SCOUTED: Down Booties

SCOUTED-Down-Booties_ChicagoLuxBeds Sometimes the gift of warmth can be the best present. Made from the finest Hungarian down, these Hastens booties are the perfect antidote to cold winter nights. Purchase a pair for the chill-prone people on your list, and while you’re at it, be sure to get a pair for yourself—after all, the temperatures are about to start dropping!

Chicago Luxury Beds  //  Chicago, IL  //  312.527.5337


December Loves


Whose woods these are I think I know.
His house is in the village though;
He will not see me stopping here
To watch his woods fill up with snow.
—Robert Frost, “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening”

December is magical for a variety of reasons, including the fact that it’s full of surprises (exhibit A: TSG office dog Sully, shown above, who clearly had no idea she’d be sporting a pair of antlers and posing in a sleigh in front of TSG HQ as our December Loves cover model). From waking up to a snowy morning to discovering the perfect present for someone to finding something you never knew you wanted thoughtfully tucked under the tree, this month is filled with unexpected delights from start to finish. Here’s to a joyous December filled with awe.


1. Full skirts. We cannot get enough of this look right now. Thankfully, the selection of dresses and skirts available at Mimi in New Orleans will have us covered for all holiday soirees this season.
2. Fine china. This is the month to pull out your favorite china and use it for any occasion. We’re thinking of treating ourselves to a few new pieces from New Orleans’s Friend & Company.
3. Pretty presents. There’s an art to gorgeous gift-giving, and few understand that better than the experts at Dallas’s Calligraphic Arts. Lucky Dallas residents can visit their gift wrap studio for custom creations that will dazzle recipients.
4. Fireside conversations. Sitting by the fireplace sipping a warming drink while chatting with friends is our ideal wintry evening, and there is no better place to perch than a custom fender crafted by Throwleigh in Hunt Country.
5. Gentle giants. Is there anything better than snuggling up with a big pup on a cold day? The Nashville Humane Association strives to find good homes for pets in need, so those nearby who wish to welcome a dog into their lives this holiday season should pay them a visit (and if you’re not in the area, look into adopting a pet at your local rescue organization).
6. Charm bracelets. We love giving these as gifts and adding to them for years to come. Atlanta’s Laura Pearce Ltd. has beautiful options sure to be much appreciated.
7. Mother-daughter baking. This is one of our favorite December traditions. Charlottesville, Virginia’s The Happy Cook has all of the cookie cutters, baking sheets, and tools you need for a day of cookie-decorating and conversation.





Scouted: Silver-Gilt Spoon

SCOUTED-Silver-Gilt-Spoon-BlackTulipAntiques This stunning spoon designed by Salvador Dali is sure to wow even the most difficult person to buy for on your present list. With a mollusk-shaped handle and bearing the maker’s mark of Pierre Hugo, Paris, it is an utterly special piece that will be prized for years to come.

Black Tulip Antiques //  Denver, CO //  303.777.1370


Scouted: Celestial Sites Suspenders

SCOUTED-CelestialSuspenders_JMichaelClothiers These dapper suspenders will have wearers sartorially reaching for the stars. Designed by Trafalgar and made of woven silk, the limited edition braces are the perfect gift for the well-dressed man who also appreciates a bit of whimsy.

J. Michaels Clothiers  //  Nashville, TN  //  615.321.0686


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Boot Up

tsg-winter-boots-embellish-Stuart-Weitzman-Booties-Embellish-Chatt1 If we had to rank our favorite things about cold weather, somewhere among cozying up by a fire, the smell of freshly cut pine boughs, and the first sip of a decadent cup of hot chocolate, we would have to include the fabulous boots. The variety of styles available makes the search for the perfect pair virtually endless; from over-the-knee to ankle booties, cutouts (like the Stuart Weitzmans featured above in a Facebook post from Embellish in Chattanooga) to concealed wedges, there are enough options to easily warrant a second closet—even if you live somewhere that never sees snow.

tsg-winter-boots-arco-avenue-the-mix-navy While our days of bare legs might be numbered (or already behind us) this year, we love that Coclico’s “June” wedge, available from Arco Avenue in Jackson, Mississippi (top), can transition from mild fall days to cool winter nights. The “Fulham” wedge, available from The Mix in Omaha (above, left), is the perfect go-to shoe, classic and clean and able to be paired with anything, while the McCann Wedge bootie with scalloped edge detailing, available from Navy in Tampa Bay, is a sweetly feminine option.

tsg-winter-boot-beanie+cecil-ragandboneboots Completely classic but with just the slightest bit of edge, these Rag and Bone moto boots, available from Beanie + Cecil in Wilmington, North Carolina, are a chic wardrobe staple ready to take on any type of weather. To help us round out our 2014 picks, in addition to the above pairs, we’ve rounded up a few of our favorite black boots from throughout the TSG network. Here are our picks:

tsg-7-essential-black-boots 1. The “Kardale” Vince Camuto from Embellish in Chattanooga / 2. Loro Piana black boots from Cuffs Clothing Company in Cleveland / 3. “Nicola” black leather bootie from Elaine Turner in Houston / 4. DAV Coventry Suede Black Tall from Tully Rector in Hunt Country, Virginia / 5. Tory Burch “Grace” riding boot from Monkee’s of the Pines in Pinehurst, NC / 6. Jerri Boots from Bleu Jean Boutique in Hilton Head / 7. Frye “Melissa Button” from The Bootlegger in Jackson Hole, WY.