Pop Pestamel

Scouted: Pop Pestamel Surf-inspired hues and super absorbent organic Turkish cotton make this pestamel the perfect beach companion. Ready to be used as a towel, blanket, or sarong, it’s both fashionable and functional—our favorite summertime combination.

Loomed  //  New Orleans, LA  //  504.304.2047

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July Loves


“Summertime is always the best of what might be.” —Charles Bowden

While the official first day of summer technically falls in June, July is when the season truly sets in. High temperatures and summertime routines start to feel like the norm, and activities like running through the sprinkler and catching fireflies become second nature for the younger set. Here’s to a month of pure summer fun!


Seven Things We Love About July

1. Celestial Charts. Star gazing is a must this time of year, so what better way to learn the constellations than with an illustrated star chart from Denver’s The Old Map Gallery.
2. Polished Pool Attire. Whether lounging by a pool, sailing, or surfing, finding the perfect swimsuit can be a lot like finding the perfect pair of jeans—time consuming yet essential. This is why we look to Austin’s SUNROOM for their reliably chic selection of swimwear.
3. Fringed Footwear. Every season brings a new trend, so when we spotted this pair of snakeskin, lace-up front, fringe, block-heel (pre-fall trend alert!) beauties available from CeCe Shoes in New Orleans we simply had to share.
4. Italian Escapes. From the Amalfi coast to the Tuscan countryside, Italy has risen to the top of our must-do summer escapes list. Start planning your own Roman Holiday by calling  Charlottesville-based Peace Frogs Travel Outfitters.
5. Crystal Chandeliers. Light and luminous crystal chandeliers add an elegant look to any room, and New Orleans-based Gerrie Bremermann Designs offers a beautifully curated selection.
6. Lobster Lunches. We aren’t looking to debate the best (or proper) way to prepare a lobster roll. However, if you are visiting the South Shore, we recommend making a lunch reservation at Alma Nove for their Lobster panini. It’s served with dill-mayonnaise on toasted brioche—delicious!
7. Pearl Earrings. This time of year we find ourselves leaning toward sea-inspired accessories, like this pair of pearl accented earrings available at Houston’s Judith Ann Jewels. The light blue-grey hues and irresistible sparkle make a stunning summertime statement.


The Ultimate Summer Concoction: Todd Thrasher’s Tomato Water

Tomato Water Recipe In our quest to highlight in-season ingredients, we believe we may have encountered the ideal recipe in Todd Thrasher’s Tomato Water, which he created for the Alexandria, Virginia-based Restaurant Eve. Endlessly refreshing and wonderfully versatile, this simple yet sophisticated concoction tastes like summer in a glass (and feels like it, too, thanks to the perfect amount of heat achieved via a Serrano chile).

TSG Tomato Water Recipe

Like Thrasher’s acclaimed cocktail mixes, the tomato water is available for purchase at the Society Fair market located just down the street from Restaurant Eve, but those not lucky enough to live in the Alexandria area can make it at home with the following recipe. The team at Society Fair uses it to dress their Caprese salad—a technique we tried last night for a dinner party that yielded excellent results. (We also drizzled it over Panzanella, which was a hit. Trust us, this is going to become your must-have magic potion for summer.)

Todd Thrasher’s Tomato Water

4 large beefsteak tomatoes, cut into chunks
1/2 serrano chile
1/8 red onion
One 2-inch stalk of lemongrass, coarsely chopped
Large pinch of salt
2 ounces fresh orange juice

In a food processor, combine the tomatoes, chile, onion, lemongrass and salt; puree until smooth. Pour the puree into a cheesecloth-lined strainer set over a bowl and refrigerate overnight. Discard the pulp. Add the orange juice to the mixture and refrigerate for up to 1 day. Yields 16 ounces.

Tomato Water Recipe

In addition to serving as a delicious dressing, the tomato water forms the foundation for an amazing Bloody Mary that’s available at the bar at Restaurant Eve. We, of course, had to make one (our version is shown above) and immediately decided it would be the perfect cocktail with which to kick off the 4th of July. Look for the recipe in the tomorrow’s issue of The Scouted Life newsletter (if you’re not already subscribed, you can sign up here) and prepare to welcome a new favorite drink into your repertoire.

Restaurant Eve // Alexandria, VA //  703.706.0450
Society Fair // Alexandria, VA // 703.683.3247

All photos and styling by The Scout Guide. Photographed at the TSG Test Kitchen in Charlottesville, Virginia. Print and silver tray available for purchase from And George.


Tahitian Pearl Earrings

Scouted: Tahitan Pearl Earrings There’s something about Tahitian pearls that makes them feel so appropriate for summertime. Pair them with emeralds and diamonds and you have the perfect accessories for the season. With their ocean-esque hues and irresistible sparkle, these stunning earrings by Elizabeth Bruns will look gorgeous with a tan—and elevate any ensemble.

Elizabeth Bruns  //  Charlotte, NC  //  704.365.3700

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A Saturday in Aspen with Editor Brooke Casillas

TSG Aspen editor Brooke Casillas An excellent winter destination, Aspen is simply stunning in the summertime as well, and with the latest volume of The Scout Guide Aspen launching last week, we thought this would be the perfect time to catch up with editor Brooke Casillas. Here, she walks us through a Saturday in her hometown:

Right after I wake up I always catch up on emails, Photoshop (in addition to being editor of The Scout Guide Aspen I’m a photographer, and right now I’m working on a fine art project and studio shots of a client’s new clothing line), social media (I’m particularly spending a lot of time on Pinterest these days since I’m planning a wedding), and my favorite blogs (I follow all the TSG cities). Getting some work done first thing in the morning makes me feel like I’m already ahead before I “officially” start my day, and my routine really doesn’t deviate whether it’s a weekend or weekday—every day is about getting inspiration and talking to clients.

TSG Aspen editor Brooke Casillas hike 10:00 a.m.: TAKE A HIKE
Time for a mid-morning workout with my dog, Pepper. Smuggler mountain is the local favorite for a quick hike with good reason: It’s an easy, hourlong hike up and down the mountain, and the view once you get up is amazing—you can take in Aspen mountain as well as the other three ski mountains.

TSG Aspen editor Brooke Casillas 11:15 a.m.: TO THE MARKET
I’m in need of a post-hike snack, so I swing by the farmer’s market (one of my favorite summer destinations) and grab a yummy croissant from Louis Swiss bakery, then walk around and get fruit and veggies for the week.

With winter being so long in Aspen, it is such a treat to walk around in the sun, and there are so many great vendors at our market. In addition to the local food producers, there are tons of cool makers selling clothing, jewelry, pottery, and more. Today I spotted a cute new cuff by Taylor and Tessier (below, right) that will look good with absolutely everything.

TSG Aspen editor Brooke Casillas 12:00 p.m.: SCOUTING
I’m ready to use my job as an excuse to go shopping. I’m going to a wedding this evening, so I’m on the lookout for something to add to my outfit, and a warm cashmere wrap from Souchi seems perfectly appropriate. I also need to buy my niece a birthday present, so I swing by the Aspen Art Museum because they have adorable and unique kids toys, clothes, and books, and I score: they have a little wooden camera that is the perfect present from a favorite photographer aunt.

TSG Aspen editor Brooke Casillas 12:45 p.m.: LUNCH WITH THE GIRLS
Just a couple of blocks away from the museum, Ajax Tavern is an obvious choice for lunch. A burger and rose at the base of the mountain on a beautiful day? Yes, please!

TSG Aspen editor Brooke Casillas 2:30 p.m.: A REAL CATCH
Before I hit the town for the evening, I like to go fly fishing with my super active fiancé. It’s so relaxing to get out on the river, which is a five-minute walk from my house, tops. Usually I fish, but today I ended up just reading a book on the bank while having a glass of wine. Either way it’s nice to be on the water!

tsg-day-with-tsg-aspen-editor-Brooke-Casillas-celebrate.jpg 6 p.m.: TIME TO CELEBRATE
As in so many other places, it’s wedding season here, and for good reason: Aspen is absolutely stunning in the summertime. Tonight we took the gondola up to the top of Aspen mountain to celebrate my friend tying the knot on the sundeck. The catering and service by The Little Nell was excellent as usual, and a gorgeous sunset served as a backdrop—the perfect end to the day, and the perfect place to begin a marriage!

TSG Aspen editor Brooke Casillas

12:30 a.m.: LIGHTS OUT
What a day. Hiking, shopping, dancing….There is always something amazing to do in this town, I need to rest up so I’m ready to start over tomorrow!


Six Summer Essentials: Luxurious and Understated Basics

Guest CuratorS: CYNDI HAWKES AND LIZ SCHEER of Juicy Lucy

Summer Essentials Summer fashion is about chic simplicity. When temperatures are high and schedules are hectic, there is simply no room for frills. Selecting more minimal pieces doesn’t mean sacrificing style, however. In fact, beautifully crafted basics are the foundation of a successful summer wardrobe that allows us to look effortlessly put together.

To help us assemble the ideal summer closet, we asked Cyndi Hawkes and Liz Scheer, owners of the impeccably edited Chagrin Falls, Ohio-based boutique Juicy Lucy, which pieces make their list of summer essentials. Describing their philosophy, Hawkes and Scheer explain, “Summer essentials are about understated basics…. Forming an irreverent classic look that is simplistic without compromising luxury.”

From a timeless trench (shown above) to the perfect white shirt to an ideal summer scent, here are their recommendations:

Summer Essentials

1. “Jack” white linen shirt by CP Shades  //  2. Comme des Garçons PLAY Eau de Toilette  //  3. TAP by Todd Pownell gold cuff earrings  //  4. “Norbert” tote by Jérôme Dreyfuss  //  5. Gator flip flop by Rhonda Ochs  //  6. Trench coat (show at top of post) by Julia Jentzsch

 Juicy Lucy  //  Chagrin Falls, OH  //  440.247.5748

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