the best of etsy: 17 of our favorite shops


fashion, beauty + everything in-between

Whenever we have a spare minute or two, we find ourselves on Etsy. And as soon as we get to its homepage, it's almost like we're put into a trance. With 1.4 million active sellers and over 32 million items up for sale, it's nearly impossible to leave the site. Suddenly, minutes turn to hours, and at that point, we're late for all of our plans. But, no matter what our friends say about how it's "not nice" to "ditch" them "repeatedly," it all seems worth it.

Now, we have a drawer full of patches, a desk piled high with bespoke stationary, and a closet overflowing with one-of-a-kind kimonos. And we wouldn't be where we were without them. So, now, while we're waiting on Scully and Mulder to figure out exactly what spell Etsy has put us under, we have a go-to list of awesomely weird shops. 

Click through the gallery to see our 17 favorite shops, then get ready to fall down the rabbit hole.

As any creative knows, you can never under underestimate the importance of design-oriented desk supplies. And while we'd dish out a ton of cash for pretty stationary and totally kawaii planners, DubuDomo keeps it affordable.

Photo courtesy of Balenciaga / Photo via @McDonaldsSverige Instagram

I'm cackling

Last year, Balenciaga released bright red square-toed mules which bore a striking resemblance to McDonald's french fry cartons. Now, the chain has fired back at the designer, threatening to release its own version of the shoes.

McDonald's Sweden posted a photo to its Instagram of a person wearing actual McDonald's fry cartons as shoes, and honestly, if there weren't yellow M's printed onto them, I'd have a hard time distinguishing them from the Balenciagas from a distance. Though the post doesn't directly reference the Balenciaga shoes, one can only assume that's who they are trolling.

McDonald's version actually makes for some pretty fly slip-ons, if you ask me. Good thing the Swedish branch of Mickey D's seems to be considering releasing the shoes if the post receives enough attention. The caption of the Instagram post translates to, "If we get 103042 likes we release these for real," though it only has about 17,000 as of publish time. These would likely cost much less than the Balenciaga shoes, which cost $545.

Internet, do your thing. I want a pair.



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It marks her third duet with Nas

Here are some words that I never expected to read or hear again: There is a new song with Amy Winehouse. But here we are in 2019, and Salaam Remi has granted me a wish. On Valentine's Day, the Grammy-nominated producer and frequent Winehouse collaborator (also responsible for hits like Miguel's "Come Through & Chill") released "Find My Love" which features rapper Nas and that powerful and haunting voice that I have come to love and cherish so dearly.

Representatives for Remi said that the Winehouse vocals were from an old jam session the two had. Remi was a producer on both of Winehouse's albums, Frank and Back to Black. "Find My Love" marks the third time Winehouse and Nas have done duets under the direction of Remi. They were previously heard together on "Like Smoke," a single from her 2011 posthumous album Amy Winehouse Lioness: Hidden Treasures, and "Cherry Wine" from Nas' 2012 album Life Is Good. Winehouse died of alcohol poisoning on July 23, 2011, before they could complete production on her third album. My heart is still broken about it as she is by far my favorite artist.

"Find My Love" is set to appear on Remi's Do It for the Culture 2, a collection of songs curated by him. Check it out, below.