Summer’s winding down, and as you savor the final care-free, late-summer days, treat yourself to some of these fantastic FINDS in local shops!
So you may have heard of a guy named Philip Treacy—he makes hats for the likes of Lady Gaga and the Duchess of Cornwall. Well, he says, “Hats make people feel good, and that’s the point of them.” And we’re inclined to believe him. So when we find a line of perfectly neutral fedoras for $98 apiece, we say: stock up! It’s really about wellness at this point, folks. Find them at Emmaline.
Faux suede top
It’s still hot out, but before you know it, those evening temps will be dropping. For your next clothing buys, focus on fabrics and colors that will translate well from late summer into fall—like this too-cute charcoal gray tank from Lizard Thicket. The shoulder-baring cut and the lightweight feel of the fabric scream warm weather, but the color and texture will serve you well during the fall and winter months. $28
Textured black accessories
Incorporate tribal flare and texture into your day-to-night accessory lineup with these suede, horsehair and antler necklaces from Twine & Twig. Imagine one of these stunners paired with a white sundress by day, and your favorite LBD by night. Need we say more? Joie booties $350 and Twine & Twig necklaces $150-$230 at Emmaline.
Ultra-soft, neutral tanks like this one are a must-have staple any time of year, and the bare-bones graphic offers up a subtle, minimalist take on Nashville pride that we can’t get enough of. $34 at Silver Steer
Available in a variety of styles and finishes, jewelry from Miansai perfectly combines contrasting elements like “industrial” and “dainty.” Think hardware-reminiscent pieces polished to a vibrant sheen, and stark metal rod bracelets completed by delicate chains. Find them for $75-$435 at Emmaline.
Elevated coloring books
Maybe you’ve heard about the recent trend of coloring books for grown-ups? It’s also being referred to as therapeutic coloring, its calming effects likened to that of traditional meditation techniques. Whatever you want to call it, these super-elaborate coloring books make an adorable addition to any coffee table or guest room nightstand—not to mention a fab way to decompress after a long day at work. $16 at Avec Moi
The Drunken Botanist
With no end in sight to the upswing of favoring mixology over bartending, we figure we as may as well brush up on all possible elements of a really good cocktail, herbal or otherwise. And don’t get us started on this cover design. The Drunken Botanist makes a mighty fine complement to any bar setup. $20 at Hey Day
Bike Snob series
If you love—or hate—cycling, the Bike Snob (penned by the blogger of the same name) series is for you. Comprised of a series of rants aimed at “systematically and mercilessly realigning the world of cycling,” they’re sure to entertain. $17 each at Avec Moi
FOR THE HOME
Available in both apothecary-style jars and convenient room sprays, these old-school scent combinations lend a deliciously earthy appeal to any space. Paddywax Apothecary sprays, $19-$23 at The Heirloom Shop
These too-cute “Mommy Juice” wine glasses are a cheeky buy for moms who are known to imbibe on occasion (and may have had to play keep-away from tiny hands more than once). Find them for $12 each at Rock Paper Scissors.
Wine cask lazy susan
Can a statement piece be understated? While you mull that over, consider this lazy susan, fashioned from an old wine cask. Its sheer size designates it for large dining spaces, but the rustic appeal of old wood offers up a sense of understated elegance. Find it for $159 at The Registry.
Willa’s “Traditionally Southern” shortbread cookies come in a variety of flavors like Tennessee Moonshine and Nashville Hot Cheddar, and they’re landing near the top of our list of go-to hostess gifts. Find them for $7.50 at Hey Day.
Self-watering herb kit
Don’t consider yourself a green thumb? Don’t worry. This herb starter kit from Modern Sprout is a no-brainer. It’s self-watering, for goodness sake! Find it for $21 at Rock Paper Scissors.
Locally produced simple syrups
Produced by none other than Nashville’s own Bang Candy Company, these simple syrups are available in a variety of show-stopping combinations like pineapple/jalapeño/cilantro, habanero/lime, and peach/basil nectar. Consider topping off your next glass of chilled sparkling wine with one of these sweet syrups or incorporating them into your favorite cocktail recipes. $8-$22 at The Iron Gate
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