What’s New!

September 26, 2012

ADAC presents “Trendsetting with Atlanta’s Top Design Bloggers” on Wednesday, October 10. Join a panel of five of Atlanta’s top design bloggers: Shelly Hart of Design Indulgence, Cristi Holcombe of Charm Home, Erika Ward of BluLabel Bungalow, Claire Watkins of High Gloss Blue, and Helen Young of Whitehaven; moderated by me (Wendy Shannon at With a Southern Twist) to discuss what’s in, what’s out and what’s hot in the blogging world. We will talk design and blogging trends, as well as the effect the Internet has had on the design industry. Register here www.adacatlanta.com/events. ADAC Presentation Room 351 Peachtree Hills Avenue, N.E. Atlanta at 10 a.m.



Wendy Shannon’s, founder and publisher of With a Southern Twist, home was featured in the March/April issue of Simply Buckhead magazine. Click the special section cover (right) to read the full story.


CHECK OUT our new look on Facebook. If you haven’t Liked us on Facebook yet you’ll see a beautiful new landing page to entice you to Like us.

If you have Liked Us, thank you and you can see the new landing page by clicking the  “Like This” on the left side bar of the With a Southern Twist Facebook page.

Tell us what you think about the new look!


With a Southern Twist is going to mix it up this year and not write every day; it will be more like two to three times a week. I’m not going to commit to exact days so when it’s posted to the website, , wall or , it will be more of a surprise; a twist on when it comes. Continue to enjoy and thank you for following!


Featured in Business in Savannah in article titled “Roaming Gnome was tourism gold mine.


With a Southern Twist is now the “Featured Travel Blogger” on Raveable.com’s home page and will be for the next several weeks. Every week the Raveable staff selects one of its featured bloggers to take the spotlight. We’re so excited. Thanks Raveable.com team. We received the Raveable rating of “Global Travel Expert” after the stories of Italy and France were posted earlier this year and we’re now in the “Top 100 Blogger Leaderboard.” Raveable.com features reviews and advice on hotels based on millions of opinions of previous guests who experience a leisure, romantic or family vacation. It was also named Travel + Leisure’s Top website’s in 2010. See my entire profile by clicking here: With a Southern Twist on Raveable.com.


With a Southern Twist was selected and now featured on Raveable.com because of the depth and breadth of our travel stories. Raveable.com is a personal, online travel assistant for finding hotels that meet your needs. Raveable.com combines and organizes millions of user-generated hotel reviews from travel sites across the Internet and streamlines them into the most popular “rants” and “raves.” See the profile by clicking here: With a Southern Twist on Raveable.com.


Many all these ones or elevens (depending on how your look at it) in today’s date brought me good luck, because we were selected and featured today on Foodbuzz.com in their “Foodbuzz Today Top 9” with our story called Soup’s On.


I will be taking a break from my daily posts from Christmas Eve until Monday, January 3, 2011, but continue to follow me on Facebook and Twitter over the holidays.


Starting the week of October 11, I’m taking a short break and will only publish two stories a week.


With a Southern Twistis a gift sponsor of The Swan Center for Plastic Surgery’s Girls’ Night Out on Thursday, October 21 from 6:00- 9 p.m. Enjoy a magical evening amid fine cuisine, specialty Grey Goose cocktails, Gordon Bierch beer and more. Tour their office and accredited surgical center. Meet and participate in a Q&A session with their board-certified plastic surgeons. Watch LIVE cosmetic and/or dermal filler injections and microdermabrasion demonstrations. Shop the latest from Macy’s, Brown & Company Jewelers, and Livi Rae Lingerie. Relax and refresh with complimentary Dior makeup consultations, mini-spa service from Remède Spa at The St. Regis and other entertainment activities. Sample wines courtesy of Vino 100. See the latest from Ferrari and Maserati of Atlanta plus enter to win great prizes valued at thousands of dollars! Receive a gift bag (while supplies last) and enter to win incredible prizes awarded that evening including a fabulous With a Southern Twist Girls’ Night Out gift basket of your own. You must be 21 years of age or older to attend. Space is limited so register now by going to www.swancenteratlanta.com/registration-form or by more information call The Swan Center for Plastic Surgery at .


With a Southern Twist will not publish a story on Friday, September 3 and Monday, September 6. Enjoy your Labor Day weekend and thanks for your continued readership and support. In case you missed, check out this week’s story called Atlanta Favorites for Your Out-of-Town Guests.


When I started WithaSouthernTwist.com on July 22, 2009 I made a commitment to myself and my readers that I would produce a fun e-magazine about one of my most beloved regions of the country, the South, through newsworthy stories and personal experiences. As we celebrate the first year this entire month I thought it would be fun to share some fun facts about the site.

Did you know?

  • Stories are posted DAILY except weekends and holidays in the categories of Food, Restaurants, Travel, For Your Home, Shopping and Just for Fun. That’s over 235 stories to date.
  • All stories are archived on the site for easy reader reference in the above categories and there’s also a handy Search box to find previous stories.
  • The site had four featured writers over the last year and I’ve realized that my readers do enjoy hearing from other people besides myself so this will increase in year two.
  • With a Southern Twist is on Facebook at and currently has a milestone of 125 great fans. Keep ‘em coming.
  • With a Southern Twist is on Twitter at which also has a direct feed to the home page of the site. I tweet on subjects that complement the categories of stories featured on the site.
  • With a Southern Twist also posts its food stories on www.foodbuzz.com.
  • Our Top Five With a Southern Twist stories the first year based on our largest daily website hits were as follows:
  1. Woodfire Grill Hosts BBQ & Beer Event for Fourth Celebration
  2. Sweetwater Brewery Tours
  3. Pantygram your Valentine
  4. A B&B with a Woman’s Southern Touch
  5. Empower a Young Woman with a Prom Dress

Wendy and her husband, Tim, entertaining alfresco.

Over the course of July we’ll be celebrating our first year of publication. At this time I’d like to the following people that truly assisted me this last year: Tim, my husband for being so supportive and all my friends and family for believing in me and encouraging me to pursue my talents and passions through this venue. My mom and dad for digging up and sending me old photos to share on the site, Alison Duncan for designing a great With a Southern Twist logo and business cards (everyone loves them), Thomas Duncan, my Web programmer, for all his time and patience as we created the initial site to all the enhancements and upgrades over the year. Thanks to Diane Mitchell for being my first Facebook fan and getting the fan base growing, Asheley Morris for getting me over the social media network hurdle, Kelly Wisecarver and Louisa Liss for your invaluable feedback, the many businesses and companies that have hyperlinked from their site to mine, and for all the companies that sent products for me to test or to do fan giveaways. And to everyone that impacted me and the site in so many different ways this last year … Thank you. So here’s to another exciting year at With a Southern Twist.


Enjoy your Memorial Day. In remembrance of this day, I would like to thank all the men and women that have served our country so we can have and enjoy the freedoms we have today. Since I come from a military family I’d like to especially thank my dad (retired Navy who served 22 year including a stint outside of Vietnam), my Uncle Jerry (ex-Marine who was called to Vietnam) and my maternal grandfather (who served in the Army during the Korean War).


You can now follow With a Southern Twist on Twitter.


With a Southern Twist makes John Kessler’s Food & More favorite Atlanta Bloggers list on The Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s AccessAtlanta.com.


With a Southern Twist joined Facebook. Become a fan. Visit the site at


During the holidays we will not be publishing new stories from Christmas Eve through New Year’s Day. We’ll begin the New Year on January 4. Happy Holidays and thanks for your continued readership and support.


We will not be publishing stories over the Thanksgiving holiday, Thursday, November 26 and Friday, November 27. Have a blessed Thanksgiving holiday and we’ll be back Monday, November 30.


With a Southern Twist introduces a fun favicon (favorite icon) that’s displayed in the domain address line and when your save With a Southern Twist as one of your Favorites.


We introduced our new and improved website and e-newsletter design with our newly developed tagline “Good living in today’s South.” We also added the capability to share the site with a Friend via ”Email” as well as to add the site as your “Favorites” directly from the With a Southern Twist Home page.

2 Responses to “What’s New!”

  1. Hi Wendy,

    I just wanted to say thank you for your participation in the launch of Discover ADAC and the design bloggers panel. And what a great panel this it was! We’ve heard such great feedback form the event, so clearly the audience liked the topics of discussion. Thank you for your help in making the launch at ADAC such a success.

    And I’m so glad we all had a chance to have lunch together following the panel. It was fun to just relax and spend time together. I hop we can do another panel again in the future!

    Warm regards,

    Katie Beaveal
    General Manager, ADAC

  2. Adam Leaon says:

    I really appreciate the idea of Southern Twist Girls’ night out gift basket…

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With a Southern Twist is all about good living in today's South. A true Southerner, the author's passions include food, home design, travel, restaurants, shopping, and entertaining. It is a fun blog about one of her most beloved regions of the country, shared through personal experiences.