Totes, stripes and cats: These are a few of my favorite things.

This awesome tote bag is the first thing I have bought for myself in 2016 on my “12 months – 12 pieces” adventure. Meow, it’s cute.

I knew I had to have it the minute “our eyes met” thru a store window after-hours, because he looked just like my adopted cat-brother. (RIP Tusse!)

Our cat was practically impossible to carry, yet we insisted on bringing him everywhere. This light-weight tote has already proven itself to be way easier to handle when out and about! I am used to heavier leather bags and my shoulders are definitely happy about this new, striped, lighter option.cat

Now, did this purchase hit the spot on my 2016 shopping goals? Yes!

I bought this “Cat Stripes Tote bag” online, directly from Seltzer Goods, a small company based in Asheville, North Carolina, and it is all made in USA. Since it only cost me 24 dollars, and obviously is awesome, I decided to buy the same bag for my mom’s birthday. I knew she’d love the look, size and remarkable resemblance to our beloved cat. And, I admit, I kind of love it when we secretly match (we live faaar apart y’all!).

The Seltzer Goods website is full of goodies, all with origin listed. Lots of 100% recycled paper cards with friendly dyes made in Canada, US made accessories, and Swiss-made pens. Totally sweat shop free and eco-aware.

They also pay it forward by supporting Earth Justice, a legal organization focusing on environmental causes – because the earth needs a good lawyer. Yay.

When you shop small, you discover the most amazing things.

Selfie on my way out!
Selfie on my way out! Take note of my awesome, one-of-a-kind, handmade, Texan hand-warmers. A vintage-store find.

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