I have been living in my tiny excuse for a room for almost two years now. Can you even believe that I don’t want to pull my hair out or punch my fist through the wall? Maybe it’s from my cramped memories of the dorm and sorority house that I feel that the joy I find in solace of my own room outweighs the crackerbox claustrophobia. Or maybe its because I have found and utilized the best space saving strategies ever! Seriously I think Pinterest is the greatest thing that’s ever happened to the Internet. I found much of my inspiration there and just modified it to fit my style!
So the white jewelry dish is actually two glass dishes from Goodwill that I spray painted white. The middle is just a glass candle stick, also from Goodwill. I love putting my every day jewelry right where I can grab it! The mason jar I painted with regular acrylic paint and then used sand paper to scuff it up and give it a rustic feel. It holds little paper clips for my photo from pictured below.
The picture frame is not necessarily a space saver but I do like displaying my favorite moments and it’s a lot smaller than a bunch of picture frames. I spray painted an old frame white and then strung some twine with a staple gun. Easy enough? The awesome intagram prints are from Foxprint. They are 25 cents a piece and ship right to your door!
This is one of my favorite parts of my room. I love that all my hair, skin and other daily products are still easily accessible but are neatly suspended over my dresser, leaving it clutter free! This nifty contraption is actually a spice rack from Ikea and cost me only $3.99!
I am obsessed with the Dollar Tree. Literally OBSESSED. Ask my friends. They’ll tell you. So when I came across these adorable apothecary jars I just had to have them. I painted the top of them with acrylic paint, scuffed them up a bit, mod-podged them and viola! You would be surprised by what you can find at the dollar store.
Another fav of mine. This rack is mounted on the inside side of my closet door. I just open it up and all of my statement necklaces (and a couple of my favorite purses) are right there! Its getting pretty full now so I think I might have to pick up a second one! I found this also at Ikea meant for something in the kitchen. Obviously I had a better idea. (s hooks found here)
Anybody have space saving tips? I would love to here them! xoxo
Here’s a scary thought: There’s only 6 more Mondays until Christmas! As much as I advocate celebrating one holiday at a time (right now that would be Thanksgiving), I can’t deny the allure and practicalness of Christmas shopping early! In that spirit I have decided to do a gift guide a week until Christmas! All of my gifts will be under $50 because I am on that #brokecollegegirl budget and I feel like many of you are too! So many of my finds are going to be STEALS and you should get them FAST because I know they are going to be gone quick! Without further ado here is my gift ideas for my friends/roommates (who have way too expensive taste 😉 )
1. The Blanket Scarf- Simple Addiction
You know that thing that everyone has been wearing? Well don’t let your friends get left behind in the trend-following dust. I’ve found the perfect scarf (already have 2) at a great price! At $13 you might just have to buy one for yourself too (I know I did).
2. Kate Spade Necklace- Nordstrom
Nordstrom is having some like awesome fall sale and I am just going to roll with it. This necklace comes in four different colors including tortoise and would be the perfect piece of dazzling neck candy (yes neck candy). Plus who wouldn’t love a little Kate Spade in their life?
3. Kendra Scott Earrings- Nordstrom
Seriously the Nordstrom sale is awesome and if you have a little bit of time you should really check out all the great deals they have! These Kendra Scott earrings are mesmerizing and I know I’m putting them on my christmas list! I just know that some of my friends would swoon over these too.
4. Tommy Bahama Watch- MyHabit
So I recently discovered this website called myhabit.com. It’s a website that has crazy markdowns on designer items. Apparently Access Hollywood talks about it? Anyways that’s how my mom became hooked on it and now she’s got me addicted to it too! Watches are such a statement nowadays and my roomies would love to have this one gracing their arm.
5. The Happy Planner- Me and My Big Ideas
Absolutely OBSESSED with this planner. I actually originally saw it at Michaels and have been researching about it all day. The website I listed has a much greater selection and also carries all the accessories for it (who knew planners could have accessories?). Anyways I think this my next move planner-wise (sorry Lilly). I know many of my friends are off to grad-school next year and organization is going to be key to their success and sanity. Plus there’s a ton of cute stickers, flags and paperclips that just makes this the cutest and most useful gift.
Everyone seems to be doing posts about their favorite fall booties or boots, but I want to talk about flats! I wear a lot of flats because they are much more comfortable for an on-the-go college student! As much as I would love to strut around campus in my little heeled booties, I think I would: One- get a lot of strange looks from my legging clad, big-shirted sorority peers and Two- have to soak my feet in a tub of ice water (which I really don’t want to do). Animal print is the perfect statement for fall and flats are great for those not-yet-chilly days. (Trust me I have been begging Mother Nature to bring me some cooler weather…to no avail) Anyhoo, here are some of my favorite pairs all under $100!
1. Snakeskin loafers– these looked so comfortable to me!
2. Multi-print pointed flats– these might not be totally animal print but I love the colors and uniqueness of this pair!
3. Cheetah print loafers-these are the most similar to my favorite pair of giraffe-printed flats!
4. Pointed snakeskin flats– these would match anything!
*See how I styled my fall flats in this previous post!