Fashion

High Heel Praise

Fashion July 21st, 2014 — by:

High Heel Heaven has us thinking about shoes of the highest variety. The book really says it best…. “From classic to tribal and luxe to vintage, there is a shoe out there to fit every foot and this joyous celebration highlights some of the most exquisite examples of high heels you could ever wear or covet.”

Take a walk on the wild side with these Aperlai sandals in a funky print with yellow laces.

These versatile, fashion forward heels are great for now… and later. Wear them now with a little white dress or later with skinny jeans and a great blazer.

When Elvis sang about blue suede shoes he’d clearly never laid eyes on these funky green velvet pumps. These fashion forward stunners will definitely turn a few heads!

 

We love a good d’Orsay pump. This point toe suede version by Vince is about as classic as it gets. An absolute wardrobe staple.

Cinderella doesn’t have anything on Susan van der Linde’s Glass Slingback. This blast from the past is making a comeback.

The Celia by Peter Nappi is another shoe that is great for now and later. We love the chunky heel, antiqued silver buckle and hand stitched front.

Boys of Summer

Fashion July 15th, 2014 — by:

Grab your shades, cap and swimtrunks and celebrate what’s left of summer with these classic accessories.

This preppy cap has Nantucket and Tuckernuck Islands needlepointed on the front. Perfect for lounging on the beach at your summer home.

La Matera’s belts are known for gracing the polo fields. This is a look that you’re likely to spot on Prince William or Nacho Figueras… not exactly bad company!

Tee off in style with these golf balls and tees on your shirt cuffs. These silver cufflinks are ideal for the golf lover who wants to be reminded of the peace and quiet of the golf course even when he’s trapped in his day time suit far away from the greens. 

These Gant Swim Trunks are a classic plaid and perfect for a day on the beach or an afternoon at the pool.

Persol is an Italian eyewear company known for its trademark arrow and flexible stems. These Crystal Suprema shades are sleek and masculine.

These round monogrammed wooden cufflinks are made of etched solid maple and stainless steel. The mixed materials create the perfect cufflink– both durable and lightweight. We think the monogram gives them a sophistical touch.

Peter Nappi’s Amedeo shoes are the item that we recommend now that will carry you into fall.

Summer also means wedding season. We recommend standing out with a Guinea Fowl feather tie in a classic black and white.

 

Gingham all but screams summer. This Armstong and Wilson pocket square is a preppy light blue gingham, trimmed in a festive orange and accented with a masculine wooden button.

 

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.

SUMMER is here! Whether preparing for your upcoming summer vacation or the new found heat or simply a cocktail change, these inspiring products are guaranteed to help you enjoy this Summer even more! Here are our current top 10 best sellers.

1. Pre-Shave Oil from Aidan Gill (just in time for Father’s Day!)

2. Turkish Bath Towels from Turkish-T (since you’re headed to the beach and the lake right now)

3. Bloody Mary Bender from Charleston Mix Bloody Mary (for day drinking on weekends)

4. Cashmere Topper from Letarte Swimwear (for traveling in cold airports)

5. Two-Bits Cuff Links from Bird Dog Bay

6. Marway Aqua Tunic from Amaya Textiles (great with white jeans or as a cover up!)

7. Paola Activewear Pants from Anatomie from Europe (also great for traveling)

8. Seven Layer Caramel Cake from Caroline’s Cakes

9. Classic Gelato Sampler from Honeysuckle Gelato

10. Sorbet Short Bathrobe from Turkish-T

AND… Here are some other great finds for summer that we are loving right now!

for entertaining:

These beautiful glass tumblers are sure to make any summer dinner party more colorful.

Simple white champagne bucket that works great for icing down wine or soft drinks as well. Great addtiion to your outdoor gatherings.

for women:

This sporty tunic is a great choice for relaxing poolside with the kids or a paddle-board or beach adventure. No need for added protection when wearing this UPF 50 (like SPF but for clothes) cover-up.

This comfortable and stylish maxi dress is a wonderful summer piece to throw on for any occasion. From a backyard grill out to symphony in the park or out to dinner, you can’t go wrong in this look!

A fun, colorful pair of short shorts that can go from day to night during summer.

beauty:

These Grape Seed Age Protecting Shea Butter Soaps for the body are a great indulgence after a day at the beach. The Green Soap is exfoliating with Rosemary, Thyme, and Grape Seed for a healthy glow and the White Soap contains Soy Milk, Oats and Grape Seed Extract to soothe and protect skin while gently exfoliating. Try them out!

Hairspray with a bonus?! Moroccan Oil Intense Gold Glimmer Shine Spray is the original hairspray from Moroccan Oil. It not only will provide your hair with long-lasting shine but also protects it from the harmful effects of UV light and free radicals.

for men:

This Sport Loafer is a breathable boat loafer with a flexible rubber outsole. Inspired by the classic boat shoe, the Sport Loafer is a smart yet casual loafer and is perfect for boating.

This is a one-of-a-kind, handmade, solid oak skateboard will get you back in touch with your inner child and your kids will love it too.

yummy treats:

Drizzle this specialty honey to add a bit of sweetness to baked brie, cheese and crackers or some sliced apple with fresh basil.

It’s not summer without something cold to grab from the freezer. After a hot day, cool off with these meyer lemon ice cream sandwiches. YUM YUM!

There’s no better way to celebrate the upcoming summer season than with shopping and treating yourself to new additions to your wardrobe. And we did just that last week thanks to the participation of 15 of our amazing designers in Nashville!

The gorgeous pop up shop was hosted at our CEO (and avid party thrower) Elizabeth Nichols’ home in Belle Meade and it was certainly done up to the 9′s with her fabulous taste, our stylish and welcoming designers, a Julia Reed book signing and of course Rosè and Mint Juleps! What could have been better??

See below for a round up of photos and stay tuned for our next big event – if you couldn’t make this one, we’d love to see you at our next one and if you did come, thank you.. we couldn’t have done it without you. Until next time!

Thanks again to everyone who participated with us and in the mean time, continue to follow our wonderful designers throughout this quickly approaching summer filled with parties, vacations, weddings and more. See below for all the fun!

“Taigan = Perfection” -Melissa Rovner of Blessings in Disguise

“I love being a part of Taigan because of their process of handpicking their designers. I’m so lucky and proud to say I’m a part of this family!” -Molly Gravitt of Molly Jane Designs

“I’m afraid Taigan may be an addictive site for me.  Loved finding such unique items.” -Taigan shopper, Jackie Zickler