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The second day of the trip was a lot more simple. We didn’t have much of a plan and while we should have gone to the World of Coca-Cola or the Centennial Olympic Park, I am not your typical tourist. I wanted to shop where the locals shop. I have been a follower of Red Clay Soul for years and had to make a stop into a few stores he had mentioned.
We started the day off with a light walk around the Lenox Square Mall and stopped in Vineyard Vines to see what was in stock. With my new love for “performance” polos, I had my eyes set on a pink and blue one. After finding out they didn’t have my size in stock, I went with my second choice of the green and navy.
We met up with Elias, from Stay Crispy, My Friends, and were off to West Side Provisions District to eat at JCT Kitchen. With a lineup of true southern food, I decided to go with the fried chicken and collard greens (a selection many of the Southern Proper girls recommended). Once the food was on the table and a few pictures were taken (I have become the person I used to hate), we devoured our food and shared very few words between bites. I still have dreams about that fried chicken.
After lunch, was a quick walk to check out a few stores in the area including Billy Reid and Steven Alan. My heart was set on stopping in Sid Mashburn, where I knew I would spend my allowance that I had made for myself. I had made an appointment a few days and was excited to meet Randall, who would be my stylist for the afternoon. We discussed my style and immediately he started pulling items from the racks and showing me the new items and pairing items together. I soon realized that I had a lot to learn from this man. I tried a few items on and immediately fell in love. While I did not walk away from the store with what I had intended, I did walk away with some great items that I can’t wait to wear.
We hopped in a Uber and were off to see Onward Reserve where we would meet a few people from the team and discuss the store and its growth. If I could have bought the entire store, I would have. Animal mounts and all. This store can’t get any better. From the products, to the store, to the staff, everything was perfect. TJ knows exactly what he is doing.
We thought we would hit up the Goodwill in Buckhead to see if we could find any great deals. The only thing I walked away with was a dress shirt from Ike Behar (I smell a future post) and some tired and worn out feet. After a long day of shopping, we headed back to the hotel to rest up, change and grab some dinner.
From dinner, we walked to the St. Regis Hotel to have drinks with Emmie Howard from Southern Proper and her husband, Tommy at Atlas. Over a few drinks, we shared great conversation from politics and college sports to “redneckery” and our great states. Emmie and her husband treated so well over the weekend and I can not thank them enough. The conversation was not about our furthering our endeavors, but building a great relationship with great people.
The next morning we headed off to the airport and flew back to the great state of Texas. I will always remember this trip from meeting new friends and creating great relationships, to eating great food and spending money on some great items. Again, thank you so much to the SoPro team for everything!
Enough of me, enjoy the pictures: