Giveaway :: Argaman&Defiance

Thursday, July 17, 2014


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Everyone has a specialty. This is one truth I hold onto no matter the circumstance. We all have our strengths and our weaknesses and the greatest gift is knowing which is which and acting accordingly. One of the ways we stay true to honoring our strengths is by celebrating the makers out there who share theirs with us. Here at the BSP, we do not take the opportunity lightly and today we are so excited to share a very special maker with you.

Lydia Crespo of Argaman&Defiance creates hand-dyed silk scarves using all natural dyes (think trees and plants) and the designs are absolutely unique and beautiful. Crespo’s craft is our reward. Argaman&Defiance is a treasure, full of the accessories you wish you could create but you know better and you leave it to the artists. This Grey & White Infinity Scarf definitely speaks to my heart and it has me thinking you should browse the shop right now and find the one that speaks to you. Listen.

Argaman&Defiance is giving away Purple Flako Scarf in Resist Pattern to one lucky winner! To enter to win, please answer the following question no later than Thursday, July 24th.
Please visit Argaman&Defiance and tell us: What is a secret you have for beating the blues?
Start checking the winner’s box on Tuesday, July 29th, to see if you’ve won!
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  1. 1
    Holli says:

    I dance. Whether I feel like it or not, I dance. To something with an intense drum line, like Boom Boom by Big Head Todd, or LaGrange by ZZ Top.

    And I always feel happier when I’m done.

  2. 2
    Kim H. says:

    When I’m having a blue day I try and wear the perfume I bought in Mexico that reminds me of happy, happy days!

  3. 3
    Jennifer says:

    The cure for depression is spelled D-O-G

  4. 4
    Pumpernickel says:

    Watching Anne of Avonlea always pulls me out of a funk. The only thing that works faster is a hug from my sister but she is on the complete opposite corner of the country.

  5. 5
    Heidi says:

    I turn on some upbeat music or go for a run… while listening to upbeat music 🙂

  6. 6
    Sparrow says:

    A nap. I know this doesn’t always work, but if I am feeling sad and cranky, I’m probably sleep deprived. My husband is the best. When he comes home and I’m feeling overwhelmed, he takes the baby, the two boys and says, go lie down. So, I go in the quiet of my room and I read myself to sleep. It’s delicious. If it’s more serious than just the blues, my children bring me infinite joy. I just need to put my devices down and focus on them and they are amazing at putting my problems in perspective and focusing my positive energy on them.

    PS. I love that your mom supports you so much. My mom is my bestie. I played the violin growing up and she came to every lesson and concert and practice. I’ve never met anyone more dedicated. Moms rock.

  7. 7
    Juliet Farmer says:

    watching an episode or two of Friends. always makes me laugh out loud. 🙂

  8. 8
    Amie A says:

    I listen to The Cult’s album, Electric, while dancing with my cat.  Works every time.  

  9. 9
    Andrea Drummond says:

    Having a cocktail on a porch with my friends usually pulls me out of my funk. A phone call to my mom usually works too.

  10. 10
    brenda says:

    I do something with my two year old granddaughter…

  11. 11
    sarah says:

    Hula hooping to the Beach Boys 🙂

  12. 12
    iamalighthouse says:

    I cook! I pick a fun, new recipe, and make it. Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn’t…but it’s a lot of fun regardless!

  13. 13
    sam says:

    Music and more music! 

  14. 14
    Martina W. says:

    This is going to sound a little weird, but whenever I’m blue, I go through my closet and put together outfits. I also figure out what clothes I no longer wear and what items I need to add to my closet, like a lightweight jacket or a pair of black skinny jeans.

  15. 15
    Nikki says:

    I alleviate the blues by getting out of the house and going somewhere beautiful.  The botanic garden, a pretty park, having a cup of tea at the hotel by the beach, wandering a shop of beautiful things.  Being in a different setting, seeing people going about their day, letting my spirit settle while being surrounded by beauty really helps that sad funk to clear away and shifts my thoughts beyond myself. 

  16. 16
    Cindy says:

    Honestly, I just check the news. Seeing everything that is happening out there is a reminder of everything I have to be grateful for. 

  17. 17
    Susie says:

    Fresh air in nature seems to send a wave of bringing things back in line for me. Not necessarily instant happiness, but just a calm neutral, a content place. Creating and running can help too, but just stepping outside – in any weather – is my foolproof weapon for the blues. And… I’m thrilled you’re in Chicago! Agreed, some of the best festivals and art fairs! I’m in WI so will look for you at some of the shows, Renegade perhaps?!

  18. 18
    ELIZA ELLIOT says:

    I pick up a book and start reading it – it always gets my mind off things and keeps me relaxed.

  19. 19
    Jenni says:

    Swimming. There is no better feeling than gliding under the water and watching the water as it ripples through your fingers. To feel weightless, as ease and alone in a world underwater. I just love it. Best way to start my morning, and the endorphin’s help too!

  20. 20
    Sue F says:

    I take my doggie out for a walk.  It’s great for both of us

  21. 21
    Noma says:

    I bake something. Baking requires so much concentration it takes my mind of whatever is troubling me. And by the time ‘m done, theirs some warm homemade comfort food waiting for me!

  22. 22
    Heather S says:

    I sketch. This instantly takes me calm and de-stressed, and I forget about anything that’s got me down. It puts me in my own little happy world, and sometimes I even get a decent drawing out of it too!

  23. 23
    Ellen says:

    I try to find the exciting and surprising little joys in life. The feel of a letterpress card, the reverb of perfect 1960s harmonies, the cuteness on a tootsie roll wrapper, the lush touch of an asrgaman&defiance scarf

  24. 24
    Marissa Greco says:

    I bake treats for someone else–the act of preparing, mixing, and using my hands takes my mind off things, and then I feel even better when I can give someone freshly baked goods!

  25. 25
    Jessy Lancaster says:

    I like to snuggle my two kitties and eat brownies!

  26. 26
    Jena Ardell says:

    These scarves are lovely!! I beat the blues by hugging the feline love of my life and listening to the Foo Fighters. Taking a shower to wash away negative feelings usually helps too. 🙂

  27. 27
    Kate B says:

    Snuggling with my furry cats usually does the trick. I also like to get in my kitchen and make something delicious for my husband and me. Working with my hands does wonders, I feel productive, and I have something tasty at the end of it!

  28. 28
    Charlotte D. says:

    I beat the blues honestly by just looking at my children’s faces.  When I see their faces it truly puts a smile on my face.  It makes me realize that nothing can be that bad when you have little ones that need you and love you.

  29. 29
    Marie says:

    Music always helps. Chocolate comes in as an emergency rescue. But the most effective way that I can cure the blues is to immerse myself into a loving circle of people to remind me what is important in life! Then we might turn on a movie or listen to music and devour some chocolate to help the process along!