How I Live in my Tiny Space

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!

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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.

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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!

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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!

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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.

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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)

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Anybody have space saving tips? I would love to here them! xoxo

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Collaboration with eShakti!

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SO EXCITED to be collaborating with eShakti this week. eShakti is this unique little online shop that specializes in customization. They have stylish and trendy clothes that can be tailored exactly to your measurements! Perfect for women like me that might not fit perfectly into standard sizes. Customization further includes sleeve length, neck line, hem length and more. You can make all their apparel fit your style and flatter what suits you best! Seriously, I’m obsessed. Why can’t more stores be like this?

So let’s talk about this amazing dress. Kelly green plaid caught my eye as soon as I saw it and I just had to have it! I know plaid is normally an autumn/winter kind of thing but this bright green transcends right into spring! Plus it has pockets! I am a total sucker for pockets! I just can’t wait to rock it at the horse race track! I lengthened the sleeve so it would be more comfortable for cool spring weather and chose to have the hem hit right above my knee. I felt that this dress gave off a retro vibe, almost like something I would find on Modcloth, so I paired the dress with suede shoes, cat eye sunglasses ($10 steal from TJ Maxx!) and a bold red lip.

 

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I love that for a shop that customizes (at no extra cost!) the clothes are so affordable! Most are under $100! I lined out some of my current favorites that are definitely on my wishlist and surely will be on yours too! Use code : citybelles for an extra 10% off your order (which can be included with any other discount codes!)

Orange Ruffle Hem Top // $64.95

Chambray Off the Shoulder Top // $39.95

Windowpane Dress // $94.95

Red Midi Skirt  // $79.95

** I was given this dress in exchange for my personal product review. I assert all opinions and thoughts are my own.

Stocking Stuffers: For Your Men

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Here’s the second installment of my weekly gift guide! I have been wracking my brain trying to think of the perfect gifts for my boyfriend, dad and brother. Annnnnddddd still haven’t found them yet. BUT in the meantime I have compiled the best list of stocking stuffers that I’m absolutely sure they love. I thought y’all would agree! Best of all they are all still under $50! Remember #brokecollegegirl

 

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1. Socks-J.Crew

So A (my boyfriend) is obsessed with printed socks. In my mom’s words, “What? Is he a thirteen year old girl?” Nevertheless he gets more excited about opening a box of socks than anything else. So if you have a man in your life that is at least 1/10 as excited as my boyfriend about socks than you need to pick him up a pair of these beauties.

2. Bowtie-Shop Local KY

A and my brother both have an impressive bowtie collection and when I saw this one I just knew it would make the perfect addition. Of course this particular one only really applies to Kentucky lovers. There’s quite a few options out there but of course this one caught my eye. (CATS by 90)

3. Yeti Colster- Field and Stream

I actually have already given this to A and my dad. They have l-o-v-e-d it and I have been so impressed, I want to tell everyone to go get one immediately! I think I’ll be picking up the rambler next!

4. “Merica-Rowdy Gentleman 

Patriotic. Fuzzy ball. ‘Nuff said?

5. Flask- Etsy

For your legal-aged men here’s fancy flask. You can customize however you want and even have your man’s favorite liquor logo lasered on the front. I ordered one with the Captain Morgan label a few years ago and A was obsessed. Best part? Only $11!

Bargain Bangs

So broke college girl here. And the even sadder thing is I’m a broke college girl who is addicted to shopping. I’m sure many of you share my disease. If you have shopaholics anonymous number holla at me. Been looking for that. Anyways I have been strategically scooped the internet, outlets, and other places of shopping that have the best deals for the cutest (no promises on quality). Here they are!

1.  simpleaddiction.com Sometimes it takes a little digging to find something I really want but I have now bought two dresses from there for $10! Best part is they always have promotions and shipping is only $2! I can’t wait to wear the below dress on game days! My pathetic minimum wage income can handle that! (Please excuse how wrinkled it is.)

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2. tobi.com If you haven’t checked this site out yet then you have been living under a very sad rock. Go now! Seriously such fashion forward clothes for a small price, especially in their sale. The below shirt was only $9! And I bought one for my birthday for $12! Don’t worry how far you live because all shipping is FREE! Cannot argue with that. Also its 50% off your first order. This site is love. It always treats my buying jitters (similar to coffee jitters but not)

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3. Gabriel Brothers or as I lovingly call it, Gabe’s. Okay so this place is a little disorganized and some of their stuff is uhhh questionable but I can always find at least one good piece of clothing there. Yes it does take patience and a little bit of luck but this place has awesome deals! Below I bought a fur vest from there for $5! YES FIVE WHOLE DOLLARS. And the jean jacket? $10! If you have not had the pleasure of being acquainted with this classy establishment, it is a TJ Maxx-esque department store with designer (and sometimes not designer) over stock.

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If you have any great places that have great deals let me know! I am always looking for the next place to spend my grocery money at (priorities, am I right?)