Southern Sartorialist's Cookies

I had the pure pleasure of meeting Libbie Summers a couple weeks ago. Libbie is the co-creator of the Salted & Styled blog, along with Chia Chong (who also takes the most gorgeous pics, as featured here). Libbie is a stylish, adorable and most talented baker based in Savannah, Georgia. I love her work, particularly the gorgeous photos and videos you can find on her site- like this one, showcasing her Southern Sartorialist Cookie just for dudes. Take a gander then c'mon back...

Libbie is the author of Sweet & Vicious - baking with Attitude (Rizzoli, 2014), a book whose prose, photography and recipes are equally sublime. When I picked up a copy, I was easily smitten with her cookie recipe just for men. When Libbie informed me there was also a video for this cookie, where she gathered dapper, southern men under an old oak tree covered with Spanish moss to serve them cookies and bourbon, I was hoping I could be her best friend forever. How deliciously perfect...

Libbie, "These men are just a few of the very creative and stylish men who thread through my life. All with a special talent for words or design or art and all have a certain flair about them when it comes to style." 

This is an oatmeal cookie that's more smoky and salty rather than sweet. Libbie, "The bourbon adds that little oaky flavor that drives it all home and makes it very special." She recommends a glass of bourbon or milk to complement this tasty, manly treat.

Oh how I love a fashionable man. For the one in your life, may I suggest two dozen Southern Sartorialist's Cookies and a bottle of bourbon. Find Libbie's picture perfect recipe, here. Thank you Libbie and all you dapper dudes out there who make Manly Monday so scrumptiously fun... 


Photos: Chia Chong/ last two via video, Barrera Productions:     Content: Sweet Peach



When I was at the Summit C Conference in Charleston a couple weeks ago, I had the pleasure of meeting Beckie Manley of St. Simon's Island, Georgia. Beckie is the President and Creative Director of JDA, a successful full service advertising and branding agency. When I told her about my southern blog, she was quick to say, "You have to try Chapsmackers." Sounded like a good idea to me... 

Turns out Chapsmackers is a highly addictive jar of pickled jalapenos. Greg Hellinghausen of Belton, Texas was raised on hot peppers and cold beer in the West Texas oil fields. He and his brother spent years searching for the perfect pickled jalapeno recipe and never really loved what they found. Like their mama used to say, 'You can put your boots in the oven, but that don't make them biscuits.' Greg decided to take the best of about a dozen old Texas recipes to come up with his own version.

Beckie was instrumental in branding Chapsmackers through her first ad agency. Beckie, "The Hausen'Pepper Trading Company approached us about naming, branding and packaging their father Greg's pickled jalapeno recipe to take to market. The product was so amazing that people would literally follow their father around Texas trying to buy as many bottles as they could. By the time we were asked to work with the product, it was a huge hit."

Beckie, "After meeting Greg personally and tasting his product, the naming and branding process just came naturally. Chapsmackers was the perfect name and the cowboy we custom created for the label was meant to embody Greg and all his awesomeness. He is a Texas cowboy through and through." 

Greg Hellinghausen has been making these peppers for over 25 years now. While most pickled jalapenos are soaked in brine first, his are not. Instead they are pickled immediately in vinegar, oil and spaces so you really capture the taste and texture of the pepper. Made in small batches with heaps of onion, carrots and garlic, their high quality and flavor stays intact.

Beckie sent a jar in the mail to me and instructed that I put the jalapeno on a cracker with cheddar cheese. I did that and it was good. Then I grabbed another and liked it even more. Needless to say, it stayed in my fridge less than 48 hours before I, and only I, devoured the entire contents of the jar. These peppers taste amazing and have been known to light a tasty fire in creamed spinach and smoked salmon, the pickled juice makes a killer Bloody Mary. So happy I found Beckie, a new friend in my life and now Chapsmackers, till death do us part. 


Photos: Sweet Peach; Chapsmackers site     Content: Sweet Peach



Back To Organic Fresh Herb Salts... 

As food allergies are a part of my daily life, it's nice to read about creators of tasty edibles who take great care in creating products that source fresh, organically grown ingredients and consider the various dietary restrictions many of us have. Julie Feagin of Atlanta began a website with the intent of sharing quality meals online. She soon began crafting various mineral rich, herb salts to simplify her dishes and to add healthy antioxidants and vitamins." 

And people loved them. So, she delved right in and created Back to Organic to sell her salts to the masses. Her flavors include Rosemary French Gray with a hint of lavender or Smoked Pacific Sea Salt with sweet Applewood. Yumminess...

All of Julie's salts are made with organic, fresh herbs, the finest mineral rich salts and certified organic citrus. Julie, "Small batches are created after we wash and remove the leaves from the herb sprigs, hand zest the lemons and limes, and then blend them with the premium salts." 

Each offering gives you lots of options in the kitchen. Besides adding the Bloody Mary salt to your cocktail, she suggests using it to season tomato stews, gumbo, potatoes, mac 'n cheese, stuffing and pasta salad.  

For gift sets, Julie uses reclaimed wooden holders and reusable glass tubes or handmade ceramic dishes. The care she puts into her pretty packaging lets me know she's someone who takes great care and pride in her product. I can't wait to try... 


Photos: Back to Organic site      Content: Sweet Peach


See Scout Sleep...

Oh, how I love a good pet shop. See Scout Sleep is based in Metairie, Louisiana and they sell a variety of pet beds, collars and leashes, all the while keeping function, style and sustainability in mind...

Their well designed products are handmade utilizing sustainably grown, hypo-allergenic materials such as hemp fabric, chemical-free buckwheat hulls and poly-fill made from recycled plastic bottles. Love that.  

It's hard to find a good leash but in their shop, it's easy. Their offerings are all colorful and cute, like every dog deserves. 

Great collar options as favorites have a bold and fanciful brass clasp. 

I think it's time to upgrade my pet's accessories as now I feel their hardware is quite inadequate. Find all your favorites at See Scout Sleep, here. 


Photos: See Scout Sleep site       Content: Sweet Peach


Karla Pruitt

Karla Pruitt lives in Normaltown, a neighborhood in Athens, Georgia. It is here, inside her lovely home studio, where she plays with color, pattern, light and texture. 

Karla is an accomplished surface designer and painter who gets to create new wallpaper, apparel and pattern designs for various companies. (I've always wanted to create my own wallpaper. A couple years ago, I decided my first wallpaper design would be called, Over Easy for the cute breakfast nook. Not exactly sure what it would look like but I like the name of it :) In any event, I'm a fan of Karla's impressive creativity and ingenuity.

Her wallpaper collection for Hygge & West is quite beautiful. Each creation seems to strike a nice balance between glamour and play. 

Karla's art pattern designs and prints are full of color and joy. Most of her artwork she hand paints - the adorable bees she block-printed. So fun...

This is Karla's first collection of art prints created entirely from her own point of view, as opposed to a directive from a client. She calls it The Winter Series. I love how they are displayed against black. The wallpaper makes a lot of sense in her studio as it has that neutral vibe to let her work shine, yet adds just the right amount of sophisticated glam.

To see all of Karla's impressive portfolio, peruse her pretty site. Then do what I do and imagine your life as a pattern designer- dreaming up new colors and designs on a quiet street inside a charming, sophisticated studio in Normaltown, Georgia. 



Super Simple Straight Shoes

Many of you have heard of Marfa, Texas. Located in the high desert in the western section of the state, this popular and remote artist community is populated by a bevy of craftsman who find inspiration in the vast, empty spaces. Because of this remote locale, far from modern amenities and conveniences, many are also inspired by the need to be resourceful. 

Like Joey Benton, a local furniture designer and maker. He recently took his scraps of high quality leather to create super simple, super comfortable shoes. Joey, "They're based on the idea that a couple hundred years ago, all shoes- there was no left and right. All shoes that were mass produced were produced as straights." 

Joey has created three different designs for his straight shoes, which he calls Ned, Kiko and Jesus. These begin stiff as a board, with part of a thin rubber yoga mat placed in the sole of each shoe. But the best part happens next...

These straight shoes completely conform to your feet with just three simple steps. First, take your shoes and place them in water for about a minute, softening up the leather. Next, place your feet into the wet sandals, allowing your feet to mold to the leather perfectly (do this for a minute a two). Third, place the shoes in the sun to dry for 24 hours. Joey, "When you put them back on, they fit just your feet." 

The more you wear these super simple straight shoes, the more soft and worn they will get. Plus, the patina on the leather will change with time, growing darker and deepening its character. I love the idea behind these shoes and how they came to be. Learn a bit more watching this video and check out the entirety of Joey's goods, including some manly and beautifully designed chairs, here.


Photos: Silla site, Made Here Video     Content: Sweet Peach


Mirth Studio

When I met Carlye Dougherty last week in Charleston, owner of the must-see Heirloom Bookshop, she shared an article she recently wrote for Charleston Magazine on local artist, Sally Bennett. A few years ago, Sally bought a fixer-upper in Charleston and wanted decorative tiles to help brighten up the space. With a love for Moroccan tile but not a love for the large shipping fees, Sally decided to create them herself. Turns out that was a really good idea...

Sally was up for the challenge as she had run an interior design and decorative painting business in NYC for ten years prior to her move down South. In her desire to transform her new home, she devised a way to combine current technology with printed hand-painted patterns. The end result, on engineered hardwood tiles, was so stunning, she knew she was on to something good. 

In March, under her newly formed company, Mirth Studio, Sally released her first line of decorative tiles that can be installed as full floors, borders, inlays to existing floors or kitchen backsplashes. These are simply gorgeous designs that make me want to redo my entire house. 

This entryway to the left leaves me speechless. I am so head over heels for it, I think I'm going to put this pic on my inspiration board, next to my beach house pic and believe it into existence. Can't hurt, right? 

Sally's tiles start at $18.50/square foot, available in 12, 15 or 24 inch squares. I've picked a few to showcase here but she has over a 100 patterns on her site to sort through and salivate over. Custom tile work is available too, which is perfect for those who like the idea of dreaming up their own pattern. 

For a new idea and a new business, her site and subsequent wood tile collections are incredibly impressive. I hope to talk to Sally one day as I place my order for new tile- from the beach house of course. Until that day arrives, I'll be laying the groundwork, piece by piece..


Photos: Mirth Studio; Charleston Magazine, Julia Lynn      Content: Sweet Peach


Bacon Pancake Dippers

If I were to dedicate blog posts, I would dedicate this one to my nephew, Cameron. I imagine he will gasp, just like I did, upon seeing this incredible (very American) breakfast creation. I may be late to the game but when I saw these things on my friend Bob's facebook feed yesterday I was ready to go buy bisquick and bacon.

These are Bacon Pancake Dippers, a sublime idea if you ask me- either for breakfast, a weekend brunch or any occasion where one desires grease and carbs. This recipe comes via and I will be making it very 


Photos:      Content: Sweet Peach



Ann Ladson Jewelry 

While in Charleston last week for the Southern C Summit, (which I highly recommend to any of you southern creatives...) I was lucky enough to meet Ann Ladson, a local resident and maker of the prettiest jewelry- the kind of jewelry that makes you do a doubletake, then try it on, then say, "I don't want to take this off." At least that's how it happened to me...

Ann describes her jewelry as "design driven by material and process, influenced by local landscape and produced by hand from start to finish." Her jewelry line is comprised of entirely US recycled and refined metals. As you'll see, she cares deeply about texture and high quality construction. Ann added, "The aesthetic of the work is handcrafted and recognizable which sets it apart from other brands." 

Ann currently has two different collections of her jewelry, Delicate and Aqueous. Each collection has its own personality. Ann, "The catalyst of the delicate collection was really elemental shapes and forms while the aqueous collection was inspired by water and classic jewelry designs." 

Ann's previous jobs have included a pastry chef, audio engineer, floral designer and metal worker. She has always been a busy bee with her hands and has certainly found her calling as an accomplished jewelry maker and designer. I like how each piece resonates her thoughtfulness- her individualism and passion. 

Her rings may be my favorite. The top stunner is an 18k and sterling nameplate ring while the bottom is the lovely tidal ring. This is the one I tried on when I met Ann and realized I couldn't take it off. I had to buy it. It was mine. 

I met Ann while visiting Erin (laughing, right), at her shop, The-Commons. Ann is seated next to Erin and then across is Carlye, owner of Heirloom Bookshop, Beckie Manley, a new friend I met at the Summit and then me. We all ate and drank on Erin and Carlye's shared Charleston courtyard. One of those picture perfect afternoons I won't soon forget... 

Ann's best sellers are her bangles, the ebb and the ridge. They each have their own incredible look and feel and are quite stunning when stacked together. See all of her bangle offerings, here.

The showstopper in her collection is the brass 'pearl' necklace and this piece is truly a labor of love. Ann, "In trying to mimic an actual pearl necklace and the unique character of each individual 'pearl,' it is very time consuming and tedious work. It begins with brass wire which is weighed and measured then individually melted down into the individual beads or 'pearls,' drilled with a tiny bit, cleaned of any excess or sharp edges from drilling, then sorted for size, lacquered and finally strung on silk cording with a knot between each 'pearl.' 

This necklace is as beautiful as it is labor intensive, often taking Ann a full week to make just one. It reminds Ann of her own southern upbringing- "At some point in a young woman's life, she is typically given a pearl necklace for a monumental birthday, graduation, etc, and that was the idea behind my version in brass." 

With my Ann Ladson ring still on my finger as I write this, may I encourage y'all to check out her site and indulge in all the gorgeous pieces and pics. I love meeting talented women in the South who are hard working and creative and strong and inspirational. In its own way, meeting Ann and all these wonderful women last week is a reminder of the true strength and beauty of women. With each glance of my ring, I hope to be reminded of just that. 


Photos: Olivia Rae James     Model: Becca Dupree     Content: Sweet Peach


Petit Home

I know I'm a southern blogger writing about southern artistry and design- but I can't help but want to share my favorite Instagram account, which is not from the South, nor the US. I follow many home decor sites but I have to say the Instagram feed of Petit Home is my favorite. 

Petit Home is based in Sao Paulo, Brazil and is just one of those accounts that always has the prettiest pics of home decor with interesting color and texture combinations- and artwork I haven't seen before. Petit Home has that international feel that is minimal yet colorful, creative and cozy. It's fun to be inspired by each pic as we can enhance our own design knowledge through the work of others around the world. I hope you decide to follow too...enjoy the pics. 

 Petit Home