DIY: Pretty Storage

I wouldn’t be me if I didn’t first start this post off with…

Image c/o E! Online

Image c/o E! Online

The royal babe is here. The past few days were the most fantastic. I am only the tiniest bit sad that he isn’t a she, but I am happy if Kate is happy. And now…back to real life.

Final

Finally! Online shopping is actually helping me out. Besides outfitting myself, I have started converting the boxes my goodies arrive in to functional storage. It’s a very easy process and will save you money to buy NEW clothes and the economy environment! All you need is your pretty box, a pair of scissors, and clear packing tape.

Box 1

Select your box and clear out a space to work. Easy enough.

Box 2

Cut open the bottom of the box so that you can look through it, and then cut along one of the connected sides so that you can open it up to lay flat.

Box 3

Turn the box inside out and realign the edges of the connected side you just cut. The pretty side should be facing out. Next, take your clear packing tape and fashion a piece to secure the side to make the box connected once more.

Now your box should look like this!

Box 4

While it seems a little counterintuitive, re-tape the bottom of the box, which you split open earlier in Step Two.

Box 5

Then all that is left to do is fold the flaps inward and you have your very own pretty storage box!

I’m using these boxes for my DVD’s, but there are even more scattered around for craft supplies, sewing projects and catch-alls. The next step is to figure out what to do with all my Birchboxes…ideas welcome!

Friday Find: Party Supplies

Image c/o Urban Outfitters

Image c/o Urban Outfitters

I plan ahead. That’s just what I do. Today I thought about purchasing a Christmas present for my sister. My mind is looking that far ahead. So when the Bachelorette party I’ve mentioned I’m planning a couple times here is just under a month away, to me it feels like it’s happening tomorrow.

Everywhere I turn I get a new idea. Yesterday afternoon at Bed Bath & Beyond almost sent my brain into a catatonic state. While you might not turn there for party supplies, I was so close to grabbing Bluetooth speakers so that I could play music throughout the apartment  when we’re sipping morning mimosas, or doily placemats for whatever you would need a placemat for. At Michael’s I practically pass out before I get in the door. The crafty aura is almost too much for me. I love it.

From paper straws to diamond ring ice trays, there is just so much I want to achieve to make this the best party ever. It will also be the first time I am really entertaining people in my apartment so I need to set the bar high. The day is almost here and I’m super jazzed, especially because I’ve been planning it since September 2012. I have the gchat to prove it.

I’m not even going to get started on the outfit planning. Your eyes will glaze over.

Happy Friday!

Friday Find: Remember the Library?

Image c/o Pinterest

Image c/o Pinterest

One of my bad habits is reading too many books at one time. So when I finally got around to getting a Chicago Public Library card, I knew I was dousing lighter fluid on a bonfire (no, this is not a  Fahrenheit 451  reference).

A contributing reason that it took me so long was not wanting to fumble around with a book as a commuter. Although I’m not quite taking a private plane to work, I stick to the TSA two carry-ons rule when on the bus. I didn’t want a book taking up precious real estate (and bodily strength) whilst in my tote.

But now, the library affords me the opportunity to download eBooks to my iPad, which takes up little room in my bag. And they’re free! What?! Currently I’m cruising through The Night Circus and I scope daily for my next read.

Now if only I could snag a weekend with nothing to do but drink coffee and read. Ah, la vie en rose.

Tell me what to read next!

On the Move

Image c/o Etsy

Image c/o Etsy

Coming this Monday, I will be leaving my first apartment in Chicago for something new. Going from a studio to a one-bedroom is my foray into adulthood and I couldn’t be more jazzed. I have so many decorating ideas floating around in my head that it can sometimes be hard to focus on actual work. Last night I made a video of myself giving my future self a tour of the apartment. I hope it will be funny to watch years from now and see the silly things that I had cluttering up my space. This exercise also helped me realize two things: 1. I have a lot of beauty products, and 2. I am kind of a klepto when it comes to magazines.

The overall look I am cultivating is very flea-market-eclectic-vintage chic. Slash you think you may have walked into Anthropologie instead of my home. There is so much furniture to buy! Also, why a glass coffee table is more than $50 anywhere, I will never know. Here are some of my favorite living rooms of the moment.

Image c/o Lonny

Image c/o Lonny

Image c/o Me Oh My

Image c/o Me Oh My

Image c/o Style at Home

Image c/o Style at Home

Image c/o Netrobe

Image c/o Netrobe

1. (Top of Post) Bri Emery’s Los Angeles Living Room, etsy.com

2. Eclectic Traditional Living Room, lonny.com

3. Nicole Davis’s Living Room, meohmymamma.blogspot.com

4. 11 Basic Design Elements, styleathome.com

5. Tory Burch’s Hamptons Living Room, netrobe.com

DIY: Kiss Kiss Canvas

Image c/o The Warhol

Image c/o The Warhol

My favorite things to add to my home are typically one of a kind. My budget, however, doesn’t allow for such frivolity. Though every time I find something, I usually talk myself out of it. Where would I put this amazingly amazing little bird candle holder? That effortless-looking, quirky-cool-accouterments that somehow all fit together is what I’m constantly trying to achieve. I particularly struggle with art (and not just the actual hanging stuff up in a straight line).

Some of the most inspiring artists for me are Pablo Picasso (by far mi favorito), Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko and Andy Warhol, the creator of the above. All a little out there, I know, but I think what I like so much about this group and others like them is that whatever piece it is can’t rationally be explained.

Typically when people see something that they don’t understand they respond with, “Why is that art? My kid could do that.” Well, I don’t have a kid so I take a more passionate, emotional approach mostly because I am admittedly severely and hopelessly deficient when it comes to the actual academic side of art. I wonder what possessed him or her to have to create this and exactly this. And why at that moment did they look at it and say, “Yes, this is it“?

I have also been lucky enough in my lifetime to see many of these artists’ works in person. The exhibits I geek out for most are typically of Pablo Picasso. When I was in Madrid studying abroad, a few of my classmates and I went to Museo Reina Sofia one afternoon. It was very close to our apartment and a beautiful, sunny day. After taking a turn about most of the museum, we came to where Picasso’s Guernica was displayed. For years I had seen it in my Spanish textbooks gloomily depicting the bombing of the city of Guernica during the Spanish Civil War in 1937 (Okay, history lesson over. But c’mon, for those of you that took a Spanish class or two, you’re with me, right?). Then when I was finally standing in front of it, it took my breath away (literally.) It was giant! It was all I could do to just simply stand in awe of it with the other onlookers from all over the world.

Another big moment for me happened that day when after the museum I had my first and only Big Mac.

So after all that non-sense, I am here to tell you that you can make your own works of art despite having only one credit hour of 7th grade Introduction to Art. I was recently inspired by Andy Warhol’s Lips (Stamped). The femininity of pinks and the lips very much appeal to me.

All you will need for this is a blank canvas, easily acquired at Michael’s, a pencil, a black, fine-tipped permanent marker (to sign your masterpiece!), and your favorite lip glosses or lipsticks in varying colors. Make sure to have a partially damp washcloth to wipe your smoochers for new applications.

Lip TreatmentsI applied my first color and then kissed the top left corner. From there, I very lightly marked seven dots in a vertical line with my pencil to make sure that I evenly spaced out the rows. Then I just went about my business placing various colors of lips in accordance to where they landed in the Warhol work. I would recommend making at least three prints with one color before wiping it off and choosing another. Be careful not to smudge as your canvas starts to get full. And don’t worry if it doesn’t look exactly right or a flaw pops up. It’s art and it can look however you gosh-darn please.

At the end of it all, take your permanent marker and ink your signature in the bottom right corner. Et voilá!

Screen Shot 2013-02-25 at 11.46.05 AMC’est magnifique!

What other famous works of art are worth DIY-ing?

#Vacation

Image c/o Pinterest

Image c/o Pinterest

Mere moments ago, after settling down with my plate full of homemade lunch deliciousness, I realized I was wearing all one color. Just like my dad on his leisure days. Midnight blue matching PJs, socks, and zip-up (because this house is literally a frozen tundra compared to my hamster cage of a studio that is a comfortable 85 degrees). #Vacation.

I scheduled my remaining PTO days to segue right into the company holiday break, so I’m officially away from the office for two whole weeks. It’s almost like reliving the college glory days, but there can never be anything as glorious as a whole month off. Never.

So far I have been able to dabble in a little bit of work, a little bit of family time, and a little bit of high school friend time. I really do like being at home because I’m able to indulge. Yesterday was an all out free-for-all at the grocery store with my mom. I got to pick out anything I wanted! I had to stop myself many times (gingerbread Pop-Tarts and several boxes of cereal didn’t make the cut). My girlfriend at a catch-up coffee date yesterday morning (shout out!) casually joked that there will be no Baked Doritos at our adult wine night tomorrow, but I assured her that those and Entenmann’s crumb donuts made their way into the shopping cart last eve. The only thing that will keep me from slipping into the depths of obesity is my mom’s unlimited guest privileges at the gym and the fact that this household only eats grass-fed meat and organic perishables. I’m not complaining.

Here are eight great things I’m loving about these next two weeks. Cheers!

Images c/o Lay's, Entenmann's, and IMDb

Images c/o Lay’s, Entenmann’s, and IMDb

Images c/o Pinterest and Racked NY

Images c/o Pinterest and Racked NY

Images c/o Pinterest and My Own Image

Images c/o Pinterest and My Own Image

Images c/o Pinterest and My Own Image

Images c/o Pinterest and My Own Image

  1. Junk food
  2. Movies
  3. Working out
  4. Shopping
  5. Coffee with friends
  6. Family dog
  7. TV marathons (yay cable!)
  8. The holidays