Scouted: Striped Blazer

Scouted menswear: Striped Blazer from Capitol

This stylish grey-and-white striped cotton blazer would be a welcome staple in any man’s wardrobe. Versatile, classic, and a comfortable weight, it’ll complete any outfit, whether worn with matching pants as a suit or with jeans for a more casual look. Call or order one online now and never wonder what to wear to a summer cocktail party again.

Striped blazer available from Capitol // Featured in The Scout Guide Charlotte // 704.366.0388

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Apr
30
2016

Girls in White Dresses

7 White Looks We Love

tsg-spring-dresses-patricia-finds-emerson-frye-meta-vest2 Without a shadow of a doubt, white is our favorite color for summer. However, we don’t wait until Memorial Day to start wearing the hue head-to-toe. Instead of arbitrary rules and stodgy traditions, we let the temperature and our temperaments dictate where and when to go all-white. After all, a piece as sophisticated and versatile as the above Emerson Fry vest (available from Pinehurst’s Patricia Finds) shouldn’t be stuck in the closet for the majority of the year.

tsg-dresses-capitol-stlaurent-hampden-giadaforte-1 Far from being wedding dress-esque, the St. Laurent gown available from Capitol in Charlotte (left) and Giada Forte embroidered frock available from Hampden in Charleston (right) demonstrate why at least one long white dress belongs in every woman’s closet. Thanks to perfect proportions and lovely subtle details, these pieces are destined to be spring and summer dinner party go-tos for years to come.

tsg-dresses-scarpa Floaty and flattering (and featuring pockets!), the gauzy kimono-style dress by Horses Atelier and lightweight sleeveless dress by Assembly New York—both available from Scarpa in Charlottesville, Virginia—are timeless pieces. We love how they’re styled with subtle yet stunning accessories and gorgeous neutral shoes, also available from the store.

tsg-eloise-marissacollections1 If we had to select one piece to be our official spring uniform, the white dress by Humanoid (left), available from Charlottesville’s eloise, would be it. Crisp and expertly cut, it could be dressed up or down, and will always look chic (especially when paired with a blue linen scarf!). For weekends, Suno’s floral eyelet dress (right), available from Marissa Collections in Naples, is a sweet yet slightly edgy pick that’s perfectly appropriate for day paired with flats, but can also be worn with sandals for a chic evening look.

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Apr
28
2016

Scouted: Reclaimed Skip Planed Oak Table

Scouted: Reclaimed Skip Planed Oak Table We love the character and craftsmanship of this reclaimed wood table from the talents at Good Wood in Nashville, Tennessee. Handmade from reclaimed oak timbers hand-picked from barns and buildings in Middle Tennessee, the piece, which measures 72″ long by 36″ wide by 30″ tall, is destined to become an heirloom. Call and claim it before we do!

“The Oliver” available from Good Wood // Featured in The Scout Guide Nashville // 615.454.3817

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Apr
26
2016

An Insider’s Guide to New Orleans, Louisiana

tsg-taylor-morgan-neworleans-3 With Jazz Fest kicking off today, we thought it was the perfect time to ask TSG New Orleans Editor Taylor Morgan to share some tips on how to enjoy NOLA like a local. Here is her insider’s itinerary, which covers everything from where to shop, where to stay, when to visit (hint: book your tickets now!), and of course plenty of recommendations for delicious meals and killer cocktails. Laissez les bon temps rouler!

Where to stay:
For travelers looking for the ultimate New Orleans experience, there’s the Windsor Court Hotel (300 Gravier Street), a quiet oasis in the middle of the downtown scene. The grand, luxuriously appointed hotel has a world-class spa where locals go to get pampered, plus the best view of downtown, which you can take in from their rooftop. The cocktails are also top-notch: “Whenever I check in, I immediately nestle myself into a high-backed chair at the Polo Lounge,” Taylor says.

tsg-terrell-house-neworleans-1 The Terrell House courtyard.

If you’re interested in uptown accommodations, Terrell House (1441 Magazine Street) is a sophisticated bed and breakfast in an old New Orleans Garden District three-story Italianate mansion that offers one of the most authentic “like-a-local” experiences in town, complete with porches, galleries, balconies, and a beautiful courtyard. “The location is perfect,” says Taylor. “It’s in a quiet neighborhood close to the city’s best shopping.”

Where to drink:
We’re aware you’re probably not looking for healthy suggestions, but bear with us for a moment (your body will thank you): Pulp and Grind (644 Camp Street), which is located just two blocks from the Windsor Court, has the best fresh juices to refuel. Trust us, you’ll need it. They serve coffee, too, in case you need caffeine after a long day or a big night out.

Now, for the information you’re really seeking. In the French Quarter, Taylor recommends heading to Lafitte’s (941 Bourbon Street), which some claim is the oldest bar in the U.S., for a purple daiquiri to indulge in a little day drinking. For happy hour, Brennan’s (417 Royal Street), a legendary New Orleans institution that recently received a facelift, has what Taylor describes as arguably one of the best happy hours in the Quarter. She advises sitting in the courtyard and taking advantage of the half-price bottles of champagne (“It includes the good stuff, too!” Taylor notes). If you’re looking for a delicious pre-dinner drink in a classic New Orleans location complete with vintage bar, pay a visit to the French 75 Bar (813 Rue Bienville) at Arnaud’s. For a nightcap, visit the Davenport Lounge (921 Canal Street) at the Ritz downtown, where locals and travelers gather to see jazz artist Jeremy Davenport perform. Uptown, if you find yourself in need of a cocktail after a day of Magazine Street shopping, treat yourself to happy hour at the beautiful and cozy Bouligny Tavern (3641 Magazine Street), which serves small plates and delicious drinks.

tsg-arnauds-french75-neworleans-1 Left: The entrance to Arnaud’s. Right: A French 75 at the French 75 Bar at Arnaud’s.

Where to dine:
Lunch: “Lunch is huge in this town,” says Taylor. All the best restaurants do a stellar lunch service that begins at 11:30 and lingers on into the late afternoon. Keep in mind, in New Orleans, leisure time is intensely valued, and a cocktail almost always accompanies your midday meal. While there are a multitude of options, Taylor prefers to keep it classic. “A traditional New Orleans meal is such an invaluable experience,” Taylor explains. “And almost all of them will come with a twist.”

For a long lunch with friends, Brennan’s (417 Royal Street) and Galatoire’s (209 Bourbon Street) are Taylor’s go-to spots in the French Quarter. Uptown, Taylor recommends James Beard “Best Chef of the South” nominee Justin Devillier’s La Petite Grocery (4238 Magazine Street), where the octopus is her favorite.

tsg-napoleonhouse-neworleans-1 Napoleon House.

For a more casual lunch, Napoleon House (500 Chartres Street), which occupies a 200-year-old building in the French Quarter, is Taylor’s pick. “There are few things in life better than a classic muffuletta, Zapp’s potato chips straight out of the bag, a dill pickle, and a Pimm’s Cup,” Taylor says. Café Reconcile (1631 Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard), which serves New Orleans soul food (think: gumbo, friend catfish, po-boys) and trains at-risk youth in the food service industry, is another excellent low-key option in a historic and culture-filled neighborhood.

Dinner: For the best in New Orleans Creole cuisine, head to Arnaud’s (813 Rue Bienville). Start with the soufflé potatoes or oysters Arnaud, dine on quail or pompano David, and finish bananas foster and café brûlot. Another great choice is Justin Devillier’s new restaurant, Balise (640 Carondelet Street), which has a fabulous downstairs bar and upstairs balcony and serves delicious New Orleans fare.

Where to shop:
If you only have one afternoon to shop in town, Taylor suggests focusing on Magazine Street. But bear in mind, shopping in New Orleans does not just mean walking in, picking something out, and then moving on to the next store. “This is about visiting,” says Taylor. “It’s about discovering the secret gardens and little corners full of treasures. It’s about meeting the shop owners, hearing their stories, and taking their advice for which shop to pop into next.” So make an early lunch reservation and then block the whole afternoon off to browse Magazine Street from top to bottom.

tsg-bremermann-designs-neworleans-1 Left: The exterior of Bremermann Designs. Right: Gerrie Bremermann in her shop.

New Orleans residents take their home décor seriously, and Magazine Street is peppered with expertly curated stores all within mere blocks of one another that cater to the design-minded shopper. Whether or not you’re in the market for antiques and furnishings, venture in to Shaun Smith Home (3947 Magazine Street) and Bremermann Designs (3943 Magazine Street), which is located right next door. Shaun Smith offers an eclectic mix of chic coffee table books, beautiful pillows, and antique pieces in his space, and Gerrie Bremermann, the grande dame of New Orleans design, has an absolutely gorgeous store filled with works by local artists, Fortuny accents, luxurious furnishings, objets, and more.

About a one-minute walk from your last stop is a charming courtyard, off of which you’ll find Jane Scott Hodge’s renowned linen and custom monogram shop Leontine Linens (3806 Magazine Street). The space is filled with beautiful examples of monogrammed items from handkerchiefs and napkins to beddings and bathrobes—the perfect place to shop for a present (or personal souvenir). Just next door in the secluded passageway is Malachite (3806 Magazine Street), interior designer Melissa Miles Rufty’s home furnishings store, which offers exquisite antique finds and art, and reflects her incredible eye for color and texture.

tsg-leontine-linens-neworleans-1 Top: The entrance to the corridor where Leontine Linens and Malachite are located off of Magazine Street. Above: Samples of Leontine Linens monograms.

Across the street from Leontine and Malachite you’ll find Marion Cage (3807 Magazine Street), where you can scope out the beautiful, handcrafted contemporary jewelry. About five blocks down, you’ll have the opportunity to indulge in a little sensory overload at Dunn & Sonnier (3433 Magazine Street), a longtime New Orleans favorite for flowers, antiques, and gifts.

At this point in your adventure, consider taking a detour into the Garden District in the direction of St. Charles Avenue, taking in the gorgeous houses as you make your way to the Rink building on Prytania Street. If you have a little one, be sure to stop into Mignon (2727 Prytania Street) to check out the charming, classic children’s attire before refueling at coffee shop Still Perkin’, also located in the Rink.

Wind your way back to Magazine, and head down to Clover (2240 Magazine Street), a chic clothing boutique that carries beautiful clothing lines carefully selected by owner Melissa Coleman. End your approximately 1.5-mile long stroll at the shop of local jewelry artist Gogo Borgerding (2036 Magazine Street), who creates colorful, geometric cuffs that will remind you of your trip long after you’ve left NOLA.

Where to sample the arts scene:
In New Orleans, everything is art: the cocktails, the architecture, even the crawfish boils. But when it comes to the real deal you’ll want to make sure you visit the studios of some of the town’s world-renowned artists, and the impressive institution that is the New Orleans Museum of Art (One Collins C. Diboll Circle), home to a stunning permanent collection noted for its French and American art and five-acre sculpture garden. Right now, NOMA is home to an exhibition of twenty-three paintings by Bob Dylan depicting scenes of New Orleans—an ideal diversion for those who feel like sitting out a day of Jazz Fest.

On Taylor’s not-to-be-missed list of local talents are modern furniture artisans Mitchell and Larkin Gaudet (218 Mehle Avenue in Old Arabi), artist Alexis Walter (see a selection of her work at Bremermann Designs, 3943 Magazine Street), pop artist Ashley Longshore (4537 Magazine Street), and artist Amanda Talley (1382 Magazine Street). “Everyone coming to town really must pop into Ashley Longshore’s Studio,” says Taylor. “But be warned: It’s best to go to after a long, boozy lunch at nearby La Petite Grocery.” [Editor’s note: We fact-checked this, and it’s true.] At Amanda Talley’s studio, you’ll be treated to larger-than-life designs pulsing with energy and style, and you can catch a glimpse of her one-of-a-kind wallpaper designs.

tsg-ashley-longshore-studio-neworleans-1 Ashley Longshore’s studio.

For additional art and inspiration, head to Julia Street, New Orleans’s downtown art district, where Taylor recommends stopping in Julie Silvers Art (617 Julia Street) and Octavia Art Gallery (454 Julia Street).

How to have an outdoor adventure:
Absorbing New Orleans on two wheels is Taylor’s favorite way to scout her city. Whether you’re looking for a bicycling booze cruise (yes, they have those in NOLA) or a more exercise-based ride, Taylor highly recommends renting a bike to explore the city. Pedal your way up Magazine Street at a leisurely pace, or commit to a city-spanning tour via the new Lafitte Greenway, which heads right by popular health and local ingredient-focused restaurant Satsuma (7901 Maple Street), with a finale in the gorgeous Crescent Park with sweeping panoramas of the skyline.

When to visit:
Mardi Gras, Jazz Fest, and countless other music festivals offer plenty of reasons to take a trip to the Big Easy. But what people might not know, Taylor says, is that New Orleans is having its interior design moment this spring, when Bunny Williams and other design dynamos will descend upon the city for Southern Style Now May 18 – 22. The event will feature a long-weekend’s worth of panel discussions and cocktail parties, plus Traditional Home’s first-ever NOLA show house done by Shaun Smith that you’ll have to see to believe. “Our very own Gerrie Bremermann will be receiving an award, and I speak for the entire city when I say I couldn’t be prouder!” Taylor says.

When to call Taylor:
If you’re feeling overwhelmed by all the options, Taylor can help you design the perfect itinerary based on your personal tastes. Having recently launched The Scout Guide New Orleans Experiences, a program in which she works with local tastemakers to offer small groups the opportunity to enjoy the city like an insider, she’s well equipped to handle all the details.

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Apr
22
2016

Scouted: Lantern & Scroll “K-3″

Scouted: Lantern & Scroll "K-3" Clean-lined and utterly classic, this hanging lantern from Charlotte, North Carolina-based Lantern & Scroll would be perfectly at home in an entryway. Featuring a four-light brass cluster and solid copper finish, it will look stately and elegant—and stand the test of time.

Available from Lantern & Scroll  // Featured in The Scout Guide Charlotte  // 704.333.5088

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Apr
22
2016

What We’re Making: Tomato Cucumber Zahtar Salad

Tomato Cucumber Zahtar Salad Now that spring in full swing, our home gardens are producing and the farmer’s market brings new varieties of fresh fruits and vegetables every week. With such delicious ingredients at our fingertips, we’ve been on the lookout for recipes that allow us to incorporate them and let their natural and distinct flavors stand out. Fortunately, Kathy Mangham, chef and owner of Gourmet Girls catering in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, was willing to share a recipe that does just that. In her Tomato and Cucumber Zahtar Salad, Mangham, who takes a seasonal and local approach to her dishes, using what’s available from producers in her area at every opportunity, combines fresh and flavorful elements with seasonings that delicately enhance them. The result is a salad that’s not just pleasing to the palate, it also looks pretty on the plate (that’s our finished product, above). Here’s how to make it at home:

Tomato Cucumber Zahtar Salad

Serves 4
3 Kumato tomatoes*, quartered 
1 Persian cucumber, seeded and sliced
1 tablespoon. fresh lemon juice
1 tablespoon extra vigin olive oil
1/4 cup finely chopped red onion
6 fresh mint leaves, julienned
1 teaspoon zahtar
1/4 teaspoon coarse sea salt
Pinch of coarse ground black pepper

Instructions: Toss all ingredients in a serving bowl and mix to combine. Serve at room temperature.
*Editor’s note: You can substitute your favorite type of fresh, slightly sweet tomato if you prefer. 

For more inspiration and images of Gourmet Girls’ exquisite work—including intricate and gilded cakes you have to see to believe—check out their Instagram feed. And if you’re in Baton Rouge, stop by their shop on Perkins Road to enjoy their confections in person.

Gourmet Girls // Featured in The Scout Guide Baton Rouge, Louisiana // 225.252.0999

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Apr
21
2016