A Conversation with Dena from Panache Bistro

A Conversation with Dena from Panache Bistro 4

Panache Bistro is a quaint little restaurant nestled in South Fulton. It’s like a coffee shop, a breakfast spot and the perfect place to have lunch rolled into one. One of the joys of writing for South Fulton Lifestyle is that I have discovered gems like Panache, right in my neighborhood. Many other new Panache customers have relayed to me that it’s so easy to get caught up in our busy lives, rushing, or driving right by that they didn’t even notice the restaurant right beside St. James Live on Butner. It pays to advertise and to advertise with an uber local publication. Thanks to the magazine, Panache has more regular customers, stopping by to pick up coffee or lunch for the whole office. I caught up with owner Dena McDonald to ask her a few questions.

Long Live Love

Long Live Love

I sit here writing this letter reminiscing. It was five years ago but it feels like yesterday. On a rainy Wednesday night, our family and friends gathered downtown. The rooftop venue overlooking the Aquarium and Centennial Park was surrounded by a thick layer of fog. Omar and I were getting married after being together for nearly seven years. My hair, a fluffy Afro, and our cake were adorned with my signature big, floppy butterflies but those had nothing on the ones dancing in my stomach. As my dad walked me down the aisle, my fingernails dug deeply into his arm, I was terrified. The sensation was a surprise. This was my Marine, big, strong, handsome, smart, brave and confident, in spite of being little nerdy. I wanted to marry him more than anything and yet, there I stood, nervous, shaking. He was my very best friend and my confidant. We could converse on any topic (what I miss more than anything). But this was forever. And forever is a long time.

Around Town

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South Fulton Students 
Win Scholarship at Atlanta 
Science Festival
South Fulton’s own Kimberly Connor of Pierce Academy and Nia McKenzie of Latin College Prep came in as the 1st runner ups of the 2016 TAG-Ed, Atlanta Science Festival and How Stuff Works Middle School WEBChallenge Competition. The sixth grade students were both awarded $400 scholarships at this year’s Atlanta Science Festival for their entry about mining the Moon for Helium 3. The duo placed second overall out of over a hundred statewide entries. Their website depicted robots Eti and Ana mining Helium 3 for use in their advanced fusion reactor the team named the Revolutionary.

Westlake Students Sign with Various Colleges

Westlake Students Sign with Various Colleges 6

Dance : Stephanie Ajia Northern – University of Alabama,
Soccer : Alexis Lawson – Alabama A & M,
Baseball : 


Terrell Frazier- Georgia State University,

 Ramon Laster- Eastern Kentucky

Mosaic Moon Gala

Mosaic Moon Gala 4

Offering several art classes and exercise, dance and yoga right on Cascade Rd, Mosaic Moon celebrated 
their grand opening with a fabulous gala. Photography by Image Base International

Romantic Outdoor Wedding 
Dessert Table Inspiration

Romantic Outdoor Wedding 
Dessert Table Inspiration 5

Planning a summer wedding? Thinking of having an outdoor wedding or reception? Set amongst the trees with a serene backdrop is a dessert table filled with sweet treats that are just as beautiful to look at as they are to taste. This romantic dessert table designed with a color palette of peach, coral, and soft pinks is a lovely and sweet way to say thank you to your guests.

Say Yes!

Say Yes! 2

Fabulous Frocks® Bridal is a budget-savvy bride’s dream! While receiving an unparalleled experience in our relaxing, quaint boutique, you can shop top designer gowns for a fraction of the price. Our current inventory includes top designers Monique Lhuillier, Hayley Paige, Romona Keveza, and more, along with some of those less known boho designers that we all love to “pin” on pinterest. We also carry stunning made-to-order accessories and bridal separates from our exclusive in house line, Garnish and Frill.

Picking the Perfect Flowers for your Bridal Bouquet

Picking the Perfect Flowers for your Bridal Bouquet 3

So you’ve started wedding planning and have probably ventured on to Pinterest a few hundred times and are wondering, “How do I pick my bouquet?” The first question should be: what is my budget? This is a VERY important question as many are unaware the cost of flowers. Even if it is a sliding scale or a “no more than” number, you need to have this in your mind before you start. Second, what do I want it made of? There are so many options these days: fresh flowers, realistic silk and latex flowers, dried and preserved flowers, paper flowers, brooches, fruit or veggies, succulents, you need to decide on your medium. Also, don’t be afraid to mix and match different mediums for you and your bridal party to get the combination you love. Third, you need to consider your color palate. Not all flowers (if you’re going with live) come in all colors, but many can be dyed or painted to achieve your desired look. Fourth, bouquets come in all shapes and sizes, and you’ll need to decide what yours will be. Are you a bride who likes something small and dainty? Or would you prefer something large and over the top? Do you like a round bouquet or would you rather have flowers cascading from it? There is no right or wrong answer, but you need to have considered this to help your florist bring your dreams to life.

Tips from a Wedding Planning Pro

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After the excitement of the engagement has worn off, most couples struggle with the question, “What now?” I recommend that couples start the planning process early by discussing the guest list and budget. This is a challenging task that’s important to discuss early to ensure a smooth planning process over the next 9-12 months. More couples are paying for their own weddings these days but this is the best time to determine who is financially responsible for specific wedding tasks. If your budget allows, invest in a wedding planner. A professional wedding planner is able to tap into resources that most couples wouldn’t have access to otherwise. Your planner will create your wedding day dream team, allowing you and your fiancé to enjoy your special day. A seasoned wedding planner will carry a wealth of industry knowledge that will ease many of your many of your wedding day stresses. Make sure that you interview several planners before securing the perfect one. Do your research and ask questions such as, “Do you have experience with planning weddings of 200 guests or more? Do you have referrals that I may contact? Are you insured?” Ask the right questions, no matter how silly they may seem.

When Love is Golden

When Love is Golden

Reverend Dr. and Mrs. James Allen Milner are long term residents of Southwest Atlanta. They recently celebrated 50 years of marriage at a lovely event surrounded by a host of relatives and friends. The Milners, who are both natives of Atlanta, met while they were teenagers at the old “dance hall” at Mozley Park. And they have been together ever since. Today, they spend their time still dancing (on occasion), serving God and the community, enjoying family and traveling around the world. In fact their latest trip was a Valentine’s Day get away to Paris, France! When asked about the secret to their long term marriage, they often say it was a strong relationship with God and a lot of “Forgiveness.”

The Perfect Suit

The Perfect Suit

Fifteen years ago. That’s when I met my husband. At the time, he didn’t know that I was his nor did I know that he was mine. Yet, there we were in a hot July day at a cookout in Boston. I was home for the summer, a rising sophomore at our alma mater, Tuskegee University. He had just moved to “Beantown” for his first post-college job. In the words of India.Arie, “I found myself immediately intrigued by him.” There was something so familiar and comfortable about this man I’d just met, that I knew my life would never be the same.

Cake Bliss

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For several years, Courtney Olivari has produced outstanding culinary creations for the most discerning clientele.
CEO Custom Cakes was started by Courtney with the intention of providing gourmet desserts to the Atlanta community. They specialize in creating upscale customized items for your event. They believe that special events deserve special desserts, taking your event to the next level, from plain sheet cakes from the local grocery store to spectacular desserts.

Sweet Love

Sweet Love 8

In 2012, Shane interviewed Chelsea about her work with various communities through her blog Chelsea Loves Yoga and the ways in which she engages yoga to cultivate community for his online health magazine. The two corresponded over the course of the year through email and phone conversations about potential work collaborations together. Fast forward to 2013, Chelsea and Shane finally met in person for a “working date” at a neighborhood coffee shop where they sat for over three hours talking about dreams of working with communities through activities like community gardening and yoga. Hours later, Shane and Chelsea moved to a tapas restaurant next door where they talked for even more hours. The two later decided that their friendship was definitely special as they learned more about each other and their mutual love for wellness and community engagement. The couple dated by taking outings to local gardens, practicing yoga, and engaging one of their favorite activities—checking out Atlanta restaurants!

Having a Conversation about Finances is Important for Engaged Couples

Having a Conversation about Finances is Important for Engaged Couples

June is a popular month for weddings. If you’re getting married next month, you no doubt have many exciting details to discuss with your spouse-to-be. But after you get back from the honeymoon, you’ll want to have another discussion — about your finances. It might not sound glamorous, but couples who quickly “get on the same page” regarding their financial situation are actually taking a step that can help them immensely as they build their lives together.