July means it’s hot, hot, hot in the South, but that won’t stop us from getting outside. Summertime is here, and that means we’re spending our evenings al fresco with friends and family – whether hosting a Saturday evening BBQ or enjoying a glass of wine on a friend’s back porch. This calls for breezy summer clothes and accessories, a hostess gift or two and, of course, a few yummy treats for the BBQ (no oven required!). Read on for 14 items that will serve you well this summer.
All trends point towards straw bags this summer. Oversized, tiny, round, boxy and everything in between – a straw bag is a must-have this season! Find this one from ABLE, available in four colors, for $98 on their website.
These sweet earrings found at Ceri Hoover are ideal for summer. Paired with denim and a white tee, these unglazed ceramic studs add just the right statement without being too heavy or too much. Find them at Ceri Hoover for $55.
Slow summer morning
Lake Pajamas is known for their uber-soft pajamas made of Pima cotton. On lazy summer mornings, you’ll find yourself lounging even longer in this cozy set. Find it for $78 from Lake Pajamas.
ENTERTAINING & HOSTESS GIFTS
Green tomato spread
Holmsted Fines’s Green Tomato Chutney is their first and finest – the one that started it all. Green tomatoes are a Southern staple, and this iteration is delicious served with cheese and crackers. Holmsted Fines is based in Birmingham, AL, and you can find their many flavorful chutneys across the South. Find a list of locations here.
These lemon white chocolate cookies from Nashville-based Christie Cookies scream summer! The light, tart lemon flavor balances with the smooth and sweet white chocolate to make a cookie that will be the hit of the night. Send them to a friend far away or tote along with you to your event – these cookies won’t disappoint. Find them for $35.99 for 18 cookies from Christie Cookies.
Etiquette is always in style
This etiquette book is written by the experts, Suzanne Pollak and Lee Manigault of Charleston, SC. Not only does this book make a beautiful addition to a coffee table or book shelf, it’s also packed with tips and tricks for hosting (and a little tongue-in-cheek humor, for good measure). Find it for $25 from Waiting on Martha Home.
Lowcountry oyster painting
Jenn Griffith’s oyster paintings are quintessentially Southern. Her colorful creations and lovely landscapes are inspired by Charleston’s lowcountry, and they look just as fabulous alone as they do on a gallery wall. Find them for $90 each on Jenn’s website.
Bright and bold colors are best in the summer. The color scheme of these otomi coasters will take your next fiesta to the next level! Find the set of four for $36 from Furbish.
Cocktails and cheetahs – the combo we didn’t know we needed until now! The farther we get into the digital age, the more meaningful a handwritten note becomes. This collaboration between Greenville’s Dorothy Shain and Charleston’s Mac & Murphy will make writing thank you notes fun and cheeky. Get a six-card set for $24 at Mac & Murphy’s shop on Cannon Street in Charleston or in their online shop.
One of the most exciting parts of summer is the vacations. If you’re travels take you to far-off places, make sure you’re equipped with all the essentials, like a stand-out luggage tag. Some suitcases can look almost identical when they’re rolling along at baggage claim, so a custom tag is a great way to go, and these tags can be monogrammed with your initials, a logo or anything else that strikes your fancy. These beautiful leather tags start at $25 at Steurer & Jacoby and would delight any of your summer hostesses!
We have officially found a new go-to candle company! Not only do these luxury soy candles smell incredible, they also feature either a special scripture or a powerful inspirational quote to tell your loved ones how you feel without having to say a word. Find FAVOR candles for $30 each on their website.
FROM SB SHOP
Just in time for summer, we’re bringing you some brand new OMI Beads + SB bracelet sets. This is the “Rosy” set, complete with five sweet pink bracelets that can be worn separately or stacked for the ultimate arm candy collection. From blush and blue sets to summer whites and matte blacks, we’ve got a style for every girl. Find them, ranging from $75 to $120, at SB Shop.
Simple and empowering tees
A simple and comfortable tee is a summer style staple, and one that spreads an empowering message is even better. Our exclusive collection of ‘be kind do good’ and ‘roar’ embroidered t-shirts is filled with lightweight classics that pair with anything while spreading a positive message. Find these tees for $38 each at SB Shop.
Keep it cool
Clayton & Crume’s leather koozies have been bestsellers in the SB Shop since day one. Use them all summer long to keep drinks cool, but don’t be surprised when everyone wants to know where they can find one! Find them for $45 each in the SB Shop.
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