The Scout Guide Alexandria editor Sarah Phillips. Photography by Sarah Marcella.

As advocates for small businesses, The Scout Guide editors are continually scouting their communities for local finds to share and celebrate. With their fingers on the pulse, they are also excellent sources of unique recommendations. Recently, we caught up with The Scout Guide Alexandria editor Sarah Phillips—who is currently shooting The Scout Guide Alexandria, Volume 7—to find out what she’s really excited about these days. Here, she shares her current obsessions, from the pillows she’s using to accessorize her new couch to an inspiring podcast to her go-to store for nursery prep.   

1. WHERE I’M SHOPPING

Mint Collective and She’s Unique // “Mint Collective has so many beautiful fall things. And while I’m contending with a considerable baby bump and most clothes are out of the question at the moment, accessories rule the day. Speaking of, when I pop into She’s Unique, I always find pieces I love.”

2. WHAT I’M LISTENING TO

The Skinny Confidential Podcast // “I’m obsessed with The Skinny Confidential! It’s hosted by entrepreneurs and brand builders Lauryn Evarts Bosstick and Michael Bosstick and it’s a fun mix of interviews with celebrities, entrepreneurs, influencers, experts, and thought leaders. The conversations run the gamut of wellness tips, business advice, relationship insights, and tons of laughter.”

3. WHAT I’M DECORATING WITH

Accessories from Patina // “I’m loving the new fall decor at Patina. We just got a new couch and I’m having so much fun checking out all of their throw pillows. There are so many fun options to choose from.”

4. WHAT I’M DOING

Prepping my nursery // “We just started shooting for volume 7, so I’ll be really busy doing photo shoots until the baby arrives in early December! In between those, I am doubling down getting my nursery ready, and Monday’s Child has so many adorable baby goodies. Swoon.” 

5. WHAT I’M WEARING

Golden Goose Sneakers from The Shoe Hive // “At this point, I’ll wear anything that fits! That’s mostly dresses and my Golden Goose sneakers.”

6. WHAT I’M WATCHING

Yellowstone on Paramount Network // “This show is so great! Everyone has been talking about it for some time and I finally started watching it, and I can’t get enough. Season four is about to drop so now’s a good time to get up to speed.” 

7. WHAT I’M GIFTING

Anything from Secretly Gifting // “When I am stumped on what to give, Secretly Gifting always comes through for me. They recently returned from a Paris scouting trip and they sourced the best gifts. I am really loving their colorful leather card holders.”

To keep up with Sarah’s current loves and all things local in Alexandria, Virginia, follow The Scout Guide Alexandria on Instagram and visit alexandria.thescoutguide.com.