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2nd Annual Pretty Girls Rock: Arts, Music, Fashion

SAVE THE DATE!

It’s that time again the 2nd Annual Pretty Girls Rock(PGR) Art, Music and Fashion event benefiting The Love Offering Foundation. PGR Art, Music and Fashion is all about WOMEN in the field of artistry. There will be exhibits from female canvas painters, fashion designers and there will also be female musicians.

Save the date and make sure you’re @JustinsAtl with the hottest socialites, tastemakers, publicist, bloggers and magazine reps in Atlanta.

Don’t know who DJ Traci Steele is…check her out here!

 

Below is the video and pics from last year’s event!

 

 

 

PlayDate Atlanta

Are you in need of something different to do this weekend? Check out PlayDate Atlanta this Saturday (2/11/12) from 9PM-2AM @ Holiday Select Inn, 450 Capitol Ave.

What is PlayDate? PlayDate provides a fun and exciting atmosphere where you can enjoy good food & cocktails, listen to a variety of music, socialize and meet great people while playing games.

They have an abundance of games ranging from Uno, Chess, Hula Hoop, Jenga, Checkers, Twisters and Monoploy plus much more. The theme for the night is War of The Roses…Men VS Women.

Advance tickets are $10 and 2 for $18

You can visit the site here

 

Do You Have A Vision?

Habakkuk 2:2-3

And the LORD answered me, and said, Write the vision, and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that readeth it. For the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak, and not lie: though it tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry.

 There’s only 4 days left in 2011, what will you leave behind? What will you carry over into the new year? If you haven’t heard of the concept of a vision board or if you’ve never made one, this would be a good time to start.

A vision board is a visual representation of the things that you want to have, be, or do in your life. The purpose of a vision board is to activate the law of attraction to begin to pull things from your external environment that will enable you to realize your dream. Although the “idea” of a vision board has been around for years, it’s popularity took off from the DVD ‘The Secret’ with John Assaraf relating his story with the use of his vision boards to achieve his dreams.

If you need a better sense of what The Secret is or what a vision board can do, watch the videos below.

Do you have better understanding? I hope so! If you are interested in attending a vision board gathering, there are two happenings in Atlanta next month. Click on the links below to get more information. If you don’t want to attend these events, you can always have your own get together and vision away. 🙂

Vision Board Brunch 

Dryer Buzz

Winter Wonderland Fun At Centennial/Piedmont Park

With these warmer temps, are you ready for a winter wonderland?

Starting November 19th,  you can skate like you’re Sasha Cohen at Centennial Olympic Park. The rink features covered seating, theatrical lighting, real ice and holiday music. I’ve always wanted to do a triple axel (in my very creative dreams) so now I think I’ll take the plunge. At least hold on to the sides and skate along. 🙂

They’re open Mon-Fri: 4:30 to 10 PM, Sat: 10 AM to 11 PM and Sun: 10 AM to 10 PM. Admission is $7 per person and skate rental is an additional $2 for 90 minutes of skate time. The rink is open daily, including holidays, from Nov 19, 2011- Jan 29, 2012. Lockers are available for $1, at the ice rink to securely store belongings.

Check out the website for more details…www.centennialpark.com

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On the other side of the city, Piedmont Park Conservancy’s 1st Annual Season of Magic in Piedmont Park kicks off on Sunday, November 20th and runs through New Year’s Day.

The main attractions there are:

  • Horse Drawn Carriage Rides
  • Naughty or Nice Caroling Parade
  • Carousal Rides
  • Holiday Beer Gardens
  • Holiday Lights
  • Family Friendly Arts and Crafts
  • Wednesday Night Jingle Mingles

The kick-off begins with the Naughty or Nice costumed stroll and caroling parade inside Piedmont Park, with stops to watch structures in the park come alive with elegant holiday lights. Prizes will be awarded to humans and canines for the naughtiest and nicest costumes. The evening will end with a grand celebration of music, seasonal cocktails and more at Park Tavern.

To find out info, visit…www.piedmontpark.org

“We Are Troy Davis” Art Exhibit Pics

Background:

In 1991 Troy Davis was convicted of the August 19, 1989 murder of Officer Mark McPhails in Savannah, Georgia. McPhails was off-duty at the time, working as security guard when the shooting occurred. He was shot twice trying to intervene during an assault on another man. Over the next 20 years, Davis maintained his innocence and his guilty verdict was appealed several times on the grounds that Davis had not received a fair trial. Davis’ execution dates were stayed on three previous occasions as a result. Despite these appeals, due in large part to witnesses recanting some or their entire story, the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of Georgia upheld the conviction in August 2010. Further appeals were rejected and Davis was executed on September 21, 2011

Last night I attended the “We Are Troy Davis” art exhibit and was in awe of the wonderful artwork that was on display. From oil paintings to acyclic to hand drawings and digital work…it was a very nice event. The purpose of the ‘I Am Troy Davis’ movement is to get involved, take a stand and do something about the injustices going on in your community or worldwide.

How you can get involved:

www.aclu.org

www.amnesty.org

www.innocenceproject.org

If these don’t tickle your fancy, I encourage you to speak up and speak out when wrong occurs in any situation!

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64th Annual Lighting of Macy’s Great Tree

 

This year marks the 64th annual lighting of the Macy’s Great  Tree at Lenox Square Mall. After you’ve eaten Thanksgiving dinner and taken a nap, you should make your way down to an amazing show that will feature performances by  American Idol Season 10 winner  Scott ‘Scotty’ McCreery, Grammy Award winning gospel duo Mary Mary, Season 8 winner of So You Think You Can Dance  Melanie Moore and many more.

“Our 64th annual Macy’s Great Tree Lighting will once again bring the holiday spirit to the city of Atlanta with fantastic music and dance performances, our talented choir, all-star cheer squad and dazzling surprises that will enchant everyone attending the event,” said Michael Krauter, Macy’s President and Regional Director of Stores. “For over 60 years, Macy’s has been synonymous with making the holiday season in Atlanta magical.”

The tree will be adorned with 100 Macy’s stars, 100 white snowflakes and 1,200 multi-colored metallic basketball-sized ornaments. The tree will also have 50 flashing strobe lights, 400 internally lit ornaments, 4,000 11-watt bulbs and will be topped with a spectacular color changing Macy’s star.

More than 100,000 people are expected to attend this year’s Lighting of the Macy’s Great Tree at Lenox Square Mall, and more than 500,000 more will watch the live broadcast on WSB-TV, which will be hosted by WSB Channel 2 Action News anchor Monica Pearson and Channel 2 Meteorologist David Chandley. Limited parking will be available…taking MARTA is highly encouraged.

This event takes place on November 24th, 2011 with the pre-show beginning at 6:15 PM followed by the lighting ceremony at 7:00 PM.

 

So You Think You Can Dance Winner Melanie Moore

 
 

Gospel Duo Mary Mary

 

American Idol Season 10 Winner Scott McCreery

“We Are Troy Davis” Art Exhibit

What are you doing on 11*11*11?

From http://www.freddyo.com

The purpse of this event is to  reignite the necessary awarenss of the events surrounding the legal murder of Troy Davis.  This art show is a call on responsibility to rally visual arts to produce pieces that challenge responsibility, create awareness, and to motivate and inspire action in out communities. There was a Troy Davis before Troy Davis and there will be many more if we don’t take a stance. This art exhibit is a collective of artists who are dedicating their talents to take a stance and make a statment againt injustice.

 The event takes place this Friday, starting at 7PM at theRAW Space Gallery 431 Fair Street-Castleberry Hill Atlanta, GA 30313

*Admission is free*

 

 

 

 

 

An Atlanta Tradition:The Pink Pig Returns

The Pink Pig has been a popular Atlanta Christmas attraction since it first spun around the top of Rich’s(now known as Macy’s) downtown store in 1953 and starting yesterday its back for another go around!

Here’s some background on how this attraction came about via www.ngeorgia.com

After World War II Rich’s found that it needed to attract customers from the growing Atlanta suburbs to its downtown store. In 1948 Rich’s added a Christmas Tree (“The Great Tree”) to the top of the store’s 4-story “Crystal Bridge” across Forsyth Street. Although Richard Rich, grandson of store founder Mo Rich, is commonly credited with the innovation, it was Frank Pallotta, Rich’s Publicity Director, who actually came up with the idea. More was needed by the early 1950’s to compete with Franklin-Simon, Sears, Roebuck and J. C. Penney, each of whom had targeted suburban customers of Rich’s.

Pallotta once again came up with an idea to attract suburban customers downtown. He added “Priscilla the Pig,” a small train that ran on a monorail through the toy department in 1953. A small fee was charged to ride the train through the toy department. At this time the Pink Pig was segregated.

In 1955, to take advantage of the popularity of the children’s ride, Rich’s moved The Pink Pig to the roof of the store, where it ran on a monorail and left the store through an opening that allowed kids an up-close view of the Great Tree, Atlanta, and circled the toy department inside. A second pig, Percival, was added in 1964 to increase ridership. They would both run on the same monorail and they were known as the Pink Pig Twins. At this time the ride was extended to loop around the Great Tree.

Rich’s was boycotted early in the Civil Rights movement when the store refused to serve African-Americans at the Magnolia Room, a restaurant inside Rich’s. Before the 1961 Christmas season Rich’s preemptively desegregated not only the store, but the Pink Pig as well. This was viewed by the leaders of the Civil Rights movement, including Dr. Martin Luther King, as the largest success in the Civil Rights movement to date.

When Rich’s downtown store closed in 1991 the Pink Pig moved to the Festival of Trees held to benefit Eggleston Hospital, but the Pink Pig was too expensive to run. It was discontinued after 1995 at the Festival of Trees and donated to the Atlanta History Center. In 2003 the Pink Pig was resurrected, updated and moved to a tent at the top deck of the Macy’s parking garage. Behind the current attraction is the original Pink Pig, on loan from the Atlanta History Center.


I have to say my son rode this when he was younger but I don’t quite remember him enjoying it as much as my daughter…maybe it was all the PINK!  I can’t wait to ride again this year with my daughter being a year older and her vocabulary being a lot more detailed and developed.

 

Miss Jessie’s Presents “Naturally Pretty”

For all you ladies with natural hair,  this is the palce to be this coming Thursday! Since I let go of the kinky two months ago this will be a great opportunity to get products for my interracial daughter and to network.

 Here’s a part of the press release:

 Naturally Pretty will be held in a beautiful art gallery forum located in the Defoor Centre on October, 27, 2011 at 7pm. The event will evoke energy and artistry while igniting each of the five senses with each step invited guests take. Industry leaders in cosmetics, skincare, and natural hair care will convene collaboratively to educate and inform event goers of how to bring out their natural beauty through complimentary consultations and live beauty demonstrations. Aside from the wall-to-wall beauty installations, invited guests will enjoy live musical performances, celebrity guest appearances, prize giveaways, and light fare. In efforts to give back to women who need to rebuild their self-esteem and assist them in finding their inner/outer beauty, a percentage of the proceeds will be donated to the Atlanta Day Shelter for Women and Children in downtown Atlanta.

To get your tickets:http://naturallypretty.eventbrite.com/

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