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Sailormade Summer Kickoff


I cohosted this event with Sailormade. Chica de Gallo and 90+ Cellars provided food and beverage for the party. All opinions are my own

Sorry I’ve been so quiet the past two weeks, I was busy prepping for the Sailormade Summer Kickoff …. more after this …. and then I was away last week for work. And of course, I didn’t prepare well enough before my business trip to get posts prepped and scheduled.

So back to the party. On Thursday, June 1st, I teamed up with the fabulous ladies behind Sailormade to welcome the summer in style. We made DIY rope bracelets (some better than others), checked out the new Fid Cuff and snacked on some seriously delicious Chica de Gallo dips while cracking open a few cans of Lila Wine.

If you’re looking to pack the perfect summer picnic, you absolutely need to fill your cooler with all of Chica de Gallo‘s dips and the canned rose/sparkling wine from Lila Wine. A huge thank you to everyone for coming out and celebrating with us. I very much appreciate all of the support. Here’s to a stylish summer!


 

Join Me: Sailormade Summer Kickoff

Attention, Boston friends, I have something for you! I’m teaming up with Sailormade to kickoff the summer in style. Join us on June 1st from 6-8PM to celebrate the upcoming beach season, the renovated Sailormade HQ and the newest addition to the Sailormade product line. And trust me, the newest addition is perfect and you don’t want to miss it!

During the evening you’ll learn the art of tying knots and make your own rope bracelets as well as receive 25% off store-wide purchases. You can use that discount to get summer-ready by shopping Sailormade products and the other boutique brands carried in store: Randolph Sunglasses, St James Clothing, Baja Zen bath products, BitchStix sun care products, Badger sun care products and Lualoha towels.

We look forward to seeing you there – we’ll have the bites and bubbles waiting for you! You can RSVP here.

 

How to Virtually Support Boston-based Small Businesses (without buying a gift card)

Being stuck at home might make it seem impossible to support your favorite Boston-based small businesses, but that’s not the case. You don’t have to be within delivery distance of a restaurant in order to support your go-to establishments.

Regardless of where you are in the US, there are four ways (minimum, I’m sure there are more that I didn’t think of!) to support small business owners during this strange time.


Send a loved one a surprise gift box


Everyone loves an unexpected gift. And a box full of multiple gifts? Even better! Even though we can’t get out to shop inside most stores these days, there is still a way to curate a special surprise for your loved ones …. or yourself.

Here are two great options from Boston-based small businesses:

  • Olives & Grace, located in the South End, carries a wide variety of items from local makers. You can select individual items or go with one of their curated gift boxes, which can be shipped domestically.
  • Tatte, which I miss dearly, has the most DELICIOUS food. Everything they make is heaven-sent. If you’re local to Boston you can get their food delivered. Thankfully, they also have gift box options for non-locals that you can have shipped all over the US.

Try your hand at a craft kit


If you follow me on Instagram or happen to know me IRL, you know I have been a crafting QUEEN lately. Give me a craft kit and I will thrive!

Seriously, though, craft kits are a great way to dip your toes into a new hobby. I’ve tried my hand at all sorts of new craft kits lately, two of which are from Boston-based brands.

  • My first craft kit was the Shit That I Knit Quarantine Kit. This kit was my introduction to knitting and I haven’t stopped since. I’ve made eight cowls, one scarf and two hats.
  • Two different craft kits from Sailormade also caught my eye. I’ve made several of the Whatknot necklaces, which are sadly currently sold out. The Decoupage Oyster Shell Kit is currently sitting on my desk and plan to make that over Memorial Day Weekend.

Attend a virtual workshop


Not totally sick of Zoom yet? Then sign yourself up for a virtual workshop and try something new. This is like a craft kit on steroids! I’ve actually not had a chance to try either of these workshops, but I am going to sign up for Paige’s when her next option goes live.

  • If you want to bring the outdoors in, Alice’s Table is a great option for a virtual flower arranging class. Once you sign up for an event, you’ll get flowers sent to your house to use on the masterclass.
  • I attended an IRL workshop run by Paige Lindsey at Niche last year and loved it. She’s now offering virtual watercolor workshops. She rotates the types of flowers each week, so keep an eye out for a flower that tickles your fancy.

Expand your plant family


Couldn’t get away without promoting a plant-based option here. Whether this is your 50th plant or your first, Niche has all sorts of planters, care items and plants available for local delivery and domestic shipping. Check out their online shop and bring a little greenery inside.

As I find more way to support Boston-based small businesses (and small businesses around the glob), I’ll make sure to share them in an additional post. If you have any recommendations, please make sure to share them with me as well!

Cover photo by Michael Browning on Unsplash

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