Back to Basics: Honorable Mentions

My 12th & Broad Broad Style post recently was all about those wardrobe essentials all of us should have in our closets. From that crisp white button down to the perfect pair of black pumps, these basics are far from boring. These are the pieces that pair just as perfectly with each other as they do with your leather pants, sequin tops and not so sensible platforms. [show_lookbook_widget id="187264"]

There are a few special pieces however that deserve an honorable mention. These may not fit into everyone's style, but if they fit into yours, by all means add them to your list.

The Leather Jacket

Leather jackets come in many styles, but the motorcycle jacket is the way to go. It's a classic style you'll wear much more than you ever imagined. It's rock 'n' roll chic with a t-shirt and a pair of skinny black jeans or trousers, and it's the perfect way to toughen up a pretty dress. It's also a great layering piece. I've been wearing mine under my long winter coat so I still have a jacket on that will keep me warm in my chilly office. If leather isn't your thing, don't be afraid to go the faux leather route. Faux leather looks so good these days, it's sometimes tough to tell if it's real or not.

The Denim Jacket

There is nothing better than a worn-in denim jacket. Over time, this all-American staple wears in as well as your favorite pair of jeans. I love the boxy shape, and like a leather jacket, I love to pair it with a pretty dress. It's another perfect layering piece. My J-Crew denim jacket is one of the older items in my closet and I wear it more now than ever. I also added a fitted style in a darker wash which layers perfectly over sleeveless sundresses and maxis on cool summer nights.

The Breton Stripe Top

Granted I am stripe and chevron obsessed, but a nice Breton stripe top is classic French chic. It looks good with everything. Cropped skinny jeans, khaki pants, leather pants, maxi skirts, pencil skirts, denim jackets, leather jackets, trench coats...literally everything! Now that I think about it, the Breton stripe deserves more than an honorable mention.

The Ballet Flat

Not everyone is a fan of the ballet flat, myself included, but if I'm going to tell you the Breton Stripe top is an "essential" then I can't leave out the ballet flat. Ballet flats in any color or style really do add a classic element that is once again quintessentially French. With midi skirts, cropped jeans or capri pants they add just the right amount of polish.

The Bootie

It's hard to beat a good ankle bootie. This is my shoe staple. I have them in a variety of colors and heel heights. There are so many shapes and sizes that they can be casual or dressy. Ankle height booties pair well with any style of jean and most skirts and maxi dresses. They're also my go-to shoe during festival season. The last thing I want is an open toe in a muddy field.

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To check out my other wardrobe staples click here to read my 12th & Broad Broad Style post.



Shop Local: Black Friday Boutique Shopping

It's Black Friday and that means the Super Bowl of shopping is upon us. If you saw my post on 12th & Broad this week, you know I'm all about making holiday shopping as stress free as possible. My local. I find some of the best deals at local boutiques and the shopping experience is 100 times more enjoyable. Here's my guide to some of the best boutique sales happening Friday through the weekend. Good luck! 8th Avenue

House of Stella - House of Stella might have the most fun on Thanksgiving night. They started a tradition a few years ago at their Cool Springs location of opening at 6pm on Thanksgiving night and staying open until at least midnight. They have continued the tradition at their 8th Ave location. The entire store will be 10% off, there will be special door buster deals, other in-store specials and more! Friday hours will be 10am-6pm.

House of Stella Black Friday

12 South

Cadeau - I always feel inspired when I shop Cadeau. I can't wait to see their holiday displays.

Cadeau Black Friday

Closet Case Vintage - Take 20% off in store and online  today.

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Emerson Grace - Buy one, get one at 50% off!

Emerson Grace Black Friday

imogene + willie - It's an imogene + willie Black Friday sale!

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Leona - Leona has had some great sales leading up to this week. Shop small with them again on Saturday and save.

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Belle Meade

Jamie - Take an additional 20% off all Fall sale items.

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Berry Hill

Hester & Cook - I am obsessed with Kitchen Papers products. I love their placements, napkins, table runners...honestly, all of it. If you haven't been to Hester & Cook's shop next to Southeastern Salvage in Berry Hill you are missing out. There are great hostess gift ideas here!

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Stacey Rhodes Boutique - They had me at the gift certificate sale, but there will be hot chocolate and mimosas too!

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Margaret Ellis - Take 20% off web orders through Monday.


East Nashville

Hello Boys - Celebrate Small Business Saturday starting today.

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Hey Rooster General Store - SAVE THE DATE for the Smoke Trunk Show and Holiday Party on December 4.

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Natty Kicky - I haven't been to Natty Kicky yet, but they're hosting a holiday open house on Saturday. I love a good designer consignment store, so I'll have to check this one out.

Natty Kicky Open House

Old Made Good - This looks like a 'one for you and one for me' situation. I approve.

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Sisters of Nature - Mobile retail truck Sisters of Nature is opening a brick and mortar store. Celebrate with them on Saturday!

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Edgehill Village

I love this joint Small Business Saturday sale between Tweed, Ani & Ari and Castilleja.

Edgehill Village Small Business Saturday


Gin-O Boutique - Enjoy 20% off the entire store this Black Friday.

Gin O Black Friday



Peter Nappi - Take 30% off select styles at Peter Nappi. I love this boot!

Peter Nappi Black Friday

Pieces Fashion - There are some great finds at Pieces. Their Black Friday sale started Wednesday!

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Green Hills

Billy Reid - Take an additional 20% off sale items.

Billy Reid Black Friday

The Cosmetic Market - Take 20% off one item all day at The Cosmetic Market.

Cosmetic Market Black Friday

Elaine Turner - It's Pink Friday at Elaine Turner through Sunday.

Elaine Turner Black Friday

Gus Mayer - The savings start at 9am at Gus Mayer. Get the best deals early in the morning!

Gus Mayer Black Friday


Levy's - Shop Levy's on Black Friday and Small Business Saturday.

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Monkee's - 40% off the entire store on Black Friday!

Monkees Black Friday

Posh - Shop any Posh location this weekend for super Black Friday deal.

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SOCA Clothing- 40% off Frye Boots?! SOCA might be the place to be on Black Friday.

SOCA Black Friday


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Sylvan Park

Fabu - Fabu is always one of my favorite places to buy gifts.

Fabu Black Friday

West End

UAL - As if I need any excuse to shop UAL. Shop from 8am-8pm. The entire store will be 20%.

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Beardition - For your bearded guy, Beardition products work magic. Grab a gift set this holiday!

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Consider the Wldflwrs - Take 15% off your purchases this weekend using the code CTWFTHANKSYOU. They'll also be releasing photos of their new Moon + Stars collection this weekend, so check back often!

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d. marlene jewelry - Free shipping and 10% off at d. marlene jewelry all weekend! I wear my rings from Deana's latest collection practically every day.


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Elizabeth Suzann - The Elizabeth Suzann Holiday Collection is absolutely gorgeous. Use the discount codes below for discounts on your purchase today!

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Have a Happy Thanksgiving and Happy Shopping!





Nashville Weekly Boutique Sales & Events: It's Tax Free Weekend!

If you've been waiting to shop those summer Nashville boutique sales, wait no longer. This weekend is tax-free weekend in Tennessee and that means you can get extra savings on apparel, school supplies and computers August 1-3. The official rules are any clothing or school supplies under $100 and any computer under $1500 are tax free. Let's go shopping! 8th Ave

House of Stella - Happy Tax Free Weekend from House of Stella

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12th Ave South

Leona - Happy One Year Anniversary to Leona! Celebrate with them on Thursday from 5:30pm-7:30pm and then shop the sale all weekend.

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Peter Nappi - I'm starting to take this personally. Every time Peter Nappi has an amazing sale or event, I miss it! This weekend I'm going to miss their first yard sale. Let me know all the amazing things you find!

Peter Nappi Yard Sale

Green Hills

Billy Reid - It's final sale time on Spring/Summer items at Billy Reid.

Billy ReidGus Mayer - As if Gus Mayer's summer sale wasn't good enough, now you can take advantage of tax free savings.

Gus Mayer Tax Free WeekendMonkee's - Shop Monkee's summer sale and shop tax-free.

Monkee's Tax Free Weekend

Woo Skincare & Cosmetics - Save 50%-75% on select items at Woo.

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e. Allen - e. Allen's summer sale has rolled right on into Tax Free Weekend.

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Happy Tax-Free Shopping!




Nashville Boutique Sales & Events: July 18-20

Happy Friday! It's the weekend and that means it's time to shop. Every Nashville boutique has some type of sale happening now. Here are few of this weekend's deals to help you figure out your shopping strategy. 12 South

Leona - Join the fun at the 12 South Block Party on Saturday.


Moda Boutique - Nearly everything is 50% off at Moda this weekend.

Belle Meade

Jamie - It's tent sale time!

Jamie Tent Sale


Peter Nappi - Here is one sale you shouldn't miss this weekend.

Peter Nappi Last Call Sale

Green Hills

Elaine Turner - Take advantage of Elaine Turner's summer jewelry sale.

Elaine Turner Summer Jewelry Sale

Levy's - Take an extra 20% off sale merchandise.

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The Gulch

e. Allen - The summer sale continues at e. Allen.

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Happy Shopping!



Nashville Boutique Sales & Events: July 11-13

Summer sales in some of my favorite Nashville boutiques are in full swing this weekend. Nearly every boutique has their spring/summer merchandise on sale, so plan your shopping strategy in advance. 12 South

Emerson Grace - This progressive sale is one of my favorites of the year. 70% off by Sunday?! You know where to find me.

Emerson Grace Summer Sale

White's Mercantile - Another one of my favorite places to buy gifts is White's Mercantile. Make a point to visit on Saturday so you can hit the Miriam Designs trunk show. I had the pleasure of meeting Gracie Moakler at the Lululemon blogger event earlier this year which was held in Gracie's studio. Her jewelry is beautiful, but it's the story behind this jewelry line that's really extraordinary.

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Belle Meade

Jamie - I had a blast at the Jamie Blogger event last week and I can tell you first hand there are some amazing finds at Jamie right now. I picked up an 80's inspired graphic blazer for $50 and a pair of Sam Edelman cage booties for 50% off.

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Green HIlls

The Cosmetic Market - Receive a bareMinerals free gift this weekend.

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Elaine Turner - Save big on spring accessories.

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Gus Mayer - Gus Mayer's summer sale is another whopper of a sale you should not miss this weekend.

Levy's - More items have been marked down at Levy's Summer Sale.

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SOCA Clothing - Take 50% off sale items online.

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The Gulch

e. Allen - Don't miss out on e. Allen's annual summer sale going on through the end of  July. I scored a Michael Kors striped tee for 50% off last night at Movies in the Park.

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Happy shopping!