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“There are women who make things better... simply by showing up. There are women who make things happen. There are women who make their way. There are women who make a difference. And women who make us smile. There are women of wit and wisdom who- through strength and courage- make it through. There are women who change the world everyday... Women like you.� ASHLEY RICE

index A Chat With... An incredible story of Sarah Addison’s journey to overcome breast cancer while busy preparing to welcome a beautiful baby boy. This first time mother-to-be is an inspiration and we feel so lucky to have the opportunity to share her life with our readers.

City Guide // Atlanta The only tool you’ll need for a the perfect weekend in Atlanta. Nicole Melvin takes on an insider tour and let’s us in on some of the city’s best kept secrets. This personalized, step by step weekend itinerary keeps you happily busy (and very well fed) while getting a taste of Atlanta’s history and culture.

Snapshot of a Stylist We were so grateful to have the chance to sit down with the lady behind all those beautiful looks we love. Mara Ferreira gives us the inside scoop into her styling inspirations and offers great advice for those of you looking those of you looking to grow your fashion career.

Vintage Love A beautifully styled shoot that we just had to share. Full of personal touches and handmade treasures, these images are sure to inspire many of you brides-to-be and will absolutely keep us aspiring to creating flawless events such as this...





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Fashion Blogger Spotlight


DIY // Infinity Scarf


Getting to know...


Recipe of the Month // Cranberry Apple Tart

These five lovely ladies give us some insight on staying fashionable in the cooler weather. No matter where you live, these tips will help you master the fall and winter season without having to start over with your wardrobe. We are so excited to welcome Abbey, Alicia, Christine, Jessie and Randa to the Poppy family! A quick and easy DIY project for fall fashion inspiration. An easy weekend activity that allows to you customize and personalize your very own infinity scarf. Enjoy creating a one of a kind piece to mix with your fall and winter wardrobe.

Designer, blogger and entrepreneur Allie Lehman shares her story with Lindsay. Allie tells us all about how she got started and about her goals for the future. The perfect conversation for all you upcoming bloggers and aspiring business maivens...Read on to learn some tricks of the trade and helpful advice! Beautiful and delicious, this stunning tart is the perfect addition to your Thanksgiving feast! Not as tricky as it looks, you will be amazed at how this little number comes together to perfectly compliment cozy fall gatherings and a steaming mug of warm apple cider...

the crew Lindsay Boland Editor-in-Chief Mackenzie Clarke Art Director Hilary Walker Features Editor Hannah Pobar Senior Lifestyle Editor Sara Neely Fashion Editor Kory Woodward Assistant to the Editor-in-Chief Katie Compton Fashion Assistant Brooke Tollison Lifestyle Editor Kaytee Dunnavant Lifestyle Editor Emily Finta Graphic Designer

on the cover Wardrobe // Gala Viewing Striped Dress, Country Bound Scarf, Autumn Breeze Floppy Hat, Berry Delights Earrings, Sienna Roads Crossbody Tassle Bag Photography // Stephanie Williams Hair and Makeup // KC Witkamp Vintage Rentals // Found Vintage Location // Condors Nest & Vail Ranch

letter from the editor People always say that good things come in threes. Well, here we are, publishing the third issue of Poppy Magazine! I find that writing these letters provides me with the opportunity to reflect, not only on the hard work that goes into each issue, but on the love the magazine gets in return. As I think about the past year, it’s hard to believe that Poppy was born just ten short months ago, and that our team came together shortly after. And while it’s good to reflect on the past, it’s also important to look forward and fight for the future. Publishing during Breast Cancer Awareness Month has given us a fantastic opportunity to share the story of someone who is doing just that- fighting for her future. But Sarah Addison isn’t doing it alone: she is fighting for her son’s future as well. Battling breast cancer while pregnant, Sarah has become a huge source of inspiration and has chosen to share her journey and incredible words of wisdom with us. I think I can speak for everyone at Poppy when I say that we are so pleased to be able to share this powerful issue with you all. Preventing breast cancer is easy, but helping in the fight against breast cancer is even easier. Head over to the Lindsay Loves column to see products whose proceeds help fund breast cancer research. And, while you are at it, visit Sarah’s GoFundMe page, where you can help her with her medical bills, and ultimately, with her fight.

Battling Breast Cancer

Tell me about yourself before you were diagnosed with breast cancer? Before diagnosed with breast cancer, I was just like any other 25 year old. My husband and I recently relocated from Nashville to Denver, and we were having a blast exploring our new home city. Of course our lifestyle changed a little bit when I found out I was pregnant, but it didn’t change drastically until the diagnosis of my breast cancer. How has being diagnosed with breast cancer impacted your outlook on life? It’s certainly given me a wakeup call—I used to be very high strung and worry about the little things, but when you’re faced with a serious diagnosis like cancer your priorities seem to realign on their own. I’ve taken time to focus on every single minute with my husband, because for the first time I had a real reality check about my own mortality. When 20 somethings take wedding vows, I think most of us assume the “sickness and in health” will be more like 60 years down the road, instead of 25. How were you diagnosed/how did you find out that you had breast cancer?

I was diagnosed on August 6th, the morning of our

large number of women with no family history are diag-

gender ultrasound, and at 19 weeks pregnant. We weren’t

nosed. Chemotherapy is safe to do during pregnancy. Of

supposed to find the results of my biopsy for another

course, there are many different types of chemotherapy,

couple days, so my husband and I were completely caught

with some not being safe for pregnancy. But there are

off guard.

kinds that are safe, and you can carry on a healthy pregnancy while treating your cancer at the same time.

What were your initial thoughts when you found out? Dumbfounded. When I was going through the ultrasound, mammogram, and biopsy, I assumed there was no way it could actually be cancerous. I was 25 years old, healthy, and have no family history of breast cancer; a very unlikely case. It took a minute for my husband & I to realize why we were being met with a High Risk OB at our ultrasound, and we immediately assumed there was something wrong with the baby. Luckily the baby was perfect, but the doctor was there to discuss treatment plans and effects that it could have on my pregnancy. The unique thing about your story is that not only are

Is there anything you would like to tell women about

you battling breast cancer, but you are pregnant. How

being precautious and making sure they have regular

far along are you? Does the fact that you are pregnant


motivate you to fight harder? As your son grows up, what are you most excited to tell him about your journey?

It’s important for young women to be aware of their bodies. I knew something wasn’t right and brought it up to my

Being pregnant definitely changes how I look at this

doctor. There isn’t currently protocol in place for women

diagnosis. At first I struggled with the notion that I was

under 40 to receive regular mammograms, so bringing it

growing something so horrible (tumor) and so wonderful

up to your doctor and having her believe there is probable

(baby) at the same time in my body. Right now I’m 27

cause is your best course of action. If the doctor believes

weeks along, and our due date is December 31st. The

there is a reason to be concerned, they can order you a

pregnancy is a huge motivator for my own health, I want

mammogram. So being familiar with your body and know

to be there for my son and ensure that he grows up with

what’s different/new is so important.

a healthy mom. I’m taking the most aggressive treatments possible to make sure I can get this cancer out of my body

How long have you been seeking treatment? How long do

and we won’t have to worry about it once he’s born. After

you have left?

going through chemo and several surgeries, he’s quite the warrior—and I can’t wait to tell him how proud I am that he

I’ve had 3 rounds of AC chemotherapy, and I have one

made it through safely.

more left pre-baby on October 15th. After my chemo is done I’ll have a double mastectomy in mid-November.

What are three things that you would like to tell women

Following the birth of our son I’ll have 8 more weeks of

about breast cancer that they might not know?

chemo and two more surgeries. We should be done with active treatment around April of 2013.

Cancer doesn’t discriminate on age, breast cancer is being diagnosed more and more in young women (<40). Family history isn’t an end-all in your possible diagnosis, a

Copy // Lindsay Boland

Lindsay Loves

Kohl’s Cares // Elle Lilac And Jasmine Candle

Tory Burch //Dawn Tee

All products benefit breast cancer research Sephora Collection // Breast Cancer Awareness Lookin’ Flawless Brush Set

Essie // Breast Cancer Awareness Collection in ‘I Am Strong’

Kohl’s Cares // Elle Thermal Travel Mug Vera Bradley // Silk Scarf in Ribbons

Very Victorian Black and Berry Lace Dress // D&G Dolce & Gabbana

Lace Top // Joseph

Metallic brocade shorts // RED Valentino Victorian Flowers // Dr. Martens Rawalas lace-trimmed stretch bodysuit // By Malene Birger

Just because Victorian-inspired pieces graced fall’s runway doesn’t mean you have to cover your entire body in fabric… unless it’s approaching freezing, that is. You can keep some of your spring/summer lace for now, but if you’re looking for a change, add lace-up boots, costume jewelry, and brocade patterns into the mix. Try lace in a fall color like oxblood and be twice as trendy! Cosmopolitan brocade tulip mini skirt // Vivienne Westwood Anglomania Black Sheer Blouse // McQ Alexander McQueen

Victorian Collar Necklace // TopShop

Victorian Diamond Ring // TopShop

1042 Open-Toe

Brocade Skirt // Marco Bologna

Bootie // Charles Albert Red Brocade Flocking Jeans // J Brand Jeans


You don’t have to let summer go just yet! Red is an “it” color for fall, but why not extend the spectrum a little and add in shades of pink and purple? Strawberries are no more in season than blueberries or raspberries anyway. Pair these berry hues with studs and leather for a look that’s decidedly feminine with an edge.

Blue Swarovski Crystals Headband // Colana

Oxblood shootie // FLARE x

New York Cobble Hill Minka Hobo // Kate Spade Debbie stretch silk-blend dress // Alice + Olivia Hayworth Shirt Dress // All Saints

Deba Platform Pump // Vince Camuto

Oxblood Patent Satchel // Cambridge Satchel Company Exclusive To ASOS

Oxblood Leather Jacket // All Saints Eggplant Velvet Hutton Blazer // Rachel Zoe

Ruby-Amethyst Combo Leather Clutch // Emilio Pucci

Green flared dress // Dorothy Perkins Hinged Bangle // Vince Camuto

Micha Tote // Vince Camuto

Murphy // Pour La Victoire

Snakeskin Trim Peep Toe Sandals // Bottega Veneta

Overlapped Side Seam Tee // 3.1 Phillip Lim

Lucy Cross Body // Botkier

Berry Blend

Stretch-crepe skirt // Diane von Furstenberg

Mini heart //

Crinkle in Time Scarf in Berry // Modcloth

Lucille cotton-blend dress // Acne

Dark Berry Embellished Pullover // Schumacher

Fame Heels // Juicy Couture

Winter Berry Stretch Satin

You don’t have to let summer go just yet! Red is an “it”

Pants // Steffen Schraut

color for fall, but why not extend the spectrum a little and add in shades of pink and purple? Strawberries are no more in season than blueberries or raspberries anyway. Pair these berry hues with studs and leather for a look that’s decidedly feminine with an edge.

Berry Cap Sleeve Bandage Dress // Herve Leger Boston Pumps // DV Color-block leather wallet // Reed Krakoff

Red Agate Necklace // Kenneth Jay Lane

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Material Girl

Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t put away your sequins just yet! The holidays are the perfect time to stand out from the crowd, and this seasonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s trends will have you lusting over more shiny objects than sequins alone. Shimmy into shiny sheaths made of metallic fabrics with bold brocades, accessorize with super-sharp studs, and keep your sequins around for another season!

Metallic shirt dress // BCBGMAXAZRIA

Petite Metallic Mini Dress // TopShop

Sequined silk-crepe dress // J.Crew

Metallic Pumps by Marc // Marc Jacobs

Asymmetric studded jersey top // Michael Michael Kors Pauletta metallic sequin-embellished silk dress // Diane von Furstenberg

Dress // Lei Asymmetric

Metallic Bronze Shorts // TopShop

Slouchy Rhinestone Clutch // BP

Metallic bandage skirt // Herve Leger

High waisted volume skirt // MSGM

Moccasins // Penelope

Wiley Dress // Velvet

Stone and Stud Pyramid Stretch Bracelet // Vince Camuto

Victorian Chain Belt // McQ by Alexander McQueen

Studded Biker

Studded Bag //

Jacket // TopShop

Vince Camuto

Biscane Pumps // Vince Camuto

Distressed Lace-Up Combat Boot // Charlotte Ronson

RipPac Utility Jacket // Eddie Bauer Jenny Studded Skinny Belt // Elegantly Waisted

Oversized Grey Top // Helmut Lang

Studded Lace Up Boot // Ash Ralf

Pleated Leather Skirt // LeatherCult

TOUGH LOVE Fall brings a dramatic shift from the pastels and lace of spring and summer. Your

go-to pieces for fall should be made of leather. We’re not just talking leather jackets, but leather pants, leggings, dresses, skirts, and accessories! To add some contrast to the sheen of leather, make sure to have some military-inspired pieces to create a look that’s tailored and shows you’re not to be messed with.

district dress up about abbey I started District Dress Up as a way to connect with a culture surrounding an unfamiliar city. I moved to Washington, D.C. from New Orleans more than a year ago and was searching for ways to meet people, share my fashion fancies, and have some fun! My blog follows my “dressed up” personal style while merging my love of fashion with the historical beauty of our nation’s capital in a way that is unexpected, given its political reputation.

how do you keep warm and stay stylish as the temperature drops? Incorporating thick, textured fabrics into your look is an easy way to stay warm while looking chic as we move into the winter months. My fabric of choice this season is leather. One of my favorite pieces is a pleated leather skirt. I paired mine with a structured peplum jacket and accessorized with long-leather gloves and a vibrant bag. Swap out pumps for a pair of boots and add a kneelength, jewel-tone coat and this look can transition from a cute fall-look into a chic-winter ensemble.

what she’s wearing: Skirt – Forever21, Top/Jacket – ASOS, Leather Gloves – Vintage, Bracelet – Vintage, Bag – 3.1 Phillip Lim, Sun Glasses – Ray Bans, Tights – Hanes Hosiery, Pumps – Pour La Victoire, Belt – Cole Haan

alicia fashionista about alicia Vancouver based Alicia Quan is the smiling face of the fashion + lifestyle blog She is best known for her relatable, West Coast-Chic style, love for photography, and genuine approach to blogging.

how do you stay stylish as the temperature drops? For a smooth transition into fall, I love to pair some of my favourite summer pieces with sweaters and layers. This ensures that I get the most wear out of the items in my closet and often adds a little colour to classic autumn hues. The perfect way to stay warm, while still looking stylish and well put together!

what she’s wearing: Hat – Urban Outfitters, Sweater – ModCloth, Blouse – Plum, Coral BB Dakota Denim – Muse Social House, Shoes – Nine West, Bag – Front and Company, Nixon Watch – Borrowed

Fash n Chips about christine: I live in the Netherlands and while working as a stylist I one day decided to start a blog, just for fun. At first I intended for this blog to be a creative outlet and a place where I could share my passion for fashion and film, but somehow it grew into a bit of a personal style blog and it's now taking up so much of my time I guess I can say I have 2 jobs at the moment. I've always had an interest in fashion, film and photography and I love that I can spend pretty much all my time on these things now. Besides this I also love travelling, especially to the UK, my favourite place in the world. And I really enjoy (watching) sports. I am a big fan of football (soccer) and tennis.

how do you keep warm and stay stylish as the temperature drops? When summer is over and temperature drops I tend to start layering a lot. I will, for example, wear a basic tee or sweatshirt with a blazer or a cardigan and wear a big coat or parka over that. I also love wearing huge, warm scarves and tend to feel naked without those. I always have the hardest time keeping my feet stylish and warm at the same time during cold winters, but over the last few years I've often been wearing sheepskin insoles in my shoes, which really are fantastic.

what she’s wearing: Military Coat – Uniqlo, Random Old Cardigan (designer unknown), T-shirt – Girlfriends Material, Scarf – H&M (old), Black Jeans – Massimo Dutti, Boots – Isabel Marant, Bag – Marc by Marc Jacobs, Ring – YSL, Sunglasses – Ray-Ban.

Seams for a Desire about jessie: I'm Jessie from Málaga, Spain. I studied Psychology at the University of Málaga and have considered getting a Masters in Human Resources. I would love to study something related to fashion (this is my dream!), but the situation exists today where I have to pursue a career with more outputs. Fashion encompasses a world where it is difficult to rise and reach success. On my blog, Seams for a Desire, I share my taste, personal style, and how I combine the lastest trends with my wardrobe; I never get rid of my clothes! I also give some beauty tips and I do videos about make-up and hairdos.

how do you keep warm and stay stylish as the temperature drops? I think that the last days of summer and the beginning of the autumn are the hardest days cause it's difficult to deal with the weather and with our feeling against too cold! I am lover of capes and I think is a very chic option to stay warm enough in winter! I also love maxi cardigans and sweaters combined with skinny jeans or mini skirts. My favourite accessories for fall and winter are faux-fur scarfs and hats. It's also a good occasion to wear dresses combined with a parka, boots and no tights!! Needless to say that a biker is a must have in the closet!

what she’s wearing: Cape – Jessie’s Own Design, Sweater – H&M, Shirt – Massimo Dutti, Jeans – Bershka, Booties – Zara, Scarf – H&M, Bag – Zara, Sunglasses – Mango, Bracelet "fork" – Link&Love, Bracelet – Bershka

what she’s wearing: Oak + Fort sweater and vest - Club Monaco jeans - Sam Edelman heels Alexander Wang bag - LinzGutz bracelet Aldo rings| Necklace found at garage sale - O.P.I “uhoh roll down

about randa: I have been a blogger for the past 5 years however it was never my main act until 1 year ago. After graduating from my fashion marketing and management program at the Art Institute of Vancouver I spent my years as a Stylist, Stylist Assistant, Production Manager, Backstage Coordinator, Visual Merchandiser & Retail Manager. I currently work as a fulltime Artist creating I See Noise Prints and love every

the window” polish

minute of it!


how do you stay stylish as the temperature drops?

Leonie of The Signature Bow

I’m a firm believer that if you believe in your individual style and embrace it as a part of you that you love, you can always stay stylish no matter what the temperature, or occasion for that matter! Now that I’m transitioning from summer to fall outfits I’m keeping it easy with layers. By taking a lightweight long sleeve and pairing it with a sleeveless jacket you can stay warm, but not overly and be right on trend! Although I would love to throw on some boots and socks I know it’s just not that time yet. Pairing an open toe sandal with some denim and a jacket is the perfect combination.




WHAT YOU’LL NEED: • • • • •

1 White XL T-shirt Dye


Rubber Gloves Bowl For Dying Scissors

STEPS: 1 // First, cut the T-shirt straight across right beneath seam of the sleeves 2 // Next, cut off the bottom hem of the shirt (Make your cut pretty wide. For a longer scarf, stretch the fabric out. I chose not to do this because I prefer the shorter


look) 3 // Place the bottom of your fabric into the dye and let it soak for twenty minutes. 4 // After the twenty minutes is up, submerge more of the fabric into the dye, but only let this section soak for ten minutes. 5 // Next you will submerge all of the fabric into the dye, but be sure to take the fabric out after three minutes. The purpose of using less time for each part of the fabric is to create a worn out effect in the color. 6 // Hang with clothes pins to dry for 24 hours Decorate with a cutesy accessory or leave as is fo a personalized touch!



Atlanta, GA a tour of

Shaded streets with trees that go on for days, quaint neighborhoods with picket fences, street festivals with lively music and vendors – this description might sound like the streets of suburbia, but it’s far from it. These are the realities of Atlanta; a city with southern charm that goes far beyond Scarlett O’Hara’s hoop-skirts and NeNe Leak’s hoop-earrings. Get there any way you can – Hartsfield-Jackson International airport, I-85, I-75, or I-20. All routes lead to an easy weekend getaway complete with a rich Ann Mashburn history, a little comfort food, and a whole lot of accent.


Upon arriving in the Big A, plan to start your tour of the town exploring Atlanta’s Westside. This industrial up-and-coming neighborhood is booming with shops and restaurants. Make sure your first stop is at the Atlanta Food Truck Park. Here, the city’s compact kitchens spend their afternoon cooking-up delightful delicacies. Don’t worry about picky eaters either; there’s everything from burgers, to chicken and waffles, to gourmet salads. The proximity of the trucks to each other (think side by side) allows diners to participate in their own taste of the city without leaving the park. Spend some time here chatting with the chefs and pick up a popsicle from King of Pops, then head down the road towards the Westside Provisions development. A former meat-packing plant, the facilities are now a mixed use neighborhood complete with lofts, restaurants, office spaces, & boutique shops. Here you’ll find specialty boutique Ann Mashburn. Owned, operated, and designed by the woman with the same name, Ann Mashburn is a prepster’s paradise. Tailored gingham, trendy denim, and colorful frocks are everywhere you turn. Ann is a hands-on entrepreneuress who you’ll more than likely bump into while shopping. And if you’re with your man, send him right next door to her husband, Sid. There he’ll be greeted with beer, ping-pong, and impeccably designed clothes perfect for a southern gentleman.

From the Westside, you’ll have easy access to many Atlanta ale houses. Choose Sweetwater Brewery for their convenient location, informative tour, and plentiful pints. Ten dollars gets you a pilsner to sip from, a tour, and a flight of six tastings. Be sure to try 420, the most popular brew and the slightly sweet Blue. Both will be welcomed refreshments after a long day of travel. Because traveling can be just as tiring as work sometimes, Friday is a good night to take it easy. Head to your hotel or try staying at one of the city’s B&B’s, Stonehurst Place. Once a private home, the Victorian era house boasts five guest rooms. Because the home is in the heart of Atlanta, there are several area restaurants; the ladies of the house can give you an easy recommendation for somewhere low key and local. They might even have freshly baked brownies waiting for you at the end of the evening.

saturday Wake up and take yourself downstairs to the kitchen at Stonehurst Place for a gourmet breakfast of southern delicatessens. Past menu favorites have included bruléed grapefruit, baked grits casserole, crab and artichoke egg puff, sour cream blue berry pancakes, and quick cream biscuits. With a breakfast fit for a queen, you’ll be feeling the need for a little pampering. Take a short car ride over to Atlanta’s Virginia Highlands neighborhood. Filled to the brim with quaint houses and neighborhood dives, you could easily spend hours strolling the streets. If you’re with the girls, stop in to Sugarcoat and continue your pampering with a mani-pedi. The plush modern furniture allows you to sink in and enjoy some R&R, plus you’ll love the pops of pink perfect for any Poppy girl. If you’re spending the day as a couple, don’t feel like you have to miss this experience. Your guy can stroll just a few blocks down to Nadine’s Triple Crown. Here he’ll be surrounded by dark wood and leather and will receive his own pampering – an old school straight razor shave. The two of you will be looking quite dapper for the rest of your stay. While in the area, explore a few other Atlanta neighborhoods. Just down the road you’ll find historic Inman Park, Atlanta’s first planned residential area. You’ll love gawking at stately Victorian homes that look just as charming now as they did in 1890. Head down Euclid Avenue for the best views and to get you to your next stop – Beehive Co-op. Beehive is a consumer dream and local artist haven. You’ll find everything from stationary to jewelry to cupcakes to take home as your souvenirs. Be sure to check out local jewelry artist Christina Kober for exquisite silver pieces or chat with the men and women behind the counter – they’re artists, too. Each designer who has a booth also works the floor. You never know which talented individual you’ll encounter.

Once you’re all shopped out, head back to Inman Park and grab lunch to go from the Market at Parish. This lower level of a New Orleans-inspired full service restaurant has gourmet sandwiches, imported cheeses, and ready-made soups. Complete your pack with a cookie or two and a bottle of wine then head to Oakland Cemetery to enjoy the great outdoors and picnic with “old friends”. Soak up all the grounds has to offer by stopping by the Visitor’s Center, an old bell tower, for a map and a chat with a cemetery volunteer. They can tell you what’s not to be missed, but definitely to ask how to find the lion, Bobby Jones’ golf-ball filled site, and the resting place of literary great, Margaret Mitchell. From the depths of the cemetery, go back to the B&B for an afternoon nap and an in-room massage. Then get ready for drinks, dinner, and a night on the town. Enjoy city-views, live music, and fantastic southern small plates and cocktails at JCT Bar. The open patio is a prime place for people watching and a good time. JCT Bar’s incredible menu offers southern specialties like pimento cheese and deviled eggs. With a drink in hand, watch the sun set to the left while enjoying the skyline on the right. Use this opportunity to snag a few pictures on the bridge. A train track runs underneath and the city is your backdrop.


Once you’ve enjoyed a few appetizers and libations and posed for as many group shots as you can handle, head to Hugh Acheson’s celebrated Empire State South for dinner. The restaurant’s menu hosts a slew of southern dishes that will bring back memories of your grandmother’s kitchen but with a unique modern twist. Choose from local trout, crispy pork belly, or even grilled octopus to serve as your entrée. Finish your night strong by trying the phatty cakes for dessert. They’re gourmet oatmeal cream pies, and what’s more comforting than that?

sunday As your trip winds down and reality starts to sink back in, load up your car and end your trip where you began – Atlanta’s budding Westside. Try West Egg Café for a hearty brunch that will keep you satisfied for an afternoon’s worth of traveling. Named after famed West Egg village from The Great Gatsby, the restaurant has won countless awards from Atlanta locals. Enjoy a cup of coffee at their many farm tables or people watch from the covered patio. Brunch and lunch are served all day on Sunday, so choose whatever suits your fancy (although, the Fried Green Tomato BLT with a side of pimento cheese grits is arguably the best thing on the menu). On your way out the door, pick up a cupcake or two and a glass-bottled coca-cola for the road. Nothing is a better nod to Atlanta – the home of Coke, the Braves, and an unforgettable trip.

TIPS & TIDBITS: - Do download the Scoutmob app to your phone before heading to town. It’s chock full of coupons for shops & restaurants. - Don’t be afraid to talk to the locals about their favorite Atlanta hotspots. - Do carry cash for the many complimentary valets you’ll run into. - Don’t worry if you can’t see it all; there’s always another trip in your future.

A Watercolor World

Fashion Illustrations by Cate Parr British artist turned LA fashion illustrator, Cate Parr, has the ability to paint pictures prettier than the ones we see in the pages of the top fashion magazines… literally. If Anna Wintour had a spread of photos in front of her and had the option to only choose one, a Cate Parr original watercolor would always be Vogue’s cover. I guess it’s no surprise then that many of Cate’s illustrations and watercolors are interpretations of Vogue’s covers as well as other magazines and periodicals. Conceptually, the goal of a fashion magazine’s cover is to draw you in, tell a story of an idealized life, and ultimately, entice you to purchase the publication. Magazine editors achieve this goal by placing relevant celebrities, well-known models, and the designer clothes of our dreams on their covers. With Cate’s illustrations and prints, it doesn’t matter if you can discern which girl is drawn or painted, how well known she is, or what she’s wearing. In fact, it’s hard to tell in many cases which girl is depicted- not because of Cate’s level of talentbut because she lets the colors of her watercolors blend and enhance the beauty of her subject. The result is always something more than the original: more beautiful, captivating, mysterious, thought-

provoking- the epitome of “je ne sais quoi”. Cate states that she is: “Guided by the desire to work differently in a traditional medium, with its fluidity and spontaneity, it’s the mistakes and the unexpected that makes watercolour so alluring.” Although I agree that mistakes often make something more alluring, Parr’s works prove this theory incorrect. Her artwork (whether she agrees with me or not) is both alluring and flawless. How else can you describe a piece where the subject is not frozen in time like a still life, but desperately trying to communicate with you through only strokes of a brush? With Cate’s hand, the girl before you is alive in watercolors: her hair blows in the wind, her lips purse, the light reflects in her eyes with a gleam of sadness. This girl, the subject, is more alive than a model behind a camera lens. How is one artist able to capture such life with only a brush and palette of paint? Where does Cate’s inspiration come from? She says: “For me, inspiration comes from many places- Ealing Studios, French and Italian Cinema, couture design, along with music, photography, theatre and dance.” She’s had many famous clients including McDonalds, AOL, Avon, Lulu Frost, The Material Girl Cosmetics, Sanctuary Clothing, and costume designer Kym Barrett of “The Amazing Spider Man” and “Matrix” trilogies. She’s been featured in many publications all over the world including the UK version of Women’s Wear, Brazil’s PKB Magazine, Holland’s Red Magazine, The Cool Hunter, Lucky Magazine, Lonny, and now Poppy! With Cate’s background, it’s surprising that the price of her prints starts at only $35 when you are clearly buying a piece of art. She states that: “Here at my Etsy shop my goal is to offer a diverse selection of affordable original art and prints, to inspire you to visit often!” Her shop, silverridgestudio, should certainly be visited often; she doesn’t fail to fulfill any of her promises! On a personal note, her artwork will always be special to me because my first “grown-up” purchase was a 24” x 35” print of Cate’s “Flower Couture”, a piece which still hangs above my bed today. As a self-declared fashion fanatic, this purchase was the pivotal moment in establishing my independence and declaring my personal style- more so than any addition to my closet. I look at this piece and feel the fashion should make you feel: free, decisive, beautiful, and confident- like you’re wearing the perfect LBD. Along with a cute new pair of booties and jaw-dropping dress, I recommend you add a Cate Parr original to your fall wardrobe. Unlike most items on the racks at Neiman Marcus and Saks, a Cate Parr print will always be in style. Copy // Sara Neely

getting to know... ALLIE LEHMA

AN POPPY: What came first: The blog or the design business? ALLIE: The design business! I’ve been freelancing since 2007 and I started my blog in early 2009 with the intention of just sharing my work. P: Why did you decide to start a blog? AL: My husband (then fiancé) had been blogging for a few years and always encouraged me to blog. I totally understand why now. When you blog, you want all your closest friends to share their thoughts, talent and creativity too! P: What is a typical day like in the world of Allie Lehman? AL: Typically I wake up and check email, make coffee, and let my dog out. By 10am, I’m getting into client projects and am sending revisions, emails or meeting clients. There are many nights that I’m up freelancing until the wee hours of the morning but if I can help it – I’m out with friends, reading or cooking by 6pm! P: Describe yourself/blog/design business in one or two sentences. AL: I’m an independent graphic designer that collaborates with other businesses to help them communicate effectively through their visual brand. My blog is just an extension of who I am! P: How do you constantly come up with material?

AL: Sharing! And hosting photo challenges. It involves people and opens your online space up to others and allows them to own it a bit. P: Where do you see your blog in one year? AL: I actually see it staying about the same. I don’t intend on bringing on advertisers or sponsors and so I think it will stay a space where I can do whatever I want! P: If you could tell newbie bloggers one thing, what would it be?

AL: Plan, plan, plan! I usually have my blog schedule completed a month in advance. I don’t think I could do it if I didn’t plan ahead. I usually have a week’s worth of posts queued. It prevents me from blanking and stressing the night before. P: What is your biggest inspiration? How do you get inspiration? AL: Other peoples’ talents and passion. Whether it’s an artist’s record, an amazing musical, or a trip to see Rothko’s work in NYC…it gets me excited (and usually even emotional). I have to seek out inspiration. It’s not going to just fall into my lap while I surf the web. P: What is your favorite part about your blog? AL: I love my readers and their comments. They share such great advice and their perspective is so interesting. I’ve met so many amazing women through my blog and they’re all over the world. It helps me remember just how small I am. P: What was the main goal you were trying to achieve when you first started blogging?

AL: Invest in a nicer camera, share original content, and collaborate with a blog designer (even if it’s just to get a header designed)! P: Many bloggers do basic series topics such as trends, you have three unique series: Tips for Blogging, The City Guides, and 3 New Things. Why do you think it is so important for bloggers to bring something different to the table versus conforming to basic blogging topics? Also, would you recommend bloggers to introduce different series to their blogs? AL: Yes I remember it taking awhile to really get a good group of series established on my blog. For awhile I was interviewing artists and featuring weddings but it felt too overdone. I decided to introduce a series if it was something that I wanted to see coming from the blogging community. I love sharing tips and documenting things that can be helpful for others. If you’re a blogger and can’t think of anything… try to do something that YOU would want to see. P: Your day job is design websites, branding small businesses, and designing. How important do you think it is for blogs to have excellent branding and stick to it?

AL: My ultimate goal when I started blogging was to share my work. I don’t necessarily think I knew what kind of community was behind blogging. I remember thinking “Why would anyone comment on my blog?!”

AL: I am extremely biased but I think it’s extremely important. That cohesiveness is why we love looking at catalogues, being a part of a brand or visiting a gorgeous website! An excellent brand helps your audience feel at home and gives you a confidence without saying anything.

P: What do you believe was the key to your blog’s success?

P: Please share any tips you have for bloggers who are interested in branding their blog!

AL: Choose a name that is important to you. I didn’t do this when I started blogging and never felt attached to it until I recently changed it to “Be Up & Doing.” Pick a color scheme (and reference it), a group of fonts, and keep a Pinterest board of your design inspiration so you don’t feel the need to stray from your original vision. Of course, feel free to throw that all out if you’re not feeling inspired. You should be able to evolve without asking anyone permission! P: Soon you will be speaking at the Influence conference. What are you speaking about and how excited are you for this opportunity? AL: I am! I’ll be speaking about branding your small business or blog. It’s important to know who you are, who your audience is and why you’re unique. I’m so excited to share my branding process and hopefully help lots of women with their online space!

Images courtesy of Allie Lehman See Allie’s work at, and visit her on her blog here... Copy // Lindsay Boland

â&#x20AC;&#x153;...The ability to collaborate creatively and see the results unfold was incredible. I knew this was what I wanted to do.â&#x20AC;?

Snapshot of a Stylist Interview // Sara Neely Images // Ruche, When did you know that you wanted to become a stylist and what path did you follow to become one? Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve always loved fashion and enjoyed putting outfits together for myself and friends. I wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t sure that I wanted to be a stylist necessarily, but I knew I wanted to work in the industry in some capacity. Writing was another one of my interests, so I majored in English in college and when I graduated I started working for a local magazine. While the majority of my time was spent writing about trends, local boutiques, and seasonal must-haves, I did spend some time helping with the photoshoots. It was such an intense process but the ability to collaborate creatively and see the results unfold was incredible. I knew this was what I wanted to do. Then I started working at Ruche and the rest is history! What does a typical work day look like for you?

I split my time between buying for our various product lines (women’s clothes, shoes, accessories, home, Bridal and Children) and also styling for our features and lookbooks. There’s always a lot going on, but I love the fast-paced environment! When organizing a photoshoot or lookbook, where do you start? Do you start pulling clothes and putting together outfits, scouting locations, searching for models, or do you have a completely different “jumping off” point? When starting to plan for our photoshoots or lookbooks, we start by pulling creative inspiration. Once we have an idea, we start looking into locations, and once that’s finalized we buy clothing and search for models. It’s a fun process and we’re lucky to have an amazing creative team that contributes such great ideas! Do you have a particular process for building outfits or do you tend to rely on your instincts? I think most of the time I rely on my instincts, but I do keep in mind what works for Ruche (lace, florals, layering). There are some trends that I don’t think fit Ruche exactly, but I try to include them in a more subtle way. For example, loungewear was big this summer so I used some wide leg pants and silky tops in our Summer Lookbook. Fall is an especially difficult season for fashion because the weather can often unpredictably hover between hot and cold; do you have any tips for transitioning your summer wardrobe for fall? I always try to stretch the transitional period for as long as possible. I hate

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putting away the pretty summer dresses right away. I think a great way to stretch your wardrobe during the transitional period is by wearing summer dresses with thicker sweaters and boots. Pair autumn colors (like mustards, oranges, browns) with your lighter colored summer pieces. Try pairing thicker tights with your summer skirts. You can also wear your lighter tops with scarves so if it gets too warm you can take it off. If you could style one person- dead or alivewho would you choose and why? Oh that’s a tough one! Jane Austen is my favorite author and I’ve always thought how fun it would be to style her. Her writing is so romantic that I’d love to illustrate her in today’s clothing and styles. She would definitely be a Ruche girl!


ALMOND TART SHELL 1/3 cup blanched almonds 1/2 cup slivered almonds (optional for garnish) 1 cup plus 2 tsp all-purpose flour 1/2 cup white sugar 1/4 tsp baking soda 1/8 tsp salt 1/2 cup cold butter, cut into small pieces 1 egg yolk 1/2 tsp vanilla Preheat the oven to 350°F. Spread almonds on a baking sheet and toast for about 10 minutes until they are slightly golden and fragrant. This is a good opportunity to toast some slivered almonds for garnish. Allow the almonds to cool completely. In a food processor, pulse the almonds until they are the consistency of a fine corn meal. Add the flour, sugar, baking soda, and salt. Pulse until the mixture is well-blended. Add the cold butter and pulse until pieces of butter are still visible but they are no bigger than a small pea. Add egg yolk and vanilla. Pulse until a dough begins to form. Turn dough out onto a piece of plastic wrap, form into a disk and regriderate for at least 30 minutes. If you live in a humid environment, let it cool for a little longer. On a lightly floured surface, roll the dough out until it is about 2 inches bigger than the base of your tart pan. Fit the dough into the tart pan being sure to press it in well on the sides. Trim away the excess dough. Chill the shell while preparing the filling.

//////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////// APPLE FILLING 5 apples, peeled, cored, diced 1 cup fresh cranberries 1 tbsp lemon juice 1 tbsp sugar 1 tbsp Water 1 tsp cinnamon 1/2 tsp nutmeg Preheat the oven to 425°. Place all the ingredients in a medium sauce pan and cook on medium low heat for 15 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 20 minutes, stiring occasionally. You may want to add more sugar if using tart apples. The type of apple you choose will allow you to perfect and personalize this dish! The apples should be soft and break apart easily with a spoon but the mixture should maintain some texture. Allow the apples mixture to cool while preparing the topping.

//////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////// APPLE TOPPING 3 apples, peeled, cored, very thinly sliced 1 tbsp butter 1/2 cup fresh cranberries 2 tbsp apple jelly Slice the apples as thinly as possible, a mandolin will make this process much easier. Spread the cooled filling evenly in the bottem the chilled tart shell. Layer the sliced apples on top of the filling starting around the outside edge moving inwards. Insure the slices over lap at least half of the previous slice because they will shrink significantly while baking. Scattering the cranberries amongst the apples slices while layering. Dot the top of the fruit with butter. Bake the tart at 450째 for 10 minutes the reduce the heat 350째 and continue baking for another 50-60 minutes. The apples should be golden and the shell should be browned around the edges. Warm the apple jelly in a small sauce pan over medium low heat until it liquifies. Brush the warm jelly over the entire tart after it comes out of the oven. Cool the tart completely before removing from the tart shell for serving. Serve a slice of tart with ice cream and garnish with toasted slivered almonds.

The perfect little finishing touch

Vintage Love This styled shoot, full of family heirlooms, calligraphy and colors of deep fall had the Poppy team swooning. A hand detailed cake, vintage candlesticks and old book pages set the perfect stage for this shoot of antique sophistication. Take a look and say hey to Laura Murray, a boutique wedding photographer from Denver, Colorado

Event Design/Coordination + Rentals // A VIntage Affair Rentals

 Dress + Accessories: Claire Pettibone via Little White Dress Flowers // Pink Posey Design , Cake // Three Little Blackbirds
 Venue // Lumber Baron Inn, Calligraphy // Trial by Cupcakes
 Ring: Beaulies Lost and Found, Bow Tie // Black Ruffle Brigade
 Makeup // Kelsey Zabawa,
Hair // Alex Sternberg Models // Diandra Reed and Cameron Wilson

ROCKS, PAPER, METAL Copy // Sara Neely

Ironically, when I sat down in front of my computer to brainstorm questions to ask the frequently interviewed designers behind Rocks Paper Metal, my fiancé handed me a Session beer and grabbed one for himself. I was shocked when we popped the tops off, each landed perfectly on its back, and there appeared to be writing on the inside of the top. At a closer glance, I deciphered that the small print read ‘Rock’, and the letters on my fiancé’s top spelled out ‘Paper’. I guess when it comes to beer, he wins again. This time his gloating didn’t bother me, however; I was more interested in the ‘Metal’.

As the Type A half of a relationship that proves the theory that opposites attract, I’ve seen many important life decisions decided by the results of coin tosses and rounds of rocks, paper, scissors. I have to ask: POPPY: Was the name “Rocks Paper Metal” carefully thought out, or more the result of chance? RPM: We really debated the name. We wanted a fun name that would say who we were but without being too serious. For 2 weeks we kept throwing names at each other and going nahhhh. When rocks paper metal came out it stuck immediately and we love the name. ROCKS= gemstones PAPER=designs METAL=used to make jewelry. P: If you had to choose your favorite kind of jewelry to make (rings, bracelets, necklaces, earrings), what would you make? What about to wear? RPM: We love to make the bigger, crazier stuff. Bigger the gemstones, the more color, you can let your imagination go. As to wearing jewelry, you’d laugh if you saw us. I think the more jewelry you make, the less you wear on daily basis. You develop a 3 second affair with your jewelry. Once a piece is made, you want to move on to the next piece. I wear my grandmother’s earrings, and Kat wears her plugs on a daily basis. When we go out, we then go crazy! P: How did Rocks Paper Metal originate? RPM: Kat and I (Diana) worked side by side at a big brand licensing company here in Los Angeles and discovered we were both eager to launch our own lines. We got along so well and spent so much time making the other one crack up during long work hours that it seemed natural we should start a company together. We knew we could trust each other since we both have tons of experience in the jewelry world and we like each other’s taste so all we had to do was decide when to start. The trend forecasting blog came first and we made a small collection to advertise the blog and that took off, so now the jewelry has become the main child.

P: Do you have a particular creative process when you begin creating a collection? RPM: We go ‘shopping’. We go out and look at collections and research the web extensively. We have a trend forecasting blog, so we are always after the next trend. Then we choose basic silhouettes we really like, and pick our colors and then we let each other go crazy and do their thing. We collaborate very closely but also let each one be their creative self. P: Rocks Paper Metal is known for its frequent use of neon colors. Was this intentional or accidental? Do you wear neon all year round? RPM: I love love neon. I always have. I had just thrown out all my neon from the 90s that was holding onto because i loved how bright it was, and was so happy when it came back in fashion. I wear neon all the time now. My wardrobe looks like a rainbow on ecstasy. But I tend to pair it down with neutral colors, greys, blues and browns, especially in the winter months. To answer the question, the neon was very intentional.

P: I’ve seen your jewelry in Cosmopolitan and Nylon

obsessed with the Mayan culture since I was a kid. Love

as well as on WhoWhatWear and BaubleBar; what was

the architecture and love the sunset hues. We thought it

the crowning moment when you realized you were a

was a great color palette for Fall, warmer colors mixed

recognizable brand?

with neons. And we introduced more, longer crystal earring silhouettes for more sparkle and impact against

RPM: WhoWhatWear was a fun surprise. Cosmopolitan

heavier winter clothes.

was our first big magazine so we were super excited.

“We collaborate very closely but also let each one be their creative self.”

P: Any hints on what’s next for fall and winter? RPM: We are exploring gem tonesamethyst, champagne, black diamond and ruby- and finding new ways to mix crystals with other materials. There will be lots of

Seeing our jewelry at Urban Outfitters makes us feel like

BIG sparkle and more adventurous designs. We can’t wait

we have made it in a certain way.

to launch this new collection.

P: In addition to your shop, you forecast a lot of

P: If you were to create a piece of jewelry inspired by

accessory trends on your website. As a blushing bride-to-

poppies, what kind of piece would it be and what would it

be, I’m curious about your take on bridal jewelry for 2013-

look like?

particularly around… let’s say… September 7, 2013? You know, just as an example date.

RPM: I can see a really fun large drop earring with a huge red geometric shapes swirling to form a circle. Circle of life

RPM: Well, congratulations! Crystal is of course in. We

and nature.

sell some of our largest crystal bibs to brides. I would say experiment a little with an accent colour with crystal and

P: What’s next for you as individuals and Rocks Paper

beautiful large head pieces. We really like Doloris Petunia’s


bridal jewelry- very on trend and adventurous in a very tasteful way.

RPM: Well I just had a baby- my first. So that has been a huge and beautiful change to my life. Matilda will soon be

P: I was looking through the list of retailers that sell your

crawling in the office! Kat is also an excellent cross-fitter,

jewelry and was instantly reminded: did you know that

and is working hard to compete next year. And, of course,

some of your pieces are on ShopStyle now?

we have many exciting projects up our sleeves for Rocks Paper Metal. We are expanding our retail selections on our

RPM: That put a large smile on our face. We use

site and going to start selling directly. We are going to sell

ShopStyle all the time so to see our jewelry as an option

all types of jewelry just ahead of the trend and represent

was funny but then made us feel very legit;) I need to

what is going on in the exciting LA fashion scene, as well

update that retailer list, it’s always changing. The beauty

as capture trends emerging elsewhere. We’ll keep our blog

of the internet is that we sell all around the world so easily

and website a fun destination. We have so many ideas,

now. Compared to 5 years ago, this is a huge change in

and want to always be innovating.

the retail world. Check out Kat and Diana’s Etsy shop, Rocks Paper P: What inspired your pre-fall collection, Mayan Sunset?

Metal for inspired, affordable jewelry here, and follow their blog for the latest trends in jewelry forecasting at

RPM: I was in Mexico earlier this year and I’ve been •


TOWN & COUNTRY Bet on artfully twisted classics that raise the style quotient of weekend chic. We’re calling it Town and Country. In the details are topnotch craftsmanship, texture, quality and discreet luxury. Fresh fur accents, turtlenecks, quilting and utility touches like toggle closures and oversized pockets will emphasize and enhance traditional sportswear styling. This trend turns up the heat on textured textiles. Tantalizing tweeds, chunky knits, and novelty furs need no introduction. Dark and vintage wash denim, leather, silks and flannel offer a study in contrast as we juxtapose casual and dressy fabrics in the same look. Hands down, patterns play the most important role in this trend—plaids, scarf prints, English florals, checks and cheetah to name a few. Mix them for a more edgy feel! New tartans paired with delicate flowers? Why not? Keep in mind it is easier on the eye if patterns have at least one color in common. Here are the “ones to watch” when it comes to Town and Country accessory options: British tan-colored boots and handbags in rich vintage leathers, felt fedoras and cloches, skinny belts, bold gold jewelry, charmingly chunky knit caps and mufflers, are all amazing add-ons. For fall, it’s the little things that mean a lot.

MADISON Exclusively at Belk Belted long sweater vest with pockets, $72 Bow blouse, $65 Ponte pant, $65

MICHAEL MICHAEL KORS Tweed jacket, $225 Black legging, $99.50 Sleeveless knit tank, $39.50

FRYE (RIGHT) “Cameron” small leather satchel in burnt red, $398 “Phillip” harness tall boot with zipper in red. Also available in cognac and chocolate, $328 UGG (BELOW) Suede hobo in chestnut, $335




all is our favorite season for fashion, so we had

‘Great Expectations’ for designers at Fashion Week; we were not disappointed. Victorian lace, golden embroidery, shiny silk, brocade, and ruffles and frills were regally worn down the runways at the shows of renowned design houses like Mulberry, Dolce & Gabbana, Fendi, and Valentino to name a few; it was almost as though Miss Havisham herself was running the shows. Don’t worry- clothes during the time of Vanity Fair, the novel, have been modernized and reinterpreted to be included in the glossy pages of “Vanity Fair”- the magazine. Brocade patterns, lace trimmed tops, and ruffled details can add a trendy Victorian touch to any modern outfit. Just because its fall and the color palette shifted to black towards the end of the Victorian Era doesn’t mean you have to wear all black. The era was named after a queen after all, so why not wear shades of the crown jewels? There were many changes throughout the 19th century in fashion, and a momentum towards women’s rights, so be a trendsetter and challenge the ‘dark color’ norms associated with much of Victorian and autumn fashion.

Photography // Franey Miller Models // Kayla, Sigal & Iain, MTM Makeup & Hair // Rachel Lewis



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