Christmas Village

Christmas Village

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas 
Ev'rywhere you go; 
Take a look in the five-and-ten, glistening once again 
With candy canes and silver lanes aglow. 

Of course, there are no five-and-tens anymore. The modern equivalent is the flea market, which is where the Christmas Village is held every year. It was an insane frenzy; a madhouse of people. But it was also festive, and cheerful, filled with decorations, ornaments, trinkets and treasures.

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Last Minute Gift Ideas

Last Minute Gift Ideas

Otherwise known as the Christmas Crunch. Let's face it. Christmas is next Thursday; Hannukah starts day-after-tomorrow. If you don't have your gift-giving act together by now you'd better focus. I've been talking shopping for a few weeks now, from the Roman Holiday jewelry collection to other Nashville jewelry artisans and Nashville's best small, independently-owned shops. If you're still not done shopping Here are a few ideas for you, both locally and online.

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Three Unique Nashville Jewelry Artisans

Three Unique Nashville Jewelry Artisans

Jewelry; the perfect gift to give that special friend or family member - and an even better gift to receive. Just in time for your holiday shopping, I want to introduce you to three very different, extremely talented local jewelry artisans that are sure to enthrall, enchant, and satisfy all your gift-giving needs. 

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Small Business Saturday Shopping Guide

Small Business Saturday Shopping Guide

Small Business Saturday in Nashville is the best excuse I know to give my holiday business to the boutiques and shops that are redefining fashion and style in Music City. The city is filled with stores that cater to every taste imaginable. There's something for everyone here, so I thought I'd give you a guide of sorts to some of Nashville's most unique shops - just in case you'd like to drop by or visit them online.

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Amanda Valentine/Margaret Ellis Jewelry

Amanda Valentine/Margaret Ellis Jewelry

If you're a fan of Project Runway you already know that my friend Amanda Valentine came oh-so-close to winning it all with her Fall 2014 collection. So close that the majority of viewers felt her designs should have garnered the grand prize. But Nashville knows a good thing when it sees it. Valentine has really found her point of view as a designer and her voice as one of Music City's creatives. She collaborated with fellow Nashvillian McLaine Richardson, owner of Margaret Ellis Jewelry, to create the Roman Holiday jewelry collection. 

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The Long Goodbye

The Long Goodbye

This is not the blog post I wanted to write today. It's the holiday season, and I want to help you get into the spirit and share all of the great Nashville-based goodies that should be on your wish-lists or under your trees. Instead, I'm cuddled up with my oldest dog, Sasha, watching her go through what appears to be the last stages of liver cancer. Praying that I won't lose her over the holidays (and knowing I likely will).

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Gothic Circus

Gothic Circus

I didn't don a costume for Halloween this year. Instead I dressed up for a very special event. It was a dark and stormy night - really, it was - perfect weather for the Gothic Circus sponsored by 12th & Broad and hosted by Abrasive Media.  A celebration of Nashville's growing community of circus artists, the evening's performances included "awe-inspiring aerialists, fire artists, burlesque dancers and graceful acrobatics— blended into narratives, creating a dramatic, sophisticated mash-up of theater, live performances and the body as art." 

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Any Old Iron Fashion Show

Any Old Iron Fashion Show

When you think of Nashville's fashion scene you don't necessarily think of punk. That is, not until now. British-born Andrew Clancey has relocated Any Old Iron, his punk-inspired UK designer clothing boutique, from the Big Apple to Music City. I'll bring you a feature on the store very soon. Right now I want to show you some highlights from Any Old Iron's debut fashion show in Nashville's East Ivy Mansion.

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Janska Clothing That Comforts

Janska Clothing That Comforts

Wouldn't it be great if you could find outerwear made right here in the USA that's as comfortable as it is stylish? Let me introduce you to Janska Clothing That Comforts. The premise is simple. Create vibrant, comfortable, disability-friendly clothing using classic lines and lightweight fabrics, and manufacture the entire line in America.  

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SUNNYbands Giveaway

SUNNYbands Giveaway

Have you ever met someone whose name suited them perfectly? Meet Sunny Fitz, creator of SUNNYbands. SUNNYbands are whimsical, beautiful headgear for any and every occasion you can imagine. Sunny is the quintessential example of the kind of creative trailblazers that are fueling the entrepreneurial environment in Nashville these days. Her one-of-a-kind hair accessories have graced red carpets, photo shoots, and fashion runways, and she's expanding her line to include crochet bands, hippie headbands, baby bands, dog collars, cat ties - did I mention she's forward-thinking?

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