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People August 19th, 2014 — by:

When StyleBlueprint‘s Elizabeth Fox and Liza Graves recommend something, their readers listen…. period.  These two know what their audience likes and are able to present great finds, restaurant reviews, local happenings and more in a way that works for the busiest of readers. Here, we were lucky enough to have Elizabeth and Liza  shop Taigan and curate a collection around the Football culture of the South.

“We curated a collection based on early fall weekends and the social nature that each entails when you are in the South. The weather is perfect and people love their football from Friday night through Sunday! From what to wear, carry, eat and use for entertaining, Taigan has you covered.”

Elizabeth Fox’s picks:

I adore this shoe by Coclico. The shoes won’t disappoint as they are well made and comfortable. You gotta give it to the Spaniards because they know good leather, and especially this shoe with its rich, tobacco brown tone.

If gray is the new black, then you’ll find this smokey vase from Gervis Design Studio is a perfect gift or one you may just want to keep yourself. Imagine a single oak leaf hydrangea–that’s it.

Truly a must have for fall, the Barbour vintage quilt jacket never dates itself. Great for tailgate parties or a fall rendezvous to the Smoky Mountains.

Not sure why this top makes our list, maybe it’s the pop of grapefruit red and the playful nature. Whimsical, hand painted, what’s not to love?

The fall weather brings cool temperatures and al fresco dining galore. This Nantucket wine carrier is perfect to transport your favorite full bodied Merlot.

Every sandwich is hand scooped with an amazing melding of flavors–meyer lemon ice cream with a housemade cardamom cookie. Yum!

Elegant and classic, this gorgeous, linen Italian towel comes lots of colors. It’s a perfect hostess gift or one to keep for yourself.

Aroc Urtu is committed to using recycled precious metals and diamonds. Every piece is handmade in NYC from start to finish.

Every list needs to have something that is simply extraordinary. This cashmere coat is a piece you’ll have in your wardrobe forever. Worth the investment.

 

Liza Graves’ Picks:

Soccer sidelines, quick trips to the lake to drink up the last bit of summer, fall picnics … these Turkish Towels fill many needs!

 

These guest towels are lovely in your powder room, but make a great hostess gift. Consider placing them next to a galvanized bucket filled with iced down beer for Labor Day: perfect for drying each bottle!

 

When the temperature dips enough for an outdoor fire, my family is happy and immediately sticky from mounds of s’mores! This fire pit is a work of functional art that you will enjoy for years to come.

 

Have a crowd coming or you just wish to indulge on a lazy Sunday without much effort? Callie’s Biscuits fill that need every time.

When was the last time you sat down to a spread of seriously good cheese? It’s one of my favorite indulgences.

 

Since we’re mentioning great cheese, having a piece of slate to share it on always makes for the perfect presentation!

 

Sandy Simonian makes jewelry that is edgy and timeless. She makes pieces you will grab for during the week, the weekend and even a dressier affair.

 

With three kids, fall for me means tailgates, soccer games, cross country meets and more. I need a bag that holds my laptop and still has room for more. This fills that need nicely and I’m always a fan of a whip stitch!

 

Fall is tricky as day time temps can soar but easily dip at night. I’m cold natured so a thin cashmere scarf is always a necessity to have on hand. Tying it around the handles of the Gajumbo Tote allows it to provide a fun statement, even when I’m not wearing it.

Copper continues to be an on trend choice for home accents including dishes. I really don’t see it ever going away and keep adding to my own collection.

 

These glasses are refined and rustic all at the same time. That pretty much defines how I decorate all year round, but especially in the fall.

Elizabeth Fox and Liza Graves are the cofounders of StyleBlueprint.com, an online publication that connects women to their community. StyleBlueprint has both a hyperlocal focus (cities include Atlanta, Birmingham, Louisville, Memphis and Nashville) and regional Southern flair (a “southern edition exists for readers outside of their core cities). Fashion, home decor, travel, food, health and more are all discussed, delivered each day by an early morning email.

Make a Statement

Fashion August 19th, 2014 — by:

Every woman needs a few statement necklaces in her repertoire. You just never know when that basic black dress will need a little extra punch. These pieces will solve that problem and then some!

All of Roarke’s beaded scarf style necklaces fit this bill. We love the bright ones for nights on the town, or neutrals for brunch with the family.

S. Carter’s necklaces make a statement in their appearance, but also with their materials… This snake vertebrae necklace is accented with diamond spikes and a buffalo tooth.

Seraphine’s Hematite and Agate  necklace is a funky study in contrast. This edgy look will definitely turn some heads.

House of Lavande’s Warrior necklace is the perfect piece for any battle. Get an extra boost of confidence with this tough number!

The Bella comes in a variety of colors that are perfect for fall. This necklace is great with a tshirt and jeans or can be dressed up for a night out.

NOW + LATER

Fashion August 12th, 2014 — by:

Master the tricky end of summer wardrobe by purchasing classic items that work both now and later. Check out some of our favorite transitional pieces for any season. 

Throw this luxurious cashmere poncho on after a dip in the ocean or wear it with jeans when the temperature starts to dip.

This denim dress is adorable with beachy jewelry and flip flops, but we also think it’s perfect with booties and a great fall bag.

Few things says transition like a peep toe bootie. The Celia from Peter Nappi is perfect for fall, but if you cant wait until then it always works with a sundress or white jeans!

The artist shirt is breezy enough for warm weather, but will look equally chic with your new fall vest.

 

Jewelry is always the perfect “in between” purchase. We cant get enough of the wood and citrine combo on these stylish Bounkit earrings.

 

For more transition wardrobe finds visit TAIGAN.com

As summer is winding down we find ourselves wondering… what are we going to do with all of this squash? Thankfully our friend Carrie over at Callie’s Biscuits has a solution with this tasty Southern classic, which conveniently uses our very favorite ingredient, Fiery Pimento Cheese.

Fried Squash with Fiery Pimento Cheese

Ingredients:

  1. 1 cup canola oil (or any other frying oil you have on hand.)
  2. 2 yellow squash, sliced into 1/4″ rounds
  3. 1 cup all-purpose flour
  4. 2 teaspoons salt, plus more for sprinkling after frying
  5. 1 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  6. 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  7. 1 cup Callie’s Fiery Pimento Cheese (or Regular if you don’t like it spicy!)
  8. 1/4 cup chopped chives, for garnish

Flour and Milk Batter:

  1. 1 cup all-purpose flour
  2. 2 teaspoons salt, plus more for sprinkling after frying
  3. 1 teaspoons freshly ground pepper
  4. 1 1/2 cups whole milk
  5. Mix the salt, pepper and flour together in a medium-large bowl.
  6. Whisk the milk in gradually until you have a runny batter.
  7. Dip each squash round in the batter, and lay on a clean baking sheet.

Instructions:

  1. Heat oil in a cast-iron skillet, or other heavy duty pot over medium-high heat until a thermometer reads 350 degrees F.
  2. Place the pimento cheese into a quart-sized zip lock bag and cut a small corner off the bag to make a piping bag. Set out, and let come to room temperature.
  3. Mix the flour, salt and pepper together in a shallow dish. Place the eggs in another shallow dish.
  4. Dip each squash round into the egg mixture first, and then place each round in the flour mixture and coat thoroughly. Move to a wire baking rack before frying.
  5. Place 4 squash rounds at a time into the oil, being careful not to splash hot oil. It is important that you do not overcrowd your pan, as it will lower the temperature of the oil and the squash will not get as crispy as you want. Fry squash on each side until they turn golden brown, 1-2 minutes.
  6. With a metal spider or a set of tongs, carefully remove the squash and place on a clean wire baking rack, or a plate lined with paper towels. Sprinkle with salt immediately.
  7. Once the fried squash rounds have cooled (just a little bit), pipe a teaspoon of pimento cheese on each round. Sprinkle with chives and serve immediately.

 

View the full recipe and it’s history or shop Callie’s Biscuits for more tasty treats.

Perfect Pairs

Shops August 4th, 2014 — by:

Some things are just meant to be together. Check out a few of our favorite pairings that bring out the best in each other!

Antique Plate Server +  PB&J Cookies

 All About Reds Sampler + Set of Wine Cups

 Sea Salted Caramel Gelato + Copper Bowls

 Jack Rudy Grenadine + “They Drink Like Fish” Cocktail Napkins

Italian American Collection + End Grain Butcher Block

Stack ‘Em Up

Fashion August 4th, 2014 — by:

A lot of trends come and go, but the one that appears to be sticking is all about stacking! More is definitely more when it comes to bracelets these days, so get in on the look with some of our favorite stack worthy finds.

Hand-turned, black horn beads with ancient turquoise and soft, goat leather leather tassel. We love the horn patina, which will only deepen with wear to create that coveted well loved look. 

The diamond bar bracelets by Martha Ackerman are dainty and sparkly. The pave diamond bar gives the right amount of glitter to any stack.

Red Ruby Rouge’s beaded bracelets have beautiful agate slices to add some serious interest to an otherwise simple design. The soft color of the amazonite version makes it a front runner with the editors’.

S. Carter was stacking before it was cool. These python and diamond wrap bracelets give an edgy look to any ensemble.

For a less conventional look we recommend Seraphine Designs’ multicolored cuffs. Pick your own color combo for a look that is truly your own.

Create an instant stack with the triple stack collection from Blessings in Disguise. We’re suckers for labradorite, and this trio is no exception.

The only thing better than a stack is a stack with a tassel. House of Lavande hits the nail on the head again with this spunky but classic tassel bracelet.

Antique Ming Dynasty hand-carved agate orbs are the focal point of this beautiful bracelet. They are accented with two diamond roundels and ancient mammoth ivory beads. Perfection with a past.