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Finding the One

Finding the one can happen in a variety of ways… it can be love at first sight, you may date for a while before making a commitment. Perhaps you see the One online or from afar and spend months dreaming of the possibility. Then you actually try it on…and YES…it’s flattering in all the right places, and has just the “wow” factor you were looking for. Oh wait, did you think we were talking about the perfect man? I suppose that might come first, but once you have found your perfect match for life, you must find your perfect match for the wedding! The dress that will have all jaws dropping as you walk down the aisle, and the dress that will have you feeling possibly the most beautiful you’ve ever felt in your life.


Finding a dress like that is a tall order. It can cause anxiety and have you wondering if you’re going to experience “the feeling”, that aha moment of clarity. In truth, your dress – like love – may hit you like a ton of bricks, it may grow on you, or even surprise you. You may fall in love with the dress you always envisioned, or with the dress you never expected. Finding the One requires an open heart and mind, trusting your instincts and professional advice from women who know wedding dresses!

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Book a date with the experienced and talented staff at Carriage House Weddings, and you’ll have the opportunity to try dresses from this list of  fabulous designers:

Jenny Packham
Olia Zavozina
Augusta Jones
Kelly Faetanini
Monique Lhuillier Bridesmaids



Make your appointment today, and don’t forget to tell them SCOUT sent you!



January Loves


1. One-of-a-kind finds are always abounding at Circa Antiques and Interiors. They always have new containers arriving with market finds from Paris, and we swoon over every single piece!

2. Cozy sweaters are a must this time of year! Find adorable styles for kids at Swoop, for babies at Swaddle, and for moms at M. Lavender and Elle!

3. Winter doesn’t have to be so bleak with gorgeous blooms in rich hues like ranunculus, berries, amaryllis, citrus fruits and evergreens. Wildflower Designs can brighten your days or someone else’s with a stunning arrangement of winter blooms.

4. January is perhaps a good time to go back to the classics. Pearls from Barton-Clay Jewelers are always chic.

5. Brighten your table on these cold and grey winter nights with linens in an array of colors and patterns from Table Matters.

6. Brunch is always a good idea, and the brunch menu at Avo will not disappoint. Gather your friends and family for a hearty meal on a cold Sunday.

7. There’s nothing like starting the year out with a fresh face. Men, it’s time to treat yourself to a haircut and proper shave by a professional at Butler’s Grooming Club. While you’re there, enjoy a beer and a game of pool with friends.

And remember to tell them SCOUT sent you!


New Year, New Attitude

Sometimes we need an outward change that will reflect our new inner attitude, and what better way than a great haircut to do that? The stylists at Tonya Jones Salonspa are experienced at any creating any style, and can also help you figure out exactly what it is you are looking for. Here is a round up of some of our favorite hair styles for the new year.

Modern Brigitte Bardot
long, slightly messy, with bangs

long messy bangs

Audrey Inspired Pixie
loose and layered

pixie Collage The Bob
with short bangs or parted down the middle

bob collage Ombre
as if you’re holding onto those last glorious days of summer at the beach

ombrecollage However you feel like facing 2015, Tonya Jones‘ stylists can make it happen!

Make your appointment and don’t forget to tell them SCOUT sent you!


Flashback Friday – Holiday Inspiration

Flashback to this amazing home decorated for the holidays by Sybil Sylvester…enjoy!!

It is the day after Christmas and perhaps you are enjoying a roaring fire, your Christmas tree, and a new book from Santa. Or maybe you are hunting the holiday sales at your favorite LOCAL businesses.  Regardless, it’s likely that you may already be pondering next year’s holiday look…what will you do differently, what new ornaments and decorations will you add to your collection? Well here is some inspiration for next years decorating courtesy of Sybil Sylvester and Wildflower Designs. Sybil decorated this home for the IPC Holiday Homes Tour and it was nothing short of divine! My favorite feature was the use of succulents and live orchids in all of the garlands and trees…absolutely gorgeous! Pin these images, and keep them for next year!

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IPC front door

IPC banister up

IPC Banister top down

IPC Banister detail

IPC entry tree

IPC back stair tree

IPC back stair tree detail

IPC deer

IPC alabama bust

IPC Branches and Fruit

IPC Den wide

IPC DR detail

IPC DR full

IPC daughters chair

IPC Sybil

IPC Back open door

Back Door Here’s to Creativity in the New Year!!




















Gift Guide – For the Foodie


1. Serve your guests on a beautiful tray like this gold one, and use unique serving pieces like these salad servers and handmade meat fork from Table Matters.

2. Want to enjoy a festive night of food and friends that will directly contribute to the Good School Food program of Jones Valley Teaching Farm? Gift the gift of healthy food education, habits and hands-on experience to Birmingham school children and their families by hosting a Gather Dinner benefiting JVTF.

3. Any foodie with a bit of a sweet tooth will adore treats from the Baking Bandits. Slip a gift card in your foodie’s stocking, and they can enjoy treats into the new year.

4. Infused Oils and Balsamics can lay the groundwork for a delightful dish, or can be enjoyed on their own. Olio has savory, sweet or fruity infusions to suit any taste, as well as pastas, and nut butters.

5. For the grillmaster on your list, Primo grills and smokers from Blackjack Gardens make an impressive gift.

Find the best of local for the foodie on your list, and tell them SCOUT sent you!


Gift Guide – For the Little Ones



1. A passion for learning is one thing students of Creative Montessori School will take with them though life. Give your child the opportunity to experience the Montessori method. Or contribute to the capital campaign which will support the renovation and reorganization of the campus and buildings, having an impact on the education of many.

2. Toys, games, gags, and adorable clothes for boys and girls are what you will find at Swoop. They also have a great selection of travel games, and activities to entertain your kids over this winter break! Every child on your list will adore a gift from Swoop!

3. All of baby’s favorite toys, like this Green Toys Firetruck can be found at Swaddle! You’ll also find clothing for play, sleep and holiday in baby friendly fabrics and adorable styles!

4. Let them know that there is an entire world to explore, and personalize their globe with an inspirational message, like this one from Jojo Home.

5. Let Beth Hontzas record all of your child’s milestones…a gift of precious memories that they will treasure when they have families of their own!

6. An opportunity to learn all about horses at the Blackjack Farm summer camp is a gift your kids or grand-kids will adore! The chance to connect with such amazing animals will be an experience to remember.

Make their holidays magical with gifts from your favorite local businesses. Tell them SCOUT sent you!