The holidays are upon us, and I am once again feeling very behind.
I always say I’m going to simplify, but there has been too many projects I just couldn’t pass up over the past few months. Of course I am going strong at my new company, still picking up the occasional freelance gig and my co-author partner of Lose the Cape convinced me we needed to get out an anthology before the end of the year. Hopefully you’ll check it – Never Will I Ever features a number of fabulous mom voices who admit they’ve made some adjustments in their parenting through the years. Oh how I can relate.
Life will slow down eventually, but in the meantime, I need to shop, decorate, bake, clean and wrap.
I often wonder how moms survived before the days of online shopping. Who has time for the mall?
And each year, I find I love to discover new small shops – with online storefronts, of course – to support. Through Etsy and Instagram, I’ve found some fabulous women who’ve created beautiful businesses that are fun, creative and inspiring.
If you’re looking to support a female entrepreneur this holiday season, I’d encourage you to check out a few of my favs.
I discovered Melissa’s store two years ago on Instagram. Her beautiful jewelry caught my eye, but even more, I loved the twist behind her product. With each piece of jewelry you buy, a percentage of the proceeds go toward scholarship money for young girls trying to make their way to college. Awesome! Beyond that, you can personalize your purchase with a compliment for the person you are gifting to, or for yourself. Who couldn’t use a compliment, right? The pieces are all affordable, and she has since branched out to cosmetic bags, and she occasionally carries candles as well.
And candles. Yes, I’m a sucker for a great scented candle. And through Melissa’s shop, I actually discovered Candelles. The owners, Kelly and CJ, are based in the Northeast and they make the best eco-friendly soy candles ever. I just recently stocked up with some wonderful fall scents including Pumpkin Roll, Chai Tea and Cabin Getaway. These would make great hostess gifts, or a nice treat for you. I love lighting candles in the kitchen and also when I write from home.
I’m a Southern California native, so I love my surf-inspired casual wear and flip-flops. Start by two Orange County friends, this company focuses on the wardrobe-staple black, white and gray tees with chic sayings and designs. I have a few tees and recently added a sweatshirt to my mix for those early-morning soccer games or evenings enjoying the fire pit.
So I have yet to buy a sign from this story, but it is on my list for 2015. I’ve been following this brand in Instagram for a year and I love the beautiful work of the husband-wife team. They produce an array of faith-based and inspirational artwork, and their whimsical work would be a great add to any home. The best way to stalk their pieces is to follow Nicole on Instagram. Her work sells out quickly. If nothing else, seeing their signs will bring a smile as your scroll your daily IG feed.
Let me know if elect to try any of these shops out. There were no freebies offered to me. I just wanted to share some fabulous women to support who create some truly inspirational work. If you have some fellow female entrepreneurs you like, share their names and sites in the comments.
Good luck with the holiday madness!