Small Biz Style for Summer Soirees & Traveling


The key to fashion and accessories in warmer months, whether you’re wearing jewelry out to a party or packing clothes for a long weekend at the beach, tends to be “less is more”.  Less baggage weighing down your overnight bag, less heavy necklaces on your skin, and so forth.  With that in mind we have a #SmallBizStyle story in honor of Memorial Day that is packed with just what you need for the start of summer and all season long.  Even better?  Everything on the list is under $100.00 and of course each item is created by a small business!

Loly in the SkyLoly in the Sky

Shoes.  These can be one of the most important parts of your summer wardrobe as you’ll be on your feet hitting up parties, parks, barbeques and traveling by many modes and you want your tootsies to look good and feel good.  Enter Loly in the Sky a small biz we’ve been crushing on since they joined Tin Shingle.  Their shoes never fail to elicit squeals and “where did you get those” questions, and their quirky and clever designs have definitely carried over into their new summer offerings.  New this year? The business has grown beyond loafers to offer heels, sandals and wedges (congrats guys!), which means it will be hard to pick out just one pair! That said their affordable pricing means you don’t have to!



Nina Forrest JewelryNina Forrest Jewelry

In the summer wearing lighter jewelry is a must.  This doesn’t mean forgoing accessories but on really hot days or all day events (think parties, barbeques, beach blanket bingo…) less is definitely more.  To fill that void in your accessories collection head on over to Nina Forrest Jewelry.  We’ve shared some of our favorite necklaces and earrings that still pop but are still really light.  Even better?  Each piece is under $100.00 and you can score an additional 15% off by signing up for their newsletter!



What to do you grab when you need something comfortable, flattering and still stylish to wear to summer pool parties, barbeques, outdoor weddings, travel and beyond?  Just one thing (or perhaps a couple in different colors): HipKnoties.  This comfortable, versatile (you can wear it over 30 ways) garment is a favorite of stylists, the Today Show, moms, college gals and more and is the perfect warm weather must that really can travel anywhere with you - and folds up small enough to toss into an overnight bag and leave plenty of room for all of your Loly in the Sky shoes!



Simple SarongsSimple Sarongs

If the O-List says it’s amazing, it must be true!  Okay maybe that isn’t enough for you but there is a good reason everyone from Oprah to Good Morning America to the Today Show is buzzing about Simple Sarongs.  As a fan and user myself, I’ll tell you this towel/sarong combo is a godsend.  I hate the usual towl-around-your-waist-toga many of us DIY (that slips off the moment you move), and I hate cheap, thing beach towels.  I love Simple Sarongs each (super stylish) sarong has hidden buttons in it to keep it held in place, and when I’m not wearing it, I’m laying on it thinking “thank goodness I have such a soft, large and colorful beach towel”.  Clearly, this woman founder knew what she was doing when she created this summer must-have!


Honest Earth Candles

You know what screams “I’m stylish and chic”?  When your home smells good (think rosemary, eucalyptus, thyme)  as summer guests arrive, and when your backyard (or terrace) is lit with lovely votive candles to illuminate your evening cocktails and conversations.  Enter Honest Earth Candles.  They had me at “we despise chemicals” and of course, their amazing aromatherapy candles.  Not only are these great for your own home but they’re perfect summer hostess gifts! If you’re in the mood for a realllly romantic Memorial Day weekend or some summer lovin’ in June, July and August, try their soy melt massage candles as well ; )   Final bit of Memorial Day fun here?  This entrepreneur is also an Army wife!