Instagram giveaway & INK + ALLOY pop-up!


Join us Friday, April 29th from 5-8 at The Aviary for an INK + ALLOY pop-up!

Here’s the deal: Shopping can be fun and make a difference, and we don’t just mean a difference in your wardrobe! Many of INK + ALLOY’s free-spirited designs are hand-crafted by some of the thousands of refugee women living in Atlanta.


Alyssa Cassatto & Gretchen Hollingsworth are the local lady bosses behind this ultra-inspiring accessory company and are proud to support these amazing refugee women who have fled war and persecution to start again. Swing by and pick up something for yourself or grab a gift with meaning for a friend. There will be bubbles, light bites AND a 20% discount. Lance Ledbetter from local record company  Dust-to-Digital will be there spinning his magical nostaglic tunes.

PLUS, we’re so pumped about this pop-up we decided to giveaway a gorgeous hand-blocked scarf from INK + ALLOY. Light and airy, these are perfect for the warm days ahead. Add them to a simple maxi dress for pop of color and pattern. They also make beautiful wraps for the beach or pool. Head to Instagram to enter!  

Aviary & INK + ALLOY  Pop-up Giveaway

How to enter/rules:

Just comment our contest post on Instagram.  Tag a LOCAL ATL friend! (each friend you tag is an extra entry.) Be sure to follow @aviary and @inkalloy to be eligible to win!  The winner will be randomly selected and we’ll announce the results Friday, April 29th. 

See you at the pop-up!

WHAT: INK + ALLOY POP-UP SHOP WHEN: Friday, April 29th from 5-8 pm WHERE: Aviary Beauty & Wellness Collective @ the STUDIOPLEX 659 Auburn Avenue Studio 125 Atlanta, Georgia 30312


A note about parking at studioplex

You may have heard the news about the upcoming improvements coming to Studioplex and The Old 4th Ward. Studioplex is working to bring a boutique hotel to the space behind Serpas on the Beltline. In anticipation of it’s arrival, effective immediately, the back parking lot is closed in order to build a multi level parking structure.

In the meantime, parking at Studioplex is going to be transformed and one of our favorite additions is a valet!!! No more circling the lot hoping to find an available space, just pull in the front and drop your car off.

If you do not wish to valet your car, all the parking on Auburn Ave is still an option as is parking on Airline, just West of the Studioplex entrance. The valet will be an hourly rate similar to those at Krog Market, Inman Quarter and Ponce City Market.

Please continue to arrive a few minutes prior to your appointment in order to familiarize yourself with the new system. While change can be inconvenient, we are reminding ourselves that it is inevitable and a part of growth.

See you soon,

Amy Leavell Bransford & Aviary {Beauty & Wellness Collective}

be gilty & save big on your new spring ‘do

If you’re feeling like your ‘do needs something new for Spring, jump over to GILT Atlanta for deals on color, cut and blow-outs with our newest nester and decade-plus style pro, Victoria Gutierrez.

New and current Aviary clients are invited to experience Victoria's expertise (which consists  of training under Jon Reyman at Spoke and Weal in LA and styling for Emma Stone, Donna Karan, America's Next Top Model and more) by purchasing a voucher through Thursday, March 24th.  You have until June 7, 2016 to utilize the discount, so see you soon! P.S. Check out some of our favorite before and after styles by Victoria below!

thank you for your support!


Thank you to all who came out to mix & mats in support of Community Farmers Markets! Over 170 of you did yoga, drank beer with us and raised money for CFM. Our “little” event was sold out and we can’t wait to do it again!

Until next time,

Amy Leavell Bransford (with Rachelle Knowles, Tough Love Yoga, Sweetwater Brewery & Community Farmers Markets)


modern mystic kelley knight returns for tarot 101


Come to Aviary to learn the basics of tarot on Sundays beginning March 6th with Modern Mystic Tarot Reader, Kelley Knight. After a wonderfully successful January session (which sold out in minutes), Kelley returns to teach the 4-part series focusing on suits, numerology, pip card meanings, major Arcana meanings and simple spreads as well as supplemental take home materials.

Expect to leave with a foundational knowledge of tarot that will guide you through your continued study of the ancient art.

Your next step? Learn how to find your deck to bring with you to class.


Sunday, 3/6 - Numerology and Suits Sunday, 3/13 - Challenging Pip Card Break Down + Court Cards Sunday, 3/20 - Major Arcana Sunday, 3/27 - Home Practice (week off) Sunday, 4/3- Simple Spreads & Wrap Up

Classes fill up quickly, so grab a spot ASAP!

*use promo code AVIARY for our early bird pricing of $125.

mix & mats yoga event at sweetwater brewery


What do yoga, Sweetwater Brewery and Community Farmers Markets have in common? YOU! Join us Sunday, February 7th from 12:30PM to 2:30PM at Sweetwater Brewery for Mix and Mats, a yoga event benefiting one of our favorite purveyors of Atlanta’s slow food movement, Community Farmers Markets.

For $15, you’ll take part in an amazing 1-hour all levels yoga class taught by Tough Love Yoga’s Rachelle Knowles, taste some of Sweetwater’s delicious 6oz beer samples and receive a keepsake Sweetwater glass to sip on site and in the future.

DJ Passport will be on hand playing live music and you’ll have the opportunity to tour the Sweetwater facility.

Don’t forget to bring your mat but if you do, no sweat. They will be available for purchase on site.

Get tickets here and see you soon! All proceeds go directly to CFM.

Tarot 101 at the Aviary {Beauty & Wellness Collective} - SOLD OUT

Led by Modern Mystic, Kelley Knight, this Tarot 101 class requires no prior experience, just an interest in learning the basics of tarot. Tarot is a deep study that can take a lifetime; the aim of this class is to give you the tools to get you on your way.

Expect to leave with basic knowledge of the suits, numerology, pip card meanings, major Arcana meanings and simple spreads as well as supplemental take home materials. You will also have access to a private Facebook group where we will host discussions and answer questions between classes.

This round of classes will be hosted by the Aviary located in Studioplex.

CLICK HERE for more information.


Sunday, 1/24 - Numerology and Suits

Sunday, 1/31 - Challenging Pip Card Break Down

Sunday, 2/7 - Major Arcana 

Sunday, 2/14 - OFF - Home practice

Sunday, 2/21- Simple Spreads & Wrap Up

Classes are from 4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Cost: $100 for 4 weeks - limited to 10 students


Prerequisite: A tarot deck. Finding "your" deck is key to your personal relationship with the cards. Seek a deck you feel a connection with, and can start to read a little bit without training or much struggle. It's like each deck speaks a language and you'll have an easier time if you select one in your native tongue.

You can search for decks on Amazon and look at the artwork to see what resonates. Or you can visit Phoenix and the Dragon or Synchronicity and thumb through their offerings. Do your best! You can always switch to another deck. 

Kelley's Favorite/Non-Traditional Decks:

The Wild Unknown (Purchase at Young Blood Boutique - this is the deck Kelley teaches from)

Antique Anatomy Tarot

Fountain Tarot

Deviant Moon Tarot

More Traditional Decks:

Rider-Waite Tarot

The Thoth Tarot

Morgan-Greer Tarot

Check Amazon for the above decks.


from platinum to fiery, just in time for fall

Winter is quickly approaching but there is still time for changing color. We want to show off a major fall transformation on our assistant, Sheena. In three steps, hairstylist Jenni Renshaw took Sheena from platinum blonde to fiery copper red (new fringe included). Sheena started as a platinum blonde with about 1.5” of natural regrowth, so, to fill in the ends (non-pigmented hair), she added a filler color to establish a neutral base. The second step involved root to end with filler #2 to even out the tone and porosity and to add the depth needed for the vibrant end result. In the final step, for added dimension and shine, Jenni used Davines Finest Pigments Copper plus clear glaze. The addition of fringe was a last minute decision that turned out to be the perfect thing to compliment Sheena’s new look. Check out the end result below, and book an appointment for yourself here.

from brassy to classy: color therapy for brighter days

Sometimes all you need is a little color therapy, especially when fall and winter skies leave many days gray and overcast. But fear not—Aviary stylist Jenni Snyder Renshaw is a pro at brightening things up. Recently, Shannon came to us with brassy ends and wanted a color correction to achieve the more blended brighter and lighter tones she desired. Jenni used Minu shampoo and conditioner plus Minu Mask to repair ends and blew out/styled her hair with Melu Heat protector and finished using Oi Oil on the ends. Check out the change in the photo below, and here's to brighter (not brassy) days. Book your appointment here.

from aviary, with gratitude

We would like to thank Atlanta Magazine for recognizing Aviary for Best Facial in Atlanta! We think that with every single word, they really captured the spirit our little beauty and wellness collective. We are especially honored to be recognized alongside great local folks and local small businesses - special shout-outs to our friends who were also featured: Gavin Bernard at Grafite, Criminal Records, Xocolatl Small Batch Chocolate & Buff Nail Bar. Lastly, we wouldn’t be here without you, our loyal clients. Thank you for propping us up, and for telling all of your friends that we are here. We look forward to having you in before the end of the year. Remember to book your appointments now, as holiday spots fill up quickly. We can’t wait to see you!

prep for the holidays with this massage deal

At Aviary, we believe it's always a good time to treat yourself. And, with the holidays fast approaching, there's no shame in preplanning for a little stress relief. Luckily, our friends at Gilt are featuring a deal on both our 60 and 90-minute massages with our newest message therapist Alexis Shanks. For both clients new and already loved, tomorrow is the last day to snag the offer, so head here to grab yours, and redeem anytime between now and January 23. We'll see you soon!

upcoming changes to our facial and massage services

Hello, Aviary clients. For the first time in six years, we are initiating a price increase for facial and massage services. Effective November 1, these services will increase by $5. We adore our community and the support of our loyal and longtime clients and want to continue offering some of the best massage work and skin care in the Atlanta area. Our increase helps us to invest back into our craft by supporting our continuing education.Book your next appointment to get in before the busy holiday season. Warmly,

Amy Leavell Bransford with Kelly Painter, Christine Legnon and Alexis Shanks.

cocktails for community: an evening benefiting cfm's double snap program

Cocktails, canapes and community. What could be better? Answer: it all benefitting CFM’s Double SNAP, education and outreach efforts. Hosted by Rebecca and Ross Williams of Many Fold Farm and Joe Reynolds and Judith Winfrey of Love is Love Farm, Cocktails for Community is an evening jampacked with a few of our favorite things, and it all happens this Saturday, August 22nd. First, seven of Atlanta’s best bartenders, including Kellie Thorn of Empire State South and Kimball House’s Miles Macquarrie, will be slinging craft cocktails featuring innovative seasonal flavors. But what would a cocktail party be without hors d'oeuvres? That, of course, is where Atlanta chefs like Eat Me Speak Me’s Jarrett Stieber and Allen Suh, formerly of Gato Arigato and Jook #0 come in. Cheese selections and pairings will also be available from Many Fold Farm and Preserving Place.

The best part of the evening, though, is what it’s all for—our community. CFM’s Double SNAP program doubles the value of SNAP dollars at our farmers markets, making healthy food much more accessible to those who need it. Check out the complete listing of participating bartenders below, and we hope to see you at Gaia Gardens this Saturday from 5pm to 8pm. Tickets are available here.

The line up:

Greg Best Paul Calvert David Durnell, Bocado Bar Miles Macquarrie, Kimball House Shanna Mayo, Victory Brands Julian Goglia, The Pinewood Tippling Room Kellie Thorn, Empire State South

welcome to the nest: massage therapist alexis shanks

Alexis Shanks brings a lifetime of experience to Aviary. “My mother was a hospice nurse, and, as a young girl, I would go with her to patients’ homes and gently rub their feet and hands. In my family, I obtained the name ‘magic fingers.’ That nickname gave me the confidence and validation that I have the gift of loving intent and touch.” But this anecdote is only one of the things that sets Aviary’s newest massage therapist apart from the crowd. For the last 10 years, Alexis’ family has run The Stillpoint Center in Taylorsville, North Carolina. Here, she learned of everything from homeopathic remedies to different modalities of massage. To further this knowledge, Alexis enrolled in The Academy Of Somatic Healing Arts (ASHA) in 2009, becoming certified in Neuromuscular Therapy, Sports Massage, Therapeutic deep tissue and Swedish massage.

Her mission is to create collaborative relationships with her clients for the pursuit of optimal holistic wellness. She brings this, alongside 6 years of massaging privately, to Aviary, and we are thrilled to have her on the team!

Alexis will be working Monday, Friday and Sunday. Christine Legnon will continue to be available Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday. To welcome and learn more about Alexis, as well as enjoy $10 off by booking your first appointment online, click here.

we flock to: the farmer fund launch party

At Aviary, we love few things more than our community. And our community is founded upon relationships with local and global farmers—they help us plant the seeds for your renewal by growing the bounty used in all of our products. So we were excited to learn about The Farmer Fund Launch Party, taking place this coming Monday, August 10. The Farmer Fund is a new nonprofit working to serve the Metro Atlanta farmers who feed our families. By focusing on serving farmers in the face of natural disaster, they keep farmers farming and our tables (and stomachs) full. So, in celebration of that, they’re kicking off in the only way they know how—food, community and fun. Lots of it.

The night will include everything from beer and food from local breweries and restaurants to an apron fashion show, live auction and live music from Athens-based band The Darnell Boys. All is included in the price of a ticket, as well as benefits The Farmer Fund, so head here to snag one for yourself. We hope to see you there!

welcome to the nest: hairstylist jenni snyder renshaw

We are thrilled to announce that some incredible new talent has landed at the Aviary! Hairstylist Jenni Snyder Renshaw will begin creating her hair cut and color magic within our space, beginning immediately. Jenni is a Detroit native who spent her most recent years as the owner/operator of an award-winning, 5-star salon in Durham, North Carolina. She is Toni & Guy trained and a certified Davines colorist who also has experience working in film. Just this past week, Jenni had the opportunity to give a complete haircut overhaul to Atlanta PR and marketing expert Tucker Berta Sarkisian. Recently married, Tucker was looking for a new look post-wedding and opted for the Red Carpet-hot “wob” or “wavy bob.” Tucker says, “After wearing my long hair in a top knot for 363 of the last 365 days, it was time for a change.  I took Jenni a pic of Sienna Miller at the Golden Globes -- she took that, adapted it for my hair type and face shape, and it's perfect.  And - shockingly - it's as easy to do as the top knot."

Since she is new to town, Jenni is building her clientele, giving Atlantans a wonderful opportunity to have this in-demand talent transform their hair and keep their style at the forefront of current trends.

We are so glad to welcome Jenni and her skills into The Aviary family and to see what she creates with you!

Book your appointment online here now!


Amy Leavell Bransford & Aviary {organic beauty collective}

happy mother's day from aviary

If there’s one thing we should celebrate, it’s mom. First, you wouldn’t be here without her (literally). Secondly, well, there’s just too many to count. From feeding you to loving you, she’s always been there, and that’s a reason to stop and take a moment. This year, we’re thinking of giving back to mom in the form of a little rest and relaxation. Whether it’s gifting a haircut to the woman who probably gave you your first (bowl shape not included), or a few minutes of solitude via a facial or massage, at Aviary, we have gift cards available for it all. Because, think about it, if anyone deserves a treat, it’s her.

Mothers, of course, take all different forms, too—from grandmas to role models to mother earth herself. So, whatever mom means to you, mark off Sunday, May 10 for her. We have. In the words of Mr. T, “She's a queen. Second to none. Take care of Mother. You only get one.”

let's flock to root city market

Spring has sprung in Atlanta, and it’s brought sunny Beltline walks, floral friends and a charming coat of yellow pollen along with it. But something else is popping up this week, and that’s Root City Market. A quarterly pop-up makers market founded in 2013, Root City will open its doors at our neighbor StoveWorks this Saturday, April 18 from 10am to 4pm.

Featuring 40+ vendors ranging from apparel and accessories to bath products and art, Root City is showcasing our buds The Bitter Southerner, Xocolatl, Modern Giant and Plywood Made, among so many others. But Root City doesn’t stop there. In addition to the vendors, graphic designer and community virtuoso Sarah Lawrence will present interactive installations celebrating our community like a giant coloring book titled “Exquisite City,” local recording studio The Cottage will provide some tunes in the form of singer-songwriter Sydney Eloise and, of course, Earth Day-inspired activities will be available for the kiddos.

A family affair and community celebration, Root City is bringing it all to the table this year, and we can’t wait. Check out specifics (including information on the $500 Makers Giveaway) here, and be sure to say hello. We’ll be walking around, taking it all in and eating goodies from local favorites including Doggy Dogg, Homespun and Wanderlust. Did we mention it’s free? See you there!

All photographs by Jess Smith, courtesy of Root City Market

Treat Your Lovebird This Valentine's Day with Our Gift Guide

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, and so are all the things that come along with it. You know what we mean—everywhere from the local market to Lenox Mall is drenched in goodies for your sweetheart. But more and more, Valentine’s Day is moving away from the traditional and towards something a little more meaningful. Don’t get us wrong, we’re still talking indulgence, just not in a trying every chocolate in the box kind of way. Yep, this year our gift guide includes things to make your other half feel good—from our favorite at home treatment kit to any of our services or products:

1. Bkr Bottles - Bkr claims that their water bottle will “change the way you drink water forever,” and the funny thing is—it will. The little glass bottle was born out of a desire to get away from cheap, wasteful water bottles, instead drinking from something clean, reusable and stylish. Bkr isn’t only a bottle, though. It embodies a lifestyle, one that thrives on cool minimalism and all things pretty. A beauty essential, it’s perfect gift for the uber stylish, yoga pro, or, you know, anyone who drinks water. And with many Bkr bottles boasting a heart design, it’ll add a little oomph to your Valentine’s Day.

Photo via Bkr

2. Intraceuticals Essentials Kit - From our favorite “no-tox botox” Rejuvenate range, the Intraceuticals Essentials Kit is the epitome of the line’s mantra: revive, replenish, repeat. First, the Rejuvenate Daily Serum deeply hydrates, instantly improving skin’s texture and creating the ideal canvas for later makeup application. Next is the Rejuvenate Hydration Gel, which further hydrates, working in tandem with the Daily Serum to visibly reduce signs of aging. Lastly is Rejuvenate Moisture Binding Cream. It protects against free radicals, continues to nourish and enrich the skin, as well as defends it throughout the day. All a lesson in Hyaluronic Layering, the Essentials Kit is a gift we’d love to give ourselves, so it’s perfect for your sweetheart.

Photo via Intraceuticals

3. Aviary Gift Card - When you think about it, it’s really the perfect gift—especially when a little pampering is involved. Whether you end up treating your other half or your bff to one of our services including a facial, haircut or massage, or any of our products (dreamy day creams from Dr. Hauschka or soothing serums from Sircuit, anyone?), it’s sure to make them smile.

Photo via Aviary

So whether you’re looking for a loved one or you just want to treat yourself this year, we have you covered.

Happy Valentine’s Day, friends!

Aviary + BUFF Gilt Deals: A Resolution to Treat Yourself

The new year may not erase the past, but it does provide a primetime opportunity for renewal. And while it’s easy to watch your new year’s resolutions fall into the cracks, it doesn’t mean you can’t salvage a bit of self-improvement, new years or not. Our friends at Gilt City Atlanta recently introduced Rock the Resolution, deals to make whatever hasn’t fallen through the cracks that much easier to accomplish. And what’s a better resolution than a little R&R? Eh, we can’t come up with one. That’s why we’re thrilled to be featured alongside our bffs (and Studioplex neighbors) at BUFF.

We’re offering deals on our dream-worthy Rejuvenate Oxygen Infusion Facial, as well as our Alchemist and Smart Peel Facial. After your skin is in tiptop shape, BUFF is boasting $40 worth of nail services for $25 (you still have that tucked inside that one Christmas card, right?).

So grab your deals here, and have a happy new year. We can’t wait to see you in 2015.