May is a busy month, for sure. Don’t forget all the special opportunities for gift-giving! Gifts for moms and teachers, birthdays, baby showers, graduations, weddings … we could go on and on. It can be overwhelming to find something for everyone on your list, but we’ve done the hard part for you by curating our favorite items from local shops. From the fitness gurus to the fashionistas to the foodies, there’s something for everyone. And don’t forget about treating yourself, too! Here are our favorite May FINDS.
Judith Bright‘s first ever mother-daughter necklace set is beyond stunning. Honor that special bond with your mom or daughter with these adorable matching swing necklaces. They’re fully customizable with your choice of metal and gemstone, so you can pick one that means something to the both of you! In-store and online, the 2 1/8″ swing necklace is $88 and the 1 1/8″ swing necklace is $78 or when purchased together is $148.
Cynthia Desser cuffs
Spice up any outfit with a pop of bold color or texture with these Cynthia Desser cuffs. They come in a wide variety of prints, patterns, materials and hues to complement any style. From gunmetal and snake-skin to shimmer and rainbow colors, there’s something for every mood. Layer them all together, mix, match and have fun with these unique cuffs! Find the wide cuff for $280, the narrow cuff for $215 and the gold cuff for $27 all at Oak Hall.
In celebration of the end of a dreary and prolonged winter, we’re now all about bright colors and lots of sparkle. And we’re adding turquoise beads, champagne diamonds and glimmering pyrite to any and every outfit. These easy-to-wear chokers are our go-to accessory for the summer. Toss one on to dress up a simple tee, or layer them to make a statement. Find the chokers for $125 in turquoise, $150 in the Forever Pyrite and $150 for champagne diamonds with sapphires on the drop at Cindi Earl Fine Jewelry.
Amazonite stone necklace/earring combo
If you have a little extra green burning a hole in your pocket and you’re ready to treat yourself to something splurge-worthy, this is the find for you! These amazonite stone accessories not only add a pop of vibrant color to all the neutral items in the closet, but they also offer that tropical feel we’ve been craving all winter. Find the necklace for $940 and the earrings for $440 at E. J. Sain Jewelry Company.
HOME & KITCHEN
Truffle Honey by Maison Pébeyre
This beautiful jar is filled with the most amazing truffle honey by Maison Pébeyre. Little Gourmand owner Guenievre Milliner recommends serving it on cheese or as a glaze on ham or turkey. Try their simple but delicious recipe, the “deLuxe grilled cheese,” using this honey and goat cheese. Family-owned and run since 1897, Pébeyre serves as the gold standard among all truffle connoisseurs. Find this 8.8 oz. jar for $32.95 at Little Gourmand.
Coffee table books
Coffee table books are our love language. Not only do we really enjoy a good story, solid advice or a secret recipe, but we love giving these things too. They say not to judge a book by its cover, but you can’t go wrong when they look as entertaining as they actually are. Browse these books and more at Onward Reserve – Saints of Florida for $48, Getting There for $24.95 and Where Bartenders Drink for $29.95.
Ivory Mist white wine
This off-dry white wine is made right in the heart of middle Tennessee in the hills of Hickerson County. Made from the Cayuga grape, this Grinder’s Switch wine has a light, grapey sweetness and “floral notes of gardenia on the nose.” It’s often described as “champagne without the bubbles.” Ivory Mist is perfect for warm, sunset dinners and pairs well with pork, shrimp and barbecue. Treat your party guests to their line of regionally crafted wines for a hint of southern charm and sophisticated taste. Order online or stop by the Grinder’s Switch Marathon Village location to pick up Ivory Mist for $17.49.
We are thrilled about The Candle Bar by Paddywax, where you can create your own custom candle. Pick your vessel and concoction of fragrances, and pour it yourself! It’s an activity you absolutely have to try with friends or your mom for special bonding time. Plus, you can shop their candle creations and hand-picked collections of brands they love in their retail space. The 6.5 oz. geometry candle is $15, the 14 oz. confetti candle is $28, and the 7 oz. celestial candle is $18.
We consider pimento cheese a Southern tradition and staple at any social gathering, and you can’t go wrong with homemade bread and pimento cheese from Tinwings. Ideal for hors d’oeuvres or as a spread, we want to see this at every event this summer! Get the fresh bread for $5, pimento cheese for $6 and the featured tea towel for $13.
Hot Chicken crackers
It’s no surprise that Nashville Chocolate & Nut Company has some of the best chocolatey treats in town. But did you know about their hot chicken crackers? After all, we are true Nashvillians who crave hot chicken-flavored everything, and these are no exception. Made with all-natural ingredients and no added preservatives, these crackers are full of flavor and heat. They make amazing gifts for your out-of-town guests and are a fun way to mix up your mid-day snacking habit. Pick some up for $6.99 a bag.
We have been on the hunt for headphones that don’t slip off while running or get in the way of our workout, and we found the perfect ones. These Trekz wireless headphones deliver sound through the cheekbones, are sweat resistant, are made of lightweight titanium and last up to 6 hours. And they sound amazing! Find them in multiple colors and sizes at Fleet Feet Sports for $150.
Started in East Nashville, Longevity Boutique founder Christine Anguiano wanted quality gear that made her feel as strong, confident and beautiful as her exercise routine did. So she made it happen, and we’re grateful. In addition to their online and East Nashville boutiques, a second bricks and mortar location is opening in Germantown this summer — an additional location where you’ll be able to shop the Varley Alta bra for $60, the Varley Everett tights for $88 and Beyond Yoga open drape cardigan for $78.
FASHION & ACCESSORIES
Hand-embellished Marigold tote
Tassels, fringe, embellishment and just enough color to brighten your outfit, but natural enough to wear everyday? Yep. That the perfect tote! Throw in all of the essentials and the other “just in case” items we carry around, and run out the door. This versatile bag can be paired with jean shorts or yoga pants or dressed up with white jeans and wedges. You can find it for $78 at The French Shoppe along with a plethora of other colorful totes and bags.
Fringe is everything right now, so we’re loving these fun slides from e. Allen Boutique. Take an everyday outfit to the next level and turn heads everywhere you go. From the beach to the grocery store, these Celaya shoes are sure to brighten your mood. Also available in a natural tan color. Find them at e. Allen Boutique for $120.
We’re starting a new trend: matching mother-daughter hats. We found the cutest ball caps to show your Tennessee pride in a variety of pretty colors for the summer. With kid and baby sizes, you can get one for the whole family! Find them at Volunteer Traditions for $25 (adult) and $20 (kid and baby).
Louis Vuitton accessories
Thanks to local upscale consignment store Designer Finds, we’re arriving to May’s events in style. We couldn’t help but obsess over this Louis Vuitton messenger bag and scarf. If you’re in the market to really treat yourself (or someone else), we think these are the bee’s knees! The messenger bag is $1,200 and quite handsome. And the scarf, at $425, is equally as attractive!
Wooden circle bag
Uniquely shaped bags made with different textures are huge this season! With a wooden frame and rope-and-bead strap, it doesn’t get more boho than this. Whether you take it on vacation, to a festival or to a dinner date on a patio, this bag will definitely stand out and bring your everyday outfit into the summer season. You can find it at Pieces Boutique for $82.
Hand-woven leather mules
We are true fans of anything Nisolo creates, but these Ama Mules are one of our favorites. Easily worn in all seasons, we love pairing them with a white cotton tee and blue jeans. These show-stopping shoes are handmade in León, Mexico, and each pair is unique due to the hand-woven leather. Made with a soft leather insole and leather lining, they’re so comfortable! Find them at Nisolo for $178.
Barcelona stripe clutch
We’re hitting the town with these Barcelona stripe clutches from Elle Gray. Use them for quick trips to the store or to hold the essentials at the beach. SB TIP: Zipped pouches are one of our favorite ways to keep oversized totes organized and clean. Find them up for $55 each.
We’re getting a healthy glow this year with St. Tropez Gradual Tan Pre-Shower Mousse and Purity Bronzing Water Mousse from The Cosmetic Market. Get an easy, streak-free and natural tan that gives life back to your skin. The best part is that these products are made without parabens, sulfates or phthalates. Pick up the pre-shower mousse for $20 and the bronzing water mousse for $42.
Celebrate all that May has to offer with these fabulous FINDS!