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Easy Organization – The Jewelry Edition

19 Jul

I absolutely love to organize. Stores like Bed Bath & Beyond and the Container store were basically MADE for me. 🙂 I thought it might be helpful to share some of my ideas and tips with all of you and hopefully you will share some of your tips with me! I always love to change up my room so I’m always open to new ways of doing it!  So here is the first part of my Easy Organization series: Jewelry. Enjoy. 🙂

 

This here is my full collection of jewelry. I have everything placed on top of my dresser and it is kind of my “dressing station” in the morning. 🙂

This is something that I bought from Ikea for about $15-20. It’s actually from the bath section of the store, but I think it’s great for storing smaller items such as rings, hoop and stud earrings, watches and miscellaneous bracelets and such.

This first image is of my bracelets. These nifty little holders are from Michael’s and were about $7-9 dollars, which is a great deal (especially when you have a 40% off coupon.) These are classy, sleek and oh so chic (oh boy, excuse the corny rhyming) and are great for displaying bangles, watches or any bracelets you may have. They hold a decent amount, but you can never have too many!

The second image is a cheap little holder that I made out of a pillow case and a hanger. I literally just cut the pillowcase along the side seams so that it was only one piece of fabric thick. Then, on the edge with the seam, I cut a small hole and stuck a hanger in it so that I could hang it up. It works, but I have a MUCH better idea for one that is much cuter and classier than this will ever be. Stay tuned because I will definitely be doing a DIY post about it!

This, as you may recognize from an earlier post, is jewelry rack. This one in particular is from Ikea and was $5. Cheap, right?? There are so many fabulous ways of displaying necklaces on a wall. You can use a hook rack such as this one. Individual hooks such as these or even just nails hammered into the wall are an awesome way of displaying them!

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Better Mind, Better Body; The Power of Meditation

4 Apr

I discovered the relieving joy of meditation about 6 months ago and have seen significant differences in not only my state-of-mind, but my health as well. While I have always strongly believed in the power of the mind, I can truly say that after my experience with meditation, nothing is more powerful than reflection, deep thought, and personal silence. During my 6 month period of steady mediation, I have not only seen a drastic increase in my personality, but I have gotten better sleep, am significantly less stressed and more mindful of the decisions I make. I find that I worry less, procrastinate less, and think more positively about life, myself and others.

WHY MEDITATE: For those of you who haven’t tried the practice of meditation (which is probably most of you,) it’s definitely something that I recommend. Meditation can help with:

  • Sleep
  • Decision making
  • Reflection on daily issues
  • Health issues such as: diabetes management, depression, anxiety, headaches, backaches and migraines.)
  • Relaxation
  • Stress
  • Improved concentration
  • And tons more!!

HOW TO MEDITATE: While meditation may seem boring at first, just like many things, it does take some practice! I recommend starting out doing just 10-15 minutes a day. You’ll find that as time goes by, your meditation sessions will get longer and longer with ease. Do a length of time that is comfortable for you.

As far as ACTUALLY doing the meditation, there are several approaches. No, you don’t need fancy pillows, candles and incense to meditate, but if that’s what sets you at peace and makes you feel comfortable, then go for it! All that’s required is a peaceful setting and your mind and body. Here are my two favorite approaches for meditation (keep in mind that there are many more and everyone has their own style!):

  1. This method is for when you’re trying to change something about your life or own self. Maybe you want to loose weight, be a nicer person, relax, eat better, get better sleep, or anything similar to these issues. Sit with your legs crossed or lay down on a bed or floor (make sure you don’t fall asleep though) and think of a short phrase or word that you will repeat to yourself over and over. Close your eyes, inhale, and as you exhale, slowly say your word or phrase, drawing it out all the way until the end of your breath. Inhale, and repeat again and again…
  2. This method is for when you are trying to make a decision about something in your life or have a problem to deal with. Sit with your legs crossed or lay down on a bed or floor and think about the problem/decision you are facing. Here is the tricky part: you have to separate your thoughts from yourself. Image your thoughts floating across your mind as you are watching, reading and examining them. Rather than REALLY thinking about them and allowing your mind to jump all over the place, you have to learn to “view” your thoughts rather than think about them. Don’t let any other thoughts intervene. It’s hard to explain and hard to do, but with practice, it is easily achievable.

The more consistent you are with meditation, the better it will work. By taking even 15-20 minutes out of your day to solely focus on you and your mind, can truly make a huge impact on your personal well-being. Try it. I bet you’ll be surprised.

Spring Look Contest!

2 Apr

Hello darlings!

So this post is about the Spring Look Contest that I’ve posted up on my YouTube channel! Here is what I want you to do:

Create a FULL look, makeup and outfit (hair is optional,) that you not only think is perfect for spring, but some how is an expression and representative of your personality! Show me your overall look and tell me why its great for Spring and how it expresses a little bit of who you are!! I feel that fashion and makeup is an expression of who we are and our own personal style can really say a lot about who we are. No one says you have to have expensive clothes or makeup to be beautiful. 🙂

Rules:

1. MUST BE A SUBSCRIBER
2. MUST BE 18 or OLDER OR HAVE PARENT PERMISSION

This can be done either in a video, or a photo slideshow form. Either way, you need to SHOW and TELL. Remember back in kindergarten when you had show and tell and wanted to impress all the other kids? Yeah, do that! Keep the video UNDER 10 minutes and only ONE ENTRY per person! This video also MUST BE NEW. Make me feel special, guys! 🙂

Sorry, but there is not comment winner. 😦 I promise I will have one for the next contest!

CONTEST ENDS MAY 1st!

Here are the prizes (click for larger images):

"Avocado" & "Orchid" Nail Polishes from Forever 21!

 

Teal & Gold Bangle from Forever 21!

 

White & Gold Owl Necklace from Forever 21!

 

Maybelline Eye Studios Eyeshadow Quad in Mad Muave!

 

Good luck and HAVE FUN! ❤

Decorating on a Budget!

30 Mar

So when I first moved into my apartment, I really wanted to decorate my bedroom perfectly for my personality! However, my funds were limited so I had to find ways to spruce up the dull, white room, while staying within my budget! So here are some simple, cheap ideas that I used to turn my bedroom from blah to beautiful!!

1. A canvas headboard. Well, actually it was INTENDED to be a headboard for my bed, but I ended up placing it a little higher so now it’s more just wall decor! This is was my Mom’s idea and its so incredibly versatile and great for if you like to change up your room often!

How to: Buy square, wooden canvas frames (can be purchased at Michael’s, Ikea, or anywhere like that) and then gett fabric to cover each square. Cut them to so they will stretch over the canvas and then stapled to fabric to the back. Ta-daa! Easy as pie!

2. Curtain doors. Basically, the only reason I did this was because every time I would slide open the original wooden doors, they would fall down!! HAZARD! Instead, I took those death doors down and hung up some heavy curtains in their place! I LOVE ’em!

How to: Simply buy some nice curtains to go with the rest of your decor, get a curtain rod and either some curtain tie-backs or hooks. There you have it!

3. Pretty fake flowers. These are actually from the dollar store! Again, they are easy to change out if I decide to ever change up my color scheme and they add a sense of elegance to the rest of my room!

How to: Buy a vase, some flowers and if you want, some rocks (like above!) Again, this whole thing is from the dollar store and cost me $5!!

4. A necklace rack! I love this thing a lot! It makes my room look significantly more fashionable, I guess you could say! Its absolutely perfect if you have long necklaces that you want to display!

How to: Buy any type of hook device. It can be single hooks or a rack like the one pictured. This one is from Ikea and was $3 I believe.

5 Nail Colors for Spring!

24 Mar

How much do you LOVE spring? I’m not sure if it’s the warm weather, blooming flowers, growing grass, vibrant colors or the fact that it means that Summer is right around the corner, but I just love me some spring-time! 🙂

Above are my top 5 nail polishes for this spring. I love the color variations and think it’s ten times more fun to wear bright, stand-out colors rather than just pinks and reds all the time.

Colors from left to right:
Sage – Forever 21 – a great light green that isn’t too bold, but is just enough color!
Dusty Blue – Forever 21 – A great color to transition from winter into summer!
Lucky Luck Lavender – OPI (Ulta) – Super pretty. Has a slight pink hint to it.
Light Pink – Forever 21 – I swear it’s not orange! Its soft, feminine and has a pearly sheen!
Pale Banana – Forever 21 – My favorite! It’s not overly bright, but does the trick if you want a great yellow.

Welcome!

14 Mar

Welcome to my blog everyone!

Some of you may know me from youtube, but unfortunately I haven’t had the time to make and edit videos lately. 😦 However, I decided to start up this fashion blog in hopes to keep in touch with some of you and share my fashion opinions and well…my own personal fashion.

Keep following up on my blog to see lots of outfit ideas, pictures, HAULS, fashion advice and just plain ol’ FUN! 🙂

Love you all!