Scoutmob (+ a Giveaway)

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I don’t know about you but I think it feels good, really good, to buy local. And when local isn’t possible, it feels just as amazing to purchase from independent makers who are following their passions in life.

Scoutmob is an online marketplace that’s twofold. One, they promote independent makers – craftsmen and designers alike – through Scoutmob Shoppe and give you access to their inspired, authentic goods. Two, they set out to find unique destinations that make cities great by way of their mobile incentives, under-the-radar events, and their on the ground scouts. In a nutshell, Scoutmob believes that by surrounding ourselves with authentic experiences and things, we can make our lives that much more amazing.

 

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Tan Leather Key Fob (Saddle Tan) by 1.61 Soft Goods. I’ve had the same green and white striped fabric key fob for years, and was definitely due for an upgrade. This one is loads classier and easy to find in my bag.

 

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Mini Leather Clutch (Cognac) by Crow SLC. This clutch has a perfect sturdy form, nothing too slouchy. And the warm, cognac brown goes with just about everything in my closet full of reds and blacks.

 

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14k Rose Gold Ring with Black Diamond by Porter Gulch. In this ring I’ve found my new favorite! The rose gold band is so thin that I don’t even feel it on my finger.

 

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Raindrop Bangle 3-Pack (Black & White) by Baleen. Geometric and architectural in design, this set of bangles adds that special pop to anything I wear them with.

 

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Midday Weekender Bag by Po Campo. Everyone needs the perfect bag, one to throw a few essentials into for a short weekend trip. This is that bag.

 

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Porcelain Horseshoe by Redraven Studios. My grandparents had a real horseshoe hanging above a doorway in their house for years. I’ve always wanted to imitate it in my own home.

Now it’s your turn! Scoutmob is giving one reader a $100 Scoutmob Shoppe gift card to shop to your heart’s content.

 

THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED. CONGRATULATIONS KAITLIN!

To Enter:
1. Visit Scoutmob and tell us who your favorite maker is in the comments section.
2. Make sure you’re signed in with a valid email address. (For notification purposes only.)
3. Do it all before Sunday, August 25th at 11:59 CST.

Giveaway Rules + Disclaimer.

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Just My Type (+ a Mark and Graham Pinterest Sweeps!)

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Remember that cheesy personalized gifts store? You know, the one that was inevitably in every mall in America back in the 90s. Well, Mark and Graham isn’t that. Being a graphic designer and having a innate love of type makes me a little leery of anything “personalized” by nature. So you can imagine the pleasant surprise I received when this next-generation personalization hit it right on the nose with their beautiful font options and clean, modern pieces. Mark and Graham believes that making your mark is more than a symbol, it’s an artful mingling of typography and design. And you know what? It really is.

 

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Everyday Leather Tote | Turkish Hydro Cotton Towel Set | Kiyla Necklace | Brass Rectangular Cufflinks | Canvas Tote | Armor Lux Stripe Long Sleeve Shirt | Beachport Pinstripe Sheet Set | Make Your Mark Cotton Duvet + Sham with Numbers

These are just a few of my favorite pieces, and they’ve also just released a comfy new line of personalized bedding that’s the perfect combination of luxury and style. Those pinstripe sheets are screaming my name – I think they’d be fantastic in my newly redecorated guest room.

Here’s the fun part, this week I’ve teamed up with Mark and Graham to run a Pinterest sweeps that you’re definitely not going to want to miss out on! We’ve created a board – Just My Type – that I’ll be pinning to all week with typographic inspiration. Create your own and enter for a chance to win a $500 shopping spree at Mark and Graham!

 

THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED. CONGRATULATIONS KRISTIN!

To Enter:
1. Create a graphic-inspired Pinterest board. Be sure to include at least 3 Mark and Graham items!
2. Leave a comment here with a link to your board.
3. Do it all before Sunday, August 18th at 11:59 pm.
4. Good luck!

A winner will be chosen randomly soon after.

Giveaway Rules + Disclosures.

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Zelma Rose (A Giveaway)

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I own this necklace. I love this necklace. And now I get to give away this necklace to one of you!

Zelma Rose pairs classic style and modern design in their line of jewelry, with a focus on skilled American hand craftsmanship. Shop owner and designer Lisa Anderson Shaffer creates every piece in her Northern California studio in limited editions, using both the highest quality new and vintage materials along with hand chosen materials. The end result is both beautiful and functional.

 

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The Chevron Statement Necklace is one of my favorite pieces in Zelma Rose‘s shop. It goes with virtually everything in my wardrobe, and with its chevron print is right on trend to pair with a printed blouse or dress! Here’s how you can snag one of your own.

THIS GIVEAWAY IS CLOSED. Congratulations Sheila P.!

To Enter:
1. Follow Zelma Rose on Facebook.
2. Pop back here and leave a comment letting us know you’re following.
3. Do it all before Sunday, June 23, 2013 at 11:59pm CST.

A winner will be chosen using a random number generator and announced here the next day.

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Dear Kate: The Starlet (a Giveaway)

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I love Dear Kate‘s line of underthings and even own a few pairs of my own. Their latest collection is The Starletblack, lacy, lovely and available in two cuts (hipster and thong) and two linings (full and mini). One of my favorite qualities of Dear Kate’s pieces is that second part, the lining. It’s stain- and leak-resistant making these skivvies the perfect pair for summer, you know when sweating (I’m sorry, glowing) is de rigueur. Not to mention that super awesome few days we ladies look forward to each month. (Ugh.) One less thing to worry about when we already have world peace and summer weather on our minds.

 

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And here’s the part you’ve been waiting for, Dear Kate is giving away your choice of either the Starlet Hipster or the Starlet Thong to THREE WINNERS! (And if you don’t want to wait they’re also offering $10 off on any purchase using the code ‘designcrushlove’ through Monday, 6/10/13.)

 

THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED.

To Enter:
1. Visit Dear Kate and let us know what your favorite piece is!
2. Leave a valid email address in the comment form, NOT the comment itself. (For notification purposes only.)
3. Do it all before 11:59 pm Sunday, June 9th, 2013.

Winners will be announced shortly after and posted here.

 

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Small Ways to Change Up Your Bathroom + a Waterpik Giveaway

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My hall bath is one of those rooms that never feels quite right to me. It’s a perfectly nice room, but the major components – cabinetry, light fixture, etc – just aren’t really my style. So while a major renovation isn’t in the budget right now, I like to switch up the smaller pieces (RE: inexpensive) to make the space feel more like my decorating personality.

 

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When I bought my house all of the plumbing fixtures were shiny and new… and cheap. I replaced all of the sink faucet sets within the year, but the showers went by the wayside. In fact, I thought I had really awful water pressure until I switched them out a few weeks ago! Now I actually look forward to showering, and having a handheld showerhead makes bathing my two dogs loads easier. I’m definitely regretting waiting so long to own one. (BONUS: No tools needed to install!)

 

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Bathrooms usually don’t have more than ten or so hardware fixtures, so it’s a relatively easy update that makes a world of difference. Think of it as changing up the accessories you wear with your favorite outfit – it changes everything! I went with a simple brushed nickel knob to keep with the same finish as the rest of the room.

 

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Bathroom walls can be overlooked and neglected if you don’t have a lot of space to work with, but that doesn’t have to be the case. I recently swapped out a few small pieces for the work of my friend, Jaime Derringer. I opted to use small pieces of double-sided tape to secure the piece directly to the backboard of my frame rather than mat it because I love the natural feel of the brown. I already owned them and the art was a gift, making this a zero cost project.

 

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Because this is my hall bath and doesn’t require a lot of necessities on the countertop, I brought in my small collection of glove forms to dress up it up. Not only do they add a dose of my personality and style to the space, they also cost nothing because I simply moved them from another area of my home. Zing!

 

As a little bonus design expert Cassandra LaValle of coco+kelley has answered a few of my own design quandaries – maybe they’re yours, too!

 

 

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Did you know that May is Home Improvement Month? Cause it is. And in celebration of changing up the space you live in, Waterpik is giving away a home improvement package to one lucky Design Crush reader! You have the chance to win a Waterpik Rainfall+ showerhead along with a bunch of other goodies ($100 value).

 

THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED.
Congratulations to Cassandra!

To Enter:
1. Tell us about your latest home improvement in the comments section.
2. Leave a valid email address in the form. (For notification purposes only.)
3. Do it all before 11:59 pm CST on Sunday, June 2, 2013.

Giveaway Rules + Disclosures

This post is sponsored by Waterpik. Thank you for supporting the brands that help keep Design Crush going!

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Check Out the New Beso App + Win!

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Calling all shopaholics!  I’ve given Beso my share of props before, but now the mega site that spends their days scouring the web and matching your style so you don’t have to has a free app. Which means that your habit knows no bounds! You can shop in the carpool line, while you wait for a bathroom stall to open up, even while avoiding a poorly matched blind date. Or, you know, in your pajamas in bed like I plan on doing.

 

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The app makes choosing your fashion persona super easy. I went with Polished Casual because I love a great pair of jeans and a pair of flats like nobody’s business. Beso then culls through everything for me, so that I only get options that I’ll more than likely love to shop. In fact, everything shown in the first image are pieces matched specifically to my style – all sorts of smart.

Now, let’s get to giveaway part where Beso will buy a randomly selected winner one item they shared (up to $200 value)!

THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED. Congratulations, Margaret!

To Enter:
1. Download the free Beso Shopping for iPhone app.
2. Share any item you love to your favorite social media channel (Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, etc.).
3. Leave a comment below letting us know!
4. Do it all before Sunday, May 26th at 11:59pm CST.
5. Favorite up to 10 products for extra bonus entries!

Giveaway Rules + Disclosures

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Win It: A Well-Designed Life

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How do you stay on top of the things going on outside of your bubble? My world revolves around the web so it’s my obvious go-to for news, events, everything really. I’m especially loving the new MSN site which is really well-designed. The overall site is uber minimal – which you know I love – and it’s perfect for the the touchscreen. As an online publisher one of my favorite features is its ability to share real-time trends, I need to stay on top of so much all of the time that I’ll take all the help I can get. MSN is the best way to stay in the know and the new site design is only the latest reminder. Check out all of its features for yourself right here.

 

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Now here’s the fun part! In honor of all things well-designed we’re teaming up with MSN to do a Pinterest sweeps giveaway. You have the chance to win any one item on the entire A Well-Designed Life board, it’s full of 33 beautiful things that are sure to make your life better designed!

 This giveaway is now closed. Congratulations, Elizabeth!

To Enter:
1. Follow the A Well-Designed Life board on Pinterest.
2. Comment below on which well-designed item you’d like to make your own.
3. Do it all before Sunday, March 17th at 11:59pm CST.
4. For an extra entry tweet about the giveaway using the hashtag #msndesigncrush!

 

Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post that I am being compensated for, however all words and opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that keep Design Crush going! Rules and disclosures.

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Win It: Artifact Uprising

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Ever since having one of my favorite Instagram photos printed on wood and hung on my wall, well, I’m sort of addicted to finding new ways to leverage the technological art form. My latest experiment comes courtesy of Artifact Uprising, a 40-page 8.5 x 8.5″ softcover book filled to the gills with my favorite Instagram shots. I spent an entire evening going through my 1,000+ photos, paring them down, and then designing my book. I can’t stress how easy they make it. You get to choose from several different layouts for each page, and then it’s just a matter of dragging and dropping from the photos you’ve uploaded, resizing if you’d like, and electing to add text or not. When my book showed up on my doorstep I literally tore off the packaging to see the end result – and you guys, it is so good. It’s printed on the most luxe 100% recycled paper and the ink is perfectly saturated (as a graphic designer this is something I’m always super picky about and notice). Here are just a few of my favorite spreads from the book I created:

 

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I’m really excited about the possibilities of creating these books for friends and family after events, holidays, etc – can you imagine how excited you would be receiving one?! Well guess what. You have the chance to do just that, create one of your own that is. Artifact Uprising (PS: Great name, yes?) is giving away one of the same Instagram books that I made.

This giveaway is now closed. Congrats to Rachel!

To Enter:
1. Find your favorite Instagram photo and leave the link in the comments section.
2. Make sure your email address is correct (it’s just for notification purposes).
3. Do it all before Sunday, March 10th at 11:59pm CST.

Giveaway Rules + Disclosure

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Win It: Emily McDowell

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Have you ever had someone from one chapter of your life pop up again in another one way down the road? I’ve had it happen to me a few different times, the most recent with illustrator Emily McDowell. The two of us attended advertising portfolio school together, and a few months ago our paths crossed again. This time in our post-agency careers. It was a welcome surprise, and the icing on the cake was realizing she was the Emily McDowell whose work I’d been seeing everywhere recently! Life is definitely funny sometimes.

 

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So to celebrate friendship, Emily and I are teaming up on a giveaway of her lovely work. The winner will receive the print of their choice from Emily’s shop along with a second print for their best friend!

This giveaway has ended. Congratulations to Shell! 

To Enter:
1. Visit Emily’s shop.
2. Leave a comment below telling me which print your BFF would love best.
3. Do both before Sunday, March 3, 2013 at 11:59 pm CST.

A winner will be chosen randomly shortly after the giveaway closes. Good Luck!

 

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Win It: Curio Road

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Mondays are tough, so we’re starting this one off with a lovely little giveaway from Curio Road! Curio Road was founded last year by Sonali Bloom and Michael Segal with the mission to help us discover unique and inspiring products from exceptional designers. One look at their members-only community site and I’d say they’ve accomplished their goal in spades. Oodles of goodies from jewelry to accessories to home decor that combined make for some serious eye candy! In other words? There is no way to visit this site without buying something incredible.

 

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This giveaway is now closed, congratulations to Thea!

To Enter the Giveaway:
1. Register as a member on Curio Road.
2. Like Curio Road on Facebook.
3. Stop back here to leave a comment letting us know!
4. Do it all before Sunday, February 10th at midnight CST.

A winner will be chosen randomly and announced here once the giveaway closes.

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