Scouting & Showjumping: TSG at The Hampton Classic

Hampton Classic Last week, TSG co-founder Susie Matheson headed to Bridgehampton, New York, to meet up with TSG Equestrian editor Molly Knott at The Hampton Classic, for which The Scout Guide was a media sponsor. Immediately upon arrival, we began receiving reports describing all of the beauty to be found at the event.

hampton classic From the equine stars of the show and their talented riders (that’s Olympian Anne Kursinski in the image above!) to the creative tablescapes to the incredible craftsmanship evident in the equestrian wares for sale from a variety of vendors, by all accounts the Classic was a truly exquisite occasion worthy of its reputation as one of the most stylish events on the equestrian calendar.

BRUNCH

Hampton Classic tsg-hampton-classic-brunch-food-details On the morning of the 27th, The Scout Guide Equestrian hosted a brunch at Jumper Ring II, during which Susie and Molly mingled with attendees while enjoying the incredible view of the action in the ring. The food was delicious, the service was impeccable, and the opportunity to meet and introduce so many lovely people to the forthcoming TSG Equestrian and our city guides from across the country was such a pleasure.

Shopping

Hampton Classic Following the brunch, Susie and Molly went scouting along with Hamptons-based photographer Bryan Downey. Molly hopped aboard The Styleliner, a mobile boutique expertly curated by Joey Wölffer, to check out the selection and try on unique accessories.

Hampton Classic Of course a stop at the Scouted Dubarry of Ireland was in order. Above, left, Molly models an exquisite Bracken Tweed Sports Jacket in a new tweed pattern by the line (we adore the lining!), while people try out the classic boots (above, right).

Hampton Classic How lovely is Catherine Zadeh (top), who designs gorgeous equestrian-inspired jewelry made out of luxurious and inspired materials like gold, horn, leather, and parachute cord? See her incredible pieces here. Above, left, a selection of jewelry available from traveling boutique Hunt Ltd (see more photos from their Hampton Classic space here!) looks picture perfect atop the show program. Above, right, a scene from stable row, complete with a portrait by Scouted photographer Leon Steele seen in the background.

Hampton Classic Alicia Kossick’s space was an amazing combination of color and craftsmanship. Above, Susie and Alicia hold up a hand loomed cotton blanket for the camera. 

tsg-hampton-classic-shopping-galet When it comes to footwear, equestrian style is tough to beat. Exhibit A: E. Vogel Bespoke custom boots (above, left). Exhibit B: Galet leather and haircalf loafers handmade in France (Molly took home a pair, and we are extremely jealous. And by the way, how charming is Galet owner Jonathan Horemans?).

Hampton Classic Speaking of equestrian footwear, TSG provided competitors with a special gift of boot polish and a TSG Tip celebrating our favorite ways to add flair to equestrian attire.

hampton classic After almost a week of showjumping and scouting, our intrepid TSG team headed home inspired and already excited about returning next year.

Read more about TSG’s trip to The Hampton Classic on The Scout Guide Equestrian blog.

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Sep
4
2015

Scouted: Halo “Inner Light” Earrings

Scouted: Cheri Dunnigan Halo "Inner Light" Pearl, Sterling Silver & Yellow Gold Earring Featuring gorgeous details and casting an irresistible glow, these Cheri Dunnigan Halo “Inner Light” earrings are both beautiful and mood-boosting. Made of gold, sterling silver, and pearls, they’ll go with everything from jeans and a t-shirt to your favorite cocktail dress. Call and add them to your jewelry collection today.

Shannon Green Collection  //  Naples, FL  //  239.919.8091

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Sep
4
2015

Words We Love / 60

Words We Love #60

Sep
3
2015

A Harvest-inspired Table

tsg-harvest-table-styling1 Last week, we were invited to designer Jan Roden’s house for lunch and to discuss an upcoming workshop she will be hosting at Monticello as part of the highly anticipated Heritage Harvest Festival. Spending time at Jan’s is always a treat; her home is a treasure trove of beautiful furnishings, antiques (her bird cage, which houses the happiest finches on earth, is one of our favorite pieces), and special touches like the cloche on the “snack table” under which she places a different delicious surprise daily for her grandchildren to discover.

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Walking into Jan’s house on Thursday was even more delightful than usual. The aforementioned workshop is titled “Designing Your Holiday Feast,” and will entail Jan setting festive tables with antiques from Jefferson’s day and inspired by Jefferson’s tastes. In preparation, she had laid out serving dishes and accessories influenced by what would have been on Jefferson’s table, as well as seasonally appropriate fare for a fall feast. A turkey—procured from her son-in, law, Ryan Ford, owner of The Organic Butcher (and husband of TSG co-founder Christy Ford)—had been roasting in her oven since 7:20 a.m., making the already enticing space smell like Thanksgiving. Jan’s antique ironstone cake stands were laden with oranges (“It’s such a silly thing, but it makes me so happy,” Roden said of her collection). And, adding a whimsical detail to the mix, Jan’s granddaughter Tulip had been over the day before and arranged a smiley face out of peppercorns in the clam shell salt cellar.

tsg-harvest-table-setup2 After showing us what she’d pulled and explaining why—the covered dish was a reference to Jefferson’s quest to find a covered vegetable dish to bring home to the U.S. from Paris, the antique book was a nod to the books that Jefferson always kept on the mantel so he wouldn’t have to waste a moment idly waiting for dinner to be served—Jan started arranging a traditional iteration of a table, bearing in mind Jefferson’s tendency toward the understated. According to Jan, Jefferson was even criticized by guests for hosting dinners that were too inelegant! (Which leads us to wonder, if Thomas Jefferson gets snarky reviews, why should we worry what people think?)

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Just before lunchtime, as Jan was styling, Christy arrived with her daughters, Ruby and Tulip. Proving that the design gene can be inherited, Ruby sized up the table and immediately suggested that a candelabrum at their house would look better than the one currently in use. She was correct.

tsg-harvest-table-modern1 After lunch, the traditional table was disassembled and Jan began her modern interpretation, incorporating Jeffersonian-inspired pieces with current trends in entertaining. Seeing her mix old pieces with new and arrange items in a manner consistent with contemporary entertaining was so inspiring.

tsg-harvest-table-theodore1 Of course, once the table was set it was time to bring Jan’s cockapoo, Theodore, into the scene. What’s more modern than making sure your dog has a place at the table?

Those lucky enough to be in the Charlottesville area from September 10 – 12 should consult the Heritage Harvest Festival schedule to see the full lineup of events. And if you enjoyed this sneak peek of Jan’s talk, tickets to her workshop at 10:30 a.m. on September 11 are still available, so order yours now! The inspiration and education you’ll receive during the hourlong session will give you a new appreciation for Jefferson as a host, and plenty ideas for setting your holiday table.

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Photographs by Robin Verrier for The Scout Guide.

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Sep
2
2015

Cheetah Pointed Toe Flat

Scouted The flat we’ve been waiting for to take us into fall, the “Zola” by Matt Bernson is pointed toe, cheetah-print perfection. Featuring a leather lining and just the right amount of attitude, this shoe will complete any outfit and win over wearers with its combination of practicality and personality.  Call Arco Avenue and order a pair today!

Arco Avenue // Jackson, MS // 601.790.9662

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Aug
31
2015

Six Go-to Looks for a Long Weekend in Charlottesville, VA

Guest curator: Audrey Lewis of Eloise

tsg_audrey_lewis_eloise Thanks to stunning vineyards and other wedding venue-ready settings, a venerable university, and an impressive variety of dining and entertainment options, Charlottesville has become a popular fall destination. To help those who may be traveling to the central Virginia city pack the perfect looks and spend a long weekend like a stylish local, we asked Audrey Lewis, owner of the beloved Charlottesville boutique eloise, for recommendations on what to wear and do during an autumn visit to TSG HQ’s hometown. 

Thursday evening

tsg_thurs_evening_eloise Where to go: Lewis recommends arriving in town in time for drinks and dinner at Tavola (826 Hinton Avenue). Located in the Belmont neighborhood, the restaurant, which serves delicious rustic Italian fare, doesn’t take reservations, but patrons can now enjoy a drink in the recently opened craft cocktail lounge in the back while waiting for a table. What to wear: (clockwise from top left): Clyde patchwork print dress with exposed back zipper accessorized with o-ring knotted leather necklacepyrite bracelet with pave diamond bead, and open-toe ankle booties.

Friday Daytime

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Where to go: Lewis advises antiquing like a local at And George (3465 Ivy Road), The Curious Orange Store (2845 Ivy Road), August 93 (407D Monticello Road), and Stedman House (201 E High Street). Break for lunch at Mediterranean restaurant Orzo (416 W. Main Street [editor’s note: eloise is located just one block away at 505 W. Main Street—be sure to stop in and say hello to your tour guide!]), then enjoy an afternoon facial at Signature Medical Spa so you’ll feel refreshed for your night out. What to wear: Augustina button-up lace shirt, black ankle-length skinny jeans with leather-like coating, striped flannel top.

Friday night

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Where to go: Lewis recommends pre-dinner drinks and oysters at Public Fish & Oyster (513 West Main Street) before heading next door to Oakhart Social (511 West Main Street) for delicious small plates. What to wear: Pair your favorite skinny jeans with a bias cami in a champagne-hued silk-like cotton fabric and wool vest with button detail at shoulder and side. Accessorize with an African brass bead necklace by The Woods Fine Jewelry and a 14 carat gold open ring with bicolor tourmaline by Ana Cavalheiro Fine Jewelry.

Saturday sightseeing

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Where to go: Enjoy brunch and the beautiful view at the picturesque Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards (5022 Plank Road, North Garden, VA), then treat yourself to a tour of the University of Virginia grounds. What to wear: Silk crepe flare sleeve dress accessorized with a Feather pendant bracelet and leather bag.

Saturday night

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Where to go: Lewis recommends heading to the downtown mall for the evening, beginning with drinks at the stylish bar at the sleek Japanese restaurant TEN (120B E. Main Street) followed by dinner at Fleurie (108 3rd Street NE), a charming restaurant located just off the mall that serves delicious modern French cuisine. What to wear: A yellow, red, and white reef-print Bella dress paired with a Silk thread necklace and Romanesque stackable rings.

Sunday OUt On the town

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Where to go: Lewis’s advice for those with a somewhat adventurous side is to take a hot air balloon ride (TSG co-founder Christy Ford agrees that this is an excellent way to take in amazing views of the city!), then enjoy a coffee from Greenberry’s (1049 Emmet Street N) before heading out of town. What to wear: A silk charmeuse mock neck shirt, wool and cashmere Tie-dye poncho, and le garcon boyfriend jeans.   

Read more about Audrey Lewis here, and follow TSG Charlottesville for additional local recommendations when visiting the city.

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Aug
28
2015