Get To Know Our Editors: Vanessa Barrett, Omaha

Meet Vanessa Barrett, our Omaha editor!

1. What were you up to before you found The Scout Guide?

I have been in visual and retail pursuits all my working life:  window dresser, boutique owner, interior designer. I am currently a jewelry designer as well as Scout Guide Editor. I’m in love with the visual aspect of the guides.

2. What do you love about your current city?

Omaha has so much to offer culturally: great dining, unique shopping, and a very strong support for the arts. There is always some great event going on, large or small.  It’s about the people and places that make this a great place to live.

3. What book have you been reading recently?

I love to read and always have a book going, not to mention every fashion and design magazine on the planet. I just read a biography on the duchess of windsor (fascinating). I love historical fiction and am currently reading the new series from Ken Follett.

4. Have you seen any good movies lately?

I am anxiously awaiting Anna Karenina with Kiera Knightly.  Costume dramas, love them!  One of my favorite films is Midnight in Paris, again so visually beautiful.

5. What is your favorite product for fall/winter?

I’m addicted to L’Occitane hand creme with shea butter. I use it all year round actually.

6. What is the local event you won’t be missing this fall/winter?

Here are some great programs at the symphony and a special series of window displays at Midtown Crossing. Love my window dresser roots!

7. What is your dream vacation?

I love to travel almost anywhere, but since this is a dream destination, I would revisit Italy. Just the beauty alone is breathtaking, not to mention the shopping and the food!

Dec
26
2012

Happy Holidays from The Scout Guide

Dec
25
2012

TSG Birmingham’s Tammy Connor restores Atlanta gem

We’re excited to showcase The Scout Guide Birmingham’s Tammy Connor. She recently redesigned a historic Atlanta home with the help of soon-to-debut The Scout Guide Atlanta’s architect Pak Heydt. These gorgeous photos were taken by TSG Atlanta’s own photographer, Erica George Dines. Check out this house and the great work of so many from the pages of our city guides!

Check out Tammy Connor’s website here. Can’t wait for the launch of The Scout Guide Atlanta in late February 2013!

Dec
21
2012

Get To Know Our Editors: Cat Tatman, Denver

Meet Cat Tatman, editor of The Scout Guide Denver!

1. What were you up to before you found The Scout Guide?

I was the Director of Marketing and Product Development for glo minerals cosmetics and glo therapeutics skincare.

2. What do you love about your current city?

Denver is a beautiful city that embraces a healthy, active lifestyle, but there is a growing creative element as well which I love! So many creative people live here…from artists to chefs to designers, its a really well rounded. Also, there is a wonderful sense of community here that makes it a wonderful place to be.

3. What book have you been reading recently?

The Marriage Plot by Jeffery Eugenides. However now that we are in the holiday season my favorite book to pickup is Holiday on Ice by David Sedaris- I never tire of this book, it’s hilarious!

4. Have you seen any good movies lately?

Over Thanksgiving we say Argo and Lincoln- both were fantastic. I was a nervous wreck through Argo, but enjoyed every minute of it.

5. What is your favorite product for fall/winter?

My favorite product for every season is glo therapeutics Ultra 15% Vitamin C. Vitamin C is such an important part of our diet and overall health and applying it topically is equally as vital to restore, protect and maintain healthy skin. I never miss a day of using it!

6. What is the local event you won’t be missing this fall/winter?

The Mixed Tastes Series at the MCA. They take 2 unrelated topics and have two experts on each topic speak for 20 minutes and then the audience has the opportunity to ask questions of the experts. When answering the questions the experts need to need to try and relate the two topics, its incredibly interesting and entertaining! Last year some of my favorite lectures were ‘Polish Poets and Toy Robots’ and ‘Jean-Michel Basquiat & Fruit Trees’

7. What is your dream vacation?

Tokyo….I love crowded cities with tons going on.

Dec
19
2012

Beautiful clothes, beautiful food: A Wine Dinner and Trunk Show at Fleur in Raleigh

Fleur Boutique (check out their website here) in Raleigh, NC recently hosted a holiday wine dinner and trunk show. Our local editor Hopie Avery was fortunate enough to attend. We are jealous!

What a beautiful store!

The meal was a 5-course, wine-paired dinner prepared by chefs Inez and Stephen Ribustello of Tarboro’s On The Square. The Ribustellos are the only married couple in the world to have passed the Advanced Sommelier exam issued by the Court of Master Sommeliers.

Troubadour designer Lindsey Carter joined the party and presented the label’s Spring 2013 collection.

Check out  Fleur in Raleigh, NC…

See their spread in The Scout Guide Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill by clicking here.

4321 Lassiter at North Hills Avenue
Suite 115
Raleigh NC 27609
919.571.6203
Monday-Saturday 10-6

Tell them SCOUT sent you…

Dec
18
2012

Sorab & Roshi: Brilliance Handcrafted

Sorab & Roshi of Greenwich, CT have built a cult-like following creating remarkable  jewelry for over 20 years.

Their work, described as ”fantastical one-off creations” by The New York Times, has been featured in the pages of Town & Country, Veranda and Departures, as all are drawn to its singular quality.

The Scout Guide and The Scout Guide Greenwich are pleased to bring you behind the scenes for a look at the meticulous workmanship and stunning detail that are the hallmark of their work and the heart of the 2013 Collection.

We were taken by the Chalcedony & Amethyst group. The pin is a real stunner. It features faceted amethyst set with cabochon amethyst centers and gray pearl accents.

This one of a kind treasure dazzles from all sides.  Sorab explained that the web-like setting is designed to act as a truss, supporting the stones and holding them to the crescent shaped form.

Gold is hand-forged to form each element.  The metal begins as a seen on the left and is transformed into the wire-like setting in a painstaking process.

Sorab melts the gold on a pumice like stone until it is molten.

Once cooled slightly, Sorab begins to hammer the gold into various elements of the setting.

Each stone and pearl is held in place on a tiny bowl hand fit to its size and shape.

A pin at the center of each fits into the gem which is its mate.  Sorab uses a drill to work each stone in preparation for placement on the final piece.

The process is painstaking, the results–as you can see–are simply stunning.

Our thanks to Sorab and Roshi for welcoming us into their studio.

The Chalcedony & Amethyst group is one of 8 suites that make up the 2013 Collection.

Discover them all at sorabandroshi.com

Dec
13
2012