Bannerproof Your Coffee...

If you're an avid coffee drinker, you may have heard of bulletproofing your coffee by now. It was designed by Dave Asprey and the basic idea is by adding healthy fats to your coffee in the morning, (via unsalted, grass fed butter and coconut oil) you will have more energy, boost your brainpower and curb hunger. So, since I live in Atlanta, which is also home to the incredibly delectable Banner Butter, I figured some taste testing was in order...

The recipe to Bannerproof Your Coffee is quite simple: Take a tablespoon of unsalted Banner Butter, a tablespoon of coconut oil and place in a blender along with your cup of hot coffee. Blend for a few seconds until frothy, then pour into a mug. Top with a sprinkling of cinnamon if you so desire and enjoy...

My niece and I also tried Banner Butter's Cinnamon, Cardamom and Ginger, which goes great with regular coffee as well as Pumpkin Spice coffee- perfect for a chilly, fall day. A sucker for flavored anything, I loved this creamy, spiced version the best. 

Thirdly, we tried a mocha version using locally made Atlanta chocolate, Xocolatl. We melted a couple tablespoons in a double broiler, added that into the blender along with the coffee, butter and coconut oil, then drizzled some extra melted chocolate atop our finished cup. Ultimately, I'm not sure if I had any more energy or brainpower than a normal cup would provide, but I did feel satiated and I did love the taste...especially when there was melted chocolate on top. 

If you're in Atlanta and wish to buy a cup rather than make your own, stop by Caveman Coffee, on the BeltLine, which is offering two versions right now: Butter Coffee (with unsalted Banner Butter) and Autumn Spice Butter Coffee (with Cinnamon, Cardamom, Ginger Banner Butter, maple syrup, vanilla and almond milk)  Yum. 

And no matter where you live, have Banner Butter delivered to your front door, here. Via Scoutmob...


Images: Sweet Peach, Whitney Ott    Content: Sweet Peach



The All Purpose Bag...

I love a good all purpose travel bag and the colorful, earthy options by Butter Design Lab in Austin, Texas fit the bill...

Each bag is made with a durable, water repellant waxed canvas and the interior black lining is waterproof as well, plus the seams are triple stitched. This minimal, stylish bag is built to last- meant to travel with you and be there for you, without incident. I like that. Learn more, here.


Images: Food 52   Content: Sweet Peach 


The Shelter Collection

A couple weeks ago, my friend Erin Connelly over at The Commons in Charleston sent me some pics of something quite special....dare I say spectacular. Erin, along with her design and business partner, Kerry Clark Speake have produced their first collection of ceramic vessels and glassware. It's called The Shelter Collection and it is the only line of glassware manufactured exclusively in the South. 

Erin and Kerry were inspired by mud hut dwellings as they designed their simply stunning collection. Learning about their process I loved reading that the mud hut is "the strongest architectural shape using the least amount of materials." Together, Erin and Kerry work with local craftsmen and the nonprofit, STARworks in Star, North Carolina to see these beautiful vessels come to life. 

There are 14 different pieces in the Shelter Collection which include small, medium and large cups, glass pitchers, a coffee mug and tea (or beer) stein.

The pieces are made from clay sourced locally in Seagrove, North Carolina, the handmade pottery capital of the United States. This area pictured above is an historic pottery region known as the Michfield clay site, which has produced a light gray, chalky clay for hundreds of years. How wonderfully amazing is that? 

The pair experimented with dozens of glaze options before settling on this one. As stated on their site, "No detail was left unexplored from the finish of the ceramic glaze, selecting one that perfectly warms the hand with tea but does not burn, to the shape and feel of the glass opening and weight." 


What an accomplishment to set out to make your very own glassware collection that is locally sourced and made by hand here in the South. The NY Times recently featured their work in T of my favorites. This is inspiring work and a reminder that we can still make the South a thriving hub of beautiful, locally made goods. Learn more about The Shelter Collection, here. 


Images: The Commons, Sully Sullivan, Rinne Allen    Content: Sweet Peach 



Philip Juras

In search of more artwork for my home, I had to take a moment to admire the work of painter, Philip Juras of Athens, Georgia. I spied his work on my friend Nan's Instagram account the other day... 

What I love most about Philip Juras' work is that the majority of it showcases my favorite place on earth- Little St. Simon's Island, Georgia. Through my work at TBS, I've been so fortunate to visit this magical, private island a multitude of times. Whatever the reason, (which I gather has a lot to do with how protected and untouched this southern wilderness is) I feel nothing but happiness when I set my feet here- and I get the feeling Philip feels the same way. 

As shared on his site, "Philip focuses primarily on remnant natural landscapes that offer a glimpse of the Southeast before European settlement." Through my dozens of hikes with friend, Kathryn Kolb, I've come to learn first hand how special and fragile our Southern ecosystem is artists like Philip (and Kathryn) who remind us why it's so vital to stand up and protect it. 

See more of the lovely, southern inspired work of Philip Juras, here.


Images: Phillip Juras      Content: Sweet Peach 



Parrott Canvas

I like bags made with a specific lifestyle in this Carpenter's bag made with a removable, covered board to give structure to the bottom. Crafted with wax canvas duck fabric, it's strong and durable, plus it's built to be taken places where it may get wet, dirty, kicked around... do what you will, it can take it. 

The crew at Parrott Canvas, based out of Greenville, North Carolina, have been designing and producing manly totes and bags for over 20 years. These are my favorite of their stylish, functional bags but their shop includes hundreds of options for every carry need. Pick your favorite, here.


Images: Parrott Canvas     Content: Sweet Peach



Hayley Gaberlavage, landscape and portraiture

I have a bit of a crazed day today so I need to keep today's post short and sweet...but inspiring. So I chose one of my favorite artists, Hayley Gaberlavage of New Orleans. I knew she did amazing portraiture, but just realized this morning she also paints landscapes. I particularly like this one because it reminds me of the years I lived in Hermosa Beach. Busy streets, lots of beach houses stacked side by side yet always a palm tree every time you look up....

Hayley aptly describes her paintings as contemporary, humorous and slightly Southern. To see more of her work in both landscape and portraiture, click here.



The High Fiber, fall 2015

I have an odd attachment to pretty tea towels. There's very few I pass by without touching. I think growing up with flimsy white paper napkins every meal has left a wound or two. I find healing through artisans like Daphne Cohan of The High Fiber in Asheville, North Carolina...bland and boring is just not in her vocabulary. 

Bees, butterflies, acorns and bunnies always make good subjects. These new designs mean I can justify new tea towels in my tea towel drawer. I can justify that. Peruse Daphne's entire shop, here.


Images: The High Fiber    Content: Sweet Peach 



Forged and Found

Yesterday, I caught a glimpse of these stoneware wind bells on Instagram, and I had to stop and stare for a moment. They're quite beautiful and unique and because of that, I'm forced to add them to my wish list...

Regina Mandell of Forged and Found in Athens, Georgia spends her days crafting beautiful things for her online shop and a handful of eager retail shops across the country. I like how her collection includes not so obvious things like potion bottles, wine chillers, this lantern or even a series of four cups in different sizes. 

Such lovely things. I bookmarked her site today and look forward to seeing what she's up to next. Click here to see Regina's entire shop, and look out for the bells....hopefully arriving in her online shop very soon. 


Images: Forged and Found     Content: Sweet Peach




As we approach the chilly months, I think of scarves. And if you love them as much as I, you may already know all about Yokoo. This talented artist is based in Atlanta and has carved out an impressive niche for herself, selling thousands upon thousands of her handcrafted oversized scarves. With a global following and a feature in the NY Times, she's a one person knitting sensation.

Her big, beautiful Soopa scarves are 7' in length and each is made with a soft 80% acrylic and 20% wool yarn. Plus, any of her scarves, whether soopa, infinity or chain, are available in 16 color choices. As her creations are bold and innovative, she often uses stitches she invented herself. 

I love this self portrait, taken by Yokoo. It's a glimpse into who she is, which is meticulous, thoughtful, extraordinary, imaginative. As she often spends 15 hours a day knitting, I'm not sure how she keeps up with her photography, videos and her own clothing line, Mother, but I'm eager to make her my role model. To see Yokoo's current collection of big, cozy scarves for the cold days ahead, click here.


Images: Yokoo Gibraan   Content: Sweet Peach 



The Man Tote

A couple of days ago, my friend Antonis said he needed help finding a man tote. Something light, easy to fold up but still stylish and masculine. I decided he needed the chambray tote by Charleston based artist, Erik Holmberg of Starkmade.

Erik also crafts a series of more durable totes, both thin and wide. It's a good selection that hopefully can appease the pickiest of male shoppers. His work continues to impress me- as he began his shop by crafting leather goods like this gorgeous Franklin bag, but has since expanded his wares to include an impressive collection of bags, wallets, belts and pocket squares. Check it out for yourself, here. 


Images:    Content: Sweet Peach