Nightly Beauty Routines

Megan Elliot, who lives in Atlanta, Georgia, started her website, Lush to Blush, in March of 2012. It was a way for her to share advice about beauty, luxury travel, and more.

Fitness, Nutrition, Accountability

 When did your certified fitness coaching career begin and how?  My love for fitness began as a really skinny freshman in high school researching strategies and implementing my own workouts. Around school people noticed my changes from 146 lbs. to 228lbs. at 8 % body fat in just 2 years. From then, I aspired to help others change their bodies…

More Than Healthcare

According to the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta, one in six Georgians has low literacy skills, and 63% of Georgia’s third graders are not reading on grade level.[i] That is why WellStar Health System, one of the largest and most integrated health systems in Georgia, is joining forces with the Rotary Clubs of Marietta, Smyrna and Atlanta-Brasil on a new…

Holiday Gift-Giving Guide

This holiday season, give a gift that won’t be returned or put into a closet, where it will languish unloved for years. With these unique and well-made products, recipients will be smiling from ear to ear. And, since they are easy to find, so will you, since your holiday shopping just became a lot easier.

Dr. Susan Orillosa

Drug overdose deaths continue to impact communities in the United States as Americans and their physicians navigate pain management solutions that are effective yet safe. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 70,237 drug overdose deaths occurred in the United States in 2017. Opioids were involved in 67.8% (47,600) of overdose deaths that year. Every death is one…

As Easy as Pie

 PEACH PIE  TasteOfHome.com  Time: 1 hour, 25 minutes

Jamaica 2019

What does New Year’s mean to you? Renewal, a clean slate, promises and resolutions? Well, after years of broken resolutions, I have created my own vision of New Year's. This version consists of one-of-a-kind experiences that allow you to get outside of comfort zones, relish in family and broaden your horizons. Now to convince my family to give up black-eyed peas, collards and cornbread. We…

An Interview with the Mayor

You’ve been mayor since 1985, when your father, Arthur T. Bacon, passed away while in office. How did you get into politics, and why?

The Thanksgiving Table

Thanksgiving is much more than a time to go on an eating rampage with friends and family; it is more so a demonstration of our gratitude to the ones we love.      

A Grand Experience

As I gazed at my view overlooking a lush garden of tropical flora, smelling the salt in the air, a fresh breeze crossing my sun-kissed cheeks, I knew I was in my happy place. It was only four months ago that I was fortunate enough to take a trip to the Riviera Maya in Mexico to explore one of the newest…

Fall Fun

Summer may be seen as the outdoor season, but autumn also offers lots of opportunities for outdoor fun. Try some of these family activities, and fill your kids' senses with delight.

Steak and Wine, Please!

If you’re looking for great food in an equally impressive atmosphere, head to 101 Steak. Located in the heart of Vinings, the restaurant’s vibe is a combination of a friendly neighborhood bar and fine dining.

Celebrate Oktoberfest at The Public House

The Public House at Vinings, located in the Hotel Indigo, is gearing up for Oktoberfest. Running Oct. 7-20, 4-7 p.m., the menu will feature many German delicacies.

Pina Brava

The food at Los Bravos is fresh, made to order, authentic Mexican food. The owner, Max Angel Sr., and son, Max Jr., strive every day to give their customers the best food and service in town.

Wood-Grilled Swordfish with Pumpkin Ravioli and Haricot Verts

Fall is here, and new menus are rolling out with our favorite fall flavors. Bonefish Grill has a delicious "Wood-Grilled Swordfish with Pumpkin Ravioli and Haricot Verts." This combination of seafood and pumpkin is promised to make your tastebuds do explosions in your mouth.

Shops You Will Love

Shopping at The Battery ATL is just plain fun. A day of shopping, dining, great weather and chopping it up with a best friend never gets old. Take a glimpse at a couple of different looks from shops at The Battery ATL and go have some fun.

Vinings Gallery by Denard

After graduating from the Columbus College of Art and Design, Denard Stalling moved to Atlanta in 1989 and started working at a gallery. There, he met Gary Handler. He had no idea that 10 years later they would be opening their own gallery together.

She Said

My wife, Myles, and I purchased a new home last summer. Although this home did not have the basement we wanted, the home itself and the large backyard gave us the wow factor.

How Technology and Emerging Trends are Changing IRS

Tax is something that pervades every area of business, and it is of great benefit for business owners to understand the types of things that IRS focuses on and goes after—as well as their emerging priorities and capabilities.

Dogs With Jobs

The adage “every dog has his day” has proven true this month for the hardworking canines that indeed work like a dog. Aug. 4–10 is International Assistance Dog Week, which commends service and working dogs that assist humans in various capacities—and do so with wagging tails and dogged dedication.  

For the Love of Animals

Pet Spa at Vinings has been in the business of caring for animals for 15 years. Located in Smyrna, the spa offers grooming, daycare and boarding services for dogs and cats.

Do You Look Like Your Dog?

“Do you look like this dog?” was the enticing open-invitation kind of question renowned photographer and self-professed dog lover Gerrard Gethings posed on Instagram, along with a photo of Hope, a beautiful Afghan hound with a silky coat worthy of a brand-name shampoo commercial. As it turned out, a lot of people thought they did, but Gerrard's answer came in the form…

Set for Success

Jackie Brewton is an author and youth motivational speaker who traded in success for significance in 2001 when she walked away from her career in corporate America to dedicate her life to helping teens make good choices. As the CEO and founder of MotivationN3D, Inc., Jackie has spoken to more than 100,000 students across America and abroad. For the past 17 years,…

Boxwood Cottage: Gann House Circa 1841

Boxwood Cottage, following thoughtful renovation by its current owner, Irene Croft, is now showing its prettiest face in 178 years in a guided tour conducted by the Friends of the Covered Bridge Historic District. 

Georgia’s Favorites

From certified organic lip balms to officially licensed Bulldogs golf balls, keepsakes that keep Georgia on your mind.   

Enjoy the Sounds of Summer in the City

Get ready for great concerts this summer at some of Atlanta’s hottest venues. Whether you prefer jazz, soul, rock, classical or blues, you can find the music you want to hear in this fun and hip city that’s full of the best in entertainment.

Friends Who Give to Their Community

The Vinings Village Woman’s Club is celebrating 40 years of friendship. The Club’s mission is to expand opportunities for friendship within the Vinings Village, along with support civic and cultural activities and beautification of the entrances of the village.  

Making a Life While Making a Living

The personal sacrifices of professionals in demanding careers are not without notice to close friends and specially family, who know firsthand how time is a precious commodity to the people having to make every moment outside of work, however small, count.  

RoundUp for the Animals

Ted and Rosey Varna are huge animal lovers. After volunteering with the Cobb County Animal Services shelter for 3 1/2 years, they had to give it up due to the emotional toll it was taking. They had seen too many animals euthanized.

The “Grizzly Burger”

The "Fresh. Casual. Local." mission statement at McCray's Tavern has proven true to the readers of Smyrna Vinings Lifestyle. Voted "Best Tavern" by our readers in 2018, this local hot spot is a neighborhood favorite. So cheers to McCray's Tavern for making fresh burgers like their infamous "Grizzly Burger" which has to be held together with a knife. 

CEO with Roots and Wings

Graham M. Fox has more than 15 years of executive health care experience overseeing the strategic, operational and financial growth of physician practices and health systems. In 2019, Graham joined GI Specialists of  Georgia as COO/CFO and has sage advice for balancing work and family.

Mothers and Daughters

Bartlett Heating and Cooling has provided excellent service in the metro Atlanta area since 1982. Shannon Bartlett is the president and truly embodies the company's motto, “small-town integrity in the big city.”

Tanya Waldon, an Agent for Change

 May is Mental Health Awareness month.  What is My Life Is a Gift, and what is its mission?  My Life Is a Gift is an advocacy to validate new life for survivors of suicide attempt. Our goal is to normalize conversation of mental health and suicide prevention. The mission is to absolutely validate someone who wakes up alive from a suicide attempt.     

OrangeTheory Fitness

Julie Stewart and Kim Fishman are sisters and best friends.  Kim’s daughter, Emily, has Rett Syndrome, so they decided to raise awareness and funds for a cure through their business, OrangeTheory Fitness.

Dream Kitchen

Do you enjoy spending time in your kitchen? If not, read on! We've put together some tips and great finds to help you bring your kitchen back to life. 

Serenbe

Serenbe founders Steve Nygren and Marie Lupo Nygren believe that if you want to change the world, start in your own backyard. The couple discovered the property now known as Serenbe on a weekend outing to introduce their three girls to the Georgia countryside in 1991. Weekend visits for the family transformed their lives, and three years later they sold…

Re-Made Art

Reusing “junk” for art has been a reused concept in itself for quite some time, more markedly since the early 20th century with leading artists Pablo Picasso and Marcel Duchamp, among others, as its innovators. Seeing that environmental matters have become more critical in recent years, many artists feel increasingly compelled to use recycled materials as a thoughtful medium of choice. …

The Public House inside Hotel Indigo

The Public House restaurant located inside of Hotel Indigo in Vinings is quaint, cozy and friendly. Pull up a stool, sit down and enjoy the food, fellowship and ambiance. The restaurant is always full of people—from different parts of the country to your neighbor next door. Catch up with your best friend by the fire pit out back on the patio. The Public House offers fresh, traditionally…

The Smyrna Team

The Smyrna Team of Keller Williams Realty sat down in this newly renovated, modern craftsman home with Smyrna Vinings Lifestyle and answered a few questions about what makes their team unique and what's so great about Smyrna.

Design Within Reach

 HOW DO YOU LIKE TO LOUNGE?  Design Within Reach | Westside Provisions District | 1210 Howell Mill Road, Atlanta | 404.841.2471   

Kitchen Refresh

Looking to update your kitchen this year? We've put together some tips and great finds to help create a new look without breaking the bank. 

Spring Cleaning Project

As the clocks spring forward, it’s a perfect time to move forward on planning your spring cleaning projects. One task that finds its way onto many spring cleaning “to-do” lists is organizing a space in the home. Before tackling any big organizing project, it’s important to take these important steps first!

Best of Smyrna Vinings

The Best of Smyrna Vinings is evident as you drive through Smyrna's booming community as well as the village called Vinings that is ever-so-bustling throughout the day. The next few pages recognize the restaurants, personal services, businesses and medical professionals our readers patronize every day. Congratulations to all the nominees and winners! The Smyrna Vinings Lifestyle readers want you to know that you…

Romantic Santorini

Plan your Romantic Getaway to the Historic Island in the Aegean Sea Article Nicolette Martin Stay: Sun Rocks Boutique Hotel Sun Rocks Boutique Hotel is considered one of Santorini’s most romantic hotels. The elegant couples-only cliffside hideaway—named a Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice 2018 award winner—features luxe, minimalist rooms and suites carved into the side … Continued

Drink to Your Health

The key to a smoothie that is healthy, filling and equally delicious is to be sure to include adequate protein, healthy fat and fiber. Unfortunately, most commercial brands are loaded with added sugar, which offsets the health benefits and causes blood sugar levels to soar. 

New Year’s (re)Solutions

2018 came and went, much like those caloric holiday leftovers that no longer loiter around in the fridge. Then so it is, with a renewed feeling of resolve for a better year onward, we yet again vow—for “realsies” this time—to follow through with our new year’s pledges. For better chances of success this year, identify what you can do to improve your…

Healthy Finances

What causes tax problems? Most people who own a business or work as a contractor will eventually have a tax issue. It's most often caused by not thinking about tax payments until they are due, a large unforeseen expense or adjusting spending up as revenue of the business rises but not adjusting down when it decreases.

Campbell High

Campbell High School will present the Dancing with the Stars Smyrna event and fundraiser benefiting the Campbell High School Athletic Department. Nine local stars and their professional dance instructors will take the stage of the Jennie T. Anderson Theatre to perform exciting routines guaranteed to bring down the house! Two teams will emerge as champions of the People’s Choice and…

At the Holiday Table

There are many ways to set a festive mood during the holidays from how you decorate your home. As friends and family gather around, they typically aggregate in the living room and at the dining table, so make the decor in those areas stand out to show your loved ones how special it is for you to have them come over! A…

At Home for the Holidays on Polo Lane

Vinings was voted one of the top 100 places to live, and that includes Polo Lane. There’s something special about the Holidays on Polo Lane. Take a look inside this elegant home; I think you will agree.