Black Friday

Black Friday

Let’s not deny we like getting nice jewelry, but we can also spread some good will at the same time. In lieu of a typical Black Friday discount this year, I’ll be doubling the donation for each item purchased from That makes $10 per item you buy. So, if you’ve been eyeing something, today would be a great day to stretch the joy it brings.




Three Ways to Shop Responsibly

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Amidst the alluring plethora of buy-one, get-one free deals, here are a few ways you can practice social-responsibility this holiday season.  

1. Shop Small Business Saturday.

Sandwiched in between Black Friday and Cyber Monday, Small Business Saturday often gets the short end of the holiday shopping stick. By supporting small businesses though, shoppers contribute to the local economy and often receive better customer service. Small businesses are also less likely to use harmful means of production and distribution than their larger counterparts. Looking for an awesome small business to purchase holiday gifts from? Well, should you want something other than jewelry (cough, cough); check out Haptic Lab, a design studio based out of Brooklyn that makes beautiful quilts and whose commitment to sustainability is, literally, woven into their production process.

2. Support fair trade or B-Corps.

Fair trade and B-Corps serve as responsible holiday shopping alternatives. Toms and Warby Parker are great examples of larger businesses that give back. Many cities also have alternative gift fair markets that sell fair trade or other responsibly-made products.Still not sure what fair trade means? Take a look at a blog post we wrote a few months back that outlines FT.

3. Shop at stores that give their workers the holidays off.

The big boxes can sometimes feel like a safer choice and be an easy way to conquer your Christmas list. Just remember the little guys too. They also have families, and often have the most unique and well-made products.




Worth the Click


A weekly segment, in which we bring you web finds and procrastination fodder.

In the midst of the events that have taken place in the past couple of weeks—Beirut, Paris, the Russian jetliner and, now, Mali—it would seem trite to not acknowledge the tragedy and pain much of the world is facing. The internet is a constant reminder of this.

And while the internet can often lead us into dark, ugly corners, it also introduces us to people and things that build instead of shatter; that create rather than destroy.


Gawker wrote an article about 5 ideas that were invented over drink—further validation that your bar tab is, in fact, a work expense. (Gawker)

In haste, people twist the bloodshed in France for their own purposes. (New York Times)

An eye-opening piece about women in Hollywood. (New York Magazine)

A reminder that small gestures of kindness can resonate deeply.  (ABC News)

Women are better at buying cars. Surprise! (NPR)

A thoughtful reflection on last week’s tragedies. (Man Repeller)

Fashion isn’t just for women! Design Sponge interviewed Ikire Jones, a men’s wear design studio rooted in heritage, storytelling, and art. (Design Sponge)

Lavender-Thyme scones? Sugar-comas? Yes please.  (A Beautiful Mess)




Six Ways to Fill a Keepsake Locket

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  1. Fill with a photo

When imagining a locket, the first thing that comes to mind is that there’s a picture inside. With the Glass Keepsake Locket there is a twist on this classic idea with photos displayed outwardly. When choosing your image, keep a couple things in mind: Choose a simple image. Try to make the face take up as much of the image as possible eliminating distracting background details. Converting the image to black and white or sepia adds a vintage touch.

2. Little bits of nature


Unlike that super-versatile dress you have only worn a couple times, the Glass Keepsake Lockets are multi-seasonal. Fill your lockets with small fragments of leaves, flowers or seeds. In the above picture we created a mix to represent the seasons (left to right: spring, summer, fall, winter). You can also preserve a floral arrangement from a special day and keep it close to your heart.

3. Souvenir // 4. A Map


A small piece of your heart remains in that special place so keep a small piece of that place near your heart. The bottom two keepsake lockets in the above picture feature flowers and black sand that serve as a reminder of a trip to Hawaii.

In addition to a small bit of nature, add a map to your Keepsake Locket to remember that semester abroad, road trip, or hometown. This is my favorite way to fill my locket. I printed a vintage map of Austin and cut a small section of it to fit inside the locket. I then added some small bits of a blue flower to represent the bluebonnets native to the area.

5. Fill with Fabric

Keep a special day or person close to your heart with a bit of fabric. Vintage lace from a wedding gown, a scrap of a security blanket, or a snippet from a loved one’s garment. NOTE: please do not cut holes in your favorite aunt’s best outfit!

6. Let us fill it for you!

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When you order a Keepsake Locket from it will come with a bit of nature similar to the above picture. Wear your locket as comes or fill it with something sentimental. Either way it is sure to be a classic and meaningful addition to your jewelry collection.




The Return of Home-Ec.


In a recent article, Jenna Lyons, the Creative Director of J. Crew, writes, “Profound life changes can happen in home ec. Believe me, that statement sounds just as ridiculous to me as it does to you.”

Well, actually Jenna, it doesn’t sound that ridiculous given the resurgence of home ec.-inspired traditions. Call it the Etsy-effect, Pinterest-effect, or (enter choice online medium)-effect, there’s no doubt that the once unpopular middle school elective that taught us to fear babies and bake sunken creme brulee has now found popularity online.

In Lyons’ essay, she recounts learning to sew in home ec. class; a skill that would transform her from a lanky, awkward youth to the style icon she is today. Writes Lyons, “It marked the beginning of my own private, self-initiated makeover”.

How funny that the practices used to pigeon-hole women are now being reclaimed as forms of empowerment. Forget sewing buttons onto your husband’s trousers; use it to become a fashion mogul! Crafting? How about creating a blog where you feature d.i.y tutorials on home renovations. As if smirking in the face of convention, women are using skills learned in home ec. and turning them into business ventures; Proof that even something as homely as perfecting a chicken pot pie can be a tool of autonomy—so long as it’s not considered an obligation.




Worth the Click


This week on the interwebs: two new shows and resentful boyfriends in cable-knit sweaters. What more could a girl ask for? Take a look at our weekly roundup of the internet’s best. 

When you run a retail business, sometimes your models are whoever’s in the same room. (Sad boyfriends of Etsy Tumblr)

Amazon’s new T.V. show, Z,  chronicles the life and times of F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald. (Amazon)

Vanity Fair found the real inspiration behind Charlie Brown’s Little Red Haired Girl. (Vanity Fair)

Featured product of the week: Kyanite Bib Necklace. (Catherine Nicole)

A great interview with illustrator and creative business lady Mary Kate McDevitt. (The Great Discontent)

Behind every great man, well…The New Yorker looked at the role Vera Nabokov played in Vladimir Nabokov’s success. (New Yorker)

Check out Aziz Ansari’s new show, Master of None. I’m sure you’ve heard of it by now. (Netflix)

This woman created anti-love letter wallpaper using mementos from failed relationships. Yay nostalgia! (Design Sponge)




Dolls for Real Girls

Tree Change Dolls

Not that she needs any more press, but her work is so lovely that everyone should know about Tasmanian artist, Sonia Singh.

Sonia revamps old (mostly Bratz) dolls, gives them make-unders, new clothes, and turns them into happy, playfull dolls that look like real children. Her Tree Change Dolls Shop has taken the conscientious doll-buyer market by storm. While she didn’t set out to make a political statement, she has indeed, and she’s started a pint-sized revolution.

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After removing their factory makeup, washing and cutting their hair, and redressing them, “the dolls just seem happier…”, Singh says. And with beautiful clothes knit by Sonia’s mother, these dolls are truly a labor of love.

Sonia announces on her Tumblr and Facebook page when she’ll be posting a new batch of dolls, and they sell out in minutes. Last night I saw she was posting new items at 10pm (in Australia). I left the shop window open on my laptop, went to bed and checked in first thing in the morning (in Texas). It was 3 hours after they had posted, and they were all long gone. They had apparently sold out in minutes. I now know how my mother must have felt when I wanted a Cabbage Patch Kid for Christmas ’85, though this time I was the buyer and the coveter.

Her next batch will post in early December. It’s likely, however, that you won’t be able to get your hands on one in time for Christmas 2015. Nonetheless, her work is inspiring, creative and worth keeping in mind the next time you pick a doll for a little girl.


I hate to promote any copy-cat businesses, but a good thing is a good thing. So, should you find yourself in need of a desexualized doll that looks like a real child and can’t find a Tree Change Doll on the black market, here are some other dolls that represent childhood a little better than Bratz, Barbie, or Monsters High:

Loved Again Dolls

Tiny Faces

My Friend Cayla (warning: I think this one talks)

My Life As Dolls




The History and Mainstreaming of Facial Piercings

Facial Piercings

I was 19 and at a house party. Having found ourselves in a dank, beer-soaked basement, my friends and I stood in a circle, floral shirts blending into wall paper, while a bumbling group of guys attempted to make small talk. Poor choice of party attire aside, one guy turned to me and, through watery, unfocused eyes said, “Whoah, you know, that nose ring makes you look bad-ass”.

The validation that so many teenagers sought from from their facial piercings had finally been verbalized to me by one Bluto re-incarnate. No matter that his words barely classified as coherent; I was 19 and his was a compliment I gladly accepted.

Like so many other teenagers, I had gotten a facial piercing out of a flighty idea of rebellion and agency. Our choices of body modification were shaped by the desire to decide how we presented ourselves to the world. For those too scared, practical, or non-committal for tattoos, piercings seemed like a logical baby step.

But the use of facial piercings as a sign of rebellion is a relatively new development, spurred by the 70s punk movement. Little did my 19-year-old self know that piercings carry a long history of symbolism and meaning. Ear piercings, for example, date back to 2500 BCE and in many cultures, act as signifiers of class and religion. In parts of Asia, Hindu babies receive ear piercings a few days after their birth as part of a religious ceremony that is intended to “open the inner ears of the child for receiving sacred sounds”—Not, I assume, the slurred words of intoxicated college guys.

In communities in Africa, the size of a nose ring denotes the wealth of the family, while according to Ayurvedic medicine, nose piercings act as acupuncture and are associated with female reproductive organs. Septum piercings signify strength in many cultures while tongue and lip piercings were often part of spiritual or coming-of-age rituals.

All this was, of course, lost on teenage me—as was my role in mainstreaming a new rite of passage as laid out by the Sex Pistols, a pissed off British working class, and an emerging punk generation. The need to express an estrangement from mainstream society gave birth to a mainstream society expressing a mini rebellion from within.

When you get a piercing though, you actually do feel changed, in-control. Whether the hole eventually fades to a pin-prick of a scar, you’re still enjoying it today, or you’ve just decided your nose needs a new alloy adornment, most people remember when they first revealed their new accessory. The unveiling may not have been part of a religious ceremony or a cultural rebellion, but it was still a tangible moment of transformation. Perhaps that’s a tradition in itself.




Worth the Click


The beginning of November always feels like an odd, interstitial time. For most people, it’s a week that’s lost the verve of fall and hasn’t yet embraced the cheer (or stress) of the holidays. So, while you plow along in anticipation of food babies and campy Christmas specials, allow us to provide you with a few end-of-week distractions:

Subversive pastries? Count us in! NPR looks at suffragist cookbooks. (NPR)

If you don’t have time to read a whole book before the Holiday madness begins, then start by skimming this lovely summary of Patti Smith’s new book, M Train.  (Brain Pickings)

Really SMU Sororities? Maybe they didn’t get the message that it’s almost 2016. (Jezebel)

C.W.’s new T.V. show, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, may not have the best name but it showcases real women looking like real women.

If you’re feeling crafty, check out this tutorial on how to make a gratitude journal. Also makes for a thoughtful gift if you’re, you know, thinking that far ahead.  (Free People Blog)

Jenna Lyons, the Creative Director of J. Crew, reflects on the transformative power of fashion. (Lenny Letter)

Oh hey Adele. It’s been a minute. (Rolling Stone)

Planning on going to FFF but ambivalent about festival fashion? So were we.  (Catherine Nicole Blog)

The problem with trendy feminism. (Man Repeller)

While we love the sassy emoji girl, these new, curly haired emoji girls are pretty fantastic. (Advertising Age)

Links We Love

Young Maya Angelou

Hey folks. As the seasons finally start to transition here in Austin, changes are a-brewing in the shop. This month we rolled out our new look and website re-design, and today we’re introducing Links We Love, a new blog segment. Every Friday, we’ll post a weekly roundup of articles, d.i.y. tutorials, interviews, and anything else we find on the interwebs that you might have missed but’ll hopefully enjoy. Let the Friday procrastination begin!

Check out this awesome kickstarter campaign for a documentary on the legendary Maya Angelou.(Kickstarter)

Halloween’s tomorrow. Still don’t have a costume? Slacker. No worries, we got you covered. Check out our Lazy Girl’s Guide to Halloween. (Catherine Nicole)

We’re loving this article about Terry Gross, the host of NPR’s Fresh Air. (New York Times)

This post is a couple months old, but what’s more seasonal than a cat manicure? (Design Sponge)

Why are women the face of evil in folktales? NPR investigates and talks about their #grownladycrush campaign. (NPR)

For another interview with a badass woman, listen to this short podcast with Lena Dunham. (Longform)

Impress guests (or just yourself) with this pear and cardamom tart. (Free People blog)