10.02.14

GIVEAWAY / DIET COKE

last summer jesse, jen and i were in the car returning from a work trip, headed back to LA and really not wanting to go home. we were talking about how much we had to do upon returning and how we seriously wanted to avoid it. when we hit LA one of us casually mentioned that we shouldn’t stop in LA, we should just keep driving. so we did. we drove to palm springs and spent one night at the korakia and it was magical and liberating. it was one extra night away but it felt like the most luxurious thing in the world.  it felt like we were living the good life that day. we had breakfast by the pool and laid around in our bathrobes in the sun, it was perfect and i’ll always remember it.

diet coke recently launched a campaign called “get a taste” and when they asked me if i wanted to support the campaign, i was all ears. the project centers around getting a taste of the good life, the times when you actually get to do the things you dream about, like ditching work and having a spa day, or buying that couch you’ve been eyeing, splurging on a pair of over priced shoes or flying to see someone you love, just because. it’s about the things you could only imagine happening, actually happening.

today we’re giving away a chance for you to win that experience, to get to do the thing that would make you feel like you’re living the good life. together with diet coke, one person will win their dreamt up experience, up to $1000, whatever that may be. concert tickets, a night away, a plane ticket, trading in your old purse for the one you always walk by at the department store but could never buy…

now, this prize looks different for everyone and we want to know what it looks like to YOU! what could we give you that would make you jump up and down?

maybe it’s saying no more to hand washing everything and finally getting a dishwasher? or putting in the expensive tile in your kitchen just because it’s pretty. let us know what your world would look like if it tasted as good as diet coke and we’ll select one winner, at random, to receive their “taste” up to $1000.

here’s how to win…./ this giveaway is now closed and the winner has been selected and notified. 

1) leave us a comment below telling us about something we could give you that would make your world as good as the taste of diet coke. please remember that the prize limit is $1000 so try and make your idea something that would fall in that category.

this giveaway is open for one week. one winner will be chosen at random on thursday,  october 9th, 2014 to receive the prize the described in their comment (value not to exceed $1000) this giveaway is open to domestic readers only. the retail value of prize is $1000. this giveaway is hosted by designlovfest. read official rules and regulations, here

this story is brought to you by diet coke, thank you for supporting the sponsors that allow us to create original content for you. 

(photos by sheila gim for designlovefest)

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    Gabrielle Mizrahi says:

    My dreamt up award would be a plane ticket for my mom to Amsterdam. I just moved to London for graduate school, and had to take up loans to do so. But being in Europe, its important to me that I get the chance to travel. My moms favorite place in Europe is Amesterdam, so I would seriously feel like I was living the good life if I could buy her a ticket from the US, and meet her there for a couple of days (without the guilt of feeling like I should have put that money towards my loans!)

    two tickets to venice, which is an intra-European hop for us. check in at our favorite hotel. aperitivo that turns into a dinner of all the good snacks they serve. harry’s bar as a night cap. a water taxi if we have extra, and water bus if we don’t. and walk across st. mark’s. photos on the square at sunrise, when you have it all to yourself and a gondolieri or two as they set up their boats. espresso’s and cornetto’s to start the next day and head home… and this isn’t b/c of the sponsor of the giveaway but I’d be lying if I didn’t admit I’d be having a diet coke on ice at the airport…

    Danielle says:

    With one grand, I would probably buy myself a really nice camera for taking pictures on my blog, because right now, I have to take them with the front-facing camera on my kindle fire, and they are really low quality.

    nicole says:

    I’m a graphic designer, and I’m very passionate about design. I love creating something with my hands and my mind and being able to do so has brought me through the death of my mom + grandma this past year. I would love to use the $1000 to furnish and decorate my bedroom and home studio. I would love to have a completely inspiring space- somewhere to feel at home, to create, and keep on creating.

    Catherine says:

    I would book a holiday to Santorini for me and my boyfriend. I’ve heard so many amazing things about it – it’s totally beautiful, but vacations there sometimes add up to as much as a trip to SE Asia (from the UK) where my family lives, so it never quite seems justified.

    Edith says:

    As a shoe addict, since 2 years I am dreaming of a pair of Valentino’s flat rockstuds, as unfortunately I can’t buy them. But they are, for sure, my dream shoes.

    Incredible points. Sound arguments. Keep up the
    good effort.

    Corrin says:

    A check made out to Visa to take a nice chunk out of my last remaining credit card debt, which would result in a fabulous nights sleep.

    Lauren S. says:

    I have been dying to visit Iceland, so I’d us it to fund my travels around the country and see as much as I can!

    Brooke says:

    My dream would be ab$1000 Anthropologie gift card!

    Kitty says:

    1000$, hmm… I’d buy two plane tickets to Portugal for me and my mom. We would bond over hiking trips, we’d go snorkeling. I could remind her and myself what adventure feels like. I feel like we both need this a lot, because we wanted to go there for many years. And with all the routine, we have lost our lust for adventures and magnificent wonders of life.

    Rachel says:

    I have been sewing on the same machine for 10 yrs. I would really love to treat myself to a new sewing machine. I just can’t justify splurging on a new one right now as I’m 7 months pregnant. But winning $1000 would certainly get me to treat myself!

    erin says:

    I’d take two weeks off from work the end of October to road trip with my bf to Montana and Colorado. I’m out of PTO for the year, and this… YOLO (he’s in between jobs). Biking, hiking, the mountains and fresh air with my main squeeze… yes, please!

    Flor says:

    It seems you ladies want to travel very bad! Mmmm, too bad is only for domestic readers 🙁

    Amanda U. says:

    Oooo great giveaway! Considering I just moved from Florida to Minnesota, I would buy lots of cute winter clothes!

    Barbara Moreira says:

    Out of the closet diet coke fan actually. Id use the funds to
    upgrade my upcoming nye trip which is currently a bit flat to be a true luxury!

    Carrie says:

    I would FINALLY feel ready to buy our dream house!! We have enough to cover the obvious things, but you know those pesky hidden costs are what getcha…This would give me the peace of mind to close my eyes, let go and sign away!

    Hannah says:

    I would buy a new camera! I already have a “beginner’s” DSLR, but to get one with faster fps and higher quality would be a dream.

    I would use it to help convert space in my room into a mini home-office. I’d buy a desk, office accessories and (if funds allowed) an iPad mini to take biz on the go!

    Ioanna says:

    with $1000 I would please like the Nikon D5300 kit (or similar) 🙂 I love my little bridge camera but I think I’ve outgrown it and would love the chance to experiment and improve my photography further. A new camera would make the world as good as diet coke (and I drink a lot of the stuff, in fact I’m drinking one right now with my lunch!) xx

    Rachael says:

    Oh Goodness! I would use it as a down payment on a new apartment. So my husband and I can move our of the in-laws! 🙂 a space to ourselves to create our own home!

    Kathleen says:

    I would buy the Lulu & Georgia rug I have been eyeing for my new condo!

    Taylor says:

    Since my boyfriend and I moved in together a year ago, we haven’t really been able to get away for ourselves. I would absolutely love a nice romantic weekend getaway at a B&B just relaxing with my loved one. It would make my stress go wayyyyyyy down! Good luck to all!

    xoxo
    Taylor

    Erin says:

    I would use it to get rid of stress by paying off wedding bills and then getting a massage!

    Lucy says:

    It would definitely be a trip to London – my fiance and I haven’t been on a trip together in so long, as we’ve been saving for our wedding, so a little time away would just be a dream! 🙂

    katie says:

    I would want to travel abroad with my boyfriend.

    I just got my beloved Fuji camera stolen, just before going on my honeymoon to California! Sad sad sad! I know it’s not the end of the world but it would mean the world to me to get it replaced! Especially after saving every little penny we own for this trip!

    Courtney says:

    A trip to Colorado to see a concert at Red Rocks!

    A date night fund – to pay for babysitters and meals out. And to maybe even spring for a movie once in a while, which we never do. With my husband’s busy work schedule these times are so crucial for us to be able to reconnect!

    Carissa says:

    a plane ticket to Greece would be the most fabulous thing in the world. I’ve wanted to go since the 7th grade when we learned about Greek mythology and I couldn’t imagine anything better!

    Danielle says:

    My dreamt up award would be a plane ticket to visit my long distance girlfriend… living 3,000 miles apart (East Coast to West Coast, as far away as possible and still in the United States). The time we get to spend together is so precious. So even just a weekend getaway; I would make that 11 hour flight just to see her for a couple of days. With the leftover money, I would take her out to eat and to a movie. Regular date stuff made special just ’cause of all that distance 🙂

    Gnome Lover says:

    A weekend away with my husband. A very much needed weekend away. Thank you for the chance! Jenni

    Charity says:

    My $1000 prize would be well spent on: a shiny, new digital camera for filming and snapping photos, and the leftover change would surely be spent at a thrift store on a tiny treasure.

    Charity

    dot says:

    I have four siblings, and we all live in different cities–DC, Chicago, Oklahoma City, Talahassee, Gainsville, FL. With $1000 to spend freely, I’d buy four plane tickets–one to visit each one of them! My family’s really close, and it’s been difficult living so far-flung!

    Mar says:

    My husband has never been to New York! I know it sounds crazy since we live on the east coast, but I would love to surprise him with the trip of a lifetime! We would walk in Central Park, take the subway all over the city, sit at a rooftop bar, and be touristy in Times Square! He has done so much for me, I would love to be able to treat him with this special trip.

    Brianne says:

    I would go to Blogshop!!!

    Megan says:

    For the last 2 years, my husband and I have been paying down credit card debt we accrued in college/graduate school. Every extra cent goes to paying it off. We want to start a family, but are hesitant to start trying until we have this debt under our belts. A $1,000 payment would help ease the stress so much and get us one step closer to family member #3 🙂

    olivia says:

    ahhh so cool. a ticket to paris, no question!

    Sarah says:

    Right now my biggest travel desire is a road trip with my boyfriend to New Orleans. By far one of the most magical places in the US and the closest thing to traveling out of the country while still being here. I want to go and try on masks in the quarter, see my family grave, wander the streets where my grandpa grew up and share all of it with that boyfriend. (And obviously stuff my face with beignets and all the cajun food I can get my hands on.)

    Abby says:

    If I won $1,000 I would love to go on a relaxing getaway! My husband and I own our own small business and work together and it’s rare that we get an opportunity to escape and fully relax.

    Jane says:

    It’s so hard to choose, but I’d probably treat myself to the Kitchen Aid mixer that I’ve been lusting over for years and a plane ticket to visit my best friend in San Francisco.

    Hope M. says:

    A plane ticket to Hawaii would be a dream come true :))

    jody marie says:

    I’d take myself to somewhere magical and stay forever–maybe a surf camp in south america? or a yoga retreat in india? Travelling for 1000 is my specialty and a nice big get away is just what the doctor ordered for 2014.

    Emily says:

    I would buy a trendy couch that I normally couldn’t afford for years for my new apartment!

    Lina says:

    My dream of Paris. I’ve wanted to go my whole life, and due to other travel, work and the rest of my life, it has gotten put on hold for one reason or another. A dream give-away like this would make that dream a reality FINALLY <3

    Allison says:

    My best friend Mollie moved to Winter Park, FL with her husband about three years ago and I’ve only been able to see her once. I’d love for my husband and I to be able to fly down there and Mollie and I spend the evening at the Park Plaza hotel while the boys stay at their home.

    Meghan says:

    I was leaving a meeting with some pretty high up folks in my company two weeks ago and on my way out, my long suffering work bag’s handles just gave out and all of my things tumbled to the floor. Since then, I’ve been carrying my work things in an old gap leather tote that has seen better days. If I had a $1000, I would replace my dingy bag with something beautiful and professional and eye catching. With whatever is left over? I would go out and grab a pair of repetto ballet flats. Because they make every day better!

    Maddie says:

    honestly? probably a gift card to target. I know that’s not the most exciting thing in the world but on a college student budget with college student debt, it’s hard to even think about things like luxury handbags or a vacation. A trip to target to get some new things for my bedroom and replace shoes/jeans with holes would make me about as happy as can be.

    Danielle says:

    My dream would be a surprise trip to Europe for my husband and I. He supports my dreams – even if it means he has to work a little harder – and never asks for anything in return. I have never been out of the U.S., and I would love the chance to experience the life there with him!

    Nicole G. says:

    I would splurge on a spa day, and then use the rest of it to have a massage once a month as long as it will take me.

    Mary Ann says:

    Some new workout gear! Currently on a health kick and would love some fresh duds.

    Annette says:

    I would buy a ticket for my mom to go to Hawaii to visit my brother. My brother is in the Navy and hasn’t been able to come home to visit us for the past year and a half that he’s been stationed there, and we don’t have the extra money to travel that far. I would give anything to give my mother the chance to travel to see my brother.

    Shannon says:

    I am getting married in January and my fiance and I will be moving in to our new home together. We are in desperate need of a new couch to snuggle on after a long day of work, to watch movies on rainy days, or to take long Sunday naps. (And to replace the futon he’s had since college that is currently serving as our only seating option).

    Jennifer says:

    My world would taste as good as diet coke if I could swing a girls trip with my sister and mom! Would love for us to go on a local adventure to New Orleans, as that’s where my mom is originally from! The $1,000 prize would help get us there and start our adventure!

    amanda says:

    well first of all, great giveaway! i lovvvvve diet coke! 🙂

    what would i do with 1,000 bucks?hands down, without a doubt, i would buy a bed for my new house! after years of moving and sticking to the same bed we’ve had since college – it’s time for an upgrade!

    Quetzalli Aquino says:

    My husband and I just bought a house, and there’s so much to do! I’d use it to improve it so we get our dream home so much sooner 🙂

    Nancy says:

    I would visit my sister and we would stay in a nice hotel, eat good food, and get pampered in the spa. We both work hard. It would be nice to relax.

    Emily says:

    I would use the money to take my boyfriend to Hawaii…he’s never seen the ocean!!

    maureen says:

    I would host A HUGE party for the holidays, no expenses spared…Invite the entire family, great times!!!

    Beth says:

    New flooring for our living area and some scones to replace our lamps…and maybe a few cases of diet coke ; )

    elizabeth says:

    As a classic girl, there are few purchases that will last longer than simple pair of Louboutin pumps. With the money left over, I’d treat myself to a lavish dinner for me and my friends (while wearing the pumps of course).

    Jillian says:

    I would buy plane tickets to San Francisco, and one night in a fancy hotel, to spend some much needed heart to heart time with a friend who I haven’t seen in a long time and who is needing support at this time!

    Cristina says:

    I would use it to pay for a flight to visit my family in Italy 🙂

    Mel says:

    i’ve always always wanted to head out for date night with my hubs and instead of going to our typical dinner and movie, just drive to the airport and grab any flight that’s about to go out! we’d spend maybe just one night – or however long we could afford – exploring whatever random city we ended up in!

    Emily M says:

    I would have a heated floor and new tile installed in our bathroom! It would be such a luxury on cold Chicago winter mornings.

    Elizabeth says:

    plane tickets for my sister to come visit me. And then tickets to a concert by her favorite band.

    Meifu says:

    One of those visa gift cards that can be used pretty much anywhere. Ive always wanted to have a shopping spree because im very frugal and try to save most of my money. However, it would be nice to splurge for once! 🙂

    Meegan says:

    Plane Tickets somewhere in the US. My husband and I have been trying to pay off loans and we haven’t had a lot of time to go on an adventure!

    Cathy M says:

    Honestly, I’d rather gift my Mom with a plane ticket to Italy. She has wanted to go for so long, but is now on a limited income and hasn’t been able to justify the cost to herself for a plane ticket to get there.

    brit says:

    I would love a Frye company bag, and some cute moccasins for the little one!

    Britt says:

    What an amazing giveaway! I’d buy a new bed. We’ve lived in our current place for 4 years and haven’t even begun to decorate the bedroom or make it feel inviting. A new bed would be a great start!

    Emily says:

    I work across the street from the Nomad Hotel, and I’ve always fantasized about having a staycation there. I’d go right after work, have dinner and drinks in their beautiful restaurant, take a luxurious bath, and have breakfast in bed.

    Jess Zimlich says:

    Embarrassingly enough, I’m still rocking the hand me down furniture that I got in college. It’s extremely outdated and I’m ready to move on from it! I think starting with the couch and then adding pieces that tickle my fancy from there would be the perfect way to go 🙂 You gals rock!

    Jen says:

    I would put it towards decorating the bedroom in my apartment.

    Nicole (Chicago) says:

    Hello! Getting a taste of my dream is to update my apartment painting studio with a new work station and shelving that can hold multiple painting projects. I work with fluid acrylics and soak paper over and over. I would love to have more space for the work to dry while I am working on other paintings simultaneously. Better lighting for this room, and overall storage space that is minimal, organized, and inspiring to look at would be a spectacular dream come true! Thank you for the opportunity to maybe get a taste! 🙂 NP from Chicago

    Alanna says:

    Gosh…I would treat myself to a trip back home to Boston to spend time with my family and especially niece and nephew who I rarely see and who are growing up before my eyes. And, I wouldn’t feel guilty about taking the vacation days that I hoard.

    Elizabeth says:

    I’ll be 30 in February and am planning a party weekend with friends. It would be so nice to be able to cover everything – or at least most of everything!

    Catherine says:

    The $1000 would go towards new furniture and decor for my dream apartment!

    Catherine says:

    Travel! I want to spend more time seeing new places. I live in LA, but have never been to SF, so that’s next on my list!

    Hana says:

    I’d visit my grandparents in Beijing. I haven’t been able to see them in 2 years because I live in NYC!

    Lynne says:

    I would splurge on a beautiful new rug for my living room! It’s so much fun to update your space. Every time you walk into the room it put’s a smile on your face. When you do these things slowly you can really pick out the perfect thing and remember exactly why and when and with who you bought it. I love special memories like that.

    Jessica says:

    A plane ticket to Greece. Not only is it gorgeous – and, hello, *cheese* vendors on the street – but I’ve never visited due to financial constraints (or traveled internationally, for that matter). My family is there, and I want to meet them. And, as a painter, I can’t even imagine the direction this would take my portfolio. Please help, Diet Coke & Bri!

    Kristina M says:

    My boyfriend and I have been dying to go to Iceland to hike, photograph and take in the unworldly scenery. Plane tickets to Iceland would be amazing!

    Laura says:

    I would want a beautiful fall weekend out of NYC! We would rent a car and drive up to Hudson, NY. Have dinner at Fish & Game, go antiquing for the perfect souvenir and stay at The Barlow. Ah, just dreaming of that sounds wonderful.

    Jac says:

    I’m going to give you the nerdiest response ever, but whatever.

    I would bring my family together for Thanksgiving. A sister & her two kids in Georgia, a sister and her S/O in Iowa, my husband & I in Virginia Beach, and my Dad in New York. I’d rent a cabin somewhere in the blue mountains, fly my sisters and their families in, and have my Dad drive down. It would be the first time that all of us were together in 3 years when we weren’t totally focused on my mom’s illness or passing, and it would be glorious.

    Sarah says:

    I would treat myself to a trip to the San Juan Islands, including a cute airbnb, kyaking and a good girlfriend!

    Kimberly says:

    A trip to another country or a remodeled kitchen would be great!

    kaisse says:

    i would use the g to go on a weekend getaway to Charleston, SC. My husband and I haven’t been to a beach since our honeymoon 3 years ago, and we’ve daydreamed of going to Charleston to experience to sun, sand, history, and food, food being the most important part! Good luck all!

    Jessie heckman says:

    If I won $1000, I’d use it to take my boyfriend on a romantic weekend getaway to a cute BnB in Cape May. Included would be snuggling in front of a fireplace and walking on the beach and some delicious indulgent dinners. Maybe even a trip to the spa

    Tiffany says:

    I’ve always wanted a pair of Manolo Blahnik d’Orsay pumps. No particular style in mind, but the d’Orsay is key. If not that, I could use a decent DSLR for my shop and general photography because my iPhone isn’t cutting it anymore.

    Cristina Rose says:

    One thing I have always wanted to do was go to Ikea or West Elm and fix up my mother’s kitchen. She keeps a beat up bedroom dresser in the kitchen to store her food! She works 6 days a week and refuses to treat herself! I have been eyeing something like this..

    http://www.westelm.com/products/4434056/?catalogId=38&sku=4434056&bnrid=3918508&cm_ven=Google_PLA&cm_cat=Furniture&cm_pla=Kitchen_Islands_+_Carts&cm_ite=West_Elm_Cabin_Kitchen_Island%2C_White&srccode=cii_17588969&cpncode=36-13796715-2

    I’ve talked about re-painting and fixing up her kitchen for YEARS but never had a chance to do it. It would make me feel so good to know she comes home to a beautiful kitchen we can spend Sundays in cooking together! For me, that’s the GOOD LIFE. 🙂

    Tammy says:

    Oh man… $1,000. I think my dreamt up prize would be a new bed/bed frame/mattress down payment. It’s the ONE THING I put off doing for myself and I use it 1/3 of everyday. Silly, uh.

    Alice C. says:

    I would get a plane ticket to India to attend the Iyengar Yoga Workshop in December. I’ve been wanting to go there for yearssssssss. They don’t have it often, it is such a special opportunity!!!

    Maria says:

    My dream would be to give my parents a great housewarming gift. Since I am half Chilean, it would be wonderful to give them a rug made by the Mapuche people. These are quite expensive, and my husband and I are teachers. I know this would mean the world to them to own such a piece for the new home. They are currently downsizing and have provided my husband and me so much support. They have made many opportunities possible for us that otherwise would not be. It would be wonderful to use this giveaway prize to return the favor! Thanks for the great giveaway!

    Katia says:

    Bri, if I win, I would buy anew dsrl camera and lenses as my equipment got stolen from my husbands car. He is a film student, so this will help him so much! He wouldn’t have to borrow his classmates equipment anymore!

    Chelsea says:

    We’ve been putting off getting engaged and married for seven (!!!) years because splurging on a ring just doesn’t fit into our financial situation right now. Slipping a (tasteful and unique) rock onto my ring finger without feeling guilty for not putting those funds toward expenses would be so liberating and exciting.

    Thanks for the amazing giveaway!

    Alex says:

    A couple months ago I lost one of my dogs in a very tragic accident that brought lots of heartache to me and my partner. We miss her everyday, and if I won, I’d love to be able to adopt another rescue dog so my other dog, Gus, wouldn’t be so lonely, and hopefully help heal some of the pain from losing our little girl. With the remainder of the money I’d love to go somewhere with my partner and dogs. Maybe a cabin in upstate New York. Just a little getaway for rest and relaxation.

    Leah says:

    I’d buy two one way tickets to Wellington New Zealand for my husband and I. We’ve been saving for a chance to live outside of the US for a while now and well, that’d be a great push!

    i absolutely LOVE this idea. i am all about spending money on experiences…I’ve been wanting to do a fall weekend trip up east, so i’d definitely spend the $1000 on flights/a weekend in either boston or maine.

    Sharon says:

    I would totally use it to take my parents on a vacation. They deserve it!

    Hilary says:

    I’ve always dreamed of flying out to California to attend one of your workshops, Bri! That’s a luxury I’ll probably never be able to afford, but as a Graphic Designer, it’s been at the top of my wish list since I started following your blog back in 2010! I’m so inspired by everything you do.

    I am going to Paris for the first time in May and I would love some spending money for my trip!!!! PS- diet coke is everything!

    Marisa says:

    I think I would either buy myself a new camera so I could take awesome high quality pics for my blog just like you Bri! Or maybe send myself to Blogshop! 🙂

    Stephanie says:

    I have a crazy idea of my boyfriend and I moving to Thailand. We’re 2 years out of college, and needing to explore the world and other cultures to find a path for our lives. $1000 would cover our plan flights to Thailand! Then…who knows! That’s the beauty 🙂

    Yehsong says:

    I’d buy a mirrorless camera with video capabilities. I’ve been dreaming of breaking into art, film, photography, but art is an expensive field to break into. The camera would be the perfect boost to help me overcome my fear of new things and just go and do.

    Avery says:

    With one grand – I would buy a plane ticket to visit my most loved people in my life at home.

    Nicolette says:

    A round trip ticket to Europe! I love getting a taste of the world!

    Clare says:

    A grand still buys a small pair of diamond studs. The sort of non-essential that is NOT falling in the budget right now. They’d just feel so, so lux. And go with everything.

    Lucy says:

    I would pay for my parents’ plane tickets to wherever they wanted to go. They never take vacations just for themselves (where they are not also working or taking care of other people), so I would really love to just gift them this opportunity to just think of themselves!

    Melissa says:

    I would put that $1000 towards a beach vacation for me, my hubby, and son. I want to show him the ocean, the way I remember it when he was in my belly.

    Shelby c says:

    I would put it towards a ticket to Gulu Uganda <3 I visited and have been so anxious to get back. xo

    Michelle says:

    I would book a weekend away for our five year anniversary…complete with massages and a fancy dinner out.

    Natalie says:

    This is such an awesome giveaway! Thanks for the chance! With $1000 I would my dream camera!

    Maya shaw says:

    As a college student graduating in the spring I study fashion design. After working in New York over the summer for my internship I fell in love with the city and I have plans to move there right after school! I would use this $1000 to go towards my first months rent in the city that truly makes me feel like the happiest girl in the world.

    Emma says:

    It will be me and my husband’s first year wedding anniversary this coming December and we would love to take a trip somewhere we haven’t been since we did not get to have our honeymoon last year. It will be a dream come true!!!

    Lindsey says:

    I would finally get a tattoo with my sister, and stow the rest away for the trip we’re planning to Scotland! Permanent ink and sister time – what could be better?

    Alex says:

    A weekend get away to Tulum!

    Nicole M says:

    I’d buy a new handbag and wallet. I’ve been wanting a new one for a long time now, but guilt always settles in and I don’t end up getting it.

    Jana says:

    I would spend a few nights at my favorite hotel in Santa Cruz, right on the beach, just reading and lazing by the pool without a care in the world!

    Amy Reed says:

    My husband works full-time and is in school full-time. Between our two paychecks, it’s still not enough. Luckily, we’re scrappy and get creative with ways to save money. I can’t tell you what a relief it would be to win this money. A little breathing room would feel better than any expensive purse.

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    Diana Navarrete says:

    I would use the money for my birthday trip! In may,I turn 29 and while I’m not exactly excited about the number, I am excited about spending a week away from real life with my close friends and also my parents. Were all planning a trip to Tulum and the 1,000 would be very helpful!

    Libby says:

    I’ve always imagined a trip to Europe when I finish grad school (May 2015) to see all of the amazing artwork that I’ve studied. A plane ticket to London to get me started really would be a dream come true!

    Jamie O. says:

    I would purchase some sort of clothing storage system for my house as leaving them on my guest day bed and bathroom radiator isn’t really any sort of system. I have an old house that has small bedrooms and very little storage so purchasing some sort of armoir or closet system for my guest bedroom would be amazingly helpful.

    Andrea says:

    If I won this prize I would use the money to buy a plane ticket to Puerto Rico and spend time with my family. I do not get to see them often and with a tight budget I do not think I will be able to visit them any time soon. This would be great since my grandmother is getting old in age and my cousins are growing up so quick. A trip to the island would be a dream. Scuba diving, hanging out on the beach and relaxing is exactly what I need!

    Michelle says:

    A thousand dollars would pay for my bills for the month, which would result in less anxiety attacks, a good night’s rest, and maybe I’ll finally get to see my friends in San Diego! I live in Phoenix now, and I haven’t been back for 5 years now.

    Maggie says:

    Plane tickets for a relaxing get-a-way. Starting a small business and having a baby all in the same year leaves little time for each other. It would be great to connect and explore a beautiful location. We’ve had our eyes set on Whistler, BC!

    Logan says:

    My life has been a little hectic lately, I graduated college and (finally) got my license but I’ve found my stuff stuck in a rut. Student loans looming over my head, no job, and defeat in my voice with the dreaded “so, what do you want to do now that you’ve graduated college?!” question. The real answer is that I just want to travel.

    $1,000 could take me pretty much anywhere in the US and I’m not so sure where I’d want to visit most! I’ve always had a dream of Alaska but I found apart of myself in California two summers ago and wouldn’t mind heading back. Hell, a road trip to New Orleans sounds incredible!

    Stella Marie says:

    If I were to win the $1000 prize, I’d throw myself a way over-due birthday party that my family and friends can enjoy and have a great time at. My birthday is December 31 and I haven’t celebrated my birthday the traditional way (with all of my loved ones present) since I was, probably, 18 years and old and I’ll be turning 27 this year. With the prize money, I’ll be able to throw an awesome birthday party where I and my favorite people can celebrate the gift of life, love, and friendship. Good luck to everyone who has entered this awesome contest!

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    Alyssa says:

    If I won this contest I would love a check that we could put towards our adoption fees. We cannot wait to have a child and this would really help accelerate the process!

    Mia says:

    My absolute favourite place in the world is Burlington, VT, and I really wanted to visit this fall and bring my best friend along, who’s never been there. I want her to experience how magical it is and understand why I get all starry-eyes every time I talk about it. If I won, I’d visit with her and show her everything I experienced while I lived there.

    Mia says:

    I would take my best friend to Nashville! We’ve been dreaming about making the trip forever but it’s hard to convince a newlywed to go on a girls-only trip, even for a long weekend! But fun music, biscuits and some good old Southern charm is good for the soul. 🙂

    Ella says:

    I would love a plane ticket to Scotland to visit my brother and two friends! They all are there doing a year of service and being able to visit them would mean the world to me! I am a college student with no money and beig able to visit them would literally be a dream come true!

    Mara says:

    I’d love to have $1000 to do a little shopping and pick up clothing that works post-baby.

    Rhiannon Del Grande says:

    My favorite place in the world is honestly in my own bed. It is my personal sanctuary away from the world where I can create my own dreams and clear my head. If I were to win this $1,000 prize, I would spend it spoiling my bed. A super plump & lush mattress to adorn this extrememly cute bed frame I just bought for my new apartment. To match, a comfortable so soft I could feel like im sleeping on a cloud everynight. With this prize I would be able to create my magical cuddly getaway. <3

    Bonnie says:

    A mid-century dinner room set, with pair of white eames chair and a nice round rug underneath.

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    Kate says:

    I’m a graphic designer, but I have a cheap computer and photoshop elements. I make do with what I have, but owning all of Adobe’s design programs would be amazing. With new programs, I could create *anything* to my heart’s content. Also coding programs, so I can learn how to code like a pro! Winning this would kick start my dreams for becoming a full time designer.

    Amber says:

    $1000? Hmmmm…my mind jumps to putting that money towards a plane ticket to Australia.I have yet been able to fly back with my boyfriend to visit his family and home country because the funds are not there. But, my health has taken the turn for the worse this past year, and I am making some huge changes in my lifestyle. One thing I really need is a new mattress to help with my back and sleeping issues. Not just any mattress though, I want a non-toxic IntelliBed 🙂

    Brenda says:

    I would buy a wide format printer so that I can continue my goal of starting a small card company and take a handful of classes on hand lettering, illustration and different techniques, upgrade my computer system and get an adobe cloud subscription and purchase a Rosetta Stone set, because greetings in more than one language are always fun! yay diet coke + bri! thanks for the opportunity!

    Carrie says:

    Honestly? Honestly I would love to shop without constantly worrying about my budget. If I won this contest, I would match right down to Town Center with my diet coke (:) and funnel money right back into the market(; And I would shop to my hearts content at a few of my favorite stores.

    Tasneem says:

    My husband is addicted to diet coke…no grocery trip is complete without it and cans fill up our recycling bin every week. He says it’s his way of relaxing and his one true vice and with that in mind I would love to use the money to take a trip. I am currently pregnant with baby number two and have been itching to go on a babymoon. We didn’t take one the first time around and this time around it feels especially important as we haven’t had much time or energy to devote to us as opposed to other life things in general. I would love to go somewhere quiet where we can see the stars. There is a house I found in the middle of the desert I would love to rent so we could get away from everything for a few days.

    Allison says:

    With $1000, I’d buy two plane tickets to Seattle, a ferry ride to Victoria, B.C., and a couple night’s stay in an adorable airbnb home.

    My sweetheart and I are overdue for a trip and nothing sounds lovelier than bundling up and exploring a beautiful city together.

    Holly B says:

    It’s always travel for me (or travel + food)! I’d grab a plane to Japan and hopefully have enough left over to eat at one of the cheap but delicious Kaiten Sushi in Tokyo. My mouth is watering just thinking about it 🙂

    I would love to donate half to a local dog shelter to help contribute in anyway possible, and use the other half to get a portrait tattoo of my chihuahua, that I’ve always wanted!

    Emily says:

    I would give the $1,000 to my parents! They have helped me in more ways than I can count!

    Hannah says:

    Realistically if I won I would put the money towards art school! But let’s be real, if I were to win id take myself to New York to find some internships and maybe do a little shopping 😉

    lauren d. says:

    I so badly want to grab my sister and go to the Avett Brothers New Year’s Eve show in North Carolina. . . one night, one awesome concert – now that would an experience

    i would take my mom for a full spa day, just the two of us!

    Sarah says:

    I would rent a cabin or house in the woods for a few days, somewhere close enough that my older brother and sister and their families could travel to meet at the house. We haven’t seen each other in years, like over 10, let alone been in the same place together all at once. We all live on opposite coasts. My mom would be completely ecstatic that all of her kids and her 4 grand babies were all together, too. My dad hasn’t even gotten to meet my youngest niece yet, so really everyone has a reason to be together and the $1000 would greatly help make this happen! I can’t think of anything better than my family to spend that kind of money on so we
    Can all be together finally even for just a few days.

    Sarah says:

    I would plan a surprise anniversary trip for my husband and I. We have been trying to save and keep to a strict budget, so a stress free vacation would be amazing

    Elyse says:

    What an AWESOME giveaway. I would love to take the $1000 and fly to LA with my boyfriend to meet his parents for the first time, and then spend a week there! They can’t travel the distance because of their age, and we’re both trying to save and pay off loans at home. Would be amazing to win!

    daphne says:

    I would use the money to buy this beautiful wooden bed frame I have been coveting for over a year. I have never had a proper bed frame since moving away from home, and it would make me feel like such a grown up!

    Najja Meeks says:

    So if I had an extra $1000 lying around I’d definitely spring for a brand new bed (queen-size) for just me and the Mr. At the moment we’re in a king size and have 2 daughters and have been co-sleeping for practically four years. So why on earth would we want a smaller bed right?! Because mama is ready to have her man back! Less room in the bed = more snuggle time for me!

    Emily Love says:

    definitely a plane ticket to Thailand, I studied abroad in Bangkok for seven months and have not stopped dreaming about returning since then!

    Jess says:

    I’m transitioning to working for myself full time in the next year, and $1000 would go in to investing in a business coach!

    Courtney says:

    My dream would be for my boyfriend and I to take our daughter to Disney world. She’s always wanted to go but we just can’t justify a trip when we have so many repairs to do around the house and a credit card we are working hard to pay off. That would seriously be such an exhilarating experience for my family!

    Stefanie says:

    $1000? How fun! As a newlywed, I’ve watched my new husband work so hard for our family. He’s graduated college, survived a wedding with me, and goes to work bright and early every morning to support the two of us. I’d love to be able to give back to him! With a vacation, or an update to his wardrobe, or to put toward his musical hobby. Anything he likes!

    Annie says:

    I would buy a fancy new couch and take this lumpy brown thing to the dump!

    kim boswell says:

    A NEW MATTRESS AND BED!
    My fiancé and I have had the same terrible mattress for about 7 years now. We did not buy it new, as we couldn’t afford it. Instead, my friend sold us hers – which she had since high school! The mattress is easily over ten years old, is only a full size mattress (a queen would be amazing, a king size would be incredible!). We have had to put off buying a real mattress because, well, life happens. I believe it would be life changing to have a beautiful, new, large king size mattress and bed. Currently ours is simply on top of a box spring which is on the floor. I can only dream of the perfect full nights sleep we would both have. It really would be life changing!

    Mallory says:

    I’d love a weekend trip to Austin for my family of four. We just had our second baby and would love a fun getaway that gives us quality family time.

    Jenny says:

    A new bathroom steam shower for sure! No more shower curtains sticking to you while you clean up – ewww.

    Grace says:

    I would spend the $1000 on a trip to Europe. I studied abroad there and have dreamt of going back ever since. I also have friends and family I would love to go visit as well.

    Grace M. says:

    My husband spent a semester abroad in London and loved it. We’ve been dreaming of a trip back, but it’s always just been “someday.” I would use the money to help take him there for his birthday. $1000 would be a huge jumpstart to our travel fund.

    With $1000, I would buy the materials to build the studio my husband and I can’t afford right now. We have big dreams of expanding our studio outside of our house and out on our farm, but haven’t had enough saved to start our dream project! A thousand bucks would go a long way in this project!

    daphne says:

    I would use the money to take my fiance to this wonderful, totally romantic little inn in Big Sur for the weekend called Deetjens.

    Joyce says:

    We would use the prize to elope! (Trip to Chinati Mountains)

    Caitlin says:

    I’d love a new set of dishes and flatware for my kitchen. Mine are mismatched hand me downs that I inherited during college, and I’ve been out of school for almost 6 years now. Other things keep coming up and taking priority. This would be the perfect excuse to upgrade!

    Oh how fun…. While I should probably use the $1000 on our kitchen remodel, what I really want to use it for is toward taking my husband to Italy/Greece. He has never been and he adores history… Would love to show him the beauty there! If I couldn’t do that, I might use it for new countertops in our kitchen! 😉 XOXO Great blog, fun giveaway!

    I’m lying in bed looking at my Pinterest board ‘special places’ and dreaming of going somewhere special. Ahhhh I could do this every day! I would pick Iceland. A $1000 can get me an airplane ticket to Iceland for an experience of a lifetime!

    kate says:

    I would use the $1,000 to buy (one) of our plane tickets to Greece for our honeymoon!! Any extra would help pay for the second…hey, it’s not a honeymoon if you’re by yourself 🙂 It would be amazing to have extra money for flights!

    Sarah says:

    My heart forever aches to return to the place that overflows my heart and mind with infinite inspiration. A destination where the north woods and great lakes meet upon a town if only to reacquaint oneself with a childlike sense wonder set deep within the soul. A majestic melody of lush forest, jutting rock and soft blue waves crashing gently upon a shore that flourishes into the sloping town set upon a hill, Duluth, MN. It is here that I would love a getaway for a few days to relax, be filled with inspiration and enjoy a taste of the good life.

    Laura B says:

    Definitely a fall or winter mini-vacation of some kind…NYC for the first time or something beachy like Costa Rica or Cabo. I am itching for a vacation!!

    Kristina says:

    Oh I would hop a plane somewhere… ANYWHERE that feeds my wanderlust.
    Somewhere new, that I’ve never been before. Somewhere with a story to hear. Somewhere to be experienced and explored.

    Emily says:

    I would love the 1000 dollars so my husband and I don’t have to stay at his brothers house (on the couch) while were in Hawaii for our late 1st anniversary… Hotels are a treat and that is where the 1000 would go!

    Cathya says:

    With my $1,000 prize I would use it to give a down payment on my first car! I am twenty two years old and I just graduated college this past summer and finally will have the opportunity to go car shopping & walk out with a car of my own. I would totally use the money to make that first payment and make this dream more of a reality RIGHT NOW. I am blessed in every single way xo.

    Jenna Rainey says:

    My husband and I both work 6 sometimes 7 days a week. A nice relaxing vacation, maybe to Mexico or wine country, to help us recharge and step away from “busy” for a few days.

    Heather says:

    A wedding dress.. my fiancé and I just decided to elope on our 5 year anniversary on Oct 30. With that kind of cash I would knock his socks off with a stunning white dress 😀

    Maren says:

    I would spend it on a fancy hotel and dinners out during the trip I just booked to Paris for next spring (plane fare is already paid for, so $1,000 should just cover the rest of it!)

    vanessa joie says:

    I would love, love, LOVE a good camera. I have has my eye on Cannon’s Rebel EOS SL1. As I’ve started blogging again I miss having a decent camera. There’s also a pretty Chloe disc necklace I’ve had my eye on.

    Thanks, Bri for this amazing giveaway!

    Meghan says:

    It’s been a rough year, starting with a car accident and ending with a friend/roommate bullying me out of my own apartment. I would spend the money on fixing up the yard of the place I’ll be moving into–some comfortable chairs, a table with an umbrella, a BBQ, and some pretty lights. I want my home to be peaceful, relaxing, and a nice place to hang out. And with California winters being mild, I can enjoy my yard all year round.

    Eliza says:

    Eek so fun!! I would either use it to buy my husband & I tix to NYC to visit his siblings and just explore the city together (something we’ve always wanted to do) or out it towards a ticket to visit my gf who just moved to London. Either way, some sort of travel!!

    Cassie H says:

    My boyfriend and I have been so busy as of late, he is working 96 hour weeks (fireman) and I am preparing to go back to graduate school, that we could really use some time to slow down and re-connect. While we are planning a trip to Cambodia in the spring, a $1000 bonus would be great to get us out on a nice 3 day weekend to wine country for now.

    Carolyn says:

    I’ve been on the hunt for a chic winter wardrobe. I go to ski in Whistler every year and always feel so frumpy next to all the well dressed women. I’d love a nice and chic pair of snow boots with coat, hat and clothes to match.

    Seattle Lulu says:

    My son passed away unexpectedly in August. It’s been brutal. But there is still so much goodness in my life. I’d love to grab my loved ones and get a nice beach house for the weekend. To celebrate all that we still have…

    Wendy says:

    I would definitely use the money to take my brother and his family with us on our yearly weekend to Gatlinburg, TN. My brother works so hard and never gets to do anything fun so I woud love to treat him!

    Marie says:

    I’d surprise my husband with a trip to San Francisco and reservations at all the restaurants we want to go to there! We’ve been hoping to go ever since we moved to LA five years ago, but money and time and going at “the right time” have always stood in our way. The right time is now!

    Diana Miclea says:

    If I had $1000 around, I would visit my sister in Texas. Plan, a getaway in Austin. Rent a room at a nice hotel. bond over good food & Drinks. Buy ourselves a new outfit. Go to a country music show. Visit Dallas & see my cousin.

    Maddie says:

    This is fun! I would use it to buy a new lens for my camera that I’ve had my eye on for…forever. Would be amazing!

    ingrid says:

    I would love to get a plane ticket to my hometown. Although some of us yearn to get away, I yearn to get back “home” for the Holidays – when flights are ridiculously expensive (usually $500-600, now around $1,000 – grrr!).

    Yolonda says:

    As lame as this may sound, I would pay off a credit card. That would make me smile forever. I hate debt, evens little.

    Krissy says:

    The thing that would make me the most happy – even bubbly – would be to fly from Chicago to Oakland to visit my best friend and take a trip with her down to Big Sur to stay two nights in a yurt along the beautiful California coast. I’ve always wanted to see Big Sur and the ocean feeds my soul, so it would be amazing to share it with my best friend who I don’t get to see but once a year!

    Tammy says:

    I am trying to increase my business as a freelance graphic artist, so my dream would be to use the funds to update my office space. I would invest in some cute storage solutions that would make the space more user friendly AND inspirational.

    Kate says:

    I’m a broke, recent college graduate with dreams of becoming a writer. If I had a disposable $1,000, I’d definitely spend it on a writer’s retreat to finish my novel.

    Kari Stewart says:

    I would grab my twin sister and take that trip to Ireland we’ve always talked about! Just to see those rolling green hills, hear those accents, and drink a pint of Guiness in a real pub! SWOON….

    What an awesome giveaway! I would love to pamper my mom for her birthday, on the 10th! She deserves the world, but since that’s not possible, $1000 would help a ton.

    Diana Miclea says:

    If I had a $1000 to spend, I would go to Texas & visit my sister. I would then, plan a getaway with her to Austin. Buy ourselves an outfit & attend a country music show. Have a nice dinner & drinks. Visit our cousin in Dallas & grab dinner with her. The three of us end the time at a spa. Where we all get massages. Xx

    Megan Evans says:

    My hubby and I have had a rough go. Unemployment, and unexpected expenses have made making ends meet, well not something easily done! We had saved 1100 dollars to buy a new mattress until all the crazy happened and the money was needed else where. With a thousand dollars I would surprise him with that long coveted mattress and for once, we might wake up without pain! Oh the loveliness of comfy sleep! I can’t even begin to imagine!

    Dawn reed says:

    I just bought a new house and the backyard is a desolate wasteland. I would love to make it an oasis by fixing the broken irrigation system and planting beautiful plants!

    Ilana says:

    That would go towards giving this new mama a break- maybe a sitter hours a week, or a night out of town with my little family!

    Andrea says:

    I’d treat my boyfriend to an omakase sushi dinner at Urasawa.

    Emily says:

    I would buy the Roxy Rocker (rocking chair) from OneFortyThree that I’ve had my eye on for the past year but can’t justify buying. I have the PERFECT place for it in my apartment. The rest would go towards tickets for my new husband and I to go on a trip together!

    Amy says:

    I’d love to fly into L.A. and road trip it around California for a week, taking pics, eating at restaurants that are too cool to mention, and people-watching along the way…

    I would invest $1,000 more in my design company that is launching in December. It has always been my dream to start my own company and I am making it happen. $1,000 would be an essential part to help me to further fulfill my design dreams.

    I’ve a passion for helping the homeless and with $1,000 I could buy a table and chairs and a ton of food, and feed many people in MacArthur Park. I just moved to LA and homelessness is a real problem. That would not only brighten my day, but so many others, as well. Thanks!

    Carly says:

    I’d hire a contractor to come sand the hardwood floors in my bedroom and then stain or paint them white! The floors have been painted 4 or 5 times and were maroon when I bought the house. I quickly painted them black but regret not hiring a professional to do it correctly. I think white floors would brighten up the room but I just can’t justify spending that money right now!

    Jessica Pearson says:

    I would feel like I’m living the good life… if I could make my house a house. I feel like my whole life is defined by the fact that I am a single mother (of a 5 yr old, 3 year old, 7 month old) and it shows in everything. My identity is in being a mother, and how well I provide for my children. I dream of having actual dishes (NOT paper plates and plastic cups) and a table to share meals at, coffee tables to stack the books my daughters is learning to read on, a television to cuddle up and watch Frozen on.

    Katie says:

    It’s been a tough couple of months for me, and I would love to put that $1000 to a relaxing weekend with me and my ladyfriends. Maybe book us a couple nights on the Oregon Coast complete with massages, book club & wine night, and fried oysters…. aaah… 🙂

    Elizabeth says:

    This is such a nice giveaway! I would love win a $1000 dollar gift card to Bloomingdales so I can get started on my holiday shopping for my family!

    Kathy Te says:

    If I had a $1000, I would rent out a nice hotel suite for my friends and have a party full of food and fun! I love spending time with friends and this will be a great treat. With anything left over, I’d buy some nice shoes.. because I also love shoes 😀

    Reagan says:

    With $1000 I would be able to buy a MacBook Air, which would come in handy with school and work. Especially since I just sold my iPad to catch up on bills.

    A one-night in Santa Ynez for my husband and I. We haven’t had a real night away from our little one and I think we’re in need. Santa Ynez is driving distance and it woudl be so great to check into a nice place up there, go wine tasting, eat a wonderful dinner at the Los Olivos Inn, and maybe come back with some good wine.

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    I’d fly to NYC and meet my parents and we’d do the trip we’ve always talked about doing: walking around Brooklyn Flea, eating until we busted out of our seams and laughing till our cheeks hurt. There’d be no crying at the airport like most trips where we’re reunited because it’d be a bonus trip.

    Bliss.

    kerry says:

    i think i’d use this prize money to take our first little family vacay with my husband and 6 month old son. just sneaking away to santa barbara for the weekend sounds like just the ticket. thank you!

    Amanda says:

    My husband and I have been married for two years and we have lived with family since the beginning- some by choice and some not by choice. Getting alone time means leaving the house which often means spending extra money. My husband and I are artists desiring to grow our own businesses, but right now we are both working two jobs. It gets really hard working so much and living with family still. If I could dream up a thousand dollars I’d use it to drive us to LA, stay at the ACE hotel, and spend the weekend with my husband (alone!) We would go to art museums, get a massage, and maybe see one of our favorite bands. Oh and we would eat very good food and drink those fancy cocktails that we could never afford otherwise. Time to reconnect and play pretend will really help to inspire us to keep pursuing our dreams because they are worth all the sacrifices.

    Allison Michelle says:

    I would buy a ticket to see family back in Montreal that I haven’t seen for years! Eat some proper poutine and indulge in a beaver tail! <3

    Kelly McKinley says:

    With $1000 I would start buying some nursery necessities for my first child due in March. What a dream it would be to win!

    Marissa says:

    I would buy a luxe office chair to make every 12 hour work day more beautiful and comfy!

    You know, I am constantly dreaming up things in my life but when it comes to this prize, I would love to share it with my husband. I would use the money to have a staycation. We would stay at The Nines in Downtown Portland where we could rest up and relax, do some shopping, and stuff our faces!

    Lauren says:

    I’ve yet to explore America’s deserts and would take a trip out west to Arizona to roadtrip and visit the Grand Canyon!

    I would use it to take my husband out on weekly dates after our baby arrives in the next few weeks. Working together to keep the romance alive is really as good as it gets!

    Eliza says:

    A week long adventure in New Orleans with my boyfriend is something I have been dreaming about for a while. I am fascinated by the history and culture of the deep south and the grittiness of it all. I would use the money to buy two plane tickets and a room at a haunting but luxurious bed and breakfast. 

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    Duyen says:

    If there was a way to, I would give the $1000 to my mama and let her do whatever she wanted with it. I just recently graduated from college and am living at home til I find a job. My mom has been supporting me all of my life, paid for all of my schooling and it would be a small gift I could give her in return for all the awesome things she has done for me. She seriously is a hustlahh and the best mom ever 🙂

    A down payment on a new car. We just got in an accident:( so we are kinda desperate with four kids:)

    Kelley says:

    Hmm…$1000…the responsible thing to do would be to upgrade the electrical in our house so we can finish our basement! The thing I would want to do is go visit pretty much any ocean!

    Mallory says:

    I would without a doubt buy a plane ticket to Europe! i’ve never left the US, and have been dying to do some adventuring. This $1000 would make all the difference in achieving this dream!

    Kimberly says:

    I would spend it on a beach vacation to Tulum with my sister during the cold winter. Two tickets please! 🙂

    Anna says:

    I’d take a weekender with my husband to Asheville, NC! Close enough that we don’t have to fly, but far enough away that we can wander the forest, drink craft beer, and eat some yum Vegan food!

    Chance says:

    I am saving up, and I need $1000 more to pay for my last semester in college!

    Kendra says:

    Something I daydream about all the time! I love love love to finish up lingering home projects…like making our exterior a bit more appealing…painting all the trim in our house white and finishing up the playroom basement for my girls!!

    Teresa says:

    First, I am a die-hard Diet Coke drinker and have tons of photographic evidence to prove it. Love me the DC. Second, my husband and I were planning on having me piggy back a work trip of his in Spain for our one-year anniversary, but decided we shouldn’t really because of finances… especially because our dog just had an expensive surgery. This would cover my plane ticket, though, and allow us to do that!

    Diana says:

    Expecting my first child in February, so I’d put it toward decorating the nursery! (Which er, I need to get started on….)

    Alexandria says:

    I compare every purchase I make, every paycheck, to plane ticket values. I search plane ticket prices to various destinations daily, just to dream. Right now, I’d buy a ticket to India, the place I’ve most wanted to visit since I was a little girl. If I can get myself there, I have an internship waiting for me where I would be working on farming with rural villagers. Tickets from the West Coast right now are right around $1,000!

    Anjelica Rehl says:

    I would buy myself an all new fall wardrobe! I need new clothes very badly! I’m tired of feeling drab in my first professional job out of college!

    Kayla says:

    I would visit a long time friend down in Florida. She moved away a couple years ago and haven’t been able to visit her since she moved down there!

    Pati Reis says:

    ONE PERFECT WEEK
    We just got married last Friday. Really small wedding, only 4 people (us + 2 grandmas 🙂 We do not have time to go anywhere until the holidays. So I would love to give us our ONE PERFECT WEEK. We love our jobs, so that’s not a problem. But we would go to have breakfast in a new place everyday (that is our favorite meal), have couple massages (we always wanted to do it), have a cleaning company to deep clean our apartment (he is in charge of the 2 bathrooms and I am in charge of everything else 🙁 , and give each other an opportunity to buy a really special surprise for one another. And finish it up with a staying in the Sienna Hotel (here in Chapel Hill, NC), not because they are a great hotel, but because they have the BEST BRUNCH EVER, so we could have that as room service 😉

    Stephanie says:

    I would use it to buy a beautiful wedding dress from BHLDN 🙂

    Caroline Carthey says:

    ohhmygoodness….This is a great idea! Mine hit the practical side:
    -Student Loan assistance (yeeep)
    -A class (or two!) for next semester would be wonderful as well
    -Ok…maybe even a plane ticket to somewhere fabulous
    -OR even that Burberry trench coat I’ve longed for…..

    Samantha Simmons says:

    This is easy. I would donate $250 to my Grandfather who is recovering from his second battle with cancer. Then I’d take the rest and fly my Mom (who has never left the country) to Ireland where we would drink guiness, trek over to Paris via train and splurge on some Chanel lipstick and N0.5.

    PS: Diet coke is my number one addiction. That and this blog, obviously. 🙂

    Mellanie says:

    A ticket to PARIS would be as good as the taste of diet coke! I’ve been dying to plan a trip there this next summer!

    i would use it to buy a sofa for my living room! i have been in this house for 5 months, it’s my first place, and after a break-up it really is MY first place and it needs so much love. i am still in need of a dining room set of chairs to surround a free (!!!) 8 foot oak table i just got, a coffee table, sofa, and a couple candles and fresh flowers wouldn’t hurt either 🙂

    anything leftover from that would be spent on groceries for a dinner party (since people will finally have a place to sit) with friends and family 😉

    thanks for the opportunity diet coke and DLF! xoxo

    Jubilynn Sigrah says:

    I would love to spend that on the that beautiful sewing machine my mother was eyeing. Christmas is just around the corner and buying needs for my family would be the most wonderful thing! although its the thought that counts, it would be beautiful to have a little help!!!

    M.E. says:

    With $1000, I would get to plane tickets to Costa Rica to treat my husband for finishing his PhD in May 2015. It has been a long haul with very few vacations and it would be so nice to celebrate such a huge milestone! You have definitely gotten me thinking about travel now 🙂

    jasmyne rose says:

    I would take my seven month old son (from Texas to Arizona) to visit his Great-Grandfather– who just turned ninety! He may never have the chance to meet his only remaining maternal great-grandparent.

    Chelsea says:

    With $1000, I’d hire a professional team to come in and help us clean and de-clutter the house, and then re-imagine the spaces (paint, decorate) to make them more beautiful to live in. My mom and I have been through a lot since Dad died, and it would be so wonderful to feel free to relax in our house, without worrying about this endless to-do list that feels overwhelming before you even get started. It might not be the most glamorous dream, but it would make a huge difference in everyday life!

    Joanna bak says:

    I’d take a trip to LA/the bay area. I’ve still never been to the bay area!!!

    christine says:

    A new patio/deck where my daughter can play safely outside. We never ever use our backyard and plan on redoing it next year, so $1000 would help a lot!

    Jamie N. says:

    I’ve been dreaming about paying off some credit card debt!! What a weight off my shoulders that would be. Living debt free is definitely living the GOOD LIFE!!

    Danielle says:

    I would love to plan a trip to visit a handful of friends across the US. One in NYC, one in Phoenix, and one in Denver. Although they’ve lived in these places going on a couple of years now, I still have yet to find time/money to visit them.

    Lili Chaparas says:

    I would join my local Yoga studio and work towards getting strong and balanced. But I would take my children too, because more than anything I want them to learn to center and be calm and happy and effervescent like a soda. Smooth and clean and filled with energy.

    We would rise and shine and sparkle.
    <3

    Tina Martinez says:

    I’m training for my first Marathon and I could use some new running shoes. It would be awesome to outfit myself with new running gear and all the training essentials like GU’s. Love this giveaway!!

    Lisa M. says:

    I have always wanted to visit Paris. A trip for two with my love would be exactly what I would do and shop with whatever is left over. Here’s to wishing for luck!!

    jessica says:

    Love the idea of just taking off and traveling. My husband and I have always wanted to head to New Mexico and actually stay a while. So with him and our new puppy I’d head that way and just take a week or two off exploring the beautiful landscape and culture.

    Ann says:

    I just moved, so I could definitely use the money to buy a cool vintage dresser I have been eyeing at a local store!

    Irene says:

    If I won $1000, I would use it to buy a 13-inch MacBook Air. I’m a college student and I’ve never had a well working laptop. I’ve only had two laptops in my lifetime, and I’ve always used Dell, but I’ve always had problems with them: viruses, laptop being too heavy, software updates, etc. I’ve wanted to get a MacBook for the longest time, but could never afford it. Having a MacBook Air would help me so much with my studies and not having to carry around a bulky and heavy laptop.
    Thank you so much for this giveaway! This is awesome!

    Much love,
    Irene

    Rachel says:

    With $1000, I would buy a couple of Max Wanger prints and pay to have them framed. Every since Bri introduced me to his art, I’m obsessed—I know exactly which prints (and sizes) I’d like to purchase. Just need the $$ to do it right! 🙂

    jamie says:

    I would probably pay off this macbook I”m getting charged super high interest for!

    Emily says:

    A trip to California to visit my parents with my husband would be my dream right now! We live in the east coast now, have been married for 2 years, but haven’t been able to spend time with my parents much (they only met once!) and would love for them to get to know my husband better in person! It would be also be a great opportunity for my husband to “get a better taste” of what my hometown in CA is like, because I would love to live there again someday 🙂 <3

    Jackie says:

    I’d put it toward new flooring for my home, which I also work from. The carpeting is old and it’s depressing to work from here all day, let alone have clients over. It’s hard to justify the large expense now, starting a business, but this $1000 would certainly clinch the deal!

    Caitlin says:

    Two tickets to New York City for my husband and me. We’d see the sites and take in the culture. We’d use a bit of the money to buy some art (we get at least one piece every place we go together) and you know, maybe a few articles of clothing for me 🙂

    BethanyCynthia says:

    My sister is getting married in Berlin next fall and I am trying desperately to save up money so I can travel from Minneapolis to be there for her, but with student loan payments and car repairs it is getting harder and harder to imagine dropping over $1000 on a dreamy vacation/sister time.
    If I won $1000 I could get myself to her wedding on time, and use the money I have saved so far to pay bills and eat food….

    Jillian says:

    I’d use $1,000 to take my mom on a surprise trip to New Orleans! My family has never had room in the budget for frivolous expenses like vacation, and I’d love to make some memories that are purely fun. New Orleans is her favorite!

    Tamara says:

    I would love to use the $1000 for a birthday party for my son. Reading the comments, though, I wish everyone luck with their awesome wishes!

    Ashley W says:

    I would give a little bit of it to me and two of my other college roommates so we could afford to fly to Miami to see our other roommate have her baby. We all live so far apart and it is so hard to get together. It would be great to see them all and be together once more. It’s been years since we’ve made it happen.

    Marissa says:

    We recently had a tiny human and our house renovation project had been on hold due to our inability to get it appraised, therefore be granted a loan 🙁 so i would definitely put $1,000 towards helping make that #redbrickvic (a gutted out 1888 Queen Anne brick Victorian) a home for our little family.

    Kelly says:

    This is so wonderful! My fiance and I are planning our wedding for next October, and we’re paying for everything ourselves, so we’re being pretty conservative with our spending. I would use this to get the ring I’ve been dreaming of, but can’t afford right now.

    Olivia says:

    I would pay my mom back for the car she gave me when I needed one. Althought the remaining balance is low, I said I would pay it every month and fell on a really hard time. She still pays the remaining balance on it every month and pays for her own car on top of taking care of my grandmother who has advanced Multiple Sclerosis and requires 24 hour care from medical staff. No matter the debt my mom accrues, she refuses to put her mother in a nursing home and asks my brother and I always take care of her.

    Stephanie says:

    My husband and I have been having the hardest time finding affordable housing in the San Francisco Bay Area (where we’ve both lived our entire lives), and it’s really putting a damper on the whole newlyweds thing. I would love an extra thousand dollars to use toward getting our first apartment or home together as husband and wife in our favorite city, Oakland CA. The money would be that extra help we desperately need to get us back on track financially after my knee injury. Thank you for the opportunity.

    Shauna says:

    I would put it towards my student debt, which I am working to pay off early. For the last 4 years I have been monitoring my spending drastically to chip away at it week by week at it. It’s hard to say no to new clothes, nights out, fun things. But so worth it. $1000 would give me an added boost of inspiration to keep seeing those numbers go down.

    Gabrielle says:

    I would without a doubt use it to travel. A summer roadtrip is next on my list!

    Lisa says:

    Oooooh my goodness I would use $1000 to take a long weekend in the Carribean with my husband! We just got married, have been job searching and finishing up MBA school, and it would be such a relaxing treat to hang by the pool, eat seafood, and relax. Preferably with no internet 🙂

    Christina says:

    I’d use $1000 to take my boyfriend on a spa weekend getaway from Los Angeles. He’s been taking care of me non-stop for a few weeks post surgery, getting no sleep and just generally being a badass, amazing man. I’d love to pamper him with some spa treatments and boozy nights in Palm Springs or Ojai as a thank you for how ridiculously awesome he’s been.

    Stephanie A. says:

    I just got engaged a week ago! I would love to spend the $1000 on a dreamy wedding dress!!

    Kiana says:

    I would grab a pack of diet coke, pay my rent check for the month, take the rest of the money and hop in my car with my best friends and start driving up to the North Cascades to explore, hike and adventure with my best pals. We’d sip on Diet Cokes at the top of a mountain or around the campfire. We’d make memories that will last us through the rainy winter of Seattle until spring roles around.

    Tahiti says:

    I just got my first apartment. It’s a slow process with buying furniture to decorate it to my taste. With $1000 I would buy a couch that I have been dreaming about for a while. 🙂

    Antoinette Elbert says:

    I’d love to visit my Mom in Seattle, WA. I love the mountains and the weather in Colorado, but never imagined my Mom wouldn’t see my kids grow. I have two kids, 16 and 12, and a baby due in January. We haven’t been back for over 5 years since I went back to finish my degree. I’d love to fly into Oregon, show my kids the coast I visited in my childhood and drive up to Seattle to spend time with my Mom and family next summer!

    Bettina says:

    A crazy weekend trip with my fiancee! Plane tickets, live music, art, cocktails and dancing the night away <3

    Alli says:

    I would grab that cash and include it in a down payment for a house!!

    Joanna L. says:

    I would love to buy a plane ticket to Australia! My husband was born there and we absolutely need to travel there before we start a family. This is a total bucket list item for us! We’ve been saving up for a while, but life (i.e. car repairs..rent…boring stuff) keeps slowing us down. This $1,000 would make it possible for me to see Daved’s homeland for the first time. I’d overcome my fear of spiders to travel to an awesome place to have an adventure with my best friend!

    Thanks for this awesome giveaway Diet Coke & DLF!

    Tara says:

    An insane shopping spree. One day, me, a friend who are will tell me what looks decent, and $1000. This college student hasn’t bought new clothes in years.

    $1000 to add to the savings account which would hopefully help save enough to go to India with my love and eat lots of curry and visit amazing places!

    clémence says:

    I would offer to my true love a surprised weekend in London ! Shopping, kissing on a bridge, sightseeing hand in hand, drinking a tasted cup of tea looking into his beautiful eyes…Amazing !

    Julie Wylie says:

    What a wonderful giveaway. I have to say, what I’d do with the money isn’t very glamorous, but it would definitely be life-changing. My husband and I inherited a house from his grandparents, and to be honest, it’s in the worst condition you could imagine. The bones of the house are good + there is so much history there for my husband, so we just can’t give it up. And really, it isn’t a lost cause! We have been running into some financial trouble (and a lot of annoying legal trouble at first) with fixing up the house. We just found out we are going to need a new well drilled on the property + it’s going to cost… let’s just say a LOT. If I won this giveaway, the money would most definitely go toward the cost of our new well. It isn’t a trip to Europe (which we would LOVE), but it is something we truly need. Crossing my fingers. Thanks for the chance!

    Leah says:

    I’d put it toward a new Mac computer! I’m a new mom starting up a stationery small business and my old Mac computer just isn’t cutting it anymore. A new computer could help me create more designs faster to get things up and more quickly!

    Chelsea says:

    I would use the money to travel to the Lake District in England with my husband so we can see where his family came from, and feel like we’re in a Jane Austen book!

    Tamara says:

    A mid-century modern console cabinet for the family room we’re remodeling! I have a great sectional sofa already and just need to pair it with a beautiful wood casegood piece. This piece would accommodate a television (which I don’t own yet–haven’t had a TV in 8 years), a great smelling candle, a framed picture of my son, and a decorative bowl carved by my husband. Relaxing on the couch looking towards this piece with these objects would definitely be a good-life-moment!

    JenFurr says:

    If I won $1000 I would put the money towards photography classes to help start a business.

    steph says:

    I could take a really nice trip for that or maybe it’d be worth the weight off my shoulders to just put it in the bank. That’s not fun. I’ll go with the trip and instagram lots of pictures and drink soda and smile a lot. They can use me for a commercial. I’ve been wanting to go to Montreal for ten years. Would be beautiful. Hope I win!

    Annelise Pollard says:

    I would use the $1000 towards studying abroad in Paris! It’s been my dream to go there my whole life. Now as a fine arts studio major, I’d love to take the opportunity to go. Having some extra cash would definitely come in handy for the trip. Who knows when I’ll have another chance!

    Kira K says:

    Hmm, I think a chunk of it would definitely go to a spa day, after which I’d pick up my new bag, and then the remaining half (or more) would go to my parents, who deserve a spa day and treat of their own! <3

    Gwynne says:

    Recently broke up with my boyfriend and have a new apartment and no furniture. I could definitely use that $1,000 for an awesome mid-century couch that I’ve been eyeing.

    Christine says:

    With my diet coke in hand I would use the $1,000 to take my husband to a Chicago Bears game. He has been dying to go to one but they always cost to much. It would be a great gift for a very giving man and a first time dad. 🙂

    I just paid around $850 at my local vet. It was a big chunk of change, but anything to make sure my doggie Tallulah is healthy and happy. I would replenish my account and go see Belle and Sebastian play at Radio City Music Hall!

    Autumn says:

    I would put it toward an assistant. My business is booming so much that I just can’t crank the work out fast enough. It would make managing money and workload much easier. I’d be able to have a life again. <3

    Morgan Gardner says:

    I would buy myself an amazing new digital camera to replace my old one! I’m starting to build a photography + art/design business and this prize would be an amazing step towards leaving my 8-5 desk job!

    nicole b. says:

    A plane ticket to Florence, Italy for my birthday in May. What better place to “get a taste” than in Italy. I would invite my boyfriend to meet me there; we’ve daydreamed and game-planned this for over a year now. It’s time to make it a reality, because why not. Being in love with him makes me feel like anything is possible, and everything is an adventure. Italy has always romanced me with its landscapes, food, culture and history. Another reason to travel in May is to catch a stage or two of the Giro d’Italia, a professional bicycling race, and experience the local pride, flavor and excitement as the maglia rosa flies by. My boyfriend is a cyclist; his passion has inspired my fascination with the sport and has encouraged me to ride. This would be such a dreamy way to celebrate another trip around the sun in a romantic place with my love watching a race, renting bicycles, going on motorcycle rides, sharing delicious meals and grabbing gelato every day. A trip of a lifetime. Thanks so much for the chance to win, Bri. xo

    Aspen Cross says:

    My dream award would be a late honeymoon to Greece for my husband and I. We had a very intimate tight-budget wedding and although it was very special to us, we would like the chance to get away for a few days and enjoy life without kids and work, and just enjoy some good relaxation and adventure. It would be nice to have a bit of extra money to contribute toward that trip together.

    Christina says:

    I would buy a nice cannon camera and lens to shoot my YouTube videos…right now I use my iPhone, which works, but a camera would insanely step up my quality and help me follow my dream of being a you tuber.

    Shelbi O'Connor says:

    I would use the money to take a small vacation to Kansas City with my husband. He’s a football coach so we don’t get to see much of each other right now, which is tough. We just got married in June and never had a newlywed phase because football started in July. Kansas City is where we fell in love and we can’t wait to take a trip back there. It would be amazing to get to spend some time away. I would say that’s something that would taste as good as diet coke. Some quality Vaca time with my new husband! 🙂

    Evan Olson says:

    A trip to Hawaii.
    Or NYC.
    Basically, someplace other than Iowa.

    I am working on a book right now, and so I would use a part of the money to buy more research materials (romance comics!) and I would use the other part to buy some new glasses and contacts which I am very much in need of!

    Margaret says:

    Nothing beats cold hard cash… except what I’d put that cash toward. 🙂 I would definitely spend it on a dog from a rescue shelter. I fell in love with my boyfriend’s dog but we both work full time and my heart breaks every time I have to leave her alone. I’ve been wanting to take home a shelter dog for the longest time but don’t have the money to take care of all the initial investment in medical bills and pet supplies that it requires. Thank you Bri and to Diet Coke for giving someone the chance to make one of their dreams come true!

    Alysia Alex says:

    The love of my life just moved to Copenhagen for work and it’s been a hard transition for the both of us. I would take that $1000, book a spontaneous ticket to Denmark and show up on his doorstep like an old time-y romantic movie.

    Kelsey Cox says:

    I would use it to go to a blogshop weekend class!!!

    OR I would use it to buy a new puppy!

    Those are pretty much the same right? 😉

    Khaia brogan says:

    I have a couple vacation days left for the year, and almost every morning on the bus to work I think, “what if I just took the BART to the airport instead?” I’d jet off to Tulum for a couple days alone to rest and recharge. I’d spend that $1000 on spontaneity, reading a good book while on a lounge chair in a bikini, and on finding my center again.

    I’d spend it on two 2-week JR rail passes to travel around Japan with my wife (we just got married less than 3 weeks ago!).

    Hebe gutierrez says:

    My dream will be to have tickets for me and my hubby to go to Mexico for Christmas. I was born in Mexico, and haven’t been there for 2 years. I miss my country,my family( haven’t seen my momma in 2 years too) and just being able to eat a good taco lol. This will mean a lot to me! Hope I win! 🙂

    Jacquelyn says:

    I would use the $1,000 to finish my basement letterpress studio! My boyfriend gave me an antique letterpress for Christmas and it’s been sitting lonely ever since. I would use the money to get her up and running again and buy the additional tools I would need to get my print shop started!

    Kelli says:

    I would use it to pay back some of the debt my ex left me saddled with!

    fariha says:

    I would buy a pair of plane tickets and have my parents visit me for a week 🙂

    Sarah says:

    A weekend away for my husband & me! $1000 would get these two wanderlust-crazy lovers two plane tickets, a hotel room, a few epic meals and some wonderful memories in Austin, TX!

    Marcela says:

    I would use it to buy my first LV bag!!! I would love to have an original one!!! Not the chinese one!

    Megan says:

    With $1k, I would refurnish my bedroom!! Not the most exciting use of money, but it would be so nice to come home to a relaxing bedroom, instead of mismatched pieces.

    Ashley says:

    I would use the money to take a long over due honeymoonish trip (is it still a honeymoon a year and a half later?). We’ve been so busy growing our personal businesses that we have not had the time nor the funds to take a breather – $1000 would be perfect kickstart 🙂

    I would use it to take a spring break bike-ride vaca through napa vally!

    Ivana says:

    I studied English and I’m an English teacher now, here in Serbia, but unfortunately because of the financial situation I didn’t get a chance to travel to an English speaking country, and I would love that, that’s one of my dreams 🙂

    Carrie Brickey says:

    I would put the $1,000 towards a surprise Christmas trip to Denver to spend the holiday with my sister and niece. Holidays away from family are never easy so anyway I could be there, I would do in a heartbeat.

    Jess says:

    Such a great idea for a giveaway and with a lovely sentiment behind it! I am currently getting up the courage to take the leap from my cushy 9-5, salaried studio photography job into freelance photography. Most photographers would kill for what I have, a reliable schedule and a consistent paycheck, but it’s not where my heart is. So I’m probably crazy but I am transitioning into nature and landscape photography. I would put this money behind my dream and replace my terribly out of date wide angle lens. Either way wish me luck! x

    Katherine Dagen says:

    My rent paid and a small madewell backpack

    stephanie p says:

    I will love to get the new iphone 6 🙂

    Bailey says:

    If I could win $1000 dollars towards anything I wanted it would be for a plane ticket to New Zealand. This is for many reasons, one is because it would be a dream come true to be able to see all the filming locations of the Lord of the Rings movies. But, thats just a small part of why this trip would mean so much to me. I have been saving my money fora few years now to go and travel to New Zealand. Theres just something about this county that really calls out to me. The beauty of it and how theres and endless amount of things to do and see. My major in college is video editing and New Zealand has a very good film/video program so not only will the plane ticket help me travel to my dream destination, but it would also help me move forward in my degree and earn better experience that could help me get a better job. I know plane tickets run a little high for New Zealand so I would take a visa or gift card with the $1000 on it. It would be extremely helpful and I would be forever grateful.

    I would spend the $1000 on my backyard patio redesign to make it my dream getaway! I would use it on new seating from from Wicker Lane (Wicker Lane Conversation Sectional 3 Piece Seating Group with Cushions – $999.99). Patio furniture is EXPENSIVE, but this would really make the space amazing.

    Lauren says:

    I would save the money to pay for an anniversary trip for my husband and I! It’ll be my year to plan, and the destination is a surprise to him!

    Shanna says:

    I’ve had my eye on this couch: http://www.urbanoutfitters.com/urban/catalog/productdetail.jsp?id=25589854&color=046&parentid=MORE_IDEAS#/

    And then I’d probably buy a swing arm lamp or a new coat.

    Alison says:

    A bike! A super-light bike that I could carry up the stairs, and a car rack, wall mount, etc.

    Sarah says:

    I’m about to start traveling on foot around California for a few months. Right now, we have no housing arrangements so I would use the $1000 to pay for hostels and places to stay each night as I travel.

    xx

    Thanks Diet Coke & DesignLoveFest for this awesome contest!

    I recently just relocated to a new city to pursue my dream job, with nothing but one suitcase of clothing. Since August ( when I started the job), I’ve been living in my new apartment with only an air bed! No other furniture. It’s pretty bare bones in here. With this $1,000.00 I would get myself some furniture to fill my empty apartment, and use the leftovers for a date night with my handsome man whom I’m doing long distance with. (we’ve only seen each other twice since I moved to Philadelphia). Living with only the bare essentials has been a humbling experience, and has truly taught me to appreciate every little thing I have. That being said, a little extra cash to afford that couch, table & rug I’ve been eyeing would be just amazing!

    Lauren says:

    I would love to win this contest. A month ago my best friend and I finally took the plunge and started a lifestyle blog which has been a dream of ours for years. We are hoping to open an etsy store in the next year and this money would help tremendously with upfront costs. I am planning my wedding so all of my incremental funds go to that and this would really help us get our dream and business off the ground. I love this contest idea- making dreams come true! Thank you so much for the consideration!

    Brandie says:

    My dream would be to buy furniture for my new brooklyn apartment. I’ve been here only 3 days. I am making a pinterest board of my dream items and I’d love to snag a few of them. Especially the 600 dollar couch!

    Here’s hoping I win!!!

    Brian says:

    My boyfriend and I are moving in together for the first time! Would love some help with making our studio as functional and relaxing as possible while somehow managing to fit ourselves and our stuff there!

    Morgan says:

    What a fun and generous giveaway! I’d love to invest the $ into my business to get it off the ground and on it’s feet. It’s been a dream of mine for quite some time, and I’m on the cusp of launching, but it’d be awesome to have a little extra cash for promotion, organization, etc. Fingers crossed!!

    Kimyee says:

    I would absolutely upgrade and give my circa 1980’s kitchen a facelift! (It’s complete with orange countertops and all!) I’d upgrade to a new dishwasher and put up some white subway tile. It still has the yucky wallpaper residue on the walls from when we removed the ancient wallpaper.

    Thanks for the opportunity!

    Carla says:

    This is such a thoughtful giveaway! Well, this year has been full of surprises. Biggest one was when my boyfriend of 5 years asked me to marry him. My parents can’t afford a wedding, so I suggested eloping. He immediately shut down the idea because he thinks that I will regret not sharing that day with our loved ones. Now we are having a small wedding and we are doing everything ourselves (yes, everything; *insert YIKES here*). Needless to say, we won’t be having a honeymoon. I would use the price money to take my fiancé on a surprise honeymoon. He has been so thoughtful and amazing throughout this entire process, and I think it would make for a great adventure for us to have together after the wedding madness. Maybe a trip to Alaska or somewhere where we can go hiking together. He loves being in the mountains. He bought me my dream ice blue sapphire ring, so why not make one of his dreams come true! 🙂

    kalie says:

    my life would look like this, being able to go on a week long vacation at surfcamp, and being able to pretend/work towards making that part of my regular life instead of being landlocked in the midwest, dreaming about catching waves all day, at a semi-corporate job :)that is what it would look like if it tasted as good as diet coke!

    Felicity says:

    I would use the money to visit my boyfriend (he’s currently in Dubai and I’m in Seattle)

    Corina Nika says:

    oh what i wouldn’t do? I guess a trip would totally worth all the money! Nothing better than making memories

    Kelly says:

    I would spend it on a new lens for my DSLR in hopes of upping my photography game! 🙂

    Stephanie Bleckley says:

    I would put the $1,000 toward one of my student loans. College is so expensive and as a result I’ve been saddled with a lot of debt. My husband is now in medical school (yay more debt) and has a year left before he starts rotations. Even if he is an incredibly successful doctor it is still going to take us hears to pay it all off – and we want to start a family in about two years!! So needless to say, $1,000 isn’t huge in the grand scheme of our student loans, but it would put us ahead a couple months to say the least (:

    Laura says:

    I would use the $1000 on my honeymoon next year! I want to travel across Europe with my husband, exploring England, Scotland and Ireland. However, a weekend getaway in Paris sounds so romantic! Sipping expensive french wine along the Seine, eating baguette and croissants like they’re going out of style and taking in the Eiffel Tower sounds like a dream!

    Kathryn says:

    A weekend getaway to Palm Springs! I wait tables in Los Angeles and barely get by. Palm Springs is a quick get-away that I’ve always viewed as a luxury because I can’t afford to take the time off work. xo

    Bobbye Jo Green says:

    Ahh the good life…
    In one month and two days, my paramour and I are off to Europe! It will be his first trip over to the old world and he is not going to even know what hit him! We’ve been saving for an entire year, I work two jobs each day, and our social life has dwindled to, “We’d love to see you! Come over, and bring wine.”
    Our trip is on a budget, but because we’ll be together it will also be pure magic. I can’t picture the look on his face if we bumped our flights up to first class! $1000 would do the trick and start our adventure off with a bang. Not to meantion, in first class our whiskey and Diet Coke’s would be on the house.

    Catrin says:

    I would use the money to help with my move to my new place and possibly rent

    I just moved to Nashville from LA!! I’m in school and although I love it here, I miss my best friends! They’re spread out all over the country (also for school), but with $1000 I would fly some them out here for a spontaneous long weekend trip/ adventure!

    Joanna says:

    Definitely a plane ticket to see my family in the Midwest. I live in Alaska now, so the trip is expensive and does not happen nearly often enough.

    Christine L says:

    With $1000 I would hands down hire a stylist to makeover my wardrobe and my everyday look. I’ve been wanting to doing this for the last couple of years and need a clue on how to put together a style.

    Karissa says:

    I’d put that $ toward more classes for my BA in middle eastern studies!

    Rebecca says:

    We are in need of a new set of couches! We’ve had ours for the past 20 years and they are in dire need of replacement. The color has faded and it seems to be tearing. It’d outdated and we would love something a little more modern. Can’t wait to liven up our living room!!

    erin says:

    I would pay for the trip to Mexico I’m taking in December that is sitting on my credit card, staring me in the face, wondering if I should even go. Yep, I booked the vacation when I was making more $$$.

    Jodie Parrish says:

    I would use the $1000 to buy trees. We just built a house and are slowly completing projects. The trees will no just provided us shade and a beautiful yard, but will benefit future generations as well.

    Lili says:

    I have a desire to start my own buisness.I would really like to open up a second hand clothing store in Bulgaria,and the initial investment of 1000$ would cover most of the licenses and since month’s rent are not that expensive, i consider that 1000$ would be able to do that 🙂 I know it may sound a bit crazy,but thats the truth about what I would spend the money on. Thank you 🙂

    Ana says:

    I would use this to buy a plane ticket to go to Dubai and visit my friend who had a baby last year! Girls trip to the desert!!

    my wish is always to travel! i would use this on two plane tickets to the south of france to explore and show my husband paris and nice. thank you!

    Jeremy says:

    I would take a trip to New Orleans! Airfare and lodging for my girlfriend and me, hopefully with some left over for some great food and music.

    Me and my two best girlfriends have been in long-distance friendship for about 4 years now. We talk every day, continue a group text throughout the day, send photos back and fourth, and schedule weekly conference calls to catch up. It’s continually a struggle to make trips to reunite and cultivate our friendship in person, especially with us all being in college in different states, staying on a budget, saving money with our approaching graduation date. If I won the $1,000 grand prize, I would plan a fun trip for all three of us to a place we’ve always wanted to go together: the PNW! It’s been a dream for all of us but has never happened. We’d spend the weekend/week maybe at an airbnb to best experience the city, adventure around, take fun photos, and knowing us, just sit around and talk about life, encouraging one another, loving each other, and enjoying each other’s presence! Relationships are one of the most important things in life, and I’d use this prize to spend much-needed time with the ones I love. I think it’d be pretty comparable to the joy I feel drinking a Diet Coke 😉

    Allison says:

    I’d love to pay off my medical bills and then open up a bottle of crisp Diet Coke to take a load off!

    Audrey Waters says:

    I would gratefully use a thousand dollars on paying for my mother to have a weekend off of work to go do something peaceful and pleasant that she’d enjoy, ideally having a relaxing tea somewhere near the Dallas/Fort Worth area. She’s a single mother and has been working every week day and weekend to make ends meet. I’m pitching in with bills too. I would also like to spend some of the money on new Autumn attire for myself at Forever 21. 🙂

    Taylor says:

    Lately life has felt dull and depressing. More than anythingI think I would like to go to a yoga or meditation retreat in order to find myself again. I have been eyeing Esalen in Big Sur for years now but with planning my own wedding I have not had enough money to go. Spending $1000 to reawaken my creativity and mellow out my constantly fast moving mind would be wonderful.

    Awesome giveaway! Thank you for the opportunity.

    Alisa says:

    I would have the $1000 go toward my hotel for an upcoming trip. A dream vacation to Europe this spring!

    Farah says:

    I would apend the $1,000 on a little weekend getaway for me and my husband. We have both been working so hard and having a weekend in another city (maybe somewhere in CA), would be rejuvenating!

    Muriel says:

    A taste of the good life? I would buy a beautiful gown, feel like a princess!

    Jenna says:

    I’m a nanny, and I’m constantly on other people’s schedules and making sure their lives are perfect and running smoothly. It’s a tiring job, especially because I’m with kids all day, cooking and cleaning, and it would be so nice for one week to be able to take a vacation and not be on anyone’s schedules but my own! I work a lot but don’t make enough money to be able to travel anywhere outside of my own city, so this would be a dream come true. Plus, I love Elvis 🙂

    Megan says:

    I’d put my newly renewed passport to use and take a trip to Europe!

    Jenna says:

    ^^ I would want to visit Memphis (hence the Elvis at the end). I meant to say that in my comment but forgot. Whoops!

    I would love to revamp my house. New couch, new rugs, new decor. Our couch is old and ugly. It’s time to get a new one, but I don’t think I realized how expensive couches are!! The $1000 would definitely go towards that.

    Josie Putnam says:

    If I were to win $1000 –
    well, after ecstatically freaking out, I would remember I’m
    in-over-my head in debt, and I would probably put it toward paying some of that off.

    Darian says:

    I’d love to go on a trip with my boyfriend. We both work a lot and don’t get to go on many trips other than to see family. I’m thinking Europe for this one 🙂

    Sara says:

    I would use the $1000 to buy my dream camera- a Fujifilm x100s! Which is, conveniently just about $1000 in total 🙂

    Kathrine Huang says:

    If I won $1000, I will donate $300 for World vision to share my luck! After that, I want to do the skydiving for 18000ft ,and buy some new furniture for my new place:)

    Savannah Downey says:

    I figured I’d take a chance on this (I’m usually terrible at remembering context deadlines). Here’s a little background!

    My boyfriend is set to fly out a month from today to Germany where he’ll be stationed for the next two years where he’ll be helping with training exercises. We’re originally from the Chicago suburbs, but both happened to find our way to the southeast (Alabama and Georgia, separated only by the state line). If I had $1,000, I’d spend it on a plane ticket to Germany to help him move into (and decorate) his new home and celebrate his 25th birthday (on November 20th). This move is his first time out of the US and would be mine too if I came along for the ride.

    Thanks much!

    Fiona says:

    I would buy plane tickets for myself and my mother to go to Scotland. We are from there, but haven’t been back to visit our family in years (we live in the USA). I’d love to surprise her with a trip 🙂

    Thalita says:

    My mom turns 60 this year and her dream is to go to either Greece or Hawaii, so I’d get her a flight to one of those places. Probably Greece 🙂

    sylvia says:

    I would use it to fix up a moped! and a little something nice for the parents.

    Danielle says:

    My boyfriend and I have been dating for almost two years but still have not taken a big trip together! I would use the $1000 to pay for tickets to Italy, a trip we do NOT stop talking about! The $1000 might only cover 1 or 1 1/4 of the ticket but it would help us on our way to Italy! 🙂

    I would spend that on an appliance I’ve wanted for YEARS! A KitchenAid stand mixer…drool…This would facilitate and inspire my recipe trials that I create and think up for kids in schools!! I’m jumping I’m jumping!!!!

    Kelly says:

    I would fly my mentee to DC to visit Howard U, her dream school. Spending her life in Englewood on the south side of Chicago, the trip would be much more than a school visit, but a chance to escape the too often violent and dismal circumstances she lives through day in and day out. And as her dream is to become a judge one day, there is no better place to meet her role models than DC.

    Alix Adams says:

    I’d immediately use the money for a plane ticket to Austria, where my mom spent her my-age-right-now years. I’ve been working towards it for a long while. With the ticket paid for I could actually have the vacation of my dreams with my savings, instead of the low-budget trip that’s in the works! I think this is a sign 🙂

    Cheryl Sorg says:

    I am an artist in SoCal and have a piece in a show in November at the Yale University Art Gallery…..I’m hoping to tack on a few days in New York when I fly out for it, and I have my eye on this GORGEOUS West Village apartment on Airbnb that’s a wee bit out of my price range. I have two small kiddos and therefore not a lot of alone time, and I live in a sleepy little surf town, and so this little sojourn to one of the best cities anywhere would be the perfect taste of city life to hold me over for a while!!

    Dominique says:

    If I was given $1,000 I would spent it towards my dad’s hospital bills. My dad was in ICU for over two weeks, needing multiple blood transfusions and surgeries. He was released yesterday, and his bills total over $50,000 and he has to pay 20% of that out of pocket. I know it wouldn’t completely help but it would definitely help take away some of the bill.

    Meaghan littrell says:

    This is an incredible giveaway!. I would use the $1000 for some plane tickets for me and my husband . We have been talking and dreaming up our dream trip to canada for awhile now but don’t have the finances for the trip. This would be so awesome!!. Thanks diet coke and design love fest :).

    Jessica says:

    I would get a hotel room for a weekend and get all my friends to come and just have a quick, mini vacation!

    Michelle Warnke says:

    I would love a new pair of boots, a new pair of glasses, and some new wardrobe essentials for fall and winter–sweaters, jeans, a jacket! My clothes are so old and blah, I never buy things for myself and it would make getting up for work in the mornings a lot more exciting!

    Adrienne Day says:

    As much as I would love to update my fall wardrobe, fly to San Fran to surprise my best friend or take a week vacation to a remote island. I put all those dreams on hold to pay off my debit. #beagrownup

    Kellie says:

    I would get a new laptop to make it easier to design on my computer from home!

    claire says:

    i would love to win tickets to california and a rental car to drive down the coast! i’ve been wanting to do this with my husband and it would be a great babymoon adventure!

    Ashley says:

    I would surprise my hubby with plane tickets to Hawaii. Every year his best friends (pro-surf photogs) travel to the North Shore to shoot the surf, and we’ve been dying to get away with them. Would be a super awesome way to spoil the man who has spoiled me for so many years!

    I would use the 1,000$ to kickstart a mini documentary series I’ve been dreaming of starting to promote local artists in Houston! I just got home from film school a month ago and I’m ready to jump in!

    Nicole says:

    My husband and I have been dreaming of a king size bed, but it won’t be in the budget until he finishes grad school. With $1000 from Diet Coke I would love to be able to surprise him with an earlier upgrade.

    Erika Grubb says:

    I would style and decorate my parents bedroom to give them the sancturay they have always deserved.

    nina says:

    Totally plane tickets. Maybe just spin the globe? See where I end up!

    Tina says:

    Take a trip and stay in a nice hotel! I’m always staying at friends homes and touring places where I know somebody so that I can stay cheap. With $1000 I would splurge and get a great hotel room and order room service!

    Anonymous says:

    Attend the next blogshop class in L.A. & get inspired by the location, warmth & creative designers!

    suzette says:

    $1000 towards a holiday with my kids

    Christa says:

    I would love to start up a small screen printing shop in my home. I have a few things to get started but $1000 would allow me to buy an exposure unit and bulk supplies. It is my handmade printing dream!

    Lana says:

    If I won 1000$ I would buy a new sofa for my grandmother. She is 87 years old lady, full of joy and wisdom but very ill as well. She is spending most of her time sitting in an old sofa and can not afford a new one and than she say- “oooo this old one will last longer then me”laugh and change the subject of discussion. I mouved to Danmark since January and I miss the most my grandmum and her stories.

    Katie says:

    I would put it towards planning little memorable adventures for my children and my husband! From taking them to fly on a plane for their first time to a train ride up to chicago, cooking classes together, Disney World, and so much more! This would be a huge blessing!

    Nicole Luke says:

    New bedding for my king bed!! We are still using my bedding from my queen bed from two years ago before I got married!!

    Katherine says:

    I always take any extra money I have and put it towards a trip! I would buy a plane ticket and take a trip to Paris! I have always wanted to go.

    Ashley Earley says:

    I would to win $1,000 to spend at a flea market to buy beautiful “junk” and create fun and inspirational home decor. I love bringihg old things to life and with $1,000 the sky would be the limit.

    Lana says:

    And our drinking diet cola . I become emotional and send it before finishing.

    Anna says:

    When my grandma died my mom said that she regretted never taking trips with her mother. With the $1000 I would put this towards a trip that my mother & I could take! Think Barcelona! Think Rome! Think a mother & daughter taking on Paris!

    Best of luck to everyone & thank you for the opportunity!

    Sara says:

    If I had an extra $1000, I would buy a roundtrip flight from Columbus, Ohio to Helsinki to see my boyfriend in Finland for Valentine’s Day!

    Emily P says:

    I would definitely put this money towards a vacation with my love! We’ve been doing long distance, which SUCKS. I would love to go somewhere other than my home or his!

    Libby says:

    I would buy a giant luxurious king sized bed! You spend half your life in bed. You do important, restful, healthy things there. You share your most intimate moments there. It should be fabulous! I would buy the best mattress set I could get, white crispy percale Egyptian cotton sheets, and I would stay in bed all weekend rolling around. (which is something I almost never do). That is living.

    Jenny says:

    What an awesome giveaway! For me the good life means spending time in nature with my family, exploring and adventuring and enjoying each other. So my $1000 prize would be awesome new camping equipment. A tent big enough to sleep four, sleeping bags, tons of bug spray, a camp stove, the works. Fingers crossed!

    Anjli says:

    My boyfriend and I have been long-distance for 2 and half years because our jobs have tied us to different cities. It has been the hardest few years of my life, and we’ve had to work so hard to keep our relationship, solid, stable and healthy. He’s my best friend and the love of my life, he is constantly flying out to see me and I’d love to surprise him with a trip of my own to see him and then have the two of us finally go on the vacation to Nicaragua we’ve been talking about for a year now.

    L McLean says:

    Great contest, too bad only for domestics. I will add anyways, In the last 8 months I had several items ‘ of some daily importance kick the bucket ‘, car, cell phone & computer. I haven’t been able to replace all so. I would purchase a new IPhone, take a trip up North to capture the beauty of the colours of Autumn, stay at Taboo or similar resort & live the fine life, even if only for one day/weekend !

    Becky says:

    If I could win a $1000 prize, it would be a getaway with my boyfriend. We have been together for over five years and we have never taken a vacation just the two of us. We only get to see each other on the weekends because we live an hour and a half apart and to spend a few extra days together somewhere (anywhere!) just being together would really make me and my boyfriend feel like we’re really living the life.

    This is a really great, fun, and beautiful giveaway. Way to go DLF, you guys are bringing someone’s dream to life. Love it!

    B.

    Orchid says:

    I love traveling and have always wanted to visit the beautiful ocean-side city of Mendocino, CA. If I had a spare $1000, I would purchase a plane ticket from southern CA to San Francisco and from there, rent a car and road trip up PCH to Mendocino. Driving up PCH with the ocean on one side would allow me to enjoy both the journey AND the destination! 🙂

    Katie says:

    A new couch! Mine has been scratched to death by my cats and while I can’t stand looking at it, I cannot afford to replace it.

    Taylor McConnaughy says:

    hmmmm…that is tough. I immediately think of all the things I would get my husband and daughter, but wait! This is for me! I would definitely blow that $1000 on a new refrigerator. Which is guess is kind of for them too…but I buy the groceries, so mainly for me. Dreaming of my new French door refrigerator…

    Laura McKinnon says:

    I would fly back from London to Tasmania, Australia for mine of my best friends weddings. She is a one in a million girl and I am beyond sad I cannot afford to be there for her special day. She met her fiancé to be years ago at collage and always knew he was the one. They were always meant to be but didn’t know it until meeting up years later. What fairy tale! This would be a dream come true to be able to see them end up together.

    Sandy says:

    Ahh! When I saw this I knew exactly what I’d want to do!!!!

    My boyfriend and I just began renovation on our home and although you’d think “nicer appliances” or “designer lighting”, I’d really much rather have a weekend AWAY from the clanking, banging, and saw dust 😛

    I’ve been dying to visit Big Sur which is only a 3 hour drive from us in SF. I heard that Post Ranch Inn is just unbelievably gorgeous and that Glen Oaks is also a beautiful gem. I’d love to just spend a weekend away and forget about all the chaos and planning and COST that is currently going into our home since we won’t be able to do any longer trips (saving vacay days until the holidays).

    Susie says:

    I am transitioning into a new chapter of my life working in suburbia. If I had $1000, I would spend part of it on a weekend getaway/staycation to visit my friend in the Appalachians closeby. I would also buy a new bed so that I can move into my own place. I would also get new comfy loafers for work that I’ve been eyeing from Ralph Lauren because I recently injured my feet from wearin flats. Finally, I would buy new purses for work because all of mine have been falling apart. Marshall’s and TJMaxx have been having great sales but I would faint of happiness for a Mansur Gavriel.

    Cory says:

    I’m a simple guy, and I like simple taste. I would want a trip around my own city, enjoying the best parts of it. I live in Portland, Oregon, and the good is the star of the show. I would dine at the best places, share my food with the best people (my friends and family), and enjoy myself to the fullest extent if the law 😉

    heidi says:

    I would use the money to buy a plane ticket to Italy for the day after I take the bar exam in July! I’ve been working nonstop for the last 2+ years of law school, and could really use a break after it’s all finally over. It would be hard to afford on my own with my student loans and the cost of the bar exam itself ($3000+).

    Madalyn says:

    My dream $1,000 to make my life as sweet as Coke would be spent on overdue medical bills & to help pay for other health-related items I lack, so I may continue working towards leading a more fulfilling & fruitful life. I have a genetic disorder with many serious issues which have made finishing college currently impossible & living a “normal” working professional life difficult. True sweetness to me is health & happiness & when I am better equipped with those two things I will be able to better actualize my other dreams of fancy material goods, global travels, & other lovely things to share with loved ones & those in need.

    Anonymous says:

    I would want to take a blog shop class with my best friend/business partner so we could really get our blog and website up and running and looking the way we dream! A trip to L.A. From Santa Cruz and some creative inspiration would be so amazing for us!!

    Kate says:

    I would buy a new bed and a dining room set!

    aimee says:

    I would purchase shell chairs for my dining room, definitely need an upgrade from the ikea fold outs I have!

    Allison K. says:

    I’ve been living in the same apartment for 5 years now, and have had the same ‘just out of college’ furniture for longer than that. I would love to upgrade two of my *second hand* IKEA pieces — my bed and chair. It would do a lot to make my home feel more pleasant and lovely.

    Cristiana Montenegro says:

    I just got a new job, and the dress code requires you to be really stylish and dressy. I would use the $1000 to revamp my wardrobe and buy some statement pieces (my ultimate dream would be buying from NETAPORTER.COM).

    Kellie says:

    Was just visiting my Mom in LA and i’d use the $1000 towards a new car for her. She’s had the same one for YEARS and would be able to go all over without worry. And not worrying about her would be a nice thing for me. 🙂

    If I won $1000 I would like to buy a plane ticket to New York. I would see a couple of broadway shows, try delis and pizza joints, and wander around the city streets. This would be a perfect getaway and a complete dream come true!

    Mary Cris says:

    As a newlywed – $1000 more for our Trip to Greece – would so help! Next year we plan to do our Honeymoon/1st Anniversary to visit Greece – visit Athens, Santorini and hopefully hop onto other gorgeous islands as well!

    Martha says:

    Getting away for an extra long weekend with my 3 sisters. We’re all busy with work, job searching, and college, it would be nice to get away and bond. Last time was 3 years ago, we drove up to see CA coast and the Red Woods. That was the best time, staying at inn’s, stopping to see the beaches, staying up talking and laughing. You never feel closer than when you’re away and carefree with people you love.

    xo martha

    Rachel Lauren says:

    I would get tickets for my husband and I to go visit our best friends in Hawaii. We never got a honeymoon because he’s in the Air Force and got called away for a mission right after our wedding. He’s never gotten to travel to a location like that and he’s so hard working and heroic and he deserves a trip that isn’t just about protecting our country from scary bad guys.

    Kate Kys says:

    My husband and I just purchased our first home – and we’re so excited! However, we have an embargo on furniture purchases. I desperately want a dining room table and chairs so we can host friends and family for dinner. I’ve been eyeing the 60″ Parsons table with a marble top and an elm base from Crate and Barrel for a while now. It’s basically my dream table. I’d love to buy that and then collect some amazing vintage chairs from local furniture marts and put it all together.

    Sho says:

    If I had $1000… I could FINALLY finish my DIY kitchen renovation.
    I began by removing the 6 layers of paint from the 80+ year old cabinets… By hand. I could really use new hardware, and hobby board to create a new facade. I really want a functioning kitchen. I will eventually get around to adding an apron sink, subway tiles, butcher block countertops, and stainless appliances… But one obstacle at a time.

    Oh, and… my closet is very tired of pretending to be a pantry.

    Heidi says:

    I would buy a Ryonet 4-color screenprinting kit to use for starting my own business.

    Rebecca Knight says:

    I would use $1,000 for a new couch in our living room. Our space is in desparate need of a new one, and it is one of those items you always put off buying because it usually costs a pretty penny.

    Danielle says:

    I would love to take my husband (and papa-to-be) on a BABYMOON. I’m thinking Palm Springs (Korakia or Ace) or Austin… let the daydreaming run rampant.

    Jessica says:

    Travel! I’d use the funds towards plane tickets to HI for my husband, our little kiddos, and I to get one more taste of summer! I’ve been dying to take a family getaway ever since the babe came along in March.

    Laura says:

    My husband and I have always wanted to see the Grand Canyon. Since our 2nd wedding anniversary is coming up. It would be fun to share the amazement together! Great contest.

    Afton says:

    Our little story starts with my boyfriend’s family trip to Costa Rica and a return home with a key to his bungalow and the words “I want you to move in with me.”

    We live by the beach in a converted 1920s garage. Three ukuleles hang on the walls, his surfboards are rigged to the ceiling, and a hammock swings in the front yard. It’s paradise, but it’s a (serious) work in progress.

    To give our $1000 the most weight, updating the place we come home to every day is the constant smile-inducer, count-your-blessings reminder, and sanctuary-builder that would create more happiness over time than any other single expense. There’s no place like home, and giving our 480 square foot cottage an interior design renovation means making this tiny space our own taste (!) of heaven.

    Sarah says:

    My husband is a Diet Coke lover, so maybe I’d use the prize to buy him a year’s supply of Diet Coke! Otherwise, I’d use the cash for the dinner I’m hosting for my 30th birthday in November. Cheers!

    Caroline Kaye says:

    Thirteen years ago, I met my best-friend and mentor- my first grade teacher, Mrs. T. Now a sophomore in college, I still value our friendship more than ever! She is one of those teachers who wants to create a personal relationship with her students and invest all of their time and money to ensure they receive the best education and guidance. From planning holiday picnics and classroom parties, to meeting all of her students on a Saturday at the local movie theater to see the latest Disney movie, Mrs. T is truly a kid at heart! She broke the news to me a few months ago that she will be retiring after this year. I would love to spend this money towards a reunion of all of her former students. Mrs. T truly deserves the world (and more!), so I want to make sure she knows how much her students are grateful for her years of teaching.

    Jennifer says:

    I have been wanting a nice bicycle. I just recently test rode one and I had forgotten how much I love to ride. I would love to go out riding with the kids.

    Jordan Troublefield says:

    I would go on a trip! I have never been out of the country before… mainly because I am a poor fresh out of college gal! BUT I’ve always heard that traveling is the only thing that you can buy that makes you richer. I’d like to experience that. With diet coke in hand of course!

    Angela says:

    I fell in love with a boy in Belgium, I live in the US. So I’m moving there – 1000 dollars would help pay for my plane ticket, or shipping my things. Living the life to me, is getting to share it with him.

    Svetlana says:

    I would fly to Kauai with my boyfriend and explore the entire island! I’d want to hike, kayak, and snorkel there. It would be so great to relax in a nice hotel at the end of each day.

    melody says:

    My husband and I got married and then had 2 babies in the first 2 years of our marriage. Fast forward those babies are now 4 & 5 and we haven’t had a single night away, together, without those babies – EVER! We live very far away from family, so we never have anyone to keep the kids. And, all of our “trips” involve flying to visit our family, so we never get to really vacation. The $1000 would allow me to plan a surprise get-away for me and my husband, because I could afford to pay for a babysitter to keep the kids the whole weekend! We could take a romantic trip to Palm Springs, check-in to the Viceroy, schedule massages and a nice dinner – sleep in! That would be a dream come true! Great contest!

    Reji Hanson says:

    I’d take my husband for a romantic night at a hotel in Napa and dinner at the French Laundry. He’s been supporting me through grad school and it leaves us so tight on cash that we’ve sacrificed celebrating HIS milestones and accomplishments. He’s a foodie and has been stuck with only my cooking for so long to support my dreams, he deserves the perfect meal.

    Abby says:

    Suprising my best friend who just moved across the country! Plane tickets and money to spend exploring his new city!

    alejandra says:

    if i had a thousand dollars i would be able to go to visit my grandma in mexico, i haven’t been able to see her in 7 years and it would be a dream come true to be able to visit her and the rest of my family that i haven’t seen in years

    kelsey says:

    It would be to splurge on a honeymoon suite for my wedding coming up! We’re pretty short on cash with my fiance being in medical school and I being the sole supporter. It’s a dream to even be able to get married!
    ladies in navy

    Kristy says:

    I’d love to spend a weekend at the Parker Hotel in Palm Springs. It is so gorgeous and would be such an amazing getaway for my boyfriend and I. My job has been beyond hectic recently and I’d like to have a weekend where we could both relax.

    Wendy D says:

    Since I’ll be starting graduate school soon, I would want a tablet or iPad.

    Brandee says:

    I would spend it on two round trip tickets for my husband and I to go away for the weekend to celebrate our 2nd anniversary. It’s been a tough year with a miscarriage, deaths in both of our families and challenging experiences at work and through it all we have held on tight and grown closer. It would be so fun to celebrate our marriage and spend the weekend away! Thank you for the opportunity Diet Coke and DLF! 🙂

    Heidi says:

    I would love to win to take a vacation with my little family (just had a baby) OR maybe mama needs a new wardrobe. I haven’t bought anything new for myself in years! Well unless you count maternity clothes 🙁

    Kristen says:

    If I was given $1000 I would use it to purchase a new macbook air and adobe creative cloud for my budding small business. I hate buying extravagant things for just myself, and the money I have been saving for a new computer I’ve spent on things for my family. But in order to take my small business to the next step there are a few major expenses to take care of!

    audrey says:

    i would definitely book a ticket to europe. been dying to go back and visit spain where i studied 10 years ago.

    Meeta says:

    If I won a $1000 today, I would love to spend it on expanding my library of design books, buy a new comfy mattress, and use the left over money for a road trip up to Portland and Seattle!

    lara says:

    my husband and I are going to Europe in March – this would pay for all of the hotels – Dublin, Nice, Florence and Rome!

    Kelsea says:

    With $1000 I would buy a new TV. Ours is so old it looks ancient. It’s obviously not a necessity so it would be such a great ‘splurge’!

    Cam says:

    I would love to take the grand and put it towards school and credit debt. Or purchase a camera and start my graphic/marketing company making marketing materials for small businesses.

    Allison says:

    Had I been asked this question a week ago my answer would be dramatically different. However, with my computer mysteriously giving up on me recently, I’d definitely put the money towards a new one.

    Norby says:

    Girls getaway to… Portland!

    Kelsey says:

    …”it’s about the things you could only imagine happening, actually happening.”

    I would spend $1,000 paying off (part of) my credit card debt. It’s hard to imagine a world where I wouldn’t have to pay interest, so to see that actually happen would be amazing. Thanks for the opportunity!!

    Sarah says:

    I would definitely have to say that I would rescue a dog with this extra money. There are so many high-kill shelters, and dogs that are at risk of loosing their lives that I would love to use the $1000 to rescue a dog, and then donate the rest to a program that helps rescue these animals from high-kill shelters. I know that it is cliche to say that I want to donate the winning money, but rescuing animals is something that I am truly passionate about. And being able to rescue just one would a dream come true!

    Jaimie says:

    I got let go from my waitressing job after I had my son six months ago, and still cannot find employment. My taste would be a professional wardrobe so when I finally get an interview I will look so fresh they will know I’m worth hiring.

    Megan Davis says:

    Honestly? Probably a $1000 gift card to IKEA. My place kind of has no furniture right now. Moving is expensive!

    Wendy says:

    Diet Coke reminds me of the last tips of Indian summer in Southern California when the sun is low but the days are still hot. I’d spend the $1000 on a (2) night get-away with my honey to the Parker in Palm Springs and dinner there at Mr. Parker. It’s our wedding anniversary on the 11th and it would be lovely to be able to afford to get away.

    Elizabeth Garcia says:

    I laptop!!!!

    heather says:

    I would take a few weekend trips to cities close by. I always think things are “so close, but so far” and so I never take those day trips and stay in a cute bed and breakfast. I live in Athens GA, but have never really been to Nashville, Ashville, Charleston or Savannah. Basically I would put this money towards experiences. Fingers crossed!

    Jordan says:

    Without a doubt, Two tickets to Paris for me and my husband!

    We are both designers and have been dreaming to go…we never went on a honeymoon. It would be such an inspiring trip. I hope I win!

    Ciara says:

    I’m a recent grad so I RARELY get to indulge in the sweeter things in life, and if I do you know its going to be a cheap NYC manicure. I’ve been working 60 hours weeks since graduation back in 2013 to keep those loan sharks off my back, which let me tell you is quite hard work! Speaking of backs, how awesome does a massage sound?! Someone to knead out the knots and tangles that come along with a day of working with (sweet..and sometimes punky) kids. Or..perhaps…what about a mud bath? I can’t even imagine the kinds of toxins my stressed body would release…they may need to invest in special equipment.

    The moral of the story is, if I was granted 1,000$ to make my life as sweet (if not sweeter) than Diet Coke, I would take myself on a retreat..something that on my own with my income, would NEVER happen. Soak up complete and total bliss for a few days…and return to New York City rejuvenated and refreshed…almost like having a giant diet coke! If there were any leftovers I would (finally!) make a significant donation to Autism Speaks…because those beautiful kids are what got me into school in the first place, and are the reason I don’t mind spending 60 hours of my day away from home.

    Well there’s my long winded response…sheesh I could really go for a diet coke now…

    <3 C

    Christy Birt says:

    For $1,000 I would put it toward student loan debt and have a month where Im stress free of making payments to debt and monthly bills. It would be glorious:)

    I would put that nice chunk of change towards ME. I’d get a massage and a facial, somehow buy the pair of Beatrice Valenzuela caged sandals I’ve been dying for and some other pretty and lovely clothes, get my hair cut and colored the way I want it–just feel good stuff!!! Great giveaway, thank you:)

    Much love,
    Tori

    Joannie says:

    It would be my plane ticket to France for the beginning of my one year journey around the world.

    Thanks 🙂

    Andrea says:

    I would never do a stay-cation in Los Angeles because I simply can’t justify spending the money on a hotel room when I have a perfectly good bed at home. So my dream prize would be a stay-cation sleepover party with my best friend in Los Angeles, like at the Ace Hotel or the Palihouse, plus a fabulous dinner at a great restaurant with drinks and dessert, and a night out on the town exploring the local surroundings. The next day, a little shopping of course.

    Camilla says:

    My boyfriend and I have our 6 year anniversary this month and I would put the money towards a splurge celebration. Maybe a weekend getaway, nice dinner, extra nice wine (we were just planning on cooking dinner at home). We haven’t been able to celebrate or spend much time together since he went back to school and is broke, exhausted and constantly working. I support him pursuing his dream, and he was patient with me through college (we are both designers) but it has been difficult to feel that romance of simpler times.

    Emily says:

    I’d splurge on a new West Elm couch that I’ve had my eye on!!

    I’m getting married in December and I have a few family members (mostly from my Dad’s side) that cannot make arrangements to attend the wedding. I would surprise my Dad by ensuring these guests could attend 🙂 Getting excited just thinking about it!

    I would want to either buy my Chanel slip ons or pay my credit card!!!!!

    Paulina says:

    I would be so thankful to have that money for college. i am in my first semester of design school and it is expensive! 1000 would mean i could buy more supplies and have money to spend for traveling to and from school.

    Ella says:

    Hmm, California coastal road trip with my favorite cousin Han. Missing her lots! Her birthday’s coming up and it’d be so fun to surprise her! Big Sur has been calling my name for some time now…thanks DLF and Diet Coke!

    Gabrielle Darrow says:

    I would love a Target shopping spree! I shop there all of the time anyway but, this way, I wouldn’t have to feel guilty about it! Hello, Merry Christmas and Happy Wardrobe for me and my two cute kids. 🙂

    Megan e says:

    I would buy a ticket to Parma, Italy to visit my best friend Mark that I haven’t seen in 3 years. Drink lots of yummy wine, eat a ton of pasta and hug my friend that I miss so much. Oh God it would be amazing.

    idalia says:

    I would the $1000 to fund a trip to Greece. I’ve been so exhausted by school and other troubles; I’m sure that a trip to the white villas with perfect sea views would be just as sweet as a diet coke.

    i would buy as many plane tickets home as I could… sf to LA

    Jenieva says:

    If I had $1000 I would stay at the korakia pensione for two nights with my hubby! We love palmsprings but the korakia is always out of our price range. Staying there would just be incredible!

    Christine says:

    My dream is a Christmas vacation for my 2 children and husband (and our dog too). At Williamsburg Va. We would see the beautiful Christmas lights at Busch Gardens and the seasonal decorations of Colonial Wiilliamsburg. We would enjoy a hotel room nicer than our usual budget friendly alternative.

    martin says:

    I would – and this is no joke – offer the money to fulfill a heart desire of one or more deprived kids in my town and anybody will know who was willig to spend so much money for it.

    I’d finally get that second dog so my first pup could have a brother to play with!

    Maria L says:

    A trip for two to Tulum, Mexico. That’s where my husband and I spent our honeymoon. Nothing like laying out on the white sand looking at the crystal blue water. (With a Diet Coke, of course!) I wish we could go back sometime soon but we can’t afford it.

    Nikki says:

    i would use it towards a small getaway for my hubby and I! we both work super hard and I own a business, so taking time away never seems to happen, and it should!

    Natalie says:

    I would love to travel with my partner to Iceland and see the northern lights! It’s our dream, but after getting out of college we knew it would be a long time before we’d be able to travel. We dream of flying to Iceland, swimming in the blue lagoon and seeing the northern lights from a cozy little home!

    Miranda says:

    I’m a student & designer in desperate need of a new laptop, so I would definitely put $1,000 towards buying a new MacBook Pro. My current MBP is on its last leg due to a nearly-fried graphics card… Yay, random shutdowns & kernel panic!

    Marisha says:

    I would love to have $1,000 paid to Discover to write off almost all of my remaining credit card debt! That would be relevant to sipping a Diet Coke in Bora Bora!

    audria says:

    I would buy a custom farmhouse table! It’s the only thing our house is missing. Xo!

    thanks for the incredible giveaway! i thought immediately of three different things i would love to do with $1,000: go on a babymoon (probably back to hawaii, our honeymoon destination!) with my husband before our first baby arrives in january, pay off a chunk of our student loans so we can be closer to living debt free (yeah!), or put it toward our down payment for a new home!

    kalanicut says:

    I would buy a new bed. Since 1/3rd of our lives are spent in bed, a great nights rest on a good mattress would be heavenly.

    Molly says:

    We’re remodeling our bathroom and I’d use it to buy the amazing walk-in shower that I want but can’t afford. 🙂

    Cynthia M says:

    As a 26 year old who recently moved out of home to live in Chicago, I’ve quickly learned that I like to spend much more than I make (probably a problem most of us can relate to). As I’m trying to get it together & pay off my credit card debt, I would love the $1000 to help me get there with that huge leap & weight lifted off my shoulders!

    Brooke says:

    I would………….. Probably pay off my car & get a new one haha. Or go in a sick vacay with my husband. Or go on a shopping spree. Oooh that would be nice. Crossing my fingers!

    Sue says:

    Definitely a trip! Never been to South America!

    melissa says:

    My husband and I are in the process of becoming foster parents and I would love to use $1000 to create a beautiful and peaceful room for the foster kids that will be coming into our home. What a great giveaway!

    Lauren says:

    Probably a nice dresser for my room! Or maybe some sort of sister road trip as well! I’ve always wanted to go to Asheville!

    It’s my 5 year anniversary with my amazing boyfriend on October 28th. Unfortunetly we won’t be able to do much for it, (unless we won this prize!) We live In Miami but are both originally from the north east. This past year we have had 6 weddings to attend. Between all the flights, the gifts, the outfits, etc…it doesn’t leave much room for vacations or extra $! Winning this contest would really mean the world to us. It would mean we could finally do something to celebrate our relationship as well as others. Thanks so much for this opportunity!

    Trinity says:

    I would give the 1000 to my mom so she and my baby sis could finally get a place of their own. It would be so great for them to finally be able to be stress free 🙂

    Karess says:

    Shoes shoes shoes and more shoes! $1000 worth of shoes would change my life, I don’t think I’ve bought a single new pair in about 3 years so I would be giddy with delight and swimming in shoes. I can see if now…sipping diet coke through a colorful straw as I try on the flats and pumps and boots oh my!!

    Susan says:

    I’d take $1000 worth of updated plumbing in my house!

    Carrie says:

    We’re taking a family vacation to Disney World next year and an extra $1,000 would really help to cover airfare!

    joyce r. says:

    A getaway for sure! I’ve always wanted to go to New York in the winter and $1000 could definitely make that happen!

    Julia says:

    I would definitely buy a airplane ticket from São Paulo, Brazil to L.A.!

    Julia says:

    We have four amazing kids 18, 17, 16 & 13. Our youngest pretty much gets dragged around or left behind with his grandparents/sitters while the “olders” visit colleges, compete in sports or do their thing. This 13 year old awesome dude has down syndrome, and although pretty typical, would get a total thrill to do something special … just for him with Mom and dad. Dunno, Disney – nah, swimming with dolphins – nope. I am sure we’d come up with something pretty cool & adventurous!

    Gonna grab me a Diet Coke and dream big!

    Katie Currid says:

    my husband and I are moving into our first home together, so I would furnish our place with mid-century modern pieces and art!

    Freza says:

    I would send my parents on a vacation to the Philippines. My mother is Filipina, and always tries to go home every couple of years or so, but money has been tight in recent years, so they haven’t been able to return for a while.

    I recently graduated college and found myself at a crossroads when choosing my next step. Law school was an option, and I had received a few lucrative options in corporate work environments. The one option I was in love with, however, was at the art startup I had been interning at for the past 6 months. I went into work every day inspired and eager to roll my sleeves up and pull weight for artists I really believed in. However, the ability to help support my family had always been a driving motivation in school and I wouldn’t be able to do that on an art startup salary.

    When I called my parents, paralyzed by the decision ahead of me, their response was simple: at 22, I had been given the rare opportunity to making a living doing something I love and believed in. My ability to send them on exotic vacations or to buy them lavish gifts wouldn’t mean as much for them as parents, as to know I was living and thriving in an environment that fulfilled me, challenged me and supported me.

    I took the job. I had never imagined I could feel this happy or fulfilled at such a young age (or on such a low salary!) But this came from having a mother and father who reminded me that the good life isn’t a circumstantial state of being but, rather, achieved through an active pursuit of and insatiable hunger for la bella vita. In gratitude for their invaluable lessons, I would use $1,000 to give my parents a taste of the good life with our family back home in the tropics!

    Erin says:

    my boyfriend and I have just spent the last six months working 70 hour weeks on a luxury guest ranch in Wyoming. Our season ends in late October and we can’t wait to get off the ranch! We’re trying to plan a road trip to see our best friends in Seattle for thanksgiving, but our car is having trouble. My $1000 would go towards fixing the car, then going on a much needed “just the two of us” getaway for the holidays.

    Sarah says:

    Oh man, where do I start!? I would first take my car in for some much needed TLC. Then I would book a night at the Wythe Hotel in Brooklyn for my boyfriend and I. Both of our birthdays are in October and I would love nothing more than to surprise him with a quick road trip to NY (we live in DC) for a night of delicious food at the Reynard, perfectly mixed cocktails on the roof enjoying the perfect fall weather and overlooking NYC and a stay in the most charming and romantic room with a view. A night and a double birthday celebration we would never forget!

    Keya says:

    If you could give me something that would taste as good as diet coke….it would be a trip home to my family and friends! Also, a pass for blogshop online so I could finally begin to master my mortal enemy that is photoshop.

    Holly Fletcher says:

    Oh goodness. I could use $1000 to help pay off my student loans so that I can start saving for a trip to Australia! My (new) husband and I have been putting off the trip for our honeymoon. First things first and then the fun!! I have adventure ready to burst inside of me and Australia seems like such an adventurous place!

    I would buy a new couch for our basement! I’ve got it all picked out!

    Natasha says:

    I am in the process of building a tiny cabin in the woods of Whidbey Island, Washington. It’s almost done, save for a couple areas, like tiling the pad on which my wood stove will sit, as well as the small entry area. This has been a labor of love and I’ve mostly built the place with salvaged materials. But my dream is to be able to use beautiful Heath tile, which I’ve always loved. The cost to use my favorite Heath tile in my entry and wood stove area will be about $900, which is beyond my meager budget. But, oh, would it be beautiful! And a little bit of style and luxury in the NW woods….

    Madeleine says:

    I would take my mom on a vacation because she really really deserves it. Maybe to Europe or somewhere tropical? Wherever she wants to go!!

    Parvina says:

    A honeymoon trip to Europe!

    Anonymous says:

    We live very close to a small stone company called NK Stone. Every morning on our way out of the neighborhood my two boys and I watch as they move slabs of marble and granite around with their “baby” loading trucks. The boys are fascinated by this process. My eight year old is a bit of a dreamer. He loves blue in any shade. A few weeks ago a slab of marble or granite (I’m not sure the difference) appeared on an end isle. It’s blue, but not solid blue. It’s a dusty blue with swirls of grey and white. It’s the ocean in stone and it’s beautiful. My son remarks on it often, and I’ve day dreamed about putting it in our kitchen. So this would be my dream- the most beautiful piece of stone I’ve ever seen turned into kitchen counters that would remind us every day of the ocean.

    Alaine J says:

    One of my three sisters is currently living in Spain for a second year. She is one of my best friends and I hate not being able to see her everyday. My family and I have not been able to all afford to get passports and visit her. We have been planning on saving money and going next June, so with this incredible offer I would use the money to buy my passport as well as my moms and 2 other sisters passports as well as maybe putting some of the money towards a plane ticket.

    Thanks so much Bri and diet coke! This is an incredible and wonderful giveaway 🙂

    melly says:

    I have always had an eye for photography so with $1000 I would purchase a nice camera and take some photography courses. Photography is a hobby I would like to pick up but currently don’t have the money to do so. The prize would help me discover my true passion for photography.

    Melissa says:

    I would get my cat, Oliver, the surgery he needs. He has a very large tumor on his leg that is badly affecting his quality of life, but I am still paying off $2,000 in medical bills from his emergency vet visit this past spring, so I’m not able to afford it. He is barely able to walk at this point, and it keeps growing. I rescued him as a stray 9 years ago, and he means so much to me. So it’d definitely be life changing.

    Emily says:

    I would love to put the money towards studying abroad in Ireland. It’s been a lifelong dream of mine, but as part of a family with 5 kids in college, I cannot ask my parents to fund such a trip. Although I am saving money on my own, this would be a huge help!

    danielle m. says:

    I would love $1,000 to buy a huge round table for family meals in our new home that will serve as a house of justice for the neighborhood as well as to the kids we will begin to foster and eventually adopt! I have never had a piece of furniture that is high quality enough to last through all the souls that have been in and out of our home, I scour craigslist, garage sales, estate sales, etc… every day for deals! I’ve got to have this table 🙂

    Tiffany H. says:

    I would absolutely adore a pair of black Bianca Christian Louboutin shoes! I’ve always needed a pair of really nice shoes for business events and things of that sort but I could never afford it myself. I have wanted these for as long as I can remember. This would really help me give an impression of a lifetime!

    Hannah says:

    Staying at a proper apartment in Paris next April instead of crashing on my sister’s dorm room floor when we go visit her!!!

    Kendall D says:

    I’ve been saving for a new couch for years but something else always seems to pop up that needs the money more. Our A/C will need serviced or our dog will need x-rays, you know how it goes. My couch is a 17 year old hand me down from my parents and it is bright denim blue! It is the most comfortable couch to sit on but I feel like I have more than outgrown this relic from my college days. I’m looking at purchasing the f9 model of couch from Craftmaster through my local Home Comfort dealer. It would feel like such a luxury to replace something for a purely aesthetic reason.

    Kelley says:

    I would use the prize to take a trip to Big Sur for the weekend with my husband. My birthday is October 9th and I have a long weekend, because of Columbus Day. We are dying to go on a trip, but just had to spend a lot of money to fly home to see a dying relative, so we don’t have the extra for a birthday trip. I have never been to Big Sur, but it is an easy drive from our house in LA and I have been dying to go ever since I saw your pictures. Pick me! It would be the best birthday surprise ever!

    aimee siegel says:

    I would buy a plane ticket to go to Europe for Christmas. I have always dreamt of visiting a Christmas market in Germany or Austria ..and a horse-drawn sleigh ride, of course. And, if somehow, this $1000 could include a husband (only THE right one, of course.) to accompany me, that would be great too 😉

    Kim says:

    My laptop computer basically broke down last year. I’ve been lucky enough to be able to get by with an old borrowed one from work or a friend, but really need a new one of my own again. I’d use the $1000 to get a MacBook. I really want to learn to use more design-oriented programs like Photoshop and Illustrator, which are better with a Mac, while still using it to create personal documents, stream tv-shows, and play DVDs and music in high quality. Maybe I’d even start my own blog!

    Miranda says:

    I am a ceramic artist and I’ve been looking to start my own studio in my home. $1000 would be just enough to buy a wheel and a kiln off ebay and then a little left over for tools and clay. I want to make a dining set for my house as my first project. Thank you!

    Kelsey says:

    I would put the $1,000 towards a five year anniversary trip to London with the hubs! It is one of our favorite places and we have been dreaming of going back-the money would help to make that a possibility.

    Mary says:

    I would love to have a plane ticket to go abroad next fall. I will be able to pay for my tuition for college, but I will not be able to make enough for my flight. Also, I am paying for all my current schooling with no loans or debt of any kind. It would bring me much joy! Thank you for this opportunity:)

    Parker says:

    I am so lucky to have just got engaged with my best friend and the love of my life. We are trying to plan our wedding but still pay our bills and $1000 would be a great start! We want to do as much as we can ourselves, but the one thing I can not compromise on is an amazing photographer. I know this would not pay for the whole cost of a photographer to be there, but it would be a great start.

    Emily K says:

    I would love a new dining room table and chairs! Our current set is my husband’s ex girlfriend’s that she bought in college from IKEA…we could definitely use an upgrade…

    Nelly says:

    Along with my Diet Coke and my film camera, I would stock up on film; then jump in my car and capture where life would take me. I heart film and want to have the excuse to buy more.

    Annie Reeves says:

    I live in Charleston, SC, and I love the charm and aesthetics of the city as a whole. I moved here in May, and I haven’t had the chance to experience the incredible hotels or nicest restaurants here – I would love to be able to treat myself and a friend to a staycation here. Then, when people ask my recommendations, I can have a little bit more authority on the topic! Plus, who doesn’t love the feeling of being without responsibility in their own city?!

    Brawner says:

    I’d purchase a plane ticket to Buenos Aires, Argentina – I lived there for 6 months during college on a study abroad trip, and left my heart there when I returned home! I’d check in on my old haunts, spend time with my sweet host family, and explore areas of the country that have grown so much since I was last there 8 years ago!

    Eva-Marie says:

    I would buy myself a king sized bed! I have always wanted one!

    Deirdre says:

    $1000 would allow me to throw my older sister the bridal shower of her dreams. She is marrying her perfect match and she deserves a beautiful party to celebrate this new beginning. She is a CNA who works exclusively with Alzheimer’s patients, which can be both physically and emotionally draining. I would love to see this money go to her!

    Alexandra says:

    i would use it to finally go on the european trip with my best friend that we have always wanted to go on!

    Layken says:

    I would put it towards my new MacBook I’ve been needing to get. Then I would have no more excuses for not pursuing free lance design and photography more, because my computer just doesn’t stack up. So a $1000 Apple Gift card would make my life seem pretty sweet, almost as sweet as Diet Coke 🙂

    Nicole says:

    With $1,000 I would love to use the money towards a plane ticket to visit somewhere I might not be able to go otherwise. I have a love for travel, but being 26 in Manhattan means all of my income goes to surviving! I haven’t been able to take advantage of being young with nothing holding me back, and this could be the perfect opportunity.

    Kiara Sarah says:

    To pay for my pre-req psychology course at a local college so I can fulfill my dream of becoming an occupational therapist. Would love to work within the Special Needs community and becoming an OT would enable me to do what I love. One pre-req class short of being able to apply to OT school!!!!

    Lindsey Miller says:

    I’d splurge on a 4-day weekend away to rest, recharge, and be inspired. A lil cabin with a view in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina, a day at the spa, really good local food and beer, an ultra-sweet vest and quality set of boots to go exploring for years to come. #treatyoself

    Melissa says:

    This is such a thoughtful giveaway. Thanks so much for the chance to win! I have been considering getting a new iPad because mine is a couple years old and is super slow now, so I would love a $1000 Apple Store gift card. Thanks again!

    Ansley says:

    I would use the money to pay for my plane ticket and hotel for the Nike Womens half marathon in SF at the end of this month. Running this half has a lot of emotional significance for me, and in order to pay for it I really had to sacrifice and I’ve basically been living on nothing for the past 6 months. It would mean the world to me to not have to stress so much about my business and just normal life once the half marathon is over.

    Holly Chong says:

    As much as I would love to put it towards getting a Proenza Schouler PS1… I would use that towards making the move to NYC upon getting a job there <3

    shaunie says:

    I would have to say that it would be a Blendtec blender, for staying fit and healthy. That would be the greatest gift.

    Maddie W. says:

    I’d get a new mac computer!

    zoë says:

    I’d use my winnings for a spa weekend/getaway for myself and my partner. our schedules have become so hectic we only manage about one day a week together. we could use a fabulous, fun reset/togetherness weekend! my body could use a deep-tissue massage.
    yes please!

    caitlin says:

    i have an enormous back log of sketches i’d love to film and i’m tired of trying to rope my film friends into helping me with them. i would use my winnings to buy a nice camera that shoots HD video so i could start filming my own stuff.

    jessi a says:

    I would spoil my mom and take her on a shopping spree. She never buys anything for herself. She’s always worrying about us.

    Rebecca says:

    I’d use it to buy lots of Broadway show tickets!

    Lexi Rosene says:

    If I were to win the $1,000 prize I would use it for a little weekend getaway to Palm Springs for my husband and I and stay at the Ace or the Parker. We live in San Diego and just had a baby in April so Palm Springs is far enough for Us to go for now from baby. We would cherish every second of it!!!

    Sam Cruz says:

    A dream has always been to take a trip to Tahiti. A grand would help a lot with a plane ticket ! I would love to spend time swimming with the stingrays and sand sharks, and photograph the adventures of what the moment brings! What a taste of the life that would be!

    anna says:

    Plane tickets to Zel-am-See, Austria with my hubby to revisit a stop from our honeymoon for our 4th wedding anniversary!

    Courtney Beckett says:

    There are so few things that are as good as finding a cold diet coke in the fridge… but one would be to visit my best friend in London – Oonagh, who through years of university and travel always understood that my need for diet coke was as great as hers for coffee! Whether we were in Paris or Provence, London England or London Ontario, the only thing that’s been more consistent that Diet Coke in my life is my friendship with Oonagh!

    Loren says:

    I would book an expensive hotel room in Big Sur for a relaxing weekend with my hubby.

    Ana says:

    A plane ticket to visit my family in Spain for Christmas! My sister in law is pregnant, and I am looking forward to seeing her big belly with my future niece or nephew in there. I know I will be missing the birth, so will only get to see the new addition to our family when they’re a couple months old this summer. It would mean the world to me to fly home to see them, I am very very close to my family, and hate that we live so far away from each other. Being surrounded by them this Christmas would be my biggest Christmas wish!

    Jill says:

    Diet Coke could make my life sweeter by giving me $1000 to spend on a plane ticket to Paris!

    Ana says:

    A plane ticket to visit my family in Spain for Christmas! My sister in law is pregnant, and I am looking forward to seeing her big belly with my future niece or nephew in there. I know I will be missing the birth, so will only get to see the new addition to our family when they’re a couple months old this summer. It would mean the world to me to fly home to see them, I am very very close to my family, and hate that we live so far away from each other. Being surrounded by them this Christmas would be my biggest wish!

    Kinsey says:

    There is a saying that nothing tastes as good as skinny feels – the only time that doesn’t apply is Diet Coke! Where you can have the best of both worlds! If I had $1,000, I would use it towards a gym membership and dance classes. I’ve gained 23 pounds over the last 2 years and I’ve been feeling pretty yucky about myself. It’s such a strange position to be in when none of your clothes fit you but your heart hurts so you have no desire to buy another new and commit to the new size that you’re ashamed of. Gym memberships are expensive, as are individual classes so I try to lose weight on my own but know the environment of a gym would enhance my ability to focus and execute my goals. Thank you for the opportunity to share with you and good luck to everyone that enters the contest. What a great and fun experience to be able to turn someone’s life around.

    My dad does so much for me and I want to give him something – he’s always wanted to go to Scotland. I’d use if for a father daughter trip to Scotland!

    isabella says:

    i’d *love* to take a week-long trip to iceland by myself and do some writing and photography.

    Britt says:

    It’s a no-brainer. I’d head down to Seattle to attend the upcoming Fleetwood Mac concert and a new fringed kimono to show off my moves that night!

    Blaine b says:

    Planning our wedding! $1000 bucks would help!

    Genevieve says:

    I’ve always wanted to host an amazing dinner party for my friends and I. With that being said, I would use the 1K to plan the ultimate dinner party at the Unique Space.

    Anonymous says:

    To make life as good as a diet coke taste … Using 1000 dollars towards airfare to Greece this summer would be HEAVEN. Me and my husband have been invited to see two of our best friends get married there and it would mean the world to us to see that happen. Friends are a blessing and to see them happy and married would be the best gift. Greece, hopefully we see you soon!

    Leah makho says:

    To make life as good as a diet coke taste … Using 1000 dollars towards airfare to Greece this summer would be HEAVEN. Me and my husband have been invited to see two of our best friends get married there and it would mean the world to us to see that happen. Friends are a blessing and to see them happy and married would be the best gift. Greece, hopefully we see you soon!

    Susy says:

    Ever since I was a little girl I’ve been dreaming of having the perfect sofa.. cozy yet chic! I can’t tell you how many sofa’s I’ve bought in lieu of getting the perfect one! With myself, 7 kids and an adoring hubby living in a cute little house with an absolutely awkward living room layout, the perfect size sofa would be this girls dream come true!!!

    Ashley says:

    Nothing would make my life sweeter than making my life safer.. and being able to purchase winter tires for my car would definitely be on the top.

    hannah says:

    I am putting on my senior art show and I need money for supplies and materials to put on a beautiful show. Being a broke college student, i don’t have enough money to buy art supplies.

    Dylan Lowe says:

    First things first, I would buy the Adobe Creative Suite. Then I would skip college for the day, go on a mini-shopping spree, and finally dye my hair pink! And grab a coffee. Obvi

    Monica says:

    I would definitely splurge on a weekend getaway for me and my boyfriend of 6 years. Maybe Seattle or the Bay. We’ve been working crazy hours, and just haven’t had as much time for each other as we’d like. It would be amazing to just pick a weekend a go and RELAX and spend time.

    Nia Huerta says:

    If I was given $1000 – I would spruce of my dad’s back porch. This is where we have many, many family gatherings and although it is humble, it isn’t very versatile. I would get new functional seating as well as a new grill space. We like DIY projects so this could go towards the funds of making his home, where all of my family visits, even more beautiful for us. He surely deserves it. <3

    Jeannette says:

    A weekend getaway for me and my husband. We’d love to stay at the Korakia! We haven’t had a real vacation since we got married 6 years ago and it would be lovely to get away get some rest and relaxation.

    Martha says:

    If I had $1000, I would buy two tickets to Hawaii for my mom and dad. They’ve been dreaming of a Hawaii vacation for years.

    Lindsay says:

    I’ve always wanted to stand on my chair in a crowded but snazzy bar and shout “Drinks on me!”

    Teresa T says:

    With $1,000 I would be so excited to donate it to my childhood friend, Hannah, who has stage IV Pancreatic Cancer. Recently, her cancer has stopped responding to chemo, but there is a clinical trial in Dallas that could potentially save her life. Problem is, you must pay for the $55,000 treatment up-front, out of pocket, and we have been trying so hard to raise the money for her. We’re really close, and $1,000 would be more than I could ever afford to help her. I feel like a lot of people have given up on her, as Pancreatic Cancer is a tough fight that is often lost, but Hannah has so much to live for. She is on 28 and a veteran, with a son, new husband, sisters, and nieces and nephews, and not to mention the most amazing parents who are like my own. I can’t see a better way to celebrate “the good life” than giving the opportunity of life to someone else. <3
    You can learn more about her journey by following the link under my name.

    liz says:

    What a fun giveaway! I would buy a really gorgeous purse! I have one designer bag that I use pretty much everyday for the last 3 years, and I would love to keep adding to my collection!

    Emily says:

    I’ve been dreaming of a Joshua Tree vacation. I would use the money to buy plane tickets for my husband and I, and would love to stay in this amazing geodome! https://m.airbnb.com/listings/2093755

    Shannon says:

    I am going to Iceland in February so booking some sweet swanky hotel there would really be living the life.

    Lynda Rhoads says:

    Buy this West coaster a plane ticket to the East coast to visit my best friend – we’re too broke to make it happen – we need your help!! An extra goes to fun & food around the NYC!

    Tiffany says:

    Would love to spend it on spring break! Youre only this young once, seize the day!

    Sarah says:

    If I won, I would use the $1,000 to buy a DSLR camera. I’m currently using a digital camera to take photos and the upgrade would be awesome, especially for my blog 🙂

    Naomi says:

    My mom and I are very close, and after I moved to LA two years ago we have been dreaming about going on a mini-vacation together. I would buy my mom and I plane tickets to NYC, which has been my mom’s dream for quite some time now. We will eat good food (a lot of it), explore all the great museums the city has to offer, see a show, and of course – enjoy a little shopping.

    Kelly says:

    I would buy a plane ticket to my friend’s wedding in Italy this summer!

    I’d travel back to Iceland!

    lisa says:

    I would spend on a trip to see my family. I live across the country from them and flights to their rural community are usually pretty expensive, meaning I can only get home once or twice a year. This would go to a plane ticket and maybe a little day trip for my family and me once I arrived.

    Maria Aguirre says:

    Hi there! If I were to win $1,000 I would definitely use it towards me and my husbands savings to be able to have a baby!We just got married in June and we are patiently waiting to have a baby. I hope I win!

    Melissa Egan says:

    I grew up in Oklahoma and currently live in Portland, OR. My mom is turning 60 in January and I’m dyeing to fly in and surprise her and take her out to a fancy dinner. She means the world to me and I’d love to be able to tell her that in person while celebrating her milestone birthday.

    anika says:

    With $1000 I would give my bedroom a makeover… new bedding, lighting, rug, curtains, and if there is money leftover new towels! That would be AMAZING! There is also a Dyson fan my husband is obsessed with. Our little babe was manhandling one the other day and that would be a huge splurge but so worth it!

    Stephen K says:

    I’m an LA resident working in the non-profit sector. Toward the end of this year I will be moving to South East Asia for my wife’s new job. Unfortunately we don’t have the funds to visit family and say goodbye to our closest friends and family. My dream would be to have a farewell tour that will give us the memories to cherish when we’re abroad. My wife and I would drive from LA to SF (My parents), fly to Minneapolis (Her parents) and then end the trip in DC (My brother’s family and extended family). Wish us luck.

    Amanda Moore says:

    If I won $1000 I would put it towards there remaining balance I have left for school, nothing better then being debt free! #workingonit 🙂

    Stephanie S. says:

    I live in a studio apartment so inexpensive furniture that fits is really tricky to find! I would use the $1000 to buy a new sofa/futon/couch and smaller chair. Thanks for offering this giveaway!

    Alicyn Roberge says:

    a Sonicare Toothbrush set, chimney cleaning & inspection, outdoor security light for our home, and a pair of AG jeans size 32. Thx Design Love Fest and Diet Coke xoxo

    Yurie says:

    My dream up award would be two plane tickets to Hawaii. My boyfriend and I have been working so hard without taking a vacation for a while! It would be very nice to have a mini trip to Hawaii! We would switch to Diet Coke to reduce calories so that I can be bikini ready for this amazing vacation by the beach!

    Soo Yeun Yi says:

    I’m from San Francisco but currently a student at Otis College of Art of Design. My family has never really been financially stable. Being evicted numerous times and having my family be separated into different countries are experiences that have shaped me in a peculiar yet humbling way.

    Moving to Los Angeles for college was unbelievable. Not only did I get to pursue my passion with the support of my parents, but I was given full scholarship. The only negatives were my living situations. Living near school is way out of my price zone because of the area. It forced me to live further and deal with commuting. Without a car.

    Busing to the LAX area from places like Gardena or Hawthorne would take me 2 hours or more. And time is the most important thing to a student who is constantly meeting project deadlines and never sleeps. I couldn’t afford a car so I had to do what I had to do. A car also means insurance, gas, and maintenance fees. It was out of the question for me and my family.

    But if I had $1000 I could get myself a scooter. A childhood dream I always had. And a dream I have now to be able to commute on my own time and by my own choice. It would open up my schedule and allow me to further my focus as a student. It would allow me to go to school, get home, shop for materials, buy groceries, visit museums, go on field trips, etc. without having to depend on the bus while carrying materials, projects, and homework. Oh what a dream! And it’s so exciting to see an opportunity such as this one. Crossing my fingers!

    Colleen says:

    I would finally buy myself a good mattress! We spend so much time sleeping, and sleep is so important for your health, that I would get rid of my so-so, hand-me-down mattress and splurge on a wonderful, comfortable, toxin-free, new one. And I would get fantastic sheets, while I’m at it. Why not, I deserve it 🙂

    Brianna says:

    With $1000, I would buy a roundtrip plane ticket to Madrid to visit my best friend who just moved there!!

    katie lc says:

    I’d love to add $1000 to my upcoming car down-payment…road trip!

    Katie says:

    My dream giveaway would be a trip to visit my husband and a fun date night together. He is on the other side of the country training in the U.S. Navy, and we have been apart (and will be apart) for quite some time (at least a year by the time he finishes). Since things are financially tight for us, we don’t get to see each other very much at all. I would love to be able to visit him sometime and have a fun date night, but honestly anything would be fun as long as we were together. Thanks for doing such great giveaways!

    Kelly D says:

    I would love to take a trip home to Alaska in the summertime. I haven’t been back in over two years because it’s way too expensive for me to purchase a ticket right now. I want to go back next summer for a camping, hiking, fishing excursion and to see my mom and all of my friends.

    Anonymous says:

    We’re hoping to sell our house in the spring, so I would spend it on all of those non glamorous things like grout cleaning & reprainting. Thanks!!

    Laura says:

    I would have a live band at my upcoming wedding. It’s always been a dream of mine, but is a bit out of the budget.

    Emily says:

    My answer is little boring, but I would love to put it toward my student loans. Once those suckers are paid off, I’m off to get my MBA! Taking over the world, one biz idea at a time. <3 Thanks for the opportunity!

    Lindsey F. says:

    Bubbly and sweet—refreshing. Sounds like a vacation to me! I would LOVE to win a vacation anywhere, but hopefully someplace warm (South America?). Where you’d sit on the beach and sip your drink. I live in cold, cold Minnesota, so sun in the winter is like an old, beautiful dream you once had. It becomes hard to even remember what it feels like. Money is short, so I don’t get to do much of any traveling. I even have the vacation time at my job–just not the funds to go. It’d be wonderful!

    Amelia says:

    I would love to help fly in some girlfriends from college for my birthday at the end of October and have a fabulous night out with them!

    Emily says:

    I just moved out on my own and I have no furniture! With a grand I would love to get a beautiful, comfy couch. Something feminine and functional that would be the center of my living room for years to come!

    Jessie says:

    A roundtrip ticket to Taiwan either in the spring or the fall (that’s when tickets are the cheapest and the weather is cooler)! My cousin, who’s basically a sister to me, just got married and I wasn’t able to attend because of financial constrictions, so I would love a roundtrip ticket to go back and visit and have some post-wedding celebrations. Thanks for the giveaway!

    Sarah says:

    How exciting! How to choose! I think I would put the money into our house, we are putting in a wood stove and still need to buy the pipes and brick for it.

    Aubrey Williams says:

    Ooooh this would be a dream right now! I would use the $1,000 toward by upcoming wedding in November <3 Thanks for this opportunity Bri & Diet Coke! 🙂

    Mick says:

    holy moley! with an extra $1,000, i’d love to revamp my wardrobe. i’m a designer living on a shoestring budget, and sometimes i wish the outside could match the awesomeness of the inside 🙂

    Jill says:

    I’d love to take my kids to Legoland. My 4yo is especially really into Legos, and he’d have SUCH fun. We’ve never been, and it would be a real treat. Thanks for the opportunity! 🙂

    Melissa says:

    I recently became a mom AND had to move away from my family. I’d use the money to buy tickets for me, my hubs, and baby to fly back to Seattle to visit family… and then I’d buy some new shoes, a purse I’ve been eyeing on Etsy, and fun, pretty clothes to fit my new mom body. It’s so fun to dream about this!

    Tiffany Westrom says:

    I’d get a cross-country train ticket and ride it with my best friend. We’d get warm soup in Philadelphia and take pictures in Chicago. We’d steep in cups of Joe and blankets the whole way. We’d break for tacos in the Southwest and take a handstand picture in every station.

    Lauren W. says:

    This. is. amazing. I actually have a Diet Coke right next to me as I’m typing this, so I’m fully prepared to share my ‘good life’ desire!

    My partner just started a phd program. He’s such a rockstar and I’m already scheming up a great way to celebrate the completion of his first year. We really want to go to Spain for a week or so this coming summer. My ‘good life’ involves lots of tapas, sangria, cobblestone streets and siestas! I’d use the money on plane tickets to take my planning from fantasy to reality 🙂

    Kate says:

    I would get a Bugaboo stroller. I am expecting my first child in January.

    Kristal Leigh says:

    My dad raised my brother and I alone; gave us everything we needed and neglected his needs/wants. I would love to give back to him something special he would enjoy, like 3 tickets to a Denver Broncos game. He has always wanted to go but could not afford it.

    susie says:

    I would love 2 tickets to London. Its been a year without any vacations for me & my husband and London sounds just perfect right now!

    Donna says:

    buying a clunky old Volvo and driving from Ontario to California with my bf.

    I would spend $1,000 on CHC: Chelli Harms Collection bags. The creative director/owner is one of the strongest women I know, and her bags are impeccable. Ten percent also goes to WINGS, a Chicago organization that helps women who have survived domestic violence; CHC shares its very personal reasons on the website. As a college student who has benefitted so much from CHC’s leadership, I would love to support the brand AND look phenomenal as an up and coming professional!

    Lindsey d says:

    I would save that $1000 dollars so that when we move next year we can live in a place that has a dishwasher and a washing machine. Hopefully we can buy the place but I’d settle for a rental where I’m not spending hours of my week on dishes and walking to the laundry instead of spending it with my family!

    Alexandra says:

    I would love a plane ticket abroad. Nothing broadens my perspective or makes me appreciate my time here more than a trip to see what someone else’s “normal” looks like

    Stacey says:

    I would use the giveaway to take the opportunity to travel and see my best friend who lives out west. I’ve been dying to get away from here and would love to share a diet coke with my bestie who right now is probably fighting fires in Oregon.

    Leyda says:

    If I won I would use the money to to support my husband who is a budding filmmaker. I would put the money towards a new camera or a cool independent film class. My husband is awesome and supports me and my dreams and I would love an opportunity to do something nice for him.

    Chelsea says:

    I would use $1000 to travel, anywhere and everywhere that I could. South America? Maybe. Africa? Ugh drooling. South East Asia, please. India, ooooh be still my heart.

    Sarah says:

    I would love to take my niece to London to experience something new!

    Alyse D says:

    Two words: Chloe flats.. and, more importantly, a ticket home to surprise my Mom for her birthday this winter 🙂

    Meg says:

    My mom is my best friend but she lives where I grew up in Alabama and I live in Los Angeles. 2,000 miles and expensive plane tickets keep us apart and getting to see her once a year (if I’m lucky) just isn’t enough. I would love to get to travel somewhere with her we’ve never been before to make new memories while I’m still young enough to not have many responsibilities and she’s still young enough to have adventures with me. Plus I would need a couple bucks left over for a Diet Coke each day (I don’t drink coffee but I still need caffeine!).

    Mariah Best says:

    If I had $1000 to spend on anything I wanted I would finally buy the Mansur Gavriel bag I’ve been droolling over for months now and then use the rest of the money to upgrade my studio so I can expand my skill and business!!

    catina says:

    Wow! How wonderful! I am currently trying to get a job in Chicago! I want to live the city life before its too late in my life to do so. I would use the money to move into a new apartment, move, the whole shaBANG!

    Mandi C says:

    What the WHAT?! How do you even start with that kinda incentive! While there are so many fabulous things I’d love, the peace of mind of taking down some debt would be without compare.

    Shayla says:

    My husband is a really hard worker and the most generous person I know. He chose to leave a fantastic job and great situation in Colorado so that we could assist his parents with their house that’s come to be in serious disrepair. He ended up in a job that seemed like a blessing, but ended up causing him extreme stress and moral frustration due to unsavory business practices. He fortunately was approached by a smaller company with a family feel to run his own department after a few months. When he told his old company that he found a new position, he was told to get out immediately, leaving him without work for 3 weeks until he starts at his new job. We just moved into a new apartment and have very little saved up, so while we were hoping to take a long weekend vacation between jobs (since my husband hasn’t had a vacation in over 3 years), we’ve had to cancel. If I had $1000 I would love more than anything to treat him to a weekend getaway (and maybe pay a couple of bills). I’d take him to NY and see a show on Broadway, something he’s never done. He takes such wonderful care of his family, I would really love to give him a carefree couple of days where he doesn’t have to worry about anyone else but himself.

    Annie says:

    Without question, I would choose a week stay at the Ace Hotel Palm Springs. I love that place to pieces, but have only stayed for work-related reasons. It would be incredible to be able to go on a (kid-free) vacay and just relax with my husband.

    Mariela says:

    My brother is getting married next July in Austria, so I would use the $1000 (and the rest of my savings) to travel to some other places like, England, France, Italy. I would love to go back to Paris !!!

    i recently went through a hard time and feel like i need a bit of a getaway. i would probably say a trip to paris (sans hotel, because i like airbnb) with my boyfriend for a little romance and a little wine / coffee / food. xo

    Michelle says:

    I would pay to have some drought resistant landscaping done at my house. The water situation is getting pretty dire in California and I would love to get rid of the $$ draining sod on my property. This would go a long way towards helping us become more water efficient and making our house look oh so much prettier without the dying grass

    andrea b says:

    I would pay off a bill or two! It would taste as great as a diet coke!

    Kai Chan says:

    While $1,000 won’t help me get a job, it’ll be great to have a seed money so I can start my own business I’ve been wanting to do for years. The supplies, process and setting up takes money and it’ll be nice get faster start on it.

    Allison says:

    My favorite purse is wearing at the seams, but I have had so many needs pop up that I haven’t been able to purchase a new bag. I would LOVE to splurge on something new to carry for fall!!

    Maya says:

    While travel and other more ambitious activities come to mind, a new bed would REALLY make me feel like I was living the good life, every single day (and night).

    Gina Hicks says:

    If I won $1000, I would buy a new sofa. My puppy dog (who is much better behaved now) has chewed the legs and eaten the skirt off of my current one. It was a thrift store score, but nonetheless, my family of 5 has been a bit embarrassed to have friends over because it looks so unsightly. I could probably shop wisely, and still have enough money for a case of Diet Coke!

    Anonymous says:

    I would buy my dream Fall wardrobe. I’ve only been eyeing the Rachel Comey Mars boot for the last 3 years- so they would definitely be involved!

    Nancy says:

    My husband and I have been married for 3 years but we haven’t had the chance to go on a honeymoon yet, so it’d be nice to have a getaway to Hawaii since I’ve never been and would love to be somewhere tropical and swim in water that I can float without even trying, so I’ve been told. 🙂

    azuree says:

    I would take the $1000 buck a roos and take a road trip out West with my husb! We could rent a car, stay in the best cheap o / kitschy places along the way and have an adventure! Both of us are creatives and have talked about making the trek and how inspiring it would be for both of us! I would love to make a collaborative story out of it to publish online, I’m a film photographer with a focus on Polaroids so I would shoot away and Christopher could write a song that goes along with a series of images and we could publish our work online. Something to share and to remember forever!

    Brianne says:

    Plane tickets for me and my husband to somewhere pretty this fall.

    Rachel says:

    $1000? I would blow it ALL in the Marimekko store. Nothing makes me smile more than their bright prints!

    chelsey says:

    i would buy the Preston Flap bag from Fossil and also a new side table from West Elm!

    Ooooo, so many things but I think a honeymoon to Turks & Caicos is Absolutley what my husband and I need & deserve after commuting between London & NYC for the last 18 months to be with each other, yes pleaseeee 🙂

    Arbine says:

    Since airfare from Hawaii to anywhere is pretty crazy, I would use the $1000 to help pay for airfare to the continental U.S. and take my family of four on a road trip across the country.

    I would totally use $1000 prize to re-do our bedroom prior to my upcoming surgery which will put me on bed rest for 3 months. I’m thinking new bedding, art & maybe some new curtains & perhaps a coat of paint too. A bedroom oasis! Thanks for the opportunity! xoxo

    Rebecca says:

    I would commission a painting of billowing clouds and a blue sky in the style of John Singer Sargent or a Dutch Master from the reformed art forger Mark Landis!

    I would do an affordable and chic makeover in one of the small rooms in my house and turn it into a beautiful and bright closet/makeup room. Oh yesssssss. 😉

    Aimee says:

    I would create a whole new look to my bedroom… As a recent college graduate, I’m a long way away from moving out of my parents house. Since my bedroom is the only thing I’ve got, I would love to have my decor reflect my personal style. So I would take that money and create my own little abode that reflects everything I need and enjoy. Crossing my fingers super hard!

    Roxanne says:

    I’m heading to Oz for a solo adventure over the holidays and would love to spend Christmas scuba diving in the Great Barrier Reef. If not with family for the holidays, why not spend it with the fish! I’m not yet certified, so I need to do a training session and would love to use this money towards a spectacular Christmas under the sea. Perhaps I could also get a waterproof camera for under water selfies. I could DIY some water resistant Rudolph antlers to wear in my deep sea photo booth.

    Laurie says:

    My boyfriend and I just bought tickets to visit Europe for the first time! We are so excited but the cost of the trip is weighing on us as well. 1000 extra dollars would relieve so much of the stress and allow us to completely enjoy our time over there! We might even be able to splurge on a gorgeous hotel for a night or two!!

    Amy says:

    There are so many things I dream about doing and places I dream about going on a daily basis! Traveling is always going to be number 1 on my list of things to spend money on. I would put $1000 toward flights from Chicago to San Jose for my husband and I to visit our friends and their son who recently moved out there. Then we’d all take a road trip to Big Sur and stay in a cozy house, hang out, drink wine and take in all the beauty of the area!

    Yael Nov says:

    With $1000 I would love to fly to New York to spend a few days seeing every museum and gallery show. As an MFA student working on my thesis, it would be priceless to see such amazing exhibitions in person to feel inspired and motivated for my own art-making.

    Kate McPike says:

    Oh man, I would take my bf on a much needed vacation road trip with the pups! Reunited after his Air Force Officer training, a little get away would be lovely! 🙂

    Mansi says:

    I would use the $1000 to plan a holiday for my parents. They have not been on a holiday, just the two of them in forever. Their 35th wedding anniversary is coming up and I think a relaxing holiday would be perfect for them.

    Meg says:

    I would use the 1k as seed money for my own startup. I have been working on amassing a collection of illustrations and surface pattern designs part time for the last year and a half. I have followed this and a handful of other design blogs since 2007, watching amazing women take hold of their lives, their dreams. I would like to dance down that path too and I’m so ready! Would love a little dough to help pull this dream into the light, get some biz cards and website up 😉

    I’d take my mom to the beach for a girls weekend! She never has a chance to get away, and spent so much time working this summer that it’s been over a year since I was in a swimsuit last. All we ask for is the nearest beach, a mountain of oysters, and a few cold bottles of rose’!

    chow says:

    I would buy a plane ticket to go see my three best friends that I haven’t seen in three years.

    Megan says:

    A Mansur Gavriel bag of course!! DYING FOR ONE.

    caroline says:

    I would love to treat my mom and sister to a girl’s weekend, complete with spa treatments, a good dinner, lots of wine and catching up!

    Amanda says:

    i would buy a new canon lens and take another class so I can finally start my photography business

    jessie says:

    I want to travel and see some of the world,that I haven’t seen. Feel free!

    ashley says:

    as UN-fun as it sounds, an insulin pump. i was diagnosed with type-1 diabetes 2 years ago [at the ripe age of 28] + have been saving up my pennies for one, while trying to get a graphic design business off the ground. [+ also thus, have become a diet coke addict in the process.]

    or maybe i would get the crazy idea to take my mother on a trip somewhere fab! a total once in a lifetime sort of thing 🙂

    I would rent a cozy little airbnb for a long weekend, and spend the weekend cooking delicious meals and mixing fun cocktails for a few close friends.

    Chelsea Jean says:

    That’s just shy of one month’s rent for me. If I could use it towards that and actually have a cushion for once?! I may actually sleep through the night 🙂

    Shelby Warwood says:

    I would take the $1000 put it towards our deposit on an apartment in Seattle. My husband and I are dying to get out of Montana and to the big Emerald city we love so much. Growing up in Montana has been lovely but we can always come back. Also it does help that the graphic design and physics teaching jobs are abound. Hello Seattle!…eventually.

    If I won, I would buy $1000 worth of painting supplies! I always wanted a wooden easel!

    If I won, I would buy a $1000 worth of painting supplies. I’ve always wanted a wooden easel!

    elissa says:

    as a huge fan of diet coke, i love this! it’s hard to pick but i would put the money towards a new mattress. i am in desperate need of one and would love to sleep luxuriously every night. it’s not a very glamorous pick but it would definitely be appreciated!

    Sophie Morris says:

    I would use the $1000 towards cultivating my craft! As an actress here in New York, it’s often very difficult to keep up with all of the dance, acting, and voice classes that one needs to take to stay viable in this industry. $1000 would go a long way in helping me pursue my career.

    Kayla says:

    I would have to spend the money on travel for sure. It would to to flying my bridesmaids to Seattle next March for a weekend of dress shopping, eating, drinking, dancing, and whatever fabulous activities we’d get up to.

    Andrew LaSane says:

    My sister and I want to take our mom on her first cruise to the Bahamas for her 50th birthday!

    Karlee Thomas says:

    I live in NYC in a small studio. I moved here about a year and a half ago from Atlanta for work. I would use the money to buy some nice things for my apartment, like a new rug or bed to make it feel more like home. It always takes a while for a new place to feel homey, but furnishings definitely help!

    Mae says:

    I would definitely want to get $1000 of Diet Coke. Just kidding. Sort of. (not really kidding at all)

    But as something more serious, I would probably use it to take a trip to Scotland with my significant other. He is fully planning on wearing a kilt (???) when we celebrate a certain significant life event next year to honor our respective Scottish heritages, and I’d love to be able to travel with him (he flies for free, the scoundrel) when he makes the trip to purchase it.

    Liz says:

    I would use the $1000 towards new flooring in my dining/living rooms and kitchen. We currently have gross carpet and linoleum and we’ve been trying to save up for hardwood or wood-look flooring for almost a year! It would totally transform our house!

    Aly says:

    If I were to win this contest, I would love a gift card to Nordstrom! I’d like to treat myself and my husband to some high-end staples. After that I’d love to buy something nice for our parents and siblings for always being so supportive of us. Thanks for having a great giveaway!

    Jamie says:

    What a fun and inspiring campaign! LOVE what Diet Coke is dreaming up. Hmm $1K what to do… as smart as it would be to pay off debt, upgrade some furniture, or even invest it in a IRA… I think I would do like you did. Gather my best girlfriends together– besties since high school but now all scattered over the US, NY, CA, and DC and plan a girls weekend pampering, sipping champagne, catching up all night, being goofy and just enjoying ourselves! Because life gets crazy, the bills never stop, and we are always on run. But hanging with your girls and just enjoying the moment is what life is all about, right? 🙂

    Hiley says:

    Right now, it would be really nice not to have to worry where my next two months of rent was coming from. $1000 would be like my saving grace!!! Working full time as an English teacher for non-native speakers, and also going to school full-time for my Master’s Degree is very stressful and exhausting.

    Doris Schooling says:

    Whew… anything?! Well, I’ve got a dream list galore, but I would love to buy myself a dishwasher and save my fingers from pruning every night!

    Charmaine says:

    I would use the $1000 for a plane ticket somewhere out of the country that I’ve never been to! And probably spend some on a really delicious, well-crafted meal 🙂

    Easy. $1,000 would be plenty to buy a true library of picture books for my own home and a bunch to give away to kids as well! Yeah, that’d make me jump up and down.

    Nicole says:

    It’s not exactly sexy, but I would use $1000 right now to pay a web developer to help me make my dream website.

    Tamara H says:

    I would use it to buy a plane ticket to visit my child waiting in the orphanage in India before they’re officially adopted by us

    Mei says:

    A plane ticket home because I miss my mom then a road trip to Cali because I miss my friends! Or…. I’ve been trying to save up for a new tattoo 🙂

    Sokun says:

    I would use the money to a really nice camera! I have two boys, three and 9 months old and they are my world! I love photographing them and my husband loves getting photo updates from us while he is away at work.

    Angela says:

    It would cover one plane fare for the trip to Iceland that my husband and I are planning next spring 🙂

    Ming says:

    I would probably use that money to buy a new couch for my parent’s house. They’ve had the same one since I was a kid and had originally gotten it from my aunt. Definitely due for an upgrade and my parents will never spend the money to get a new one.

    Emily says:

    I would finally get to buy shelves for my garage! Boxes upon boxes of shoes, camping gear, costumes…you name it…that all came crashing down after the earthquake we just had 🙁

    Zoe says:

    I would take some cooking classes and buy some new pots and pans! It’s the little things….

    Jacki says:

    Two round-trip tickets to Costa Rica, where my sweetie and I are trying to plan a vacation in 2015!! 🙂

    gloria marie says:

    I would spend the $1000 on advertising for my business!

    Jennifer says:

    The $1000 is the amount left that I have to save up to go on a medical mission trip to Brazil in August 2015, so with the money I would put it towards making that dream come true! I’m a premed student who wants to specialize in pediatrics with a global health emphasis, but I have been unable to partake in medical missions abroad because of finances. The trip would be a week of cultural integration and working with Brazilian physicians and patients. Since I am paying off student loans, need to pay for my mcat and the application fees for medical school , the little money from my income disappears. The 1000 would be an amazing gift that would allow me to help others!!!

    Marianne says:

    A couple of the Projecteo (mini instagram projectors) – one for myself and the others to give as gifts, a few pairs of Frye boots, Swedish clogs, toms sandals, a cast iron dutch oven, some alpaca yarn and nice wooden knitting needles, a serger, a nice digital camera to capture all the memories…

    Olivia M. says:

    A plane ticket to either the Netherlands or Australia…it would be difficult to choose though! That or maybe a new and beautiful pink couch…

    Kate says:

    If I were to win $1000, I’d want to take my boyfriend on a trip to New York for his first time and show him all the amazing sights. Including a hip hotel and a Broadway show!!

    molly says:

    I would take my mom on a well deserved vacation. Anywhere.

    Sarah says:

    Diet Coke is so light, bubbly and refreshing- as inspiration, I would use the $1,000 prize to fly myself and my fiancee to NYC. While wandering the city, we could take in the sights and sounds! It would be a great vacation (and possible elopement!) for us.

    Lauren says:

    I if won, my boyfriend and I would get married! We just want to elope (go the courthouse and take an awesome honeymoon) but between work stress, student loans, and renting in the city, we haven’t been able to make it happen. We’re celebrating our 5 year anniversary this month though, so it’s about time!

    Alena says:

    Shopping spree at Acne Studios! I have been dreaming of their boots for so long now. I always walk around the store hoping one day to splurge on something.

    Cassie says:

    I’m an Art Director living in Miami, FL and I just got laid off last Friday. If I could put $1,000 toward a new macbook that would make my world as great as a diet coke tastes!

    Makia Sharp says:

    I would use the $1000 to fly to London, my favorite city in the world!

    Emily says:

    My mom has fibromyalgia but still works as a 2nd grade teacher to help put me and my sister through school. I would treat her to a spa vacation!

    N.J says:

    I would give the prize to my older brother who is taking care of my mom (in Thailand) right now while I am working hard in the U.S. I want him to take a good care of our mom- treat her with a great dinner, take her to the salon, buy her new clothes, shoes, new make-up, make her beautiful as she used to be.. 🙂 We love you mom :+

    Liz Mannchen says:

    First off THANK YOU!
    This is an incredible opportunity and blessing. It’s so cool to see what everyone dreams about doing. What sweethearts you guys are. Ok, if I were so lucky, I would buy my sweet little nephews bunk beds. I live far away from them and I would just love to surprise my sister, who is trying to save now for them, with this gift! Just the idea of being able to do that is pretty cool man. Thanks ladies <3

    Lanet Hane says:

    If I had $1000 to spend to “get a taste” of living life more fully, I would force my sister–who never takes time off–onto a plane and to an all-inclusive resort somewhere south where we can both lay in the sun and appreciate some time relaxing by the pool or ocean with drinks in our hands. Costa Rica, Hawaii, Mexico, Florida, these are all great possibilities!

    Brooke says:

    I would love to use this $1000 towards a plane ticket to come home for Thanksgiving this year. I’m working on my master’s degree in France and it’s been over a year since I have seen my family and more than two years since the last time we were all together for Thanksgiving. I think a nice week in sweaters and drinking apple cider with my mom would be the perfect use of the $1000!

    It’s very cliche but a ticket to Paris! I met the love of my life and want to share how magical Paris is with him!

    Nina says:

    My fiancé and I have been planning a trip to Mexico for a couple months but haven’t taken the plunge to buy tickets quite yet as some unexpected expenses came up. I would absolutely use $1000 to buy our plane tickets (or at least one!) so we could go exploring in Oaxaca and Mexico City!

    Sarah Murphey says:

    I’d use $1000 to buy a new printer and Photoshop. I’ve recently been dabbling with the idea of getting my art on cards– or any prints for that matter. I would love the software to edit them digitally and the ability to print stellar quality prints from my own awesome printer. I’ll buy a pack of Diet Coke while i’m at it too.

    Miri says:

    One of my closest friends, who is struggling financially, just had to move into a studio apartment that is so tiny she is going to have to choose between her bed and her couch. The money would go a long way to helping her make her “room” her special space. A gift certificate to Ikea, the container store, west elm or combination of all 3 would send her over the moon!

    Brooke says:

    I would buy my husband a Surface 2; he has had a dumpy lug-around giant PC laptop the whole time we’ve been married. It’s definitely on it’s last leg but he is too proud to buy one now with all of our extra finances going towards his graduate school loans. He is just the bees knees and my best friend! He works graveyards all week and then goes straight to school. We never see eachother and he is such a deserving hard worker. I adore diet coke and of course they would be behind such a lovely giveaway. Everyone’s answers are so great—anyone would be lucky to win.

    Gia says:

    I think two tickets for my bf and me to travel! Not sure where yet!

    Karen says:

    I love Diet Coke, and love this contest! How awesome!
    I’m a single mom of two boys and am trying to be a bit more handy around the house. Specifically, I’ve been trying to fix up out laundry room that has peeling wallpaper, an old pendant light, and is half painted! If I won, I would love a new pendant light and some new wallpaper for this poor room that is much used but such an eyesore!
    I have my eye on some amazing combos, but just don’t have the budget!
    I would be over the moon with a Diet Coke DIY laundry room update!

    Ally says:

    I am currently pregnant with identical twin girls! I just found out that my 3 day stay in the hospital after the girls are born, will be $1,500!! With the $1,000, I would pay for my hospital stay. I know this may not sound as fun as a plane ticket or a new purse, but giving birth to these beautiful babes would be the greatest adventure that one can have!!

    Sara Kim says:

    I’d love to win this to give my workspace a makeover. I would love to get some new chairs, a sturdier work desk, and take your amazing online blogshop class!

    Jennifer says:

    I’ve been craving a bedroom makeover! That’s attainable for $1000, right? 🙂

    Elizabeth says:

    I would take a trip to Mohonk Mountain House for the weekend. As kids, we would go there with my grandparents, but haven’t been in so many years. It would be magical to be able to take my mom back up there!

    marty says:

    Oooh, fun!

    Wool robes like this Pendleton for me and my husband, and a weekend getaway to The Wallowas or Orcas Island. For my 6 year old, a fun overnight at a downtown Portland hotel with Grandma or one of her aunties!

    http://www.pendleton-usa.com/product/Women/LOUNGEWEAR/LOUNGEWEAR/NATIONAL-PARK-BATHROBE/171897/sc/1782/c/1782/pc/1815.uts

    Joani says:

    I’d book a trip to NYC ASAP & finally stay somewhere cool (like the Wythe Hotel!) instead of always budgeting & ending up by the airport. And I’d splurge on good food & drinks the rest of the trip until I was out of money (and buzzed and fat & ridiculous happy!)

    Katie says:

    I would use the money to have a fantastic weekend getaway with my husband – maybe a B&B in CA wine country, some nice meals, some shopping. With 3 sweet boys 3 and under, a weekend to splurge and relax together would definitely be a delicious treat added to our already good life.

    akiko says:

    I’d love to have a desktop mac computer! Macbook is great but I’d love to have bigger screen for work (all day in front of them..)!

    Jessie Leigh says:

    I would finally leave the job that completely dulls my senses and breaks my creativity and finally move to the Pacific Northwest. $1000 would be enough to get myself up there and in the fresh mountain air. There’s nothing in the world I can think of that would make me happier.

    Kayla says:

    My girly daughter is turning 3 in January so $1000 would make an unforgettable trip to Disney! Princess makeover and all!!! That would be like a best mom ever moment!

    Katy P. says:

    The one thing that you could give me that would make my world as good as the taste of diet coke would be a membership to a yoga studio for the next 4-5 months. Yoga calms my mind, body and soul — needless to say it has a positive affect on all areas of my life. It would be sweet if I could afford to go for a few months.

    kirstin says:

    a trip to NYC with my two best friends who have seen me through an incredibly difficult year. Trips to museums, eating out, seeing a show, and shopping. A total girls weekend.

    Adrian says:

    I would use the money to get back into school I’m so close to graduating. I owed $5300 and pretty much was told I could not continue until I paid off my balance so I have managed to pay off $2000 so far by saving and working hard, so another $1000 would be great to put towards my debt. I know it’s not towards a fancy dream vacation but the thought of finishing school so I can get a better job and actually have a job that I can enjoy wiould be a dream come true.

    Kimber Hagans says:

    I would use it to loot fly my dear sister & I (she has MS ) to LA!!! We would go to the Ellen show, stay in a fancy hotel & have sista time!! Sippin on diet coke, of course!!! People watchin,, hittin some fan~cy thrift, feelin all fancy like that! Anyone that knows me knows I’m a diehard DC (diet coke fan♥!!!!

    Kiara Chiu says:

    Well if I won.. I would like to buy two tickets to Virginia for me and my mother because she do all for me and I’m so grateful with her despite my dad left us with nothing she took courage for me and my sister…
    And now it’s time for her to take a break and what is better than visit her sister in VA also with some money to spend for herself..?

    Kimber Hagans says:

    **typical me made a typo
    I meant to say, I would use “the” loot to fly my dear sister and I !!!

    jaleesa says:

    I’d use the money to help my little sister go on a trip to Spain next summer. She was supposed to go this summer, but we couldn’t do it financially. I’ve had the opportunity to travel and would love for her to have the same opportunity 🙂

    Allyson says:

    I would buy this bad boy: http://www.westelm.com/products/dumont-buffet-g441/?cm_src=SEARCH_TOPPRODUCT||NoFacet-_-NoFacet-_-Featured%20Consoles from West Elm that I have been oogling over for a year. I moved into my new place in LA with no closet, so I have been sorting all of my clothes out of plastic bins. I don’t want to do it anymore! lol

    Lindsay says:

    I would purchase a Mansur Gavriel bucket bag that I’ve been lusting for over a year. I’ve check out various other bucket bags, and I don’t think that anything would quite satisfy my thirst for style and clean lines like Mansur Gavriel, much like diet coke satisfy’s my thirst for a tasty, delicious, calorie-free beverage.

    sefira says:

    After 3 grueling years living in NYC, what would make my world as great as Diet Coke? I’d say a weekend get-a-way with my husband and I (WITHOUT the baby, for petes sake!) would be a dream come true. (With a few extra bucks to spend on new clothes, of course).

    Elena S. says:

    That’s tough! I honestly would spend it on equipment to start up my business

    Maria says:

    Omg I would die for a new mattress. Ours is literally falling apart and we wake up every day with back issues. That would be a dream come true to be able to finally get a nice mattress.

    Jennifer Burdick says:

    I would use $1000 to freshen up my wardrobe! In desperate need of some new pieces!

    Christina says:

    This is a really difficult decision! Ultimately I think the best use of $1000 would be to go towards my honeymoon. I am getting married in May and as of right now it doesn’t look like there’s going to be any money left over after the wedding costs to go on a honeymoon. We will have to save up and just go when we can. A $1000 head start would be amazing. I’m thinking somewhere a little out of the norm like Iceland or Italy or New Zealand!

    Beatriz says:

    I would surprise my husband with new tires before winter comes. So we’re not slip and sliding all over the place since his tires are almost tissue paper now.

    Ana Gabriela Mora Llano anny_mll89 says:

    Well this is a hard one haha, i would use those 1000 for launching my small jewelry brand!!! yet that would be!

    riley says:

    $1,000 would be used to finance a trip back to Europe. I studied abroad in Italy over the summer and I haven’t stopped thinking about traveling since. A couple places I would love to explore are Montenegro, Ibiza, and Santorini! xx

    Erica says:

    My fiance just moved us from LA to Idaho, in the middle of wedding planning and my car dying on me. I would use this $1000 for a trip up here in the Pacific Northwest and explore our new state of Idaho with my fiance as a breath of fresh air between the craziness life has brought us! It would be amazing – not to mention I’ve always been a Coca Cola lady over that Pepsi stuff <3

    Samara says:

    It may sound lame, but I dream about paying off my student loans! Making an $1000 student loan payment might not be as exciting as buying designer furniture or an Airbnb vacation. But it will help give me the financial freedom I dream about and move me one baby step closer to being able to spend money on fun things.

    beka says:

    I would love to get a brand new blendtec blender and a kitchenaid mixer. Because of the higher prices associated with these fabulous appliances, we just never seem to have enough just laying around, to indulge on these two items. I’ve been pining away for these two appliances and have probably entered every giveaway associated with them, but to no avail. Winning this giveaway would be such a treat!

    Olivia P says:

    What would make my world as great as Diet Coke? I’d have to say getting engaged (FINALLY) to my boyfriend of 7 years. I mean seriously, it’s like waiting for a Christmas morning that never comes! Right now the only thing that’s holding us back is silly adult stuff like debt and money, so the $1000 would help us move towards what I’ve been dreaming of – waking up next to my soul mate every morning.

    Melanie says:

    This is amazing! I would totally furnish my apartment. Having a beautiful space to create in would be a dream come true.

    Brittany says:

    I would love to furnish a small home office so I have a space to work on passion projects at home!

    Marielle says:

    My sister’s birthday is in October 10th. I just moved to NYC where I’m an undergraduate student but I’m from Dominican Republic. She helped me convince my parents to let me study abroad and It’s only fair to give it back to her with something that will make her smile. I would use the $1000 dollars to buy her a flight ticket to India. She dreams of going there!

    Madison says:

    You can’t buy time. Especially when you wish you had more of it with the people you love. I live and work in Seattle and my entire family is in the heart of Ohio. Unfortunately, it’s not exactly pocket change to visit home. That $1000 means so much more than a dollar amount to me. It’s valuable bonding time and memories to forever hold onto with the people who made me who I am today. Just as good as the sound of a coke. As it should be.

    Kimbo says:

    I would use the money to fund my trip to China, where I will be volunteering at a care center to teach and care for preschool-aged orphans with disabilities for a year. Not particularly glamorous or as fancy as some other things that come to mind, but the opportunity and ability to give back and positively affect the lives of others is a pretty awesome luxury in itself 🙂

    Christina says:

    I would get a plane ticket to Hawaii…and I might not come back 😉

    Sarah says:

    I would inject some new life into my wardrobe and also purchase a few more home goods that I’ve had my eye on! 🙂

    Taylor says:

    If I won 1000 Dollars I would travel to Vietnam to visit my friends and explore somewhere outside of the United States for the first time in my life!

    Ashley says:

    I’ve been dreaming for years about thru-hiking the 2,600 miles from Mexico to Canada on the Pacific Crest Trail! It takes about 4-6 months to hike. $1000 would go towards gear, travel expenses, and expenses like food on the trail. 🙂 What an amazing opportunity!

    Ellie says:

    Ooo this is a tough one!!!! I have been loving Gray Malin prints for close to 4 years and would love a giant one for my apartment. Either that or two tickets somewhere warm and relaxing to get away from the Boston winter with my boyfriend. Fingers crossed!

    Lindsey says:

    My husband and I are celebrating our one year anniversary this coming Sunday, but our apartment still looks like we’re living the dorm life; this first year has been a rough one with losing jobs and barely making enough to live on, let alone updating our home. We have all these grandiose ideas for decorating, and our date nights have included window shopping and dreaming in front of Design Within Reach. I would die if I could hand my husband $1000 and say, we get to decorate!! That couch we wanted…that dining table…those Herman Miller chairs?! (well…$1000 would only get about 2.5 of those, haha). But making our house feel like a home would be worth so much more than those 4 digits. 🙂

    meghan says:

    I would use the money to visit friends in Europe, and hit up a country I have never been to!

    Jennifer says:

    I would buy a new wardrobe!

    Jennifer says:

    My dream prize would be to surprise my husband with a trip to Tulum. One of our first trips away was together was to Mexico and then again for our honeymoon. We haven’t been back in 7 years and I think that’s too long! Thank you for the opportunity to win!

    Kelly Lee says:

    Mansur Gavriel Pink backpack!!!! Just like the one you have. Not a pink girl, but ever since you posted on the instagram how you found Jen crying on your bed because she wanted to keep the bag but you would not give, I can’t get off of the PINK bag on my head. It is absolutely the prettiest PINK!

    Lea Anna says:

    I would take my husband on a vacation to Kauai during the meteor shower in August. I’ve always wanted to see the meteor shower somewhere remote like that.

    allison says:

    Plane ticket to Hawaii to hike on a volcano!

    Ofelia says:

    My ultimate dream has been to travel to Brasil! I am so drawn by the culture and people. I would like to document my trip through pictures of not only landscapes but with people! From all different backgrounds and ages. I also want to go there to visit the favelas,they get such a bad rep that I want to document that it can be different. After that I woyld take a plane to colombia for the same reasons. PLEASE PICK ME!!!!!!

    Cassie Ngialah says:

    I would get a some new fall clothes and a book bag. I have been working hard for 4 years trying to finish college and working to pay off my bills. So, I feel like I really deserve some nice things for myself for once! 🙂

    Libby Erickson says:

    We recently bought a new house, and I have been pining after a few mid century furniture pieces at my favorite shop to furnish my new lovely home! It would make me faint if I could go and buy those pieces and style them to be my own!!!

    Renae Vinzant says:

    I would love to have a shopping spree at either American Eagle or Forever 21.

    Ashla says:

    I would either be responsible and pay off my credit card, or be irresponsible and go on a trip with my boyfriend!

    Ellie says:

    I’m passionate about travel and experiencing different cultures. $1000 would go towards a plane ticket to a country I’ve yet to explore. One in particular would be my grandmother’s hometown in Poland.

    Celeste says:

    If I got this chance I would finally go with my husband to visit my two new nephews in California. One sweet boy was born in July and the sweet baby was born two weeks ago. Because my second nephew was adopted we got 2 hrs notice before his birth so we haven’t had the typical 9 months to save and plan. With a mortgage, medical bills and life in general it would be impossible without a gift like this. Thanks for the oportunity!

    Leah says:

    I would buy a mountain bike. I recently took a mountain biking class and absolutely fell in love with the sport. There are very few women involved with the sport, and I’d love to be involved with the amazing mountain biking community in Minnesota, and get other women involved in it! Unfortunately, a mountain bike is a bit out of my recent college graduate price range.

    Allison Ryan says:

    I’m turning 30 in Jan. would love to take a pilgrimage to India!

    My husband and I are traveling around the country next summer. It would be so fun to have money to add a couple hundred miles to the trip. The 1000$$$ would go towards gas money. 😉

    Casey says:

    I think if I got this opportunity I would spend it on a surprise shopping trip for my dad. He works so hard and is fighting cancer right now. He’s been saying he wants a couple new fall clothing items and I think this would be an amazing surprise!

    Andria says:

    I would love to relive my honeymoon in Telluride, CO (and my hubby of course). Send me to a mountain oasis–sweet and cool as a refreshing Diet Coke! 🙂

    stephanie says:

    my best friend is getting married soon, and i would like to round up the girls to take them on a trip!

    ashley says:

    So many ways to put this to good use! I think the wisest would be to invest in a good printer and Adobe subscription. As an illustrator, I haven’t been able to get my work out there because I lack the technology to do so. My husband and I would love to have the extra income so we can travel with our son, but until I have the right tools it’s hard for us to do much of anything. Winning would be a way to turn that $1000 into (hopefully) more $$$ to do more exciting things <3 DLF gives me so much inspiration and passion to create and travel. Fingers crossed!

    Annie says:

    without a doubt, it would be travel. and since the weather is cooling off, perhaps somewhere south and warm…like cabo. yes, yes. cabo would be lovely. *wink*

    Rossana says:

    If I won this Diet Coke challenge, I would buy items for a new wardrobe for when I finally move to be with my boyfriend of 3 years to the UK. I would buy some really nice coats from Zara and some really good quality and timeless garments that will last me through the cold English weather. 🙂 Thanks Diet Coke! Fingers crossed <3

    hannah says:

    I am a photographer, and I’m dying to go to the Field Trip photography event next year! It cost $1000 haha and I can’t afford it! <3 It's in my favorite place on earth, Yosemite.

    christina says:

    I would love the money to spend on my study abroad trip to Italy next semester! Traveling on weekends isn’t free!

    Jess says:

    I would buy a luxurious wool rug to place in my living room. Something cozy and good for lounging on.

    Martine Nash says:

    brand spankin new work out clothes! What better treat (and motivation to actually get to a yoga class) then Lululemon crops and bras?!? what a dream.

    Kristi says:

    Well I jump up and down about pretty much anything, but I think the one thing that would make me jump up and down the most-est would be if I could finally get Joshua Radin to write his lyrics “I Sat Beside You and Became Myself” so I can get it tattooed on my rib cage I would be OVER. THE. MOON. I’m pretty awful about buying things I can’t afford or splurging, but this is something that’s partially out of my control, since I can only ask on FB so many times before I feel like a complete creep. *haha 🙂

    Sarah says:

    I would use the money to pay my rent for a month so I could take time off work to get away and do the traveling I’ve been dreaming about for years – without feeling guilty! That’s the dream!

    Amanda says:

    I would buy a plane ticket to visit my grandparents. I’m so lucky they are still around but I need to spend more time with them. $1000 would really help me get from NYC to Little Rock and back. 🙂

    Jillian Rose says:

    I’m 30 and I still don’t have a real bed or furniture in my bedroom. I’d love to splurge on fancy (non Ikea) bed frame and headboard with cute little nightstands. Instead of the my wire bed frame and old Target particle board nightstands that were leftover from college.

    Stephanie says:

    I would buy 2 plane tickets, one for my husband and one for myself. we got married 2 weeks ago but can’t afford to take a honeymoon now so we plan on waiting until next year. if we won we’d finally get to take a vacation together (which we’ve never had the chance to do) !!!

    Sophia Castano says:

    I know it’s kind of silly, but a shopping spree at Free People would make my life!
    Hope Diet Coke can make my dream come true 🙂

    Carlen says:

    Well, nothing is as good as the taste of Diet Coke, BUT if I won the $1000, I would definitely use it to fly to your next iheartblogshop! Besides meeting you and your team, I would LOVE to learn the in’s and out’s of Photoshop for my handmade retail website and spice up my Instagram and blog. As a full-time maker, I could really utilize tips and tricks to make my small business better and save time!

    Lorin Papera says:

    I would L O V E to win this! My dream day would be a shopping spree at Free People. I am getting married in March and honeymooning in Big Sur and Palm Springs so a little honeymoon-outfit-shopping-spree would be a D R E A M.

    Jenni says:

    I’m seeing a lot of plane ticket comments on here and I’m adding to that! My husband and I have been saving up for 2 years to go to Europe, but things keep setting us back and we still haven’t saved up quite enough to go. He’s a teacher and there was a teacher’s strike this year for 3 months, which meant loss of income for us. So my contest prize would have to be accommodation for two in Paris so we can finally get to see the city I have been waiting for years to see!

    Without a doubt, the one thing right now that would make my world as good as the taste of diet coke would be a spa day (or weekend!). My daughter was born 9 months ago. She is the most incredible thing that has ever happened to me, but seriously man – I’m exhausted. I work full time from home and my husband works for a band and is gone on the road half the year. I haven’t had a manicure since before she was born (or even more than 4 hours of straight sleep). I’m a train wreck. Buying things is fun, but to get to buy an experience that would allow me the luxury of finally relaxing would be amazing beyond words. Fingers crossed.

    Rebecca says:

    I would probably buy a Mansur Gavriel bag! I love them so much. Plus a nice little shopping spree wouldn’t be too bad, after all the stress that comes from school and work. My fingers are C R O S S E D.

    Heidi says:

    I’ve never been to NYC, so I would like to finally make it there! And while seeing the city, maybe invest in a nice new handbag!!

    Christin Gnad says:

    I’d buy a plane ticket to Jordan and visit the city of Petra and sip tea in Amman! Bring out my inner Indiana Jones. Ooo and to ride an Arabian horse through the desert. DREAM. I’ve wanted to go for years now and I think it’s just about my time. 🙂

    Amanda says:

    I would spend the $1000 on a couple tattoos that I’ve really wanted to get.

    Haley M. says:

    I would definitely use it to take a trip with my boyfriend to Fiji! Our last vacation I was sick the entire time with the flu so a rain check for it would be an absolute dream! xo

    Alexis Ross says:

    What an amazing opportunity! With $1000 extra dollars I’d invest in my little business and properly turn part of my home into a studio environment. Sufficient attractive storage would go a loooong way and creating a better space to shoot my work in would be priceless. If there was enough for a work table too? Sheesh, that would be pure gold.

    Jessica says:

    A week long stay in A fabulous Copenhagen hotel. My family is from Copenhagen and I have always wanted to go since I was a kid and I would love to take my husband with me!! We can do the plane tickets but the accommodations and some spending money would actually make this trip something that we could really do!

    Beth says:

    I would by each of my three girls a pretty new dress, a new dishwasher for myself, and a day off for my husband to spend the day with us in a new place.

    Great photographs! Love the heels.

    I would spend that money on a Summer Art Program I’ve had my own on for a few years. It’s held in CSU Monteray Bay! Students can take design and photography classes from professionals in the industry.

    This year, they’re hosting a documentary photography class, which I’m totally excited about after seeing an exhibition on National Geographic photographers at the Annenburg Space for Photography in LA. You should go! It’s free. 🙂

    Kay says:

    My husband and I have been married for coming up on three years. For our wedding we ran away and married at a ski resort on the top of a mountain. It would be amazing to be able to return for a getaway to a ski resort for our anniversary!

    I would spend the money on traveling! I would love to visit my high-school friend in New Zealand. <3

    Kate Schaffer says:

    Tickets to see John Oliver’s Last Week Tonight in NY

    tina says:

    i would use this money to send my best friend from boston to sydney, australia where i now reside. she just started grad school and is working three plus jobs to pay for it. i would love to share this place with her and give her the holiday she deserves! thanks designlovefest and diet coke for making dreams come true! x

    Lauren says:

    It would be a dream to be able to pay for my 6 bridesmaids’ dresses. My family and friends are everything to me, and it would be so lovely to be able to cover that expense for them. They’ve always been there for me!

    Marlene says:

    Dear Diet Coke,
    I would very much like take my mom to Paris. $1000 for a charming airbnb flat for a week or two. Yes, please!
    Love, Marlene

    Sonja says:

    Wowza!
    If definitely opt for a plane ticket!!! :o) somewhere warm once it starts getting brutally cold here .

    Kathryn Ral says:

    Like a lot of other people, things have been tight for us this year, and Christmas is just around the corner…yikes! I’d love to share a magical Christmas with my family. Big tree. Pretty decorations. Amazing food. And lots of laughs. Forget the big ticket items. Forget the bills. Creating special memories with loved ones is more fulfilling. That would leave a lovely sweet taste in my mouth. x

    Melyssa says:

    How rad is this giveaway! Right now, I live in a one-bedroom apartment that doubles as my office. I spend so much time working here, that I don’t make my apartment enough of a place to “relax” and I don’t have a sofa or any living room furniture. I’d LOVE to use the prize on a new sofa and a couple things to make my living room feel like home.

    Marlien says: