I’m very thankful to see things beginning to bloom! The daffodils, tulips and Bradford Pear trees signal the rebirth of our beautiful green space in Atlanta, Georgia.
And how I have missed my Spring and Summer veggies! One of my most favorite things to do this time of year is cook and eat outdoors…porches, picnics, patios, grilling. I am looking forward to hosting our third Spring and Summer CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) from D&A Farms.
Attached below are the details for signing up to the CSA at Aviary. You may mail them a check and sign up online at www.DandAFarm.com…once you are on the signup page, select “Other Atlanta Pickup A” and when prompted to put in a comment, add The Aviary. Pickups are Wednesdays weekly from 4-7 pm at the salon. We aim to fill about 20 spaces so sign up fast if you are interested. They will sell out quickly!
It’s no secret that it’s one giant love fest at the Aviary. It’s one of my favorite things about our collective. It’s true that Christine, Sidney, Jason and I work together with a common thread of the products and services that we offer; but it’s equally about the respect and admiration that we have for each other as well as the clients that we work with.
As a former publicist, I love to see the people around me get the attention and accolades that they so much deserve. Sidney is our wise owl…I often look to him for advice and consultation on a myriad of subjects ranging from how to grow personally and professionally to what color I should use on my tresses. What I’ve noticed after working with him for two years is that I am not the only one who looks to Dear Sid for some serious talk therapy. There seems to be a golden thread that runs through his clientele, who often gush about how much better they feel after time in his chair.
In one of the interviews that I did the last year, I was asked what the most exciting thing that I have ever won. My answer: accolades. To be able to do what you love is truly a gift; I feel as blessed about that as I do my family and friends who support me. But, in all honesty, to be told that you are good at it is something that brings a me level of validation that I never experienced with report cards or trophies.
Though I love to learn, I was never an excellent student (actually I was a pretty bad one) and even though I am “tall” (which apparently equals must be great at sports), I am much more clumsy and awkward than nimble. Plus I pretty much hate anything that requires running. So when I got the call that I was being considered for InStyle Magazine’s roundup of the Nation’s best beauty services, I had to catch my breath. And then throw up a little because I still had to perform a facial for their tester.
I feel fortunate that our Atlanta tester was a real champion for the ATL. She told us that she had been hounding a friend who works for the magazine to stop overlooking our great city for this annual feature…and they finally obliged! How my name got tossed into the ring, I will never know. But we made it. And the me of my twenties (a PR girl) is super proud of the me of today…because I don’t think I even got this excited to get a band written up in Rolling Stone or the New York Times. As I read the other services and salons who are featured, I feel even more flattered to be included…my friends at WAX got a great shoutout under waxing. And Adore Hair Studio, which is also right around the corner, was featured under hairstyling. So yay Eastside ATL!!
Anyway, I appreciate the kudos from InStyle and I hope you’ll take advantage of the 20% discount that they are offering to their readers. We at the Aviary are just doing what we love to do everyday, whether providing a service or just hanging out with our friends. On most days it feels like one in the same to us.
I LOVE this article in last week’s New York Times about the benefits of massage. There are so many reasons to experience touch therapy and this recent study goes far in proving that massage isn’t just for sore or tired muscles. Another incredible and captivating read on touch therapy is aptly titled, Touching: The Human Significance of the Skin by Ashley Montagu. Skeptics beware: After reading this book, you’ll want to check in with Aviary CMT Christine Legnon.
Thanks to our inspired client, Jennifer DeVault, for sharing her NY Times read!
I get pretty excited to open the mailbox and be greeted with the Anthropologie catalog every month. Like teenage-boy-with-the-swimsuit-issue excited. I don’t know how they do it but the creative forces that drive that company really nail it. I often tell my husband that I am Fantasy Shopping as I flip through the pages, imagining how I might redecorate either my home or wardrobe with a Lotto of $200 or $500 or $1000 or $5000 and so on. So, when I saw my friend Ashley Longshore’s artwork made into a Danish armchair in this month’s catalog I got REALLY excited. Like I-went-to-high-school-with-a-celebrity excited.
Ashley and I went to Brenau Academy together and graduated in ’93. We’ve kept up sporadically through the years but thanks to the Social Engineers at Facebook, we reconnected earlier this year when she was in Atlanta for an art show at Staceage. I love friends who you can pick right up with as if no time had passed at all.
Ashley started painting sometime after we graduated. She was always one of the most animated and rowdy girls in the school…and I say that as one of the animated and rowdy ones. It’s probably what landed me in boarding school to begin with. I remember staying up past curfew in the dorms and laughing until my sides hurt at her improvisation of Janis Joplin. You could practically hear Ms. Janis rolling over in her grave…whisky bottle in hand, cigarette in the other. Anyway, Ashley has definitely put her affable ways to good use and she counts a few celebrities as her clients. I won’t name who because, you know, the code and all that.
If you happen to find yourself in New Orleans, Ashley has opened a gallery there on Magazine Street. Stop in and say hello. Tell her I sent you…
This is one of the funnest and compelling little viral video pieces that I have seen in a long time. I don’t have much to add, other than if you need help finding some good non-toxic products to replace the bad ones in your makeup bag, then you should book some time with your favorite Aviary therapist or stylist. We always aim to educate, not just sell products.