Holiday wishlist:

It’s been a rough 2016, we all are on the same boat! I’ve been trying my best to feel a little more cheerful about Christmastime and I’m using it as a time to teach others about shopping responsibly! I’m telling people to shop Made in USA and support brands that manufacture in the US. It’s a way to support smaller and homegrown businesses. Here is a small roundup of interesting Made in the USA things I wouldn’t mind seeing underneath the tree.

Spotlight on: Clu + Shopbop Sale!

You’ll be able to follow all of these spotlight posts here, but also keep up with my Made in the USA series here.

I love these posts because many of the brands are actually brought to my attention as I’m thrifting – where thrifting puts you in direct tactile contact with thousands of brands in one swoop. So my first knowledge of Clu was when I bought this dress! It’s comfy and cute, I wear it ALL the time. Clu seems to be that flowy & feminine brand – you’ll see LOTS of ruffles. Contrasts between cotton & chiffon, starched & flowing within the same piece. But yes, you’ll notice that their knit pieces are not made in the USA (where I’ve explained before, knit manufacturing is typically not a specialty of the USA fabric industry.) The cotton pieces, which seem to make up 90% of the merchandise are definitely made in the USA though!

Clu USA

Clu USA

Clu USA

Clu is one of the brands sold by Shopbop, one of my favorite online retailers that heavily carries made in USA brands! They one of my widget sponsors, but I shop there myself all the time. They’re having another big annual sale again for the next few days. Checkout some of the Clu items, but really, they have so much! See details of sale here.

From the sidewalk

You guys, I’m astonishingly surprised and proud of myself in a way I may have never been before. I never imagined that my ideas about taking pictures of homes would bloom to what it is now. Not only have I had a blast taking photos of all these beautiful homes – getting outside to find them is another amazing challenge! Also, the fact that I get to have these made on Made in USA merchandise feels very good!

Here are just a few of the things you can get, I’m still working on more designs!

VIVA Amiga

VIVA Amiga

VIVA Amiga

VIVA Amiga

VIVA Amiga

VIVA Amiga

VIVA Amiga

This Old House

I didn’t expect to be gone so long from here. I’ve been working through some personal issues that left me quite drained and detached, that I’m finally getting over that hill towards being myself again. So I’ve been focusing on feeling better. I’ve been dividing my time between going to the gym to strengthen my body, and my photography project.

If you follow me on Instagram, you will see that I love sharing my sidewalk snaps through #sffromthesidewalk. For some time, I have been wanting to get t-shirts printed with my photography but I couldn’t think of what to use. And then my eureka moment was realizing that photos should be of those old quirky San Francisco homes I love so much! But it was also extremely important to me that the apparel be Made in the USA. Because I have a full-time job, I can’t take on the manufacturing process myself. I was glad to find that Society6 prints their tees with American Apparel!

I only have one little home up, but more will be coming soon! I can’t wait to order one of the shirts for myself. Find them HERE. And the cool thing is that even though my goal was to have apparel, art prints and phone cases are available as well! More to come soon.

Society 6