August FINDS are the start of something new! This month’s collection reflects the current, lighthearted mood of summer as well as the upcoming trends of fall 2015. As you venture into back-to-school, change-of-season mode, take note of our favorite items this month.
HOME & GARDEN
Light up the grill, literally, with a Grillight. These are grilling spatulas and tongs with a built-in flashlight that illuminates whatever you’re cooking, and the bulb burns for 20,000 hours! Found at The Urban Gardener, $25.
A new twist to a game that never goes out of style, you can never go wrong with fun barware! This set is available at House, a new interior design shop opened by Rhea Crenshaw Interiors this summer, $56 for the set.
An Italian porcelain dog, $129 at Chestnut Hall — Italian porcelain is highly coveted and in relatively short supply. If you find a piece, you should snap it up!
Modern crystal candle holders
Pillar candle and votive holders made of brilliant lead crystal add ambient light to any table setting; available at Le Fleur. These start at $150, and the largest one is $459.
Evoke the calming colors of the beach with Louisiana artist Craig McMillin’s ceramic wall platters. The platters feature crystalline glazes that capture hues of the gulf waters and sand. They are available at the T Clifton Art Gallery: 20 inch diameter, $385; 14 inch diameter, $185; 10 inch diameter, $65.
These dragonfly balancer stakes are made of old knives, forks, and spoons, a fun find for your garden, $39 and $57 at The Urban Gardener. You should see them reflect the light of a sunset or sunrise!
Subway art stencils
Gather a list of your family’s favorite spots and give yourself plenty of time to have stencils made. Then make painted wooden panels, pillows or anything you choose to create. You will find all the materials you need at me & mrs. jones. Custom stencils, approximately $75 depending on the size, can be re-used endlessly. Pre-cut subway stencils, $45, are also available.
FASHION & ACCESSORIES
Feminine and rustic
Get in touch with your feminine side with this flirty, embroidered top. Give an edge to your style by pairing these rustic leather platforms with your outfit, all available at Lori James. Washable silk embroidered tunic (Made in Italy), $158, denim skinny jeans, $236, rustic platform heels, $130, and a 22-karat gold plated, handmade necklace with semi-precious stones, $275.
Get ready to glow in the Parry dress from Oak Hall. In bright citron lace with eyelash lace trim detail at the bodice and back, you will be set to shine in this fitted, halter dress, $358.
Make the Ella Moss sweater vest the first transitional piece you add to your wardrobe this year. It will pair well with your early season football combos or finish off any casual fall look; found at Sachi.
Haute Hippie and Paige Denim
This look is simultaneously classic and contemporary and can be a day or night solution: A top from Haute Hippie, $165, Edgemont jeans with double zippers from Paige Denim, $219, and jewelry from Blessings in Disguise including a necklace, $197, and bracelet, which can also be worn as a necklace, $180. Stop by Lavish to see lots of new arrivals just in from both Haute Hippie and Paige.
McClendon Designs Cuff Bracelets
Artist Laura McClendon creates each of her pieces by hand, combining natural stones, raw elements and gold. She is best known for her one-of-a-kind McClendon Designs cuff bracelets. We spotted these three styles and more from the McClendon collection at Social (l to r): a distressed metallic leather cuff with natural druzy quartz, a pony hair cuff with three druzy sticks and a cream-colored leather and gray druzy quartz combination; prices range from $120 to $150.
Taylor Miller, designer of Hazen hand-crafted statement jewelry, always adds a classic twist to modern styles, and the statement look of Hazen is popular with all ages. Gild the Lily has her current collection in stock, and a new shipment will be arriving any day. Gild the Lily owner says Taylor Miller’s newest pieces are exquisite and will go fast. They are an ideal price point for gift-giving. Necklaces shown range from $60 to $140.
Liz and Avery earrings
Liz and Avery earrings are handmade nearby in Satillo, Mississippi, and they are a great price point at $30 each. Buy these at More Therapy soon because because this collection always sells out quickly!
Lucy’s Lockets by Lucy Farmer are handmade necklaces and cuffs created from reclaimed architectural bits and pieces. You may have seen Lucy as a contestant on this summer’s HGTV show, Beach Flip. Snap up a piece or two now at me & mrs. jones, because her work is going fast with recent publicity! Lucy’s Lockets begin at $35.
HEALTH & BEAUTY
Library of Flowers
The Attic has an original selection of products from a small-batch perfumery, Library of Flowers, made in Colorado. Each item is carefully crafted to summon memorable journeys through sight and scent. Shop the collection for moments captured in artful perfumes: Perfume, $54, cream, $24, bath oil, $18.
Stress relief by Aveda
Relieve daily tension with Aveda’s stress-relieving Blue Oil. This product raises energy levels with a balancing peppermint and soothing chamomile aroma. Apply to key areas with a rollerball applicator … think of this product as your on-the-go, cooling acupressure therapy. Available at your favorite Aveda source. We learned about this product during our recent visit to the Pavo Salon.Spa, $19.
FOOD & GIFTS
Gourmet olive oil
This olive oil is a favorite among several Memphis-area chefs, including Jason Dallas at Interim, and would be a lovely gift with a local slant. Buy your MAGHI gourmet olive oil from La Maison Antiques & Chocolat. The olive oil with an attached pourer is $32.95
These macaron-shaped trinket boxes, $9.95, will invite a smile from girls of all ages. Put a grouping of these in a gift drawer at home to pull out throughout the year; available at the Southern Avenue Company.
Notebooks and encouraging pop-up cards at More Therapy, $9 each, can be a stand-alone or combination gift. Give as a small happy, or add as the final touch on a larger package. These notebooks all have decorative pages throughout with inspiring and relatable quotes.
The Knockoff by Lucy Sykes and Jo Piazza
Refinery29 reports that Lucy Sykes and Jo Piazza are two of the “21 New Authors You Need to Know” this year, describing their recent book, The Knockoff, as “The Devil Meets Prada meets Mean Girls meets The Social Network” novel. In The Knockoff, Imogen, an old-school editor-in-chief of a fashion magazine, battles Eve, a former twentysomething assistant fresh out of Harvard Business School who is plotting to turn the high-end glossy into a phone app! This is a stylish, comical look at fashion in the digital age, available from the Booksellers at Laurelwood in hardcover, $25.95, or in compact disc, $45.
From your friends at StyleBlueprint Memphis, happy August 2015, the start of something new!