Weekend Wind-Down: The New T-Shirt

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The highly-versatile, modern-cut tee is a Spring wardrobe must. These light fabrics and soft colors not only keep you cool in Summer but also make for easy layering in April’s hourly weather surprises. Pair with jewelry based on mood.

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Here at Scout, we’re in favor of the highbrow t-shirt. The one you aren’t afraid to wear to dinner out. One that jives with diamond studs. Lily Aldridge for Velvet, from LAURA KATHRYN, makes the perfect easy tee: light and casual, but smartly cut.

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We scouted this rag & bone giada tee at BEANIE + CECILPair with as many colors and styles of POOR CAT DESIGNS  bracelets as you can.

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Long, flowing tees with varied hems can help create shape where we need it, or hide it where we don’t. FORTY FOUR FIFTY‘s simple black tee pulls in to emphasize your waist but widens and drapes to cover your belt line (backside flashes are so last season). Pair with twine & twig’s statement jewelry, just in at W.PORT.

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These cozy stripe shirts are definitely beach-ready. Try a breezy boatneck from Eileen Fisher at WILLA COLLECTION. Or, jump for a twist on a classic with Hye Park and Lune’s red and blue Pluto tee, available at LIV LA VIE. Pair with this bejeweled stunner from GUILFORD & COMPANY.

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T-shirt meets tunic with this dreamy Fresh Laundry top from PORTS & COMPANY. Dress it up with gems from Loren Hope at BISHOP BOUTIQUE.

Apr
18
2014

Scouted: Printed Silk Dress

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We’re loving the mix of comfort and haute in this Elika Printed Silk Dress from mina & olya. The San Fran-based design duo constantly wows us with their knack for updating classic, structured shapes (sure to flatter every figure) with exaggerated architectural details and geometric patterns that are always on-trend.

This dress has the perfect weight and movement for a breezy beachside get together, and the dramatic details (low cut back, eye-catching print) to make a bold party statement. Made with a sustainable silk and cotton blend, it’s also easy on your eco-footprint.

mina & olya // San Francisco, CA

Apr
17
2014

Not Just Fluff

tsg-pillows-david-hicks The arrival of a new season is always a reason for a home refresh, and there is no easier way to update a room than introducing new pillows. Now that spring is in full bloom, it’s time to rid your rooms of any residual wintriness once and for all with the introduction of a linen or cotton accent, a dash of bright color, or an adventurous ikat print.

tsg-pillows-pink Pink pillows are a sweet, simple way to say “spring has sprung.” The blush velvet pair on the left, available from Suite Dreams in Birmingham, would instantly update any space for the season.

tsg-pillows-shaunsmith For spring pillow inspiration, you really need to look no further than the above collection of new arrivals at New Orleans-based Shaun Smith Home. A fan of changing pillows with the seasons, Smith favors big, down-filled pillows that are both comfortable and pretty when fluffed, and prefers clean, simple sofas that allow you to experiment with more eclectic accents.

“Pillows can change the tone of a room and give your home a completely different feel.”
—Shaun Smith

tsg-pillows-bright-print If you’re a bit color-shy, pillows are a wonderful way to introduce stronger hues without the commitment that comes with paint or wallpaper. The bold leaf and bright green pillows from ECLECTIC INTERIORS, which pop beautifully against the neutral sofa, would be perfect for anyone who is trying to overcome a case of color aversion.

tsg-pillows-pink-bright Introducing bold patterns such as ikat in bright colors is fun way to mix it up, but it’s important to keep the look balanced. The above pink and orange grouping (right) of custom pillows, available from Source., is a gorgeous example of pattern-mixing done right.

tsg-pillows-blueandwhite-2 tsg-pillows-blueandwhite Blue and white: a classic combination, and perfect for spring. The embroidered linen Trina Turk pillow on the left, available from Nest in Wilmington, or the navy and white linen appliqué pillow, available from Jade NOLA, would add a breath of fresh air to any room.

tsg-pillows-neutral-5 Even those who never stray from a neutral palette are capable of a spring pillow update. The G&G Interiors-designed room, above right, demonstrates the power of a pillow with a cream hue and a bit of texture. The pillow from Bungalow Classics would make a strong impact without straying too far from the neutral zone.

tsg-pillows-neutral-6 In the room above, Shaun Smith shows how pattern and texture can make neutral accents stand out. The cool mint and icy blue pillows on the white sofa keep the look soft and oh so inviting.

tsg-pillows-neutral-3 More spring statement-makers that won’t make neutral enthusiasts uneasy: a blush Fortuny pillow from And George and a ballet slipper pink embroidered linen beauty from Mis en Chic.

tsg-pillows-christyfordshouse Above, blue-and-white accents make TSG co-founder Christy Ford’s room spring-ready.

{Image sources: lead image; blush pink pillows; bright pink pillows; blue and white interior; neutral interior; products from featured businesses}

Apr
16
2014

Scouted: Grand Tour Wicker Handbag

SCOUTED-Grand-Tour-Wicker-Handbag This purse will make any outfit look picture perfect. A cute carryall for spring that can both elevate an everyday jeans and t-shirt look or pair with a favorite spring frock, this wicker handbag will be your go-to piece from now throughout summer.

NK Boutique // Baton Rogue, LA // 225.925.3007

Apr
15
2014

Sunny Day Essentials

tsg-sun-protect-1 Spring is in full swing and we are soaking it in. After being treated to a full week of sunshine, we spent an entire weekend enjoying the kind of temperatures for which patios were invented. In addition to reminding us how lovely the season can be, all of the opportunities to take in the summer-like weather made us pause to reevaluate—and appreciate—our sunny day essentials: sunglasses, straw hats, and SPF.

SUNNIES

tsg-sun-protect-sunnies-1 We simply do not leave the house without sunglasses. From a practical standpoint, we like the eye protection, but we also love how the perfect pair can make you look truly polished. A sporty-retro set, like the RetroSuperFuture “Lucia” summer safari sunnies (Art & Eyes in New Orleans carries the line favored by trendsetters), or the Krewe du Optic pair (New Orleans-based Buff Beauty Bar carries the NOLA-designed line) are a must.

tsg-sun-protect-classics A show-stopping pair of sunglasses like the Tom Fords, shown above (available from Monkee’s of Raleigh) is an essential element in every woman’s sun-blocking arsenal. Barton Perreira “Feldon” sunglasses in coral (below) achieve the same dramatic effect while adding a dash of sweetness. Call Art & Eyes to inquire about the line.

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 STRAW HATS

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tsg-sun-protect-hats-2 The perfect straw hat is comfortable, classic, and can instantly make the wearer appear effortlessly chic. For maximum sun protection, we gravitate toward those with a slightly floppy brim like the striped version with leather band from Rouge, the navy Rag & Bone number from My Sister’s Closet, or the two-toned black and natural raffia option from Elaine Turner.

tsg-sun-hat-kids It’s good to have sunny day gear on hand for little ones when you’re on the go. Bonpoint’s adorable straw toppers for girls and boys prove that kids can look stylish while being sheltered from the sun too.

SPF

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As we all know, sunscreen is a must. Again, having kid-friendly SPF with you is always a good idea. We like mineral-based Kids Counter Super Duper Sunscreen, available from Beautycounter. For adults, Coola’s organic, mineral-based sunscreen (available from Toccare in Charlotte, NC) is a lovely product with a hint of cucumber. Alternatively, ColoreScience’s Sunforgettable, a lightweight mineral-based powder you can apply with a self-dispensing brush, will leave your hands lotion-free. Available from Carolina Medi-Spa.

 

{Image Sources: Lead image; Black and white collage: left and  top right; Pink sunglasses: top left and right; Straw hats lead image; young girl in hat; SPF collage left and right; Sunbathers; products from featured businesses}

Apr
14
2014

Friday Favorites: Sweet Spring Treats

tsg-easter-sweets-8 Easter is just over a week away, which means it’s time to start thinking about all of the wonderful treasures that will fill our baskets. Never ones to shy away from sweets, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite Easter goodies from around the network, starting with the gorgeous Fleurs du Chocolat above from VOSGES, which feature exotic flavor combinations and edible flower petals.

tsg-easter-sweets-4 Left: adorable frosted egg and bunny sugar cookies from the classic dessert makers at SusieCakes. Top, right: Seven-layer caramel cake with pastel chocolate dots from Caroline’s Cakes. Bottom, right: Peep- and malted egg-adorned cupcakes from Sadie Mae’s Cupcake Cafe.

tsg-easter-sweets-2 These flower-topped cupcakes from Maxie B’s are almost too pretty to eat!

tsg-easter-sweets-5  We’re certain that carrot-shaped bags of candy from Southern Season are the Easter Bunny’s favorite.

tsg-easter-sweets-1 Easter-themed cake balls from Houston’s Petite Sweets are perfect for little ones. And who could resist an iced sugar cookie decorated with an Easter bunny?

tsg-easter-sweets-3 Also available from Petite Sweets: Macarons in springy hues that will brighten up any basket or tabletop.

{All images via featured businesses.}

 

Apr
11
2014