It’s August, which means football is coming and school is back in session. But August also brings some of summer’s hottest days while we start yearning for fall’s cool evenings. Here are some of our hottest picks for August to get you through this month of competing expectations.
August is SB’s East Nashville Month!
We plan pretty far advance for our posts here on SB. This past May, we decided to dedicate August to East Nashville. This gave us five Thursdays to explore the food and four Mondays to feature some fabulous East Nashville women exclusively. (Our FACES have been photographed and interviewed, so if you have suggestions, we’d love to include them on our master list, but this month is complete! We have 3 of our next 4 restaurant posts slated, but just may have another opening as our 4th is looking shaky. If you want to recommend an East Nashville eatery, comment below!) All that to say, expect us to be a bit heavy-handed with this side of town this month. We didn’t realize when we set our calendar that The New York Times and GQ would be also be running related articles. All the better for you, East Nashville! (For our post on Nashville’s recent press, click here.)
August 2nd we featured Pomodoro, click here.
August 6th we featured Margot McCormack, click here.
Peaches: Ripe and Delicious
It’s the month we’ve all been waiting for when the “sink peaches” come out in all their glory. (And by sink peaches, we mean peaches so delectable, you peel and eat them standing over the sink, because you can’t wait long enough to grab a bowl.) No doubt, August is the best month for sweet, juicy peaches. Whether it’s your family’ s secret cobbler recipe or grilled peaches with a dollop of homemade ice cream, peaches continue to be one of the South’s most revered delicacies.
Diane’s Keaton’s Memoir: Then Again
This poignantly beautiful memoir by Diane Keaton chronicles her middle-class upbringing and rise to stardom. It isn’t a tale about Hollywood by any means, but rather offers an eloquent and introspective look into the complexities of family, relationships and getting old. Do yourself a favor and get the book on tape. Diane Keaton narrates, and it’s as if you’re talking to your best friend as she reminisces about life. Available locally at Parnassus Books.
Loungewear and Tunics:
AshBlue has dedicated a portion of their store to two lines of clothing that we have featured before, but that have been hard to find, in strength, locally. Now, you will be able to choose from several different styles from the Claridge + King and Trillium Collection lines. Breezy tunics, sleepwear, the perfect palazzo pant and more. www.asheblue.com
Goodbuy Girls, an East Nashville Gem, continues to wow us when it comes to the treasures they unearth. If you are a affectionado of turquoise like we all are, then you’ll marvel at the collection they have acquired. With over 300 pieces of turquoise from the 1960′s, you’ll find bracelets, rings, pendents and necklaces. Goodbuy Girls is located next to the Art and Invention Gallery at 5 Points. www.goodbuygirlsnashville.com
Gold, Silver and Bronze:
We have Olympic fever big time. When we saw these metallic Bobbi Brown long-wear cream shadows on Woo’s Facebook page, we were instantly smitten. With metallics once again HUGE for fall, capture some Olympic spirit on your eyelids and scream USA USA USA! www.wooskincareandcosmetics.com
Citrus Mint Green Tea Spritzer:
Available at the coffee bar at Whole Foods, these refreshing drinks are the perfect thing (besides water!) to enjoy on a hot day. Meet a friend for a “spritzer” when meeting for coffee just seems too hot. Thanks to one of our interns, KK, for turning us on to these! $3.50.
KK says that this lip and cheek stain by Benefit adds just the perfect amount of flush when you want a natural look, a bit amplified. Available at Sephora. $29. www.sephora.com
Goody Towel Brush:
Our other intern, Emma, says this brush allows her to spend less time blow drying her hair in the heat of the summer. She uses it first thing after she gets out of the shower for instantly drier hair! Available at local drug stores. $11.99
Jonathan Adler Tumblers:
These Jonathan Adler Tumblers are just so fun. Add some color to the end of your summer and pick up some of these for a casual gathering, or just put them in your pool bag. At Ibiza Fine Gifts, $15. www.ibizafinegifts.com
A Straw Bag that transitions into fall:
This is the perfect straw bag for late summer and fall. Add your monogram to mark it as your own. Available at Custom Embroidery for $220. www.cembroidery.com
A Pretty Tray:
Trays are so useful. They organize, they serve, they entertain and they add stability to upholstered coffee tables. This metal one offers lots of style at just $16. Available at Spruce Living. www.spruceliving.com
Jewelry that fuses function and art:
Next time you need to open a package, perhaps you should just reach for your necklace! These necklaces by Jewels by Jessie Lee caught our eye during a recent fashion shoot at H. Audrey. These necklaces are unique, with many of them showcasing the unexpected, like these mother-of-pearl inlaid pocket knives. Sure to make a statement and start a conversation. $185. www.haudrey.com
TOMS for kids:
Kids just can’t get enough of TOMS, and the newest patterns are just so cute. All these are available at Snap Kids and will leave your child left with the dreaded decision: which do you like more? www.facebook.com/SnapKidsNashville
Wax without an appointment:
Get your brows, upper lip or whatever else waxed, without an appointment, at the Bliss Wax Bar at the Cosmetic Market at The Hill Center. If you need to wait 20 minutes, browse the store or grab a quick snack. Brilliant. $15 for brows or $12 for upper lip. Just $20 for both. They are also doing eyelash and eyebrow tinting for $20 each, or $30 for both. Open Wed-Sat 12:00-6:30PM. www.thecosmeticmarket.com.
Save closet space:
It’s the time of year for college kids to start shopping for closet needs. Take a tip from these co-eds that you can use in your own closet and purchase these no-slip space saving hangers. You’ll be amazed how much more room you’ll suddenly have. Just $9.99 at Costco for 35 hangers.
A Bracelet or Necklace or Belt: multi-functional jewelry!
These are hand crocheted and beaded and are practically indestructible! We know women who have even gone swimming wearing these. Really. Many different colors are available and each features different stones. You will find among the offerings: Swavorski crystals, pearls, recycled glass beads, and semi-precious stones. Strands by Sallie are made locally and available at COCO. $160. www.coconashville.com
The Art and Invention Gallery:
Mirror, mirror on the wall, who’s the fairest tomato of them all? Who knew that tomato art came in so many different mediums and interpretations. With hundreds of tomatoes gracing the walls of this charming East Nashville Gallery, this cute little ‘mater painting by Denise Hawkins stood out. The show will be up until the first weekend in September. The Tomato Arts Festival is this weekend at 5 Points in East Nashville. artandinvention.com
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