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miss em’s holiday bazaar

Looking for something unique to get the littles on your list this year? Read on as our Editor in Chic shares her secret to Santa-esque success.

One of the reasons I love shopping with Miss Em’s (other than the fact that she’s locally based and a rockstar #GirlBoss) is that she not only has great jewelry and accessories for ME, but also fun gift items for the kiddos on my list. It’s stuff you don’t see picked over at all the department stores, or worry if they’ll have four duplicates of it under the tree. Here are a few of my favorite unique gift items for kids on missems.com!

“How you Doin’?” bib

($13) And there are a TON of other bibs with funny sayings like “Taco Tuesday,” “I’m so fancy,” and a mermaid-themed “Call me on my SHELL phone.”

 

 

Santa Sack

($18) This is an oversized canvas holiday drawstring gift sack that features printed holiday graphics and a chalkboard banner so you can personalize it with the kiddo’s name. You can wrap up a bigger item with this, or put several smaller items in it. Helloooo, easy gift wrapping!

 

 

Santa Evidence Kit

($20) This is a 6-piece set that includes a reindeer bell, Santa glove, button, glasses and footprint stencil kit with glitter. There’s also a poem on the box explains the discovery magic! So fun!

 

 

Countdown Blocks

($20) Make counting down the time until the big day fun AND educational. Plus, it’ll help remind you of how much time you have left to buy all those last minute gifts and get it all wrapped, haha! 

 

 

Tickle Monster Book

($35) I bought this for my daughter last year at the Miss Em’s Holiday Open House, and it’s seriously been one of my best purchases EVER for her. It’s easily her most-requested book at night time — unlike any of her other books and it always induces the best belly laughs — and I just love the bonding time we get from it. 

 

Buckeye Piggy Bank
($22) Ok, if you have a kiddo on your list who’s first letters were O-H… I-O, then this is the gift for them. And hey, tell them to start saving their pennies for OSU tuition, or at least season tickets for lots of OSU games in the future!

 

 

Elf Door

($15) You can’t have an Elf on the Shelf in your house without a door for them to come in, right? This is such a fun idea for your Elf on the Shelf lovin’ littles to spark their vivid imaginations, or if you just want to add something unique to your holiday decor.

 

Sparkly Time of the Year Onesie

($20, 0-6months) I love getting the little holiday-themed onesies that make the littles look extra super cute for the season. There are lots of cute onesies, socks, and adorable accessories like a bowtie and suspenders set on her site, so check them out, too!

Looking for an easy but unique fundraiser for a charity you love? Want to update your wardrobe and help local causes while you're at it? See how you can through one locally-based online retailer.

I love shopping on my friend Emily’s site, www.missems.com, because there’s a TON of cute jewelry, bags/scarves and baby stuff (at SUPER affordable prices). But I also love doing business with her because she supports lots of local charities.

The first kind of charity she supports is YOURS. Click here to see a video I did last year that documents how to host an online shopping party with your friends and family to fundraise for a cause of your choice. For the sale I did last year, I raised funds for a family who needed money for fertility treatment… so your cause doesn’t necessarily need to be an official 501c3 charity. 

You can also host online shopping events that are not related to a charity (like this one I’m doing on Oct. 23) where you earn credits to use on her site instead. But in case you’d like to host a Miss Em’s fundraiser, here are some highlights:

  • 15% of total sales from a Miss Em’s party get donated back as a check for your organization
  • Can be done online as a virtual/Facebook party (can you include the video you did last year as a party) OR…
  • It can be an in-home party where your friends and family come to you
  • All pieces of jewelry are $5-$25 or less so everyone can feel comfortable purchasing something without breaking the bank

Miss Em’s also hosts events throughout the year in Columbus and Cincinnati where a portion of proceeds benefit a local cause. Here are groups they’ve done fundraisers for previously: Boy Scouts, cheerleading teams, volleyball teams, southern Ohio survivors, Pelotonia, Cincinnati Children’s, and many more.  

Click here to check out the “Upcoming Event” section of her site so you can see if there’s an event coming up (where she’s either hosting or being a vendor at) that you’d like to attend. It’s always neat to see and try on the items in person instead of buying online! You can also “like” Miss Em’s on Facebook so you get invited to events in the future. Here are a few pictures of previous Miss Em’s events and fundraisers so you can see how fun they are! Hope to see you at one soon!

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Learn about a local accessory retailer with lots of looks for less and an upcoming holiday shopping event you won’t want to miss!

I told you last week about how I hosted a Virtual Party with Miss Em’s and now that all of my items have arrived, I’m soooo happy! Not only because I love all the pieces I bought (and it helped donate funds to my friend’s cause) but I also saved a TON off of the designer look-alikes.

I wanted to be prepared with an example of how much I was saving when my Miss Em’s package arrived, so the hubs wouldn’t give me a hard time and I was SHOCKED to see how much I actually was saving! Just to give you an idea of how affordable (yet on-trend) her items are,  below are seven side-by-side comparisons of my favorite pieces and then the designer pieces that look super similar but are MUCH more expensive. Hey, even the husband was impressed, so I know I did well! haha!

You can buy online, host a Virtual Party like I did, or shop in person this weekend at her Holiday Bazaar Nov. 5 & 6. Click here for more info!

1. Miss Em’s Cream Opal Earrings $10.99
Ross-Simons Opal Chandelier Earrings $595

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2. Miss Em’s Geometric Earrings $12.00
Lenox Geometric Dangle Earrings $334.95

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3. Miss Em’s Filigree Tassel Pendant Necklace & Earring Set $18.00
Ben-Amun Y Tassel Necklace $238

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4. Miss Em’s Earring/Necklace set from my virtual party $24
Oscar de la Renta Flower Necklace $690

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5.Miss Em’s Earring/Necklace set from my virtual party $24
Lord & Taylor Tri-Toned Pave Statement Necklace $176

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6. Miss Em’s Flower Bracelet $9.00
Chanel Vintage Caged Camellia cuff $1,885

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7. Miss Em’s scarf from my virtual party $24
Lord & Taylor Plaid Blanket Scarf $129

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Last night, I hosted a virtual party with Miss Em’s  and it was AWESOME! I decided to make it a fundraiser for my friend Lindsay who’s trying to generate enough funds to do IVF and start a family (Miss Em’s will donate 15% of your sales to a charity!). So, a ton of my friends and Lindsay’s friends joined in to shop for a cause! It was really fun AND easy! 🙂

In a few days, I’ll do a follow up blog with a video that I took last night, to show you how the party worked and also recap how much we raised for Lindsay! But seeing so many of my friends buy different items at the party last night, and knowing their personal style/how they would style them, inspired me to put together this post!

My friend Lindsay is very sporty… a jeans and t-shirt kind of gal. My friend Candy is very classic and corporate… a suit or LBD everyday kind of gal. And then my friend Jessica is in between as a teacher… a business casual kind of gal. So I picked out five Miss Em’s pieces and styled them how each of my three friends would wear them to give you an idea of the versatility!

  1. The Gold Bar Cluster Necklace and Earring Set ($20) — I added the Natural Fabric & Leatherette Bracelet ($14) for the “teacher” look

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2. Neon Multi-Color Necklace & Earring Set ($20)

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3. Coral Seed Bead Necklace & Earring Set ($22) — I added the Natural Fabric & Leatherette Bracelet ($14) for the “teacher” look

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4. Long Matte Necklace & Earring Set ($18) — I added the “Be Brave” Cuff Bracelet ($13) to the “teacher” look

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5. Silver Flower Necklace & Earring Set ($22)

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Check out MissEms.com to see these and LOTS more “look for less” pieces. Click here to contact them to set up a virtual party to earn credits to shop on her site for free (or give 15% of your sales to a charity like I did). Or, if you prefer to shop in person, Miss Em’s is having a Holiday Bazaar event Nov. 5-6 at the Anderson Senior Center.

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