Stocking Fillers II: Damsels and Dames, and Debstar Designs

Installment two of our Christmas Stocking Filler Highlights! Today we’re talking Damsels and Dames, and Debstar Designs!

First up, Damsels and Dames! Tani, the powerhouse behind Damsels and Dames, is a friend of mine who I first met about four years ago when she was running Blue Attic on Lygon St, Brunswick East. She’s fabulously quirky and offbeat and will happily, fiercely discuss pretty much anything you can think of. She’s a dancer, makeup artist, crafter, feminist, artist … but for the intents and purposes of this post, she’s primarily makeup artist and purveyor of cute and kawaii accessories and vegan makeup!

Earlier this year I asked Tani if she’d do my makeup for a dark arts festival I was attending in Melbourne, and the resulting makeup rendered me totally unrecogniseable. Literally: I was approaching friends at the venue and people were giving me the polite but blank look you give when a total stranger approaches you like a long lost friend. Tani is amazing and I have no reservations whatsoever in recommending her if you’re looking for a makeup artist in Victoria.

Makeup wizardry aside, Damsels and Dames sells a range of makeup for lips and eyes, pinup and tattoo charms, hair clips and pins, brooches, purses … the list goes on!

Next, Debstar Designs. Deb defines her accessories as ‘gothabilly’, and I think she’s hit the nail on the head with that tag! From the webstore;

[…] unique take on costume jewellery results in an assortment of necklaces, chokers, earrings, brooches, hair clips, shoe clips and more, featuring skulls and crossbones, razor blades, safety pins, tattoo inspired pendants, dice, anchors and much more, all beautifully handmade with crystal beads and quality metal findings.

Her accessories also include a men’s range, and a range catering specifically to the interests of Derby girls!

Deb’s accessories are quality pieces, made by hand and to order – and they’re customizable, so you can choose the colours and finishings. She also accepts custom orders, so you and Deb can work together to create a custom item from start to finish! I own the handcuffs necklace (I opted for black), and it’s a serious statement piece that I love!

Once again, when you shop with Debstar, you’re supporting a small Australian business. Feel good!