You had me at Healthy!

Hello Everyone!  I have been on a quest to use cosmetics and body products that do not contain harmful chemicals.  If you look at the ingredients of products in your make up bag…..do you understand what they are?  All of the following I own and love.  They do the job, are really comforting to use,  have no man made chemicals, and are Made in USA.

ILIA COSMETICS: http://ILIABEAUTY.COM Ilia cosmetics out of Los Angeles carries a wonderful line of cosmetics including lush lipsticks and the multi use sticks I own shown above are great for lips and checks.

 

HERBIVORE BOTANICALS:https://www.herbivorebotanicals.com

Have you ever taken a salt bath?  They are really therapeutic for sore muscles and stress relief.  I am here to tell you to try a salt bath and this brand is wonderful for that.  Herbivore Botanicals out of Seattle also has a great selection of face oils, facial mist, masks and of course the wonderful bath soak shown above!

Farmaesthetics: http://farmaesthetics.com

This Texas Company has a great selection of oils, lotions & masks like the sweet milk and lavender one above!

MEOWMEOWTWEET  http://Meowmeowtweet.com out of New York.  Finally a deodorant I dont have to worry about using!

Until next time Happy Healthfulness!!  Style Made in the USA

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Simple Sugars

Simple Sugars

Last year I discovered a great line of body and face scrubs called Simple Sugars.  Developed by a young entrepreneur from Pittsburgh PA the Simple Sugars line consists of all natural face and body scrubs that smell wonderful, slough away rough skin, and leave a really silky finish.  I have tried many scrubs that are either too rough, filled with chemicals, or leave my skin dried out.  I use both the face and body scrub and they are available in a great array of uplifting and soothing scents like tangerine, grapefruit, green apple, green tea(my current favorite) and lots more.

They now  have a line for men as well: Smooth for Men.

Simple Sugars

Check out their entire line of products Simple Sugars which are produced right in Pittsburgh, PA USA!

Happy Summer everyone and until next time happy shopping Made in the USA!

Clare Vivier Womens clutches and more!

Clare V in NYC

Clare V in NYC

Last year I discovered the wonderful line of Claire Vivier clutches, bags, and totes all designed and manufactured in Los Angeles.  On a recent trip to NYC I visited the Clare V shop on Elizabeth Street in the hip Nolita section.  I purchased this fabulous canvas tote bag with chambray lining which I really love.

Matilde Tote stylishly made in the USA!

Matilde Tote stylishly made in the USA!

Clare Vivier’s initial business model was developed several years ago out of her own need for a nice laptop cover.  She designed an oversized clutch style cover for  her laptop and then friends wanted the same for their laptops.  The laptop clutch is still a staple of her product line along with flat clutches and foldover clutches.

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Great foldover clutch with monogram

Great foldover clutch with monogram

Smaller change and credit card cases.

Smaller change and credit card cases.

Her leather handbags and totes are unique, beautiful and classic.

Clare Vivier

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Clare is also known for her details such as adding a rich leather tassel  or making any leather or suede bag monogrammed.

Clare Vivier

Inspiration wall at the Clare V Nolita shop

Inspiration wall at the Clare V Nolita shop

I hope you will check out the Clare V website for all her latest offerings.  Go to clarevivier.com for lots of fun!  And until next time enjoy Spring and happy stylish shopping Made in the USA!  L

 

 

 

Brighten your day with Made in the USA!

During these never ending cold, gray Winter months here are three quick and fun ways to brighten any day with Made in the USA!

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100 Percent Pure Brightening scrub.  This is a brightening and smoothing scrub.  Fruit acids and gentle brighteners rejuvenate while jojoba beads buff away flakes and dullness.  I have been using this scrub and the delicious grapefruit scent makes me so happy plus it is gentle yet works.  For me the best part of this whole line of products is that every single ingredient is truly 100% natural and organic….just read the ingredients you will recognize every item…all fruits and plants!  Their body lotions, face serums, hair care products are all super fruit infused and Made in the USA!  Check out everything at: www.100percentpure.com

Candles and Scents to brighten and uplift: Simpatico-Home out of St. Louis, Missouri.  The Simpatico-Home line of candles are made with a 100% vegetable wax blend, made from renewable sources, and grown by American farmers.  I love the hobnail glass which is offered in tons of colors and delicious scents … these candles will brighten any day or evening!

Simpatico-Home

And here are Simpatico-Home gift boxed candles in the Fern scent which is a blend of white cedar and black current….irresistible!  For store locators or online retailers (Anthropologie carries Simpatico!)  visit: www.simpatico-home.com

Simpatico-Home Fern Candles

Dogeared Jewelry.  A nice pair of earrings always brightens my day!  I love these handcrafted Moroccan style earrings from Dogeared jewelry out of Southern California.  Available in gold dipped; rose gold dipped; and silver dipped…now I just need to decide which finish.  Everything is packaged in their Dogeared logo pouch for the perfect presentation.

Dogeared jewelry

Dogeared Jewelry is well known for their “word” jewelry collection.  They offer adorable State necklaces like this one for Massachusetts:

Dogeared jewelry

So until next time, chin up Spring is only a month away!  Happy stylish shopping Made in the USA!  L

Made in USA – what I bought and what I gave….

Hello Everyone – to wrap up 2013 and in anticipation of bringing you lots of stylish Made in USA offerings for 2014, (I like that number don’t you?), here is a recap of some of the wonderful Made in the USA products that I purchased last year.  I have made it a habit to check out labels for USA made…now its just part of my shopping routine whether online or at the mall.  If it doesn’t say Made in the USA it probably isn’t.

www.stylemadeinusa.wordpress.com,sleigh of made in usa giftsI love Nanette Lepore women’s couture made in New York City.  Her fashions never disappoint year after year and I now even have pieces from 15 plus years ago that look fabulous and I get tons of compliments.  Last year I purchased this top in a chartreuse color.    I have the best luck with her sales…check it out:  Nanette Lepore.com.Nanette Lepore

I also purchased a few casual pieces from the Alabama based Earth Creations.  They make organic cotton shirts and a complete casual wear line for women made from sustainable fibers.  I love the pieces I have including this bell sleeved cowl neck in black.

Earth Creations

Next up…some items I purchased as gifts:  Duluth Pack out of Duluth, Minnesota.  For over 130 years, Duluth Pack has been located in Duluth, MN. where they have been manufacturing high quality, built-to-last canvas and leather bags, packs, and outdoor gear in their century-old factory.  With their tag line of “Guaranteed for life and made in USA”…. you cant go wrong!  This all leather and spacious over sized dopp kit I gifted was a big hit:

Duluth Pack

The Goorin Brothers hat company makes most of their  stylish hats in the USA.  Many of my friends and family purchased several hats at Goorin Brothers last year.

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FOR THE HOME...since I am an interior designer I get to purchase home furnishings for myself and all my clients!  I am in love with the blankets and throws from Brahms Mount Mills in Maine.  Their blankets, throws and linen towels are woven on antique shuttle looms by local artisans in their mill in Monmouth, Maine.  Go to Brahms Mount.com for store locators or to order online. I have purchased several of these herringbone throws.  Every home should have a Brahms Mount Throw!Brahms Mount

One of the most important purchases any of us can make is our bed!  I am in love with the Beauty Rest mattress manufactured by Simmons in Agawam, Massachusetts.  Quality, comfort and the pillow top is like sleeping on a cloud!

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One of the reasons I started this blog was my frustration with finding quality bed linens, blankets, comforters and throws that would not wear out in a year or less!  American Made Home started in 2011 from a similar response for quality, durable dorm and home bedding supplies!  American Home  is headquartered in Louisville, Kentucky with mills and suppliers in North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Kentucky, and Massachusetts.  I can tell you that for a ready made product the quality and workmanship cannot be beat.  I have been very happy with everything I have purchased from this company!  Here is a simple guest room I did for a client.

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Simon Pearce out of Quichee, Vermont makes all things tabletop including glassware, dishes, and pottery to name a few.  I love the fact that their pieces are elegant, made in USA, high quality and the glass and crystal are lead free.  I started my collection of the stemware pattern Royalton.  Here are the champagne stems I purchased:

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Simon Pearce

The Maine Float Rope Company makes Down East Doormats that are handmade on the coast of Maine using reclaimed float-rope.  They are hand-woven by fishing families and others year round.  These super-durable mats are virtually indestructible. The vivid colors are so cheery at a front or back door.  I love mine seen here: Maine Float RopeMaine Float Rope Company

SMALL, FUN & NECESSARY…. Just a few products that I purchased in multiple quantities last year since I love the companies and am a big fan of their products.

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The Naked Bee makes a luxurious line of hand creams, body butters and tons of other personal care products with “all the good stuff and none of the bad stuff.” I am in love with their ultra-rich body butter in Orange Blossom Honey.

Buddy Biscuits by Cloud Star come in several flavors and are a big hit with all the dogs in my life!  I gifted the gingerbread flavor to all my pups for Christmas.  Check out their website for all kinds of goodies all safe and made in USA.

Cloud Star

I didn’t touch on all the Made in America products I purchased in 2013 but I think this list gives you an idea of the breadth of quality, stylish, Made in USA products that are out there for all of us to consider.  Best wishes to everyone for a happy, healthy New Year and as always Happy Stylish Shopping Made in the USA!!  Linda

Stylish Swimsuits and Cover-ups Made in the USA!

If you are thinking about a  new swimsuit or a nice coverup this Summer then  you must check out these two exciting Made in the USA resources: Tara Grinna and Letarte swimwear.

Designer Tara Grinna has been in the swimwear industry for over 25 years.  She is known for designing flattering collections for all figure types.  Her daughter, Kirsti Grinna starting designing bikinis when she was 14 years old and her sexy line – Kirsti Grinna Bikinis has been featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue.  Tara and Kristi Grinna Swimwear is manufactured at the family owned factory in Conway, South Carolina.

Tara Grinna Swimsuit collection.

Tara Grinna Swimsuit collection.

Love this Tara Grinna Tankini

Love this Tara Grinna Tankini

Tara Grinna collection

Tara Grinna collection

Tara Grinna collection.

Tara Grinna collection.

Tara Grinna

Tara Grinna

Tara Grinna

Tara Grinna Swimsuits

Letarte founded in 2000 by sisters Lisa and Michelle Letarte in Maui Hawaii have created the Letarte Swimwear empire which boasts tons of Hollywood celebrity fans and over 50 of their suits have graced the pages of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit edition for the past 10 years.  You may recall this most recent one:

Letart swimwear

Letarte also makes a line of cover-ups, casual tops, dresses and pants.

Letarte swimwear

Letarte

Letarte Swimwear collection

Letarte Swimwear

Letarte coverups

Letart

Letarte

Letarte green

Letarte red

Letarte white

Letarte pink

For store locator or to shop online for Letarte go to Letarteswimwear.com.

Until next time Happy Summer and Happy Stylish Shopping

Made in the USA!!

Barbara Maran Goldberg Designs – Hand Crafted Jewelry

I don’t know about you but come Springtime I am in need of a few new baubles to give my wardrobe a fresh look.  The whimsical and refreshing designs of  Boston jewelry designer Barbara Goldberg of Barbara Maran Goldberg Designs totally fits the bill!

Barbara Goldberg hand crafted jewelry

Barbara gets her inspiration from “anyplace I can see pattern and the interaction of colors”… sources including couture magazines like Vogue, interior design magazines and even store catalogs can inspire her to start sketching.

Barbara Maran Goldberg Designs

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Barbara works with a rainbow of Polimer Clays many times adding silver, gold and copper leaf to the mix.

Barbara Goldberg designs

First she uses a pasta machine to flatten out the clay.

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Then she rolls the various clays into a log as you can see below.  The logs are sliced and then shaped into the individual clay beads which reveal the various swirls, grids, and waves that make each bead truly unique!  The clay beads are baked in an oven and finally glazed with a resin.

Barbara Goldberg Jewelry

In addition to making the labor intensive clay beads Barbara also produces her own hand blown glass beads.   Many times she adds Swarovski crystals for a touch of  sparkle.  It is the combination of these elements:  clay, glass, and crystal which makes her jewelry designs so special.

Barbara Goldberg Jewelry

Barbara Maran Goldberg Designs

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Barbara has a studio in the south end of Boston.

Barbara Maran Goldberg Designs

450 Harrison Avenue Suite 318

Boston Massachusetts 02118

If you are near Boston you can see her creations at the SOWA First Fridays Open Studios the first Friday of every month!   Until next time happy stylish shopping Made in the USA!  Linda

Nanette Lepore Womens Couture

Nanette Lepore NYC

Nanette Lepore NYC

Hello Everyone!

Nanette Lepore For as long as I can remember I have been a big fan of the Nanette Lepore clothing line but it wasn’t until I started this blog and researched American made products that I was pleased to find out that Nanette Lepore manufactures over 85% of her clothing in the garment district of New York City employing many of the same couture seamstresses since her inception over 16 years ago!  And her stylish shoe line is made in Los Angeles!  The company is planning to eventually make 100% in this country too!  If you are not familiar with Nanette Lepore she is known for her great colors and bold prints.  Nanette Lepore has become one of the leading names in contemporary American fashion. Born in Youngstown, Ohio, Nanette  headed east to New York City with only her talent, tenacity and a $5,000 loan from her father, Nanette launched her label in New York City’s Garment Center.

Inspired by her artsy, bohemian childhood,  Nanette’s designs are worn by celebrities including Michelle Obama, Nicki Minaj, Scarlett Johansson, Taylor Swift, Abigail Breslin, Blake Lively, Arianna Huffington, Carly Rae Jepsen and Kristin Chenoweth.

Nanette’s outspoken efforts to protect New York City’s Garment Center have helped to raise awareness and demand for American-made clothing.

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I recently had the opportunity to visit the Flag Ship store in NYC Soho district and chat with the warm and welcoming store manager, Shonda.  If you visit this store for no other reason than to meet Shonda you will be happy.

Miss Shonda

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Nanette Lepore

Nanette Lepore

Nanette Lepore

Nanette Lepore Accessories

Nanette Lepore

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Nanette Lepore SoHo store

Nanette Lepore

Today, Nanette Lepore has grown into an international brand that offers women’s apparel, swimwear, accessories and fragrance. Nanette Lepore has shops across the United States, Europe, and Asia—including boutiques in New York, Los Angeles, Bal Harbour, Chicago, Las Vegas, Boston, London and Tokyo with openings in Shanghai and Hong Kong in the near future.

Check out her website for store locator or shop online like I do!  Everything comes beautifully wrapped and look at the hand signed card she encloses with each shipment!Stylemadeinusa.wordpress.comUntil next time………. have a happy Spring and happy shopping Made in the USA!

Attention Ladies! Casual Clothing, Handbags, and Sleepwear to wear right now!

With too many cold, wintery weeks ahead I am ready for a few treats that I can wear now and that will take me into Spring!  Here are four Made in the USA companies offering  great price points and unique pieces for you to enjoy.

EARTH CREATIONS   Made in Alabama – Founders Joy and Martin started their company with organic T shirts dyed with the natural dye in Alabama red clay.   That was over 17 years ago and today they produce a whole line of stylish women’s, men’s and kids clothing still colored with natural clay dyes using the process Martin originally developed.  They have a complete casual wear line for women made from sustainable fibers.  I especially like their Convertible / Multi-use Garments:

This is all the same piece

This is all the same piece

I have this next piece and wear it year round with tights and boots and then sandals.

Venus Top in lots of great natural dye colors.

Venus Top in lots of great natural dye colors.

Hoody Tunic top/dress

Hoody Tunic top/dress

Tee Skirts created by Cynthia Niles made in Rhode Island.   All of Cynthia’s designs are handmade, repurposed, and one of a kind.  I love her circle skirts made from recycled or upcycled tee shirts!  These are great to wear now with tights and boots or ballet flats and would look really cute over your yoga or gym attire too.
T SKIRTS

T SKIRTS

SNOA SLEEPWEAR – Designed and manufactured in San Francisco using eco-friendly fabrics.  This sleepwear is dedicated to creating sleepwear that is gorgeous, soft and warm all at the same time!  Now you can have your sleep and be sexy too!

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REBECCA RAY DESIGNS – Made in Ohio (many pieces made by the Amish).  Handbags, totes, and clutches are just a few of the stylish products designed by Rebecca Smith.  If you love animals and the whole riding theme you must check out her website for more inspiration!  Here are some of my favorites from Rebecca’s American Couture line.

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So while we all Spring ahead and look forward to warmer weather remember to buy stylish and buy Made in the USA!  Happy shopping!

 

 

 

Stylish Sterling Silver Jewelry by Jill O’Reilly Designs

Sterling silver brooch with blue topaz

Sterling silver brooch with blue topaz

As a native New Englander I know that you don’t have to walk  far to see original architecture; period homes; landscape designs and parks that were designed and built by our founding fathers.  It is just this local  inspiration  that lead jewelry designer Jill O’Reilly of Jill O’Reilly Designs to develop her Stone Wall jewelry collection.  Jill who lives in historic Lexington Massachusetts is often  inspired while out on her walks along the many old stone wall lined streets in Lexington.   By focusing on the various stone walls, individual rocks, and stones as her muse  Jill both  conceptualized and brought to fruition a jewelry collection  that both  connects to the past and compliments the  modern and organic spirit of today’s style.

Jill says that making each one-of-a-kind piece is like building a stone wall itself.  She starts with a flat piece of sterling silver (from US mines) and utilizing various tools she builds her design.  How appropriate that one of her favorite tools is an old hammer that she salvaged from the trash years ago since this vintage tool produces a unique stone effect each time she strikes the silver.  All of her designs are hand fabricated so each piece is truly one-of-a-kind.

Jill in her design studio

Jill in her design studio

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Jill O'Reilly DesignsWhat has resulted is a beautiful collection of  handmade bracelets, cuffs, earrings, brooches and necklaces using sterling silver, 14k gold, 14/20 gold-filled and natural gemstones in some designs.  Lets take a look:

3/4″ wide cuff

Stonewall earrings

Stonewall earrings

1/2″ wide bracelet

To see  more jewelry by Jill O’Reilly Designs or to order, check out: Crafty Yankee in Lexington, Massachusetts.    Don’t forget Valentines Day is just around the corner!  In addition to that, this year marks Lexington, Massachusetts 300th birthday celebration of the towns incorporation!  Talk about an American tradition with a solid foundation!

Until next time happy Made in the USA  shopping!