A proper introduction

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By Kate Pancero

Leave it to the shopping gal to forget to do something: An introduction. As rude as it may seem, I have a completely valid excuse. You see, I was out shopping. For the blog, honest.

While I was out, I found a really cute pair of earrings by Willow Organic Jewelry at Filoni that are perfect for this blog post! These earrings are more than just baubles you'll wear on your ears. No, they're environmentally friendly, one of my favorite kinds of shopping finds. The lazer-cut wood is harvested from sustainable tree farms and for every pair of earrings purchased, the designer plants a tree in cooperation of the Eden Project. My favorite pair? Ones inspired by Oak Park--at least, that's what I think. All of the earrings from this eco-friendly line are $28-$34.

I've done it again, sidetracked by shopping. My mom often referrs to me as Imelda Marcos, after the wife of the 10th Philippine President who left behind around 3000 pairs of shoes when she and her husband were forced into exile. Although my closet is nowhere near the size of hers, I can't stop myself when it comes to a really cute pair of shoes. It's a problem of mine. But my love of shopping is more than just shoes.

There was always something magical when it came to local shopping experiences I encountered growing up in Cincinnati, Ohio. The folks running the stores were nicer, endlessly helpful and, more importantly, they were our neighbors. I stand by the idea that there's something different about shopping local, which is why I jumped at the opportunity to write this blog. Shopping local is vital, especially during this time of economic instability.

That said, if you're out shopping and you find something I can't miss, let me know by leaving comments. My shopping bags are always open to fabulous finds.

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Carly from Oak Park  

Posted: October 1st, 2010 3:31 PM

Thanks, Kate - those are cute earrings and would make a great gift for an Oak Park fan.

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