A 2017 Gift Guide (and a Great Idea)

I LOVE giving gifts. I love remembering brands people like, listening for what they say they need, and even wrapping gifts. But I may not be such a good gift receiver. My taste is super specific and usually I just buy stuff for myself. My Lead Life Adviser and Chief Happiness Engineer, Sean Shamloufar had the best idea for next Christmas, and just gift giving in general. Throughout the year, you and whomever else will write down things they think of that they wouldn't mind receiving as gifts and drop the paper into a jar (along with the pertinent info and price range). At the end of the year you have an entire collection of ideas for gifts! Plus it's way less impersonal just than just handing someone a list of wants mid-November. You'll be covered for birthdays, anniversaries, and ready for surprises! Win-win right? He's genius. 

But alas, if you are at a loss for what to get for a lucky lady in your life here are few ideas: 

1. A delicate boobie necklace, cause she appreciates them too. 

2. Date night with a tattoo appointment. Liberty and Memorial are both good in Atlanta. 

3. A blacked-out pair of the shoes she'll wear until the soles crumble. 

4. A blue chambray weighted blanket, because it's backed by science and comes in a pretty fabric. 

5. Anything from Sezene. ANYTHING. Especially the shoes. 

6. Certificates for a treatment or two to a hip salon in Old Forth Ward

7. Hugs. 

Two pups, a Yeti cooler, and tons of sand.

After escaping from a forrest fire (aka summer semester at Kennesaw State) and with both of us just ailed by general work craziness we figured it was time to get out of dodge. You really can't beat a short drive down to Grayton, Seaside, and Rosemary beach even with 2 pups farting up the car. What awaits down there is a magical land of turquoise seas, grapefruit mojitos, and all the peel-and-eat shrimp you could want. 

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We stayed in a condo directly across from the Red Bar, which initially I thought we'd end up at most nights but we were much more content to sit on our balcony and watch the hordes of people pour into the bar each day. We did however, make daily trips down the road to the square at Seaside, these trips usually went a little something like this: 

Step 1: Drinks and oysters at Great Southern Cafe

Step 2: Stop by The Melted grilled cheese food truck for an after-oysters-pre meal-snack 

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Step 3: Grab a seat on the deck at Bud & Alleys for more cocktails, peel-and-eat shrimp (have I mentioned these yet?) and smoked tuna dip. 

Definitely hit up the fancy places but PS-just go for drinks and atmosphere. 

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It was quite the perfect getaway, wouldn't change a thing. Oh and, during shrimp and tuna breaks we did manage to get in the ocean. More pics in the gallery below, if you're interested.