Rebecca Casciano of Sacred Beauty

Rebecca Casciano of Sacred Beauty

VALUES-BASED HOLIDAY SHOPPING TIP #1: BUY GREEN BEAUTY PRODUCTS

I can’t even fathom how much makeup will be purchased and used or gifted during the month of December. This post will hopefully help you understand why purchasing green or natural makeup - for yourself or as gifts - is always the better choice as well as give you insight into what it’s like to run a values-based makeup artist business in New York City!

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Melissa Gonzalez of Vintanthro Modern & Vintage

Melissa Gonzalez of Vintanthro Modern & Vintage

VALUES-BASED HOLIDAY SHOPPING TIP #2: BUY VINTAGE

We all know that clothing is one of the biggest items purchased and gifted during the holiday season. Whether you are searching for the perfect bling for a cocktail party or searching for treasures for under the tree, I hope you’ll consider buying vintage. Read on to learn about one amazing vintage store owner in New Haven, CT, and what she is doing to slooooow down fashion one piece at a time.

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Danielle Brooks & The Honey Truck Co.

Danielle Brooks & The Honey Truck Co.

VALUES-BASED HOLIDAY SHOPPING TIP #3: BUY LOCAL FOOD

One of my favorite gifts to receive during the holidays (or any time) is definitely food. And what could be better than locally sourced and fresh-made food? If you are thinking of putting together gift baskets for clients, family or out of town guests - be sure to add a jar of local honey to the mix. Honey makes a great sweetener and can be used in so many ways! Read this post to learn about how one woman in Florida is on a mission to spread local honey far and wide.

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Tarul Kode Tripathi of Sanaya Set

Tarul Kode Tripathi of Sanaya Set

VALUES-BASED HOLIDAY SHOPPING TIP #4: BUY GIFTS THAT KEEP ON GIVING

Subscription boxes are a GREAT way to get a more luxury gift for someone and spread the cost out. They also give us a way to keep sending a little something to someone throughout the year. This holiday season, when you consider subscription boxes as gifts, be sure to dig into the values of the company making the box and confirm that they are supporting the same things you are. In this post, learn about one such box and the superstar of a woman who is running this brand and changing women’s lives worldwide.

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Spencer Hooker & Megan Vidal of The Kookaburra Coffee

Spencer Hooker & Megan Vidal of The Kookaburra Coffee

VALUES-BASED HOLIDAY SHOPPING TIP #5: GIVE LOCAL COFFEE

Coffee has become one of those icons of personality in our culture. For most of us, long gone are the days of brewing Folgers from the big red can in your Mr. Coffee standard coffee maker. People swear by cold brew over traditional iced or pour-over instead of standard drip. But, no matter your coffee preferences, we all know that buying fair trade and local is better for the world. In my experience, they also taste better! Read this post to learn about one of my favorite coffee shops and how the founders are using coffee to build community and better people’s lives.

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lee lee McKnight of the Perpetual You

lee lee McKnight of the Perpetual You

This week I am pleased to share the story of my sister, lee lee, and the magazine she publishes. I was honored to move to Connecticut for a short time and help her launch this amazing project - and continued to be impressed by her dedication and joy in what she is doing.  This month the magazine celebrates 3 years of being published and one full year of being in print! You can read online for free or purchase print copies from their website. They also have a lovely selection of branded products (created by collaborations with small-batch makers) and do some stellar gift guides!  I hope you enjoy getting to know lee lee a little better.

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