November brings the holidays to your doorstep. This is the beginning of a season when accessorizing our homes and organizing for the party-filled, gift-giving weeks ahead are top-of-mind. Get a holiday head start with our November FINDS.
HOME & GARDEN
Decorative nesting trays from Mrs. Post would be a lovely gift or accessory for your home. Made with porcelain and 24-karat gold, these trays are part of a collection that includes coordinating plates and additional patterns. Display individually or stacked as part of an elegant coffee table vignette. A set of two trays is $68.
The Lisa Mallory Interior Design Shop has a wonderful selection of picture frames. These sophisticated, versatile frames would be a timeless gift or finishing touch for any home. Prices range from $10 to $72.
As we spruce up our homes for the holidays, fresh containers, pretty enough to display with or without an arrangement, will upgrade a room quickly. There are many wonderful containers in all shapes and sizes at Memphis WaterWorks, such as this pair of Edo jars in celadon pearl (20-inch-by-27-inch), $350.50 each.
Perfect for a masculine or manly gift: herringbone deer and black bear pillows; made in Austria and available at Blue Moon Bedding for $100 each.
NOTIONS & GIFTS
Magic Light Wand
The Magic Light Wand (invented and based in Memphis!) is a fun way for turning on and off your decorative holiday lights with the wave of your wand, complete with light and sound. Fun for children of all ages, the wands consistently sell out. Available in Memphis at Social, RSVP, the St. Jude Gift Shop, the Woman’s Exchange and more for $25.
Mister, just weeks old, has already learned to spot fabulous finds at Ménage Fine Stationery & Gifts. We think these sparkly note cards by local designer Karen Adams, $18.50 for a set of 12, would make clever holiday cards for Christmas or New Year’s greetings. Have them personalized with your holiday message by the graphic design team at Ménage.
A stunning, short fur vest at Kittie Kyle in Chickasaw Oaks Village is a special item for any fall/winter wardrobe. Find it for $430.
This autumn orange, wool blend coat by Tulle has a waistcoat look and deep pockets. Available at Sachi, the coat, $114, is combined here with a contemporary grouping of Serafina jewelry. Necklaces range from $70 to $100.
The all-day fitness wear trend means you can go from exercising to errands to reading a book, all in the same ensemble. These groovy, tie-dye headbands we saw at Indigo are definitely in style for many of your daily activities. Find them for $20.
These leather foldover clutches are available in a range of colors: go metallic or patent leather for the holidays and evening, or choose a year-round sophisticated style, such as classic black, nude or snakeskin. Starting at $135, find them at Kittie Kyle.
A handbag that you can personalize? Yes, please! Order a monogrammed Gigi New York bag from Spruce; choose from several styles and sizes. The one pictured is a Gates Satchel in black- and stone-embossed leather, $495, plus $25 for personalization.
Choose a velvet or wool jeweled clutch from this new grouping at The Stovall Collection. Depending on the color combination and material you select, this versatile bag would be a fun holiday accessory or a winter go-to with a bejeweled touch. Available for $58.
These Prada booties are just beautiful! Available in two styles, they are both top-notch and timeless. Available at Joseph, (l to r) $1,030 and $905.
Once you own a sporty option like this suede bootie by DV in nude/bone, you will wonder how you lived without it in your everyday wardrobe! Available at More Therapy for $137.
Going out? These Stuart Weitzman evening shoes are exquisite and perfect for a dressy holiday affair. Spotted at Joseph for $435.
New pieces have just arrived from ZoWEE, a rustic, contemporary line of statement jewelry available at Lavish. Prices range from $150 to $250.
Stop by Social to ogle a selection of the Addison Weeks’ fall collection. Polished brass and semiprecious stones are combined in these stylish clutches, bracelets and more. The clutch pictured here is $506; bracelets are $110 each.
Dramatic, wearable art, these metal cuffs are crafted from hand-shaped brass. Each piece is plated with 24-karat gold and sterling silver, as well as copper, bronze and gunmetal, all in geometric shapes. These fabulous cuffs are by Sibilia, and are part of the Stones and Pearls collection at Lisa Mallory Linens. Prices range from $110 to $135.
Recycled glass-bead bracelets are an excellent accessory to dress up or down any fall ensemble. Available in colors that stand alone or pair well in a grouping, find them at Gild the Lily for $53 to $55.
HEALTH & BEAUTY
Makeup and brush set
The Simply Gorgeous palette and lip pencil, $78, and Radiance brush set with case, $148, are both dynamic tools to have in your beauty box. From the Power of Makeup Collection by Trish McEvoy, these are must-have essentials for the eyes, lips and face. Either grouping would also make a great gift! Available at Oak Hall.
Philip Stein uses Natural Frequency Technology, “designed to help wearers cope with stress and increase focus.” Fascinating! We found a great selection of at Peter D Poole Fine Jewelers this month, just in time for holiday shopping. If you’re looking for a watch that blends well with your other jewelry, both gold and silver, the classic style (left) is an ideal choice. The yellow- and white gold-plated style from Philip Stein is definitely on our wish list. Available for $850 each.
Grandma’s Japanese Salad, a new item on the fall lunch menu at Napa Café, features chicken served alongside fried leeks, chives, shiitake mushrooms, cilantro and pumpkin, and tossed in a hoisin-lime vinaigrette for $16. We ate absolutely every bite! Try it for yourself while seated on the Napa Café porch, a new dining option tucked into the corner of Sanderlin Centre that warms the mood of this popular shopping area. Check out their newly renovated porch and indoor bar … and Grandma’s Japanese Salad, of course!
Cookie connoisseurs, you must try this one! The honey rosemary cookie at Muddy’s new Grind House is the bee’s knees! One of the most popular choices there, claim your dozen for $6.
Need something to unplug and get lost in for a little stress relief? Or perhaps you’re in search of a perfectly local gift? Check out Memphis Type History: Signs and Stories from Just Around the Corner (Hardcover), by Caitlin L. Horton and Rebecca L. Phillips. It’s a collection of the words, letters, typography, history and colors of Memphis, supported by local stories and lore behind these signs and symbols. Available at Memphis Type History online or at the Booksellers at Laurelwood for $39.95.
Take a deep breath and open the door … ’cause the holidays are here!