Fashion Around the Corner

 Article Kim McClure* | Photography Donna Permell  JosiesFriends.com  Online consignment store based in Smyrna

Fashion Instagram-style

 Article Flavia Teles  Instagram has become a fashion conduit for millions. The following are six noteworthy Instagrammers who may inspire your sartorial senses this season:            1. Brandon Maxwell, fashion designer and creative director    

Dress Up Your Plate

 Photography Donna Permell  Ingredients:  1/2 ounce canola oil

The Walker School Celebrates Science and Technology

 Article and Photography Provided  Currently under construction by Hodges & Hicks Contractors, The Walker School’s new 47,000-square-foot building will be the home of the school’s middle and upper school science and technology programs in fall 2018.  Designed by architect Mike Mascheri with Chapman Coyle Chapman, the facility includes four middle school science labs, three full-size VEX robotics courts for middle and…

Pets and Their Mess

 Article Jason Wyant  Being in the cleaning business, a lot of people ask us how to keep their homes clean when they have pets.  Our pets can be our best friends and even family members, but they’re not good at picking up after themselves or even keeping their smells confined to themselves.  At Maid Right, we know one of the…

Places to Bark About

 Article and Photography Flavia Teles  Perk-N-Pooch: Dog Wash & Coffee Shop    Grooming is something dogs cannot do by themselves. They rely on your help for good hygiene to stay healthy and happy. Along with coat and skin care, dental, nail and ear care are just as essential to prevent unwelcome infections and illnesses. Certain breeds with long or dense coats require…

Five Kids Who Love School

 Article and Photography Christy Duncan  It’s that time again…our kids are back in school! New teachers, new supplies, new friends, new clothes and maybe even a new school.  Every year parents spend weeks planning schedules, buying supplies and preparing their kids for another successful year of school.  Kids on the other hand may be feeling a little sad to see…

Play the Part

What You Need to Create Unique Play Areas Perfect for Your Kiddos’ Unique Interests Nicolette Martin What do you want to be when you grow up? It’s a question we were all asked as kids—one that was so innocently answered with whatever our obsession of the week was. Maybe today your child wants to be … Continued

Summer Hot Spots 2018: Vinings Edition

 Article and Photography Flavia Teles  Summer brings warmer weather, longer days and (hopefully) more time off to enjoy the great outdoors. Vinings Lifestyle has hand-picked four distinctive, highly enjoyable and most definitely picturesque destinations worth penciling into your activity calendar. Now slather on the sunscreen and get out there!  Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area

Top Chillin’ Spots

 Article and Photography Lila Campbell  Summertime is the season for sipping drinks and savoring bites on the patio with friends. With so many options in Vinings, we've narrowed it down to five of our favorite spots to enjoy these warm summer months — whether you're looking to grab a beer on a pup-friendly patio, a romantic dinner on the riverbank…

Savory Seafood and Sultry Sips

 Article and Photography The Public House at Vinings  Chef Brian Lee draws on his vast coast to coast experience – with elements from California to Georgia – to bring fresh, balanced and beautiful food to the Hotel Indigo's restaurant, The Public House at Vinings. Below he shares the recipe to their most popular lunch item, the Georgia Shrimp BLT wrap, and…

Punch Bowl Social Atlanta

 Photography Courtesy of Punch Bowl Social  Punch Bowl Social Atlanta is a 25,000-square-foot restaurant, bar and entertainment destination in The Battery Atlanta. Gather friends for a big night out complete with made-from-scratch dishes, craft beverages and social activities such as shuffleboard, pingpong, classic video games, bowling, virtual reality and Skee-Ball. Punch Bowl Social offers a high-integrity culinary program and craveable, diner-inspired menu created by culinary…

Gabriel + His Dad, Ty

 Article Lila Campbell  Running  Soccer

High-performance-driven

 Article Flavia Teles | Photography Donna Permell  Zach + His Car  Maserati

Dude Food

Whether You’re Cooking for One or Cooking for Many, These Easy Dishes are Sure to Impress Anyone Gathered at Your Kitchen Table Article Nicolette Martin FRIED CHICKEN SANDWICH WITH JALAPEÑO SLAW   INGREDIENTS (SANDWICH) 1 cup all-purpose flour 1/2 teaspoon ground paprika 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder Cayenne pepper, to taste Boneless, skinless chicken breasts Vegetable … Continued

Mr. Mover & Shaker

 Article Joy Conaway | Photography Donna Permell  Jason Young, Branch Manager, Delta Community Credit Union (Vinings)  Jason Young is the newest branch manager in the Vinings area for Delta Community Credit Union, which opened its 24th branch location in the metro Atlanta/Vinings area. He attended and graduated from South Cobb High School in Austell and Georgia State University with a…

Women with a Purpose & Impact

 Article Joy Conaway | Photography Lila Campbell  Mrs. Front Porch of Vinings  Lisa Rieves

A Painter’s Paradise

 Article and Photography  Vinings is known for its quaint village feel, close-knit neighbors and gorgeous homes full of history mixed with modern upgrades. The home of Caleb and Jean Dortch is nestled in the heart of the village and has a unique art studio attached to their garage. Jean has spent the last 15 years painting in her basement and…

DIY Duotone Statement Earrings

Shake up your jewelry box with these handmade geometric earrings— perfect for yourself or as a gift for your best ladies Article and Photography Nicolette Martin Piece by Piece Use both your bent nose forceps and needle nose pliers to secure each end of the jump ring. Gently twist the jump ring to open the … Continued

Explore Vinings, No Car Needed

No car needed! Millennials like Danielle Collins and empty-nesters alike are migrating to Vinings for the affordable and active lifestyle it offers. From fitness to fashion to farm-to-table options, it is no surprise Money magazine recently named Vinings as one of the best places in the country to live!

The Sustainable Garden at The Lovett School

The Lovett School is ahead of the curve compared to other sustainable garden school programs. It offers an immersive learning experience, where high school students learn botany and horticulture directly from the school garden, greenhouse and by traveling abroad to Siempre Verde, a pristine 825-acre cloud forest property and research center owned by the school in Ecuador.

Restoring Dignity to People’s Lives

The remarkable extent of Must Ministries accomplishments serving thousands of people in crisis in Marietta, Smyrna and Canton started small in 1971. Since then, generations of leadership, volunteers and donors turned Must’s all-inclusive “wraparound services” into the top-rated organization it is today. 

Seasonal Eating and Spring

The awareness of seasonal eating continues to increase in popularity. Why? Many individuals and families are beginning to appreciate several health benefits which come from consuming produce during its active growth season. Benefits include:

Modernizing the Midcentury Ranch

A 1960s ranch renovation modernized for today’s ideal living. In general, this style of home presents the same challenges as it did in the '60s: compartmentalized living spaces, small bathrooms and closets, limited storage space, and carports as opposed to a garage. The renovation at 436 Concord Road tackled each of these challenges in a unique and modern way.

Rock Climbing at the Moynihans Home

My kids got interested in rock climbing so I took it upon myself to share their passion and construct a climbing feature on the sidewall of our home. Safety was the obvious focus, so the initial step was to double up on the rope holds and purchase high-end carabiners for the rope set, allowing for rappelling. These were secured through the brick…

Porch Light Latin Kitchen’s Trifongo

Porch Light Latin Kitchen, 300 Village Green Circle SE, #110, Smyrna, GA 30080 | For reservations, call 678.309.9858.

Treating Windows

Contemplating a new look for your windows this new year? Be it for privacy, light blocking, heat control or soundproofing, Atlanta Custom Interiors’ award-winning certified custom window treatment expert, Stacie Kennedy, imparts her know-how on the latest up-to-date styles for 2018.

Furniture Renaissance

Since 2012, Betsy DiGorgio has been steering all her focus to The Bird & The Bee's exceptional quality of work in furniture and cabinetry restoration. By her own admission, turning things pretty helps her mental health.

Live! at the Battery Atlanta has Three Hot Spots

Live! at the Battery Atlanta includes 30,000 square feet of space featuring three iconic concepts that extend into the Battery plazas for larger festivals and events. Live! at the Battery Atlanta is designed by the internationally acclaimed Jeffrey Beers and Associates and features three venues: Sports & Social, Todd English Tavern and PBR Atlanta.

Open House on Crestview Drive

As a goal in each of our houses, we strive to create warmth. For example, if, during an open house, we overhear a potential buyer's comment regarding how inviting the home is, we secretly give each other a congratulatory high-five. Comments such as these tell us that we have achieved our goal for that particular project: to create a warm…

An Artwork’s Hallmark

Merit award-winning artist and Atlanta native Teri Levine discusses her prolific career and shares with Vinings Lifestyle her experiences and insights on being an accomplished artist.

It’s a New Year and Time to Put a New Spin on Your Workout!

It’s always exciting when the holidays are behind us, and January comes around with a sense of purpose and all the excitement of a new year. This is traditionally the time when many people start something new. Quite often, goals are set to become a healthier, more fit version of yourself. Lucky for you, Smyrna and Vinings are all up…

Star Fruit Shrimp

International chef Joni Dennis loves to entertain her friends. What she doesn’t love is spending hours in the kitchen when friends come to visit. She is the quintessential queen of creating meals with ease and lightning speed.

Healthy Hearts are My Passion

“I always knew I wanted to be a doctor. My mom was a nurse, so she exposed me to health care from an early age. In medical school, I fell in love with the heart.”

Winter Traditions

It’s holiday season and Americans are preparing to celebrate their winter traditions by gathering with family and friends, eating good food and enjoy the gifts of giving. As my family and I began unpacking our delicate Christmas ornaments and decorations to trim the tree and deck the halls, our neighbors were getting ready for Hanukkah and families across town were preparing…

Decoding the Holidays

‘Tis the season to be jolly, right? That is, until party season starts and we all have to not only find the time to pick the perfect outfit for our annual holiday shindigs, but we have to figure out what in the world to wear. Among office parties, ornament exchanges, Christmas cocktails at the neighbors, family dinners and more, the…

One Smart Cookie


“I love these cookies! 'How The Grinch Stole Christmas' is one of my favorite Christmas movies, so this cookie is the perfect recipe to share," Ansleigh Brown says. "It is simple to make, and the cookies turn out adorable; they really do look like a little Grinch belly … when his heart was two sizes too small!” 

Out of the Kitchen

Vinings Lifestyle (VL) sat down with Los Bravos owner Max Angel (MA) and got the inside scoop on one of Smyrna’s favorite Mexican restaurants.

Some of Smyrna & Vinings Lifestyle’s Best Thanksgiving Traditions

"Holidays are a special time for our family. Our love of good food, family fun and games are moments quite treasured. We keep the food pretty traditional—the mac 'n cheese being the biggest hit with the kiddos of course, with about six cheeses included in the recipe. The adult favorite is our family’s oyster dressing recipe loaded with peppers, onions,…

A Perfect Pairing

Autumn is finally here, which means soup season is too. It’s the perfect time to cozy up to a delightful butternut squash soup and wine. Enjoy this fall soup and wine pairing by 101 Steak in their patio dining area.  

Mercedes-Benz Stadium

Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta’s newest sports and entertainment venue, is taking fan and guest experiences to incredible new heights. This iconic building is a game changer, setting new standards for multipurpose stadium designs. The stadium is designed with the fans in mind for the ultimate game day experience.

Stay Up Close and Personal with Your Favorite Sports with Phone Apps!

Do you love sports, but hate crowds? Do work and personal events keep you from watching your favorite teams? Don’t fret. The days of agonizing about missing a big game or sporting event are over. There is sure to be an app that you can install on your smartphone that will keep you abreast of what is happening. If you’re…

DDP Yoga Performance Center

If you could train like an MMA fighter, sweat like an NFL player, grind like an Olympic champion and stretch like a world-renowned yoga trainer, would you opt in? Diamond Dallas Page put his imagination to the test and produced one of the most successful workout programs in the world: DDP Yoga, a workout that's suitable for all of the…

Smyrna Rotarian Travels to India to Fight Polio

The horrors of polio used to be global. America’s most famous victim was President Franklin D. Roosevelt. But now it’s been eliminated in all but three countries: Pakistan, Afghanistan and Nigeria. India is off the list. While India’s last case was in 2014, 167 million children under age 5 are vaccinated every year to prevent another outbreak.

WellStar – Vinings Health Park

Vinings Health Park's doors will be open to the public on September 11. This state-of-the-art health care facility is conveniently located at 4441 Atlanta Road SE, in Smyrna, right across from the West Village. WellStar has a pulse on the community and is committed to delivering stellar healthcare services to anyone in this community.

Peace of Mind, Tax Relief and Protection

L
et’s face it, no one opens their mailbox hoping to see a love letter from the IRS, how they’d love to audit your business, love to collect extra taxes on your estate or they’d love to watch you prove that you don’t owe them as much as they say you do, but it happens. Every day, businesses are blindsided by…

Whitefield Academy: Celebrating 20 Years

Smyrna’s Whitefield Academy is proudly celebrating its 20th anniversary. In August 1997, Whitefield opened its doors for the first time to 94 pioneer students in grades six through 12. But there is much more to the Whitefield story than just gathering together a group of students, a few desks and a couple of teachers and calling themselves a Christian school.

The Ritz-Carlton, Reynolds Lake Oconee

Enjoy the last bit of summer at the lake bonding with your family before school begins. The Ritz-Carlton Reynolds, Lake Oconee has something for every member of the family. This luxury resort is only 89 miles from Vinings, which makes this quick getaway a pleasant drive for both parents and kids.

Lunch Box SOS

Rinsing grapes before storing them in the refrigerator accelerates their decay. Stick to washing these sweet juicy globes at packing time and not before.

Starry Night

Stargazing is an activity that can range from romantic for couples, to curiously fantastic for families. Whether as a family or as a couple, the best part about looking to the skies is the wonders of the universe are closer than you think. Turn off the lights in your home and step out to the backyard; the stars are putting…