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Friday, August 24, 2012

To-Do List

If you ask anyone who knows me, they will tell you that I am the "Queen of Lists." I love starting them, finishing them, crossing things off...I love it all.

I also have a tendency to start a new list before the other one is finished. That is why I am going to start this MEGA-LIST on here to be accomplished throughout this semester. I am determined to complete it.

A new year. A new me.

The list is mainly things going to consist of things for my house at college, with a few personal things here and there...whenever they decide to pop into my mind.

6. Finish room
7. Chalkboard Quote Frame
9. Studded loafers
10. Blanket

[1]                                                [2]

[4]                                                                           [5]

[8]                                                                           [9]

To be updated at a later date!
AKA...when ever something comes to mind.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

DIY: Chevron Vanity Shelf

My first DIY project! (first of many, I assure you)

After being inspired by one of my fellow sorority sisters, Mina, I decided to DIY my vanity area for my room at my new house at college. Along with the latest trends, I have been loving the chevron pattern.

I've always wanted a vanity of my own dedicated to my love of make up and beauty supplies. Since they tend to be, well...extremely expensive, I decided it was a perfect opportunity to explore my craftiness!

One of the things I love about the way I set this shelf up, is that it is held up with 2 brackets underneath that can barely be seen. By doing this, I gain a less cluttered look that I would have gotten with the legs of an actual vanity. Since I'm trying to make my own little apartment in my room, I need to save as much space as possible!

I started out with a 38" x 13" piece of wood. I sanded and primed it with 2 layers of white paint. After that, came the excruciatingly tedious task of sketching 3"x3" boxes and taping the Chevron pattern.

Once this was done, I was able to paint over it with a basic acrylic gold paint. It took a bunch of coats but it didn't take very long to finish.

At this point it was time to reveal the work! I took the shelf to my house at school and removed the tape with one of my housemates. I was so nervous and had a feeling I would have to touch it up.

Needless to say, I had to touch up both the white and the gold areas. But after I was done it was SO worth it! I am so excited to use it this year! Once I finish the complete area, including the jewelry decor, I'll update this post with pictures!

Monday, August 20, 2012

Weekend PIC Up

Weekend sum up...

Like I said, pictures make me seem more interesting. Kinda...

 {outfitoftheday, OOTD, shopping}

 {can't get enough of 50 Shades}

{best friend}

 {haunting me...need to find one}

{determined to find one of these for my room!}

Stay tuned for my DIY Chevron table! I still can't believe that I was able to do that. I always try to be crafty, and usually it backfires. We'll see what you think!

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Proof I'm Alive

I have been gone for far too long! After going on vacation for a week, I'm slowly getting my life back in order before school starts up again. 

I figure I would update you on my whereabouts via my pictures since I am way too burnt out to try to write it out.

Plus pictures are more interesting :)

 {gorgeous view}


 {first night out}

 {casually playing fruit ninja}

 {pat's clearly really good at mini golf}

 {don't mess with us}


 {out to dinner...preps}

 {still can't believe we can legally drink -___- }



 {all of us out}

 {can't believe we saw dolphins!}

 {beach lovin'}

 {burlesque bar!}

 {AC champs}

 {i want one of these}

{Wildwood...another great vacation}

That pretty much sums up my vacation...kind of. I'm sure I'll be blogging like crazy now that I'm back! I have plenty of stuff to share :)

Until next time!

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Night{mare} stand

After four years of college -- 2 years in the dorms, 2 years off campus -- for my 5th year, I decided to make this year perfect. At least in terms of my room...especially after having a closet for a room last year.

I started out by painting my room a pleasant and relaxing grey/tan. Then, after hours and hours on Pinterest, I came up with a bunch of projects that I want to do. As they get done one by one, I'll be blogging about them, so don't worry!

My next step is to get a nightstand. I have been on the hunt for one ALL summer! But nothing is ever quite right...there goes my inability to make decisions again. I've been using the drawers that go under desk for now -- MUY inconvenient.

My first thought, obviously, was...IKEA! My heaven. But through my ongoing search, I still can't make a decision. :(

Originally I had seen this one when my mom and I first walked in. I thought it looked very cute and was a good size (especially the surface area on top). But then it seemed to be clunky once I saw the next one.

I saw this one later on in the store with the rest of the nightstands. I liked the airy feel to it and its simplicity. I also like that you could put books and stuff on the bottom and see them. The only thing that didn't sell me on this one was the fact that it wasn't as wide or as deep as the other one. By about 2 inches both ways.

Once I got home -- without a night stand -- I started looking online again hoping that the perfect night stand would somehow miraculously appear. Since I kind of had more of a feeling of the look I wanted, searching was a little easier. I came across this one on both the Target and Walmart sites. It was kind of like a compromise between the 2 previous ones. It was a little wider and deeper, and had that airy feel. The only thing about this one is that it isn't as tall. I'm gonna have to go see it in person.

Decisions, decisions, enemies. Although it sucked leaving Ikea without a night stand, again...I did end up buying a bookshelf for my room! My mom and I had gone back and forth on whether or not I should buy one. Then, when we figured I should, the impossible mission of deciding what kind of bookcase I should get began. Even though I love white furniture and the look of traditional bookcases, I didn't want my room to seem too packed with harsh, brute furniture.

So I settled on this!


I love how it's so open and accessible! The top 3 shelves have a glass bottom, which gives even more of an open feeling.

I can't wait until my room is completely finished! But I am enjoying the process of getting there.