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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

This Year, Please Buy “One Gift for America”


This is the fourth year that we have been promoting the “One Gift for America” message; the idea that purchasing at least one Made-in-USA gift this holiday can make a difference in the American economy.

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Paul and Kathy – The Americanologists

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