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Jeffrey Fashion Cares

Fashion for a Cause: Jeffrey Fashion Cares 2016

Atlanta’s most fashionable gathered at Phipps Plaza Monday night for Jeffrey Fashion Cares. Founded by fashion guru Jeffrey Kalinsky, the 24th annual event is one of the largest combined AIDS and breast cancer benefits in the country. One hundred percent of net proceeds benefit the Atlanta AIDS Fund and Susan G. Komen of Greater Atlanta.

Cucumber Pink Mule cocktail
Cucumber Pink Mule cocktail

The fete kicked off with a cocktail hour. While perusing the silent auction items guests sipped on drinks including a Tropical Tiki Mojito, Spicy Margarita and a Cucumber Pink Mule, made with Svedka Cucumber Lime Vodka, LiDestri Pink Limoncello, and Ginger Beer Syrup and Baltimore Bitters from local favorite 18.21 Bitters.

Once guests took their seats along the runway in the transformed Monarch Court, event chairs Lila Hertz, Jeffrey McQuithy and Louise Sams gave a brief introduction. A live auction offered guests the chance to bid on fabulous trips, experiences and jewelry.

Jeffrey Fashion Cares

Then it was on to the main event. Models showed off the latest looks from Celine, Balenciaga, Chloe, Givenchy, Gucci and beyond.

Major fashion envy ensued. My closet simply won’t be complete without the fab purple pants from Dries Van Noten and gorgeous geometric print dress from Haider Ackerman.

The final walk at Jeffrey Fashion Cares 2016
The final walk at Jeffrey Fashion Cares 2016. I’ll take one of everything, thanks!

Last year’s sold-out Jeffrey Fashion Cares raised $700,000 for the Atlanta AIDS Fund and Susan G. Komen of Greater Atlanta.

Jeffrey Kalinsky is the founder and president of the Jeffrey boutique chain, with locations in New York City and Atlanta’s Phipps Plaza.

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Diner en Blanc

Dîner en Blanc Returns to Atlanta September 13

The night all in white is back! Dîner en Blanc, an epicurean event that has delighted diners around the globe, is returning to Atlanta on Sunday, September 13th.

The world’s largest dinner party was launched in Paris in 1988. Since then hundreds and even thousands of people gather at a secret location revealed at the last minute to share a meal. Guests are asked to dress head to toe in their most stylish white.

Throughout the evening there will be live music, dancing and toasts with Moët & Chandon, the official champagne of Dîner En Blanc Atlanta.

Last year close to 1,000 people dined under the stars at the Millennium Gate Museum at Atlantic Station. This year about 2,000 people are expected to celebrate at the new location.

Check out photos from the first Dîner en Blanc in Atlanta

Here are more details plus how to get your invite to the ultra exclusive event:

Register online via by Sunday, September 6th. The $45 per person admission fee covers round trip transportation via a private motor coach and live entertainment for the evening. Once confirmed, each guest’s participation becomes mandatory, regardless of weather conditions. To ensure the location stays a secret, guests will meet at assigned departure points and be escorted by Dîner en Blanc volunteers.

Guests must bring a table, two white chairs and a white tablecloth, as well as a picnic basket comprising fine food, proper stemware and white dinnerware. Bring champagne or wine; beer and hard liquor are prohibited. A catered picnic basket may be reserved online during the initial ticket registration.

Get social with the official event hashtags: #dinerenblanc and #DEBATL2015.

For information about Dîner en Blanc Atlanta and to register for the event visit

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Diner en Blanc

Dîner en Blanc Comes to Atlanta October 16

Venez, si vous voulez, à une soirée exceptionnelle sous les étoiles où vous pouvez manger, boire, et parler avec des amis . . .

Bienvenue — welcome — to Dîner en Blanc.

The international epicurean phenomenon is coming to Atlanta on Thursday, October 16th.

Diner en BlancLaunched in Paris in 1988, the evening has expanded to more than 50 cities across five continents. It’s a simple yet sophisticated concept: hundreds of diners gather at a secret location revealed at the last minute to share a meal with friends, both new and old, in one of the city’s most beautiful spots.

Guests are asked to dress head to toe in white, with stylish originality encouraged.

Throughout the evening there will be live music, dancing and celebratory moments. When the trumpet sounds signaling the end, guests will pack up everything they brought, leaving only memories of the Dîner behind.

Moet & Chandon Ice ImperialGuests will also have the unique opportunity to toast with Moët Ice Imperial, the first-ever champagne meant for sipping over ice. The official champagne of the Dîner en Blanc in Atlanta, Moët Ice Imperial is best served with three ice cubes in a large, Cabernet-style wine glass. Fresh and fruity with tropical fruit flavors, it’s perfect for any party.

Registration is now open for Dîner en Blanc Atlanta. Click here to join the waiting list. Sign up quickly as space is limited.

What else to know: guests bring a table and two white chairs; a picnic basket comprising quality menu items and china dinner service including proper stemware and flatware; and wine or champagne (beer and hard liquor are prohibited). Participants must wear white and be dressed elegantly. The event is rain or shine.

For more information on Dîner en Blanc, visit

Click here to find out more about Moët Ice Imperial.

Dîner en Blanc Atlanta, Thursday, October 16. Location to be revealed near the time of the event.

headline image: Dîner en Blanc in Paris, 2013 by Fabrice Malard

Downtown Atlanta Pop Up Shops

There’s a new reason to pop up in Downtown Atlanta this summer. On Saturday, June 7th, Central Atlanta Progress will launch the Downtown Pop Up Shops, featuring 14 merchants who will be taking over vacant storefronts along Atlanta’s Streetcar route.

Pop Up ShopsThe shops will feature a diverse range of retailers and artists offering clothing, gifts, accessories, pet supplies, shoes, furniture and home accessories, local goods and more throughout the summer.

Central Atlanta Progress coordinated free space for the selected retailers, and received more than 100 applications to fill the empty storefronts. The chosen merchants received a $500 grant from CAP to kick-start their operations, and will have the option of signing a permanent lease at the end of the three months.

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Alex Hitz Celebrates Atlanta Roots in Cookbook

It’s an extra special homecoming for chef and HSN personality Alex Hitz. The Atlanta native will be in town this October to celebrate the release of his first cookbook.

My Beverly Hills Kitchen: Classic Southern Cooking with a French Twist draws on five generations of southern hospitality with family recipes, cooking anecdotes and advice for menu planning and entertaining. It’s part cookbook and part memoir — Alex mixes together southern favorites, European traditions and a pinch of Beverly Hills glamour for his signature style that’s both casual and elegant.

Mouthwatering recipes include Heirloom Tomato Pie, Roast Tenderloin of Beef with Horseradish Sauce, Luscious Lemon-Ginger Squares, Salted Caramel Cake, and of course, Fried Chicken.

A third-generation Atlantan on both sides, Alex has been a passionate foodie and host from a young age. He was first inspired by his mother, who claimed Alex had planned the menu for his second birthday party. After honing his skills at Le Cordon Bleu in Paris, Alex purchased half-ownership of The Patio by the River (later sold to Canoe), a restaurant where he worked as a teen. In 2009 Alex launched The Beverly Hills Kitchen, a line of gourmet foods that is one of the top-selling food lines on HSN.

My Beverly Hills Kitchen: Classic Southern Cooking with a French Twist is published by Alfred A. Knopf and goes on sale in October (hardcover $35).

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Alex Hitz will visit Atlanta in October for a series of events:

Wednesday, October 10, 2012
An Evening with Alex Hitz at the Atlanta History Center

Honorary Chair Dean DuBose Smith, Chairs Aimee Chubb, Duvall Fuqua, Elizabeth Hale and Frances Schultz will gather at the History Center for an evening of fine dining and dancing with a menu straight from the pages of Alex’s book prepared by Mary Hataway and the staff of Soiree. Alex will share stories and photos of his incredible journey. Tickets are $225 each and include a signed copy of Alex’s book. Event proceeds help support the educational activities of the Atlanta History Center.

For ticket information contact Katherine Hoogerwerf at (404) 814-4102 or

Thursday, October 11, 2012
Book Signing at TRAVADAVI Boutique
2300 Peachtree Road
Atlanta, GA 30309
11:00 am

Book Signing and Lecture at the Atlanta History Center
130 West Paces Ferry Road NW
Atlanta, Georgia 30305
7:00 pm

Admission for lectures is $5 members, $10 nonmembers, and free to AHC Insiders unless otherwise noted; reservations are required; call (404) 814-4150 or reserve online at

Sunday, October 14, 2012
Book Signing and Q&A at Barnes and Noble
2900 Peachtree Road NE
Atlanta, GA 30305
2:00 p.m.

A Map for the World Traveler

Looking for a gift for the world traveler? Get him or her the Scratch Map.

Unique and innovative, this map helps you keep track of where you’ve visited in a fun way. Just scratch off the places where you’ve traveled to reveal a splash of color and local facts.

No passport is required — just keep a coin handy to mark your trips.

Hang the map on a wall to add a touch of whimsy to any room.

The map is made of paper and is 32.2″ wide and 22.9″ tall.

Scratch Map, $24, available online at

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Need to Open a Bottle? There’s an App for That

Checking the weather, reading a book, looking up directions, even wasting time by killing pigs with some very angry birds — there’s an app for that.  And the next time you want to open up a bottle of beer, there’s an app for that too.

Introducing the iBottle Opener, an iPhone case that has a built in bottle opener.

The case has a hard shell and a soft-touch finish, with the bottle opener on the back.  It’s made in China from plastic and metal.

The iBottle Opener comes in two sizes: one for the iPhone 3G/3GS and another for the iPhone 4G.

The iBottle Opener costs $20 and can be purchased online at

Your phone and a bottle opener — the two most important items for a night out.

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Rocks for Your "On the Rocks" Drink

Scotch, Whisky and even soda fans take note —  the next time you want a drink “on the rocks” you can actually enjoy it on the rocks.

This set of granite drink chillers is a great gift for anyone who enjoys fine spirits.  Beyond their visual appeal, the stones are an excellent alternative to ice cubes because they will keep any beverage cool without diluting the flavor.

To enjoy a drink on the rocks: chill the stones in the freezer, then add one or two to your favorite beverage.  In just a few minutes your drink will be the right temperature.

Each set comes with six granite pieces that were hand crafted from stones collected on New England beaches.  The accompanying hardwood tray can be used for freezing and serving.

The stones are dishwasher safe which makes for easy cleanup.

The “On the Rocks” granite stone set costs $30 and is available online at

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