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The holographic trend is going to be huge next fall - but why not get a jump on it now? Stay ahead of the curve with these affordable handmade accessories by Mexican-based Etsy shop GoldenPeonies. Each product takes 15 days to make and then 4 weeks to ship, so they’ll arrive just in time!


Affordable, chic vegan leather handbags with a philanthropic twist? Tell us more!

Angela & Roi is an up-and-coming Korean-made handbag line that brings you stylish bags that look luxe, but will cost you less than $150. How are they able to offer such great prices? By selling exclusively on their website and working directly with manufacturers, they essential cut out the middle man. 

Angela & Roi currently offers five vintage-inspired bag silhouettes, including carryall totes and cross bodies in several sizes. We love that they also donate $5 per bag sold to a different charity - the color you buy determines which cause receives the donation. For example, pick up a red bag and they’ll donate to the AIDS Foundation, while a classic black style helps out the Melanoma Research Foundation. Angela & Roi works with 11 organizations total. 



NK1295EN10030.jpgWe’re all about budget-friendly fashion, but a girl can dream sometimes, right? We are currently coveting this luxe Egyptian feather necklace by Ten Thousand Things. Everything from the feather forms to the chain and hook clasp are made with 10 karat gold, and you can get your hands on it for the mere price of $2,050. If you’re loving this look but don’t have a couple grand to drop on a necklace, we also found this affordable (albeit a little less fabulous) one on Etsy with a similar vibe.

PONS-Avarcas-thumb.jpgSummer is all about relaxing, so why bother with uncomfortable shoes? We’ve already found some great comfy AND cute options to live in this season (see here and here), and the next flat sandals on our shopping list are PONS Avarcas. Avarcas are handmade leather sandals from Menorca, an island off the coast of Spain. Traditionally worn by menorcan workers, the shoes have recently become popular with fashionistas and even members of the Spanish royal family. PONS Avarcas puts a modern twist on the century-old shoe with a variety of authentic styles available in an array of summery colors (and under $100!) at


naftul-fashion-thumb.jpgOur latest Etsy discover is Naftul, a collection by Tel Aviv, Israel-based designer Nataly Elian. The effortless, loose summer dresses can easily go from day to night, from a BBQ to a cocktail party. Elian loves to design things she would wear - so she sticks to comfortable, airy fabrics perfect for hot days. She grew up with designer parents in Israel, so she was always surrounded by fashion and learned sewing, cutting, and a lot about clothes during childhood. After working behind the scenes for other designers for years, she launched Naftul in Tel Aviv. The brand is sold in several local boutiques and in Elian’s studio, but Etsy has brought her designs to an international customer base. To shop her Etsy shop, click here.

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