Ivey - Friday only, take 10% off of your purchase. Ivey's new location in Edgehill next to Tweed is fantastic and there are tons of great options here to dress up or down. Plus they carry Prairie*Go*Round knits!
Cosmetic Market - Select items are up to 75% off.
Billy Reid - New items marked down to 50% off in store and online plus complimentary shipping and gift wrap on all orders through Dec. 25.
When Carla asked me to contribute for "What's in the Bag," I panicked. My purse is a total disaster area. Recently, I reached for a lip gloss and found a piece of stale popcorn of unknown origin. Gross, right? However, since I'd recently shelved my beloved giant white Calvin Klein purse in favor of this brown leather bag from Banana Republic, I'd had the opportunity to clean things out a bit, which kind of felt like scraping out the bottom of the ocean. Items that I removed include the following:
How bad could it be? I dumped my purse out (I tried to do it in an orderly fashion, but my friend Tabitha said I should just dump the whole thing out) and got started.
In the upper right corner of this photo, you'll see my massive make-up bag. I am a make-up whore. I don't have an official count, but I'm confident that there are at least seven or eight different eyeliners rolling around in there, and probably twice as many lip products. You just never know when you might need your matte red lipstick, or, alternately, your sparkly, nude beige gloss. I like to be prepared, which is why the bag is stuffed with concealers, a few perfume options, mascara, blotting papers, highlighter, moisturizer, Q-tips, pens, etc. This bag was also cleaned out recently; I got rid of some summer stuff like blotting paper and sunscreen wipes. Yes, I know we still need those in the winter, but give me a break. I'd rather have seven options of pinky biege lip gloss on hand.
Just to the left, below the make-up bag, another assortment of lip glosses is scattered, including a sweet pink one from Therapy Systems, the magical Benefit Benetint lip balm (OMG the loveliest stuff ever), a NARS nude gloss, a minty Philosophy gloss, the always flattering Clinique Black Honey Almost Lipstick (this has been my BFF since eight grade), and another one that I can't identify offhand, which probably means that it needs to go bye-bye.
I also see some eyedrops in that pile, my favorite Prairie*Go*Round glovelettes, an iPod shuffle from the Mesozoic Era, and a broken hairbrush that I tote around for some reason (It's like 99 cents for one of those brushes. You'd think I could buy a new one, especially since it's next to a $20 lip gloss). Anyway, it's near my checkbook, because I am 83 years old and still carry a checkbook around, some Redken hair wax, a bag of clear hair rubber bands and blonde bobby pins (must-haves), and a pack of green Stride, which is the best gum for long runs, in case you're wondering. You may also notice that there are not one, but TWO brownies (one is in foil) in my purse right now, which is why I'm big on long runs. Also, a granola bar that has been in there for an undetermined amount of time. I'd still eat it.
I'm obsessed with scents. I put perfume on all day, so if you hate that stuff, we're probably not going to be friends. I spy two Lush solid perfumes—one in Lust, and one in Vanillary—and a Smoked Amber perfume from Anthropologie. It makes you smell like you are in a fire, but in that totally sexy way. Ooh! And there's my custom perfume from Body Chemistri in Chicago--it's a one-of-a-kind blend of my favorite scents: Lily of the Valley, Amber, Vanilla, Smoke and Musk. I lovelovelove it. I think I see my tiny Lollia hand creme under that rubble, too. And nearby is the one thing I will NEVER go anywhere without ... not my wallet (also pictured, and it is falling apart because I put weird things like paint samples and things I tear out of magazines in my wallet), not my phone (which looks like it needs to be disinfected from this angle ... I swear my phone is usually not that funky), but my ROSEBUD SALVE. Obsessed. It's like the MacGyver of product, but I favor it for—what else??—lip gloss. And eyebrow tamer. You can also use it for diaper rash, if you or someone you love has a problem with that.
There are at least two anti-bac products rolling around in my purse, including a candy corn option and another kind that won't make you smell like a five-year-old. I also keep a lot of band-aids on hand, which is ironic, because I'm allergic to band-aids (for real. They give me a rash, except for on my feet. Weird, right?), but I always seem to find myself in situations in which someone really needs a band-aid, so I get to be the hero!!
I see a pile of business cards—some for Her Nashville, some for Prairie*Go*Round, and one fake business card that my mom and stepdad use when they are on vacation because they like to mess with people—and my keys (complete with multiple swipe cards, most of which have been chewed on by my giant pet rabbit). I also possess an embarrassingly large pile of rewards cards for everything from Sweet CeCe's to Bliss Yarns in Brentwood. Oh, and there's my water bill ... I should probably pay that.
Thank you for reading. I sincerely hope your purse—and your life—is more in order than mine!
Thanks Abby! You've made me feel a lot better about the contents of my bag. :)
With all the holiday parties and shopping trips in our futures we thought that it would be fun this holiday season to post twelve outfits inspired by the Twelve Days of Christmas. You can sing along each day if you like, but that is totally up to you and possibly the people around you. : )
More than half of my holiday shopping is finished thanks to MADE. Our December Spotlight Store is a mecca for locally-made art, clothing, accessories, vintage apparel and tons more. Through Sunday, handmade pillows are 20% off. Make sure you're a Stella email subscriber! We have a special coupon valid through December 31.
whats in store's Dickens of a Christmas Sale starts Saturday at the Edgehill and Franklin stores! Check out these deals...
|House of Harlow 1960 by Nicole Richie|
When you're finished at Posh, run across the street to Billy Reid. Their Holiday Sale is happening now and select styles in store and online are up to 50% off. Some gorgeous pieces are on sale, so this is definitely worth a look!
Have you been to Two Elle lately? There is still a great sale going on, but what's even better is all the new merchandise! Some super gifts can be found here and make sure you check out the Jedidiah tees, like the Owl shirt shown on the mannequin. Jedidiah has partnered with Invisible Children and proceeds from the sale of these tees (there are several designs) go toward raising money for their Female University Scholarship Fund.
Don't leave the Hill Center without stopping by Monkee's to check out all of their great shoes, boots, accessories and stocking stuffers! Plus there are still some shoe and apparel markdowns.
This is one holiday party you'll definitely want to work into your schedule next week.
|Holiday Cards ($10) available at www.peta.org!|
Get to know the issues and vow to ensure that all creatures have a Happy Holiday season!
Tata Harper’s Eco-friendly and toxin-free beauty products are all hand-made in Vermont and with a recent feature in Vogue, this collection will likely be a household name before long! May I suggest the Starter Kit for you or yours? Luxury for just $65!
Trend: Camel Coat
Designers: Alexander Wang, Chloe, Dries Van Noten
Where it with: Denim, Gray, Black, Stripes
The Camel Coat is more than a trend it's a wardrobe staple and has been for years. Check out this ad for a pure camel hair coat from a 1930's newspaper......
Photo Credits: (l to r) golestaneh-streetstyle.blogspot.com, posh24.com, shopsterium.com, brigageirochoc.blogspot.com
If you're on my holiday gift list this year, chances are good you'll be receiving a gift from East Nashville's newest boutique, MADE. This shop is truly a Stella dream. It's super affordable and stuffed to the ceiling with tons of goodies made by local crafters, artists and some of our favorite designers like Amanda Valentine, Shea Steele and Shannon Lea. Our photog, Jessica McIntosh, said it best, MADE is like a real-life local Etsy.
Ashley Sheehan, owner of MADE, stocks the store with an assortment of art, housewares and jewelry, some of which is made by her, as well as a well-edited collection of vintage apparel for men and women. She can even paint a portrait of your favorite pet in a suite. This is one very busy lady! Ashley graciously took some time out of her afternoon to tell us more about MADE.
What is your concept for MADE? I want Made to be a very accessible shop for both the customers, the crafters and artists. A laid back spot where you can find one of a kind gifts that were made right here in the ‘hood.
What inspires you? Grey Gardens (the documentary), anything from the 60’s, people doing good for others (a trait I have watched my parents carry out through the years), outsider art, vintage children’s books, great magazines like Lula,my favorite bands like Belle and Sebastian and the Magnetic Fields, my friends and sisters, the little things in life like a great laugh with great friends…
Visit MADE this Saturday, December 4 on the East Nashville Holiday Vintage Boutique Crawl. Select items will be 20% off. Make sure you receive Stella in your Inbox. We have a coupon this month good for 20% off your purchase of $20 or more.
Mizzie and I love McGowan & McLain's jewelry. You'll definitely want to see what they bring to Nest.
Don't forget your donation! Items being collected are listed in the invitation.