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BLACK (FASHION) FRIDAY: Buy or Die

Fashion Friday #fashionfriday

Has anyone else noticed how insane Black Friday has gotten? The buying frenzy actually starts on Thanksgiving now, creeping up from midnight store openings to 9pm, 8pm and earlier on Thursday.

News flash: you cannot take Thanksgiving, Black Friday. RUDE.

Since I’d rather shop online anyway and never leave my house, here are my favorite Etsy picks from today’s retail-based insanity.

ALSO, Etsy has the added benefit of offering customizable items, so instead of grabbing the last ___ on the shelf, you can give personalized gifts.

Monogram Bar Necklace
Gold for the first-place winner in your life, and other colors for the rest of those losers.

Take, for example, this custom monogram bar necklace from seller makepienotwarCustomize it with a name, date, or both, like the day you realized Black Friday was rull dumb.

Macbook Case
Is it just me, or does it have eyes?

A classy laptop sleeve like this one from seller WillowandCompany is also always a good bet. Appealing, unisex, and you can use code ship4free4me to get free shipping. Whaaaaaat yes.

Baggy Sweater
Knitted from 100% holiday melancholy.

I’m really digging this giant blue sweater from seller kupukupuapparel, which looks like a tent until you realize it has tight “Japanese-style” sleeves. Then it becomes a super-high-fashion tent. Perfect for the loved one whose weight fluctuates uncontrollably!

Custom Tie Clip
If you really did, this would be a diamond, amirite?

Show your love, then hide it away with this customizable tie clip from seller CelebrateToday. It’s made of brushed aluminum, so it won’t tarnish even after your love has rusted to nothingness. I mean…love springs eternal.

Happy shopping!

FASHION FRIDAY: All Bespoken For

Fashion Friday #fashionfriday So bespoken isn’t a word. It doesn’t matter. English is an ever-evolving language! Trust me. I’m the Maven.

On this glorious Fashion Friday, treat yourself to something custom-made. Bespoke sellers are out there, and they want to sew/craft/glue/engrave something just for you.

Feet sweat factories.
Feet-sweat factories.

For example, these magical navy blue handmade flats from seller TheDrifterLeather. When you tie their dainty straps, your cankles will disappear! Along with your worries, and stuff.

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For the days when you run out of paper bags

If your problems are more serious than cankles (we’re talking serious problems), a crazy customized mask from seller Warpcat should clear them right up, along with scaring the bejesus out of you each and every time you look in the mirror. I recommend this bold bespoke option to those who have simply given up.

The real Beatles didn't fit.
The real Beatles didn’t fit.

Men will enjoy custom cufflinks from seller LittleBurrowDesigns, who prints your text of choice onto silk and adds it to a pair of brass findings. The only other thing you need to know is that the seller lives in a magical-sounding place called Ottery St. Mary, England, so the postmark alone is a reason to order.

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Remember every dead pet forever.

Admittedly, the last item today is my favorite. A set of three custom-engraved bangles from seller Joulberry offers the chance to place 390 characters of meaningful text on these sleek silver wrist ornaments. For inspiration, the seller suggests, Take the time to explore your past, your present and your future…Capture your children’s names…Can you remember your wedding vows or would you like to remind yourself? 

I might add, Do you have a serious peanut allergy? What was the date you started paying for your own car insurance? Who is your favorite Jonas Brother?

One small step for bespoke Etsy crafters, one giant leap for Fashion Friday!