We’re going to the Viceroy in St. Lucia in a few weeks. We know, right? You hate us a little? Well, duh. What would be the fun in social media if weren’t all trying to display our best life (insert picture of elaney wearing nautical clothing and aviators while holding champagne on a yacht).
And in addition to the champagne, we’ll also be indulging in one of our favorite summer guilty pleasures! That’s “write” – you guessed it…CHICK LIT. We love it, and like music that comes from former stars of Disney Channel shows, our affections for it are not waning with age.
Since it’s been awhile since we posted much about what we’ve been reading, there is actually quite a lot to share. But for the purposes today…elaney’s Guide to Chick Lit for Summer 2013:
The one we can’t wait for…Revenge Wears Prada: The Devil Returns, Lauren Weisberger. This comes out on June 4th, and we’ve already put our name on the list at the public library. There is nothing more to say about this. If you claim to love chick lit and don’t have plans to read this immediately, you are dead to us. (BTW – did we ever tell you that we once went to a party with Lauren Weisberger’s cousin? Wait, you don’t think that’s cool? Well it was even more uncool when her friends told Reader Melby and elaney that she wasn’t talking about it that night. Do you think someone had forgotten to tell her that SHE ISN’T FAMOUS?!)
The one that seems appropriate…Wedding Night, Sophie Kinsella. For every season, there is a book. Dear Sophie, even though every chick lit book you’ve written since Shopaholic got married has been terrible, the art imitating life here is just too dazzling to pass on.
The one we should be embarrassed of…Size 12 and Ready to Rock, Meg Cabot. We know you don’t know why we read these, but they are (kind of) good! This is the fourth in the mystery series of Heather Wells – former teen pop start and now residence hall director at New York City College (NYU, by all accounts). They are silly – but Cabot is a good writer, and when in St. Lucia….!
Oh hey everyone. How’s it going? We can do the obvious thing and write about how much we’ve meeeesed you or we can just move on like no time has passed. We’re not really much for sentimentalities around here (ask Reader Melby), so let’s just get on with the show.
Back in the glory days of elaney, days that Reader (to be) RWL (Reader “to be” – get it?) will never fully understand (much to our chagrin), our loyal and loving readers used to write to us with questions. We liked to think of ourselves as sort of a modern day Dear Abby. We won’t pull a Lena Dunham and call ourselves “the voice of our generation” in a public forum, but if someone else wants to say that – okay, sure!
And now we have a question for you! For the past four months, the interns have been trying to help elaney find a rehearsal dinner dress for her wedding weekend! <3 Yay, wahoo! Yes, you heard right! And, once again, our low rent interns have come up empty handed. We have THE Dress…but we still need the other dress! So we’re opening the floor up to you…help us! Come one, come all…what should we wear to our own RD?!
PS. To give some context, below is the one option that was given a thumbs down by Readers Mo and shawtygetlow. And emum also echoed that, “We’re just not there yet.”
Even if the stage is at a hotel convention center. We hung out with our buddy Rob yesterday (you may know him as Vanilla Ice). Because seriously, what’s a trip to Disney World* without Vanilla Ice (it’s basically the same as a Ninja Turtles movie). He was great! Totally down to earth, able to laugh at himself, and he even did the Running Man on stage. He’s been married for 15 years (which we thought was quite impressive for a man in his line of work), and he was talking to those of us in the TV biz about his show The Vanilla Ice Project. And yes, he still wears a baseball cap everywhere he goes.
*Yes, Disney World indeed. Just where every 29 year-old, single woman wants to go by herself in July.
Those of you that know us well (and particularly our co-workers) know that we love a good sandwich. It’s one of the many things that we got from emum, and we really took this one and ran with it (wish some of the other emum virtues had been so adamantly adopted). We will spare you the details of our love affair with the turkey sandwich (we can’t complain about people talking about their eating habits on facebook and then do the same thing here), but just trust us: we love a sandwich for lunch. That’s why we were delighted to discover this list of 14 best sandwiches in Atlanta (btw, DailyCandy is great again. We just rejoined and love their redesign – much smarter. Even stole the post title). #1 is Victory Sandwich Bar in Inman Park…which we’ve been dying to try. Plus, the list includes one of our other random favorite finds: Papi’s (a hole in the wall cuban restaurant in Midtown). Bun appetit!
We love a well done commercial. Between our ad agency past and a renewed love from Mad Men, we think we can appreciate the art form in this platform for business (we were so inspired by Dove’s epic “True Colors” commercial that we decided to try to work for the creating agency, Ogilvy & Mather). This P&G spot was recently recognized at the Cannes festival for advertising. And we think you’ve probably learned enough about emum to know that it made us tear up.
As is the meal! We’ve been wanting to try STG Trattoria since it opened, despite its opening to mixed reviews. The AJC gave it 2 out of 5 stars, and we’d heard so-so anecdotal responses as well. So why did we want to try it? Few of the obvious reasons: Italian is our favorite, we love trying the new spot in town, it’s in our neighborhood, yada yada. However, we really wanted to try it because it was opened by the owner of Bocado. And while we don’t love Bocado (the menu is just weird), we do like that it’s a fun place to have a midrange night out (it’s not Fourth & Swift but it’s not Zoe’s). And if there is any category of restaurant that Atlanta is missing out on, it’s the nice / midrange spot.
So perhaps it’s because our expectation was low, but we really liked it. We sat outside, but the inside is really charming too (the entryway doubles as a wine cellar). We had two apps: the beet salad and the pork meatballs…both yummy. And then the pork sausage pizza. We don’t have the most discerning palate when it comes to pizza napoletana, as we’ve never really met a slice we didn’t like, but we thought this iteration was satisfying as well.