The month of May is upon us, and we think it should be renamed Mayhem! To combat the chaos, we’ve assembled a list of FINDS that are saving us time, easing our stress, or are simply just things we’re smitten with!
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FOOD and DRINK
Belle Glos Pinot Noir
It seems fitting to share with you this lovely wine for Mother’s Day. Wagner Family of Wine is distinctive as a family owned and operated vineyard from the coastal area of California. Winemaker Joseph Wagner chose the name Belle Glos (pronounced BELL GLOSS) to honor his grandmother, Lorna Belle Glos Wagner, a co-founder of Caymus Vineyards.
Available at The Wine Chap or your favorite local wine stores.
For more information on Belle Glos, click here.
Five Seed Almond Bars
For busy women on the go, this easy to grab bar is chocked full of nutritious offerings, and the blend of flax, poppy, sunflower, sesame and pumpkin seeds and almonds makes this a chewy and delicious snack. Best served with your morning “cup of “joe” and a StyleBluerprint post! Affordable at Trader Joe’s for only $3.99. www.traderjoes.com
It’s a 10 Miracle Leave In Conditioner Plus Keratin
Love the way this keeps my hair from feeling dried out and frizzy after blowing dry. Seems to make it straighter, too. $14 at Amazon. Also available at many local walk-in hair salons, like Heads Up at Green Hills mall. www.amazon.com
Moisturize with Oil:
Oils can be messy unless they are perfect. Welcome to perfection: It’s called Divine Oil, from Caudalie, with the slightest scent that you will adore. Put this is your handbag or glove compartment and spray away. Spray a little on your legs–they will look better. Spray your arms to add moisture and spray those shoulders to add just the right amount of sheen. No need to blot. Your skin will absorb it quickly and you will find that this little bottle lasts longer than you would think! Oh–you can even use it in your hair to combat dry frizzies! If your mom has EVERYTHING, this makes a great Mother’s Day gift, as well. Woo Skincare + Cosmetics. 3.3oz. $49 www.wooskincareandcosmetics.com
Burts Bee’s Lip Gloss
Next time you are at the grocery or drug store, try the new Burt’s Bee’s lip gloss. All natural and just the right amount of color. It’s more color than most glosses but less than a lipstick. Available in several colors.
The Perfect Graduation Gift
For a book that works for any age for graduation, we recommend The Three Questions, a visually beautiful book and one with a deep message about caring for the world around you as you travel life’s journey. It poses the questions: What is the best time to do things? Who is the most important one? What is the right thing to do? Perfect for all ages, you may just need to buy this for your own coffee table, as well. Another option, though geared more towards young adults, is Ann Patchett’s What Now, which is based on a graduation speech she gave at Sarah Lawrence. Bonus, you can have the copy personalized by Ann if you purchase it at Parnassus Books! www.parnassusbooks.net
May weddings, birthdays and yes, Mother’s Day are all occasions for the gift of lingerie. We can’t think of a better place to shop than Beloved Intimates in Green Hills. Owner Emily Tulloh is known for her amazing attention to detail as she curates one of the loveliest stores in Nashville. $89. www.belovedintimates.com
Melinda Double Band Sling
This casual wedge by Johnston and Murphy goes with everything in your closet. The bold straps give you much needed support, while the comfortable wedge allows you to spend hours on your feet. Available in black and white and metallic (pictured below). $198. Order online or stop by their store in the Hill Center. www.johnstonmurphy.com
These bow ties and neckties from Forage are hand crafted in Philadephia and are now available at Stitch It and Co. Stop by their new location, next to The Curtain Exchange near the Green Hills YMCA. Last minute for Steeplechase?! www.facebook.com/stitchitandco
Double purpose items are mainstays in our closets. This tunic comes in several embroidery colors and is just the right weight for summer. The gauzy material will get you through hot days, but the sleeves will protect your arms from the sun or the A/C at your favorite restaurant. It’s long enough to wear poolside as well! Tunic is by Subtle Luxury and available at Habit Boutique for $74. http://habitboutiqueclothing.blogspot.com
Love George Handbags
Inspired by a letter found in her mother’s scrapbook, Kathy Capps, creator of Love George Handbags, pays tribute to her mother whom she lost to breast cancer in 1985. The letter was sent by a soldier stationed in the South Pacific during World War II. It was poignantly signed “Love, George.” These whimsical handbags can be found locally at Two Old Hippies, and they come in a variety of styles including The “Panama,” a faux python printed leather with cream suede interior. All Love George Handbags are handmade in Tennessee. www.twooldhippies.com
This ensemble from E. Allen caught our eye for readers young enough to wear the shorts with blazer trend (hard to pull off over age 35 … just warning you!). E. Allen is located in the Gulch, near Barry’s Bootcamp. The blazer is by Covet for $114 and the Nell Multi-Coral Sean Shorts are $114. www.eallenboutique.com
John Robshaw Pillows
Aren’t these pillows gorgeous! They’re porch-friendly, as they are made with a water and UV-fade resistant material. Hello, porch weather! From Obelisk. www.bradfordsinteriors.com
Custom Engraved Tray or Lazy Susan
Just in time for the wedding season, this is such a great gift! Choose your finish and customization–perhaps the bride and groom’s monogram or wedding date–for just $175. Or, get one for yourself! Available at Margi’s Chair and Chair Alike. www.margischair.com
Boudoir Candles, with humor
Are we the only ones who find items for the boudoir sometimes funny, just because they are made for the boudoir? We found out that we are not alone, as the gals at OMG have partnered with local candle company Pretty Pretty Pop Pop to make this eco-friendly, soy wax, tongue-in-cheek boudoir candle line with the names Jezebel, Trollop, Hussy and Harlot. With the wedding season at hand, these make great shower gifts. They are also ideal for the person who needs a smile and a laugh added to her day. Plus, you are supporting two women-owned companies. Introductory price: $28. For more information, including scents, burn time and all that good stuff (and you can even buy online) click here.
These lanterns caught our eye as they are equally at home with most decor and seem to bring the calm of “lake life” to any backyard or porch. The price is hard to beat at $58 for the small and $69 for the large size. Available at Spruce Living in Brentwood. www.spruceliving.com
Burnished Horn Bowls
These burnished horn bowls are gorgeous from Harpeth Gallery. They are made by heating the horn to make it malleable and then shaping it into a bowl. There are several polished horn pieces available, as well. Why not give the graduate something that they will use for the next few decades? Use for keys, as a desk accessory, for entertaining, to place seashells in. Harpeth Gallery is a treasure trove for graduation gifts. http://harpethgallery.com
The Original Bike Box
Have you seen these around town? Just good old fashioned fun — for your bike! Put in your groceries, your wine…even your dog! Locally made and perfect for embracing that “Seize the day!” notion. Order online for $55: www.originalbikebox.com
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