Do you remember when Oprah would have her favorite things episodes back when she did a daily talk show? “You get a car! You get a car and you get a car!” Yeah, she always highlighted cool stuff. She still does in her magazine, O, but it’s not the same as seeing the enthusiasm on everyone’s face. Well, I’m no Oprah (although we shared the same Algebra teacher) but I have some favorite things that I want to share with my readers. Unlike Oprah, I will not be sending each of you a sample. Hell, I’m not even getting free merch or a discount. Nope, this just free advertising about stuff I really like.
So, today’s installment of favorites is two friends of mine. More specifically, they are enormously talented small business owner/artisans. The talents these ladies possess blows me away. They can create things. I mean take raw materials, work their magic and boom cool useful stuff. I don’t have this kind of talent. I can run my mouth and clean the house. I can’t create anything other than maybe dinner and a mess. So without further ado, my inaugural favorite things post.
Distilled Daydreams – I love smells but I have allergies. I love fancy soap but I have sensitive skin. Wouldn’t it be nice if you could find a soap that lathers well, smells nice, is made with natural, responsibly sourced ingredients and contains no sodium lauryl sulfates? Sounds impossible, right? Wrong! Look no further than Distilled Daydreams. Her soap is a wonderful everyday luxury. Since I started I started using her soap, my skin isn’t as dry as it once was and my KP (keratosis pilaris) has all but vanished. Her scents are amazing and she often does themed batches. She recently announced she is going to do a Harry Potter inspired collection very soon. If soap isn’t your thing, she also makes body butter and heel salve. She’s offered gift baskets in the past and she takes custom orders (think party favors).
Lora Douglas Jewelry – Oh my gosh y’all, I want all the things. Seriously, every piece is just fabulous. I have ordered a few things (teacher gifts, graduation gifts, gifts for myself tee hee hee) and she has given me a couple things as presents and they are all just fantastic. I adore the latitude/longitude items (pictured). I have a pair of earrings that I wear all the time. The handwriting/kid art items (pictured) are truly spectacular and such a one of kind gift. I’m thinking my next purchase is going to be a concert ticket cuff. My only problem is what concert ticket to use.
Both of these ladies ship all over the place so your location is a non-issue. And, these ladies know what they are doing. They’ve been practicing their craft for years. Links to their Etsy pages can be found if you click on their business name in this post. Links to their respective Facebook pages will be posted below. So go treat yo’ self or if you really have to, go buy a gift for someone else. But really, treat yourself first. As L’Oreal says, “You’re worth it.”
Distilled Daydreams Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/distilleddaydreams/
Lora Douglas Jewelry Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/LeafRiverJewelry/