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Two years of blogging and the best stuff of made right (here)

Woo! 2 years ago I started this blog with a few trembling words and a commitment in my heart to change my shopping habits and inspire America to do the same. (Yep, I aim high.)

I am celebrating my blogging fun with a list of the five most loved, awesome or unexpected items I have bought since the challenge started. All made right here of course! If it wasn’t for the restrictions I set for myself back in 2014, I may never have gone looking and found these brands.

1. Best all-around purchase
Wow, have we saved a lot of styrofoam, plastics and paper cups from hitting landfills this past year! #loveyou. My made in USA Life Factory glass bottle is my trusty companion and partner in reduce waste crime. Of course I’ve had reusable bottles before but non as handy as this one. “How often do you wash that thing?” I was once asked after countless lunches with my colleagues. That’s between me and my bottle.

Just hanging on the couch
Just hanging on the couch

2. Best baby item
The award for best toy or kids item must go to the recycling truck from Green Toys Inc. Safe, BPA-free, made of recycled milk jugs, packaged in un-bleached carton without plastic and made right here. I think it is so wonderful that someone is producing responsibly-made plastic toys, since plastic seems to be very popular in the kiddos’ first years of playing and chewing. They have so many items – trucks, buckets, bath toys, kitchen sets, teethers – anything your kid will need, reasonably priced and often on sale on Amazon.

My little nephew loved his recycling truck
My little nephew loved his recycling truck

3. Best life changing product
I might have found this brand even if I wasn’t on the challenge, but it has changed my skin and therefore changed my life. Skin Ceuticals are made in USA and cost a fortune. I pay a whopping 250 dollars every 4-5 months for my correct and prevent regime. And yes, I am probably overdosing on these acids but it’s working and I’m worth it! I’ll take “acid-addict” over blemishes and lines any day.

Miracle workers.
Miracle workers.

4. Best surprise
Did you know that the Home Depot has screws and bolts made in USA & Germany now? Spax is the brand and this was the biggest (best) surprise I got last year. I always randomly check tags at the Home Depot and finally there’s hardware not made in China (or Taiwan). My hubs says they’re great, and as he makes up for what I lack in the DIY department, I need to take his word for it.

So awesome!
So awesome!

5. Best break-the-rules impulse item
You know I hardly ever buy anything big-brand leather, and I stay away from “want to haves”, but this Tory Burch leather gold emblem bangle has proven more than worthy of an exception. I wear this made in USA bling at least twice a week. It just goes with everything I own!! If you want one, don’t get it online though, few bracelets are actually USA made and they all sort of look alike. I got this one at the Tory Burch outlet for about 60 dollars.

Made in USA bling
Made in USA bling

When you shop as few and carefully chosen items as I do, all things become more valuable, memorable and special. I truly recommend a shopping-challenge to anyone wanting a more grateful attitude in life :)

Read my very first post here.

I’ve got stripes, stripes around my shoulders

I got stripes, stripes around my shoulders. I got a bangle, a bangle around my wrist.

Fortunately, my stripes are not the kind Mr. Cash sang about. And, we all know that orange is the new stripes anyway.

I just love stripes. As a matter of fact I am wearing one of my striped, knit sweaters today, bought before the challenge. At one point all I had were striped sweaters, it seemed, so the question in the morning was not “what am I wearing today?” but “which striped shirt and which scarf should I pair up?”

My latest stripe addition, the first since the challenge started actually (16 months!), is a Soft Joie cotton dress with pockets.

Joie is based in (you guessed it!) California and after looking around their website it seems it was just pure luck that this cute dress is made in USA. They do import a bunch of items, also from China, so origin surfing is mandatory. All the clothing I like on their website is imported, apparently. But you know what? I’m grateful they tell me. I hate when online shops hide the origin, so kudos for being honest. I found this dress at Marshalls, and tags don’t lie.

soft joie

The bracelet is a Tory Burch leather logo bracelet, made right here, which I picked up at the outlet last year. I wear it all the time, since it goes with everything! It’s my statement piece – most days it’s the only jewelry I wear.

Can’t wait to wear this outfit this summer!

While you fight for flats, I’ll take a bracelet

I finally faced my fears and headed to the premium outlets. “Fall fashion here I come” type deal.

Tory Burch, has moved a bit further up my list of places I like. It is, for sure, one of the busiest places in the outlet, one needs to battle a few fashionistas, in a so called “fight for flats” but it’s normally worth it. A few months ago I did get a pair of the famous Tory Burch flats (Brazilian made) and had to skip on a matching Chinese bracelet, but as of this Saturday, I am the proud owner of an even cuter bracelet, made right here. Wow, so excited. Brown leather, double wrap with gold emblems.

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Made in USA heaven, also known as New Balance, didn’t let me down either. Pink sneakers for me, yes please, the deal; 32 bucks! And who knew, even the paper bags are made in USA.

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I did have to compromise on quite a few fine-knit sweaters (my favorite thing). Banana had a grey one with a red Vespa, Nautica had stripes and anchors, J-crew had some cardigans I really liked. But I passed. I did splurge on an imported sweater from Tommy H. Sure, I don’t like spending lots of cash on imports from the east but a girl’s gotta wear something. That something might as well be a soft, off white popover with faux-leather details from Philippines. Perfect for cold days in the office.

Despite all this success for me, my husband (also an active member of the not made in China challenge) still managed to come home with more shoes and tops than I! How does he do it?!