Designer Spotlight: Debby Kidder of Re-Creating Juliette

This month's Designer Spotlight features a jewelry line Mizzie and I discovered when pulling items for our June Her Nashville Favorites column.  We were instantly smitten with this line of repurposed vintage necklaces.  Many of designer Debby Kidder's pieces have a steam punk twist that we are a bit obsessed with.  Her line Re-Creating Juliette can be found exclusively at our August Spotlight store, Serendipity.  Serendipity owner, Julie Lutz, happens to be Debby's sister!  So we're pretty lucky to be have this jewelry line all to ourselves in Nashville.  We asked Debby to answer a few questions for us so we could get to know her and her jewelry making process a little better. When did you first start repurposing jewelry?  I started making jewelry in January of 2006 using vintage jewelry and other found items in my designs.

Where do you find the pieces you use?  The pieces I use are found at estate sales, garage sales, flea markets and on the internet.  I've been an antiques and collectibles dealer for over 30 years and love looking for interesting items that can be repurposed or up-cycled.

Do you design with something in mind before you actually find the piece you're going to use?  Or is your design process more driven by what you've found?  My designs are usually inspired by items I find.  A vintage bracelet inspired me to make the "Little Black Dress" necklace. An antique Sterling mesh change purse made a unique necklace. A realistic rubber frog fishing lure turned into the "Ribbit" necklace. Beautiful antique buttons make unique earrings and necklace parts. Steampunk is very popular and fun to make using old watch parts, clock gears, keys and hardware.  More often than not, I find a piece and just start working with it to see what evolves.

The best advice you can give someone interested in repurposing jewelry.  My advice to anyone interested is to find items you like and they will inspire you.  I try to respect vintage items and use them in such a way that keeps them intact if possible. It is more satisfying to use a broken piece of jewelry than to take a perfectly good piece apart.

Inspirations:  Unique vintage items.  Found objects. Color.

You can never have too many:  Jewelry parts and beads.

Song that could be or is your theme song:  No song comes to mind.  I love listening to music.  Anything Bon Jovi!

Your perfect day:  My perfect day is a whole day off to stay home and relax and create jewelry.

Coffee or tea:  Coffee!

Thanks Debby!  All of Debby's pieces are one-of-a-kind and they're super affordable making them perfect gifts.  Something to keep in mind when you're working on that Holiday shopping list!  Visit Julie at Serendipity to see what new pieces she has in stock.

Serendipity is located at 2301 12th Ave South and they're open Monday - Saturday 10am-7pm.  Follow them on Facebook and Twitter.

A big thank you to our photographer, Daniel C White for the photos in this post.

Nashville Weekly Sales & Events - August 12-14

It's sale time again Nashville!  Just about every boutique has their Summer items on sale right now so it's the perfect time to shop.  Before we dive into this week's sales, Mizzie and I have a huge favor to ask you.  Voting started Thursday for the Nashville Scene's Best of Nashville Reader's Poll.  We'd love it if you voted Stella Shops for Best Style Blog, Best Local Blog and there's a Twitter category in there too.  Please vote for all of your favorite locally owned boutiques and restaurants since you have to vote in at least 20 categories.  You can vote once a day through September 16.  Thank you!!  Now it's sale time...

12 South

Moda Boutique – More items have been added to Moda's sale rack.

Imogene + Willie - It's an Imogene + Willie Flash Sale.  Don't miss the 30% off sale from 12pm-2pm on Friday and get a free scoop of Jenni's ice cream.  Yum!

Serendipity – Our August Spotlight store! Work your way to the back of the shop to find their sale items.  And they have some great items you'll be able to easily transition into Fall.  Make sure you’re on the Stella email list.  We have a special discount coupon for Serendipity, but it's only valid through August 15.

East Nashville

Goodbuy Girls - Our favorite GGs worked late into the night marking down tons of items to $5 & $10!  Go see them Saturday at the Tomato Festival.

Edgehill Village

Ivey - SAVE THE DATE!

 

Green Hills

Billy Reid - Final markdowns on Sale items.  Take a peek inside Billy Reid's Florence, Alabama headquarters.  This looks like a pretty cool place to work.

The Cosmetic Market - Smashbox deals this week.

The Cotton Mill – Summer and Fall is on sale!

Nordstrom - Stop rubbing your eyes...yes, that says Nordstrom.  I know we don't cover department stores here on Stella Shops, but as you know from my bio, I had to break up with my beloved Nordies when I moved to Nashville.  Well, now that the brand spankin' new store is about to open, maybe we can just be friends with benefits?  I'll be starting the affair on Saturday, Aug. 27 at Nordstrom Fits America.  You'll get a sneak peek at the Lingerie department before the Grand Opening and for every bra purchased, $2 is donated to Susan G. Komen for the Cure.  The event is from 9am-4pm and space is limited so RSVP here.

Posh - A nice selection of Summer shoes are as much as 70% off.  I got a great pair of BCBG heels today for $25!  There are also handbags and apparel marked down.  Definitely check out all of the new House of Harlow!  There are some amazing rings and pendant necklaces.

West End

Boutique Bella – There is always a packed sale rack here.

Studio 615 Boutique - You'll find some great Summer Sale items and some fab new Fall shoes and apparel.

Have a wonderful weekend.  Use our Boutiques We Love page on your iPhone or Droid for a quick list of sales by neighborhood.  We’ll keep updating this page daily with new sale information.

Happy Shopping!

 

 

 

Her Nashville: Her Favorites - August

Athletically Speaking is the theme of this month's Her Nashville.   Mizzie and I highlighted our favorite workouts and fitness studios, and basically created a love letter to lululemon athletica for our Her Favorites column.  I confess I have an addiction to their workout gear. While there are some other fitness related features, this issue is really all about feeling great inside and out.  One of our favorite columns this month features two fantastic ladies who we "got to know" a couple weeks ago.  Go to page 32 to ready more about Bailey Spaulding and Robyn Virball, owners of Jackalope Brewing Company.

Enjoy the issue and we'll be back with our Favorites again in October!

 

Nashville Weekly Sales: Tax Free Weekend - August 5-7

This is an exciting shopping weekend in Nashville.  Tax Free weekend really does cause a bit of a frenzy here.  Lucky for all of us just about every boutique has their Summer merchandise on sale and if the items you purchase are under $100, they're tax free.  Not everything qualifies, however, so check out this list to see what items make the cut. 12 South

Moda Boutique – There is a still a great sale rack here and a lot of Moda's new merchandise is under $100 which means tax free!

Serendipity – Our August Spotlight store! Work your way to the back of the shop to find their sale items.  Serendipity has had a $50 dress sale all week long and Friday is the last day.  There are some super cute dresses here, so make sure you take advantage of this great sale, plus they'll be tax free Friday!  And make sure you're on the Stella email list.  We have a special discount coupon valid through August 15.

Photo by Daniel C White

Cool Springs

House of Stella - There's a new store in town!  This cute boutique is located by the Cool Springs Target, next to Plato's Closet.  Clothing under $100, nice accessories and...wait for it...Jeffrey Campbell shoes!!  And it gets better. All Jeffrey Campbell Summer shoes are marked down to $99 which means they're tax free too. This includes the Patent Leather Foxy Wood Heels, Kelley Cutout Oxfords and the Swansong Wedges.  And all Blank Jeans and Blank Shorts are 20% off.

East Nashville

Goodbuy Girls - Go hang out with the GG's at their new location, 1108 Woodland St.  You can score big here since most apparel, accessories, shoes and boots are under $100!

Edgehill Village

whats-in-store  - Check the Edgehill and Franklin locations for tax free deals on jewelry and handbags.

The Gulch

Nashville Clothing Company - Everything in the store is tax free.

Green Hills

Cosmetic Market – Special tax free discounts at all three Cosmetic Market locations.

The Cotton Mill –There is still quite a bit of sale merchandise here and this weekend you can shop regular priced and sale items tax free.

Levy’s – Head over to Levy's this weekend for their Sidewalk Sale.  Make sure you ask for Susan!

Two Elle - Everything at Two Elle is under $100 so that means everything here is tax free!  Plus they have some great Summer deals right now.  Those rabbits are always looking out for us.

Woo Skincare & Cosmetics - Woo's big Summer Sale starts Friday and they're paying the sales tax!

West End

Boutique Bella - There is always a great sale rack here and that means there will be lots of items under $100.

Photo by Daniel C White

Studio 615 & Sole of 615 - Sale racks and tons of items under $100!

UAL - I'm steering clear of UAL because I know my limits.  I can't walk out of this store without a giant bag full of goodies.  There is a lot to sort through here, but it's worth it.  A good chunk of what you'll find will be under $100.

Have a wonderful weekend.  Use our Boutiques We Love page on your iPhone or Droid phone for a quick list of sales by neighborhood.  We'll keep updating this page  daily with new sale information.

Happy Tax Free Shopping!

Stella Spotlight: Nashville Boutique - Serendipity

Serendipity boutique on 12th Ave South in Nashville is appropriately named.  This eclectic boutique has been a staple on 12 South for the past 11 years.  It's filled to the brim with beautiful jewelry (some of which is local), fantastically affordable dresses and tons of fabulous gift ideas.  When Mizzie and I pulled clothes and accessories for our June Her Nashville shoot, we couldn't believe the treasures we found in this shop.  We are obsessed with a particular line of re-purposed jewelry called Re-creating Juliette and we'll have more to share on that line later this month!  Owner, Julie Lutz and her staff are warm, welcoming and at the ready to help you find the absolute perfect items.  Here, Julie tells us about the inspiration behind Serendipity and what we can expect to find for Fall. What was the inspiration behind Serendipity?  How has your original concept evolved over the years?

The inspiration behind the name is linked to it's meaning..."making fortunate discoveries by accident."  Serendipity's look and feel has continued to evolve throughout the years, along with the ever changing style and needs of Nashville.  The main concept is a place where a mother and daughter can shop and both find something nice.

Describe the vibe of Serendipity in five words or less.

Eclectic and peaceful.

What are some of your favorite lines in the store?

Johnny Was and Weston Wear are probably everyone's favorite lines that we carry at Serendipity.

We are in love with the jewelry line, Re-creating Juliette.  Can you tell us a little more about it and why it's so special?

Re-creating Juliette is a line of jewelry started by my sister, Debbie.  It is named for our Grandmother, Juliet.  Debbie takes a lot of interesting old pieces of watches and jewelry and is able to re-create them into something that is truly one-of-a-kind.  Her design sensibility really shows through in her pieces and the line is exclusive to Serendipity.

What are some great pieces that will help us stay cool now, but can also take us into Fall?

We have a great short cargo skirt that can be worn with a tank now, but later with a great sweater and boots..layering is still very popular.  We also have many dresses that will keep you cool, but can go into Fall quite easily.

Speaking of Fall, what apparel and/or accessories can we look forward to finding at Serendipity?

We are all looking forward to our leather boots that are coming in by Bronx.  We always have a great variety of hand-made sweaters that I love getting in too.

What kind of woman are you thinking of when you choose the items you have in the store?

All of us here at Serendipity participate in the buying process and as our individual tastes vary widely, our selections vary as well.  It works.  Anyone can find something in here whether young, old or in between, hipster or hippie....we usually have something for everyone.

What type of experience should customers expect when they come to Serendipity?

We try to give the customer a delightful shopping experience from the amazing smell of our candles and soaps that greet them as soon as they walk in, to the friendly service we offer.  We also have an abundance of unique baby items and books, as well as organic tea, gift items and beautiful clothes to look at. Hopefully, anyone can find something that makes them feel good about themselves.

What are five of your favorite places in Nashville?

Because we are an eclectic group of people and have a wide range of tastes, we have a number of places we favor here in Nashville. However, if we have to narrow it down to five, first I would pick the Ryman.  We all love going to shows there.  My favorite shows of all time-Patty Griffin, Emmy Lou Harris and Alison Krauss to name a few.  Cheekwood is another favorite.  Most of us LOVED the Chihuly exhibit last summer and one of the girls works there as well.  One of our girls loves Lone Wolf Body Art on Broadway.  Tim Bobek has done all of her tattoos and she swears by his work.  Another one of the girls lives in East Nashville and is crazy about Mitchell Delicatessen.  She says they have the best BLT in town, hands down.  And finally, none of us could live without our morning coffee, or afternoon "pick me up" from Frothy Monkey down the street. We've all been frequenting it since it opened.

What inspires you?

The people that live, work and study in Nashville are what inspire us!  We love being part of a community that is continually growing and improving.  We have definitely taken our cue from the various and unique styles of everyone that lives here, and we continue to try and embody the spirit of that within our store.

A big thanks to Julie who is offering our Nashville subscribers a special deal valid through August 15.  Make sure you receive Stella in your Inbox to get your coupon.

Visit our Stella Shops Facebook page for more photos from our Serendipity shoot.  Special thank you to Daniel C White who took the photos here and in our Serendipity Facebook album.

Serendipity is located at 2301 12th Ave South in Nashville.  Follow them on Facebook and Twitter.

How To Wear It: Brittany Fuson Paper

We have a lot of easy ways to communicate these days, but when someone takes the time to hand write a letter, that's something special.  There is some beautiful stationary out there and this week The Lookbook's Fashion Friday featured the stylishly on-trend (and local!) notecards by Brittany Fuson Paper.  You can find Brittany's notecards online and also in many boutiques across the country.

Here's how Mizzie and Sierra from The Lookbook styled around these fabulous notecards.   Click the photos below to see the items they used to style their sets.

Nashville Weekly Sales & Events - July 29-31

I don't know about you, but I am ready for the weekend.  Lucky for all of us there are a bunch of Summer sales and events happening as everyone is trying to make way for new Fall merchandise. 12 South

Moda Boutique – Check out Moda’s sale rack and all of the new apparel.

Serendipity – Work your way to the back of the shop to find a treasure trove of sale items.

Belmont

Local Honey - The big Summer Lovin' Party is this Saturday from 11am-6pm.  Local Honey always has the best parties and there are always tons of fantastic local designer pieces to buy.  Saturday, you'll find Jamie and the Jones, Amy B, Love, Simone, People Like Art, Tidwell & Perryman, Alter Ego, Chaseash, Lladybird and of course White Rabbit.  This party needs to be on your 'must do' list for Saturday.

 

Cool Springs

Cosmetic Market – Check out the sale racks at the Cool Springs, Hill Center and Hillsboro Village locations.  Don’t forget there are a couple fantastic Therapy Systems skincare products on sale through July 31.

Edgehill Village

Dress Style Studio - Everything is 70% off through July 31.

Ivey - The store looks amazing right now and make sure you check out their sale rack.

whats-in-store - Here's a special online only sale for you.

Franklin

Emmaline – You can still find some great deals at Emmaline's annual Summer sale.

Gin-O Boutique - There's a small sale rack in the back, but check out all the new tops, dresses and accessories.

Green Hills

Billy Reid – It’s the final days of their Summer Sale.

The Cotton Mill – 25-70% off select apparel and accessories.

Gus Mayer - Take an additional 50% off already marked down sale items!

H. Audrey – Select merchandise is still on sale!

habit - Take advantage of habit's big Summer sale through Saturday.  You'll find them next to The Perfect Pair on Bandywood.

Levy’s – Up to 70% off select men’s and women’s apparel at Levy's Semi-Annual Sale.  This weekend, you can take an extra 10% off.  Make sure you ask for Susan!

Monkee's - Another huges sale at Monkee's this weekend on Spring/Summer items!

West End

Boutique Bella – These are your last few days to shop our July Spotlight store and use your Stella Subscriber Coupon.  You'll also find a host of Summer essentials on sale here.

Studio 615 – The Summer Sale is still going strong!  Check out some of the new things happening at Studio 615.

Have a fantastic weekend.  Use our Boutiques We Love page on your iPhone or Droid phone for a quick list of sales by neighborhood.  We keep this page updated daily with new sale information.

Happy Shopping!

Nashville Weekly Sales & Events - July 21-24

Trunk Shows, Flea Markets and End of Season Sales....there are some pretty fun events happening in Nashville starting today, so let's get right to it. 12 South

Moda Boutique – Check out Moda’s sale rack and all of the new apparel.  You may want to check out Moda's Facebook page too.  There's a sneak peek at what's coming for Fall .

Serendipity - Work your way to the back of the shop to find a treasure trove of sale items.

Brentwood

Stacey Rhodes Boutique – The huge 40-75% off sale ends Saturday!

Cool Springs

Cosmetic Market – Check out the sale racks at the Cool Springs, Hill Center and Hillsboro Village locations.  Don’t forget there are a couple fantastic Therapy Systems skincare products on sale through July 31.

East Nashville

Old Made Good – Saturday is the big day!!

Franklin

Emmaline – The annual Summer Sale is on!

Green Hills

Billy Reid - It's still Summer Sale time.

The Cotton Mill – 25-70% off select apparel and accessories.

H. Audrey – Take 30-60% off select merchandise.

Levy’s – Take 50-75% off a fantastic selection of men’s and women’s apparel.  Make sure you ask for Susan!

Monkee’s - Thursday is the Boulevard Bags and La Plates Trunk Show July 21-24.  Join the Monkee’s gals on Thursday from 4-7pm for the kick-off party and a wine tasting from the Wine Shoppe of Green Hills.

 

The Perfect Pair - One of this Summer's best shoe sales starts Thursday! Shoes marked as low at $25.  Boots for $50.  This is one sale you don't want to miss.  To sweeten the deal, there's also a VSA Trunk Show.

Midtown

Lucy Pop Salon – The lovely Lucy Pop Makeup Bootcamp series starts Thursday!  Over the next few months the Lucy Pop staff will teach you hair and makeup tips and tricks that will have you looking and feeling fabulous in no time.  You can find the complete schedule of Bootcamps HERE.

West End

Boutique Bella – Visit our July Spotlight store, find all your Summer essentials and shop their stellar sale racks.  We also have a special subscriber deal for you so make sure you receive Stella emails to get your coupon!

Studio 615 – The Summer Sale is still going strong as Studio 615 makes way for new Fall merchandise.

Have a fantastic weekend.  Use our Boutiques We Love page on your iPhone or Droid phone for a quick list of sales by neighborhood.  We keep this page updated daily with new sale information.

Happy Shopping!

 

Nashville Weekly Sales - July 16-17

Sorry for the very late post on this week's sales, but it's been a busy week helping some pups get off the streets.  Nashville friends, if you or anyone you know is willing to foster a dog for a little bit, please email me at carla [at] stellashops.com.  Thanks!  Okay...now on to this weekend's amazing sale list. 12 South

Moda Boutique – Check out Moda's sale rack and all of the new apparel.

Brentwood

Stacey Rhodes Boutique – More items have been marked down 50-75% off and all Michael Stars tees are now 40% off.

Cool Springs

Cosmetic Market - There's a special 'yard sale' happening at the Cool Springs Cosmetic Market this weekend as well as a couple other specials you can find at the Hill Center and Hillsboro Village locations.  Don't forget there are a couple fantastic Therapy Systems skincare products on sale through July 31.

East Nashville

Old Made Good - SAVE THE DATE!!  OMG’s 2nd Urban Flea Market is next Saturday, July 23.

Edgehill Village - Summer Saturdays is today!!  There will be great deals at some of our favorite boutiques like Nest, Tweed, Ivey and whats-in-store!

Franklin

Emmaline - The annual Summer Sale is on!

Green Hills

Billy Reid - New markdowns have been added.

The Cotton Mill - This sale just keeps growing.

H. Audrey – More markdowns added today.  Take 30-60% off select merchandise.

Hemline - Our June Spotlight Store is slashing prices tomorrow only! Take 10-75% off everything in the store including new Fall merchandise.

Levy's - Take 50-75% off a fantastic selection of men's and women's apparel.  Make sure you ask for Susan!

Monkee’s - SAVE THE DATE! Boulevard Bags and La Plates Trunk Show July 21-24.  Join the Monkee's gals on Thursday from 4-7pm for the kick-off party and a wine tasting from the Wine Shoppe of Green Hills.

Midtown

Lucy Pop Salon - SAVE THE DATES!!  The lovely Lucy Pop has a series of Makeup Bootcamps over the next few months to teach you hair and makeup tips and tricks that will have you looking and feeling fabulous in no time.  The first bootcamp is Thursday, July 21 so sign up now.  You can find the complete schedule HERE.

West End

Boutique Bella - Visit our July Spotlight store, find all your Summer essentials and shop their stellar sale racks.  We also have a special subscriber deal for you so make sure you receive Stella emails to get your coupon!

Studio 615 - The Summer Sale is still going strong as Studio 615 makes way for new Fall merchandise.

Toast of Music City

Only two more days to vote for your favorites in Taste of Music City.  Please vote Stella Shops for Best Blog and make sure you vote for all of your fave local businesses.  You can vote HERE.  Thanks for your support!!

Have a fantastic weekend.  Use our Boutiques We Love page on your iPhone or Droid phone for a quick list of sales by neighborhood.  We keep this page updated daily with new sale information.

Happy Shopping!

Stella Spotlight: Boutique Bella

This month's Spotlight Store takes us to West End where tucked into the shopping center behind Ted's Montana Grill sits a gem of a boutique.  Boutique Bella is a lovely shop full to the brim with designer denim, accessories and casual wear to cocktail attire.  They've been a mainstay in Nashville's shopping community for the past ten years and it's easy to see why.  The shop is comfortable and nicely merchandised and the staff is super friendly.  What more could you ask for?  We asked owners, Renae Baird and KC Nickolai a few questions about the boutique, the lines they love and what all of us should be wearing this Summer.

What inspired you to open Boutique Bella?  How has your original concept evolved over the years?

We were great friends who both shared a dream of opening a store. We were pretty open to what kind of store it would be, but after we found the retail space on West End Avenue, a clothing store seemed like a natural choice.  At the time, Nashville didn't have many boutiques, so we thought a clothing store that was convenient to Vanderbilt students and other shoppers in the mid-town area was a good idea.

When we opened 10 years ago, designer denim was just starting to become popular, so we kind of fell into the jean market a little by accident.  We still sell a lot of dresses, tops and tee shirts, but I think we are definitely known as a denim shopping destination more than anything else.

The original concept hasn't changed much over the years, but I think we have evolved into a store that caters to a wider demographic.  When we first opened, the majority of our customers were college students, but now we have a lot of customers in the 25-55 range too. Describe the vibe of Boutique Bella in five words or less.

Relaxed, comfortable, friendly...and full!

What are some of your favorite lines you carry and why?

Citizens of Humanity jeans look and feel great and they seem to fit just about every body type well.  Trina Turk does a pretty fantastic job of making quality clothing for just about every age that fits well and is timeless without being boring.

Velvet and Michael Stars have elevated the tee shirt (and now a lot of other things too) to another level of sophistication and comfort.

As far as jewelry goes, local designer Robin Haley makes beautiful pieces that are extremely wearable and Chan Luu wrap bracelets are nothing short of an obsession for our entire staff.

What items should all of us have in our closets this Summer?

Summer in Nashville is HOT, so easy day and maxi dresses that you can pair with flip flops or wedges are a must.  Tee shirts and white jeans can get a little tired looking after a season or two, so it's always good to freshen up your wardrobe with some new additions.  A pair of dark ankle or cropped straight-leg or skinny jeans  is also a great basic that you can wear day or night with so many shoe and top options.

What splurge-worthy items can we find at Boutique Bella?

Chan Luu bracelets, a Kooba bag and a perfect fitting pair of jeans.

Are there any new pieces or specific lines coming in for Summer that you’re excited about?

We are pretty excited about the return of the flare and the wide leg jean.  We still love our skinnys, but it's nice to have a new jean option in the mix. What type of experience should a customer expect at Boutique Bella?

We really want to provide a no pressure, inviting and comfortable shopping experience for our customers.  We are there to help them in whatever way we can.  Since we carry such a large selection of denim, that often means helping our customers find the perfect pair of jeans.  Of course, if they are looking for a dress, an outfit or anything else, we can help them with that too.

If Boutique Bella was a cocktail, what would it be?

Hmmm.  Champagne....bubbly and sweet.  Or a cosmopolitan...it is pretty pink and girly in here! What are five your your favorite places in Nashville?

City House, the Station Inn, Radnor Lake, Baja Burrito, our homes

What inspires you?

Music, art, nature, friends and the amazing creative and diverse people of Nashville that make this city such an incredible place to live and work.

Thanks Renae and KC!  Another thing you need to know about Boutique Bella is there is always a sale rack here!

Make sure you you're registered to receive Stella emails.  We have a special deal from  Boutique Bella for our Nashville subscribers that is valid through July 31.

Visit our Stella Shops Facebook page for more photos from our Boutique Bella shoot.  Special thank you to Daniel CWhite who took these fabulous photos this month.

Boutique Bella is located in the Park Place Shopping Center at 2817 West End Ave.  Follow them on Facebook and Twitter.

Nashville Weekly Sales: July 8-10

Mizzie and I hope all of you had a fantastic July 4 weekend.  We definitely did.  Last weekend's sales have carried right on over into this week, so it's going to be another great shopping weekend. I know we don't talk about mall stores very often, but this one is an exception.  Tonight Yelp hosted the Grand Re-Opening Party for the Betsey Johnson store at The Mall at Green Hills.  Yelp parties are always a good time, so if you're not already checking in and reviewing til your little hearts content, you should start right now.  They know how to throw a party!  The new Betsey store is located next to L'Occitane and Macy's.  It's fabulous and fabulous-ly pink.  Do you see the bright pink 70% off sign?  Yes, there is a massive sale happening here.

12 South

Moda Boutique – There is still some great merchandise on the sale rack here, but definitely check out Moda's new items.  So cute!

Brentwood

Stacey Rhodes Boutique – Final markdowns on their Summer Sale.  New items have been added and some pieces have been marked down to 75% off.

Downtown/The Gulch

Nashville Clothing Company - Saturday and Sunday buy one item and get another item half off!

East Nashville

The Green Wagon - SAVE THE DATE!

Old Made Good - SAVE THE DATE!!  OMG’s 2nd Urban Flea Market is Saturday, July 23.  We can't wait!

Edgehill Village - SAVE THE DATE!  Summer Saturday is next weekend!

whats-in-store – Select Summer items have been marked down to 50% off at both locations and online!

Green Hills

The Cosmetic Market – One of my favorite Therapy Systems products is still on sale!  The Energizing Enzyme Peel is one of my favorites from Therapy Systems.  I use it at least once a week.  This is a fantastic price on these two products and the offer is valid until July 31.

The Cotton Mill - The Summer Sale is going strong.

H. Audrey - Summer Sale is happening now.

Habit – 35% off storewide through July 2!

Monkee’s - Select shoes and apparel are marked down 50-75% off.

Specs Optical – It's the final days of Specs' anniversary sale.

West End

Boutique Bella - There is always a fantastic sale rack at Boutique Bella.  The photos below are a sneak peek of our July Spotlight Store photos taken by Daniel C White. Make sure you get Stella in your Inbox.  We'll have a special discount coupon for you very soon!

Studio 615 - Starting Saturday take 20% off Sale items.  60% of the store is on sale right now to make way for new Fall merchandise.

Toast of Music City

Voting is almost finished for Taste of Music City.  Mizzie and I appreciate your support.  Voting continues for the next week, so please continue to log in and vote for us for Best Blog HERE.  And make sure you vote for all of your favorite local businesses!  Did I say 'vote' enough times in this paragraph?

Have a super weekend.  Use our Boutiques We Love page on your iPhone or Droid phone for a quick list of sales by neighborhood.  We keep this page updated daily with new sale information.

Happy Shopping!

Nashville Weekly Sales - July 1-4

Holiday weekends in Nashville are pretty amazing.  And this one is no exception.  Who's going to U2?!  All things Bono and Florence Welch aside, this is a great weekend for sales!  Chances are good we'll have more sales to add before Friday hits, so check back before you head out. 12 South

Moda Boutique – It's party time at Moda! Join them Friday and Saturday for their Summer is Here and the Cicadas are Gone Party!  Enjoy a little bubbly and take 20% off all new items and all previously marked down items.  We've mentioned the fantastic 50%-75% off rack here, and there's a ton of cute new apparel to choose from, so you can score some great deals here this weekend.

Brentwood

Stacey Rhodes Boutique – The Summer Sale is on now!  40% off all Summer sandals and shoes, dresses, tops, handbags, Miss Me jeans and more.

East Nashville

Old Made Good - This one's a SAVE THE DATE!!  OMG's 2nd Urban Flea Market is Saturday, July 23.

Edgehill Village

Ivey – The store is looking great and there's a lovely little sale rack waiting for you.

whats-in-store - Great sales starting Friday at both locations!

Green Hills

Billy Reid - Summer Sale going on now! Take an additional 15% off July 1-4.

The Cosmetic Market - Big Sale!  If you've been wanting to try out some products, this is the weekend to do it!  Plus there are some great prices on a few Therapy Systems products.  The Energizing Enzyme Peel is one of my favorites from Therapy Systems.  I use it at least once a week.  This is a fantastic price on these two products and the offer is valid until July 31.

The Cotton Mill - The Summer Sale is going strong and don't forget all denim is 20% off.

Habit - 35% off storewide through July 2!

Monkee's - When Monkee's has a sales, they really have a sale.  Select shoes are marked down 75% off and select apparel is 50% off!  And Friday and Saturday only you can take 25% off all regular priced merchandise.

Specs Optical - Happy Anniversary!!

Posh - Take an additional 10% off sale items at the Hill Center and Hillsboro Village Posh locations!  Have you been in the Sale Room in Hillsboro Village lately?  This is definitely the weekend to go.  The Hill Center store is having a sale on William Rast, Seven, Hudson, Paige, and J Brand denim!

The Gulch

Nashville Clothing Company - There are two specials happening at Nashville Clothing this weekend.  Their Red White & T-Shirt sale is going on now through Sunday, July 3.  Buy one t-shirt and get one half off.  Friday only you can get a free t-shirt with any purchase, but you need the coupon to do it. Click the photo below to access your coupon.

Sylvan Park

Fabu - Everything red, white or blue is on sale.

West End

Studio 615 - Holiday Sale!!  Take 20% off in store and online Thursday through Sunday.  Use online code SUMR20.  The prices here are fab anyway, but now you can get save even more.

UAL - I'm going to be in big trouble with this one.

Toast of Music City

It’s still voting time for Taste of Music City.  Mizzie and I would love it if you logged in daily and voted Stella Shops for Best Blog.  You can vote HERE.  We can’t thank you enough for your support.  And don’t just vote for us, vote for all of your favorite local businesses!

Have a super weekend.  Use our Boutiques We Love page on your iPhone or Droid phone for a quick list of sales by neighborhood.  We keep this page updated daily with new sale information.

Happy 4th of July and Happy Shopping!

How To Wear It: Melissa Joy Manning

This week's Fashion Friday from The Lookbook featured a gorgeous pair of Melissa Joy Manning earrings made exclusively for Anthropologie.  These earrings are part of a capsule collection of 110 one-of-a-kind and beautifully hand-crafted earrings.  This collection is now available at select Anthropologie stores across the country, including Nashville.

Here's how Mizzie and Sierra from The Lookbook styled this stunning set.

Her Nashville: Her Favorites for June

As Mizzie and I work on our copy for our August Her Nashville Her Favorites column, we realized we Tweeted and Facebooked our June column, but never really posted about it.  For those who may not know, we write Her Favorites every other month.  April was our first issue and we recapped some of our favorite shopping spots in six Nashville neighborhoods.  June is the music issue and we tackled what we like to wear to some of our favorite music venues.  Now that I know this weekend has ended up being one of the hottest on record, I would've changed my Bonnaroo outfit around a bit.  I definitely would've lost the boots and the black top & added a giant hat and 110 SPF sunscreen. (Yes, they make it and yes, sadly I have already used it.)  August is a bit of a different spin for us, but that's all I can say for now.  You'll just have to pick up the August issue to find out.

How to Wear It: Billy Reid Evelyn Wedge

This week's The Lookbook Fashion Friday featured Billy Reid's Evelyn Slingback Wedge.  We love this modern take on the classic wingtip.  It's a little 'business in the front, party in the back,' don't you think? Visit the gorgeous Billy Reid store in the Hill Center in Nashville or online.

Here's how Mizzie and Sierra from The Lookbook styled the Evelyn Wedge.

Nashville Weekly Sales & Events - May 12-15

This weekend is full of trunks shows, fashion shows, drinking events and Steeplechase.  This is all sounding pretty amazing to us so let's get right to it. East Nashville

Old Made Good – Head over to Old Made Good on Friday evening from 7pm-10pm for the Cicada Invada Art Show featuring prints from the Anderson Design Group and beer from our newest brewers, the Jackolope Brewing Company.

It's finally time for the OMG Flea Market on Saturday!

East Side Flea Market - Saturday & Sunday 10am - 6pm at The Building (1008 C  Woodland St.)  You'll find Vintage Clothing, Boots, Accessories, Home Goods and all kinds of other goodies!  Sunday only, Closet Case Vintage, one of our fave vintage dealers, will have some fab items for sale.

Edgehill Village

Ivey - Make sure you sign up to receive Ivey emails.  There’s a special coupon valid during May for email subscribers.

Green Hills

The Cosmetic Market – Therapy Systems is repackaging a few of their products so there are some great savings here.  I use  the oil free moisturizer every day and this size is perfect for travel.

The Cotton Mill – You still have  a few more days to preview the new Alice + Olivia Collection through May 14

Gus Mayer – Friday is the last day for the Isaac Mizrahi Trunk Show

The Perfect Pair – Visit our friends at this month’s Spotlight Store, The Perfect Pair.  Don’t forget to look for the reader discount in the Spotlight post.   That special discount is valid until May 15, so get reading and then get shoe shopping!

If you've been following us on Twitter and/or Facebook, you've probably seen us talking about Yelp Drinks Week.  Well, it's not over yet!  Join us Saturday for a little day drinking at Tin Roof from 2-4pm and Sunday for a delicious brunch at Cha Chah, which is quickly becoming our Stella annex.  Visit the Yelp Drinks Week page to view the list of participating bars and restaurants who are offering killer drink specials through Sunday.

You can catch some of our favorite designers showing their amazing collections this weekend.  See Amy B and Love, Simone come down the runway at Naked Without Us at Mercy Lounge on Friday.  And if you live in Cincinnati, you can see Amanda Valentine's and Melissa Tabor's collections at Cincinnati Fashion Week.  We love all of these ladies!

Make sure you check out our Boutiques We Love page all weekend for updates on sales and events.

Happy Shopping!

Nashville Weekly Sales - May 5-8

With Mother's Day and the Kentucky Derby this weekend, there are presents to be bought and fancy hats to be worn.  Here's this week's guide to Nashville sales and events to help you navigate your shopping. East Nashville

The Green Wagon - Celebrate the lovely ladies in your life at the Green Wagon Thursday night!

Old Made Good – We're pretty excited to see all the goodies at OMG's Urban Flea Market next Saturday, May 14.  Now they're luring us in this Friday evening (May 6) from 7pm-10pm  for their Cicada Invada Art Show featuring prints from the Anderson Design Group and beer from our newest brewers, the Jackolope Brewing Company.

Edgehill Village

Ivey - Ivey still has some pretty fantastic items on sale.  Make sure you sign up to receive Ivey emails.  There’s a special coupon valid during May for email subscribers.

Nest Interiors - SAVE THE DATE - May 12 - For more information about Micha Kling click HERE or on the photo below.

Green Hills

The Cosmetic Market - Therapy Systems is repackaging a few of their products so there are some great savings here.  I use  the oil free moisturizer every day and this size is perfect for travel.

Don't miss this Derby Day sale on Saturday at The Cosmetic Market and Private Edition!

The Cotton Mill - Alice + Olivia Trunk Show through May 14

Gus Mayer - SAVE THE DATE - May 12 & 13 - Isaac Mizrahi Trunk Show

Hemline - French Connection Trunk Show Thursday - Sunday

The Perfect Pair – Visit our friends at this month’s Spotlight Store, The Perfect Pair.  Don’t forget to look for the reader discount in the Spotlight post.   That special discount is valid until May 15, so get reading and then get shoe shopping!

Private Edition - Make your appointments today!

The Gulch

Nashville Clothing Company - There are sale banners in the window, so you know what that means....there's a sale.  :) (Sorry, I've had a bit too much chocolate and coffee today.)

Happy Mother's Day to all our Stella mom's out there and Happy Derby Day to everyone heading to Churchill Downs this weekend.

Check out our Boutiques We Love page all weekend for updates on sales and events.

Happy Shopping!

Nashville Sales & Events - April 28-May 1

The trunk shows are piling up over the next few weekends and their timing couldn't be any better with the Kentucky Derby, Mother's Day and Steeplechase right around the corner.  These shops have all of your wardrobe and gift needs covered! East Nashville

The Green Wagon - SAVE THE DATE - May 5

Old Made Good - SAVE THE DATE - May 14

Edgehill Village

Ivey - Are you following Ivey on Twitter?  If not, follow them now and get access to special Twitter only specials.  And make sure you sign up to receive Ivey emails.  There's a special coupon valid during May for email subscribers.

Nest Interiors - Do we need to keep reminding you how much fun trunk shows are at Nest?  We always have a blast at these events.  I'm excited to check out Sarah Stob's collection tomorrow.

Green Hills

Monkee's - If you're wondering what to wear to the Kentucky Derby or Steeplechase this year, you need to go to Monkee's this weekend for the Pearl Southern Couture Trunk Show.

Private Edition - SAVE THE DATE - May 6 & 7

The Perfect Pair - Visit our friends at this month's Spotlight Store, The Perfect Pair.  They're having a Linea Pelle Trunk Show Friday and Saturday.  Don't forget to look for the reader discount in the Spotlight post.   That special discount is valid until May 15, so get reading and then get shoe shopping!

Gus Mayer - Trunk Show!

Cosmetic Market - Click the link and 'like' their Facebook post to enter to win this Jemma Kidd Pampering Session at The Hill Center location.

The Hill Center and Cool Springs locations have some fabulous Spring deals for you this weekend too!

Is that enough for you to do this weekend?  I'm sure we'll find more and when we do, we'll update this post and our Boutiques We Love page.

Happy Shopping!

Stella Spotlight: Nashville Boutique - The Perfect Pair

It's easy to miss the shops tucked in the quaint little shopping area in Green Hills called the Courtyard at Bandywood.  Trust us when we tell you, the shops here should always be on your radar.  The Perfect Pair is one of the first stores you'll find and Whitney Dunn and Casy Stribling have created a shoe oasis here.  The door is almost always open, making this shop warm and inviting before you even walk in.  Shoes line the walls and are tucked in nooks while gorgeous handbags and jewelry fill in the rest of the space.  It's beautifully merchandised making your shopping experience more of an exploration.

We caught up with Whitney and Casey and asked them a few questions about the store and what shoes we all should have in our closets this season.

1. How did you and Casey meet and what inspired you both to open The Perfect Pair?

Casey and I actually met in college through an ex-boyfriend of mine.  They knew one another at Vanderbilt.  Great things come out of some breakups!  Our inspirations for the shop came from our desire to be boutique owners and fill a void in the Nashville market. We'd shop everywhere out of town for shoes.  In traveling, we realized that Nashville really had a spot open in it's retail market for a fun, laid back accessories store.

2. Describe the vibe of the boutique in five words or less.

Laid back, funky, fun!

3. It's finally sandal weather!  What styles should we all have in our closets this Spring and Summer?

A practical, yet sexy, cork wedge or heel and something nude.  Whether a flat sandal or sky high heel, a nude shoe can disappear with a jean or peek out to say hello paired with a fun pair of shorts.  Nude shoes elongate the leg and we all love that.

4. You have some gorgeous jewelry in the store.  What are some of your favorite pieces.

Favorite jewels...this is hard.  We pick all of our jewels with such love.  I'm really into these big wood bead necklaces that are blessed by a Tibetan monk.  I also adore my stack of vintage la rose freshwater pearl bracelets with saint charms.  It's fun to wear one with my over sized man's watch or wear them all together in a big stack.

5. What jewelry and/or shoe lines that you carry are your favorites and why?

Calleen Cordero - Her handmade shoes are sexy and extremely comfortable.  I never thought I'd be able to say those two words in a sentence.  We have carried her since the day we opened our doors almost seven years ago.  She's consistent and cool.

Winifred Grace Jewelry - Her pieces can be worn during the day and many of them transition into night time or even pair with evening wear.  Swarovski crystals on oxidized silver.  They're dressy, yet edgy and a little tarnished.  Her new collection combines African trading beads, gold and waxed linen.  Just plain cool.

6. What's the best shoe advice you've ever given?

It's more than okay to build an outfit from the bottom up.  Your shoes can be like the exclamation point at the end of your outfit.

7. What type of shoe best describes each of your styles?

Whitney - I'm all across the board style wise.  There isn't one shoe that describes me.  I'm a cowboy boot and a sky high heel.  I sacrifice comfort for fashion often.

Casey - My black combat is a staple in my closet.  I'm the girl that looks at the shoe and estimates how many hours I can bare it.

8. If The Perfect Pair was a cocktail, what would it be?

A Mexican martini.  It comes in a sleek glass, a loving mix of sweet and salty, topped off with an olive accessory.  It's a mix of fancy and fun and pairs well with tacos or sushi.

9. What are five of your favorite places in Nashville?

The store, of course, our patios at our homes, Margot Cafe, Las Palmas and Percy Werner Park.

10. What inspires you?

Traveling, music, cooking, funny friends, originality in personal style and fashion blogs.

Thanks ladies! Head over to our Facebook page to view more photos from the store.

As a special discount for our readers, visit the Perfect Pair through May 15, mention you read about them on Stella Shops and take 15% off a pair of shoes!

The Perfect Pair is located at 2209 Bandywood Dr in the Courtyard at Bandywood.

Get to Know: Designer Spotlight - Tidwell & Perryman

One of our favorite new Nashville design teams is Kevin Perryman and Luke Tidwell of Tidwell & Perryman.   Their take on vintage apparel with a modern twist has the cool factor cornered.   The line is mostly menswear, but check out the cropped plaid shirts currently residing at their shop inside Local Honey.  For those of us who endured years of Catholic schooling, don't be scared.  It's okay to embrace plaid again when it looks as rad as this.

We recently caught up with Kevin Perryman to learn more about one-half of this stellar design duo.

Your First Fashion Memory: I was on campus at Belmont University and had only known Luke for a week.  He busted out of the dorm in some bright yellow rubber pants and I was like, "yo, that dude has mad style."  I learned later that is was Luke's soccer initiation week and his teammates made him wear those pants.

Your Style in Five Words or Less: Military preppy punk mixed together.

You Couldn't Live Without: Facebook

Inspirations: Michael Gordon, founder of Bumble & Bumble, Luke Tidwell, kids' conversations on the subway, homeless people's style, Yo MTV raps, honesty, my best friend Hunter, the colors red white and blue, the Cosby Show, the East Village NYC and this blog:  http://jjjjound.com

Favorite Designers: Scott Sternberg's Band of Outsiders and Duckie Brown

Favorite Hangouts: "Recognize" on Tuesday nights at MAI (best party in Nashville), Tribe, Hunter's apartment, outside of a Lady Gaga concert in any city, Virago's secret spot and my bedroom.

Type of shoe or boot that best defines you: Combat boots. Every day is a battle.  I'm so deep.

Thanks Kevin!  You can find Tidwell & Perryman at Local Honey on Belmont and at Diamond Star Halo Vintage inside Fanny's House of Music in East Nashville.

www.tidwellandperryman.com

Local Honey - 2009 Belmont Blvd.

Diamond Star Halo Vintage - 1101 Holly Street