10 Days of Design Crush Anniversary Giveaways: Day 5 FAIL

 

Ten years ago this month I started Design Crush as a place to gather inspiration for my day job as a graphic designer, and five years ago it became my full-time job. To thank you all, as well as highlight some of my favorite sponsors from over the years, we’ll be hosting ten days of giveaways in celebration of ten years of this little site that could.

 

George Barberis

I have two favorite jewelry designers in Austin, Texas and this is one of them – meet Fail. After working for two internationally renowned jewelry designers, Christine Fail (yes, that’s her actual last name) decided to strike out and put her stamp on the world. I had the chance to meet her in person a few years ago and she’s just the absolute embodiment of her brand and the pieces she creates – understated elegance, delicate yet strong, a modern classic.

 

George Barberis

Christine is also a smart businesswoman and split Fail into three categories – Fail, Epic Fail, and a home line. Fail offers designs in 14K gold fill and sterling silver, Epic Fail‘s line is full of timeless designs in 14K gold and diamonds, and the home collection is stocked with unique metal accessories.

 

 

I wear this 14K Open Ring in yellow gold from the Epic Fail line on my left hand every day. It’s so perfectly thin that I barely feel it, yet sturdy enough that it doesn’t feel precious which is a balance that I really look for in all jewelry I wear regularly. (It’s also available in rose gold and white gold.)

 

 

I hung one of Christine’s organic spirit chains on the curtain rod above my bed before even knowing that’s where it’s supposed to go! These hand-cut and hammered brass beauties come in three different lengths, and are meant to be hung next to a window or in a curtain to keep bad dreams at bay. It’s one of my very favorite things.

 

 

All three of Fail‘s lines are always expanding, which means I’ve got my eye out for new pieces to add to my own collection. After the latest round of additions I’m eyeing the Graphite Ridge Ring, the 14K Lightning Stud, the Aeon Earrings, and the Saros Necklace (that stone!).

Oh, and guess what! You have a chance to win a $250 gift card to spoil yourself or someone you love with Fail goodies! There are 18 chances to enter but only 48-hours to do it, so get going.
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Beautiful Wears S/S 17

Paola Stripe Top // Chambray Stripe Rampling Tee // Joni Sweatshirt // O’Keefe Chambray Wrap Skirt

 

Nami 1-Piece Swimsuit // Matador Romper // Hazel Dress // Covill Dress

 

White Linen Boat Neck Dress // Oversized Long-Sleeve Shirt // Contrast Cotton Shirt // Long Elastic Waist Dress

 

The Nancy Dress // The Kheller Trouser // The Laurena Maxi // The Shit Tee

 

Black Crane Boat Neck Top, Print C // Black Crane Floral Dress // Black Crane Pleat Dress, Print A // Marion Dress

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12 Dopp Kits

Alden Leather Travel Kit // Waxed Canvas Toiletries Pouch // Manready Dopp Kit // Herschel Studio Tarpaulin Chapter Dopp Kit

Nothing makes me feel more prepared for travel than a solid dopp kit – do you have one? I actually keep doubles of a lot of my toiletries permanently inside because it makes packing for a trip much easier, and thereby me far less likely to forget something. I have a patterned one from Hammocks & High Tea that’s served me well for at least five years, I love it and can’t wait to take it along for a few more adventures this summer.

 

Refresh Dopp Kit // Toilette Shave Kit // Filson Travel Kit // Kip & Co Mauve Toiletry Bag

 

Leather Dopp // Alchemy Goods Elliot Travel Kit // Too Designs Travel Kit // Waxed Canvas Dopp Kit

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May Favorites

1/ EcoBark Dog Harness
After years of searching for a harness that helped control my dog’s tendency to pull, as well as one that fit her broad chest/small neck measurements, I’ve found it. This thing is a lifesaver and the straps are made from recycled water bottles – bonus. (Note: runs small)

2/ Lemon Tree
Plants are therapeutic for me, and I picked up one of these little guys during a plant buying binge. I liked the idea of trying to grow it so much that I bought my Grandma one for Mother’s Day, too. No doubt hers will be five feet tall before mine hits 18-inches!

3/ Native Union Night Cable
This ten-foot long cable is amazing for charging your phone and devices while lounging in bed. The weighted knot anchors it to any surface, so you’re not left searching for your fallen phone when the alarm goes off in the morning.

4/ Elemental Coffee
My favorite coffee from when I lived in Oklahoma City remains my favorite 2 1/2 years post-move. The small batch roastery imports and roasts their own, and you can order a subscription service to show up on your doorstep. I highly recommend the Perusha.

5/ NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Red Square
A classic orangey-red that looks amazing on any skin tone, it’s been my go-to for a few years.

6/ Case Study Bentwood Tray Table
I rely on this tray table in the evenings, when I’m sitting on the couch with the dogs and either listening to records or half paying attention to something on television. It’s a great height and wide enough that I can sit crosslegged under it.

7/ Bebe drawn by Preserve a Moment
The super talented Susanne Kasielke drew my pup, Bebe, from a photo I’d shared in Instagram months ago. Her work is top-notch and I suspect it won’t be long until I commission her to illustrate my other pup as well!

8/ Tadesse Bucket Bag
The perfect bag for summer, its roomy interior provides so much space for essentials while the drawstring closure keeps it all secure. (It’s also available in a mini size and several colors of leather!)

9/ Yucca Plant
I had no clue that yucca plants could survive outdoors in Pennsylvania, or that I had three in my front yard, or that they bloom sporadically! Mine sprouted some tall stalks just about overnight, now I’m waiting for their white bell-like flowers to bloom.

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Memorial Day Sales Galore!

We’re months away from Black Friday, but this weekend’s Memorial Day sales are nearly as good! If you’ve been hanging on to that tax return or waiting to pick up some summer wardrobe pieces now’s the time to take advantage. Check out our favorite picks and sales below!

1. Anthropologie // 40% extra off sale items for AnthroPerk members as well as well as 20% off full-price home and decor

Tripod Mirror // Musa Woven Lantern // Nashi Aqua Swirl Serving Set // Bright Heirloom Tablecloth // Peyton Pitcher // Woven Maya Beach Towel // Minimalist Teakwood Lantern // Vibrant Geo Hanging Planters // Painted Monogram Juice Glass

 

2. Target // up to 30% off patio, home, and furniture, save an additional 10% with promo code SPRING

Porter Mid-Century Modern Coffee Table // Emery Metal Bistro Chairs // Metal, Wood, and Leather Bar Cart // Stok Drum Charcoal Grill // Kilim Accent Rug Runner // Tall Lidded Vase // Mixed Fruits Doormat // 3-Piece Rattan Patio Chat Set // 10-Light Heavy Duty Drop String Lights

 

3. Overstock // Up to an extra 20% off garden and patio, area rug, furniture, and bedding and bath

Acacia Wood Patio Chairs // Outdoor Acacia Wood Chaise Lounge // Outdoor 3-Shelf Industrial Rack // Gavin Mid-Century Wood Counter Stools // Monroe Adjustable Office Chair // Hand Tufted Wool Moroccan Triangle Rug // Distressed Abstract Vintage Oriental Rug // Rialto Rust Faux Leather Chair // Hand-Woven Cotton Rag Rug

 

4. Wayfair // Up to 70% off

12″ Retro Wall Clock // Baxton Studio Sumner 5-Piece Dining Set // Brill Outdoor Wall Lantern // Coral Springs Arm Chair // Gardner Cabinet // Liliam Pouf Square Ottoman // Miro End Table // Phoebe Tufted Sofa // Vintage Metal Hanging 12-Light Sputnik Chandelier

 

5. West Elm // Save up to 30% on all furniture with promo code EXTRAGREAT, up to 70% off on new markdowns, and free shipping on select furiture

Benson 5-Drawer Dresser // Tiered Bar Console // Box Frame Dining Bench // Modern Expandable Dining Table // Mid-Century Daybed // Retro Wing Chair // Arlo Mid-Century Bed // Tiered Side Table // Drum Storage Coffee Table

 

6. Nordstrom // save up to 40%

Satin Kimono Jacket // Grid Hoop Earrings // Boheme Life Halter Bikini Top + Cheeky Bikini Bottoms // Simon Stripe Backpack // Hudson Zip Shirt Jacket // Leather Pouch Necklace // Good Resolution Dress // Faux Leather Trim Zip Backpack // Faux Leather Belt Bag

 

7. Of a Kind // 25% off select home goods with code HOMERUN!

Wild Honey Votive Candle // Resin Hexagon Placecard Holders // Bubble Candlestick Set // Jami Handwoven Tassel Coverlet // Topanga Rug // Citrus and Florals Framed Print // Accordion Ikat Throw // Loose Blue Stripe Planter and Tray // Guava Ring Planters

 

8. World Market // an extra 15% off and free shipping on orders over $150

Wide Terrarium // Black Woven Bamboo Pendant Shade // Black Matte Ceramic Mortar and Pestle // Copper and Wood Paper Towel Holder // Cactus Print with Gold Frame // Brass Pour Over Coffee Dripper Stand with Wood Base // Marble Paddle Cutting Board with Copper Handle // Adler Glass Wall Shelf // Mint Retro Metal Smiley Dustpan

 

9. Joybird // 20% off everything

Camille Pouf // Ellington 74″ Sofa // Carolyn Teal Wall Art // Justice Wall Unit // Elodie Pillow // Porta Floor Mirror // Newburgh Rug // Reese Wall Desk // Taylor Table Lamp

 

10. Lulu & Georgia // 15% off of $200 with codes HEYSUMMER15, 20% off of $500 with code HEYSUMMER20, and 25% off of $800 with code HEYSUMMER25

Gold Urchin // Turkish Towel // Doraine Kantha Quilt // Venice Beach Rollerskates Print // Nieve Mirror // Wilma Counter Stools // Sophie Print // Gold Tayla Mirror // You Better Have Tacos Doormat

 

AllModern // extra 20% off with code SPLASH

American Heirloom // 20% off with code MEMORIAL2017

Article // up to 25% off select items

Banana Republic // 40% with code BRSUMMER

Benchmade Modern // 20% off with code MEMDAY2017

Bunglo // 25% off with code BUNGLO25

Dear Keaton // 20% off with code Memorial Day

DENY Designs // 40% off with code FRIYAY40

Havaianas // 20% off everything with code SUMMER20

Leesa // $100 off with code MEMORIALDAY17

Macy’s // up to 60% off, buy online and pickup in store for an extra 20% off, free shipping at $49

Maje // an additional 25% off

Moda Operandi // 50% off select items

Net-A-Porter // up to 50% off select items

Old Navy // 50% off tees, tanks, shorts, and swimwear, free shipping over $50

Urban Outfitters // up to 50% off

Serena & Lily // 20% off with code AMAZING

Stowaway Cosmetics // 40% off with code 40SPLASH17

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16 Wave Sprays

Lush Sea Spray Hair Mist // OUAI Wave Spray // Cake The Wave Maker // Captain Blankenship Golden Waves Sea Salt Shimmer Spray

It’s getting to be that time of year – RE: May through September – when my bathroom feels like the surface of the sun while drying my hair. To solve that little problem I avoid it as often as possible, and turn to wave sprays to avoid looking like a professional hobo. In the past I’ve tried more than I can count, all in the name of finding the perfect one for my fine mane. More often than not the answer has been a combination of two or more sprays working their magic together. Here are sixteen wave sprays you might want to add to your arsenal.

 

Mermaid Hair Spray // DIY Sea Salt Spray // Herbivore Lavender + Sea Salt Sea Mist // Love + Salt Beach Hair and Body Mist

 

Bumble and Bumble Surf Spray // Drybar Texas Tea Volumizing Spray // VERB Sea Spray // Ouidad Wave Create Sea Spray

 

IGK Beach Club Texture Spray // John Frieda Beach Blonde Sea Salt Spray // R+CO Sail Soft Wave Spray // John Masters Organics Sea Salt Spray with Lavender

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30 Swimsuits

Positano Swimsuit // Prettylittlething Mesh Bandeau Bikini

Every year I make the mistake of waiting until it’s time to wear a swimsuit to try and buy one, but this year I’m behind the 8 ball and starting my search early (on time?). I haven’t been one for bikinis since my 20s, so I’m thrilled that the selection of one-pieces is exceptionally robust this year. Lots of interesting cuts and graphic patterns that draw me in like a moth to a flame. Plenty are already on sale too, so if you’re on the hunt for a new suit there’s no time like the present.

 

Aerie Super Scoop One-Piece Swimsuit // Emma Pake Antonia Lace-Up Swimsuit

 

ASOS Clean Cross Back Mono Stripe Swimsuit // Dolce Vita Seacoast One-Piece

 

Tavik Jett Colorblock Bikini Top + Bottoms // Baserange Kinch Swimsuit

 

Bathing Beauty Swimsuit Top + Bottoms // Beach Striped Halter One-Piece Swimsuit

 

Romy Pistol Pink One-Piece // Seaside Splendor Reversible One-Piece Swimsuit

 

The Ones Who Cutout One-Piece // The Ones Who Maren Top + Heather Bottoms

 

Weekday Pink Ribbed One Shoulder Swimsuit // Wake by the Ocean One-Piece Swimsuit

 

ASOS Layered Palm Plunge Halter Swimsuit // Out From Under Printed Tie-Front One-Piece Swimsuit

 

Solid & Striped Lexi One-Piece // Solid & Striped Morgan Bikini Top + Bottoms

 

Genevieve Bikini // ViX Striped One-Piece

 

Solid & Striped Willow One-Piece // Tide My Best One-Piece Swimsuit

 

Solid & Striped The Elle Striped Bikini // Matteau Square Maillot One Piece

 

Flagpole Jade One-Piece // The Ones Who Tali One-Piece

 

Tory Burch Solid Wrap One-Piece // Stella McCartney Stripe Padded Swimsuit

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DIY Geometric Sunhat

 

It’s already May, and I’ve been a planting fool! But unfortunately, I’ve also already been sunburned once. Despite my daily layer of sunscreen, I’m realizing I need something more – like an gigantic hat to protect my face, neck, and scalp. (Having super dark hair and a flaky scalp do not mix.) I picked up a wide-brimmed straw hat for the job, but decided it needed a bit more personality. A few geometric shapes and three primary colors later and now I’ll be wearing it all summer long! Bonus: this one is foldable, so it’ll be easy to tuck into my bag on the go – no excuses.

 

 

Supplies:
• wide-brimmed straw hat
• craft paint
• cardstock
• scissors
• pen
• flat-tipped paintbrush
• palette or paper plate
• paper towels

 

 

Start out by making some simple cutout templates using the cardstock, pen, and scissors. I used objects from around the house – a salt cellar for the circle, a sticker for the square, and the corner of the cardstock for the triangle. (Of course you can opt to use any shapes you want, I think black and white squiggles would look great!) I recommend using a pen to trace each shape because a pencil didn’t seem to be dark enough.

 

 

Lay out your shapes and trace as you go, making sure to avoid placing circle next to circle, etc. Now get to painting. I chose a primary color palette because it’s bright and fun for summer, but I think a black and white scheme would be just as striking. Layer of paper towels or newsprint on your painting surface before getting started because it will come through a bit. After putting some paint on my palette, I went around and made a small daub of color on each shape as a guide.

 

 

Carefully line the edges of each shape using your flat-tipped brush before filling in the centers, using the brush in an up and down motion to get all the nooks and crannies where necessary. Allow your new hat to dry thoroughly (of course) before strutting your stuff and protecting your mug!

 

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The Big Spring Closet Clean Out of 2017

 

I’ve been slowly going through my house, room by room, and getting rid of things I haven’t used recently. Call it the Marie Kondo method, call it decluttering, whatever you call it it feels really good. I’ve had April earmarked for my closet since the start of the year and was really looking forward to doing some serious damage. Most things end up in the donation pile, but there are usually a few more quality pieces that I’d like to get a return on – enter eBay!

 

 

 

If you’ve never sold with eBay before it couldn’t be easier, let me lay it out.

Step 1. List it.
Take a few photos to upload, decide on the selling format that’s right for you, and you’re done. (I love the feature that allows you to save a draft for later!)

Step 2. Ship it.
After your item sells mail it out.

Step 3. Get paid.
PayPal gets you your earnings in the fastest, simplest way – and for free.

Just think of all the potential cash you have laying around your house right now in the form of clothes you’re no longer into, kitchen appliances you’ve never opened, and decor that’s just not your jam anymore.

 

 

 

I’m good about keeping whatever’s on hangers down to what I wear on the regular, but things like jeans, sweater, and bags that are on shelves are more difficult to keep in check. By making a little extra cash on things I’m no longer wearing, I can justify buying this bamboo handbag I’ve been eyeing and this navy blue mini peasant dress that I’d love to have for summer. Like everything in life, keeping your belonging in check is all about balance.

 

 

 

Things I’m letting go of that are up for grabs?

A brightly hand painted, hand stitched clutch by Tiff Manuell.

A silk Missoni for Target scarf with a modern geometric zigzag pattern.

A rose gold MOTO 360 smartwatch that I just couldn’t get used to wearing.

A vintage 1980s black sequined handbag with a tied silk strap.

A linen scarf designed by one of my favorite painters, Kristi Kohut.

A small, sporty cross body goldenrod yellow leather purse with clasp closure.

A red, orange, and white bowling-style messenger bag from the 1990s.

A glazed canvas Wanderlust wallet from Petunia Pickle Bottom.

 

 

 

Be sure to check out eBay’s Clean Up, Cash In Game to learn what’s hot for selling by playing a fun match game, you’ll also be entered for a chance to win up to a $50 gift card. Add something new from your wishlist while clearing out the things from your own closet that might be on someone else’s – talk about a win-win!

This post sponsored by eBay. All words and opinions are my own, as always. Thank you for supporting the brands that help keep Design Crush creating fresh content!

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