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Taigan has teamed up with Southern Living Magazine to bring you the ultimate summer prize of a 10 day roadtrip plus gorgeous Over Under luggage bags available on our site. It’s super easy to enter- all you need to do is fill out this form and your name is entered into the hat! How awesome is that?

 

“Experience the South like you’ve never experienced it before with the Ultimate Southern Roadtrip—crafted by the editors of Southern Living! We have flown, drove, stayed and played our way through the South and want to share it with you.” –Southern Living Magazine

 

One lucky winner will receive:

1. A 10 day trip for two to the Southern Living Hotel Collection properties of their choice, throughout the South

2. Includes accommodations to up to three Southern Living Hotel Collection properties

3. $500 transportation allowance

4. $500 food allowance

5. Sporty and versatile luggage provided by Over Under on Taigan! Check out the bags for yourself, pictured below-

 

Once again, all it takes is a quick second to fill out this form. Winner will be announced in early July.

Good luck!

We’re thrilled to see our very own CEO, Elizabeth Nichols, featured in the December 2014 issue of Veranda Magazine! The well known shelter publication is cover to cover stunning and we are simply honored to be mentioned. This month, the glossy highlights two of well-traveled Elizabeth’s very favorite places in the world – her hometown, Nashville, TN, and her second home base, Vail Valley, CO. Get the down-low below of her must-see spots when you’re in these areas:

 

 

For more of Elizabeth’s favorite places in Nashville and Vail Valley, read below. PLUS, get more on the great places featured in the magazine too- Enjoy!

Nashville:

“I could suggest the obvious Nashville activities like going to the Country Music Hall of Fame, Frist Museum, Loveless Café, Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge, Pancake Pantry or the Bluebird but someone else will tell you about these Nashville institutions.

Since I shop on Taigan and love to entertain at home, a number of my suggestions are experiential as I take you from the hills in Belle Meade to lower broad with a little twist across the river to East Nashville!”

1. “No matter what time of year, you must take a walk/hike on the trails in the Warner Parks at the end of Belle Meade Boulevard. And while you are in the “hood” stop by Cheekwood. As a former Swan Ball (benefitting Cheekwood) Chairman and member of the BOD of Cheekwood, I would be remiss not to send people to Cheekwood, but my reasons are totally unbiased. A walk through the sculpture trail is a must-do until winter sets in. During holiday season, Holiday at Cheekwood is a six-week festival for all ages that includes professionally decorated Christmas trees in the mansion, live reindeer and Santa, and music in the mansion every Saturday and Sunday.”

2. “While The Bluebird Café is on everyone’s “must do” list, go in the winter and save “Bluebird on the Mountain” for pretty weather. “Bluebird on the Mountain” is a collaboration of The Bluebird and Vanderbilt, is held once a month from May-October at Vandy’s Dyer Observatory, which is located on one of the tallest hilltops in Nashville. It’s a BYOE (bring your own everything) evening of sunset, music and stars (both kinds). After the performance the telescope is opened for a view of celestial wonders.”

3. “By appointment only, you can visit the Belle Meade home of one of Taigan’s founders for a personal on-line shopping experience and southern hospitality at its finest!”

4. “A concert, any concert, at the Ryman Auditorium, original home of the Grande Ole Opry and noted for its acoustics is not to be missed. Originally a tabernacle, the pews, while down-home are not padded.”

5. “Not number 5, but number 1 on my list is to go to Robert’s Western World. Don’t stand in the line at the front door but rather sneak in the back door and sit upstairs on the rail.  Best time for music is 6-10 for the Don Kelly Band. ”

6. “Jill Scissom will give you the best blow-out in town. Hairdresser to the stars and to me, you can get an appointment with her at Parlour 3 or if you put on “the big hat,” she might just come to your room!”

7. “Have dinner with Hal Holden–Bache, executive chef and co-owner of Lockeland Table. If you sit at the pizza bar, only on Thursday night, Hal himself is cooking and entertaining. You will love every minute of talking food.”

8. “Patterson House for a cocktail – four times a year the cocktail “artists” fka (formerly known as) bartenders submit innovative cocktails that are curated by a jury to build the drink menu seasonally. You simply can’t go wrong engaging any one of the bartenders at this speakeasy style bar close to Vandy!”

9. “Marche for brunch – blood orange mimosas and French toast or whatever is on the menu, you simply cannot miss here.”

10. “Josephine on 12th Avenue South is a place to go for two reasons. They have a good vibe and the very best roast chicken (for two) that I have ever eaten – the chicken has been sous-vide and then roasted for a crispy skin and is just to die for. They only do six chickens a night so you must put in your order when you call them – the presentation is in a copper roast pan on a bed of kale in the summer and Brussel leaves in the winter (just barely cooked). After dinner step next door into Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream for a scoop or three!”

11. “For an upscale dinner go to Giovanni Ristorante – Italian, of course. I personally like to sit in the bar but a white cloth experience is offered in the dining room. Never know who you will run into here, but for sure, music industry EXECS. If “it’s” not on the menu, just ask and they will try to make it happen!!! Another option is to cozy up to an “old Nashville” type for an invitation to dinner at “the Club” aka Belle Meade Country Club!”

12. “Get a reservation for Buttermilk Road Sunday Supper* or try to get  into one of their cooking classes. *ABRSS is a POP-UP that may be held in a public location or in a beautiful home and is intended to celebrate the tradition of family Sunday feasts.”

13. “For a no-frills experience go to Hattie B’s Hot Chicken and cool off  with an ice-cream at Bobby’s Dairy Dip.”

14. “Jamie – I send all the Vandy mom’s with daughters to Jamie, a Nashville institution and “sure fire” place to find a little black dress, jeans for honkey tonkin’ or a dress for The Swan Ball! You will find everything from Lela Rose to The Row to Brunello Cucinelli. Ask for Rita or Terri and tell them I sent you!!!! Great jewelry boutique in the middle of the store as well!”

15. “If you wanna be a hipster, go by Hero on 12th Avenue South – if you are super lucky you an will catch Claudia Fowler in store rather than in her Franklin outpost, Haven (which has a bigger selection).  Claudia is a stylist to a variety of music stars…..the really, really chic ones.  My daughter Mamie and I can both find wardrobe solutions from their selection of Gary Graham, Haute Hippie, Free People and Rachel Zoe.”

16. “And while you are on 12 South, stop by imogene + willie for a pair of their jeans which will be tailored just for you.”

17. “For a great hostess gift, I would go to Absolution even though it is in the Green Hills Mall. They have amazing coffee table books, great stuff for stocking the bar and their very own and most fragrant “Nashville” Candle.”

18. “For paper, Dotted Line, without question – this place is just magical and fluffy and fun.  Dotted Line is like the icing on the cake. You may find a paper and glitter crown for your New Year’s Eve party or a calendar for 2015!”

19. “For design, set an appointment and stop by the studio of Jonathan Savage (Savage Interior Design). I love Jonathan’s line of kitchen towels, aprons and table top, but you might get a peek at one of the projects he is working on or leave with a jar of his mother’s strawberry jam!”

20. “If you want the latest in cosmetics, Woo is THE place to go.  Woo is a Texas transplant to Tennessee and you will wish your skin could look only 1/2 as good as hers. If you want a makeup application ask for Diana – I never leave without the latest colors from Chantecaille! GREAT SPOT for stocking stuffers.”

21. “Estate Jewelry – Richter’s for sure is best of class…..an art deco stud set or fabulous ring for Christmas???? Dudley Richter is one of a bunch of brothers who have been in the biz for a long time…they have other stores in Palm Beach, Atlanta and so forth.”

 

Vail Valley:

1. “Axel’s – Definitely the most beautiful clothes made by and sold by the most beautiful people in the Vail Valley (no maybe in the U.S.) When I go into Axels I first track down Todd Donelson whom I have known for years……but my most favorite things here for me are hand made cowboy boots from Stallion Boot Co. (designed by Axel and Janie) .

I also love their PRIVATE LABEL white blouses (but I am a white blouse junkie…they are so feminine and also work well under a tailored jacket.

Axel’s Private Label Shearlings are probably the finest in the world; designed again by Axel and Janie and made in Italy they are the warmest piece of outwear in the store, yet very light in weight. Also look in the photo….Axel’s crocodile hand bag made in Italy, as well as, Axel’s sequin high heels….cha-ching cha-ching!!!

As for the guys, my picks at Axel’s would be a Boglioli sport coat, Finamore Shirt, Fedeli cashmere sweater and KITON JEANS (wish they made jeans for girls). All of these are, of course, selected by Alex in Italy…shoes, would be Edward Green. The passion behind the owners of this store is second to none.”

2. “A cocktail made by ‘mixologist’ Donovan at Mountain Standard (Old Fashioned is my preference) or have a drink at the bar in Matsuhisa, and enjoy the dramatic view of Vail Mountain in the distance.”

3. “Gorsuch – The place to outfit yourself for dinner, fishing or skiing…and your home too! This year I am going to get a new ski jacket by Frauenschuh and I always recommend a fur funnel by Glamourpuss. I also make a quick run to re-stock my bathrooms with their Lafco, Feu de Bois Soap.”

4. “I always step into my great friend Beth Slifer’s store, Slifer Designs, to buy hostess gifts to take to dinner parties during my stay. I also love to add to my collection of serving pieces from Annie Glass’ Shell Series. It’s such fun to serve cold stone crab in a big translucent shell-shaped bowl from Annie Glass on a cold snowy night!”

5. “Eat Drink for lunch or to pick up cheeses and charcuterie for my house party. They have a great little boutique wine store next door! Let Polly or Chris help you with your selections.”

6. “LARKBURGER –  Just ‘do it’ – sink your teeth into a Larkburger and you will see! I particularly love the Amy Burger, made of a portobello mushroom. “

7. “At lunchtime, ski down Golden Peak run for a Lobster Club Sandwich and Bloody Mary at Larkspur.”

8. “Liberty Ski’s – Not only MADE IN THE USA, but made in the Vail Valley. I have owned a number of pairs of Liberty skis over the past 10 years – they are environmentally ‘respectful,’ nimble, light and ‘playful.’ You can get them at the Vista Bahn Ski Rental in Vail.”

9. “SureFoot – without question, the place to get a ski boots that fit like a glove.”

10. “As to music, I love Apres Ski at the Red Lion to hear Brendan McKinney from 4-6. Additionally I always check the Vilar Center calendar for the performance schedule, but a must do is to find Helmut Fricker in some outdoor space yodeling, playing the accordion, cowbells or an Alpenhorn in his lederhosen – and bring a stein full of beer along!”

11. “The Bookworm – not only do you get the smell of a ‘REAL’ and charming bookstore, but the café is equally charming.”

12. “Spa services – Allegria at the Hyatt, hands down!”

13. “A snow-shoe picnic. Get a picnic packed by Allana at her new catering company called FOODsmith, rent snow-shoes and take the Strawberry Park lift up to the most spectacular alpine skiing/snow-shoeing course in the world! VIEWS FOR DAYS!!!”

Winemaker Weekend

Food & Drink, Travel July 25th, 2014 — by:

wine weekendIf you’ve ever dreamed of being a winemaker, then this is your chance… The 2nd Annual Winemaker Weekend at the lovely VGS Chateau Potelle is just around the corner and there are still a few spaces left. Longtime friend of Taigan, Jean-Noel Fourmeaux will help you blend the best wine for your taste and then they will record  your “assemblage” and bottle 3 cases of your personal 2013 red wine, etched with your name, in three different bottle formats. Once glance at the itinerary has us ready to sign on the dotted line!

Program Details: 

Friday, September 19
6:00 – 9:00 PM: Welcome Reception in our Tasting House & Garden. We’ll start with our signature tasting – our wines paired with food bites by Michelin starred La Toque Restaurant – and then relax together over heavy hors d’oeuvres served with Library wines.

Saturday, September 20
9:30 AM – 1 PM: Blending Experience. First, I will instruct you about the characteristics and flavor profiles of each varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Petit Verdot. Through a blending demonstration, you will see how each varietal affects the other ones, how they each can be part of a blend and in what manner they can contribute to the blend you want to create. Through the artistry of blending, I will show you where the science stops and the art begins! Then I will humbly become your assistant winemaker. With pipettes, graduated tubes, bottles and glasses in hand, you will discover what best suits your own palate and craft your own wine! How fun is that?

1:30 – 2:30 PM: Lunch at C Casa. Just a short walk over to the Oxbow Market to enjoy tacos like you’ve never had. Open faced tacos that are purely exceptional!

3 – 5:30 PM: Cooking Class. La Toque has long been renowned for its wine and food creations. Chef Ken Frank works with his sommelier team to carefully pair each dish with a particular wine. He will demonstrate some of his favorite recipes and highlight what it takes to make food “wine friendly.”

7:00 PM: Apéritif and Champagne on the private patio of La Toque followed by the dinner Chef Ken Frank designed to accompany the VGS wines.

Sunday, September 21
9:30 AM – Noon: Brunch in the Vineyard. Your winemaking weekend will conclude with a leisurely brunch on Cloud Nine. Enjoy the serenity and beauty of our Mt. Veeder Mountain Vineyard.

$5,500/couple for this fantastic experience and 3 cases of your personal 2013 red wine, etched with your name, in three different bottle formats (750 ml X 24 bottles, 1.5L X 4 bottles, and 3L X 1 bottle). Wine will be bottled in June 2015. Accommodations and transportation not included. Payment is transferable but not refundable.

To purchase the Winemaker Weekend or to sample some of VGS Chateau Potelle’s products visit Taigan.com.

A Guide to Marrakech.

Travel April 7th, 2014 — by:

As a travel consultant, for me personally there’s not really a line between a business trip and a leisure trip. I always mix the two. And encourage my business clients to do the same. Whether in the form of luxurious accommodation, or flying in early / staying after the business bit to explore. A recent business trip took me to Marrakech, a city I’d long wanted to see. So I took the opportunity to fly in several days before my meetings kicked off. I hired a private guide to get the lay of the land my first day, visited the sights then indulged in a traditional hammam (ok, 2 traditional hammams..), took a cooking class, mastered the souks, bought a rug, sat in the corner of the old square for half a day just to take photographs, and ate my weight in tagine. I’m sure the week of work would have been productive without my mini-vacation on the front end, but I sure was more inspired, relaxed, with not a bit of jetlag to speak of. So if you have the ability, definitely mix some leisure into your next business trip.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Below are my best recommendations when visiting the sexy city of Marrakech, and I do recommend visiting the sexy city of Marrakech at least once! One thing worth noting is that there are 3 distinct areas to Marrakech – the traditional medina, the more cosmo new town, and then the outskirts. I recommend mixing your stay – spend a few nights in the medina, then head out to one of the opulent hotels on the fringes of town. This will give you a complete flavor for the place.

Stay

Riad Tamila + Selman

Tamila is a traditional riad tucked deep within the medina. I love it because it’s quiet, and as authentic as it gets. Plus the food served there is the best I’d eaten in all of Marrakech.

Selman’s horse stables and villas with private pools sold me.

My Top 5 Must-Do List

  1. Arrange for a private guide, You do not want to tackle the souks without insider knowledge to the best vendors/where & what to eat.
  2. It’s touristy as all get-out, but ride a camel.
  3. Take an organic cooking class with a local tribe in the Atlas Mountains.
  4. Throw modesty to the wind and indulge in a traditional hammam.
  5. If you buy only one thing, make it a rug.

When it comes to dressing for a day in the medina, comfortable shoes and sunglasses are musts. Opt for maxi dresses with a little covering the shoulder or linen pants with a comfortable tissue tee. Go low on the jewelry, and definitely bring a great cross-body bag. Marrakech is a casual city, you’ll stand-out if you’re decked-out. You’ll have more flexibility with your modern wardrobe at the newer resorts on the outskirts of town, but out of respect for the culture, go for more conservative choices when in the traditional medina.

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Rockstar Biker Twill Skinny Pants by Beige | $161.70

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Tissue Tee by Claridge + King | $34

3

Slip Cinch Belt by Wiley Brothers | $120

4

Coral Cuff by Christina Jervey | $330

5

Sunglasses by AJ Morgan | $18

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Anna Cross-Body Bag by Waltzing Matilda | $195

Happy Travels!

-Lila

*This is me & Aziz, the owner of the rug shop where I found the absolute perfect rug for my home.

Lila Fox is owner of New Orleans-based Constant Tourist Travel, a travel consultancy catering to the discerning traveler worldwide. For more information about planning your trip to Morocco contact Lila at lila@smartflyer.com.

Destination Round Hill

Travel March 31st, 2014 — by:

 

“Home is where the heart is” and while my home is Nashville (Tennessee) there will always be a special place in my heart for Round Hill (Jamaica, W.I.).

After more than 40 visits to Round Hill since 1983, I am going back for the first time in 7 years. I am going back in time, literally and figuratively (as WIFI and Verizon are sketchy there, at best).

I am already dreaming about  “Chubby’s” banana pancakes, and the smell of the bonfire that roars on the beach each Monday night; and I can’t wait to go to sleep to music by Harry Bellafonte or Bob Marley or the local tree frogs. I am hoping that the afternoon games of Outburst or Taboo with new friends and fellow “bar flies” at the beach bar still take place. And I know that the sunset will still be the best on earth!

Round Hill is where I frequently saw Ralph and Rikki Lauren, tanned and toned, he, always dressed in a black speedo and “wife-beater” and she, in a black one piece. I remember watching Sigourney Weaver come out of the ocean on the small beach, looking as beautiful as ever, after a rigorous swim. And it feels like yesterday that I was sitting next to Meredith Vieira just after she learned that she had been chosen as the co-anchor of the TODAY show on NBC!!! I wonder WHO will be there next week?

So, as I pack (or more typically, over-pack) my bags, I know that my Taigan favorites will be just “what the doctor ordered” for the perfect holiday, along with Stewart’s Round Hill Special, made with Appleton rum, of course!!!


Elizabeth’s Beach Tote.
Canvas Tote, Turkish-T Towel, Leather Sandal, Lightweight Wrap, Pearl Lariat, Sun Protection Primer

 See more of what’s in Elizabeth’s Bag.