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We’re slowly easing into Fall here in Memphis (hello 60 degree temps!), and while we all probably have a closet that’s filled to the brim with clothes, it’s time to add in a few fun accessories to help us transition our style for Fall. It’s not quite cold enough to fully layer with coats and jackets (although some evenings might call for a cute leather or suede moto jacket), but you should definitely have a few kimonos and chunky cardigan sweaters in the mix.

With that being said, you don’t want your outfits to be drab. I’m not a crazy trend follower, but I DO know that accessories are the easiest way to test out different prints, patterns and colors without having to fully commit to it. Unless it’s a statement piece that’s also quite versatile, I wouldn’t invest a ton of money into it. That way, if you try a trend and don’t like it, you won’t feel bad about tossing it the next season.

There are certain accessories that will easily help you transition into the Fall, and here are 5 you need to add to your wardrobe right now.

WYETH Jackson Rancher HatWYETH Jackson Rancher Hat, Madewell $69

Wide Brim Hat
It took me years to get on the hat train (I needed to find styles that fit my head properly), but once I did I was HOOKED. Out of all of the styles that I’ve tried, I’ve found that a wide brim hate (preferable a wool fedora) is the most versatile style for almost everyone. You still have to test out sizing (you never want a hat that’s too big or too small), but as long as it has a stiff brim (this is KEY to ensuring it looks right), you’re fine You’ll be able to switch up the look of so many of your outfits when you wear one. You don’t need a million colors either: a black, grey or a neutral tan color will suffice.

Free People Vegan Going West BootVegan Going West Boot, Free People $88

Ankle booties
It doesn’t matter if you pick them in black, white, tan, leather or suede, you won’t go wrong with adding a cute ankle bootie into the mix. They help to ground those Summery dresses that can still be worn during the Fall (just top with a cardi or jacket), and they will help elevate the look of your basic jeans + tee outfit. Look for a style that has a pointed or slightly square toe (a rounded toe is a little too 90s retro unless that’s your thing) with a slight heel so that you can actually walk around in them.

American Threads Five And Two June NecklaceFive And Two June Necklace, American Threads $52.50

Layering Necklaces
I prefer to wear gold jewelry over silver (it just feels more versatile to me), but I love finding really cool necklaces that I can layer with. You want to look for metals that are similar in color, and try to find chains with varying lengths so that you can wear multiple together. Necklaces designed with coins and small pendants are the most popular right now and the easiest to style with. You can literally wear them with anything.

Leather Circle Buckle BeltLeather Circle Buckle Belt, Banana Republic $68

Gold Buckle Belt
So I typically hate wearing belts with pants, but I always find fun ones to wear with dresses, especially in the Fall. A gold buckle belt is staple right now (I really like the double buckle ones as well). If you have any flowy dresses that could use a little more structure, just add a belt and then layer a cardigan over it to keep the silhouette from being too billowy. You can also layer them over blazers, and they actually look cute with jeans and a graphic tee tucked in if that’s your thing.

Anthropologie Chill ClutchChill Clutch, Anthropologie $78

Large Leather Clutch
I carry a large basic tote daily to hold all of my stuff when I’m working, but I would much rather have some cuter bags to swap it with when I’m going out to new events during my “off-duty” hours. The newer styles are larger and a lot more fashion forward, so even if you’re wearing a simple outfit, a cute leather clutch will make your overall aesthetic more chic.

There are so many other accessories that can be added to your wardrobe this season, but these are absolute staples. Happy shopping!

All items shown are from Saddle Creek retailers. Due to Covid-19, changes have been made to individual store house for Saddle Creek retailers. Please call/check ahead to find out their hours and safety precautions before you visit, OR, continue to shop from the comfort of your home.

Click here for Saddle Creek’s Covid-19 updates and stay safe out there.

I’m so so ready for Fall. It’s still pretty hot in Memphis, but with students now going back to school over the last few weeks, it’s safe to say that Fall IS coming.

Transitional clothing items are a must-have right now. While we will still have a few super hot days here and there through mid-September, we will soon begin to have warm days and cooler nights, so a shift will happen with how we dress day to day. Stores are starting to get in Pre-Fall pieces as well (and have great sales), so it’s the perfect time to begin updating your wardrobe with some transitional pieces. Due to COVID, you won’t have to go overboard and buy a ton of new clothes as the weather begins to change, but it’s still nice to update your wardrobe with a cute pair of mules or kimono. If you’re wondering what you should invest in in the upcoming weeks, here are some pre-Fall pieces to add to your wardrobe.

American Threads Just Because Ruffle Babydoll Dress

Just Because Ruffle Babydoll Dress, American Threads, $57

Free People We The Free Savannah Tee

We The Free Savannah Tee, Free People $68

J Crew Point Sur Hightower Straight Jean

Point Sur Hightower Straight Jean, J. Crew $99

Free People Retro Classic Metallic Sneakers

Retro Classic Metallic Sneakers, Free People $70

Banana Republic Heritage Safari Romper

Heritage Safari Romper, Banana Republic $119

Soft Surroundings Olenka Tunic

Olenka Tunic, Soft Surroundings $100

Madewell Denim Pieced Waist Midi Dress

Denim Pieced Waist Midi Dress, Madewell $65

White House Black Market Smocked Soft Jacket

Smocked Soft Jacket, White House Black Market $140

Anthropologie Elyn Tunic Dress

Elyn Tunic Dress, Anthropologie $78

Loft Lou & Grey Melange Cocoon CardiganLou & Grey Melange Cocoon Cardigan, Loft $79.50

Due to Covid-19, changes have been made to individual store house for Saddle Creek retailers. Please call/check ahead to find out their hours and safety precautions before you visit, OR, continue to shop from the comfort of your home.

Click here for Saddle Creek’s Covid-19 updates and stay safe out there.

I usually pack up all of my denim and pants at the beginning of the season once the temps stay in the 80s, but to be able to do that, I try to find cute, versatile dresses that will help me stay stylish but cool through the Summer. No matter where I have to go, I can always just throw on a fun dress and simple accessories to look polished and put together, and it just makes life (and getting dressed) so much easier. Wearing dresses in the Summer helps to tremendously cut down on how long it takes me to get ready and out the door, so when I find styles that I love, I live in them, and will even get them in multiple colors if available.

If you’re on the hunt for some new pieces to wear while it’s still blazing hot outside, here’s a little roundup of dresses (and a few handbags) that’ll help get you through the rest of the Summer.

Anthropologie Adrian Sheer Tunic Dress

Anthropologie Adrian Sheer Tunic Dress, $89.95

Free People Date Night Beaded Clutch

Free People Date Night Beaded Clutch, $68

J.Jill Linen Short Sleeve A-Line Dress

J.Jill Linen Short Sleeve A-Line Dress, $79.95

J. Crew Woven Market Tote

J. Crew Woven Market Tote, $79.50

Banana Republic Fishtail Midi Sheath Dress

Banana Republic Fishtail Midi Sheath Dress, $35.99

Banana Republic Leather Saddle Bag

Banana Republic Leather Saddle Bag, $57.99

Free People Once Upon A Sea Midi Dress

Free People Once Upon A Sea Midi Dress, $60

Madewell Anchal Organic Cotton Large Patchwork Pouch

Madewell Anchal Organic Cotton Large Patchwork Pouch, $48

Madewell Denim Pleat-Waist Midi Dress

Madewell Denim Pleat-Waist Midi Dress, $79.99

J. Crew Tiered Maxi Dress

J. Crew Tiered Maxi Dress, $68

Many of the retailers in Saddle Creek have gotten the green light to open back up, so call/check ahead to find out their hours and safety precautions before you visit, OR, continue to shop from the comfort of your couch.

Click here for Saddle Creek’s Covid-19 updates and stay safe out there.

We have a long way to go before we move past Covid-19, but many of us are (luckily) in a place where life is at least semi-normal again. Many of us are starting to go back to work and venturing out beyond getting our essentials (safely, of course), and with temps starting to warm up, switching over your wardrobe for Spring/Summer in the next few weeks is inevitable. If you live in Memphis, you know that you can wear those cute lounge wear sets that everyone is pushing only for so long before the humidity and heat do you in. There’s no need to go out and get a whole new wardrobe, however, I don’t see anything wrong with wanting to get a few new pieces that will allow you to look and feel cute. Even if you’re just going out on a coffee run, you can still get dressed. There are little things that we can do daily to maintain a sense of normalcy, and putting on clothes that we love is one of them.

If you’re in a place where you can update your wardrobe and itching to do a little retail therapy, I’ve rounded up a few warm weather pieces that will be essential this season.

Sandrah Tunic Dress AnthropologieSandrah Tunic Dress, Anthropologie, $88

In A Mood Snakeskin Sneaker American ThreadsIn A Mood Snakeskin Sneaker, American Threads, $39

Jungle Ruffle Pocket Dress LoftJungle Ruffle Pocket Dress, Loft, $64.88

Vintage cotton V-neck T-shirt J. CrewVintage cotton V-neck T-shirt, J. Crew, $29.50

Far Out Round Sunglasses Free PeopleFar Out Round Sunglasses, Free People, $20

Bidelia Midi Dress Altar'd StateBidelia Midi Dress, Altar’d State, $39.19

Large Straw Tote Bag Banana RepublicLarge Straw Tote Bag, Banana Republic, $68

daydreamer david bowie teeIndigoDaydreamer David Bowie Tee, Indigo, $66.50

Avenue Midi Skirt Alter'd StateAvenue Midi Skirt, Altar’d State, $24.49

Beach by Matisse Woven Slide Sandals AnthropologieBeach by Matisse Woven Slide Sandals, Anthropologie, $45

 

Many of the retailers in Saddle Creek have gotten the green light to open back up, so call/check ahead to find out their hours and safety precautions before you visit, OR, continue to shop from the comfort of your couch.

All items listed are from retailers located in The Shops of Saddle Cree. Click here for Saddle Creek’s Covid-19 updates and stay safe out there.

Mother’s Day is this upcoming Sunday, May 10th, and while Memphis hasn’t gotten back to “business as usual”,  we have been given the green light for businesses and retailers to slowly begin opening back up this week, including Saddle Creek. It will be handled in phases and obviously safety will come first, but if you’re someone that won’t have time to order anything online for Mother’s Day but still want to give a gift that isn’t a gift card, you may be able to call ahead to order for curbside pickup or visit a retailer to get what you need to treat the special moms in your life.

Be sure to call or check ahead before visiting these shops, as each retailer will be operating under their own plan, and remember to be safe and practice social distancing while you shop. Mother’s Day may look a little different this year due to Covid-19, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t still celebrate the ones that you love.

My tip for Mother’s Day gifts this year are items that they can use to pamper themselves, that are cozy and comfortable for them to lounge around in, things for the home, or items that they may need to jhoosh up their everyday wardrobe.

Moment In Time Robe Soft Surroundings

Moment In Time Robe, Soft Surroundings, $80

Peony & Vanilla Orchid Fine Fragrance Candle Victoria Secret

Peony & Vanilla Orchid Fine Fragrance Candle, Victoria Secret $30

Linen-Blend Duster Cardigan Sweater Banana Republic

Linen-Blend Duster Cardigan Sweater, Banana Republic $99

Figural Rose Bowl Sur La TableFigural Rose Bowl, Sur La Table $15

SATURDAY SKIN No Bad Days Set SephoraSATURDAY SKIN No Bad Days Set, Sephora $39

Leslie Leather Tote Free People

Leslie Leather Tote, Free People, $148

Infinity Knot Hoop Earrings Pandora

Infinity Knot Hoop Earrings, Pandora, $55

The Beauty Chef Cookbook Free People

The Beauty Chef Cookbook, Free People $35

Luka Jogger Jumpsuit Anthropologie

Luka Jogger Jumpsuit, Anthropologie, $98

Cozy Fleece Slippers Loft

Cozy Fleece Slippers, Loft $35

If you’re interested in adding in flowers and supporting a local business, Everbloom Design is still taking pre-orders for arrangements (pickup only). Bouquets start at $45.

Everbloom Design Mother's Day Pre Order Bouquet

 

All items listed are from retailers located in The Shops of Saddle Cree. Click here for Saddle Creek’s Covid-19 updates and stay safe out there.

Spring is finally on the horizon, and warmer weather means it is time to switch up your wardrobe and start incorporating brighter colors, softer, lighter fabrics, and statement making pieces. Fresh and flirty is the name of the game for Spring; on days when you don’t want to think too much about what to wear when getting dressed, you want to have pieces in your wardrobe that are versatile yet still effortless so that you always look put together no matter what you decide to wear. We still have a few more weeks before the season officially changes, but now’s the perfect time to get your Spring wardrobe together.

If you’re ready to get your closet in order (and indulge in a little retail therapy), here’s a round up of fresh + flirty styles for Spring.

LOFT Buttercup Puff Sleeve Flounce DressButtercup Puff Sleeve Flounce Dress, LOFT, $90

J Jill Pink Sunset Double-Drop Necklace

Pink Sunset Double-Drop Necklace, J. Jill, $49

J.Crew Crocheted Lace Ruffle Top

Crocheted Lace Ruffle Top, J. Crew, $98

banana-republic-floral-soft-satin-midi-dress

Floral Soft Satin Midi Dress, Banana Republic, $159

Michael Kors Keke Suede Pump Keke Suede Pump, Michael Kors, $130

Anthropologie Tandy Ruffled Top

Tandy Ruffled Top, Anthropologie, $78

J Crew Short-Sleeve Tie-neck Dress

Short-Sleeve Tie-neck Dress, J. Crew, $138

Banana Republic Bare High-Heel Sandal

Bare High-Heel Sandal, Banana Republic, $128

J Crew Easy tie-Waist Dress2

Easy Tie-Waist Dress, J. Crew, $98

Francescas Jaycee Mini Satchel

Jaycee Mini Satchel, Francesca’s, $38

Banana Republic Ruffle-Wrap Dress

Ruffle-Wrap Dress, Banana Republic, $83

 

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

Now that February is here, people are scouring the net and visiting their favorite spots trying to find the perfect Valentine’s Day gift for their significant other. This is the norm, but I’d be ignoring the pink elephant in the room if I didn’t speak on some of us getting distracted and buying things for ourselves too, lol. I mean, with so many specialty items and accessories floating around in store specifically for Valentine’s Day, you’d be crazy not to take advantage of it and find a great gift for yourself while shopping for your boo, right?? Right. Seriously, who doesn’t need some cute new PJs or fun earrings right now? Plus, your partner will appreciate how good you look when they see you in your new things (wink).

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If you believe in the gift shopping motto of “one for you, one for me too, “grab a bowl of your favorite candy + a glass of bubbly, and check out these sweet Valentine’s Day gift ideas that you might want to keep for yourself (guilt free!).

Satin Long PJ SetSatin Long PJ Set, Victoria’s Secret, $89.50

Gold Trim Heart EarringsGold Trim Heart Earrings, Talbots, $29.50

Briteside Flirt Jasmin & Sandal Wood CandleBriteside Flirt Jasmin & Sandal Wood Candle, francesca’s, $16

Sparkling Freehand Heart Pendant NecklaceSparkling Freehand Heart Pendant Necklace, Pandora, $75

Bobble Heart SweaterBobble Heart Sweater, Loft, $59.50

Loeffler Randall Maria Beaded Heart ToteLoeffler Randall Maria Beaded Heart Tote, Anthropologie, $248

Je T'Aime Charm BraceletJe T’Aime Charm Bracelet, Talbots, $49.50

Melody RobeMelody Robe, Soft Surroundings, $79.95

Valentine's Day Travel Perfume Sampler Set

Valentine’s Day Travel Perfume Sampler Set, Sephora, $25

Happy shopping! xo

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

Being single on Valentine’s Day doesn’t mean you have to mope around the house feeling sad and crying into your chocolates all night. Embrace your singleness and flip this day to take some time out for yourself and enjoy who you are. If you’re unattached on this special day of luuuv, celebrate as a party of one or squad up with your fellow single gal pals and try the following:

  • Book a spa day. Take a half day at work and go get a facial, mani/pedi, massage, and whatever else is on your self-care list. You’ll feel like a luxurious, glowy goddess and be relaxed to the max once you’re done.
  • Have an adult sleepover (complete with wine, nibbles, a cheesy dance party + mini makeovers) with your other single girlfriends. Who cares that you may have work in the morning? You won’t feel alone, and it’ll remind you of your college years (minus the bad hangover).

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  • Enjoy a Rom-Com movie binge fest. I mean, this is why chick flicks were made, right? Crazy Stupid Love, The Holiday, How to Lose A Guy in 10 Days, My Best Friend’s Wedding, Sixteen Candles and The Wedding Singer are classics that are cheesy but won’t have you all in your feelings. Rom-Coms not your thing? A SATC Marathon is a great alternative. Don’t forget the popcorn + candy!
  • Enjoy a special GNO. Not in love but still want to put on a hot outfit and go out? Grab your girls, get dressed up and pick a new cocktail bar or club to hit. Make a pact to keep it cool with the guys and just hang with your girls all night.

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  • Have a mini shopping spree at some of your favorite boutiques and stores. Stores will usually be having a sale because of the holiday, and if you’re solo shopping, you can do all in peace without rushing or fighting for a fitting room with your friends.
  • Have an ultimate pampering night in. Treat Yo’ self! Bring home some flowers, break out your favorite bubbles and bath salts and enjoy a little champagne and mood music while you chill in the tub.  Then, enjoy a delicious meal from one of your favorite restaurants (thanks Uber Eats!). Ending your evening this way means you can relax a little more at home and you don’t have to sit and watch those couples that look depressed as hell together while you eat (you KNOW you’ve seen them).

Whatever you do, have some fun and don’t let the holiday get you down. Besides, all Valentine’s Day candy will be 50% off the day after, so you’ll have something sweet to look forward to!

It’s hard to believe that Christmas is only a few days away, and while *20% of the population have knocked out all of their holiday shopping,  most of us will be out in the crazy crowds and hitting the malls from now til Christmas Eve.

Thankfully, you have the weekend to finish up all of your holiday shopping, so if you’re unsure of what to get the special people on your list, here’s a quick roundup of tried and true last minute gifts that anyone would love to receive.

Heartloom Joni Shine Fair Isle Sweater Anthropologie

Heartloom Joni Shine Fair Isle Sweater, Anthropologie, $140

Herringbone Cotton Wool Scarf Banana Republic

Herringbone Cotton Wool Scarf, Banana Republic, $59.50

Peace On Earth Candle Jar Francescas

Peace On Earth Candle Jar, Francesca’s, $16

Boys Wool-Blend Oversized Snowflake Crewneck Sweater Brooks Brothers

Boys Wool-Blend Oversized Snowflake Crewneck Sweater, Brooks Brothers, $69.50

 

Fresh Rose n Shine Skincare Set Sephora

Fresh Rose n Shine Skincare Set, Sephora $89

Pearlized Faux Fur Pom Pom Hat Loft

Pearlized Faux Fur Pom Pom Hat, Loft, $39.50

Pearl Layered Charm Necklace J. Crew

Pearl Layered Charm Necklace, J. Crew, $34.50

Vera Badley Small Backpack

Small Backpack, Vera Bradley, $75

Flannel Tie Front Shirt Madewell

Flannel Tie Front Shirt, Madewell, $79.50

Wine Tasting Party Kit Sur La Table

Wine Tasting Party Kit, Sur La Table, $22

FP One Tasha ThermalFP One Tasha Thermal, $68

My biggest tip for shopping during hectic times like these is to go to stores that you know like the back of your hand. Have a budget and a list on hand (gotta stay focused!), and go as early as possible to beat the crowds while shopping safely.

*totally made up calculation.

 

2019 HOLIDAY HOURS

Enjoy extended shopping hours of 10AM – 9PM Monday, December 16, through Saturday, December 21, and Monday, December 23!

Christmas Eve | 10AM – 5PM
Christmas Day | CLOSED

New Year’s Eve | 10AM – 5PM
New Year’s Day | 10AM – 5PM

Some shop and restaurant hours may vary. Please contact our shops and restaurants directly to confirm their hours of operation.

 

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

 

 

It seems just yesterday we were counting down for Summer break, and now we’re officially in the first weeks of Fall. When the leaves start to change and a crispness comes in the air, I get excited. I flourish in all of the layers we can wear (and I’m all about building a better wardrobe), so it’s time to determine the look(s) I want to have, including the colors, fabrics and silhouettes that I think work well together this season.

How To Prep Your Wardrobe For Fall

First things first, though: before we add in anything new to our closet, we have to edit our closet, and I’m going to share a few tips that will help you prep your wardrobe for Fall. Once you have an idea of the look that you want during Fall ( I like to use Pinterest to create my own inspirational moodboards for this step), the really hard part begins: editing out your closet. Even if you don’t dislike everything in your wardrobe, this is the easiest way to help you seamlessly rework your looks.

How To Prep Your Wardrobe For Fall

Completely clear out your closet.
Take everything out. Doing this will allow you to truly see the space that you’re working with and reorganize things the way that you want.

Try everything on, editing by category.
Editing by category allows your try-on session to flow smoothly and quickly. Try on an item and ask yourself “would I buy this today?” If yes, keep it. If no, toss it. It doesn’t matter if it fits well or you found it on a great deal, if you couldn’t imagine yourself purchasing it now, let it go.

Compile your piles.
Once you’ve tried on everything, you should have 4 piles: what to keep, what to donate, what to toss, and what to sell. The keep pile is everything that’s going back into your closet. If you have anything that needs to be repaired or dry cleaned, pack it up now so that you can send it all off at the same time. The donate pile are items that are still in good condition, but you wouldn’t be able to sell. Take these to Goodwill or Salvation Army, or consider donating it to your local Dress for Success. The toss pile should be anything that is torn, has stains, or is seriously out of style, and your sell pile should be designer or higher-end mass retailer items (Anthropologie, Topshop, Banana Republic, Zara, etc.) and vintage pieces that are in great condition or only a few seasons old that you can take to a consignment shop or sell yourself online.

How To Prep Your Wardrobe For Fall

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Once you’ve edited down what you already own (and you have a clearer idea of what items you will need this season), the fun part – shopping! – can begin. You’ve figured out your style, made room in your closet, and you can now shop with a lot more purpose!