Saturday, October 23, 2010

Southern Road Trip: Atlanta + Athens, Georgia

We were in the Atlanta area for 5 days! The longest we visited anywhere. I decided, instead of 5 posts I would condense it into my favourite parts.

The thrifting was incredible! I have never been to so many huge thrift stores in my life. There were rows and rows of pretty dresses to hunt through, I was in absolute heaven. The vintage stores were just as good! Rag-O-Rama was my personal favourite. I'd say I went to around 30 stores, possibly more just in this state! On the third day of our thrifting overload Caleb and I were walking into a thrift store just as someone was walking out, It just so happened it was Rhiannon of Liebemarlene Vintage! I was a little shocked, so my mouth running about a mile a minute and with my accent I'm surprised she understood a word I was saying! She really was the loveliest girl though and had the cutest outfit (of course). It was just so strange as Atlanta is such a big city and her blog, for about three years now has been a top favourite of mine!


My birthday was during our visit in Atlanta. Caleb had a big surprise for me and ended up taking me to Six Flags. For a New Zealander,this is pretty much the best thing ever. New Zealand's one and only theme park pretty much consists of bumper boats and mini golf! I went on a ton of rides, the whole time reassuring a 6'4 Caleb that no, he would not get decapitated or fall out of his seat. We went to a restaurant after and stayed at a fancy hotel that night. It was lovely!
For most of the time we were there, we stayed in Marietta with the nicest girl from my camp I worked at over the summer. Marietta was the cutest place. One night we went to the most amazing Mexican restaurant. This was Caleb's first time in two years having authentic Mexican so he got two orders and finished the lot! Then afterwards we walked around town with the most delicious ice creams. Too bad I can never remember the names of the places we ate!



On the final day we were in Atlanta, we drove to Athens, GA. We were planning to go earlier in the week, but we kept leaving it too late. Athens was so very beautiful! I wish we had walked around the outskirts more and I had taken photos there, but I was too busy thrifting and vintage shopping, as usual. I went to the best vintage stores there. Agora was this wonderful crazily decorated place, with clothing and oddities crammed everywhere. We emerged after at least an hour, after debating whether we had room in a suitcase for a coke bottle phone, with a great discounted pair of roper boots for Caleb.

Next we went just down the street to Minx, where I found my favourite pair of ankle boots and a romper for $1! The lady who owned the store was super friendly, talking to us about her Louisiana childhood and how one time a lady came into her shop grabbed a whole pile of stuff, without trying it on and bought the lot. She later told her she was a buyer for Gap and they use the designs of the vintage clothes to make things for the store. How cheeky. Rhiannon had told us about a lovely place too eat, but silly me forgot to write it down so if there is a next time, it will definitely be high on my list!
After those two stores it was late in the afternoon so we were just going to head back slowly. Until I realised that the last store I wanted to visit wasn't in Athens at all it was back in Atlanta, just to make matters worse we had been in the area just the day before. We went as fast as we could back to Decatur to go to Kudzu, an antiques store. We got there with five minutes to browse and then the shop closed. At least I got to check it out!

Vintage Romper, Felt Hat, Culottes and both tops- Thrifted, Christchurch, New Zealand
Shoes: Asheville, NC

25 comments:

  1. Sounds like a thrifter's paradise!! (Um, no wonder you have the best trade me vintage shop!)

    That's so cool that you met Rhiannon, and the bit about your boyfriend getting anxious about the potential decapitation really made me laugh - which sounds sick, but you know what I mean haha :)

    X

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  2. i really love what you're wearing! and wow you met another blogger!!!

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  3. oooh, i'm glad you got back to atlanta in time! and it's great that you got to meet rhiannon (:

    http://itscohen.blogspot.com/

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  4. I am crazy jealous. Everything looks amazing...except that armadillo bag. That just stresses me out. But, everything else. honest.

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  5. woah...that armadillo bag is insane! and creepy.

    what a lovely birthday surprise! hope it was fun :)

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  6. Rhiannon is such a celebrity in the fashion blog world....I think I would have probably asked for an autograph. Super nerd. That's awesome though, and you both look beautiful. I simply love your romper. Did you cut it?

    I love your style! I'm so happy you found my blog because now I've found yours! I'll be back often from now on :)

    Let me know if you ever make it to NY during your American adventures!!

    xo.
    Hayley

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  7. thrifting and antiquing in other countries is always the best!

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  8. oh gosh! you got to meet her. what a wonderful surprise that would of been!!
    :)
    and, don't worry, i'm sure your nz accent wasn't too bad. but i have one myself and i know what you mean. hehehe.

    xxxx

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  9. nice pictures!! your dresses are lovely and the weather there seems so good!! I'm jealous, it's about 3°C in london right now : c


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  10. Wow what an amazing time you must've had - can't believe you met Rhiannon, so lucky!

    Sally x

    Louder Than Silence

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  11. your trip sounds so wonderful! and it's amazing that you met Rhiannon, i love her blog!

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  12. The first two outfits are so cute!!
    xx

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  13. It was so great meeting you! I understood you for sure (your accent was the best!) and it still seems so surreal to have been talking about Ruby Boutique and NZ fashion in front of Value Village in Atlanta!

    I'm so glad you had a good time in Atlanta and Athens. Oooh, you're right about Rag-A-Rama . . . And the ladies who own Minx and Agora are so nice! The countryside around Athens is pretty good, but when I'm there I just go vintage shopping too. :)

    When Lauren told me she met you the first thing I asked was what kind of outfit you had on--your style is so cute, so I'm so happy you started a blog!

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  14. This looks/sounds like so much fun! Love your outfits.. You're so stylish!

    KF x

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  15. Looks like the BEST trip!!! Love your outfit!!!
    kisses
    xoThe Beckerman Girls

    http://www.BeckermanBitePlate.com

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  16. wow, I would love to visit so many vintage stores too! now I am envious :D

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  17. Love your blog, so glad that I found it, you wear the cutest clothes!

    And wow, can't believe you got to meet Rhiannon, that's the equivalent of seeing an A list celebrity to me :D

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  18. i love your blog layout....mind sharing your tricks of the trade??? i love the wallpaper on the side! im having a give away for one of my favorite magazines if youd like to enter it :)

    fashionmademefunky.blogspot.com

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  19. I literally could not be any more jealous of you, your trip sounds like perfection.

    kimashleyclarke.blogspot.com xxx

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  20. haha holy crap girl what are the chances of just bumping into Rhiannon like that! so stoked for you :)

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  21. I loove the first pic! You two both look so cute.

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  22. love that first photo, your outfits are amazing

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  23. It looks so cool! Great blog

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  24. That's like the first blog I ever read. How cool! And I'm not sure if it was in this post, but I saw crawfish somewhere...jealous!

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