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I ♥ Etsy. For those of you who don’t know what Etsy is, it’s an online marketplace of handmade items where creative-types can hock their wares.

When I got married, I used Etsy to buy gifts for everyone who helped me with my wedding. It just felt right to buy them something not only beautiful, but handmade, and in some cases, custom-made.

These beautiful clutches are by the Etsy seller EmmaGordonLondon. They are so girly and I ♥ their playfulness! I bought the purple clutch for my mother-in-law because she is a Betty Boop enthusiast, and it looks like something Betty Boop would love!

Georgia purple and polka dot

Georgia purple and polka dot

Dewie Peach

Dewie Peach

Jessica pink trim spotty clutch

Jessica pink trim spotty clutch

These pieces are from Etsy seller Foundling. Betsy of Foundling uses recycled metals and vintage, found, or repurposed materials into her jewelry.

Maize Ring

Maize Ring

Lucille Drops

Lucille Drops

My husband told me how much he wished our kitty could be with us at our wedding, so Betsy custom-made these cufflinks using a photo of her. My husband absolutely loved them and wore them on our wedding day!

Kitty Links

Kitty Links

My stepdad flies planes as a hobby. Betsy custom-made these cufflinks for me using vintage flight charts. Cool, right? Betsy was super-accommodating and great to work with!

Vintage Flight Chart Links

Vintage Flight Chart Links

5eizen is another Etsy seller. I bought this ring pillow for my wedding and it was one of my favorite details of the day. It was SO beautiful! I originally didn’t want a ring pillow, but when I saw this one, I fell in love.

Elle Ring Pillow

Elle Ring Pillow

I love the way Irene of 5eizen incorporates color, texture and flowers. It’s perfectly simple and beautiful!

Sessa Sash

Sessa Sash

Gabi Hair Clip

Gabi Hair Clip

These clutches are from Etsy seller ViaBella. I bought one for my husband’s grandmother as a thank you for everything she did for me during my wedding planning process. I ♥ the way that Jane at ViaBella incorporates beautiful fabrics and unexpected details like flowers and bows!

Purple Peacock

Purple Peacock

Big Bow Silk Clutch

Big Bow Silk Clutch

Luxury White Silk Bridal Clutch

White Silk Bridal Clutch

Are you inspired to shop on Etsy yet?

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This weekend, I wandered into Anthropologie (♥!) and fell in love with pretty much every accessory in the store. I don’t fit into their clothes, so I’ve been relegated to shopping only their accessories and housewares. Don’t feel too badly for me though. Their accessories and housewares can still put a MAJOR dent in my bank account.

Having recently made a vow to be more fiscally responsible on the heels of my wedding, I couldn’t possibly justify spending $32 on a headband that, let’s face it, I probably will only wear a couple of times. I always tell people that if you fall in love with something that’s outside of your budget, you can almost certainly find a knock-off version within your budget. I left Anthropologie telling myself that very thing.

Enter Forever 21, my new favorite store for accessories! I drove to my local mall and ventured into Forever 21 for the very first time. Can we just talk about this store for a minute? ♥♥♥♥♥♥!!! I’ve seen and heard about Forever 21 for years, but have never gone into one because, if I’m being honest, I am WAY older than 21. That store? Really needs to change its name.

It turns out that they have really cute clothes, which, sadly, I do not fit into. Why do stores insist on only carrying “regular-sized” clothes?? I am a plus-sized woman with spending power! Give me some clothes to buy!

It turns out, though, that Forever 21 has a brand called Faith 21 (available in select stores and online) that carries plus-sized clothes! Huzzah! I now have another spending outlet for my hard-earned money!

But I digress (again). I was on the hunt for a comparable headband to the one that I saw at Anthropologie that I had cleverly, and covertly, taken a picture of with my iPhone (♥!).

Anthropologie - $32

Anthropologie - $32

I didn’t see what I was looking for at Forever 21 and asked a salesgirl if they had any more headbands. She said no, but that I should check the Forever 21 accessories store, just 3 doors down! What she should have said, is that there is an accessories mecca three doors down. Who knew? This store, called For Love 21, had the cutest accessories that I have ever seen and I found my comparable headband for just $3.80!

Forever 21

Forever 21 - $3.80

And the best part is, my husband thinks it looks cute on me.

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