These rap and R&B votive candles from Chicago-based artist Meaghan Garvey are my current Etsy obsession. Paying tribute to a variety of artists both dead and alive, they make for conversation-starting decorations that both celebrate and poke fun at the idea of extreme fandom. I love them all, but the woman who belongs front and center on my R&B altar is Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes, for four reasons:
She was a safe-sex advocate. The ... Read More
BY Katrina Pallop
on Dec 24, 2012
Like many of my underemployed and vintage-loving peers, I spend a somewhat absurd amount of time and money on Etsy. Whenever I’m in need of a one-of-a-kind gift, keepsake, or outfit, this vintage and handmade marketplace is always where I begin my search.
Never do I appreciate Etsy more than during the holidays. The site is a veritable treasure trove of unique gifts and fabulous holiday ensembles. And the fact that I can do my eclectic/vintage holiday ... Read More
BY Erika W. Smith
on Nov 28, 2012
For adorable, vintage-inspired jewelry and accessories with a twist, look no further than With Care. Created by Rhode Islander Elizabeth Novak, With Care is an Etsy shop that includes items like place-themed souvenir rings and lockets, nautical necklaces, Victorian-inspired perfume pins, and more.
Many of With Care’s pieces are vintage-inspired, with an edge — the collar bar will take you back to the Mad Men era but the Virgin ... Read More
BY Amy Bucknam
on Oct 19, 2012
What’s with fan conventions and sexual harassment? Is it the general vibe of cosplay (short for costume play) that makes dudes animalistic in their horniness? They really just can’t control themselves around women with some cleavage and bodysuits?
When a female cosplayer publicly called out her sexual harasser as it happened on video at this year’s New York Comic Con, the crowd responded with silent disbelief. But ... Read More
BY Maggie Carr
on Oct 15, 2012
Fall! It’s the worst. My skin feels like newspaper, I can’t find my house keys in the early-evening darkness, and pumpkin-flavored things make me want to die. Really.
If you, too, would rather be schvitzing at the beach than shivering in layers of tweed, here are a couple treats to make it through this gnarly season.
Lush Oatifix Soothing Banana Mask, $6.95
Blustery early-October breezes are the stuff of romance for many fall-oholics, but they ... Read More
BY Erika W. Smith
on Oct 04, 2012
Do you like your feminism fun, crafty, and creative? We do! That’s why we were thrilled to discover Midge Belickis’s art series, “365 Ways of Feminism.”
Midge, 24, is a freelance graphic designer, feminist, and recent FIT grad. In July, she began her “365 Ways of Feminism” project. Every day for a year, Midge will decorate the female symbol to represent the many different ways people can be feminists. Lipstick, fists, high ... Read More
BY Emma Orlow
on Oct 03, 2012
For thousands of years, embroidered patches have been a means of identification. Dating back to the ancient cultures of the Mediterranean, Mideast, China, and India, elaborate hand-stitched fabric swatches were tools used for the military. Other times, such embellishments were a sign of beauty for other important personnel, stitched onto the robes of royalty or religious figures. Even today, patches are seen on a wide range of people: from the military to ... Read More
BY Intern Lauren
on Aug 10, 2012
It’s come to my attention that the BUST blog is in serious need of some cat lovin’! Here to fix that urgent dilemma is Etsy user Kate Funk and her kitschy kitty greeting cards. Every card features Kate’s feline friend, AC, impersonating dozens of icons in a variety of scenarios that are ten thousand times cuter (yes, that’s absolutely a real statistic) when a cat is the star. You’ll find AC looking fierce as Dracula, Jaws, the Loch Ness Monster, a ... Read More
BY Emma Orlow
on Jul 16, 2012
Why is it that we belittle those interested in learning by calling them “nerds?" I personally don't believe there is such a thing as a guilty pleasure (unless you’re a serial killer or something), but being interested in books or science or math definitely shouldn’t be considered a “guilty” pleasure. If you like something, why not celebrate that interest?
Making pi jokes may have been taboo in high school, but Debbie Barr, a Mormon ... Read More
BY Emma Orlow
on Jul 13, 2012
Stripper heels as potted plants may seem like a cheeky gift idea, but they've also got a lot of meaning for the owner of this Etsy shop. The impetus for Rachel Mahlke’s “Giddy Spinster” shop began a number of years ago, when a friend gave her some old pairs of outrageously tall heels that she could no longer use for work as an exotic dancer in San Francisco. There’s certainly a stigma in our culture about the art of stripping, but Mahlke's ... Read More