No school, family vacation, lazy days sitting beside the pool, the beach or the lake, lemonade, BBQ’s with friends… it’s SUMMER TIME! I love summer time. This is the couple months every year that I don’t have to take a vitamin D supplement, I don’t have to drag a million jackets and coats around every time we leave the house and I never have to defrost my car! whoo hoo! I also really love that the sun comes up early, making it so much easier to get out of bed. The sun also sets so much later making warm nights on the porch sipping ice tea with a book or having a conversation with your favorite people a relaxing way to end each day. So much awesomeness comes with the summer months!
Among all of the awesomeness that is Summer are the cute, airy fashion finds available all over Etsy. I seriously 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 Summer fashion as well as a few single item finds that I love.
1. This watermelon zipper pouch for $24.71 from Detusa!
This summer purse is adorable and so unique! For under $30, this is a fresh must have this summer for toting all of those little necessities in style.
Eva Ruiz is the owner and designer for Detusa, located on Barcelona. Everything in her store is made from scratch. Her designs are handmade using watercolors and a brush. Her paintings are then digitally transferred to fabric with paints and “specialized equipment to ensure their durability over time”.
Since my childhood, I always loved the art and create things with my hands. I’ve always said that is something that comes in the blood without doubt, because my whole family has been endowed with a lot of manual dexterity. Maybe also because my father painted and I grew up watching how he did it, or because my mother sews, embroiders and makes thousand crafts … I don’t know. I believe that whatever we propose to do is possible, if we put a litle bit of effort and perseverance, of course.
Detusa offers a variety of other fun and unique fruit themed purses, tea towels and wall art that are just adorable. Here are a few of my favs:
2. Speaking of purses, how great are these summer bags from Lagut Shop?
These handmade designs are beautiful with their warm tropical vibes. The Lagut Shop is headquartered in Barcelona Spain and specialized in unique hand crafted accessories.
“My designs speak to all those women that want their stamp to be seen. They are unique, like we all are; and most importantly, they are delicately hand crafter with love and a wish; the wish I have for all women to feel special every and each single day,”
says the Lagut Shop owner about her designs and her vision. The shop carries dozens of unique designs that come in several shapes and sizes. It is certainly worth having a look around for yourself. Here are a few of my favs:
3. I am IN LOVE with these unique conversation starter pieces from KitschyKooDesign.
This shop is based in Geelong Australia and all of the jewelry is completely handmade. These are such a great idea and they are so stunning. I doubt you could get through a trip to the grocery store without someone stopping you to admire one of these adorning your person!
My absolute favorite is the dandelion seed necklace.
This would make such a great gift and I love the description given to the necklace in their store:
“We’ve captured a perfect wish for you! This necklace is completely handmade by Kitschy Koo.
We press each individual seed gently between 2 pieces of slightly dome glass, and set the fanned seed in the glass with a strong jewellers adhesive – this means it will never change over time & will forever stay the same.
We then wire wrap the necklace with nickel-free darkened silver wire, and adorn the side of the charm with a small ‘wish’ charm.”
If you are in the market for a unique and beautiful gift for the jewelry lover in your life- look no further, these are incredible. Be sure to take a few minutes to browse the shop online to see their entire inventory which includes necklaces, earrings and key chains. Be sure to carve out some time though, because you could literally spend all day browsing this store and the best part is: they offer FREE shipping worldwide! What?
Here are a few of my favs (this was tough to narrow down):
4. These cute 1950s custom made vintage style bathing suits from Wilma’sPast are absolutely ADORABLE.
So, I am a mother of three and one of my very favorite things to do with my kids during the Summer months is to hit the pool. We live in Colorado, so the beach isn’t an option, but as a girl who grew up on the coasts of California- spending summer days by the water is a must. We basically live at the pool for the three months of Summer vacation. These bathing suits offer an elegant and modest option to us momma’s who would prefer to keep certain areas “tucked in” without having to sacrifice any style! I absolutely fell in love with this shop and their vintage 1950’s bathing suit designs. They are seriously adorable and… vintage which makes them even more awesome. These bathing suits are completely handmade by Kathy and Justine, a mother daughter team from Millersville, MD. All of the items they sell are named after different women in their family tree (they include a bio for each one of them)! Not only is each piece made completely by hand, but they will also custom make a piece to your exact specifications. With it’s sweet story and vintage inspirations, this is seriously one of the cutest shops I have come across.
Here are a few of my favorites from the store:
5. If you are looking for a beautiful free-spirited bohemian style, look no further than the amazing handmade pieces at Handloom.
Cansu Cansever, a Turkish- American born woman and self proclaimed free spirit, owns this beautiful store full of whimsical, bohemian, nostalgic clothing. Having been born in the U.S. and then raised amid her family’s roots and culture in Istanbul, Cansu moved to back to the United States to pursue her dream of becoming a professional snow boarder in Colorado. She finally settled in Los Angeles where she currently lives and has set up headquarters for her beautiful shop.
“Handloom is a minimalist lifestyle brand, blending bohemian chic with oriental tradition. Acting as a cultural bridge between the ancient ways of Turkey and free-spirited individuals in the United States. It is the result of creative lifestyles coming together through fashion, design, nature and the outdoors. Handloom products bring a classic panache intertwining beauty and heritage.
Each Handloom product has it’s own story. Traditional Turkish fabrics and handmade goods crafted with a delicate focus on detail and quality. Each piece is custom, drawing inspiration from the rhythm of a big city to the smallest elements found quietly in nature.”
The clothing offered in her store speaks to the incredible diversity and rich culture of such a well traveled woman. I would have to say my favorite piece in her store is this beautiful Pamuk Kimono, which is perfect for a light weight beach cover up or a cozy wrap to snuggle up in on those cool summer nights.
Be sure you also check out:
These sweet Trucker Hats from HeyYouApparel are seriously cute (and feminine) options for those not awesome hair days.
You know there are days when your summer “pool” hair seriously requires a hat! Okay, well I know I have those days… a lot. I have a hat clipped to my beach bag all the time and I certainly wouldn’t mind adding one (or more) of these super cute options to my collection.
These Linen Cotton Oversize Dresses from Youga! I don’t know about you, but I am pretty sure I could live in these.
These dresses could be used as the perfect swim cover-up that seamlessly transitions into a super comfy stroll along the beach or lunch with some friends sundress!
Show your colors with these cute patriotic tanks from LandKDesignCo.
These adorable T-Shirts from ModParty are too cute.
These are like the upgraded, super feminine version of the classic T-shirt with lots more sparkles!
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 email@example.com.
Until next season…