Step outside, Memphis. The extreme cold temperatures will officially make way for spring very soon. Warm up to March with a few fresh ideas for your shopping list and some discoveries that are unique to our city!
Fun to own or a perfect gift combo: A rustic pizza board paired with a tea towel. Cotton tea towels come in many colors. Available at Social. Pizza board is 20″ in diameter, $200, and tea towel is $21. styleblueprint.com/memphis/guide/social
We cannot “spring forward” without a mention of beautiful flowers! Memphis is lucky to have so many wonderful floral designers. Kevin at Le Fleur never disappoints. Beautiful arrangement, thank you! facebook.com/pages/Le-Fleur
And what a cool container-and-flower combination with anemones from The Garden District. gardendistrictmemphis.com
Artist Michael Michaud’s collection of table art features unique napkin rings, picture frames, tableware and more. Each piece is cast from a mold that is created directly from the plant. Most pieces are cast in pewter and finished with gold, bronze or sterling silver. Some are cast in brass, zinc or silver. Available at Ray & Baudoin Interior Design, from $43 to $75. rb-id.com
Wear this colorful cotton top as a cover-up, a tunic or layered and belted. Love this versatile piece at Kittie Kyle, $195. (Coordinating statement necklace, $150.) styleblueprint.com/memphis/guide/kittie-kyle
This dress is perfect for spring in a black-and-white textured pattern with Nicole Miller’s signature ruching up the sides, so it’s super-flattering. Available at Lavish for $320. styleblueprint.com/memphis/guide/lavish
This shoe is perfect with a flattering heel, but not too tall. Wear it everywhere. Could be the essential nude shoe for your spring closet this year! $140 at More Therapy. facebook.com/MoreTherapy
Havaianas flip flops are perfect for tossing into your beach bag. Some have wedges or crystal detailing, and there is a wide range of colors and patterns. From $18 to $45. Available at Lavish. styleblueprint.com/memphis/guide/lavish
Founded in 2004, SCOUT by Bungalow is an active and casual lifestyle brand created by co-owners Ben and Deb Johns; it was inspired by the life they created with their family of four kids and four dogs in the Washington, D.C., neighborhood of Georgetown. Lighten your load for spring and summer by putting a few essentials in a SCOUT wristlet, available at the Ryan Patrick Boutique for $22.50. ryanpatricksalon.com.
New for Spring 2014 at Social, pyrite earrings: fresh, fun, textural and colorful, $200 and up. styleblueprint.com/memphis/guide/social
Saundra Messinger’s sterling silver ID bracelet has a 1-point diamond and is adjustable to 8 inches. It goes for $795. The “Baubles and Beads” bracelet has sterling silver chain links with sterling silver pearl dangles; it’s adjustable, 7 1/2 inches to 9 1/2 inches. It sells for $735. Both are available at Kittie Kyle in Chickasaw Oaks Village. styleblueprint.com/memphis/guide/kittie-kyle
Oribe at Capelli
Capelli Salon is introducing a new line to their shelves in March: Oribe hair care. Oribe is a luxury hair-care line that brings more than 30 years of styling heritage to each product. The Oribe grouping at Capelli includes: gels that condition, oils that hold, sprays that don’t flake or clump and skincare-grade shampoos that prep hair for styling while protecting it from the environment, all lightly scented with specially commissioned French perfumes. (And the packaging is really pretty — no need to stash these containers when company is coming!) Available at Capelli. styleblueprint.com/memphis/guide/capelli-salon
As pretty and colorful as they are flavorful: a table of gourmet sea salts at Whole Foods. They currently have lavender, rosemary, lemon celery, Aegean and peppercorn mixtures, all $9.99 per pound. wholefoodsmarket.com
The Greencork wine bar in Cooper-Young is a delight for wine enthusiasts who will enjoy a setting as friendly as the corner café and as sophisticated as the wine of your choice. Complement your wine-tasting soiree with one of their fresh “tasting plates,” a menu of homemade specialties served in small portions. One of their more decadent items is the seasoned fries, prepared with their own Italian sausage and spicy cheese sauce and topped with chopped tomato and green onion. Also go for the gnocchi with chicken and mushrooms in a wine reduction with fresh sorrel. facebook.com/greencorkwine
Upstairs at Schwab’s
If you know Memphis, you know A. Schwab’s. This 138-year-old mainstay has been under new ownership since 2011, but A. Schwab’s continues to offer the old-fashioned goods it is known for. There are a couple of new twists, as we have recently learned that half of the upstairs has been converted into a charming and unique event venue. This is a real gem for rehearsal dinners or any private event for up to 150 people. They have held everything from birthday parties to fashion shows. Your party will own a small piece of the Beale Street experience for a few hours! regmemphis.com/venues/Upstairs-at-Schwabs
Are you tempted by the larger screen of Samsung’s Galaxy S5 but can’t imagine sacrificing the user-friendly Apple iPhone 5s you love? (There is a rumor that the iPhone 6 will have a larger screen.) If you are phone shopping and have narrowed it down to these two popular models, Gizmag has published a wonderful, thorough comparison that should help you decide.
“Until Apple takes the stage to unveil the iPhone 6, this is probably going to be the biggest rivalry in smartphones: the iPhone 5s vs. the Samsung Galaxy S5. Torn between the two? Join Gizmag, as we compare the features and specs of Apple’s and Samsung’s latest flagships.”
Read the entire review, written by Will Shanklin, here: gizmag.com.
From Scratch: Inside the Food Network by Allen Salkin
“Dishy, behind-the-scenes … it’s salacious enough to keep you swinging from one good old-fashioned bootstrap story to the next.” — New York Times Book Review
“In From Scratch: Inside the Food Network, Allen Salkin guides readers through the history of the network, from its start in the 1990s to today. Along the way, Salkin serves up plenty of stories that will surprise and entertain. … For Food Network addicts hungry to know more about the network, Salkin’s book will hit the spot.” — Associated Press
Available at the Booksellers at Laurelwood, $27.95. thebooksellersatlaurelwood.com
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