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Little Black Dresses for the 2017 Holidays: Made in USA

The term “Little Black Dress” is believed to have started with designer Coco Chanel, who, in the 1920’s, changed black from a mourning-only color to an everyday wardrobe look. The term is so often used today that most women know what you’re talking about if you refer to an “LBD.” The LBD is intended to be versatile, able to be accessorized to dress it up or down, and well-designed enough to last through multiple seasons.

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I did a search on Nordstrom.com for “Little black dresses” Made in the U.S.A. and found 567 results. Most of the dresses are manufactured here using foreign-made fabric.

Women’s sizes, petites, plus-sizes and maternity wear are all available. Happy shopping, Ladies!

Regards, Kathy

Gifts We Got and Gave: Made in USA

Another holiday season has come and gone and we were fortunate enough to give and get some wonderful American-made presents. Let’s start with the clothes:
Paul got a denim jacket from Todd Shelton, which he absolutely loves. (It’s currently sold out, unfortunately)We gave Paul’s sister a cute shirt she wanted from Bobeau, a clothing company we just learned about this year.And, as usual, all our stockings included American-made wool socks purchased at Sierra Trading Post.ElkVenisonBisonFor some reason, we ended up giving quite a few food gifts this year. I guess it’s a testament to the quality of Wisconsin-made foods that I received a Wisconsin cheese basket from a friend at the same time I sent her family a box of Wisconsin Specialty Sausages. And we both live on the East Coast!

We gave lots of food items from Stonewall Kitchen, which I love. All their food products are Made in America.Other friends sent us some very tasty chocolates from the Chocolate Lab in Bethlehem, PA and we received some incredible steaks from Allen Brothers, which has been in business since 1893, despite its wallet-emptying prices.
imageWe gave our science-loving daughter an anatomical print by Beth MacDonald (above) of The Printed Vintage.And a gift certificate toward a new couch she’s going to buy at West Elm (Lots of American-made items to choose from).Paul and I exchanged beauty and grooming products by Brothers’ Artisan Oil (pomade)…LeLabo (soap)……and Thorn and Bloom (botanical fragrance).

I also received this pair of autographed books by Craig Johnson – I’m a big fan of the Longmire TV series.

…and a book about my hometown.Paul got Springsteen’s autobiography.

Hope your holiday was equally enjoyable. Here’s to  2017!

Regards, Kathy

The Americanologists’ Roundup of Made-in-USA Gifts

We’ve compiled a review of all our recent gift-giving posts to make your shopping easier. Also, check out our top ten posts in the right-hand column for more ideas. Here’s to buying American!

Grab the Christmas Pajamas Before They’re Gone!

If you want your family to wear holiday-themed PJs on Christmas morning, many people will tell you that you should have shopped in September. There are still some  American-made sleepwear choices out there now, but you’d better grab ’em quick.SleepyJones1Dad will look great in these Sleepy Jones tops and bottoms (sold separately) from Todd Snyder.HolidayPajamasAnd Mom will look chic in her Bedhead “Holiday Shopping” print pajamas, exclusive to Neiman Marcus.Unisexpajamas1 For the “Christmas at the cabin” look, you can get these unisex plaid pajamas for youthsAdultsizeor adults.BedheadBedhead Pajamas used to make all of its wares in the USA. Now, some items are imported. Check the description of each item for “Made in USA.” Nordstrom normally carries Bedhead too, but the holiday patterns are either all sold out or on their way – if you get stuck, check this link again later. Also, check Neiman Marcus Last Call, which sometimes has Bedhead items on sale.
BedheadPJsSome of their older holiday patterns are available at a discount on Amazon.  When purchasing, be sure to ask if the item you’ll be sent is American-made. These holiday patterns for women are, from left to right, Eiffel Tower, partridge, and candy cane.

KidsPajamasWe found some kids’ sizes in the candy canes pattern as well.CatsPajamasThe Cat’s Pajamas has some California-made flannel PJs in prints like “Reindeer Games” “Vintage Santa” and “Mistletoe.” All of their garments are Made-in-USA except for the cotton blend knits, which are made in Peru.

Regards, Kathy