Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Wrap it up

I'm not going to lie- I get a little too excited when I type something like "velvet collar" or "ruffled peplum" in the search box on Etsy.com and end up discovering all these pretty fabulous shops... it's incredible how talented some of these undiscovered designers are. 

Recently I discovered Bonzie, which is an independent Irish fashion label that uses thrifted trinkets and vintage inspired fabric to create beautiful Victorian-esque boleros, shoulder wraps, and scarves. Below are some of my favorite pieces that I'd love to own... if I wasn't sticking to this whole "Let's save money" crap.

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shasha said...

cute. I love your blog. keep writing :DD

Anonymous said...

these are so beautiful!!!id love to own them, And Karla i comend you on trying to save money.lol :)

SouLBoutiQue said...

I love that first top! I am such a ruffles fanatic! And keep it up...save that $Money$!!

Anonymous said...

thank you for not only posting your looks but showing us what you're into. i love learning about new designers!

xtine said...

The third ruffly goodness makes me just sigh out loud!


Livie said...

wow - thanks for sharing this find. I've been spending more time on etsy and this is a good reason why.

btw your striped harem pants inspired me to do a blog post on the harem trend. i think you've sold me on it!

The Fabulous Girl said...

oh my god i love these. i cant pick a favorite. after i saw u wearing yours yesterday i have been thinking of where i can get one like crazy. i'm defintly gonna check etsy now.
thx for sharing karla.


Jennifer Nicole said...

I love Etsy for stuff like this. Sometimes I wonder if my addiction to Etsy shopping is the *real* reason I started a fashion blog in the first place...

Great find, Karla!

stephanie said...

i'm not the biggest bolero fan but these are definitely unique! great finds karla! and thank you for sharing.

i support you on the detoxifying! haha but do you have a deadline or sth? haha

love your blog.
you should come to ecuador.

quelle said...

wow these are too beautiful. literally breathtaking!

Schellea said...

So creative! I love all the pieces featured here. Thanks for sharing. :)

Anonymous said...

Saving money is great, but let's keep it real. You're Karla. Use your e-fame to have people give shit to you for free. That's how things are done! Bonzie could totally benefit from you.

A. said...

This Etsy shop is gorgeous- thanks for introducing these styles to us! And thanks for always blogging for the love of style and all things sartorially inventive. You're an inspiration :)


Lobelia said...

Etsy is a great place to shop! I always find really good tuff there:)

Solo said...

Those are so beautiful..;D
I love the second one..;D


ELLEN said...

Oh wow, i love the first

No Heart Warming Stories. said...

ahh I love them all!


eveline fashion-diary said...

yes, so this is really amazing. i think it was a simple idea to made these , but what an effect!!!
i looove first jacket ,think is really gorgeous.
but to be honest, all of them are beyond fabolous!!!
thank you Karla for showing us, amazing designers. and these projects are amazing.

much love,
eveline :)


Genevieve said...

Etsy does have cute finds yet it can be pricy!

fickle red riding hood said...

those vests are so amazing!!!!!

Brigadeiro said...

Ooh! So glad you posted this! I had this shop on my bookmarks, and my computer crashed losing it! Love so many pieces!!!

The Stiletto Effect said...

I really like the one in that 3rd picture!

Chloe said...

Oh, wowza. Like I need another Etsy shop to be obsessed with, but talk about talent! All of those are beautiful, thanks for sharing!

fancy thing said...

Wow, these are divine. Great find!

Laura said...

All great finds, thankyou for sharing :)

chekka cuomova said...

okay, the 1st, 3rd, and 4th are seriously to die for!! great finds!

sarah said...

they're beautiful

Luna said...

internet shopping is so dangerous because it doesnt feel like you're spending money hehe i should be avoiding etsy etc however might just have to go and check out those cute ruffles ;-) xoxo

Chloe said...

The 1st and 3rd ruffly are instyle, the 1st one, she looks so adorable :D and still like yours, the peach colour that you wore the other day, love it! :D

Iole said...

this things are so cute!
thanks for the tip!

paperfashion said...

these are gorgeous... and yes there are sooooo many amazing undiscovered designers out there! its incredible!

Sabrina Tonårshäxan said...


McCall said...

So glad you found Bonzie :) Their work is amazingly beautiful. I love doing searches on Etsy like that too, you find so many talented people.

Jennifer said...

stunning shop!!

Ella said...

these are so unique!
i have a new love for that white piece, its amazing

Lucy (The Fashion Setter) said...

I'm checking it out immediately! =)


E said...

WHY DID YOU POST THAT AMAZING ORANGE THING! Sorry to shout, but now I'm going to buy more things!!!

Hayley said...

Oh, I know what you mean, I'm useless at saving money. In 6 short months I'll be at Uni and having to live off a budget, I don't know how I'll survive.
I love these pictures, they're all so amazing, especially the first, third and last ones.
My friend Harry made one in our textiles class and it's amazing - she is so talented.


Joanna's-style said...

Amazing :)

Midge said...

I saw this etsy shop a while back and loved everything in it... ahhhnnngg! Gimme gimme


diane. said...

the last one took my breath away. insane.

Jodine said...


Erica said...

Those are amazing! I would love to own a few as well!!

lisa said...

Such gorgeous craftsmanship!

Is This Real Life? said...

Such pretty pieces!
I adore Etsy Too!


vix said...

Beautiful pieces. By the way love your last outfit so much! Didn't get a chance to comment when I saw it. I'm now seriously considering buying white skinnies. Also your not the only one who thinks balmain/a wang are overrated. They are! Balmain is for women with too much money and zero taste.

Mira said...

oh i'm a total etsy whore! lol. can't wait till my store is up

Cari (isnotfashion) said...

Gorgeoussss. I'd love to wear it with a basic tee. xo Cari http://isnotfashion.blogspot.com

Jules said...

i love this the fabrics look define!


S.I.Q. said...

thanks for the post!
its interesting to learn about the new designers!

-Coco Chanel movie
-Futuristic new Shoes!

olivia said...

love your blog
but more your haircut :)

sarah said...

only you could truly pull these off! they made me think of you immediately.

did you sign up for leah sakellarides' macaroni club necklace giveaway on my blog yet?? it's tomorrow yay!

mani said...

oooooh the last one is simply DIVINE :)

Anonymous said...

Karla, you're great.

BUT yuck. I do not have a taste for these things.

Cult Diva said...

Those are totally gorgeous. I must have one. Thanks for finding these on Etsy!

Adri said...

They are totally talented. Those are amazing and I totally would love to own the first one.

yakdetectorpattosan* said...

wow these are gorgeous.
i don't know how you're money-saving is going, but it must be hard after looking at pieces like these.
good luck :)


the bella and the beat said...

i love the ruffles. these pieces are amazing!

tinklestar said...

I'm normally not a girly girl, but I'm loving the ruffles! Cute!

I just linked you from my blog if you don't mind! Come check it out. It's in the baby stages right now...


shaheemie said...

These are gorgeous!

saving money is so much harder than i thought, i'm definitely doing that now, it's so tough!

Hippie Frou Frou said...

These would be a total collectors item, love the detail.

jess s//

HappySheep said...

Hi my name is HappySheep and I, too, am an Etsy addict.
Glad to know I'm not alone!
And here are more Etsy shops with adorable boleros to feed your addiction...

french sugar vintage


Melanie said...

SO pretty and feminine! Esp. love the 3rd one!


Anonymous said...

another amazing designer on etsy is Sarah Seven you should look her up. shes amazinggggg!!!!!

Anonymous said...

you should check out these labels/designers: einvera and E-label, gorgeus icelandic design

Hanako66 said...

just beautiful...they are one of my favorites too:)

karla said...

anon10:41, the fabulous girl: no prob :)

genevieve: definitely... that is pretty much a downfall when you’re trying to be a good samaritan and save money.

happysheep: thanks for the etsy recommendations, will def check them out!

Wicked Halo said...

pretty cool stuff, love these boleros, they're totally quirky and different!

God's Favorite Shoes! said...

I ordered one of these from etsy for my wedding...I'm in love with it.

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