MIND MATTERS

Beth Finnerty stresses the value of maintaining your mental health

Read any health magazine or website, and you’ll find plenty of ways to improve your physical well-being, from probiotics to Pilates. But while we hear all the time about how healthy eating and exercise are crucial to our overall health, an important part of our bodies is often left out of the conversation: our minds. And they […]

FOREVER FASHIONABLE

Jeweler Laura Powers creates timeless custom styles

If diamonds are a girl’s best friend, Buckhead-based jeweler Laura Powers might be the BFF of diamonds themselves. She began as a jewelry apprentice during college in North Carolina and came to Atlanta as a sales manager for Tiffany & Co. For the last 27 years, she’s been creating elegant pieces, 90 percent of which are custom made, for her […]

BECOMING HER OWN MARTHA

The creative genius behind a popular Atlanta homegrown brand finds her groove

After testing the waters with a handmade bracelet business on Etsy, Mandy Kellogg Rye, a former digital healthcare consultant and Chicagoan, launched her well-read blog Waiting on Martha (WOM) in 2012. The site eventually transformed into an e-commerce business aimed at serving stylish women who were looking for witty gifts and chic yet lighthearted and […]

FINDING BALANCE IN BUCKHEAD

Dtox alum Shannon Salter Sliger opens Sama this spring…

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When you walk into the new Sama Food for Balance, you’ll get the feeling that it’s time to chillax. From the soothing music to the warm colors of copper, terracotta and green, and spiced aromas coming from the kitchen, its goal is to have you breathing a little sigh of stress relief. […]

A NEW TACK

Liz Hammack designs statement jewelry with unusual materials.

Sometimes following your interests wherever they lead can, in fact, pave the way to beautiful things. Such is the case for Liz Hammack, creator of “it” jewelry line, Tack. The 39-year-old Buckhead-based mom of three is a former Swoozie’s gift buyer who turned her desire to be at home with her little ones and an intense love of bold […]

IN LIVING COLOR

A local lifestyle guru keeps things chic on her website.

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Meet Kelly Page, the bubbly, business-savvy woman behind Bluegraygal.com, a one-year-old website featuring decorating, fashion and lifestyle content as well as an online shop. A full-time, stay-at-home mom to a 9-year-old daughter and 6-year-old identical twin boys, Page, who lives on the edge of Sandy Springs, balances her maternal duties with her TV appearances, […]

SOUL SISTER

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Shari L. Fox helps you find your authentic self

Are you soul-searching? Stuck in a rut? Shari L. Fox gets it. She’s been there. Before starting her business in 2012 as a “Soul Teacher,” a.k.a. personal growth facilitator, Fox had tried just about every selfhelp technique on the market—energy work, therapy, coaching, cleansing, vision boarding, you name it—to feel good and be happy. “At the root […]

MAKING A SPECTACLE

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Wendy Salle’s statement glasses elevate style.

Striking eyewear can amplify the wearer’s style, much like fabulous clothing or a cutting-edge hairdo. British-born Sandy Springs resident Wendy Salle, 50, knows a thing or two about that, having owned Salle Opticians for nearly 30 years, 22 of them in Buckhead’s Phipps Plaza. The shop, which will move to a new, high-tech retail space (also in the mall) later […]

JUST DANCE

The creator of Dance 101 shares how it’s never too late to begin a new life journey.

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Unlike many professional dancers who begin studying their craft in childhood, Sandy Springs resident and creator of Dance 101 Ofelia de La Valette, 59, began dancing only 24 years ago. An employee benefits broker at the time, de La Valette was working out at the gym trying to lose […]

PRETTY SWELL

Jewelry designer Amy Rodbell’s creative style pays off, in design and business.

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Bold is the name of the game for Buckhead-based jewelry designer Amy Rodbell. As founder and creative director of Swell Caroline, the former Ralph Lauren stylist and Capitol Hill staffer (for Georgia congressman, the late Hon. Charles Norwood) started the fashion-forward, affordable line out of her home in 2010. Since, it’s grown to placements […]