Back to life. Back to reality. Summer is over and we are back on track. But it’s a transitional time, when it’s still warm and continues to be a great time to enjoy outdoor activities. Quite frankly, September is always spectacular and to celebrate its fantastic-ness, we’ve tracked down some of the city’s best FINDS!
What’s interesting about all of these clutches and handbags at 5-0-Lou? They are all made from reclaimed leather, which means they were reused and refashioned from another leather good. The result: a beautiful modern piece made of quality material. These range in price from $40 to $90.
Ready for plaid but not quite fall yet? Try these lightweight linen plaid totes in neutral colors at Work the Metal. And for only $17, it’s an easy transitional piece to buy. Available in either black and white or brown and black.
We all know that it’s healthier and more economical to bring your lunch but cute lunchboxes for women, not children, are few and far between. Allow us to introduce you to the ban.do, which kids can use but so can women. They are insulated, with cute purse-like straps and large enough to fit your sandwich, salad or leftovers, plus plenty of snacks. These are available at Celebrations for $24.
We can’t feature lunchboxes without mentioning lunchbox notes! These preprinted notes from Fresh Boutique 4 Girls come in a hinged wooden box with a mechanical pencil. These notes would be a welcome surprise in any homemade lunch. These are $15 per box with 50 notes included.
This is more than just a necklace, it is an outfit maker. Made of leather straps with small, metallic beads attached to a choker necklace, this neutral-colored necklace will look great with just about anything you wear. Just make sure to keep your top plain; you cannot compete with this necklace. Sold at Something Blue for $30.
When the hairdresser says a product works and loves it enough to put it in a special display that says “Our Favorite” at their salon, we are going to assume that it’s pretty perfect. That’s what Omagi Salon Spa says about the Aveda Control Force hairspray, because it offers 24-hour humidity protection, and it has maximum hold that you can still brush. This hairspray is sold for $30 and worth every penny.
These soaps are almost too pretty to use; they look like individual works of art. They are from FinchBerry Soapery, which touts its natural goodness with its vegan, wholesome, chemical-free ingredients. Buy it by the slice for $9 or in a box of four slices for $32 at Lulubelle’s. Best part is the packaging and presentation of the soaps at the end!
Have you been to the new store Water + Oak Outdoor Co. yet? In addition to great outdoor apparel and lifestyle goods, they have great local t-shirts in all different colors and cuts. Here are two of the most popular. The gray LOU shirt comes in short sleeve, tank top and baseball 3/4-sleeve, ranging in price from $25 to $28. The green “Explore” short-sleeve t-shirt is $32.
Kid’s needlepoint belts
We bet your man has special belts for fall — with footballs or other fall activities — so your son should too. Animal Crackers sells these adorable needlepoint and leather belts for boys, with themes of football or deer. Find them for $24 each.
Flannel plaid is so on trend right now and these shirts from Franklin Flannel have taken it to a new level. These are all vintage flannel shirts that have been “refreshed” to look ombre and more modern — the colors go from dark to light. These are $44 and sold at Vintage Style & Designs.
You might think eyedia, design it again sells only furniture and decor but they always have a great selection of locally handmade gifts, as well. We found these adorable ruffled tea towels, some with the state of Kentucky and some with a fleur de lis, for $19.99. These would be great as a hostess gift or an addition to your own kitchen.
Pitcher with salt and pepper shakers
No more monkey’ing around with your drinks. Sorry, had to say it. We loved this monkey as just a piece of decor — until we saw that it was also a pitcher. The salt and pepper shakers are an extra treat for your table. This collection is available at Digs Home & Garden for $56 for the pitcher and $21 for the pair of salt and pepper shakers.
These are so tiny and precious and, if you’re lucky, they will live forever. These mini succulents are in bourbon barrel planters, handmade by artist Ashleigh Anthony. These are $15 each at Revelry Boutique Gallery.
This 18-inch-wide planter at Louisville Stoneware has so many uses but we loved the idea of using it for a succulent garden. Seeing all the tiny succulents listed above inspired us to take it to a larger version, all while showing off this shallow planter, as well. This is $195.
It’s time for fall, which means it’s time to change out your centerpieces and decor. This large gold leaf plate at Posh Home is a great transition piece for your table in September. Leave it plain or fill it with your favorite decor to make a focal point on your dining or sofa table. This is $59.
Serve cheese or slice up lemons and limes for your bar, all on this fleur de lis board; it has endless uses. This is sold at Hallmark USA Gardiner Lane for $25 — and it comes with the knife.
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