Hello, sunshine! May, how we have missed you! May is the best month to live in Memphis, as we revel in clear skies, open our screened-in porches and celebrate the women who gave us life. Our FINDS this month will help you scope out that perfect gift to honor the moms in your life.
HOME & GARDEN
Whimsical, fish-shaped water pitchers—called gurgle pots because of the gurgling sound made when water is poured—can double as colorful vases when not entertaining your dinner guests. The stoneware pot gurgles with or without ice, too. $28 at Sheffield’s Antiques
Kate Spade cooler tote
This may just be the coolest cooler ever! A shiny, gold metallic cooler by Kate Spade is PVC-insulated, and features a zip-top closure and sturdy canvas straps. A perfect way to carry wine and more to the Levitt Shell or Live at the Garden this summer! $50 at Mrs. Post Stationery
A new crop of Kliss Glass Botanicals—gorgeous, funky and fun art glass—just bloomed at T Clifton Art Gallery on Broad Avenue. In vibrant hues with delicate flutes, curves and embellishments, these are pieces to collect or just admire. $375 at T Clifton Art Gallery
Gorgeous, lightweight scarves, produced by Italian luxury textile design house ETRO, feature the brand’s signature intricate paisley pattern and vivid, contrasting colors. It’s the perfect way to add a stylish layer to any outfit, without any unwanted bulkiness. A blend of wool and silk, these scarves work in any season. $360 at Oak Hall
Admittedly, the ladies of SB Memphis are pearl girls, but that doesn’t mean we don’t appreciate contemporary jewelry (especially when there’s a pearly accent). This Charlotte ring is white ceramic conical with a pink cultured pearl, a real statement piece. $475 at Charlote Ehinger-Schwarz on South Main.
Someone once said that a baseball hat and ponytail is not the same as a shower. True dat, but when the baseball hat is this cute, you can totally run errands sans shower. A hand-sewn monogram applique gives that little bit of snap to any outfit, shower be damned. $31 at Bella Vita
It’s balm that’s the bomb: Trilogy’s Everything Balm is a do-everything wonder, perfect for the mom who has everything (and still needs a great, all-around moisturizer!). This beauty multitasker nourishes and protects with rosehip, coconut and jojoba oils, vitamin E, echinacea and pawpaw. $21 at Whole Foods
This is the gift for the mom who has everything: A pewter bubble wand, embellished with sweet or inspirational messages. We all know that blowing bubbles is a great way to blow off steam and stress, and now you can do so with a haute twist. $40 at Menage Fine Stationery & Gifts
Every self-sufficient woman needs a tool kit, but that doesn’t mean one must settle for basic black. This fun and functional kit (yes, it is PINK!) is full of all the essentials for home repair. (And other stuff, which we will NEVER admit to!) $38 at Social, a Shop for Gracious Living
Yes, flowers are a great idea for Mother’s Day (or any day, for your mom or anyone). Even better when they look like a million bucks, all nestled in a basket. $40 and up at LeFleur
Summer reading just got a whole lot more interesting—and intellectual—with three new books, all available at Booksellers at Laurelwood:
Emma: A Modern Retelling by Alexander McCall Smith. The author behind the phenomenal No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency series takes on Jane Austen, in a fresh and fabulous retelling of this classic tale of love, matchmaking and folly. $29.95
Capital Dames: The Civil War and the Women of Washington, 1848-1868 is by Cokie Roberts, former ABC News Washington correspondent—and frankly, a girl crush of ours. She’s just so darn smart! Roberts’ latest book marks the sesquicentennial of the Civil War by offering a riveting look at Washington, DC, and the experiences, influence and contributions of its women during this momentous period of American history. $27.99
Finally, what might just be our favorite book of the year: The Residence: Inside the Private World of the White House by Kate Anderson Brower. Dozens of interviews and years of research are behind this quasi-tell-all that’s fascinating, poignant and completely entertaining. With the insight of the most discreet staff in the country—the folks who work at the White House– every First Family in recent history is revealed as very human. $27.99 (Bonus: Listen to a bit of Kate’s interview with our friend, Julie Mason of The Press Pool, on POTUS XM115 here.)
Duck, duck, caramel
This may be the best combination since the chefs at The Peabody Hotel combined crunchy peanut butter, chocolate and crisp bacon: Duck Fat Caramels from our friends at Olive and Sinclair, just up the road in Nashville. A nice selection of this handmade chocolatier’s offerings are available at Miss Cordelia’s, but we are very partial to these babies. $19.99 at Miss Cordelia’s
Made in the Delta, the creamy and unique flavors from Sweet Magnolia Ice Cream are the perfect refresher for a hot day on the screened porch. $6.99 at High Point Grocery
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