Gift Guide: Small Business Saturday

gift guide- HANDMADE GIFTS (Small Business Saturday ideas)



Small Business Saturday is one of my favorite days of the year! As you know from my Do Good series, I love shops with a positive mission. While I mostly write about companies that are helping others, it’s also important to note that supporting small businesses is also a form of shopping consciously. These small businesses and mom-and-pop shops/restuarants are supporting families and allowing people to follow their dreams. We as consumers choose to support this mission every time we shop small instead of heading to your local Target.

Knitting Ain't Easy & Small Business Saturday: Action Against Hunger

As a way to bring these ideas of conscious consumerism together, I’ll be offering up a little something special in my Etsy shop this weekend: 20% of all proceeds on Knitting Ain’t Easy will be donated to Action Against Hunger.  A global humanitarian organization committed to ending world hunger, Action Against Hunger been recently listed as an “A”-rated organization by CharityWatch and a four-star charity rated by Charity Navigator .

Maybe knits and home goods aren’t your cup of tea? That’s okay. Use this map to find small businesses in your neighborhood, or check out the links below to shop online!

small business saturday shopping guide

Paddywax Candle  |  TheHipsterHousewife custom stationery 
Alchemy Home Company Solid Shave Soap  |    LovelyB Jewelry 
Leroy & Company custom pet portraits


Shopping Ban

So in the beginning of the summer I told myself that I was going on a shopping ban. Since then I’ve purchased the following:

  • 1 dress
  • 1 romper
  • 3 shirts
  • 1 pair of shorts
  • 1 pair of shoes
  • 1 pair of glasses
  • 1 watch
  • 1 clutch
  • 1 candle
  • 1 book
  • lots of yarn
  • various arts & craft items
  • gifts for various weddings/bridal showers/birthdays

I’m not sure what the actual definition of “shopaholic” is, but I’d assume this post explains it pretty well. Does it make things better if I tell you that I’ve also done a large scale closet purge? Probably not.


loft romper

loft romper, target scarf, kate spade watch

Loft romper  (on sale now!)  |  Target scarf (old)  |  Warby Parker glasses
Kate Spade watch  |  Etienne Aigner shoes (old)

Anyway, this whole post is supposed to be based around my new romper. I never thought I would take the plunge and buy one, but I finally did and I’ll never go back! Besides the time consuming bathroom trips, this outfit is quickly becoming one of my favorites!

Any other romper fans out there? Where did you buy your favorite one? 


loft romper and

PS- If the top half of this beauty looks familiar, it’s because it was also used on my monogram necklace post!

To buy or not to buy?

I’ve been shopping wayyyyy too much over the last few months and I really have to stop. The thing is that I have three weddings coming up over the next month and I’m dying to buy something new to wear! I have a few dresses I’m thinking of using (maybe this but in pink or yellow, or this, or another chiffon blue number that’s unavailable online)…but maybe I can get myself a new clutch?  Ideally this potential clutch can be worn to at least one of the weddings but also be fun enough to wear any day of the week. I’m also limiting my options to etsy and under $40.

foldover clutch- etsy

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or what about an option 6? not pictured but still awesome.

What do you think? Should I buy one? Do you have any other options I should add to the list?….am I making a bad decision?


PS- More clutch options

The Right Clutch


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A good clutch is always a solid purchase. They look polished and put together, yet comfortable. They can be dressed up or down. They force you to be thoughtful about the items you’re bringing with you (and keep your garbage to a minimum).  I used to use them all of the time, but then I kind of fell off the bandwagon when I started having to carry books to and from class in college. But this spring, the clutch is back in a big way.

I feel like everywhere I turn I see bloggers with a clutch in hand, co-workers grabbing for a concise bag of personal items, or friends giving them away as bridesmaids gifts (great call Amy!). So even though I shouldn’t be shopping right now, I’ve been spending my nights perusing various Etsy shops, looking for a reason to click “add to cart”. So what do you think? Are you toting around a clutch this spring?


PS- More clutch options

**Authors Note: When writing out this blog title, I was singing NKOTB “The Right Stuff”. I just think that this fact really makes the title what it is. Enjoy!**


Handmade Favorites

I make it no secret that I appreciate the handmade. Between working with Umba and hunting down things on etsy, I try my best to fill my life with as many one-of-a-kind things as I can. Maybe the cooler weather is bringing out people’s creative spirits, but I’ve been finding a lot of awesome handmade stuff lately. A lot as in enough to kill my bank account. Here are my top handmade picks of the moment.

mugstumblers from White Peach Pottery

hanging plantershanging planters by Luna Reece

pillow coverpillow cover by Apple White Handmade

ampersand braceletampersand bracelet by Make Pie Not War

local natives printprint by yaymeeralee

Wanna see some other favorites? I’ve been keeping a running list on Pinterest.

What other artists should I check out?