I was so taken with this brilliant curling iron reminder doormat (which is unfortunately sold out currently) that I decided to track down some other Etsy offerings for clever doormats. Because after all, your doormat can do much more than just keep mud out of your house. It can greet your guests! Scare off unwanted visitors! Nail an obscure movie reference! Inspire a nostalgic reminiscing session! Make the UPS guy erupt in a fit of giggles! Click through for 9 more doormats that make a big statement.
Mother’s Day is May 11th this year (note to self: don’t forget!!!), and what better way to honor mom than with a charming reminder of the high self-esteem she helped instill in you? This coffee mug will have her patting herself on the back every time she gets a refill. [$22, Avonnie Studio]
When I think of my phone, I think of text messages I forgot to return, emails piling up, and this article I read a few months ago that said most people’s cellphones are so teeming with germs that they make porta potties seem like gleaming beacons of cleanliness and sanitation. One way to cut through all these stressful phone thoughts? Outfit your phone with the calmest of covers — like this one, featuring a blissful beach scene. It won’t fix your text message backlog, but it might help you remember to take a breath. Say it with me now: Aaaaahhh. And then go buy some phone cleansing wipes, just for good measure. [$35, Journey's Eye]
Hugs and kisses. X and O. All wrapped up in a charming little brush stroke print. Whether you’re a hopeless romantic or a tic-tac-toe enthusiast (or both!), this would be a lovely addition to your bedroom decor. [$28.37, Rachillustrates]
It’s been forever since I actually used a pencil (do I still remember how? Kidding! Kind of!), but after seeing this awesome set of hot pink “Clueless”-themed pencils, I’m ready to bring graphite back into my life in a big way. I actually used to have one of those feather pens that Cher uses in the movie (I used it to take my history tests in junior high), but these are way better. They’ll go perfectly with my plaid mini skirt, knee-highs, and the loqued out Jeep daddy bought me. [$8 for set of 6, The Carbon Crusader]
The most common response I get to posts like How To Curb Your Fast Fashion Addiction (and something I struggle with myself) is how hard it can be to shop more consciously/ethically on a budget. Sometimes it seems like the there are the $10 dresses at Forever 21, the $300 handmade, indie designer dresses at upscale boutiques…and not much in between. But alternatives do exist! You just have to know where to look. In addition to responsible (and reasonably priced) brands like Karen Kane and Levi’s, Etsy is a great source for handmade items at accessible prices. Case in point: this on-trend, striped pencil skirt custom made out of soft jersey fabric to match your measurements. For about the same price as you’d pay for a mass-produced pencil skirt at Target. Now that’s compassionate fashion you and your wallet can feel good about. [$32, Inspired By Tess]