I have always tried to do my best through wit & whimsy to support and champion small businesses – particularly those that are female founded. Now more than ever it is important for us all to shop small (if we’re able) and help support brands that so badly need our dollars to stay afloat. Today’s post was a labor of love but I felt it was important to put into one place the small businesses I love and am a regular patron of. If you’re a long time reader of this blog you’ll recognize a lot of them – a handful of them I’ve been lucky to have as partners on past campaigns of mine. Each of these brands I stand with during this time and I hope you’ll join me in supporting them if you are able.
Small Businesses to Support Now:
Otherland. Affordable and gorgeous candles that burn well and will make your home oh-so-cozy. Their 3 piece gift sets are what I often send as thank you gifts to brand partners. Personal favorites include Canopy, Kindling & Day Bed. They are also donating 10% of sales to NYC Food Banks right now.
Katie Dean Jewelry. I know Katie personally and she is such a bright light of a person. Her jewelry is so my style – feminine and delicate. I have this necklace and this necklace and this ring and love each of them. Katie works so hard and I’ve loved seeing what she’s built. Her pieces also make great gifts.
Follain. If you’ve read my recent post How To Get Started in Clean Beauty you know that I love Follain’s mission. I also am a big fan of their affordable in-house brand that makes clean beauty more accessible. Don’t miss their hand soap – my personal favorite!
Inscape. The meditation app I swear by. It has truly changed my life.
Youth to the People. I’ve fallen in love with nearly all of the products from this clean skincare brand. I wear their Superfood Cream as my everyday moisturizer, wash my face every morning with their Superfood Cleanser and literally get excited to use their Superberry Dream Mask.
J.McLaughlin. Preppy, stylish staples that always have you looking put together.
Cuyana. Timeless apparel and accessories. I’ve been wearing this brand since its existence and love that it is female-founded and emphasizes owning fewer, better things. The items I have from Cuyana have served me so well and aged really well. Personal favorites include their leather tote (ideal for work and travel), my laptop case, this cape (equally as good for working from home as it is being cozy on airplanes), my beloved travel cases and my favorite t-shirt.
Bastide. A French personal care line. I adore their natural fragrances and the hand lotions.
Lake Pajamas. Beautiful and soft preppy pajamas made in the USA. I love giving these as gifts.
Year & Day. Never thought I could love plates and bowls before I owned them from Year & Day. Elegant and beautiful ceramics that’ll make you excited to cook.
MM.LaFleur. Striking, timeless workwear that’s thoughtfully designed. I know the founder personally and am amazed at what she has built.
Everlane. My go-to for wearable, comfortable basics.
Brightland. Delicious authentic olive oil that’s never rotten, over-processed and with absolutely no fillers or artificial preservatives.
Sara Happ. The best lip products. I use the scrub (fixes chapped lips in just one use!), the night mask and the every day lip balm on regular rotation. In quarantine in particular the lip balm has been on my lips every day. Highly recommend this set of all three at a good savings.
Sarah Flint. My favorite pumps and so many other stylish, timeless shoes. I love the team at Sarah Flint and have been honored to work the brand in the past here and here. I wear the brand often and always recommend it to friends. (Use code MEGHAN50 for $50 off your first pair).
Ilia Beauty. My favorite clean makeup brand. I’ve replaced many items in my cosmetics drawers with cleaner versions from Ilia. My favorite products include the finishing powder, the multi-use color haze, the lipstick, the serum foundation, the brow gel, the priming serum, the liquid light highlighter and the concealer.
Margaux. Classic, timeless shoes that are as comfortable as they are stylish.
Knickey. A friend recommended this underwear brand that features clean, cool, certified organic cotton and I am now totally obsessed with their thongs. Seriously the most comfortable underwear I’ve ever owned.
Top Tote. Essentials for women on the move. Their hat clip is now a must-travel-with-it for me.
Sunday Forever. A fun store to peruse full of good-vibe gifts. I have their Detox Spray, crystals and worry stone. (All currently in heavy rotation – ha!)
Piccolini NYC. My go-to for baby gifts for my friend’s kids.
Book of the Month. A delightful pick me up in the mail every single month. Choose from 5 books every first of the month.
Wander Beauty. Beauty essentials to streamline and maximize your routine. Personal favorites I use often is Hidden Glow Brightening Cream, Baggage Claim Eye Masks and Do Not Disturb Overnight Repair Concentrate.
Catbird. My favorite fine jewelry brand and a must-visit store whenever I am in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Sustainably made jewels in Brooklyn, classic and delicate styles.
Sail to Sable. Preppy and festive clothes I often look to during the holidays and for summer trips.
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What are some of your favorite small businesses? I would love to check them out.