Category Archives: Vintage

Top Etsy Picks for 2011

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We want to know who your top Etsy fashion and lifestyle picks are for 2011! Fashion, jewelry, vintage, accessories, home? What top Etsy shops do you just heart? Do you have a unique and successful Etsy shop? Let us know! We want your submissions and your opinions!

Leave a comment with shop link, Tweet up, or email us directly!

We hope to compile a list of our Top 10 for 2011 and establish a monthly posting of top Etsy shops! All will be considered!


Nina Headbanger

Love your hair accessories? So does my great friend Nina Headbanger. Check out her custom made headbands and make sure to add her to your favorite Etsy shops!

Nina Headbanger Daisy Buchanan HeadbandThe Daisy Buchanan

Nina Headbanger Sacajawea HeadbandSacajawea Headband

Nina Headbanger Nagligivaget Eskimo Kiss HeadbandNagligivanet Eskimo Kiss Headband

What to wear to an interview

Today I have a meeting with a high-end jewelry designer whose pieces retail in the thousands. Needless to say, nothing in my personal collection holds a candle to this specific jewelry designer’s work.  Now, the typical rule of thumb when meeting with a certain fashion brand you wish to make a good impression on is to wear their product… not happening.

So what does one wear?! I’ve thought about it and came to the conclusion that one should wear her best vintage pieces.  Reason being:

1) Although you are not wearing the brand, you are also not wearing any competition.
2) Vintage pieces tend to be eye-catching and have personality.
3) Wearing vintage is environmentally AND socially sound. Therefore, if the particular brand you were meeting with emphasizes eco and socially friendly production methods, you wouldn’t be offending them by wearing something that potentially came from dirty or conflict oriented mines.

With that said, I’m sharing some lovely pieces with you that I feel would make excellent impressions under the given circumstances.

Vintage Boucher Bird EarringsVintage Miriam Haskell Bracelet

Vintage Hobe Pendant Necklace

re-collect by Katcha Bilek

re-collect by Katcha Bilek - Bike Clutch1st: Made from an old bike tire! How cool is that?!

2nd: If you own a bike, you know how this bag will easily come into play! features the upcycled designs of Katcha Bilek. I love these pieces because they are brillantly designed AND at first glance, I truly thought I was looking at a cool hand-crafted leather bag. by Katcha Bilek - Imma Bag

This one is made from a tire as well!

Kay Adams is Off-The-Wall!

Kay Adams is Off the Wall 

I think we can all agree that there is nothing like a great vintage discovery. Well, stylistas, let me re-introduce you to Kay Adams (as a follow up to our previous posting on Kay’s editorial exclusive). All of Kay’s pieces are hand-crafted from genuine vintage pieces and are true one-of-a-kinds in the WORLD. 

I personally like the edgy darkness of “Morticia’s Garden” as well as the exotic avant garde nature of “Sally Meander”. They both sing to my soul. 

Kay Adams Official Site Kay Adams Morticia's Garden Kay Adams Sally Meandor Kay Adams Eden's Garden Kay Adams InaDaliDaVida Kay Adams Untitled [Heart of Africa] Meow! Kay Adams is Cool! 

Posh Ice by Kay Adams

Kay Adams Posh Ice

Kay Adams has released her Fall 2010 Editorial Exclusive “Posh Ice” (it’s a chadelier statement necklace). We are fortunate enough to get a sneak peak here of the hand-crafted spectaculars. Made from crystals imported from Czechoslovakia, very cool.