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Georgia Girls: UGA Alumna Courtney Khail

Courtney Khail
Courtney Khail


Name: Courtney Khail

Family: My husband, Jordan (UGA ‘07) and our black lab

Hometown: Augusta, Ga.

Current Town: Atlanta, Ga.

What Years at UGA: 2004-2007

School/Degree: Summa Cum Laude graduate of the Lamar Dodd School of Art, BFA Scientific Illustration

Profession: Artist and owner of Courtney Khail Watercolors

Accolades: Named “One to Watch” by Jezebel Magazine, my stationery line is carried by all three West Elm Atlanta locations, and my work has been shared in various publications such as Southern Living Magazine, Rue Magazine, and BRIDES Magazine, as well as on various websites including Oh So Beautiful Paper, Style Me Pretty, The Food Network, CommonCreativATL, and DesignLoveFest.



Describe Athens in three words: Feels like home

Fave bars and restaurant in Athens: Walkers, the Theatre, Trappeze, The Globe, Big City Bread, Cali N Titos, Last Resort.

Fave shops in Athens: I usually just wander in and out of all the stores downtown, but I always make sure to stop by Agora. (I also try to visit The Loft Art Supply if I’m ever over on Baxter.)

Fave Athens landmark: The 40 Watt (followed closely by The Georgia Theatre, North Campus, and the Botanical Gardens.)
Describe your typical Bulldog game day: Drive in really early from Atlanta, enjoy a sausage and cheese biscuit from Big City Bread (if kickoff isn’t too early of course,) grab drinks with friends at Walkers or at a tailgate, walk through the Arch, and get to our seats in time to hear the Battle Hymn. After that, all my focus goes towards watching the game and cheering on the Dawgs!
Fave lipstick: NARS Cruella or Chanel Confidentielle

Fave mascara: L’Oreal Voluminous Million Lashes

Fave skincare line: I mix and match between lines, but I do love Shiseido. Their sunscreen is the best!

Fave hair product: Klorane Dry Shampoo

Product you can’t live without: Bobbi Brown Concealer

Best budget buy product: Shea Moisture’s African Black Soap

Best product splurge: Lancome Genifique
Fave fashion designer: Tom Ford

Fave interior designer: Vicente Wolf

Fave jeans: Banana Republic

Fave tee: J Crew V-Neck

Fashion idol: Elizabeth Olsen and Alexa Chung

Fave flower: Tulips

Fave accessory: Earrings

Fave stationery: Courtney Khail watercolors fine art stationery
Who inspires you? My late grandmother. In addition to being kind, she was smart, witty, and had an amazing sense of style. I still have a letter she wrote urging me to pursue art as my full time career framed in my studio.

Fave blog: Smitten Kitchen

Fave instagram: @thejealouscurator

Fave magazine:Dwell (then Conde Nast Traveler and Bon Appetit)

Fave book: It changes with what I’m reading at the moment, but my childhood favorite, A Wrinkle in Time will always hold a special place in my heart.

Fave song: “That’s Where It’s At” (By Sam Cooke)

Fave artist: Clyfford Still



Homemade Banana Pudding

To me it’s not an official tailgate without banana pudding. (Well technically without banana pudding, bourbon, and boiled peanuts, but I was only asked for one recipe :))

3/4 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup cornstarch
1/4 teaspoon salt
6 large egg yolks
3 and 1/2 cups whole milk
2 Tbs diced butter
1 Tbs vanilla extract
Whipped Cream (homemade or otherwise)
Vanilla Wafers (crumbled*)
4 ripe bananas, sliced

*1 crumble the wafers so the banana pudding is easier to eat and you get wafer in each bite. When they are put it whole they always tend to make a mess.


In a large saucepan, whisk together sugar, cornstarch, egg yolks and salt. Slowly whisk in milk making sure it doesn’t clump. Place saucepan over medium heat and bring to a simmer. Stir constantly until the pudding thickens, about 4-7 minutes. Remove from the heat and whisk in butter and vanilla until fully mixed. Let that chill overnight. The next day, assemble the pudding cups by layering a few vanilla wafer crumbles, then a little pudding, followed by a layer of bananas. Repeat the layers until you come to the top of the cup, then add a dollop of whipped cream and a few more wafer crumbles for good measure








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