October is National Women’s Small Business Month. November 28 is small biz support day. In this post, I want to introduce you to a couple of cool small biz with awesome women-run angles!
- How you suffer from a disease despite not being ill
- How you can fight back
- How to style an artisan made belt
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How you suffer from a disease despite not being ill
When you browse the malls today, you see a lot of empty places. COVID-19 has pushed many small store owners out of business. This sad turn not only happened locally, but world wide. The consequences of these uncertain times also affected niche products, handmade products and one person owned online companies. When more and more of these small businesses fold, the consumer becomes a looser too. Less choices, less individuality to expess your very own personal style. More cookie-cutter outfits. More fast fashion. More import of products from big companies meaning more emissions, ….
Do I have to go on down the list?
Recall the Christmas markets? Most of the food stands have been local businesses. You ate the fried beer-batted halibut because you knew their shop around the corner and trusted them. They can’t afford feeding you a bad fish because they need you as a customer beyond the four weeks of Christmas Market. The art and crafts huts have been local artists selling their work. Like the holiday bazaars their stands were perfect for buying unique holdiday gifts or hand-made holiday decoration. Sure there were also those huts selling mass-produced, cheap holiday stuff made abroad by underpaid workers. But honestly, you never frequented them because you had no confidence in the quality of the products and no return option after the annual market closed.
How you can fight back
Shop small businesses and artists online not only for your Black Friday purchuases and during Cyber Week. You can find beautiful Jenn Thatcher paintings at her webpage. When staying so long inside, updating your home decor is a way to avoid cabin fever.
You may think of Dansko as a big brand or may never have heard about them. Actually, they are a small company. When you love comfortable, but stylish footwear and need a new pair of shoes, clogs, boots – you name it, why not buying Dansko footwear?
Style is something each of us already has; all we need to do is find it.
Your niece or grand daugther wants a wardrobe update for her Barbie doll? Wardrobe 4 Dolls has beautiful handmade Barbie clothes at affordable prices.
You can say that these are designer clothes for Barbie!
Looking for handmade holiday decoration for someone who collects Christmas tree decoration? You can find one-of-a-kind pieces at Sea and Sand Home Design. Most of them are below $20. I love the little fish with sequin finches. So cute. Take a look.
What about giving someone my style book How to Dress for Success in Midlife? Buy the book now.
How to style an artisan made belt
When in doubt wear a little black dress. This LBD is a knit dress with a rip texture. Since it has a deep V-neck in both the back and front, I wore a halftee underneath. Doing so served several purposes.
- Style – layering maintains great style in painfully cold weather,
- Insulation – it’s cold outside,
- It turns this LBD from date-night style to everyday wear.
I like to get more wear out of the wardrobe I have. Do you try to wear your clothes more than one way?
This LBD is the perfect canva for unique belts or necklaces. Both pieces were designed by Rebecca Collins also a solo enrepreneur. My husband gave me them for Christmas and a big wedding anniversary some time ago.
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Photos of me: G. Kramm
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