01/ Dirds. Dog heads, bird bodies, lots of awesome.
02/ A vending machine for the art lover on a budget.
03/ Maybe, probably, the world’s first ever selfie.
04/ Wet Dog is just what it sounds like, which makes it impossible not to love.
05/ Photographer Jens Lennartsson made 600 action figures of himself for a self-promotion!
06/ Hilarious ad campaign from Harvey Nichols encouraging you to spend more on yourself.
07/ Check out Heritage, a heard of 99 lifelike animals drinking from the same pool.
08/ Hey dudes, if you need some help here’s a 60 second guide to dressing for the holidays.
09/ Lucid Stead, a mirrored cabin in the middle of Joshua Tree.
10/ Mosaics created with 10,000 Play-Doh dots, created by the coolest mom in the world.
This week on Design Crush:
Geometric abstract paintings from Jackalope Heart, plus an awesome discount!
Seventeen planners to get you planning 2014! (Only 25 days left in the year!)
And twelve more calendars for your consideration in part 5 of our roundups.
I played Oprah and shared a few of my favorite things.
Beautiful painterly textiles from Milk Farm Road.
Twenty-five projects full of DIY holiday decor!
A festive drinking glass project from Omar Sosa.
Sent out your holiday cards yet? Here are a few more to consider in part 4.
A pop-up shop full of handcrafted wooden skateboards – Side Project Skateboards.
Check out how we decorated for the holidays at Design Crush HQ!
I love a good end table, here are eleven I’m considering for my living room.
I’m playing Oprah today! Hundreds of products cross my screen on a daily basis as I search out the best to share with you, and a girl can’t help but have a few favorites! And while I wish I had one of each of these fantastic pieces to give to every one of you a la Oprah, I hope my opinion will hold its weight in salt for you. Because these are all shops and creators whose things I own, that decorate my home and my self each and every day.
Splendid Orlando Oxford. These shoes are a new addition to my wardrobe for winter and I love their sleek look (no laces!). Splendid‘s entire lifestyle collection is ultra-comfortable and effortlessly chic, which is perfect for my every day and mixes with existing pieces easily.
American Giant Womens Heavyweight Full Zip Hooded Sweatshirt. I’ve been a hoodie aficionado since junior high, but it’s tough to find one that doesn’t resemble a garbage bag on a woman’s body. This zip up from American Giant is not only sturdy, but made especially for us ladies. If I’m home I usually have it on over whatever I’m wearing, it’s that good.
Emily McDowell’s Foods of the World New York City Tea Towel. Emily McDowell just might be one of the funniest people I know, and her humor translates seamlessly onto her illustrated line of cards, dish towels, and other miscellaneous goods. This towel featuring a recipe that actually involves zero cooking is just the tip of the iceberg.
Warby Parker’s Durand Eyeglasses in Woodland Tortoise. Warby Parker has had my poor vision and my heart in its grasp for several years now. I just recently snapped up this pair from their winter collection, the round-ish lenses are super flattering and their buy 1/give 1 model is tough to beat.
Bloggers Love Cats + Bloggers Love Dogs 13-Month Calendars. Shameless plug alert! I teamed up with other well-known bloggers who are animal lovers to create these two calendar downloads featuring our pets. All proceeds go directly to the Humane Society of the United States and all of the little critters in need.
See Scout Sleep’s Nice Grill Cream + Vermillion Brass Buckle Collar. Both of my pups wear this collar and it stands up to their rough and tumble lifestyles like no other. All of the pet goods See Scout Sleep offers are high quality, environmentally-friendly, and handmade in Louisiana.
Cursive Design’s Apex Studs. Cursive Design is one of my favorite jewelry shops by far, I just love Sarah’s eye for detail. These studs, along with much of the fall/winter 2013 collection, were inspired by a project we collaborated on together for NYFW 2012. They’re molded from vintage glass and cast in yellow bronze.
Jaime Derringer’s Untitled 3. I’m the proud, happy owner of three works of art by Jaime Derringer. Her bold use of color and constant exploration of shape and space never leave me bored. And both Jaime’s original pieces and prints are super affordable.
Pencil Shavings Studio’s Gold Lucite Tray in Palm Springs. Pencil Shavings‘ designer Rachel Shingleton has a great way with both color and pattern. It’s reflected in her shop’s incredible line of phone cases, trays, paper goods, and more!
Alexa Chung’s It. There’s no denying she’s the darling of the fashion world, but after ready through this pink linen-covered book filled with short musings and photos she seems down-to-earth as well.
Paloma’s Nest Custom Monogram Tiny Text Bowl. Paloma’s Nest creates some of the best heirloom-quality ceramics I’ve seen. I own one of these plates and have gifted numerous others over the past few years. You just can’t go wrong with a piece that’s lovingly personalized like these.
Gingiber’s Deer Tea Towel. I love shop owner Stacie’s whimsical, geometric illustration style used on all of her animal characters! Gingiber‘s prints, pillows, towels (and more) are always the highest of quality and meticulously checked over.
Whimsy & Spice’s Chocolate Orange Cardamom Shortbread Cookies. Whimsy & Spice‘s tasty baked goods make the perfect gift for just about any occasion. Now’s a great time to stock up on hostess gifts, snacks for overnight guests, and of course a little something for yourself.
Miró Watches from Urbantrait. Among an incredible selection of modern watches from Urbantrait, Miró definitely stands out. Made from stainless steel, hardened mineral crystal, and calf leather it’s sure to stand up to wear and tear for years to come. Mine has made me a watch wearer again after years of depending on my cell! Find your favorite from tons of men’s watches and women’s watches.
Meow Meow Tweet’s Grapefruit Rosemary Body Oil. Come winter, lotions just don’t cut it for me. I coat myself in Meow Meow Tweet‘s body oil before I get out of the shower and don’t need to re-moisturize until right before bed. Each amazing scent if filled with natural ingredients and infused with botanicals.
strawberryluna’s Morrissey Pittsburgh Poster PETA Donation. My favorite stop for gig posters, and it doesn’t hurt that strawberryluna is based in my hometown either! Allison and Craig do stellar silkscreening work for more bands than I can think to name, and on more posters than I can count that I own.
01/ The Shoot Pool Slide is the only pool slide I’ve ever been jealous of.
02/ An infinite real-life stairway to heaven.
03/ Detailed portraits created from thousands of hammered nails.
04/ A concept for a futuristic airport located on the River Thames in London.
05/ Beautiful mirrored infinity rooms.
06/ The 13 chairs that were never painted in The Last Supper.
07/ Do tears of joy and sorrow look different under a microscope?
08/ If you’ve lived in NYC, you know. Priceless reactions of people being slept on in the subway.
09/ Swarms of everyday objects that almost look alive.
10/ Popular internet cats embroidered on shirts!
This week on Design Crush:
Modern, timeless jewelry from Isobell. (And a 15% discount!)
Plenty of holiday cards in part 2 and part 3 of our roundups.
Perfect gifts from Baba Souk! (And another 15% discount!)
Forty-eight cocktails to get you through Alcoholidays 2013.
Giving thanks with photographer Jessie Askinazi.
24 Merry Days is back this year! 24 days, 24 bloggers, 24 giveaways beginning December 1st!
I hope all of our U.S. readers had a Happy Thanksgiving!
See how my month went via Insta November.
Sometimes you find that perfect shop – let’s call it the sweet spot – that not only fits your own taste and style, but where you can also find the perfect gift for just about everyone on your list. That’s Baba Souk. Full of color, pattern, and inspiration, all under the online roof of an indie boutique.
And they’re helping to make your holiday shopping that much easier by offering a 15% discount with the code designcrush through November 30th! (Thanks, Baba Souk. You’re definitely on Santa’s Nice List this year!)
This post is sponsored by Baba Souk. All words and opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that help keep Design Crush going!
Oakland-based jewelry designer Melody Shirazi has definitely nailed the modern-yet-timeless look. Isobell pairs modern trends with 1920’s architectural design to create delicate, timeless pieces for today. They fit my personal aesthetic so well, and all of the stud earrings are screaming my name! You can see the beautiful Winter 2014 lookbook right here.
AND lucky, lucky you because Isobell is offering 20% off your entire purchase as well as free gift wrapping with the code CRUSH through December 31st!
ROW 1: Contrast Hood Coat – Carven // Gadwall Parka – Pierrepont Hicks // Vintage Tweed Coat – Marc New York ROW 2: Hooded Wool Coat – Zara // Noisy May Oversized Coat with Faux Leather Collar – ASOS // Asymmetric Zippered Hooded Army Green Down Coat – ROMWE ROW 3: Irregular Lapel Lacing Camel Coat – ROMWE // Black & White Grid Pattern Color Block Coat – 6KS ROW 4: Winter Pea Coat – April, May // Blue Contrast Grey Panel Detachable Fur Hood Wool Blend Coat – ShePiner // Hooded Faux Leather Trim Duffle Coat – Calvin Klein ROW 5: Dacron Wool Coat – CiChic // Colorblock Ski Jacket – J.Crew // Asymmetrical Shirttail Coat – Vince
ROW 1: Zion Lion – wool and the gang // Crochet Beanie Hat with Ball – Target // Cozy Knit Beanie – Bourbon & Boots ROW 2: Chunky Knit Cap – The Woodlands // Icelandic Knit Pom Hat – LEIF ROW 3: Knit Skull Hat – MISSONI // Edara Beanie – AllSaints // Carrie Pom Pom Hat – Club Monaco ROW 4: Pommed Peak Beanie – Anthropologie // Dash Dot Hat – ALL KNITWEAR // Hat – IvoryRow
ROW 1: Plaid Scarf – GAP // Black and White Wool Cowl Scarf – System63 // Touch Down Scarf – wool and the gang ROW 2: Knitted Infinity Scarf – Christopher Fisher // Drawstring Neck Warmer – Bickley + Mitchell ROW 3: Northern Flicker Infinity Scarf – Anthropologie // Foxy Roxy – wool and the gang // Fireside Scarf – Moorea Seal
ROW 1: Duffy Knitted Gloves – Bernard // Mittens – nido // Colorblock Touch Gloves – LEIF ROW 2: Oeuf Painted Nail Gloves (Girls) – J.Crew // Pimpernel Fingerless Gloves – Anthropologie ROW 3: Bop Basics Cashmere Pop Top Mittens – SHOPBOP // Scandinavian Texting Mittens – Plush // Cashmere Gloves – Splendid
It’s here, it’s finally here – SWEATER WEATHER! Cozy wools, cottons, and cashmeres as far as the eye can see. Winters here in Oklahoma are definitely on the mild side, so for me a good sweater is basically outerwear. Here are 12 I’ve got my eye on this season.
It’s that time of year! Plenty of dinners with family, plenty of parties with friends, and plenty of outfits necessary to make the whole season go off without a hitch. I prefer at least one dress that’s super versatile and can be changed up in a big way with the right accessories and footwear, and a maybe a second that’s a statement on its own.
You might remember back about a year ago when Design Crush tapped Sarah Fox of Cursive Design to team up with for the HP Designer Matchup Challenge. Sarah created an incredible reversible collar necklace for the New York Fashion Week event, then ran with one of the vintage cast pieces to create part of her FW2013 collection! I asked her to share a little about the evolution of what she refers to as the “apex” shape.
Last year when Kelly approached me about collaborating on a piece for the HP Designer Matchup Challenge I knew instantly I wanted to get a mold made of some vintage glass I had and to get it cast in bronze. It’s something I’d been thinking about for quite awhile but had never ventured into yet. I really wanted to step way outside my comfort zone on that challenge (and I did!). I fell in love with this little piece of glass I picked up on a buying trip some months ahead of Kelly’s invitation. I knew it was special instantly but had no idea where it would come into play. Material collecting is often all about gut impulses and I really love that part of the business. For this new collection that little piece (which I named the Apex) is incorporated into almost every piece and it feels really special that it started in this totally unexpected way.
Erin Considine consistently creates out of the box, well-designed jewelry. She mixes materials like no one else and has a knack for choosing great colors time and time again. I’d love to mix her AW2013 collection with chunky sweaters and cocktail dresses!