a Page from the Book Festival, the author event will include a conversation with local media personality Mara Davis, Q & A, book signing, wine, door prizes and photo booth. First Comes Love tells the tale of two sisters as they explore the meaning of family, forgivness, following ones heart.

Details: tickets $28 – 33 (ticket price includes a first edition copy of book),


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Some of Sandy Springs’ best culinary creators come together for one night at Food That Rocks: A Celebration of Sandy Springs, presented by TasteATL and Taste of Atlanta, on May 14. Under one big tent, this all-inclusive event offers food, wine, beer and cocktails by over 25 local restaurants and entertainment by local musicians. Proceeds will benefit Sandy Springs-based charities such as Second Helpings, Ian’s Friends Foundation and the Georgia Ovarian Cancer Alliance.


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The Gosling’s Dark ’n Stormy® Classic is the latest addition to the Symetra Tour, Road to the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) 2016 schedule. Held at the Atlanta National Golf Club from May 16 to 21, this 54-hole tournament awards the winner $15K, with $100K in total purse prize. This event will be the first time the LPGA has played in Atlanta since 2006.

Details: 350 Tournament Players Dr., Alpharetta, GA 30004,

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One in four children in Georgia don’t have enough to eat. Without the small security of free or reduced lunches at school, summer can often be one of the hardest times of the year for these children.

 The Taste of the Nation tour is just one of the ways Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry® campaign makes strides in achieving its goal of ending child hunger in America. The tour returned for its 2016 Atlanta stop at the Georgia Aquarium. Surrounded by stunning aquatic life, more than 50 of the city’s most revered chefs (Karatassos, Rathbun, Gillespie and Hopkins just to name a few) and restaurants served up a variety of bite-sized delicacies such as black truffle potato gratin, pork belly tacos and creamy crab bisque.

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While wine and whiskey flowed, over 1,000 guests enjoyed musical performances by Ed Roland of Collective Soul, Joe Gransden Quartet and pint-sized powerhouse Angelica Hale.The live auction got a rocking kickstart when Roland auctioned off the very guitar he used to perform that evening. Other lucky guests laid claim to live auctions items such as an exclusive two-night stay at the St. Regis in New York City, a Big Green Egg complete with a private cooking class by Chef David G. Rose and a dinner party for 12, and a takeover over of popular Atlanta brewery SweetWater for the winner and 50 of their closest friends. Hailed as one of Atlanta’s hottest events of the season, Taste of the Nation has raised more than $10 million since 1989 to provide healthy and nutritious meals to hungry children. Learn more about No Kid Hungry’s efforts at


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In honor of Mother’s Day,we asked readers to share heartfelt thoughts about magnificent and marvelous Mom. Here are a few of those sentiments. Moms, you are the BEST!

Shelby Guntenberger - BSA 0516Johnetta Kearns

“My mom is the ultimate, very best mom (and grandmother ‘JaJa’ to my two boys) because she is selfless, kind, tons of fun, an amazing cook and has such a giving soul. Her love for her family and others is something I treasure and I want to do my best to model her as a person and as a mom.” —Shelby Gutenberger








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“My mom is my best friend! I am getting married next month and our printer couldn’t print our invitation envelopes last minute. I was panicking. So my mom stayed up for TWO nights straight and hand-calligraphed every single envelope. She is the most loving, selfless person!”— Lindsey Roberts 







Laura Schilling - BSA  0516Laura K. Schilling

“My mommy is so nice and is the best mommy in the entire world. She will do anything that she can to help us with homework and if we are sick she will do whatever she can think of to help us get better. My mommy takes us to very cool places and makes sure we have different experiences, like racing with dolphins, petting sharks and visiting a disappearing island in the ocean. We love our mommy so much when she wakes us up in the morning she sings a different theme song to each of us so that we wake up with her singing happy words. She is awesome! She loves to travel and so do we. We are so lucky!” —Eli (7) and Adi (3) 



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“My 94-year-old mother is one of the most giving people I know. She quit school early to help support her family. When her mother needed a home, she brought her into our family. When my dad had a stroke, she took care of him for 10 years. I respect her tremendously!”—Sylvia Small

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Whether you prefer to crack a book open while rocking on the porch, flip through paperbacks on a beach towel, swipe pages on a tablet or listen to audio downloads in the car, diving into a good book is a great escape in summertime (or any time). We asked the astute staff of Atlanta’s signature independent bookseller, A Capella Books, to give us their recommendations for new summer reads:

Where We Want to Live - St. Martin's Press - BSA 0516Where We Want to Live by Ryan Gravel 

“I highly recommend it for all Atlantans—especially those concerned with our city’s infrastructure or those who want to know about the hard work and philosophies that made the BeltLine possible! Picture strolling down the BeltLine with this book in hand, grabbing some grass at Piedmont Park and reading the words of the dude who helped make your beautiful walk happen.”
—Clara Nibbelink

The Tsar of Love and Techno - Random House Canada - BSA 0516The Tsar of Love and Techno by Anthony Marra “Every word out of his mouth is gold. There’s nothing else to say.” —Laura Keys 





The Summer Before the War by Helen Simonson 

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“If you liked Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand, you’ll love The Summer Before the War, where Simonson looks at life in a small, southern English town through the prism of the impending cataclysm of WWI. She does a great job of revealing the glory, as well as the vainglory, of a thoroughly engaging cast of characters.” —Laura Keys





A Thousand Naked Strangers - Simon & Schuster - BSA 0516A Thousand Naked Strangers by Kevin Hazzard 

“What could be more perfect than relaxing on the beach—while taking an adrenaline-fueled ride through the streets of Atlanta with paramedic Kevin Hazzard?  Fun, scary, eye-opening and somewhat disillusioning—it’s a ride worth taking.” —Laura Keys





When Breath Becomes Air - Random House - BSA 0516 (2)When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi 

“Written in the last year of his life, after a diagnosis of stage IV lung cancer, Kalanithi’s meditation on life, death, medicine, God and relationships is beautifully done. It is both heartbreaking and thought-provoking and, paradoxically, both so very personal and absolutely universal. I can’t recommend it strongly enough.” —Laura Keys




Doubleday - BSA 0516Uncle Janice by Matt Burgess 

“Switching from the more usual setting of crime novels, Burgess takes us into the world of undercover narcotics cops, where the street buys are made by ‘uncles’ under the watchful eyes of their back-ups, the ‘ghosts.’ Janice Itwaru is entering her eighteenth month in an NYPD narcotics squad; if she makes it through this trial, she automatically makes detective. But she has to get through the pinball machine of her life and job before she triggers ‘tilt.’” —Laura Keys

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From left, Dr. Sheri Prentiss, Komen Atlanta Executive Director Cati Diamond Stone and Komen Atlanta Past Board President Lila Hertz, join fellow breast cancer survivors during the "Survivor Strut" at Komen Atlanta’s 25th annual Race for the Cure on May 9th, 2015.  Photo by Tiffany Jae.

From left, Dr. Sheri Prentiss, Komen Atlanta Executive Director Cati Diamond Stone and Komen Atlanta Past Board President Lila Hertz, join fellow breast cancer survivors during the “Survivor Strut” at Komen Atlanta’s 25th annual Race for the Cure on May 9th, 2015. Photo by Tiffany Jae.

Komen Atlanta invites you to help run breast cancer out of town at the annual Race for the Cure® on Saturday, May 7, at Lenox Square. Since 1991, local volunteers have raised over $26 million to support education and screenings, as well as for global research. Join in for the 5K walk/run or 1-mile walk, then stay for a festival and the inspiring Survivor & Thriver Strut honoring breast cancer warriors.


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The Palms Hotel & Spa - BSA 0516Immerse yourself in nature and personal restoration by planning a weekend escape or girls getaway to The Palms Hotel & Spa in Miami Beach. Enjoy AVEDA spa treatments, gourmet cuisine from the Organic Chef’s Garden, sunset walks on the beach and morning yoga in the Grand Tiki garden hut. This weekend package combines the best in wellness and spa relaxation, and includes daily breakfast, one massage and Sunday morning yoga—not to mention world-class shopping within walking distance. Save 15% on the best published rates.

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