This winter has been a rough one, hasn’t it? Like all rough experiences, it’s time you treat yourself to something fun and shiny and new … something to carry you through till spring finally arrives. So whether you find yourself in one of our SB markets — Nashville, Atlanta, Memphis, Louisville or Birmingham — or prefer to shop online, here are some fun Southern ideas to brighten your day!
Put some spring in your step with these super-preppy, hot pink Ferragamo flats from Joseph in Memphis. The comfy flats feature the classic Ferragamo bow in a grosgrain version; also available in blush, blue and black for $495.
Flowery top and pants
As the cold drifts away, we’re pining for the opportunity to wear lighter, brighter outfits. This Joie silk blouse, $278, and J Brand pants, $168, are the perfect combo for warmer spring days ahead. Emmaline in Nashville has this outfit, plus more warm weather favorites!
Ann Mashburn in Atlanta has fully transitioned out of its winter sale and stocked its shelves with strappy shoes, breezy blouses and upbeat prints. The shop’s zip-back sandal comes in nude and black suede at a smart heel height perfect for daytime wear. Find it next time you’re in ATL, or purchase online for $325.
Get ready for spring break or summer with a Southern Tide swimsuit in bright solids and fun patterns. You can browse options online at Remon’s website, but you’ll have to pay a visit to Birmingham to buy them!
Jack Rogers sandals
Every girl needs a pair of Jack Rogers in her closet. These are a new design: Lauren slides instead of the standard Navajo thong. Available at Monkee’s of Louisville in flat bottom for $128 or wedge heel for $178. Available online here.
These silver Large Myron earrings by Debarajill are both playful and perfect for pairing with bright, spring outfits! We spotted these at Oak Hall in Memphis for $165.
Yellow is the it color this spring, and here is a buffet of yellow from some great Louisville jewelers and stores. The long chain with yellow jade and gold pinwheels is from W & M Custom Jewelry for $59, the yellow topaz snake pendant necklace is from Summer Eliason for $525, and the yellow statement necklace from The Prickly Pear is $23.99.
Take it up a notch with a snazzy clutch by Hobo. Dress up a jeans-and-tee look, or carry it with your cocktail dress and you’ll surely turn heads. Available at Birmingham’s The Blue Willow or on their website for $128.
This hat comes in other colors, but the yellow one really caught our eye. Sold at J. McLaughlin, this Palm River Hat is $98 and also comes in white, blue and coral.
The new Madelyn Natural Raffia Hobo Bag is perfect for spring. The texture and material make it casual enough for an everyday bag, but the leather strap adds a touch of elegance. Use it to top off your favorite look. Find it for $378 from Nashville’s Elaine Turner or online here.
Have a spring fling with this simple, stunning, silver-and-enamel Ginkgo leaf necklace with citrine accents from Memphis’ Charlotte. The pendant hangs elegantly from a 15-inch strand collar. Available for $1,380
Ottolenghi: The Cookbook
Master the flavors of the Mediterranean with 140 recipes from the popular London Ottolenghi restaurants. The recipes in Ottolenghi: The Cookbook are reflective of the author’s Jerusalemite heritage combined with flavors of California, Italy and North America. This book is sure to help you spice up your cooking and teach you some new tricks. Find it at Nashville’s White’s Mercantile for $35.
The News Sorority
This is a just-in, must-read: The News Sorority: Diane Sawyer, Katie Couric, Christiane Amanpour—and the (Ongoing, Imperfect, Complicated) Triumph of Women in TV News. If you find yourself in Memphis, swing by Booksellers and pick it up for $29. Or you can find it online here.
RMS Beauty is a line of beauty products crafted with organic ingredients. The Living Luminizer, a bestseller at KORE + Nashville, highlights your skin and gives it a healthy glow. Ultra-light and perfect on all skin tones, the luminizer will refresh your skin for $38. Visit the KORE + Nashville site to learn more.
Who doesn’t love a good find at Tar-gét? Get ready for spring break with a fresh, colorful suitcase from your neighborhood Target. These Orla Kiely roller suitcases come in two cheery, won’t-be-lost-on-the-baggage-carousel design options, in both carry-on (21-inch) and checked-bag (28-inch) sizes. $139.99 to $169.99
FOR THE HOME
Annieglass seahorse tray
Annieglass brings elegant luxury to everyday table decor with this beautiful seahorse tray. Perfect for collecting odds and ends, it’s a bright accessory to liven up your living space. Find it at Table Matters in Birmingham for $147.
This multipurpose stone slab can be refrigerated or heated to keep foods at the right temperature when serving. Use it as a decorative display when not in use. Available online or in person at Lamb’s Ears in Birmingham for $129
Storage baskets, chairs and tables
Can you say patio season? The funky brights of Kolo Collection in Atlanta have us inspired to entertain al fresco. PVC storage baskets ($40 to $100) work double duty indoors and out with Fernmob bistro chairs ($108) and tables ($255 to $375). A ’60s loveseat by Spruce ($897) dresses up festive with pillows swathed in Mariaflora Erice fabric ($112 per yard). Rounded out with Dedon’s Fedro floor rocker ($740) and a punchy blue side table ($470), Kolo can retrofit your entire outdoor area. And we do mean retro.
If you are looking for a not-so-basic set of white dishes, look at what we found at Nashville’s AshBlue! These lovely plates from Source and Tradition would be perfect for Easter brunch or any night of the week. Salad plates are $35 each, and dinner plates are $55 each. Stop by AshBlue if you’re in Nashville, or order them online at ashblue.com.