And don't forget your high-heeled boots. Although these pictures were taken several weeks ago I wanted to use them today, post-Thanksgiving, to talk about some of the things I'm thankful for that may seem a bit trivial to some but mean the world to me.Read More
It's here; the most wonderful time of the year. The time of year when everybody's doing what I do best - shopping! Now I've heard a lot of pushback this year about stores that are opening up late Thanksgiving Day or in the wee small hours of Black Friday. When you shop is entirely up to you. I will probably do a little shopping on Black Friday online so I can compare prices and truly get the most for my money.. But this post is about Small Business Saturday and small, independent businesses in general. I want to encourage you to give small businesses, both locally and on the 'net, your support by shopping with them this season.
With that in mind allow me to get you started on the path to shopping indy businesses, Here are a few folks, most of whom can be found right here in Music City, that offer unique, quality products at affordable prices. What's not to love?
Obi-belts by Megan Gann of Megan Mae Daily Megan makes the most beautiful obi-belts and button flowers. Her creations are made out of men's neckties. As you can see I snagged a few myself and I think they look amazing! They're really inexpensive, too. Just $15 or two for $25. Megan will even pay the shipping costs.
DCXV Industries My buddy Kimmie Jones turned me on to this Nashville, TN based design and apparel company. They have created a clothing line called I BELIEVE IN NASHVILLE that are designed and printed right here in Music City. Shop their edgy tees, outerwear, and accessories.
Appolonia's Accessories Online If you're looking for one-of-a-kind jewelry pieces this should be your first stop. From bracelets made of repurposed vintage beads to polymer pendants to brooches with magnetic clasps (genius!) and every other beautiful variation you can imagine at prices that will make you squeal with delight. In fact, on the off chance that you don't see anything you like in the extensive gallery, custom orders are welcomed. I have three pieces - so far - from this wonderful site. Check out this copper and blue beaded beauty.
Kerfluffles Marshmallows How about a little something sweet to put in your hot cocoa - or directly into your tummy? Kerfluffles Marshmallows is based in Nashville and every batch of marshmallows is handmade to order, with 100% natural ingredients. Kerfluffles features a few different flavors of the month and even carries vegan marshmallows. Too many great things to list here - so go check them out!
I think that's a decent start to putting a dent in your holiday gift list while supporting small, independent businesses. You can find more at the Small Business Saturday Facebook page. I will also post more as we count down to the end of December.
In the meantime, just to get you in the proper spirit to shop until you drop, once again I will offer you my humble (humbling?) rendition of "Santa Baby". I posted it last year as well, and it could stand to have the video freshened up a bit, but the audio is all me. No karaoke; no autotune. I used a program that basically lets you draw music and recorded the vocals separately, then put it all together.
Noe get out there and shop - 'tis the season!
I'm not sure Thanksgiving is even a necessary holiday anymore. It seems to have devolved into an excuse to stuff our faces, fight with relatives, watch football, and pillage retail establishments. Don't get me wrong. I'm not condemning any of the above activities but I fail to see what any of them have to do with being thankful.Read More
Here is another installment of "10 Questions With", featuring the lovely Megan Gann of Megan Mae Daily. I will be modeling one of Megan's very own Obi-belts in my next post so be sure to check it out. I'll also tell you how you can get one to give as a holiday gift - or, better yet, to keep and wear yourself!Read More
I've always loved the Steampunk aesthetic. The long skirts, fitted jackets, lace-up boots, and headgear have been on my wish list for years now, but I wasn't entirely sure I'd be able to pull it off with my shape and on my budget.Read More
How would you like to make a difference in the lives of almost 500 disadvantaged women artisans in India, while looking fab at the same time? I'm very pleased to lend my support to Marketplace Handwork of India, a fair trade organization and nonprofit dedicated to increasing economic opportunities for low-income women in and around Mumbai, India.Read More
Got your attention, didn't I? Do you find that directive offensive, because I sure do. Although most of you are bristling at the word "cripple" I find the idea that we need a separate set of instructions to talk to someone who is handicapped utterly off-putting and exclusionary.Read More
Well, I tried. This is the first time I've attempted to dress up for Halloween in years. Things didn't exactly go as I'd planned. In hindsight, I think the reason this was a fail is because I didn't do nearly enough planning.Read More
Happy Halloween. As I write this it's pouring rain with promises of worsening weather to come. I had planned on dressing up rather elaborately for Halloween but I'm not sure if I'll be able to do so without looking like a drowned rat.Read More