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Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Shop Local: Columbus, Ohio

Columbus, Ohio is a place that I love to call home.  From its amazing food to its adorable shops, there is always something to do.  My husband and I have a pretty chaotic schedule, but when we have a little down time, we try to explore this city of ours.  For many of you local dwellers, you may be familiar with some of these local businesses that tickle my fancy [ahem, Jeni’s!], but perhaps there are a few on my that you have yet to hear of!

  1. Homage: We all love those soft feeling and great fitting t-shirts.  Need a shirt to tailgate at your favorite sports team? Grab one of these! I personally love my Legends Never Die t-shirt.  It hits the spot when I want to feel comfortable for a day of errands with my honeybee!
  2.  Yao Cheng: I recently discovered Yao Cheng's designs through my local West Elm where she was holding a watercolor workshop.  Unfortunately, I was unable to attend but have been admiring her work ever since I discovered her.  From her watercolor prints to her adorable tea towels, I am in love! She does color so well and it feels so fresh! I was thrilled when I found out that my local West Elm would be carrying some of her work! I can’t wait to check it out!
  3.    Jeni’s Ice Cream: Jeni's Ice Cream is hands down one of the best I have ever had.  It’s one of the things I truly miss since going Vegan.  The Salty Caramel was my favorite but The Buckeye Sate was a close second! For our wedding, we received Jeni’s cookbook and loved it! If you love ice cream and want to try to make your own, I definitely recommend her book!  It was easy to make and made for a fun date night! There is a good chance that there is a Jeni's Ice Cream store open near you as they are opening up new shops all over the country! Don't have a Jeni's nearby but still want a taste? You can order a pint online!
  4.   Snap-Bibs: So I should preface by saying that I do not have children, yet. You will quickly learn by reading my blog that I have a love for all things baby! Because I work with children all day long, they are often on the brain and we cannot wait until we have own of our own one day. Snap-Bibs is a local company that makes bibs for babies that are not only functional, but adorable! How cute is this gold sparkle bib? I personally know that my little one will be lookin’ fancy at all times- even when they eat!
  5. The Jones Market: I have a couple of their necklaces and they are so easy to put on and go. I am a lover of all things sparkly, but some days, sparkle is a little too much for my wardrobe [hello little preschoolers!]. These necklaces are great because when I am working with my little ones, I don’t need to worry if they put them in their mouth or pull on it. These pretties are non-toxic, tuggable, and baby friendly.  Did I mention they come in child sizes, too? 
  6. Celebrated Company: This is a small company that carries blankets for little ones.  My eyes were immediately drawn to this black and white striped blanket. The prices are very much affordable and it looks like it is great quality. I wouldn’t mind adding this one to my hope chest for future baby Laird!
  7.  Brim Papery: I literally squealed when I found out that Brim Papery was local.  This lovely owner is a teacher turned stationary shop owner [my dream].  Her work is adorable. It’ so refreshing to find shop owners who are genuinely passionate about what they do.  When I saw that she had these Boss Bitch cards, I knew I was going to be instantly hooked! I already have a list of people who will be getting this jam in their mailbox!

Did I miss anyone, Columbus? Who are some of your favorite local shop owners? Near or far, I believe that small business owners bring quality products that I love supporting!

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Confessions Of A Chronic Collector

Chronic Collector via

I would like to think that I am easy to please.  Those who know me, know that there are a number of pretty things that I hold near and dear to my heart! The following are no exceptions:

  1. Snail Mail: My love for snazzy paper goods started when I was a little one. I was always envious of my mama's handwriting! She was always sending someone something special so I think I have her to thank for my love of paper parcels.  You won't find me perusing the card aisle at the local supermarket, though. I must admit that I am a paper snob. If it's not a letterpress card, forget it! There is just something about a colorful letterpress card on thick card stock that makes my heart happy! This one from Sugar Paper is a favorite! 
  2. Art:  I am a sucker for anything and everything colorful.  Art doesn't have to be fancy schmancy for me to fall in love with it! Pink and poppy red is a personal favorite color combination so this one caught my eye when I was hoppin' around on Pinterest!
  3. Jewelry:  My collection of jewelry is a little out of control these days.  From necklaces to arm parties, I love it all! You can almost always find me wearing my Kate Spade watch, but I love a good bangle, too! 
  4. Shoes: Let me start off by saying, I wear a size five in shoes.  In heels, I wear a size four. You may or may not feel my pain when I tell you how difficult it is for me to find shoes that actually fit me.  J.Crew [thank goodness!] is honestly one of the only places that carry a size five so I have become somewhat of a shoe hoarder these days.  Especially, when it comes to colorful flats [If the shoe fits, right?]! Mini-wedge sandals are starting to steal my heart this summer. These have been on my wish list since they first made their debut on J.Crew's website. 
  5. Bags: Is there ever a time where I truly need another bag to add to my collection? Probably not! Somehow they always manage to suck me in to the point where I am able to convince myself that I desperately need it.  I first saw J.Crew's newest striped tote in their latest catalog and it did not take more than a few days for me to convince myself that I just had to have it! The stripes totally make the bag. If it were any other color of stripes, I probably could have passed, but navy? I just couldn't resist! 
  6. Home Decor:  We live in the cutest little part of the city here in Columbus, Ohio and decorating our little love nest is something  that my makes heart happy. Thankfully my husband understands my desire to constantly move things around until it's just right! Someday I hope to give you all a little tour of our place but until then, this banner will have to do! Isn't it darling? It has been in my cart for a while but every time I go to pull the trigger and make the purchase, it is sold out! Guess I will need to move my fingers a little faster the next time they pop back up online! It would make the cutest detail in an entry! 

So I must know, is there anything that you collect? I'm intrigued!