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  • Gifting in Multiples


    Nothing makes the holiday season easier than finding a few perfect gifts that can be given in multiples to friends and family!  Personalize those select few items with SCOUT bags as the wrapping!

    fleetwood black liftah finalDean & Deluca New York. Single Mug | Dean & Deluca Peppermint Tea | SCOUT Spirit Liftah in Fleetwood Black

    xand the city liftah finalSCOUT Spirit Liftah in X and the City | Bonne Maman Preserves

    maze in manhattan fianl Winter Wonderland Eiffel Tower Christmas Ornament | SCOUT Spirit Liftah in Maze in Manhattan

    sublime liftah SCOUT Spirit Liftah in Sublime | Round Pond Basil Infused Olive Oil

    mariah peary final SCOUT Crown Jewels in Mariah Peary | Kate Spade New York Silver Street Hello Sunshine Compact Mirror

    hot pink floyd final cj SCOUT Crown Jewels in Hot Pink Floyd | H&M Home 2-pack Christmas Ornaments

    leopard crown jewels finalSCOUT Crown Jewels in Leopardo DiCaprio | Leopard Sleep Mask 

    bach plaid package SCOUT Large Package in Bachelor Plaid | Alexandra Ferguson Let It Snow 16" Pillow

    glitz package final SCOUT Large Package in Glitzerland | Zara Home Ecru Checked Blanket

    slumberjack final Fishs Eddy Camouflage Mugs | SCOUT Large Package in Slumberjack

    _DSC0166 Because a SCOUT bag makes for the best presentation!
  • The Story Behind the Party

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    My group of friends and I recently hosted an engagement dinner for my dear friends Anne and Dave Pulliam. You might know them from their recent feature in September!

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    Anne and Dave are the kind of amazing friends who you can't help but want to celebrate, because they are always doing the same for others. In preparation for their wedding day we wanted to throw an intimate dinner party with an Italian theme because their upcoming honeymoon was to be in Italy.


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    I love a themed party. Or gift for that matter. In that regard, I follow in Deb's footsteps. I feel like a theme gives you a framework for all your ideas and also makes a party much more personal for guests. We hosted the party in the last wisp of summer in DC, so we could dine alfresco. We tried to create an outdoor bistro feel with lots of twinkle and candles. (FYI, I don't recommend burning tall candles if there's any wind. I was picking wax off the decks for days!)

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    We picked blue and white as the colors and recruited one of our favorite DC florists, Highway to Hill, to do the flowers. If you live locally, you must check them out! The food was all Italian small plates because, who doesn't love cheese and pasta and meat! One of my favorite small touches was the ice. I froze rose buds in ice cubes overnight and they made all the drinks look so fancy and fun. It was a great talking point.

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    SCOUT, of course, made a huge appearance. We used some of the thermal totes for transporting food and for chilling drinks. Two of my friends made all the food, and the Two Plate Special was great for keeping things warm in transit. We loved having The Stiff One handy for keeping bottles of wine and champagne chilled at the bar.

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    If you want to spoil your your guests, Tiny Packages or Spirit Liftahs make great party favors. You can hang them on chairs or put them on place settings.

    _DSC0055 SCOUT Spirit Liftah  in Fleetwood Black_DSC0021 SCOUT Tiny Package

    As for the the night's dress, we decided to ask our guests to wear black and white. We also had the bride and groom all in white. Everyone had fun with their outfits and the effect was fabulous for pictures. For myself, I wanted something chic but comfortable. Our office is conveniently right next door to Rent the Runway in Georgetown so I rented this jumpsuit by Sachin & Babi. I paired it with our new wink collection Bacall bag, perfect for heading out on the town post party.

    image1Rue Jumpsuit by Sachin & Babi
    _DSC0086 SCOUT Bacall in Diamond Rouge

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  • Hostess Gifts by Laura

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    All season long we're going to be featuring some of our employees and their gift picks. Meet Laura! Our newest employee is a D.C. native who just moved back into town. She likes colorful sneakers and eating food with friends.

    laura Here she is getting festive.

    Laura's Gift Pick

    decanterRosana 'Booze' Glass Decanter

    "This is a thoughtful, decorative piece to give your glitzy friend to display her 'booze'. How funny?! Classy, yet sassy." - Laura

  • Signature Cocktails

    This season we love the idea of having a signature cocktail for your party. It makes a statement and sets the stage for a themed event. We're particularly interested in the classic cocktails that are making a comeback. Check out the drinks we're dying to make - and the looks to match!

    pink squirrelEmilio Pucci Fluted Stretch-Wool Mini


    • 1/3 cup creme de noyaux (also called creme de almond)
    • 1/3 cup white creme de cocoa (plus extra for rimming glasses, if desired)
    • 2/3 cup vanilla ice cream
    • Maraschino cherries (if desired for garnish)
    • Colored sugar or sprinkles (if desired for rimming glasses)


    1. If rimming glasses, moisten edges of rims with liquor or simple syrup, then dip into the sugar or sprinkles. Set glasses aside.
    2. Add both liqueurs and the ice cream to a blender and process until smooth.
    3. Pour into two large martini glasses and serve immediately.


    lemondrop martiniStella McCartney Astrid Asymmetric-Neck Open-Back Gown


    • 1 1/2 oz vodka
    • 1/2 oz triple sec
    • 1 teaspoon superfine sugar
    • 3/4 oz fresh lemon juice
    • 4 -5 ice cubes
    • superfine sugar, for the martini glass rim
    • lemon twist


    1. Chill martini glasses in the freezer for at least 10 minutes prior to serving.
    2. Place Vodka, Triple Sec, lemon juice and sugar into a cocktail shaker with 4-5 ice cubes and shake vigorously for 30 seconds.
    3. Run the lemon twist around the edge of the chilled martini glass and dunk in a small amount of sugar for a coated rim.
    4. Pour the strained martini into the chilled glasses and serve.
    grasshopperOscar de la Renta Silk Faille Cocktail Dress


    • 1 oz Green Crème de Menthe
    • 1 oz White crème de cacao
    • 2 oz Heavy cream


    1. Add all ingredients to a shaker and fill with fresh ice.
    2. Shake vigorously and strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
    3. Grate fresh nutmeg directly over the center of the drink.
    white russian Derek Lam Kimono-Sleeve Cady Dress


    • 1 1/2 oz vodka
    • 3/4 oz Kahlua
    • 3/4 oz heavy cream


    1. Shake well with cracked ice
    2. Strain into a chilled Old-Fashioned glass
    aquatiniallTalbot Runhof Colly V-Neck Side-Ruched Gown


    • 1 oz Pucker Island Punch Schnapps
    • 1 oz Citrus Vodka
    • 1 splash Sour Mix


    1. Shake all ingredients with ice in a cocktail shaker.
    2. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
  • Behind the Scenes: SS16 Photo Shoot

    Every year when the Fall/Winter collection is in full swing, we take a moment to retarget our energy toward the Spring/Summer collection. This moment - a 4-day photo shoot - is a ton of work and a ton of fun. Our marketing geniuses have already outlined what the season's campaign will look like and with their direction a shot list is carefully crafted and refined. There is A TON of preparation that goes into the studio photo shoots. Check out below to see some of what we were up to!

    Day 1


    Pictured: Sarah, top bunk and Kate, bottom bunk


    The team heads to our photographer Dan's studio in Baltimore. Fixture assembly ensues. If you haven't spent the day setting up fixtures - you haven't lived! We need a day to get as much product, props and, of course, the fixtures up to Baltimore. It's a lot of schlepping.

    Day 2

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    Flat shots. Deb will tell you herself, she's a collector. She has so many cool things that she meticulously curates into the photo shoot. The story behind the shot has been planned in advance so, the products are pulled and Deb's props to match. All of the products and props are carefully laid out and photographed. Our Marketing Coordinator, Sarah, has the photo shoot down to a science so we can maximize our time in the studio. Each of these shots had to be done in 22 minutes. It's major what we get done while we're there!

    IMG_3043 Deb and Sarah laying props over product to create a story board


    IMG_3066 Deb and Kate #modellife


    IMG_3073 The final product!

    Day 3


    Our photographer Dan capturing some close ups


    Wall shots! We get our faux room situation put together in the studio and that is what we work on capturing all day. Again, the shots are all planned out in advance, but sometimes things just fall into place and we wing it a little.

    IMG_3162 Deb eyeing the layout in between shots


    IMG_3169 Are we getting you excited for Spring yet??

    Day 4

    The models arrive. Ahh, the last day, model day. We have 89459 things going on on this day. Deb styles all of the looks and puts them together in advance. She is a pro. Every outfit has a contingency plan in case something doesn't look quite right. Each outfit mixes pieces from her own wardrobe and pieces she finds specifically for the shoots. Meanwhile, people are packing up all of the fixtures to be shipped out and all of the product is getting packed away to be sent to our showroom in Atlanta. #chaos.

    IMG_3205Abby & Laura causing a stir in baltimore


    IMG_3211 Work perk #489591: Sometimes, you appear in the catalog.


    IMG_3231What WE see!


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