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It is our sincere pleasure to welcome the amazing Libbie Summers to our Signature Style series. We’ve been so excited to share this with you – we just adore her (as you know we are gaga for Terra’s Kitchen)! Before we dive into her Signature Style interview – learn a little more about this fabulous culinary delight.

Libbie Summers, the face behind her Food-Inspired Life brand, is recognized as a food and lifestyle tastemaker in print, online and on-air. Her work has been seen in the pages of Better Homes & Gardens, Vogue, ELLE, Camille Styles, Glitter Guide, Redbook, People, Garden and Gun, Condé Nast Traveler, on the OWN Show, and many more.

She has authored three books. The 2014 IndieFab Book of the Year Awards, Sweet & Vicious –baking with attitude (Rizzoli, 2014), Brown Sugar (Short Stack Editions, 2014) and The NY Times 2011 Notable Book, The Whole Hog Cookbook (Rizzoli, 2011).

As one who wears many hats, Libbie also serves as the Creative Culinary Director of Terra’s Kitchen— an innovative meal delivery service sending healthy farm-fresh ingredients and fresh-prepped recipes to subscribers in an eco-friendly manner.

Libbie resides in Savannah, Georgia with one husband, one son, and one opinionated-dog. She maintains her body and body of work are both food-inspired.

Photo: Teresa Earnest

EMc: Why do these photos show your signature style?

LS: I had this big aha moment when I was around 35 that everything I loved style-wise had some connection with food. Color, texture, feeling, memory….it always came back to food. When I describe something I naturally go to food. “You know, like the color of the top of a strawberry before it’s fully ripe…that pale green. THAT’S the color of vintage velvet on my throw pillows.” 

Master Bedroom (photo by Cedric Smith) Mix of vintage and modern with a touch of whimsy

EMc: What aspects really tell us who you are?

LS: The image Cedric Smith took of me with my kewpie topped cake kind of says everything about my style. I have on a custom made and very simple button down short sleeve oxford, an amazing and whimsical skirt with a print called Babies on Fire from designer Brooke Atwood and the chicest work shoes EVER from CAT (yes, the tractor people). Sure I could have just worn the outfit…but I felt like one of those kewpie dolls was so full of bravado, it needed to climb up to the top of a cake.

EMc: How do you carry your signature style into all aspects of your life be it home decor, entertaining, or fashion?

LS: My style is food-inspired, but it’s also a tomboy chic and homespun chic kind of style. I like items that tell a story AND are comforting and comfortable. The “story” may be about the coolest new designer I’m crushing on or the provenance of the piece, but there is always a relaxed feeling and happy story somewhere.

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EMc: What is your personal definition of “signature style”? 

LS:  Whatever makes you feel good. Period.

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EMc: Give us three words to describe you. Why did you choose these three words?

LS: Slightly off color.

EMc: What are three of your most prized pieces that you think fully represent your signature style? This could be a piece of furniture, jewelry, art, etc. 

LS: The Pindler and Pindler velvet covered Barcelona day bed in my living room: Because it is the yummiest raspberry color ever, so chic and makes for the best extra bed for guests.

The simple white ceramic plate my hog-farming grandmother, Lula Mae, used to serve bacon on each morning: Because I adored my grandmother and this platter has history and love in every chip.

The most gorgeous pair of milk chocolate leather Billy Reid monk strap oxfords: Because they are so chic, well made and comfortable (I’ve had them resoled 3 times).

EMc: What is your best tip to encourage others to find and develop their own signature style? 

LS: Stay off Pinterest for a few months.

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Is it possible to have more fun learning about one person? Find out for yourself, and follow along with Libbie below on all of her social media channels!

Website/blog: www.LibbieSummers.com

Instagram: @libbiesummers
Facebook: @AFoodInspiredLife

Youtube:  AFoodInspiredLife

Pinterest:  https://www.pinterest.com/libbiesummers/

Twitter: @LibbieSummers

Stay true to your style!

Emily McCarthy

Photos by: Teresa Earnest, Cedric Smith

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Just as you would never want to wait around as a hostess, you don’t want to leave any eager party host waiting on you!

xo,

Emily McCarthy

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Each year you get an extra chance to show Mom how special she is on Mother’s Day. It’s one of those times to do something for her that she wouldn’t do for herself, or better yet – gift her something she wouldn’t gift herself!

We are hosting a Mother’s Day shopping event on May 3rd, and we think you should bring Mom with you. That’s right, let her pick out her own gift this Mother’s Day!

May we make some superb suggestions?

Coasters

Stone Coaster Set $45 // Make any table a luxe table. 

Cutting Boards

Cutting Boards $64 – $220 // These show stoppers come in varying shapes and sizes for any mom’s style.

Lucite Trays

Lucite Trays $15 – $110 // Find a grab and go pattern, or make it personal!

Melamine Plates

Melamine Plates $60 – $132 // An entertaining mother’s dream!

Notepads

Personalized Note Pads $40 – $45 // You know she loves sending sweet notes!

Stationery

Stationery $18 and up // You can never go wrong with personalized stationery.

Want more ideas? Email us at hostess@emilymccarthy.com to speak to one of our shoppe girls and get a one on one shopping experience. Or, better yet, join us for our May 3rd “Shop for Mom” event! Click here to RSVP.

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Never forget, flowers are always a welcomed gift!

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We can hear the prelude now. The bittersweet sound of one chapter closing and another opening – your graduate has so much to celebrate! We want to help you make your gifts not only stand out, but stand up to one of the biggest moments in a young man or woman’s life!

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BaubleBoxes

Bauble Boxes $35 – $43 // Add a little sophistication to any side table or dresser!
BeachTowels

Patterned Beach Towels $55 // For him or for her – the dorm halls are no place to be caught with a tiny towel!

LuciteTrays

Lucite Trays $15 – $110 // There is no end to the sizes, colors, and styles you can customize for your grad!MonogrammedJewels

Monogrammed Jewels $22 and up // Start the sophistication early.MonogrammedPillows

Personalized Pillows $88 and up // Bring a little bit of home to the residence halls.PlayingCards

Personalized Playing Cards $60 // All work and no play? Never.Stationery

Stationery $18 and up // For all of the Thank-You’s and I Miss You’s!
StemlessTumblersAcrylic Stemless Tumblers $28 – $88 // Perfect for coffee any time of day!
TasselEarrings

Tassel Earrings $98 // A graduation gown will cover an outfit… but these earrings will make a statement!

AccessoryBag

Accessory Bags $25 – $28 // For odds, ends, and everywhere in between!

Happy shopping for you and your favorite graduates! Don’t forget to join us in shoppe on Wednesday evening for a special Grad Night shopping experience. Details by clicking here!

Emily McCarthy

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All April long, we want to remind you that it’s Letter Writing Month! To celebrate the art of the written note – we are offering 20% off all stationery in shoppe and online.

Something we truly love, is taking the time to hand-write thoughts and well wishes to people who’ve touched our lives and allowed us to invite joy all around.

Click here to shop the stationery archives! 

We hope you take this month as a reminder of how special a handwritten note can be!

Happy writing!

Emily McCarthy

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Keep your glass, and your dishes full.

XO,

Emily McCarthy

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We hope you checked your email to see these vibrant colors pop into your inbox! However, if you didn’t – we want to show you just what we’re talking about right there on the blog.

Part of Emily’s creative process is to always keep moving forward. Keep seeing colors, keep living the coastal life and drawing inspiration from every willow tree and oyster shell. That’s exactly what she did to truly set these new patterns into life. We know that any home will dazzle with these colorful and tasteful additions. Shop our collections below!

Seeing red has never been so playful with our coral collection:

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Also pictured: one of our fabulous cutting boards. // Shop Here $64-$220

When life hands you lemons… you make limoncello!
Limoncello

Paired with a palm tray // Shop here.

Loving the life down in the low country has brought this beauty to fruition!
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Shown with: Custom Accessory Pouch $28 // Custom Folded Note (on sale now!) // Brass Sphere Letter Opener $7 

Oyster roasts are what make our hearts sing! Bring them from outdoors to indoors with these:

OysterCollection

Shown with oyster motif cutting board // Shop here! $64-$220

There’s nothing a palm frond can’t make seem sunnier!
PalmCollection

See also: Palm letter opener $7 // Custom Cocktail Napkins $52 and up // Bamboo Cocktail Napkin Holder $30 // Palm Tree Napkin Weight $7 

The beloved and classic spot cheetah will never be out of style!
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Bring to life with: Printed Accessory Pouch $25 // Shop All Here

Always remember, styling your life should be fun. Don’t be afraid to mix and match – if variety is the spice of life, then patterns are the main course!

Always have fun,

Emily McCarthy

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No one can throw a party quite like the faces behind the Emily McCarthy Shoppe, and we aim to impress! It was almost exactly one year ago that the online shoppe turned into a brick and mortar location right on Abercorn Street in Savannah, GA.

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A lifelong dream of Emily’s became a reality with a lot of hardwork, a little prosecco, and hardworking faces buzzing behind all the scenes! We have invited so much joy into our lives since then, we can’t wait for you to celebrate with us this weekend. Click here to RSVP to our event! You will love seeing how we celebrate.

XO

Emily McCarthy

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Timing is truly everything.

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