May brings Mother’s Day, graduations and a bevy of social events. It’s nuts! Calm the strong winds of chaos for a moment and take in our May FINDS. We hope they help you navigate the hectic days of this busy month with a little less stress!
Crate and Barrel Pizza Stones
The longer days and warmer weather make it the perfect opportunity to fire up the backyard grill and dine al fresco. We love serving grilled pizza but always run into the problem of one person wanting pepperoni and the other wanting all veggie. These Square Pizza Stones at Crate and Barrel solve the problem, with four small pizza stones for easy individual pizzas. You can also push them together for one large pizza. $39.95 at Crate and Barrel.
April showers bring May Flowers … and more rain! Don’t let the weather get you down. With so many color and height options, you can make Hunter Boots your best accessory. You can find these all around town for $135, but we have noticed that there is a great selection at Hunter.
Even if you have confidently been rocking your winter white, we are sure you ready to break out the summer white and pair it with a tan! This Rebecca Taylor white tweed dress with an embellished collar is always in style for summer events. $450. Found at Neiman Marcus.
Attention athletes: These high-performance compression socks will be your feet’s best friends. The fit and durability of the socks make them worth the higher price. Say goodbye to blisters and moisture and hello to comfort. We can promise that once you try these you will never go back! Take the plunge and get your first pair today at Swiftwick. (Yes, we’ve highlighted these socks before, but if you’re stuck on what to get Mom, these will make her happy!)
Ceri Hoover Handbags
Local handbag maker Ceri Hoover makes amazing bags that are versatile and always in style. $79-$465. Find her products at Ceri Hoover.
IceMilk Garden Apron
We have long been fans of local company IceMilk Aprons and their beautifully constructed cooking aprons. Just released is their waxed canvas, Farm-to-Table Garden Apron. The handsome apron will hold all of your tools while you get your hands dirty in your garden or flower beds. No guarantee, though, that it will give you an instant green thumb! $35 at IceMilk Aprons.
JulieBees Key West Sandal
A great summer shoe, JulieBees’ Key West sandal is made from sustainable leather cut into a fun wave design. Available in multiple colors, including black, white, neutral and fuchsia. We are partial to the pretty pink version. You can find this Atlanta Show Company at Julie Bee’s for $195.
Hats off to summer! This stylish number will help keep you cool. Available at Anthropologie.
Cute and comfortable, this Shoshanna romper can be easily dressed up or down. On sale and Neiman Marcus.
Silk Tank and Shorts
Need a dressy-casual summer outfit? This Annie Griffin combo caught my eye for its luxurious feel and French blue hue. Available at Annie Griffin.
Boca Lizard Clutch
This Boca lizard clutch is available at J. McLaughlin for $195. It comes in ivory or lime.
Don’t know about you, but I can’t wear flip-flops for very long. But my feet love a good pair of sneakers for the summer. Here’s my pick: light-orange, linen Chucks, the iconic Converse mainstay. On sale now and available at 6pm Outlet for $25.99.
Summer dresses lack the generous foundation of winter clothes. Yummie Tummie makes a lightweight shapewear, perfect for warmer temperatures. Try this Jordan Shortie, which comes highly recommended by fellow SB readers, for keeping your shape “intact” this summer. Available for about $48.
This Annie Griffin summer dress is great for summer. Wear from poolside to party and everywhere in between.
The wonderful summer colors of M Missoni’s 2014 collection at Nordstrom. (Photographed at Kittie Kyle in Memphis).
If someone is blasting the AC this summer, you will be ready with this lightweight circle cardigan sweater by Vince, available at Shopbop.
Chocolate Sun is a natural self-tanner that is custom-blended for your skin tone. This organic, hydrating product is natural-looking and actually works! If you can’t make it to the beach, this is the perfect way to get the sun-kissed look we all crave. Find the lotions and spray at The Chocolate Sun.
Pretty Pretty Pop Pop Hair Serums
Spring is the time to treat your tresses right! These locally made serums are cruelty-free and made from all-natural ingredients. These treatments will leave your scalp and hair squeaky clean. At Pretty Pretty Pop Pop.
Replumping Hair Products
Hair, for most women, falls into two categories: it either frizzes and grows in volume with summer’s humidity, or you find it limp and flat as the dew point increases. If the latter is your situation, help is on the way. Davines’ Naturaltech replumping line helps increase hair volume to give you the fullness you have always wanted. Use all products (shampoo, conditioner and serum) for maximum effect. You will see a difference. We found this must-have product at Davines.
Kerastase Spray à Porter
Kerastase’s Spray à Porter gives you the textured, tousled beach hair that we all want come summer. Kerastase’s beach spray works really well without leaving your hair sticky or dry, and it has the added bonus of containing UV and heat protection. $35, available at Kerastase.
Burt’s Bees Herbal Blemish Spot
The other day I woke up with a giant zit staring me straight in the face. A friend tipped me off about Burt’s Bees Herbal Blemish stick, so I immediately headed to the drugstore and picked one up. I’m not going to declare it an absolute miracle product, but I do think it cleared up the offender quicker than it would have disapppeared on its own. $8 at Burt’s Bees.
Body Drench Lotion
We love the emollient, yet non greasy feel of this lotion. Available for purchase at Body Drench.
The Tile App
You know how frustrated you are when you can’t find your remote control/handbag/laptop/cordless phone/keys/teddy bear? The solution to this stressful situation is soon to be at hand. This genius company, The Tile App, has raised funds through crowdsourcing to the tune of over $2.5 million. This is how it works: place these small “tiles” on anything that you are prone to losing. Then, log in via your iOS device to find it when you misplace it. (You can log in on a friend’s iOS device if yours is lost!) This app uses GPS technology, and you can share your tiles with close friends and family or keep them private. Pre-orders are ending soon, and they will be ready to ship fall 2014. www.thetileapp.com
This portable charger is small enough to fit in your bag, pretty enough to show off and strong enough to give you one full charge. It connects with a universal wire that can charge all of your products (Apple, Androids, Sumsungs, Blackberrys and eReaders). Only $40 at NastyGal.com.
Challenge yourself to run in a 5K race! It’s easy with the C25K (couch to 5K) App. Available on iTunes.
The Union Club: A Subversive Thriller by Don Winston
While putting together your summer reading list, be sure to add former Nashvillian Don Winston’s The Union Club: A Subversive Thriller. Signed copies are sold at Amazon, and they would make a great gift!
Sister by Rosamund Lupton
Sister by Rosamund Lupton is a mesmerizing mystery/crime novel that will have you reading late into the night. Beatrice, upon learning that her sister, Tess, has gone missing takes a determined approach to finding out what has happened to her. The New York Times Book Review calls it “both tear jerking and spine tingling.” Find it at Amazon.
The One and Only by Emily Giffin
Atlanta resident and New York Times bestselling author Emily Giffin’s latest book, The One and Only, (released May 20th) tells the story of Shea Rigsby, an unconventional heroine who begins a journey of self-discovery after her small hometown is rocked by tragedy. We could not be more excited to tuck The One and Only into our beach bag for Memorial Day weekend! The One and Only is available for $28 at A Cappella Books.
Dinner on the Grounds: Southern Suppers and Soirées by James T. Farmer
In his new book, Southern gentleman and entertaining expert James T. Farmer has crafted a menu for every occasion from casual backyard affairs to lavish Southern weddings. With beautiful photography (from one of our FACES, Emily Followill) and delicious recipes, Dinner on the Grounds is the perfect gift for any Southern-food-loving cook. $35 at Erika Reade.
Linens for Every Room and Occasion by Jane Scott Hodges
Jane Scott Hodges showed us how stunning monogramed linens can be when she created Leontine Linens. And now she is showcasing her gorgeous ideas and handiwork in her new book, Linens for Every Room and Occasion. The coffee-table book features beautifully photographed interiors and table settings. $55 at A Cappella Books.
Bourbon: A History of the American Spirit by Dane Huckelbridge
Bourbon: A History of the American Spirit by Dane Huckelbridge covers 300 years of the history of bourbon in a very entertaining way. Available at Carmichael’s Bookstore for $25.99.
Barefoot Contessa, Back to Basics by Ina Garten
Ina Garten decribes the recipes in her Barefoot Contessa, Back to Basics cookbook as “taking ordinary ingredients and cooking them – or pairing them – in a way that ‘unlocks’ their true flavors.” At Amazon.
Lark Fine Foods
Lark Fine Foods Cookies for Grown-ups have us breaking our beach diets! These all-natural cookies are fresh and delicious. With ingredients such as rosemary, ginger and fennel, they are anything but ordinary. (Several SB staffers are particularly fond of the burnt sugar and fennel variety — divine!) Pick up your batch today at Lark.
Mama’s Strawberry Jam
This is the way strawberry jam should taste! Fresh from spring harvest, Preserving Place has crafted their own version of Mama’s Strawberry Jam, and we have to say it is delicious. Go and get it while it is in stock (they should have plenty right now) because once they are sold, it is gone until next year! $15 at Preserving Place.