With Halloween now a fond memory, it’s time to dive into the Thanksgiving and pre-Christmas/holiday season madness. Take a deep breath. You. Will. Survive. We promise! To make good on this promise, we’ve brought you the season’s best FINDS: early ideas for gifts, inspiration for your holiday table, late fall wardrobe additions or just fun items to put a little pep in your step!
Calypso St. Barth is perhaps best known for its luxurious cashmere sweaters, but Calypso also has a great selection of eclectic accessories. These hammered cuff bracelets immediately caught our attention. With the perfect amount of texture and shine, the Delhi Elephant Cuff is easy to pair with any fall ensemble. Available for $295.
Holiday parties are nearing full swing, but don’t panic! You’ll be ready for any type of gathering with the Kelly Quilted Clutch from J. McLaughlin. It’s the only purse you will need, no matter the occasion. The quilting on these bags is elegant, while the metallic accents add the appropriate dose of urban glam. And they are just the right size to hold all of your feminine essentials! Find it for $198.
There are tons of cute booties cropping up in our go-to boutiques, but this suede pair at Hemline is a new favorite. The light color and unique detail make these an elegant addition to any outfit. These boots by Cythnia Vincent are stylish, but comfortable. They pair perfectly with jeans, skirts and holiday dresses. Snag them for $328.
Super comfy dress
For pajama comfort with a flattering silhouette, head to Blue Bohemian and try on this long, super-soft dress, ethically made through fair trade by Liz Alig for $88. (Note: Blue Bohemian has moved to Brentwood! Find this fun shop now next to Pei Wei in the Publix shopping center.)
Boutique Bella is beloved for their denim selection, but they also have fabulous jewelry from local makers. We were charmed by these delicate pendants by Brooke Worthington. Adorned with antique metals and semiprecious stones, these necklaces look fabulous with numerous necklines! Prices vary, but start around $40.
When we need new shoes or a new handbag, we head to POSH for trendy items that are always well-priced. POSH now carries handbags by fashionAble, a socially conscious lifestyle brand that provides women in Africa with dignified jobs. These handmade items are beautifully constructed and designed. The leather Mamuye tote is large enough to be a weekender bag, but small enough to handle your day-to-day hustle. Available for $176.
If you’re still sporting the saggy knit harness (hey, we all have one) that you like to call a bra, head immediately to Beloved Intimates. This stylish shop in Green Hills (located next to The Painted Cupcake) is a far cry from what probably comes to mind when you think of lingerie stores. Beloved Intimates carries sophisticated pieces from some of the best brands and designers. We love this new addition by Huit. The pattern and cut are feminine, but undeniably tasteful. Prices range from $42-$64.
Why is it so wildly exciting when a brand like Nike releases fashion-savvy gear? Maybe we view it as further incentive to finally lace up the sneakers and hit the gym. Fleet Feet Sports in Green Hills just loaded up on these patterned athletic tights, and they are flying off the shelves! Once you slip into these svelte leggings, you will never want to sport anything else. Prices range from $65-$70.
If your favorite beige pullover has wormed its way into the wardrobe rotation too often, try something funky and fresh, like this mod knit from Vignette in Brentwood. It’s incredibly plush, well-fitted and lends the much needed pop to your fall sweater collection. Be sure to check out all of Vignette’s other fabulous accessories while you shop! Available for $82.
The Amanda Valentine by Margaret Ellis Jewelry, a collaboration capsule collection by Amanda Valentine and Mclain Richardson of Margaret Ellis Jewelry, launched this week and features the jewelry they did for Amanda’s Project Runway collection. The six-piece Roman Holiday collection includes an ear cuff, domed cuff, a collar in two widths, a hand chain with Amanda’s signature eye and a large statement necklace. These edgy-but-classic pieces, handcrafted in bronze and sterling silver, are available for purchase at margaretellisjewelry.com and in the Margaret Ellis studio. The pictured Oculus cuffs are $275 each.
HOME & ENTERTAINING
Lumen is filled with elegant lamps in a wide array of styles and sizes. Now that we are constantly surrounded by fall tones — ambers, yellows and browns — it’s nice to find accessories that break the norm. This blue lamp from Lumen is a breath of fresh air and lends texture and energy to any space within your home. Get it for $435.
Planning on entertaining this holiday season and already dreading the pile of dirty linens? Try PeasantMats by Skyros Designs of Memphis. These handmade placemats are composed of kraft paper that is wrinkled, dyed and coated with wax, making them recyclable, reversible and reusable! The Paper Place on Bandywood Drive carries PeasantMats in assorted fall colors for $19 a pack!
These wooden bowls at Corzine & Co. are incredibly useful and stunningly beautiful. Made in America using wood found in western Massachusetts, the bowls, made by artist Spencer Peterman, are art when empty and food-safe for mealtime. Meant to be used, the bowls are perfect for salads, breads and more. Priced around $225 each.
Adding fresh-cut flowers to your table is one easy way to elevate your dinner party décor. OSHI, a contemporary flower boutique located in the heart of downtown Nashville, is prized for its innovative arrangements for all seasons. If you’re hosting a gathering or simply preparing a meal with family, consider using a shorter arrangement that won’t obstruct dinner conversation.
The Dotted Line is a trusted source for all of our paper needs. From festive cocktail napkins to artful stationery, you’ll find everything you need for effortless entertaining. This elegant invitation set is adorned with orange and gold script and is perfect for announcing your turkey day celebration!
Woo Skincare + Cosmetics is thrilled to announce the arrival of new Jane Iredale products. This dainty eye palette features beautiful fall hues that transition easily between day and night. Trust us, this is a foolproof eye palette that will quickly become a staple in your morning makeup routine. Get it for $35.
This innovative three-step peel and peptide system by Eminence awakens the skin, leaving you looking revitalized and refreshed. By using an exquisite blend of arctic berries, lingonberry seed oil and hibiscus seed extract, Emi Arctic Berry products capitalize on nature’s most powerful cleansing and renewing elements. This boxed set can be found at Mokara Spa in the Omni Hotel for $150.
One of our favorite things about fall is the release of OPI’s newest nail polish colors! The Cosmetic Market, a pantry for the finest skincare and cosmetic supplies, always stocks the latest lines, and these rich hues immediately grabbed our attention! Bold, but sophisticated, they transition seamlessly into holiday cocktail season. Get them for $9.50 each.
Organic, healthy color
For an alternative to standard nail color, consider Aila, a doctor-developed brand that’s both healthy and beautiful. Both gluten-free and vegan, Aila colors add medicinal properties so that nails are not damaged in any way. (To find out everything about Aila products, see ailacosmetics.com.) Find many beautiful, rich colors at KORE + Nashville, located in Edgehill Village, for $17.
FOOD & DRINK
Want to be the favorite guest at your next holiday soirée? Bring a dozen spiced salted caramel cupcakes, and you’ll make plenty of new friends. Handmade at Dulce Desserts, these seasonal confections contain only the finest ingredients and flavors. These decadent treats are a pretty addition to your holiday spread, but beware! It’s nearly impossible to stop at just one! Get a dozen mini-cupcakes for $15.
Cool weather inspires us to cook hearty dishes and pop a bottle of robust red wine. When in doubt about which wine to buy, visit Harvest Wine Market for an exclusive selection, a great range of prices and expert advice! We were kindly directed to this bottle of Kepos, a juicy red wine from Tuscany that pairs elegantly with Italian foods (duh)! Available for $24.99.
There’s nothing like waking up to the sound of a hot griddle and the smell of real maple syrup. We stumbled upon this gourmet pancake mix at Produce Place, and our Sunday mornings haven’t been the same since! Made with a blend of nine whole grains, these flapjacks provide lasting energy, satisfaction guaranteed! Priced at $11.99.
I Am Malala
Touted as the must-read book of 2014 for women of all ages, I Am Malala is a memoir from the youngest recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize. Malala Yousafzai, who defended her right to education and was then shot by the Taliban, shares her inspiring story by recounting her recovery as she journeys from rural Pakistan to New York City to fight for peace. Copies of I Am Malala can be found at BookManBookWoman in Hillsboro Village for $20.80.
Anne Byrn Saves the Day
Also known as The Cake Mix Doctor, established Southern cook Anne Byrn has gained widespread popularity for her foolproof — and crowd-pleasing — recipes. Anne Byrn Saves the Day brings together a curated list of recipes that will rescue you from your worst dinner doldrums! Available at Parnassus Books for $18.95.
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