| Indie Spotlight and Designers on the Rise Guide: May 2010 Archives

May 2010 Archives

How was your Memorial Day weekend? We're already planning for our next summer getaway! These cute weekender bags on Etsy make the perfect excuse to plan an impromptu getaway:

Badoum in Navy, $97 on

Handmade Weekender Tote Bag, $92 on

Personalized Duffle Pink - $25 on

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nooworksthumb.pngNooworks is trendy urban apparel and accessories line that was founded by Jennifer D'Angelo in 2004 (prior to launching the brand, she designed a line of t-shirts inspired by her dog, Noo Noo). All designs are ethically sourced and designed and handmade in the San Francisco Bay Area using organic and "green" materials whenever possible. We love these office-appropriate dresses that cost under $120!

To shop, visit

These crocheted beach cover ups from Eternal Sunshine Creations are both sexy and stylish, with trendy fringing and asymmetrical hemlines. Perfect for bringing along on your upcoming vacation or for lounging by the pool! They sell at ShopBop for $172 to $195.

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807298.jpegGirlygifties creates occasion-specific gift basics that your girlfriends will love! For the bride-to-be, pick a basket filled with cute martini glasses, a tropical shower cap perfect for her honeymoon, body lotion, and more. For the birthday girl, gift her a basket filled with a pin-up girl martini glass, a scented candle, and a pretty flower adornment. Whatever special day your girlfriend is celebrating, girlygifties has the perfect gift! Prices for gift baskets and boxes range from $25 to $220, so they fit every budget. To view the selection, visit

Father's Day is next month, but instead of buying Dad the same old generic gifts (does he really need another tie from the department store?), pick something special and handmade from Etsy. We scoured the site and found some cool things your dad will love!

Box of Tricks ($80) - this cool vintage box is stuffed with fun puzzles, many complete with instructions. For the dad who likes to play games, this is the perfect gift!

Banana iPhone Cozy ($25) - for the dad who loves his iPhone, make him laugh with this goofy banana case.

Sterling silver guitar pick ($25) - any musically inclined dad would love a personalized guitar pick! Bonus points for adding a cheesy engraving, like "Rock on Dad! Love, _____." 

Hand Painted Hungry Bear Side Plate ($25) - this plate will bring a smile to dad's face, especially if he loves to eat!

Men's Shaving Soap and Stand ($10) - for the well-groomed dad, order up this vegan soap formulated for smooth shaving on sensitive skin. There are several scents to choose from, and the soap comes with a chrome stand that promotes quick drying.
Allura Marie designer Jodanna Cook creates fine jewelry from quality materials like sterling silver, semi-precious gemstones, Venetian glass, and Swarovski crystals. Her mission is to create wearable pieces that are bold and unique. Here are some of our favorite items from her online store:

Jet Cartesian Earrings - $25

Berry Torte Necklace - $40

Golden Topaz & Silver Shade Swarofski Crystal & Sterling Silver Bracelet - $58

To shop the collection, visit +  get 15% off through 7/1/10 with code: STYLEBAKERY


Annapolis-based handbag designer Ellen Allen's collection mixes preppy and chic, and the result is pieces that are perfect for weekends spent on Nantucket or in the Hamptons. The Eastport tote (named after the prime location for boating in Annapolis) retails for $250 at You can also pick out a stylish scarf (we suggest the Boxwood, $70) to tie to the handle of your bag! Now all you need is a little white dress and retro-inspired sunglasses to complete the look. 

Vintage Havana provides chic looks at affordable price points, and their summer 2010 collection makes us long for lazy warm days hanging out by the pool. Here are some looks available now:

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From top to bottom, left to right: Pucker Waist Strap Dress ($40), Embroidered Tube Dress ($50), Chiffon Patchwork Tank ($56), Double Neon Zip Racer Back Tank ($58).

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so thumb.pngWe were first introduced to designer Sofie Ølgaard in October, and we fell in love with her beautiful dresses and tops inspired by her Scandinavian roots. Her fall 2010 collection stays true to her feminine aesthetic and neutral color palette, but with a little more sophistication. Cinched waists, wide necklines, and ruffled details define this collection. Here are some photos from the fall look book.

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Look for the collection online this fall at
Urban Fusions handmade jewelry is made from fused glass. There is a wide selection of colorful, unique pieces in the Etsy shop, but our inner nerd fell in love with these Tetris-inspired pendants. They are $24 each and come in different colors and shapes.


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