After having moved to Atlanta last December, I’ve been completely spoiled by having good live music available to me everyday of the week.  Of all the shows I’ve seen this past year, there are some that really stick out; New Year’s Eve with Gentleman Jesse and His Men at 529, and Paul Collins at the Earl to name a couple…..

Now, to go on my list of favorite shows in Atlanta this year is last Monday’s show at the Earl with Titus Andronicus, Free Energy, and local Atlanta band, Turf War.  Every one sounded awesome and had really great, uh, energy.  The highlight of the show was when Free Energy and Titus Andronicus covered Bruce Springsteen’s ‘I’m Goin’ Down’ and Turf War jumped up on stage to chime in.  Everyone loves the Boss…

TURF WAR

FREE ENERGY

TITUS ANDRONICUS

Fall is my favorite.  Everything about it makes me wish I was a kindergarten teacher just so I can wear candy corn jewelry, a “spooky” knitted vest, and maybe this……..

Pumpkin Hat (duh)

…or maybe this:

Sodium Nitrate

OK, that’s all.

Founder of Unique LA, Sonja Rasula

Unique L.A. is quickly becoming the mecca of trade shows for both lover and maker of local, independent artwork, goods, and clothing.  It’s a two-day event happening Dec. 11th and 12th where visitors pay $10 at the door and get to shop from a huge variety of innovative designers and craftsmen (not to mention you get free drinks, and you get a sweet tote bag).  I REALLY want to go this year…….however, I’ve heard that the founder, Sonja Rasula, is working on bringing the market to Atlanta soon, which would be totally tubular (they say that in Cali).  It’d be a great venue for the South, in more ways than one with Unique L.A.‘s “consumerism counts” philosophy.  Not only does it boost local economy by selling goods made only in the US, but they also donate a portion of their sales to a different non-profit organization each show.  What’s not to love?  If any of you have ever attended this event, let me know!  I’d like to hear about it.

Just a few examples of last season’s vendors:

False Start; indepependent book and zines

LOOMLAB

Yellow Wallpaper

Yokoo is a local Atlanta designer who specializes in oversized cowls and knitted rope scarves.  She’s been around on Etsy since 2007, and keeps pumping out grotesquely huge scarves year round.  I think I may have to get one this year (even though it may be until mid-February that I can actually wear it without looking like a complete lunatic…)  Looks like she’s branched out to tees and bags too.  Check it.

I stumbled upon this sweet gem yesterday, and I’ve already started constructing mission: “Get Someone to Buy Me One of These for My Birthday” (why be vague?).  I rarely find stone jewelry that doesn’t come off as totally granola, so this is exciting!  Irregular, vibrant stones combined with the symmetrical, clean lines of silver and gold make these just darn lovely.

Stone&Honey

A few months ago I was on a rampage to find some new and interesting online boutiques.  I’m always desperate for new, and interesting clothing designs that aren’t too young and aren’t too stuffy….

I found this awesome online boutique called Kind and they have some really great, eco-friendly clothing.  As you may have already guessed from the title, the philosophy of the boutique is to promote earth and animal friendly products.

I bought this pair of shoes from here and I freaking love them!  Super comfy, and you don’t lose any of the luxury (like you might with some other leather alternatives).    

They even have a pretty decent Vintage section (with sizes that aren’t completely elfin!), and the customer service is awesome.  When I emailed some questions about the design and quality of the shoes, and I got a response within a few hours.  Pretty awesome.

1.  associated with the country, region, or circumstances of a person’s birth

2 (of a plant or animal) of indigenous origin or growth

3 (of a quality) belonging to a person’s character from birth rather than acquired; innate

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