Bring on the New Year! Whether you will be (safely) hitting the town on New Year’s Eve or gathering with a small group of close friends and family at home, adding some sparkle to your outfit is always a good idea. Sequins and satin were literally made for New Year’s Eve, so I’ve gathered up a few holiday inspired pieces from some of our retailers to help inspire your outfit for the night.

champagne toast

If you’re still on the hunt for a New Year’s Eve outfit to wear, here are a few pretty, shiny, sparkly pieces to help you feel festive, even if you’ll only be eating pizza and toasting champagne from the comfort of your couch!

Anthropologie The Joni Sequined Flare Pants

Anthropologie The Joni Sequined Flare Pants, $120

Chicos Velvet Sequin Dress

Chicos Velvet Sequin Dress, $60

Altrd State Trance Dress

Altrd State Trance Dress, $72

Banana Republic Pleated Sequin Mini Dress

Banana Republic Pleated Sequin Mini Dress, $160

Soft Surroundings Ashton Blouse

Soft Surroundings Ashton Blouse, $85

Free People Scotch & Soda Sequin Embellished Pencil Skirt

Free People Scotch & Soda Sequin Embellished Pencil Skirt, $298

MAGGY LONDON SEQUIN JUMPSUIT

Talbots Maggie London Sequin Jumpsuit, $168

J Crew Collection open-back silk charmeuse dress

J Crew Collection Open-Back Silk Charmeuse Dress, $328

WHBM Crystal Party Bag

WHBM Crystal Party Bag, $60

Soft Surroundings Bretton Blouse

Soft Surroundings Bretton Blouse, $100

Free People Studio Sequin Beret

Free People Studio Sequin Beret, $30

Anthropologie Sequined Short Set

Anthropologie Sequined Short Set, $130

MAGGY LONDON SEQUIN FIT & FLARE MIDI DRESS

Talbots Maggie London Fit & Flare Midi Dress, $158

Arula Cassandra Dress

Arula Cassandra Dress, $27

Kendra Scott Jack Vintage Gold Small Statement Earrings

Kendra Scott Jack Vintage Gold Small Statement Earrings, $75

 

To purchase any of the clothing, jewelry or accessories shown, be sure to visit our retailers in The Shops of Saddle Creek!

Christmas time is here! Hard to believe but Christmas is literally only a few days a way! Time has flown by and I’m excited to slow down and spend a little more time with friends and family, but, like most people, I need to wrap up my holiday shopping. No worries, though, because Sadie, the Saddle Creek Elf, is here to help!

Sadie the Elf Gift Guide

If you’re still on the hunt for a few gifts yourself, here’s a roundup of some of Sadie’s favorite places to shop in Saddle Creek. Whether you’re still looking for holiday party gifts, stocking stuffers for the fam, or you’re ready to splurge on a gift for someone extra special, here are some great gift options you can pick up this week.

Sadie the Elf Gift Guide

Jewelry, accessories and candles are always a good choice for the lady in your life! Altar’d State + Arula work hand in hand to help you find some cute, on trend pieces that perfect for gift giving. They also have some fun holiday and NYE apparel pieces in store!

Sadie the Elf Gift Guide

Sadie the Elf Gift Guide

Sadie the Elf Gift Guide

Anthropologie is a must-visit for more whimsical, aesthetically pleasing gifts. Again, candles are a great choice, but they’ve also got a cute collection of mugs, coffee table books and other kitchenware for those who love to create a cool vibe with their tablescapes.

Sadie the Elf Gift Guide

Sadie the Elf Gift Guide

Sadie the Elf Gift Guide

Sadie the Elf Gift Guide

Have a guy in your life that’s hard to shop for? Stop in UNTUCKit for button ups, pullovers and other wardrobe needs that they may not even think about (but desperately need).

Sadie the Elf Gift Guide

Vera Bradley is a staple for so many people, and they’ve just dropped their fun new Snoopy Collection of travel bags, backpacks, wallets, robes and more.

Sadie the Elf Gift Guide

Banana Republic, J. Crew, Brooks Brothers,  and LOFT are my fave places to shop for those “classic” Christmas gifts. Think cozy knits and scarves, flannels, blazers, cold weather accessories, and even some playful jewelry that can be worn for NYE.

Sadie the Elf Gift Guide

Sadie the Elf Gift Guide

Sadie the Elf Gift Guide

Sadie the Elf Gift Guide

Sadie the Elf Gift Guide

If you’re shopping for a fashionista that lives for the latest designer bag and jewelry, a visit to Michael Kors and Kendra Scott is most definitely in order.

Sadie the Elf Gift Guide

Sadie the Elf Gift Guide

Sadie the Elf Gift Guide

Frames from SEE Eyewear will ALWAYS be a good choice.

Sadie the Elf Gift Guide

Have a friend that’s recently begun working out (but you don’t want to get them workout clothes)? Lululemon offers cute accessories (colorful key chains and pouches) that are designed to be used while on the move.

Sadie the Elf Gift Guide

Have everything you need for the kids except stocking stuffers? Check out Paper Source! Think small toys, planners, pins, puzzles and other funny gifts that can also double as White Elephant Gifts for co-workers.

Sadie the Elf Gift Guide

Sadie the Elf Gift Guide

My biggest tip for whatever you do is to go to stores that you know like the back of your hand. Have a realistic budget and a list, and go as early as possible to beat the crowds and to also shop safely. Happy shopping!

Sadie the Elf Gift Guide

Thanks for your help, Sadie!!

To shop all these gifts, be sure to visit these local retailers in The Shops of Saddle Creek!

The holiday season is officially upon us, but that doesn’t mean you have to rely on your LBD (little black dress) for all of your party needs. Yes, it will ALWAYS be in style, but the best part of party season is stepping outside of your style comfort zone and trying something new (and hopefully sparkly).

Saddle Creek Holiday Shoot

If you’re interested in adding a little more glitz to your nights out on the town with your friends this season, then you MUST invest in some fun party dresses. There are so many great dresses out there to choose from, so here are 3 tips to help you choose the perfect holiday dress when you want to add a little extra “sparkle” to your party outfits.

Saddle Creek Holiday Shoot

Saddle Creek Holiday Shoot

Color is your friend
Jewel tones and bright red are always great choices for holiday party dresses. They pop great against the skin, and you will automatically be in a festive mood as soon as you slip it on.

Saddle Creek Holiday Shoot

Saddle Creek Holiday Shoot

Try tonal chicness
Another great alternative to a LBD is to try a flirty little frock in a soft neutral like bronze. It will instantly make you look tan, AND it’s a dress that you’ll be able to pull out at other times of the year. Just try to stick to finishes like satin/silk to keep your look polished and dressed up.

Saddle Creek Holiday Shoot

Saddle Creek Holiday Shoot

Sparkle sparkle everywhere
When all else fails, go for a dress that’s embellished with sparkly sequins or rhinestones. The silhouette of the dress doesn’t matter (you should just feel bomb in it), and you can pair it with your favorite nude strappy heels (this makes legs look long and lean) or add a little southern flare with your favorite white booties.

Saddle Creek Holiday Shoot

Add some playful jewelry for a little extra dazzle and you’re good to go!

Credits:

To purchase any of the clothing shown, visit Altar’d State + Arula in The Shops of Saddle Creek!

The Holidays are a prime time for trying new things with your makeup, so I called on MUA Matt Gossett to create a classic but fun beauty look for our holiday shoot that would look great on everyone. Smoky eyes and berry lips for the win!

holiday makeup

A soft smoky eye is perfect for a day filled with holiday parties. Grays, coppers, and softer shades keep the look festive but still sultry, and you can easily change out your lip colors to switch up your look (this will be determined by how much you want to vamp it up).

holiday makeup

You can be a little more bold with your makeup for holiday parties, so don’t be afraid to wear rich colors on the lips and eyes at the same time. Keep skin clean and semi matte with just a hint of color on the cheeks to keep the face from looking flat, and so that the focus will remain on the eyes. This way, the look is a little more modern and fresh.

holiday makeup

Products

  • Makeup by Mario “Master Mattes Palette”
  • Charlotte Tilbury “Eyes to Mesmerize” in colors “Oyster Pearl” & “Star Gold”
  • Eyeliner: Makeup by Mario Pro Eyeliner “Super Black”
  • Brows: makeup by Mario “Master blade” Eyebrow Pencil
  • Foundation: Makeup Forever HD Foundation Sticks
  • Concealer: NARS Radiant Creamy Concealers
  • Bronzer: Makeup by Mario Soft Sculpt Powder Bronzer
  • Blush: Makeup by Mario Soft Pop Blush Sticks
  • Charlotte Tilbury: Airbrush Flawless Filter Powder
  • Lipsticks: Makeup by Mario Ultra Suede Lipsticks

Credits:

To purchase any of the beauty products listed, visit Sephora in The Shops of Saddle Creek!

Sephora
2055 West St Suite 10
Germantown, TN 38138

The holidays are a great time to host close friends and family, and if you were thinking about hosting a Friendsgiving this year, I wanted to share a few tips to help you make sure it is the best one ever.

Don’t Overthink Your Plans
Friendsgiving is supposed to be a fun time, so you don’t want to over think it, but you also don’t want to wait until the last minute to prep and get things ready. The week of your gathering, do as much as you can leading up to the day. Clean your home, go grocery shopping, and even get your playlist together in advance so that an hour before guests arrive you can be calm and collected and ready to enjoy the evening.

friendsgiving tips

Invite Friends That Will Mesh Well Together
It’s normal to have different friend groups, but before you send out that invitation, take a moment to make of list of who you’d like to invite to ensure everyone will “play nice” together. Now is not the time to try to mend friendships or anything that could cause drama, so take a deep breath and really curate your guest list. I learned at a really young age that all friend groups should NOT mix, and if you’re not careful, it can ruin the night. This doesn’t mean that everyone should already be friends as well or even know each other, it just means that if you know you have a friend that wilds out after 1 cocktail while everyone else is really conservative, this might not be the best time to have them over together. If you will have formal seating, be sure to mix up where everyone sits to keep things interesting.

friendsgiving tips

Keep Cocktails on Deck
Cocktails help people relax, so whether you have a signature drink for the night or set up a station with a designated bartender, have them ready to go (and keep them flowing), so that guests will get the vibe as soon as they arrive.

friendsgiving tips friendsgiving tips

Mix Up Your Menu
Gone are the days that you have to slave over a stove cooking if you don’t want to. Yes, we love traditional “holiday food” but you don’t have to stick to that 100% if that’s not what you’re feeling. I once attended a Friendsgiving where we each had to bring a dish based around a main ingredient, and we had a wonderful feast that night. Don’t be such a stickler to a menu that you feel that every dish has to be a traditional one-keep it fun and mix it up!

Create A Bomb Playlist
Listen to me closely: MUSIC. IS. EVERYTHING. The music that you play during your gathering is almost as important as the food that you serve, so don’t ignore this part of planning. What you choose will truly set the scene, so choose wisely. If you’re lost on what to play, Afro Beats, Singer/Songwriters from the 70s, and 90s R&B are always a cool vibe; you can also go down a Motown Records rabbit-hole as well. If you’re not good at selecting songs yourself, Spotify always has playlists (although some of the choices can be a bit weird), and Pandora can create great mix based on a song. Don’t gather in silence and don’t leave it up to chance!

friendsgiving tips

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Stock up on To-Go Containers
This is such a genius move for the person that doesn’t want to eat leftovers for days on end. Having to-go containers will allow your friends to easily pack up a plate to take with them at the end of the night while helping you keep space in your fridge!

As with all gatherings during this time, remember to keep it covid safe. There are so many other great tips out there, but if you start with these simple 6, you’ll be able to have fun, give thanks and enjoy your friends!

When it comes to Thanksgiving outfits, the goal is to wear something both stylish and comfy. You want to look nice, obviously, but you want to also be able to enjoy the food without feeling stuffed or uncomfortable while you indulge. I know that a lot of people treat the holiday super casual now, but I still like to look a little polished. Even if it’s not a full on “lewk”, I still like to put in some effort to look cute, ya know?

If you’re like me, leggings and a sweatshirt might be too casual, so my top suggestion (and personal choice), would be to wear a chic little dress, preferably something loose, flowy and/or with a little bit of stretch. I personally love patterned maxi dresses that can be worn loose or belted, but comfy sweater dresses are a great option as well.

We have a few weeks until Thanksgiving, so there’s still time to find your look. Here’s a roundup of stylish dresses to wear on Thanksgiving.

Banana Republic Turtleneck Sweater Dress

Turtleneck Sweater Dress, Banana Republic $149

Tiered Midi Dress LOFT

Tiered Midi Dress, LOFT $99.50

Soft Surroundings Atacama Shirtdress

Atacama Shirtdress, Soft Surroundings $130

Talbots Tweed Mockneck Sweater Dress

Tweed Mockneck Sweater Dress, Talbots $119

Maeve Tie-Neck Metallic Tunic Dress

Maeve Tie-Neck Metallic Tunic Dress, Anthropologie $148

Banana Republic Blazer Wrap Dress

Blazer Wrap Dress, Banana Republic $149

Free People Rare Feelings Maxi Dress

Rare Feelings Maxi Dress, Free People $148

Floral Side Tie Swing Dress LOFT

Floral Side Tie Swing Dress, LOFT $89.50

Daily Practice by Anthropologie Slim Mock Neck Midi Dress

Daily Practice by Anthropologie Slim Mock Neck Midi Dress, Anthropologie $98

FP Beach Georgie Midi

FP Beach Georgie Midi, Anthropologie $78

 

Pair with your favorite booties and simple accessories for a look that’ll be cute in pictures, but will also allow you to enjoy the festivities (and pie. Gotta save room for the pie!).

To shop these pieces, be sure to visit these local retailers in The Shops of Saddle Creek!

‘Tis the season for hosting and toasting, and right now Anthropologie has some amazing kitchenware and glassware that will help elevate your holiday tablescapes while making hosting a breeze.

Anthropologie The Shops of Saddle Creek

Anthropologie is known for their whimsical flare when it comes to their clothing and accessories, but you can also find some really special items in their home and kitchen collections as well. While they are known to partner with Artisans all around the world on specialty collections, they also have a great in-house line selection. The colors and styles that they create are unique but still on trend, and the quality is fantastic. These are pieces that you’ll want to invest in and keep in on display in your home.

Anthropologie The Shops of Saddle Creek

Anthropologie The Shops of Saddle Creek

Many of their pieces have a rustic touch to them (that’s been a heavy theme in general for the last 2-3 years), but they also have glassware that has a modern flare, so there’s so much cool stuff to choose from.

Anthropologie The Shops of Saddle Creek

We have the only Anthropologie in Memphis, so I popped in recently to see what was new and literally wanted it all. They do have some neutral colors in stock, but I have to say that I’m a bit obsessed with the warm tones of the season. You can keep it all monochromatic or mix and match-it’s really up to you and what your preferred aesthetic is.

Anthropologie The Shops of Saddle Creek

They also have in cooking and entertaining coffee table books and some smaller tablescape accents to help you be the hostess with the mostest. So much goodness to choose from!

Anthropologie The Shops of Saddle Creek

Visit Anthropologie in The Shops of Saddle Creek: 7615 W Farmington Blvd, Germantown, TN 38138

What’s your tablescape style?

When I think of quintessential Fall fashion, there are certain pieces and looks that immediately come to mind. Style trends will always come and go, but there are classic elements that all wardrobes should have during this season, regardless of your personal style choices. With that being said, J.Crew has entered the chat.

J.Crew Fall Edit

J. Crew is an iconic heritage brand that’s been around since 1983, and while the fabrications and cuts they have may evolve with the times, they will also be considered a go to for signature pieces like coats, cashmere sweaters, pants and more. Now that we are officially officially in Fall (hello 60 degree temps!), let’s highlight those must-have Fall styles for the season.

J.Crew Fall Edit

Space-Dyed Mockneck Sweater

This isn’t your everyday sweater, and the relaxed fit style of this sweater is perfect for those casual, cozy days.

J.Crew Fall Edit

High-rise ’90s Classic Straight Corduroy Pant

This ’90s-inspired jean with a superhigh rise and classic straight leg is perfect for an “I’ve had this pair forever, and they’re still my favorite” kind of vibe. Swap these out when denim isn’t enough, but you don’t want to wear a traditional trouser pant.

484 Slim-fit Corduroy Pant

Similarly for women, a great pair of corduroy pants should be a staple for all men. The slimmer fit allows for a sleeker look, and you can try them in a super fun color or stick with your neutrals.

J.Crew Fall Edit

Slim Stretch Poplin Shirt

Wearing button-ups are a given, so why not try them in a fun pattern or print? Wear it alone for a more whimsical look, or layer it under your favorite cashmere sweater or jacket.

J.Crew Fall Edit

Limited-edition Crew Baseball Cap

What’s more classic than a baseball cap? This is a cap that speaks for itself, and will be perfect for both bad hair days, or for a “model off duty” type vibe.

J.Crew Fall Edit

Puff-sleeve Sweatshirt Dress

Looks like a dress, feels like sweats. The puff-sleeve detail elevates the dress, so you can keep it casual with sneakers, or belt it and add knee boots and a blazer for a dressier fit.

J.Crew Fall Edit

’90s Classic Straight Jean

Every wardrobe need a pair of denim in that classic medium wash. The ’90s are back, so try it in a straight fit vs your usual skinny.

J.Crew Fall Edit

Lodge Coat 

A camel wool coat will always be in style, regardless of what the current trends may be. This cut and color and will literally pair with everything.

To shop these wardrobe staples, visit J.Crew, located in The Shops of Saddle Creek!

 

Credits:
Photography: Kim Thomas
Models: Laura Rieckhoff, David Quarles, IV, Yamile Iskeif, Cara Greenstein
J.Crew: Address: 7605 W Farmington Blvd Suite #1, Germantown, TN 38138

The official first day of Fall is only a few days away, and while the temps may still be a little warm, we’re starting to get glimpses of what’s to come once Autumn officially arrives. Fall has always been my favorite time of year for fashion, so naturally I’m itching to update my wardrobe with pieces that will help me easily transition into the season.

Madewell Fall Pieces

I lean more towards a classic, slightly 70s aesthetic when temps start to cool down, so I popped into our Madewell store to see what was new (and for a little style inspo). If you’re in need of some new pieces as well, here are 5 transitional pieces from Madewell that are perfect for Fall.

Madewell Fall Pieces

Fresh Denim
New denim will ALWAYS be a great choice, and Fall is typically when newer cuts and washes are released in stores. I try to keep a variety of styles in stock: a skinny, a flare, and a boyfriend cut. This will give me versatility with the silhouettes that I want to play with when putting outfits together. Madewell is known for their denim, and they have a ton of different styles to choose from, up to a size 4X.

Madewell Fall Pieces

Casual Boot
Last year I fell in love with combat boots, but this year I want to add a Chelsea Boot into the mix. We love a good “model off duty” fit, and these paired with a girlfriend denim and an oversized pullover sweater will easily give you that vibe, or you can just keep it simple and chic in all black with leggings and a moto jacket as well.

Madewell Fall Pieces

Gold Jewelry
As much as I like to try out quirky statement jewelry, time and time again I find myself going back to classic gold accessories, and some of my favorites have come from Madewell. I never leave home without jewelry because I feel like it completes every outfit. From earrings, to necklaces to rings, I always update my jewelry collection with their pieces. They’re great quality, long lasting, and make every outfit look chic.

Madewell Fall Pieces

Leather Crossbody
Madewell has some of the best handbags on the market, so it’s only fitting that a new crossbody style be added to your wardrobe. A quality crossbody bag that can be worn every day is perfect for both those that are always on the go, and the people that don’t like to carry around a lot of junk with them. The shapes feel equally vintage and modern, so your look will always be timeless.

Madewell Fall Pieces

Cool Sunnies
A timeless aviator style of sunglasses are a MUST for everyone. No matter what your personal style is, they instantly make you look cool, and they literally go with everything.

Madewell Fall Pieces

In addition to these essentials, I like to stock up on easy long sleeve tees, light-weight cardigans, a slip-on mule and a few floral midi dresses to help get me through the transitional part of the season. Madewell gave me a ton of style inspiration, and will hopefully do the same for you. Happy shopping!

Want to shop these featured pieces? Visit Madewell in The Shops of Saddle Creek!

 

Madewell
7615 W Farmington Blvd
SUITE 9
Germantown, TN 38138

City Silo Table + Pantry is one of my favorite locally owned restaurants to visit in Memphis, and I was ecstatic when the location finally opened in Saddle Creek! A friend of mine jokingly says that I should own stock in them at this point because I eat there so much, and honestly, he might be on to something, lol! I’m always on the go, and being able to grab HEALTHY, tasty food when I want it vs. stopping at a fast food restaurant helps to keep me on track with snacking and calories. I also love the fact that they have a patio area where you can sit outside and meet with friends while you enjoy your meal!

City Silo Top Picks

City Silo offers re-imagined comfort food that features wholesome, clean ingredients, so it’s an easy pick for me when I don’t feel like cooking or want to eat light. They have a vast menu of bowls, smoothies, juices, and sandwiches, but like most people I have my tried and true favorites that I order when I visit. I slowly add new things to my recommendation list, but since there may be a few people out there that are new to it and wonder what to get, I wanted to share my top recommendations from the menu. Seriously, you can’t go wrong with any of these!

City Silo Top Picks

Buffalo Tempeh + Sesame Cauliflower Bowl
(roasted sesame cauliflower, tempeh marinated in buffalo sauce, red onions, bell peppers, roasted sweet potatoes, kale, sweet corn, roasted sunflower kernels, with cashew ranch)
This bowl is my TOP, TOP, TOP favorite pick out of all of the dishes there. I absolutely love it and could literally eat it every day (in fact, it’s what I had for dinner 3 days ago. Ha!) Seriously, it’s hearty, filling and flavorful and everyone that I’ve suggested it to falls in love with it as well. I always add avocado slices to it, and sometimes chicken for an added boost of protein.

California Sun Sandwich
(cashew basil aioli, spinach, microgreens, sunflower sprouts, tomato, and mozzarella* on toasted, freshly baked bread)
So I love the flavors of spinach, tomato and mozzarella together, so I sometimes grab this when I want a quick snack. You can add chicken to it as well, or just enjoy it as is with a salad.

Cauliwings
(roasted and grilled tempeh marinated in buffalo sauce + sesame cauliflower, marinated in buffalo sauce, served with grilled celery and carrot sticks finished with a cashew ranch sauce)
I love the flavor of this sauce, and they’re a great shareable dish (or one you can enjoy alone with a salad). Is it just like chicken? No, but the texture is reminiscent of them and they’re very tasty!

Hippie Scramble
(two fresh farm eggs served with roasted and grilled sweet potato hash, seasoned black and kidney beans, kale, avocado, quinoa and brown rice)
Another bowl, but a breakfast edition! Bowls like this are so filling, so they’re a great meal for those days when you need extra fuel to take on all of your tasks, but won’t necessarily have time to constantly stop and go eat.

Pico De Cado
(fresh sliced avocado, pico de gallo, lemon juice, cracked peppercorn, pink salt)
I could eat avocado toast every single day, and this is a classic, yummy version of it. Sometimes I’ll get it when I need a quick snack, and others I’ll add a fried egg when I need more protein and am having it for breakfast.

Pineapple Express Green Juice
(pineapple, granny smith apple, cucumber, kale, parsley, spinach, mint, lemon, ginger, celery)
Not everyone likes green juice because it can taste like grass (I’m just being honest, lol), but I really enjoy this one because of the sweetness. If you’re new to green juices and want to eeeeease into drinking them (and you’re not making them at home), I recommend this one. The other flavors are for more hardcore juicers who don’t need the sweetness in order to enjoy it.

City Silo Top Picks

Vanilla Happy Daze Smoothie
(banana, almond butter, vanilla, cinnamon, maple syrup, almond milk)
This smoothie tastes just like a milkshake to me! It’s not as thick as one, obviously, but it’s one that I get when I want something sweet but don’t want to get any candy (although they do carry a brand of smores Peanut Butter Cups that are INSANELY good). This smoothie makes you feel like you’re indulging, but it’s being done in a healthy way.

There are a ton of other dishes on their menu that I get from time to time, but when I don’t want to think or am starving, I pick something from these options and am always pleased with it. Healthy food doesn’t have to be bland, and City Silo works to prove that every day. The next time you visit The Shops of Saddle Creek, give them try!

City Silo Table + Pantry
7605 West Farmington Blvd Suite 2
Germantown, TN 38138
901. 236. 7223

HOURS:
MONDAY – THURSDAY 7AM-8PM
FRIDAY & SATURDAY 7AM – 9PM
SUNDAY 9AM – 3PM