FAVORITE THINGS GIFT GUIDE: FAVORITE SMALL BUSINESSES

I’m excited to be sharing my third and final gift guide this season.  This gift guide is a round up of all my favorite small businesses, many of which I’ve had the pleasure of working with.  From art to jewelry to knitwear to toddler activities to reclaimed lobster welcome mats, each of these small businesses offers a unique product that is created with so much passion and love.  If you are still looking for a special gift for someone, consider supporting a small business and shop one of these brands below! 

Allison Cole Jewelry: A jewelry collection that is classic, nautical, and all handmade in New England.  The owner, Nicole, proudly designs and makes every single piece of jewelry herself.  I wear the monogram Essex bracelet every single day.  Shop her collection here

Becky Elgart Art: Becky creates the most beautiful abstract and figurative coastal scenes.  Her pieces of art invoke a feeling of peace and nostalgia for a simpler time. I have the pleasure of owning two of her pieces, one in Lilly’s playroom and one next to our piano.  Both bring me so much joy. Shop her art here

Cozy Little Prints: The sweetest collection of watercolors ranging from botanicals, architecture, animals, pets, landscapes, and fashion pieces.  Sarah’s art bloomed as a hobby during quarantine and has since expanded to an entire collection on her Etsy shop.  Shop her art here

Jen Strandberg Studio: Based out of NYC and Nantucket, Jen Strandberg Studios specializes in colorful coastal watercolors.  Full of coastal scenes, summers on the water, and hydrangeas in full bloom, Jen’s artwork makes my nautical loving heart so very happy.  She has since expanded to creating the most beautiful calendars, wrapping paper, and more. Shop her art here.

Line and Cleat: Line and Cleat offers classic accessories for everyday living.  Think preppy inspired tumblers, serving trays, drinkware, wine totes and more.  Shop the collection here

Little Lavender Lobster: Little Lavender Lobster offers handmade jewelry, watercolors, custom stationary, and so much more – all created and designed by Rachel herself.  Everything is inspired by coastal living in New England.  The pearl stud earrings are my absolute favorite! Shop her collection here

Lottie and Lizzie Play: These alphabet letters are a favorite in our house! Lilly is fascinated with learning her letters and Lottie and Lizzie creates the most fun alphabet sets.  Many of the letters are themed, but you can custom order a set! Shop the alphabet letters here. 

Mermaids and Madeleines: Mermaids and Madeleines offers the loveliest handmade coastal jewelry and art.  Heather, the owner, designs and makes all the jewelry herself.  I am fortunate to own the most beautiful necklace and alphabet letter print from her collection.  Shop her jewelry and art here

Sewcialite: If you love baskets, bowls, handbags, and jewelry, you will love Sewcialite.  All of the items are handmade out of rope (except the jewelry) by Roula herself.  The rope creations are truly incredible.  Roula recently launched a coastal inspired jewelry line and the pieces are exquisite.  Shop the collection here. 

S.Lynch Knitwear:  If you’ve been following me for awhile, then S.Lynch Knitwear will be no secret to you.  I’m obsessed with Sam’s knit creations.  Her knitwear are the only accessories I wear in the winter.  Plus she offers Mommy and me matching sets, which is a win in my book! Shop handknit scarves, hats, gloves, and more here

Shop Maddie and Connor: Shop Maddie and Connor offers the most beautiful classic and timeless children’s clothing. Think lovely smocks embroidery, seersucker, and monograms. Your little one will look so adorable in anything from Shop Maddie and Connor. Shop the collection here.

Somer Stay: A female owned and run company, Somer Stays offers ethically made and responsibly sourced products that you can sleep, live and play in.  From house dresses to jewelry, accessories, and my favorite Turkish Towels, Somer Stay has a beautiful collection of gifts that you can feel good about purchasing.  Shop the collection here

Surcee Shoppe: The Surcee Shoppe is the cutest online gift giving boutique full of preppy accessories, stationary, home decor, and pet accessories. The Surcee Shoppe makes gift giving simple by including an enclosure card, gift wrap and shipping with each surcee. Shop the items here

Sternlines: Reclaimed lobster welcome mats, canvas totes, and New England inspired clothing for adults and children, Sternlines has the coolest selection of products.  Every doormat they create tells a different story as to where the rope originated from.  The brand’s story is so cool and you should definitely check them out if you love coastal living.  Shop the collection here. 

And that’s a wrap! I hope you found a small business you are interested in supporting this year.  Happy shopping!

Slainte,

Shannon

FAVORITE THINGS GIFT GUIDE: OHIO EDITION

Christmas shopping is in full swing for most people and every blogger has most likely shared their gift guides.  And I myself have two more gift guides I am looking forward to sharing.   Today’s gift guide features all Ohio based small businesses, and later this week, I will be sharing the rest of my favorite small businesses.  Although we just celebrated Small Business Saturday, we can still continue to support small businesses this holiday season and throughout the year.  

I would say it wasn’t until I started blogging that I really became passionate about supporting local, Ohio based businesses.  Sure I have always enjoyed shopping at the cute boutiques where I live.  I even worked for two of them and working for those boutiques are part of the reason I love fashion so much.  But I think it took the many collaborations and partnerships I’ve been fortunate to experience that deepened my love for Ohio brands.  

Although this list does not nearly cover all the amazing small businesses in Ohio, I hope it opens the door to discovering some truly incredible brands.  All of the brands I’m featuring this year are women owned and operated.  

And if you are looking for even more small businesses to shop this year, I’m teaming up with my friend Sarah from Cozy Little Joys and Stephanie from Linen and Littles to share small businesses that are local to them.   AND, we are sharing a giveaway over on our Instagram’s this week, so be sure to follow us!

OHIO SMALL BUSINESSES 

Michelle Brunner Art

If you love impressionism and Ohio, then you have to check out Michelle Brunner Art. Michelle Brunner was my first Instagram turn real life friend! Michelle’s art speaks to my soul in a way that I can’t even describe. Her paintings bring me so much joy and they transport me to a place of peace and contentment. With a style that is somewhat abstract and somewhat impressionistic, Michelle’s focus on color and texture is just outstanding. A true reflection of Ohio Midwest living, Michelle’s paintings bring to life long summer days on the lake or relaxing car rides through Ohio’s’ farm country. Michelle Brunner Art is a perfect gift for the person in your life who loves modern art or coastal and farmhouse décor.

Click here to shop Michelle Brunner Art!

Instagram: @michellebrunnerart

Coastal Cleveland 

Based in Avon Lake, Ohio, Coastal Cleveland celebrates coastal living and life on the water, specifically life on Lake Erie waters. Coastal Cleveland offers a variety of clothing for anyone who loves the water. From cozy collegiate crewneck sweatshirts, to the softest cotton t-shirts, all of the apparel designs are created by Erin, the owner. If you are native to the Ohio Northcoast, you will find shirts that give a nod to Avon Lake, Lakewood, Cleveland, and of course Lake Erie. In addition to running this business, Erin also maintains a blog where she shares her love for all things coastal, boats, Northcoast traveling, and everything in between.

Click here to shop all things Coastal Cleveland.

Instagram: @coastalcleveland 

Kylie and Bryn

Handmade right here in Columbus, Ohio, Kylie and Bryn is a jewelry/accessory company with the brightest and prettiest African vinyl and wooden bead bracelets. The moment I laid eyes on these colorful, vibrant bracelets, I knew I needed a few to add to my accessory collection. All of the bracelets are handmade and the craftsmanship and quality is just beautiful. The owner, Amber, creates bracelets in the brightest of colors – from neon pink, to royal blue, turquoise, and kelly green to yellow, blush pink, and even rainbow! And, she offers school spirit inspired bracelets and customizable word bracelets. You can purchase the bracelets individually or as a medley stack. There are so many options to choose from!

Click here to shop all things Kylie and Bryn.

Instagram: @kylieandbryn

Shore Society

Shore Society, another favorite coastal Ohio apparel brand, prides itself on creating pieces that are reflective of the lakefront lifestyle that encompasses the Great Lakes and the Midwest. Founded in 2012 by Rachael Koenig, Shore Society products are inspired by the nautical aesthetic of Cleveland’s coast. If you have ever seen the “Lake Erie Love” print floating around on merchandise, you will be happy to know that this is a signature of Shore Society. In the seven years since its founding, Shore Society has expanded to include sweatshirts (for Lake Erie and Lake Michigan fans), tee shirts, hats, totes, mugs, candles, pennants, art prints, and so much more. It’s a lifestyle brand that offers something unique for all coastal lovers. They also launch incredibly fun, seasonal apparel products that are hugely popular.

I’m a huge fan of Shore Society products and am happy to support such a great Ohio brand where I know the products are high quality and stylish.

Click here to shop all things Shore Society!

Instragm: @shoresociety

OntkOrganix

If you are into skincare products that are earth friendly, gluten-free, and chemical-free, then OntkOrganix is your new favorite place to shop! Based on a tiny island in the middle of Lake Erie (known famously as Put-in-Bay), OntkOrganix is a family owned business with over 40 organic products. From face wash to toners to moisturizers, to deodorant, to hair care, and suncare, OntkOrganix has something for everyone. And you can feel good knowing that every single product is chemical-free. My favorite is the Lavender Balm! And the best part is the owner, Christie, uses the lavender that grows right in her garden in the balm itself!

Click here to shop all things OntkOrganix.

Instagram: @ontkorganix

I hope this guide has allowed you to discover some new female owned, small businesses. I am proud to support all of these women and their work and I hope you are too.

Happy shopping!

Shannon