One of the challenges about trying to buy more things made in America is that at first glance, there doesn't seem to be a whole lot of options out there. One can only take so much
gold lamé 80's inspired stripper wear in life, American Apparel.
Another challenge about my new shopping/ brand partnership guidelines is trying to figure out how to do promotions that fit into this somewhat narrow area now. One of the reasons why I was tempted to just scrap my entire blog is the fact that 1.) I quite obviously enjoy shopping and I'm not ashamed of that fact (alone), and 2.) it's inherent in style blogging for the author to say "Buy this!". So I get that this dichotomy is going to be quite perplexing for us all. In one breath I'm saying "Buy less!" but in the very next breath I'm saying "But buy this!".
So please know this: when I do brand or company spotlights or promotions or giveaways I hope that you shop responsibly. I want to shop responsibly! Maybe shopping is like drinking. I recommend having a beer or two every now and then and will also recommend that you get a nice beer (back away from the Miller High Life!), but I do not recommend going on a bender with either cheap beer -OR- nice beer. Or maybe shopping is more like eating fried chicken. It's okay to have it every once in a while, but... never mind. I'm not the greatest with analogies. You get what I'm saying, right?
Okay. Back on track here. American made clothing. It's hard to find sometimes. It's especially hard to find in a lower price point in cute, contemporary styles. Enter the brand Many Belles Down. Cute, affordable, well-made, and produced entirely in the United States. You can find Many Belles Down at several well known blogger shopping haunts, including Adored Austin partners Lulu*s and High Gloss Fashion. I recently used my store credit at High Gloss Fashion to pick up two dresses for the Austin Fashion Week festivities (I got the robot dress and the moonwalk dress). I'm delighted to announce that for three days only High Gloss Fashion is offering 50% off all their Many Belles Down apparel with code "ADOREDMBD":