Looking for a unique gift idea or a truly unique piece of jewelry to add to your collection? Etsy seller Brittany Leigh has got you covered with her gorgeous custom handwriting necklaces. “This idea started after my grandmother died, and I wanted to make something for my mother to keep her close despite her absence,” she explains on her shop page. “But I also wanted it to be happy, and beautiful, and capture the essence of my grandmother. I found her handwriting translated all of these things in a wonderful way.”
How it works: you send Brittany a photo of the handwriting you want jewelry-fied, and she’ll create a custom design for you. You could have your handwriting turned into a necklace for your partner, turn a kid’s signature into a sweet gift for a mom (so cute!), or memorialize a loved one as Brittany did with her grandmother’s cursive (pictured above). Prices start at $125 for sterling silver pieces, but 14K gold is also available. So pretty. [Laughing Squid]
It’s that time of year again. I’m not even going to say it. I will say, however, that we’re getting dangerously close to the point where it no longer makes sense to be carrying around tiny, brightly colored messenger bags and dainty clutches. No, my friends, we are officially within reach of carry-all hour. It’s time to start singing the funeral dirge for your favorite summertime accessories, but fear not — at least one of these 15 fall-ready totes and satchels is bound to suit your fancy and ease the pain. Whether your budget is $100, $200, or $300, we’ve got some choices for you…
This pen could be your “thing.” Like, you could walk around with a fancy cravat and a monocle and tell people you’d decided to eschew your cell phone. Instead, you’d say haughtily, I’ll be using my ostrich feather pen to write my messages from now on. I’ve employed a carrier pigeon to send them hither and thither. I have a carrier pigeon! As a commitment to this “new” you, you’d abandon your fixed gear bicycle and ride a terribly inconvenient Penny-farthing bike. You’d pedal around town quoting Oscar Wilde while perched precariously on your bicycle handles. “I am so clever that sometimes I don’t understand a single word of what I am saying!” you’d laugh! Eventually, to really complete the mood, you’d move out of your modern apartment into a cold, unheated garret. But as a result of the intemperate clime, you’d develop a dry cough, which would then turn into a wet cough, which would then turn into consumption, or as you like to call it, the “wasting disease.” You’d spend your days languishing, lamenting your situation, and it would be doubly sad, because you’d ruin all of your cravats by staining them with your consumptive blood. Suddenly, a wealthy benefactor would offer you a solution: “taking a cure” at a sprawling countryside sanitarium. There, as you attempted to recover, you’d use your fancy ostrich pen to compose your final “letters” — a witty, at turns sentimental, memoir about the wonderful times you spent with your carrier pigeon, Silas. Silas, you’ll say, you were always my good boy. Go on, Silas, fly away home! Live, Silas! Live!
Yes, for $68 this pen and that life could be yours. But then I’d hate you forever. [Margiela Ostrich Pen, $68]
Over the weekend, I picked up a carved bone ring and it hasn’t left my finger in five days. Smooth and subtle, carved bone pieces can add a bit of bohemian style to your general vibe. We’re not suggesting you don accessories made from human hair or bones (which is apparently a thing), but carved animal bones, and synthetic bone pieces can liven up a look. We’ve selected 12 carved bone necklaces, earrings and bracelets — all under $100 — for your perusal. Check ‘em out, and tell us your faves in the comments.
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Want to do something crafty but hesitant to take on a huge project that will have your kitchen table covered in hot glue for weeks? Try a DIY hair accessory. Not only are they super cute and pretty simple to make, but you literally get to wear the fruits of your labor on your head, which leads to ample “Thanks, I made it myself!” moments. I rounded up 8 fabulous DIY hair clips, combs, headbands, and elastics that will have the compliments rolling in in no time. Click on the photo above to check ‘em out!
I can’t believe we need to go over this again, but animals are living, breathing beings. They are not inanimate objects into which you can store your lipgloss, wallet and cell phone, so why, why, why, would you carry a dog around like that. This woman was snapped with Dog-as-Purse in tow on the streets of New York this past Thursday. I’m not saying the dog purse contraption hurts the dog or anything — it actually looks like it might be designed for exactly that. But it hurts my soul. And no doubt, this dog finds it extremely embarrassing to be toted around like that. Just look at the contempt its dog’s face! [The Gloss]
When I was a kid I was obsessed with ring pops. Obsessed. So obsessed that even when one of my rotten brothers would throw my favorite watermelon one under the couch, I would retrieve it, rinse off the dog hair, and continue licking it while watching “The Magic School Bus.” So you can imagine my ecstatic reaction upon finding out that now, as an adult, I can get a ring pop wine glass. And use it to daintily sip actual wine while watching “The Magic School Bus” on Netflix. Maybe this whole “being an adult” thing isn’t so bad after all. [Neatorama]
The next time you hit up a formal event, repel chronic close-talkers and interrupt lingering hugs with this DIY bow tie. When someone gets within 19 inches of you (or whatever distance you prefer), the tie flashes four red lights until the person vacates your space bubble. I don’t typically have personal space issues, and I rarely wear bow ties, but damn, I totally want to make this and wear it to my next social event. [Makezine]
It’s practically the first day of school––do you have your backpack game on lockdown? I know you’d like to think that you can somehow manage getting to and from class with nothing more than your purse, but trust us, you’re gonna want a backpack (your back will thank you for it). We’re particularly fond of canvas packs because they’re rugged and easy to care for. We’ve picked out sixteen of our faves to get you and all the stuff you schlep around all day ready for the next semester. Keep reading »
Back in college, a girl had a crush on my longtime boyfriend and she was persistent in letting him know it. She flirted with him shamelessly and she even did it in front of me. I tried to nicely (albeit, obviously) clue her in that we were engaged. I casually flashed my ring at her, I leaned on his shoulder and pointedly referred to him as my fiance. She needed to get the hint.
Now I know, I should’ve just flaunted my go-to Givenchy hangbag in front of her.
That’s, of course, if I believed in this new study that says some women purchase luxury items to prevent other women from stealing their man. Read more at Your Tango…