2016 // Made In Nashville Holiday Gift Guide

There are so many (like, so many) incredible creators in this town, you guys. Nashville is full up with insanely talented craftspeople and designers that also somehow manage to run successful businesses without losing their pretty heads, and it's the greatest. I could go on and on about these people.

But, I can't, because that would be annoying. Instead, I've made you a lovely collection of (some of) the best places to shop around town, and the loveliest and most unique gifts for the people on your Holiday shopping list this year. Trust me when I tell you that I could have made this list so long that you'd be scrolling until your thumb fell off. So, if you need more ideas, pick yourself up a copy of Nashville Lifestyle's November issue. I was lucky enough to illustrate 9 full pages of neighborhood maps, featuring dozens of crazy-lovely shops and boutiques for you to swoon over. 

Don't forget -- Small Business Saturday is on November 26th, and our studio at 100 Taylor Street will be open, y'all! Like, all dang day, from 10 am - 5 pm. We'll have wine, and freebies, and maybe a sale or something, who knows. So make sure to add us to your list of small businesses to love on next weekend!

Recipe 06 // Homemade Whiskey Ginger

Whiskey. Ginger.

The first two words out of my mouth when I approach any bar. It's seriously the most perfect, lovely cocktail. It's simple, it's got exactly zero frills, but it's a dang party in your mouth. I can't say enough in support of the Whiskey Ginger.

And you know what's better than a Whiskey Ginger? A homemade Whiskey Ginger. Because we fancy.

Weekly Pinspiration // SXSW

This Tuesday, I head down to Austin, Texas for the first time, for my first SXSW. South By Southwest is a massive, weeks-long conference, not only for music, but for technology, film, comedy... It's a whole thing. If you've been following along for a while, you may recall that a couple of years ago, I was Artistic Director for the SXSW Interactive Cookbook, which was one hell of an experience, but never actually landed me in Austin for the thing. This year, we goin'.

I'm getting nervous/excited to speak on a panel there called Creating Custom Songs For Film, TV, Trailers & Ads, but to be honest, mostly my wanderlust spirit is just itching to get the hell out of here and into someplace new for a while. (I may be watching too much Anthony Bourdain.) I've been daydreaming of hot sun, tacos, adventures, and new-music-induced highs for weeks now. Here are some images that have my toes curling with excitement. Get me on that plane...

(Oh, and, Austinites, let me know where I should be eating, drinking, and listening next week.)

brigitte bardot photographed by willy rizzo

brigitte bardot photographed by willy rizzo

Valentine's Day Gift Guide

Hello, Lovebirds! Valentine's Day is right around the corner (What?! Yes. I know.), so I thought I'd help you out by pairing your favorite Wink Wink Paper Co. cards with the perfect gifts! Each of our newest love and friendship cards from our 2016 Valentine's Day Collection has been matched with a sweet little gift for your sweeties (or besties!), sure to please. A lot of our gift suggestions are small-batch, made with love, and native to Nashville*, just like us.

1. ass cactus card + air plant hanger
No one likes an ass cactus. Remind your single friends that it could be a hell of a lot worse with our most popular card this season. Pair it with a sweet little air plant (read: this plant is basically immortal) and a geometric air plant hanger from our friends at The Zen Succulent. It's nice to have something lovely that won't quit on you (like your ass cactus of an ex.)

2. better together card + handmade tn cheese board 
There's nothing like a perfect pairing, and while a nice bottle of wine needs no improvement, literally everything is better with cheese. Surprise your other half with our "Better Together" card and a gorgeous handcrafted ceramic cheese board from our talented studio-mates, Handmade Studio Tennessee. Wouldn't be a bad idea to get a nice bottle of red, see where the night takes you. 

3. love city card + night out at Rolf & Daughters
Finding love in the big city can be like finding a needle in a haystack. Our "Love City" card will let your person know how glad you are to have found them, which is sure to make them swoon. Pair that with a super-romantic, candlelit dinner at our favorite Germantown restaurant, Rolf & Daughters (or, your favorite local spot), and get ready to win Valentine's Day. (Might wanna make those reservations, like, right now.)

4. nothing and everything card + orange tie-dye florence kimono
Grocery shopping, watching "Seinfeld" reruns, splitting candy bars, doing laundry... It doesn't much matter what you're doing, it's just better with them around. Remind your favorite lady how much you like hanging out with her with our "Nothing and Everything" card, and help her get her lounge on with this super-lovely and cozy kimono by Hey Wander. Or, ladies, gift yourself with it, and gift him by showing up for your next binge watch sesh in nothing but the kimono and your skivvies. See how far he makes it through "How To Make A Murder" before jumping your bones.

5. you me here later card + 3-day weekender bag
Give our "You Me Here Later" card to your honey during the day and let them look forward to what's coming later (wink wink). It'll drive em nuts. Try pairing it with this 3-day weekender bag by Hunker Bag Co. for all those nights they end up sleeping over at your place. Or, for those of us who are wedded or living in sin (*raises hand*), pack this baby up for your next romantic getaway.

6. valentine pug card + temporary pug tattoos 
Who doesn't love a pug?? Snag a copy of our adorable new pug card for the doggie enthusiast in your life. This is the perfect card for those of you who are planning on crushing Valentine's Day by surprising your honey with a puppy (hint hint, babe. HINT HINT.) But if you're not tryna go ALL IN with a new fur baby, hold your sweetie over with some super-adorable temporary doggie tats by Hello Harriet. Because, CUTE.


*Nashvillians, come shop in person! We're having a Valentine's Day Pop-Up on Thursday, February 11th, from 5-8 pm at our studio at 100 Taylor St. in Germantown. Chow, sip, and shop with us, Henri RoseHandmade Studio Tennessee, and Vintage Florals.

Invitations // Palm Fronds Galore

So. 

My 10 year High School Reunions is happening over Christmas. God, help me. If Romy & Michele taught me anything at all about High School Reunions, I expect to have a lot of fun (read: "wine"), be horribly embarrassed at least once, and end the night with a helicopter ride from Sandy Frink.

All jokes aside, though, I think it's going to be a lot of fun (and a pretty swanky event, by the sound of it.) Our "class motto" was "Power of the Palm," which apparently alluded to us being the Class of '05, high-fives, palms... power of the palm...... Anyway, we're going with a palm three theme, which of course thrilled me to no end when the the ghosts of classmates past asked me to design an invitation for the grand event.

I do love a good palm tree design.

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Please contact me if you're interested in using the Palm Frond invitation theme for your next event! 

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