4 Reasons to Shop Small Presented by American Express
The holidays may have come and gone, but we learned a bit about ourselves in the midst of shopping mall madness and Christmas decoration overload. The simple truth: sometimes the best gifts are found while shopping at small businesses. We love the unexpected, one-of-a-kind finds from small makers and artisans.
The Walnut Animal Society makes handmade stuffed animals that are meant to be “friends forever” with your little one. Plus, you can build a whole wardrobe for your new furry friend.
Jewelry from Coral & Stone has us completely obsessed and swooning. Amp up any outfit or your go-to LBD with a bright-colored statement necklace or drop earrings.
When we first saw Kindah Khalidy’s colorful clutches, we just knew… gotta have one! These bright bags are perfect for date night or everyday.
With the New Year in full swing, maybe you’ve started making a list of resolutions. Are you thinking a minor home makover, perhaps? Well, spruce up your walls with wallpaper by Juju Papers. It’s a gift that will keep on giving all year long.
So, what about you all? What are your favorite small businesses to shop throughout the year? Let us know in the comments below!
This post is in partnership with American Express — committed to connecting small merchants to more customers through the Shop Small®movement.
Back in January, we introduced you to a feel-good cause to inspire your New Year's resolution: a walking challenge to help raise funds for the amazing cancer fighters at The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. I took part in the challenge with the Brit + Co team and ended up walking 105+ miles in January — it was awesome.
This spring, there's a new challenge on the horizon, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Big Climb. The ask: On May 15, 2021, you can step up to take cancer down by committing to climb 1,311 steps, walking 3.2 miles, or doing 440 chair step-ups at home as part of the Big Climb. If you need some motivation to bring movement back into your daily routine — look no further!
As always, it's free to sign up, but climbers are encouraged to set a fundraising goal to help beat cancer. We'll be organizing another Brit + Co team to step up, and I hope you'll join us too! Keep scrolling for a peek at where I'll be completing the challenge in my Los Angeles neighborhood around the hidden Silver Lake Stairs. Happy climbing!
Never underestimate the power of an accountability buddy! I asked my in-laws, my partner, and a few friends to join me so we can keep each other motivated and accountable in completing the challenge — virtual high-fives all around! Also, my dog Fox is a great climber, too.
An aesthetically pleasing backdrop is a huge motivator for me! I'm fortunate to have all sorts of painted steps around my neighborhood to keep the challenge interesting, but you can also keep cool inside with at-home chair step-ups.
Don't forget to share your progress on social — #BigClimb!
Feel free to break the challenge up if you need to by tackling half the distance in the AM and half at sunset. Here's me 1,311 steps later and ready for a break — but, think I earned this one!