It is summertime and livin’ is easy! Check out our list of things we are loving.
A thoughtful and functional gift! The Kaleidoscope hammock from re:loom is hand-woven from recycled golf shirts. The hammock features looped ropes on each end, so it can be tied between two trees or fit on a hammock stand. The hammock is designed and created by individuals who work for re:loom, a nonprofit designed to employ adults who struggle to find and maintain employment. $325 at re:loom. www.reloom.org
Kentwool Augusta Golf Sock
Make your golfer feel like a pro! Kentwool socks are the flagship sock of the PGA and Nationwide tour players. They are made of superfine merino wool, with WINDspun technology for a blister-free performance. $19.95 at shop.kentwool.com.
Ninja Ultima Blender
I have always wanted a Vitamix, but I couldn’t get past the $400+ price tag. After some research, I found the Ninja blender. With power and blending speeds comparable to the Vitamix, and a much lower price tag (around $200), I was sold. The bonus is the ability to individually blend smoothies. The Ninja Ultima comes with three individual to-go cups with lids. To blend individual smoothies, all you do is snap on the individual blade attachment. That means I can make one smoothie for myself and another for our daughter, and my husband can make his own, all without having to wash the blender! The Ninja Ultima is available at Bed Bath & Beyond and Target. www.ninjakitchen.com
EOS Lip Balm
Have you picked up an EOS lip balm yet? You will love that it never gets lost in the depths of your handbag because it comes in an easy-to-grab sphere shape. This clear lip balm features long-lasting moisture, shea butter and vitamin E, plus it is gluten-free, paraben-free, petrolatum-free and phthalate-free! An essential everyday item! $3.29 online; $2.99 at Target. evolutionofsmooth.com
It’s summer, and these Indian Summer scented products will get you ready. These products from Moss Hill (soap, candle, lotion, linen spray, shower gel) are the perfect way to relax after a day of running around in the sun. Available in the $5-$16 price range from Moss Hill. www.mosshill.net
Hairdresser’s Invisible Oil from Bumble and Bumble
Everyone has been raving about this new line from Bumble and Bumble when we were in recently. The shampoo, conditioner and primer leave your hair silky and smooth without a lot of gunk. If you are looking for a new shampoo and conditioner, this is a must-try. The line runs between $26 and $38 at Bumble and Bumble.
We had the pleasure of discovering Zents at our recent visit to the Mokara Spa inside the Omni Hotel in Nashville. This line includes body oil, lotions, soaps and more. The balm provides a conditioning treatment to hydrate dry summer skin. We love the Ore scent because of its unisex nature. Be sure to try out the Mandarine and Water, our other favorites! Zents Concreta is $34.
Kerastase treatments and products can always be trusted to leave your locks soft and sleek. Their newest line Reflection is especially designed to shield against damage from styling, the sun, and other strains. This leave-in serum, can be combed into hair after shampooing and conditioning to protect color and provide sheen.
Oil Free Moisturizer
Hydrate your skin with this lightweight, oil-free moisturizer. This product can be used day or night and is perfect for all skin types (guys or gals!). We love the fresh, natural smell and have found that this is the perfect moisturizer for the summer months ahead. $42 at Therapy Systems.com.
Too many brands of self tanner are sticky and scented. We have been introduced to a bronzing lotion by the brand Whish that is fast drying and odor free. This all-natural and organic product firms, refines and clarifies skin while adding a subtle sheen.
Beach Bag Perfection
Each summer we set out to find the perfect poolside tote and this year Elaine Turner made things easy! The Terah Tote is a great size to fit all our summertime necessities. It’s big enough for a couple towels, flip flops, your book, sunscreen and more. Plus, it’s chic enough to use for other purposes than just the pool. The Terah Tote comes in Coffee Bean, Flamingo and Sand Dollar and can be found at online.
Summertime Maxi Dress
This season we are drooling over maxis. This floral maxi, paired with a fun hat, is perfect for summer days and casual evenings. Check out the great selection, including this maxi for $114, at Swell.
The perfectly precious packs are the necessary accessory for your any fashionista. The Kanken Backpacks will hold everything they need for a day of adventure. These can be found at Shopbop.
Lauren Moffatt Summer Tops
We fell hard for these easy summer tops by Lauren Moffatt. They are the perfect thing to pair with a pair of white jeans and a wedge shoe.
These tanks from Heather just might be the tank of the summer! They are super soft but are made from modal — a semi-synthetic cellulose fabric — so they have a great amount of stretch. They hold their shape and their color and are an all-around staple for summer. Danielle and her team at Atlanta Activewear swear by them! We are thinking about stocking up in every color, and we think you should, too! $56 at Atlanta Activewear. www.atlantaactivewear.com
This ethereal lace tunic is a perfect cover-up for summer. It covers everything but lets your swimsuit show at the same time. Available at J. McLaughlin for $195. www.jmclaughlin.com
Otter Creek Soap
Otter Creek‘s line of shampoos, body washes and bars of soap offer a unique addition to morning showers. This line, made for men, is tailored to everyday life. The Fire Cured Bar Soap is made with ground charcoal, black pepper and bergamot oils. This will make any man feel a little more manly. The Bar Mexico, made with beer, agave, lime and aloe, is perfect for the gentlemen who need to escape to a relaxing place. Men, ditch the flower-scented body washes!
Jonathan Savage Apron
Jonathan Savage of Savage Interior Design has expanded his expertise to create a line of linens. His attention to detail coupled with his natural design sense lead him to create this classic embroidered apron. This is the perfect gift for any stylish foodie you may know! Jonathan Savaged has partnered with Taigan to sell his goods!
Every man needs a good looking, yet comfortable pair of shoes. We love the Italian made Harrison Limited Driving Moc for its supple leather and rich tan color. Available at Harrison Limited. www.harrisonlimited.com.
Veteran athletes are often jaded by power bars and protein packed snacks. Ebars are the latest, greatest and tastiest post-run fuel we’ve discovered.
Unique Olive & Sinclair Treat
Charcuterie is an essential for summer entertaining and al fresco dining. But the master chocolatiers at Olive & Sinclair have transformed the savory snack into a uniquely sweet treat. Studded with cherries, cookie crumbles, nuts, and nibs, the “Chocuterie” pairs elegantly with wine and beer and will have your guests begging for one more slice. You can only find it online.
Batch Nashville Father’s Day Deluxe Gift Box
For Father’s Day, we are highlighting one gift today that you may want to go ahead and order and check off your list! Batch Nashville composes great, themed gift baskets for many occasions and their Father’s Day spread includes hearty snacks and supplies for summertime grilling. To order, click here.
In Home Made Summer, author and chef Yvette Van Boven shares recipes that glorify seasonal produce. Inspired by her childhood in Ireland and her journeys abroad, Yvette’s recipes are simple, elegant and suitable for both simple meals at home and summer entertaining. Home Made Summer can be found at Amazon.
The Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls
The Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls by Anton Disclafani is a great book for reading by the pool or just about anywhere else (I personally could not put it down). It is definitely an adult novel with some unexpected twists and turns. Carmichael’s sums it up best: In the midst of the Great Depression, and a mysterious tragedy in her family, fifteen year old Thea Atwell is sent to an equestrian boarding school for Southern debutantes in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Part scandalous love story, part heartbreaking family drama, The Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls is a major debut by a staggeringly gifted new writer. Available at Carmichael’s Bookstore for $16. www.carmichaelsbookstore.com
The EXOXBT are portable speakers with bluetooth capabilities. They are waterproof, shock resistant, wireless and can float, which make them perfect at the pool, the beach or on your next camping trip. $129.99 at ecoxgear.com.
During the summer, we always seem to be on the move. Carrying a laptop can become a burden, but sometimes we do not want to completely disconnect from the outside world. This bluetooth portable keyboard solves the problem and makes our lives easier. Connect with your smartphone or tablet and do work on the go! $39.99 at C Wonder.
A timer and grilling guide for your phone, GrillTime makes Summer grilling easy. Select your meat, thickness, and level of doneness and let GrillTime tell you when it is time to flip and time to pull it off. With the ability to multitask if you have several items on your grill, you will be the ultimate grill master of your neighborhood! $1.99 on iTunes itunes.apple.com.