Dieting vs. Healthy Eating

I am resolutely anti diet. So here’s my tough love 2 cents on the topic.

I define a diet as any eating program that is intended to cause rapid weight loss (over 2lbs a week) by enforcing drastic restrictions (entire food groups are removed) or unusual consumption (liquids,shakes,pills). These types of programs are not healthy or sustainable, and their results are never permanent.

On the other hand, I am a fan of elimination programs that help us sensitize our body and palate to real food and help us identify what, if any, food sensitivities we may have.


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“Slow Poke” Bill

A new law has been passed by the House and Senate that would make it illegal to drive slowly in the left lane. We’ve all been behind those drivers. They cruise right along side the right lane car, making it impossible to go around or speed up. Well, House Bill 459 will be keeping a few more of them on the right side.

The bill, which is commonly referred to as the “Slow Poke Bill,” would force slower drivers to move into the right lane if a faster car is approaching. If they fail to do so, they could be ticketed with a large sum.

If signed, the bill will go into effect July 1st.


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Some Like it Hot, Some Like a Stout

There’s always so much going on at the Jepson Center, and this week is no exception. On Thursday, April 17 at 6pm, Telfair Museums will present the first of two Marilyn Monroe film classics, Some Like it Hot. The screening complements the traveling exhibition Marilyn: Celebrating an American Icon, now showing at the Jepson Center.

There’s more. The Jepson Café will be featuring Moon River Brewing Company for this month’s Art on Tap. The happy hour runs from 5-8pm on Thursday. Tickets include one drink ticket, light appetizers and museum admission. A perfect pre-show treat!


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Talking Trends: Celebrity Stylist Ashley Borders gives us the 411

Throughout the past 10 years, I have styled celebrities, royals and fashionistas alike and what I’ve learned, and what the best stylists know is – you should always advise and dress your clients, each to their own style, but in the most flattering way.  I would not want the public or my peers to know I dressed a certain individual simply because of a style that would be recognized as my own but on another person. I love for my clients to be the new round of style icons because they stand out from the crowd with their fabulous, impeccable, and uniquely tailored look that suits them personally – not something dictated off a runway. It is only in channeling ones personal style that this is truly possible.  Your style shines most when you are true to yourself and your body.

Season after season, fashion enthusiasts and consumers are swamped with an overwhelming view of the latest designer trends. Most of these “on catwalk” styles, seen in the Fashion Shows in NY/Paris/Milan, quickly become the influence of the designers at the more affordable, economically friendly, shops that most of us mere fiscal-mortals (everyone sans Kate Moss and her uber-glamorous posse of photo friendly celebs) shop at.


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Top Choice Events for This Week: April 14-20

We are fully into spring and ready for action. With this lovely weather comes many lovely events. Here are just a few we picked out from our calendar.

SCADstyle – Monday, April 14

From April 14 to 18, SCAD will present the university’s annual showcase of style and design. This event is held at SCAD locations in Savannah, Atlanta, and Hong Kong. The week promises panel discussions and workshops on current trends in architecture, fashion, jewelry and more. Find out more at SCADstyle 2014.

Martinis at the Mansion – Wednesday, April 16

Our favorite monthly event is this Wednesday. We’ll be at the Mansion on Forsyth for $5 martinis and delicious appetizers. A silent auction will be held to benefit Girls on the Run, a program that helps girls take charge of their lives, promoting confidence, joy and health.


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Savannah Youth Sings

Photography by T. Mills Fleming

The Savannah Country Day School and the Esther F. Garrison School of Visual and Performing Arts will present Savannah Youth Sings: Savannah’s Invitational Youth Choir Festival on April 14 at the Lucas Theater.

All are welcome. There is a suggested donation of $5 per person and $20 per family. Proceeds from the concert will go to Sponsors of New and Talented Artists.


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Girls on the Run

On Wednesday, April 16, Girls on the Run will be hosting a silent auction during Martinis at the Mansion. Girls on the Run is an organization designed to teach girls how to take charge of their lives. They begin by helping girls understand what is important to them and realize the facets of healthy relationships. These young women are taught to build confidence and self-respect and make a habit of healthy living.

They offer a 10-week program which includes a 5k celebration run. Can’t leave out health and fitness! The program is for girls from grades three to eight. It teaches life skills with conversation-based lessons, running games and laughter. 


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Marc Jacobs and Louis Vuitton Film Screening

On April 10, The Art of Great Fashion’s Committee Co-Chairs will host a screening of the 2007 documentary Marc Jacobs & Louis Vuitton. The viewing will take place at the Jepson’s Auditorium from 6 to 8pm. This screening will preface The Art of Great Fashion, a signature event for the Telfair Museums, scheduled for May 5. The evening will feature the Spring 2014 MARC BY MARC JACOBS collection, which complements the traveling exhibition Marilyn: Celebrating an American Icon, now on display at the Jepson until July 27.

The documentary follows Marc Jacobs and his team as they work to complete two spring 2007 collections: one in Manhattan for the Marc Jacobs label and one in Paris for Louis Vuitton. Jacobs left Louis Vuitton in 2013 in order to focus on his own label.

Tickets for the screening are free to museum members and $12 for the public.


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Top Choice Events for This Week: April 7-13

Wine, roasting, music and fashion… what a city! Here are some events that we’re particularly looking forward to this week.

12th Annual Gulfstream ChallengeMonday, April 7

Gulfstream and Habitat Savannah are teaming up for the 12th Annual Gulfstream Challenge. What better way to start out your week than with a little golf?

Amos Lee “Mountains of Sorrow, Rivers of Song’ TourTuesday, April 8

Amos Lee will be performing tomorrow night at the Johnny Mercer Theatre as part of his tour to promote a new album, Mountains of Sorrow, Rivers of Song. $1 from each ticket sold will go to Musicians on Call, a non-profit organization that helps to bring live and recorded music to patients in healthcare facilities.


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Yoga Barre: Arm Balance and Handstand Workshop

I had the good fortune of catching Jessica Taylor’s arm balance and handstand workshop at the new Yoga Barre. I know Jessica from our days as lululemon ambassadors; she is a talented and warm individual who has made an art out of teaching yoga in a challenging but accessible way.

The new Yoga Barre is GREAT; it’s a huge, well-designed space.  Considering how jammed full of students the class was, we still had ample room to work on breaking our fear of inversions. The beautifully backlit instructor’s stage set a stunning backdrop for Jessica’s effortless handstand demos.


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Marilyn Monroe at the Jepson

Marilyn: Celebrating an American Icon opens this Friday, April 4th, at the Jepson Center for the Arts. It features various works from private collectors, archives, European art galleries, and artists’ estates. This exhibition gives viewers the opportunity to walk through Marilyn’s life and get a sense of her, not only as a persona but also as a person. Known as one of the greatest icons of the 20th century, Marilyn is truly a legend of her time. In the exhibition, which follows Marilyn’s life chronologically, a quote from Gloria Steinem reads, “I remember her on the screen, huge as a colossus doll, mincing and whispering and simply hoping her way into vulnerability.”

From sketches of her elegant figure to intimate photos of an emotionally exposed woman, this display will show a whole new side of the legend known as Marilyn Monroe. Andy Warhol’s infamous silk screenings are shown, as well as a quote about Marilyn from Mr. Warhol himself.  The exhibit will be open to the public on Friday and will run through July 27th.  This evening, April 3rd, the Jepson will be hosting Marilyn Opening Night Talk and Party at 6pm.  Guests with paid admission as well as Telfair members will have the opportunity to hear Lisa Grove, director and CEO of the Jepson, discuss the exhibit in detail. A reception will follow with appetizers and a cash bar.  For more information, visit telfair.org.


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Marilyn: Celebrating an American Icon

As the naïve but sexy temptress upstairs in The Seven Year Itch and the unsatisfied, scheming wife with murderous intentions in Niagara, and every role in between, she was bigger than the screen and we couldn’t get enough of her. Still can’t. She continues to be the pin-up girl to beat and our favorite endorser of Chanel No. 5. Just as she did in her films, in life, Marilyn Monroe left us wanting more.

Telfair Museums will be showing Marilyn: Celebrating an American Icon from April 4-July 27 at the Jepson Center. This internationally traveling exhibition features over 100 works from private collections, Sotheby’s archives and European art galleries. Each work demonstrates the artist’s own interpretation of the icon that was Marilyn Monroe.


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MOBILE ARTIST PROGRAM

The creativity of Savannah’s growing art gallery scene continues to impress us.  Non-Fiction Gallery has partnered with the dynamic new non-profit entity for artists, Art Rise Savannah, to bring internationally renowned artists to Savannah to work with local artists and patrons.

On April 3, Non-Fiction Gallery will launch the Mobile Artist Program by featuring world-renowned artist, Marshall Carbee.  Carbee’s works have been collected by patrons such as Eric Clapton, Bob Dylan, and former First Lady, Laura Bush.  He is considered to be the only true “green” artist as he makes his own pigments from local materials and harnesses forces of nature to create his paintings.  One of his works to be displayed at Non-Fiction Gallery was four years in the making having been submerged in the ocean, blown in a hurricane, dried in the sun, and crafted by insects.  He is practicing a unique form of artistic resistance by trying to be involved in the process as little as possible.


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Top Choice Events for this Week: March 31-April 6

Every time we turn around there is another event – community members celebrating local or international art, organizations raising funds and awareness for worthy causes, societies honoring deserving members, and of course the excess of live entertainment and parties. What a place we live in. There’s something for everyone and a lot for most. Here’s what’s on our agenda for this week.

Savannah Jaycees Leadership NOW! Wednesday, April 1

Savannah Jaycees is hosting Leadership NOW!, a lecture series that features prominent community leaders. On Wednesday, the keynote speaker is Dr. Robert E. Johnson, MD of Southeast ENT/ Facial Plastic Surgery. Dinner, wine and beer are provided. These free lectures offer a great opportunity for learning and networking.

Non-Fiction Art Gallery presents Mobile Artist ProgramWednesday, April 2


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2014 Flavor of Georgia Winners

Two local favorites won big this year at the 2014 Flavor of Georgia contest. Roberto and Lacie Leoci of Leoci’s won People’s Choice Award for their Rasberry-Jalapeno Jam. They were up against 35 other products and hundreds of members of the public voted to determine them the winner. It has been a long time since a jam or jelly won People’s Choice so it must be the best around!

The other local winners were Matthew and Andrew McClune of Ogeechee Meat Market who’s Vidalia Onion Sausage claimed 1st Prize in the meat and seafood category, beating out 125 other Georgia products. Better grab those for your next barbeque.


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Temazcal – Aztec Sweat Lodge

While I expected my honeymoon to be fun and relaxing, I never would have guessed we’d have a life changing experience. After the fun and fuss of our wedding my husband and I went to Mexico. Our first stop was Chitchen Itza for two days of sleep, pool and ruins. Next stop Tulum for five days -an idyllic, low-key beach town 1.5 hours south of Cancun. Among a list of recommended restaurants and activities, the Temazcal, an Aztec sweat lodge, sounded the most unusual. We found a Posada (Inn) that had a shaman available for the three-hour ritual.


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Tybee Island Wedding Chapel Ballroom & South Issue Release

See what happened at the South magazine 2014 April/May Travel and Adventure Issue release party and opening of the Tybee Island Wedding Chapel Grand Ballroom! Thank you for sharing your video with us, New River Auto Mall!


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SAVANNAH TECHNICAL COLLEGE TO SALUTE COMMUNITY STARS

This Friday, March 28, at noon, the Savannah Technical College Foundation Community Council will host the 2014 Tribute to Community STARS. It will take place in the Eckburg Auditorium on the Savannah campus. This event honors over 20 people who have been nominated for their service and dedication to the community. It also provides the opportunity to raise funds for the Savannah Tech Foundation scholarship.

The STC Foundation currently awards between $75,000 and $100,000 annually in privately-funded scholarships. This event helps students to be able to afford a higher education and allows the community to recognize deserving individuals.

The evening will also feature a silent auction with items produced by current students of the college. Tickets are $100 per person, and proceeds from ticket sells and the auction will go to the STC Foundation.

Join us tomorrow night for Savannah Technical College’s eighth year honoring local heroes. For more  information call 912.443.5512.


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2014 Flannery O’Connor Parade and Street Fair

Photography by Natasha Jones

On Sunday, March 30, the 2014 Flannery O’Connor Parade and Street Fair will take place in Lafayette Square. Come out to help celebrate the birthday of renowned author and Savannah native Flannery O’Connor. There will be games, contests, live music and displays from local vendors.

Everyone is invited to join in the parade. So bring your signs and un-amplified instruments. You can even make your parade sign at the site. Art materials will be donated by Blick. Feel free to dress up as your favorite O’Connor character. (Oh, please, somebody go as the Misfit). There will be live music by Andrew Hartzel and Anna Chandler. Rumor has it that Gonga the Gorilla might be there too.


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South’s Greatest Destinations 2014

The South has been characterized by rustic cabins, fried chicken, sweet tea, hunting, fishing, and mint juleps. Our charms extend well beyond all this from our cities to our shores. Pack your bags and discover some of our favorite places!

Check out our guides highlighting some of the greatest features of these Southern destinations.


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