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Atlanta Food Bloggers’ Society host day of indulgence

L'Occitane at Avalon Alpharetta

What’s not to love about a day full of pampering followed by brunch? That’s why I was so excited that the Atlanta Food Bloggers’ Society invited me to a fabulous outing filled with decadent bites, facials, massages, and mimosas, oh my!!! 🙂 Talk about my ideal day!! The get-together getaway was called “Bloggers & Bubbles” and featured a spa experience compliments of L’Occitane along with a taste of kitchen-inspired cuisine courtesy of South Main Kitchen.

Pampered en Provence

First up on the adventure was pampering at L’Occitane en Provence located in Alpharetta at the Avalon shopping pavilion. I absolutely love L’Occitane and have hosted and attended many events at their boutiques in the past. Plus, I use their products all the time and seriously cannot get enough. I usually go to the Buckhead store and absolutely adored one of the employees there, Kyle. Well… guess what! It just so happens that Kyle now works at the Avalon location! It was such a pleasant surprise to see him, and it made my experience that much more memorable!

Kyle and the lovelies at L’Occitane treated us to an oh-so-indulgent spa day at the store, where we received heavenly hand and back massages, fabulous facials, and yummy mimosas! I didn’t get a facial [sad face], but the ladies that did could not stop gushing over how radiant and smooth their skin was afterwards! Trust me when I tell ya that I’ve experienced more than my fair share of facials at L’Occitane so I’m very familiar with the ravings after you’ve had one. Lucky for me I got to indulge in a heavenly hand and back massage which might explain why I missed out on the facial, because time tends to get away from you when there’s a massage involved, am I right? 😉

L'Occitane at Avalon Alpharetta

Hey Kyle!!!!

L'Occitane at Avalon Alpharetta

The facials are sooo heavenly!!!

I can do this all day long….

L'Occitane at Avalon Alpharetta L'Occitane at Avalon Alpharetta

L'Occitane at Avalon Alpharetta

Who doesn’t love a good hand massage?!

L'Occitane at Avalon AlpharettaL'Occitane at Avalon AlpharettaL'Occitane at Avalon Alpharetta

What I love most about L’Occitane is their products treat your skin to a spa-quality experience without ever leaving your home. And, their products also contain all-natural organic ingredients sourced from the Mediterranean region. Each ingredient is formulated following strict tradition which makes all the difference in quality.

Downtown Delicious

The second portion of this fabulous day was all about the food. Honestly, I think if I could brunch everyday, I would! For our brunch experience we headed on down to South Main Kitchen which is literally a hop/skip from L’Occitane in Alpharetta’s historic downtown district. SMK is super charming with an open-kitchen concept, a rooftop bar, and communal tables. The perfect atmosphere for our day of double indulgence!

South Main Kitchen

As for the food, the dishes are kitchen-inspired with an emphasis on ingredients. We got to try a variety of eats, and this place takes the crown for creative dishes. The appetizers served were Parmesan Gnocchi as well as delicious Brussel Sprouts with feta, bacon, and a ginger and blood orange vinaigrette. I wish brussels were always served like this!! We then had a Kale and Brussel sprout Salad with almonds, pecorino, dried cranberries, and the same dressing that was on the other brussels. The other salad was Quinoa with arugula, feta, carrot, pumpkin seed, red onion, red pepper, and a yummy herbed vinaigrette. These were tasty, fresh twists on greens!

South Main Kitchen Parmesan Gnocchi

Parmesan Gnocchi

South Main Kitchen Brussel Sprouts

Brussel Sprouts

South Main Kitchen Kale & Brussel Sprout Salad

Kale & Brussel Sprout Salad

South Main Kitchen Quinoa Salad

Quinoa Salad

Then, of course, the entrees. There were the Short Rib Crepes which were just as interesting as they sound, featuring a rosemary pan sauce, caramelized onion, bacon, spinach, red bell pepper, goat cheese, and pickled jalapenos. If you’ve never had a savory crepe, you’re missing out! There was also a Garden Omelette with a red pepper cream sauce as well as good ‘ole Biscuits and Gravy. You can never go wrong with that Southern staple, and I definitely enjoyed getting to sink my teeth into a fluffy biscuit!

South Main Kitchen Garden Omelette

Garden Omelette

South Main Kitchen Short Rib Crepes

Short Rib Crepes

South Main Kitchen Biscuit & Gravy

Biscuit & Gravy

Wishing the day would never end

I’m still buzzing from the Bloggers & Bubbles event, which I’m sure you can see why now! A fabulous, rejuvenating spa experience at L’Occitane was an awesome way to start the day, then finishing things off with a beyond-delicious meal at South Main Kitchen was the cherry on top.

I had so much fun with all my fellow foodie babes!!! Huge hugs to Chef Melissa of the Atlanta Food Bloggers’ Society who set everything up. Thank you sooo much for inviting me! And a special thanks also goes to the sponsors, Stirrings, Scout & Molly’s of Avalon, and South Main Kitchen for also making the experience such as success! I can’t wait for our next get-together getaway. 😉

Atlanta Food Bloggers’ Society

Ladies from Atlanta Food Bloggers’ Society

Atlanta Food Bloggers’ Society

Ladies from Atlanta Food Bloggers’ Society

Atlanta Food Bloggers’ Society

Ladies from Atlanta Food Bloggers’ Society

Hey, if you’re ever in need of a little lot of pampering just head on over to L’Occitane at the Avalon shops at 2200 Old Milton Pkwy #3040 in Alpharetta, GA. And be sure to make your way down to South Main Kitchen at 9 S Main St in Alpharetta, GA for some kickin’ kitchen cuisine.

Nikka Shae The Undercover Socialite

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24 Comments

  • Reply Mimi Green March 29, 2017 at 9:10 am

    This is my kind of event girl, food and pampering SIGN ME UP! We need a food bloggers society here in the DC area. The facials and massages sound so relaxing, I’m long overdue for an appointment. I always eat my heart out when I come to the A. Y’all put it down on the food.

  • Reply Kita March 29, 2017 at 10:21 pm

    Looks like you had a blast. I will have to check out South Main Kitchen because that food looks so good.

  • Reply robin masshole mommy March 30, 2017 at 6:28 am

    That pretty much sounds like the best day ever – eating and facials. I would be in heaven.

  • Reply candy March 30, 2017 at 7:39 am

    Wow talk about a day full of pampering, spoiling, good friends and great food. I could go for a massage right now. Who doesn’t want to be pampered and treated to some great tasting food afterwards. Plus making new friends.

  • Reply Katie Kinsley March 30, 2017 at 9:07 am

    I LOVE L’occitaine products! My mom got me a lot for Christmas and I’m almost done with everything.

  • Reply Jeanette March 30, 2017 at 9:15 am

    OK you are doing this right! What a great day of spoiling! I need to follow you around and enjoy all the stuff that you did! I would love to have a spa day that massage chair looks heavenly and that food looks divine.

  • Reply Stacie March 30, 2017 at 10:52 am

    My two favorite things. Pampering and food! Looks like you had an amazing time.

  • Reply lisa March 30, 2017 at 12:00 pm

    What an amazing day! This is something I could go for! I would love a day of pampering and delicious foods!

  • Reply Doria March 30, 2017 at 12:15 pm

    I absolutely love L’Occitane! Looks like it was a really fabulous day, I definitely need a day of pampering myself 😉

  • Reply Christy Maurer March 30, 2017 at 1:36 pm

    I could handle some of that pampering! It looks like you had an amazing time. The quinoa salad looks so good! I think I’d order that.

  • Reply Ra'Nesha Wilson March 30, 2017 at 2:03 pm

    Alright now food and pampering rings like paradise in my ear sounds like fun! I love L’Occitane

  • Reply Rebecca Smith March 30, 2017 at 4:07 pm

    I am jealous! It looks so relaxing! I need an event like this food and pampering.

  • Reply Annemarie LeBlanc March 30, 2017 at 6:50 pm

    So happy for you guys! You did get a lot of pampering and well, you deserved it! All that hard work needs some R&R too, and you had yours in such style and luxury!

  • Reply Marysa March 30, 2017 at 7:19 pm

    Wow, that sounds like an awesome day! I would have loved to have some pampering like that, plus all that good food! Definitely a great way to spend a day!

  • Reply Pam Wattenbarger March 30, 2017 at 9:22 pm

    This sounds like a really fun event. I love a good massage, and I can put away some biscuits and gravy!

  • Reply Jacqui S March 30, 2017 at 9:40 pm

    Looks like you had a great time! Love the vibe of the front of the restaurant. The food looks delish!

  • Reply Tomiko March 30, 2017 at 9:58 pm

    Why didn’t I get an invite? How can I get an invite? That was amazing!! Exactly what I need in my life

  • Reply Naturally Stellar March 30, 2017 at 11:33 pm

    Whew! Now that was an awesome day! They planned it perfectly. Pamper them first, then stuff them. Because I would have been laid out after that brunch lol. I believe we have a food bloggers society in Nashville.

  • Reply Rebecca Swenor March 31, 2017 at 2:41 am

    This sounds like i was an amazing event indeed to indulge. L’Occitane products I have not yet tried but I will have to for sure. The Short Rib Crepes look and sound delicious along with all the other food. Thanks for sharing this amazing event and your experiences.

  • Reply Kiwi March 31, 2017 at 3:28 am

    I didnt know South Main Kitchen exist. Its good to know there is some good southern comfort food in Alpharetta!

  • Reply cleverlychanging March 31, 2017 at 7:42 am

    I will definitely remember to hit this place up when I’m in ATL. It really doesn’t get any better than this.

  • Reply Daria March 31, 2017 at 10:25 am

    I would have been in heaven, what more could a girl have asked for! Thanks for sharing..

  • Reply Tamara Bowman March 31, 2017 at 4:23 pm

    Oh my goodness, how lucky are you!? What an amazing way to spend a day and in Atlanta no less!

  • Reply Paula Bendfeldt-Diaz (@paulabendfeldt) April 1, 2017 at 4:55 pm

    Sounds like a wonderful event. I could really use a fun day of pampering. I just love the L’Occitane products so much.

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