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Accessories of the Season

Fashion September 29th, 2014 — by:


Here are a few items that we are lusting over. View all here.

We are happy to announce Taigan’s second pop up shop this year in Birmingham, AL, co-hosted with flower magazine! It will be a fun and exciting week for all who attend! Not only will you get to meet our amazingly talented designers yourself and learn all about their refined skills and creativity, but we will also be gifting all attendees with 20% off all purchases. Bring your friends for a glass of wine and we are sure you’ll enjoy your time with us. Mark your calendars!

Read below for a sneak peek of who all we will be presenting:

Brackish Bow Ties, from Charleston, presents handcrafted, gorgeous ties 100% made of feathers – perfect for this upcoming wedding and gala season.

From Hawaii, Letarte resort wear presents a bohemian island aesthetic with signature prints, intricate adornments and lavish details. These are the stylish pieces all ages can enjoy during winter vacations with their well made cashmere toppers and ponchos.

Traveling from Houston, Melissa Braniff brings her fine jewelry designs that incorporate rare and ancient coins. These pieces don’t simply make a statement but they connect history as well. These are gorgeous holiday gifts and certainly conversation starters for anyone who wears these pieces.

Anatomie, traveling from Miami, is one of the absolute best women’s active and travel wear lines. They use all French and Italian fabrics and craft their pieces into sophisticated and flattering lines. The next time you have to run out of the house without getting all dolled up, you can certainly throw their pieces on and still be stylish.

Molly Jane Designs is a jewelry line based in Atlanta. Each piece demonstrates natural minerals and gemstones while also mingling feminine flair with an unexpected edge. Each offer an elegant, timeless and dramatic lasting presentation.

Cal Breed of Orbix Hot Glass hand blows all his beautiful glass creations. His studio is based right outside of Huntsville, AL, where he creates these beautiful works of art for the table, desk, kitchen, etc. by hand. Whether you put flowers in your stunning pitcher or serve drinks out of it, his pieces will certainly spark conversation at your next entertaining affair.

The tremendously talented Jonathan Savage of Savage Interior Design not only has his successful interior design business but he has also opened up his own retail shop on Taigan with many hard to find home goods like Christian Tortu candles and Antica Farmacista and his own private label of linens. At this show he will be presenting a plethora of fine home goods that will add that extra bit of charm to your kitchen and powder rooms.

Lexie Armstrong from Franklin, TN, is a wonderful watercolorist. She has not yet been launched on Taigan but she is coming soon. This will be her first presentation with us in Birmingham and we can’t wait to share her whimsical pieces depicting sweet plants and animals. We will be presenting several original works of hers at this show.

Notti Toffee‘s delicious cheese wafers will be served throughout the entire event. These delicious, bite size goodies will be exactly what you’ll need, along with your glass of wine, to make for a great shopping experience! Thank you, Notti Toffee, for sending some of these our way!

We are thrilled to be hosting this pop up shop with our close friends from flower magazine. Birmingham is flower‘s home base and we couldn’t be more excited to work with them on this show. And for those of you who are unfamiliar with this fantastic publication, be sure to check them out online and come visit us next week to learn more!

Gallery 1930 is so graciously hosting us and our designers next week in the heart of Mountain Brook in English Village. This quaint, local gallery is full of charm and the perfect home for our event. Not only will you get to enjoy our designers presenting their craft at the pop up shop but the walls will be filled with beautiful paintings for you to view as well!

We hope to see you all there!

Just add jam…

Food & Drink, Food & Drink June 16th, 2014 — by:

We’ve turned to the experts at Sallie’s Greatest Jams for a couple easy, refreshing ideas for summertime bites and drinks. Try one of these simple and delicious recipes for a night with friends.

Cocktail time.
Start off with a Peach + Mint Sweet Tea Martini

1 ½ oz. Firefly Sweet Tea Vodka
1 ½ oz. Orange juice

1 oz. sparkling water
1 heaping tsp. Sallie’s Greatest Peach + Mint Jam
Thin peach slice
Fresh mint leaf

Put it all in a shaker with ice. Shake to blend then strain into a martini glass. Garnish with a peach slice and fresh mint leaf.

Pair up your cocktail with a starter.
Baked Brie with Blackberry Spice + Sage

17 oz. round of Brie cheese

3 tablespoons of Sallie’s Greatest Blackberry Spice + Sage Jam
Fresh or Frozen blackberries

Slice the top rind off cheese leaving the side round in tack. Place Brie in the center of a Brie baker or pie plate. Put the Blackberry Spice + Sage Jam in the center of the brie. Top with blackberries. Bake at 400 degrees until cheese melts (about 10-15 mins). Serve with crackers and sliced apples.

Main Dish.
Scallop & Roasted Pepper Salad with Peach Pepper + Ginger Dressing

1 lb. scallops
2 large green or red peppers (or buy roasted peppers and skip this preparation)
2 tomatoes cut into wedges
1 cucumber sliced
1 small sweet red onion chopped (can use white sweet onion or 2 green onions)
½ cup crumbled goat cheese
Mixed salad greens or arugula
¼ cup olive oil
¼ cup apple cider vinegar
¼ cup Sallie’s Greatest Peach Pepper + Ginger Jam
Salt & Pepper to taste

Preheat broiler. Place washed peppers on rack in broiler pan. Broil about 15 minutes close to heat until charred. Put peppers in plastic wrap or a brown bag and let stand 10 to 15 minutes until skin wrinkles and can be pulled away. Remove loose skin. Cut peppers in half and remove seeds, then cut into I inch pieces. Arrange salad greens on plates (or in a bowl) top with peppers, onion, tomatoes, cucumbers and goat cheese. Pan sauté 1lb scallops or shrimp in 1 tablespoon olive oil and 1 teaspoon butter. After browning on both sides, put 1 teaspoon of Peach, Pepper + Ginger in pan with 2 tablespoons water. Toss to glaze. Mix olive oil, vinegar, salt, pepper and Peach, Pepper + Ginger jam together. Toss salad with dressing and top with scallops or shrimp. Serves 6.

Sweet Finish.
Blueberry Lemon + Thyme Lemon Squares
2 cups plain flour
1 cup powdered sugar
1 cup butter
4 eggs
1 ½ cups sugar
1/3 cup lemon juice
¼ cup plain flour
½ tsp. baking powder
Sallie’s Greatest Blueberry Lemon + Thyme Jam
Sift together flour and powdered sugar. Cut in margarine to form crumbly mixture. Press in a 13 x 9 x 2 inch baking pan and bake at 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes. Beat eggs: add sugar and lemon juice: blend well. Sift flour and baking powder and mix well with egg mixture. Pour over crust. Bake at 350 for 20 to 25 minutes or until top is light brown. Sprinkle with powdered sugar. Cut into bars and top each with a teaspoon of Blueberry Lemon + Thyme Jam.
Note: You can cut the bars into triangles and top with smaller amount of jam for a beautiful tray to serve at a cocktail party.


Our favorite finds for summer all in one place.


WOMEN’S GUIDE: from left to right

Shell Halter Bikini in Navy: Classic styled bikini with authentic shell detailing. Ties at neck with back hook for a perfect fit. Sunset Tassel Earrings: These swarovski crystal earrings will make any outfit shimmer in the sun. Charleston Dress in Ikat: This flirty dress with slightly ruffled shoulders and a zippered back will turn any ordinary day into a play date. Grass Green Knit Skirt: This rib jersey skirt is a great piece for any occasion. Dress it down in the day with a pair of flat sandals or dress it up with a pair of heels and the Sunset Tassel Earrings. Irene Wood Necklace: Add this bold statement necklace to a simple dress. Created from three strands of pale pink jade, hot pink painted wood and faceted dark cherry red quartz. Cream Silk Tunic Top: The ultimate essential tunic for your closet. Boars Tusk Beaded Pendant Necklace: A great addition for a summer look. Made from faceted speckled agate beads and gold accent wooden beads and featuring a statement boar’s tusk pendant. Infradito by Tapeet Sandals: Bring casual elegance to any summer outfit in these black flat sandals with gold details. Isotria Dress: Kimono dress in silk crepe de chine with poly chiffon pleats and a twisted back in a painted floral print.

MEN’S GUIDE: from left to right

Caiman Crocodile Belt in Gunsmoke: This belt is the finest in Caiman Crocodile and hand-finished in gunsmoke with a natural edge with no top stitch. Debra Torres Cotton Causal Shirt: Stay cool and casual in this pima cotton shirt inspired by the guayabera and meant to be worn untucked. Bay Leather BagThis is an upscale version of a sailor’s duffel bag and built strong to hold your weather gear. The straps are belt grade thickness and hand sanded on the edges for a smooth feel. The contrast hand stitch is sturdy and elegant. Everything is fastened either with stitching or with leather knots. Red’s Outfitters Sunglasses: Made by hand in the Campania region of southern Italy. Frames are made from 8 millimeter luxury-grade Italian acetates which gives each pair the durability, fit, and weight you won’t find in any other brand of eyewear.  Strange Fruit Linen Pocket Square: A timeless accessory to brighten your summer look. The wooden button is perfection. Swims Rubber Penny Loafer: The must have shoe this season! Waterproof and easy to clean (mud just wipes right off), but also brings a fun, sportive look and they are breathable, lightweight with a antibacterial mesh vamp top.

GIRLS’S GUIDE: from left to right

Pink Classic Tank Swimsuit: Made to hit the beach! Pink Stipe Ashely Circle Skirt DressThe Ashley circle skirt dress goes from the beach to a family dinner with ease. Ridiculously soft and comfy, this is a dress your daughter will love to wear over and over again! Mina Silk Shift Dress: Princess-inspired, momma-desired. The sweet Mina dress is subtle and all in the details; from the lightly gathered neckline with lace trimming to the layered, ruffle hem. Floral Silk Pauline DressNothing says summer like florals, tulle and twirly goodness plus the Pauline dress welcomes the warmer weather with it’s lightweight materials. Milkshake One-Piece Swimsuit: This swimsuit comes intact with built in sunscreen! Made out of a lightweight, breathable, imported Italian nylon Lycra and UPF 50+ protection. Lucky Charm Bead Necklace: This Jacques + Sienna charm necklace individually designed and hand made in New Zealand. Crafted from colorful beads and highest quality sterling silver, each piece has an unexpected, positive and adorable message charm. These timeless keepsakes make perfect special occasion gifts for all ages.

BOY’S GUIDE: from left to right

Coco Organic Cotton T-ShirtDis Une Couleur makes the gentlest organic cottons and the cute collar around the neck it adds a special touch to every outfit. Shark Swimshirt: This cool shark printed swim shirt will quickly become a favorite. The lightweight and quick drying fabric goes from the sea to the playground effortlessly. And since it’s UPF 50+ protection, you will have peace of mind knowing your boy is wearing serious sun protection. Classic Polo: This polo is made from super-soft cotton knit and a classic for any boy.


BEAUTY GUIDE: from left to right

Mineral Face SPF 30 Matte Tint: Naturally shield and nourish skin everyday with this antioxidant-infused, mineral matte SPF 30 sunscreen made with organic Rose Hip Oil and  rich in free radical fighting Vitamin C. Rodin Olio Lusso Luxury Fair Oil: This hair oil will not disappoint. A quintessential blend of eight essential oils- a perfect hair care alchemy is achieved when its rich base of apricot oil fused with calendula, sweet almond, and sunflower oils is innovatively married to neroli, rosemary and juniper oils. All About Red Lip Gloss: These lip glosses add a touch of glow, sheer enough for even those who think they can’t wear red. Tammy Fender Essential C Tonic: Essential C Tonic purifies, cools and invigorates the complexion with an anti-oxidant rich blend of green tea and citrus extracts of bergamot, orange peel and lemon balm. Itrestores the pH balance of the ski and acts as a natural toner and detoxifier. Groove is in the Heart: A favorite for summer and a cure for the common pink: this candy-colored cream will sweeten up any outfit. Rose Geranium Body Butter: Want smooth skin? This extra-rich nourishing and protective crème contains the highest quality shea butter from Uganda. The healing and soothing ingredients penetrate deeply to help skin regain a fresh, supple texture. Developed to treat cracked, callused and parched skin.

HOME GUIDE: from left to right

Rattan Bench: This bench will look great in any room in your house – just add some decorative pillows! Agate Coasters: These coasters will make a perfect house warming gift. Cotton Herringbone Throw: This gorgeous, hand woven cotton herringbone throw makes a great wedding gift or wonderful accessory for your summer home. Versailles Wooden Floor Mirror: A dramatically-shaped wood frame gives this large-scaled “floor” mirror its great presence. Lavender & Green Houndstooth Wing Chairs: Add some color to your room with these unique chairs in a beautiful print. Ginger Mercury Glass Tabletop: This lamp reflects light and space and is great for tiny rooms, windowless corners, or a difficult-to-match style. Optic Pitcher in Amethyst: The perfect way to serve ice-tea. This hand blown glass pitcher features a unique ribbed design, a clear lip wrap and blown handle. Custom Painted Wastebasket: This beautifully painted wastebasket is a lovely addition to your powder room or home office. Navy and White Wool Ottoman: This medallion print favorite pattern is a wonderful indoor ottoman and a must have!


ENTERTAINING GUIDE: from left to right

Nantucket Wine Carrier: Headed out for a picnic or dinner party? This gorgeous Nantucket style basket handcrafted with cherry wood holds 2 bottles of wine. Watermelon SorbetThis light & refreshing offering is a crowd pleaser. For a truly Southern delight, top it off with a dash of sea-salt. Parentesi Rectangle Placemats: These pretty placemats are made in Italy and constructed of pure linen, coated and finished with a tailored double border in mercerized cotton. Their unique coating makes them stain and wrinkle resistant. Embroidered Grasshopper Cocktail Napkin: The perfect hostess gift. Faux Bamboo Flatware: Great looking flatware for everyday. Piquant Orange Slices: Les Moulins Mahjoub Piquant preserved orange slices originate in the bitter orange tree plantations of the Cap Bon region. The bitter oranges produced by these wild orange trees are grown entirely naturally, without fertilizers or pesticides. These are great for your summer palette along side grilled meats. McClure’s Spicy Pickles: Add these to your burgers! Intermingled with cayenne and habanero peppers, these pickles have a kick and you can use the leftover spicy brine to make our bloody mary mix or as a marinade for cooking. End Grain Butcher Block: These beautiful hand crafted butcher-blocks are made out of hardwood construction that is food safe and won’t dull your kitchen knives. The choice of gourmet chefs everywhere! Colorato Bowls and Plates: These festive colors are so fun for summer.

Pecans are in Putt Wetherbee’s blood. His father, a pecan grower since 1959, purchased Schermer Pecans in 1977 and with it became the owner of one of the largest pecan companies in Georgia. Days spent alongside his father atop one of Georgia’s only two mechanized harvestors, a four year-old Putt was fascinated by the pecan business from this tender age.  Shelling gadgets and gizmos were eye-candy and Putt relished the camaraderie that came with harvest time and in the everyday inter-workings of the Schermer Pecan shelling plant. Now at 42 and having taken over the family business, Putt is still inspired by pecans – from watching the buds break in April to harnessing the latest in technology and managing the increased world demand.

Putt resides in Thomasville, GA with his wife and children but can often be found traversing the Georgia orchards with his dogs, calculating the crop set and munching on salted pecans.

Putt put together some of his favorite picks for Father’s Day Gifts.

As a father of three girls, I’m used to getting lots of awesome art projects and colorful ties for Father’s Day.  I wouldn’t trade them for anything but a few suggestions never hurt right?

If they are going to buy me brightly colored knickers – let them represent one of my favorite pastimes

I have a favorite rod but twist my arm.  It wouldn’t hurt to give this one a try.

Father’s day breakfast in bed, if you are serving these bacon biscuits, then yes please.

This is a sharp looking iPhone Case.

The gift that keeps on giving…this boat is fun for me and the whole family.

To heck with father’s day – I want to eat this cheese everyday! Luckily I live in Thomasville so that’s a possibility.

Ahh fatherhood… The love of my daughters and nights at home with them, a good drink and the smell of wild salmon on the grill.

What is not to love about this. Pecans with just about anything is delicious and this bourbon and pecan gelato is a match made in heaven.

The Southerner’s Handbook is guide to living the good life – count me in!

Any dad of girls needs advice…lots of it. Try this book by Tom Limbert for some added wisdom.

Handsome looking briefcase…just like my new truck.

Nothing like a little paddle ball after dinner in the evenings.