Libbie Loves: Spring Flower Power

by Libbie Summers
Assisted by David Dempsey

This time of year I find my mind and all things in my life are inspired by the gorgeous flowers blooming around me. Here are a few of my favorite Spring flower-inspired obsessions! 

Flowers, Fashion, Soap, Prints

1. Peyton Leather Pumps by Gucci
Because these are not only gorgeous, they look super comfortable and a girl can dream.
@gucci

2. Mon Guerlain Eau de Parfum by Guerlain
Because I can admit I actually bought this perfume after watching Angelina Jolie’s video and LOVE IT!
@guerlain

3. Chea Embroidered Denim Jacket by Acne Studios
Because I am obsessed with this jacket…obsessed.
@acnestudios

4. How To Draw Modern Florals: An Introduction To The Art of Flowers, Cacti, and More by Alli K Design
Because who doesn’t want to be able to bust out a cacti drawing when called upon to do so?
@allikdesign

5. Whipped soap; Beach Scented with Jasmine Flowers, Salt and Sea Air by 7ChakrasSoap
Because whipped soap. period.
@7chakras_soap

6. Wooden Decorative Spoon Set by ShabbyHappyDecoupage
Because these could “girly up” any kitchen.
@shabby_happy

7. Zuma Swimsuit by SEEA
Because I love a cool suit that protects me from the sun and doesn’t ride up my ass while I’m actually swimming.
@theseea

8. 1 Yard of Into The Gargen Sage in Oyster Linen for a pillow by Ashley Woodson Bailey
Because Ashley Bailey does beautiful work and I dream about making a pillow out of this fabric.
@ashleywoodsonbailey

9. Candied Whole Violets by India Tree
Because India Tree products are all natural and these candied violets can take a boring cupcake to BRILLIANT!
@indiatree

Food-Inspired Fashion: Strawberry Boiler Suits

by Libbie Summers
Photography by Chia Chong for Savannah Magazine

Every successful event I design, no matter how big or small, involves a little “theater”, and theater means the perfect staff uniforms.
For this strawberry-inspired dinner party, myself and staff wore white tailored boiler suits with a strawberry patch over our hearts. I encourage a little personal flare when the event calls for it –and this event called for it! So pink chuck tailors, red bandanas, a certain pink satin hat and a lot of attitude helped to create even more “theater” for our guests.

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L-R (Anthony Lunsmann, Libbie Summers, Candace Brower, David Dempsey)

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Get the Look!
Boiler Suits (tailored of course)
Strawberry Patch 

 

They Get Me: My Signature Style

By Emily McCarthy
Photography by Teresa Earnest and Cedric Smith

(From the Signature Style Series)

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.

Read the rest of the interview HERE.

Pickle Jewelry?

by Libbie Summers
Assisted by David Dempsey

Tiny Pickle Charm Bracelet 
I LOVE the fun little food charms made by Jillicious Charms and had to have the pickle jar…had to. The charm arrived on a chain for a necklace, but I felt it needed to be a bracelet.  So, I deconstructed it, hooked it onto some pink wire, and quickly wrapped it around a gold bangle. Boom. Pickle Bracelet!?

Libbie Summers, A Food-Inspired Life, Pickle, Fashion

 

 

2 Valentine’s Day Coats to Impress or Make ‘Em Jealous

By Libbie Summers
Assisted by David Dempsey

February really is just about the only month of the year that warrants a heavier outer layer when stepping outside in Savannah. So, the layer better be something special. 

Here are two of my favorite coats of the season. One is super girly and one is…well, to die for! Which is your favorite?
Fashion, Valentine's Day, Pink Faux Fur, Libbie Summers, Libbie Loves, Vizsla, Tassel Clothing, Pink Skirts, Pink Coats
Cotton Candy Dream

makes: one candy coated dream party look
Ingredients:
Pink Faux Fur Coat from Chicwish
Vintage Pink Gloves from Habersham Antiques Market
White cable knit hat with fur pom pom from BusyDOLL
Pink and White Striped Shirt from J. Crew
Pink Swan Cloud Maxi Skirt from Chicwish
Tassel a gift from Morocco from my friend Shannon…it’s meant to be a curtain tieback I guess.
Dog: The Bitch

Winter Coat Fashion, Tomboy Coats, Libbie Summers Fashion, Pink Fur
Tomboy Pink 
(a pink fur lined parka you’ll never want to take off)

Ingredients:
Army Green Parka with Pink Fur Lining from MR & MRS Itlay
Bracelet Kate Spade (past season)
Watch Daniel Wellington

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