10 Small Businesses to Follow on Instagram


In honor of #smallbusinesssaturday, I’m highlighting a few of my favorite small businesses to follow on Instagram. Several are located in Atlanta but I’m also including stores that are also online. I love supporting small but thriving businesses.

Who do you love to follow on Instagram? Did I miss any hidden gems?

1. Scarlet & Gold (@scarletandgoldshop)

Scarlet & Gold is a stationary and accessories store based out of Auburn, Alabama. I love that this business is run by two southern girls from Alabama. The business is based on christian principles and strong roots. My favorite line from their store is their collegiate line, I’ve got a few of their University of Alabama prints on my christmas shopping list. 

Scarlet and Gold Instagram

2. Merchant at Howell Mill in Atlanta (@themerchantatl)

I interviewed the owners of the Merchant at Howell Mill a few months back, when I featured them in my Around Atlanta series. This is one of my favorite places to shop in Atlanta for gifts. They have everything a girl and guy could want. They recently expanded their store by adding home furnishings. 

The Merchant at Howell Mill Instagram

3. Furbish Studio (@furbishstudio)

I discovered Furbish Studio several years ago on Twitter when the owner just had her blog. Her Raleigh, NC based home decor store is an interior designers dream world. They have everything from art work to bedding to furniture. If you haven’t started on your, Christmas shopping this store is the place to start this weekend. They are having a black friday sale. 20% off orders with the code CYBER

Furbish Studio Instagram

4. Curlbox (@curlbox)

For all you curly headed girls, if you aren’t following Curlbox on Instagram you are truly missing out. This monthly box subscription service is perfect resource for your natural hair products. Curl Box always features great hairstyles on their Instagram but I love following the owner Myleik’s page as well. 

CurlBox Instagram

5. Waiting on Martha (@waitingonmartha)

I had the opportunity of meeting Mandy several years ago when she was just in the beginning stages of planning her store. It’s been great to see how her blog and store have developed so much in the past few years. She is an Atlanta based gal who hales from Chicago. If you are in Atlanta, check out her pop-up shop at the Shops Around Lenox for your Christmas gift shopping.

Waiting on Martha Instagram

6. Garnish and Gather (@garnishandgather)

I’ve tried several meal delivery services but Garnish and Gather is my favorite and the only one my stomach could possibly take. The are a local and organic meal delivery service. They source all ingredients from local farmers markets and producers. My stomach is always growling when I’m looking at their Instagram. 

Garnish and Gather Tacos

7. Young Blood Art Gallery and Boutique (@youngbloodboutique)

I just discovered Young Blood Boutiques Instagram a few weeks ago when I interviewed them for my Around Atlanta series. If you are shopping for unique and one of kind christmas gifts then this is the place to go. Their store is a curated collection featuring independent artists from across the country. 

Young Blood Boutique Instagram

8. 31 Bits (@31bits)

31 bits is a jewelry line designed and handmade by women from Uganda. Proceeds from all sales help fight poverty in the war torn region. 

31 Bits Instagram

9. Society Social (@societysocial)

I met Roxy several years ago online just when her business was in the beginning stages. We had the opportunity to meet in person last year while I was in New York. I love following her Instagram because its always filled with bright colors and cocktails. 

Society Social Instagram

10. Ashley Brooke Designs ( @ashleybrookedesigns)

Ashley Brooke Designs was a started by a small business owner based out of Florida. Her stationary and line of mugs embodies all things sassy and stylish. Her instagram account is always making me want to do something new to my office. 

Ashley Brooke Designs Instagram

Gift Guide: For the New Home Homeowner

Gift Guide for the New Homeowner



The holidays are the perfect time to host a housewarming or bring family and friends into your new home or apartment. This is the first Christmas I’ll be celebrating in my new home. So I have gathered the best gifts to give a new homeowner this Christmas. 

Don’t forget you have until Thanksgiving to enter my Towne & Reese giveaway. 

Gift Guide: Gifts under $50 for Her



Today I’m officially kicking off my gift guide series for the holidays. The next two weeks will be filled with ideas for gifts for everyone in your life. I’ll also being doing a few a giveaways! ( so stay tuned)

I’m always looking for the best fashionable finds that won’t break the bank during the holiday season. Today I’m sharing gifts under $50 for the female in your life. 

1. J.Crew Ceramic Jewelry Tray–  $19.50

2. C.Wonder Bangle Box– $48.00

3. Anthropologie Limited Edition Mug– $10.00

4. Tildon Plaid Infinity Scarf from Nordstrom- $10.00

5. Design Darling Silver Flask-$27.00

Don’t forget to check out my gift guide for co-workers on BHG.com

April Birchbox

I received my April Birchbox in the mail earlier this week. This month’s box features all natural products that are nourishing to the skin. I was excited to see another full size product and two green tea bags in my box this month. I feel like I need a dresser drawer just for cosmetics now because I have gotten so many product samples from my previous Birchboxes.

This months box featured the following products:

Atelier Cologne |Orange Sanguine Cologne Absolue

Befine | Skincare Sampler

Olíe Biologique | 004 Huile Moderne

Revolution Organics | Freedom Glow Full Size Beauty Balm- This is the only product I’ve tried so far. Its a beauty balm that you can use as a lip tint, cheek tint and eyeshadow. I must say its a little dark as a blush but I like it as a lip gloss.

Lifestyle Extra:

Le Palais des Thès | Two Green Tea Bags

Next month’s Birchbox is a Gossip Girl themed Box, so may sure to sign up now so that receive it in the mail. You can use my referral link.