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 information. Recently, we caught up with The Scout Guide Fort Worth editor Leigh Brown to find out what she’s really excited about these days. Here, she shares her obsessions, from the ideal hostess gift to a seasonal, must-have candle and her favorite cocktail.   

1. What I’m Wearing

Floral Blouses from You Are Here // The ladies of You Are Here curate the most fabulous styles from fan-favorites and indie brands alike, so the boutique is always a go-to for livening up my wardrobe. Whether it’s a punchy blouse or new Golden Goose, I always find something I’ll not only wear on repeat for the upcoming season, but for years to come. You Are Here is truly a can’t-miss shopping destination, whether you’re visiting Fort Worth or shopping online.

2. What I’m Using

Lafco Candle from Hale House // I’m obsessed with all of these candles, but my current favorite is Duchess Peony. It’s perfect to usher in spring.  

3. What I’m Coveting

Artwork Curated by Bee Street Gallery // I can always count on our Volume 7 member Bee Street Gallery to introduce me to talented artists with ultra-covetable works. Currently, I’m eyeing the color-packed mixed media pieces by Hannah Lane. If you’re an art lover with a penchant for color, Bee Street Gallery will be your new favorite gallery.

4. What I’m Eating

Custom Loft22 Birthday Cake // My husband’s birthday is around the corner and I just ordered his favorite cake from Loft22 Cakes. Owner Tareka Lofton is so talented, and our family cannot get enough of her sweets. We’re so excited she’s offering shipping so we can share our favorite confections with friends and family beyond Fort Worth!

5. What I’m Drinking

My Husband’s Old Fashioned // The past year saw quite the brush up in my husband’s bartending skills. I’m currently loving his take on this classic cocktail, and he’s graciously shared his recipe.

  • Crush 1 original maraschino cherry by Luxardo in the bottom of an old-fashioned glass
  • Add 1 sugar cube and a couple of shakes of orange bitters
  • Add two shots of Blanton’s Bourbon Whiskey
  • Garnish with an orange peel 

6. What I’m Gifting

Waterford Crystal Coaster from PS the Letter // These coasters are so versatile as they can be used for a bottle of wine, mixed nuts on a bar, or even a vessel for dip. Right now I love gifting one with a special bottle of wine from Ellerbe Fine Foods or 38 & Vine. It’s the perfect hostess gift. 

7. What I’m Watching

Firefly Lane on Netflix // I just finished watching this romantic drama that’s based on Kristin Hannah’s best selling novel. Starring Katherine Heigl (Grey’s Anatomy) and Sarah Chalke (Scrubs), it’s a story about friendship, family, heartbreak, and controversy. The jury is still out on whether or not it will be picked up for a second season. Fingers crossed!

To keep up with Leigh’s current loves, follow The Scout Guide Fort Worth on Instagram.