Best Local Gifts for Everyone on Your List

Best Local Gifts for Everyone on Your List

If you’ve been procrastinating Christmas shopping (as I do every year…) look no further. Last week, I shared 10 Spots to Shop Local this Holiday Season. Today, I’ve gathered some of the best go-to Nashville gifts that you can easily order online. Voila: Your shopping made simple while still benefiting local businesses! Make sure to order ASAP so these arrive by Christmas!

 

For the Southerner:

1. Nashville Unisex T-Shirt from the Simple South

2. Southern Charm is the Sweetest Tea Unisex T-Shirt from the Simple South

3. Southern Living: A Southern Gentleman’s Kitchen from Batch

 

For the Jewelry Lover:

1. Trust Dahlia Crystal Bullet Necklace from Castilleja

2. Herkimer Diamond Nugget Earrings from Judith Bright

3. Modern Hoop from Portmanteau

 

For the Beauty Lover:

1. Hand Care Duo from Thistle Farms

2. Spa Day Gift Batch from Batch

3. Activated Charcoal Detox Scrub from Little Seed Farm

 

For the Hostess:

1. Welcome Home Nashville Gift Batch from Batch

2. Sunday Morning Pancake Mix

 

For the Dapper Man:

1. Handmade Bow Tie from Otis James

2. Dogwood Dots Bandana in Fern from Otis James

3. Stratton Wallet in Buck Brown from Lockeland Leatherworks

 

For the Rugged Man:

1. Watch Cap Beanie from Oil and Lumber

2. Patagonia – M’s Reversible Bivy Down Vest from Cumberland Transit

 

Hope this helps! Happy (online) shopping!

Love, Bee

 

5 Ways to Find Your Holiday Spirit

5 Ways to Find Your Holiday Spirit

I love the holiday season, but as an adult with a full-time job and responsibilities, I feel unable to naturally unleash my Christmas cheer like I did as a child. I have to try harder to be aware of and fully experience this time of year.

In order words, I have to be intentional about feeling festive, which is unlike Christmastime during childhood. This is probably due to the stress and busyness that can come at this time of year. And so, I think now is one of the best times to practice being present in activities that can bring joy.

Children are experts at being in the moment and exuding merriment. Here are 5 suggestions I have to seize and embrace the holiday spirit with the gusto of a child:

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Decorate like Buddy the Elf

It is impossible not to feel a touch of glee when you come home and plug in strands of string lights. If you’re feeling particularly grinchy this year, don’t be afraid to go over the top. I live in a studio apartment and have 7 strands of lights lining the walls, 3 mini Christmas trees, plus lights and a tree on my balcony. When I come home from work, I don’t need any lights on except my Christmas lights. The vibes are warm and cozy. Next step: paper snowflakes.

Watch Your Favorite Holiday Flick

If you haven’t watched any holiday movies yet, it’s time. Turn one on, and turn your phone off. Dedicate your night to the viewing and focus on the film. Suggestions: Elf, Christmas Vacation, Holiday Inn, Meet Me in St. Louis, White Christmas, Love Actually, Christmas in Connecticut, Charlie Brown Christmas. I would say It’s a Wonderful Life, but I save that one for Christmas Eve. Preferably watch your choice with a cup of hot cocoa or cider in hand.

Indulge in a Christmas Activity

If you’re in Nashville, go to Cheekwood Holiday Lights where you can stay warm with a festive cocktail and stroll through their gorgeous display. Or perhaps their Holiday Afternoon Tea suits you, in which you can sip wintertime teas and munch on tasty treats provided by Crumb de la Crumb Bakery.

Go to a Festive Show

My three top picks are the It’s a Wonderful Life viewings at the BelcourtHome Alone in concert at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center, and Nashville’s Nutcracker at TPAC’s Jackson Hall. Get your tickets for these shows now because they are all likely to sell out! Each one is sure to get you in the Christmas mood.

Take a Drive

When I was little, my dad used to drive me around to look at Christmas lights. These days, I forget to do this – I never just “go for a drive,” but am always driving from point A to point B. Go out one night with the simple goal of viewing holiday decorations. It’s an experience that’s sure to stir up some childhood memories and Christmas nostalgia.

 

How’s your holiday spirit? Hopefully these tips get you feeling a little more like post-Clarence George Bailey. And if you didn’t catch that reference, go watch It’s a Wonderful Life right now.

Love, Bee

 

For the Joy Guest Post

For the Joy Guest Post

I’m so excited to have written a guest post on For the Joy! If you’re a teacher, mama, or full-time employee with a side hustle, you’ll love her blog. I wrote about balancing teaching with a creative pursuit. But honestly, it’s for anyone who works full-time and also pursues something on the side, or just who wants a better work/life balance.

Read all about it now on For the Joy. I’d love to know if you find it helpful in the comments!

Love, Bee

During the Holidays, Disconnect

During the Holidays, Disconnect

Thanksgiving is tomorrow, and Christmas is not far behind. During the holidays, there’s a lot to take pictures of – pretty decor, food, loved ones. By all means, take the pictures, but that’s it. Then put the phone down; disconnect.

Our instinct at this time of year is to share, to be more interconnected, but then we cannot be fully present. Now – tonight – is the time to start disengaging and grounding ourselves, or the holidays will just go by.

On Thanksgiving as well as Christmas Day, I always try to have my phone away for most of the day. Especially when family is over, during lunch/dinner, and when opening gifts, I ensure my phone is in another room.

Honestly, there are few moments in the year when I feel fully disconnected. I like to treat holidays and celebrations as special and sacred, not to be tarnished with the distraction of technology, which can make them feel as ordinary as any other day.

By detaching from our phones, we engage with reality and with our loved ones – and that’s what this time of year is really about anyway.

Love, Bee

Nashville Local: Thread Co.

Nashville Local: Thread Co.

Yesterday, I popped by Thread Co. with a few friends for their Holiday Sip & Shop. Nestled on the second floor between The Dress Theory and Tempered Cafe & Chocolate in Germantown, it is a bright, cozy space filled with comfortable, high-quality basics. I fell in love as soon as I laid my eyes on their collection and felt how soft and well-made each piece is.

I felt instantly as though their clothing was made for me. I love versatile basics, and just by looking at them, I could tell their clothes would fit like a glove on anyone. I grabbed two items (a warm pink dress and peplum top) within the first minute of walking in and knew I would buy them. I tried them on simply for fun, and was right. They fit amazingly well and were incredibly comfortable to wear.

I felt we had stumbled into someplace truly special. We spoke with co-founders Katie and Gracie who were friendly, kind, humble, and grateful. These are obviously two very talented women. My girls and I were obsessed with everything in the store and each bought several items (it’s affordable, too!).

One of the coolest parts? They can design a custom tee for you! All you need to do is make an appointment.

If you’re a Nashville local, you simply must pop in here ASAP. If you’re not, just shop online! It’s the perfect place to shop for holiday gifts – or just to treat yourself (as we did)!

Love, Bee

Thread Co. | 1201 5th Ave. N Unit 202, Nashville, TN 37208 | info@thread-co.com

 

Fall Wedding Look

Fall Wedding Look

I went to a wedding in St. Louis this past weekend and was in love with my whole outfit! The dress and shoes were both incredibly comfortable and cute – I got tons of compliments. I had never attended a fall wedding before (crazy, right?) and realized I had nothing to wear! I ordered both the dress and shoes somewhat last minute, but they shipped fast and arrived right on time.

If you’re in need of a dressier outfit this fall – whether it’s for a wedding, cocktail party, or holiday gathering – I highly recommend this combo. Get them here:

The simple and fuss-free dress ($60): 

ASOS PETITE Scuba Crop Top with Embellished Trim Mini Dress

The shoes I wore all night and danced in for hours, and my feet never hurt ($49.90):

Silver Slingback Court Shoes

Hope this inspires you!

Love, Bee