Why is it, when we read today’s list of luxe loves, that strains of Cole Porter’s “It’s De-Lovely” seem to play in our head? Whether we only dream about these extravagances, or claim a few of our very own, there’s no way to avoid the sudden urge to sing this (slightly modified) refrain: They’re delightful, they’re delicious, they’re delectable, they’re delirious, they’re dilemma, they’re de limit, they’re deluxe, they’re de-lovely. See if you don’t agree.
If you need an extra special escape that involves airfare and a beach but not a passport, consider The Moorings Village in Islamorada, FL. We first found out about this gem through Rebecca Darwin’s FACES interview (CEO of Garden & Gun). If you are looking for complete relaxation in a secluded, gorgeous place, this is a splurge worthy place. Reconnect in luxury.
Quality antiques are hard to come by. Fortunately, Artifacts houses a carefully curated collection of accents that have been sourced from places near and far. We love this wooden chest built in Belgium circa 1860.This piece can be yours for $2,900 at Artifacts,
Sumptuous Beach Towels
You are at the pool with your family, you jump in to cool off, then you dry off using your juvenile towel while enviously admiring the woman next to you with her plush, absorbent, sophisticated towel (are we alone being far too familiar with this scenario?). Admire no longer; we have found your perfect match! At 7.5 feet long, it will cover your chair and allow you to lounge in pure bliss. $150 from Roberta Roller Rabbit by Roberta Freymann.
Green Door Gourmet CSA Flower Exchange
Add a bit of life to your days this summer with Green Door Gourmet’s CSA Flower Exchange. Starting this weekend and lasting until the first frost, which usually falls in mid-October, you can receive a weekly flower bouquet. These bouquets include fresh, seasonal flowers and will be available for pick-up at their farm store or an off-site location. Sign up before THIS SATURDAY (May 17) for your CSA share — a share costs $250 — or choose the weekly purchase option ($15 a week) for flowers. This is luxe at seriously a non-luxe price! Order yours at Green Door Gourmet today!
We love this ultra-mod metallic base for a far out way to illuminate a space. In addition to this beauty for $1,470, there are fabulous designer digs for summer at LUMEN Lamps.
We could all make room for this gorgeous, vintage motorcycle in our homes. Cadeau has a fabulous collection of gifts, accessories and home decor at all price points but this special piece caught our eye. $1,500 at Cadeau.
Enjoy this warm weather and take a stroll down 12th South. While you are there, pop into White’s Mercantile and snag this beautiful clock face. It is the perfect item to feature indoors or on your porch. We love the rustic look and large size. $795 at White’s Mercantile.
Liven up any room with this leather and mohair chair. The rich, red color makes this chair a great accent piece and the gorgeous mohair is a special, added touch. It is a classic beauty that will only get better with age. Find this splurge-worthy item for $2,350 at R. Higgins.
Chantecaille Lip Tint
This Chantecaille lip tint is not only beautiful, but it contains SPF 15, which is necessary for the summer days ahead. The sheer colors and light feel make this the perfect everyday accessory. We are not the only ones who have fallen in love with the Sardinia color; there are only 6 left at Woo Skincare + Cosmetics — so get yours now!
Omorovicza Complexion Perfector and Corrector
These are two splurge-worthy beauty products that, when used in tandem, create the dewy, flawless finish all of us over-40 types remember from our 20’s. Both provide SPF. The corrector, worn underneath, plumps and refines little lines and pores, as well brightens the complexion with a luminous glow. The perfector, a BB cream-type of product, evens out skin tone and conceals imperfections. Both include a moisturizer to hydrate, as well as anti-aging properties. They are light, non-greasy and smell divine — just a hint of rose. Found at Private Edition.
Chanel Nail Polish
The thought of spending $27 on a nail polish can be somewhat frightening. Too often, we all find ourselves hovering in the nail polish section of CVS, debating whether or not the newest $9 OPI is worth the price. Not only is this color of Chanel Polish a gorgeous shade for spring/summer, it is just what your nails need. You are paying for a product that strengthens and moisturizes your nails, as well as provides flawless color. $27 at Bloomingdales.
Don’t think you have to don a costume to wear false eyelashes. Falsies are a trend on the rise and spas like ELAN in Green Hills offer lash extensions that guarantee minimal maintenance with dramatic effects. Tasteful but undeniably glam, these lashes give a lift to your beauty ritual. Initial cost of lash extension services at ELAN is $350. Refills are $65.
Help your fella slide into spring in style with this beautiful blazer at the one-stop shop for great menswear. Comfortable, classic, and effortlessly cool, this seasonal essential will transform any man into a style-savvy sport. $1,395 at The Oxford Shop.
Lucchese White Python Booties
If you’re going to splurge, white python handmade Italian booties, made by one of America’s oldest luxury brands, may be just the way to do so. These are so gorgeous and we promise you that holding them in person is a special moment, as the attention to detail and the quality are so obvious–you’ll even find lemonwood pegs. What are lemonwood pegs? (We didn’t know…) Hand-placed and hammered, they ensure the highest-quality construction. The pegs secure the boot and will actually expand and contract with the leather as it changes temperature and moisture content; they do not fall out or rust like a nail. Visit Nashville’s Gulch neighborhood to find this quality boot, and more, at Lucchese.
Stella McCartney for Kids
This adorable collection from Stella McCartney is perfect for that little special someone in your life. The prints are bright and playful and the material is durable and soft. Any little fashionista will be begging you to add these to your summer luxe loves list. Size 4-8 ranging in price from $120-$150 are available at Snap Girls.
Polly Wales Earrings
These earrings are eye-catching, interesting and just have that aura of handcrafted wonder. Indeed, it’s their imperfection which makes them so appealing. From the Polly Wales website, we love her philosophy: “that does not seek to sell us false dreams of glossy, magazine ready perfection. Rather it offers an honest, imperfect beauty that is natural and attainable — a beauty that will continue to change and evolve over a lifetime and beyond.” Beautiful sentiment, huh? Found in Nashville at AshBlue.
Diamonds are a girl’s best friend, right? Especially when fashioned in a way that is understated, yet decidedly fabulous. We love this elegant diamond band from the place for one-of-a-kind pieces, Anatra Jewel.
Head to this longstanding Belle Meade shop, which houses gorgeous pieces from local designers and internationally-recognized brands. From the utterly extravagant to the more modest must-have, Cindi Earl has a well-curated selection of jewelry for all occasions. This statement necklace, composed of fresh water pearls and diamond links, is lovely and luxe, no doubt. $1,495 at Cindi Earl Fine Jewelry,
A Haute Handbag
Sometimes a simple spring outfit demands a statement handbag. Luckily Gus Mayer keeps a regular supply of gorgeous bags and accessories for every season. This geometric clutch with iridescent accents will elevate your everyday ensemble to runway ready. We can think of plenty of ways to incorporate this into our wardrobe! We can always count on Gus Mayer.
Karla Colletto Swimsuits
We all love our trusty Target swimsuits, but sometimes the perfect fit and a durable material are worth the extra dollars. These dollars can get you a classic suit that will never go out of style. We love this Karla Colletto one-piece that comes in eight different color options and can work on any body type. This basic tank suit is a flattering style that will make you feel confident at the pool or the beach. $200 at Nancy Meyer.
The high-neck trend is hitting hard and we are all fans. While many of the higher-neck bathing suits call for bad tan lines, we think the shape of this suit is too flattering to pass up. The slimming black suit, coupled with the tan paneling, makes for a sleek look that will look fabulous on all figures. This is worth the higher price because of the flattering fit and quality make of the suit that, once again, Karla Colletto can promise. $290 at Net-a-Porter.
FOOD AND DRINK
Sancerre La Crele
Transport yourself to an evening in France (a deluxe experience, itself) with this bright, summery wine. This is not a break-your-bank, special occasion wine, but it is a little more than we usually spend on an everyday bottle. But, no matter if it is a Tuesday, treat yourself to the unique flavors that are sure to differ from your go-to favorite and create a refreshing summer taste. $29.99 at The Wine Chap.
Meal at Catbird Seat
Structured around an open kitchen, every meal at Catbird Seat features numerous courses and drink pairings, each absolutely artful and decidedly delicious. Catbird Seat offers a tasting course for $100/per person. Tax and gratuity are added to the total bill. For us, it’s the divine dining experience that you will be dreaming about long after your last bite that makes this meal deserving of a mention in our Luxe Loves post. This culinary adventure is worth the wait, and we are always wowed by the folks at Catbird Seat.
Are you singing the same song with us now? Deluxe, de-lovely? We thought so.