The scoop on what’s new around Atlanta 

Go Green in Your Closet


Think beyond just the grocery store – now your clothes can be organic too! BeGood, a clothing brand that launched this summer, produces garments using organic cotton and other naturally occurring fibers like silk and bamboo. The clothes’ colors come from non-toxic dyes, and most of their textile mills are Global Organic Textile Standard certified. To offset their environmental impact even further, BeGood partners with the nonprofit group Evidence Action to donate 12 gallons of clean drinking water across Kenya and Uganda for each piece sold. These responsible garments start at just $15, and BeGood’s fall line is available online now.


Cycle Your Way to Health

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Currently, six out of 10 Atlanta residents are overweight or obese. My City Bikes, a national public health initiative, has partnered with the local store Fresh Bike Service to help change those numbers. Together they launched the free Atlanta Bikes app, which serves as a guide to Atlanta’s cycling community. It’s built specifically for Atlanta and includes information on road, mountain, recreational and commuter biking in and around our city. The app is available now for Apple and Android.


2nd Annual Moustache Dash 5K/1M

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After a breast cancer-focused October, male-centric “Movember” will take the stage, encouraging men to grow moustaches throughout the month. This humorous rebranding of the month “November” is intended to raise awareness for men’s health issues like prostate and testicular cancer. Show your mustachioed support at Best Self Atlanta’s family-friendly Moustache Dash race, which includes 5K and 1-mile options starting from the intersection of Peachtree Road and Piedmont Road. The pre-race activities include free stick-on moustaches, prostate cancer education, a health expo and group warm-up, and post-race festivities include free food and awards.


Beer of the Legends


The local brewery Orpheus Brewing keeps your beer-tasting experience close to home and, simultaneously, steeped in tradition. Their name and philosophy draw from Greek mythology, but their flavors are cutting edge. Brewmaster Jason Pellett says, “We’re creating flavors that you can’t find elsewhere, and beers I’d actually want to drink.” Recently they unveiled a new brew called Lyric Ale, which joins the beer Atalanta as the second option available year-round. To try these and their seasonal offerings, head to the Orpheus Tasting Room, which overlooks Piedmont Park and the Beltline.

Details: 1440 Dutch Valley Place NE, Suite 2001, Atlanta, GA, 

Great Life Giveaway Winner Meets Oprah! 

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Amy Angeli, one of Best Self Atlanta‘s Great Life Giveaway contest winners, won two VIP tickets to Oprah’s “The Life You Want Weekend” tour. She and a friend attended the life-changing workshop in Philips Arena on September 5 and 6. After the event, she told Best Self Atlanta, “It was one of the most incredible weekends of my life!”

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Dance the night away while supporting a great cause! This Saturday, October 18, LiviRae Lingerie will host the second annual Burlesque for Breasts Under the Big Top at the Westside Cultural Art Center.

In a partnership with Empreinte, LiviRae created this event as a way to raise funds for I Will Survive, Inc. It is their goal to raise awareness about breast cancer while educating women about how a correctly fitting bra can affect your breast health.BFBreasts Event Flt-1 (2)

But while the subject of breast cancer is serious, the ladies of LiviRae hope that through a fun-filled night, women will gain much needed knowledge about their health while still having a great time.

“With this event, we’re bringing everyone together to party with a purpose, raise funds, and spread awareness about breast cancer!” said Molly Hopkins, Owner and Co-founder of LiviRae Lingerie.

This year’s event promises party-goers a ton of excitement with Christy Blair as the Mistress of Ceremonies, an over the top lingerie showcase from Empreinte and LiviRae, and live music.

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By Dr. Genie Burnett

Ashley woke up at 5 a.m. and stepped on the scale, which today read 103. “I just have four more pounds to go until I am in the double digits,” she thinks. “So I’ll run for one hour this morning, I’ll skip breakfast, and I will only have a small salad for lunch. Then after school, I will do 200 burpees, 100 lunges and will walk for another hour. Then, just maybe, I will lose some more weight.”

For the 5’4” sophomore, this was her daily morning routine, motivated by a time when a guy at school teased her by calling her “Assy Ashley.” From that moment, all Ashley could do was criticize her physical appearance, spending hours in front of the mirror each day. During her runs, she envisioned her perfect self, who was thin to the point that her hip bones jutted out. “Then,” she thought, “I will make Matt so jealous, that he will be sorry that he said that. I will be able to walk away from him knowing that I got back at him.”

scaleThis is a mere fraction of many people’s thought processes when they struggle with eating disorders, no matter their age. Criticism, negativity and self-loathing permeate their thoughts, and their need for acceptance is taken to a whole other level: obsession. One base belief is, “If I am perfect, then I am loveable. Otherwise, I’m nothing.”  Unfortunately, even with an amazing support system, this belief can remain for most of their lives.

If you or a loved one (male or female) exhibit thoughts or behaviors similar to Ashley, or if you identify with a combination of the signs listed below, it may be time to seek support for an eating disorder:

  • Obsessing, whether out loud or in thought, about weight, food, the latest diet or working out
  • Weighing multiple times per day, with a resulting change in attitude or mood
  • Making up excuses for not eating when hungry or lying about being hungry (e.g., I’m not hungry, I’ve already eaten, I’m not feeling well)
  • Leaving the table after eating, which may indicate purging behaviors
  • Eating, potentially to excess, on one day but not eating the next
  • Exercising to extremes (though this may not be the case if the person is a high-level athlete)
  • Body changes such as fluctuating weight, growth of light, feathery facial hair or appearance of “chipmunk cheeks”

Bottom line: please take these thoughts and behaviors seriously, because the earlier the intervention, the better.

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Alyson Hoag from Authentic Beauty is here to give you her best advice on how to dress up your lips for fall.

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What lip color trends do people get stuck in?

I see too many women still wearing a glossy pink that is out of 1987 and hasn’t been updated.

 What are the current trends for fall lip color?

Deep red or chocolate brown lips that are primarily matte. There are a lot of options, but the common denominator for fall is richness of color.

 What is the most important factor when selecting a lip color?

Lipstick is your accessory, so there are no hard and fast rules about choosing one. The only real rule of thumb is to balance out your look. Make sure that if you have a bold mouth, you have softer eyes.

 What styles of lip color are best for women in their 30s? In their 40s? Beyond?

In your 30s, this is the time to wear some trends! Have fun and play! Then as we age, we tend to lose color in our skin, so the lips will appear stronger. A little more color makes us look brighter and a bit more healthy. Just remember that if you haven’t changed your makeup people can tell exactly how old you are by the way you wear your makeup.

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It is time for jazz, dinner, dancing and fighting breast cancer! The Harmony Social Club is hosting the 2nd Annual Jazz and Dinner Event on Saturday, October 18. The Harmony Social Club is a community outreach and social organization based in Mableton, Ga. harmonyThe event includes fabulous door prizes, giveaways and more. Grab your hubby and head to the event to enjoy a night full of romantic jazz music, tickets are only $30 a couple and 100 percent of the will be donated to Susan G. Komen Greater Atlanta Affiliate.  Dinner starts at 7:30 p.m., so don’t be late!

Contact Leslie Walker at 770-819- 3240 for more info.

Details: 620 Lions Club Drive, Mabelton, GA 30126,

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Dr. Thomas J. High from Thomas J. High, MD, Family Medicine answers a reader’s question about Seasonal Affective Disorder.

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Q: What is Seasonal Affective Disorder, and what can I do about it?

A: SAD is a type of depression that affects people around the same time of year and is characterized by loss of energy, moodiness, anxiety, sleep disruption and appetite changes, among other symptoms. Often, SAD is triggered by a reduction in the amount of sunlight we receive, especially during the winter months. Phototherapy (light therapy) has proven to be effective in treating SAD, along with psychotherapy and medications. If you experience symptoms for several days, call your doctor, who can diagnose SAD and prescribe treatment.

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 A nutritious, savory snack can be hard to find, especially if you’re looking for one that’s gluten-free, non-GMO and still hearty. STRONG & KIND Bars, the newest additions to KIND Snacks’ offerings, solves that problem. strong and kindTheir new bars contain 10 grams of protein each and are full of ingredients you can pronounce, including whole almonds, seeds, pea crisps and a variety of spices. This line’s new flavors include Honey Smoked BBQ, Roasted Jalapeno, Honey Mustard, Thai Sweet Chili and Hickory Smoked, and they are available locally at Nuts N’ Berries or Goodness Grocery.


Details: Nuts N’ Berries, 274 Peachtree Road NE, Atlanta, GA, Goodness Grocery, 4500 W. Village Place #1001, Smyrna, GA,

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For seven years, members of the Architectural & Design Community have been getting together at the bowling alley to raise money and awareness for breast cancer. Bowling-for-Boobs-660x460The 7th annual Bowling for Boobs will be held at Midtown Bowl on Thursday, Oct. 16.

Bowling for Boobs was created as a fun and unique way to educate women about the importance of breast health and 100 percent of the proceeds go towards Susan G. Komen of Greater Atlanta. The goal for this year’s event is $25,000.

The event also includes a raffle with prizes from some of Atlanta’s finest showrooms and designers.

The entry fee is $50 per bowler, with teams comprised of 4-6 bowlers. Donations are also welcome if you can’t make the event.


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The Pink Agenda will be celebrating Breast Cancer Awareness Month by partying with a purpose at their annual fundraiser.  the pink agendaThe second annual Toast to a Cure will be held at Mason Murer Fine Art on October 16.

The goal of the The Pink Agenda is to raise money, raise awareness and raise hell. And that is exactly what they plan to do at this fun-filled party. The night will include an open bar, great music, delicious food, and a huge silent auction with some amazing prizes.

The event kicks off at 6:30 p.m. and tickets start at $75.

To find out more about The Pink Agenda, check our October feature article on Kiera Palmer, who heads up the Atlanta chapter.


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For Day 10 of 30 Days of Pink, we decided to shake things up and do a recipe from Atlanta Home Improvement Magazine‘s Sandi Edelson. These Magic 10 Cookies contain 10 powerful antioxidant ingredients (marked with an asterisk),  that are effective in maintaining a healthy diet. Antioxidants have been shown to lower certains risks associated with  cancer. They are also delicious!

Magic 10 cookies


*1/3 cup canola Oil
1 cup brown sugar (light or dark)
½ teaspoon baking powder
¼ teaspoon baking soda
*1 ½ teaspoons cinnamon
*1 teaspoon ground ginger (or to taste)
*1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
¾ teaspoons salt
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 large egg
2 tablespoons maple syrup or dark corn syrup
*1 cup grated carrots
*1/2 cup dried cranberries
*1/2 cup semisweet or bittersweet chocolate chips(can be omitted)
*1/2 cup blanched slivered almonds (toasted at 350 degrees in oven for 10 minutes) Cool and roughly chop into halves.
*1 cup White whole wheat flour (King Arthur brand is non GMO)
*1 ½ cups quick rolled oats


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper.In a large bowl, mix first 10 ingredients, beating well. Add syrup and carrots, cranberries, chocolate, nuts and mix well, then stir in flour, then oats.Drop tablespoon sized balls of dough, leaving about 1 ½” between the cookies. Bake about 12 minutes. Remove from oven and cool on cookie sheets. They will be very soft. Don’t try to transfer them until cool. Store cookies in a covered container, with parchment or waxed paper between the layers to avoid sticking. About 30 cookies.

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