As warmer weather arrives, we plan to spend our weekends strolling some of our favorite neighborhoods. With great restaurants, boutiques, salons and home stores, we can keep ourselves occupied for hours. This month, get out and see what catches your eye. If you need a little direction, check out the list of things we couldn’t resist while visiting local shops in Marathon Village, White Bridge Road, Green Hills, 12South and Hillsboro Village. From hand-painted and locally illustrated books to spring fashions and activewear, there is a little something for everyone!
For the Home
Just by stopping into Harpeth Gallery, you can pay a visit to Hermès and Tiffany & Co. — kind of. These hand-painted books will transport you to these two iconic storefronts and leave you wishing you were window shopping in New York City or Paris. Give the gift — to yourself or someone you fancy — of a unique work of art that will be adored by fashion lovers. Hermès, $255, and Tiffany & Co., $340, at Harpeth Gallery.
If you are looking to give your shelves, side table or coffee table an updated look, consider stacking a few boxes. The pearly white color of these boxes will freshen up any space and provide great bases for lamps, but have enough personality to stand alone. This is only one variety of the boxes currently found at Lumen Lamps. Pick up one of these (starting at $185) or find one that better suits your style.
Every time we step inside D. Luxe Home we are greeted with another selection of eye-catching décor pieces leaving us to ponder how they can be incorporated into our home. During our most recent visit, we admired — and played with — this vintage-inspired calendar. Kids and adults alike will enjoy the interactive nature of this piece. Make it yours for $72 at D. Luxe Home.
Mineral cluster decanter
Decanting wine has never looked as good as it will when done in one of these elegant decanters topped with mineral clusters. Sold in a variety of shapes with different mineral toppers, these items are one-of-a-kind and great for spring/summer entertaining. Treat yourself to a great bottle of wine and a decanter, $68, at Merridian Home Furnishings.
Fashion and Beauty
Each month, Judith Bright selects an item to be the Bauble, meaning that customers receive 25 percent off the selected item. For April, the item is a stunning, yet simple, pair of earrings. The minimalistic earrings are sold in three metals: 14K gold-filled, sterling silver and rose gold-filled. Choose the metal that is perfect for you, and pair these with any outfit — from jeans and a T-shirt to a warm-weather cocktail dress. Find them for $68 (plus 25 percent off during the month of April) at Judith Bright.
As we have learned from runway shows and street style icons across the globe, ’70s-inspired fashion has made a comeback. If you want to channel Jane Birkin or Brigitte Bardot, wear these Dolce Vita shoes with a pair of flared jeans and an off-the-shoulder top or with a playful dress. Regardless of what outfit you choose, you are sure to look great. Find them for $120 at Native + Nomad.
Privacy Please sun hat
Keep chatty beachgoers away as you dive into a summer read or encourage folks to leave you alone as you people watch! Or, just give people a giggle as they admire your stylish straw sun hat embroidered with the playful phrase, “Privacy Please.” Ensure your privacy while at the beach or the pool with this sun hat, $92, at Hemline.
We are glad to see the springtime sun and will take any excuse to purchase a new pair of sunglasses to protect our eyes and elevate our warm-weather outfits. Barton Perreira never fails to impress us with their selection of designer eyewear, and these sunglasses are no exception. Trade in your traditional shades for these with blue lenses and gold frames — which offer a pop of personality. Purchase your pair for $495 at Barton Perreira.
All too often, totes become weighed down with all of our junk, yet clutches are too small to fit our oversize phones. Enter the saddle bag. Perfectly sized, this carryall is practical for jaunting around town — day or night. Again, the ’70s style is celebrated and emphasized with the cognac leather and tassel. Make this your go-to summer bag for $59.50 at SOCA.
Romper weather is upon us, and we are saying out with the old and in with the new. The flattering cut and playful pattern of this romper from K. McCarthy is ideal for spring, summer and fall. We think it can be paired with boots, sandals or heels and layered with sweaters and jackets for cool spring nights. Make this your summer staple for $228 at K. McCarthy.
L’Orchidée rose blush
Give your cheeks a touch of color as we head into spring and summer with this Sisley highlighter blush. The luminous, sheer tint will give you a fresh look that is far from the dull winter complexion many of us have been battling. The three shades in the compact will give you an updated freshness without detracting from your natural beauty. The compact is as beautiful as the color inside. Find it for $110 at Private Edition.
The skort … yes, we said skort
Is it a skirt or is it shorts? Well, believe it or not, it is both! We must admit that when we heard “skort,” we were a tad hesitant. But after seeing how stylin’ this one from J.McLaughlin is, we had a change of heart. You can dress it down with a simple T-shirt or give it a bit of added style with a classic black top. Either way, you will be comfortable enough to golf, play tennis, dine, socialize or relax in it all day! Find it for $168 at J.McLaughlin.
Whether you are strolling the park, riding your bike, perfecting your Downward Dog or finishing your first marathon, you will be undeniably comfortable in a pair of Nux cropped pants. If you are anything like us, black yoga pants were part of your winter wardrobe, and you are ready to welcome these colorful options into your springtime rotation! Find them for $75 a pair at Pedal Chic.
New running kicks
As you are spring cleaning your closet, ditch those beat-up running shoes for a new pair of Nike Lunar Epics. These kicks are made for both men and women, so both sexes can enjoy the comfort and stability they provide. What sets them apart is the mid-rise fit and the fused-foam midsole. Lace up and enjoy running for miles in these shoes, which are $175 at Fleet Feet.
You are not the only one who deserves to look great while hanging poolside. Your kiddo can look just as good in one of these Oeuf bikinis. Sold in the bear print and the blue gingham, the two-piece suits are too adorable to pass up. You can find them in 6M, 12M and 18M for $55 at Arcade.
Goodnight, Nashville by Jennifer Hillen
Foster your kiddos’ love of Nashville early by reading them Goodnight, Nashville. This beautifully illustrated book helps you say goodnight to everything that makes Music City such a unique and lovable place. Find this book, with text and art by native Nashvillian, Jennifer Hillen, at Parnassus Books, Plaid Rabbit Gifts, The Registry, Rich Hippies, The Willow Tree and online for $19.95.
Bang Candy Company introduces new flavors each season, and for spring, they have introduced us to lemon lavender blueberry, raspberry orange blossom, roasted strawberry hibiscus and violet gin lemon marshmallows. Visit their shop in Marathon Village to test out these new flavors and take a box (of 4, 8, 12 or 24) to go. Pricing starts at $5.
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