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Best Place to Drop a Wad on Skinny Jeans
Though we swore we’d never do it, we caved liked everyone else. We had no idea how many wildly expensive skinny choices we’d have: Chip & Pepper, Habitual, Hudson, J Brand, Joe’s, Rock and Republic, Seven — the list goes on. Lying on the dressing-room floor at BLUE GENES, trying to get the skinny zipper up, we got sucked into the long-running trend. And once we were finally able to stand up and get a glimpse of our skinny legs in the mirror, we were sold. Before we knew it, we were forking over $200 and shimmying our skinny self out the door, vowing never to eat again.
3400 Around Lenox Drive, Suite 214. 404-231-3400. www.shopebluegenes.com.
Best Place for the Sexiest Skivvies
A few years back, French-born-and-raised Lamia Aouassi was in the business of importing vegetables. Though she’s still in the import industry, it’s taken a bit of a turn — to European lingerie. Her online and appointment-only boutique, O’CLAIR DE LUNE, is stocked with sultry unmentionables from prominent French and Italian lines. With lacy brassieres, satin undies, classy camis and frilly nighties, the collections are indulgent. Armed with champagne and gourmet chocolates, Aouassi hosts lingerie parties and will gladly assist men in selecting the perfect panties for their special lady, all out of the comfort of her live/work space in Castleberry Hill.
322 Peters St., Suite 4. 678-595-6621. www.oclaidelune.com.
Best Place to Dress Your Baby À La Mini Me
Pack a lunch; we’re taking a road trip. Believe it or not, the most fashionable kids’ clothes are found OTP … in Duluth. CAYENNE carries such hip grown-up labels as Da Nang, Joe’s and Antik Denim — as well as haute lines that include Lola et Moi, Petit Bateau and Nutmeg. Co-owner Kevin Payne gets inspiration from his own 4-year-old daughter, who we’re sure will continue to inspire him well into her teens. (The store stocks clothing for babies and children up to age 16.) Cayenne is a tad on the pricey side, with cashmere frocks and “rockstar jeans” upping the ante, but isn’t your child’s fashion reputation worth it?
9700 Medlock Bridge Road, Suite 160. 678-417-6100.
Best Place to Buy a Glass Tobacco Pipe
There are plenty of enticing and exotic wares in the front of the store to distract you, from handcrafted jewelry to billowing glass sculptures to primitive masks to a sleek waterfall. But the real treasures at 42 DEGREES SOUTH can be found inside the massive, U-shaped cases in the back. Swirling, blown-glass pipes of every size, shape and color create a rainbow of options, ranging from $10 for sleek and slender one-hitters to well more than $100 for tall, elegant water pipes. The laid-back and superfriendly staff is happy to guide you through the rather daunting process of wading through hundreds of options to find the pipe that’s right for you.
453 Moreland Ave. 404-521-3420.
Best Unpretentious Salon for Hipster Mops
It’s barely a year old, but Inman Park’s ADORE HAIR STUDIO & SHOPPE has attracted a — dare we say it? — adoring clientele, and deservedly so. The handsome, minimalist loft space, decorated in shades of chocolate with leather armchairs serving as the styling seats, has drawn talent from some of the city’s most popular salons, Many former clients of those salons have followed suit. Adore carries the coveted Bumble and bumble product line — a sign of its chops — and several stylists trained at the prestigious Bb University in New York City. Stylist Brenton Anderson has been featured on two episodes of Fox’s “Ambush Makeover,” and he and others at Adore have styled the hair of actors, models and rock stars. More importantly, the salon’s website states, is the work it has done on “moms, dads, sisters, brothers, cousins and you!” As several beatific clients have pointed out, the only thing missing at Adore is the attitude.
245 N. Highland Ave. 404-522-0336. www.adorehairstudio.com.
Best Place to Enjoy a Brew with Your New ’Do
If Ernest Hemingway’s reanimated corpse somehow found itself shambling down Powers Ferry Road in desperate need of a shave and haircut, it would surely stumble into ROOSTER’S, where old-school collides with new-school in an explosion of manly awesomeness. Decked out like some hunting lodge from the 1920s, this boy’s club oozes enough machismo to make Papa Hemingway plenty proud. Antique golf clubs, stuffed deer heads and ducks adorn the walls alongside flat-screen TVs, and there’s a table full of lad-mag reading material from Maxim to Details — and, fittingly, the forever-quotable screenplay of Caddyshack. If all that isn’t enough to get you there for your next trim, here are two important words: Free. Beer.
2022 Powers Ferry Road, Suite 250. 770-303-0069. www.roostersatl.com.