Take a Whiff of These Fragrances

You’re probably changing up your wardrobe for autumn, but have you thought about changing up your fragrance? Warm weather scents tend to be lighter, more floral or fruity. While cool weather scents can afford to be a bit stronger, think musks and earthy undertones. Do you change your scent with the seasons?

 

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ROW 1: 1996 by Byredo // Bless this Mess. by anese    ROW 2: Dark Wave by OLO // Gold by Commodity // REPLICA Lazy Sunday Morning by Maison Margiela    ROW 3: More Than the Stars by Olivine Atelier // Nirvana Bourbon by Elizabeth and James // Phoenix by MCMC    ROW 4: Ritual by Smoke // Room Service by Vilhelm // Rose Atlantic by D.S. & Durga    ROW 5: Scorpio by Strange Invisible Perfumes // Silent Films by Goest // Tobacco Vanilla by Tom Ford

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Fall 2016 Wish List

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1/Brass Hairpin  2/Brown Leather Backpack
3/Gold Heart Locket  4/Goldie Flat Booties

Fall is my favorite season, but it’s for the crisp air and wardrobe options rather than the pumpkin spice lattes (blech!) and shorter days. And I’m past ready to bring out ankle boots, sweaters, and hats. I wouldn’t mind adding these things to my life either…

 

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5/Letterman Snap Jacket  6/Melting Lip Powder
7/Super Soft High Neck Knit Dress  8/Rose Gold Cuff Earring Set

 

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9/SK-8 Hi Slim High-Top Sneakers  10/Stoneware Ceramic Bangles 
11/Super Pure  12/Sweatshirt with pockets

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Happy Weekend

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1/Jidouhanbaiki is a photo series that explores Japan’s obsession with vending machines   2/Chihiro Ogura creates cookie masterpieces inspired by cultural Japanese motifs   3/Inks, a modernist art app disguised as a pinball puzzler   4/Rippling liquid marble mimics a flowing river in Petit Loire   5/Serpentine tattoos by Mirko Sata weave black and white ink together   6/A model painted with glowing makeup lights up beautifully under UV light in Neon Dream   7/Paper flowers by Haruka Misawa   8/Hair stenciling in the new trend everyone will be trying   9/France has a wine theme park, La Cité du Vin   10/The Beach Vault will keep your stuff from getting stolen at the beach

 

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1/Happy 4th of July   2/Print Edition: July 2016   3/Bonnie and Neil   4/Anna King   5/WKNDLA   6/Endre Penovác   7/To Wallpaper or Not to Wallpaper   8/Leslie Weaver

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L’accumulation

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L’accumulation is a showcase of functional beauty. Modernism and nostalgia, utility and expression, a story that’s gathered over time as we build our homes and our lives. A belief that traditional items have a place in the home whether they are made by heritage brands or are limited handmade items. Everything L’accumulation purveys is made to last.

 

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Thirsty Porcelain Glass // Hand Hammered Brass and Copper Box // Porcelain Cornet Table Lamp // Salt, Pepper, and Sugar Flask // Apotheke Bontanika Yuzu Cream

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Dream Shop Collective Giveaway: Menagerie

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By this point in December most of the gifts have been bought and maybe even wrapped, cookie recipes have been researched and are about to be baked, and chances are you’ve hit up more than one holiday party. It’s high time you pamper yourself just a bit before running headlong into the last week of the year, dontcha think?

This year I’m part of Dream Shop Collective, a group of bloggers and makers that have come together to host nine holiday giveaways from shops that are independently owned and primarily run by women. (Maybe you’ve seen me sharing the other gals’ giveaways on Twitter?) We’re shifting the focus away from the hyperstimulated e-commerce world to offer a place of calm, inspiration, and beauty – and I’m happy to host the 9th and final giveaway from Menagerie.

The Portland-based shop – housed in a renovated 1979 Airstream! – is on a mission to provide products that are good for the body, good for the environment, and good for the people who make them. Menagerie carries non-chemical skincare with ingredients you can pronounce, cosmetics, fragrance, and grooming products from companies who pay the very best attention to their quality, and hand-made goods that help support the small businesses that craft them. There are at least ten things on my wish list from this well-curated shop! But you’re the lucky ones, so…

Enter below to win something special for yourself – here’s what’s up for grabs. (U.S. entries only)
Menagerie Gold Bar Earrings
Laqa & Co Doppelganger Fat Lip Pencil
Aenon’s Sea Kelp & Rose Clay Facial Mask
LURK All Natural Perfume Oil (scent BS003)
Cast Iron Garden Snips

 

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Pssst… enjoy 10% off at any of Dream Shop Collective‘s participating stores. Just use the coupon code DREAMSHOPCOLLECTIVE at checkout.

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A Few of My Favorite Things in 2015

I always struggle when explaining just what I do for a living to others. You’d think after 8 1/2 years of Design Crush I’d have nailed down an elevator pitch, but nope. Usually I resort to saying something about the site being a reflection of my aesthetic yadda yadda yadda. That is until a few months ago when I came across this quote by Maira Kalman and it resonated like no other. I feel like this is the absolute perfect way to describe my day to day and if I could use it as the entirety of my bio I would.

 

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I share things I love daily with you, but of course I don’t own all of them. Not even a fraction. One of my favorite posts each year is this one, where I get to share the things I use day in and day out that have stood the test of life. So in my best Oprah voice, herewith are my faaaavorite thiiiiiings for 2015!

 

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1/Artifact Uprising’s Wood Cleat – This sleek reclaimed wood cleat has a magnetic closure system, making it super easy to swap out whatever art/photo/etc you want to display at any given moment.

2/Casper – You’ve surely heard about this startup that’s changing the mattress industry. I got mine back in March and haven’t woken up with a sore back or hips since. I really cannot recommend it enough! (Hit me up if you want a coupon!)

3/Cold Gold – This line of hand-crafted geometric and leather jewelry has become my go-to for daily wear and gifting. It doesn’t hurt that the owner is super sweet either!

4/Neoflam – Cast aluminum cookware that’s non-stick and seamless is perfect for making dinner every night. Because when something is this easy to clean up it’s way less likely to end up sitting in my sink for a week.

5/Urbanears Plattan ADV Wireless – I’ve worn this line for years, but they recently released the first Bluetooth headphones in their lineup and I’m completely hooked.

6/Parabo Press Risograph Prints – Really all of their personalized print goods, but especially the pink risographs are amazing. The app is also super easy to use which says a lot in this day and age.

7/Treat Collection – Since trying out this non-toxic line of nail polishes and remover I haven’t used anything else. Great coverage, no odor – what else could be better?

8/Nest – I first plugged my new learning thermostat in this past spring. Not only is it interesting to see it learn your habits, it’s also fantastic seeing the difference in your bills.

9/Canary – Quite simply the easiest all-in-one home security system that’s ever been. You control it all from your phone and there’s zero setup.

10/Frederick’s & Mae Playing Cards – Some of the most eye-catching I’ve ever come across, they even make solitaire that much better!

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