Cheri Leavy visits with fellow UGA grads to talk beauty, style, gameday, and more!
Name: Suzanne Rutledge
Family: Husband Mitch and son Luke
Hometown: Marietta, Ga.
Current Town: Athens, Ga.
What Years at UGA: 1993-1997
School/Degree: Grady College of Journalism, ABJ in Broadcast News
Profession: Public Relations Senior Account Executive
Accolades: Around the world adventurer, Huffington Post contributor, first-time author
Describe Athens in three words: Community, Excitement, Bulldawgs
Fave bars and restaurant in Athens: The National (Power Lunch!),The World Famous (oh, those Earl Greyhounds), home.made (anything on the menu finished off with a Chomper)
Fave shops in Athens: Epiphany,fab’rik. Red Dress Boutique and Plain Jane
Fave Athens landmark: “Chapel Bell, my son’s been ringing it since he could walk.”
Describe your typical Bulldog game day: “The atmosphere around Athens beginning on Thursday of a home game weekend is electric, so I love to walk around downtown the night before the game and soak up all the excitement and anticipation. On Game Day, my family and I like to ride our bikes from our house to campus, park at the Tate Center and see the Dawg Walk. Then we hop around to all our friends’ tailgates before the game. When we decided to travel around the world in 2015, we made sure we didn’t miss a fall football season. We departed in November and returned the next August, just in time for the first kickoff.”
Fave lipstick: MAC Viva Glam
Fave mascara: Maybelline Great Lash
Fave skin care line: Elta MD
Fave hair product: Moroccan Oil volumizing mousse
Product you can’t live without: Elta MD lightly tinted facial sunscreen SPF 41
Best budget buy product: Neutrogena Hydro Boost gel cream
Best product splurge: I don’t normally splurge when it comes to beauty products, but I love a good massage! That’s a time and beauty splurge for me.
Fave fashion designer: Carolina Herrera. Her style is impeccable, classy and timeless. For every day, I love Georgia girl Amy Smilovic’s Tibi dresses and tops.
Fave interior designer: My childhood friend, Erin Grose, has helped me through the years. She studied at UGA’s Lamar Dodd School of Interior Design.
Fave jeans: J. Crew
Fave tee: Gap
Fashion idol: Kate Middleton
Fave flower: Stargazer lily
Fave accessory: My suitcase, packed and headed to the airport!
Fave stationery: Crane
Who inspires you? “I’m inspired by people who actively pursue their life goals and live out their passions. Doing what you love on a daily basis should be the norm, not an unattainable dream. I’m always inspired by people who live joyfully and selflessly because they love what they do.”
Fave blog: Extra Pack of Peanuts
Fave magazine:Conde Nast Traveler
Fave book: Mine, of course! My new book, From the Rut to the Ledge, shares the adventures of our family’s journey around the world. For nine months, my husband and I took our seven-year-old son to 18 countries to experience what everyday life was like in new and different places. From the Rut to the Ledge is available on Amazon.com and in independent bookstores and boutiques in Athens, Atlanta, and St. Simons. Learn more at www.ruttotheledge.com/book.
Fave song: “One” by U2.
Fave artist: Coldplay.
SHARE A TAILGATE RECIPE:
• 1 package frozen chopped spinach
• 1 envelope Knorr dry vegetable soup mix
• 1 cup sour cream
• ½ cup mayonnaise
Defrost spinach and squeeze out all liquid. Stir together spinach and remaining ingredients. Refrigerate for an hour and serve with raw vegetables or crackers.
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