Summer Essentials: Beach Bound

In this week's 12th and Broad #BroadStyle post, I talked about how the hubs and I don't normally take beach vacations. We love a little pool time, but we love exploring different cities more. I'm also the palest Italian, so me and a lot of sun time, don't mix very well. In a few weeks, we have a family wedding in Barbados, so to the beach we go. As I said on 12th and Broad, I've been equal parts excited and anxious. I'm excited to get there and check out the island. I'm not excited about finding a damn bathing suit. Why is it so difficult? Why do they look like they're held together with dental floss? I'll take jeans shopping any day over this dreaded bathing suit situation. My first attempt at trying on these little badges of insecurity resulted in me putting myself on a reduced-calorie diet where I eat six small meals a day. Granted I feel better, but we'll really see how I'm doing when the TopShop bathing suits I ordered arrive on my door step later this week. My beach essentials will include a lot of linen, silk and cotton...and sunscreen....copious amounts of sunscreen. Here are a few of my summer picks from two of my favorite Nashville designers.

Black by Maria Silver Nexus Tunic - I picked up this gorgeous black and white cotton gauze tunic and I promise you I'm going to live in it all summer. It will be the perfect bathing suit cover up in Barbados and it's going to look great with a pair of denim shorts, my favorite dressy track pants and even layered over a maxi dress.

1 Black by Maria Silver Nexus Tunic

1 Black by Maria Silver Nexus Tunic

Black by Maria Silver Nexus Tunic

I can only imagine how comfortable the Nexus pants are. These may be next on my purchase list.

BBMS Nexus Pant

BBMS Nexus Pant

Black by Maria Silver Nexus Pant

Elizabeth Suzann's entire collection screams "I want to be by the sea" in quiet muted neutrals made from silk and linen. I want to explore the island in this Stripe Georgia dress. I want to wear the Keaton Jumpsuit to the rehearsal dinner. And I want to wear the Sienna Dress to the wedding on the beach.

2 Elizabeth Suzann Stripe Georgia Dress

2 Elizabeth Suzann Stripe Georgia Dress

Elizabeth Suzann Keaton Jumpsuit

Elizabeth Suzann Keaton Jumpsuit

Elizabeth Suzann Sienna Dress

Elizabeth Suzann Sienna Dress

Elizabeth Suzann Sienna Dress

Regardless if you're heading to the beach or you're just looking for a few new pieces for those summer weddings or lazy days at the lake, here are a few more essentials to get you through the summer.

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Nashville Weekly Boutique Sales & Events: November 20-23

I blinked and suddenly we're one week away from Thanksgiving and Black Friday! How did that happen?! It's been way too long since I've been able to put a boutique sale post together, but since we're so close to the official holiday season, I couldn't wait any longer. There are some terrific sales and trunk shows this weekend, so get a jump start on your shopping before all the madness begins. 12 South

Moda Boutique - I love Consider the Wldlwrs. This collection of handcrafted rings and necklaces make perfect gifts.

MOda Boutique Nashville

Leona - The Leona 5 Days of Thanks continues on Thursday with 40% off prints. I love a good Leona print! Head to the store or shop online and take advantage of this great sale.

Leona Give Thanks Sale

Belle Meade

Jamie - Don't miss out on Jamie's Fall Sale.

Jamie Fall Sale

Green Hills

Billy Reid - Shop Billy Reid's Fall Sale in store or online.

Billy Reid Fall Sale

The Cosmetic Market - Bliss products are some of my favorites. Stop by the Cosmetic Market this weekend and stock up to receive free gifts.

Cosmetic Market Bliss

Elaine Turner -  Save the date for Elaine Turner's Holiday Launch Party on Dec. 4.

Elaine Turner Holiday Preview

H. Audrey - I love a good Rails plaid shirt. Head to H. Audrey on Thursday for a Rails Trunk Show.

H. Audrey Rails Trunk Show

H. Audrey Rails Trunk Show

Hemline - Don't miss the Ceri Hoover Trunk Show on Thursday from 12-4pm. Ceri's bags are absolutely gorgeous. I hope to have more on Ceri very soon.

Hemline Ceri Hoover Trunk Show

Levy's - Join Levy's for their Saddle Up event on Thursday and their Wolverine Trunk Show on Saturday.

Levys Saddle Up

Levys Wolverine

Monkee's - This weekend bring your canned goods to Monkee's and receive 10% off.

Monkees Nashville Cares

Events

Elizabeth Suzann - I hate that I may not be able to make this event Thursday night, because I'm dying to see the new Elizabeth Suzann collection. I am obsessed with Elizabeth's designs and I know this Fall collection includes a leather piece that I can't wait to see. Tickets are only $15 and you can purchase them here.

Elizabeth Suzann fashion presentation

 

Happy Shopping!

 

Designer Spotlight: Elizabeth Suzann

Nashville Fashion Week starts Tuesday, April 1 and I could not be more excited. Some of my favorite designers are showing that first night including Black by Maria Silver, Abi Ferrin, Pink Elephants Designs, Lagi Nadeau and the super talented Elizabeth Suzann. I first saw Elizabeth's work at Porter Flea last year. The chic simplicity of her designs coupled with her luxe fabrics make her pieces instant classics. I want to wrap myself in her now sold out cocoon coat. It's the outerwear that my dreams are made of.

elizabeth suzann cocoon coatElizabeth Suzann Cocoon Coat

 

My little lady Stella was lucky enough to have her own pup version of the cocoon coat which Elizabeth made as part of the silent auction for Nashville Humane's Unleashed event this year. Stella modeled the jacket with Elizabeth at the Tiny But Mighty Fund Launch Party. From the minute I saw it on her, I knew she had to have it. That was the only jacket Stella ever wore that she actually liked. She would normally tuck her tail if you put any clothes on her, but not that coat. Stella apparently loved one-of-a-kind designer originals made of wool, cashmere and silk. Like momma, like puglet daughter.

Elizabeth and StellaElizabeth and Stella modeling matching cocoon coats.

This self-taught designer is making some of the chicest clothes of the season. She took some time out of her busy day prepping for Nashville Fashion Week to answer a few questions for me.

When did you first start designing?

I started sewing clothing in college, but it was really awful and not at all what I make today.  I officially launched Elizabeth Suzann last year.

Spring_FILM_1_58Photo courtesy of Anna Tucker.

Where does the inspiration for your designs come from?

A little bit history, a little bit present day.  Most of the silhouettes I’m drawn to are heavily influenced the 1930’s, 1970’s and 1990’s.  Those decades were all a bit similar in certain respects, and I love the loose, futuristic, minimalist shapes.  I’m also very inspired by well dressed women I see in real life - when a women looks stylish, comfortable, and relaxed in what she’s wearing, that’s what I want to make.

Elizabeth Suzann Spring_FILM_1_4Photo courtesy of Anna Tucker.

Elizabeth Suzanne Spring_Digital_Final_1_23Photo courtesy of Anna Tucker.

 How do you choose the fabrics you use?

I use only natural fibers for sustainability and quality reasons.  Fabrics that are of high quality are going to be more comfortable, last longer, and look better, which means you’ll be more likely to wear it and keep it in your closet as opposed to buying and discarding as so many of us do with cheaper synthetics.  My favorites to work with are silks, linens and wools - always in neutral, earthy tones.

Elizabeth Suzann StudioPhoto courtesy of ElizabethSuzann.com

Describe your Spring/Summer 2014 collection in three words.

Clean. Simple.  Light.

Elizabeth Suzann Spring_Digital_Final_1_17Photo courtesy of Anna Tucker.

Elizabeth Suzann Spring_FILM_1_51Photo courtesy of Anna Tucker.

What are some of your favorite pieces from this collection?

The Ryan Pant paired with the matching Georgia Tee - the uniform-ish look is so completely cool.

Elizabeth Suzann ryanpant5Ryan Pant. Photo courtesy of ElizabethSuzann.com

Elizabeth Suzann georgianavy1Georgia Tee. Photo courtesy of ElizabethSuzann.com

What can we look forward to seeing at Nashville Fashion Week?

Lot’s of blacks, tone on tone looks with subtle variations in texture, a few new earthy colors (my favorite is a deep mossy almost yellow green).  A bit of outerwear, and a new dress I'm so excited about that can be worn several ways. (I get so excited about that kind of versatility.)

If your collection was a cocktail, what would it be?

An old fashioned - simple, essential, no frills.

Elizabeth Suzann Spring_FILM_1_38Photo courtesy of Anna Tucker.

You can never have too many:

Pairs of ANKLE BOOTS.  All the time, with everything.

You can't live without:

Diet Coke.  My sad, guilty truth is out - I drink an obscene amount of Diet Coke.

Name five of your favorite places in Nashville.

Pinewood Social (that fried Broccoli, holy crap), Taco Mamacita (I’m a huge sucker for Mexican food), Imogene + Willie, Jeni’s (can you see a common thread here?) and the dog park at Centennial Park, because nothing makes me happier than watching my fat little dachshunds run wild.

Thanks Elizabeth! I can't wait to see the new collection on the Nashville Fashion Week runway next week. Tickets are still available. Click here to purchase. For updates on new items and sales, make sure you join Elizabeth's mailing list and follow her on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

 

Nashville Boutique Sales & Events: March 8-9

Helllllooooo Spring! It's a gorgeous day, so while you're out soaking up the awesome sunshine today, make sure you stop by a few boutiques to take advantage of their spring savings. 12 South

Emerson Grace - Check out the feature I posted on Emerson Grace earlier this week, and head there this weekend to stock on spring goodies.

clothes_EmersonGraceDSC_1380Photo courtesy of Tabitha Tune/A la Mode Media

Leona - It's an Elaine Turner/Leona pop up event. Shop from 10am-7pm on Saturday.

Leona Elaine Turner pop up

Green Hills

The Cosmetic Market - There's always a special deal happening at the Cosmetic Market.

Cosmetic Market Bumble and Bumble

Hillsboro Village

Posh - Take an additional 20% off sale items at the Hillsboro Village Posh this weekend.

Posh Sale

Join me this Friday at Posh from 4pm-7pm for the Caviar Noir trunk show. Posh will be carrying this badass jewelry line March 13-19. They'll be bubbles and light bites and lots of jewelry to check out. Get your weekend started right with the perfect happy hour.

Caviar Noir

Online

Valentine Valentine - Amanda is making way for spring, so there are a lot of great tees and iphone cases on sale in her shop. I am dying a little over her new leather bags. Check out this leather triangle bag!

Valentine Valentine BlkLeatherPyramidBag

Elizabeth Suzann - Another great designer sale is happening at Elizabeth Suzann's online shop. Her hand-painted splatter paint prints are on sale. Elizabeth's silk scarves are gorgeous. Even Stella has one (and an Elizabeth Suzann cocoon coat)! I need a matching one, right?

Stella in her Elizabeth Suzann

Elizabeth Suzann habotaiscarf1

Happy Shopping!