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Etsy Shop Spotlight: Handmade Bling


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We know what everyone says about Princeton fashion. They say that we all look like we stepped out of a J. Crew catalog; now that isn’t a problem, but the lack of diversity in our stylings is an issue. Where is the fashion experimentation? Where is our drive to dress to impress?–dead with the flowers held hostage under the snow. Believe it or not, spring is soon to come which means new clothes. I don’t think that we intentionally fall into the roles of J. Crew models, but what else do we know? Trendy has become the way of life in almost all stores. Modcloth, American Apparel, and Urban Outfitters are more similar than they ever were before. Unique pieces are hard to find. Enter Etsy. Etsy connects the sellers with the buyers in a unique way. Hand-made products, that are one-of-a-kind and often custom-made, are not only really unique but perfect for Princeton collegiettes. In the upcoming weeks we will highlighting our most recent favorite shops on Etsy!

Handmade Bling owned by Shilah Kassowitz (Clearwater, Florida)
Shilah Kassowitz, with style and grace, handcrafts affordable, chic, and contemporary jewelry. Each piece of jewelry is made with love and care, resulting in some of the most unique and original creations. The pieces of the recent Handmade Bling collection are extremely flirty. They are perfect for your Valentine’s Day rendezvous, a night on the Street, or a non-sweats day of class. Shilah has a piece of jewelry that you can’t live without. Handmade Bling is certainly the jewelry stop for Princeton women, and luckily enough in celebration of Valentine’s Day–free shipping in the United States for the month of February! Get on it ladies!

Her Campus Princeton: When did you open Handmade Bling?
Shilah Kassowitz: I started my Etsy shop back in April 2009.
Her Campus Princeton: What led you to delve into the world of Etsy?
Shilah Kassowitz: I found out about Etsy through a friend who was also selling on products Etsy with great success, and so I gave it a go.
Her Campus Princeton: So if you could only describe Handmade Bling in one word, what word would it be?
Shilah Kassowitz: I don’t have just one word but a bunch that make up my shop and who I am as well: fabulous, fun, fashionable, contemporary, chic, hip, bling, affordable, bohemian, vintage, flirty, sexy, beautiful, aesthetic. That’s about it.
Her Campus Princeton: So we both know that your jewelry is gorgeous, but what is the main reason why Princeton collegiettes should know about Handmade Bling?
Shilah Kassowitz: I think that there is at least one piece of jewelry in my shop that they just can’t live without, not only that, but my jewelry is affordable, high quality, sexy, contemporary and fashionable and I am adding new pieces every week along with my new line of Vintage and Vintage inspired jewelry. All of my jewelry comes beautifully gift wrapped so great for gift giving, whether to another or yourself. Happy shopping.

Our Favorite Handmade Bling Items

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Ajibike Lapite is a member of Princeton University’s Class of 2014. When not studying, Ajibike tutors at the Young Scholar’s Institute in Trenton, NJ; serves as the President  of the Princeton Premedical Society; is the Editor-in-Chief of Her Campus Princeton; currently holds the title of Most Stylish Undergraduate (from Stylitics). Ajibike is a  molecular biology major with a certificate in global health & policy. She enjoys consumption of vanilla ice cream and sweet tea, watching games of criquet, exploring libraries, lusting after Blair Waldorf’s wardrobe, watching far too much television, editing her novel, staying watch at the mailbox, playing tennis and golf in imitation of the pros, hanging out with the best friends she’s ever had, baking cookies that aren’t always awesome, being Novak Djokovic’s fan girl, and sleeping—whenever and wherever she can.
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