For Your Valentine: Heart it gifts


Valentine’s Day is the perfect time to show your sweetie some love, but why stop there? Valentine’s Day is the perfect opportunity to stop and appreciate all of the important people in our lives. While picking a Valentine’s Day gift can be overwhelming, my best advice is to keep it simple and elegant. To help make it effortless, I’ve created a gift guide with some of my favorite fail picks for loved ones. There's even something for the men in your life!

Snag a little something sweet with classic Round Hoop Earrings, starting at just $34. She'll be over the moon with elegant and modern Luna Earrings. Or, if you're looking to make more of a statement, EPIC Pebble Studs and Atol Ring with bezel set rose cut diamonds in 14K gold are special choices sure to melt her heart. Guys will love our GRIT Long Pendant Necklace and Wide Stepped Cuff, which are perfect for ladies, too! To bring it home, our Organic 4-Piece Tiered Mobile catches the light of their eyes.

Whether for your significant other, your best friend, loving family, or even a secret crush - fail has something sweet to fit your Valentine's taste and your budget.

The Guide: 1 EPIC Pebble Studs / 2 Luna Earrings / 3 Organic 4-Piece Tiered Mobile / 4 Round Hoops  / 5 GRIT Wide Stepped Cuff  / 6 EPIC Atol Ring / 7 GRIT Long Pendant Necklace 


Father's Day Gifts from fail

Get dad organized and dress up his office this Father’s Day with smart accessories from fail. Shop our home accessories to find everything dad needs, including an elegant letter opener and hand-forged keychain. Each item is lovingly handcrafted to ensure it’ll be an everyday staple for years to come.

Be sure to order by Sunday June 12th to ensure delivery in time for Father's Day on June 19th. We will even upgrade your shipping to USPS Priority for free on these 4 items!

1. Letter Opener - $51 | 2. Keychain - $56
3. Elongated Hook - $40 | 4. Card Holder - $56

Mother’s Day Thoughts & Gift Guide

When I was young I hated that everyone compared me to my mother.  When you see us together, the family connection is obvious, but in my teens I just wanted to be my own person.  Now that I am older, its obvious that I am my mother’s daughter, but in so many other ways than in appearance.  My mother was confident, creative, loud, caring, opinionated, selfless, hard-headed, and extremely tender-hearted.  She has shown me how to love, receive love, and remain committed. I have been able to take risks, expanded my horizons, and fearlessly venture into new territory with the knowledge that I had her support, and that I would never have too far to fall.  I would not be who I am today without my mother, and I think that I am doing pretty darn good!  So, THANK YOU mom for giving me the tools and helping me succeed in building a wonderful life for myself.  I love you!

This is the first Mother’s Day where I am not in the shop or partnering with South First shops La Patisserie and Mercedes Flowers for the Sweet Suite.  Although our gift package of jewelry, macarons, and flowers was pretty genius, you still have time to grab a few goodies and make your own Sweet Suite!  I’ve complied a few ideas to help you get started and am offering FREE Priority Shipping through the fail website.  Use code “MamaKnows” at checkout after choosing Priority Shipping.  You can find all of these gift ideas, and a few others, are on our Gift Ideas pinboard.


  1. Link Bracelet, fail, $74
  2. DIY Paper Peonies, Blooms In The Air
  3. Champers Nail Lacquer, Butter London, $15
  4. Forest Animal Tea Towel Bundle, Gingiber, $45
  5. Tribal Crescent, fail, $42
  6. Teakwood & Tobacco Soy Candle, PF Candle Co., $16
  7. Marfa Tote, Graham Keegan, $54
  8. Green Tea Macarons, Bisou Bisou Macaron $20
  9. Rustic Garden Soap, Tokyo Factory, $8
  10. Turquoise Dome Necklace, fail, $105
  11. Rockin’ Votives, Pigeon Toe Ceramics, $100

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Do-It-Yourself Gifts

Nothing is more heartfelt or genuine than a handmade gift.  With our ever busier lives, and the new little ones running around, my girlfriends and I have made a commitment to keep our yearly ladies gift exchange alive, but with a new twist – The gits must either be handmade or from the thrift store.  Really, we all just need a reason to get together, drink wine, and catch up on our lives over the past year, without making expense an issue.

With one full weekend before Christmas you have just enough time to scavenge materials locally and spend some time with an old movie, eating Christmas cookies and drinking Cocoa {or in my case, Baileys!} and picking a project to mark the last few gifts off your list.  Below I have rounded up some new DIY favorites that I wouldn’t mind seeing under the tree.  Good luck and happy making!


  1. Beaded Pendant Light, Camille Styles
  2. All Natural Room Spray, fellow fellow
  3. Faux Leather Pouch, fellow fellow
  4. Clay Magnets, Apartment Therapy
  5. Etched Wood Spoons, Design Mom
  6. Wooden Candelabra, Inspired by Charm
  7. Painted Dishtowels, Homemade Ginger
  8. Personalized Coasters, Martha Stewart
  9. Mountain Mousepad, Little White Whale

Filed under: diy, lifestyle

Gifts for the Austin Guy

I couldn’t forget about the Austin Guy!  Our guys aren’t afraid to take a fashion risk, or embellish their undone look with an unexpected pop of color or a special detail.  Below are my picks for my Austin Guy- all from local makers and small boutiques throughout Austin!  Only 2 weeks to go!


  1. Patch NYC Scarf, Stag, $122
  2. Donnie Van Zant High Roller Hat, Texas Hatters, $470
  3. Orange Rucksack Backpack, Mockingbird Domestics, $275
  4. Leather Dopp Kit, Noah Marion, $100
  5. Colorful Laces, HELM, $8
  6. Mezcal Sippers, JM DRYGOODS, $22 ea

Filed under: style

Gifts for the Austin Gal

Its that time of year again!  Can you believe it?  Thanksgiving is this week… at least its finally cold in Austin!

This first installment in our Gift Guide Series and I wanted to help you out with gift ideas for the Austin Gal.  Shes a few steps ahead of the rest, and loves her laid back, effortless style, and appreciates shopping locally.  Below are some sure to please picks you can grab from local makers online, or pick up at small boutiques here in Austin.  Enjoy!


  1. Arc Collar Necklace, fail, $118
  2. Uzi NYC Denim Tunic, Olive, $84
  3. Aura Single Ring Chime by Ladies & Gentlemen, Nannie Inez, $165
  4. Deep Sky Tote Bag, CANOE, $175
  5. Inti Ballerina Flat by Fortress of Inca, Stella Says Go, $130
  6. Strathcona Tights, Spartan, $36

Filed under: style

DIY Men’s Gifts {Gift Collective}

I really loved researching my first Gift Collective post {Do-It-Yourself Gifts} and I knew I wanted to do another before the season was out.  This DIY guide focuses on the hardest of them all to shop for, the men!  For this holiday, we are trying to make all of the presents for my family, and I got stumped when it came to Dad.  Below are some of my favorites that will probably make their way under the tree.  {Dad, please ignore this post!}  Happy Making!

DIY Men's Gifts

  1. Brown sugar BBQ rub, via Real Simple
  2. Modern concrete planters, via Apartment Therapy
  3. Etched beer glass, via The Yummy Life
  4. Candied Jalapenos, via Tasty Kitchen
  5. Tripod camping stool from Wood & Faulk, via Apartment Therapy
  6. Beef jerky, via The Art of Manliness

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The Girl Who Loves Handmade by If I Must Say So {Gift Collective}

Today’s guide comes from a great local blogger and lady about town, Jennifer King of If I Must Say So.  Jennifer has pulled together some gorgeous handmade objects that are definitely on-point with trend for the season.  And bonus, they are all available on Etsy from makers all over the world.  So, feel good about supporting small businesses, artisans, and craftsman this season instead of dropping your money at a big box retailer.  Makers everywhere will rejoice!If I Must Say So Gift Guide

  1. Embroidery art that feels vintage and modern, $65
  2. Mother nature meets art with this chevron painted mule deer antler, $89
  3. Here’s a peter pan collar that reads both feminine and strong, $140
  4. I love a goofy rubber stamp on a simple wooden block, $8
  5. This necklace full of hand-cut geometric beads is startling and adorable, $36
  6. Pet rocks are back in a more modern fashion with these hand-painted stones, $46

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Local-Made Stocking Stuffers under $10 by Coterie Market {Gift Collective}

Today’s guide comes from Chelsea Stairs of Coterie Market, Austin’s newest home delivery service for all things local and artisanal.  If you are like me, if you can’t order it online, there is a good chance you aren’t going to get it.  Getting out of the office or studio during the day to run errands is near impossible most days, and it always frustrates me when I end up buying from a big box retailer instead of supporting local and keeping my money here in Austin.  Coterie Market is the answer for a lot these needs!  Have a dinner party and need a few bites?  A last minuet birthday present, thank you or hostess gift?  Coterie Market will deliver locally made goods for FREE to your door.  They are in a soft launch of the website now {ordering is done through their newsletter} but the website will be in full effect next week.

Below are Chelsae’s picks for the local-made stocking stuffer under $10!  Local and affordable, what could be better?

Coterie Market Guide

  1. I love this surprisingly yummy, cozy, rich chai mix. Tastes great in water or milk. Luscious Chai, $8.75
  2. These lip gloss flavors are so inventive and will pick up your day each time you use them. Every girl needs more gloss.  LipGlosserie Lip Balm Trio, $9.00
  3. This indulgent lip treatment is made with all-natural shea butter, beeswax, extra virgin olive oil, and lavender essential oil. The Good Hippie Lavender Lip Gloss, $10.00
  4. This gorgeous, 3″x6″ chocolate bar is a delicious, nostalgic surprise that you might get a bite of if you play your cards right. Chocolate Makers Studio Salted Caramel chocolate bar, $10.00.  Available at
  5. Give your loved one the gift of a room full of hill country aromas with this small but powerful all-natural candle.  Lights Out Cedarleaf Sage Mini Tin Candle, $7.00
  6. National award-winning jam will make anyone excited to eat, especially when they find out it’s made with local fruit and organic ingredients. Confituras Cranberry Cinnamon Jam, $8.00
  7. A little something to make these stocking stuffers extra special. Wrap them with this shimmering, biodegradable twine.  The Twinery Gold Metallic & Natural Baker’s Twine, $9.75

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The Textile Lover by Leah Duncan {Gift Collective}

Today’s guide comes from one of my favorite illustrators and designers, Leah Duncan.  Her limited edition calendar hangs over the cash wrap at the store and is frequently the topic of conversation and admiration, her tea towels are not only functional but bring a pop of color to our kitchen, and I am anxiously awaiting the addition of a few throw pillows to complete our living room.  Obviously, I am a fan. Her collection of textiles below has definitely made my list a little longer!  Enjoy!

“In addition to being a maker of textiles, I am a lover, collector, and possibly diagnosable hoarder of textiles. I love them to no end and feel like they make the perfect gift for most occasions, including the holidays!” – Leah

  1. Tea towels! What can I say about tea towels other than I am an obviously obsessed collector and maker of them. I’m currently coveting this “Leaping Hare” Towel by Megan Ferguson-Smyth. These truly make a cute, cost-effective, and endlessly useable gift, $14
  2. I don’t think any woman can have enough scarves, especially if she’s just moved to the northeast from Texas like I have. This one from Anthropologie would be perfect to brighten up a winter wardrobe, $48
  3. Splurging on a super plush bath towel is not something most of us do. That’s why they make the perfect gift. Plus the company who makes them, Creative Women works to promote equitable trading practices and to support women’s economic independence in countries like Ethiopia, Swaziland, and Afghanistan. Win-win. Available at Connected Fair Trade, $60
  4. There’s nothing cozier than a warm wool blanket on a winter day. The simple patterns of these Mexican inspired blankets by Mexchic will be a perfect match for anyone’s home decor, $70
  5. Because every design-centered girl in Austin loves Alyson Fox, her textiles for West Elm are a sure bet, $34
  6. Beautiful, well made sheets make your whole bedroom feel luxurious, especially when you crawl into bed at night. This Egg Press Dot sheet set from Schoolhouse Electric is exactly what I’ve been looking for and is on my personal Christmas list, $179

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