Karina Chronicles

Woman We Love: Cynthia of ‘Addicted 2 Etsy’

: Cynthia
Age: 30
Location: NYC
Online homes: blog // twitter
Favorite Karina dress: Loving the limited edition Holly dress.

What are your every day, must-reads, online or off?
Since getting the NYTimes on the Ipad, I start my morning with that. I use Google reader to check on the 100+ blogs I love.  And because I’m always planning a trip in my head, I’m on Tripadvisor a lot.

Your blog is called Addicted 2 Etsy.  Who are your top five Etsy sellers at the moment?
I feel so bad choosing favorites- I love so many shops. Also, this changes all the time, but since I have to choose:

jenniferloiselle: handmade accessories and jewelry
thepairabirds: artwork and prints
ramonawest: vintage
kimdulaney:handmade jewelry
lemoncitrus: bath and body

Just gave some variety, but you can check my favorites tab on my blog to see much more of what I’m loving and checking out.

Why is it important to buy from artisans and small, independent companies?
First off, they are the only ones doing truly unique work. They put a lot of time, love and care into what they do. You can also have a relationship with smaller companies or independent artisans that just can’t exist with the big companies. They also represent a very real and important part of our economy and we would be missing out on so much amazing stuff if we don’t support them. They are necessary for what they add to the table and because they are some of the most hardworking people and truly care about their customers and their craft.

If you could give your 16-year-old self advice, what would you say?
Love yourself. You’re smart, you’re beautiful, stop with the self-doubt. Be more confident, talk to more people. But most of all, I would tell my 16-year-old self to loosen up a little bit more and have some more fun. I was just a tad square – although I know my mum loved that I was always at home with my head buried in a book.  I would have a little more healthy fun!

Your perfect day.  What would it look like?
There’s 2 kinds:
Sunny but cool, me sitting somewhere outside, surrounded by loved ones, maybe a picnic at the park. However, when we get to 90 degree summer, my perfect day changes to:
Rainy day, dark outside, cozy inside, me under the covers watching 80’s movies.

Thanks so much for sharing, Cynthia!

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