Just in case you need a few ideas to add to your shopping list for your friends and family (or even YOU!), here’s our list of favorite things for December. Now all we need is some bright paper and string for our packages, and maybe Julie Andrews to sing to us while we wrap!
Warby Parker Glasses
If you’ve driven by Imogene & Wilie in the last week, you’ve probably seen the Warby Parker bus parked nearby. This vintage-inspired eyeglass company is in town selling their spectacles, which are pretty specatular, given the price and the fact that they donate a pair for every pair purchased. Check ‘em out now through December 9! And if you miss the bus, visit the Warby Parker website, pick out 5 pairs to try in the at home program, find a pair you like and then place an order! www.warbyparker.com
Private Label is Nashville’s newest consignment store. With a focus on high end brands like Gucci, Chanel, Kate Spade and Louis Vuitton, Private Label offers incredible value to the most discriminating buyer. Located adjacent to the Green Hills Theater inside Illusions Nail Spa, Private Label is owned by Beth Fabel.
Kayce Hughes Store
We are thrilled that Nashville gal Kayce Hughes has opened a storefront here in Nashville! Located where Plucky used to be, in the Hill Center, Green Hills. http://kaycehughes.com
Hamilton House Prints
Individually printed on a vintage dictionary page, Hamilton House Prints prove that original art need not be cost prohibitive! Frame six or eight and make a gallery wall, or simply nestle one in among books on your shelves. Available on Etsy and Nashville-based. www.etsy.com
Cashmere + Silk scarf by Claridge + King
Fun Table Accessories
Items that look equally good on the classiest of coffee tables as they do being played with by giggling kids are simply the best. These magnifying glasses at AshBlue fit the bill. www.ashblue.com
OPI perfect color for December: Romeo + Joliet
Nail color kit stocking stuffer
Lots of fun stocking stuffer at The Cosmetic Market: www.thecosmeticmarket.com
Perfect Foundation for Photos
Just so you know, Giorgio Armani luminous silk foundation is amazing if you are having photos taken, which happens a lot this time of year. There is a reason it has been the InStyle Best Beauty Buy award-winner for “Best Liquid Foundation” and “Perfect Match, #1 Makeup Artist’s Choice” for 10 years in a row! $59 at Woo Skincare + Cosmetics.
Shop Woo this month for “Woo Bucks”! Get 10% back in a gift card for all your purchases this month. The ultimate give and get! Spend $250 on gifts and get a $25 gift card for yourself to use in January!
Botkier Microbag at COCO
Always one of our favorite stores to pick up a gift, COCO has a new line of purses that we adore. This metallic black microbag will come in handy at holiday parties. Compact, but versatile, this SB find looks great with jeans or that little black dress. www.coconashville.com
Tender Loving Cake
This scrumptious cake is from Tender Loving Cake. Just recently, Tender Loving Cake decided to call Nashville home. Their mission is to spread the love by offering a pledge to “buy one, give one.” Every time you purchase a cake from Tender Loving Cake, they will donate another cake to the food bank of your choice. The StyleBlueprint team sampled both the sour cream blueberry and the cinnamon pecan. The cakes are incredibly moist and chock-full of flavor. http://tenderlovingcake.com/
Otis James Tie
Check out Otis James for that hard to buy for kinda’ guy. This herringbone wool necktie in eggplant with slate green chambray tipping is hand-stitched, individually numbered, with hand-printed labels. www.otisjames.com
The perfect make-up bag from Jamie
For the person who has everything, these make-up bags promise to be the favorite gift under the tree. Available in four different colors, each is expertly crafted in suede with a rose gold zipper. At every turn, this mini zip purse will be the envy of all of your friends. www.jamie-nashville.com
Local Neighborhood Art
The Hood Shop has a fun local spin on embracing your local neighborhoods and celebrating Nashville! Notecards, prints, t-shirts and more. With prices starting at $15.99, check them out! www.thehoodshop.com
Susan Russell Designs at Atelier
One of Nashville’s best kept secrets is Atelier located in Stanford Square. Owner Susan Russell is a talented jewelry designer with prices that will make your Santa so happy. With many “best of” awards under her belt, Susan continues to wow her customers with her original designs in all price points. http://www.jewelryatelier.com
iPad mini or Kindle technology case by Emil Erwin
If you haven’t graced the doors of Marathon Village, then you haven’t experienced a big dose of Nashville flavor. Designed to incubate some of Nashville’s true artisans, the Marathon Village is home to Otis James, Bang Candy Company and Antique Archeology Nashville. For handcrafted leather, there’s none better than Emil Erwin. This versatile technology case is a perfect gift for the geek in your life. http://www.emilerwin.com/
Velvet Gloves by Debby Church Fine Furs
Yes, Virginia, there really is a Debby Church. If you want to meet her, she can be found at Jamie. When asked what her customer’s favorite gift is, hands down (no pun intended), it’s her stretch velvet gloves. Made by the USA, they come in oodles of colors and fit most hands perfectly. http://debby-church-fine-furs-at-jamie.hub.biz/
Brass Necklaces at AshBlue
Yes, this is our second selection from AshBlue today, but these necklaces were enchanting our kids and us alike, so we had to include them! All photos taken by an eleven year old photographer in training! Some of these have hidden compartments and each seems to laugh with you, ensuring a fun day or evening. Talk about a conversation piece! www.ashblue.com
Trader Joe’s Shea Butter Hand Cream
Our hands are a wreck this time of year, but we’ve discovered the perfect fix to throw in the car or a purse to make our digits feel better. Trader Joe’s Shea Butter Hand Cream absorbs quickly and is unscented, so it won’t fight with your perfume. And it’s the perfect size to have on the go. We love the price best of all – it’s $1.99! www.traderjoes.com
Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power by Jon Meacham
We’re thrilled Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jon Meacham is now calling Nashville home! A respected historian, NYT best-selling author, executive editor at Random House, former editor of Newsweek and TV new show personality, Jon has many claims to fame, not the least of which is his newest biography on our third president. $35 at Parnassus Books.
Governor’s Open House
Governor and First Lady Haslam will host their Second Annual “Tennessee’s Home for the Holidays” Open House Event at the executive residence December 3-14, 2012. The theme for the holiday decorations this year is “Tennessee Music.” They have partnered with Museum of Appalachia in East Tennessee, the Country Music Hall of Fame in Middle Tennessee, and Stax Museum in West Tennessee to acquire authentic pieces or reproductions from their museums that represent Tennessee’s rich musical heritage.
For more information about “Tennessee’s Home for the Holidays,” please visit www.tn.gov/firstlady.
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