As we really settle into July, we’re also settling into a full month of outdoor festivals, concerts, dinner parties and travel. Before you take on the craziness and the heat of the month, take some time to check out all the ways you can accessorize, gift, sip, dress and taste with some sizzling July FINDS. Though we don’t always put a quiche and some hair pins in the same wish list, we make sure they’re worthy when we do!
Just when you thought you had bought all your summer reading books, a new one is hitting the shelves next week (but is available at Parnassus and Amazon now) and friends … this is SO GOOD! Task Lyst is written by Nashville’s own Scott Hylbert, and he shines brightly in his debut, fast-moving novel. Critical acclaim includes James Frey, best-selling author of Million Little Pieces and Katerina, stating, “In a thriller start to finish, Hylbert steps up and buries this shot into the net. Task Lyst is a film or binge-watching series in the making.”
Hylbert’s novel imagines the shady possibilities of our on-demand economy. We use apps to have so many tasks done by a large group of willing people looking for extra side hustle income. But, are all the tasks being requested legal? Do you even know if you are part of a larger scheme? This thrilling book will keep you on the edge of your seat, and you will finish the book a complete fan of Hylbert’s prose.
If you know Lee Ann Merrick, you know the utter magic of a Tinwings quiche. Choose your flavor, give the Tinwings team 24 hours notice, and your whole, customized quiche is ready for pickup! Each quiche starts with a homemade and hand-rolled butter-based crust as a canvas for the rich and spectacular egg artistry on top. The whole quiche is available to order for $30, or you can get a slice from the Tinwings market for $6. But we think you’ll need a whole!
Limited edition macarons
As soon as we spotted these gems, we knew it’s just that time of year — time for Little Gourmand‘s Bastille Day Celebration! In preparation for all the festivities surrounding the French holiday, owner Guenievre Milliner has rolled out her dreamy limited edition macarons just in time for your summer snacking. Grab one, two or five for $2.50 each, and mark your calendar for the 2019 Bastille Day party on July 13.
Cooking for a crowd at a summer BBQ can be intimidating. If you’re in charge of sides, we have a worry-free suggestion for you. The team at Corner Market Catering will send you off to your gathering with some delicious dishes that are sure to wow the crowd. Place your order for some twice-baked potatoes for $5.99 each, and you’ll be the hero of the party — with both kids AND adults. Your secret is safe with us!
Premium Goo Goo Cluster
Just when you didn’t think the gooey Goo Goo Cluster delicacy could get any sweeter, the Summer Chef Series returned and gave us a new summer bucket list. The first installment of the series is the Raspberry Earl Grey from Josephine Pastry Chef Kayla May, which includes Earl Grey tea milk chocolate ganache, vanilla bean nougat, Willa’s Classic shortbread crumbles and Arrington raspberry wine jam, all covered in milk chocolate. Snag one (or more) for $8.99 each from the Goo Goo store downtown or online until July 24. And stay tuned for five more limited edition Goo Goos from local chefs coming this summer!
Custom cheese + charcuterie board
From the essential balance of sweet versus salty and chewable versus spreadable to the appropriate mix of smooth and crunchy textures, the challenge of creating a perfectly balanced and aesthetically pleasing charcuterie board can be a tall order. But that’s why we call our @nashvillecheesegal. These gorgeous spreads can be the perfect appetizer for a dinner party or the focal point for a girls’ night. Just send the nashvillecheesegal (also known as Cortney) a direct message to inquire about pricing and create your chosen masterpiece. Yes, this is what dreams are made of.
Pom pom handbags
Whether you’re beaching or just exploring a new city this July, these Wayu handbags from Epergne are the perfect handheld accessory. Lightweight and equipped to carry all of the on-the-go essentials, these bags also boast adorable pom poms for the perfect summer touch. Grab one before your next vacation for $78! The hardest question? Which color do you choose?
We suggest that this bamboo bag be added immediately below your swimsuit, toothbrush and wallet on your list of vacation packing essentials. The clutch from K. McCarthy is great with jean shorts for casual days at the beach or with a cute dress for a night out with friends. Grab it, pack it and clutch it with pride for $78. This July accessory is a summer must!
You’ve likely seen the trending hair pins as one of this year’s noteworthy fashion finds. If you’ve been unsure about making the move, the time is now and the tools are here! These fun and chunky pins from Pieces Boutique give you variety in color, shape and style, leaving you ample room to accent any day’s look. If these adorable $9 sets didn’t already have you convinced, let this July heat remind you just how much you need to keep the hair out of your face.
Copper Penny earrings
When it feels like creating a perfectly assembled outfit is just too much, opt for a great earring to do the work for you. These Copper Penny earrings are lightweight, neutral and ready to pair with virtually any outfit. Choose from a great variety of sets, ranging in price from $28 to $54. You will quickly realize just how many wears you can get out of them!
Deepa Gurnani earrings
Gus Mayer recently welcomed the deepa by Deepa Gurnani collection to the store, and we’re ogling every single pair. Choose from a bold color, a rainbow of colors or a great neutral pair, and you’ll see why this handmade jewelry needs to be on your style radar. Stop by the Green Hills store to choose a pair for you or for another lucky gal you know! These dangling lookers range in price from $50 to $100.
TO ESCAPE THE HEAT
For those summer days when you’re just craving some wine but the heat has proven too much for a traditional glass, it’s time for a necessary visit to Grinder’s Switch Winery at Marathon Village. With any purchase of a novelty cup, ranging in price from $9.99 to $14.99, you’ll get a free wine slushie. Grab a group and stop by to cool off, sip joyously and walk away with a token for your future summer slushie days.
This summer, sun protection and head accessory flair are definitely “in.” This hat from Vignette (one of many in the store) protects your face from the rays and is an easy go-to accessory. Shop this hat from the Brentwood store for $48.
Whether you’re running errands around Nashville, heading to your workout class or soaking up the rays on your tropical trip, the Malvados lux leather sandals are a force to be reckoned with. They are thin and soft for your foot and provide all-day comfort on even the longest and hottest of summer days. Head to Longevity Boutique now to shop your pair for $29 and to check out their new, expanded space at East Nashville’s Shoppes at Fatherland.
Ecuador Huarache sandals
If you’re headed towards a long day of travel, work, walking or exploring, the Ecuador Huarache sandal from Nisolo is absolutely crucial. These handwoven leather Huarache sandals represent a staple shoe across many countries and cultures, soon to be a staple shoe for your summer wardrobe. Available in natural, almond and burnt sienna, this shoe is ready to kick it wherever your July may take you. Buy it online or in the East Nashville store for $118!
Before you pick up your chosen bottle and head to a summer gathering, consider another cute and necessary item for carrying. These cheeky totes from Maxi B.Home in Brentwood will ensure that the transport of your wine, rosé or champagne is seamless and fashionable. Choose from the “Raise a Glass,” “Bottoms Up” or “Drink to That” metallic bags for $13 each.
Guitar music box
If you’re looking for a baby gift that is adorable, unique and Music City-appropriate, look no further. These guitar music boxes from Arcade allow even the littlest kiddos to hear a sweet and soft tune, while potentially signaling a future love for all things musical. Grab one of these for $55 from the store’s newly opened location at 1721 21st Ave., and check out the incredible selection of items for kids and for Mom!
Urban Hardware: The Athena earrings
The gorgeous Urban Hardware collection recently joined SB Shop, and we can’t get enough of these striking earrings! Born out of JP O’Dell’s early days of creating pieces with items from her dad’s hardware store, this collection later developed into a huge variety of bold and colorful earrings that you’ll love to wear this summer. This pair, The Athena earrings, feature mother of pearl, a gold-plated hoop with turquoise howlite crescent and are available from SB Shop for $88.
Enjoy your July!
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