Lace Polo

tsg-SCOUTED-lace-polo-shirt Pretty and preppy, this lace polo immediately made our must-have list. Available from the impeccably edited Richmond-based Roan, the top puts a delightful feminine twist on a timeless summer staple. Buy one now and enjoy it for years to come.

Roan  //  Richmond, VA  //  804.288.3699

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Summer Accessories: Go for the Gold

Screen Shot 2015-07-24 at 2.16.02 PM Whether you’re a minimalist or someone who takes a more-is-more approach to style (as the above image taken by Lucy Cuneo for Croghan’s Jewel Box so expertly demonstrates!), we can all appreciate the value of a good accessory. From sleek and modern bangles to whimsical, insect-inspired necklaces, a great piece of jewelry can take an ensemble to the next level with very little effort on the part of the wearer.

Natural Elements

Nature-infused elements are a wonderful way to always have a piece of the great outdoors close at hand. With delicate details and delightful embellishments, the above pieces elevate just about anything they touch. Clockwise from top left: 18k gold ring with diamonds and delicate leaf cut-outs available from Max’s; cognac diamond 18K rose gold sunburst wedding band from William Travis Jewelry; sakura hoop earrings from Suz Somersall; branch bangles available from Merzatta.


We are always looking for unique and textural pieces to add to our collection, and the examples above are essentially wearable pieces of art that will look lovely against a summer glow. Top left: 18k 18kt Gold Vine Cuff available from Elizabeth Bruns; right: Goldbug bib necklace available from Croghan’s Jewel Box; bottom left: Anemone dangle earrings available from Merzatta.

MODERN GeometricS

tsg-summer-jewlery-tayloe-piggott-Group-Woolly-bangle-stack2 Geometric pieces are an easy way to add some edge to even the simplest of outfits. These fossilized Wooly mammoth and scrimshaw bangles (yes, you read that correctly) from Tayloe Piggott Jewelry offer an instant dose of boldness with their dramatic details and cool contours.

tsg-summer-jewelry-eloise-elaineb-arcoave We love jewelry with a twist, so we find these modern yet delicate pieces to be oh so appealing. Top, left: 18k gold ring by Ana Cavalheiro available from Eloise; bottom, right: gem cage necklace from Elaine B Jewelrybottom, left: dagger studs available from Arco Avenue.

The Classics

tsg-summer-jewels-croghans-classics For easy elegance, you simply cannot go wrong with the classics. Case in point: this wide French estate bracelet from Croghan’s Jewel Box that is a truly timeless treasure.

tsg-summer-jewels-classic-necklace-earrings Must-haves for the well-dressed woman: left: solid brass chain from Mi Ossatop, right: white sapphire and pearl stud beauties from Suz Somersall; middle, right: “Wallace pretzel” earrings from Tayloe Piggott Jewelry; bottom, right: Pierre & Harry’s freshwater “mabe” clip earrings.

tsg-summer-jewels-classic-cuffs No jewelry collection is complete without at least one great cuff. These simple yet stunning pieces dress up anything and when layered instantly create an elevated look. Above, left: gold cuff from Stick & Ball; above, right: Five strand hammered brass cuff available from Taylor & Tessier; bottom, left: “Rigate Cuff” available from Victoria Charles Jewelry; bottom, right: Large Corset Cuff available from Marissa Collections.

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Suede Platform Espadrille

tsg-SCOUTED-eloise-espadrille We simply can’t resist the classic summer espadrille. Comfortable, cool, and the perfect shade of camel, these suede platforms are the ideal shoe for your next casual summer soiree. Call and order a pair today!

Eloise  //  Charlottesville, VA  //  434.295.3905

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Elegant Equestrian-inspired Interiors

tsg-eq-interiors-landy-gardner While we enjoy keeping up with trends, we have an abiding love for all things classic, and equestrian style falls squarely within that category. With its commitment to craftsmanship and tradition, the equestrian lifestyle is comprised of elements that are both elegant and enduring. In interiors, this can be translated in a variety of ways; from stable-inspired furnishings and architectural details to repurposed antique equestrian elements to art—as in the gorgeous space by Nashville’s Landy Gardner Interiors above—there’s something irresistible about a home that honors the spirit of the horse.

tsg-eq-interior-m-phelps-srch-exchange-landy-g How charming is the foyer by Charlotte’s Mark Phelps Interiors (top, left)? With walls featuring classic depictions of equestrian activities, it sets a lovely and welcoming tone. Above, left, a library by Landy Gardner Interiors is given a sense of drama and movement by a stunning work of equestrian art. Above, right, an entry to a structure by Birminghams’s Architecture Works, which designs beautiful barns in addition to commercial and residential projects, is adorned with a perfectly situated horse statue.

tsg-eq-interiors-sutro San Francisco-based Sutro Architects’ portfolio is pure eye candy for those who enjoy a modern take. In their Carmel Street project, shown above, a noble steed watches over a stunning dining area, injecting equine beauty and emotion.

tsg-eq-interior-julie-brown-julie-couch In a study by Nashville’s Julie Couch Interiors (left), a work of art enlivens the space and echoes the sense of adventure portrayed by a set of stacked trunks. Meanwhile, boots and a riding hat add a pretty dose of personality in a lovely hallway in an image from the website of The Scout Guide Equestrian interior and furniture designer Julie Browning Bova (right).

tsg-eq-interior-arch-works-michaeldines-sculpture Top: A modern horse gives Architecture Works’s “Factor 48″ project entrance a sleek edge. Bottom, left: a stunning painting by Atlanta-based artist Michael Dines offers a permanent glimpse into a fleeting race-day moment. Bottom, right: an exquisite bronze statue by Stephanie Revennaugh fine art is poised to elevate any space.

tsg-eq-interiors-cf As we learned in our TSG Tip on putting it all on the table, mixing silver and antiques into our everyday lives lets us fully appreciate the pieces and dresses up our decor. In the above image taken by co-founder Christy Ford, silver trophies mixed with natural elements (and Guides!) make for a beautiful vignette. Below, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite items from throughout The Scout Guide network that will add equestrian elegance to any space:


1. Biedemeier leather stool available from Pierce & Co in Nashville.
2.  Carved Walnut and Brass Decorated Carousel Horse available from Robuck in Atlanta.
3. Vintage Iron Jockey Scale Chair available from Garden Variety Designs in Nashville (owner Jeannette Whitson suggests using it as a swing!).
4. Julie Browning Bova’s Julie Browing Bova Home Collection Circle table for Abner Henry.
5. French bronze of a horse and fence available from Black Tulip Antiques in Denver.
6. English Riding Boots adapted as Lamps available from Edgar-Reeves in Atlanta.
7. English 19th Century Painted Iron Sly Fox Weather Vane available from Fireside Antiques in Baton Rouge.
8. Mid-century brass horse-head table lamp available from LUM in New Orleans.
9. Cast Iron Horse available from Pierce & Co in Nashville.
10. Pair of Antique French Iron Hay Rack Tables available from Garden Variety Designs in Nashville.

For regular doses of equestrian beauty, follow The Scout Guide Equestrian.


Correspondence Envelope

Scouted Ideal for on-the-go equestrians (or those who simply admire equestrian style), Oughton Limited’s Paddock Correspondence Envelope is as beautiful as it is practical. From the orange leather exterior to the handsome cotton canvas lining, it’s a classic piece of craftsmanship that one will never tire of carrying. Measuring 7 1/2” L x 5 1/4” tall and featuring three separate compartments, it is also the perfect companion to the Paddock iPad Case. Call and order one (or both!) today. 

Oughton Limited // Manchester, VT // 802.236.3780  

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A Visual Feast

tsg-jh-visual-feast Photography by Carrie Patterson

Every gathering provides an opportunity to express creativity and offer inspiration in every detail. At a recent dinner for fourteen top wedding photographers and one industry insider in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, this idea was both the theme of the evening and the main topic of conversation.

tsg-jh-day-2-event When TSG Jackson Hole photographer Carrie Patterson was named a top photographer by Martha Stewart Weddings last year, she recognized the honor as not just an accolade, but an opportunity. She decided to put together a retreat that would gather the members on the list plus a few other luminaries together to share ideas and inspiration. Dubbed Rendezvous Retreat, the photographer-focused event brought women from all over the country to Turpin Meadow Ranch, a luxury dude ranch, for three days that included morning yoga classes held at Pursue Movement led by Cameron of Jackson Hole Yoga Therapy followed by a raw juicery bar from Healthy Being Juicery; brainstorming sessions about their shared industry, wedding and destination photography; and an intimate dinner hosted by The Scout Guide Jackson Hole that showcased the individual talent and collective beauty of experts executing their craft. Together, the members created a dinner party that highlighted the beauty of Jackson Hole and served as an inspiring backdrop for an evening celebrating the spirit of collaboration, inspiration, and entrepreneurship that the attendees all shared.

tsg-jh-book On the tables styled and filled with beautiful florals by Fleur de V and Hunter Gatherer, photographers were greeted with Guides to both Jackson Hole and their hometown (or the closest TSG city), as well as pretty place cards and menus printed by XOWYO Paper and Press.

tsg-jh-day-2-camera-music The photographers, who mostly all shoot on film (including Santa Barbara-based Lacie Hansen, shown above), came armed with their cameras, of course. Bluegrass band PTO provided the perfect background music, and members Jon DeGroot and Brock Benjamin stuck around for dinner.

tsg-jh-horses-2 As if the evening, which took place during the summer solstice, couldn’t be more sublime, Turpin Meadow Ranch surprised the attendees by letting the horses run. Luckily Carrie captured the incredible moment.

tsg_carriepatterson_meagan_bag_porch Top: The woman behind the Rendezvous, photographer Carrie Patterson (in red), poses with TSG Jackson Hole editor Meagan Murtagh in a photo taken by Yvette Roman. Above, right: The gracious porch where the dinner took place, which offers an elegant take on classic Jackson Hole rustic charm. Above, left: Gift bags held antler necklaces by Padgett Hoke Jewelry, bucking bronco glasses from Made, copies of TSG, and wine from Jackson Hole Winery.

JH event Genevieve Catering made a delicious signature cocktail for the evening, a lavender and peach bellini—find the recipe below—that was as delicious as it was photo-ready (after all, this was an event for photographers!). Everything on their menu was equally divine and picture-perfect, including watermelon and grilled cheese skewers with mint and meyer lemon olive oil; grilled shrimp and gazpacho shooters; grilled Scottish salmon with creamed summer corn, bacon, wild mushrooms, and micro basil; lemon panna cotta with blackberries and honey madeleines; and more.

Whether hosting a catered, ranch-set dinner is in your future or not, we can all take cues from the talented crew who helped make this a beautiful event. Engaging experts who collaborate with and inspire each other, using local flowers and ingredients whenever possible, and infusing every element (including the guest list!) with creativity is usually a winning combination. Bonus points if your guests manage to catch any of it on film!

Lavender and Peach Bellini

1 cup cold water
1 cup unrefined cane sugar
3 tablespoons dried culinary lavender buds
Chilled Brut sparkling wine
Fresh peach puree
Lavender bloom

For the lavender simple syrup: Bring water and lavender to boil in a small saucepan. Once water boils, add sugar while whisking until sugar dissolves. Lower heat and allow to simmer for 5 more minutes. Remove from heat, strain lavender flowers out of mixture, and allow to cool before using.

For the bellini: Add 1 tablespoon lavender simple syrup to a champagne flute. Pour in champagne and top with peach puree. (Genevieve Catering typically uses one part champagne to one part peach juice, but you can create based on your own taste. Garnish with a lavender bloom.

See more of Carrie Patterson’s photos of the Rendezvous Retreat here, and watch a video of the event created by the talented Apres Events team here.