Guest Curator: Erica Hanks’s 7 Favorite Spring 2015 Trends

Guest Curator: Erica Hanks 7 Favorite Spring 2015 Trends Thanks to March staying true to its “out like a lamb” reputation, we’re finally ready to embrace spring styles and embark on a wardrobe transition whole heartedly. To help us round out our spring closets, we checked in with TSG: Charlotte stylist ERICA HANKS to find out which fashion trends she’s excited about for the upcoming season. Here are her chic selections, along with our tips for how to get the look from within the TSG network:

1. White in spring is a welcomed palette cleanser from dreary winter, but white doesn’t mean boring. With white, it’s all about the details, like in this Etoile Isabel Marant topGet the look this Tibi Mateo crochet apron top from Hampden Clothing in Charleston, South Carolina.

2. Everyone needs a go-to flat for spring, and while flip flops and sneakers are a safe route, Aquazzura lace up flats can be worn with literally everything in your closet and will elevate your casual look from good to amazing. This is my must have flat for the season. Get the look with these Sophia Webster Rousseau Jungle Flats from Marissa Collections in Naples, Florida. 

3. Culottes are one of those wardrobe items that people think they can’t pull off, but you really can depending on what you wear with them. Tibi seems to have mastered the culotte cut, and the origami pleat details (with pockets!) in a soft blue are perfection for a day or evening look. Get the look with these Tome cropped trousers from Mimi in New Orleans, Louisiana.

4. From Dolce & Gabbana to DVF, gingham was infused throughout the runways for spring, and it’s a fresh print that can be found in a variety of colors and pattern size. The gingham poplin top from Studio Nicholson can be paired with pencil skirts, your favorite skinnies, shorts, skirts, and even flares. And the cinched waist silhouette keeps your shape. Get the look with this Dolce & Gabbana cropped check shirt from Capitol in Charlotte, North Carolina. 

5. Shirt dresses come in so many cuts, patterns, and styles, you’re bound to find an easy, breezy one perfect for you. The Victoria Beckham suede shirt dress is a classic cut but updated in a beautiful orange suede—a good color for a variety of accessory and shoe combinations. Get the look with a crisp, blue-and-white striped layered button-down shirt dress by 10 Crosby from Roan in Richmond, Virginia.

6. Military style has become seasonless, so I love finding unexpected ways to wear it within my wardrobe. I love this Marc by Marc Jacobs military-inspired skirt with oversized pockets and flared silhouette, which can be worn super casual with a tank top and flats or casual chic with a feminine blouse and jacket. Get the look with a Labo Art Spiana Dress from Scarpa in Charlottesville, Virginia. 

7. Fringe is a really fun trend that adds a whimsy folk vibe to your look. Designers have fringe from shoes to coats for spring, and this will continue into the fall. A fringe accessory, like this Marni bag, is a versatile item that can be worn with so many different wardrobe combinations for day and night. Get the look with the Marni Pouchette Wristlet (shown above) from Marissa Collections in Naples, Florida.

TSG Charlotte's Erica Hanks Erica Hanks is a wardrobe stylist whose work extends beyond her group of professionals, athletes, and well-known men and women across the country to commercial and editorial wardrobe styling for corporate companies, national campaigns, catalogs, TV segments and magazines. Her personal clients have been featured in national and international media outlets such as The Huffington Post, Vogue TV, Marie Claire, and the UK’s Daily Mail. Erica lives in Charlotte, NC, with her husband and children.










Scouted: Ostrich Fringe Crossbody Bag

Scouted: Ostrich Fringe Crossbody Combining texture, movement, and utility, this ostrich fringe bag is perfect for adding a little bit of flair to a spring outfit. A stylish accessory that will look great with festival attire or jeans and heels on a night out, it is destined to be a go-to item for many seasons to come.

Baird & Baird via The Ethereal Room  //  Houston, TX  //  713.524.3433


Pretty in Pink

TSG Entertains: Pomp's Pink Pony Party We’ve had a flurry of TSG tots’ birthday parties lately, during which we’ve enjoyed everything from trampoline parties to dance-offs, perfectly imperfect homemade cakes to bakery-made cupcake towers. Each party has been utterly unique, but one statement can be made about all of them: a successful children’s soiree is a combination of creativity and careful planning. This equation holds true whether the event in question is an elaborate fete or a simple family gathering; after all, at the end of the day, it’s the details that can make or break a festive affair.

TSG Entertains: Pomp's Pink Pony Party Inspired by this birthday-filled season, we reached out to the founder of Dallas-based PompShana Rosenheck-Lodes, for ideas and insights into what to consider when planning a child’s party. Pomp’s “Pink Pony Party” has become something of a legend throughout TSG HQ ever since we laid eyes on photographs of the fabulous event in TSG Dallas, Volume 3. As the images of the Pony Party show, clearly we approached the ideal source!

TSG Entertains: Pomp's Pink Pony Party Pomp carries the pink palette and pony theme through the show-stopping party in such whimsical ways. Again, it’s the details like pony-shaped confetti, pale pink ribbons tied around cartons holding a quarter of a sandwich (the perfect portion for three-year-old attendees!), a simple vase filled with pink hyacinths, pony-shaped cake pops, and, of course, pink-maned pretty ponies as the main attraction that make the event so special. While it might be tempting to label the party as over-the-top, it only appears that way because it’s been expertly executed. Given enough time and put in the right hands (Pomp is Dallas’s premier children’s party planning company), a few thoughtful elements can be brought together to create a sweet occasion little ones will love. Below, Rosenheck-Lodes shares her tips for party planning; of course, it always helps to call in a professional, so while the following advice will be helpful, think about making that step 1!

TSG Entertains: Pomp's Pink Pony Party Plan ahead. Rosenheck-Lodes recommends meeting with a planner 6 weeks prior to the event to discuss the theme; guest list; party location; invitations; entertainment, games, and activities; food; general decorations; cake; and party favors.

Determine the best time of day for a party based on age. “We want to make sure everyone can enjoy the pomp and circumstance of the party, so we recommend scheduling parties for young children when they are at their best,” Rosenheck-Lodes says. “We recommend after naptime for toddlers and around lunchtime for children in preschool,” she advises. As children grow older, timing becomes less important. Duration is important, too; so much so, that Rosenheck-Lodes has created a handy chart for when children will be ready to party:

TSG ENTERTAINS: Pomp's Pink Pony Party and Tips for Planning Childrens Parties

Think about how you’ll issue invites. In addition to making sure your child’s best friends are free on the appointed date, Rosenheck-Lodes recommends thinking in terms of “all” when determining how much of your child’s class to invite, as in “all the children in the class,” “all of the girls” or “all of the boys” in order to minimize hurt feelings. Timing-wise, she suggests dropping invitations in the mail 3 to 4 weeks prior to the event.

TSG Entertains: Pomp's Pink Piny Party Have a sense of how the party will be paced. To ensure your event feels as though it has a natural flow, Rosenheck-Lodes advises that you pace the party. “Have a plan based on the games, activities, and entertainment you have lined up,” she says. “For example, as guests arrive, you may direct them to a craft table while you await the arrival of more guests.”

Decide on a present-opening plan. Whether or not your child opens gifts during or after the party is up to your personal preference, Rosenheck-Lodes says, but if you do decide to open gifts during the party, Rosenheck-Lodes recommends pulling names out of a hat to determine whose gift will be opened next. This allows time for you to write down the gift-giver and what was given to ensure that you have all the information necessary for thank-you notes.

Make sure your give your guests a proper goodbye. All good things must come to an end. Rosenheck-Lodes advises that it’s good practice to have your child thank each guest for coming and personally hand them a party favor as they walk out the door.

TSG Entertains: Pomp's Pink Pony Party

Don’t forget the most important to-do of all: Do not stress! Your child will have fun regardless of the size of the party as long as they see themselves celebrated in the details, Rosenheck-Lodes says. “That is where we come in to ensure this day is an occasion to remember, filled with fun and love. Enjoy and let us do the work!”

Pomp // Dallas, TX // 214.205.4453

Photos by Amy Herndon Photography.


Natural Elegance

TSG Garden Romance Last week, spring officially sprung, and since then we’ve been dreaming of secret gardens—and garden-inspired elements—that capture all the romance and promise that the new season brings. From the marriage of nature’s unruliness with a sense of man-imposed order to the sophisticated and soothing palette, formal gardens embody everything that we love about spring, so we’re starting off the season with a celebration of gorgeous outdoor spaces and items that demonstrate their influence. (See below for list of items featured above.)

tsg-formal-garden-Lambert-Design-Image-6 Dallas-based Lambert Landscape Company‘s work has us feeling wonderfully flush with spring fever. The award-winning firm has been designing and caring for gardens in the area for nearly a century, and their expertise is evident in projects like the one above, as well as many others found in their endlessly inspiring portfolio. Carefully manicured hedges, detailed concrete planters, ivy climbing up the facade…everything about the above scene makes us long for such a special outdoor retreat.

tsg-formal-gardnens-dress-fiftyfifty-parisbalcony Who can resist the refined moodiness of florals set against a dark background, as in the garden party-ready Dolce & Gabbana orange blossom print dress available from Capitol in Charlotte and the sublime arrangement by the creative experts at event and floral design firm 50fifty in Naples? Equally enticing is an 18th century Parisian wrought iron balcony with a once gilded letter “M,” spotted on Atlanta-based Architectural Accents’s Instagram feed, which is ideal for adorning one’s garden gates. If we stumbled across it we’d go to great lengths to find out what lies on the other side.

tsg-sword-gate-house-chs The historic Sword Gate House, which bears a historic marker thanks to the help of the Preservation Society of Charleston, dates back to 1803, and the garden at the legendary house feels like a place that holds centuries of memories. Thanks to sculptural elements, live oaks, fruit trees, and romantic walkways, no doubt it will host countless memorable moments for years to come.

tsg-formal-gardens-walls-transitions The creation by Chicago’s Craig Bergmann Landscape Design (top) has us simply swooning. The lush hydrangea and curved hedge showing a peek of lavender just beyond beckons us to get lost among the natural beauty. Meanwhile, the early 20th century hand-carved limestone gazebo enclosed by a wrought iron pierced dome available from Palm Beach’s Authentic Provence is ripe for a rendezvous, and the dreamy space by Dallas’s Lambert Landscape Company (above, right), looks like it’s straight out of a fairy tale.

tsg-craig-bergman-chicago Here, another Craig Bergmann Landscape Design space appears to be the ultimate secret garden—the color contrasts, multi-levels, variety of foliage, and, of course, the entrance epitomize the magic and mystery of of spring.

Featured in collage at top:

1. Beautiful grounds by Lambert Landscape Company in Dallas, Texas.
2. 19th c. Copper Architectural Element from Bohland and Graham in Richmond.
3. “Secret Garden” 19th century French statue of a hidden face carved by hand out of solid block of limestone. One piece, bush hammered plinth on square base. Measures 68.5″H x 17″ W x 17″ D. From Authentic Provence in West Palm Beach, Florida.
4. Greek 19th Century Terra Cotta Statue of a Lady from Fireside Antiques in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
5. Pair of Large Italian Carved Gilt Candle Sconces from LaDonna Antiques and Interiors in Charlotte, North Carolina.
6. Gardener’s Dream Medium Greenhouse (measures 58.375ʺW × 34.875ʺD × 52.0ʺH) from Chairish in San Francisco, California.
7. Oscar de la Renta Floral Cat Eye Sunglasses available from Marissa Collections in Naples, Florida.
8. 75 King Street, a historic property affiliated with the Preservation Society of Charleston.
9. Givenchy glitter embellished pumps from Capitol in Charlotte, North Carolina.
10. Embroidered tea length Oscar de la Renta gown from Marissa Collections in Naples, Florida.
11. Stone Sphinx from Architectural Accents in Atlanta, Georgia.


Scouted: Early 20th Century Blue Flame Glazed Ceramic Dish

blue flame glazed ceramic dish

Designed by French ceramicist Paul Milet, this gorgeous Art Deco dish set in bronze moulding is absolutely stunning. Perfect as part of a tablescape yet able to stand alone on display, it will add a lovely pop of color to any space. Claim it now and instantly spruce up your spring decor.

Malachite Home   //  New Orleans, LA  //  504.754.0066


Spring Shoes: Part 1

Neutrals for the new season

TSG Spring Shoes: Ulla Johnson The arrival of the official first day of spring has us feeling optimistic about warm weather and the wardrobe changes it will bring. When it comes to a closet transition, we tend to focus on our footwear first, and the above Ulla Johnson ensemble—complete with Kiki sandals available from Jackson, Mississippi’s Blithe and Vine—beautifully illustrates why: The perfect pair of heels can set the tone for a new season and allow us to look stylish as we wait for temperatures to catch up with the trends. Here are some of our favorites…


TSG Spring Neutral Heels


Clockwise, from top left: Stella McCartney ”Gloria” rose tone sandals with block heel embellished with stones available from CeCe Shoe in New Orleans // Rebecca Minkoff “Mail” heel in dusty pink available from LeeLee Shoes in San Antonio // Rupert Sanderson “Gigi Rock” suede platform mule available from Hampden in Charleston // Lanvin white leather mules with gold heels  available from Neapolitan in Chicago // Pedro Garcia “Monique” pump in nude satin available from Roan in Richmond // Stella McCartney  ”Florine” available from CeCe Shoe in New Orleans.