Its no secret that I love etsy. Not only is it one of our sources of business, but it links me to other handmade sellers just like myself. I like to know where my products come from whether its the food I eat, the clothing I wear or the products I put on my skin. You will pretty much never catch me shopping in a mall or from a big corporation these days. I try to support my local community and products that are US made. For the most part, our gemstones come from the US as well;)
Lets start with clothing! I just cleaned out my whole closet the other day….how refreshing! I highly recommend letting go of anything you don’t wear from your closet. I personally like living “lighter”. I have always been the type of person that doesn’t get attached to material objects. I guess that is why Ive always given away/sold my own creations so easily. I literally never keep anything from myself unless it is defective. How sad… but the free-spirited Gemini in my doesn’t mind. All I really need is me right?
My mother always told me; “It is better to have one really nicely made item that is more expensive than a bunch of crap that will break in a few wears”….She is so right! Im sorry, but I feel badly for those girls that think they are getting a deal at forever 21 like shops. No you are not, you are getting exactly what you pay for…poorly made, cheap items that will not last you years to come. And don’t even get me started on the ethics of how/where those clothing are made. Thats a whole other blog post!
So yes, back to clothing….or back to my closet. After my refreshing “spring cleaning” I spent a good 20 mins just admiring all the handmade, beautiful clothing in my closet! I know exactly where all my clothing came from and who it was made by which is pretty cool. Its taken me a while to accumulate the amount I have but it was worth the wait… Its like my fun little collection I keep adding too;) So…who is in my closet?
First, Im going to talk about Purusha People. I did this collab with the creator behind this groovy yoga wear, Hayley, a little while ago and had a blast. I literally LOVE this girl! She is honestly one of the sweetest souls I have met in my life!!! Not only is she pretty much the nicest person I know, she also has the BEST yoga pants in the world. All of her clothing is made in Topanga, Ca by her and her seamstress. Its the perfect clothing for me to wear while I am creating because of how comfortable it is:) For the most part, all Lux Divine is made while Im wearing my Purushas!
How amazing and stylish are her creations? They go perfectly with Lux Divine!!!
I only have good things to say about Run With the Tribe. The clothing is genius and the creator behind these threads is a light and pure soul that I admire so much. Talk about well made! All of her handmade clothing is literally hand-made….every stitch that holds these beauties together is done by hand not a machine…. AMAZING! I wouldn’t have the patience for such a craft…but glad she does;) She also uses the most delicious fabrics. Organic hemp and bamboo blends. On top of that, she also hand dyes each fabric color so she has her own unique colors for her clothing designs. Incredible!!! She runs Run With the Tribe from her adorable cabin home in Ithica, NY.
Meet Miss Alana Rose from Run With the Tribe on Etsy;)
You can purchase this beauty’s amazing creations here:
So thats WHO is in my closet:) Now for my last and final favorite etsy shop!
Anyone who knows me knows I’m a sensitive freak. I’m sensitive to food, my environment and to what I put on my skin. With these little issues, I have to be really careful with what I put on my skin. I had only been using coconut, sunflower and castor oil on my skin up until now. I do what is called oil pulling on my face. Its pretty much the only thing that leaves my skin perfect. Anything else, like a cleanser just rapes my skin. So Im left with being a minimalist again;) That was until I found SoapyLane!
I love love love this girls shop! She makes everything herself with natural ingredients. Now, I have used products before that were “natural” and handmade…but my skin knows! If there is any sort of chemical in it, my skin will immediately start burning. I initially knew Cassie, the maker of these fine products through etsy as one of Lux Divine’s customers. I honestly had no idea she had a shop until I stumbled upon it! I was skeptical at first but ordered a few things to check them out. I was amazed by the quality of her soaps! She uses essential oils for the scents which I love. I now use her tinted lip moisturizer, herbal bath, body butter and rose scented salve…. Im going to be trying her facial products next and break out of my oil pulling routine…my skin loves Soapy Layne!
You can check our her great, skin loving products here: