Celebrating its 24th year, the Antiques and Garden Show of Nashville brings together extraordinary antique and horticultural dealers, magnificent gardens, and world-renowned lecturers. Attendees can purchase anything from plant materials to museum quality antiques from over 150 antiques and horticulture dealers.
The 2014 Antiques and Garden Show of Nashville is the largest show in the country combining spectacular garden spaces, fine antiques, and horticultural items into one outstanding three-day show. Located in the new Music City Center in vibrant downtown Nashville, the show’s 150 exhibitors, renowned experts and fabulous gardens make it the ultimate destination for new and ardent antique collectors, avid gardeners, those seeking design inspiration, and anyone who enjoys a breath of spring in the midst of winter.
This year’s honorary chairperson is Charlotte Moss, multiple award winner and designer of private residences and executive suites all over the world. There are also fantastic lectures lined up for the weekend including Lady Carnarvon of Highclere Castles (better known as Downton Abbey), Jennifer Boles, Alexa Hampton, Mario Buatta and more. So pack your bags and head on over to Music City for some education, culture and of course, shopping!
Julia Reed shops Taigan for some of her favorite picks for Valentine’s Day… Enjoy! Julia B.’s “Love Hanky,” made from fine linen and hand-embroidered with three hearts, is the most thoughtful “something” for those you hold most dear: Mama, Granny, your dearest friend or best big sister. The first Diptyque candle I ever bought was the one scented with tuberose and it remains my favorite. This version of the now classic “Tubereuse,” in red is a delicious Valentine’s Day gift and a swell addition to a jewel-box-like powder room. Valentine chocolates are indeed swell, but my husband will opt for a cookie every time. He’ll get Chucklet and Honey’s Firecracker Chocolate Chips, enlivened with seasonal color and suitably spicy red hots! Jack Rudy’s Small Batch Grenadine is the perfect elixir to make your Valentine—and his or her favorite cocktail—blush. Diamonds may be a girl’s best friend, but I would not turn up my nose at these fabulous Pomellato rock crystal earrings. I love the rose gold setting and openwork floral design on the back—both of which make them far superior to actual flowers! This Big Bad Wolf doll is too adorable in his fine fur-trimmed coat to be entirely scary. Pair him with Moulin Roty’s equally adorable Little Red Riding Hood Doll for your youngest Valentines. My friends call me the soap fairy and I have to say beautifully packaged soaps are among my very favorite things to give—and to receive. This year my Valentines will get Claus Porto’s Red Poppy bath soap from Aidan Gil. One year, I cooked a five course caviar-based menu for Valentine’s Day dinner. But when using this gorgeous, footed shell caviar server, one course will more than suffice. Be sure and add the small case of mother of pearl spoons (and the caviar!) to go with it. My seven-year-old goddaughter Mary will get this “big girl” and oh-so-ladylike pink tweed dress for her Valentine’s present, while her younger sister Maggie will get the poufy cotton candy pink skirt from Virginia Dunn, below. Outfit your Valentine with pocket squares for both his modes of attire—an elegant pink silk and a festive red-and-white cotton check. Shop all of Julia’s picks for Valentine’s Day HERE.
You’d be hard-pressed to find a logo on one of Kendall Conrad’s accessories. Instead, gorgeous, durable leather and artisanal details are the hallmarks of her eponymous line, which is quickly gaining cult-like status among those in search of label-less, cool pieces. A hobo bag in buttery leather is a timeless shape, yet its subtle stitching and brass hardware give it a bit of an edge. Gold-studded wrap sandals are delicate and earthy all at once. Not to mention the sophisticated color palette – rich browns, a just-so shade of bone, subdued animal prints, and naturally, classic black. And all are made in California with super-luxe leather that’s meant to last – and even get better with age.
One might as well be describing Conrad herself, who gives off an air of laid-back elegance emblematic of her native Santa Barbara. Conrad’s specific brand of quiet luxury has struck a chord – Vogue, Town & Country, and C magazine (where she also serves as a contributing editor) are among her fans, and in January Conrad opened her third stand-alone shop in the Montecito Country Mart, joining the Abbott Kinney flagship in Venice and an outpost in Brentwood. And there’s a new brass jewelry line, too, which launched last year. Think organic stacking rings and hammered hoop earrings, the kind of pieces you want to wear everyday.
Good taste seems to be second nature to Conrad. As the daughter of an interior designer mother and a bullfighting/artist/author father, she draws inspiration from artists as varied as Jean Cocteau, Franz Kline, and Matisse (check out her refreshingly well-edited blog), along with nurturing a lifelong passion for travel, decorating, and horseback riding. And Conrad is an avid entertainer, too, often hosting at her Montecito house – a Spanish-Mediterranean spread filled with gorgeous textiles, rugged antiques, and collections of ceramics and black-and-white art.
But perhaps it’s the perpetual equestrienne in Conrad that continues to inspire her most. A seasoned rider, she grew up on the hunter/jumper circuit in northern California with summers spent herding cattle at the family dude ranch in Montana. It’s a constant theme in the collection ever since the launch, in which she partnered with a local saddle maker for her first handbag prototype, until today as she continues to use details like hand-stitched whips and a girth-turned-cuff bracelet that’s borrowed straight from the stables. Here on Taigan, Conrad shares some of her favorite picks:
Barbour Utility Jacket - The perfect jacket for a colder day here in California – it does get cold, and this is lightweight but warm. I like that it has pockets, too, to hold more things since you don’t want to put everything on your saddle.
Charcuterie Trio - Sometimes I go on trails and take a delicious picnic, especially when friends visit from out of town. This charcuterie kit is perfect for it – it doesn’t need refrigeration, it’s easy to pack and delicious!
Cheese Gift Box - More delicious things for the picnic!
Mustard and Cornichons - Great to go with the charcuterie.
Pocket Knife - You never know when you will need a knife out in nature. This one looks just right and can fit in my pocket.
Foutas- These are good looking and work as a picnic blanket or double as a scarf if the weather drops.
Towelettes - Always need to clean my hands when I am riding.
Sunblock - I won’t go out in the sun ever without sunblock on my face.
Chapstick - Great all-weather chapstick for extreme conditions and for being out in the sun all day.
Ouchy Boo Boo Gel - It’s nice to have this on hand in case my horse or I get a cut.
Skinny Active Wear Pants - These could function as a good substitute for riding breeches.
Military Green T-shirt - This is a great looking t-shirt and good to ride in – it’s nice to have layers, especially in northern California.
Leather Journal - I take a journal with me everywhere, I get notions or ideas or thoughts in my head, always want to keep it handy. And maybe it would fit into the Barbour jacket pocket.
Boots- Equestrian-inspired boots, not for riding, but I would wear them with jeans and skinny cords and a cashmere sweater in the winter.
I am a lucky gal as lots of products come my way at Maxwell Aesthetics. I always try things on myself, that way I can see if it works or it doesn’t work. And it gives people reassurance. Right now I am obsessed with Dr. Brandt’s DNA Transforming Pearl Serum. Already a MORE Magazine Best of Beauty Winner and Madonna’s new Favorite anti-aging secret, this universal anti-aging serum is formulated with Dr. Brandt’s exclusive Juvenessence®+ Complex encapsulated in patented DuoPearl™ Technology, the result of 5 years of research and 6 patents. My pores look tighter and I love how my skin feels. Leave it to the good Dr. to crack the code of aging with Do Not Age (love the name). This surely will extend the time between your cosmetology visits and is the perfect compliment to Ulthera and Botox. Pearls are a girls best friend!
Stephanie Maxwell is owner of Maxwell Aesthetics and writes frequently about topics related to beauty and skin.
We’re thrilled to have Michele Probst as today’s Style Icon. Michele is an internationally known makeup artist with over 25 years of experience in the television film and print world. Her clients range from Barack Obama to Kid Rock. She is the President and Founder of the all-natural skincare and cosmetic system, Menaji Skincare. After an “ahha” moment she realized there was nothing available on the market that was all natural, easy and undetectable for her male clients. So with the guidance of the best dermatologists and chemists, Menaji skincare was born into a relatively untapped market.
Michele has picked her favorite gifts for your sweetheart because, hey, sometimes guys need a little love too!
L.E.N. Italian Calf Belt in Cognac- Simple, clean and easy look!
Oyster Bamboo Fly Rods Filson Tote Briefcase- We love those pockets!
CJ Lang Olive Martini Belt- Fun in the sun!
Heritage Handcrafted Whiskey Shaving Kit- Keep it old school!
Bird Dog Bay Sporting Boxer, Dug Dogs Coral- Have fun with under gear!
Billy Reid Lyonstate Bomber Jacket- Love the luxury of ease with this jacket!
Menaji Men’s Survival Kit- Exclusive to Taigan- For every man that wants to stay young looking!
Peter Elliot Blue Canvasback Winter Boots – Stay Dry and Warm!
Oyster Bamboo Fly Rods Merino Cashmere Tartan Scarf – Keep it fashionable!
Woo Skincare and Cosmetics: Creed Green Irish Tweed 2.5 oz- Love a good smelling man.
Waltzing Matilda Handmade Leather iPad Case- Keep your tech looking good!
Berti Knives Insieme: Utility Knife with Magnetized Wood Block- Keep it sharp and simple.
Menaji Men’s 911 Eye Gel- It is an emergency and it will change your life!
Cicada for Him- Hook + Albert Socks- It always starts with a good looking sock.
Indivijual Custom Eyewear- Custom Tortoiseshell Sunglasses- Reminds me of my daddy!