Favourite Etsy Stores

Every time I introduce someone to Etsy I feel like I’m opening their eyes to a secret little world filled with glorious handmade treasures. I also feel like I should warn them that they’re more than likely going to lose countless hours of their life trawling through the site. If you haven’t yet had the chance to browse through Etsy before (or even if you have) I thought it might be a nice idea to share with you my top 4 stores.

Firebird Bath + Body – This is my most frequented Etsy store, I think I’ve ordered from them around 3 or 4 times now. I repurchase their Almond Milk and Sugar perfume oils regularly, and I consider both of them to be part of my small collection of ‘holy grail’ fragrances. Everything that I’ve purchased from this store has been absolutely beautiful. Highly recommend.

Alchemic Muse – This is another bath and body product store and I really like all of the products that I’ve tried from this company so far. If you’re a fan of Haus of Gloi, I would suggest checking Alchemic Muse out because their scent range is just as varied but slightly more palatable (in my opinion).

Michelle Brusegaard – Michelle has a variety of products in her store but I mostly tend to shop from her range of beautiful personalised stationary and thank you cards. I’ve ordered a few variations of her personalised note cards before and I always receive comments and compliments when I use them.

Glitzy Thingz – The evil eye necklace that I ordered from this store is absolutely beautiful, and I hardly ever take it off. Don’t let the use of a novelty Z in the name throw you, there are some really classy pieces in this store.

Do you have any favourite Etsy stores? Be sure to share them in the comments below!

Etsy Finds: Glitzy Thingz Evil Eye Necklace

One of my favourite things to do at work on days when I eat my lunch at my desk is to browse Etsy for unique pieces of jewelery. On this particular day I was searching for a pave disc necklace, and happened to stumble across the Glitzy Thingz store. Although I was initially tempted by the simple silver pave disc necklace, I opted for the evil eye version and I’m glad that I did because it’s absolutely beautiful. Do you have a favourite Etsy jewelery store? If so please leave a link in the comments below because I’d love to check it out!

Winter Beauty Haul: Alchemic Muse

After finishing Project 50 Pan I felt a compulsive urge to purchase some beauty products from Etsy. One of my favourite things to do during a lazy lunch break at work is to browse the countless stores on Etsy, and the homemade beauty section is truly inspiring. I can’t remember exactly what search term I used to stumbled across the AlchemicMuse store, but no doubt it was something along the lines of ‘vanilla almond red velvet cake body lotion’.

I thought it might be a good idea to do a quick break down of what I purchased in order to help enable my fellow impulse buyers –

Bittersweet Handmade Soap “A slice of sweetness, but watch out for its bite! Juicy slices of sweet clementine, blood orange, tangerine, and ruby red grapefruit drizzled with bittersweet chocolate.”

Chiquita Handmade Soap & Body Whip “Sexy… not your ordinary banana. Creamy, ripened banana marbled with buttered rum and vanilla bourbon grounded in an enticing, warm base of soft sandalwood and amber musk.”

Carnival Handmade Soap “Relive the days of swing sets and carousel rides with this fun-loving scent from childhood. Sweet pink grapefruit, cotton candy, and lemon drops afloat a heart of sticky caramel, red berries, and fig leaves in a warm, comforting base of bourbon vanilla and white musk.”

Marzipan Body Whip & Cream Soap “A truly delicious confection of sweet almonds creamed with raw sugar and delectable notes of buttery vanilla, almond milk, shortbread and a touch of sweet cherry.”

Vanilla Bourbon Body Whip “Playful and inviting, this exquisite gourmet treat features smooth vanilla cream folded into swirls of golden butter with a generous shot of aged bourbon.”

Blackstrap Body Whip “Submit to the sultry and inviting aroma of this enticing creation. Caramelized brown sugar, sweet blackstrap molasses and creamy coconut milk dripping over ripe Moroccan figs floating on a base of vanilla beans and soft white musk.”

They were also nice enough to include samples of the Fresh Mango & Waikiki Handmade Soap, both of which smell absolutely beautiful and will be perfect for summer when it eventually rolls around.

All in all I’m really happy with AlchemicMuse so far (before I’ve had a chance to try out the products) based on quality of service, pricing, packaging & scent range alone. My favourite scents from what I ordered would be the Vanilla Bourbon & Chiquita, though I’m slightly disappointed with Marzipan as it leans towards being more of a medicinal cherry in the pot than anything too almondy (not a word). I’ll definitely be repurchasing from this store in the future, in fact I’m browsing through their Summer release product range right now.

Autumn/Winter Wardrobe

The time has come the walrus said to start thinking about my Autumn/Winter wardrobe for the year. Winter is my favourite season, so despite the fact that the temperature is still in the high 30’s, I am already eagerly trawling the internet for beautiful cold-weather pieces. I’ve not been feeling well for the past couple of days so I decided to treat myself and take advantage of the ASOS free shipping and 15% discount code that is available at the moment (VIPSS11 for those playing at home). I ended up with these two pieces for my Autumn/Winter wardrobe this year:

I’m making a conscious effort to pick pieces in shapes and colours that I know I’ll get a lot of wear out of this year. Truth be told I really did not need another scarf this season, and as snobby as it sounds I tend to opt for cashmere scarves most of the time (this one is acrylic) but I couldn’t resist the beautiful forest green colour. After browsing ASOS for a while and settling for those two pieces I did my monthly Etsy search for the term “peacock” to see what gems I could find. I ended up buying this bangle as soon as the page opened. It’ll probably end up being hideously tacky but who cares, it’s a peacock.