These gift guides represent the parents, kids, female-owned, Black-owned, POC-owned, one-person-owned, hardworking small businesses making their way in the DMV. I urge you to buy small this year, as small-businesses continue to close and community-members continue to lose their livelihoods. Every time you buy something on one of these guides a person who pays taxes, employs locally, and who lives not far from you and me does a happy dance. These are the people who will remember your name and than you for your 100th purchase, who will be personally upset if something happens with shipping, or who crafted your gift with their own hands. That's something that makes a gift truly special.
If you've taken a #maskie in the last few months, you're not alone! Super high fashion and super cute cloth face masks have been popping up more and more ever since CDC recommended wearing cloth masks for the public to stop the spread of COVID-19 in our communities. However, if you're anything like me, realizing the fact that cloth face masks aren't going anywhere both has you mourning your favorite lipsticks and also secretly excited to have another opportunity to show your face mask style in this new pandemic society we live in!
This year, Catherine Feeney of Fashun Chronicles Podcast (formerly Dreamy Realist) and I threw a Galentine's Day event of our own...disguised as a clothing swap. We based the idea on one of my favorite college traditions, and an idea from Elizabeth Cline's book, "Conscious Closet" AND because Catherine asked me to be a host on her fabulous podcast.
Becoming more sustainable and reducing the amount of waste that I produce is something that I think a lot about. Unfortunately, overhauling your entire life at one time is cost-prohibitive and hard to stick with. I've been taking this whole sustainability thing one step at a time. I've rounded up some of the products that I've actually been using every day that have really been a revelation as I try to make my whole life as plastic-free and carbon neutral as possible: