Scientific studies have shown that looking at original art activates the rewards system in your brain. My personal studies have shown that eating a donut does too. So I can only imagine what kind of happy-making cerebral fireworks would be set off by looking at this 18×24 inch original oil painting of a box of donuts. Delicious and artistic? Don’t mind if I do! [$225, Roz Art]
Jessica is turning 30 next week and her husband is gifting her with a Kindle Paperwhite, which really is the perfect gift for a book nerd like her. Naturally, she’s in the market for a cute cover/sleeve/case, so I volunteered to peruse Etsy for her and any other tablet owners who want their gadgets to be protected and well-dressed.
I’m currently wearing two sweaters and my skin is so dry it feels like it’s going to fall off, which is why I’m staring wistfully at this funky, heart-print headwrap and yearning for the greasy roots and boho fashions of summer. I am so ready to ditch my beanies and thick scarves in favor of funky headwraps and cutoffs. SO ready. [$18, ThreeBirdNest]
The cold, dry air of this winter has been wreaking absolute havoc on my skin. I’ve been going through gallons of lotion trying to soothe my dry legs, chest, and elbows, but I’ve found many deep conditioning lotions to be too greasy, while quick-drying formulas don’t really do anything. These organic lotion bars I found on Etsy might be my Goldilocks moment: they’re made with nourishing organic oils and melt to your body temperature. Plus, they come in amazing scents like lavender chai and jasmine mint. Mmmm … my elbows are drooling already! Don’t spend too much time thinking about how that last sentence made no sense, OK? Just buy yourself a lotion bar. [$20 for set of 3, Unearth Malee]
I thought I would eventually get tired of the initial jewelry trend, but it’s been going strong for, what, 20 years now? And I’m still totally into it. The feminine script on these handmade 14kt gold rings is so pretty, and they look even better stacked. At $50 a piece, they’re not cheap, but could easily become an heirloom piece in your jewelry box. If that’s out of your price range, the Etsy artist who makes these also makes some adorable initial bracelets that are a bit more wallet-friendly at $16.50 a pop. Whichever style or letter you choose, you’ll have no trouble spelling out C-U-T-E. [$50, Charlie & Marcelle]
Sipping tea from a proper tea cup always feels so relaxing, cozy, and a little glamorous (even though I’m usually wearing my boyfriend’s basketball shorts and watching trashy reality shows during my “tea time”). A pretty cup and saucer not only encourage you to take your tea time a bit more seriously (pinkies up, ladies!), but they look so lovely displayed on the counter when not in use that they truly become part of your home decor. Win-win, I say! Click through to check out 10 beautiful specimens…