SB FINDS Nashville: March 2013

March, we’re begging you for warm weather. Even so, we venture on with these FINDS that have caught our eyes.

Salemtown Board Co., Handmade in Nashville

These Salemtown skateboards make you want to reclaim your youth, don’t they? Us, too. Handmade here in Nashville, just north of downtown, their mission is “We exist to build the highest quality handmade skateboards and to employ, train, and mentor urban youth in Nashville, TN.” Read (and order!) all about Salemtown Board Co: www.salemtownboardco.com. $175-$195.

Salemtown boards, handmade in Nashville, $175-$195. Photo courtesy of Salemtown Facebook page.

 

Accessories:

Upcycled Coffee Bean Bags

These Couture Coffeebags are handmade in Nashville and we spotted them at The Willow Tree in Sylvan Park. For just $32, these clutches are a fun accessories to add to you pile of possibilities. www.facebook.com/The-Willow-Tree

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Willow Tree, $32 (this was originally listed at $25, but that is for the zipper closure (the one behind this one). Sorry!

Equestrian-inspired Jewelry

Available at Two Old Hippies in the Gulch, these necklaces are at once traditional and horsey and a little bit rock and roll, too. No matter your style, these necklaces are conversation starters, as well as the perfect foil to your DVF dress or accessory on top of your graphic tee. The Unbridled Collection is by Lesley Reynolds. $352 and $402. www.twooldhippies.com

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The Unbridled Collection by Lesley Reynolds
Leather and bit necklace with driving pony pendant $402.00
Leather and bit necklace with turquoise pendant $352.00

Comfy Shoes

These shoes, The Kelderra by Earthies, are so cute and they are actually super comfy. With a 2 3/4 inch heel and adjustable strap, they will transition into warmer weather nicely, and then be there for those warmer days in September and October as well. $149. Available locally at Cute & Comfy Shoes in black. www.cuteandcomfyshoes.net   For brown ones, see online: www.earthbrands.com

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$149. Available in black at Cute & Comfy Shoes or, as shown, in brown, online at www.earthbrands.com

Perfect Pop of Color

This is not our first Laura Merkin clutch to feature in our FINDS. We are just drawn to her handbags and find them pretty hard to resist. This yellow clutch with silver dots is equally at home with your linen dress, your wedding guest attire, or your jeans and tank top. Perfection at $180. Available locally at Gus Mayer. We saw ONE there, along with some other fun Laura Merkin bags. So, if this screams out to you as well, you best hurry on in! www.gusmayer.com

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$180 at Gus Mayer.

Home:

Bunnies You’ll Treasure Each Easter

Easter is coming at the end of March and these sweet bunnies are just the sweet touch to embrace the season. $68 each at Harpeth Gallery–they are precious! The children’s chair they are sitting on is $695. www.styleblueprint.com/harpeth-gallery

 

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More Bunnies 

The search for bunnies for continues, and we found a bevy of bunnies at The Beveled Edge. This pair is similarly  affordable;  Mr. Bunny is priced at $59.95 and Mrs. Bunny at $44.95.  Crafted from a sturdy weave of hemp and wood, these two cuties will make you smile for years to come. If you want a more cuddly bunny, The Beveled Edge has those too! www.thebevel.com

 

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Double-Stemmed Orchids

With spring right around the corner, a trip to Creekside Nursery is a ton of fun. Who doesn’t love a gorgeous orchid to spruce your house us right now? These double-stemmed orchids are a bargain at $24.99. Creekside Nursery is known for their selection of orchids and whimsical containers for said orchids (or any plants for that matter), as well. www.creekside106.com

 

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Sculptured Spectacles

We spied these at R. Higgins Interiors and couldn’t resist including them in our SB Finds. Perfect to adorn your book shelf or as a fun conversation piece on a coffee table. R. Higgins Interiors’ showroom is filled with wonderful accessories and furniture. These specs are affordable at $58.00. www.rhigginsinteriors.com

 

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Bottle Opener

This little bottle opener is perfect for your handbag or your beach bag! We are particularly fond of the “Beer Nut” one! Find them at Hart Ace Hardware in Bellevue, located at 8203 Highway 100. www.hartacehardware.com

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Pretty cute, huh? Perfectly priced to buy in multiples. $4.99 and up at Hart Ace Hardware in Bellevue.

 

The Zack Shot

A visit to Absolution–located in The Mall at Green Hills–is always time well spent, as it is filled with wonderful gifts, jewelry, coffee table books and candles. These shot glasses make a great gift and are the perfect vehicle to sample your next tequila find. Made of gorgeous green glass with a iron base, the Zack Shot is a work of art in itself. Priced at $49 each. www.seekabsolution.com

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Try the Jack Shot–a sip of tequila never tasted so good. Available at Absolution.

 

Food:

Miso Mayo at Whole Foods

To say Liza can’t get enough of this mayo is an understatement. So, we’ve tried it and we agree, it’s addictive. Found in the dairy refrigerated aisle at Whole Foods, this vegan mayo will have even carnivores reaching for it. Add to sandwiches, drizzle on your veggies or fish, make a dressing out of it. But, be warned, it will become a staple at your house!  $4.69 www.wholefoodsmarket.com

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Available at Whole Foods and addictive!

 

Beauty

The Wet Brush

Our SB Atlanta Editor Katherine turned us on to this handy find and we are loving it (our daughters, too)! The Wet Brush is THE best brush ever to detangle wet hair or dry. No ouch factor. This is a must-buy. Available at Kiva Salon and Spa, Snap KidsSalon NFuse and more for $15.

 

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Trish McEvoy Eye Brightener

Here’s a beauty product you won’t want to find yourself without: Trish McEvoy Eye Base Essentials. Billed as an eye shadow primer to add staying power to your shadow, we love that this product, worn alone, makes us feel finished and brighter. Perfect for days when you don’t want to fool with a lot of primping but need to look put together. Available at Nordstrom for $25. http://shop.nordstrom.com

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Trish McEvoy Eye Base Essentials in “Demure.”

LipSmart

With dried lips on the rise as winter makes its (hopefully) last visit, we welcome LipSmart. Not only does this brilliant lip treatment nourish to heal your lips, it plumps them in a nonirritating way. Hey, we’ve all tried the plumpers that seriously tingle and sting when you apply. Not this. This just plumps from within, in about a month and promotes a healthy color for your lips as well. Try it. We think we might actually have found one that works. You’ll need to apply a few times a day, but just do so like you would Chapstick. The difference is your lips will actually stay moisturized between applications. $30 at Woo Skincare + Cosmetics

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$30 at Woo Skincare + Cosmetics

The Ultimate Trimmer

This is quite the “buzzed” about beauty necessity with Spring Break and warmer weather on the horizon. For quick touch-ups or simply your go-to way to groom any unwanted hairs (think bikini line and facial hair), this battery operated trimmer is cordless and works in the shower. Includes: “bikini trimmer with 4 length settings, micro shaver for extra-close and curved areas, precision trimmer for brow and nose hairs, and facial trimmer for upper lip, neck and ear hair.” $64 Available at The Cosmetic Market. www.thecosmeticmarket.com

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For face and body, this Trim and Bare It is much talked about as a necessity. $64.

 

Books

Lady Almina and the Real Downton Abbey by the Countess of Carnavon

From our Louisville Editor Heidi: Missing Downton Abbey already like me? This book should help ease the transition from a rather sad Season 3. According to Amazon, this book “tells the story behind Highclere Castle, the real-life inspiration for the hit PBS show Downton Abbey, and the life of one of its most famous inhabitants, Lady Almina, the 5th Countess of Carnarvon and the basis of the fictional character Lady Cora Crawley. Drawing on a rich store of materials from the archives of Highclere Castle, including diaries, letters, and photographs, the current Lady Carnarvon has written a transporting story of this fabled home on the brink of war.” Buy locally at Parnassus for $16. www.parnassusbooks.net

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Downtown Abbey was based on Lady Almina’s life.

 

Clothing

DL 1961 Jeans

Have you ever had a favorite pair of dark jeans that stretch out so much you have to wash them all the time, quickly making them your favorite faded jeans? Us too. We’ve discovered a solution, though, in a great denim line at Soca Clothing on Bandywood – DL1961 Premium Denim. Their patented 4-way stretch denim is made with a unique product called XFit Lycra®, which molds the jeans to your body and eliminates the sag factor. Think: muscle memory. Wear them repeatedly (they will stretch enough to make them not look painted on, yes) and wash as needed. www.socaclothing.com

The DL1961 "Grace." $168 at Soca.

The DL1961 “Grace.” $168 at Soca.

Bi-Stretch Jeans at J. McLaughlin

These jeans come in a rainbow of colors and stretch two ways to hold their shape. As spring comes, embrace some color! $168 at J. McLaughlin. www.jmclaughlin.com

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Bi–stretch jeans form J. McLaughlin, $168

Frank and Eileen Shirts at H. Audrey

We’ve featured these before, but their new patterns and colors have us yearning for more. These shirts just get better with age. Add a pencil skirt, white jeans, shorts… Anything! $198 http://haudrey.com

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Frank and Eileen Shirts at H. Audrey, $198

Sweatshirt Top at Anthropologie:

This top has all the inside softness of a sweatshirt but all the refined-ness of a knit. Available in multiple patterns and solids, this is the top you will reach for time and time again to get through these not-quite warm enough spring days. Come summer, you’ll hang it up in exchange for lighter tees, but for any mountain trips, you’ll be grabbing it again. It’s flattering, soft and perfect for our transitional weather–what more do we want? $68. See all 4 colors: www.anthropologie.com

 

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Travel

Stephanie Johnson Makeup Bag

With Spring Break coming, many will be traveling. No matter your destination, having good travel bags makes all the difference. This bag, new to Woo Skincare + Cosmetics, may be your perfect makeup bag. Two mesh bags that can snap in or out make this traveler as roomy or divided as you need. Made from raffia with leather details, this is Stephanie Johnson’s best selling bag.

When you enter Woo, find these up high and to the right of the cash register with other Stephanie Johnson bags, including jewelry and toiletry organizers. $85. Woo Skincare + Cosmetics

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$85 at Woo Skincare + Cosmetics

 

Our other SB sister cities have great FINDS today, too. Check out their lists!

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