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. 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 shopping from my couch rather than the teeming hell pit that is Midtown at Christmas? Priceless. 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 Mary charm attached to it? You’d never see Don Draper wearing one of those. 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. 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 also turn my face into a peely, cracky, and painful mess. Read More