Small Shop Roundup

We get the privilege of working with so many small shops. These all have hard working moms behind them who are up until the wee hours of the morning sewing their fingers off to provide for their family and provide you and me with amazing handmade pieces! I wanted to share some our favorite shops with you so that you can pick special pieces for the special people in your lives. And maybe the shop below is already closed for Christmas or the holidays, because they need family time too…so that just means buy something for a friend or family member’s birthday, anniversary, or  “just because.”

The one thing I love about small shopping is that I know the person who made the piece that I bought. It’s not being made in a giant factory somewhere or by a slave overseas. It’s cognitive buying.I could go on a rant about knowing who you “employ” to make your clothing, but I’ll save that for another day. Just know that when you shop small, you make a big difference instead of just growing the pockets of some CEO. That doesn’t mean I do it for all my purchases. I simply can’t. But I do what I can.

Okay…here goes! The list of some of my favorites:

Mila Chic Boutique

Sofia and Belle

The Baby Bird Boutique

Brave Threads

Gracious May

Little and Luxe

Rhett Tucker

Sweet Peas Stamping

Templeton Silver

Kainku Handmade

Woodbean 

P and the Lion

Brooklyn and Grey

Shop Lulu Bunny

Ashley Rose Clothing

Charlotte’s Webtique

Gracefully Made Co.

Kaiouti Kids

Four Feathers Design

Belle and Blush 

Hudson & Heart Co.

Melina’s Bowtique

A Little Dolly

Lili Collection

Hug Me Sew

Mia Heartmade

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Romper: Shop Lulu Bunny / Paci Clip: Templeton Silver

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Vest: Gracious May/ Necklace: Four Feathers Design/ Dress: Rhett Tucker/ Bow: Charlotte’s Webtique

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Bow: Gracefully Made Co / Romper: Kainku Handmade/ Boots: Brave Threads

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Outfit: Brooklyn and Grey/ Socks: Little Stocking Co./ Purse: Four Feathers Design

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Headband: Charlotte’s Webtique/ Cardigan: Mila Chic Boutique/ Romper: The Baby Bird Boutique/ Paci Clip: Templeton Silver/ Shoes: Gracious May

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Romper: Sofia and Belle/ Bow: The Itsy Bitsy Bow Co/ Socks: Little Stocking Co/ Shoes: Mini Melissa from Ootza Wootza

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Boots: Brave Threads

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Blanket: Little and Luxe/ Kitty animal: Hudson Heart and Co.

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Romper: The Baby Bird Boutique/ Bow: Gracefully Made Co.

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Matching Cardigans: Mila Chic Boutique/ Hallen’s Shirt & Shoes: Gracious May

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Bow: Belle and Blush/ Cardigan: Mila Chic Boutique/ Dress: Kainku Handmade/ Shoes: Gracious May

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Hat: Woodbean/ Bloomers: Kaiouti Kids

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Headband: Melina’s Bowtique/ Leo and Shorties: P and the Lion/ Necklace: A Little Dolly/ Boots: Gracious May

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Top: Hug Me Sew/ Shoes: Lili Collection/ Headband: Mia Heartmade/ Doll: Felted Ellie

So, you may have noticed that it’s a lot of little girl shops! I confess, I love shopping for Hallen (and the new one on the way)! But, there are some women’s things in there as well. Some shops even make mommy and me pieces! Other shops from the small shop world community that I love for me and others are:

Blanqi

Pink Blush Maternity (they sell non maternity clothes as well!)

Dazi

BB Styled Boutique

Fawn Design

Cents of Style

Zoo Shoo

***On the list right above, not all are handmade, but are still small shops.
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Hoodie: Brooklyn and Grey/ Leggings: Blanqi

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Top: Pink Blush Maternity/ Choker: BB Styled Boutique/ Bracelets : Sweet Pea Stamping

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Backpack Diaper Bag: Fawn Design/  Pants: Pink Blush Maternity/ Shoes: Zoo Shoo

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Tunic: Pink Blush Maternity/ Leggings: Blanqi

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Necklace: Sweet Pea Stamping

 

And there you have it! Have a fun time shopping, and picking out some fun pieces for someone you love…or just for a good present for yourself!

Lula Obsessed

I told myself I didn’t need another “thing.” I didn’t need to fall in love with another brand, another line, another designer…. I held off on going to parties for the longest time, because…well…money, and I fall in love with clothes so easily! The way certain textures feel, the nostalgia a certain piece has, the colors that make me feel sexier and younger. I just love clothes. There.

But, I finally went to a Lularoe party a couple weeks ago with my friend. We both said we were going to just hang out, chat, and have fun. Yeah right. I can’t do that when there are racks of beautiful, buttery clothes in front of me! I started to try some things on. Look at myself with only one eye open, trying to make myself look weird in the clothes. It didn’t work. It was love. Everyone else that has been telling me how great these clothes were, were right! I hate admitting when I’m wrong, and I hate being late to the party (no pun intended). I scooped up my first piece that night, which happens to be perfect for my growing bump. The Julia dress.

Hat, scarf, boots: all in my closet from last year. Diaper Bag: Fawn Design Bracelet: Sweet Peas Stamping

That’s a pretty cute dress, right?! You can also inch it up to be a tunic/top, but I won’t show you that without pants on! I styled it a few different ways as a dress. Maybe next week, I’ll style the same dress as a top

This next outfit is so fun with the faux fur vest. This was a last year’s pick from Target, but I’ve seen new ones for this year. I really wanted to show you how to make one new piece in your wardrobe last with other pieces you already love from your closet.

Boots, vest: closet picks. 
Also chose to wear another favorite necklace from Sweet Peas Stamping.

And last, a simple cardigan from Mila Chic Boutique. A favorite of mine to throw on with everything. Simple, sweet, out on the town look

Boots, earrings: Closet picks Necklace: Belle and Blush (my daughter’s, but I stole it!)

I had such a great time at my party, I decided to have one. It was so great to have a “girls’ night out.” No kids or husband (love them both dearly, I swear). There was seriously zero pressure to buy anything. It really was just about going to see friends and meet new ones. There was no sales pitch, no marketing plan that they took us through….nothing. Just shopping, eating, and drinking (obviously water for me). You can find my great consultant here. Her name is Nicole, and she’s a blast! If you happen to be in the Charlotte area on November 9th, you’re invited to my house 😉 You can try on some of these buttery clothes…or not.

Fashion Friday With the Bump

Well…it’s no secret anymore. We’ve told everyone that we’re expecting! I still wear lots of flowy tops, though, so you may not notice right away. This pregnancy is already so different from when I was pregnant with Hallen. I hardly felt Hallen kicking at all…throughout the whole pregnancy! This one started kicking at 16 weeks…yes 16…and hasn’t stopped! And I have to pee at least twice an hour. The joys! I’ll take that with a healthy pregnancy, though!

These are some of my favorite new pieces I’ve snagged…well, Kevin snagged the new diaper bag for a surprise! I don’t know if you’ve ever tried to buy a Fawn Design diaper bag, but when they restock, they’re sold before the hour is up! So, being the stay at home mom that I am, when a package got delivered that said Fawn Design on it, I immediately smiled from ear to ear, but then pretended I didn’t see it. I dropped it and walked away, so he could still “surprise me.” Kevin usually tells me about a surprise the day after he he formulates the surprise, so I wanted this to be special for him too! He got the gorgeous new plum color they designed exclusively for fall! It’s gorgeous. I want to sleep with it, but Kevin said no to diaper bags in the bed. It’s seriously changed my life, though. I liked my old diaper bag, but my shoulder began to hurt so bad, which led to a nerve problem in my back from always carrying it on the same side. I load my bags down, so I knew I needed a back pack bag. And this is perfect! It has pockets for all the essentials, plus I can thrown my heavy camera in there and still feel fine.
My last pregnancy, I didn’t buy any new jeans. I wanted skinny jeans, but I resorted to my Lululemon leggings or just my regular jeans with a hair tie looping the button and button hole together. This baby is in a completely different position this time, though. The baby is right under my pants waist line, so it hurts after a couple hours wearing normal jeans….or after I eat! So much pressure. So, I broke down early and started wearing maternity jeans. These beauties are from Pink Blush Maternity, and “whoa baby,” as Hallen says these days, they feel so good! My stomach can breathe; I can eat; and baby can squirm all around. Plus, they look like normal jeans I’d wear when I’m not preggo. 
These adorable booties are from Zoo Shoo. They’re the perfect fall color, perfect height to chase a toddler in, and the perfect touch of “I can still dress normal and look cute while pregnant.”  They’re super comfortable, and Zoo Shoo always has free shipping! What’s better than that?
Another favorite item that I’ve worn a lot is this kimono from Shop K La. It’s a local boutique here in Charlotte that handpicks from all of my favorite brands. I’ll continue to buy pieces there throughout this pregnancy, because it’s stuff I can wear now and after this little nugget is born!

Shoes: Zoo Shoo
Kimono: Shop K La