February is the shortest, most love-filled month of the year! Make the most out of every day (and guess what, you get an extra one in 2016) with some awesome FINDS we discovered at the best Atlanta stores. And don’t worry — not all of these have to do with a certain holiday connected to a naked, chubby, winged baby with a bow and arrow.
For the Kiddos
Remember when our generation couldn’t get enough of those Mr. Sketch Markers, sniffing our colorful drawings, and we collected Scratch ‘N Sniff stickers like they were rare commodities? Guess kids never get tired of smelly toys because Salon Red Kids has Whiffer Sniffer backpack clips for $10. These stuffed toys look, and smell, like aromatic objects including apple, tangerine, pizza, frosted cookie and much more. Now your kid can scarf down pizza and have his backpack smell the same way!
Support independent artists and local lines by shopping at Edgewood’s The Beehive. The store has jewelry, toys, clothing, body products and so much more, all made by hardworking artisans, most of whom live in Atlanta. Though the pictured line is from outside Georgia, we fell for these adorable stuffed toys, $26, from Mr. Sogs, which just made us smile.
This is a great buy for families, new Atlantans or a weekend crew looking to do something new. The Clue Town Books offer ready-to-solve scavenger hunts in walkable areas of Atlanta, including Piedmont Park (90 minutes), BeltLine Eastside Trail (90 minutes) and more in-town spaces. Pick up one of these clue books, $15, at Little Shop of Stories and let the adventures begin!
As we keep hearing about the rising costs of college, the best thing to do is secure a scholarship. Start them young, like really young, with these adorable Baby Lit books, $9.99 each, at Emerald August. The diapered set will learn about iambic pentameter, man vs. nature themes and how to properly define “irony” — or just love the cute pictures and colorful shapes.
Eat, Drink and Be Merry
Chocolate gift box
Obviously we can’t get through a February FINDS article and not include some homage to the good old standby gift of chocolate. However, we’ve given this Valentine’s Day staple a twist with diAmano Chocolate’s boxed “girly” set, $15. Recipients can enjoy a chocolate credit card, mini white chocolate heels, a dark chocolate handbag and more.
Red velvet cherries
Candy from the experts just tastes so good! For example, Greene’s Fine Foods knows how to get your sweet tooth in gear with their very delicious, Red Velvet Cherries. For $9, customers get a half-pound bag (with an adorable green (get it?) bow) of dried cherries covered in milk chocolate and their signature red velvet candy coating. Great as a gift and even greater as a gift to yourself!
XOXO bento box
Some people just like a little of everything and the Sugarfina Valentine’s Day bento box is a great way to sneak in tastes of eight different types of candy. You can take your pick from Sugarfina’s huge candy assortment, but we’d recommend keeping the V-day vibe going and selecting themed candies, like sugar lips, cherry sweethearts, Champagne bears and more. On average, the eight pieces of candy are about $65, but the price varies based on your selections.
Say what you want about winter’s frigid temperatures and the inevitable dry skin and flat hair, but the season does let you experiment with super chic coats. Before the warmer months start creeping in, make the best of February’s cold weather with this rad coat, $139.99, from M2 Mode Marche. This mustard yellow coat, from Barcelona designer Desigual, has a dramatic black-and-white lining and cool details, like a graphic design at the bottom and modern toggles.
Faux fur vest
February is a sneaky month that tricks you into believing spring is just around the corner, then dumps an unexpected Icemageddon on your lap (and driveway). Because the weather is still pretty cold, try this adorable faux fur vest from Tres Jolie in Decatur. The lined vest, $59.99, features an adorable, detachable hood, which makes it a great item even when the weather starts getting warmer.
Worthmore Jewelers is one of our favorite places to get fantastic, one-of-a-kind pieces. Not only do they carry amazing pieces and lines from the best designers in the world — the staff treats everyone the same, with respect, courtesy and a smile. We LOVE this druzy stone necklace, $528, because of the unique sterling silver chain and the hue (hello, rose quartz is the 2016 color of the year).
Whether it’s date night or a night out with the girls, look your best with these crazy adorable pumps from Sole Shoes & Accessories. The pewter, metallic suede heels, $104, will go with almost anything, dressing up a dark pair of jeans or making the perfect complement to a sweet cocktail dress.
Home Is Where the Heart Is
Wild Oats & Billy Goats has no shortage of gorgeous, handcrafted wares from local artists. It was hard to narrow down to one item, but we thought this hand-poured concrete cheese board with attached wooden knife, $60, was so cool and a great modern addition to your serving pieces. The ATL board, created by Clarkston artist Mona Patel, is sealed with tung oil and beeswax to create a slick look and prevent scratching.
Celebrate all things Atlanta with this adorable ABC print, $22, from steve mckenzie’s. This is an alphabetical way to show your love for the city or perhaps introduce your little one to what makes Atlanta … well, Atlanta. Some letters might be obvious (of course, C is for Coca-Cola) and others may make you chuckle (the Z for “zonked after running Peachtree Road Race” picture is spot on).
Picnics don’t have to be just a summer event; enjoy your basket full of warm soup and hot chocolate atop this large blanket, $99.50, from High Country Outfitters. The really cool thing about this plaid blanket is the way it comes rolled with a leather carrier. Formerly called “motor robes,” these easy-to-transport wool blankets make a great addition for any outdoor event or indoor snuggling.
Roll the dice and you may luck out with these playful boxes, $16 each, from Trinity Mercantile. The wood boxes, with an overlay resembling ivory, make a cute gift for anybody who loves craps, bunco or even Yahtzee.
Body and Spirit
Getting clean feels good; doing something good for another person feels even better. For every bar of Poppy Soap Co.’s amazing organic handmade soaps sold, the company donates a bar to a local women’s shelter. Fabu carries these lovely, both inside and out, soaps, $12 each, that feature delicious scents, like lavender lemongrass and peppermint basil.
If an article had smell-o-vision, we think this February FINDS piece would make the cut. Keep your house looking, and smelling, good this month with Scents ‘N Suds’ home fragrance diffusers, $39.50. These lovely glass bottles come with fragrance oils in scents like Tahitian lime, black orchid and agave sage. While you’re at Scents ‘N Suds, visit the aroma bar and let the staff mix you a custom perfume, lotion or soap, based on your individual preferences.
Have a fabulous February full of love, from friends, family and that special someone in your life. Hope you have a great time discovering more awesome Atlanta FINDS and please share them with everyone here at StyleBlueprint!