May brings Mother’s Day, graduations and a bevy of social events. It’s nuts! Calm the strong winds of chaos for a moment and take in our May FINDS. We hope they help you navigate the hectic days of this busy month with a little less stress!
We love everything crafted in Tennessee, and these candles are no exception. With names such as West Meade, Music City and the Gulch, these are truly Nashville. Find Local Economy products, including soaps, candles ($26) and lotions, at Absolution.
Whether you want your pillow custom-made, or you simply love the look and want one that’s already made, these tie pillows, found at Stitch It & Co, are sure to be a real treasure. Take dad’s old ties and make a cherished gift for each child, or choose ties from three generations to make a pillow symbolic of family ties, made of ties! Custom-made pillows require just seven ties to complete. For more details, call Stitch It & Co.
This downtown flower shop is known for architectural designs, but they create traditional bouquets and centerpieces that are equally stunning, too. Creative and contemporary, yet always elegant, these arrangements are the perfect way to welcome spring (or perhaps send to Mom?). Found at OSHI.
Succulents are the ideal plant for those without green thumbs because they are low-maintenance. Create a centerpiece for your dining room table or give these as a housewarming gift. They come in unique shapes and colors and will liven up any space all summer long. See selections at the Green Hills or Belle Meade locations of Flower Mart.
It’s time to do your spring cleaning and jazz up your space. Dig out your classics or stock up on summer reads and create a space for them on your bookshelf. These unique antique bookends will make your shelves look organized and fresh. Give these to any antique lover you know for Mother’s Day. $75 for the pair. Found at Preservation Station.
These metal lanterns with wooden bases are the ideal item for outdoor entertaining. Add plants or candles to liven up your next patio event. They come in a variety of sizes and start at $35. Check out these and other decor at Spruce.
S’well bottles are double-layered, insulated stainless steel: Your water stays ice-cold for 24 hours, and your coffee stays hot for 12. Perfect for summer outings! 17-ounce bottles are $35, 25-ounce bottles (which can hold a bottle of wine) are $45. They are available at Swell Studio.
Time to go through your closet and ditch those old ratty pjs that you have had for years. Grab a fresh pajama set and look stylish while sipping your morning coffee. These soft, colorful top/shorts combos can be found at Woo Skincare + Cosmetics.
April showers bring May Flowers … and more rain! The next three items are here to take care of your rainy-day needs.
Cumberland Transit is chock-full of sporty clothing, but their women’s section is dotted with functional outwear that is also fashionable. This light rain jacket made by Patagonia is the way to brave inclement spring weather in style. $199 at Cumberland Transit.
Steeplechase is right around the corner, and once again, we are expecting rain! Don’t let the weather get you down. With so many color and height options, you can make Hunter Boots your best accessory. You can find these all around town for $135, but we have noticed that there is a great selection at H. Audrey.
See a theme here? Yes, rain is headed our way. These are brilliant! Have you noticed how bulky raincoats are to pack? This product is a “must-have.” With yet another Steeplechase calling for rain, you may need to grab one of these, pronto! Each RainRap folds around you like a pashmina, has a hood and is not bulky. Found in a variety of colors exclusively at The Willow Tree.
Hope for all Paws
These super-soft tees help Nashville’s furry friends. Each shirt is only $32, and $5 goes to the Nashville Humane Association. Get yours today at Blue Bohemian.
Even if you have confidently been rocking your winter white, we are sure you ready to break out the summer white and pair it with a tan! This Rebecca Taylor white tweed dress with an embellished collar is always in style for summer events. $450. Found at Emmaline.
Attention athletes: These high-performance compression socks will be your feet’s best friends. The fit and durability of the socks make them worth the higher price. Say goodbye to blisters and moisture and hello to comfort. We can promise that once you try these you will never go back! Take the plunge and get your first pair today at Fleet Feet Sports. (Yes, we’ve highlighted these socks before, but if you’re stuck on what to get Mom, these will make her happy!)
Subtle and sweet, but decidedly stylish, these bee earring are a surprisingly versatile accessory. Made from sterling silver, 14 karat gold and studded with diamonds, they are dressier than your fall-back pair of studs but easy enough for casual spring dressing. At Cindi Earl.
Show your state pride with these gold pendants. We are partial to the Tennessee necklace, but all states are available. This is a fabulous gift to give loved ones a little piece of home. Find these at The Beveled Edge.
Turquoise Wrap Necklace
Looking to jazz up your white tank? This turquoise and gold wrap necklace will do the trick. The stylish chain can be worn as a single or double chain and layers elegantly with other pieces. $198 at Anatra Jewel.
Flat is back! We love warm-weather footwear, especially when trends favor comfy flats and platforms. These Gorjana leather sandals, available in many styles and colors, are great with shorts, jeans and simple spring dresses. They can be found at UAL.
Chocolate Sun is a natural self-tanner that is custom-blended for your skin tone. This organic, hydrating product is natural-looking and actually works! If you can’t make it to the beach, this is the perfect way to get the sun-kissed look we all crave. Find the lotions and spray at Kore + Nashville.
Pretty Pretty Pop Pop Hair Serums
Spring is the time to treat your tresses right! These locally made serums are cruelty-free and made from all-natural ingredients. These treatments will leave your scalp and hair squeaky clean. At Lucy Pop Salon.
Replumping Hair Products
Hair, for most women, falls into two categories: it either frizzes and grows in volume with summer’s humidity, or you find it limp and flat as the dew point increases. If the latter is your situation, help is on the way. Davines’ Naturaltech replumping line helps increase hair volume to give you the fullness you have always wanted. Use all products (shampoo, conditioner and serum) for maximum effect. You will see a difference. We found this must-have product at Paige Simmons Salon; it is also sold at fine salons such as Shine Salon and Trim.
The Tile App
You know how frustrated you are when you can’t find your remote control/handbag/laptop/cordless phone/keys/teddy bear? The solution to this stressful situation is soon to be at hand. This genius company, The Tile App, has raised funds through crowdsourcing to the tune of over $2.5 million. This is how it works: place these small “tiles” on anything that you are prone to losing. Then, log in via your iOS device to find it when you misplace it. (You can log in on a friend’s iOS device if yours is lost!) This app uses GPS technology, and you can share your tiles with close friends and family or keep them private. Pre-orders are ending soon, and they will be ready to ship fall 2014. www.thetileapp.com
This portable charger is small enough to fit in your bag, pretty enough to show off and strong enough to give you one full charge. It connects with a universal wire that can charge all of your products (Apple, Androids, Sumsungs, Blackberrys and eReaders). Only $40 at NastyGal.com.
While putting together your summer reading list, be sure to add former Nashvillian Don Winston’s The Union Club: A Subversive Thriller. Signed copies are sold at BookManBookWoman, and they would make a great gift!
Lark Fine Foods
Lark Fine Foods Cookies for Grown-ups have us breaking our beach diets! These all-natural cookies are fresh and delicious. With ingredients such as rosemary, ginger and fennel, they are anything but ordinary. (Several SB staffers are particularly fond of the burnt sugar and fennel variety — divine!) Pick up your batch today at Fabu.
Light a candle, eat a cookie. Now you’re ready to embrace this crazy busy month!