Check out our favorite summer FINDS from around the South. From unique home decor to great vacation reads to a dog bed fit for a king, there’s something for everyone in your family to enjoy!
FOR THE HOME
Great Bear Wax Co. candles
Bring the aroma and warmth of a bonfire gathering indoors with these campfire-scented candles made by Birmingham, AL-based artisan candle makers, Great Bear Wax Co. Find them at Alabama Outdoors for $30 and online.
These are not real turtles, so don’t be afraid. They are decorative, bleached-out white turtle shells displayed upright. They seem so beachy and summery and would like a nice home on your bookshelf or mantel. They come in two sizes, small and large and are available at Merridian Home Furnishings. The small shell is $45 and the large is $65.
Berlingot steak knife set
These stylish and sleek steak knife sets are perfect to break out for special occasions. Find them at B.D. Jeffries in Atlanta, GA, for $195 for a six-piece set.
Bowls with handles
No, it’s not a coffee mug, though it does look like it at first glance. Truthfully, it could be a coffee mug if you drink as much coffee as we do. This is a bowl with a large handle, perfect for soups, fruit or cereal made by Louisville Stoneware. This is a great gift or addition to your own dinnerware stock. These bowls are $35 each, and are available online.
Personalized maple cutting boards
These personalized cutting boards would make a thoughtful wedding gift or housewarming present. Or maybe your kitchen is in need of its own! These maple cutting boards are handcrafted in the USA and are available for $156 at Huff Harrington in Atlanta, GA.
Hats are a summer staple for women. These beautiful straw sun hats at Monkee’s of Louisville have your name all over them, literally. A monogram is included in the $50 price. Visit in person or order online!
Sensible Summer Shoes
If your tolerance for high-heeled shoes begins to wane in the summer months, know you are not alone! Fortunately, we found this super comfy pair at Hemline in Nashville, TN, (also available online at Nordstrom) that goes with just about everything, whether you are wearing white denim or a sundress. Available for $175
HEALTH & BEAUTY
Mio Body Brush $20 Woo Skincare + Cosmetics
This is your must-have tool for smooth skin this summer. The Mio Body Brush helps to exfoliate, boost circulation and improve the appearance of cellulite. The brush itself is $20 and can be used with any Mio products. A few good choices include: Skin Tight, a tightening body serum ($56); The Activist, a firming active body oil ($48), and Workout Wonder, an invigorating muscle motivating gel ($33). All are available from Woo Skincare + Cosmetics, with storefronts in Nashville, Atlanta or Charlotte, NC.
For the dog days of summer, treat your best friend to a Mississippi Made custom dog bed. Mississippi Made, the line of custom dog beds created by Hollywood Feed, has an online design option for creating your pooch’s high-quality bed in a multitude of sizes, shapes, colors and patterns. In turn, these doggie recliners will blend nicely with home décor. Beds start at $19.99. The size and style pictured, $125.99, is one of their large, rectangular versions.
“Chocuterie,” created by the Nashville-based chocolatiers Olive and Sinclair, is an evolving line of chocolate creations, showcasing seasonal ingredients in a shareable fashion. Pair this chocolate with good friends and wine, like a traditional charcuterie board, and you’re set! The current flavor selection includes raspberry with white chocolate ganache and wedding cookie. Available in store for $15 and online.
Jean Baptiste 1717 fragrances are made to produce the aura of New Orleans, the perfect combination of music, sensuality and surrounding nature that makes the city unique. These bath salts we found in Nashville at White’s Mercantile evoke the complex and soothing scent through the combination of water hyacinth, jasmine, tuberose, wild rose and princess lily,with subtle notes of caramel and vanilla and a woody, patchouli base. Pick some up or order online for a relaxing soak!
Haute Papier designed this stationery wardrobe with letterpress note cards, gift enclosure cards and two notepads, all in a beautiful high-gloss white box. Personalize your own stationery wardrobe at Please Reply in Birmingham, AL, or online, starting at $250.
These stainless steel water bottles keep beverages ice cold for up to 24 hours, a must-have in the blazing summer sun. Come winter, they keep warm beverages piping hot for up to six hours! Find them at Alabama Outdoors for $33.99.