Win It: Make a Statement With Beso

 

Shopping is awesome, and anything that makes shopping easier is also awesome by default.

Have you heard of Beso? It’s a site that organizes tens of millions of products from thousands of stores and brands (so yeah, a lot) in one place for you to browse to your heart’s content. You can also create Collections to put together the perfect art opening outfit or your birthday wish list with an easy drag and drop format. Beware: It’s addicting! I have New Year’s Eve on the brain and pulled together some statement necklaces, any of which I’d be happy to create an evening around for my latest collection – Make a Statement (Necklace) – which you can check out right here.

So what’s this giveaway business all about? Beso is spreading some holiday cheer by giving one of you a little something to smile about. All you have to do is create your own Collection and follow the steps below for a chance to win any item off of your board OR mine (up to $300)!

 

This giveaway is now closed. Congratulations to Amber!

 

To Enter:
1. Head over to Beso, create a profile (if you don’t have one already), and make a Collection of your own!
2. Copy and paste the link into the comments section below.
3. Pop over and LIKE Beso on Facebook.
4. Do it all before Monday, December 24th at midnight CST!

A winner will be chosen randomly and announced here once the giveaway closes.
Full giveaway rules + disclosure.

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24 Merry Days – Day #11 Giveaways

It’s Design Crush’s turn – Day 11 of 24 Merry Days – to give away some amazing things! We’re one of the lucky sites having not one, but two giveaway – for this virtual advent calendar filled to the brim with a new giveaway at a different blog each day through Christmas Eve. And since we’re only halfway through the month, you have plenty more giveaways to enter if you’re just now hearing about this fun collaboration!

 

There’s something perfectly wintery abut cozy fleece, which makes the Striped Fleece Laptop Case and Striped Fleece Backpack from POKETO especially fitting for this time of year. Try not to cuddle with them too much.

TO ENTER GIVEAWAY #1
Visit POKETO and tell me what else you find especially lovely in the comments section. For an extra entry LIKE Design Crush on Facebook and let me know you did! Note: You must enter each giveaway with a separate comment. U.S. entree only please.

 

May28th‘s InstaWATCH is so much fun! Choose any of your Instagram photos to adorn its face (That’s my handsome cat Peanut above!). Such a great personalized gift for yourself or someone on your list.

TO ENTER GIVEAWAY #2
Tell me in the comments section what Instagram photo you’d put on your watch face! For an extra entry LIKE Design Crush on Facebook and let me know you did! Note: You must enter each giveaway with a separate comment. U.S. entree only please.

Both giveaways end December 18th at midnight. Two winners will be chosen at random and announced here shortly after.

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Win It: UGallery

This Is Only a Temporary Solution (Deer) by JenMarie Zeleznak

Today we’re talking about art in an often neglected space: the kitchen! With all of the cabinets, countertop necessities, and inevitable space issues most kitchens present it’s easy to see how the walls go under our radar. In fact, the only space my kitchen offers in the wall department is the backsplash. In the four years I’ve owned my home I haven’t really bothered to do much with it, but after some thought I realized it’s the perfect place for a miniature art gallery!

 

Coney Island Beach, New York by Bryan Solarski

That’s why I’ve partnered with UGallery, to make my once boring backsplash the exact opposite. I hung two prints, but you could also set frames on the counter and lean them against the wall. I wanted the art to be the focus, so I opted for simple glass frames with no edge. I hope to continue filling in the space over the next few months for the total gallery effect.

Now here’s the fun part, you have a chance to win the same two prints from UGallery that I have on my walls! Coney Island Beach, New York by Bryan Solarski and This Is Only a Temporary Solution (Deer) by JenMarie Zeleznak. The beach photo is sure to make you think of summer all winter long, and the whimsical watercolor will make you smile each time you catch a glance.

 

Congratulations to comment #22 Kirsten!
This giveaway is now closed.

 

To Enter:
1. Follow both Design Crush and UGallery on Facebook.
2. Leave a comment here saying you followed both.
3. Do it before Tuesday, December 11, 2012 at midnight CST.
4. Cross your fingers! A winner will be chosen randomly and posted here.

UGallery is also offering Design Crush readers 15% off of your entire purchase when you use the code designcrush15 at checkout through December 15th!

Giveaway Rules + Disclosures. U.S. entrees only.

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24 Merry Days

I’m so excited to be a Merry Blogger for 24 Merry Days! Audrey from This Little Street is the mastermind who rounded up a great group of bloggers who will be doing a giveaway (or two) from December 1st through the 24th, brilliant right? After all, this is the time of year to spread a little cheer if there ever was one. The project’s site is lovely and gives you a heads up as to which giveaway is which day on which blog. (Mine is the 11th!) And let me tell you, we have some amazing sponsors giving away things you’ve been coveting all year. I’ll be tweeting which blog is doing the giveaway each day, so I hope you’ll follow along with me at @designcrush if you’re not already. I’m so ready to give away all of the things!!

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iMM Living + a Giveaway

I’m pleased as punch to be part of Imm Living’s Choo Choo Chooses Thanksgiving Edition! About a month ago they asked me to choose a handful of things to style around my home, and since Imm has the most amazing white ceramic accessories it really couldn’t have been any easier. Take a look…

 

The bear Hunter’s Den Decorative Tray makes the perfect spot for my discarded tea bag, especially since I like to try and use each one twice!

 

The large Pedigree Collection Container fits in perfectly with my white vases. So far it’s made everyone take a second look!

 

Some of the only plants I’m able to grow are herbs, and they tend to run rampant in my kitchen. My blue mouflon Watering Hole Cruet is living next to the out-of-control basil and acting as a watering can!

 

This Totem Cup Set is one of my favorites! How can you not love their mischievous faces? They’re currently residing next to my dry goods to show off their tall and narrow look when stacked. Can’t wait to use them for hot chocolate this winter.

 

The deer Royal Tine Jewelry Holder is perfect for organizing the pieces I wear most, and I keep it close at hand on one of my bedside tables.

 

A business gal has got to have her office in order, and this pretty little Feather Card Holder is the perfect thing to keep my cards close at hand.

 

Oh, and that little mention of a giveaway? Well. One of you has the chance to win EVERYTHING I just mentioned. Yup, all six pieces.

This giveaway is now closed. Congratulations to #140 Kirsten!

To Enter:
1. Leave a comment telling me which piece is your favorite.
2. Make sure the email address you leave is valid.
3. Do it all before Monday, November 19th at midnight CST.
(You can read the full rules + disclosures right here.)

And one last little surprise, Burke Decor is offering you all 15% off storewide (including Imm Living) through December 15th. Just enter the code DESIGNCRUSHIMM during checkout. Time to get shopping!

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Celebrated

Remember last month when I mentioned Design Crush was turning five and we were going to celebrate? Well we did!

Two weeks ago a great group of friends and supporters spent an evening at The Wedge chowing down on gourmet pizzas and libations, including a fresh-squeezed grapefruit margarita named The Crush just for the occasion.

Danielle (left) and Susan (right) of EngageOKC were my lovely sponsors/coordinators who put everything together. And did I mention it was 100+ degrees outside? And that it took place on a patio? Because yes and yes, so please ignore my hair.

My favorite local stationery shop, Chirps and Cheers, put together these fun goodie bags for everyone who came to celebrate. You guys, Black Pearl erasers. I didn’t even know such a thing existed!

Two of my favorite ladies in attendance, Erin of CooperHouse and Kate of Cookie and Kate. Erin and her husband, Tim, are my web developers and instrumental to any sort of success Design Crush has experienced. And Kate made the best mixed berry bundt cake with lemon cream cheese glaze as a celebratory dessert.

My family (well, the few who live in Oklahoma) even made an appearance. My stepdad Bill, my mom Cynthia, and the infamous Pete!

I really can’t say thank you enough to everyone who reads Design Crush, I don’t have the words. However, as a small act of gratitude I have ten goody bags that I’m giving away to the first ten commenters. Please leave a valid email address to be contacted.

And here’s to five more!

All photos ©Regan of Afashionado

 

Update: We have our ten winners, watch your inbox folks!

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Win It: HOW Conference Tickets

I knew one day a giveaway would come along that made me absolutely green with envy. Well friends, here it is. Not only do you have the chance to win two tickets to the HOW Design Conference next month in Boston, you’re also eligible for a $100 discount on the individual full conference rate when you use the exclusive code CRUSH*!

HOW Design Conference is happening in Boston from June 22-25, and you’re invited to be a part of the Design Revolution! You’ll get four days packed with creative inspiration, expert information on communicating with your clients, from-the-trenches advice on growing your career, cutting-edge software instruction, plus a wealth of innovative ideas and great design work.  You’ll also have the opportunity to meet and mingle with some of the industry’s most revolutionary design thinkers like Chip Kidd, Joseph Duffy, Debbie Millman, David Sherwin, Armin Vit, and Christopher Simmons, just to name a few. And be sure to head to the HOW Design Conference Exhibit Hall where you’ll find leading industry suppliers with all the products, services and resources you need to stay on the cutting edge. Plus all the free samples, goodies and giveaways aren’t so shabby either! If that doesn’t get you chomping at the bit, I don’t know what will.

For complete session descriptions, speaker info and everything else you need to know about the HOW Design Conference, including a quick and easy registration form, visit www.HOWconference.com.

 

To Enter:
1. Leave a comment telling me who your design hero is.
2. Make sure the email address you leave is valid. (For notification purposes only.)
3. Do it all by Monday, June 4th 2012 12am CST.

This giveaway is closed. Congrats Katie O.!


* Discount cannot be combined with any other discount offers, including student and group rates. Cannot be used in conjunction with The BIG Ticket registration option.

Please note that Design Crush will receive a small compensation for each ticket purchased through the discount code. View complete giveaway rules and disclosures here.

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Win It: Souvenir Foto School


You’d like to be a better photographer, right? If you answered yes, I have just the thing for you – Souvenir Foto School! And luckily, we happen to be giving away a spot that could have your name on it.

Souvenir Foto School is a 5-week online course put together by Miss B. of Besotted Brand Blog, a fantastic photographer in her own right. All levels of photo know-how are welcome to join in on the fun, in fact you don’t even need a real camera because your camera phone will do. Crazy, yes? The goal of the course is to improve your skills with photo challenges by using time tested techniques. Put your new-found skills to work for crafts, your Etsy shop, or new photos of your cat – the world shall be your oyster! You can read all about the course right here, you can even sign up if you’re the impatient type like me. Classes start April 1st!

To enter, leave a comment:
1. Tell me why you want to become a better photographer!
2. Leave a valid email address.
3. Do it all before Monday, March 26th at 12am CST. One entry per person.

Winner will be chosen at random using Random.org. See full giveaway disclosure and rules here

Congratulations to #18 Jessica!

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Win It: SITE / Sloane Ranger Laptop Bag

You may have noticed the super-curated Astoria-based shop SITE as one of my sponsors the past few months. I hope you’ve stopped over to checkout Mackenzie’s space, but if not here’s your chance – we’re giving away one of Sloane Ranger’s preppy-printed laptop bags this week! Choose between Wild Horses and Ditzy Flowers, each one measures 14 x 11″ and is sure to make you smile each and every time you lay eyes on it.

To Enter:
1. Tell me which print sets your heart aflutter.
2. Leave a valid email address. (Just for notifying the winner, promise!)
3. Do both before next Monday, March 19th at 12am CST.

See full giveaway disclosure and rules here

THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED.
Congratulations to our winner, comment #134.

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Win it: Beso

You’ve heard of Beso, yes? It’s a sort of genius (if I do say so myself) site that scours the web for the absolute best things to buy, making it that much easier for you to shop your favorites all in one place. They also make it possible to create collections and save oodles of your favorites – you know, for when you get that bonus or hit the lottery or decide that pair of shoes is more important than not eating ramen all week. That’s my A Night On the Town collection up above and I’m seriously crushing on that botier Misha convertible clutch. I love how it adds a little pop of color to the otherwise black and gold outfit.

Now here’s the really great thing – you have the chance to create and win a collection of your own creation! 

Here’s How to Enter:
1. Head over to Beso and create an account if you don’t have one already.
2. Build your own shopping collection.
3. Comment below and share your link!

TIP: To create a collection, search around the site and click the + symbol next to each product and select Add to New Collection. Continue to shop, shop, shop! Check out mine for inspiration.

* Open to US residents, 18 and older. Contest ends 2/13/12. One entry per person. Contest valued at $150. Giveaway rules and disclosures.

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