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This week on Design Crush:
Fanny Nushka Moreaux‘s sentimental, blurry women.
Actually, it’s easy being green – in your home and your wardrobe!
Love these colorful geometric quilt art pieces from Andrew Steinbrecher.
Fourteen notebooks to keep you organized page by page.
Kirra Jamison‘s paintings have perfectly captured my brain as of late.
My makeup routine is simple, but here are some F/W2015 looks I might actually try!
Oliver Hickmet‘s explorations of tourism fantasies are incredible.
From critic to advocated, see how I’m balancing life with the UP2 activity tracker.
DIYs, libations and more – it’s your one-stop Halloween roundup.

Design Crush elsewhere:
Tips on decorating with one of my favorite patterns – stripes!
Check out 5 ways to decorate a pumpkin without making a cut.
Or take it further and host a pumpkin carving party this weekend.
How to make a fall gift basket that’s full of coziness.
If your fireplace is non-functioning like moi’s, here are 5 ways to fill it.
Maybe you should make next Saturday an all black Halloween!


Your One-Stop Halloween Roundup

If I’ve never mentioned it before, Halloween is my favorite holiday. I’d actually wager that it’s my family’s favorite, so it was essentially ingrained in me from the get go. Some October soon I plan on having my first Halloween party since, oh, college. But this year I’ll be celebrating at a friend’s house party with a snarky costume that you’ll have to see on Instagram! In the meantime, check out DIYs, party ideas, food and cocktails, and of course pumpkins.


ROW 1: Dyed Halloween Treat Bags // Halloween Banner    ROW 2: Halloween Transfer Wood Plaques // Paper Maché Candy Bowls // Plaster Hands    ROW 3: Printable Halloween Treat Bags // Printable Stick ‘O Treats // Spooky Cornstalk Decor    ROW 4: Witch Broom // Floating Head in a Jar // Spectral Mirror



ROW 1: Apple Votives // Bone Stirrer    ROW 2: Toilet Paper Roll Candy Garland // Eyeball Ping Pong Ball Lights // Pumpkins in the Chimney    ROW 3: Floral Skull Centerpiece // Mid-Century Table Lamp // Witch’s Curtain    ROW 4: Menu Balloon // Muertos Plates // Wax Dipped Whiskey Glasses



ROW 1: Chocolate Covered Caramel Popcorn Balls // Dark Chocolate Mocha (Full) Moon Pies    ROW 2: Blood Slide Suckers // Poison Toffee Apples // Halloween Surprise Cookies    ROW 3: Halloween Candy Bark // Chocolate Jack-o-Lantern Graham S’mores with Homemade Marshmallows // Marbled Candy Apples    ROW 4: Brain Cupcakes // Monster Doughnuts // Skewered Eyeballs



ROW 1: Get Lucky // Black Widow    ROW 2: Cinnamon Candy Apple Cocktail // The Grave Digger Cocktail // Creepy Cocktail    ROW 3: Monster Cocktail Stirrers // Black Lagoon Cocktail // The Poisoned Apple    ROW 4: Shrunken Skull Cocktail // Sleepy Hollow Cocktail // Witch’s Brew



ROW 1: Constellation Pumpkins // Melted Crayon Pumpkin    ROW 2: Fresh Floral Moon Pumpkin // Galaxy Art Pumpkin // Halloween Floral Centerpiece    ROW 3: Copper Snakes Pumpkin // Malachite Pumpkins // Nail Polish Marbled Pumpkins    ROW 4: Mud Cloth Pumpkins // Gold Studded Pumpkin // Tissue Paper Pumpkin



Balancing Life with the UP2

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Activity trackers aren’t exactly a new fad, and to be honest I’ve been known to make fun of those who are evangelists for them in the past. But ever since being diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes a year and a half ago, suddenly all kinds of health issues that weren’t important in the past are a big deal. Carb intake, working out, getting enough sleep – all things that I’m paying way more attention to these days. Also things that Jawbone’s UP2 are helping me track and even improve upon! Hi, Pot. It’s Kettle. Let’s talk.


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I stopped wearing a watch years ago because having it bang against my desk and keyboard while designing was enough to drive me crazy. I was happy to find that the band on the UP2 is an adjustable soft rubber bracelet, and I’ve had zero problem wearing it 24/7. After two weeks it’s already become a habit that I’m not eager to break, and keeping track of everything has become like a competition with myself. It even manages to go with my wardrobe when I stack on bracelets – no small feat! And on days when I forget to throw on any accessories it simply looks like a modern bracelet.


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My UP2 has been tracking everything from movement to diet to sleep, and yet I feel like I’ve barely scratched the surface of its functionality. I’m looking forward to experimenting with the idle alert which keeps you from staying in one place for too long, and the alarm that gently wakes you up in the morning by vibrating your tracker.


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I’m not a person who’s ever been extremely active, so I have my goal set to 8,000 steps a day. The difference now is that I’m eager to check my steps as soon as I’ve done an activity – like run on the treadmill, gone grocery shopping, or walked my dogs! I wasn’t expecting just how addicting it would be.


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Being able to keep track of every bite of food I put in my body throughout the day is incredibly important to sticking to my recommended 45 carb per meal limit. It’s a relief to know that there’s a record of the results somewhere other than in my mind, and that I can go back and look at what I ate when I was having an especially energetic or exhausting day.

For the past six months I’ve been struggling with sleeping well, I believe it to be a side effect of a new diabetes drug that I’m taking. I don’t have a tough time falling asleep – it’s the staying asleep that’s difficult. Because I wear my UP2 to bed it actually tells me how many times I woke up during the night, when I was sleeping light, and when I was in a deep sleep. In the morning it gives me a report and mentions tips like doing light let lifts when I can’t get back to sleep and getting up to do something productive if I’m restless. This has been my favorite function so far!


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What I initially thought was a fad has become a part of my everyday life, and a tool in treating my diabetes. At this point I can’t imagine not wearing my UP2 when it even manages to seamlessly blend into my day-to-day, from lifestyle to wardrobe.

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


Oliver Hickmet

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Each of Oliver Hickmet‘s latest pieces explores his understanding of where reality lies within the making, creating, and consumption of tourism fantasies. He starts with a picturesque postcard that’s then overlaid with actual soil from the place before being scanned and printed onto silk, and lastly being draped over a pink canvas stretcher.


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F/W15 Looks I Might Actually Try

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Cherry Bombe Ombre Nails from OPI

It’s been a few years since I’ve attended New York Fashion Week, but I always make sure and pay attention to the trends hitting the runways. I like to imagine how I might translate some of them to fit my casual/modern style, but I’m also drawn to the makeup trends. My daily look is classically minimal with the focus on strong black eyeliner on my upper lids and usually red on my nails. If I’m going to step out of that box it has to be good, and usually a little off the beaten path. I’ve got these five looks bookmarked for days this fall and winter when my look is calling for a little something extra.


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Minimally bold lids from Laura Coulson for Rollacoaster


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Red ombre lips from LzJade


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Striking colored brows from Edaline Lee via Najla Kaddour


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Abstract painterly nails from jinsoonchoi


Kirra Jamison

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Australian-born and based Kirra Jamison seems like a really fun gal, if you can judge a person by the art they create. (Pssst… I think you can.) Her large scale abstracts are full of color and shape, some teem with inertia while other resemble 2D sculptures forever frozen on a canvas.


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Page by Page

As we roll closer towards the end of the year I find myself make more and more lists. Gifts I’ve purchased for the holidays, dishes I’ll make for this year’s Thanksgiving dinner, projects I hope to complete before December 31st strikes. Lists and notebooks clear some of the clutter from my mind, even if it’s just transferring it to another surface.


ROW 1: The 3 Ribbons Multi A6 Notebook // 5 x 8″ Ty Williams Fish Notebook    ROW 2: Marble Journal // Anthelion Constellation Journal // Archive Book Series    ROW 3: Perfect Dot Notebook // Watercolor Happy Everything Journal // Leather-Bound Notebook    ROW 4: Hand Painted Sketch Pad // Notes // Swimming Pools Notebook    ROW 5: Large Paper Journal // Ruled Paper 5 x 8″ Notebook // Color Trapecio Notebook


Andrew Steinbrecher

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Graphic design by day, quilt artist by night, Andrew Steinbrecher is one creative guy. Having always considered himself crafty, a few years ago he put himself to the test by going out on a limb with his quilted creations. Because Andrew’s self-taught he doesn’t feel limited by technique and often intentionally uses wrong processes when sewing. His first (above) remains my favorite. Let’s hope he’l be selling his creations soon!


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Actually, It Is Easy Being Green


Bloomsbury pattern // Susanna Vento // The Transcontinental Affair

This season there’s one color I can’t help but see everywhere I look, and that’s green. Green of all hues and shades, super saturated and pleasingly pastel. From home interiors to fashion to everywhere in between, this color that’s usually making a departure come autumn is all of a sudden making a play to stick around!



Jack Chair // Soft-Washed Linen Duvet // Sly Fox Knocker



Shining Pinstripe Napkins // Summit Ankle Boot // Here’s Looking at Me, Kid



Handmade Leather Bag // Oh Happy Day // Jacket with Faux Fur Lining


Fanny Nushka Moreaux

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I love the insinuated, the vague, the outlines of art. One day I hope to have an entire wall filled with works showcasing just those qualities, and Fanny Nushka Moreaux‘s paintings definitely deserve representation when I do. Her garbed women are completely mysterious and seemingly just out of reach.


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