Nashville in July brings endless summer events, many barbecues and festive parties. When we aren’t cooling off poolside, we try to escape the heat. However, we braved the high temps and checked out the local boutique scene for some local finds that will help you stay cool and make your home feel hospitable. Get out, shop local and grab our 22 favorite FINDS for July.
HOME GOODS & ACCESSORIES
Serve up fresh, seasonal guacamole with this bowl and adorable “Holy Guacamole” spoon, which we found at T.W.O For Home for $22. And make sure to check out the matching bowls for salsa and olives!
Made for drinking and baking, we love these colorful and multi-functional REVOL tumblers. Use them as tea cups, accessory holders, measuring cups or serving dishes! Plus, they’re microwave- , oven- and dishwasher-safe! Head to Corzine & Co. to get them — they’re $16 each.
We love these tall, dotted tumblers we spotted at Harpeth Gallery for $20 each. Perfect to use for a barbecue or pool party, the cups are stylish but durable — making them great outdoor drinkware. Grab a set, fill them with your favorite summer drinks and serve up something delicious to your guests!
Carved-wood bottle stoppers
These bottle stoppers are all hand-crafted, one-of-a-kind by Brenda Stein. Almost 90 percent of the wood is refurbished from Tennessee, so it’s true local love. Use them on your own wine bottles or give one as a hostess gift. Find them for $75 each at LeQuire Gallery.
These aquatic planters are the perfect addition to your yard or home and would be a great gift for the gardener in your life! The color is summery and the texture makes them unique. We love these planters and their price even more! The large planter is $68 and small is $30 from COLOR. Let us know how you decorate with these; we are curious!
Coming in all different animal skins and faux fur materials, these stylish flasks are great for both men and women. Swing by Margi’s Chair and Chair Alike to pick up these unique, top-shelf flasks for $42.
FOR THE KIDS
This children’s xylophone is as adorable as it is entertaining. And with just two parts — the mallet and the xylophone — clean up is a breeze! Find it at Arcade for $136. (Tip: You might want to swing by the drugstore and get some earplugs on the way home, too!)
We spotted this adorable outfit at Snap Girls. The fringe on the tank ($58), the tassel ($28), adorable heart-shaped shades ($16) and the rolled denim shorts ($42) make it the perfect summer outfit for stylish tweens. Find these pieces for $28 to $58.
HEALTH & BEAUTY
Drop the flyswatter and head to The Willow Tree for a bottle of Music City Suds’ He Stopped Buggin’ Her Today. This citronella spray keeps the bugs away while paying homage to Music City. There is also a He Stopped Buggin’ Her Today candle that’s hand-poured and made from 100 percent, all-natural soy wax. Use these together and you’ll never need the swatter again. Find the spray for $8.95 and the candle for $12.95 at The Willow Tree.
Longs days in the sun, salt and chlorine can dry out skin. Try Therapy Systems Inc. coconut balm to help moisturize dry, cracked skin. Find it there for $28.
These Shu Uemura hair products are great for the humid, sweaty days of summer. The texture wave, $39, and Wonder Worker, $33, from Leigh, Edwards & Co. will help add texture to your hair and enhance your styling process.
FOOD & DRINK
Local farm box
Summer is highlighted with fresh fruit, vegetables and eating the most seasonal produce! We love Green Door Gourmet’s local farm boxes for this reason. Their flexible program allows you to opt in our out of their weekly box of locally grown produce — and you can pick it up anytime over the weekend on their farm in West Nashville. Go to greendoorgourmet.com to sign up for their weekly newsletters that tell you what’s in each week’s box, affordably priced at $27 each.
Little Gourmand in Green Hills has an ever-changing selection of gourmet market and pantry items, which means we are always discovering something new. This month, we found these all-natural jellies for $7.50 each, which are as tasty as they are healthy — with no added sugar. Go grab a few flavors and spice up your favorite summer recipes.
FASHION & ACCESSORIES
We love this leather cross-body from Boutique Bella for $74. The leather pairs well with all colors in your wardrobe, and it’s the right size for all your take-along needs. Everyone needs a good go-to bag for everyday wear and this one is it!
Comfortable and stylish, these Toni Pons wedges are the perfect shoes for summer. With all of the festive color options, you can sport them at any event and stay comfortable, throughout. They also come in solid colors but we love the stripes! Head to Cute & Comfy Shoes, where you’ll find them for $119.
These small stack pearl earrings are simple yet stunning. They come in silver or bronze and your choice of peach or blue freshwater pearls, and they’re neutral enough to wear with almost anything! Head to Margaret Ellis Jewelry to pick up a pair — all of which are hand-made in Nashville — for $250.
Warning: splurge! Take a trip to Belle Meade Jewelry and Repair to consider this beautiful sapphire necklace for $3,195 (For a super splurge, check out the matching earrings and ring!). For any upcoming high-end affair, this piece is sure to make a statement. Its beautiful shape and diamond accents are what made us fall in love.
FOR THE GUYS
If you’re heading to the pool to escape the sweltering summer heat, stop by The Oxford Shop on your way and grab some colorful swim trunks for the men in your life. The selection is wide and the prices range from $75 to $90.
FOR THE PETS
Dapper dogs deserve a swank wardrobe, too, so treat your furry friend to one of these fancy bow-tie collars from Winston Dog. At $50 each, these ties will definitely add an air of sophistication to your pup’s appearance.
“Dinner with Jackson Pollock: Recipes, Art & Nature” by Robyn Lea
You can never have (or gift) too many art books or cookbooks. Experience the best of both with “Dinner with Jackson Pollock: Recipes, Art & Nature.” The book is full of recipes accompanied by photographs of nature and artwork that showcase Pollock’s many interests, which include gardening, baking and entertaining. Pick up a copy at Absolution for $50, and get a few friends together to whip up one of the recipes and discuss Pollock’s impact on the art world.
Coffee table books
As a hostess, having good books around for guests to skim is a must! We love Two Old Hippies’ wide selection that are unique, colorful and on topics that are just left of center. Swing by the Gulch shop to grab a few options, like Julia Chaplin’s “Gypset Living,” Justina Blakeney’s “The New Bohemians” and others. Prices range from $35 to $55.
Treat yourself to some of these FINDS this summer, and you’ll be so enamored that you won’t even notice the rising mercury. Stay cool!
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