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Kuma: Book Clutch Project

kumabookclutch2 Recently, we’ve talked about and praised handmade artists on Etsy for their creativity and lack of much deserved attention. Today, I’ve got something special to introduce to you—Kuma, the book clutch! Made by artisan Mari Ojasaar, Kuma is a handmade leather clutch made to look like a vintage book. A famous quotation or a phrase of your choice is engraved on the outside of the book clutch. It is however still  a project in the works. It needs to come alive with your help!

Kuma is on Kickstarter and is in need of a lot of serious “backers” (investors with sweet rewards) by Sunday, February 9 to make Kuma a living creation. As you may know, the deal with Kickstarter is that the artist or project doesn’t get any of the donations if the goal amount isn’t met by the deadline. With every donation, you automatically get something from the artist.

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For example: For a mere $15 donation, you get the satisfaction of helping Mari’s project Kuma happen AND get a butterfly brooch from below:

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For higher donation amounts, you get bigger rewards—and as you may have guessed, including your very own personalized clutch like that piece of lemon cake above. Head on over to Kickstarter right now to give to a unique project and get back a reward. Watch the video below to learn more and fall in love!

Fur Trimmed Bomber Jackets: Yay or Nay?

This is for all of you on the other side of the world enjoying the beginning of winter! There’s something retro about bomber jackets, and adding (faux) fur makes them have a touch of Hollywood class. You can easily incorporate a modern piece like these leather jackets into a 40s-inspired outfit.

Some fur can look tacky, but I’ve been really into it, especially when it creates a certain old timey mood. How about you—yay or nay?

Purple vs. Black

Womens Blue Leather Biker Jacket Trento JLG Leather

If you had a chance to pick between this hue of purple or black in the same style of jacket, what would you pick? I really like black and would choose it over purple, BUT if I had her purple eyes, maybe I’d reconsider! I really like a lot of zippers and buckles on leather. It’s just so punk.

You can find this jacket and other womens leather jackets from JLG Leather.

Sexy Planet of the Apes Boots

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How COOL are these boots? These are made by a company called Gipsy Dharma (I just love that name). Two of these leather boots are named “Mischievous Fairy,” and I think the name suits the design of these boots very well. Oh how I’d love to pair these with some black tights and a laid back outfit on a nice Spring day! They’re like Planet of the Apes meets Peter Pan meets swashbucklers…

I think you’ll need something like this to transform a lonesome stroll in a local park into roaming around a magical forest.

Their About Us section on their website is total icing on the cake:

Unique clothing and leather boots for women.

Light and flexible, like second skin.

Barefoot feeling for all you dancers, fairies, pixies, gipsies and space travellers :)

Love & Light. Your Gipsy Dharma.