Hooray for May! Warm weather, festive occasions and the lead-in to the most laid-back time of the year. Get out and about this month and explore the South’s shopping scene. Here are a few of our favorite FINDS we spotted at Southern shops as well as our own SB Shop! Take a look …
FASHION & ACCESSORIES
A simple, understated bracelet can make a tremendous impact on an outfit. And that’s exactly why we love this delicious design by Christina Kober! Every bracelet — and every link on every bracelet — has been hand-formed and features five links. Wear it solo or layer it up! Find it in sterling silver, 18k gold plated or rose gold plated for $148 at ChristinaKober.com.
Lounging around is a weekend rite of passage after a week of hard work. Kick your loungewear up a notch with this super-comfy South of Hampton waffle robe. Get it monogrammed, and you won’t have to worry about sticky fingers taking it as their own! The thigh-length robe features 3/4-length sleeves and two handy pockets. It’s the simple things, isn’t it? Find it for $60 at SB Shop.
Judith Bright‘s first ever mother-daughter necklace set is beyond stunning. Honor that special bond with your mom or daughter with these adorable matching swing necklaces. They’re fully customizable with your choice of metal and gemstone, so you can pick one that means something to the both of you! In-store and online, the 2 1/8″ swing necklace is $88, and the 1 1/8″ swing necklace is $78, or when purchased together, the pair is $148.
With graduation season in full-swing, make sure your man is looking his very best with a handsome Collared Greens bowtie. The American-made, 100% silk bowtie is available on SB Shop in four different color options, each as dapper as the next! Find them for $55 each here.
Birmingham maker Laura Gaines has created a brand, Shalla Wista, that has a national following and can be recognized for its unprecedented and elegant design. For Laura, it is less about trends and more about her unique eye for unexpected beauty along with her loyalty to the craft of handmade jewelry. Gift Mom these gorgeous statement cuffs that can be dressed up or down. Find them, starting at $164, on SB Shop.
This season’s sunnies
If you need a stylish reason to throw shade, we suggest these handmade sunnies by Maho Shades, a luxury, environmentally conscious sunglasses company created by Birmingham entrepreneurs Alex and Kris Anderson. This style, the Diamondhead Whisky, is feminine and stylish without losing any sun protection qualities. Find them online for $145 or at Southern retailers like Mountain High Outfitters, Soca and Gus Mayer.
FOR THE HOME
Give your home a little spring pick-me-up with this beautiful trio of vases from Accentrics Design in Johns Creek, GA. Place them together or separate — either way, they’re sure to garner some attention. Add some fresh blooms to each, and you have the start of something spring-y! Find them for $180 each.
It’s the little things in life that make each day enjoyable. Exhibit A: a favorite coffee mug! Start your day with a hot cup of coffee in this fabulous speckled white-glaze ceramic mug, and we bet your days will be all the more fabulous for it! Microwave- and dishwasher-safe, this handmade drinkware is glazed with lead-free and non-toxic glazes. Find it for $40 at Copper + Kiln.
Simple swaps, such as new lamps, are a cost-effective way to get an affordable mini-home-makeover. We absolutely love the deep midnight blue shade of these “triple gourd” lamps from Edgar-Reeves Lighting in Atlanta. At 19 inches tall, the lamps measure widest on the base “gourd,” which clocks in at 9 inches wide. Find the pair for $800.
Coffee table books
Coffee table books are our love language. Not only do we really enjoy a good story, solid advice or a secret recipe, but we love giving these things too. They say not to judge a book by its cover, but you can’t go wrong when they look as entertaining as they actually are. Browse these books and more at Onward Reserve, with locations throughout the South — Saints of Florida for $48, Getting There for $24.95 and Where Bartenders Drink for $29.95.
Busy days require the utmost in organization, and frankly, a good old-fashioned notepad for keeping track of your to-dos is the only way to go. Make it truly unique by adding your family name. We are particularly fond of the playful vibe this family pad exudes with alternative colors. Find it for $15 (75 sheets) at Trabeautiful Designs.
FOOD & BEVERAGE
For the consummate entertainer, elevate her edible offerings with these locally made floral preserves. This box includes jars of nasturtium, dill blossom, Meyer lemon and thyme and garlic blossom jellies with four small wooden spoons and dried flowers. It is beautifully packaged and deliciously made. Find this box for $100 at The Pantry by Stone Hollow Farmstead in Birmingham or shop here.
Mother’s Day caramels
Everyone loves a sweet little bite – especially moms. Show your mom some love with these hand-stamped Mother’s Day boxes of Shotwell Candy’s artisan caramels. Each box contains 35 individually wrapped pieces of caramel in your choice of flavors. From hand-crushed espresso caramels to bourbon maple pecan caramels to lemon & rosemary caramels and more, Mom will love each one more than the last. Find them online at Shotwell Candy for $19.75 a box.
Piece of cake
It’s just not Mother’s Day without a big ol’ slice of cake! In SB Shop, you’ll find Caroline’s Cakes in several delicious flavors. These cakes have even been included in “Oprah’s Favorite Things” on more than one occasion — they’re that good! Celebrate Mom with the ultimate treat: four layers of rich chocolate cake filled with light chocolate mousse and topped with a smooth chocolate icing and decorated with adorable Mother’s Day flowers! Find this cake for $50 in SB Shop.
May your month be filled with warmth, sunshine and fabulous FINDS!
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