“A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder”: An Interview with James Taylor Odom

 Article Erikka Searles Mitchell  James Taylor Odom is a Georgia boy, a native of Lawrenceville and a proud Berkmar High School alum. He comes from a musical family. With a grandfather that had success as a country music songwriter, the family’s passion for music is no surprise. His love of the theater stems from watching classic movies with his dad. …

Solís Two Porsche Drive

 Article and Photography  Don't miss the rooftop lounge with panoramic views of the Porsche Handling Course and airport runways!   

Nothin Beats a Handsome Guy in a Suit!

Hey Y’all! Michelle may be torn, but I’m not. The Dudes issue is without a doubt my favorite. It was my pleasure to meet the gentlemen at the new Solis Hotel and watch as these power players made connections and “money moves,” as the kids say. (Gosh, I sound old!) Shannon McCollum, photographer to the … Continued

Dude Food

Whether You’re Cooking for One or Cooking for Many, These Easy Dishes are Sure to Impress Anyone Gathered at Your Kitchen Table Article Nicolette Martin FRIED CHICKEN SANDWICH WITH JALAPEÑO SLAW   INGREDIENTS (SANDWICH) 1 cup all-purpose flour 1/2 teaspoon ground paprika 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder Cayenne pepper, to taste Boneless, skinless chicken breasts Vegetable … Continued

June 2018 Around Town

Download The SoFu™ Guide Today! The SoFu™ Guide offers South Fulton County residents state of the art mobile applications that will revolutionize the way you interact with our city. From local events, news, traffic updates, weather, and more, residents will have access to the entire city in their pocket! Daily weather, traffic, event, and new updates Local-only reviews … Continued

Dinner with Friends at Davio’s

 Article Erikka Searles Mitchell | Photography Courtesy of Davio's  Davio’s is a perfect special occasion venue or spot to pop into for Happy Hour. I met my friends there as a preparty for my milestone birthday. It was the perfect setting for our group of eight. We were seated in the semi-private room, ideal for a celebration and conversation. The…

Third Anniversary of SFL and #MySOFU App Launch Party

SFL Publisher Michelle Taylor Willis welcomed many of our readers, writers, photographers, advertisers and notable community members to celebrate! The cake featured some SFL covers from the past three years! Download the app today for special offers. Photos by Art By Benetez.

Movers + Shakers (The Dude Edition)

 Article Curtis Bunn | Photography Shannon McCollum  Shannon James VP, Commercial Banking BB&T Middle Markets Chairman, Aerotropolis Atlanta Alliance Secretary, Aerotropolis Atlanta CID  By linking South Fulton with various corporations, I have established relationships during my lengthy career in business development. And with a leadership role in Aerotropolis, I can move strategically and accelerate the pace of results.

South Fulton Movers + Shakers

 Article Erikka Searles Mitchell | Photography Tiffany Powell Photography  The Jetsetter  Katrina Morrison

Road Trip: Destination Gatlinburg, TN

 Article Kendra Pierson | Photography Kendra Pierson & Provided  Need to recharge and reconnect with girlfriends? Just pack up the car and hit the road to Gatlinburg, TN because the mountains are calling! Just a short 3.5 hour drive from Atlanta, spending a weekend in the fresh air of the Great Smoky Mountains will refresh and renew any group of…

Noelle + Her Mom, Cheryl

 Photography Tiffany Powell Photography  Hopper App  App Store

Greater North Atlanta Chapter of Jack and Jill of America Presents Polo at the Palisades

 Photography (c) Susan Elizabeth Talbot  Since its inception, the Greater North Atlanta Chapter (GNAC) of Jack and Jill of America, Inc. has shown a commitment to promote leadership development and academic achievement in the lives of children and families in the Atlanta metro area. As a continuation of those efforts, the chapter is excited to host their upcoming chapter fundraiser, "Polo…

Mover + Shaker Kim McNair: The Philanthropist

 Photography Tiffany Powell and Provided  Mover and shaker Philanthropist Kim McNair, CEO of KMP/Kim McNair Productions-Special Event Planning and Marketing Firm and Executive Producer/Host of “Women on the MOVE Live!” Morning Show, sits down with SFL to discuss her new venture working with teen girls.   Background: I’m originally from Newark, New Jersey, by way of Orlando, Florida. I moved south of Atlanta…

Mover + Shaker Marshawn Evans Daniels

 Photography Tiffany Powell Photography  Background: Where are you from? How long have you been in South Fulton?   Education and Training

Owning Your Opportunities

I get torn between my favorite issues, the Women’s and the Men’s Issue, for obvious reasons. However, since it is May, I’ll say THIS is my favorite, at the moment (smile!). It’s been an interesting season for women—lots going on, namely the #metoo movement. You guys know we like to keep it light around these parts, so … Continued

Black Panther Style Hair and Makeup with Colour

 Article and Photography  “As we often say, textured hair is the most versatile type of hair, because it can be styled into so many different forms,” says Shigley. “‘Black Panther’ celebrates texture and shows the many ways black hair can be styled. The looks are aspirational and inspirational.”  The movie “Black Panther” is decidedly 2018’s biggest blockbuster, grossing more than $1.5 billion…

Diane Baker-King Early Learning Center Lobby Dedication Young Family YMCA

Ambassador Andrew Young introduced Diane Baker-King, a long-time ELC employee and former childcare center director at the Andrew and Walter Young Family YMCA at the dedication. Other noted guests included Judge Patsy Porter, Andre Greenwood, Gavin McGuire, Steve Smith and Milton Jones. Photography by Art by Benetez.

May 2018 Around Town

Théâtre du Rêve Presents French Theater FRENCH THEATRE IN OUR OWN BACKYARD! Atlanta’s unique French-language theatre, Théâtre du Rêve (TdR), took audiences on a magical journey this March with their performance of Il Etait Une Fois (Once Upon a Time), the story of three 17th-century French women creating a new fairy tale. The play recreates … Continued

From Trash to Treasure: 
How Environmental Theater Honors the Earth

South Fulton’s hidden oasis within the community of Serenbe is preparing to introduce metro Atlanta to a Disney classic. The cast and crew of Serenbe Playhouse are preparing for the season opener, Disney’s “The Little Mermaid.” Director Ryan Oliveti is thrilled to be making his debut directing role at Serenbe Playhouse with this piece. As an avid Disney fan, this…

To the Great Outdoors in Search of a Greener Me

Get Out There!

One of the good things about social media is that you actually have to leave the house to get that perfect shot. I was blessed enough to have a spiritual experience on my first and likely last hike up Stone Mountain on a TAPS widow retreat. Something about being up that high makes you feel closer to God, and…

This was in partnership with Samara’s Angels Foundation, a charity based in Haiti with a mission to enhance the quality of life for children and young adults through education and social skills development. The Consulate of Haiti for Georgia sponsored transportation, security and other incentives. PHOTOGRAPHY BY TERRELL CLARK

April 2018 Around Town

 Highlights from 
Aerotropolis Atlanta  The Aerotropolis Atlanta Alliance Public/Private Partnership is focused primarily on economic development in the South Fulton and Clayton County Area. The workforce development efforts have successfully completed five cohorts in Construction and Hospitality. Also, they recently hired a full time person dedicated to the workforce development initiatives. The groundbreaking of the College Park Gateway Center, set to…

Flat Out Fabulous Flatbread

With warmer weather and longer days ahead, it is time to lighten up meal time. Pair this easy-to-assemble flatbread with a fresh arugula salad and a glass of crisp white wine for a leisurely weekend lunch or a light weeknight meal. When selecting asparagus from your local farmers market or grocer, choose firm, bright green spears that have tightly closed…

Top Seven 
Instagrammable Locations in Georgia State Parks

Lush greenery, mountainous landscapes and natural beauty beckon guests to Georgia State Parks & Historic Sites year-round. When paired with a camera lens, photos taken in Georgia’s great outdoors spruce up any social media feed and will send friends, family and followers into a frenzy over the jaw-dropping views. No matter the season or reason, when venturing to any state…

Gardening Gurus: Introducing the South Fulton Master Gardener Extension Volunteers

Active since 1995, the South Fulton Master GARDENER Extension Volunteers have been actively serving the community. Their mission is to stimulate the interest in and increase the knowledge of gardening, and to voluntarily, enthusiastically and responsibly share this knowledge with others.
 As a part of The University of Georgia College of Agricultural & Environmental Sciences GMGA, est. 1979, they volunteer and…

The 2018 Toyota Avalon Hybrid Limited

To garner the classification as “eco-friendly,” there is a very popular misconception that an automobile has to be small, conservative in design, and lacking luxurious amenities. The 2018 Toyota Avalon Hybrid Limited successfully disproves these assumptions. 
This large, four-door sedan immediately catches the eye with its aerodynamic frame, tinted windows, curvaceous grille, 17-inch alloy wheels, a power moonroof, HID quadrabeam headlights…

Glamour on Board: The Titanic Fashion Comes to Biltmore

The first large-scale exhibition of fashions from “Titanic,” the Oscar-winning film that celebrates its 20th anniversary this year, launched at Biltmore House in February.
“Glamour on Board: Fashion from Titanic the Movie” is on display through May 13, and represents the extensive wardrobes preferred by transatlantic travelers like George and Edith Vanderbilt in the early 1900s. 
Guests will learn more about the Vanderbilts’…

Home is Where the Zen is!

“Home is where the heart is” has been used for ages to get people to reconnect with “home,”  i.e., family. As much as we may love the people that live there, if we're honest with ourselves, home has become quite stressful. A study conducted by the American Psychological Association states that women are more likely to report having a great…

The National Alumnae Association of Spelman College, Atlanta Chapter Presents Its Annual Scholarship Brunch


Dr. Tanisha McGlothen and Dr. Andrea Lewis served as Co-Chairs. Dr. Kyra Harvey received the Outstanding Community Service award and Dr. Gwendolyn Middlebrooks was the recipient of the Distinguished Alumna award. Juliet Hall served as Mistress of Ceremonies and entertainment was provided by the Anointed Pace Sisters. 
Photography by KO Photography

March 2018 Around Town

Shannon James Elected Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Aerotropolis Atlanta Alliance

Bert’s Big Adventure 
Will Take South Fulton Kids and Others to Walt Disney World

Last month Bert's Big Adventure surprised families with a trip of a lifetime. After careful consideration, as well as sorting through hundreds of applications, the Bert’s Big Adventure selection committee chose 13 children and their families to be a part of this year’s trip. The 2018 families arrived at the Renaissance Concourse Atlanta Airport Hotel to kick off day one of…

Opulence Nail Bar & Boutique

As East Point’s newest beauty locale, Opulence Nail Bar & Boutique is bringing a chic twist to the typical nail salon mold. From its name to its offerings, Opulence is gaining ground by focusing on the indulgent side of nail and skin care, along with fashion. When entering the salon, clients are welcomed by well-trained and enthusiastic nail and skin…

Small Space Style without Breaking the Bank

The small living room of this 500 sq. ft. apartment has been transformed into a chic entertaining area for a college student in her first apartment. Anchored with a black backdrop and a functional white sofa, the space is accented in gold and soft pink. Pattern and texture has been added with pillows and a fluffy rug. A gallery wall highlighted by…

5 Reasons It’ll Pay to Sell Your Home Early in 2018

It's been nearly a decade since the Great Recession delivered the worst housing crash in modern memory. But these days, the fallout feels squarely in the rearview mirror. Markets have bounced back with fervor, and confidence is skyrocketing. From Charlotte, North Carolina, to Stockton, California—and everywhere in between—homes are flying off the market at record prices, and buyers are still clamoring to…

Milk + Honey Brings Something
Sweet to Cascade

Located in the Cascade area of Atlanta, the Milk and Honey Restaurant is sure to fulfill all of your brunch needs! The décor and environment of the restaurant paired with the delicious food make this a must-see place to go when in Atlanta. 

Aerotropolis Breakfast

Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport and Aerotropolis Atlanta presented a State of Aerotropolis Breakfast to update the community on the progress of the project. Shannon James was recently named Chair. 

Does Your Morning Need A 
Makeover?

I am such an early bird. I learned many years ago that how you begin your day can have a great impact on your attitude and accomplishments throughout the entire day. Successful individuals understand that creating morning rituals can help them reach their daily goals on a consistent basis. They truly embrace discipline and routine. In the early hours of…

Meet Your Match with the HollandLUXE Touch

It all starts with inspiration—the love of furniture and interior design, the appreciation for fabric textures, metal works and wood crafting. When you look within the elements as art forms, the enlightenment of open spaces is best used as blank canvases. The few impressions of appreciation developed at the start of HollandLuxe. Created by Camille Banks, HollandLuxe is essentially a…

Share the Love!

 Hey Y’all,  February is the month of love. And it’s with love that we bring you the Makers issue! SFL writer Regan Toomer brings you a conversation with Miko Branch, one of the founders of Miss Jessie’s Natural Hair products. In addition, we give you 24 hours in the life of Lenna Turner, owner of TopHalf Boutique and a member…

Denim and Diamonds Mystery Dinner and Silent Auction at Chattahoochee Hills Charter School Raises Money for 28 Laptops 


Over one hundred Chatt Hills Charter parents, teachers, administrators, and friends of the school gathered to solve a whodunit, bid on silent auction items, enjoy dinner and music and learn a little more about Chattahoochee Hills Charter. Many donated to the laptop fund in an exciting paddle up auction. Photography by Sease the Moment

February 2018 Around Town

 Atlanta Native Tayari Jones Releases New Novel An American Marriage”  An American Marriage is a look at the personal toll of the criminal justice system from the author of Silver Sparrow (2011) and The Untelling (2005).  The Kirkus review follows. 

A Handmade Valentine’s Day

 un | From-Scratch Pasta  Yield: 1 pound  2 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting

Transitions

If you have natural hair, chances are you’ve heard of or tried Miss Jessie’s hair care products. The products help treat and style hair with curly, kinky and wavy textures. One of the masterminds behind the coveted products, Miko Branch is still focused on improving the brand while helping people embrace their natural textures. 

A Hush Affair Brings Stars, Fun, and Raises Scholarships

The Twenty Pearls Foundation’s signature fundraiser, A Hush Affair Silent Auction and Gala, took place  at the Atlanta Airport Marriott Gateway Hotel. This year marked the chapter's 25th anniversary and the gala reflected such in the evening's theme, "A Platinum Evening with the Stars.” The formal event featured live entertainment and an impressive silent auction and was well-attended by local…

The Benefit of Practicing Mindfulness

Greetings! Are you ready for a fresh start? As a mother, wife, business owner, social advocate and friend to many, I understand how life can get in the way of taking care of yourself, so I’m bringing the self-care to you! 

Sisters Unbound Reading Everything (S.U.R.E.) Book Club

The Ladies of Sisters Unbound Reading Everything, affectionately known as  (S.U.R.E.),  book club is a South Fulton gem. These ladies have been together for twelve years and counting. Their love for each other and passion for reading is pretty amazing. They have an undeniable bond of sisterhood and #BlackGirlJoy.  I fell in love with them even more I attended their…

Kafia Haile

After 18 years, I never expected to return home to Atlanta. I spent my childhood enthralled by movies that made me excited to see the world and use stories to unite people across cultures. After graduating from Spelman College, I landed my dream job as a tribes and culture analyst at the Pentagon and deployed to Iraq in 2008. I…

Leaning into Her Passions:

SFL: What was your thought process as you opened the TopHalf Boutique?

Refresh and Reset Your Fitness Routine

 Happy New Year, Y’all!  New year, new beginnings! It’s my pleasure to unveil some changes from our corporate office that will ensure the South Fulton Lifestyle magazine you have come to love over the past two years has a fresh new look! I hope you enjoy the new layout and this month’s Active theme.  As much as it’s a cliche…