It’s quite possible I have what wikipedia refers to as a “chronic neurobiologic disorder that has genetic, psychosocial, and environmental dimensions” and may need “ways to avoid the addictive stimulus, and therapeutic interventions intended to help learn healthier ways to find satisfaction.” In other words, “Hello my name is Elle and I’m an Etsy addict.”
With what seems like an endless number of sellers eager to share their homemade creations, for me Etsy is a drug that induces a feeling of euphoria. I couldn’t possibly share all of my Etsy favorites with you in one post, so for now I’m focusing on jewelry so pretty you’ll want to buy it for yourself.
Fuss Jewelry’s pieces are meant to be fussed over. The items in this store are created by a woman influenced by her background in biology and driven by a passion for structural design. Most of her pieces are flowers and vines constructed from semi precious stones, pearls, and wire. These Black Tie Bloom Earrings ($142) are white freshwater pearls wrapped into flowers with fine gauge 14k gold fill wire. At the center of each is a cluster of mystic black spinel rondelles on gold vermeil headpins – so cute!
This ASIAN BLUE Copper, Cloisonne and Lapis Necklace ($199) was created by an artist who makes beaded necklaces during the long Winter months in Central Idaho. Vintage blue floral cloisonne beads are inner-mixed with oval and round lapis lazuli, and other beads and strung on a 21” copper linked chain. An example of one of the reasons I love Etsy so much, this is one of a kind.
This artist uses sterling and fine silver, gold filled and 14k gold, pearls and gemstones to make unique pieces with natural beauty. For the Aquamarine and Opal Sea Goddess 16” Necklace ($400) pictured above, the colors of the ocean inspired a string of aquamarine shards and aquamarine briolettes, peruvian opal large and small hearts as well as peruvian opal buttons. Doing any shopping in NYC? You may find Lyndee’s work at The Market NYC (268 Mulberry St. in Nolita) if you’re lucky.
All That Glitters Ain’t Gold
A local jewelry maker (based in D.C) has an eclectic Etsy store filled with affordable jewelry for everyday wear. Striking yet simple, the Gold Night pendant ($14) is a black and grey bead highlighted with gold wire wrapped metal hung from a gold haribo 22” chain with a lobster clasp.
Earlier this summer my mother purchased the Martha Stewart Collection “Coral Spray” bedding ensemble in stream for my apartment. I had coincidentally just painted a series of panels for my walls inspired by The Reef stretched canvases by Inhabit. Along with a capiz shell floor lamp and bamboo plants, my apartment’s attempted style is something like comfy contemporary meets island charm. Stylistically, coral is like smelling an Archipelago Botanicals Fiji scented candle (coconut, sugar cane, and lemon leaf) – tropical notes mixed with a natural sweetness intertwined with a sharpness that creates structure. I love the way coral is incorporated into the following items:
Native New Yorker Alexis Bittar’s pieces are truly works of art. The way red coral grasps this pale gray-blue carved 5/8” lucite bangle is suprisingly striking. Gemstones sprinkled across the band remind me of sunlight reflecting off the surface of the ocean (corny, I know). I’d love to see it paired with an airy gray tunic and white linen shorts.
This 19” coral print silk twill party dress is not your typical Lilly. With a jeweled halter neckpiece, accessories are already included. All you need is a sun-kissed glow (no tan lines, please) and this is perfect “resort attire.”
Murano glass coral shapes hang from interlocking circles on a 15.75” satin lace chain. An intricate example of handmade Venetian glass craftsmanship, this necklace was meant to be worn with a plunging neckline and confidence.
Walking to work in the DC swamp-like heat is a leading cause of what I like to call “melty face.” I recently switched to bareMinerals foundation and am thrilled with how light it it feels while still providing all-day coverage. This Sephora limited edition collection is definitely a Summer beauty treat. Bare Escentuals hydrating blush in coral dusk and hydrating mineral veil—both with water-encapsulated technology—are refreshing and natural. Add high shine Sand Dune minerals, Mermaid eyecolor, and 100% natural lipgloss in Chiffon and complete with a custom tools and a straw clutch.
Something about this uber-girlie shape always makes me smile. Maybe its because it makes me think of getting presents or reminds me of being little and having my grandmother do my hair in the morning before school, always putting a bow on as a finishing touch. Here are some of my favorites:
These playful patent purple pumps (say that 5 times fast) from KG by Kurt Geiger are sure to draw attention. I don’t care what people think, shoes this dramatic can be worn to work. Let them peek out under a structured pantsuit or pair them with a neutral shell/tulip skirt combo to make a statement.
The perfect mix of minty and sweet, this fully-lined linen skirt by Plastic Island is adorable. Not to mention the waist-cinching double bow creates a feminine silhouette. Pair it with an american apparel supersoft tee and ballet flats, head to happy hour, and be happy ☺
With an oversized bow on the front flap, this slim clutch from Kimchi Blue is a great way to hold your essentials. The main compartment is lined and has organizer pockets to keep your keys, iphone, and lipgloss easy to access. Throw it on with jeans and a tee to meet your girlfriends for lunch or remove the strap and pair it with a bold hued shift dress for a night out.
I’m obsessed with this bracelet. Set on a shiny 1 1/3” band and fully adjustable, this bow is gorgeous accessory to any outfit.