It’s summer travel season, which means you may likely be traveling to one of our StyleBlueprint cities. Whether you’re there in person or enjoying a vicarious voyage, here are some great items found at some of our favorite shops around the South. Enjoy!
Bring a spiritual touch to your home with these gorgeous prayer towers by Byers McCurry Studios. Each tower is handcrafted and painted, offering an intriguing look at various architectural designs. Find them at A’mano in Birmingham, AL, for $84 to $254.
After looking high and low for appropriate cards for their campers, Elizabeth Glass Henderson (a former Nashvillian) and Megan Peach decided to take matters in their own hands, so that campers everywhere had a cheery card to open while away. Each pack features seven different camp-themed greeting cards that you can send to your happy (or homesick) camper. Go to Camp Cards Now to order your pack for $19.95.
A hat to love
Wear this Biscuit Love hat, and everyone will know that you’ve had at least one amazing breakfast in your lifetime! This breakfast and lunch spot in Nashville, TN, is a delight and becoming a destination for tourists and locals alike. These perfectly distressed, branded caps ($20 each) grabbed our attention, in addition to the big, fluffy biscuits. Wrap one of these up as a gift and then let them know, upon opening, that you’ve booked a weekend in Nashville! [SB Tip: Get to Biscuit Love before 8:45 a.m. on the weekends to avoid the long lines. They open at 7 a.m. daily.]
A sturdy watch is a always a smart gift for guys. We love these new selections from White’s Mercantile on 12th Avenue South in Nashville, TN. Available with leather, canvas and metal link bands, these versatile timepieces are just the right balance of sport and sophistication. To see more watch options, visit White Mercantile’s online store. $600 to $1,000
Comfort meets style with this Indigenous swing tank. Made of organic cotton by fair-trade artisans in Peru, it’s an indulgence worth splurging on. Find it at Alabama Outdoors—in Birmingham or online—for $124.
June is the month of the pearl, so it is only fitting that Monkee’s is selling these beautiful pearl cuffs. The pearls are oversized and sure to make a big statement on your arm. Forget the statement necklace, and go for the statement bracelet instead. These are $32 each, and come in gold or silver.
Get your little one set for summer by the pool with this adorable seersucker ruffle swimsuit by Bella Bliss. Pink and blue with a halter tie, this suit can be found at B. Bayer & Co. Monogramming & Gifts in Birmingham, AL, for $62.
Be still our beating hearts! This sandal from Seychelles has two things we love for summer: the color yellow and fringe. These are sold at M.E. Modern Elegance in Louisville, KY, for $100.
What makes wine even more fun? Toting it around in a cute, neoprene wine sleeve, of course! Find the right letter for your beloved wine drinker, and she’ll never lose her glass again! Find it at The Blue Willow—in store in Birmingham, AL, or online—for $30.
Time to change up your glassware for summer. These seagrass-covered glasses and pitcher are a great addition to your summer drink arsenal. Now all you need is the lemonade or margarita! These are sold at Fleur de Lis. Glasses are $8, stemware is $10 and pitcher is $26. Fleur de Lis is in Louisville, KY.
What time is it? It’s bourbon time for Daddy. These handmade clocks come in many different brands of bourbon bottles. Pick Dad’s favorite, and you won’t have to remind him what time cocktail hour starts. Sold at Regalo in Louisville, KY, starting at $60.
Gourmet Peanut Butters
It’s a grand time for nut butter fans, as there is so much more to choose from than Jif, Skippy and Peter Pan. Small batch nut butters keep showing up and our newest favorite is made in Nashville, TN, by Nut Butter Nation. With Father’s Day coming, a basket of gourmet peanut and almond butters would be so yummy! Find them at Nashville retailers, including Green Door Gourmet, Batch and Marche Artisan Foods. Look for more retailers listed online this summer!
Bed Stu Vick duffel bag
A rugged, washed-canvas duffel is just the ticket for the dad who has everything, because he can always use an upgrade to his carry-on. With leather detailing, an adjustable/removable shoulder strap and three large, exterior pockets (and three interior pockets, too), it’s a deal at $98. Find it in Lansky 126 in the Peabody Hotel in Memphis, TN.
Quartz hair ties
Keep a hair tie handy all summer long with this double-duty gem from Memphis, TN, crafter Kristen Keegan of the Good Egg Goods. No-snag hair elastics, $25, feature colorful quartz pieces trimmed in vermeil. Each month, Kristen donates a portion of all sales to a nonprofit organization, and the recipient of June’s sales is the Boys & Girls Club. Look good, do good!
Simple white vases
Widemouthed and handcrafted, these simple white vases, $18.99, are functional as well as fashionable, morphing from utensil holder to flower vase in a snap. From Le Fleur in Memphis, TN.
The Blessing Book
This book is a labor of love that includes words from “The Blessing Song” and beautiful watercolor illustrations by Memphian Julia Azar. It also includes a CD featuring “The Blessing Song” sung by Leigh Nash (from Sixpence None the Richer), along with 12 instrumental hymns. $29.99; pick it up in Memphis, TN, at Social, a Shop for Gracious Living or online at theblessingco.squarespace.com.
Misfit Shine ($99.99) is an activity and sleep monitor that tracks your steps, laps, miles and your sleep cycles. Shine comes with a clip and band for versatility, or you can upgrade with a Bloom necklace ($80) for ultimate wearability. Choose from 10 cool colors at Misfit.