Winter is in full swing and that means lots of layers, warm coats and snuggling up by a roaring fire with your favorite cozy sweater! These are a few of my favorite things about the colder months. I think my favorite clothes are from my winter wardrobe. I love the big bulky scarves and hats and gloves. I also love the vintage nostalgia that comes with finding a hand made crochet or knit item! The best place to find all of these things is Etsy, where you can shop from the comfort of your own home (probably while wearing those cozy wools and knits while snuggled in front of a roaring fire).
I love shopping on Etsy, not just because I can do it from the comfort of home, but because I LOVE being able to support small business. I always check the “handmade” box first thing when I start my search. Skin Deep Exposures was founded on the ideas of a dreamer who wanted to share her passion with others and supporting all of the other hard working women and men out there who are sharing their own passions is what we are all about! So, after doing quite a bit of browsing through what Etsy has to offer this season, I have chosen my personal favorite stores for winter fashion as well as a few single item finds that I love.
1. This wool dress from xiaolizi!
For a custom made dress this BEAUTIFUL, I’m not sure you can do much better than $89! If you live in a snowy state with blistery winters, it will keep you warm and toasty. And the back, you guys! So cute.
Xiaolizi is owned by Lui Mei Qin, who started the online shop located in China as a part time hobby to show off her mother’s (a seasoned tailor) amazing craftsmanship. The shop has since become a full time, family operation!
They have so many beautiful skirts, dresses, pants, jackets and coats to choose from. I know I could drop some serious money at this Etsy shop. There are way too many things to choose from. Seriously, you need to just check it out. Most of their stuff comes with several color options. Here is my best attempt to narrow down my favs:
2. This Sweatshirt Dress from pazitive.
Who doesn’t want to live in a comfy sweatshirt? For $127, this dress looks super cozy, warm and crazy cute and it comes with several color options.
Pazative specializes in comfy, feminine designs of the bohemian persuasion. These super cute clothes are all hand made by owner Pazit Reuven who runs her shop from Israel. She customizes each item to fit your exact measurements!
Besides being packed with tons of items that can be completely customized, Pazit does such a beautiful job of combining comfort and style. Her shop is an absolute favorite! You know she has to have the cutest wardrobe ever! Here are a few of my top picks from her shop:
3. These matching Mother- Daughter Headbands from JackiBean!
Oh my gosh! Being able to be twinsies with your baby girl- priceless! But really, this headband set is too cute, totally hand-made and for $72 it is worth the splurge. This shop has several very awesome headbands and scarves that are perfect for a fashionable winter for girls of all ages.
These fabulous accessories are all genuine hand made by Noemi Tarnai via Kansas City Mossuri. Here are my favs from her shop:
4. These Ankle Warmers from Accessodium!
These hand made winter boot cuff ankle warmers are ridiculously cute! For $45, the price is pretty great too!
Accessodium is owned by Tanya and is operated via Gaithersburg Maryland. Tanya is a part time yoga instructor who learned to knit from her Granny. She loves retro nostalgic crocheted items that are unique and diverse just like her clientele. She uses a lot of soft, earthy colors and tones that make her shop feel very vintage and nostalgic. There is no doubt that you will find something to love at Accessoium. Here are a couple of my favorite items:
Here are a few of my favorite single item finds too!
This three piece set: Crochet Slouch Hat and Convertible Fingerless Mittens from CreativeEndeavorsKS.
I love, love, love that she makes matching sets! Finding a cute slouch hat is sometimes tough (for me anyway) but finding a super cute one with matching convertible fingerless mittens, yes please! I love these colors and the giant button on the side of the hat to match the button on the gloves! The items in this shop are, admittedly, a bit on the pricey side- but they are completely hand made and so adorable. I am pretty sure I am about to splurge and order these for myself.
These Boot Cuff Wool Leg Warmers from GreenbriarCreations.
For $22.95 these things are a steal! This shop has loads of cute buys from baby accessories to pot holders and aprons at great prices.
And these Leg Warmer, Boot Cuffs from TheEdgeof17.
These grey and white lace crochet bohemian boot cuffs ($27.30), and these purple and white boho leg warmers ($22.60) are just two examples of the beautiful one of a kind hand made items found in this shop.
Hopefully you found a few things that you love as much as I do!
If you have a favorite Etsy shop that specializes in hand made items and deserves a feature, let me know and we will spread the love. You can get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Until next season…