Thanks to American Express for sponsoring my writing today about small businesses. American Express is presenting Small Business Saturday, a way to honor the local merchants who are the backbone of the economy, this Saturday, November 27. They're offering statement credits to people who shop at small businesses, advertising for small-business owners, and donations to Girls Inc. for "Likes" of the Small Business Saturday page on Facebook. Join the celebration by clicking the "Like" button and then visiting the Facebook page to learn more about the program and read the terms and conditions that apply.
I love Best Buy as much as the next 100" flatscreen HDTV-craving person, but whenever possible I like to patronize local businesses, especially when I'm shopping for gifts. You get amazing service, and beautiful, unique items.
Silver hoops have always been my go-to style for earrings, and over the years I've had many favorites. A few years ago, I had a surprising urge for gold hoops. Specifically rose gold. A friend introduced me to these Joy O Grass Handmade Hammered Hoops and the rest is style history. I wear these, or the ones I subsequently ordered in silver, almost every day. You can see them in pretty much any photo of me taken in the past 4 years!
My super-fashionista sister is also a fan, so we trade Joy O gifts every birthday. Even though our styles are so different, Joy's designs, like the simple thin cuff, works for both of us. And for Cameron Diaz and a bunch of other celebs, like Anne Hathaway, who also love the whole collection!
Joy is based in SF, and I've had the pleasure of meeting her in person. She's just as lovely as her designs, and puts her heart and soul into every aspect of her business. If you're shopping for a jewelry-loving lady this weekend, I highly recommend checking out this local small business Joy O Designs and Kyler by Joy O for special and wearable pieces your girl will pick out of her jewelry box every day!