My Cat Fight with Natasha Bedingfield

Corinna and Grammy nominated singer Natasha Bedingfield

We look friendly in the photo, but read on…
The best way to experience a new city is with a local, and I met a bunch of them this week as a judge of the “Locals Know Best” contest at the Indigo Hotel.
I shared my judging duties with Grammy nominated singer/song writer, Natasha Bedingfield, so needless to say, I’ve had her song “Pocketful of Sunshine” in my head ever since!
I’ve met her several times in the past, and as always she could not have been more friendly.
Mid-way through we stopped to take a “jewelry break” to check out some pieces a local designer had brought in.
There was a bit of a tense moment, (not really, but it makes a better story that way), when we both fell in love with the same necklace.
(That’s the cat fight that got your to click through to this article).
As tempting as it was to offer to arm wrestle her for it, I bowed out, since I live here and could alway have the designer make me another one.
The real fun was with all the locals who came in to brag about the best part of their neighborhood.
I learned a lot from a gal who does real estate and started a blog for all the folks she meets who move here from out of town.
It’s called Atlanta: 365 Days, 365 Things To Do and it now has thousands of hits a day, profiling everything from festivals to out of the way restaurants.
Another man called himself “The Mayor of Ponce” and then told us about all the times he’s been arrested on Ponce de Leon Avenue.
My favorite was a woman who drove all the way in from Birmingham for the contest.

Locals Know Best contestant

She and her husband love the Hotel Indigo in Midtown, so she talked about drinking margaritas on the patio.
In fact, she loves the margaritas so much, she brought one into the interview with her, along with her cigarettes and lighter.
I think she brought the champagne for us on the judges panel, but I guess she thought better of it, because she took it with her at the end.
If you have something to brag about in your neighborhood, but didn’t make it down to the hotel, you still have time to enter.
Just head to: to upload a photo and answer, in 75 words or less, “what makes your neighborhood so great”.
For a list of live auditions at Hotel Indigo properties, visit
Four Grand Prize winners will win a VIP trip to New York City for two to meet Grammy® Award nominated singer/songwriter Natasha  Bedingfield and take in a special performance at Hotel Indigo’s “Locals Know Best” event.  The winners will also be featured in a Hotel Indigo advertisement in People® magazine.  Three of the Grand Prize winners will be chosen by entering online and one Grand Prize winner will be chosen from the live auditions

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