Finds of the Month: August 2018

This month, I kept things as frugal as possible after a summer full of vacations and adventures. I made it a point to shop locally and second-hand for things that I truly needed. Besides these items below, I did a bit of thrift -shopping for my Fall wardrobe, but I’ll save that for a later post. Keep reading to see what I picked up in August!

Raspberry Chipotle Spice Rub

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My husband found this slightly sweet, slightly spicy meat rub on our Spring Break trip to Asheville, NC last April. It’s from Spice & Tea Merchants, a mostly-women owned franchise that’s located in several states. When we went into the Asheville shop, we were overwhelmed by all the choices, but let our noses make the decisions! We like to sprinkle the Raspberry Chipotle rub over chicken thighs and bake them in the oven. The sugar in the spice rub caramelizes and yields a sweet and spicy flavor, while keeping the meat juicy. I am curious to try it on tofu, but haven’t branched out yet! You can buy it here for $7. Bon appétit!

Sprouted Designs Hand Towel and Napkins

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This past weekend, we browsed all the home goods and artisan booths at the Tomato Art Fest in East Nashville and came across the Sprouted Designs booth. The company sells screen printed towels and napkins made out of flour sacks with the most whimsical designs. The owl design gave off major Twin Peaks vibes and felt seasonally appropriate for Fall, so I bought one towel and 2 napkins for $27 total. I love supporting small businesses and there are still so many adorable designs that I have my eye on. Having a multitude of hand towels spruces up my kitchen and updates the space without doing much work!

Kosas Weightless Lip Color in “Electra”

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My mother-in-law Peggy brought me back this red lipstick from her trip to Aspen, CO. She visited the pop-up shop Goop and browsed all the curated goodies, including home goods, clothing, and skincare. I am just in love with this Kosas Weightless Lip Color in “Electra”. The shade is a cool-toned, raspberry red matte finish. It feels like a balm with intense color payoff. My lips feel deeply hydrated, which confirms that it is worth the $28 price.  In my experience with lip formulas, the more expensive lippies feel smoother and more hydrating, unless it’s a liquid lipstick. Have you ever tried Kosas lipsticks? P.S. if you need another lifestyle blog suggestion, check out Goop!

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Pictured below is the delightful canvas bag that the lipstick came in from the Goop pop-up shop in Aspen, CO. It is fairly small in size and will make for a handy workout tote for my keys and water. I adore the precious design of Aspen Mountain on the tote, too.

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Mia Clogs

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I spotted these nearly-new Swedish clogs on ThredUp a few weeks back and added them to my cart immediately. I relish in wearing clogs to work as they are incredibly supportive and comfy all day. Since they can be expensive, I buy them second-hand and save lots of money! These clogs are originally $89, but I thrifted these for $20! These will look chic with black jeans, a white knit sweater, berry lips, and a camel purse for Fall. What do you shop for when you go thrifting?

Voilà! These are my second-hand and small business finds of the month! What do you think of what I got? Any small businesses that you have discovered this month? Let me know!

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