Fall Trends: The Boot Squad

It's officially boot weather and I've been bootie obsessed. This season I'm determined to find the perfect pair of chelsea boots without breaking the bank. I'm a sucker for an almond-shaped toe and a low heel. But there are so many interesting boots and booties this season, I'm finding it hard not to want all of them. I love a bootie for its versatility. I have booties I wear all summer with shorts during festival season. I have booties that work great with dresses and skirts. And I have yet to find a pair that doesn't work with cropped denim. Here are a few of my favorites, and yes, I had to include a few sneakers and oxfords too. I'm ready to give my feet a little heel break. [show_boutique_widget id="316410"]


How To Wear It: Summer Dresses

I'm in final Lollapalooza prep mode and over the years my most comfortable days at the Fest have been the days I've worn dresses. Anthropologie's Seren Dress would be the perfect breezy dress for those long (and hot) days in Grant Park. I can easily throw a denim jacket over it for those nights when it gets a little chilly. Switch out the boots for a pair of sandals and now I have my new favorite brunch dress. Click the + sign in the collage below for more information on the items listed. Most are part of the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, so there are some great deals! [show_ms_widget id="23641224" image_id="25248764" width="675" height="580"]

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How to Wear It: Bold Florals

These aren't your typical girly-girl Laura Ashley florals. These florals are as big and bold with their color as they are with their design. They're edgy and fun and make anything in your closet instantly more modern. The floral print on this Anthropologie skirt is large enough that it's almost more of an abstract print than a floral. I chose to pair this high waisted maxi with a crop top, but a tucked in tank top or sleeveless blouse would look just as great. I kept everything neutral here to let the maxi skirt be the focal point. Have some fun with accessories and make sure to add a bold bright lip and nail lacquer to finish off your look. Hover over the collage below for shoppable links. [show_ms_widget id="21578930" image_id="22901545" width="728" height="575"]

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How To Wear It: Crop Pants - Summer into Fall

Transitioning from summer into fall is my favorite time of year. I love to take a summer essential, like a crop pant or a maxi dress, and throw on a jacket and a pair of booties. Just like that, I've got a whole new way to wear those easy summer pieces and stay warm as Fall's first chill hits the air. I love a good printed pant and this geo-prism crop pant from Anthropologie is the perfect pair to transition from summer to fall. Here's how I would style it now, with a flowy tee from Free People and a pair of sandals. By September, I'll want to wear a blouse, leather vest (this one is faux!) or jacket and a killer pair of booties.


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Nashville Boutique Black Friday Sales

The Black Friday frenzy is officially here. I don't know about you, but all these Black Friday television commercials are making me feel a little anxious. I prefer to shop without 800 people hovering around me, so you'll find me shopping our local boutiques as much as I can. I've checked out a few of my favorites this week and they have some great gift items that you're going to be much happier giving and receiving. This Saturday is Small Business Saturday, but really every day should be a day that you support local businesses. It makes a huge impact in our community and they're the businesses that are making this city a cool place to be. We need to show them some love as often as we can, so start this weekend! 12 South

Moda Boutique- Celebrate Small Business Saturday at Moda. 20% off clothes and 40% off shoes!

Serendipity - Take 10% off your purchase on Friday and Saturday.


Local Honey -Take 30% off store wide on Friday from 11am-6pm.

Cool Springs

House of Stella - You can get a head start on your shopping on Thanksgiving Day at House of Stella! They'll be open from 8pm-2am on Thanksgiving. They will reopen at 10am on Friday. Take 10% off entire purchase including sale items and take 20% off Himalayan tin candles. Free earrings with purchase while supplies last and door buster scarves are only $10 while supplies last. House of Stella offers free gift wrapping and they'll have cookies and hot cocoa.

East Nashville

Goodbuy Girls - Special discounts all weekend at Goodbuy Girls.

The Green Wagon - Join them for the 4th Annual Skip the Mall, Shop Local event. Take 20% off everything in the store all day.

Hip Zipper - 35% off almost everything through Sunday. Sale excludes men's Coats, men's Wool Shirts & Pants. 11/25. Open 11-7!

Oldmadegood - Join our friends at Old Made Good for Black Friday and Small Business Saturday deals. 50% off all bags and boots.

Shoppes on Fatherland - I have a little obsession brewing over the Shoppes on Fatherland and rightfully so. Between STATE, Pretty Pretty Pop Pop, Baxter & Bailey, High Garden Tea, Thrive and Moxie, I think I could complete all of my holiday shopping. This Saturday, they'll be hosting a Holiday Sip 'n Shop featuring three of Nashville's best retail trucks, The Trunk, Honeybean Boutique and Blue Betty.


Anthropologie - The new Anthropologie store on Main Street in Franklin opens on Friday. I peeked in the windows the other day and this store is gorgeous.

Gin-O Boutique - They have plenty of new items in stock and it's all on sale.

Johnnie Q - There are some amazing accessories (for men and women) that would make fantastic gifts at Johnnie Q right now. Stop by Friday for special deals.

Jondie - Take advantage of Jondie's Black Friday and Small Business Saturday deals.

Green Hills

The Cosmetic Market - Take 20% off one item on Friday. And if you're shopping at Opry Mills, make sure you stop by The Cosmetic Market's newest location.

The Cotton Mill - It is bitter sweet to include this sale in the mix this week. A big congratulations go to Martha and Bob, owners of The Cotton Mill, who will soon have the chance to enjoy their retirement. That means, however, that The Cotton Mill will be closing at the end of the year. I hate to see this wonderful boutique close its doors after 25 years, but sometimes all good things must come to an end. Stop by, wish them well and get some great deals through the end of December.

Elaine Turner- Elaine Turner (in the Mall at Green Hills) will open their doors at 8am on Friday which they are calling "Pink Friday." Early bird shoppers who shop before noon can enjoy breakfast bites and drinks and a free gift with purchase while supplies last. Other discounts include 20% off with every purchase up to $250, 25% off with every purchase of $251-$400, 30% off with every purchase of  $401 – $799, 35% with every purchase of $800+, and with every purchase of $1,000+ get 35% off + a $50 gift card.

In honor of Small Business Saturday, shoppers who use their American Express on Saturday, Nov. 24 will receive a $25 credit to their account. And on CyberMonday, there will be a different special every hour starting at 8am. We'll have more about CyberMonday for you later this weekend.

Don't forget you have until Nov. 29 to register to win for one of three shopping sprees at Elaine Turner's Nashville store.

Gus Mayer - Additional markdowns all weekend.

Habit - Take 40% off one item all day Saturday.

Levy's - You have until Nov. 25 to use your coupons.

Monkee's - Take 25% off starting Friday morning at 9am.

The Perfect Pair - Take 40% off any one item Saturday!

Ten Thousand Villages - One of my favorite shopping spots and a place where you can feel good about your purchases since this is a fair trade store. I'll keep you posted on any Black Friday specials, but if you're in Green Hills, this shop should definitely be on your list.

Hillsboro Village

Fire Finch - Take 10% off all purchases over $50 and 20% off all purchases over $100. .

Sylvan Park

Fabu - Another one of my favorite shops for gifts is having a super Black Friday sale. 20% off the entire store. Join them every Thursday evening through Christmas for their Shop and Sips.

West End

Studio 615 -The earliest of our sales, you can take advantage of Studio 615's 30% off discount starting at midnight on Thursday night. Then join them in store at 8am on Friday for 30% off the entire store. Spend $100 or more this weekend and get a $25 gift certificate toward your next purchase.

UAL -The last thing I need is an excuse to shop at UAL, but there are some new markdowns this weekend.


Closet Case Vintage - Head over to Carmen's Etsy shop, use the coupon code CCGIVESTHANKS and enjoy 30% off through Sunday.

whats-in-store - Lots of great deals online at whats-in-store. Check out that Black Friday deal! Starting Monday, we'll have some special Stella Shops deals for you, so stay tuned.

This should be plenty of sales to get you started! Even if you don't see your favorite boutique listed here, chances are good they're having some kind of special this weekend so stop by and see them.

Happy Thanksgiving and Happy Shopping!!