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Gift Wrap Giveaway Winners Announced

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Happy Cyber Monday, Friends!  For those abroad, perhaps it was just like any other weekend – but for us in the US it was most likely a festive weekend spent eating (too much), shopping (hopefully with small businesses), and perhaps even some decking of said halls. And with today being the busiest online shopping day of the entire year, we thought it would be the perfect time to announce the winners of our first ever Gift Wrap Giveaway!

If you didn’t catch last week’s post, we hosted a giveaway in celebration of our online shop opening over at Spoonflower, where we are selling gift wrap, fabric and wallpaper. The original plan was to select three winners in total – one from Facebook, another from Instagram and the final winner from here on the blog.. however due to a lack of involvement on the blog we’ve decided to pick two winners from our Facebook participants.

After writing all the names on some of our gift wrap (naturally) we’ve thrown them all into a bowl and selected the following names at random:

Instagram Winner – Erica Pike
Facebook Winner 1 – Elisabeth Brizzi
Facebook Winner 2 – Tania Campos

We will be contacting each of you immediately to find out which design you will be selecting as your free roll of gift wrap! A big thanks to everyone for participating, and we hope you will think of Aaryn West the next time you wrap a gift!!

Posted by:  aaryn
01 Dec 2014

Aaryn West Gift Wrap Giveaway!

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It is with great excitement that we announce our joining forces with Spoonflower in order to offer a growing selection of designs available for sale as fabric, gift wrap, and wallpaper. If you’re not already familiar with Spoonflower, you should check out their craft-inducing menu of products which are all produced and shipped from Durham, North Carolina. We have been huge fans of their high quality wrapping paper since last year – this is definitely NOT the crap you buy at the local pharmacy that rips like crazy when you try to drag scissors across a large area. No way. This is some beautifully printed, heavy duty paper. It’s so forgiving that should you find the need to reposition a piece of tape in the middle of wrapping a gift, it doesn’t even remove the ink from the print or tear the paper! In other words, it’s good stuff.

In an effort to get the word out about these great new products we are giving away three rolls of gift wrap to lucky winners, chosen at random, across three different platforms – one winner on the blog, one on Instagram, and one on Facebook. This means you have a total of three opportunities to enter the giveaway, enhancing your chances to up your gift giving game with some awesome Aaryn West wrapping paper. The drawing ends Friday, November 28th at 9pm PST. And entering couldn’t be easier – keep reading below for instructions on how get in on the action.

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To enter on the blog:
Step 1 – Subscribe to the Aaryn West newsletter. Scroll up to the top of this webpage to find the form. If you’re already subscribed you are super awesome and can skip this step.
Step 2 – Leave a comment below describing the best gift you’ve ever received. Any gift, any reason.

To enter on Instagram:
Step 1 – Follow us on Instagram
Step 2 – ‘Like’ our Gift wrap Giveaway announcement post Instagram
Step 3 – Visit our Spoonflower shop to browse our designs
Step 4 – Comment on our Instagram post telling us your favorite design
Step 5 – Tag a friend

To enter on Facebook
Step 1 – Follow us on Facebook
Step 2 – ‘Like’ our Gift wrap Giveaway announcement post Facebook
Step 3 – Leave a comment telling us how many times a year you use wrapping paper.
Step 4 – Share the post

Winners will be announced in a blog post next Monday, December 1st. Good luck to everyone!

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Posted by:  aaryn
24 Nov 2014

Spring 2015 Runway Trends: Cat Lady

Spring 2015 Runway Trends: Cat Lady via Aaryn West

Novelty prints are having a major moment right meow. So much so that it was a little difficult deciding which ones to report on. From common favorites like birds and butterflies, to the still-going-strong selection of tropical fruits (pineapples and bananas, anyone?), conversationals are a hot commodity for Spring 2015. Cats make for a relevantly quirky choice because they satisfy not only the ‘cute animal’ category, but can also merchandise well with the tropical themes that will no doubt dominate the season. Here Kitty, Kitty!

Giles, Alice + Olivia, Libertine all via Style.com
Background print © Aaryn West

Posted by:  aaryn
In:  Trends
08 Oct 2014

Spring 2015 Runway Trends: Mixed Boho

Spring 2015 Runway Trend: Mixed Boho via Aaryn West

The bohemian look has been going strong for a several seasons now, and from what we are seeing on the runway this spring it won’t be fading away anytime soon. With influences from all over the globe and a penchant for mixing various dense and ornate motifs, the bohemian babe is no wall flower. For additional research on how to master the mixed boho trend, also see the new collections from print-mixing pros Duro Olowu and Anna Sui.

Etro, Preen Line, Just Cavalli all via Style.com
Background print © Aaryn West

Posted by:  aaryn
In:  Trends
07 Oct 2014

Spring 2015 Runway Trends: When In Rome

Spring 2015 Runway Trends: When In Rome via Aaryn West

While not all of your clients are likely to jive with this trend, we were quite eager to cover it. There were even several examples of it in the Resort 2015 shows, so we weren’t entirely surprised to see it pop up again for Spring, especially among the Italian designers. We are loving the variety of approaches used in presenting such iconographic imagery – from traditional black and white to modern color blocking, and even digital glitch. I could easily see this trend working well in combination with floral elements, or even as a simple novelty. For more takes on this trend also see Marios Schwab and Fausto Puglisi.

Versace, Neil Barrett, KTZ all via Style.com
Background print © Aaryn West

Posted by:  aaryn
In:  Trends
02 Oct 2014