gift guide // small businesses to shop this season

This post consists of nearly fifty small businesses I personally love, businesses I know you’ll fall in love with, too. From bag companies to custom fishing lures to the best hot sauce you’ll ever have and more, there’s something for everyone on your list!

I am so excited for today’s blog post. A gift guide to small businesses to shop this season!

It’s no secret that the importance of shopping small has become paramount this year… now, more than ever. I’m convinced our world would be far less beautiful without the uniqueness, creativity, and lovelinesses small businesses bring us!

This post consists of nearly fifty small businesses I personally love, businesses I know you’ll fall in love with, too. From bag companies to custom fishing lures to the best hot sauce you’ll ever have and more, there’s something for everyone on your list!

I hope to make a few introductions to you today. Enjoy!


 

small businesses

TO SHOP THIS SEASON

 

small business gift guide

 


row one

stray dog designs // hazen & co. // sunshine tienda // noble 31

row two

estelle colored glass // la vie style house // shuler studio // megan carn

row three

barrington // crosby by mollie burch // the tiny tassel // red clay

row four

j. lowery // m. calligraphy // lisi lerch // lauren haskell designs

row five

addison bay // dudley stephens // liza yates design // starfish project

row six

the avenue // simply jessica marie // caitlin wilson design // wse lures

row seven

honey & hank // weezie towels // a tail we could wag // mads studio

row eight

the impeccable pig // mi golondrina // sail to sable // tuckernuck

 


Even though I spent hours putting this list together, it kills me to know that I’ve surely left off some wonderful small businesses. If you have one you love, please leave them in the comments below! That way, we can all be introduced to new amazing small businesses to support!

Love from the Sunshine State,

Kate

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pretty in plaid

I plan on tidying up and decking the halls today and the rest of this week, and am finally letting myself get in the full-on Christmas spirit. In that vein, I thought it would be fun to share a roundup of pieces in my favorite festive pattern… plaid!

Last night, I finally convinced Andrew to help me put up the Christmas tree! Turns out the promise of Christmas tree slice-and-bake cookies is great bribery, if you’re wondering. :)

I plan on tidying up and decking the halls today and the rest of this week, and am finally letting myself get in the full-on Christmas spirit.

In that vein, I thought it would be fun to share a roundup of pieces in my favorite festive pattern… plaid! I hope you enjoy this assortment. Head to the bottom of the collage for links to each item!

 

pretty in plaid

 

 

1. tartan dress | 2. plaid skirt | 3. pink plaid button down | 4. plaid pumps | 5. plaid maxi skirt | 6. red tartan pants | 7. plaid button down | 8. plaid sleep mask | 9. plaid face mask | 10. plaid face mask | 11. plaid pointy toe flats | 12. plaid jeweled headband | 13. tartan short sleeve blouse | 14. black watch plaid skirt | 15. plaid pajama set | 16. plaid headband | 17. plaid headband | 18. pink plaid pants | 19. juliska plaid plates | 20. plaid smoking slippers | 21. plaid ruffle skirt | 22. plaid blouse | 23. blackwatch plaid poncho | 24. plaid headband | 25. plaid slippers | 26. plaid scarf | 27. plaid hair bow | 28. plaid skirt | 29. blackwatch plaid bow pumps | 30. plaid poncho | 31. plaid bow earrings

I don’t know about you, but I could sleep in these pajamas every night until Christmas. After all, only 37 days until the big day… but who’s couonting?!

Love from the Sunshine State,

Kate

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the bow shoes i own in 3 colors

Remember the beige bow shoes I wore in this post? They’ve been brought in two winter-ready colors… black and green velvet!

Happy Monday, friends! Remember the beige bow shoes I wore in this post? I got so many questions about them, but unfortunately, they sold out shortly after I purchased them.

Well, I have some fun news to share with you today. They’ve been brought in two winter-ready colors… black and green velvet!

green velvet bow shoes
green velvet bow shoes
green velvet bow shoes
green velvet bow shoes
green velvet bow shoes

SHOES green velvet bow shoes (they fit really wide, wearing my usual size 7 but a bit big) | DRESS faux suede dress (available in four colors) | EARRINGS green beaded tassel earrings (old Lisi Lerch, similar linked) | BAG beige croissant clutch (old, similar linked)

I ordered both right away, and am so excited to style them for all of the holiday fun we have right ahead. (How on earth is Thanksgiving just 10 days away?!) They’re just so unique and make a fabulous statement, but are priced at an attainable price point… two things I love!

I had fun pairing the emerald green velvet pair (my favorite) with this chic little dress and green statement earrings. Wouldn’t this be cute for Thanksgiving? Throw on some tartan, though, and perhaps a velvet headband, and you have the perfect Christmas look.

Do keep in mind that they have a “wide fit,” as noted on the website. Let me tell you, that is definitely accurate. I would say my feet have a standard “width.” I ordered them in my usual size and they feel a bit roomy. I don’t think going down a size would help, as they’re not too long, just too wide, but it might be worth trying if you’re interested!

If you’re like me, though, and are willing to sacrifice a bit of comfort for style, I think you’ll love them.

Love from the Sunshine State,

Kate

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3 christmas card outfit ideas

Christmas card season is upon us, and today I’m sharing some “his and her” outfit inspiration to help you put together ensembles that look lovely and work well together!

Over the past few weeks, I’ve received many, many messages asking for help with Christmas card outfits. I get it… figuring out your own look is hard enough. But coordinating with a boy, too?! Not to mention kiddos, if you have them. Where to even begin!

christmas card outfit ideas, engagement photo outfit ideas

I’m embarrassed to admit we haven’t even taken our Christmas card photo yet (last year was so easy because we just used a wedding photo) but I thought it would be fun to put together some “his and her” outfit inspiration to help you put together ensembles that look lovely and work well together!

Keep in mind, you definitely do not need to go all-out and buy entirely new outfits for one photo. Instead, try to use the layouts below as “templates” more or less, and fill in with pieces you already own in similar color schemes!

These would be great for not only Christmas cards, but engagement photos as well. I hope you enjoy these three engagement photo and Christmas card outfit ideas!

 

classic & casual christmas card

 

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his

quilted vest // button down shirt // khaki pants // loafers

hers

turtleneck sweater // barbour plaid scarf // dark wash jeans // cowboy boots


Warm creams, browns, and hunter greens… I think there’s something so timeless about this color scheme. In fact, this classic look is probably my favorite of the three I’m sharing with you today! If you’re not a cowboy boot kinda girl, switch those out for riding boots, booties or flats in the same rich brown hue.

 

glamorous christmas card

 

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his

navy wool sport coat // navy slacks // white dress shirt // cashmere scarf // dress shoes

hers

navy bow sleeve midi dress // white jeweled heels // pearl and sapphire earrings // faux fur wrap


If you like to go all-out and dress to the nines, try dressing up a combination of navy blues and whites. I always find navy to translate a bit softer in photos than stark black-and-white, while still delivering that same elegant, simple color scheme. Faux fur looks gorgeous in photos, so try adding a wrap or stole to take really things to the next level.

 

merry & bright christmas card

 

christmas card outfit ideas, engagement photo outfit ideas, tartan skirt, tartan headband, j.crew christmas, draper james

his

half zip sweater // green check button down shirt // navy trousers // navy shoes

hers

ruffle neck sweater // tartan headband // tartan skirt // navy tights // green velvet smoking slippers


Enjoy dressing for the season? This inspiration board shows you how to incorporate festive patterns and colors in a complimentary way that doesn’t clash. It’s ok to mix patterns, but make sure they aren’t both large and loud. Keeping the tops similar in color helps to blend all of the other colors incorporated in this look.

 

A Few General Tips

 

Give Yourself Plenty of Time

Whether you’re planning for a Christmas card photo shoot or engagement pictures, make sure to give yourself more time than you think you’ll need to pull both outfits together. Something may look great online, but until you see all of the colors and textures in person, you won’t be able to really see how the entire look will come together!

Start With One Piece

Like I said, you don’t need to buy an entirely new wardrobe for one photo. Instead, try starting with one piece you really love and feel fabulous in. Maybe it’s a classic dress that never fails, or a sweater that you always find flattering. Then, build out both looks from there!

Stick to One Color Scheme

The easiest couples outfit mistake to make? Throwing in too many colors… or colors that don’t mesh well. Even something as small as a pair of shoes or earrings can throw off the look. Decide on your color scheme first (tip: it doesn’t have to be just one or two colors, just make sure they go together!) then make sure each piece blends in and nothing sticks out.

Layers on Layers

Layers always look gorgeous in photos. The added textures add dimension and interest to an image and create beautiful images! You’ll notice in the ensembles above that nearly every outfit has some sort of “add on.” Even if you wouldn’t wear layers in your day-to-day, try adding a scarf, jacket, vest or hat to your outfit. Don’t forget layering up your guy, too!

Lighten Up

Ever since seeing William and Kate’s engagement photo, I realized how lovely light, neutral colors translate in images. They keep things looking timeless for years to come, and look beautiful in any room. While you can definitely create a gorgeous photo with vibrant hues, I always recommend opting for light neutral colors for looks that last!

Before signing off, I thought I’d leave a few of our engagement photos for further inspiration. To see more, click here!

Love from the Sunshine State,

Kate

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blue and white christmas decor

Our house is filled primarily with whites and blues, and my goal is to decorate in a manner that complements the classic color scheme. I know blue and white is a favorite combination of many of you as well, so I thought it would be fun to share a little blue and white Christmas decor!

The older I get, the more I’ve come to really enjoy Monday mornings. I know, I know… Mondays are the first to get a bad rap. But there’s something about a fresh start that I love!

Know what else I love? Christmas decor! I typically enjoy decorating for Christmas right after Halloween (which I know is crazy to some, including my husband) but haven’t gotten around to this year’s festivities quite yet.

What I have been doing, however, is collecting all sorts of inspiration. Our house is filled primarily with whites and blues, and my goal is to decorate in a manner that complements the classic color scheme. I know blue and white is a favorite combination of many of you as well, so I thought it would be fun to share a little blue and white Christmas decor!

As you know, my collages are usually shoppable by clicking directly on an image. This time, head to the bottom of the inspiration board to shop by number!

 

a chinoiserie christmas

blue and white christmas decor

 

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1. personalized styrofoam christmas cups | 2. mini ginger jar ornaments | 3. white nutcracker | 4. doctor nutcracker | 5. navy blue nutcracker | 6. blue and white nativity set | 7. faux fraser fir wreath | 8. gingham wreath ribbon | 9. white and blue scalloped stockings | 10. white and blue christmas gift tags | 11. monogrammed acrylic serving tray | 12. blue candles | 13. navy initial stockings | 14. juliska country estate plates | 15. embroidered christmas cocktail napkins | 16. mini blue christmas trees | 17. monogrammed nutcracker dinner napkins | 18. blue and white christmas garland | 19. blue and white chinoiserie ornament | 20. christmas chinoiserie wrapping paper | 21. chinoiserie christmas tree skirt | 22. mini christmas house figurine | 23. nest christmas candle | 24. christmas dog welcome mat | 25. blackwatch plaid paper plates | 26. blue and white christmas pillow

So many beautiful options, right?! My mother gifted me this beautiful blue and white nativity set last Christmas, and it has become one of, if not my very favorite, pieces of Christmas decor. I’ll definitely share more photos of it once we bring out our decorations!

I also just purchased this chinoiserie Christmas tree skirt, and am so looking forward to getting it in. It was a random Amazon find, and I’ll let you know how I like it once it arrives!

Whether you’ve already begun to deck your halls, or are waiting until after Thanksgiving to begin the festivities, I hope this post provides you with some fun inspiration!

Love from the Sunshine State,

Kate

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latest & greatest vol. 100

Hello, friends! It’s been a few days, as I found myself needing to step back from social media this past week with everything going on. (If you’re feeling anxious and overwhelmed today, you are definitely not alone. Taking a break from the internet has been so helpful for me, highly recommend!) It’s been a heavy and hard week for everyone, hasn’t it?

Hello, friends! It’s been a few days, as I found myself needing to step back from social media this past week with everything going on. (If you’re feeling anxious and overwhelmed today, you are definitely not alone. Taking a break from the internet has been so helpful for me, highly recommend!) It’s been a heavy and hard week for everyone, hasn’t it?

I thought I’d pop on today to share a something fun, lighthearted and pretty with you… not in an effort to pretend like everything is fine and dandy, but rather to hopefully give you a break from the heaviness instead.

I’ve found this roundup of the cutest new arrivals to hit the web is best enjoyed with some Christmas music on in the background (unless you like to wait until after Thanksgiving, of course!) and a cup of hot coffee. Enjoy!

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This week, I noticed that retailers are really starting to put on the holiday razzle-dazzle. I know everyone likes to start celebrating at different times (Andrew doesn’t want to see a decorated tree until after Thanksgiving ;) but I personally have enjoyed the distraction of Christmas and all of the fun that comes with it. Speaking of, isn’t this Christmas light headband too cute?

It’s been a heavy couple of weeks for me personally, from the loss of my grandmother to all that is unfolding right now, but I’m really, really looking forward to this weekend to reset, organize our house (our new countertops are making me so happy and I can’t wait to share more soon!), and work on some fun content for the coming weeks.

Honesty hour: I’m trying hard to finally let go of the mental “I need to get everything back to normal” narrative I’ve been telling myself lately. The truth is, so much of this year (perhaps the majority of it?) has been anything but normal, yet I still feel pressure to be carrying on as if nothing has changed.

If you find yourself in the same boat, I’m giving you a big hug. Let’s focus on the many, many things we have to be grateful for, and do our best to take each day one at a time. While it sounds so cliche, I think it’s more important now than ever!

Wishing you a restful, peace-filled weekend! I know we could all use it.

Love from the Sunshine State,

Kate

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