Happy (finally freaking) Friday!
I can’t say that I’m sad to see this week end. I have completed week two of my laptop being “looked at” in the Apple Store, and let me tell ya, it has been WAY more difficult than I would’ve imagined. The first couple of days, I felt like I had no idea what to do with my hands because they haven’t been detached from a keyboard for more than 8 hours at a time ( gotta sleep sometime ) in years. It’s kind of sad, really. I also had no idea what I was supposed to be doing in class….. actually listening, maybe? Well, that whole thing is miserable. I don’t recommend it ( lolz, jk, gotta pass ).
Since I haven’t been able to post in forever ( due to dilemma covered above^ ), I thought I’d do a Favorite Things post featuring some new updates to my room.
As a college student, I have to be pretty thrifty with home décor ( i.e. I have a small budget ). I tend to search for deals on the internet ( duh, online shopping addict ), as well as in stores like Ikea, World Market, Target, etc. Surprisingly, you can make a room look really good for really cheap ( or, a lot cheaper than I thought ).
My favorite recent add to my room is this desk from Ikea ( it was only $70! ). I absolutely hate assembling my own furniture, because I’m lazy, but this desk was pretty simple & quick. Ikea also delivered to my home in a flash, which was prime ( not only am I lazy AF… I’m also very impatient ).
There is just something that happens when I have a clean & organized desk space. I feel a whole lot more productive when I’m working in an area that is well put-together. Because I don’t have very much space to spread out, I double my desk as a vanity station for putting on makeup and such. Kind of a business by day, party by night kind of thing( << ha ). This is a really good idea if you are low on counter space in your bathroom, like me.
As far as styling goes, I got this glass tray & leather organizer from Gilt ( my favorite :: Also, if you haven’t joined Gilt yet, e-mail me at email@example.com to learn how to get $25 off your first purchase! << it’s super easy ). Oh, & my cool pink Crown Brush set is from HauteLook (<< also contact me to find out how to save on your first purchase! ).
Let me just say, this little DIY will make you feel border-line genius, almost because it is so obvious ( << does that make sense to anyone else but me? ). I bought these little crates from Michael’s ( they have them at a ton of places ), spray painted them gold, and stacked them on top of each other to make a mini bookshelf. The whole thing cost about $45 ( or less, if you can find a coupon ) and took maybe 10 minutes.
I got these geode bookends ( a little more expensive, but have such a cool effect! ) & this gold skull piggy-bank to add flair to my small book collection . Also, how great is this Gluten is my Bitch Cookbook? I purchased it from Gilt ( so, you could get it for free, if you contact me like I explained earlier, bc its only $14! No scams, I promise! ), but it can also be found here.
Lastly, I got some new awesome pillows for my bed. I shared a picture of my bedding + canvas situation a long time ago, and I’ve added some texture ( remember how much I love contrasting texture? ) via various decorative pillows.
Usually, I’m not really a purple person ( coming from Fort Worth, you think I would be. Go Frogs? ), but I loved the YSL canvas I bought from Gilt so much that decided to base my room’s color scheme around it. I got these purple leather pillows ( they also have 5 gazillion different colors ) & this white faux-fur pillow by a brand called Natural on Gilt. I’m also not really a huge fan of monograms ( that time has passed ), but this little monogrammed pillow kind of tied everything together. You can buy pillows like this all over Etsy.
So, don’t forget to e-mail me about reaaallly great deals with Gilt & Hautelook:
Or, e-mail me with any questions about products, opinions, concerns, etc. Also, I’m looking for a new collab project & people to interview, so if you have a blog or you do something that you think should be recognized contact me!
Follow my antics in Annapolis, Maryland this weekend on Instagram & Twitter.
The chilly weather up there is sure to be a change of pace! Can’t wait to hear from y’all!
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Cuuuute! When I was in university Ikea and Winners were definitely my best friends for cheap decor! I love your crate DIY bookshelf too.