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getting in touch with my inner colorado girl



I admit it, Atlanta is seriously growing on me.  I mean, it’s not perfect.  There are no mountains and traffic is ridiculous.  However if all my days were like yesterday, I could probably live in Atlanta happily forever.

My day started out with a lovely brunch at Ria’s Bluebird with my ATL sidekicks Caroline and Liz.  Liz, who is basically my twin, and I do creepy things all the time like wear the same clothing and text each other the same messages simultaneously.  After waking up and deciding to go to brunch, Liz and I actually texted the suggestion of Ria’s Bluebird to each other at the same time.  Atlanta is a pretty big place and there are tons of places for brunch, so it was way random that we both suggested Ria’s.  However, I think it was probably a testament to our taste in restaurants because Ria’s was fantastic.  The decor was delightfully kitschy and we sat outside on the semi-open patio.  Atlanta does earn major points for its incredible fall weather.  Right now the days are a perfect 75 degrees and the nights are a little bit cooler.  It’s basically like Colorado in the summer.  The food was also great.  Pumpkin pancakes were featured as a special, so of course I had to order those since we all know how I feel about pumpkin foods.  How were they?  Light, fluffy, and topped with candied ginger whipped topping.  You tell me.  I was incredibly happy.

Pumpkin pancakes

After brunch, we headed to nearby Candler Park for a fall festival.  Liz, Caroline, and I stopped for a photo op by a tree that we found on our walk to the park.  Atlanta earns additional points for how incredible the foliage is right now.

Incredible leaves

Leaf photo courtesy of Liz

At the festival, we sampled a bad red velvet cupcake and a delicious pumpkin spice cupcake.  We also stopped by this fabulous jewelry stand where I bought a necklace and earrings.  The necklace is made from vintage charms, and Caroline picked it out for me because it has a “P” charm.  I picked out the dove earrings because I love doves, which is probably good since I have one permanently inked on my ankle.

Jewelry from Talulah B

Following the festival, we all parted ways for some GTL time, minus the T.  I went on a fun five mile trail run at Sweet Water Creek State Park.  Liz and I then met up to go crash a B.O.B. concert at Emory University.  Of course we were wearing the exact same outfit, down to the peep toe gray/silver flats.

Twin this is getting ridiculous

Once we found our way around Emory, Liz and I realized that we needed to find Emory students to let us be their plus ones for admission.  We had absolutely no shame and eventually found two girls who let us be their guests.  This is slightly less creepy than it sounds, I promise.  The Carter Center is connected with Emory and there are a lot of Emory students interning with us who had told us about the free concert in the first place.

The openers were terrible, but B.O.B. was really good!  I was actually pleasantly surprised by how good he was live, and homeboy is talented.  He played the guitar and the piano, performing all of his big songs like “Nothing on You” and “Airplanes.”  “Kids Don’t Stand a Chance” was probably my favorite song that he performed.  Hands down though, the best part of the concert was a surprise guest appearance by T.I.!  He performed “Live Your Life” and “Whatever You Like.”  Liz and I had a moment.

Concert crashing = epic success

I don’t think I could have imagined a more perfect day in Hotlanta if I tried.  My time in Atlanta is winding down, and I am actually getting a little sad.  Realistically Atlanta and I were never going to be in it for the long-haul.  But a fun summer fling?  Absolutely.  I see you ATL.  Do your thing.



Author: paulamahla

Typical Colorado girl that can't make up her mind. Trail running, hiking, climbing, camping, CrossFit, ultimate frisbee, and skiing? E, all of the above.

2 thoughts on “ATLove

  1. LOVE IT. Except…I think you need to explain that our dressing as twins is never intentional. Because otherwise, we are just creepy. Not cute-creepy. Yeah. That is all. xoxo

  2. You have a tattoo?!

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