Now that Thanksgiving is over, it is now time to think of gifts to get your family this Christmas. Here are a few ideas to help you get started!
Christmas shopping is a hassle. You want to get your family members something they like, but you also want to be practical about your gift. One gift that never stops giving is a good ol' watch. It may seem like an obvious gift, but one can never have too many watches. It is a necessity in everyone's wardrobe, especially among men. Nothing makes a suit look more dashing than a stylish watch to go with it. A fashionable watch can fetch a hefty price in today's jewelry stores, so if you're looking for something beautiful yet easy on the bank account, shopping vintage might be just what you need. This watch, sold by Clue Authentic Brand, sports a sleek minimalist design that will never go out of style. Because it is entirely black, it goes with nearly anything and would look amazing worn either casually or formally. It is made of genuine black leather and stainless steel, so you have a watch that will last you years. It is mechanical, so there is no need to worry about batteries. The minimalist design is absolutely timeless. You would never be able to tell it came from the 1970's. It comes from the brand Poljot. According to the shop, "Poljot founded in 1953, is a watch brand produced by the Minsk Watch Plant in Minsk, Belarus. In 2010, Swiss watchmaker Franck Muller International BV purchased 80% of the Minsk Watch Plant and plans to launch a new line of watches based on Swiss-designed movements." This watch would look phenomenal adorning anyone's wrist.
Thanksgiving is just around the corner! Here we have some handmade goods to help make your home feel warm and cozy for the holiday!
There's no better way to spread Thanksgiving cheer than decorating your home and apartment for all your neighbors and guests to see. Wreaths have held symbolism since ancient times, and now they decorate homes in celebration of the season. What's the first thing that comes to your mind when you picture a holiday wreath? Is it the lush foliage? Is it the berries and vegetables that are speckled throughout? Ribbons? Sparkles? Big bows? Whatever you may associate with wreaths, I doubt you thought of metal. This wreath is made of galvanized metal, giving it a rustic look. The buffalo ribbon keeps it beautiful and dainty (but if buffalo ribbon is not your thing, you could always have it customized!). There is just enough festivity and ornament without it being too busy. It is available with the words Gather or Welcome, so you could have a completely one-of-a-kind wreath that will have everyone talking (in a good way, or course). Hang it inside for a comfortable feel or outside for your neighbors to marvel at. It would look amazing in most styles of home including, but not exclusive to rustic, barnyard, country chic, French farmhouse, and industrial homes. If these don't match your styles, however, this wreath would still look awesome contrasted against modern, mid-century, and contemporary homes. Having a wreath on your front door sets the tone for the night to come, so give them something beautiful and festive to get them in the celebrating mood. Handmade by Loves House of Burlap
We are thrilled to be featuring Gusto Graphic Tees, a graphic design and screen printing small shop located in Austin, TX!
Gusto Graphic Tees is quite the creative company, designing unique state pride and love t-shirts, tanks, stickers and buttons. A few of their designs are humorous while others are straight up full of love and happiness. Owner, Kelli Holtman, originally worked at a graphic design company for 12 years and as most people, she was eventually burned out by the mundane, day to day activities and wanted to enjoy her career as a graphic designer.
One interesting night, she had a vivid dream that she speaking to her father. He challenged her to do what she felt was best and stated in her dream, “Go For The Gusto Kelli, make yourself happy, do what you want to do because life is short!” Soon after, she and her wife signed up for a few screen printing classes and thereafter, sparked up the excitement to start up Gusto Graphic Tees.
Like most designers, they created designs using photoshop and showed them around to a few local stores. The couple received amazing responses and support along the way but of course, Kelli's wife was the strongest supporter of them all. And now, two years later Kelli is still running with it, doing exactly what she loves, and always thinking back to that very visual dream - forever thankful to her father for showing her the sign. For this very reason, we are honored to share this inspirational story behind what became of Gusto Graphic Tees and of curse, a few awesome products from this sweet small shop.
Who couldn’t love southern state designs and local foods? Below is the first Buzz Better t-shirt featured on our social media feeds. If you're familiar with Texas, you will know that margarita's and tacos are quite addicting to many Austinites. It is the classic choice for the weekend and Happy Hour treats; whether you're North, South, East, or West - margarita's and tacos are Texas favorites. This cool t-shirt is extremely soft made from 50% poly, 25% combed and ring-spun cotton, and 25% rayon. Get your shirt today or wrap it in a Christmas box for your family and friends. They are bound to love it!
And of course, when it comes to Texas, nothing is more important than a nice cold beer and scrumptious barbecue! Not a soul could visit this state without trying a new brewery or Franklin's BBQ. Franklin's is just one out of a thousand barbecue joints in Texas but, everyone knows if you're going to visit this lone star state, you've gotta try the barbecue and why not sport your very best baseball tee while you're at it. This beer and bbq design is unisex and also super soft with 52% combed and ring-spun cotton and 48% polyester!
And how about them Cajun's? Gusto Graphic Tees also designs a variety of Louisiana loving t-shirts and more. It so happens that owner, Kelli, is originally from St. Martinville, LA. For those of you who are not familiar with St. Martinville, it is widely considered the birthplace of the Cajun culture and contributes millions and millions of pounds of wild crawfish to the overall production of Louisiana. The little town of St. Martinville, also produces acres and acres of sugar cane throughout the state and there is plenty to share! At Buzz Better, we just love this retro style shirt to represent Cajun pride wherever you are and whenever you want. Shop all of the Cajun tees, designed and hand printed by a crafty and cool Cajun.
Familiar with Fixer Upper and addicted to shiplap? Check out this Louisiana Love shirt featuring the beautiful, boot shape state on a shiplap design. This super soft t-shirt is also a great Christmas gift for your Cajun loving family or someone who just simply appreciates this state. If you've stepped into this swampy sweet lifestyle, you've certainly learned to adore the Cajun country all the way from Shreveport to New Orleans. Click on images for more information and to start shopping now!
So with that, we'd like to end by stating again that we are elated to feature Kelli's shop of Gusto Graphic Tees! We imagine you will love to strut your state with these super soft t-shirts and people will certainly ask you where you got it, so that they can get one too!
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Find Gusto Graphic Tees in your local Texas and Louisiana Store!
Check out the list of boutiques and shops here.
Let's take a trip down memory lane and look at fashion and lifestyle from the past! We are showcasing vintage pieces from decades you may know and love.
Everyone has had a windbreaker at some point in their life. It was almost a rite of passage for every teen and young adult to have colorful and geometric clothing in the 80's and 90's. If you couldn't be Kelly from Saved by the Bell, at least you could dress like her, and a patterned jacket was a must. This trend died out in the 2000's, but has since come back with a vengeance, much to the dismay of embarrassed adults who had hoped that their nylon nightmare had been left in the past. Modern fashion, especially for men, consists of muted colors like beiges and browns (thanks, Kanye), so it seems strange that these neon accessories have had a revival amongst the youth. But trust me, these jackets are so cool. If there's any way to spice up your outfit and take it to the next level, a windbreaker is totally the way to go. It's fun to be able to play around with colors and fabrics in such a bold way. This vintage windbreaker is absolutely fabulous! It is turquoise with mauve and geometric patches. The fabric has this marvelous sheen to it that plays with the light beautifully. Even with the age that comes with vintage clothing, the colors are so vibrant, but not too overwhelming. This windbreaker would look fantastic with a white t-shirt or a pair of distressed denim shorts. The best part is that the design allows it to be wearable in different conditions. You could wear it over a crop top or turtleneck, so you definitely get your money's worth. Buying from a vintage shop is also much easier on the budget. Companies try to sell windbreakers for hundreds of dollars (I wish I was kidding), but buying vintage more reasonable and often have the same, if not better quality than their expensive counterparts. You also can't replicate the authenticity of a real 90's windbreaker! Interzone Vntg offers an enormous range of both original and reworked vintage clothing. If you're not ready to rock a shiny neon piece of clothing in public just yet, they have many other jackets and parkas you could choose from!
Happy Hump Day! Today, we are pleased to feature some lovely, handcrafted leather goods from Etsy entrepreneurs. Take a look at these wonderful pieces! They are great extensions to any outfit and excellent gift ideas for Christmas. It's right around the corner and will be here before we know it!
Looking for something to spice up your wardrobe? These Vania Handwoven Leather Mules are the perfect accessory to complete and elevate any outfit. They can be worn casually or for a more professional setting. When you're late to work, what better way to save time than to just slip on your shoes? Their versatility makes them a great asset to have in your closet. These can be worn with a pair of denim shorts or some trendy cropped slacks. The closed-toe design offers protection while still being convenient and easy to put on. These are also great for your loved ones who may have difficulty with buckles and laces on other shoes. The handwoven upper is exquisite and so fun to look at. They come with a non-slip sole, which makes them great for those of you who are always on the move. You can see the beautiful quality of these slides just by the pictures alone. MIUCCIASTUDIO has many variations of this handwoven mule (even one with heels!) so you could have a pair for every occasion. They are like traditional Mexican huaraches, but with a modern twist that is so lovely. The tan leather is just stunning! I hope you love compliments, because you'll definitely get them with these!
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