Five Ways to Support a Small Business this Holiday Season…

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Can you believe it is November 1st? Time is flying by — and — believe it or not — Christmas is only 55 days away!

I love supporting small businesses throughout the year and the holidays are no exception. To me, giving and receiving gifts from small businesses always seem more personable and meaningful than big box store gifts.

When it comes to shopping small and local, you’ve got to be organized — handcrafted and/or personalized gifts take time to make, so ordering close to Christmas and paying for overnight shipping are not even options, which is why I’m posting this now.

If you’re interested in supporting small businesses this holiday season, here are my top five ways to do so:

1. Etsy 

Etsy is a great place to search for handmade items. My favorite gift giving items are jewelry, soap, and scarves. But did you also know that Etsy is a great place to buy holiday gifts bags, gifts tags, and Christmas cards. I’ve had nothing positive experiences shopping on Etsy — plus my mom has a yarn shop if you’re a knitter (shameless plug!)

2. Local Businesses in your Area

Think of your favorite places to go in your town. One of mine is my favorite coffee shop, Local Coffee. I’ve got a few coffee lovers on my gift list, so a bag of my favorite coffee beans is the perfect gift.

If you’re attending a holiday party, forego buying desert at the grocery store and pick up those to-die-for cupcakes from your favorite bakery.

3. Holiday Craft Fairs and Farmers Markets

Lots of towns and cities have holiday craft bazaars where you can find beautifully handcrafted items and holiday decor. I have had great luck finding gifts at my local farmer’s market — soaps, soup making kits, chocolates, and salsas all make great gifts and stocking stuffers. If you’re in the San Antonio area, I would highly recommend checking out the Pearl Farmers Market.

4. Multi-Level Marketing

I’m sure you have a friend or two who sells products for a multi-level marketing company (i.e.: Avon, Mary Kay, Jamberry, Scentsy, Thirty-One, etc). If you like the products and have someone on your list who would enjoy the product, consider buying through your friend.

5. Shop Affiliate Links

Bloggers, like myself, make money through affiliate links. The affiliate network I use pays me about five cents per click, other affiliate networks pay out a percentage of sales. Either way, if a blogger posts something you like, shop her links and/or save the post for later when you’re ready to shop. I’m going to be posting tons of gift guides over the next few weeks, as will tons of other bloggers, so feel free to click away! This is a great way to support a small business when you’re ordering online!

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I hope this little guide helps you support small businesses this holiday season. Got any other ideas? Chime in with a  comment below.

XOXO, Meg

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Happy Halloween…

Happy Halloween, y’all! What are you doing tonight?

Fred and I will be passing out candy to the neighborhood kiddos. No doubt Hubby will lock himself in his office — he hates Halloween. I ordered Fred the cutest bowtie to wear tonight. Fingers crossed he’ll keep it on. I’ll be posting stories of our Halloween this evening on Instagram. If you don’t follow me, (what are you waiting for, lady?) I am @MeaganMarold

In case you’re staying in and you don’t have a ton of trick-or-treaters, here are some great fall staples you can stock up on while you drown your sorrows in that bowl of candy… 😉 Gimme all the Reese’s. 

This Faux Fur Leopard Vest is on the top of my Christmas Wish List!

A Ruffle Shoulder Sweater is too sweet to pass up!

Cocoon Coat is the perfect cold weather staple!

An oversized, lemon hued Boyfriend Sweater will brighten up any cloudy days ahead!

My favorite thing to wear this time of year is a Quilted Down Vest

I’m loving this French Bulldog Watch, Beanie, and Handbag!

These Booties are calling my name and are perfect for those of us that live in warmer climates. Ahem, San Antonio!

The sleeves on this Sweater are out of control cool!

Hope you have a wonderful (& safe) Halloween!

XOXO, Meg

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For Your Viewing Pleasure | Week 42

What have y’all been up to this weekend? We have been busy working on our latest remodel project. We completely gutted the kitchen and have been slowly putting it back together. I am painting the kitchen cabinets white and it is taking for-ev-er.

It has been a while since I have done one of these round-up style posts, but I always love reading them on other blogs, so I hope you enjoy…

— On the Internet —

Eleanora of Oh, Eleanora shares Five Ways to Make Your Living Space Feel Like a Getaway! Gotta try a few of these!

Kelly of Kelly in the City shows us The Suede Leggings You Need this Fall! If only it wasn’t 90 degrees in San Antonio!

Speaking of leggings, Tori of the sTORIbook teaches us How to Wear Leather Leggings in the Fall! Gotta get me a pair!

Jess of The Golden Girl Blog offers a never ending list of good books to read! I’m downloading Eight Hundred Grapes as week speak!

Want to try a new Fall trend? Check out Deb’s post on Sunsets and Stilettos! I’m all about the leopard! 

— On Sale —

J. Crew is offering 25% off select coats! I love this one in gray!

My Skull and Cross Bone Flats are on major sale!

15% off Sale items at Dooney and Bourke with code SAVE15. I recently bought this purse in black.

I’m obsessed with these ballet flats! Do I need another pair of shoes?

This dress is perfect for Fall/Winter.

— On the Blog —

I shared some adorable fall items from Etsy!

I rounded up the cutest sweaters and vests for Autumn!

If you haven’t met Fred yet (our French Bulldog puppy) you’ve got to check out this post!

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I hope y’all enjoy your Sunday!

XOXO, Meg

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Celebrate Fall with Etsy

It finally feels like Fall in San Antonio! I’ve got a festive candle burning and mini pumpkins galore! I love the chill in the morning air when I take Fred for a walk before work and I can’t wait to see the little trick or treaters at my door on Halloween night! Autumn is a beautiful season and we are fully embracing it in our house!

One of my favorite places to look for festive decor is Etsy. There are so many creative people on the site, selling their handcrafted goods! It truly is the worlds largest craft fair!

Here are some of my favorite ways to celebrate fall with Etsy!

One | Two | Three | Four | Five | Six | Seven | Eight | Nine

How are you celebrating Fall?

XOXO, Meg

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Sweater Weather…

It has been warm again in San Antonio — not exactly sweater weather. So, I am vicariously living through everyone who actually gets to enjoy real fall.

When the weather finally decides to chill (literally) I can’t wait to wear a cozy sweater, comfy jeans, and boots. Until then, I’ll wear sleeveless tops, shorts, and a bead of sweat…

I rounded up my favorite sweaters of the season! Enjoy!

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One | Two | Three | Four | Five | Six | Seven | Eight | Nine

Which one is your favorite!?!

XO, Meg

Vested Interest…

The weather in San Antonio has been unseasonably cool for September, and it actually, kind of, feels like Fall.

My favorite fall wardrobe staple is a good vest. I have a quilted black puffer vest that I love to pair with anything from yoga leggings to jeans and boots.

Here are a few of my favorites…

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One | Two | Three | Four | Five | Six | Seven | Eight | Nine

Do you like to wear vests? Which one is your fave?

XO, Meg

Meet Fred…

Meet the newest member of our family — Fred!

Fred is a three month blue/brindle French bulldog and we could not be happier with our new addition.

Hubby and I weren’t really planning on getting a dog, but we had both been feeling the affects of the rat race of our profession and wanted to shake things up a bit.

We found ourselves at the pet store one evening and asked to play with Fred, whose pet store name was Meatball.

Fred had a terrible “adoption interview.” He was so hyper and crazy that we asked for him to be put back in his cage within a few minutes. But for some crazy reason, we were drawn to this little guy. We requested to play with him again and this time he was a bit more calm and his quirky personality came out.

We’ve had Fred for eleven days now and I am so happy we decided to make him part of our family. He’s a puppy, so he is a ton of work, but I am loving every minute of life with Fred!

What do you think? Isn’t he the cutest little guy!?

XO, Meg

The San Antonio Gas Crisis and a Shirt Dress…

Today was a bizarre day. A few weeks ago, Hubby and I completely gutted a kitchen in one of our investments, and today we decided to take all of the debris to the bulky waste collection center (aka the dumps). We dropped off our load and we headed back for more, when our gas light came on in the little work truck we’re borrowing from my in-laws.

Usually, this isn’t a problem, and we would just head to the nearest gas station and fill up. However, San Antonio and other parts of Texas are having major issues with the gas supply. There is not a shortage of gas, but because of Hurricane Harvey, gas is not being delivered to stations as often as usual.

Most of the gas stations are without gas. I actually had to call around to find a gas station that still had gas. We ended up waiting in line for 2 and a half hours. It was insane and I now know why riots break out in times of crisis. It could have gone faster, but people kept cutting in line. There was even a guy selling gas out of a plastic jug on the side of the road — which was intriguing, but for the fact that he was smoking near his make shift gas station…

The photos below have nothing to do with the gas crisis, but my bright red shift dress makes me happy, and I need a total mood booster after the day I’ve had so far…

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Dress: J.Crew Factory (sold out in red, but available in black and white)

 Sandals: J. Crew; Old (similar) | Purse: Kate Spade; Old (love this blue and white option)

Dress: J.Crew Factory (sold out in red, but available in black and white)

 Sandals: J. Crew; Old (similar) | Purse: Kate Spade; Old (love this blue and white option)

This dress is so comfy — I could not recommend it more! I’m kind of thinking I want to order it in white too!

What are y’all doing this Labor Day weekend? Whatever it is, stay safe!

XOXO, Meg

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Labor Day Weekend Sales…

A photo I snapped in the Texas Hill Country

Happy Friday!

We made it to the weekend! Hooray! Any big plans for the Labor Day Weekend? We’re laying low and will be working on one of our investment properties. If you want to follow along with our DIY progress, check out my insta-stories this weekend; @MeaganMarold.

Labor Day Weekend is a great time to stock up on some fabulous summer favorites — at a hefty discount to boot! I’ve rounded up all of my favorites. Happy Shopping!

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J. Crew Factory50% off everything, plus 50% off clearance with code: DELISH

J. Crew: 30% off your purchase with code: YESPLEASE

Anthropologie: 40% off all sale items. Discount taken at check out.

Kate Spade: 30% off sale styles with code: GOLDEN

Happy Sale Shopping!
XOXO,
Meg
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My Favorite Dresses from the Lilly Pulitzer After Party Sale…

The Lilly Pulitzer After Party Sale started this morning. The line was brutally long, but the site didn’t crash — which was a major plus! Once I got in, I was pleasantly surprised by the amount of items and sizes that were available. I bought an else top and a pair of palazzo pants, which I am so excited about!

Here are some of my favorite dresses that are still available…

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Did y’all shop the sale? What did you buy? I’d love to know, so please leave a comment below…

XOXO, Meg

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