Cuffing Season is Upon Us …

September 28th, 2022 by
Hey, Miss! I got engaged exactly one year ago this week! Picking out rings, we had so many questions. So, heading into cuffing season, let’s talk to the experts at Champaign Jewelers about all things engagement season: As we prep for engagement season- what engagement ring trends are you seeing emerge?Engagement season is all year round! Engagement rings are trending toward more simpledesigns, classic solitaires, or a single row of diamonds in the ring. Round, Oval, and Rectangular Shapediamonds are still the most popular, but we are seeing some demand again for Princess Cuts! What are some tried and true...

Where to Save vs. Splurge

September 20th, 2022 by
This blog post is sponsored by Champaign Jewelers If we could buy allllll the things from Champaign Jewelers, we would. But, your Misses over here are still in “plan for big purchases” mode. Luckily, our friends at Champaign Jewelers (who are sponsoring this post, by the way) are giving us the industry insights into where we should splurge, and where we should save on our jewelry purchases. And because we also want you to be financially flexible, we’re sharing the inside info. “Jewelry is the same as a lot of items we shop for,” said Champaign Jewelers owner and Master...

What’s in a Sparkle?

September 16th, 2022 by
Sponsored by Champaign Jewelers Ok, ok, ok. We know we’ve been raving about Champaign Jewelers and their awesome jewelry collection lately (especially their diamonds). So now we’re taking it one step further and sharing with you some of the knowledge we’ve been able to soak up from our visits! I’m also going to share some of my favorite pieces that I find when I can’t sleep and go browsing on their website- because at Miss Market, we are anti-gate-keeping.  The first question we had for owner and Master Gemologist, Kari Smith, was this. When you’re picking out diamond jewelry what...

How to Start Your Fine Jewelry Collection

August 24th, 2022 by
*Sponsored by Champaign Jewelers Listen, having a brand deal with a fine jewelry store is a perk. The best thing is getting to work with a kick-butt all woman team! We also get to wear really fun fine jewelry and let all of you know about some incredible women-owned businesses. But, the occupational hazard is going into Champaign Jewelers to shoot content. Because EVERY TIME I do, something sparkly catches my eye. Now, I have a growing list of jewels I’m lusting after but a budget that does not support all that lust. So, we asked Kari Smith, owner of...

Top 3 Tips for Traveling with Children

August 18th, 2022 by
*Sponsored by Air Cot We are BIG believers in travel at Miss Market. But one constant thing I heard when I started having kids was that I better be ready to give that up.  Don’t.  We’ve tried to make travel a big priority as we’ve grown our family. Of course, it hasn’t always been easy, but as we’ve navigated long road trips, layovers, delayed planes, and long haul flights we’ve come to learn some important travel lessons: Practice: The more you travel with your kids the easier it will get- for them and you. Think of things you can do...

Why you should wear woman-owned jewelry

August 17th, 2022 by
*Sponsored by Champaign Jewelers Ripping off your earrings  at the end of an event is the fancy equivalent of ditching your bra at the end of the work day. You know what I’m talking about, right? The earrings that are super cute, but heavy and uncomfortable? Or what about the necklace that keeps getting caught in your hair? Or the ring that’s so thick you can’t write with your pen? As beautiful as jewelry is, it can be a pain when it’s not designed properly for the people wearing it. But, this is where women save the day. Champaign Jewelers...

Celebrating New Beginnings

July 29th, 2022 by
*Sponsored by Champaign Jewelers I’m trying to soak up these sweltering summer days, because right on the other side of this heat-wave is back to school mania.  As a kid, August always felt like the real start of the new year (sorry January). It makes sense, this time of year is filled with new beginnings- it’s wedding season, graduation-party season, back to school season, new job season, and maybe even a new start just because.  What better way to mark the occasion than with jewels? Our friends at Champaign Jewelers gave us their top tips for selecting jewelry as a...

Let’s #GetSparkd!

July 20th, 2022 by
In partnership with Champaign Jewelers, this is a sponsored blog answering all your questions about permanent jewelry! Don’t forget to mention code MISSMARKET when you go in to #getsparkd! How does permanent jewelry work?These dainty little beauties are an everyday customized bracelet that is micro welded to your wrist. It is a speedy and fun process that ends with a special bracelet/anklet without a clasp. This means you can customize a unique and personal look that can be worn permanently. Does it hurt to get put on? and why is it called a “zapping” party?Nope! This is a completely painless...

How a mom’s determination built a business.

July 20th, 2022 by
Rule #1- Never underestimate the determination of a mom trying to get her kids to sleep. That determination drove Air Cot founder, Stephanie Edwards to bring her product to life. After struggling through overseas flights with young kids, Steph knew there had to be a better way for her family to travel. Air Cot is a seat extender that kids can use on a flight to make long or short trips more comfortable. It holds their little legs and gives them room to sleep, or play without dropping EVERYTHING on the ground. We sat down with Steph to talk about...

Why Parents Should Invest in Therapy

June 29th, 2022 by
*Sponsored by The Village In 2019, my friends and I got together to make vision boards for 2020. Mine had about 7,981 goals on it. Most of them were rendered unachievable because of the pandemic (except I did say I would work from home more, and I totally nailed that one). One of the other goals I made was to start running faster. So, I hired a running coach.  I felt like that was such a splurge, but then I started thinking about it and really, people have coaches for all sorts of reasons- mentors at work, coaches who help...

Wedding jewelry for everyone on the guest list

June 28th, 2022 by
*This blog post is sponsored by Champaign Jewelers. I am getting married in about 50 days… But who’s counting?! When I think about all of the people invited, it’s not lost on me that they’ll spend a lot of time picking out an outfit, shoes, and jewelry to come to celebrate me and my soon-to-be husband. I truly hope they have a wonderful time and feel special and beautiful themselves.  As my family and close friends pick out their outfits and ask me for my feedback I keep coming back to this….what jewelry should they wear? There are so many...

The Mental Load of Parenthood

June 13th, 2022 by
*Sponsored by The Village I’m writing this blog after a 2 hour bedtime battle with my kids. In the midst of it, I decided to text our babysitter and get her booked for tomorrow night. I need some time away. Time to refresh. Time to relax. Time to just…..breathe.  But the reality is- for me- that short time away won’t “work.” And if I’m being truly honest, all the things I used to do pre-COVID that helped me feel refreshed and ready to jump back into the work of parenting, just don’t really do it for me anymore. It’s like...

How to Buy Jewelry as a Gift

June 4th, 2022 by
Gifting Jewelry? Check Out These Tips *Sponsored by Champaign Jewelers. Code MISSMARKET gets you $5 off any order in store or online and lets the fabulous women at Champaign Jewelers know we sent you! (Miss Market gets a little kick back too so we can keep sharing awesome women-led companies with you.) Summer is the season of gifting. Sure, the splashy holidays may come later in the year, but if your summer is anything like ours…Miss, we got you. Between wedding ceremonies, baby and wedding showers, graduations, and celebrating promotions for ourselves and loved ones …our summer calendar is PACKED...

What to do in CU- Mother’s Day

April 27th, 2022 by
When it comes to Mother’s Day- there are two routes to take: 1. Plan your own, or  2. Forward this blog post to the person who will be planning it for you.  Either way, with some great things going on in Champaign-Urbana this Mother’s Day, you and your family (or whoever you choose to spend Mother’s Day with) are bound to have a good time celebrating. Here are our top 3 Miss Picks for What to Do Around Champaign-Urbana this Mother’s Day: Check out Champaign Urbana Ballet’s Production of The Little Mermaid. This year’s production is the perfect mix of...

Woman-owned swimwear- Part 1

April 20th, 2022 by
We’re gearing up for summer over here, and that means starting to get everyone ready for the pool, lake, beach, and backyard sprinkler.  Kelly and I have been shopping (almost) exclusively from women owned, founded, or run companies for about 18 months. When it came to bathing suit shopping, I thought I’d get really frustrated by narrowing down the brands I could shop from. But, as we’ve been learning all along, when women are in charge of making the clothes that our bodies need to wear- things just tend to fit better.  Here’s a look at some of our favorite...

Wear your heart on your sleeve

March 31st, 2022 by
Sometimes you just gotta put it out there. Your message, your story, and how you’re coming at the world.  And let me tell you- here at Miss Market, we’re not going to let anyone guess what we’re all about. Sometimes, you have to wear your heart on your sleeve. Here are our top five picks for giving the gift of feminism- to yourself or someone else- this holiday season.Let women’s rights be the talk of the holiday party in this Sleigh the Patriarchy Christmas sweater. This holiday themed sweatshirt is the perfect way for you to strut your values this...

A time to shut up? Or a time to be loud?

March 31st, 2022 by
I heard some great advice recently. So great, it’s serendipitously come into my life twice now in as many weeks, so I count it as a sign to share it with you. The first time I heard it was in the “We Can Do Hard Things Podcast”, the second was a meme from Hoda Kotb on Instagram.  Here it is-  “The most awesome people in our lives don’t make us want to be them. They make us want to be us.”- Glennon Doyle “To inspire people, don’t show them your super powers. Show them theirs.” – Hoda Kotb  It inspired...

Shop CU- Last Minute Gifts for Her!

December 21st, 2021 by
Yes, friends. There is still time. At this point we’re looking local ONLY. For your own sanity, don’t try the last minute shipping. for our CU friends, we’ve got some GREAT options! Bella Mia Boutique – They have ALL the things that make for a great Christmas present or a great NYE look! Stop by this week! Whisk Coffee and Wine Bar – Pick up a bottle of wine at Whisk. Can’t go wrong with some red, or white, or bubbles. Bohemia on Main – Stop in for everything from sweaters to vintage and furniture. Bluebird Boutique – Look no further for...

Mistletoe Market Lincoln Square Mall

December 20th, 2021 by
Local artisans, makers, growers & creators will have their best locally made goods on offer in one cozy & welcoming community space.