Shirt: J. Crew | Shawl: Hope & Stetson | Jeans: A Gold E | Shoes: J. Crew (similar, similar) | Bracelet: Hope & Stetson | Sunglasses: Ray-Ban

Small Business Saturday was founded in 2010 as a way for our country to support small, local businesses. One year later, the day was officially recognized by the United States Senate. Since then, Small Business Saturday has become a holiday tradition, much like Black Friday and Cyber Monday.  Placed right between these two big-box shopping days, Small Business Saturday is holding it’s own and continuing to gain momentum and popularity.

If you’ve been following me for a while, you know I have a passion for supporting local businesses and products made in the USA. The celebration of Small Business Saturday encompasses everything I believe in and is an excellent way to give back to your community – you’ll feel great by doing so!

One of my favorite local stores is Hope & Stetson, a clothing boutique with two locations in Connecticut – Mystic and West Hartford (you can check them out online here.)  Hope & Stetson carries a large variety of well-known and designer lines in their stores. Their selection of clothing, accessories and home decor ranges from relaxed boho-chic to New England prep. The company believes in “wear them until they die” pieces, with a focus on classic closet staples that will never go out of style. The Eden Shawl I’m wearing is exactly that. This gorgeous shawl comes in seven different colors and has multiple styling options. It’s the perfect Christmas gift in my opinion! I’m thinking about picking up a few more colors for myself too!  The Sailor’s Knot bracelet I’m wearing is another favorite item from the boutique. Hope & Stetson focuses on an enjoyable shopping experience for women. If you live in Connectictut, be sure to stop in to experience this for yourself!

Whether you’re knew to celebrating Small Business Saturday or have been a long time supporter, get out today and support the small independent businesses in your community. Do your part and give back this year by SHOPPING SMALL!

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Here are a few of my favorite local businesses I would encourage you to shop today! All these local shops have great gift ideas for the holidays.

Hope & Stetson – Boutique in Connecticut offering a selection of clothing, accessories and home decor.

The American Blanket Company – Specializes in the SOFTEST fleece blankets and throws on the market. An ABC blanket would be the perfect gift for any member of the family – including pets and babies! I personally recommend their Luster Loft line. All products made in the USA.

Dudley Stephens –  A company that has reimagined fleece to create a line of stylish and fashionable clothing. Their Cobble Hill Turtleneck is a best seller and my personal favorite.  All products are made in the USA (use code redwhitedenim20 for 20% of your purchase)

Keil James Patrick – New England Prep at it’s finest, KJP offers timeless American-made fashion and accessories. All products made in the USA.

Salem Style – Stylish and unique hand knit accessories, including scarves, hats, mittens and even cup cozies!