If you are looking for a great source for keep-me-sakes, look no further than the famous Scully & Scully. Their catalog is full of interesting items for the home and for him or her, many with an equestrian flair. I also go to S & S for those hard-to-find graduation gifts.
If you're ahead of the game and have your shopping completed, good for you! But most of us aren't that organized and have a way to go with our shopping list. Finding that perfect little something for the horse lover, rider, trainer, enthusiast, is so much easier now, online. Here are some suggestions in case you need them.
1) Beyond the Fence
This is a great cookbook, with recipes and entertaining ideas from the the horse farms of Lexington, KY. See it here.
2) Gien Platter
More china! I love this Gien pattern and they also make these in other disciplines - racing, show jumping. See it here.
3) Horseshoe Three-Bowl Server
Arthur Court serve ware makes a great gift. You can also buy these individually. See it here.
4) Keeneland Entertains
This is a great book which can be used as a coffee table book, an entertaining manual or as a cookbook. It would make a great gift for anyone who has been to Keeneland or for someone who is planning to go there. See it here.
Magazines have a changed a lot over the years, with the advent of the Internet, the economic meltdown of 2008 and other factors that have changed the way we read, browse and get our news. I long for Southern Accents, one of my favorite magazines that is no more.
One of the newer magazines out there, Flower, which has southern roots I might add, reminds me of Southern Accents. See it here.
While the theme tends to be flowers, the editors link flowers to decorating, entertaining, etc. So it's not a magazine for those who garden or grow flowers.
J Crew is my "go to" store for clothing day in and day out and I love their stuff. Their recent catalog is full of things I love but sometimes they really miss. And when they miss, they really miss.
Is this the new style, the Amish look? School marm look? Seriously? Early 1980's retro?
Is there anyone on the planet other than Karlie Kloss who could wear this? Maybe for Halloween next year? Maybe this would work for anyone who needs to add an extra 20 pounds to their mid-section. Awful. Beyond awful. I can picture the Princesses Eugenie and Beatrice in this though, can't you?
Is anyone game for this $600 Italian satin embellished striped top in a green color I haven't seen since I watched Invasion of the Body Snatchers? Would you dole out $600 for this? And what's up with those "sprinkles" across the front of this Italian wonder? Ugly. Simply ugly in every way.
This "collection" embellished polo is now on sale for $150 marked down from $250. I wouldn't pay $100 for this pink, excuse me, "summer sorbet" shirt. How in the world do you wash this thing? Does it jingle as you walk? Awful. Who would wear this? Anyone?
Embellished floral clutch in "vinyl" is now marked down to the bargain price of $149 from $199. What a deal! A hideous vinyl clutch for $200. Will it melt in hot climates? This looks like the purses my Barbie dolls came with in the early 70's. Maybe there is someone in Brooklyn who thinks this is pretty other than Jenna. But I doubt it.
I'm not hosting Thanksgiving this year, but if I were, I'd love to set a table for the holiday like this and I'd use it all fall until the Christmas dishes come out.
I love this china from L.V. Harkness. I would use the salad plates and they make some bowls that go with this. I don't care much for the rust colored plate or the charger. But let me add a few things to make it work.
I would use these dinner plates from Gien. I love the green and they can be used with so many different salad plates to create different looks all year long.
Use these rattan chargers:
This flatware I'm in love with. Ballard Designs has a set too that Bunny Williams created that is similar and reasonably priced.
Depending on your table you can use a cloth or place mats. I'd use ones that are simple, plain and don't detract from the china. My table is huge, so I don't use a cloth.
Use these napkins from Pomegranate:
I'd add some pumpkins around the table to make it more festive. It's an easy way to make the table fall-like for very little money.
Add a few Nest candles in pumpkin spice. This smells great!
Hope your table is ready and the shopping is done! Have a wonderful and safe holiday!