Maybe you are still feeling cooped up after winter storm Jonas kept us all housebound recently. Or maybe you need to pick up a few special things for your Valentine(s). Either way, be sure to get out and hit these local spots to shop our selection of monthly FINDS. With everything from pottery and pasta to purses and books, this list has you covered for all of your February wants and needs.
Home Goods and Accessories
Original Santa Fe Pottery
In traditional Southwestern style, these pottery pieces celebrate the culture of the region and make for eye-catching design pieces. We adore these original Santa Fe pottery vases and think they look best when placed side-by-side. The black-and-white coloring makes them versatile for any space in your home. Grab one, or both, today for $121.39 each at The Velvet Shoestring.
Trace Mayer Antiques, located in Louisville, KY, carries a variety of period pieces and fine arts. One collection that has made its way to Nashville is the Museum Bees. Made to hang on the wall, they are crafted with both antique frames (most are dated from 1860 to 1880) and whiskey barrels and then usually topped with an ormolu (gilded) bee. But other objects, like the horse below, are used, as well. The pieces range in size and design, many of which can be found at The Beveled Edge for $55. Stop by to see their full selection of pieces.
Valentine’s Day-inspired Fabric
After spotting this fabric, embellished with little hearts, we consulted the folks at Craft South for inspiration on how to put it to use. Anna Maria Horner, founder of the store, suggested we use the fabric to wrap our Valentine’s Day gifts or even to create a cute tote (using the matching thread), perfect for holding all of your Valentine’s Day cards. The bundle of fabric is priced at $17.85 and the spools of thread are sold separately. Do you heart them as much as we do?!
Sleek Leather Chair
Sit back and relax in this leather bound chair that exudes sophistication and style. Lightweight and sleek in design, this piece from R. Higgins would finish the style of any room, sitting area or man cave. Add an animal print throw pillow to complete the look. $600
Elevate your barware with these antique glasses. Whether you are sipping on vodka tonic, dark and stormy or fresh lemonade, your beverage is sure to taste (or at least look) better when served in this stunning glassware. Take a peek at the collection found at Oak Nashville. The glasses pictured are sold as sets of four for $48. If these don’t suit your fancy, see for yourself what else they have in stock, as it’s impressive!
There is no better way to show your Valentine that love is timeless than with this hourglass. It is a gift that can stand the test of time, even past the red-tinted days of the holiday. Better yet, gift it to yourself and place it on your desk (it is calming to watch the sand slip through) or display it in a living area … we’re thinking atop a gorgeous pile of books. Pick yours up today for $35 at D. Luxe.
Fashion and Beauty
Head out to the bars of Broadway, a quiet dinner at the club or your favorite neighborhood eatery with all of your essentials in tow. Pack them all in this handy – and neat – clutch. It is the perfect size to hold your iPhone, lipstick, cash, cards and ID. You can find this fashionable and functional accessory at SOCA for $99.
Finnleys Good Findings, a Franklin shop, is home to great apparel, accessories, jewelry and miscellaneous finds. We encourage you to head to the store and check out their selection of new arrivals, including these fun and funky necklaces. The necklaces range in price from $20 to $50 and can be stacked, layered or worn solo.
Although stores are stocking up on spring clothing, the cold has not gone away yet. Check out Emmaline’s selection of Frame denim clothing to keep you warm until the cold departs for good and to help you transition easily to warmer spring days. We are particularly fond of this jean ($199) and top ($195) combo from Emmaline.
Shampoo & Conditioner for Curly Hair
Take care of your curls and treat them to this moisture-rich shampoo and conditioner combo during these cooler, dryer months. The shampoo will help control and moisturize your curls while fighting the frizz. Pair the shampoo with the Bb Curl conditioner for maximum results. The multipurpose conditioner can be left in or rinsed out. Also, if you favor styling your hair with heat, this will help protect your locks from damage. Find this duo at The Cosmetic Market. The shampoo is $31 and the conditioner is $34.
Shampoo & Condition for Colored Hair
As we mentioned above, the winter can take a toll on your hair. Those who color treat their hair are particularly prone to damage, but thanks to Davines’ MINU shampoo and conditioner, you can sleep a bit better at night knowing your hair is protected. This combo protects colored hair while adding a sleek shine. Stop into Paige Simmons Salon and pick up the shampoo, $25, and conditioner, $29.
Savory Spice Shop has more on its shelves than just seasonings and spices. As of today, they are carrying two products from Colts Chocolates: Smoked, dark chocolate bars with smoked almonds, and chocolate-enrobed brownies, which are hot hearts that contain Savory Spice Shop’s chipotle chiles. The smokin’ hearts (brownies) are $20 for 12 individually wrapped minis and the smoked chocolate bars are $10 (sold as a package of two).
Fall may have come and gone, after staying longer than usual, but that doesn’t mean that pumpkin-flavored treats left with the harvest season. This pasta is made with pumpkin puree and durum wheat semolina. The rich, earthy flavor is best paired with cheesy or meaty toppings. To enhance the sweetness of the pasta, top it with brown butter sage sauce. You can find this, and other delicious pastas, at Lazzaroli for $9.99.
Chips and Dips
Boost your appetizer game with delicious crackers and spreads from Harvest Wine Market. Full of flavor and spice, the mushroom spread ($18) is incredibly versatile. You can use it to stuff a chicken, fill a savory pie, scramble into some eggs or toss with pasta. We like it spread thinly across the flavorful and crunchy crackers ($6.75) below.
1001 Foods You Must Taste Before You Die
Release your inner foodie and make 2016 the year to hunt down all of these must-try dishes from around the globe listed in 1001 Foods You Must Taste Before You Die. The stunning photography will make your mouth water and will motivate you to try everything from zebra jerky to artisanal cheeses. In addition to inspiring your next meal and travel destination, the book will provide you with fun facts, culinary history and trivia. It’s perfection for the guest room, isn’t it?! We found this book at Two Old Hippies for $24.95.
For the Little Ones
These furry friends from Epergne will add a little spunk to your little ones’ collection of toys. The cuddly critters are durable enough for the standard rigors of everyday childhood, but also unique enough that they could serve merely as decoration in a playroom or guest room. You decide! Fox, $60; Monkey, $50; Lion, $73, at Epergne.