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Holiday Shopping at Ross

Thursday, December 22nd, 2011

Good Morning Darlings!

The lovely people at Ross Dress For Less recently sent me a $25 gift certificate and let me have at it.

And so I did.

What did I get?

A Thing I Need

Thursday, December 8th, 2011

Good Morning Darlings!

Yesterday we discussed things you shouldn’t be without.

Today, one thing I have to have.

Call it “One of Patti’s Favorite Things”


I need this. Swoozie's are you listening?

I just think this is the greatest thing ever. No drippy ice buckets, just tidy Chardonnay bottles lining the table, all corked with assorted Corkcicles.

Friends and loved ones, are you reading?

xoxo, Patti

Today blogging to Tim Minchin – White Wine in the Sun

Gilt-y Pleasures

Monday, July 25th, 2011

Good Morning Darlings!

I woke up with the yen to shop today. That’s weird.

Shall We Shop?

Chic Boutique Tour – Spring Edition

Monday, March 28th, 2011

Good Morning Darlings!

Remember when I went to the Chic Boutique tour this past Winter? It’s baaaaaaaaack!

Check it out. You know you want to…

Like A Kid In A Swoozie Store!

Thursday, March 3rd, 2011

Good Morning Darlings!

Last night I helped Swoozie’s celebrate their 10th birthday and it was so much fun. Their Chastain Square store is huge and filled with anything you could ever need for a party.
Champagne, Confetti and Cookies!

We’re celebrating in here! Close the door behind you…

Swooning for Swoozie’s

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2011

Good Morning Darlings!

Today is a very special day for me! I am so excited to let you know that Swoozie’s has chosen me to be one of their party experts in conjunction with their 10th birthday. And to celebrate, there will a party tonight at their 4285 Roswell Rd, Chastain Square, location from 6-8pm.

Please come out and give me a hug (free!) and shop (20% off!) and clink glasses with me over a cocktail (or two). I have selected 10 of Swoozie’s fabulous items for a themed party, which will be revealed tomorrow night. Let’s talk entertaining, celebrations or how to make every day a party for you and your favorites.

It would mean the world to me to see you there. Swoozie’s party treats are most posh way to throw a bash. And yes, I knew that even before they put a party princess tiara on my head.

Join me? It is going to be Swoozierific!

xoxo, Patti

Today blogging to Donna Fargo – Happiest Girl In The Whole U.S.A.

The Chic Boutique Tour

Thursday, December 23rd, 2010

Good Morning Darlings!

Like most women, I love to shop. But I tend to go to the same places again and again and then say I can’t find anything.

Have I got just the thing for you! The Chic Boutique Tour is the brainchild of the adorable and fashionable Rosalynn Wilson, who invited me to come along this past weekend as we toured a bevy of boutiques. In style. As in a luxury coach where we were served nibbles and libations as we moved from shop to shop with ease. It is something I could get very used to.

The way to travel...

We met up at The Pampered Nail Spa in Castleberry where we all got a chance to visit before we boarded the coach. And like all good students, I sat in front where I was rewarded with being seated next to the tour’s stylist, Kaira Akita, CEO of A Clothes Encounter (don’t you just love that name?) Kaira and I started talking and realize we had a few friends in common. A natural occurrence in Atlanta. This happens everywhere I go.

Beautiful Rosalynn outlines the day for us.

More stylish fun inside!

Pop Up Shopping!

Friday, November 26th, 2010

Good Morning Darlings!

Now that Thanksgiving is over (full report next week..), thoughts turn to shopping for Christmas. Wouldn’t it be great if you could get all your shopping done in one spot and support local artists and craftsmen? Well, now you can. Next week, my great friends Randall and Patrick from the AFFPS will be participating in the Midtown Pop Up Shops Dec. 2-5, 2010. Their shop will be at 805 Peachtree Street. Take a look at the details.

Midtown “Pop Up Shops”
Indoor Artist Market
Dec. 2 – 5, 2010

The Atlanta Foundation for Public Spaces and the Decatur Gallery have teamed up with the Midtown Alliance, Atlanta History Center, SCAD and others to host Atlanta’s first “pop up” shopping experience on Dec. 2 – 5, 2010.

30 local artists will “set up shop” at 805 Peachtree Street for a four day artist market and holiday shopping experience. The Artist Market is part of the first “Pop Up” shopping experience in Atlanta. Artists will occupy space in the 805 Peachtree building with original works for sale including paintings, pottery, photography, jewelry, woodworking and fiber art. The “Pop Up Shops” will include six blocks along the Midtown Mile of Peachtree Street from 10th to 6th Streets.

“Artists have a lot to offer for the holidays. We know that what we have are non-essentials, but finding a gift that’s directly from an artist has greater meaning,” says Patrick Dennis, owner of the Decatur Gallery and president of the Atlanta Foundation for Public Spaces.

30 local artists and artisans will bring unique wares to 805 Peachtree for a four day artist market. Visitors will be treated to demonstrations by artists, live acoustic music and a complimentary beverage. Painters, potters, fiber artists, woodworkers, jewelers, even candle makers will show their holiday finest during the event.

Dec. 2 – 5, 2010
Thurs. – Sat.
10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
805 Peachtree Street

Music and complimentary beverages will be offered each evening from 6-8 p.m. Artist demonstrations daily.

Start a new holiday shopping tradition with ART.

Doesn’t that sound much better than the mall? Of course it does. See you there.

xoxo, Patti

Today blogging to Soulja Boy – Shopping Spree