Solemates Blog

How to be Social While Social Distancing
Many areas are in the re-opening phases now, but how can you be social while practicing social distancing? We have all the tools you need to safely and comfortably socialize with friends and family, and all of these make for...
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Thank You!
While these last few months have presented some of the greatest challenges to us all, we have also witnessed some incredible acts of kindness and love. Thanks to the generosity of our customers and suppliers, we have been able donate...
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Shopping in the New Normal
We are living in a new environment where most of our previous routines and habits have had to adjust significantly. The retail landscape and how we shop have changed extensively due to the pandemic, as highlighted recently by Forbes. We have spoken to business...
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Small Business Spotlight: Blue Suede Shoes
As states begin the reopening process, we are heading to Texas to learn more about a one of a kind boutique with a passion for fashion and shoes! Who are you? Jo Anne Petro, owner of Blue Suede Shoes & Hot Child...
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You Can Still Say 'I Do' - 10 Tips on How to Plan a Virtual Wedding
This pandemic has completely disrupted our way of life. As hard as it has been, having to navigate through wedding planning during this time is unprecedented. If postponing your wedding is not your preference, we have all the tips you...
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How to Host a Virtual Graduation Party. 10 Steps to real-life Success!
The reality has set in and the traditional ceremonies are long cancelled. It is for the greater good, so we have accepted it.  The rite of passage that the graduates have worked so hard to achieve, should not go on...
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Mother's Day Gifts: Gift Ideas directly from some of our most loved moms.
With Mother's Day approaching, we asked some of our favorite mothers, grandmothers and dog mothers to give us their picks for presents that would love to receive on that most special day.  While every mother mostly wishes for her family...
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Get One, Give One. Help us help the frontline healthcare workers.
  Helping the Heroes N95 masks, while crucial, are causing chafing on the faces of the frontline healthcare workers who are wearing them. Our Anti-friction balm is stopping the chafe.  Over the last few weeks, we have received a handful...
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The Art (+ Science) of Relaxation
5 Must-Haves to Optimize your ability to Relax Relaxing does not come naturally to everyone.  The challenge is all the more real today; and the need for it all the more important.   Not only does finding calm feel good, it is actually...
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Small Business Spotlight: Beam & Barre
Next up in our series, we are bringing it close to home. We are proud to feature one of our own local small businesses with whom we work, Beam & Barre. While they are always on point(e), they are definitely...
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How to Postpone Your Wedding
We've received so many notes from brides, graduates, event planners, florists, photographers, and customers expressing their sorrow over having to cancel their wedding/graduation/party.  We're heartbroken over this reality but know it is just a temporary setback for long term happiness. ...
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How to Organize your closet (5 Tools that will change your life)
The challenge of time is knowing how to best spend it.   The challenge of space is knowing how to best to use it. *Spoiler* I am not going to explain the space-time continuum or expand on Einstein's theory.  I am going...
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Why Pandemics are to credit (or blame) for your closet.
How Previous Epidemics Impacted Home Design. Ever wonder how subway tile got so popular?  If you’re doing your part and social distancing from inside your home, you may start to notice small details of your house or apartment you hadn’t thought...
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Helping the Helpers: Samaritan's Purse
As a small business, we've been adversely affected by the global pandemic that is rocking the world right now.  As New Yorker's we've been struck by both fear and gratitude. It's scary not knowing what is safe, where is safe,...
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Small Business Spotlight: Little White Dress Bridal Shop
Up next in our Small Business Spotlight Series is a beautiful bridal shop in Colorado, Little White Dress. Obviously, weddings and special events are being severely impacted by the current situation, but when we emerge from this, the celebrations are...
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Walk the Walk
5 reasons we want you to take a walk today. The world feels upside down. The stress is palpable, the uncertainty is exhausting.  With so many working so hard to navigate us through the public health and economic crisis, the...
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Small Business Spotlight: SantM, Functional Luxury Footwear
In light of the current challenges we are all facing, we wanted to shift the focus to something positive:  the energy and passion that all founders, entrepreneurs, and small business owners possess. Over the next few weeks, we will feature some of the small businesses and brands that we know and love.
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Sweeter After Difficulties
The ethos of our brand, from the very beginning, has been anchored in celebrations; weddings, graduations, proms and anytime people came together looking and feeling their best.  We never could have imagined a world in which these rites of passage...
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Homebound: Top Ten Ways to Make a Quality time out of a Quarantine
With quarantines, self-isolation and the general WFH vibe in the air, we've come up with a list of ways to make the most and the best of this peculiar downtime.  Clean your closet. You've wanted to forever and now is...
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Spotlight Series: Hannah Bjorndal Photography
Please describe your service in 3-5 sentences.  We provide wedding photography to engaged couples who want lasting memories from their wedding day that are both beautifully artistic and capture the authentic moments from the day. Unlike other photographers, we place...
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Spotlight Series: Charlotte Bell of Kimpton RiverPlace Hotel
ASK THE EXPERTS. SPOTLIGHT on Charlotte Bell, Director of Catering and Conference Services at Kimpton RiverPlace Hotel in Portland, Oregon. Please describe your service in 3-5 sentences. Tell us about your team (or if you work alone). Kimpton RiverPlace is...
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